After another weekend of devastation, Australia faces weeks more of unprecedented fires

By James Cogan, 6 January 2020

A discernable shift is underway in how masses of people view the political parties and institutions that have downplayed or denied the reality of climate change.

Ruling class bereft of answers while catastrophic fires escalate across Australia

As Australia burns, anger turns on climate change-denying Prime Minister Morrison

Democrats fault Trump on strategy, silent on illegality of Suleimani assassination

By Patrick Martin, 6 January 2020

The candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination have sought to disguise their support for American imperialism with insincere appeals to popular antiwar sentiment.

US assassinates top Iranian general as 4,000 troops readied for Iraq intervention

The murder of Qassem Suleimani and assassination as state policy

Canadian government tacitly endorses US assassination of Iranian general Soleimani

By Roger Jordan, 6 January 2020

Just hours after Trump ordered a drone strike to exterminate Suleimani, the Canadian government issued a statement denouncing Iranian “aggression” in the Middle East.

Britain backs US war drive against Iran

By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2020

Whatever the qualms in British ruling circles about the grave implications of war in the Middle East, the UK is already involved—as America's closest ally—in a potential war against Iran.

British fascists join Johnson’s Conservative Party

Antiwar posts go viral on social media after US murder of Iranian general

By Kayla Costa and Julio Patron, 6 January 2020

On Twitter and other social media platforms, youth from every region of the globe expressed their opposition to war and the possibility of nuclear annihilation.

Conservative Austrian People’s Party to form government with Greens

By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 6 January 2020

The Greens have seamlessly filled the shoes of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), securing a majority for inhumane, pro-corporate, and law-and-order policies.

German authorities shut down investigations into far-right and state crimes

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 6 January 2020

The closing of the year 2019 has confirmed that the revival of the far right in Germany is principally due to policies pursued by the country’s ruling elite.

Two workers die in Texas while cleaning chemical tank

By Dan Conway, 6 January 2020

Shawn Jarmail Brown and Sidarieub Lozano died after becoming overwhelmed by fumes as they cleaned out a truck-mounted chemical tank at a facility near Houston, Texas, on December 28.

New Zealand union shuts down bus drivers’ strike, scapegoats migrants for low wages

By Tom Peters, 6 January 2020

FIRST Union called off a partial stoppage by around 800 low-paid Auckland bus drivers without any resolution, then denounced NZ Bus for employing migrants.

Samoa lifts measles state of emergency

By John Braddock, 6 January 2020

Despite denials by the prime minister, Samoa was warned repeatedly to improve measles vaccination rates months before the arrival of a deadly epidemic.

4 January 2019

Australia: Climate change and the bushfire crisis

By Frank Gaglioti, 4 January 2020

Worsening Australian fires pose the need for urgent action on climate change

Australia: Legal report documents “unlawful” police response to Melbourne climate protest

Trump’s anti-asylum “Remain in Mexico” policy to expand to Arizona

By Adam Mclean, 4 January 2020

Three African migrants die in US custody during Christmas and New Year holidays

Trump boasts of Democrats’ backing for his assault on immigrants

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UAW capitulates to Harvard, shuts down grad student strike

By Kate Randall, 4 January 2020

German defence minister supports combat operations in Africa

By Gregor Link and Peter Schwarz, 4 January 2020

In New Year’s address, French President Macron pledges to impose austerity despite mass strike

By Alex Lantier, 4 January 2020

Wider war over Libya looms as France, Egypt denounce Turkish intervention

UK refusal to accept Scotland’s supply of haemophilia drugs resulted in thousands of deaths

By Robert Stevens, 4 January 2020

Collapse of UK National Health Service threatened as Johnson government readies further onslaught

Homeless woman gives birth to twins outside the University of Cambridge’s Trinity College

Russia, Ukraine reach last minute gas transit deal

By Jason Melanovski, 4 January 2020

The impeachment crisis and US war plans against Russia

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu seeks immunity from prosecution

By Jean Shaoul, 4 January 2020

International Criminal Court to investigate Israeli war crimes

By Jean Shaoul, 4 January 2020

Apple, Microsoft and Google among five companies sued over deaths of Congolese child miners

By Sam Dalton, 4 January 2020

Sri Lankan police arrest two former government ministers

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 4 January 2020

New in Portuguese

Novas burocracias sindicais ou poder operário independente?
As lições da rebelião dos trabalhadores de Matamoros – Parte 3

Andrea Lobo, 27 Dezembro 2019

Quando as greves selvagens começaram a se espalhar, o governo, as empresas e os sindicatos apressaram-se em suprimir cada nova luta e impedir que se unissem e se espalhassem internacionalmente.

New in Russian

Правительство Германии осуждает санкции США в отношении газопровода «Северный поток–2»

Йоганнес Штерн, 27 декабря 2019 г.

Временная остановка строительства газопровода «Северный поток–2» резко усилила напряженность в отношениях между США и европейскими державами.

Трамп хвастается поддержкой демократов в своем нападении на иммигрантов

Билл Вэн Оукен, 27 декабря 2019 г.

Поддержка иммиграционной политики Трампа со стороны обеих ведущих партий американского истеблишмента создала положение, когда условия на южной границе США и в лагерях иммигрантов становятся все более адскими.

New in Turkish

Alman Gizli Servisi'nin eski şefi faşist bir manifesto yayımladı

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Almanya), 27 Aralık 2019

Almanya'nın iç istihbarat kurumun 2012'den 2018'e kadar başında olan Hans-Georg Maassen, sağcı İsviçre dergisi Die Weltwoche'te yalnızca faşist bir manifesto olarak tanımlanabilecek bir yazı yayımladı.

Tetikçilere ceza veren Suudi Arabistan, Kaşıkçı cinayetini düzenleyenleri koruyor

Kevin Reed, 27 Aralık 2019

Hükümlerin asıl amacı, Veliaht Prens’e ve onun danışmanlarına kalkan olmaktır. Resmi anlatıya göre, cinayet önceden planlanmamış; alt kademeden olan bu adamlara Kaşıkçı’yı Suudi Arabistan’a canlı getirme talimatı verilmişti.

Morenoculuk nedir?

27 Aralık 2019

Arjantin’de devlet başkanlığı ve parlamento seçimleri, çöken sosyal güvenlik programı; siyasi, ekonomik ve enflasyonist krizler; artan işsizlik ve temel sağlık ve sosyal yardım kuruluşlarına yönelik beliren bir saldırı ortamında gerçekleşiyor.

New in French

«On passe un message: il n’y a pas de trêve»
Les grévistes demandent à intensifier la lutte de classe contre Macron

Alexandre Lantier, 27 décembre 2019

Les grévistes veulent lutter contre Macron et d’écraser définitivement la capacité du gouvernement d’imposer ce type de mesure régressive contre les travailleurs.

Allemagne: L’ancien dirigeant des services secrets fustige les réfugiés et minimise le terrorisme de droite

Christophe Vandreier, 27 décembre 2019

Un an après sa destitution à la tête des services secrets allemands, Hans-Georg Maassen (Union chrétienne-démocrate, CDU) est devenu l'un des porte-parole de l'extrême droite.

Canada: La campagne d'austérité des conservateurs de l'Alberta va aggraver la crise sociale

Riksen Stewart, 27 décembre 2019

Les menaces d'une «grève générale» de la part de quelques bureaucrates syndicaux sont de la poudre aux yeux qui visent à contenir et à désamorcer l'hostilité croissante de la classe ouvrière à l'égard du gouvernement provincial.

New in Norwegian

Boeings adm. dir. Dennis Muilenburg tvunget til å trekke seg

Bryan Dyne, 27. desember 2019

Fjerning av Muilenburg vil ikke endre Boeings underliggende drivkraft for stadig større profitter på bekostning av menneskeliv.

Franske streikende motsetter seg «julevåpenhvilen» Macron og fagforbundene kaller for

V. Gnana og Alex Lantier, 27. desember 2019

Jernbane- og energiforsyningsstreiken svekkes ikke, og de streikende krever i stadig større grad å få organisere deres egen streik, uavhengig av fagforbundsbossene som forhandler med staten.

Arbeidere i Tyskland støtter franske arbeideres streik mot Macron

våre reportere, 27. desember 2019

Opel-arbeidere nært Frankfurt og Siemens-arbeidere i Berlin uttalte seg til støtte for streikebevegelsen i Frankrike, og forklarte hva de mener må gjøres.

New York Times’ «1619-prosjekt»
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Shell Oil og massedrap i Afrika

Trévor Austin og Bill Van Auken, 27. desember 2019

Hannah-Jones, hovedtalsperson for «1619-prosjektet», deltok på et podium sponset av Shell Oil, som er implisert i massive forbrytelser mot ogonifolkets menneskerettigheter i Nigeria.

La revolución y la tierra: Peruansk dokumentar om 1960- og ’70-tallets agrarreform får stor oppmerksomhet

Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 27. desember 2019

Dokumentarfilmen levendegjør den århundrer-lange utbyttingen av Perus urbefolkning av småbønder, men mislykkes i å gi en helhetlig og sammenhengende politisk analyse av general Velascos regimes vekst og fall.

New in Spanish

La navidad de 2019: más de medio millón de personas sin hogar en EE. UU.

Niles Niemuth, 27 diciembre 2019

En un momento en que la élite gobernante está celebrando un continuo aumento en el mercado bursátil y se felicita por las cifras históricamente bajas del desempleo, el número de personas siendo lanzadas a la calle está aumentando.

Trump se jacta del respaldo de los demócratas a su asalto contra inmigrantes

Bill Van Auken, 27 diciembre 2019

Con apoyo bipartidista, las condiciones en la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México y en los centros de detención para inmigrantes se han vuelto cada vez más infernales.

Los bolcheviques contra el estalinismo 1928–1933: León Trotsky y la Oposición de Izquierda, de Vadim Rogovin
Un reporte magnífico sobre los opositores de Stalin en la URSS

Andrea Peters, 27 diciembre 2019

El ascenso de Stalin ni estaba predeterminado ni fue consecuencia natural de la Revolución de Octubre. El gran chauvinista y burócrata ruso consiguió el poder en un conflicto feroz con el proletariado, el campesinado y los cuadros del movimiento socialista revolucionario.

Huelguistas franceses se oponen a “tregua navideña” de Macron y los sindicatos

V. Gnana y Alex Lantier, 27 diciembre 2019

La huelga ferroviaria y energética no se está debilitando y los huelguistas están exigiendo con mayor frecuencia organizar su propia huelga independientemente de los jefes sindicales que negocian con el Estado.

General ultraderechista español exige el derrocamiento del gobierno del Partido Socialista Obrero Español

Alejandro López, 27 diciembre 2019

Según El País, este llamamiento del exjefe del Estado Mayor del ejército español está circulando ampliamente en el cuerpo de oficiales en grupos de WhatsApp.

Trump recorta los fondos de Medicaid para Puerto Rico

Julio Patron, 27 diciembre 2019

El presidente Trump intervino personalmente en las conversaciones de gasto de la semana pasada para reducir la financiación de Puerto Rico, que ha estado plagada de recesión y desigualdad social despiadada.

New in German

Weihnachten 2019: Mehr als eine halbe Million Obdachlose in Amerika

Niles Niemuth, 27. Dezember 2019

Während die herrschende Elite steigende Aktienkurse feiert und sich für niedrige Arbeitslosenzahlen auf die Schulter klopft, steigt die Zahl der Menschen, die auf der Straße leben müssen.

Streiks in Frankreich gehen auch über Feiertage weiter

V. Gnana und Alex Lantier, 27. Dezember 2019

Der Streik bei der Bahn und den Energiekonzernen geht unvermindert weiter. Unter den Streikenden wächst die Forderung, den Streik selbst zu organisieren, unabhängig von den Gewerkschaftsbossen, die mit dem Staat verhandeln.

Armutsbericht 2019:
Armut in Deutschland bleibt auf hohem Niveau

Elisabeth Zimmermann, 27. Dezember 2019

Laut dem Bericht des Paritätischen Wohlfahrtsverbands betrug die Armut Ende 2018 weiterhin 15,5 Prozent. Besonders das Ruhrgebiet gilt mit einer Armutsquote von 21,1 Prozent als „Problemregion Nr. 1“.

Rechtsextremer spanischer General ruft zum Sturz der PSOE-Regierung auf

Alejandro López, 27. Dezember 2019

Laut der spanischen Zeitung El País stößt der Aufruf des ehemaligen Generalstabschefs der spanischen Armee zum Sturz der Regierung in WhatsApp-Gruppen von Offizieren auf große Resonanz.

Buchmesse Istanbul:
David North stellt türkische Ausgabe von „Verteidigung Leo Trotzkis“ vor

unserem Korrespondenten, 27. Dezember 2019

Auf der Istanbuler Buchmesse im November präsentierte der Verlag Mehring Yayıncılık fünf Bücher des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale (IKVI).

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Perspective

Oppose Trump’s criminal war against Iran!

6 January 2020

Trump’s provocation of a war with Iran is an attempt to find a way out of the increasingly desperate crisis of American capitalism—international and domestic—through spectacular acts of violence.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

The 2010s were years of intensifying capitalist crisis, which set into motion a global resurgence of class conflict. The 2020s will witness the immense growth of the international movement of the working class for socialism.

The New York Times' 1619 Project

The 1619 Project and the falsification of history: An analysis of the New York Times’ reply to five historians

By David North and Eric London, 28 December 2019

New York Times Magazine editor Jake Silverstein, reviving discredited racialist distortions of the American Revolution and Civil War, refuses to correct historical errors in the 1619 Project.

The New York Times’ “1619 Project”
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Shell Oil and mass killings in Africa

By Trévon Austin and Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2019

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 6 September 2019

“A preposterous and one-dimensional reading of the American past”
Oxford historian Richard Carwardine on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 31 December 2019

1619 Project director speaks at New York University
Nikole Hannah-Jones, race theory and the Holocaust

By Eric London and David North, 26 November 2019

More on the New York Times’ 1619 Project »

Arts Review

An interview with film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum: “I’m trying to do something aesthetic through criticism”

By David Walsh, 6 January 2020

The WSWS recently spoke to Jonathan Rosenbaum, the longtime film critic for the Chicago Reader and author of numerous books on filmmaking.

Just Mercy: The cruelty of Alabama’s death penalty

By Joanne Laurier, 6 January 2020

The film is based on Bryan Stevenson’s bestselling 2014 memoir, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. It dramatizes Stevenson’s courageous efforts to reverse death penalty sentences in Alabama.

Black Mirror Season 5: The elephants in the room

By Zac Corrigan, 4 January 2020

Sleepy LaBeef, country boogie-woogie musician and singer, dies at 84
Including an interview from 1996

By David Walsh, 3 January 2020

Best films and television of 2019 and the decade

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 31 December 2019

Favorite music of 2019

By Hiram Lee and Matthew Brennan, 31 December 2019

25 years ago: Russian bloodbath in Chechnya intensifies

On January 11, 1995, Chechen leader Dzhokhar Dudayev met with reporters for the first time in three weeks to concede that Chechnya could not win a war against Russia for independence.

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50 years ago: Biafran forces surrender in Nigerian civil war

On January 12, 1970, the military forces of the breakaway region of Biafra surrendered to Nigeria, ending the three-year Nigerian Civil War that began in 1967. The Nigerian military had launched its final offensive, “Operation Tail-Wind,” on January 7 and captured the Biafran capital of Owerri on January 9.

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75 years ago: Fourth International publishes resolution exposing US imperialism’s war aims

This week in January, 1945, the Fourth International, the theoretical journal of the world Trotskyist movement, published a major resolution adopted by the US Socialist Workers Party (SWP) exposing the predatory character of American imperialism’s intervention in World War II.

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100 years ago: Red Army routs Whites in Siberia

On January 7, 1920, the Red Fifth Army captured the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. An uprising in the city and Soviet partisans had facilitated the capture.

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Free Assange and Manning

Ex-Australian foreign minister calls for release of Julian Assange to halt damage to US alliance

By Mike Head, 4 January 2020

Mexican president calls for Julian Assange’s freedom

By Kevin Reed, 4 January 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Mehring Books

Mehring Books Holiday Sale ends Sunday at midnight
David North’s writings 50 percent off through weekend

3 January 2020

This is the last weekend to buy the writings of SEP National Chairman David North at reduced prices from Mehring Books.

Last Week for Mehring Books Holiday Sale
Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement by Eric London – How Leon Trotsky’s Assassination was prepared

By Mehring Books, 30 December 2019

Last Week for Mehring Books Holiday Sale
2018 lecture by Eric London: The origins and findings of Security and the Fourth International

Vadim Rogovin’s Bolsheviks against Stalinism 1928–1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
A magnificent account of Stalin’s opponents in the USSR

By Andrea Peters, 21 December 2019

Workers Struggles

Garbage collectors strike in India’s Maharashtra state capital; military vehicle production workers oppose sackings in Tamil Nadu
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

4 January 2020

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Quebec’s CAQ government launches fresh assault on public sector workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 31 December 2019

“They treat us like cavemen. They don’t care if we live or die.”
Striking Arizona copper miners determined to continue fight

By Evan Blake and Jerry White, 30 December 2019

As the Transport Workers Union attempts to push through major concessions
New York City transit workers speak out about workplace dangers and attacks on health care

By Daniel de Vries, 30 December 2019

Commentary

The US sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the danger of World War III

By Peter Schwarz, 31 December 2019

India: Protests against anti-Muslim citizenship law in Kolkata

By Arun Kumar and Palash Roy, 31 December 2019

Desperate to stem protests, dozens of governments shut down internet access in 2019

By Andre Damon, 27 December 2019

Socialist Equality Party

UK Public Meetings:
The election of Boris Johnson and the failure of Corbynism

28 December 2019

Socialist Equality Party used UK general election to put forward a socialist perspective

Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE to hold public meeting on how to fight the new Rajapakse regime

14 December 2019

SEP/IYSSE public meeting in Colombo: Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!

14 December 2019

Autoworkers Struggles

GM workers in Mexico thank US workers for donating to their defense fund

By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 27 December 2019

Defend the Silao Seven!
Fired Mexican GM workers issue open letter to American workers

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 11 December 2019

“We are all working people. We should be fighting together”
Detroit autoworkers voice support for victimized Mexican GM workers

AFL-CIO, Mexican government seek to chain renewed struggles across Matamoros to “independent” trade unions

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

The Reiss Center at NYU’s Law School: A think tank for the national security establishment and the Democratic Party
Part 2: The Reiss Center’s role in the impeachment crisis and anti-Russia campaign

the New York University IYSSE, 11 December 2019

The Reiss Center at NYU’s Law School: A think tank for the national security establishment and the Democratic Party
Part 1: Obama’s national security apparatus in exile

IYSSE, student unions defend students in Germany against right-wing attacks

By our reporters, 2 December 2019

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Science

Skin Deep, Journey in the Divisive Science of Race, by Gavin Evans

By Philip Guelpa, 9 December 2019

The overwhelming weight of scientific research demonstrates that “race” does not exist as a valid biological category, but is a social construct.

History

David North introduces Turkish-language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky at Istanbul Book Fair

By our reporter, 11 November 2019

Mehring Yayıncılık announced the publication of five major works by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) at its Istanbul Book Fair stall, including two authored by David North.

Socialist Equality Party

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes new ICFI books for İstanbul Book Fair

By Ulas Atesci, 29 October 2019

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Rogovin, 30 August 2019

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

Featured Commentary

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019