Iran strikes US bases in Iraq as Pentagon deploys B-52 bombers

By Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2020

In evident preparation for full-scale war, the Pentagon has dispatched a bomber strike force consisting of six B-52 heavy bombers to the US military base on the island of Diego Garcia.

The murder of Qassem Suleimani and assassination as state policy

Oppose Trump’s criminal war against Iran!

European governments defend US state terrorism following assassination of Iranian General Suleimani

Australian government backs US provocations against Iran

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 January 2020

Government representatives responded to the illegal US assassination of General Suleimani by expressing “concern” over “Iran’s behaviour” and insisting Australian troops remain in Iraq.

Corbyn grovels to Privy Council, seeking to block mass anti-war movement

By Laura Tiernan, 8 January 2020

Corbyn’s letter to Johnson was framed as a defence of British national security interests and exhibited Corbyn’s trademark deference to the state.

Britain backs US war drive against Iran

House and Senate deadlocked over Trump impeachment trial

By Barry Grey, 8 January 2020

It was the decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine, which is fighting a US proxy war against Russian-backed separatists, that triggered a furious conflict within the state and the Trump administration itself.

Earthquake strikes Puerto Rico, killing one and knocking out power to the island

By Rafael Azul, 8 January 2020

Tuesday’s 6.4 magnitude quake was the most severe among numerous seismic events along an underwater fault line in recent days, marking the most damaging wave of tremors in more than a century.

Boeing, reversing its stance, recommends simulator training for 737 Max 8 pilots

By Bryan Dyne, 8 January 2020

The airplane manufacturer’s reversal highlights its culpability in previously opposing simulator training, even after two deadly crashes of 737 Max commercial jets that took a combined total of 346 lives.

Podemos enters Spanish government

By Alex Lantier, 8 January 2020

The formation of the government capped two months of manoeuvres within the Spanish ruling elite after the November 10 elections produced yet another hung parliament.

PSOE-Podemos loses investiture vote as Spanish right attacks Catalan government

By Alejandro López, 8 January 2020

New Year’s Eve in Leipzig: German media and police spread false reports about left-wing violence

By Christopher Lehmann and Christoph Vandreier, 8 January 2020

The aim of the latest campaign surrounding the events in Leipzig is to intimidate anyone who stands in the way of the far right.

Germany: Greens join Saxony coalition government’s right-wing agenda

By Martin Nowak, 8 January 2020

Shortly before the end of the year, the new state government in Saxony was sworn in. For the first time, a coalition of Christian Democrats, Social Democrats and Greens is taking over the government in the East German state.

The growing fascist influence in German politics: The case of Christian Democratic politician Robert Möritz

Fascist group carries out terrorist attack in Brazil

By Tomas Castanheira, 8 January 2020

The Bolsonaro government, which denounces every form of social protest as “terrorism”, has remained silent about the firebombing, signaling tacit support for fascist violence.

New Zealand soldier linked to fascist groups arrested

By Tom Peters, 8 January 2020

The arrested soldier was initially questioned following the Christchurch terrorist attack in March 2019, in which a fascist gunman killed 51 people.

7 January 2020

As millions march in Tehran, US steps up military build-up against Iran

By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2020

US assassination of Suleimani staggers Turkish government

By Ulas Atesci, 7 January 2020

Iranian-Americans detained at US-Canada border in wake of Suleimani assassination

By Benjamin Mateus, 7 January 2020

Trump boasts of Democrats’ backing for his assault on immigrants

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CBS’ “60 Minutes” program raises questions on death of Jeffrey Epstein

By Kevin Reed, 7 January 2020

Maduro government ousts Guaidó as speaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly

By Andrea Lobo, 7 January 2020

Transatlantic digital tax trade war looms

By Nick Beams, 7 January 2020

NHS London crisis deepens due to cuts, understaffing and privatisation

By Thomas Scripps, 7 January 2020

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

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

Settlement reached in lawsuit against Detroit killer cops in Damon Grimes case

By Tyler van Dyke and Tom Hall, 7 January 2020

Australia: Surveys reveal majority of former car workers unable to find decent jobs

By Terry Cook, 7 January 2020

New in Norwegian

Den amerikanske propagandamaskina berettiger attentatet mot Qassem Soleimani

Andre Damon og David North, 8. januar 2020

Det å presentere generalmajor Qassem Suleimanis liv med noen som helst grad av ærlighet ville betinge en erkjennelse av den kriminelle rollen USA har spilt i undergravingen av folkets interesse i Iran og hele Midtøsten, gjennom mer enn 70 år.

Mens millioner marsjerer i Teheran intensiverer USA militæroppbyggingen mot Iran

Patrick Martin, 8. januar 2020

Samtidig som millioner i Iran sørger over drapet på general Qassem Suleimani samler president Trump styrker for langt større forbrytelser.

Europeiske regjeringer forsvarer amerikansk statsterrorisme etter attentatet på Irans general Suleimani

Peter Schwarz, 8. januar 2020

Samtidig som de europeiske regjeringene oppfordrer til nedtrappinging har de nektet å fordømme det målrettede drapet av en høyt rangert representant for en suveren stat som en krigsforbrytelse.

Det amerikanske attentatet på Suleimani skaker Tyrkias regjering

Ulas Atesci, 8. januar 2020

Det tok 10 timer før den tyrkiske regjeringen reagerte på denne illegale krigshandlingen, utført av landets tiårlange NATO-allierte.

Titalls millioner forventet å ta del i hele Indias én-dag nasjonalstreik

Keith Jones, 8. januar 2020

Med dagens streik står Modi-regjeringen overfor masseopposisjon mot sin sosialt brennende big business -agenda og promotering av reaksjonær hindu-dominans.

New in German

US-Propaganda-Maschine rechtfertigt Mord an Qassim Soleimani

André Damon und David North, 8. Januar 2020

Wer General Qassim Soleimanis Leben richtig würdigen will, muss sich mit der politisch kriminellen und moralisch verwerflichen Rolle beschäftigen, die die Vereinigten Staaten und alle US-Regierungen seit über 70 Jahren im Iran und im gesamten Nahen Osten spielen: Sie untergraben systematisch die Interessen der Menschen in der Region.

Millionen demonstrieren in Teheran, USA rüsten weiter gegen Iran

Patrick Martin, 8. Januar 2020

Während Millionen Iraner um den ermordeten General Qassim Soleimani trauern, stellt US-Präsident Trump Truppen für noch größere Verbrechen zusammen.

Das „Umweltsau“-Video und die Selbstgleichschaltung der Medien

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 8. Januar 2020

Der Umgang des WDR mit dem sogenannten „Umweltsau“-Video ist ein Paradebeispiel dafür, wie sich die Medien auf den geringsten Druck von rechts selbst zensieren und die Ideologie der Rechten verbreiten.

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 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.

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Perspective

Australian bushfire catastrophe exposes the contempt of the ruling elites for working people

8 January 2020

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will go down in history as the political leader who secretly went on holiday to Hawaii while the country burned.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

The US propaganda machine justifies the assassination of Qassem Suleimani

By Andre Damon and David North, 7 January 2020

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

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 »

Commentary

Indian workers need a revolutionary socialist program to fight Modi, capitalist austerity, and communal reaction

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 8 January 2020

While tens of millions of workers and youth will join today’s general strike to fight the BJP’s “pro-investor” and communalist policies, the unions and Stalinist parties are seeking to tie the mass opposition to Modi to the big-business Congress Party and the Indian state.

Tens of millions to join all-India one-day strike on Wednesday

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

By James Cogan, 6 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

Autoworkers Struggles

Lessons of the US autoworkers’ struggle of 2019

By Tom Hall, 8 January 2020

The sellout contracts imposed by the United Auto Workers on GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler workers has set the stage for new and more explosive 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

More on autoworkers struggles »

Arts Review

The Mandalorian and Disney Plus: The media giant targets the small screen

By Matthew MacEgan, 8 January 2020

Disney launched its new streaming service, Disney Plus, with the first live-action Star Wars television series, The Mandalorian, this past November.

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

By David Walsh, 6 January 2020

Just Mercy: The cruelty of Alabama’s death penalty

By Joanne Laurier, 6 January 2020

Black Mirror Season 5: The elephants in the room

By Zac Corrigan, 4 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

Sri Lanka: SEP meeting in Colombo demands release of Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 7 January 2020

Afterwards, a University of Colombo student, declared: “I agree with the point made in this meeting that the fight for the freedom of Assange is so crucial for the defence of democratic rights internationally.”

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

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

Stalin’s rise was neither foreordained nor a natural outgrowth of the October Revolution. The Great Russian chauvinist and bureaucrat secured power in ferocious conflict with the proletariat, peasantry and cadre of the revolutionary socialist movement.

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

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

By 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

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 Z. 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