Massive all-India general strike protests Modi’s pro-investor, communalist policies

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 9 January 2020

The strike’s size and scope did vary across the country, but there is no doubt that it had a massive impact, and attested to the growing militancy and immense social power of the working class.

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

Inadequate government relief for Australian bushfire victims

By James Cogan, 9 January 2020

With his government under siege, Prime Minister Morrison announced that $2 billion in assistance will be provided over the next two years.

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

Australian bushfire victims speak-out: “What is our government doing at the moment?”

By our reporters, 9 January 2020

One resident of Balmoral, a village in NSW, stated: “We’ve been through tough times before but nothing like this. The size of fires is unprecedented. All the resources are stretched to breaking point.”

Central banks losing firepower to counter recession

By Nick Beams, 9 January 2020

The key message from the annual meeting of the American Economic Association last weekend was that central banks do not have the tools to cope with a world of low inflation and low interest rates.

UN rapporteur Nils Melzer condemns US torture of Chelsea Manning

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 January 2020

In a statement responding to Melzer’s finding, the courageous whistleblower declared: “Even knowing I am very likely to stay in jail for an even longer time, I’m never backing down.”

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.

After four years of Corbyn, Blairite Sir Keir Starmer frontrunner in UK Labour leadership contest

By Robert Stevens, 9 January 2020

Such is Corbyn’s political legacy in preserving the Blairites domination of the PLP that Starmer was the first candidate to secure the necessary nominations to go forward, including the backing of a major union, Unison.

Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin shielded from fraud, corruption charges

By Laurent Lafrance, 9 January 2020

With the full complicity of the Canadian and Quebec political establishment, SNC-Lavalin has made massive profits through criminal methods around the globe.

Trump administration begins collecting DNA from detained immigrants

By Kevin Reed, 9 January 2020

The new policy violates Fourth Amendment rights and is the first step in the establishment of a law enforcement biometric database for the entire population.

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

Trump boasts of Democrats’ backing for his assault on immigrants

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Another Kentucky coal company refuses to pay miners

By Samuel Davidson, 9 January 2020

Following the pattern of Blackjewel, Perry County Coal Company has refused to give miners their final paycheck and money for unused vacation days.

New York City judge orders 13-year-old held awaiting trial for murder of Barnard College student

By Owen Mullan, 9 January 2020

Tessa Majors was stabbed and killed during an apparent robbery in Morningside Park in Harlem in early December.

Widespread opposition among South Australian teachers to union-government sell-out agreement

By Sue Phillips, 9 January 2020

The AEU claims that the government’s offer was passed by a narrow margin of 54–46 percent.

7 January 2020

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

By Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2020

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

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

By Laura Tiernan, 8 January 2020

Britain backs US war drive against Iran

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

By Bryan Dyne, 8 January 2020

Podemos enters Spanish government

By Alex Lantier, 8 January 2020

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

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

By Martin Nowak, 8 January 2020

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

New Zealand soldier linked to fascist groups arrested

By Tom Peters, 8 January 2020

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Avustralya’daki yangın felaketi egemenlerin emekçilere yönelik kayıtsızlığını sergiliyor

James Cogan, 9 Ocak 2020

Siyasi açıdan, 2019–2020 yangın krizinin en önemli ve kalıcı yönü, işçi sınıfı çoğunluğu ile üretici güçleri kontrol eden ve hükümetin politikasını belirleyen mali sektör ve şirket oligarşisi arasındaki uçurumu açığa vurmuş olmasıdır.

Pentagon B-52 uçaklarını konuşlandırırken İran Irak’taki ABD üslerini vurdu

Bill Van Auken, 9 Ocak 2020

Süleymani suikastının ardından gerilimlerin durmadan tırmanmasının ortasında, nükleer kapasiteli bombardıman uçaklarının konuşlandırılması, doğrudan doğruya, 82 milyon nüfuslu bu ülkeye karşı topyekun bir askeri şiddet tehdidini temsil etmektedir.

ABD’nin propaganda makinesi, Kasım Süleymani suikastını meşrulaştırıyor

Andre Damon ve David North, 9 Ocak 2020

Süleymani’yi bir katil olarak kınayan aynı medya sözcüleri, ABD’nin 1991’de Irak’ı ilk kez istila etmesinden beri –Clinton yönetiminin yüz binlerce insanı öldüren acımasız yaptırımları dahil– işlediği suçlar karşısında sessizler.

75 yıl önce: Dördüncü Enternasyonal, ABD emperyalizminin savaş hedeflerini ifşa eden kararı yayımladı

9 Ocak 2020

75 yıl önce Sosyalist İşçi Partisi, Amerikan emperyalizminin II. Dünya Savaşı’ndaki müdahalesinin yağmacı karakterini ifşa eden bir ana kararı yayımladı.

New in French

L'Iran frappe des bases américaines en Irak alors que le Pentagone déploie des bombardiers B-52

Bill Van Auken, 9 janvier 2020

En préparation évidente d'une guerre à grande échelle, le Pentagone a envoyé une force de frappe composée de six bombardiers lourds B-52 sur la base militaire américaine de l'île de Diego Garcia.

Après le meurtre de Soleimani, le NPA part en guerre contre l’Iran

Alexandre Lantier, 9 janvier 2020

Le NPA met en avant le mensonge que l’Iran, un pays ex-colonial, serait une puissance impérialiste qui attaque Washington, et traite Soleimani de meurtrier de masse.

Corbyn rampe devant le Conseil privé, cherchant à bloquer un mouvement anti-guerre de masse

Laura Tiernan, 9 janvier 2020

La lettre de Corbyn à Johnson était rédigée de manière à défendre les intérêts de la sécurité nationale britannique et portait la marque de fabrique de Corbyn, celle de sa soumission à l’Etat

Podemos entre au gouvernement espagnol

Alex Lantier, 9 janvier 2020

La formation du gouvernement a mis un terme à deux mois de manœuvres dans l’élite dirigeante espagnole suite au parlement sans majorité sorti des élections du 10 novembre.

New in German

Buschbrände in Australien offenbaren die Verachtung der herrschenden Elite für die Arbeiterklasse

James Cogan, 9. Januar 2020

Der australische Premierminister Scott Morrison wird als der Regierungschef in die Geschichte eingehen, der heimlich in seinen Urlaub nach Hawaii abreiste, während das Land in Flammen stand.

Bundesregierung plant weitere Aufrüstung von Polizei und Geheimdiensten

Gregor Link, 9. Januar 2020

Die Pläne des Innenministeriums streben danach, die Trennung von Polizei und Geheimdiensten aufzuheben, die nach dem Terror von Hitlers Gestapo im Grundgesetz festgeschrieben wurde.

Podemos tritt in spanische Regierung ein

Alex Lantier, 9. Januar 2020

Der Bildung der neuen Regierung waren zwei Monate andauernde Manöver innerhalb der herrschenden Elite Spaniens vorangegangen, nachdem die Wahl am 10. November erneut keine klaren Mehrheitsverhältnisse gebracht hatte.

New in Spanish

La catástrofe de los incendios en Australia expone el desdeño de las élites gobernantes hacia los trabajadores

Por James Cogan, 9 enero 2020

El primer ministro Scott Morrison pasará a la historia como el líder pol´tiico que se fue secretamente de vacaciones a Hawái mientras el país arde.

Gobierno de Maduro destituye a Guaidó como presidente de la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela

Por Andrea Lobo, 9 enero 2020

El paso para marginar a la oposición está en gran medida basado en cálculos de que puede aprovechar la crisis de guerra en Oriente Próximo y la mayor oposición popular a la ilegalidad de la política exterior de EE. UU.

Podemos entra en el gobierno español

Por Alex Lantier, 9 enero 2020

La formación de gobierno pone fin a dos meses de maniobras dentro de la élite gobernante española después de que las elecciones del 10 de noviembre produjeran otro parlamento sin mayoría absoluta.

Los trabajadores indios necesitan un programa socialista revolucionario para luchar contra Modi, la austeridad capitalista y la reacción comunitaria

Por Deepal Jayasekera y Keith Jones, 9 enero 2020

Mientras que decenas de millones de trabajadores y jóvenes se unirán a la huelga general de hoy para luchar contra las políticas "proinversor" y comunista del BJP, los sindicatos y los partidos estalinistas buscan vincular la oposición de masas a Modi con el Partido del Congreso de las grandes empresas y la India estado.

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Perspective

Trump bides his time, but the preparations for war against Iran will continue

9 January 2020

The media falsely claims that Trump’s failure to order immediate strikes against Iran signals an opening for peace.

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Featured Commentary

After Suleimani murder, New Anti-capitalist Party backs US war on Iran

By Alex Lantier, 9 January 2020

The NPA advances the lie that Iran, a former colonial country, is in fact an imperialist power attacking Washington and slanders Suleimani personally as a mass murderer.

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

Harvey Weinstein criminal trial begins amid media frenzy

By Eric London, 9 January 2020

At stake in Weinstein’s prosecution is the fundamental due process right to the presumption of innocence and a fair trial by an untainted jury.

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

Arts Review

At the Golden Globes awards ceremony: Comic Ricky Gervais causes a stir

By David Walsh, 9 January 2020

Gervais ruffled some feathers in Hollywood and the media, most of which deserved to be ruffled, on Sunday night at the Golden Globes awards ceremony.

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

By Matthew MacEgan, 8 January 2020

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

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 »

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

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 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