US and Israel escalate Middle East tensions in wake of Suleimani assassination

By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2020

A report that Washington attempted to assassinate a second Iranian official in Yemen has given the lie to the claim that Suleimani was killed to prevent an “imminent” attack.

Erdoğan and Putin open TurkStream pipeline after Iran strikes US bases in Iraq

By Ulaş Ateşci, 11 January 2020

US, Canada blame plane crash on Iran as causes remain unclear

Oppose Trump’s criminal war against Iran!

After millions march against US imperialism in the Middle East
Trump boasts of “executing” Iranian General Suleimani in Ohio campaign speech

By Barry Grey, 11 January 2020

Trump’s biggest asset is his nominal political opposition, the Democratic Party.

Boston area professor fired after anti-Trump Facebook posting

By Dan Conway, 11 January 2020

UK: Corbyn offers no fight against war with Iran

By Thomas Scripps, 11 January 2020

House and Senate deadlocked over Trump impeachment trial

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

The Australian fire crisis and the necessity for socialism

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 January 2020

That the Australian prime minister denied any link between the fires and global warming epitomises the organic incapacity of the ruling classes internationally to address, let alone resolve, the climate crisis.

“It’s the big companies that are responsible for this”
Mass climate change rallies held amid Australian bushfire emergency

By our reporters, 11 January 2020

One protester, whose family has been hit by the fires, said: “The rich and those in power have their own houses, their own air conditioners. They can fly away to Hawaii. They’re not impacted.”

“Everyone is saying this government has to go”
Australia: Victim of East Gippsland bushfire voices anger over government negligence

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

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

Inadequate government relief for Australian bushfire victims

Denied US entry, asylum seeker takes his own life on US-Mexico border bridge

By Norisa Diaz, 11 January 2020

The suicide of Jesús García Serna casts light on the dire conditions facing the migrants being turned away from the US southern border.

Trump administration initiated program to deport Mexican asylum seekers to Guatemala

Trump administration begins collecting DNA from detained immigrants

More on North American immigrant issues »

Surveillance video outside Jeffrey Epstein’s cell during first “suicide attempt” deleted

By Kevin Reed, 11 January 2020

The loss of the video from July 23 lends further credence to the explanation that Jeffrey Epstein was murdered rather than killed himself.

Mack Trucks to layoff 305 workers at Allentown, Pennsylvania factory

By Steve Filips, 11 January 2020

The announcement comes only months after the UAW’s betrayal of the Mack Truck strike last year.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police advocated use of live fire against indigenous pipeline protesters

By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 11 January 2020

The incident underscores that Canada’s ruling elite will stop at nothing to enforce its insatiable drive for profit, and that opposition will be ruthlessly suppressed.

UK police fire stun guns 2,500 times as deployment of weapon escalates

By Dennis Moore, 11 January 2020

The use of stun guns has sparked controversy since their introduction, following the growing numbers of deaths they have caused when deployed.

Germany: Response to satirical children’s video exposes self-censorship of the media

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 11 January 2020

The week before Christmas, German broadcaster WDR posted an online video of a children’s choir singing an updated version of a satirical song, triggering hysterical denunciations.

World famous pianist Igor Levit victim of anti-Semitic death threats

By Marianne Arens, 11 January 2020

The fact that a Jewish pianist cannot perform publicly without protection indicates the extent of the current turn to the right in German politics.

Bandera supporters march in major Ukrainian cities after government names Nazi collaborators “national heroes”

General election in Taiwan marked by anti-China atmosphere

By Ben McGrath, 11 January 2020

The Taiwanese ruling elite has covered up the real issues in the region during this election, including its alignment with Washington’s war drive against China.

US and Australia ready another “regime-change” operation in Solomon Islands

By Patrick O’Connor, 11 January 2020

American and Australian officials had exerted considerable efforts to dissuade Sogavare from aligning with China, and reacted with fury to his diplomatic switch away from Taiwan.

10 January 2020

Millions march in France as strikes against Macron pension cut spread

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 10 January 2020

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

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans still without electricity, water, days after earthquake

By Matthew Taylor, 10 January 2020

Corruption investigation targets newly installed UAW president Rory Gamble

By Shannon Jones, 10 January 2020

Lessons of the US autoworkers’ struggle of 2019

India: Mass outrage over Hindu supremacists’ violent assault on JNU students

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 January 2020

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

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

UN rapporteur Nils Melzer condemns Britain’s criminal role in the torture of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 January 2020

UN rapporteur Nils Melzer condemns US torture of Chelsea Manning

US alcohol-related deaths doubled between 1999 and 2017

By Kate Randall, 10 January 2020

UK retailers report “worst year on record” as 140,000 job are shed

By Margot Miller, 10 January 2020

Sri Lankan president outlines big business, communalist policy to parliament

By K. Ratnayake, 10 January 2020

Teachers condemn union’s sell-out agreement in New South Wales

By our reporter, 10 January 2020

New in Russian

Сторонники Бандеры маршируют в крупных городах Украины после того, как правительство объявило нацистских коллаборационистов «национальными героями»

Джейсон Мелановски и Клара Вайс, 11 января 2020 г.

Прославление киевским правительством одиозных антисемитских фигур и нацистских коллаборационистов сопровождается постыдным молчанием со стороны империалистических патронов Украины.

New in Turkish

Grevlerin yayıldığı Fransa'da milyonlarca insan yürüyüşlere katıldı

Anthony Torres ve Alex Lantier, 11 Ocak 2020

İleriye giden yol, sendikalardan bağımsız eylem komiteleri inşa ederek, grevcileri, "sarı yelekliler"i ve gençleri, kapitalist sisteme karşı işçi iktidarı uğruna mücadelenin parçası olarak Macron hükümetine karşı birleştirmekten geçiyor.

Uçağın düşme nedeni belirsizken ABD ve Kanada İran'ı suçluyor

Clara Weiss, 11 Ocak 2020

İran'ın uçağı bir ABD saldırısının parçası sanıp kazara vurduğunun ortaya çıkması halinde, bu dehşet verici facianın başlıca sorumlusu ABD emperyalizmi olacaktır.

New in Norwegian

Millioner masjerer i Frankrike der streikene mot Macrons pensjonskutt brer seg

Anthony Torres og Alex Lantier, 11. januar 2020

Raffinerier, havner og flyselskaper meldte seg med i streiken, med hundretusener av arbeidere og ungdommer som marsjerte mot innstramminger, militarisme og politiets undertrykking.

Massiv generalstreik over hele India protesterte mot Modis pro-investor og kommunalistiske politikk

Deepal Jayasekera og Keith Jones, 11. januar 2020

Streikens størrelse og omfang varierte over landet, men det er ingentvil om at den hadde massive konsekvenser og attesterte arbeiderklassens voksende militans og enorme sosiale kraft.

India: Massive ramaskrik over hindu-sjåvinisters voldelige angrep på JNU-studenter

Wasantha Rupasinghe, 11. januar 2020

Alle omstendighetene rundt angrepet peker på at det ble utført med Narendra Modis BJP-regjerings medvitende, om ikke på dens befaling.

FN-rapportør Nils Melzer fordømmer Storbritannias kriminelle rolle i torturen av Julian Assange

Oscar Grenfell, 11. januar 2020

Melzer krever at utleveringsbehandlingen avvises, Assanges frihet og en kriminaletterforskning av de ansvarlige for hans forfølgelse.

New in Spanish

Los demócratas aprueban resolución fraudulenta de Pelosi contra la guerra

Patrick Martin, 11 enero 2020

El jueves, los demócratas de la Cámara de Representantes respaldaron una resolución “concurrente” que no limita significativamente la habilidad de Trump de iniciar una guerra contra Irán.

El relator de la ONU, Nils Melzer, condena el papel criminal británico en la tortura de Julian Assange

Oscar Grenfell,11 enero 2020

Melzer exigió el abandono de los procedimientos de extradición, la libertad de Assange y una investigación criminal de los responsables de su persecución.

Millones de personas marchan en Francia mientras las huelgas se extienden contra los recortes de las pensiones bajo Macron

Anthony Torres y Alex Lantier, 11 enero 2020

Los trabajadores de las refinerías, portuarios y empleados de Air France se unieron a la huelga mientras cientos de miles de trabajadores y jóvenes marchaban contra la austeridad, el militarismo y la represión policial.

Gobierno de Trump inicia programa para deportar solicitantes de asilo mexicanos a Guatemala

Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 11 enero 2020

Las deportaciones ya estaban en marcha cuando salió la noticia; sin embargo, el Gobierno de Trump ha pausado el programa desde entonces, en gran parte por las críticas de los defensores de inmigrantes y las agencias federales.

Inicia recolección de ADN de inmigrantes detenidos bajo Gobierno de Trump

Kevin Reed, 11 enero 2020

La nueva política infringe los derechos bajo la Cuarta Enmienda a la Constitución y establece el primer paso para la creación de una base de datos biométrica policial de toda la población.

Tras el asesinato de Soleimani, el Nuevo Partido Anticapitalista respalda la guerra de EEUU con Irán

Alex Lantier, 11 enero 2020

El NPA plantea la mentira de que Irán, un antiguo país colonial, es de hecho una potencia imperialista que ataca a Washington y calumnia personalmente a Soleimani como asesino en masa.

New in German

Demokraten verabschieden heuchlerische Antikriegsresolution im US-Repräsentantenhaus

Patrick Martin, 11. Januar 2020

Am Donnerstag verabschiedete das US-Repräsentantenhaus mit der Mehrheit der Demokraten eine rein symbolische Resolution, die Trumps Möglichkeit, einen Krieg gegen den Iran zu entfesseln, nicht im Geringsten einschränkt.

Demonstrationen und Streiks in Frankreich gegen Macrons Rentenkürzungen breiten sich weiter aus

Anthony Torres und Alex Lantier, 11. Januar 2020

Immer mehr Arbeiter und Jugendliche beteiligen sich an den landesweiten Streiks in Frankreich, die sich nicht nur gegen Macrons geplante Rentenkürzungen richten, sondern auch gegen weitere Sparmaßnahmen, Militarismus und Polizeigewalt.

Mahnwache für Julian Assange in Frankfurt am Main

einem Korrespondenten, 11. Januar 2020

Weltweit mehren sich die Initiativen zur Verteidigung des inhaftierten WikiLeaks-Gründers. Eine Unterstützergruppe demonstrierte am Mittwoch in Frankfurt für Julian Assanges Freiheit.

Neue Tatversion im Lübcke-Mord

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 11. Januar 2020

Der mutmaßliche Mörder des CDU-Politikers Walter Lübcke hat in einer neuen Aussage einen Bekannten der Tat beschuldigt. Dieser soll den Kasseler Regierungspräsidenten „versehentlich“ erschossen haben.

Europäische Regierungen unterstützen Kriegsvorbereitungen gegen Iran

Peter Schwarz, 11. Januar 2020

Drei Jahrzehnte nach dem Zusammenbruch der Sowjetunion haben die Anarchie des Kapitalismus und die Überholtheit des Nationalstaatensystems zu einer dramatischen Verschärfung imperialistischer Konflikte geführt.

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.

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Perspective

The Indian general strike and the global fight against communalism and war

11 January 2020

Tens of millions of workers, youth and rural toilers participated in Wednesday’s all-India one-day general strike, transcending communal, caste and ethno-linguistic divides.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

European powers support war preparations against Iran

By Peter Schwarz, 11 January 2020

Not a single leading European politician condemned the brutal murder of General Qassem Suleimani, which represented a gross violation of international law and massively expanded the ongoing regional war in the Middle East.

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

Bernie Sanders says “some wars are necessary”

By Tom Hall, 11 January 2020

Sanders’ stated opposition to Trump’s threatened war in Iran is a political trap being set for workers and youth.

The Democrats pass Pelosi’s phony antiwar resolution

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

The US propaganda machine justifies the assassination of Qassem Suleimani

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

The New York Times' 1619 Project

The New York Times’ 1619 Project promoted in schools across the US

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 January 2020

Despite its historical errors and omissions, major efforts are underway to establish the 1619 Project as the official narrative of American history at schools and major academic institutions.

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

Bombshell invents a ruling-class hero

By Erik Schreiber, 11 January 2020

To present former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly as a truth-teller and role model, Bombshell minimizes Kelly’s right-wing views and largely ignores her employer’s role in promoting them.

The Kill Team: Are US military atrocities in Afghanistan just the work of a few “bad apples”?

By Joanne Laurier, 10 January 2020

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

By David Walsh, 9 January 2020

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

Black Mirror Season 5: The elephants in the room

Best films and television of 2019 and the decade

Favorite music of 2019

Autoworkers Struggles

GM workers in Mexico thank Australian workers for support

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 10 January 2020

Amid the looming threat of war after the US killing of Iranian General Suleimani, the statement calls workers to fight against war and the environmental destruction that triggered Australia’s bushfires.

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

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

Commentary

Chelsea Clinton’s millions and the American aristocracy

By Sam Dalton, 10 January 2020

Harvey Weinstein criminal trial begins amid media frenzy

By Eric London, 9 January 2020

Central banks losing firepower to counter recession

By Nick Beams, 9 January 2020

Workers Struggles

India: Haryana public transport workers strike against outsourcing; Pakistani journalists oppose salary and job cuts
Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

11 January 2020

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

Florida teachers to rally January 13 against attacks on public education

By Matthew MacEgan and Nancy Hanover, 10 January 2020

Another Kentucky coal company refuses to pay miners

By Samuel Davidson, 9 January 2020

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