16 February 2019

Indian government seizes on Kashmir attack to ratchet up tensions with Pakistan

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 February 2019

New Delhi’s denunciations and blood-curdling threats are all but an announcement of an impending Indian military strike on Pakistan.

Spanish government falls amid Catalan crisis

By Alejandro López, 16 February 2019

The major parties are set to run the most right-wing election campaign in Spain since the 1978 Transition to parliamentary rule, under cover of opposing Catalan separatism.

The show trial of the Catalan nationalists and the far-right danger in Spain

Germany: Public transport strike paralyzes Berlin

By our reporters, 16 February 2019

For much of Friday, all subways and trams in the capital stood still and most buses remained in their depots.

Tens of thousands strike in Berlin against poor working conditions

Nationwide public sector strike hits Portugal

By Will Morrow, 16 February 2019

Leading union officials have issued warnings to the government that its actions could trigger “uncontrollable” struggles by workers that they cannot prevent.

Union thugs assault striking Matamoros workers

By Andrea Lobo, 16 February 2019

Threats by management, police and the unions are increasingly frequent across the city.

Mexican union apparatus, government scramble to suppress growing strike across Mexico

More on the Matamoros Strike »

Former FBI deputy director confirms FBI, Justice officials discussed removing Trump

By Barry Grey, 16 February 2019

In his “60 Minutes” interview, McCabe confirms the existence of a plot within the FBI and Justice Department to overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election.

As Congress enacts huge “border security” bill
Trump to declare national emergency to build wall

No agreement on US-China trade with talks to continue

By Nick Beams, 16 February 2019

The next round will be virtually the last chance to reach a formal agreement before March 1, after which the US will increase tariffs—from 10 to 25 percent—on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Munich Security Conference
German defence minister advocates German-European war policy

By Johannes Stern, 16 February 2019

Almost 75 years after the end of World War II, the imperialist powers are openly preparing for a new round of military conflicts.

Munich Security Conference overshadowed by rising great power conflicts

Laid-off worker opens fire and kills at least five in Aurora, Illinois manufacturing plant

By George Marlowe, 16 February 2018

A recently laid-off worker at the Henry Pratt Company opened fire Friday, killing at least five people and injuring many others.

No More Deaths volunteers prosecuted for providing humanitarian aid to migrants

By Anthony del Olmo, 16 February 2019

The targeting of humanitarian aid groups is a warning that no one will be spared in the administration’s fascistic attack on immigrants.

Brexit divisions lead to intensified discussions on Conservative and Labour Party splits

By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2019

Theresa May suffered a further defeat in Parliament over her Brexit policy, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was further undermined by a sizeable rebellion by the party’s Blairite right wing.

Australian university sacks academic critical of Israeli and US wars

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 February 2019

The University of Sydney has carried out a serious attack on academic freedom, aimed at intimidating growing opposition to militarism and war.

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Tirem as mãos da Venezuela!

Bill Van Auken, 16 Fevereiro 2019

Com a ajuda do imperialismo europeu e canadense e dos governos de direita da América Latina, Washington está se preparando para invadir a Venezuela ou mergulhá-la em uma guerra civil.

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Krigstoppmøte i Warszawa

Bill Van Auken, 16. februar 2019

Netanyahus erklæring om at denne ukas konferanse i Warszawa ble sammenkalt for å diskutere «krig mot Iran» ble av media behandlet som en sleiv og en blunder; men det var den slett ikke.

Sikkerhetskonferansen i München overskygget av voksende stormaktkonflikter

Peter Schwarz, 16. februar 2019

Konferansen vil være dominert av USAs og landets alliertes forberedelser for krig mot Russland og Kina, og de utdypende konfliktene mellom de vestlige allierte.

Formuekonsentrasjonen øker i USA og globalt

Nick Beams, 16. februar 2019

De i den øverste én-prosenten i USA eier nå om lag 40 prosent av husstandenes formue, og de har økt sin andel med minst 10 prosentpoeng siden 1989.

James Cogan, nasjonalsekretær for SEP (Australia), taler idag lørdag 16. februar, på nettvåken Unity4J

våre reportere, 16. februar 2019

Cogan blir intervjuet om demonstrasjonene kalt av Socialist Equality Party for å kreve frihet for WikiLeaks-utgiveren Julian Assange, og om den bredere kampanjen ledet av WSWS mot internettsensur.

Sydney-møte opponerte mot forfølgelsen av Julian Assange

våre reportere, 16. februar 2019

Joe Lauria, redaktør for Consortium News, SEPs nasjonalsekretær James Cogan og andre prominente WikiLeaks-forsvarere talte på begivenheten.

Professor Stuart Rees støtter demonstrasjonene for Julian Assanges frihet

16. februar 2019

«Julian Assange følger i fotsporene av en lang tradisjon med journalister og varslere som har levert betydelige bidrag til sivile samfunn.»

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Sommet de guerre à Varsovie

Bill Van Auken, 16 février 2019

Si l’annonce par Netanyahu que la conférence de Varsovie avait été organisée afin de discuter de la « guerre contre l’Iran » a été considérée comme une gaffe par les médias, ce n’était absolument pas le cas.

Le lynchage juridique des nationalistes catalans et le danger néofasciste en Espagne

Alexandre Lantier, 16 février 2019

La bourgeoisie espagnole s’aligne sur la politique officielle à travers l’Europe, qui consiste à construire un État policier qui légitime l’héritage du fascisme.

L’État policier se déchaîne contre les «gilets jaunes»

Anthony Torres, 16 février 2019

Alors que l’État fait juger des figures connues du mouvement comme Christophe Dettinger, la répression a fait plus de 2.000 blessés avec 6.000 interpellations.

Des manifestations de masse paralysent Haïti

John Marion, 16 février 2019

Les manifestations, surnommées «Pays lock», ont pris la forme d’une grève générale ayant pour but de paralyser le pays jusqu’à la démission du président Moïse.

Le changement climatique et la lutte pour le socialisme

International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Royaume-Uni), 16 février 2019

Les jeunes s'organisent par-delà les frontières nationales en reconnaissant que le changement climatique a des causes et des conséquences mondiales. Ce faisant, ils rencontrent une résurgence internationale de la lutte de classe.

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Kriegsgipfel in Warschau

Bill Van Auken, 16. Februar 2019

Netanjahus Äußerung, die Konferenz in Warschau sei einberufen worden, um über einen „Krieg mit dem Iran“ zu diskutieren, wurde von den Medien als Fauxpas behandelt. Weit gefehlt: Es ist tödlicher Ernst.

Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz
Von der Leyen trommelt für deutsch-europäische Kriegspolitik

Johannes Stern, 16. Februar 2019

Fast 75 Jahre nach dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs bereiten sich die imperialistischen Mächte offen auf eine neue Runde kriegerischer Auseinandersetzungen vor.

Innenminister Seehofer will Abschiebungen verschärfen

Marianne Arens, 16. Februar 2019

Bundesinnenminister Horst Seehofer (CSU) hat einen 60-seitigen Gesetzesentwurf zur Abschiebung von Flüchtlingen vorgelegt, der von der ersten bis zu letzten Seite die Handschrift der AfD trägt.

BVG-Streik legt Berlin lahm

unseren Reportern, 16. Februar 2019

Während die Wut der Arbeiter enorm ist, setzt die Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft Verdi alles daran, den Streik unter Kontrolle zu halten und eine Ausweitung zu unterdrücken.

Berlinale: Zwischen Identitätspolitik und Widerstand gegen Rechtsextremismus

Stefan Steinberg, 16. Februar 2019

Dass der Festivaldirektor Dieter Kosslick kurzfristig entschieden hat, den Film Das Geheimarchiv im Warschauer Ghetto ins Programm zu nehmen, ist ein Zeichen für den wachsenden Widerstand in Künstlerkreisen gegen die extreme Rechte in Deutschland

Konferenz zum historischen Materialismus: ISO und DSA verbieten Forum der Socialist Equality Party über den Kampf gegen Faschismus

Joseph Kishore, 16. Februar 2019

Die pseudolinken Veranstalter verhindern einen Vortrag des stellvertretenden Vorsitzenden der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei, Christoph Vandreier, der im Kampf gegen das Wiederaufleben des Neonazismus in Deutschland eine führende Rolle spielt.

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La farsa de juicio a los nacionalistas catalanes y el peligro de la extrema derecha en España

Bill Van Auken, 16 febrero 2019

Mientras que la declaración de Netanyahu de que la conferencia esta semana en Varsovia fue convocada para discutir una “guerra con Irán” fue tratada como un error por la prensa, no fue nada por el estilo.

Decenas de miles van a huelga en Berlín contra malas condiciones laborales

nuestros reporteros, 16 febrero 2019

Decenas de miles de trabajadores del sector público participaron en una huelga de un día en Berlín el miércoles. Más de 10.000 personas marcharon hasta la Puerta de Brandenburgo.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo:1973-1985
32. La oposición dentro del Comité Internacional

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 16 febrero

Este es el texto del análisis realizado en el verano de 1986 por el Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional sobre el colapso de su sección británica, el Workers Revolutionary Party.

Aumenta la concentración de riqueza en Estados Unidos y todo el mundo

Nick Beams, 16 febrero 2019

El uno por ciento superior en los Estados Unidos ahora posee aproximadamente el 40 por ciento de la riqueza total de los hogares, aumentando su participación en al menos 10 puntos porcentuales desde 1989.

Federación sindical organiza huelga nacional en Sudáfrica

Eddie Haywood, 16 febrero

Decenas de miles de trabajadores participaron en el paro, el cual prácticamente frenó la actividad económica en todo el país.

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Боритесь с увольнениями на автозаводах Ford! Создавайте комитеты действий для объединения рабочих автомобильной промышленности по всей Европе!

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei и Socialist Equality Party и Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 7 февраля 2019 г.

Рабочий класс не может признать за корпорациями «права» закрывать заводы, уничтожать целые сообщества и разрушать жизни десятков тысяч рабочих.

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চতুর্থ ইন্টারন্যাশনাল-এর ৮০তম প্রতিষ্ঠাবার্ষিকী পালন উপলক্ষ্যে আয়োজিত কলকাতার সভার প্রচার করছেন ভারতীয় ট্রটস্কিপন্থীরা

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চতুর্থ ইন্টারন্যাশনালের ৮০তম প্রতিষ্ঠাবার্ষিকী উপলক্ষ্যে আয়োজিত আগামী ১০ই মার্চের জনসভাকে সফল করার জন্য চতুর্থ ইন্টারন্যাশনালের আন্তর্জাতিক কমিটি (আই-সি-এফ-আই)-এর ভারতীয় সমর্থকরা পশ্চিমবঙ্গের রাজধানী কলকাতায় বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের ছাত্রছাত্রীদের মধ্যে প্রচার চালাচ্ছেন।

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Perspective

Trump’s state of emergency
A step towards presidential dictatorship

16 February 2019

No American president has so flagrantly usurped the constitutional prerogative of Congress to decide how public funds are to be spent.

Earlier Perspectives »

History of the ICFI

From the arsenal of Trotskyism
The Political Report by David North to the International Committee of the Fourth International—February 11, 1984

12 February 2019

Thirty-five years ago this week, David North, then the national secretary of the Workers League (predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party), presented at a meeting of the International Committee of the Fourth International a critique of the British Workers Revolutionary Party’s abandonment of key theoretical conceptions and programmatic principles of Trotskyism.

History

ISO and DSA bar Socialist Equality Party panel on the fight against fascism from upcoming Historical Materialism conference

By Joseph Kishore, 15 February 2019

Free Julian Assange!

SEP national secretary James Cogan participates in Unity4J discussion on the defence of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 16 February 2019

Cogan explained why the SEP has called demonstrations demanding the freedom of Julian Assange, as well as the broader campaign by the WSWS against internet censorship.

Award-winning journalist Chris Hedges endorses Free Assange demonstrations in Australia

16 February 2019

“It is imperative that we pressure the Australian government to make sure its citizen, Julian Assange, is protected from the lawlessness of the American empire.”

Human rights advocate Professor Stuart Rees supports rallies for the freedom of Julian Assange

15 February 2019

“Julian Assange follows in the footsteps of a long tradition of journalists and whistleblowers who have made significant contributions to civil societies.”

Acclaimed musician Roger Waters calls on people to demonstrate in Australia to defend Julian Assange

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 February 2019

Australian students endorse rallies to free Julian Assange

Rally to demand the Australian government acts to free Julian Assange!
Sydney Martin Place Amphitheatre, March 3! Melbourne State Library, March 10!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 25 January 2019

John Pilger to speak at March 3 Sydney rally to defend Julian Assange

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

February 9 demonstration against GM plant closings

Watch: March to Fight GM Plant Closures

Autoworkers and supporters from across the Midwest marched on February 9 in Detroit to oppose General Motors’ plans for plant closings and layoffs in the US and Canada.

Autoworkers must prepare fight as UAW plans new givebacks in 2019 contracts

By Shannon Jones, 14 February 2019

Striking workers in Matamoros, Mexico support Detroit demonstration against auto layoffs

In this video, striking auto parts workers at Fisher Dynamics in Matamoros, Mexico send their support to last weekend’s demonstration against mass layoffs in the US auto industry called by the Socialist Equality Party.

“It is necessary to base our struggle not on one company or on one nation, but by mobilizing the workers of the world”
Maruti Suzuki workers in India send greetings to February 9 protest

Autoworkers, supporters demonstrate in Detroit to oppose GM closures and layoffs

February 9 demonstration against auto plant closures in Detroit
The program and strategy to defend jobs

Commentary

A reply to Britain’s Community Security Trust

By Chris Marsden, 16 February 2019

The following is a reply by Socialist Equality Party (UK) national secretary Chris Marsden to Mark Gardner, deputy chief executive & communications director at the pro-Zionist Community Security Trust.

War summit in Warsaw

By Bill Van Auken, 15 February 2019

Wealth concentration increases in US and globally

By Nick Beams, 15 February 2019

One year since the Parkland high school massacre: A political balance sheet

By Genevieve Leigh, 14 February 2019

Washington escalates military threats as Venezuela regime change falters

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2019

Hands off Venezuela!

The international upsurge of working class struggle in 2019

By Niles Niemuth, 12 February 2019

The working class and socialism

The Strategy of International Class Struggle and the Political Fight Against Capitalist Reaction in 2019

By James Cogan, Joseph Kishore and David North, 3 January 2019

Book Review

The State, Business and Education: How rapacious corporations are dismantling public education globally

By Erika Zimmer, 16 February 2019

Billionaires, global tech companies and national governments are imposing a profit-driven, user-pays system.

Arts Review

The Last Survivors: A testament to the Holocaust
A documentary film by Arthur Cary, first shown on BBC Two

By Margot Miller, 15 February 2019

Berlin Film Festival: Between identity politics and opposition against the far right

By Stefan Steinberg, 15 February 2019

The 2019 Grammy Awards: The music industry’s love affair with itself

By Matthew Brennan, 14 February 2019

At St. Ann’s Warehouse Theater in Brooklyn
The Jungle: A makeshift society within the global refugee crisis

By Owen Mullan, 13 February 2019

Velvet Buzzsaw: The horror of the art world

Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage detained by ICE agents in “targeted operation”

Science

Opportunity rover ends 15 years of Martian exploration

By Bryan Dyne, 15 February 2019

The Mars rover has provided an immense wealth of scientific knowledge and served as the eyes for tens of millions of people to view the landscapes of another world.

IYSSE

Climate change and the fight for socialism

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), 15 February 2019

Young people are organising across national boundaries in recognition that climate change has global causes and global consequences. In doing so, they are meeting up with an international resurgence of the class struggle.

Successful election result for IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin

Workers Struggles

Bangladesh steel workers demand wage rise; Australian coal haulage workers continue strike action; New Zealand bus drivers hold wildcat strikes
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

16 February 2019

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

OSHA fines XPO $10,347 for the deaths of two workers

By Steve Filips, 15 February 2019

GM and union use shutdown threat to slash wages of Brazilian autoworkers

By Eduardo Parati and Gabriel Lemos, 15 February 2019

Sri Lanka: SEP and Abbotsleigh workers’ committee organise picket to oppose witch hunt in plantations

By our reporters, 14 February 2019

Sri Lankan plantation companies rule out further wage increases after union sellout

One-day national strike paralyzes Belgium

By Will Morrow, 14 February 2019

Union federation stages national strike in South Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 14 February 2019

Flight attendant paralyzed after Delta ordered flight through tropical storm
The workers’ compensation nightmare at Delta Airlines: Part three

By Tom Hall, 14 February 2019

Delta planted GPS tracker in car of disabled flight attendant
The workers’ compensation nightmare at Delta Airlines: Part two

Injured flight attendants speak to the WSWS
The workers’ compensation nightmare at Delta Airlines: Part one

Steve McDowell, campaigner for Australian paramedic rights, speaks with WSWS

Strike action in the US hits a 32-year high

History

The Iranian Revolution—Forty Years On

By Keith Jones, 13 February 2019

One hundred years since the Seattle General Strike

By Kayla Costa, 11 February 2019

100 years since the Seattle General Strike—Part 2

One hundred years since the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2019

Obituary

Daniel Freeman, a founding member of the Workers League, dies at the age of 84

By Fred Mazelis, 13 February 2019

Mehring Books

London Book Launch: Why Are They Back?   The return of fascism in Germany and the lessons of history

12 February 2019

The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century published in Tamil

Socialist Equality Party

The way forward to win wages and social rights
Workers Action Committee in Sri Lanka calls plantation workers’ conference

By the Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee, 12 February 2019

The conference will discuss the lessons of the recent plantation workers’ struggle and the political strategy needed to win their demands.

Sri Lankan SEP public meetings to launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

7 February 2019

25 years ago: NATO sets bombing ultimatum in Bosnia

This week in 1994, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization began a 10-day countdown to carry out airstrikes against Bosnian Serb forces, demanding they withdraw weapons and artillery from around the city of Sarajevo, capital of the former Yugoslav state of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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50 years ago: Police attack student demonstrations in US and Canada

Police and troops were mobilized this week across North America to attack protests against racism on college campuses.

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75 years ago: Stalin orders deportation of Caucasus nationalities

On February 11, 1944, the Politburo of the Soviet Union met to discuss the fate of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

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100 years ago: Ebert chosen as first president of German republic

On February 11, 1919, the National Assembly meeting in Weimar chose right-wing Social Democrat Friedrich Ebert as the first president of the newly formed German republic.

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New in Arabic

استراتيجية النضال الطبقي الدولي والنضال السياسي ضد الرجعية الرأسمالية في عام 2019

٢ شباط فبراير ٢٠١٩

في مطلع العام الأخير صرحت اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة :" إن عام 2018 الجديد- وهو عام الذكرى المئوية الثانية لمولد كارل ماركس- سيتسم في المقام الأول بتركيز هائل للتوترات الاجتماعية وبتصاعد النضال الطبقي في أرجاء العالم".

Halil Celik, 1961-2018

Halil Celik, a fighter for socialism (1961-2018)

By Peter Schwarz, 1 February 2019

On December 31, 2018, Halil Celik, founder and leader of the group Sosyalist Eşitlik, which supports the International Committee of the Fourth International in Turkey, died of cancer at the age of 57. This obituary presents an overview of his life.

In memory of Halil Celik (1961–2018)

ICFI meeting announcement

Indian Trotskyists campaign for Kolkata meeting to mark the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By Arun Kumar and Ritwik Mitter, 26 January 2019

Indian university students discuss the rising danger of war and the betrayal by the Stalinist parties of the working class.

Indian Trotskyists in Kolkata to celebrate 80 years of the Fourth International

7 January 2019

The Kolkata meeting will review the essential political lessons of the protracted struggle of the Fourth International and their relevance to the fight for socialist internationalism today.

Security and the Fourth International

New book now available
Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement

By Mehring Books, 21 January 2019

The WSWS announces the release of a new book, Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement, by Eric London.

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

Socialist Equality Party (Germany)

Socialist Equality Party takes legal action against surveillance by German secret service

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 January 2019

Dr. Peer Stolle, the lawyer for the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, has submitted formal notice in writing to the German Federal Agency for the Protection of the Constitution. The text of the letter is published here.

International Committee of the Fourth International

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
Victory of the Trotskyists in the 1985–1986 split in the ICFI

By Saman Gunadasa and K. Ratnayake, 29 December 2018

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

80th anniversary of the Fourth International celebrated in Melbourne with public lecture

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

Book Review

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA

By Alex Lantier, 14 December 2018

Rohini Hensman’s book, issued by the International Socialist Organization’s (ISO) Haymarket Books publishing house, is an endorsement of imperialist war.

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