Democratic rights

Hamburg: Social Democrats and Greens plan new police law

By Tino Jacobson, 22 November 2019

The Social Democratic Party-Green Party Senate in Germany’s city-state of Hamburg plans to agree on a controversial police law before the state election due in February.

Patriot Act extension concealed in funding bill passed by House Democrats

By Barry Grey, 21 November 2019

Coming in the midst of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, the extension of the Patriot Act underscores the absence of any democratic content in their opposition to Trump.

Conference at European Parliament defends Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 November 2019

Speakers warned that the persecution of Assange was creating a precedent for the suppression of press freedom and for the application of repressive US laws all over the world.

Collapse of Swedish “sexual misconduct” frame-up exposes political conspiracy against Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 November 2019

The discrediting of the Swedish investigation, which played a linchpin role in the US-led pursuit of Assange, exposes the lawless character of the entire operation against the WikiLeaks founder.

Julian Assange appears in court via video link: Legal rights denied by judge

By Thomas Scripps, 19 November 2019

The British ruling class has no intention of providing even the appearance of a fair trial of Assange, after which they intend to railroad him to his persecutors in the United States.

Protesters at London’s Trafalgar Square speak out to demand freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 18 November 2019

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the protesters who attended Saturday’s demonstration to demand the freedom of the WikiLeaks founder.

Socialist Equality Party announces candidates in UK general election

By our reporter, 18 November 2019

The SEP is waging a political struggle against austerity, authoritarian rule, militarism and war.

Glasgow helicopter crash inquiry scapegoats pilot

By Steve James, 16 November 2019

After six years waiting, the verdict of a Fatal Accident Inquiry has pinned responsibility for the Clutha helicopter crash solely on the aircraft’s pilot, David Traill, who was one of those killed.

Leaked emails reveal Trump aide Stephen Miller’s fascist politics

By Trévon Austin, 15 November 2019

Emails published by the Southern Poverty Law Center show Stephen Miller, White House senior adviser in charge of immigration policy, espousing racist views and promoting white supremacist and neo-Nazi publications.

Following Georgia execution

Protests mount vs. planned execution of Texas inmate Rodney Reed

By Kate Randall, 15 November 2019

In the case of both Ray Cromartie and Rodney Reed, state authorities and courts have ruled against new DNA testing that could prove their innocence.

Corbyn and main union backer McCluskey oppose Labour conference free movement pledge on immigration

By Robert Stevens, 15 November 2019

McCluskey intervened to ensure that it is the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s position that is reflected in this year’s election manifesto.

Las Vegas, Nevada city council passes punitive anti-homeless ordinance

By Jacob Crosse, 15 November 2019

Passed by a 5-2 vote, the ordinance enforcement mechanisms include up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

Mass protests after police shoot and kill Aboriginal teenager in remote Australian town

By Eric Ludlow, 15 November 2019

The police killing of Kumanjayi Walker in the poverty-stricken Northern Territory community of Yuendumu has led to widespread protests across Australia.

US court rules routine border search and seizure of electronic devices unconstitutional

By Kevin Reed, 14 November 2019

The court ruled that routine searches and seizures of electronic devices at US ports of entry without “reasonable suspicion” are a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

Missouri officials tracked women’s menstrual periods in effort to shut down state’s last abortion provider

By Jessica Goldstein, 13 November 2019

The state’s spreadsheet contained confidential, non-medical information, such as women’s names and medical ID numbers, which could be used by the state to identify and locate them—effectively spying on patients.

Australian workers and youth speak-out in support of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 13 November 2019

“Governments are trying to hide the truth and lie to the people. That’s why they are unfairly persecuting Assange and confining him to prison.”

German defence minister calls for expansion of foreign military interventions

By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2019

In a keynote address, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer declared, “there is broad agreement that, given the strategic challenges, Germany must ... “do more to defend our values and interests.”

UK workers see 2 pence an hour average wage increase, while pay of richest skyrockets

By Margot Miller, 11 November 2019

Since 2016, pay has increased from £58.73 an hour to £63.18 for the top income earners, compared to a tiny increase from £12.71 to £12.73 an hour for those on average pay.

The Democrats’ campaign for internet censorship: Who is to determine what are “lies”?

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2019

While couched in demagogic language accusing Facebook of “profiting” off of “disinformation,” the Democrats’ campaign for internet censorship is aimed at silencing political opposition and dissent.

Australian Greens member demands party leader defend Julian Assange

7 November 2019

“Assange is being held as a political prisoner. That is undeniable now, and still no action from the Greens... Ultimately, you have abandoned Assange.”

Geoffrey Rush defamation victory contested in Sydney’s Federal Court

By Linda Tenenbaum, 7 November 2019

The appeal by Murdoch-owned Nationwide News against last year’s Federal Court judgement in favour of Oscar-winning Australian actor, Geoffrey Rush, was heard early this week.

Former Australian PM asked to register under “foreign agent” laws

By Mike Head, 6 November 2019

The initial targeting of alt-right elements sets a precedent for the use of the laws against their intended victims—left-wing and oppositional groups.

Concert for Assange outside UK Home Office demands “No extradition!”

By Laura Tiernan, 6 November 2019

Hundreds gathered to hear speeches by Assange’s father John Shipton and fashion icon Vivienne Westwood, and a performance by rap artist M.I.A.

Halle, Germany: Government moves to establish a police state after fascist attack

By Gregor Link, 5 November 2019

The government is using the attack as a pretext to further arm the state apparatus and implement long-held plans to spy on journalists and Internet users.

Bipartisan drive to outlaw protest in Australia

By Mike Head, 5 November 2019

Prime Minister Morrison adopted the fascistic language of US President Donald Trump, accusing climate change demonstrators of “economic sabotage.”

UK: Tens of thousands of university and college staff vote to strike

Ballot follows strike votes by postal workers, railway conductors, airline pilots, NHS staff

By Barry Mason, 4 November 2019

Record turnouts by hundreds of thousands of workers for industrial action reveal the extent of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's collusion with trade union bureaucrats to suppress a social explosion over the past 4 years.

Right-wing campaign unfolds in Spain for November 10 elections

By Alejandro López, 4 November 2019

By making support for police repression in Catalonia the centre of the election campaign, Spain’s major parties are accelerating the rise of the fascistic Vox party.

Former neo-fascist candidate attacks mosque in French city of Bayonne

By Anthony Torres, 4 November 2019

The entire political and media establishment bears heavy political responsibility for these attacks, creating the filthy political climate that encourages right-wing elements to carry them out.

Australia: Bullied teachers reveal union complicity in victimisations—Part 1

By Sue Phillips and Erika Zimmer, 4 November 2019

The WSWS and Committee for Public Education discuss the crisis in Australia’s public schools, with the founders of the Bullied Teachers Support Network.

Hamburg senate deploys police against student anti-Nazi protest

By Christoph Vandreier and Johannes Stern, 2 November 2019

Hundreds of Hamburg students have protested against the return of Bernd Lucke, founder of the far-right Alternative for Germany, to their university in the past two weeks.

Roger Waters on RT: “The US and UK are trying to kill Julian Assange”

By Kevin Reed, 2 November 2019

Roger Waters, the internationally acclaimed musician and creative force behind the rock band Pink Floyd, is playing a prominent and welcome role in the fight to free the WikiLeaks publisher.

Twitter’s ban on political advertisement: A new move to censor the internet

By Andre Damon, 1 November 2019

The move by Twitter is a capitulation to demands by congressional Democrats and the media that technology companies more aggressively censor political statements, in the guise of “fact-checking.”

England-Bulgaria match highlights growing fascist activity around European soccer

By Paul Bond and Robert Stevens, 1 November 2019

The resurgence of fascistic forces in central and eastern Europe has been fuelled by the restoration of capitalism following the collapse of Stalinism three decades ago.

Pentagon awards $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft

By Kevin Reed, 1 November 2019

Amazon was widely expected to win the ten-year agreement, but Trump’s intervention apparently tipped the contract to Microsoft.

Hamburg, Germany: SPD-Green state executive uses police violence to guard lecture by AfD founder

By Christoph Vandreier and Johannes Stern, 1 November 2019

Hundreds of Hamburg students have protested against the return of Bernd Lucke, founder of the far-right Alternative for Germany, to their university in the past two weeks.

Australian police violently attack climate change protestors

By our reporters, 31 October 2019

The incident marks a further escalation of state repression in Australia against protest and dissent.

Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal arrested in Washington DC

By Kevin Reed, 30 October 2019

The independent journalist was shackled in a cage for five hours on a false charge stemming from protests at the Venezuelan embassy in April and May of this year.

Germany: How Hesse authorities covered up the NSU and Lübcke murderers

By Peter Schwarz, 30 October 2019

Temme, an employee of the Hesse state branch of the secret service, maintained an official relationship with the neo-Nazi Stephan Ernst, the alleged murderer of the Kassel district president Walter Lübcke.

Australian state Labor government spearheads anti-protest laws

By Mike Head, 30 October 2019

Queensland’s government has defied popular opposition to rush through legislation that goes far beyond suppressing environmental demonstrations.

Australian parliamentarians form cross-party group in defence of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 October 2019

The establishment of the group is in response to a growing groundswell of demands for the Australian government to stop Assange’s extradition to the US.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the forgotten history of Iraq

By Andre Damon, 29 October 2019

Whether Baghdadi was an enemy of the United States, a CIA asset, or both, one thing is certain: the rise of ISIS was the byproduct of criminal actions by the US government spanning four decades.

GM fires Flint workers over social media posts during strike

By Jerry White, 29 October 2019

Flint Assembly workers, including a 19-year veteran of GM, have been targeted in a campaign of retaliation aimed at silencing opposition to the corporations and the UAW.

Trump makes fascist appeal to police in Chicago

By Barry Grey, 29 October 2019

The U.S. president doubled down on his efforts to rally support within the police and military for dictatorial methods and the use of state violence against immigrants and the working class as a whole.

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand

Meeting defending Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning in Melbourne this Sunday

28 October 2019

The aim of the meetings is to prepare for the political action that must be organised in Australia and internationally in opposition to the legal travesty against Assange that is underway in the British courts.

Many of 39 found dead in UK lorry were Vietnamese victims of people traffickers

By Robert Stevens, 28 October 2019

Many of the victims were Vietnamese, desperate to escape crushing poverty, only to die in Europe entombed in a dark container.

Mass rally against jailing of Catalan nationalists in Barcelona

By Alejandro López, 28 October 2019

Two weeks before the November 10 general elections in Spain, hundreds of thousands marched in Barcelona Saturday afternoon.

Britain obstructs Spanish investigation into CIA spying on Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 October 2019

The British judiciary is terrified that the investigation into the illegal surveillance of Assange will further expose the lawless character of the attempt to extradite him to the US.

US military allowed to shoot at vehicles at entry ports along southern border

By Patrick Martin, 25 October 2019

Migrants at the US-Mexico border will be treated like suspected terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thirty-nine migrants found dead in lorry trailer in UK

By Laura Tiernan, 24 October 2019

The real authors of this immense crime reside in 10 Downing Street, along with the government and opposition parties in Westminster Palace and their accomplices in every European capital.

Julian Assange’s court hearing in London: Britain stages a lawless show-trial

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 October 2019

The appearance of Assange, ill and defenceless, before a magistrate who showed contempt for the law, makes clear that the persecution of the award-winning journalist has been a pseudo-legal travesty from the beginning.

Hundreds protest outside Westminster Magistrates Court to demand freedom for Julian Assange

By Richard Tyler, 23 October 2019

SEP national secretary Chris Marsden told demonstrators: “We want the working class to defend a man whose freedom is of paramount importance for every man, woman and child on this planet.”

Australian media companies protest government attacks on press freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 October 2019

Threats to prosecute journalists underscore the need for media workers to defend Julian Assange, whose jailing has opened the floodgates for the assault on press freedom.

Madrid steps up repression of protests against Catalan crackdown

By Alejandro López, 22 October 2019

The ruling class is terrified that protests will erupt across Spain and beyond, linking the defence of democratic rights to the growing upsurge of working class struggles.

Growing calls for Australian government to defend Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 October 2019

The fear in Australian ruling circles is that if Assange is extradited to the US, the latent support for him will coalesce into a political movement against the official set-up.

UK police gain access to details of thousands of men, women and children through government’s Prevent database

By Barry Mason, 19 October 2019

In the three years up to March last year, 21,042 individuals were referred to the Prevent programme, giving the police full access to their private information.

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Julian Assange to appear Monday at Westminster Magistrates Court

By our reporters, 19 October 2019

The World Socialist Web Site urges the widest support for Monday’s demonstration outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London starting at 9 a.m.

Australia: “Four Corners” program promotes anti-China witch-hunt

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 October 2019

The program underscores the role of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a mouthpiece for the political establishment and the intelligence agencies.

The jailing of Catalan nationalists: Spanish government builds a police state

By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2019

The Spanish Supreme Court’s sentencing Monday of a dozen Catalan nationalists to a decade in prison for sedition is a politically illegitimate ruling that will live in infamy.

Metropolitan Police impose London-wide ban on Extinction Rebellion protests as arrests top 1,600

By Chris Marsden, 16 October 2019

The ban was followed by the despatch of hundreds of police to clear tents from Trafalgar Square, the one area where protests have previously been sanctioned.

Fort Worth, Texas police officer charged with murder after shooting woman in her home

By Jacob Crosse, 15 October 2019

Atatiana Jefferson was shot through the window of her home early Saturday morning, while playing video games with her nephew.

French President Macron launches Islamophobic campaign after Paris police office attack

By Anthony Torres, 15 October 2019

Macron declared that preventing such attacks required a permanent atmosphere of anti-Islamic denunciations.

US Supreme Court term begins with new threats to democratic rights

By Ed Hightower, 15 October 2019

The newly consolidated 5-4 far-right majority on the court is poised to hand down rulings imposing further restrictions on abortion rights, gay rights and basic civil liberties.

Australian governments trial police-state measures against climate protesters

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 October 2019

The authorities are using the demonstrations as a test case for future repression of the emerging social and political struggles of the working class.

Thousands protest in Germany against right-wing violence following fascist Yom Kippur attack

By Marianne Arens, 14 October 2019

Last Wednesday’s attack in Halle by a heavily armed fascist, anti-Semite, on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, has evoked horror and a wave of solidarity protests against right-wing violence.

Mass arrests continue in London and other cities in global Extinction Rebellion protests

By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2019

By Sunday afternoon, police had arrested 1,309 protesters in London, more than were arrested in the first wave of demonstrations in April.

M.I.A. visits Julian Assange in prison: “It’s about truth—and that’s something people have to uphold and fight for”

By Laura Tiernan, 14 October 2019

Speaking at a press conference outside Belmarsh late Saturday afternoon, M.I.A.—Sri Lankan-born Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam—condemned Assange’s tormentors, indicting the US and UK governments, the courts and the corporate media.

Right-wing extremist network behind fascist synagogue attack in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 October 2019

The reality is that the “ideological inciters” of the right-wing terrorist attack in Halle hold top positions within the state and security apparatus, the intelligence agencies, the military and the federal government.

Prosecutors in Illinois charge nine-year-old with murder after mobile home fire claims the lives of five family members

By Jacob Crosse, 11 October 2019

The fire took place on April 6 at the Timberline Mobile Home Park located in Eureka, Illinois, a small community outside of Peoria.

New York City transit authority adds 500 police officers

By Philip Guelpa, 11 October 2019

Amidst crumbling infrastructure, deteriorating service, and repeated fare increases, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is hiring 500 new police officers to patrol the New York City transit system.

Spanish Supreme Court approves exhumation of fascist dictator Francisco Franco

By Alejandro López, 11 October 2019

Despite the legitimate hatred that millions of workers feel for Franco, the fascist dictator and mass murderer, the exhumation ruling is a dangerous political fraud.

Australian government ministers call for protesters to be cut off welfare

By Mike Head, 11 October 2019

While the remarks referred to “Extinction Rebellion” demonstrators who temporarily blocked some traffic in major cities, they have a wider anti-democratic logic.

FISA court documents expose illegal FBI mass surveillance

By Kevin Reed, 10 October 2019

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a series of previously classified documents and secret rulings that provide details of illegal spying on US citizens by the federal agency.

Australian cyber conference “disinvites” US whistleblower and Assange supporter

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 October 2019

The cancellation of talks by NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and Melbourne academic Suelette Dreyfus was a political decision, most likely involving government agencies.

Why do the CIA assassins and coup-plotters love this “whistleblower”?

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2019

The CIA official who filed a formal whistleblower complaint against Trump is being defended by those who spent eight years under the Obama administration persecuting whistleblowers.

US protects NSA spy’s wife wanted in UK over teenager’s death

By Laura Tiernan, 9 October 2019

Anne Sacoolas is wanted by police over the death of the young motorcyclist in Northamptonshire on August 27 but left the UK claiming diplomatic immunity

Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested in central London

By Steve James, 9 October 2019

Over 500 peaceful climate protestors have been arrested in central London in just two days as part of an escalating response from the British state aimed at outlawing mass environmental protest as a form of terrorism.

Australia’s prisoner swap with Iran contrasts with persecution of Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 8 October 2019

The deal exposes the denial of basic legal and democratic rights by the Australian, British and US governments in the continued detention and psychological torture of the WikiLeaks founder.

Key witness in trial and conviction of police officer Amber Guyger murdered in Dallas

By Kevin Reed, 8 October 2019

Joshua Brown was killed two days after the sentencing of the officer to ten years in prison for the September 6, 2018 off-duty shooting death of Botham Jean in his own apartment.

Trump issues proclamation to deny immigration visas to workers lacking health insurance

By Casey Gold, 8 October 2019

Last Friday, the White House released a presidential proclamation suspending immigration visas for applicants “who will financially burden the United States health care system.”

Australian Labor Party courts big business

By Mike Head, 7 October 2019

Labor leaders are “blitzing” corporate boardrooms to win their backing in the wake of Labor’s election debacle.

Disgraced academic Noah Carl spearheads far-right campaign on UK campuses

By Thomas Scripps, 7 October 2019

Eugenicist Carl has raised over $100,000 to begin a legal appeal against the St. Edmund’s College decision to rescind his appointment, on the grounds of wrongful dismissal.

Theatres in Germany take a stand against the far right

By Verena Nees, 4 October 2019

A number of plays by the Austrian-Hungarian dramatist and novelist Ödön von Horváth took a clear stand against the rise of the Nazis and assume new relevance today.

Mississippi city attorney argues immigrant killed by police had no rights under US Constitution

By Kevin Martinez, 3 October 2019

Ismael Lopez was shot and killed by Southaven, Mississippi police in July 2017 as they invaded his home, confusing it with the address of another man wanted for domestic assault.

Assange judge blocks extradition to Azerbaijan of ‘McMafia’ wife

By Laura Tiernan, 2 October 2019

Arbuthnot ruled against the extradition of Zamira Hajiyeva, finding there was “a real risk” she would suffer a “flagrant denial of justice”.

Thousands of children under age ten arrested every year in the United States

By Casey Gold, 1 October 2019

The recent arrests of two 6-year-old children at their elementary school in Orlando, Florida has shone light on the shocking number of child arrests and detainments in the US.

New industrial “integrity” laws seek to head off working class eruption in Australia

By Terry Cook, 1 October 2019

The Morrison government’s legislation is a pre-emptive move by the corporate establishment which is nervous about rising strike action by workers internationally despite the efforts of the unions to hold them back.

London: Hundreds rally for Assange outside Belmarsh Prison

By Laura Tiernan, 30 September 2019

SEP National Secretary Chris Marsden emphasised that Assange’s persecution was a product of the drive to war and dictatorial rule by the US, British and world imperialism.

Protesters speak out in defence of Julian Assange

“I think the implications can grow into a stamping out of independent journalism”

By our reporters, 30 September 2019

Protesters outside Belmarsh Prison in London on Saturday spoke in support of jailed WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

French ex-President Jacques Chirac dead at 86

By Alex Lantier, 30 September 2019

The ubiquitous hailing of Chirac by the ruling establishment reflects above all the former Gaullist president’s ability to appeal to the political and class prejudices of the affluent middle class.

Spanish security firm spied on Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy for US intelligence

By Kevin Reed, 28 September 2019

A defense and security firm based in Spain that was hired to protect the Ecuadorian embassy in London provided secret audio and video recordings of Julian Assange to US intelligence.

The socialist answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe

By Chris Marsden, 27 September 2019

The answer to the Brexit crisis is not unity with the EU, but working class unity in a continent-wide struggle against all of Europe’s governments for the United Socialist States of Europe.

UK Supreme Court rules Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament illegal

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 25 September 2019

British politics entered uncharted waters yesterday as the Supreme Court—the UK’s highest judicial body—declared illegal Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s authoritarian prorogation of parliament.

Australian troops accused of war crimes in Afghanistan

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 September 2019

Anonymous soldiers interviewed by “60 Minutes” alleged that Ben Roberts-Smith, who is widely presented as a “war hero,” kicked a handcuffed Afghan civilian off a cliff in 2012.

Australian government seeks arbitrary powers to revoke citizenship

By Mike Head, 25 September 2019

The Citizenship Cessation Bill is another indication of the repressive measures that the ruling class is preparing to deal with rising working-class discontent.

Orlando, Florida police officer fired after arresting two six-year-old school children

By Casey Gold, 24 September 2019

School resource officer Dennis Turner was fired from his position in the face of widespread outrage Monday, not for brutalizing two children, but for making the arrests “without the approval of a commanding officer.”

Podemos backs Madrid’s plans for repression against Catalonia

By Alejandro Lopez, 24 September 2019

Last Friday, Podemos General Secretary Pablo Iglesias announced his party would back repressive measures against Catalonia if it were part of a Socialist Party-led government

Australian prime minister endorses US trade war and militarism

By James Cogan, 23 September 2019

Morrison conducted himself as the head of a middle-order power that has functioned since World War II as the willing enabler of the predatory policies of its great power ally.

Factional warfare over Brexit dominates Labour Party conference

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 23 September 2019

After one political capitulation after another, Corbyn is left fending off speculation that he may be forced to quit as even his innermost circle comes out against him.

Police surveillance used to report disabled protesters to UK government for alleged benefit fraud

By Dennis Moore, 23 September 2019

Many disabled activists have raised concerns that police have passed on information about disabled protesters who participate in demonstrations against welfare cuts and anti-austerity movements.

Australian government “balances” budget at expense of disabled

By Mike Head, 23 September 2019

The Morrison government “saved” $4.6 billion by underfunding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and cutting a total of $6.4 billion from social programs.