29 January 2020

US airstrikes in Afghanistan hit ten-year high in 2019

By Niles Niemuth, 29 January 2020

The Trump administration has ramped up the air war in Afghanistan as it seeks to pressure the Taliban into a settlement, killing hundreds of civilians in the process.

Iraqi government cracks down on anti-US protests

The mass protests in Iraq and the US drive to recolonize the Middle East

In impeachment crisis, Trump continues fascistic appeals, Democrats promote warmonger John Bolton

By Barry Grey, 29 January 2020

An architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Bolton has advocated wars for regime change in Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba, Yemen and North Korea.

Democrats embrace war hawk Bolton in Trump impeachment trial

Trump tweets threats as impeachment defense begins

Trump unveils farcical Mideast “peace plan” as Netanyahu is indicted

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2020

Timed to meet the immediate needs of both Trump and Netanyahu, the plan sanctions all of the policies of the Israeli right and is guaranteed to be rejected by the Palestinians.

Opposition builds to pro-company union at GM’s Silao, Mexico complex

By Andrea Lobo and Jerry White, 29 January 2020

The Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM) is holding a vote next month to seek legal recognition under the Obrador government’s new labor reform laws, which promote so-called “independent” unions.

US Supreme Court approves public charge rule directed against legal immigrants

By Jill Lux and Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 29 January 2020

The highly contested rule, which was announced last August, altered existing immigration law to allow the administration to deny visas to legal immigrants who it claims would rely on the government’s assistance.

US Supreme Court considers ending ban on public funding for religious schools

Wuhan coronavirus accelerates while concerns over limited resources may prove catastrophic

By Benjamin Mateus, 29 January 2020

The Wuhan coronavirus epidemic is accelerating while Chinese officials attempt to mitigate the rising social tensions.

The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and the global threat of infectious diseases

Coronavirus provokes turbulence on global stock markets

By Nick Beams, 29 January 2020

With China contributing about one third of total growth, the world economy as a whole will feel the effects.

Italian ruling parties defeat far-right Lega in Emilia-Romagna elections

By Peter Schwarz, 29 January 2020

While the candidate of the extreme right-wing Lega was clearly defeated in the Emilia-Romagna elections by the candidate of the Democrats, the rise of the right-wing extremists has by no means been stopped.

Trump ramps up tensions with UK after Huawei 5G decision

By Thomas Scripps, 29 January 2020

The fudge decision is a desperate attempt to placate the Trump administration and avoid a collision over basic issues of economy and security.

US refuses to extradite spy’s wife to UK over death of Harry Dunn

By Barry Mason, 29 January 2020

The UK government have gone into full damage-limitation mode over the explosive conflict, but US Secretary of State Pompeo will not be fooled by such theatrics and will dismiss any appeals regarding Sacoolas, knowing they are made purely for the record.

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

The sudden death of basketball great Kobe Bryant produces shock and tributes worldwide

By Alan Gilman, 29 January 2020

The retired basketball star and his teenage daughter were among nine victims of a helicopter crash near Los Angeles.

Residents, families of dead workers left to fend for themselves after chemical explosion at Houston, Texas manufacturing facility

By Jessica Goldstein, 29 January 2020

Those who had their lives torn apart by the devastating chemical explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing last week have been left without any idea of how they will pick up the pieces.

Sri Lankan president declares wartime missing persons dead

By S. Jayanth, 29 January 2020

As the former defense secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse presided over the military and was responsible for the death squads that abducted and killed Tamil youth, journalists and critics during the war.

Australia: Worker presumed dead in Tasmanian mine collapse

By Terry Cook, 29 January 2020

If the miners’ death is confirmed, it will be the fifth mining fatality in western Tasmania in just six years.

28 January 2020

Auschwitz liberation commemorated in Poland amid state-led campaign for historical revisionism and war

By Clara Weiss, 28 January 2020

India's Supreme Court greenlights Modi government’s internet shutdown in Kashmir

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 28 January 2020

Mexican President López Obrador breaks up migrant caravan

By Andrea Lobo, 28 January 2020

Kremlin appoints new cabinet

By Andrea Peters, 28 January 2020

Royal Family deal over Harry and Meghan only exacerbates crisis of rule

By Robert Stevens, 28 January 2020

Australian Labor parliamentarian demands nationalist “pledge of allegiance” for school children

By Patrick O’Connor, 28 January 2020

FCA announces temporary shutdown of Belvidere Assembly plant near Chicago

By Jacob Crosse, 28 January 2020

Trump rolls back clean water protections

By Daniel de Vries, 28 January 2020

Union-backed arbitrator imposes pay freezes on Alberta teachers and nurses

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 28 January 2020

New in Russian

Кремль назначает новый кабинет министров

Андреа Питерс, 29 января 2020 г.

Смена лиц в российском правительстве в основном касается министерских постов, связанных с социальной сферой и внутренней политикой.

New in Turkish

Vuhan koronavirüs salgını ve dünya çapında bulaşıcı hastalıklar tehdidi

Bryan Dyne, 29 Ocak 2020

Tıp bilimi, yeni virüsleri haftalar içinde tespit edip aylar içinde aşı geliştirebilecek kadar ilerlemiştir. Ancak, insanlığı küresel salgınlar tehdidine karşı savunmak, kapitalizmin yapmaktan aciz olduğu düzeyde bir planlamayı ve küresel işbirliğini gerektirmektedir.

New in French

Non aux tentatives des appareils syndicaux d’étrangler la lutte contre Macron!

Alexandre Lantier, 29 janvier 2020

Contre le sabotage des luttes contre Macron, il faut construire des comités d’action, indépendants des syndicats, et une nouvelle avant garde révolutionnaire.

Non à la guerre et au fascisme! Pour l'égalité et le socialisme!
Soutenez la campagne électorale présidentielle 2020 du Parti de l'égalité socialiste (USA)

Le Parti de l’égalité socialiste (USA), 29 janvier 2020

Pour participer à la campagne du Parti de l’égalité socialiste (USA) , visitez le site web: socialism2020.org.

Le gouvernement irakien réprime les protestations anti-américaines

Jean Shaoul, 29 janvier 2020

Les protestations ont été déclenchées par le chômage, en particulier chez les jeunes, le manque d'électricité et d'eau, la médiocrité des services et la corruption rampante.

La libération d'Auschwitz commémorée en Pologne sur fond de campagne de l'État belliciste et révisant l'histoire

Clara Weiss, 29 janvier 2020

Les dénonciations par Duda et Steinmeier du fascisme et l’antisémitisme sont en décalage complet avec le bilan politique de leurs propres gouvernements.

Pourquoi Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez est dans le même parti que Joe Biden

Genevieve Leigh, 29 janvier 2020

La représentante de New York a récemment déclaré que, dans tous les pays sauf les États-Unis, elle et l'ancien vice-président Joe Biden seraient dans des partis politiques différents.

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Das Coronavirus von Wuhan und die globale Bedrohung durch Infektionskrankheiten

Bryan Dyne, 29. Januar 2020

Die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus zeigt erneut die enorme Anfälligkeit der heutigen Gesellschaft gegenüber neuen Mutationen von Infektionskrankheiten. Keine kapitalistische Regierung hat angemessene Vorbereitungen für diese Gefahren getroffen.

Polen: Staatliche Geschichtsfälschung und Kriegshetze überschatten Gedenken an Auschwitz-Befreiung

Clara Weiss, 29. Januar 2020

Dudas und Steinmeiers Verurteilungen von Faschismus und Antisemitismus stehen in krassem Widerspruch zur politischen Praxis ihrer eigenen Regierungen.

Humboldt-Universität: Studierende sprechen über Geschichtsfälschung und die Lehren aus Auschwitz

unseren Reportern, 29. Januar 2020

Im Rahmen ihrer Wahlkampagne zu den StuPa-Wahlen der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin sprachen Mitglieder der IYSSE mit Studierenden über die Versuche rechter Ideologen, die Geschichte der Nazi-Diktatur zu fälschen.

Emilia-Romagna: Ein trügerischer Erfolg über Salvini

Peter Schwarz, 29. Januar 2020

Bei der Regionalwahl in der italienischen Provinz Emilia-Romagna unterlag die Kandidatin der rechtsextremen Lega deutlich dem bisherigen Regionalpräsidenten Stefano Bonaccini von den Demokraten.

Die Bedeutung der „Sardinen“-Bewegung in Italien

Marc Wells, 29. Januar 2020

In kaum zwei Monaten ist es der „Sardinen“-Bewegung hauptsächlich über die sozialen Medien gelungen, Hunderttausende zum Protest gegen den rechten Lega-Chef Matteo Salvini zu mobilisieren.

VW: Vernichtung von 20.000 Arbeitsplätzen allein in Deutschland

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 29. Januar 2020

Nur eine Woche nachdem VW-Chef Diess das „Schlachten heiliger Kühe“ angekündigt hatte, sprang der Vorsitzende des VW-Gesamtbetriebsrats Bernd Osterloh ihm zur Seite.

Irak: Regierung geht gewaltsam gegen Anti-US-Proteste vor

Jean Shaoul, 29. Januar 2020

Was die Demonstrationen hauptsächlich befeuert, sind die Arbeitslosigkeit, insbesondere unter jungen Menschen, der Mangel an Strom und Wasser, schlechte Dienstleistungen und die ausufernde Korruption.

New in Norwegian

Demokratene omfavner krigshauken Bolton under riksrettssaken mot Trump

Patrick Martin, 29. januar 2020

Den nøye tidsbestemte lekkasjen av Boltons Hvite hus-avsløringer har overskygget forsvaret mønstret av Trumps advokater i Senatets riksrettssak.

Iraks regjering slår til mot antiUSA-protester

Jean Shaoul, 29. januar 2020

Protestene ble utløst av arbeidsledighet, særlig blant unge, mangelen på strøm og vann, dårlige tjenester og den gjennomgående korrupsjonen.

Frigjøringen av Auschwitz minnet i Polen, samtidig med statsledet kampanje for historierevisjonisme og krig

Clara Weiss, 29. januar 2020

Presidentene Dudas’ og Steinmeiers fordømmelser av fascisme og antisemittisme står i sterk kontrast til deres egne regjeringers politiske historikk.

Høyesterett i India gir grønt lys for Modi-regjeringens nedstengning av internett i Kashmir

Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29. januar 2020

Indias Høyesterett erklærte ikke internett-tilgang som «konstitusjonelt beskyttet», og beordret ikke Modi-regjeringen å avslutte sin nesten seks måneder lange suspendering av Kashmirs internett-tjenester.

Kreml oppnevner nytt regjeringskabinett

Andrea Peters, 29. januar 2020

Omstokkingen av den russiske regjeringen var konsentrert om departementer med ansvar for innenriksanliggender.

New in Italian

Il significato del movimento delle Sardine in Italia

Marc Wells, 25 gennaio 2020

In meno di due mesi, il movimento delle Sardine, un'iniziativa sviluppata sui social media, ha mobilitato migliaia di manifestanti contro l'ex vice primo ministro di destra Matteo Salvini.

New in Portuguese

A denúncia contra Glenn Greenwald e a guerra global contra a liberdade de expressão

James Cogan, 24 Janeiro 2020

A prisão do fundador do WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, abriu o caminho para uma guerra global contra o jornalismo crítico e independente e para a imposição de uma ampla censura.

New in Spanish

El coronavirus de Wuhan y el peligro global de las enfermedades contagiosas

Por Bryan Dyne, 29 enero 2020

El brote en China ha expuesto la vulnerabilidad de la sociedad contemporánea a nuevas cepas de enfermedades contagiosas, peligros para los cuales ningún Gobierno capitalista está adecuadamente preparado.

Los huelguistas marchan por Francia mientras Macron se mueve para imponer recortes de pensiones

Por Alex Lantier, 29 enero 2020

Una encuesta de Elabe esta semana encontró el 61 por ciento de oposición a los recortes de pensiones, y que el 82 por ciento de los franceses creen que están personalmente peor desde que Macron asumió el cargo en 2017.

Presidente mexicano López Obrador rompe caravana migrante

Por Andrea Lobo, 29 enero 2020

Mientras afirma “proteger” a los migrantes, López Obrador está protegiendo los lazos políticos y financieros de la oligarquía mexicana con el imperialismo estadounidense.

El desprecio de Trump por las heridas sufridas por las tropas en Irak desencadena protestas

Por Bill Van Auken, 29 enero 2020

La minimización de las lesiones ha dejado al descubierto el desprecio del presidente por el personal militar de los EE. UU., con cuyas vidas jugó al ordenar el asesinato de Sule.

Trump tuitea amenazas cuando comienza la defensa de juicio político

Por Patrick Martin, 29 enero 2020

Los republicanos del Senado parecen decididos a poner fin al juicio para el viernes de esta semana.

En Davos, el Gobierno español del PSOE y Podemos les muestra sus credenciales a los bancos

Por Alejandro López, 29 enero 2020

Hablando en el Foro Económico Mundial, Pedro Sánchez reiteró que su nuevo Gobierno de coalición del Partido Socialista Obrero Español y Podemos está comprometido con la austeridad.

Setenta y cinco años después de la liberación de Auschwitz

Por Cristoph Vandreier, 29 enero 2020

Auschwitz se encontraba en el corazón de la maquinaria industrial de asesinatos masivos que se expandía por todo el continente. Los judíos, sinti, oponentes políticos del régimen nazi y otros fueron deportados al campo de exterminio desde todo rincón de la Europa ocupada.

Los Premios de la Academia 2020: Un demostración generalmente débil, si nada sorprendente

Por David Walsh, 29 enero 2020

Las nominaciones en su conjunto reflejan la combinación de una fuerte presión comercial, puntos de vista liberales de Hollywood y gustos artísticos limitados que generalmente dominan los Premios de la Academia.

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Perspective

Oppose French unions’ attempts to strangle the struggle against Macron!

29 January 2020

Opposing union sabotage of strikes against Macron requires building committees of action, independent of the unions, and a revolutionary leadership in the working class.

Earlier Perspectives »

Election 2020

“The time is now to fight for genuine socialism and an end to capitalist exploitation”
SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore opens 2020 campaign with address to students and supporters in Michigan

By our reporters, 29 January 2020

There is a clear alternative facing the American and international working class, Kishore said at the meeting, capitalist barbarism or international socialism.

Socialist Equality Party to run Joseph Kishore for president, Norissa Santa Cruz for vice president in 2020 US elections

The alternative confronting the working class is clear: capitalist barbarism or international socialism. The Socialist Equality Party, in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International, will use this campaign to advance the struggle of the working class against capitalism. Sign up today to get involved!

History

An interview with Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano

By the editorial board, 27 January 2020

Seventy-five years since the liberation of Auschwitz

Featured Commentary

Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in the same party as Joe Biden

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 January 2020

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

Arts Review

#MeToo accusations and identity politics circulate around 2020 Grammy Awards

By Matthew Brennan, 29 January 2020

The event, hosted by the Recording Academy, is the most prominent such ceremony in the music business in the US. Grammys are handed out to musicians, singers, producers, engineers and songwriters.

The Expanse Season 4: The latest installment in the science fiction series

By Tom Hall, 27 January 2020

The Politician: The unreality of official American political and social life

By Joanne Laurier, 24 January 2020

Free Assange and Manning

Rallies in Australia and NZ to demand freedom for Assange and Manning. No to US extradition!

By the Socialist Equality Party Australia and SEG (NZ), 28 January 2020

Socialist Equality Party Public Meeting in London: Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning! No US extradition!

28 January 2020

SEP to hold public meeting in Canada to demand freedom for Julian Assange

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 22 January 2020

The prosecution of Julian Assange, the destruction of legality and the rise of the national security state

By Richard Hoffman, 15 January 2020

Assange’s French legal advisor Juan Branco: “We’ve experienced a strong shift that we now need to nurture”

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 January 2020

The international witch-hunt of Julian Assange

An Open Letter to fellow Educators: Take a stand with Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By James McDonald, 15 January 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Seventy-five years after World War II: The ideological preparations for fascism and war
IYSSE holds second meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 28 January 2020

No to war against Iran! For an international movement against capitalism and war!
IYSSE holds first meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University

The New York Times' 1619 Project

Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for social equality

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2020

“The saddest part of this is that the response of the Times is simply to defend their project”
An interview with historian Clayborne Carson on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 15 January 2020

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

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

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

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warns of “civilization-ending nuclear war”

By Andre Damon, 24 January 2020

Germany: Left Party supports Libya conference and possible military deployment

By Johannes Stern, 24 January 2020

Berlin conference prepares military occupation of Libya

The prosecution of Glenn Greenwald and the global war on free speech

By James Cogan, 23 January 2020

The New York Times attempts to discredit defense as Harvey Weinstein trial begins

By Tom Carter, 23 January 2020

The New York Times gloats over Harvey Weinstein’s misfortune

25 years ago: US emergency loan to Mexico in peso crisis

On January 31, 1995, US President Bill Clinton invoked executive power to extend a $50 billion loan to Mexico amid the ongoing peso crisis.

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50 years ago: US President Nixon demands austerity budget

On February 2, 1970, US President Richard Nixon submitted his proposal to congress for the 1971 fiscal year.

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75 years ago: American prisoners of war freed in the Philippines

On January 30, 1945, almost 500 American prisoners of war were freed from a Japanese camp near Cabanatuan City in the Philippines, after a daring raid conducted by US army scouts, rangers and local guerilla units.

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100 years ago: British arrest Irish nationalist leaders in Dublin

On January 31, 1920, units of the British Army and the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) arrested seven recently elected members of the Dublin City Council, all supporters of the Irish nationalist movement Sinn Fein, which advocated the independence of Ireland from the United Kingdom.

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Mehring Books

New pamphlet from Mehring Books on the 1619 Project

24 January 2020

The response of David North and Eric London to the New York Times’ rebuff of five eminent historians’ objections to the 1619 Project is now available as an illustrated pamphlet.

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

Autoworkers Struggles

GM workers in Mexico thank Australian workers for support

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 10 January 2020

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

Socialist Equality Party

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes new ICFI books for İstanbul Book Fair

By Ulas Atesci, 29 October 2019

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Z. Rogovin, 30 August 2019

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

Featured Commentary

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019