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Statements from Canada, India and Sri Lanka in support of Dr. Scalice

By our reporters, 22 October 2020

“Dr. Scalice has thoroughly exposed the politically criminal role played by the Stalinist Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in paving the way for the anti-working class dictatorial regimes of Marcos and Duterte.”

Washtenaw County issues stay-at-home order at University of Michigan campus in the wake of campus COVID outbreak

By Jesse Thomas, 21 October 2020

The rise in cases at the University of Michigan follows the shutdown of the graduate student strike last month, which was waged in opposition to the university’s unsafe reopening policy.

Missouri coronavirus infection rates spike, creating havoc in schools, economy

By Cole Michaels, 21 October 2020

As in the Midwest more generally, Missouri hit another record level number of COVID-19 infections over the last week, driven by the White House’s “herd immunity” policy.

Breonna Taylor grand jury was never given option to indict killer cops

By Jacob Crosse, 21 October 2020

Jurors have begun to come forward to dispute Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s characterization of the grand jury deliberations.

Statements from China and Sri Lanka in defence of Dr. Scalice against the attacks by the Stalinist CPP

By our reporters, 21 October 2020

“The working class from all over the world must take seriously the threats and slanders unleashed by Sison against Dr. Scalice and come forward to defend him.”

Australian pseudo-left denies fascist danger in US presidential election crisis

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 October 2020

Socialist Alternative is attempting to chloroform the working class, insisting that the American ruling class would never resort to dictatorial rule.

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation facilitates reckless reopening of schools that puts teachers and students’ lives at risk

By Matthew Richter, 19 October 2020

While the teachers union has connived with the NDP provincial government to reopen schools, popular opposition is mounting. As of tomorrow, more than 800 parents across British Columbia plan to keep their kids at home to protest the unsafe conditions in the classrooms.

Who are the New York Watchmen?

By Alex Findijs, 19 October 2020

The New York Watchmen are a newly formed right-wing militia with close ties to Michael Caputo, the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Trump Administration.

Florida school bus driver dies from COVID-19 weeks before her planned retirement

By Alex Johnson, 19 October 2020

The tragic October 9 death of 66-year old school bus driver Gail Brusseau in Florida has again exposed the homicidal campaign being waged against the working class.

As safety protocols vanish, Fiat Chrysler advises workers “protect your pets from COVID”

By Shannon Jones, 19 October 2020

Management advises workers to protect their pets from COVID-19 as it junks safety measures.

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen dead at age 65

By Kevin Reed, 19 October 2020

Eddie Van Halen, the renowned electric guitarist with the popular rock band Van Halen, died in Santa Monica, California, at age 65 on Oct. 6.

Tennessee educator dies of COVID-19 after governor touts “strong safety measures” in schools

By Our reporters, 19 October 2020

Fifty-three-year old Susan Keener, an educational assistant at Walter Hill Elementary School in Rutherford County, Tennessee, died after being placed on a ventilator due to the contraction of COVID-19 in August.

In interview with Radio Free Asia, Sison announces

Communist Party of the Philippines targets Chinese firms blacklisted by Washington

By John Malvar, 19 October 2020

The leadership of the CPP explained it would be targeting Chinese firms in interviews with Radio Free Asia, an official organ of US government propaganda directed against China.

The Detroit triple murder: What the media doesn’t say

By Jerry White, 19 October 2020

The brutal murders of six-year-old Tai’raz Moore and two other victims in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan shocked residents throughout the metropolitan area.

COVID-19 infections soar in US

By Kate Randall, 19 October 2020

The massive spike in COVID-19 cases is an indication that the US ruling elite’s policy of reopening businesses and schools is already resulting in the surge predicted by public health experts for the fall and winter.

Macron promotes anti-Muslim “free speech” hypocrisy after terrorist killing

By Will Morrow, 19 October 2020

Less than 48 hours after the murder of a teacher near Paris on Friday, the political establishment launched a campaign for “national unity” behind anti-Muslim laws.

Political scandal engulfs premier in Australia’s most populous state

By Mike Head, 19 October 2020

Behind the Berejiklian affair lies a history of “anti-corruption” inquiries, being used to execute political shifts in the state of New South Wales.

Two US Park Police officers charged in 2017 killing of Virginia motorist Bijan Ghaisar

Nick Barrickman

19 October 2020

Virginia Commonwealth attorneys charged United States Park Police officers Lucas Vinyard and Alejandro Amaya in the fatal shooting.

“The pandemic is not over yet”

Brazilian nurse speaks out against closure of COVID hospital and firing of 300 employees

By Tomas Castanheira, 19 October 2020

The workers of the Castanhal Regional Hospital carried out a protest last Thursday demanding their jobs back and the payment of overdue salaries.

Danger of Russian-Turkish conflict grows as Armenian-Azeri ceasefire fails

By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2020

Casualties are rapidly mounting as heavy artillery and precision missile strikes rain down on civilian and military targets in both Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Melting glaciers threaten catastrophic consequences for humanity

By Daniel Jakob, 19 October 2020

Global warming has already resulted in continual and worldwide loss of glacial ice, and the concurrent melting of the permafrost ground layer is approaching irreversibility.

German parents’ associations protest against dangerous school openings

By Gregor Link, 19 October 2020

More and more workers and young people in Germany and Europe as a whole oppose the policy of herd immunity decreed by ruling circles, a policy that will result in the death of hundreds of thousands of people.

Labour Party strengthens its hold on power in New Zealand election

By Tom Peters, 19 October 2020

The Labour Party has gained significant support from businesses and sections of the upper middle class after launching an assault on the living conditions of the working class.

At Muskegon, Michigan rally

Trump escalates threats of violence and dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2020

In the state where his far-right supporters plotted the assassination of the governor, Trump renewed his appeals to violence and denunciations of socialism.

US press reports confirm killing of Portland anti-fascist was targeted police assassination

By Patrick Martin, 15 October 2020

Trump raised the killing of Reinoehl as a great achievement during the first presidential debate with former Vice President Joe Biden. The Democratic candidate made no objection.

Australian health union leader pleads guilty to corruption

By Cheryl Crisp, 15 October 2020

While they were imposing poverty-level wages and dire conditions on the workers they falsely claim to represent, several Health Services Union were looting the organisation’s treasury for their own purposes.

Video recordings reveal Republican strategy to suppress the vote in US election

By Jacob Crosse, 15 October 2020

The Council for National Policy, a secret society of ultra-wealthy conservative activists, media and business moguls is closely linked to the Republican Party and Donald Trump.

US military chief disputes Trump’s Afghanistan troop withdrawal pledge

By Bill Van Auken, 15 October 2020

General Mark Milley insisted that any drawdown of US troops would be “condition-based” as major fighting erupted in Helmand province.

Macron hails herd immunity, rejects lockdown as COVID-19 surges in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 15 October 2020

In a national interview, Macron said non-essential work and in-person schooling would continue and that he is aiming for 90,000-150,000 monthly new COVID-19 cases in France.

French, Spanish hospital workers protest as COVID-19 spreads across Europe

By Will Morrow, 15 October 2020

Protests are driven by demands for desperately-needed resources for hospital workers to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Tripling of new coronavirus infections in Germany in only one month

By Marianne Arens, 15 October 2020

Anger is growing among workers at the herd immunity policy being imposed by big business, as the government is using the pandemic as an excuse to deploy the army within Germany.

North and East of Sri Lanka paralysed by mass anti-government protest

By Subash Somachandran, 15 October 2020

Social opposition is mounting among workers and the poor across Sri Lanka against the Rajapakse government’s continuous attacks on social and democratic rights.

Sheriff defends Michigan conspirators as details emerge of plot’s scope, links to police and Trump campaign

By Eric London, 15 October 2020

New information about Huron Valley Guns, which employed one plotter, shows that the facility has deep connections to the police, ICE and the Republican Party.

Amazon Prime Day: Fabulous wealth for Jeff Bezos, rampant injuries for workers

By Shuvu Batta, 15 October 2020

Amazon is expected to rack up record sales on this year’s “Prime Day,” while the explosion of orders is causing many injuries and fueling opposition within the workforce.

Tesla: The cognizable, knowable scientist and visionary

By Joanne Laurier, 15 October 2020

Written and directed by Michael Almereyda, Tesla is a drama about the life of Serbian-American engineer and physicist Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), a remarkable figure. Ethan Hawke plays Tesla.

“If they don’t figure out what’s really going on there, people are going to continue to die”

Whistleblowers: Colorado meatpacking plant used threats and lies to keep potentially infected workers on the job

By Cordell Gascoigne, 14 October 2020

Two former health screeners at the JBS beef processing facility in Greeley, Colorado after a coronavirus outbreak have blown the whistle on flagrant violations of basic safety measures by management.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meets as COVID-19 sweeps through student campuses

By Our reporter, 14 October 2020

Emma, a parent of primary school age children, said, “I could not agree more with all of you. How can anybody make schools safe? Even our primary school head said they couldn’t guarantee safety.

A profile of the conspirators in the Michigan plot

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2020

The 13 men arrested have two things in common: extreme right-wing politics and economic marginalization.

The Green Party of Canada chooses a new leader—multiple political frauds for the price of one

By James Clayton and Keith Jones, 12 October 2020

Anamie Paul, the candidate favoured by the Green Party establishment, narrowly prevailed over the “eco-socialist,” Palestinian-rights activist, and one-time Wall Street lawyer, Dimitri Lascaris.

Hurricane Delta rips through battered southwestern Louisiana

By Aaron Murch, 12 October 2020

Residents are struggling to recover from yet another powerful storm less than two months after Hurricane Laura devastated the city of Lake Charles and surrounding communities.

State and federal governments conceal COVID-19 outbreaks in US schools

By Chase Lawrence, 12 October 2020

Across the US, the location of coronavirus outbreaks in schools are being deliberately hidden from the public, in order to prevent teachers and parents from drawing the conclusion that face-to-face instruction should stop.

Protest strikes in German public transit: Workers’ anger grows over unsafe working conditions

By Andy Niklaus and Christoph Vandreier, 12 October 2020

While the trade unions are limiting the public transit strikes to a set of minimum demands, anger amongst the workforce at the miserable level of wages and unsafe working conditions is growing.

As police rampage continues in Oregon and Wisconsin

Trump supporter killed by Pinkerton agent during dueling Denver, Colorado protests

By Jacob Crosse, 12 October 2020

Despite the fact the shooter was employed by one of the most notorious security agencies in US history, far-right media outlets and personalities tried to paint the killing as the latest example of “BLM/Antifa” violence.

A timeline of the fascist conspiracy to kidnap and kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

12 October 2020

The conspiracy to target Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer for kidnap and assassination unfolded over a six-month period. The numbers in the text refer to the locations highlighted on the map.

French universities enforce de facto herd immunity policy on COVID-19

By Samuel Tissot, 12 October 2020

Despite a nominal commitment to limited measures to contain the virus, in reality French universities are allowing the virus to rapid spread amongst students, accelerating infections and deaths in the wider population.

Jobs bloodbath in Australia continues as companies restructure to slash costs

By Terry Cook, 12 October 2020

Employment relations expert warns the end of the JobKeeper scheme will leave workers exposed to a “redundancy bloodbath.”

Restore the eight-hour day! Stop the move to twelve-hour shifts for skilled trades workers at Michigan FCA plant!

By The FCA Sterling Heights Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 12 October 2020

The following is a statement by the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee at the Fiat Chrysler plant in suburban Detroit.

As pandemic surges worldwide, governments resist new lockdowns, step up back-to-work drive

By Benjamin Mateus, 12 October 2020

The world is seeing a resurgence of the pandemic as daily cases of COVID-19 reach record highs. Governments internationally are rejecting future lockdowns and instead are continuing the homicidal policy of “herd immunity,” which sacrifices potentially millions of lives to protect the profits and wealth of the ruling elites.

Alameda County hospital strike in California ends without contract

By David Brown and Evan Winters, 12 October 2020

Hospital workers in Oakland spoke on the systemic problems in health care and the impact of the pandemic.

350,000 US education jobs slashed in September

By Renae Cassimeda, 12 October 2020

The mass layoffs come four months after an unprecedented 1.4 million education layoffs as a result of the pandemic, and are the tip of the iceberg with no federal aid on the horizon.

Dr. Joseph Scalice discusses the significance of the fight against Stalinism with the members of Sri Lankan SEP

By Our correspondents, 12 October 2020

Scalice’s guest lecture to members of Sri Lankan SEP is important for their struggle to build the Trotskyist movement in South Asia and fight against Stalinist betrayals.

Trump continues far-right appeals as details of Michigan plot emerge

By Eric London, 12 October 2020

The exposure last weekend of a plot to assassinate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has uncovered the existence of a nationwide underground far-right terror network.

Accelerated job cuts in German auto industry

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 12 October 2020

Barely a day goes by without a new announcement of cutbacks and job cuts in the German auto industry.

COVID-19 devastates Native American reservations in California and across the US

By Kevin Martinez and Marko Leone, 12 October 2020

The loss of revenue from the closure of Indian casinos and other gambling operations has led to loss of jobs and social funding for indigenous communities, while premature reopening are fueling the virus’ spread.

Poverty to soar after Labor backs Australian budget

By Mike Head, 12 October 2020

The swift passage of the budget’s key measures demonstrates a close political partnership.

After the Assange hearing—the fight against imperialism

By Thomas Scripps, 9 October 2020

What took place at London’s Old Bailey was a process of vicious retribution against a journalist who exposed the barbarism of the ruling class before the world.

“We need to take away the children”: Top Justice Department officials drove Trump’s anti-immigrant family separation policy

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 8 October 2020

While the specific officials mentioned in the report are no longer leading the department, the Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrants has continued unabated.

As Brazil’s inequality soars, ruling elite sets racialist trap for the working class

By Tomas Castanheira, 8 October 2020

The efforts of the pseudo left and bourgeois parties like the PT to divide the working class along racial, gender and national lines feed the growth of fascistic forces.

With more than 1 million dead, who have been the victims of the coronavirus pandemic?

Part one

By Benjamin Mateus, 8 October 2020

More than 1 million people globally have succumbed to COVID-19. The working class has faced the brunt of this pandemic, with all indications that the worst is still to come.

Turkey backs Azeri offensive on Armenia as Russia, Iran warn of escalation

By Alex Lantier, 8 October 2020

The war between Armenia and Azerbaijan threatens to escalate into a regional war involving Russia, Iran, Turkey and the entire NATO alliance.

Macron’s anti-Islamic separatism law: The death throes of French democracy

By Alex Lantier, 8 October 2020

This bill, which would impose control of Islam by the state and mass surveillance of the population, exposes the fascistic and anti-secular policies of the Macron government.

Quebec educator urges teachers to build rank-and-file safety committees to oppose reckless school reopening

By our reporter, 8 October 2020

There is no longer any doubt that the reopening of schools in Quebec, as across Canada, is fueling the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SUNY students face budget gap in Excelsior Scholarship program

By Alex Findijs, 8 October 2020

With a $62 billion budget gap, some SUNY students have been charged full tuition and are unsure when their scholarship credits will be applied.

Former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder of George Floyd released on bail

By Nick Barrickman, 8 October 2020

Floyd’s killing by Derek Chauvin and three other officers on May 25 set off mass protests around the world against police violence.

“They want the schools to remain open at all costs”

Tennessee educator speaks out on unsafe conditions in schools

By Our reporters, 8 October 2020

While the state’s governor proclaims schools are safe, the teacher reveals how her school has been unable to contain the spread of the virus and the impact this has had on educators and students alike.

Appalachian State University faculty and students demand action after death of healthy student from COVID-19

By Aaron Murch, 8 October 2020

Following the death of 19-year-old Chad Dorrill, students and professors have spoken out against the poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic by the university’s administration.

US safety agency undermines federal oversight of COVID-19 workplace spread

By Shannon Jones, 7 October 2020

The workplace safety agency revised wording on its website to state that employers must only report a hospitalization if it occurs within 24 hours of exposure, a near impossibility that effectively abolishes any requirement that companies notify OSHA of severe cases.

Trump escalates political conspiracy despite White House pandemic

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 7 October 2020

Trump’s decision to return to the White House from the Walter Reed Medical Center Monday night was intended to get his plot to overturn the election back on track.

Trump breaks off talks on pandemic stimulus bill

By Barry Grey, 7 October 2020

Trump’s announcement is a savage attack on the working class under conditions of a worsening pandemic, a rising tide of permanent layoffs, soaring hunger and tens of millions of looming evictions and home foreclosures.

Faculty strike looms at Youngstown State University after trustees reject fact-finding report

By Isaac Finn, 7 October 2020

If the strike vote passes it would be the first strike called by the YSU-OEA in 15 years

Tens of thousands laid off as major exhibitor Cineworld closes movie theaters in US and UK

By Matthew MacEgan, 7 October 2020

The world’s second-largest movie theater chain announced that it will close over 600 locations this week, resulting in the loss of employment for 45,000 workers.

Nurses and health care workers at three California hospitals begin 5-day strike

By David Brown, 7 October 2020

Health care workers in the East Bay confront chronic understaffing, lack of PPE and attacks on wages while serving on the front line against the pandemic.

Service workers at University of Illinois hospital vote on contract after nurses union pushes through sellout

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 October 2020

After a 10-day strike by 4,000 workers last month, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is attempting to force through concessions on the heels of a similar sellout by the Illinois Nurses Association last week.

Germany’s parliamentary parties elect far-right AfD candidate to Gera city council

By Martin Nowak, 7 October 2020

The latest developments in the east German city of Gera underline the sharp turn to the right by the ruling class.

Republican operatives indicted in voter suppression scheme in Michigan

By Jacob Crosse, 7 October 2020

Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl are alleged to have orchestrated a mass robo-call voter suppression campaign that targeted minority voters in Detroit.

Honduran migrant caravan broken up by Guatemalan troops, as devastation grows across Central America

By Andrea Lobo, 7 October 2020

The caravan, disbanded with the assistance of the Mexican government, signals that growing layers of the population in Honduras and the region have reached a new level of social desperation.

“We want the government to stop using us” like “guinea pigs”

Youth who led Montreal high school strike against unsafe school reopening speaks out

By our reporters, 7 October 2020

Dozens of students at LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School protested last Thursday against the provincial CAQ government’s reckless reopening of Quebec’s schools.

New Caledonia rejects independence from France for second time

By John Braddock, 7 October 2020

With a growing economic crisis and social tensions, the referendum result was deeply divided with just 53 per cent voting against independence.

Academic promoted by Jacobin to campaign for reopening schools meets with Trump officials

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 October 2020

Martin Kulldorff, who was interviewed and endorsed by Jacobin to support the reopening of schools, met Monday with top Trump officials to discuss the policy of “herd immunity.”

Texas police officer charged with murder after shooting and killing unarmed black man

By Alex Findijs, 7 October 2020

Jonathan Price intervened to prevent a fight inside a convenience store. When police officer Shaun Lucas attempted to detain Price, he stunned him with a Taser and shot him three times.

US-Mexico border wall cutting through Native American tribal lands

By Adria French, 7 October 2020

Trump’s border wall is being constructed through culturally important sites, including Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Tohono O’Odham lands in southwestern Arizona.

Bangladesh’s Awami League government intensifies anti-democratic attacks on its critics

By Wimal Perera, 6 October 2020

Prime Minister Sheik Hasina has responded to the social crisis exacerbated by COVID-19 by suppressing information on the disease and persecuting journalists.

IMF issues debt warning

By Nick Beams, 5 October 2020

More than half of low-income countries and several emerging market economies face the high risk of a crisis amid “alarming” increases in debt levels.

An interview from 2016 with Victoria Bynum, historian and author of The Free State of Jones

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 5 October 2020

We are reposting today an interview we conducted with Victoria Bynum in July 2016 at the time of the release of Free State of Jones, which is now available again on Netflix.

Foreword to 30 Years of War, the German edition of David North’s A Quarter Century of War

By Johannes Stern, 5 October 2020

After three decades of US-led wars, the outbreak of a third world war, whichwould be fought with nuclear weapons, is an imminent and concrete danger. Based on a thorough understanding of the wars of the past three decades and the socioeconomic and political processes in which they were rooted, this book develops a socialist perspective for the struggle against war.

Partial closures in New York City as infections spread throughout US schools

By Renae Cassimeda, 5 October 2020

With at least 39,000 COVID-19 infections and 30 deaths of K-12 educators since schools began reopening in the US in late July, the full resumption of in-person learning in large cities across the country will vastly accelerate the spread of the pandemic.

Australian university trade union concedes up to 90,000 job losses

By Mike Head, 5 October 2020

This disaster is a staggering indictment of the NTEU and all those trying to keep university workers tied to the union.

US FBI officials trained Australian Federal Police “foreign interference” squad

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 October 2020

The revelation demonstrates that the US state has a central hand in the campaign against supposed “foreign interference” in Australia.

As divisions erupt within NATO

Armenia, Azerbaijan bomb each other’s cities

By Alex Lantier, 5 October 2020

Both sides launched artillery or missile attacks on each other’s cities this weekend in a major escalation of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Free State of Jones available again on Netflix

By Joanne Laurier, 5 October 2020

This important film from 2016 is now available again on Netflix. It is a rebuke to the racialist politics of the New York Times and the Democratic Party and to the 1619 Project in particular.

Israel: 130,000 protesters demand resignation of Netanyahu government

By Jean Shaoul, 5 October 2020

Israeli workers now face measures long associated with the suppression of the Palestinians in the territories illegally occupied by Israel since their seizure in the June 1967 war.

Almost half of UK coronavirus infections in schools, colleges and universities

By Harvey Thompson, 5 October 2020

Figures from the latest Public Health England’s COVID-19 epidemiology surveillance summary show that educational settings now account for 45 percent of all positive cases in the UK.

Leaked FBI report warns of far-right “Boogaloo” violence in advance of election

By Jacob Crosse, 5 October 2020

The leaked report follows earlier intelligence assessments that far-right militia violence remains the greatest domestic terrorist threat.

Statements in defence of Dr. Joseph Scalice against Stalinist lies

By Our reporters, 5 October 2020

“I want to admonish as many people as I can to believe in Dr. Joseph Scalice. We must not waver in supporting him against the likes of Sison…”

Ontario Labour Relations Board refuses to hear case brought by unions on unsafe school reopenings

By Roger Jordan, 4 October 2020

The OLRB’s decision not to hear the case is a damning exposure of the trade unions, whose leaders insisted that teachers take no job action and place their faith in this state agency to ensure safe working conditions.

30 years of German unity

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 3 October 2020

As German political leaders commemorate the dissolution of East Germany and its incorporation by West Germany 30 years ago, the earlier promises of freedom, democracy, and prosperity are being refuted daily by reality.

Wildfires continue to rage across western United States

By Alexa Castro, 3 October 2020

The raging wildfires in the western part of the United States continue to threaten the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands, while setting the stage for an even greater crisis of homelessness.

Trump falls victim to his own “herd immunity” policy

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2020

While the short-term political consequences are highly unpredictable, the Trump diagnosis does not alter the fundamental trajectory of the social and political crisis of American capitalism.

Border Wall threatens extinction of numerous endangered species

By Adria French, 3 October 2020

The ongoing construction increased an already tragic rate of migrant deaths, destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and now threatens the extinction of more than 100 endangered species on the border.

Australian teachers confront fast-tracked return to classrooms in Victoria

By Karen Maxwell, 3 October 2020

Behind the backs of teachers, the Australian Education Union is working closely with the state Labor Party government to stifle resistance.