Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!

Today, March 28, marks one full year since WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was cut off from the internet and his ability to communicate with the outside world. Assange remains confined to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted political asylum in 2012. There he is subject to constant and invasive surveillance…

March 29 will mark three weeks since Chelsea Manning, who in 2010 provided WikiLeaks with documents exposing US war crimes, was jailed for contempt of court by a federal judge. Manning’s alleged “crime” is refusing to testify in a secret grand jury hearing against Assange. She is being held in solitary confinement, isolated 22 hours a day.

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Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia
18 January 2020
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
Smoke haze from Australian bushfires pose serious public health threat
18 January 2020
The fine particulates in smoke from fires has been known to contain a toxic mix of chemicals that are a concern to public health.
Australian Labor Party closes ranks with Morrison government in bushfire crisis
18 January 2020
Labor leader Anthony Albanese has largely refrained from criticising the inadequate government response on the grounds of ensuring “national unity.”
Australia: Balmoral firefighters say they were “abandoned” and demand better resources
17 January 2020
“Governments are definitely not looking after us—there’s too many hidden agendas—and things are not being done to make sure we’ve got adequate power or water.”

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

On October 7, David North, International Editorial Board chairman of the World Socialist Web Site, delivered the following lecture to a well-attended public meeting in Colombo, organised by the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka). The meeting, the second of two held in Sri Lanka, was called to celebrate the 80thanniversary of the Fourth International and the 50th anniversary of the SEP in Sri Lanka. Click here to read the lecture

Australian fires leave tens of thousands in financial hardship and stress
17 January 2020
The fires have most severely affected low-income workers and welfare recipients, self-employed contractors, small-business owners and family farmers.
New Zealand fascist group targets Chinese-born MP
16 January 2020
Action Zealandia, whose website resembles the Christchurch terrorist’s manifesto, placed racist posters on National Party MP Jian Yang’s office.
Australia: NSW bushfire victims condemn inadequate planning and government responses
16 January 2020
“Volunteers are dwindling in numbers and the average age is increasing. You can’t go flogging these people for 11 weeks of fire fighting.”
Australian bushfire crisis highlights sweeping emergency powers
16 January 2020
By proclaiming “emergencies,” state governments can override any law in order to suppress rising social unrest.