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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Australia: Inspections reveal dangerous conditions on NSW construction sites
21 October 2019
The NSW government's promises are aimed at placating public outrage over conditions in the construction sector, the third most dangerous by workplace fatalities.
Inquiry whitewashes Kiribati government over ferry disaster
21 October 2019
The report identifies no criminal culpability in Kiribati's worst ever disaster, which led to 95 deaths and makes no criticism of the government or its agencies.
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand
19 October 2019
Some 49,000 transport workers in the state of Telangana walked-out in defiance of government threats to their jobs, while more than 20,000 employees of a state-owned defence company took strike action
Growing calls for Australian government to defend Julian Assange
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.

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

UN official’s briefing on torture of Assange boycotted by US media
18 October 2019
The media silence is a continuation of its complicity in what UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer has described as the “public mobbing” of Assange.
Australia: “Four Corners” program promotes anti-China witch-hunt
17 October 2019
The program underscores the role of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a mouthpiece for the political establishment and the intelligence agencies.
Government has no solution to Australia’s water crisis
16 October 2019
Hundreds of thousands in the state of New South Wales face running out of water before the end of next year
Australian governments trial police-state measures against climate protesters
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.