Democrats capitulate to Trump, agree to wall funding

By Eric London, 12 February 2019

As Trump was delivering another fascistic rant in the border city of El Paso, Texas, Democrats were agreeing to advance his anti-immigrant crackdown.

Denver teachers strike backed by student walkouts

By Tom Eley, 12 February 2019

Thousands of high school students walked out of class in solidarity with their nearly 3,000 striking teachers.

Chicago charter teachers strike enters second week

By Kristina Betinis, 12 February 2019

In their first strike in 25 years, Denver, Colorado teachers walk out

West Virginia teachers, school staff vote “overwhelmingly” to authorize work action

Oakland students walk out as school board prepares major cuts

Mexican union apparatus, government scramble to suppress growing strike across Mexico

By Andrea Lobo, 12 February 2019

Inspired by the wave of wildcat strikes by maquiladora workers in Matamoros, Mexico, militancy and opposition to the trade unions and the AMLO administration are growing.

Wave of walkouts in Matamoros, Mexico builds toward general strike

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

Democratic leaders join attack on Democratic congresswoman
Bogus charges of anti-Semitism fuel right-wing campaign against Ilhan Omar

By Patrick Martin, 12 February 2019

The Democratic Party backlash only demonstrates the truth of Representative Omar’s comments about the influence of the Israeli lobby on Congress.

UK: Anti-Semitism witch-hunt provokes backlash in Labour Party

By Robert Stevens, 12 February 2019

The opposition of Corbyn et al. to all attempts to expel the Labour right has once again handed the initiative to the Blairites, despite Labour’s membership in overwhelming numbers hating everything they say and do.

Injured flight attendants speak to the WSWS
The workers’ compensation nightmare at Delta Airlines: Part one

By Tom Hall, 12 February 2019

Several seriously injured Delta Airlines flight attendants recently spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the hellish ordeal confronting workers who seek assistance through the company’s workers’ compensation system.

Michigan steelworker dies after falling into vat of sulfuric acid

By Shannon Jones, 12 February 2019

Daniel Hill died over the weekend after falling into a vat of highly dangerous sulfuric acid while being trained for a new job at Michigan Seamless Tube in South Lyon.

As China-US trade deadline nears
Global economic war intensifies

By Nick Beams, 12 February 2019

Prospects for a US-China trade deal took a blow last Thursday when US President Donald Trump ruled out a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping before the expiration of a March 1 deadline.

Australian government claims credit for release of detained Bahraini footballer, but refuses to assist Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 February 2019

Politicians who have abrogated the right to seek asylum and joined the persecution of Julian Assange have postured as champions of persecuted refugees.

Steve McDowell, campaigner for Australian paramedic rights, speaks with WSWS

By Cheryl Crisp and John Mackay, 12 February 2019

“The thing is, if NSWA treated their staff the way their staff treat the public, there would be no issue.”—Steve McDowell

US navy challenges China in the South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 12 February 2019

The intrusion by two US destroyers is designed to send a menacing message to China as trade talks begin in Beijing on a deal to avert escalating US trade war measures.

German army initiates military cooperation with Deutsche Bahn railway company

By Tino Jacobson, 12 February 2019

The railway company, 100 percent of which is controlled by the federal state, is increasingly being subordinated to the needs of German militarism and imperialism.

New in Portuguese

Halil Celik, um lutador pelo socialismo (1961 – 2018)

Por Peter Schwarz, 12 fevereiro 2019

Em 31 de dezembro de 2018, Halil Celik, fundador e líder do grupo Sosyalist Eşitlik, que apoia o Comitê Internacional da Quarta Internacional na Turquia, morreu de câncer aos 57 anos. Este obituário apresenta uma visão geral de sua vida.

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IYSSE oppfordrer studenter i Australia til å delta i demonstrasjoner til forsvar for Julian Assange

IYSSE (Australia), 12. februar 2019

Forsvaret for Assange er i fronten av kampen mot økende autoritært styre og angrepet på demokratiske rettigheter rundt om i verden.

Den berømte musikeren Roger Waters oppfordrer til deltakelse i demonstrasjonene i Australia til forsvar for Julian Assange

Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12. februar 2019

Roger Waters, den ikoniske Pink-Floyd-stemmen og berømte soloartisten, oppfordrer til handling for å frigjøre Julian Assange.

Brazils Arbeiderparti hyller involveringen av imperialismens representanter og det brazilianske militæret i operasjonen for regimeendring i Venezuela

Miguel Andrade, 12. februar 2019

Arbeiderpartiet (PT) simulerer opposisjon mot regimeendringen i Venezuela, samtidig som partiet sender representanter for å møte EU-ledere som har vært i front for beleiringen av landet.

Kinesiske myndigheter tvinger frem tilståelser fra studentaktivister

Navin Dewage, 12. februar 2019

Tilslaget gjenspeiler frykten innen kinesiske regjeringskretser for en politisk bevegelse av arbeiderklassen for sosiale og demokratiske rettigheter, som utfordrer regjeringen selv.

CGTs «nasjonalstreik»: franske fagforbund forsøker å kvele «gul vest»-protestene

våre reportere, 12. februar 2019

For fagforbundene var aksjonsdagen en anledning for deres base av representanter og byråkrater til å treffe «gul vest»-protesterende og forsøke å få kontroll over deres bevegelse.

Corbyn-lederskapet bøyer av for Blair-istenes antisemittisme-heksejakt

Robert Stevens, 12. februar 2019

Blair-istene har bare kunnet videreføre en slik løgnbasert kampanje på grunn av de kontinuerlige kapituleringene fra Corbyn og hans indre krets, som har opponert mot ehvert trekk for å drive dem ut, i sin jakt på «parti-enhet».

Franske «gule vester» holder sine 13. protester mot sosial ulihet og politibrutalitet

Anthony Torres, 12. februar 2019

Etter at Nasjonalforsamlingen stemte for en reaksjonær «antihooligan-lov» som tillater politiet å forby protester uten rettsavgjørelse, ble de 13. «gul vest»-protestene avholdt under spenninger med politiet.

Arbeiderklassen og sosialisme

Andre Damon, 12. februar 2019

Trumps fordømmelse av sosialisme i hans ‘State of the Union’-tale reflekterer styringsklassens frykt over veksten av klassekampen i USA.

Bilarbeidere og supportere demonstrerte i Detroit for å opponere mot GM-nedleggelser og oppsigelser

Niles Niemuth, 12. februar 2019

Bilarbeidere og supportere fra hele Midtvesten deltok på en demonstrasjon og et møte på lørdag, organisert av WSWS Autoworkers Newsletter og Styringskomitéen for Koalisjonen av grunnplankomitéer.

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Des travailleurs de l'automobile et des supporters manifestent à Detroit pour s'opposer aux fermetures et aux licenciements de GM

Niles Niemuth, 12 février 2019

Les travailleurs de l’automobile et ses soutiens à travers le Midwest ont participé à la manifestation et réunion samedi organisés par le bulletin Autoworker du WSWS et le comité directeur de la coalition des comités de bases.

Des milliers de personnes assistent à une manifestation anticatalane de droite à Madrid
Manuel Valls, l’ancien premier ministre français de François Hollande y a participé à côté des fascistes

Alejandro López, 12 février 2019

Les partis de droite espagnols ciblent le gouvernement social-démocrate minoritaire, soutenu par Podemos, impopulaire car il impose l'austérité et un régime d'Etat policier.

L'économie de l'industrie automobile nord-américaine
Comment les entreprises mondiales de pièces d'automobiles profitent de l'exploitation des travailleurs mexicains

Shannon Jones, 12 février 2019

Avec 345 fournisseurs de pièces d'automobiles de premier niveau opérant au Mexique, le pays est une énorme source d'enrichissement pour les sociétés transnationales.

New in German

Die SPD modernisiert Hartz IV

Peter Schwarz, 12. Februar 2019

Das neue „Sozialstaats“-Konzept der SPD passt die Folterinstrumente von Hartz IV an die neuen Formen extremer Ausbeutung an.

Autoarbeiter demonstrieren in Detroit gegen GM-Werksschließungen und Entlassungen

Niles Niemuth, 12. Februar 2019

Autoarbeiter und Unterstützer aus dem gesamten Mittleren Westen nahmen an einer Demonstration und einer Veranstaltung teil, die vom WSWS Autoworker Newsletter und dem Leitungsgremium der Aktionskomitees organisiert wurden.

Frankreich: 13. Demonstration der „Gelbwesten“ gegen soziale Ungleichheit und Polizeibrutalität

Anthony Torres, 12. Februar 2019

Nachdem die Nationalversammlung das reaktionäre „Anti-Randale-Gesetz“ verabschiedet hatte, durch das die Polizei Proteste ohne Gerichtsurteil verbieten kann, fanden zum 13. Mal „Gelbwesten“-Demonstrationen statt. Es kam erneut zu Auseinandersetzungen mit der Polizei.

Roger Waters unterstützt Kampagne für die Freilassung von Julian Assange

der Socialist Equality Party (Australien), 12. Februar 2019

[description] Der legendäre Musiker, Komponist und Sänger von Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, ruft zu den Demonstrationen für die Freilassung von Julian Assange auf.[description]

New in Spanish

La clase obrera y el socialismo

Andre Damon, 11 febrero 2019

La denuncia al socialismo por parte de Trump en su discurso del “Estado de la Unión” refleja el temor de la clase gobernante hacia el crecimiento de la lucha de clases en Estados Unidos.

Cien años desde la muerte de Franz Mehring

Peter Schwarz, 11 febrero 2019

Mehring fue uno de los principals teóricos de su tiempo. A diferencia de los otros dirigentes socialdemócratas que se desplazaron a la derecha, él se unió a la Liga Espartaquista durante la Primera Guerra Mundial.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo:1973-1985
28. Cómo “defendió” Healy a la OLP

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 11 febrero

Este es el texto del análisis realizado en el verano de 1986 por el Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional sobre el colapso de su sección británica, el Workers Revolutionary Party.

PT de Brasil elogia a funcionarios imperialistas y militares brasileños involucrados en operación de cambio de régimen en Venezuela

Miguel Andrade, 11 febrero 2019

Mientras finge oposición al cambio de régimen en Venezuela, el PT envía a representantes para encontrarse con líderes de la UE que se encuentran en la vanguardia del asedio del país.

El hecho de que el New York Times admitiera el fracaso de Afganistán provoca una reacción del "imperialismo sobre los derechos humanos"

Bill Van Auken, 11 febrero

El editorial del Times en apoyo al retiro de tropas de Afganistán es una condena autoincriminatoria de toda la “guerra contra el terrorismo”, apoyada por el periódico por la mayor parte de las últimas dos décadas.

New in Russian

Боритесь с увольнениями на автозаводах Ford! Создавайте комитеты действий для объединения рабочих автомобильной промышленности по всей Европе!

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei и Socialist Equality Party и Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 7 февраля 2019 г.

Рабочий класс не может признать за корпорациями «права» закрывать заводы, уничтожать целые сообщества и разрушать жизни десятков тысяч рабочих.

New in Turkish

Venezuela’dan elinizi çekin!

Bill Van Auken, 7 Şubat 2019

ABD’deki, Avrupa’daki ve Kanada’daki işçiler, Venezuela’daki bu gerici ve yağmacı emperyalist müdahaleye karşı çıkmalı ve mücadelelerini, ortak düşman olan dünya kapitalist sistemine karşı, Venezuela ve Latin Amerika işçilerinin mücadeleleri ile birleştirmeliler.

Sudan’da hükümet karşıtı protestolar devam ediyor

Jean Shaoul, 7 Şubat 2019

Protestolar, 1989’da bir darbeyle iktidara gelmesinden bu yana, Devlet Başkanı Ömer El Beşir yönetimine yönelik en büyük tehdidi oluşturuyor.

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Perspective

The international upsurge of working class struggle in 2019

12 February 2019

This year is witnessing a resurgence of class struggle that expresses the objective unity of workers in every part of the world.

Earlier Perspectives »

History

From the arsenal of Trotskyism
The Political Report by David North to the International Committee of the Fourth International—February 11, 1984

12 February 2019

Thirty-five years ago this week, David North, then the national secretary of the Workers League (predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party), presented at a meeting of the International Committee of the Fourth International a critique of the British Workers Revolutionary Party’s abandonment of key theoretical conceptions and programmatic principles of Trotskyism.

Free Julian Assange!

Acclaimed musician Roger Waters calls on people to demonstrate in Australia to defend Julian Assange

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 February 2019

February 9 demonstration against GM plant closings

“It is necessary to base our struggle not on one company or on one nation, but by mobilizing the workers of the world”
Maruti Suzuki workers in India send greetings to February 9 protest

12 February 2019

Jitender Dhankar, a member of the provisional committee of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU) in India, sent a message of solidarity to the workers and young people who participated in the February 9 demonstration against the factory closures and mass layoffs by General Motors.

“We have to stand up and learn how to be strong on our own”
Workers at February 9 protest discuss fight against GM closings

By our reporters, 12 February 2019

Autoworkers explained why they attended the demonstration and the strategic demands raised by the march, including the fight for rank-and-file committees and the unity of US, Canadian and Mexican workers.

Autoworkers, supporters demonstrate in Detroit to oppose GM closures and layoffs

By Niles Niemuth, 11 February 2019

Autoworkers and supporters from throughout the Midwest attended a demonstration and meeting Saturday organized by the WSWS Autoworkers Newsletter and the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank and File Committees.

“People are tired of not being able to pay their bills while the rich eat filet mignon”
As global jobs massacre continues, workers around the world voice support for fight against plant closures

By our reporter, 9 February 2019

Opposition mounts to GM plant closings

February 9 demonstration against auto plant closures in Detroit
The program and strategy to defend jobs

The reality of capitalism: GM makes $11.8 billion in profits while closing plants, eliminating 14,000 jobs

Featured Commentary

Oppose the Democrats’ #MeToo witch-hunt against Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax

By Barry Grey, 11 February 2019

The working class and socialism

By Andre Damon, 9 February 2019

Mehring Books

Attend March 17 London Book Launch of Why Are They Back?

12 February 2019

The English edition of Why Are They Back? Historical falsification, political conspiracy and the return of fascism in Germany will be launched by Mehring Books in London on Sunday, March 17.

The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century published in Tamil

Socialist Equality Party

The way forward to win wages and social rights
Workers Action Committee in Sri Lanka calls plantation workers’ conference

By the Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee, 12 February 2019

The conference will discuss the lessons of the recent plantation workers’ struggle and the political strategy needed to win their demands.

Sri Lankan SEP public meetings to launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

7 February 2019

History

100 years since the Seattle General Strike—Part 2

By Kayla Costa, 12 February 2019

One hundred years ago, over 60,000 workers brought the city of Seattle to a standstill in a strike that holds important strategic lessons for today’s struggles.

One hundred years since the Seattle General Strike

Eighty-two years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike

By Jerry White, 11 February 2019

With General Motors threatening to shut five factories in the US and Canada, it is valuable for autoworkers to study the heroic 1936-37 sit down strike against GM’s operations in Flint, Michigan.

Arts Review

Velvet Buzzsaw: The horror of the art world

By David Walsh, 12 February 2019

Dan Gilroy is one of the more interesting American filmmakers currently working.

Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage detained by ICE agents in “targeted operation”

By Nick Barrickman, 11 February 2019

The 26-year-old Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph is facing “removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts” for overstaying a temporary residency visa that expired in 2006.

Woody Allen sues Amazon for failing to distribute his latest film and other breaches of contract

By David Walsh, 9 February 2019

Cold War: Many unstated assumptions about politics and history
Also, Capernaum and Stan and Ollie

By Joanne Laurier, 8 February 2019

Fire in my mouth: New York Philharmonic premieres oratorio on the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

The Land of Steady Habits: Postcrash American disillusionment

25 years ago: NATO sets bombing ultimatum in Bosnia

This week in 1994, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization began a 10-day countdown to carry out airstrikes against Bosnian Serb forces, demanding they withdraw weapons and artillery from around the city of Sarajevo, capital of the former Yugoslav state of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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50 years ago: Police attack student demonstrations in US and Canada

Police and troops were mobilized this week across North America to attack protests against racism on college campuses.

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75 years ago: Stalin orders deportation of Caucasus nationalities

On February 11, 1944, the Politburo of the Soviet Union met to discuss the fate of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

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100 years ago: Ebert chosen as first president of German republic

On February 11, 1919, the National Assembly meeting in Weimar chose right-wing Social Democrat Friedrich Ebert as the first president of the newly formed German republic.

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استراتيجية النضال الطبقي الدولي والنضال السياسي ضد الرجعية الرأسمالية في عام 2019

٢ شباط فبراير ٢٠١٩

في مطلع العام الأخير صرحت اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة :" إن عام 2018 الجديد- وهو عام الذكرى المئوية الثانية لمولد كارل ماركس- سيتسم في المقام الأول بتركيز هائل للتوترات الاجتماعية وبتصاعد النضال الطبقي في أرجاء العالم".

Defend Julian Assange!

IYSSE calls on students in Australia to join the demonstrations in defence of Julian Assange

By the IYSSE (Australia), 9 February 2019

John Pilger to speak at March 3 Sydney rally to defend Julian Assange

Rally to demand the Australian government acts to free Julian Assange!
Sydney Martin Place Amphitheatre, 2pm, March 3! Melbourne State Library, 1pm, March 10!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 25 January 2019

Australian workers and youth support March rallies in defence of Julian Assange

Julian Assange issues “urgent” legal challenge against US extradition plans

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Commentary

New York Times admission of Afghanistan fiasco provokes “human rights imperialist” backlash

By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2019

Hands off Venezuela!

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2019

Corbyn leadership bows before Blairite’s anti-Semitism witch-hunt

By Robert Stevens, 9 February 2019

Murdoch newspaper approves chief Nazi lawyer’s legal defence of dictatorship

By Richard Hoffman, 8 February 2019

AfD deputy denounces a Holocaust commemoration in German parliament

By Christoph Vandreier, 7 February 2019

Right-wing Humboldt University Professor Jorg Baberowski threatens students

Dearborn, Michigan mayor suppresses historical article on Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism

By Tom Mackaman, 7 February 2019

US military conducting urban warfare training exercises in Los Angeles

By Dan Conway, 7 February 2019

The Strategy of International Class Struggle and the Political Fight Against Capitalist Reaction in 2019

By James Cogan, Joseph Kishore and David North, 3 January 2019

One hundred years since the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2019

Halil Celik, 1961-2018

Halil Celik, a fighter for socialism (1961-2018)

By Peter Schwarz, 1 February 2019

On December 31, 2018, Halil Celik, founder and leader of the group Sosyalist Eşitlik, which supports the International Committee of the Fourth International in Turkey, died of cancer at the age of 57. This obituary presents an overview of his life.

In memory of Halil Celik (1961–2018)

Workers Struggles

Series of regional strikes hit Argentina
Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 February 2019

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

French “yellow vests” hold 13th protest against social inequality, police brutality

By Anthony Torres, 11 February 2019

The CGT’s “national strike”: French unions seek to strangle the “yellow vest” protests

More on the “yellow vests” protests in France »

UK rail workers demand reinstatement of conductor sacked for opposing Driver Only Operated trains

By our reporter, 11 February 2019

Strike action in the US hits a 32-year high

By Patrick Martin, 9 February 2019

Over 7,000 Bangladesh garment workers sacked after wage protests

By Wimal Perera, 8 February 2019

Matamoros Strike

As Unifor escalates racist anti-Mexico campaign
Canadian union leader postures as supporter of Matamoros strikers

By Roger Jordan, 6 February 2019

The US pseudo-left’s conspiracy of silence on the Matamoros workers’ rebellion

70,000 strike at US-Mexico border

Help break the media blackout of the Matamoros strike by sharing this video.

Watch: A Texas Amazon worker's message to Matamoros workers

"Attention striking workers in Matamoros: I want you to know we have heard your here in the United states. We are with you and we support you." Help break the media blackout of the Matamoros strike by sharing this video.

As strike expands in the maquiladoras
Mexican auto parts workers explain how they formed strike committees

By Andrea Lobo, 26 January 2019

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

History

One hundred years since the death of Franz Mehring

By Peter Schwarz, 6 February 2019

Obituary

Stanley Hill, who presided over wholesale corruption in NYC unions, dead at 82

By Alan Whyte, 7 February 2019

IYSSE

Oppose political censorship and fascist threats against the ISO and DSA in Portland!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at PSU, 31 January 2019

Two political meetings on college campuses in Portland were shut down by campus police after provocations from the far-right group Patriot Prayer.

Successful election result for IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin

By the IYSSE chapter at Humboldt University, 26 January 2019

ICFI meeting announcement

Indian Trotskyists campaign for Kolkata meeting to mark the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By Arun Kumar and Ritwik Mitter, 26 January 2019

Indian university students discuss the rising danger of war and the betrayal by the Stalinist parties of the working class.

Indian Trotskyists in Kolkata to celebrate 80 years of the Fourth International

7 January 2019

The Kolkata meeting will review the essential political lessons of the protracted struggle of the Fourth International and their relevance to the fight for socialist internationalism today.

Security and the Fourth International

New book now available
Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement

By Mehring Books, 21 January 2019

The WSWS announces the release of a new book, Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement, by Eric London.

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

Socialist Equality Party (Germany)

Socialist Equality Party takes legal action against surveillance by German secret service

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 January 2019

Dr. Peer Stolle, the lawyer for the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, has submitted formal notice in writing to the German Federal Agency for the Protection of the Constitution. The text of the letter is published here.

International Committee of the Fourth International

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
Victory of the Trotskyists in the 1985–1986 split in the ICFI

By Saman Gunadasa and K. Ratnayake, 29 December 2018

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

80th anniversary of the Fourth International celebrated in Melbourne with public lecture

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

By David North, 9 October 2018

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

Book Review

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA

By Alex Lantier, 14 December 2018

Rohini Hensman’s book, issued by the International Socialist Organization’s (ISO) Haymarket Books publishing house, is an endorsement of imperialist war.

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