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16 Apr


IYSSE campaigns against war at San Diego State University

April 16, 2016 | By |

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at San Diego State University has held a number of events in recent weeks centered on the building of an international and socialist movement of the working class against war. This has included weekly meetings on current events and political theory as well as a graphic display on campus to educate students and workers about the global scope of US imperialism and its consequences.

The IYSSE has received a strong response from students, workers and youth.

Jasmine, a student originally from Iraq but now an American citizen, was deeply moved by the display, in particular the images of desperate refugees which she said she could relate to from personal experience. “I like the layout of the map, the presence of US troops. You’re able to see how spread out the US is around the world. I also liked the refugees section with the pictures which are painful to look at. A lot of people don’t understand what is going on.”

The IYSSE display against imperialist war

On the invasion of Iraq, she commented, “I was 100 percent against it. Look at the country now; it is torn apart.” When asked what she thought of the anti-war campaign of the IYSSE, she responded, “I think it’s a brilliant idea.”

Nick, a student who served in the military, also spoke to the IYSSE. “I was in the military from 2005 to 2010 and I went to Afghanistan and Iraq. The destabilization over there was because of the military. There have been worse problems since.”

When asked what he thought was the root cause of the war, he replied, “Money.” He added, “The military leaders and the politicians wanted to make money and a name for themselves. I think our political system is the root cause of war.” When the subject turned to socialism, Nick said, “I have heard of socialism. I like the idea of a more socialistic system than we have now.”

Trevor, a student who has recently joined the IYSSE, shared his thoughts on the display. “It is awakening the students that don’t really know or haven’t been taught the consequences of US imperialism.”

He added, “Before this year I was politically awake, but I wasn’t sure what route to follow. I think the IYSSE has steered me in the right direction.”

Earlier this month, the IYSSE held a successful meeting that was attended by over 80 students and workers. The guest speaker was WSWS writer Bill Van Auken who gave a presentation on the war in Syria and the drive towards World War III.

Bill Van Auken addresses a meeting at SDSU

Van Auken explained the connection between capitalism and war and the urgent need for an anti-capitalist and socialist anti-war movement. On the current war in Syria, he said, “The US did not have an interest in overthrowing ISIS in Syria, not until the terrorist regime expanded into Iraq. The real focus of the Syrian civil war for the US is regime change.”

Van Auken also explained how social needs at home are ignored to provide money for war. “The US is spending $79 billion on a program to build new high tech military equipment. That’s more than is spent on education for the whole nation. The ruling class is more interested in ‘smart bombs’ than ‘smart people.’”

Speaking of Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, he asked the audience, “How can he be a socialist when he supports the foreign policy of the ruling elite?” He also implored the audience to join the IYSSE, remarking, “The question posed today is, ‘How will the crisis of capitalism be solved?’ Through world war or through socialist revolution?”

After the presentation, many participants expressed agreement with the overall fight for socialism and asked what the next step should be.

Carlos and Diego are both in their first year at SDSU. Diego said, “The younger generation is in a transition, we want change but many of us are confused. We have lost faith in the political system, but we need still need to awaken. From what I have learned, the government represents the corporations, not us. Corporations try to influence culture, they spend millions to tell us what we need and how we should see things. Nobody represents us. The United States is purely run in the interests of the corporations and the rich.

Diego and Carlos

“It’s funny, we are the ones who work and pay taxes, we pay for everything—even the wars and the military. The weird part is that they can’t exist without us. We all need to analyze this, we are more and they are less. We want change, we want true democracy and that will involve us.”

Carlos said, “Growing up in the United States you are taught to believe that this is the greatest country in the world. The true face is now becoming visible—it’s not the greatest, that is an image that is being destroyed. There is an authority in place and people want change. It seems as though we need self-government but it seems like that can lead to chaos. But it also seems like there has to be leaders, but leaders can be corrupt.”

Supporters of the IYSSE said that the working class and students need their own independent political party and organizations. They also discussed the Sanders campaign, which is aimed at bolstering support for the Democratic Party and the capitalist system.

“I have a friend that is pro-Bernie,” Carlos responded, “but Bernie, Hilary or Trump—for me—none represent my interests. I first thought that Bernie was a person for the people. Tonight definitely changed my perspective on that. At the end, the election is like a circus.

“We have the most productive society in the world today. We are the ones who make all this business—why can’t we run it instead of the CEOs and shareholders? The other thing is the revolving door between the companies and the governments, it is clear that the government is working for the corporations.”

Vicente is a sophomore studying film and art. He said, “A lot of what is discussed in meetings like this is not discussed outside of the schools. I think it was very informative. When I brought up the question, ‘How many people are financially unstable?’ it was very reassuring that people were in the same boat as me.” Regarding what he thought about socialism, Vicente said, “Socialism is an ideology that I definitely advocate for. I want to be part of something and start a move toward that.”

05 Mar


Australian university students denounce the drive to war and austerity

March 5, 2016 | By |

During university Orientation Week events in Australia and New Zealand over the past two weeks, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality campaigned at seven campuses in opposition to the drive to war and the related assault on the social and democratic rights of the working class.

The IYSSE fought for students to join the fight to build an international anti-war movement of the working class, based on a revolutionary socialist perspective, as the only means of preventing the descent into World War III.

Several students at each campus gave serious consideration to the issues raised by the IYSSE, and made thoughtful comments, reflecting a developing political radicalisation among workers and young people more generally.

At the University of Melbourne, Nick, a first-year science student said, “A big issue facing young people is, either unemployment or, when in the workplace, you have no security. You can come into work one day and then be told that you’ve lost your job. Also, war has been around for a long time, but the issue of world war, a war that’s more global, that is an issue. You had two world wars in the 20th century, but before then, there were none.”


He spoke out about the US military build-up in the region, commenting, “These US bases in Asia are all the way on the other side of the world from the United States. They’re not worrying about protecting themselves. There’s tens of thousands of kilometres between here and the US over which they could shoot down missiles, if they really were trying to protect themselves from China. This is definitely about protecting their interests around the Straits of Malacca, controlling Chinese exports, and in the event of a war, being able to blockade.”

Nick noted that the US was backing Islamist forces in Syria, in a bid to oust the Syrian regime, and commented, “The US did the same thing in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The same groups, the “terrorists” that they arrest people for, they’re actually supporting. At first, I thought the “War On Terror” was about fighting the terrorists, from watching the news. But then I did some more background research, and found that Saudi Arabia was great friends with these groups, and is completely supported by the US. So I thought, ‘hang on, there’s something very fishy here’.”

Harsh, a civil engineering student, said, “The major issue for young people I think is trying to find jobs after they finish studying. A lot of people today are overqualified. That’s what I’m scared of too. I’m studying Civil Engineering. Since the mining boom’s gone down, a lot of investment in engineering has gone down too, and I’m concerned about what that’ll mean.


“I’m scared that WWIII is going to start, involving Russia and the United States of course. I believe it could start from the events in Syria at the moment.

“I’m worried about the refugee crisis right now. War is responsible for that crisis. The countries that are supporting ISIS, above all the United States, are supporting war and creating war. War has created refugees. They need a place to stay, somewhere to eat; they’re humans.

“I didn’t know about the military build-up by the United States in this region. The United States claims itself to be a “good country,” and everyone supports its crimes because it has so many allies. China doesn’t have those same allies. Actually it has a lot of tensions. It has a border dispute with India right now.”

Thomas, a science student from the University of Newcastle, said, “In Australia, but probably everywhere, young people feel disenfranchised, alienated from public institutions. They have no say.”

“Capitalism benefits from war. People don’t matter, money does. Capitalism requires war to flourish… There are geo-political conflicts—oil-capitalism unregulated inevitably leads to war and conflict among nation states.

“They are illegally invading smaller countries and never mind the consequences. For me it will be a great day when George Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard are hauled before some international tribunal and brought to account.

“Australia as lapdog is going along with the US against China. We will suffer. The reasons are geo-political rivalry. They are trying to give people reasons to push for military intervention.

“There is a real problem with military worship, of the war times. They say Australia was built in war—that there was federation in 1901 but that the nation was not forged until 1915, in this noble event. In fact, the war was a product of geo-political rivalry including between the UK and Germany. People were told it was a noble cause but they died for nothing.”

At the University of New South Wales, Lisa, a mature-aged student in Fine Arts, spoke out about the assault on social spending that goes hand in hand with war. “The majority of the wealth in the world is owned by a very small percentage,” she said.


“It seems to be that when we’re coming up to an election the government are always picking on the most vulnerable members of society. The other day they were talking about ‘the dole bludgers.’ I personally believe there’s not enough work for everyone to be employed.

“TAFE is now as expensive as university and apprenticeships aren’t the same as they used to be either. You used to be taken on and were guaranteed to achieve the apprenticeship with one employer. Now they can get rid of you and you have to try and find someone else to take you on to finish your apprenticeship.

“I have young nieces and nephews who live in the Central Coast and Newcastle and it’s so hard to find work. This is what makes me so angry, when the government says people are dole-bludgers.”

Tristan, a 22 year-old worker who participated in the IYSSE’s campaign at the University of Newcastle, commented, “War is the major issue. We have conflicts happening all over the globe and that is going to draw a lot of young people’s attention to that. Young people are predominantly the people that they send into war and there is a lot of media propaganda targeted towards setting the minds of young people to drag them into these wars.”

Tristan said that for the US and its allies, including Australia, “the end goal would be to beat China and Russia into submission, maybe funding some kind of coup to overthrow the Chinese government, funding some sort of resistance or revolution in their country, or by all-out war. At the moment, things seem to transpiring in the direction of all-out war.”

He noted that there is mass opposition to war among young people and workers. “You can’t have a war without soldiers, you can’t have military equipment unless you have factories. Without the support of masses of people it would be incredibly difficult to go into war; if not impossible. They could use nuclear weapons, which is perhaps the way that they are looking at going, which is as simple as pressing a button. But with the building of a world socialist movement of the working class, we could stop them and overthrow these psychopathic governments that are leading us towards total annihilation.”

22 Jan


IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament

January 22, 2015 | By |

IYSSE gewinnen Sitz im Studentenparlament der Humboldt-Universität

Laut dem vorläufigen Ergebnis vom Donnerstag früh haben die International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) einen Sitz im Studentenparlament der Berliner Humboldt-Universität gewonnen. Die Wahl fand am Dienstag und Mittwoch statt. Die Stimmen wurden am späten Mittwochabend ausgezählt.

Die beiden erfolgreichsten Kandidatenlisten – die der SPD-Jugendorganisation Jusos und die der Grün-Alternativen Liste, die den Grünen nahe steht – gewannen jeweils sieben Sitze.

Die IYSSE führten eine Kampagne gegen die Wiederbelebung des deutschen Militarismus und die Verwandlung der Universität in ein Zentrum rechter Kriegspropaganda. Auf dieser Grundlage gewannen sie genügend Stimmen, um im Studentenparlament vertreten zu sein.


According to the preliminary election results released early Thursday morning by Humboldt University, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality will have one seat in the student parliament. The ballots were tabulated late Wednesday night following voting that was held over two days.

The two largest candidate lists—those of the Jusos (the Social Democratic Party’s youth organization) and the Green Alternative List (related to the Green Party)—will each have seven seats in the student parliament.

The IYSSE election list received sufficient votes to achieve representation in the student parliament based on a campaign against the revival of German militarism and the transformation of the University into a center of right-wing and pro-war propaganda.

21 Jan


IYSSE at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Humboldt University of Berlin)

January 21, 2015 | By |

IYSSE-Abschlussversammlung: Die Universitäten als ideologische Zentren des Militarismus

Ein Ausschnitt der Veranstaltung an der Humboldt Universität


Am Montag fand an der Humboldt-Universität Berlin die Abschlussveranstaltung der International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) zu den diesjährigen Wahlen des Studierendenparlaments statt. Wie zu den vorherigen Veranstaltungen kamen wieder über 60 Studierende und Arbeiter, um über „die Universitäten als ideologische Zentren des Militarismus“ zu diskutieren. Als Referent hatten die IYSSE den Vorsitzenden der PSG, Ulrich Rippert, eingeladen.

Rippert erklärte die Rolle der Humboldt-Universität in den dreißiger Jahren und heute im Zusammenhang mit den gegenwärtigen Veränderungen in der deutschen Außenpolitik und der Rückkehr des Militarismus.

Er bezeichnete die Ankündigung der Bundesregierung, die bisherige Politik der militärischen Zurückhaltung sei zu Ende, als eine historische Zäsur. Sie leite ein neues Stadium einer aggressiven imperialistischen Außenpolitik ein.

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14 Jan


IYSSE at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Humboldt University of Berlin)

January 14, 2015 | By |

Veranstaltung: Die Relativierung der Nazi-Verbrechen an der Humboldt-Universität

Veranstaltung an der Humboldt Universität

Am Montagabend kamen mehr als 60 Studierende und Arbeiter an der Humboldt-Universität in Berlin zusammen, um über die Relativierung der Naziverbrechen an der Hochschule zu diskutieren. Die IYSSE hatten im Rahmen ihrer Wahlkampagne für das Studierendenparlament zu der Veranstaltung geladen.

Als Referent war Christoph Vandreier, Mitglied der Redaktion der World Socialist Web Site und Sprecher der IYSSE in Deutschland, geladen. Vandreier stellte in seinem Beitrag die Relativierung der Naziverbrechen in ihren historischen und politischen Kontext und zeigte auf, wie sie mit der Rückkehr des deutschen Militarismus zusammenhängt.

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Siehe auch die Buchbesprechung (auf englisch): Der Vernichtungskrieg der Nazis gegen die Sowjetunion 

Am kommenden Montag wird die Seminarreihe fortgesetzt. Das Thema lautet dann „Die Universitäten als ideologische Zentren des Militarismus“. Dieses Seminar wird die Rolle der Universitäten im Nationalsozialismus sowie bei der gegenwärtigen Entwicklung der neuen deutschen Kriegspolitik untersuchen.

09 Jan


IYSSE at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Humboldt University of Berlin)

January 9, 2015 | By |

Wissenschaft statt Kriegspropaganda! – IYSSE zu den StuPa-Wahlen 2015 an der HU Berlin

08 Jan


IYSSE at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Humboldt University of Berlin)

January 8, 2015 | By |

Die Kriegsschulddebatte und die Kontinuität der deutschen Außenpolitik

Erfolgreicher Auftakt der IYSSE-Seminarveranstaltungen an der Humboldt-Universität

Die Veranstaltung an der Humboldt-Universität

Am Montag fand die Auftaktveranstaltung einer Seminarreihe der IYSSE (International Youth and Students for Social Equality) an der Berliner Humboldt-Universität statt. Die HU-Gruppe der IYSSE nimmt an den StuPa-Wahlen teil und organisiert als Teil ihres Wahlkampfs eine Seminarreihe zum Thema: „Die Rückkehr des deutschen Militarismus und die Fälschung der Geschichte“.

Obwohl der vergangene Montag der erste Studientag nach der Weihnachtspause war, kamen etwa fünfzig Studenten und Arbeiter und verfolgten den Vortrag mit großem Interesse. Als Referenten hatte die IYSSE den Chef-Redakteur der deutschen WSWS, Peter Schwarz eingeladen. Er sprach über „Die Kriegsschulddebatte und die Kontinuität der deutschen Außenpolitik“.

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Am kommenden Montag wird die Seminarreihe fortgesetzt. Das Thema lautet dann „Die Relativierung der Naziverbrechen an der Humboldt-Universität“. Der Vortrag wird auf die Frage eingehen, warum Ansichten, die lange Widerstand hervorriefen, heute weitgehend kritiklos von der akademischen Welt akzeptiert werden.

23 Oct


IYSSE antiwar campaign resonates with workers and youth in Berlin

October 23, 2014 | By |

The campaign of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) against the revival of German militarism has met with great interest among workers and students in Berlin.

The IYSSE, the youth organization of the German Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit–PSG), has spoken not only with students at Berlin’s Humboldt University, where it is holding a meeting on Thursday, but also with workers and young people at workplaces, unemployment offices and adult education institutions.

Workers more often than not leave the unemployment office frustrated because they feel powerless against the bureaucracy, which sends them away without giving them any support. Nevertheless, many laid off workers stopped to hear about the campaign against war. Many also bought copies of The return of German militarism and the tasks of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and said they would like to attend the meeting.

A worker named Nico remarked on the connection between militarism and the attacks on social programs as he left the unemployment office in the Berlin district of Wedding. “If they build up the army, this will take even more money away from education and support for the unemployed,” he said.

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11 Aug


SEP and IYSSE speak-outs at Australian universities on danger of new world war (VIDEO)

August 11, 2014 | By |

Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and International Youth and Students for Social Equality speakers addressed students at universities in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle last Monday, the centenary of the outbreak of World War I and the danger of a new military conflagration.

This video features extracts of SEP national secretary Nick Beams addressing the speak-out at Sydney’s University of New South Wales (UNSW), along with comments from students at UNSW and Melbourne’s Victoria University. The students voice their concerns about rising militarism, the Israeli slaughter in the Gaza Strip and the escalating confrontation with Russia over Ukraine.

17 Jan


Wayne State IYSSE holds rally to build support for Workers Inquiry

January 17, 2014 | By |

Members of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at Detroit’s Wayne State University held a rally on campus yesterday to build support for next month’s Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA and Pensions.

While the rally was being held, the attorneys for the banks and for Detroit’s Emergency Manager were meeting in court a few miles away to work out a strategy to slash pensions, cut social services, privatize municipal utilities, and to orchestrate the looting of the art in the Detroit Institute of Arts. The IYSSE at Wayne State is playing a leading role in fighting to clarify the political and historical issues that workers and youth are facing in the Detroit bankruptcy

IYSSE members and supporters explained that the purpose of the inquiry, which will be held February 15 on the Wayne State campus, will be to expose the lies behind the bankruptcy proceedings.

The bankruptcy is a planned effort by the financial elite to strip away social gains made by the working class over more than one hundred years of political struggle. Detroit—once the center of American industry and the site of bitter working class battles—is being used as a test case for a deeper assault on workers across the country.

Larry Porter, Workers Inquiry Chairman, addressing the rally

Speaking at the rally Larry Porter, chairman of the Workers Inquiry, explained “there is overwhelming information demonstrating that the bankruptcy was a pre-meditated conspiracy against the working people of Detroit. The purpose of the Inquiry,” he added, “is to bring out the truth of why the bankruptcy is taking place in Detroit.”

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