17 April 2015

One and a half billion people live on less than $1.25 per day

By Zaida Green, 17 April 2015

A new report by the Overseas Development Institute claims that official statistics may undercount the number of people in extreme poverty worldwide by as many as 350 million.

Child poverty at devastating levels in US cities and states

European Union, banks ramp up pressure on Greece’s Syriza government

By Stéphane Hugues, 17 April 2015

The Syriza government is responding to EU demands for austerity by looting Greece’s cash reserves and preparing further austerity measures against the working class.

Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis pledges to impose austerity

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Report documents carnage of US drone war in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 17 April 2015

A report released this week documents nine separate instances in which workers, merchants, pregnant women and children were either killed or wounded by American airstrikes.

UN imposes arms embargo on rebels as Yemen slaughter continues

US government targeted second American citizen for assassination

Quebec government criminalizes student strike

By Laurent Lafrance, 17 April 2015

The government is determined to break the student protest movement against its austerity program and to put an end to Quebec’s tradition of political protest through student strikes.

Quebec education minister urges mass expulsions of striking students

Video shows Arizona officer ramming police car into man

By D. Lencho, 17 April 2015

The local district attorney said the officer driving the police cruiser would not be charged.

Police murder in South Carolina

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Unions organize pro-Democratic Party protests over low wages

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2015

The demonstrations, organized mainly by the unions, were aimed at boosting Democratic Party politicians at the city, state and national levels.

White House and Congress reach deal over Iran nuclear talks

By Thomas Gaist, 17 April 2015

The Obama administration signaled approval Tuesday for legislation that would give Congress a role in the event that a deal is reached on Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran nuclear deal: US prepares for new wars

Petrobras crisis intensifies as treasurer of Brazil’s Workers Party arrested

By Bill Van Auken, 17 April 2015

The response of the Rousseff government to the crisis has been to move even further to the right, while handing over key functions of her presidency to right-wing figures.

Brazil’s government vows “huge cuts” as economic crisis intensifies

Germany: Behind the conflict at Volkswagen

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 April 2015

A public attack by Volkswagen chief executive Ferdinand Piëch on the chairman of the board has provoked a leadership crisis at Europe’s largest auto company.

Australia: Corporate exploitation of Anzac myth triggers a furore

By Mike Head, 17 April 2015

The outcry over Woolworths’ advertising campaign offers a revealing insight into the real character of the official four-year “celebration” of World War I.

Japan’s ruling party wins local elections

By Ben McGrath, 17 April 2015

The near-record low turnout is another indication of broad public alienation from the political establishment and parliamentary set-up as a whole.

New in Turkish

Obama ve Castro OAS zirvesinde

Bill Van Auken, 17 Nisan 2015

ABD Başkanı Barack Obama ve Kübalı mevkidaşı Raul Castro arasında Amerikan Devletleri Örgütü Zirvesi’nde (OAS) gerçekleşen yüz yüze görüşme, medyada, neredeyse bir bütün olarak “tarihsel” diye tanımlandı.

Dünyaca ünlü Alman yazar Günter Grass 87 yaşında öldü

Peter Schwarz, 17 Nisan 2015

Alman yazar Günter Grass, bir enfeksiyonun ardından, Almanya’nın Lübeck kentinde, 87 yaşında öldü. O, 20. yüzyılın en önemli Alman yazarlarından biriydi ve 1999’da Nobel Edebiyat Ödülü almıştı.

Fransa’da Sosyalist Parti’nin kemer sıkma yönelişine karşı grevler yükseliyor

Pierre Mabut, 17 Nisan 2015

Fransa’da, Sosyalist Parti (PS) hükümetinin ve Avrupa Birliği’nin (AB) kemer sıkma politikalarına karşı, işleri ve çalışma koşullarını savunan grevler yayılıyor.

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400 réfugiés trouvent la mort dans une catastrophe en Méditerranée

Par Stefan Steinberg, 17 avril 2015

Alors que les migrants fuient vers Europe, l’Union européenne transforme la Méditerranée en un no-man's-land, provoquant une série de tragédies horribles.

Kiev réhabilite les collaborationnistes ukrainiens et interdit le communisme

Par Alexandre Lantier et Stefan Steinberg, 17 avril 2015

La réhabilitation officielle des forces fascistes qui ont participé à la Shoah expose le caractère d'ultra-droite du putsch organisé par l'OTAN l'année dernière à Kiev

Le ministre grec des Finances Varoufakis s’engage à imposer l’austérité

Par Robert Stevens, 17 avril 2015

Le programme d’austérité de Syriza et sa promesse de coopérer avec la « troïka » signifient que ce parti se dirige vers une collision directe avec la classe ouvrière grecque.

Le Parti de l’égalité socialiste du Royaume-Uni renverse une décision qui l’avait exclu de la campagne électorale dans Camden

Par Paul Mitchell, 17 avril 2015

L’exclusion du candidat du SEP aux élections générales David O’Sullivan a été annulée après que le président a été forcé de demander un vote.

New in German

Lehnt die politische Zensur der australischen SEP ab!

Von James Cogan, 17. April 2015

In Australien wurde eine Anti-Kriegsveranstaltung der SEP aus politischen Gründen verboten.

Erneute Flüchtlingskatastrophe im Mittelmeer fordert bis zu 400 Menschenleben

Von Stefan Steinberg, 17. April 2015

Die wachsende Zahl von Todesopfern wird von der EU bewusst in Kauf genommen, um Flüchtlinge abzuschrecken.

Griechischer Finanzminister Varoufakis verspricht Sparmaßnahmen

Von Robert Stevens, 17. April 2015

Syrizas Sparkurs und ihre Versprechen, mit der „Troika“ zusammenzuarbeiten, bringen sie auf Kollisionskurs mit der griechischen Arbeiterklasse.

Hypo Alpe Adria schürt Konflikt zwischen Wien und München

Von Markus Salzmann, 17. April 2015

Die Entscheidung der österreichischen Regierung, die Schulden der Skandalbank HGAA nicht länger zu begleichen, hat zu schweren Konflikten mit Bayern geführt.

Nach Le Pens Nazi-Äußerung:
Französische Medien versuchen Neofaschisten zu „entdämonisieren“

Von Francis Dubois, 17. April 2015

Vergangene Woche kam es zu einer öffentlichen Konfrontation zwischen der aktuellen Führerin des Front National, Marine Le Pen, und ihrem Vater, Parteigründer und Ehrenpräsidenten Jean-Marie Le Pen.

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Perspective

A historic attack on Medicare

17 April 2015

The new Medicare bill, which takes aim at health care for seniors, has been hatched as a conspiracy behind the backs of the American people.

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Detroit Chrysler workers express support for May Day rally against war

By Our reporting team, 17 April 2015

Supporters of the SEP and the IYSSE campaigned at the Fiat-Chrysler Warren Truck plant outside Detroit, urging workers to take part in the International May Day 2015 Online Rally.

Campaign for International May Day Rally: workers and youth denounce militarism and war

No to imperialist war! Join the 2015 International May Day Online Rally!

By The International Committee of the Fourth International, 13 April 2015

SEP Australia

“Act of political censorship is a damning indictment of Labor”
More letters opposing Australian council’s attack on democratic rights

By our reporter, 17 April 2015

Burwood City Council is refusing to provide any political explanation for its actions.

WSWS readers condemn Australian council ban on anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 16 April 2015

Oppose the political censorship of the SEP (Australia)

By James Cogan, 15 April 2015

Australian city council refuses to revoke ban on SEP meeting

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand:
Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III

6 April 2015

Socialist Equality Party

The election of Syriza in Greece: Marxism vs. the pseudo-left
A lecture series by David North (April 8 - 22)

2 April 2015

Commentary

Journalist Richard Engel’s 2012 kidnapping account was part of drive to war with Syria

By David Walsh, 17 April 2015

NBC’s Engel claimed he was held captive by pro-Assad forces. It turns out his kidnappers were associated with the anti-Assad rebels backed by the US.

Blackwater and the crimes of US imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2015

Another 400 refugees feared dead in latest Mediterranean Sea disaster

By Stefan Steinberg, 16 April 2015

Ukrainian regime rehabilitates Nazi collaborationists, bans communism

By Alex Lantier and Stefan Steinberg, 16 April 2015

More on the crisis in Ukraine »

German professor Herfried Münkler: Combat drones and poison gas are “humane” weapons

Judge hands down brutal sentences in Atlanta test “cheating” case

Egyptian junta condemns Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie to death

Socialist Equality Party (UK) election campaign

Oppose NATO war mongering: Attend International May Day online rally

By Katie Rhodes, 17 April 2015

The Socialist Equality Party is the only political party putting forward a genuine, socialist, opposition to war in the UK elections.

The political fraud of Britain’s Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

By Chris Marsden, 17 April 2015

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition offers no answer for anyone seeking a left alternative to the Labour Party.

SEP election teams speak to workers in London, Glasgow: “Revolution is the only way we are going to change things.”

Latest UK pension reforms will lead to a yet deeper crisis

Socialist Equality Party (UK) 2015 General Election manifesto: No to war and austerity! Fight for socialism!

More on the SEP (UK) election campaign »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

17 April 2015

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

University of California doctors strike

Mehring Books

On the anniversary of Lenin’s birth
Special offer from Mehring Books

16 April 2015

Sale on Tsar to Lenin and the Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

An open letter to the Clubs and Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne
Overturn the decision to block IYSSE affiliation on University of Melbourne campus!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 16 April 2015

Arts Review

The Gunman, Sean Penn’s attack on WikiLeaks and related matters

By David Walsh, 15 April 2015

World famous German author Günter Grass dies at age 87

The Good Soldier Švejk: A classic satire about World War I

History

“The world only discovered him a hero after he had fallen a martyr”
150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Tom Mackaman, 14 April 2015

In office, Lincoln guided the Civil War and transformed it from a struggle for the preservation of the Union into a revolutionary war for the abolition of slavery.

25 years ago: Gorbachev prepares assault on Soviet workers

A high-level Soviet conference on economic policies began in Moscow on April 14, 1990, to prepare a full-scale onslaught against the living standards and jobs of Soviet workers.

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50 years ago: First US demonstration against Vietnam War

On April 17, 1965, the first mass US demonstration against the war in Vietnam was held in Washington, DC.

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75 years ago: General Motors workers vote for CIO over AFL

On April 17, 1940, 150,000 auto workers voted to retain the UAW-CIO over the UAW-AFL as their bargaining representative.

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100 years ago: Revolutionary socialists publish first issue of Die Internationale in Germany

On April 15, 1915, a small group of revolutionary socialists in Germany published the first and only issue of Die Internationale.

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