24 April 2015

Obama admits US drone strike killed two Al Qaeda hostages

By Patrick Martin, 24 April 2015

The statement from the White House gives a glimpse of the reality of US drone warfare, in which thousands of innocent people have been slaughtered.

US government targeted second American citizen for assassination

EU steps up police and military operations against refugees after special summit

By Johannes Stern, 24 April 2015

The special summit of the European Union yesterday in Brussels was dedicated to the construction of “Fortress Europe” and the efforts of the European powers to recolonize Africa.

The refugee crisis and the new “scramble for Africa”

Blood on their hands: Libya’s boat refugees and “humanitarian” imperialism

Saudi warplanes pound Yemen despite talk of ending aggression

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2015

The Saudi monarchy has continued bombing Yemeni cities even as the US seeks to calibrate the killing.

Obama’s criminal war against Yemen

French police arrest student on charges of plotting Paris terror attack

By Kumaran Ira, 24 April 2015

The Socialist Party government is seizing on the recent terror plot in the French capital to legitimise anti-terror and spying measures.

Most US states saw jobs losses in March

By Ed Hightower, 24 April 2015

Nonfarm payroll employment declined in 31 states and the District of Columbia last month, further belying the Obama administration’s claims of an economic “recovery.”

March US jobs growth slowest since 2013

Charges dropped against California man who spent 36 years behind bars

By Kate Randall, 24 April 2015

Michael Hanline was released from prison after an analysis of DNA evidence cleared him.

US admits FBI falsified evidence to obtain convictions

Australian government to share intelligence with Iranian regime

By Peter Symonds, 24 April 2015

The foreign minister’s mission in Tehran was to feel out the possibilities for Washington for greater collaboration with Iran in securing US interests in the Middle East.

Australia: State-funded broadcaster at forefront of Anzac glorification

By Richard Phillips, 24 April 2015

The Australian government directed the national broadcasting network to churn out hours of World War I centenary propaganda.

UK General Election: Green Party offers no real alternative to austerity and militarism

By Chris Marsden, 24 April 2015

The Green Party is a pro-capitalist organization that, on all fundamental questions, defends the existing social order based on brutal class exploitation, militarism and violence.

German train drivers strike for seventh time in a year

By Dietmar Henning, 24 April 2015

Deutsche Bahn management is delaying talks with German train drivers’ union (GDL) until the enforcement of a new law that will effectively outlaw strike action.

Canada’s Conservatives pledge more austerity and war

By Keith Jones, 24 April 2015

Tuesday’s federal budget is a blueprint for dismantling public services, redistributing wealth to the most privileged, and expanding the military and national-security apparatus.

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La loi sur le renseignement jette les bases d'une police politique en France

Par Anthony Torres, 24 avril 2015

Le but est de légaliser les pratiques de surveillance illégales des services de renseignement et de créer un appareil de surveillance digne d'un Etat policier.

Des travailleurs de l’auto de Chicago appuient le rassemblement de la journée des travailleurs

Par George Marlowe, 24 avril 2015

Des partisans du Parti de l’égalité socialiste ont fait campagne à l’usine d’assemblage Ford de Chicago pour exhorter les travailleurs de l’auto à participer au Rassemblement international de la journée des travailleurs 2015.

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Die politische Zensur gegen die SEP (Australien) und der Kampf gegen Krieg

Von Nick Beams, 24. April 2015

Zum Jahrestag des Eintritts Australiens in den Ersten Weltkriegs soll in Sydney eine Veranstaltung der SEP gegen Militarismus verhindert werden.

EU verschärft Polizei- und Militäroperationen gegen Flüchtlinge nach Sondergipfel in Brüssel

Von Johannes Stern, 24. April 2015

Der Sondergipfel der Europäischen Union, der gestern in Brüssel stattfand, stand ganz im Zeichen des Ausbaus der „Festung Europa“ und des Strebens der europäischen Mächte, wieder in Afrika Fuß zu fassen.

Asien-Afrika-Gipfel in Jakarta:
Ruf nach neuer Weltwirtschaftsordnung

Von Nick Beams, 24. April 2015

Japans Ministerpräsident Shinzo Abe verzichtete auf Worte der Entschuldigung, die seine Vorgänger bei solchen Gelegenheiten zu nutzen pflegten.

Neue Massenentlassungen bei Karstadt geplant

Von Jan Peters, 24. April 2015

Fast 40 Prozent der verbliebenen 16.000 Arbeitsplätze bei Karstadt sind gefährdet.

US-Soldaten treffen in westukrainischem Ausbildungslager ein

Von Patrick Martin, 24. April 2015

Die 290 Soldaten der 173. Luftlandebrigade werden etwa 900 ukrainische Nationalgardisten ausbilden, von denen einige offen mit Neonaziorganisationen in Verbindung stehen.

Labour und Konservative im Wettstreit um das wirtschaftsfreundlichste Wahlprogramm

Von Robert Stevens, 24. April 2015

Labour erklärt: "Unser Wahlprogramm beginnt mit der Schuldenbremse."

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Perspective

The police murder in Baltimore

24 April 2015

The horrific police murder of Freddie Gray encapsulates the brutal and exploitative character of social relations in America.

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International May Day 2015

Sri Lanka: Campaign for International May Day wins warm response

By our correspondents, 24 April 2015

University students and workers in Colombo are signing up for the May 3 global online rally.

Capitalism, war and the collapse of democracy

By Tom Carter, 22 April 2015

May Day campaign: Workers and students speak out against war

By our reporters, 23 April 2015

Chicago auto workers voice support for May Day rally

Detroit Chrysler workers express support for May Day rally against war

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

By the International Committee of the Fourth International,

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Science

Twenty-five years of the Hubble Space Telescope

By Bryan Dyne, 24 April 2015

While it is a public relations boon for NASA, Hubble's true importance lies in its continued and vast contributions to astronomy.

NHS FightBack

Patient sheds light on crisis at England’s biggest NHS hospital trust

By Tom Pearse, 24 April 2015

The Bart’s Health National Health Service (NHS) Trust serves more than 2.5 million people across London.

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

24 April 2015

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

Workers at Germany’s Postbank begin indefinite strike

By Gustav Kemper, 23 April 2015

Washington state teachers hold one-day strikes over wages, class sizes

By Jerry White, 23 April 2015

Union agrees to sell-out deal covering Los Angeles teachers

By Dan Conway, 23 April 2015

SEP Australia

Sydney pacifist forum blocks motion to oppose bans on SEP’s anti-war meeting

By Mike Head, 23 April 2015

More letters denouncing Australian city council and university bans on SEP anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 23 April 2015

The political censorship of the SEP (Australia) and the fight against war

Socialist Equality Party meetings to proceed on April 26

Oppose political censorship at the University of Sydney!
An Open Letter to the Vice Chancellor

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

More on the banning of SEP (Australia) anti-war meetings »

Socialist Equality Party (UK) Election Campaign

Scottish Socialist Party manifesto: Nationalism and class collaboration

By Julie Hyland, 23 April 2015

SEP candidate tells London hustings:
“Whoever forms the next government makes no fundamental difference”

By Paul Mitchell, 23 April 2015

UK welfare benefit sanctions bring hardship and hunger

SEP speaker at London election meeting: Only socialism can bring about genuine equality

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

More on the SEP (UK) election campaign »

Commentary

Protests mount in Baltimore over police killing of Freddie Gray

By Evan Blake and Andre Damon, 23 April 2015

The killing of Freddy Gray is the latest in a wave of police murders throughout the United States.

Judge acquits Chicago police officer who killed unarmed woman in 2012

More on police violence in America »

Obama, Republicans push anti-China trade pact

By Patrick Martin, 23 April 2015

Call for new international economic order at Asia-Africa summit

By Nick Beams, 23 April 2015

Six Minneapolis Somali-Americans arrested in FBI terror “sting”

By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2015

Five years since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

By E.P. Bannon, 23 April 2015

Families of accident victims denounce ruling upholding GM bankruptcy shield

By Shannon Jones, 23 April 2015

Ousted Egyptian President Mursi sentenced to 20 years

US troops arrive at western Ukraine training camp

Detroit workers denounce water shutoffs

Family members of disappeared Mexican students appeal for support in US

History

Australia’s Anzac Day: Revising history in preparation for new wars

By Peter Symonds, 23 April 2015

World War I: The breakdown of capitalism

By Nick Beams, 23 April 2015

25 years ago: Hubble Space Telescope launched into orbit

The much-anticipated launch of the Hubble Space Telescope aboard the space shuttle Discovery took place on April 24, 1990 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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50 years ago: Sukarno completes nationalization of foreign property

On April 24, 1965, President Sukarno signed a decree nationalizing the remaining foreign property held in Indonesia.

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75 years ago: US admiral says war against Japan inevitable

On April 22, 1940, Rear Admiral J.K. Taussig bluntly revealed US imperialism’s aims before the Senate committee on naval affairs.

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100 years ago: Allied forces launch disastrous Gallipoli landing in Turkey

On April 25, 1915 troops from Britain, Australia and New Zealand began the land phase of what has become known as the Gallipoli campaign.

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Arts Review

“Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit,” at the Detroit Institute of Arts
In defense of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes

By Tim Rivers and David Walsh, 21 April 2015

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) holds first national congress

By our correspondents, 21 April 2015