30 May 2016

Over 700 refugees drown in Mediterranean shipwrecks

By Laura Tiernan, 30 May 2016

In the deadliest week for refugees so far this year, over 700 people died trying to reach Europe from North Africa in three separate disasters.

After clearing the camp in Idomeni, Greece: Syriza government continues its attacks on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 May 2016

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Striking oil workers speak out against anti-worker French labor law

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 30 May 2016

Over the weekend, WSWS reporters visited the Total refinery in Grandpuits, which is on strike to protest the Socialist Party government’s anti-worker labor law.

CGT union tries to block general strike against French labor law

By Alex Lantier, 30 May 2016

On the BFM-Politique show, CGT General Secretary Philippe Martinez said he was in back-channel talks with the government over its unpopular labor law.

Mobilize European workers to defend French strikers!

The El Khomri law in France and the Schröder-Blair Paper

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Verizon workers circulate petition opposing CWA end of strike order

By our reporter, 30 May 2016

The petition insists on the right of workers to study and vote on a contract with Verizon before they return to work.

Opposition grows to CWA effort to shut down Verizon strike

By Shannon Jones, 30 May 2016

After announcing an “agreement in principle,” the CWA and IBEW are attempting to shut down the strike before workers review and vote on a new contract.

Workers have a right to read full contract document
Stop the CWA betrayal of the Verizon strike!

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As Clinton crisis intensfies, Sanders pledges to back Democratic Party nominee

By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2016

With eight days to go before the final round of presidential primaries, Sanders reiterated his pledge to support Clinton if she prevails in the campaign for the Democratic nomination.

Clinton campaign in crisis over email controversy, declining poll numbers

UAW endorses Clinton, “Wall Street’s presidential darling”

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Senior Left Party politician calls for participation in government

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 May 2016

Sharp conflicts broke out in the Left Party after former parliamentary leader Gregor Gysi criticised the party’s failure to focus on government participation.

US uses gas deliveries to pressure Russia

By Clara Weiss, 30 May 2016

While NATO is encircling Russia militarily, the energy market is increasingly being used to exert pressure on Russia for geostrategic aims.

National Health Service bosses report calls for a flexible workforce

By Alice Summers, 30 May 2016

The changes would force nurses, paramedics and others to take on increased workloads and do jobs currently carried out by doctors.

Myanmar mine landslide leaves 14 dead, 200 missing

By John Braddock, 30 May 2016

Regular mining disasters are one aspect of the exploitation of the Burmese working class, on which the lucrative jade industry is built.

New in Spanish

¡Movilicemos a los trabajadores europeos para defender a los huelguistas franceses!

Por Alex Lantier, 30 mayo 2016

El aliado más poderoso de los trabajadores luchando contra los gobiernos de austeridad en Francia, Bélgica y Grecia es la clase obrara europea e internacional.

David King 1943-2016: Revolucionario Socialista, Artista y Defensor de la Verdad Histórica

Por David North, 30 mayo 2016

David King, que dedicó todas sus extraordinarias habilidades para desenterrar de la gran montaña de crímenes y calumnias estalinistas la verdad histórica de la Revolución Rusa, falleció en Londres el once de marzo.

New in French

Obama à Hiroshima

Par Bill Van Auken, 30 mai 2016

Lors de sa visite à Hiroshima, on a vu le président prix Nobel faire étalage d’une hypocrisie pour laquelle il est bien connu, magnifiée encore par le prisme d'un des plus grands crimes de guerre de l'histoire.

La loi El Khomri en France et le manifeste Schröder-Blair

Par Peter Schwarz, 30 mai 2016

Au cours des quinze dernières années, les partis sociaux-démocrates, en collaboration avec les syndicats, se sont trouvés en tête de la campagne pour imposer les mesures d’austérité à la classe ouvrière.

New in Turkish

Demiryolu grevi Belçika’yı sarsıyor

Ross Mitchell, 30 Mayıs 2016

İşçiler, devlete ait SNCB demiryolu şirketinin 36 saatlik haftalık çalışma süresinin altını oyma planlarını protesto ediyorlar.

ABD destekli güçler Irak’ta ve Suriye’de saldırıları tırmandırırken binlerce sivil tehlike altında

Bill Van Auken, 30 Mayıs 2016

Irak’ta ve Suriye’de gelişen ABD destekli saldırılar, onlarca yıllık ABD emperyalist savaşlarının tüm bölgeyi içine sapladığı yıkımı gözler önüne seriyor.

Venezuela sahte solu ve Chavezciliğin bozgunu

Neil Hardt, 30 Mayıs 2016

Yıllarca Chavez-Maduro yönetimine “sol” payandalar olarak hizmet etmiş olan bir dizi grup, işçi sınıfının Chavezcilikten siyasi olarak kopmasını önleme yönünde bir operasyona kalkışıyor.

New in German

Video zur Berlinwahl: Verteidigt die Streikenden in Frankreich!

Von Christoph Vandreier, 30. Mai 2016

Der Kandidat der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG), Christoph Vandreier, ruft die Arbeiter in Deutschland und auf der ganzen Welt auf, ihre französischen Kollegen zu unterstützen.

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Perspective

The danger of nuclear war between the US and China

30 May 2016

A conspiracy of silence reigns over the preparations for war, aimed at deadening the consciousness of the population to the rising risks of nuclear conflict.

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Commentary

Socialist Alternative, ISO work to channel opposition into the Democratic Party

By Eric London, 30 May 2016

Socialist Alternative is calling for Sanders to run a “safe state” campaign to help Hillary Clinton win the election, while the International Socialist Organization is backing the Green Party.

Author Steven Brust replies to petition of writers against Trump

30 May 2016

Science fiction and fantasy author Steven Brust wrote the following letter in reply to a petition being circulated among writers opposed to Trump’s candidacy for US president.

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The politics and origins of Britain’s Spiked-Online—Part 1

By Zach Reed, 30 May 2016

Spiked’s defence of “free speech” is based on promoting right-wing individuals and groups, often in alliance with Conservative Students societies.

Obama in Hiroshima

By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2016

The decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Warnings of slump in US economy

By Nick Beams, 28 May 2016

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Banality and lies mark Australian election “debate”

By James Cogan—SEP candidate for the Senate in NSW, 30 May 2016

The leaders of the major capitalist parties were not asked to state their position on the rising tensions between the United States and China.

Australian media vendetta against worker who questioned tax breaks for wealthy

By Patrick Kelly, 28 May 2016

Australian election: Military spending is war preparation, not “industry policy”

Australian dairy farmers protest over milk price cuts

Public meetings on the Australian election
Support the SEP in 2016! No to war and budget cuts! For socialism and internationalism!

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SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

SEP election meeting in Detroit on May 31 to be streamed live on Facebook

30 May 2016

Workers and young people all over the world will be able to watch the meeting, which will be addressed by SEP presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth.

Attend the May 31 SEP election meeting: “Battlefield Detroit”

Socialist Equality Party candidates campaign at Fiat Chrysler Warren Truck plant

By WSWS reporting team, 27 May 2016

Young people in America: A lost generation stuck at home

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25 years ago: White House tapes shed light on development of Nixon crisis

Sixty hours of previously unreleased Nixon White House tapes were made available on June 4, 1991, by the US National Archives.

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50 years ago: Indira Gandhi devalues rupee

On June 5, 1966, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced that on the following day the rupee, the Indian national currency, would be devalued by 57.4 percent.

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75 years ago: World War II spreads to Syria

On June 4, 1941, British bombers dropped heavy explosives on oil tanks and harbor installations in Beirut, Lebanon and blew up bridges in Syria.

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100 years ago: Russian Army begins major World War I offensive

On June 4, 1916, the Imperial Russian Army began a major offensive against Austria-Hungary on the eastern front of World War I, in the area of modern-day Ukraine.

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Arts Review

Sing Street from Ireland, A Bigger Splash from Italy: Neglected realities

By Joanne Laurier, 28 May 2016

High-Rise: A film version of J.G. Ballard’s novel

Socialist Equality Party (UK)

The Brexit referendum, socialism and the European working class

By Julie Hyland, 26 May 2016

UK: Left Leave campaign lays out its nationalist agenda in Brexit referendum

Meeting May 31 in Manchester
For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum!—Socialism versus left nationalism

26 May 2016

The Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan

Outrage erupts at Flint meeting of pipeline board

By James Brewer, 20 May 2016

Video: Flint, Michigan resident speaks on lack of services for poisoned residents

Obama in Flint: Let them drink lead

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International May Day 2016

May Day 2016: Introductory report by David North

By David North, 2 May 2016

May Day 2016 and the future of socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 4 May 2016

Listen to all the May Day speeches »