18 April 2015

Syriza dispatches police to clear protesters from Athens university

By Christoph Dreier, 18 April 2015

With this action, the Syriza-led government has signalled its readiness to use state repression against opponents of its austerity measures.

Syriza discusses the need for state repression

8 April 2015

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Wave of assassinations in Ukraine targets critics of Kiev regime

By Alex Lantier, 18 April 2015

Responsibility for the murders lies with the imperialist powers that installed the Kiev regime and support its anti-Russian propaganda and rehabilitation of fascism.

Canada sending troops to Ukraine on two-year training mission

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 18 April 2015

Ukrainian regime rehabilitates Nazi collaborationists, bans communism

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Fighting rages in Iraqi provincial capital

By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2015

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has launched a counteroffensive against Iraqi government positions in Ramadi, capital of Anbar Province.

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BBC’s election challengers’ debate
Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and Green Party offer “progressive alliance” with Labour

By Chris Marsden, 18 April 2015

Sturgeon’s pleas helped cover for Miliband’s right-wing austerity agenda, as Labour issued its manifesto beginning with a “Budget Responsibility Lock.”

National Guard referred to Ferguson protesters as “enemy forces”

By Gabriel Black, 18 April 2015

National Guard officers referred to demonstrators exercising their constitutionally protected right to assemble as “adversaries” and “enemy forces.”

Video shows Arizona officer ramming police car into man

Police murder in South Carolina

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Missouri executes mentally disabled inmate

By Thomas Gaist, 18 April 2015

Defense attorneys had argued that the execution should be stayed in light of the state’s refusal to disclose the source of the drug cocktail to be used in the execution.

Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke hired by hedge fund Citadel

By Andre Damon, 18 April 2015

Bernanke’s new job constitutes little more than a kickback for services rendered to Wall Street.

Drastic cuts to suburban Detroit school district

By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 18 April 2015

The suburban Detroit city of Hazel Park is laying off nearly a quarter of its school district staff and slashing the pay of the remaining teachers and support personnel.

More layoffs as global oil price slump continues

By Niles Williamson, 18 April 2015

The world’s largest oilfield service company, Schlumberger, announced this week that as a result of declining oil production it will cut 11,000 jobs worldwide, bringing the firm’s total layoffs so far this year to 20,000.

Indian Stalinists reaffirm right-wing “political-tactical” line

By our correspondents in Visakhapatnam, 18 April 2015

This week’s congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) formally reaffirmed the policy under which it has propped up a series of rightwing governments dedicated to pro-market “reform.”

New Zealand shared intelligence with Bangladesh’s repressive agencies

By Tom Peters, 18 April 2015

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that NZ’s spy agency, the GCSB, has supported Bangladesh’s notorious security apparatus for at least 12 years.

Banking group HGAA stokes conflict between Vienna and Munich

By Markus Salzmann, 18 April 2015

The decision of the Austrian government to no longer pay the debts of banking group HGAA has provoked conflicts in Bavaria.

Octoberfest bombing: German government blocks information on intelligence agency involvement

By Dietmar Henning, 18 April 2015

Almost 35 years after the worst right-wing extremist attack in post-war Germany, the government is withholding important documents.

New in French

Un milliard et demi de personnes vivent avec moins de $1,25 par jour

Par Zaida Green, 18 avril 2015

Un nouveau rapport de l’Institut de Développement d’Outre-mer affirme que les statistiques officielles du nombre de personnes vivant dans une pauvreté extrême dans le monde pourraient être sous-estimé à hauteur de 350 millions.

Union européenne et banques intensifient leur pression sur le gouvernement Syriza en Grèce

Par Stéphane Hugues, 18 avril 2015

Le gouvernement Syriza répond au diktat d'austérité de l'UE en pillant les réserves de liquidités de la Grèce et en préparant de nouvelles mesures d'austérité contre la classe ouvrière.

Le gouvernement américain a ciblé un deuxième citoyen américain à assassiner

Par Andre Damon, 18 avril 2015

Un article de première page du New York Times de lundi a révélé le nom d'un citoyen américain placé sur la fameuse «Kill List», cette liste de personnes à assassiner par attaque de drone.

New in German

Blackwater und die Verbrechen des amerikanischen Imperialismus

Von Patrick Martin, 18. April 2015

Die Verurteilung von vier Blackwater-Söldnern für den Mord an siebzehn Irakern wirft die Frage auf, warum keine amerikanischen Regierungsvertreter für den Tod von Hunderttausenden zur Verantwortung gezogen worden sind.

Bundesregierung führt Vorratsdatenspeicherung ein und stärkt Geheimdienste

Von Johannes Stern und Denis Krassnin, 18. April 2015

Die Wiedereinführung der Vorratsdatenspeicherung ist nur ein Baustein einer massiven inneren Aufrüstung.

Syriza lässt Athener Universität räumen

Von Christoph Dreier, 18. April 2015

Am Freitagmorgen entsandte das griechische Innenministerium Polizeieinheiten in die Technische Universität Athen, um das besetzte Verwaltungsgebäude räumen zu lassen.

Ukrainisches Regime rehabilitiert Nazi-Kollaborateure und verbietet Kommunismus

Von Alex Lantier und Stefan Steinberg, 18. April 2015

Am 9. April verabschiedete das von der NATO unterstützte Regime in der Ukraine Gesetze zur Rehabilitierung von Nazi-Kollaborateuren, die während des Zweiten Weltkriegs einen ethnischen Massenmord verübten.

Günter Grass 1927-2015 - Eine Würdigung

Von Sybille Fuchs, Wolfgang Weber und Peter Schwarz, 18. April 2015

Günter Grass, der am 13. April im Alter von 87 Jahren starb, zählt zu den herausragendsten deutschen Schriftstellern. Er war ein großartiger Erzähler und blieb auch am Ende seines Lebens seinen politischen Grundsätzen treu.

Weißes Haus und Kongress einer Meinung bei Nuklearverhandlungen mit Iran

Von Thomas Gaist, 18. April 2015

Der Außenpolitische Ausschuss des US-Senats hat eine überparteiliche Resolution beschlossen, die eine erfolgreiche Vereinbarung über das iranische Atomprogramm bis zum 30. Juni ermöglicht.

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Perspective

Economic stagnation, financial parasitism dominate IMF-World Bank meeting

18 April 2015

Official reports prepared by the International Monetary Fund show that the global economy is not on the cusp of a recovery, but moving deeper into crisis.

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SEP Australia

For an international campaign to defend the democratic rights of the Socialist Equality Party
Sydney University blocks SEP’s anti-war meeting

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 18 April 2015

The university’s decision is an attack on the democratic rights not only of the SEP but of the working class in Australia and around the world.

Australia: Corporate exploitation of Anzac myth triggers a furore

By Mike Head, 17 April 2015

Oppose the political censorship of the SEP (Australia)

By James Cogan, 15 April 2015

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

WSWS readers condemn Australian council ban on anti-war meeting

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

International May Day 2015

Detroit Chrysler workers express support for May Day rally against war

By our reporting team, 17 April 2015

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

History

Australian World War I “celebration” buries history of mass anti-war opposition

By Richard Phillips, 18 April 2015

One of the central lies promoted by the saturation media campaign extolling WWI is that Australia was unified in backing the imperialist war.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) Election Campaign

SEP candidate at Kentish Town Community Centre hustings
“We are fighting for a massive movement of the working class to oppose austerity and war”

By Ajanta Silva, 18 April 2015

David O’Sullivan placed the questions of poverty, the housing crisis and the slashing of social services in a broader international context.

Oppose NATO war mongering: Attend International May Day online rally

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

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

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

18 April 2015

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

University of California doctors strike

Commentary

A historic attack on Medicare

By Kate Randall, 17 April 2015

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

By David Walsh, 17 April 2015

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

By Zaida Green, 17 April 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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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