25 May 2017

$1.4 trillion in cuts to health program for the poor
Trump budget aims to fatally cripple Medicaid

By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2017

The measures proposed by the White House would cut off tens of millions of people from access to health care, dramatically increasing disease, suffering and death.

Trump’s scorched-earth budget: $1.7 trillion in cuts to vital social programs

Trump to press for increased defence spending at NATO summit

By Johannes Stern, 25 May 2017

Thursday’s summit takes place in the context of a deep crisis to which the ruling classes on both sides of the Atlantic are responding with a sharp shift to the right.

US launches raid in Yemen as Trump concludes Middle East trip

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Quebec construction strike rattles Canada’s ruling elite

By Laurent Lafrance, 25 May 2017

Quebec’s 175,000 unionized construction workers launched an “unlimited general strike” Wednesday morning, shutting down building sites across the province.

After Manchester attack, France prolongs state of emergency

By Francis Dubois, 25 May 2017

A week after taking office, French President Emmanuel Macron’s government announced that it would prolong the country’s state of emergency to November and seek a law to make it permanent.

Macron prepares enabling act to slash contracts, labor rights in France

Duterte declares martial law on Philippine island of Mindanao

By Joseph Santolan, 25 May 2017

Behind the imposition of military rule lies a profound social crisis and the geopolitical machinations of Washington.

Progressive Alliance rally in London calls for support for “globalist” elite

By Jean Shaoul, 25 May 2017

The new alliance seeks a political realignment around opposition to Britain leaving the European Union.

German Social Democratic election programme: More police, more surveillance, faster deportations

By Ulrich Rippert, 25 May 2017

The SPD’s draft program for the federal election consists of expanded funding for war and domestic repression, combined with empty phrases about social justice.

Activists’ tribunal into neo-Nazi murders plans to name those responsible

By Martin Kreickenbaum and Dietmar Henning, 25 May 2017

The tribunal has been organized to counter the cover-up surrounding the ten murders and three bombings carried out by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground.

Prominent analyst predicts “imminent” US war on North Korea

By James Cogan, 25 May 2017

George Friedman bluntly declared: “If we’re not going to war, we are doing a very good imitation of it.”

Mounting massacres against rural workers and indigenous groups in Brazil

By Pablo Gomes, 25 May 2017

Though attacks have intensified under the current government of President Michel Temer, the roots of the violence go back to the rule of the Workers Party.

Brazil crisis threatens second impeachment in less than a year

Half of US Fortune 500 companies pay next to nothing in state taxes

By John Marion, 25 May 2017

A new report documents that among the Fortune 500 companies which were profitable in 2014, the average effective tax rate levied by all 50 states was only three percent.

Eastern Michigan University part-time lecturers face 25 percent pay cut

By Joseph Lorenz, 25 May 2017

Part-time lecturers at Eastern Michigan University are protesting administration demands to slash pay and eliminate promotions and job security.

Crisis at Canadian subprime mortgage lender

By Roger Jordan, 25 May 2017

Canada’s economy is facing increasing turbulence due to a housing bubble, record consumer debt, anemic growth, and NAFTA’s uncertain future.

Sri Lanka in a balancing act over China’s One Belt, One Road project

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 25 May 2017

At last week’s Beijing forum, Sri Lanka’s prime minister Wickremesinghe tried to appease Washington and New Delhi by declaring that Colombo is only interested in the project’s “economic benefits.”

Australian inquest into Sydney siege whitewashes unanswered questions

By Mike Head, 25 May 2017

The coroner’s report admits that a mentally-disturbed individual took the hostages, and that he had been under close surveillance by police and intelligence agencies for a long time.

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Nach Selbstmordanschlag in Manchester: Britische Regierung holt Armee auf die Straßen

Von Chris Marsden, 25. Mai 2017

Mittlerweile wurde bestätigt, dass der Selbstmordattentäter Salman Ramadan Abedi den Sicherheitsdiensten bekannt, aber nicht als Gefährder eingestuft worden war.

Trump in Europa: Nato plant massive Erhöhung der Verteidigungsausgaben

Von Johannes Stern, 25. Mai 2017

Trumps Reise findet unter Bedingungen einer tiefen politischen, wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Krise statt, auf die die herrschende Klasse auf beiden Seiten des Atlantiks mit einer scharfen Rechtswende reagiert.

Baberowski erläutert seine rechtsradikale Agenda

Von Peter Schwarz, 25. Mai 2017

In einem Interview mit der Neuen Zürcher Zeitung wettert Humboldt-Professor Jörg Baberowski gegen die „Hegemonie der Linken“ und wirbt für die „Enttabuisierung“ rechter Positionen.

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei startet den Newsletter International Amazon Workers Voice

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 25. Mai 2017

Der Newsletter wird eine Oppositionsplattform für Amazon-Arbeiter sein, diktatorische Arbeitsbedingungen entlarven, Arbeiter mit dem Sozialismus bekannt machen und Nachrichten und Analysen der Weltpolitik bringen.

„Das ist pure Sklaverei“
Bericht eines Arbeiters über die Ausbeuterbedingungen bei Amazon Manchester, UK

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 25. Mai 2017

Amazon ist heute auf der ganzen Welt ein Synonym für harte Knochenarbeit, Mindestlöhne und extreme Ausbeutermethoden.

Zum Abschluss von Trumps Nahost-Reise: US-Kommandoaktion im Jemen

Von Bill van Auken, 25. Mai 2017

Nachdem Trump einen Milliarden-Waffendeal mit Saudi-Arabien abgeschlossen hatte, unternahmen US-Spezialeinheiten eine Kommandoaktion im Jemen. Der brutale Krieg des Königreichs gegen die hungernde jemenitische Bevölkerung wird sich verschärfen.

New in French

Après l'attentat à Manchester, Macron prolonge l’état d’urgence

Par Francis Dubois, 25 mai 2017

Une semaine après son investiture, le gouvernement annonce qu’il gardera l’état d’urgence jusqu’en novembre puis le rendra permanent sous forme d’une loi.

Attentat-suicide de Manchester : le gouvernement britannique déploie l’armée

Par Chris Marsden, 25 mai 2017

Il a déjà été confirmé que l’auteur de l’attentat-suicide, Salman Ramadan Abedi, était connu des services de sécurité mais qu’il n’était pas considéré une menace.

Le budget de Trump : une politique de la terre brûlée

Par Kate Randall, 24 mai 2017

Le budget de l’année financière 2018 de Trump, intitulé « Une nouvelle fondation pour la grandeur américaine », est une déclaration de guerre de 52 pages contre la classe ouvrière.

L’audition de l’ex-directeur de la CIA alimente une reprise de l’agitation contre la Russie

Par Patrick Martin, 25 mai 2017

John Brennan a été entendu sous serment mardi devant une séance publique de la Commission du renseignement de la Chambre des représentants, et plus tard à huis clos.

New in Russian

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 года
Речь на общегородской конференции объединенных с.-д. по докладу т. Урицкого об отношении к Временному правительству

Лев Троцкий, 23 мая 2017 г.

С этой речью Троцкий выступил на общегородской конференции объединенных социал-демократов 20 мая (7 мая по ст. ст.) 1917 г.

New in Spanish

El Washington Post y el New York Times urgen a suspender los llamados de impugnación contra Trump

Por Patrick Martin, 23 mayo 2017

Ambos diarios han funcionado como portavoces para la oposición del aparato militar y de inteligencia contra Trump.

La investigación de Suecia contra Julian Assange siempre fue una incriminación política falsa

Por David Walsh, 23 mayo 2017

Todo el caso iba dirigido a desacreditar y paralizar a WikiLeaks y crear las condiciones para extraditar a EE.UU. o secuestrar a Assange, y así poder ejecutarlo o sentenciarlo a cadena perpetua.

Día Internacional del Trabajador del 2017
Defendamos a los trece trabajadores de Maruti Suzuki incriminados falsamente en India

Por Keith Jones, 23 mayo 2017

Los trabajadores de Maruti Suzuki fueron sentenciados a cadena perpetua a raíz de una incriminación conspiratoria de la compañía, la policía, las cortes y los principales partidos políticos.

Conferencia sobre el centenario de la Revolución Rusa
El regreso de Lenin a Rusia y las Tesis de Abril

Por James Cogan, 23 mayo 2017

Publicamos aquí el texto de una conferencia pronunciada el 6 de mayo por James Cogan, secretario nacional del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Australia).

New in Urdu

سری لنکا کے وزیر اعظم نے امریکی اتحادیوں کے ساتھ تعلقات کو مزید تقویت دی ہے

11 May 2017

اسکے باوجو د کہ سری لنکا کو چین کی سرمایہ کاری کی اشد ضرورت ہے لیکن وہ ابھی تک ایشیاء میں امریکی قیادت میں فوجی اقدامات کا اتحادی ہے

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Perspective

Official account of Manchester suicide bombing unravels

25 May 2017

It took less than 24 hours for Prime Minister May’s claim that Manchester suicide bomber Salman Ramadan Abedi was known to British intelligence only “up to a point” to be exposed as a lie.

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The Flint water crisis

Watch: Anger erupts at Flint City Council meeting

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Three years after the lead poisoning of Flint, residents face water shutoffs, home foreclosures

“We’re being punished for not being able to pay the city for the poison”
Flint residents speak out on water crisis

By Jerry White, 19 May 2017

Watch: Flint family threatened for refusing to pay for poisoned water

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More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Arts

The 2017 Whitney Biennial—a survey of contemporary American art: What does it show?

By Clare Hurley, 25 May 2017

The stated goal of the Biennial in New York City is to capture the zeitgeist—”spirit of the times”—through a selection of what is considered representative contemporary artwork.

A conversation with artist Celeste Dupuy-Spencer

By Clare Hurley, 25 May 2017

Celeste Dupuy-Spencer is one of the 63 artists included in the Whitney Biennial 2017. She recently gave an interview to the WSWS.

Netflix series Dear White People: Self-pity in the service of social climbing

By Joanne Laurier, 24 May 2017

The cases of Aaron Gach, Mem Fox, United Vibrations, Soviet Soviet and others
Artists, writers, musicians detained and bullied by US customs and border officers

By Marko Leone and David Walsh, 23 May 2017

International Amazon Workers Voice

Socialist Equality Party launches International Amazon Workers Voice newsletter

By the Socialist Equality Party, 24 May 2017

The newsletter will be a platform of opposition for Amazon workers, exposing dictatorial working conditions, introducing workers to socialism, and providing regular news and analysis of world politics.

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Commentary

UK government deploys military following Manchester suicide bombing

By Chris Marsden, 24 May 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May forced to backpedal on “dementia tax”

Ex-CIA director’s testimony fuels new round of anti-Russian agitation

Washington Post and New York Times urge pullback on calls for Trump impeachment

Democrats appeal to military in campaign against Trump

The working class must intervene with its own program in the political crisis in Washington

Links established between neo-Nazi network and “Identity Movement” in the German army

By Christoph Vandreier, 23 May 2017

Haymarket Books’ #Resist: The International Socialist Organization props up the Democratic Party in Chicago

Sweden’s investigation into Julian Assange was a political frame-up from the outset

IYSSE

International Youth and Students for Social Equality member wins student senate seat at New York University

By our reporters, 23 May 2017

Isaac Oseas, a member of the IYSSE, has won the position of student senator for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at NYU, which includes 4,000 graduate students at the university.

NYU involved in Department of Defense supercomputer project
No to militarism and surveillance! NYU must reveal all ties to military and spy agencies!

More on the fight for democratic rights at NYU »

“A declaration of hostility towards the principles of humanity”
Professor Mario Kessler publishes comment criticizing views of right-wing professor Jörg Baberowski

Student parliament demands Humboldt University rescind support of Baberowski

Open letter from the IYSSE to the president of Humboldt University in Berlin

More on the fight for historical truth »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
May 22-28: Global class struggle intensifies

22 May 2017

The revolution in Russia gives the signal to workers everywhere, but the gathering revolt is met with repression by the capitalist state and treachery by parties and unions claiming to represent workers.

From the archives of the Revolution
Speech on Comrade Uritsky’s report on the attitude to the Provisional Government

By Leon Trotsky, 20 May 2017

This is a new translation of a speech delivered by Trotsky before the Citywide Conference of United Social-Democrats on May 20, 1917 (May 7 O.S.).

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Socialist Equality Party

The class issues in the UK snap election
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

22 May 2017

The following is a statement by the Socialist Equality Party in Britain on the central issues facing the working class in the June 8 general election.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meetings
The class issues in Britain’s snap election: Austerity, dictatorship and war

19 May 2017

Workers Struggles

San Diego, California school district pushes forward with layoffs and cuts

By Norisa Diaz and Toby Reese, 23 May 2017

Australia: Teachers explain why the AEU-government deal should be rejected

By our reporters, 22 May 2017

Vote “NO” to the EBA!
Australian Education Union pushes through industrial agreement at delegates’ meetings

“It is time we all stood up”
AT&T workers call for broader fight as CWA ends weekend strike

By our reporting teams, 22 May 2017

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Sri Lankan plantation workers support campaign to release framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By M. Thevarajah, 20 May 2017

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 5: Judge Goyal mangles the law to sustain the legal vendetta

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 18 May 2017

“There is an air of worker rebellion in India and China”
A conversation with Professor Immanuel Ness on the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Jerry White, 4 May 2017

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

Book Reviews

Human rights propaganda in support of imperialist war
The Return of History, Conflict, Migration and Geopolitics in the 21st Century

The ICFI's International May Day Online Rally

India: ICFI supporters hold May Day meeting in Bangalore

By our correspondents, 12 May 2017

The event was part of the Trotskyist movement’s commemoration of the centenary of the October 1917 Revolution.

May Day 2017: Lessons of history and the fight for socialism

By David North, 1 May 2017

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A political appraisal of the ICFI’s 2017 International May Day Online Rally

SEP Sri Lankan May Day meeting discusses threat of world war and lessons of Russian Revolution