Detention of OSCE mission provides pretext for US escalation
US, European Union, G7 set to impose new sanctions on Russia

By Barry Grey, 28 April 2014

The United States has seized on the detention of Western military observers by pro-Russian militants in Slavyansk to ratchet up its propaganda war against Moscow.

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The US to sign major military pact with the Philippines

By Peter Symonds, 28 April 2014

The 10-year agreement to boost American forces in the Philippines will further consolidate the US military encirclement of China.

South Korean prime minister resigns over ferry disaster

By Ben McGrath, 28 April 2014

Chung’s resignation is designed to deflect popular anger away from President Park Geun-hye’s administration.

FISA court rejects Verizon suit vs. NSA telephone metadata surveillance

By Eric London, 28 April 2014

FISA Court Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled that the government’s bulk collection of phone data does not constitute a “search,” and that the protections of the Fourth Amendment from “unreasonable search and seizure” therefore do not apply.

Panel discussion on NSA surveillance covers for government spy programs

By Nick Barrickman, 28 April 2014

The event sponsored by the Washington Post peddled illusions in the Obama administration.

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63,000 US bridges deemed structurally deficient

By Matthew MacEgan, 28 April 2014

A new report reveals that more than 63,000 bridges are in need of repair and that these bridges are crossed by more than 250 million vehicles each day.

Exploitative practices exposed at McDonald’s restaurants

By Danielle DeSaxe, 28 April 2014

McDonald’s workers in Southern California spoke to the WSWS about the conditions they face.

Former Australian prime minister warns of US-provoked war danger

By Nick Beams, 28 April 2014

Malcolm Fraser called for the reinterpretation of the American alliance, the shutdown of US bases in Australia, and an end to the stationing of US marines in Darwin.

Anzac Day in New Zealand glorifies imperialism, past and present

By Tom Peters, 28 April 2014

The events last Friday are part of a five-year program to glorify World War I, in order to prepare the population for future imperialist wars.

UK Independence Party launches racist poster campaign

By Paul Bond, 28 April 2014

The official media attempts to distance itself from certain racist statements by leaders of the United Kingdom Independence Party, while otherwise legitimising the party’s anti-immigrant and xenophobic programme.

New in French

Le risque de guerre en Asie

Par Peter Symonds, 28 avril 2014

Obama fait le tour des alliés américains en Asie, en attisant des points chauds et en consolidant l’encerclement militaire américain de la Chine en préparation d'une nouvelle guerre du Pacifique.

Participez à la conférence mondiale en ligne de la journée des travailleurs!

Par Joseph Kishore, 28 avril 2014

La conférence du 4 mai, organisée par le Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale, se tiendra sous la menace croissante d'une autre guerre mondiale.

Réunion publique du CIQI à Paris le 11 mai pour les élections européennes.

26 avril 2014

Réunion publique du CIQI à Paris le 11 mai pour les élections européennes

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2009
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

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WSWS publica entrevistas con hijos de miembros de la Oposición de Izquierda

Por Fred Williams y Clara Weiss, 28 Abril 2014

El World Socialist Web Site publicará entrevistas con tres hijos de miembros de la Oposición de Izquierda Soviética dirigida por Trotsky - Tatiana Smilga, Zorya Serebryakova y Yuri Primakov - y con Tatiana Isaeva, nieta del excepcional crítico literario marxista, Alexander Voronsky.

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Perspective

The Ukraine crisis and the political lies of the media

28 April 2014

As the US escalates its threats against Russia, risking world war, the American media plays its assigned role as propaganda mouthpiece.

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International May Day

“America is broken”
SEP campaigns for May Day Online Rally in historic coal mining region of Pennyslvania

By our correspondents, 28 April 2014

Over the past fifty years, the area around Scranton, Pennsylvania has been hit hard by the closure of mines, as well as silk and textile mills.

Attend the International May Day Online Rally!

By Joseph Kishore, 22 April 2014

No to imperialist war! Reclaim the revolutionary traditions of May Day!

By David North, 12 April 2014

Online Rally May 4
Celebrate May Day 2014 with the World Socialist Web Site!

The International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS are hosting an International Online Rally on Sunday, May 4, with speakers from all over the world. Register to participate today by visiting internationalmayday.org!

SEP European Election Campaign

German PSG releases European election broadcast

By our correspondents, 28 April 2014

The Socialist Equality Party in Germany (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit-PSG) released its broadcast for the European elections on Friday.

Socialist Equality Party

Greetings to Australian congress from the Canadian SEP

By Keith Jones, 28 April 2014

Just as the Australian bourgeoisie is playing a leading role in the US “pivot to Asia,” so the Canadian bourgeoisie calculates that it can best assert its global interests by supporting a resurgent US imperialism.

British Trotskyist leader addresses Australian SEP congress

By Chris Marsden, 26 April 2014

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit greetings to SEP (Australia) Second National Congress

By Peter Schwarz, 25 April 2014

SEP (Australia) Second National Congress: Greetings by David North

By David North, 24 April 2014

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) holds Second National Congress

24 April 2014

Jury returns verdict in trial of Iran-Contra defendant

On May 4, 1989, after 11 days of deliberation, the jury cleared Lt. Col. Oliver North of nine of the 12 charges against him.

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50 years ago: May Day protests against fascism, Stalinism, war

May 1, 1964 was marked by protests in Europe, Asia and the Western Hemisphere, some of them suppressed violently by the police of fascist or Stalinist regimes.

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75 years ago: Moscow Stalinists call for Popular Front alliance with “democratic” bourgeois parties

A May Day manifesto published May 1, 1939 in the Soviet Stalinist bureaucracy’s main organ, Pravda, perverted the traditional call for international workers unity by calling instead for the subordination of workers to bourgeois parties.

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100 years ago: Police attack mass May Day rally in New York

This week, 100 years ago, a May Day rally in New York, celebrating the revolutionary holiday of the international working class, was brutally attacked by baton-wielding police, injuring dozens.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose political censorship at the University of Melbourne!

By the IYSSE, 28 April 2014

The Clubs & Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne has bureaucratically blocked members of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality from affiliating their club.

Commentary

The danger of war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 26 April 2014

Amid rising working class anger, Maduro woos Venezuelan capitalists

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2014

Crisis in Ukraine

Kerry’s statement on Ukraine: A lying brief for war

By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2014

New York Times attempts to whitewash its role in publishing faked Ukraine photos

By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2014

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Treasury Secretary visits Detroit to reaffirm Obama’s “commitment” to city’s bankruptcy

By Thomas Gaist, 26 April 2014

Detroit bankruptcy spearheads nationwide attack on pensions

By Andre Damon, 25 April 2014

SEP holds meeting of Detroit workers to oppose water shutoffs

By WSWS reporting team, 25 April 2014

Detroit media call for permanent financial dictatorship

By Thomas Gaist, 25 April 2014

New from Mehring Books: The Truth Behind the Bankruptcy of Detroit

23 April 2014

A detailed exposure of a social crime: the decision to use the courts to impose unprecedented attacks on the Detroit working class.

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Arts Review

The Long Way Home: Sydney Theatre Company signs up with the Australian military

By Richard Phillips, 26 April 2014

Science

One million years of the human story in Britain

By Joan Smith, 26 April 2014

Your Inner Fish … An engaging look at our vertebrate ancestry

By Walter Gilberti, 22 April 2014

Featured Photo Essay

"The system is set up for those in poverty to stay in poverty"
The face of food stamp cuts
Jennifer - Portland, Oregon

By C.W. Rogers, 18 April 2014

In this photo essay, the first in a series on food stamp cuts in the US, the WSWS speaks to Jennifer Noonan, a mother of two, whose monthly food stamp benefits were cut by $49 last year.

Book Review

Government-produced book describes WWI as “successful and profitable”
New Zealand and the First World War 1914–1919

By Tom Peters, 24 April 2014

Fenton’s book is part of the government’s WWI centenary program, which is designed to revive militarism and prepare public opinion for future wars.