After new sanctions on Russia, Ukraine moves closer to civil war

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2014

The only voices of dissent from within the US political and media establishment to the administration’s incendiary policy are those demanding a more confrontational line.

Kerry warns of “hot confrontation” with Russia

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2014

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry made clear that the Obama administration is fully aware it is risking the outbreak of nuclear war by pursuing a provocative policy towards Russia.

Spiegel magazine agitates against the Germans’ “fear of war”

By Peter Schwarz, 30 April 2014

The German government is also intensifying the conflict with Russia because it wants to break the resistance to militarism through a sort of “war shock.”

More on the crisis in Ukraine »

Wall Street Journal outlines US military options against China

By Tom Peters, 30 April 2014

The Pentagon has drawn up plans to deploy nuclear-capable bombers and aircraft carriers off the Chinese coast.

Oklahoma: Botched lethal injection forces postponement of second planned execution

By Kate Randall, 30 April 2014

Clayton Lockett reacted violently to the lethal injection drugs, dying 43 minutes after the chemicals were administered.

Report documents growth of poverty in Detroit suburbs

By Lawrence Porter and Thomas Gaist, 30 April 2014

The number of residents living in poverty in Oakland County, Michigan grew by 77 percent between 2005 and 2012.

Interview with John Ziraldo, CEO of Lighthouse of Oakland County, on Detroit suburban poverty

By Lawrence Porter and Thomas Gaist, 30 April 2014

Ziraldo authored a report finding that fifty-eight percent of those living below the poverty line in the Metro Detroit Area now live in the suburbs.

French unions use May Day marches to cover for Hollande government

By Antoine Lerougetel, 30 April 2014

The unions, backed by “left” allies of the ruling Socialist Party, are organising May Day demonstrations aimed at diverting mass anger against austerity.

Pointing to rise of neo-fascists, banks demand austerity in France

By Kumaran Ira, 30 April 2014

Financial markets are calling on the Socialist Party government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls to intensify attacks on the working class.

Tony Blair calls for stepped up intervention in Middle East

By Jordan Shilton, 30 April 2014

In his speech calling for greater Western intervention in the Middle East, Blair defended Egypt’s 2013 military coup as the “absolutely necessary rescue of a nation”.

As Australian government draws up budget, Murdoch lays down the law

By Nick Beams, 30 April 2014

The Murdoch press has declared that the forthcoming budget will be a test of how seriously the Abbott government is about ending the “age of entitlement.”

Sri Lankan president creates religious police unit

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 April 2014

Rajapakse claims that the new unit will ease religious tensions, but its real purpose is to fuel communal provocations and divisions.

Hungarian government moves further to the right

By Markus Salzmann, 30 April 2014

In the wake of Hungary’s parliamentary elections, not only Prime Minister Victor Orban’s Citizens’ Alliance (Fidesz), but also the opposition parties are shifting further to the right.

Compton, California subjected to massive secret aerial surveillance

By Alan Gilman, 30 April 2014

Local Police Departments are testing out new methods to carry out domestic surveillance in cities throughout the United States.

New in Persian

نه به جنگ امپریالیستی ! احیاء سنت انقلابی اول ماه می!

۱۲ اوریل ۲۰۱۴

یکشنبه چهارم می ۲۰۱۴ کمیته بین المللی انترناسیونال چهارم با برگزاری گردهمایی آنلاین روز جهانی کارگر ۲۰۱۴ را پاس خواهد داشت. هدف از این گردهمایی که برای شرکت عموم آزاد است، احیای سنتهای انقلابی سوسیالیستی این روز تاریخیِ همبستگی جهانی طبقه کارگر است .

New in Russian

Хочет ли Вашингтон войны с Россией?

Билл Вэн Оукен, 30 апреля 2014 г.

Хочет ли Вашингтон воевать с Россией? Обзор последних американских шагов в связи с кризисом на Украине ставит вопрос, который раньше казался невозможным. Администрация Обамы играет в опасную игру — «русскую рулетку».

New in Spanish

Hijos de miembros de la Oposición de Izquierda Entrevista con Yuri Primakov

Por nuestro corresponsal, 30 Abril 2014

Yuri Primakov nació en 1927 y es el único hijo de Vitaly Markovich Primakov (1897-1937). Vitaly Primakov se unió al Partido Bolchevique en 1914. Aún en sus años de juventud, se convirtió en un héroe de la Revolución de Octubre, la Guerra Civil y más tarde un importante miembro de la Oposición de Izquierda.

El alcalde de Valparaíso declara a la ciudad chilena en quiebra

Por César Uco, 30 Abril 2014

Valparaíso, el puerto chileno cuyos cerros fueron consumidos por un voraz fuego que duró dos semanas, está en bancarrota, según su alcalde Jorge Castro.

Resistencia artística a las juntas respaldadas por EE.UU.
Perder la forma humana: una imagen sísmica de los años ochenta en Latino América

Por Armando Cruz , 30 Abril 2014

Durante los años sesenta y comienzos de los setenta, Latino América era un polvorín social.

New in French

Contre le fracking à Barton Moss

Par Robert Skelton, Candidat du SEP, 30 avril 2014

Cette déclaration a été publiée par Robert Skelton, candidat du Socialist Equality Party dans la circonscription du Nord-Ouest de l'Angleterre aux prochaines élections européennes.

« La chose la plus importante que l'on puisse faire en faveur d’un mouvement pour la classe ouvrière » Soutien mondial à la conférence internationale en ligne pour la journée des travailleurs

Par nos correspondants, 30 avril 2014

Des représentants de plus de 55 pays se sont déjà enregistrés pour participer le 4 mai à la conférence mondiale en ligne pour la journée des travailleurs en cliquant sur le lien internationalmayday.org.

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
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New in German

Ägyptisches Regime verhängt weitere 683 Todesurteile

Von Bill Van Auken, 30. April 2014

Die US-Regierung steht als direkter Komplize der ägyptischen Junta da. Es ist, als legte Präsident Barack Obama den Verurteilten persönlich die Schlinge um den Hals.

Der Spiegel agitiert gegen die “Kriegsangst” der Deutschen

Von Peter Schwarz, 30. April 2014

Die Bundesregierung spitzt den Konflikt in der Ukraine auch deshalb zu, weil sie durch eine Art Kriegsschock den Widerstand gegen den Militarismus brechen will.

Der zynische Umgang des Weißen Hauses mit dem Holocaust

Von Patrick Martin, 30. April 2014

Die Stellungnahme, die US-Präsident Obama am Montag anlässlich der jährlichen weltweiten Gedenkveranstaltungen für den Holocaust, eines der größten Verbrechen der jüngeren Geschichte, abgab, ist an schierer zynischer Doppelzüngigkeit schwer zu übertreffen.

Was treibt die Bundeswehr in Slawjansk?

Von Peter Schwarz, 30. April 2014

Die in Slawjansk festgehaltenen Militärinspekteure sind keine OSZE-Beobachter, sondern direkt der deutschen Regierung unterstellt.

Arbeiter und Jugendliche in Sri Lanka unterstützen Online-Maifeier

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 30. April 2014

Mitglieder der Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka, die in Colombo die Online-Maifeier der Vierten Internationale bekannt machten, sind auf eine begeisterte Resonanz gestoßen.

Venezuela:
Angesichts wachsender Wut in der Arbeiterklasse umwirbt Maduro venezolanische Kapitalisten

Von Bill Van Auken, 30. April 2014

Die Maduro-Regierung hat eine "Wirtschaftsoffensive" angekündigt, die im Wesentlichen die Kapitalisten des Landes dazu anspornen soll, mehr zu produzieren.

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Perspective

Low-wage labor in America

30 April 2014

The destruction of decent-paying jobs and employee benefits has radically changed American society.

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International May Day

“The most important thing a person can do for a movement of the working class”
Worldwide support for International May Day Online Rally

By our correspondents, 29 April 2014

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

PSG campaigns in Cologne: “It is unacceptable that fascists are in power in Kiev”

By our correspondents, 30 April 2014

Over the past two weeks, members and supporters of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit spoke with workers, the unemployed and students in Cologne.

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit launches European election campaign in Berlin

By our correspondent, 29 April 2014

German PSG releases European election broadcast

By our correspondents, 28 April 2014

Commentary

Spain’s new Podemos party a political fraud—Part one

By Alejandro López, 30 April 2014

This is the first of a two-part comment on the formation of a new party, Podemos, by the pseudo-left in Spain.

World economy: Conditions for another crash taking shape

By Nick Beams, 30 April 2014

Far from being overcome, the breakdown, which began with the eruption of the global financial crisis in 2008, is intensifying.

US-backed Egyptian regime sentences 683 more to die

By Bill Van Auken, 29 April 2014

New Zealand pseudo-lefts give green light for Mana-Internet Party alliance

By John Braddock, 29 April 2014

Anti-NATO protesters in Chicago sentenced to years in prison

By Kristina Betinis, 29 April 2014

Israel halts peace talks over Palestinian reconciliation deal

By Jean Shaoul, 29 April 2014

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

AFSCME and other city unions sign onto Detroit bankruptcy plan

By Jerry White, 29 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.

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

History

Anti-Semitism and the Russian Revolution: Part two

By Clara Weiss, 30 April 2014

This is the second part of a three-part review of a historical study by Ulrich Herbeck on the history of anti-Semitism in Russia from the Tsarist empire until the end of the Civil War in 1922.

Workers Struggles

London Underground workers in 48-hour walkout

By Paul Bond, 30 April 2014

The second 48-hour strike by workers on the London Underground over ticket office closures and job losses has severely disrupted transport in the capital.

Exploitative practices exposed at McDonald’s restaurants

By Danielle DeSaxe, 28 April 2014

Socialist Equality Party

Greetings to Australian congress from Sri Lankan SEP

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 April 2014

British Trotskyist leader addresses Australian SEP congress

By Chris Marsden, 26 April 2014

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

By David North, 24 April 2014

Crisis in Ukraine

White House cynicism on the Holocaust

By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2014

The Ukraine crisis and the political lies of the media

By Alex Lantier, 28 April 2014

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

By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2014

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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

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

FISA court rejects Verizon suit vs. NSA telephone metadata surveillance

By Eric London, 28 April 2014

Panel discussion on NSA surveillance covers for government spy programs

By Nick Barrickman, 28 April 2014

More on NSA Spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

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.

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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