Obama in talks with “rebel” leader on escalating Syrian war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2014

The leader of the Western-backed “rebels” has indicated that his main aim is procuring more surface-to-air missiles.

US, Kiev puppet regime escalate Ukraine conflict after Russian concessions

By Alex Lantier, 9 May 2014

Western officials stepped up threats against Russia, as the far-right puppet regime in Kiev dismissed Moscow's attempt to fashion a truce in east Ukraine.

German politicians, media support build-up of NATO forces in Eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern, 9 May 2014

Leading German politicians, the military and media support the massive rearmament of NATO in Eastern Europe announced by top officials of the imperialist alliance.

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CIA stalling release of Senate report on torture

By Patrick Martin, 9 May 2014

More than a month after the US Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify parts of its report on CIA torture, the agency is delaying its public release.

Obama administration’s phony crackdown on the banks

By Gabriel Black, 9 May 2014

The US Department of Justice posted a video Monday in which Attorney General Eric Holder sought to dismiss the widely held, and completely justified, belief that the Obama administration treats the major American banks as being above the law.

Thailand: Ex-PM faces impeachment on bogus “negligence” charge

By Tom Peters, 9 May 2014

The National Anti-Corruption Commission ruling is another blow in the opposition campaign to oust the elected Pheu Thai government.

Sri Lankan president boasts of economic growth

By Saman Gunadasa, 9 May 2014

Behind the talk of a booming economy, the government is preparing further attacks on the living standards of workers and poor.

Australian corruption inquiry could ensnare prime minister

By Mike Head, 9 May 2014

According to the Australian Financial Review, the ICAC inquiry is “inching closer” to Tony Abbott’s office.

The fraud of the official campaign against the United Kingdom Independence Party

By Jordan Shilton, 9 May 2014

The hypocritical, cross-party campaign is being organised by Migration Matters Trust, a coalition of politicians, business representatives and trade unions that calls for a public debate on immigration.

New in Russian

Выступая совместно с Ангелой Меркель, Обама поддерживает подавление протестов на Украине

Билл Вэн Оукен, 9 мая 2014 г.

Выступая вместе с германским канцлером Ангелой Меркель на пресс-конференции в вашингтонском Белом доме в пятницу, 2 мая, президент Барак Обама выразил свою полную поддержку кровавому подавлению Киевом протестов за федерализацию Украины на востоке страны, нагнетая при этом угрозы Соединенных Штатов в отношении России.

New in Turkish

Kapitalist kriz ve sosyalist enternasyonalizm uğruna mücadele

David North, 9 Mayıs 2014

Bu toplantı, sosyalizm uğruna yeni bir enternasyonalist devrimci işçi sınıfı hareketinin gelişmesinde bir kilometre taşıdır.

Rusya Ukrayna konusunda ABD ile uzlaşma peşinde

Chris Marsden, 9 Mayıs 2014

Artan askeri ve ekonomik tehditler, Rusya Devlet Başkanı Vladimir Putin’e, Kiev’deki seçilmemiş yönetimin 25 Mayıs’ta yapmayı planladığı devlet başkanlığı seçimlerinin meşruiyetini kabul ettirmede başarılı oldu.

New in French

Le gouvernement français s’apprête à imposer les réductions de salaires exigées par les banques

Par Pierre Mabut, 9 mai 2014

La Commission européenne et les banques exercent de plus en plus de pression sur le président français François Hollande pour qu'il réduise les salaires et crée un marché du travail flexible.

Ontario: Les partis officiels n'ont que l'austérité à présenter aux électeurs

Par Keith Jones, 9 mai 2014

Après avoir appuyé deux budgets d'austérité, le NPD a annoncé vendredi dernier qu'il retirait son appui au gouvernement libéral de l'Ontario.

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

New in German

Stoppt die Kriegstreiberei!

Von Peter Symonds, 9. Mai 2014

Die eskalierende Entwicklung in Richtung eines militärischen Konfliktes wegen der Krise in der Ukraine ist eine deutliche Warnung an die internationale Arbeiterklasse vor den Gefahren eines neuen Weltkriegs.

Deutsche Politiker und Medien unterstützen Nato-Aufrüstung in Osteuropa

Von Johannes Stern, 9. Mai 2014

Deutsche Politiker, Militärs und Medien unterstützen die massive Aufrüstung, die führende Vertreter der Nato in den letzten Tagen angekündigt haben.

Ukraine-Krise: Russland strebt erneut nach Einigung mit USA

Von Chris Marsden, 9. Mai 2014

Die Westmächte bestehen darauf, dass die Wahl vom 25. Mai der Kiewer Regierung von Oligarchen und Faschisten ein demokratisches Mandat verschaffen werde.

Kandidat der PSG spricht im deutsch-arabischen Zentrum

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 9. Mai 2014

Am Dienstag sprach der Europa-Kandidat der PSG, Christoph Vandreier, auf einer Podiumsdiskussion des „Arabischen Kulturinstituts AKI“ in Berlin-Neukölln.

Washington strebt Regimewechsel in Venezuela an

Von Bill Van Auken, 9. Mai 2014

Die rechten Proteste, die die USA finanziert haben, konnten Präsident Maduro zwar nicht stürzen, doch der Imperialismus und die lokale Bourgeoisie haben sie benutzt, um seine Regierung noch weiter nach rechts zu rücken.

„Zwischen Welten“: ein staatstragender Film

Von Bernd Reinhardt, 9. Mai 2014

Der Film Zwischen Welten stellt die kritische Frage, ob die Bundeswehr in Afghanistan die propagierten humanitären Ziele erreicht hat. Die Antwort ist ein eindeutiges Nein.

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Perspective

Capital punishment and the brutality of the American ruling class

9 May 2014

With its endorsement of this barbaric practice, the American ruling class demonstrates that it has no progressive reason for existence.

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International May Day

Julie Hyland: The socially criminal consequences of austerity in Europe

By Julie Hyland, 9 May 2014

The European bourgeoisie seized on the 2008 crisis to destroy the social gains won by the working class and increase its competitiveness against its Eastern European and Asian rivals.
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James Cogan: The US pivot and the threat of war in Asia

By James Cogan, 9 May 2014

With staggering recklessness, US imperialism, supported by Japan and Australia, is pursuing an agenda that threatens to provoke war with China.
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An assessment of the International May Day Online Rally

By David North, 6 May 2014

The International May Day Online Rally was a major international political event and a milestone that foreshadows the resurgence of socialism as a powerful force within the world working class.

“The most fundamental thing is building this movement and building political consciousness”
Interviews on the May Day Rally from the US and Europe

By our reporters, 8 May 2014

Speech by Uli Rippert: Ukraine crisis: The struggle against militarism and war - Link to audio

Speech by Chris Marsden: Ukraine crisis: A turning point in world history - Link to audio

Speech by Wije Dias: The international struggles of the working class and the perspective of Permanent Revolution - Link to audio

Speech by Peter Schwarz: The European Union and the United Socialist States of Europe - Link to audio

Speech by Nick Beams: May Day 2014 and the breakdown of world capitalism - Link to audio

Speech by David North: The capitalist crisis and the fight for socialist internationalism - Link to audio

Obituary

Letter to Kathryn Davron from WSWS Chairman David North

9 May 2014

Below we republish the letter sent by David North, Chairman of the World Socialist Web Site, to Kathryn Davron on April 13, 2014—the day after she had been told that there was nothing medically that could be done to prolong her life after a four-year struggle with cancer.

Kathryn Davron: March 2, 1950—May 1, 2014

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 7 May 2014

Kath was a Trotskyist all her adult life. Her death follows a four-year struggle against cancer, throughout which she displayed her usual attributes of courage and determination.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit City plumber denounces bankruptcy

By Lawrence Porter and Thomas Gaist, 9 May 2014

This interview with disabled master plumber Steve Paraski, is the third in a series of interviews the WSWS has conducted with Detroit city retirees.

Detroit’s “plan of adjustment”: A declaration of war against the working class

By Jerry White, 8 May 2014

Bankruptcy judge approves final revision of Detroit restructuring plan

By Thomas Gaist, 7 May 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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Workers Struggles

Mobilize the working class to defend the Johns Hopkins Hospital workers!
A secure and decent-paying job is a social right!

By Socialist Equality Party, 9 May 2014

Johns Hopkins Hospital workers are rallying on Saturday to protest the low wages paid to maintenance workers, janitors, technical workers, kitchen staff and other non-nursing employees.

Australia: Fairfax journalists strike over job cuts

By Richard Phillips, 9 May 2014

Journalists, photographers and other staff are being axed in a new round of job destruction at one of Australia’s largest media corporations.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

9 May 2014

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

RMT union sabotages London Underground strike

By Paul Bond, 8 May 2014

Just hours before the second 72-hour walkout was due to begin, the RMT union announced it had “suspended” the action against job losses on the London Underground.

Workers reject employers’ offer in South African platinum mining strike

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 7 May 2014

SEP European Election Campaign

European election: Hessian Rundfunk interviews PSG candidate

By our correspondents, 9 May 2014

The PSG is campaigning against the revival of German militarism with street meetings, information stands and election posters.

ICFI meeting in Paris on May 11 for the European elections
No to war against Russia! No to austerity! Support the ICFI in the European elections!

8 May 2014

SEP (UK) candidate: Oppose attacks on National Health Service workers’ pay

By Ajitha Gunaratne—candidate of the SEP (UK) for the European elections, 6 May 2014

Crisis in Ukraine

Russia seeks fresh accommodation with US over Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 8 May 2014

Europe’s 9/11

By Peter Schwarz, 7 May 2014

Washington, Ukrainian puppet regime prepare new fascist slaughter in Odessa

By Alex Lantier, 6 May 2014

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Commentary

Washington sends military personnel to Nigeria

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2014

Brutalized by cops, convicted Occupy protester faces seven years in jail

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2014

Study: Obamacare could save US businesses $3.25 trillion through 2025

By Kate Randall, 7 May 2014

Arts Review

Out Among the Stars, a “new” album from Johnny Cash

By Hiram Lee, 7 May 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

German government thwarts investigation of NSA scandal

By Sven Heymanns, 3 May 2014

25 years ago: US denounces election in Panama

National elections in Panama were held on Sunday, May 7, 1989 in the midst of US threats and economic sanctions against military strongman Manuel Noriega.

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50 years ago: Johnson seeks to prop up Alliance for Progress

On May 11, 1964, US President Lyndon Johnson addressed a White House gathering of 13 Latin American ambassadors in a bid to prop up the Alliance for Progress.

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75 years ago: Stalin-Hitler negotiations reported

A prominent German businessman and former supporter of Hitler confirmed to British secret services on March 6, 1939 that Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were secretly negotiating a rapprochement.

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100 years ago: Socialist leader Karl Liebknecht denounces German military build-up

On May 11, 1914, Karl Liebknecht, a leading member of the German Social Democratic Party, denounced Germany’s military build-up in a speech delivered on the floor of the Reichstag.

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