Mariupol killings: US backs Ukrainian regime’s reign of terror

By Mike Head, 10 May 2014

After tanks, armoured personnel carriers and heavily armed troops were unleashed on unarmed civilians in Mariupol, the Kiev regime claimed to have killed some 20 people.

By its silence, New Anti-capitalist Party supports Odessa massacre

By Anthony Torres, 10 May 2014

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How the revival of German militarism was prepared

By Johannes Stern, 10 May 2014

The German government’s aggressive action in Ukraine and the propaganda campaign accompanying it were carefully prepared over an entire year.

Nigeria: Boko Haram kidnappings used to justify US military build-up in Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 10 May 2014

The kidnapping presents Washington with a golden opportunity to secure a foothold in the oil-rich country.

Jurors urge no prison for convicted Occupy protester in New York

By Fred Mazelis, 10 May 2014

A letter from nine of the twelve jurors in the trial of Cecily McMillan takes a stand against the vindictive prosecution of the activist.

Albuquerque police account of latest deadly shooting reinforces suspicions

By D. Lencho, 10 May 2014

In the aftermath of the latest fatal shooting by Albuquerque police, the police department’s account of the incident—and 45 seconds of video—did nothing to quell critics’ skepticism.

Protests force Condoleezza Rice to skip Rutgers University commencement speech

By Philip Guelpa, 10 May 2014

The selection of Rice sparked a strong reaction in the university community due to her role in the launching the Iraq war and the torture policies of the Bush administration.

Barclays to cut 19,000 jobs worldwide

By Shannon Jones, 10 May 2014

The layoffs include 7,000 job cuts at the firm’s investment banking operations.

US Congress debates sanctions amid clashes in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2014

The US Congress moved toward a vote on imposing sanctions against Venezuela as right-wing protesters and security forces clashed in Caracas.

Britain: Anti-terror legislation used to pursue whistleblower

By Ben Trent, 10 May 2014

Since the legislation was enacted in 2000, Britain’s tax authorities have used it tens of thousands of times to snoop through phone and email records.

Harper attacks head of Canada’s Supreme Court

By Keith Jones, 10 May 2014

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has mounted an unprecedented attack on the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Australia: Victorian government promotes another pro-business austerity budget

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 May 2014

This week’s budget saw the state government trumpet its pro-business and pro-austerity credentials.

New Zealand government poaches senior Labour Party MP

By John Braddock, 10 May 2014

The high-profile resignation underscores the crisis engulfing Labour, which is facing its third consecutive electoral rout following losses in 2008 and 2011.

New in French

Une évaluation de la Conférence internationale en ligne de la journée des travailleurs

Par David North, 10 mai 2014

La Conférence internationale en ligne pour la célébration du Premier mai a été un événement politique majeur et un jalon significatif qui annonce la résurgence du socialisme comme force de premier plan au sein de la classe ouvrière mondiale.

La crise capitaliste et la lutte pour l’internationalisme socialiste

Par David North, 10 mai 2014

La présente perspective est le texte du discours de David North prononcé en guise de mot d’ouverture pour le rassemblement en ligne international du 1er mai organisé par le Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale et le WSWS le dimanche 4 mai.

Obama en pourparlers avec le dirigeant des «rebelles» sur une escalade de la guerre syrienne

Par Bill Van Auken, 10 mai 2014

Le dirigeant des « rebelles » soutenus par l’Occident a indiqué que son principal objectif était d’obtenir davantage de missiles sol-air.

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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Trotz russischer Zugeständnisse:
USA und Kiewer Marionettenregime verschärfen Ukraine-Konflikt

Von Alex Lantier, 10. Mai 2014

Moskau bietet Waffenstillstand in Ostukraine an, doch Westmächte verschärfen Drohungen gegen Russland.

Wahlkampf der PSG stößt auf große Unterstützung

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 10. Mai 2014

Die PSG stellt den Kampf gegen Militarismus und Krieg in den Mittelpunkt ihrer Europawahlkampagne. Auf Wahlkundgebungen, an Informationsständen und auf Wahlveranstaltungen fand dies großes Interesse und führte zu engagierten Diskussionen.

Video: Kundgebung der PSG
“Nie wieder Krieg!“

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 10. Mai 2014

Am Dienstag sprach PSG-Kandidat Christoph Vandreier auf einer Kundgebung gegen den Krieg im Berliner Stadtteil Wedding.

Stimmen gegen den Krieg
“In der Ukraine geht es um neue Märkte für die EU“

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 10. Mai 2014

Teilnehmer der PSG-Kundgebungen gegen Krieg sprechen gegen die Kriegspolitik.

Washington schickt Militärberater nach Nigeria

Von Bill Van Auken, 10. Mai 2014

Die schreckliche Entführung nigerianischer Schülerinnen muss als Vorwand für Obamas „moralischen Kreuzzug“ herhalten. In Wirklichkeit geht es ihm um die Ausweitung westlicher Präsenz in Afrika.

Indien: Kongresspartei propagiert “Wachstum für alle“, um Wahldebakel abzuwenden

Von Nanda Wickremasinghe und Deepal Jayasekera, 10. Mai 2014

Die Kongresspartei brüstet sich damit, die Partei des “Wachstums für alle“ zu sein, aber die UPA-Regierung ist für einen enormen Anstieg der sozialen Ungleichheit verantwortlich.

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Perspective

Thailand’s judicial coup

10 May 2014

What is taking place in Thailand is the sharpest expression of the turn to anti-democratic forms of rule throughout the region.

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International May Day

Joseph Kishore: May Day and the American working class

By Joseph Kishore, 10 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Joseph Kishore, national secretary of the SEP (US), to the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
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Andre Damon: Young people must fight for the socialist future

By Andre Damon, 10 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Andre Damon, national secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), to the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
Link to audio

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.

Speech by Julie Hyland: The socially criminal consequences of austerity in Europe - Link to audio

Speech by James Cogan: The US pivot and the threat of war in Asia - Link to audio

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

Arts Review

British actor Bob Hoskins (1942-2014): “When you’ve got something to give, give it without hesitation”

By Paul Bond, 10 May 2014

Hoskins was a fine performer, never less than watchable, and able to combine vulnerability with explosive anger.

Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez: An uninspired film on farm workers’ leader

By Kevin Martinez, 10 May 2014

The film concerns the efforts of Chavez (Michael Pena) to unionize farm workers in California’s Central Valley during the 1960s and early 1970s.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

New legislation to extend oversight of Detroit finances for next 20 years

By Thomas Gaist, 10 May 2014

The legislation would effectively extend the state of financial dictatorship which began with the arrival of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr into the indefinite future.

Detroit City plumber denounces bankruptcy

By Lawrence Porter and Thomas Gaist, 9 May 2014

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

By Jerry White, 8 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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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.

SEP European Election Campaign

European election: Hessian Rundfunk interviews PSG candidate

By our correspondents, 9 May 2014

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

10 May 2014

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

Australia: Fairfax journalists strike over job cuts

By Richard Phillips, 9 May 2014

Commentary

Capital punishment and the brutality of the American ruling class

By Kate Randall, 9 May 2014

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

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2014

Obama administration’s phony crackdown on the banks

By Gabriel Black, 9 May 2014

CIA stalling release of Senate report on torture

By Patrick Martin, 9 May 2014

Crisis in Ukraine

Europe’s 9/11

By Peter Schwarz, 7 May 2014

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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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