NATO, Kiev escalate threats after eastern Ukraine referendums

By Alex Lantier, 13 May 2014

After the broad popular rejection of the pro-Western puppet regime in Kiev, clashes intensified in eastern Ukraine and the NATO powers escalated threats against Russia.

Blackwater mercenaries direct Kiev regime’s crackdown in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 13 May 2014

What took place in Odessa on May 2?

By Stefan Steinberg, 13 May 2014

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Thai opposition calls for Senate, courts to appoint new government

By Tom Peters, 13 May 2014

The right-wing, anti-government movement is inching closer to the imposition of an un-elected, military-backed regime in Thailand.

Vietnam and Philippines escalate maritime disputes with China

By Mike Head, 13 May 2014

Continuing clashes between Vietnamese and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea highlight the potential for a wider conflict.

India signals support for Vietnam in South China Sea dispute

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 May 2014

Britain has more than 100 billionaires, says Sunday Times Rich List

By Julie Hyland, 13 May 2014

The Times figures show that the UK now has one billionaire for every 600,000—the highest concentration in the G8.

Chicago teachers union president offers to negotiate cuts in teacher pensions

By Kristina Betinis, 13 May 2014

In an interview with Crain’s Chicago Business, CTU President Lewis offered to negotiate a cut to pensions for those teachers who have not yet retired.

Hospital workers rally in downtown Baltimore

By our reporters, 13 May 2014

The rally was called after contract negotiations broke down a little more than a week ago.

Democrats turn further to the right in Wisconsin gubernatorial campaign

By Niles Williamson, 13 May 2014

The selection of former Trek Bike executive Mary Burke as its gubernatorial candidate represents a further turn to the right by the Democratic Party.

Australia: Budget to cut youth off welfare

By James Cogan, 13 May 2014

Employers will be provided with a conscripted low-wage workforce, courtesy of the new welfare regime, to drive down wages throughout the working class.

Slovenian prime minister resigns

By Markus Salzmann, 13 May 2014

On May 3, Prime Minister Bratusek lost the leadership of her party, Positive Slovenia, to the mayor of the capital Ljubijana, Zoran Jankovic.

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Neue Drohungen der USA und Europa wegen Referenden in der Ostukraine

Von Chris Marsden, 13. Mai 2014

In den ostukrainischen Regionen Donezk und Lugansk erklären prorussische Separatisten die Referenden vom Wochenende über ihre "Selbstregierung" für siegreich

TV-Duell: Juncker und Schulz loben Sparpolitik und fordern Sanktionen gegen Russland

Von Johannes Stern, 13. Mai 2014

Das Duell war Teil der Bemühungen von Politik und Medien, die Europawahlen der Bevölkerung schmackhaft zu machen, die sich zunehmend von der EU abwendet.

Obama diskutiert mit "Rebellen"-Führer über Eskalation des Syrienkrieges

Von Bill Van Auken, 13. Mai 2014

Der Führer der vom Westen unterstützten, syrischen "Rebellen" will offenbar vor allem Boden-Luft-Raketen erwerben.

Europawahl-Kundgebung der PSG am Alexanderplatz Berlin

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 13. Mai 2014

Am vergangenen Samstag gipfelte die Europawahl-Kampagne der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in einer Kundgebung am Berliner Alexanderplatz, die zahlreiche Berliner Passanten und Touristen anzog.

Der Maifeiertag 2014 und der Zusammenbruch des Weltkapitalismus

Von Nick Beams, 13. Mai 2014

Wir bringen hier die Rede von Nick Beams, dem nationalen Sekretär der australischen Socialist Equality Party, die er bei der internationalen Online-Kundgebung zum Maifeiertag gehalten hat, die am 4. Mai vom Internationalen Komitee der Vierten Internationale und der World Socialist Web Site abgehalten wurde.

Rede des Vorsitzenden der britischen Trotzkisten auf dem Parteitag der australischen SEP

Von Chris Marsden, 13. Mai 2014

Chris Marsden, der nationale Sekretär der britischen SEP, hielt die folgende Rede auf dem zweiten Parteitag der australischen Socialist Equality Party, der vom 18. bis zum 21. April 2014 in Sydney stattfand.

V-Mann „Corelli“ stirbt unter mysteriösen Umständen

Von Sven Heymanns, 13. Mai 2014

Corelli galt bei der Aufklärung des Netzwerks um den Nationalsozialistischen Untergrund (NSU) als wichtiger Zeuge. Er war mindestens zehn Jahre als V-Mann für den Verfassungsschutz tätig.

Slowenien: Regierungschefin Bratusek tritt zurück

Von Markus Salzmann, 13. Mai 2014

Alenka Bratusek hat den Spitzenposten ihrer Partei Positives Slowenien am 3. Mai an den Bürgermeister der Hauptstadt Ljubljana, Zoran Jankovic, verloren.

Scottish National Party umwirbt Labour-Wähler

Von Steve James, 13. Mai 2014

Der Appell der SNP an aktuelle und ehemalige Labour-Anhänger beruht vor allem auf ihrer Einschätzung, dass die Abstimmung im September zu keinem eindeutigen Ergebnis führen wird.

Thailändisches Verfassungsgericht enthebt Premierministerin und neun Minister ihres Amtes

Von Tom Peters, 13. Mai 2014

Am 7. Mai enthob das thailändische Verfassungsgericht Ministerpräsidentin Yingluck Shinawatra aufgrund erfundener Anschuldigungen des Amtes.

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Perspective

The Detroit model: Permanent rule by the banks

13 May 2014

The Michigan legislature is debating a series of bills to impose a permanent financial authority on Detroit that would remain in place long after the city emerges from bankruptcy.

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Commentary

US media steps up espionage slander against Edward Snowden

By Barry Grey, 13 May 2014

As the one-year anniversary of the publication of Edward Snowden’s revelations of government spying approaches, the campaign of vilification and character assassination against the former NSA contractor is being stepped up.

Sri Lankan ex-radical calls for a JVP presidential candidate

By K. Ratnayake, 13 May 2014

Jayatilleka expresses fears in ruling circles that Sri Lanka is the target of a bogus US-led human rights campaign that will exacerbate the country’s economic and social crisis.

Australia: The politics of Socialist Alternative’s protest on ABC’s “Q&A”

By Zac Hambides, 13 May 2014

The incident provided a foretaste of the diversionary campaigns that will be organised by the pseudo-left as tonight’s budget measures provoke opposition.

As geopolitical tensions grow with China
Australian columnist lauds World War I as a “just war”

By James Cogan, 12 May 2014

The criminalization of political opposition in America

By Patrick Martin, 12 May 2014

What are the political forces behind Seattle’s minimum wage proposal?

By Hector Cordon and Jerry White, 12 May 2014

Attorneys for accused Boston bomber move to suppress statements taken by FBI

By Ed Hightower, 12 May 2014

Arts Review

Vibrate: How good is the best of singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright?

By Hiram Lee, 13 May 2014

American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has returned with a new best-of collection.

San Francisco International Film Festival 2014
Part one: There is realism, and then there is realism

By David Walsh, 12 May 2014

Science

US climate report points to human activity as primary cause of climate change

By Bryan Dyne, 13 May 2014

The report provides a comprehensive look at the shifts in the global climate over the past half-century.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit firefighters speak out against Plan of Adjustment

By Thomas Gaist, 13 May 2014

Firefighters described the cuts as “nothing short of devastating.”

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

By Thomas Gaist, 10 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

Workers Struggles: The Americas

13 May 2014

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

International May Day

An assessment of the International May Day Online Rally

By David North, 6 May 2014

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Speeches from the International May Day Online Rally

SEP European Election Campaign

European election debate: Conservative, social democratic leaders praise austerity, sanctions vs. Russia

By Johannes Stern, 12 May 2014

European Elections: SEP candidate Robert Skelton speaks at hustings in Manchester, UK

By our reporters, 12 May 2014

PSG election campaign gains significant support in Berlin

By our correspondents, 12 May 2014

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Obituary

Letter to Kathryn Davron from WSWS Chairman David North

9 May 2014

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.

Crisis in Ukraine

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

By Mike Head, 10 May 2014

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25 years ago: Tiananmen protesters defy bureaucracy’s threats

On May 12, 1989, after more than three weeks of protesting at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, a thousand students began a hunger strike.

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50 years ago: Khrushchev, Nasser mark beginning of Aswan dam

On May 12, 1964, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and Egypt’s military ruler Gamel Abdel Nasser marked the completion of the first phase of the construction of the Aswan High dam.

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75 years ago: Harlan County miners sold out by UMWA

On May 12, 1939, the US government announced that the dispute between Appalachian coal miners and their employers was over.

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100 years ago: Thousands attend memorial for socialist Daniel De Leon

On May 17, 1914, thousands of workers attended a memorial service in New York for Daniel De Leon, an early pioneer of socialism in the American workers’ movement.

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