NSA records and stores content of all phone calls in two countries

By Eric London, 21 May 2014

New Snowden leaks reveal that the US government acquires the content of 100 percent of phone calls in the Bahamas and a second, as-yet undisclosed country.

WikiLeaks, Assange targets of active FBI probe

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2014

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Sunday Times rich list: “Astonishing year” for Britain’s most wealthy

By Jordan Shilton, 21 May 2014

The concentration of wealth in a few hands contrasts ever more horrifically with worsening impoverishment for a growing proportion of the population.

Evidence mounts of criminal negligence in Turkish mine disaster

By Jerry White, 21 May 2014

More than a week after the disaster that killed 301 coal miners, evidence continues to emerge that the Turkish government sanctioned deadly conditions in the Soma mine.

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Terror bombing kills 118 in Jos, Nigeria

By James Cogan, 21 May 2014

The twin bombings were designed to maximise the death toll from the atrocity in the working-class Terminus Market district.

Australian budget to proceed despite protests by state leaders

By Mike Head, 21 May 2014

Prime Minister Abbott’s claim that large cuts to state funding are years away has proven to be a lie.

Melbourne workers and pensioners oppose Australian budget

By our reporters, 21 May 2014

Australia: How to fight the Abbott government’s budget

India’s parliamentary landscape transformed

By Keith Jones, 21 May 2014

The Hindu communalist BJP was the utterly unwarranted beneficiary of mass popular anger with the ten year-old Congress Party-led government.

India’s watershed election

By Keith Jones, 19 May 2014

Canadian Labour Congress replaces top bureaucrat with his “number two”

By Carl Bronski, 21 May 2014

The election of the long-time right-hand man of Georgetti as the “opposition” candidate only further exposes the utter cynicism of the union officialdom.

White House promises CIA will stop using fake vaccination programs to spy

By Gabriel Black, 21 May 2014

After the killings of 56 health workers in retaliation for the CIA’s fake vaccination program in Pakistan, the CIA is pledging to stop using vaccinations as a front for its operations.

Death toll of refugees in the Mediterranean continues to rise

By Martin Krieckenbaum, 21 May 2014

The fact that the European Union, now home to about 500 million people, is unwilling and unable to absorb a few tens of thousands of refugees exposes its historical bankruptcy.

US public universities: Study finds link between growth of student debt and executive pay

By Nick Barrickman, 21 May 2014

A recent study details the link between rising executive pay, deepening student debt, and the reliance on low-wage adjunct faculty in US universities.

General Motors recalls another 2.4 million vehicles

By Shannon Jones, 21 May 2014

The auto maker has recalled 13.6 million vehicles in 2014 in the wake of the exposure of its cover-up of a deadly ignition defect.

Obama administration whitewashes GM cover-up

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Les Etats-Unis encouragent un cyber-conflit contre la Chine

Par Patrick Martin , 21 mai 2014

Le ministère de la Justice a inculpé cinq officiers de l’Armée populaire de Libération pour 31 chefs d’accusation de piratage informatique et d’espionnage économique.

Le WSWS publie des entretiens avec des descendants de membres de l’Opposition de gauche

Par notre journaliste, 21 mai 2014

Ivar Tenisovich Smilga, le père de Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan, est l’un des principaux membres du Parti bolchevik pendant la Révolution d’Octobre et l’un des plus proches confidents de Lénine.

Lettre du président du WSWS à Kathryn Davron

21 mai 2014

Nous publions ici la lettre envoyée par David North à Kathryn Davron peu de semaines avant son décès.

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Nato wirbt für massive Aufrüstung

Von Peter Schwarz, 21. Mai 2014

Deutschland und andere europäische Nato-Mitglieder nutzen die selbstprovozierte Krise in der Ukraine für eine intensive Aufrüstungskampagne.

Berlin: SPD kann nur noch Gegner mobilisieren

Von Verena Nees, 21. Mai 2014

Auf der zentralen Europawahl-Kundgebung auf dem Berliner Alexanderplatz sprach die SPD-Prominenz zu einer Handvoll meist älteren Anhängern und einer Überzahl von Gegnern.

USA setzen auf Konfrontation in Cyberkrieg gegen China

Von Patrick Martin, 21. Mai 2014

Das US-Justizministerium hat fünf Offiziere der Volksbefreiungsarmee in 31 Punkten wegen Computerhacking und Wirtschaftsspionage angeklagt.

Türkische Polizei riegelt die Katastrophenmine nach Zusammenstößen ab

Von Patrick Martin, 21. Mai 2014

Am Samstag wurden Tausende türkische Polizisten zur Unterdrückung von Protesten im Umfeld der Kohlemine Soma aufgeboten, in der letzte Woche mehr als 300 Bergarbeiter in der größten Industriekatastrophe der türkischen Geschichte ums Leben kamen.

Griechische Kommunalwahlen: Verluste für Regierungskoalition

Von Stefan Steinberg, 21. Mai 2014

Die griechischen Kommunal- und Regionalwahlen ergaben Verluste für die Koalitionsparteien im dicht besiedelten Athen.

Afrika-Gipfel in Paris bereitet Militärintervention im Niger vor

Von Kumaran Ira, 21. Mai 2014

Der Pariser Gipfel ist der Versuch Frankreichs, seine Stellvertreterregime in Afrika vor den Karren einer imperialistischen Intervention in Nigeria zu spannen.

Der Maifeiertag und die amerikanische Arbeiterklasse

Von Joseph Kishore, 21. Mai 2014

Diese Rede hielt Joseph Kishore, der nationale Sekretärin der Socialist Equality Party der Vereinigen Staaten, bei der internationalen Online-Kundgebung zum Maifeiertag, welche am 4. Mai vom Internationalen Komitee der Vierten Internationale und der World Socialist Web Site abgehalten wurde.

Der Kampf gegen Militarismus und Krieg

Von Ulrich Rippert, 21. Mai 2014

Diese Rede hielt Ulrich Rippert, der Vorsitzende der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, bei der internationalen Online-Kundgebung zum Maifeiertag, die am 4. Mai vom Internationalen Komitee der Vierten Internationale und der World Socialist Web Site abgehalten wurde.

Video: “Die EU steht für Sozialabbau und Militarismus“

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 21. Mai 2014

Redner und Teilnehmer einer PSG-Kundgebung gegen Krieg auf dem Alexanderplatz in Berlin sprechen zu den Sozialangriffen der EU.

Stimmen gegen den Krieg
Video: “Nie wieder Krieg“

Von Werner Siepmann, 21. Mai 2014

Werner Siepmann, 83 jähriges PSG-Mitglied, spricht über seine Kriegserinnerungen und die Gefahren des Militarismus.

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Thailand’s military coup

21 May 2014

The main target of the martial law decree is not so much the caretaker government, but the working class and the rural masses.

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Commentary

The firing of the New York Times’ Jill Abramson

By David Walsh, 21 May 2014

The dismissal of the New York Times’ first female executive editor on May 14 lifted the lid, briefly and partially, on the US media establishment and its personnel.

Germany: Marx21’s Janine Wissler elected to Left Party leadership

By Marianne Arens, 21 May 2014

The role of Janine Wissler is to provide a “left” face for the right wing course of the Left Party.

IYSSE

A socialist perspective to fight Abbott’s budget

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 21 May 2014

In less than two years, fees will be deregulated, allowing Australian universities to charge tens of thousands of dollars for a degree.

SEP European Election Campaign

European elections: PSG campaigns in Leipzig

By our correspondents, 21 May 2014

Discussions with workers and young people in Leipzig quickly revealed that the threat of war is an issue of great concern to many.

SEP candidate Chris Marsden speaks to BBC Radio Stoke and Radio Cumbria

By our reporter, 20 May 2014

Osram workers in Berlin support PSG election campaign

By Verena Nees, 20 May 2014

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Arts Review

San Francisco International Film Festival 2014
Part three: Bad Hair, School of Babel, South is Nothing: Struggling in a harsh reality

By David Walsh, 21 May 2014

It is difficult to conceive of a serious artistic treatment of life today that avoids the economic realities and pressures relentlessly bearing down on the overwhelming majority of humanity.

San Francisco International Film Festival 2014
Part two: Tamako in Moratorium, Standing Aside, Watching, Three Letters from China: Greater urgency from Japan, Greece and China

By Joanne Laurier, 16 May 2014

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

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

A clarification on Detroit’s plan of adjustment vote

By the Socialist Equality Party, 21 May 2014

In this statement, the SEP clarifies its position on a vote currently being carried out on a plan of adjustment submitted by Detroit’s emergency manager.

“More Detroits are on their way”
Top Democratic advisor calls for nationwide pension cuts and financial restructuring

By Thomas Gaist, 21 May 2014

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Richard Ravitch called for federal measures forcing states to slash pension and health care spending.

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Crisis in Ukraine

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International May Day

“All over the world, socialism and the ideas of the Fourth International are growing”
Turkish workers and youth salute the International May Day Online Rally

17 May 2014

“A powerful historical tradition found voice in this event”
Reactions from global participants in May Day Online Rally

An assessment of the International May Day Online Rally

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Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia) Second National Congress
Resolution 1: Australian imperialism and the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia”

SEP (Australia) Second National Congress
Resolution 2: The social counter-revolution in Australia and the political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

25 years ago: Political upheaval in Argentina

On May 21, 1989, the president of Argentina, Raul Alfonsín, after the defeat of his Radical Civic Union at the polls the previous week, agreed to move up the inauguration date of his successor.

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50 years ago: Goldwater proposes atomic bombing in Vietnam

Speaking on the ABC news and radio program “Issues and Answers” on May 24, 1964, US Senator Barry Goldwater, proposed that atomic bombs might be used to defoliate South Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Hitler informs German military of war plans

During this week in 1939, Nazi Germany traveled further down the road towards waging “total war.”

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100 years ago: Irish Home Rule passed by the UK’s House of Commons

On May 25, 1914, the Irish Home Rule bill, also known as the Government of Ireland Act 1914, was passed in the British House of Commons.

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