Obama administration asserts unlimited war powers without Congressional authorization

By Joseph Kishore, 22 May 2014

Administration lawyers argued that the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force is essentially superfluous, and that the president has unlimited war powers under the US Constitution.

White House hit by scandal over veterans’ health care

By Patrick Martin, 22 May 2014

Obama is seeking to evade responsibility for deteriorating conditions and fraudulent record keeping at VA hospitals.

West promotes election held at gunpoint in Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2014

Washington and Berlin are promoting an election being staged under virtual civil war conditions as the means of legitimizing the illegal Western-backed coup last February.

NATO urges major military build-up

By Peter Schwarz, 22 May 2014

Ukrainian regime detains journalists working for Russian media

By Alex Lantier, 22 May 2014

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Social Democrats outnumbered by opponents at Berlin rally

By Verena Nees, 22 May 2014

For its main European election rally in the German capital the SPD could only rally a group of no more than 300, mostly elderly SPD supporters and union officials.

Thailand’s military holds meeting with government and opposition leaders

By Tom Peters, 22 May 2014

The purpose of the talks is to provide a veneer of legitimacy for the anti-democratic push to oust the remnants of the government.

Bangladesh ferry sinks killing at least 54

By Wimal Perera, 22 May 2014

Successive governments have failed to end dangerous overcrowding and the flouting of other safety regulations by ferry owners.

Australia: Labor opposition pledges to match government’s budget austerity

By Mike Head, 22 May 2014

Shadow treasurer Bowen boasted that Labor had a proven track record of imposing the dictates of finance capital to slash public spending.

Australian students protest against Abbott government’s budget

By an IYSSE reporting team, 22 May 2014

Almost every section of students was represented at the rallies, from domestic and international university students, to TAFE and high school students.

Students denounce budget at Day of Action rallies

By an IYSSE reporting team, 22 May 2014

Former Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to jail

By Jean Shaoul, 22 May 2014

The conviction and sentencing of the former prime minister is evidence of the deep decay of Israeli democracy.

Tea Party candidates defeated in Republican primaries

By Patrick Martin, 22 May 2014

Vast amounts of money enabled the Republican Party establishment to beat back ultra-right challengers.

Massachusetts: MBTA imposes more fare hikes

By John Marion, 22 May 2014

Fare increases, which will take effect July 1 on subways, buses, and commuter rail trains, are being imposed in the face of overwhelming opposition by riders.

New in Spanish

Peter Schwarz: La Unión Europea y los Estados Unidos Socialistas de Europa

Por Peter Schwarz, 22 Mayo 2014

Publicamos aquí el texto del discurso pronunciado por Peter Schwarz, secretario del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta International (CICI), al Mitin Internacional online celebrando el Primero de Mayo, organizado por el CICI y el WSWS el pasado domingo 4 de mayo.

Gabriel García Márquez: Un gigante de la literatura en Latinoamérica
6 marzo 1927 - 17 abril 2014

Por Rafael Azul, 22 Mayo 2014

El escritor colombiano Gabriel García Márquez, mejor conocido por sus aclamadas novelas Cien años de soledad (1967) y El amor en los tiempos del cólera (1985), murió el 17 de Abril en Ciudad de México -su hogar desde 1961, a la edad de 87 años.

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Le coup d’Etat militaire en Thaïlande

Par Peter Symonds, 22 mai 2014

La principale cible du décret qui impose la loi martiale n'est pas tant le gouvernement intérimaire que la classe ouvrière et les masses rurales.

Québec solidaire embrasse la lutte au déficit et offre des conseils aux Libéraux

Par Girard et Richard Dufour, 22 mai 2014

Face à un gouvernement d’austérité et de réaction sociale, Québec solidaire prône la politique futile de la protestation et se solidarise avec les syndicats pro-capitalistes.

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

Par notre journaliste, 22 mai 2014

Vitaly Primakov rejoint le Parti bolchevik en 1914 et devient un héros de la Révolution d’Octobre et de la Guerre civile, et plus tard, un membre important de l’Opposition de gauche.

New in German

Militärputsch in Thailand

Von Peter Symonds, 22. Mai 2014

Die Verhängung des Kriegsrechts richtet sich weniger gegen die Übergangsregierung, sondern eher gegen die Arbeiterklasse und die arme Landbevölkerung

Nutzt die Europawahl, um ein Zeichen zu setzen! Wählt SEP und PSG!

Von Ulrich Rippert, 22. Mai 2014

Im Mittelpunkt des Wahlkampfs der PSG und der SEP steht der Kampf für eine sozialistische Perspektive und der Aufbau einer neuen Partei in der Arbeiterklasse.

Wahlkampf der Socialist Equality Party in Großbritannien
Macht die Europawahlen zum Referendum gegen Krieg!

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 22. Mai 2014

Im Vereinigten Königreich wird schon am heutigen Donnerstag gewählt. Für die Europawahl kandidiert auch die Socialist Equality Party, die britische Schwester der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit. Hier ein Einblick in ihren Wahlkampf in Nordwestengland.

Reichenliste der Sunday Times:
Ein ”erstaunliches Jahr” für die reichsten Briten

Von Jordan Shilton, 22. Mai 2014

Die Konzentration von Reichtum in wenigen Händen steht der wachsenden Verarmung eines immer größeren Teils der Bevölkerung gegenüber.

Bergbaukatastrophe in der Türkei:
Weitere Beweise für kriminelle Fahrlässigkeit

Von Jerry White, 22. Mai 2014

Etwas mehr als eine Woche nach der Katastrophe, bei der 301 Bergarbeiter im Westen der Türkei umkamen, treten immer mehr Beweise für kriminelle Fahrlässigkeit der Mineneigentümer und führender Offizieller der Regierung von Ministerpräsident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan zutage.

Die Überschwemmungen auf dem Balkan und der Zerfall von Jugoslawien

Von Paul Mitchell, 22. Mai 2014

Das Ausmaß der Überschwemmungen wurde durch die Folgen des Zusammenbruchs des ehemaligen Jugoslawien, den Bosnienkrieg (1991-95) und den Nato-Bombenkrieg gegen Serbien 1999 verstärkt.

Schweiz: Volksabstimmung lehnt Kauf von Kampfjets ab

Von Stefan Gfeller, 22. Mai 2014

Bei einer Volksabstimmung in der Schweiz lehnten 76 Prozent einen gesetzlichen Mindestlohn von 22 Schweizer Franken

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Perspective

Vote SEP and PSG in the European elections!

22 May 2014

At the heart of the election campaign of the PSG and the SEP is the fight for a socialist perspective and the construction of a new party of the working class.

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Commentary

The Australian budget and the dictatorship of finance capital

By Nick Beams, 22 May 2014

The doctrine espoused by Hockey for ending the “age of entitlement” expresses the material interests of finance capital.

The No2EU electoral alliance in the UK: An enemy of the working class and socialism

By Michael Barnes, 22 May 2014

No2EU (No to the European Union), established by the unions, along with the Socialist Party and Communist Party, seeks to divert growing opposition in the working class into a nationalist dead end.

The firing of the New York Times’ Jill Abramson

By David Walsh, 21 May 2014

Arts Review

Atmosphere’s Southsiders: New studio album by the Minneapolis hip hop group

By Nick Barrickman, 22 May 2014

The group consists of rapper Slug (Sean Daley, born 1972) and producer Ant (Anthony Davis)

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

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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Turkish mine disaster

Evidence mounts of criminal negligence in Turkish mine disaster

By Jerry White, 21 May 2014

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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

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

By Eric London, 21 May 2014

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

A clarification on Detroit’s plan of adjustment vote

By the Socialist Equality Party, 21 May 2014

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

By Thomas Gaist, 21 May 2014

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

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

Listen to all the May Day speeches »

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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