Another 400 refugees feared dead in latest Mediterranean Sea disaster

By Stefan Steinberg, 16 April 2015

As desperate migrants increasingly seek refuge in Europe, the EU is transforming the Mediterranean into a no-go zone, resulting in a string of horrific tragedies.

UN agency calls Mediterranean Sea deadliest route for refugees

US Senate passes “milestone” bill to means-test Medicare, ration health care

By Andre Damon, 16 April 2015

The bill, overwhelmingly backed by both Democrats and Republicans, is a significant step in the ongoing drive to attack Medicare and health care in the United States.

US political establishment hails bipartisan bill attacking Medicare

China’s growth rate takes another downturn

By Nick Beams, 16 April 2015

The decline in Chinese growth to the lowest point since the global financial crisis is having significant international consequences.

Obama to take Cuba off state terror list

By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2015

The decision clears the way to normalization of US-Cuban ties as well as the penetration of the island’s economy by US finance capital.

Obama and Castro at the OAS summit

Iran nuclear deal: US prepares for new wars

Nordic countries sign defence cooperation agreement aimed at Russia

By Jordan Shilton, 16 April 2015

With the full backing of US imperialism, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Sweden are committing themselves to transforming the region into yet another flashpoint with Moscow.

NATO, Russian air intercepts escalate war tensions

Ukrainian regime rehabilitates Nazi collaborationists, bans communism

By Alex Lantier and Stefan Steinberg, 16 April 2015

The official promotion of fascist forces who participated in the Nazi Holocaust exposes the ultra-right character of the putsch NATO backed last year in Kiev.

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Media lends support to Toronto Symphony’s barring of pianist

By Roger Jordan, 16 April 2015

Instead of denouncing the TSO’s barring of Valentina Lisitsa as a blatant act of political censorship, the media has widely portrayed it as nothing more than a public relations blunder.

Australian government dispatches 330 more troops to Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2015

While denying any further expansion of the Australian role in the US-led war, Prime Minister Abbott said such matters were under “constant review.”

Unions move to end month-long Radio France strike

By Stéphane Hugues, 16 April 2015

The unions are seeking to strangle a strike that challenges French President François Hollande’s austerity policies and threatens to ignite broader social anger in the working class.

India: Stalinist CPM begins its 21st congress

By our correspondents in Visakhapatnam, 16 April 2015

With the working class on a collision course with Narendra Modi and his BJP government, the Stalinists intend to redouble their efforts to chain it to the BJP’s big-business political rivals.

Burmese regime signs draft ceasefire with ethnic separatists

By John Roberts, 16 April 2015

The peace accord is part of the government’s bid to meet the demands of the US and its allies in return for a further relaxation of sanctions.

State premier threatens to “disengage” from Australia

By Mike Head, 16 April 2015

Western Australia’s premier said the state faced its “Boston tea party moment” over the sharing of tax revenues.

University of California doctors strike

By Marc Wells, 16 April 2015

For the second time in three months, doctors at the University of California went on strike against the UC administration over stalled contract negotiations.

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Il faut s'opposer à la censure politique du SEP (Australie)

Par James Cogan, 16 avril 2015

Tout indique que pour interdire la réunion du SEP contre la guerre des discussions ont eu lieu à un niveau bien plus élevé dans l'establishment politique que le conseil municipal de Burwood.

Québec: l’élite dirigeante criminalise la grève étudiante

Par Laurent Lafrance, 16 avril 2015

Le gouvernement Couillard cherche à éradiquer toute forme de militantisme étudiant pour intimider la classe ouvrière et imposer son programme d’austérité.

Les syndicats cherchent à casser la grève de Radio France

Par Stéphane Hugues, 16 avril 2015

Les syndicats cherchent à étouffer une grève qui conteste la politique de Hollande et menace de rallier le mécontentement largement ressenti par les travailleurs contre l'austérité.

La montée de l'extrême-droite française et la banqueroute de la pseudo-gauche

Par Alexandre Lantier et Anthony Torres, 16 avril 2015

Pour lutter contre la montée de l'extrême-droite, les travailleurs ont besoin de leur propre parti et d'une perspective politique trotskyste à opposer à la pseudo-gauche.

New in German

Obama und Castro beim Amerika-Gipfel

Von Bill van Auken, 16. April 2015

Das erste Zusammentreffen der amerikanischen und kubanischen Staatschefs seit sechzig Jahren markiert einen bedeutenden Schritt, Kuba wieder in den Einflussbereich des US-Imperialismus einzugliedern.

Was steckt hinter dem Machtkampf bei VW?

Von Ulrich Rippert, 16. April 2015

Offenbar plant der Aufsichtsratsvorsitzende Ferdinand Piëch bei Volkswagen massive Umstrukturierungen und Einsparungen an den deutschen Standorten.

Französische Beamte entlarven Nato-Warnungen über eine russische Invasion in der Ukraine

Von Stéphane Hugues, 16. April 2015

Wie der Irakkrieg der Bush-Regierung im Jahr 2003 werden auch die aktuelle Aufrüstung der Nato und die Vorbereitung eines Kriegs gegen Russland von Lügen begleitet.

New in Persian

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Perspective

Blackwater and the crimes of US imperialism

16 April 2015

This week’s sentencing of four Blackwater mercenaries for the murder of 17 Iraqis only begs the question: Why have no top US officials been held accountable for the deaths of hundreds of thousands?

Earlier Perspectives »

Campaign for International May Day Rally: workers and youth denounce militarism and war

By Thomas Gaist, 15 April 2015

No to imperialist war! Join the 2015 International May Day Online Rally!

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 13 April 2015

Socialist Equality Party

The election of Syriza in Greece: Marxism vs. the pseudo-left
A lecture series by David North (April 8 - 22)

SEP Australia

WSWS readers condemn Australian council ban on anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 16 April 2015

Scores of emails have been sent from the UK, France, the United States, Thailand and Australia passionately condemning the Labor-controlled council’s ban on the SEP anti-war meeting.

Oppose the political censorship of the SEP (Australia)

By James Cogan, 15 April 2015

Australian city council refuses to revoke ban on SEP meeting

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand:
Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III

Commentary

German professor Herfried Münkler: Combat drones and poison gas are “humane” weapons

By Johannes Stern, 16 April 2015

That Münkler now places poison gas in the same category as drones shows that inhumane and militaristic attitudes are once again running rampant in ruling circles in Berlin.

Judge hands down brutal sentences in Atlanta test “cheating” case

By Jerry White and Kranti Kumara, 15 April 2015

UN imposes arms embargo on rebels as Yemen slaughter continues

By Niles Williamson, 15 April 2015

Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis pledges to impose austerity

By Robert Stevens, 15 April 2015

More on the crisis in Greece »

US government targeted second American citizen for assassination

Egyptian junta condemns Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie to death

Socialist Equality Party (UK) election campaign

SEP election teams speak to workers in London, Glasgow: “Revolution is the only way we are going to change things.”

By our reporters, 16 April 2015

Socialist Equality Party campaign teams in Glasgow Central and in Holborn and St. Pancras in London, have spoken to hundreds of workers and young people in the last few days.

Latest UK pension reforms will lead to a yet deeper crisis

By Katie Rhodes—SEP candidate for Glasgow Central, 15 April 2015

Holborn and St. Pancras: A long association with the revolutionary workers movement

Holborn and St. Pancras: London’s great social divide

Socialist Equality Party (UK) 2015 General Election manifesto: No to war and austerity! Fight for socialism!

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

An open letter to the Clubs and Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne
Overturn the decision to block IYSSE affiliation on University of Melbourne campus!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 16 April 2015

The following open letter to the Clubs and Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne is being distributed by members of the IYSSE to students on campus.

Mehring Books

On the anniversary of Lenin’s birth
Special offer from Mehring Books

16 April 2015

Sale on Tsar to Lenin and the Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century.

Arts Review

The Gunman, Sean Penn’s attack on WikiLeaks and related matters

By David Walsh, 15 April 2015

World famous German author Günter Grass dies at age 87

The Good Soldier Švejk: A classic satire about World War I

History

“The world only discovered him a hero after he had fallen a martyr”
150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Tom Mackaman, 14 April 2015

In office, Lincoln guided the Civil War and transformed it from a struggle for the preservation of the Union into a revolutionary war for the abolition of slavery.

Obituary

Media tributes for Victor Gotbaum, union leader who saved banks in 1975 New York City fiscal crisis

By Fred Mazelis, 13 April 2015

Gotbaum’s precedent-setting surrender of New York City workers’ rights in the 1970s paved the way for the American ruling class’ offensive against workers throughout the US and the record inequality of today.

25 years ago: Gorbachev prepares assault on Soviet workers

A high-level Soviet conference on economic policies began in Moscow on April 14, 1990, to prepare a full-scale onslaught against the living standards and jobs of Soviet workers.

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50 years ago: First US demonstration against Vietnam War

On April 17, 1965, the first mass US demonstration against the war in Vietnam was held in Washington, DC.

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75 years ago: General Motors workers vote for CIO over AFL

On April 17, 1940, 150,000 auto workers voted to retain the UAW-CIO over the UAW-AFL as their bargaining representative.

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100 years ago: Revolutionary socialists publish first issue of Die Internationale in Germany

On April 15, 1915, a small group of revolutionary socialists in Germany published the first and only issue of Die Internationale.

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