US warplanes kill dozens of civilians in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2015

The latest atrocity reportedly took place in the Arab village of Bir Mahali in Aleppo province.

US-Al Qaeda offensive against Syrian regime

Baltimore rally against police brutality encourages illusions in Democrats

By Nick Barrickman and Jerry White, 4 May 2015

The response to the eruption of anger over the police murder of Freddie Gray has combined repression with the cultivation of a new layer of careerists steeped in identity politics.

“It is a war zone”
Baltimore workers and youth speak out

By our reporters, 4 May 2015

Residents spoke about what it is like living in Baltimore, describing a situation of everyday police violence and economic desperation.

Violent arrests of protesters follow charges against Baltimore cops in murder of Freddie Gray

The police murder in Baltimore

The social eruption in Baltimore, Maryland

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German press demands more effective tanks for war against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 4 May 2015

A commentary in one of the major German newspapers is calling for German tanks to be equipped with depleted uranium ammunition to destroy Russian tanks.

France to spend billions on military rearmament program

By Kumaran Ira, 4 May 2015

France plans to boost defense spending amid spreading wars and rising geopolitical tension between major powers in Europe and internationally.

Muslim girl expelled from French high school for wearing long skirt

By Anthony Torres, 4 May 2015

The expulsion of a high school girl points to the reactionary, Islamophobic atmosphere encouraged by the entire French political establishment.

Murdoch’s Scottish Sun backs the Scottish National Party

By Jordan Shilton, 4 May 2015

Whatever other motivations are involved, Murdoch’s endorsement of the SNP punctures the carefully constructed myth that the SNP is an anti-austerity party.

US sends hundreds of troops to quake-stricken Nepal

By W. A. Sunil, 4 May 2015

The US is exploiting the tragedy in Nepal to strengthen its influence in the strategically located country adjacent to China.

US federal court rules against White House immigrant detention policy

By Kevin Martinez, 4 May 2015

District Judge Dolly Gee ruled that the administration’s detention policy violates a 1997 settlement of a federal court case.

Los Angeles teachers face political fight to defend public education

By Dan Conway, 4 May 2015

The agreement signed by the LA teachers' union will escalate the assault on teachers and public education, while rewarding the union apparatus for backing school “reform.”

Six years into “economic recovery”
York, Pennsylvania: Mass unemployment and temporary jobs

By Douglas Lyons and Samuel Davidson, 4 May 2015

Like many cities its size in the US state of Pennsylvania, York is mired in unemployment, low-paying jobs and poverty.

Finance houses warn of loss of Australia’s AAA credit rating

By Mike Head, 4 May 2015

The financial elite is sending a message that the government must impose harsher austerity measures on the working class.

New in Russian

Исторический документ МКЧИ 1987 года
Что происходит в СССР? Горбачев и кризис сталинизма

Заявление Международного Комитета Четвертого Интернационала, 4 мая 2015 г.

Политика «демократизации» «и «гласности» М. Горбачева представляет собой курс на капиталистическую реставрацию, а не на возрождение советского народовластия и обновление социализма.

New in French

Les leçons de la capitulation de Syriza

Par Christoph Dreier, 2 mai 2015

Syriza est devenu, trois mois après avoir pris le pouvoir, l'instrument clé de la poursuite des attaques sociales.

Le retour du culte de Bismarck

Par Peter Schwarz, 2 mai 2015

Deux cents ans après la naissance de Bismarck, on présente, surtout en matière de politique étrangère, le « chancelier de fer » comme un modèle pour l’Allemagne.

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Perspective

Socialism and the struggle against war

4 May 2015

This perspective is the text of the speech delivered by David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board, to open the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
Link to audio

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International May Day 2015


International Online May Day Rally draws worldwide audience

By Shannon Jones, 4 May 2015

Workers and young people on six continents heard speakers from the International Committee of the Fourth International outline a socialist program in opposition to imperialist war.

The new global arms race

By Thomas Gaist, 1 May 2015

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

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

Workers in Britain sign up for International May Day Online Rally

Youth and workers in Australia denounce war and join international May Day

Mehring Books launches May Day sale

1 May 2015

Mehring Books is launching a two-week sale in honor of May Day, the international day of working class solidarity, with almost all titles marked down between 10 and 50 percent.

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Socialist Equality Party (UK) Election Campaign

Glasgow Care Crisis hustings: Pseudo-left make overtures to the Scottish National Party

By Richard Tyler, 4 May 2015

The exclusion of the SEP from the hustings was meant to exclude criticism of the trade union bureaucracy, which is responsible for selling out one dispute after another.

SEP UK candidate David O’Sullivan addresses Primrose Hill hustings

Class issues behind Sun columnist Katie Hopkins’ attacks on migrants

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

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25 years ago: Greyhound bus strike enters third month

As the bitter nationwide Greyhound bus drivers’ strike entered its third month, the company presented an offer that was worse than the one originally rejected by the 6,300 drivers.

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50 years ago: US Congress in near-unanimous vote to fund Vietnam War

The US House of Representatives and Senate voted on May 5, 1965 and May 6, 1965 respectively, to approve a special $700 million funding request to drastically increase US military operations in Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Nazi Germany invades Western Europe

On May 10, 1940 German imperialism launched its invasion of Western Europe with a blitzkrieg assault on Holland, Belgium and northern France.

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100 years ago: German torpedo sinks RMS Lusitania

On May 7, 1915, a torpedo fired by a German U-boat struck the RMS Lusitania, sinking the ship in the Atlantic off the coast of Ireland.

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Book Review

Pro-capitalist “anti-capitalism”
A review of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, by Naomi Klein

By Evan Winters, 4 May 2015

Klein calls for a coalition of various organizations to pressure national governments to implement protectionist policies and environmental and social reforms.

Science

Fracking linked to earthquakes and increased levels of radon in homes

By Philip Guelpa, 4 May 2015

Despite industry denials, the process known as fracking, used to extract oil and natural gas, is responsible for serious health and environmental problems.

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Australia’s Anzac celebrations and the fight against war

By Nick Beams, 28 April 2015

More details emerge over sacking of Australian journalist for challenging Anzac myth

Workers and youth defy Anzac Day propaganda to attend SEP anti-war meetings

The political censorship of the SEP (Australia) and the fight against war

More on the banning of SEP (Australia) anti-war meetings »

Commentary

Parasitism, plutocracy and economic depression

By Andre Damon, 2 May 2015

Pseudo-left to lay foundations for Syriza-type alliance at upcoming Chicago conference

By Eric London, 2 May 2015

New York Times lies, falsifies history to promote neo-fascist Kiev regime

By Barry Grey, 2 May 2015

American Psychological Association played critical role in CIA torture program

Military police attack Brazilian teachers, leaving over 200 injured

US appeals court grants immunity to border patrol agent who killed Mexican teenager

Documents confirm fascists murdered Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca

History

Forty years since the fall of Saigon

By Bill Van Auken, 30 April 2015

IYSSE

For freedom of speech at Humboldt University

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 29 April 2015

Socialism and historical truth
A lecture delivered at the Leipzig Book Fair

Scholarship, not war propaganda!
The IYSSE’s campaign against war and historical falsification at Humboldt University

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

The political struggle against war and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party
Perspective resolution of the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

30 April 2015

Arts Review

Woman in Gold: The battle to recover art stolen by the Nazis

By David Walsh, 29 April 2015

“Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit,” at the Detroit Institute of Arts
In defense of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes