French National Assembly passes draconian electronic surveillance law

By Anthony Torres, 7 May 2015

The law retroactively sanctions the mass spying already carried out by the intelligence services and formally sets up the surveillance infrastructure of a police state in France.

Charlie Hebdo and the specter of Vichy: From Laval to Hollande

Record number of internally displaced people globally in 2014

By Niles Williamson, 7 May 2015

A record 38 million people were displaced within the borders of their own country by ongoing conflicts through the end of 2014.

Impact of war and persecution
More than 50 million displaced persons worldwide

FBI spy planes used in police-military operation against Baltimore protests

By Thomas Gaist, 7 May 2015

At least two surveillance aircraft equipped with high-tech infrared sensors patrolled above the mass protests in Baltimore last month.

Capitalism, the working class and the fight against police violence

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Three more Republican candidates join US presidential race

By Patrick Martin, 7 May 2015

None of the three, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina or Mike Huckabee, is likely to win the nomination, but their candidacy pushes the electoral process even further to the right.

US presidential election season begins

Chicago mayor demands wage, benefit cuts from teachers

By Kristina Betinis, 7 May 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is using a largely manufactured budget crisis to demand a seven percent pay cut, higher health care payments and pension reductions from Chicago teachers.

Chicago Public Schools lays off 1,150 workers

Alberta: NDP election sweep ends 44 years of Tory rule

By Keith Jones, 7 May 2015

Within hours of the NDP sweeping the polls, Premier-elect Rachel Notley was pledging to work with Prime Minister Harper and offering obsequious reassurances to big business.

Kerry visits Colombo to deepen US ties with Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 7 May 2015

The US secretary of state’s trip was aimed at placing Sri Lanka firmly in line with the Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia against China.

The British election as seen from Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 7 May 2015

The European media regard the British general election as a source of economic instability and a step towards the fracturing of the European Union into its national components.

Russell Brand performs volte face and urges Labour vote

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 7 May 2015

Brand won popular support for standing out against the very claims he is now making.

Leading Australian journalist advocates confrontation with China

By James Cogan, 7 May 2015

Beijing’s attempts to match US militarism are being seized upon to demand even greater aggression.

New in Turkish

Kapitalizm, işçi sınıfı ve polis şiddetine karşı mücadele

Joseph Kishore, 7 Mayıs 2015

Maryland-Baltimore'da 25 yaşındaki Freddie Gray'in öldürülmesini takip eden olaylar, ABD'de siyasi bir dönüm noktasına işaret etmektedir.

Yeni küresel silahlanma yarışı

Thomas Gaist, 7 Mayıs 2015

ABD’nin ve rakiplerinin ürkütücü savaş hazırlıklarının son derece açık bir şekilde habercisi olduğu yeni bir küresel katliam yığınağında anlaşılmaz bir yan bulunmuyor.

Syriza’nın teslimiyetinin dersleri

Christoph Dreier, 7 Mayıs 2015

Syriza, iktidara geldikten üç ay sonra, mali sermaye için işçi sınıfına yönelik sosyal kesintiler uygulamasını sürdürmenin başlıca aracı haline gelmiş durumda. Bu teslimiyetin önemi, Yunanistan sınırlarını aşmaktadır.

New in French

Les députés français votent en faveur de la loi sur le Renseignement

Par Anthony Torres, 7 mai 2015

La loi légalise rétrospectivement l'espionnage de masse pratiqué par les services de renseignement et instaure les structures de surveillance d'un Etat policier en France.

Des soldats français ont abusé sexuellement d’enfants en République centrafricaine

Par Antoine Lerougetel et Kumaran Ira, 7 mai 2015

De jeunes garçons ont accusé des soldats français d’avoir abusé d’eux sexuellement en échange de nourriture ou d’argent – avant et pendant l’intervention de l’ONU dans ce pays appauvri

L’Union européenne et le retour du militarisme européen

Par Peter Schwarz, 7 mai 2015

L’intervention publiée ici a été prononcée le 3 mai au Rassemblement international en ligne du 1er mai par Peter Schwarz, secrétaire du Comité International de la Quatrième Internationale.

New in German

Die britische Wahl aus europäischer Sicht

Von Peter Schwarz, 7. Mai 2015

Europäische Medien sehen die Parlamentswahl in Großbritannien als Quelle wirtschaftlicher Instabilität und als ein Schritt zur Zerlegung der Europäischen Union in ihre nationalen und regionalen Bestandteile.

Lokführerstreik: „Es geht um unser Grundrecht auf Streik“

Von Marianne Arens, 7. Mai 2015

Trotz Zugausfällen und Wartezeiten stößt der Streik der Lokführer auf Unterstützung.

Die Europäische Union und die Rückkehr des europäischen Militarismus

Von Peter Schwarz, 7. Mai 2015

Diese Rede hielt Peter Schwarz, Sekretär des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale, auf der Online-Kundgebung zum International May Day am 3. Mai.

Die Wiederkehr des deutschen Militarismus und der Kampf für die historische Wahrheit

Von Ulrich Rippert, 7. Mai 2015

Diese Rede hielt Ulrich Rippert, der Vorsitzende der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, auf der Online-Kundgebung zum International May Day am 3. Mai.

Frankreich plant milliardenschweres Aufrüstungsprogramm

Von Kumaran Ira, 7. Mai 2015

Frankreich plant angesichts von immer neuen Kriegen und wachsenden geopolitischen Spannungen zwischen den Großmächten in Europa und der Welt eine Erhöhung der Verteidigungsausgaben.

Amerikanisch-jordanische Manöver:
Ausweitung des Nahost-Konflikts wird vorbereitet

Von Patrick Martin, 7. Mai 2015

Am Dienstag begann in Jordanien das fünfte jährliche Manöver namens „Eager Lion“ unter Führung des Pentagon.

Demonstration gegen Polizeigewalt in Israel

Von Chris Marsden, 7. Mai 2015

Auslöser für die Proteste am vergangenen Sonntag war ein Video, auf dem zu sehen ist, wie Polizeibeamte grundlos auf einen äthiopisch-israelischen Soldaten einprügeln.

Thailand:
Verfassungsentwurf festigt Diktatur

Von Tom Peters, 7. Mai 2015

Der Verfassungsentwurf der Junta würde dem Militär und den Gerichten die Kontrolle über das Land garantieren.

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Perspective

Britain’s general election: The need for a socialist alternative

7 May 2015

The Socialist Equality Party and its candidates, Katie Rhodes in Glasgow Central and David O’Sullivan in Holborn & St. Pancras, offer the only genuine alternative for workers and young people.

Earlier Perspectives »

International May Day 2015

Speeches to the International May Day Online Rally

The UK general election and the growth of class antagonisms

By Chris Marsden, 7 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Chris Marsden, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
Link to audio

The crisis in Latin America and the fight for revolutionary leadership

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Bill Van Auken, leading member of the Socialist Equality Party (US), to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
Link to audio


Socialism and the struggle against war

By David North, 4 May 2015

The world capitalist crisis and the drive to world war

South Asia, the US “pivot” and the perspective of permanent revolution

The European Union and the return of European militarism

The fight against militarism, war and the falsification of history

The 2015 May Day Online Rally and the fight against imperialist war

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 5 May 2015

Mehring Books launches May Day sale

1 May 2015

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Arts Review

Statues of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning unveiled in Berlin

By Stefan Steinberg, 7 May 2015

“Art is called upon to make a choice, to show a new direction,” explains Italian artist Davide Dormino.

Co-director Wim Wenders’ The Salt of the Earth: The photographs of Sebastião Salgado

By David Walsh, 6 May 2015

Workers Struggles

The political issues in the German train drivers strike

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 May 2015

The strike by train drivers is doomed to failure if it remains under the control of the GDL union and is subordinated to the nationalist and pro-capitalist perspective.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) Election Campaign

The rotten record of the UK Green Party

By David O’Sullivan, 7 May 2015

Green Party of England and Wales leader Natalie Bennett insists she is not responsible for what the Greens do internationally. What about in Britain?

Public Meetings: The way forward after Britain’s general election

7 May 2015

London’s housing crisis demands a socialist solution

By David O’Sullivan, 6 May 2015

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

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

More on the SEP (UK) election campaign »

New in Persian

WSWS publishes Persian translation of the foreword to The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North

Posted here is a translation into Persian of the foreword to The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

Commentary

Massive payout for US hedge fund chiefs in 2014

By Andre Damon, 6 May 2015

US-Jordan war games prepare wider Mideast conflict

By Patrick Martin, 6 May 2015

Fiat-Chrysler worker crushed to death at Detroit assembly plant

By Shannon Jones, 6 May 2015

The “Fight of the Century”: An orgy of wealth and profit

By Joseph Santolan, 6 May 2015

Police attack demonstration against police violence in Israel

Re-sentencing leaves Atlanta educators still facing years in prison

Muslim girl expelled from French high school for wearing long skirt

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

A second open letter to the vice chancellor
Further on political censorship at the University of Sydney

By James Cogan, 6 May 2015

Socialist Equality Party national secretary James Cogan has written a second open letter to the University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Dr Michael Spence regarding the university’s ban on the SEP holding a public anti-war meeting.

University of Sydney meeting discusses attacks on democratic rights

By Oliver Campbell, 5 May 2015

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

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

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

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

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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