US begins training new “rebel” army for operations in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 9 May 2015

In preparation for expanded interventions in Syria and elsewhere, the US Defense Department will train some 15,000 militants at camps in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.

Kerry in Riyadh: A meeting of war criminals

General election produces political earthquake in Britain

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 9 May 2015

The general election has claimed the scalps of three party leaders.

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

Video: “It’s about the defense of the right to strike”
Train drivers demonstrate in Berlin

By Julian Fischer and Hiram Lee, 9 May 2015

Several hundred striking train drivers and conductors demonstrated in front of the main train station in Berlin on Wednesday.

The political issues in the German train drivers strike

Detroit to resume water shutoffs this month

By Tyler Van Dyke, 9 May 2015

Some 25,000 households are scheduled to receive shutoff notices beginning May 11.

Workers must mobilize to stop water shutoffs in Detroit!

April employment report masks extent of US jobs crisis

By Gabriel Black, 9 May 2015

The jobs added in the US last month were overwhelmingly in sectors dominated by part-time, low-wage work.

Parasitism, plutocracy and economic depression

PEN Gala pays homage to Charlie Hebdo

By Tom Hall, 9 May 2015

The well-heeled Manhattan crowd gave a standing ovation to two Charlie Hebdo editors, while heavily armed police officers kept watch outside.

“Free Speech” hypocrisy in the aftermath of the attack on Charlie Hebdo

Police, far right linked to attack on kosher grocery during Charlie Hebdo shooting

By Anthony Torres, 9 May 2015

Local newspapers in northern France are reporting that a gun dealer with ties to right-wing and paramilitary groups supplied the weapons for the January attacks in Paris.

Syriza government endorses “war on terror” to divert opposition to austerity

By Kumaran Ira, 9 May 2015

Fearing mass opposition to its unpopular austerity measures, Greece’s Syriza-led government is endorsing imperialist wars to divert rising social tensions.

New Australian police “terror” raids used to ramp up crisis atmosphere

By Mike Head, 9 May 2015

Prime Minister Abbott again seized on yesterday’s police raids to foment fears of terrorist “plots.”

Greece and the dictatorship of finance capital

German court rejects claims of Kunduz victims

By Verena Nees, 9 May 2015

The higher regional court in Cologne has rejected the compensation claims of two survivors of the notorious 2009 massacre perpetrated by the German armed forces.

Polish presidential election expresses growing hostility towards Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 9 May 2015

The campaign has been characterised by agitation against Russia and the promotion of a military build-up.

Unifor bows to latest GM Canada layoffs

By Carl Bronski, 9 May 2015

Seeking to extort further massive concessions, GM has said it will determine the fate of its Oshawa plants only after the 2016 contract negotiations.

Sri Lanka: Evicted Colombo shanty dwellers face desperate situation

By Vilani Peiris, 9 May 2015

Some of those forced out are living in wooden huts without water or sanitation.

New in Italian

Il Parlamento approva la nuova legge elettorale

Di Marianne Arens, 9 maggio 2015

Lunedì il Parlamento ha approvato, al quarto ballottaggio, una riforma elettorale che darà al governo maggiore libertà di agire indipendentemente dalla volontà degli elettori.

New in French

L’élection législative produit un séisme politique en Grande-Bretagne

Par Chris Marsden et Julie Hyland, 9 mai 2015

L’élection législative a entraîné la démission de trois chefs de parti.

L'élection britannique du point de vue européen

Par Peter Schwarz, 9 mai 2015

Les médias européens considèrent l’élection parlementaire britannique comme une source d’instabilité économique et une étape vers la fragmentation de l’Union européenne.

Harper visite l'Irak pour glorifier le rôle du Canada dans la guerre au Moyen-Orient

Par Roger Jordan, 9 mai 2015

Harper a utilisé ce voyage pour promouvoir le rôle croissant du Canada dans cette guerre et la poussée de son gouvernement pour étendre considérablement les pouvoirs de l'appareil de sécurité nationale au pays.

Les syndicats se collent à un Parti québécois bientôt dirigé par un ultra-droitier

Par Laurent Lafrance, 9 mai 2015

En maintenant leur alliance avec le PQ du milliardaire de droite Pierre-Karl Péladeau, les chefs syndicaux annoncent qu’ils vont saboter la résistance populaire à l’austérité capitaliste.

Canada: Des élèves du secondaire payés 2000$ pour une formation militaire

Par Ashley Tseng, 9 mai 2015

Dans le cadre d’un nouveau programme du gouvernement de la Saskatchewan, l’armée canadienne travaille en partenariat avec les écoles de Regina pour fournir un entraînement militaire aux élèves du secondaire.

New in German

Kerry in Riad: Ein Treffen von Kriegsverbrechern

Von Bill Van Auken, 9. Mai 2015

Kerrys Besuch in Saudi-Arabien zeigt, dass sich die US-Regierung auf den blutigsten Tyrannen stützt, um den Nahen Osten zu kontrollieren.

Großbritannien:
Politisches Erdbeben nach Unterhauswahl

Von Chris Marsden und Julie Hyland, 9. Mai 2015

Die Unterhauswahl hat drei Parteichefs den Kopf gekostet.

Französische Nationalversammlung verabschiedet drakonisches Überwachungsgesetz

Von Anthony Torres, 9. Mai 2015

Das Gesetz legalisiert rückwirkend die massive Überwachung durch die Geheimdienste und baut offiziell die Überwachungsinfrastruktur für einen Polizeistaat in Frankreich auf.

Polnische Präsidentenwahl im Zeichen der Konfrontation mit Russland

Von Markus Salzmann, 9. Mai 2015

Am 10. Mai findet in Polen die erste Runde der Präsidentschaftswahl statt. Als Favorit gilt Amtsinhaber Bronislaw Komorowski von der liberal-konservativen Bürgerplattform (PO).

Der Kampf für die politische Unabhängigkeit der Arbeiterklasse in China

Von James Cogan, 9. Mai 2015

Diese Rede hielt James Cogan, der Nationale Sekretär der australischen Socialist Equality Party, auf der Online-Kundgebung zum International May Day am 3. Mai.

Der amerikanische “Pivot to Asia” und die Kriegsvorbereitungen gegen China

Von Tom Peters, 9. Mai 2015

Diese Rede hielt Tom Peters, ein Führungsmitglied der Gruppe für eine Socialist Equality Party in Neuseeland, auf der Online-Kundgebung zum International May Day am 3. Mai.

Statuen von Edward Snowden, Julian Assange und Bradley Manning in Berlin enthüllt

Von Stefan Steinberg, 9. Mai 2015

Am Maifeiertag wurden in Berlin Bronzestatuen der verfolgten Whistleblower Edward Snowden, Julian Assange und Bradley Manning enthüllt. Die Statuen sind das Werk des italienischen Künstlers Davide Dormino, der damit ihren Mut ehren will.

New in Persian

انقلاب روسیه و قرن ناتمام بیستم
پیش گفتار

دیوید نورث
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مورخان بسیاری متفق القول بر این باورند که قرن بیستم به مثابۀ دوره ای مجزا در سیاست و فرهنگ، در ماه اگوست سال 1914 با وقوع جنگ جهانی اول آغاز شد. اما این پرسش که چه زمانی این قرن به پایان رسید - یا آیا اصلاً به پایان رسید- موضوع اختلافات شدیدی است. اختلاف تنها بر سر پایان دوره ای صد ساله نیست. واضح است که قرن بیستم پایان یافته و ما در قرن بیست و یکم زندگی می کنیم و در میانۀ دهۀ دوم قرن جدید قرار داریم. اما هنوز، جهان ما در میدان گرانشی قرن بیستم باقی مانده است. اگر مورخان هنوز با خشم به قرن گذشته نظر می افکنند، از این روست که بشر همچنان در نبردهای نامعلومی درحوزه های سیاست، اقتصاد، فلسفه، و حتی هنر درگیر است.

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Perspective

Seventy years since the defeat of Hitler’s Third Reich

9 May 2015

The boycott of the May 9 celebrations in Moscow by the US and Germany is bound up with their alliance with fascistic forces and their virulently anti-Russian foreign policy.

Earlier Perspectives »

International May Day 2015

Speeches to the International May Day Online Rally

War in the Middle East, imperialism and the lessons of the Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 9 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Johannes Stern, leading member of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in Germany, to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
Link to audio

The tragedy of Mediterranean migrants and the crimes of imperialism

By Julie Hyland, 9 May 2015

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

Workers, students and youth in Australia discuss May Day rally

By our correspondents, 9 May 2015

May Day rally participants voice their concerns about the rise of militarism and the necessity to unite the international working class against imperialist war.


Socialism and the struggle against war

By David North, 4 May 2015

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

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 5 May 2015

More on International May Day 2015 »

Featured

The cost of military domination

By Jeff Lusanne, 8 May 2015

The US federal government’s expenditures on roads, bridges, and education research is a mere fraction of what it spends maintaining the world’s deadliest military.

The new global arms race

Commentary

VE Day in Germany: War commemoration and war propaganda

By Peter Schwarz, 9 May 2015

Previous commemorations of the end of the Second World War were dedicated to shared reflection on the past, now they revolve around current conflicts and future wars.

US Court of Appeals finds NSA phone data collection is illegal

By Ed Hightower, 8 May 2015

Canada’s parliament adopts bill to greatly expand intelligence agencies’ powers

By Roger Jordan, 8 May 2015

French National Assembly passes draconian electronic surveillance law

More on NSA spying »

Bond market sell-off signals mounting financial crisis

By Nick Beams, 8 May 2015

Obama administration moves to bolster police in Baltimore

By Jerry White, 8 May 2015

Netanyahu forms far-right coalition government in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 8 May 2015

Record number of internally displaced people globally in 2014

Three more Republican candidates join US presidential race

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

9 May 2015

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Arts Review

Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Art Gallery of Ontario: Graffiti, fame and the art market

By Lee Parsons, 8 May 2015

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

By Stefan Steinberg, 7 May 2015

Socialist Equality Party (UK) Election Campaign

The UK general election and the growth of class antagonisms

By Chris Marsden, 7 May 2015

The rotten record of the UK Green Party

By David O’Sullivan, 7 May 2015

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

7 May 2015

Russell Brand performs volte face and urges Labour vote

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 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

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

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 »

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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