UAW ready to sanction new subclass of low-paid US auto workers

By Jerry White, 13 May 2015

The United Auto Workers union is in discussion with the Detroit automakers about the creation of a new tier of factory workers who will earn as little as $10 an hour.

Official death toll from GM ignition defect reaches 100

By Shannon Jones, 13 May 2015

United Auto Workers union meets in Detroit to prepare 2015 contract betrayal

No charges in Madison, Wisconsin police killing of unarmed youth

By Niles Williamson, 13 May 2015

The killing of teenager Tony Robinson by Madison police officer Matt Kenny on March 6 had generated student walkouts and protests by thousands of workers and youth.

The Baltimore upheaval: On race and class in America

Police killings and the collapse of democracy in America

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China’s central bank cuts rate amid further signs of slowdown

By Nick Beams, 13 May 2015

The latest rate cut has raised concerns that China’s financial authorities are “behind the curve” of the country’s economic slowdown.

Bond market sell-off signals mounting financial crisis

White House authorizes Shell to resume drilling in the Arctic

By Thomas Gaist, 13 May 2015

Ending a three-year-long suspension, the Obama administration reopened U.S.-controlled Arctic waters to drilling operations by Royal Dutch Shell this week.

Five years since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Swedish Supreme Court rejects Julian Assange’s appeal of arrest warrant

By Robert Stevens, 13 May 2015

The ruling is another blatant trampling on the democratic rights of Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.

Four years since the arrest of Julian Assange

Texas executes mentally incompetent death row prisoner

By Kate Randall, 13 May 2015

The US Supreme Court denied a last-minute appeal on Derrick Charles’s behalf despite clear signs of his intellectual disability.

The firing squad returns to America

US judge throws out gag law directed against prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

By Fred Mazelis, 13 May 2015

The judge declared Pennsylvania’s Revictimization Relief Act, aimed at silencing political prisoner Abu-Jamal, to be “manifestly unconstitutional.”

Australian budget: A fraudulent bid for political survival

By Mike Head, 13 May 2015

Confronting deep public hostility, the government is making a cynical shift in tone, marketing its budget as “fair.”

Australian unemployment levels continue to rise

By Terry Cook, 13 May 2015

The latest official unemployment figures and new job cuts expose the Abbott government’s budget forecasts.

Sinn Fein loses ground in UK elections in Northern Ireland

By Jordan Shilton, 13 May 2015

The key goal shared by Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland and the SNP in Scotland is their attempt to encourage foreign investment into a cheap labour economy.

German SPD achieves worst result in Bremen state elections since World War II

By Dietmar Henning, 13 May 2015

The outcome of the Bremen state elections exposes the immense gulf between official politics and the working class in Germany

Berlin police powers strengthened

By Bernd Reinhardt, 13 May 2015

The changes to Berlin’s police powers reveal a mentality that places so-called security needs above the protection of civil liberties.

New in French

Seymour Hersh démasque les mensonges officiels sur le meurtre de Ben Laden

Par Niles Williamson, 13 mai 2015

Un article du journaliste lauréat du prix Pulitzer Seymour Hersch, publié dimanche 10 mai dans la London Review of Books, montre que la présentation officielle toute entière du meurtre d’Oussama Ben Laden en 2011 est un tissu de mensonges.

Les questions politiques posées par la grève des conducteurs de train allemands

Par Ulrich Rippert, 13 mai 2015

La grève des conducteurs de train est vouée à l’échec si elle reste sous le contrôle du syndicat GDL et subordonnée à sa perspective syndicale nationaliste et pro-capitaliste.

New in German

Siebzig Jahre nach der Niederlage der Nazi-Diktatur

Von Fred Williams, 13. Mai 2015

Die USA und Deutschland boykottierten die Feierlichkeiten in Moskau am 9. Mai, weil sie mit faschistischen Kräften verbündet sind und eine Außenpolitik betreiben, die sich aggressiv gegen Russland richtet.

Bundesweiter Kita-Streik

Von Marianne Arens, 13. Mai 2015

Die Streikenden im Erziehungs- und Sozialdienst sind nicht nur mit den kommunalen Arbeitgebern konfrontiert, sondern mit Gewerkschaften, die schon frühere Streiks ausverkauft haben.

Die Krise des Kapitalismus und die Wiederkehr des Klassenkampfs in den USA

Von Joseph Kishore, 13. Mai 2015

Diese Rede hielt Joseph Kishore, der nationale Sekretär der Socialist Equality Party (US), auf der Online-Kundgebung zum International May Day am 3. Mai.

Israel:
Netanjahu bildet extrem rechte Koalitionsregierung

Von Jean Shaoul, 13. Mai 2015

Von ihrer Zusammensetzung und ihrer Größe her ist diese Koalition nicht nur die rechteste in der Geschichte Israels, sondern auch die instabilste.

Expo Milano 2015 und die Klassenspaltung in Italien

Von Marc Wells, 13. Mai 2015

Die Eröffnung der Mailänder Expo 2015 am 1. Mai war von heftigen Protesten begleitet, bei denen pseudolinke Kräfte dominierten.

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Perspective

The bin Laden assassination and the lies of the “war on terror”

13 May 2015

The latest exposure by Seymour Hersh dismantles the official story of the assassination of Osama bin Laden, exposing systematic lying by the US government and the media.

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Socialist Equality Party

SEP’s Lawrence Porter discusses socialism, Detroit bankruptcy on public radio program

13 May 2015

On Michigan Radio’s popular “Stateside” program, Porter spoke about the activity of the SEP in the Detroit area and the growing interest in socialism throughout the country.

International May Day 2015

Speeches to the International May Day Online Rally

Socialism and the struggle against war

By David North, 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

Enthusiastic response in Sri Lanka to online May Day rally

By our correspondents, 12 May 2015

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Arts Review

Drone warfare in Good Kill
And a roundtable interview with writer-director Andrew Niccol and actor Ethan Hawke

By David Walsh, 13 May 2015

New Zealand-born writer-director Andrew Niccol has taken on the subject of drone warfare in Good Kill, featuring Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, Zoë Kravitz and January Jones.

Workers Struggles

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

SEP in Germany participates in panel discussion on train drivers strike

By our correspondents, 11 May 2015

The political issues in the German train drivers strike

Commentary

Detroit begins new round of water shutoffs

By Andre Damon, 12 May 2015

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Seymour Hersh exposes official lies about Bin Laden killing

By Niles Williamson, 12 May 2015

Ex-Guantanamo child detainee Omar Khadr released on bail

By Carl Bronski, 12 May 2015

Greece pledges to repay IMF loans early in EU talks on bailout deals

By Kumaran Ira, 12 May 2015

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The death of British Labourism

European powers seek to bomb Libya to stop migrants

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

History

75 years since the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands
The Westerbork transit camp and the destruction of Dutch Jewry

By Josh Varlin, 11 May 2015

Seventy years since the defeat of Hitler’s Third Reich

By Fred Williams, 9 May 2015

VE Day in Germany: War commemoration and war propaganda

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

Australia’s Anzac celebrations and the fight against war

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

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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

25 years ago: US-backed Nicaraguan regime rocked by strike

Just three weeks after taking office, the US-backed government of Violeta de Chamorro confronted a working class upsurge.

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50 years ago: OAS forces join Dominican occupation

On May 14, 1965, token contingents of “peacekeeping forces” sent by the Organization of American States arrived in the Dominican Republic, joining over 20,000 US troops.

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75 years ago: French Army in rapid retreat before Nazi invasion

On May 13, 1940, just three days after Nazi Germany attacked Western Europe, the armed forces of French imperialism fell into ignominious retreat.

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100 years ago: Britain announces internment of “enemy aliens”

On May 13, 1915, Herbert Asquith, prime minister of Great Britain, announced a new internment policy for “persons of hostile origins.”

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