US threatens military confrontation with China in South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 14 May 2015

The move would be a reckless act of military brinkmanship calculated to force Beijing to back down on its territorial claims.

US ramps up anti-China “pivot to Asia”

Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia, killing at least seven

By Alan Whyte and Jeff Lusanne, 14 May 2015

A high-speed crash on America’s busiest passenger route injured more than 200 people Tuesday.

US infrastructure dilapidated, underfunded

State funding for higher education in US slashed by 20 percent since 2008

By Evan Blake, 14 May 2015

Throughout the US, states are on average spending $1,805 less per student than before the financial collapse.

State education cuts reduce share of low-income students going to college

US Senate reaches bipartisan deal to push trade pacts

By Patrick Martin, 14 May 2015

The deal came less than a day after Senate Democrats blocked a White House-supported effort to hold an immediate vote on Trade Promotion Authority.

At least 45 workers die in Manila factory fire

By Joseph Santolan, 14 May 2015

Up to 70 Philippine workers may have perished in the blaze inside the two-storey Kentex building on Manila’s northern outskirts.

Yemen war rages on through first day of humanitarian “cease-fire”

By Thomas Gaist, 14 May 2015

From the beginning, the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen has been backed by the United States, which is determined to retain control over the geostrategically critical country.

Kerry in Riyadh: A meeting of war criminals

Soldiers reveal Israeli war crimes in 2014 Gaza assault

By Jean Shaoul, 14 May 2015

A recent report alleges that the Israel Defence Force reduced whole neighbourhoods to rubble for no clear operational reason, just to “demonstrate presence in the area.”

UK: Cameron strikes post-election anti-European pose

By Chris Marsden, 14 May 2015

There are significant differences within the Conservative Party over how far to pursue a possible EU rupture.

Sinn Fein loses ground in UK elections in Northern Ireland

The death of British Labourism

Police shift their line on Australia’s latest terrorism “plot”

By Mike Head, 14 May 2015

For the second time in two weeks, police and media claims of teenagers planning imminent terrorist attacks have proven to be dubious.

Former Sri Lankan president warns of government financial bankruptcy

By K. Ratnayake, 14 May 2015

Kumaratunga blamed the crisis on the previous Rajapakse government’s “lack of transparency.”

Unions reaffirm ties to Parti Québécois as it prepares to anoint arch-right winger

By Laurent Lafrance, 14 May 2015

The installation of Pierre-Karl Péladeau as leader of the Parti Québécois will represent a further rightward lurch on the part of the big business, pro-Quebec independence party.

Nationwide strike by child care workers in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 14 May 2015

Striking workers in child care and social services confront not only their employers, but also the trade unions.

New in German

MARX IS MUSS Kongress 2015: Pseudolinke diskutieren Kriegs- und Austeritätspolitik

Von Johannes Stern, 14. Mai 2015

Mit sozialistischer Politik und den politischen und sozialen Kämpfen der Arbeiterklasse hat der Kongress von Marx21, der heute in Berlin beginnt, nicht das Geringste zu tun.

Seymour Hersh entlarvt offizielle Lügen über Bin Ladens Ermordung

Von Niles Williamson, 14. Mai 2015

Am vergangenen Sonntag erschien in der London Review of Books ein Artikel des Pulitzerpreisträgers, der die offizielle Darstellung der Ermordung von Osama bin Laden im Jahr 2011 als einen Haufen Lügen entlarvt.

Ex-CIA-Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling zu dreieinhalb Jahren Haft verurteilt

Von Thomas Gaist, 14. Mai 2015

Sterling soll dem Journalisten James Risen Einzelheiten über verdeckte CIA-Operationen gegen den Iran mitgeteilt haben.

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L'assassinat de Ben Laden et les mensonges de la «guerre contre le terrorisme»

Par Patrick Martin, 14 mai 2015

Les dernières révélations de Seymour Hersh ont démantelé l’histoire officielle de l’assassinat d’Oussama ben Laden en démasquant les mensonges systématiques du gouvernement américain et des médias.

Lors de négociations avec l'UE, la Grèce promet de rembourser les prêts du FMI en avance

Par Kumaran Ira, 14 mai 2015

Le gouvernement dirigé par Syriza se prosterne devant l'Union européenne et œuvre pour rembourser ses prêts en avance et pour renforcer l'austérité afin d’obtenir un accord avec l'UE au détriment des travailleurs.

Des historiens dénoncent le blanchiment des crimes de guerre japonais

Par Ben McGrath, 14 mai 2015

Près de deux cents historiens ont publié la semaine dernière une déclaration demandant à Tokyo de cesser de falsifier l’histoire des ‘femmes de réconfort’.

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Perspective

The worldwide persecution of refugees

14 May 2015

From Europe, to Asia, to the Americas, the world is witnessing growing numbers of refugees and a wave of state violence directed at denying them their fundamental democratic rights.

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Science

Scientists reveal the history and analysis of Kennewick Man

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 May 2015

A new volume published by the Smithsonian Institution serves as the most comprehensive study of the most important human skeleton ever found in North America.

Arts Review

‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore: Playwright John Ford’s lurid classic receives Off-Broadway revival

By Robert Fowler, 14 May 2015

Written around 1630, the play, set in Parma, Italy, has an incestuous relationship at its center.

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

By David Walsh, 13 May 2015

International May Day 2015

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

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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.

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

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

By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2015

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

By Jerry White, 13 May 2015

Official death toll from GM ignition defect reaches 100

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

By Nick Beams, 13 May 2015

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

By Robert Stevens, 13 May 2015

The Baltimore upheaval: On race and class in America

By Jerry White, 12 May 2015

No charges in Madison, Wisconsin police killing of unarmed youth

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Australian government shifts tactics in pursuit of budget austerity

By Nick Beams, 12 May 2015

Australian budget: A fraudulent bid for political survival

Detroit begins new round of water shutoffs

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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