Five major banks to plead guilty to rigging currency markets

By Andre Damon, 15 May 2015

The effect of guilty pleas for crimes involving massive manipulation of financial markets will be essentially zero, beyond the immediate costs the fines levied on the institutions.

Obama hosts Camp David summit for Gulf oil monarchies

By Bill Van Auken, 15 May 2015

Assembled at the Maryland retreat were the most reactionary rulers of the Middle East, Washington’s principal allies in the Arab world.

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

Kerry in Riyadh: A meeting of war criminals

US House passes surveillance “reforms” aimed at codifying illegal spying

By Thomas Gaist, 15 May 2015

The legislation reauthorizes surveillance powers established by the USA Patriot Act while spreading a facade of legality over mass spying.

Existing safety equipment would have prevented Philadelphia Amtrak disaster

By Alan Whyte, 15 May 2015

The disaster would never have occurred if safety equipment were in place to monitor the train and automatically activate its emergency braking system.

Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia, killing at least seven

Many questions remain in death of Detroit Fiat-Chrysler worker

By Shannon Jones, 15 May 2015

After the death of Donald Megge, workers at the Jefferson North Assembly plant have described numerous accidents due to pressure to meet production targets.

Fiat-Chrysler worker crushed to death at Detroit assembly plant

Lawyers detail horrific and illegal conditions of Baltimore arrest victims

By Ed Hightower, 15 May 2015

City police arrested hundreds of innocent people on April 27 and crammed them into crowded cells for days, with little or no access to medical care, food or legal counsel.

The Baltimore upheaval: On race and class in America

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US prisons rife with violence and torture against mentally disabled prisoners

By Zaida Green, 15 May 2015

The mentally ill are often locked in solitary confinement, spending only three to five hours a week of “recreation” alone in caged enclosures.

Attempted military coup in Burundi

By Niles Williamson, 15 May 2015

The military move came after more than two weeks of large protests against the current president’s decision to seek a third term in office.

Closer Chinese-Russian ties on display in Moscow

By Peter Symonds, 15 May 2015

The Chinese President Xi was given pride of place, seated alongside Russian President Putin, during the military parade through Red Square to mark the end of World War II.

US threatens military confrontation with China in South China Sea

Seventy years since the defeat of Hitler’s Third Reich

Russian finance minister proposes raising retirement age: “The faster, the better”

By David Levine, 15 May 2015

For the ruling class in Russia, the question is not whether to raise the retirement age, but when it and how it can be raised without provoking a major confrontation with the working class.

Australian Labor leader calls for bipartisanship with Abbott government

By Nick Beams, 15 May 2015

Pressed in his television interview as to where Labor would make cuts, Shorten continually referred to his call for discussions with the government on “reform.”

India’s BJP government presses forward with big business “reforms”

By Deepal Jayasekera, 15 May 2015

The newly-enacted “reforms” will further enrich local and global investors at the expense of the working class and rural toilers.

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La persécution des réfugiés à l'échelle mondiale

Par Bill Van Auken, 15 mai 2015

De l'Europe à l'Asie en passant par les Amériques, le monde est témoin d'une augmentation importante du nombre de réfugiés et d'une vague de répression et de violence étatiques qui vise à les priver de leurs droits démocratiques fondamentaux.

Le rôle du Kremlin dans la catastrophe européenne

Par Léon Trotsky, 15 mai 2015

Trotsky a écrit cet article alors que les forces françaises se rendaient à l'invasion allemande en 1940 et que la bourgeoisie française préparait sa collaboration avec l'Occupation nazie.

Il y a 75 ans: l'armée française bat rapidement en retraite devant l'invasion nazie

15 mai 2015

Le 13 mai 1940, seulement trois jours après le début de l'attaque nazie contre l'Europe occidentale, les forces armées de l'impérialisme français commence une retraite ignominieuse devant les rapides avancées de l'armée allemande sur le territoire de la France.

New in German

Aufruhr in Baltimore: Zur Rassen- und Klassenfrage in den USA

Von Jerry White, 15. Mai 2015

Die Fixierung auf die Frage der Hautfarbe soll eine ernsthafte Untersuchung der Klassenspaltung verhindern, die der Polizeigewalt in den USA zugrunde liegt.

Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks und 143 weitere Autoren protestieren gegen Verleihung des Preises für Meinungsfreiheit an Charlie Hebdo

Von David Walsh, 15. Mai 2015

Dieser Brief und die dazugehörige Opposition erfordern ein gewisses Maß unabhängigen Denkens und der Courage. Der Anschlag auf die Büros von Charlie Hebdo war der Signalschuss für eine breite Flut von heuchlerischen und egoistischen Kommentaren in den nordamerikanischen und europäischen Medien.

Historiker verurteilen japanische Beschönigung von Kriegsverbrechen

Von Ben McGrath, 15. Mai 2015

Fast 200 Historiker forderten Tokio am Dienstag in einem Brief auf, die Geschichte der Trostfrauen nicht weiter zu verfälschen.

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Perspective

The growing danger of a US war against China

15 May 2015

Every country in the region, to one degree or another, is embroiled in the war danger.

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts Review

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s Zero Dark Thirty
CIA-embedded Hollywood liars and their lies

By David Walsh, 15 May 2015

We now know, thanks to Seymour Hersh and his article in the London Review of Books, that, along with everything else, the Bigelow-Boal film was a pack of lies from beginning to end.

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

By Robert Fowler, 14 May 2015

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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Commentary

The right-wing political record of Bernie Sanders

By Tom Hall, 15 May 2015

Sander's announcement that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president is the outcome of four decades of establishment liberal politics, occasionally masked with “socialist” rhetoric.

French NPA seeks to strangle opposition to draconian surveillance law

By Anthony Torres, 15 May 2015

Despite its superficial criticisms of the surveillance law, the NPA is complicit in the building of the infrastructure of a police state in France.

The worldwide persecution of refugees

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2015

UK: Cameron strikes post-election anti-European pose

By Chris Marsden, 14 May 2015

Sinn Fein loses ground in UK elections in Northern Ireland

The death of British Labourism

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

By Evan Blake, 14 May 2015

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

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

15 May 2015

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

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

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.

Science

Scientists reveal the history and analysis of Kennewick Man

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 May 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

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

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

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

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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