Controversy erupts over American B1 bomber deployments to Australia

By James Cogan, 16 May 2015

Above all, the denials surrounding US war plans against China are directed at keeping the working class in the dark about the dangers of conflict.

The growing danger of a US war against China

Japanese cabinet approves new military legislation

By Ben McGrath, 16 May 2015

The new laws will allow Japan to play a far larger military role in US-led wars around the world.

Federal court sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death

By Nick Barrickman, 16 May 2015

The death sentence is the barbaric culmination of a trial that has excluded any examination of the fundamental political issues raised by the Boston Marathon bombing.

Sentencing phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial underway

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Thai military sends boat carrying hundreds of Rohingya refugees “out to sea”

By Thomas Gaist, 16 May 2015

The savage treatment of the Rohingya migrants is an acute manifestation of a growing international refugee crisis comparable in scale and brutality to that produced by World War II.

The worldwide persecution of refugees

Jeb Bush’s “gaffe”: A revealing comment on the Iraq war

By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2015

The younger Bush’s “gaffe” was that he spoke the truth about the warmongering by both imperialist parties, Democrats as well as Republicans.

New torture allegations from Chicago “black site”

By David Brown, 16 May 2015

Further allegations have surfaced of sexual abuse and torture by the Chicago Police Department at the secret Homan Square interrogation facility.

Notes on police violence in America
Nineteen-year-old Indiana man dies while in police custody

By Lencho Moro and Matthew MacEgan, 15 May 2015

As of May 15, an estimated 423 people have been killed by police officers in the US so far this year.

US prisons rife with violence and torture against mentally disabled prisoners

Lawyers detail horrific and illegal conditions of Baltimore arrest victims

The Baltimore upheaval: On race and class in America

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USW pushes through sellout contracts at Indiana and Texas oil refineries

By Marcus Day, 16 May 2015

Facing isolation imposed by the union, oil workers voted to accept contracts at BP and LyondellBasell, while workers at Marathon’s Galveston Bay refinery will vote Monday.

The oil workers’ strike and the return of the class struggle in the US

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Crisis envelops UK Labour leadership contest

By Paul Mitchell, 16 May 2015

In the May 7 general election, Labour received 30.4 percent of the vote, resulting in 232 seats—the party’s worst defeat since 1987.

UK: Cameron strikes post-election anti-European pose

The death of British Labourism

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Two killed during mass protest by Chilean students

By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2015

The violence that followed the demonstration in Valparaiso is symptomatic of rising political tensions in Chile.

Alberta’s NDP pledges to “partner” with big business

By Keith Jones, 16 May 2015

Alberta’s incoming New Democratic Party government has been anxiously seeking to reassure big business that it will loyally serve their interests.

Alberta: NDP election sweep ends 44 years of Tory rule

New in Arabic

ستسلام سيريزا والدروس المستفادة للطبقة العاملة

اللجنة العالمية للأممية الرابعة, 23 فبراير 2015

بعد أقل من شهر واحد تخلت حكومة سيريزا اليونانية - بقيادة رئيس الوزراء أليكسيس تسيبراس - عن برنامجها الانتخابي الرافض لسياسة التقشف، وخانت بشكل كامل الطبقة العاملة الفقيرة التي أوصلتها بأصواتها إلى مقاليد السلطة.

New in Russian

Семьдесят лет после поражения гитлеровского Третьего рейха

Фред Уильямс, 16 мая 2015 г.

Бойкот празднования 9 мая в Москве со стороны США и Германии связан с их поддержкой фашистских сил и с их злобно антироссийской внешней политикой.

New in French

Le danger croissant d'une guerre des États-Unis contre la Chine

Par James Cogan, 16 mai 2015

Tous les pays de la région risquent, à des degrés divers, d'être entraînés dans une guerre.

New in German

Die Gefahr eines Kriegs der USA gegen China wächst

Von James Cogan, 16. Mai 2015

Die Regierung Obama bringt die USA im Südchinesischen Meer in Stellung für eine militärische Konfrontation mit China.

Nach der Wahl in Großbritannien:
Cameron schlägt antieuropäische Töne an

Von Chris Marsden, 16. Mai 2015

Innerhalb der Tories bestehen erhebliche Streitigkeiten über die Frage, wie weit ein möglicher Bruch mit der EU gehen sollte.

Chinesische Zentralbank senkt Leitzins und weitere Anzeichen für Abschwung

Von Nick Beams, 16. Mai 2015

Chinas Zentralbank hat den Leitzins zum dritten Mal innerhalb von sechs Monaten gesenkt, um dem wirtschaftlichen Abschwung entgegenzuwirken und den Schuldendruck abzumildern, der auf den Kommunalverwaltungen und den Unternehmen lastet.

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Perspective

The Amtrak disaster and America’s crumbling infrastructure

16 May 2015

Tuesday’s derailment of an Amtrak train on America’s busiest rail route has exposed before the whole world the dilapidated state of infrastructure in the United States.

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Featured Video

Detroit residents speak on the resumption of water shutoffs

By Seraphine Collins and Zac Corrigan, 16 May 2015

WSWS reporters spoke to Detroit residents about the drive by the city to shut off water service to as many as 25,000 households.

Commentary

“Marx Is Muss” congress: Germany’s pseudo-left discusses war policy and austerity

By Johannes Stern, 16 May 2015

The Marx 21 congress that began in Berlin on May 14 has absolutely nothing to do with socialist politics or the class struggle.

Five major banks to plead guilty to rigging currency markets

By Andre Damon, 15 May 2015

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

By David Walsh, 15 May 2015

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

Obama hosts Camp David summit for Gulf oil monarchies

By Bill Van Auken, 15 May 2015

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

By Thomas Gaist, 15 May 2015

Existing safety equipment would have prevented Philadelphia Amtrak disaster

By Alan Whyte, 15 May 2015

The right-wing political record of Bernie Sanders

By Tom Hall, 15 May 2015

French NPA seeks to strangle opposition to draconian surveillance law

By Anthony Torres, 15 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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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

16 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

New in Arabic

WSWS publishes Arabic translation of ICFI analysis of the betrayal of Syriza

By the International Committee of the Fourth International

Posted here is a translation into Arabic of “The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class,” published on the WSWS on February 23, 2015

Arts Review

‘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

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

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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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