US special forces stage raid into Syria

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2015

Nothing certain is known about the circumstances or results of the attack, since the only sources of information are the Pentagon and White House.

Iraqi officials report the fall of Ramadi

By our reporter, 18 May 2015

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

US warplanes kill dozens of civilians in Syria

UK government counter-terrorism bill would criminalize speech, political activity

By Jordan Shilton, 18 May 2015

The proposed legislation would give the state the power to require an “extremist” group or individual to submit any written publication to the police before it is printed.

French National Assembly passes draconian electronic surveillance law

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

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Egyptian regime hangs six after ex-president Mursi sentenced to death

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2015

The executions and death sentence are emblematic of the vicious police-state character of the regime in Cairo, which is a key pillar of US and Western European imperialist interests.

Blood and capital

No charges for police officer who shot Illinois teen twice in the back

By Marcus Day, 18 May 2015

A state prosecutor announced Thursday that he would not bring criminal charges against the Zion, Illinois police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Justus Howell.

City of Chicago offers payouts for police brutality and torture

Capitalism, the working class and the fight against police violence

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Chicago residents speak on police torture at Homan Square “black site”

By George Marlowe, 18 May 2015

Reporters from the WSWS spoke to workers and youth about recent revelations of torture at Homan Square as well as the decaying social conditions in Chicago.

New torture allegations from Chicago “black site”

US panel’s screening guidelines threaten mammograms for 17 million women

By Kate Randall, 18 May 2015

Thousands of cases of breast cancer could be missed, resulting in preventable deaths, if the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations are adopted.

Thousands of auto workers strike in Turkey against Renault and union

By Halil Celik, 18 May 2015

The strike by 5,000 auto workers at the Renault plant in Bursat has quickly spread to other factories, with workers denouncing the pro-corporate Türk-Metal union.

Second major quake in Nepal deepens political crisis

By W.A. Sunil, 18 May 2015

Nepal was hit on Tuesday by a 7.3 magnitude after-shock that killed over 125 people, injured more than 2,300 and destroyed hundreds of homes.

The New York Times deploys to Nepal

US sends hundreds of troops to quake-stricken Nepal

Hollande, the Clintons and imperialism in Haiti

By John Marion, 18 May 2015

The US and France see in Haiti not just cheap labor, but mineral wealth, a chance to wean the country off of Venezuelan petroleum and an opportunity to make profits.

French Rafale fighter sales stoke arms race in Middle East, Asia

By Athiyan Silva, 18 May 2015

As it sells billions of dollars in jets, France is stoking Saudi-Iranian tensions over the Yemen war and Indo-Pakistani tensions sharpened by the US “pivot to Asia.”

New in French

Une controverse éclate sur les déploiements américains de bombardiers B1 en Australie

Par James Cogan, 18 mai 2015

Les démentis concernant les projets des Etats-Unis contre la Chine visent à maintenir la classe ouvrière dans l’ignorance quant au danger d'un conflit.

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.

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Perspective

Is the US planning a “Gulf of Tonkin” incident in the South China Sea?

18 May 2015

No one should be surprised by a new US provocation suddenly emerging to try to stampede public opinion behind military operations against China.

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Obituary

Blues musician B.B. King, 1925-2015

By James Brewer, 18 May 2015

The iconic American blues artist died May 15 at 89, after dozens of albums and decades of intensive touring.

Arts Review

Christie’s $1 billion week: Art market heads for the stratosphere

By J. Cooper, 18 May 2015

Artwork, particularly 20th century and contemporary art, now functions as another commodity for the financial aristocracy to invest and speculate in.

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

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

25 years ago: Polish workers rebel against “shock treatment”

About 2,000 employees of the Polish State Railways walked out May 19, 1990 to protest low wages and skyrocketing prices of basic necessities.

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50 years ago: Bolivian tin miners battle troops

On May 23, 1965, government troops sent to seize the country’s tin mines from occupying Bolivian miners met heavy armed resistance

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75 years ago: GPU makes first attempt on life of Trotsky

In the early morning of May 24, 1940, the Stalinist GPU made an unsuccessful attempt on the life of their most implacable Marxist opponent, Leon Trotsky.

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100 years ago: Italy enters World War I

On May 20, 1915, Italy’s parliament passed a bill giving the government of Prime Minister Antonio Salandra’s cabinet full power to act in the growing crisis with Austria.

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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

The Amtrak disaster and America’s crumbling infrastructure

By Andre Damon, 16 May 2015

Existing safety equipment would have prevented Philadelphia Amtrak disaster

Controversy erupts over American B1 bomber deployments to Australia

By James Cogan, 16 May 2015

Japanese cabinet approves new military legislation

Federal court sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death

By Nick Barrickman, 16 May 2015

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

By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2015

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

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

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

The right-wing political record of Bernie Sanders

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

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

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

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

History

Seventy years since the defeat of Hitler’s Third Reich

By Fred Williams, 9 May 2015

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

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

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