US air strikes, Shia militia deployment follow Iraqi military’s rout in Ramadi

By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2015

The fall to ISIS of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar province, is a debacle both for the Baghdad government and the US war strategy in Iraq.

US special forces stage raid into Syria

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

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Saudi-led coalition resume air strikes in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 19 May 2015

The US-backed assault resumed Sunday after a five-day suspension of bombing allowed aid groups to fly in and distribute a limited amount of emergency humanitarian aid.

Obama’s criminal war against Yemen

Conditions worsen for refugees trapped on boats in South East Asia

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 19 May 2015

Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia have closed their borders to thousands of asylum seekers adrift at sea in atrocious conditions.

The worldwide persecution of refugees

Nine killed, 170 arrested in Texas biker gang shootout

By Tom Carter, 19 May 2015

The bloody shootout between rival biker gangs and police in Waco, Texas on May 17 is a symptom of an unhealthy society.

Rating agencies downgrade Chicago debt after Supreme Court ruling blocks state pension cuts

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 May 2015

The downgrade is intended to put additional pressure on the city to slash municipal workers’ pensions.

US House of Representatives passes anti-abortion bill

By Evan Blake, 19 May 2015

The bill, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, highlights the precarious state of abortion rights in the US as the political system slides further to the right.

Seattle teachers hold one-day strike

By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 19 May 2015

Seattle teachers are walking out Tuesday to demand improved living standards and to oppose test-based performance evaluations.

Albuquerque, New Mexico: Family charges SWAT team drove son to suicide

By D. Lencho, 19 May 2015

According to the family's complaint, the APD SWAT team’s “deployment of force was excessive” and a cause of the mentally ill man’s death.

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

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

Capitalism, the working class and the fight against police violence

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UK rail workers vote for national strike

By Michael Barnes, 19 May 2015

The one-day stoppage has the potential to become a focal point for opposition within the working class.

Ontario Liberals move to criminalize teachers’ strikes

By Dylan Lubao and Carl Bronski, 19 May 2015

Ontario’s trade union-backed Liberal government has moved to outlaw secondary school teachers’ strikes that have affected three of the province’s largest local school boards.

Australian government undermines arts funding body

By Richard Phillips, 19 May 2015

While various creative institutions suffered cuts in last week’s budget, the main shift was to substantially defund the Australia Council for the Arts.

New in Russian

Адвокаты арестованных в Балтиморе описывают ужасные и беззаконные условия содержания в тюрьме предварительного заключения

Эд Хайтауэр, 19 мая 2015 г.

Городская полиция 27 апреля арестовала сотни невинных людей, бросив их в переполненные камеры на много дней без нормального доступа к медицинскому обслуживанию, питанию и адвокатской помощи.

New in Serbo-Croatian

Sedamdeset godina od pobjede nad Hitlerovim trećim rajhom

Fred Williams, 19. maj 2015.

To što imperijalističke sile bojkotuju komemoraciju pobjede nad fašizmom u Rusiji je dobrim dijelom zbog činjenice da politika koju danas vode ima mnogo zajedničkog sa onom od samih nacista.

New in Turkish

Ortadoğu’daki savaş, emperyalizm ve Mısır Devrimi’nin dersleri

Johannes Stern, 19 Mayıs 2015

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (PSG- Almanya) önderlerinden Johannes Stern’in Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi tarafından 3 Mayıs’ta düzenlenen Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısında yaptığı konuşmanın metni.

Güney Asya, ABD’nin “dönüş”ü ve sürekli devrim perspektifi

Wije Dias, 19 Mayıs 2015

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (Sri Lanka) genel sekreteri Wije Dias’ın, Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi tarafından düzenlenen 3 Mayıs’taki Uluslararası 1 Mayıs Toplantısında yaptığı konuşmanın metni.

Wim Wenders’tan Toprağın Tuzu: Sebastião Salgado’nun fotoğrafları

David Walsh, 19 Mayıs 2015

Ne olursa olsun, eleştiriler, aslında bir birey olarak Salgado’ya değil; toplumsal bir bakış açısına ve belirli bir tarihsel anda ortaya çıkmış toplumsal ortama yöneliktir.

New in French

Les Etats-Unis préparent-ils de nouveaux « incidents du Golfe du Tonkin » au large de la Chine?

Par Peter Symonds, 19 mai 2015

Une nouvelle provocation pourrait intervenir pour tenter d'intimider l'opinion publique et de justifier une escalade militaire contre la Chine.

Des forces spéciales américaines lancent un raid en Syrie

Par Patrick Martin, 19 mai 2015

Rien de certain n’est connu sur les circonstances ou les résultats de l'attaque, puisque les seules sources d'information sont le Pentagone et la Maison Blanche.

New in German

Verhindert die Gleichschaltung der Humboldt-Universität! Verteidigt „Münkler-Watch“!

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit und International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 18. Mai 2015

Die PSG und die IYSSE stellen sich uneingeschränkt hinter die Studierenden, die den Blog „Münkler-Watch“ herausgeben und deshalb zum Ziel einer massiven Einschüchterungskampagne geworden sind.

Planen die USA einen “Tonkin-Zwischenfall“ im Südchinesischen Meer?

Von Peter Symonds, 19. Mai 2015

Eine Provokation der USA, um die öffentliche Meinung für ein militärisches Vorgehen gegen China zu gewinnen, ist durchaus kein unwahrscheinliches Szenario.

GDL ruft Zugpersonal erneut zum Streik auf

Von Dietmar Henning, 19. Mai 2015

Nach Zurückweisung eines GDL-Entwurfs für einen Schlichtungstarifvertrag durch die Bahn werden die Lokführer erneut streiken.

Post droht Streikenden mit Entlassungen und setzt Beamte als Streikbrecher ein

Von Gustav Kemper, 19. Mai 2015

Trotz massiver Attacken gegen die streikenden Post-Zusteller beschränkt Verdi den Streik auf regionale Zentren und ruft nur wenige Beschäftigte zum Arbeitskampf auf.

Amerikanische Spezialeinheiten beginnen Kommandooperation in Syrien

Von Patrick Martin, 19. Mai 2015

Da die einzigen Informationsquellen das Pentagon und das Weiße Haus sind, gibt es keine sicheren Informationen über die näheren Umstände oder Ergebnisse des Angriffs.

Obama empfängt Vertreter der Golfmonarchien in Camp David

Von Bill Van Auken, 19. Mai 2015

In dem Ferienort in Maryland versammelten sich Washingtons wichtigste Verbündete in der arabischen Welt - die reaktionärsten Herrscher des Nahen Ostens.

Streit um die Stationierung von amerikanischen Bombern in Australien

Von James Cogan, 19. Mai 2015

Die Dementis über die amerikanischen Kriegspläne gegen China sollen vor allem die Arbeiterklasse über die Gefahren des Konflikts im Unklaren halten.

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Perspective

Obama’s paramilitary police

19 May 2015

US President Obama reaffirmed his support Monday for the federal programs that have transferred billions of dollars in military hardware to local police departments.

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IYSSE

Defend student free speech at Humboldt University! Stop state-sponsored censorship!

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) and International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 May 2015

The PSG and the IYSSE unequivocally support the students who publish the blog “Münkler-Watch” and have become the target of a massive intimidation campaign.

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

Arts Review

Is it a dangerous precedent?: Detroit Institute of Arts tests out art market with van Gogh

By David Walsh, 19 May 2015

The news that the DIA had been considering earlier this year selling an 1886 still life by Vincent van Gogh produced headlines and generated concern last week.

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

By J. Cooper, 18 May 2015

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 May 2015

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

Thousands of auto workers strike in Turkey against Renault and union

Commentary

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

By Peter Symonds, 18 May 2015

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

By Jordan Shilton, 18 May 2015

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

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2015

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

By Kate Randall, 18 May 2015

Hollande, the Clintons and imperialism in Haiti

By John Marion, 18 May 2015

The Amtrak disaster and America’s crumbling infrastructure

Controversy erupts over American B1 bomber deployments to Australia

Federal court sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death

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

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.

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.

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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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

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