Thirty-nine thousand Verizon workers on strike in US

By Jerry White, 13 April 2016

After working without a contract for more than eight months, tens of thousands of workers struck the telecom giant Wednesday morning to fight stagnating wages and attacks on their benefits and work conditions.

US defence secretary’s trip to Asia sets stage for new provocations against China

By Peter Symonds, 13 April 2016

Carter arrives in the Philippines to send a message to Beijing that the South China Sea is “a core American strategic interest.”

Kerry in Hiroshima

US provocations against China threaten world war

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Australia’s prime minister to make state visit to China

By James Cogan, 13 April 2016

Despite the hype about exciting economic opportunities in China, Turnbull faces fraught issues on trade and Australia’s involvement in the US military buildup in Asia.

IMF downgrades growth projections, warns of “synchronized slowdown”

By Barry Grey, 13 April 2016

Particularly striking is the prominence given in the IMF report to the impact of “noneconomic” factors in the deepening economic quagmire.

Amid deepening slump, geopolitical and class tensions mount

Sanders campaigns in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips, 13 April 2016

In upstate New York, relatively good-paying jobs have been replaced by low-wage employment.

Is Sanders’ call to “break up the banks” a socialist demand?

Paul Krugman smears Bernie Sanders

Bowing to Democratic Party pressure, Sanders pledges to back Clinton

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New revelations of violence at Chicago police “black site”

By George Marlowe, 13 April 2016

Internal Chicago police documents reveal violent abuse of detainees at the secret interrogation center in Homan Square.

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Canada’s NDP dumps party leader Mulcair

By Roger Jordan, 13 April 2016

The broad support within the NDP for Mulcair’s ouster reflects an awareness that he is too compromised to provide the pro-austerity, pro-war NDP with a “progressive” veneer.

Rousseff denounces “coup” leaders as impeachment draws nearer

By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2016

A leaked speech from Michel Temer, next in line for the Brazilian presidency should Dilma Rousseff be impeached, has prompted a public display of anger.

Amid Brazil’s drive to impeachment, Rousseff’s foes engulfed in corruption scandal

Steel day of action: IG Metall, employers and German government demand trade war

By our correspondents, 13 April 2016

The German metalworkers union IG Metall organised the rallies as a backdrop for management and government representatives to demand protective tariffs and trade war measures against China.

UK: Unions work with asset stripper to impose cuts at Tata Steel

By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2016

Plants will be taken over only on condition that wages, conditions and pension rights are decimated.

French government announces youth grant in bid to halt labor reform protest

By Kumaran Ira, 13 April 2016

Student unions are hailing the measure and moving to organise a sell-out of struggles against the reactionary law of Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri.

French police attack demonstrators protesting anti-worker labor law reform

Saudi onslaught against Yemen continues amid official cease-fire

By Thomas Gaist, 13 April 2016

Yet another UN-brokered “cease-fire” in Yemen has failed to effect even a temporary halt to the violence that has left more than 6,000 Yemenis dead

Australian Labor Party’s populist call for an inquiry into the banks

By Mike Head, 13 April 2016

Behind the populist façade, the Labor opposition is trying to convince the corporate elite that it would be better able to contain public discontent and shore up the financial industry.

New in Greek

Ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ στην Ελλάδα: Πλήρης συνέταιρος στο ιστορικό έγκλημα ενάντια στους πρόσφυγες

Μπιλ Βαν Άουκεν, 12 Απρίλιος 2016

Τα μέτρα αστυνομικού κράτους και οι συνοπτικές απελάσεις που χρησιμοποιούνται από την κυβέρνηση του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ ενάντια στους πρόσφυγες είναι αναπόσπαστα στοιχεία των αδιάκοπων επιθέσεων του ενάντια στην ελληνική εργατική τάξη.

New in Italian

Le potenze occidentali pianificano una nuova guerra in Libia

Di Marianne Arens, 12 aprile 2016

Dopo cinque anni dalla guerra della NATO in Libia, l'Italia, l'EU e gli USA sono già allo stadio avanzato di un nuovo intervento militare nella regione.

New in Spanish

El Congreso Mexicano establece la fundación legal de la ley marcial

Por Neil Hardt, 12 abril 2016

La clase gobernante mexicana, temiendo la detonación de la lucha de clases, está estableciendo el marco legal para la ley marcial y la dictadura militar.

New in French

Le gouvernement français annonce des aides aux jeunes dans le but de stopper l’opposition à la loi travail

Par Kumaran Ira, 13 avril 2016

Les syndicats étudiants se félicitent des mesures et essaient d'organiser l’arrêt de la lutte des jeunes contre la loi réactionnaire de la ministre du Travail Myriam El Khomri.

Kerry à Hiroshima

Par Andre Damon, 13 avril 2016

Dans des conditions où les préparatifs d’une « Seconde Guerre du Pacifique » sont déjà bien avancés, le secrétaire d’Etat américain John Kerry a refusé durant une visite à Hiroshima de s’excuser pour l’utilisation en 1945 de la bombe atomique par les Etats-Unis.

New in German

US-Außenminister Kerry in Hiroshima

Von Andre Damon, 13. April 2016

Die Vorbereitungen auf einen „zweiten Pazifikkrieg“ sind weit fortgeschritten. US-Außenminister John Kerry lehnte es ab, sich bei einem Besuch in Hiroshima für die Atombombenabwürfe von Hiroshima und Nagasaki zu entschuldigen.

Weißbuch 2016: Blaupause für einen neuen deutschen Polizei- und Militärstaat

Von Johannes Stern, 13. April 2016

Das vom Verteidigungsministerium vorgelegte „Weißbuch 2016 zur Sicherheitspolitik und zur Zukunft der Bundeswehr“ markiert ein neues Stadium der Rückkehr des deutschen Imperialismus.

V-Mann beschäftigte NSU-Terroristen

Von Dietmar Henning, 13. April 2016

Der V-Mann „Primus“ hat den NSU-Terroristen Uwe Mundlos nach dessen Untertauchen in seiner Baufirma beschäftigt. Das belegt der Dokumentarfilm „Der NSU-Komplex“.

IWF-Treffen vor dem Hintergrund wachsender Stagnation und geoökonomischer Spannungen

Von Nick Beams, 13. April 2016

Angesichts des weiterhin sinkenden weltweiten Wirtschaftswachstums mehren sich die Bedenken, dass die negative Zinspolitik der großen Zentralbanken die Situation verschlimmert.

Die politische Krise in der Ukraine und der Rücktritt von Premierminister Jazenjuk

Von David Levine, 13. April 2016

Premierminister Jazenjuk verlässt die Regierung in seinem Land, das von ständigen politischen Skandalen und Krisen geschüttelt wird.

#NuitDebout, eine kleinbürgerliche Sackgasse für den Widerstand gegen die französische Arbeitsrechtsreform

Von Alex Lantier, 13. April 2016

Die Besetzung des Place de la République durch mit der PS verbündete Parteien soll radikalisierte Jugendliche daran hindern, auf die Arbeiterklasse zuzugehen.

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Perspective

The social reality behind the US elections

13 April 2016

The reality of life for millions of Americans is highlighted in a new study relating life expectancy to income.

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Socialism and the Fight Against War
Build an International Movement of the Working Class and Youth Against Imperialism!

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 18 February 2016

Commentary

Once again on Saudi complicity in the 9/11 attacks

By Patrick Martin, 13 April 2016

The segment broadcast on “60 Minutes” Sunday night puts pressure on the Obama administration to declassify 28 pages of documentation of an official Saudi role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

UK prime minister defends super-rich in statement on Panama Papers revelations

By Julie Hyland, 12 April 2016

Merkel’s brutal refugee policy

By Peter Schwarz, 12 April 2016

Macedonian police use tear gas and rubber bullets against refugees

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk resigns amid deepening political crisis

By David Levine, 12 April 2016

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose the drive to war, austerity and the assault on democratic rights!
Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 13 April 2016

The National Union of Students has called rallies to promote the lie that the election of a Labor government will halt the assault on higher education.

Oppose the political ban on the IYSSE at University of Melbourne!
For democratic and political rights on campus!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 12 April 2016

Arts Review

Louder than Bombs from Norwegian director Joachim Trier

By Dorota Niemitz, 13 April 2016

Trier’s first “American” pseudo-drama is an invitation to a feast of undigested sex, violence and death.

Country music legend Merle Haggard (1937-2016)

By Hiram Lee, 12 April 2016

The Program: The success and calamitous failure of Lance Armstrong

Featured Photo Essay

Photo essay: Contaminated water and hazardous conditions at Michigan mobile home park

By Carlos Delgado and Janel Flechsig, 11 April 2016

Featured Interview

Marxism and the pseudo-left: David North interviewed at Leipzig Book Fair

1 April 2016

Hundreds attend meetings in Leipzig, Germany on the danger of war and the politics of the pseudo-left

History

Fifty years since the Delano to Sacramento march: The myth of Cesar Chavez and the collapse of the United Farm Workers
Part Two

By Eric London, 12 April 2016

Fifty years since the Delano to Sacramento march: The myth of Cesar Chavez and the collapse of the United Farm Workers
Part one

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 April 2016

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

Socialist Equality Party

Defend jobs in the steel industry!
For international workers’ unity, not national unity with the corporations!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) and Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Germany), 9 April 2016

Sri Lanka: A socialist program to fight evictions and defend the right to housing

Meeting May 24 in London
For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum! For the United Socialist States of Europe!

Upcoming events in Cambridge, Mass. and Albuquerque, New Mexico
SEP meetings in the US: Socialism and the fight against war

Socialism and the Fight Against War
IYSSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand—Build an International Movement of the Working Class and Youth Against Imperialism!

Oppose Indian government’s witch-hunt of JNU students

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Sri Lanka), 7 April 2016

25 years ago: Bush reverses “neutrality” in northern Iraq civil war

On April 16, 1991, President Bush announced that America would belatedly join plans for an imperialist occupation of the northern part of Iraq.

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50 years ago: Premier Ky agrees to elections in South Vietnam

On April 14, 1966, the military dictatorship in South Vietnam announced that elections to a constituent assembly would be held within three to five months.

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75 years ago: Stalin clings to the Axis

On April 13, 1941 Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin signed a five-year pact with Japanese Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka.

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100 years ago: Scottish workers’ leaders convicted of sedition in Britain

On April 11, 1916, John Maclean, a socialist workers leader in the area of Glasgow, Scotland dubbed “Red Clydeside,” was convicted of sedition by British authorities.

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The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Racketeering lawsuit filed against Michigan governor, officials over Flint poisoning

By James Brewer, 9 April 2016

Anger erupts at Flint public hearing

Michigan governor threatens to cut aid to Flint over potential lawsuit

Detroit Public Schools principals charged with taking kickbacks

Why the New York Times is pushing racial politics in Flint

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