General Motors posts record first-quarter profits

By Shannon Jones, 22 April 2016

The profit figures underscore the value of the 2015 GM-UAW contract to the giant automaker and its wealthiest investors, including the United Auto Workers bureaucracy.

Ford announces new small-vehicle plant in Mexico

By Marc Wells, 22 April 2016

GM found not liable in bellwether case over ignition defect

Anger mounts over hidden contract terms
Ford workers denounce UAW-backed poverty wages at Michigan stamping plant

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Thirteen Mexican oil workers reported killed with toll rising at Pemex plant

By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2016

The plant was turned over to Mexichem as part of the government’s privatization drive, and workers reported that safety and maintenance had been neglected.

Divisions grow over European Central Bank policy

By Nick Beams, 22 April 2016

German criticism of the ECB’s negative interest rate regime is not the result of differences over monetary policy philosophy but is rooted in the political economy of German capitalism.

UK Chancellor touts Treasury analysis to promote European Union membership

By Jordan Shilton, 22 April 2016

The claim by Chancellor George Osborne that the European Union will guarantee prosperity for British families is absurd.

The political significance of the campaign for an active boycott of the Brexit referendum

German government backs draconian refugee “integration” law

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 April 2016

The planned legislation does nothing to help refugees, but is instead an attack on basic democratic rights.

Podemos pleads with Socialist Party to form a government in Spain

By Paul Mitchell, 22 April 2016

If a power-sharing agreement is not reached by May 2, new elections will be held on June 26.

“The company makes a billion dollars every quarter and is trying to take away everything”
Verizon refuses to budge on takeaway demands

By Jerry White, 22 April 2016

As the strike by 39,000 Verizon workers entered its second week, the giant telecom ramped up its provocations by charging strikers with “sabotage.”

“It’s reached a point where we had to stand up to them, and we are”
Striking Verizon workers speak out in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York

Verizon workers confront strikebreaking operation

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US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in case affecting millions of immigrants

By Eric London, 22 April 2016

Key justices expressed unexpected support for a 26-state challenge to executive orders granting temporary deferral from deportation to a limited category of migrants.

Zika virus expected to spread in US

By David Brown, 22 April 2016

The Zika epidemic threatens to expand its geographic reach, while scientists describe more severe neurological effects of infection.

Zika, social inequality and capitalism

New Zealand prime minister visits China amid tensions over South China Sea

By John Braddock, 22 April 2016

While seeking to preserve cordial relations with China, its second largest trading partner, the New Zealand ruling elite is committed to the US anti-China “pivot.”

Indian air chief calls growing Chinese influence a strategic threat

By Kanda Gabriel, 22 April 2016

India’s alignment with Washington’s anti-China “pivot” is inflaming explosive military and national-ethnic tensions across South Asia.

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Марксизм и псевдо-левые: Интервью Дэвида Норта на Лейпцигской книжной ярмарке

22 апреля 2016 г.

После презентации нового немецкого издания книги Франкфуртская школа, постмодернизм и политика псевдо-левых: Марксистская критика, Норт дал интервью газете Schattenblick относительно теоретических и политических вопросов, затронутых в его книге.

75 лет назад: Сталин цепляется за страны «оси»

22 апреля 2016 г.

13 апреля 1941 года советский диктатор Иосиф Сталин подписал пятилетний советско-японский пакт о нейтралитете с министром иностранных дел Японии Ёсукэ Мацуокой.

New in Turkish

Merkel hicivci Jan Böhmermann’ın kovuşturulmasına yeşil ışık yaktı

Peter Schwarz, 22 Nisan 2016

Alman hükümeti, AB’nin sığınmacı politikasına yönelik artan eleştirilere yanıt olarak, Erdoğan ile aynı yöntemlere başvurmuştur: muhalif sesleri bastırma ve onları rahat bırakmama.

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Die Amtsenthebung in Brasilien und das Debakel der Arbeiterpartei

Von Bill Van Auken, 22. April 2016

Der Beschluss des Unterhauses des brasilianischen Kongresses, die Amtsenthebung von Präsidentin Dilma Rousseff auf den Weg zu bringen, markiert das Ende einer politischen Ära und den Beginn einer neuen Periode scharfer Klassenkämpfe im größten Land Lateinamerikas.

Das „Aktionsbündnis Aufstehen gegen Rassismus“
Ein zynischer Betrug

Von Marianne Arens, 22. April 2016

Die Frankfurter Versammlung „Aufstehen gegen Rassismus“ ist keine Konferenz gegen die AfD, sondern eine Veranstaltung der SPD, der Grünen, des DGB und der Linkspartei, d.h. genau jener Kräfte, die der AfD den Boden bereitet haben.

Nato-Russland-Rat: Gefahr einer militärischen Eskalation wächst

Von Alex Lantier, 22. April 2016

Nach Konfrontationen zwischen amerikanischen und russischen Streitkräften in der Ostsee wächst die Angst vor einem zufälligen Zusammenstoß, der in einen offenen Krieg zwischen den Atommächten eskalieren könnte.

Die USA verstärken ihre Luftangriffe auf Zivilisten im Irak und in Syrien

Von Thomas Gaist, 22. April 2016

Seit letztem Herbst haben US-Kampfflugzeuge ohne öffentliche Ankündigung durch die Regierung und das Militär zivile Gebiete im Irak und Syrien bombardiert.

Präsident Hollande verteidigt ägyptischen Diktator al-Sisi

Von Alex Lantier und Kumaran Ira, 22. April 2016

Der Besuch des französischen Präsidenten in Kairo zur Unterstützung des ägyptischen Diktators al-Sisi entlarvt den kriminellen Charakter der europärischen Politik.

New in French

Les réunions OTAN-Russie reprennent au milieu des craintes de conflit militaire en Europe

Par Alex Lantier, 22 avril 2016

Après des rencontres proches entre les forces américaines et russes dans la mer Baltique, il y a des craintes montantes d’un affrontement accidentel qui se transforme en véritable guerre entre puissances nucléaires.

Les puissances européennes au bord d’une nouvelle intervention militaire en Libye

Par Johannes Stern, 22 avril 2016

Les puissances européennes exploitent les noyades de masse en Méditerranée afin d’étendre leurs opérations militaires dans la région.

Le vice-chancelier allemand encense le bourreau du Caire

Par Johannes Stern, 22 avril 2016

« A mon avis, vous avez un président impressionnant », a déclaré le président social-démocrate Sigmar Gabriel, parlant au Caire du despote égyptien, le général Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.

La grève à Verizon au point critique

Par Jerry White, 22 avril 2016

Alors que les travailleurs font preuve de détermination et de ténacité, chaque geste des CWA et de la FIOE ne fait qu’encourager l’intransigeance du géant des télécommunications.

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Perspective

Socialist Equality Party announces presidential campaign
Support White, Niemuth in 2016!

22 April 2016

SEP candidates Jerry White for president and Niles Niemuth for vice president will advance a socialist program that addresses the needs of millions of workers and youth in the United States and around the world.

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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

Paul Mason launches campaign for UK Labour to pledge itself to nuclear war

By Chris Marsden, 22 April 2016

Former economics editor of Channel Four News Paul Mason’s latest statements are a devastating political exposure of an entire fetid petty-bourgeois milieu.

Life expectancy declines for white Americans

By Patrick Martin, 21 April 2016

German vice chancellor praises the hangman of Cairo

By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2016

US authorizes intensified air strikes against civilians in Iraq and Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 21 April 2016

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NATO-Russia meetings resume amid fears of military clash in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 21 April 2016

Arts Review

The Hope Six Demolition Project: PJ Harvey takes on war and global poverty

By Matthew MacEgan, 22 April 2016

Harvey’s new album is the product of the artist’s investigation into the poverty and devastation being inflicted on different parts of the globe.

Demolition: Take an investment banker apart, and what do you find?

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 April 2016

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

NHS FIghtback

UK: Thousands march in Leeds to oppose attacks on National Health Service

By Robert Stevens and our reporters, 21 April 2016

UK unions agree to implement pay cuts for NHS workers

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The 2016 US elections

Clinton, Trump post New York primary victories

By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2016

Sanders makes a pilgrimage to Rome

Where’s the socialism in the Sanders campaign?

Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant stumps for Sanders at New York rally

By Sandy English, 18 April 2016

US elections: Republican crisis deepens over prospect of contested convention

By Patrick Martin, 14 April 2016

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Featured Video

Video: Flint residents speak out on ongoing water crisis

By Buster Haycook, 20 April 2016

The Flint water crisis and the US elections

Research team confirms dangerous levels of lead still contaminate Flint water supply

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Socialist Equality Party

SEP/IYSSE meetings in California: Art, War and Social Revolution

14 April 2016

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

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

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

25 years ago: Imperialist carve-up of Middle East continues

This week 25 years ago, more countries became involved in the partition of Iraq.

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50 years ago: Johnson proposes spending slowdown

On April 18, 1966, President Lyndon Johnson proposed a significant slowdown in the expansion of social programs as the cost of the war in Vietnam skyrocketed.

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75 years ago: Nazi Germany occupies Greece

On April 23, 1941, German military forces crushed the last resistance of Greek troops around Athens and the southernmost stretches of the Peloponnese and forced British expeditionary forces to evacuate to the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea.

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100 years ago: Easter Rising launched in Dublin, Ireland

April 24, 1916, was the first day of the Easter Rising in Dublin, Ireland—a revolutionary uprising directed against the brutal oppression of British imperialism.

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