Sharp rise in US suicide rate
Eighty percent increase among middle-aged white women

By Kate Randall, 23 April 2016

The Centers for Disease Control study follows recent reports showing a decline in life expectancy among US whites and sharp increases in lifespan divergences between rich and poor.

Life expectancy declines for white Americans

The social crisis and the US elections

Military force “on the table” in relation to Russia, US commander says

By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2016

The Obama administration’s nominee for US commander in Europe called for the permanent deployment of an armored brigade near Russia’s border.

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

Warnings of global arms race ahead of Nuclear Security Summit

US President Obama warns against Britain leaving the European Union

By Robert Stevens, 23 April 2016

Such is the concern of significant sections of the US ruling elite of the economic, political and military implications of a UK break from the EU, that President Obama felt compelled to intervene.

"Left Leave" Brexit campaign: Apologists for nationalism and defenders of capitalism

By Julie Hyland, 23 April 2016

The pseudo-left initiative to support a British exit from the European Union in the upcoming referendum makes virtually no reference to the common class issues facing working people in Europe.

UK Chancellor touts Treasury analysis to promote European Union membership

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

UN refugee agency confirms mass drownings in Mediterranean

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 23 April 2016

The fatalities are looked upon as collateral damage by Europe’s ruling elite, which aims to deter refugees by sealing the EU’s borders and subjecting asylum seekers to violence, mass incarceration and deportation.

Refugee deaths in the Mediterranean: An imperialist crime

German government backs draconian refugee “integration” law

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Federal appeals court dismisses drone lawsuit

By Tom Hall, 23 April 2016

The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union sought to compel the CIA to release information on its secret drone warfare program.

Sears/Kmart to close 78 more US stores

By our reporter, 23 April 2016

The new Sears closings are the latest in a wave of retail chain shutdowns, including mass closings by Walmart and Macy’s.

Panama Papers implicate Pacific Island states

By John Braddock, 23 April 2016

Impoverished countries such as Samoa, Niue and Nauru have been transformed into lucrative tax havens for corporations and wealthy individuals.

US backs police purge in Honduras

By Andrea Lobo, 23 April 2016

The purge in the National Police is in line with increased militarization and more repressive measures in Honduras.

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Les divisions se creusent sur la politique de la Banque centrale européenne

Par Nick Beams, 23 avril 2016

La critique allemande du régime de taux d’intérêt négatif de la Banque centrale européenne n’est pas la conséquence de différends sur la philosophie de la politique monétaire mais est ancrée dans l’économie politique du capitalisme allemand.

Marine Le Pen et le virage à droite de la politique canadienne

Par Richard Dufour, 23 avril 2016

Les chefs politiques canadiens, souverainistes comme fédéralistes, ont évité Le Pen durant son passage au Canada afin de dissimuler leur propre tournant prononcé vers la droite.

Podemos implore le Parti socialiste de former un gouvernement en Espagne

Par Paul Mitchell, 23 avril 2016

S´ils ne parviennent pas a un accord de partage du pouvoir le 2 mai, de nouvelles élections auront lieu le 26 juin.

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Unterstützt den Wahlkampf der PSG in Berlin!
Stimmt gegen Krieg und Militarismus!

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 23. April 2016

Die Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) tritt zur Berliner Abgeordnetenhauswahl im September an, um der weit verbreiteten Opposition gegen Krieg und Sozialkürzungen eine politische Perspektive zu geben.

UNHCR bestätigt Flüchtlingskatastrophe im Mittelmeer

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 23. April 2016

Der Tod auf dem Mittelmeer ist für die herrschende Elite in Europa nur ein Kollateralschaden ihrer brutalen Abschottungspolitik, mit dem Flüchtlinge gezielt abgeschreckt werden sollen.

Berliner Innensenator informiert sich über chinesische Polizeimethoden

Von Verena Nees, 23. April 2016

Am vergangenen Wochenende reisten Berlins Innensenator Frank Henkel und Polizeipräsident Klaus Kandt auf Einladung des chinesischen Ministeriums für öffentliche Sicherheit nach China.

Wachsende Spannungen über die Politik der Europäischen Zentralbank

Von Nick Beams, 23. April 2016

Bei der deutschen Kritik an dem negativen Zinsregime der EZB geht es nicht um Differenzen über die Philosophie der Geldpolitik, sondern um die politische Ökonomie des deutschen Kapitalismus.

Wo ist der Sozialismus in der Kampagne von Bernie Sanders?

Von Patrick Martin, 23. April 2016

Bernie Sanders, der selbsternannte „demokratische Sozialist“, hat lediglich kleinere Reformen des kapitalistischen Profitsystem anzubieten.

Indiens Eliten begrüßen Deal mit dem US-Militär

Von Deepal Jayasekera, 23. April 2016

Obwohl die Kongresspartei und Stalinisten jetzt laut dagegen protestieren, dass Indien zu einem „vollständigen“ Verbündeten der Vereinigten Staaten wird, haben beide eine Schlüsselrolle beim Ausbau der indisch-amerikanischen Militärkooperation gespielt.

Antarktische Gletscherschmelze droht Katastrophe auszulösen

Von Daniel de Vries, 23. April 2016

Infolge der Erderwärmung könnte der Meeresspiegel bis zum Ende des Jahrhunderts um fast zwei Meter ansteigen. Dies geht aus einer Studie der Zeitschrift Nature in ihrer Märzausgabe hervor.

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Perspective

War, the Democratic Party and the 2016 elections

23 April 2016

A sympathetic article appearing in the New York Times on Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton’s war record underscores the danger of a very rapid military escalation following the 2016 US presidential election.

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SEP (US) Election Campaign

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

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 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.

SEP presidential candidate discusses strike with Pittsburgh Verizon workers

By our reporters, 23 April 2016

In his first campaign stop, SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke with Verizon workers about their strike and the need for the international unity of the working class.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White to speak at Cambridge, Massachusetts meeting
The Great Unmentionable: War and the 2016 US elections

23 April 2016

White will speak at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tuesday, April 26 on the conspiracy of silence in the elections on the war plans of the American ruling class.

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

“Action Alliance—Stand Up Against Racism” in Germany: A cynical fraud

By Marianne Arens, 23 April 2016

The meeting in Frankfurt is a gathering of the Social Democrats, Greens, trade union bureaucracy and the Left Party—the very forces responsible for the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany.

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

By Chris Marsden, 22 April 2016

Indian air chief calls growing Chinese influence a strategic threat

By Kanda Gabriel, 22 April 2016

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

By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2016

Divisions grow over European Central Bank policy

By Nick Beams, 22 April 2016

Zika virus expected to spread in US

By David Brown, 22 April 2016

Podemos pleads with Socialist Party to form a government in Spain

By Paul Mitchell, 22 April 2016

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

By Eric London, 22 April 2016

German vice chancellor praises the hangman of Cairo

US authorizes intensified air strikes against civilians in Iraq and Syria

Book Review

Canadian capitalism and the subjugation and decimation of the indigenous population

By Janet Browning, 23 April 2016

As Clearing the Plains demonstrates, the Canadian capitalist state was consolidated through the dispossession of the Native Indian population, through violence, chicanery, and state-sponsored famine.

Arts Review

A concert of relative rarities by American composer Aaron Copland

By Fred Mazelis, 23 April 2016

Copland’s jazz-influenced Piano Concerto deserves a higher profile in the orchestral repertoire.

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

By Matthew MacEgan, 22 April 2016

Workers Struggles

Vote “no” on the California Faculty Association contract!
Break with the Democrats! Unite CSU faculty and students to defend the right to education!

23 April 2016

The deal reached by the CFA and the cancellation of the April 13 strike make clear that rank-and-file workers must take the conduct of this struggle into their own hands.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

23 April 2016

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

Verizon Strike

“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

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Autoworkers Struggles

General Motors posts record first-quarter profits

By Shannon Jones, 22 April 2016

More on autoworkers struggles »

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

More on the 2016 US elections »

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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

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

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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