China debt levels reach record high

By Nick Beams, 26 April 2016

China’s debt levels have risen rapidly since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008, with some analysts warning that the country may experience a “Lehman” disaster.

Video: Jerry White meets striking Verizon workers on the picket line in New York City

By our reporters, 26 April 2016

Nearly 40,000 workers throughout the United States are on strike against the telecommunications giant to defend their jobs, health care and pension benefits.

Verizon strikers in New York City give warm welcome to SEP presidential candidate

SEP presidential candidate discusses strike with Pittsburgh Verizon workers

More than 50,000 junior doctors begin two-day strike in UK

By Robert Stevens, 26 April 2016

Junior doctors have refused to back down in the face of government threats, but the danger is their isolation at the hands of the health unions and the Labour Party.

UK Leave and Remain campaigns seek to exploit fears over future of National Health Service

UK unions agree to implement pay cuts for NHS workers

Obama in Germany: New joint aggression and growing imperialist rivalries

By Johannes Stern, 26 April 2016

Obama’s fifth trip to Germany was aimed primarily at expanding imperialist aggression in the Middle East and NATO’s military build-up against Russia.

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

US authorizes intensified air strikes against civilians in Iraq and Syria

Insurers set to sharply increase Obamacare premiums

By Kate Randall, 26 April 2016

Citing big losses, many insurers will ask state insurance commissioners to approve double-digit hikes in premiums under the Affordable Care Act.

US drug prices doubled since 2011

Medicare to test cost-cutting plan for Part B prescription drugs

Unions provide platform for Democrats at Verizon strike rallies

By our reporters, 26 April 2016

Workers told the WSWS that they are increasingly frustrated and angry over the lack of information from the unions and the absence of any strategy to win the strike.

Strike of 39,000 Verizon workers nearing end of second week

The political issues in the Verizon strike

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Michigan residents protest contaminated water at community meeting

By Carlos Delgado, 26 April 2016

Residents from the Arbor Village Mobile Home Community described deplorable conditions and expressed frustration at officials’ lack of concern.

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

Peabody Energy declares bankruptcy

By Clement Daly, 26 April 2016

Amidst the deepening global economic crisis, the world’s largest coal company declared bankruptcy, threatening the living standards and working conditions of its 7,100 global workforce.

Eleven thousand jobs threatened at British Home Stores

By Jean Shaoul, 26 April 2016

Pension obligations will be transferred to the taxpayer, while the corporate heads’ own tax obligations are wiped out, courtesy of debt-financed transactions and off-shore tax havens.

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party wins first round of presidential election

By Markus Salzmann, 26 April 2016

The politics and the election campaign of the two government parties, the Social Democratic Party and the conservative People's Party, played into the hands of the FPÖ.

Berlin college rector protests police intervention

By Verena Nees, 26 April 2016

On April 2, around 30 police stormed into Alice-Salomon College, forced all students and tutors present into the main auditorium, blocked all exits and collected personal information.

Increasing suicide rate in Australia highlights social crisis

By Mary Beadnell, 26 April 2016

Steep increases in the numbers of people taking their own lives point to deteriorating economic and social conditions.

New in Spanish

El Partido Socialista por la Igualdad anuncia su campaña presidencial

Declaración del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad, 26 abril 2016

Los candidatos del PSI, Jerry White para presidente y Niles Niemuth para vicepresidente, plantearán un programa socialista sobre las necesidades de los millones de trabajadores y jóvenes en Estados Unidos y alrededor del mundo.

¿Es la propuesta de Sanders de dividir a los bancos una demanda socialista?

Por Barry Grey, 26 abril 2016

La exigencia de Sanders de “achicar a los bancos más grandes”, dentro de la estructura de la propiedad privada del sistema de lucro, es también la posición de un importante grupo dentro de la élite de poder.

Colonia: un centro de eliminación de los enemigos del estado bajo Pinochet

Por Joanne Laurier y David Walsh, 26 abril 2016

Colonia, el Thriller político del director alemán Florian Gallenberger toma lugar durante y después del golpe militar chileno apoyado por Estados Unidos en septiembre de 1973.

New in French

Opposez-vous à la guerre impérialiste! Participez au Rassemblement international en ligne du Premier mai!

Par Joseph Kishore et David North, 26 avril 2016

Ce dimanche 1er mai à 19 heures, heure de Paris, le Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale célébrera la journée du Premier mai par un rassemblement en ligne.

Soutenez la campagne du Parti de l'égalité sociale à Berlin! Votez contre la guerre et le militarisme!

Déclaration du Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 26 avril 2016

Le Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Parti de l'égalité sociale) se présente aux élections des lands à Berlin pour donner à la vaste opposition à la guerre et aux coupes sociales une perspective politique et la mobiliser.

Les Verts allemands négocient pour former une coalition avec la CDU de droite

Par Ulrich Rippert, 26 avril 2016

Ce qui est actuellement en négociation à Stuttgart est bien plus qu’un simple expédient temporaire à un résultat d'élection d'État compliqué.

New in German

Gegen imperialistischen Krieg! Nehmt am International May Day teil!

Von Joe Kishore und David North, 26. April 2016

Am kommenden Sonntag, den 1. Mai wird um 19 Uhr die Online-Kundgebung des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale stattfinden.

Merkel und Obama diskutieren neue Kriegspläne

Von Johannes Stern, 26. April 2016

Hinter all den Schmeicheleien und demonstrativ zur Schau getragenen gegenseitigen Freundschaftsbekundungen diskutierten die Bundeskanzlerin und der US-Präsident über die Ausweitung der Kriege im Nahen und Mittleren Osten und den Nato-Aufmarsch gegen Russland.

US-Kommandeur: Militärische Option gegen Russland bleibt auf dem Tisch

Von Bill Van Auken, 26. April 2016

Der Kandidat der Obama-Regierung für den Posten des US-Kommandeurs in Europa befürwortet die dauerhafte Stationierung einer Panzerbrigade an der Grenze zu Russland.

Österreich: Rechtsextreme FPÖ gewinnt erste Runde der Präsidentschaftswahl

Von Markus Salzmann, 26. April 2016

Norbert Hofer, der Kandidat der rechtsextremen (FPÖ), liegt mit 36 Prozent der Stimmen weit vor dem zweitplatzierten Kandidaten der Grünen, Alexander Van der Bellen.

Berlinwahl: Arbeiter und Studenten sprechen sich gegen Krieg aus

Von unseren Reportern, 26. April 2016

Im Rahmen ihrer Kampagne zur Berliner Abgeordnetenhauswahl sammelte die Partei für Soziale Gleichheit im Bezirk Schöneberg Unterschriften und führte eine Kundgebung durch.

Verizon-Streik in New York: Herzlicher Empfang für SEP-Präsidentschaftskandidaten

Von Thomas Gaist, 26. April 2016

Jerry White diskutierte in Manhattan und Queens mit Streikenden über die politischen Fragen im Kampf gegen den Telekommunikationsriesen.

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Perspective

Obama’s war summit in Europe

26 April 2016

Nearly eight years after he addressed 200,000 in Berlin, promising “hope” and “change,” Obama presided over a summit with the European powers on the expansion of war in the Middle East and new provocations against Russia.

Earlier Perspectives »

Oppose imperialist war! Join the International May Day Online Rally!

By Joe Kishore and David North, 25 April 2016

This coming Sunday, May 1, at 1:00 pm US Eastern Daylight Time, the International Committee of the Fourth International will celebrate May Day with an online rally.

Worldwide support for International May Day Online rally

26 April 2016

Hundreds of workers and young people from more than 40 countries have registered for the May 1 rally organized by the International Committee of the Fourth International.

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

23 April 2016

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

The Times’ Kristof dissembles in defense of Clinton’s “honesty”

By Barry Grey, 26 April 2016

Kristof employs sophistry and lies to defend a former president and first lady who have shamelessly cashed in on their stint in the White House to make themselves rich.

Democrats move to shut down criticism of Clinton’s Wall Street ties

By Tom Eley, 25 April 2016

War, the Democratic Party and the 2016 elections

Where’s the socialism in the Sanders campaign?

More on the 2016 US elections »

Independent panel reports on the disappearance of Mexican normalistas

By Don Knowland, 25 April 2016

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

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

Arts Review

The paintings of Eugène Delacroix at London’s National Gallery

By Ross Mitchell and Paul Mitchell, 26 April 2016

The stated intention of the organisers is to give visitors “the opportunity to (re)discover” the “revolutionary artist” Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863).

A concert of relative rarities by American composer Aaron Copland

By Fred Mazelis, 23 April 2016

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

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

Support the election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party in Berlin! Vote against war and militarism!

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 25 April 2016

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) is standing in the Berlin state elections to provide a political perspective to mobilize the broad opposition to war and social cuts.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

26 April 2016

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

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 Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan

Two years of the Flint water crisis
A crime of capitalism

By Shannon Jones, 25 April 2016

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 »

25 years ago: Over half of Soviet population driven into poverty

A report released in the last week of April 1991 revealed that more than half of the Soviet population had been driven into poverty.

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50 years ago: US troop strength in Vietnam tops 250,000

On April 29, 1966, the number of US troops in Vietnam surpassed 250,000 with the landing of 4,000 soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division at Vũng Tàu.

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75 years ago: Roosevelt intensifies Atlantic war drive

On April 26, 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt announced the United States would launch “sea patrols,” comprised of warships and planes, thousands of miles into the Atlantic.

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100 years ago: German revolutionary Karl Liebknecht denounces war at May Day demonstration

On May 1, 1916, the German Spartacus League, the organization of revolutionary socialists who opposed the imperialist world war that had erupted in August 1914, led a mass demonstration in Berlin on a socialist and anti-war program.

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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.

NHS FIghtback

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

By Robert Stevens and our reporters, 21 April 2016

More on NHS FIghtback »

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