Iraqi regime shaken by storming of Baghdad’s Green Zone

By Thomas Gaist, 2 May 2016

In a desperate effort to prop up its ailing puppet regime, Washington is preparing to meet opposition with, as Defense Secretary Carter put it, “the full might of the US military.”

US military whitewashes attack on Afghan hospital

Civilian deaths in Syria surge as US-Russian brokered ceasefire unravels

Plan B: CIA prepares to arm Syrian “rebels” with antiaircraft weapons

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Political prisoner Gary Tyler freed from Angola prison after 41 years

By Helen Hayes, 2 May 2016

Gary Tyler’s frame-up and decades-long incarceration expose the brutal class character of the American judicial system and its vast prison complex.

Eighty-four migrants missing in new sinking off Libyan coast

By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2016

It is feared that dozens of innocent men, women, and children have again drowned in the Mediterranean, victims of the EU’s sinister and vindictive refugee policy.

Austria abolishes right to asylum

By Markus Salzmann, 2 May 2016

The Austrian government has responded to the success of the Freedom Party (FPÖ) in the first round of the presidential election by embracing its far-right politics.

Germany: Left Party state government organizes brutal deportations in Thuringia

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Australian government defies PNG refugee ruling

By Mike Head, 2 May 2016

The refugees remain incarcerated on Manus Island, despite Papua New Guinea’s highest court declaring their detention unconstitutional and ordering their immediate release.

PNG court declares Australian refugee detention camp illegal

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US senators demand escalation of military confrontation with China

By James Cogan, 2 May 2016

The rhetoric reflects the fact that major figures in the US political establishment are more than prepared to trigger a war.

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

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Verizon steps up strikebreaking after “last, best and final” offer

By Nick Barrickman, 2 May 2016

The company's demands for job cuts and sweeping health care and pension concessions, come as Verizon continues to post immense profits.

“This is the turning point for all of us”
Verizon strikers react to company ultimatum

International Socialist Organization covers for union treachery in Verizon strike

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Poverty has become more concentrated under Obama

By Nancy Hanover, 2 May 2016

A new study reveals the dramatic increase in “high poverty” districts throughout the US in the wake of the 2008 crash.

First Zika death on US territory as Congress delays funding

By David Brown, 2 May 2016

The CDC has confirmed the first Zika-related death in Puerto Rico as the conditions that have allowed the virus to spread continue to worsen.

London mayoral elections: A contest between two right-wing candidates

By Michael Barnes, 2 May 2016

Under Tory Mayor Boris Johnson, London has cemented its position as the playground of a corrupt financial oligarchy and one of the most socially polarised cities on the planet.

UK Labour leadership, bowing to right-wing campaign, suspends Ken Livingstone

German army prepares for cyberwar

By Johannes Stern, 2 May 2016

Contrary to claims that the new department only serves for “defence” against cyber-attacks, the final report makes clear that the Bundeswehr is preparing for offensive cyberwarfare.

Volkswagen works council and IG Metall back executive bonuses

By Dietmar Henning, 2 May 2016

While thousands of workers are losing their jobs due to the emission scandal, top executives are reaping huge bonuses.

New in French

La fin peu glorieuse de la « révolution politique » de Sanders

Par Patrick Martin, 2 mai 2016

Toute la campagne de Sanders était destinée à empêcher que la vague montante d'opposition populaire aux États-Unis ne se libère du carcan du Parti démocrate.

Le FMI, l’UE et le gouvernement Syriza préparent plus d’austérité en Grèce

Par Alex Lantier, 2 mai 2016

Les autorités américaines et européennes menacent de pousser la Grèce à faire défaut sur sa dette si elle n’impose pas de nouvelles coupes sociales

À la veille des manifestations contre la loi El Khomri, les cheminots français organisent une journée de grève

Par Alex Lantier et Stéphane Hugues, 2 mai 2016

Les syndicats, qui cherchent à bloquer l’entrée des travailleurs dans la lutte contre la réforme du droit du travail, n’ont organisé aucune réunion ou manifestation le jour de la grève.

Sous la pression chinoise, l'Inde annule le visa du séparatiste ouïghour Dolkun Isa

Par Kumaran Ira, 2 mai 2016

L’Inde a annulé un visa délivré au séparatiste ouïgour soutenu par les États-Unis, Dolkun Isa, qui devait assister à une conférence à Dharamsala.

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Perspective

Oppose the witch-hunt of Ken Livingstone!

2 May 2016

Ken Livingstone, accused of anti-Semitism, is the target of a smear campaign aimed at discrediting all criticism of Israel and shifting the Labour Party still further to the right.

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International May Day 2016

May Day 2016: Introductory report by David North

By David North, 2 May 2016

We are publishing here the introductory remarks to the International Online May Day Rally by David North, chairman of the WSWS International Editorial Board and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US).

Third International May Day Online Rally evokes powerful response

By Shannon Jones, 2 May 2016

The May Day rally, in which workers and young people from more than 90 different countries participated, was centered on the fight to build a global movement of workers, students and youth against imperialist war.

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

SEP (US) Election Campaign

The reality of poverty in America: SEP candidate replies to Obama’s “frustration” over social discontent

By Niles Niemuth, 30 April 2016

The policies of the Obama administration have produced the predictable and desired outcome of soaring wealth for a small minority and poverty, unemployment and low-wage jobs for the vast majority.

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

22 April 2016

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Commentary

White House correspondents dinner: A degrading spectacle of conformism

By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2016

The political, media and entertainment elite stage this annual celebration of wealth and influence.

The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Patrick Martin, 30 April 2016

IMF, European Union, Syriza government prepare more austerity in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 30 April 2016

Obama touts an economic "legacy" of inequality and poverty

By Andre Damon, 29 April 2016

US authorizes intensified air strikes against civilians in Iraq and Syria

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Apple sales decline points to faultlines in global economy

Michigan officials “game” sampling of lead in water

Mehring Books

Mehring Books launching May Day sale

30 April 2016

In its May Day sale, Mehring Books is offering significant discounts on its wide selection of Marxist works.

Arts Review

Songs My Brothers Taught Me: The plight of a Lakota youth

By Norisa Diaz and Kevin Martinez, 2 May 2016

The film is a lyrical and honest look at the poverty and social neglect that affects one of the most historically oppressed communities in the United States.

Class Divide: A close-up look at gentrification, inequality in New York City

By Fred Mazelis, 29 April 2016

Prince (1958-2016)

25 years: South Korean workers and students clash with government over murder of union leader

On May 6, 1991, the body of South Korean union leader Park Chang-soo was found on the street outside Anyang Hospital.

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50 years ago: Nasser threatens Saudi Arabia

On May 1, 1966, in a speech marking May Day, Egyptian President Gamel Abdel Nasser threatened to invade and occupy parts of Saudi Arabia.

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75 years ago: Iraq rebels against British occupation

On May 2, 1941 Iraqi military forces launched an artillery assault on the British Royal Air Force at the Habbania air base, situated on the Euphrates River just west of Baghdad.

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100 years ago: Leaders of Easter Uprising in Ireland executed

Beginning on May 3, 1916, and continuing until May 12, British authorities carried out the execution by firing squad of 15 leaders of the failed Easter Uprising for Irish independence.

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The 2016 US Elections

Hundreds protest outside Trump campaign events in California

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2016

Trump’s “America First” speech and the US war election

Sanders campaigns in West Virginia

By Naomi Spencer and Clement Daly, 30 April 2016

US Vice President Biden travels to Iraq for crisis talks

By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2016

Sanders’ phony “Medicare for All” proposal

By Esther Galen, 30 April 2016

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Workers Struggles

German public sector union holds “warning strikes”

By Marianne Arens, 29 April 2016

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

Berlin elections: Workers and students speak out against war

By our reporters, 28 April 2016

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE meetings in Germany oppose militarism and war

By our correspondents, 29 April 2016

Successful IYSSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand against the drive to war

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 27 April 2016

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

Socialist Equality Party

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

4 April 2016