War danger grows following new US provocation in South China Sea

By James Cogan, 11 May 2016

US imperialism continues to stoke up long-standing, competing claims over territory in the South China Sea to militarily encircle and destabilise the Chinese regime.

US provocations against China threaten world war

US senators demand escalation of military confrontation with China

Highest-earning US hedge fund managers raked in $13 billion last year

By Niles Niemuth, 11 May 2016

The top hedge fund managers made more in a year than the cost of replacing all lead pipes in Flint, Michigan and fixing the city’s poisoned public water system.

French Socialist Party uses special powers to impose unpopular labour law reform

By Alex Lantier, 11 May 2016

For two months, millions of workers and youth have been protesting the El Khomri Law, to which three-quarters of the French population are opposed.

French government presents labour law to the National Assembly

The working class in France mobilizes against austerity

UK: Corbyn launches Labour’s effort to cover for right-wing Remain campaign

By Chris Marsden, 11 May 2016

With the Conservatives divided, the Labour Party’s ability to deliver its 9 million voters is considered essential for the sections of the ruling class supporting a Remain vote on Brexit.

UK prisoners “potential assets to be harnessed” for profit

By John Newham, 11 May 2016

UK prime minister invokes militarism and war to argue for EU membership

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

Trump backs end to the federal minimum wage

By Patrick Martin, 11 May 2016

Trump is advocating a race to the bottom, in which governors and legislatures would offer minimum wage reductions and exemptions to entice companies to locate in their state.

Trump’s victory: A dangerous turning point in American politics

Sanders defeats Clinton in West Virginia primary by large margin

By Naomi Spencer, 11 May 2016

Sanders’ victory points to the deep social tensions in the state and the continued hostility to Clinton, despite the fact that she is being presented as the inevitable Democratic Party nominee.

Clinton campaign lurches to the right

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CWA silent after Verizon worker run down by New York City cop

By Nick Barrickman, 11 May 2016

The incident has exposed the strikebreaking operation being coordinated by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Verizon striker run down as New York cops protect scabs

The Communications Workers of America, corporatism and the Verizon strike

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Honeywell locks out workers in New York and Indiana

By Philip Guelpa, 11 May 2016

The workers, isolated by the United Auto Workers, were locked out after rejecting major concessions contracts at two aerospace plants.

Brazil’s Senate set to vote on impeachment of Rousseff

By Bill Van Auken, 11 May 2016

Michel Temer, Rousseff’s vice president, has begun putting together a new government that would be the one of the most reactionary since the end of the military dictatorship.

Brazil’s post-Rousseff cabinet to include advocate of police repression

Brazil’s impeachment crisis and the debacle of the Workers Party

Australian Labor shadow treasurer foreshadows post-election spending cuts

By Nick Beams, 11 May 2016

Labor shadow treasurer Chris Bowen used his National Press Club address to attack the Turnbull government for having no plan to reduce the budget deficit.

Australian PM announces “double-dissolution” election for July 2

Hundreds die in Indian heat wave

By Kanda Gabriel, 11 May 2016

The wave of heat-stroke deaths is a product of the lack of basic services and infrastructure that hundreds of millions of Indians confront daily.

Sri Lankan police arrest scores of Tamil youth

By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 11 May 2016

The repression of Tamil youth is another attempt to divide Sri Lankan workers along communal lines and follows Colombo’s agreement to impose more IMF cuts.

New in Russian

Поддержите предвыборную кампанию Партии Социалистического Равенства в Берлине! Голосуйте против войны и милитаризма!

Партия Социалистического Равенства, 11 мая 2016 г.

Партия Социалистического Равенства начинает предвыборную кампанию по выборам в законодательное собрание Берлина, чтобы дать политическую перспективу массовой оппозиции войне и социальным сокращениям.

New in Spanish

Primero de Mayo del 2016 y el futuro del socialismo

Por Joseph Kishore, 11 mayo 2016

La tercera movilización anual en línea del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional del Primero de Mayo, fue el único acto internacional con una perspectiva marxista contra la campaña de violencia imperialista que pone en peligro el futuro de la humanidad.

New in French

Le PS veut utiliser l'article 49-3 pour imposer la loi El Khomri

Par Alex Lantier, 11 mai 2016

Depuis deux mois, des millions de travailleurs et de jeunes manifestent contre la loi El Khomri, envers laquelle les trois quarts de la population française sont hostiles.

L’UE prépare des décennies d’austérité pour la Grèce

Par Alex Lantier, 11 mai 2016

Malgré les grèves et les protestations de masse, Syriza accepte, sous couvert de restructurer la dette grecque, que des coupes sociales soient effectuées durant des décennies.

New in German

Eine weitere Eskalation des US-Militarismus im Nahen Osten

Von Bill Van Auken, 11. Mai 2016

Einhundert Jahre nachdem der Nahe Osten durch das Sykes-Picot-Abkommen unter den imperialistischen Mächten aufgeteilt wurde, hat die Eskalation des US-Militarismus das damals geschaffene Nationalstaatensystem zerstört.

Mehr Personal für die Bundeswehr

Von Ulrich Rippert, 11. Mai 2016

Nach einer drastischen Aufstockung des Wehretats hat die Bundesregierung nun die „Trendwende Personal“ angekündigt.

EU plant Jahrzehnte der Austerität in Griechenland

Von Alex Lantier, 11. Mai 2016

Trotz Massenstreiks und Protesten akzeptiert Syriza Kürzungen auf Jahrzehnte hinaus. Den Vorwand dafür liefert die Umstrukturierung der Schulden.

Was ist der Grund für Trumps Erfolg unter den Bergarbeitern in West Virginia?

Von Jerry White – Präsidentschaftskandidat der SEP, 11. Mai 2016

Dass Trump unter Arbeitern Gehör findet, liegt am Verrat der Gewerkschaften und ihrer Unterordnung der Arbeiterklasse unter die Demokratische Partei.

May Day 2016: Das Brexit-Referendum und der Kampf gegen Nationalismus und Krieg

Von Chris Marsden, 11. Mai 2016

Chris Marsden, der Nationale Sekretär der Socialist Equality Party (Großbritannien), hielt im Rahmen der internationalen Online-Maiversammlung des IKVI die folgende Rede.

May Day 2016: Die Flüchtlingskrise und das Zeitalter des ununterbrochenen Kriegs

Von Julie Hyland, 11. Mai 2016

Julie Hyland, die stellvertretende Nationale Sekretärin der Socialist Equality Party (Großbritannien), hielt im Rahmen der internationalen Online-Maiversammlung des IKVI die folgende Rede.

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Perspective

The rise of Duterte in the Philippines: A warning to the international working class

11 May 2016

The election of the fascistic Duterte is the product of mounting social tensions bound up with the US-led transformation of East Asia into an armed camp directed against China.

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The water crisis in Flint, Michigan

Who’s who in the Flint water crisis: Part two

By Carlos Delgado, 11 May 2016

The second part in our series profiling the major figures in the crisis focuses on those who oversaw the switch to the Flint River.

Who’s who in the Flint water crisis: Part one

Angry reaction to Obama’s speech in Flint
An interview with LeeAnne Walters

Obama in Flint: Let them drink lead

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The SEP 2016 Election Campaign

Video: SEP presidential candidate Jerry White—Obama says Flint crisis is no big deal

By Jerry White, 9 May 2016

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Arts Review

San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 1
Look at today’s filmmaking … then look at the world

By David Walsh, 11 May 2016

The recent San Francisco International Film Festival, in its 59th edition, screened some 175 films, including approximately 100 feature-length films, from 46 countries.

Everybody Wants Some!!—Richard Linklater goes to college

Looking for Grace—a strangely cold story about a teenager leaving home

David Walsh speaks on “Art, War and Social Revolution” at meetings in California

Commentary

Murdoch tabloid appeals to voters to “save” Labor candidate in Australian elections

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 May 2016

The Daily Telegraph’s editorial expressed concerns within ruling circles that the elections are deepening the crisis of the two-party parliamentary set-up.

After Syriza imposes billions in new cuts
EU plans decades of austerity for Greece

IDF major general compares Israel with pre-Holocaust Germany

The Berlin Senate’s inhuman deportation policy

Venezuela on the knife’s edge as economy collapses

Socialist Equality Party

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

Meeting in Paris May 15
The socialist struggle against war and the bankruptcy of Tamil nationalism

IYSSE

Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!
For a socialist program against Labor, the Liberals and the Greens

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 11 May 2016

The National Union of Students has called rallies to bolster the populist posturing of Labor and the Greens.

Committee minutes reveal anti-democratic discrimination against IYSSE at University of Melbourne

International May Day 2016

May Day 2016: Introductory report by David North

By David North, 2 May 2016

May Day 2016 and the future of socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 4 May 2016

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Philosophy

A philosophy professor muses about eliminating the right to vote

By Alexander Fangmann, 7 May 2016

A recent piece in the New York Times by Gary Gutting, a Notre Dame philosophy professor, indicates the readiness of a layer of intellectuals to support the imposition of dictatorial methods of rule.

The 2016 US Elections

What accounts for Trump’s support among West Virginia miners?

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 7 May 2016

Republican split deepens over Trump nomination

Trump names hedge fund boss as finance chairman

The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

Socialist Alternative: Charlatanry and lies in support of Sanders’ “political revolution”

Sanders’ phony “Medicare for All” proposal

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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!

25 years ago: Baker follows up US war against Iraq with Mideast tour

This week in May 1991, US Secretary of State James Baker conducted a six-day round of imperialist diplomacy in the Middle East with an itinerary that included secret talks in Riyadh, Damascus, Amman, Cairo and Jerusalem.

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50 years ago: Ky crushes dissidents in South Vietnam

On May 15,1 966, tank units loyal to South Vietnamese dictator Nguyen Cao Ky crushed rebel units based in the city of Danang after a brief but bitter battle.

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75 years ago: Vichy French regime bows to Nazi SS

On May 14, 1941 French head of state Henri Petain announced to the nation that France would subordinate itself to Hitler’s new world order in Europe.

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100 years ago: US Marines occupy the Dominican Republic

On May 15, 1916, US marines, who had been landed on the soil of the Dominican Republic, entered the capital city of Santo Domingo and took possession of the center of the city.

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