Brazil Senate vote ousts Workers Party President Dilma Rousseff

By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2016

The government being formed by Michel Temer has been brought to power to carry out a frontal assault on the Brazilian working class.

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

Protests erupt in France against regressive labor law

By Alex Lantier, 12 May 2016

Protesters clashed violently with police and sacked the headquarters of the ruling Socialist Party in several cities across France.

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

The working class in France mobilizes against austerity

Australian Greens offer to enter future coalition with Labor

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 May 2016

The Greens are presenting themselves to the corporate elite as a party of “parliamentary stability.”

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

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

Australian state government imposes draconian “public safety” laws

By Mike Head, 12 May 2016

The two latest bills allow police officers to issue sweeping “crime prevention” and “public safety” orders—including forms of house arrest for up to five years—without a charge, trial or conviction.

Australian “Anzac Day plot” boy entrapped by police

By Cheryl Crisp, 12 May 2016

Obama’s labor board intervenes on behalf of Verizon strikebreakers

By Samuel Davidson, 12 May 2016

A federal district court judge acting at the behest of the National Labor Relations Board has barred Verizon workers from picketing New York City hotels housing strikebreakers.

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

The Communications Workers of America, corporatism and the Verizon strike

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The financialization of the telecom industry and the Verizon strike

By A. Woodson and Philip Guelpa, 12 May 2016

The concessions being demanded by the company reflect the insatiable drive by the banks and transnational corporations for ever-greater returns on investment.

Growing bankruptcy crisis in global oil and gas industry

By Gabriel Black, 12 May 2016

A third of all US oil and gas companies could go bankrupt.

New York Police Commissioner defends NYPD’s use of nuisance laws

By Robert Fowler and Sandy English, 12 May 2016

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton has defended the NYPD’s use of so-called nuisance laws to unconstitutionally search residences and small businesses.

Thousands lose their homes in Alberta wildfire

By Roger Jordan, 12 May 2016

While the fire is now reportedly contained, the authorities have said it will be another two weeks before they can say when the 90,000 it has displaced can return to the Fort McMurray area.

German defence minister announces military expansion

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 May 2016

Following a dramatic increase in the defence budget, the German government has now announced a “personnel about-face.”

Tens of thousands demonstrate against Polish government

By Clara Weiss, 12 May 2016

Under the slogan “We are and will remain in Europe,” tens of thousands demonstrated in Warsaw last Saturday against the Law and Justice Party (PiS) government.

Russia creates National Guard to protect capitalist oligarchy

By Vladimir Volkov, 12 May 2016

The Kremlin recently announced the creation of a new special military force with expanded powers of police state repression.

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Yunan işçiler Syriza’nın kemer sıkma politikalarına karşı grevde

Christoph Vandreier, 12 Mayıs 2016

Yunanistan genelindeki işçi kitleleri hafta sonu boyunca bir genel greve katıldı ve on binlerce kişi, Syriza hükümeti tarafından benimsenip Pazar gecesi Yunan parlamentosundan geçirilen acımasız kemer sıkma önlemleri paketine karşı gösteri yaptı.

1 Mayıs 2016: Savaşın yüceltilmesi ve ilerideki çatışmalara hazırlık

Cheryl Crisp, 12 Mayıs 2016

1 Mayıs 2016’da düzenlenen Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’nda, Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (Avustralya) ulusal sekreter yardımcısı Cheryl Crisp tarafından yapılan konuşma.

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L'ascension de Duterte aux Philippines: un avertissement pour la classe ouvrière internationale

Par Joseph Santolan, 12 mai 2016

L'élection du candidat fascisant Duterte est le résultat de la montée des tensions sociales liées à la transformation par les Etats-Unis de l'Asie orientale en un camp armé dirigé contre la Chine.

Le premier ministre britannique invoque le militarisme et la guerre pour plaider en faveur de rester dans l’UE

Par Julie Hyland, 12 mai 2016

Cameron a fait comprendre qu’il ne parlait pas qu’au nom du Royaume-Uni, mais bien de toutes les grandes puissances impérialistes.

La police sri lankaise arrête des dizaines de jeunes Tamouls

Par Subash Somachandran et S. Jayanth, 12 mai 2016

La répression contre les jeunes tamouls est une nouvelle tentative de diviser les travailleurs sri lankais au moyen du communautarisme alors que Colombo veut imposer les coupes sociales supplémentaires dictées par le FMI.

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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.

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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.

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Perspective

Why Sanders won in West Virginia

12 May 2016

The Democratic Party establishment is promoting a false racial narrative to obscure the real reasons for Sanders’ landslide victory in West Virginia.

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The 2016 SEP US Election Campaign

Video: SEP candidate Niles Niemuth: Top 25 hedge fund managers made $13 billion last year

By Niles Niemuth, 12 May 2016

America is the land of social inequality, where a handful of billionaires continue to amass and squander vast wealth even as millions of workers are kept in poverty and denied the basic necessities of life.

Commentary

UK Brexit referendum campaign dominated by xenophobia and war rhetoric

By Chris Marsden, 12 May 2016

The referendum campaign has exposed the dangers confronting the working class as a result of the growing conflict between the imperialist powers.

For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, British section of the International Committee of the Fourth International

How #UpAllNight seeks to block opposition to French labour law

By Francis Dubois, 12 May 2016

Occupations of public squares led by activists closely tied to the trade unions and the petty-bourgeois left are a dead end for working class opposition to austerity.

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

War danger grows following new US provocation in South China Sea

A further eruption of US militarism in the Middle East

Greek workers strike against Syriza’s austerity policies

SEP (US) 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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International May Day 2016

Sri Lankan SEP holds successful May Day meeting in Colombo

By our reporters, 12 May 2016

More than 200 people joined the meeting, which was followed by the International May Day online rally.

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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The 2016 US Elections

Trump backs end to the federal minimum wage

By Patrick Martin, 11 May 2016

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

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

Clinton campaign lurches to the right

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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

Everybody Wants Some!!—Richard Linklater goes to college

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

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan

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

By Carlos Delgado, 11 May 2016

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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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

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

Philosophy

A philosophy professor muses about eliminating the right to vote

By Alexander Fangmann, 7 May 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!

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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