With Rousseff ousted, vice president assembles right-wing government in Brazil

By Bill Van Auken, 13 May 2016

While the ousted Workers Party president condemned her removal as a “coup,” she made no warnings about the attacks to come from her former political allies.

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

US-NATO officials unveil Romania-based missile system

By Thomas Gaist, 13 May 2016

In a move Russian officials denounced as a “direct threat,” US and NATO officials presided over the formal launch of a new missile system based in Bucharest.

Obama’s war summit in Europe

Trump signals backing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare

By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2016

The Republican presidential nominee ensured a love-fest in his meeting with congressional Republican leaders after dropping his professed opposition to cuts in Social Security and Medicare.

Trump backs end to the federal minimum wage

Why Sanders won in West Virginia

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French police attack demonstrations against regressive labor law

By Alex Lantier, 13 May 2016

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated across France yesterday against the Socialist Party’s efforts to impose far reaching reforms without a vote in the National Assembly.

Saudi Arabian regime gripped by factional infighting amid mounting economic crisis

By Jean Shaoul, 13 May 2016

The House of Saud’s relations with its chief backer, US imperialism, are at an all-time low

Obama flies to Saudi Arabia amid rising tensions

New picket line assault on Verizon strikers in Massachusetts

By Shannon Jones, 13 May 2016

The silence of the CWA on the recent attack on a Verizon picket in Queens, New York is encouraging more violent assaults on strikers

“Workers in the Philippines and Mexico are not our enemies”
New York Verizon striker explains need for international strategy

The financialization of the telecom industry and the Verizon strike

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Wall Street presses for Detroit school restructuring deal

By Nancy Hanover, 13 May 2016

Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Judge Steven Rhodes is ramping up pressure for a legislative deal in the state capitol.

Support the struggle of Detroit teachers! Unite the working class in a fight back!

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Notes on police violence
Trial begins for second Baltimore police officer charged in death of Freddie Gray

By Nick Barrickman, 13 May 2016

Opening statements and testimony were heard on Thursday in Baltimore Circuit Court in the trial of police officer Edward M. Nero for the April 2015 death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

North Carolina Sheriff’s Office concealed killing, ignored repeated allegations of brutality

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Missouri carries out first execution of 2016, Alabama execution stayed

By Kate Randall, 13 May 2016

Earl Forrest died by lethal injection Wednesday in Missouri, while Vernon Madison received a stay just hours before his scheduled execution on Thursday in Alabama.

Leader’s resignation sparks crisis in the Parti Québécois

By Laurent Lafrance, 13 May 2016

After less than a year at the helm of the trade union-backed Parti Québécois, media and telecommunications mogul Pierre-Karl Péladeau abruptly resigned.

Patrick Stevedores threatens to lock out Australian port workers

By Terry Cook, 13 May 2016

Amid the campaign for Australia’s July 2 federal election, the major waterfront company has declared it will lock out workers in four states if they take further industrial action.

New Zealand’s housing affordability crisis worsens

By Tom Peters and Jeremy Lin, 13 May 2016

The political establishment is scapegoating foreigners, especially Chinese, for the unstable property bubble and lack of affordable housing.

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Estados Unidos, China y la crisis política en América Latina

Por Bill Van Auken, 13 mayo 2016

Discurso de Bill Van Auken en la manifestación internacional del Primero de Mayo.

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Des manifestations éclatent en France contre la loi-travail régressive

Par Alex Lantier, 13 mai 2016

Les manifestants se sont affrontés violemment avec la police et ont saccagé les sièges du Parti socialiste, qui est au gouvernement, dans plusieurs villes de France.

Le militarisme américain éclate une fois de plus au Moyen-Orient

Par Bill Van Auken, 13 mai 2016

Un siècle après la signature du traité Sykes-Picot qui divisait le Moyen-Orient entre les puissances impérialistes, l'éruption du militarisme américain fait éclater le système d'États-nations créé par ce traité.

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1 Mayıs 2016: Alman militarizmi bir kez daha boy gösteriyor

Uli Rippert, 13 Mayıs 2016

1 Mayıs 2016’da düzenlenen Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’nda, Partei für Soziale Gleichheit’ın (Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi – Almanya) genel sekteri Uli Rippert tarafından yapılan konuşma.

1 Mayıs 2016: Avrupa Birliği'nin krizi ve savaş yönelimi

Peter Schwarz, 13 Mayıs 2016

1 Mayıs 2016’da düzenlenen Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’nda, Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi’nin sekreteri Peter Schwarz tarafından yapılan konuşma.

1 Mayıs 2016: ABD-Çin çatışması ve Latin Amerika’daki siyasi kriz

Bill Van Auken, 13 Mayıs 2016

WSWS’nin Latin Amerika editörü Bill Van Auken'in Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’nda yaptığı konuşma.

1 Mayıs 2016: Asya-Pasifik’teki savaş yönelimine karşı çıkın

James Cogan, 13 Mayıs 2016

1 Mayıs 2016’da düzenlenen Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’nda, Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (Avustralya) ulusal sekreteri James Cogan tarafından yapılan konuşma.

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Warum Sanders in West Virginia gewonnen hat

Von Joseph Kishore, 13. Mai 2016

Clintons vernichtende Niederlage gegen Sanders, der sich als „demokratischen Sozialisten“ bezeichnet, ist in einem Staat wie West Virginia von großer politischer Bedeutung.

Brasilien: Senat suspendiert Präsidentin Dilma Rousseff

Von Bill Van Auken, 13. Mai 2016

Die neue Regierung von Michel Temer hat die Aufgabe, die Arbeiterklasse frontal anzugreifen.

Hedgefonds steigt bei Volkswagen ein

Von Dietmar Henning, 13. Mai 2016

Der britische Fonds TCI plant ein beispielloses Massaker an Arbeitsplätzen, Löhnen und Arbeitsbedingungen, um saftige Gewinne aus den Beschäftigten herauszupressen.

Russland gründet Nationalgarde zum Schutz der Oligarchie

Von Wladimir Wolkow, 13. Mai 2016

Der Kreml gab vor kurzem die Gründung einer neuen Polizei-Sondereinheit mit erweiterten Befugnissen zur Unterdrückung der Bevölkerung bekannt.

May Day 2016: Die internationale Arbeiterklasse ist eine enorme soziale Kraft

Von Joseph Kishore, 13. Mai 2016

Mit dieser Rede fasst Kishore die Beiträge des International May Day zusammen und zieht die politischen Schlussfolgerungen.

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Perspective

Obama and the bombing of Hiroshima

13 May 2016

The American president will travel to Hiroshima not to apologize for past crimes, but to prepare new ones.

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The 2016 SEP US Election Campaign

After sickouts, what is the way forward for Detroit teachers?

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 13 May 2016

The struggle of Detroit teachers poses the need to unite all sections of the working class in a movement against big business and its political servants in both parties.

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

By Niles Niemuth, 12 May 2016

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Commentary

A new strategy is needed to fight French labor law

By Alex Lantier, 13 May 2016

The most politically conscious and advanced layers of workers and youth must prepare themselves not only for the mass struggles that will erupt, but for socialist revolution.

How #UpAllNight seeks to block opposition to French labour law

UK Brexit referendum campaign dominated by xenophobia and war rhetoric

By Chris Marsden, 12 May 2016

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

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan

Corporate-backed charities come up with teaspoon of help for Flint

By Sheila Brehm, 13 May 2016

A spokesman for the foundations claim the money—to be distributed over five years—is intended to provide “a sense of hope” for the residents of Flint.

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

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

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

Obama in Flint: Let them drink lead

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Arts Review

San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 2
The Return, about released prisoners, and other social dramas (or comedies)

By Joanne Laurier, 13 May 2016

In a number of the films screened at the festival, their creators were evidently overwhelmed by the disintegrating social structures in some of the most impoverished parts of the world.

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

By David Walsh, 11 May 2016

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 May 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Clinton campaign lurches to the right

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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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