NATO-Russia war tensions laid bare at Washington summit

By Thomas Gaist, 16 May 2016

The past week has seen the American-dominated Western alliance markedly intensify its preparations for aggressive war along Russia’s eastern and southern borders.

US-NATO officials unveil Romania-based missile system

A further eruption of US militarism in the Middle East

Sheriff’s deputies called to Nevada Democratic Convention to preserve Clinton victory

By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2016

The meeting erupted in fistfights and catcalls after dozens of Sanders delegates were disqualified by the party leadership.

Why Sanders won in West Virginia

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

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Verizon strike: CWA officials call New York cops against WSWS reporters

By Sandy English, 16 May 2016

Union officials in Brooklyn called the police to stop strikers from speaking to the WSWS, just days after an NYPD cop, driving a van load of scabs, ran down a striking worker.

Obama’s labor department intervenes in Verizon strike

By our reporters, 16 May 2016

The US Labor Department announced that Verizon, the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers would resume negotiations Tuesday.

“It will come to us next”
Auto and transit workers support Verizon strikers

New picket line assault on Verizon strikers in Massachusetts

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East Cleveland, Ohio seeks bankruptcy protection

By Samuel Davidson, 16 May 2016

East Cleveland, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, is seeking permission to file for bankruptcy.

Tampa, Florida area police operate as guardians of Walmart’s profits

By Matthew MacEgan, 16 May 2016

A recent investigation provides details on the extent to which police departments in the Tampa Bay area have become a virtual private security force for the retail giant.

Postal workers union hails Liberal government’s Canada Post review

By Roger Jordan, 16 May 2016

The CUPW accepts that Canada Post be run as a profit-making business and have sought to prevent a broader struggle in defence of public services.

Zika virus threatens 2016 Olympics

By David Brown and Julio Patron, 16 May 2016

Plans to hold the Olympics in the middle of Brazil’s Zika epidemic threaten to greatly increase the global reach of the virus.

Zika, social inequality and capitalism

India: Tamil Nadu chief minister tries to exploit issue of Sri Lankan Tamils

By Athiyan Silva, 16 May 2016

Jayalalithaa’s promises have nothing to do with any concern about the oppression of Sri Lankan Tamils.

US refuses to finance F-16 fighter jets for Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 16 May 2016

As tensions with Washington escalate, Pakistan has indicated it is looking for alternative jets from China and Russia.

The queen’s China “gaffe”

By Robert Stevens, 16 May 2016

The state visit by China’s Xi Jinping to Britain last year proceeded despite trenchant complaints from sections of the military and intelligence apparatuses.

Ireland’s Fine Gael forms minority government after pact with Fianna Fail

By Dermot Quinn, 16 May 2016

After weeks of negotiations, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has been elected prime minister.

Wage deal in Germany: IG Metall agrees to end industry-wide contracts

By Dietmar Henning, 16 May 2016

Industry heads are enthusiastic about the deal that allows individual corporations to be released from wage contracts when profits are lower than desired.

Singapore expands military training in Australia

By John Roberts, 16 May 2016

The intensified military cooperation between Singapore and Australia is another part of the escalating US “pivot” against China.

Young Australian girl forced to go to Supreme Court to seek abortion

By Mary Beadnell, 16 May 2016

A teenager’s plight shows that the right to abortion is still denied for many working-class girls and women in Australia’s public hospitals.

New in Russian

В России создается Национальная гвардия для защиты капиталистической олигархии

Владимир Волков, 14 мая 2016 г.

В апреле Кремль объявил о создании новой силовой военизированной структуры с расширенными возможностями полицейских государственных репрессий.

New in French

Les forces spéciales américaines opèrent depuis des mois secrètement en Libye

Par Thomas Gaist, 16 mai 2016

Des commandos américains font et planifie la guerre dans des zones de plus en plus étendues en Afrique, au Moyen-Orient et et en Asie.

La destitution de la présidente brésilienne et la chute du Parti des travailleurs

Par Bill Van Auken, 16 mai 2016

Le brusque virage à droite et les immenses dangers auxquels est confrontée la classe ouvrière au Brésil ont été préparés pendant plus d'une décennie par la politique du Parti des travailleurs.

Roussef chassée, le vice-président assemble un gouvernement de droite au Brésil

Par Bill Van Auken, 16 mai 2016

Même si la présidente du parti des travailleurs a été chassée du pouvoir et qu’elle a qualifié cette opération de «coup d'État», elle n’a émis aucun avertissement quant aux attaques à venir de ses anciens alliés politiques.

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Perspective

Barack Obama and a quarter-century of US wars

16 May 2016

The Obama administration embodies the institutionalization of war as the foundation of US foreign policy.

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Obituary

David King 1943-2016: Revolutionary socialist, artist and defender of historical truth

By David North, 14 May 2016

David King, who devoted his extraordinary gifts as an artist to salvaging the historical truth of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its aftermath from beneath the vast edifice of Stalinist crimes and lies, died suddenly in London on May 11.

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

One month on strike: The way forward for Verizon workers

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate, 16 May 2016

The strike by nearly 40,000 Verizon workers is at a crossroads. Jerry White, the SEP’s candidate for US president, will host a call to discuss the way forward for striking workers.

Oppose Obama’s assault on immigrants!

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 14 May 2016

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

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

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

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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Indian leader Rajiv Gandhi assassinated

On the evening of May 21, 1991, Rajiv Gandhi and at least 14 other people were killed by a suicide bomber as he was about to address an election meeting in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

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50 years ago: Major wage strikes in UK, France

At midnight on May 16, 1966, 62,500 British seaman, members of the National Union of Seamen (NUS), went out on strike for a 40-hour workweek and increased wages.

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75 years ago: World war intensifies in Middle East, Africa

This week in 1941 saw the intensification of the major imperialist powers’ struggle for domination of the Middle East and east Africa.

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100 years ago: Britain and France sign Sykes-Picot agreement to carve-up the Middle East

On May 16, 1916, the Sykes-Picot agreement was ratified by Britain and France, after protracted negotiations that extended from November 1915 to March 1916.

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Socialist Equality Party

Paris meeting addresses war danger in Asia, bankruptcy of Tamil nationalism

By Kumaran Ira, 16 May 2016

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) assistant secretary Deepal Jayasekera explained the necessity for an internationally-unified socialist movement to stop war.

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

Arts Review

Hillsborough: A powerful and moving account of Britain’s worst sporting disaster

By Robert Stevens, 14 May 2016

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

By Joanne Laurier, 13 May 2016

Featured Video

Video: Workers speak about families divided by borders

By our reporters, 14 May 2016

The Obama administration has deported over two million people, more than any other in US history.

Commentary

Brazil’s impeachment and the fall of the Workers Party

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2016

US Special Forces have been operating secretly in Libya for months

By Thomas Gaist, 14 May 2016

FBI holds 80,000 pages of secret documents on Saudi-9/11 links

By Patrick Martin, 14 May 2016

A new strategy is needed to fight French labor law

How #UpAllNight seeks to block opposition to French labour law

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan

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

By Sheila Brehm, 13 May 2016

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

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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International May Day 2016

Sri Lankan SEP holds successful May Day meeting in Colombo

By our reporters, 12 May 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

Listen to all the May Day speeches »

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

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!