Maduro government imposes state of emergency in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2016

While the Venezuelan president said that the decree was aimed at “international and national threats,” the most pressing challenge to his government comes from the working class.

Brazil’s impeachment and the fall of the Workers Party

Venezuela on the knife’s edge as economy collapses

Duterte offers cabinet posts to Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 17 May 2016

The president-elect has vowed to restore hangings and not to back down on the country’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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

NATO build-up in Romania and Moldova directed against Russia

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 17 May 2016

The recent activation in Romania of the first land-based element of the NATO missile defense system has provoked a harsh reaction from Moscow.

US department store sales plunge, jobless claims rise

By Barry Grey, 17 May 2016

The slump in major chain store sales reflects the impact of a vast reordering of class relations in the US with devastating consequences for the working class.

Talks resume as Obama administration collaborates with CWA to shut down Verizon strike

By our reporters, 17 May 2016

The White House is intent on wrapping up the Verizon strike as soon as possible by helping the CWA impose a settlement on management’s terms.

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

One month on strike: The way forward for Verizon workers

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Jeremy Corbyn appeals to UK Labour’s Blairite wing for unity

By Chris Marsden, 17 May 2016

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s lofty pretence at being above personal insults would carry more weight if it was not routinely employed to justify his latest political capitulation to the right wing.

UK: Manchester United ground evacuated in false terror scare

By Robert Stevens, 17 May 2016

No explanation has yet been provided by Manchester United, the police or the company that left a dummy explosive device in a football stadium, of Sunday’s extraordinary events.

French government escalates repression of protests against labor law

By Stéphane Hugues, 17 May 2016

Even though this illegitimate and regressive law has technically been passed, a majority of the French people want protests against it to continue.

Refugees shot by Turkish border guards

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 May 2016

According to eyewitness reports published by Human Rights Watch, at least five people were shot or beaten to death by Turkish border guards on the country’s border with Syria in March and April.

Australian rate cut warnings point to economic slump

By Mike Head, 17 May 2016

The predictions indicate a deflationary “vortex” of falling prices, business investment and living standards.

New in Turkish

Fransız iş yasasına karşı mücadele için yeni bir strateji gerekiyor

Alex Lantier, 17 Mayıs 2016

İşçilerin ve gençliğin siyasi olarak en bilinçli ve ileri kesimleri, sadece patlayacak olan kitle mücadelelerine değil ama sosyalist devrime hazırlanmalıdır.

1 Mayıs 2016: Brexit referandumu ve milliyetçiliğe ve savaşa karşı mücadele

Chris Marsden, 17 Mayıs 2016

1 Mayıs 2016’da düzenlenen Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’nda, Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (Britanya) ulusal sekreteri Chris Marsden tarafından yapılan konuşma.

1 Mayıs 2016: Sığınmacı krizi ve sürekli savaş çağı

Julie Hyland, 17 Mayıs 2016

Aşağıdaki konuşma, 1 Mayıs 2016 günü düzenlenen Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’nda, Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (Britanya) ulusal sekreter yardımcısı Julie Hyland tarafından yapıldı.

Rusya’yı ve Çin’i “emperyalist” olarak göstermenin ardındakiler: Teorik şarlatanlıkta bir örnek olay

Johannes Stern, 17 Mayıs 2016

Hem Rusya’yı hem de Çin’i daha küçük, daha kolay bir şekilde sindirilebilir parçalara bölme, bu ülkelerin değerli doğal kaynaklarına egemen olma perspektifi, önde gelen jeo-stratejistler tarafından uzun süredir tartışılmaktadır.

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Le sommet de Washington révélateur des tensions militaires entre l'Otan et la Russie

Par Thomas Gaist, 17 mai 2016

La semaine passée a vu l'alliance occidentale dominée par les Etats-Unis intensifier nettement ses préparatifs agressifs de guerre le long des frontières orientale et méridionnale de la Russie.

Réunion publique à Paris sur le danger de guerre en Asie et la faillite du nationalisme tamoul

Par Kumaran Ira, 17 mai 2016

Le secrétaire adjoint du Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), Deepal Jayasekera, a expliqué la nécessité d’un mouvement socialiste international unifié pour stopper la guerre.

La révision de la politique de défense du Canada prépare une expansion considérable du militarisme et de la guerre

Par Roger Jordan, 17 mai 2016

Le document de révision de «consultation» affirme que le Canada devrait approfondir ses liens stratégiques avec les États-Unis, la puissance impérialiste la plus agressive de la planète.

New in German

Brasilien: Absetzung der Präsidentin besiegelt Niedergang der Arbeiterpartei PT

Von Bill Van Auken, 17. Mai 2016

In Brasilien vollzieht sich ein deutlicher Rechtsruck. Dafür verantwortlich ist die Arbeiterpartei PT, die dreizehn Jahre lang die Regierungspolitik bestimmte.

Gipfel in Washington: scharfe Spannungen zwischen Nato und Russland

Von Thomas Gaist, 17. Mai 2016

Letzte Woche hat die Nato ihre Vorbereitungen auf einen Angriffskrieg entlang der Ost- und Südgrenze Russlands deutlich verstärkt.

Bundesregierung verstärkt Militäreinsatz in Afrika

Von Johannes Stern, 17. Mai 2016

Am vergangenen Donnerstag beschloss der deutsche Bundestag mit großer Mehrheit die Ausweitung der Bundeswehreinsätze in Mali und am Horn von Afrika.

David King 1943-2016: Revolutionärer Sozialist, Künstler und Kämpfer für die historische Wahrheit

Von David North, 17. Mai 2016

David King, der seine herausragende Begabung der Aufgabe widmete, die Wahrheit über die russische Revolution und ihre Folgezeit aus dem kolossalen Lügengebäude des Stalinismus hervorzuholen, ist am 11. Mai unerwartet verstorben.

Obama und die Bombardierung Hiroshimas

Von Andre Damon, 17. Mai 2016

Der amerikanische Präsident reist nicht nach Hiroshima, um sich für die Verbrechen der Vergangenheit zu entschuldigen, sondern um neue vorzubereiten.

Oktoberfest-Attentat: Bundesregierung und Verfassungsschutz verweigern Auskünfte

Von Dietmar Henning, 17. Mai 2016

Seit über einem Jahr weigert sich das Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, Akten zum Bombenattentat auf das Münchener Oktoberfest vor über 35 Jahren herauszugeben.

Frankreich:
Wie „Nuit debout“ versucht, die Opposition gegen das neue Arbeitsgesetz zu unterlaufen

Von Francis Dubois, 17. Mai 2016

Die Besetzung öffentlicher Plätze, angeführt von Aktivisten, die eng mit den Gewerkschaften und der kleinbürgerlichen Linken verbunden sind, führt den Widerstand der Arbeiterklasse gegen die Kürzungspolitik in eine Sackgasse.

Paris: Versammlung zur Kriegsgefahr in Asien und dem Bankrott des tamilischen Nationalismus

Von Kumaran Ira, 17. Mai 2016

Deepal Jayasekera, stellvertretender Vorsitzender der SEP (Sri Lanka), erläuterte die Notwendigkeit einer internationalen sozialistischen Bewegung, um die Kriegsgefahr zu bannen.

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Perspective

The political struggle facing Verizon workers

17 May 2016

The month-long strike by 40,000 workers at Verizon Communications in the eastern United States is at a critical juncture.

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SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

Obama to American youth: Stop complaining, things have never been better!

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 17 May 2016

While media attention has focused on Obama’s swipes at Donald Trump, more significant was his chastisement of young people for supporting the campaign of self-declared socialist Bernie Sanders.

Oppose Obama’s assault on immigrants!

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

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

More on the SEP 2016 US election campaign »

Commentary

Barack Obama and a quarter-century of US wars

By David North, 16 May 2016

NATO-Russia war tensions laid bare at Washington summit

US Special Forces have been operating secretly in Libya for months

Obituary

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

By David North, 14 May 2016

The Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan

Video: Flint, Michigan resident speaks on lack of services for poisoned residents

By Tim Rivers, 17 May 2016

Keri Webber, whose family still suffers serious health issues as a result of the lead contamination of Flint’s water, says those affected by the disaster have been left to fend for themselves.

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

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 3
Radio Dreams, about Iranian Americans—and the problem of images without insight

By David Walsh, 17 May 2016

Radio Dreams is a pleasurable experience. Other films at the San Francisco festival––The Event, No Home Movie, Counting, Five Nights in Maine––fared less well.

An interview with Babak Jalali, director of Radio Dreams

By David Walsh, 17 May 2016

The WSWS spoke to Babak Jalali during the recent San Francisco International Film Festival.

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 May 2016

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

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.

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

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

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!