US and its allies threaten escalation of Syrian war

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2016

The failure to set a date for the resumption of talks points to the continuation of a conflict that threatens to spill over into a wider war involving the US and Russia.

Barack Obama and a quarter-century of US wars

NATO-Russia war tensions laid bare at Washington summit

US Special Forces have been operating secretly in Libya for months

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US forces in combat in Somalia as AFRICOM plans for war across continent

By Thomas Gaist, 18 May 2016

Washington is preparing interventions throughout sub-Saharan Africa, where the US military’s Africa Command is currently examining a dozen locations for new bases.

CWA agrees to federal mediator, prepares sellout of Verizon strike

By Samuel Davidson, 18 May 2016

The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers agreed to a federal mediator during talks overseen by the Obama administration.

The political struggle facing Verizon workers

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

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

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Sanders’ strong showing in Oregon, Kentucky extends Democratic presidential contest

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2016

After winning in Oregon and virtually tying Hillary Clinton in Kentucky, Bernie Sanders said he would continue his campaign through the last primary and into the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Canadian ruling elite divided over prospect of Trump presidency

By Roger Jordan, 18 May 2016

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

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Defying police repression, protests continue against French labour law

By Stéphane Hugues, 18 May 2016

In the run-up to a rail strike planned for Wednesday, sections of truck drivers joined youth protesting the reactionary French labour law imposed by the Socialist Party government.

French government escalates repression of protests against labor law

Growing warnings over Chinese debt

By Nick Beams, 18 May 2016

The IMF has reported that one sixth of Chinese business loans are on the books of companies earning less revenue than their interest payments.

US department store sales plunge, jobless claims rise

Australian rate cut warnings point to economic slump

Boston Public Schools students walk out over budget cuts

By Kate Randall, 18 May 2016

More than one thousand students walked out of classes Tuesday for the second protest this year against budget cuts that threaten student services and teachers’ jobs.

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UK: Gap in life expectancy between rich and poor widens for first time since 1870

By Trevor Johnson, 18 May 2016

The growing discrepancy in life expectancy between the rich and poor is the result of decades of attacks on jobs, wages and living standards.

Notes on the London housing crisis
One third of London renters sinking into debt

By Allison Smith, 18 May 2016

Last year, one in five families was forced to move home in the capital. Rent has soared 20 percent over the past five years, while average pay has increased only 2 percent.

UN officials say torture is “common practice” in Sri Lanka

By Minusha Fernando, 18 May 2016

The revelations constitute a damning exposure of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government’s claims to defend democratic rights.

New in Turkish

Türk sınır muhafızları tarafından vurulan sığınmacılar

Martin Kreickenbaum, 18 Mayıs 2016

Bu, AB'nin sığınmacı politikasının (Ankara’daki hükümeti dış sınırlarını kapatmada AB’nin maşası yapan Türkiye ile kirli anlaşmanın) gerçek yüzünü göstermektedir.

New in Russian

Дэвид Кинг 1943–2016: Революционный социалист, художник и защитник исторической правды

Дэвид Норт, 18 мая 2016 г.

Дэвид Кинг, посвятивший свой художественный талант спасению исторической правды об Октябрьской революции 1917 года и последовавших затем событиях от нагромождений лжи, созданных сталинистскими преступлениями и фальсификациями, внезапно умер в Лондоне 11 мая этого года.

New in French

Barack Obama et un quart de siècle de guerres américaines

Par David North, 18 mai 2016

L'administration Obama incarne l'institutionnalisation de la guerre comme fondement de la politique étrangère américaine.

Loi travail : l’action combinée du PS et de la pseudo-gauche renforce le FN

Par Francis Dubois, 18 mai 2016

Alors que des centaines de milliers de travailleurs se sont mobilisés pendant des mois contre la loi El Khomri, le parti néofasciste progresse dans les sondages.

Les travailleurs de Verizon devant une lutte politique

Par Jerry White, 18 mai 2016

La grève d'un mois menée par 40.000 travailleurs de Verizon Communications dans l'est des Etats-Unis, a atteint un point critique.

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Perspective

The controversy in the US over transgender access to public bathrooms

18 May 2016

The actions of the Democrats with respect to the North Carolina “bathroom bill” reflect their strategy of using identity politics to provide a cover for their right-wing and anti-democratic policies.

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Commentary

Australian Greens leader criticises the US alliance—without mentioning China

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 May 2016

While denouncing aspects of the US-Australia alliance, Di Natale stopped short of raising the preparations for war against China or the crisis in the South China Sea.

Germany: How the pseudo-left justify the Left Party’s shift to the right

By Johannes Stern and Peter Schwarz, 18 May 2016

The pseudo-left groups which either work in or around the Left Party have assumed the task of defending its rightward shift.

Maduro government imposes state of emergency in Venezuela

Duterte offers cabinet posts to Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines

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

Arts Review

Money Monster: Who are the criminals?

By Joanne Laurier, 18 May 2016

Money Monster is the latest film to depict the consequences of the 2008 financial crash and the criminal manipulations of the financial elite.

San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 3
Radio Dreams, about Iranian Americans—and the problem of images without insight

An interview with Babak Jalali, director of Radio Dreams

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

The Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan

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

By Carlos Delgado, 18 May 2016

The final part in our series profiling the major figures in the crisis focuses on those who conspired to cover up the devastating effects of the lead exposure.

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

By Tim Rivers, 17 May 2016

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

Obama in Flint: Let them drink lead

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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

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

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Obituary

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

By David North, 14 May 2016

Featured Video

Video: Workers speak about families divided by borders

By our reporters, 14 May 2016

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

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!