French government backs neo-fascist protest against opposition to labor law

By Alex Lantier, 19 May 2016

Wednesday’s protest, organised by a police union close to the neo-fascist National Front, was aimed at intimidating broad popular opposition to the Socialist Party's labor reform.

French government escalates repression of protests against labor law

NATO rearmament in Eastern Europe increases danger of world war

By Johannes Stern, 19 May 2016

In the run-up to its July summit in Warsaw, NATO is building up its capabilities in Eastern Europe, heightening the danger of a nuclear conflict with Russia.

NATO-Russia war tensions laid bare at Washington summit

German government steps up military intervention in Africa

By our reporter, 19 May 2016

Separate missions in Mali and the Horn of Africa are aimed at strengthening Germany’s economic and strategic interests in Africa by military means.

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

Queen’s Speech 2016: UK Conservatives continue agenda of austerity and repression

By Robert Stevens, 19 May 2016

The government’s legislative programme for the next year includes new powers for the state under the guise of tackling “extremism” and the abolition of the Human Rights Act.

Many dead or missing after landslides in Sri Lanka

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 May 2016

Successive governments have done nothing to mitigate the death and destruction caused by annual monsoonal rains.

CWA, Verizon impose blackout on contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 19 May 2016

The federal mediator overseeing contract talks, Allison Beck, is a tried and tested representative of the corporate establishment.

The political struggle facing Verizon workers

CWA agrees to federal mediator, prepares sellout of Verizon strike

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New evidence reveals state of Michigan helped to push Flint into pipeline deal

By James Brookfield, 19 May 2016

A “sweetheart” state environmental order was issued to ensure that bond attorneys for the new pipeline would face no financial obstacles to Flint’s signing on to the project.

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

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Venezuela’s right appeals to military amid mounting tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2016

While participation in the right wing’s protests has been scant, unrest is spreading in working class areas.

Maduro government imposes state of emergency in Venezuela

Teachers in widespread walkouts in Mexico

By Don Knowland, 19 May 2016

The strike is in opposition to a 2013 law that gave new powers to the government to monitor, test and fire teachers en masse.

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Panama Papers: Further revelations about New Zealand’s role as a tax haven

By Tom Peters and Sam Price, 19 May 2016

Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca promoted New Zealand to its wealthy clients, including some allegedly involved in illegal activity and one who assisted in the looting of Iraq.

Australia: Fairfax Media imposes forced redundancies

By Terry Cook, 19 May 2016

Amid threatened government legal action against its workers for striking, one of the country’s largest media corporations last week began sacking editorial staff across two states.

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 Turkish

1 Mayıs 2016: Savaş ve 2016 ABD seçimleri

Jerry White, 19 Mayıs 2016

Aşağıdaki konuşma, 1 Mayıs 2016’da düzenlenen Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’nda, SEP’in (ABD) başkan adayı Jerry White tarafından yapıldı.

New in French

Le PS soutient des manifestations néo-fascistes contre les opposants à la loi travail

Par Alex Lantier, 19 mai 2016

Les manifestations, organisées par un syndicat de police proche du Front national, avaient pour but de casser l'opposition majoritaire à la loi travail du PS.

Défiant la répression policière, les manifestations se poursuivent contre la loi Travail en France

Par Stéphane Hugues, 19 mai 2016

En aval d’une grève des chemins de fer mercredi, des conducteurs de camions se sont joints aux jeunes pour protester contre la réactionnaire loi du Travail imposée par le gouvernement PS.

Les États-Unis et leurs alliés menacent d'intensifier la guerre en Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 19 mai 2016

L’absence de date pour la reprise des pourparlers indique que le conflit qui menace une guerre élargie impliquant les États-Unis et la Russie va se continuer.

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Perspective

Democratic Party establishment witch-hunts Sanders’ supporters

19 May 2016

The political and media uproar over the Nevada state Democratic Party convention is an entirely manufactured provocation.

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Arts Review

A further comment on the death of David King, socialist and artist

By David Walsh, 19 May 2016

King was a brilliant graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, archivist, researcher, editor, historian and art collector.

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

Money Monster: Who are the criminals?

By Joanne Laurier, 18 May 2016

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

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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Commentary

The controversy in the US over transgender access to public bathrooms

By Tom Carter, 18 May 2016

Australian Greens leader criticises the US alliance—without mentioning China

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 May 2016

US and its allies threaten escalation of Syrian war

Growing warnings over Chinese debt

The Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan

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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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!