Telecom, airlines, retail, manufacturing workers entering battles
Growing signs of a resurgence of class conflict in the US

By Jerry White, 24 May 2016

The growth of the class struggle in the US poses the need for a unified fight by the working class against the capitalist system and the two big business parties that defend it.

A resurgence of class struggle

“What they are fighting for, we are fighting for”
Striking AT&T West workers declare support for Verizon struggle

By our reporters, 24 May 2016

AT&T West workers in San Diego, California are now entering the fifth day of a strike over working conditions and the corporate offensive against pensions and wages.

Nurses at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s prepare strike vote

By John Marion, 24 May 2016

AT&T West strike in San Diego begins to break CWA isolation of Verizon struggle

Verizon strikers denounce federal mediation, CWA news blackout

More on the Verizon strike »

US assassination of Taliban leader signals escalation of Afghanistan-Pakistan war

By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2016

The killing of Mansour occurred in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan, which was previously off-limits to US strikes due to opposition from sections of the Pakistani state.

US-backed offensive to seize Iraqi city of Fallujah

By Peter Symonds, 24 May 2016

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi is desperately seeking to shore up his fragile government.

Canadian ruling elite applauds Liberal government for securing seat at Syria peace talks

By Roger Jordan, 24 May 2016

Canada’s seat at the table has been secured through its services rendered in the US-led military operations in the Middle East.

Baltimore police officer on trial for the death of Freddie Gray found not guilty

By George Gallanis, 24 May 2016

Freddie Gray died in April of last year from severe spinal injuries after being given a “rough ride” in the back of a Baltimore police vehicle.

Sanders backs ouster of Democratic Party chair

By Patrick Martin, 24 May 2016

The conflict within the Democratic Party is intensifying even as Sanders signals his intention to endorse Hillary Clinton after the final primary contests.

Bernie Sanders campaigns in San Diego, California

By our reporters, 23 May 2016

Democratic Party establishment witch-hunts Sanders’ supporters

More on the 2016 US elections »

US house approves new austerity program for Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 23 May 2016

The bipartisan measure attacks virtually every right of Puerto Rican workers and youth, while protecting the profits of Wall Street and the interests of bond holders.

Dormitory fire kills 17 children in Thailand

By Tom Peters, 24 May 2016

The fire in a Chiang Rai school dormitory is the latest tragedy caused by the lack of proper building and safety standards.

Spate of deaths in New Zealand’s forestry industry

By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 24 May 2016

Four workers and one child have died at forestry sites so far this year, exposing claims that the industry’s safety record has improved since 10 workers died in 2013.

Lack of safety technology contributed to 2015 Amtrak crash in Philadelphia

By Alan Whyte, 24 May 2016

The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that a distracted train operator and lack of safety technology caused the crash that killed eight people.

New in Greek

Η Πρωτομαγιά του 2016 και το μέλλον του σοσιαλισμού

Τζόσεφ Κισόρ, 24 Μάϊος 2016

Το αυξανόμενο αναγνωστικό κοινό του WSWS και η ανταπόκριση στο συλλαλητήριο της Πρωτομαγιάς προαναγγέλουν μια πολύ ευρύτερη στροφή των εργαζομένων ανά τον κόσμο σε γνήσιες σοσιαλιστικές πολιτικές.

New in German

Die Krise des Kapitalismus und die Verteidigung demokratischer Rechte

Von Andre Damon und Alex Lantier, 24. Mai 2016

Der weltweite Zusammenbruch demokratischer Institutionen resultiert aus der weltweiten Wirtschaftskrise, dem Anwachsen von Militarismus und Krieg und vor allem der Zuspitzung des Klassenkampfs.

Lehren aus der österreichischen Präsidentenwahl

Kommentar von Peter Schwarz, 24. Mai 2016

Der 72-jährige Wirtschaftsprofessor Alexander Van der Bellen hat die österreichische Präsidentenwahl mit 50,3 Prozent gewonnen. Norbert Hofer von der rechtsextremen FPÖ erhielt 49,7 Prozent.

Berlinwahl 2016
PSG gewinnt Unterstützung im Ostteil Berlins

Von unseren Reportern, 24. Mai 2016

Im Mittelpunkt der PSG-Wahlkampagne steht der Kampf gegen Militarismus und Krieg und der Aufbau einer internationalen Antikriegsbewegung.

USA bereiten Militärintervention zur Sicherung der libyschen Ölfelder vor

Von Bill Van Auken, 24. Mai 2016

Wie der oberste Chef im Pentagon erklärte, warten die US-Truppen nur darauf, dass das Marionettenregime in Tripolis offiziell um Hilfe bittet.

Sudan und Eritrea erhalten EU-Geld für Flüchtlingsabwehr

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 24. Mai 2016

Deutschland und die EU arbeiten eng mit diktatorischen Regimes in Afrika zusammen, um die Opfer ihrer Kriegseinsätze an der Flucht zu hindern.

Frankreich: Raffinerie-Arbeiter im Streik gegen Arbeitsmarktreform

Von Kumaran Ira, 24. Mai 2016

In Frankreich setzt die regierende Sozialistische Partei (PS) bewaffnete Bereitschaftspolizei gegen streikende Arbeiter ein, um eine Benzinknappheit zu verhindern.

George Galloway unterstützt „linke Austrittsbefürworter“ und drängt auf ein Bündnis mit UKIP

Von Chris Marsden, 24. Mai 2016

Die Kampagne „Left Leave“ (Linker Austritt aus der EU) ist der Transmissionsriemen, mit dem extrem rechte und nationalistische Überzeugungen in die Arbeiterklasse getragen werden sollen.

Other Languages

Perspective

US military returns to Vietnam

24 May 2016

Obama’s lifting of the four-decade-old arms embargo is aimed at preparing new and even more bloody wars in Asia.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Lessons of the Austrian presidential election

By Peter Schwarz, 24 May 2016

The Austrian presidential election narrowly avoided an outcome in which, for the first time since 1945, an extreme right-wing politician would have entered the highest office in a Western European state.

Julian Assange challenges anti-democratic “no platform” campaign

By Laura Tiernan, 24 May 2016

The Sheffield meeting was a victory over efforts to silence Assange and close down debate on fundamental issues surrounding the escalation of militarism and war.

The Venezuelan pseudo-left and the debacle of Chavismo

By Neil Hardt, 24 May 2016

With Venezuela’s economy in free fall, the pseudo left is defending the PSUV government as it faces mounting working class opposition.

The capitalist crisis and the defense of democratic rights

By Andre Damon and Alex Lantier, 23 May 2016

Oil workers mobilise against French labour law

Syriza government pushes through new austerity package in Greece

George Galloway backs “Left Leave” and urges alliance with UK Independence Party

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Australian government’s “internship” program: An attack on young people

By Oscar Grenfell—SEP candidate for Grayndler, 24 May 2016

Young people are a central target of the austerity agenda that will be deepened by whichever party forms government after the July 2 elections.

Support the Socialist Equality Party 2016 election campaign!
Vote against war and budget cuts! For internationalism and socialism!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 23 May 2016

The SEP’s campaign is directed to the ever growing number of workers and young people who want a genuine alternative.

The SEP candidates in the 2016 Australian election

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

SEP presidential candidate visits locked-out Honeywell workers in Indiana

By our reporter, 23 May 2016

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

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

Race and class in American history: A reply to a false explanation of the Trump phenomenon

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 21 May 2016

Break the CWA’s isolation of the Verizon strike!

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 20 May 2016

More on the SEP 2016 US election campaign »

Featured Video

Leaked video shows police assault on student
Detroit's Cass Technical High School students oppose police brutality, support teachers struggle

By Zac Corrigan, 23 May 2016

A video of an assault by a Detroit Public Schools police officer was widely discussed among students who opposed the attack and connected it to the broader issues of police repression.

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

US prepares troop deployment to Libya amid fight for oil fields

Arts Review

Captain America: Civil War—A waste of resources, technology and human skill

By David Walsh, 23 May 2016

San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 4
Maggie’s Plan, Frank & Lola, along with Dreyer’s Vampyr (1932)

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

By David North, 14 May 2016

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 May 2016

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

25 years ago: South Korean president announces crackdown on mass protests

On May 28, 1991, South Korean President Roh Tae Woo announced a crackdown on protests admitting “the people’s distrust in politics ... is reaching a dangerous point.”

More »

50 years ago: State of emergency against British seamen’s strike

On May 23,1966, Queen Elizabeth II declared a state of emergency in Britain, giving the Labour Party government of Prime Minister Harold Wilson draconian powers to use against striking seamen.

More »

75 years ago: Roosevelt declares emergency

On May 27, 1941, US President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed “an unlimited national emergency,” citing the danger of a German attack on the Western Hemisphere.

More »

 

100 years ago: Agricultural workers organize in the US

On May 23, 1916, the first conference of the Agricultural Workers Organization (AWO), affiliated to the revolutionary-syndicalist Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), was held in Kansas City, Missouri.

More »

The Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan

Outrage erupts at Flint meeting of pipeline board

By James Brewer, 20 May 2016

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

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

Obama in Flint: Let them drink lead

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Socialist Equality Party

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!