US seizes on dubious gas attack to push for expanded Syrian war

By Jordan Shilton, 5 April 2017

The prospect of a direct US-led assault on the Syrian regime cannot be underestimated, with the alleged gas attack providing the pretext.

Egyptian dictator el-Sisi welcomed to the White House

Pentagon exercises free rein in global military escalation

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Trump official warns “the clock has run out” on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 5 April 2017

Unless China forces North Korea to bow to Washington’s demands, the US will use every means, including its huge military forces, to crush the Pyongyang regime.

Trump threatens China with war on North Korea

Democrats posture as US Senate begins debate on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

By Patrick Martin, 5 April 2017

What began on Tuesday morning is an exercise in political posturing that will end Friday in the confirmation of one of the most right-wing Supreme Court justices in US history.

US justice department signals rollback of even limited police oversight

By Niles Niemuth, 5 April 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions signed a memo Friday ordering an evaluation of the DOJ’s activities concerning the practices of local police forces including compliance reviews and consent decrees.

More on police violence in America »

Civil engineers’ report details decrepit state of US infrastructure

By Matthew Taylor, 5 April 2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the US a D- in its latest report card on the state of the nation’s schools, bridges, roads, water systems and other critical infrastructure.

Highway bridge collapses after fire in Atlanta, affecting over 200,000 commuters

Southern Illinois meatpacking workers enter third week of strike

By George Gallanis and Benjamin Mateus, 5 April 2017

Holten Meat packing workers near East St. Louis, Illinois are striking over work conditions and seniority rights.

Irish bus workers defy unions and continue strike

By Dermot Quinn, 5 April 2017

To the consternation of the unions and political establishment, Bus Eireann workers set up pickets at city bus depots and trains last Friday.

Britain’s pseudo-left promotes Kurdish YPG militia volunteer Brace Belden as University of Glasgow Rector

By Stephen Alexander, 5 April 2017

The Kurdish YPG militias function as a proxy force of the imperialist powers in the brutal US-instigated war for regime change in Syria.

Serbia: Right-wing nationalist wins presidential election

By Markus Salzmann, 5 April 2017

Aleksandar Vučić, former prime minister and leader of the right-wing nationalist Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), has won the presidential election with more than 55 percent of the vote.

Book details killing of Afghan civilians in New Zealand SAS raid

By Tom Peters, 5 April 2017

The book Hit and Run, by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson, indicates that the New Zealand government and Defence Force have covered up war crimes in Afghanistan.

Australia: Labor and unions facilitate Hazelwood power station closure

By Frank Gaglioti, 5 April 2017

The shutdown will exacerbate the social crisis in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, which has already been hit by decades of job cuts in the energy sector.

New in Norwegian

Gabriels europapolitikk

Av Johannes Stern, 30 March 2017

Den som ønsker å vite hvilket reaksjonært program som står bak sosialdemokratenes såkalte «rettferdighets-valgkamp», bør lese kronikken Sigmar Gabriel skrev på 60-årsdagen for Romatraktaten.

USA anklaget for krigsforbrytelser i Mosul

Av Bill Van Auken, 29 March 2017

På tirsdag i denne uka, publiserte Amnesty International en rapport som beskylder den USA-ledede koalisjonen som beleirer Mosul, Iraks nest største by, for krigsforbrytelser.

New in Turkish

Musul’daki katliam

James Cogan, 5 Nisan 2017

Katliam, Irak’ın 2003’teki istilasından bu yana bir koalisyon hava saldırısının tek seferde yol açtığı muhtemelen en büyük ölü sayısı olarak tanımlanıyor.

St. Petersburg’daki patlamada en az 11 kişi öldü

Vladimir Volkov, 5 Nisan 2017

3 Nisan Pazartesi günü saat 14.40 dolayında, St. Petersburg’da bir metro vagonunda meydana gelen patlamada en az 11 kişi öldürüldü, çocuklar dahil yaklaşık 50 kişi yaralandı.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в русской революции
27 марта — 2 апреля: Троцкий уезжает в Петроград

5 Апрель 2017 г.

Отправляясь в Россию с обещаниями свергнуть Временное правительство и прекратить войну, Троцкий плывет на норвежском судне в Европу, в то время как Ленин, все еще находясь в Швейцарии, лихорадочно пытается издалека повлиять на политику большевиков в Петрограде.

New in French

Le dictateur égyptien al-Sissi acceuilli à la Maison Blanche

Par Patrick Martin, 5 avril 2017

Les réunions à la Maison Blanche avec al-Sissi et le roi Abdulla de la Jordanie ont trait à la pression américaine sur ces régimes pour qu’ils participent aux guerres grandissantes en Irak et en Syrie

Trump menace la Chine de lancer une guerre contre la Corée du Nord

Par Peter Symonds, 5 avril 2017

L’administration Trump a menacé de lancer une guerre qui ne sera pas seulement catastrophique pour les habitants de la péninsule coréenne, mais pourrait y entraîner d’autres grandes puissances, y compris la Chine, la Russie et le Japon.

Un conflit a éclaté entre l’Allemagne et les États-Unis à propos du financement de l’OTAN

Par Johannes Stern, 5 avril 2017

Tout comme durant la période qui a précédé la Première et à la Seconde Guerre mondiale, l’affirmation de soi croissante dont l’impérialisme allemand fait preuve sur le plan mondial mènera à des conflits avec les États-Unis.

La richesse des milliardaires explose avec la hausse des marchés boursiers

Par Shannon Jones, 5 avril 2017

En 2016, la richesse combinée des personnes les plus riches de la planète a augmenté de 18% pour atteindre une valeur sidérante de 7670 milliards $.

Vidéo: Exigeons la libération des travailleurs emprisonnés de Maruti Suzuki!

5 avril 2017

Le World Socialist Web Site a mis en ligne une vidéo dans sa campagne pour faire libérer les 13 travailleurs de Maruti Suzuki en Inde qui ont été victimes d’un coup monté et condamnés à la prison à perpétuité.

New in German

Trump droht China wegen Nordkorea mit Krieg

Von Peter Symonds, 5. April 2017

Die Trump-Regierung droht Nordkorea einen Krieg an, der für die Bevölkerung der koreanischen Halbinsel eine Katastrophe wäre und in den auch China, Russland und Japan hineingezogen werden könnten.

Premierministerin May schweigt zu Kriegsdrohungen gegen Spanien wegen Gibraltar

Von Julie Hyland, 5. April 2017

Teile der britischen herrschenden Elite gehen davon aus, dass sie bei einer Konfrontation mit Spanien wegen Gibraltar von US-Präsident Trump unterstützt würden.

Bombardier: IG Metall unterdrückt Kampf um Arbeitsplätze

Von Gustav Kemper, 5. April 2017

Fast 1000 Beschäftigte des Zugherstellers Bombardier Transportation haben am vergangenen Donnerstag in Berlin für den Erhalt ihrer Arbeitsplätze demonstriert.

Berliner Studentenwerk setzt Bundeswehr-Werbung aus

Von Iason Stolpe, 5. April 2017

Auf seiner letzten Sitzung hat der Verwaltungsrat des Studentenwerks beschlossen, vorerst keine Bundeswehr-Werbung mehr an den Berliner Unis zu schalten.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
3.–9. April: Die USA erklären Deutschland den Krieg

5. April 2017

Die Arbeiterbewegung in aller Welt fordert ein Ende des imperialistischen Blutvergießens in Europa, aber den kapitalistischen Eliten genügt es noch nicht. Die Vereinigten Staaten erklären Deutschland den Krieg und mobilisieren Hunderttausende junge Männer, um sie als Kanonenfutter ins Gefecht zu werfen.

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Perspective

World teeters on the brink of war

5 April 2017

The threat of a major US escalation in North Korea and Syria represents just two of many global flashpoints threatening to lead the world into a conflict between nuclear-armed powers.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Vote “no” on Turkey’s constitutional referendum! For the United Socialist States of Europe and the Middle East!
Statement of Toplumsal Esitlik

5 April 2017

Toplumsal Esitlik (TE, the Social Equality Group), in political sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International, calls for a “no” vote in the referendum on April 16.

A reply to a reader’s comment on a WSWS article on Jean-Luc Mélenchon

By Alex Lantier, 5 April 2017

The WSWS evaluation of Mélenchon as a pro-war, nationalist politician whose call for restoring the draft underscores the growing danger of war is correct.

Black Lives Matter cashes in on black capitalism

By Lawrence Porter and Nancy Hanover, 4 April 2017

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 1: A travesty of justice

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 5 April 2017

Careful examination and systematic refutation of the state’s legal case has always been a critical part of international defense campaigns.

German auto workers oppose Maruti Suzuki frame-up

By K. Nesan, 5 April 2017

Many Daimler workers in Stuttgart agreed to sign the online petition demanding the release of their colleagues in India.

In the background of the Maruti Suzuki frame-up
Portrait of the Suzuki corporation, a ruthless transnational employer

By Shannon Jones and Saman Gunadasa, 4 April 2017

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
April 3-9: US declares war on Germany

3 April 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Series on the centenary of the Russian Revolution
Online lecture TODAY: “World War and Revolution: 1914-1917”

3 April 2017

Nick Beams, leading authority on the Marxist theory of imperialism, will be delivering the lecture on Saturday, April 8 at 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Register for the series at wsws.org/1917.

IYSSE

What is behind the hysterical defence of Baberowski by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung?

By Christoph Vandreier, 31 March 2017

The conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published a long article on Monday aimed at defaming and silencing Baberowski’s critics with shameless lies and gross slanders.

Jörg Baberowski: A right-wing extremist professor

More on the fight for historical truth »

IYSSE member Mitch Abrams wins student senate seat at Eastern Michigan University

By a WSWS reporting team, 1 April 2017

Arts

The Zookeeper’s Wife: Life and heroism in wartime Warsaw

By Joanne Laurier, 5 April 2017

The Zookeeper’s Wife recounts the true story of the rescue of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi invasion of Poland that began in 1939.

San Diego Latino Film Festival—Part 1
Films on social life, past and present, in Mexico, the US and Peru

By Kevin Martinez and Toby Reese, 3 April 2017

An interview with Jose Ramon Pedroza, director of Los Jinetes Del Tiempo (Time Riders)

By Kevin Martinez and Toby Reese, 3 April 2017

Once again on Dana Schutz’s painting of Emmett Till: The New York Times intervenes to preserve identity politics

By David Walsh, 31 March 2017

The foul attempt to censor and suppress Dana Schutz’s painting of Emmett Till

Workers Struggles

French Guiana strikers reject PS government’s offer

By Anthony Torres, 4 April 2017

UK: Demonstration in Leeds opposes attacks on the National Health Service

By our reporters, 3 April 2017

UK: Protesters at Leeds demonstration denounce attacks on National Health Service

More on NHS FightBack »

Days after UAW claims contract ratification
Caterpillar confirms plans to close Aurora, Illinois plant, lay off 800

By Marcus Day, 3 April 2017

Writings of Leon Trotsky on The Russian Revolution

Writings of Trotsky from 1917
War and the Revolution

By Leon Trotsky, 27 March 2017

More from the archives of the Revolution »

Obituaries

Beryl Hood: 29 November 1938–21 March 2017

By Mike Head, 25 March 2017

A Trotskyist for four decades, Comrade Beryl was a fine and steadfast representative of the most advanced layers of the working class, attracted, above all, to internationalism.

History

Trump turns to American history
The strange political afterlife of Andrew Jackson

By Tom Mackaman, 21 March 2017

The political art of Jackson, which so inspires the Trump administration, consisted of his ability to obscure powerful contradictions behind a veil of nationalism and populist demagogy.