France announces major military deployment on presidential election day

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 20 April 2017

After the arrest of two suspected Islamic State sympathizers, authorities plan to deploy 50,000 soldiers and policemen on Sunday for the first round of presidential elections.

More on the French presidential election »

UK parliament votes for snap June 8 general election

By Robert Stevens, 20 April 2017

In calling the election, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to expand her government’s majority by exploiting the crisis facing Labour.

US vice president warns North Korea “the sword is ready”

By Peter Symonds, 20 April 2017

Pence threatened “an overwhelming and effective American response” to any North Korean use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

US continues dangerous brinkmanship with North Korea

US secretary of state issues war threat against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2017

The administration indicated it will review all sanctions lifted as part of the agreement, with an eye toward reimposing them on the phony pretext that Tehran is a “state sponsor” of terrorism.

“They’re stuffing money into the pockets of the shareholders”
British autoworkers strike BMW to defend pensions

By our reporters, 20 April 2017

The strike is the first by the BMW’s British workforce, who could lose up to £160,000 each if pension cuts are enforced.

First reported deportation of “DREAMer” immigrant protected under Obama-era program

By Barry Grey, 20 April 2017

The response of the Trump administration to the suit filed by Montes is indicative of its contempt for democratic rights and the savage character of its dragnet against immigrants.

Immigrant arrests up 33 percent since Trump inauguration

Trump plans detention force and network of camps for immigrants

More on the attacks on immigrants »

Small uptick in growth but major downside risks remain, says IMF

By Nick Beams, 20 April 2017

The IMF reports make clear that none of the underlying problems that have beset the world economy since the eruption of the global financial crisis in 2008 has been resolved.

Special election for House seat in Georgia heads to June runoff

By Niles Niemuth, 20 April 2017

Democrat Jon Ossoff led in the primary election Tuesday, but failed to reach the 50 percent mark required to win the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Flint mayor proposes to stay with Detroit water

By James Brewer, 20 April 2017

In a surprising reversal, Mayor Karen Weaver declared it “too risky” to switch Flint’s water source for the third time.

Forty percent of Michigan households struggle to make ends meet

By Debra Watson, 20 April 2017

Some 40 percent of Michigan households do not have incomes that cover basic necessities, according to a recent report.

Burqa ban included in German union contract

By Marianne Arens, 20 April 2017

Five unions in the German state of Hesse have accepted a burqa ban in a public sector contract.

Bulgaria: New government to include fascist parties

By Markus Salzmann, 20 April 2017

The right-wing conservative GERB party has agreed to form a coalition with an alliance of fascist parties known as United Patriots (UP).

Incumbent Jakarta governor defeated in bitter electoral contest

By John Roberts, 20 April 2017

A virulent chauvinist campaign against Governor Basuki was a means of diverting the rising unrest generated by the pro-business program that he shares with President Widodo.

Turnbull government announces anti-immigrant “Australia first” policies

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 April 2017

The abolition of 457 visas for foreign workers and the tightening of citizenship requirements are aimed at diverting mounting social discontent in a xenophobic direction.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в русской революции
10-16 апреля: Ленин прибывает на Финляндский вокзал

19 Апрель 2017 г.

Прибытие Ленина на Финляндский вокзал в Петрограде в апреле 1917 года является одним из самых драматических моментов мировой истории. На фоне невиданной крови и страданий мировой войны Ленин приезжает в Петроград с непоколебимой решимостью вооружить большевистскую партию перспективой международной социалистической революции.

New in Spanish

Washington empuja al mundo al borde de la guerra nuclear

Por Bill Van Auken, 20 abril 2017

Declaraciones de los funcionarios estadounidenses han dejado en claro la imprudencia de las tácticas que persigue Washington, amenazando una guerra en la península coreana que implican el uso de armas nucleares y la muerte de millones de personas.

Aumentan los arrestos de inmigrantes 33 por ciento desde la inauguración de Trump

Por Patrick Martin, 20 abril 2017

El aumento en el número de inmigrantes detenidos, gran parte sin antecedentes penales, está abarrotando las cortes y los centros de detención.

New in French

Non à la guerre et au nationalisme ! Construisons le PES!
Déclaration du Parti de l'égalité socialiste sur les présidentielles françaises

19 avril 2017

L'opposition à la guerre et à l'austérité annonce de vastes luttes de classe à venir, dans lesquelles la classe ouvrière aura besoin d'une nouvelle avant-garde révolutionnaire.

Crise du Brexit : élection générale anticipée au Royaume-Uni

Par Chris Marsden, 20 avril 2017

Les événements en Grande-Bretagne se déroulent à la suite des préparatifs d’une possible guerre américaine contre la Corée du Nord et d’une propagande anti-russe sans fin.

New in German

Vorgezogene britische Neuwahlen inmitten Brexit-Krise

Von Chris Marsden, 20. April 2017

Theresa Mays überraschende Ankündigung fällt mit der der wachsenden Kriegsgefahr zusammen: Die USA bedrohen Nordkorea, und auch die Propaganda gegen Russland nimmt weiter zu.

Deutsche Medien und Politik hetzen gegen Türken

Von Ulrich Rippert, 20. April 2017

Während die AfD das Verfassungsvotum für eine „Türken raus–Kampagne“ nutzt, kommen einige der übelsten Türken-Hetzer aus der Linkspartei und dem linksliberalen politischen Spektrum.

Trumps reaktionärer Plan: „Buy American, Hire American“

Von Jerry White, 20. April 2017

Ein von Trump unterzeichnetes Dekret schränkt die Visa-Vergabe an ausländische Facharbeiter ein und soll die Verwendung amerikanischer Produkte bei der Vergabe öffentlicher Aufträge durchsetzen.

New in Urdu

امریکہ نے افغانستان پر غیر ایٹمی بم پھینک کر انسانیت کے خلاف بڑ ے جرم کا ارتکاب کیا ہے

14 April 2017

جب کہ امریکی حکومت اور میڈیا ایک جعلساز اور جھوٹی ’’کیمیائی ہتھیاروں ‘‘کے شام میں استعمال کرنے پر بے شمار جنگی پروپیگنڈ ے میں مصروف تھے ۔ اس دوران واشنگٹن افغانستان پر تباہ کن غیر ایٹمی بم کو گرانے کی تیاری میں مصروف تھا۔

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Perspective

The issues posed by the worldwide March for Science
Science and Socialism

20 April 2017

Hundreds of thousands of scientists and other professionals, together with students and working people, will take part this Saturday in the worldwide March for Science.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

The silence of the pseudo-left on the danger of war

By Eric London, 20 April 2017

Many political organizations that call themselves left-wing are ignoring or acquiescing to Trump’s dropping of the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan and his reckless threats against North Korea

Sanders begins nationwide tour to promote Democratic Party

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 April 2017

Bernie Sanders is offering the new Democratic National Committee chairman, Tom Perez, a “left” cover in a cross-country tour aimed at containing growing opposition to the Trump administration.

America’s longest war drags on in Afghanistan

US drops largest non-nuclear weapon on Afghanistan: A crime against humanity

Obama lives it up in the lap of luxury

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Series on the centenary of the Russian Revolution
Online lecture Saturday: The February Revolution

20 April 2017

Joseph Kishore, National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States, will be delivering the lecture on Saturday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register for the series at wsws.org/1917.

This week in the Russian Revolution
April 17-23: Lenin issues April Theses

17 April 2017

One hundred years ago this week, Lenin follows his return to Petrograd with an unexpected declaration of war against a section of the leadership of his own party, which is still a minority in the soviets. Trotsky later refers to Lenin’s campaign inside the party, which opened with the publication of the April Theses, as the “struggle for the rearming of the Bolshevik ranks.”

This week in the Russian Revolution
April 10-16: Lenin arrives at Finland Station

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

War and Revolution: 1914–1917

By Nick Beams, 10 April 2017

French Presidential Election

No to war and nationalism! Build the PES!
Parti de l’égalité socialiste statement on the French presidential election

19 April 2017

Growing demands for peace and an end to austerity herald decisive class struggles, for which the working class urgently needs a new revolutionary leadership.

IYSSE

Berlin’s Humboldt University attempts to suppress student criticism of Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier and David North, 19 April 2017

The Humboldt University administration is attempting to bar criticism of the right-wing professor.

The German weekly Die Zeit, Jörg Baberowski and the Historians Dispute

More on the fight for historical truth »

Featured Interview

“In a nuclear war between the US and Russia, everybody in the world would die”
Nuclear experts speak on the dangers of war between the US and Russia

By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 15 April 2017

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with Steven Starr and Greg Mello, both experts on the consequences of nuclear war.

Media, political establishment treat dropping of biggest bomb since Hiroshima as nonevent

What would a US-European-Russian war look like?

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

India: ICFI supporters protest to demand release of Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 19 April 2017

Sri Lankan plantation and railway workers condemn Maruti Suzuki frame-up

“The only ones who gain from war are those in power, the upper one percent”
US autoworkers denounce drive to World War III, demand freedom for Maruti Suzuki workers

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 3: The prosecution’s untenable “mob attack” narrative

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 11 April 2017

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

International Committee of the Fourth International

For Peace, Equality and Socialism!
International Committee of the Fourth International calls May Day Online Rally

Arts

Edward Yang’s Taipei Story (1985) depicts a city of sadness and alienation

By Fred Mazelis, 18 April 2017

On the Freedom Highway with Rhiannon Giddens

Workers Struggles

Amazon workers denounce working conditions

By Evan Blake, 17 April 2017

Argentine teachers launch protest strike

Socialist Equality Party

Upcoming SEP/IYSSE public meetings
No to war in Syria!

WSWS writer Bill Van Auken will be speaking at a meeting in New York City on April 15, and other meetings are currently scheduled in California, Michigan, Oregon, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Illinois.

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 »