Arkansas carries out first of five “assembly line” executions
US Supreme Court clears way after 5-4 ruling on lethal injection drug

By Kate Randall, 22 April 2017

Ledell Lee saw some four-and-a-half torturous hours pass between his originally scheduled 7 p.m. execution and the time he was marched into the execution chamber.

Tense standoff continues on Korean peninsula

By Peter Symonds, 22 April 2017

The media is fueling tensions with speculation that North Korea could conduct a nuclear or missile test to mark its Military Foundation Day next Tuesday.

US defense secretary targets Syria with chemical weapons allegation

By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2017

The charge against Damascus is aimed at providing a pretext for renewed US aggression.

Homeland Security chief defends deportation of DREAMer immigrant

By Shelley Connor, 22 April 2017

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly defended the deportation of Juan Manuel Montes, a Mexican native expelled from the US in February despite being actively enrolled in the DACA program.

Immigrant arrests up 33 percent since Trump inauguration

More on the attacks on immigrants »

Hundreds of thousands to participate in worldwide “March for Science”

By Bryan Dyne, 22 April 2017

Scientists, researchers, workers and youth are marching today in at least 130 countries encompassing six continents in the world’s largest pro-science demonstration to date.

“To the staff of the WSWS and its readers”
A response from a scientist to “Science and socialism”

22 April 2017

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

Twelve dead as food riots spread in working class districts of Caracas, Venezuela

By Eric London, 22 April 2017

The dead include eight who were electrocuted while breaking into a bakery to steal bread for their families.

Three dead as millions demonstrate across Venezuela

US government and media ratchet up threats to North Korea

Leading ministers outline war agenda behind UK’s snap general election

By Chris Marsden, 22 April 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May’s calling of a general election is an attempt to shape post-Brexit politics based on an agenda of trade and military war.

Media and politicians agitate against Turks living in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 April 2017

While the extreme-right AfD has used the Turkish referendum vote to launch a “Turks out” campaign, some of the worst witch-hunting comes from the Left Party and the ostensibly left-liberal political milieu.

Latest economic data dampen US growth prospects

By Nick Beams, 22 April 2017

The stock market has lifted but consumer spending is falling and industrial production is flat.

Canadian government seeks to placate Trump following NAFTA comments

By Roger Jordan, 22 April 2017

Trump’s sharp criticism of Canada over its trading practices in a number of economic sectors prompted a conciliatory response from Ottawa.

Unions collaborate with Trump to push trade war and militarism

Hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners

By Jean Shaoul, 22 April 2017

The hunger strikers seek to highlight their appalling conditions in Israeli jails, which reflect the broader daily suppression of the Palestinian people.

Police provocation at Flint Town Hall results in six arrests

By James Brewer, 22 April 2017

The meeting, called as a follow-up to Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s announcement on the future of the city’s water system, was held at a church with heavy police presence.

Flint mayor proposes to stay with Detroit water

Over 8.3 million American adults suffer from severe psychological distress

By Kathleen Martin, 22 April 2017

Research released by the Psychiatric Services journal indicates disturbing growth of psychological distress in the United States, correlating directly to the continuing economic crisis.

A surge in Minnesota of homeless elderly

By Gary Joad, 22 April 2017

The number of homeless persons 55- to 80-years-old in the state increased by 45 percent between 2012 and 2015.

More warnings about the Australian housing market

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 April 2017

Credit ratings agencies have said the property market, built on a mountain of debt, is among the most susceptible in the world to an economic shock.

New in Russian

Берлинский университет имени Гумбольдта пытается подавить студенческую критику Йорга Баберовски

Кристоф Вандрайер и Дэвид Норт, 22 апреля 2017 г.

Администрация Гумбольдтского университета пытается запретить критику взглядов правого профессора.

New in Turkish

Hüsnü Mübarek’in serbest bırakılması ve Mısır Devrimi’nin dersleri

Johannes Stern, 22 Nisan 2017

Mısır devriminin en önemli sorunu, Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi’nin (DEUK) Mısır şubesinin inşa edilmesi ve sürekli devrim perspektifinin Mısır işçi sınıfı içinde kök salması olmaya devam ediyor.

Binlerce kişi Paris’te Liu Shaoyo’nun polis tarafından öldürülmesini protesto etti

Alex Lantier, 22 Nisan 2017

Asyalı örgütlerin Çinli göçmen Liu Shaoyo’nun 26 Mart’ta polis tarafından öldürülmesine karşı Pazar günü Paris’te düzenlediği protestoya yaklaşık 8.000 kişi katıldı.

Barış, Eşitlik ve Sosyalizm İçin!
Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi, Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’na çağırıyor

22 Nisan 2017

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi, 30 Nisan Pazar günü, işçi sınıfının tarihsel uluslararası dayanışma günü olan 1 Mayıs’ı kutlamak için bir uluslararası çevrimiçi toplantı düzenleyecek.

Rus Devrimi’nin 100. yıldönümü üzerine konferanslar dizisi
Cumartesi günkü çevrimiçi konferans: Şubat Devrimi

22 Nisan 2017

ABD’deki Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin Ulusal Sekreteri Joseph Kishore, 1917 Şubat Devrimi üzerine konferans verecek. Konferans, Cumartesi TSİ 00.00’da canlı olarak yayınlanacak.

New in French

Les Français vont aux urnes sous la menace des armes

Par Alexandre Lantier, 22 avril 2017

Une intervention par des éléments de l'appareil d'Etat français vise à pousser le résultat des élections très loin vers la droite.

Washington menace l’Iran de guerre

Par Bill Van Auken, 22 avril 2017

Le secrétaire d’État Tillerson a précisé que le respect par Téhéran de l’accord nucléaire ne ferait rien pour empêcher une agression militaire des États-Unis.

Le gouvernement des États-Unis et les médias accentuent les menaces contre la Corée du Nord

Par Mike Head, 22 avril 2017

Les ultimatums du gouvernement Trump accentuent le risque que des erreurs de calcul puissent déclencher un conflit qui mencerait la vie de millions de personnes.

Le PS et les dirigeants guyanais tentent d'étrangler la grève générale

Par Anthony Torres, 22 avril 2017

L’annonce d'un accord imminent entre le collectif « Pou La Gwiyann dékolé » et le gouvernement PS vise à étrangler la grève sans qu'elle n'obtienne satisfaction.

Le candidat de l’NPA Philippe Poutou tient une réunion de campagne pro-guerre à Paris

Par Alex Lantier, 22 avril 2017

Mercredi soir, le Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste a tenu la dernière réunion de campagne de son candidat à la présidence, Philippe Poutou, dans la banlieue nord de Paris.

Présidentielle française : le FN revient à ses fondamentaux

Par Olivier Laurent, 22 avril 2017

Face à la montée de l'opposition à la guerre et de l'incertitude sur le résultat des présidentielles, le Front national intensifie son agitation contre les immigrés.

Les États-Unis s’apprêtent à demander l’arrestation de Julian Assange

Par Kevin Reed, 22 avril 2017

Selon un communiqué de presse de jeudi le ministère de la Justice des États-Unis a préparé les accusations dont il a besoin pour demander l’arrestation du fondateur de WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.

Le silence de la pseudo-gauche sur le danger de guerre

Par Eric London, 22 avril 2017

Beaucoup d'organisations politiques qui se disent de gauche ignorent ou approuvent le largage de la «mère de toutes les bombes» de l'administration Trump en Afghanistan et ses menaces téméraires contre la Corée du Nord.

New in German

Präsidentschaftswahl in Frankreich 2017
Massives Sicherheitsaufgebot nach Anschlag in Paris

Johannes Stern und Alex Lantier, 22. April 2017

Bereits vor dem Anschlag am Donnerstag hatten die französischen Behörden erklärt, sie würden am Wahltag 50.000 Polizisten und Soldaten mobilisieren, sodass die Wahl praktisch unter vorgehaltener Waffe stattfindet.

Die Verteidigung der historischen Wahrheit und der Kampf gegen die AfD

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei und International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 22. April 2017

Dieser Text wird heute als Flugblatt auf der Demonstration gegen den AfD-Parteitag in Köln verteilt.

Nein zu Krieg und Nationalismus! Baut die PES auf!
Erklärung der Parti de l‘égalité socialiste zur französischen Präsidentschaftswahl

Parti de l‘égalité socialiste, 22. April 2017

Die Forderungen nach Frieden und einem Ende des Sozialabbaus kündigen entscheidende Klassenkämpfe an, für die die Arbeiterklasse dringend eine neue revolutionäre Führung braucht.

Paris: NPA macht Wahlkampf mit Kriegsprogramm

Alex Lantier, 22. April 2017

Kurz vor der Präsidentschaftswahl in Frankreich sprach sich der Spitzenkandidat der pseudolinken NPA, Philippe Poutou, für den Kriegskurs der USA gegen Syrien und Russland aus.

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Perspective

France’s election at gunpoint

22 April 2017

As tens of millions of voters prepare to go to the polls Sunday, an intervention by elements in the French state machine is underway to swing the elections to the right.

Earlier Perspectives »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

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 »

IYSSE

Open letter from the IYSSE to the president of Humboldt University in Berlin

22 April 2017

Sabine Kunst, the president of Humboldt University, has portrayed professors Jörg Baberowski and Herfried Münkler as the victims of a “defamation campaign” in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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

By Christoph Vandreier and David North, 19 April 2017

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

More on the fight for historical truth »

International Committee of the Fourth International

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

Commentary

US steps up campaign against Julian Assange

By Barry Grey, 22 April 2017

The World Socialist Web Site condemns the reported preparations of the US Justice Department to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with espionage and issue an arrest warrant against him.

US preparing to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

CIA Director calls WikiLeaks an “enemy,” says Assange has “no First Amendment freedoms”

Washington threatens war against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2017

Detroit resumes mass water shutoffs with nearly 18,000 households at risk

By Shannon Jones, 21 April 2017

NPA candidate Philippe Poutou holds pro-war campaign meeting in Paris

By Alex Lantier, 21 April 2017

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

19 April 2017

More on the French presidential election »

Arts

WSWS arts editor David Walsh speaks at San Diego State University on art and identity politics

By our reporters, 22 April 2017

The WSWS arts editor spoke to an audience of 70 students and workers on the current crisis in arts and culture from a Marxist perspective. His talk was followed by a lively discussion.

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

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Sri Lanka: Jaffna residents demand release of Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 22 April 2017

A picket and meeting in Jaffna next week will demand the release of the imprisoned Indian autoworkers.

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 »

Workers Struggles

Fujitsu strikers in the UK speak out in defence of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By our reporters, 22 April 2017

Workers on the picket line at Fujitsu in Manchester discussed support for the victimised Indian workers, their own dispute and Saturday’s international March for Science.

UK nurses in online vote over strike in protest at low pay

By Margot Miller, 22 April 2017

Registered nurses earn an average of just £23,319 per year and had their pay kept up with inflation they would now earn £26,584.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

22 April 2017

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

The political issues in the fight to reject the Victorian teachers’ EBA

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia) and IYSSE public meetings
Stop the drive to world war! For peace, equality and socialism!

22 April 2017

The meetings will outline the socialist and internationalist perspective required to prevent the descent of the global capitalist system into a catastrophic third world war.

ICFI supporters in India call meeting on “World War and the Russian Revolution”

22 April 2017

Speakers will explain that the only way to prevent another world war is the mobilisation of Indian workers as a part of an international anti-war movement.

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.

NHS Fightback

Private ward opened in UK National Health Service in Bournemouth Hospital

By Eric Gauld, 21 April 2017

While boasting about its new private ward, the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has, since 2010, shut down several wards in Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals.