Hollande invites Le Pen, Macron to funeral of slain Champs-Élysées officer

By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2017

After Macron and Le Pen advanced to the second round, the French president's gesture was intended to delegitimize opposition to Le Pen's neo-fascist National Front.

What lies behind the German elite’s celebration of Macron?

By Johannes Stern, 26 April 2017

All the major parties have hailed the results of the first round of the French presidential election.

French ruling elite rallies around Macron

More on the French presidential election »

Wall Street to cut Obama his first six-figure check

By Niles Niemuth, 26 April 2017

Financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald will reportedly pay the former president $400,000 to speak at a health care conference in September.

After vacation with billionaires
Obama returns to Chicago to promote “civic engagement”

US tests missile in Pacific as it escalates threats to North Korea

By Mike Head, 26 April 2017

The provocatively-timed US test again underscores where the real risk of nuclear war resides—in Washington.

South Korean presidential candidates move further to the right on North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 26 April 2017

Moon Jae-in of the DPK has sought to prove his pro-US credentials by calling for an additional military buildup.

US naval “armada” menaces North Korea

Australian senator warns of war with China

Labour outlines pro-business “soft Brexit” policy for June 8 vote

By Robert Stevens, 26 April 2017

Labour's preoccupation is satisfying the concerns expressed by the majority of Britain’s bourgeoisie, which supported Remain and whose interests are tied to the EU.

Attack on UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over nuclear first strike

Alternative for Germany moves further to the right

By Peter Schwarz, 26 April 2017

Founded in 2013 as an anti-Euro party, the AfD has completed its transformation into a far-right, ethno-nationalist organisation.

22,600 retired US coal miners face loss of health benefits on May 1

By Samuel Davidson, 26 April 2017

Many retired miners threatened with the loss of health insurance have debilitating diseases such as black lung and emphysema but are too young to qualify for Medicare.

“What they did to this city is criminal”
Flint residents march on third anniversary of lead poisoning

By Larry Porter, 26 April 2017

Hundreds of Flint residents marched to City Hall Tuesday to protest the failure of federal, state and local officials to address the disaster they all had a hand in creating.

“People were being arrested for nothing”
Flint residents denounce arrests at town hall meeting

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

Six Flint residents were arrested for exercising their freedom of speech at last week’s public “Town Hall” meeting.

Behind funding deadline theatrics, Democrats back Trump’s war on immigrants, increased military spending

By Barry Grey, 26 April 2017

Charles Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, attacked the plan for a border wall while declaring that a combination of border policing and new technology, including drones, would be “a much more effective way to secure the border.”

Ann Arbor, Michigan father of two faces deportation

More on the attacks on immigrants »

Writers’ Guild of America members authorize strike

By Marc Wells, 26 April 2017

An overwhelming 96.3 percent of the 6,310 members of the WGA who cast ballots voted to authorize a strike against film and TV producers.

More voices of the March for Science

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

Dozens of scientists, students, workers and other supporters of science spoke with Socialist Equality Party supporters during marches on April 22.

Voices of the March for Science

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

Life expectancy on the rise in US, but only for the rich

By Kathleen Martin, 26 April 2017

A recent study shows the growing gap between life expectancies for the rich and poor is 12.7 years difference on average.

Spain: Architect of 1936 Franco uprising reinterred with full military honours

By Alejandro López, 26 April 2017

While the army, the Church and the PP call on the victims of fascism to forget and move on, they secretly glorify and pay homage to the fascist coup plotters.

Australian Socialist Alternative conference: In the service of imperialism

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

The gathering issued a full-throated defence of American imperialism and explicitly denounced any fight to build an anti-war movement of the working class.

New Zealand fast food workers hold nationwide stoppage

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

Workers voted to strike after Restaurant Brands refused a pay rise of 10 cents an hour above the minimum wage each year, for three years

New in Portuguese

As questões colocadas pela Marcha Mundial pela Ciência
A Ciência e o Socialismo

Declaração do Partido Socialista pela Igualdade – EUA, 25 de abril de 2017

A defesa da ciência é inseparável da luta revolucionária da principal força progressista da sociedade moderna, a classe trabalhadora.

Por que estudar a Revolução Russa?

Por David North, 24 de abril de 2017

Esta é a primeira de cinco palestras que estão sendo apresentadas pelo Comitê Internacional da Quarta Internacional em comemoração ao centenário da Revolução Russa de 1917.

New in Russian

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 года
1905–1917. (Ближайшие задачи нынешней революции)

Лев Троцкий, 26 апреля 2017 г.

Эта статья была написана Троцким до отплытия из Америки и опубликована в нью-йоркском журнале «Die Zukunft» в апреле 1917 года.

Эта неделя в русской революции
17-23 апреля: Ленин выступает с «Апрельскими тезисами»

26 апреля 2017 г.

Сто лет назад на этой неделе Ленин возвращается в Петроград и неожиданно объявляет войну части руководства своей собственной партии, до сих пор остающейся меньшинством в Советах. Позднее Троцкий назовет кампанию Ленина внутри партии, начатую публикацией «Апрельских тезисов», «борьбой за перевооружение большевистских рядов».

New in Chinese

社会主义与俄国百年革命史:1917-2017

David North and Joseph Kishore 撰写,2017年4月24日

今年是历史性的1917革命的一百周年,该事件从俄国二月革命的爆发开始, 到十月以“十天震动世界”的表现形式达到高潮-推翻资本主义临时政府和布尔什维克党取得政权。

New in French

Hollande invite Le Pen aux funérailles du policier tué sur les Champs-Elysées

Par Alexandre Lantier, 26 avril 2017

Après l'arrivée de Macron et de Le Pen au second tour, le président de la République voulait délégitimer toute opposition au Front national néo-fasciste.

Une « armada » de la marine américaine menace la Corée du Nord

Par Peter Symonds, 26 avril 2017

Le sous-marin nucléaire USS Michigan devrait arriver en Corée du Sud aujourd’hui où il sera rejoint par le porte-avions USS Carl Vinson et son groupe d’attaque.

L’attaque contre le chef du Parti travailliste Jeremy Corbyn sur la « première frappe nucléaire »

Par Chris Marsden et Paul Mitchell, 26 avril 2017

L’élite britannique au pouvoir s’acharne à établir à ce que le critère fondamental pour diriger le pays soit la volonté de lancer la troisième guerre mondiale.

New in German

Grauenhafte Doppelhinrichtung in Arkansas

Von Kate Randall, 26. April 2017

Am 24. April wurde die Welt Zeuge zweier grauenhafter Exekutionen. Es war die erste Doppelhinrichtung in den Vereinigten Staaten seit 2000.

Frankreichs herrschende Elite sammelt sich um Macron

Von Anthony Torres und Alex Lantier, 26. April 2017

Emmanuel Macron wird als „demokratische“ Alternative zur neofaschistischen Marine Le Pen präsentiert. Der ehemalige Bankier will jedoch den Ausnahmezustand verlängern, die Wehrpflicht wieder einführen und drastische Sparmaßnahmen durchsetzen.

Was steckt hinter dem deutschen Jubel über Macron?

Von Johannes Stern, 25. April 2017

Der Sieg von Emmanuel Macron in der ersten Runde der französischen Präsidentschaftswahl hat in der herrschenden Klasse Deutschlands wahre Begeisterungsstürme ausgelöst.

BVB-Anschlag: Täter wettete auf fallende Aktienkurse

Von Dietmar Henning, 26. April 2017

Der Anschlag in Dortmund war grausam, aber er ist Produkt einer noch grausameren Gesellschaft.

IG Metall verlängert Leiharbeitsdauer auf vier Jahre

Von Verena Nees, 26. April 2017

Die IG Metall hat sich mit dem Arbeitgeberverband Gesamtmetall auf einen neuen Tarifvertrag für Leiharbeiter geeinigt, der die zulässige Dauer eines Leiharbeitsverhältnisses weit über die gesetzliche Regelung ausdehnt.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
24.–30. April: Trotzki wird aus britischem Gefangenenlager befreit

26. April 2017

Trotzki kommt aus einem britischen Lager in Kanada frei, und in Petrograd findet in der Bolschewistischen Partei eine heftige Auseinandersetzung statt, nachdem Lenin seine „Aprilthesen“ veröffentlicht hat. Auf der Petrograder Stadtkonferenz der Bolschewiki gewinnt Lenin entscheidende Unterstützung.

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Perspective

Trump summons the Senate to the White House

26 April 2017

The entire US Senate will go to the White House today to be briefed by military officials on preparations for a possible military strike against North Korea.

Earlier Perspectives »

IYSSE

Demonstrators in Cologne support IYSSE fight for freedom of expression at Humboldt University

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

The IYSSE and SEP distributed thousands of copies of "The Defence of Historical Truth and the Fight against the Alternative for Germany (AfD)" in Cologne during demonstrations against the AfD’s party conference.

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

22 April 2017

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

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

More on the fight for historical truth »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Lecture on the centenary of the Russian Revolution
Spontaneity and Consciousness in The February Revolution

By Joseph Kishore, 26 April 2017

This is an edited version of a lecture delivered live on April 22, 2017 by Joseph Kishore, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (US). The audio and slides for the lecture are embedded in the text. To register for the lecture series, visit wsws.org/1917.

This week in the Russian Revolution
April 24-30: Trotsky released from British prison camp in Canada

24 April 2017

As Trotsky is released from the camp in Canada, the Bolshevik Party in Petrograd is embroiled in turmoil following the publication of Lenin’s April Theses. The party holds a city conference, in which Lenin’s positions win substantial support.

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

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 4: The police and company conspire against the workers

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 26 April 2017

Police colluded with Maruti Suzuki, fabricated evidence, and systematically failed to carry out basic forensic tests as part of a bogus investigation aimed at framing up militant workers who challenged sweatshop conditions.

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

Modi’s “Make in India” campaign and the battle of the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 25 April 2017

Sri Lanka: Jaffna residents demand release of Maruti Suzuki workers

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

“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

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

Arts

San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 1

By David Walsh, 26 April 2017

The 2017 San Francisco International Film Festival screened some 180 films from 50 countries or so. This is the first of several articles.

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

By our reporters, 22 April 2017

International Committee of the Fourth International

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

Commentary

The double-execution horror in Arkansas

By Kate Randall, 25 April 2017

US defense secretary makes crisis trip to Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 April 2017

Sanders campaigns for anti-abortion Democrat in Nebraska

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2017

IMF meeting signals descent into global trade war

US prepares military response to world-historic famine in sub-Saharan Africa, Arabian Peninsula

Workers Struggles

Rail companies Bombardier and Siemens plan merger

By Gustav Kemper, 25 April 2017

Workers Struggles: The Americas
Brazilian general strike set for Friday

25 April 2017

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.