French youth protest Le Pen-Macron second round in presidential elections

By Alex Lantier, 28 April 2017

The critical issue facing youth protesting the elections is to turn to the working class, in defiance of the media’s reactionary pro-Macron propaganda.

No to Macron and Le Pen! For an active boycott of the French election!

More on the French presidential election »

Blairites declare UK Labour party unelectable

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 28 April 2017

Tony Blair refused to endorse Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in an interview with Rupert Murdoch’s Sky TV Thursday, saying that Tory Prime Minister Theresa May would win the election.

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

Trump threatens “major conflict” with North Korea

By Mike Head, 28 April 2017

The US president invoked the danger of war, while claiming to be seeking a diplomatic solution to the Korean crisis.

White House briefing signals escalating war preparations against North Korea

Two US troops killed in same Afghanistan valley where massive bomb was dropped

By Bill Van Auken, 28 April 2017

The two special operations soldiers were reportedly killed in a battle with elements of the Islamic State (ISIS) in eastern Nangarhar Province bordering Pakistan.

US defense secretary makes crisis trip to Afghanistan

Sri Lankan president calls on former army commander to “discipline the country”

By K. Ratnayake, 28 April 2017

The government has linked the move to reinstate Sarath Fonseka as military chief commander to the need to suppress a growing movement of the working class.

Fourth Arkansas execution ends gruesome eight-day state killing spree

By Kate Randall, 28 April 2017

Kenneth Dwayne Williams’ death brought to a grisly end the push by Arkansas authorities to execute a group of death row inmates before their supply of the sedative midazolam expired.

The double-execution horror in Arkansas

Trump steps up trade war over NAFTA

By Nick Beams, 28 April 2017

The Trump administration has signalled that it will take an aggressive economic nationalist stance in negotiations on NAFTA after making moves to withdraw altogether.

California judge issues injunction against executive order to defund sanctuary cities

By Shelley Connor, 28 April 2017

The injunction temporarily blocks an effort by the Trump administration to coerce cities into collaborating with federal efforts to round up immigrants.

Trump prepares to gut Federal land protections

By Daniel de Vries, 28 April 2017

The executive order signed Wednesday orders a review of national monuments on behalf of energy and mining interests.

“With these mergers, they just grab the money and go on to the next business target”
Spectrum workers in New York express anger after a month on strike

By Steve Light and Alan Whyte, 28 April 2017

Telecom workers on strike against Spectrum (formerly Time Warner) denounce the corporate attack on jobs and health and pension benefits.

German-Israeli relations in crisis

By Peter Schwarz, 28 April 2017

The German foreign minister’s visit to Israel ended Tuesday with a diplomatic scandal after he met with organisations critical of the country’s settlement and occupation policy.

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

Le Parti de l'égalité socialiste organise sa réunion du 1er Mai à Paris

28 avril 2017

Le Parti de l'égalité socialiste invite les travailleurs et les jeunes à participer à sa réunion, en fin d'après-midi juste après la manifestation du 1er mai à Paris.

Le briefing de la Maison Blanche signale une escalade des préparatifs de guerre contre la Corée du Nord

Par Mike Head, 28 avril 2017

Les commentaires des sénateurs après le briefing vont du soutien à l’action militaire contre la Corée du Nord à la pression pour une ligne plus dure contre la Chine.

L’élite dirigeante britannique voit la victoire de Macron comme un « avantage mitigé »

Par Julie Hyland, 28 avril 2017

Les médias de droite britannique s’inquiètent que Macron ne soit pas capable d’appliquer son programme dans les conditions d’une aliénation politique répandue et une hostilité envers l’élite dirigeante.

À Amiens, les jeunes critiquent l'impasse du choix entre Macron et de Le Pen

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 28 avril 2017

Macron a participé au gouvernement PS qui a brutalement réprimé les jeunes mobilisés contre la loi Travail.

Des experts du nucléaire abordent les dangers d'une guerre entre les États-Unis et la Russie

Par Bryan Dyne et Barry Grey, 28 avril 2017

Le World Socialist Web Site s'est entretenu récemment avec deux experts sur les dangers d’une guerre nucléaire, Steven Starr et Greg Mello.

New in German

Nein zu Macron und Le Pen! Für einen aktiven Boykott der Frankreichwahl!

Das Politische Komitee der Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 28. April 2017

Die französische Bevölkerung wird mit einer Mischung aus Spitzfindigkeiten und Lügen unter Druck gesetzt, gegen die neo-faschistische Kandidatin Le Pen für den Favoriten des Finanzkapitals Macron zu stimmen.

Lagebesprechung im Weißen Haus signalisiert Kriegsvorbereitungen gegen Nordkorea

Von Mike Head, 28. April 2017

Kommentare der Senatoren nach dem Treffen bewegten sich zwischen Unterstützung für Militäraktionen gegen Nordkorea und der Forderung nach einer härteren Haltung gegenüber China.

Vor EU-Sondergipfel: Merkel beharrt auf harter Haltung gegenüber Großbritannien

Von Johannes Stern, 28. April 2017

In einer Regierungserklärung schlug Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel am Donnerstag einen scharfen Ton gegen London an.

Studierendenparlament der Humboldt-Universität verurteilt rechtsradikalen Professor Jörg Baberowski

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 28. April 2017

Das Studierendenparlament der Humboldt-Universität hat die Universitätsleitung scharf kritisiert, weil sie Kritik am rechtsradikalen Professor Jörg Baberowski für „inakzeptabel“ erklärt hat.

Bombardier: Arbeiter am Scheideweg

Von Ulrich Rippert, 28. April 2017

Viele Beschäftigte der Bombadier-Werke sind besorgt und wütend, denn es wird immer offensichtlicher, dass die IG Metall eine Hinhaltetaktik verfolgt, um einen ernsthaften Kampf zur Verteidigung der Arbeitsplätze zu verhindern.

Berlin: Rot-rot-grün will „Moabit hilft“ vertreiben

Von Carola Kleinert und Verena Nees, 28. April 2017

Der rot-rot-grüne Berliner Senat hat die Flüchtlingsinitiative „Moabit hilft e.V.“ zur Räumung des symbolträchtigen Hauses D aufgefordert, in dem sie seit 2015 tagtäglich Flüchtlingen hilft.

Trumps Steuersenkungen: Ein Geldsegen für Konzerne und Reiche

Von Patrick Martin, 28. April 2017

Trumps Vorschlag für Steuersenkungen würde Billionen Dollar in die Kassen der Finanzelite spülen. Die Arbeiterklasse müsste dafür mit Sozialabbau und dem Rückgang ihres Lebensstandards bezahlen.

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Perspective

The Trump tax plan: More money for the oligarchs

28 April 2017

With the people of America and the world facing ever worsening social conditions and the looming threat of world war, the top priority of the US political establishment is to hand over trillions more to the financial elite.

Earlier Perspectives »

International Committee of the Fourth International

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

Featured Interview

Climate scientist Michael Mills describes the devastation of a nuclear detonation
People get “melted into burning pools of fat”

By Bryan Dyne, 27 April 2017

Michael Mills has spent nearly a decade modeling the climatic effects of what the US military would consider a “limited nuclear war.”

The French Presidential Election

British ruling elite regard Macron victory in France as a “mixed blessing”

By Julie Hyland, 27 April 2017

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

By Johannes Stern, 26 April 2017

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

By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2017

From the WSWS Archive

The WSWS on the 2002 French elections

The WSWS is here reposting two statements originally published in 2002 calling for a boycott of that year's presidential election runoff between the neo-fascist National Front candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen and France's then-President Jacques Chirac.

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Sri Lanka SEP holds picket in Jaffna to free Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 28 April 2017

Despite the anti-democratic intervention of student union leaders, most Jaffna University students supported the campaign.

Tamil workers in northern Sri Lanka support Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 27 April 2017

Residents in the small town of Chavakachcheri, near Jaffna, said social conditions for Tamil workers were like those confronting the persecuted autoworkers in India.

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

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

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

Arts

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910–1950—a significant exhibition

By Gary Alvernia, 28 April 2017

The radicalization of Mexican artists led to the creation of powerful and engaging works that expressed the faith of the artistic community in the revolution of the masses.

Lecture at San Diego State University
Should art be judged on the basis of race and gender?

By David Walsh, 27 April 2017

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

San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 1

By David Walsh, 26 April 2017

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 »

IYSSE

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

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

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 »

Commentary

Trump tax cuts: A bonanza for corporations and the wealthy

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2017

Turkish warplanes hit Washington’s Kurdish proxy forces in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 27 April 2017

Australian Socialist Alternative conference: In the service of imperialism

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

Wall Street to cut Obama his first six-figure check

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
Transport workers strike in UK, Italy and South Africa

28 April 2017

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

Scottish college lecturers walk out over pay and conditions

By Stephen Alexander, 27 April 2017

Writers’ Guild of America members authorize strike

By Marc Wells, 26 April 2017

Rail companies Bombardier and Siemens plan merger

NHS Fightback

Bournemouth health workers attend NHS FightBack meeting against redundancies and cuts

By our reporters, 27 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.