Mélenchon refuses to take a position in French presidential runoff

By Alex Lantier, 29 April 2017

Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s declaration that he will participate in the May 7 vote but keep secret for whom he votes is an admission that he has no independent political line.

French youth speak to the WSWS in Amiens: “I’m looking for a movement that wants neither Le Pen nor Macron”

By Antoine Lerougetel, 29 April 2016

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

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

More on the French presidential election »

US warns of “catastrophic consequences” if North Korea is not brought to heel

By Peter Symonds, 29 April 2017

Tillerson’s speech to the UN is, in effect, an ultimatum to the world: the only way to avoid war is to accept US diktats and compel North Korea to capitulate.

Canada planning for war with North Korea

By Roger Jordan, 29 April 2017

Canada’s defence minister has made clear that Ottawa is ready to join a US-led war that could kill millions.

Trump threatens “major conflict” with North Korea

US bombings in Syria and Afghanistan
A new stage in the repudiation of international law

By Mike Head, 29 April 2017

The ever-greater assertion of US militarism has brought humanity to the point where the rules of war are being nakedly flouted.

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

US economic growth slumps to slowest pace in three years

By Barry Grey, 29 April 2017

Friday’s report underscores the disconnect between the rising fortunes of the corporate oligarchy and the continuing fall in living standards for broad sections of the population.

The Trump tax plan: More money for the oligarchs

War rhetoric dominates UK snap general election

By Robert Stevens, 29 April 2017

This week, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon declared that the UK will not “rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike.”

Blairites declare UK Labour party unelectable

Ahead of EU Brexit summit, Merkel takes tough stance on UK

By Johannes Stern, 29 April 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the UK “will not have the same rights and cannot expect to be treated better than a member of the European Union.”

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

Police arrest five, carry out arbitrary searches at UC Berkeley

By David Brown, 29 April 2017

The University of California Berkeley Police Department responded to possible protests by banning political signs and subjecting passersby to arbitrary searches.

Inquest continues into death of mentally ill Milwaukee County Jail inmate denied water for seven days

By Christopher Davion, 29 April 2017

Terrill Thomas is one of four inmates who died in the county jail over a 6-month period in 2016.

Trump’s FCC chairman issues plan to overturn 2015 “net neutrality” rules

By Kevin Reed, 29 April 2017

Net neutrality is the principle that the transmission of data over the Internet must be treated equally, without regard to content, purpose or originating source.

New Zealand: Anzac Day glorifies imperialist war

By Tom Peters, 29 April 2017

Politicians and the media used the annual holiday to promote war to young people in particular, and to demonise any criticism of the military.

Australia: Growing opposition to sell-out agreement among Victorian teachers and support staff

By our reporters, 29 April 2017

Teachers from at least five schools have convened meetings to reject the agreement between the Australian Education Union and the Victorian state Labor government.

New in Russian

Нет Макрону и Ле Пен! За активный бойкот французских выборов!

Политический комитет Партии Социалистического Равенства Франции, 29 апреля 2017 г.

Аргументы, выдвигаемые с целью шантажировать народ Франции и принудить его голосовать за Макрона, кандидата финансового капитала, против неофашистского кандидата Марин Ле Пен, являются комбинацией софизмов и лжи.

New in Spanish

!Ni Macron ni Le Pen! ¡Por un boicot activo a las elecciones presidenciales en Francia!

Por el Comité Político del Parti de l'égalité socialiste, 29 abril 2017

Los chantajes para que el pueblo francés vote por Macron, el candidato preferido del capital financiero, contra la neofascista Le Pen son una combinación de sofismas y mentiras.

El recorte de impuestos de Trump: Una bonanza para las corporaciones y los ricos

Por Patrick Martin, 29 abril 2017

La propuesta anunciada el miércoles canalizaría billones de dólares a los bolsillos de la élite financiera a expensas de los programas sociales y niveles de vida de la clase obrera.

Detrás de la pantomima sobre el presupuesto, los demócratas respaldan la guerra de Trump contra inmigrantes y el aumento en el gasto militar

Por Barry Grey, 29 abril 2017

Charles Schumer, el senador demócrata de mayor rango, atacó el plan para construir el muro fronterizo, señalando que “sería mucho más efectivo proteger la frontera” con más patrullaje y nuevas tecnologías como drones.

New in French

Mélenchon refuse de prendre position sur le second tour

Par Alexandre Lantier, 29 avril 2017

Son refus de prendre position, pour que ses électeurs ne pensent pas qu'ils ont été démentis par leur candidat, est une tentative d'évader ses responsabilités politiques.

Baisses d'impôt de Trump: une aubaine pour les sociétés et les riches

Par Patrick Martin, 29 avril 2017

La proposition présentée mercredi transférerait des billions de dollars dans les poches de l'élite financière aux dépens des programmes sociaux et du niveau de vie de la classe ouvrière

Trump lance une menace de « conflit majeur » avec la Corée du Nord

Par Mike Head, 29 avril 2017

Le président américain a invoqué le danger de la guerre tout en prétendant chercher une solution diplomatique à la crise coréenne.

Les blairistes déclarent le Parti travailliste britannique non-éligible

Par Robert Stevens et Chris Marsden, 29 avril 2017

Tony Blair a refusé de soutenir le dirigeant travailliste Jeremy Corbyn dans un entretien avec Sky News de Rupert Murdoch jeudi, en disant que la Première ministre de droite Theresa May remporterait les élections.

Lettre ouverte de l’IYSSE à la présidente de l’université Humboldt de Berlin

29 avril 2017

Dans un entretien accordé au Süddeutsche Zeitung, Sabine Kunst, Présidente de l’université Humboldt, a présenté les professeurs Jörg Baberowski et Herfried Münkler comme les victimes d’une « campagne de dénigrement. »

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

Obama’s $400,000 speeches: Unabashed. Shameless. Provocative.

29 April 2017

The two speaking fees alone put the former candidate of “change” into the top one percent of income earners in the US—in fact, one of them would almost have done the trick.

Earlier Perspectives »

International Committee of the Fourth International

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

IYSSE

Student parliament demands Humboldt University rescind support of Baberowski

By our correspondents, 29 April 2017

On Thursday, the Humboldt University Student Parliament passed a resolution by an overwhelming majority demanding that the university administration withdraw its public support for right-wing Professor Jörg Baberowski.

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

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

More on the fight for historical truth »

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.”

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.

Workers Struggles

Striking college lecturers protest outside of Scottish parliament

By Stephen Alexander, 29 April 2017

Despite almost a decade of swingeing education cuts, the EIS resisted any national action up until last year, when a few one-day stoppages took place.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 April 2017

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

“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

Writers’ Guild of America members authorize strike

Arts

San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 2
Muhi—Generally Temporary, or, a real concern for human suffering

By Joanne Laurier, 29 April 2017

The film focuses on a young Palestinian boy from Gaza, whose arms and legs have been amputated and who remains in limbo in an Israeli hospital.

San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 1

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

By Gary Alvernia, 28 April 2017

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

By David Walsh, 27 April 2017

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

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 »

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 »

Commentary

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

By K. Ratnayake, 28 April 2017

Turkish warplanes hit Washington’s Kurdish proxy forces in Syria

Australian Socialist Alternative conference: In the service of imperialism

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.