International May Day 2017: Mass marches and police repression

By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2017

Several countries saw massive police mobilizations against workers demonstrating on International Workers’ Day.

“Why separate people with walls—we’re all brothers and sisters”
May Day marchers speak out in defense of immigrant rights

By our reporters, 2 May 2017

Tens of thousands of immigrant and native-born workers and young people marched in large and small cities across the US to oppose the Trump administrations’ scapegoating of immigrant workers.

May Day in France: Trade union calls to support Macron fall flat

By Francis Dubois, 2 May 2017

Workers and youth throughout France sense that the calls to “block” Le Pen from the political establishment are barely disguised appeals to vote for the former banker Macron.

French right splits as sections back neo-fascist Le Pen

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

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Trump suggests talks while preparing for war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 2 May 2017

Trump’s offer to meet Kim Jong-un is effectively an ultimatum: accept US terms for negotiations or confront the prospect of war.

Trump again warns North Korea against nuclear testing

National Guard, Pentagon hold drills testing preparations for nuclear attack on the US

By Niles Niemuth, 2 May 2017

Annual emergency preparedness exercises this year involved testing the response of government agencies and the military to the detonation of a nuclear bomb in a major American city.

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

Hawaii to modernize nuclear fallout shelters

South Korean election candidates back US war preparations

By Ben McGrath, 2 May 2017

Widespread opposition to the THAAD antiballistic missile battery and the drive to war can find no expression in the presidential contest.

Trump invites Philippine President Duterte to the White House

By Joseph Santolan, 2 May 2017

As part of the advanced preparations for war with North Korea, Trump has called the Philippine president with an invitation for a state visit to Washington.

German army officer arrested for planning terror attack

By Peter Schwarz, 2 May 2017

The arrest of a 28-year-old German army officer suspected of planning a far-right terrorist attack shows that the Bundeswehr provides fertile ground for extreme right-wing elements.

Democrats agree to increase military and border spending while cutting food stamps

By Barry Grey, 2 May 2017

Republicans hailed the agreement as a down payment on Trump’s demands for a $54 billion increase in the Pentagon budget to be paid for with cuts in social programs.

Death toll rises to 18 as floods and tornadoes devastate impoverished US South

By Trévon Austin, 2 May 2017

That storms could wreak such havoc on largely impoverished sections of the United States exposes the catastrophic divide separating rich and poor in the world’s richest country.

Floods, tornadoes kill 13 across US South as Trump plans major cuts to disaster relief

Largest general strike since 1989 hits 185 cities in Brazil

By Miguel Andrade, 2 May 2017

On Friday, April 28, Brazilian workers walked off their jobs in every major city against proposed historic attacks on the country’s pension system and labor laws.

Brazilian demonstrators speak out during first general strike in 21 years

By our reporters, 2 May 2017

Australian budget to slash welfare and education

By Mike Head, 2 May 2017

Cuts target the working class, as the government plans billions more for the military and handouts to big business.

New in Spanish

Los bombardeos de EE.UU. en Siria y Afganistán
Una nueva etapa en la repudiación de la ley internacional

Por Mike Head, 2 mayo 2017

La creciente aserción del militarismo estadounidense ha llevado a la humanidad a un punto en el cual las reglas de la guerra están siendo violadas abiertamente.

New in French

Manifs du 1er mai : un désaveu par les masses des appareils syndicaux pro-Macron

Par Francis Dubois, 2 mai 2017

Les masses ont boudé l'appel des appareils syndicaux à voter pour Emmanuel Macron, le militariste et ex-banquier Rothschild qui affronte Marine Le Pen au second tour.

Le PES organise avec succès son premier meeting à Paris

Par nos reporters, 2 mai 2017

La première réunion publique du Parti de l'égalité socialiste après sa fondation l'année dernière a attiré plus de 60 travailleurs et étudiants d'à travers la France.

New in German

1. Mai 2017: Lehren aus der Geschichte und der Kampf für Sozialismus

Von David North, 2. Mai 2017

Mit dieser Rede eröffnete David North, Leiter der internationalen WSWS-Redaktion, die weltweite Online-Maikundgebung der WSWS am 30. April.

NRW-Wahl: Die verheerende Bilanz von Rot-Grün

Von Dietmar Henning, 2. Mai 2017

Die rot-grüne Landesregierung in Düsseldorf vertritt die Interessen einer selbstgefälligen und arroganten Oberschicht, der die wachsende Armut und Not der Bevölkerung gleichgültig ist.

Teile der französischen Rechten unterstützen die Neofaschistin Le Pen

Von Kumaran Ira, 2. Mai 2017

Während das französische Zweiparteiensystem zusammenbricht, baut der Front National offen Beziehungen zu traditionellen Teilen der französischen Rechten auf.

Rechte Terrorpläne aus den Reihen der Bundeswehr

Von Peter Schwarz, 2. Mai 2017

Die Verhaftung eines 28-jährigen Offiziers, der sich anfangs wie ein bizarrer Einzelfall ausnahm, zeigte schnell, dass in der Bundeswehr rechtsradikale Strömungen einen fruchtbaren Boden finden.

Bundesverfassungsgericht legitimiert rechtsradikale Geschichtsklitterung

Von Justus Leicht, 2. Mai 2017

Das höchste deutsche Gericht hat der Beschwerde eines rechten Bloggers stattgegeben, der in drei Instanzen wegen der Leugnung von Nazi-Verbrechen verurteilt worden war.

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Perspective

A political appraisal of the ICFI’s 2017 International May Day Online Rally

2 May 2017

The 2017 May Day Online Rally, held Sunday, April 30, marks a significant development in the building of the Fourth International as the World Party of Socialist Revolution.

Earlier Perspectives »

May Day 2017: Lessons of history and the fight for socialism

By David North, 1 May 2017

This speech was delivered by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North to open the 2017 International May Day Online Rally, held on April 30.

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May Day 2017
The fight for international socialism in South Asia

By Wije Dias, 2 May 2017

The region is caught up in the whirlpool of geo-political tensions produced by the drive towards another imperialist war, amid rising class struggle.

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May Day 2017
The rise of economic nationalism and protectionism

By Nick Beams, 2 May 2017

The historic crisis of the global capitalist system is now producing the very conditions that led to the economic conflicts of the 1930s and the eruption of war in 1939.

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May Day 2017
The perspective for the working class in the French presidential election

By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2017

The PES' campaign for an active boycott of the election is the revolutionary alternative to the impotent parliamentary maneuvers proposed by Mélenchon.

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International Committee of the Fourth International

Parti de l'égalité socialiste holds first public meeting on May Day in Paris

By our reporters, 2 May 2017

On May 1, the Parti de l'égalité socialiste (PES), the French section of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), held a meeting in Paris to commemorate May Day. The event, which was the first public meeting of the PES since its founding last year, attracted an audience of more than 60 workers and students.

Speakers representing the PES and the ICFI explained the significance of the call for an active boycott in the upcoming second round of the French presidential elections. After an intense political discussion, several attendees applied to join or support the PES. A fuller report on the meeting will appear on the WSWS tomorrow.

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
May 1-7: April Crisis breaks out in Petrograd

1 May 2017

Newspapers in Petrograd publish a telegram by the Provisional Government’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, promising to abide by the tsar’s secret treaties and “fight the world war out to a decisive victory.” Workers and soldiers in Petrograd respond with massive anti-government demonstrations.

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

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

By Joseph Kishore, 26 April 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Workers Struggles

UK: Fujitsu workers must reject Unite’s nationalist strategy

By Steve James, 2 May 2017

The only viable basis on which to combat Fujitsu’s assault is through a global socialist strategy based on the class struggle.

The Victorian teachers’ agreement and “performance pay”
What the Australian Education Union is suppressing

By David Cohen, 1 May 2017

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

Commentary

European Union issues hard-line Brexit negotiating strategy

By Robert Stevens, 1 May 2017

Health care for 22,600 retired coal miners extended for one week

By Samuel Davidson, 1 May 2017

Each day 150 workers die in the US due to hazardous work conditions

By Matthew Taylor, 1 May 2017

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

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

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Sri Lanka: Jaffna picket demands release of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 1 May 2017

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

By our correspondents, 28 April 2017

Tamil workers in northern Sri Lanka support 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

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

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

Arts

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art considers mandatory admission charge for out-of-state visitors

By Fred Mazelis, 1 May 2017

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

By Joanne Laurier, 29 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

Science

Researchers claim evidence that humans were in the Americas 130,000 years ago

By Matthew MacEgan, 1 May 2017

This claim is receiving wide attention because it is 115,000 years earlier than any date previously suggested for the peopling of the western hemisphere, based on existing evidence.

NHS Fightback

Health workers and residents in Bournemouth speak out against health service cuts

By Ajanta Silva, 1 May 2017

Bournemouth health workers attend NHS FightBack meeting against redundancies and cuts

IYSSE

Student parliament demands Humboldt University rescind support of Baberowski

By our correspondents, 29 April 2017

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 »

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.

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.