French election debate: Macron, Le Pen promote militarism, attacks on immigrants

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 4 May 2017

Over the course of 150 minutes, the fascist Le Pen and the ex-banker Macron alternated between insulting each other and braying for militarism and state repression.

French warship joins US-UK-Japanese fleet threatening North Korea

By Athiyan Silva, 4 May 2017

Paris youth speak to WSWS: “I don’t want to vote for the right just because I’m afraid of Le Pen”

By our reporters, 4 May 2017

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

More on the French presidential election »

Prime Minister May accuses EU of meddling in UK election

By Chris Marsden, 4 May 2017

May’s accusation that the EU is interfering in the UK election in language hitherto reserved for Vladimir Putin testifies to an escalation of hostilities with Europe.

European Union issues hard-line Brexit negotiating strategy

FBI director threatens WikiLeaks and Assange

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2017

James Comey complained that WikiLeaks, unlike the American media, does not work with the US intelligence community to protect its secrets.

US and Russia discuss “safe zones” in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 4 May 2017

Trump and Putin spoke Tuesday for the first time since the US launched a cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base where Russian troops were stationed.

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

At least 23 dead, dozens trapped in Iranian coal mine disaster

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 May 2017

The tragedy underscores the perilous conditions confronting coal miners in Iran and around the world.

Trump Justice Department: No charges in police murder of Alton Sterling

By Niles Niemuth, 4 May 2017

Federal prosecutors announced there was “insufficient evidence” to bring civil rights charges against the officers who shot and killed Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

New study details correlation between tornado deaths and social inequality

By Eric London, 4 May 2017

Though storms do not select their victims, capitalism does. A new report shows a close correlation between poverty, inequality, mobile home residency and tornado fatalities across the US.

Faculty strike at University of Illinois-Springfield

By Alexander Fangmann, 4 May 2017

Tenured and tenure-track faculty have been without a contract for 20 months and are demanding contract protections for tenure and promotion.

German state election in North-Rhine Westphalia: The devastating balance sheet of the SPD-Green government

By Dietmar Henning, 4 May 2017

The incumbent SPD-Green Party state government represents a self-indulgent and arrogant upper layer, unconcerned with the growing poverty and distress of the population.

UK: Behind the release of former soldier and war criminal Alexander Blackman

By Margot Miller, 4 May 2017

Blackman, jailed in 2013 for the murder of an injured Afghan Taliban prisoner of war, emerged from prison last Friday having served just three-and-a-half years of a 10-year sentence.

Australian Fairfax journalists strike for a week over job destruction

By Mike Head, 4 May 2017

By launching the longest strike by editorial staff in recent history, the Fairfax workers are taking a stand against the ongoing demolition of jobs by the financial elite.

Australia: Victorian teachers speak out against agreement after union delegate meeting

By our reporters, 4 May 2017

Teachers raised concerns about the impact of growing workloads and the promotion of standardised testing in public schools.

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¿Por qué perdieron Hillary Clinton y el Partido Demócrata en las elecciones del 2016?

Por Eric London, 4 mayo 2017

En una entrevista este martes, Hillary Clinton culpó a los votantes misóginos y a Rusia por su derrota en noviembre, pero las últimas encuestas demuestran que no fue así.

Una evaluación política del acto del Día Internacional del Trabajador organizado por el CICI

Por Joseph Kishore, 4 mayo 2017

El mitin en línea del Día Internacional del Trabajador celebrado el 30 de abril reflejó un desarrollo significativo en la construcción de la Cuarta Internacional como el Partido Mundial de la Revolución Socialista.

Día Internacional del Trabajador del 2017La crisis en América Latina y la lucha por una dirección revolucionaria

Por Bill Van Auken, 4 mayo 2017

Pese a los esfuerzos de las burguesías nacionales y los grupos revisionistas pablistas y morenistas que las han apuntalado, se avecinan luchas de clase explosivas tanto en Brasil como en el resto de Latinoamérica.

Jóvenes franceses protestan contra la segunda vuelta presidencial entre Le Pen y Macron

Por Alex Lantier, 4 mayo 2017

La cuestión crítica que confrontan los jóvenes opuestos a las elecciones es orientarse hacia la clase trabajadora, desafiando la reaccionaria propaganda pro-Macron de los medios.

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Premier Mai 2017: les leçons de l’histoire et la lutte pour le socialisme

Par David North, 4 mai 2017

Discours prononcé par le président du comité de rédaction du WSWS, David North, en ouverture de la conférence internationale en ligne du 1er Mai 2017, qui s’est tenue le 30 avril.

Des bombardiers stratégiques B-1 américains survolent la Corée du Sud

Par Peter Symonds, 4 mai 2017

L'escalade militaire des États-Unis a enfiévré les tensions sur la péninsule coréenne, menaçant de déclencher un conflit dévastateur.

Un Mistral français rejoint la flotte américano-japonaise qui menace la Corée du nord

Par Athiyan Silva, 4 mai 2017

Dans le dos du peuple français, le PS et Emmanuel Macron participent à la poussée impérialiste à une guerre contre la Corée du nord, qui est une puissance nucléaire.

Pourquoi Hillary Clinton et le Parti démocrate ont-ils perdu les élections de 2016 ?

Par Eric London, 4 mai 2017

Prenant la parole mardi à la mairie de New York, Hillary Clinton a blâmé les électeurs mysogynes et l’ingérence russe pour sa défaite en novembre, mais les données de sondages récents démontrent le contraire.

Le Canada prépare la guerre contre la Corée du Nord

Par Roger Jordan, 4 mai 2017

Le ministre canadien de la Défense signale qu’Ottawa est prêt à se joindre à une guerre des États-Unis qui pourrait entrainer des millions de morts.

Un officier de l’armée allemande interpellé au motif de préparer un attentat terroriste

Par Peter Schwarz, 4 mai 2017

L’arrestation d’un officier allemand de 28 ans suspecté de préparer un attentat terroriste d’extrême-droite montre que la Bundeswehr forme un terreau fertile pour des éléments d’extrême-droite.

Etudiantes à Paris : « je ne veux pas passer ma vie à voter de droite parce que j’ai peur de Le Pen »

Par nos reporters, 4 mai 2017

Des correspondants du World Socialist Web Site ont parlé à propos des élections présidentielles françaises à deux jeunes femmes, Anna et Zoé, à Paris.

New in German

Terrorpläne und Rechtsextremismus in der Bundeswehr

Von Peter Schwarz, 4. Mai 2017

Fremdenfeindlich, rassistische und demokratiefeindliche Standpunkte sind in der Bundeswehr weit verbreitet und werden von den Vorgesetzten ignoriert, geduldet oder aktiv ermutigt.

Die antidemokratischen Grundsätze des Innenministers de Maizière

Von Verena Nees, 4. Mai 2017

In Bild am Sonntag veröffentlichte Bundesinnenminister Thomas Maizière eine Erklärung zur „deutschen Leitkultur“, die an Borniertheit und Deutschtümelei kaum zu überbieten ist.

Mélenchon-Wähler lehnen beide Kandidaten der Stichwahl ab

Von Alex Lantier, 4. Mai 2017

Hierin zeigt sich zugleich, dass die Position des unterlegenen Präsidentschaftskandidaten Jean-Luc Mélenchon von seinen eigenen Anhängern nicht geteilt wird. Mélenchon hatte politische Sympathien für Macron geäußert und sogar die Möglichkeit angedeutet, unter ihm Premierminister zu werden.

Erster Mai 2017
Eine Perspektive für die Arbeiterklasse in der französischen Präsidentschaftswahl

Von Alex Lantier, 4. Mai 2017

Die PES tritt für einen aktiven Boykott der Stichwahl am 7. Mai ein. Damit formuliert sie eine revolutionäre Alternative zu den ohnmächtigen Manövern der Pseudolinken vom Schlage Mélenchons.

PES-Versammlung in Paris ruft zum aktiven Boykott der Stichwahl auf

Von unseren Reportern, 4. Mai 2017

Die Versammlung der Parti de l'égalité socialiste, an der über sechzig Personen teilnahmen, war das erste Ereignis seit 1971, bei dem das Internationale Komitee der Vierten Internationale in Frankreich mit einer eigenen Sektion auftrat.

Warum haben Hillary Clinton und die Demokraten die Wahl 2016 verloren?

Von Eric London, 4. Mai 2017

Bei einer Rede in New York gab Hillary Clinton frauenfeindlichen Wählern und russischer Einflussnahme die Schuld an ihrer Niederlage im November. Aktuelle Umfragedaten zeigen jedoch ein anderes Bild.

IYSSE gewinnt Sitz im Studierendenparlament der Eastern Michigan University

Von unseren Reportern, 4. Mai 2017

Ende März erhielt der Kandidat der International Youth and Students for Social Equality, Mitch Abrams, an der Eastern Michigan University (EMU) einen Sitz im Studierendenparlament.

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Perspective

Dangerous developments in Germany
Neo-Nazi network in German army exposed

4 May 2017

The arrest of a German army officer suspected of plotting the assassination of leftist politicians and high-ranking state officials has exposed the operations of neo-Nazi forces at the highest levels of the German military.

Earlier Perspectives »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Series on the centenary of the Russian Revolution
Online lecture Saturday: Lenin’s Return to Russia and the April Theses

By James Cogan, 5 May 2017

James Cogan, National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Australia, will be delivering the lecture on Saturday, May 6 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register for the series at wsws.org/1917.

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

1 May 2017

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

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Commentary

Trump on Jackson and the Civil War: Historical ignorance and the decline of the American presidency

By Tom Mackaman, 4 May 2017

In recent comments, the president said the Civil War was an avoidable mistake and that Andrew Jackson was angered by it—though Jackson had been dead for 16 years at the war’s outbreak.

Australia: Anzac Day and the official silence about anti-war opposition in WWI

By Richard Phillips, 4 May 2017

Contrary to government claims, Australia in 1917 was sharply divided along class lines and its involvement in World War I deeply unpopular.

The New York Times worries about the high political cost of Obama’s $400,000 speeches

By David Walsh, 3 May 2017

Washington budgets an extra $120 million for guarding the Trumps

By Bill Van Auken, 3 May 2017

House Republicans scramble for votes to pass draconian health care bill

By Barry Grey and Kate Randall, 3 May 2017

Socialist Alternative joins pro-war witch-hunt of Australian academic

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 May 2017

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

“There is an air of worker rebellion in India and China”
A conversation with Professor Immanuel Ness on the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Jerry White, 4 May 2017

Brooklyn College Professor Immanuel Ness, who has written extensively on the class struggle in India, was part of a team that investigated the persecution of the Maruti Suzuki workers.

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

By our correspondents, 1 May 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

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

International Committee of the Fourth International

Why Emmanuel Macron is no lesser evil compared to Marine Le Pen

By Johannes Stern, 4 May 2017

These remarks were delivered by Johannes Stern, a leading member of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, the German section of the ICFI, at the first public meeting of the Parti de l’égalité socialiste on May Day in Paris.

PES public meeting in Paris calls for active boycott of French elections

May Day 2017
The Growth of German Militarism and the Rewriting of History

By Sven Wurm, 4 May 2017

In order to wage new imperialist wars and commit fresh crimes, history must be rewritten, and the criminal role of German imperialism minimised and denied.

May Day 2017
The Crisis of the European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 4 May 2017

Europe is bristling with social tensions, as the danger of war between Europe and the United States, and within Europe itself, is growing.

May Day 2017
Militarism, social reaction, and authoritarianism in the United States

By Kristina Betinis, 4 May 2017

The Trump administration, the rule of the oligarchy in naked form, is setting the pace for the turn by all capitalist governments to policies of extreme reaction.

SEP Sri Lankan May Day meeting discusses threat of world war and lessons of Russian Revolution

By our correspondents, 4 May 2017

The central theme of the Colombo meeting was the struggle to mobilise the working class on the basis of socialist internationalism against the drive to war.

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

By Joseph Kishore, 2 May 2017

International May Day 2017: Mass marches and police repression

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

By David North, 1 May 2017

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Arts

San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 3
War (The Stopover), scientific progress (Marie Curie), the police (The Force) and other issues

By Joanne Laurier, 4 May 2017

Honest films about the character and impact of the brutal neo-colonial wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere are extremely hard to come by.

The Soviet poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933-2017) and the fate of the ‘60s generation

By Vladimir Volkov, 3 May 2017

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

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

Workers Struggles

Largest general strike since 1989 hits 185 cities in Brazil

By Miguel Andrade, 2 May 2017

UK: Fujitsu workers must reject Unite’s nationalist strategy

By Steve James, 2 May 2017

Science

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

By Matthew MacEgan, 1 May 2017

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 »

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.