House Republicans pass draconian health care legislation
Bill would end Medicaid as a guaranteed program based on need

By Kate Randall, 5 May 2017

The American Health Care Act is a reactionary bill that builds on the regressive, pro-corporate framework of the legislation popularly known as Obamacare.

House Republicans scramble for votes to pass draconian health care bill

Ahead of May 7 runoff, French right-wing Les Républicains on verge of split

By Kumaran Ira, 5 May 2017

Bitter divisions are erupting within Les Républicains over whether to endorse presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron against neo-fascist Marine Le Pen.

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

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

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

More on the French presidential election »

“After compromising our health, they want to kick us out of our homes”
8,000 Flint residents face foreclosure for failing to pay for poisoned water

By Jerry White, 5 May 2017

Letters sent out by the city said outstanding bills would have to be paid by May 19 or tax liens would be put on homes that could result in residents losing them next year.

Police provocation at Flint Town Hall results in six arrests

“The politicians in Flint, Lansing and Washington—they’re all for capitalism”
Retired GM worker speaks on three years of the Flint water crisis

Puerto Rican bankruptcy: A prelude to savage austerity and pension cuts

By Rafael Azul and Jerry White, 5 May 2017

The bankruptcy of the US territory island will set a new precedent for the destruction of workers’ pensions and the privatization of public services and assets.

US show of force intensifies pressure on North Korea and China

By Mike Head, 5 May 2017

Two military displays in two days have escalated the tensions on the Korean Peninsula produced by the Trump administration’s threats of military action.

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

Pentagon in talks with Baghdad on permanent US occupation of Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2017

The discussions are unfolding in the shadow of the US-backed siege of Mosul, which continues to inflict mass civilian casualties.

US and Russia discuss “safe zones” in Syria

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Senate hearing gives a glimpse of political warfare within the FBI

By Patrick Martin, 5 May 2017

The police agency was divided into rival factions, each using media leaks and political provocations in order to influence the 2016 presidential election.

FBI director threatens WikiLeaks and Assange

Woman faces year in jail after laughing at US attorney general confirmation hearing

By Marcus Day, 5 May 2017

In an effort by the Trump administration to further criminalize and intimidate political opposition, a woman and two men each face up to a year in jail and $2,000 in fines for their protest.

Higher education and upward mobility increasingly inaccessible to poor in the US

By Kathleen Martin, 5 May 2017

Higher education, seen as a key to social mobility in the US, is becoming increasingly unattainable to a growing section of the American working class.

Alitalia bankruptcy exacerbates social tensions in Italy

By Marianne Arens, 5 May 2017

In a recent vote two-thirds of Alitalia pilots, flight attendants and ground crew rejected planned job cuts and pay cuts.

Woman jailed in Britain for six months for begging for 50 pence

By Paul Armstrong, 5 May 2017

Marie Baker was denied any legal representation, a direct consequence of the brutal assault against the democratic rights of the working class.

Turkish government launches crackdown on Internet, opposition parties

By Halil Celik, 5 May 2017

In the aftermath of its extremely narrow victory in the April 16 constitutional referendum, Ankara is banning Wikipedia and threatening Turkey’s principal bourgeois opposition party.

New in Spanish

Acontecimientos peligrosos en Alemania
Expuesta una red de neonazis en el ejército alemán

Por Peter Schwarz, 5 mayo 2017

El arresto de un oficial del ejército alemán sospechado de planear el asesinato de políticos de izquierda y altos funcionarios estatales ha expuesto las operaciones de las fuerzas neonazis a los niveles más altos del Bundeswehr.

New in Russian

Поэт Евгений Евтушенко (1932-2017) и судьба поколения советских «шестидесятников»

Владимир Волков, 5 мая 2017 г.

Едва ли не самый знаменитый советский поэт 1960-1980-х годов Евгений Евтушенко скончался 1 апреля 2017 года в американском городе Талса, штат Оклахома, на 85 году жизни от ракового заболевания.

Эта неделя в русской революции
Апрель 24-30: Троцкий освобожден из британского лагеря военнопленных в Канаде

5 мая 2017 г.

В то время как Троцкого освобождают из лагеря военнопленных в Канаде, партия большевиков в Петрограде находится в смятения после публикации «Апрельских тезисов» Ленина. Партия проводит Петроградскую общегородскую конференцию, на которой позиции Ленина завоевывают существенную поддержку.

New in Turkish

Almanya’da tehlikeli gelişmeler
Alman ordusu içinde neo-Nazi ağı

Peter Schwarz, 5 Mayıs 2017

Solcu politikacılara ve üst düzey subaylara yönelik suikast planladığından kuşkulanılan bir Alman subayının tutuklanması, Alman ordusunun en üst kademelerindeki neo-Nazi güçlerin operasyonlarını açığa vurdu.

1 Mayıs 2017: Güney Asya’da uluslararası sosyalizm uğruna mücadele

Wije Dias, 5 Mayıs 2017

Sri Lanka’da Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin Genel Sekreteri Wije Dias’ın, 30 Nisan’da düzenlenen 2017 Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’ndaki konuşması.

New in French

Débat présidentiel : Macron et le Pen répandent le militarisme et la xénophobie

Par Alexandre Lantier et Johannes Stern, 4 mai 2017

Au courant d'un débat dégradé pendant lequel ils se sont traités de menteurs et de criminels, les deux candidats ont avancé des positions totalement réactionnaires.

Pourquoi Emmanuel Macron n'est pas un moindre mal face à Marine Le Pen

Par Johannes Stern, 5 mai 2017

Ces commentaires ont été formulés à Paris le 1er mai, lors de la première réunion publique du Parti de l'égalité socialiste, par Johannes Stern, membre de la direction du Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, section allemande du CIQI.

Le gouvernement canadien tente d'apaiser Trump après ses commentaires sur l’ALÉNA

Par Roger Jordan, 5 mai 2017

Les commentaires nettement critiques sur les pratiques commerciales du Canada faites par le président américain Donald Trump ont suscité une réponse conciliatrice de la part d'Ottawa.

New in German

TV-Duell in Frankreich: Macron und Le Pen propagieren Militarismus und Angriffe auf Migranten

Von Alex Lantier und Johannes Stern, 5. Mai 2017

Die Neo-Faschistin Le Pen und der Ex-Banker Macron verbrachten 150 Minuten damit, sich abwechselnd zu beschimpfen oder nach Militarismus und staatlicher Unterdrückung zu schreien.

Wie die Bundeswehr neonazistische Terrornetzwerke deckt

Von Christoph Vandreier, 5. Mai 2017

Die Hinweise verdichten sich, dass Oberleutnants Franco A. Teil eines umfassenden neonazistischen Netzwerks war, das von hohen Stellen systematisch gedeckt wurde.

Tschechiens Regierung tritt zurück

Von Markus Salzmann, 5. Mai 2017

Ein halbes Jahr vor der regulären Parlamentswahl hat der tschechische Ministerpräsident Bohuslav Sobotka überraschend den Rücktritt seiner Regierung bekannt gegeben.

Premierministerin May beschuldigt EU der Einmischung in britische Unterhauswahl

Von Chris Marsden, 5. Mai 2017

May beschuldigt die EU, sie würde sich in die Wahl in Großbritannien einmischen. Dass sie sich dabei einer Sprache bedient, die bisher für Wladimir Putin reserviert zu sein schien, deutet auf wachsende Feindschaft gegenüber Europa hin.

Erster Mai 2017
Verteidigt Immigranten und Flüchtlinge

Von Julie Hyland, 5. Mai 2017

Der Bankrott des Nationalstaatensystems, das der Kapitalismus nicht überwinden kann, äußert sich in einer Welle von giftigem Chauvinismus.

Other Languages

Perspective

The human cost of the US-Mexico border: More than 6,000 bodies found since 2000

5 May 2017

The mass casualties along the US-Mexico border are the outcome of deliberate policies of the US government, both Democrat and Republican, going back at least two decades.

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 »

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Sri Lankan workers and students oppose Maruti Suzuki frame-up

By our reporters, 5 May 2017

Over the past week campaigners have won support from workers near the Colombo Port and students at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and Colombo University.

“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.

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 »

Arts

National Bird, about drone warfare, currently available on PBS “Independent Lens”

By Joanne Laurier, 5 May 2017

Sonia Kennebeck’s disturbing documentary, National Bird, can be viewed until May 16 on PBS’s “Independent Lens” web site.

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

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

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

Commentary

Apple’s $257 billion cash hoard and parasitic accumulation

By Nick Beams, 5 May 2017

There is conjecture about what Apple intends to do with its cash pile, but one thing is certain: it will be used for forms of speculation and financial manipulation.

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

By Peter Schwarz, 4 May 2017

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

By Tom Mackaman, 4 May 2017

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

By Richard Phillips, 4 May 2017

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

By Johannes Stern, 4 May 2017

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

More on the French presidential election »

The ICFI's International May Day Online Rally

May Day 2017
The class issues in the British election

By Chris Marsden, 5 May 2017

With trade and military war comes the attack on wages, working conditions and the destruction of essential services.

May Day 2017
The fight for socialist internationalism in Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2017

The overall impact of Castroism, and, even more decisively, that of the revisionist tendencies which promoted it, was to hold back the socialist revolution.

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

By David North, 1 May 2017

Watch the video »

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

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

Workers Struggles

Greek workers stage strike against Syriza-backed austerity measures
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

5 May 2017

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

Faculty strike at University of Illinois-Springfield

By Alexander Fangmann, 4 May 2017

Featured Video

Watch: Obama Cashes In

Like and Follow the WSWS on Facebook, for exclusive content, including videos like this!

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.