Macron wins French presidency

By Alex Lantier, 8 May 2017

Over four million people cast blank or spoiled ballots to express their hostility to both candidates presented by the French political establishment.

On the eve of the French presidential election

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

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Defence Minister Von der Leyen apologises for criticizing the German army

By Ulrich Rippert, 8 May 2017

Rather than hold the army leadership to account for having covered up a right-wing terrorist conspiracy, Germany’s defence minister has been forced to kowtow to the general staff after mildly criticising its actions.

How the German Army covers up for neo-Nazi terrorist networks

German interior minister proposes anti-immigrant and racist “defining German culture”

By Verena Nees, 8 May 2017

The German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière recently published a statement in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on the issue of a “defining German culture,” which unashamedly promoted bigotry and German exceptionalism.

European Council endorses Irish unification in hardline negotiations over Brexit

By Steve James, 8 May 2017

The European Union position on Ireland is a challenge to British imperialism on the territory of its oldest colony.

Afghanistan-Pakistan border clash erupts amid seething regional tensions

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 8 May 2017

Fighting Friday between Afghan and Pakistan troops killed at least 12 people and possibly many more.

Notes on police violence
Fifteen-year-old high school freshman with BB gun killed by police in San Diego

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 May 2017

The boy, who died on May 6, was shot multiple times by two officers after anonymously calling 911 for a general welfare check on himself.

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

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Honeywell Aerospace cuts retiree health care benefits

By Jessica Goldstein, 8 May 2017

The announcement by Honeywell to cut all retiree healthcare benefits comes as the company enjoys immense profits and lucrative defense contracts.

Federal agency to investigate talk show host Stephen Colbert over anti-Trump joke

By David Walsh, 8 May 2017

Colbert’s monologue on May 1 was bankrupt and did not offer a trace of insight, comic or otherwise, into the predicament the American population faces under a Trump administration.

South Korean presidential frontrunner stresses agreement with Trump

By Ben McGrath, 8 May 2017

On the eve of South Korea’s election, DPK candidate Moon Jae-in is attempting to placate fears in Washington that he will cut across war plans in the region.

Japanese PM plans to remove constitutional shackles on the military by 2020

By Peter Symonds, 8 May 2017

Abe is seeking to modify Article 9 of Japan’s constitution, which nominally renounces war as a means of settling international disputes and vows never to maintain military forces.

New Zealand: Peace Action Wellington endorses Anzac Day

By John Braddock, 8 May 2017

Far from opposing the Anzac celebrations, the middle-class pacifist group abjectly capitulated to the government’s war propaganda.

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Fransa cumhurbaşkanlığı seçimlerinin öngününde

Alex Lantier, 8 Mayıs 2017

Fransa genelinde on milyonlarca insan, görülmemiş bir siyasi krizin ortasında ve demokratik hakları askıya alan bir olağanüstü hal altında cumhurbaşkanlığı seçimlerinin ikinci turunda oy kullanacak.

Brezilya’daki 185 kentte 1989 yılından bu yana yaşanan en büyük genel grev

Miguel Andrade, 8 Mayıs 2017

Brezilyalı işçiler, 28 Nisan Cuma günü, ülkenin emeklilik sistemine ve iş yasalarına yönelik önerilen tarihi saldırılara karşı bütün büyük kentlerde iş bıraktı.

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Wehrmachtstradition der Bundeswehr wird immer offensichtlicher

Von Peter Schwarz, 8. Mai 2017

Seit der Verhaftung des 28-jährigen Oberleutnants Franco A. steht der Verdacht im Raum, dass er Teil eines größeren Netzwerks ist, das bis in die Führungsstrukturen der Bundeswehr reicht.

Griechenland: Syriza-Regierung stimmt erneut brutalem Spardiktat zu

Von John Vassilopoulos, 8. Mai 2017

In einer weiteren Sparrunde will die pseudolinke Syriza-Regierung die Renten erneut um bis zu 18 Prozent kürzen. Davon wären etwa 1,1 Millionen Rentner betroffen.

Erster Mai 2017
Die Gefahr eines Atomkriegs in Nordostasien

Von Peter Symonds, 8. Mai 2017

Die Drohungen der USA gegen Nordkorea sind Teil ihrer Konfrontation mit China, das sie als Haupthindernis für ihre globale Hegemonie betrachten.

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Perspective

A new stage in the US health care counterrevolution

8 May 2017

The passage of the American Health Care Act by the House of Representatives sets the pace for devastating cuts in health care for working people, to fund a windfall for the financial oligarchy.

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
May 8-14: Bolsheviks convene all-Russian conference amid government crisis

8 May 2017

The Bolshevik congress takes place as the Provisional Government, staggering from the publication of a leaked telegram to the Allied imperialist governments, appeals to the Menshevik and Socialist Revolutionary leaders of the Soviet to form a coalition government.

Lecture on the centenary of the Russian Revolution
Lenin’s Return to Russia and the April Theses

By James Cogan, 8 May 2017

We are publishing here the text of a lecture delivered on Saturday, May 6, by James Cogan, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). The audio for the lecture is embedded in the text.

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Students and workers in Pittsburgh and western New York support framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By our reporters, 8 May 2017

Students and workers responded to the plight of the jailed autoworkers with indignation at their treatment at the hands of the Indian police and government.

Sri Lankan workers and students oppose Maruti Suzuki frame-up

By our reporters, 5 May 2017

“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

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

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NHS Fightback

The destruction of the National Health Service and the role of NHS FightBack

By Jean Shaoul, 8 May 2017

World Socialist Web Site writer Jean Shaoul responds to a series of questions posed by a student journalist regarding the Socialist Equality Party’s NHS FightBack campaign.

Commentary

One of eight people in US is food insecure
New report documents pervasive hunger in America

By Shelley Connor, 6 May 2017

Republican health care bill targets millions with preexisting conditions

By Kate Randall, 6 May 2017

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

Billionaire Bezos’s cash bonanza
Amazon CEO makes $3.3 billion in a few hours

By Evan Blake and Eric London, 6 May 2017

Apple’s $257 billion cash hoard and parasitic accumulation

By Nick Beams, 5 May 2017

North Korea under siege

By Peter Symonds, 6 May 2017

US show of force intensifies pressure on North Korea and China

NPA tacitly backs the French ruling elite’s campaign for Macron vote

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 6 May 2017

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

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

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

By Tom Mackaman, 4 May 2017

Arts

San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 4
Dziga Vertov’s The Man with a Movie Camera: One of the films you must see!

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 6 May 2017

A highlight of the recent San Francisco film festival was the screening of Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov’s masterpiece, The Man with a Movie Camera (1929), at the historic Castro Theatre.

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

6 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

The ICFI's International May Day Online Rally

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

By David North, 1 May 2017

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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

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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

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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.