Hundreds of migrants drown in Mediterranean

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2017

The deaths occurred during a spike in crossings spurred in part by a planned crackdown that would send migrants back to hellish conditions in Libya.

Nazi traditions of Germany’s Armed Forces come to the fore

By Peter Schwarz, 9 May 2017

After the arrest of an officer accused of preparing terrorist attacks under the false identity of a refugee, suspicions are growing that he is part of a larger neo-Nazi network.

Defence Minister Von der Leyen apologises for criticizing the German army

Hypocrisy and lies: Barack Obama accepts “Profile in Courage” award in Boston

By Kate Randall, 9 May 2017

Although Obama did not mention the ACA or “Trumpcare” in his remarks accepting the award, it is clear that the passage of Obamacare was one of the main reasons he was chosen.

A new stage in the US health care counterrevolution

US corporate profits up 13.9 percent on cost-cutting and low wages

By Barry Grey, 9 May 2017

At the heart of the corporate profit bonanza is an ongoing drive to cut costs by holding down wages, cutting jobs and slashing spending on new plants and equipment.

New revelations of brutality and corruption
New York Democrats announce plans to shut Rikers Island prison in a decade

By Sandy English, 9 May 2017

Even if Rikers were to be shut down, the violence, abuse and degradation of inmates would only be redistributed to other locations.

Hunger affecting millions of children in UK

By Joe Mount, 9 May 2017

Up to three million children in Britain are threatened with malnutrition outside term time, when they are not provided with school meals.

Young “gig economy” worker hounded to his death over debt repayment

By Barry Mason, 9 May 2017

According to the Debt Support Trust charity, nearly half of people struggling with debt in the UK have considered suicide to resolve their situation.

Czech government resigns amidst intensifying political crisis

By Markus Salzmann, 9 May 2017

The coalition government fell half a year before scheduled parliamentary elections, in the face of mounting tensions between its component parties.

Australian rail union responds to Pacific National lockout by resuming talks

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 May 2017

The union will use the negotiating period to try and dissipate anger among freight drivers to the proposed cuts to their wages and conditions.

New Zealand: Taylor Preston meat workers condemn union pay deal

By Tom Peters, 9 May 2017

The World Socialist Web Site has spoken to workers, who expressed their anger about the sell-out deal pushed through by the Meat Workers Union.

New in Turkish

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’ni (Fransa) inşa edin!

9 Mayıs 2017

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Parti de l'égalité socialiste – PES) Kasım 2016’da Paris’te düzenlenen kongrede, Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi’nin Fransa şubesi olarak kabul edildi.

New in Spanish

Número de muertos llega a 37 en medio de los continuos enfrentamientos en Venezuela

Por Bill Van Auken, 9 mayo 2017

El gobierno de Maduro se ha volcado a intensificar la represión y la convocatoria de una asamblea constituyente en sus intentos de mantenerse en el poder en medio de una crisis cada vez más profunda.

El gobierno greco de Syriza acuerda seguir las medidas de austeridad salvajes

Por John Vassilopoulos, 9 mayo 2017

Las pensiones se reducirán en un 18 por ciento, afectando a unos 1,1 millones de pensionistas, alrededor del 1 por ciento del PIB.

New in French

Von der Leyen, ministre allemande de la défense, demande pardon pour sa critique de l’armée

Par Ulrich Rippert, 9 mai 2017

Plutôt que d’exiger des comptes à l’armée pour avoir caché un complot terroriste de droite, la ministre de la défense de l’Allemagne a été obligée de se prosterner devant l’état-major général après avoir légèrement critiqué ses actions.

Comment l’armée allemande couvre les réseaux terroristes néonazis

Par Christoph Vandreier, 9 mai 2017

Les preuves s’accumulent que l’officier allemand interpellé pour avoir fomenté un attentat terroriste fait partie d’un vaste réseau néonazi dont l’existence a été systématiquement couverte par les autorités.

Le Premier ministre japonais veut éliminer les entraves constitutionnelles à l’armée d’ici 2020

Par Peter Symonds, 9 mai 2017

Abe cherche à modifier l’article 9 de la constitution japonaise, qui déclare renoncer à la guerre comme moyens de régler les différends internationaux, et s’engage à ne jamais entretenir de forces militaires.

Le gouvernement grec de Syriza accepte de nouvelles mesures d'austérité draconiennes

Par John Vassilopoulos, 9 mai 2017

Les retraites devront être réduites de 18 % pour environ 1,1 million de retraités, soit environ 1 % du PIB.

New in German

Zerschlagung des amerikanischen Gesundheitswesens erreicht neue Dimension

Von Patrick Martin, 9. Mai 2017

Die Verabschiedung des American Health Care Act ist der Beginn verheerender Kürzungen in der Gesundheitsversorgung der arbeitenden Bevölkerung. Der Finanzoligarchie sollen mit dem Gesetz satte Gewinne ermöglicht werden.

Schleswig-Holstein: Massive Stimmenverluste der SPD

Von Ulrich Rippert, 9. Mai 2017

Die Ablehnung der SPD findet keine fortschrittliche Richtung, sondern stärkt die konservativen und rechten Parteien.

Von der Leyen über Neonazi-Netzwerk in der Bundeswehr: Es wird „noch viel hochkommen“

Von Christoph Vandreier, 9. Mai 2017

Eine Woche nachdem der Bundeswehroffizier Franco A. wegen Terrorverdachts verhaftet worden ist, erklärte die Verteidigungsministerin in der Talkshow Anne Will, dass „noch viel hochkommen“ werde.

Macron gewinnt französische Präsidentschaftswahl

Alex Lantier, 8. Mai 2017

Über vier Millionen Wähler gaben leere oder ungültige Stimmzettel ab, um ihre Ablehnung beider Kandidaten zu dokumentieren, die ihnen das französische Establishment vorgesetzt hatte.

1. Mai 2017
Die britischen Wahlen und die Klassenfragen

Von Chris Marsden, 9. Mai 2017

Mit Handelskrieg und Krieg geht der Angriff auf Löhne und die Abschaffung sozialer Errungenschaften einher.

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Perspective

What way forward in the struggle against Macron?

9 May 2017

Macron’s actions have rapidly exposed the fraudulent claims of his media and political supporters that he would defend democracy and block the rise of neo-fascism.

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The French Election

Macron wins French presidency

By Alex Lantier, 8 May 2017

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

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

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Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Sri Lanka) calls for workers’ inquiry into Meethotamulla garbage dump disaster

By the Socialist Equality Party, 9 May 2017

The Socialist Equality Party will initiate an independent working class investigation into the April 14 catastrophe that killed 32 people and displaced over 150 families.

SEP (Australia) and IYSSE public meetings
Stop the drive to world war! For peace, equality and socialism!

22 April 2017

Workers Struggles

New evidence of UAW vote-rigging in 2015 Ford contract
Part One

By Eric London, 9 May 2017

Information provided to the World Socialist Web Site shows a UAW conspiracy to silence autoworkers with evidence that the UAW committed election fraud to pass the 2015 Ford contract.

Puerto Rican workers face massive assault, Quebec iron miners set to strike
Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 May 2017

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature by emailing information to: comments@wsws.org

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 »

Book Review

The Last Day of Oppression and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left
The pseudo-left’s appraisal of the “pink tide”: A recipe for further betrayals

By Eric London, 9 May 2017

Jeffrey R. Webber’s 2017 book is an agglomeration of the worst threads of Latin American petty-bourgeois radicalism. It is worth studying as a textbook of everything socialism is not.

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

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

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

By our reporters, 8 May 2017

Sri Lankan workers and students oppose Maruti Suzuki frame-up

By our reporters, 5 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 »

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

Afghanistan-Pakistan border clash erupts amid seething regional tensions

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 8 May 2017

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

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

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

By Joanne Laurier, 5 May 2017

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

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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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