Trump firing of FBI director touches off political storm

By Patrick Martin, 10 May 2017

Democrats condemned the firing of FBI Director James Comey and demanded the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate alleged ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Senate hearing revives Democratic campaign over alleged Trump-Russia connections

By Patrick Martin, 10 May 2017

Washington prepares to send up to 5,000 more troops into Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2017

The planned escalation of US imperialism’s longest war involves not only more “boots on the ground,” but also ceding control of the war to US military commanders.

Afghanistan-Pakistan border clash erupts amid seething regional tensions

More than half of young people in Europe would join a “large-scale uprising”

By Andre Damon, 10 May 2017

A survey found that young people overwhelmingly oppose war, support social equality, sympathize with refugees, and…would participate in an uprising.

Further arrests of German army personnel in neo-Nazi terror plot

By Christoph Vandreier, 10 May 2017

The right-wing extremist arrested last month for plotting to kill left-wing politicians acted as part of a terror cell with links to a widespread neo-Nazi network within the German army.

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

Defence Minister Von der Leyen apologises for criticizing the German army

Democrat Moon Jae-in wins South Korean presidential election

By Ben McGrath, 10 May 2017

Backed by sections of the ruling class, Moon’s election is aimed at defusing widespread concern over social inequality and war, and blocking any movement against the profit system.

Life expectancy study shows 20-year gap between richest and poorest US counties

By Naomi Spencer, 10 May 2017

Counties in the eastern Kentucky coalfields registered the sharpest declines in life expectancy between 1980 and 2014.

Puerto Rico to shut down 179 public schools

By Rafael Azul, 10 May 2017

Following a declaration of bankruptcy, the Puerto Rican government announced mass school closures and the layoff of 2,000 teachers.

Detroit water shutoff crisis intensifies under bill repayment scheme

By Kathleen Martin, 10 May 2017

One in six residential units in the city of Detroit are facing immediate shutoffs while national projections estimate that one third of the US will not be able to pay their water bills by 2020.

Podemos no-confidence vote in Rajoy aimed at preserving bourgeois rule in Spain

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 10 May 2017

The pseudo-left party Podemos is exploiting another scandal to divert popular anger into an appeal to the capitalist state to clean up its act, and to bolster illusions in the PSOE.

Living standards plunge in UK

By Alice Summers, 10 May 2017

Since the Brexit referendum, economic growth has declined more than expected, inflation is rising and real wages are falling.

Hunger affecting millions of children in UK

SPD vote plummets in Schleswig-Holstein state election in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 10 May 2017

The rejection of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) was unable to find any progressive expression, and the result will serve to strengthen the conservatives and far-right parties.

Australian budget set to heighten social and political antagonisms

By James Cogan, 10 May 2017

On every front, the budget seeks to deepen the decades-long assault on the living standards and social rights of the working class.

Australian media union shuts down week-long Fairfax journalists’ strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 May 2017

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, having done everything to contain and weaken the strike, made clear that it will do nothing to oppose the axing of 125 jobs at Fairfax.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wie weiter im Kampf gegen Macron?

Von Alex Lantier, 10. Mai 2017

Direkt nach seiner Wahl hat Macron deutlich gemacht, dass er weder die Demokratie verteidigen noch den Aufstieg der Neofaschisten stoppen wird.

Weitere Festnahme wegen Terrornetzwerk in der Bundeswehr

Von Christoph Vandreier, 10. Mai 2017

Der rechtsradikale Oberleutnant Franco A. handelte offenbar als Teil einer Terrorzelle, die in ein umfassendes Neonazi-Netzwerk in der Bundeswehr eingebunden ist.

Hunderte von Flüchtlingen im Mittelmeer ertrunken

Von Bill Van Auken, 10. Mai 2017

Ein Grund für die vermehrten Fluchtversuche über das Mittelmeer besteht darin, dass die Flüchtlinge in Libyen der Hölle auf Erden ausgesetzt sind.

Erster Mai 2017
Die Zunahme von Wirtschaftsnationalismus und Protektionismus

Von Nick Beams, 10. Mai 2017

Die historische Krise des globalen Kapitalismus bringt heute dieselben Bedingungen hervor, die in den 1930er Jahren zu Wirtschaftskonflikten führten und 1939 den Krieg auslösten.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
8.–14. Mai: Bolschewiki berufen Gesamtrussische Konferenz ein. Regierung in der Krise

10. Mai 2017

Während der Gesamtrussischen Parteikonferenz der Bolschewiki hält die Krise der Provisorischen Regierung an. Auslöser war ein durchgesickertes Telegramm an die alliierten Imperialisten. Die Provisorische Regierung appelliert an Menschewiki und Sozialrevolutionäre, eine Koalitionsregierung zu bilden.

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Three years after the lead poisoning of Flint, residents face water shutoffs, home foreclosures

10 May 2017

Three years after the decision to switch Flint’s water supply to the polluted Flint River, nothing has been done to address the catastrophic health consequences of the lead poisoning of tens of thousands of working-class residents.

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Commentary

Sister of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner pitches investment-for-visa scheme in China

By Joseph Kishore, 10 May 2017

The White House has become a vehicle for Trump and his extended family to pursue their far-flung business interests, resulting in a government that shamelessly combines personal profit and state policy.

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

By Kate Randall, 9 May 2017

A new stage in the US health care counterrevolution

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

By Barry Mason, 9 May 2017

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

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

Arts

13 Reasons Why: The unhappiness of youth

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 May 2017

The new Netflix series treats the background to the decision by Hannah Baker, a high school student in a more or less average American suburb, to kill herself…and its consequences.

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

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

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 French Election

What way forward in the struggle against Macron?

By Alex Lantier, 9 May 2017

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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

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

New Zealand: Taylor Preston meat workers condemn union pay deal

By Tom Peters, 9 May 2017

Australian rail union responds to Pacific National lockout by resuming talks

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 May 2017

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 »

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

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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