Mounting contradictions as Trump, aides defend firing of FBI director

By Patrick Martin, 12 May 2017

The twists and turns in the White House accounts of why and how the decision was made to fire FBI Director James Comey are signs of deepening political crisis.

Trump’s firing of Comey: A new stage in the crisis of class rule

After White House dismissal of FBI director
Republicans reject Democratic demands for special prosecutor

Defence Minister Von der Leyen downplays size of right-wing terrorist cell in German army

By Christoph Vandreier, 12 May 2017

It is becoming increasingly clear that the German army is a hotbed for right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis.

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

Berlin’s “Red-Red-Green” Senate steps up deportations

By Carola Kleinert, 12 May 2017

The Social Democratic Party-Left Party-Green Senate that governs Berlin has deported more people this year than its SPD-Christian Democratic Union predecessor a year ago.

French President-elect Macron’s legislative slate: Social reaction bares its teeth

By Alex Lantier, 12 May 2017

Over six in 10 voters have said that they do not want Macron to obtain a majority in the National Assembly, due to his warmongering and anti-working class policies.

Mélenchon-Communist Party alliance for French legislative elections collapses

What way forward in the struggle against Macron?

More on the French presidential election »

US bombs kill 11 civilians in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2017

The Pentagon has stepped up airstrikes, inflicting a growing toll in civilian lives, in preparation for a siege of the Syrian city of Raqqa.

US-Turkish tensions mount over plan to arm Syrian Kurdish militia

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos booed by students at Florida college

By Nick Barrickman, 12 May 2017

The decision to provide DeVos a platform at Bethune-Cookman University was widely criticized and protested against by students in the days leading up to the event.

As anger grows against US carriers, Spirit Airlines scapegoats pilots

By Jerry White, 12 May 2017

In one of the latest widely publicized incidents, passengers erupted in rage at a Spirit Airlines ticket counter in Florida after flight cancellations and delays.

Chicago school district moves to fire activist teacher

By Kristina Betinis, 12 May 2017

The Emanuel administration is aiming to make an example of Chambers to intimidate and silence teachers who oppose education cuts, high-stakes testing and school privatization.

New York City officials red-bait public school faculty

Apple valuation surges to over $800 billion

By Nick Beams, 12 May 2017

Apple’s market valuation and cash holdings illustrate a major shift in the mode of profit accumulation and how share values increasingly result from financial manipulation.

Washington seeks greater crackdown on the Central American working class

By Andrea Lobo, 12 May 2017

The US secretary of Homeland Security outlined a Central America policy focusing on deterring migration and militarizing the region in preparation for social upheavals and war.

Thousands evacuated following floods in Quebec and Ontario

By Laurent Lafrance, 12 May 2017

Meteorologists and experts all agree that the latest floods are the result of unusually persistent rainfall, melting snow, and global warming.

Australian budget: Drug-testing intensifies war on welfare

By Mike Head, 12 May 2017

The measures are aimed at humiliating, vilifying and punishing the jobless, and stripping them of basic legal and democratic rights.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в русской революции
1-7 мая: В Петрограде разразился апрельский кризис

12 Май 2017 г.

Газеты Петрограда печатают секретную телеграмму министра иностранных дел Временного правительства Павла Милюкова, в которой он обещает соблюдать тайные договоры царя и «довести мировую войну до решительной победы». Рабочие и солдаты Петрограда отвечают на это массовой антиправительственной демонстрацией.

New in Turkish

Trump’ın Comey’i görevden alması: Sınıf egemenliği krizinde yeni bir aşama

Patrick Martin, 12 Mayıs 2017

ABD Başkanı Donald Trump’ın FBI Müdürü James Comey’i görevden alması, ABD siyaset sisteminin uzun süreli krizinde yeni bir aşamaya işaret ediyor.

New in Urdu

خطے کی کشیدہ صورتحال کے دوران افغانستان اور پاکستان کے درمیان سرحدی جھڑپیں

8. Mai 2017

جمعہ کے روز افغانستان اور پاکستان کے درمیان سرحدی تنازعے پر جھڑپوں میں تقریباً 12افراد ہلاک اوربہت سے لوگ زخمی بھی ہو ئے

New in Spanish

Conferencia sobre el centenario de la Revolución Rusa
Espontaneidad y conciencia política en La Revolución de Febrero

Por Joseph Kishore, 12 mayo 2017

Charla presentada el 22 de abril por Joseph Kishore, secretario nacional del Partido de la Igualdad Socialista (EE.UU.), la cuarta en una serie de cinco conferencias internacionales en línea presentadas por el Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional para conmemorar el centenario de la Revolución Rusa de 1917.

La incriminación de los trabajadores de Maruti Suzuki —Cuarta Parte: La policía y la empresa conspiran contra los obreros

Por Eric London y Keith Jones, 12 mayo 2017

Cuarta parte de una serie sobre el montaje legal, la confabulación entre la empresa y la policía, la fabricación de evidencia, las declaraciones tramadas y las decisiones judiciales contra los obreros de Maruti Suzuki.

El despido de Comey por parte de Donald Trump: Un nuevo nivel en la crisis del dominio burgués

Por Patrick Martin, 12 mayo 2017

La clase obrera tiene que adoptar una perspectiva que se oponga completamente a las dos facciones en disputa de la clase gobernante.

Podemos voto de no confianza a Rajoy por objetívo de preservar el dominió burguesa en España

Por Alejandro López y Paul Mitchell, 12 mayo 2017

El partido pseudo-izquierda Podemos está explotando otro escándalo para desviar la ira popular en un llamamiento al Estado capitalista para limpiar su acto, y para reforzar ilusiones en el PSOE.

La ministra de Defensa Von der Leyen pide disculpas por criticar al ejército alemán

Por Ulrich Rippert, 12 mayo 2017

En vez de exigir responsabilidades a los mandos militares por haber encubierto una conspiración terrorista de ultraderecha, la ministra alemana se vio obligada a doblegarse ante el Estado Mayor tras criticarlo levemente.

Las tradiciones nazis del ejército alemán toman relevancia

Por Peter Schwarz, 12 mayo 2017

Después del arresto de un oficial acusado de preparar ataques terroristas bajo la identidad falsa de un refugiado, se sospecha que era parte de una red neonazi más amplia.

New in French

Le renvoi de Comey par Trump : une nouvelle étape dans la crise du régime capitaliste

Par Patrick Martin, 12 mai 2017

La classe ouvrière doit adopter un point de vue d’opposition complète aux deux factions belligérantes de l’élite dirigeante.

Après le renvoi du directeur du FBI par la Maison Blanche
Les républicains rejettent la demande des démocrates pour un procureur spécial

Par Barry Grey, 12 mai 2017

Le Parti démocrate a exploité le renvoi de Comey pour intensifier sa campagne réactionnaire d’une agression accrue contre la Russie et les alliés des Russes tels que la Syrie et l’Iran.

Une nouvelle étape dans la contre-révolution du système de santé aux États-Unis

Par Patrick Martin, 12 mai 2017

Le vote pour l'American Health Care Act par la Chambre des représentants intensifie les coupes dévastatrices dans le système de santé afin de financer un vaste transfert de richesse pour l'oligarchie financière.

Nouvelles preuves du bourrage des urnes par l’UAW dans l’accord avec Ford en 2015

Par Eric London, 12 mai 2017

Les informations fournies au World Socialist Web Site montrent un complot de l’UAW pour faire taire les travailleurs de l’automobile qui ont des preuves que l’UAW a commis une fraude électorale pour passer l’accord de 2015 avec Ford.

New in German

Comeys Entlassung: Ein neues Stadium in der Krise der amerikanischen Klassenherrschaft

Von Patrick Martin, 12. Mai 2017

Im Streit um die Außenpolitik darf die Arbeiterklasse keiner Fraktion der herrschenden Elite Vertrauen schenken.

Die Wehrpflicht kehrt zurück

Von Johannes Stern, 12. Mai 2017

Deutsche Politiker und Medien reagieren auf die Enthüllungen über eine neonazistische Terrorzelle in der Bundeswehr mit der Forderung nach Wiedereinführung der Wehrpflicht.

Baberowski beharrt darauf, dass Hitler „nicht grausam“ war

Von Peter Schwarz, 12. Mai 2017

Im offiziellen Organ des deutschen Hochschulverbandes behauptet Humboldt-Professor Baberowski, Hitler sei ein „Schreibtischtäter“ gewesen, der „von den blutigen Folgen seiner Taten nichts wissen wollte“.

Wahlbündnis von Mélenchon und KPF zerbricht vor französischer Parlamentswahl

Von Alex Lantier, 12. Mai 2017

Die zwei wichtigsten Kräfte hinter Mélenchons Präsidentschaftswahlkampf werden bei der Parlamentswahl nächsten Monat gegeneinander antreten.

Bewaffnung syrisch-kurdischer Milizen führt zu Spannungen zwischen der Türkei und den USA

Von Bill Van Auken, 12. Mai 2017

Eine Woche vor dem geplanten Besuch von Präsident Erdogan im Weißen Haus gab das Pentagon bekannt, dass es die syrisch-kurdische YPG direkt mit Waffen versorgt.

New in Norwegian

Syriza-regjeringen i Hellas samtykker i ytterligere innstrammingstiltak

John Vassilopoulos, 6. Mai 2017

En avtale om å gjennomføre ytterligere 3,6 milliarder euro i nedskjæringer har blitt oppnådd mellom regjeringen i Hellas, ledet av partiet Syriza, og tjenestemenn fra EU og Det internasjonale pengfondet.

Atomeksperter snakker om farene ved krig mellom USA og Russland

Bryan Dyne und Barry Gray, 15. April 2017

Hvor nær er den nåværende situasjonen til en situasjon der det kommer til et sammenstøt og en militær opptrapping mellom USA og Russland som fører til atomkrig? Hvor mange mennesker vil dø i en slik konflikt? For å kaste lys over dette spørsmålet, snakket WSWS separat med to eksperter, Steven Starr og Greg Mello, om farene ved atomkrig.

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Perspective

Washington’s political crisis over the Comey firing: A harbinger of revolutionary upheavals

12 May 2017

The political crisis gripping the Trump administration has far-reaching consequences and implications for both the United States and the entire world.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Berkshire Hathaway billionaire: “The amount of waste from overtreatment of the dying is just disgusting”

By Kate Randall, 12 May 2017

That people who have toiled their entire lives should be treated with dignity at the end of their lives is an alien concept to such reactionary minds.

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

The Nation blames white workers for Trump's election
Once again on race and the 2016 elections

By Eric London, 12 May 2017

The Nation magazine claims to have definitively proven that Trump is president because white workers are racist.

Guardian journalist Paul Mason calls for a “left” alliance with “free market elite”

By Robert Stevens, 12 May 2017

Mason claims that the former Rothschild banker Emmanuel Macron has given “French democracy, Europeanism and globalism another chance.”

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

By Eric London, 11 May 2017

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

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

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

IYSSE

No to war and militarism! Oppose political censorship at NYU! For equality and socialism!
Vote Isaac Oseas for NYU Student Senate

By Isaac Oseas—IYSSE candidate for NYU GSAS Student Senator, 12 May 2017

The IYSSE at NYU is running a candidate for NYU Student Senate to build a socialist, anti-war movement on campus and defend academic freedom.

New York University Student Activities Board rejects IYSSE appeal on club status: An act of political censorship

More on the fight for democratic rights at NYU »

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

Open letter from the IYSSE to the president of Humboldt University in Berlin

More on the fight for historical truth »

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

In wake of frame-up convictions of Maruti Suzuki workers
India’s finance minister meets with Maruti Suzuki chairman

By Shannon Jones, 12 May 2017

The tour was aimed at reassuring Japanese investors that India is committed to enforcing a low-wage regime.

“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

Sri Lankan workers and students oppose Maruti Suzuki frame-up

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

Stranger Things, Season One: Government spying and the supernatural in the 1980s

By Matthew MacEgan, 12 May 2017

The series’ first season tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who goes missing in a small town where a top-secret government agency is running tests on supernatural phenomena.

Risk: Laura Poitras’ confused, superficial documentary about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 11 May 2017

13 Reasons Why: The unhappiness of youth

The ICFI's International May Day Online Rally

India: ICFI supporters hold May Day meeting in Bangalore

By our correspondents, 12 May 2017

The event was part of the Trotskyist movement’s commemoration of the centenary of the October 1917 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

Portuguese health staff strike, Greek ferry workers fight Syriza government austerity
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

12 May 2017

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

After Australian journalists’ strike
The political issues facing Fairfax workers

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 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 »

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

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