Justice Department appoints special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia claims

By Andre Damon, 18 May 2017

The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate Trump’s alleged ties to Russia marks a new stage in the factional battle raging in Washington.

The working class must intervene with its own program in the political crisis in Washington

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Greek workers mount one-day strike against EU austerity package

By Alex Lantier, 18 May 2017

Workers mobilized Wednesday across Greece in a strike called by the trade unions against new austerity measures being imposed by the Syriza government.

Macron names government to implement social counterrevolution in France

By Francis Dubois, 18 May 2017

Edouard Philippe, named to the post of prime minister May 15 by newly elected President Emmanuel Macron, presented his cabinet yesterday afternoon.

Mélenchon repeats offer to serve as the prime minister of France under Macron

US autoworkers discuss Ford job cuts, Washington political crisis

By Shannon Jones, 18 May 2017

The cutbacks are a further indication that the boom in auto sales is coming to an end.

Ford to cut as many as 20,000 jobs worldwide

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More than 10,000 immigrants detained each year in California are parents of US citizens

By Genevieve Leigh, 18 May 2017

A new report by Human Rights Watch reviewed nearly 300,000 federal detentions of immigrants in facilities in California from 2011 to 2015.

Georgia carries out its first execution of 2017

By Kate Randall, 17 May 2017

J.W. Ledford Jr.’s lethal injection began at 1:17 a.m. Wednesday after the US Supreme Court denied a stay of execution.

Fund managers earned billions in 2016 even as hedge funds underperformed

By Shelley Connor, 17 May 2017

The wealthiest 25 managers earned $11 billion last year while hedge funds yielded meager returns for investors.

Iran holds presidential election amid mounting geopolitical turbulence

By Keith Jones, 18 May 2017

US “secondary sanctions” continue to squeeze Iran’s economy, contributing to mass joblessness and growing social anger.

Washington levels new allegations against Syria on eve of Geneva talks

By Jordan Shilton, 18 May 2017

The unsubstantiated claims appeared aimed at blocking any settlement within the context of a ceasefire brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran earlier this month.

North Korea accused of cyber attacks in mounting demonisation campaign

By James Cogan, 18 May 2017

A propaganda campaign is underway in the US and international media that is ominously reminiscent of the 2002-2003 hysteria over Iraq and “weapons of mass destruction.”

The strange rebirth of the Conservative Party in Scotland

By Steve James, 18 May 2017

Following the local elections, the Labour Party in Scotland has fallen into third place, trailing the ruling SNP and the Tories.

Agreement terms expose New Zealand meat union’s sellout at Taylor Preston

By Tom Peters, 18 May 2017

The pro-company agreement pushed through by the Meat Workers Union entrenches poverty wages and gives Taylor Preston sweeping powers to cut hours and sack workers to boost profits.

Australian teachers support campaign against AEU-government deal

By our reporters, 18 May 2017

Teachers who attended recent delegates meetings on the new enterprise agreement voiced support for a “No” vote.

Vote “NO” to the EBA!
Australian Education Union pushes through industrial agreement at delegates’ meetings

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El ciberataque global y los crímenes de las agencias de espionaje estadounidenses

Por Andre Damon, 18 mayo 2017

Las armas cibernéticas creadas por la NSA estadounidense tienen como blanco tanto a competidores geopolíticos como a las poblaciones estadounidenses y del resto del mundo.

Sánchez intenta salvar al Partido Socialista español del colapso

Por Alejandro López, 18 mayo 2017

Detrás de Sánchez, se encuentra una sección de la clase gobernante cuyo objetivo es prevenir que el PSOE quede destruido, como ha pasado con sus homólogos en Grecia y Francia.

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İşçi sınıfı Washington’daki krize kendi programı ile müdahale etmeli

Joseph Kishore, 18 Mayıs 2017

Washington’u pençesine almış olan siyasi krizin egemen sınıfın ve devlet aygıtının iki gerici hizbi arasında bir çatışmayı içerdiği her geçen gün daha açık hale geliyor.

1 Mayıs 2017: Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’nde militarizm, toplumsal gericilik ve otoriter rejim

Kristina Betinis, 18 Mayıs 2017

30 Nisan’da düzenlenen 2017 Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’nda Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nden (ABD) Kristina Betinis tarafından yapılan konuşma.

Erdoğan’ın Beyaz Saray ziyareti ABD-Türkiye gerilimlerini örtbas ediyor

Bill Van Auken, 18 Mayıs 2017

“Terörle mücadele”de birlik ifadesi, Washington’ın, Ankara’nın “terör örgütü” olarak kabul ettiği YPG’yi silahlandırması ve onunla birlikte savaşması gerçeğinden kaynaklanan gerilimleri gizleyemedi.

Çin, Bir Kuşak Bir Yol girişiminin uluslararası açılışına ev sahipliği yaptı

Nick Beams, 18 Mayıs 2017

Ortaçağ’ın İpek Yolu tarihini hatırlatan BRI, Çin’in başlıca ekonomik merkezleri ile Avrupa’yı birbirine bağlayan bir dizi liman, demiryolu hattı ve yol inşa edilmesini öngörüyor.

Savaşa ve militarizme hayır! NYU’daki siyasi sansüre karşı çıkın! Eşitlik ve sosyalizm için!
NYU Öğrenci Senatosu için Isaac Oseas’a oy verin

Isaac Oseas—IYSSE’nin NYU GSAS Öğrenci Senatörlüğü adayı, 18 Mayıs 2017

IYSSE, Isaac Oseas’ı, kampüste ve işçi sınıfı içinde sosyalist bir hareket inşa etme mücadelesinin parçası olarak, New York Üniversitesi Öğrenci Senatosu’na aday gösteriyor.

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Le gouvernement nommé par Macron prépare une contre-révolution sociale

Par Francis Dubois, 18 mai 2017

Le premier ministre français, Edouard Philippe, nommé lundi 15 mai par Emmanuel Macron, le nouveau président, a présenté son gouvernement hier après-midi.

Les travailleurs grecs font grève contre le nouveau projet d'austérité de l'UE

Par Alexandre Lantier, 18 mai 2017

Hier, les travailleurs se sont mobilisés pour une grève générale d'un jour à l'appel des syndicats grecs contre de nouvelles mesures d'austérité imposées par Syriza.

La classe ouvrière doit intervenir avec son propre programme dans la crise politique à Washington

Par Joseph Kishore, 18 mai 2017

Un conflit se déroule à travers les États-Unis d’un caractère très différent à celui qui s’abat sur Washington, un conflit entre la classe ouvrière et la classe capitaliste.

Débâcle à la Maison Blanche, Trump accusé d’avoir tenté de bloquer l’enquête du FBI sur Flynn

Par Patrick Martin, 18 mai 2017

Le rapport du New York Times qui a fait part de l’allégation est basé sur le matériel fourni par les hauts fonctionnaires du FBI.

Révolution de palais au Parti populaire autrichien

Par Peter Schwarz, 18 mai 2017

La direction du Parti populaire autrichien a désigné dimanche Sebastian Kurz, 30 ans, comme nouveau chef de parti en lui octroyant des pouvoirs dictatoriaux.

Non au militarisme et à la surveillance ! L’université de New York doit révéler tous ses liens avec l’armée et les renseignements !

Par Isaac Oseas – candidat del'IYSSE au sénat étudiant la GSAS l’Université New York, 18 mai 2017

L’Université de New York a accidentellement révélé son implication dans un projet visant à développer un ordinateur décodeur pour le ministère de la Défense.

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Politische Krise in Washington
Die Arbeiterklasse muss mit ihrem eigenen Programm eingreifen

Von Joseph Kishore, 18. Mai 2017

Mit jedem Tag wird klarer, dass die politische Krise in Washington ein Konflikt zwischen zwei reaktionären Fraktionen der herrschenden Klasse und des Staatsapparats ist.

Ford will weltweit 20.000 Stellen streichen

Von Jerry White, 18. Mai 2017

Die Stellenstreichungen zerstören die Mär von der „Vollbeschäftigung“ in der amerikanischen Wirtschaft, die das Trump-Regime und die Medien verbreiten.

Professor Mario Keßler über Jörg Baberowski
„Eine Feinderklärung an Grundsätze der Humanität“

Von Christoph Vandreier, 18. Mai 2017

Am Sonntag veröffentlichte der Berliner Tagesspiegel einen Leserkommentar von Professor Mario Keßler, der dem rechtsradikalen Professor Jörg Baberowski einen „elementaren Mangel an Gefühl“ für die Opfer der Nazis attestiert.

„Ein deutsches Leben“ – aktuelle Vergangenheit

Von Bernd Reinhardt und Verena Nees, 18. Mai 2017

Im Zentrum der Dokumentation steht Brunhilde Pomsel (1911 bis 2017), die von 1942 bis 1945 als Sekretärin im Büro von NS-Propagandaminister Joseph Goebbels gearbeitet hat.

Erdogans Besuch im Weißen Haus übertüncht amerikanisch-türkische Spannungen

Von Bill Van Auken, 18. Mai 2017

Der türkische Staatschef verurteilte öffentlich die Unterstützung der USA für syrisch-kurdische Kämpfer. Allerdings deutet nichts darauf hin, dass sich die Politik des Pentagons deshalb ändern wird.

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Perspective

Chelsea Manning released amid growing attacks on democratic rights in the US

18 May 2017

Manning’s seven-year imprisonment at the hands of the US military was the most draconian sentence ever served for leaking classified documents.

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The Flint water crisis

Watch: Flint family threatened for refusing to pay for poisoned water

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Flint workers denounce foreclosure threat over water bills

By Jerry White, 18 May 2017

Angry workers on Wednesday confronted the Flint City Council, which voted to temporarily halt plans to put tax liens on homes with unpaid water bills.

Water bill deadline looms for 8,000 Flint households

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

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Commentary

Lessons from the North Rhein-Westphalia state election

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 18 May 2017

The building of the SGP is the most urgent task arising out of the bankruptcy of the Social Democrats and trade unions.

German state election in North-Rhine Westphalia: The devastating balance sheet of the SPD-Green government

International Socialist Organization lines up behind Democrats’ anti-Russian campaign against Trump

By Barry Grey, 17 May 2017

Jörg Baberowski insists that Hitler was “not vicious”

By Peter Schwarz, 16 May 2017

Neo-Nazi network in German army larger than previously thought

Los Angeles International Airport launches private terminal for the ultra-wealthy

The global ransomware attack and the crimes of the US spy agencies

IYSSE

The politics of New York University’s Board of Trustees: The case of Laurence Fink and John Paulson

By Sandy English, 18 May 2017

The NYU Board of Trustees includes the super-rich Wall Street financiers, Fink and Paulson.

NYU involved in Department of Defense supercomputer project
No to militarism and surveillance! NYU must reveal all ties to military and spy agencies!

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

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

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!

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 5: Judge Goyal mangles the law to sustain the legal vendetta

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 18 May 2017

Far from constituting a blow for justice, the court’s exoneration of 117 of the accused workers was a maneuver aimed at sustaining the legal vendetta against the principal accused—the leaders of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union.

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 4: The police and company conspire against the 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

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

Book Reviews

Human rights propaganda in support of imperialist war
The Return of History, Conflict, Migration and Geopolitics in the 21st Century

By Roger Jordan, 18 May 2017

Based on human rights propaganda and a dishonest presentation of the virtues of international law, author Jennifer Welsh argues that the West has to act more aggressively to defend democratic values against terrorism and a resurgent Russia.

Arts

Musician-singer Valerie June’s The Order Of Time: A warm album, but …

By Matthew Brennan, 18 May 2017

The album is June’s first proper release since the 2013 album Pushing Against a Stone, which made her a nationally known artist in the US.

Production at Washington, DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company
Liesl Tommy’s Macbeth: An “updated” version, with pluses and minuses, of Shakespeare's tragedy

By Nick Barrickman, 16 May 2017

Season 6 of HBO’s Girls: Ending with a whimper

Citizens Band, Something Wild, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia …
Jonathan Demme (1944-2017): A talented filmmaker and a victim of stagnant times

Socialist Equality Party

Australia: SEP meetings discuss international socialist program required to prevent war

By our reporters, 16 May 2017

SEP and IYSSE speakers explained that militarism and war were a product of the contradictions of the capitalist nation-state system.

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

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
May 15-21: Trotsky arrives in Petrograd

15 May 2017

Trotsky’s arrival is electrifying, providing a tremendous boost to the struggle being waged by Lenin and the Bolsheviks against the collaborationist, defensist, and opportunist forces that are currently in the Soviet’s majority.

From the archives of the Russian Revolution
Seventh All-Russian Bolshevik Conference: Resolution on the war

15 May 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

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

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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