Trump lashes out at investigation of alleged Russia ties

By Patrick Martin, 19 May 2017

On Twitter, and at a press conference, the US president denounced the investigation conducted by his own Department of Justice as a “witch hunt.”

Justice Department appoints special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia claims

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

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French government prepared coup if Le Pen won presidential election

By Alex Lantier, 19 May 2017

According to L'Obs the plan aimed not to keep Le Pen out of office, but to crush anti-fascist protests, impose martial law, and force Le Pen to work with a social democratic government.

Macron names government to implement social counterrevolution in France

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US airstrike targets pro-Assad forces in Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 19 May 2017

The US attack is the second in six weeks directly targeting forces loyal to the Assad regime, following the April 6 cruise missile attack on the al-Shayrat airbase.

Washington levels new allegations against Syria on eve of Geneva talks

“It’s sheer slavery”
Amazon warehouse worker in Manchester UK “enterprise zone” speaks of intolerable working conditions

By our reporters, 19 May 2017

Amazon’s warehousing operations have become a byword for ultra-high levels of exploitation of a largely minimum wage workforce, who carry out highly demanding physical work.

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

Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer acquitted in 2016 killing of Terence Crutcher

By Nick Barrickman, 19 May 2017

Betty Jo Shelby was found not guilty of first degree manslaughter in the shooting of the 40-year-old unarmed father of four last year.

More on police violence in the US »

Trump administration education budget proposes $10.6 billion in cuts

By Shelley Connor, 19 May 2017

The budget would eliminate student loan forgiveness programs while simultaneously allocating millions of dollars to student debt collection and charter schools.

Obama presidential center in Chicago could cost $1.5 billion

By George Marlowe, 19 May 2017

The Obamas are building their shrine to themselves in a highly impoverished area of the city of Chicago as part of their post-presidential mythmaking efforts.

Productivity figures and job cuts expose Trump’s growth fraud

By Nick Beams, 19 May 2017

US productivity growth is running at around one third its level before the global financial crisis of 2008.

Fund managers earned billions in 2016 even as hedge funds underperformed

UK: Labour’s manifesto amended to stress commitment to militarism and war

By Robert Stevens, 19 May 2017

Jeremy Corbyn’s infinite malleability is essential to the Labour “left” in providing the necessary window dressing to sell to the working class a party of big business, militarism and war.

Brazil’s markets plummet amid corruption charges against president

By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2017

The worst fall in share prices since the 2008 global financial meltdown was prompted by fears that the government will be unable to push through attacks on pensions and labor laws.

Indian prime minister visits Sri Lanka to strengthen ties

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 19 May 2017

Modi arrived after India and the US expressed concerns about the Colombo government’s economic ties with Beijing.

Falling wages fuel social crisis in Australia

By Mike Head, 19 May 2017

Real wages have been declining for four years, driven by the destruction of full-time jobs and the forcing of workers into part-time employment.

Sydney bus drivers strike against privatisation

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 May 2017

The transport union has appealed to the government for “consultation,” underscoring its willingness to collaborate with privatisation.

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Спустя сто лет после Октябрьской революции
Данные доклада свидетельствуют о рекордном уровне социального неравенства в России

Клара Вайс, 19 мая 2017 г.

За исключением небольшого и невероятно богатого слоя олигархов и узкого среднего класса, реставрация капитализма для населения России стала катастрофой.

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Selon L'Obs, le PS préparait un coup d'Etat de cas de victoire de Le Pen

Par Alexandre Lantier, 19 mai 2017

Le coup était supposé écraser des manifestations de gauche contre sa victoire, imposer l'état de siège, et installer Le Pen au pouvoir dans une alliance forcée avec le PS.

Chelsea Manning sort de prison mais les attaques contre les droits démocratiques s’intensifient aux États-Unis

Par Bill Van Auken, 19 mai 2017

Les sept ans que Manning a passée dans une prison de l’armée américaine ont été la peine la plus draconienne jamais purgée pour avoir divulgué des documents secrets.

Mélenchon propose de servir comme premier ministre sous Macron

Par Kumaran Ira, 19 mai 2017

Alors que la France insoumise lançait sa campagne pour les législatives, Mélenchon a affirmé que son mouvement pourrait « gouverner le pays ».

Le ministère de la justice nomme un procureur spécial pour enquêter sur les accusations de liens entre Trump et la Russie

Par Andre Damon, 19 mai 2017

La nomination de l’ancien directeur du FBI, Robert Mueller, pour enquêter sur les prétendus liens de Trump avec la Russie marque une nouvelle étape dans la bataille des factions qui fait rage à Washington.

Ford supprimera jusqu'à 20.000 emplois mondialement

Par Jerry White, 19 mai 2017

Les suppressions d'emplois réfutent le mythe propagé par l'administration Trump et les médias que l'économie américaine atteint le «plein emploi».

Allemagne : les leçons de l’élection en Rhénanie-du-Nord-Westphalie

Par Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 19 mai 2017

La construction du SGP est la tâche la plus urgente découlant de la faillite des sociaux-démocrates et des syndicats.

L’évaluation de la «marée rose» par la pseudo-gauche: une recette pour d’autres trahisons

Par Eric London, 19 mai 2017

Le livre de Jeffrey R. Weber publié en 2017, The Last Day of Oppression and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left, est un ramassis des pires tendances du radicalisme petit-bourgeois latino-américain. Il mérite d'être étudié en tant que manuel de tout ce que le socialisme n'est pas.

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Chelsea Mannings Freilassung und die zunehmenden Angriffe auf demokratische Rechte

Von Bill Van Auken, 19. Mai 2017

Mannings siebenjährige Haftstrafe war die drakonischste Strafe, die jemals für die Weitergabe geheimer Dokumente in den USA verhängt wurde.

SPD reagiert auf NRW-Niederlage mit Staatsaufrüstung

Von Ulrich Rippert, 19. Mai 2017

Nach den Stimmenverlusten an Rhein und Ruhr fordert die SPD Polizeiaufrüstung und Stärkung der inneren Sicherheit.

Griechenland: Eintägiger Generalstreik gegen EU-Sparpaket

Von Alex Lantier, 19. Mai 2017

Am Mittwoch riefen die griechischen Gewerkschaften zu einem landesweiten Streik gegen die neuen Sparmaßnahmen der Syriza-Regierung auf.

Konflikt in Albanien destabilisiert Balkan-Region

Von Markus Salzmann, 19. Mai 2017

Der seit Monaten anhaltende Konflikt zwischen Regierung und Opposition in Albanien ist am Donnerstag vorerst beigelegt worden.

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Perspective

Democrats appeal to military in campaign against Trump

19 May 2017

Amid the deepening factional struggle gripping Washington, sections of the political establishment are calling for the military to step in.

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The Flint water crisis

“We’re being punished for not being able to pay the city for the poison”
Flint residents speak out on water crisis

By Jerry White, 19 May 2017

With popular anger reaching a boiling point, city officials passed a temporary moratorium of foreclosure threats against residents not paying for the poisoned water.

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

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

“A declaration of hostility towards the principles of humanity”
Professor Mario Kessler publishes comment criticizing views of right-wing professor Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier, 19 May 2017

On Sunday, the Tagesspiegel published a reader’s comment by Professor Kessler, who wrote that Humboldt University professor Baberowski showed an “elemental lack of feeling” for the victims of the Nazis.

Jörg Baberowski insists that Hitler was “not vicious”

Neo-Nazi network in German army larger than previously thought

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

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2017

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

By Barry Grey, 17 May 2017

Arts

WikiLeaks’ lawyers sharply criticize Laura Poitras’ documentary Risk

By David Walsh, 19 May 2017

Poitras’ film about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, the four lawyers contend, undermines the credibility of the organization at a critical moment and exposes the documentary’s subjects “to considerable legal jeopardy.”

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

By Matthew Brennan, 18 May 2017

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

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

From the archives of the Russian Revolution
Speech at a session of the Petrograd Soviet

By Leon Trotsky, 19 May 2017

This is a new translation of an abridged version of Trotsky’s speech before the Petrograd Soviet on May 18, 1917, in which Trotsky opposed the new coalition government formed with the support of the Mensheviks and the Socialist Revolutionaries.

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 »

Workers Struggles

CWA threatens weekend strike at AT&T as US telecom workers press for real fight

By Mark Witkowski and Shannon Jones, 19 May 2017

While continuing the isolation of workers at Spectrum, the CWA has called for a token, three-day strike against AT&T West and AT&T Mobility.

Greek anti-austerity strike, Ukraine workers walk out against ArcelorMittal
Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

19 May 2017

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

Greek workers mount one-day strike against EU austerity package

By Alex Lantier, 18 May 2017

US autoworkers discuss Ford job cuts, Washington political crisis

By Shannon Jones, 18 May 2017

Science

New dating of Homo naledi fossil alters its position in the human evolutionary tree

By Philip Guelpa, 19 May 2017

A South African fossil hominin raises many intriguing questions about how the dialectic of technology, environment, and physical and intellectual development played out in human evolution.

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meetings
The class issues in Britain’s snap election: Austerity, dictatorship and war

19 May 2017

The Socialist Equality Party in Britain is holding a series of public meetings on the essential issues facing the working class and young people in the June 8 General Election.

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

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

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.

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