Quebec premier amplifies threat to outlaw 175,000-strong construction strike

By Keith Jones, 26 May 2017

Among the largest workers’ actions in North America in recent years, the Quebec construction strike has angered and unnerved the Canadian ruling elite.

Quebec construction strike rattles Canada’s ruling elite

US warship carries out “freedom of navigation” exercise in Chinese-claimed waters

By James Cogan, 26 May 2017

China’s foreign ministry said the move “undermined China’s sovereignty and security,” and risked causing “unexpected air and sea accidents.”

Prominent analyst predicts “imminent” US war on North Korea

Brazil’s president forced to rescind order calling out the army against protesters

By Bill Van Auken, 26 May 2017

Temer’s about-face on a decree giving the army policing powers came amid a wave of criticism of the measure as illegitimate and renewed calls for the president’s ouster.

Mounting massacres against rural workers and indigenous groups in Brazil

Republican health plan would leave 23 million uninsured, budget office says

By Kate Randall, 26 May 2017

The AHCA would leave 23 million fewer insured by 2026, slashing $824 billion from Medicaid and driving up premiums for older Americans and those with preexisting conditions.

$1.4 trillion in cuts to health program for the poor
Trump budget aims to fatally cripple Medicaid

Trump’s budget proposal to slash $192 billion from food assistance programs

By Nick Barrickman, 26 May 2017

The cuts would be phased in over a period of 10 years and are of a piece with the broader budget, which would inflict an unprecedented $3.6 trillion in austerity.

Trump’s scorched-earth budget: $1.7 trillion in cuts to vital social programs

Appeals court upholds injunction on Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban

By Tom Hall, 26 May 2017

The Fourth Circuit’s ruling declared that Trump’s executive order “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”

More on the Trump presidency »

US CEO compensation rose by 8.5 percent in 2016

By Shelley Connor, 26 May 2017

On May 23, research group Equilar revealed that CEO compensation rose by 8.5 percent in 2016, at more than twice the rate of workers’ pay in the same period

Half of US Fortune 500 companies pay next to nothing in state taxes

“The jobs don’t pay enough to get out of poverty”
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania: Poverty in the coal fields

By Samuel Davidson and Evan Winters, 26 May 2017

The WSWS recently interviewed workers and unemployed people in southwestern Pennsylvania, a former coal mining region.

ICE agents raid immigrant kitchen staff after dining at Ann Arbor, Michigan restaurant

By Shannon Jones, 26 May 2017

All those arrested had legal, permanent resident status, but were nonetheless detained.

Auto parts workers fired after “Day Without Immigrants” protest

By Nick Rodriguez, 26 May 2017

Over 20 immigrant workers have filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board against their former employer, EZ Industrial Solutions, after being fired for participating in the protest on February 16.

Rampant safety hazards, wage theft on Nashville construction sites

By Warren Duzak, 26 May 2017

In a survey of 1,435 construction workers in six major southern US cities, Nashville ranked number one in the frequency of injuries.

Moody’s downgrades China’s debt rating

By Nick Beams, 26 May 2017

The sharp reaction of the Chinese finance ministry to the Moody’s downgrade decision signifies that that economic and political contradictions facing the Xi Jinping regime are increasing.

British Columbia Greens prepare for government role by pledging loyalty to corporate elite

By Roger Jordan, 26 May 2017

The Greens’ right-wing character has been underscored by their naming of a prominent ruling-class strategist and enforcer of austerity to lead talks with the Liberals and NDP.

New Zealand: Ashburton meat works closure threatens 370 jobs

By Tom Peters, 26 May 2017

The Meat Workers Union has accepted the closure of Silver Fern Farms’ factory in the South Island town, which is part of a wave of job cuts and attacks on meat workers.

New in Turkish

İsveç’in Julian Assange’a yönelik soruşturması başından beri bir siyasi komploydu

David Walsh, 26 Mayıs 2017

WikiLeaks’in tek “suçu”, Amerikan emperyalizminin ve müttefiklerinin Irak’taki, Afganistan’daki ve tüm dünyadaki yasadışı, ölümcül faaliyetlerine ışık tutmaktı.

New in French

La grève de la construction au Québec secoue l'élite dirigeante canadienne

Par Keith Jones, 26 mai 2017

Les 175.000 travailleurs syndiqués de la construction ont déclenché une «grève générale illimitée» mercredi matin, paralysant les chantiers partout dans la province.

Le programme électoral social-démocrate allemand : plus de police, de surveillance, hâter les expulsions

Par Ulrich Rippert, 26 mai 2017

Le projet de programme du SPD pour les élections fédérales consiste à élargir le financement pour la guerre et la répression domestique, combiné à des phrases vides sur la justice sociale.

Réunion de l’Alliance progressiste à Londres : un appel à soutenir l’élite « mondialiste »

Par Jean Shaoul, 26 mai 2017

La nouvelle alliance cherche un réalignement politique autour de l’opposition à la sortie par la Grande-Bretagne de l’Union européenne.

Discours sur le rapport du camarade Uritsky relatif à l’attitude du Gouvernement provisoire

Par Léon Trotsky, 26 mai 2017

Voici une nouvelle traduction d’un discours prononcé par Trotsky à la Conférénce des Sociaux-démocrates unis de toute la ville de Pétrograd le 20 mai, 1917 (le 7 mai a. s.).

La version officielle de l’attentat suicide de Manchester se révèle fausse

Par Julie Hyland, 26 mai 2017

Il n’a pas fallu 24 heures pour qu’il soit révélé que l’affirmation de la Première ministre britannique Theresa May selon laquelle le kamikaze de Manchester Salman Ramadan Abedi n’était connu des services de renseignement britanniques que « jusqu’à un certain point » était mensongère.

New in German

Trump brüskiert Europäer beim Nato-Treffen in Brüssel

Von Johannes Stern, 26. Mai 2017

Die erste Reise des neuen US-Präsidenten Donald Trump nach Europa hat den tiefen Riss in den transatlantischen Beziehungen offengelegt.

Selbstmordanschlag in Manchester: Die offizielle Darstellung gerät ins Wanken

Von Julie Hyland, 26. Mai 2017

Premierministerin Mays Behauptung, der Selbstmordattentäter von Manchester sei dem britischen Geheimdienst nur „bis zu einem gewissen Punkt“ bekannt gewesen, wurde in weniger als 24 Stunden als Lüge entlarvt.

Nach Anschlag von Manchester: Frankreich verlängert Ausnahmezustand

Von Francis Dubois, 26. Mai 2017

Eine Woche nach ihrer Amtsübernahme gab die Regierung des französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron bekannt, dass sie den Ausnahmezustand bis November verlängern werde. Zudem soll er per Gesetz zum Dauerzustand gemacht werden.

Essen: Polizist erschießt jungen Eritreer

Von Dietmar Henning, 26. Mai 2017

Ende April ist der junge eritreische Flüchtling Michael Haile vor seiner Wohnung im Essener Norden von der Polizei erschossen worden.

New in Urdu

سری لنکا کے وزیر اعظم نے امریکی اتحادیوں کے ساتھ تعلقات کو مزید تقویت دی ہے

11 May 2017

اسکے باوجو د کہ سری لنکا کو چین کی سرمایہ کاری کی اشد ضرورت ہے لیکن وہ ابھی تک ایشیاء میں امریکی قیادت میں فوجی اقدامات کا اتحادی ہے

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Perspective

Conflict between Europe and America dominates NATO summit

26 May 2017

The first trip by US President Donald Trump to Europe has exposed the deep rift in the transatlantic alliance.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Manchester’s dead: Victims of British regime-change operations in the Middle East

By Robert Stevens, 26 May 2017

There is no innocent explanation for the fact that the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was able to travel to Libya, Syria, Turkey and the UK without interference.

Official account of Manchester suicide bombing unravels

After Manchester attack, France prolongs state of emergency

Fifty years after racist anti-miscegenation laws struck down
American public overwhelmingly accepting of interracial marriage

By Niles Niemuth, 26 May 2017

Contrary to the racialist narrative depicting a country hopelessly riven by racial division, the number of interracial marriages and popular approval are at an all-time high in the United States.

Ex-CIA director’s testimony fuels new round of anti-Russian agitation

By Patrick Martin, 24 May 2017

Washington Post and New York Times urge pullback on calls for Trump impeachment

Links established between neo-Nazi network and “Identity Movement” in the German army

By Christoph Vandreier, 23 May 2017

Book Reviews

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign
An inside look at Bernie Sanders’s role in the Democratic Party primaries
Part One

By Eric London, 26 May 2017

A new book provides insight into how the Democratic Party attempted to manipulate popular opposition to war and inequality to advance the interests of the American financial aristocracy.

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

International Amazon Workers Voice

“This is modern day slavery”
Amazon workers worldwide denounce dictatorial working conditions

By Eric London, 26 May 2017

Workers flooded the International Amazon Workers Voice with exposures of horrible conditions at the company’s plants across the world.

Socialist Equality Party launches International Amazon Workers Voice newsletter

By the Socialist Equality Party, 24 May 2017

The newsletter will be a platform of opposition for Amazon workers, exposing dictatorial working conditions, introducing workers to socialism, and providing regular news and analysis of world politics.

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

Share this video widely! Like and Follow the International Amazon Workers Voice on Facebook

Workers Struggles

Greek municipal workers in 4-day protest, GM to pull out of South Africa
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

26 May 2017

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

San Diego, California school district pushes forward with layoffs and cuts

By Norisa Diaz and Toby Reese, 23 May 2017

Australia: Teachers explain why the AEU-government deal should be rejected

By our reporters, 22 May 2017

Socialist Equality Party

The class issues in the UK snap election
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

22 May 2017

The following is a statement by the Socialist Equality Party in Britain on the central issues facing the working class in the June 8 general election.

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

19 May 2017

The Flint water crisis

Watch: Anger erupts at Flint City Council meeting

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

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

“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

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Arts

The 2017 Whitney Biennial—a survey of contemporary American art: What does it show?

By Clare Hurley, 25 May 2017

The stated goal of the Biennial in New York City is to capture the zeitgeist—”spirit of the times”—through a selection of what is considered representative contemporary artwork.

A conversation with artist Celeste Dupuy-Spencer

By Clare Hurley, 25 May 2017

Celeste Dupuy-Spencer is one of the 63 artists included in the Whitney Biennial 2017. She recently gave an interview to the WSWS.

Netflix series Dear White People: Self-pity in the service of social climbing

By Joanne Laurier, 24 May 2017

The cases of Aaron Gach, Mem Fox, United Vibrations, Soviet Soviet and others
Artists, writers, musicians detained and bullied by US customs and border officers

Singer-musician Chris Cornell (1964-2017) dies at 52

IYSSE

International Youth and Students for Social Equality member wins student senate seat at New York University

By our reporters, 23 May 2017

Isaac Oseas, a member of the IYSSE, has won the position of student senator for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at NYU, which includes 4,000 graduate students at the university.

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

More on the fight for democratic rights at NYU »

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

Student parliament demands Humboldt University rescind support of Baberowski

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

More on the fight for historical truth »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
May 22-28: Global class struggle intensifies

22 May 2017

The revolution in Russia gives the signal to workers everywhere, but the gathering revolt is met with repression by the capitalist state and treachery by parties and unions claiming to represent workers.

From the archives of the Revolution
Speech on Comrade Uritsky’s report on the attitude to the Provisional Government

By Leon Trotsky, 20 May 2017

This is a new translation of a speech delivered by Trotsky before the Citywide Conference of United Social-Democrats on May 20, 1917 (May 7 O.S.).

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Sri Lankan plantation workers support campaign to release framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By M. Thevarajah, 20 May 2017

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

“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 »

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