Canadian rail workers, Las Vegas casino workers set to strike as class conflict widens across North America

By Jerry White, 29 May 2018

Three thousand Canadian Pacific rail workers and 50,000 Las Vegas casino workers are the latest entering battles as strikes and protests spread across North America and the world.

Louisiana teachers support strike for wage increase

Educators’ struggle in US continues in aftermath of union betrayal in Arizona

Support for strike action at UPS as Teamsters union prepares sell-out contract

By Tom Hall, 29 May 2018

The Teamsters’ offer to create a new tier of low-paid “hybrid” drivers demonstrates that it is not a workers’ organization, but an agency of management.

UAW President Dennis Williams backs Trump’s policies of militarism and trade war

By Shannon Jones, 29 May 2018

The extreme economic nationalism promoted by the UAW, the United Steelworkers and other unions dovetails with the fascistic “America First” nationalism of Trump and the far-right.

Plea deal reveals Fiat Chrysler used “sham employment” scheme to pay off UAW negotiators

Trump orders “national security” probe into auto industry

Anger grows as layoff approaches for 1,500 auto workers at Lordstown GM plant

More on autoworkers struggles »

Italy: IMF economist to form technocratic government

By Peter Schwarz, 29 May 2018

For now, the attempt to form a government of the Five Star protest movement and the far-right Lega in Italy has failed.

Leading Democratic activists accidentally share photos of immigrants detained under Obama administration

By Genevieve Leigh, 29 May 2018

Former Obama administration officials shared 2014 pictures of immigrant children sleeping in cages in immigration prisons in a hypocritical attempt to discredit Trump for his anti-immigrant policies.

The nightmare inside America’s child immigrant jails

ICE carries out mass immigration raids across US Midwest

By George Gallanis, 29 May 2018

The arrests are part of the Trump administration’s escalating attack on immigrant workers.

US Border Patrol agent executes Guatemalan woman

US government admits to losing track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children in sponsor homes

More on North American immigrant issues »

Documents reveal the vast influence of Koch brothers in US universities and public schools

By Harvey Simpkins, 29 May 2018

Last month, George Mason University released documents showing how the Charles Koch Foundation and the Federalist Society maintain control over the appointment of professors and the setting of curriculum.

Relatives’ tributes at Grenfell Tower Inquiry blame government for deaths

By Robert Stevens, 29 May 2018

Family members frequently broke down as they remembered their loved ones in moving and emotional scenes.

Testimony to Grenfell Fire inquiry paints devastating picture of social murder

Grenfell Tower fire: BBC Panorama reveals corporate criminality

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Gonski 2.0: A new business blueprint for Australian school education

By Linda Tenenbaum and Susan Allan, 29 May 2018

The most revealing aspect of the new Review is that it fails to provide any assessment of the role of the current education models in the school education crisis.

Australian government reports whitewash responsibility for toxic foam crisis

By Patrick Davies, 29 May 2018

Official cover-ups are scrapping any notion of potential buybacks or compensation.

Official report “just a fob off”
Australia: Residents denounce government response to PFAS health disaster

By our correspondents, 29 May 2018

The WSWS spoke to Terry and Jenny Robinson, who live on a contaminated property near a military base.

Ex-Sri Lankan defence secretary calls for brutal big business regime

By Pani Wijesiriwardane, 29 May 2018

Gotabhaya Rajapakse is appealing to the ruling elite in preparation for the establishment of an even more authoritarian government.

New in Russian

Австралийские феминистки отрицают кризис системы психологического лечения, стоящий за трагедией в Маргарет-Ривер

Шерил Крисп, 29 мая 2018 г.

Сторонники феминистской политики идентичности снимают всякую ответственность с социальных условий, которые привели к этой трагедии.

New in Turkish

İtalya: Mussolini’den sonraki en sağcı hükümet

Peter Schwarz, 29 Mayıs 2018

İtalya, Mussolini’nin 73 yıl önce devrilmesinden beri en sağcı hükümetin kurulmasıyla karşı karşıya.

Fransa’daki Mayıs–Haziran 1968 genel grevinin dersleri

Alex Lantier, 29 Mayıs 2018

Aşağıdaki konuşma, Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’nda, Fransa şubesi Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (PES) önderi Alex Lantier tarafından yapıldı.

New in French

La grève de la SNCF à la croisée des chemins

Kumaran Ira et Alexandre Lantier, 29 mai 2018

Alors que la CFDT propose de mettre fin à la grève, il s’agit pour les cheminots de prendre leurs grèves en main, en les menant indépendamment des syndicats.

Pour une défense internationale de Julian Assange !

le CIQI et le Comité de rédaction international du WSWS, 29 mai 2018

La manifestation du 17 juin à Sydney exigera que le gouvernement australien agisse immédiatement pour assurer la liberté inconditionnelle d’Assange et son retour en Australie.

« Plus jamais ça! »
Des dizaines de milliers de personnes manifestent à Berlin contre le parti d’extrême droite AfD

Nos correspondants, 29 mai 2018

Les manifestants ont déclaré qu'ils étaient révulsés par la tirade fascisante, livrée au parlement allemand par la dirigeante de l’AfD Alice Weidel, contre les «migrants musulmans».

Le danger de guerre subsiste malgré le second sommet des dirigeants nord et sud-coréens

Ben McGrath, 29 mai 2018

L’annulation par Trump du sommet avec Kim était conçue pour arracher d’autres concessions à Pyongyang, tout en envoyant un avertissement à la Chine

1968: grève générale et révolte étudiante en France
Première partie: la naissance d’une situation révolutionnaire

Peter Schwarz, 29 mai 2018

Il y a cinquante ans, une grève générale en France a presque abouti à une révolution prolétarienne. Cette série en huit parties décrit les événements et tire les leçons politiques pour aujourd’hui.

New in Spanish

¡Por una acción internacional en defensa de Julian Assange!

Por El CICI y el Consejo Editorial Internacional del WSWS, 29 mayo 2018

La manifestación del 17 de junio en Sídney exigirá que el Gobierno australiano actúe inmediatamente para asegurar la libertad incondicional y el regreso de Assange a Australia.

Cuando la remuneración de los CEO llega a nuevas alturas
Cincuenta y un millones de hogares en EUA no pueden costear un “presupuesto de supervivencia”

Por Kate Randall, 29 mayo 2018

Cuatro de cada diez adultos se encuentran a $400 de la ruina financiera, mientras que un asalariado promedio tendría que trabajar 275 años para ganar la remuneración promedio de uno de los CEO más ricos.

Huelga de camioneros pone a Brasil al borde del colapso

Por Gabriel Lemos, 29 mayo 2018

El Gobierno de Temer ha otorgado autoridad al ejército para que obtenga poderes policiales en todo el país, en un intento para romper a la huelga.

El Gobierno de EUA admite haber perdido el rastro de casi 1.500 niños inmigrantes en hogares patrocinadores

Por Kevin Mitchell, 29 mayo 2018

Los funcionarios insistieron en que no eran "legalmente responsables" de los niños desaparecidos.

New in German

Die Massendemonstrationen gegen die AfD und der Rechtsruck der etablierten Parteien

Christoph Vandreier, 29. Mai 2018

Die Massendemonstrationen, die am Sonntag in Berlin gegen einen Aufzug der rechtsradikalen AfD stattfanden, haben den tiefen Graben zwischen dem gesamten politischen Establishment und der großen Mehrheit der Bevölkerung sichtbar gemacht.

Italien: IWF-Ökonom soll Technokratenregierung bilden

Peter Schwarz, 29. Mai 2018

Der Versuch, in Italien eine Regierung der Protestbewegung Fünf Sterne (M5S) und der rechtsextremen Lega zu bilden, ist vorerst gescheitert.

1968 – Generalstreik und Studentenrevolte in Frankreich
Teil 3: Wie Alain Krivines JCR den Verrat des Stalinismus abdeckte (1)

Peter Schwarz, 29. Mai 2018

Vor fünfzig Jahren, im Mai/Juni 1968, brachte ein Generalstreik Frankreich an den Rand der proletarischen Revolution. Diese Serie analysiert die Ereignisse und zieht die politischen Lehren für heute daraus.

Sozialismus und der Kampf gegen Internetzensur

Andre Damon, 29. Mai 2018

Die folgende Rede hielt Andre Damon auf der Internationalen Online-Maikundgebung des IKVI. Damon ist ein führendes Mitglied der Socialist Equality Party in den USA.

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Perspective

The abortion vote in Ireland: A blow against reaction

29 May 2018

The referendum vote demonstrates that working people, and broad sections of the middle class, are fully prepared to fight for the extension and expansion of democratic rights.

Earlier Perspectives »

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

Demand freedom for Julian Assange! Join the demonstration in Sydney on June 17!

By James Cogan, 29 May 2018

Assange’s situation stems directly from the Australian government’s refusal to protect one of its citizens.

John Pilger endorses June 17 Sydney demonstration in defence of Julian Assange

29 May 2018

“Julian is a courageous editor persecuted for exercising a right enshrined in the United States Constitution.”

For international action to defend Julian Assange!

The ICFI and WSWS international editorial board, 28 May 2018

Julian Assange “in jeopardy” of being forced into UK and US detention

UK meetings against war, lies and censorship: Free Julian Assange!

For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship
An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists

23 January 2018

More on Internet censorship »

History

1968: The general strike and the student revolt in France
Part 1—A revolutionary situation develops

By Peter Schwarz, 29 May 2018

Fifty years ago, in May-June 1968, a general strike brought France to the brink of proletarian revolution. This eight-part series describes the events and draws the political lessons for today.

Commentary

#MeToo witch-hunt targets veteran actor Morgan Freeman

By Will Morrow, 29 May 2018

Freeman released a statement noting that “80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports.”

New York Times whips up lynch-mob atmosphere
Producer Harvey Weinstein surrenders to police, charged in New York City

The fight against the far-right Alternative for Germany requires a socialist perspective

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 28 May 2018

The following statement was distributed by the SEP and IYSSE at demonstrations held on Sunday against the fascist Alternative for Germany.

“Never again!”
Tens of thousands protest in Berlin against far-right AfD

“Human Wave” rallies protest austerity in France

By our reporters, 28 May 2018

As CEO compensation soars to new heights
Fifty-one million US households cannot afford “survival budget”

By Kate Randall, 26 May 2018

The Tuticorin massacre and Modi’s India

By Keith Jones, 26 May 2018

War, propaganda and smears: An interview with Professor Piers Robinson
Part three

By Julie Hyland, 26 May 2018

Workers Struggles

Canadian Pacific Railway workers set to strike
Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 May 2018

Some 3,000 rail workers across Canada are set to strike Tuesday evening after rejecting management’s last offer, which failed to meet worker demands for improvements in working conditions and other issues.

French rail workers demonstrate after voting against Macron’s privatization

By Alex Lantier, 28 May 2018

The way forward for French workers
Build rank-and-file committees to oppose Macron’s austerity measures!

Truckers strike brings Brazil to brink of collapse

By Gabriel Lemos, 28 May 2018

Workers’ unrest in the Netherlands

By Harm Waling, 28 May 2018

Arts Review

Rapper Kendrick Lamar wins the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music

By Hiram Lee, 28 May 2018

Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s on view in New York City

By Fred Mazelis, 26 May 2018

Philip Roth and the narrow framework of postwar cultural life

By David Walsh, 24 May 2018

Sri Lankan filmmaker Lester James Peries dies at 99

By Pani Wijesiriwardane and Gamini Karunatileka, 23 May 2018

Corporate: Offensive, pointed satire for a change

25 years ago: German neo-Nazis kill five Turkish immigrants in Solingen

On the night of May 28-29, 1993, five members of a Turkish family in Solingen, in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia, died in a house fire set by a gang of neo-Nazi youth.

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50 years ago: Dozens arrested in Poor People’s Campaign

On May 29, 1968, participants in the Poor People’s Campaign marched on the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., to protest a high court ruling that affirmed limits on Indian fishing rights in several rivers of Washington state.

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75 years ago: French Committee of National Liberation established

On June 3, 1943, French military forces in North Africa, headed by generals Charles de Gaulle and Henri Giraud, formed the French Committee of National Liberation.

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100 years ago: Sixty-nine Sinn Fein leaders deported from Ireland

On May 30, 1918, Edward Shortt, chief secretary for Ireland, announced in the British House of Commons that sixty-nine leaders of the bourgeois nationalist Sinn Fein society had been deported from Ireland for internment in England.

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SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Support the National City teachers! Defend public education!

By Kevin Mitchell—SEP candidate for US Congress in California, 26 May 2018

Teachers in the San Diego community have joined a growing wave of teachers’ strikes taking place nationally.

Oppose Google’s collaboration in US war crimes!

By David Moore—SEP Candidate for Senate in California, 25 May 2018

Windsor casino workers continue strike following contract rejection

By Shannon Jones, 25 May 2018

Food and hospitality workers at Las Vegas casinos vote to strike

May Day 2018 International Online Rally

May Day 2018 and the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx

By David North, 6 May 2018

Opening the ICFI’s International Online Rally on Saturday, May 5, David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the WSWS and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US), spoke on the historical significance of Karl Marx, the founder of scientific socialism, 200 years after his birth.

Arabic translation of “Against imperialism, counterrevolution and war! For a socialist Middle East!”

The following is an Arabic translation of the speech, "Against imperialism, counterrevolution and war! For a socialist Middle East!", delivered to the ICFI’s International Online Rally on May 5 by Johannes Stern, a leading member of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, the German section of the ICFI, and the World Socialist Web Site editorial board in Germany.

Trotskyism is the Marxism of the 21st Century

By Joseph Kishore, 7 May 2018

May Day 2018

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 May 2018

Science

Climate scientists warn about “methane time bomb”

By Matthew MacEgan, 23 May 2018

Scientists reveal global warming’s impact on Great Barrier Reef

By Frank Gaglioti, 23 May 2018

Investigative Report

A sweatshop for Victoria’s Secret and Calvin Klein
Sri Lanka: Kilinochchi garment workers denounce harsh working conditions

By R. Sudarshan and Vimal Rasenthiran, 22 May 2018

Mehring Books

New from Mehring Books: Flint: A Crime of Capitalism

22 May 2018

Now available! This pamphlet exposes the social and political forces behind the lead poisoning of the water supply in Flint, which was rooted in the subordination of all aspects of social life to the profit drive of business.

New in Urdu

Urdu translation of WSWS Perspective on bicentenary of Marx’s birth

We are pleased to publish the Urdu translation of the perspective written by WSWS Chairman David North, “The bicentenary of Marx’s birth, socialism and the resurgence of the international class struggle.”

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Over 100 attend IYSSE meeting at Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany

By our correspondents, 14 May 2018

Internet Censorship and Workers' Struggles

Facebook censors Arizona educators’ rank-and-file committee group

By Jerry White, 7 May 2018

Facebook has disabled the Arizona Educators Rank and File Committee group, which provided a forum for teachers to oppose the betrayal of their struggles by the unions.

WSWS 20th Anniversary

Twenty years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998–2018

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 14 February 2018

As the WSWS marks its 20th anniversary of daily posting, it is taking the lead in exposing the conspiracy by governments and corporations to censor the Internet as the ruling class prepares for war and domestic repression.

History

Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution

By David North, 19 March 2018

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and of the Socialist Equality Party (US), delivered this lecture at the University of Leipzig on March 16.