Brazilian truck drivers reject union-government attempt to shut down strike

By Eric London and Miguel Andrade, 30 May 2018

The government has sought to block the spread of social unrest with a ruling Tuesday that a planned strike by oil workers is illegal.

Truckers strike brings Brazil to brink of collapse

New estimates put real death toll from Hurricane María in Puerto Rico near 5,000

By Genevieve Leigh, 30 May 2018

The study is the latest third party report that discredits the official government toll of 64 deaths from the 2017 hurricane.

Naming of technocratic government plunges Italy into crisis of class rule

By Alex Lantier, 30 May 2018

Financial markets are panicking and protests are being called, as bitter divisions inside the Italian bourgeoisie erupt to the surface.

Italy: IMF economist to form technocratic government

Corruption crisis prompts demand for snap elections in Spain

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 30 May 2018

New elections in Spain would represent the third since December 2015, all of which produced hung parliaments.

Three thousand Canadian railway workers strike against long hours and speed-up

By Roger Jordan, 30 May 2018

The strike pits the CP Rail workers not just against a ruthless corporate giant, but also against Canada’s big business Liberal government, which stands poised to criminalize the strike.

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

Amazon, Microsoft and Google compete for Pentagon Cloud warfighter project

By Will Morrow, 30 May 2018

The technology giant that secures the contract will administer the US military’s global operations.

Amazon providing facial recognition technology to police agencies for mass surveillance

Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Brussels as European Union and Facebook intensify internet censorship

New effort to cover up impact of lead poisoning in Flint

By James Brewer, 30 May 2018

A resolution reportedly passed by doctors at Flint Hurley Medical Center puts forward the false narrative that no one was lead poisoned in Flint, but lead-exposed.

Construction worker killed at drill site in Phoenix, Arizona

By Trévon Austin, 30 May 2018

The construction company which subcontracted 52-year-old drill operator Melvin Self had previously been fined for maintaining hazardous working conditions.

Oxford Union panel speaker Heather Marsh confirms debate was censored to protect CIA

By Zach Reed, 30 May 2018

It appears that reference to the CIA as an “organized crime syndicate,” and listing a portion of its crimes, were grounds for censorship.

Germany: Twenty-five years since the arson attack in Solingen

By Marianne Arens and Elisabeth Zimmermann, 30 May 2018

On Saturday, May 29, 1993, five members of the Gença family were killed in an arson attack carried out by far-right extremists in the town of Solingen.

New Zealand nurses vote for nationwide strike

By Tom Peters, 30 May 2018

Public hospital nurses and other health workers are fighting an effective wage freeze by the Labour Party-led government.

Rich list shows more Australian billionaires than ever

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 May 2018

The wealthiest six individuals alone control almost as much wealth as the poorest 20 percent of the population.

New Malaysian government formed amid internal and global tensions

By John Roberts, 30 May 2018

Mahathir’s cabinet highlights the potential for conflict in the new coalition government.

New in Italian

Italia: economista del FMI per formare un governo tecnico

Peter Schwarz, 30 maggio 2018

Per il momento, il tentativo di Movimento 5 Stelle e l’estrema destra di Lega di formare un governo è fallito.

New in Arabic

الرأسمالية و ثورة الذكاء الاصطناعي

٥ نيسان أبريل ٢٠١٨

في الشهر الماضي، وقع أكثر من 3,000 موظف من غوغل على رسالة تتخذ موقفا ضد تواطؤ غوغل مع برنامج الولايات المتحدة للاغتيال بالطائرات بدون طيار، الذي أدى إلى قتل وتشويه عشرات الآلاف من الناس في جميع انحاء الشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا.

New in Norwegian

For internasjonal handling til forsvar av Julian Assange!

ICFI og WSWS’ internasjonale redaksjonsråd, 30 May 2018

Demonstrasjonen i Sydney den 17. juni vil kreve at den australske regjeringen umiddelbart treffer tiltak for å sikre Assanges betingelsesløse frihet og gjenkomst til Australia.

Tysklands Süddeutsche Zeitung bidrar til kampanjen mot Julian Assange

Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2018

Den tyske dagsavisa har sluttet seg til kampanjen for å rettferdiggjøre overleveringen av WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren til britiske og amerikanske myndigheter.

WikiLeaks og varslere fordømmer nye uverifiserte påstander mot Julian Assange

James Cogan, 30 May 2018

Ved siden av WikiLeaks og WSWS har bare en håndfull andre nettsteder og enkeltpersoner stått frem for å fordømme Guardian for å tjene som redskap for antiAssange-vendettaen.

New in Turkish

Julian Assange’ı savunmak üzere uluslararası eylem için!

DEUK ve WSWS uluslararası yayın kurulu, 30 Mayıs 2018

DEUK ve WSWS Uluslararası Yayın Kurulu, WikiLeaks editörü Julian Assange’ı savunmak üzere dünya çapında acil eylemler düzenlenmesi çağrısı yapar.

İrlanda’daki kürtaj oylaması: Gericiliğe karşı bir darbe

Patrick Martin, 30 Mayıs 2018

İrlanda’da kürtaj hakkı üzerine düzenlenen referandumundaki ezici “Evet” oyu hem İrlanda işçi sınıfı hem de demokratik hakların dünya çapında savunusu açısından son derece önemli bir zaferdir.

New in French

Italie: Un économiste du FMI formera un gouvernement technocratique

Peter Schwarz, 30 mai 2018

Pour le moment, la tentative de former un gouvernement du M5S et de la Lega d’extrême droite a échoué.

Le vote sur l'avortement en Irlande: un coup porté à la réaction

Patrick Martin, 30 mai 2018

Le vote référendaire démontre que les travailleurs et de larges couches de la classe moyenne sont tout à fait prêts à se battre pour faire progresser les droits démocratiques.

Tandis que la rémunération des PDG d’entreprise atteint de nouveaux sommets
Cinquante-et-un millions de foyers américains ne peuvent se permettre un «budget de survie»

Kate Randall, 30 mai 2018

Quatre adultes américains sur dix sont à une dépense de 400$ de la ruine financière, et l’employé typique doit travailler pendant 275 ans pour gagner le salaire annuel moyen d’un PDG du top 200.

La fraude du programme électoral de «gauche» du NPD

Roger Jordan, 30 mai 2018

Les syndicats et la pseudo-gauche vantent les timides promesses de dépenses sociales du programme du NPD comme un courageux virage «à gauche» et un retour aux racines sociales-démocrates du parti.

1968: grève générale et révolte étudiante en France
Deuxième partie: la trahison du PCF et de la CGT

Peter Schwarz, 30 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

La votación sobre el aborto en Irlanda: un golpe contra la reacción

Por Patrick Martin, 30 mayo 2018

El resultado del referéndum demuestra que los trabajadores y amplios sectores de la clase media están completamente preparados para luchar por una extensión y expansión de los derechos democráticos.

Trabajadores ferroviarios canadienses y trabajadores de casinos en Las Vegas listos para ir a la huelga a medida que aumenta el conflicto de clases en América del Norte

Por Jerry White, 30 mayo 2018

Tres mil obreros ferroviarios de Canadian Pacific y 50.000 trabajadores de casinos de Las Vegas son las batallas entrantes más recientes a medida que las huelgas y las protestas se extienden a lo largo de América del Norte y del mundo.

Dennis Williams, presidente del sindicato UAW, respalda políticas militaristas y guerra económica de Trump

Por Shannon Jones, 30 mayo 2018

El extremo nacionalismo económico promovido por los sindicatos, como el UAW y el USW, encaja perfectamente con el nacionalismo de tinte fascista promovido por la política “EUA primero” de Donald Trump y la ultraderecha.

Italia: Un economista del FMI forma gobierno tecnocrático

Por Peter Schwarz, 30 mayo 2018

Por el momento ha fracasado el intento del movimiento de protesta Cinco Estrellas y de la ultraderechista Lega de formar gobierno en Italia.

La lucha contra la ultraderechista Alternativa para Alemania requiere una perspectiva socialista

Declaración del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad y Juventud y Estudiantes Internacionales por la Igualdad Social, 30 mayo 2018

La siguiente declaración fue distribuida por el PSI y IYSSE en manifestaciones que tuvieron lugar el domingo contra la fascista Alternativa para Alemania.

New in German

Verteidigt Julian Assange!
Werdet weltweit aktiv!

Internationales Komitee der Vierten Internationale und internationale Redaktion der WSWS, 30. Mai 2018

Die Demonstration der SEP am 17. Juni in Sydney wird die australische Regierung auffordern, sofort zu handeln, um Assanges bedingungslose Freilassung und seine Rückkehr nach Australien zu sichern.

Das Abtreibungsvotum in Irland: Ein Schlag gegen die Reaktion

Patrick Martin, 30. Mai 2018

Die Volksabstimmung zeigt, dass die Arbeiter und weite Teile der Mittelschicht bereit sind, für die Ausweitung der demokratischen Rechte zu kämpfen.

Deutsche Bank: Mehr als 10.000 Stellen in Gefahr

Gustav Kemper, 30. Mai 2018

Mit dem Abbau Tausender Stellen soll die Belegschaft der krisengeschüttelten Deutschen Bank für den Finanzkrieg der Banker bezahlen.

Finanzinvestor Singer steigt bei Thyssenkrupp ein

Dietmar Henning, 30. Mai 2018

Der von der IG Metall gepriesene „Tarifvertrag Zukunft“ über künftige Werksschließungen, Arbeitsplatzabbau und die Bedingungen beim Übergang in das Joint Venture mit Tata Steel Europe könnte schon bald wieder Makulatur sein.

1968 – Generalstreik und Studentenrevolte in Frankreich
Teil 4: Wie Alain Krivines JCR den Verrat des Stalinismus abdeckte (2)

Peter Schwarz, 30. 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.

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Perspective

The working class must mobilize to free Julian Assange!

30 May 2018

The demand for the freedom of Julian Assange must be connected to the developing international movement of workers against inequality, oppression and exploitation.

Earlier Perspectives »

Defend Julian Assange!

“I don’t think Assange will be forgiven by our rulers because he educated the world”
Join the June 19 London vigil demanding freedom for Julian Assange!

By Robert Stevens, 30 May 2018

Emmy Butlin of the Julian Assange Defence Committee said: “Individual contributions are great, but we change society as a group, acting together.”

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 2—The betrayal of the PCF and CGT

By Peter Schwarz, 30 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.

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

Commentary

The abortion vote in Ireland: A blow against reaction

By Patrick Martin, 29 May 2018

#MeToo witch-hunt targets veteran actor Morgan Freeman

By Will Morrow, 29 May 2018

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

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

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

By Genevieve Leigh, 29 May 2018

The nightmare inside America’s child immigrant jails

More on North American immigrant issues »

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

By Julie Hyland, 26 May 2018

Workers Struggles

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

By Tom Hall, 29 May 2018

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

By Shannon Jones, 29 May 2018

More on autoworkers struggles »

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!

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

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

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.