22 May 2018

US Secretary of State Pompeo presents war ultimatum to Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2018

Washington’s “Plan B” after scrapping the nuclear deal is to escalate economic sanctions and military pressure aimed at toppling the Iranian government.

European Union tries to salvage Iran nuclear accord from US unilateralism

For a working-class strategy against the imperialist repartition of the Middle East!

White House meeting on probe of Trump campaign informant

By Patrick Martin, 22 May 2018

Trump and congressional Republicans are pressing their claims that the FBI infiltrated the Trump campaign in 2016 at the behest of the Obama administration.

Long-time CIA asset named as FBI’s spy on Trump campaign

The US political police and the 2016 elections

More on the crisis of the Trump administration »

As US applies “painful pressure” to North Korea
Tensions mount over South China Sea

By Mike Head, 22 May 2018

Far from lessening the dangers of war, the US offer of talks with Kim Jong-un has heightened the conflict with Beijing.

Limited truce in US-China trade conflict

By Nick Beams, 22 May 2018

Despite the postponement of US tariffs, the threat of open trade war remains.

Inconclusive outcome of US-China trade talks

AT&T Midwest workers press for strike action as CWA seeks to block struggle

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 22 May 2018

More than five weeks after the expiration of their contract, 7,000 AT&T Midwest workers are increasingly colliding with the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

In wake of recent workplace accidents US autoworkers speak out on safety conditions

By Shannon Jones, 22 May 2018

Autoworkers deplored lack of safety training and the UAW’s collusion in management’s drive for more profits.

Funeral held for S. Milwaukee Caterpillar welder Steven Wade

Caterpillar worker dies after being crushed at South Milwaukee plant

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Border Patrol agent detains two US citizens in Montana for speaking Spanish

By Alec Andersen, 22 May 2018

The incident comes as the Trump administration is actively encouraging right wing and fascistic elements, repeatedly referring to immigrants from Latin America as animals, rapists and smugglers.

US plans to detain minors on military bases as Trump calls immigrants “animals”

Destruction of Nashville, Tennessee public housing advances

By Keisha Gibbs, 22 May 2018

As older, smaller homes are torn down and replaced with homes triple in size and price, current residents of many Nashville neighborhoods are being priced out of the city.

Sunday Times Rich List: Wealth of Britain’s richest grew 10 percent

By Simon Whelan, 22 May 2018

In the same year that 72 people were killed in London’s Grenfell Tower inferno due to cost-cutting, the city’s wealthiest residents became even richer.

France: PSA uses labor law to sack workers, boost working times in Vesoul plant

By Anthony Torres, 22 May 2018

Using the Socialist Party’s labor law and Macron’s labor decrees, automaker PSA Peugeot-Citroën plans to sack hundreds of workers and boost working times.

Germany: Bavarian police law passed—a step toward a police state

By Wolfgang Weber, 22 May 2018

The new law eliminates the principle of the separation of the police and intelligence services and abolishes many individual liberties.

Venezuela’s Maduro re-elected with record low turnout

By Alexander Fangmann, 22 May 2018

Amid the deepening economic crisis, there has been mass disaffection with the government in the working class.

François Hollande rallies to the cause of Brazil’s Lula

By Miguel Andrade, 22 May 2018

The hope among the layers backing the PT is that imperialist pressure will convince the Brazilian bourgeoisie to place the party once again in power.

New Zealand: Labour government’s first budget starves essential services

By Tom Peters, 22 May 2018

The budget drastically underfunds health, education, welfare and housing, while boosting the military, police and prisons.

Sri Lanka: Kilinochchi garment workers denounce harsh working conditions

By R. Sudarshan and Vimal Rasenthiran, 22 May 2018

The MAS Holdings factories are sweatshops, established after the government’s bloody war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tami Eelam.

New in German

Joschka Fischer wirbt für Militarismus und Krieg

Johannes Stern, 22. Mai 2018

In einem Spiegel-Interview stellt sich der ehemalige grüne Außenminister an die Spitze der Kampagne für eine massive Erhöhung des Wehretats und eine aggressive imperialistische Außenpolitik.

Wealth-X-Bericht: Milliardäre gewannen im letzten Jahr 1,8 Billionen Dollar dazu

Eric London, 22. Mai 2018

Die Arbeiterklasse kann ihre sozialen Bedürfnisse nur befriedigen und ihre demokratischen Rechte verteidigen, wenn sie die Superreichen enteignet.

Australische Arbeiter und Jugendliche verteidigen Julian Assange

unseren Reportern, 22. Mai 2018

Die Unterstützung für Assange steht in krassem Gegensatz zur giftigen Feindschaft der Regierungen und Mainstream-Medien gegenüber dem WikiLeaks-Redakteur.

Der Tod des Reformismus: Corbyn und die „breite Linke“

Chris Marsden, 22. Mai 2018

Diese Rede hielt Chris Marsden auf der Internationalen Online-Maikundgebung des IKVI. Marsden ist nationaler Sekretär der Socialist Equality Party (UK), der britischen Sektion des IKVI.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Сталинистская бюрократия распускает Коминтерн

22 мая 2018 г.

22 мая 1943 года правящая бюрократия Советского Союза во главе с Иосифом Сталиным формально распустила Коммунистический Интернационал (Коминтерн).

New in Turkish

Kapitalizmin yasaları ve küresel ekonominin çöküşü

Nick Beams, 22 Mayıs 2018

Aşağıdaki konuşma, Avustralya’daki Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin önde gelen üyelerinden Nick Beams tarafından, DEUK’un 2018 Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’nda yapıldı.

New in French

Le rapport Wealth-X montre que les milliardaires ont gagné 1800 milliards de dollars en 2017

Eric London, 22 mai 2018

Les besoins sociaux de la classe ouvrière peuvent être satisfaits et ses droits démocratiques défendus seulement en expropriant la richesse des super-riches.

France : la persécution des réfugiés s’intensifie après l’adoption de la loi sur l’asile

Athiyan Silva, 22 mai 2018

Les reporters du WSWS ont visité les camps à Paris où 3 000 réfugiés, la plupart des jeunes nées après la guerre en Irak de 1991, vivent dans des conditions inhumaines.

#MeToo au Festival du film de Cannes : une question d’argent et de pouvoir

Stefan Steinberg, 22 mai 2018

Un examen des films récents par des cinéastes féminins démontre qu’elles partagent les problèmes de leurs homologues masculins.

Il y a 25 ans : L’Érythrée gagne son indépendance de l’Éthiopie après 30 ans de guerre civile

22 mai 2018

Il y a 75 ans : la bureaucratie stalinienne dissoud le Comintern

22 mai 2018

New in Norwegian

En konspirasjon for å skyve Julian Assange over i britiske og amerikanske hender

Mike Head, 21 May 2018

Guardian har iverksatt en råtten kampanje for å rettferdiggjøre at Ecuador tvinger Assange til å forlate landets ambassade.

Ecuador antyder at Julian Assange kan utleveres til Storbritannia og USA

James Cogan, 21 May 2018

Det er en nesten universell og forkastelig taushet fra organisasjoner og enkeltpersoner som en gang hevdet å forsvare Assange og WikiLeaks.

CIA-demokratene til rettssak mot Julian Assange

Patrick Martin, 21 May 2018

Søksmålet innlevert av DNC (Democratic National Committee - Det demokratiske partiets nasjonalkomite) er et angrep på Det første grunnlovstillegget som garanterer ytringsfrihet for enkeltpersoner og for pressen.

New in Spanish

Reporte de Wealth-X muestra que los milmillonarios ganaron $1,8 billones en el 2017

Por Eric London, 22 mayo 2018

Las necesidades sociales de la clase obrera pueden ser resueltas y sus derechos democráticos pueden ser defendidos, pero solo a través de la expropiación de la riqueza de los superricos.

Un viejo activo de la CIA es identificado como el espía del FBI en la campaña de Trump

Por Bill Van Auken, 22 mayo 2018

Stefan Halper fue identificado como el enviado del FBI para espiar la campaña la campaña de Trump durante el proceso electoral del 2016

Más de 100.000 maestros marchan en México, advierten de "huelga indefinida"

Por Alex González, 22 mayo 2018

Abarcando desde la península de Yucatán al norte de México, las protestas representan otra expresión de la lucha internacional de los maestros en 2018.

Estalla huelga en planta de Goodyear en el centro de México

Por Alex González, 22 mayo 2018

Unos 600 trabajadores se declararon en huelga para exigir el derecho de formar su propio sindicato.

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Perspective

Militarism and fascist demagogy in the German parliament

22 May 2018

The neo-fascist faction of the German parliament opened the May session with a racist tirade. This was simply ignored by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has largely adopted the fascists’ refugee program.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Two Britains: The Grenfell inquiry and the royal wedding

By Thomas Scripps, 22 May 2018

Not a single national newspaper deemed the opening of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry worthy of a position on their front page. Instead, they continued to obsess over the minutiae of the weekend’s royal wedding.

Britain’s royal wedding: Recasting the monarchy in the age of identity politics

UK: Tories seek to defuse anger over Grenfell fire ahead of official public inquiry

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Bernie Sanders defends American imperialism at town hall on Iran

By Tom Hall, 22 May 2018

Sanders, along with his guests, presented a thoroughly conventional, pro-imperialist critique of the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord.

An aging liar peddles his wares

By David North, 17 May 2018

Wealth-X report shows billionaires gained $1.8 trillion in 2017

By Eric London, 21 May 2018

Google, drone murder and the military-intelligence-censorship complex

By Andre Damon, 19 May 2018

Academics protest Google’s role in drone murder

Statement of the Turkish supporters of the ICFI on the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza

By Toplumsal Eşitlik, 19 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

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.

Mehring Books publishes The CIA Democrats

Arts Review

Corporate: Offensive, pointed satire for a change

By Ed Hightower, 22 May 2018

A breath of fresh air, Corporate, directs its fire against the multinational corporation with considerable honesty and success.

#MeToo at the Cannes Film Festival: All about money and power

By Stefan Steinberg, 21 May 2018

Music streaming service Spotify initiates censorship against R. Kelly and XXXTentacion

By Zac Corrigan, 19 May 2018

Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard: The cruelty of the motion picture business

By Joanne Laurier, 18 May 2018

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

Australian workers and youth defend Julian Assange

By our reporters, 21 May 2018

The support for Assange stands in stark contrast to the venomous hostility to the WikiLeaks editor from governments and the corporate media.

Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung fuels the campaign against Julian Assange

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

Spain: Facebook to install its “Ministry of Truth” in Barcelona

By Alejandro López, 14 May 2018

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 »

Workers Struggles

Windsor casino workers reject contract, Mexico City professors strike
Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 May 2018

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

Teachers and public workers protest in South Carolina

By Hiram Lee, 21 May 2018

South Carolina teachers to rally for better pay and funding for schools

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Over 100,000 teachers march in Mexico, warn of “indefinite strike”

By Alex González, 21 May 2018

25 years ago: Eritrea wins independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war

On May 24, 1993, Eritrea was declared an independent and sovereign republic. Four days later the new country was admitted to the United Nations.

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50 years ago: De Gaulle makes television appeal for end to French general strike

On May 24, 1968, French President Charles de Gaulle appeared on national television to plead for an end to the general strike by 10,000,000 workers, the largest and most widespread walkout in world history.

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75 years ago: The Stalinist bureaucracy dissolves the Comintern

On May 22, 1943, the ruling bureaucracy in the Soviet Union, headed by Joseph Stalin, formally dissolved the Communist International (Comintern).

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100 years ago: The Democratic Republic of Georgia is established under Menshevik rule

On May 26, 1918, the republic of Georgia declared its independence, coinciding with the dissolution of the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic.

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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.”

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Oppose the slaughter of Palestinians! Oppose imperialist war!

By David Moore—SEP candidate for Senate in California, 17 May 2018

The Democratic senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, has a long record of support for the Israeli government’s war crimes.

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.