Ukraine reinstates military draft as NATO threatens Russia

By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2014

The conscription order is part of an escalating NATO military build-up aimed at suppressing pro-Russian protests inside Ukraine and preparing major wars with Russia.

Ukrainian nationalists commemorate massacre of Yanova Dolina

By Sonja Bach, 2 May 2014

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May Day marches, clashes around the world

By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2014

Hundreds of thousands of workers took part in demonstrations, with major turnouts in Turkey, Indonesia and across Europe.

Gas explosion at Florida jail kills two, injures 184

By our reporter, 2 May 2014

Relatives denounced authorities for withholding information about the fate of their loved ones at the Escambia County Jail near Pensacola.

Florida: Record floods kill two and devastate Panhandle region

By Gabriel Black, 2 May 2014

A storm has caused historic flooding in Florida and Alabama, killing two people, and leaving homes destroyed and people’s possessions ruined.

New York state unions file phony lawsuits against teacher evaluations

By Jason Melanovski, 2 May 2014

Teacher evaluations were cited as a means of targeting and victimizing teachers in high-poverty areas.

New York teacher exposes how unions helped impose performance evaluations

By our reporters, 2 May 2014

Air search called off for missing Malaysia Airlines plane

By Tom Peters, 2 May 2014

The air search has been replaced with an undersea survey in the southern Indian Ocean that is likely to take months.

Australian audit report sets out a corporate blueprint for social counter-revolution

By Mike Head, 2 May 2014

The recommendations involve the wholesale dismantling of the welfare state and a drastic reduction in real wages.

German President Gauck visits Turkey—the arrogance of German imperialism

By Peter Schwarz, 2 May 2014

German President Joachim Gauck provoked a bitter public row during an official state visit to Turkey with sharp criticism of the government of Recip Tayyip Erdogan.

Britain: Anti-Muslim campaign targets Birmingham schools

By Julie Hyland, 2 May 2014

An anonymous letter has been used to launch a witchhunt of teachers and schools.

New in German

Nato verstärkt Aufrüstung gegen Russland

Von Johannes Stern, 2. Mai 2014

Die Nato-Staaten verstärken die Truppenstationierungen in Osteuropa, mit denen sie versuchen, Russland einzukreisen.

USA schicken Apache-Kampfhubschrauber an ägyptische Junta

Von Patrick Martin, 2. Mai 2014

Amerikanische Waffen werden bald gegen die arbeitende Bevölkerung Ägyptens eingesetzt werden.

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Hijos de miembros de la Oposición de Izquierda Entrevista con Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan

Por nuestro corresponsal, 1 Mayo 2014

Ivar Smilga Tenisovich (1892-1937), el padre de Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan, fue uno de los principales miembros del Partido Bolchevique durante la Revolución de Octubre.

Detrás de los planes de Shorten para “reconstruir” el Partido Laborista australiano

Por James Cogan, 1 Mayo 2014

Bill Shorten, el líder del Partido Laborista Australiano (ALP en inglés), emitió un discurso el 22 de Abril llamando a que la vaciada y desacreditada organización sea reconstruida como “un partido democrático, abierto y seguro de de sí mismo”.

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Washington’s drive for regime change in Venezuela

2 May 2014

While the US-backed right-wing protests have failed to topple President Maduro, imperialism and the local bourgeoisie have used them to push his government ever further to the right.

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International May Day

Two days left to register for May 4 online rally
Celebrate May Day 2014 with the World Socialist Web Site!

The International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS are hosting an International Online Rally on Sunday, May 4, with speakers from all over the world. Register to participate today by visiting!

More support for May Day rally from Asia, Australia and New Zealand

By our reporters, 2 May 2014

Workers and youth voice their concerns about the danger of a third world war.

Attend the International May Day Online Rally!

By Joseph Kishore, 22 April 2014

No to imperialist war! Reclaim the revolutionary traditions of May Day!

By David North, 12 April 2014


Free the NATO 3!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

1 May 2014

State murder in Oklahoma

By Kate Randall, 1 May 2014

Egypt’s mass death sentences: A crime made in the USA

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2014

Spain’s new Podemos party a political fraud—Part two

By Alejandro López, 1 May 2014

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Unions pose as critics as they collaborate with Detroit emergency manager

By Thomas Gaist, 2 May 2014

This week saw sustained efforts by the unions, aided by the middle class “left,” to cover up their collusion in the looting of pensions and public assets in Detroit.

New from Mehring Books: The Truth Behind the Bankruptcy of Detroit

23 April 2014

A detailed exposure of a social crime: the decision to use the courts to impose unprecedented attacks on the Detroit working class.

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SEP European Election Campaign

Fight job losses at Liverpool museums

Danny Dickinson—SEP (UK) candidate in the European elections, 2 May 2014

The following appeal for a struggle in defence of Liverpool’s art and culture has been issued by Danny Dickinson, one of the Socialist Equality Party’s candidates for the North West England constituency in the upcoming elections for the European Parliament.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

2 May 2014

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

London Underground workers in 48-hour walkout

By Paul Bond, 30 April 2014


Anti-Semitism and the Russian Revolution: Part three

By Clara Weiss, 1 May 2014

This is the final part of a three-part review of a historical study by Ulrich Herbeck on the history of anti-Semitism in Russia from the tsarist empire until the end of the Civil War in1922.

Crisis in Ukraine

NATO boosts military build-up against Russia as protests spread in east Ukraine

By Johannes Stern, 1 May 2014

After new sanctions on Russia, Ukraine moves closer to civil war

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2014

Kerry warns of “hot confrontation” with Russia

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2014

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Socialist Equality Party

Greetings to Australian congress from Sri Lankan SEP

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 April 2014

Greetings to Australian congress from the Canadian SEP

By Keith Jones, 28 April 2014

British Trotskyist leader addresses Australian SEP congress

By Chris Marsden, 26 April 2014

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit greetings to SEP (Australia) Second National Congress

By Peter Schwarz, 25 April 2014

SEP (Australia) Second National Congress: Greetings by David North

By David North, 24 April 2014

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) holds Second National Congress

24 April 2014

Arts Review

The Long Way Home: Sydney Theatre Company signs up with the Australian military

By Richard Phillips, 26 April 2014


One million years of the human story in Britain

By Joan Smith, 26 April 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

FISA court rejects Verizon suit vs. NSA telephone metadata surveillance

By Eric London, 28 April 2014

Panel discussion on NSA surveillance covers for government spy programs

By Nick Barrickman, 28 April 2014

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Featured Photo Essay

"The system is set up for those in poverty to stay in poverty"
The face of food stamp cuts
Jennifer - Portland, Oregon

By C.W. Rogers, 18 April 2014

In this photo essay, the first in a series on food stamp cuts in the US, the WSWS speaks to Jennifer Noonan, a mother of two, whose monthly food stamp benefits were cut by $49 last year.

Jury returns verdict in trial of Iran-Contra defendant

On May 4, 1989, after 11 days of deliberation, the jury cleared Lt. Col. Oliver North of nine of the 12 charges against him.

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50 years ago: May Day protests against fascism, Stalinism, war

May 1, 1964 was marked by protests in Europe, Asia and the Western Hemisphere, some of them suppressed violently by the police of fascist or Stalinist regimes.

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75 years ago: Moscow Stalinists call for Popular Front alliance with “democratic” bourgeois parties

A May Day manifesto published May 1, 1939 in the Soviet Stalinist bureaucracy’s main organ, Pravda, perverted the traditional call for international workers unity by calling instead for the subordination of workers to bourgeois parties.

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100 years ago: Police attack mass May Day rally in New York

This week, 100 years ago, a May Day rally in New York, celebrating the revolutionary holiday of the international working class, was brutally attacked by baton-wielding police, injuring dozens.

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