US, Europe issue further threats over self-rule referenda in eastern Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 12 May 2014

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s two eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk have declared a victory for “self-rule” in referenda held yesterday.

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Leaked plans highlight China’s fear of a new Korean war

By Ben McGrath, 12 May 2014

The contingency plans detail the Chinese response to the collapse of the North Korean regime and a US-led invasion.

Japan: Fukushima worker sues TEPCO over radiation exposure

By Will Morrow, 12 May 2014

The lawsuit comes amid growing anger among workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, dangerous conditions and low pay.

European election debate: Conservative, social democratic leaders praise austerity, sanctions vs. Russia

By Johannes Stern, 12 May 2014

The debate between two veteran EU bureaucrats was a farce, as the pair agree on all central political questions.

Police gun down 93-year-old woman in central Texas city

By Kate Randall, 12 May 2014

Police fired multiple shots, fatally wounding Pearlie Golden, 93, outside her home in Hearne.

What are the political forces behind Seattle’s minimum wage proposal?

By Hector Cordon and Jerry White, 12 May 2014

The Seattle City Council to consider a complicated $15 minimum wage ordinance.

Arizona veterans’ hospital scandal: Forty patients died awaiting treatment

By Diana Green, 12 May 2014

Over the past two weeks, whistle-blowers have confirmed that a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Phoenix allowed 40 patients to die.

Attorneys for accused Boston bomber move to suppress statements taken by FBI

By Ed Hightower, 12 May 2014

The Obama Justice Department refused to allow Tsarnaev to have a lawyer present during the questioning.

Syracuse, New York housing in shambles

By Steve Filips and Don Barret, 12 May 2014

The low-income workers in Syracuse, NY are left little choice but to live in substandard housing.

Tamil Nadu workers speak to WSWS about Indian elections

By our correspondents, 12 May 2014

Workers voiced their anger with all the parties of the establishment, including the ostensible left parties.

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ABD ve Kiev yönetimi, Rusya’nın ödünlerinin ardından Ukrayna’daki çatışmayı kızıştırıyor

Alex Lantier, 12 Mayıs 2014

Halkın desteklemediği, içerideki muhalefeti kana boğmaya kararlı aşırı sağcı bir yönetimi Kiev’de iktidara getirenler ve kışkırtanlar, Washington ile onun Avrupalı müttefikleridir.

Obama, kızışan Suriye savaşı konusunda “asi” liderlerle görüşüyor

Bill Van Auken, 12 Mayıs 2014

Obama yönetiminin başlıca amacının, Esad yönetiminin ülkeyi istikrara kavuşturmasını engellemek için Suriye’deki iç savaşı ve aşırı kan dökülmesini sürdürmek olduğu görülüyor.

New in Spanish

El nuevo partido español Podemos: un fraude politico
Parte 1

Por Alejandro López, 12 Mayo 2014

Podemos, el nuevo partido liderado por el académico y presentador de televisión Pablo Iglesias y creado por Izquierda Anticapitalista (IA) busca ante todo desarmar políticamente a la clase trabajadora.

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Nigeria: le rapt de Boko Haram utilisé pour justifier le renforcement du dispositif militaire des Etats-Unis en Afrique

Par Jean Shaoul, 12 mai 2014

L’enlèvement fournit à Washington une occasion en or pour prendre pied dans ce pays riche en pétrole.

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The criminalization of political opposition in America

12 May 2014

The Obama administration is using the anti-democratic methods of the “war on terror” against its domestic political opponents.

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International May Day

An assessment of the International May Day Online Rally

By David North, 6 May 2014

The International May Day Online Rally was a major international political event and a milestone that foreshadows the resurgence of socialism as a powerful force within the world working class.

Speech by Joseph Kishore: May Day and the American working class - Link to audio

Speech by Andre Damon: Young people must fight for the socialist future - Link to audio

Speech by Julie Hyland: The socially criminal consequences of austerity in Europe - Link to audio

Speech by James Cogan: The US pivot and the threat of war in Asia - Link to audio

Speech by Uli Rippert: Ukraine crisis: The struggle against militarism and war - Link to audio

Speech by Chris Marsden: Ukraine crisis: A turning point in world history - Link to audio

Speech by Wije Dias: The international struggles of the working class and the perspective of Permanent Revolution - Link to audio

Speech by Peter Schwarz: The European Union and the United Socialist States of Europe - Link to audio

Speech by Nick Beams: May Day 2014 and the breakdown of world capitalism - Link to audio

Speech by David North: The capitalist crisis and the fight for socialist internationalism - Link to audio


As geopolitical tensions grow with China
Australian columnist lauds World War I as a “just war”

By James Cogan, 12 May 2014

The language used by Sheridan resonates with his portrayal of US and Australian foreign policy as a justified response to China’s “military build-up.”

Thailand’s judicial coup

By Peter Symonds, 10 May 2014

How the revival of German militarism was prepared

By Johannes Stern, 10 May 2014

Nigeria: Boko Haram kidnappings used to justify US military build-up in Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 10 May 2014

Harper attacks head of Canada’s Supreme Court

By Keith Jones, 10 May 2014

25 years ago: Tiananmen protesters defy bureaucracy’s threats

On May 12, 1989, after more than three weeks of protesting at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, a thousand students began a hunger strike.

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50 years ago: Khrushchev, Nasser mark beginning of Aswan dam

On May 12, 1964, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and Egypt’s military ruler Gamel Abdel Nasser marked the completion of the first phase of the construction of the Aswan High dam.

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75 years ago: Harlan County miners sold out by UMWA

On May 12, 1939, the US government announced that the dispute between Appalachian coal miners and their employers was over.

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100 years ago: Thousands attend memorial for socialist Daniel De Leon

On May 17, 1914, thousands of workers attended a memorial service in New York for Daniel De Leon, an early pioneer of socialism in the American workers’ movement.

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Arts Review

San Francisco International Film Festival 2014
Part one: There is realism, and then there is realism

By David Walsh, 12 May 2014

The recent San Francisco International Film Festival, its 57th edition, screened some 168 films, including 100 or so fiction or documentary features.

British actor Bob Hoskins (1942-2014): “When you’ve got something to give, give it without hesitation”

By Paul Bond, 10 May 2014

Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez: An uninspired film on farm workers’ leader

By Kevin Martinez, 10 May 2014

SEP European Election Campaign

European Elections: SEP candidate Robert Skelton speaks at hustings in Manchester, UK

By our reporters, 12 May 2014

In light of the criminal drive to war against Russia by US and European imperialism, Skelton called for an end to militarism.

PSG election campaign gains significant support in Berlin

By our correspondents, 12 May 2014

Workers in the German capital discussed the issues in the European elections with Partei für Soziale Gleichheit candidates and supporters.

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Letter to Kathryn Davron from WSWS Chairman David North

9 May 2014

Kathryn Davron: March 2, 1950—May 1, 2014

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 7 May 2014

Kath was a Trotskyist all her adult life. Her death follows a four-year struggle against cancer, throughout which she displayed her usual attributes of courage and determination.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

New legislation to extend oversight of Detroit finances for next 20 years

By Thomas Gaist, 10 May 2014

Detroit City plumber denounces bankruptcy

By Lawrence Porter and Thomas Gaist, 9 May 2014

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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Crisis in Ukraine

Mariupol killings: US backs Ukrainian regime’s reign of terror

By Mike Head, 10 May 2014

By its silence, New Anti-capitalist Party supports Odessa massacre

By Anthony Torres, 10 May 2014

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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

German government thwarts investigation of NSA scandal

By Sven Heymanns, 3 May 2014

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