Protests erupt across Turkey as death toll in Soma mine disaster tops 274

By Alex Lantier, 15 May 2014

Anger exploded as the government defended the lack of safety precautions at the mine and proclaimed the catastrophe to be inevitable.

Corporate, government profiteering caused Soma mining catastrophe

By our correspondent, 15 May 2014

US Vice President Biden’s son, Kerry fundraiser take positions with Ukrainian gas firm

By Patrick Martin, 15 May 2014

Hunter Biden, the US vice president’s younger son, will become a director and legal adviser to the largest private natural gas production company in Ukraine.

Sweden strengthens military in response to Ukraine crisis

By Jordan Shilton, 15 May 2014

Kiev regime spurns German foreign minister’s call for “round table” talks with pro-Russian separatists

Blackwater mercenaries direct Kiev regime’s crackdown in Ukraine

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Amid diplomatic offensive against Syria, France presses for war

By Kumaran Ira, 15 May 2014

Paris said it wished the United States had started a war with Syria last year, while accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons.

Amnesty International report details worldwide torture

By Thomas Gaist, 15 May 2014

Despite international covenants banning torture, the barbaric practice reached epidemic proportions during the past three decades, according to Amnesty International.

Child labor widespread on American tobacco farms

By Tom Hall, 15 May 2014

A report published Monday by Human Rights Watch showed that exploitative child labor practices are widespread in the American tobacco industry.

Family alleges GM withheld evidence in wrongful death case

By Shannon Jones, 15 May 2014

The family of Brooke Melton is asking for the reopening of the lawsuit over the death of their daughter in the crash of her Chevrolet Cobalt.

Italy: “Tsipras List” defends the EU

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 15 May 2014

Given the hostility to the EU and the Renzi government, the list "Another Europe with Tsipras" plays a crucial role in preventing the emergence of a left-wing opposition movement of the working class.

German undercover agent dies in mysterious circumstances

By Sven Heymann, 15 May 2014

Thomas Richter, alias Corelli, is the second major witness into the links between the neo-Nazi NSU and the state security forces to die in mysterious circumstances.

Sri Lankan think tank criticises mass evictions in Colombo

By Vilani Peiris, 15 May 2014

The removal of hundreds of thousands of people is a central project of the Sri Lankan government.

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Berliner Parteitag: Die Linke konsolidiert sich als staatstragende Partei

Von Johannes Stern, 15. Mai 2014

Der vierte Parteitag der Linkspartei sendete ein deutliches Zeichen an die herrschende Klasse. Die Linke ist eine loyale Oppositionspartei, die in allen wesentlichen Fragen mit der Bundesregierung übereinstimmt.

NPA unterstützt Massaker von Odessa durch Schweigen

Von Anthony Torres, 15. Mai 2014

Das Schweigen der NPA zu dem faschistischen Massaker, das sich am 2. Mai in Odessa ereignet hat, ist ein verheerender Beweis für den reaktionären Charakter dieser kleinbürgerlichen Organisation.

Steinmeiers “Runder Tisch” vor dem Aus
Kiewer Regime lehnt Verhandlungen mit prorussischen Separatisten ab

Von Barry Grey, 15. Mai 2014

Die Westmächte befürchten, dass der Widerstand in der Ostukraine gegen das rechtsradikale Kiewer Regime einen Bürgerkrieg oder eine noch größere Rebellion auslösen könnte.

Große Koalition bereitet weitere Verschärfung des Asylrechts vor

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 15. Mai 2014

Asylsuchende sollen in Zukunft wie Kriminelle behandelt und in der Regel eingesperrt werden. Das geht aus einem Referentenentwurf des Innenministeriums hervor.

Spaniens neue Partei Podemos – Ein politischer Betrug
Teil 2

Von Alejandro López, 15. Mai 2014

Dies ist der zweite und letzte Teil einer Analyse über die Bildung einer neuen Partei der Pseudolinken in Spanien.

Internationale Maifeier:
Die internationalen Kämpfe der Arbeiterklasse und die Perspektive der permanenten Revolution

Von Wije Dias, 15. Mai 2014

Wir veröffentlichen hier die Rede von Wije Dias, dem nationalen Sekretär der Socialist Equality Party Sri Lankas, die er bei der internationalen Online-Kundgebung zum Maifeiertag gehalten hat, welche am 4. Mai vom Internationalen Komitee der Vierten Internationale und der World Socialist Web Site abgehalten wurde.

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Les États-Unis et l’Europe profèrent d’autres menaces après le vote référendaire pour l’autonomie en Ukraine de l’Est

Par Chris Marsden, 15 mai 2014

Les séparatistes des deux régions d’Ukraine de l’Est, Donetsk et Lougansk, ont crié victoire après le vote de dimanche en faveur de l’«autonomie»

La mission de sécurité américaine arrive au Nigeria

Par Jean Shaoul, 15 mai 2014

Dans une situation où le gouvernement du Nigeria est chancelant, les Etats-Unis ont, à toutes fins utiles, pris en charge la gestion du pays.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2009
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

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El WSWS celebró el Primero de Mayo con un mitin vía Internet atendido por una gran audiencia alrededor del mundo

Por Nuestro Equipo de Reporteros, 15 Mayo 2014

Trabajadores y jóvenes de seis continentes y representando 84 países asistieron a la reunión del Primero de Mayo online organizado por el Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional (CICI)..

La crisis capitalista y la lucha por el internacionalismo socialista

Por David North, 15 Mayo 2014

Primero de Mayo es la ocasión apropiada para que la clase trabajadora desafié la diaria propaganda de los medios del establishment y hacer público su propia condena de la sociedad capitalista.

El nuevo partido español Podemos: un fraude politico: Parte 2

Por Alejandro López, 15 Mayo 2014

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Australian budget ends “Age of Entitlement”

15 May 2014

The budget sets new global benchmarks for dismantling the welfare state established following World War II.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Vote ‘No’ on Detroit Plan of Adjustment
Mobilize the working class to end the bankers’ rule in Detroit

By the Socialist Equality Party, 15 May 2014

The following statement calls on Detroit city workers to reject the court-approved restructuring plan that will decimate jobs, pensions and health care and pave the way for the privatization of city services.

Corruption revelations shake Michigan education authority

The Detroit model: Permanent rule by the banks

Detroit firefighters speak out against Plan of Adjustment

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SEP European Election Campaign

German PSG and British SEP present their European election programme at Paris meeting

By our correspondent, 15 May 2014

The main speaker, Peter Schwarz, secretary of the ICFI, said, “While we are standing candidates in Germany and Britain, our campaign is aimed at all European workers.”

Participants at Paris meeting speak on SEP European election campaign

By our reporter, 15 May 2014

SEP candidates interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside

By our reporter, 15 May 2014

The working class faces major corporations that operate on a European and indeed global scale, and the only way to combat them is through a united offensive of the working class.

PSG holds European election rally at Alexanderplatz in Berlin

SEP European election campaign: Manchester and Salford residents speak out

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Arts Review

In Between Worlds: A conformist view of the German military

By Bernd Reinhardt, 15 May 2014

The orientation of Austrian-born director Feo Aladag’s film is very much in line with efforts by the German government and the defense ministry to weaken opposition to foreign military operations.

Gabriel García Márquez: A giant in the literature of the Americas

By Rafael Azul, 14 May 2014

The Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, one of the major literary figures of the past half-century, died in Mexico City on April 17 at the age of 87.

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

By David Walsh, 12 May 2014

Threat of closure held over heads of San Diego Opera musicians, workers

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia) Second National Congress
Resolution 2: The social counter-revolution in Australia and the political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

15 May 2014

The resolution analyses the crisis of Australian capitalism and the accelerating assault on living standards, and outlines the SEP’s perspective for overcoming the crisis of revolutionary leadership in the working class.

SEP (Australia) Second National Congress
Resolution 1: Australian imperialism and the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia”

SEP Australia public meetings: A socialist program to fight war and austerity

15 May 2014

The May 13 budget handed down by the Abbott government marks a major intensification of the assault on all the rights of the working class.


Study warns of “unstoppable” West Antarctic ice shelf melting

By Gabriel Black and Evan Blake, 14 May 2014

Geopolitical tensions harm international research

US climate report points to human activity as primary cause of climate change


The Wall Street bonanza

By Andre Damon, 14 May 2014

The Benghazi diversion

By Patrick Martin, 14 May 2014

Further warnings on Chinese property markets

US media steps up espionage slander against Edward Snowden

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

Capital punishment and the brutality of the American ruling class

International May Day

An assessment of the International May Day Online Rally

By David North, 6 May 2014

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Speeches from the International May Day Online Rally

Opening report by David North: The capitalist crisis and the fight for socialist internationalism

Nick Beams: May Day 2014 and the breakdown of world capitalism

Peter Schwarz: The European Union and the United Socialist States of Europe

Wije Dias: The international struggles of the working class and the perspective of Permanent Revolution

Chris Marsden: Ukraine crisis—A turning point in world history

Uli Rippert: The struggle against militarism and war

Julie Hyland: The socially criminal consequences of austerity in Europe

James Cogan: The US pivot and the threat of war in Asia

Andre Damon: Young people must fight for the socialist future

Joseph Kishore: May Day and the American working class

Workers Struggles

Hospital workers rally in downtown Baltimore

By our reporters, 13 May 2014

Chicago teachers union president offers to negotiate cuts in teacher pensions

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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