Despite round table talks, Ukrainian regime escalates crackdown

By Johannes Stern, 16 May 2014

Though the Kremlin supported “round table” talks in Kiev, distancing itself from pro-Russian protesters, the Western-backed regime in Kiev is stepping up its crackdown.

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

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Mining disaster in Turkey: Anger with the government grows

By Peter Schwarz, 16 May 2014

The disaster in Soma has revealed the dirty secret behind Turkey’s internationally acclaimed economic growth: the ruthless exploitation of the working class.

West Virginia mine had appalling safety record

By Clement Daly, 16 May 2014

The West Virginia mine where two miners died earlier this week had an appalling safety record with hundreds of violations and injuries.

Illinois coal miner killed on the job

By Naomi Spencer, 16 May 2014

Anti-Chinese protests erupt in Vietnam’s industrial zones

By Peter Symonds, 16 May 2014

The protests follow Hanoi’s xenophobic campaign against a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea.

Australian Labor leader postures as opponent of budget austerity

By Mike Head, 16 May 2014

Shorten’s speech was designed to divert the deep popular hostility to the budget back under the wing of the parliamentary establishment.

Australian budget ends “Age of Entitlement”

After Indian elections, US to press for greater support for “pivot to Asia”

By Keith Jones, 16 May 2014

Washington intends to use the coming to power of a new Indian prime minister to harness India more tightly to its anti-China “pivot to Asia.”

Insurance CEO: Obamacare consumers need to break the “choice habit”

By Kate Randall, 16 May 2014

Virtually every ACA policy covers only a narrow range of doctors and hospitals, or charges steep premiums for the right to go to any provider.

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FBI killer of Ibragim Todashev revealed as ex-Oakland cop accused of cover-up and abuse

By Gabriel Black, 16 May 2014

FBI Special Agent Aaron McFarlane, who shot the unarmed Ibragim Todashev, has a history of alleged intimidation, falsification of evidence, and abuse.

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High temperatures and drought cause multiple wildfires in Southern California

By Kevin Martinez, 16 May 2014

Drought conditions have created a year-round fire season in Southern California.

Ras Baraka succeeds Cory Booker as mayor of Newark, New Jersey

By Fred Mazelis, 16 May 2014

Baraka is a veteran Democratic Party politician who will do nothing to improve the conditions facing the great majority of the city’s population.

UK parliament attempts to restore confidence in intelligence agencies

By Paul Mitchell, 16 May 2014

Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee has not addressed the evidence of systematic and illegal mass surveillance by US and British agencies revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

French President Hollande visits Caucasus amid Ukranian crisis

By Kumaran Ira, 16 May 2014

On May 11-13, French President François Hollande visited the ex-Soviet republics in the South Caucasus to boost energy and diplomatic ties amid the Ukraine crisis.

Amid diplomatic offensive against Syria, France presses for war

New in Turkish

Soma’daki maden felaketinde ölü sayısı 274’e çıkarken Türkiye’nin her yerinde protestolar patladı

Alex Lantier, 16 Mayıs 2014

Bu önlenebilir felaketin sorumluluğu, madeni işleten şirket ile birlikte, karları duyarsızca madencilerin yaşamından üstün tutan Türk hükümetine aittir.

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Dans le contexte d’une offensive diplomatique contre la Syrie, la France incite à la guerre

Par Kumaran Ira, 16 mai 2014

Paris dit regretter que les Etats-Unis n'aient pas lancé une guerre contre la Syrie l’année dernière et accuse le président syrien Bachar al-Assad d’utiliser des armes chimiques.

Des participants à la réunion publique à Paris commentent la campagne du PES aux élections européennes.

Par Nos correspondants, 16 mai 2014

Après la réunion électorale de dimanche à Paris, des participants ont parlé au WSWS

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

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Bergbaukatastrophe in der Türkei: Empörung über Regierung wächst

Von Peter Schwarz, 16. Mai 2014

Das Unglück in Soma hat das schmutzige Geheimnis des international gelobten Wirtschaftswachstums in der Türkei enthüllt – die schonungslose Ausbeutung der Arbeiterklasse.

Proteste in der Türkei:
Zahl der Grubenopfer steigt auf 274

Von Alex Lantier, 16. Mai 2014

Die Wut der Bevölkerung eskalierte, als die Regierung die Sicherheitsmängel verteidigte und die Katastrophe für unvermeidbar erklärte.

Was geschah am 2. Mai in Odessa wirklich?

Von Stefan Steinberg, 16. Mai 2014

Neue Informationen, Zeugenaussagen, Fotos und Videoaufnahmen belegen das Ausmaß des Massakers, das faschistische Kräfte in der ukrainischen Stadt Odessa verübt haben.

Video: “Die Linke unterstützt den Kriegskurs“

Von Ulrich Rippert, 16. Mai 2014

Ulrich Rippert spricht zur Beteiligung der Linkspartei an der Kriegspolitik der Bundesregierung.

Internationales Mayday Meeting
Die Ukraine-Krise: Ein Wendepunkt in der Weltgeschichte

Von Chris Marsden, 16. Mai 2014

Wir veröffentlichen die Rede von Chris Marsden, dem nationalen Sekretär der Socialist Equality Party von Großbritannien, die er bei der internationalen Online-Kundgebung zum Maifeiertag hielt, welche am 4. Mai vom Internationalen Komitee der Vierten Internationale und der World Socialist Web Site abgehalten wurde.

Wechsel an der Spitze des DGB

Von Dietmar Henning, 16. Mai 2014

Der 20. Bundeskongress des Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbunds, auf dem zahlreiche Vertreter aus Staat und Politik als Redner auftraten, bestätigte, dass der DGB ein fester Bestandteil des bürgerlichen Herrschafts- und Unterdrückungsapparats ist.

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The Turkish catastrophe and the global mining slaughterhouse

16 May 2014

The horrific mine explosion in Turkey is not an unexplainable “accident” but the inevitable result of privatization, government neglect and the capitalist profit system.

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Crisis in Ukraine

Arts Review

San Francisco International Film Festival 2014
Part two: Tamako in Moratorium, Standing Aside, Watching, Three Letters from China: Greater urgency from Japan, Greece and China

By Joanne Laurier, 16 May 2014

Several films screened at the San Francisco film festival this year shed light on the dire physical and emotional impact of the global economic crisis on the lives of the general population.

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

In Between Worlds: A conformist view of the German military

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

International May Day

“A powerful historical tradition found voice in this event”
Reactions from global participants in May Day Online Rally

16 May 2014

We publish today messages of support and solidarity sent in from workers and young people around the world who participated in the May 4, International May Day Online Rally.

An assessment of the International May Day Online Rally

By David North, 6 May 2014

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SEP European Election Campaign

Video report: PSG holds antiwar rally in Berlin

By our correspondents, 16 May 2014

The Socialist Equality Party has organized rallies across Berlin under the slogan: “Vote against war—vote PSG!”

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

Participants at Paris meeting speak on SEP European election campaign

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Socialist Equality Party

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.

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

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


Study warns of “unstoppable” West Antarctic ice shelf melting

By Gabriel Black and Evan Blake, 14 May 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

16 May 2014

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

Hospital workers rally in downtown Baltimore

By our reporters, 13 May 2014


The Wall Street bonanza

By Andre Damon, 14 May 2014

The Benghazi diversion

Amnesty International report details worldwide torture

Child labor widespread on American tobacco farms

Italy: “Tsipras List” defends the EU

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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