Hindu chauvinist BJP sweeps to power in India

By Keith Jones, 17 May 2014

India’s BJP regime will be a government of extreme crisis, tasked with implementing socially incendiary “pro-market” reforms in the face of popular opposition.

Toyota in India intensifies repression against workers

By Arun Kumar and W.A. Sunil, 17 May 2014

Japanese PM embraces “collective self-defence”

By Peter Symonds, 17 May 2014

Abe is seeking to remove constitutional restraints on Japan’s full involvement in future US wars of aggression.

Akhmetov and other oligarchs seek role as Ukraine’s policemen

By Chris Marsden, 17 May 2014

Once again, the New York Times has distinguished itself only as a conduit for the crudest propaganda in the service of US imperialism.

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Turkish mine explosion: 2010 report warned dangerous conditions could produce “disaster”

By Joseph Kishore, 17 May 2014

Turkish police used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons against thousands of protesters Friday.

The Turkish catastrophe and the global mining slaughterhouse

US government whitewashes GM’s responsibility for deadly ignition defect

By Shannon Jones, 17 May 2014

The automaker is being fined a mere $35 million, less than one day’s revenue.

Family alleges GM withheld evidence in wrongful death case

Unions stage one-day fast food protests

By Thomas Gaist, 17 May 2014

The protests were the latest in a series of stage-managed affairs aimed at shoring up the dues base of the unions and channeling opposition behind the Democratic Party.

Lorry drivers protest across Europe against low wages

By Elisabeth Zimmermann and Christoph Dreier, 17 May 2014

Several hundred lorry drivers demonstrated in Berlin on the first Saturday in May against low wages, part of protests in a number of European cities.

German government proposes law to jail asylum-seekers

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 May 2014

The Grand Coalition is planning a significant tightening of immigration laws.

Change in leadership of German trade union confederation

By Dietmar Henning, 17 May 2014

The main focus of the 20th Congress of the German Trade Union Confederation was the change in leadership, with Reiner Hoffmann taking over from Michael Sommer.

South Africa: Lonmin fails to break 16-week platinum strike

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 17 May 2014

The African National Congress government will now come under increasing pressure from international and domestic capital to find other means of breaking the strike.

Western Australian budget imposes new burdens on workers

By Joe Lopez, 17 May 2014

The Barnett government is attempting to impose the impact of falling mining and tax revenue onto the working class.

New Zealand budget deepens austerity

By Tom Peters, 17 May 2014

The budget entrenches and intensifies the regressive measures imposed since the onset of the 2008 financial crisis.

New in Turkish

Türkiye’deki felaket ve küresel madencilik mezbahası

Jerry White, 17 Mayıs 2014

Küresel madencilik sektörü, planlı sosyalist bir dünya ekonomisinin inşasının bir parçası olarak, kamu mülkiyetine dönüştürülmelidir.

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France : Dans le contexte de la crise ukrainienne, le président Hollande se rend dans le Caucase

Par Kumaran Ira, 17 mai 2014

Du 11 au 13 mai, en pleine crise ukrainienne, le président François Hollande s'est rendu dans les ex-républiques soviétiques du Caucase du Sud pour doper l'efficacité énergétique et renforcer les liens diplomatiques.

Le PSG allemand et le PES britannique présentent leur programme pour les élections européennes lors de la réunion publique à Paris

Par Notre correspondant, 17 mai 2014

Le principal intervenant, Peter Schwarz, secrétaire du CIQI, a dit: « Nous présentons des listes de candidats en Allemagne et en Grande Bretagne, mais notre campagne électorale vise tous les travailleurs d’Europe. »

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

Par Nos correspondants, 17 mai 2014

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

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Die Katastrophe in der Türkei und die tödlichen Gefahren im internationalen Bergbau

Von Jerry White, 17. Mai 2014

Die schreckliche Grubenexplosion in der Türkei ist kein unerklärlicher "Unfall", sondern das unausweichliche Ergebnis von Privatisierung, Nachlässigkeit der Regierung und dem kapitalistischen Profitsystem.

Ungeachtet der Gespräche am runden Tisch verschärft das ukrainische Regime sein Vorgehen

Von Johannes Stern, 17. Mai 2014

Die Vereinigten Staaten und Europa unterstützen die “Antiterror”-Operationen des Kiewer Regimes, obwohl der Kreml Unterstützung der Gespräche andeutete und sich von den pro-russischen Demonstranten distanzierte.

Größte Bundeswehrübung seit dem Kalten Krieg

Von Sven Heymanns, 17. Mai 2014

Die größte Militärübung seit den 1980er Jahren macht deutlich, dass sich die Bundeswehr und ihre Verbündeten wieder auf einen größeren Krieg vorbereiten.

Das Sterben von Flüchtlingen im Mittelmeer geht weiter

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 17. Mai 2014

Mehr als 150 Flüchtlinge sind in den letzten drei Wochen beim Versuch das Mittelmeer zu überqueren ums Leben gekommen.

Osram-Arbeiter unterstützen PSG-Kampagne gegen Krieg

Von Verena Nees, 17. Mai 2014

PSG-Kandidaten verteilten am 15. Mai beim Schichtwechsel am Berliner Osram-Werk den Aufruf zur Europawahl „Kämpft gegen Krieg“.

Die gesellschaftlich kriminellen Auswirkungen der Austerität in Europa

Von Julie Hyland, 17. Mai 2014

Es folgt die Rede von Julie Hyland, der stellvertretenden nationalen Sekretärin der Socialist Equality Party Großbritanniens, die sie 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.

Geringere Parlamentsmehrheit des ANC inmitten sich verschlechternder wirtschaftlicher Bedingungen

Von Thabo Seseane Jr, 17. Mai 2014

Zum ersten Mal seit 1994 drückte die Arbeiterklasse in Südafrika durch Protestaktionen ihre Feindschaft gegenüber dem gesamten bürgerlichen Herrschaftsapparat nach der Apartheid aus.

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US military basing deal in the Philippines: A step towards neocolonial rule

17 May 2014

The US basing deal in the Philippines, part of a drive to militarily encircle China posing the risk of global war, creates the legal framework for neocolonial US rule over its former colony.

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Crisis in Ukraine

Socialist Equality Party

Australia: How to fight the Abbott government’s budget

the Socialist Equality Party Australia, 17 May 2014

A genuine struggle against the budget cannot be based on swapping one set of capitalist politicians for another within the parliamentary establishment.

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

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

Arts Review

“We won’t let anybody fool us”: Tune-Yards’ Nikki Nack

By Hiram Lee, 17 May 2014

Indie-pop band Tune-Yards has returned with a strong follow-up to its 2011 release Whokill.

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

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

“All over the world, socialism and the ideas of the Fourth International are growing”
Turkish workers and youth salute the International May Day Online Rally

17 May 2014

Participants in the May 4 International Online Rally, organized by the International Committee of the Fourth International, sent messages of support and solidarity.

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

An assessment of the International May Day Online Rally

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German Left Party consolidates itself as an establishment party

By Johannes Stern, 17 May 2014

A party that describes collaboration with fascists as an “error,” supports German militarism and NATO, and defends the EU and German big business can be described only as a reactionary bourgeois party.

West Virginia mine had appalling safety record

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

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

Italy: “Tsipras List” defends the EU

SEP European Election Campaign

Video report: PSG holds antiwar rally in Berlin

By our correspondents, 16 May 2014

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

Participants at Paris meeting speak on SEP European election campaign

SEP candidates interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

17 May 2014

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

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Corruption revelations shake Michigan education authority

By Muhammad Khan, 14 May 2014

The Detroit model: Permanent rule by the banks

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Study warns of “unstoppable” West Antarctic ice shelf melting

By Gabriel Black and Evan Blake, 14 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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