After clashes, riot police put Turkish disaster mine under lockdown

By Patrick Martin, 19 May 2014

The Turkish government has responded to the country’s worst industrial disaster by sending in police to attack protesting workers.

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

VA scandal in US exposes disastrous state of veteran health care

By Eric London, 19 May 2014

Recent revelations have exposed a policy of denying care and covering up for extremely long wait times in the Veterans Affairs health care program.

US judge’s ruling on force-feeding of prisoner further exposes torture methods at Guantanamo Bay

By Nick Barrickman, 19 May 2014

The ruling comes on the heels of a large-scale hunger strike by the base’s detainees in 2013, protesting the conditions of their ongoing detention.

German army conducts biggest military exercises since Cold War

By Sven Heymann, 19 May 2014

The German army is engaged in its largest military exercises since the 1980s, including air, sea and ground forces.

Akhmetov and other oligarchs seek role as Ukraine’s policemen

Paris security summit steps up military intervention in Nigeria

By Kumaran Ira, 19 May 2014

At the Paris summit, France sought to harness its African proxy regimes to the escalating imperialist intervention in Nigeria.

Thousands march in Australian cities against budget

By James Cogan, 19 May 2014

For all the sound and fury directed against the government, the speeches were aimed at obscuring the political issues that face the working class.

Workers and youth denounce Australian budget

By our reporters, 19 May 2014

Inequality fuels Australian budget opposition

By Nick Beams, 19 May 2014

Two candidates emerge for Indonesian presidential election

By John Roberts, 19 May 2014

Both candidates are backed by parties that are bound up with the military and Suharto dictatorship.

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

Decision by US federal agency opens way to two-tier Internet

By Mike Ingram, 19 May 2014

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to accept proposals that will allow broadband companies to charge content providers for access to their networks, in a move that opens the way for a two-tier Internet.

Pennsylvania faces a $1 billion tax shortfall, setting stage for new budget cuts

By Samuel Davidson, 19 May 2014

In April, the state collected $495 million less in tax revenue than projected.

New York teachers voting on nine-year “reform” contract

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 19 May 2014

The contract proposal includes a pay package designed to deprive teachers what is owed to them, and new attacks on public education.

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La catastrophe turque et l’abattoir de l'industrie minière internationale

Par Jerry White, 19 mai 2014

L’horrible explosion d’une mine en Turquie n’est pas le résultat d’un «accident» inexplicable, mais le résultat inévitable de la privatisation, de la négligence gouvernementale et du système capitaliste de profit.

Comment la résurgence du militarisme allemand a-t-elle été préparée?

Par Johannes Stern, 19 mai 2014

Les actions agressives du gouvernement allemand contre l'Ukraine et la campagne de propagande qui les accompagne ont été préparées pendant un an.

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

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La "Lista Tsipras" difende l'UE

Di Marianne Arens e Peter Schwarz, 19 maggio 2014

Come in Francia e Gran Bretagna, le previsioni sono che anche in Italia i partiti populisti di destra, contrari all'Unione Europea, registreranno considerevoli vincite di voti alle elezioni europee del 25 maggio.

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India’s watershed election

19 May 2014

The BJP’s victory and the collapse of the Congress and Stalinist parties reflect a realignment of Indian politics presaging a vast intensification of the class struggle.

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25 years ago: Political upheaval in Argentina

On May 21, 1989, the president of Argentina, Raul Alfonsín, after the defeat of his Radical Civic Union at the polls the previous week, agreed to move up the inauguration date of his successor.

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50 years ago: Goldwater proposes atomic bombing in Vietnam

Speaking on the ABC news and radio program “Issues and Answers” on May 24, 1964, US Senator Barry Goldwater, proposed that atomic bombs might be used to defoliate South Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Hitler informs German military of war plans

During this week in 1939, Nazi Germany traveled further down the road towards waging “total war.”

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100 years ago: Irish Home Rule passed by the UK’s House of Commons

On May 25, 1914, the Irish Home Rule bill, also known as the Government of Ireland Act 1914, was passed in the British House of Commons.

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Crisis in Ukraine

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SEP European Election Campaign

SEP campaign in Liverpool: “I think we need a real left wing party, an alternative to the three main parties”

By our reporters, 19 May 2014

Workers expressed disgust with the right-wing policies of the major parties and concern over events in Ukraine.

Video report: PSG holds antiwar rally in Berlin

By our correspondents, 16 May 2014

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Workers Struggles

UK rail workers vote down union-backed productivity package

By Michael Barnes, 19 May 2014

Senior conductors at London Midland depots voted down a productivity package that would have overturned employee protections secured in past struggles.

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

“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

US government whitewashes GM’s responsibility for deadly ignition defect

By Shannon Jones, 17 May 2014

Socialist Equality Party

Australia: How to fight the Abbott government’s budget

By the Socialist Equality Party Australia, 17 May 2014

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

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