Violent arrests of protesters follow charges against Baltimore cops in murder of Freddie Gray

By Jerry White, 2 May 2015

The prosecutor’s action was a highly political decision, made in close consultation with the Obama administration, as protests in the city expanded and a wave of solidarity demonstrations spread across the country.

The role of the Maryland’s “Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights”

By Joe Williams, 2 May 2015

Capitalism, the working class and the fight against police violence

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defends mass arrests of demonstrators

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US sends warships to Strait of Hormuz, claiming Iran threat

By Thomas Gaist, 2 May 2015

The US Central Command justified sending naval forces to patrol the strategic waterway as a response to Iran’s seizure of a cargo ship earlier this week.

US “Grand Strategy” for war against China laid out

By Nick Beams, 2 May 2015

The report’s theme is that there is no prospect for peaceful coexistence or mutual understanding between the US and China.

Russia, China announce joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean

By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2015

Live-fire exercises planned by Moscow and Beijing off the coast of Europe testify to escalating tensions between the major powers.

Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks and 143 other writers protest free speech award for Charlie Hebdo

By David Walsh, 2 May 2015

The protesting PEN members have thrown a monkey wrench into the works of a right-wing political operation, provoking screams of outrage from ex-left and ex-liberal circles.

Sentencing phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial underway

By Tom Hall, 2 May 2015

None of the most essential questions, relating to the unexplained connections between the federal government and the Tsarnaev family, have been raised thus far in the proceedings, which began on April 21.

Anger mounts among Greek retirees as Syriza threatens to withhold pensions

By Kumaran Ira, 2 May 2015

The Syriza government delayed pension payments while continuing to repay the banks.

The lessons of the capitulation of Syriza

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European Union steps up repressive measures against refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 May 2015

The EU’s militarized anti-refugee measures do not stop at the Libyan coast, but are being extended to Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Mali and Niger.

The refugee crisis and the new “scramble for Africa”

Mass drownings in the Mediterranean: A crime of imperialism

Canada hikes military spending

By Keith Jones, 2 May 2015

Canada is deeply implicated in all three of Washington’s major military-strategic offensives since 2001.

Strike of California nurses ends

By Marc Wells, 2 May 2015

After a tentative agreement, 6,500 nurses in eight California hospitals returned to work.

“Part 2” of the Detroit bankruptcy
Michigan governor releases plan for assault on public education

By Nancy Hanover, 2 May 2015

The governor’s plan to reorganize Detroit Public Schools is the most ambitious structural overhaul of public education since the all-charter school district was established in New Orleans.

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Les leçons de la capitulation de Syriza

Par Christoph Dreier, 2 mai 2015

Syriza est devenu, trois mois après avoir pris le pouvoir, l'instrument clé de la poursuite des attaques sociales.

Le retour du culte de Bismarck

Par Peter Schwarz, 2 mai 2015

Deux cents ans après la naissance de Bismarck, on présente, surtout en matière de politique étrangère, le « chancelier de fer » comme un modèle pour l’Allemagne.

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Kapitalismus, die Arbeiterklasse und der Kampf gegen Polizeigewalt

Von Joseph Kishore, 2. Mai 2015

Die Mobilmachung von Militär und Polizei in Baltimore hat die Klassenunterschiede in Amerika und den Bankrott des ganzen politischen Systems enthüllt.

Die Welt verlangt effektivere Panzer gegen Russland

Von Johannes Stern, 2. Mai 2015

Die Welt will deutsche Kampfpanzer mit Uranmunition ausstatten, um wirksam gegen russische Panzer vorzugehen.

BND half NSA bei Spionage in Europa

Von Sven Heymanns, 2. Mai 2015

Der deutsche Auslandsgeheimdienst BND hat für die amerikanische National Security Agency (NSA) jahrelang europäische Spitzenpolitiker und Unternehmen ausspioniert.

Vierzig Jahre nach dem Fall von Saigon

Von Bill Van Auken, 2. Mai 2015

Vierzig Jahre, nachdem die vietnamesische Bevölkerung dem US-Imperialismus eine Niederlage von historischem Ausmaß zugefügt hat, unterstützt die Regierung in Hanoi Washington bei seiner militärischen "Konzentration auf Asien."

Saudische Monarchie im Umbruch

Von Patrick Martin, 2. Mai 2015

Die zügige Beförderung junger Prinzen ist ein Anzeichen für den Verfall und die Krise des reaktionären saudischen Regimes.

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Parasitism, plutocracy and economic depression

2 May 2015

The ongoing global economic slump is inseparable from the parasitic activities of the financial oligarchy, aided and abetted by the state.

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International May Day 2015

Workers in Britain sign up for International May Day Online Rally

By our reporters, 2 May 2015

“It’s the only genuine celebration of international workers day anywhere in the world.”

Youth and workers in Australia denounce war and join international May Day

By our reporters, 2 May 2015

University students and workers in Sydney and Melbourne explain why they will be participating in the Online May Day Rally.

The new global arms race

By Thomas Gaist, 1 May 2015

No to imperialist war! Join the 2015 International May Day Online Rally!

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 13 April 2015

Mehring Books launches May Day sale

1 May 2015

Mehring Books is launching a two-week sale in honor of May Day, the international day of working class solidarity, with almost all titles marked down between 10 and 50 percent.

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Pseudo-left to lay foundations for Syriza-type alliance at upcoming Chicago conference

By Eric London, 2 May 2015

Socialist Alternative, the International Socialist Organization, leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union, and various Green and Democratic elected officials will gather this weekend in Chicago to discuss the possibility of a pseudo-left electoral alliance.

New York Times lies, falsifies history to promote neo-fascist Kiev regime

By Barry Grey, 2 May 2015

Kramer’s article is part of a broader campaign of historical falsification, portraying the Russian Revolution and the struggle for socialism as the root causes of the catastrophes of the last century.

American Psychological Association played critical role in CIA torture program

Bernie Sanders to seek Democratic presidential nomination

Military police attack Brazilian teachers, leaving over 200 injured

US appeals court grants immunity to border patrol agent who killed Mexican teenager

US Congress applauds Japan’s militarist prime minister

Documents confirm fascists murdered Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca

The New York Times deploys to Nepal

Socialist Equality Party (UK) Election Campaign

SEP UK candidate David O’Sullivan addresses Primrose Hill hustings

By Paul Mitchell, 2 May 2015

O’Sullivan’s insistence that a socialist perspective was necessary to address social problems met with a warm response.

Class issues behind Sun columnist Katie Hopkins’ attacks on migrants

By David O’Sullivan, 1 May 2015

Tommy Sheridan’s “Hope over Fear”: Cheerleaders for the Scottish National Party

UK general election reveals crisis of capitalist rule

Miliband lays out Labour’s militarist foreign policy for Britain

Socialist Equality Party (UK) 2015 General Election manifesto: No to war and austerity! Fight for socialism!

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

2 May 2015

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


Forty years since the fall of Saigon

By Bill Van Auken, 30 April 2015


For freedom of speech at Humboldt University

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 29 April 2015

Socialism and historical truth
A lecture delivered at the Leipzig Book Fair

Scholarship, not war propaganda!
The IYSSE’s campaign against war and historical falsification at Humboldt University

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

The political struggle against war and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party
Perspective resolution of the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

30 April 2015

Arts Review

Woman in Gold: The battle to recover art stolen by the Nazis

By David Walsh, 29 April 2015

An appraisal of German writer Günter Grass: 1927-2015

“Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit,” at the Detroit Institute of Arts
In defense of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Australia’s Anzac celebrations and the fight against war

By Nick Beams, 28 April 2015

More details emerge over sacking of Australian journalist for challenging Anzac myth

By Mike Head, 29 April 2015

Workers and youth defy Anzac Day propaganda to attend SEP anti-war meetings

The political censorship of the SEP (Australia) and the fight against war

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25 years ago: South Korean workers battle police

Hundreds of thousands of workers and students clashed with police in cities throughout South Korea in May Day protests called to denounce violent attacks on strikers.

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50 years ago: US invades Dominican Republic

On April 28, 1965, over 500 US Marines were airlifted to the Dominican Republic in an act of imperialist aggression aimed at reinstating a pro-American dictatorship.

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75 years ago: Himmler orders construction of Auschwitz

On April 27, 1940, SS head Heinrich Himmler ordered the creation of a prison concentration camp near the Polish village of Oswiecim.

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100 years ago: Italy breaks alliance with Germany, Austria-Hungary

On May 3, 1915, Italy officially revoked the Triple Alliance, a military pact with Austria-Hungary and Germany.

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