Only one in four workers worldwide has a stable job

By Andre Damon, 20 May 2015

Jobs created in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis have been disproportionately contingent and part-time, according to a new report published by the International Labor Organization.

One and a half billion people live on less than $1.25 per day

Greece edges towards collapse as troika demands new austerity plan

By Robert Stevens, 20 May 2015

Without further loans, the Syriza government, which has pledged to implement austerity measures, could default on an overall debt of €300 billion within weeks.

Greece and the dictatorship of finance capital

Surprise move by European Central Bank to speed up debt purchases

By Nick Beams, 20 May 2015

The accelerated ECB purchase of sovereign debt is another indication of increasing nervousness in global financial markets.

Economic stagnation, financial parasitism dominate IMF-World Bank meeting

The Clintons peddle populism while raking in corporate cash

By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2015

Financial disclosure forms filed May 15 show that Bill and Hillary Clinton have made more than $125 million since Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001.

US presidential campaign begins: A travesty of democracy

US secretary of state berates North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 20 May 2015

Kerry used his trip to South Korea to deepen military ties, supposedly in order to counter the threat posed by North Korea.

Is the US planning a “Gulf of Tonkin” incident in the South China Sea?

Saudi Arabian monarchy calls for more executioners

By Niles Williamson, 20 May 2015

The US-backed kingdom is in desperate need of swordsmen as it is on pace to more than double the number of beheadings carried out last year.

San Bernardino, California officials to vote on bankruptcy plan

By Kevin Martinez, 20 May 2015

The plan, which follows the bankruptcy of Detroit, would force retirees to pay more for health insurance and contract out the city’s fire and waste disposal departments.

Michigan legislation would cut off welfare for families with truant children

By Kathleen Martin, 20 May 2015

The threat to remove cash assistance from families with truant children corresponds cruelly to the withdrawal of funding and shutdown of “underperforming” public schools.

German postal service threatens to lay off strikers while deploying strike-breakers

By Gustav Kemper, 20 May 2015

Despite major attacks on postal workers, their union has restricted the strike to regional centres and only called on a small number of employees to participate.

Spanish elections: Support for Podemos declines amid predicted losses for main parties

By Paul Mitchell, 20 May 2015

Podemos’ earlier rapid rise was a sign of the volatile political situation and the collapse in support for the Popular Party and the Socialist Party.

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Bombardements américains et déploiement de milices chiites suivent la déroute de l'armée irakienne à Ramadi

Par Bill Van Auken, 20 mai 2015

La prise par l’EI de Ramadi, la capitale de la province d'Anbar, est une débâcle tant pour le gouvernement de Bagdad que pour la stratégie de la guerre américaine en Irak.

Des milliers de travailleurs de l'automobile en grève contre Renault en Turquie

Par Halil Celik, 20 mai 2015

La grève de 5.000 ouvriers de Renault s'est rapidement propagée à d'autres usines. Ceux-ci dénoncent le syndicat jaune Türk-Metal.

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EU beginnt Militäroperation im Mittelmeer

Von Johannes Stern, 20. Mai 2015

Am Montag beschlossen die Außen- und Verteidigungsminister der EU Pläne für ein militärisches Eingreifen gegen Flüchtlinge im Mittelmeer und in Nordafrika.

Hannover: Folter bei der Bundespolizei

Von Verena Nees, 20. Mai 2015

Anfang der Woche wurden Misshandlungsvorwürfe gegen einen Bundespolizisten in Hannover bekannt, der Flüchtlinge in der Gewahrsamszelle gefoltert haben soll.

Nach irakischer Niederlage in Ramadi:
USA verschärfen Luftangriffe, Irak setzt schiitische Milizen ein

Von Bill Van Auken, 20. Mai 2015

Die Eroberung von Ramadi, der Provinzhauptstadt von Anbar, durch den Islamischen Staat ist ein Debakel für die Regierung in Bagdad und die amerikanische Kriegsstrategie im Irak.

Nach Todesurteil gegen Mursi
Ägyptische Regime vollstreckt sechs Todesurteile durch Erhängen

Von Bill Van Auken, 20. Mai 2015

Die Exekutionen und das Todesurteil sind typisch für die Grausamkeit des Polizeistaatsregimes in Kairo, das einer der wichtigsten Stützpfeiler des amerikanischen und europäischen Imperialismus in der Region ist.

Der Bluesmusiker B.B. King, 1925-2015
Ein Nachruf

Von James Brewer, 20. Mai 2015

Die Ikone des amerikanischen Blues starb am 15. Mai. Mit Dutzenden von Alben und unzähligen Tourneeauftritten begeisterte er viele Jahrzehnte lang sein Publikum.

Oberster Gerichtshof Schwedens weist Julian Assanges Einspruch gegen seinen Haftbefehl zurück

Von Robert Stevens, 20. Mai 2015

Das Urteil ist ein weiterer Angriff auf die demokratischen Rechte von WikiLeaks-Gründer Assange.

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The fall of Ramadi and the criminality of US imperialism

20 May 2015

The threat of both a sectarian bloodbath and region-wide war is the byproduct of Washington’s predatory interventions in the Middle East.

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Defend student free speech at Humboldt University! Stop state-sponsored censorship!

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) and International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 May 2015

The PSG and the IYSSE unequivocally support the students who publish the blog “Münkler-Watch” and have become the target of a massive intimidation campaign.


The deindustrialization of Baltimore

By Nick Barrickman, 20 May 2015

While the police murder of Freddie Gray was the trigger, the scope of the social anger that erupted in Baltimore was fueled by decades of economic decay in the once booming industrial port city.

Detroit residents speak on the resumption of water shutoffs

By Seraphine Collins and Zac Corrigan, 16 May 2015

Arts Review

Alex Garland’s Ex Machina: Will artificial intelligence replace human efforts?

By Dorota Niemitz, 20 May 2015

Ex Machina is an elegant and thought-provoking science fiction thriller that considers the future of humanity in relation to the rapid developments in computer science technology.

Is it a dangerous precedent?: Detroit Institute of Arts tests out art market with van Gogh

By David Walsh, 19 May 2015


Australia sets precedent for worldwide assault on refugees

By Mike Head, 20 May 2015

Governments in Europe and Asia are emulating Australia’s draconian “border protection” regime aimed at blocking asylum seekers.

Conditions worsen for refugees trapped on boats in South East Asia

Obama’s paramilitary police

By Andre Damon, 19 May 2015

Chicago residents speak on police torture at Homan Square “black site”

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US air strikes, Shia militia deployment follow Iraqi military’s rout in Ramadi

By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2015

US special forces stage raid into Syria

US begins training new “rebel” army for operations in Syria

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Saudi-led coalition resume air strikes in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 19 May 2015

Rating agencies downgrade Chicago debt after Supreme Court ruling blocks state pension cuts

UK government counter-terrorism bill would criminalize speech, political activity

Egyptian regime hangs six after ex-president Mursi sentenced to death


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

Workers Struggles

UK rail workers vote for national strike

By Michael Barnes, 19 May 2015

Seattle teachers hold one-day strike

By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 19 May 2015

Thousands of auto workers strike in Turkey against Renault and union


Blues musician B.B. King, 1925-2015

By James Brewer, 18 May 2015

The iconic American blues artist died May 15 at 89, after dozens of albums and decades of intensive touring.

25 years ago: Polish workers rebel against “shock treatment”

About 2,000 employees of the Polish State Railways walked out May 19, 1990 to protest low wages and skyrocketing prices of basic necessities.

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50 years ago: Bolivian tin miners battle troops

On May 23, 1965, government troops sent to seize the country’s tin mines from occupying Bolivian miners met heavy armed resistance

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75 years ago: GPU makes first attempt on life of Trotsky

In the early morning of May 24, 1940, the Stalinist GPU made an unsuccessful attempt on the life of their most implacable Marxist opponent, Leon Trotsky.

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100 years ago: Italy enters World War I

On May 20, 1915, Italy’s parliament passed a bill giving the government of Prime Minister Antonio Salandra’s cabinet full power to act in the growing crisis with Austria.

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International May Day 2015

Socialism and the struggle against war

By David North, 4 May 2015

This perspective is the text of the speech delivered by David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board, to open the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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New in Arabic

WSWS publishes Arabic translation of ICFI analysis of the betrayal of Syriza

By the International Committee of the Fourth International

Posted here is a translation into Arabic of “The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class,” published on the WSWS on February 23, 2015

Socialist Equality Party

SEP’s Lawrence Porter discusses socialism, Detroit bankruptcy on public radio program

13 May 2015

On Michigan Radio’s popular “Stateside” program, Porter spoke about the activity of the SEP in the Detroit area and the growing interest in socialism throughout the country.


Scientists reveal the history and analysis of Kennewick Man

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 May 2015


Seventy years since the defeat of Hitler’s Third Reich

By Fred Williams, 9 May 2015

75 years since the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands
The Westerbork transit camp and the destruction of Dutch Jewry

VE Day in Germany: War commemoration and war propaganda