Token fines for banks caught rigging foreign exchange markets

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 21 May 2015

Wednesday’s announcement was further confirmation that the US and international financial aristocracy is above the law.

Poroshenko says Ukraine is at war with Russia

By Alex Lantier, 21 May 2015

Poroshenko’s statement to the BBC points to the explosive confrontation between the Ukrainian regime’s nuclear-armed NATO backers and nuclear-armed Russia.

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EU approves military operation against Mediterranean refugees

By Johannes Stern, 21 May 2015

On Monday, EU foreign and defence ministers agreed to plans for a military intervention against refugees in the Mediterranean and North Africa.

German police officer accused of torturing refugees

By Verena Nees, 21 May 2015

Online video exposes French police violence against migrants in Calais

By Kanda Gabriel, 21 May 2015

The worldwide persecution of refugees

Los Angeles City Council moves to raise minimum wage

By Adam McLean and Jerry White, 21 May 2015

The Los Angeles City Council voted to draft an ordinance to raise the city’s minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2020.

Unions organize pro-Democratic Party protests over low wages

US prepares to challenge China in the South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 21 May 2015

The Australian reports that “momentum is building strongly in Washington” to fly warplanes or send warships within the 12-mile territorial limit surrounding Chinese-held islets.

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

US brings charges of economic espionage against six Chinese engineers and businessmen

By Patrick Martin, 21 May 2015

The case is a deliberate attempt to increase US-China tensions on the eve of House and Senate votes on an anti-China trade bill.

Greek health workers, journalists, pensioners strike against austerity

By Robert Stevens, 21 May 2015

Public-sector and private-sector unions have worked with successive governments to impose brutal austerity measures.

Greece edges towards collapse as troika demands new austerity plan

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Supreme Court sides with San Francisco police officers who shot mentally ill woman

By John Andrews, 21 May 2015

In another decision endorsing police brutality, the Supreme Court granted immunity to officers who shot a mentally ill woman in her home.

Obama’s paramilitary police

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New details undermine police account of deadly shootout in Waco, Texas

By Tom Hall, 21 May 2015

Questions are mounting over police claims that biker gangs were solely responsible for the gunfight that killed nine people.

Macedonia conflict threatens to destabilise whole of Balkans

By Paul Mitchell, 21 May 2015

The South Stream gas pipeline was a major element in Russia’s attempt to reduce its reliance on Ukraine as a transit route for its gas supplies to Europe.

Australian budget boosts spending on war and surveillance

By Mike Head, 21 May 2015

While cutting funding for health, education and welfare, the budget increased outlays for overseas military operations, weaponry and war-related intelligence activities.

India’s Modi woos and warns China

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 21 May 2015

Overshadowing Modi’s entire visit was the heightening of tensions across the Indo-Pacific region as a result of Washington’s “pivot to Asia.”

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Социализм и борьба против войны

Дэвид Норт, 21 мая 2015 г.

Это выступление было сделано 3 мая 2015 года Дэвидом Нортом, председателем международной редакционной коллегии Мирового Социалистического Веб Сайта, при открытии онлайн-митинга, посвященного дню Первомая.

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La persecución de los refugiados en todo el mundo

Por Bill Van Auken, 21 mayo 2015

El mundo está presenciando un auge de refugiados y una ola enorme de represión estatal y la violencia orientada a negarles sus derechos.

La Unión Europea y el retorno del belicismo europeo

Por Peter Schwarz, 21 mayo 2015

Discurso de Peter Schwarz, Secretario del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, el 3 de mayo ante la manifestación del Día Internacional del Trabajadores del 2015 organizada por el Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional.

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Alors que la Grèce approche de l'effondrement, la troïka exige un nouveau plan d'austérité

Par Robert Stevens, 21 mai 2015

Sans prêts supplémentaires, le gouvernement Syriza, qui a promis des mesures d'austérité, pourrait faire défaut sur la dette globale grecque de €300 milliards en quelques semaines.

New in German

Der Fall von Ramadi und die Verbrechen des US-Imperialismus

Von Bill Van Auken, 21. Mai 2015

Das drohende Blutbad und die Kriege in der gesamten Region sind das Ergebnis der raubgierigen Kriege Washingtons im Nahen und Mittleren Osten.

„Münkler-Watch“ und der Vorwurf der Anonymität – ein Ablenkungsmanöver

Von Peter Schwarz, 21. Mai 2015

Den Studierenden, die jede Woche die Vorlesung von Herfried Münkler an der Berliner Humboldt-Universität kritisieren, wird ihre Anonymität vorgeworfen, um von den wirklichen Fragen abzulenken.

DGB-Vorsitzender attackiert Lokführerstreik

Von Dietmar Henning, 21. Mai 2015

Der Vorsitzende des Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbundes (DGB) Reiner Hoffmann greift in einem Interview mit dem Berliner Tagesspiegel den Streik der Lokführer scharf an.

Tausende Arbeiter streiken in der Türkei gegen Renault und Gewerkschaft

Von Halil Celik, 21. Mai 2015

Fünftausend Autoarbeiter haben in einer Fabrik des französischen Autoherstellers Renault in Bursat im Westen der Türkei die Arbeit niedergelegt.

Nur ein Viertel aller Arbeitenden weltweit hat einen sicheren Arbeitsplatz

Von Andre Damon, 21. Mai 2015

Laut einem Bericht der Internationalen Arbeitsorganisation wurden seit der Krise von 2008 unverhältnismäßig viele befristete- und Teilzeitarbeitsplätze geschaffen.

Myanmar-Flüchtlinge auf Schiffen gefangen

Von John Roberts und Peter Symonds, 21. Mai 2015

Malaysia, Thailand und Indonesien haben ihre Grenzen für tausende Asylsuchende, die unter grauenhaften Bedingungen auf dem Meer treiben, geschlossen.

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Britain’s anti-terror law and the global assault on democratic rights

21 May 2015

There is no serious opposition within the ruling elite internationally to the abandonment of democratic procedures and implementation of police state measures.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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.

For freedom of speech at Humboldt University

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


Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton, Inc. and the rape of Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2015

Revealed in the Blumenthal-Clinton memos is the real nature of the American government: a criminal conspiracy to enrich a ruling oligarchy through war and reaction.

“Frontline” broadcast documents CIA torture program

By Eric London, 21 May 2015

The PBS series’ May 19 episode is a chilling account of the CIA’s torture of hundreds of detainees during the Bush administration.

The fall of Ramadi and the criminality of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2015

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Only one in four workers worldwide has a stable job

By Andre Damon, 20 May 2015

Surprise move by European Central Bank to speed up debt purchases

By Nick Beams, 20 May 2015

The Clintons peddle populism while raking in corporate cash

By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2015

Saudi Arabian monarchy calls for more executioners

By Niles Williamson, 20 May 2015

Workers Struggles

German train drivers launch new strikes

By Dietmar Henning, 21 May 2015

After a six-day walkout earlier this month, German train drivers resumed strikes on freight lines and passenger lines.

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

By Gustav Kemper, 20 May 2015

UK rail workers vote for national strike

Seattle teachers hold one-day strike

Featured Article

The deindustrialization of Baltimore

By Nick Barrickman, 20 May 2015

Arts Review

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

By Dorota Niemitz, 20 May 2015

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

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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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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