Massive military escalation looms as ISIS advances in Iraq

By Niles Williamson, 22 May 2015

The logic of developments in Iraq is leading to the reintroduction of large numbers of American ground troops and a wider war in the Middle East.

The fall of Ramadi and the criminality of US imperialism

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Federal court blocks release of CIA torture report

By Ed Hightower, 22 May 2015

The court turned the facts and the law upside down to keep evidence of CIA torture and spying on Congress from seeing the light of day.

“Frontline” broadcast documents CIA torture program

Maryland grand jury announces charges against six cops in killing of Freddie Gray

By Nick Barrickman, 22 May 2015

Gray’s death last month from spinal injuries incurred while in police custody set off an eruption of social anger and the police-military occupation of the city.

Obama’s paramilitary police

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

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Defying USW, striking US oil workers continue to resist company demands

By Jerry White, 22 May 2015

Workers at Marathon’s Galveston Bay, Texas refinery overwhelmingly defeated an agreement pushed by the United Steelworkers and a federal mediator.

Pipeline rupture causes oil spill in California

By Gabriel Black, 22 May 2015

State officials say that at least 21,000 gallons of oil has reached the sea, causing an oil slick that spans nine miles.

Five years since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

UK Conservatives plan to scrap Human Rights Act

By Jean Shaoul, 22 May 2015

The act is to go the same way as other key elements of international law over which successive governments in the last 15 years have ridden roughshod.

German train drivers’ union calls off strike and agrees to arbitration

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 May 2015

The strike was called off Thursday, the day before the Bundestag takes up the contentious “contract unity” bill, which would essentially ban strikes by smaller unions in an industry.

Video: “It’s about the defense of the right to strike”
Train drivers demonstrate in Berlin

Police crackdown on protest in western China

By Ben McGrath, 22 May 2015

The demonstration over plans to re-route a planned rail line away from Linshui county highlights the worsening social crisis in many areas of China.

Growing danger of landslides in Sri Lanka

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 22 May 2015

The refusal of successive Sri Lankan governments to initiate basic safety measures has led to growing numbers of landslide disasters.

Sri Lankan landslide victims still in makeshift accommodation

By S. K. Irangani, 22 May 2015

New in Russian

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 loi antiterroriste britannique et l'assaut mondial sur les droits démocratiques

Par Jordan Shilton, 22 mai 2015

Il n'y a pas d'opposition sérieuse au sein de l'élite dirigeante internationale à l'abandon des procédures démocratiques et à la mise en œuvre de mesures d'État policier.

Dix ans après la mort de deux jeunes de Clichy sous Bois, la police est relaxée

Par Anthony Torres, 22 mai 2015

Cette décision témoigne de l'impunité dont jouit la police, alors que la classe dirigeante dépend toujours plus étroitement de l'hystérie sécuritaire pour asseoir son pouvoir.

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GDL bricht Streik ab und willigt in Schlichtung ein

Von Ulrich Rippert, 22. Mai 2015

Der Lokführerstreik wurde einen Tag vor der Sitzung des Bundestags abgebrochen, auf der die große Koalition das umstrittene Gesetz zur Tarifeinheit beschließen will.

Ukraine laut Poroschenko im Krieg mit Russland

Von Alex Lantier, 22. Mai 2015

Am Dienstag erklärte Poroschenko, dass sich sein Regime, das die politische und militärische Unterstützung Washingtons und der Europäischen Union (EU) genießt, mit Russland im Krieg befindet.

Europäische Zentralbank gibt überraschend beschleunigten Ankauf von Staatsanleihen bekannt

Von Nick Beams, 22. Mai 2015

Die Steigerung der Ankäufe von Staatsanleihen ist ein weiteres Anzeichen wachsender Nervosität in den internationalen Finanzmärkten.

Wahlen in Spanien: Verluste für die großen Parteien und für Podemos

Von Paul Mitchell, 22. Mai 2015

Podemos früherer, rasanter Aufstieg war ein Ausdruck der instabilen politischen Lage und des Einbruchs bei der Unterstützung für die Volkspartei und die Sozialistische Arbeiterpartei.

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Why aren’t the banksters in prison?

22 May 2015

Behind the threadbare trappings of democracy, America increasingly resembles an aristocratic society.

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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.

“Münkler-Watch” and the reproach of anonymity: A red herring

By Peter Schwarz, 22 May 2015

A student blog criticizing the lectures of Herfried Münkler at Humboldt University has been attacked for its anonymity in an effort to distract attention from the real issues at stake.

For freedom of speech at Humboldt University

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


US intelligence and media fail to debunk Seymour Hersh on bin Laden

By Patrick Martin, 22 May 2015

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has suddenly, after four years, released documents allegedly obtained during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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

By Jordan Shilton, 21 May 2015

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

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2015

Poroshenko says Ukraine is at war with Russia

By Alex Lantier, 21 May 2015

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EU approves military operation against Mediterranean refugees

Los Angeles City Council moves to raise minimum wage

US prepares to challenge China in the South China Sea

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 May 2015

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

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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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