Obama to Flint: Shut up and drink the water

By Shannon Jones, 5 May 2016

Obama perpetuated the cover-up of the criminal responsibility of government officials at all levels for the disaster, while downplaying the health consequences of lead poisoning.

“He wants to sweep this under the rug”
Flint residents respond to Obama’s speech on water crisis

By our reporters, 5 May 2016

The WSWS spoke to Flint residents who expressed anger that they were being urged to use the water despite recent test results showing dangerously high levels of lead.

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Detroit Public School teachers end sickouts, face new legislative attacks

By Nancy Hanover, 5 May 2016

The Detroit teachers union shut down a two-day sickout as Michigan legislators debated new attacks under the guise of “rescuing” the public schools.

Video: Detroit teachers speak on the struggle to defend education

In midst of water shutoffs, Flint water crisis
Detroit teachers shut schools for second day to protest non-payment of wages

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US change of command in Europe signals escalation of anti-Russia threats

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2016

NATO’s planned escalation of its presence on Russia’s western flank has led Moscow to prepare deployment of three new divisions.

French government presents labour law to the National Assembly

By Alex Lantier, 5 May 2016

The law has provoked nearly two months of protests against the austerity policies of France’s Socialist Party government.

Leading member of far-right AfD named chief prosecutor in Berlin

By Verena Nees, 5 May 2016

The Nazi past of the German legal system shows through in the remarks of the new chief prosecutor, Roman Reusch.

Far-right Alternative for Germany adopts party programme

Verizon strike enters fourth week

By Samuel Davidson, 5 May 2016

Verizon is demanding deep cuts to health care for both active and retired workers along with rule changes.

Verizon steps up strikebreaking after “last, best and final” offer

The Communications Workers of America, corporatism and the Verizon strike

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Two New Jersey Transit unions reject contract agreement

By Alan Whyte, 5 May 2016

A spokesperson for NJ Transit reported that while a slim majority voted down the deal in the two unions, the majority of workers in the other 14 unions ratified it.

Alberta wildfire forces 88,000 to evacuate Fort McMurray

By Roger Jordan, 5 May 2016

Reports suggest that the blaze has destroyed as least 1,600 residential homes, meaning between 6,000 and 8,000 people are now homeless.

More than a million people living in destitution in UK

By Alice Summers, 5 May 2016

A report released last week by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has shown that, in a typical week, there were an estimated 668,000 destitute households in the UK.

Poverty grows, health declines among UK children

Sri Lankan government begins implementing IMF austerity demands

By Saman Gunadasa, 5 May 2016

The IMF bailout agreement is based on immediate steps to slash the budget deficit at the expense of social spending and working class conditions.

Australian Workers Union to enforce cost-cutting at Arrium steel

By Terry Cook, 5 May 2016

The AWU is working hand-in-glove with major banks and the administrators to slash costs.

New in Russian

Крах «политической революции» Сандерса

Патрик Мартин, 5 мая 2016 г.

Вся кампания Сандерса была ориентирована на то, чтобы предотвратить развитие массовой оппозиции в Соединенных Штатах в направлении разрыва со «смирительной рубашкой» Демократической партии.

100 лет назад: Немецкий революционер Карл Либкнехт обличает войну на Первомайской демонстрации

5 мая 2016 г.

1 мая 1916 года немецкий «Союз Спартака», организация революционных социалистов, выступавшая против мировой империалистической войны, которая началась в августе 1914 года, провел в Берлине массовую демонстрацию на основе социалистической и антивоенной программы.

New in Spanish

Dieciocho profesores encarcelados mientras policías reprimen protestas en México

Por Neil Hardt, 5 mayo 2016

Dieciocho docentes fueron arrestados en Chiapas el 15 de abril. Los arrestos fueron parte de una abrumadora muestra de fuerza policial contra los miles de maestros que marcharban en los estados de Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacán y Veracruz.

New in Turkish

Üçüncü Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı güçlü bir karşılık buldu

Shannon Jones, 5 Mayıs 2016

Pazar günü düzenlenen 2016 Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı, 90’dan fazla farklı ülkeden binlerce işçinin ve gencin katılımını çekti.

1 Mayıs 2016: David North’un açılış raporu

David North, 5 Mayıs 2016

1 Mayıs 2016’da düzenlenen Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’nda, WSWS Uluslararası Yayın Kurulu başkanı ve Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (ABD) ulusal başkanı David North tarafından yapılan konuşma.

Suriye’de ABD-Rusya aracılığındaki ateşkes çözülürken sivil ölümleri artıyor

Thomas Gaist, 5 Mayıs 2016

Beyaz Saray, Irak’a ek 200 ABD kara askeri gönderileceğinin ilan edilmesinin hemen arkasından alınan bir karar olarak, en az 250 ABD özel kuvvetler askerinin Suriye’ye konuşlandırılacağını ilan etti.

New in French

Le Premier mai 2016 et l’avenir du socialisme

Par Joseph Kishore, 5 mai 2016

La réponse au rassemblement international du Premier mai en ligne dans le monde reflète l’influence politique croissante du CIQI et annonce un tournant beaucoup plus large des travailleurs du monde entier vers une politique véritablement socialiste.

« On nous vole littéralement notre argent »
Un arrêt de travail ferme les écoles publiques de Détroit

Par Shannon Jones, 5 mai 2016

Presque toutes les écoles de Détroit étaient fermées lundi, en guise de protestation des enseignants après l'annonce du gestionnaire d'urgence Steven Rhodes qu'ils ne seront pas payés pour l'été.

La ministre allemande du Travail supprime l’aide sociale aux migrants en provenance de l’UE

Par Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 mai 2016

Une nouvelle loi vise à refuser l’aide sociale et les allocations Hartz IV aux immigrés européens à la recherche de travail en Allemagne

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Trump’s victory: A dangerous turning point in American politics

5 May 2016

The selection of a fascistic demagogue as the candidate of one of the two major capitalist parties is indisputable proof of the advanced stage of the putrefaction of American democracy.

Earlier Perspectives »

International May Day 2016

May Day 2016: The US-China conflict and the political crisis in Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2016

Bill Van Auken, Latin America editor of the WSWS, delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.

May Day 2016 and the future of socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 4 May 2016

May Day 2016: Introductory report by David North

By David North, 2 May 2016


Deepening contradictions within the global economy

By Nick Beams, 5 May 2016

Just as the economics of the present period are increasingly resembling the 1930s, so are the politics.

UK Labour mounts purge of party based on accusations of anti-Semitism

By Robert Stevens, 4 May 2016

Oppose the witch-hunt of Ken Livingstone!

US Navy Seal killed in Iraq combat

By Bill Van Auken, 4 May 2016

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Two refugees set themselves alight in Australia’s Nauru detention centre

By Max Newman, 4 May 2016

More on Australian immigrant and refugee issues »

The 9/11 cover-up continues

Lech Wałęsa: A Stalinist agent in the Solidarity movement

Political prisoner Gary Tyler freed from Angola prison after 41 years

SEP (US) Election Campaign

Support the struggle of Detroit teachers! Unite the working class in a fight back!

By Niles Niemuth, 4 May 2016

Socialist Equality Party announces presidential campaign
Support White, Niemuth in 2016!

22 April 2016

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The 2016 US Elections

Trump, Sanders win primary contests in Indiana

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2016

Trump’s “America First” speech and the US war election

Socialist Alternative: Charlatanry and lies in support of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Barry Grey, 3 May 2016

The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

Sanders’ phony “Medicare for All” proposal

By Esther Galen, 30 April 2016

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Arts Review

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba—The banalization of the novelist and his art

By David Walsh, 4 May 2016

David Walsh speaks on “Art, War and Social Revolution” at meetings in California

By Evan Blake and Jake Dean, 3 May 2016

Socialist Equality Party

Meeting in Paris May 15
The socialist struggle against war and the bankruptcy of Tamil nationalism

3 May 2016

Meeting May 24 in London
For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum! For the United Socialist States of Europe!

4 April 2016

Workers Struggles

Forty thousand public sector workers strike against Costa Rican government

By Andrea Lobo, 3 May 2016

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

Berlin elections: Workers and students speak out against war

By our reporters, 28 April 2016

Support the election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party in Berlin! Vote against war and militarism!

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 25 April 2016

25 years: South Korean workers and students clash with government over murder of union leader

On May 6, 1991, the body of South Korean union leader Park Chang-soo was found on the street outside Anyang Hospital.

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50 years ago: Nasser threatens Saudi Arabia

On May 1, 1966, in a speech marking May Day, Egyptian President Gamel Abdel Nasser threatened to invade and occupy parts of Saudi Arabia.

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75 years ago: Iraq rebels against British occupation

On May 2, 1941 Iraqi military forces launched an artillery assault on the British Royal Air Force at the Habbania air base, situated on the Euphrates River just west of Baghdad.

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100 years ago: Leaders of Easter Uprising in Ireland executed

Beginning on May 3, 1916, and continuing until May 12, British authorities carried out the execution by firing squad of 15 leaders of the failed Easter Uprising for Irish independence.

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