UK elections intensify crisis in Labour Party

By Chris Marsden, 7 May 2016

In Thursday’s elections in the UK, large swathes of the parliamentary Labour Party were not only predicting a disastrous defeat for their party, they were actively working for one.

Labour “anti-Semitism” witch-hunt dominates media in run-up to UK polls

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Baghdad on military lockdown over fear of protests

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2016

As the US military escalates its intervention in Iraq, the government appears on the brink of collapse.

Trump names hedge fund boss as finance chairman

By Patrick Martin, 7 May 2016

Steven Mnuchin was a partner at Goldman Sachs for 17 years before setting up his own hedge fund, heavily involved in real estate and movie financing.

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

Clinton launches appeal for right-wing Republican support

Growing anxiety in Europe over Donald Trump

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 May 2016

While the dominant reaction has been concern over the consequences of right-wing nationalism, some voices are being raised in support of a Trump victory.

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Slowest US job growth in seven months

By Barry Grey, 7 May 2016

In typical fashion, President Obama and others in his administration attempted to present the April jobs report as a positive vindication of their economic policies.

Another expanded recall of airbags prone to deadly explosions

By Shannon Jones, 7 May 2016

The recall will still leave millions of vehicles with a potentially deadly airbag defect on the road.

Islamophobic provocations on California campuses

By David Brown, 7 May 2016

Right-wing efforts to equate opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism have led to a series of provocations against student activists on several California campuses.

Three hundred workers laid off at Chicago State University

By George Gallanis, 7 May 2016

The layoffs are part of a bipartisan effort by Illinois Democrats and Republicans to permanently slash funding for the state’s public higher education system.

Alabama inmates strike against deplorable prison conditions

By our reporter, 7 May 2016

Since May 1, approximately 400 inmates across multiple Alabama state prisons have engaged in a labor strike.

US official stokes border tension between India and China in the Himalayas

By Kumaran Ira, 7 May 2016

The US Consul in Kolkata provocatively endorsed India’s territorial claims against China to a strategic Himalayan region.

US-backed Chinese separatists, dissidents meet in Dharamsala, India

India opens talks with US on waging war on Chinese submarines

By Deepal Jayasekera, 7 May 2016

The US-India talks on anti-submarine warfare mark an important further step in realizing Washington’s aim of making India a “frontline” state in its military-strategic offensive against China.

Australian government boasts of helping US kill its own citizens in Middle East

By Mike Head, 7 May 2016

Remarks by Prime Minister Turnbull amount to sanctioning extra-judicial killings as a matter of government policy.

Young worker dies on Australian “work for the dole” scheme

By Declan O’Malley, 7 May 2016

Josh Park-Fing’s death underscores the unsafe conditions imposed on jobless workers via the Australian government’s forced work scheme.

Forty million Russians in debt

By Clara Weiss, 7 May 2016

Household debt has more than doubled in Russia since 2008, with the total currently $159 billion.

Many UK accident and emergency units closed or downgraded

By Harvey Thompson and Barry Mason, 7 May 2016

The decision to close the Huddersfield A&E unit is related to the terms of the Calderdale Royal Private Finance Initiative agreement, which prohibits its sale or mothballing for another 42 years.

New in Turkish

Başbakan Davutoğlu tırmanan hükümet krizinin ortasında istifa etti

Halil Çelik, 7 Mayıs 2016

Başbakanı Ahmet Davutoğlu, Çarşamba günü, aniden, iktidardaki Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) genel başkanlığından ve dolayısıyla başbakanlıktan istifa kararını açıkladı.

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Дэвид Уолш выступает на тему «Искусство, война и социальная революция» на митингах в Калифорнии

Эван Блейк и Джейк Дин, 7 мая 2016 г.

Уолш представил историю антивоенного кино в XX столетии и попытался вскрыть корни сегодняшней культурной стагнации на фоне взрыва американского империализма.

25 лет назад: Более половины населения СССР за чертой бедности

7 мая 2016 г.

Доклад, опубликованный в конце апреля 1991 года, показал, что более половины населения СССР оказалось за чертой бедности.

New in French

Nuit debout, un ramassis de mouvements politiquement « récupérés » et anti-ouvriers

Par Francis Dubois, 7 mai 2016

Le rôle de Nuit debout est de bloquer toute montée d’opposition politique réelle à la loi travail, au gouvernement Hollande et à l’oligarchie française.

Turquie: démission du premier ministre Davutoglu sur fond de crise gouvernementale croissante

Par Halil Celik, 7 mai 2016

Des pugilats ont éclaté au parlement turc alors que les députés du parti au pouvoir agressaient leurs collègues du Parti démocratique populaire pro-kurde

Les contradictions au sein de l’économie mondiale s’approfondissent

Par Nick Beams, 7 mai 2016

Tout comme l’économie de la période actuelle ressemble de plus en plus celle des années 1930, la politique aussi.

Des séparatistes et des dissidents chinois soutenus par les Etats-Unis se réunissent à Dharamsala, en Inde

Par Kumaran Ira, 7 mai 2016

Des groupes dissidents parrainés par les États-Unis ont tenu une conférence le week-end dernier dans un contexte d’escalade des menaces de guerre contre la Chine.

Les enseignants de Détroit ferment les écoles pour protester contre le non-paiement de leurs salaires

Par Thomas Gaist, 7 mai 2016

La nouvelle attaque menée contre les enseignants de Detroit fait partie d'un assaut plus large de la classe ouvrière, conduit par les deux partis de la grande entreprise et le gouvernement Obama.

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Obama in Flint: Lasst sie Blei trinken

Von Andre Damon, 7. Mai 2016

Präsident Obamas kaltschnäuzige Erklärung, für die vergifteten Kinder in Flint (Michigan) „wird alles gut werden“, drückt die ganze Verachtung aus, die Amerikas Finanzoligarchie für die Mehrheit der Bevölkerung empfindet.

Europa: Wachsende Beunruhigung über Trumps Aufstieg

Von Ulrich Rippert, 7. Mai 2016

Während Ursachenforschung und mahnende Worte über die Konsequenzen rechter nationalistischer Politik den Ton angeben, gibt es auch erste Stimmen, die einen Wahlsieg von Donald Trump unterstützen.

Türkei: Ministerpräsident Davotoglu tritt zurück

Von Halil Celik, 7. Mai 2016

Handgreiflichkeiten im türkischen Parlament. Abgeordnete der Regierungspartei gingen auf Abgeordnete der pro-kurdischen DHP los.

VW-Vorstand kassiert 63 Millionen Euro

Von Dietmar Henning, 7. Mai 2016

Trotz Abgasskandal und Rekordverlust verdienten die neun Vorstandsmitglieder des VW-Konzerns 2015 63 Millionen Euro, zehn Millionen mehr als im Vorjahr.

Billiglohnarbeit am Frankfurter Flughafen

Von Helmut Arens und Marianne Arens, 7. Mai 2016

Die Lufthansa-Cargo-Tochter handling counts ist „eine reine Leiharbeitsfirma, deren einziger Sinn und Zweck darin besteht, weniger Geld für die Löhne auszugeben“.

May Day 2016: Der Konflikt zwischen den USA und China und die politische Krise in Lateinamerika

Von Bill Van Auken, 7. Mai 2016

Bill Van Auken, WSWS-Redakteur für Lateinamerika, hielt im Rahmen der internationalen Online-Maiversammlung die folgende Rede.

Mehring Verlag veröffentlicht „Die Tragödie der chinesischen Revolution“ von Harold Isaacs

Von unserem Korrespondenten, 7. Mai 2016

Die zweite chinesische Revolution der Jahre 1925 bis 1927 zählt zu den prägenden Ereignissen des 20. Jahrhunderts, die bis heute nachwirken.

Die amerikanische ISO deckt den Verrat der Gewerkschaften im Verizon-Streik

Von Tom Hall, 7. Mai 2016

Die International Socialist Organization (ISO) setzt die eigennützigen Interessen der Gewerkschaftsbürokratie mit den Interessen der Arbeiter gleich.

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What accounts for Trump’s support among West Virginia miners?

7 May 2016

Trump is able to win support among sections of workers because of the treachery of the unions and their subordination of the working class to the Democratic Party.

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A philosophy professor muses about eliminating the right to vote

By Alexander Fangmann, 7 May 2016

A recent piece in the New York Times by Gary Gutting, a Notre Dame philosophy professor, indicates the readiness of a layer of intellectuals to support the imposition of dictatorial methods of rule.

Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu resigns amid mounting government crisis

By Halil Celik, 6 May 2016

Leader of Brazil impeachment drive sacked over corruption

By Bill Van Auken, 6 May 2016

US intelligence agencies expand electronic surveillance worldwide

By Thomas Gaist, 6 May 2016

Deepening contradictions within the global economy

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

The Crisis in Detroit and Flint

Who’s who in the Flint water crisis: Part one

By Carlos Delgado, 7 May 2016

The first part of our series profiling the major figures behind the crisis focuses on those who laid the groundwork for the switch from the treated Lake Huron water supplied by Detroit.

Angry reaction to Obama’s speech in Flint
An interview with LeeAnne Walters

By our reporters, 6 May 2016

Obama in Flint: Let them drink lead

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Michigan state House passes draconian attack on public education

By Shannon Jones and Nancy Hanover, 6 May 2016

Detroit Public School teachers end sickouts, face new legislative attacks

Video: Detroit teachers speak on the struggle to defend education

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International May Day 2016

May Day 2016: The Brexit referendum and the struggle against nationalism and war

By Chris Marsden, 7 May 2016

Chris Marsden, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK) , delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.

May Day 2016: The refugee crisis and the age of perpetual war

By Julie Hyland, 7 May 2016

Julie Hyland, assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.

May Day 2016: Introductory report by David North

By David North, 2 May 2016

May Day 2016 and the future of socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 4 May 2016

Arts Review

Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York
Are the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet a genuine alternative to contemporary filmmaking?

By David Walsh, 7 May 2016

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, beginning May 6, is presenting a retrospective of the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, the Franco-German filmmakers.

Elvis & Nixon, A Hologram for the King: Trivializing culture, history

By Joanne Laurier, 6 May 2016

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

The Verizon Strike

New York Verizon strikers seek to break isolation of struggle

By our reporters, 6 May 2016

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

The Communications Workers of America, corporatism and the Verizon strike

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

7 May 2016

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

The 2016 US Elections

The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Patrick Martin, 30 April 2016

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

Sanders’ phony “Medicare for All” proposal

Trump, Sanders win primary contests in Indiana

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2016

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

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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

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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