After Syriza imposes billions in new cuts
EU plans decades of austerity for Greece

By Alex Lantier, 10 May 2016

In the face of mass strikes and protests, Syriza is accepting decades of cuts under cover of restructuring Greek debt.

Greek workers strike against Syriza’s austerity policies

UK prime minister invokes militarism and war to argue for EU membership

By Julie Hyland, 10 May 2016

Cameron made clear that he was speaking not only on behalf of the UK, but for all the major imperialist powers

UK elections intensify crisis in Labour Party

The political significance of the campaign for an active boycott of the Brexit referendum

Brazil’s post-Rousseff cabinet to include advocate of police repression

By Miguel Andrade, 10 May 2016

Each year, the Military Police headed by Moraes kills more people than all the fatalities inflicted by all of the police departments in the United States combined.

Brazil’s impeachment crisis and the debacle of the Workers Party

Fascistic candidate Rodrigo Duterte wins Philippine presidential election

By Joseph Santolan, 10 May 2016

Responsibility for the successful political career of Duterte rests with the anti-working class and nationalist Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Clinton campaign lurches to the right

By Barry Grey, 10 May 2016

Clinton is tacking to run in the general election as the trusted and experienced candidate of the corporate and political establishment, the Pentagon and the CIA.

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

Mass repression being prepared for Cleveland Republican convention

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Verizon striker run down as New York cops protect scabs

By Sandy English, 10 May 2016

A Verizon striker was struck by a van carrying scabs from a hotel in the borough of Queens in New York City. Strikers say the vehicle was driven by a uniformed cop.

New York Verizon strikers seek to break isolation of struggle

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US Treasury rejects plan for slashing Teamsters pensions, calling for deeper cuts

By Shannon Jones, 10 May 2016

The attack on pensions is the result of the collaboration of the unions, the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, which conspired to enact pension “reform” legislation in 2014.

IDF major general compares Israel with pre-Holocaust Germany

By Jean Shaoul, 10 May 2016

General Yair Golan’s statements cut across the official narrative of Israel as the victim of a hostile world bent on its destruction.

Austrian Chancellor Faymann resigns

By Markus Salzmann, 10 May 2016

After Faymann’s resignation, the Social Democrats move even closer to the far-right Freedom Party.

Volkswagen board pockets €63 million in 2015

By Dietmar Henning, 10 May 2016

Despite the exhaust emissions scandal and record losses, the nine members of the VW Executive Board were paid €10 million more in 2015 than the previous year.

The Berlin Senate’s inhuman deportation policy

By Carola Kleinert, 10 May 2016

Refugees in Germany are being crammed into inhumane camps, bullied and brutally deported.

Venezuela on the knife’s edge as economy collapses

By Neil Hardt, 10 May 2016

Eighty percent of the country is impoverished, infrastructure has collapsed and a constitutional crisis looms.

Thousands of jobs cut in Australia as slump deepens

By Terry Cook, 10 May 2016

Major companies continue to slash jobs, restructuring their operations to cut costs as the economic situation worsens.

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Grève des travailleurs grecs contre la politique d'austérité de Syriza

Par Christoph Vandreier, 10 mai 2016

La reprise de la lutte par la classe ouvrière grecque doit prendre comme point de départ les leçons politiques de l’amère expérience faite en 2015 avec le gouvernement Syriza.

Les feux de forêt continuent de semer la dévastation en Alberta

Par Roger Jordan, 10 mai 2016

Tandis que le capitalisme canadien exploitait d'immenses richesses dans la région de Fort McMurray, peu était fait pour contrer le danger des feux de forêt, un danger qui a été prédit depuis longtemps.

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Movilización Internacional del Primero de Mayo del 2016: Informe introductorio de David North

Por David North, 9 mayo 2016

Publicamos los comentarios introductorios a la movilización internacional del Día Internacional del Trabador, de David North, presidente del Comité de Redacción Internacional del WSWS y presidente nacional del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad de Estados Unidos.

Primero de Mayo 2016: Las tareas políticas que enfrentan los trabajadores del subcontinente indio

Por Wije Dias, 9 mayo 2016

Los obreros y trabajadores del subcontinente indio deben unirse con sus hermanos y hermanas de clase de todo el mundo en la lucha por contra la guerra imperialista y por el socialismo.

Dos candidatos de la derecha pasan a segunda vuelta en las elecciones presidenciales de Perú

Por Armando Cruz y Cesar Uco, 9 mayo 2016

Especuladores nacionales e internacionales aplauden los resultados; los dos candidatos en la segunda vuelta apoyan medidas para mejor explotar al proletariado peruano.

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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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A further eruption of US militarism in the Middle East

10 May 2016

A century after the Sykes-Picot agreement dividing the Middle East between imperialist powers, the volcanic eruption of US militarism has shattered the nation-state system created by that accord.

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The SEP 2016 Election Campaign

Video: SEP presidential candidate Jerry White—Obama says Flint crisis is no big deal

By Jerry White, 9 May 2016

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s 2016 presidential candidate, responds to Obama’s declaration that the poisoning of thousands of children in Flint, Michigan is not a major issue.

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

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

Obama in Flint: Let them drink lead

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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.

Socialist Equality Party

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

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


UN Ambassador Samantha Power hails Sri Lanka as human rights champion

By Kumaran Ira, 10 May 2016

Lying through her teeth, Power hailed the Sri Lankan regime Washington installed in Colombo as part of the “pivot to Asia” for overseeing a flowering of democracy.

Canadian capitalism and the Fort McMurray wildfire

By Roger Jordan, 10 May 2016

The Fort McMurray wildfire is not a natural, but a man-made disaster for which the capitalist profit system bears responsibility.

Devastation from Alberta wildfire continues to spread

Fort McMurray teacher describes chaotic evacuation

US Defense Department announces deployment of troops in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 9 May 2016

Australian PM announces “double-dissolution” election for July 2

By James Cogan, 9 May 2016

Trump’s rise causes disquiet in Australian ruling circles

By Mike Head, 9 May 2016

Army captain’s lawsuit challenges legality of Obama’s war against ISIS

By Tom Carter, 9 May 2016

Arts Review

Everybody Wants Some!!—Richard Linklater goes to college

By Hiram Lee, 10 May 2016

Everybody Wants Some!! is the latest coming-of-age tale from the American independent film director.

Looking for Grace—a strangely cold story about a teenager leaving home

By John Harris, 9 May 2016

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

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

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

The Verizon Strike

“Workers in the Philippines and Mexico are not our enemies”
New York Verizon striker explains need for international strategy

9 May 2016

The Communications Workers of America, corporatism and the Verizon strike

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International May Day 2016

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

The Defense of Public Education

Detroit Federation of Teachers backs right-wing attack on public education

By Nancy Hanover, 9 May 2016

Michigan state House passes draconian attack on public education

Video: Detroit teachers speak on the struggle to defend education

Working to impose concessions, Chicago Teachers Union calls off strike date

By Kristina Betinis, 9 May 2016

More on the defense of public education »

The 2016 US Elections

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

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 7 May 2016

Republican split deepens over Trump nomination

9 May 2016

Trump names hedge fund boss as finance chairman

By Patrick Martin, 7 May 2016

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

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25 years ago: Baker follows up US war against Iraq with Mideast tour

This week in May 1991, US Secretary of State James Baker conducted a six-day round of imperialist diplomacy in the Middle East with an itinerary that included secret talks in Riyadh, Damascus, Amman, Cairo and Jerusalem.

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50 years ago: Ky crushes dissidents in South Vietnam

On May 15,1 966, tank units loyal to South Vietnamese dictator Nguyen Cao Ky crushed rebel units based in the city of Danang after a brief but bitter battle.

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75 years ago: Vichy French regime bows to Nazi SS

On May 14, 1941 French head of state Henri Petain announced to the nation that France would subordinate itself to Hitler’s new world order in Europe.

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100 years ago: US Marines occupy the Dominican Republic

On May 15, 1916, US marines, who had been landed on the soil of the Dominican Republic, entered the capital city of Santo Domingo and took possession of the center of the city.

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Committee minutes reveal anti-democratic discrimination against IYSSE at University of Melbourne

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 9 May 2016

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 May 2016

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

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