French government seeks to crush strikes against labor law

By Alex Lantier, 25 May 2016

A number of strikers were wounded when security forces assaulted workers blockading oil installations at the Fos-sur-Mer port near Marseille.

Workers speak on police crackdown against oil protest in France

By Anthony Torres, 25 May 2016

A resurgence of class struggle

Oil workers mobilise against French labour law

With Verizon sticking to demands, workers look to break CWA isolation of strike

By Samuel Davidson, 25 May 2016

Verizon's chief executive officer made it clear at a conference of telecom executives Tuesday that the company will not back down on its demands for sweeping job cuts and concessions.

“The bottom line is money”
Video: AT&T workers in San Diego on strike

By our reporters, 25 May 2016

The WSWS spoke to some of the 1,700 striking AT&T workers about the political issues involved in their strike and the ongoing strike of 39,000 workers at Verizon.

“What they are fighting for, we are fighting for”
Striking AT&T West workers declare support for Verizon struggle

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Clinton refuses to debate Sanders ahead of California primary

By Barry Grey, 25 May 2016

The Clinton campaign is angered that Sanders' continued presence is hindering it from executing the turn to the right planned for the general election.

Sanders softens criticism of Clinton at Los Angeles-area rallies

By Alan Gilman and Dan Conway, 25 May 2016

Reporters from the WSWS spoke with Sanders supporters at the Santa Monica rally on Monday.

Sanders backs ouster of Democratic Party chair

Democratic Party establishment witch-hunts Sanders’ supporters

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Obama appeals for closer US-Vietnamese ties

By Peter Symonds, 25 May 2016

In return for lifting the arms embargo, Obama undoubtedly extracted commitments from Hanoi to align more closely with Washington against Beijing.

US military returns to Vietnam

Netanyahu seeks to shore up Israeli government with far-right alliance

By Jean Shaoul, 25 May 2016

The shift to the right by what is already the most right-wing government in Israel’s history has caused consternation among Israel’s political and military establishment.

Greek Syriza government orders clearing of Idomeni refugee camp

By Katerina Selin, 25 May 2016

Special forces and police have forcibly removed all refugees, who have struggled to survive there for months, from the camp.

Australian Treasury issues a blunt demand for austerity offensive

By Mike Head, 25 May 2016

The warning points to the reality of economic slump that all the parties of the political establishment are trying to keep hidden from public view until after the election.

Sri Lankan flood and landslide deaths continue to climb

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 25 May 2016

Apart from perfunctory warnings for the public to be “vigilant,” the Sri Lankan government took no serious measures to lessen the cyclone’s impact.

Colombo flood victims speak to the WSWS

By our correspondents, 25 May 2016

Hundreds feared dead in Sri Lankan landslides and floods

Further evidence of ties between German neo-Nazi group and domestic intelligence agency

By Dietmar Henning, 25 May 2016

How could 10 murders, bomb attacks and a series of bank robberies take place under the noses of the police and intelligence agencies?

1980 Oktoberfest bombing: German government and secret service still withholding information

By Dietmar Henning, 25 May 2016

For over a year, the Secret Service has refused to publish files relating to the bombing of the Munich Oktoberfest 35 years ago.

Belgian prison wardens strike met with government repression

By Ross Mitchell, 25 May 2016

The government plans to shrink the public sector by 20 percent, with pay and staffing being cut by 10 percent by 2020 overall.

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Le PS tente de briser violemment les grèves contre la loi travail

Par Alex Lantier, 25 mai 2016

Plusieurs grévistes ont été blessés quand les forces de l'ordre ont lancé l'assaut contre le blocage du site pétrolier de Fos-sur-Mer, près de Marseille.

Les CRS interviennent pour bloquer les dépôts pétroliers de Fos sur Mer

Par Anthony Torres, 25 mai 2016

Les travailleurs portuaires discutent d'une grève illimitée de plusieurs mois contre les mesures d'austérité et leur imposition de manière dictatoriale par le Parti socialiste.

Les travailleurs du pétrole se mobilisent contre la loi Travail

Par Kumaran Ira, 25 mai 2016

Le Parti socialiste envoie les CRS pour briser les grèves dans les raffineries qui ont provoqué des ruptures de stock partout en France.

Signes croissants d’une reprise des conflits de classe aux Etats-Unis

Par Jerry White, 25 mai 2016

Le développement de la lutte des classes aux Etats-Unis soulève la nécessité d’une lutte unifiée de la classe ouvrière contre le système capitaliste et les deux partis qui le défendent

Les leçons de l’élection présidentielle autrichienne

Par Peter Schwarz, 25 mai 2016

Le résultat de l’élection présidentielle en Autriche a évité de justesse que pour la première fois depuis 1945 un politicien d’extrême-droite n’occupe les plus hautes fonctions d’un Etat occidental.

L'armée américaine revient au Vietnam

Par Bill Van Auken, 25 mai 2016

La levée par Obama d’un embargo de quarante ans sur les armes vise à préparer de nouvelles guerres plus sanglantes encore en Asie.

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Der Klassenkampf kehrt zurück

Von Barry Grey, 25. Mai 2016

Viele Arbeiter wenden sich von den „linken“ Parteien und Gewerkschaften ab, die bisher den Klassenkampf unterdrückten.

Merkels Besuch bei Erdogan

Von Peter Schwarz, 25. Mai 2016

Die Bundeskanzlerin reiste am Montag in die Türkei, um den Flüchtlingsdeal zu retten, den die Europäische Union auf deutschen Druck vereinbart hat.

Syriza-Regierung lässt Flüchtlingslager in Idomeni räumen

Von Katerina Selin, 25. Mai 2016

Spezialkräfte und bewaffnete Einheiten der griechischen Polizei wollen innerhalb einer Woche alle Flüchtlinge, die seit über drei Monaten in dem wilden Zeltlager ausgeharrt haben, in kontrollierte Unterkünfte transportieren.

FAZ wirbt für Krieg und Militarismus

Von Johannes Stern, 25. Mai 2016

Ein „Offizier bei den Panzertruppen und Oberst im Generalstab (Heer) der Bundeswehr“ plädiert im Sprachrohr der Frankfurter Banken für ein Ende der „Kultur der Schuld“.

Die Rückkehr des amerikanischen Militärs nach Vietnam

Von Bill Van Auken, 25. Mai 2016

Die Aufhebung des seit vierzig Jahren bestehenden Waffenembargos bedeutet, dass die USA neue Kriege in Asien vorbereiten.

Wachsende Anzeichen für ein Wiederaufleben der Klassenkonflikte in den USA

Von Jerry White, 25. Mai 2016

Die amerikanische Arbeiterklasse muss als vereinte Kraft gegen das kapitalistische System und die beiden Parteien des Großkapitals kämpfen, die es verteidigen.

Lufthansa greift Bodenpersonal an

Von Marianne Arens, 25. Mai 2016

An den Flughäfen gehen Deregulierung und Lohndumping unvermindert weiter. Die Lufthansa hat den „Tarifvertrag Schutz“ gekündigt und Fraport plant das Outsourcen ihres Bodenverkehrspersonals.

Tötung von Talibanführer eskaliert Krieg in Afghanistan und Pakistan

Von Thomas Gaist, 25. Mai 2016

Der Mord ereignete sich in der pakistanischen Provinz Belutschistan, die bisher aufgrund der Opposition einiger Fraktionen des pakistanischen Staates für amerikanische Drohnenzugriffe tabu war.

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International finance capital and the strikes in France

25 May 2016

The aim of the “structural reforms” demanded by the IMF and the financial elites is the destruction of all the social gains of the European working class won in the past seven decades.

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UK: Left Leave campaign lays out its nationalist agenda in Brexit referendum

By Chris Marsden, 25 May 2016

In speech after speech at a recent Left Leave meeting, the national division of the working class was portrayed as the sole means of opposing imperialism.

Lessons of the Austrian presidential election

By Peter Schwarz, 24 May 2016

US assassination of Taliban leader signals escalation of Afghanistan-Pakistan war

By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2016

US-backed offensive to seize Iraqi city of Fallujah

By Peter Symonds, 24 May 2016

Julian Assange challenges anti-democratic “no platform” campaign

The Venezuelan pseudo-left and the debacle of Chavismo

The capitalist crisis and the defense of democratic rights

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White speaks with locked out Honeywell workers in Indiana

By our reporters, 25 May 2016

Workers at Honeywell International have been locked out since May 9, after rejecting the company’s demands for slashing health care and other benefits.

SEP presidential candidate visits locked-out Honeywell workers in Indiana

Telecom, airlines, retail, manufacturing workers entering battles
Growing signs of a resurgence of class conflict in the US

Obama to American youth: Stop complaining, things have never been better!

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 17 May 2016

Race and class in American history: A reply to a false explanation of the Trump phenomenon

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 21 May 2016

Break the CWA’s isolation of the Verizon strike!

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 20 May 2016

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Arts Review

Cash Only: What interests contemporary filmmakers and what doesn’t

By David Walsh, 25 May 2016

Cash Only is an independent American film set in the Detroit area. The film takes place in the Albanian community.

Captain America: Civil War—A waste of resources, technology and human skill

David King 1943-2016: Revolutionary socialist, artist and defender of historical truth

By David North, 14 May 2016

A further comment on the death of David King, socialist and artist

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Australian government’s “internship” program: An attack on young people

By Oscar Grenfell—SEP candidate for Grayndler, 24 May 2016

Support the Socialist Equality Party 2016 election campaign!
Vote against war and budget cuts! For internationalism and socialism!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 23 May 2016

The SEP candidates in the 2016 Australian election

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Leaked video shows police assault on student
Detroit's Cass Technical High School students oppose police brutality, support teachers struggle

By Zac Corrigan, 23 May 2016

After sickouts, what is the way forward for Detroit teachers?

25 years ago: South Korean president announces crackdown on mass protests

On May 28, 1991, South Korean President Roh Tae Woo announced a crackdown on protests admitting “the people’s distrust in politics ... is reaching a dangerous point.”

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50 years ago: State of emergency against British seamen’s strike

On May 23,1966, Queen Elizabeth II declared a state of emergency in Britain, giving the Labour Party government of Prime Minister Harold Wilson draconian powers to use against striking seamen.

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75 years ago: Roosevelt declares emergency

On May 27, 1941, US President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed “an unlimited national emergency,” citing the danger of a German attack on the Western Hemisphere.

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100 years ago: Agricultural workers organize in the US

On May 23, 1916, the first conference of the Agricultural Workers Organization (AWO), affiliated to the revolutionary-syndicalist Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), was held in Kansas City, Missouri.

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The Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan

Outrage erupts at Flint meeting of pipeline board

By James Brewer, 20 May 2016

New evidence reveals state of Michigan helped to push Flint into pipeline deal

Video: Flint, Michigan resident speaks on lack of services for poisoned residents

Obama in Flint: Let them drink lead

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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

Listen to all the May Day speeches »


Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!
For a socialist program against Labor, the Liberals and the Greens

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 11 May 2016

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