As strikes spread, mass protests demand withdrawal of French labor law

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 27 May 2016

Hundreds of thousands of people marched throughout France Thursday in the eighth nationwide protest against the anti-worker law implemented earlier this month.

French workers speak out against labor law

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 27 May 2016

WSWS reporters spoke to workers during Thursday’s demonstrations in Paris against the “El Khomri” labor reforms.

Rail strike hits Belgium

By Ross Mitchell, 27 May 2016

Mobilize European workers to defend French strikers!

French Socialist Party’s labor reform boosts far-right National Front

Over a hundred feared dead as refugee boats sink in Mediterranean

By Bill Van Auken, 27 May 2016

The latest tragedies underscore the criminal character of the efforts to seal Europe’s borders to refugees.

German chancellor boosts anti-refugee deal in visit to Turkey

Greek Syriza government orders clearing of Idomeni refugee camp

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Greece's Syriza government imposes harsh austerity measures

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 May 2016

Eurogroup finance ministers have made clear they will accept no way of dealing with the Greek debt crisis other than continuing attacks on the working class.

UAW endorses Clinton, “Wall Street’s presidential darling”

By Jerry White, 27 May 2016

The UAW’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton underscores the immense chasm between the corporatist organization and the workers it claims to represent.

Workers and students speak on inequality, war at Sanders rally

By Toby Reese and Kevin Martinez, 27 May 2016

The WSWS interviewed attendees at a San Diego rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders about the political issues in the 2016 election.

Over 1,000 protest outside Trump rally in Albuquerque

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CWA, IBEW maintain silence on talks, continue to isolate Verizon strike

By Nick Barrickman, 27 May 2016

The union executives’ collusion in the information blackout demanded by the Obama administration is a telltale sign that they are preparing a sellout of the embattled Verizon workers.

CWA ends San Diego AT&T strike to further isolate Verizon fight

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San Diego transit workers in third day of walkout over pay and benefits

By Norisa Diaz, 27 May 2016

The MTS strike follows industrial action by 1,700 San Diego AT&T telecommunications workers.

Louisiana law institutionalizes charter schools

By Matthew Taylor, 27 May 2016

New Orleans remains the center of the drive for the privatization of education, with a new state law making charter schools permanent under the guise of “local control.”

Wave of budget cuts throughout Latin America

By Neil Hardt, 27 May 2016

The cuts are an intensification of anti-working class policies already implemented by the so-called “pink tide” governments.

UK rich just keep getting richer

By Simon Whelan, 26 May 2016

The fortunes accrued by 120 billionaires account for 60 percent of the wealth of the 1,000 richest people in Britain and Northern Ireland.

UK government retreats on including NHS in free trade deal

By Robert Stevens, 27 May 2016

An amendment to the Queen’s Speech expressed regret that the government did not include a bill that would protect the NHS from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Major police operation against Roma in Berlin

By Andy Niklaus and Karola Kleinert, 27 May 2016

A hundred-strong force of the Berlin police conducted a brutal raid on Roma families protesting against their threatened deportation.

University of Papua New Guinea closed down over student protests

By John Braddock, 27 May 2016

Police were called in to suppress month-long protests by students over Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s refusal to step down from office.

New Zealand budget: Cuts to basic services, billions for the military

By Tom Peters, 27 May 2016

The budget does nothing to address the crisis in health, education and housing, while significantly increasing spending to prepare the country for war.

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Национализм и фашизм на Украине: Исторический обзор
Часть первая

Конрад Крефт и Клара Вайс, 27 мая 2016 г.

Сотрудничество Германии и США с украинскими фашистами имеет долгую историю, уходящую в прошлое на сто лет назад.

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La vague de grèves contre l’austérité se propage en France et en Belgique

Par Kumaran Ira, 27 mai 2016

La répression policière des manifestations anti-austérité en France et en Belgique enrage les travailleurs et pousse des couches plus larges de la classe ouvrière dans la lutte.

En Turquie, la chancelière allemande consolide l’accord anti-réfugiés

Par Peter Schwarz, 27 mai 2016

Angela Merkel s’était rendue la semaine passée en Turquie dans le but de renforcer l’accord conclu entre la Turquie et l’UE pour empêcher les réfugiés d’entrer en Europe.

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Mobilisiert die europäischen Arbeiter zur Verteidigung der Streikenden in Frankreich!

Von Alex Lantier, 27. Mai 2016

Der mächtigste Verbündete der kämpfenden Arbeiter in Frankreich, Belgien und Griechenland ist die europäische und die internationale Arbeiterklasse.

Streikwelle gegen soziale Angriffe in Frankreich und Belgien weitet sich aus

Von Kumaran Ira, 27. Mai 2016

Die Unterdrückung der Proteste gegen die Sozialangriffe durch die Polizei in Frankreich und Belgien versetzt die Arbeiter in Wut und treibt immer breitere Schichten der Arbeiterklasse in den Kampf.

Das El-Khomri-Gesetz und das Schröder-Blair-Papier

Von Peter Schwarz, 27. Mai 2016

Seit über 15 Jahren sind es vor allem die Sozialdemokraten, die – unterstützt von den Gewerkschaften – die Strukturreformen gegen die Arbeiter durchsetzen.

New in Turkish

Kapitalist kriz ve demokratik hakların savunusu

Andre Damon ve Alex Lantier, 26 Mayıs 2016

Demokratik kurumların çöküşünün altında yatan, uzun süreli küresel ekonomik kriz, militarizmin ve savaşın aşırı büyümesi ve en önemlisi, sınıf mücadelesinin yoğunlaşmasıdır.

Avusturya cumhurbaşkanlığı seçiminin dersleri

Peter Schwarz, 26 Mayıs 2016

Avusturya’daki ve dünya genelindeki en acil sorun, kitlesel öfkeye ve düzen partilerine yönelik kızgınlığa ilerici, enternasyonalist ve sosyalist bir perspektif sağlamak amacıyla işçi sınıfının yeni bir partisini inşa etmektir.

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La crisis capitalista y la defensa de los derechos democráticos

Por Andre Damon y Alex Lantier, 26 mayo 2016

Detrás de la desintegración de las instituciones democráticas está la crisis económica mundial, el crecimiento del militarismo y la guerra, y sobre todo, la intensificación de la lucha de clases.

¡Opongámonos a los ataques de Obama en contra de los inmigrantes!

Por Niles Niemuth, 26 mayo 2016

El Partido Socialista por la Igualdad defiende el derecho democrático de todos los inmigrantes y refugiados de vivir y trabajar donde quieran sin temer ser detenidos o deportados.

Maduro impone estado de emergencia en Venezuela

Por Bill Van Auken, 26 mayo 2016

A pesar de que el presidente venezolano indica que el decreto es para “enfrentar todas las amenazas internacionales y nacionales”, su principal desafío proviene de la clase obrera.

El candidato fascista Rodrigo Duterte gana las elecciones presidenciales de Filipinas

Por Joseph Santolan, 26 mayo 2016

El éxito de Duterte recae sobre el antiobrero y nacionalista Partido Comunista filipino (CPP).

El Tercer Festejo En Línea Internacional del Primero de Mayo obtiene una gran respuesta

Por Shannon Jones, 26 mayo 2016

La celebración del Primero de Mayo atrajo a obreros y jóvenes de 90 países.

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Deepening national antagonisms dominate G7 summit

27 May 2016

The G7 nations are seeking to ramp up military pressure against China, amid a deepening economic slump and divisions within their own ranks.

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SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

Workers have a right to read full contract document
Stop the CWA betrayal of the Verizon strike!

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 27 May 2016

Everything depends on the initiative of rank-and-file workers if this heroic fight is not to end up in another betrayal like 2011.

Attend the May 31 SEP election meeting: “Battlefield Detroit”

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 26 May 2016

There’s a war going on in America, and it’s a class war. Detroit is a central battleground. Unite all workers in a fight back!

Socialist Equality Party candidates campaign at Fiat Chrysler Warren Truck plant

By WSWS reporting team, 27 May 2016

Many autoworkers expressed anger that the United Auto Workers is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for US president.

Young people in America: A lost generation stuck at home

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 26 May 2016

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

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The decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By Joseph Kishore, 27 May 2016

President Barack Obama visits Hiroshima today, but will make no apology for the US dropping of the atomic bomb on the city. The WSWS is republishing an essay that first appeared on the 60th anniversary of that horrible crime.

Canadian prime minister endorses Japanese position on South China Sea ahead of G7 summit

By Roger Jordan, 27 May 2016

Canada is deeply implicated in the US-led “pivot” to Asia, and is determined to deepen economic and security ties with Japan.

Thousands of civilians in danger as US-backed forces mount offensives in Iraq and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 26 May 2016

US-backed offensive to seize Iraqi city of Fallujah

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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung lobbies for militarism and war

By Johannes Stern, 26 May 2016

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Why is there “no money” for basic social needs?

By Mike Head—SEP candidate for the Senate in Queensland, 27 May 2016

All around the world, governments are seeking to dismantle welfare entitlements, minimum wages, retirement pensions, and access to education and healthcare.

Australian election: Military spending is war preparation, not “industry policy”

By James Cogan—SEP candidate for the Senate in NSW, 26 May 2016

Australian Treasury issues a blunt demand for austerity offensive

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The SEP candidates in the 2016 Australian election

Arts Review

High-Rise: A film version of J.G. Ballard’s novel

By David Walsh, 27 May 2016

Like the novel, the film—set in the mid-1970s—begins with its central character calmly sitting on the balcony of his 25th floor apartment eating roast dog.

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

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

Socialist Equality Party (UK)

The Brexit referendum, socialism and the European working class

By Julie Hyland, 26 May 2016

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

Meeting in Sheffield on June 7
For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum!—Socialism versus left nationalism

26 May 2016

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 May 2016

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

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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

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

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