In online poll, Mélenchon supporters reject both candidates in French runoff election

By Alex Lantier, 3 May 2017

Unsubmissive France leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon is seeking to entrap opposition to both presidential candidates in the straitjacket of an alliance with Emmanuel Macron.

May Day in France: Trade union calls to support Macron fall flat

No to Macron and Le Pen! For an active boycott of the French election!

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US sends B-1 strategic bombers over South Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 May 2017

The US military build-up has raised tensions on the Korean Peninsula to fever pitch, threatening to trigger a devastating conflict.

Trump suggests talks while preparing for war with North Korea

South Korean election candidates back US war preparations

Indian military given green light to strike Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 3 May 2017

Relations between India and Pakistan are again on the boil, just months after South Asia’s rival nuclear-armed powers came to the brink of war.

Call by Labour right for a “progressive alliance” in UK election falls flat

By Robert Stevens, 3 May 2017

Declaring that Britain’s exit from the EU is the “dominant… issue” in the upcoming election, Tony Blair called for a more “open position on Brexit across the party divide.”

European Union issues hard-line Brexit negotiating strategy

House Republicans scramble for votes to pass draconian health care bill

By Barry Grey and Kate Randall, 3 May 2017

The amended version of the Trump administration’s American Health Care Act would impose an even more savage attack on health care for millions of people than the original.

Balch Springs, Texas police kill unarmed 15-year-old boy

By Matthew Taylor, 3 May 2017

Jordan Edwards was shot in the head and killed by police in the Dallas suburb as the vehicle he was in was driving away from a party the police had been called to break up.

Writers’ Guild of America reaches deal with major studios

By Marc Wells, 3 May 2017

The WGA defied a membership strike vote and reached a deal that will do nothing to reverse the years of declining living standards writers have suffered.

Mass casualties in latest refugee tragedy off Libyan coast

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 3 May 2017

Following the latest disaster, the number of refugees drowned on the central Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy this year rose to almost 1,150.

Leadership contest begins in Spain’s Socialist Party

By Alejandro López, 3 May 2017

Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) has announced the primary election for the party’s general secretary will be held on May 21.

Brazil’s science march and the role of nationalism and the military

By Miguel Andrade, 3 May 2017

Military interests have cast a shadow for almost a century over the scientific community in Brazil.

Socialist Alternative joins pro-war witch-hunt of Australian academic

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 May 2017

The pseudo-left organisation endorsed the media attacks on Tim Anderson for rejecting the claims about chemical weapons used to justify Washington’s bombing of Syria.

Teachers oppose Australian Education Union sell-out deal at Victorian delegates meeting

By our reporters, 3 May 2017

The Melbourne meeting revealed mounting hostility among teachers to the union’s bureaucratic methods and to the agreement itself.

New Zealand: Gender pay deal used to promote unions, government

By John Braddock, 3 May 2017

The pay settlement, which follows in the wake of a court decision on equal pay, will not lift chronically underpaid workers out of poverty and grinding exploitation

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DEUK’un 2017 Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’nın siyasi değerlendirmesi

Joseph Kishore, 3 Mayıs 2017

30 Mayıs Pazar günü düzenlenen 2017 Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı, Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Sosyalist Devrimin Dünya Partisi olarak inşasında önemli bir gelişmeye işaret ediyor.

1 Mayıs 2017: Tarihin dersleri ve sosyalizm uğruna mücadele

David North, 3 Mayıs 2017

WSWS Uluslararası Yayın Kurulu Başkanı David North’un Uluslararası Çevrimiçi 1 Mayıs Toplantısı’ndaki açılış konuşması.

New in Spanish

Día Internacional del Trabajador del 2017: Lecciones históricas y la lucha por el socialismo

Por David North, 3 mayo 2017

Este discurso fue pronunciado por David North, presidente del Consejo Editorial Internacional del World Socialist Web Site, para dar inicio al acto en línea del Día Internacional del Trabajador del 2017, realizado el 30 de abril.

New in French

Une évaluation politique du Rassemblement international du 1ᵉʳ mai 2017 du CIQI

Par Joseph Kishore, 3 mai 2017

Le Rassemblement Internet pour la journée internationale des travailleurs 2017, tenu le dimanche 30 avril, marque un développement important dans la construction de la Quatrième Internationale en tant que Parti mondial de la Révolution socialiste.

Les militants de la France insoumise rejettent un vote Macron au second tour

Par Alexandre Lantier, 3 mai 2017

Le chef de la France insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, veut enfermer l'opposition aux deux candidats présidentiels dans le carcan d'une alliance avec Emmanuel Macron.

Le 1er mai 2017 dans le monde : manifestations massives et répression policière

Par Patrick Martin, 3 mai 2017

Plusieurs pays ont connu des mobilisations massives de la police contre les travailleurs participant aux manifestations de la journée internationale des travailleurs.

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Die internationale Online-Maikundgebung des IKVI 2017: eine politische Standortbestimmung

Von Joseph Kishore, 3. Mai 2017

Die Online-Maikundgebung vom 30. April 2017 war ein wichtiger Schritt im Aufbau der Vierten Internationale als Weltpartei der sozialistischen Revolution.

Erster Mai in Frankreich:
Aufruf der Gewerkschaften für Macron findet wenig Resonanz

Von Francis Dubois, 3. Mai 2017

In Frankreich erkennen Arbeiter und Jugendliche, dass die Aufforderung des Establishments, Le Pen zu „verhindern“, ein kaum verhohlener Appell ist, den ex-Banker Macron zu wählen.

Erneut Flüchtlingstragödie vor libyscher Küste

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 3. Mai 2017

Mit der neuerlichen Katastrophe steigt die Zahl der in diesem Jahr auf der zentralen Mittelmeerroute zwischen Libyen und Italien ertrunkenen Flüchtlinge auf fast 1150.

Inmitten der Kriegsvorbereitungen bietet Trump Gespräche mit Nordkorea an

Von Peter Symonds, 3. Mai 2017

Trumps Angebot, sich mit Kim Jong-un zu treffen, ist in Wirklichkeit ein Ultimatum: Akzeptiere die US-Bedingungen für Verhandlungen oder rechne mit Krieg.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
1.–7. Mai: Ausbruch der Aprilkrise in Petrograd

3. Mai 2017

In Petrograd veröffentlichen die Zeitungen ein Telegramm des Außenministers der Provisorischen Regierung, worin Russland verspricht, die Geheimverträge des Zaren einzuhalten und „den Weltkrieg bis zum endgültigen Sieg weiterzuführen“. Arbeiter und Soldaten reagieren darauf mit riesigen regierungsfeindlichen Demonstrationen.

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Why did Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party lose the 2016 election?

3 May 2017

Speaking in New York City on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton blamed misogynistic voters and Russian interference for her defeat in November, but recent poll data shows otherwise.

Earlier Perspectives »

A political appraisal of the ICFI’s 2017 International May Day Online Rally

By Joseph Kishore, 2 May 2017

International May Day 2017: Mass marches and police repression

May Day 2017: Lessons of history and the fight for socialism

By David North, 1 May 2017

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May Day 2017
Oppose the persecution of immigrants and refugees

By Julie Hyland, 3 May 2017

The rising tide of national chauvinist poison is a damning expression of the bankruptcy of the nation state system to which capitalism is tied.

May Day 2017
Defend the 13 framed-up Indian Maruti Suzuki workers

By Keith Jones, 3 May 2017

The Maruti Suzuki workers have been framed-up and sentenced to life imprisonment through a conspiracy between the company, the police, the courts and India’s main parties.

May Day 2017
The danger of nuclear war in North East Asia

By Peter Symonds, 3 May 2017

The threats against North Korea are part of a broader confrontation with China, which the US regards as the chief obstacle to its global hegemony.

May Day 2017
The fight for international socialism in South Asia

May Day 2017
The rise of economic nationalism and protectionism

May Day 2017
The perspective for the working class in the French presidential election

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
May 1-7: April Crisis breaks out in Petrograd

1 May 2017

Newspapers in Petrograd publish a telegram by the Provisional Government’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, promising to abide by the tsar’s secret treaties and “fight the world war out to a decisive victory.” Workers and soldiers in Petrograd respond with massive anti-government demonstrations.

This week in the Russian Revolution
April 24-30: Trotsky released from British prison camp in Canada

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

International Committee of the Fourth International

PES public meeting in Paris calls for active boycott of French elections

By our reporters, 3 May 2017

The Parti de l'égalité socialiste's meeting, attended by over 60 people, was the first public event of a French section of the International Committee of the Fourth International since 1971.


The New York Times worries about the high political cost of Obama’s $400,000 speeches

By David Walsh, 3 May 2017

The Times editorial is brief and unconvincing, bringing forward arguments and issuing an appeal to Obama that the editors themselves hardly seem to believe in.

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Obama’s $400,000 speeches: Unabashed. Shameless. Provocative.

Washington budgets an extra $120 million for guarding the Trumps

By Bill Van Auken, 3 May 2017

The massive security bill, approved by both Democrats and Republicans, assures that the president can pursue his oligarchic lifestyle while demanding vast cuts from the population.


The Soviet poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933-2017) and the fate of the ‘60s generation

By Vladimir Volkov, 3 May 2017

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, the best-known Soviet poet from the 1960s to the 1980s, died at 85 from cancer on April 1, 2017, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art considers mandatory admission charge for out-of-state visitors

By Fred Mazelis, 1 May 2017

San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 2
Muhi—Generally Temporary, or, a real concern for human suffering

Lecture at San Diego State University
Should art be judged on the basis of race and gender?

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas
Anger grows among US telecom workers

By our reporters, 3 May 2017

The World Socialist Web Site urges workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature by e-mailing reports to .

Largest general strike since 1989 hits 185 cities in Brazil

By Miguel Andrade, 2 May 2017

UK: Fujitsu workers must reject Unite’s nationalist strategy

By Steve James, 2 May 2017

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Sri Lanka: Jaffna picket demands release of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 1 May 2017

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 4: The police and company conspire against the workers

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 26 April 2017

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 3: The prosecution’s untenable “mob attack” narrative

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »


Researchers claim evidence that humans were in the Americas 130,000 years ago

By Matthew MacEgan, 1 May 2017

This claim is receiving wide attention because it is 115,000 years earlier than any date previously suggested for the peopling of the western hemisphere, based on existing evidence.

NHS Fightback

Health workers and residents in Bournemouth speak out against health service cuts

By Ajanta Silva, 1 May 2017

Bournemouth health workers attend NHS FightBack meeting against redundancies and cuts


Student parliament demands Humboldt University rescind support of Baberowski

By our correspondents, 29 April 2017

Demonstrators in Cologne support IYSSE fight for freedom of expression at Humboldt University

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

Open letter from the IYSSE to the president of Humboldt University in Berlin

Berlin’s Humboldt University attempts to suppress student criticism of Jörg Baberowski

More on the fight for historical truth »

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia) and IYSSE public meetings
Stop the drive to world war! For peace, equality and socialism!

22 April 2017

The meetings will outline the socialist and internationalist perspective required to prevent the descent of the global capitalist system into a catastrophic third world war.

ICFI supporters in India call meeting on “World War and the Russian Revolution”

22 April 2017

Speakers will explain that the only way to prevent another world war is the mobilisation of Indian workers as a part of an international anti-war movement.