Macron prepares enabling act to slash contracts, labor rights in France

By Alex Lantier, 23 May 2017

The newly-elected president is preparing a historic assault on jobs, wages, and labor legislation to be rammed through by presidential decree in the face of public opposition.

Visiting Mali, French President Macron appeals for army’s support

French media, political parties hush up PS government’s coup plan

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Explosion kills, wounds dozens at pop concert in Manchester

By our reporters, 23 May 2017

The carnage and terror occurred barely 17 days before Britain votes in the snap June 8 national election.

In visit to Israel, Trump escalates attacks on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2017

The US president’s pretense that his policies will bring about an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement is transparent window-dressing for a policy of escalating militarism against Tehran.

Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia intensifies tensions with Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 23 May 2017

Trump’s speech in Riyadh signals US escalation against Iran

Links established between neo-Nazi network and “Identity Movement” in the German army

By Christoph Vandreier, 23 May 2017

The latest reports confirm that the suspected terrorist cell is part of more widespread right-wing extremist networks in the German army.

Dangerous developments in Germany
Neo-Nazi network in German army exposed

UK wage performance “worst in over 200 years”

By Margot Miller, 23 May 2017

Wages for British workers are lower than before the 2008 financial crash and are expected to be almost £1,000 a year lower in 2017 in real terms than previous forecasts.

UK Conservative manifesto outlines stepped up austerity and militarism

Former Trump national security adviser invokes Fifth Amendment

By Patrick Martin, 23 May 2017

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said he would not comply with a subpoena for documents by the Senate Intelligence Committee, citing his right not to incriminate himself.

Washington Post and New York Times urge pullback on calls for Trump impeachment

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Notre Dame graduates walk out to protest Vice President Pence’s graduation speech

By Shelley Connor, 23 May 2017

The protest centered on the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies as well as anti-gay marriage measures enacted by Pence as governor of Indiana.

Wall Street engineers ouster of top Ford executives

By Jerry White, 23 May 2017

The management reshuffling at the number two US automaker, described in industry circles as a “coup,” underscores the complete domination of the banks and financial speculators.

Charter advocates take over Los Angeles school board

By Dan Conway, 23 May 2017

The LAUSD school board election highlighted the role of America’s oligarchs pushing for privatization and the discrediting of the teacher unions.

San Diego, California school district pushes forward with layoffs and cuts

By Norisa Diaz and Toby Reese, 23 May 2017

Some 1,500 educators and support staff in the San Diego Unified School District have been finishing the school year with apprehension that they may not have a job next fall.

What accounts for the success of the WannaCrypt ransomware attack on Britain’s National Health Service?

By Steve James, 23 May 2017

For nearly two decades, IT services within the NHS have become the target of private firms seeking to turn public health into a source of stable revenue streams for their shareholders.

Sri Lankan plantation unions embrace Indian prime minister

By R. Shreeharan, 23 May 2017

The Sri Lankan government spent about 20 million rupees on buses and other expenses to transport workers from the central hills plantations to a meeting with Modi.

Massacre of 17 prison escapees highlights deep social crisis in Papua New Guinea

By John Harris, 23 May 2017

State repression in PNG is aimed, not only at protecting the corrupt local ruling elite, but also Australian and US corporate interests.

Australian building workers hit by construction company collapse

By Declan O’Malley, 23 May 2017

The Brisbane shut-down is another indicator of the danger of a wider collapse in the residential construction boom, threatening tens of thousands of jobs.

New in Russian

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 года
Речь на общегородской конференции объединенных с.-д. по докладу т. Урицкого об отношении к Временному правительству

Лев Троцкий, 23 мая 2017 г.

С этой речью Троцкий выступил на общегородской конференции объединенных социал-демократов 20 мая (7 мая по ст. ст.) 1917 г.

New in Spanish

El Washington Post y el New York Times urgen a suspender los llamados de impugnación contra Trump

Por Patrick Martin, 23 mayo 2017

Ambos diarios han funcionado como portavoces para la oposición del aparato militar y de inteligencia contra Trump.

La investigación de Suecia contra Julian Assange siempre fue una incriminación política falsa

Por David Walsh, 23 mayo 2017

Todo el caso iba dirigido a desacreditar y paralizar a WikiLeaks y crear las condiciones para extraditar a EE.UU. o secuestrar a Assange, y así poder ejecutarlo o sentenciarlo a cadena perpetua.

Día Internacional del Trabajador del 2017
Defendamos a los trece trabajadores de Maruti Suzuki incriminados falsamente en India

Por Keith Jones, 23 mayo 2017

Los trabajadores de Maruti Suzuki fueron sentenciados a cadena perpetua a raíz de una incriminación conspiratoria de la compañía, la policía, las cortes y los principales partidos políticos.

Conferencia sobre el centenario de la Revolución Rusa
El regreso de Lenin a Rusia y las Tesis de Abril

Por James Cogan, 23 mayo 2017

Publicamos aquí el texto de una conferencia pronunciada el 6 de mayo por James Cogan, secretario nacional del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Australia).

New in French

Les médias et la classe politique passent sous silence les préparatifs du PS pour un coup

Par Alexandre Lantier, 23 mai 2017

Le gouvernment PS sortant avait préparé un coup, dans l'éventualité d'une victoire de la candidate FN Marine Le Pen aux présidentielles du 7 mai.

Face aux luttes des salariés, Macron accorde un sursis à GM&S

Par Anthony Torres, 23 mai 2017

Face à la lutte des salariés de GM&S, Le Maire a obtenu un sursis avec le soutien des syndicats, car il craint que le conflit ne fasse boule de neige.

Le discours de Trump à Riyad indique l’escalade américaine contre l’Iran

Par Bill Van Auken, 23 mai 2017

Plein d’hypocrisie, de clichés et d’absurdités, le discours de Trump, devant une assemblée de monarques et de despotes en Arabie Saoudite, a énoncé un programme d’escalade du militarisme américain.

Le président iranien remporte sa réélection

Par Keith Jones, 23 mai 2017

Alors que Rouhani se présente comme candidat de la paix et de la modération, il favorise la réduction des dépenses sociales et un rapprochement avec les puissances impérialistes.

Le Washington Post et le New York Times insistent pour un recul des appels à l’impeachment de Trump

Par Patrick Martin, 23 mai 2017

Les deux journaux ont été les principaux relais de l’opposition à Trump qui se manifeste au sein de l’appareil militaire et des services de renseignement.

New in German

Washington Post und New York Times nehmen die Forderung nach einem Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen Trump zurück

Von Patrick Martin, 23. Mai 2017

Die beiden Tageszeitungen fungieren als wichtiges Sprachrohr der Opposition gegen Trump innerhalb des militärisch-geheimdienstlichen Apparats.

Trumps Rede in Riad verschärft Spannungen mit Europa

Von Peter Schwarz, 23. Mai 2017

Europäische Medien werfen Trump vor, er heize mit seiner eindeutigen Parteinahme für Saudi-Arabien und gegen den Iran den Konflikt zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten weiter an.

Trumps Rede in Riad kündigt Eskalationskurs gegen den Iran an

Von Bill Van Auken, 23. Mai 2017

Zwischen Klischees, Heuchelei und Absurditäten schilderte Trump in seiner Rede vor einer Versammlung von Monarchen und Despoten in Saudi-Arabien seine Pläne für eine Eskalation des US-Militarismus.

De Maizière fordert EU-Truppe im Süden Libyens

Von Marianne Arens, 23. Mai 2017

Innenminister Thomas de Maizière hat in einem gemeinsamen Brief mit dem italienischen Amtskollegen Marco Minniti vorgeschlagen, eine EU-Mission an die Südgrenze Libyens zu schicken.

NSU-Tribunal klagt Merkel und Verfassungsschutz an

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 23. Mai 2017

Das Kölner NSU-Tribunal hat eine politische Anklageschrift gegen 90 Personen vorgelegt, die die Morde und Attentate des NSU vorbereitet, gefördert oder unterstützt haben.

New in Urdu

سری لنکا کے وزیر اعظم نے امریکی اتحادیوں کے ساتھ تعلقات کو مزید تقویت دی ہے

11 May 2017

اسکے باوجو د کہ سری لنکا کو چین کی سرمایہ کاری کی اشد ضرورت ہے لیکن وہ ابھی تک ایشیاء میں امریکی قیادت میں فوجی اقدامات کا اتحادی ہے

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Trump calls for $1.7 trillion in social cuts

23 May 2017

The budget proposal marks a new stage in the bipartisan assault on what remains of programs to fight poverty and hunger and provide health care for millions of workers.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality member wins student senate seat at New York University

By our reporters, 23 May 2017

Isaac Oseas, a member of the IYSSE, has won the position of student senator for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at NYU, which includes 4,000 graduate students at the university.

NYU involved in Department of Defense supercomputer project
No to militarism and surveillance! NYU must reveal all ties to military and spy agencies!

More on the fight for democratic rights at NYU »

“A declaration of hostility towards the principles of humanity”
Professor Mario Kessler publishes comment criticizing views of right-wing professor Jörg Baberowski

Student parliament demands Humboldt University rescind support of Baberowski

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

More on the fight for historical truth »

Socialist Equality Party

The class issues in the UK snap election
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

22 May 2017

The following is a statement by the Socialist Equality Party in Britain on the central issues facing the working class in the June 8 general election.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meetings
The class issues in Britain’s snap election: Austerity, dictatorship and war

19 May 2017


The cases of Aaron Gach, Mem Fox, United Vibrations, Soviet Soviet and others
Artists, writers, musicians detained and bullied by US customs and border officers

By Marko Leone and David Walsh, 23 May 2017

The various agencies responsible for immigration issues and border control have clearly been given the green light by the Trump administration to intimidate and generally terrorize anyone they can get their hands on.

Workers Struggles

Strikes in Colombia underscore worsening conditions in schools and among workers
Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 May 2017

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature by emailing information to

Australia: Teachers explain why the AEU-government deal should be rejected

By our reporters, 22 May 2017

Vote “NO” to the EBA!
Australian Education Union pushes through industrial agreement at delegates’ meetings

SEP and Victorian Teachers and ES Staff Forum
The political issues in the fight against the AEU-Labor government EBA

“It is time we all stood up”
AT&T workers call for broader fight as CWA ends weekend strike

By our reporting teams, 22 May 2017

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
May 22-28: Global class struggle intensifies

22 May 2017

The revolution in Russia gives the signal to workers everywhere, but the gathering revolt is met with repression by the capitalist state and treachery by parties and unions claiming to represent workers.

From the archives of the Revolution
Speech on Comrade Uritsky’s report on the attitude to the Provisional Government

By Leon Trotsky, 20 May 2017

This is a new translation of a speech delivered by Trotsky before the Citywide Conference of United Social-Democrats on May 20, 1917 (May 7 O.S.).

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »


Haymarket Books’ #Resist: The International Socialist Organization props up the Democratic Party in Chicago

By Jessica Goldstein, 22 May 2017

Sweden’s investigation into Julian Assange was a political frame-up from the outset

By David Walsh, 20 May 2017

Veteran drives through crowd in Times Square: The war comes home

The political issues behind the removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans

International Socialist Organization lines up behind Democrats’ anti-Russian campaign against Trump

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Sri Lankan plantation workers support campaign to release framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By M. Thevarajah, 20 May 2017

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 5: Judge Goyal mangles the law to sustain the legal vendetta

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 18 May 2017

“There is an air of worker rebellion in India and China”
A conversation with Professor Immanuel Ness on the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Jerry White, 4 May 2017

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

The Flint water crisis

“We’re being punished for not being able to pay the city for the poison”
Flint residents speak out on water crisis

By Jerry White, 19 May 2017

Watch: Flint family threatened for refusing to pay for poisoned water

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Flint workers denounce foreclosure threat over water bills

By Jerry White, 18 May 2017

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »


New dating of Homo naledi fossil alters its position in the human evolutionary tree

By Philip Guelpa, 19 May 2017

Book Reviews

Human rights propaganda in support of imperialist war
The Return of History, Conflict, Migration and Geopolitics in the 21st Century

The ICFI's International May Day Online Rally

India: ICFI supporters hold May Day meeting in Bangalore

By our correspondents, 12 May 2017

The event was part of the Trotskyist movement’s commemoration of the centenary of the October 1917 Revolution.

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

By David North, 1 May 2017

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

SEP Sri Lankan May Day meeting discusses threat of world war and lessons of Russian Revolution