27 April 2017

Trump tax cuts: A bonanza for corporations and the wealthy

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2017

The proposal unveiled Wednesday would channel trillions of dollars into the pockets of the financial elite at the expense of social programs and working class living standards.

White House briefing signals escalating war preparations against North Korea

By Mike Head, 27 April 2017

Comments by senators after the briefing ranged from support for military action against North Korea to pushing for a harder line against China.

British ruling elite regard Macron victory in France as a “mixed blessing”

By Julie Hyland, 27 April 2017

Britain’s right-wing media are concerned that Macron will be unable to enforce his agenda under conditions of widespread political alienation and hostility to the ruling elite.

What lies behind the German elite’s celebration of Macron?

Hollande invites Le Pen, Macron to funeral of slain Champs-Élysées officer

More on the French presidential election »

“The politicians in Flint, Lansing and Washington—they’re all for capitalism”
Retired GM worker speaks on three years of the Flint water crisis

By Lawrence Porter, 27 April 2017

A retired autoworker reflects on three years of the Flint water crisis.

“People were being arrested for nothing”
Flint residents denounce arrests at town hall meeting

“What they did to this city is criminal”
Flint residents march on third anniversary of lead poisoning

More on the crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Turkish warplanes hit Washington’s Kurdish proxy forces in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 27 April 2017

At least 70 people were reported killed in the Turkish airstrikes, which also struck Kurdish positions in neighboring Iraq.

More on the wars in Syria and Iraq »

Attack on German football club allegedly motivated by greed

By Dietmar Henning, 27 April 2017

The attack in Dortmund was brutal and inhumane, but in the final analysis it is the product of a brutal and inhumane social system.

Scottish college lecturers walk out over pay and conditions

By Stephen Alexander, 27 April 2017

The lecturers' strike must be seen in the context of growing unrest among workers in every sector of the economy after a decade of austerity.

Discovery of mass graves highlights bloody scramble for Congo’s resources

By Eddie Haywood, 27 April 2017

Conflict between the Congolese military and a local militia has resulted in a mass internal displacement in the Kasai Province, with millions fleeing the region for Angola and other areas of the Congo.

Australian Anzac Day celebrations promote militarism and war

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 April 2017

The celebrations of past conflicts were explicitly tied to Australia’s current involvement in predatory wars and military preparations.

Fiji Times publisher, editors charged with sedition

By John Braddock, 27 April 2017

The politically-motivated charges, alongside other anti-democratic measures, are bound up with deep-seated conflicts within the Fijian ruling elite.

Anti-immigrant campaign intensifies in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 27 April 2017

The entire political establishment is promoting nationalism and scapegoating immigrants.

New in Chinese

社会主义与俄国百年革命史:1917-2017

David North and Joseph Kishore 撰写,2017年4月24日

今年是历史性的1917革命的一百周年,该事件从俄国二月革命的爆发开始, 到十月以“十天震动世界”的表现形式达到高潮-推翻资本主义临时政府和布尔什维克党取得政权。

New in Russian

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 года
1905–1917. (Ближайшие задачи нынешней революции)

Лев Троцкий, 26 апреля 2017 г.

Эта статья была написана Троцким до отплытия из Америки и опубликована в нью-йоркском журнале «Die Zukunft» в апреле 1917 года.

Эта неделя в русской революции
17-23 апреля: Ленин выступает с «Апрельскими тезисами»

26 апреля 2017 г.

Сто лет назад на этой неделе Ленин возвращается в Петроград и неожиданно объявляет войну части руководства своей собственной партии, до сих пор остающейся меньшинством в Советах. Позднее Троцкий назовет кампанию Ленина внутри партии, начатую публикацией «Апрельских тезисов», «борьбой за перевооружение большевистских рядов».

New in French

Non à Macron et à Le Pen! Pour un boycott actif des présidentielles!

Comité politique du Parti de l'égalité socialiste, 27 avril 2017

Le chantage exercé contre la population française pour la forcer à voter pour Macron, le favori du capital financier, contre Le Pen ne sont que mensonges et sophismes.

Qu’y-a-t-il derrière la célébration de Macron par l’élite allemande ?

Par Johannes Stern, 27 avril 2017

Tous les grands partis ont salué les résultats du premier tour de l’élection présidentielle française.

Trump convoque le Sénat à la Maison Blanche

Par Andre Damon, 27 avril 2017

L’ensemble du Sénat américain se déplacera à la Maison Blanche aujourd’hui pour être informé par les responsables militaires des préparatifs d’une possible frappe militaire contre la Corée du Nord.

New in Spanish

Trump convoca a todo el Senado a la Casa Blanca

Por Andre Damon, 27 abril 2017

El Senado entero de EE.UU. fue convocado a la Casa Blanca para recibir un comunicado de los mandos militares acerca de posibles preparativos para un ataque contra Corea del Norte.

EE.UU. intensifica campaña contra Julian Assange

Por Barry Grey, 27 abril 2017

El World Socialist Web Site condena los planes reportados por el Departamento de Justicia de EE.UU. para presentar cargos de espionaje y emitir una orden de arresto contra el fundador de WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.

Macron y la neofascista Le Pen avanzan a la segunda ronda de las presidenciales en Francia

Por Alex Lantier, 27 abril 2017

Al colapsar el sistema bipartidista tradicional de Francia, la candidata neofascista, Marine Le Pen, se ha convertido en una contendiente por el poder político.

New in German

Trump bestellt den Senat ins Weiße Haus

Von Andre Damon, 27. April 2017

Am Mittwoch wurde der gesamte Senat im Weißen Haus von Militärvertretern über die Kriegsvorbereitungen gegen Nordkorea unterrichtet.

Hollande lädt Le Pen und Macron zum Begräbnis des ermordeten Polizisten ein

Von Alex Lantier, 27. April 2017

Nachdem Macron und Le Pen die zweite Runde der Präsidentschaftswahl erreicht haben, setzt sich der französische Präsident mit dieser Geste von der Opposition gegen Le Pens neofaschistischen Front National ab.

Krise in den deutsch-israelischen Beziehungen

Von Peter Schwarz, 27. April 2017

Ein Israelbesuch des deutschen Außenministers endete mit einem diplomatischen Eklat. Der israelische Ministerpräsident Netanjahu sagte ein geplantes Treffen ab, weil Gabriel auf einem Treffen mit regierungskritischen Organisationen bestand.

Italien geht schärfer gegen Flüchtlinge vor

Von Marianne Arens, 27. April 2017

Über tausend Migranten haben in diesem Jahr die Flucht über das Mittelmeer schon mit dem Leben bezahlt.

Studenten kritisieren Baberowski und unterstützen IYSSE-Antrag zur Verteidigung der Meinungsfreiheit an der HU

Von unseren Reportern, 27. April 2017

Bereits vor der konstituierenden Sitzung des Studienrendenparlaments sprechen sich Studenten an der Humboldt-Universität gegen den Angriff der Uni-Leitung auf die Meinungsfreiheit aus.

IYSSE-Antrag zur Verteidigung der Meinungfreiheit an der HU

International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 27. April 2017

Folgenden Antrag bringen die Abgeordneten der International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) heute Abend auf der konstituierenden Sitzung des Studierendenparlaments (StuPa) der Berliner Humboldt-Universität (HU) ein. Der Antrag verteidigt das Recht auf Meinungsfreiheit und richtet sich gegen die Stellungnahme der Universitätsleitung, mit der Kritik an den extrem rechten Positionen von Professor Jörg Baberowski unterdrückt werden soll.

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Perspective

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

27 April 2017

The arguments put forward to try to blackmail the French people into voting for Macron, the preferred candidate of finance capital, against the neo-fascist Le Pen are a combination of sophistries and lies.

Earlier Perspectives »

From the WSWS Archive

The WSWS on the 2002 French elections

The WSWS is here reposting two statements originally published in 2002 calling for a boycott of that year's presidential election runoff between the neo-fascist National Front candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen and France's then-President Jacques Chirac.

Featured Interview

Climate scientist Michael Mills describes the devastation of a thermonuclear detonation
People get “melted into burning pools of fat.”

By Bryan Dyne, 27 April 2017

Michael Mills has spent nearly a decade modeling the climatic effects of what the US military would consider a “limited nuclear war.”

Arts

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

By David Walsh, 27 April 2017

This is an edited version of a talk given at San Diego State University on April 18 by WSWS arts editor David Walsh. Audio of the talk is included.

WSWS arts editor David Walsh speaks at San Diego State University on art and identity politics

San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 1

By David Walsh, 26 April 2017

Commentary

Wall Street to cut Obama his first six-figure check

By Niles Niemuth, 26 April 2017

Obama lives it up in the lap of luxury

Life expectancy on the rise in US, but only for the rich

By Kathleen Martin, 26 April 2017

Labour outlines pro-business “soft Brexit” policy for June 8 vote

By Robert Stevens, 26 April 2017

US defense secretary makes crisis trip to Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 April 2017

Sanders campaigns for anti-abortion Democrat in Nebraska

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2017

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Tamil workers in northern Sri Lanka support Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 27 April 2017

Residents in the small town of Chavakachcheri, near Jaffna, said social conditions for Tamil workers were like those confronting the persecuted autoworkers in India.

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

Modi’s “Make in India” campaign and the battle of the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 25 April 2017

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

NHS Fightback

Bournemouth health workers attend NHS FightBack meeting against redundancies and cuts

By our reporters, 27 April 2017

Management has been able to impose the job losses in Bournemouth only due to the treachery of trade unions.

IYSSE

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

22 April 2017

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

The German weekly Die Zeit, Jörg Baberowski and the Historians Dispute

More on the fight for historical truth »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Lecture on the centenary of the Russian Revolution
Spontaneity and Consciousness in The February Revolution

By Joseph Kishore, 26 April 2017

This is an edited version of a lecture delivered live on April 22, 2017 by Joseph Kishore, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (US). The audio and slides for the lecture are embedded in the text. To register for the lecture series, visit wsws.org/1917.

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

24 April 2017

As Trotsky is released from the camp in Canada, the Bolshevik Party in Petrograd is embroiled in turmoil following the publication of Lenin’s April Theses. The party holds a city conference, in which Lenin’s positions win substantial support.

This week in the Russian Revolution
April 17-23: Lenin issues April Theses

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

International Committee of the Fourth International

For Peace, Equality and Socialism!
International Committee of the Fourth International calls May Day Online Rally

Workers Struggles

Writers’ Guild of America members authorize strike

By Marc Wells, 26 April 2017

Rail companies Bombardier and Siemens plan merger

By Gustav Kemper, 25 April 2017

Workers Struggles: The Americas
Brazilian general strike set for Friday

25 April 2017

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.