French President Macron names right-wing PM, meets Merkel to plan austerity and war

By Alex Lantier, 16 May 2017

Macron’s friendly meeting with Merkel shows that his election as president is part of a social counterrevolution being waged across Europe.

French auto parts workers at GM&S threaten to blow up plant to block closure

By Anthony Torres, 16 May 2017

Emmanuel Macron inaugurated as president of France

German enthusiasm for Macron begins to wane

More on the French presidential election »

Media claims Trump revealed classified information to Russian visitors

By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2017

The Washington Post report sparked a round of media claims that Trump was sharing “state secrets” with Moscow.

Trump’s firing of Comey: A breakdown of constitutional government

The political and social roots of the Democratic Party’s anti-Russia hysteria

Washington’s political crisis over the Comey firing: A harbinger of revolutionary upheavals

More on the Trump presidency »

China hosts international launch of One Belt, One Road initiative

By Nick Beams, 16 May 2017

In launching the initiative, Chinese president Xi Jinping emphasised the need for “win-win co-operation,” but there are significant tensions surrounding the project.

Palace coup in the Austrian People’s Party

By Peter Schwarz, 16 May 2017

On Sunday, the Presidium of the Austrian People’s Party elected 30-year-old Sebastian Kurz as the new party leader, granting him dictatorial powers.

Trump administration seizes on Aetna pullout from ACA to push Republicans’ health plan

By Shelley Connor, 16 May 2017

If insurers are unable to make an adequate profit under Obamacare, they either hike their prices or pull out of the insurance market.

US hepatitis C infections triple amid opioid epidemic

A new stage in the US health care counterrevolution

White supremacists hold rallies defending Confederate monuments in Virginia

By Tom Hall, 16 May 2017

Among the crowd Saturday was neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, the self-proclaimed “founder” of the alt-right movement, which has close ties to the Trump administration.

University of Puerto Rico students protest austerity measures

By Rafael Azul, 16 May 2017

Striking students occupying the main campus of the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras are defying a court order to end their protest.

Trump establishes commission to attack the right to vote

By Matthew MacEgan, 16 May 2017

Trump signed an executive order May 11 to create the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a bipartisan commission to investigate alleged voter fraud.

Yemenis dying of cholera as Trump meets with UAE ruler

By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2017

The Trump administration is arming the UAE and Saudi Arabia to the teeth as the two regimes wage a savage war against the starving population of Yemen.

The London Conference on Somalia: Imperialists plan military buildup in Horn of Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 16 May 2017

Amid the worst famine conditions since the Second World War, the capitalist ruling classes are stoking war and militarism in Somalia and throughout the Horn of Africa.

India intensifies repression in Kashmir

By Kranti Kumara and Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 May 2017

India’s former National Security Advisor has warned that the ruling elite has lost control of the situation in Kashmir, with unarmed youth repeatedly risking their lives to impede security operations.

UK National Union of Teachers sabotages struggle against funding cuts

By Tom Pearce, 16 May 2017

While the NUT continues to oppose action, other education unions, including the NASUWT, are equally concerned about preventing strikes.

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

By our reporters, 16 May 2017

SEP members and supporters who work in public education are campaigning for a “No” vote among rank-and-file teachers and ES staff.

Australia: Tribunal to hear challenge to union-company wage-cutting deal

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 May 2017

The unions and the major corporations are fearful that the case against the deal threatens the entire pro-business framework of enterprise bargaining.

New in Italian

Decisione della Corte Costituzionale scatena spinta verso nuove elezioni

Marianne Arens, 15 maggio 2017

Il governo, sotto pressione dell’UE e con urgente bisogno di tempo per poter avere la crisi bancaria sotto controllo, è opposto a un’elezione anticipata.

La pseudo-sinistra fonda il partito Sinistra Italiana

Marianne Arens, 15 maggio 2017

Sinistra Italiana è stato fondato dal SEL di Nichi Vendola. Il suo ruolo è quello di difendere il dominio borghese, l’Unione Europea e l’euro, confrontati con la loro più profonda crisi.

Commissariamento Alitalia intensifica tensioni sociali

Marianne Arens, 15 maggio 2017

Due terzi dei piloti Alitalia, assistenti di volo e equipaggio di terra hanno votato contro i tagli di lavoro e di salario previsti da un piano di ristrutturazione.

New in Russian

Политические и социальные причины антироссийской истерии Демократической партии

Андре Деймон, 16 Май 2017 г.

Кризис, связанный с увольнением директора ФБР Джеймса Коми, стал предлогом для Демократической партии и значительной части средств массовой информации взвинтить тон в их антироссийской кампании.

New in Turkish

Akdeniz’de yüzlerce göçmen boğuldu

Bill Van Auken, 16 Mayıs 2017

İnsan kaçakçıları tarafından lastik botlar içine istiflenen göçmenlerin, botların havasının boşalıp batması sonucunda boğulmuş olduğundan korkuluyor.

New in Spanish

El despido de Comey por parte de Trump: La ruptura del Estado constitucional

Por Patrick Martin, 16 mayo 2017

Las décadas de reacción social y política, guerras interminables y supresión artificial de la guerra de clases están alcanzando un punto crítico.

Las bases políticas y sociales de la campaña del Partido Demócrata contra Rusia

Por Andre Damon, 16 mayo 2017

La crisis desatada por el despido del director del FBI ha sido utilizada por el Partido Demócrata y gran parte de la prensa para escalar su campaña contra Rusia.

New in French

La cyberattaque mondiale, la NSA et la propagande de guerre de Washington contre la Russie

Par Bill Van Auken, 16 mai 2017

La cyberattaque qui a frappé quelque 200 000 ordinateurs à travers le monde, en utilisant des logiciels malveillants développés par l’Agence de sécurité nationale (NAS) des États-Unis, ne devrait que croître et se propager dans les prochains jours.

Le renvoi de Comey par Trump : un effondrement de l’État constitutionnel

Par Patrick Martin, 16 mai 2017

Des décennies de réaction politique et sociale, de guerres sans fin et de la mise en sourdine de la lutte des classes arrivent à un point critique.

La conscription ressuscitée en Allemagne

Par Johannes Stern, 16 mai 2017

Les politiciens et les médias allemands ont réagi aux révélations d’une cellule néonazie au sein de l’armée en réclamant le rétablissement du service militaire obligatoire.

Allemagne : le réseau néonazi est plus vaste qu’on le pensait

Par Johannes Stern, 16 mai 2017

Selon le magazine Der Spiegel, les investigations se poursuivent sur sept personnes qui seraient impliquées dans la préparation d’attentats terroristes visant d’influents politiciens allemands.

Les États‑Unis et la Corée du Sud insistent sur leur alliance après l’essai de missile nord‑coréen

Par Ben McGrath, 16 mai 2017

Des préoccupations persistent à Washington que la nouvelle administration de Moon à Séoul puisse saper les tentatives de pression sur Pyongyang.

Les discours à 400.000 $ d’Obama: Sans complexe. Éhontés. Provocateurs.

Par David Walsh, 16 mai 2017

Les cachets des deux discours, à eux seuls, ont placé l’ancien candidat du «changement» dans le 1% des plus riches salariés aux États-Unis, en fait, un seul des deux aurait presque fait le travail.

New in German

Palastputsch in der Österreichischen Volkspartei

Von Peter Schwarz, 16. Mai 2017

Das Präsidium der Österreichischen Volkspartei (ÖVP) hat am Sonntag den 30-jährigen Sebastian Kurz zum neuen Parteivorsitzenden gewählt und ihn mit diktatorischen Vollmachten ausgestattet.

Comeys Entlassung: Ein Zusammenbruch der Rechtsstaatlichkeit

Von Patrick Martin, 16. Mai 2017

Die Jahrzehnte sozialer und politischer Reaktion, endloser Kriege und der künstlichen Unterdrückung der Klassenkonflikte erreichen einen Höhepunkt.

VW-Betriebsrat-Chef Osterloh erhält bis zu 750.000 Euro im Jahr

Von Dietmar Henning, 16. Mai 2017

Verantwortlich für die Zahlungen an Osterloh sind die von der IG Metall gestellten VW-Personalvorstände.

Emmanuel Macrons Amtsantritt als französischer Präsident

Von Alex Lantier, 16. Mai 2017

In einem reaktionären, militaristischen Rahmen appellierte der neue Präsident an den „Eroberungsgeist“ Frankreichs. Macron wird das Militär massiv ausbauen und den Lebensstandard der Arbeiter scharf angreifen.

Erster Mai 2017
Der Kampf für den internationalen Sozialismus in Südasien

Von Wije Dias, 16. Mai 2017

Südasien versinkt im Strudel der geopolitischen Spannungen. Gleichzeitig verschärft sich der Klassenkampf.

New in Urdu

خطے کی کشیدہ صورتحال کے دوران افغانستان اور پاکستان کے درمیان سرحدی جھڑپیں

8. Mai 2017

جمعہ کے روز افغانستان اور پاکستان کے درمیان سرحدی تنازعے پر جھڑپوں میں تقریباً 12افراد ہلاک اوربہت سے لوگ زخمی بھی ہو ئے

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Perspective

The global ransomware attack and the crimes of the US spy agencies

16 May 2017

The cyberweapons created by the NSA are aimed not only against the geopolitical targets of US imperialism, but the populations of the United States and the entire world.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Jörg Baberowski insists that Hitler was “not vicious”

By Peter Schwarz, 16 May 2017

In the journal Forschung & Lehre (Research & Teaching), Humboldt University Professor Jörg Baberowski claims that Hitler was an “armchair perpetrator who did not want to know about the bloody consequences of his deeds.”

Neo-Nazi network in German army larger than previously thought

The global cyberattack, the NSA and Washington’s war propaganda against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 15 May 2017

As workers’ wages stagnated, UK super-rich “carried on making billions”

By Simon Whelan, 15 May 2017

UK Labour Party adopts pro-business, militarist election manifesto

One hundred years after the Russian Revolution
Report documents record levels of social inequality in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 15 May 2017

US education chief Betsy DeVos plots school privatization with venture capitalists

By Nancy Hanover, 15 May 2017

The Nation blames white workers for Trump's election
Once again on race and the 2016 elections

New evidence of UAW vote-rigging in 2015 Ford contract
Part Two

IYSSE

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

By Isaac Oseas—IYSSE candidate for NYU GSAS Student Senator, 16 May 2017

New York University accidentally exposed their involvement in a project to develop a code-breaking computer for the Department of Defense.

No to war and militarism! Oppose political censorship at NYU! For equality and socialism!
Vote Isaac Oseas for NYU Student Senate

New York University Student Activities Board rejects IYSSE appeal on club status: An act of political censorship

More on the fight for democratic rights at NYU »

Student parliament demands Humboldt University rescind support of Baberowski

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

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

More on the fight for historical truth »

Arts

Production at Washington, DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company
Liesl Tommy’s Macbeth: An “updated” version, with pluses and minuses, of Shakespeare's tragedy

By Nick Barrickman, 16 May 2017

The production is visually compelling and makes an attempt to place the Shakespeare classic within the context of modern political and social developments.

Season 6 of HBO’s Girls: Ending with a whimper

By Ed Hightower, 15 May 2017

Citizens Band, Something Wild, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia …
Jonathan Demme (1944-2017): A talented filmmaker and a victim of stagnant times

By David Walsh, 13 May 2017

Socialist Equality Party

Australia: SEP meetings discuss international socialist program required to prevent war

By our reporters, 16 May 2017

SEP and IYSSE speakers explained that militarism and war were a product of the contradictions of the capitalist nation-state system.

SEP (Sri Lanka) calls for workers’ inquiry into Meethotamulla garbage dump disaster

Workers Struggles

Wildcat strike at Mexican auto parts plant
Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 May 2017

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature by emailing information to comments@wsws.org

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

In wake of frame-up convictions of Maruti Suzuki workers
India’s finance minister meets with Maruti Suzuki chairman

By Shannon Jones, 12 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

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

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
May 15-21: Trotsky arrives in Petrograd

15 May 2017

Trotsky’s arrival is electrifying, providing a tremendous boost to the struggle being waged by Lenin and the Bolsheviks against the collaborationist, defensist, and opportunist forces that are currently in the Soviet’s majority.

From the archives of the Russian Revolution
Seventh All-Russian Bolshevik Conference: Resolution on the war

15 May 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

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

Watch the video »

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

Book Review

The Last Day of Oppression and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left
The pseudo-left’s appraisal of the “pink tide”: A recipe for further betrayals

By Eric London, 9 May 2017