Blood on their hands: Libya’s boat refugees and “humanitarian” imperialism

By Johannes Stern and Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2015

The massive refugee death toll in the Mediterranean is a grim form of collateral damage from the imperialist wars waged in the name of “human rights.”

The pseudo-left and the Libyan catastrophe

By Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2015

The pseudo-left organizations that served as cheerleaders for imperialist intervention in North Africa and the Middle East share responsibility for the latest disaster.

European Union plans more aggressive measures against refugees

By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2015

Mass drownings in the Mediterranean: A crime of imperialism

US economic decline overshadows IMF-World Bank meeting

By Nick Beams, 21 April 2015

While not on the official agenda, there was a palpable sense that the key institutions of the post-war economic order are starting to crumble.

IMF head Christine Lagarde praises UK for austerity measures

Economic stagnation, financial parasitism dominate IMF-World Bank meeting

US Navy deploys warships to intercept Iranian aid convoy off Yemen coast

By Thomas Gaist, 21 April 2015

The Pentagon ordered a fleet of warships, including the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, to the coast of Yemen Monday.

UN imposes arms embargo on rebels as Yemen slaughter continues

Obama’s criminal war against Yemen

UK Labour competes with Conservatives over most business-friendly pro-austerity manifesto

By Robert Stevens, 21 April 2015

“Our manifesto begins with the Budget Responsibility Lock,” Labour states.

Notes on police violence
Man dies after arrest by Baltimore police

By Shannon Jones, 21 April 2015

25-year-old Freddie Gray died one week after police officers broke his spine.

Tulsa, Oklahoma deputy who shot unarmed man charged with manslaughter

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Two dead children found inside Detroit freezer

By Lawrence Porter, 21 April 2015

An impoverished single mother of four on Detroit’s east side was arrested after two of her children were found dead inside a freezer.

Kids Count director: Rising poverty and mental health cuts spawn child abuse and neglect

By Lawrence Porter, 21 April 2015

The Michigan Kids Count project director spoke to the WSWS about the devastating growth of child poverty throughout the state in the wake of the 2008 economic crash.

Half a million children in poverty in Michigan

Unifor Canada preparing to collaborate in slashing auto workers’ pensions

By Carl Bronski, 21 April 2015

Unifor is willing to surrender the last remnants of a defined-benefit pension plan for newly hired workers at the Big Three automakers in Canada.

India: Stalinist CPM shifts still further right

By our correspondents in Visakhapatnam, 21 April 2015

The CPM’s new general secretary has long been associated with a party faction that favours closer relations with the Congress, India's traditional party of government.

Caterpillar moves to close its plant in Tasmania, Australia

By Terry Cook, 21 April 2015

Caterpillar will retrench almost its entire workforce in Burnie and relocate production to Thailand over the next 12 months.

New in Spanish

¡No a la guerra imperialista! ¡Participa en la Manifestación Internacional del Primero de Mayo!

Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 21 abril 2015

¡Acompáñanos en la construcción de una dirección socialista revolucionaria internacional!¡Hazte parte de la Manifestación del Día del Trabajo!

FICUNAM 2015: Parte 3
Cavalo Dinheiro, de Pedro Costa, el mal izquierdismo de Jean-Marie Straub y otros temas

Por David Walsh, 21 abril 2015

En el reciente festival de cine en la Ciudad de México (FICUNAM) las películas de Pedro Costa de Portugal (Cavalo Dinheiro), de Jean-Marie Straub (Kommunisten, etcétera), de Lisando Alonso de Argentina (Jauja), del español Hermes Paralluelo (No todo es vigilia) y d el brasileño Adirley Queirós (Branco sai. Preto fica), nos dan la oportunidad de presentar un enfoque crítico a cierta cinematografía.

New in French

Les noyades en masse en Méditerranée : un crime de l’impérialisme

Par Patrick Martin, 21 avril 2015

L’horreur des noyades en masse en mer Méditerranée est une conséquence directe de la politique militariste du gouvernement américain, soutenu par ses alliés européens, au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique.

L’UE et Syriza se préparent à réprimer l'opposition populaire à l'austérité en Grèce

Par Kumaran Ira, 21 avril 2015

Il y a une reconnaissance croissante dans les cercles dirigeants que le gouvernement grec se dirige vers une confrontation avec la classe ouvrière.

New in German

Wirtschaftliche Stagnation und Finanzparasitismus prägen Jahrestagung von IWF und Weltbank

Nick Beams, Barry Grey, 21. April 2015

Nach offiziellen Berichten des Internationalen Währungsfonds steht der Weltwirtschaft kein Aufschwung, sondern eine Verschärfung der Krise bevor.

Massensterben im Mittelmeer geht weiter

Johannes Stern, 21. April 2015

Nach Informationen der Internationalen Organisation für Migration (IOM) sind am Montag drei weitere Flüchtlingsschiffe im Mittelmeer in Seenot geraten.

Ukraine: Mordanschläge auf Kritiker des Kiewer Regimes

Alex Lantier, 21. April 2015

Die Verantwortung für die Morde tragen die imperialistischen Mächte, die das Regime in Kiew an die Macht gebracht haben und seine antirussische Propaganda und Rehabilitierung des Faschismus unterstützen.

Prozess gegen früheren SS-Mann Oskar Gröning beginnt in Lüneburg

Elisabeth Zimmermann, 21. April 2015

Der Prozess gegen Gröning wird wohl einer der letzten gegen Täter sein, die an den unbeschreiblich grauenvollen Verbrechen der Nazis in Auschwitz beteiligt waren.

Spannungen zwischen USA und Großbritannien

Richard Tyler, 21. April 2015

Ein Bericht des wissenschaftlichen Dienstes des amerikanischen Kongresses kommt zu dem Schluss: "In allen Punkten der amerikanischen Agenda sollte Großbritannien nicht als zentraler Akteur betrachtet werden."

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Workers must mobilize to stop water shutoffs in Detroit!

21 April 2015

Detroit officials are getting ready to cut off water to as many as 73,000 households.

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts Review

“Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit,” at the Detroit Institute of Arts
In defense of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes

By Tim Rivers and David Walsh, 21 April 2015

Along with much fascinating material, the current exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts on the 11 months the famed Mexican artists spent in the city has some very troubling and wrongheaded aspects.

International May Day 2015

Chicago auto workers voice support for May Day rally

By George Marlowe, 20 April 2015

Detroit Chrysler workers express support for May Day rally against war

No to imperialist war! Join the 2015 International May Day Online Rally!

the International Committee of the Fourth International, 13 April 2015

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SEP Sri Lanka

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) holds first national congress

By our correspondents, 21 April 2015

Delegates from across the island unanimously adopted two resolutions on socialist internationalism and the political fight against war.

SEP Australia

Socialist Equality Party supporters oppose anti-war meeting ban

By our reporter, 21 April 2015

Oppose political censorship at the University of Sydney!
An Open Letter to the Vice Chancellor

James Cogan—National Secretary SEP (Australia), 20 April 2015

Australia: Police “terrorism” raids exploited to boost Anzac Day events

By Mike Head, 20 April 2015

Growing opposition to censorship of SEP (Australia) anti-war meeting

For an international campaign to defend the democratic rights of the Socialist Equality Party
Sydney University blocks SEP’s anti-war meeting

Australia: Corporate exploitation of Anzac myth triggers a furore

Oppose the political censorship of the SEP (Australia)

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand:
Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III

6 April 2015

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Alan Seymour (1927–2015)—a critical voice against Australian militarism

By Kaye Tucker, 21 April 2015

Seymour’s most successful play The One Day of the Year is one of the very few that challenges the myths surrounding Anzac Day.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) Election Campaign

SEP speaker at London election meeting: Only socialism can bring about genuine equality

By our reporter, 21 April 2015

Paul Stickley, the election agent for the Socialist Equality Party candidate in the May 7 General Election, David O’Sullivan, took part in a hustings last Thursday.

“Nothing can be resolved without ending the dictatorship of the super-rich”
SEP candidate for Glasgow Central Katie Rhodes speaks at hustings

SEP candidate at Kentish Town Community Centre hustings
“We are fighting for a massive movement of the working class to oppose austerity and war”

Oppose NATO war mongering: Attend International May Day online rally

Socialist Equality Party (UK) 2015 General Election manifesto: No to war and austerity! Fight for socialism!

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US admits FBI falsified evidence to obtain convictions

By Kate Randall, 20 April 2015

Mexican police confront immigrant protest caravan

By Rafael Azul, 20 April 2015

EU, Syriza prepare to suppress popular opposition to austerity in Greece

By Kumaran Ira, 20 April 2015

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Majority of Boston residents oppose death penalty for marathon bomber Tsarnaev

California governor’s emergency drought measures leave agribusiness giants untouched

Wave of assassinations in Ukraine targets critics of Kiev regime

Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke hired by hedge fund Citadel

National Guard referred to Ferguson protesters as “enemy forces”

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

21 April 2015

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

Striking Houston-area refinery workers reject “last, best” contract offers

By Tom Hall, 20 April 2015


Twenty years since the Oklahoma City bombing

20 April 2015

Australian World War I “celebration” buries history of mass anti-war opposition

By Richard Phillips, 18 April 2015

“The world only discovered him a hero after he had fallen a martyr”
150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Tom Mackaman, 14 April 2015

25 years ago: Hubble Space Telescope launched into orbit

The much-anticipated launch of the Hubble Space Telescope aboard the space shuttle Discovery took place on April 24, 1990 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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50 years ago: Sukarno completes nationalization of foreign property

On April 24, 1965, President Sukarno signed a decree nationalizing the remaining foreign property held in Indonesia.

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75 years ago: US admiral says war against Japan inevitable

On April 22, 1940, Rear Admiral J.K. Taussig bluntly revealed US imperialism’s aims before the Senate committee on naval affairs.

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100 years ago: Allied forces launch disastrous Gallipoli landing in Turkey

On April 25, 1915 troops from Britain, Australia and New Zealand began the land phase of what has become known as the Gallipoli campaign.

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Mehring Books

On the anniversary of Lenin’s birth
Special offer from Mehring Books

16 April 2015

Sale on Tsar to Lenin and the Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century.