Gulf crisis could lead to war, says German foreign minister

By Jordan Shilton, 12 June 2017

Sigmar Gabriel’s warning over the Saudi-led diplomatic blockade of Qatar demonstrates the deepening inter-imperialist rivalries in the region, which threaten to transform the dispute into a war between the major powers.

US forces accused of firing white phosphorus into Mosul and Raqqa

By James Cogan, 12 June 2017

Dispute erupts in Trump administration over Gulf conflict

US Special Forces involved in declaration of martial law in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 12 June 2017

Washington is using martial law to discipline the Philippine president and reorient Manila’s geopolitical ties away from Beijing and Moscow, and back into the camp of US imperialism.

UK Prime Minister May seeks alliance with Democratic Unionist Party to forestall a second general election

By Robert Stevens, 12 June 2017

May called last week’s election to secure a substantial increase to the Tories’ slim 17-seat majority, but lost 13 seats and ended with a hung parliament.

Britain’s general election: A new stage in the class struggle

UK: Blairite challenges Unite union leadership election result

By Robert Stevens, 12 June 2017

The aim of the Blairites is to take control of the union and remove substantial financial backing from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mass abstention overshadows Macron victory in French legislative elections

By Alex Lantier, 12 June 2017

Fully 51.2 percent of voters abstained in Sunday’s French legislative elections —the first time since the end of World War II that only a minority of registered voters participated.

New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA) election meeting in Paris: The dead end of the pseudo-left

New Italian electoral law fails

By Marianne Arens, 12 June 2017

A new electoral law, agreed on by Italy’s four main parties, was rejected by the chamber of deputies on Thursday after two days of debate.

Illinois unions endorse billionaire J.B. Pritzker for governor

By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 12 June 2017

Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt Hotels fortune, has been enlisted by the Democratic Party to take on Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, another billionaire, whom the Democrats are attacking as “bad for business.”

Sri Lankan government to tighten police-state laws

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 12 June 2017

Colombo’s planned “anti-terror” laws are even more repressive than the country’s notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act.

Australian state Labor government steps up punitive measures against youth

By Margaret Rees and Will Morrow, 12 June 2017

The Victorian government is attacking the rights of young people as part of a broader “law and order” campaign.

New in Spanish

Las elecciones generales británicas: una nueva etapa en la lucha de clases

Por Keith Jones, 12 junio 2017

Para aquellos que se inclinan a aceptar el retrato de Corbyn como el líder natural de la clase obrera, como lo pintan los grupos de pseudoizquierda británicos, les decimos: recuerden a Alexis Tsipras y Syriza.

El testimonio de Comey en el Senado: Un circo político en Washington

Por Eric London, 12 junio 2017

No hay nada progresista en la campaña del Partido Demócrata para derribar a Trump con propaganda antirrusa.

Comprendiendo la geopolítica del terrorismo

Por Bill Van Auken, 12 junio 2017

Mientras que la prensa retrata al terrorismo como una manifestación del mal y la obra de dementes, existen relaciones y objetivos geopolíticos definidos detrás de estos actos.

En medio de una crisis que se profundiza, Temer recurre al ejército brasileño

Por Gabriel Lemos, 12 junio 2017

El aumento de la dependencia en el ejército coincide con los esfuerzos del gobierno para imponer “reformas” laborales y de pensiones ampliamente impopulares.

Estudio demuestra que los ultra ricos ocultan el 25 por ciento de su riqueza en paraísos fiscales

Por Gabriel Black, 12 junio 2017

Un nuevo reporte del economista Gabriel Zucman indica que la desigualdad global es significativamente peor de lo que muestran las cifras oficiales debido a la evasión generalizada de impuestos por la élite financiera.

New in French

L'abstention marque la victoire de Macron au premier tour des législatives

Par Alexandre Lantier, 12 juin 2017

La majorité de Macron à l'Assemblée ne disposera d'aucune légitimé pour imposer son programme contre-révolutionnaire, étant élue par une minorité des électeurs.

Législatives en Grande-Bretagne : une nouvelle étape de la lutte des classes

Par Chris Marsden et Julie Hyland, 12 juin 2017

Pour ceux qui sont à présent enclins à accepter la présentation de Corbyn que font des groupes de la pseudo-gauche en Grande-Bretagne, comme un dirigeant naturel de la classe ouvrière, nous disons : Rappelez-vous Alexis Tsipras et Syriza.

Élections législatives britanniques : un choc sismique politique

Par Chris Marsden et Julie Hyland, 12 juin 2017

L’élection britannique a produit un parlement sans majorité absolue pour le gouvernement de droite, contrairement au but recherché (d’une majorité accrue) lorsque la Première ministre du Parti conservateur Theresa May a pris la décision d’aller aux urnes dans une élection générale anticipée.

La guerre politique à Washington s’intensifie
Un Trump défiant accuse le directeur renvoyé du FBI de mentir au Congrès

Par Barry Grey, 12 juin 2017

Comey parle de la part des factions à l’intérieur de l’État pour réimposer la politique de l’Administration Obama d’une escalade de la confrontation économique, diplomatique et militaire avec Moscou.

Allemagne : Joschka Fischer soutient l’appel de Merkel à une politique étrangère plus indépendante

Par Peter Schwarz, 12 juin 2017

L’ancien ministre des Affaires étrangères Fischer, du parti des Verts, a salué le discours que la chancelière Angela Merkel a tenu depuis une tente à bière à Munich.

Québec solidaire prépare une fusion avec des nationalistes de droite

Par Richard Dufour, 12 juin 2017

Les membres de QS ont rejeté pour des raisons tactiques le pacte électoral avec le PQ que préconisait la direction, mais ont endossé une fusion avec Option nationale, issue du PQ.

The Return of History: Conflict, Migration and Geopolitics in the 21st Century
La propagande humanitariste en appui à la guerre impérialiste

Par Roger Jordan, 12 juin 2017

Ayant recours à une propagande humanitariste et une présentation malhonnête des bienfaits du droit international, l'auteure Jennifer Welsh affirme que l'Occident doit agir plus agressivement pour défendre les valeurs démocratiques contre le terrorisme et une Russie ambitieuse.

New in German

Parlamentswahl in Großbritannien: Ein neues Stadium des Klassenkampfs

Von Chris Marsden und Julie Hyland, 12. Juni 2017

Die britischen Pseudolinken stellen Corbyn als neuen Arbeiterführer dar. Wir dagegen sagen: Denkt an die Erfahrung mit Alexis Tsipras und Syriza!

Parteitag in Hannover: Linkspartei hält an Rot-Rot-Grün fest

Von Johannes Stern, 12. Juni 2017

Die Behauptung, die Hartz-IV- und Kriegsparteien SPD und Grüne könnten Partner im Kampf gegen Sozialabbau und Militarismus sein, ist eine dreiste Lüge.

Eine verpasste Gelegenheit
Zürcher Landesmuseum zeigt: „1917 Revolution. Russland und die Schweiz“

Von Marianne Arens, 12. Juni 2017

Die Ausstellung läuft noch bis zum 24. Juni im Zentrum von Zürich. Das Gemeinschaftsprojekt des Zürcher Landesmuseums mit dem Deutschen Historischen Museum wird in abgewandelter Form ab Oktober auch in Berlin zu sehen sein.

Mehr Überwachungsgesetze beseitigen demokratische Grundrechte

Von Tino Jacobson, 12. Juni 2017

Die Große Koalition hat in den letzten Wochen mehrere sogenannte „Sicherheitsgesetze“ durch den Bundestag gepeitscht. Sie führen im Endeffekt zur Totalkontrolle der Bevölkerung und zur starken Einschränkung von demokratischen Grundrechten.

Türkei bereitet Entsendung von Truppen nach Katar vor

Von Halil Celik und Alex Lantier, 12. Juni 2017

Europas Imperialisten billigen stillschweigend die Parteinahme der Türkei für Katar, das sich im Konflikt mit Saudi-Arabien und der Trump-Regierung befindet.

New in Urdu

دہشت گردی کی جیو پولیٹکس کا ادراک

8 June 2017

جبکہ مغربی ذرائع ابلاغ معمول کے مطابق دہشتگردی کی توضیع ’’شیطان‘‘ یا پھر کسی پاگل انسانوں کی کارروائی کے طور پر پیش کرتے ہیں جبکہ دہشتگردی اور جیوپولیٹکس کے درمیان بنیادی رشتے ہیں جنکے خاص سیاسی مقاصد ہیں

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Perspective

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

12 June 2017

Thursday’s appearance by fired FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee has raised the anti-Russian hysteria in the US media to a new level.

Earlier Perspectives »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
June 12-18: Petrograd Congress of Factory Committees endorses Bolshevik resolutions

12 June 2017

Arriving straight from their factory benches, worker-deputies vote overwhelmingly for Bolshevik resolutions. Workers declare that they are ready to rule without the “help” of the capitalists and landlords.

From the archives of the Revolution
Speech at an Emergency Session of the Petrograd Soviet on the Question of Kronstadt

By Leon Trotsky, 10 June 2017

This speech was delivered by Trotsky at an emergency session of the Petrograd Soviet dealing with attacks by the Provisional Government against the increasingly restive sailors at the Kronstadt naval base.

From the archives of the Revolution
Speech at a Session of the Petrograd Soviet on reports by the socialist ministers

By Leon Trotsky, 27 May 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Commentary

At “People’s Summit,” Sanders backs Democrats’ anti-Russian warmongering

By Jerry White, 12 June 2017

Sanders lent his support to the anti-Russian campaign of the Democrats while saying nothing about the danger of a military confrontation with the world’s second largest nuclear power.

Demoralization and opportunism reign at annual Left Forum in New York City

By Fred Mazelis, 12 June 2017

The layers that predominate at the forum are in the orbit of the Democratic Party and quite close to the trade union apparatus, and are for that reason very far from the masses of working people.

Drug crisis pushes up mortality rate for Americans in their prime

By Shelley Connor, 10 June 2017

Political warfare in Washington intensifies
Trump accuses fired FBI director of lying to Congress

By Barry Grey, 10 June 2017

The New York Times lionizes James Comey

By Andre Damon, 10 June 2017

Turkey prepares to send troops to Qatar in conflict with Saudi Arabia

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 9 June 2017

Understanding the geopolitics of terrorism

The Saudi offensive against Qatar and the global intensification of geopolitical conflict

The political fraud of the People’s Summit in Chicago: Sanders, unions seek to refurbish Democrats

By Jerry White and Tom Hall, 9 June 2017

Fifty years since the Six Day Arab-Israeli War

By Jean Shaoul, 9 June 2017

Arts

Roman Polanski’s victim in 1977 makes plea to Los Angeles court to end the case

By Alan Gilman, 12 June 2017

Samantha Geimer, the victim of Roman Polanski’s 1977 sex offense, urged a Los Angles court Friday to end her and Polanski’s 40 years of torment by dismissing the director’s case.

Three intriguing new films that should not disappear unnoticed: Sami Blood, Past Life and Radio Dreams

By David Walsh, 10 June 2017

Most of the films in movie theaters in the US at the moment are poor, or worse. As a result, the public is increasingly turning away. But there are exceptions.

Roger Waters’ Is This the Life We Really Want?: An angry, depressed protest against war and nationalism

By Kevin Reed, 9 June 2017

The case of punk duo PWR BTTM: The erosion of democratic rights in pop culture

By Norisa Diaz, 5 June 2017

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon workers speak out
Amazon forced pregnant woman off the job due to physical, emotional stress

By our reporters, 12 June 2017

Workers tell their Amazon horror stories: “Amazon is the most miserable place I have ever worked.”

Ex-Amazon worker: I was fired for picking too slow

By our reporters, 10 June 2017

A former “picker” was given little training and did not meet Amazon’s required time targets, so he was fired.

California Amazon worker speaks out
“They told us to work harder, promised ‘a cookie’ to fastest worker”

By Marc Wells, Toby Reese and Kevin Martinez, 7 June 2017

Striking German Amazon workers describe grueling conditions and digital surveillance

By Dietmar Henning, 7 June 2017

Socialist Equality Party launches International Amazon Workers Voice newsletter

By the Socialist Equality Party, 24 May 2017

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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The 2017 British Election

British general election delivers seismic political shock

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 9 June 2017

The issues of political principle in the UK general election

Britain’s crisis election and the tasks facing the working class

UK election dominated by growing threat of state repression

More on the British election »

Workers Struggles

Reject unacceptable workloads and standardised testing! Take a stand for public education!
Vote No to the AEU-Labor government sell-out deal in Victoria!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 9 June 2017

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE demands Humboldt University retract its defense of right-wing radical Jorg Baberowski

By the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 9 June 2017

The university leadership can no longer sustain the assertion that it is protecting the freedom of academic inquiry and defending a scholar “whose integrity is beyond doubt.”

Professor Jörg Baberowski loses on all counts in suit against University of Bremen students

Statement of Mitch Abrams, International Youth and Students for Social Equality representative on the EMU student government
Defend the Eastern Michigan University part-time lecturers!

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

More on the fight for democratic rights at NYU »

Science

Evolutionary divergence between apes and humans may have occurred in Europe, not Africa

By Philip Guelpa, 8 June 2017

New evidence for life-capable environments on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Sri Lankan students demand release of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 7 June 2017

What we have said:
The World Socialist Web Site and the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Usman Khan, 3 June 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

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party stands candidates in German election: Against militarism and war! For socialism!

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party of Germany), 5 June 2017

Floods in Sri Lanka: Government responsible for another social disaster

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 June 2017

The Flint Water Crisis

State official resigns after using racial slur, expressing contempt for Flint and Detroit workers

By Shannon Jones, 8 June 2017

Poisoned Water: “NOVA” science series broadcasts segment on Flint water crisis

By James Brewer, 3 June 2017

Watch: “If they can poison the people of Flint, they can poison anyone!”

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Watch: Anger erupts at Flint City Council meeting

Three years after the lead poisoning of Flint, residents face water shutoffs, home foreclosures

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

History

Political lessons of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in China

By James Cogan, 5 June 2017