4 July 2015

On the spot report from Athens
Mass demonstration opposes austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 4 July 2015

Tens of thousands of people took part in a demonstration Friday evening in Athens in opposition to the austerity programme of the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

Video report: Workers speak out against austerity at mass demonstration in Athens

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 4 July 2015

Demonstrators said they were participating in the rally to demand an end to years of austerity.

The political fraud of Syriza’s referendum on EU austerity in Greece

More on the crisis in Greece »

Top bankers’ pay rose 17 percent in 2014

By Andre Damon, 4 July 2015

The vast sums of money pocketed by bank executives are bound up with activities that range from borderline legal to flagrantly illegal.

US income inequality continued to soar in 2014

American CEOs paid 300 times more than workers

French president rejects bid to assist WikiLeaks founder

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2015

President Hollande has rebuffed calls to grant asylum to Assange in the wake of revelations by Wikileaks of illegal NSA spying on several French leaders.

Swedish Supreme Court rejects Julian Assange’s appeal of arrest warrant

Obamacare fuels wave of takeovers
Aetna, Humana announce biggest-ever merger of health insurers

By Barry Grey, 4 July 2015

The deal is the biggest to date in a flurry of mergers and acquisitions spurred on by the Obama administration’s health care overhaul.

US Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies

Notes on police violence
Prosecutors release documents from Washington police shooting investigation

By Gabriel Black and Jason Melanovski, 4 July 2015

The killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in February is just one example of the lethal response of police to the decay of social conditions in the United States.

US Justice Department finds that police provoked unrest in Ferguson

More on police violence in America »

Public housing crisis intensifies in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips, 4 July 2015

The average person in Syracuse has to wait over three years to be placed in low-income public housing, with more than 3,000 people on waiting lists.

Persistence of Ebola epidemic exposes global health failure

By David Brown, 4 July 2015

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed a record number of people because of the region’s desperate poverty and the miserly international response.

German train drivers’ union agrees to strike ban effective until 2020

By Dietmar Henning, 4 July 2015

Hidden within a new agreement with Deutsche Bahn, the GDL has agreed to a “binding arbitration settlement”—in effect, a strike ban—for the life of the contract.

UK child poverty rising as government seeks cuts to tax credits

By Margot Miller, 4 July 2015

A staggering two thirds of children growing up in poor households have at least one family member in work.

World medical body denounces Australia’s refugee detention censorship law

By Will Morrow, 4 July 2015

The new law makes it a crime, punishable with two years in jail, to publicly reveal information about the conditions in Australia’s refugee detention camps.

Australia Post to axe another 1,900 jobs in preparation for privatisation

By Keith Morgan, 4 July 2015

The claim of mail business losses is a smokescreen to eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs over the next three years.

New in Greek

Τη παραμονή του δημοψηφίσματος
Σημάδια για στρατιωτικό πραξικόπημα καθώς οι Έλληνες εργαζόμενοι απαιτούν τέλος στη λιτότητα της ΕΕ

Άλεξ Λαντιέ, 4 Ιούλιος 2015

Μερικές ώρες πριν πλημμυρίσουν οι δρόμοι στο κέντρο της Αθήνας την Παρασκευή με διαδηλωτές κατά της λιτότητας, ένας αριθμός απόστρατων Ελλήνων αξιωματικών ζήτησε ψήφο για «ναι» στο δημοψήφισμα για τις απαιτήσεις της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης, αψηφώντας το κάλεσμα του πρωθυπουργού Αλέξη Τσίπρα ψήφου για «όχι.»

Η πολιτική απάτη του δημοψηφίσματος του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ για τη λιτότητα της ΕΕ στην Ελλάδα

Άλεξ Λαντιέ, 4 Ιούλιος 2015

Από τότε που ο Έλληνας πρωθυπουργός Αλέξης Τσίπρας προκήρυξε δημοψήφισμα για τη λιτότητα της ΕΕ το προηγούμενο Σάββατο, ολόκληρο το επιχείρημα έχει αποκαλυφθεί σαν μια πολιτική απάτη.

New in Russian

25 лет назад: Съезд сталинистов одобряет курс на капиталистическую реставрацию

4 июля 2015 г.

2 июля 1990 года года в условиях растущего экономического и социального кризиса в СССР открылся XXVIII съезд Коммунистической партии Советского Союза.

New in Serbo-Croatian

Uoči referenduma Znaci vojnog puča dok grčki radnici zahtjevaju kraj EU štednje

Alex Lantier, 4. jul 2015.

Grčki oficiri odbacuju bilo kakav privid neutralnosti i obznanjuju svoju podršku pozicijama EU i Vašingtona, prkoseći širokim slojevima stanovništva i trenutnoj vladi u enormnom aktu političkog zastrašivanja.

Politička prevara Siricinog referenduma o EU mjerama štednje u Grčkoj

Alex Lantier, 4. jul 2015.

Cijela rabota oko grčkog referenduma je politička prevara, smišljena da omogući dalju kapitulaciju zahtjevima EU, bez obzira na ishod glasanja.

New in Spanish

Parasitismo Global crea una nueva crisis financiera

Por Nick Beams, 4 julio 2015

El informe anual del Banco de Pagos Internacionales ha criticado la dependencia de los bancos centrales sobre la política monetaria, pidiendo en cambio "reformas estructurales".

Amplio apoyo para trabajadores de té en Sri Lanka

Por equipo de corresponsales, 4 julio 2015

Trabajadores de té repudian el montaje contra sus compañeros de la plantación de Deeside.

New in French

La fraude politique du référendum de Syriza sur l'austérité de l'UE

Par Alexandre Lantier, 4 juillet 2015

Syriza organise le référendum pour donner une couverture politique à sa tentative désespérée d'arriver à un accord avec l'Union européenne sur sa politique d'austérité.

L'armée de l'air égyptienne bombarde le Sinaï après de violents affrontements avec un groupe proche de l’EI.

Par Thomas Gaist, 4 juillet 2015

Les frappes aériennes ont fait au moins vingt-trois morts le lendemain de violents combats dans la péninsule entre troupes gouvernementales et forces islamistes qui avaient déjà fait quelque cent vingt morts.

Caroline du Sud: L’éloge funèbre prononcé par Obama à Charleston

Par Andre Damon, 4 juillet 2015

L’éloge funèbre prononcé par Obama à la mémoire des victimes de la tuerie du mois dernier à Charleston était remarquable pour son obscurantisme religieux et son incapacité d’aborder sérieusement le moindre enjeu social à la source de l’horrible tuerie.

Sri Lanka: les travailleurs des plantations victimes de poursuites parlent au WSWS

Par nos correspondants, 4 juillet 2015

La direction des plantations de thé s’en est prise aux travailleurs de Deeside à cause de leur rôle dirigeant dans une grève de trois jours contre les augmentations de rendement.

New in German

Zum Referendum über die EU-Austeritätspolitik in Griechenland
Syrizas politischer Betrug

Alex Lantier, 4. Juli 2015

Unabhängig von seinem Ausgang ist das Referendum nur ein Deckmantel für eine Kapitulation vor dem sozialen Kahlschlag der EU.

Strategische Planungen der USA richten sich gegen Russland und China

Patrick Martin, 4. Juli 2015

Die Nationale Sicherheitsstrategie für 2015 verschiebt den Fokus der US-Militärplanung vom Kampf gegen Terrorgruppen auf Kriege gegen Russland, China, den Iran und Nordkorea.

Schlichtung im Bahn-Arbeitskampf
GDL unterschreibt Stillhalteabkommen bis 2020

Dietmar Henning, 4. Juli 2015

Der von der Deutschen Bahn (DB) und der Gewerkschaft der Lokführer (GDL) angenommene Schlichterspruch hat weitreichende Konsequenzen. Denn versteckt hinter einigen Zugeständnissen stimmte die GDL einer „verbindlichen Schlichtungsvereinbarung“ bis 2020 zu.

Verdi beendet Streik an der Berliner Charité

Markus Salzmann, 4. Juli 2015

Die Gewerkschaft feiert die Vereinbarung bei der Charité als großen „Durchbruch“, mit der die Charité-Leitung einen „Richtungswechsel“ vollzogen habe. Doch dies ist Augenwischerei.

Die Aktualität des Braunbuchs
Kriegs- und Naziverbrecher in der frühen Bundesrepublik

Verena Nees, 4. Juli 2015

Vor fünfzig Jahren, am 2. Juli 1965, wurde in Ostberlin das „Braunbuch. Kriegs- und Naziverbrecher in der Bundesrepublik – in Staat, Wirtschaft, Verwaltung, Armee, Justiz, Wissenschaft“ vorgestellt.

Amerikanische Grüne bereiten sich auf US-Wahlkampf vor

Patrick Martin, 4. Juli 2015

Die Grünenpolitikerin Jill Stein gab ihre Bewerbung um die Nominierung als Präsidentschaftskandidatin ihrer Partei bekannt.

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Perspective

On eve of referendum
Rumbles of military coup as Greek workers demand end to EU austerity

4 July 2015

Statements by retired military officers calling for a “yes” vote in Sunday’s Greek referendum carry the implied threat of a coup.

Earlier Perspectives »

New in Greek

WSWS publishes Greek translation of “Rumbles of military coup as Greek workers demand end to EU austerity”

Posted here is a translation into Greek of “Rumbles of military coup as Greek workers demand end to EU austerity,” the Perspective of the WSWS posted on July 4.

WSWS publishes Greek translation of “The political fraud of Syriza’s referendum on EU austerity in Greece”

WSWS publishes Greek translation of “Greek crisis comes to a head”

WSWS publishes Greek translation of David North’s May Day speech

Arts Review

Silicon Valley: HBO’s satire of American tech culture

By Kevin Reed, 4 July 2015

Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, the series follows the ups and downs of six young men who live together in a Silicon Valley “business startup incubator.”

The Wolfpack, Dope: American experiences, oddities

By Joanne Laurier, 3 July 2015

Voodoo, a Harlem Renaissance opera, revived in New York

By Fred Mazelis, 2 July 2015

Commentary

Australian pseudo-left hails Syriza’s fraudulent referendum in Greece

By Oliver Campbell, 4 July 2015

Socialist Alternative’s promotion of the Greek referendum is an attempt to prevent the working class drawing any lessons from its experiences with the Syriza government.

Colombo’s “fastest growing tourism” status obtained at the poor’s expense

By Vilani Peiris, 4 July 2015

The transformation of Colombo into a destination for wealthy tourists is the product of ruthless attacks on the inner-city poor, including mass evictions.

US labor force participation rate hits lowest level in nearly four decades

By Andre Damon, 3 July 2015

Chinese stocks continue to fall despite attempted counter-measures

By Nick Beams, 3 July 2015

Oil giant BP reaches sweetheart settlement over 2010 Gulf disaster

By David Brown, 3 July 2015

Bernie Sanders holds rally of 10,000 in Madison, Wisconsin

By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2015

UK seeks leading role in military campaign against Russia

By Julie Hyland, 3 July 2015

The hypocrisy of the attack on the ABC
Murdoch’s Australian media put Zaky Mallah “up in lights”

By James Cogan, 3 July 2015

US military strategy for world domination targets Russia and China

US and Cuba announce resumption of diplomatic relations

The manhunt for Richard Matt and David Sweat: High Sierra in upstate New York

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

4 July 2015

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

Milwaukee transit workers strike

Socialist Equality Party

Victimised Sri Lankan plantation workers speak to the WSWS

By our correspondents, 3 July 2015

Sri Lanka SEP calls public meeting to defend victimised plantation workers

30 June 2015

SEP/IYSSE public meetings to discuss Sri Lankan political crisis

25 June 2015

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Why the German media refuses to report Humboldt University students’ defense of Münkler-Watch

By Johannes Stern, 20 June 2015

Humboldt University student parliament defends freedom of speech

IYSSE delegate addresses Humboldt University student parliament
“Failure to defend freedom of expression would have dire consequences”

Defend student free speech at Humboldt University! Stop state-sponsored censorship!

More on the fight for historical truth in Germany »

Science

Atmospheric temperatures rise to record levels as glaciers disintegrate

By Matthew MacEgan, 3 July 2015

New in Arabic

WSWS publishes Arabic translation of Johannes Stern’s May Day speech

Book Review

Trotskyism and the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934
Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strike of 1934, by Bryan Palmer

By Tom Mackaman and Jerry White, 24 June 2015

25 years ago: Stalinist congress endorses capitalist restoration

The Communist Party of the Soviet Union opened its 28th congress on July 2, 1990 under the shadow of a growing economic and political crisis within the USSR.

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50 years ago: CORE convention rescinds antiwar plank

On July 5, 1965, delegates attending the convention of the Congress of Racial Equality voted to rescind a resolution calling for the withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam and the Dominican Republic.

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75 years ago: British forces sink French fleet

On July 3, 1940, British naval forces confronted the French fleet, forcing its ships to surrender or bombarding and sinking them to prevent them from coming under the control of Nazi Germany.

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100 years ago: German troops suffer defeat in southwest Africa

On July 1, 1915, German troops suffered a strategically critical defeat to British-backed Union of South Africa forces at the Battle of Otavi.

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International May Day 2015

Socialism and the struggle against war

By David North, 4 May 2015

This perspective is the text of the speech delivered by David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board, to open the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
Link to audio

View all speeches from May Day 2015 »