25 May 2015

Judge clears killer cop in 2012 Cleveland, Ohio shooting

By Samuel Davidson and Andre Damon, 25 May 2015

Officer Michael Brelo jumped on the hood of the victims' car and shot them fifteen times through the windshield.

Obama’s paramilitary police

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Pentagon chief hints at shift in US policy in war with ISIS

By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2015

In an interview with CNN, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the ISIS victory at Ramadi showed that Iraqi government forces did not have the “will to fight.”

The fall of Ramadi and the criminality of US imperialism

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Riga talks fail to produce Greek loan deal

By Robert Stevens, 25 May 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out any immediate agreement, saying one was only achievable as a result of a joint deal between the so-called “troika.”

Greece and the dictatorship of finance capital

Thousands of Ukrainians protest Kiev regime’s draconian utility price hikes

By Alex Lantier, 25 May 2015

Kiev is slashing subsidies to basic goods in order to funnel money to the regime’s Wall Street creditors and increase military spending on the war in east Ukraine.

Poroshenko says Ukraine is at war with Russia

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Hundreds dead in refugee graves in Malaysia

By John Roberts, 25 May 2015

Large-scale operations transporting refugees could not have occurred without the involvement of state officials in Thailand and Malaysia.

The worldwide persecution of refugees

Australia deeply embedded in US military build-up in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 25 May 2015

Despite strenuous official denials, Australia “will probably be hosting some American B1 supersonic bombers after all.”

US prepares new military provocations in South China Sea

Is the US planning a “Gulf of Tonkin” incident in the South China Sea?

Moves for a “left alliance” government accelerate in Portugal

By Paul Mitchell, 25 May 2015

With the Socialist Party unable to significantly capitalize on the disaffection with the government, smaller pseudo-left parties could hold the balance of power.

USA Freedom Act stalls in the Senate

By Thomas Gaist, 25 May 2015

The pseudo-reform bill, touted by supporters as a major blow against the NSA’s illegal mass spying programs, further entrenches and institutionalizes the surveillance.

US Court of Appeals finds NSA phone data collection is illegal

US CEO pay hits record high

By Nick Barrickman, 25 May 2015

The top 200 highest-paid US CEOs made an average of $22.6 million last year.

OECD report: Global social inequality hits new record

Only one in four workers worldwide has a stable job

Quebec criminalizing working-class struggle

By Keith Jones, 25 May 2015

Quebec’s Liberal government is intensifying the assault on workers’ rights and its drive to criminalize popular resistance to its austerity program.

Mexican president deploys military in Jalisco state

By Kevin Kearney, 25 May 2015

The military operations of the Peña Nieto government are aimed at a far more dangerous internal enemy: Mexico’s increasingly restive working class.

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L'UE approuve une opération militaire contre les réfugiés en Méditerranée

Par Johannes Stern, 25 mai 2015

Lundi dernier, les ministres des Affaires étrangères et de la Défense de l'UE se sont mis d’accord sur un plan d’intervention militaire contre les réfugiés en Méditerranée et en Afrique du Nord.

La France augmente ses dépenses militaires et recrute plus de jeunes dans l’armée

Par Kumaran Ira, 25 mai 2015

L’Armée est en passe de devenir le principal recruteur de main-d’œuvre en France au moment où le pays injecte, dans le contexte du renforcement général des capacités militaires en Europe, des milliards supplémentaires dans ses forces armées.

Le blog ‘Münkler-Watch’ et la dictature des élites

Par Peter Schwarz, 25 mai 2015

Les attaques lancées contre ceux qui critiquent le professeur de science politique Herfried Münkler de l’Université Humboldt sont à présent dirigées contre la liberté sur Internet.

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Perspective

The escalation of global financial parasitism

25 May 2015

The rise in stock markets expresses not the health, but rather the deepening sickness, of the global economic order.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) and International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 May 2015

The PSG and the IYSSE unequivocally support the students who publish the blog “Münkler-Watch” and have become the target of a massive intimidation campaign.

Herfried Münkler’s interview in Die Zeit: State-imposed conformism like 1933

By Johannes Stern, 25 May 2015

In an interview titled “Resentments as in 1933,” political science professor Herfried Münkler has accused anti-militarist students of Nazism and anti-Semitism.

“Münkler-Watch” and the dictatorship of the elites

“Münkler-Watch” and the reproach of anonymity: A red herring

Scholarship, not war propaganda!
The IYSSE’s campaign against war and historical falsification at Humboldt University

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25 years ago: US-Soviet summit at Camp David

May 31, 1990 was the first day of a week-long summit between the major leaders of the Soviet Union and the United States, held outside Washington.

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50 years ago: Coal mine disaster kills hundreds in India

On May 28, 1965, an explosion and fire at the Dhori mine at Dhanbad, near Bermo, India, killed nearly 400 miners, when coal dust was ignited by a spark or flame.

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75 years ago: Allied evacuation at Dunkirk

On May 26, 1940 the British and French forces in northern Belgium began their evacuation from the port of Dunkirk across the English Channel.

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100 years ago: Ottoman parliament passes law for mass deportation of Armenians

On May 29, 1915, the Ottoman parliament passed the Tehcir Law, which authorized the deportation of the Armenian population.

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Commentary

European Union’s “migrant mission”: War plans in a humanitarian cloak

By Robert Stevens, 23 May 2015

Agreement signed on China-backed investment bank

By Nick Beams, 23 May 2015

Ten years after riots, French police cleared in deaths of Clichy-sous-Bois youths

By Anthony Torres, 23 May 2015

New York mayor de Blasio’s housing plan: An assault on the working class

By Philip Guelpa, 23 May 2015

Despite surplus, California governor releases austerity budget

By Dan Conway, 23 May 2015

Why aren’t the banksters in prison?

US intelligence and media fail to debunk Seymour Hersh on bin Laden

Federal court blocks release of CIA torture report

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

23 May 2015

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

Featured Article

The deindustrialization of Baltimore

By Nick Barrickman, 20 May 2015

Arts Review

Alex Garland’s Ex Machina: Will artificial intelligence replace human efforts?

By Dorota Niemitz, 20 May 2015

Is it a dangerous precedent?: Detroit Institute of Arts tests out art market with van Gogh

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.
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Obituary

Blues musician B.B. King, 1925-2015

By James Brewer, 18 May 2015

The iconic American blues artist died May 15 at 89, after dozens of albums and decades of intensive touring.