28 May 2015

Global tensions surge as NATO, Russia hold rival military exercises

By Alex Lantier, 28 May 2015

The holding of military exercises preparing for large-scale conflict demonstrates that the imperialist powers, led by the US, are gearing up for a Third World War.

Pentagon provocation on Russia’s border

US defence secretary sets stage for confrontation with China

By Peter Symonds, 28 May 2015

Ashton Carter declared that the Pentagon would continue its “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea.

Officials signal Australia will join US provocation in South China Sea

By James Cogan, 28 May 2015

Philippine state visit to Canada escalates anti-China “pivot”

By Dylan Lubao, 28 May 2015

China warns of war with US in South China Sea

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Left Platform: Syriza’s last line of defence

By Robert Stevens, 28 May 2015

As the Syriza-led Greek government works to impose the dictates of the banks, Syriza’s Left Platform fears the development of an independent movement in the working class.

Riga talks fail to produce Greek loan deal

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Queen’s Speech 2015: UK Conservatives lay out agenda of austerity and repression

By Chris Marsden, 28 May 2015

Existing anti-democratic legislation built up under successive Labour and Tory administrations will be supplemented by a new Counter-Extremism Bill.

The death of British Labourism

Los Angeles County backs Obama’s anti-immigrant agenda

By Dorota Niemitz, 28 May 2015

The board of supervisors in the southern California city voted to endorse the Priority Enforcement Program, a refashioned federal program to deport undocumented workers.

Alabama bought execution drugs on the black market

By Shelley Connor, 28 May 2015

Alabama sentences more people to death and executes more people per capita than any other state in the US.

The firing squad returns to America

Canada: Ontario Liberals orchestrate outlawing of teacher strikes

By Carl Bronski, 28 May 2015

While the government claims it is acting to save students’ school year, its real aim is to push through social spending cuts and impose concessionary contracts on teachers.

The assault on health care in Russia

By David Levine, 28 May 2015

The Russian government is preparing to slash funding for the country’s health care system, already inadequate to meet the population’s needs.

Works council elections at Germany’s ThyssenKrupp: What way forward?

By Dietmar Henning, 28 May 2015

The problems confronting ThyssenKrupp workers in Duisburg cannot be resolved on the basis of a trade unionist strategy.

Australian government moves to revoke citizenship rights

By Mike Head, 28 May 2015

The Abbott government is proposing legislation that would strip citizenship from individuals on vague national security grounds.

ANC whips up racism amid xenophobic attacks in South Africa
Part 1

By G. T. Maqhubela, 28 May 2015

The anti-immigrant agitation is aimed at diverting attention from the disastrous impact of the pro-capitalist policies pursued by the ANC and its partners since coming to power in 1994.

New in Turkish

AB’nin “göçmen misyonu”: İnsani bir pelerin altında savaş planları

Robert Stevens, 28 Mayıs 2015

Kuzey Afrika ve Ortadoğu’daki katliamdan ve savaştan kaçmak isteyen çaresiz mülteci seli kabarmaya devam ediyor.

Yunan sağlık emekçileri ve gazeteciler kemer sıkmaya karşı greve gitti

Robert Stevens, 28 Mayıs 2015

Yunanistan’daki devlet hastanelerinde ve sağlık merkezlerinde çalışan binlerce doktor, hemşire ve ambulans görevlisi, Çarşamba günü, 24 saatlik bir grev yaptı.

New in French

Début d'un exercice aérien de l'OTAN contre la Russie dans l'Arctique

Par Patrick Martin, 28 mai 2015

L'exercice Arctic Challenge implique plus de 100 avions de combat des États-Unis, de la Grande-Bretagne, de l'Allemagne, de la France, de la Norvège et des Pays-Bas, tous membres de l'OTAN, ainsi que de la Suède, de la Finlande et de la Suisse.

Des manifestations au Japon dénoncent la présence militaire américaine

Par Ben McGrath, 28 mai 2015

De nombreux rassemblements ont eu lieu récemment à Okinawa et ailleurs au Japon contre la relocalisation d'une base américaine de Marines sur cette île.

La France annonce la mort de deux chefs d'Al Qaïda dans le Nord du Mali

Par Kumaran Ira, 28 mai 2015

Des commandos français ont abattu deux dirigeants d'Al Qaïda au cours d’une exécution extrajudicaire dans la nuit du 17 au 18 mai.

La crise au Burundi accroît le danger d'une guerre régionale en Afrique

Par Stéphane Hugues, 28 mai 2015

Après des semaines de manifestations contre un troisième mandat du président burundais Pierre Nkurunziza, l’assassinat de l’opposant Zedi Feruzi accroît considérablement le risque de guerre civile.

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Das Tarifeinheitsgesetz und die Wiederkehr des deutschen Militarismus

Von Ulrich Rippert, 28. Mai 2015

Das Gesetz zur Tarifeinheit hebelt grundgesetzlich verankerte Rechte von Arbeitern aus, allen voran das Streikrecht und das Recht auf Koalitionsfreiheit.

Münkler erhält Schützenhilfe von ganz rechts

Von Peter Schwarz, 28. Mai 2015

Die Wochenzeitung Junge Freiheit, das Sprachrohr der Neuen Rechten, unterstützt die Kampagne gegen kritische Studenten an der Berliner Humboldt-Universität.

Irland: Überwältigende Unterstützung für Legalisierung der gleichgeschlechtlichen Ehe

Von Jordan Shilton, 28. Mai 2015

Die Abstimmung demonstriert den drastisch gesunkenen Einfluss der katholischen Kirche, die Irland seit Jahrhunderten ideologisch dominiert.

Mehrheit der türkischen Autoarbeiter beendet Streik

Von Jean Shaoul, 28. Mai 2015

Die offensichtlichen Zugeständnisse an die Autoarbeiter sind ein Anzeichen für die Nervosität der Unternehmer und der regierenden AKP.

Proteste in Japan gegen US-Militärpräsenz

Von Ben McGrath, 28. Mai 2015

Auf Okinawa und anderen Orten in Japan fanden in letzter Zeit zahlreiche Kundgebungen gegen die geplante Verlegung eines US Marines-Stützpunktes auf die Insel statt.

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Perspective

Behind the recriminations over the fall of Ramadi

28 May 2015

The US defense secretary’s charge that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight” has evoked counter-charges that Washington has no real desire to crush ISIS.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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

By Johannes Stern, 25 May 2015

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

“Münkler-Watch” and the dictatorship of the elites

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

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Commentary

US establishment shields killer cops

By Andre Damon, 27 May 2015

Cop used military “rules of engagement” in 2012 Cleveland killing

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Protests in Japan denounce US military presence

By Ben McGrath, 27 May 2015

The New York Times calls for blood in Iraq-Syria war

By Patrick Martin, 27 May 2015

Irish voters overwhelmingly support legalisation of same-sex marriage

By Jordan Shilton, 27 May 2015

Union collaborates with Liberals in Ontario Hydro privatization

By Carl Bronski, 27 May 2015

NSA affair creates tensions between Berlin and Washington

By Gustav Kemper, 27 May 2015

Science

New discoveries illuminate early human physical and technological evolution

By Philip Guelpa, 26 May 2015

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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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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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