Major losses for ruling parties, gains for anti-EU parties in European elections

By Chris Marsden, 26 May 2014

Amidst low turnout in European Parliament elections, parties opposed to the EU, nominally on the right and left, benefited from hostility to the austerity measures.

Major UK parties given drubbing in local elections

By Robert Stevens, 26 May 2014

Billionaire oligarch declared winner in Ukraine elections

By Thomas Gaist, 26 May 2014

“Chocolate king” Petro Poroshenko has been declared the winner in sham elections in Ukraine, held under conditions of mounting violence against opponents of the US-backed regime.

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US veterans health care scandal used to push for privatization

By Tom Carter, 26 May 2014

Calls for the privatization of veterans’ health care make clear that the VA scandal will be exploited to accelerate the dismantling of the American health care system.

Shooting rampage in Santa Barbara, California leaves 7 dead

By Kevin Martinez and David Walsh, 26 May 2014

A 22-year-old student allegedly stabbed three roommates to death May 23 before killing three more students and himself near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Report: US targets poor and working class with mass imprisonment

By Eric London, 26 May 2014

A report from the National Research Council details the devastating social impact of mass incarceration.

Inmate deaths reveal brutal conditions in New York City’s Rikers Island prison

By Philip Guelpa, 26 May 2014

An Associated Press investigation revealed that two inmates recently died from horrific squalor and neglect at the prison.

More National Football League players file suit over injuries

By Matthew Brennan, 26 May 2014

A group of retired NFL players allege that professional football knowingly supplied them with illegal narcotics and addictive painkillers.

Budget shock creates problems for Australian government

By Nick Beams, 26 May 2014

Opposition to the budget is growing as its measures are increasingly exposed as benefiting the wealthy at the expense of the majority.

Quebec Liberal government to ravage public services

By Richard Dufour, 26 May 2014

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard reiterated last week his government’s intention to drastically curtail social spending, including eliminating entire programs.

South Africa: Big business demands ANC speedily impose its National Development Plan

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 26 May 2014

The Employment Equity Amendment Act seeks to compel designated employers to meet racial targets at management level in aid of the “transformation” of post-apartheid society.

South Korean opposition exploits ferry disaster

By Ben McGrath, 26 May 2014

The opposition NPAD is just as responsible as the Park administration for the undermining of safety standards that led to the sinking.

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Les élections européennes en France

Par Peter Schwarz, 26 mai 2014

Depuis des mois, les sondages en France prévoient la victoire du Front national (FN) d'extrême-droite aux élections européennes de dimanche.

La préparation de l’élection présidentielle ukrainienne marquée par la répression politique

Par Alex Lantier, 26 mai 2014

Alors que le régime non-élu de Kiev, soutenu par les occidentaux, préparait l’élection présidentielle du 25 mai, des forces conservatrices et fascistes attaquaient et massacraient les membres de partis d'opposition.

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Perspective

The US and Thailand’s military coup

26 May 2014

While the US has announced a token suspension of aid, the Pentagon’s close collaboration with the military will continue unabated behind the scenes.

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25 years ago: Social tension builds as Chinese workers mobilize in support of students

This week, 25 years ago, saw a deepening of the turmoil in China, as the Stalinist bureaucracy had been unable to implement its crackdown on protesting students in Tiananmen Square.

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50 years ago: Nehru dies in India

On May 27, 1964, Jawaharlal Nehru, the prime minister of India, died at the age of 74 after suffering a stroke.

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75 years ago: Soviet census shows dramatic growth

The population of the Soviet Union was growing by approximately two million people a year, according to official census figures released on June 1,1939.

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100 years ago: Over a thousand die in sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland

On May 29, 1914, some 1,012 people died when the RMS Empress of Ireland sank in the Saint Lawrence River.

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Arts Review

San Francisco International Film Festival 2014
Part four: Manos Sucias, Freedom Summer and others: Bitter social conflict present and past

By Joanne Laurier, 26 May 2014

A film about Colombia, a short conversation with its director, and a documentary about the civil rights movement in the 1960s, among other things.

Orson Welles: An “unfinished artist” in an unfinished century
Event marks 80 years since theater festival in Woodstock, Illinois

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 23 May 2014

Welles remains one of the most remarkable figures in the history of the cinema and theater in the 20th century.

Interviews with critics and film historians about Orson Welles

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 23 May 2014

Pharrell Williams’ Girl troubles

By Hiram Lee, 24 May 2014

Following last year’s successful collaboration with Daft Punk, producer and performer Pharrell Williams has returned with Girl, a hit album of his own.

SEP European Election Campaign

Lively discussions at SEP European election meetings in North West England

By our reporter, 26 May 2014

German socialist Johannes Stern spoke at both of the Socialist Equality Party’s Eve of Poll meetings in Liverpool and Manchester.

“No more war”
Video: PSG member speaks in Voices Against War

By Werner Siepmann, 24 May 2014

In this video, long-time Socialist Equality Party (PSG) member Werner Siepmann, 83, recounts his memories of the Second World War and calls on workers and young people to take up the fight against militarism.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

City workers denounce fraudulent “vote” on benefit cuts

By Tim Rivers, 24 May 2014

In this video, Detroit city retirees speak out against Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s drive to slash their pensions and medical benefits.

Anger erupts at Detroit meetings as unions press for pension cuts

By Jerry White, 23 May 2014

Widespread anger over cuts to pensions and health care benefits erupted at two meetings attended by hundreds of retired Detroit city workers Wednesday.

“They are setting up a culture for a revolution”
Retired city workers denounce Detroit pension cuts

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Mehring Books

Mehring Books Spring Sale

24 May 2014

Take advantage of steep discounts on sale bundles and individual titles.

History

The Civil War in 1864

By Tom Mackaman, 23 May 2014

The American Civil War entered its decisive phase 150 years ago, in the summer and fall of 1864.

Fifty years since Johnson’s “Great Society” speech

By Andre Damon, 24 May 2014