Retail sales slump points to dismal conditions for US workers

By Andre Damon, 27 May 2014

Six years after the 2008 economic crisis, unemployment, poverty, stagnant wages, and temporary employment continue to be realities of life for broad sections of the US population.

French neo-fascist victory in European elections exposes bankruptcy of ruling elite

By Alex Lantier, 27 May 2014

The vote does not indicate broad support for the neo-fascists’ anti-immigrant agenda, but the absence of any organization opposed to the ruling Socialist Party from the left.

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

Major UK parties given drubbing in local elections

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New Ukraine government launches airstrikes, prepares austerity measures

By Thomas Gaist, 27 May 2014

Newly elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed to crush resistance in the east Monday, launching strikes against separatist militants in and around an airport in Donestsk.

Billionaire oligarch declared winner in Ukraine elections

Unease in UK’s political elite after Prince Charles compares Putin to Hitler

By Julie Hyland, 27 May 2014

For the last weeks, the main political parties and the media have sought to draw a veil of silence over events in Ukraine.

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Thai king endorses military coup

By Tom Peters, 27 May 2014

King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed last week’s coup, declaring that it was necessary to restore “order.”

Australian government to dump refugees in Cambodia

By Mike Head, 27 May 2014

Plans are underway to send asylum seekers, currently detained in an Australian-controlled camp on Nauru, to be “re-settled” in Cambodia.

Labor duplicity exposed on Australian budget

By Nick Beams, 27 May 2014

The Labor Party’s flip flops over the freeze on family benefits expose the double game it is playing on the Australian budget

Libya plunging towards civil war

By Jean Shaoul, 27 May 2014

The coup bid by retired general Khalifa Hifter’s Libyan National Army killed at least 79 and wounded more than 140 in attacks in the eastern port city of Benghazi and the capital Tripoli.

The face of food stamp cuts: Chicago, Illinois

By Chris Davion, 27 May 2014

WSWS reporters recently spoke to Chicago-area residents about the impact of the tens of billions in food stamp cuts implemented over the past two years.

US judge allows for continued force feeding of Guantanamo Bay prisoner

By Nick Barrickman, 27 May 2014

District Court Judge Gladys Kessler reverses previous ruling on force-feeding.

Government files reveal official campaign of spying against Occupy Wall Street

By Matthew MacEgan, 27 May 2014

4,000 pages of government communications detail the use of “fusion centers” in the coordinated mass surveillance against the protests in 2011 and 2012.

New in Turkish

ABD ve Tayland’daki askeri darbe

Peter Symonds, 27 Mayıs 2014

Demokratik haklar uğruna ve kemer sıkma önlemelerine karşı siyasi mücadele, ister istemez ABD’nin savaş yönelimine karşı mücadeleyle bağlantılıdır.

Avrupa Parlamentosu seçimleri:
İktidar partileri oy kaybederken AB karşıtları kazançlı çıktı

Chris Marsden, 27 Mayıs 2014

28 ülkede dört gün boyunca süren seçimlere katılım düşük olurken, çok sayıda kayıtlı seçmen, muhalefetini evde oturarak gösterdi.

Ukrayna seçimlerinde milyarder oligark galip ilan edildi

Thomas Gaist, 27 Mayıs 2014

Halkın geniş bir kesimi, özellikle oy kullanma merkezlerinin çoğunun kapalı olduğu doğu ve güney bölgelerinde, seçimleri boykot etti.

New in French

Elections européennes: Des pertes considérables pour les partis au pouvoir et des gains pour les partis anti UE

Par Chris Marsden, 27 mai 2014

Dans le contexte d’un faible taux de participation aux élections parlementaires européennes, les partis opposés à l’UE, se disant de droite ou de gauche, ont tiré profit de l’hostilité aux mesures d’austérité.

Allemagne : Janine Wissler du groupe Marx21 élue à la direction du Parti de gauche

Par Marianne Arens, 27 mai 2014

Son rôle est de donner au mouvement vers la droite du parti un visage de gauche

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Die USA und der Militärputsch in Thailand

Von Peter Symonds, 27. Mai 2014

Die USA haben zwar angekündigt, die Zahlung von Hilfsgeldern an Thailand auszusetzen, die enge Zusammenarbeit des Pentagons mit dem thailändischen Militär wird hinter den Kulissen jedoch ungehindert weitergehen.

Europawahlen
Starke Verluste für Regierungsparteien, Stimmengewinne für Anti-EU-Parteien

Von Chris Marsden, 27. Mai 2014

Bei den Wahlen zum Europäischen Parlament haben Parteien, die die Europäische Union (EU) ablehnen, die nominell dem rechten und linken Spektrum zugerechnet werden, von der Feindschaft gegen die Sparmaßnahmen der europäischen Regierungen profitiert.

Milliardenschwerer Oligarch zum Sieger der Wahl in der Ukraine erklärt

Von Thomas Gaist, 27. Mai 2014

Der “Schokoladenkönig”Petro Poroschenko wurde zum Gewinner der Präsidentschaftswahl in der Ukraine erklärt, die unter Bedingungen verschärfter Gewalt gegen die Opponenten des von den USA und der EU unterstützten Regimes in Kiew duchgeführt wurden.

Erfolgreiche Wahlabschlussveranstaltung der PSG

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 27. Mai 2014

Die Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) beendete ihren Europawahlkampf am Samstag mit einer gut besuchten Veranstaltung in Berlin-Tempelhof.

Stimmen von Teilnehmern der Wahlabschlussveranstaltung der PSG

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 27. Mai 2014

Zahlreiche Teilnehmer der Wahlabschlussveranstaltung hatten die PSG erst während der letzten Wochen kennengelernt, sei es bei einer der Kundgebungen oder bei Veranstaltungen und Informationsständen.

Filmkritik
Zeit der Kannibalen

Von Bernd Reinhardt, 27. Mai 2014

Der in der letzten Berlinale in Berlin im Februar gezeigte Film Zeit der Kannibalen läuft in dieser Woche in den Kinos an.

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Perspective

The Financial Times’ attack on Thomas Piketty

27 May 2014

In a series of articles over the past several days, and in a major editorial published on Monday, the Financial Times has launched a scurrilous attack on Thomas Piketty and his book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

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SEP European Election Campaign

PSG holds successful final election meeting

By our correspondents, 27 May 2014

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit concluded its European election campaign on Saturday with a well attended meeting in Berlin Tempelhof.

Lively discussions at SEP European election meetings in North West England

By our reporter, 26 May 2014

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

By Werner Siepmann, 24 May 2014

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Arts Review

Sun Kil Moon’s Benji: Life and death (mostly death) in small-town Ohio

By Zac Corrigan, 27 May 2014

The latest album from Mark Kozelek, who records as Sun Kil Moon, concerns the often tragic lives of the singer’s friends and family members.

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

San Francisco International Film Festival 2014
Part three: Bad Hair, School of Babel, South is Nothing: Struggling in a harsh reality

San Francisco International Film Festival 2014
Part two: Tamako in Moratorium, Standing Aside, Watching, Three Letters from China: Greater urgency from Japan, Greece and China

San Francisco International Film Festival 2014
Part one: There is realism, and then there is realism

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

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

“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

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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