Announcing Afghan drawdown, Obama pledges military forces for other “priorities around the globe”

By Jerry White, 28 May 2014

Obama’s proposed troop reductions have nothing to do with a diminution of US military violence.

US deploys Special Forces to train military units in North and West Africa

By Eric London, 28 May 2014

US Special Forces are training and arming military units in Libya, Niger, Mauritania and Mali as part of an expanded intervention in Africa.

More private insurers to hop on Obamacare gravy train

By Kate Randall, 28 May 2014

New tweaks to Obamacare regulations virtually guarantee that any dent in insurance company profits will be offset by “risk corridor” and other funds.

Video: The plight of migrant workers in Southern California

By our reporters, 28 May 2014

In this video, agricultural workers and residents speak about social conditions in Southern California’s Imperial Valley.

Close encounter between Japanese and Chinese military planes

By Ben McGrath, 28 May 2014

China scrambled fighters in response to Japanese planes monitoring a joint Chinese-Russian naval exercise in the East China Sea.

Egyptian junta extends presidential election due to massive abstention

By Johannes Stern, 28 May 2014

The low voter turnout reflects mass popular hostility to the US-backed military junta and its de facto leader and main presidential candidate, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Modi takes the reins of India’s government

By Keith Jones, 28 May 2014

Big business has strongly supported the coming to power of the BJP with the expectation that a Modi-led government will ram through pro-market “reforms.”

Rightist leads Colombian election in which over 60 percent abstained

By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2014

Zuluaga, candidate of Colombia’s extreme right, came in first amid mass abstention, setting the stage for a run-off with incumbent President Santos.

UK foodbank organizer says most recipients are working poor

By Robert Stevens, 28 May 2014

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to Scott Tulloch, who runs a foodbank at Lower Broughton in central Salford about the growth in emergency food aid.

Four dead after attack on Jewish museum in Brussels

By Matthew MacEgan and David Walsh, 28 May 2014

A gunman fired shots at four people at a Jewish museum in Brussels on Saturday, killing three of them on the spot. Belgian officials began a nationwide manhunt on Sunday.

Workers in Sydney’s west speak out against Australian budget

By our reporters, 28 May 2014

Mount Druitt and Bidwill residents voice their concerns about the Abbott government’s social austerity measures.

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South Korean opposition alliance prepares for regional elections

By Ben McGrath, 28 May 2014

The Democrat Party is using a merger with Ahn Cheol-soo’s political group to cover up its right-wing, pro-business agenda and avoid another humiliating election defeat.

New in Turkish

Fransız neo-faşistlerinin AP seçimlerindeki zaferi egemen seçkinlerin iflasını sergiliyor

Alex Lantier, 28 Mayıs 2014

Neo-faşist Ulusal Cephe’nin Fransa’daki Avrupa Parlamentosu seçimlerinde birinci sırayı alması, Fransız siyaset kurumunun iflasının çarpıcı bir ilanıdır.

PSG son seçim toplantısını yaptı

Muhabirlerimizden, 28 Mayıs 2014

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (PSG-Almanya), Avrupa seçimleri kampanyasını, Cumartesi günü Berlin Tempelhof’da düzenlediği geniş katılımlı bir toplantıyla tamamladı.

New in French

France: la victoire néo-fasciste à l’élection européenne expose la faillite de l’élite dirigeante

Par Alex Lantier, 28 mai 2014

L’arrivée en tête dimanche du Front national (FN) néo-fasciste à l’élection européenne en France révèle de façon éclatante la faillite de l’establishment politique français.

Ukraine: un oligarque milliardaire déclaré vainqueur de l'élection présidentielle

Par Thomas Gaist, 28 mai 2014

Le «roi du chocolat», Petro Poroshenko a été déclaré vainqueur d' élections frauduleuses qui se sont déroulées dans un contexte de violence à l'égard des opposants du régime soutenu par les États-Unis.

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Der Angriff der Financial Times auf Thomas Piketty

Von Joseph Kishore, 28. Mai 2014

Die Financial Times hat in den letzten Tagen in einer Reihe von Artikeln und einem Leitartikel am Montag einen gemeinen Angriff auf den französischen Ökonomen Thomas Piketty und sein Buch Kapital im 21. Jahrhundert geführt.

Neue ukrainische Regierung beginnt Luftangriffe und bereitet Sparmaßnahmen vor

Von Thomas Gaist, 28. Mai 2014

Der neu gewählte ukrainische Präsident Petro Poroschenko versprach am Montag, den Widerstand im Osten niederzuschlagen und begann mit Angriffen gegen aufständische Separatisten auf einen Flughafen in Donezk und seine Umgebung.

Europawahl 2014:
Sieg der französischen Neofaschisten zeigt Bankrott der herrschenden Elite

Von Alex Lantier, 28. Mai 2014

Die Stimmen für den Front National bedeuten kein starkes Anwachsen von neofaschistischem Ausländerhass, sondern zeigen, dass eine Partei fehlt, die der regierenden PS prinzipiell entgegentreten würde.

Die Europawahlen in Griechenland

Von Christoph Dreier, 28. Mai 2014

In Griechenland wurden die Europawahlen von der überwältigenden Ablehnung der EU-Austeritätspolitik und der Regierung bestimmt.

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Perspective

The bloodbath in Donetsk

28 May 2014

The mass killings in Donetsk have further exploded the efforts to portray February’s Western-orchestrated putsch as a “democratic revolution” and underscored the reactionary character of Washington’s puppet regime in Kiev.

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San Francisco International Film Festival

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

Arts Review

“Are they going to throw him away?”
Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse

By Christine Schofelt, 28 May 2014

Brian Lindstrom’s powerful documentary provides an unblinking look at police brutality in Portland, Oregon and deserves a wide audience.

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

By Zac Corrigan, 27 May 2014

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

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

SEP European Election Campaign

PSG holds successful final election meeting

Lively discussions at SEP European election meetings in North West England

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

28 May 2014

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

Commentary

The Financial Times’ attack on Thomas Piketty

Retail sales slump points to dismal conditions for US workers

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

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

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

City workers denounce fraudulent “vote” on benefit cuts

Anger erupts at Detroit meetings as unions press for pension cuts

“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

Fifty years since Johnson’s “Great Society” speech

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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