Edward Snowden defends decision to reveal NSA spying in NBC interview

By Joseph Kishore, 30 May 2014

In his first television interview with the American media, Snowden denounced the criminal activities of the American government, saying, “The Constitution of the United States had been violated on a massive scale.”

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US economy contracted by 1 percent in first three months of 2014

By Andre Damon, 30 May 2014

Nearly six years after the 2008 financial meltdown, the US economy remains mired in stagnation and slump.

Median CEO pay in US tops $10 million

Ukraine military helicopter shot down as battles flare in the east

By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2014

Fourteen soldiers, including a general, were killed in the worst setback for the Ukrainian regime since it ordered an offensive against the pro-Russian population of the Donetsk region.

The bloodbath in Donetsk

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Spain’s major parties hammered in European elections

By Alejandro López, 30 May 2014

The ruling right-wing Popular Party (PP) and the opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) both had their worst results since the first elections in post-Franco Spain.

The European elections and the crisis of the EU

The European election in Greece

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

Germany: Leading journalists attempt to censor TV program

By Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2014

In response to revelations regarding their one-sided reporting and incestuous links with ruling elites, leading German journalists are calling for censorship.

Thai military tightens its grip on power

By Tom Peters, 30 May 2014

The junta has mobilised thousands of soldiers against anti-coup protests and continues to arrest opponents.

India-Pakistan tensions remain high, despite Modi’s meeting with Sharif

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 30 May 2014

Despite the hoopla, there is nothing to suggest the meeting achieved anything apart from another pledge to restart the countries’ long-stalled “peace dialogue.”

Calls mount for VA head’s resignation in wake of damning report on US veteran care

By Matthew MacEgan, 30 May 2014

A report from the VA’s inspector general shows that patients waited an average of 114 days for a primary care appointment.

Detroit abortion rate underscores rising poverty, declining access to contraception

By Debra Watson, 30 May 2014

Nearly one in three pregnancies in the city of Detroit end in abortion, a rate that has been increasing steadily since 2001.

Pressure on GM over death count tied to recall

By Shannon Jones, 30 May 2014

GM still insists only 13 deaths are tied to ignition defect despite evidence that the actual toll is far higher.

British Columbia teachers mount rotating walkouts

By Keith Jones, 30 May 2014

British Columbia’s public school teachers are mounting rotating one-day walkouts to press their demands for a pay increase, reduced class sizes, and increased educational funding.

New Zealand’s Internet and Mana parties merge

By John Braddock, 30 May 2014

The alliance is a cynical electoral manoeuvre designed to maximise the chances of both parties to gain seats at the September 20 national election.

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Avrupa seçimleri ve AB’nin krizi

Peter Schwarz, 30 Mayıs 2014

Bizim amacımız, popülist sloganlar aracılığıyla olabildiğince fazla oy elde etmek değil; işçi sınıfına gerçeği anlatıp, onu yaklaşan mücadelelere hazırlamaktı.

Yunanistan’daki Avrupa seçimleri

Christoph Dreier, 30 Mayıs 2014

Yunanistan’daki Avrupa Parlamentosu (AP) seçimleri sonuçları, halkın hükümete ve Avrupa Birliği’nin (AP) kemer sıkma yönelimine olan kararlı muhalefetini yansıtıyor.

SEP’in ve PSG’nin AP seçimlerinde elde ettiği sonuçlar

Muhabirlerimizden, 30 Mayıs 2014

Avrupa Parlamentosu için yapılan seçimlerde, Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (PSG-Almanya) 9.852, seçimlere ülkenin kuzeybatı bölgesinde katılan Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (SEP- Britanya) ise 5.067 oy elde etti.

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Результаты европейских выборов Партии Социалистического Равенства Британии и Германии

От нашего корреспондента, 30 мая 2014 г.

Партия Социалистического Равенства Германии (Partei fuer Soziale Gleichheit — PSG) получила 9,852 голоса в национальном масштабе в ходе выборов в Европейский парламент. Партия Социалистического Равенства (Socialist Equality Party) Великобритании, выставив кандидатов по северо-западному региону страны, набрала 5,067 голосов.

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Les élections européennes et la crise de l’UE

Par Peter Schwarz, 29 mai 2014

Le SEP et le PSG ont participé aux élections européennes afin de fournir une perspective aux luttes de classe à venir et de construire des sections du Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale dans toute l'Europe.

Le coup d’État militaire en Thaïlande et les États-Unis

Par Peter Symonds,30 mai 2014

Bien que les États-Unis aient annoncé une suspension symbolique de l’aide à la Thaïlande, l’étroite collaboration entre le Pentagone et l’armée va se poursuivre sans relâche dans les coulisses.

Les élections européennes en Grèce

Par Christoph Dreier,30 mai 2014

Les résultats reflètent l'hostilité de la population au gouvernement et à l'austérité imposée par l'Union européenne.

Les résultats des élections européennes du Socialist Equality Party (Royaume-Uni) et du Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Allemagne)

Par notre correspondant,30 mai 2014

Le PSG en Allemagne a obtenu 9.852 voix à l’échelle nationale tandis que le SEP (Royaume-Uni) a obtenu 5.067 votes dans la région Nord-Ouest de Grande-Bretagne.

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Geringe Wahlbeteiligung: Ägyptens Militärjunta erklärt Sisi zum Sieger

Von Johannes Stern, 30. Mai 2014

Die geringe Wahlbeteiligung widerspiegelt die große Feindschaft der Bevölkerung gegenüber der von den USA und der EU gestützten Militärjunta und ihrem Führer Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Alpha-Journalisten setzen Satiresendung “Die Anstalt” unter Druck

Von Peter Schwarz, 30. Mai 2014

Auf Protest gegen ihre einseitige Berichterstattung und ihre inzestuöse Verbindung mit den herrschenden Eliten antworten führende deutsche Journalisten mit dem Ruf nach Zensur.

Obama verteidigt globalen Interventionismus der USA

Von Bill Van Auken, 30. Mai 2014

Obama rechtfertigte in seiner Rede in West Point voller Lügen und Ausflüchte die Fortsetzung amerikanischer Aggressionen überall auf der Welt.

Frankreich
Polizei greift Lager von Einwanderern in Calais an

Von Pierre Mabut, 30. Mai 2014

Die regierende Sozialistische Partei reagiert mit verschärften Angriffen auf Einwanderer auf den Sieg der französischen Neofaschisten bei der Europawahl letzte Woche.

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Perspective

Obama’s West Point speech: A prescription for unending war

30 May 2014

The speech must be taken as a warning that the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is only setting the stage for a far more explosive eruption of US imperialism.

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Book Review

No Place to Hide: Glenn Greenwald’s account of the Snowden revelations

By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2014

Greenwald's account of the revelations by Edward Snowden, and the significant role the author played in bringing them to the public, is a welcome antidote to the unceasing vilification of the NSA whistleblower.

Shedding light on the New York Times shake-up

30 May 2014

Arts Review

Belle’s moving and enlightened story (and The Immigrant)

By Joanne Laurier, 30 May 2014

Amma Asante’s film recounts the remarkable 18th century story of Dido Belle, a mixed-race girl who ends up in the care of William Murray, England’s lord chief justice. James Gray’s The Immigrant is set in New York in 1921.

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

Commentary

Financial Times’ attack on Piketty under fire

By Nick Beams, 30 May 2014

The Financial Times’ scurrilous attack on Thomas Piketty has been opposed by those working in the field of economic and social inequality.

The Financial Times’ attack on Thomas Piketty

CNN’s Chicagoland: Propaganda for Mayor Emanuel

By Jeff Lusanne and George Marlowe, 29 May 2014

SEP European Election Campaign

European election results for the Socialist Equality Party (UK) and Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Germany)

By our correspondent, 29 May 2014

Participants speak at PSG’s eve of poll election meeting

By our correspondents, 29 May 2014

PSG holds successful final election meeting

Lively discussions at SEP European election meetings in North West England

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit “blight” task force calls for demolition of 20 percent of city’s housing stock

By Thomas Gaist, 29 May 2014

City workers denounce fraudulent “vote” on benefit cuts

By Tim Rivers, 24 May 2014

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

30 May 2014

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

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Video: The plight of migrant workers in Southern California

By our reporters, 28 May 2014

History

The Civil War in 1864

By Tom Mackaman, 23 May 2014

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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