VA secretary resigns amid push to privatize US veterans’ health care

By Kate Randall, 31 May 2014

The moves to privatize the government program underscore the hypocrisy of the official glorification of veterans.

US sends assault ship with 1,000 Marines to Libyan coast

By Barry Grey, 31 May 2014

Washington is deeply involved in the civil strife wracking Libya, backing a rebel general and long-time CIA asset who is seeking to carry out a coup.

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

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

Libya plunging towards civil war

US moves towards sanctions as Venezuela charges coup plot

By Bill Van Auken, 31 May 2014

The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved sanctions against Venezuela as officials there presented evidence of US involvement in a plot to bring down the government.

Ireland’s governing parties punished in local and European elections

By Jordan Shilton, 31 May 2014

The most significant result was the collapse of support for the Labour Party and the resignation of its leader.

The European elections and the crisis of the EU

French-led peacekeepers shoot protesters in Central African Republic

By Kumaran Ira, 31 May 2014

Yesterday, at least two people were killed and several others wounded by peacekeepers in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.

South African mineral resources minister seeks end to 18-week platinum miners strike

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 31 May 2014

Ngoako Ramatlhodi has set up a team composed of personnel from his department, the Department of Labour and the Treasury in an attempt to ease the concerns of global investors.

Toddler suffers severe burns from Atlanta, Georgia police raid

By Muhammad Khan, 31 May 2014

The Wednesday morning raid by a SWAT team, on the basis of a “no-knock warrant,” is in line with the militarization of police forces across the US.

Regional disputes deepen over control of Detroit water system

By James Brewer, 31 May 2014

The battle over control of Detroit’s water system between state and local governmental agencies is far from resolved.

Education cuts in Fleming County, Kentucky

By Milo Proteus, 31 May 2014

The state has intervened to impose dramatic cuts, including the elimination of teaching positions and the removal of a high school principal.

Australian inquiry whitewashes PNG refugee camp crackdown

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 May 2014

An official report into the death of an Iranian asylum-seeker and the serious injury of others in the Manus Island camp exonerates the Australian government and its agencies.

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Espagne: les principaux partis ont été sérieusement malmenés aux élections européennes

Par Alejandro López ,31 mai 2014

Le Parti populaire (PP, Partido Popular), parti de droite au pouvoir et le Parti socialiste (PSOE, Partido Socialista Obrero Español), parti d’opposition, ont tous deux enregistré leurs pires résultats depuis la tenue des premières élections de l’Espagne poste-franquiste.

La chute des ventes au détail souligne les conditions lamentables des travailleurs aux États-Unis

Par Andre Damon,31 mai 2014

Six ans après le krach économique de 2008, le chômage, la pauvreté, la stagnation des salaires et la précarité de l’emploi toujours de plus en plus grande continuent d’être des réalités quotidiennes pour de larges couches de la population américaine.

France: la police s'en prend aux immigrés à Calais

Par Pierre Mabut,31 mai 2014

L’augmentation des attaques contre les immigrés constitue la réaction du gouvernement PS à la montée du vote pour les néo-fascistes aux élections européennes.

Entrevue avec une infirmière de Montréal

Par Nos reporters,31 mai 2014

«Dernièrement, nous avons décidé que nous aurions une réunion, sans les syndicats, sans les patrons, pour décider de ce que nous pouvons faire.»

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Obamas Rede in West Point: Ankündigung eines endlosen Krieges

Von Bill Van Auken, 31. Mai 2014

Die Rede muss als Warnung verstanden werden: das Ausklingen der Kriege im Irak und in Afghanistan schafft nur die Bedingungen für einen noch explosiveren Ausbruch des US-Imperialismus.

Edward Snowden verteidigt im US-Fernsehen seine Enthüllungen

Von Joseph Kishore, 31. Mai 2014

In seinem ersten Fernsehinterview mit den amerikanischen Medien verurteilte Snowden die kriminellen Aktivitäten der amerikanischen Regierung und erklärte, sie habe in massivem Ausmaß gegen die Verfassung verstoßen.

Thailand
Militär festigt seine Machtposition

Von Tom Peters, 31. Mai 2014

Die Junta setzt Tausende von Soldaten gegen Demonstranten gegen den Putsch ein und nimmt weiter Verhaftungen vor.

Spaniens große Parteien bei Europawahlen vernichtend geschlagen

Von Alejandro López, 31. Mai 2014

Die Wähler in Spanien haben die Kürzungspolitik der Regierung bei der Europawahl entschieden zurückgewiesen.

Das Tagebuch der Lena Muchina: ein wichtiges Dokument zur Blockade von Leningrad

Von Clara Weiss, 31. Mai 2014

„Lenas Tagebuch“ ist ein wichtiges historisches Dokument über eines der größten, aber oft vergessenen Kriegsverbrechen des deutschen Imperialismus.

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Perspective

The New York Times and freedom of the press

31 May 2014

A commentary published by the Times asserts that the US government, not the press, should decide whether leaked information about government wrongdoing should be made public.

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Arts Review

Utopia: A confronting but politically flawed documentary

By Susan Allan, 31 May 2014

John Pilger presents a stark picture of Aboriginal disadvantage and oppression but blames racism, not capitalism.

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

By Joanne Laurier, 30 May 2014

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

Science

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

By Philip Guelpa, 31 May 2014

Human-induced climate change and environmental degradation threaten to cause a sixth mass extinction of life on Earth.

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

Commentary

Edward Snowden defends decision to reveal NSA spying in NBC interview

By Joseph Kishore, 30 May 2014

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Financial Times’ attack on Piketty under fire

By Nick Beams, 30 May 2014

The Financial Times’ attack on Thomas Piketty

Ukraine military helicopter shot down as battles flare in the east

By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2014

The bloodbath in Donetsk

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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 abortion rate underscores rising poverty, declining access to contraception

By Debra Watson, 30 May 2014

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

City workers denounce fraudulent “vote” on benefit cuts

By Tim Rivers, 24 May 2014

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

31 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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