G7 unity shows cracks on Russia sanctions

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2014

While the G7 powers issued a joint statement backing the right-wing regime in Kiev and denouncing Russia, they failed to agree on a new sanctions regime pushed by Washington.

Obama backs state terror against eastern Ukraine

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European Central Bank cuts interest rate below zero

By Stefan Steinberg, 6 June 2014

The move is an expression of the fact that, nearly six years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the world economy remains in deep crisis.

Internal GM report shields top executives for cover-up of deadly car defects

By Jerry White, 6 June 2014

The internal investigation claims bureaucratic incompetence and communication glitches were behind the automaker’s failure to recall defective vehicles responsible for scores if not hundreds of fatal accidents.

Obama administration whitewashes GM cover-up

Workers at Detroit retiree meetings voice anger over pension cuts

By Shannon Jones, 6 June 2014

Following the pattern of previous retiree meetings, organizers presented an ultimatum—accept the drastic cuts contained in the plan of adjustment or face far worse.

Michigan Senate passes Detroit “Grand Bargain” package

Bankruptcy court approves new appraisal of Detroit Institute of Arts collection

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Bipartisan deal on US veterans’ health care includes step toward privatization

By Kate Randall, 6 June 2014

Under a two-year trial, veterans who live 40 miles or more from a VHA facility “will be able to go to the doctor of your choice, under the direct supervision of the VA.”

The drive to privatize US veterans’ health care

Michigan steel worker crushed to death on the job

By Zac Corrigan, 6 June 2014

Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Beckman was crushed by over 3,000 pounds of steel rods at a Saginaw steel plant.

California governor Jerry Brown calls for raising teachers’ pension contributions

By Kevin Martinez, 6 June 2014

As part of his May budget revision, California governor Jerry Brown is calling for increasing teachers’ contributions into the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.

Teachers and transit workers ratify New York City contract deals

By Alan Whyte and Dan Brennan, 6 June 2014

The mood among teachers and transit workers is far from one of satisfaction.

Four weeks after announcing austerity budget
Leadership tensions erupt in Australian government

By Richard Phillips, 6 June 2014

Divisions over how to implement the government’s deeply unpopular budget are producing clashes within the ruling Liberal-National coalition.

Australia: Three-fold rise in long-term youth unemployment since 2008

By Alan Leigh, 6 June 2014

The number of long-term unemployed youth—those out of work for a year or more—has increased to a record 50,000.

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Widespread disaffection in South Korean regional elections

By Ben McGrath, 6 June 2014

Despite falling support for President Park following the Sewol ferry disaster, opposition party failed to make significant advances.

Ontario NDP and unions in spat over what rightwing road to follow

By Carl Bronski, 6 June 2014

The campaign that the social-democratic NDP has mounted for the Ontario elections has been described, not without reason, as being to the right of that of the governing big business Liberals.

New in Russian

Обама обостряет конфронтацию между НАТО и Россией

Билл Вэн Оукен, 6 июня 2014 г.

Президент Барак Обама во вторник, 3 июня, в Польше объявил о новой миллиардной субсидии США на кампанию НАТО по окружению России военными базами и по подготовке к вооруженному конфликту между двумя этими ядерными державами.

New in Turkish

ILO küresel toplumsal karşı-devrimin etkisini ayrıntılı şekilde anlatıyor

Jerry White, 6 Haziran 2014

Uluslararası Çalışma Örgütü’nün (ILO) yeni raporuna göre, dünya nüfusunun yüzde 70’ten fazlası yeterli gelire, sağlık hizmetlerine, yaşlılık maaşına ve diğer sosyal korumalara sahip değil.

New in Spanish

Las elecciones de India: un punto de inflexión

Por Keith Jones, 6 Junio 2014

El partido Comunalista hindu Bharatiya Janata (BJ) ha barrido con el poder en las últimas elecciones nacionales de la semana pasada en India.

New in French

Propagande fasciste à la une du quotidien allemand Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Par Peter Schwarz, 5 juin 2014

Lundi 2 juin a paru à la une du quotidien allemand FAZ un commentaire unissant une tirade haineuse contre Poutine à une représentation de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale telle qu’on ne la trouvait que dans les feuilles nazies.

L'Organisation internationale du travail détaille les effets de l'austérité mondiale

Par Jerry White, 5 juin 2014

Le rapport World Social Protection 2014/15 documente les effets de la politique d'austérité sur le filet de sécurité social.

New in German

US-Medien zur Freilassung des Kriegsgefangenen Bowe Bergdahl

Von Patrick Martin, 6. Juni 2014

Einmal mehr zeigen die amerikanischen Medien ihr grenzenloses Potential, Propaganda abzusondern und rückständige und reaktionäre Konzepte zu verbreiten.

Obama unterstützt den Staatsterror im Osten der Ukraine

Von Bill Van Auken, 6. Juni 2014

Sein Treffen mit dem Milliardär und neugewählten Präsidenten Poroschenko nutzte Obama, um die “Anti-Terror-Operation” des Regimes zu unterstützen und bot Militärausrüstung und das entsprechende Training dazu an.

Langjähriger Lohndrücker wird Präsident der US-Autogewerkschaft

Von Shannon Jones, 6. Juni 2014

Der scheidende UAW-Präsident Bob King hat Dennis Williams, Schatzmeister der Autogewerkschaft, persönlich zu seinem Nachfolger bestimmt.

Wahlen in Thailand frühestens in 15 Monaten

Von Ben McGrath, 6. Juni 2014

Das thailändische Militär festigt seine Herrschaft durch ein resolutes Vorgehen gegen sporadische Proteste, die Festnahme von Oppositionellen und den Ausschluss von Wahlen für mindestens 15 Monate.

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Perspective

One year of Edward Snowden’s revelations

6 June 2014

Since the first revelations a year ago, the reality of an emerging police state run by unelected intelligence spooks and military brass has been thoroughly exposed.

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Commentary

The US media and the release of POW Bowe Bergdahl

By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2014

International Labor Organization details impact of global austerity

By Jerry White, 5 June 2014

Fascist propaganda on the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

By Peter Schwarz, 4 June 2014

Australian “exceptionalism”, the budget and the demands of finance capital

By Nick Beams, 4 June 2014

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Washington boasts of military buildup against China

Arts Review

So Bright is the View: A serious film from Romania

By David Walsh, 4 June 2014

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
Film portrait of an American radical iconoclast

By Fred Mazelis, 2 June 2014

The newly released documentary on the life of writer and social critic Gore Vidal has much to recommend it.

Workers Struggles

Socialist Equality Party

UK SEP National Secretary interviewed on BBC Daily Politics

By our reporter, 4 June 2014

History

Twenty-five years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

4 June 2014

Book Review

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

By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2014

Shedding light on the New York Times shake-up

25 years ago: Thousands killed in Tiananmen Square massacre

On June 4, 1989, the months-long conflict over control of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square erupted with the shooting of hundreds of protesters by troops of the People’s Liberation Army of China.

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50 years ago: South Korea imposes martial law

On June 3, 1964, South Korean President General Park Chung Hee declared martial law after thousands of student protesters in Seoul overwhelmed police and overran the capitol complex.

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75 years ago: Jewish refugee ship forced back to Europe

On the June 6, 1939, the Hamburg-Amerika ocean liner MS St. Louis, laden with 917 Jewish refugees, including 500 women and 150 children, was forced to head back to Europe.

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100 years ago: Gunning down of protesters sparks mass upheavals in Italy

On June 7, 1914, police killed three demonstrators at an antiwar protest in the Adriatic port city of Ancona.

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