Newly installed President Poroshenko pledges to militarise Ukraine and crush rebellion in the east

By Mike Head, 9 June 2014

While the Western media portrayed it as a powerful performance, the speech only underscored the fact that Poroshenko is nothing but a front man for German and particularly American imperialism.

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Right-wing campaign intensifies against family of American POW Bergdahl

By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2014

There have been numerous death threats against the parents of freed POW Bowe Bergdahl.

The US media and the release of POW Bowe Bergdahl

Immigrant children held at Arizona detention center in deplorable conditions

By Kate Randall, 9 June 2014

Hundreds of child immigrants from Central America have been shipped from Texas to a makeshift detention center in Nogales, Arizona.

Vodafone privacy report reveals state access to its networks

By Mike Ingram, 9 June 2014

One year after revelations of mass NSA spying by whistleblower Edward Snowden, Vodafone released a privacy report detailing state surveillance in the 29 countries in which it operates.

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Death toll of migrants seeking to enter Europe via Mediterranean mounts

By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2014

The number of migrants arriving in Italy in 2014 increased by 823 percent over the same period last year.

US prepares to fine major French bank

By Stefan Steinberg, 9 June 2014

The US is preparing to impose a fine of some $10 billion on the French bank BNP Paribas.

Closure of UK colliery exposes role of miners’ union

By Simon Whelan, 9 June 2014

The NUM is promoting a buyout of the pit in which the workforce will have to invest their own money in a venture that has no guarantee of success.

The Value of Water Coalition: Corporate greed masquerading as activism

By John Marion, 9 June 2014

Large corporations are seeking to make a profit from the privatization of public utilities in the United States and the replacement of decaying water infrastructure.

Massive cuts to education, pensions and social services expected in Pennsylvania state budget

By Samuel Davidson, 9 June 2014

The state is facing a $1.3 to $1.5 billion deficit for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.

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Perspective

The UAW vs. the auto workers

9 June 2014

In every respect, the auto union convention exhibited the antidemocratic and anti-working class character of the organization.

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History

Nationalism and fascism in Ukraine: A historical overview
Part one

By Konrad Kreft and Clara Weiss, 9 June 2014

The collaboration of Germany and the US with Ukrainian fascists has historical precedents reaching back 100 years.

New Zealand historian discusses government’s book glorifying World War I

By Tom Peters, 7 June 2014

Twenty-five years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

25 years ago: After election sweep, Walesa offers Polish Stalinists face-saving deal

On June 9, 1989, Solidarity leader Lech Walesa announced an agreement with the Polish government to hold a second round of elections following a June 4 vote in which the Communist Party candidates were routed.

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50 years ago: Mandela sentenced to prison in South Africa

On June 11, 1964, African National Congress Deputy President Nelson Mandela and seven other anti-apartheid leaders were convicted for having planned guerrilla actions against South Africa’s racist government.

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75 years ago: Spanish fascist troops given benediction by Pope Pius XII

On June 11, 1939, Pope Pius XII granted a special audience to 3,200 of General Franco’s fascist troops.

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100 years ago: Tensions between Greece and Turkey threaten war

On June 12, 1914, Greece issued an ultimatum to Turkey to cease the persecution and expulsion of the Greek population in Ottoman-controlled territories.

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Book Review

A crude celebration of Australian militarism

By Laura Tiernan, 9 June 2014

Carlton’s account is not based on any serious historical reconstruction and amounts to a glorification of the Australian military in World War I.

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

Commentary

D-Day anniversary: Commemorating the Second World War and preparing the Third

By Bill Van Auken, 7 June 2014

Wealth report shows deepening social polarization in US

By Patrick Martin, 7 June 2014

One year of Edward Snowden’s revelations

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

Fascist propaganda on the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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.