Iraq crisis threatens to ignite regional war

By Bill Van Auken, 13 June 2014

President Obama said Thursday that he did not “rule out anything” in relation to the US military response to the offensive of the ISIS in Iraq.

The fall of Mosul and the crimes of imperialism

Global private financial wealth surges by 14.6 percent in 2013

By Gabriel Black, 13 June 2014

A new report shows that private financial wealth boomed for the super-rich in 2013, almost exclusively because of the inflation of the stock market.

On opening day of the World Cup, protests continue in Brazil

By Rafael Azul, 13 June 2014

Protests and strikes continued in Sao Paulo, Río de Janeiro and other cities on the opening day of the World Cup.

Washington drives escalating tensions in South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 13 June 2014

As part of its “pivot to Asia”, the US is pressing Vietnam and the Philippines to challenge China in the South China Sea.

Thai junta holds talks with Chinese military, investors

By Tom Peters, 13 June 2014

The Thai delegation to Beijing will be closely watched by Washington, which considers Thailand a key ally in its “pivot to Asia” against China.

Federal judge allows US government to destroy evidence in suit against NSA

By Eric London, 13 June 2014

Federal Judge Jeffrey White, citing “national security” concerns, reversed his earlier order proscribing the government from destroying evidence of its illegal actions.

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Australia: Thousands protest against budget

By our reporters, 13 June 2014

While thousands marched yesterday, the unions are seeking to prevent any independent action by workers against the government’s social assault.

New round of job cuts in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 13 June 2014

The job losses have been dismissed as inevitable by the entire political establishment, including the opposition parties and trade unions.

Survey finds huge disillusionment with capitalism in Serbia

By Dragan Slavkov and Ognjen Markovic, 13 June 2014

The CeSID survey offers a damning commentary on the Western orchestrated breakup of Yugoslavia.

Crisis of low-cost housing affects a million families in California

By Theo Mclean, 12 June 2014

Two new reports document the impact of growing social inequality in the area of access to decent, affordable housing.

Millions in US fall into Medicaid gap

By Douglas Lyons, 13 June 2014

In states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare, the very poorest have been left without health care coverage.

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La chute de Mossoul et les crimes de l'impérialisme

Par Bill Van Auken, 13 juin 2014

La chute de Mossoul aux mains des milices liées à al Qaïda fait ressortir les crimes commis par l'impérialisme américain en Irak et dans toute la région.

Le budget australien et la lutte pour l'égalité sociale

Par Richard Phillips, 13 juin 2014

L'hostilité de la population aux mesures budgétaires a amené la question de l'inégalité sociale sur le devant de la scène.

Budget du Québec: destruction des services publics et cadeaux fiscaux à la grande entreprise

Par Richard Dufour, 13 juin 2014

Le budget marque une nouvelle étape dans le transfert massif des richesses de la société vers l'élite dirigeante.

Cinquante ans depuis la grande trahison du LSSP au Sri Lanka

Par le Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 13 juin 2014

Pour la première fois, un parti que se disait trotskyste, entrait dans un gouvernement bourgeois, une trahison historique qui eut des conséquences profondes pour la classe ouvrière internationale.

New in German

Australischer Haushalt und Kampf für soziale Gleichheit

Von Richard Phillips, 12. Juni 2014

Das Austeritätsprogramm der liberal-nationalen Koalitionsregierung von Premierminister Tony Abbott stößt auf weit verbreitete Opposition.

Labour macht sich rechten Nationalismus der UK Independence Party zu eigen

Von Jordan Shilton, 12. Juni 2014

Der Sieg der UKIP bei den Europawahlen in Großbritannien und die starken Zuwächse der Partei bei den Kommunalwahlen haben die Labour Party veranlasst, sich noch weiter nach Rechts zu bewegen und viele Kernpositionen von UKIP zu übernehmen.

Al Qaida-Abspaltung erobert Mosul von irakischen Regierungstruppen

Von Barry Grey, 12. Juni 2014

Die Niederlage von Regierungstruppen gegen ein paar hundert Aufständische ist eine Demütigung für die Zentralregierung. Sie enthüllt ihre Schwäche und stellt ihre weitere Existenz in Frage.

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Perspective

The California teacher tenure ruling and the war against public education

13 June 2014

A Los Angeles court ruling that long-standing job protection rights won by teachers are “unconstitutional” under California law marks a new stage in the war against public education in the United States.

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Arts Review

Million Dollar Arm and Words and Pictures: Two Australian directors in Hollywood, for better or worse

By Joanne Laurier, 13 June 2014

A sanitized version of how professional baseball made its entry into India, and a clichéd version of how writing and painting complement one another.

Satchmo at the Waldorf in New York: The life and times of jazz great Louis Armstrong

By Fred Mazelis, 12 June 2014

Socialist Equality Party

Fight budget austerity! A socialist perspective for Australian workers

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 June 2014

This leaflet was distributed at trade union “Bust the Budget” rallies in Sydney and Melbourne.

Fifty years since the LSSP’s Great Betrayal in Sri Lanka
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

11 June 2014

Freedom of speech and the debate over Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act

By the Socialist Equality Party, 10 June 2014

Commentary

New Zealand: Socialist Aotearoa endorses Mana-Internet Party alliance

By John Braddock, 12 June 2014

The Australian budget and the fight for social equality

By Richard Phillips, 11 June 2014

Italy after the European elections

By Marianne Arens, 11 June 2014

ILO report: A world blighted by poverty and inequality

Brazilian workers clash with police on eve of World Cup

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 June 2014

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

History

The diary of Lena Mukhina: An important document on the Leningrad blockade
Lenas Tagebuch, translated by Lena Gorelik and Gero Fedtke, Munich, 2013

By Clara Weiss, 11 June 2014

A crude celebration of Australian militarism

By Laura Tiernan, 9 June 2014

Nationalism and fascism in Ukraine: A historical overview
Part two

By Konrad Kreft and Clara Weiss, 10 June 2014

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit officials agree at DIA press conference: Workers must pay for bankruptcy

By Larry Porter and Jerry White, 12 June 2014

More Detroit schools threatened with closure

By Muhammad Khan, 12 June 2014

Detroit’s “plan of adjustment”: A declaration of war against the working class

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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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