After the European elections
EU torn by conflict over European Commission president

By Peter Schwarz, 14 June 2014

Behind the dispute over Jean-Claude Juncker lie divergent interests and national conflicts that place the future of the EU in question.

The European elections and the crisis of the EU

Ukraine regime claims control of key port city

By Patrick Martin, 14 June 2014

Mariupol is the largest city in eastern Ukraine under the control of pro-Kiev military forces.

The bloodbath in Donetsk

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Obama administration says child immigrants are “priorities for removal” from US

By D. Lencho, 14 June 2014

The Homeland Security secretary emphasized that immigrants crossing the border “are priorities for enforcement of our immigrant laws, regardless of age.”

Internal report details GM ignition cover-up

By Shannon Jones, 14 June 2014

The report commissioned by General Motors into the recall of vehicles with a deadly ignition defect paints a devastating picture of corporate indifference to public health and safety.

Australian PM intensifies commitment to US war preparations

By Mike Head, 14 June 2014

Tony Abbott’s visit to Washington marks another escalation in the Australian government’s involvement in American militarism.

Australia, Japan forge closer military ties

By Peter Symonds, 14 June 2014

Washington drives escalating tensions in South China Sea

China seeks to woo India’s new right-wing government

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 June 2014

Beijing is trying to counter US and Japanese attempts to draw India more tightly into their campaign to isolate and militarily encircle China.

Greece faces more austerity, while EU professes its reliance on the unions

By Robert Stevens, 14 June 2014

Virtually all loan funds go towards paying off Greece’s debt to international financial institutions.

Luxury apartment complex in London uses spikes to deter homeless

By Paul Stuart, 14 June 2014

The brutal measure was exposed by a member of the public who passed the entrance each day on his way to work.

Ontario: Liberals regain majority with union support

By Keith Jones, 14 June 2014

Having regained their parliamentary majority by posturing as defenders of public services, the Liberals will now implement massive social spending cuts.

Colombian left backs Santos in election’s second round

By Rafael Azul, 14 June 2014

Pseudo-left leaders of the Polo Democratico and the FARC guerrilla movement are backing the president and former defense minister as the “lesser evils.”

One quarter of people in San Diego cannot make ends meet

By Marko Leone, 13 June 2014

The Center on Policy Initiatives published a report on the wages needed to subsist without public or private assistance in San Diego County.

New in Russian

Двадцать пять лет бойне на площади Тяньаньмэнь

14 июня 2014 г.

Исполнилась 25 годовщина кровавой резни, устроенной сталинистской Коммунистической партией Китая против студентов и рабочих, в течение нескольких месяцев протестовавших на площади Тяньаньмэнь в Пекине.

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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.

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Heftiger Streit um künftigen Präsidenten der EU-Kommission

Von Peter Schwarz, 14. Juni 2014

Hinter dem Streit um Jean-Claude Juncker stehen Interessengegensätze und nationale Konflikte, die die Zukunft der gesamten EU in Frage stellen.

Irak-Krise könnte Krieg in der Region auslösen

Von Bill Van Auken, 14. Juni 2014

Präsident Obama erklärte am Donnerstag, er schließe im Rahmen der militärischen Reaktion der USA auf die Offensive des ISIS im Irak nichts aus.

Untersuchung stellt Enttäuschung über serbischen Kapitalismus fest

Von Dragan Slavkov und Ognjen Markovic, 14. Juni 2014

Die CESID-Untersuchung kommt einer vernichtenden Verurteilung der vom Westen betriebenen Zerschlagung Jugoslawiens gleich.

Ford-Betriebsrat vereinbart flexible Arbeitszeit und Personalabbau

Von Dietmar Henning, 14. Juni 2014

Die vereinbarten Maßnahmen bringen dem Konzern Einsparungen von insgesamt 400 Millionen US-Dollar (295 Millionen Euro) in fünf Jahren. Eine Ende der Angriffe ist nicht in Sicht.

Meinungsfreiheit und die Debatte über den australischen Racial Discrimination Act

Von der Socialist Equality Party (Australien), 14. Juni 2014

Der Plan der australischen Regierung, an den Bestimmungen des Racial Discrimination Act, die Verunglimpfung aus Gründen der Rasse betreffen, Korrekturen vorzunehmen, hat eine öffentliche Debatte ausgelöst, die wichtige politische Fragen für die Arbeiterklasse aufwirft.

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Perspective

The debacle in Iraq

14 June 2014

The events in Iraq represent not merely a foreign policy failure, but an exposure of the criminal and reckless nature of the US government and the American capitalist ruling elite.

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Arts Review

Ruby Dee, American actress and activist, dead at 91

By David Walsh, 14 June 2014

Dee won Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk and Screen Actors Guild awards during her remarkable acting career, and was also nominated for an Academy Award for her role in American Gangster (2007).

Beyoncé, the new album

By Matthew Brennan, 14 June 2014

Though not a huge deviation, Beyoncé is musically a bit more experimental than her previous albums.

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

By Joanne Laurier, 13 June 2014

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

By Fred Mazelis, 12 June 2014

Commentary

The California teacher tenure ruling and the war against public education

By Jerry White, 13 June 2014

The fall of Mosul and the crimes of imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 June 2014

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

By Rafael Azul, 13 June 2014

Global private financial wealth surges by 14.6 percent in 2013

By Gabriel Black, 13 June 2014

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

By Eric London, 13 June 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

The Australian budget and the fight for social equality

New Zealand: Socialist Aotearoa endorses Mana-Internet Party alliance

Italy after the European elections

ILO report: A world blighted by poverty and inequality

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

14 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

Lena’s Diary is an important historical document relating to one of most horrific, although often forgotten, war crimes of German imperialism.

Nationalism and fascism in Ukraine: A historical overview
Part two

By Konrad Kreft and Clara Weiss, 10 June 2014

A crude celebration of Australian militarism

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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