US police kill more than two people a day

By Patrick Martin, 1 June 2015

A Washington Post analysis found that at least 385 people were shot and killed by police in the United States during the first five months of the year, an average of 2.6 people each day.

Obama Justice Department reaches settlement with Cleveland, Ohio over police brutality

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Russia scrambles jets against US destroyer in Black Sea

By Alex Lantier, 1 June 2015

Escalating NATO deployments along Russia’s borders and in neighboring waters are placing the world on the verge of a shooting war between nuclear-armed powers.

Prince William spearheads UK campaign against FIFA, targeting Russia

By Robert Stevens, 1 June 2015

The campaign against FIFA head Sepp Blatter is part of the geo-political manoeuvres of the United States and its imperialist allies.

US seizes on FIFA corruption to pursue campaign against Russia

Los Angeles labor federation calls for minimum wage exemption for unionized workplaces

By Marc Wells, 1 June 2015

The “Fight for $15” campaign has been used to entice employers to bring in unions, which will in turn enforce sub-minimum wages.

More than a quarter of Chicago county jail inmates suffer severe mental illness

By George Marlowe, 1 June 2015

The dilapidated Cook County Jail on Chicago’s highly impoverished west side houses more mentally ill people than any hospital in the US.

Large sections of New Orleans’ levee system sinking

By Tom Hall, 1 June 2015

Portions of the $14.5 billion levee system installed after Hurricane Katrina will sink below federal certification levels before 2025.

Pennsylvania government is preparing to destroy public pensions

By Douglas Lyons, 1 June 2015

Pennsylvania lawmakers have passed a comprehensive pension reform bill that will permanently end pensions for future workers and diminish the returns of current workers.

Cost of living unbearable for millions of Londoners

By Allison Smith, 1 June 2015

Just over one third of Londoners do not have enough money for a minimum standard of living.

New details on connections between German intelligence and neo-Nazis

By Dietmar Henning, 1 June 2015

Mounting evidence indicates that the German intelligence agency aimed to foster right-wing political extremism.

Australian media promotes right-wing, anti-Chinese protest

By James Cogan, 1 June 2015

The Australian establishment instinctively recognises the propaganda value of the Party for Freedom and its demonisation of China as a threat to the Australian “way of life.”

More job cuts in Australian car industry

By Chris Sadlier, 1 June 2015

For the first time in 28 years, General Motors Holden resorted to the forced sacking of 90 workers.

Indian heatwave kills more than 2,200

By Sujeeva Amaranath, 1 June 2015

Most of the victims in the worst heatwave since 1998 are construction workers, homeless people, street dwellers and the poor.

New in French

Les rachats d'actions de Wall Street: une autre expression de parasitisme

Par Nick Beams, 1 juin 2015

Un article paru dans le Wall Street Journal la semaine dernière a identifié le rôle croissant du rachat des actions en tant que source de l’accumulation des profits.

Herfried Münkler, professeur à l’Université Humboldt, exhorte l'Allemagne à prendre la direction de l'Europe

Par Johannes Stern, 1 juin 2015

Les propositions de Munkler correspondent aux plans de l'élite dirigeante allemande pour établir à nouveau le pays comme une «force de maintien de la paix» politique et militaire en Europe et dans le monde.

L’interview de Münkler à Die Zeit: la mise au pas comme en 1933

Par Johannes Stern, 1 juin 2015

Dans un entretien intitulé « Des ressentiments comme en 1933 », le professeur de science politique Herfried Münkler a accusé des étudiants antimilitaristes de nazisme et d’antisémitisme.

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Perspective

US brinkmanship with China over South China Sea

1 June 2015

If a Chinese aircraft carrier was in the Gulf of Mexico, Washington would be denouncing China’s flagrant aggression and acts of war.

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Book Review

A review of Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928: Part one

By Fred Williams, 1 June 2015

Stephen Kotkin’s first volume of a projected three-volume biography of Stalin, published by Penguin Press, is a travesty of historical writing.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Humboldt University professor Herfried Münkler calls for German leadership in Europe

By Johannes Stern, 30 May 2015

Münkler receives support from the far right in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 29 May 2015

Defend student free speech at Humboldt University! Stop state-sponsored censorship!

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) and International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 May 2015

“Münkler-Watch” and the dictatorship of the elites

Herfried Münkler’s interview in Die Zeit: State-imposed conformism like 1933

Scholarship, not war propaganda!
The IYSSE’s campaign against war and historical falsification at Humboldt University

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Featured

A WSWS investigation into the social crisis in Australia’s Mount Druitt
“Youth have been neglected”

By our correspondents, 1 June 2015

The WSWS interviewed a young homeless woman about her plight and the worsening social inequality.

Sydney’s Mount Druitt: A microcosm of Australia’s social crisis

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 May 2015

Life inside a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

By our correspondent, 29 May 2015

Arts Review

To Pimp a Butterfly from rapper Kendrick Lamar

By Nick Barrickman, 1 June 2015

Despite the album’s billing as socially ­conscious “political rap” by certain critics, the focus of To Pimp ... is largely on the rapper himself and his personal experiences in the music world.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent—More talent and resources squandered

By Christine Schofelt, 30 May 2015

Alex Garland’s Ex Machina: Will artificial intelligence replace human efforts?

By Dorota Niemitz, 20 May 2015

25 years ago: Third module launched to dock with Mir space station

A Soviet Proton rocket carrying a special Kristall module was launched from the USSR with a June 6, 1990 schedule for docking the module to the Mir space station.

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50 years ago: Australia sends first soldiers to Vietnam

June 2, 1965, marked the formal entry of Australia into the “police action” known then and since as the Vietnam War.

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75 years ago: Nazis propose exile on Madagascar for Europe’s Jews

On June 3, 1940 the newly appointed head of the German Foreign Ministry’s “Jewish Desk,” presented an internal memorandum listing a number of different fates for the Jews of Europe.

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100 years ago: Zeppelin raids in London

On June 1, 1915, the escalating air war between Britain and Germany reached the outskirts of the British capital, with German Zeppelins dropping bombs in the suburbs of London.

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Fund Appeal

Help the WSWS expose the US-led drive to war in Asia!

In this video, James Cogan, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), calls on readers to help the WSWS continue its exposure of the provocative US-led confrontation with China in the South China Sea.

Commentary

The fraudulent debate over NSA reform

By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2015

US economy contracted in first quarter

By Andre Damon, 30 May 2015

Wall Street buybacks: Another expression of parasitism

US defence secretary challenges China at Singapore security forum

By Peter Symonds, 30 May 2015

More on the South China Sea crisis »

US preparing direct military intervention in Nigeria

By Thomas Gaist, 30 May 2015

India: One year of the Modi-led, BJP government

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 30 May 2015

Why did the US Army ship live anthrax?

Federal court upholds block on Obama immigration plan

The contract unity law and the return of German militarism

Left Platform: Syriza’s last line of defence

Socialist Equality Party

Meetings on UK general elections: “We were alone in telling workers and young people the truth”

By David O’Sullivan and Katie Rhodes, 30 May 2015

Workers Struggles

Spanish telecom workers strike against “precariousness and slave labour”

By Vicky Short, 30 May 2015

Spanish telecom strikers: “We have to resist until we achieve something”

By Carlos Hernández, 30 May 2015

Science

New discoveries illuminate early human physical and technological evolution

By Philip Guelpa, 26 May 2015

International May Day 2015

Socialism and the struggle against war

By David North, 4 May 2015

This perspective is the text of the speech delivered by David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board, to open the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
Link to audio

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