Australian government “actively considering” dangerous provocation in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 2 June 2015

Acting on Washington’s behalf, Canberra is drawing up plans to challenge China by flying a military aircraft into what Beijing considers its territorial airspace.

US defense secretary signs joint military statement with Hanoi

By Joseph Santolan, 2 June 2015

The move to co-produce weapons in Vietnam is aimed at curtailing Russian influence and fully enmeshing Hanoi in Washington’s imperial orbit.

US brinkmanship with China over South China Sea

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With US air war in 10th month, ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 June 2015

According to one estimate, the Islamist militia now controls territory across Iraq and Syria roughly equivalent to the size of Italy.

Behind the recriminations over the fall of Ramadi

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Syriza’s Tsipras outlines concessions programme as Greece faces debt default

By Robert Stevens, 2 June 2015

Syriza has claimed that it was possible to reach an amicable, negotiated settlement with the troika over Greece’s debt, based on Athens remaining in the euro zone.

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US Senate prepares to extend NSA spy powers

By Thomas Gaist, 2 June 2015

The USA Freedom Act “surveillance reform” legislation reauthorizes components of the Patriot Act that have served as the pseudo-legal basis for warrantless mass surveillance.

The fraudulent debate over NSA reform

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Cleveland prosecutor criticizes “egregious” errors in exoneration of killer cop

By Nick Barrickman, 2 June 2015

In acquitting Michael Brelo, who fired 15 shots at an unarmed couple from point blank range, the judge demanded an almost impossible burden of proof from the prosecution.

US police kill more than two people a day

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Chicago Democrats prepare new attacks on public education

By Kristina Betinis, 2 June 2015

As the Chicago Teachers Union continues negotiations for a new contract, the head of Chicago Public Schools has stepped down amid a corruption scandal.

US farm income hit by collapse in grain demand

By George Gallanis and Alexander Fangmann, 2 June 2015

The American farming sector is facing declining revenue and land value, creating a cascading effect on farm equipment, fertilizer, and other agriculture-related companies.

Former Israeli Premier Olmert sentenced to jail

By Jean Shaoul, 2 June 2015

If Olmert’s appeals on a conviction for fraud and breach of trust are unsuccessful, he will be the first former Israeli Premier to be jailed.

Australian Labor leader moves bill on same-sex marriage

By Nick Beams, 2 June 2015

Bill Shorten is attempting to give Labor a “progressive” gloss as it joins with the Abbott government in attacking democratic and social rights.

Mexican elections overshadowed by political crisis

By Don Knowland, 2 June 2015

After a year that saw the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students, polls show that eight out of ten voters do not trust the major political parties.

Oil price drop triggers sharp decline in Canadian economy

By Roger Jordan, 2 June 2015

Canada’s economic output fell 0.6 percent in the first quarter of 2015—its largest contraction since the height of the 2008-09 global financial meltdown.

New in Urdu

ایران کی جوہری ڈیل اور امریکہ کی نئی جنگی حکمت عملی

پیٹر سیمونڈ 6 April 2015

امریکہ کا ایران کیساتھ معاہدہ امن کی جانب قدم نہیں ہے بلکہ اس کا مقصد واشنگٹن کی پوزیشن کو مستحکم کرتے ہوئے روس اور چین کیخلاف جنگ کا پلان ہے

New in French

La Russie fait décoller d’urgence des avions de guerre contre un destroyer américain dans la mer Noire

Par Alexandre Lantier, 2 juin 2015

L'escalade des déploiements militaires de l'OTAN le long des frontières de la Russie et dans les mers qui la bordent ont conduit le monde au bord d’une guerre entre puissances nucléaires.

Le Parti socialiste avance ses arguments pour présenter Hollande en 2017

Par Francis Dubois, 2 juin 2015

Selon le premier secrétaire du PS, son parti est le mieux placé pour étouffer toute opposition de la classe ouvrière à la dictature des banques.

Le secrétaire américain à la Défense lance un défi à la Chine au forum sur la sécurité de Singapour

Par Peter Symonds, 2 juin 2015

Ashton Carter a exigé que la Chine arrête sa récupération « sans précédent » de terres en mer de Chine méridionale et déclaré que les Etats-Unis continueraient leurs survols provocateurs.

New in German

Aktienrückkäufe an der Wall Street: Eine Manifestation des Finanzparasitismus

Von Nick Beams, 2. Juni 2015

In der letzten Woche erschien im Wall Street Journal ein Artikel über die Wachsende Bedeutung von Aktienrückkäufen als Quell zur Profitakkumulation.

G7-Gipfel in Hochsicherheitsfestung

Von Gustav Kemper, 2. Juni 2015

Am 7. und 8. Juni findet im hermetisch abgeriegelten Schloss Elmau in den bayerischen Alpen der G7-Gipfel statt.

Russische Flugzeuge drängen amerikanischen Zerstörer im Schwarzen Meer ab

Von Alex Lantier, 2. Juni 2015

Die Ausweitung der Nato-Truppenstationierungen entlang der russischen Grenze und der angrenzenden Gewässer bringen die Welt an den Rand eines offenen Krieges zwischen Atommächten.

Britischer Premierminister Cameron wirbt für Reformen der EU

Von Chris Marsden, 2. Juni 2015

Während Angela Merkel ein gewisses Entgegenkommen zeigte, wurde Cameron in Frankreich ein recht feindseliger Empfang bereitet.

Karstadt-Besitzer Benko greift nach Kaufhof

Von Jan Peters, 2. Juni 2015

Seit mehreren Monaten verhandeln Benkos Signa Holding, Banken, Bundesregierung und die Gewerkschaft Verdi hinter verschlossenen Türen über den Zusammenschluss der beiden Warenhausketten.

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Perspective

Parasitism and the economic crisis

2 June 2015

Seven years after the 2008 financial crisis, the world economy has become the object of unremitting plunder by the global financial aristocracy.

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Book Review

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

By Fred Williams, 2 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.

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

By Fred Williams, 1 June 2015

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
Funding cuts push community organisations to the brink of closure

By our correspondents, 2 June 2015

Organisations providing essential services for residents are being forced to shut their doors.

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

By our correspondents, 1 June 2015

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

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

The Divergent Series: Insurgent—More talent and resources squandered

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

Commentary

Russia scrambles jets against US destroyer in Black Sea

By Alex Lantier, 1 June 2015

Prince William spearheads UK campaign against FIFA, targeting Russia

By Robert Stevens, 1 June 2015

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

By Marc Wells, 1 June 2015

Cost of living unbearable for millions of Londoners

By Allison Smith, 1 June 2015

US preparing direct military intervention in Nigeria

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 June 2015

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

Spanish telecom workers strike against “precariousness and slave labour”

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

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.

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

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.
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