US Senate approves extension of NSA spying

By Patrick Martin, 3 June 2015

The grossly misnamed USA Freedom Act extends the majority of the surveillance powers first established under the Patriot Act.

FBI operates spy planes over dozens of US cities

By a reporter, 3 June 2015

The fraudulent debate over NSA reform

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European leaders dictate terms for Greece

By Nick Beams, 3 June 2015

German chancellor Angela Merkel convened a meeting in Berlin late Monday that laid out the demands of Greece’s creditors.

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

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Egyptian dictator al-Sisi visits Berlin

By Johannes Stern, 3 June 2015

Al-Sisi’s visit is a warning to the working class: a ruling class eager to work closely with brutal military dictatorships is also prepared to adopt their methods at home.

Ferry sinking in China leaves hundreds missing

By Ben McGrath, 3 June 2015

Of the 458, people on board, only 14 have been rescued alive and seven bodies recovered.

FIFA head resigns amidst US-led campaign over bribery scandal

By Niles Williamson, 3 June 2015

Sepp Blatter announced his resignation Tuesday in the face of immense pressure from the United States and European powers, upset above all by his closer relations with Russia.

Prince William spearheads UK campaign against FIFA, targeting Russia

Report: Invasive US airport screenings unsuccessful at finding concealed weapons

By Tom Hall, 3 June 2015

The TSA was unable to detect undercover DHS agents smuggling fake guns and even a bomb, indicating that the agency’s real function has little to do with preventing terrorism.

Obama administration seeks to conceal records of discredited airport screening program

Utilities, regulators conspired to make public pay for California nuclear plant closure

By Dorota Niemitz and Charles Thornton, 3 June 2015

Recently disclosed documents reveal that the $4.7 billion settlement to decommission the San Onofre nuclear plant was planned in secret, closed-door meetings.

UK rail unions call off national strike for second time

By Michael Barnes, 3 June 2015

The union sought to justify its action by pointing to a minor pay increase, which will be more than paid for by a cost-cutting drive being worked out behind the backs of workers.

G7 conference to take place behind wall of high security

By Gustav Kemper, 3 June 2015

The massive security operation is aimed at cordoning delegates from opposition to the deeply unpopular policies being pursued by the leaders of the imperialist governments.

Finland government commits to austerity, moves towards NATO membership

By Jordan Shilton, 3 June 2015

The new government plans to implement a significant shift in foreign policy, integrating Finland still further into the US-led anti-Russian NATO alliance.

Refugee boat pushed back by Australian navy crashes on Indonesian reef

By Mike Head, 3 June 2015

The near-tragedy of a boat carrying 65 asylum seekers is another damning indictment of the Australian government’s anti-refugee policy.

Sri Lankan plantation company victimises strike activists

By M. Devarajah, 3 June 2015

The punishment of the seven workers is designed to send a message to all workers that the employers will ruthlessly impose higher workloads.

New in French

Les États-Unis prêts à tout risquer contre la Chine dans la mer de Chine méridionale

Par Peter Symonds, 3 juin 2015

Si la Chine envoyait un porte-avions dans le golfe du Mexique pour faire valoir son «droit» de «liberté de navigation», Washington accuserait Pékin d'agressions flagrantes ou même d'actes de guerre.

La tournée européenne de lobbying pour une réforme de l'UE du premier ministre britannique Cameron

Par Chris Marsden, 3 juin 2015

Cameron a reçu un accueil plutôt hostile en France, cible particulière de l’hostilité de la droite du Parti conservateur et de l'UK Independence Party.

Après l’élection de Péladeau, Québec solidaire demeure soudé au Parti québécois

Par Laurent Lafrance, 3 juin 2015

La séparation du Québec est le projet politique d’une section de la classe dirigeante pour promouvoir ses intérêts économiques et accélérer l’assaut contre les travailleurs.

New in German

Finanzkrise gibt Schmarotzern Auftrieb

Von Andre Damon, 3. Juni 2015

Sieben Jahre nach der Finanzkrise von 2008 wird die Weltwirtschaft von der globalen Finanzoligarchie gnadenlos ausgeplündert.

Ägyptischer Diktator al-Sisi zu Besuch in Berlin

Von Johannes Stern, 3. Juni 2015

Die Tatsache, dass die deutschen Eliten dem Gewaltherrscher vom Nil den roten Teppich ausrollen, entlarvt ihre Phrasen von „Demokratie“, „Frieden“ und „Menschenrechten“.

Timothy Snyder eröffnet die Deutsch-Ukrainische Historikerkommission

Von Clara Weiss und Wolfgang Weber, 3. Juni 2015

Der Yale-Professor entwickelte ein neues Narrativ der europäischen Geschichte, das der Verteidigung des nationalistischen Regimes in Kiew und der Kriegspropaganda gegen Russland dient.

Drohender Staatsbankrott in Griechenland: Tsipras legt Reformplan vor

Von Robert Stevens, 3. Juni 2015

Syriza hatte behauptet, es sei möglich, mit der Troika eine einvernehmliche Einigung über Griechenlands Schulden auszuhandeln und so Athens Verbleib in der Eurozone zu sichern.

Massive Enthaltung bei italienischen Regionalwahlen

Von Marianne Arens, 3. Juni 2015

Die italienische Regierungspartei der Demokraten (PD) verlor stark an Unterstützung, weil viele nicht mehr zur Wahl gingen. Hinzugewinnen konnte vor allem die rechte Lega Nord.

Österreich: Rechtsextreme FPÖ legt deutlich zu

Von Markus Salzmann, 3. Juni 2015

Bei den Landtagswahlen in der Steiermark und im Burgenland hat die rechtsradikale Freiheitliche Partei (FPÖ) am Sonntag hohe Gewinne erzielt.

Polizei in den USA tötet täglich mehr als 2 Personen

Von Patrick Martin, 3. Juni 2015

Durch Polizeigewalt gegen Bürger, sterben in den USA pro Tag durchschnittlich 2,6 Menschen. Statistisch bedeutet das: Alle neun Stunden ein Toter durch Polizeibrutalität.

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Perspective

The US arming of ISIS

3 June 2015

Underlying the massive rearmament of ISIS forces with captured US weapons are the contradictory and vastly destructive policies pursued by US imperialism.

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Book Review

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

By Fred Williams, 3 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

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

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

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Featured

Struggle Street: Dehumanising the poor in preparation for new welfare cuts

By Richard Phillips and Chris Gordon, 3 June 2015

Struggle Street feeds into the reactionary ideology of “individual responsibility” which is central to justifications for endless welfare cutbacks.

A WSWS investigation into the social crisis in Australia’s Mount Druitt
“Where are we going to herd our poor?”

By our correspondents, 3 June 2015

The WSWS interviewed Jon Owen, a community worker with the Urban Neighbours of Hope.

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

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Life inside a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

By our correspondent, 29 May 2015

Commentary

The Australian pseudo-left and the drive to war against China

By James Cogan, 3 June 2015

The maxim—silence implies consent—applies to the failure of the fake left organisations to utter a word on the mounting dangers of a US-led war against China.

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

US defense secretary signs joint military statement with Hanoi

US brinkmanship with China over South China Sea

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Parasitism and the economic crisis

By Andre Damon, 2 June 2015

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

By Nick Barrickman, 2 June 2015

US police kill more than two people a day

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Arts Review

Street artist Shepard Fairey paints a giant mural in Detroit

By Zac Corrigan, 3 June 2015

The garish work adorns the north face of the One Campus Martius office building, headquarters of Quicken Loans, the financial company chaired by billionaire Dan Gilbert.

To Pimp a Butterfly from rapper Kendrick Lamar

The Divergent Series: Insurgent—More talent and resources squandered

Science

New hominin discovery suggests multiple human ancestors lived side-by-side

By Matthew MacEgan, 3 June 2015

A new Australopithecine fossil was recently discovered in Ethiopia that suggests at least one separate species was living alongside Australopithecus afarensis.

New discoveries illuminate early human physical and technological evolution

By Philip Guelpa

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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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

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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