In Brussels talks, Greece moves closer to austerity deal with EU

By Robert Stevens and Alex Lantier, 4 June 2015

The Syriza-led government is trying to work out the details of its capitulation to the austerity program demanded by the European Union and the banks.

European leaders dictate terms for Greece

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Philippine President Aquino compares China to Nazi Germany

By Joseph Santolan, 4 June 2015

The Philippines is playing a crucial role in Washington’s ratcheting up of military pressure on Beijing.

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

US brinkmanship with China over South China Sea

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Boston police, FBI shoot to death alleged terror suspect

By Tom Hall, 4 June 2015

Authorities declared that Usaama Rahim “lunged” at officers with a knife, a claim contested by his family.

February cease-fire collapses as fighting re-erupts in eastern Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 4 June 2015

Fighting between government forces and separatists broke out yesterday for the first time since a February cease-fire, after provocative actions by Washington and the Kiev regime.

Thousands of Ukrainians protest Kiev regime’s draconian utility price hikes

More on the crisis in Ukraine »

US removes Cuba from list of sponsors of state terror

By Alexander Fangmann, 4 June 2015

The hypocritical designation is being removed in order to make way for the naming of ambassadors as part of the rapprochement between the two governments.

Obama to take Cuba off state terror list

US government paid millions in Social Security benefits to ex-Nazis

By Thomas Gaist, 4 June 2015

Between 1962 and 2015, more than 130 former Nazis received at least $20 million worth of Social Security retirement benefits.

New book sheds further light on US government protection of ex-Nazis

Fascism and the Holocaust »

Los Angeles homeless population grew by 16 percent since 2013

By Glenn Mulwray, 4 June 2015

Soaring housing prices, along with falling incomes and cuts in government programs, have led to the dramatic growth in homelessness in Los Angeles County.

Lawmakers push to expand offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

By Matthew Taylor, 4 June 2015

Bills have recently been introduced in the US Senate that would expand oil drilling off the coast of Florida and Alabama.

Five years since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Mass abstention in Italian regional elections

By Marianne Arens, 4 June 2015

The right-wing Lega Nord was the main beneficiary as Italy’s governing Democratic Party lost significant support amid low voter turnout.

Austrian state elections: Far-right Freedom Party makes significant gains

By Markus Salzmann, 4 June 2015

The Austrian ruling coalition of the SPÖ and ÖVP has largely adopted the policies of the far-right FPÖ.

Despite headline growth figures, Australian national accounts point to contraction

By Nick Beams, 4 June 2015

Australian Treasurer Hockey’s claim that only “clowns” were pointing to recessionary trends is not widely shared in business and financial circles.

South Korean teachers union faces ban

By Ben McGrath, 4 June 2015

The anti-democratic court ruling is designed to prevent teachers and other public employees from voicing their political opinions.

New in Turkish

ABD Nijerya’da doğrudan askeri müdahaleye hazırlanıyor

Thomas Gaist, 4 Haziran 2015

New York Times, Cuma günü, ismi açıklanmayan ABD Dışişleri Bakanlığı yetkililerine göre, Obama yönetiminin Nijerya’da doğrudan askeri müdahale için hazırlandığını bildirdi.

Binlerce Ukraynalı Kiev yönetiminin kamu hizmetlerindeki sert fiyat artışını protesto etti

Alex Lantier, 4 Haziran 2015

Kiev’deki NATO destekli yönetimin enerji, su ve diğer temel ihtiyaç mallarının fiyatlarını sert bir şekilde arttırma yönündeki kararlarına karşı protestolar artıyor.

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L'armement de l'Etat Islamique par Washington

Par Bill van Auken, 4 juin 2015

Les politiques contradictoires et destructrices menées par l'impérialisme américain soustendent le réarmement massif de l'EI.

Le gouvernement australien «envisage activement» de mener une provocation dangereuse en mer de Chine méridionale

Par Peter Symonds, 4 juin 2015

Agissant pour le compte de Washington, Canberra envisage provoquer la Chine en envoyant un avion militaire à l’intérieur de la zone aérienne que Pékin considère comme son territoire.

Tsipras présente son programme de concessions

Par Robert Stevens, 4 juin 2015

Syriza a affirmé qu'il était possible de parvenir à un règlement à l'amiable négocié avec la troïka à propos de la dette grecque sur la base d’un maintien d'Athènes dans la zone euro. En même temps, la Grèce fait face à un défaut de paiement de sa dette souveraine.

Münkler reçoit le soutien de l’extrême-droite allemande

Par Peter Schwarz, 4 juin 2015

L’hebdomadaire Junge Freiheit, organe de la Nouvelle droite, a déclaré son soutien à la campagne menée contre des étudiants critiques à l’université Humboldt de Berlin.

New in German

Das amerikanische Spiel mit dem Feuer im Südchinesischen Meer

Peter Symonds, 4. Juni 2015

Die Provokationen des amerikanischen Imperialismus gegenüber der Atommacht China, drohen die Menschheit in einen Dritten Weltkrieg zu stürzen.

US-Senat genehmigt Verlängerung der NSA-Überwachung

Patrick Martin, 4. Juni 2015

Der sogenannte USA Freedom Act verlängert die meisten Überwachungkompetenzen, die der Patriot Act den Geheimdiensten eingeräumt hat.

Europäische Elite diktiert Griechenland ihre Bedingungen

Nick Beams, 4. Juni 2015

Griechenlands Kreditgeber haben am Montag bei einem Treffen im Berliner Kanzleramt ihre Forderungen dargelegt.

Deutschland, Frankreich und Italien bauen Kampfdrohne

Denis Krassnin, 4. Juni 2015

Mit einer eigenen Drohne wollen die europäischen Mächte – allen voran Deutschland – unabhängiger von der US-amerikanischen und israelischen Produktion werden.

Großbritannien, Thronrede 2015:
Konservative Regierung plant Sparmaßnahmen und Unterdrückung

Chris Marsden, 4. Juni 2015

Die antidemokratischen Gesetze der vorangegangenen Regierungen der Labour Party und der Tories werden jetzt durch einen weiteren Gesetzesentwurf gegen Extremismus ergänzt.

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Perspective

“USA Freedom Act”: A fig leaf for illegal spying

4 June 2015

The press coverage has falsely portrayed the USA Freedom Act as a major effort to curb police-state surveillance methods in the United States.

Earlier Perspectives »

Book Review

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

By Fred Williams, 4 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.

Arts Review

100 years since the birth of Orson Welles—Part 1

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 4 June 2015

May 6 marked one hundred years since the birth of Orson Welles, one of the most remarkable figures in American film and theater in the 20th century. This is the first part of two.

Street artist Shepard Fairey paints a giant mural in Detroit

By Zac Corrigan, 3 June 2015

Featured

Police brutality and social inequality in Baltimore: An indictment of the Democratic Party

By Nick Barrickman and Trent Novak, 4 June 2015

The desperate conditions in Baltimore are the product of decades of pro-business policies pursued by the Democrats at every level of government.

A WSWS investigation into the social crisis in Australia's Mount Druitt
“A lot of our people are trapped in a poverty cycle”

By our correspondents, 4 June 2015

In Mount Druitt, Aboriginal people, one of the most oppressed layers of the working class, confront many health and social problems.

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

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Commentary

“Left electoral action conference" in Chicago
The American pseudo-left and the Democratic Party

By Eric London, 4 June 2015

The Chicago conference outlined a framework for politically disarming leftward moving workers and youth in order to prevent them from breaking with bourgeois politics.

The US arming of ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 3 June 2015

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

US Senate approves extension of NSA spying

By Patrick Martin, 3 June 2015

FBI operates spy planes over dozens of US cities

Report: Invasive US airport screenings unsuccessful at finding concealed weapons

More on NSA spying »

Egyptian dictator al-Sisi visits Berlin

By Johannes Stern, 3 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

More on police violence in America »

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

More on the fight for historical truth in Germany »

Science

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

By Matthew MacEgan, 3 June 2015

New discoveries illuminate early human physical and technological evolution

By Philip Guelpa

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.
Link to audio

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