US officials consider nuclear strikes against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 5 June 2015

Among the possibilities being considered by the Pentagon for escalating its war plans in Eastern Europe is a nuclear first strike against Russian missile forces.

Ukraine names ex-Georgian President Saakashvili governor of Odessa

By Derek Bell, 5 June 2015

The appoinment of Saakashvili, who launched a brief and unsuccessful US-backed war against Russia in 2008, is a political provocation.

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

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OECD cuts global growth forecast amid growing financial turbulence

By Nick Beams, 5 June 2015

The downgrade follows what the OECD called the worst quarter for global economic growth since the 2008 financial crash.

US defence secretary boosts military ties with India

By K. Ratnayake, 5 June 2015

As Washington ratcheted up its confrontation with China over the South China Sea, Carter’s trip to India emphasised greater naval cooperation.

Philippine Maoists support US war drive against China

By Joseph Santolan, 5 June 2015

BAYAN and the CPP have worked to whip up anti-Chinese nationalism, denouncing China as an “imperialist” power poised to invade the Philippines.

Philippine President Aquino compares China to Nazi Germany

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

US brinkmanship with China over South China Sea

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Guantanamo detainee details CIA sexual abuse and torture

By Thomas Gaist, 5 June 2015

Majid Khan was subjected to torture “more brutal and sadistic” than even that documented in the Senate report on CIA torture released last year.

Federal court blocks release of CIA torture report

Media hypocrisy over fate of migrant labour in Qatar

By Mark Blackwood, 5 June 2015

The campaign to overturn FIFA’s decisions to hold the World Cup in Russia and Qatar has spawned a slew of hypocritical articles over the atrocious conditions facing migrant workers.

FIFA head resigns amidst US-led campaign over bribery scandal

More labs received live anthrax from US military

By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2015

Pentagon officials told a press conference Wednesday that the scale of the distribution of deadly toxins might be far greater than previously suggested.

Why did the US Army ship live anthrax?

France’s UMP changes name to “The Republicans” in run-up to 2017 elections

By Stéphane Hugues, 5 June 2015

The name change was made in response to the rising influence of the neo-fascist National Front, amid a broad shift to the right by the entire ruling elite.

Australian union boosted membership lists by imposing low wages

By Mike Head, 5 June 2015

The Australian Workers Union agreement saved Cleanevent $6 million over three years, at the expense of low-paid casual cleaners.

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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Dans des pourparlers à Bruxelles, la Grèce se rapproche d'un accord d'austérité avec l'UE

Par Robert Stevens et Alex Lantier, 5 juin 2015

Le gouvernement dirigé par Syriza essaie de régler les détails de sa capitulation devant le programme d'austérité demandé par l'Union européenne et les banques.

Le rachat d’Areva par EDF entraîne la suppression de 6.000 emplois dans le monde

Par Anthony Torres, 5 juin 2015

Alors qu'EDF dispose d'immenses réserves de liquidités, ces suppressions d'emplois ne sont dictées que par une logique comptable réactionnaire.

New in German

Al-Sisi in Berlin: Roter Teppich für den Henker von Kairo

Johannes Stern, 5. Juni 2015

Kaum ein Ereignis hätte die Menschenrechtsphrasen der deutschen Eliten besser entlarven können, als der offizielle Empfang des ägyptischen Diktators Abdelfattah al-Sisi in Berlin.

Gegen die politische Gleichschaltung der Humboldt-Universität

International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 5. Juni 2015

Der Präsident der Humboldt-Universität, Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, greift in einer Kolumne der Berliner Zeitung kritische Studenten an und wirft ihnen vor, die wissenschaftliche Lehrfreiheit zu unterbinden.

Brüssel: Griechenland nähert sich der EU an

Robert Stevens, Alex Lantier, 5. Juni 2015

Die Syriza-Regierung steuert auf die Kapitulation vor dem Sparprogramm der Europäischen Union und der Banken zu.

Erneute Kämpfe in der Ukraine drohen den Waffenstillstand vom Februar zum Scheitern zu bringen

Niles Williamson, 5. Juni 2015

Am Mittwoch kam es in der Ukraine nach Provokationen von Washington und dem Kiewer Regime zum ersten Mal seit dem Waffenstillstand vom Februar wieder zu Gefechten zwischen Regierungstruppen und Separatisten.

Australische Regierung erwägt gefährliche Provokation im Südchinesischen Meer

Peter Symonds, 5. Juni 2015

Im Auftrag Washingtons arbeitet Canberra an Plänen, China durch das Eindringen eines Militärflugzeugs in chinesischen Luftraum herauszufordern.

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Perspective

Al-Sisi in Berlin: Red carpet for the hangman of Cairo

5 June 2015

No other event could have better exposed the “human rights” pretenses of the German ruling class than the official reception of Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Berlin.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Historian Timothy Snyder falsifies history at German-Ukrainian conference

By Clara Weiss and Wolfgang Weber, 5 June 2015

The Yale professor has developed a new narrative of European history that serves the needs of the nationalist regime in Kiev and war propaganda against Russia.

Humboldt University professor Herfried Münkler calls for German leadership in Europe

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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Arts Review

100 years since the birth of Orson Welles—Part 2

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 5 June 2015

May 6 marked 100 years since the birth of Orson Welles, one of the most remarkable figures in American film and theater in the twentieth century. This is the second part of two.

100 years since the birth of Orson Welles—Part 1

Street artist Shepard Fairey paints a giant mural in Detroit

By Zac Corrigan, 3 June 2015

Featured

A WSWS investigation into the social crisis in Australia’s Mount Druitt
Workers and young people speak out against growing poverty

By our reporters, 5 June 2015

The WSWS spoke with residents about the decades of job cuts and the dismantling of essential social services.

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

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

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

By Nick Barrickman and Trent Novak, 4 June 2015

Workers Struggles

Build rank-and-file committees to prepare the fight for jobs and wages!

By Jerry White, 5 June 2015

With little more than three months before the expiration of the labor agreement with GM, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler, autoworkers need to prepare now for a fight to defend their interests.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

5 April 2015

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

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.

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

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

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

Commentary

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

By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2015

US Senate approves extension of NSA spying

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

By Eric London, 4 June 2015

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

By Robert Stevens and Alex Lantier, 4 June 2015

European leaders dictate terms for Greece

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Boston police, FBI shoot to death alleged terror suspect

By Tom Hall, 4 June 2015

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

US police kill more than two people a day

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US removes Cuba from list of sponsors of state terror

By Alexander Fangmann, 4 June 2015

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

By Thomas Gaist, 4 June 2015

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

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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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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