US media escalate anti-China propaganda over alleged hacking

By Thomas Gaist, 6 June 2015

Unsubstantiated accusations that Beijing stole personal data on millions of federal government employees are being trumpeted to boost the US war agenda.

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

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A US-led chorus of condemnation of China

By Peter Symonds, 6 June 2015

Along with the war of words over Chinese land reclamation in the South China Sea, military preparations are being made.

US defence secretary boosts military ties with India

Philippine Maoists support US war drive against China

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US-backed war on Yemen leaves 20 million without food, water, medical care

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2015

The Saudi-led air strikes have devastated Yemeni cities, and the blockade of Yemen’s ports has prevented the arrival of emergency relief supplies and basic goods.

Death toll rises following ferry sinking in China

By Ben McGrath, 6 June 2015

Details of safety violations have emerged after one of the worst maritime disasters in China’s recent history.

Texas executes possibly innocent man after 31 years on death row

By Kevin Martinez, 6 June 2015

Lester Bower, 67, who maintained his innocence throughout the trial and appeals process, was the oldest prisoner executed since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976.

Germany, France and Italy to build military drone

By Denis Krasnin, 6 June 2015

The European powers, above all Germany, intend to use their own drone program to increase their independence from Israeli and US production.

German Left Party on course for war and joining a government

By Johannes Stern, 6 June 2015

The Left Party’s trajectory recalls that of the Green Party in 1998, save that it has already unveiled its reactionary character before entering into government at the federal level.

Turkish election exposes deepening crisis of rule

By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 6 June 2015

Turkey’s parliamentary election on Sunday takes place amid increasing social and political tensions that will intensify, whichever party wins.

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Report and the crimes against the native people

By Carl Bronski, 6 June 2015

For well over a century, the Canadian capitalist state forcibly removed aboriginal children from their families and herded them into church-run residential schools where they were abused.

Australia: High-rise fire investigation reveals cost-cutting endangered lives

By Paul Bartizan, 6 June 2015

A report by the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade is another damning exposure of the deregulation of the highly-profitable construction industry over the past 20 years.

San Diego, California renews emergency services contract with low-wage company

By K. Rowe and Toby Reese, 6 June 2015

The Democratic-controlled city council voted unanimously for an agreement that maintains a starting wage of only $10 an hour for new EMTs.

Medical technicians and paramedics picket against low-wage exploitation

By K. Rowe and Toby Reese, 6 June 2015

Working EMTs and paramedics have been picketing at San Diego City Hall since last Thursday in protest over the extension that maintains appallingly low wages.

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Официальные лица США обсуждают возможность ядерного удара по России

Найлс Уильямсон, 6 июня 2015 г.

Среди рассматриваемых Пентагоном вариантов усиления военных приготовлений в Восточной Европе – превентивный ядерный удар по российским ракетам.

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Astensione di massa alle elezioni regionali

Di Marianne Arens, 6 giugno 2015

Il sostegno al Partito Democratico (PD) al governo è in marcato calo; questo è stato evidente nelle elezioni di domenica scorsa in sette regioni: Veneto, Liguria, Umbria, Campania, Marche, Toscana e Puglia.

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Al-Sissi à Berlin: Tapis rouge pour le bourreau du Caire

Par Johannes Stern, 6 juin 2015

L’accueil officiel reservé au dictateur égyptien sanglant Abdel Fattah al-Sissi à Berlin démasque les faux semblants humanitaires de la bourgeoisie allemande.

Les responsables américains envisagent des frappes nucléaires contre la Russie

Par Niles Williamson, 6 juin 2015

Une des possibilités envisagées par le Pentagone en Europe de l'Est est une frappe nucléaire agressive contre les missiles russes.

L'UMP se renomme « les Républicains » à l'approche des élections de 2017

Par Stéphane Hugues, 6 juin 2015

Le changement de nom est une réponse à l’influence croissante du Front national néo-fasciste, au milieu d’un large virage à droite par l’ensemble de l’élite dirigeante.

L'USA Freedom Act : un cache-sexe pour l’espionnage illégal

Par Patrick Martin, 6 juin 2015

La presse traite faussement la Loi sur la liberté USA (USA Freedom Act) d'effort majeur pour freiner la surveillance de masse aux États-Unis.

Le parasitisme, la ploutocratie et la dépression économique

Par Andre Damon, 6 juin 2015

La crise économique mondiale actuelle est indiscociable des activités parasitaires de l’oligarchie financière, aidée et encouragée par l’État.

Québec criminalise les luttes de la classe ouvrière

Par Keith Jones, 6 juin 2015

Le gouvernement libéral du Québec intensifie son assaut contre les droits des travailleurs et sa campagne visant à criminaliser la résistance de la population à son programme d'austérité.

La lutte pour l’indépendance politique de la classe ouvrière en Chine

Par James Cogan, 6 juin 2015

Ce discours a été prononcé par James Cogan, secrétaire national du Socialist Equality Party (Australie), lors du Rassemblement international en ligne pour le 1er mai.

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Perspective

US imperialism and the FIFA corruption investigation

6 June 2015

No aspect of life is exempt from the impact of mounting economic, political and military antagonisms—and there is no limit to what the US is prepared to do to impose its will.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose enforced political conformism at Humboldt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 6 June 2015

The President of Berlin’s Humboldt University, Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, has taken to the press to accuse critical-minded students of suppressing academic freedom.

Historian Timothy Snyder falsifies history at German-Ukrainian conference

By Clara Weiss and Wolfgang Weber, 5 June 2015

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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Commentary

Edward Snowden lends his support to “USA Freedom Act”

By Andre Damon, 6 June 2015

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden declared in a New York Times op-ed Thursday that the passage of the USA Freedom Act was a “historic victory for the rights of every citizen.”

The Bernie Sanders campaign and the American pseudo-left

By Tom Hall, 6 June 2015

The various groups that comprise the American pseudo-left are engaged in a debate over the best tactical approach to Sanders' Democratic Party presidential campaign.

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

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

By Johannes Stern, 5 June 2015

US officials consider nuclear strikes against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 5 June 2015

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

By Stéphane Hugues, 5 June 2015

US removes Cuba from list of sponsors of state terror

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

Obituary

Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz dies in prison at 79

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2015

The public face of Iraq for decades, Aziz faced deteriorating health during his dozen years of imprisonment, much of which was spent in solitary confinement.

Arts Review

Painter Kehinde Wiley at the Brooklyn Museum: Trappings of empire and power

By Clare Hurley, 6 June 2015

Wiley copies European Old Masters paintings, substituting African Americans in contemporary garb in the poses of aristocrats and other wealthy figures of power and privilege.

100 years since the birth of Orson Welles—Part 2

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 5 June 2015

100 years since the birth of Orson Welles—Part 1

Street artist Shepard Fairey paints a giant mural in Detroit

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

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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

6 June 2015

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

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

By Jerry White, 5 June 2015

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

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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