Global refugee crisis worst since World War II

By Joseph Kishore, 16 June 2015

An Amnesty International report released Monday provides a sense of the disaster produced by global capitalism and the operations of imperialism throughout the world.

European Union’s “migrant mission”: War plans in a humanitarian cloak

Australia: Former Rudd and Gillard Labor governments also accused of paying “people smugglers”

By James Cogan, 16 June 2015

What has risen to the surface is just one aspect of the ruthless and criminal policy of “border protection.”

Australian government tacitly admits payments to “people smugglers”

Global stock markets fall on fears of Greece debt default

By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2015

Stock markets in Athens and internationally fell sharply Monday after the collapse this weekend of talks on Greece’s debt crisis.

The dictatorship of finance capital: Greece and Ukraine

More on the crisis in Greece »

US war planes bomb alleged militants in Libya, killing dozens

By Thomas Gaist, 16 June 2015

The bombing is the latest in a series of illegal targeted assassinations and kidnappings carried out by US forces in Libya.

US imperialism and the catastrophe in Libya

UK government, Murdoch press smear of Edward Snowden unravels

By Chris Marsden, 16 June 2015

Smearing Snowden is aimed at creating a climate of fear to justify state surveillance and repression.

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

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

US Supreme Court upholds arbitrary executive power in immigration visa case

By Tom Carter, 16 June 2015

The Supreme Court endorsed the Obama administration’s assertion of the arbitrary power to deny immigration visas based on vague invocations of the so-called “war on terror.”

Citizenship and the assault on democratic rights

Contract covering 16,500 General Electric workers to expire June 21

By John Marion, 16 June 2015

Negotiations between General Electric and an umbrella group of unions began this month in New York.

Wages fall and poverty rises in Russia as government axes services

By David Levine, 16 June 2015

As the Russian state imposes austerity policies and the country slips into recession, indices mount of growing hardship facing the population.

German trade union prepares sellout of childcare workers’ strike

By our correspondents, 16 June 2015

The nationwide strike by workers in social and childcare services was halted at the end of May and was sent to arbitration last Wednesday.

The role of the trade unions in the German childcare workers’ strike

Indian military raid in Myanmar escalates regional tensions

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 June 2015

India’s pro-US, Hindu chauvinist government was quick to tout the cross-border raid against anti-Indian separatists in Myanmar as a warning to Pakistan.

Peru’s mining protests suspended amid evidence of leadership’s corruption

By Cesar Uco, 16 June 2015

The most prominent leader of the protests had apparently demanded money in return for calling off the mass struggle against the Tia Maria mine project.

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Diktatura finansijskog kapitala: Grčka i Ukrajina

Alex Lantier, 16 June 2015

Iza prividnog protivrječja u tretmanu Grčke i Ukrajine stoje reakcionarni klasni interesi finansijskog kapitala u vodećim imperijalističkim zemljama, interesi koje oni jure sa nepokolebljivom odlučnošću.

New in Spanish

El ex ministro de asuntos exteriores iraquí Tariq Aziz muere en prisión a los 79 años

Por Bill Van Auken, 16 junio 2015

Doce años de prisión desmoronaron la salud de Tariq Aziz, la figura que representó a Irak en el exterior por muchos años.

New in French

Washington envoie des troupes, des armes lourdes aux frontières de la Russie

Par Barry Grey, 16 juin 2015

Le pré-positionnement de chars, de véhicules de combat d'infanterie, d'obusiers blindés et d'autres instruments de la violence amène la région au bord de la guerre.

Les pourparlers de crise sur les menaces de l'UE contre la Grèce s’effondrent

Par Alex Lantier, 16 juin 2015

Une décision de l’UE de faire basculer la Grèce en défaut de paiement menace de décimer non seulement l’économie grecque, mais de miner la monnaie Euro et la structure de l’UE elle-même.

La dictature du capital financier: la Grèce et l'Ukraine

Par Alex Lantier, 16 juin 2015

Derrière l’apparente contradiction dans le traitement de la Grèce et de l’Ukraine se trouvent les intérêts de classe réactionnaires du capital financier dans les principales puissances impérialistes.

Le parlement étudiant de l'Université Humboldt défend la liberté d'expression

Par Nos correspondants, 16 juin 2015

Le parlement étudiant s’est opposé par un vote à la tentative d’intimider et de diffamer les étudiants qui critiquent les positions droitières et militaristes de professeurs à cette université.

Le délégué de l’EJIES s’adresse au parlement étudiant de l’université Humboldt
« Ne pas défendre la liberté d’expression aurait des conséquences fatales »

Par Sven Wurm, 16 juin 2015

Nous publions ici le discours prononcé le 11 juin, lors de la réunion du parlement étudiant de l’Université Humboldt à Berlin, par Sven Wurm, membre des Etudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l’Egalité sociale

New in German

„Menschenrechts“-Imperialismus in der Ukraine

Patrick Martin, 16. Juni 2015

Die rechte Ukraine-Regierung, die ihren Aufstieg einem von Neofaschisten unterstützten Putsch verdankt, wird zur Speerspitze der „freien Welt“ erklärt.

USA planen Stationierung von Truppen und schwerem Kriegsgerät an der russischen Grenze

Barry Grey, 16. Juni 2015

Die Stationierung von Panzern, Schützenpanzern, Panzerhaubitzen und anderem Kriegsgerät wird die Region noch näher an den Rand eines Krieges bringen.

Abbruch der Gespräche in Brüssel
EU droht mit griechischem Staatsbankrott

Alex Lantier, 16. Juni 2015

Eine Entscheidung der EU, Griechenland Bankrott gehen zu lassen, droht nicht nur die griechische Wirtschaft, sondern auch die Euro-Währung und das gesamte Gefüge der EU zu untergraben.

DGB-Kundgebungen bereiten Ausverkauf des Kita-Streiks vor

unseren Korrespondenten, 16. Juni 2015

Die DGB-Demonstrationen in Köln, Hannover, Nürnberg und Dresden waren Alibi-Aktionen, um den Ausverkauf des Kita-Streiks vorzubereiten.

China reagiert auf Kritik der G7 an Landgewinnung im Südchinesischen Meer

Peter Symonds, 16. Juni 2015

Die Obama-Regierungen schürt die Spannungen in Südostasien, um einen Keil zwischen China seine Nachbarstaaten zu treiben.

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Perspective

The way forward for the working class in Greece

16 June 2015

Workers across Europe and internationally must oppose the assault on the Greek working class by the European Union and its political defenders.

Earlier Perspectives »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Humboldt University student parliament defends freedom of speech

By our correspondents, 13 June 2015

IYSSE delegate addresses Humboldt University student parliament
“Failure to defend freedom of expression would have dire consequences”

By Sven Wurm, 13 June 2015

Defend student free speech at Humboldt University! Stop state-sponsored censorship!

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 »

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia) campaigns against attempted censorship by Bankstown Council officers

By our reporters, 16 June 2015

Workers and young people in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown back the Socialist Equality Party’s right to campaign against the mounting dangers of war.

Sri Lanka: Reinstate victimised Deeside plantation workers!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 June 2015

SEP/IYSSE public meetings to discuss Sri Lankan political crisis

9 June 2015

Commentary

Hillary Clinton launches her presidential campaign

By Patrick Martin, 15 June 2015

A further comment on Paulson’s gift to Harvard: Public education and American democracy

By Barry Grey, 15 June 2015

Hedge fund billionaire Paulson’s $400 million gift to Harvard

US to station troops, heavy weaponry on Russia’s border

By Barry Grey, 15 June 2015

Canada’s aboriginal Truth and Reconciliation Report—the class issues

By Carl Bronski and Keith Jones, 13 June 2015

US appeals court blocks release of last Louisiana “Angola 3” prisoner

No witnesses heard cops warn 12-year-old Tamir Rice before killing him

WSWS responds to Joma Sison and the Philippine Maoists

A reply to Louis Proyect’s attack on the WSWS

A postscript on Louis Proyect’s lies

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 June 2015

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

Deutsche Post workers continue strike

By Gustav Kemper, 12 June 2015

Where did half a billion dollars from the UAW strike fund go?

By Jerry White, 9 June 2015

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

History

The Magna Carta and democratic rights

By Richard Hoffman and Mike Head, 15 June 2015

Arts Review

Mad Max: Fury Road: A “feminist” demolition derby

By Kevin Martinez, 15 June 2015

Orson Welles symposium at University of Michigan

By David Walsh, 13 June 2015

100 years since the birth of Orson Welles—Part 2

New in Arabic

WSWS publishes Arabic translation of David North’s May Day speech

Posted here is a translation into Arabic of “Socialism and the struggle against war,” David North's speech opening the May 3, 2015 International May Day Online Rally.

25 years ago: ANC leader Mandela reassures capitalists during world tour

On June 20, 1990, after more than 27 years of imprisonment at the hands of the racist regime in South Africa, African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela was greeted as a conquering hero in the center of world imperialism.

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50 years ago: Ben Bella deposed in Algeria coup

On June 19, 1965, Algerian President Ahmed Ben Bella was deposed in a bloodless coup led by his former ally, the military strongman Houari Boumédienne.

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75 years ago: France surrenders to Nazi Germany

On June 17, 1940 Marshal Petain, the new premier of France, formed a cabinet and asked Germany for armistice terms as the French armies conceded defeat by Hitler’s forces.

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100 years ago: Pro-war “League to Enforce Peace” founded in US

In what was a precursor of the drive to found the League of Nations after World War I, a number of prominent US political and business figures met on June 17, 1915, to establish the League to Enforce Peace.

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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.

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

View all speeches from May Day 2015 »