Mass killing at African American church in Charleston, South Carolina

By David Walsh, 18 June 2015

The horrific mass killing took place Wednesday evening. A young white man allegedly opened fire during a prayer meeting, killing six women and three men.

Greek central bank warns of “uncontrollable crisis”

By Robert Stevens, 18 June 2015

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said his government would not table any new proposals at today’s Eurogroup meeting.

EU threatens to push Greece into bankruptcy after collapse of debt talks

The way forward for the working class in Greece

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Millionaires projected to own 46 percent of global private wealth by 2019

By Gabriel Black, 18 June 2015

According to a new report, the vast majority of new wealth for the rich has come from the increase in the value of pre-existing assets.

Social inequality and American politics

EU dispute over refugees intensifies

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 18 June 2015

European governments are at loggerheads on accepting refugees, but all agree on measures to deter and repatriate them.

The callous and criminal treatment of refugees

Global refugee crisis worst since World War II

Israel exonerates its armed forces of war crimes

By Jean Shaoul, 18 June 2015

The report comes days before the UN’s Human Rights Council is due to publish the findings of its inquiry into Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

US deported 260,000 for drug offenses over five-year period

By Tom Hall, 18 June 2015

Even legal immigrants spend months or years in prison without bail awaiting deportation for minor drug offenses, according to a report issued this week by Human Rights Watch.

US stocks, bonds rally as Fed pledges to keep rates low

By Barry Grey, 18 June 2015

Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen repeatedly stressed that the rate increases, once begun, would be small and incremental.

The revealing remarks of a central banker

Jeb Bush launches campaign for Republican presidential nomination

By Patrick Martin, 18 June 2015

The official two-party system has shifted so far to the right that Bush is regarded as too moderate by much of the Republican Party base.

Hillary Clinton launches her presidential campaign

CIA authorized experimentation on human beings, document shows

By Thomas Gaist, 18 June 2015

Previously secret CIA internal regulations show that the agency has assumed sweeping powers to engage in illegal human experimentation and covert espionage against the US population.

Grand jury witnesses told not to mention police “chokehold” in Eric Garner case

By Fred Mazelis, 18 June 2015

Newly released details provide further evidence that the grand jury proceeding that exonerated Garner’s killer was rigged.

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

The death of Kalief Browder

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Detroit’s “water affordability” plan guarantees profits to wealthy bondholders

By Zac Corrigan, 18 June 2015

At least 1,000 households have been shut off as of May 26, with at least 25,000 residences—or one in three households in the city—targeted for possible shutoff this summer.

Manitoba’s NDP presides over child care crisis

By Ashley Tseng, 18 June 2015

Due to budget cuts and privatization, children in the care of Manitoba’s youth protection agency are largely unsupervised and provided little physical, educational or emotional support.

Three quarters of a million private tenants in England living in rundown homes

By Dennis Moore, 18 June 2015

There are 120,000 households in England considered to be living in an unsafe privately rented home.

German secret service involved in NSU far-right terrorist attacks

By Dietmar Henning, 18 June 2015

Evidence linking the state with murders committed by far-right terrorists continues to mount.

US drive to war dominates Philippine presidential election discussions

By Joseph Santolan, 18 June 2015

The stakes in the 2016 presidential election are qualitatively higher than in previous contests, with the paramount question being war with China.

Australian Greens back Abbott government’s deep pension cuts

By Mike Head, 18 June 2015

The Greens sent a clear message of their readiness to play a central role in imposing austerity measures on the working class.

New in Spanish

La dictadura del capital financiero: Grecia y Ucrania

Por Alex Lantier, 18 junio 2015

Detrás de la aparente incongruencia entre como se tratan a Grecia y a Ucrania levantan cabeza los intereses férreos de la reaccionarias clases que derivan su lucro del capital financiero en las principales potencias imperialistas.

En negociaciones de Bruselas, Grecia se acerca a cerrar acuerdo de austeridad con la UE

Por Robert Stevens y Alex Lantier, 18 junio 2015

El presidente de la Comisión Europea Jean-Claude Juncker en Bruselas, el Primer Ministro griego Alexis Tsipras anunció que Atenas estaba cerca a un acuerdo en las medidas de austeridad que han sido exigidas por la Unión Europea (UE) y los bancos.

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Après l'effondrement des pourparlers sur la dette, l'UE menace de pousser la Grèce à la faillite

Par Alex Lantier, 18 juin 2015

Même au moment où il accuse l'UE, le premier ministre grec Tsipras signale qu'il est toujours à la recherche d'un accord sur la base de plus d'austérité pour la population grecque.

Pire crise des réfugiés à l'échelle mondiale depuis la Deuxième Guerre mondiale

Par Joseph Kishore, 18 juin 2015

Un rapport publié lundi par Amnistie Internationale donne une idée de la catastrophe produite par le capitalisme mondial et les opérations impérialistes dans diverses parties du monde.

Le traitement cruel et criminel des réfugiés

Par James Cogan, 18 juin 2015

Les mesures brutales appliquées aux réfugiés sont un avertissement des méthodes anti-démocratiques en cours de préparation contre la classe ouvrière dans son ensemble.

New in German

Russland droht mit Reaktion auf amerikanische Truppenstationierungen in Osteuropa

Niles Williamson, 18. Juni 2015

Russlands Reaktion verdeutlicht, dass die Pläne der USA, Truppen und Kriegsgerät in ganz Osteuropa zu stationieren, die Gefahr eines Krieges zwischen den beiden Atommächten erhöht hat.

Bei Scheitern der Schuldengespräche:
EU droht Griechenland mit Bankrott

Alex Lantier, 18. Juni 2015

Obwohl Tsipras die EU anprangert, lässt er durchblicken, dass er einer Übereinkunft auf Grundlage der Sparprogramme immer noch zustimmen könnte.

Linkspartei: Mit Doppelspitze auf Regierungskurs

Christoph Dreier, 18. Juni 2015

Die Nominierung von Wagenknecht und Bartsch als Vorsitzende der Linksfraktion ist ein weiterer Schritt in Richtung Regierungsbeteiligung im Bund.

EU streitet um Verteilung von Flüchtlingen

Martin Kreickenbaum, 18. Juni 2015

Die Frage der Aufnahme einiger Tausend zusätzlicher Flüchtlinge wirft die Europäische Union in eine Krise.

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Perspective

Wall Street’s legal offensive

18 June 2015

A series of recent court rulings highlight the drive of the American financial aristocracy to assert the untrammeled domination of private capital over the public interest.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Humboldt University student parliament defends freedom of speech

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

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

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Arts Review

Free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman dead at 85

By Hiram Lee, 18 June 2015

Saxophonist Ornette Coleman helped to define the free jazz movement during an often controversial career spanning half a century.

Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young: No need to fight

By Christine Schofelt, 17 June 2015

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

Orson Welles symposium at University of Michigan

100 years since the birth of Orson Welles—Part 2

Workers Struggles

Top GM and Fiat Chrysler negotiators depart on eve of UAW contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 18 June 2015

US automakers are reaffirming their determination to hold down labor costs.

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

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

Deutsche Post workers continue strike

By Gustav Kemper, 12 June 2015

Commentary

The New York Times, Scott Walker and the unions

By Jerry White, 17 June 2015

Obama, Republicans join forces to salvage trade bill

By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2015

Russia threatens response to US military buildup in Eastern Europe

By Niles Williamson, 17 June 2015

More on the crisis in Ukraine »

Egyptian court confirms death sentence for former President Mursi

By Joseph Kishore, 17 June 2015

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

UK government, Murdoch press smear of Edward Snowden unravels

Socialist Equality Party

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

By our reporters, 16 June 2015

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

History

The Magna Carta and democratic rights

By Richard Hoffman and Mike Head, 15 June 2015

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.

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.

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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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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