With appointment of Kenneth Feinberg to oversee cuts
White House steps up assault on pensions

By Andre Damon, 20 June 2015

The White House said Wednesday that it will grant long-time Washington fixer Kenneth Feinberg the power to unilaterally slash the benefits of retirees in multiemployer pension funds.

The drive to dismantle pensions in the United States

European Central Bank extends credit on fears of Greek bank collapse

By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2015

The brinksmanship of the EU and ECB threatens not only the decimation of the Greek economy, but a potential domino effect that could impact on the entire European economy.

Eurogroup issues ultimatum to Greek government

The way forward for the working class in Greece

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Belgian and French authorities move to seize Russian assets

By Andrea Peters, 20 June 2015

Implementing a ruling handed down by the Hague, law enforcement officials are working to seize billions of dollars of Russian assets in Europe and around the world.

European Union extends economic sanctions against Russia

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War dangers in South China Sea continue to rise

By James Cogan, 20 June 2015

Military deployments are taking place in Asia that would be viewed in China as preparations for a potential provocation.

US brinkmanship with China over South China Sea

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Japanese protests denounce new military legislation

By Ben McGrath, 20 June 2015

Thousands gathered over the weekend to oppose bills to expand the role of the armed forces and its capacity to wage war.

Worldwide displaced population reaches record 59.5 million in 2014

By Evan Blake, 20 June 2015

The annual UNHCR report documents the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons globally and traces some of the conflicts that have created this humanitarian disaster.

The callous and criminal treatment of refugees

German Left Party on course to join the government

By Christoph Dreier, 20 June 2015

The naming of Wagenknecht and Bartsch to the leadership of the Left Party fraction in parliament is another step towards participation in a federal coalition government.

Polish government plagued by spying scandal

By Markus Salzmann, 20 June 2015

Only a few months before parliamentary elections this autumn, new revelations about a spying scandal have plunged the conservative Civic Platform into crisis.

Canada: Alleged ISIS supporter released on bail after lengthy, illegal detention without charge

By Roger Jordan, 20 June 2015

Twenty-three-year-old Aaron Driver was quietly released on bail late last week by a Manitoba court, after being detained since his arrest by police on June 4.

Canada’s media attacks Truth and Reconciliation report

By Carl Bronski, 20 June 2015

Right-wing and liberal commentators alike have accused the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of rhetorical overkill and impugning Canada’s “good name.”

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

Layoffs continue amidst economic stagnation

By Gabriel Black, 20 June 2015

US layoffs were up 13 percent in the first five months of 2015 compared to the prior year.

New in Greek

Ο δρόμος μπροστά για την εργατική τάξη στην Ελλάδα

Άλεξ Λαντιέ, 20 Ιούνιος 2015

Με την κατάρρευση των διαπραγματεύσεων το Σαββατοκύριακο μεταξύ των Ελλήνων και Ευρωπαίων αξιοματούχων, η κρίση στην Ελλάδα – και, πράματι, στην Ευρώπη ολόκληση – έχει μπει σε κρίσιμο στάδιο.

New in Russian

Европейский Союз продлевает экономические санкции против России

Алекс Лантье, 20 июня 2015 г.

Санкции являются частью более общих усилий держав НАТО по изоляции России, что угрожает ей банкротством и войной и нацелено на низведение ее до полукониального статуса.

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Tuerie à Charleston en Caroline du Sud

Par David Walsh, 20 juin 2015

L'impact de guerres sans fin et de militarisme sur les couches arriérées de la population aux États-Unis est une cause centrale d'événements horribles comme la tuerie à Charleston.

L’Union européenne prolonge les sanctions économiques contre la Russie

Par Alex Lantier, 20 juin 2015

Les sanctions font partie d’une vaste campagne de l’OTAN pour isoler la Russie, la menaçant de faillite et de guerre, afin de la réduire à l’état d’une semi-colonie.

L'Eurogroupe lance un ultimatum au gouvernement grec

Par Christoph Dreier, 20 juin 2015

Les ministres européens des Finances ont exigé que le gouvernement grec accepte l’intégralité des coupes sous peine qu’on l’oblige à quitter l'euro.

New in German

Der Massenmord in Charleston

David Walsh, 20. Juni 2015

Die Auswirkungen von Krieg und Militarismus auf rückständige Schichten der amerikanischen Bevölkerung sind eine wesentliche Triebkraft für so schreckliche Episoden wie das Blutbad in Charleston.

„Münkler-Watch” und das plötzliche Schweigen der Medien

Johannes Stern, 20. Juni 2015

Selten zuvor zeigte sich das Ausmaß der Gleichschaltung der deutschen Medien so deutlich wie in den vergangenen Tagen.

Großmanöver in Polen: Nato bereitet Krieg gegen Russland vor

Christoph Dreier, 20. Juni 2015

Die Gefechtsübung der „Nato-Sperspitze“ in Polen ist eine unverhohlene Provokation gegen Russland und erhöht die Gefahr einer nuklearen Konfrontation in Europa.

Europäische Union verlängert Wirtschaftssanktionen gegen Russland

Alex Lantier, 20. Juni 2015

Die Sanktionen sind Teil einer umfangreichen Kampagne der Nato-Mächte mit dem Ziel, Russland zu isolieren und mit Staatsbankrott und Krieg zu drohen und das Land so auf den Stand einer Halbkolonie zu degradieren.

Streik bei der Berliner Charité

Ute Reissner, 20. Juni 2015

Die Beschäftigten klagen über miserable Arbeitsbedingungen und massiven Zeitdruck. Doch ver.di organisiert den Streik als Begleitmusik für die nächste Runde von Angriffen.

Dortmund: Stahlarbeiter protestieren gegen Stilllegung von HSP

Philipp Frisch, 20. Juni 2015

Bei HSP in Dortmund kam es Anfang des Monats gegen die Schließung des Werks zu heftigen Auseinandersetzungen.

Karstadt, Kaufhof und die Spekulanten
Metro verkauft Kaufhof an kanadischen Konzern

Jan Peters, Dietmar Henning, 20. Juni 2015

Im Zentrum des Bieterwettbewerbs um die Kaufhof-Kette standen die Immobilien. Sowohl Karstadt-Besitzer Benko als auch der neue Kaufhof-Eigentümer Baker sind Immobilienspekulanten.

Der Reichtum der Reichen wächst immer schneller

Gabriel Black, 20. Juni 2015

Der Großteil des wachsenen Vermögens der Reichen stammt aus dem Wertzuwachs schon existierenden Vermögens.

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Perspective

American militarism and the Charleston killings

20 June 2015

The wave of mass shootings in the United States can be understood only in the context of the unending violence perpetrated by the US government around the world.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Why the German media refuses to report Humboldt University students’ defense of Münkler-Watch

By Johannes Stern, 20 June 2015

Not a single article has appeared in the German press noting the IYSSE resolution passed June 11 by the student parliament of Humboldt University.

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!

More on the fight for historical truth in Germany »

New in Greek

WSWS publishes Greek translation of “The way forward for the working class in Greece”

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

Arts Review

La loi du marché (The Measure of a Man): An attempt at a drama of the French working class

By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 June 2015

Fifty-one-year-old Thierry, who has lost his job in a factory closure, urgently tries to find work since his unemployment benefit will soon run out.

Entourage and Spy: Celebrity, wealth and the CIA—Hollywood’s idea of summer fun

By Joanne Laurier, 19 June 2015

Free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman dead at 85

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

Commentary

The mass killing in Charleston, South Carolina

By David Walsh, 19 June 2015

Amnesty International: US police laws violate human rights standards

By Andre Damon, 19 June 2015

More on police violence in America »

As efforts to train new Iraqi army flounder
US secretary of defense threatens breakup of Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 19 June 2015

Québec Solidaire renews offer to work with Péladeau-led PQ

By Laurent Lafrance, 19 June 2015

Wall Street’s legal offensive

Jeb Bush launches campaign for Republican presidential nomination

Egyptian court confirms death sentence for former President Mursi

Israel exonerates its armed forces of war crimes

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

20 June 2015

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

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

By Shannon Jones, 18 June 2015

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!

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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