The “American Dream” denied
US home ownership rate hits lowest level in two decades

By Andre Damon, 25 June 2015

Amid falling wages, rising housing costs and tight-fisted lending by banks, the “American dream” of homeownership has moved out of reach for most young households.

New York City plans public housing privatization

NATO announces expansion of military force targeting Russia

By Niles Williamson, 25 June 2015

The decision to expand the size of the NATO Response Force to 40,000 troops can be understood only as part of preparations for war with Russia.

Pentagon chief outlines war preparations against Russia

EU rejects Syriza’s austerity proposals at euro group summit

By Robert Stevens, 25 June 2015

The EU is demanding even deeper cuts, beyond the austerity measures Syriza agreed to over the weekend after capitulating to the EU’s previous demands.

Syriza agrees to EU austerity measures

The way forward for the working class in Greece

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Australian government unveils bill to revoke citizenship by ministerial decree

By Mike Head, 25 June 2015

The legislation could be used to terminate the fundamental political and civil rights of many people, including those opposing war.

Australian government deepens attack on free speech and democratic rights

Australia: The live exchange on ABC television’s “Q&A”

Union shuts down last remaining oil refinery strike in the US

By Tom Hall and Jerry White, 25 June 2015

After nearly five months, the United Steelworkers wore down oil refinery workers in Galveston, Texas, completing the union’s betrayal and defeat of the 2015 strike.

New York City claims reforms at Rikers amid further evidence of prisoner abuse

By Fred Mazelis, 25 June 2015

As reports of horrific conditions at the prison continue to mount, the city has agreed to a slate of minor reforms proposed by the Obama Justice Department

The death of Kalief Browder

Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide, autopsy confirms

By Kevin Martinez, 25 June 2015

The state medical examiner’s office ruled that Gray suffered a “high-energy injury” to his neck and spine after being arrested and given a “rough ride” by Baltimore police.

Special prosecutor brings reduced charges against Albuquerque cops who killed James Boyd

Amnesty International: US police laws violate human rights standards

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State of California rules Uber driver is employee, not contractor

By David Brown, 25 June 2015

In an effort to drive down labor costs, companies are replacing regular employees with cheaper contract workers with no job security or health care.

EU begins military intervention in Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 25 June 2015

The military operation will use military force against refugee boats, particularly in Libya, and involves a massive expansion of intelligence and police powers.

5,000 protest in Berlin against EU refugee policy

French riot police attack striking ferry seamen and migrants in Calais

By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2015

The social eruption in Calais has also fed growing tensions between the UK and France over the refugee crisis in the city.

Striking Berlin hospital workers denounce austerity, staffing cuts

By our correspondents, 25 June 2015

Several hundred nurses and care workers gathered at the Ministry of Health on the second day of the strike at Berlin’s Charité Hospital, Europe’s largest health facility.

New in Turkish

Ukraynalılar ABD destekli hükümet yönetiminde yoksulluk ve şiddet içinde yaşıyor

Jason Melanovski, 25 Haziran 2015

Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi (WSWS), kısa süre önce, Poroşenko yönetimi altındaki mevcut toplumsal ve ekonomik koşullar üzerine Ukraynalı işçiler ve öğrenciler ile konuştu.

New in French

Le chef du Pentagone expose les préparatifs de guerre contre la Russie

Par Niles Williamson, 25 juin 2015

L'annonce par les Etats-Unis qu'ils vont déployer du matériel militaire lourd et des soldats en l'Europe orientale est une nouvelle étape vers une guerre américaine et de l'OTAN contre la Russie.

L’arrestation d’Ahmed Mansour

Déclaration du Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG – Parti l’égalité sociale) en Allemagne, 25 juin 2015

Le Partei für Soziale Gleichheit condamne de la façon la plus ferme l’arrestation du journaliste de renom Ahmed Mansour samedi à l’aéroport de Berlin-Tegel.

New in German

Die gesellschaftlichen Wurzeln des Rassismus in Amerika

Andre Damon, 25. Juni 2015

Das politische Establishment nutzt die Tragödie in Charleston als Vorwand, um die Vorstellung zu propagieren, Hautfarbe sei die wichtigste Kategorie in der amerikanischen Gesellschaft.

Schlichterspruch im Kita-Streik
Verdi-Chef Bsirske attackiert Delegierte auf Streikkonferenz

Marianne Arens, 25. Juni 2015

Der Schlichterspruch im Kita-Streik kommt faktisch einer Nullrunde gleich. Er bringt die Beschäftigten noch stärker als bisher gegen die Gewerkschaftsführung auf.

EU startet Militäreinsatz im Mittelmeer

Martin Kreickenbaum, 25. Juni 2015

Die am Montag verabschiedete Militäroperation „EUNAVFOR Med“ sieht das militärische Vorgehen gegen Flüchtlingsboote vor und umfasst eine massive Ausweitung der Geheimdienst- und Polizeibefugnisse.

60 Jahre Bundeswehr
Die deutsche Armee betreibt Kriegspropaganda unter Jugendlichen

Franci Vier, 25. Juni 2015

In den letzten Jahren hat die Bundeswehr ihre Arbeit an dem Schulen und unter Jugendlichen intensiviert. Sie stößt dabei auf große Opposition.

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Perspective

Behind the political furore over the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

25 June 2015

Prime Minister Abbott will accept nothing less than the complete refashioning of the ABC into an unabashed propaganda arm of his government.

Earlier Perspectives »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose political censorship at the University of Western Sydney!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 25 June 2015

In violation of basic democratic rights, university officials are seeking to vet IYSSE leaflets and identify students circulating them.

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

By Johannes Stern, 20 June 2015

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 »

Arts Review

Redeployment: Phil Klay’s short stories about the Iraq War only go so far

By Sandy English, 25 June 2015

The new collection makes certain telling observations about the experiences of American Marines and others who invaded and occupied Iraq.

Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By David Walsh, 24 June 2015

Jurassic World, summer blockbuster

By Christine Schofelt, 23 June 2015

Science

Study finds that one in six species are in danger of extinction due to climate change

By Philip Guelpa, 25 June 2015

A meta-analysis of 131 earlier studies predicts that widespread species extinctions will occur at an accelerating rate unless measures are taken to reduce global warming.

What we learned about Mercury from the Messenger spacecraft

By Bryan Dyne

Book Review

Trotskyism and the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934
Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strike of 1934, by Bryan Palmer

By Tom Mackaman and Jerry White, 24 June 2015

A recent book by historian Bryan Palmer chronicles the role of American Trotskyists in leading one of the most important strikes in US history.

Commentary

Race and class in America: The case of Rachel Dolezal

By Niles Williamson and Barry Grey, 24 June 2015

The social roots of racism in America

American militarism and the Charleston killings

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US Senate vote clears path for anti-China trade bill

By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2015

UN report details Israeli war crimes in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 24 June 2015

The arrest of Ahmed Mansour
Statement of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) of Germany

23 June 2015

US Supreme Court overturns death row appeal

Workers Struggles

The role of Ver.di and the Left Party in the Berlin health workers strike

By Markus Salzmann and Ulrich Rippert, 24 June 2015

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

By Shannon Jones, 18 June 2015

New in Greek

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

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

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

25 years ago: US space program hit by twin debacles

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) suffered two major setbacks this week in 1990, as a crippling flaw was discovered in the $2.5 billion Hubble space telescope.

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50 years ago: US ground troops launch first Vietnam offensive

General William C. Westmoreland, US commander in South Vietnam, ordered the first offensive action by American ground units in the rapidly expanding war.

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75 years ago: Executions spearhead Nazi terror in Poland

On June 26, 1940, Nazi SS forces in Poland shot Social Democratic leader Mieczyslaw Niedzialkowski, and Maciej Rataj, president of the Peasant Party of Poland.

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100 years ago: German authorities censor social-democratic newspaper

On June 26, 1915, German authorities suspended publication of Vorwarts, the main daily newspaper of the Social Democratic Party in Berlin, over an appeal for peace published in its pages.

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Socialist Equality Party

SEP/IYSSE public meetings to discuss Sri Lankan political crisis

25 June 2015

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding public meetings throughout Sri Lanka.

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

New in Arabic

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

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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