US death rate rose in 2015

By Niles Niemuth, 2 June 2016

The mortality rate in the United States increased across the board last year, reflecting the impact of mass unemployment, austerity, stagnating wages and benefit cuts.

Young people in America: A lost generation stuck at home

Democrats silent as one million lose food stamp benefits in the US

Deepening crisis in Democratic Party ahead of California primary

By Patrick Martin, 2 June 2016

There are mounting signs frontrunner Hillary Clinton could lose the crucial primary in the most populous US state, putting her nomination in jeopardy.

California governor backs Clinton in Democratic primary

Sanders supporters discuss issues outside California rallies

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More than 2,500 refugees drowned in Mediterranean so far this year

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 June 2016

The number of refugee deaths over the first five months of this year, up 35 percent from 2015, has hit a new record.

Who is responsible for the massacre in the Mediterranean?

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Strike wave against labor law spreads in France

By Kumaran Ira, 2 June 2016

As the trade union bureaucracy prepares to sell out an escalating strike wave, opposition to the Socialist Party’s “El Khomri” labor reform is mounting in the working class.

Belgian public sector goes on strike in run-up to French rail walkout

Video: Striking oil workers speak out against anti-worker French labor law

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Returning Verizon workers face consequences of CWA betrayal

By Nick Barrickman, 2 June 2016

With Verizon workers demobilized by the unions, management set out to implement a new regime of harassment by victimizing militant workers for wearing red strike T-shirts.

Opposition continues as CWA orders Verizon strikers back to work

International Socialist Organization covers for CWA sabotage of Verizon strike

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UK firms use new regulations to cut pay and conditions

By Danny Richardson, 2 June 2016

Many of the attacks on wages and conditions began within the food industry, which is heavily reliant on the use of agency workers as cheap labour.

UK population poorer and hungrier

Turkey seeks increased presidential powers amid rising social tension

By Jean Shaoul, 2 June 2016

Hundreds of armed police, as well as riot control vehicles and water cannon were deployed.

A wave of summary executions following the Philippine election

By Dante Pastrana, 2 June 2016

In line with president-elect Duterte’s election promise, police and vigilantes have launched a campaign of murderous violence against alleged criminals.

India: Congress Party and Stalinists suffer debacle in state elections

By Arun Kumar, 2 June 2016

The Stalinists have been reduced to the third-party in West Bengal, which they ruled for 34 consecutive years ending only in 2011.

New Zealand government, opposition housing policies grossly inadequate

By Tom Peters, 2 June 2016

Proposals by the National Party government as well as the opposition Labour Party and the Greens do not even begin to address the country's homelessness crisis.

Financial parasitism and the global housing crisis

New in French

Le retour du « grand récit"

Par Andre Damon, 2 juin 2016

La résurgence de la lutte des classes mine la charlatanerie intellectuelle qui a sous-tendu la domination idéologique de diverses formes d’anti-marxisme au cours du dernier demi-siècle.

Le secteur public belge se met en grève suivi par le débrayage des cheminots français

Par Ross Mitchell et Alex Lantier, 2 juin 2016

Les travailleurs se mobilisent à travers les frontières européennes contre les politiques d’austérité réactionnaires que l’ensemble de l’Union européenne a imposé depuis le krach de 2008

Bloquez les CWA et la FIOE qui tentent de saboter la grève chez Verizon!

Bulletin du WSWS des travailleurs en grève Verizon, 2 juin 2016

Bloquez les CWA et la FIOE qui travaillent au sabotage de la grève chez Verizon!

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Die „große Erzählung“ ist zurück

Von Andre Damon, 2. Juni 2016

Die Rückkehr des Klassenkampfs untergräbt die theoretische Schaumschlägerei, auf deren Grundlage fünfzig Jahre lang diverse Formen des Antimarxismus zur ideologischen Vorherrschaft gelangten.

Über 2500 ertrunkene Flüchtlinge seit Anfang des Jahres

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 2. Juni 2016

Nach Angaben des Flüchtlingshilfswerks der Vereinten Nationen (UNHCR) ertranken zwischen Januar und Mai mindestens 2.510 Flüchtlinge beim Versuch der Überfahrt nach Europa.

Belgien: Eisenbahner und öffentlicher Dienst im Streik

Von Ross Mitchell und Alex Lantier, 2. Juni 2016

Über nationale Grenzen hinweg streiken Arbeiter in ganz Europa gegen die reaktionäre Sparpolitik, die seit dem Wirtschaftszusammenbruch von 2008 umgesetzt wird.

Video: Berliner Arbeiter und Studenten unterstützen die Streikenden in Frankreich

Von Franci Vier, Jesse Olsen und Katerina Selin, 2. Juni 2016

WSWS Reporter sprachen mit Studierenden der Humboldt-Universität und mit Berliner Arbeitern über die Streiks in Frankreich.

Jedes siebte Kind in Deutschland von Hartz IV abhängig

Von Marianne Arens, 2. Juni 2016

Mehr als 1,5 Millionen Kinder unter fünfzehn Jahren sind anderthalb Jahrzehnte nach der „Agenda 2010“ von Hartz IV abhängig.

Der belagerten Stadt Falludscha droht eine „humanitäre Katastrophe“

Von Bill van Auken, 2. Juni 2016

Bei der Offensive gegen die irakische Stadt Falludscha zeigt sich, dass die USA mit der Besetzung des Iraks und ihrer Taktik des „Teile und Herrsche“ tiefe religiöse Spannungen hervorgerufen haben.

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Perspective

Lessons of the Verizon strike

2 June 2016

The CWA and IBEW conspired with the Obama administration to prevent a unified struggle of workers against declining real wages and the explosion of social inequality.

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Commentary

French strike movement exposes bankruptcy of New Anti-capitalist Party

By Alex Lantier, 2 June 2016

The emergence of the working class as the central force in struggle against France's Socialist Party government refutes the anti-working class perspective of the NPA.

US media witch-hunts parents of boy nearly killed by gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo

By Eric London, 2 June 2016

Based on what is known about what took place the question must be raised: why has the coverage of the event been largely devoid of empathy for the child's parents?

The return of the “grand narrative”

By Andre Damon, 1 June 2016

German Green Party leader confronts Jörg Baberowski with his war propaganda

By Christoph Vandreier and Peter Schwarz, 1 June 2016

Right-wing German academic Jörg Baberowski demands more repression against refugees

US-backed offensive against Fallujah threatens “human catastrophe”

Union of Concerned Scientists warns of US-China nuclear war

Featured series on Australian unions

What the Royal Commission into Australia’s trade unions revealed
Part One: Workers need new organisations of struggle!

By Will Fulgenzi—SEP candidate for Wills, 2 June 2016

While the Commission’s motivations are reactionary, its report demonstrates that the unions are nothing but labour management businesses whose role is to destroy workers’ conditions.

History

Ninety Years Since the Coup of Piłsudski
The Strategy of the Intermarium—Part 3
The Intermarium and Poland’s integration into the US war alliance against Russia

By Clara Weiss, 2 June 2016

This is the third part of a series reviewing the history of the Intermarium, which was developed as a bourgeois nationalist antipode to the United Socialist States of Europe as proposed by Leon Trotsky.

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Sydney University’s US Studies Centre: A bastion of pro-war strategy and propaganda

By Oscar Grenfell—SEP candidate for Grayndler, 2 June 2016

The centre’s significance is underscored by the decision of Sydney University authorities to ban an anti-war meeting of the SEP on the Anzac Day weekend last year.

Australia: “Q&A” segment reveals a yawning social divide

By Mike Head—Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Senate in Queensland, 1 June 2016

SEP candidate challenges Labor, Greens, pseudo-left on climate change, war

By our reporters, 1 June 2016

Australia’s wealthy soar while millions face destitution

Public meetings on the Australian election
Support the SEP in 2016! No to war and budget cuts! For socialism and internationalism!

Read the SEP 2016 Election Statement! »

Arts Review

A talk given in San Diego, Berkeley and Ann Arbor
Art, war and social revolution—Part 2

By David Walsh, 1 June 2016

A talk given in San Diego, Berkeley, and Ann Arbor
Art, war and social revolution—Part 1

Science

El Niño and the acceleration of global warming

By Matthew MacEgan, 1 June 2016

Featured Video

Bus workers strike in San Diego, California
First Transit employees speak about social conditions

By our reporters, 1 June 2016

Chicago's homeless speak on poverty, inequality and budget cuts

By Jeff Lusanne, 31 May 2016

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

The Socialist Equality Party (Germany) stands candidates for the Berlin state elections

By Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 31 May 2016

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, the German section of the Fourth International, is standing seven candidates in September’s Berlin state elections.

Support the election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party in Berlin! Vote against war and militarism!

Socialist Equality Party (UK)

The Brexit referendum, socialism and the European working class

By Julie Hyland, 26 May 2016

UK: Left Leave campaign lays out its nationalist agenda in Brexit referendum

Meeting in Sheffield on June 7
For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum!—Socialism versus left nationalism

26 May 2016

25 years ago: White House tapes shed light on development of Nixon crisis

Sixty hours of previously unreleased Nixon White House tapes were made available on June 4, 1991, by the US National Archives.

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50 years ago: Indira Gandhi devalues rupee

On June 5, 1966, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced that on the following day the rupee, the Indian national currency, would be devalued by 57.4 percent.

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75 years ago: World War II spreads to Syria

On June 4, 1941, British bombers dropped heavy explosives on oil tanks and harbor installations in Beirut, Lebanon and blew up bridges in Syria.

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100 years ago: Russian Army begins major World War I offensive

On June 4, 1916, the Imperial Russian Army began a major offensive against Austria-Hungary on the eastern front of World War I, in the area of modern-day Ukraine.

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