US economy adds fewest jobs in five years

By Evan Blake, 4 June 2016

The US economy added only 38,000 jobs in May, the fewest since 2010, in another indication of the persistent slump gripping the US economy.

US death rate rose in 2015

Warnings of slump in US economy

As her poll numbers decline, Clinton appeals to military in San Diego speech

By E.P. Bannon and Eric London, 4 June 2016

On the eve of the California primaries, Hillary Clinton made the case to the military-intelligence apparatus that she is best-suited to defend the interests of the ruling class abroad.

The US elections and the criminalization of American politics

Deepening crisis in Democratic Party ahead of California primary

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Portrait of the social crisis in America: Rockford, Illinois

By George Gallanis and George Marlowe, 4 June 2016

After decades of robust industry and manufacturing, the city now faces rising unemployment, poverty and social misery.

The assassination of Mullah Akhtar Mansour: Washington plays with fire in Eurasia’s geopolitical tinderbox—Part 1

By Thomas Gaist, 4 June 2016

The US’s May 21 assassination of the Taliban’s political leader was an immense provocation and a grave warning to the international working class.

What is behind the Armenian resolution passed by the German parliament?

By Johannes Stern, 4 June 2016

On Thursday, the German parliament passed a resolution describing the mass murder of up to 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as “genocide.”

British pensioners over 75 increasingly likely to live in poverty

By Trevor Johnson, 4 June 2016

Just under a quarter of single pensioners are living in poverty.

Scotland’s RISE electoral coalition descends into crisis

By Steve James, 4 June 2016

RISE is led by an aspiring middle class layer of academics and commentators seeking to build their careers through the creation of a new Scottish capitalist state

A dozen dead, tens of thousands displaced as floods hit Germany and France

By our reporter, 4 June 2016

Floods claimed between 12 and 18 lives, according to initial reports, and it is feared that the death toll could climb higher.

Canadian court rejects indefinite detention of man under anti-democratic Security Certificate

By Roger Jordan, 4 June 2016

Under Security Certificates, anyone who is not a citizen can be detained indefinitely on the government’s say-so and with the detainee having no right to see the evidence against them.

Tamil nationalists hail government on Sri Lankan civil war victims’ Memorial Day

By K.Nesan, 4 June 2016

C. V. Wigneswaran applauded the US-backed Sri Lankan regime, whose top officials oversaw the massacres at the end of the war, for its “good governance.”

New TamilNet slanders against WSWS: an admission of political bankruptcy

School closed in remote Australian indigenous community

By John Davis, 4 June 2016

None of the underlying causes of the social and economic problems in Aurukun have been addressed in the corporate media.

Sri Lankan government exploits flood disaster to evict Colombo’s poor

By Pani Wijesiriwardane, 4 June 2016

The forced removal of slum dwellers is part of the government’s Megapolis project to serve international and local investors.

New in Arabic

التقرير التقديمي بمناسبة الأول من أيار 2016

دافيد نورث, 3 يونيو 2016

فيما يلي الخطاب الذي ألقاه دافيد نورث ، الرئيس الدولي لتحرير موقع WSWS، ورئيس حزب المساواة الاشتراكي في الولايات المتحدة، بمناسبة اللقاء الدولي الافتراضي ( عبر شبكة الإنترنت) الذي نظم في الأول من أيار 2016.

New in Turkish

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi'nin 2016 seçim kampanyasını destekleyin!
Savaşa ve bütçe kesintilerine karşı oy verin! Enternasyonalizm ve sosyalizm için!

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Avustralya), 4 Haziran 2016

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Avustralya), sosyalist, anti-kapitalist ve savaş karşıtı bir programa destek elde etmek için, 2 Temmuz'da yapılacak olan federal seçimlerde adaylar gösteriyor.

100 yıl önce: Britanya ve Fransa Ortadoğu’yu paylaşma yönündeki Sykes-Picot anlaşmasını imzaladı

4 Haziran 2016

Gizli anlaşma, Britanya, Fransa ve Rusya’nın, Osmanlı İmparatorluğu ve onun müttefikleri karşısında Ağustos 1914’te patlak veren emperyalist dünya savaşında zafer kazanması durumunda, Güneybatı Asya’nın paylaşılmasını öngörüyordu.

New in French

L’universitaire droitier Jörg Baberowski réclame plus de répression contre les réfugiés

Par Christoph Vandreier, 4 juin 2016

Au Phil.Cologne, le congrès de philosophie qui s’est tenu en mai à Cologne, le professeur de l’université Humboldt a déclaré que les « hommes en Allemagne » étaient restés impuissants face aux réfugiés parce qu’ils avaient oublié comment se battre.

New in German

Die US-Wahl und die Kriminalisierung der amerikanischen Politik

Von Patrick Martin, 4. Juni 2016

Die Spitzenkandidaten Donald Trump und Hillary Clinton könnten noch vor der Wahl angeklagt werden.

Bundesregierung verschärft Anti-Terrorgesetze

Von Johannes Stern, 4. Juni 2016

Politik und Medien schüren eine ständige Terror-Hysterie, doch in Wirklichkeit dient die Staataufrüstung der Unterdrückung von sozialem Widerstand.

Die Linkspartei rechtfertigt Sozialkürzungen von Rot-Rot in Berlin

Von Verena Nees, 4. Juni 2016

Rot-Rot habe in Berlin die Transformation „zu einem Modell ‚normaler‘ kapitalistischer Entwicklung“ vollzogen, brüstet sich der ehemalige Wirtschaftssenator Harald Wolf in einem Buch über die Regierungstätigkeit der Linken.

Die Streikbewegung in Frankreich entlarvt die Neue Antikapitalistische Partei

Von Alex Lantier, 4. Juni 2016

Die Tatsache, dass die Arbeiterklasse die wichtigste Kraft im Kampf gegen die Hollande-Regierung ist, widerlegt die arbeiterfeindliche Perspektive der NPA.

Berlinwahl 2016
Hartz-IV-Empfänger unterstützen Streiks in Frankreich und Belgien

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 4. Juni 2016

Arbeiter und Alleinerziehende an Berliner Jobcentern sprechen sich uneingeschränkt für die Streiks in Westeuropa aus und berichten von ihren eigenen Erfahrungen mit Hartz IV.

Wirtschaftliche Konflikte erhöhen die Gefahr eines globalen Handelskriegs

Von Nick Beams, 4. Juni 2016

Die Entscheidung der Internationalen Handelskommission der Vereinigten Staaten, eine Untersuchung gegen 40 chinesische Stahlproduzenten einzuleiten, hat weitreichende Folgen.

Schweiz: Volksabstimmung über ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen

Von Max Schneider und Marianne Arens, 4. Juni 2016

Am Sonntag kommt in der Schweiz die eidgenössische Volksinitiative „Für ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen“ zur Abstimmung.

ISO deckt Verrat der CWA im Verizon-Streik

Von Daniel de Vries und Joseph Kishore, 4. Juni 2016

Der Socialiat Worker der ISO und das Magazin Jacobin steigern ihre Bemühungen, den Abbruch des Verizon-Streiks von CWA und IBEW mit einem linken Deckmantel zu versehen.

New in Spanish

La Organización Socialista Internacional encubre el sabotaje del sindicato CWA contra la huelga en Verizon

Por Daniel de Vries y Joseph Kishore, 3 junio 2016

El periódico Socialist Worker y la revista Jacobin, del ISO, intensifican sus intentos en defensa de la decisión de los sindicatos de romper la huelga en Verizon.

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Perspective

Economic nationalism and the growing danger of war

4 June 2016

The global economy is increasingly marked by the return of the types of economic nationalism that had such devastating consequences in the 1930s.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured series on Australian unions

What the Royal Commission into Australia’s trade unions revealed
Part Three: The trade unions as insurance brokers

By Will Fulgenzi—SEP candidate for Wills, 4 June 2016

Behind their backs, unions and employers funnel workers’ entitlements for illness, redundancy, injury and death into the unions’ own insurance companies.

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

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Australia’s Nick Xenophon: An “anti-politician” with a nationalist and militarist program

By Mike Head—SEP candidate for the Senate in Queensland, 4 June 2016

Xenophon’s party is trying to channel the immense social discontent being produced by massive job losses back into the dead-end of the parliamentary system.

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

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

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

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! »

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of May Day 2016 report by David North

The World Socialist Web Site is pleased to announce that the introductory speech by David North, chairman of the WSWS International Editorial Board and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US), delivered to the International May Day Online Rally 2016 is published in Arabic here.

Socialist Equality Party (UK)

For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum!—Socialism versus left nationalism:
Peter Schwarz, secretary of the ICFI, to speak at London public meeting on June 14

4 June 2016

Peter Schwarz will speak on the historical experience of the German workers’ movement, which paid a terrible price for the subordination of the Communist Party of Germany to nationalism in the 1930s.

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

The Brexit referendum, socialism and the European working class

By Julie Hyland, 26 May 2016

Commentary

The dismantling of public education and Obama's education legacy
Part 1

By Nancy Hanover, 3 June 2016

Economic conflicts threaten global trade war

By Nick Beams, 3 June 2016

CWA-Verizon “agreement in principle” facilitates victimization of workers

By Nick Barrickman, 3 June 2016

More on the Verizon strike »

Strikes in France elicit support from German workers

By Verena Nees, 3 June 2016

More on the strikes in France »

Police carry out militarized lockdown of UCLA after murder-suicide

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

The return of the “grand narrative”

History

Ninety years since the coup of Piłsudski
The Strategy of the Intermarium—Part 4
NATO’s preparations for war with Russia

By Clara Weiss, 3 June 2016

Arts Review

HBO’s “Girls”: What should the voice of this generation say?

By Carlos Delgado, 3 June 2016

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

4 June 2016

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

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

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

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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