French government threatens ban on protests against labor law

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 16 June 2016

Shaken by rising working class opposition, the Socialist Party is signaling that it is prepared to shred basic democratic rights and institute a police state regime to impose austerity.

Opposition mounts to French labor law in new national day of action

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Fed holds interest rates amid mounting global turmoil

By Nick Beams, 16 June 2016

The Fed decision to keep interest rates on hold is an expression of the fact that what were once considered “normal” operations of the capitalist economy are breaking down.

IMF issues warning over growing Chinese debt problems

US-China tensions rise amid major naval exercises

By Peter Symonds, 16 June 2016

The Malabar war games involving the US, Japanese and Indian navies are “complex, high-end, war-fighting exercises” aimed against China.

ASPI think tank warns of war with China and attacks on Australia

Sanders meets with Clinton to discuss support for her presidential campaign

By Tom Hall, 16 June 2016

Sanders’ meeting Tuesday evening with the presumptive Democratic nominee is a further signal that he is preparing to formally endorse her campaign in the general election.

Race, gender and the US presidential campaign

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Political crisis deepens in Australia’s “double dissolution” election

By Mike Head, 16 June 2016

Despite growing public hostility and alienation, both major parties have publicly committed to imposing the austerity demands of the financial and corporate elite.

Papua New Guinea student protests continue

By John Braddock, 16 June 2016

Students at the University of Papua New Guinea defied a court order and instructions from the university administration by refusing to return to classes.

Behind the shooting of Papua New Guinea student protesters

European Court of Justice upholds UK ban on migrant benefits

By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2016

The judgment states the British government can withhold family welfare benefits to EU migrants who are not working if they do not have the “right to reside” in the UK.

Canada’s elite urges Liberal government to deploy troops to Eastern Europe

By Roger Jordan, 16 June 2016

Canada is expected to become the fourth “core” contributor to a NATO force to be deployed to the Baltic states and Eastern Europe with the aim of provoking Russia.

German general calls for new tanks against Russia

NATO orders four additional battalions to Russian border

European Union seeks agreements with African dictators to deter refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 June 2016

In exchange for financial assistance, despotic regimes in Africa are to seal off escape routes and detain and deport refugees.

German unions call for steel trade war against China

By Jan Peters and Dietmar Henning, 16 June 2016

In a new burst of reactionary economic nationalism, the Social Democratic Party and German trade unions are calling for US-type trade war measures against China.

Chinese defence minister seeks to boost ties with Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 16 June 2016

In line with Washington’s “pivot” to Asia, India and Japan are attempting to undermine Chinese influence in Bangladesh and throughout the region.

Wall Street’s candidate wins elections in Peru with support from pseudo-left

By Armando Cruz, 16 June 2016

Decisive in the narrow victory of the former IMF official was the unconditional support granted by the Broad Front of the Left (Frente Amplio).

Mexico’s national teachers strike enters second month

By Don Knowland, 16 June 2016

Efforts by teachers to roll back the regressive federal education reform face increasing government repression.

12,000 Caltrans workers offered effective pay decrease in new contract

By Gabriel Black, 16 June 2016

Caltrans workers were given ballots Monday to vote on the new contract agreement reached between the state government and the International Union of Operating Engineers.

New in Russian

НАТО направляет четыре дополнительных батальона к границам России

Томас Гайст, 16 июня 2016 г.

Переброска войск является одним из самых провокационных действий, предпринятых высшим командованием НАТО в ходе антироссийского наращивания вооружений, которое продолжается уже второй год.

75 лет назад: Сталин игнорирует угрозу вторжения со стороны нацистской Германии

16 июня 2016 г.

13 июня 1941 года агентство ТАСС сообщило, что Германия «неуклонно соблюдает условия советско-германского пакта о ненападении, как и Советский Союз…»

New in Turkish

Sahte solcular Almanya’daki Sol Parti’nin önderliğine getirildi

Ulrich Rippert, 16 Haziran 2016

Avrupa’da kemer sıkma politikalarına yönelik büyüyen toplumsal muhalefet, Almanya'daki Sol Parti’yi krize saplamış durumda.

New in German

Die gesellschaftlichen Ursachen des Massakers von Orlando

Von Barry Grey, 16. Juni 2016

Weshalb werden psychisch instabile Menschen in den USA immer wieder zu Massenmördern?

Frankreich: Widerstand gegen Arbeitsrecht weitet sich aus

Von Anthony Torres, 16. Juni 2016

Die Regierung versucht, Streiks zu zerschlagen und Arbeiter zu demoralisieren. Dennoch waren am Dienstag mehrere Demonstrationen merklich größer als bisher.

Frankreich: IS-Kämpfer ermordet Polizeibeamten und dessen Frau

Von Alex Lantier, 16. Juni 2016

Erneut war der mutmaßliche Mörder den Geheimdiensten bekannt.

Hautfarbe und Geschlecht in den amerikanischen Präsidentschaftswahlen

Von Patrick Martin, 16. Juni 2016

Demokraten und Republikaner bemühen sich nach dem Erfolg von Bernie Sanders, die Fragen von Hautfarbe und Geschlecht ins Zentrum des Wahlkampfs zu rücken, um von der grundlegenderen wirtschaftlichen Spaltung der Gesellschaft abzulenken.

Berlin: Masterplan für Massenabschiebung und mehr Polizei

Von Carola Kleinert, 16. Juni 2016

Der Berliner Senat bereitet massenhafte Abschiebung von Flüchtlingen vor.

Wie die Bundesregierung den Abgasbetrug deckt

Von Dietmar Henning, 16. Juni 2016

Die enge inhaltliche Zusammenarbeit sowie personelle Verquickung von Politik und Autoindustrie ermöglicht den Abgasbetrug schon seit vielen Jahren.

Video: Das Brexit-Referendum – warum wir beide Lager ablehnen

Von Ulrich Rippert, 16. Juni 2016

Der PSG-Kandidat zu den Berliner Abgeordnetenhauswahlen, Ulrich Rippert, ruft zum aktiven Boykott des Referendums über den Austritt Großbritanniens aus der EU auf.

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Perspective

The Venezuelan working class at a crossroads

16 June 2016

The pro-capitalist, bourgeois nationalist policies of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela have produced a social catastrophe for Venezuelan workers.

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The UK Brexit Referendum

ICFI Secretary Peter Schwarz speaks in London on Brexit referendum

By our reporter, 16 June 2016

Schwarz’s remarks, which were live-streamed over the internet, drew online listeners from India, Sri Lanka, America, Poland, Germany and France.

For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum: Socialist internationalism versus left nationalism

The case for an active boycott of the Brexit referendum

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Commentary

The social roots of the mass shooting in Orlando

By Barry Grey, 15 June 2016

The Orlando massacre and the 2016 US election

Questions mount over FBI handling of Orlando gunman

The International Socialist Organization embraces the Green Party’s “left” capitalism

By David Brown, 15 June 2016

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White campaigns in Rockford, Illinois

By our reporters, 16 June 2016

White visited Rockford and Belvidere, Illinois, where he spoke to workers about their conditions and the US elections.

Jerry White speaks on the next stage of the US presidential elections

By Jerry White—SEP presidential candidate, 11 June 2016

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SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

The lies surrounding the Sydney siege unravel

By Peter Symonds, 15 June 2016

SEP election meetings outline alternative to war and austerity

Socialist Equality Party final election rallies
International class struggle returns: A socialist program against war and austerity

10 June 2016

More on the Australian federal election »

May Day

Greek translation of May Day 2016 report by Julie Hyland

The World Socialist Web Site is pleased to announce that the speech by Julie Hyland, assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), delivered to the International May Day Online Rally 2016 is published in Greek here.

Science

Were Neanderthals architects?

By Philip Guelpa, 14 June 2016

Arts Review

Again on Don DeLillo’s Zero K: How does a novel turn toward social life?

By Eric London, 13 June 2016

Night without end: Don DeLillo’s Zero K

25 years ago: Kuwait emirate sentences 29 people to death after Iraqi withdrawal

This week in 1991, the martial law court set up by the Kuwaiti monarchy sentenced 29 people to death after brief trials which made a mockery of democratic procedures.

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50 years ago: Supreme Court issues Miranda ruling

On June 13, 1966, by a 5-4 margin, the US Supreme Court voted to set limits on the power of police to question suspects.

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75 years ago: Stalin ignores invasion threat from Nazi Germany

On June 13, 1941 Moscow Radio declared that “both Germany and the Soviet Union are fulfilling to the letter the terms of the Soviet-German nonaggression pact...”

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100 years ago: Striking miners in Minnesota draw up list of demands

On June 15, 1916, 1,500 miners met at the Finnish Socialist Hall in Virginia, Minnesota to elect a central strike committee and draw up a list of demands for better working conditions and pay.

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The 2016 US Elections

Hillary Clinton signed off on drone assassinations, emails reveal

By Patrick Martin, 11 June 2016

As Obama endorses Clinton, Sanders signals readiness to back campaign

The US elections and the criminalization of American politics

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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

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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!