UK Labour MP Jo Cox murdered in midst of Brexit referendum campaign

By Chris Marsden, 17 June 2016

The brutal murder of a Labour parliamentarian by a man who allegedly yelled “Britain first” takes place amid a hysterical campaign of right-wing nationalism and xenophobia.

Fears of UK exit from the EU fuel global panic

By Robert Stevens, 17 June 2016

The release of polls showing a likely “leave” result in the referendum on membership in the EU has fueled a stock sell-off and prompted worried statements by central banks.

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After Orlando massacre
Democrats take the lead in attack on democratic rights

By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2016

The plan to use the FBI “watch list” to ban gun purchases is only the initial step towards a more systematic attack on democratic rights.

The social roots of the mass shooting in Orlando

US Senate votes to include women in the draft

By Tom Hall, 17 June 2016

The decision to require women to register with the Selective Service is being fraudulently hailed as a victory for women’s rights by leading Democrats.

Individual claims responsibility for hacking the Democratic National Committee

By Evan Blake, 17 June 2016

Self-proclaimed hacker “Guccifer 2.0” released a trove of documents produced by the DNC, indicating that the official narrative blaming Russian intelligence was fabricated.

Sanders meets with Clinton to discuss support for her presidential campaign

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US steelworkers continue voting on ArcelorMittal contract

By Evan Winters, 17 June 2016

The limited information released by the company and the USW makes clear this is a major betrayal that attempts to shift the crisis of the steel industry onto the backs of workers.

NATO commits to Afghan war through 2020, prepares Eurasian-wide escalation

By Thomas Gaist, 17 June 2016

NATO’s extension of its mission in Afghanistan is one element in a “package of enhancements” aimed at strengthening its grip over strategic portions of Eurasia.

Greece’s Syriza government presses ahead with privatisations

By Katerina Selin, 17 June 2016

The Syriza-led government, elected on a wave of opposition to austerity, is presiding over a sweeping sell-off of state assets for the benefit of the Greek and European financial elites.

Brazil’s interim president Temer named in Petrobras kickback scandal

By Bill Van Auken, 17 June 2016

The charge that Temer solicited bribe money has further undermined the right-wing regime that assumed power through the impeachment drive against Rousseff.

Clampdown worsens in Israel following Tel Aviv shooting

By Jean Shaoul, 17 June 2016

Successive governments have fostered anti-Palestinian bigotry, chauvinism and xenophobia, but such attitudes are by no means universal in Israel, a deeply divided country.

New Zealand Defence White Paper prepares for war

By Tom Peters, 17 June 2016

Military upgrades worth $20 billion will support US-led war preparations against China and New Zealand’s own imperialist interests in the Pacific and elsewhere.

Sri Lanka: JVP calls for state of emergency in response to flood disaster

By Vilani Peiris, 17 June 2016

The JVP’s proposal shows its readiness to strengthen the capitalist state apparatus against rising social unrest.

New in French

Le PS menace d’interdire les manifestations contre la loi travail

Par V. Gnana et Alex Lantier, 17 juin 2016

Terrifié par l’opposition sociale, le PS signale qu’il est prêt à répudier les droits démocratiques et à instituer un régime d’état policier afin d’imposer l’austérité.

Le secrétaire du CIQI Peter Schwarz à Londres parle du référendum sur le Brexit

Par nos correspondants, 17 juin 2016

Les remarques que Schwarz a formulées, et qui ont été retransmises en direct sur internet, ont attiré des auditeurs en Inde, au Sri Lanka, en Amérique, en Pologne, en Allemagne et en France.

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Die Arbeiterklasse Venezuelas am Scheideweg

Von Neil Hardt, 17. Juni 2016

Die pro-kapitalistische, bürgerlich-nationalistische Politik der herrschenden Vereinigten Sozialistischen Partei Venezuelas hat zu einer sozialen Katastrophe für die Arbeiter geführt.

Französische Regierung droht mit Verbot von Protesten gegen Arbeitsgesetz

Von V. Gnana und Alex Lantier, 17. Juni 2016

Angesichts des Widerstandes der Arbeiterklasse deutet die Sozialistische Partei ihre Bereitschaft an, das Spardiktat mit Polizeistaatsmethoden durchzusetzen.

Innenminister de Maizière will Hilfspolizei aufbauen

Von Dietmar Henning, 17. Juni 2016

Wie in den 1930er Jahren reagieren die Herrschenden in Deutschland auf die sich abzeichnenden Konflikte mit der arbeitenden Bevölkerung, indem sie den Staat aufrüsten.

Österreich rüstet nach innen und außen auf

Von Markus Salzmann, 17. Juni 2016

Der sozialdemokratische Verteidigungsminister hat deutlich gemacht, dass Österreich Deutschland und anderen EU-Staaten bei der Militarisierung in nichts nachstehen wird.

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Perspective

The return of “secular stagnation”

17 June 2016

Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen’s comments on Wednesday pointed to the emergence of “secular stagnation” in the global economy, a term first developed in the 1930s.

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SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

Hillary Clinton and the “Spirit of 9/12”

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 17 June 2016

Clinton has seized on the tragedy in Orlando to distract the population from questions of economic inequality and steamroll opposition to the attack on democratic rights and the expansion of war.

The Orlando massacre and the 2016 US election

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White campaigns in Rockford, Illinois

By our reporters, 16 June 2016

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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Commentary

The “Peoples’ Summit” in Chicago: Democrats, pseudo-left groups prepare new trap for workers and youth

By Joseph Kishore, 17 June 2016

As Sanders prepares to formally back Clinton, sections of the Democratic Party and its periphery are working to contain the oppositional sentiment that found expression in support for Sanders’ campaign.

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

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The Venezuelan working class at a crossroads

By Neil Hardt, 16 June 2016

French government threatens ban on protests against labor law

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 16 June 2016

More on the struggle against austerity in France »

US-China tensions rise amid major naval exercises

By Peter Symonds, 16 June 2016

Arts Review

The Nice Guys: Something, but not very much
(And, briefly, Terence Davies’ Sunset Song and Hany Abu-Assad’s The Idol.)

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 17 June 2016

The Nice Guys is set in 1977 and follows the investigation into a disappearance, which turns out to be part of a broader conspiracy. Sunset Song and The Idol have recently opened in movie theaters in the US.

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Blaxland: A microcosm of Australia’s social crisis

By John Davis—SEP candidate for the Senate in NSW, 17 June 2016

Bankstown and the surrounding suburbs provide a picture of the worsening economic and social conditions facing millions of working people.

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

By Mike Head, 16 June 2016

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

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

17 June 2016

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

Mexico’s national teachers strike enters second month

By Don Knowland, 16 June 2016

Canada: Unifor prepares to cede further concessions to Detroit Three automakers

By Carl Bronski, 15 June 2016

The UK Brexit Referendum

ICFI Secretary Peter Schwarz speaks in London on Brexit referendum

By our reporter, 16 June 2016

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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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

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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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!