State Department “dissent” memo backs escalation of regime-change war in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2016

The memo has ratcheted up tensions with Moscow while providing a glimpse of what may prove to be the policy of the next US administration.

Thousands of civilians in danger as US-backed forces mount offensives in Iraq and Syria

Doping allegations cited to ban Russian track and field team from Rio Olympics

By Barry Grey, 18 June 2016

The pretense that Russia is some kind of outlier and affront to the “Olympic spirit” is an absurd and cynical fraud.

US Navy to continue Black Sea incursions, brushing aside Russian demands

By Thomas Gaist, 18 June 2016

Rather than countering “Russian aggression,” the breakneck militarization of the Black Sea is rooted in the drive by the US and European powers to control the Eurasian landmass.

NATO orders four additional battalions to Russian border

Sanders calls for supporters to back Clinton, “transform” Democratic Party

By Tom Hall, 18 June 2016

Sanders’ speech exposes the real character of his “political revolution,” which has always been about channeling opposition behind the Democrats and Clinton.

Unidos Podemos pulls ahead of Socialist Party in Spanish election campaign

By Alejandro López, 18 June 2016

The latest polls confirm the historic breakdown of the two party-system that has dominated Spanish politics since the end of the fascist dictatorship.

Leeds bus workers strike over pay

By Barbara Slaughter, 18 June 2016

Earlier this month, 250 workers employed by First Bus Leeds voted unanimously to reject management’s paltry pay offer and begin a campaign of strike action.

Report reveals millions living under modern day slavery

By Usman Khan, 18 June 2016

A recent report by the Global Slavery Index documenting that millions are living in conditions of modern slavery stands as an indictment of the capitalist system.

US insurers seek 10 percent Obamacare premium increase for 2017

By Kate Randall, 18 June 2016

Premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are set to rise in 2017, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).

Teachers’ union sanctions destruction of Detroit Public Schools district

By Nancy Hanover, 18 June 2016

The Michigan legislature uses debt crisis as the pretext to dissolve the district and rewrite the rules governing education in the nation’s largest poor city.

Support the struggle of Detroit teachers! Unite the working class in a fight back!

Eleven workers hospitalized after chemical leak at Nestlé plant in Illinois

By George Gallanis, 18 June 2016

The Nestlé Willy Wonka candy manufacturing plant in Itasca, Illinois, was evacuated early Friday morning after a burst pipe leaked out lithium chloride.

Abe sets date for Japan’s upper house election

By Ben McGrath, 18 June 2016

The Abe government’s push for remilitarization is driving political tensions in Japan.

Indian Stalinists at loggerheads in wake of electoral debacle

By Arun Kumar and Palash Roy, 18 June 2016

The Stalinist CPM is bitterly divided over whether to move still closer to the deeply discredited Congress Party—the Indian bourgeoisie’s traditional party of government.

Sri Lankan residents demand removal of military armouries following explosion

By W.A. Sunil, 18 June 2016

Angry protests following the huge June 5 Salawa armoury explosion reflect growing opposition to the government.

New in Russian

Секретарь МКЧИ Петер Шварц выступает в Лондоне по поводу референдума о «Брексите»

От нашего корреспондента, 18 июня 2016 г.

Выступление Шварца транслировалось в живом режиме по Интернету; среди слушателей были представители Индии, Шри-Ланки, Америки, Польши, Германии и Франции.

New in Turkish

Orlando’daki toplu cinayetin toplumsal kökleri

Barry Grey, 18 Haziran 2016

Amerikan toplumunun, son derece sık bir şekilde, akli dengesi yerinde olmayan bireyleri sıklıkla intiharın eşlik ettiği toplu cinayetlere sürüklemesinin özünde ne yatıyor?

Yeni ulusal eylem gününde Fransız iş yasasına muhalefet tırmanıyor

Anthony Torres, 18 Haziran 2016

Hükümetin grevleri ezme ve işçileri moral bozukluğuna uğratma çabalarına rağmen, çeşitli kentlerdeki yürüyüşler önceki seferberliklerde olduğundan gözle görülür derecede daha genişti.

New in French

Le retour de la « stagnation séculaire »

Par Nick Beams, 18 juin 2016

Les commentaires de la présidente de la Reserve fédérale américaine Janet Yellen mercredi indiquent l’émergence dans l’économie mondiale d’une « stagnation séculaire », un terme employé pour la première fois dans les années 1930.

New in German

Die Rückkehr der „säkularen Stagnation“

Von Nick Beams, 18. Juni 2016

Die Fed-Vorsitzende Janet Yellen wies am Mittwoch auf die Entstehung einer „säkularen Stagnation“ der Weltwirtschaft hin, d.h. kein Wachstum trotz niedriger Zinsen.

Britische Labour-Abgeordnete Jo Cox wird mitten in der Brexit-Kampagne ermordet

Von Chris Marsden, 18. Juni 2016

Die brutale Ermordung einer Labour-Abgeordneten durch einen Mann, der mutmaßlich „Britain First“ gerufen hat, fand vor dem Hintergrund einer hysterischen Kampagne von rechtem Nationalismus und Ausländerfeindlichkeit statt.

UN-Sicherheitsrat stimmt Kriegseinsatz an libyscher Küste zu

Von Marianne Arens, 18. Juni 2016

Im Rahmen der EU-Mission „Sophia“ weitet die deutsche Regierung ihren Marineeinsatz vor der libyschen Küste aus und beteiligt sich an der Vorbereitung einer Intervention.

„Berliner Korrespondenzen“: Humboldt-Universität im Dienste des Militarismus

Von Johannes Stern, 18. Juni 2016

Der Auftritt von Außenminister Steinmeier und HU-Professor Herfried Münkler im Gorki-Theater zeigte, dass die Verwandlung der HU in einen Thinktank des deutschen Imperialismus weit fortgeschritten ist.

Marine-Großmanöver verschärft amerikanisch-chinesische Spannungen

Von Peter Symonds, 18. Juni 2016

Mit dem Flottenmanöver „Malabar“ üben amerikanische, japanische und indische Kriegsschiffe den Kampf gegen China.

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Perspective

The EU referendum and the murder of British MP Jo Cox

18 June 2016

The murder of Cox has starkly revealed the fascistic character of the forces being whipped up around this week’s referendum on British membership in the EU, particularly by the Leave campaign.

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The UK Brexit Referendum

The significance of the Brexit referendum for the European working class

By Peter Schwarz, 18 June 2016

Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, delivered the following speech in London to a June 14 public meeting sponsored by the SEP (UK).

ICFI Secretary Peter Schwarz speaks in London on Brexit referendum

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SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

Unite US and Mexican workers!
The working class must stop the Carrier factory closures!

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, 18 June 2016

The fight to defend jobs requires a unified fight against the capitalist system

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White speaks to workers in Chicago, Illinois

By our reporters, 18 June 2016

White took the SEP presidential campaign to Chicago, speaking to workers at a Ford Motor Company plant and in downtown Chicago at a transit station.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White campaigns in Rockford, Illinois

Hillary Clinton and the “Spirit of 9/12”

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

The Orlando massacre and the 2016 US election

More on the SEP 2016 US election campaign »

Arts Review

“All the terrifying things all really happened”
Toyen: A film about the Czech surrealist painter and her times

By David Walsh, 18 June 2016

Czech director Jan Němec, who died in March 2016, made a film about the surrealist painter Toyen in 2005, which is now available. The film is intriguing and sometimes deeply moving.

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

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Australian election: Murdoch paper excludes “minor parties” from candidates’ forum

By our reporters, 18 June 2016

A candidates’ forum in Sydney’s inner west only permitted Liberal Party, Labor and Greens representatives to make opening and closing remarks.

Blaxland: A microcosm of Australia’s social crisis

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

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

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

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

18 June 2016

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

Commentary

The return of “secular stagnation”

By Nick Beams, 17 June 2016

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

By Joseph Kishore, 17 June 2016

More on the 2016 US elections »

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

By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2016

US Senate votes to include women in the draft

By Tom Hall, 17 June 2016

New Zealand Defence White Paper prepares for war

By Tom Peters, 17 June 2016

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.

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

More on the Australian federal election »

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!