Reports document social crisis
US wages and jobs decline, inequality rises

By Patrick Martin, 23 June 2016

Two reports issued over the past week shed light on the deepening social crisis in the United States and the deteriorating economic position of the working class.

French government backs down from ban on protest against labor law

By Alex Lantier, 23 June 2016

Trade union officials told the Socialist Party government they feared large numbers of people would defy any ban on today's protest in Paris.

Despite mounting opposition, French unions signal concessions on labor law

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South Asian ruling elites rattled by Brexit campaign

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 23 June 2016

Commentators have generally backed the “Remain” campaign and expressed dismay about the damaging economic consequences of a British exit from the EU.

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Teacher protests, barricades continue after massacre in México

By Rafael Azul, 23 June 2016

Teachers and their supporters continue to struggle in Mexico against the education reform law, while union leaders meet with the government.

Nochixtlán massacre witnesses: Mexican police fired automatic weapons at demonstrators

Man claiming to be lover of Orlando shooter casts further doubt on “terror” claims

By Bill Van Auken, 23 June 2016

The government and media have sought to exploit the mass shooting in Orlando as the pretext for escalating war abroad and repressive measures at home.

FBI tried to ensnare Orlando shooter in fake terror plot

The social roots of the mass shooting in Orlando

US Republican presidential campaign sinking into crisis

By Patrick Martin, 23 June 2016

Donald Trump fired his campaign manager amid reports that his campaign is running low on funds, and Republican convention delegates are seeking a free vote on the presidential nomination.

People’s Summit in Chicago: Preparing the switch from Sanders to Clinton

Political lessons of the Sanders campaign

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“We were out on strike for 50 days for nothing”
Verizon executives gloat in wake of ratification of CWA contract sellout

By Shannon Jones, 23 June 2016

The vote to ratify does not represent a show of confidence by Verizon workers in the CWA and IBEW. It rather demonstrates that workers saw that nothing further could be gained based on the bankrupt strategy of the unions.

Lessons of the Verizon strike

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Twin Cities nurses discuss political issues in strike

By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 23 June 2016

Nurses discussed the US elections, the impact of Obamacare and the broader issues in their strike during discussions on the picket line in Minneapolis.

“We’re fighting for nurses and other workers everywhere”
Twin Cities nurses fight cost-cutting plans

IMF cuts estimates for US economic growth and points to worsening long-term trends

By Nick Beams, 23 June 2016

The IMF’s latest report on the US economy highlights “pernicious” tendencies that will impact heavily on growth and economic well-being.

On eve of Brexit referendum, mounting warnings of global trade war

The return of “secular stagnation”

New report discusses gentrification and its impact on New York City neighborhoods

By Isaac Finn and Fred Mazelis, 23 June 2016

The report from New York University’s Furman Center is at best a pale reflection of the reality of the housing crisis facing the working class.

Berlin plans mass deportations and more police

By Carola Kleinert, 23 June 2016

The plan is aimed at controlling refugees by threatening them with cuts in support.

UN agency reports 65 million people are refugees worldwide

More on the refugee crisis »

Australian poultry processor Ingham to close Cardiff plant

By Terry Cook, 23 June 2016

The announcement is part of an attack on jobs and conditions in the meat and food processing industries worldwide.

Canada Post preparing to lock out 50,000 workers

By Roger Jordan, 23 June 2016

CUPW’s opposition to a genuine struggle against concessions and in defence of public services is demonstrated by its fulsome praise for the Liberal government and its Canada Post “review.”

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El referéndum Brexit y la clase obrera europea

Por Peter Schwarz, 23 junio 2016

Peter Schwarz, secretario del Comité Internacional del la Cuarta Internacional habló en Londres el 14 de junio en una reunión del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Reino Unido).

New in French

A la veille du référendum sur le Brexit, nombreux avertissements de guerre commerciale

Par Andre Damon, 23 juin 2016

L’Organisation mondiale du Commerce a averti que les mesures protectionnistes adoptées par les principales puissances économiques sont à leur plus haut point depuis 2009.

Galloway et la pseudo-gauche défendent l’alliance avec UKIP et la droite conservatrice à une réunion sur le Brexit

Par Julie Hyland, 23 juin 2016

La réunion organisée par la campagne «Left Leave» a révélé l’alignement de la pseudo-gauche sur les forces de droite nationalistes et fascistes.

La classe ouvrière vénézuélienne à la croisée des chemins

Par Neil Hardt, 23 juin 2016

La politique nationaliste bourgeoise, pro-capitaliste, du Parti socialiste unifié au pouvoir au Venezuela a produit une catastrophe sociale pour les travailleurs de ce pays.

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75 Jahre seit dem Nazi-Überfall auf die Sowjetunion

Von Barry Grey, 22. Juni 2016

Der Krieg gegen die Sowjetunion brachte das Wesen des Nazi-Regimes an den Tag: Die deutsche Bourgeoisie hatte es an die Macht gebracht, um die Arbeiterbewegung zu zerstören und die Gefahr der sozialistischen Revolution ein für alle Mal zu bannen.

Brexit-Referendum:
Galloway und Pseudolinke verteidigen Bündnis mit Ukip und rechten Tories

Von unserem Reporter, 23. Juni 2016

Ein von der „Left Leave“-Kampagne organisiertes Treffen entlarvte die Zusammenarbeit der Pseudolinken mit rechten nationalistischen und faschistischen Kräften.

Chris Marsden an der Humboldt-Universität Berlin
Das Brexit-Referendum und der Kampf für den Sozialismus

Von Chris Marsden, 23. Juni 2016

Der Nationale Sekretär der Socialist Equality Party in Großbritannien erklärte, warum die SEP zum aktiven Boykott des Brexit-Referendums aufruft.

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Perspective

The Brexit referendum: A turning point in European politics

23 June 2016

To conceal both camps’ policies of class war, trade war and military war, and to sow divisions within the working class, the referendum has increasingly focused on whipping up nationalism and xenophobia.

Earlier Perspectives »

The UK Brexit Referendum

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition make nationalist case for Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2016

The Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party serve to blind the working class to the dangers posed by the strengthening of the most right-wing sections of the bourgeoisie through the referendum campaign.

Chris Marsden speaks at the Humboldt University in Berlin
The Brexit referendum and the struggle for socialism

22 June 2016

Galloway and pseudo-left defend alliance with UKIP and Tory right at Brexit referendum meeting

By a reporter, 22 June 2016

More on the UK Brexit referendum »

Commentary

Flint mayor announces city will continue pipeline deal at center of lead water crisis

By James Brewer, 23 June 2016

Democratic Mayor Karen Weaver announced Tuesday that Flint will not attempt to break the contract with the Karegnondi Water Authority.

Seventy-five years since the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union

By Barry Grey, 22 June 2016

Landmark Supreme Court ruling backs illegal police searches

By Tom Hall, 22 June 2016

Washington’s “second nuclear age”

The Venezuelan working class at a crossroads

Arts Review

Alf Sjöberg’s Miss Julie (1951) and G. W. Pabst’s The Threepenny Opera (1931): Films worth noting … and seeing

By Joanne Laurier, 23 June 2016

Swedish filmmaker Alf Sjöberg’s Miss Julie is based on the play by August Strindberg. Austrian filmmaker G.W. Pabst’s film The Threepenny Opera is an intricate movie version of the legendary Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill work.

Censored Voices: A snapshot in time reveals war crimes

By Fred Mazelis, 22 June 2016

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

SEP challenges Labor, Greens over war policies at Sydney election forum

By our reporters, 23 June 2016

At the meeting, Labor Party candidate and former deputy prime minister Anthony Albanese defended Australia’s military alliance with the US and slandered socialists.

SEP candidate discusses war and the Russian Revolution at Melbourne high schools

By our reporter, 23 June 2016

Fulgenzi was invited to give a presentation to Year 11 politics students and participated in a lively question-and-answer session that followed.

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

10 June 2016

SEP candidates condemn worsening assault on legal aid

Australian election rally promotes Greens’ bogus refugee “solution”

Australian Labor Party vows “freedom of navigation” provocations against China

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SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

Socialist Equality Party election campaign: Naomi Spencer for West Virginia House of Delegates, 16th District!

22 June 2016

Video: The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 21 June 2016

More on the SEP 2016 US election campaign »

Workers Struggles

Canadian autoworkers face fight against threatened plant closings

By Carl Bronski, 22 June 2016

25 years ago: Secession sets stage for civil war in Yugoslavia

The declarations of independence by Slovenia and Croatia on June 25, 1991, signaled the long-developing political crisis in Yugoslavia exploding into open civil war.

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50 years ago: High tide of Great Society reformism

During this week in 1966, a Democratic-controlled Congress and the Johnson administration put in place social and democratic reforms that brought Johnson’s Great Society program near to its apogee.

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75 years ago: Nazi Germany launches Operation Barbarossa upon Soviet Union

During the early hours of June 22, 1941, Hitler’s fascist regime launched the most destructive and barbaric war in the history of mankind upon the Soviet Union.

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100 years ago: Roger Casement tried for involvement in Irish uprising

On June 26, 1916, Sir Roger Casement was brought to trial in England on the charge of treason for his involvement in the preparations of the Easter uprising in Dublin.

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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!