English http://www.wsws.org/en/ US prepares new military provocations in South China Sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/scse-m23.html The unprecedented presence of a CNN news team on a US navy surveillance flight this week was aimed at ramping up pressure on China over the South China Sea. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/69a3382d-d2f1-47b9-8064-e57c2d2d425E/scse-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z European Union’s “migrant mission”: War plans in a humanitarian cloak http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/pers-m23.html The European Union is rapidly moving to further subordinate and plunder former imperialist colonies, under the guise of “solving the refugee problem.” Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eaab7676-4e53-4610-bb70-3f305f98568G/pers-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z OECD report: Global social inequality hits new record http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/econ-m23.html The growth of inequality has been accompanied by the expansion of part-time and contingent labor, particularly for younger workers. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c23b3b73-0b42-485a-94f6-dfcc82e13f3I/econ-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z Agreement signed on China-backed investment bank http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/aiib-m23.html Tensions over the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank surfaced again this week when Japan announced it would provide $110 billion for infrastructure investment. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b910a692-7f52-46ea-a401-570a7a7cbdbA/aiib-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z Ten years after riots, French police cleared in deaths of Clichy-sous-Bois youths http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/clic-m23.html The ruling reveals the impunity enjoyed by police, as the ruling class depends ever more directly on law-and-order hysteria to stabilize its rule. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1b5595b8-7426-4790-9e0f-f5c9187be17K/clic-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z France boosts military spending, recruits more youth into the army http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/fran-m23.html The army is set to be France’s largest recruiter in the coming year, as the country plunges billions into the armed forces amid a broad military build-up across Europe. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9e4b6d66-5382-453c-98ad-f4bced42f15P/fran-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z New York mayor de Blasio’s housing plan: An assault on the working class http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/hous-m23.html Bill de Blasio’s housing proposal opens the door to privatizing public housing while squeezing more money from low-income residents. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/297d03dc-dbf5-4d24-9c56-3cd87f64f06L/hous-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z Hundreds of unemployed workers apply for jobs in Pittsburgh http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/pitt-m23.html Hundreds of people attended a job fair Wednesday to apply for part-time work, paying $10.75 an hour, at Amazon’s newly opened warehouse. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2bc58726-e0eb-499a-9dd2-7a15dbb7ef2B/pitt-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z Despite surplus, California governor releases austerity budget http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/cali-m23.html The proposal will further undermine public education and maintain cuts to health care programs for low-income families, children and the disabled. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ecf14e02-ad17-44d5-b7ca-59d148c20c2N/cali-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z UK rail unions call off strike action http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/rail-m23.html The unions have betrayed a large strike mandate and disarmed rail-workers in the face of a ferocious assault by the incoming Conservative government. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a3a7d4fa-428c-4c24-9b87-0a8707b7199M/rail-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z Murder of Tamil student sparks protests in northern Sri Lanka http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/jaff-m23.html Sinhala extremists have reacted to protests in Jaffna over the killing of an 18-year-old schoolgirl by whipping up anti-Tamil communalism. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d9afd94e-a3ff-467a-a432-90b7e339842N/jaff-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z “Münkler-Watch” and the dictatorship of the elites http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/munk-m23.html The attacks on the critics of political science professor Herfried Münkler are now being directed against the freedom of the Internet. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1ee8747a-401f-41c6-b8d8-34af2aa9434A/munk-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/labo-m23.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8932c07d-2ad2-4279-b46c-d39985189beB/labo-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z Massive military escalation looms as ISIS advances in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/isis-m22.html The logic of developments in Iraq is leading to the reintroduction of large numbers of American ground troops and a wider war in the Middle East. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4e341e85-034d-46f1-8661-5ffc3f18cc0A/isis-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z US intelligence and media fail to debunk Seymour Hersh on bin Laden http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/binl-m22.html The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has suddenly, after four years, released documents allegedly obtained during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8003e335-7049-4b14-b685-46904fcaa59P/binl-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z Federal court blocks release of CIA torture report http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/tort-m22.html The court turned the facts and the law upside down to keep evidence of CIA torture and spying on Congress from seeing the light of day. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4e87b4d9-5a8e-410d-b101-af2881b87a9C/tort-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z Maryland grand jury announces charges against six cops in killing of Freddie Gray http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/gray-m22.html Gray’s death last month from spinal injuries incurred while in police custody set off an eruption of social anger and the police-military occupation of the city. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0167e664-b5c2-4973-b5ca-09313d04a86E/gray-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z Defying USW, striking US oil workers continue to resist company demands http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/oils-m22.html Workers at Marathon’s Galveston Bay, Texas refinery overwhelmingly defeated an agreement pushed by the United Steelworkers and a federal mediator. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3de187a6-1781-4d96-b6ca-81a8b78a70fJ/oils-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z Pipeline rupture causes oil spill in California http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/barb-m22.html State officials say that at least 21,000 gallons of oil has reached the sea, causing an oil slick that spans nine miles. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ed3ea40e-2f30-4fad-8126-2d1dccaea66G/barb-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z New York City mayor de Blasio’s housing plan will do little or nothing for the working class http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/hous-m22.html A range of programs supposed to address the lack of affordable housing and homelessness are pathetically inadequate or worse. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3f29712c-c395-47cf-962c-098830e50c5P/hous-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z UK Conservatives plan to scrap Human Rights Act http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/huri-m22.html The act is to go the same way as other key elements of international law over which successive governments in the last 15 years have ridden roughshod. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/888b7e0a-567e-4ce9-8b30-c8a9adec3b1C/huri-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z German train drivers’ union calls off strike and agrees to arbitration http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/gdll-m22.html The strike was called off Thursday, the day before the Bundestag takes up the contentious “contract unity” bill, which would essentially ban strikes by smaller unions in an industry. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/73ce8f2c-b7fd-4f36-a36a-eb53b5edd78O/gdll-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z Police crackdown on protest in western China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/chin-m22.html The demonstration over plans to re-route a planned rail line away from Linshui county highlights the worsening social crisis in many areas of China. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/33e954e4-8efa-49e7-97ba-6537ab7d4beE/chin-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z Growing danger of landslides in Sri Lanka http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/land-m22.html The refusal of successive Sri Lankan governments to initiate basic safety measures has led to growing numbers of landslide disasters. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/81697d36-b852-42ba-a912-2fce02f2561A/land-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan landslide victims still in makeshift accommodation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/meer-m22.html The situation facing Meeriyabedda Estate landslide victims highlights the desperate social conditions facing Sri Lankan plantation workers and their families. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/71f763f0-f01e-4be9-b0e7-2e2856b5de9O/meer-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z Why aren’t the banksters in prison? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/pers-m22.html Behind the threadbare trappings of democracy, America increasingly resembles an aristocratic society. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aa92087c-09d6-4e3a-8eb3-e12497856c6D/pers-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z “Münkler-Watch” and the reproach of anonymity: A red herring http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/munk-m22.html A student blog criticizing the lectures of Herfried Münkler at Humboldt University has been attacked for its anonymity in an effort to distract attention from the real issues at stake. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0d34651c-8069-4f5a-8c1b-9c9d37678dcF/munk-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/labo-m22.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/01a80458-0a4f-4815-a04f-9e8ad09c63dL/labo-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z Token fines for banks caught rigging foreign exchange markets http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/bank-m21.html Wednesday’s announcement was further confirmation that the US and international financial aristocracy is above the law. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dda5d779-545d-453e-8dbb-b89ceb64094F/bank-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z Poroshenko says Ukraine is at war with Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/poro-m21.html Poroshenko’s statement to the BBC points to the explosive confrontation between the Ukrainian regime’s nuclear-armed NATO backers and nuclear-armed Russia. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c619176c-115b-46d5-811c-5bdd78261ceG/poro-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z EU approves military operation against Mediterranean refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/refu-m21.html On Monday, EU foreign and defence ministers agreed to plans for a military intervention against refugees in the Mediterranean and North Africa. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2222879b-6e2d-41db-b397-50b8aff4f8cP/refu-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z German police officer accused of torturing refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/gede-m21.html A federal police officer in Hannover has been accused of assaulting and dragging a shackled detainee and forcing another to eat rancid pork while he was held down on the floor. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6ca9905f-f194-4079-978a-ac86b5cc10fE/gede-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z Online video exposes French police violence against migrants in Calais http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/frpo-m21.html French police were filmed beating migrants and spraying them with pepper spray at a roadside, as they sought to hide in trucks bound for Britain. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37442da1-6c62-415a-a745-62af1ff7366G/frpo-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z Greek health workers, journalists, pensioners strike against austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/gree-m21.html Public-sector and private-sector unions have worked with successive governments to impose brutal austerity measures. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f62953e7-7b6e-4021-93b3-2965af6cfe1J/gree-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z US brings charges of economic espionage against six Chinese engineers and businessmen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/chin-m21.html The case is a deliberate attempt to increase US-China tensions on the eve of House and Senate votes on an anti-China trade bill. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8d6c5d40-fe7f-4a16-ac58-b2f8200bf96N/chin-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z Supreme Court sides with San Francisco police officers who shot mentally ill woman http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/scus-m21.html In another decision endorsing police brutality, the Supreme Court granted immunity to officers who shot a mentally ill woman in her home. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/72fbdbfe-96d8-4fdf-8bb1-98aee1d5d12L/scus-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z New details undermine police account of deadly shootout in Waco, Texas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/waco-m21.html Questions are mounting over police claims that biker gangs were solely responsible for the gunfight that killed nine people. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3f9061f3-e9b6-45c0-b651-ae0e69eaeffG/waco-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z Los Angeles City Council moves to raise minimum wage http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/losa-m21.html The Los Angeles City Council voted to draft an ordinance to raise the city’s minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2020. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cc5e63a9-9f4e-4628-ab96-c59cf1852cdM/losa-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z German train drivers launch new strikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/germ-m21.html After a six-day walkout earlier this month, German train drivers resumed strikes on freight lines and passenger lines. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a9788581-f2bc-4ba0-a2fc-3fd92eb0801I/germ-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z Macedonia conflict threatens to destabilise whole of Balkans http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/mace-m21.html The South Stream gas pipeline was a major element in Russia’s attempt to reduce its reliance on Ukraine as a transit route for its gas supplies to Europe. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f06f1791-0e47-4bf9-80b3-2f8d25e4e7aJ/mace-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z US prepares to challenge China in the South China Sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/scse-m21.html The Australian reports that “momentum is building strongly in Washington” to fly warplanes or send warships within the 12-mile territorial limit surrounding Chinese-held islets. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/78ff7ecf-c672-4600-af4c-bc238afc69aL/scse-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z Australian budget boosts spending on war and surveillance http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/budg-m21.html While cutting funding for health, education and welfare, the budget increased outlays for overseas military operations, weaponry and war-related intelligence activities. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/60278582-0a04-4374-9e24-6f261d1a333P/budg-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z India’s Modi woos and warns China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/indc-m21.html Overshadowing Modi’s entire visit was the heightening of tensions across the Indo-Pacific region as a result of Washington’s “pivot to Asia.” Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0b79585a-94f3-45d3-9653-2188cd47121H/indc-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z Britain’s anti-terror law and the global assault on democratic rights http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/pers-m21.html There is no serious opposition within the ruling elite internationally to the abandonment of democratic procedures and implementation of police state measures. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dbcd0fd5-9409-4e1f-9acf-bb55d3aa6b2J/pers-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton, Inc. and the rape of Libya http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/blum-m21.html Revealed in the Blumenthal-Clinton memos is the real nature of the American government: a criminal conspiracy to enrich a ruling oligarchy through war and reaction. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5defad47-b591-40d7-a726-49f9c2e5410J/blum-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z “Frontline” broadcast documents CIA torture program http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/21/fron-m21.html The PBS series’ May 19 episode is a chilling account of the CIA’s torture of hundreds of detainees during the Bush administration. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f7df57c-1287-4dc1-b18a-6ac2770b155G/fron-m21.html 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z Only one in four workers worldwide has a stable job http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/ilor-m20.html Jobs created in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis have been disproportionately contingent and part-time, according to a new report published by the International Labor Organization. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d903dc33-a4a0-41a2-99b5-6f03d1a7661C/ilor-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z The fall of Ramadi and the criminality of US imperialism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/pers-m20.html The threat of both a sectarian bloodbath and region-wide war is the byproduct of Washington’s predatory interventions in the Middle East. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/45cd2d7a-477d-40ae-8c0c-8f6b95f9152N/pers-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z Greece edges towards collapse as troika demands new austerity plan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/gree-m20.html Without further loans, the Syriza government, which has pledged to implement austerity measures, could default on an overall debt of €300 billion within weeks. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/98acb2aa-a829-4769-ac8e-eff6687eba3F/gree-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z Surprise move by European Central Bank to speed up debt purchases http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/ecba-m20.html The accelerated ECB purchase of sovereign debt is another indication of increasing nervousness in global financial markets. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e6f48f4b-d758-419f-b2cb-51d088516b6C/ecba-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z The Clintons peddle populism while raking in corporate cash http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/clin-m20.html Financial disclosure forms filed May 15 show that Bill and Hillary Clinton have made more than $125 million since Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7c863472-3acd-4bcc-bcfa-ca5e9ceff26D/clin-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z US secretary of state berates North Korea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/kore-m20.html Kerry used his trip to South Korea to deepen military ties, supposedly in order to counter the threat posed by North Korea. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8da932d6-5ad9-4560-b819-9c6b65845d1B/kore-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z Saudi Arabian monarchy calls for more executioners http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/saud-m20.html The US-backed kingdom is in desperate need of swordsmen as it is on pace to more than double the number of beheadings carried out last year. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1532a273-5cd4-455a-aebf-eee4ff22114J/saud-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z San Bernardino, California officials to vote on bankruptcy plan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/sanb-m20.html The plan, which follows the bankruptcy of Detroit, would force retirees to pay more for health insurance and contract out the city’s fire and waste disposal departments. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d40ad06-26fb-4e34-b4f4-d4dc69834f3I/sanb-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z Michigan legislation would cut off welfare for families with truant children http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/welf-m20.html The threat to remove cash assistance from families with truant children corresponds cruelly to the withdrawal of funding and shutdown of “underperforming” public schools. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/31b3d903-d421-4ed0-8b06-1f12d16facdJ/welf-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z German postal service threatens to lay off strikers while deploying strike-breakers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/post-m20.html Despite major attacks on postal workers, their union has restricted the strike to regional centres and only called on a small number of employees to participate. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b24201a0-c0b7-4ded-9d38-8149ad80a69I/post-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z Spanish elections: Support for Podemos declines amid predicted losses for main parties http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/pode-m20.html Podemos’ earlier rapid rise was a sign of the volatile political situation and the collapse in support for the Popular Party and the Socialist Party. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f5d2516e-971d-48d7-83b2-0f78086dfb0M/pode-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z Australia sets precedent for worldwide assault on refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/refu-m20.html Governments in Europe and Asia are emulating Australia’s draconian “border protection” regime aimed at blocking asylum seekers. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/105f97d0-9161-43ba-a1f4-a9c5c0f0f8aK/refu-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z The deindustrialization of Baltimore http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/balt-m20.html While the police murder of Freddie Gray was the trigger, the scope of the social anger that erupted in Baltimore was fueled by decades of economic decay in the once booming industrial port city. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8b709875-8d19-4e42-99de-f1e13dcc18aF/balt-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z Alex Garland’s <em>Ex Machina</em>: Will artificial intelligence replace human efforts? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/exma-m20.html <em>Ex Machina</em> is an elegant and thought-provoking science fiction thriller that considers the future of humanity in relation to the rapid developments in computer science technology. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/774d9598-2ece-4369-9ad5-ce890a27a32N/exma-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z US air strikes, Shia militia deployment follow Iraqi military’s rout in Ramadi http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/iraq-m19.html The fall to ISIS of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar province, is a debacle both for the Baghdad government and the US war strategy in Iraq. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d90d80a-90a1-4942-bcfe-981c0bc1931M/iraq-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z Obama’s paramilitary police http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/pers-m19.html US President Obama reaffirmed his support Monday for the federal programs that have transferred billions of dollars in military hardware to local police departments. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f0047703-7ee2-4d08-93d8-eab016e80bbI/pers-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z Saudi-led coalition resume air strikes in Yemen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/yeme-m19.html The US-backed assault resumed Sunday after a five-day suspension of bombing allowed aid groups to fly in and distribute a limited amount of emergency humanitarian aid. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b66d0512-ec7b-4ce2-b559-5041070619cH/yeme-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z Conditions worsen for refugees trapped on boats in South East Asia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/refu-m19.html Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia have closed their borders to thousands of asylum seekers adrift at sea in atrocious conditions. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f352c0a5-a7ee-4750-bdf7-f1a0d9cbb38C/refu-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z Nine killed, 170 arrested in Texas biker gang shootout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/waco-m19.html The bloody shootout between rival biker gangs and police in Waco, Texas on May 17 is a symptom of an unhealthy society. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6e6ed652-31ab-497e-ae14-4c40a412caaE/waco-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z Rating agencies downgrade Chicago debt after Supreme Court ruling blocks state pension cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/chic-m19.html The downgrade is intended to put additional pressure on the city to slash municipal workers’ pensions. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/23778871-f395-4161-8657-2348dd318e8M/chic-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z US House of Representatives passes anti-abortion bill http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/abor-m19.html The bill, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, highlights the precarious state of abortion rights in the US as the political system slides further to the right. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0cca223f-f553-4e6e-80b5-326a9ea1cb5O/abor-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z Seattle teachers hold one-day strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/seat-m19.html Seattle teachers are walking out Tuesday to demand improved living standards and to oppose test-based performance evaluations. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d94eb214-25cb-46fc-a9a0-5bf0035d5a9J/seat-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z Albuquerque, New Mexico: Family charges SWAT team drove son to suicide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/albq-m19.html According to the family's complaint, the APD SWAT team’s “deployment of force was excessive” and a cause of the mentally ill man’s death. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d89409dc-813e-40dc-9a9c-2c450c1b0c9B/albq-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z UK rail workers vote for national strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/rail-m19.html The one-day stoppage has the potential to become a focal point for opposition within the working class. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/43a24da2-209d-42ed-a991-3e92f5697d4H/rail-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z Ontario Liberals move to criminalize teachers’ strikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/onta-m19.html Ontario’s trade union-backed Liberal government has moved to outlaw secondary school teachers’ strikes that have affected three of the province’s largest local school boards. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8e7810e0-24be-4b3f-83dc-1b19f9c7120D/onta-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z Australian government undermines arts funding body http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/aart-m19.html While various creative institutions suffered cuts in last week’s budget, the main shift was to substantially defund the Australia Council for the Arts. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/40b47587-3eff-4aa6-b5d7-b738a594abaH/aart-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z Defend student free speech at Humboldt University! Stop state-sponsored censorship! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/humb-m19.html The PSG and the IYSSE unequivocally support the students who publish the blog “Münkler-Watch” and have become the target of a massive intimidation campaign. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7a63135e-5824-47a7-8f5d-7b909bade8dA/humb-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z Is it a dangerous precedent?: Detroit Institute of Arts tests out art market with van Gogh http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/diaa-m19.html The news that the DIA had been considering earlier this year selling an 1886 still life by Vincent van Gogh produced headlines and generated concern last week. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/384e1c4c-5a5e-45dc-9f43-614cd7679c3M/diaa-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/19/wkrs-m19.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/29bc2de7-4736-415b-bbb9-dad1d9efff5L/wkrs-m19.html 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z UK government counter-terrorism bill would criminalize speech, political activity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/terr-m18.html The proposed legislation would give the state the power to require an “extremist” group or individual to submit any written publication to the police before it is printed. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/257ffe78-f316-4f9c-b3e4-14db385fcc2H/terr-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z US special forces stage raid into Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/syri-m18.html Nothing certain is known about the circumstances or results of the attack, since the only sources of information are the Pentagon and White House. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/837bce3c-f795-452b-825b-4a8eb7e29e8A/syri-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z Is the US planning a “Gulf of Tonkin” incident in the South China Sea? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/pers-m18.html No one should be surprised by a new US provocation suddenly emerging to try to stampede public opinion behind military operations against China. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/32e946c6-a0a0-481a-963f-47d35381cfbF/pers-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z Iraqi officials report the fall of Ramadi http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/iraq-m18.html The capital city of Anbar province has been under attack by ISIS forces for more than a year. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8239872d-7488-41b0-afc5-229893b148cM/iraq-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z Egyptian regime hangs six after ex-president Mursi sentenced to death http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/egyp-m18.html The executions and death sentence are emblematic of the vicious police-state character of the regime in Cairo, which is a key pillar of US and Western European imperialist interests. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3522caaa-4b2d-42e7-ae54-e20bfc78e71J/egyp-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z No charges for police officer who shot Illinois teen twice in the back http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/just-m18.html A state prosecutor announced Thursday that he would not bring criminal charges against the Zion, Illinois police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Justus Howell. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/62f19926-9d7b-4d76-a0c2-9ff0dc5695dC/just-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z Chicago residents speak on police torture at Homan Square "black site" http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/homa-m18.html Reporters from the WSWS spoke to workers and youth about recent revelations of torture at Homan Square as well as the decaying social conditions in Chicago. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/971e5522-2aac-4c17-ac27-d33de4965a5D/homa-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z Thousands of auto workers strike in Turkey against Renault and union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/turk-m18.html The strike by 5,000 auto workers at the Renault’s plant in Bursat has quickly spread to other factories, with workers denouncing the pro-corporate Türk-Metal union. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2f6e75fa-82b6-4f07-9377-97ea5af2ba6D/turk-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z US panel’s screening guidelines threaten mammograms for 17 million women http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/mamm-m18.html Thousands of cases of breast cancer could be missed, resulting in preventable deaths, if the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations are adopted. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/394a6d88-4199-41cd-b5b3-6b7dce27242C/mamm-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z Second major quake in Nepal deepens political crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/nepa-m18.html Nepal was hit on Tuesday by a 7.3 magnitude after-shock that killed over 125 people, injured more than 2,300 and destroyed hundreds of homes. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6f42c39e-4026-4c40-b192-b525614824aJ/nepa-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z Hollande, the Clintons and imperialism in Haiti http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/hait-m18.html The US and France see in Haiti not just cheap labor, but mineral wealth, a chance to wean the country off of Venezuelan petroleum and an opportunity to make profits. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b1d3b711-7d72-484d-ba89-ac3d4a06114L/hait-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z French Rafale fighter sales stoke arms race in Middle East, Asia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/rafa-m18.html As it sells billions of dollars in jets, France is stoking Saudi-Iranian tensions over the Yemen war and Indo-Pakistani tensions sharpened by the US “pivot to Asia.” Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cd58f3de-d298-4555-840f-ed7cd5c7003J/rafa-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z Christie’s $1 billion week: Art market heads for the stratosphere http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/chri-m18.html Artwork, particularly 20th century and contemporary art, now functions as another commodity for the financial aristocracy to invest and speculate in. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0177aa91-2b2d-4ec3-bd33-e07d45a324dL/chri-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z Blues musician B.B. King, 1925-2015 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/king-m18.html The iconic American blues artist died May 15 at 89, after dozens of albums and decades of intensive touring. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e250fee6-d7f2-4b78-9e64-42db293b5d3F/king-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z This week in history: May 18-24 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/twih-m18.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/34a1e41e-916d-4acc-b141-3f985b8e9edC/twih-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z Controversy erupts over American B1 bomber deployments to Australia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/16/aust-m16.html Above all, the denials surrounding US war plans against China are directed at keeping the working class in the dark about the dangers of conflict. Sat, 16 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/59fcfb09-88e2-4a98-ab61-de298da1f60A/aust-m16.html 2015-05-16T05:00:00Z The Amtrak disaster and America’s crumbling infrastructure http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/16/pers-m16.html Tuesday’s derailment of an Amtrak train on America’s busiest rail route has exposed before the whole world the dilapidated state of infrastructure in the United States. Sat, 16 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6661ca97-69e5-4995-80a4-6f7e4abac14L/pers-m16.html 2015-05-16T05:00:00Z Japanese cabinet approves new military legislation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/16/japa-m16.html The new laws will allow Japan to play a far larger military role in US-led wars around the world. Sat, 16 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9e939b1b-c749-4b29-a029-10ddb614b2aJ/japa-m16.html 2015-05-16T05:00:00Z Federal court sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/16/tsar-m16.html The death sentence is the barbaric culmination of a trial that has excluded any examination of the fundamental political issues raised by the Boston Marathon bombing. Sat, 16 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e645f449-76ef-4962-bfa4-4904595ba09A/tsar-m16.html 2015-05-16T05:00:00Z