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Deep budget cuts in Los Angeles, California court system

By Roseanna Donatello, 30 June 2012

The Los Angeles County Superior Court system, the largest in the country, already sustaining a budget loss of $70 million, has had its budget slashed another $30 million.

Police lock down Chinese factory town to suppress protests

By John Chan, 30 June 2012

The protests in Shaxi are a product of systematic discrimination against migrant workers who are treated as second class citizens, have no access to services and are subject to police harassment

Egypt: Islamist president takes symbolic oath of office in Tahrir Square

By Johannes Stern, 30 June 2012

Mohamed Mursi, the first Egyptian president since the revolutionary ouster of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak last year, took a symbolic oath of office in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday.

Britain’s Leveson Inquiry hit by allegations of political interference

By Dave Hyland and Julie Hyland, 30 June 2012

The Leveson Inquiry, established in the wake of the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, was hit last week by a row over political interference.

The Stockton, California bankruptcy: A warning to all workers

By Statement by Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 30 June 2012

The bankruptcy of Stockton is a damning refutation of the Obama administration’s cynical claims about an economic recovery and a harbinger of a new wave of attacks on public workers throughout the country

UK prime minister outlines massive cuts in welfare benefits

By Dennis Moore and Robert Stevens, 30 June 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron has outlined plans by the Conservative/Liberal coalition that will end social benefits for large sections of the population.

An interview with Anna Szech, art historian at the Museum Tinguely

By Sybille Fuchs and Marianne Arens, 30 June 2012

This is the sixth and final article in a series devoted to an exhibition at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland of works by Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953), one of the most important artists of the Russian and Soviet avant-garde.

US House votes contempt citation for attorney general

By Patrick Martin, 30 June 2012

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to find Democratic Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress Thursday, the first time in US history that such a sanction has been applied to the top US law enforcement official.

Canadian imperialism’s intervention in the Russian Civil War

By Vic Neufeld, 30 June 2012

Benjamin Isitt has excavated an important, but long-buried historical chapter—the story of the Canadian ruling class’ intervention in the Russian Civil War and the fierce opposition it provoked among Canadian workers, including among the conscript soldiers sent to fight alongside the counter-revolutionary White armies.

Court refuses to suspend Quebec’s Bill 78

By Keith Jones, 30 June 2012

Quebec’s Superior Court has refused to suspend application of key anti-democratic provisions of Bill 78—a draconian law that criminalizes the four month-long Quebec student strike and places sweeping restrictions on the right to demonstrate over any issue.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 30 June 2012

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

Michigan House of Representatives passes anti-abortion bill

By Zac Corrigan, 30 June 2012

On June 13, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill that would severely restrict access to abortion statewide.

New Pakistani prime minister appointed

By Sampath Perera, 30 June 2012

The installation of Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime minister will do nothing to alleviate Pakistan’s worsening political crisis.

New York Times lauds Supreme Court’s “exquisite delicacy” in health care decision

By Joseph Kishore, 30 June 2012

The specialty of the Times is to serve up the lying hypocrisy of the liberal bourgeois establishment, which is then transmitted in various forms down through the “left” defenders of the Democratic Party.

Letters from our readers

By , 30 June 2012

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.

SEP candidate speaks with high school teachers

By Zac Hambides, 30 June 2012

“In education, there is a concerted drive by all governments to smash up the public school system and promote a privatised, user-pays model.”

The Supreme Court ruling on Obama’s health care overhaul

By Kate Randall, 30 June 2012

The Supreme Court ruling upholding the Obama administration’s health care overhaul is a deeply reactionary decision with far-reaching implications for the social and democratic rights of the American people.

EU summit averts split with deal to bail out Spanish, Italian banks

By Stefan Steinberg and Barry Grey, 30 June 2012

Political commentators agreed that the two-day European Union summit‑—the nineteenth such meeting to be held since 2010—was the most acrimonious in recent memory.

Calls for debt restructuring grow as Ireland faces recession

By Jordan Shilton, 30 June 2012

Each passing week brings with it new figures showing the rapid deterioration in Ireland’s economic outlook.

The Crucible: Arthur Miller’s classic still scalds

By Richard Adams, 29 June 2012

This solid production of American playwright Arthur Miller’s classic drama of the consequences of religious hysteria still resonates, while reminding us of the anti-communist witch-hunts of the McCarthyite era.

Billionaires bid for “trophy homes” in New York while homelessness rises

By Fred Mazelis, 29 June 2012

The greed and arrogance of the super-rich knows no limits, as shown by the continuing rise in luxury home prices in New York City, in the midst of deepening crisis.

Colorado battered by devastating wildfires

By Phyllis Scherrer, 29 June 2012

Under conditions of heat, dry air, and high winds, devastating fires have swept across the US state of Colorado, causing major evacuations and the destruction of homes and entire neighborhoods.

US Supreme Court upholds Obama’s health care law

By Kate Randall, 29 June 2012

Led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court upheld Obama’s pro-corporate health care “reform,” including the mandate to purchase private health insurance.

Sacramento meeting reviews socialist perspective against California budget cuts

By Jack Hood, 29 June 2012

On Tuesday, June 26th, students gathered at Valley Hi-North Laguna Library in Sacramento, California to discuss the California budget crisis and the 2012 SEP election campaign.

Teachers strike across Australia’s largest state

By James Cogan, 29 June 2012

The large turn-out underscores the depth of concern over the “local schools” blueprint of the state and federal governments.

Sri Lanka: Pro-government thugs kill two JVP supporters

By Sujeewa Amaranath and Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 June 2012

The murders are part of the anti-democratic methods being used to stifle any opposition to the government’s imposition of IMF austerity measures.

Destitute asylum seekers face eviction in Glasgow, Scotland

By Steve James, 29 June 2012

Around 80 destitute asylum seekers face eviction from a tower block asylum hostel in Glasgow, Scotland.

Former Romanian PM suffers gunshot wound hours after prison sentencing

By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 29 June 2012

The jail sentence of former premier Adrian Nastase on charges of corruption must be considered in relation to the ongoing political crisis in Romania.

Britain: Thomas Cook announces closure of Bradford-based operations centre

By Barry Mason, 29 June 2012

The UK travel firm Thomas Cook announced June 13 that it is to close its operations centre in Aldermanbury, in the West Yorkshire city of Bradford, with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

Germany takes hard line in advance of EU summit

By Stefan Steinberg, 29 June 2012

German Chancellor Angela Merkel threw down the gauntlet to Europe and Washington on the eve of the European Union summit in Brussels.

Igniting the Syrian powder keg

By Bill Van Auken, 29 June 2012

The foreign ministers meeting convened by UN envoy Kofi Annan for Saturday will merely set the stage for intensified demands by Washington and its allies for regime-change in Syria.

Australian ex-military chief to advise parliament on new anti-refugee laws

By Patrick O’Connor, 29 June 2012

The basic legal principles governing the treatment of asylum seekers, which were developed after World War II and the Nazi holocaust, have been openly jettisoned.

New Zealand government drops school class size increases

By John Braddock, 29 June 2012

The government is pushing ahead with education and other budget cuts, despite being forced to rescind a plan to increase class sizes.

Judge orders prosecution to explain stonewalling in Bradley Manning case

By Naomi Spencer, 29 June 2012

A military judge on June 25 ordered Army prosecutors to address accusations that they have withheld evidence from the defense team of accused whistleblower Bradley Manning.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 29 June 2012

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

Letters from our readers

By , 28 June 2012

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.

The reactionary politics of Australian “border protection”

By Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 28 June 2012

Refugee deaths at sea will end only when asylum seekers are assured of safe passage to Australia.

US-backed gunmen stage massacre at Syrian TV station

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2012

Gunmen stormed a pro-government television station in Syria Wednesday, slaughtering seven employees, wounding others and taking several people hostage. The attack came a day after President Bashar al-Assad declared Syria to be in “a real state of war.”

Quebec union head condemns “social strike” against Charest government

By Richard Dufour, 28 June 2012

The president of Quebec's second-largest labor federation has ruled out any possibility that the unions will organize even limited job action in support of the striking students and against the provincial Liberal government.

Vietnam’s maritime claim provokes standoff with China

By John Chan, 28 June 2012

Vietnam, encouraged by US backing, has fuelled tensions with China over disputed territories in the South China Sea.

Stockton, California slashes workers’ health benefits ahead of bankruptcy filing

By David Brown and Barry Grey, 28 June 2012

Stockton, California, a city of nearly 300,000, is set to become the largest municipality in US history to file for bankruptcy, with devastating implications for current and retired city workers and the working class population as a whole.

At least four dead in latest Australian refugee disaster

By Oliver Campbell, 28 June 2012

The second refugee boat sinking in less than a week has underscored the deadly consequences of the Australian government’s “border protection” regime.

Air France announces 5,000 job cuts

By Antoine Lerougetel, 28 June 2012

Air France-KLM will cut its workforce by 10 percent the end of 2013

Blair blocked legal advice on invasion of Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 28 June 2012

Labour Party Prime Minister Tony Blair blocked the attorney general from giving the UK government his view on the legality of the US-led war against Iraq.

The new aristocracy

By Andre Damon, 28 June 2012

As governments throughout the world close schools, lay off workers and slash support to the poor, old and sick, the financial oligarchy that rules the world increases its wealth and power.

A barbarous dissent: The US Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama

By Richard Hoffman, 28 June 2012

The unremarkable reasoning underlying the majority’s decision only places in sharper relief the barbarous character of the four dissenting judgments.

US-backed Bahrain regime upholds jail sentences for doctors and nurses

By Will Morrow, 28 June 2012

The medics were arrested during a wave of repression in March 2011 and sentenced to up to fifteen years in prison after they treated protesters wounded by security forces.

An interview with Gian Casper Bott, curator of the Tatlin exhibition

By Sybille Fuchs and Marianne Arens, 28 June 2012

This is the fifth of six articles devoted to an exhibition at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland of works by Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953), one of the most important artists of the Russian and Soviet avant-garde.

Rio+20 climate conference: “An epic failure”

By Nicholas Russo, 28 June 2012

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which drew to a close in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last Friday, has been denounced by environmental advocates as a “hoax” and “an epic failure.” Despite already low expectations before the meeting, the summit testifies to the stagnation in global efforts to address the looming climate crisis.

Britain’s Labour Party leader Ed Miliband fuels anti-immigrant prejudice

By Paul Mitchell, 27 June 2012

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is playing the anti-immigrant card, promising new measures to prevent British people being “locked out” of jobs by foreign workers.

Fighting breaks out in Syrian capital as Turkey, NATO threaten war

By Joseph Kishore, 27 June 2012

The Syrian president declared that the country was at war on Tuesday, as the Turkish prime minister threatened to respond militarily to any Syrian troop movements near the border of the two countries.

No to school privatization!

By Phyllis Scherrer and SEP candidate for US vice president, 27 June 2012

In an unprecedented attack on public education the public schools in Muskegon Heights and Highland Park, Michigan are being turned over to for profit charter school operators.

Ex-US president indicts Obama as assassin

By Bill Van Auken, 27 June 2012

A column by Jimmy Carter provides extraordinary testimony by an ex-president against the Obama administration for engaging in assassinations and other criminal violations of international law and the US Constitution.

Tunisian ruling seeks to exonerate Ben Ali police officials

By Anthony Torres, 27 June 2012

On June 14 former President Ben Ali, along with 22 Interior Ministry officials, stood trial of for the massacres in Thala and Kasserine during the Tunisian revolution.

Detroit to lay off 164 firefighters

By David Brown, 27 June 2012

Democratic Party Mayor Dave Bing of Detroit has announced plans to lay off 18 percent of the city’s firefighters.

Conflicts emerge in formation of new Greek government

By Christoph Dreier, 27 June 2012

With the resignation of Finance Minister-designate Vasilis Rapanos and the appointment of Yannis Stournaras, conflicts have come to light in the formation of the new Greek government.

New evidence of US operation against Julian Assange

By Richard Phillips, 27 June 2012

The Obama administration and its allies in Britain, Sweden and Australia are stepping up their operations against Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks web site.

Israeli police arrest social protest movement leader and break up demonstrations

By Jean Shaoul, 27 June 2012

Israeli riot police have detained dozens of activists demanding social justice, after violently breaking up demonstrations.

Australian editors quit as media restructuring continues

By Mike Head, 27 June 2012

Resignations and job losses are already underway, as Australia’s two main newspaper companies join the carve-up of the global media landscape.

Kentucky coal miner killed

By Naomi Spencer, 27 June 2012

A Pike County, Kentucky miner was crushed by a wall collapse Monday morning, bringing to 10 the number of US coal miners killed on the job this year.

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus: Shutting Pandora’s box?

By Kevin Martinez, 27 June 2012

Prometheus is a prequel of sorts to the 1979 science-fiction-horror film Alien, also directed by Ridley Scott.

German finance minister publicly rebuffs US president

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 June 2012

Last weekend, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble delivered a clear rebuff to the US president, Barack Obama.

Europe at loggerheads as crisis spreads

By Barry Grey, 27 June 2012

On the eve of a much anticipated European Union summit Thursday and Friday, the European debt crisis has taken a turn for the worse, while the major powers remain bitterly divided.

Supreme Court unanimously upholds antidemocratic attack on immigrant workers

By Kevin Kearney, 26 June 2012

The court ruling leaves in place the most reactionary and antidemocratic feature of Arizona’s SB 1070 law, the mandate that local and state police check the immigration status of anyone they detain or question.

Michigan meeting marks 30th anniversary of murder of Vincent Chin

By Shannon Jones, 26 June 2012

On June 23, the Asian American civil rights group American Citizens for Justice and the Association of Chinese Americans held a commemoration meeting in Madison Heights, Michigan to mark thirty years since the murder of Vincent Chin.

New Zealand: Labour, Greens continue “Keep Our Assets” diversion

By Tom Peters, 26 June 2012

The petition against the government’s sale of state-owned companies is designed to channel public opposition behind parties that support austerity.

Germany: IhrPlatz and SchleckerXL drugstores face closure

By Ernst Wolff, 26 June 2012

The current developments once again highlight the treacherous role of the union Verdi in the dissolution of the company.

Public housing residents speak with Patrick O’Connor

By our reporters, 26 June 2012

The Socialist Equality Party’s candidate in the Melbourne by-election, Patrick O’Connor, spoke with tenants in the suburb of Flemington.

The Egyptian election

By Bill Van Auken, 26 June 2012

The naming of the Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi as Egypt’s president is the outcome of a reactionary deal with the military aimed at crushing the revolutionary movement of the Egyptian working class.

US: Locked-out sugar workers reject concessions contract for the third time

By James Brewer, 26 June 2012

After being locked out for almost 11 months by their employer, Moorehead, Minnesota-based American Crystal Sugar Company, workers rejected the company’s third contract offer last Saturday.

James Shimoura, attorney for the mother of Vincent Chin, speaks to WSWS

By Shannon Jones, 26 June 2012

James Shimoura, a Michigan attorney who provided legal advice to Lily Chin, the mother of murdered Chinese American draftsman Vincent Chin, spoke to the World Socialist Web Site during the memorial meeting in Madison Heights, Michigan held over the weekend. The meeting marked the 30th anniversary of Chin’s killing.

Downed Turkish jet pretext for new provocations against Syria

By Joseph Kishore, 26 June 2012

The major imperialist powers, led by the United States, have issued a series of bellicose statements after Syria shot down a Turkish war plane that had entered its airspace.

SEP campaigns against budget cuts in California

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 June 2012

Campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party spoke with workers and students in Sacramento, California about the party’s presidential election campaign.

Letters from our readers

By , 26 June 2012

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.

Kentucky health departments make severe cuts to services, staff

By Ryan Rahilly, 26 June 2012

Kentucky workers will be faced with deepening austerity on July 1, as budget cuts beginning in the new fiscal year will affect health departments throughout the state.

Protests in Sudan against austerity

By Jean Shaoul, 26 June 2012

Hundreds of university students have taken to the streets of the capital Khartoum for seven consecutive days to protests soaring inflation, corruption and the National Congress Party’s austerity programme.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 26 June 2012

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

An interview with film critic Andrew Sarris

By David Walsh, 26 June 2012

One of the leading American film critics of the past half-century, Andrew Sarris, died in New York City on June 20. The WSWS is reposting an interview we did with Sarris and a review of one of his later books. The interview includes a new introduction.

Andrew Sarris and American filmmaking

By David Walsh, 26 June 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is reposting here an article originally published on July 1, 1998. See also the accompanying interview with Andrew Sarris, also from 1998, with a new introduction following his death June 20.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold meeting on fishermen’s struggle

By Socialist Equality Party, 26 June 2012

The public meeting in the western Sri Lankan port of Chilaw will discuss a socialist program for fishermen and their families.

White House strikes deal to expand school vouchers in nation’s capital

By Nikolai Barrickman, 26 June 2012

The Obama administration arrived at an agreement last week with proponents of private school vouchers in Washington DC.

In Defense of Leon Trotsky published in French

By , 25 June 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is pleased to announce the publication of the French-language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky, written by David North, chairman of the WSWS’s International Editorial Board.

Tens of thousands die in the US due to lack of health insurance

By Naomi Spencer, 25 June 2012

A new study estimates that 26,100 working age Americans died prematurely in 2010 as a consequence of being uninsured.

Egyptian junta installs Islamist Mursi as figurehead president

By Barry Grey, 25 June 2012

Egypt’s electoral commission declared Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, the winner of the presidential election runoff held the week before in the midst of a political coup carried out by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Interview with Dmitrii Dimakov, expert on Tatlin’s work

By Sybille Fuchs and Marianne Arens, 25 June 2012

This is the fourth of six articles devoted to an exhibition at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland of works by Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953), one of the most important artists of the Russian and Soviet avant-garde.

The Liberal-Labor-Greens austerity consensus

By Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 25 June 2012

The Labor Party and the Greens fraudulently posture as opponents of the state government’s budget cuts, but would impose similar measures if they took office.

US states carry out European-style attacks on jobs and services

By Patrick Martin, 25 June 2012

Despite claims that the US has avoided European-style austerity measures, state governments are carrying out devastating cuts in jobs and services.

Obama administration lauds coal giant Alpha after deadly conditions exposed

By Clement Daly, 25 June 2012

The Obama administration has intervened on behalf of energy giant Alpha after federal mine inspectors issued an “imminent danger” order against one of its mines.

A brutal abortion calls into question China’s “one child” policy

By John Chan, 25 June 2012

Feng Jianmei was forced to have an abortion after she was unable to pay a 40,000-yuan fine for failing to register her rural residence.

“This is not only against the students, it is against the working population”

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 June 2012

The WSWS interviewed students and workers at last Friday’s Montreal demonstration.

Jerry White speaks in New York on the crisis of American democracy

By Isaac Finn, 25 June 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke in Manhattan in a meeting called under the headline “Obama, drones and the crisis of American democracy.”

Preface to Yakhot’s history of early Soviet philosophy

By Frederick Choate, 25 June 2012

Yehoshua Yakhot’s The Suppression of Philosophy in the USSR (The 1920s & 1930s) is essential reading for an understanding of the devastating impact of Stalinism on philosophy in the Soviet Union. The translator’s preface being published today provides an introduction to this new English translation.

Greek government haggles over terms of debt repayment

By Robert Stevens, 25 June 2012

The meeting of the new Greek coalition government consisting of New Democracy, PASOK and the Democratic Left with officials from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund has been delayed for a week.

US escalates war threats against Syria in response to downed plane

By Niall Green, 25 June 2012

The US is exploiting the disputed incident involving a Turkish plane that flew into Syrian airspace to intensify its threats, potentially paving the way for direct military intervention.

Anti-regime “rebels” accused of massacre in northern Syria

By Niall Green, 25 June 2012

Local witnesses and video evidence indicate that foreign-backed opposition militants carried out the mass killing of 25 people near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

UK government seeks to justify child poverty and welfare cuts

By Julie Hyland, 25 June 2012

Last week the government announced plans to change the way child poverty figures are calculated.

Paraguay’s president ousted in parliamentary coup

By Bill Van Auken, 25 June 2012

The Paraguayan right utilized a massacre of poor peasants as the pretext for impeaching and ousting the country’s president, Fernando Lugo, in a drumhead set of proceedings that lasted barely 30 hours.

Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks’ founder, speaks with the WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 25 June 2012

Christine Assange speaks on the political operation against her son, his bid for asylum in Ecuador and the role of the Australian government.

Mexican presidential candidates have no answers to social crisis

By Rafael Azul, 25 June 2012

There is less than one week to go before the July 1 elections in Mexico that will decide which presidential candidate, and which party, will rule during the next six years.

This week in history: June 25-July 1

By , 25 June 2012

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.