30 May 2015

US economy contracted in first quarter

By Andre Damon, 30 May 2015

The ongoing slump in the US economy comes amid a roaring stock market, combined with record share buybacks, mergers and acquisitions, and surging CEO pay.

Wall Street buybacks: Another expression of parasitism

US defence secretary challenges China at Singapore security forum

By Peter Symonds, 30 May 2015

Ashton Carter demanded that China halt its “unprecedented” land reclamation in the South China Sea and declared the US would continue its provocative overflights.

Officials signal Australia will join US provocation in South China Sea

US defence secretary sets stage for confrontation with China

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Chinese premier concludes four-country tour of South America

By Alexander Fangmann, 30 May 2015

The trip yielded a variety of trade and investment deals, along with infrastructure initiatives—all aimed at counteracting slowing domestic growth while expanding influence in the region.

European Union squabbles over refugee quotas

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 May 2015

While military intervention on the coast of Libya to destroy refugee boats is welcomed by all member states, the question of accepting refugees has unleashed a fierce dispute.

The worldwide persecution of refugees

UK Prime Minister Cameron tours Europe lobbying for EU reforms

By Chris Marsden, 30 May 2015

Cameron received a fairly hostile reception in France, a country occupying a special position of enmity for the Tory right and the UK Independence Party.

US preparing direct military intervention in Nigeria

By Thomas Gaist, 30 May 2015

The US Defense Department may soon deploy military teams, including advisers and intelligence and logistics personnel, to Africa’s leading economy and largest oil producer.

Former Republican speaker indicted on felony charges

By a reporter, 30 May 2015

Dennis Hastert was charged with illegally concealing cash payments made to cover up “past misconduct” and with lying to federal investigators.

Insurance companies apply for rate hikes for Obamacare plans

By Tom Hall, 30 May 2015

The companies argue that hikes submitted to state regulators, which are larger than in the past, are necessary due to Obamacare signees being older and sicker than expected.

Record storms, flooding continue to ravage Texas and Oklahoma

By Charles Abelard, 30 May 2015

The response of state and federal authorities has thus far been minimal, leaving thousands of the displaced to fend for themselves.

Colombian peace talks continue amid renewed combat

By Bill Van Auken, 30 May 2015

The Colombian government dispatched its foreign minister and one of the country’s most prominent capitalists in an attempt to salvage the negotiations with the FARC.

Spanish telecom workers strike against “precariousness and slave labour”

By Vicky Short, 30 May 2015

The Telefónica-Movistar workers’ struggle has received widespread support, but the bankrupt perspective of the unions is endangering the strike.

Spanish telecom strikers: “We have to resist until we achieve something”

By Carlos Hernández, 30 May 2015

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking Spanish Telefónica-Movistar technicians and installers.

Sri Lankan plantation companies reject wage increase

By Madhava Jayawardena and Pani Wijesiriwardena, 30 May 2015

Amid falling global prices, employers are demanding higher daily quotas from plantation workers.

New in Russian

Глобальные трения усиливаются
НАТО и Россия проводят военные контрманевры

Алекс Лантье, 30 мая 2015 г.

Проведение военных маневров как подготовка к крупномасштабному конфликту свидетельствует о том, что империалистические державы, возглавляемые США, готовятся к Третьей мировой войне.

New in French

La Plate-forme de gauche: dernière ligne de défense de Syriza

Par Robert Stevens, 30 mai 2015

Alors que le gouvernement grec dirigé par Syriza travaille à imposer les diktats des banques, une aile de l’organisation, la ‘Plate-forme de gauche’, craint que se développe un mouvement indépendant de la classe ouvrière.

La lutte contre le militarisme, la guerre et les altérations de l'histoire

Par Uli Rippert, 30 mai 2015

Ce discours fut prononcé par Uli Rippert, lors du rassemblement sur Internet du 3 mai pour la journée internationale des travailleurs organisée par le Comité international de la Quatrième internationale.

New in German

USA nutzen FIFA-Korruptionsskandal für Kampagne gegen Russland

Von Robert Stevens und Chris Marsden, 30. Mai 2015

Die Anklage gegen Funktionäre des Weltfußballverbands ist heuchlerisch und politisch motiviert. Sie dient als Propagandawaffe gegen Russland, das zum Gastgeber für die Weltmeisterschaft 2018 ernannt worden war.

Europäische Union streitet über Flüchtlingsquoten

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 30. Mai 2015

Während eine militärische Intervention zur Zerstörung von Flüchtlingsbooten von allen EU-Mitgliedsstaaten begrüßt wird, hat sich über die Frage der Aufnahme von Flüchtlingen ein heftiger Konflikt entwickelt.

Sonderermittler Jerzy Montag legt neue Einzelheiten über V-Mann Corelli vor

Von Dietmar Henning, 30. Mai 2015

Der Spitzel Corelli, der für den Verfassungsschutz 18 Jahre lang im Umfeld der Terrorgruppe NSU agierte, hat 300.000 Euro Agentenlohn erhalten.

Regional- und Kommunalwahlen in Spanien:
Niedergang der Großparteien setzt sich fort

Von Alejandro López, 30. Mai 2015

Das Wahlergebnis zeigt die allgemeine Ablehnung der Kürzungspolitik sowohl der Volkspartei als auch der Sozialistischen Partei.

Die Linke Plattform: Syrizas letzte Bastion

Von Robert Stevens, 30. Mai 2015

Während die griechische Syriza-Regierung dabei ist, das Diktat der Banken umzusetzen, fürchtet ihre Linke Plattform die Entstehung einer unabhängigen Bewegung der Arbeiterklasse.

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Perspective

The fraudulent debate over NSA reform

30 May 2015

Whether Section 215 of the Patriot Act is extended or allowed to expire, the vast US government apparatus for spying on the American people will continue unabated.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Humboldt University professor Herfried Münkler calls for German leadership in Europe

By Johannes Stern, 30 May 2015

Münkler’s proposals correspond to the plans of the German ruling elite to again establish the country as a political and military “peacekeeping force” in Europe and in the world.

Münkler receives support from the far right in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 29 May 2015

Defend student free speech at Humboldt University! Stop state-sponsored censorship!

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) and International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 May 2015

“Münkler-Watch” and the dictatorship of the elites

Herfried Münkler’s interview in Die Zeit: State-imposed conformism like 1933

Scholarship, not war propaganda!
The IYSSE’s campaign against war and historical falsification at Humboldt University

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Featured

Sydney’s Mount Druitt: A microcosm of Australia’s social crisis

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 May 2015

Over the past two weeks, a WSWS reporting team has spoken to community organisations, workers and youth about the worsening social conditions in western Sydney and the damaging impact of the recent federal budget.

Life inside a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

By our correspondent, 29 May 2015

Fund Appeal

Help the WSWS expose the US-led drive to war in Asia!

In this video, James Cogan, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), calls on readers to help the WSWS continue its exposure of the provocative US-led confrontation with China in the South China Sea.

Commentary

India: One year of the Modi-led, BJP government

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 30 May 2015

The BJP has moved India sharply right, lending support to the US’s anti-China “pivot,” imposing austerity and pro-market “reforms,” and inciting Hindu supremacism.

US seizes on FIFA corruption to pursue campaign against Russia

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 29 May 2015

Why did the US Army ship live anthrax?

By Patrick Martin, 29 May 2015

Federal court upholds block on Obama immigration plan

By Thomas Gaist, 29 May 2015

The contract unity law and the return of German militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 29 May 2015

Behind the recriminations over the fall of Ramadi

Global tensions surge as NATO, Russia hold rival military exercises

Left Platform: Syriza’s last line of defence

Queen’s Speech 2015: UK Conservatives lay out agenda of austerity and repression

Arts Review

The Divergent Series: Insurgent—More talent and resources squandered

By Christine Schofelt, 30 May 2015

Any attempt at building a thoughtful story has been abandoned in favor of a special effects bonanza, leaving one to ask: Where is this heading?

Alex Garland’s Ex Machina: Will artificial intelligence replace human efforts?

By Dorota Niemitz, 20 May 2015

Socialist Equality Party

Meetings on UK general elections: “We were alone in telling workers and young people the truth”

By David O’Sullivan and Katie Rhodes, 30 May 2015

The Socialist Equality Party in the UK held two successful meetings, in London and Glasgow, on the lessons of the May 7 British General Election.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

30 May 2015

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

Science

New discoveries illuminate early human physical and technological evolution

By Philip Guelpa, 26 May 2015

25 years ago: US-Soviet summit at Camp David

May 31, 1990 was the first day of a week-long summit between the major leaders of the Soviet Union and the United States, held outside Washington.

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50 years ago: Coal mine disaster kills hundreds in India

On May 28, 1965, an explosion and fire at the Dhori mine at Dhanbad, near Bermo, India, killed nearly 400 miners, when coal dust was ignited by a spark or flame.

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75 years ago: Allied evacuation at Dunkirk

On May 26, 1940 the British and French forces in northern Belgium began their evacuation from the port of Dunkirk across the English Channel.

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100 years ago: Ottoman parliament passes law for mass deportation of Armenians

On May 29, 1915, the Ottoman parliament passed the Tehcir Law, which authorized the deportation of the Armenian population.

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International May Day 2015

Socialism and the struggle against war

By David North, 4 May 2015

This perspective is the text of the speech delivered by David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board, to open the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
Link to audio

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