29 May 2015

US seizes on FIFA corruption to pursue campaign against Russia

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 29 May 2015

The rampant financial corruption within football’s ruling body is being utilised by the US primarily as a propaganda weapon against Russia, chosen by FIFA to host the 2018 World Cup.

Federal court upholds block on Obama immigration plan

By Thomas Gaist, 29 May 2015

The Obama administration appears to have already accepted that its proposal for a slowdown in deportations will be shelved until at least 2016.

Obama’s “reform” and the criminalization of immigrants

Why did the US Army ship live anthrax?

By Patrick Martin, 29 May 2015

The report that a US military lab sent live samples of anthrax, a deadly bioweapon, to facilities in nine US states and to a US military base in South Korea, raises many questions.

Rohingya refugees abused and killed in camps in Malaysia/Thailand

By John Roberts, 29 May 2015

The special meeting on Indian Ocean refugees today in Bangkok will do nothing to ease the plight of thousands of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis fleeing persecution.

Life inside a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

By our correspondent, 29 May 2015

Over 200,000 Burmese Rohingya live in scores of refugee settlements in Bangladesh.

The worldwide persecution of refugees

Australian economy heading for recession

By Nick Beams, 29 May 2015

The rapid fall in business investment has shattered the scenario on which official economic policy has been based.

Notes on police violence in America
Judge orders release of photo showing Chicago cops posing as hunters with “suspect” wearing antlers

By Evan Blake, 29 May 2015

The obscene photograph underscores the increasingly criminal and misanthropic outlook of police in the United States.

US establishment shields killer cops

Cop used military “rules of engagement” in 2012 Cleveland killing

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UAW, Fiat Chrysler maintain silence on death of skilled trades worker

By Shannon Jones, 29 May 2015

Donald Megge, a 53-year-old skilled trades worker at the Jefferson North plant in Detroit was crushed to death May 5 while performing maintenance on a filter press.

Fiat-Chrysler worker crushed to death at Detroit assembly plant

Nebraska abolishes death penalty

By Jake Dean, 29 May 2015

The move by the US state takes place amid growing popular opposition to capital punishment following a string of gruesome “botched” executions.

Alabama bought execution drugs on the black market

Canada’s NDP pledges to “partner” with business as its poll numbers jump

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 29 May 2015

Should the NDP form Canada’s next government, it will uphold the interests of the Canadian bourgeoisie no less ruthlessly than the Conservatives or Liberals.

French Prime Minister Valls imposes unpopular school reforms by decree

By Kanda Gabriel, 29 May 2015

The imposition of the reform by decree underscores official contempt for the working class, public opinion and the struggle for high quality education.

Sri Lankan president postpones parliamentary election

By K. Ratnayake, 29 May 2015

Sirisena has refused to set a poll date, breaking his promise to dissolve parliament on April 23 and call an election.

Austerity budget deepens Puerto Rico’s economic crisis

By John Marion, 29 May 2015

While the lack of health care funding causes scenes reminiscent of Greece, the Puerto Rican government is preparing a budget that will impose drastic cuts.

ANC whips up racism amid xenophobic attacks in South Africa
Part 2

By G. T. Maqhubela, 29 May 2015

The anti-immigrant agitation is aimed at diverting attention from the disastrous impact of the pro-capitalist policies pursued by the ANC and its partners since coming to power in 1994.

ANC whips up racism amid xenophobic attacks in South Africa
Part 1

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Derrière les récriminations sur la chute de Ramadi

Par Bill Van Auken, 29 mai 2015

La charge de la secrétaire à la Défense des États-Unis que les forces irakiennes n'ont pas la «volonté de se battre» a suscité des contre-accusations selon lesquelles Washington n’aurait pas vraiment l'intention d’écraser l’État islamique.

Le secrétaire à la Défense des États-Unis ouvre la voie à une confrontation avec la Chine

Par Peter Symonds, 29 mai 2015

Ashton Carter a déclaré que le Pentagone allait continuer ses opérations de «liberté de navigation» en mer de Chine méridionale

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Nach dem Fall von Ramadi: Was steckt hinter den gegenseitigen Vorwürfen?

Von Bill Van Auken, 29. Mai 2015

Der US-Verteidigungsminister beschuldigt das irakische Militär, ihm fehle „der Wille zum Kampf“. Das wurde mit dem Gegenvorwurf beantwortet, dass Washington nicht ernsthaft bestrebt sei, den IS zu schlagen.

Münklers Ruf nach deutscher Führung in Europa

Von Johannes Stern, 29. Mai 2015

In einem Beitrag in der Zeit fordert Münkler, dass Deutschland wieder die Führung in Europa übernimmt, um den Kontinent als „regionale Ordnungsmacht“ zu etablieren und „die großen Krisenregionen in seiner Nachbarschaft selbst [zu] stabilisieren“.

Globale Spannungen nehmen zu
Nato und Russland veranstalten gegensätzliche Manöver

Von Alex Lantier, 29. Mai 2015

Die Militärübungen zur Vorbereitung für einen umfangreichen Konflikt zeigen, dass sich die imperialistischen Mächte unter Führung der USA auf einen dritten Weltkrieg vorbereiten.

Spannungen zwischen USA und China im Südchinesischen Meer eskalieren

Von Peter Symonds, 29. Mai 2015

Die Obama-Regierung verschärft beim jährlichen Shangri-La Dialog in Singapur ihren verbalen Krieg gegen China.

Mögliche US-Luftunterstützung für Anti-Assad „Rebellen“

Von Niles Williamson, 29. Mai 2015

Laut dem türkischen Außenminister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu haben sich die USA bereit erklärt, den so genannten „gemäßigten Rebellen“ in Syrien Luftunterstützung zu gewähren.

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Perspective

Wall Street buybacks: Another expression of parasitism

29 May 2015

An article in the Wall Street Journal this week has pointed to the growing role of share buybacks as a source of profit accumulation.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Münkler receives support from the far right in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 29 May 2015

The weekly paper Junge Freiheit, mouthpiece of the New Right, has declared its support for the campaign against critical students at Berlin’s Humboldt University.

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

By Johannes Stern, 25 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

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

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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

The contract unity law and the return of German militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 29 May 2015

As was the case at the beginning of World War I a century ago, the trade unions are cementing a ceasefire with the government and suppressing strikes in support of militarism.

US defence secretary sets stage for confrontation with China

By Peter Symonds, 28 May 2015

China warns of war with US in South China Sea

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Behind the recriminations over the fall of Ramadi

By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2015

Global tensions surge as NATO, Russia hold rival military exercises

By Alex Lantier, 28 May 2015

Left Platform: Syriza’s last line of defence

By Robert Stevens, 28 May 2015

More on the crisis in Greece »

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

By Chris Marsden, 28 May 2015

Canada: Ontario Liberals orchestrate outlawing of teacher strikes

Protests in Japan denounce US military presence

The New York Times calls for blood in Iraq-Syria war

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

29 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.
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Arts Review

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

By Dorota Niemitz, 20 May 2015

Is it a dangerous precedent?: Detroit Institute of Arts tests out art market with van Gogh