Thai military dispenses with caretaker government

By Tom Peters, 23 May 2014

Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha formally seized power yesterday, suspended the constitution and detained members of the elected government.

On eve of election, Ukraine slides toward civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2014

Ukrainian armed forces suffered their worst losses since launching a military crackdown against civilian populations opposing the coup regime in Kiev.

New York Times’ vision of Ukrainian “democracy”

Ukrainian regime detains journalists working for Russian media

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California: Police kill two, followed by crackdown on demonstrators in Salinas

By Eric London, 23 May 2014

Police armed with assault rifles threatened hundreds of demonstrators on Wednesday as residents of the farmworker community responded to police killings with anger.

Anger erupts at Detroit meetings as unions press for pension cuts

By Jerry White, 23 May 2014

Widespread anger over cuts to pensions and health care benefits erupted at two meetings attended by hundreds of retired Detroit city workers Wednesday.

“They are setting up a culture for a revolution”
Retired city workers denounce Detroit pension cuts

“More Detroits are on their way”
Top Democratic advisor calls for nationwide pension cuts and financial restructuring

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Senate Democrats confirm drone memo author for second-highest US court

By Patrick Martin, 23 May 2014

Every Senate liberal voted for a lifetime judicial appointment for the official who drafted the legal justification for a presidential “right” to assassinate American citizens.

US deploys Air Force troops to Chad

By Thomas Gaist, 23 May 2014

The military deployment, focused on bolstering ongoing drone operations in Nigeria, is part of a broader effort to strengthen US influence in West Africa.

Russian president forges stronger ties in China

By Peter Symonds, 23 May 2014

It is precisely Washington’s confrontation strategy in Asia as in Eastern Europe that is driving China and Russia into a closer relationship.

Ten days since the Turkey mining massacre: Government and unions try to evade responsibility

By Halil Celik, 23 May 2014

The disaster at the Soma mine was a massacre motivated by greed for profit on the part of the company, knowingly and willfully supervised by the government.

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Swiss referendum opposes purchase of fighter jets

By Stefan Gfeller, 23 May 2014

In the face of the campaign for war against Russia and the threat of a third world war, the referendum result is of great significance.

European Union presses for association agreement with Moldova

By Markus Salzmann, 23 May 2014

The 28 European Union (EU) heads of government intend to sign a comprehensive association and free trade agreement with Moldova in Brussels on June 27.

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Votez SEP et PSG aux élections européennes !

Par Ulrich Rippert , 23 mai 2014

La lutte pour une perspective socialiste et la construction d’un nouveau parti de la classe ouvrière se trouvent au coeur de la campagne électorale menée par le PSG et le SEP.

Le WSWS publie des entretiens avec des descendants de membres de l’Opposition de gauche
Entrevue avec Zorya Serebryakova

Par notre journaliste, 23 mai 2014

Le père de Zorya Leonidovna Serebryakova, Leonid Petrovich Serebryakov, était un membre dirigeant du Parti bolchevik et de l’Opposition de gauche. L’un des principaux accusés dans le Deuxième procès de Moscou, il est reconnu coupable et abattu le 1er février 1937.

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Video: Warum PSG wählen?

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 23. Mai 2014

Kandidaten und Mitglieder der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit sprechen über Gründe, am kommenden Sonntag PSG zu wählen.

Ukraine: Westen unterstützt Wahl mit vorgehaltener Waffe

Von Bill Van Auken, 23. Mai 2014

Washington und Berlin fördern eine Wahl, die während eines Bürgerkriegs stattfindet, als Mittel zur Legitimierung des illegalen, vom Westen unterstützten Putsches im Februar.

Ukrainisches Regime verhaftet Journalisten russischer Medien

Von Alex Lantier, 23. Mai 2014

Das Kiewer Regime lässt Juournalisten, die für russische Medien arbeiten, verhaften und vertraut auf das Stillschweigen westlicher Medien.

Die faschistische Tradition in der Ukraine - Teil 1

Von Konrad Kreft und Clara Weiss, 23. Mai 2014

Die enge Zusammenarbeit Deutschlands und der USA mit ukrainischen Faschisten hat eine lange Geschichte.

Obamaregierung macht unbegrenztes Recht zur Kriegsführung ohne Ermächtigung durch den Kongress geltend

Von Joseph Kishore, 23. Mai 2014

Rechtsanwälte der US-Regierung sind der Ansicht, dass ein Gesetz von 2001 zur Autorisierung militärischer Gewalt durch den Kongress überflüssig ist und der Präsident das verfassungsmäßig das unbeschränkte Recht zur Kriegsführung habe.

Israels Ex-Regierungschef Olmert zu Haftstrafe verurteilt

Von Jean Shaoul, 23. Mai 2014

Das Urteil gegen den ehemaligen Premier wirft Licht auf den total heruntergekommenen Zustand der israelischen Demokratie.

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The new aristocracy in Britain

23 May 2014

Britain’s super-rich elite now control wealth equivalent to one third of total economic output, or £519 billion.

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Arts Review

Orson Welles: An “unfinished artist” in an unfinished century
Event marks 80 years since theater festival in Woodstock, Illinois

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 23 May 2014

Welles remains one of the most remarkable figures in the history of the cinema and theater in the 20th century.

Interviews with critics and film historians about Orson Welles

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 23 May 2014

During the recent celebration in Woodstock, Illinois, commemorating 80 years since the Todd Theatre Festival organized by Orson Welles, we had the opportunity to speak to a number of the presenters and participants.

Atmosphere’s Southsiders: New studio album by the Minneapolis hip hop group

By Nick Barrickman, 22 May 2014

San Francisco International Film Festival 2014
Part three: Bad Hair, School of Babel, South is Nothing: Struggling in a harsh reality

SEP European Election Campaign

Vote SEP and PSG in the European elections!

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 May 2014

SEP European election candidate Chris Marsden interviewed on BBC 2’s “Daily Politics ”

By our reporter, 23 May 2014

Marsden explained that the SEP “advances a perspective that defends the working class.”

Social Democrats outnumbered by opponents at Berlin rally

By Verena Nees, 22 May 2014

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The Civil War in 1864

By Tom Mackaman, 23 May 2014

The American Civil War entered its decisive phase 150 years ago, in the summer and fall of 1864.


NZ pseudo-left group defends Mana-Internet Party alliance

By Tom Peters, 23 May 2014

The pseudo-left groups, already part the Maori-nationalist Mana party, are integrating even more closely into the New Zealand political establishment.

Obama administration asserts unlimited war powers without Congressional authorization

By Joseph Kishore, 22 May 2014

The No2EU electoral alliance in the UK: An enemy of the working class and socialism

By Michael Barnes, 22 May 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

23 May 2014

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

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

NSA records and stores content of all phone calls in two countries

By Eric London, 21 May 2014

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25 years ago: Political upheaval in Argentina

On May 21, 1989, the president of Argentina, Raul Alfonsín, after the defeat of his Radical Civic Union at the polls the previous week, agreed to move up the inauguration date of his successor.

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50 years ago: Goldwater proposes atomic bombing in Vietnam

Speaking on the ABC news and radio program “Issues and Answers” on May 24, 1964, US Senator Barry Goldwater, proposed that atomic bombs might be used to defoliate South Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Hitler informs German military of war plans

During this week in 1939, Nazi Germany traveled further down the road towards waging “total war.”

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100 years ago: Irish Home Rule passed by the UK’s House of Commons

On May 25, 1914, the Irish Home Rule bill, also known as the Government of Ireland Act 1914, was passed in the British House of Commons.

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