Obama escalates NATO confrontation with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2014

Amid an increasingly bloody offensive by the Kiev regime in eastern Ukraine, Obama began talks in Poland Tuesday aimed at ratcheting up military pressure on Russia.

Obama heads to Europe for week of meetings directed against Russia

Spanish King Juan Carlos abdicates amid growing unpopularity of the monarchy

By Alejandro López, 4 June 2014

The new king Felipe will be crowned on June 18 as Spain faces the worst economic crisis since the 1930s.

US media campaign targets released Afghan war POW Bowe Bergdahl

By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2014

There is little doubt that the primary factor behind the vitriol against the Bergdahls is their antiwar sentiment.

Obama administration global warming regulation incorporates shift already underway

By Gabriel Black, 4 June 2014

The Obama administration has announced it will mandate a 30 percent reduction in CO2 levels from power plants between 2005 and 2030.

New Orleans Recovery School District set to convert entirely to charter schools

By Nick Barrickman, 4 June 2014

With the closing of its last five traditional public schools, New Orleans is set to become the largest city in the US with an all charter school district.

US economy contracts as tens of thousands are laid off

By Matthew MacEgan, 4 June 2014

New reports show US gross domestic product, wage growth and consumer spending either stagnated or declined in the first quarter of 2014.

UK Chilcot Inquiry: cover-up continues over war against Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 4 June 2014

Publication of the findings of the Iraq war inquiry, overseen by Sir John Chilcot, has been delayed for three years because the cover-up being concocted behind the backs of the population.

Austria: Far-right FPÖ gains support in European elections

By Markus Salzmann, 4 June 2014

Compared to 2009, the party led by Christian Strache increased its support by 7 percent and won 19.7 percent of the vote.

The European elections and the crisis of the EU

Striking Holcim workers in Sri Lanka occupy cement plants

By Nandana Nanneththi and Kapila Fernando, 4 June 2014

The Sri Lankan government has deployed police, including riot squads, to break the strike by contract workers demanding permanency and better wages.

Sri Lankan president seeks improved relations with India

By S. Jayanth, 4 June 2014

Despite Rajapakse’s efforts to ease tensions, the new Indian government is pressing Colombo to make a power-sharing deal with the island’s Tamil elites.

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Türkiye: Göstericilere karşı kapsamlı polis operasyonu

Stefan Steinberg, 4 Haziran 2014

Cumartesi günü, göstericilerin İstanbul’un merkezi Taksim Meydanı’na ulaşmasını engellemek için 25 bin dolayında büyük polis kuvveti seferber edildi.

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Edward Snowden défend sa décision de révéler l'espionnage de la NSA dans un entretien sur NBC

Par Stefan Steinberg , 4 juin 2014

Dans son premier entretien télévisé avec les médias américains, Snowden a dénoncé les activités criminelles du gouvernement américain, disant, « la constitution des Etats-Unis a été violée à grande échelle. »

Forum de Singapour Le secrétaire à la Défense des Etats-Unis menace la Chine

Par Peter Symonds, 4 juin 2014

Le discours de Hagel était un message clair et direct que les Etats-Unis prévoient maintenir leur domination incontestée de l'Asie en utilisant leur force militaire.

Obama en tournée européenne pour une semaine de réunions ciblant la Russie

Par Patrick Martin, 4 juin 2014

Les Etats-Unis cherchent à rallier les pays d’Europe de l’Est et les puissances du G7 pour intensifier la pression économique et militaire exercée sur la Russie au sujet de la crise en Ukraine.

Des forces de maintien de la paix sous commandement français abattent des manifestants en Centrafrique

Par Kumaran Ira, 4 juin 2014

Deux personnes au moins ont été tuées et plusieurs blessées par les forces de maintien de la paix à Bangui, capitale de la Centrafrique.

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Washington rühmt sich seiner Aufrüstung gegen China

Von Bill Van Auken, 4. Juni 2014

Wie Verteidigungsminister Hagels Rede in Singapur zeigt, ist der US-Imperialismus auch zu einem Krieg bereit, um seine Hegemonie im asiatischen Pazifik zu behaupten.

Obamas Besuch in Europa:
Absprachen gegen Russland

Von Patrick Martin, 4. Juni 2014

Die USA wollen die osteuropäischen Staaten und die G-7-Mächte dazu bringen, wegen der Ukraine-Krise den wirtschaftlichen und militärischen Druck auf Russland zu erhöhen.

Faschistische Propaganda auf der Titelseite der Frankfurter Allgemeinen

Von Peter Schwarz, 4. Juni 2014

Am Montag erschien auf der Titelseite der F.A.Z. ein Kommentar, der gehässige Angriffe auf Putin mit einer Darstellung des Zweiten Weltkriegs vereint, wie man sie sonst nur aus Nazi-Blättern kennt.

Türkei: Massiver Polizeieinsatz gegen Demonstranten

Von Stefan Steinberg, 4. Juni 2014

Im vergangenen Jahr wurden mindestens zwölf Demonstranten von staatlichen Kräften getötet, tausende wurden wegen Teilnahme an Protesten angeklagt.

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Police violence and the American gulag

4 June 2014

A recent wave of police attacks and killings has highlighted the explosive level of social tensions simmering just below the surface of daily life and the brutality of the American ruling class.

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Fascist propaganda on the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

By Peter Schwarz, 4 June 2014

On Monday, the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) carried a comment combining hateful attacks on Putin and Russia with a presentation of the Second World War typically found in Nazi publications.

Australian “exceptionalism”, the budget and the demands of finance capital

By Nick Beams, 4 June 2014

The measures in the Abbott government’s first budget are being driven by the same economic processes that are driving the social counter-revolution underway against the US and European working class.

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Washington boasts of military buildup against China

By Bill Van Auken, 3 June 2014

US auto union meets to install new president

By Jerry White, 3 June 2014

The drive to privatize US veterans’ health care

By Kate Randall and Barry Grey, 2 June 2014

Financial Times’ attack on Piketty under fire

The Financial Times’ attack on Thomas Piketty


Twenty-five years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

4 June 2014

Contrary to Beijing’s claims, the broad-based movement of students and workers was driven by deep opposition to the social inequality and bureaucratic profiteering generated by capitalist restoration.

Arts Review

So Bright is the View: A serious film from Romania

By David Walsh, 4 June 2014

Estera, a middle class Jewish girl in Bucharest, has to make a choice between pursuing a job in Atlanta, working for a nouveau riche thug, or joining her mother in Israel.

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
Film portrait of an American radical iconoclast

By Fred Mazelis, 2 June 2014

The newly released documentary on the life of writer and social critic Gore Vidal has much to recommend it.

Socialist Equality Party

UK SEP National Secretary interviewed on BBC Daily Politics

By our reporter, 4 June 2014

Marsden explained that a previous interview demonstrated bias and trivialised “something which is quite serious.”

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SEP meetings in Australia discuss budget attacks and drive to war

By our reporters, 3 June 2014

Students and workers consider SEP’s analysis

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Bankruptcy court approves new appraisal of Detroit Institute of Arts collection

By Thomas Gaist, 4 June 2014

Efforts to sell the art collection outright continue despite the much-touted “Grand Bargain”

Emergency manager threatens Detroit retirees at policy conference

By Thomas Gaist, 2 June 2014

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Book Review

No Place to Hide: Glenn Greenwald’s account of the Snowden revelations

By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2014

Shedding light on the New York Times shake-up

30 May 2014

25 years ago: Thousands killed in Tiananmen Square massacre

On June 4, 1989, the months-long conflict over control of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square erupted with the shooting of hundreds of protesters by troops of the People’s Liberation Army of China.

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50 years ago: South Korea imposes martial law

On June 3, 1964, South Korean President General Park Chung Hee declared martial law after thousands of student protesters in Seoul overwhelmed police and overran the capitol complex.

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75 years ago: Jewish refugee ship forced back to Europe

On the June 6, 1939, the Hamburg-Amerika ocean liner MS St. Louis, laden with 917 Jewish refugees, including 500 women and 150 children, was forced to head back to Europe.

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100 years ago: Gunning down of protesters sparks mass upheavals in Italy

On June 7, 1914, police killed three demonstrators at an antiwar protest in the Adriatic port city of Ancona.

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