Brazilian workers clash with police on eve of World Cup

By Rafael Azul, 10 June 2014

Thursday’s opening of the World Cup competition takes place in the midst of daily strikes and mass protests.

Appeals court backs executive branch whitewash of Wall Street

By Gabriel Black, 10 June 2014

A Federal appeals court overturned a judge’s 2011 decision against a sweetheart deal between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Citibank.

Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage of little benefit to workers

By Hector Cordon and Patrick Martin, 10 June 2014

The measure adopted June 2, even more restrictive than the plan initially proposed a month before, legalizes a permanent sub-minimum wage for youth.

What are the political forces behind Seattle’s minimum wage proposal?

Head of US Chamber of Commerce visits Cuba

By Alexander Fangmann, 10 June 2014

The president of the US Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Donahue, along with a dozen representatives of American companies, met with Cuban officials in preparation for deeper US involvement in Cuba.

Austerity forces British children into record levels of poverty

By Joe Mount, 10 June 2014

This will be the first decade since records began in 1961 that has not seen a fall in absolute child poverty in the UK.

New research documents heightened social inequality in Britain

By Simon Whelan, 10 June 2014

Australian minimum wage ruling grants a pittance

By Mike Head, 10 June 2014

According to the Fair Work Commission’s own data, many workers on the minimum wage will remain in poverty.

Australian mining companies push for suppression of port workers’ dispute

By Joe Lopez, 10 June 2014

Maritime workers’ disputes in the Pilbara mining region are seen by corporate elites as test cases for powers to block industrial action.

Federal judge blocks rule lowering drug prices for poor hospitals

By John Andrews, 10 June 2014

A federal judge ruled that the US Department of Health and Human Services lacks the authority to enact a rule to lower the price of certain prescription drugs and medications sold to hospitals servicing low-income patients.

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Les États-Unis se préparent à infliger une amende à une grande banque française

Par Stefan Steinberg , 10 juin 2014

Les États-Unis vont imposer une amende de quelque 10 milliards de dollars à la banque française BNP Paribas.

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Zum 70. Jahrestag des D-Day:
Gedenken an den Zweiten- und Vorbereitung des Dritten Weltkrieges

Von Bill Van Auken, 10. Juni 2014

Die Anwesenheit einer immer kleiner werdenden Schar von Überlebenden des Zweiten Weltkriegs - dem größten Massenmord der Weltgeschichte - verdeutlichte nur die grenzenlose Heuchelei der offiziellen Zeremonien.

Italien nach der Europawahl

Von Marianne Arens, 10. Juni 2014

Der Wahlsieg der Demokraten ist vor allem auf die Tatsache zurückzuführen, dass es keine linke Alternative zu ihrer rechten Politik gibt.

Poroschenko verspricht Militarisierung der Ukraine und Niederschlagung der Rebellion im Osten

Von Mike Head, 10. Juni 2014

Die westlichen Medien stellten Poroschenkos Rede zwar als überzeugenden Auftritt dar, tatsächlich verdeutlichte sie jedoch nur, dass er nichts anderes als ein Strohmann des deutschen- und besonders des amerikanischen Imperialismus ist.

BBC Daily Politics interviewte den nationalen Sekretär der britischen SEP

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 10. Juni 2014

Das Interview mit der Journalistin Jo Coburn folgte auf die öffentliche Beschwerde der SEP, welche ein vorheriges Interview der Sendung mit Mardsen vom 21. Mai betraf, das damit endete, dass Interviewer Gilsen Dilnot, "so tat, als ob die SEP eine gewalttätige Organisation sei, die Journalisten töten würde".

US-Gericht weist Berufung des New York Times Reporters James Risen zurück

Von Thomas Gaist, 10. Juni 2014

In seinem Buch Kriegszustand: Die geheime Geschichte der CIA und der Bush Regierung, führt Risen Informationen eines anonymen Geheimdienstagenten über ein Programm der Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) an.

Der australische "Exzeptionalismus," der Haushalt und die Forderungen des Finanzkapitals

Von Nick Beams, 10. Juni 2014

Den Maßnahmen im ersten Haushaltsplan der Abbott-Regierung liegen die gleichen wirtschaftlichen Prozesse zugrunde, die auch für die soziale Konterrevolution gegen die amerikanische und europäische Arbeiterklasse verantwortlich sind.

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ILO report: A world blighted by poverty and inequality

10 June 2014

A large majority of the world’s population lacks essential social protections, leading to the preventable deaths of 18,000 children each day.

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Socialist Equality Party

Freedom of speech and the debate over Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act

By the Socialist Equality Party, 10 June 2014

Principled socialist politics insists that the defence of democratic rights, including the fight against racism, can never be ceded to the capitalist state.


Nationalism and fascism in Ukraine: A historical overview
Part two

By Konrad Kreft and Clara Weiss, 10 June 2014

The collaboration of Germany and the US with Ukrainian fascists has historical precedents reaching back 100 years.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 June 2014

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

Book Review

A crude celebration of Australian militarism

By Laura Tiernan, 9 June 2014

Carlton’s account is not based on any serious historical reconstruction and amounts to a glorification of the Australian military in World War I.


The UAW vs. the auto workers

By Jerry White, 9 June 2014

Newly installed President Poroshenko pledges to militarise Ukraine and crush rebellion in the east

By Mike Head, 9 June 2014

Right-wing campaign intensifies against family of American POW Bergdahl

By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2014

Vodafone privacy report reveals state access to its networks

By Mike Ingram, 9 June 2014

One year of Edward Snowden’s revelations

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

D-Day anniversary: Commemorating the Second World War and preparing the Third

Fascist propaganda on the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Arts Review

So Bright is the View: A serious film from Romania

By David Walsh, 4 June 2014

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.

25 years ago: After election sweep, Walesa offers Polish Stalinists face-saving deal

On June 9, 1989, Solidarity leader Lech Walesa announced an agreement with the Polish government to hold a second round of elections following a June 4 vote in which the Communist Party candidates were routed.

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50 years ago: Mandela sentenced to prison in South Africa

On June 11, 1964, African National Congress Deputy President Nelson Mandela and seven other anti-apartheid leaders were convicted for having planned guerrilla actions against South Africa’s racist government.

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75 years ago: Spanish fascist troops given benediction by Pope Pius XII

On June 11, 1939, Pope Pius XII granted a special audience to 3,200 of General Franco’s fascist troops.

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100 years ago: Tensions between Greece and Turkey threaten war

On June 12, 1914, Greece issued an ultimatum to Turkey to cease the persecution and expulsion of the Greek population in Ottoman-controlled territories.

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