Al Qaeda offshoot ISIS captures Mosul from Iraqi government forces

By Barry Grey, 11 June 2014

The collapse of government forces before several hundred insurgents is a humiliation for the central government, exposing its weakness and placing a question mark over its continued existence.

US air strike kills five special operations troops in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 11 June 2014

The latest mass casualty incident involving US occupation troops is indicative of the kind of fighting that will continue in the wake of Washington’s formal withdrawal.

Pakistan’s largest airport attacked by Taliban group

By Sampath Perera, 11 June 2014

The attacks were triggered by the Pakistan military’s provocative air raids in the tribal region, especially North Waziristan.

Australian Senate committee discusses threat of US-China war

By Mike Head, 11 June 2014

Behind the backs of the public, a discussion is taking place about the likelihood of Australia being involved in a US war for domination over the Asia-Pacific.

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

Washington boasts of military buildup against China

VA audit shows nearly 60,000 US veterans face delays receiving health care

By Kate Randall, 11 June 2014

The audit found that 13 percent of schedulers at hospitals and clinics reported being told by supervisors to falsify appointment records.

The drive to privatize US veterans’ health care

Relatives of GM crash victims hold Detroit protest

By Shannon Jones, 11 June 2014

Family members denounced the recent report commissioned by GM as a cover-up designed to shield top officials.

Internal GM report shields top executives for cover-up of deadly car defects

The GM ignition scandal and the case for public ownership

Obama signs executive order on student loans

By Gabriel Black, 11 June 2014

President Barack Obama signed an executive order that will allow the capping of interest rates on some student loans. This will extend the loans over 20 years and increase the total amount due for most lenders.

Warehousing of Central American children in Arizona continues

By D. Lencho, 11 June 2014

The child immigrants are fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, countries oppressed by US imperialism.

Italy after the European elections

By Marianne Arens, 11 June 2014

The election victory by the Democrats is above all due to the absence of any genuinely left alternative to their right-wing politics.

The European elections and the crisis of the EU

Budget cuts threaten scientific and cultural projects at London’s Kew Gardens

By Dennis Moore, 11 June 2014

Due to years of budget cuts, Kew Gardens has a £5 million shortfall, leaving it ever more dependent on philanthropic and commercially generated funding.

New in Turkish

Normandiya Çıkartmasının yıldönümü:
II. Dünya Savaşı’nı anma ve üçüncüsünü hazırlama

Bill Van Auken, 11 Haziran 2014

İnsanlık, 100 yıl içinde, üçüncü kez, 1914’te ve 1939’dakilerden çok daha yıkıcı olacak küresel bir emperyalist çatışma tehlikesiyle; sosyalizm ya da barbarlık tercihi ile karşı karşıya.

New in French

La liberté d'expression et le débat sur la loi australienne contre la discrimination raciale

Par le Socialist Equality Party (Australie), 11 juin 2014

Une politique socialiste qui s'appuie sur des principes insiste sur le fait que la défense des droits démocratiques, y compris la lutte contre toutes les formes de racisme, ne peut jamais être laissée à l'État capitaliste.

Affrontements entre les travailleurs brésiliens et la police à la veille de la Coupe du monde

Par Rafael Azul, 11 juin 2014

Le coup d'envoi jeudi de la Coupe du monde a lieu au milieu de grèves et de manifestations de masse quotidiennes.

Hausse de la mortalité des migrants qui tentent d'entrer en Europe par la Méditerranée

Par Robert Stevens, 11 juin 2014

Le nombre de migrants arrivés en Italie en 2014 a augmenté de 823 pour cent comparé à la même période l’an dernier.

New in German

Autoarbeitergewerkschaft gegen Autoarbeiter

Von Jerry White, 11. Juni 2014

In jeder Hinsicht zeigt sich auf dem Gewerkschaftstag der amerikanischen Autoarbeitergewerkschaft wie antidemokratisch diese Organisation ist und wie sie gegen die Arbeiterklasse arbeitet.

Internationale Arbeitsorganisation zeigt Auswirkungen der weltweiten Austeritätspolitik auf

Von Jerry White, 11. Juni 2014

Das Bild, das der Bericht der ILO zeichnet, führt nur zu einer Schlussfolgerung: Es stehen gewaltige soziale Auseinandersetzungen auf der Tagesordnung und die Arbeiterklasse muss einen internationalen politischen Kampf aufnehmen, um dem Kapitalismus ein Ende zu setzen und ihn durch eine weltweite sozialistische Planwirtschaft zu ersetzen.

Zehn Jahre seit dem NSU-Anschlag in der Kölner Keupstraße

Von Dietmar Henning, 11. Juni 2014

Zigtausende haben im Kölner Stadtteil Mülheim unter dem Motto „Birlikte“ (türkisch für „Zusammen“ oder „Schulter an Schulter“) gegen Rassismus und rechte Gewalt protestiert.

Vor Beginn der WM: Zusammenstöße zwischen brasilianischen Arbeitern und der Polizei

Von Rafael Azul, 11. Juni 2014

Vor der Eröffnung der Fußballweltmeisterschaft am Donnerstag finden täglich Streiks und Massenproteste statt.

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The Australian budget and the fight for social equality

11 June 2014

Popular hostility to the budget measures has brought the issue of social equality to centre stage.

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Socialist Equality Party

Fifty years since the LSSP’s Great Betrayal in Sri Lanka
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

11 June 2014

For the first time, a party claiming to be Trotskyist entered a bourgeois government—a historic betrayal with immense consequences for the working class.

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

By the Socialist Equality Party, 10 June 2014

Book Review

The diary of Lena Mukhina: An important document on the Leningrad blockade
Lenas Tagebuch, translated by Lena Gorelik and Gero Fedtke, Munich, 2013

By Clara Weiss, 11 June 2014

Lena’s Diary is an important historical document relating to one of most horrific, although often forgotten, war crimes of German imperialism.

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.


ILO report: A world blighted by poverty and inequality

By Jerry White, 10 June 2014

Brazilian workers clash with police on eve of World Cup

By Rafael Azul, 10 June 2014

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

By Hector Cordon and Patrick Martin, 10 June 2014

The UAW vs. the auto workers

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

Right-wing campaign intensifies against family of American POW Bergdahl

Fascist propaganda on the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


Nationalism and fascism in Ukraine: A historical overview
Part two

By Konrad Kreft and Clara Weiss, 10 June 2014

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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