US-backed offensive against Fallujah threatens “human catastrophe”

By Bill Van Auken, 1 June 2016

The siege of the Iraqi city has exposed the deep sectarian fault lines in Iraq that are the product of the US occupation and its divide-and-rule tactics.

Belgian public sector goes on strike in run-up to French rail walkout

By Ross Mitchell and Alex Lantier, 1 June 2016

Workers are mobilising across national borders in Europe against the reactionary austerity policies that the entire European Union has imposed since the 2008 crash.

Video: Striking oil workers speak out against anti-worker French labor law

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Union of Concerned Scientists warns of US-China nuclear war

By Peter Symonds, 1 June 2016

While graphically warning of the danger of nuclear conflict, the UCS has no proposal to prevent it—other than a vain hope in a diplomatic solution.

China prepares to send nuclear submarines into Pacific Ocean

The danger of nuclear war between the US and China

Opposition continues as CWA orders Verizon strikers back to work

By Shannon Jones, 1 June 2016

Workers are continuing to register their opposition to the moves by the CWA and IBEW to conclude the strike ahead of a contract ratification vote.

International Socialist Organization covers for CWA sabotage of Verizon strike

By Daniel de Vries and Joseph Kishore, 1 June 2016

The ISO’s Socialist Worker, along with Jacobin magazine, are stepping up efforts to provide a left cover for the shut-down of the Verizon strike by the CWA and the IBEW.

Anger builds against CWA conspiracy to end Verizon strike

No contract, No work!
Stop the CWA-IBEW sabotage of Verizon strike!

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California governor backs Clinton in Democratic primary

By Patrick Martin, 1 June 2016

Seeking to counter a deepening crisis for Clinton, Brown has joined California’s two senators, along with media hacks like Paul Krugman, to call on Sanders to wrap up his campaign.

Sanders supporters discuss issues outside California rallies

By our reporters, 1 June 2016

WSWS reporters spoke with Sanders supporters outside rallies in Santa Barbara and Oakland.

California Primary highlights political crisis in Democratic Party

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Bus workers strike in San Diego, California
First Transit employees speak about social conditions

By our reporters, 1 June 2016

Bus drivers and support staff in San Diego, California have one of the highest costs of living in the country, and many live in poverty.

Argentine court sentences Plan Condor defendants

By Rafael Azul, 1 June 2016

Plan Condor was responsible for the rendition, torture and deaths of tens of thousands of left-wing Latin American workers and youth.

UK population poorer and hungrier

By Dennis Moore, 1 June 2016

The number of people in the UK who struggled to put food on the table in 2014 is equivalent to the entire population of London.

Australia: Jobs losses continue to mount amid collapsing wage levels

By Terry Cook, 1 June 2016

Australian Bureau of Statistics data exposes growing casualisation of the workforce and low wage levels.

New in Turkish

Akdeniz'deki katliamdan kim sorumlu?

Bill Van Auken, 1 Haziran 2016

Akdeniz'de tahminen 900 kadar sığınmacının boğulduğu geçtiğimiz hafta, bu yıl şimdiye kadar yaşanmış en ölümcül hafta oldu.

New in French

Qui est responsable du massacre dans la Méditerranée ?

Par Bill Van Auken, 1 juin 2016

Avec des estimations allant jusqu’à 900 réfugiés noyés, la semaine dernière a été la plus meurtrière cette année jusqu’à présent.

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The return of the “grand narrative”

1 June 2016

The resurgence of the class struggle is undermining the intellectual charlatanry that underpinned the ideological dominance of various forms of anti-Marxism over the past half-century.

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German Green Party leader confronts Jörg Baberowski with his war propaganda

By Christoph Vandreier and Peter Schwarz, 1 June 2016

The national chair of the Green Party confronted Professor Baberowski on the “Maybrit Illner” talk show with his demand to employ the methods of a war of extermination to fight terrorists.

Right-wing German academic Jörg Baberowski demands more repression against refugees

Who is responsible for the massacre in the Mediterranean?

The politics and origins of Britain’s Spiked-Online—Part Two

Financial parasitism and the global housing crisis

Indian Stalinists abet US war plans against China

Arts Review

A talk given in San Diego, Berkeley and Ann Arbor
Art, war and social revolution—Part 2

By David Walsh, 1 June 2016

This talk was given by WSWS arts editor David Walsh at San Diego State University, University of California Berkeley and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in April and May.

A talk given in San Diego, Berkeley, and Ann Arbor
Art, war and social revolution—Part 1


Ninety years since the coup of Piłsudski
The Strategy of the Intermarium—Part 2
The Intermarium from 1921 to 1989

By Clara Weiss, 1 June 2016

This is the second part of a series reviewing the history of the Intermarium, the main basis of which emerged in the period leading up to World War I, as a bourgeois nationalist antipode to the United Socialist States of Europe as proposed by Leon Trotsky.

Ninety years since the coup of Piłsudski
The Strategy of the Intermarium—Part 1
The Intermarium and the Russian Revolution


El Niño and the acceleration of global warming

By Matthew MacEgan, 1 June 2016

The abnormally warm ocean waters caused by El Niño induce much more extreme weather patterns than normal, including droughts, cyclones, and floods.

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Australia: “Q&A” segment reveals a yawning social divide

By Mike Head—Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Senate in Queensland, 1 June 2016

Questions put to the politicians gave a glimpse of the disconnect between ordinary working people and the political elite.

SEP candidate challenges Labor, Greens, pseudo-left on climate change, war

By our reporters, 1 June 2016

In addition to outlining the necessary socialist policies required to resolve the climate change crisis, Fulgenzi exposed the pro-war agenda of the Labor Party and the Greens.

Australia’s wealthy soar while millions face destitution

By Erin Cooke—SEP candidate for the Senate in Queensland, 31 May 2016

Banality and lies mark Australian election “debate”

Public meetings on the Australian election
Support the SEP in 2016! No to war and budget cuts! For socialism and internationalism!

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Chicago's homeless speak on poverty, inequality and budget cuts

By Jeff Lusanne, 31 May 2016

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

Young people in America: A lost generation stuck at home

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 26 May 2016

Workers have a right to read full contract document
Stop the CWA betrayal of the Verizon strike!

Telecom, airlines, retail, manufacturing workers entering battles
Growing signs of a resurgence of class conflict in the US

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SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

The Socialist Equality Party (Germany) stands candidates for the Berlin state elections

By Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 31 May 2016

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, the German section of the Fourth International, is standing seven candidates in September’s Berlin state elections.

Support the election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party in Berlin! Vote against war and militarism!

Socialist Equality Party (UK)

The Brexit referendum, socialism and the European working class

By Julie Hyland, 26 May 2016

UK: Left Leave campaign lays out its nationalist agenda in Brexit referendum

Meeting in Sheffield on June 7
For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum!—Socialism versus left nationalism

26 May 2016

25 years ago: White House tapes shed light on development of Nixon crisis

Sixty hours of previously unreleased Nixon White House tapes were made available on June 4, 1991, by the US National Archives.

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50 years ago: Indira Gandhi devalues rupee

On June 5, 1966, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced that on the following day the rupee, the Indian national currency, would be devalued by 57.4 percent.

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75 years ago: World War II spreads to Syria

On June 4, 1941, British bombers dropped heavy explosives on oil tanks and harbor installations in Beirut, Lebanon and blew up bridges in Syria.

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100 years ago: Russian Army begins major World War I offensive

On June 4, 1916, the Imperial Russian Army began a major offensive against Austria-Hungary on the eastern front of World War I, in the area of modern-day Ukraine.

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