UK vote to leave the European Union triggers economic and political crisis

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 24 June 2016

The result of the UK referendum has sent a seismic shock, not only through Britain but Europe and the world.

Fascist killer of Labour MP Jo Cox to stand trial for murder

By Robert Stevens, 24 June 2016

The Brexit referendum: A turning point in European politics

South Asian ruling elites rattled by Brexit campaign

On eve of Brexit referendum, mounting warnings of global trade war

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Mass protests follow failed attempt to ban opposition to French labor law

By Alex Lantier, 24 June 2016

Having pulled back from its attempt to ban demonstrations, the Socialist Party is proposing to outlaw left-wing parties that it considers opposed to the French state.

French government backs down from ban on protest against labor law

Despite mounting opposition, French unions signal concessions on labor law

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Mideast war architects back Clinton over Trump

By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2016

Former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft, an architect of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, is the highest-profile Republican to announce his support for the Democratic presidential candidate.

US Republican presidential campaign sinking into crisis

People’s Summit in Chicago: Preparing the switch from Sanders to Clinton

Political lessons of the Sanders campaign

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Third Baltimore cop let off in Freddie Gray murder case

By Genevieve Leigh, 24 June 2016

The acquittal of Goodson is the third exoneration of a police officer charged in the killing of the 25-year-old African American man.

US Supreme Court deadlock leaves right-wing lower court immigration ruling in effect

By John Burton, 24 June 2016

The lower court ruled against measures to temporarily stay the deportations of some immigrants, who could subsequently be deported at the government's discretion.

Merkel announces massive military buildup

By Johannes Stern, 24 June 2016

That Germany plans an unprecedented military buildup was clear from the speech given by the chancellor Tuesday night to the Business Forum of the CDU in Berlin.

Germany: The Left Party’s fraudulent refugee policy

By Andy Niklaus and Verena Nees, 24 June 2016

Wherever the Left Party is in power it implements the inhumane refugee policies of the German government.

UN agency reports 65 million people are refugees worldwide

Berlin plans mass deportations and more police

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German court sentences former SS Auschwitz guard to five years imprisonment

By Sybille Fuchs, 24 June 2016

A court in Detmold found 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning guilty of complicity in the murders of 170,000 people.

Indonesian naval vessels clash with Chinese fishing boats

By John Roberts, 24 June 2016

Indonesia’s aggressive fisheries enforcement regime has been encouraged by Washington as it prepares to step up military and diplomatic pressure on China.

Sri Lankan plantation workers demand higher wages

By our correspondents, 24 June 2016

Plantation workers from Hatton and Maskeliya in the central hills district spoke with WSWS reporters about their worsening working and living conditions.

India throws door open to international capital

By Kranti Kumara, 24 June 2016

Monday’s announcement was aimed at blunting investor concerns that pro-market “reforms” might be impeded by the forced resignation of the head of India’s central bank, Raghuram Rajan.

Minnesota and Los Angeles nurses fight cost-cutting measures

By Matt Rigel, 24 June 2016

Los Angeles nurses began a four-day strike Thursday, joining 4,800 striking nurses in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

“We’re fighting for nurses and other workers everywhere”
Twin Cities nurses fight cost-cutting plans

Twin Cities nurses discuss political issues in strike

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Référendum sur le Brexit : Un tournant majeur dans la politique européenne

Par Chris Marsden, 24 juin 2016

Pour dissimuler les politiques de guerre de classe, de guerre commerciale et de guerre militaire les deux camps et pour semer la division au sein de la classe ouvrière, le référendum s’est de plus en plus concentré sur l’encouragement acharné du nationalisme et la xénophobie.

Le gouvernement français retire l’interdiction de manifestation contre le droit du travail

Par Alex Lantier, 24 juin 2016

Les responsables syndicaux ont dit au gouvernement du Parti socialiste qu’ils craignaient qu’un grand nombre de personnes défient toute interdiction de la manifestation d’aujourd’hui à Paris.

Le ministre allemand des Affaires étrangères se distancie des États-Unis

Par Peter Schwarz, 24 juin 2016

Steinmeier a déclaré que l’Allemagne était obligée de « réinterpréter les principes qui guident sa politique étrangère depuis plus d’un demi-siècle ».

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State Department Syria memo: Setting the stage for war with Russia

24 June 2016

The frustration expressed by the 51 State Department signatories is with the failure not just of Obama’s Syria policy, but of US imperialism’s entire Middle East strategy.

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SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

Clinton’s right-wing economic agenda and the fight for socialism

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 24 June 2016

Whether it is Trump or Clinton who is elected in November, the ruling class will escalate the anti-worker agenda of the Obama administration that has created the greatest level of inequality in modern American history.

Socialist Equality Party election campaign: Naomi Spencer for West Virginia House of Delegates, 16th District!

22 June 2016

Video: The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 21 June 2016

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SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Video: The Australian election and the fight against the danger of world war

By James Cogan—SEP candidate for the Senate in NSW, 24 June 2016

James Cogan, SEP national secretary and Senate candidate for New South Wales, condemns the US-led preparations for war against China and Russia.

SEP election rally in Sydney on June 26 to be streamed live on Facebook

24 June 2016

Australian federal election
Grayndler candidate Jim Casey and the fake-left wing of the Greens

By Oscar Grenfell—SEP candidate for Grayndler, 24 June 2016

Figures such as Casey are seeking to head off a developing political radicalisation among workers and young people, and channel it back into the dead-end of parliamentary politics.

SEP candidates in Victoria interviewed by SBS Radio

By our reporters, 24 June 2016

Will Fulgenzi and Peter Byrne emphasised the SEP’s fight for a new anti-war movement of the working class, in opposition to the entire political establishment.

SEP challenges Labor, Greens over war policies at Sydney election forum

SEP candidate discusses war and the Russian Revolution at Melbourne high schools

Socialist Equality Party final election rallies
International class struggle returns: A socialist program against war and austerity

10 June 2016

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Recent developments in science: Particle physics, climate science, galactic astronomy
Evidence hints at existence of fourth neutrino

By our reporters, 24 June 2016

If the discovery is confirmed, the fourth type of neutrino would be a new fundamental particle, one not currently described by the standard theories of particle physics.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

24 June 2016

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

Teacher protests, barricades continue after massacre in México

By Rafael Azul, 23 June 2016

“We were out on strike for 50 days for nothing”
Verizon executives gloat in wake of ratification of CWA contract sellout

By Shannon Jones, 23 June 2016

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Canadian autoworkers face fight against threatened plant closings

By Carl Bronski, 22 June 2016

The UK Brexit Referendum

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition make nationalist case for Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2016

Chris Marsden speaks at the Humboldt University in Berlin
The Brexit referendum and the struggle for socialism

22 June 2016

Galloway and pseudo-left defend alliance with UKIP and Tory right at Brexit referendum meeting

By a reporter, 22 June 2016

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Reports document social crisis
US wages and jobs decline, inequality rises

By Patrick Martin, 23 June 2016

IMF cuts estimates for US economic growth and points to worsening long-term trends

By Nick Beams, 23 June 2016

Flint mayor announces city will continue pipeline deal at center of lead water crisis

By James Brewer, 23 June 2016

Seventy-five years since the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union

By Barry Grey, 22 June 2016

Landmark Supreme Court ruling backs illegal police searches

By Tom Hall, 22 June 2016

Washington’s “second nuclear age”

The Venezuelan working class at a crossroads

Arts Review

Alf Sjöberg’s Miss Julie (1951) and G. W. Pabst’s The Threepenny Opera (1931): Films worth noting … and seeing

By Joanne Laurier, 23 June 2016

Censored Voices: A snapshot in time reveals war crimes

By Fred Mazelis, 22 June 2016

25 years ago: Secession sets stage for civil war in Yugoslavia

The declarations of independence by Slovenia and Croatia on June 25, 1991, signaled the long-developing political crisis in Yugoslavia exploding into open civil war.

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50 years ago: High tide of Great Society reformism

During this week in 1966, a Democratic-controlled Congress and the Johnson administration put in place social and democratic reforms that brought Johnson’s Great Society program near to its apogee.

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75 years ago: Nazi Germany launches Operation Barbarossa upon Soviet Union

During the early hours of June 22, 1941, Hitler’s fascist regime launched the most destructive and barbaric war in the history of mankind upon the Soviet Union.

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100 years ago: Roger Casement tried for involvement in Irish uprising

On June 26, 1916, Sir Roger Casement was brought to trial in England on the charge of treason for his involvement in the preparations of the Easter uprising in Dublin.

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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

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