Chinese poultry slaughterhouse fire kills more than 100 workers

By Mike Head, 4 June 2013

More than 300 workers were inside the Baoyuan plant in northeastern China when the fire broke out.

US Supreme Court allows police to take DNA samples of arrestees

By Joseph Kishore, 4 June 2013

The US Supreme Court decision is a major attack on the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Bradley Manning’s court martial begins

By Naomi Spencer, 4 June 2013

After 1,100 days in prison, Army private Bradley Manning faced a military court martial Monday. Day one of the trial was characterized by government secrecy, vindictiveness, and lies.

Turkish clashes continue as Erdogan brands protesters “extremists”

By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2013

Confrontations between demonstrators and riot police continued Monday in Istanbul, Ankara and cities across Turkey.

Syrian opposition forces launch rocket attacks in Lebanon

By Thomas Gaist, 4 June 2013

US-backed Syrian opposition forces pummeled Shia targets in Lebanon as Hezbollah fighters continued massing near Aleppo.

School district of Philadelphia passes “doomsday” austerity budget

By Nick Barrickman, 4 June 2013

Under a plan approved May 30, Philadelphia schools will be deprived of many needed essentials, including learning programs, supplies and staff.

Sri Lankan defence secretary backs chauvinist campaign against provincial election

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and K. Ratnayake, 4 June 2013

The intervention of Gotabhaya Rajapakse, an unelected official, speaks volumes for the powerful role of the military in the island’s political life.

Australian government announces bogus “assistance” for Ford workers

By Patrick O’Connor, 4 June 2013

As with the 2011 “transition” package for sacked Bluescope steel workers, the beneficiaries will be the unions, selected local businesses and private employment network providers.

UN warns against social unrest in Europe

By Christoph Dreier, 4 June 2013

In the face of rising social inequality, growing unemployment and the absence of popular confidence in the region’s governments, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warned Monday about the prospect of social unrest in Europe,

Britain’s Accident and Emergency services reach breaking point

By Mark Blackwood and Ajanta Silva, 4 June 2013

Scenes of A&E units with patients waiting to be seen lying on trolleys in corridors for hours have become commonplace in UK hospitals.

Spanish Popular Party government seeks to turn back the clock on abortion rights

By Alejandro López, 4 June 2013

The right-wing Popular Party government is seeking to reform abortion laws, returning them to a state similar to that which existed under the fascist regime of General Franco.

Connecticut legislature nears passage of austerity budget

By Dorian Griscom, 4 June 2013

Connecticut’s Democratic governor and state legislature are in the final stages of drafting a state budget that will cut nearly $2 billion in social spending over the next two years.

Patriot Coal bankruptcy approved, thousands of retirees to lose health care

By Clement Daly, 4 June 2013

Patriot Coal has been granted permission to tear up its collective bargaining agreements with the United Mine Workers and escape its obligations to provide health care to its retirees.

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Der Mord von Woolwich und die Verantwortung der herrschenden Elite

Von Chris Marsden, 4. Juni 2013

Die Ermordung des Soldaten Lee Rigby im Londoner Stadtteil Woolwich hat einen Zipfel des sorgfältig geknüpften Schleiers aus Lügen, Intrigen und Kriminalität gelüftet, der die britische Außenpolitik umgibt.

Massenproteste erschüttern türkische Regierung

Von Alex Lantier, 4. Juni 2013

Die Proteste zeigen, dass die Unzufriedenheit mit der Innenpolitik von Premierminister Recep Tayyip Erdogan und seiner Unterstützung für den amerikanischen Stellvertreterkrieg im Nachbarstaat Syrien zunehmen.

Flutkatastrophe in Deutschland und Europa

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 4. Juni 2013

In den letzten Tagen wurden weite Teil Deutschlands und Europas vom schlimmsten Hochwasser seit dem sogenannten „Jahrhunderthochwasser“ im Jahr 2002 heimgesucht.

Syrische Oppositionskämpfer mit Chemiewaffen verhaftet

Von Bill Van Auken, 4. Juni 2013

Laut ersten türkischen Presseberichten wurden Mitglieder der Al Nusra-Front mit Sarin-Gas ertappt, in späteren offiziellen Stellungnahmen war von unidentifizierten chemischen Materialien die Rede.

China fordert Nordkorea auf Verhandlungen über Atomprogramm wieder aufzunehmen

Von Ben McGrath, 4. Juni 2013

Aus Furcht vor noch aggressiverem Vorgehen der USA fordern Vertreter Chinas Nordkorea auf, die Sechs-Parteien-Gespräche wieder aufzunehmen.

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Die Woolwich moorde en die verantwoordelikheid van Britanje se heersende elite

Deur Chris Marsden, 1 June 2013

Die moord op Lee Rigby in Woolwich, Londen het die sorgvuldig saamgestelde skyn van leuens, intrige en kriminaliteit rondom Briste buitelandse beleid blootgestel.

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Des manifestations massives font trembler le gouvernement turc

Par Alex Lantier, 4 juin 2013

Les manifestations dans plusieurs villes de Turquie ont fait trembler le gouvernement islamiste du premier ministre Recep Tayyip Erdogan vendredi et au cours du week-end, dans un contexte de mécontentement sur sa politique intérieure et son soutien à la guerre en Syrie voisine.

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The 2008 crisis and the restructuring of class relations in America

4 June 2013

The 2008 crisis was seized upon to restructure class relations in the United States, throwing millions into poverty and slashing wages and living standards to enrich the financial oligarchy.

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Fifteen Years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998-2013

The WSWS is posting a year-by-year Chronology, selected from its archive of more than 45,000 articles, to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the critical events of years 1998 to 2013.

We urge our readers to study the Chronology and review how the great events, political issues, social processes, and cultural and intellectual controversies of the last 15 years were reported on and analyzed by the WSWS.

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Detroit emergency manager threatens sale of all cultural treasures

By Bryan Dyne, 4 June 2013

In line with his earlier appraisal of the value of the works at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Kevyn Orr is now determining whether the city should sell off every other public asset.

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Workers Struggles

USW pushes sellout deal at South Milwaukee Caterpillar plant

By Niles Williamson, 4 June 2013

United Steelworkers Local 1343 is recommending a tentative six-year agreement covering 800 workers at Caterpillar’s South Milwaukee, Wisconsin plant.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 June 2013

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

SEP (Australia) Election 2013

A warning of the escalating danger of US-China conflict

Peter Symonds—SEP candidate for the Senate in Western Australia, 4 June 2013

The media and political establishment have surrounded US preparations for war, and Australia’s intimate involvement in them, with a wall of silence.

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Arts Review

San Francisco International Film Festival 2013—Part six
Two very different documentaries: Sofia’s Last Ambulance and Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You—A Concert for Kate McGarrigle

By David Walsh, 4 June 2013

The recent San Francisco film festival screened a number of documentary films, including these two, contrasting works.


The state killing of Ibragim Todashev

By Tom Carter, 3 June 2013

Mass protests shake Turkish government

By Alex Lantier, 3 June 2013

The Woolwich killing and the responsibility of Britain’s ruling elite

By Chris Marsden, 1 June 2013

25 years ago: Union Carbide reneges on $192 million in Bhopal relief payments

On June 3, 1988, the US-based chemical giant Union Carbide announced its refusal to pay $192 million in relief compensation to the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster.

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50 years ago: Riots in Iran after Khomeini arrest

Two days of rioting erupted in Iran after the June 5, 1963 arrest of the cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

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75 years ago: Sino-Soviet non-aggression pact made public

A visit to Russia this week in 1938 by Sun Fo, the Chinese president of the National Legislative Yuan, was the occasion for details of the secret Sino-Soviet Non-aggression Pact to publicly emerge.

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100 years ago: Mine union officials indicted for seeking higher wages

On June 7, 1913, 20 union officials of the United Mine Workers of America (UMW), including the president John White, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Charleston, West Virginia.

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Letters from our readers

4 June 2013

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.