White House convenes meetings on Syria escalation

By Bill Van Auken, 11 June 2013

The Obama White House is convening meetings this week to discuss measures to escalate the US-backed war for regime-change in Syria.

Obama administration initiates criminal prosecution of NSA whistleblower

By Thomas Gaist, 11 June 2013

Representatives of the US establishment demanded swift action to punish the man responsible for leaks detailing the government’s massive surveillance program.

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Sri Lankan president signs “strategic cooperative partnership” with China

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 11 June 2013

Closer ties between Beijing and Colombo will not be welcomed by the US and India, further heightening tensions in South Asia.

Relatives protest over Chinese poultry factory fire deaths

By John Chan, 11 June 2013

In response to rising public anger over workers’ deaths, the Chinese authorities are implementing “Weiwen” (“maintain stability”) measures to silence protests.

Egypt: Supreme Constitutional Court invalidates Shura Council, Constituent Assembly

By Johannes Stern, 11 June 2013

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court has ruled that the upper legislative house and the Constituent Assembly lack any legal foundation.

Swiss referendum on asylum law

By Marianne Arens, 11 June 2013

A referendum was held Sunday on proposals to strengthen the law against asylum seekers.

At least 55 die in another Australian refugee boat disaster

By Mark Church, 11 June 2013

The disaster has raised further questions about the Australian government’s anti-refugee policy.

Media silent on the state killing of Boston bombing witness

By Tom Carter, 11 June 2013

The ubiquitous silence from the political establishment and the media amounts to an acknowledgement that Todashev was terminated by the state.

Philadelphia schools to lay off nearly 4,000 teachers

By Nick Barrickman, 11 June 2013

The “doomsday” budget passed last month will devastate the Philadelphia public school system.

SEC rules that Harrisburg misled investors

By Douglas Lyons, 11 June 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission has sided with bondholders against the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

California’s San Onofre nuclear plant to shut down permanently

By Richard Vargas, 11 June 2013

The plant has been inoperative for more than a year due to radioactive steam leakage.

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La Organización Socialista Internacional y la brutal guerra contra Siria

Por David North y Alex Lantier, 11 Junio 2013

El Primero de Mayo, la Organización Socialista Internacional (International Socialist Organization, ISO) publicó un documento titulado, “Campaña de Solidaridad Mundial con la Revolución Siria”, firmado por un sospechoso y dispar grupo político de “activistas sirios, árabes e internacionales” que apoya la confabulación imperialista para tumbar al régimen de Bashar al-Assad.

New in Turkish

Erdoğan protestoları görmezden gelmekte kararlı

Alex Lantier, 11 Haziran 2013

Erdoğan ve Mısır’daki sağcı Müslüman Kardeşler yönetimi gibi rejimler, işçilerin ekonomik taleplerine değinmemek için sinik bir şekilde protestolara saldırarak, bu tür sorunları büyütmeye çalışıyorlar.

Erdoğan protestocuları “aşırılar” olarak damgalarken, çatışmalar sürüyor

Bill Van Auken, 11 Haziran 2013

Türkiye’nin dört bir yanındaki kendiliğinden patlamalar, hükümetin politikalarına karşı olanların, resmi siyasi yapılanmada ya da sendikal hareket içinde, ona karşı uygun ve güvenilir siyasi mücadele araçlarını bulamadığı gerçeğini ifade etmektedir.

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Obama défend l'espionnage massif des Américains

Par Barry Grey, 11 juin 2013

Les affirmations d'Obama selon lesquelles l'espionnage systématique de toute la population est motivé par le désir d'empêcher des attentats terroristes doivent être traitées avec mépris.

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Obama verteidigt Bespitzelung der US-Bürger

Von Barry Grey, 11. Juni 2013

Die Behauptung von Obama und andern Politikern, die systematische Bespitzelung der gesamten Bevölkerung habe das Ziel, Terroranschläge zu verhindern, muss mit Verachtung zurückgewiesen werden.

USA drohen Iran und Hisbollah wegen Unterstützung Syriens

Von Chris Marsden, 11. Juni 2013

Die Regierung in Washington verurteilt den Iran und die libanesische schiitische Hisbollah-Bewegung als „Partner der Tyrannei“, weil sie das syrische Assad-Regime unterstützen.

Russland: Kreml zerschlägt Gesundheitssystem

Von Clara Weiss, 11. Juni 2013

Die russische Regierung setzt massive Kürzungen und Privatisierungen im Gesundheitswesen durch. Bereits jetzt ist das Gesundheitssystem finanziell unterversorgt.

New in Afrikaans

Barack Obama se gesondheidsorg teen-rewolusie

Deur Kate Randall, 7 June 2013

Met die sperdatum vir die volle inwerkstelling van die Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) wat vir 1 Januarie 2014 vasgestel is, word dit toenemend duidelik dat wat as ‘n progessiewe hervorming voorgestel is, is om die waarheid te sê ‘n radikale aanval op gesondheidsorg vir die oorgrootte meerderheid Amerikaners.

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Perspective

What Edward Snowden has revealed

11 June 2013

The World Socialist Web Site calls on workers around the world to come to the defense of Edward Snowden, who is the subject of a ferocious assault by the American state.

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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.

Commentary

Alter-Summit in Athens: A pseudo-left response to growing social opposition in Europe

By Christoph Dreier, 11 June 2013

Trade unions and pseudo-left groups organized a so-called Alter-Summit in Athens, backing the European Union institutions that impose austerity throughout Europe.

Who rules America?

By Barry Grey, 10 June 2013

Obama defends massive spying on Americans

By Barry Grey, 8 June 2013

NSA whistleblower reveals identity, exposes US government’s “architecture of oppression”

By Thomas Gaist, 10 June 2013

Obama ordered planning for cyberwarfare first strike

By Patrick Martin, 10 June 2013

Turkish protests grow as Erdogan calls counter-demonstrations

By Alex Lantier, 10 June 2013

Chinese president appeals to Obama for “new type of great power relations”

By John Chan, 10 June 2013

Support D'Artagnan Collier for Detroit Mayor

SEP mayoral candidate speaks at two Detroit election forums

By Bryan Dyne, 11 June 2013

D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Detroit Mayor, spoke at candidate forums Friday and Saturday, calling for a mass movement of the working class to oppose the financial manager.

Socialist Equality Party candidate campaigns against Detroit Institute of Arts selloff

By Andre Damon, 10 June 2013

David Walsh to speak at June 13 Detroit campaign meeting

11 June 2013

David Walsh will speak in defense of the DIA and culture in Detroit.

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Workers Struggles

Reject the USW sellout in South Milwaukee! For an independent struggle by the working class!

the Socialist Equality Party, 11 June 2013

The Socialist Equality Party is distributing the following statement to South Milwaukee Caterpillar workers urging them to reject the sellout deal being pushed by the United Steelworkers.

Canada: U.S. Steel lockout in seventh week

By a WSWS reporting team, 11 June 2013

Nearly 1,000 workers at U.S. Steel’s Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ontario have been locked out since April 28.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

11 June 2013

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

SEP (Australia) Election 2013

SEP election meeting in Melbourne discusses Ford closure, imperialist war drive

By our reporters, 11 June 2013

The meeting in Footscray involved a lively discussion on the party’s socialist perspective.

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Arts Review

Nashville Symphony threatened by foreclosure

By Fred Mazelis, 11 June 2013

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra is the latest prominent US musical institution to face the threat of dissolution, as its biggest creditor, the Bank of America, has begun foreclosure proceedings.

Detroit in Crisis

Bankers to gather in Detroit to plot asset-stripping

By Nancy Hanover, 10 June 2013

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Socialist Equality Party

Germany: SEP election campaign wins support of Berlin Mercedes workers

By Clara Weiss, 10 June 2013

25 years ago: Soviet government rehabilitates 33 victims of the Moscow Trials

On June 13, 1988, the Supreme Court of the Soviet Union announced the rehabilitation of many of the “Old Bolshevik” leaders who were sentenced to death and executed during the Moscow trials of 1936-37.

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50 years ago: Medgar Evers assassinated

On June 12, 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers was shot from behind in the driveway of his home in Jackson, Mississippi.

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75 years ago: Nazis round up “anti-social elements”

Mass arrests of Jews and others deemed by German fascism to be “anti-social elements”— socialists, communists, and ethnic Roma and Sinti— took place over the period of June 12-18, 1938.

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100 years ago: Battle of Bagsag in the Philippines

This week in June 1913, US troops, Philippine police, and scouts launched a brutal attack on the island of Jolo, in Sulu province in the Southern Philippines, targeting some 500 Moro fighters who had refused to surrender.

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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

11 June 2013

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