Pretext for a new war: Obama lies about Syrian chemical weapons

By Peter Symonds, 14 June 2013

The bogus claims about the use of sarin nerve gas will be used by the US to justify its arming right-wing Islamist proxies in Syria and for military intervention.

Snowden defends actions as Obama administration pushes for prosecution of whistleblower

By Thomas Gaist, 14 June 2013

FBI director Robert Mueller pledged to take “all necessary steps” to go after Snowden, as the former intelligence employee said from Hong Kong: “I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality.”

Edward Snowden reveals US computer hacking aimed at China

By John Chan, 14 June 2013

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US-backed Turkish government threatens violent crackdown

By Johannes Stern, 14 June 2013

The US-backed Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is preparing for a massive police crackdown on anti-government protests.

Tens of thousands protest closure of public television in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 14 June 2013

Tens of thousands of workers protested the closure of the Greek public broadcaster on Thursday, defying threats of arrest.

Japanese stocks plunge amid global financial turmoil

By Andre Damon, 14 June 2013

The Japanese stock market plunged 6.4 percent Thursday, closing down by 21 percent over the last three weeks.

FEMA refuses disaster relief to West, Texas

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 June 2013

The federal government has refused to provide additional money to help rebuild the small Texas town of West, where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people in April.

Deadly chemical plant explosion in Louisiana

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 June 2013

Philadelphia inspector involved in building collapse commits suicide

By Nick Barrickman, 14 June 2013

On Wednesday night the body of Philadelphia building inspector Ronald Wagenhoffer was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Libya destabilised by factional and military infighting

By Jean Shaoul, 14 June 2013

The massacre of 31 people by the Libya Shield Force, an Islamist militia, was the worst single death toll since the end of the 2011 NATO-led civil war.

Germany: The SPD’s new press spokesman

By Peter Schwarz, 14 June 2013

The more the SPD tries to improve its electoral chances, the clearer it becomes that it supports the current government’s right-wing policies.

Student killed by fascists in central Paris

By Pierre Mabut, 14 June 2013

An 18-year-old student and anti-fascist was beaten to death by a group of fascist thugs June 5 near the St. Lazare rail station in central Paris.

Sri Lanka: Storm kills dozens of fishermen

By our correspondents, 14 June 2013

Angry fishermen blamed the government for not providing a proper early warning system and safety facilities.

Australia: Hundreds homeless following Brisbane apartment fire

By Richard Phillips, 14 June 2013

Thick plumes of black smoke engulfed the area, forcing residents to evacuate the entire complex.

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Wat Edward Snowdon aan die lig gebring het

Deur Joseph Kishore, 11 June 2013

Edward Snowden, die voormalige CIA informasie tegnologie werknemer en kontrakteur vir die National Security Agency (NSA) het ‘n enorme diens verrig vir die mense van die Verenigde State en die wêreld deur die sluier te lig oor die militêre intelligensie spioenasie apparaat, wat in geheimhouding funksioneer en die mees basiese konstitusionele regte oortree.

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Il faut défendre Edward Snowden !

Par Barry Grey et David North, 14 juin 2013

Le World Socialist Web Site et le Socialist Equality Party (SEP, Parti de l'égalité socialiste) appellent tous les travailleurs, étudiants et jeunes aux États-Unis et partout ailleurs à prendre la défense d'Edward Snowden.

Le gouvernement grec a fermé les antennes de la télévision et de la radio publiques

Par Christoph Dreier, 14 juin 2013

Lundi soir, la police grecque a coupé la diffusion des services publics de radiotélévision qui vont subir une restructuration et des suppressions d’emplois à grande échelle.

La réalité derrière la « reprise » de l’industrie automobile américaine

Par Jerry White et Shannon Jones, 14 juin 2013

Une baisse colossale des coûts de main d’œuvre se cache derrière la hausse des profits des constructeurs automobiles américains.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2005
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Verteidigt Edward Snowden!

Von Barry Grey und David North, 14. Juni 2013

Die World Socialist Web Site und die Socialist Equality Party rufen alle Arbeiter, Studenten und Jugendlichen in den USA und weltweit auf, sich an der Verteidigung von Edward Snowden zu beteiligen.

Griechische Regierung schaltet öffentlichen Rundfunk ab

Von Christoph Dreier, 14. Juni 2013

Am Dienstagabend stoppte die griechische Polizei die Übertragung des öffentlichen Rundfunks, bei dem Einsparungen und Arbeitsplatzabbau geplant sind.

Steinbrücks neuer Pressesprecher

Von Peter Schwarz, 14. Juni 2013

Je verzweifelter die SPD versucht, ihre Wahlchancen zu verbessern, desto offensichtlicher wird, dass sie sich politisch nicht von der gegenwärtigen Regierung unterscheidet.

China warnt vor „Großmachtrivalitäten“ im asiatisch-pazifischen Raum

Von John Chan, 14. Juni 2013

Laut einer chinesischen Expertenkommission führt die aggressive, auf Asien gerichtete US-Politik für China zu beträchtlicher strategischer „Verunsicherung“.

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Turkey, Syria and the hypocrisy of US imperialism

14 June 2013

The social upheavals in Turkey, arguably Washington’s most important regional ally, have torn to shreds the phony democratic pretenses and exposed the hypocrisy of US policy in the region.

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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.


Liberal advocates of a police state turn savagely against Edward Snowden

By David North and Eric London, 14 June 2013

Since Edward Snowden’s exposure of the Obama administration’s domestic and international surveillance program, the political establishment and the media have been engaged in a non-stop campaign to discredit the young man and besmirch his character.

Defend Edward Snowden!

By Barry Grey and David North, 13 June 2013

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

German Socialist Equality Party (PSG) presents its candidates for the 2013 elections

14 June 2013

The Socialist Equality Party (PSG) is putting up candidates for the parliamentary elections and for the state election in Hesse, scheduled for September 22, 2013.

Detroit in Crisis

Who are Detroit’s creditors?

By Nancy Hanover, 14 June 2013

As Detroit’s emergency manager prepares to release his plan for reorganizing the poorest large city in America, the media is demanding that the population of Detroit pay.

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Detroit workers and youth speak out against attacks by emergency manager

By our reporters, 13 June 2013

Socialist Equality Party candidate campaigns against Detroit Institute of Arts selloff

By Andre Damon, 10 June 2013

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Workers Struggles

Elevator companies invoke anti-worker law in bid to break Ontario strike

By Carl Bronski, 14 June 2013

The bargaining representative of Canada’s major elevator companies has invoked an anti-democratic provision in provincial labour law to force many of Ontario’s striking elevator technicians back to work.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

14 June 2013

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

Arts Review

Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha and Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell: Incompleteness as a problem

By Joanne Laurier, 14 June 2013

Frances Ha and Stories We Tell are articulate and well-made films. What’s missing from them, however, is as interesting as what’s there.

SEP (Australia) Election 2013

SEP campaigns at Brisbane meatworks

By our correspondents, 13 June 2013

The SEP is holding an election meeting in the suburb of Beenleigh, where 800 meatworkers are fighting against wage cuts.

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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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