US inflames sectarian tensions to escalate war in Syria

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 17 June 2013

With their proxy forces facing defeat within Syria, US and European officials are calling for an escalation of the imperialist war for regime-change.

Media, government denounce Snowden as “traitor” and “Chinese spy”

By Eric London, 17 June 2013

Representatives of the national security apparatus, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, appeared on the Sunday morning news programs to denounce Edward Snowden.

New reports detail vast scale of NSA “mega data collection”

By Thomas Gaist, 17 June 2013

Australian government ramps up NSA-connected surveillance apparatus

By Patrick O’Connor, 17 June 2013

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“Moderate” cleric wins Iranian presidential election

By Peter Symonds, 17 June 2013

While Rouhini has called for moderation and dialogue with the West, the Obama administration will accept nothing less than complete capitulation to its demands.

Turkish PM Erdogan mobilizes supporters and violently clears Gezi Park

By our correspondents, 17 June 2013

The AKP government is emboldened in its arrogance and brutality by its support from the US and other imperialist powers.

JPMorgan calls for authoritarian regimes in Europe

By Stefan Steinberg, 17 June 2013

The authors of the JPMorgan report are arguing for governments to adopt dictatorial-type powers to complete the process of social counterrevolution that is already well underway across Europe.

Irish government to impose austerity until 2020

By Jordan Shilton, 17 June 2013

Ireland’s trade unions are trying to force through an agreement that will reduce public sector jobs, cut overtime pay and lengthen working hours.

Mounting deaths of Nigerian children from lead poisoning

By Trevor Johnson, 17 June 2013

Children continue to die of lead poisoning in Nigeria as a result of being forced to earn a living extracting gold using artisanal methods.

Nicaragua approves China-backed Atlantic-to-Pacific canal

By Don Knowland, 17 June 2013

The Nicaraguan legislature has backed plans for a new trans-isthmian canal to be built with aid from Hong Kong and China.

Worst wildfire in Colorado history destroys hundreds of homes, kills two

By Nick Barrickman, 17 June 2013

The Black Forest wildfire has burned 150 square miles of land and as many as 482 homes.

Tens of thousands of workers to be left stranded by Pittsburgh bus cuts

By Samuel Davidson, 17 June 2013

Two key shuttle bus routes in the Pittsburgh area will be eliminated July 1 due to federal budget cuts.

Portland, Oregon teachers face unprecedented attack on jobs, work rights

By Katie Hughes and Hector Cordon, 17 June 2013

The Portland School board has demanded drastic concessions in contract negotiations.

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Das Vermächtnis des Aufstands vom 17. Juni 1953 in der DDR

Von Wolfgang Weber, 15. Juni 2013

Was war der soziale und politische Charakter des DDR-Aufstands von 1953? Weshalb konnte er niedergeschlagen werden? Eine Rede, die Wolfgang Weber 1993 anlässlich des 40. Jahrestags des Aufstands gehalten hat, beantwortet diese Fragen.

New in Spanish

¿Quién gobierna en Los Estados Unidos?

Por Barry Grey, 17 Junio 2013

Los ataques contra los que hicieron publico el espionaje ilegal en EE.UU., plantea la cuestión de quien manda.

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Obama se prépare à intensifier le massacre en Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 17 juin 2013

Pour la deuxième fois moins de 10 ans, la Maison-Blanche, le Congrès, les deux principaux partis et les médias cherchent à entraîner le peuple américain dans une guerre fondée sur des mensonges.

Le Canada préside le Conseil de l'Arctique

Par Laurent Lafrance, 17 juin 2013

Le Canada utilisera son mandat de deux ans pour intensifier l’exploitation de l'Arctique riche en ressources et avancer les intérêts de l’élite canadienne.

Canada: Septième semaine de lock-out chez U.S. Steel

Par nos reporters, 17 juin 2013

Près de mille travailleurs de l’usine sidérurgique de U.S. Steel à Nanticoke sur le lac Érié, en Ontario, sont en lock-out depuis le 28 avril.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2005
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

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Social counterrevolution in Detroit

17 June 2013

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced a plan Friday to wipe out the pensions and health benefits of current and retired city workers, condemning nearly 20,000 retirees and their families to poverty and poor health.

Earlier Perspectives »

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.


The NSA revelations and Obama’s “pivot to Asia”

By John Chan, 17 June 2013

Edward Snowden’s revelations of criminal NSA cyber operations against China have exposed the imperialist character of the entire policy of the US “pivot to Asia.”

France: How the Workers’ Struggle group is helping to shut down the Aulnay car plant

By Antoine Lerougetel and Pierre Mabut, 17 June 2013

On May 17, CGT branch spokesman Jean-Pierre Mercier signed a deal that puts the seal on the Aulnay car plant’s closure by 2014.

Obama moves to escalate Syrian slaughter

By Bill Van Auken, 15 June 2013

US Congress debates deep cuts to food stamps as need surges

By Kate Randall, 15 June 2013

Liberal advocates of a police state turn savagely against Edward Snowden

By David North and Eric London, 14 June 2013

Defend Edward Snowden!

By Barry Grey and David North, 13 June 2013

25 years ago: Military coup overthrows Haitian President Manigat

Haitian President Leslie Manigat’s short-lived rule came to an end on June 20, 1988 when military strongman General Henri Namphy escaped from house arrest and recaptured the presidential palace in a military coup.

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50 years ago: Supreme Court rules against mandated Bible reading in school

On June 17, 1963, the US Supreme Court handed down an 8-1 decision ruling that state-mandated Bible reading in public schools was unconstitutional.

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75 years ago: Police break unemployed occupation on Vancouver’s “Bloody Sunday”

On June 19, 1938, “Bloody Sunday,” the local police and Canadian Mounties violently evicted hundreds of unemployed men from Vancouver’s main post office and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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100 years ago: Racist Natives Land Act passed in South Africa

On June 19, 1913, the Natives Land Act, also known as the Black Land Act, was passed in South Africa.

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Sixty years since the execution of the Rosenbergs

The WSWS speaks to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s son
An interview with Robert Meeropol

By Fred Mazelis, 15 June 2013

Robert Meeropol is the younger son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the couple executed by the US government in June 1953 on trumped-up charges of atomic espionage.

From the archive of the WSWS
Fifty years since the execution of the Rosenbergs

By Peter Daniels and Bill Van Auken

Workers Struggles

Caterpillar announces layoffs at South Milwaukee plant

By Nicholas Russo, 17 June 2013

Days after the United Steel Workers forced through a six-year concessions contract at Caterpillar’s Global Mining facility in South Milwaukee, the company announced indefinite layoffs for more than 30 percent of production workers.

Detroit in Crisis

The dismantling of Pontiac, Michigan
A dress rehearsal for Detroit

By Esther Galen, 17 June 2013

Of 21 Michigan cities under emergency managers, none has yet faced as drastic cuts in public services as Pontiac.

Pontiac residents describe social disaster left by emergency manager

By our reporters, 17 June 2013

Workers in Pontiac spoke about their experiences under emergency management.

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Support D'Artagnan Collier for Detroit Mayor

D'Artagnan Collier, David Walsh speak in defense of the DIA and culture as a social right

By Bryan Dyne, 15 June 2013

What the WSWS said about the Detroit Institute of Arts millage

15 June 2013

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SEP (Australia) Election 2013

SEP meetings in Perth and Sydney broaden discussion on war danger

By our correspondents, 17 June 2013

The diversely attended meetings stimulated discussion on the need for the new perspective and leadership in the international working class.

Another boat disaster highlights criminality of Australian refugee policy

Mike Head—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 15 June 2013

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Arts Review

Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes brought to the screen: An understated examination of grief

By Christine Schofelt, 17 June 2013

Tiger Eyes, based on the book by Judy Blume and directed by Lawrence Blume, is a sensitive look at personal loss.

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

By Joanne Laurier, 14 June 2013

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

The German Socialist Equality Party (PSG) election campaign goes online

17 June 2013

The Socialist Equality Party in Germany has now placed its general election campaign web site online.

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

14 June 2013