FBI director acknowledges use of surveillance drones in the US

By Eric London, 20 June 2013

FBI Director Robert Mueller’s testimony yesterday marked another step in the effort to justify the Obama administration’s unconstitutional domestic surveillance programs under the banner of the “war on terror.”

China uses NSA revelations to highlight US hypocrisy on cyber security

By John Chan, 20 June 2013

Beijing will quickly dump Edward Snowden if his presence in Hong Kong begins to threaten China’s own police-state measures.

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Stocks slump as Federal Reserve hints at reducing cash infusions

By Andre Damon, 20 June 2013

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday the central bank would consider reducing its $85 billion-per-month asset purchasing program later this year.

Washington seeks Taliban deal as Afghanistan casualties mount

By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2013

US negotiators are expected to meet with representatives of the Taliban in Qatar, even as fighting continues in Afghanistan, claiming the lives of another four US troops.

Turkish unions, business groups back crackdown on Taksim Square protest

By Thomas Gaist and Alex Lantier, 20 June 2013

Twenty business groups and union federations issued a statement Wednesday calling on protesters to abandon their occupation of Taksim Square.

Journalist Michael Hastings dies in car crash

By David Brown, 20 June 2013

Michael Hastings, the journalist whose article in Rolling Stone led to the removal of General McChrystal from command of NATO forces in Afghanistan, died in a fiery car crash early Wednesday morning.

Workers in Britain suffer the greatest fall in wages since the 1930s

By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2013

Wages, adjusted for inflation, have fallen by 15 percent in the UK over the last five years.

Public sector cuts intensify in Australia’s largest state

By Mike Head, 20 June 2013

The New South Wales budget unveiled further public sector “savings” worth $18 billion over six years.

Mass layoffs begin in Chicago Public Schools

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 June 2013

On June 14, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the first wave of layoffs—a total of 663 teachers, teaching assistants and aides—as part of the impending closure of 50 schools.

Rhode Island: Disabled students forced to work in sweatshop conditions

By John Marion, 20 June 2013

The US Department of Justice, the State of Rhode Island and the city of Providence reached an interim settlement regarding a school for developmentally disabled students who had been forced to work for as little as 14 cents per hour.

New in Chinese

爱德华 • 斯诺登揭发了什么

作者:约瑟夫 • 基肖尔,2013年6月20日

世界社会主义纲站呼吁世界各国工人起来捍卫斯诺登,他现在是美国政府凶狠攻击的目标。

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Obama, Cheney en Snowden se openbaringe

Deur Bill van Auken, 19 June 2013

Dit was in November 1973 dat President Richard M. Nixon, alreeds vasgevang in die verdiepende Watergate skandaal, die frase ge-uiter het waarvoor hy altyd onthou sal word: “Ek is nie ‘n skelm nie.”

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Le G8 appelle à des pourparlers de paix afin de fournir une couverture aux préparatifs de guerre américains contre la Syrie

Par Chris Marsden, 20 juin 2013

Alors que le sommet du G8 a officiellement accepté des pourparlers de paix à Genève, en coulisse les États-Unis manigancent l'établissement d'une zone d'exclusion aérienne.

Visite d’Obama à Berlin sur fond de tensions croissantes entre l’Allemagne et les Etats-Unis

Par Peter Schwarz, 20 juin 2013

Derrière la façade soigneusement entretenue, les relations américano-allemandes sont loin d’être harmonieuses.

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

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Nein zum Krieg gegen Syrien!

Von Bill Van Auken, 20. Juni 2013

Die Militärintervention, mit der die Obama-Regierung in Syrien ihre machtpolitischen Ziele durchsetzen will, ist eine durch und durch kriminelle Aggression.

Liberale Verteidiger eines Polizeistaates gehen auf Edward Snowden los

Von David North und Eric London, 20. Juni 2013

Seit Edward Snowden das nationale und internationale Überwachungsprogramm der Obama-Regierung enthüllt hat, sind das politische Establishment und die Medien pausenlos damit beschäftigt, den jungen Mann in Misskredit zu bringen und zu verleumden.

G-8-Gipfel fordert Friedensgespräche, um amerikanische Kriegsvorbereitungen gegen Syrien zu decken

Von Chris Marsden, 20. Juni 2013

Der G-8-Gipfel hat sich zwar formell auf Friedensverhandlungen im nächsten Monat in Genf geeinigt, hinter den Kulissen bereiten die USA jedoch die Einrichtung einer Flugverbotszone in Syrien vor.

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Perspective

Obama in Berlin

20 June 2013

Five years after “Obamamania,” it is not enough to merely shed illusions in Obama. There are serious political lessons that must be drawn so that workers and youth will be politically prepared for future developments.

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Defend Edward Snowden!

The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party call on all workers, students and youth to come to the defense of Edward Snowden. To get involved, click here.

Defend Edward Snowden!

By Barry Grey and David North, 13 June 2013

Liberal advocates of a police state turn savagely against Edward Snowden

By David North and Eric London, 14 June 2013

Obama, Cheney and Snowden’s revelations

By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2013

What Edward Snowden has revealed

By Joseph Kishore, 11 June 2013

Who rules America?

By Barry Grey, 10 June 2013

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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

Left Party offers its services as a prop of bourgeois rule

By Ulrich Rippert, 20 June 2013

The Left Party is endeavouring to arrest the decline of the SPD, and present the SPD-Green ticket as a progressive alternative to the Merkel government.

G8 calls for peace talks to provide cover for US war preparations against Syria

By Chris Marsden, 19 June 2013

No to war in Syria!

By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2013

The California Nurses Association and health care “militancy”

By David Brown, 18 June 2013

Arts Review

Hannah Arendt: Margarethe von Trotta’s film revisits debate over Eichmann trial

By Fred Mazelis and Stefan Steinberg, 20 June 2013

The film focuses on a few critical years in the life of the German-American writer Hannah Arendt, best known for The Origins of Totalitarianism and her study of the trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann.

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Throw out the emergency manager!
Video: D’Artagnan Collier responds to Kevyn Orr’s plan to slash workers’ retirement benefits

19 June 2013

SEP candidate in Detroit speaks with workers about attack on pensions

By Bryan Dyne, 19 June 2013

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Detroit in Crisis

As developers gentrify Detroit, evictions increase

By Zac Corrigan, 20 June 2013

Billionaire home loan tycoon and real estate investor Dan Gilbert is anticipating a windfall from the potential bankruptcy of Detroit and is rapidly increasing his holdings in downtown Detroit.

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SEP (Australia) Election 2013

SEP election meeting in Sydney’s Penrith area
The NBN asbestos exposures: The case for socialist planning

19 June 2013

Corporate, government and union indifference toward the well-being of working people has been the fundamental cause of a growing list of disasters.

SEP election meetings
Defend whistleblower Edward Snowden!
The socialist answer to the assault on democratic rights

19 June 2013

Like Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, Snowden is being persecuted for revealing the truth about the extent of the conspiracy against the democratic rights of working people.

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Workers Struggles

UK health unions betray Mid Yorkshire trust dispute

By Barry Mason, 20 June 2013

Management and unions were well pleased with their joint effort to impose attacks on health workers.

Quebec: 175,000 construction workers mount province-wide strike

By Laurent Lafrance, 19 June 2013

History

One hundred fifty years since West Virginia statehood

By Clement Daly, 19 June 2013

West Virginia gained statehood 150 years ago in the revolutionary struggle to eradicate slavery in the United States during the Civil War.

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

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

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

17 June 2013

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

14 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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