Panic deepens on world financial markets

By Andre Damon, 21 June 2013

Global stocks plunged Thursday in the biggest one-day sell-off so far this year, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the US central bank might consider paring back its cash infusions into the financial markets.

Massive protests sweep Brazil after transit fare rollback

By Rafael Azul, 21 June 2013

Despite a rollback in transit fares, hundreds of thousands took to the streets Thursday in cities across Brazil, demanding greater spending on health, education and social services.

NSA monitoring US communications without a warrant, documents show

By Thomas Gaist, 21 June 2013

Documents published Thursday illustrate the expansive, near universal surveillance powers granted to the NSA by the FISA Court

British government moves to censor media coverage of spying operations

By Robert Stevens, 21 June 2013

The British government has issued a “private and confidential” request to UK media that it censor information relating to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

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Questions surround death of journalist Michael Hastings

By David Brown, 21 June 2013

The speed with which police have declared no “foul play” is an effort to suppress the many questions that exist about the death of the journalist.

Key Senate Republicans back US immigration bill based on border “surge”

By Matthew MacEgan, 21 June 2013

A pair of right-wing Republican senators threw their support behind an immigration bill based on an amendment calling for a military-style “surge” on the border.

Wave of suicides in Italy as social conditions deteriorate

By our correspondent, 21 June 2013

Suicides related to economic causes have increased 30 percent in the past four years, according to a recent report.

Malaysian opposition offers cooperation with government

By John Roberts, 21 June 2013

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is cynically seeking to use popular resentment over the election result to pressure the government for a deal.

Sri Lankan government unveils media “ethics” code

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 21 June 2013

The government is seeking to tighten controls over the media and suppress any criticism of its actions and policies.

California pension fund in crisis

By Julien Kiemle, 21 June 2013

A new report suggests that California has massively underestimated its unfunded liabilities to pensioners.

Washington DC faces shortage of emergency response vehicles

By Trent Novak, 21 June 2013

A recent audit of the city’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department has revealed that many of the agency’s vehicles are inoperable or unfit for service.

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El presidente Chino visita México y Centroamérica para fortalecer lazos económicos

Por Don Knowland, 21 Junio 2013

El nuevo presidente de China, Xi Jinping, viajó a Trinidad y Tobago, Costa Rica y México poco antes de reunirse en California con el presidente estadounidense Barack Obama. Xi llegó a México el 4 de junio.

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Obama in Berlyn

Deur Barry Grey, 20 June 2013

In sy toespraak Woensdag in Berlyn het President Barack Obama baie gemaak van die feit dat hy die eerste Amerikaanse president was wat van die oostelike kant van die Brandenburg Hek gepraat het, wat eens die Stalinistiese Oos Berlyn was.

100 jaar gelede: Rassistiese ‘Native Land Act’ deurgevoer

19 June 2013

Op 19 Junie 1913 is die sogenaamde ‘Natives Land Act’, ook bekend as die ‘Black Land Act’, in Suid-Afrika deurgevoer. Die wet, deurgevoer deur die regering van Louis Botha, was die eerste deel van rassistiese wetgewing sedert die Unie van Suid-Afrika in 1910 begin bestaan het. Dit het die wetlike raamwerk verskaf vir die apartheid regime wat in 1948 begin is.

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Obama à Berlin

Par Barry Grey, 21 juin 2013

Cinq ans après l' « Obamamania », il ne suffit pas de se contenter de se défaire de ses illusions sur Obama. Il y a des leçons politiques sérieuses à tirer pour que les travailleurs et les jeunes soient politiquement prêts pour les développements à venir

Grève générale des 175.000 travailleurs de la construction du Québec

Par Laurent Lafrance, 21 juin 2013

Les travailleurs de tous les secteurs de la construction du Québec sont officiellement en grève générale illimitée depuis lundi matin. Des projets de construction de toute la province, évalués à des dizaines de milliards, sont paralysés.

Le parti Die Linke propose ses services pour étayer le régime bourgeois

Par Ulrich Rippert, 21 juin 2013

Le parti Die Linke s’emploie à enrayer le déclin du SPD et présente le programme SPD-Verts comme une alternative progressiste au gouvernement Merkel.

Des centaines de milliers de personnes protestent dans tout le Brésil

Par Dorian Griscom, 21 juin 2013

Les manifestations de masse de lundi sont venues grossir et approfondir une vague de manifestations plus petites organisées au début en réaction à la hausse des tarifs de transports en commun.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2005
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Marx 21 wirbt für imperialistische Militärintervention in Syrien

Von Johannes Stern, 21. Juni 2013

Auf der Website von Marx 21 – einer Gruppe, die fester Bestandteil der Linkspartei ist – prangt ein Artikel unter dem Titel „Putins Schüler”. Er mobilisiert Unterstützung für eine imperialistische Intervention in Syrien.

Obama, Cheney und Snowdens Enthüllungen

Von Bill Van Auken, 21. Juni 2013

Zu Recht muss Obama, der frühere Kandidat von “Hope” und “Change”, heute fürchten, dass man ihn als Reinkarnation von Dick Cheney betrachtet.

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Syrian war threatens regional sectarian bloodbath

21 June 2013

Washington’s escalation of its proxy war in Syria, relying on far-right Sunni Islamist forces, is fomenting a Sunni-Shia sectarian war across the Middle East.

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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

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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.

Detroit in Crisis

While slashing city workers pensions
Detroit officials find $286 million to subsidize new sports arena

By Julien Kiemle, 21 June 2013

Billionaire developer Mike Ilitch will construct a new arena, largely with public funds, for his Red Wings hockey franchise

As developers gentrify Detroit, evictions increase

By Zac Corrigan, 20 June 2013

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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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SEP (Australia) Election 2013

SEP election meeting in Beenleigh, Queensland
Wage-cutting in the meat and car industries—the socialist response

21 June 2013

Corporate pay-cutting ultimatums mark a new stage in the assault underway on the jobs, working conditions and living standards of the working class.

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

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

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SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

A political answer to youth unemployment in Europe

Christoph Vandreier—parliamentary candidate of the Socialist Equality Party in Germany (PSG), 21 June 2013

The real state of any society finds its clearest expression in the perspective it offers youth. The relentless rise of youth unemployment in Europe further demonstrates the bankruptcy of the capitalist system.

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

17 June 2013

Workers Struggles

Quebec government threatens to criminalize province-wide construction strike

By Keith Jones, 21 June 2013

Bowing to Parti Québecois government threats, leaders of the Construction Union Alliance announced yesterday that they will resume contract negotiations with Quebec’s building contractors and work with them to quickly end a five day-old province-wide construction strike.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

21 June 2013

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

UK health unions betray Mid Yorkshire trust dispute

By Barry Mason, 20 June 2013

Arts Review

Actor James Gandolfini, lead actor in The Sopranos, dies at 51

By David Walsh, 21 June 2013

American actor James Gandolfini, best known for his role in The Sopranos, died in Rome on Wednesday night.

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

By Fred Mazelis and Stefan Steinberg, 20 June 2013


Obama in Berlin

By Barry Grey, 20 June 2013

Left Party offers its services as a prop of bourgeois rule

By Ulrich Rippert, 20 June 2013

Turkish unions, business groups back crackdown on Taksim Square protest

By Thomas Gaist and Alex Lantier, 20 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


One hundred fifty years since West Virginia statehood

By Clement Daly, 19 June 2013

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

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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