22 August 2014

Second St. Louis area police shooting highlights unrestrained police violence in the US

By Andre Damon, 22 August 2014

St. Louis police released a video depicting the shooting Tuesday of 23-year-old Kajieme Powell, just ten days after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown that led to mass protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.

Workers and young people speak on Ferguson, Missouri, police violence

By a WSWS reporting team, 22 August 2014

The killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and other recent police shootings evoked an angry response from workers and young people across the US.

Class, race and the police killing in Ferguson, Missouri

By Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2014

De facto martial law in Ferguson, Missouri

Federal judge refuses to halt “keep moving” order in Ferguson

Workers and youth in Berlin: “What is taking place in Ferguson is war”

More on the police killing in St. Louis »

More Israeli crimes against Palestinians
Killings in Gaza, arrests on West Bank

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2014

Israeli air strikes killed another 26 in Gaza Thursday, including three top Hamas leaders.

Gaza, Ukraine and US preparations for urban warfare

By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2014

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German government to deliver weapons to Kurds in northern Iraq

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 August 2014

The defence minister has signalled a new stage in the revival of German militarism.

More on the crisis in Iraq »

War and social attacks spread throughout Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 22 August 2014

The Ukrainian army has expanded its offensive against the rebel-controlled cities of Luhansk and Donetsk, fighting house-to-house battles with rebel groups.

Why have the media and Obama administration gone silent on MH17?

Clashes in Monrovia, Liberia as West African Ebola epidemic grows

By Niles Williamson, 22 August 2014

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced late Tuesday the imposition of a nationwide curfew and quarantines as part of an effort to halt the spread of the Ebola virus.

Australian government switches message on budget “crisis”

By Mike Head, 22 August 2014

The shift reflects the government’s inability to push through key measures, while exposing the fraud of claims by Labor and the Greens to oppose the thrust of the budget.

Philippine Supreme Court controversy: A revealing glimpse into Washington’s machinations

By Joseph Santolan, 22 August 2014

The entire Jardeleza affair reveals the colonial-level control which Washington exercises over Philippine politics, over Manila’s legal case against China in particular.

Sri Lankan unions call off health workers’ strike

By our correspondents, 22 August 2014

By ending the strike, the heath unions have demonstrated that they function as agents of the government against workers.

Bank of America agrees to sweetheart settlement with US Department of Justice

By Gabriel Black, 22 August 2014

The actual financial hit of BoA is far less than the $16.7 billion price tag touted by the Obama administration.

Wave of layoffs sweeps North American coal industry

By Clement Daly, 22 August 2014

Alpha Natural Resources plans to lay off approximately 1,100 coal miners and support staff at 11 affiliated coal mining operations in southern West Virginia by mid-October.

One-third of the US population has no retirement savings

By Jake Dean, 22 August 2014

New reports continue to expose worsening economic conditions for millions.

“Poor Door” for lower-income tenants underscores class divide in New York

By Steve Light, 22 August 2014

A 33-story luxury building under construction will have a separate back entrance for those who live in its “affordable” apartments.

New in German

Klasse, Hautfarbe und der Polizeimord in Ferguson

Von Joseph Kishore, 22. August 2014

Eine Kolumne des ehemaligen Basketballstars Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hat ein lautstarkes Protestgeheul der politischen Vertreter des besser gestellten Kleinbürgertums ausgelöst, das tief in Identitätspolitik verstrickt ist. Dazu gehört auch die International Socialist Organization.

Ukraine: Ausweitung des Kriegs und Sozialangriffe im ganzen Land

Von Christoph Dreier, 22. August 2014

Die ukrainische Armee hat ihre Offensive gegen die von Separatisten kontrollierten Städte Donezk und Luhansk ausgeweitet und liefert sich schwere Häuserkämpfe mit Rebellenverbänden. Zugleich plant sie weitere Sozialkürzungen im ganzen Land.

Israelischer Luftangriff tötet Frau und Sohn von Hamas-Führer

Von Patrick Martin, 22. August 2014

Dienstagnacht töteten israelische Kampfflieger in einem gezielten Terroranschlag die Frau und den acht Monate alten Sohn des militärischen Hamas-Kommandeurs Mohammed Deif.

Karstadt an vorbestraften Immobilienspekulanten verkauft
Ver.di schürt neue Illusionen

Von Marianne Arens, 22. August 2014

Das Traditionskaufhaus Karstadt wird an den österreichischen Multimillionär und Immobilienspekulanten René Benko verkauft. Ver.di bietet ihre Dienste an.

Assange sagt, er werde die ecuadorianische Botschaft bald verlassen

Von Robert Stevens, 22. August 2014

Das britische Unterhaus verabschiedete im Juli ein Gesetz, das die undemokratischen Bestimmungen des EuHB-Systems abschafft, auf dessen Grundlage Assange an Schweden ausgeliefert werden sollte. Aber die britische Regierung will dieses Gesetz nicht auf Assange anwenden.

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Perspective

Who is responsible for the murder of James Foley?

22 August 2014

The vicious execution of the American journalist has been seized upon as the pretext for launching new US wars of aggression in the Middle East.

Earlier Perspectives »

Video Reports from Ferguson, Missouri

“We have the right to protest. We have the right to assemble”
Anger mounts in Ferguson, Missouri over police repression

By Andre Damon and Eric London, 20 August 2014

Video: Ferguson, Missouri residents determined to fight police violence

By Andre Damon and Zac Corrigan, 18 August 2014

“They invaded Ferguson like they invaded Iraq”
Video: Ferguson residents say police crackdown turns city into war zone

By Andre Damon and Eric London, 19 August 2014

More video reports from Ferguson »

Scottish referendum campaign

Scottish National Party issues its hollow “Declaration of Opportunity”

By Jordan Shilton, 22 August 2014

Under conditions of the deepest crisis of global capitalism since the 1930s, working people are to believe that a new capitalist mini-state offers the basis for a return to social reformism.

SEP campaigners oppose Scottish separatism, call for class unity

By our reporters, 21 August 2014

SEP teams have been campaigning in Glasgow city centre, Paisley, Greenock and Port Glasgow.

SEP (UK) public meetings
Vote “No” in the Scottish referendum—Fight for a socialist Britain

21 August 2014

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) calls for a decisive and unambiguous “No” vote in the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence.

Tommy Sheridan’s nationalist diatribe in service of Scottish big business

Further coverage on the Scottish referendum campaign »

Book Review

Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession
A right-wing critique of Australia’s World War I centenary celebrations

By Richard Phillips, 22 August 2014

A new book calls for increased funds and greater focus on elite military leadership, in order to prepare for new imperialist interventions.

Mehring Books

Foreword to The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 1 August 2014

This essay by David North is the foreword to The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century, now available for pre-order at Mehring Books.

Arts Review

Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight: Keeping life at a distance

By David Walsh, 22 August 2014

A famed illusionist (Colin Firth) is brought in to expose a young clairvoyant (Emma Stone), but instead begins to have doubts about his own rationalistic world-view.

Rich Hill: A story that “could be told in hundreds of towns”

By Joanne Laurier, 20 August 2014

Commentary

Spain: United Left and Podemos seek to join forces

By Alejandro López, 21 August 2014

The coming together of these two groups demonstrates that they share the same social base and right-wing program.

The political fraud of the Canadian Peoples’ Social Forum

By Carl Bronski, 20 August 2014

Western powers talk “peace” while eastern Ukraine is decimated

By Julie Hyland, 20 August 2014

Australian journalist targeted under Racial Discrimination Act over Israel war coverage

By Laura Tiernan, 19 August 2014

Australian government “celebrates” first WWI military action

By Richard Phillips, 19 August 2014

Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit Public Schools announces 10 percent wage cut, new round of school closures

By Thomas Gaist, 20 August 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 August 2014

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

Socialist Equality Party

Defend the rights of immigrant workers! Unite the working class of North, Central and South America!
Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress

14 August 2014

This resolution of the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US) was adopted unanimously on August 6, 2014.

Oppose the Israeli assault on Gaza!
Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress

9 August 2014

This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party of the United States.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Fight cuts to education and the drive to war!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 19 August 2014

25 years ago: Black Panther leader Huey Newton shot dead in Oakland

On August 22, 1989, former Black Panther leader Huey Newton was shot three times in the head and killed in Oakland, California.

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50 years ago: Johnson spurns Freedom Democratic Party

On August 23, 1964, supporters of the so-called Freedom Democratic Party were blocked in their attempt to displace the official Democratic Party delegation from the state of Mississippi.

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75 years ago: Hitler-Stalin pact signed in Moscow

On August 24, 1939, German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov met in Moscow to sign a non-aggression pact between fascist Germany and the Soviet Union.

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100 years ago: Lenin authors statement against SPD betrayal and world war

Days after the German Social Democratic Party and the other major parties of the Second International betrayed the cause of socialism by supporting their “own” governments’ war efforts, Vladimir Lenin authored a statement advancing a revolutionary internationalist reponse to the barbarism of World War I.

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