1 August 2014

Israel calls up more troops to join Gaza slaughter

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2014

The death toll among Palestinians is nearing 1,500, including more than 300 children.

Charges of anti-Semitism used to intimidate and criminalise opponents of war in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 August 2014

While millions of people are deeply shocked by the brutal bombardment by the Israeli army of Gaza, politicians and media commentators in Germany have attacked opponents of the war.

Gaza, Ukraine and the fraud of “human rights” imperialism

Filmmakers, actors, writers and doctors denounce Israeli violence against Gaza

Internationally renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim speaks out in sympathy with the Palestinians

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Ukrainian parliament approves deployment of foreign armed forces to crash site

By Niles Williamson, 1 August 2014

An investigative team is serving as an expeditionary force for armed forces from Australia and the Netherlands, amid continued fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

UK parliamentary panel demands NATO prepare for confrontation with Russia

By Julie Hyland, 1 August 2014

The proposal would have NATO broaden the terms in its founding treaty that trigger collective action in the event of an “armed attack” on an ally.

Australian pseudo-lefts line up behind US war preparations against Russia

By Nick Beams, 1 August 2014

After remaining silent for days on the downing of MH17, Socialist Alternative is providing grist to the mill of the US-led war drive against Russia.

Former US intelligence personnel challenge Obama to present evidence of Russian complicity in MH17 crash

Australia: Two significant reactions to the MH17 tragedy

EU imposes its first sanctions against the Russian economy

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US court forces Argentina into default

By Bill Van Auken, 1 August 2014

The action threatens to worsen Argentina’s economic conditions, while setting the stage for far more explosive debt crises internationally.

US boosts missile sales to Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 1 August 2014

The deal is part of the Obama administration’s efforts to shore up the Baghdad regime and US interests in the region.

Wisconsin high court rules public workers have no constitutional right to organize

By Jerry White, 1 August 2014

In a reactionary ruling with far-ranging implications for democratic rights, the state supreme court upheld Republican Governor Scott Walker’s 2011 anti-worker law.

Hundreds of undocumented migrants begin hunger strike at Tacoma, Washington, detention facility

By Kevin Martinez, 1 August 2014

The strikers will fast for 75 hours to protest conditions at the facility and President Obama’s policy of mass deportations.

Interview with US immigrants’ rights activist: “This administration has been terrible for us on many fronts”

A crime against humanity on America’s border

Ebola epidemic highlights poverty in Africa

By David Brown, 1 August 2014

Sierra Leone has mobilized its military and Liberia has closed its schools in response to the uncontained Ebola outbreak.

Less than 40 percent of Canadian jobless eligible for benefits

By Carl Bronski, 1 August 2014

In the 1980s, just prior to the beginning of the assault on benefits launched by successive Conservative and Liberal governments, up to 85 percent of unemployed workers were eligible to collect jobless benefits.

Maine governor met repeatedly with violent ultra-right group

By John Marion, 1 August 2014

Republican Governor Paul LePage held a series of meetings with members of a neo-fascist group that had called for executing prominent state Democrats.

Los Angeles water main break points to failing national infrastructure

By Gabriel Black, 1 August 2014

Tuesday’s water main break at the University of California Los Angeles underscores the danger of the failing, ancient, water infrastructure beneath the nation’s cities.

Deepening water crisis in California driven by drought, wildfires and infrastructure

German drug company covered-up deadly side effects of anticoagulant Pradaxa

By Douglas Lyons, 1 August 2014

The drug used for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation has a grave side effect: internal and irreversible bleeding.

New in Turkish

Gazze, Ukrayna ve “insan hakları” emperyalizmi sahtekarlığı

Bill Van Auken, 1 Ağustos 2014

Geçmiş performansı gözönünde bulundurulduğunda, günümüzün insan hakları emperyalizmi, sömürgeciliğin en parlak günlerindeki “beyaz adam sorumluluğu”na soylu bir dava görünümü kazandırmaktadır.

Mali balon ekonomisi

Andre Damon, 1 Ağustos 2014

Ekonomik krizin her aşamasına, her zamankinden büyük ani emperyalist şiddet krizi eşlik ediyor.

Ünlü orkestra şefi Daniel Barenboim Filistinliler ile dayanışmasını ifade etti

Fred Mazelis, 1 Ağustos 2014

Barenboim, çok sayıda İsrailli’nin, kamuoyunu son istilanın arkasında harekete geçirmeye yönelik kampanyada bastırılmış olan düşüncesini yansıtmaktadır.

New in French

Gaza, l’Ukraine et l’escroquerie de l’impérialisme des « droits de l’Homme »

Par Bill Van Auken , 01 août 2014

Au même moment où parvenaient de Gaza les images horrifiques des derniers massacres, les journaux annonçaient que le gouvernement Obama avait convenu avec l’UE d’imposer des sanctions généralisées, non pas contre Israël, mais contre la Russie.

Daniel Barenboim, chef d’orchestre de renommée internationale, exprime sa sympathie pour les Palestiniens

Par Fred Mazelis , 01 août 2014

Le chef d’orchestre et pianiste de renommée mondiale parle au nom de millions de gens dans le monde entier, y compris beaucoup de gens en Israël même.

Le Nouveau Parti démocratique du Canada appuie les crimes de guerre israéliens

Par Carl Bronski , 01 août 2014

Le Nouveau Parti démocratique du Canada fait l'objet de critiques croissantes pour ne pas avoir dénoncé l'assaut meurtrier mené par le gouvernement israélien.

New in German

Gazastreifen, Ukraine und der Imperialismus der "Menschenrechte"

Von Bill Van Auken, 1. August 2014

Während aus dem Gazastreifen die schrecklichen Bilder der jüngsten Massaker zu sehen sind, brachten Zeitungen die Meldung, dass sich die Obama-Regierung mit der EU geeinigt hatte, umfassende Sanktionen umzusetzen – allerdings nicht gegen Israel, sondern gegen Russland.

Angriff des Kiewer Regime in Ostukraine verhindert Zugang zur Absturzstelle von MH17

Von Chris Marsden, 1. August 2014

Das vom Westen unterstützte Kiewer Regime setzt seine Offensive in der Ostukraine fort, verhindert jeden Zugang zur Absturzstelle von Flug MH17 und provoziert damit Appelle der Niederlande, aus denen die meisten Todesopfer kamen.

Konfrontation der EU mit Russland verschärft Lage in Moldawien

Von Markus Salzmann, 1. August 2014

Nachdem die Regierung Ende Juni ein Assoziierungsabkommen mit der EU unterzeichnete, leidet die Wirtschaft des Landes unter den Gegenmaßnahmen Russlands.

ISIS:
Eine dschihadistische Bewegung “Made in the USA”

Von Jean Shaoul, 1. August 2014

Die USA, die europäischen Großmächte und ihre Verbündeten in der Region haben alle ISIS und ähnliche Gruppen finanziell, militärisch und politisch unterstützt.

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Perspective

A law unto themselves: the CIA and the torture cover-up

1 August 2014

An admission by the CIA that its employees spied on the US Senate as part of the cover-up of torture highlights the unchecked power of the military-intelligence apparatus in the United States.

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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.

Commentary

Are you ready for nuclear war?

By David North and Alex Lantier, 30 July 2014

This is the question that everyone should be asking him- or herself in light of the developments since the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit kindergartens “experiment” with 100-student class sizes

By Nancy Hanover, 1 August 2014

An eastside school, located in one of Detroit’s high poverty areas, has elected to combine all kindergartners together, cramming 100 five-year-olds into a single class.

Detroit water workers reject concession demands

The politics of the Detroit People’s Water Board

No to privatization, job cuts and concessions!
For a political struggle by Detroit workers against Orr’s bankruptcy plan

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Arts Review

John le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man brought to the screen

By Joanne Laurier, 1 August 2014

The film deals with post-9/11 intrigues and conflicts between European and American spy agencies triggered by the illegal arrival in Germany of a suspicious young Chechen

Interview with Professor Ian Duncan on Sir Walter Scott: The novel “as a kind of total environment of human life”

By David Walsh, 31 July 2014

Ian Duncan is the author of an introduction to a Penguin Classics edition of Waverley and currently teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mad Men, season seven, first half: A step forward for US television?

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meeting
Oppose the bombardment of Gaza!

1 August 2014

What is unfolding in Gaza is a calculated war crime against a defenceless population of 1.8 million Palestinians.

Commentary

Thousands imprisoned, some executed, based on false FBI lab reports

Constitutional crisis unfolds in the Philippines

US prosecutors routinely violate attorney-client privilege

ISIS: The jihadist movement stamped “Made in America”

Debt delinquency soars in US

“You can’t treat human beings this way”
New York residents speak out against police violence

China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang investigated for corruption

The Libyan catastrophe

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Democratic senator boasts NSA “reform” bill vetted by US intelligence agencies

Obama administration grants architects of torture sneak peak at Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA programs

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25 years ago: Push to restore capitalism in Poland and Hungary

This week in 1989, the new leader of the Polish Communist Party, former Prime Minister Miecsyslaw Rakowski, proposed that party officials be awarded personal ownership of some of the factories and companies that were slated for privatization.

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50 years ago: Riots in Jersey City

Just two weeks after riots erupted in the Harlem section of New York City, a nearby urban center, Jersey City, New Jersey, was gripped by rioting on August 2-4, 1964.

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75 years ago:US House passes anti-communist Smith Act

On July 29, 1939, the US House of Representatives voted 273-48 to pass the anti-communist Smith Act.

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100 years ago: French socialist leader Jean Jaurès assassinated in Paris

On July 31, 1914, the socialist leader in the French Chamber of Deputies, Jean Jaurès, was shot and killed in a Paris cafe by a 29-year-old nationalist.

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