25 July 2014

World capitalism in 2014
Two billion poor, one billion hungry

By Patrick Martin, 25 July 2014

The UN Development Report provides a wealth of statistics documenting the failure of capitalism.

Ukraine prime minister resigns as NATO, Australia prepare intervention in east

By Alex Lantier, 25 July 2014

The far-right Kiev government collapsed yesterday as Kiev's bloody civil war in east Ukraine continued to escalate.

New Zealand parliament backs anti-Russian campaign over MH17 disaster

By Tom Peters, 25 July 2014

What are the politics of the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17?

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Former State Department employee reveals spying on Americans by executive order

By Ed Hightower, 25 July 2014

An editorial by the former official in the Washington Post underscores both the immense scope of illegal spying and the sham character of official “reform.”

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Washington, DC workers speak out against social inequality and rising costs of living

By Todd Mason, 25 July 2014

A new report documents the steep rise in social inequality that has developed in Washington, DC since the economic crisis of 2008

Air Algérie plane crashes in northern Mali

By Niles Williamson, 25 July 2014

An Air Algérie passenger plane carrying 116 people crashed in northern Mali early Thursday morning while en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria.

Northampton sale of Egyptian statue: Major assault on art and cultural provision in the UK

By Paul Bond, 25 July 2014

Northampton, like other Conservative councils, is enthusiastic about selling off the contents of its public museums and art galleries. Labour accepts the argument that artefacts can and should be sold to make up funding shortfalls.

British unions open door to charges for doctor visits

By Ajanta Silva, 25 July 2014

Advocates of charging for doctors’ services argue that a system of free health care for all is no longer sustainable due to the economic crisis.

Treasurer’s biography fuels rifts in Australian government

By Mike Head, 25 July 2014

Hockey essentially blames Prime Minister Abbott for the political crisis over the budget.

Australia Post report points to massive cuts to jobs and services

By Keith Morgan, 25 July 2014

A consultants’ report reveals advanced plans to wind back postal deliveries, outsource more jobs and cut wages.

New in Spanish

Un crimen contra la humanidad en la frontera de los Estados Unidos

Por Bill Van Auken, 24 Julio 2014

La "señal clara" enviada por el gobierno de Obama demuestra el desprecio de la Casa Blanca hacia el derecho internacional tanto dentro como fuera del país.

New in French

Quelle est la politique menée à propos de l'écrasement du vol MH17 de la Malaysian Airlines?

Par Alex Lantier, 25 juillet 2014

La réaction des médias et de l 'État américains suit un mode opératoire que l'impérialisme américain utilise depuis des années pour pousser le peuple américain sur la voie de la guerre.

Les États-Unis parlent de cessez-le-feu pendant qu'Israël intensifie son massacre

Par Bill Van Auken, 25 juillet 2014

Le secrétaire d'État américain John Kerry a fait la navette entre l'Égypte et Israël pour faire la promotion d'une proposition de cessez-le-feu qui revient à une capitulation inconditionnelle de la population palestinienne de Gaza.

New in German

Die politische Bedeutung des Absturzes von MH17

Von Alex Lantier, 25. Juli 2014

Die Reaktion der amerikanischen Medien und des Staates auf den Absturz von MH17 orientiert sich an einem Modus Operandi, den der US-Imperialismus schon oft eingesetzt hat, um die Bevölkerung in einen Krieg zu drängen.

NSU-Prozess: Warum schweigt Zschäpe?

Von Dietmar Henning, 25. Juli 2014

Die Hauptangeklagte im NSU-Prozesses vor dem Münchener Oberlandesgericht (OLG), Beate Zschäpe, muss ihre Pflichtverteidiger behalten, denen sie nicht länger vertraut.

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Perspective

The Gaza war crimes and the bankruptcy of nationalism

25 July 2014

What is required is a political perspective that can unite the working class of all religious and ethnic backgrounds in a common struggle for socialist internationalism.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

SEP rallies workers and youth against Detroit water shutoffs

By David Brown, 25 July 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and the Detroit Workers Committee held a rally at the water department’s central facility even as city officials continued shutoffs despite the so-called 15-day “pause.”

Dan Gilbert’s “New Detroit”
Billionaire land speculator witch-hunts teens for graffiti near his property

Video: Detroit residents speak out against water shutoffs

By James Brewer, 22 July 2014

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Arts Review

The Passenger depicts the Holocaust and its aftermath in opera form

By Fred Mazelis, 25 July 2014

This “lost opera,” written in the late 1960s, deserves a permanent place in the repertoire.

American film and television actor James Garner (1928-2014)

By David Walsh, 24 July 2014

Over the course of nearly five decades, and for the benefit of several generations, Garner represented something generous, affable and skeptical of authority in film and television.

Commentary

Contradictions of capitalism underlie monetary policy dispute

By Nick Beams, 24 July 2014

Joseph Stiglitz in Australia: A desperate attempt to promote the illusion of reform

By Nick Beams, 23 July 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

25 July 2014

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

Dock workers at Piraeus Port, Greece end strike

Socialist Equality Party

SEP and IYSSE public meetings in Australia
On the centenary of WWI: Socialism and the fight against war

25 July 2014

One hundred years on, amid the most severe global economic breakdown since the 1930s, a new world war is in the making.

Sri Lanka: Independent Workers Inquiry presents findings on Weliweriya water pollution

By our reporters, 24 July 2014

Workers and students in Australia discuss SEP’s antiwar program

By our reporters, 22 July 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Anniversary report from 9/11 Commission seeks to bolster “war on terror”

By Thomas Gaist, 23 July 2014

Obama administration added 1.5 million names to US terrorist watch list

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25 years ago: Stalinist regimes in Poland and Hungary on last legs

On July 25, 1989, Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa informed newly elected President Wojciech Jaruzelski that there would be no coalition government between Solidarity and the Communist Party.

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50 years ago: Record production, corporate profits in US

Led by the auto industry, US corporations reported record profits for the first half of 1964.

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75 years ago: Tensions mount between US and Japan

The Roosevelt administration renounced the nearly 30-year-old trade treaty between the United States and Japan on July 26, 1939.

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100 years ago: European powers begin mobilizing in preparation for war

On July 23, 1914, Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to the Serbian government, in the wake of the assassination of Austrian Archduke, Franz Ferdinand, by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo the previous month.

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