Civil war escalates in Iraq amid reports of sectarian massacres

By James Cogan, 16 June 2014

The events of the past week have starkly exposed the ethnic and sectarian fracturing of Iraq that was fomented during the US occupation.

The debacle in Iraq

The fall of Mosul and the crimes of imperialism

US-backed rightists attack Russian embassy in Kiev

By Alex Lantier, 16 June 2014

The attack on the embassy was designed to inflame international tensions and move the Ukrainian crisis towards war between Russia and the major Western powers.

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Instability set to continue after Afghan presidential election

By Mike Head, 16 June 2014

Whichever of the two pro-US candidates is declared the winner, the election is a fraud on many levels.

Obama administration halts Philadelphia railway strike

By Sandy English, 16 June 2014

Obama’s presidential act of strike-breaking came less than one day after the workers walked off the job in a dispute over pay and benefits.

French rail workers, artists protest social cuts

By Kumaran Ira, 16 June 2014

Nationwide strikes involving rail and cultural workers reflect rising social opposition to the Socialist Party government.

Militarization of police in America

By Zac Corrigan, 16 June 2014

The Pentagon has been equipping US police departments with military weapons, combat vehicles and other wartime equipment.

Pennsylvania: Mother of seven dies while jailed for unpaid fines

By Samuel Davidson, 16 June 2014

The death of Eileen DiNino, 55, is a tragic example of the brutalization of the working class and the poor by the American judicial system.

Bank of England governor warns of threat to capitalism

By Jordan Shilton, 16 June 2014

Coming in the context of a series of reports on the astronomical levels of social inequality in Britain and internationally, Carney’s comments are a warning to ruling circles over the instability of their social order and the inevitability of mass social opposition.

Germany: Ford works council agrees to flexible working and job cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 16 June 2014

The measures agreed in Cologne will bring the company total savings of $400 million (€295 million) over five years.

Sri Lankan students’ union promotes illusions in protest campaign

By IYSSE reporters, 16 June 2014

The so-called Frontline Socialist Party claims that protests will pressure the government to drop its “free market” policies.

New in Spanish

Edward Snowden defiende su decisión de revelar espionaje de la NSA en entrevista con la NBC

Por Joseph Kishore, 16 Junio 2014

El informante de la NSA (siglas en inglés de Agencia de Seguridad Nacional) Edward Snowden provee una defensa clara y articulada de sus acciones en una entrevista con el canal de noticias NBC.

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L’Italia dopo le elezioni europee

Di Marianne Arens, 16 giugno 2014

Il partito al governo, il PD, è emerso vincitore dalle elezioni europee del 25 maggio con il 40,8 per cento dei voti.

New in French

La crise irakienne menace de déclencher une guerre dans toute la région

Par Bill Van Auken, 16 juin 2014

]« Je n'exclus rien, » a déclaré le président Barack Obama jeudi quant à une réaction potentielle de l'armée américaine à l'avancée de l'EIIL.

Après les élections européennes
L’UE déchirée par des conflits au sujet de la présidence de la Commission européenne

Par Peter Schwarz, 16 juin 2014

Derrière la querelle au sujet de Jean-Claude Juncker se trouve des intérêts divergents et des conflits nationaux qui remettent en cause l’avenir de l’UE.

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Perspective

Obama responds to Iraq debacle with military escalation

16 June 2014

Eleven years after initiating the worst bloodbath of the 21st century, American imperialism is preparing to compound its crimes in Iraq.

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25 years ago: US wildcat strikes support Pittston coal miners

Wildcat strikes in coalfields broke out in Alabama, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio on June 19, 1989, despite a back-to-work demand by the union leadership.

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50 years ago: Three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi

On June 21, 1964, three young civil rights workers were kidnapped and murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

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75 years ago: Goebbels makes violent threats in Danzig

German Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels visited the Free State of Danzig (today Gdansk, Poland) to present his regime’s Culture Prize on June 18, 1939.

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100 years ago: Major coal mining disasters in Canada and Belgium

On June 19, 1914, coal miners and their families faced tragedy in two incidents in Canada and Belgium.

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Arts Review

Classic jazz from Detroit’s Royal Garden Trio

By Hiram Lee, 16 June 2014

The Detroit-based Royal Garden Trio perform classic jazz and popular songs from the 1920s and 1930s. Their work deserves a larger audience.

Ruby Dee, American actress and activist, dead at 91

By David Walsh, 14 June 2014

Beyoncé, the new album

By Matthew Brennan, 14 June 2014

Million Dollar Arm and Words and Pictures: Two Australian directors in Hollywood, for better or worse

Commentary

Australian treasurer defends austerity budget as “fair”

By Peter Symonds, 16 June 2014

Hockey’s speech was a desperate attempt to defend the indefensible, marked by evasions, lies and fiddled statistics.

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After the European elections
EU torn by conflict over European Commission president

By Peter Schwarz, 14 June 2014

The California teacher tenure ruling and the war against public education

By Jerry White, 13 June 2014

Global private financial wealth surges by 14.6 percent in 2013

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Federal judge allows US government to destroy evidence in suit against NSA

By Eric London, 13 June 2014

One year of Edward Snowden’s revelations

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit officials agree at DIA press conference: Workers must pay for bankruptcy

By Larry Porter and Jerry White, 12 June 2014

More Detroit schools threatened with closure

By Muhammad Khan, 12 June 2014

Detroit’s “plan of adjustment”: A declaration of war against the working class

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