Obama orders nearly 300 US troops to Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2014

The order to deploy US forces to Iraq for the first time since the US withdrawal in December 2011 comes amid growing signs of a full-fledged civil war.

Iraq’s civil war provokes UK political crisis

By Julie Hyland, 18 June 2014

German media clamours for a new Iraq war

By Johannes Stern, 18 June 2014

The US media and the debacle in Iraq

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CIA planned rendition of Edward Snowden

By Robert Stevens, 18 June 2014

According to an article published by the Register, an aircraft belonging to the CIA was sent to Europe last June as the US government was preparing to seize whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

One year of Edward Snowden’s revelations

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Ukrainian military kills Russian journalists in assault on rebel-held town

By Barry Grey, 18 June 2014

Two Russian journalists were killed Tuesday after being hit by mortar shells fired directly at them by Ukrainian government forces attacking the rebel-held town of Metallist.

US-backed rightists attack Russian embassy in Kiev

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State killing machine resumes in US
Executions in Georgia, Missouri and Florida

By Kate Randall, 18 June 2014

Two executions were carried out within hours of each other late Tuesday night and early Wednesday, the first since the botched lethal injection in Oklahoma on April 29.

Capital punishment and the brutality of the American ruling class

Mentally ill in the US: Ten times more in prisons than in hospitals

By Trent Novak, 18 June 2014

A report released by the Treatment Advocacy Center shows that there are now 10 times as many individuals with severe and persistent mental disorders in state and county prisons than in state psychiatric institutions.

Detroit city worker union pushes bankruptcy restructuring plan

By Jerry White, 18 June 2014

After agreeing to concessions contracts for active city workers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees called on retirees to approve the Plan of Adjustment submitted by Detroit’s emergency manager.

200,000 Cambodians flee Thailand amid military crackdown

By Tom Peters, 18 June 2014

The junta is whipping up anti-immigrant xenophobia to divide the working class as it prepares to implement austerity measures.

Socialist Party government ignores mass protest to attack French culture workers’ jobless benefits

By Pierre Mabut, 18 June 2014

Ten thousand entertainment industry workers protested outside the Ministry of Culture in Paris on Monday as part of strike action throughout France.

French president backs generals’ revolt against cuts to military budget

By Antoine Lerougetel, 18 June 2014

France’s military leadership openly threatened to resign in order to force a retraction of cuts in military spending.

Ford announces 250 forced redundancies in Australia

By our correspondent, 18 June 2014

The move points to an accelerating shut down of the automotive industry in the country, orchestrated by governments, corporations and the unions.

Australia Post slashes 900 jobs in preparation for privatisation

By Keith Morgan, 18 June 2014

Up to 10,000 jobs are expected to be eliminated over the next three years to make the postal service an attractive proposition for a corporate buyer.

New in French

L’appel aux armes du président allemand

Par Peter Schwarz, 18 juin 2014

A l’issue d’une visite de trois jours en Norvège, le président allemand a réitéré son appel à une politique étrangère plus belliqueuse.

Il y a 100 ans : catastrophes minières majeures au Canada et en Belgique

Le 19 juin 1914 des mineurs et leurs familles étaient victimes d’une tragédie dans deux accidents séparés, au Canada et en Belgique.

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Die amerikanischen Medien und das Debakel im Irak

Von Bill Van Auken, 18. Juni 2014

Eine Kolumne von Chelsea (Bradley) Manning aus dem Gefängnis beschreibt die kriminelle Rolle der amerikanischen Medien bei der Rechtfertigung des Irakkrieges gegenüber der amerikanischen Bevölkerung.

Bürgerkrieg im Irak:
Washington sondiert Allianz mit Teheran

Von Chris Marsden, 18. Juni 2014

Wie verzweifelt müssen die amerikanischen Entscheidungsträger sein, dass sie den Iran öffentlich um Hilfe bitten

Jürgen Habermas – der Staatsphilosoph der Bundesrepublik wird 85

Von Ulrich Rippert, 18. Juni 2014

In einer Situation, in der viele Politiker Politik inszenieren, als wären sie in einer permanenten Talkshow, wurde der Theoretiker des allgemeinen Palavers zum viel zitierten und gefeierten Modephilosophen.

Bulgarien stoppt South Stream Pipeline

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 18. Juni 2014

Unter massivem Druck der EU und der USA hat Bulgarien die Bauarbeiten für eine Gaspipeline gestoppt, die Russland unter Umgehung der Ukraine mit Europa verbindet.

Australischer Ministerpräsident verstärkt Unterstützung für amerikanische Kriegsvorbereitungen

Von Mike Head, 18. Juni 2014

Premierminister Abbott strich bei seinem Besuch in den USA die uneingeschränkte Unterstützung seiner Regierung für die Kriegspläne der USA heraus.

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Perspective

Facing a debacle in Iraq, the US turns for help to Iran

18 June 2014

The spreading civil war in Iraq is a shipwreck of massive dimensions for US foreign policy, with far-reaching political implications.

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Book Review

Timothy Geithner’s Stress Test: Confessions of a Wall Street bag-man

By Andre Damon, 18 June 2014

Stress Test, the memoir published last month by former US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, documents the conspiracy to prepare and execute the 2008 bank bailout from the point of view of the operation’s leading architect.

Arts Review

1928-2014: Maya Angelou, writer, performer and participant in the civil rights movement

By Isaac Finn and Sandy English, 18 June 2014

Angelou had an astonishingly varied and eventful life, residing in different parts of the world, taking up numerous professions and art forms, throwing herself into personal and intellectual relationships of all sorts.

Classic jazz from Detroit’s Royal Garden Trio

By Hiram Lee, 16 June 2014

Ruby Dee, American actress and activist, dead at 91

Commentary

Jürgen Habermas—Germany's state philosopher turns 85

By Ulrich Rippert, 18 June 2014

The hymns of praise for Habermas resemble a swan song for the German system of social partnership and class collaboration.

September 11 Museum: An exercise in historical falsification

By Philip Guelpa, 17 June 2014

Australian treasurer defends austerity budget as “fair”

By Peter Symonds, 16 June 2014

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Militarization of police in America

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

The California teacher tenure ruling and the war against public education

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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Workers Struggles

Obama administration halts Philadelphia railway strike

By Sandy English, 16 June 2014

French rail workers, artists protest social cuts

By Kumaran Ira, 16 June 2014

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

By Dietmar Henning, 16 June 2014