General cites official request from Iraqi government for US air strikes against Sunni insurgents

By James Cogan, 19 June 2014

The main factor in the success of the Sunni uprising has been the influx into Iraq of ISIS fighters who were financed and armed with Washington’s support to overthrow the government in Syria.

Saudi Arabia warns of civil war in Iraq with “unpredictable consequences”

By Peter Symonds, 19 June 2014

The crisis in Iraq and the response of the Turkish ruling class

By Halil Celik, 19 June 2014

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

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More questions than answers after US commandos seize Benghazi attack suspect

By Patrick Martin, 19 June 2014

Ahmed Abu Khattala has been living openly in his home district in Benghazi for the past two years, while denying any role in the attack on the US mission in which four died.

“The Quiet American”: the death of J. Christopher Stevens

Workers speak out against privatization of French railways

By Anthony Torres, 19 June 2014

Approximately 1,000 demonstrators gathered in Paris on June 17 to protest the Socialist Party government’s planned privatization of the French railways.

US appeals court rules defendant has no right to secret surveillance documents

By Gabriel Black, 19 June 2014

A federal appeals court overturned a previous ruling allowing a terrorism defendant’s lawyer access to FISA material.

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

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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.

Charter school companies in US face corruption charges

By Kristina Betinis, 19 June 2014

Two charter school companies connected to Democratic politicians face separate charges of lying to investors and misappropriating government funds.

Retired Detroit bus mechanics denounce cuts to pensions and transportation services

By Shannon Jones and Debra Watson, 19 June 2014

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with two retired Detroit bus mechanics about the upcoming vote on the Plan of Adjustment proposed by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.

Detroit city worker union pushes bankruptcy restructuring plan

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Sri Lankan government tries to whitewash anti-Muslim attacks

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 19 June 2014

The Rajapakse government is covering up the role of Sinhala-Buddhist extremists, on whom it is increasingly politically dependent.

Bulgaria suspends construction of South Stream pipeline

By our correspondents, 19 June 2014

The EU and US have forced Bulgaria to halt construction of a pipeline that would allow Russian gas supplies to Europe to bypass Ukraine.

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

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Irish Labour Party members hold ballot for new leader

By Dermot Quinn and Jordan Shilton, 19 June 2014

The contest was triggered last month by the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister and Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore.

Australia: NSW budget to sell off $20 billion in public assets

By Mike Head, 19 June 2014

The budget includes another round of cutbacks to jobs and essential services including TAFE education, housing and hospitals.

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Les médias américains et la débâcle en Irak

Par Bill Van Auken, 19 juin 2014

Un article écrit par Chelsea (Bradley) Manning depuis sa prison pointe le rôle criminel joué par les médias américains pour faire accepter la guerre à la population américaine.

Les cheminots manifestent contre la privatisation de la SNCF

Par Anthony Torres, 19 juin 2014

Le 17 juin, environ 1.000 manifestants se sont réunis à Paris pour manifester contre le projet du Parti socialiste de privatiser la SNCF.

Le président français soutient la révolte des généraux contre la réduction du budget de la défense

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 19 juin 2014

Les chefs militaires français ont ouvertement menacé de démissionner pour obliger le gouvernement à reculer sur les coupes prévues dans les budgets militaires.

Le gouvernement PS ignore le mouvement de protestation général des intermittents du spectacle et attaque leurs allocations chômage

Par Pierre Mabut, 19 juin 2014

Une dizaine de milliers de travailleurs du spectacle ont manifesté devant le ministère de la Culture à Paris lundi 16 juin dans le cadre d'actions qui eurent lieu dans toute la France.

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Debakel im Irak
USA erwarten Hilfe vom Iran

Von Alex Lantier, 19. Juni 2014

Mit dem Bürgerkrieg im Irak hat die Außenpolitik der USA Schiffbruch erlitten. Die Konsequenzen sind nicht abzusehen.

Außenminister Steinmeier wirbt für Krieg

Von Ulrich Rippert, 19. Juni 2014

Auf der Web Site „Review 2014“ betreibt das sozialdemokratisch geführte Auswärtige Amt intensiv Propaganda für eine aggressive, militaristische Außenpolitik.

Obama verlegt fast 300 Soldaten in den Irak

Von Bill Van Auken, 19. Juni 2014

Wegen des offenen Bürgerkriegs werden erstmals seit dem Abzug im Dezember 2011 wieder amerikanische Soldaten in den Irak verlegt.

Bürgerkrieg im Irak führt zu politischer Krise in Großbritannien

Von Julie Hyland, 19. Juni 2014

London und Washington haben bei der Invasion und der Besetzung des Irak im Jahr 2003 gemeinsame Sache gemacht und sind für die katastrophalen Ereignisse verantwortlich, die sich jetzt entwickeln.

Opel: IG Metall-Protest stößt auf Desinteresse und Ablehnung

Von Marianne Arens, 19. Juni 2014

Am selben Tag, an dem Betriebsrat und IG Metall in Bochum den Sozialtarifvertrag zur Schließung von Opel-Bochum unterschrieben, ließ die Gewerkschaft die Jugendvertreter in Rüsselsheim „protestieren“.

Zweiter Parteitag der SEP (Australien)
Erste Resolution: Der australische Imperialismus und die “Schwerpunktverlagerung nach Asien” der Obama-Regierung

Von der Socialist Equality Party, 19. Juni 2014

Dies ist die erste von zwei Resolutionen, die vom Zweiten Parteitag der Socialist Equality Party (Australien) einstimmig verabschiedet wurden. Der Parteitag fand vom 18.-21. April 2014 in Sydney statt.

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Perspective

Two years of asylum in Ecuadorian embassy
Defend Julian Assange!

19 June 2014

Assange’s sole “crime” was to publish secret documents exposing war crimes carried out by the US government in Iraq and Afghanistan and conspiracies hatched by the US State Department in countries around the world.

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Arts Review

New York’s Metropolitan Opera cancels broadcasts of The Death of Klinghoffer

By Fred Mazelis, 19 June 2014

Met general manager Peter Gelb’s announcement is an attempt to appease the right-wing Zionist lobby.

A great Soviet film about World War II
No more war! The anti-war message of The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

By Dorota Niemitz, 19 June 2014

The film is a story about two young people, Boris and Veronica, who are in love and plan to get married. Their plans are postponed when the German army invades the USSR in 1941.

A further comment on The Cranes Are Flying

By Wolfgang Weber, 19 June 2014

The Cranes Are Flying was a great success in East and West Germany, as it was in the Soviet Union.

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

By Isaac Finn and Sandy English, 18 June 2014

Ruby Dee, American actress and activist, dead at 91

Book Review

A damning exposure of the assault on public education in the US
Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools

By Nancy Hanover, 19 June 2014

Diane Ravitch’s bestseller powerfully indicts the government and corporate interests attacking public education.

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.

Commentary

Jürgen Habermas—Germany's state philosopher turns 85

By Ulrich Rippert, 18 June 2014

200,000 Cambodians flee Thailand amid military crackdown

By Tom Peters, 18 June 2014

September 11 Museum: An exercise in historical falsification

Australian treasurer defends austerity budget as “fair”

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Militarization of police in America

The California teacher tenure ruling and the war against public education

Workers Struggles

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

By Pierre Mabut, 18 June 2014

French rail workers, artists protest social cuts

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

Obama administration halts Philadelphia railway strike

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

CIA planned rendition of Edward Snowden

By Robert Stevens, 18 June 2014

One year of Edward Snowden’s revelations

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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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