Region-wide war threatens as Iraqi state disintegrates

By James Cogan, 27 June 2014

Iraq’s prime minister has turned toward enlisting the assistance of Shiite militias, the Iranian Shiite regime and Russia.

The fiasco of Kerry’s Middle East tour

Democracy and the debacle in Iraq

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US, NATO deliver fresh ultimatums to Russia over Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 27 June 2014

Secretary of State Kerry warned that Moscow had just “hours” to take steps to end the revolt in eastern Ukraine.

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ACLU report exposes US federal government’s role in creating “paramilitary police”

By Andre Damon, 27 June 2014

The ACLU report concludes that the “federal government has justified and encouraged the militarization of local law enforcement.”

Police violence and the American gulag

The return of the state secret police in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 June 2014

Top secret documents provided to the media by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden make clear the close collaboration between US and German intelligence agencies.

Inequality doubles in the US between 2003-2013

By Gabriel Black, 27 June 2014

A report by a group of University of Michigan researchers documents that inequality has nearly doubled in the US since 2003, with the median American household losing 36 percent of its wealth.

Chicago Public Schools lays off 1,150 workers

By Kristina Betinis, 27 June 2014

The layoffs affect more than 500 teachers and 650 assistants and school staff, in the latest attack on public education.

Pennsylvania school district contract to cut 15 percent of teachers

By Phyllis Scherrer, 27 June 2014

The Wilkinsburg Education Association has accepted a contract that will lay off 15 percent of district teachers.

News of the World hacking trial ends: Scandal still poses threat to Britain’s ruling elite

By Robert Stevens, 27 June 2014

Despite the end of this week’s trial, the News of the World hacking scandal is far from over and still poses a significant threat to Britain’s ruling elite.

South African platinum miners return to work

By Chris Marsden and Barry Mason, 27 June 2014

The five-month strike of 70,000 South African platinum miners is over following the acceptance of a deal by the Association of Miners and Construction Union.

Australian government faces parliamentary logjam over austerity budget

By Richard Phillips, 27 June 2014

Deep public hostility to the May 13 budget threatens to produce a political crisis.

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Anti-Chinese campaign backfires on New Zealand Labour Party

By Tom Peters, 27 June 2014

The claims and counter-claims over the Liu affair indicates the fetid atmosphere swirling around all the parties, three months from national elections.

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New in French

A Bagdad, Kerry lance la menace d’une intervention militaire

Par Patrick Martin, 26 juin 2014

Le secrétaire d’Etat a dit que le président Obama pourrait ordonner une intervention militaire contre les militants Sunnites sans attendre un remaniement du gouvernement irakien.

Votez «non» au référendum de l'Écosse: Il faut lutter pour une Grande-Bretagne socialiste

Déclaration du Parti de l'égalité socialiste (G.-B.), 26 juin 2014

Toutes les affirmations que l'«indépendance» est une demande démocratique qui offre une alternative aux coupes sociales et à l'austérité sont des mensonges.

New in German

Kerrys Reise durch den Nahen Osten endet im Fiasko

Von Bill Van Auken, 27. Juni 2014

Die außerplanmäßige Reise des US-Außenministers in die Region verdeutlichte nur die heuchlerische und kriminelle Politik, die zu dem aktuellen Debakel im Irak geführt hat.

Neue Berichte bestätigen Europas wirtschaftliche Stagnation

Von Stefan Steinberg, 27. Juni 2014

Die Wirtschaftskrise bewegt sich zunehmend von der Peripherie zum Herzen Europas hin.

Kiew setzt Faschisten gegen politische Gegner ein

Von Clara Weiss, 27. Juni 2014

Die ukrainische Regierung setzt gegen Widerstand im Osten des Landes neben der Armee auch rechte paramilitärische Verbände ein.

Drastische Umverteilung der Gesundheitskosten von oben nach unten

Von Elisabeth Steinert, 27. Juni 2014

Eine Gesetzesänderung soll sicherstellen, dass künftig alle Kostensteigerungen im Gesundheitssystem möglichst geräuschlos auf die gesetzlich Krankenversicherten abgewälzt werden.

Gegen die Angriffe auf Muslime in Sri Lanka

Von der Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 27. Juni 2014

Die Socialist Equality Party von Sri Lanka verurteilt die Angriffe der extremistischen buddhistischen Brigade Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) auf Muslime in Aluthgama und Beruwela im Südwesten von Sri Lanka, die sich auf weitere Teile des Landes ausbreiteten.

Metropolitan Opera zensiert „The Death of Klinghoffer“

Von David Walsh, 27. Juni 2014

Die Entscheidung, die weltweite Video- und Radioübertragung von John Adams Oper abzusetzen, ist eine skandalöse und feige Kapitulation vor den Rechten.

New in Russian

Меморандум об убийстве американских граждан беспилотниками оправдывает диктатуру президента

Бэрри Грей, 27 июня 2014 г.

Апелляционный суд Второго округа США в понедельник, 23 июня, опубликовал сокращенную версию меморандума, который используется администрацией Обамы для оправдания законности убийств американских граждан, совершаемых без предъявления обвинения и судебного процесса.

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Perspective

Detroit water shutoffs violate human rights

27 June 2014

A UN agency has issued a statement condemning the city’s decision to cut off water service to tens of thousands of poor and unemployed.

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Arts Review

Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys: The story of The Four Seasons on screen

By Joanne Laurier, 27 June 2014

Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort is a film version of the popular musical that premiered on Broadway in 2005 and revived interest in the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

New York’s Metropolitan Opera demands major givebacks from thousands of employees

By Fred Mazelis, 27 June 2014

The ruling elite is demanding complete control over all aspects of cultural life.

The Metropolitan Opera’s censorship of The Death of Klinghoffer

Eli Wallach (1915-2014): Major character actor of stage, screen and television

By Fred Mazelis, 27 June 2014

The actor’s career spanned 65 years and intersected with the work of many leading figures in the film and theater worlds.

Hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan to release “secret” album to highest-paying bidder

By Nick Barrickman and David Walsh, 26 June 2014

“Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York

Prolific composer and master jazz pianist Horace Silver dies at 85

Science

New studies reveal further details of Higgs particle

By Bryan Dyne, 26 June 2014

Commentary

US economic output tumbled by 2.9 percent in the first quarter

By Andre Damon, 26 June 2014

The Obama drone murder memo

By Barry Grey, 25 June 2014

Memo on drone killings of US citizens makes case for presidential dictatorship

ISIS offensive in Iraq exposes French pseudo-left’s support for Syria war

German Social Democrats, Greens, Left Party support German war policy

Multi-millionaire Hillary Clinton denies she is part of the “truly well-off”

Washington’s persecution of immigrant children

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 June 2014

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

British Columbia teachers’ strike enters second week

By Carl Bronski, 24 June 2014

Socialist Equality Party

SEP & IYSSE public meetings
The imperialist debacle in Iraq and the struggle against war

Oppose the attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 23 June 2014

Vote “no” in the Scottish referendum—Fight for a socialist Britain

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Journalist Glenn Greenwald speaks in California

By Tom Carter, 24 June 2014

Two years of asylum in Ecuadorian embassy
Defend Julian Assange!

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History

Fifty years since the murder of the Mississippi civil rights workers

By Fred Mazelis, 23 June 2014

James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner sacrificed their lives in the struggle for democratic rights and social equality.

25 years ago: New Chinese Communist Party head appointed amid wave of state terror

On June 24, 1989, Jiang Zemin was appointed general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party.

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50 years ago: NAACP seeks Mississippi takeover

On June 26, 1964, after the disappearance of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, NAACP leaders called for the US government to take over the administration of the state of Mississippi.

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75 years ago: Nazi Freikorps organize in Free City of Danzig

During this week in 1939, the crisis over the Free City of Danzig was exacerbated by fascist terror.

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100 years ago: Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated

On June 28, 1914, Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot dead by Gavrilo Princip, a young Serbian nationalist, in the streets of Sarajevo.

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