“Hobby Lobby” contraception ruling
US Supreme Court attacks First Amendment, workers’ rights

By John Burton and Barry Grey, 1 July 2014

The US Supreme Court has upheld a reactionary challenge by employers claiming to oppose contraception on religious grounds to a provision of Obama’s health care law mandating that employee insurance plans include coverage for birth control.

US Supreme Court rules against SEIU in union dues case

By Tom Carter, 1 July 2014

US Supreme Court strikes down abortion clinic “buffer zone”

Obama sends more US troops to Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 1 July 2014

The latest contingent of 300 troops arrived Sunday to provide security at the Baghdad airport.

Israel attacks Palestinian territories after bodies of missing youth discovered

By James Cogan, 1 July 2014

From the time the boys disappeared, Netanyahu and his government shamelessly exploited their fate.

Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East?

More on the crisis in Iraq »

Anti-militarism protester sets himself alight in Tokyo

By Peter Symonds, 1 July 2014

The protest indicates the depth of opposition in Japan to the government’s reinterpretation of the constitution to permit “collective self-defence.”

GM makes minimal offer to crash victims

By Shannon Jones, 1 July 2014

GM hopes to settle on the cheap its liabilities from a deadly ignition defect tied to numerous fatal crashes.

AFSCME union pushes through deal against Detroit city workers

By Thomas Gaist, 1 July 2014

The move confirmed the full support of the union for the Plan of Adjustment, which includes large cuts to pensions and retiree health care benefits.

Workers on Detroit water shutoffs: “They are making it so you can’t live”

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

Obama nominates ex-CEO to head Veterans Affairs

By Kate Randall, 1 July 2014

Robert McDonald has been chosen to lead the VA not for his experience in health care or civil service administration, but as an executive at a Fortune 500 company.

The drive to privatize US veterans’ health care

Jailed Maruti Suzuki workers in India continue to be denied bail

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 1 July 2014

The bail application hearing for the framed-up Maruti Suzuki India workers continues to drag on in the Supreme Court.

Italian comedian Beppe Grillo’s Five-Star Movement joins ranks with the far right

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 1 July 2014

The alliance with UKIP is confirmation of the right-wing character of Beppe Grillo’s M5S.

Unions, pseudo-lefts strangle strike against French rail privatisation

By Pierre Mabut and Alex Lantier, 1 July 2014

The unions and the pseudo-left parties only called the strikes in order to keep a struggle against the cuts from erupting outside of their control.

UK: Labour Party targets unemployed youth for benefit withdrawal

By Joe Mount, 1 July 2014

The punitive policy means that youth without A-levels or equivalent qualifications would lose their income unless they enroll in vocational training courses.

Australian government report outlines dismantling of welfare system

By Richard Phillips, 1 July 2014

The proposed measures would see thousands of people forced into deeper poverty and low-wage employment.

Australian Senate pushes through budget appropriation bills

By Mike Head, 1 July 2014

While not ending the impasse of the budget, Labor and the Greens have quietly passed the essential legislation to allow the Abbott government to keep functioning.

More on the 2014 Australian budget »

New in French

Qui est responsable des catastrophes au Moyen-Orient ?

Par Bill Van Auken, 1 juillet 2014

La destruction répandue par l'impérialisme en Irak, Syrie et Libye constitue une mise en accusation non seulement d'une série de politiques mais de tout un ordre social corrompu et prédateur.

New in Polish

Dwa lata azylu w ambasadzie Ekwadoru
Brońmy Juliana Assange'a!

Bill Van Auken, 30 czerwiec 2014

Jedynym „przestępstwem” Assange'a była publikacja tajnych dokumentów, ujawniających zbrodnie wojenne, których dopuścił się rząd USA w Iraku i Afganistanie, oraz spiski, które knuje Departament Stanu na całym świecie.

W służbie imperializmu: konferencja prawicowych „intelektualistów” w Kijowie

David North, 30 czerwiec 2014

Spotkanie „międzynarodowej grupy intelektualistów” zorganizowane w Kijowie w dniach 16-19 maja 2014, jest spektaklem prawicowej i imperialistycznej propagandy.

New in Spanish

Las luchas internacionales de la clase obrera y la Revolución Permanente

Por Wije Dias, 1 Julio 2014

Publicamos aquí el texto del discurso pronunciado por Wije Dias, secretario nacional del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Sri Lanka) al Mitin Internacional online celebrando el Primero de Mayo, organizado por el CICI y el WSWS el pasado domingo 4 de mayo.

Other Languages

Perspective

America’s paramilitary police

1 July 2014

While the political establishment never loses the opportunity to declare there is no money for health care or education, billions of dollars are made available to equip the police with the latest instruments of violence.

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts Review

The Internet’s Own Boy: Documentary about “hacktivist” Aaron Swartz

By Nick Barrickman, 1 July 2014

The film documents the life of Aaron Swartz, the open Internet activist and web technology prodigy who committed suicide after being hounded by the US government.

… And Then You Shoot Your Cousin: The Roots satirize the hip hop world

By Nick Barrickman, 30 June 2014

“Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video” at New York’s Guggenheim Museum

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

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

The Metropolitan Opera’s censorship of The Death of Klinghoffer

Commentary

EU summit in Ypres: National conflicts and militarism

By Peter Schwarz, 30 June 2014

One hundred years since Sarajevo

By David North, 28 June 2014

Obama seeks $2 billion to speed up deportation of child immigrants

Another global financial crisis in the making, Bank for International Settlements warns

German politicians, media seek to criminalize opponents of war

How Bill Clinton cashed in after leaving White House

SNP presents draft constitution for independent Scotland

Socialist Equality Party

Oppose police sabotage of SEP workers’ inquiry in Sri Lanka

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 30 June 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: the Americas

1 July 2014

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

Maryland governor blocks strike by Johns Hopkins Hospital workers

By Nick Barrickman, 30 June 2014

25 years ago: Political crisis deepens in Poland

On June 30, 1989, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski announced he would step down from the Polish presidency in the vote to be held by the newly elected National Assembly.

More »

50 years ago: US Civil Rights Act signed into law

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act, which banned racial segregation in most public facilities.

More »

75 years ago: Mussolini makes overtures towards Moscow

On July 4, 1939 an article appeared in the Italian press which seemed to offer Stalin and the counterrevolutionary bureaucracy in Moscow an olive branch.

More »

 

100 years ago: Germany backs Austro-Hungarian preparations for war against Serbia

On July 5, 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany pledged his country’s unconditional support for any action Austria-Hungary would take against Serbia.

More »

Science

New studies reveal further details of Higgs particle

By Bryan Dyne, 26 June 2014