Thousands demonstrate at funeral of slain Palestinian youth

By Barry Grey, 5 July 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said he would delay any major military escalation for 24 hours while cease-fire talks with Hamas continued.

Australia: Workers and youth oppose war in Iraq

By our reporters, 5 July 2014

Interviews in Melbourne illustrated the deep hostility to US imperialism’s predatory wars in the Middle East, and Australia’s involvement.

US general suggests re-invasion of Iraq if “national interests drive us there”

US troops have secretly been deployed to Somalia since 2007

By Thomas Gaist, 5 July 2014

Officials made clear that the US intends to escalate its military intervention in the strategic Horn of Africa.

US Supreme Court backs Christian college against contraception mandate

By Tom Carter, 5 July 2014

On Thursday, in the wake of its decision in the Hobby Lobby case, the US Supreme Court issued an order that further undermines workers’ rights and the separation of church and state.

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

Syracuse, New York’s Fowler High School to be “reformed”
The militarization of American public schools

By Steve Filips and Don Barrett, 5 July 2014

The high school will be closed and transformed into an academy focusing on training students for the military.

Talks to end BC teachers’ strike collapse

By Keith Jones, 5 July 2014

Talks to end a strike by 41,000 British Columbia public school teachers collapsed this week after the provincial government refused to discuss teachers’ demands.

Greek power workers threatened with state strikebreaking

By John Vassilopoulos, 5 July 2014

Workers at the Public Power Corporation in Greece began a 48-hour strike from midnight on Wednesday.

Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy denies influence peddling charges

By Kumaran Ira, 5 July 2014

After being detained and indicted for corruption and influence peddling, Sarkozy denied the charges in an interview on Europe1 radio and TF1 television Wednesday.

German army to be equipped with drones

By Christoph Dreier, 5 July 2014

On Wednesday, German defence minister Ursula Von der Leyen announced to parliament that the army is to be equipped with drones capable of carrying weapons.

German parliament agrees to minimum wage

By Dietmar Henning, 5 July 2014

The main purpose of the new German minimum wage is to silence critics of the country’s low-wage sector.

UK police make one million stop and searches of young people

By Robert Stevens, 5 July 2014

Only 10 percent of searches lead to an arrest and black people are six times more likely to be stopped than whites.

UN appoints panel for inquiry into Sri Lankan human rights violations

By W. A. Sunil, 5 July 2014

The UNHRC probe into alleged war crimes signals intensifying US-led Western pressure on Colombo.

Civilians were killed in New Zealand-US raid on Afghan village

By Tom Peters, 5 July 2014

New evidence indicates that 6 civilians were killed and 15 wounded in a 2010 raid, exposing false claims by the New Zealand government that only “insurgents” were killed.

Three Philippine Senators arraigned on corruption charges

By Dante Pastrana, 5 July 2014

President Benigno Aquino III’s anti-corruption campaign is in reality a drive to crush opposition in any section of government to his sharp turn toward US imperialism.

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Israël bombarde la Bande de Gaza et masse des soldats à la frontière

Par Patrick Martin, 5 juillet 2014

La mobilisation militaire autour de Gaza est la plus importante depuis la dernière attaque d'envergure d'Israël contre le territoire palestinien en 2012.

La Banque des règlements internationaux prévient qu’une autre crise financière se prépare

Par Nicks Beams, 5 juillet 2014

Dans son dernier rapport, la BRI prévient que le boom financier actuel est en train de créer les conditions pour une autre crise.

Le socialisme et la lutte contre la guerre impérialiste

Déclaration du Comité international de la Quatrième internationale, 5 juillet 2014

Cent ans après le début de la Première Guerre mondiale et soixante-quinze ans après le déclenchement de la Seconde, l’impérialisme menace l'humanité d'une nouvelle catastrophe.

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Gleichheit und der 4. Juli

Von Joseph Kishore, 5. Juli 2014

Der soziale, politische und kulturelle Zustand des heutigen Amerika ist ein Hohn auf die Prinzipien, derer am 4. Juli gedacht wird und die gefeiert werden.

Sozialismus und der Kampf gegen imperialistischen Krieg

Erklärung des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale, 5. Juli 2014

Hundert Jahre nach Ausbruch des Ersten und 75 Jahre nach Beginn des Zweiten Weltkriegs bedroht das imperialistische System die Menschheit erneut mit einer Katastrophe.

DGB unterstützt Steinmeiers Kriegspolitik

Von Ulrich Rippert, 5. Juli 2014

Der neue DGB-Vorsitzende Reiner Hoffmann stellt sich in einem Artikel für die Internet-Plattform des Außenministeriums uneingeschränkt hinter dessen Rückkehr zu Großmachtpolitik und Militarismus.

Amerikanischer General schlägt erneuten Einmarsch im Irak vor, wenn "nationale Interessen" es erfordern

Von James Cogan, 5. Juli 2014

Das US-Militär plant eine umfassende Intervention in diesem Hexenkessel voller Konflikte und Intrigen.

45 Flüchtlinge vor der Küste Italiens jämmerlich erstickt

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 5. Juli 2014

Auf einem völlig überfüllten Fischerboot hat die italienische Küstenwache in der Nacht zum Montag die Leichen von 45 Flüchtlingen aufgefunden.

Bankenkrise in Bulgarien

Von Markus Salzmann, 5. Juli 2014

Die wachsenden Spannungen zwischen der EU und Russland haben in Bulgarien heftige Auseinandersetzungen und eine Bankenkrise ausgelöst.

Polizei sabotiert Arbeiteruntersuchungskommission der SEP in Sri Lanka

Von der Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5. Juli 2014

Die Entscheidung, die SEP zu hindern, die Untersuchungsergebnisse der unabhängigen Arbeiterkommission zur Untersuchung von Wasserverschmutzung öffentlich zu machen, wurde in den höchsten Kreisen der Regierung getroffen.

Ein großer sowjetischer Film über den Zweiten Weltkrieg
Nie wieder Krieg! Die Antikriegsbotschaft von Die Kraniche ziehen (1957)

Von Dorota Niemitz, 5. Juli 2014

Der Film ist die Geschichte zweier junger Leute, Boris und Weronika, die sich lieben und heiraten wollen. Sie schieben ihre Pläne auf, als die Wehrmacht 1941 in die UdSSR einfällt.

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Оценивая роль Льва Троцкого спустя семьдесят лет после его убийства

Дэвид Норт, 5 июля 2014 г.

Даже через 70 лет после убийства сталинским агентом Троцкий остается вполне современной фигурой. Он был одним из титанов политической и интеллектуальной жизни XX века. Однако продолжаются усилия очернить Троцкого, дать ложную интерпретацию его теоретической деятельности и сфабриковать ложные описания его жизни.

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El deblace en Irak

Por William Van Auken, 5 Julio 2014

Los eventos que se han desarrollado en Irak en los últimos días representan el más grande debacle para el imperialismo estadounidense desde que la caída de Saigón en 1975 obligara a los últimos estadounidenses a huir la ciudad subiendo a helicópteros en el techo de su embajada.

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Perspective

One year since the military coup in Egypt

5 July 2014

The coup revealed the essential problem of the Egyptian revolution: the chasm between the elemental anger of the Egyptian population and the absence of political leadership.

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Commentary

Former Scottish Socialist Party leader promotes nationalism in referendum campaign

By Steve James and Jordan Shilton, 5 July 2014

On a recent tour, Tommy Sheridan did not issue a word of criticism of the Scottish National Party, Scotland’s main capitalist party.

Equality and the Fourth of July

By Joseph Kishore, 4 July 2014

A telling incident: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews’ exchange with Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Ukraine: Berlin foreign ministers meeting brings no solution

The re-emergence of Japanese militarism

Chilean court rules US played key role in Pinochet murder of Americans

ICFI Statement

Socialism and the Fight Against Imperialist War
Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

3 July 2014

One hundred years after the outbreak of World War I and 75 years after the start of World War II, the imperialist system is once again threatening humanity with a catastrophe.

Socialist Equality Party

The way forward in the fight against budget austerity and militarism

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 5 July 2014

For all the sound and fury that Labor and the Greens have vented against the Abbott government, they voted to pass the appropriation bills.

Oppose the witch-hunt against Socialist Alternative

Oppose police sabotage of SEP workers’ inquiry in Sri Lanka

Arts Review

A student’s perspective on the testing culture in America’s schools
Movie Review: LISTEN — the Film, by Ankur Singh

By Phyllis Scherrer, 4 July 2014

Science

Ten years at Saturn with the Cassini spacecraft

By Don Barrett, 4 July 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

5 July 2014

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

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

“We are talking about kids who are going to be affected, and the elderly”
Detroit residents call water shutoffs a “crime”

By Khara Sikhan and Zac Corrigan, 2 July 2014

How the charter school racket operates in Michigan

By Walter Gilberti, 2 July 2014

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History

Fifty years since the Civil Rights Act

By Tom Mackaman, 2 July 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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