Vast majority of those spied on by NSA are non-suspects
New revelations shatter US government lies on illegal surveillance

By Thomas Gaist, 7 July 2014

Some 90 percent of those who have had their email and other communications intercepted by the NSA are members of the general public, including US citizens.

One year of Edward Snowden’s revelations

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US-backed regime retakes Slavyansk, threatens bloodbath in eastern Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 7 July 2014

Having seized strategic towns, forces of the US-backed Ukrainian regime are attacking the major cities of Donetsk and Lugansk.

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Palestinian unrest spreads across Israel

By Patrick Martin, 7 July 2014

Police have arrested six right-wing Israeli Jews, including several residents of illegal West Bank settlements, in the gruesome murder of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khudair.

Israeli police savagely beat Palestinian-American youth

By our reporter, 7 July 2014

US-backed Egyptian junta announces massive electricity, fuel price hikes

By Johannes Stern, 7 July 2014

In a declaration of war on the working class, the US-backed military junta announced cuts to fuel and electricity subsidies on which millions of Egyptians depend.

Tony Blair to advise Egyptian dictator al-Sisi

By Paul Mitchell, 7 July 2014

One year since the military coup in Egypt

British government planned a 100,000-strong Syrian proxy force

By Steve James, 7 July 2014

BBC’s “Newsnight” has revealed 2012 plans for the creation of a huge “rebel” army to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East?

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Amid anti-immigrant protests in California
Obama announces increased border security and stepped-up deportations

By Norisa Diaz, 7 July 2014

Obama vowed last week to bypass Congress to increase spending on border policing and deportations.

Philadelphia house fire kills four children

By Sandy English, 7 July 2014

The fire was so fast-moving that neither neighbors nor firefighters, who arrived on the scene within three minutes, were able to rescue the four victims.

California police officer savagely beats great-grandmother

By Gabriel Black, 7 July 2014

Last week, a California Highway Patrol officer was caught on tape repeatedly punching an unarmed woman in the face.

America’s paramilitary police

Low attendance at Australian anti-budget rallies exposes unions’ role

By James Cogan, 7 July 2014

Workers stayed away from the protests because they do not view the unions as organisations that fight for their interests.

Workers and youth denounce Australian budget

By our reporters, 7 July 2014

The way forward in the fight against budget austerity and militarism

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Financial elites and US envoy back Widodo in Indonesian presidential election

By John Roberts and Mike Head, 7 July 2014

Intensive efforts are being made to prevent a victory by Prabowo Subianto, who is regarded as less free market and less likely to align with Washington in its escalating confrontation with China.

Dozens of refugees suffocate in boat off the coast of Italy

By Martin Kriekenbaum, 7 July 2014

On June 30, the Italian Coast Guard discovered the bodies of 45 refugees in an overcrowded fishing boat.

German unions support the government’s war policies

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 July 2014

The German Trade Union Federation (DGB) unreservedly supports the foreign policy of the grand coalition government and its return to great power politics and militiarism.

French asbestos scandal: Indictment of Socialist Party’s Martine Aubry quashed

By Anthony Torres, 7 July 2014

Aubry and the ruling Socialist Party share a heavy responsibility in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of workers due to asbestos.

New in Turkish

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi’nin açıklaması
Sosyalizm ve emperyalist savaşa karşı mücadele

7 Temmuz 2014

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komite’nin önderliği altında inşası, merkezi stratejik öneme sahip bir konudur.

New in French

Egypte: Un an depuis le coup d'Etat militaire

Par Johannes Stern, 7 juillet 2014

Ce coup d'Etat a révélé le problème crucial de la révolution égyptienne: le gouffre entre la colère profonde de la population égyptienne et l'absence de direction politique.

L'amende contre BNP Paribas souligne les tensions franco-américaines en Ukraine

Par Francis Dubois, 7 juillet 2014

Selon Vladimir Poutine, l'amende imposée à BNP Paribas par Washington visait à bloquer la livraison de vaisseaux de guerre français à la Russie.

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Perspective

The 17,000 Dow: Surging towards a disaster

7 July 2014

Explosive contradictions in global finance are building up as stock markets continue to rise.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

”I take my elderly aunt four buckets of water a day”
Detroit residents and water workers speak out against water shutoffs

By Muhammad Khan and Shannon Jones, 7 July 2014

The city of Detroit is racing ahead with its plans to shut off water to some 150,000 families who cannot afford to pay their water bills.

How the charter school racket operates in Michigan

By Walter Gilberti, 2 July 2014

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Arts Review

The career of popular songwriter Gerry Goffin (1939-2014)

By Hiram Lee, 7 July 2014

Lyricist Gerry Goffin passed away in June at the age of 75. Together with composer Carole King, he wrote many of the better known pop hits of the 1960s.

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

25 years ago: US coal miner rebellion spreads

On July 8, 1989, 2,500 striking coal miners and their supporters rallied in Logan, West Virginia to back the wildcat strikes that had been spreading throughout US coalfields.

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50 years ago: Leftists sentenced to prison in Cuba

On July 12, 1964, the Pabloite revisionist tendency led by Juan Posadas of Argentina reported that three of its members were sentenced to prison terms by the government of Fidel Castro in Cuba.

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75 years ago: Deportation trial begins for US West Coast longshoremen’s leader

Harry Bridges, the leader of the American West Coast Longshoremen and West Coast director of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), faced the US Immigration Service on July 11, 1939.

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100 years ago: Austria-Hungary, Germany prepare war against Serbia

On July 7, 1914, Austro-Hungarian diplomat Count Hoyo returned to Vienna bearing news to the Austro-Hungarian Crown Council meeting of Germany’s full support for preparations for war against Serbia.

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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.

Commentary

Former Scottish Socialist Party leader promotes nationalism in referendum campaign

By Steve James and Jordan Shilton, 5 July 2014

Australia: Workers and youth oppose war in Iraq

By our reporters, 5 July 2014

US Supreme Court backs Christian college against contraception mandate

By Tom Carter, 5 July 2014

“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

Equality and the Fourth of July

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

The re-emergence of Japanese militarism

Science

Ten years at Saturn with the Cassini spacecraft

By Don Barrett, 4 July 2014

History

Fifty years since the Civil Rights Act

By Tom Mackaman, 2 July 2014