Death toll mounts in Israeli attacks on Gaza

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2014

At least 63 Palestinians have been killed since Sunday, the vast majority of them civilians, including more than a dozen children.

Family of Tariq Khdeir denounces beating by Israeli police

Brazil suffers World Cup rout amid mounting social tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 10 July 2014

Brazil’s unprecedented debacle in its semifinal match with Germany has brought to the forefront the deep-going social conflicts that have surrounded this year’s World Cup.

Snowden documents show NSA spied on prominent Muslim-Americans

By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2014

The leaks show that the surveillance apparatus collects information on anyone even remotely associated with opposition to the government’s repressive agenda.

Clinton on Edward Snowden: Who are the real criminals?

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Airport security agency bans powerless electronic devices on flights to US

By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2014

Passengers with phones that do not power on will be prevented from boarding or have their devices confiscated.

Virginia man coerced into undergoing vasectomy as part of plea agreement

By Ed Hightower, 10 July 2014

The plea deal is a reactionary development that echoes the eugenics movement of the 1920s.

Sri Lankan government imposes political gag on NGOs

By K. Ratnayake, 10 July 2014

This dictatorial attack on fundamental democratic rights is a further step toward a police state.

European governments prepare for military suppression of popular opposition

By Denis Krassnin, 10 July 2014

A report called Militarization for Prosperity that aired on the German radio station Deutschlandfunk explains how European governments are preparing to suppress social protests.

French police round up refugees in Calais

By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 July 2014

On 2 July, 200 CRS riot police rounded up some 600 refugees in Calais.

German Greens justify police action against refugees

By Marianne Arens, 10 July 2014

Many of the refugees come from Syria, Libya and other countries where the US and its European allies, encouraged by the Greens, have fomented bloody civil wars.

Former Spanish anti-evictions leader involved in new political manoeuvre

By Alejandro López, 10 July 2014

Guanyem Barcelona (Let’s Win Barcelona) is a new pseudo-left party that aims to divert the opposition of the Spanish working class into another cul-de-sac.

New disability payments system responsible for deaths in Britain

By Dennis Moore, 10 July 2014

Under the new eligibility system, thousands have died after being deemed fit for work, with thousands more denied benefit payments.

New Zealand government backs Japan’s militarist revival

By Tom Peters, 10 July 2014

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visited New Zealand to secure support for his “reinterpretation” of Japan’s constitution to allow troops to fight in overseas wars.

Australian Labor Party props up Victorian state government

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 July 2014

Labor refused to bring down the Napthine government, and voted for its latest anti-working class austerity budget.

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Le Dow Jones dépasse les 17.000 points: une catastrophe en préparation

Par Nicks Beams, 10 juillet 2014

La hausse de l'indice Dow Jones des valeurs industrielles est une autre indication des contradictions explosives qui se développent au sein du système financier américain et mondial.

Les frappes aériennes tuent des civils tandis qu'Israël prépare un nouveau bain de sang à Gaza

Par Bill Van Auken, 10 juillet 2014

Le blitz israélien contre les quartiers de Gaza densément peuplés a été préparé politiquement par des semaines de propagande contre les Palestiens.

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Zivile Todesopfer bei Luftangriffen
Israel bereitet neues Blutbad in Gaza vor

Von Bill Van Auken, 10. Juli 2014

Die israelischen Luftangriffe auf die dicht bevölkerten Stadtgebiete von Gaza wurden mit wochenlanger Hetze gegen Palästinenser politisch vorbereitet.

Grünen-Vorsitzender rechtfertigt Polizeieinsatz gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Marianne Arens, 10. Juli 2014

Der Grünen-Vorsitzende Cem Özdemir hat den massiven Polizeieinsatz im Kreuzberger Flüchtlingsdrama als „eindeutig notwendig“ verteidigt.

Referendum über Schottlands Unabhängigkeit:
Früherer Vorsitzender der Scottish Socialist Party wirbt für Nationalismus

Von Steve James und Jordan Shilton, 10. Juli 2014

Tommy Sheridan kritisiert bei seiner Kampagne mit keinem Wort die Scottish National Party, die größte kapitalistische Partei Schottlands.

Strafe gegen BNP Paribas unterstreicht Spannungen zwischen Frankreich und den USA

Von Francis Dubois, 10. Juli 2014

Die Äußerungen von Russlands Präsident Wladimir Putin in einer Rede vom 1. Juli an das diplomatische Korps in Moskau offenbaren die wachsenden Spannungen zwischen den imperialistischen Ländern, insbesondere zwischen Frankreich und den Vereinigten Staaten.

Nach der Präsidentschaftswahl:
Chaos in Afghanistan

Von James Cogan, 10. Juli 2014

In Zentralasien entwickelt sich ein weiteres außenpolitisches Debakel für Washington.

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Perspective

War drums beat louder against China as Japanese imperialism re-emerges

10 July 2014

Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Australia announced to the world that Japan is breaking from the shackles of the post-war “pacifist” constitution.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

“It is inhumane”
Detroit water shutoffs hit families, ill and elderly residents

By a WSWS reporting team, 10 July 2014

Thousands more Detroit families had their water shut off this week as part of the city administration’s plan to cut service to 150,000 households who are overdue on their water bills.

Video: Detroit residents speak out on water shutoffs

By Tim Rivers, 9 July 2014

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Arts Review

HBO’s Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr. and Ida

By Joanne Laurier, 10 July 2014

The 40-minute documentary on the postwar American painter Robert De Niro, Sr. is a delicate and moving homage, in which his son, the actor Robert De Niro, figures prominently.

Two hundred years since the publication of Waverley
Sir Walter Scott and the drama of history

By David Walsh, 9 July 2014

Monday marked 200 years since the publication of Waverley, a novel by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), an event of genuine artistic and intellectual significance.

Veteran soul singer Bobby Womack dies, aged 70

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

Commentary

The US Supreme Court and religion

By Tom Carter, 9 July 2014

Afghanistan in turmoil over presidential election result

By James Cogan, 9 July 2014

Ukrainian army prepares siege of Donetsk

By Christoph Dreier, 9 July 2014

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Violence in Chicago: A symptom of social breakdown

By Kristina Betinis, 9 July 2014

Australian High Court leaves Sri Lankan refugees detained on high seas

By Mike Head, 9 July 2014

Following CIA spy revelations, German politicians turn on the US

Obamacare drug benefits block access to vital medicines

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Facebook conducts emotion experiments linked to military research on political opposition

The 17,000 Dow: Surging towards a disaster

Socialist Equality Party

Oppose Australia’s handover of refugees to Sri Lankan navy

By the Socialist Equality Parties of Sri Lanka and Australia, 8 July 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

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

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Workers Struggles

Truck drivers on strike at two California ports

By Marc Wells, 9 July 2014

Book Review

Edlef Köppen’s Higher Command: An important novel on the First World War

By Clara Weiss, 8 July 2014

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.

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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