Obama administration drops investigation into CIA spying on US Senate

By Patrick Martin, 12 July 2014

The Justice Department has announced that it will not investigate the CIA spying on the legislative branch, even though CIA Director John Brennan admitted that it had taken place.

Obama and the CIA—who runs Washington?

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Relations collapse between Iraqi government and Kurdish region

By James Cogan, 12 July 2014

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused the Kurdish leadership of being part of a conspiracy with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East?

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Kiev regime launches “total assault” against east Ukraine rebels

By Christoph Dreier, 12 July 2014

In consultation with its allies in Europe and the United States, the Ukrainian army is launching a “total assault” on the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.

New York Times backs Poroshenko’s offensive in Ukraine

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Australian minister whitewashes Sri Lankan repression

By Mike Head, 12 July 2014

As immigration minister Morrison praised President Rajapakse’s government, 153 Tamil asylum seekers remained incarcerated on an Australian Customs vessel.

Oppose Australia’s handover of refugees to Sri Lankan navy

Cargo train derails in Mexico, stranding 1,300 migrants

By Kevin Martinez, 12 July 2014

Wednesday's accident was at least the third derailment of trains carrying migrants across Mexico since last month.

Defend the rights of immigrant workers and youth!

Amid fraud investigations in twenty states
For-profit education chain Corinthian College implodes

By Nancy Hanover, 12 July 2014

Corinthian College plans to sell or close its colleges and trades schools, affecting 72,000 students in the US and Canada.

Obama administration to shield Citigroup executives in mortgage fraud settlement

By Gabriel Black, 12 July 2014

Citigroup, the third-largest US bank, is set to reach a $7 billion settlement with the Department of Justice over charges that it sold fraudulent mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 crash.

The Wall Street settlements and the new aristocracy

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison

By Tom Hall, 12 July 2014

Nagin, infamous for his callous conduct during and after Hurricane Katrina, was sentenced to ten years in prison on 20 corruption counts.

New York transit agency demands concessions from Long Island Railroad workers

By Alan Whyte, 12 July 2014

The LIRR, the largest US commuter rail line, faces a July 20 strike deadline.

Lowell, Mass: Seven die in apartment building destroyed by fire

By John Marion and Kate Randall, 12 July 2014

Witnesses to the early morning blaze described a terrifying scene, with people dropping young children to the street and adults jumping from windows to avoid the flames.

California’s whooping cough epidemic

By Henry Allen, 12 July 2014

A growing number of whooping cough infections could be the start of the worst pertussis outbreak in 70 years.

Cameron government steps up drive to sell UK public assets

By Allison Smith and Paul Bond, 12 July 2014

The National Health Service will be one of the hardest hit social services in a public land selloff.

South Korean government voices concern over Japanese “collective self-defense”

By Ben McGrath, 12 July 2014

While the militarization of Japan is currently targeted at China, it is alarming Seoul, a key ally of the United States.

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Der US-Spionageskandal und die Rückkehr des deutschen Imperialismus

Von Peter Schwarz, 12. Juli 2014

Die Ausweisung des führenden US-Geheimdienstlers aus Deutschland steht in direktem Zusammenhang mit der Wiederbelebung des deutschen Imperialismus, wie sie von der Bundesregierung systematisch propagiert wird.

Obama und die CIA – wer hat in Washington das Sagen?

Von Bill Van Auken, 12. Juli 2014

Entweder lügt der US-Präsident, wenn er sagt, er habe nichts von der Spionage in Deutschland gewusst, oder er hat den militärisch-geheimdienstlichen Komplex nicht unter Kontrolle.

Kiew startet „Total-Angriff“ auf Rebellen

Von Christoph Dreier, 12. Juli 2014

In Absprache mit den Verbündeten in Europa und den USA geht die ukrainische Armee mit großer Brutalität gegen die Rebellenhochburgen Donezk und Luhansk vor.

HSH-Nordbank-Freispruch: Ein Fall von Klassenjustiz

Von Ulrich Rippert, 12. Juli 2014

Das Urteil im HSH-Nordbank-Prozess liefert ein anschauliches Beispiel für die Weigerung der Justiz, die kriminellen Machenschaften der Finanzaristokratie zu ahnden.

Frankreich
Nationale Front droht ihren Kritikern mit Verbrennungsöfen

Von Francis Dubois, 12. Juli 2014

Jean-Marie Le Pens Anspielung auf die Öfen der Krematorien und die Vernichtung der Juden durch die Nationalsozialisten appelliert an die Nazi-Sympathien in der Nationalen Front.

Israel warnt vor bevorstehender Invasion mit Bodentruppen

Von Mike Head, 12. Juli 2014

Israel verschärft seine Offensive mit eindeutiger Unterstützung der Obama-Regierung.

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Perspective

The toxic crisis of Israeli society

12 July 2014

There is a close connection between the violence being carried out by the Israeli government in Gaza and the emergence of fascistic elements within Israel capable of brutally murdering an innocent Palestinian youth.

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Commentary

The US spy scandal and the return of German imperialism

By Peter Schwarz, 12 July 2014

The expulsion of the CIA station chief is directly linked to the revival of German imperialism.

German foreign minister Steinmeier and the Civitella massacre

By Johannes Stern, 11 July 2014

India: BJP tables right-wing, pro-investor budget

By Keith Jones, 11 July 2014

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

Brazil suffers World Cup rout amid mounting social tensions

The US Supreme Court and religion

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

New analysis of the Detroit Institute of Arts responds to creditors and unions

By David Walsh, 12 July 2014

A leading New York art advisory firm issued a report July 8 on the value of the collection at the DIA and the feasibility of a sale of that artwork, as well as its effect on the art market.

“Not one child should go without water”
Detroit residents denounce water shutoffs

By our reporters, 12 July 2014

Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department announced it would press ahead with plans to shut off water for commercial properties and residents.

Detroit Workers Committee meeting discusses strategy to fight water shutoffs

By David Brown, 11 July 2014

Detroit mothers die in childbirth at three times national rate

By Thomas Gaist, 11 July 2014

“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

Interesting music in 2014 so far

By our reporters, 12 July 2014

World Socialist Web Site music reviewers pick some of the more interesting albums or songs released in the first half of 2014.

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

By Joanne Laurier, 10 July 2014

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.

Workers Struggles

London teachers speak on the public-sector strike

By our reporters, 12 July 2014

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking teachers on the demonstration in London during Thursday’s nationwide public-sector strike.

“Children are being sacrificed to save money”—striking British Columbia teacher

By a WSWS reporter, 12 July 2014

Forty-one thousand British Columbia teachers—now in their fourth week of a province-wide strike—are challenging the provincial government’s decade-long assault on public education.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

12 July 2014

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

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.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Snowden documents show NSA spied on prominent Muslim-Americans

By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2014

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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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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