After phony cease-fire, Israel vows to intensify Gaza bloodbath

By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2014

The Netanyahu government has seized on Hamas’s failure to immediately observe a cease-fire about which it was never consulted as the pretext for escalating its one-sided war against Gaza.

The toxic crisis of Israeli society

US Congress considers legislation to fast-track deportation of children

By David Brown, 16 July 2014

Legislators in the US are proposing a variety of measures to remove the right of child migrants to an immigration hearing before being deported.

Pulitzer Prize-winning immigrant rights advocate detained in Texas

By Gabriel Black, 16 July 2014

Defend the rights of immigrant workers and youth!

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In congressional testimony, Fed Chair Yellen reassures Wall Street

By Barry Grey, 16 July 2014

Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reiterated her determination to keep interest rates at historic lows for the indefinite future.

Economy slumps, Wall Street booms

Bank for International Settlements chief sounds another warning on financial system

By Nick Beams, 16 July 2014

The head of the BIS says the global system could be more vulnerable than before the 2008 meltdown.

Subway disaster in Moscow kills 22

By David Levine, 16 July 2014

The largest-ever accident on the Moscow subway system occurred Tuesday when a train derailed, killing 22 and leaving 130 hospitalized.

Civil war surges in Libya after legislative elections

By Jean Shaoul, 16 July 2014

Libya's main cities have become war zones, with various Islamist-led militias battling for control of the country's oil wealth.

Election dispute reignites in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 16 July 2014

The Obama administration’s attempt to reconcile the two camps quickly started falling apart.

US knew of British plans to raid the Guardian for Snowden documents

By Nick Barrickman, 16 July 2014

US officials feigned ignorance, while celebrating the police state activities of their British ally.

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George Galloway defends British capitalism in Scottish referendum campaign

By Jordan Shilton, 16 July 2014

For all his complaints against the supporters of Scottish nationalism, Galloway is no less hostile to the independent political mobilisation of the working class than the pro-independence camp.

French unions attend government’s anti-worker “social conference”

By Pierre Mabut, 16 July 2014

The French Socialist Party government held its third “social conference” of employers and unions on July 7.

German department store Karstadt faces carve-up

By Dietmar Henning, 16 July 2014

Investor Nicolas Berggruen, who was hailed four years ago as a saviour by the trade unions and politicians, has shown no interest in retaining control of Karstadt, with its 17,000 workers.

US Veterans Affairs agency manipulated disability data

By Kate Randall, 16 July 2014

New revelations of manipulation of disability data point to systemic corruption at the VA that extends beyond the scandal over the agency’s medical treatment of veterans.

Japan’s PM visits Papua New Guinea to promote militarist agenda

By Will Morrow, 16 July 2014

China was not publicly mentioned during Abe’s visit, but commentators said the trip was a signal to Beijing.

Australian youth and workers denounce cuts to Sunday pay rates

By our reporters, 16 July 2014

The decision will have devastating consequences for tens of thousands of poorly-paid workers.

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Mısır’daki askeri darbeden bir yıl sonra

Johannes Stern, 8 Temmuz 2014

Mısır’da, bu perspektif uğruna mücadele eden devrimci bir parti dışında, bir devrim için gerekli bütün koşullar vardı.

Eşitlik ve 4 Temmuz

Joseph Kishore, 8 Temmuz 2014

Bağımsızlık Bildirgesi, tarihte, yalnızca Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’nde yaşayanlar için değil; aynı zamanda tüm dünya için bir dönüm noktasına işaret ediyordu.

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Brasil sufre aplastante derrota en Copa del Mundo en medio de crecientes tensiones sociales

Por Bill Van Auken, 16 Julio 2014

La aplastante derrota por 7-1 ante Alemania del Seleção, como es conocido el equipo nacional de fútbol de Brasil, ha desatado una oleada de amargas recriminaciones dentro del país anfitrión de la Copa Mundial, durante mucho tiempo conocido como la capital mundial del fútbol.

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La crise toxique de la société israélienne

Par Barry Grey, 16 juillet 2014

Il y a un lien étroit entre la violence déchaînée par le gouvernement israélien à Gaza et l’apparition d’éléments fascistes en Israël, capables d’assassiner brutalement un jeune Palestinien innocent.

France: Les syndicats assistent à la “conférence sociale” anti-ouvrière du gouvernement

Par Pierre Mabut, 16 juillet 2014

Le gouvernement PS a organisé le 7 juillet sa troisième “conférence sociale” des employeurs et des syndicats.

Québec: Sous la menace d'une loi spéciale, les syndicats de la construction concluent une entente au rabais

Par Laurent Lafrance, 16 juillet 2014

Cette attaque sur le droit de grève fait partie de l’offensive tous azimuts lancée par le gouvernement libéral de Philippe Couillard contre les travailleurs.

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Poroschenko lässt Großstädte bombardieren

Von Peter Schwarz, 16. Juli 2014

Das rücksichtslose Vorgehen der ukrainischen Armee gegen die Großstädte Donezk und Lugansk soll jeden terrorisieren und einschüchtern, der sich den politischen und sozialen Zielen des Regimes in Kiew entgegenstellt.

Weltweite Empörung über israelische Kriegsverbrechen im Gazastreifen

Von Patrick Martin, 16. Juli 2014

Die israelische Regierung gibt zu, in ihrem Krieg gegen die palästinensische Bevölkerung vorsätzlich Moscheen, Krankenhäuser, Schulen und Privatwohnungen anzugreifen.

Der CIA-Spionageskandal und der Niedergang der amerikanischen Demokratie

Von Tom Carter, 16. Juli 2014

Dass die Obama-Regierung keine Anklage erhebt, zeigt dass hinter der Fassade der Demokratie in Wirklichkeit ein nicht gewählter, autoritärer Militär- und Geheimdienstapparat herrscht.

Karstadt droht die Zerschlagung

Von Dietmar Henning, 16. Juli 2014

Der Investor Nicolas Berggruen, der vor vier Jahren von der Gewerkschaft Verdi und Politikern als Retter gefeiert wurde, zeigt keinerlei Interesse, den Warenhauskonzern und seine 17.000 Arbeitsplätze zu erhalten.

Französisches Antiterrorgesetz tritt demokratische Rechte mit Füßen

Von Kumaran Ira, 16. Juli 2014

Mit dem Gesetzentwurf erhält der Staat drakonische Vollmachten, das Internet zu überwachen und Web Sites, Mailserver und Clouds zu zensieren.

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Perspective

The bombing of eastern Ukraine

16 July 2014

The brutal actions against the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine are meant to terrorise all those who oppose the political and social aims of the regime in Kiev.

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Commentary

Pseudo-left Awami Workers Party cheers on Pakistani offensive in North Waziristan

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 16 July 2014

The Awami Workers Party and its international Pabloite allies are cheering on the military offensive the Pakistani state is mounting, in close collaboration with Washington, in North Waziristan.

Torture and death in America’s prisons

By Andre Damon, 15 July 2014

Why is Stefan Kornelius so angry over the CIA spying scandal in Germany?

By Johannes Stern, 15 July 2014

The CIA spying scandal and the disintegration of American democracy

Six family members murdered in suburban Houston, Texas

The US spy scandal and the return of German imperialism

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Judge says water shutoffs are bad publicity for Detroit bankruptcy plan

By Jerry White, 16 July 2014

In a degrading farce, US Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes granted a mere five minutes each for Detroit residents to beg him not to slash city workers’ retirement benefits or shut off water to tens of thousands.

Detroit retirees denounce bankruptcy plan

By our reporters, 16 July 2014

Retired city workers spoke with the WSWS outside the federal courthouse in Detroit Tuesday.

SEP campaigns against water shutoffs in Detroit

By Jake Dean, 15 July 2014

A Detroit-area teacher said, “To shut off water and give no alternative to these people, the whole world should be appalled.”

The Detroit water shutoffs: A social crime

SEP campaign against Detroit water shutoffs evokes warm response from Chrysler workers

Video: Detroit residents speak out on water shutoffs

By Tim Rivers, 9 July 2014

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

Book Review

Sting of the Drone: Richard A. Clarke’s reservations about American war crimes

By Sandy English, 16 July 2014

Richard A. Clarke, former counterterrorism “czar” under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, has written a third novel, about drone warfare.

Arts Review

Prasanna Vithanage’s With You, Without You: The human impact of Sri Lanka’s communal war

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Panini Wijesiriwardane, 14 July 2014

Workers Struggles

Pakistani migrant fruit pickers in Greece strike over inhuman conditions

By John Vassilopoulos, 15 July 2014

Hundreds demonstrate in Dublin in support of locked-out waste collection workers

By Jordan Shilton, 15 July 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden condemns UK surveillance legislation

By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2014

French anti-terrorism law tramples fundamental democratic rights

By Kumaran Ira, 15 July 2014

Cybersecurity bill will expand surveillance powers of US military and intelligence agencies

By Thomas Gaist, 15 July 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP public meeting on Independent Workers Inquiry into Water Pollution

14 July 2014

The meeting will present the inquiry’s report into the water pollution in Weliweriya. Please note the change in venue.

25 years ago: Soviet coal miners defy Stalinist regime

By the end of this week in 1989, the wildcat strikes of Soviet coal miners spread from Siberia to regions as far as Ukraine, involving hundreds of thousands.

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50 years ago: Urban uprising in Harlem

On July 18, 1964, thousands of black workers and youth poured into the streets of Harlem in rioting sparked by the brutal police murder of 15-year-old James Powell.

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75 years ago: US miners union betrays workers’ struggle in “Harlan County War”

A protracted and bloody strike by 13,000 coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky was betrayed by the United Mineworkers of America leadership on July 19, 1939.

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100 years ago: Preparations for war escalate in Europe

This week in July 1914, the major European powers escalated their preparations for war in the wake of the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

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