Fascist atrocities mount as US-backed regime assaults eastern Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 17 July 2014

Ukrainian government forces are unleashing a reign of terror against cities in eastern Ukraine, with the support of Washington and the European Union.

The bombing of eastern Ukraine

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Backed by Obama, Israeli leaders threaten Gaza invasion

By Mike Head, 17 July 2014

The Israeli government is preparing a full-scale ground assault, confident of Washington’s full support.

The toxic crisis of Israeli society

Netroots meeting in Detroit: “Progressive” cover for right-wing Democrats

By Patrick Martin, 17 July 2014

The four-day conference is an attempt to revive illusions in the Democratic Party and the Obama administration.

Swedish court upholds detention order against Julian Assange

By Thomas Gaist, 17 July 2014

The detention order stems from trumped-up rape claims leveled against Assange in the wake of WikiLeaks’ publication of secret US military and diplomatic documents.

Two years of asylum in Ecuadorian embassy
Defend Julian Assange!

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Cabinet reshuffle takes UK closer to exit from European Union

By Julie Hyland, 17 July 2014

The resignation of UK Foreign Secretary William Hague signifies a further shift to the right.

Missouri carries out its sixth execution of the year

By Kate Randall, 17 July 2014

The US Supreme Court refused to halt the execution of Missouri death row inmate John Middleton, the 25th person executed in the US in 2014.

GM withheld information about crashes tied to defective ignition switch

By Gabriel Black, 17 July 2014

Documents obtained by the New York Times show that GM withheld information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about a fatal crash tied to a faulty ignition switch.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The social crisis in America’s Rust Belt

By Niles Williamson, 17 July 2014

The destruction of manufacturing jobs in America’s “Rust Belt” has left Milwaukee’s workers fighting high unemployment, poverty and food insecurity.

Sri Lankan government intensifies attacks on students

By Kapila Fernando and Panini Wijesiriwardane, 17 July 2014

Four students have been arrested and police are hunting for another 21 students, as the Rajapakse government tries to suppress resistance to its assault on free education.

Keolis to operate London’s Docklands Light Railway for seven years

By Paul Bond, 17 July 2014

The Docklands Light Railway, established to serve London’s financial district, has long been the testing ground for a more generalised assault on workers’ conditions.

Austrian judiciary persecutes German student protester

By Denis Krassnin, 17 July 2014

A German student who protested against the far right in Vienna is being persecuted by the Austrian judiciary.

New in Russian

Украинская военщина продолжает воздушные атаки на русскоязычные города востока страны

Кристоф Драйер, 17 июля 2014 г.

В прошедшие выходные украинская армия усилила наступление на Донецк и Луганск, используя реактивные самолеты и ракеты при бомбардировке густонаселенных районов.

25 лет назад: Советские шахтеры бросают вызов сталинистскому режиму

17 июля 2014 г.

В середине июля 1989 года стихийные забастовки советских шахтеров, начавшись в Сибири, перекинулись на другие регионы страны, включая территорию Украины и вовлекая сотни тысяч участников.

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Le scandale à l’espionnage de la CIA et la désintégration de la démocratie américaine

Par Tom Carter, 17 juillet 2014

Le refus de l’administration Obama de poursuivre la CIA en justice révèle, derrière les symboles de la démocratie, l’existence d’un gouvernement par un appareil militaire et du renseignement autoritaire et non-élu.

loi anti-terroriste française piétine les droits démocratiques

Par Kumaran Ira, 17 juillet 2014

Parti socialiste français impose une loi anti-terroriste qui permet d’espionner la population et de surveiller Internet, y compris les sites web,les serveurs et les ‘clouds’.

Les responsables gouvernementaux et des entreprises continuent de refuser d'accepter toute responsabilité pour la catastrophe ferroviaire de Lac-Mégantic

Par Carl Bronski, 17 juillet 2014

Un an après la catastrophe ferroviaire de Lac-Mégantic, tant le gouvernement du Canada que les représentants des entreprises continuent de refuser d'accepter toute responsabilité dans la catastrophe qui a coûté la vie de 47 habitants.

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Nach betrügerischemWaffenstillstand:
Israel kündigt Verschärfung des Blutbades im Gazastreifen an

Von Bill Van Auken, 17. Juli 2014

Die Regierung Netanjahu hat die Tatsache, dass sich die Hamas nicht sofort an einen Waffenstillstand gehalten hat, über den nie mit ihr verhandelt wurde, als Vorwand genommen, ihren einseitigen Krieg im Gazastreifen zu verschärfen.

Edward Snowden verurteilt britisches Überwachungssystem

Von Robert Stevens, 17. Juli 2014

Der NSA-Wistleblower verurteilte in einem Guardian-Interview das neue Gesetz, das die britische Regierung im Eilverfahren durchgepeitscht hat.

Bank für Internationalen Zahlungsausgleich warnt erneut vor Finanzkrise

Von Nick Beams, 17. Juli 2014

Die in der Schweiz ansässige Bank für Internationalen Zahlungsausgleich (BIZ) hat erneut die Alarmglocken geläutet und auf die Gefahren für das globale Finanzsystem hingewiesen, die durch die ultra-lockere Geldpolitik der großen Zentralbanken der Welt heraufbeschworen werden, die Börsen und andere Märkte befeuert hat.

Neue Partei gewinnt Wahl in Slowenien

Von Markus Salzmann, 17. Juli 2014

Der nahezu vollständige Zusammenbruch der etablierten bürgerlichen Parteien und der Wahlsieg eines wenig bekannten Juristen ohne politisches Programm machen das Ausmaß der politischen Krise in Slowenien deutlich.

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Perspective

A crime against humanity on America’s border

17 July 2014

The “message” sent by Obama with the first planeload of child deportees sent back to Honduras is that Washington is as contemptuous of international law at home as it is abroad.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Who ordered the water shutoffs in Detroit?

By Jake Dean, 17 July 2014

A profile of the corporate executives who sit on the seven-member Board of Water Commissioners in Detroit.

Judge says water shutoffs are bad publicity for Detroit bankruptcy plan

By Jerry White, 16 July 2014

Detroit retirees denounce bankruptcy plan

Video: Detroit residents speak out on water shutoffs

By Tim Rivers, 9 July 2014

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Arts Review

Detroit Institute of Arts on track to become wholly owned corporate subsidiary

By David Walsh, 17 July 2014

The DIA has received pledges of another $26.8 million in donations from various major corporations and banks toward its goal of raising $100 million as part of the so-called “Grand Bargain.”

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

IYSSE

Socialist Equality Party

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

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

Commentary

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

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 16 July 2014

Torture and death in America’s prisons

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

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.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

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

By Nick Barrickman, 16 July 2014

Edward Snowden condemns UK surveillance legislation

French anti-terrorism law tramples fundamental democratic rights

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

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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

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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