US-backed Israeli invasion of Gaza unleashes death and destruction

By Bill Van Auken, 19 July 2014

The operations of armored columns and tens of thousands of troops in the densely populated Gaza Strip have sent the numbers of dead and wounded soaring.

US networks remove reporters critical of Israeli attack on Gaza

By Barry Grey, 19 July 2014

On two consecutive days this week, journalists reporting from the Gaza war zone who evinced less than unquestioning support for Israel were removed by US television network executives.

Oppose the Israeli invasion of Gaza

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Following Malaysian plane disaster: German media pushes for confrontation with Moscow

By Peter Schwarz, 19 July 2014

Barely 24 hours after the crash of the Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine, German media outlets are pushing for an escalation of the confrontation with Russia.

Australian political establishment threatens Russia over MH17 crash

By Will Morrow, 19 July 2014

The Australian political elite functions as a chief diplomatic adjunct to Washington’s aggressive intrigues in every corner of the globe.

The bombing of eastern Ukraine

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New York City man dies after being choked by police

By Isaac Finn, 19 July 2014

A Staten Island man died Thursday after officers from the New York Police Department put him in a chokehold, piled on top of him and held his head down, constricting his breathing.

Netroots conference applauds Democratic Party demagogy

By Patrick Martin, 19 July 2014

Vice President Joseph Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren and other leading Democrats made speeches that completely ignored the social catastrophe unfolding in Detroit.

Democratic Party organizations hold rally on water shutoffs

By our reporters, 19 July 2014

The Democratic Party and associated organizations called the rally in an attempt to derail widespread popular opposition to the shutoff of water in Detroit.

Illinois lawsuits allege fraud by student debt settlement companies

By Khara Sikhan, 19 July 2014

Student debt settlement companies used fraudulent means to convince young people to pay them large fees to obtain fictitious debt relief, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

US to transfer six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay

By Nick Barrickman, 19 July 2014

The decision to transfer the detainees comes as the prison camp faces growing criticism for force-feeding prisoners.

Australia illegally detains Sri Lankan refugees in prison ship

By Mike Head, 19 July 2014

Imprisonment in these inhuman conditions is clearly in violation of international law.

European Union spends billions on war against refugees

By Sybille Fuchs, 19 July 2014

The EU is investing billions to keep out desperate refugees and to send them back to poverty, civil war or certain death.

A crime against humanity on America’s border

BRICS bank decision highlights growing divisions among major powers

By Nick Beams, 19 July 2014

The move by the BRICS summit to set up a development bank and emergency fund reflects dissatisfaction with US dominance of the global financial system.

Wall Street hails Peru’s economic “reforms”

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 19 July 2014

Moody’s upgrading of Peru’s debt comes in the wake of new pro-corporate economic measures.

Cut in funding for English National Opera

By Margot Miller, 19 July 2014

As a proportion of total UK public spending, a miniscule 0.5 percent now goes to the arts.

UK schools required to actively promote “British values”

By Thomas Scripps, 19 July 2014

Behind all the talk of democratic values, the British bourgeoisie—like its counterparts the world over—are developing more and more repressive measures to police working people.

New in Turkish

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi’nin açıklaması
İsrail’in Gazze’yi istilasına karşı çıkın

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi, 18 Temmuz 2014

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi (DEUK), İsrail Silahlı Kuvvetleri‘nin Gazze’ye yönelik kara saldırısına şiddetle karşı çıkar.

New in French

Non à l’invasion israélienne de Gaza

Déclaration du Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale, 19 juillet 2014

L’objectif de l’offensive est de perpétrer une tuerie et une destruction de masse qui réduisent Gaza en cendres.

Washington utilise la chute de l’avion de Malaysian Airlines en Ukraine pour menacer la Russie

Par Alex Lantier, 19 juillet 2014

Avant que quiconque ait déterminé comment la tragédie eut lieu, les politiciens et les médias américains réclament qu’on prenne des mesures accrues contre la Russie.

New in German

Lehnt die israelische Invasion in Gaza ab!

Erklärung des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale, 19. Juli 2014

Das Ziel der Invasion ist, viele Menschen zu töten und massive Zerstörungen anzurichten, und dann Gaza als rauchende Ruinen zurückzulassen.

Washington nutzt Flugzeugabsturz für weitere Drohungen gegen Russland

Von Alex Lantier, 19. Juli 2014

Noch ehe feststeht, wie es zu der Tragödie kommen konnte, fordern westliche Politiker und Medien schon ein schärferes Vorgehen gegen Russland.

Deutsche Medien drängen auf Konfrontation mit Moskau

Von Peter Schwarz, 19. Juli 2014

Keine 24 Stunden nach dem Absturz eines malaysischen Passagierflugzeugs über der Ukraine drängen führende deutsche Medien auf eine härtere Konfrontation mit Russland.

Mit Kabinettsumbildung rückt Großbritannien näher an EU-Austritt

Von Julie Hyland, 19. Juli 2014

Das Ausscheiden des britischen Außenministers William Hague aus dem Kabinett zeigt einen weiteren Rechtsruck an.

George Galloway verteidigt den britischen Kapitalismus im Wahlkampf um das schottische Referendum

Von Jordan Shilton, 19. Juli 2014

Bei allen Einsprüchen, die er gegen die Unterstützer des schottischen Nationalismus erhebt, erweist sich seine Haltung gegenüber einer unabhängigen politischen Mobilisierung der Arbeiterklasse als nicht weniger feindselig als diejenige der Befürworter der Unabhängigkeit.

VW-Chef Winterkorn kündigt „schmerzhafte Einschnitte“ an

Von Dietmar Henning, 19. Juli 2014

Allein die Kernmarke VW soll jährlich 5 Milliarden Euro einsparen. Das Sparziel soll in weniger als drei Jahren erreicht sein.

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Perspective

The crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine

19 July 2014

The remarks Friday by President Barack Obama on the tragic crash of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine raised far more questions than they answered.

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Commentary

The day the US shot down Iran Airlines Flight 655

By Niles Williamson, 19 July 2014

Who shot down the Malaysian jetliner over eastern Ukraine? Anyone who thinks that the US government is incapable of carrying out or sanctioning such a horrendous action against innocent civilians should consider the infamous case of the downing of Iran Air Flight 655.

Britain’s parliament rubber stamps police state surveillance law

By Robert Stevens, 19 July 2014

The vote to fast track into legislation the Data Retention and Investigative Powers Act by Britain’s Parliament shows the extent to which the structures for police states are being prepared in Europe.

Edward Snowden condemns UK surveillance legislation

US seeks to extend interim nuclear accord with Iran

By Keith Jones, 18 July 2014

EU summit fails to elect top officials

By Peter Schwarz, 18 July 2014

Swedish court upholds detention order against Julian Assange

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

Torture and death in America’s prisons

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

Workers Struggles

South Korean auto workers hold first strike of the year

By Ben McGrath, 19 July 2014

Renault Samsung workers held a partial strike Monday demanding increased wages and other benefits.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

19 July 2014

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

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit elites declare: “Water is not a social right”

By Jerry White, 18 July 2014

Workers and young people rally against water shutoffs in Detroit

By our reporters, 18 July 2014

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

By David Walsh, 17 July 2014

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

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

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

United Nations report: US, UK surveillance programs violate international law

By Thomas Gaist, 18 July 2014

Australia: New terrorism scare used to unveil vast surveillance powers

By Mike Head, 18 July 2014

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

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IYSSE

IYSSE meeting in Wellington, New Zealand
The imperialist debacle in Iraq and the struggle against war

The New Zealand ruling class has strengthened its ties with Washington and is supporting all its crimes and conspiracies.

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.

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.

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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