Israel intensifies Gaza slaughter after ceasefire collapses

By Peter Symonds, 2 August 2014

Confident of Washington’s backing, the Israeli government was never serious about abiding by the ceasefire or entering talks with Palestinian factions in Egypt.

Video blog on Gaza devastation by British Channel 4 News presenter attracts wide audience

By Julie Hyland, 2 August 2014

News presenter Jon Snow: “If you decide to throw missiles, shells ... then you will undoubtedly kill children. And that is what [the Israeli government] are doing.”

Charges of anti-Semitism used to intimidate and criminalise opponents of war in Germany

Gaza, Ukraine and the fraud of “human rights” imperialism

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European Union’s confrontation with Russia raises tensions in Moldova

By Markus Salzmann, 2 August 2014

Following the government’s signing of an association agreement with the EU at the end of June, the economy is suffering under counter-measures taken by Russia.

UK parliamentary panel demands NATO prepare for confrontation with Russia

Australian pseudo-lefts line up behind US war preparations against Russia

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Influential Washington think tank pushes US war drive in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 2 August 2014

The worsening tensions in the South China Sea have been fueled at every turn by Washington, with the CSIS think tank playing a leading role.

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

State Department acknowledges widespread torture in leaked memo

By Eric London, 2 August 2014

An internal State Department memo accidentally emailed to a journalist exposes the Obama administration’s continued efforts to cover up CIA torture programs.

A law unto themselves: The CIA and the torture cover-up

Obama administration grants architects of torture sneak peak at Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA programs

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Mediocre US jobs report points to ongoing unemployment crisis

By Gabriel Black, 2 August 2014

The US economy added 209,000 jobs in July, below analysts’ predictions and less than the amount of jobs needed to keep up with population growth.

The financial bubble economy

Vigilante groups patrol the US-Mexico border

By Jake Dean, 2 August 2014

Chauvinism whipped up by the political establishment has found expression in vigilante groups along the Texas border.

California: Immigrants eligible for Medicaid may not receive coverage

By Clodomiro Puentes, 2 August 2014

The expansion of Medicaid in California under Obama’s Affordable Care Act has been falsely promoted as a huge success.

A crime against humanity on America’s border

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Des accusations d’antisémitisme sont utilisées en Allemagne pour intimider et criminaliser les opposants à la guerre

Par Ulrich Rippert, 2 août 2014

Alors que des millions de gens sont profondément choqués par le bombardement brutal le Gaza par l’armée israélienne, en Allemagne, les politiciens et les journalistes s’en prennent aux opposants à la guerre.

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Ein Staat im Staate:
Die CIA und die Vertuschung von Folter

Von Eric London, 2. August 2014

Das Eingeständnis der CIA, dass ihre Mitarbeiter im Rahmen der Vertuschung von Folter den amerikanischen Senat belogen haben, zeigt, wie unkontrolliert die Macht des Militär- und Geheimdienstapparates in den USA ist.

Israel beruft Reservisten für das Blutbad im Gazastreifen ein

Von Patrick Martin, 2. August 2014

Die Zahl der palästinensischen Todesopfer nähert sich der 1.500-Marke, darunter mehr als 300 Kinder

Das Ukrainische Parlament billigt die Stationierung ausländischer Streitkräfte an der Absturzstelle

Von Niles Williamson, 2. August 2014

Das Untersuchungsteam fungiert als Expeditionskorps für bewaffnete Strteitkräfte aus Australien und den Niederlanden inmitten von anhaltenden Kämpfen zwischen ukrainischen Streitkräften und pro-russischen Separatisten

Deutschland: Ausgaben für zivile Rüstungsforschung seit 2010 mehr als verdoppelt

Von Sven Heymanns, 2. August 2014

Die verstärkte Einbindung von Universitäten in den Bereich der militärischen Forschung ist Bestandteil der Wiederkehr des deutschen Militarismus.

Die geliebten Schwestern im Kino
Zwischen Glaube, Kriegseinsatz und Aufklärung

Von Bernd Reinhard, 2. August 2014

Der Film Die geliebten Schwestern von Dominik Graf fand auf der Berlinale im Frühjahr große Beachtung. Jetzt läuft er in den Kinos.

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Perspective

Obama defends CIA torturers

2 August 2014

The president declared his “full confidence” in CIA Director John Brennan one day after the agency admitted it had engaged in illegal spying on a Senate committee investigating its Bush-era torture program.

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Obituary

Guy Charron, 1962-2014: Canadian fighter for Trotskyism

By Keith Jones, 2 August 2014

It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of Guy Charron, a leader of the Socialist Equality Party (Canada) and a daily collaborator in the work of the WSWS.

Mehring Books

Foreword to The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 1 August 2014

This essay by David North is the foreword to The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century, now available at Mehring Books.

Commentary

Are you ready for nuclear war?

By David North and Alex Lantier, 30 July 2014

This is the question that everyone should be asking him- or herself in light of the developments since the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

Ebola epidemic highlights poverty in Africa

ISIS: The jihadist movement stamped “Made in America”

“You can’t treat human beings this way”
New York residents speak out against police violence

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Wave of traffic fatalities in Detroit highlights disrepair of infrastructure

By Nick Barrickman, 2 August 2014

The increasing number of traffic accidents and fatalities takes place under conditions where Detroit’s public lighting system is collapsing.

Detroit kindergartens “experiment” with 100-student class sizes

By Nancy Hanover, 1 August 2014

Detroit water workers reject concession demands

The politics of the Detroit People’s Water Board

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

2 August 2014

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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

2 August 2014

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

Arts Review

John le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man brought to the screen

By Joanne Laurier, 1 August 2014

Interview with Professor Ian Duncan on Sir Walter Scott: The novel “as a kind of total environment of human life”

By David Walsh, 31 July 2014

Mad Men, season seven, first half: A step forward for US television?

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meeting August 4: Oppose the bombardment of Gaza!

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Democratic senator boasts NSA “reform” bill vetted by US intelligence agencies

By Thomas Gaist, 30 July 2014

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25 years ago: Push to restore capitalism in Poland and Hungary

This week in 1989, the new leader of the Polish Communist Party, former Prime Minister Miecsyslaw Rakowski, proposed that party officials be awarded personal ownership of some of the factories and companies that were slated for privatization.

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50 years ago: Riots in Jersey City

Just two weeks after riots erupted in the Harlem section of New York City, a nearby urban center, Jersey City, New Jersey, was gripped by rioting on August 2-4, 1964.

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75 years ago:US House passes anti-communist Smith Act

On July 29, 1939, the US House of Representatives voted 273-48 to pass the anti-communist Smith Act.

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100 years ago: French socialist leader Jean Jaurès assassinated in Paris

On July 31, 1914, the socialist leader in the French Chamber of Deputies, Jean Jaurès, was shot and killed in a Paris cafe by a 29-year-old nationalist.

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