Eastern Ukraine faces humanitarian crisis as Kiev steps up attack

By Julie Hyland, 4 August 2014

Some 230,000 people are now internally displaced in Ukraine due to the civil war unleashed by the Western-backed regime in Kiev.

Anti-conscription protests grow in Ukraine

By our reporter, 4 August 2014

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

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Protesters denounce UK and US support for Israeli military massacres

By Daniel O’Flynn, 4 August 2014

Thousands of protestors gathered outside the Israeli embassy in London, Friday, to express their opposition to Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip

Third week of protests in New Zealand over Gaza invasion

By John Braddock, 4 August 2014

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

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Deadly auto parts plant explosion in China

By Ben McGrath, 4 August 2014

A blast at an aluminum plant in eastern China on Saturday morning has left 71 dead and nearly 200 injured.

Contamination leaves 400,000 Ohioans without tap water

By Gabriel Black, 4 August 2014

An algae bloom caused by fertilizer run-off has poisoned Toledo, Ohio’s water supply, cutting 400,000 off from tap water.

House of Representatives authorizes constitutional lawsuit against Obama

By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2014

Behind the façade of bitter partisan divisions, the two big business parties are united in attacking the social conditions and democratic rights of the working class.

US immigration attorney: “I deal with great numbers of children and young adults fleeing violence and poverty”

By Kevin Mitchell, Alan Gilman and Marc Wells, 4 August 2014

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with a prominent attorney in Los Angeles who specializes in immigration cases.

Vigilante groups patrol the US-Mexico border

A crime against humanity on America’s border

US markets in biggest fall for six months

By Nick Beams, 4 August 2014

US markets fell this week on fear that the Fed may tighten interest rates sooner than expected and a report showing a rise in labour costs.

The financial bubble economy

New York judge upholds US efforts to seize emails from Microsoft

By Thomas Gaist, 4 August 2014

A New York judge ruled that the US government has jurisdiction over all data stored overseas by US companies.

Obama defends CIA torturers

State Department acknowledges widespread torture in leaked memo

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

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Death of Eric Garner at hands of New York police ruled a homicide

By Sandy English, 4 August 2014

The authorities admit that the death of the Staten Island man was caused by a police chokehold.

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

German expenditure for weapons research has more than doubled since 2010

By Sven Heymanns, 4 August 2014

The growing involvement of universities in military research projects is a component of the return of German militarism.

Thai junta installs military-dominated assembly

By Tom Peters, 4 August 2014

The assembly’s composition is another indication that the army intends to cling to power for a protracted period.

New in Polish

Czy jesteś gotowy na wojnę nuklearną?

David North i Alex Lantier, 3 sierpień 2014

W świetle tego, co wydarzyło się od katastrofy lotu Malaysia Airlines MH17, każdy powinien zadać sobie to pytanie.

New in French

Après l’échec du cessez-le-feu, Israël intensifie le massacre à Gaza

Par Peter Symonds, 4 août 2014

Sûr du soutien de Washington, le gouvernement israélien n’a jamais sérieusement envisagé de respecter le cessez-le-feu ni d’engager des négociations avec les factions palestiniennes en Egypte.

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Perspective

The slaughter in Gaza: A warning to the international working class

4 August 2014

The war crimes being carried out in Gaza today are the most brutal expression of what is being prepared against the international working class.

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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

The lessons of August 4, 1914

By Ulrich Rippert, 4 August 2014

One hundred years ago, the social democracy’s vote for war credits in World War I sounded the death knell of the epoch of national programs for the working class.

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.

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

By Joseph Santolan, 2 August 2014

25 years ago: US and Mexico agree on debt-reduction plan

August 7, 1989, a high-level meeting in Mexico City between US and Mexican officials resulted in a debt-reduction agreement devised to safeguard the interests of the most powerful US banks.

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50 years ago: US Congress passes Gulf of Tonkin resolution

On August 7, 1964 the Senate and the House of Representatives passed a resolution giving the president virtually unlimited authority to escalate the US war in Vietnam.

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75 years ago: US establishes War Resources Board

As the ruling class of the United States readied for all-out war, the Army and Navy commands announced on August 9, 1939 the formation of the War Resources Board.

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100 years ago: Germany invades Belgium

In the opening days of World War I, the military forces of Germany crossed the border into Belgium August 4, 1914 as part of a flanking operation against French forces.

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Arts Review

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, or Yawn of the Planet of the Apes

By Kevin Martinez, 4 August 2014

The original Planet of the Apes (1968), directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, with Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall, was fairly silly, but it was not mean-spirited and had a certain humor to it.

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?

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Low turnout at Detroit “Water Affordability” stunt

By our reporters, 4 August 2014

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department held a public relations event on the city’s impoverished east side as it prepares to resume mass water shutoffs.

Wave of traffic fatalities in Detroit highlights disrepair of infrastructure

Detroit kindergartens “experiment” with 100-student class sizes

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Socialist Equality Party

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