US terror list ensnares hundreds of thousands

By Tom Eley, 6 August 2014

A newly leaked document reveals that over 40 percent of those named on a US terror watch list—some 280,000 people—do not even have an alleged connection to terrorism.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers condemn destruction of Gaza

By Matthew MacEgan, 6 August 2014

IDF company sergeant Eran Efrati published details on social media last week concerning the intentional targeting of civilians by Israeli soldiers in Gaza.

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New Snowden leak highlights collaboration between NSA and Israeli intelligence

By Nick Barrickman, 6 August 2014

The NSA and Israeli ISNU cooperate to share and analyze data on governments throughout the Middle East.

Release of Senate report on torture stalled by CIA redactions

By Eric London, 6 August 2014

Obama has fronted for the CIA and tacitly supported its months-long efforts to undermine the Senate probe and delay the release of the Intelligence Committee’s findings.

Obama defends CIA torturers

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Ukrainian government forces deploy heavy weaponry as they encircle Donetsk

By Julie Hyland, 6 August 2014

Latest UN figures show that 117,000 people have been forced out of their homes in eastern Ukraine, while an additional 168,000 have moved to Russia

US spy plane incident raises more questions over MH17 crash

By our reporter, 6 August 2014

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European leaders use World War I commemoration to press for new wars

By Stefan Steinberg, 6 August 2014

Attending the two days of commemorations in the Belgian city of Liège were representatives from 83 countries.

Australia: A barrage of pro-war propaganda to mark World War I centenary

By Mike Head, 6 August 2014

Australians are being bombarded with media coverage designed to glorify the 1914–18 war and prepare for another catastrophic conflict.

US major general killed in insider Afghan army attack

By Gabriel Black, 6 August 2014

A two-star American major general was killed and many other US soldiers were injured by a member of the Afghan army.

Federal report exposes “culture of violence” in New York City’s Rikers Island prison

By Sandy English, 6 August 2014

Teenaged prisoners are at special risk of sadistic and brutal treatment at the hands of corrections officers.

Greek court frees men charged with attacking migrant workers

By John Vassilopoulos, 6 August 2014

Four men on trial for opening fire on a group of Bangladeshi strawberry pickers were freed by a Greek court.

Australian government unveils sweeping new “terror” powers

By Mike Head, 6 August 2014

Abbott’s government again seized on the fraudulent pretext of stopping “jihadists” returning from Syria to justify police-state provisions.

Frictions over trade at US-India Strategic Dialogue

By Deepal Jayasekera, 6 August 2014

Despite disagreements on economic issues, US and Indian leaders consolidated their strategic and military partnership directed against China.

Deadly gas explosion in Taiwanese city kills dozens

By Ben McGrath, 6 August 2014

Powerful blasts left deep craters throughout the city of Kaohsiung, destroying roads and homes and leaving thousands without electricity, water, or gas.

New in French

Protestations en France contre la guerre israélienne à Gaza

Par Pierre Mabut, 6 août 2014

Des manifestations se sont déroulées dans de nombreuses villes françaises contre le massacre de civils innocents à Gaza.

New in German

Obama verteidigt CIA-Folterer

Von Patrick Martin, 6. August 2014

Nur einen Tag nachdem die CIA zugegeben hatte, einen Senatsausschuss bespitzelt zu haben, der ihr Folterprogramm aus der Bush-Ära untersuchte, sprach der Präsident dem CIA-Direktor John Brennan sein "volles Vertrauen" aus.

Parlamentsvorbehalt bei Auslandseinsätzen wird ausgehebelt

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 6. August 2014

Weitgehend unbemerkt von der Öffentlichkeit arbeitet eine Kommission von ehemaligen Verteidigungspolitikern der CDU/CSU und SPD und Militärexperten seit einigen Monaten an der Aushebelung des Parlamentsvorbehalt bei Auslandseinsätzen der Bundeswehr.

Stärkster Absturz amerikanischer Märkte seit sechs Monaten

Von Nick Beams, 6. August 2014

Vergangene Woche stürzten die US-Märkte ab, weil die Furcht vor einer unerwartet frühen Zinsenanhebung der Fed umging. Außerdem kursierte ein Bericht über steigende Arbeitskosten.

Proteste gegen Wehrdienst in der Ukraine nehmen zu

Von unserem Reporter, 6. August 2014

Das Kiewer Regime hat die im Mai eingeführte Wehrpflicht ausgeweitet, wovon vor allem junge Männer zwischen 18 und 25 Jahren betroffen sind.

Zahl der Todesopfer im Gazastreifen steigt auf über 1800

Von Peter Symonds, 6. August 2014

Der jüngste 72-stündige Waffenstillstand könnte genauso schnell scheitern wie der letzte.

Video: Berliner Demonstration gegen Gaza-Krieg

Von Jesse Olsen, 6. August 2014

Die WSWS sprach auf einer Demonstration gegen den Gaza-Krieg in Berlin mit Teilnehmern.

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Perspective

Washington plans for world war

6 August 2014

A new report proposes a much more aggressive Pentagon policy, including preparing for war against nuclear-armed opponents.

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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.

History

August 1914 and the myth of general enthusiasm for war in the German working class

By Verena Nees, 6 August 2014

New scholarly publications provide evidence that opposition to the outbreak of the First World War was particularly strong within the working class.

One hundred years since the outbreak of World War I

By Nick Beams, 5 August 2014

Arts Review

Sage Francis’s Copper Gone: A critic, but frustrated

By Nick Barrickman, 6 August 2014

Francis is best known for his passionate vocal performances and thought-provoking lyrics that express understandable anger at the conditions of modern society.

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

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit water workers denounce shutoffs

By Jerry White, 6 August 2014

Workers at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department who voted down the city’s contract demands last week spoke on the cutoff of water service to tens of thousands of households.

Low turnout at Detroit “Water Affordability” stunt

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Commentary

The return of German Great Power politics and the attacks on the historian Fritz Fischer

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 5 August 2014

Are you ready for nuclear war?

By David North and Alex Lantier, 30 July 2014

The lessons of August 4, 1914

Obama hosts Africa summit amid deepening global crises

Socialist Equality Party

Australia: SEP and IYSSE meetings discuss dangers of new world war

By our reporters, 6 August 2014

Meetings called on the centenary of World War I discussed the necessity for a revolutionary socialist solution to prevent the eruption of a third world war.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Canada’s telecoms aid state surveillance by handing over personal data

By Ed Patrick, 5 August 2014

New York judge upholds US efforts to seize emails from Microsoft

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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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