Obama authorises a new air war in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2014

Once again, US imperialism is playing the humanitarian card—the plight of Iraq’s Yazidi minority—to justify its predatory aims.

Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE demonstrate against Israeli assault on Gaza

By our correspondents, 8 August 2014

SEP/IYSSE demonstrators received a warm response from Colombo workers, students and youth.

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US, NATO support the Ukrainian army’s bloody offensive

By Christoph Dreier, 8 August 2014

Representatives of the United States, NATO and the EU have given their support to the bloody military offensive by the Ukrainian army on Thursday.

What lies behind the warmongering by Der Spiegel?

By Christoph Dreier, 8 August 2014

Germany’s leading news magazine, Der Spiegel, is demanding a confrontation with Russia.

US spy plane incident raises more questions over MH17 crash

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University of Illinois blocks appointment of professor critical of Israeli crimes in Gaza

By Kristina Betinis, 8 August 2014

AAUP union leader Cary Nelson has defended the university administration’s action.

Florida courts prepare fast-track hearings for immigrant children

By Matthew MacEgan, 8 August 2014

Florida immigration courts are seeking to establish special “dockets” to speed up the process of hearing the cases of thousands of immigrant children who have recently arrived in the state.

A crime against humanity on America’s border

California’s 2014-2015 budget attacks education

By Theo Mclean, 8 August 2014

Teachers and students are among those targeted to pay for the economic crisis.

Turkey to hold first popular election for president

By Halil Celik, 8 August 2014

Behind the turn to a popular election, all the major parties are lining up behind the ruling class’s drive toward authoritarian rule and war.

Australian unemployment rate rises to highest level in 12 years

By Will Morrow, 8 August 2014

The July figures begin to show the impact of an ongoing tidal wave of job cuts, plus the lack of new jobs for young people.

London mayor threatens to dock pay of striking firefighters

By Allison Smith and Paul Bond, 8 August 2014

Mayor Boris Johnson has previously imposed cuts to fire services, including the closure of fire stations.

New in Turkish

Avustralya’nın I. Dünya Savaşı “kutlamaları”nın uluslararası önemi

Nick Beams, 8 Ağustos 2014

Geçmişteki suçların haklı gösterilmesi, her zaman yenilerinin ısmarlanmasına hazırlıktır.

New in Serbo-Croatian

Jeste li spremni na nuklearni rat?

David North i Alex Lantier, 8 August 2014

Jeste li spremni na rat – uključjući možda i nuklearni rat – između Amerike, Evrope i Rusije? To je pitanje koje bi svi trebali da se zapitamo, naročto poslije uništenja malezijskog putničog aviona MH17.

New in French

Washington se prépare à une guerre mondiale

Par Patrick Martin, 8 août 2014

Un nouveau rapport propose une politique du Pentagone beaucoup plus aggressive comprenant des préparatifs de guerre contre des adversaires disposant de l'arme nucléaire.

L’offensive ukrainienne contre Donetsk augmente le risque de guerre avec la Russie

Par Christoph Dreier, 8 août 2014

L’armée ukrainienne agit de manière extrêmement brutale contre les forces pro-russes en Ukraine orientale et risque de provoquer une guerre totale.

New in German

Die internationale Bedeutung der australischen “Feiern” zum Ersten Weltkrieg

Von Nick Beams, 8. August 2014

Mit ihren feierlichen Zeremonien zum Gedenken an den Ersten Weltkrieg bereiten die herrschenden Eliten den dritten vor.

Was steckt hinter der Kriegstreiberei des Spiegel?

Von Christoph Dreier, 8. August 2014

Jakob Augstein, Miteigentümer des Spiegel, wirft den deutschen Medien vor, die Politik in der Ukraine-Krise vor sich herzutreiben, erklärt aber nicht, weshalb das eigene Blatt dabei die führende Rolle spielt.

USA und NATO stützen blutige Offensive der ukrainischen Armee

Von Christoph Dreier, 8. August 2014

Vertreter der USA, der NATO und der EU haben am Donnerstag ihre Unterstützung der blutigen Militäroffensive der ukrainischen Armee ausgeweitet. Die Gefahr einer militärischen Konfrontation mit Russland nimmt zu.

Unsichere Waffenruhe im Gazastreifen

Von Peter Symonds, 8. August 2014

Die palästinensische Enklave wird weiterhin belagert und die USA garantieren Israel Unterstützung, wenn es seine mörderische Offensive fortsetzt.

Einflussreiche Washingtoner Denkfabrik steuert amerikanische Kriegstreiberei im Südchinesischen Meer

Von Joseph Santolan, 8. August 2014

Die zunehmenden Spannungen im Südchinesischen Meer wurden in jedem Stadium von Washington geschürt. Dabei spielte der Think Tank CSIS eine führende Rolle.

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Perspective

Alarm bells sound louder over danger of financial collapse

8 August 2014

The policies pursued by the US Fed and other central banks are creating the conditions for another financial crash.

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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.

Science

A historic first in solar system exploration
Rosetta spacecraft becomes first manmade probe to orbit a comet

By Don Barrett, 8 August 2014

The European Space Agency probe reached its target comet after a journey of more than ten years.

Arts Review

Bruce Weber’s Detroit: “Projection” as truth?
“I was really thinking just of my picture, instead of what life is really like”

By Seraphine Collins, 8 August 2014

The exhibition of the well-known fashion photographer’s work opened June 20 at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and will run through September 7.

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

By Nick Barrickman, 6 August 2014

History

Fifty years since the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

By Patrick Martin, 7 August 2014

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

By Verena Nees, 6 August 2014

One hundred years since the outbreak of World War I

By Nick Beams, 5 August 2014

Commentary

The international significance of Australia’s World War I “celebrations”

By Nick Beams, 7 August 2014

Missouri carries out seventh execution of 2014

By Kate Randall, 7 August 2014

Austrian court delivers draconian verdict against student protester

By Denis Krassnin, 7 August 2014

Washington plans for world war

By Patrick Martin, 6 August 2014

Are you ready for nuclear war?

By David North and Alex Lantier, 30 July 2014

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

8 August 2014

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

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit water workers denounce shutoffs

By Jerry White, 6 August 2014

Low turnout at Detroit “Water Affordability” stunt

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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Washington Post accuses Snowden of aiding Al Qaeda

By Tom Carter, 7 August 2014

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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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