Israel resumes indiscriminate killings in Gaza

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2014

Israeli air strikes and artillery fire killed at least five Palestinians Friday, including a child.

Germany’s Left Party suppresses opposition to militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 August 2014

The Left Party is using the war in Gaza as an opportunity to place itself unconditionally behind the German government’s foreign policy.

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

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Malaysian press charges Ukraine government shot down MH 17

By Alex Lantier, 9 August 2014

Given the tightly controlled character of the Malaysian media, it appears that the accusation that Kiev shot down MH17 has the imprimatur of the Malaysian state.

Australian PM backs NATO threats against Russia

By Mike Head, 9 August 2014

Abbott set out a pretext for US-led military aggression, accusing Russia of preparing to invade Ukraine.

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Fed Report: Most US families can't raise $400

By Andre Damon, 9 August 2014

More than two-thirds of Americans are no better off now than they were in the worst part of the 2008 downturn, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Friday.

Snowden permitted to stay in Russia for three more years

By Thomas Gaist, 9 August 2014

The move, which was furiously denounced by the US media and political establishment, comes amid the escalating US war drive against Russia.

Washington Post accuses Snowden of aiding Al Qaeda

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Japan’s defence white paper targets China

By Peter Symonds, 9 August 2014

The Abe government is exploiting the “China threat” to press ahead with plans for Japanese remilitarisation.

UK government attempts to conceal its involvement in rendition and torture

By Robert Stevens, 9 August 2014

The British government has approached the US in an attempt to censor information regarding Britain’s involvement in rendition and torture.

Obama defends CIA torturers

German commission undermines parliametary approval requirement for military operations

By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 9 August 2014

Largely unnoticed by the public, a commission of former defence politicians as well as military experts has been working to repeal the requirement that military operations abroad obtain parliamentary approval.

Bank of America reaches $16 billion mortgage fraud settlement

By Gabriel Black, 9 August 2014

Bank of America’s deal with the Obama administration is designed to ensure that no banker will be prosecuted for the bank’s role in the criminal practices that crashed the world economy.

New Zealand: Internet-Mana parties wage bogus anti-establishment campaign

By John Braddock, 9 August 2014

Both parties represent layers of the upwardly mobile middle class, including IT professionals and Maori business leaders.

New in Persian

جنایات جنگی در غزه و ورشکستگی ناسیونالیسم

تحریریه ی بین الملی تارنمای جهانی سوسیالیست
25 جولای 2014

غزه آن چنان به صحنه جنایات جنگی دولت اسرائیل مبدل شده است که کلمات از توصیف آن عاجزند. بمباران مدرسه سازمان ملل بدست ارتش اسرائیل در بیت حانون 15کشته و 200تن زخمی بر جای گذاشته قربانیانی که بیشتر زنان و کودکان بودند، در این باره چه می توان گفت؟ ارتش اسرائیل مختصات تاسیسات را در اختیار دارد و می دانسته که در مواقع متعددی این منطقه جانپناه بسیاری از غیرنظامیان در برابر حملات بی امان زمینی و هوایی اسرائیل بوده است اما ارتش ان را بدون این ملاحظات بمباران کرد_پناهگاه های سازمان ملل چهار بار در طول هفته هدف حمله قرار گرفت.

صد سال پس از سارایوو

دیوید نورث
28 جوئن 2014

یک قرن از واقعه ای که آتش جنگ جهانی اول را شعله ور کرد گذشت. صبح روز یکشنبه، 28 ژوئن 1914 فرانس فردیناند، ولیعهد امپراطوری اتریش-مجارستان، در آخرین روز دیدار رسمی خود از بوسنی ترور شد. علیرغم شکل دلخراش ترور، انتظار نمی رفت ترور فرزند سلسله هاپسبورگ چنین پیامد عالمگیری در پی داشته باشد.

New in Greek

Είσαι έτοιμος για πυρηνικό πόλεμο;

Του Ντέιβιντ Νορθ και Άλεξ Λαντιέ, 10 Αυγούστου 2014

Αυτό είναι το ερώτημα που όλοι και όλες πρέπει να θέτουν στον εαυτό τους στο φως των εξελίξεων μετά τη συντριβή της πτήσης ΜΗ17 των Μαλαισιανών Αερογραμμών.

New in French

Le SEP Sri Lanka et l’EJIES manifestent contre l’invasion israélienne de Gaza

Par nos correspondants, 9 août 2014

Les manifestants du SEP/EJIES ont reçu un accueil chaleureux de la part des travailleurs, des étudiants et des jeunes à Colombo.

New in German

Berlin: Streit über Krieg gegen Russland

Von Ulrich Rippert und Peter Schwarz, 9. August 2014

Zwischen dem Handelsblatt und der FAZ tobt ein heftiger Streit über die Russlandpolitik. Er ist Ausdruck scharfer Spannungen innerhalb der herrschenden Klasse über die zukünftige Ausrichtung der deutschen Außenpolitik.

Osram streicht weitere 7800 Arbeitsplätze weltweit

Von Ludwig Weller, 9. August 2014

Osram hat letzte Woche einen weiteren radikalen Stellenabbau verkündet und will bis 2017 insgesamt 7.800 von weltweit 34.000 Arbeitsplätzen vernichten.

Erste Direktwahl des Präsidenten der Türkei

Von Halil Celik, 9. August 2014

Am Sonntag sind mehr als 52 Millionen Türken aufgerufen, den nächsten Präsidenten zu wählen.

Erste Fernsehdebatte über Referendum zur schottischen Unabhängigkeit entlarvt den Betrug beider Lager

Von Jordan Shilton und Julie Hyland, 9. August 2014

Das bemerkenswerteste an der Debatte war, dass die wachsende wirtschaftliche und politische Krise des Weltkapitalismus nicht einmal erwähnt wurde.

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Perspective

ISIS in Iraq: A disaster made in the USA

9 August 2014

The emergence of ISIS is the outcome of the catastrophe inflicted on Iraq by US imperialism.

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Socialist Equality Party

Oppose the Israeli assault on Gaza!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 9 August 2014

This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) holds meeting in Bradford against war in Gaza

By our reporters, 9 August 2014

The meeting outlined a socialist strategy against war based on the unification of the international working class.

Bradford meeting: “What Israel is doing in Gaza is genocide—there is no other word for it”

By our reporters, 9 August 2014

Sri Lankan SEP to hold public meeting in Colombo on world war threats

9 August 2014

The SEP meeting will discuss the imperialist war drive and the fight for socialism.

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.

Book Review

A key moment in the prehistory of the Enlightenment

By Tom Carter, 9 August 2014

Greenblatt’s controversial book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and it has also come under attack as an “anti-religious diatribe.”

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.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

9 August 2014

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

Commentary

Alarm bells sound louder over danger of financial collapse

By Nick Beams, 8 August 2014

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

By Kristina Betinis, 8 August 2014

What lies behind the warmongering by Der Spiegel?

By Christoph Dreier, 8 August 2014

Are you ready for nuclear war?

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

Washington plans for world war

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

One hundred years since the outbreak of World War I

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.

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 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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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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