Political crisis grips Baghdad as US escalates intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 12 August 2014

The Obama administration is pursuing contradictory policies, demanding a unity government in Baghdad while arming the Peshmerga militia in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Australian government backs renewed US war in Iraq

By Mike Head, 12 August 2014

The Australian defence minister has declared Canberra’s preparedness to provide whatever assistance the US wants as it mounts a wider military offensive.

The war cabal in Washington

ISIS in Iraq: A disaster made in the USA

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War threat grows as Russia prepares to intervene in east Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 12 August 2014

Plans for a Russian aid convoy in east Ukraine are setting the stage for a direct military clash between Russia and the US-backed Ukrainian regime.

US-backed Ukrainian regime shells civilians in Donetsk, Luhansk

By our reporter, 12 August 2014

Kiev deploys fascist militias against Donetsk

By Niles Williamson, 12 August 2014

Malaysian press charges Ukraine government shot down MH 17

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Police fire tear gas at protests in St. Louis suburb over police killing of unarmed teen

By Kristina Betinis, 12 August 2014

Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot multiple times and killed by a police officer Saturday afternoon in what eyewitnesses describe as a wanton and unprovoked homicide.

Israel rejects calls to lift Gaza blockade

By Peter Symonds, 12 August 2014

A month of Israeli attacks has compounded the hardships confronting the Palestinian population of 1.8 million.

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

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Judge Rhodes and his royal entourage tour Detroit

By Thomas Gaist, 12 August 2014

Surveying the handiwork of the banks and corporations that have devastated Detroit, the bankruptcy judge took a tour of the Motor City last week.

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A “lost year” for Washington, DC economy

By Adam Soroka, 12 August 2014

Fewer than 6,000 jobs, the majority of which are low-paying, have been created in the DC area this year.

The political issues facing Los Angeles teachers

By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 12 August 2014

Like its predecessors, the new leadership of the United Teachers of Los Angeles is aligned with the Democratic Party, which is leading the assault against public education.

100,000 Bay County, Michigan residents threatened with water crisis

By Zac Corrigan, 12 August 2014

A massive water main break took days to locate, resulting in a ban on water use for “purposes other than the maintenance of public health and safety.”

Germany: Osram cuts 7,800 jobs worldwide

By Ludwig Weller, 12 August 2014

The German-based lighting manufacturer announced a new round of job cuts last week.

Automaker Fiat shifts headquarters out of Italy

By Marianne Arens, 12 August 2014

After completing the merger with Chrysler, Fiat has shifted its headquarters from Turin to Amsterdam.

UK rail union’s “Listen to London” conference a fiasco

By Michael Barnes, 12 August 2014

Workers stayed away from the RMT’s conference called to justify the sellout of rail strikes.

Japanese PM tours Latin America

By Ben McGrath, 12 August 2014

Abe sought to expand Tokyo’s influence in the region, especially in order to counter that of China.

New in Polish

Katastrofa w Libii

Alex Lantier, 12 sierpień 2014

Katastrofa, z którą mamy obecnie do czynienia w Libii, stanowi akt oskarżenia wobec nie tylko mocarstw imperialistycznych, ale też proimperialistycznych środowisk akademickich i pseudolewicowych partii, które aktywnie tę wojnę wspierały.

Prawicowe dziennikarstwo brukowe: Der Spiegel lży Rosję

Johannes Stern, 12 sierpień 2014

W następstwie katastrofy lotu MH17 nad Ukrainą w niemieckiej prasie ukazuje się coraz więcej antyrosyjskich tyrad.

New in French

Il faut s'opposer à l’assaut d'Israël contre Gaza!

Déclaration du Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 12 août 2014

Cette résolution a été adoptée à l’unanimité le 6 août par le Troisième Congrès national du Parti de l'égalité socialiste des États-Unis.

New in German

Stoppt den Angriff Israels auf Gaza!

Erklärung der Socialist Equality Party, 11. August 2014

Diese Resolution wurde am 6. August 2014 vom dritten nationalen Parteitag der Socialist Equality Party in den USA einstimmig verabschiedet.

ISIS im Irak: eine Katastrophe „made in the USA“

Von Barry Gray, 12. August 2014

Mit dem Luftkrieg gegen die Organisation ISIS (Islamischer Staat im Irak und Syrien) im Irak werden die USA die Katastrophe, die sie in diesem Land angerichtet haben, nur verschlimmern.

London: 150.000 demonstrieren gegen Israels Belagerung des Gazastreifens

Von Paul Bond, 12. August 2014

Die Größe der Demonstration zeigt die Empörung, die große Teile der Bevölkerung angesichts der schrecklichen Gewalt empfinden, der die palästinensische Bevölkerung des Gazastreifens ausgesetzt ist.

Malaysische Presse erhebt Vorwurf:
Ukrainische Regierung für MH17-Abschuss verantwortlich

Von Alex Lantier, 12. August 2014

Der Vorwurf, Kiew habe MH17 abgeschossen, wird offenbar mit Zustimmung der malaysischen Regierung erhoben, da die Medien in dem Land stark unter staatlicher Kontrolle stehen.

Lega Nord unterstützt schottische Unabhängigkeit

Von Marianne Arens, 12. August 2014

Die Unterstützung der schottischen Unabhängigkeitskampagne durch die ultrarechte, italienische Lega Nord bestätigt, dass es sich um ein reaktionäres Projekt handelt.

Fiat zieht Hauptsitz aus Turin ab

Von Marianne Arens, 12. August 2014

Nach der Fusion mit Chrysler verlagert der italienische Autokonzern Fiat den Firmensitz aus Turin, wo er 115 Jahre ansässig war, nach Amsterdam.

Bulgarische Übergangsregierung verpflichtet sich auf Sparkurs und härtere Linie gegen Moskau

Von Markus Salzmann, 12. August 2014

Nach dem Scheitern einer eher russlandfreundlichen Regierung wird Bulgarien von einem EU-hörigen Übergangskabinett regiert.

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Perspective

Obama’s “recovery” and the social crisis in America

12 August 2014

While Obama and the political establishment proclaim economic “recovery,” new reports show that the majority of US households are worse off now than they were five years ago.

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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.

Obituary

Condolences on the death of Guy Charron

12 August 2014

In the two weeks since Comrade Guy Charron’s tragic death, the SEP (Canada) has received many condolence letters from comrades around the world.

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.

Arts Review

Delaware Art Museum sells masterworks to pay construction debts

By Andre Damon, 12 August 2014

Last week, the museum, home to a unique collection of English Pre-Raphaelite and American realist art, sold one of its signature pieces, Isabella and the Pot of Basil, by William Holman Hunt.

Commentary

Socialist Workers Party’s Alex Callinicos backs Scottish nationalism

By Jordan Shilton, 12 August 2014

The British Socialist Workers Party is consciously lining up behind the creation of a minor imperialist state in Scotland.

Canada’s Harper marks World War I with bellicose address

By Keith Jones, 11 August 2014

International emergency declared in Ebola outbreak

By John Rowe, 11 August 2014

Fourth major party formed as Mexican Congress passes oil legislation

By Don Knowland, 11 August 2014

US stokes South China Sea tensions at ASEAN summit

By Peter Symonds, 11 August 2014

Germany’s Left Party suppresses opposition to militarism

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

Are you ready for nuclear war?

Video Report

SEP and IYSSE speak-outs at Australian universities on danger of new world war

By our reporters, 11 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

One hundred years since the outbreak of World War I

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.”

Science

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

By Don Barrett, 8 August 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Snowden permitted to stay in Russia for three more years

By Thomas Gaist, 9 August 2014

UK government attempts to conceal its involvement in rendition and torture

By Robert Stevens, 9 August 2014

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25 years ago: New York telephone striker killed by scab car on the picket line

On August 15, 1989, Edward “Gerry” Horgan was struck by a car driven by the daughter of a high-level manager who was scabbing on the strike by NYNEX telecommunications workers.

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50 years ago: US sends military aid to Congo

This week in 1964 the Johnson administration announced its intention to send B-26 bombers to aid the embattled regime of its Congo client, Moise Tshombe.

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75 years ago: Trotskyists force retreat of New York fascists

On August 17, 1939, a threatened counterdemonstration called by the Socialist Workers Party in New York City led fascist leader Father Coughlin to cancel a planned march to New York’s Union Square set for August 19.

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100 years ago: Britain declares war on Austria-Hungary

On August 12, 1914, just over a week after it had declared war against Germany, Britain declared war on Austria-Hungary, Germany’s principal ally.

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