Kiev pledges to block Russian aid convoy to eastern Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 13 August 2014

The Ukrainian army is creating a humanitarian disaster in eastern Ukraine and the government in Kiev is blocking relief supplies to the population.

Kiev deploys fascist militias against Donetsk

Malaysian press charges Ukraine government shot down MH 17

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Scores arrested in three days of protests over Missouri police shooting

By Shannon Jones, 13 August 2014

A pregnant woman said she was thrown on the ground, maced and held at gunpoint by police Sunday night.

Human Rights Watch: Egyptian regime guilty of crimes against humanity

By Nick Barrickman, 13 August 2014

In terms of sheer numbers, the killings of protesters on August 14, 2013 at Rab’a Square in Cairo exceed the death toll in the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

Venezuelan National Guard guns down protesting steelworkers

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2014

At least three workers suffered gunshot wounds and a number of others were detained as the Maduro government stepped up repression against the Venezuelan working class.

AUSMIN talks deepen Australian integration into US war plans

By Peter Symonds, 13 August 2014

From the US-led confrontation with Russia, to the new air war in Iraq and the US “pivot” against China, there was not a sliver of difference between US and Australian ministers.

The Australian media and the severed-head photo

By Nick Beams, 13 August 2014

The gruesome picture was published to promote new “terror” laws targeting democratic rights.

Financial meltdown threatened by bankruptcy of any Wall Street bank

By Gabriel Black, 13 August 2014

The outcome of the 2008 crash and the government’s response has been a further concentration of economic power in the hands of the biggest banks.

The crisis in American mental health care

By Trent Novak, 13 August 2014

Roughly one in every four adult Americans experiences a mental illness in any given year.

Louisiana procured death penalty drug through deception

By Tom Hall, 13 August 2014

State prison officials told a hospital that hydromorphone was to treat a “medical patient,” not to execute a prisoner.

Arizona’s two-hour execution and the brutalization of America

Luxury goods sales soar amid global economic slump

By Josh Varlin, 13 August 2014

The rapid growth of economic inequality since the 2008 financial crisis is underscored by the growth in sales of multi-million-dollar yachts, luxury cars and other baubles for the super-rich.

London mayor Boris Johnson to return as Tory MP on anti-European Union platform

By Robert Stevens, 13 August 2014

As London mayor, Johnson speaks for the financial aristocracy, whom he describes as the “zillionaires” and “hedge fund kings.”

Australia: NAIDOC glorifies Aboriginal involvement in World War I

By Ellen Jones, 13 August 2014

The Aboriginal lobby group’s 2014 theme dovetails with the government’s four-year “celebration” of World War I.

New in French

La coterie de va-t-en guerre à Washington

Par Patrick Martin, 13 août 2014

Les États-Unis sont partis en guerre au mépris d’une vaste opposition populaire et sans la moindre autorisation légale ou constitutionnelle.

La France soutient la nouvelle guerre des États-Unis en Irak

Par Kumaran Ira, 13 août 2014

La France soutient les frappes aériennes américaines perpétrées dans le nord de l’Irak contre les forces de l’État islamique d’Irak et de Syrie(ISIS).

New in German

Kriegsverschwörung in Washington

Von Patrick Martin, 13. August 2014

Die Vereinigten Staaten befinden sich im Irak seit Freitag wieder im Kriegszustand, obwohl die überwältigende Bevölkerungsmehrheit das nicht will.

Russische Vorbereitungen für Intervention in Ostukraine erhöhen Kriegsgefahr

Von Alex Lantier, 13. August 2014

Die Pläne Russlands für einen Hilfskonvoi in die Ostukraine schaffen die Bedingungen für einen direkten militärischen Zusammenstoß zwischen Russland und dem proamerikanischen ukrainischen Regime.

Durch Angriff auf Donezk droht Krieg mit Russland

Von Niles Williamson, 13. August 2014

Washington verurteilt mögliche Pläne Russlands für eine humanitäre Intervention scheinheilig, während das prowestliche Regime in Kiew seine blutige Offensive fortsetzt.

Kiew stoppt Hilfslieferungen

Von Christoph Dreier, 13. August 2014

Während die ukrainische Armee in der Ostukraine eine humanitäre Katastrophe schafft, behindert die Regierung in Kiew Hilfslieferungen an die notleidende Bevölkerung.

Israel lehnt Aufhebung der Gaza-Blockade ab

Von Peter Symonds, 13. August 2014

Vier Wochen lange Angriffe der israelischen Armee aus der Luft, vom Boden und vom Meer aus haben das Leben der 1,8 Millionen Palästinenser im Gaza erneut drastisch verschlimmert.

Kasseler NSU-Mord
Verfassungsschutz-Mitarbeiter Andreas Temme hat „Tat- oder Täterwissen“

Von Sven Heymanns und Dietmar Henning, 13. August 2014

Die Vernichtung hunderter Akten, Aussageverweigerung, Gedächtnislücken, mysteriöse Todesfälle und anderes mehr, sollen die direkte Beteiligung des Staates an den NSU-Morden vertuschen.

Weitere Werkschliessungen bei Heidelberger Druck

Von Gustav Kemper, 13. August 2014

In den letzten zehn Jahren wurde die Belegschaft der Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (HDM) weltweit bereits von 25.000 Beschäftigten auf derzeit etwa 12.500 reduziert. Nun kündigte die Unternehmensleitung weitere Massenentlassungen und Werksschließungen an, um eine hohe Profitmarge für die Aktionäre zu erreichen.

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Perspective

The police murder in St. Louis and the militarization of American society

13 August 2014

Yet another family and community in the United States have been traumatized by the death of an innocent young man at the hands of the police.

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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.

Arts Review

Comic actor and performer Robin Williams, dead at 63

By David Walsh, 13 August 2014

Williams was found dead on Monday at his home in Tiburon, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area, having apparently commited suicide.

Delaware Art Museum sells masterworks to pay construction debts

By Andre Damon, 12 August 2014

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.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit mayor employs damage control as city prepares to resume water shutoffs

By Thomas Gaist, 13 August 2014

Mayor Mike Duggan's “10-point plan” is part of political maneuvers being orchestrated by Detroit’s political establishment to dampen popular outrage over mass water shutoffs

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

Judge Rhodes and his royal entourage tour Detroit

By Thomas Gaist, 12 August 2014

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Commentary

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

By Andre Damon, 12 August 2014

Socialist Workers Party’s Alex Callinicos backs Scottish nationalism

By Jordan Shilton, 12 August 2014

Political crisis grips Baghdad as US escalates intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 12 August 2014

The war cabal in Washington

Israel rejects calls to lift Gaza blockade

By Peter Symonds, 12 August 2014

Canada’s Harper marks World War I with bellicose address

International emergency declared in Ebola outbreak

Are you ready for nuclear war?

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

13 August 2014

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

Video Report

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

By our reporters, 11 August 2014

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.”

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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