US combat troops return to Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 14 August 2014

The 130 Special Forces troops are only the first wave of what is likely to be a much larger force.

The war cabal in Washington

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Russian aid convoy prompts Ukraine war threats with US backing

By Julie Hyland, 14 August 2014

The 280 trucks left Moscow Tuesday for the 620-mile journey to Ukraine’s eastern region.

The fascist atrocities in east Ukraine and the fraud of “humanitarian” war

By Alex Lantier, 14 August 2014

The siege of Donetsk and Luhansk is a barbaric act of collective punishment that exposes the humanitarian pretenses of US and European imperialism.

Bulgarian government commits itself to more aggressive policy against Moscow

By Markus Salzman, 14 August 2014

Kiev deploys fascist militias against Donetsk

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Social inequality fuels anger over police killing of St. Louis youth

By Jerry White, 14 August 2014

While the media has sought to brand protesters as violent “looters,” the eruption of popular outrage after the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has deep social roots.

Los Angeles police shoot and kill unarmed man

By John Andrews, 14 August 2014

Ezell Ford, a 24-year-old mentally challenged man, was gunned down near his home in south-central Los Angeles.

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

Turkey: Erdoğan’s presidential win presages deepening social, political conflicts

By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 14 August 2014

The most striking feature of the vote was the low turnout in a country where voting is mandatory.

Gaza truce extended but Israel refuses to end blockade

By Mike Head, 14 August 2014

Backed by the Obama administration, the Israeli government is insisting on the continuation of the ghetto-like conditions it has imposed in Gaza.

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

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India and US to further expand military-strategic ties

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 August 2014

US Defense Secretary Hagel claimed that Washington is offering India military co-development and co-production deals unlike those the US has “with any other country.”

Atlanta school cheating trial scapegoats teachers

By Fred Mazelis, 14 August 2014

Twelve educators are on trial, accused of falsely inflating test scores to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

UFCW in Southern California continues talks with Food 4 Less in wake of strike vote

By Marko Leone and Clodomiro Puentes, 14 August 2014

The contract for 6,500 workers at 95 franchises expired June 8.

No significant recovery in world economy, says US Fed official

By Nick Beams, 14 August 2014

Economic policymakers are warning that low growth is looking increasingly permanent.

Italy’s Northern League backs Scottish independence

By Marianne Arens, 14 August 2014

The support for the Scottish independence campaign by Italy’s extreme right-wing Northern League confirms that it is a reactionary project.

Socialist Workers Party’s Alex Callinicos backs Scottish nationalism

New in French

La signification internationale des célébrations de la Première Guerre mondiale en Australie

Par Nick Beams, 14 août 2014

Les commémorations australiennes font partie d’une offensive mondiale visant à conditionner la population à la guerre.

Tandis que les États-Unis intensifient leur intervention en Irak
Une crise politique éclate à Bagdad

Par Bill Van Auken, 14 août 2014

Le gouvernement Obama poursuit une politique contradictoire en exigeant la formation d’un gouvernement d’union à Bagdad tout en armant la milice des Peshmergas au Kurdistan irakien.

Le risque de guerre augmente avec les préparatifs russes d’une intervention en Ukraine orientale

Par Alex Lantier, 14 août 2014

Les projets d’intervention humanitaire russe en Ukraine créent les conditions d’une confrontation militaire directe entre la Russie et le régime ukrainien soutenu par les États-Unis.

New in German

Die Linkspartei fordert deutsches Eingreifen im Irak

Von Christoph Dreier, 14. August 2014

Die humanitäre Krise im Norden Iraks ist ein offensichtlicher Vorwand für die Linkspartei, ein internationales Eingreifen der deutschen Armee zu rechtfertigen. In einer Situation, in der die USA ihre Truppen im Irak aufstocken und Luftangriffe fliegen, will die deutsche Elite nicht abseits stehen.

US-Intervention verschärft politische Krise in Bagdad

Von Bill Van Auken, 14. August 2014

Wie die Obama-Regierung bekanntgab, werden die USA ihre Militärintervention im Irak vertiefen: Außer ihren Luftschlägen, die sie gegen die sunnitischen Islamisten führen, werden sie auch die kurdischen Peschmergas bewaffnen. Diese Ankündigung hat die irakische Hauptstadt Bagdad in eine politische Krise gestürzt, für die weitgehend Washington die Verantwortung trägt.

Deutliche Warnungen vor Gefahr eines Finanzkollaps

Von Nick Beams, 14. August 2014

International wird immer häufiger davor gewarnt, dass sich das globale Finanzsystem auf eine erneute Katastrophe zubewegt

Kiew setzt faschistische Milizen gegen Donezk ein

Von Niles Williamson, 14. August 2014

Die ukrainische Regierung finanziert faschistische Schlägertruppen und setzt sie als Speerspitze ihrer Operationen gegen die prorussischen Separatisten und Zivilisten in der Stadt Donezk ein.

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Perspective

Gaza, Ukraine and US preparations for urban warfare

14 August 2014

The Pentagon is embracing the doctrine that the next major US military interventions will most likely be against the populations of major urban centers.

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Socialist Equality Party

Defend the rights of immigrant workers! Unite the working class of North, Central and South America!
Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress

14 August 2014

This resolution of the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US) was adopted unanimously on August 6, 2014.

Oppose the Israeli assault on Gaza!
Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress

9 August 2014

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

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Storm brings widespread flooding to southeast Michigan

By Muhammad Khan, 14 August 2014

Record rainfall in southeast Michigan overwhelmed the area’s aging infrastructure, flooding freeways, roads and thousands of homes.

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

Judge Rhodes and his royal entourage tour Detroit

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Arts Review

Get On Up: The James Brown story

By Joanne Laurier, 14 August 2014

Tate Taylor’s film biography attempts with considerable success to penetrate the James Brown phenomenon. As the famed American singer-performer, Chadwick Boseman is mesmerizing.

Lockout deadline at New York’s Metropolitan Opera extended

By Fred Mazelis, 14 August 2014

The third delay in the lockout threat points to the danger that concession agreements will be reached with the Met unions.

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.

Workers Struggles

Bangladesh’s government mobilises police to attack striking garment workers

By Wimal Perera, 14 August 2014

The government’s response revealed concerns in ruling circles that the Tuba workers’ struggle could become a rallying point for all garment workers.

Australia: Sydney university staff and students oppose job cuts

By Zac Hambides, 14 August 2014

Sydney university students and staff are being diverted into another round of bankrupt appeals to the campus administration and the Labor opposition to stop job cuts.

Science

The use of archaeology in Jerusalem as a political weapon

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 August 2014

The actions taken by some Israeli archaeologists operating in East Jerusalem have been heavily criticized for using a selective view of history in order to marginalize local Palestinian communities and drive them from their homes.

Commentary

Human Rights Watch: Egyptian regime guilty of crimes against humanity

By Nick Barrickman, 13 August 2014

Venezuelan National Guard guns down protesting steelworkers

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2014

AUSMIN talks deepen Australian integration into US war plans

By Peter Symonds, 13 August 2014

The Australian media and the severed-head photo

By Nick Beams, 13 August 2014

Luxury goods sales soar amid global economic slump

By Josh Varlin, 13 August 2014

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

Canada’s Harper marks World War I with bellicose address

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.”

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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