US military to initiate operations in Syria

By James Cogan, 26 August 2014

Whatever attacks are made on ISIS, it is not the only, or even the primary, target inside Syria.

Imperialist war in search of a pretext

Who is responsible for the murder of James Foley?

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Thousands gather in St. Louis for Michael Brown’s funeral

By Niles Williamson, 26 August 2014

The principal speaker at the funeral was Democratic Party politician Al Sharpton, who has worked in coordination with the White House to suppress anger over the police killing of Brown.

Class and race in US police killings: A further comment

By Alan Gilman, 26 August 2014

Compton, California, school police to carry assault rifles

By Kevin Martinez, 26 August 2014

“Eric Garner was murdered for selling cigarettes”
Thousands march in New York City against police violence

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French government collapses amid mounting anger over austerity policies

By Alex Lantier, 26 August 2014

President Hollande dissolved the government Monday, firing leading ministers who had publicly attacked his deeply unpopular austerity policies.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon quits leadership of France’s Left Party

German chancellor Merkel visits Kiev and backs regime

By Christoph Dreier, 26 August 2014

Attempts by Chancellor Merkel to secure German interests in negotiations with Russia do not mean the danger of war is receding.

Ukrainian economy in free fall

By David Levine, 26 August 2014

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UK undercover police escape prosecution for abusing women

By Julie Hyland, 26 August 2014

More than 10 women are taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police, after finding out that their former partners were part of an undercover police unit.

South Korean auto unions hold token strikes

By Ben McGrath, 26 August 2014

Employees of South Korea’s two largest auto manufacturers walked off the job last Friday for four hours.

Companies sell mobile phone spying tools to governments worldwide

By Thomas Gaist, 26 August 2014

High-tech systems allowing users to pinpoint and manipulate cellular devices are increasingly available for purchase around the world.

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

New in German

Die Suche nach einem Vorwand für einen neuen imperialistischen Krieg

Von Patrick Martin, 26. August 2014

Die Obama-Regierung bereitet eine weitere Verschärfung der imperialistischen Aggression im Irak und in Syrien vor.

Zweiter Mann in St.Louis getötet
Polizeigewalt in den USA geht unvermindert weiter

Von Andre Damon, 26. August 2014

Nur zehn Tage nach dem Polizeimord an Michael Brown, einem unbewaffneten Achtzehnjährigen, erschoss die Polizei in St.Louis/Missouri einen zweiten jungen Mann.

Slowenien vor neuer Krisenregierung

Von Markus Salzmann, 26. August 2014

Am Montagabend wurde der Jurist Miro Cerar als neuer Regierungschef Sloweniens vereidigt.

Pakistan: Protestbewegung fordert Rücktritt der Regierung

Von Sampath Perera, 26. August 2014

Die politische Krise in Pakistan hat sich weiter verschärft. Massendemonstrationen fordern den Rücktritt von Ministerpräsident Nawaz Sharif.

New in French

France : Jean-Luc Mélenchon quitte la direction du Parti de Gauche

Par Kumaran Ira, 26 août 2014

Mélenchon cherche à occulter ses liens avec le Parti socialiste discrédité et à préparer un changement de politique pour entrer da ns le camp de la droite, si cela s'avérait nécessaire pour préserver sa carrière politique.

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Perspective

Holocaust survivors indict Israel’s massacre in Gaza

26 August 2014

The principled and courageous denunciation of the slaughter of Palestinians is symptomatic of a terminal crisis of Zionism.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Detroit Bankruptcy

“Folks just can’t afford water, rent, lights, gas and food”
Detroit “water affordability fair” attendees denounce shutoffs

By Zac Corrigan and Tim Rivers, 26 August 2014

In this video, Detroit residents attending a sham “water affordability fair” denounce the city’s policy of cutting off water to those who are too poor to pay for it.

Thousands attend “affordability fair” as Detroit prepares to resume water shutoffs

By Thomas Gaist and D’Artagnan Collier, 25 August 2014

“They treat us like savages!”
Detroit workers, retirees denounce water shutoffs

Meeting Wednesday in Detroit: Police Violence in Ferguson and the Detroit Bankruptcy—the class issues

23 August 2014

More on the Detroit Bankruptcy »

Socialist Equality Party

The Fight Against War and the Political Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party
Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress

25 August 2014

This is the main resolution of the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), adopted unanimously on August 5, 2014.

Sri Lankan SEP holds public meeting on world war threat

By our correspondents, 25 August 2014

Scottish referendum campaign

How Scotland’s Radical Independence Campaign sells nationalism to the working class

By Jordan Shilton, 26 August 2014

The so-called Radical Independence Campaign shares all of the Scottish National Party’s core positions.

Scottish Socialist Party seeks to divide the working class

More coverage on the Scottish referendum campaign »

Commentary

Fears of “a new cold war” and conflict in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 26 August 2014

The increasingly volatile situation in Asia is provoking a degree of nervousness in Washington, including among those directly responsible for creating it.

The Bank of America settlement and the “justice” of capitalism

Video reports on police violence in Ferguson, Missouri

“We have the right to protest. We have the right to assemble”
Anger mounts in Ferguson, Missouri over police repression

By Andre Damon and Eric London, 20 August 2014

More on the police killing in St. Louis »

Arts Review

Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight: Keeping life at a distance

By David Walsh, 22 August 2014

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

Workers Struggles: The Americas

26 August 2014

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

25 years ago: Voyager 2 flies by Neptune and Triton

On August 25, 1989, the spacecraft Voyager 2 made its closest approach to the planet Neptune, still the only successful visit by a manmade craft to the most distant planet in the solar system.

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50 years ago: Uprising in Philadelphia

On August 28 an uprising against police brutality took place in Philadelphia. In three days of rioting that followed, 774 people were arrested, 341 people were injured, and 225 businesses were damaged.

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75 years ago: Anglo-Polish defense pact signed

In the wake of the signing of the Hitler-Stalin pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, on August 25, 1939, an Anglo-Polish Common Defence Pact was reached between the British government and the Polish administration in Warsaw.

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100 years ago: German army conducts assault on Louvain, Belgium

On August 25, 1914, the German army entered the Belgian city of Louvain, unleashing mass destruction over the following five days.

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