White House threatens Russia over alleged incursion into eastern Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 29 August 2014

The White House is strongly backing the Ukrainian government as it carries out a brutal war against predominantly Russian-speaking cities in the east.

Continuing media silence on the fate of flight MH17

By Stefan Steinberg, 29 August 2014

Washington and US intelligence are undoubtedly in close contact with the Dutch authorities and complicit in the efforts to bury the truth about what really happened to flight MH17.

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As Washington mulls bombing campaign
Syria fighting spills into Golan Heights

By Patrick Martin, 29 August 2014

A US decision on bombing ISIS targets in eastern Syria could come as soon as next week.

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Argentine general strike hits rising prices and job cuts

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2014

The government, which has adopted a nationalist pose in relation to US hedge funds, denounced the workers for staging a “political” strike.

Phoenix police shoot 50-year-old woman during mental health call

By Diana Green, 29 August 2014

Police in Phoenix, Arizona shot and killed Michelle Cusseaux as they were attempting take her to a psychiatric facility following a court order.

French government moves to prosecute NPA organiser of Gaza protests

By Stéphane Hugues, 29 August 2014

Workers and youth must oppose the government’s victimisation of a member of the pseudo-left New Anti-capitalist Party.

Slovenia’s new government prepares sharp attacks

By Markus Salzmann, 29 August 2014

The new Slovenian government’s fiscal reform goals include tax relief for companies, a long-planned tax increase for the majority of the population, and health care cuts.

Australian spy chief defends new “terror” laws

By Mike Head, 29 August 2014

While the government’s laws initially target Islamists, a police-state framework is being prepared for far wider purposes.

New facts revealed on 2010 ousting of Australian PM

By Nick Beams, 29 August 2014

Paul Kelly’s book effectively demolishes the political fictions manufactured to justify the coup against Kevin Rudd.

Tokyo holds talks with North Korea over Japanese abductees

By Ben McGrath, 29 August 2014

Japan’s moves have provoked concerns in Washington that Tokyo’s diplomacy will cut across US strategy in North East Asia.

GM ignition defect death claims continue to mount

By Shannon Jones, 29 August 2014

To date there have been 107 death claims relating to a deadly ignition defect that can cause airbags not to deploy.

Obama administration launches new attack on teachers

By Isabelle Belanger, 29 August 2014

The Obama administration’s initiative, Excellent Educators for All, announced this summer marks a new stage in the assault on teachers and public education.

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Il governo Renzi invia armi all’Iraq del nord

Di Marianne Arens, 29 agosto 2014

La settimana scorsa, il primo ministro Matteo Renzi ha fatto una visita lampo in Iraq, sulle orme del ministro degli esteri tedesco Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

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L’intervention allemande en Irak

Par Johannes Stern, 29 août 2014

Après s’être relativement retenue pendant des années, l’Allemagne s’implique de nouveau pour faire valoir ses intérêts économiques et géostratégiques mondiaux par des moyens militaires.

Des survivants de l'Holocauste accusent Israël de massacre à Gaza

Par Bill Van Auken, 29 août 2014

La courageuse dénonciation de principe du massacre de Palestiniens est symptomatique de la profonde crise du sionisme.

La France reconnaît avoir fourni directement des armes aux “rebelles” syriens

Par Pierre Mabut, 29 août 2014

Le président Hollande reconnaît que la France fomente la guerre civile en Syrie pour renverser le régime de Bachar al-Assad en fournissant des armes à l’Armée syrienne libre depuis dix-huit mois

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Die Bundeswehr schickt erste Soldaten in den Nordirak

Von Wolfgang Weber, 29. August 2014

Mit atemberaubender Geschwindigkeit und Bedenkenlosigkeit tritt Deutschland seit dem Machtantritt der neuen Großen Koalition nun wieder als Weltmacht auf und setzt ihre aggressive Außenpolitik gegen den Widerstand der Bevölkerung durch.

Der Spiegel fordert militärische Aufrüstung

Von Sven Heymanns, 29. August 2014

Während die Bundesregierung erste Soldaten in den Irak schickt und Waffenlieferungen vorbereitet, beklagt Der Spiegel den maroden Zustand der Bundeswehr und fordert eine Erhöhung des Wehretats.

Nato verschärft militärische Vorbereitungen gegen Russland

Von Kumaran Ira, 29. August 2014

Die Nato bereitet sich darauf vor, Truppen in neuen Stützpunkten in Osteuropa zu stationieren und Kriegsschiffe ins Schwarze Meer zu schicken.

Waffenstillstand verschärft Krise in Israel

Von Barry Grey, 29. August 2014

Der dauerhafte Waffenstillstand zwischen Israel und der Hamas verschärft die Krise des zionistischen Regimes, schafft jedoch keinen dauerhaften Frieden zwischen Israel und den Palästinensern.

Spanien: Vereinigte Linke und Podemos planen Zusammenarbeit

Von Alejandro López, 29. August 2014

Die Annäherung zwischen diesen beiden Gruppen zeigt, dass sie die gleiche soziale Basis haben und ihre Programme gleichermaßen rechts sind.

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The collapse of the French government: A crisis of capitalist rule in Europe

29 August 2014

The entire framework of official “left” politics in France and across Europe is collapsing.

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The Detroit Bankruptcy

“We have a war going on in our own country”
Detroit meeting discusses city’s bankruptcy and police violence in Ferguson

By Zac Corrigan, 29 August 2014

Workers, students and youth attended a meeting on the bankruptcy of Detroit and the police murder of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

Thousands face loss of service as water shutoffs resume in Detroit

By Thomas Gaist and Shannon Jones, 28 August 2014

“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

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Video reports on police violence in Ferguson, Missouri

Video: Interviews with workers at the funeral of Michael Brown in St. Louis

27 August 2014

In this on-the-spot report, the WSWS interviews some of those attending Brown’s funeral on Monday.

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

Video: Ferguson, Missouri residents determined to fight police violence

“They invaded Ferguson like they invaded Iraq”
Video: Ferguson residents say police crackdown turns city into war zone

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Scottish referendum campaign

Photo gallery: Socialist Equality Party campaigns in Scottish independence referendum

By Paul Mitchell, 29 August 2014

The following is a photo gallery of the campaign of the Socialist Equality Party (UK) for a No vote in the Scottish independence referendum, to be held on September 18.

Second televised debate on Scottish independence: A dialogue of bankrupts

By Jordan Shilton, 27 August 2013

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

Scottish Socialist Party seeks to divide the working class

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More pro-war propaganda from NY Times columnist Roger Cohen
US “errors” and the debacle in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2014

The German intervention in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2014

Gaza truce sets stage for deepening of crisis in Israel

By Barry Grey, 28 August 2014

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.

Arts Review

HBO’s True Detective: Gruesome doings and deep-going pessimism

By Christine Schofelt, 28 August 2014

The Newburgh Sting: A case of entrapment

By Isaac Finn, 27 August 2014

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

29 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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