Western threats against Russia increase danger of nuclear war

By Johannes Stern, 30 August 2014

The moves toward Ukrainian membership in NATO underscore the fact that next week’s NATO summit will be aimed at preparing for a possible war against Russia.

The New York Times and Flight MH17

By Bill Van Auken, 30 August 2014

The Times, which presents the responsibility of rebels in eastern Ukraine for downing the airliner as fact, has not reported on the incident for more than a month.

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Syria refugee total nears ten million

By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2014

The UN High Commission for Refugees warned that its resources are being exhausted by the unprecedented exodus.

Germany sends troops to Iraq

By Wolfgang Weber, 30 August 2014

The German intervention in Iraq is part of the new militarist foreign policy announced by the government at the start of the year.

The German intervention in Iraq

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Der Spiegel calls for military build-up in Germany

By Sven Heymann, 30 August 2014

Without saying it openly, the Spiegel authors suggest that the simplest solution to lagging military recruitment would be to reintroduce conscription.

Pakistani military intervenes in political crisis

By K. Ratnayake, 30 August 2014

The direct involvement of the army in the current political turmoil is an ominous sign that further inroads into democratic rights are being prepared.

US government-funded database created to track “subversive propaganda” online

By Matthew MacEgan, 30 August 2014

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Suicidal teen shot sixteen times by Kansas police

By Gabriel Black, 30 August 2014

The shooting comes amid a wave of police killings throughout the United States.

US military planning to suppress domestic unrest

By Thomas Gaist, 30 August 2014

The official cover-up of social and political issues in the police murder of Michael Brown

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British Columbia teachers’ strike in danger

By Keith Jones, 30 August 2014

The political and business elite have stepped up their campaign to impose a “settlement” that ensures BC schools remain chronically under-funded and short-staffed.

US west coast dockers union forces through another concessions contract

By Hector Cordon, 30 August 2014

After nearly two years of negotiations, longshoremen will return to work on the basis of a contract nearly identical to the one they rejected in December of 2012.

Tony Blair offered advice to Kazakhstan dictator

By Robert Stevens, 30 August 2014

Former prime minister and Labour Party leader Tony Blair is the go-to man for advice to all manner of blood-soaked dictators.

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L’effondrement du gouvernement français: une crise du régime capitaliste en Europe

Par Alex Lantier, 30 août 2014

Le cadre entier de la politique de la « gauche » officielle en France et partout en Europe est en train de s’effondrer.

Harper intensifie l’intervention militaire canadienne en Irak

Par Félix Gauthier, 30 août 2014

Le premier ministre canadien Stephen Harper exploite le meurtre horrible du journaliste américain James Foley aux mains des insurgés islamistes pour intensifier l’intervention militaire canadienne en Irak et dans toute la région du Moyen-Orient et de l’Afrique du Nord.

Québec Inc., élite politique, syndicats: tous complices dans la corruption

Par Laurent Lafrance, 30 août 2014

La commission Charbonneau a levé un coin du voile de la corruption pratiquée à grande échelle par le monde des affaires et de la politique.

New in German

Der Zusammenbruch der französischen Regierung: Eine Krise der kapitalistischen Herrschaft in Europa

Von Alex Lantier, 30. August 2014

Die ganze offizielle „linke“ Politik in Frankreich und in Europa ist bankrott.

Weißes Haus droht Russland wegen angeblicher Grenzverletzung in Ostukraine

Von Niles Williamson, 30. August 2014

Das Regime in Kiew führt seinen Krieg gegen die Ostukraine mit voller Unterstützung der US-Administration und der Merkel-Regierung.

Envio-Prozess in Dortmund:
Straftaten angeblich nicht beweisbar

Von Sybille Fuchs, 30. August 2014

Zwei Jahre zieht sich der Prozess um die Verseuchung von über fünfzig Arbeitern der Recycling-Firma Envio in Dortmund schon hin.

Wie Schottlands Radical Independence Campaign Nationalismus an die Arbeiterklasse verkauft

Von Jordan Shilton, 30. August 2014

Ein zentrales Merkmal der Kampagne für das schottische Unabhängigkeitsreferendum am 18. September sind die unzähligen pseudo-linken Gruppen, die versuchen der reaktionären separatistischen Agenda der Scottish National Party (SNP) einen progressiven Anstrich zu verleihen.

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Perspective

From Detroit to Ferguson: The brutal face of American capitalism

30 August 2014

If Detroit is the epicenter of social counterrevolution in America, Ferguson revealed the repressive measures the ruling class is prepared to use against all opposition to its policies.

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Socialist Equality Party

Australian budget protests: A political balance sheet

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 30 August 2014

Protest organisers have channelled public opposition into the dead-end of parliamentary manoeuvre, promoting the illusion that Labor and the Greens would block the budget measures.

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.

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

Thousands face loss of service as water shutoffs resume in Detroit

By Thomas Gaist and Shannon Jones, 28 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.

Scottish referendum campaign

Photo gallery: Socialist Equality Party campaigns in Scottish independence referendum

By Paul Mitchell, 29 August 2014

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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Commentary

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

By Alex Lantier, 29 August 2014

Argentine general strike hits rising prices and job cuts

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2014

New facts revealed on 2010 ousting of Australian PM

By Nick Beams, 29 August 2014

Gaza truce sets stage for deepening of crisis in Israel

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

Former head CIA lawyer defends torture in Der Spiegel interview

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

30 August 2014

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

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

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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