English http://www.wsws.org/en/ Another police killing in St. Louis, Missouri as assault on protestors continues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/lead-a20.html A 23-year-old man was shot dead by St. Louis police officers on Tuesday, a day after police carried out mass arrests of protesters denouncing the killing of Michael Brown. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cca973af-1c24-4efb-9527-f26c84f7717P/lead-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z De facto martial law in Ferguson, Missouri http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/pers-a20.html The resort to police state methods in Ferguson is the outcome of the protracted decay of American democracy. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/51481071-d2ab-47f2-9930-1ac71e2c2d9E/pers-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Anger mounts in Ferguson, Missouri over police repression http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/vide-a20.html As the National Guard expanded its presence in Ferguson, Missouri, residents voiced outrage over another police killing in St. Louis on Wednesday. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/351fda29-f9e6-4437-a106-1fae2204736M/vide-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Israel resumes assault on Gaza http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/gaza-a20.html Netanyahu ordered the Israeli delegation to withdraw from truce talks in Cairo. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0a55b9a7-4c52-4505-a879-a4519b26bb5G/gaza-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z German journalists arrested in Ferguson http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/gerf-a20.html Ansgar Graw and Frank Hermann were held in a prison cell for three hours and subsequently released without comment. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bb8a27cc-6e82-4fc6-925c-03d0b3b80aaE/gerf-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z UK joins US military offensive in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/iraq-a20.html Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise that “Britain is not going to get involved in another war in Iraq” is worthless. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/90bd77e1-7797-4c26-aff9-55ee4f71d7bK/iraq-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Unemployment up in most US states http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/july-a20.html The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that joblessness grew in 30 out of 51 states during July. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cb31b343-30db-479a-aef3-68d63a29a90N/july-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z The political fraud of the Canadian Peoples’ Social Forum http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/cana-a20.html The Forum aims to harness growing opposition to the offensive on jobs, wages and public services behind the election of a “progressive”—i.e., Liberal or NDP—government. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/71a19292-cf2c-40e2-ae15-4c395d6ad3cA/cana-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z <em>Rich Hill</em>: A story that “could be told in hundreds of towns” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/rich-a20.html The documentary, directed by cousins Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, movingly chronicles the lives of three boys living in an impoverished, rural southwestern Missouri town. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6fc5a350-c53f-4cb1-95ba-1e0cd932484B/rich-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Germany expands its intervention in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/medi-a20.html For the first time, the Germany military will send “non-humanitarian” equipment to Iraq. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4c781d4e-0734-4f9e-a402-6a6afb05abaJ/medi-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z New Met Opera contract sets precedent for further givebacks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/metr-a20.html An all-night bargaining session produced a four-year deal based on “equality of sacrifice.” Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e2cce1ae-a1bb-4345-ab74-597ce8dc067N/metr-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Western powers talk “peace” while eastern Ukraine is decimated http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/ukra-a20.html Talks between the foreign ministers of Germany, Ukraine, France and Russia failed to produce an agreement while Ukraine continued to attack Luhansk and Donetsk. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/60230c47-139f-4dbf-8d57-7ab7bef18daH/ukra-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Assange says he may soon leave Ecuadorian embassy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/assa-a20.html Assange was first arrested in London in December 2010 under a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7c8d825b-5fc0-45cb-8f0c-072748ac3d6F/assa-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Detroit Public Schools announces 10 percent wage cut, new round of school closures http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/detr-a20.html The new DPS budget proposes to eliminate more than 1,300 jobs and close 24 more of the city's public schools Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e2db7c6c-af9b-4ed0-afdd-3d7ee7d35aaE/detr-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Major dip in China’s property market http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/chin-a20.html If the fall in Chinese house prices continues, it will have a major impact on the financial system and the broader economy. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/feeb4337-3448-4850-8c74-6e1b3ae2eebB/chin-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Australian mining magnate’s outburst against “Chinese mongrels” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/palm-a20.html Palmer was declaring openly and crassly what is being discussed behind closed doors as part of the preparations for war against China. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/77d3d7d8-8469-45f6-8645-31c1d6db2fbP/palm-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Australia: Deaths of young homeless couple highlight social crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/home-a20.html Homelessness has risen due to the pro-business policies of both major parties. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6d243e69-8e4f-4e88-9d50-c0fa78523ffN/home-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Toxic wastewater from copper mine spills into river in northern Mexico http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/mexi-a20.html The disaster has cut off water supplies for over 20,000 people in Sonora. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c5ac814-2fa6-407f-a25b-9a8fb8e4ba5K/mexi-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Further plant closures at Germany’s Heidelberg Press http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/heid-a20.html The trade unions are playing a key role in imposing more redundancies at Germany’s biggest print machine manufacturer. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37546ea2-9151-4e2b-abc7-b522a96c0c3K/heid-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan Central Bank chief covers up debt crisis warnings http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/econ-a20.html The Rajapakse government is frantically borrowing, at high interest rates, to sustain “economic growth.” Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b063e9db-872a-4dd0-b1a0-27f35e55d39C/econ-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z National Guard, police tighten grip on Ferguson, Missouri http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/ferg-a19.html The arrival of a contingent of the Missouri National Guard has heightened the police-state atmosphere in this suburb of St. Louis. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0a4c6748-2530-45f5-b59a-b0dd18e188eP/ferg-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Capitalism and the police-military mobilization in Ferguson, Missouri http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/pers-a19.html No struggle against inequality and the police state apparatus in America can be successful unless it is based on the understanding that what is involved is a struggle against capitalism. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5c676c05-4af7-4956-8186-d311306ad81K/pers-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Video: Ferguson residents say police crackdown turns city into war zone http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/vide-a19.html As the Missouri governor deployed National Guard forces to Ferguson, residents denounced the military-police crackdown and attacks on their right to assemble peacefully. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/75404cc3-0286-444e-a6b7-5cd6a454828F/vide-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Autopsy confirms execution-style killing of Michael Brown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/auto-a19.html A Ferguson cop fired at least six bullets into the victim, including two to his head. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/98e590e9-2efe-4ec1-821f-792f0009508E/auto-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Workers and youth across US speak on police murder of Michael Brown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/wymb-a19.html Workers and young people throughout the United States expressed their outrage at the police killing of the unarmed 18-year old and the militarized response of police to protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cdfcfe9c-f110-46d7-8b52-5fb5a5b27cfD/wymb-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z EU advisors advocate use of military against strikes and protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/eumi-a19.html An EU think tank has advised governments to protect the rich from the poor by suppressing social protests. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/074a5144-b082-42d3-b70d-9ed0f4a7dbdM/eumi-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Still no evidence of Russia’s alleged military incursion into Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/guar-a19.html If reports from the <em>Guardian</em> and the <em>Telegraph</em> are to be believed, experienced journalists stood by and watched Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine without taking a photograph to record the event. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7237ee7d-75be-4891-9f8f-60aefdfb5d5P/guar-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Ukrainian army steps up offensive in the east http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/ukra-a19.html On Sunday German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that “we continue to slide into a direct confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian combat forces.” Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f788658e-5f7e-44db-ab9b-d516f7683f5B/ukra-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Obama claims “progress” in Iraq intervention http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/iraq-a19.html The president’s statement Monday underscored that the US intervention in Iraq is steadily escalating in terms of both its means and objectives. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/809a5b9d-cf7c-490d-95f0-25a078b4cb2I/iraq-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Journalist James Risen denounces President Obama as the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/rise-a19.html Facing a possible prison sentence for refusing to identify a confidential source, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen denounced the Obama administration’s campaign against whistleblowers and journalists. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/97d47141-16fe-4ace-a44d-8e13e2e882dE/rise-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Fight cuts to education and the drive to war! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/stud-a19.html The fight for education rights must be inseparably linked with the broader struggle against austerity, the attacks on democratic rights and the dangers of war. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e3d43c24-fbe6-408f-9a46-b07c2782244G/stud-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z New report details depth of hunger crisis in the United States http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/food-a19.html Fourteen percent of Americans rely on food pantries to feed themselves and their families. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2d70dcd2-a8d3-4237-88fa-b65034083daG/food-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Tankers, barge collide on Mississippi River, spilling oil http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/miss-a19.html The spill is the third this year along the Gulf Coast. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9eceeedf-4ec8-4ac5-a848-ad264a78fceH/miss-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Japanese lawmakers visit notorious Yasukuni war shrine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/japa-a19.html The visit is part of the government’s revival of Japanese militarism, including whitewashing the past war crimes of the Japanese military. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b19303b5-0738-4f14-8580-a4468fdc808I/japa-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Australian journalist targeted under Racial Discrimination Act over Israel war coverage http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/carl-a19.html Mike Carlton’s resignation was the result of a concerted campaign by Murdoch’s News Limited and the right-wing Zionist lobby. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1903522a-707d-47be-b092-a173bd3631dA/carl-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Australian government “celebrates” first WWI military action http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/waro-a19.html The seizure of Germany’s Pacific colonies underlined the real character of World War I as an imperialist war. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/936d41d4-445f-4c0f-9a01-f590efbdeaaN/waro-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Rising British self-employment used to obscure worsening job situation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/jobs-a19.html The rise in self-employment is driven not by an “entrepreneurial spirit,” but the lack of full-time employment offering an adequate income and pension. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/734c4530-13d3-4665-bd2a-7a89f7199e8I/jobs-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Two years on, Marikana massacre continues to radicalise South African workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/mari-a19.html Workers’ resolve is hardening, even as the unions manoeuvre for paltry wage increases. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6bbcd501-0517-4560-ae37-9f90169814aC/mari-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Richard Linklater’s <em>Boyhood</em>: American lives over the course of a dozen years http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/boyh-a19.html Using the same cast, the writer-director filmed sequences once a year for twelve years, centering on a boy, his family and their surroundings in east and central Texas. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/999af2f5-7abc-4470-aafd-e6f19c89abbJ/boyh-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/wkrs-a19.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8ffb2515-26c8-4747-a837-3937bfc288fH/wkrs-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z Australian budget impasse continues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/budg-a18.html Treasurer Joe Hockey has been forced into a back down over remarks about the poor while trying to sell his regressive budget measures. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c7246f62-4606-4a0f-86e6-a64179f30c1D/budg-a18.html 2014-08-18T06:00:00Z Missouri governor deploys National Guard to Ferguson http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/ferg-a18.html Following a night of police provocations and attacks on peaceful demonstrators demanding justice in the police murder of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, announced that he was calling in the National Guard to occupy the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ad3f5de7-1678-4f78-b879-89aaf4b5621F/ferg-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z The state of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/pers-a18.html The events in Ferguson are a concentrated expression of the real state of social and political relations in America. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/abf9eaec-341a-44b5-8996-5ebd4f13899J/pers-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z Ferguson, Missouri residents determined to fight police violence http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/vide-a18.html In this video, Ferguson residents speak to the WSWS about the implications of police violence amid the ongoing protests against the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8b9bbb6c-15ee-48f9-8e51-0784a371326E/vide-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z Democratic Party operatives seek to stifle opposition, facilitate police crackdown in Ferguson, Missouri http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/brow-a18.html Al Sharpton, the police, and a coterie of Democratic politicians delivered a “unity” message aimed at suppressing popular outrage over the killing of Michael Brown. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2d28b84b-620c-4e35-be73-bb727edeb14K/brow-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z Police refuse to release video after Dayton-area killing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/dayt-a18.html Nearly two weeks after the police shot and killed a 22-year-old man in a suburban Dayton Walmart store, government and store officials are still refusing to release surveillance tapes and other evidence related to the murder. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eef532f0-59bf-4d9d-af40-e6a73f6b8bdM/dayt-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z US expands air war in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/iraq-a18.html American military involvement in Iraq is set to grow after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stepped aside last week. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ac25b71f-e4be-4148-ad9a-1f3bbf34f6cI/iraq-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z German army intervenes in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/germ-a18.html All of Germany’s official government and opposition parties are supporting a German military intervention in Iraq. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d75eb261-4fd0-4d9d-825c-721b9a50649H/germ-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z Fighting continues in east Ukraine, as Kiev regime moves on Luhansk http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/ukfc-a18.html The Ukrainian government continued it offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east over the weekend, while a humanitarian aid convoy from Moscow continued to be held up at the border. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6e896e6e-f924-42c9-8d7d-7aa4fab017fF/ukfc-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z Why have the media and Obama administration gone silent on MH17? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/ukmh-a18.html The deafening silence of the US media and government in regards to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 reeks of a cover-up. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/48ea78e9-a55c-4813-937a-d85a82ad8eaK/ukmh-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z Canada’s callous indifference to human suffering in Gaza http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/gaca-a18.html Turning a blind eye to the civilian victims of Israel’s assault on Gaza, Ottawa is continuing its role as an enthusiastic defender of the war crimes of the Zionist state. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d6ec902a-0c60-4e40-85e0-46c472ac310C/gaca-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z Leaders of pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine resign http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/sepa-a18.html As the Putin regime makes renewed overtures to the West, leading figures from the Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic have given up their posts. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ba2ba33b-645b-48dc-998b-aa7b4494d7aO/sepa-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z Australia’s pseudo-left covers up for US imperialism in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/salt-a18.html Socialist Alternative seeks to justify its continuing support for the US-led regime-change operation in Syria by arguing that US imperialism is no longer a significant factor in Middle East politics. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/603a7bba-bac2-45c7-93be-4e803da6c6dO/salt-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z Dozens of immigrants discovered trapped, one dead, in British shipping container http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/tilb-a18-a18.html As soon as the survivors were released from hospital, they were sent directly to an immigration reception centre. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/53abef19-5807-4908-914c-48b00eeea5bG/tilb-a18-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z US farm fatalities: An unpublicized epidemic http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/farm-a18.html Hundreds of agricultural workers, including many child laborers, die in farming accidents across the US each year, making it the most dangerous occupation in America. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/867b4f7b-99fa-4a44-9515-875d53d7696C/farm-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z Political interference alleged in Australian sports doping investigation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/dope-a18.html What unfolded was a tawdry affair in which no evidence of illegal doping or organised crime in sport emerged. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9e36e6b1-a1a7-4567-928c-fe410c477ffJ/dope-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z Mass graves from Spain’s civil war uncovered http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/spai-a18.html Four mass graves have been uncovered containing up to 400 victims of the fascists during the Spanish Civil War. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ee86999-9680-4466-9208-64967e8a9b4G/spai-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z This week in history: August 18-24 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/twih-a18.html <em>This Week in History</em> provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2055c7ca-4e75-4f74-8f6e-54239683dc1M/twih-a18.html 2014-08-18T05:00:00Z Kiev’s blocking of Russian aid convoy to east Ukraine escalates risk of war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/ukwp-a16.html Reports emerged Friday of the deployment of white phosphorus in the Ukrainian regime’s siege of Donetsk. Simultaneously, the threat of war increased as NATO accused Russia of sending military vehicles into Ukraine. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a19cf8d5-fdb7-4d40-8e17-79f063ebef9J/ukwp-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z US war drive in Asia continues apace http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/pers-a16.html Even as the US engages in provocations against Russia and in the Middle East, the Obama administration is proceeding with its “pivot to Asia” against China. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/088e8a81-36c1-4840-ac63-cf669477011K/pers-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z Police, media smear victim of Missouri police shooting http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/ferg-a16.html The release of photographs and eyewitness statements is an attempt to justify the execution-style killing of Michael Brown. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9a184104-ee5f-4f60-9815-29b8817a25eA/ferg-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z Federal government programs in the US have turned police into military force http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/mili-a16.html Over a period of decades, federal government programs have been implemented which equip local police forces with military gear and incentivize its use. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/200675f5-8478-49ae-96f9-918dd725a88N/mili-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z Evidence of Israeli war crimes mounts as Gaza cease-fire continues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/gaza-a16.html Israel’s truce with Hamas held for a second day Friday, as talks continued between the government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and all three main Palestinian factions—including Fatah and Islamic Jihad. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3484f9fc-b500-418f-a51e-fde9793b68bC/gaza-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z Amnesty International report: Widespread killings of Afghan civilians under Obama administration http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/afgh-a16.html Under an occupation and military justice system that is “self-policing,” war crimes are carried out with impunity. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2234d7d4-2205-48f9-b926-75929016309C/afgh-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z Texas National Guard deploys to US-Mexico border http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/texa-a16.html In addition to the National Guard, far-right militias armed with guns and military equipment have begun patrolling the border on their own accord. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b65e0c58-aaba-48df-984e-b887bfc9633H/texa-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z Executive order 12333 authorizes NSA to collect vast quantities of US data http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/exec-a16.html The NSA is empowered by executive decrees to conduct limitless surveillance of overseas servers, even though they process large quantities of US data Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a4c58766-8816-4859-b4f5-9eec8fa8565B/exec-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/labo-a16.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a7c437a2-3ba6-40a7-aa87-c03a6d552ceP/labo-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z Candidate’s death in plane crash reconfigures Brazil’s presidential race http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/braz-a16.html Eduardo Campos, the former governor of Pernambuco, posed his candidacy as a “third way” between the ruling Workers Party and the Brazilian right. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/31b90728-a2d8-40ff-9997-104879b9828B/braz-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z Court in Cambodia convicts two former Khmer Rouge leaders http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/camb-a16.html The court proceedings were designed to cover up the crimes of the major powers, above all the US, in Indo-China. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2edadda5-1a88-490e-ab9f-5c0510eaa75M/camb-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z New Zealand opposition parties campaign on anti-Chinese xenophobia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/chnz-a16.html Labour and other opposition parties are campaigning against Chinese land purchases to divert attention from pressing social issues and to align with the US war drive against China. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/761da2b1-161a-4c8b-93af-adf8cbccadfE/chnz-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z French government staggered by mounting economic crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/frec-a16.html According to internal accounts, the French government is in total disarray as its projections show a deflationary spiral and economic collapse gripping Europe. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e721035b-9007-4d78-af9c-9fb154efabdN/frec-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z German secret service implicated in fascist murders http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/nsu-a16.html The longer the ongoing trial of the National Socialist Undergound continues, the clearer it becomes that the state is working to cover up the involvement of its agencies in neo-Nazi murders. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dac12e7d-eb1a-4452-bc28-82a438cb0ecJ/nsu-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z German Left Party calls for military intervention in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/left-a16.html The Left Party is aggressively using humanitarian crises as an excuse to justify German military participation in foreign conflicts. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/329e62d6-9cb8-498a-9fea-ea47a742c11K/left-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z New Zealand pseudo-lefts support Washington’s war preparations against China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/nzpl-a16.html The pseudo-left groups Socialist Aotearoa and Fightback falsely depict China as “imperialist” in order to justify Washington’s war drive. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ef5c510-ff38-4f30-9735-4d9734175d0O/nzpl-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z Tommy Sheridan’s nationalist diatribe in service of Scottish big business http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/sher-a16.html Tommy Sheridan, former leader of the Scottish Socialist Party, addressed a meeting in support of Scottish separatism flanked by a representative of Business for Scotland and numerous Saltaires. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/07a3c89b-8ff1-464d-930b-4d04b08775bG/sher-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z <em>Lucy</em>: A little knowledge is apparently a dangerous thing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/lucy-a16.html In <em>Lucy</em>, Scarlett Johansson is a super-powered intellect fighting to take down a Taiwanese drug cartel. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d8d1029-ac56-424a-bc7c-dbd47db6fb7K/lucy-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z Kiev regime blocks humanitarian aid as fighting spreads in eastern Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/15/kiev-a15.html Kiev blocked the Russian humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine while expanding its attacks on cities controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9af21222-54da-4712-a92b-395310e24ddG/kiev-a15.html 2014-08-15T05:00:00Z Ferguson, Missouri: War comes home http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/15/pers-a15.html The military-style occupation of Ferguson, Missouri has ripped aside the veneer of democracy to expose an incipient police state. This is what martial law looks like. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/70324d70-d044-4bf5-b47e-f41abf7357dH/pers-a15.html 2014-08-15T05:00:00Z Missouri governor shifts tactics against Ferguson protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/15/ferg-a15.html Democrat Jay Nixon ordered the state police to take control of operations in the working class suburb of St. Louis. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4f706304-b181-493c-a106-3f1814ea044K/ferg-a15.html 2014-08-15T05:00:00Z Protesters denounce police killing of Michael Brown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/15/vigi-a15.html On Thursday, demonstrations and vigils were held across the United States to denounce the police killing of Brown and the military-style occupation of Ferguson, Missouri. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0bf37d42-5e32-41fc-a206-a54247130aeM/vigi-a15.html 2014-08-15T05:00:00Z Dropping initial pretext, Obama vows to continue Iraq intervention http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/15/iraq-a15.html The Pentagon reported that a supposedly desperate humanitarian crisis on Mount Sinjar, a principal pretext for the US military intervention, no longer existed. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6fdc322f-1910-4183-ac7c-92af5b32fbbK/iraq-a15.html 2014-08-15T05:00:00Z Snowden discusses US surveillance and cyber-warfare programs in interview with Wired http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/15/snow-a15.html The NSA is developing “autonomous cyber-warfare software” through a program called MonsterMind, Snowden said Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ab0e1e6d-84e1-43e3-8416-db8540bd5b6D/snow-a15.html 2014-08-15T05:00:00Z German economy contracts as Europe slides closer to recession http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/15/euro-a15.html US-EU trade sanctions launched against Russia and the conflicts in the Middle East are exacerbating the economic crisis in Europe. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f27906f4-01b3-489f-98ac-fe4f106c372G/euro-a15.html 2014-08-15T05:00:00Z Signs of serious problems in Chinese and Japanese economies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/15/chin-a15.html The sharp slowdown in credit expansion in China and the contraction in Japan will impact on the world economy. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cea071a1-1f29-4dd8-8243-b75b51fb779B/chin-a15.html 2014-08-15T05:00:00Z Pakistani opposition parties launch anti-government protest http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/15/paki-a15.html The so-called “Freedom March” is demanding Prime Minister Sharif’s resignation and the formation of an unelected interim government. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8cbddc98-a50c-4fee-8e7e-d5004617e2eL/paki-a15.html 2014-08-15T05:00:00Z NZ Internet-Mana Party meeting promotes nationalist, pro-business agenda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/15/nzma-a15.html The Wellington campaign meeting ignored the growing dangers of war and focussed on parochial domestic politics. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/53b5965a-9124-430a-ada5-38cf7ec8546N/nzma-a15.html 2014-08-15T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/15/wkrs-a15.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0a8e8cba-2543-4481-9821-167bd74cb57N/wkrs-a15.html 2014-08-15T05:00:00Z US: Market Basket workers protest ousting of CEO, threat to jobs and benefits http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/15/mark-a15.html Two hundred workers at the New England grocery chain have been notified that they will be considered to have abandoned their posts if they do not return to work by August 15. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/17d2c8fd-b7e9-4bf8-8f9d-521ebc761a8M/mark-a15.html 2014-08-15T05:00:00Z Actress Lauren Bacall, Hollywood star at 19, dies in New York http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/15/baca-a15.html Bacall, one of the few surviving performers prominently identified with Hollywood films in the 1940s, died at her home in New York City on Tuesday at the age of 89. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/19037b9f-d5c0-4ac8-8b6b-4b9e4edc678A/baca-a15.html 2014-08-15T05:00:00Z Scottish workers speak for a “no” vote in independence referendum http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/15/scot-a15.html One worker opposed to the separatist referendum said, “We can work together to get rid of the whole rotten system.” Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0bad20a0-4b08-41d3-9ea9-88b7b1260faB/scot-a15.html 2014-08-15T05:00:00Z US combat troops return to Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/14/iraq-a14.html The 130 Special Forces troops are only the first wave of what is likely to be a much larger force. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/93775666-e8c6-4e56-bea2-4767c1554a3P/iraq-a14.html 2014-08-14T05:00:00Z Gaza, Ukraine and US preparations for urban warfare http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/14/pers-a14.html The Pentagon is embracing the doctrine that the next major US military interventions will most likely be against the populations of major urban centers. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c4a7002e-35c0-4bc7-8908-fe9d0c59969I/pers-a14.html 2014-08-14T05:00:00Z Russian aid convoy prompts Ukraine war threats with US backing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/14/ukra-a14.html The 280 trucks left Moscow Tuesday for the 620-mile journey to Ukraine’s eastern region. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9002417d-e559-42e0-aee5-9b9e7cbfc17O/ukra-a14.html 2014-08-14T05:00:00Z The fascist atrocities in east Ukraine and the fraud of “humanitarian” war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/14/huma-a14.html The siege of Donetsk and Luhansk is a barbaric act of collective punishment that exposes the humanitarian pretenses of US and European imperialism. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/660c5d78-e5e6-4cdf-9791-e7838b9f66fL/huma-a14.html 2014-08-14T05:00:00Z Bulgarian government commits itself to more aggressive policy against Moscow http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/14/bulg-a14.html The new transitional government consists exclusively of those who maintain close relations to the EU and US. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c4bcc3a5-65fc-4072-8b53-19884bd662aE/bulg-a14.html 2014-08-14T05:00:00Z Social inequality fuels anger over police killing of St. Louis youth http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/14/ferg-a14.html 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. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d33eceee-49ee-4a82-8d51-d136eb4504dD/ferg-a14.html 2014-08-14T05:00:00Z Los Angeles police shoot and kill unarmed man http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/14/lapd-a14.html Ezell Ford, a 24-year-old mentally challenged man, was gunned down near his home in south-central Los Angeles. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3f8562ef-2d12-42ec-9955-13c2df54f20I/lapd-a14.html 2014-08-14T05:00:00Z Turkey: Erdoğan’s presidential win presages deepening social, political conflicts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/14/turk-a14.html The most striking feature of the vote was the low turnout in a country where voting is mandatory. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c02affab-6318-4686-a1f3-39f406a7b8bB/turk-a14.html 2014-08-14T05:00:00Z Gaza truce extended but Israel refuses to end blockade http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/14/gaza-a14.html Backed by the Obama administration, the Israeli government is insisting on the continuation of the ghetto-like conditions it has imposed in Gaza. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef8a30ff-7f84-49ba-b176-6540003a91cL/gaza-a14.html 2014-08-14T05:00:00Z India and US to further expand military-strategic ties http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/14/indi-a14.html 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.” Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/47f57571-5239-4c21-8889-72b080b59d6O/indi-a14.html 2014-08-14T05:00:00Z