Detroit bankruptcy sets stage for national assault on public-sector pensions

By Jerry White, 22 July 2013

The Obama administration sees the attack on Detroit workers as paving the way to slash benefits owed to state and municipal workers throughout the country

Detroit workers speak on city’s bankruptcy

By Zac Corrigan, 22 July 2013

There is broad popular opposition throughout Detroit to the bankruptcy and the attacks being planned on the working class.

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Court of Appeals rules Obama administration can force journalist to testify against alleged leaker

By Eric London, 22 July 2013

In a blow to freedom of the press, an appeals court ruled Friday that New York Times journalist James Risen must testify against alleged leaker Jeffrey Sterling.

US congressmen, complicit in NSA spying, posture as critics

By Thomas Gaist, 22 July 2013

Canada’s Communications Security Establishment part of a secret state-within-the-state

By Ed Patrick and Keith Jones, 22 July 2013

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Prosecutors attack Bradley Manning for being “anti-patriotic”

By Matthew MacEgan, 22 July 2013

The attempt to smear Manning as "un-American" underscores the frameup character of the procedures against him.

Organizers of Trayvon Martin rallies promote Democratic Party

By our reporters, 22 July 2013

There is popular anger over the acquittal of Zimmerman, seen as a travesty of justice. Sections of the Democratic Party, however, have sought to exploit the tragic case for their own ends.

Riots hit Trappes, France after police arrest family of veiled Muslim woman

By Alex Lantier, 22 July 2013

Rioting hit the southwestern Paris suburb of Trappes over the weekend, after police brutally arrested the family of a veiled Muslim woman.

Ruling LDP wins Japanese upper house election

By Peter Symonds, 22 July 2013

Prime Minister Abe will use his control of both parliamentary houses to advance his right-wing agenda of militarism and austerity.

Germany: SPD-Green coalition imposes massive spending cuts with support of Left Party

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 22 July 2013

The Left Party has supported the pro-business policies and brutal social cuts being implemented in the city of Duisburg.

Australian spy base “critical” to Obama’s drone assassinations

By Patrick O’Connor, 22 July 2013

Washington is “critically dependent” on the Pine Gap base for locating the targets marked for extrajudicial execution by the Obama administration.

Australian Labor government announces shutting of borders to refugees

By Mike Head, 22 July 2013

Asylum seekers will be transported to primitive detention camps in Papua New Guinea—one of the world’s most impoverished countries.

Russian court convicts opposition leader Alexei Navalny

By Clara Weiss, 22 July 2013

On Thursday, a district court in the city of Kirov sentenced liberal oppositionist Alexei Navalny to 5 years in jail for embezzlement.

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ABD hükümeti milyonlarca insanın hareketini izlemek için araç plakalarından yararlanıyor

Eric London, 22 Temmuz 2013

Yerel polis birimleri, ulusal güvenlik aygıtlarıyla işbirliği içinde, vatandaşlar düzeyinde büyük bir veri tabanı oluşturmak için harekete geçmiş durumdalar.

Yunan hükümeti Atina’nın merkezinde gösterileri yasakladı

Christoph Dreier, 22 Temmuz 2013

Yunan Hükümeti, Atina’nın merkezinde gösterileri kapsamlı bir yasaklama getirmek için Alman Maliye Bakanı Wolfgang Schäuble’nin Perşembe günkü ziyaretinden yararlandı.

Yunan işçiler 2013’ün dördüncü genel grevinde

Robert Stevens, 22 Temmuz 2013

Koalisyon hükümeti tarafından uygulamaya konulan son kemer sıkma programına karşı 24 saatlik bir genel grev yapan onbinlerce Yunan işçisi, 16 Temmuz Salı günü, Atina’da gösteri düzenledi.

Savaşa, kemer sıkma politikalarına ve diktatörlük yönelimine karşı sosyalist bir program
SEP’in (Avustralya) federal seçim programı

22 Temmuz 2013

SEP’in seçimlere müdahalesi, DEUK’un ve diğer şubelerinin, işçi sınıfını artan savaş tehlikesine, demokratik hakların ortadan kaldırılmasına ve acımasız kemer sıkma önlemlerinin dayatılmasına karşı mücadelede hem Avustralya’da hem de uluslararası düzeyde birleştirmeyi amaçlayan eşgüdümlü bir kampanyanın parçasıdır.

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Le juge retient l'accusation d'« aide à l'ennemi, » contre Bradley Manning

Par Matthew MacEgan et Joseph Kishore, 22 juillet 2013

Si l'on suit les arguments du gouvernement, il ne reste rien des garanties du Premier amendement sur la liberté d'expression et de la presse.

Les Etats-Unis et la Grande-Bretagne insistent sur une intervention militaire en Syrie

Par Chris Marsden, 22 juillet 2013

Le président du Conseil des chefs d’état-major interarmés américain, le général Martin Dempsey, a dit que le recours à la force était « débattu au sein de nos agences gouvernementales. »

Irlande : Les lois réactionnaires anti-avortement sont largement maintenues.

Par Steve James, 22 juillet 2013

Le sort de Savita Halappanavar qui est morte des suites d'une septicémie peu après s'être vue refuser une IVG a attiré l'attention sur les lois irlandaises réactionnaires concernant l'avortement

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Obama, race and class

22 July 2013

President Obama’s remarks Friday on the Trayvon Martin shooting were aimed at diverting public attention from the vital issues of poverty and social inequality by promoting racial politics.

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Defend Edward Snowden!

The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party call on all workers, students and youth to come to the defense of Edward Snowden. To get involved, click here.

The Guardian and Edward Snowden

By Robert Stevens, 22 July 2013

Under conditions in which the US has launched a global manhunt to seize Edward Snowden, Britain’s Guardian newspaper has called for him to “answer to the law.”

US secretary of state threatens Venezuela over Snowden asylum

By Eric London, 20 July 2013

US government using license plates to track movements of millions

By Eric London, 18 July 2013

NSA deputy director admits to broader spying

By Eric London and Joseph Kishore, 18 July 2013

US threatens Russia with “long-term problems” as Snowden applies for temporary asylum

By Eric London, 18 July 2013

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Fund Appeal

An appeal to WSWS readers by David Walsh

In this video, WSWS Arts editor David Walsh reviews the major political events of this year and explains why now, more than ever, the World Socialist Web Site needs its readers’ financial support.


“Independent” trade unions join military-backed government in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 22 July 2013

The integration of “independent” trade unions into Egypt’s military regime exposes the anti-democratic role of groups like the Revolutionary Socialists, which have promoted them.

Veteran correspondent Helen Thomas, banished for anti-Israel remarks in 2010, dies at 92

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2013

The longtime journalist was forced to resign in 2010. She had already earned the ire of the establishment for her pointed questions to White House officials about US Middle East policy. We repost here our 2010 comment.

The Detroit bankruptcy

By Barry Grey, 20 July 2013

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US, Britain push for Syrian military intervention

By Chris Marsden, 20 July 2013

25 years ago: Student protests force out Burmese strongman

Ne Win, the Burmese military ruler who seized power in a 1962 military coup, resigned on July 24, 1988 after months of massive student demonstrations.

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50 years ago: US, Soviet Union agree to partial nuclear test ban

On July 25, 1963 the governments of the US, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom announced that they had agreed to a partial nuclear test ban treaty.

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75 years ago: Spanish Republican army launches Ebro offensive

In a surprise attack coming after months of military setbacks, the Spanish Republican army advanced swiftly across the Ebro River on July 25, 1938.

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100 years ago: Copper miners strike begins in Michigan

On July 23, 1913, workers organized in the Keweenaw chapters of the Western Federation of Miners (WFM) voted to begin a strike against the major copper corporations on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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Arts Review

The Act of Killing and The Attack: Mass murder in Indonesia, a suicide bombing in Israel

By Joanne Laurier, 22 July 2013

Two films that were screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 have now opened in North America.

The Cluster Project: Artists against cluster bombing of civilians

By Paul Bond, 20 July 2013

Mehring Books

New, expanded edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky now available

10 July 2013

This edition, which contains four new chapters, answers attacks on Trotsky’s life and work by three British historians.

Support D'Artagnan Collier for Detroit Mayor

D’Artagnan Collier end-of-election meeting in Detroit
No to bankruptcy! Mobilize the working class against the bankers dictatorship!

20 July 2013

D’Artagnan Collier, Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor, will speak at 2 p.m. on August 4 at Wayne State University.

The social devastation of Detroit

By Jerry White, 18 July 2013

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SEP (Australia) Election 2013

Australian electricity sell-off sets new benchmark for Labor’s national privatisation agenda

By Terry Cook, 19 July 2013

Sydney workers and youth discuss housing crisis with SEP campaigners

By our reporters, 19 July 2013

Click here for the SEP 2013 Campaign Web Site »

Workers Struggles

The United Mine Workers and the Patriot Coal bankruptcy

By Clement Daly, 16 July 2013