US military plans direct intervention in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 24 July 2013

The Pentagon is planning a major escalation of the US-led war against Syria.

Leaked emails reveal conspiracy to throw Detroit into bankruptcy

By Bryan Dyne, 24 July 2013

As far back as January there were backroom discussions on bankruptcy between Detroit and Lansing public officials and the corporate law firm Jones Day.

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Urban warfare training exercises continue in Chicago area

By Kristina Betinis, 24 July 2013

In the late evening hours of July 22, several Blackhawk helicopters flew low over central areas of the city of Chicago without any lights.

Euro zone debt burden continues to rise

By Stefan Steinberg, 24 July 2013

Figures from the Eurostat statistics agency show that the debt burden across the euro zone continues to rise after three years of austerity.

Portugal’s “National Salvation” pact fails

By Paul Mitchell, 24 July 2013

In a televised speech, Portuguese President Cavaco Silva declared that the country was in a national emergency, but rejected new elections.

German Left Party supports union betrayals of workers

By Dietmar Henning, 24 July 2013

The Left Party held a conference in Gelsenkirchen to assure the trade union bureaucracy of its total support for the imposition of wage cuts and sackings.

UK health secretary gives go-ahead for closure of Trafford General Emergency unit

By Tony Robson, 24 July 2013

Trafford General Hospital, where the UK’s National Health Service was founded, is to lose its Accident and Emergency unit and other key services.

Brazil’s unions, “left” parties and the July 11 “general strike”

By Rafael Azul, 24 July 2013

The low turnout at protests held on July 11 reflected the inability of Workers Party and trade unions to marshal support.

Australian Labor Party votes on new leadership election rules

By Nick Beams, 24 July 2013

If Rudd is returned as prime minister in the coming election, he will be effectively irremovable.

Sri Lankan constitutional changes raise tensions with India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 24 July 2013

Having defeated the LTTE in 2009, the Sri Lankan government is attempting to wind back powers previously granted to provincial councils.

Medicare accelerates plan linking US doctor pay to costs

By Kate Randall, 24 July 2013

Nearly 500,000 doctors serving Medicare patients will be evaluated on their performance in cutting costs and trimming services.

Justin Carter released on bail after anonymous donation

By Tom Carter, 24 July 2013

Justin Carter, a Texas teenager jailed as a “terrorist” for a Facebook post, was released pending trial after an anonymous donor posted his bond.

Washington, DC legislature passes “living wage” bill

By Patrick Archer and Nick Barrickman, 24 July 2013

Legislators in the nation’s capital passed a living wage bill that will do little to lift the fortunes of the city’s workers.

New York University employs Wall Street-style compensation for top staff

By Fred Mazelis, 24 July 2013

NYU, the largest private university in New York, has recently attracted attention for its lavish spending on perks for “star” professors and top administrators.

Canada: Safety Board issues tepid call for more oversight in wake of rail disaster

By Carl Bronski, 24 July 2013

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board is urging the federal government to make “urgent” regulatory changes to improve railway safety in the wake of the Lac-Mégantic train disaster.

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Les appels à la démission du premier ministre espagnol ne cessent de croître

Par Alejandro López, 24 juillet 2013

Six carnets secrets manuscrits de la comptabilité couvrant la période de 1990 à 2008 fournissent des précisions sur plus de 30 dons faits illégalement au Parti populaire au pouvoir.

Le Centre de la sécurité des télécommunications Canada: un État dans l’État

Par Ed Patrick et Keith Jones, 24 juillet 2013

La plupart des Canadiens n’avaient jamais entendu parler du Centre de la sécurité des télécommunications Canada (CSTC), avant la parution, le mois dernier, d’un article selon lequel le CSTC amasse les métadonnées des communications électroniques des Canadiens depuis 2005. Et l’élite dirigeante du Canada est déterminée à garder ces opérations secrètes.

Les syndicats "indépendants" participent au gouvernement égyptien créé par l'armée

Par Johannes Stern, 24 juillet 2013

L'intégration des syndicats "idépendants" dans le régime militaire égyptien révèle le rôle antidémocratique des groupes comme les Socialistes révolutionnaires.

Allemagne: la coalition SPD-Vert impose, avec l’appui du parti La Gauche, une réduction massive des dépenses

Par Elisabeth Zimmermann, 24 juillet 2013

Le parti La Gauche soutient la politique pro-patronale et les coupes sociales brutales en train d’être appliquées dans la ville de Duisbourg.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
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Obama, Hautfarbe und Klasse

Von Patrick Martin, 24. Juli 2013

Präsident Obamas Bemerkungen über den Mord an Trayvon Martin vom Freitag sollten durch die Propagierung von Identitätspolitik die Aufmerksamkeit der Öffentlichkeit von wichigen Frage zu Armut und sozialer Ungleichheit ablenken.

Türkei:
Polizei geht gegen innere Opposition vor

Von Stefan Steinberg, 24. Juli 2013

Die Polizei von Istanbul führte letzte Woche im Rahmen ihrer Unterdrückungskampagne gegen die politische Opposition eine Reihe von Razzien durch.

In Portland, Oregon, widersetzen sich streikende Arbeiter den Forderungen von Daimler Trucks nach Zugeständnissen

Von Hector Cordon, 24. Juli 2013

In Portland, Oregon, treibt Daimler Trucks North America (DTNW) seine Forderungen nach weitgehenden Kürzungen voran, während Verhandlungsführer von DTNW und die Gewerkschaften sich darauf einstellen, die Gespräche wieder aufzunehmen.

Frankreich:
Unruhen im französischen Trappes nach Polizeifestnahme von verschleierter Frau und ihrer Familie

Von Alex Lantier, 24. Juli 2013

In Trappes, der südwestlichen Vorstadt von Paris kam es zu Unruhen, nachdem die Polizei brutal die Familie einer verschleierten Muslimin festgenommen hatte.

New in Arabic

الاشتراكيون الثوريون المصريون يدعمون الانقلاب العسكري المدعوم من قبل الولايات المتحدة

بقلم يوهانس ستيرن 16 يوليو 2013

في الوقت الذي يُحكِم الجيش فيه قبضته على مصر، تظهرُ التداعيات الرجعية لانقلاب 3 يوليو جليّة أكثر من أي وقت مضى. وينكشفُ النقابُ اليوم عن المجموعات اليسارية المزيّفة التي ساندت الانقلاب مثال الاشتراكيين الثوريين في مصر وزملائهم في التفكير، المنظمة الاشتراكية الدولية(ISO) في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، وحزب العمال الاشتراكي في بريطانيا (SWP)، فتظهر علناً بمثابة منظماتٍ مضادةٍ للثورة. وهي تردّ على ذلك عبر محاولة تغطية تواطئها مع تحركات الجيش الهادفة لإعادة تثبيت أسس الهياكل السياسية التي كانت قائمةً قبل الإطاحة بديكتاتورية مبارك، كما وعبر سعيها إلى إنكار الحقيقة الواضحة بأنّ انقلاباً عسكرياً قد حصل فعلاً. قام الجيشُ المصري في مطلع الاسبوع الماضي بمذبحةٍ في القاهرة أودت بحياة 51 متظ

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Perspective

Obama touts economic “recovery,” steps up assault on workers

24 July 2013

As President Obama kicks off a speaking tour to present himself as the champion of a “thriving middle class,” his administration is intensifying its assault on the working class.

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Support D'Artagnan Collier for Detroit Mayor

Oppose the Detroit bankruptcy!
Statement by D’Artagnan Collier, SEP candidate for Detroit mayor

24 July 2013

The SEP is calling on workers and youth to distribute this statement as widely as possible and build the August 4 campaign meeting at Wayne State University.

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.

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The Detroit Bankruptcy

A call to action: Oppose the Detroit bankruptcy!

By Barry Grey, 23 July 2013

Detroit firefighters protest bankruptcy, pension cuts

By our reporters, 23 July 2013

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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.

FISA court renews NSA spying program

By Tom Carter, 23 July 2013

Sri Lankan dramatist defends Edward Snowden

23 July 2013

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

By Eric London, 22 July 2013

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Arts Review

Copperhead: What are these people up to?

By Joanne Laurier, 24 July 2013

What is the significance of director Ron Maxwell, who made the generally laudable Gettysburg two decades ago, coming out with a favorable treatment of Lincoln’s Northern opponents in the year of the battle’s sesquicentennial?

SEP (Australia) Election 2013

Socialist candidate speaks on Brisbane radio

By our reporter, 24 July 2013

SEP Senate candidate Mike Head was interviewed on Brisbane radio station 4BC last weekend about the issues raised by the low wages being imposed on workers.

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Commentary

The US establishment swoons over the royal birth

By David Walsh, 23 July 2013

US expands global drone warfare

By Thomas Gaist, 23 July 2013

Obama, race and class

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2013

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

By Johannes Stern, 22 July 2013

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.

Workers Struggles

Tonawanda, New York: United Steelworkers forces regressive contract on 3M workers

By Jason Melanovski, 24 July 2013

The deal imposes a two-tier wage system and the elimination of pensions for new hires.

Unions impose concessions contract on Portland Daimler Truck workers

By Katie Hughes and Hector Cordon, 23 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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