Egyptian coup leader al-Sisi threatens mass repression

By Johannes Stern, 26 July 2013

Like Mubarak before him, al-Sisi is referring to an alleged threat of “terrorism” to provide cover for a crackdown and establish a military dictatorship.

Japan scrambles fighters against Chinese plane in East China Sea

By John Chan, 26 July 2013

Japan scrambled fighter jets on Wednesday after a Chinese military aircraft flew between the main island of Okinawa Prefecture and Miyako Island, south of Japan.

Prosecution delivers closing arguments in Manning trial

By Matthew MacEgan, 26 July 2013

The prosecution’s closing arguments on Monday sought to portray Manning as arrogant and reckless, operating with the conscious aim of providing information to Al Qaeda.

At least 80 killed in Spanish train crash

By Paul Mitchell, 26 July 2013

At least 80 people were killed and 140 injured Wednesday in Spain’s worst train crash in 40 years. The tragedy follows major cuts to the rail service, ahead of further major deregulation.

Australian opposition leader demands military response to refugee “emergency”

By Patrick O’Connor, 26 July 2013

The Labor government and the opposition coalition are coordinating an assault on basic democratic and legal rights, which is ultimately directed not at refugees but at the entire working class.

German report on horrendous treatment of refugees on Europe’s borders

By Stefan Steinberg, 25 July 2013

The German television news program “Report Mainz” broadcast a short film dealing with the plight of refugees trying to reach Europe.

UK: The unlawful killing of deportee Jimmy Mubenga

By Barry Mason, 25 July 2013

According to the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns, deportation officers working for G4S “are incentivised to ensure that deportations are completed regardless of the level of resistance from the person being removed.”

India: NLC workers angered by sell-out of their anti-privatisation strike

By Arun Kumar, Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 26 July 2013

There is growing discontent among Neyveli Lignite Corporation workers over the unions’ shutting down of their strike against the Indian government’s plans to privatise the highly-profitable coal-mining and power-generation company.

Gas rig fire off Louisiana coast

By Tom Eley, 26 July 2013

On Tuesday a gas rig located 55 miles off Louisiana’s coast in the Gulf of Mexico suffered a blowout and fire that continued to burn until Thursday afternoon

Michigan dissolves two school districts

By Shannon Jones, 26 July 2013

The Buena Vista and Inkster are being dissolved and their students transferred to other districts, in the latest attack on public education in the state.

Court temporarily delays plan to gut the New York Public Library

By Philip Guelpa, 26 July 2013

The proposed plan would severely compromise the library’s role as one of the leading research institutions in the world, along with the public’s access to library facilities.

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Après l’intervention de la Maison Blanche, la Chambre des députés vote contre les restrictions sur l’espionnage dans le pays

Par Thomas Gaist, 26 juillet 2013

Un amendement au projet de loi Defense Appropriations Act de 2014 qui aurait interdit la « collecte sans suspicion » de données téléphoniques a été rejeté par la Chambre des représentants américaine.

Le FMI prévient de risques croissants contre le système financier chinois

Par John Chan, 26 juillet 2013

Le FMI a mentionné des craintes très largement répandues sur le montant total des emprunts chinois.

Festival international du Film de San Francisco 2013 - The Kill Team: La réalité meurtrière de la guerre des États-Unis en Afghanistan

Par Joanne Laurier, 26 juillet 2013

« La pression constante de tuer ou être tué. C’est impossible de ne pas entrer dans cette folie, » explique le caporal Jeremy Morlock de l’Armée américaine, dans un nouveau documentaire à propos d’un groupe de soldat américain surnommé le « Kill Team. »

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US Congress defends the methods of a police state

26 July 2013

The vote to block even limited restrictions on wholesale domestic spying on the American people exposes the US Congress as a rubber stamp for a police state.

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Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists seek to cover up support for military coup

By Johannes Stern, 26 July 2013

As the military regime in Egypt intensifies its crackdown on all opposition, and as the former elements of the Mubarak dictatorship are integrated into positions of power, the counter-revolutionary role of the “left” supporters of the coup is ever more clearly exposed.

The militarization of America

By Bill Van Auken, 25 July 2013

US military plans direct intervention in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 24 July 2013

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

By Andre Damon, 24 July 2013

The Detroit Bankruptcy

The Detroit bankruptcy and the assault on democratic rights

By Jerry White, 26 July 2013

The bankruptcy filing by Detroit’s unelected emergency manager last week is the outcome of an anti-democratic conspiracy conducted by top political officials from both the Republican and Democratic Parties.

Detroit firefighters protesting bankruptcy discuss expanding fight against pension and budget cuts

By our reporters, 25 July 2013

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

24 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.

Terry Hicks defends whistleblower Edward Snowden

By Richard Phillips, 26 July 2013

Father of former Guantánamo Bay prisoner David Hicks, says Snowden is fighting to defend basic rights.

After White House intervention, House defeats constraints on domestic spying

By Thomas Gaist, 25 July 2013

Snowden remains in airport as Russian officials send mixed messages

By Eric London, 25 July 2013

FISA court renews NSA spying program

By Tom Carter, 23 July 2013

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SEP (Australia) Election 2013

Katter’s Australian Party: A nationalist political trap

By Mike Head—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 26 July 2013

The KAP is seeking to exploit the financial ruin facing wide layers of farmers, small business operators and workers.

What commitments has the Labor government made to US war plans?

By Peter Symonds—SEP Senate candidate for Western Australia, 25 July 2013

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Arts Review

Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts: A remarkable glimpse into cultural history

By David Walsh, 26 July 2013

The new book looks at the relationship between film director Orson Welles and his longtime mentor and friend, Roger Hill, based on conversations and correspondence the pair conducted in the 1980s.

An interview with Todd Tarbox, author of Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts

By David Walsh, 26 July 2013

David Walsh interviews the grandson of Orson Welles’ life-long friend and mentor, Roger Hill.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

26 July 2013

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

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

By Jason Melanovski, 24 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.


Data storage in synthetic DNA

By Bryan Dyne and Shane Feratu, 25 July 2013

New research has combined genetics and computer science to develop a technique that allows any type of data to be reliably stored in synthetic DNA.


Letter from Rio: The Pope’s visit and Brazil’s mass upheavals

25 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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