Mounting toll of dead, injured from crackdown by Egyptian junta

By Alex Lantier, 29 July 2013

The Obama administration is supporting preparations for a broader crackdown on Islamist protesters in Egypt, as the death toll from Saturday’s crackdown continues to rise.

Four in five Americans economically insecure

By Andre Damon, 29 July 2013

The vast majority of the US population struggles with near-poverty and unemployment.

Father of Edward Snowden issues open letter to Obama denouncing “Orwellian surveillance programs”

By Thomas Gaist, 29 July 2013

In a letter co-written with his attorney, Lon Snowden defended his son’s actions as his “civic duty” and warned Americans against the “dynamics of the Third Reich.”

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Spanish train crash driver accused of reckless homicide

By Alejandro López, 29 July 2013

The accepted legal position that someone is innocent until proven guilty has been all but brushed aside.

Japan seeks pre-emptive military strike capabilities

By John Chan, 29 July 2013

The report is in line with Prime Minister Abe’s calls for a “strong Japan” and a “strong military."

US vice president visits India to strengthen ties against China

By K. Ratnayake, 29 July 2013

US Vice President Joe Biden declared India “an indispensable part of our rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific”.

Israeli-Palestinian talks a cover for US aggression in Middle East

By Jean Shaoul, 29 July 2013

The talks offer nothing to the Palestinian working class except more suffering and misery.

Germany: Left Party defends the secret services

By Christoph Dreier, 29 July 2013

The Left Party has come to the defence of the secret services as they face growing difficulties following the exposure of their involvement in mass surveillance.

Fall in quarterly profits paves way for new attacks on Caterpillar workers

By Niles Williamson, 29 July 2013

Last week, Caterpillar announced a 43 percent decline in second-quarter profits over the second quarter of 2012, a result of lower global demand for construction and mining equipment.

California pensions remain underfunded despite fiscal gains

By Gabriel Black, 29 July 2013

California state employee pension systems posted large gains in their portfolios, however, they remain massively underfunded.

New in French

La Grèce et Detroit – une nouvelle étape de la contre-révolution sociale

Par Stefan Steinberg, 29 juillet 2013

L'élimination de la garantie de l'emploi pour les travailleurs du secteur public en Europe fait partie d'une offensive du capital financier contre la classe ouvrière.

L’opposition tunisienne saisit l’occasion du meurtre de Brahmi pour inciter à un coup d’Etat de style égyptien

Par Kumaran Ira, 29 juillet 2013

La « gauche » bourgeoise et les partis de pseudo-gauche saisissent l’occasion de l’assassinat jeudi du dirigeant de l’opposition, Mohamed Brahmi, pour inciter à un coup d’Etat contre le gouvernement tunisien contrôlé par les islamistes, sur le modèle du coup militaire du 3 juillet mené contre le régime des Frères musulmans (FM) en Egypte.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks d’Alex Gibney

Par Richard Phillips, 29 juillet 2013

Rempli d’erreurs et de falsifications, le documentaire de Gibney tente de discréditer le fondateur de WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, et de défendre l’appareil de renseignement américain.

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Obama’s bogus crusade for the “middle class”

29 July 2013

Obama seems to think that the danger of the growth of social opposition can be avoided with large doses of demagogy.

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The Detroit Bankruptcy

Detroit firefighters speak out on bankruptcy

By Tim Rivers and Jerry White, 29 July 2013

Rank-and-file firefighters are seeking to mobilize opposition to the emergency manager’s attack on pensions and essential services.

AFL-CIO shrugs off Detroit bankruptcy

By Patrick Martin, 29 July 2013

The union apparatus will not lift a finger to defend Detroit workers.

The Detroit bankruptcy and the assault on democratic rights

By Jerry White, 26 July 2013

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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

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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.

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.

Australian film director Paul Cox denounces US-led manhunt of Edward Snowden

By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2013

"That Snowden is being denounced by American politicians and the media is outrageous," Cox told the WSWS.

Terry Hicks defends whistleblower Edward Snowden

By Richard Phillips, 26 July 2013

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25 years ago: Jordan’s King Hussein relinquishes claim to West Bank

In a July 31, 1988 declaration, King Hussein of Jordan renounced all claims to the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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50 years ago: South Vietnamese regime in crisis

The South Vietnamese government was thrown into deep crisis in 1963 by mounting protests among Buddhists against the US puppet regime of Ngo Dinh Diem.

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75 years ago: British inquiry into partition of Palestine draws to close

On August 3, 1938, three months after arriving in colonial Palestine to collect information on the technical aspects of dividing the territory into three parts, the Palestine Partition Commission finished its research.

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100 years ago: Wheatland Hop Riot in California

On August 3, 1913, tensions between impoverished farm workers in Northern California and local authorities boiled over when a local sheriff and his deputies attempted to disperse a mass meeting of agricultural laborers.

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SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

Germany: Socialism and the fight against the GM-Opel shutdown
Dietmar Gaisenkersting—SEP candidate

29 July 2013

GM-Opel workers in Bochum confront a conspiracy between the company management, the trade union and the works council, supported by all political parties.

SEP (Australia) Election 2013

SEP holds election meetings in Geelong, Perth and Brisbane

By our correspondents, 29 July 2013

The candidates’ reports focused on the need for a new socialist and internationalist perspective and revolutionary leadership in the working class.

Workers and youth discuss political issues raised at SEP meetings

By our reporters, 29 July 2013

“If there was a conflict between the US and China, young people would be sent to war.”

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Workers Struggles

Canada: US Steel forces locked-out workers to vote on concessions contract

By Carl Bronski, 29 July 2013

Nearly 1,000 workers have been locked out for three months at US Steel's Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ontario.


Defense rests in Manning court-martial

By Matthew MacEgan, 27 July 2013

Greece and Detroit—a new stage in the social counterrevolution

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 July 2013

US Congress defends the methods of a police state

By Bill Van Auken, 26 July 2013

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

By Johannes Stern, 26 July 2013

The militarization of America

By Bill Van Auken, 25 July 2013

Arts Review

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

By David Walsh, 26 July 2013

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

By David Walsh, 26 July 2013