Obama rejects federal aid for Detroit

By Jerry White, 30 July 2013

The president has rejected any assistance to Detroit in the midst of his bogus campaign to defend the “middle class.”

Christie’s appraises the Detroit Institute of Arts collection for possible sale

By Janel Flechsig, 30 July 2013

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Italy bus crash claims 39 lives

By Stefan Steinberg, 30 July 2013

The Naples crash is the second deadly transport accident in Europe over the last week.

Cuban government announces acceleration of privatization and austerity measures

By Alexander Fangmann, 30 July 2013

Like austerity plans being carried out elsewhere in the world, the aim of these measures is to make the working class pay for the world capitalist crisis.

New York City public housing tenants protest plans for luxury development

By Alan Whyte, 30 July 2013

The city proposes to deal with cuts in federal housing aid by making further attacks on the living conditions of tenants in housing projects.

Hedge fund SAC indicted for insider trading

By Dorian Griscom, 30 July 2013

The evidence indicates that SAC's massive profits were generated on the basis of fraud and illegal insider trading.

New testing regime to be imposed on British schoolchildren

By Tania Kent, 30 July 2013

The plan outlined by the British government is aimed at imposing a selective class-based education system.

UK: Splitting of Doncaster children services a model for further privatisations

By Liz Smith, 30 July 2013

Children’s social care services in Doncaster, England are to be transferred to a “Community Interest Company”, laying the basis for full privatisation.

Vietnam’s president visits White House

By John Roberts, 30 July 2013

President Obama and Vietnamese President Sang are forging closer economic and military ties, directed against China.

Australian think tank proposes military base on PNG’s Manus Island

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 July 2013

The proposal to reopen Australia’s post-World War II naval and air base is another indication of rapidly escalating geo-strategic tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Australian Greens fraudulently posture as defenders of refugees

By Oliver Campbell, 30 July 2013

At demonstrations in Australia’s main cities last weekend, workers, students and youth expressed outrage at the Labor government’s brutal treatment of people fleeing oppression.

Major League Baseball suspends Ryan Braun for using steroids

By Alan Gilman, 30 July 2013

The latest chapter in the ongoing saga of performance-enhancing drugs shows how the drive for profit has debased professional sports.

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Griechenland und Detroit - ein neues Stadium der sozialen Konterrevolution

Von Stefan Steinberg, 30. Juli 2013

Die Zerstörung der Arbeitsplätze im öffentlichen Dienst in Griechenland ist Teil einer internationalen Offensive der Finanzmärkte zur Zerstörung der sozialen Errungenschaften der Arbeiterklasse.

Viele Tote und Verletzte bei Unterdrückung durch ägyptische Junta

Von Alex Lantier, 30. Juli 2013

Die Zahl der Todesopfer bei der Unterdrückung der Anhänger des abgesetzten islamistischen Präsidenten Ägyptens, Mohammed Mursi, durch die Armee hat am Wochenende dramatisch zugenommen. Washington hat seine Zustimmung zu der blutigen Unterdrückung signalisiert.

Gut besuchte Veranstaltungen der PSG zur Verteidigung Edward Snowdens

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 30. Juli 2013

Die Partei für Soziale Gleichheit hat in Berlin, Bochum und Frankfurt Versammlungen zur Verteidigung Edward Snowdens abgehalten. Alle Treffen waren gut besucht und von lebhaften Diskussionen geprägt.

US-Regierung versichert Putin, Snowden werde nicht gefoltert

Von Thomas Gaist, 30. Juli 2013

US-Justizminister Holder sprach in einem Brief an die Moskauer Regierung Snowden das Recht auf Asyl ab und versicherte gleichzeitig, man wolle ihn weder foltern noch hinrichten.

Zwei rumänische Arbeiter verbrennen in überfüllter Unterkunft

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 30. Juli 2013

Zwei rumänische Arbeiter, die in der Meyer-Werft in Papenburg arbeiteten, sind in einer überfüllten Unterkunft verbrannt. Ihr Tod wirft ein Schlaglicht auf die brutalen Ausbeutungsbedingungen von Werkvertragsarbeitern.

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La guerre des drones en pleine croissance

Par Thomas Gaist, 30 juillet 2013

Washington veut déployer sa flotte de drones dans de nouvelles régions du monde afin de surveiller les trafiquants de drogue, les pirates et «d’autres cibles qui inquiètent les autorités américaines».

Le groupe égyptien des Socialistes révolutionnaires tente de cacher son soutien au coup d'Etat militaire

Par Johannes Stern, 30 juillet 2013

Alors que le régime militaire en Égypte intensifie sa répression contre toute opposition, et que les ex-membres de la dictature de Moubarak sont intégrés à des postes de pouvoir, le rôle contre-révolutionnaire des partisans « de gauche » du coup d'Etat transparaît de manière encore plus claire.

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The Egyptian coup and the tasks facing the working class

30 July 2013

The July 3 military coup in Egypt has starkly revealed the principal problem facing the working class internationally: the crisis of revolutionary leadership.

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The Detroit Bankruptcy

Obama’s bogus crusade for the “middle class”

By Eric London and Barry Grey, 29 July 2013

Detroit firefighters speak out on bankruptcy

By Tim Rivers and Jerry White, 29 July 2013

AFL-CIO shrugs off Detroit bankruptcy

By Patrick Martin, 29 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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Defend Edward Snowden!

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

By Thomas Gaist, 29 July 2013

Germany: Left Party defends the secret services

By Christoph Dreier, 29 July 2013

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

By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2013

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Commentary

Four in five Americans economically insecure

By Andre Damon, 29 July 2013

Japan seeks pre-emptive military strike capabilities

By John Chan, 29 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

Workers Struggles: The Americas

30 July 2013

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

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

By Carl Bronski, 29 July 2013

SEP (Australia) Election 2013

SEP holds election meetings in Geelong, Perth and Brisbane

By our correspondents, 29 July 2013

Workers and youth discuss political issues raised at SEP meetings

By our reporters, 29 July 2013

Click here for the SEP 2013 Campaign Web Site »

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

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

29 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

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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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

30 July 2013

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.