Washington escalates intervention in region-wide Middle East war

By Bill Van Auken, 21 June 2014

The Pentagon is negotiating terms for the deployment of US troops in Iraq that were rejected by the regime in Baghdad two-and-a-half years ago.

German militarism and the US debacle in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 21 June 2014

The German bourgeoisie is responding to the debacle of US imperialism in Iraq by intensifying its campaign for militarism and war.

Iraq crisis exacerbates divisions within Iranian elite

By Keith Jones, 21 June 2014

Iran’s government has had to pull back—at least for the moment—from its public offer to cooperate with Washington in stabilizing a pro-US regime in Baghdad.

Obama exploits Iraq crisis as pretext for war against Syria

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Impact of war and persecution
More than 50 million displaced persons worldwide

By Patrick Martin, 21 June 2014

Nearly one-fifth of the world’s displaced people come from a single conflict, the civil war in Syria.

Obama administration steps up attacks on undocumented immigrants

By Rafael Azul, 21 June 2014

The US government intends to accelerate the detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants, including children, now being held in harsh conditions.

Obama administration says child immigrants are “priorities for removal” from US

Study ranks US health care system last among 11 nations

By Kate Randall, 21 June 2014

A new study by the Commonwealth Fund ranks the US last or near last on access to care, efficiency and equity of treatment between the rich and poor.

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Former Goldman trader involved in fraudulent activities says $8 million bonus too low

By Andre Damon, 21 June 2014

A former Goldman Sachs trader who helped the bank bet against toxic mortgage-backed securities it was palming off to investors claims he was underpaid for his efforts.

Economy slumps, Wall Street booms

Pakistan military and US drones pound North Waziristan

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 21 June 2014

In close coordination with Washington, Pakistan’s military has launched a brutal offensive against the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan.

German interior minister warns of threat of lethal attacks by Islamists

By Peter Schwarz, 21 June 2014

The German interior minister warned of an imminent threat of terrorist attacks by Islamist “religious warriors” in Germany and throughout Europe.

German foreign minister Steinmeier agitates for war

Poll spotlights British economic insecurity

By Julie Hyland, 21 June 2014

Official statistics confirm that the UK’s economic “recovery” is benefiting only the super-rich, to the detriment of working people.

Low-income UK residents pay higher tax rates than the wealthy

South Australian Labor’s budget imposes “cruel” federal cuts

By Mike Head, 21 June 2014

While claiming to fight the federal budget, the state government is implementing it, and using it as the pretext for its own funding cutbacks.

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South Korean president carries out cabinet reshuffle

By Ben McGrath, 21 June 2014

As well as seeking to deflect anger over the ferry disaster, Park is seeking to consolidate her power and push forward with an austerity agenda.

New in French

Devant la débâcle en Irak, les États-Unis demandent l'aide de l’Iran

Par Alex Lantier, 21 juin 2014

L’éclatement de la guerre civile en Irak marque la ruine de la politique étrangère des États-Unis et a de profondes implications politiques.

Le ministre allemand des Affaires étrangères Steinmeier fait de l’agitation en faveur de la guerre

Par Ulrich Rippert, 21 juin 2014

Jamais, depuis la fin du « Führerstaat » de Hitler il y a 70 ans, la demande que l’Allemagne exerce un rôle de leadership en Europe et dans le monde n’a été soulevée de manière aussi éhontée et aussi vigoureuse.

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Das Debakel der USA im Irak und der Ruf nach deutscher Führung

Von Johannes Stern, 21. Juni 2014

Die deutsche Bourgeoisie reagiert auf das Debakel des US-Imperialismus im Irak mit einer Verschärfung ihrer Kampagne für Militarismus und Krieg.

Wirtschaftsrückgang - Wallstreetboom

Von Barry Grey, 21. Juni 2014

Die amerikanische Zentralbank Federal Reserve hat ihre Prognose zum Wirtschaftswachstum und ihre langfristige Prognose nach unten korrigiert und gibt damit praktisch zu, dass die wirtschaftliche Flaute und der Rückgang des Lebensstandards der Masse der Bevölkerung anhalten werden.

Ukrainisches Regime führt trotz Waffenstillstandsplan Blitzkrieg im Osten

Von Bill Van Auken, 21. Juni 2014

Unmittelbar nachdem Poroschenko einen einseitigen Waffenstillstand vorgeschlagen hatte, begannen die heftigsten Kämpfe seit das Kiewer Regime seine "Antiterror-Operation" begonnen hat.

Spendet für die WSWS

Von der Redaktion, 21. Juni 2014

Angesichts der Kriegsgefahr wird der Kampf gegen die Lügen der Medien noch dringender. Spendet noch heute für die WSWS!

Obama nutzt die Irakkrise als Vorwand für einen Krieg gegen Syrien

Von Patrick Martin und Joseph Kishore, 21. Juni 2014

Die Obama-Regierung machte am Donnerstag klar, dass die Hauptaufgabe eines Truppenkontingents im Nahen Osten Militärschläge außerhalb der Grenzen des Irak einschließe.

Offizielles Ersuchen der irakischen Regierung um US-Luftangriffe gegen sunnitische Aufständische

Von James Cogan, 21. Juni 2014

Der Hauptgrund für den Erfolg des Aufstands der Sunniten im Irak, war der Zufluss von ISIS-Kämpfern, die mit Unterstützung Washingtons finanziert und bewaffnet wurden, um die syrische Regierung zu stürzen.

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The Metropolitan Opera’s censorship of The Death of Klinghoffer

21 June 2014

The opera company’s decision to cancel its global video and radio transmission of John Adams’ work is a scandalous and cowardly capitulation to right-wing forces.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party

Vote “no” in the Scottish referendum—Fight for a socialist Britain

21 June 2014

All claims that “independence” is a democratic demand, offering an alternative to cuts and austerity, are lies.

Arts Review

At the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto
Making sense of human suffering: Francis Bacon and Henry Moore — Terror and Beauty

By Lee Parsons, 21 June 2014

Two of the most prominent British artists of the modern period—a rare and unlikely pairing—are brought together in this exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Netflix’s Orange is the New Black: Humanity inside a US women’s prison

By Ed Hightower, 20 June 2014

New York’s Metropolitan Opera cancels broadcasts of The Death of Klinghoffer

A great Soviet film about World War II
No more war! The anti-war message of The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

A further comment on The Cranes Are Flying

1928-2014: Maya Angelou, writer, performer and participant in the civil rights movement

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

21 June 2014

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

Greek public building cleaners defy police repression, demand reinstatement

By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2014

Socialist Party government ignores mass protest to attack French culture workers’ jobless benefits

French rail workers, artists protest social cuts

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Two years of asylum in Ecuadorian embassy
Defend Julian Assange!

By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2014

CIA planned rendition of Edward Snowden

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Ukraine regime launches military blitz after floating ceasefire plan

By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2014

Roma boy attacked by lynch mob in northern Paris

By Kumaran Ira, 20 June 2014

A new wave of US school shootings and other violent acts

By James Brewer, 20 June 2014

Jürgen Habermas—Germany's state philosopher turns 85

Book Review

A damning exposure of the assault on public education in the US
Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools

Diane Ravitch’s bestseller powerfully indicts the government and corporate interests attacking public education.

Timothy Geithner’s Stress Test: Confessions of a Wall Street bag-man

By Andre Damon, 18 June 2014

Stress Test, the memoir published last month by former US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, documents the conspiracy to prepare and execute the 2008 bank bailout from the point of view of the operation’s leading architect.

25 years ago: US wildcat strikes support Pittston coal miners

Wildcat strikes in coalfields broke out in Alabama, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio on June 19, 1989, despite a back-to-work demand by the union leadership.

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50 years ago: Three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi

On June 21, 1964, three young civil rights workers were kidnapped and murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

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75 years ago: Goebbels makes violent threats in Danzig

German Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels visited the Free State of Danzig (today Gdansk, Poland) to present his regime’s Culture Prize on June 18, 1939.

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100 years ago: Major coal mining disasters in Canada and Belgium

On June 19, 1914, coal miners and their families faced tragedy in two incidents in Canada and Belgium.

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