Kiev’s blocking of Russian aid convoy to east Ukraine escalates risk of war

By Niles Williamson, 16 August 2014

Reports emerged Friday of the deployment of white phosphorus in the Ukrainian regime’s siege of Donetsk. Simultaneously, the threat of war increased as NATO accused Russia of sending military vehicles into Ukraine.

Gaza, Ukraine and US preparations for urban warfare

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Police, media smear victim of Missouri police shooting

By Patrick Martin, 16 August 2014

The release of photographs and eyewitness statements is an attempt to justify the execution-style killing of Michael Brown.

Federal government programs in the US have turned police into military force

By Zac Corrigan, 16 August 2014

Ferguson, Missouri: War comes home

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Evidence of Israeli war crimes mounts as Gaza cease-fire continues

By Chris Marsden, 16 August 2014

Israel’s truce with Hamas held for a second day Friday, as talks continued between the government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and all three main Palestinian factions—including Fatah and Islamic Jihad.

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Amnesty International report: Widespread killings of Afghan civilians under Obama administration

By Nick Barrickman, 16 August 2014

Under an occupation and military justice system that is “self-policing,” war crimes are carried out with impunity.

Texas National Guard deploys to US-Mexico border

By Kevin Martinez, 16 August 2014

In addition to the National Guard, far-right militias armed with guns and military equipment have begun patrolling the border on their own accord.

Executive order 12333 authorizes NSA to collect vast quantities of US data

By Thomas Gaist, 16 August 2014

The NSA is empowered by executive decrees to conduct limitless surveillance of overseas servers, even though they process large quantities of US data

Candidate’s death in plane crash reconfigures Brazil’s presidential race

By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2014

Eduardo Campos, the former governor of Pernambuco, posed his candidacy as a “third way” between the ruling Workers Party and the Brazilian right.

Court in Cambodia convicts two former Khmer Rouge leaders

By John Roberts, 16 August 2014

The court proceedings were designed to cover up the crimes of the major powers, above all the US, in Indo-China.

New Zealand opposition parties campaign on anti-Chinese xenophobia

By Tom Peters, 16 August 2014

Labour and other opposition parties are campaigning against Chinese land purchases to divert attention from pressing social issues and to align with the US war drive against China.

French government staggered by mounting economic crisis

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 16 August 2014

According to internal accounts, the French government is in total disarray as its projections show a deflationary spiral and economic collapse gripping Europe.

German secret service implicated in fascist murders

By Sven Heymanns and Dietmar Henning, 16 August 2014

The longer the ongoing trial of the National Socialist Undergound continues, the clearer it becomes that the state is working to cover up the involvement of its agencies in neo-Nazi murders.

New in Turkish

Ferguson, Missouri: Savaş eve geliyor

Joseph Kishore, 16 Ağustos 2014

ABD bıçak sırtındadır. Uzun süredir bastırılmış toplumsal gerginlikler açık ve patlayıcı biçimler edinmeye başlıyor ve egemen sınıf eldivenlerini çıkarıyor.

Gazze, Ukrayna ve ABD’nin kentsel savaş hazırlıkları

Bill Van Auken, 16 Ağustos 2014

Gazze ve Ukrayna’daki katliamlar, ABD’deki tüm dünyadaki işçi sınıfı için bir uyarıdır.

New in French

Gaza, Ukraine et les préparatifs américains pour la guerre urbaine

Par Bill Van Auken, 16 août 2014

Le Pentagone adhère à la doctrine selon laquelle les prochaines grandes interventions militaires américaines viseront très probablement les populations des grands centres urbains.

L’économie allemande se contracte tandis que l'Europe se rapproche de la récession

Par Stefan Steinberg, 16 août 2014

Les sanctions économiques lancées par les Etats-Unis et l’Union européenne contre la Russie et les conflits au Moyen-Orient exacerbent la crise économique en Europe.

Le meurtre de Michael Brown aux mains de la police et la militarisation de la société américaine

Par Jerry White, 16 août 2014

Encore une fois, une famille et une communauté des États-Unis sont traumatisées par la mort d’un jeune homme innocent aux mains de la police.

New in German

Ferguson, Missouri: der Krieg im eigenen Land

Von Joseph Kishore, 16. August 2014

Die Besetzung von Ferguson, Missouri im militärischen Stil hat die Fassade der Demokratie eingerissen und einen entstehenden Polizeistaat zum Vorschein gebracht. Genau so sieht Kriegsrecht aus.

Bundeswehr greift im Irak ein

Von Ulrich Rippert, 16. August 2014

Die Bundeswehr bringt Hilfsgüter in den Nordirak, und auch Waffenlieferungen sollen folgen. Das befürworten nicht nur CDU und SPD, sondern auch die Grünen und die Linkspartei.

Deutsche Wirtschaft schrumpft
Europa treibt tiefer in die Rezession

Von Stefan Steinberg, 16. August 2014

Deutschlands Wirtschaft schrumpfte im zweiten Quartal von April bis Juni um 0,2 Prozent. Dies trägt dazu bei, Europa tiefer in die Rezession zu treiben.

Alex Callinicos von der Socialist Workers Party unterstützt schottischen Nationalismus

Von Jordan Shilton, 16. August 2014

Die britische Socialist Workers Party unterstützt bewusst die Schaffung eines imperialistischen Kleinstaates in Schottland.

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US war drive in Asia continues apace

16 August 2014

Even as the US engages in provocations against Russia and in the Middle East, the Obama administration is proceeding with its “pivot to Asia” against China.

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Socialist Equality Party

Defend the rights of immigrant workers! Unite the working class of North, Central and South America!
Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress

14 August 2014

This resolution of the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US) was adopted unanimously on August 6, 2014.

Oppose the Israeli assault on Gaza!
Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress

9 August 2014

This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party of the United States.

Scottish workers speak for a “no” vote in independence referendum

By our reporters, 15 August 2014


German Left Party calls for military intervention in Iraq

By Christoph Dreier, 16 August 2014

The Left Party is aggressively using humanitarian crises as an excuse to justify German military participation in foreign conflicts.

New Zealand pseudo-lefts support Washington’s war preparations against China

By Tom Peters, 16 August 2014

The pseudo-left groups Socialist Aotearoa and Fightback falsely depict China as “imperialist” in order to justify Washington’s war drive.

Tommy Sheridan’s nationalist diatribe in service of Scottish big business

By Jordan Shilton, 16 August 2014

Tommy Sheridan, former leader of the Scottish Socialist Party, addressed a meeting in support of Scottish separatism flanked by a representative of Business for Scotland and numerous Saltaires.

Arts Review

Lucy: A little knowledge is apparently a dangerous thing

By Hiram Lee, 16 August 2014

In Lucy, Scarlett Johansson is a super-powered intellect fighting to take down a Taiwanese drug cartel.

Actress Lauren Bacall, Hollywood star at 19, dies in New York

By David Walsh, 15 August 2014

Bacall, one of the few surviving performers prominently identified with Hollywood films in the 1940s, died at her home in New York City on Tuesday at the age of 89.

Get On Up: The James Brown story

By Joanne Laurier, 14 August 2014

Comic actor and performer Robin Williams, dead at 63

By David Walsh, 13 August 2014


Condolences on the death of Guy Charron

12 August 2014

In the two weeks since Comrade Guy Charron’s tragic death, the SEP (Canada) has received many condolence letters from comrades around the world.

Guy Charron, 1962-2014: Canadian fighter for Trotskyism

By Keith Jones, 2 August 2014

It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of Guy Charron, a leader of the Socialist Equality Party (Canada) and a daily collaborator in the work of the WSWS.

Mehring Books

Foreword to The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 1 August 2014

This essay by David North is the foreword to The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century, now available at Mehring Books.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

16 August 2014

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

Bangladesh’s government mobilises police to attack striking garment workers

NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden

Snowden discusses US surveillance and cyber-warfare programs in interview with Wired

By Thomas Gaist, 15 August 2014

The NSA is developing “autonomous cyber-warfare software” through a program called MonsterMind, Snowden said

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The use of archaeology in Jerusalem as a political weapon

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 August 2014

25 years ago: New York telephone striker killed by scab car on the picket line

On August 15, 1989, Edward “Gerry” Horgan was struck by a car driven by the daughter of a high-level manager who was scabbing on the strike by NYNEX telecommunications workers.

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50 years ago: US sends military aid to Congo

This week in 1964 the Johnson administration announced its intention to send B-26 bombers to aid the embattled regime of its Congo client, Moise Tshombe.

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75 years ago: Trotskyists force retreat of New York fascists

On August 17, 1939, a threatened counterdemonstration called by the Socialist Workers Party in New York City led fascist leader Father Coughlin to cancel a planned march to New York’s Union Square set for August 19.

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100 years ago: Britain declares war on Austria-Hungary

On August 12, 1914, just over a week after it had declared war against Germany, Britain declared war on Austria-Hungary, Germany’s principal ally.

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