National Guard, police tighten grip on Ferguson, Missouri

By Eric London and Patrick Martin, 19 August 2014

The arrival of a contingent of the Missouri National Guard has heightened the police-state atmosphere in this suburb of St. Louis.

“They invaded Ferguson like they invaded Iraq”
Video: Ferguson residents say police crackdown turns city into war zone

By Andre Damon and Eric London, 19 August 2014

As the Missouri governor deployed National Guard forces to Ferguson, residents denounced the military-police crackdown and attacks on their right to assemble peacefully.

Autopsy confirms execution-style killing of Michael Brown

By a reporting team, 19 August 2014

A Ferguson cop fired at least six bullets into the victim, including two to his head.

Workers and youth across US speak on police murder of Michael Brown

By our reporters, 19 August 2014

Workers and young people throughout the United States expressed their outrage at the police killing of the unarmed 18-year old and the militarized response of police to protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

The state of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri

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EU advisors advocate use of military against strikes and protests

By Denis Krassnin, 19 August 2014

An EU think tank has advised governments to protect the rich from the poor by suppressing social protests.

Ukrainian army steps up offensive in the east

By Christoph Dreier, 19 August 2014

On Sunday German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that “we continue to slide into a direct confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian combat forces.”

Still no evidence of Russia’s alleged military incursion into Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 19 August 2014

If reports from the Guardian and the Telegraph are to be believed, experienced journalists stood by and watched Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine without taking a photograph to record the event.

Why have the media and Obama administration gone silent on MH17?

Leaders of pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine resign

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Obama claims “progress” in Iraq intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 19 August 2014

The president’s statement Monday underscored that the US intervention in Iraq is steadily escalating in terms of both its means and objectives.

German army intervenes in Iraq

Australia’s pseudo-left covers up for US imperialism in Iraq

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Journalist James Risen denounces President Obama as the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation”

By Nick Barrickman, 19 August 2014

Facing a possible prison sentence for refusing to identify a confidential source, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen denounced the Obama administration’s campaign against whistleblowers and journalists.

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

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New report details depth of hunger crisis in the United States

By Shannon Jones, 19 August 2014

Fourteen percent of Americans rely on food pantries to feed themselves and their families.

Tankers, barge collide on Mississippi River, spilling oil

By E.P. Bannon, 19 August 2014

The spill is the third this year along the Gulf Coast.

Japanese lawmakers visit notorious Yasukuni war shrine

By Ben McGrath, 19 August 2014

The visit is part of the government’s revival of Japanese militarism, including whitewashing the past war crimes of the Japanese military.

Australian journalist targeted under Racial Discrimination Act over Israel war coverage

By Laura Tiernan, 19 August 2014

Mike Carlton’s resignation was the result of a concerted campaign by Murdoch’s News Limited and the right-wing Zionist lobby.

Australian government “celebrates” first WWI military action

By Richard Phillips, 19 August 2014

The seizure of Germany’s Pacific colonies underlined the real character of World War I as an imperialist war.

The international significance of Australia’s World War I “celebrations”

Rising British self-employment used to obscure worsening job situation

By John Farmer, 19 August 2014

The rise in self-employment is driven not by an “entrepreneurial spirit,” but the lack of full-time employment offering an adequate income and pension.

Two years on, Marikana massacre continues to radicalise South African workers

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 19 August 2014

Workers’ resolve is hardening, even as the unions manoeuvre for paltry wage increases.

South Africa’s mine massacre

New in Italian

La Lega Nord sostiene i separatisti scozzesi

Di Marianne Arens, 19 agosto 2014

Al congresso del partito a Padova, il leader della Lega Nord, Matteo Salvini, ha espresso il suo sostegno per la separazione della Scozia dal Regno Unito.

New in French

Etat d'urgence à Ferguson dans le Missouri

Par Barry Grey, 19 août 2014

Les événements de Ferguson sont un concentré de l'état réel des relations politiques et sociales aux Etats-Unis.

New in German

Ausnahmezustand in Ferguson, Missouri

Von Barry Grey, 19. August 2014

Gegen die Proteste, die der Polizeimord an einem schwarzen Jugendlichen auslöste, hat Gouverneur Nixon über Ferguson (Missouri) den Ausnahmezustand und eine Ausgangssperre verhängt.

Deutschland weitet Intervention im Irak aus

Von Johannes Stern, 19. August 2014

Ab Mitte der Woche sollen Transall-Transportmaschinen der Bundeswehr zusätzliche Hilfsgüter in den Irak liefern. Offensichtlich sind auch Waffenlieferungen geplant.

Außenminister Steinmeier spricht von wachsender Kriegsgefahr

Von Christoph Dreier, 19. August 2014

Am Sonntagabend trafen sich die Außenminister Deutschlands, Frankreichs, Russlands und der Ukraine in Berlin, um über den Konflikt in der Ostukraine zu beraten.

Warum sind die Medien und die Obama-Regierung über MH17 verstummt?

Von Niles Williamson, 19. August 2014

Das ohrenbetäubende Schweigen der amerikanischen Medien und der Regierung über den Absturz von Malaysian Airlines Flug 17 riecht nach Vertuschung.

Beweise für israelische Kriegsverbrechen im Gazastreifen häufen sich während der fortgesetzten Feuerpause

Von Chris Marsden, 19. August 2014

Marie Harf, die Sprecherin des US-Außenministeriums, sagte der Presse: „Wir glaubten, Israel könnte mehr tun, um zivile Opfer zu vermeiden“.

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Capitalism and the police-military mobilization in Ferguson, Missouri

19 August 2014

No struggle against inequality and the police state apparatus in America can be successful unless it is based on the understanding that what is involved is a struggle against capitalism.

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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.

Arts Review

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood: American lives over the course of a dozen years

By David Walsh, 19 August 2014

Using the same cast, the writer-director filmed sequences once a year for twelve years, centering on a boy, his family and their surroundings in east and central Texas.

Lucy: A little knowledge is apparently a dangerous thing

By Hiram Lee, 16 August 2014

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

Comic actor and performer Robin Williams, dead at 63

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Fight cuts to education and the drive to war!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 19 August 2014

The fight for education rights must be inseparably linked with the broader struggle against austerity, the attacks on democratic rights and the dangers of war.


Canada’s callous indifference to human suffering in Gaza

By Richard Dufour, 18 August 2014

US farm fatalities: An unpublicized epidemic

By Naomi Spencer, 18 August 2014

Mass graves from Spain’s civil war uncovered

By Alejandro López, 18 August 2014

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

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

US war drive in Asia continues apace

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

French government staggered by mounting economic crisis

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 August 2014

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


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.

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On August 23, 1964, supporters of the so-called Freedom Democratic Party were blocked in their attempt to displace the official Democratic Party delegation from the state of Mississippi.

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75 years ago: Hitler-Stalin pact signed in Moscow

On August 24, 1939, German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov met in Moscow to sign a non-aggression pact between fascist Germany and the Soviet Union.

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100 years ago: Lenin authors statement against SPD betrayal and world war

Days after the German Social Democratic Party and the other major parties of the Second International betrayed the cause of socialism by supporting their “own” governments’ war efforts, Vladimir Lenin authored a statement advancing a revolutionary internationalist reponse to the barbarism of World War I.

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