US and NATO threaten Moscow as Russian aid convoy crosses into Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 23 August 2014

The crossing of a Russian humanitarian aid convoy into Ukraine on Friday quickly drew threats from the Obama administration, NATO and the US-backed regime in Kiev.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Kiev

By Christoph Dreier, 23 August 2014

The visit takes place at a time of deep crisis for the regime in Kiev and intensified conflict with Russia.

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South Bronx residents say Ferguson unrest is about class

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 August 2014

Workers and young people discussed the killing of Michael Brown and its connection to broader issues.

Military helicopters descend on Twin Cities, Minnesota in unannounced “urban warfare” exercises

By Matt Rigel, 23 August 2014

Residents of the Twin Cities, Minnesota were startled as low-flying combat helicopters buzzed over working class districts in mock nighttime exercises.

Sectarian massacre in Iraq as US escalates intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 23 August 2014

The slaughter of scores of Sunnis at a mosque northeast of Baghdad underscores the threat of a sectarian civil war.

Who is responsible for the murder of James Foley?

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2014

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US Fed chair Yellen seeks to “buy time” on monetary policy

By Nick Beams, 23 August 2014

Speaking at the Jackson Hole conference, Yellen tried to balance between the financial markets’ demands for continued cheap cash and pressure from within the Fed for a more normal policy.

US condemns China over close aerial encounter

By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2014

The Chinese intercept of a US spy plane took place 200 kilometres from Hainan Island, home to sensitive Chinese air and naval bases.

Thai coup leader installed as prime minister

By Tom Peters, 23 August 2014

The installation of General Prayuth indicates that the junta is entrenching itself and intends to rule directly, rather than through a quasi-civilian government.

Media turns against New Zealand government ahead of election

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 23 August 2014

Behind the controversy over the book Dirty Politics lie divisions within the ruling elite over how to impose austerity measures and integrate NZ into Washington’s war preparations against China.

New York Mayor de Blasio’s mantle of “progressivism” wears thin

By Fred Mazelis, 23 August 2014

De Blasio and his advisers have sought to claim the mantle of “progressivism” within the Democratic Party.

The homeless “problem” in Florida

By Matthew MacEgan, 23 August 2014

A recent study has shown that rehabilitating homeless people is actually more cost effective than keeping them on the streets and arresting them.

UK minister signals further welfare cuts ahead of 2015 general election

By Tony Robson, 23 August 2014

In a keynote address, the top British official for Work and Pensions signaled the further intensification of his government’s assault on social spending.

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New in German

Wer ist für den Mord an James Foley verantwortlich?

Von Bill Van Auken, 23. August 2014

Die brutale Hinrichtung des amerikanischen Journalisten wird als Vorwand für neue amerikanische Angriffskriege im Nahen Osten aufgegriffen.

Merkel besucht Kiew

Von Christoph Dreier, 23. August 2014

Kanzlerin Angela Merkel wird am heutigen Samstag nach Kiew reisen, um sich mit Präsident Petro Peroschenko und Premierminister Arsenij Jazenjuk zu treffen. Der Besuch sei „ein Zeichen der Unterstützung“, erklärte Regierungssprecher Steffen Seibert am Freitag.

Italien: Renzi-Regierung schickt Waffen in den Nordirak

Von Marianne Arens, 23. August 2014

Verteidigungsministerin Roberta Pinotti und Außenministerin Federica Mogherini machen deutlich, dass es sich bei den Waffenlieferungen in den Irak um eine abgestimmte EU-Aktion handelt.

Starker Einbruch auf Chinas Immobilienmarkt

Von Nick Beams, 23. August 2014

Wenn der Verfall der Immobilienpreise anhält, wird das große Auswirkungen auf das Finanzsystem und die Wirtschaft im Allgemeinen haben.

Tommy Sheridans nationalistische Hetztirade zugunsten des schottischen Großkapitals

Von Jordan Shilton, 23. August 2014

Tommy Sheridan, der ehemalige Vorsitzende der Scottish Socialist Party, sprach sich in einer Rede auf einem Treffen, flankiert von einer Vertreterin des unternehmernahen Thinktanks Business for Scotland und zahlreichen schottischen Flaggen für die Unabhängigkeit Schottlands aus.

New in French

Qui est responsable du meurtre de James Foley?

Par Bill Van Auken, 23 août 2014

L’exécution brutale du journaliste américain a été utilisée comme prétexte pour le lancement par les Etats-Unis de nouvelles guerres d’agression au Moyen-Orient.

Des journalistes allemands arrêtés à Ferguson

Par Wolfgang Weber, 23 août 2014

Ansgar Graw et Frank Hermann ont été détenus en prison pendant trois heures puis relâchés sans la moindre explication.

Lettres de condoléances sur le décès de Guy Charron

23 août 2014

Nous publions ici une sélection des lettres de condoléances qui ont été envoyées au PES (Canada), provenant de camarades de partout dans le monde, dans les semaines qui ont suivi la mort tragique de camarade Guy Charron.

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The Bank of America settlement and the “justice” of capitalism

23 August 2014

The Obama administration’s latest settlement with Bank of America imposes a wrist-slap fine and shields bankers from prosecution.

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Police violence in Ferguson, Missouri

“We have the right to protest. We have the right to assemble”
Anger mounts in Ferguson, Missouri over police repression

By Andre Damon and Eric London, 20 August 2014

Video: Ferguson, Missouri residents determined to fight police violence

By Andre Damon and Zac Corrigan, 18 August 2014

“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

Class, race and the police killing in Ferguson, Missouri

By Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2014

De facto martial law in Ferguson, Missouri

By Barry Grey, 20 August 2014

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Arts Review

Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight: Keeping life at a distance

By David Walsh, 22 August 2014

A famed illusionist (Colin Firth) is brought in to expose a young clairvoyant (Emma Stone), but instead begins to have doubts about his own rationalistic world-view.

Rich Hill: A story that “could be told in hundreds of towns”

By Joanne Laurier, 20 August 2014

New Met Opera contract sets precedent for further givebacks

By Fred Mazelis, 20 August 2014


Spain: United Left and Podemos seek to join forces

By Alejandro López, 21 August 2014

The political fraud of the Canadian Peoples’ Social Forum

By Carl Bronski, 20 August 2014

Scottish referendum campaign

Scottish National Party issues its hollow “Declaration of Opportunity”

By Jordan Shilton, 22 August 2014

Under conditions of the deepest crisis of global capitalism since the 1930s, working people are to believe that a new capitalist mini-state offers the basis for a return to social reformism.

SEP campaigners oppose Scottish separatism, call for class unity

By our reporters, 21 August 2014

SEP (UK) public meetings
Vote “No” in the Scottish referendum—Fight for a socialist Britain

21 August 2014

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

Further coverage on the Scottish referendum campaign »

Socialist Equality Party

Meeting Wednesday in Detroit: Police Violence in Ferguson and the Detroit Bankruptcy—the class issues

23 August 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding this public meeting Wednesday, August 27 at Wayne State University.

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

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


Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession
A right-wing critique of Australia’s World War I centenary celebrations

By Richard Phillips, 22 August 2014

A new book calls for increased funds and greater focus on elite military leadership, in order to prepare for new imperialist interventions.

Australian government “celebrates” first WWI military action

By Richard Phillips, 19 August 2014

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

23 August 2014

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

25 years ago: Black Panther leader Huey Newton shot dead in Oakland

On August 22, 1989, former Black Panther leader Huey Newton was shot three times in the head and killed in Oakland, California.

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50 years ago: Johnson spurns Freedom Democratic Party

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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