Thousands attend “affordability fair” as Detroit prepares to resume water shutoffs

By Thomas Gaist and D’Artagnan Collier, 25 August 2014

With water shutoffs set to resume Tuesday, some two thousand desperate residents flooded into Cobo Hall in an effort to maintain their service.

“They treat us like savages!”
Detroit workers, retirees denounce water shutoffs

By WSWS reporters, 25 August 2014

Obama administration “review” aimed at systematizing transfer of military arms to police

By Andre Damon, 25 August 2014

The White House’s “review” of its programs to arm local law enforcement will serve to intensify, regularize and professionalize the militarization of domestic police.

Australia: Workers and youth speak on Ferguson, Missouri and police violence

By a reporting team, 25 August 2014

Those who spoke to the WSWS explained their own experiences with police brutality and linked it to the growth of poverty and social inequality in Australia.

More on the police killing in St. Louis »

“Eric Garner was murdered for selling cigarettes”
Thousands march in New York City against police violence

By Sandy English, 25 August 2014

Thousands of people marched on Saturday in New York City to oppose the chokehold death of Eric Garner by the NYPD and other police killings in the US.

LAPD officers ignored pleas from dying asthmatic arrestee

By Dan Conway, 25 August 2014

Foley execution used to call for UK military action in Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 25 August 2014

Following each act of terrorism committed by Islamic fundamentalists in the UK, it has soon emerged that the intelligence services knew the perpetrators in advance.

Australian government weighs up joining US air war in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 25 August 2014

The Australian reported that options under discussion include dispatching ground forces as well as war planes to participate in the expanding US intervention in Iraq.

Italian government sends weapons to northern Iraq

By Marianne Arens, 25 August 2014

Italy’s dispatch of weapons to the Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq is part of a wider aggressive policy pursued by Germany and the EU.

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Jean-Luc Mélenchon quits leadership of France’s Left Party

By Kumaran Ira, 25 August 2014

Mélenchon is trying to obscure his ties to the discredited Socialist Party and prepare a shift into the camp of the right, should this be necessary to save his political career.

Australia: Clive Palmer advised on the civil way to demonise China

By James Cogan, 25 August 2014

For all the sound and fury against Palmer, the reality is that the US-led pivot has, from the beginning, been justified by falsely denouncing China as a danger.

Top US general suggests lifting ban on arms sales to Vietnam

By John Roberts, 25 August 2014

Ending or easing the US ban on arms sales would be a significant further step in closer US ties with the Vietnamese regime—directed against China.

Quebec’s Bill 3 targets municipal worker pensions

By Louis Girard and Laurent Lafrance, 25 August 2014

Under the pretext of fighting pension plan deficits, the Couillard government is introducing various means to drastically cut the pay and pension checks of municipal workers.

Germany: Convicted real estate speculator takes over store chain

By Marianne Arens, 25 August 2014

The long-established German Karstadt department store chain is being sold to Austrian real estate speculator René Benko.

New in Serbo-Croatian

Kapitalizam i policijsko-vojna mobilizacija u Fergusonu, Misuri

Joseph Kishore, 25 August 2014

Gnijev na ulicama Fergusona je izraz dubokih osjećanja u cijeloj zemlji. To je gnijev ne samo na nasilje od strane policije, već i oko nezaposlenosti, siromaštva, nejednakosti i bespoštednih napada na životne uslove cijele radničke klase.

New in French

Convoi d'aide russe en Ukraine: les États-Unis et l’OTAN menacent Moscou

Par Niles Williamson, 25 août 2014

L’entrée du convoi d’aide humanitaire russe en Ukraine vendredi a rapidement provoqué des menaces de la part du gouvernement Obama, de l’OTAN et du régime à Kiev qui est soutenu par les États-Unis.

Les conseillers auprès de l’UE préconisent le recours à l’armée pour combattre les grèves et les manifestations

Par Denis Krassnin, 25 août 2014

Un groupe de réflexion conseille aux gouvernements de protéger les riches contre les pauvres en réprimant les protestations sociales.

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Imperialist war in search of a pretext

25 August 2014

The Obama administration is preparing a further explosion of imperialist aggression in both Iraq and Syria.

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Socialist Equality Party

The Fight Against War and the Political Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party
Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress

25 August 2014

This is the main resolution of the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), adopted unanimously on August 5, 2014.

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

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

Sri Lankan SEP holds public meeting on world war threat

By our correspondents, 25 August 2014

Today, 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, imperialism is pushing the world’s population towards another genocidal world war.

25 years ago: Voyager 2 flies by Neptune and Triton

On August 25, 1989, the spacecraft Voyager 2 made its closest approach to the planet Neptune, still the only successful visit by a manmade craft to the most distant planet in the solar system.

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50 years ago: Uprising in Philadelphia

On August 28 an uprising against police brutality took place in Philadelphia. In three days of rioting that followed, 774 people were arrested, 341 people were injured, and 225 businesses were damaged.

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75 years ago: Anglo-Polish defense pact signed

In the wake of the signing of the Hitler-Stalin pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, on August 25, 1939, an Anglo-Polish Common Defence Pact was reached between the British government and the Polish administration in Warsaw.

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100 years ago: German army conducts assault on Louvain, Belgium

On August 25, 1914, the German army entered the Belgian city of Louvain, unleashing mass destruction over the following five days.

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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

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

23 August 2014

More on the police killing in St. Louis »

Scottish referendum campaign

Scottish Socialist Party seeks to divide the working class

By Steve James, 25 August 2014

Scottish nationalists and the ex-left tendencies have thrown all their resources into meetings, canvasses, stunts and leaflet drops to support a campaign, the central purpose of which is the division of the working class in Britain.

Scottish National Party issues its hollow “Declaration of Opportunity”

By Jordan Shilton, 22 August 2014

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

By Andre Damon, 23 August 2014

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

By Niles Williamson, 23 August 2014

Arts Review

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

By David Walsh, 22 August 2014


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.