US general suggests re-invasion of Iraq if “national interests drive us there”

By James Cogan, 4 July 2014

Planning is being made for a full-scale intervention into what is a cauldron of conflicts and intrigues.

Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East?

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Israel bombs Gaza Strip, masses army on border

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2014

The military mobilization around Gaza is the largest since Israel’s last full-scale attack on the Palestinian territory in 2012.

As thousands mourn murdered teenagers
Israeli government prepares onslaught against Palestinian people

Sri Lankan minister confirms Australia’s handover of Tamil refugees

By Mike Head, 4 July 2014

The forced transfer of asylum seekers to the Sri Lankan navy is an attack on basic democratic rights, as well as a blatant violation of international law.

Ukraine: Berlin foreign ministers meeting brings no solution

By Peter Schwarz, 4 July 2014

While the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine met in Berlin, Kiev continued its brutal offensive against eastern Ukrainian towns and villages.

New York Times backs Poroshenko’s offensive in Ukraine

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A revealing speech by US Fed chief Yellen

By Nick Beams, 4 July 2014

The US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen has committed to continuing the policies that are preparing the conditions for another financial crash.

US jobs report shows growth in part-time, low-wage work

By Andre Damon, 4 July 2014

The jobs created last month were largely part-time and low-wage, continuing the trend of replacing workers laid off during the 2008 crash with lower-paid, highly exploited employees.

NSA targets anyone interested in online privacy

By Joseph Santolan, 4 July 2014

This is the first leak on NSA surveillance that includes a portion of the actual source code in use, and it exposes the lie that the spy agency collects “only metadata.”

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US Supreme Court denies relief for juveniles sentenced to life in prison

By Douglas Lyons, 4 July 2014

On June 9, the US Supreme Court refused to hear a case in which Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court refused to make retroactive an earlier high court ruling banning mandatory life imprisonment without parole for those convicted as juveniles.

Al Gore’s strange meeting in Canberra: More at stake than the carbon tax

By Peter Symonds, 4 July 2014

Given Clive Palmer’s pivotal role in the new Australian parliament, the White House requires a line of communication and leverage—something that Gore has conveniently provided.

Greece’s SYRIZA steps up its overtures to big business

By Robert Stevens, 4 July 2014

SYRIZA has previously pledged that if it assumed power, it would pay off the vast majority of Greece €300 billion euro plus debt

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France: L'ancien président Nicolas Sarkozy placé en garde à vue pour une affaire de corruption

Par Alex Lantier, 3 juillet 2014

Sarkozy est le premier chef d'Etat français à être placé en garde à vue depuis l'emprisonnement pour trahison en 1945, après la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, du maréchal Philippe Pétain, dictateur fasciste et collaborateur nazi.

Les syndicats et les partis de pseudo-gauche étouffent la grève contre la privatisation de la SNCF

Par Pierre Mabut et Alex Lantier, 3 juillet 2014

Les syndicats et la pseudo-gauche n'ont appelé à la grève contre la privatisation de la SNCF que pour éviter que la lutte ne leur échappe.

New in Turkish

ABD’de üretim ilk çeyrekte yüzde 2,9 daraldı

Andre Damon, 2 Temmuz 2014

Sözde ekonomik “iyileşme”, gerçekte servetin nüfusun çoğunluğundan alınıp, servetini 2009’dan bu yana iki kattan fazla arttırmış olan süper zenginlere doğru yeniden dağıtımıdır.

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Der japanische Militarismus kehrt zurück

Von Peter Symonds, 4. Juli 2014

Premier Abes “Neuinterpretation” der Verfassung ist ein großer Schritt zur Abschaffung aller verfassungsmäßigen Schranken, die den japanischen Imperialismus bisher daran hindern, Aggressionskriege zu führen.

Ukraine: Berliner Außenministertreffen löst Krise nicht

Von Peter Schwarz, 4. Juli 2014

Während die Außenminister Deutschlands, Frankreichs, Russlands und der Ukraine in Berlin verhandelten, führte Kiew seine militärische Offensive gegen ostukrainische Städte und Dörfer mit ungehemmter Brutalität fort.

Jerusalem: Unruhen nach Ermordung von palästinensischem Jugendlichen

Von Patrick Martin, 4. Juli 2014

Palästinensische Jugendliche demonstrierten in den Ostjerusalemer Stadtteilen Shuafat und Beit Hanina, nachdem die Ermordung von Muhammad Khudair am Mittwoch öffentlich bekannt wurde.

Drohnen für die Bundeswehr

Von Christoph Dreier, 4. Juli 2014

Am Mittwoch kündigte Verteidigungsministerin Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) im Bundestag an, die deutsche Armee mit waffenfähigen Drohnen auszustatten.

Bundestag beschließt Mindestlohn

Von Dietmar Henning, 4. Juli 2014

Der Mindestlohn verfolgt den Zweck, Kritiker der Billiglöhne in Deutschland zum Schweigen zu bringen. Die Regierung hat nicht an die über 5,2 Millionen Beschäftigten gedacht, die aktuell weniger als 8,50 Euro in der Stunde erhalten.

Widersetzt euch der Hexenjagd gegen die Sozialistische Alliance

Von der Socialist Equality Party (Australien), 4. Juli 2014

Mit der Hexenjagd gegen die Socialist Alliance sollen die Gegner der Abbott-Regierung eingeschüchtert werden.

Der Italienische Futurismus 1909-1944: Rekonstruktion des Universums
Ausstellung im Guggenheim Museum in New York

Von Clare Hurley, 4. Juli 2014

Als Kunstrichtung war der Futurismus nicht viel mehr als eine italienische Variante anderer moderner europäischer Kunstbewegungen.

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Equality and the Fourth of July

4 July 2014

The social, political and cultural state of present-day America make a mockery of the principles that are recalled and celebrated on July 4.

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ICFI Statement

Socialism and the Fight Against Imperialist War
Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

3 July 2014

One hundred years after the outbreak of World War I and 75 years after the start of World War II, the imperialist system is once again threatening humanity with a catastrophe.


A telling incident: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews’ exchange with Sen. Elizabeth Warren

By David Walsh, 4 July 2014

The conversation that took place on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” between the host and the “progressive” senator from Massachusetts is deserving of at least a brief comment.

The re-emergence of Japanese militarism

One hundred years since Sarajevo

Chilean court rules US played key role in Pinochet murder of Americans

Sri Lankan military warns against exposing its involvement in anti-Muslim violence


Ten years at Saturn with the Cassini spacecraft

By Don Barrett, 4 July 2014

Over the past decade, Cassini has continuously returned data on Saturn's rings, numerous moons and the planet itself.

Arts Review

A student’s perspective on the testing culture in America’s schools
Movie Review: LISTEN — the Film, by Ankur Singh

By Phyllis Scherrer, 4 July 2014

A review of Ankur Singh’s documentary on the impact of high-stakes testing on students.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

4 July 2014

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

Auto Workers Struggles

“GM is alright with safety as long as it doesn’t interfere with sending parts out the door.”
Worker killed in chemical explosion at Indiana GM plant

By Jerry White, 3 July 2014

James L. Gibson, a 48-year-old worker for Quaker Chemical, was pronounced dead at Marion General Hospital about an hour after the blast.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

“We are talking about kids who are going to be affected, and the elderly”
Detroit residents call water shutoffs a “crime”

By Khara Sikhan and Zac Corrigan, 2 July 2014

How the charter school racket operates in Michigan

By Walter Gilberti, 2 July 2014

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Fifty years since the Civil Rights Act

By Tom Mackaman, 2 July 2014

Socialist Equality Party

Oppose the witch-hunt against Socialist Alternative

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 2 July 2014

Oppose police sabotage of SEP workers’ inquiry in Sri Lanka

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 30 June 2014

25 years ago: Political crisis deepens in Poland

On June 30, 1989, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski announced he would step down from the Polish presidency in the vote to be held by the newly elected National Assembly.

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50 years ago: US Civil Rights Act signed into law

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act, which banned racial segregation in most public facilities.

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75 years ago: Mussolini makes overtures towards Moscow

On July 4, 1939 an article appeared in the Italian press which seemed to offer Stalin and the counterrevolutionary bureaucracy in Moscow an olive branch.

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100 years ago: Germany backs Austro-Hungarian preparations for war against Serbia

On July 5, 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany pledged his country’s unconditional support for any action Austria-Hungary would take against Serbia.

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