Air strikes kill civilians as Israel prepares new Gaza bloodbath

By Bill Van Auken, 9 July 2014

The Israeli blitz against the densely populated neighborhoods of Gaza has been politically prepared by weeks of anti-Palestinian incitement.

Family of Tariq Khdeir denounces beating by Israeli police

Obama calls for $3.7 billion border security “surge”

By Andre Damon, 9 July 2014

The funds will go toward building detention facilities, stepping up border checkpoints, and expanding the domestic use of military surveillance drones.

Defend the rights of immigrant workers and youth!

Afghanistan in turmoil over presidential election result

By James Cogan, 9 July 2014

Another foreign policy debacle for Washington is unfolding in Central Asia.

Ukrainian army prepares siege of Donetsk

By Christoph Dreier, 9 July 2014

After regaining control of Slavyansk, the Kiev regime has announced an offensive against the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.

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Shinzo Abe’s Australian visit: Another step toward war

By Nick Beams, 9 July 2014

The corporate media establishment is backing the re-militarisation of Japan and its closer military ties with Australia.

Violence in Chicago: A symptom of social breakdown

By Kristina Betinis, 9 July 2014

While the local and national media has reported on years-long epidemic of youth violence, there has been no effort to examine the deeper causes of this human tragedy in America’s third most populous city.

New York City police continue surveillance and repression under Mayor de Blasio

America’s paramilitary police

Truck drivers on strike at two California ports

By Marc Wells, 9 July 2014

Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on an indefinite strike Monday morning protesting against unfair practices, including lower than minimum wage pay, intimidation and retaliatory firing.

United Airlines to outsource 630 jobs

By Shannon Jones, 9 July 2014

The move by United takes place amidst a wave of cost-cutting by major airlines.

Australian High Court leaves Sri Lankan refugees detained on high seas

By Mike Head, 9 July 2014

Despite the flagrantly illegal character of the asylum seekers’ arbitrary detention, the court case leaves them in great danger.

Australian government seeks to lift bar on deporting refugees to face torture

By Will Morrow, 9 July 2014

German chancellor makes her seventh visit to China

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 July 2014

As on previous visits, the chancellor was accompanied by a business delegation.

Britain’s National Health Service “fraying at the edges”

By Paul Mitchell, 9 July 2014

The government’s slashing of National Health Service funding is the cause of the crisis.

French National Front threatens to burn an “ovenload” of its critics

By Francis Dubois, 9 July 2014

Jean-Marie Le Pen’s allusion to crematorium ovens and the fascist extermination of Jews appeals to pro-Nazi sentiment in and around the National Front.

Bulgaria’s financial instability fueled by EU-Russia conflict

By Markus Salzmann, 9 July 2014

The confrontation between the European Union and Russia has led to a banking crisis in Bulgaria.

Ebola outbreak spreads in West Africa

By John Rowe, 9 July 2014

International agencies say that the deadly Ebola virus is spreading out of control in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Chinese president seeks closer ties with South Korea

By Ben McGrath, 9 July 2014

The developing relationship between China and South Korea has led to questions about Seoul’s relations with Washington.

New in Spanish

¡Defender los derechos de los trabajadores inmigrantes y los jóvenes!

Por Bill Van Auken, 9 Julio 2014

El gobierno del presidente Obama, el Partido Republicano, los medios burgueses y toda la clase política encaran el aumento en el número de familias de inmigrantes y menores no acompañados que llegan a la frontera sur de los EE.UU.

New in French

Suite au démasquage d’un espion de la CIA, des politiciens allemands s’en prennent aux Etats-Unis

Par Peter Schwarz, 9 juillet 2014

La réaction véhémente qui a suivi le démasquage d’un espion indique un changement de direction dans la politique extérieure allemande.

New in German

Dow Jones bei 17.000:
Aufstieg zur Katastrophe

Von Nick Beams, 9. Juni 2014

Im globalen Finanzsystem bauen sich explosive Gegensätze auf, während die Aktienmärkte boomen.

Europäsche Regierungen bereiten die militärische Niederschlagung von Aufständen vor

Von Denis Krassnin, 9. Juni 2014

Der Deutschlandfunk hat unter dem Titel „Militarisierung für den Wohlstand“ nachgezeichnet, wie sich die europäischen Regierungen auf die Niederschlagung sozialer Proteste vorbereiten.

Ukrainische Armee bereitet Belagerung Donezks vor

Von Christoph Dreier, 9. Juni 2014

Nach der Übernahme von Slawjansk hat die Kiewer Regierung eine Offensive gegen die Großstädte Donezk und Luhansk angekündigt.

Israel beruft Reservisten ein und droht mit Verschärfung der Angriffe auf Gaza

Von Barry Grey, 9. Juni 2014

Die USA stellten sich in der zunehmenden Konfrontation mit den Palästinensern schnell auf die Seite Israels.

Japans Shinzo Abe verpackt Militarismus vor australischem Parlament in „Friedens”schwüre

Von Nick Beams, 9. Juni 2014

Premierminister Abes Rede unterstreicht die militaristische Agenda hinter der Neuinterpretation der japanischen Verfassung

Steinmeier und das Massaker von Civitella

Von Johannes Stern, 9. Juni 2014

Am 29. Juni nahm der deutsche Außenminister an der Gedenkfeier zum 70. Jahrestags des von der Wehrmacht verübten Massakers im italienischen Civitella teil.

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The US Supreme Court and religion

9 July 2014

The US Supreme Court’s recent decisions upholding the “religious liberty” of corporations and other institutions signal a more aggressive repudiation of the country’s democratic and secular traditions.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Video: Detroit residents speak out on water shutoffs

By Tim Rivers, 9 July 2014

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to Detroit residents as they waited in line at water payment centers, doing their best to get running water turned back on to their homes.

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Arts Review

Two hundred years since the publication of Waverley
Sir Walter Scott and the drama of history

By David Walsh, 9 July 2014

Monday marked 200 years since the publication of Waverley, a novel by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), an event of genuine artistic and intellectual significance.

Veteran soul singer Bobby Womack dies, aged 70

By Richard Phillips, 8 July 2014

The career of popular songwriter Gerry Goffin (1939-2014)

Socialist Equality Party

Oppose Australia’s handover of refugees to Sri Lankan navy

the Socialist Equality Parties of Sri Lanka and Australia, 8 July 2014


Clinton on Edward Snowden: Who are the real criminals?

By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2014

Following CIA spy revelations, German politicians turn on the US

By Peter Schwarz, 8 July 2014

Japan’s Shinzo Abe cloaks militarism in “peace” pledges to Australian parliament

By Nick Beams, 8 July 2014

Obamacare drug benefits block access to vital medicines

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Facebook conducts emotion experiments linked to military research on political opposition

The 17,000 Dow: Surging towards a disaster

Book Review

Edlef Köppen’s Higher Command: An important novel on the First World War

By Clara Weiss, 8 July 2014

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.

25 years ago: US coal miner rebellion spreads

On July 8, 1989, 2,500 striking coal miners and their supporters rallied in Logan, West Virginia to back the wildcat strikes that had been spreading throughout US coalfields.

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50 years ago: Leftists sentenced to prison in Cuba

On July 12, 1964, the Pabloite revisionist tendency led by Juan Posadas of Argentina reported that three of its members were sentenced to prison terms by the government of Fidel Castro in Cuba.

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75 years ago: Deportation trial begins for US West Coast longshoremen’s leader

Harry Bridges, the leader of the American West Coast Longshoremen and West Coast director of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), faced the US Immigration Service on July 11, 1939.

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100 years ago: Austria-Hungary, Germany prepare war against Serbia

On July 7, 1914, Austro-Hungarian diplomat Count Hoyo returned to Vienna bearing news to the Austro-Hungarian Crown Council meeting of Germany’s full support for preparations for war against Serbia.

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