Global markets plunge amid signs of deepening slump

By Andre Damon, 21 August 2015

US stocks fell by the largest amount since February 2014, as fears of a world economic slowdown mixed with concerns over global exchange rate instability and geopolitical conflict.

World capitalism “toboggans toward catastrophe”

In bid to ram through austerity package, Tsipras calls snap elections in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 21 August 2015

The snap election is a cynical attempt to boost Syriza’s vote before the austerity policies go into effect, in anticipation of a confrontation with the working class.

German parliament votes by a large majority for Greek austerity plan

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Locked out Allegheny Technology steelworkers determined to fight

By Phyllis Scherrer, 21 August 2015

Locked out workers and their supporters in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area spoke to the WSWS about the issues in their struggle.

US steelworkers, autoworkers demand wage hikes in new contracts

US contract deadlines in auto and steel
For a united offensive of autoworkers and steelworkers against the corporate-government assault

Brutal crackdown on protest against police violence in St. Louis, Missouri

By Evan Blake, 21 August 2015

As a crowd of roughly 100 people gathered after police murdered Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, authorities responded by sending a SWAT team in an armored vehicle.

Notes on Police Violence in America
St. Louis police kill 18-year-old, send SWAT teams against demonstrators

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North and South Korea exchange artillery fire across border

By Ben McGrath, 21 August 2015

The hostilities follow weeks of accusations and counter-accusations since two South Korean soldiers were maimed by landmines.

War-mongering against Russia by the German parliament’s official newspaper

By Christoph Dreier, 21 August 2015

The official newspaper of Germany’s parliament has combined foul anti-Russian propaganda with an unbelievable falsification of history in regard to the Second World War.

German Army and NATO begin major military exercises against Russia

China: Details emerge of safety violations and corruption in Tianjin

By James Cogan, 21 August 2015

The warehouse that exploded was only able to operate because of the owners’ political connections.

Chinese official, company managers under investigation after Tianjin disaster

The Tianjin explosions and the discrediting of capitalism

“Lay us off now,” Chicago Teachers Union official says

By Kristina Betinis, 21 August 2015

Jesse Sharkey, a leading member of the International Socialist Organization and the second in command at the CTU, is advising district officials on how best to enact mass layoffs.

Chelsea Manning found guilty of violating prison rules

By Kevin Martinez, 21 August 2015

The imprisoned whistleblower was sentenced to 21 days of restrictions but was spared indefinite solitary confinement following public outrage over the trial.

Escalating heroin epidemic in Huntington, West Virginia

By Naomi Spencer, 21 August 2015

Central Appalachia’s largest city has seen at least 520 drug overdoses since the beginning of the year, and 34 people have died.

Canada’s NDP leader applauds Thatcher’s legacy

By Roger Jordan, 21 August 2015

Mulcair’s praise for the former British Prime Minister is a damning indictment of the trade unions and pseudo-left forces who claim that the NDP offers a progressive alternative.

Canada’s NDP promises “change” and continued austerity

Dispute over coal mine highlights Australian political turmoil

By Mike Head, 21 August 2015

The Abbott government’s frenzied response to the Adani case reflects the intensifying pressure from the corporate elite for the dismantling of all barriers to increased profits.

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L'armée allemande et l'OTAN lancent des exercices militaires contre la Russie

Par Johannes Stern, 21 août 2015

« Réponse Rapide », un des plus grands exercices multinationaux depuis des années sur le territoire allemand, a commencé lundi.

Métallos et travailleurs de l'auto américains exigent des hausses de salaires

Par Jerry White, 21 août 2015

Les métallos protestent contre le gel des salaires et la réduction des avantages sociaux tandis que les travailleurs de l’automobile votent pour la grève.

Que signifie le vote pour le Parti de l'égalité socialiste aux élections sri-lankaises ?

Par Deepal Jayasekera, 21 août 2015

Le soutien pour le PES indique un mouvement d'une section avancée des travailleurs et des masses opprimées vers la perspective de l'internationalisme socialiste.

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75 Jahre seit dem Mord an Leo Trotzki

Von Joseph Kishore, 21. August 2015

75 Jahre nach seinem Tod ist Trotzki mehr denn je eine welthistorische Persönlichkeit: Nicht nur hat er den Lauf des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts mitgeprägt, sondern seine Schriften und Ideen sind eine wichtige Orientierungsgrundlage für die Arbeiterklasse von heute.

Innenministerium prognostiziert 800.000 Asylbewerber

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 21. August 2015

Die neue Flüchtlingsprognose dient vor allem dem Ziel, die Repressionen gegen Asylsuchende zu verstärken und Europa weiter abzuriegeln.

Heribert Prantl – ein deutscher Demokrat

Von Peter Schwarz, 21. August 2015

Heribert Prantl lobt in der Süddeutschen Zeitung die Bundestagsdebatte über das griechische Spardiktat. Sie sei „höchst erfrischend für die parlamentarische Demokratie“.

Polen rüstet gegen Russland auf

Von Clara Weiss, 21. August 2015

Der polnische Präsident Andrzej Duda fordert permanente Militärbasen der Nato in Osteuropa und insbesondere in Polen.

In den USA laufen die Tarifverträge in Auto- und Stahlindustrie aus
Für eine gemeinsame Offensive von Auto- und Stahlarbeitern gegen den koordinierten Angriff von Konzernen und Regierung

Von Jerry White, 21. August 2015

Als Voraussetzung für einen ernsthaften Kampf müssen in den Fabriken Aktionskomitees der Belegschaft gewählt werden, um die Führung des Tarifkampfs den Gewerkschaften zu entreißen und selbst in die Hand zu nehmen.

Ecuador: Massendemonstrationen gegen Correa-Regierung

Von unserem Reporter, 21. August 2015

Die bolivarische Regierung von Rafael Correa setzte die Polizei gegen tausende Arbeiter und Bauern ein, die sich in Quito zu einer Demonstration versammelt hatten.

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Capitalism and the global refugee crisis

21 August 2015

Millions have been made homeless and thrown into grinding poverty as a result of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya.

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75 years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

75 years since the assassination of Trotsky: 1940-2015
Leon Trotsky’s place in history

By David North, 21 August 2015

Published here is a section of a lecture delivered on the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky. The full lecture is included in David North’s book, In Defense of Leon Trotsky.

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Joseph Kishore, 20 August 2015

Seventy-five years after his death, Trotsky emerges ever more clearly as a world historical figure who not only influenced the course of the 20th century, but whose writings and ideas remain an essential guide for orienting the working class today.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Sri Lanka: “National unity government” to implement harsh austerity measures

By W. A. Sunil, 21 August 2015

During the election, the SEP alone warned that all the capitalist parties were united in their determination to impose the burden of the economic crisis onto working people.

The significance of the SEP’s vote in Sri Lankan elections

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 August 2015

Sri Lankan general election signals deepening political instability

The Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) replies to the United Socialist Party

Manifesto of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) for the 2015 general election
Against war and austerity! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and a socialist program!

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German “democrat” Heribert Prantl lauds vote on austerity for Greece

By Peter Schwarz, 21 August 2015

Heribert Prantl of the Süddeutsche Zeitung praised the Bundestag debate on the Greek austerity measures as “highly refreshing for parliamentary democracy.”

Jeremy Corbyn’s economic plan to rescue British capitalism

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 20 August 2015

Amazon office workers subjected to brutal exploitation

By Gabriel Black, 20 August 2015

Need for food assistance rising in US despite claims of recovery

By Shannon Jones, 20 August 2015

Yemen faces humanitarian crisis as US-backed assault continues

By Niles Williamson, 20 August 2015

Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant appears with Sanders at Democratic Party rally in Seattle

Payment for services rendered: Obama prepares to cash in on presidency

Thai junta exploits Bangkok bombing

Arts Review

The Good Fight: the latest from Washington DC-based hip hop artist Oddisee

By Nick Barrickman, 21 August 2015

While avoiding many of the more overt expressions of self-absorption, many of the Oddisee’s attempts to reflect reality remain purely on an individual and superficial plane.

Autoworkers Struggles

Autoworkers vote for strike as UAW continues silence on talks

By Shannon Jones, 18 August 2015

UAW officials pledge no push for big gains in contract talks

Video: The battle facing US autoworkers

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 10 August 2015

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

21 August 2015

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


Julian Bond, veteran of early civil rights struggle and pillar of establishment, dies at 75

By Fred Mazelis, 19 August 2015

Book Review

Book review
The Devil is Here in These Hills: West Virginia’s Coal Miners and their Battle for Freedom, by James Green

By Tom Mackaman, 18 August 2015

The covert “selling” of anticommunism
The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America

By Nancy Hanover, 17 August 2015

25 years ago: Bush puts 150,000 reservists on call-up for action in Iraq

US President George H.W. Bush signed an executive order on August 22, 1990, in response to the Pentagon request to send 100,000 additional National Guard and reserve troops to Saudi Arabia.

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50 years ago: India and Pakistan at war

On August 17, 1965, India and Pakistan stepped up an undeclared war over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

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75 years ago: Tensions increase in the Balkans

On August 17, 1940, Romania agreed to return all of southern Dobruja to Bulgaria at the conclusion of negotiations between the two countries. Southern Dobruja, inhabited by a majority of Bulgarian peasants, had become part of Romania in 1913 after the second Balkan War.

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100 years ago: Liebknecht votes against war credits in German Reichstag

On August 20, 1915, the German Reichstag, or parliament, voted for new war credits to fund military operations in the First World War, which had broken out a year before.

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