EU backs Greece’s Tsipras as Left Platform splits from Syriza

By Robert Stevens, 22 August 2015

The new elections are part of a political conspiracy involving both Syriza and the newly formed Popular Unity Party to impose unpopular austerity measures.

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

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Troops fire on refugees trying to enter Macedonia

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2015

The vicious assault unfolded amid a crisis over how to deal with the growing numbers fleeing to Europe to escape war and poverty.

Capitalism and the global refugee crisis

Tensions deepen on the Korean Peninsula following ultimatum by Pyongyang

By Ben McGrath, 22 August 2015

The underlying conflict between the US and China dramatically amplifies the dangers of any military clash on the Korean Peninsula.

Thousands of US steelworkers rally in advance of contract expiration

By Shannon Jones, 22 August 2015

Workers at US Steel and ArcelorMittal demonstrated across the US this week in opposition to concession demands.

Locked out Allegheny Technology steelworkers determined to fight

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

Britain: Labour leadership beset by talk of splits, coups and legal challenges

By Julie Hyland, 22 August 2015

Reports have revealed the extraordinary efforts by sections of the Labour Party to stop veteran “left” MP Jeremy Corbyn from winning the contest for party leader.

Jeremy Corbyn’s economic plan to rescue British capitalism

What does the “Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon” represent?

Pro-US UNP leader sworn in as new Sri Lankan prime minister

By K. Ratnayake, 22 August 2015

The new coalition government will deepen the assault on the democratic rights and living standards of working people and enmesh the island in US war preparations against China.

Autopsy reveals St. Louis police shot teenager Mansur Ball-Bey in the back

By Evan Blake, 22 August 2015

The autopsy results, along with witness testimony, strongly indicate that St. Louis police lied to cover up a brutal murder committed by two of their officers.

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

New York City lawyers suggest health care provider committed a crime in death of Rikers Island inmate

By Isaac Finn, 22 August 2015

Court documents indicate that New York City will opt out of a contractual obligation to defend the health care provider at Rikers Island.

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Turkey before the elections: Political instability, economic crisis and war

By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2015

Recent polls show that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamic-conservative AKP continue to lose support.

German parliamentary committee demands increase in military budget

By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2015

The German establishment’s war policies are being developed in close collaboration with the Left Party and the trade unions.

Australia called on to join illegal US military operations in Syria

By James Cogan, 22 August 2015

Australia has a long history of participating in Washington’s criminal wars in the Middle East.

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New Zealand rail company prepares further job cuts

By our reporter, 22 August 2015

Successive Labour and National-led governments, assisted by the unions, have already devastated the railway system over the past three decades.

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Επί τόπου ρεπορτάζ από την Αθήνα
Οι Έλληνες εργαζόμενοι μιλούν ανοιχτά μετά από ψήφο για «όχι» στη λιτότητα
«Είμαστε στον 21ο αιώνα – θέλουμε κάτι περισσότερο από αυτό»

Του Ρόμπερτ Στίβενς και Κρίστοφ Ντράιερ, 22 Αύγουστος 2015

Από τότε που τα δύο τρίτα των Ελλήνων ψηφοφόρων ψήφισαν ενάντια στα μέτρα λιτότητας της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης την Κυριακή, ο κόσμος στους δρόμους της Αθήνας περιμένει, με ανησυχία, τα πρώτα αποτελέσματα των διαπραγματεύσεων στις Βρυξέλλες για ένα νέο μνημόνιο.

New in Turkish

Lev Troçki suikastının yetmiş beşinci yılı

Joseph Kishore , 22 Ağustos 2015

Troçki’nin uğruna mücadele ettiği temel görev, bugün, işçi sınıfının karşı karşıya olduğu merkezi konu olmaya devam etmektedir: devrimci bir önderliğin inşası.

Şirket-hükümet taarruzuna karşı otomotiv ve çelik işçilerinin birleşik bir saldırısı için

Jerry White, 22 Ağustos 2015

Ciddi bir mücadelenin ön koşulu, toplu sözleşme çatışmalarının gidişatını, fabrikalarda taban-eylem komitelerini seçme yoluyla sendikaların elinden almaktır.

New in French

Soixante-quinze ans depuis l'assassinat de Léon Trotsky

Par Joe Kishore, 22 août 2015

Il y a 75 ans jeudi, le 20 août 1940, Léon Trotsky, le codirigeant de la révolution russe et le fondateur de la Quatrième Internationale, subissait un attentat mené par un agent stalinien armé d'un pic à glace, Ramón Mercader.

Les marchés mondiaux plongent alors que l'économie ralentit

Par Andre Damon, 22 août 2015

Les craintes d’un ralentissement mondial se mêlent aux préoccupations sur l’instabilité des taux de change et des conflits géopolitiques mondiaux.

Le capitalisme et la crise mondiale des réfugiés

Par Robert Stevens, 22 août 2015

Des millions de personnes ont dû fuir leurs domiciles pour sombrer dans la misère en raison des guerres en Afghanistan, en Irak, en Syrie et en Libye.

Non à la censure politique de l’EJIES dans les universités australiennes !
Non à la censure politique de l’EJIES dans les universités australiennes !

Par les Étudiants jeunes internationalistes pour l'égalité sociale (Australie), 22 août 2015

L’EJIES fait l’objet d’actes sans précédent relevant de la censure politique à de nombreuses universités partout en Australie.

New in German

Der Kapitalismus und die globale Flüchtlingskrise

Von Robert Stevens, 22. August 2015

Die Kriege in Afghanistan, im Irak, Syrien und Libyen haben Millionen Menschen obdachlos gemacht und in erdrückende Armut gestürzt.

75 Jahre seit Trotzkis Ermordung
Leo Trotzkis Platz in der Geschichte

Von David North, 22. August 2015

Wir veröffentlichen hier einen Ausschnitt aus einem Vortrag, der zum 60. Jahrestag der Ermordung Trotzkis gehalten wurde. Der vollständige Text befindet sich in David Norths Buch „Verteidigung Leo Trotzkis“.

Linkspartei-Chef Riexinger unterstützt Ausverkauf durch Verdi

Von Ulrich Rippert, 22. August 2015

Nac...ndarchivs des Warschauer Ghettos verbindet eine bemerkenswerte Objektivität mit einem tiefen Verständnis für das tragische Schicksal der Warschauer Juden im Zweiten Weltkrieg.

Jeremy Corbyns Wirtschaftsplan zur Rettung des britischen Kapitalismus

Von Paul Mitchell und Chris Marsden, 22. August 2015

Das Programm, das Corbyn in seinem Wahlkampf um die Labour-Parteiführung vertritt, richtet sich weder gegen die Marktwirtschaft, noch gegen die großen Konzerne und Banken.

Artilleriegefechte zwischen Nord- und Südkorea

Von Ben McGrath, 22. August 2015

Den jüngsten Artilleriegefechten zwischen Nord- und Südkorea gingen wochenlange beiderseitige Vorwürfe voraus. Am 4. August wurden zwei südkoreanische Soldaten an der demilitarisierten Zone durch Landminen verstümmelt.

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Panic sell-off on world financial markets

22 August 2015

The meltdown on equity markets is being driven by signs that the world economy is sliding into a new recession or outright depression.

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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.

Autoworkers Struggles

WSWS campaigns for unity of US and Canadian autoworkers

By Jerry White, 22 August 2015

A World Socialist Web Site Autoworkers Newsletter reporting team spoke to workers at the General Motors plant in Ontario about the need for an international strategy for autoworkers to fight for jobs and wages.

Autoworkers vote for strike as UAW continues silence on talks

Video: The battle facing US autoworkers

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 10 August 2015

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Hillary Clinton and Black Lives Matter: A revealing confrontation

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2015

The much-publicized encounter sheds light on the essentially right-wing character of both the Democratic frontrunner and the proponents of identity politics.

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

By Peter Schwarz, 21 August 2015

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

By Christoph Dreier, 21 August 2015

China: Details emerge of safety violations and corruption in Tianjin

By James Cogan, 21 August 2015

The Tianjin explosions and the discrediting of capitalism

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

By Kristina Betinis, 21 August 2015

Amazon office workers subjected to brutal exploitation

Need for food assistance rising in US despite claims of recovery

World capitalism “toboggans toward catastrophe”

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

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

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

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 August 2015

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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Arts Review

Xavier Dolan’s Mommy: The story of a troubled youth

By Laurent Lafrance, 22 August 2015

The fifth feature film by Quebecois director Xavier Dolan, only 25 years of age, won numerous awards in 2014 and 2015.

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

By Nick Barrickman, 21 August 2015

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

22 August 2015

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