Fifty refugees die in ship’s hold in new Mediterranean migrant tragedy

By Robert Stevens, 27 August 2015

Around 50 refugees and asylum seekers were found dead in the hold of a boat off the coast of Libya Wednesday morning.

Attacks on refugee camp encouraged by German government’s right-wing policies

German and French leaders meet in Berlin summit on refugee crisis

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Fed acts to push US stocks higher

By Barry Grey, 27 August 2015

The US central bank is prepared to provide whatever public funds are needed to shield the financial elite from the consequences of a new eruption of the capitalist crisis.

US stock rally collapses amid fears of global slump

Global Ponzi scheme threatens to implode

World capitalism “toboggans toward catastrophe”

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“They want to take away what generations struggled to achieve”
2,200 steelworkers still locked out by Allegheny Technologies

By Evan Winters, 27 August 2015

Allegheny Technologies is using the sharp drop in steel prices, after years of high profits, to justify its ruthless drive to cut wages and benefits.

Thousands of US steelworkers rally in advance of contract expiration

Lockout of 2,200 workers at Pittsburgh-based steel manufacturer enters second week

Bernie Sanders: Silent partner of American militarism

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2015

Four months into his campaign for the US presidency, the Vermont senator and self-styled “socialist” has said nothing about the ongoing wars of American imperialism.

Biden, White House spur media discussion of presidential bid

Republican candidates attack the Fourteenth Amendment

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Former Virginia news reporter kills one-time colleagues on live television, then shoots himself

By Nick Barrickman, 27 August 2015

There is something especially and horribly revealing about the mix of delusional self-promotion and homicidal violence in this case.

US announces shift on Sri Lankan war crimes investigation

By K. Ratnayake, 27 August 2015

The announcement confirms that Washington has cynically exploited “human rights” in Sri Lanka to advance its interests, particularly against China.

India reaches into the South Pacific to counter China

By John Braddock, 27 August 2015

The summit was part of Indian efforts to build defence and strategic ties in the Asia-Pacific, designed to counter Chinese influence.

German politicians and the media push for new wars in Africa

By Christoph Dreier, 27 August 2015

Various media outlets have spoken out in recent days for military interventions in Africa to enforce German economic interests.

Judge reaffirms order to release imprisoned immigrant children

By Evan Blake, 27 August 2015

In direct service to the world’s largest private prison corporations, the Obama administration has fought relentlessly to keep family detention centers from closing.

Half a million California children are homeless

By Adam Mclean, 27 August 2015

About one in 20 children in California, home to over 100 billionaires, is homeless.

Seven million Americans in default on student loans

Canada’s NDP pledges balanced budget, signals support for bigger military

By Roger Jordan, 27 August 2015

NDP leader Mulcair has responded to mounting economic turbulence by reaffirming his party’s commitment to “fiscal responsibility.”

Australian “reform summit” highlights economic and political fragility

By Mike Head, 27 August 2015

The purpose of the “extraordinary gathering” was to use the “urgency” of the global slump to drive through a new wave of attacks on jobs and living standards.

NHS hospitals face massive deficits and demands for further cuts

By Ajanta Silva, 27 August 2015

A further £22 billion in “efficiency savings” is being demanded over the next five years.

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Η γερμανική βουλή ψηφίζει υπέρ της λιτότητας στην Ελλάδα

Του Πέτερ Σβάρτς, 27 Αύγουστος 2015

Σε κανένα ευρωπαϊκό κοινοβούλιο δεν υπήρξε σοβαρή αντίδραση ενάντια στις βάρβαρες υπαγορεύσεις λιτότητας. Αυτό δείχνει πόσο έχουν διαβρωθεί οι δημοκρατικές και κοινωνικές βασικές αρχές.

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Les atrocités de l’Etat islamique et les guerres impérialistes sociocidaires

Par Bill Van Auken, 27 août 2015

L’EI et le bain de sang qui se répand en Syrie et en Irak sont les conséquences d’actes sociocidaires commis par l’impérialisme américain et européen.

Les nationalistes tamouls soutiennent un gouvernement proaméricain au Sri Lanka

Par K. Nesan, 27 août 2015

Les partis nationalistes tamouls sont la clé de voûte de la tentative du président Maithripala Sirisena d'installer un nouveau gouvernement pro-américain à Colombo.

Le Front national expulse son fondateur Jean-Marie Le Pen

Par Stéphane Hugues et Kumaran Ira, 27 août 2015

En excluant son fondateur en raison de ses remarques fascistes, le FN cherche à se réinventer comme un parti sur lequel la bourgeoisie peut compter pour gouverner le pays.

Fort soutien des travailleurs canadiens de Fiat Chrysler pour une lutte internationale

Par Jerry White, 27 août 2015

Une équipe de militants du WSWS a distribué le Bulletin des travailleurs de l’auto aux travailleurs de l’usine FCA de Brampton en Ontario.

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Die Gräueltaten des IS und der Soziozid durch die Kriege der USA

Von Bill Van Auken, 27. August 2015

Der IS und das derzeitige Blutvergießen in Syrien und im Irak sind die direkte Folge der Zerstörung dieser Gesellschaften durch den US-Imperialismus.

De Maizière plant neue Angriffe auf Flüchtlinge

Von Marianne Arens, 27. August 2015

Öffentlichkeitswirksamen Pressetermine vor Flüchtlingsunterkünften dienen dazu, von der Verantwortung der Regierung für die elende Lage der Flüchtlinge abzulenken.

Herfried Münkler erklärt Deutschland zum „Hegemon“ Europas

Von Johannes Stern, 27. August 2015

Erklärte der Humboldt-Professor im Juli, dass Deutschland müsse zusammen mit Frankreich ein „Kerneuropa“ bilden, ist er mittlerweile offensichtlich zum Schluss gelangt, dass mit dem früheren Erzfeind nicht wirklich ein Staat zu machen sei.

Die Angst vor einer globalen Rezession wächst

Von Andre Damon, 27. August 2015

Nachdem eine Markterholung in den USA am Dienstag scheiterte, forderte die US-Notenbank erneut Geld zu drucken, um die Finanzelite ein zweites Mal zu retten.

“Volkseinheit“ in Griechenland: Das Projekt Syriza 2.0

Von Robert Stevens, 27. August 2015

Die neu gegründete „Volkseinheit“ soll vor allem die griechische Arbeiterklasse daran hindern, die Lehren aus Syrizas politisch krimineller Politik zu ziehen.

Frankreichs neofaschistischer Front National schließt seinen Gründer Jean-Marie Le Pen aus

Von Stéphane Hugues und Kumaran Ira, 27. August 2015

Der Ausschluss von Le Pen ist eine Vorbereitung, um den FN noch tiefer in den politischen Mainstream zu integrieren und einen weiteren Rechtsruck in der gesamten herrschenden Klasse vorzubereiten.

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Ten years since Hurricane Katrina

27 August 2015

The tragedy that struck the city of New Orleans, along with coastal areas from Florida to Texas, was not simply a natural disaster, but a social and political crime.

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Mehring Books

Available from Mehring Books: Hurricane Katrina, social consequences and political lessons

This pamphlet goes beyond the news accounts to uncover the deeper meaning of the destruction of an American city.

Autoworkers Struggles

A portrait of life in America’s Rust Belt
Part One

By Eric London, 27 August 2015

The following is an on-the-spot report on social conditions in working class areas hit hard by deindustrialization in the US state of Indiana.

Autoworkers speak out: GM worker in Wentzville, Missouri calls for international unity

Indiana autoworkers welcome WSWS campaign team

The corporate-union assault on autoworker health care

By Jerry White, 25 August 2015

Video: The battle facing US autoworkers

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

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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

Arts Review

Jonathan Demme’s Ricki and the Flash and American Ultra: Tired or clueless filmmaking

By Joanne Laurier, 27 August 2015

Jonathan Demme’s film deals with a woman who left her husband and children decades ago, and now returns for a family crisis.

Dismaland, Banksy’s parody theme park: A despairing response to a complex world

By Kelly Taylor, 26 August 2015

Straight Outta Compton: an uncritical picture of the rise of American “gangster rap”


The atrocities of ISIS and the US wars of sociocide

By Bill Van Auken, 26 August 2015

Greece’s Popular Unity: An attempt to create Syriza 2.0

By Robert Stevens, 26 August 2015

German Left Party declares its support for Syriza’s Alexis Tsipras

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Japanese PM snubs China’s World War II victory ceremony

By Peter Symonds, 26 August 2015

Economic turmoil heightens infighting in Chinese regime

By Peter Symonds, 25 August 2015

Right-wing Ukrainian government celebrates Independence Day

By Jason Melanovski, 25 August 2015

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France’s neo-fascist National Front expels its founder Jean-Marie Le Pen

Nearly 14 million Americans live in neighborhoods of extreme poverty

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Britain’s Financial Times hails Sri Lankan election result

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 26 August 2015

After the Sri Lankan elections: Tamil nationalists support US-backed parties

By K. Nesan, 26 August 2015

Sri Lankan corporate elite demands “tough” economic decisions from new government

By Saman Gunadasa, 24 August 2015

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

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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25 years ago: Liberian civil war flares

On August 24, 1990, a “peacekeeping” force arrived off the coast of Liberia with orders to end the eight-month civil war in which more than 5,000 had been killed.

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50 years ago: Switzerland avalanche kills 88 workers

On August 30, 1965, an avalanche from the Allalin Glacier in southern Switzerland killed 88 workers and seriously injured eight others.

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75 years ago: Breakthrough study in use of penicillin published

In the edition of the British medical journal The Lancet published on August 24, 1940, there appeared an article showing the potential use of penicillin as a means of combatting bacterial infections.

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100 years ago: Russian Army retreats on Eastern front

On August 25, 1915 the German Army took the fortress of Brest-Litovsk, then in eastern Poland, which before World War I was part of the Russian Empire.

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New in Portuguese

Portuguese translation of Foreword to The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique

The World Socialist Web Site has published a Portuguese translation of the Foreword to The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique by David North.