China’s economic downturn raises concerns about political instability

By Peter Symonds, 28 August 2015

Questions are already being raised about the future of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang who is immediately responsible for economic policy.

Economic turmoil heightens infighting in Chinese regime

On 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Obama hails “entrepreneurial” transformation of New Orleans

By Patrick Martin, 28 August 2015

While Hurricane Katrina exposed the ugly face of American capitalism, the US president marked the tenth anniversary with a speech lauding the supposed successes of the profit system.

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina

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

Syriza, pseudo-left maneuver ahead of Greek elections

By Christoph Dreier, 28 August 2015

The new elections triggered by Tsipras are aimed at imposing austerity measures against the wishes of the population and have nothing to do with democracy.

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

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One year since the war on Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 28 August 2015

Millions of people around the world saw the war for what it was—a crime of historic proportions against a cruelly abused population.

The devastation of Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 28 August 2015

The slaughter in Gaza: A warning to the international working class

India-Pakistan talks abruptly cancelled

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 28 August 2015

The collapse of the Indo-Pakistani talks before they even began exemplifies the explosive tensions between the rival nuclear-armed powers.

Sri Lankan unions promise to protect new pro-US administration

By W.A. Sunil, 28 August 2015

The pledge by unions to defend the government is directed above all at suppressing resistance by workers to its austerity measures.

State agents to face no penalties for assault on Virginia student

By Joe Williams, 28 August 2015

University of Virginia student Martese Johnson was violently assaulted in March after being falsely accused of having a fake ID.

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Reports detail massive leaks from natural gas pipes in US

By John Marion, 28 August 2015

Private utilities are profiting from leaks caused by their own malfeasance, putting lives at risk and releasing potent greenhouse gas.

Australian “Anzac Day terror plot” charge dropped

By Mike Head, 28 August 2015

The collapse of the case exposes the lurid allegations of an “ISIS-inspired” conspiracy by Melbourne teenagers to conduct mass shootings at official World War I centenary celebrations.

Business groups, French government prepare to eviscerate labor laws

By Francis Dubois, 28 August 2015

The statements of the Medef bosses’ group and the government are a signal for a new assault on the fundamental rights of workers in France.

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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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Dix ans après l’ouragan Katrina

Par Joseph Kishore, 28 août 2015

La tragédie qui a frappé la Nouvelle Orléans et la côte de la Golfe du Mexique n’était pas simplement une catastrophe naturelle, mais un crime social.

Le Medef et l'Etat veulent mettre entre parenthèse le droit du travail en France

Par Francis Dubois, 28 août 2015

Les déclarations du Medef et du gouvernement sont le prélude à un assaut mené sur des droits fondamentaux des travailleurs en France.

Unité populaire: une tentative de créer Syriza 2,0 en Grèce

Par Robert Stevens, 28 août 2015

Le but de la formation de l'Unité populaire est d'empêcher la classe ouvrière de tirer les conclusions de la criminalité politique de Syriza.

Bernie Sanders, associé tacite du militarisme américain

Par Patrick Martin, 28 août 2015

Depuis le début de sa campagne pour la présidence des Etas-Unis il y a quatre mois, le sénateur du Vermont, qui se dit «socialiste», n'a rien dit sur les guerres en cours de l'impérialisme américain.

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Das Flüchtlingsdrama und das unmenschliche Gesicht des europäischen Kapitalismus

Von Peter Schwarz, 28. August 2015

Die Inhumanität gegenüber den Flüchtlingen ist keine individuelle Frage, sie ist Ausdruck eines zutiefst inhumanen Gesellschaftssystems.

Griechenland: Arbeiter haben bei Neuwahlen keine Stimme

Von Christoph Dreier, 28. August 2015

Die von Tsipras provozierten Neuwahlen dienen nur dazu, die Sparpolitik gegen den Widerstand der Bevölkerung durchzusetzen. Mit Demokratie haben sie nichts zu tun.

Fed interveniert, um amerikanische Aktienkurse in die Höhe zu treiben

Von Barry Grey, 28. August 2015

Die amerikanische Zentralbank ist bereit, so viel öffentliche Gelder wie nötig bereitzustellen, um die Finanzelite vor den Folgen eines neuerlichen Ausbruchs der Krise des Kapitalismus zu schützen.

Zehn Jahre seit Hurrikan Katrina

Von Joseph Kishore, 28. August 2015

Die Tragödie, die vor zehn Jahren New Orleans und die Golfküste heimsuchte, war nicht einfach eine Naturkatastrophe, sondern ein gesellschaftliches und politisches Verbrechen.

Kshama Sawant von der Sozialistischen Alternative tritt gemeinsam mit Bernie Sanders in Seattle auf

Von Eric London, 28. August 2015

Sawant und die Sozialistische Alternative reagieren auf die Krise der Demokratischen Partei, indem sie in den Vorwahlen die Kampagne von Bernie Sanders unterstützen.

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The refugee crisis and the inhuman face of European capitalism

28 August 2015

The horrors facing refugees are compounded by the day. On Thursday, two boats capsized near Libya, with hundreds feared dead. This follows the death of up to 50 Syrian refugees in a truck in Austria.

Earlier Perspectives »

Autoworkers Struggles

A portrait of life in America’s Rust Belt: Part Two
Part Two

By Eric London, 28 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.

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

By Eric London, 27 August 2015

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

The corporate-union assault on autoworker health care

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


The social and historical dimensions of the Virginia on-air murders

By David Walsh, 28 August 2015

The fatal shooting of news reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward in Moneta, Virginia Wednesday morning on live television was a shocking and dreadful event.

Herfried Münkler declares Germany to be Europe’s “hegemon”

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2015

While the professor declared in July that Germany had to form a “core Europe” together with France, he has now apparently reached the conclusion that Germany alone must dominate the continent.

Foreword to Scholarship or War Propaganda? The Return of German Militarism and the Dispute at Berlin's Humboldt University

Oppose enforced political conformism at Humboldt University

More on the fight for historical truth in Germany »

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

By Robert Stevens, 27 August 2015

More on the refugee crisis »

Fed acts to push US stocks higher

By Barry Grey, 27 August 2015

Global Ponzi scheme threatens to implode

More on the world economic crisis »

Bernie Sanders: Silent partner of American militarism

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2015

Biden, White House spur media discussion of presidential bid

More on the 2016 US elections »

The atrocities of ISIS and the US wars of sociocide

Japanese PM snubs China’s World War II victory ceremony

Right-wing Ukrainian government celebrates Independence Day


The British Library’s Magna Carta exhibition: A vital though flawed presentation

By Joe Mount, 28 August 2015

The exhibition features a breathtaking array of documents of world-historical significance, brought together for a public audience for the first time.

The Magna Carta and democratic rights

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

28 August 2015

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

“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

Thousands of US steelworkers rally in advance of contract expiration

Arts Review

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

By Joanne Laurier, 27 August 2015

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”

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!

More on the SEP (Sri Lanka) election campaign »

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.