Casualties of “Fortress Europe”: Refugees dead on land and sea

By Marianne Arens and Patrick Martin, 29 August 2015

On the same day, 71 refugees were found asphyxiated in a truck in Austria, while another 250 died off the Libyan coast when two ships capsized.

The refugee crisis and the inhuman face of European capitalism

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Chinese officials, company executives detained over Tianjin explosion

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 August 2015

Underlying the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to find scapegoats for the Tianjin disaster is the deepening crisis of the entire regime.

Chinese regime seeks to censor outrage over Tianjin disaster

The Tianjin explosions and the discrediting of capitalism

Locked-out ATI steelworker injured by van carrying scab workers

By our reporters, 29 August 2015

Locked out steelworker Jim Dietz was injured and taken to a local hospital after being hit on the picket line by a van carrying strikebreakers driven by ATI security.

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

UAW begins contract talks with farm machinery maker John Deere

By George Gallanis, 29 August 2015

The UAW opened negotiations this week for a new contract covering 11,200 workers at the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural machinery.

New York cops spied on activists against police violence

By Sandy English, 29 August 2015

Newly released documents show undercover cops took photographs of organizers of protests against police violence last winter and recorded their activities.

Report documents pervasive shortcomings in US mental health insurance

By Trent Novak, 29 August 2015

Individuals seeking mental health treatment are twice as likely to have their claims denied by insurers than patients filing claims related to traditional medical procedures.

London Underground unions call off strikes

By Michael Barnes, 29 August 2015

All four unions which had threatened to strike are now working out the formula with which to force 24-hour work upon their members.

Disciplinary hearing finds Toronto police officer culpable in G-20 repression

By Carl Bronski, 29 August 2015

The 2010 police operation was used to violently repress an overwhelmingly peaceful protest of thousands of people opposed to the austerity program of the ruling class.

Venezuela-Colombia tensions rise following foreign ministers’ meeting

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2015

The Maduro government has seized upon recent border incidents to whip up nationalism and divert attention from the deepening social crisis confronting Venezuelan workers.

Dominican Republic deportations increase tensions with Haiti

By John Marion, 29 August 2015

The Dominican Republic has deported hundreds of Haitians and people of Haitian descent in recent weeks, while tensions along the border led to a recent exchange of gunfire.

Union collaborates in attacks on New Zealand Steel workers

By Tom Peters, 29 August 2015

BlueScope Steel is threatening to shut down its Glenbrook steel plant in New Zealand and axe over 1,000 jobs.

Australia: Melbourne tram drivers strike over wages and conditions

By our correspondents, 29 August 2015

Despite denunciations by the Victorian state Labor government, metropolitan train drivers have voted for a similar stoppage next Friday.

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La crisis de refugiados y la cara desalmada del capitalismo europeo

Por Peter Schwarz, 29 agosto 2015

Cada día se aumenta el salvajismo contra los refugiados. Siguiendo la muerte de cincuenta refugiados sirios en un camión en Austria, el jueves 27 de agosto su hundieron dos naves cerca de Libia. Han muerto cientos.

Pánico por venta masiva en los mercados financieros mundiales

Por Barry Grey, 29 agosto 2015

La enorme liquidación en las bolsas mundiales de la semana pasada se aceleró el jueves y el 21 de agosto en una ola de ventas de casi pánico, desplomando mercados bursátiles a través del mundo.

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La crise des réfugiés et l’inhumanité du capitalisme européen

Par Peter Schwarz, 29 août 2015

Les conditions horrifiques affrontées par les réfugiés s'aggravent de jour en jour. Jeudi, deux bateaux ont chaviré près des cotes libyennes faisant des centaines de morts, peu après la découverte de cinquante réfugiés Syriens morts dans un camion en Autriche

Élections au Canada: la FTQ mène une campagne «n’importe qui, sauf Harper»

Par Laurent Lafrance, 29 août 2015

La FTQ et d'autres syndicats vont appuyer le NPD, le Bloc québécois ou le Parti libéral sous le prétexte de «chasser les conservateurs».

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Österreich: 71 Flüchtlinge ersticken in Lastwagen

Von Marianne Arens, 29. August 2015

Das grauenhafte Flüchtlingsdrama auf der Autobahn A4 von Budapest nach Wien übertrifft alle Vorstellungen.

Thüringen: Ramelow und Die Linke wollen Flüchtlinge nach Ethnien trennen

Von unserem Korrespondenten, 29. August 2015

Mit der Reduzierung auf einen ethnischen Hintergrund als Ursache der Konflikte lenkt Ramelow nicht nur von den unhaltbaren Zuständen in den Thüringischen Flüchtlingsunterkünften ab, sondern nährt auch fremdenfeindliche Ressentiments.

Chinas Wirtschaftsabschwung stellt politische Stabilität in Frage

Von Peter Symonds, 29. August 2015

Nun steht die Zukunft des chinesischen Premiers Li Keqiang, der für die Wirtschaftspolitik verantwortlich ist, zur Diskussion.

Zweifacher Mord während einer Live-Übertragung
Die sozialen und historischen Dimensionen der Todesschüsse in Virginia

Von David Walsh, 29. August 2015

Die tödlichen Schüsse auf die Fernsehjournalistin Alison Parker und ihren Kameramann Adam Ward in Moneta, Virginia, am Mittwochmorgen vor laufender Kamera waren ein schockierendes und entsetzliches Ereignis.

Nach der Wahl in Sri Lanka:
Tamilische Nationalisten unterstützen proamerikanische Parteien

Von K. Nesan, 29. August 2015

Die tamilischen nationalistischen Parteien entwickeln sich zu einem wichtigen Werkzeug für Präsident Maithripala Sirisena und seinem Versuch, eine neue proamerikanische Regierung in Colombo zu errichten.

Young Euro Classic: Ein Musikfestival gegen Krieg und Nationalismus

Von Verena Nees, 29. August 2015

Am 16. Young Euro Classic Festival nahmen in achtzehn Konzerten 1500 junge Musiker aus 44 Nationen teil, darunter besonders viele aus Osteuropa.

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A judicial victory for illegal NSA spying

29 August 2015

Two years after the first leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the American political establishment and media are treating the revelations of illegal and unconstitutional activity as an insignificant issue.

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Autoworkers Struggles

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

By Eric London, 29 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 Two
Part Two

By Eric London, 28 August 2015

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

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


Is Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy socialist?

By Chris Marsden, 29 August 2015

Those looking to Corbyn as a means of opposing war will not find the answers they are seeking.

Australia: Hutchison Ports dispute at the crossroads

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 29 August 2015

Left in the hands of the MUA, the outcome is a foregone conclusion: the further destruction of the jobs and conditions of waterfront workers.

China’s economic downturn raises concerns about political instability

By Peter Symonds, 28 August 2015

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

By David Walsh, 28 August 2015

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

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2015

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

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

By Patrick Martin, 28 August 2015

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

More on the crisis in Greece »

One year since the war on Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 28 August 2015

Fed acts to push US stocks higher

Bernie Sanders: Silent partner of American militarism

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

Arts Review

David G. Spielman’s The Katrina Decade—An unsentimental look at how things are now

By Christine Schofelt, 29 August 2015

Spielman is not given to the current fetish for “Ruins Photography.” There is no romanticism in these pages.

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


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: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 August 2015

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

The Sri Lankan Elections

Sri Lankan unions promise to protect new pro-US administration

By W.A. Sunil, 28 August 2015

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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