30 July 2015

US, Turkey prepare to escalate Syrian intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 30 July 2015

The deal reached between Washington and Ankara has set the stage for a major escalation of the war for regime change against Syria.

NATO backs Turkish/US regime-change offensive in Syria

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White House rejects petition for Snowden pardon signed by 168,000

By Josh Varlin, 30 July 2015

The Obama White House has denied the demand for a “full, free, and absolute pardon” for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, raised in a petition signed by almost 168,000 people.

Bernie Sanders pits US workers against immigrants in Vox interview

By Tom Hall, 30 July 2015

As Sanders has climbed in the polls, the pro-capitalist and nationalist content of his politics has become increasingly clear.

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

The dark side of American politics

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Notes on police violence in America
Cincinnati cop who killed Samuel Dubose charged with murder

By Evan Blake, 30 July 2015

The indictment of officer Ray Tensing comes three days after hundreds of protesters marched through Cincinnati demanding his arrest.

US Department of Homeland Security spied on Black Lives Matter protesters

The police murder of Sandra Bland

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UK government whips up anti-immigrant hysteria over Eurotunnel security at Calais

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2015

The desperate efforts of migrants to enter Britain led to the death Tuesday night of a Sudanese man who was hit by a truck leaving a cross Channel ferry.

Former Greek finance minister Varoufakis facing calls for criminal prosecution

By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2015

Varoufakis faces charges that could lead to his imprisonment, including treason and participating in a criminal organisation.

Television programme shows how German companies benefit from privatisation in Greece

By Verena Nees, 30 July 2015

The “Trust Fund” is the centrepiece of the EU’s new austerity programme and is aimed at plundering the Greek economy.

“We need a revolution”
Workers in Berlin speak out on the crisis in Greece

The pseudo-left covers up for Syriza’s betrayal

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Russia vetoes MH17 tribunal push by US allies

By Mike Head, 30 July 2015

The UN Security Council resolution demanded an international criminal court despite no evidence being produced of Russian involvement in the plane’s downing.

One year since the crash of MH17

Creditor group calls for slashing education and social spending in Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 30 July 2015

The creditors laid down a set of dictates including tax hikes, the sale of $4 billion worth of public assets, and the slashing of public education and other social programs.

Puerto Rican plan to make workers pay for the island’s debt crisis

Witch-hunt continues against Sri Lankan tea estate workers

By M. Thevarajah, 30 July 2015

The victimisation of Ingestre workers is part of an escalating offensive by plantation companies to slash costs and drive up productivity.

New in Greek

Το δημοψήφισμα στην Ελλάδα: Οι Έλληνες εργαζόμενοι μιλούν ανοιχτά στα εκλογικά τμήματα

Του Ρόμπερτ Στίβενς και Κρίστοφ Ντράιερ, 30 Ιούλιος 2015

Από το μαζικό συλλαλητήριο της Παρασκευής ενάντια στη λιτότητα, η διάθεση στην Αθηναϊκή πρωτεύουσα έχει διαμορφωθεί ακόμη πιο αποφασιστικά υπέρ της ψήφου για «όχι.»

New in Turkish

NATO Suriye’deki Türk-ABD rejim değişikliği saldırısını destekliyor

Jean Shaoul, 30 Temmuz 2015

Hem Avrupalı güçlerin hem de Washington’ın, IŞİD’e karşı önceki müttefikleri olan Kürtleri terk etmeye ve Türkiye’ye arka çıkmaya hazır olduğu anlaşılıyor.

New in Russian

Рецензия на книгу Стивена Коткина Сталин: Парадоксы власти, 1878-1928
Часть вторая

Фред Уильямс, 30 июля 2015 г.

Первый том предполагаемой трехтомной биографии Сталина Стивена Коткина представляет собой пародию на научное историческое исследование.

New in German

Türkisch-amerikanische Nato-Offensive strebt Regimewechsel in Syrien an

Von Jean Shaoul, 30. Juli 2015

Die Türkei vollzieht eine Kehrtwende und beteiligt sich an den US-Luftschlägen gegen den IS in Syrien; im Gegenzug erhält sie grünes Licht für Angriffe auf die Kurden.

PSG-Versammlung: Verteidigt die griechischen Arbeiter!

Von Verena Nees, 30. Juli 2015

Die Verteidigung der griechischen Arbeiter erfordert einen gemeinsamen Kampf der europäischen Arbeiterklasse gegen das brutale Spardiktat von Schäuble und Merkel, lautete die zentrale Botschaft einer Veranstaltung der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in Berlin.

Konflikte um Syrizas Notfallplan für den Grexit

Von Robert Stevens, 30. Juli 2015

Ex-Finanzminister Yanis Varoufakis plante ein paralleles Bankensystem, um im Notfall eine neue griechische Landeswährung einführen zu können.

Lutte Ouvrière deckt Syrizas Verrat

Von Stéphane Hugues, 30. Juli 2015

Syrizas Verrat an der griechischen Bevölkerung liegt offen zutage, doch Lutte Ouvrière kommt der griechischen Regierung zu Hilfe.

Kita-Streik: Wie Verdi das Abstimmungsergebnis manipuliert

Von Marianne Arens, 30. Juli 2015

Mit der Verlegung der Mitgliederbefragung in die tiefste Urlaubszeit versucht Verdi um jeden Preis zu vermeiden, dass der miserable Schlichtungsspruch abgelehnt wird.

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Perspective

What is the pseudo-left?

30 July 2015

Political developments in Greece in recent months are a striking confirmation of the WSWS's analysis of “pseudo-left” tendencies.

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Mehring Books

An important contribution to Marxist theory
The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique

21 July 2015

The World Socialist Web Site is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique by David North. The book is available for preorder today at Mehring Books.

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

By David North

A pdf file of the complete foreword is available here.

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party holds meeting in Berlin on Syriza and the crisis in Greece

By Verena Nees, 30 July 2015

The meeting put forward the position that the defence of the working class in Greece requires a united struggle by the entire European working class against austerity.

Australian SEP meetings discuss political issues posed by Syriza’s betrayal in Greece

Youth and workers in Australia speak about the Greek crisis

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Sri Lankan SEP general secretary Wije Dias interviewed on national election channel

By our correspondent, 30 July 2015

Dias explained the SEP’s socialist and international program in an hour-long interview on the state-owned Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation’s radio network.

Sri Lanka: Pseudo-left USP willing to ally with any capitalist party

By R. Shreeharan, 29 July 2015

The international significance of the Sri Lankan general election

Socialist Equality Party campaigners win support in Sri Lanka’s plantation district

Socialist Equality Party fields 43 candidates in Sri Lankan general elections

More on the SEP (Sri Lanka) election campaign »

Commentary

The Dodd-Frank banking law five years on

By Gabriel Black, 30 July 2015

The law, largely a token measure to begin with, has been watered down further to the point of near irrelevancy.

Why aren’t the banksters in prison?

Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback promotes trade unions and NDP

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 30 July 2015

By boosting illusions in the trade union bureaucracy and NDP in Canada, while covering for Syriza’s betrayal of the Greek workers, Fightback serves as a bulwark against the development of a socialist party in the working class.

Syriza’s austerity policies expose the reactionary role of France’s NPA

By Alex Lantier and Anthony Torres, 29 July 2015

Libyan kangaroo court sentences Gaddafi’s son and others to die

By Bill Van Auken, 29 July 2015

Failure of Iran nuclear pact will lead to war, Kerry warns

By Thomas Gaist, 29 July 2015

How the New York Times distorted its own poll on race relations

Finland establishes rapid response units to patrol Russian border

Obituary

Chris Squire, founding member of Yes, dead at 67

By Kevin Reed, 30 July 2015

The British-born bass player, song writer and vocalist for the progressive rock band Yes, died on June 27 at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 67.

E. L. Doctorow, 1931-2015: A novelist who tackled American history

Arts Review

Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944) and the phenomenon of American film noir

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 28 July 2015

R.W. Fassbinder at 70: the German filmmaker’s life on display in Berlin

Book Review

Samuel Kassow’s Who Will Write Our History?

By Clara Weiss, 25 July 2015

Kassow’s history of the Oyneg Shabes underground archive in the Warsaw Ghetto combines remarkable objectivity with a deep compassion for the tragic fate of Warsaw’s Jewry during World War II.

Autoworkers Struggles

Ford and GM announce huge quarterly profits

By Josh Varlin, 29 July 2015

UAW keeps sellout plans concealed as talks open with Ford

Who’s who on the UAW negotiating team?

The battle ahead for US autoworkers

Socialist Equality Party launches digital WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

More on autoworkers struggles »

Science

Discovery of the most Earth-like planet to date

By Don Barrett, 25 July 2015

Pluto and Earth

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Student initiatives in Germany oppose media witch-hunt against IYSSE and “Münkler-Watch”

By Christoph Dreier, 21 July 2015

Sebastian Kempkens in Uni Spiegel: Gutter journalism in the service of German imperialism

Students at Berlin’s Free University pass motion criticising right-wing Humboldt University professors

More on the fight for historical truth in Germany »

25 years ago: Iraq invades Kuwait

Iraq sent some 100,000 troops into Kuwait on August 2, 1990, after talks broke down between the two Mideast nations in Jidda, Saudi Arabia.

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50 years ago: Johnson doubles draft quotas

On July 28, 1965, following an eight-day conference with his top military and diplomatic advisers, President Lyndon Johnson ordered the doubling of the monthly draft quota from 17,000 to 35,000.

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75 years ago: Germany moves toward Soviet invasion

During the week beginning July 27, 1940, the fascist regime in Berlin deepened its preparations for an invasion of the Soviet Union.

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100 years ago: United States invades Haiti

On the July 28, 1915, the United States invasion of Haiti began with the landing of 330 marines at Port au Prince, following the assassination of pro-US President Jean Vilbrun Guillaume Sam by his political rivals.

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