31 August 2015

US steelworkers union extends contract, blocks fight against wage and benefit cuts

By Jerry White, 31 August 2015

The United Steelworkers (USW) union has ordered workers at ArcelorMittal and US Steel to stay on the job as the giant corporations prepare an all-out war against workers.

Allegheny Technologies lockout enters third week

By Evan Winters, 31 August 2015

Locked-out ATI steelworker injured by van carrying scab workers

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

Egyptian junta hands down three-year jail terms to Al Jazeera journalists

By Alex Lantier, 31 August 2015

Afraid that it could ultimately share the fate of Mubarak, toppled by mass protests of the working class in 2011, the junta is trying to hold on to power through sheer terror.

Mass protests in Japan oppose “collective self-defence” laws

By Ben McGrath, 31 August 2015

The widespread hostility to the new security laws reflects the deep-rooted anti-war sentiment in Japan, especially in the working class.

Sanders pledges his campaign to save Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 31 August 2015

In a speech to the Democratic National Committee, Senator Bernie Sanders portrayed his presidential campaign as the only way to rebuild popular support for the Democratic Party.

Bernie Sanders: Silent partner of American militarism

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Notes on police violence in America
Black youth dies in Virginia jail cell after being held four months for alleged $5 theft

By Evan Blake, 31 August 2015

Jamycheal Mitchell’s family asserts that the youth, who suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, died from starvation after police failed to transfer him to a mental health facility.

North Dakota authorizes police to use weaponized drones

By John Andrews, 31 August 2015

New York cops spied on activists against police violence

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On 10-year anniversary of Katrina
Former presidents Bush and Clinton celebrate transformation of New Orleans

By Tom Hall, 31 August 2015

The Katrina catastrophe has been seized on by the political establishment to carry out a restructuring of class relations intended as a model for other cities.

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

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina

Broad Foundation spearheads expansion of Los Angeles charter schools

By Marc Wells, 31 August 2015

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the brainchild of investment billionaire Eli Broad, is known for its involvement in the privatization of public education.

Sri Lankan political parties hail US shift on war crimes probe

By Saman Gunadasa, 31 August 2015

This stance not only exposes the pro-imperialist character of these parties but their involvement and complicity in the Sri Lankan human rights atrocities.

Polls show fall in support for Syriza ahead of Greek general election

By Robert Stevens, 31 August 2015

New elections to be held on September 20 are a political fraud aimed at suppressing the repeatedly-voiced anti-austerity sentiment of the Greek working class and youth.

Syriza, pseudo-left maneuver ahead of Greek elections

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German interior minister plans further attacks on refugees

By Marianne Arens, 31 August 2015

A day before German leaders shed crocodile tears over the ongoing refugee crisis, interior minister de Maizière proposed legislative measures to reduce immigration into the country.

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

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Political crisis deepens over delays to UK Iraq War inquiry report

By Paul Mitchell, 31 August 2015

The continued suppression of the Chilcot report, authorized over six years ago, is a sign of the explosive political fallout that will accompany its publication.

After failed Thalys attack, Europe prepares further security clampdown

By Francis Dubois, 31 August 2015

Attacks attributed to Islamist networks being mobilized by NATO in Syria are used to justify the escalating assault on democratic rights in Europe.

Public outcry halts Australian Border Force blitz in Melbourne

By Mike Head, 31 August 2015

“Operation Fortitude” highlighted the creation of police-state conditions by the Abbott government, with the Labor Party’s bipartisan backing.

New in French

Une victoire judiciaire pour l'espionnage illégal de la NSA

Par Joe Kishore, 31 août 2015

Deux ans après les fuites d'Edward Snowden, la classe politique américaine n'attache plus d'importance aux révélations sur les activités illégales de l'Etat.

Après l'attentat manqué à bord du Thalys, l'Europe prépare une escalade sécuritaire

Par Francis Dubois, 31 août 2015

Les attentats attribués aux réseaux islamistes soutenus par l'OTAN en Syrie servent de justification aux attaques contre les droits démocratiques en Europe.

Victimes de la « Forteresse Europe », les réfugiés meurent en mer et sur les routes

Par Marianne Arens et Patrick Martin, 31 août 2015

On a retrouvé en une même journée soixante et onze réfugiés morts asphyxiés dans un camion en Autriche et deux-cent cinquante personnes mortes noyées dans le naufrage de deux bateaux au large des côtes libyennes.

Canada: Le dirigeant du NPD applaudit l'héritage de Thatcher

Par Roger Jordan, 31 août 2015

Les éloges de Mulcair pour l'ancienne première ministre britannique montrent la faillite des syndicats et de la pseudo-gauche qui tentent de présenter le NPD comme une alternative progressiste.

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Perspective

Central banks step in to prop up global financial bubble

31 August 2015

Once again, the world’s central banks and governments have made clear that they will do whatever it takes to preserve the wealth of the financial elite.

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Autoworkers Struggles

Eighty years after founding of UAW
Homeless American autoworker speaks out

By Zac Corrigan, 31 August 2015

Chris, a tier-two Fiat Chrysler worker, supports a family and lives in a motel across the street from his factory in Kokomo, Indiana.

Video: The battle facing US autoworkers

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

By Eric London, 29 August 2015

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

The corporate-union assault on autoworker health care

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Commentary

Stalinism in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 31 August 2015

This is a reply to a reader’s comment asking the WSWS to explain its differences with the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the pseudo-left, and the “Anybody but Harper” campaign

By Roger Jordan, 31 August 2015

CUPW President Mike Palecek is helping lead the unions’ campaign to replace the Conservatives with a government formed by the pro-austerity NDP and/or Liberals.

A judicial victory for illegal NSA spying

By Joseph Kishore, 29 August 2015

Is Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy socialist?

By Chris Marsden, 29 August 2015

Australia: Hutchison Ports dispute at the crossroads

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 29 August 2015

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

China’s economic downturn raises concerns about political instability

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

One year since the war on Gaza

Arts Review

Young Euro Classic: A music festival in Berlin opposing war and nationalism

By Verena Nees, 31 August 2015

The annual Young Euro Classic youth orchestra festival recently concluded with a memorable performance in the Berlin Concert Hall.

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

By Christine Schofelt, 29 August 2015

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

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

25 years ago: Scorched earth plan for Soviet economy

The so-called 500-days plan drafted by the top economic advisers to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was published in the September 4, 1990 issue of Izvestia.

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50 years ago: Pakistan and India expand war

After several days of border clashes, Pakistan launched a large-scale invasion of the Indian-held Kashmir on September 1, 1965.

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75 years ago: US exchanges warships for British bases

On September 3, 1940 US President Franklin Roosevelt informed Congress and the public that he had completed an arrangement that would give Britain 50 destroyers in return for land and sea bases in the Western Hemisphere.

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100 years ago: Zimmerwald conference of socialist opponents of World War I

On September 5, 1915, 38 delegates representing socialist tendencies throughout Europe assembled in the Swiss town of Zimmerwald to discuss an antiwar program in opposition to the carnage of World War I.

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History

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

By Joe Mount, 28 August 2015

The Magna Carta and democratic rights

Workers Struggles

London Underground unions call off strikes

By Michael Barnes, 29 August 2015

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

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

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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