1 September 2015

In wake of bloody factory bombing
Saudi Arabia and UAE prepare for major US-backed ground offensive in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 1 September 2015

Five months of airstrikes, facilitated by US military intelligence and logistical support, have been supplemented by a growing ground invasion by Saudi and UAE military forces.

German defence minister exploits refugee crisis to strengthen military

By Wolfgang Weber, 1 September 2015

Constraints on the domestic use of the German military, in place since the end of Nazi rule, are being wiped away.

German interior minister plans further attacks on refugees

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

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Mass anti-government rallies in Malaysia

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 1 September 2015

Ruling class divisions are fuelled by a deteriorating economy, which has been hard-hit by China’s slowdown, falling commodity prices and regional competition for investment.

US military continues build-up in North East Asia

By Ben McGrath, 1 September 2015

The conclusion of war games saw the largest-ever joint live-fire drill between the US and South Korea.

Mass protests against failing infrastructure shake Lebanon

By Jean Shaoul, 1 September 2015

Protests demanding the treatment of uncollected trash also express opposition to Lebanon’s endemic corruption and its sectarian system of government.

UK Labour Party steps up purge of suspected Corbyn supporters

By Chris Marsden, 1 September 2015

The entire full-time staff of the Labour Party is now exclusively occupied in investigating those who have paid £3 to become labour supporters to vote in the leadership contest.

Is Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy socialist?

US shift on Sri Lankan war crimes probe exposes Tamil nationalists

By K. Nesan, 1 September 2015

By supporting the US-backed government, the Tamil nationalists are complicit in allowing the crimes of the civil war to go unpunished.

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

Indian unions to hold one-day national strike

By Deepal Jayasekera, 1 September 2015

The unions have called the September 2 strike not to mobilize workers and the rural toilers against the Modi government and its neoliberal policies but to contain the growing opposition to them.

Unions keep Verizon and AT&T workers on job without contracts

By Samuel Davidson and Maria Kovalenko, 1 September 2015

The Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have blocked a strike by nearly 70,000 telecom workers.

A&P supermarket chain asks bankruptcy court to overturn labor agreements

By Isaac Finn, 1 September 2015

A&P is asking the court to disregard provisions related to seniority and cut severance pay, amid threats to slash 22,000 jobs.

Haggen grocery chain announces store closures throughout the US

By Jake Dean, 1 September 2015

The United Food and Commercial Workers union has been silent on the store closures and mass layoffs.

Neo-fascist rally exposes Finnish government’s ties to extreme right

By Jordan Shilton, 1 September 2015

The strengthening of the extreme right in Finland comes as the US seeks to integrate the Nordic countries in its drive against Russia.

Australian royal commissioner refuses to quit

By Mike Head, 1 September 2015

The royal commission into the unions is a crucial component of the Abbott government’s efforts to satisfy corporate demands for an offensive against workers’ wages and conditions.

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Trident Juncture 2015: Größtes Nato-Manöver seit 2002

Von Marianne Arens, 1. September 2015

Vom 28. September bis am 6. November findet im Mittelmeerraum das Nato-Manöver Trident Juncture 2015 (TRJE15) statt. Die Nato probt den Ernstfall – für eine Intervention in Afrika und gegen Russland.

Von der Leyen nutzt Flüchtlingskrise zur Aufwertung der Bundeswehr

Von Wolfgang Weber, 1. September 2015

Weitgehend unbemerkt von der Öffentlichkeit nutzt Bundesverteidigungsministerin Ursula von der Leyen die Flüchtlingskrise für einen großangelegten Einsatz der Bundeswehr im Inneren Deutschlands.

Ein Jahr seit dem Krieg gegen Gaza

Von Jean Shaoul, 1. September 2015

Millionen Menschen auf der ganzen Welt verstanden, dass der Krieg ein Verbrechen von historischem Ausmaß gegen eine grausam misshandelte Bevölkerung war.

Stalinismus in Griechenland

Von Christoph Dreier, 1. September 2015

Antwort auf den Kommentar eines Lesers, der die WSWS aufforderte, ihre Differenzen mit der Kommunistischen Partei Griechenlands (KKE) zu erklären.

US-Stahlarbeitergewerkschaft verhindert Kampf um Löhne und Sozialleistungen

Von Jerry White, 1. September 2015

Die Gewerkschaft United Steelworkers (USW) hat die Arbeiter bei ArcelorMittal und US Steel angewiesen, auch ohne Vertrag weiterzuarbeiten, obwohl die beiden Großkonzerne massive Angriffe vorbereiten.

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Perspective

The 2016 US election and the scapegoating of immigrants

1 September 2015

The rhetoric of the Republican presidential candidates is a noxious expression of the reactionary anti-immigrant policies pursued by both parties.

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Workers Struggles in the US

Autoworkers speak out: Louisville, Kentucky Ford worker denounces UAW-company alliance

By Eric London, 1 September 2015

Nearly 10,000 autoworkers in Louisville, Kentucky produce trucks and SUVs for Ford Motor Company, which boasted near-record profits in the second quarter of this year.

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

Eighty years after founding of UAW
Homeless American autoworker speaks out

By Zac Corrigan, 31 August 2015

Video: The battle facing US autoworkers

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

By Eric London, 27 August 2015

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US steelworkers union blocks fight against wage and benefit cuts

By Jerry White, 31 August 2015

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

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Featured

Water shutoff moratorium in Flint as water crisis continues

By Shannon Jones, 1 September 2015

Residents of the Michigan city describe a continuing nightmare caused by astronomical water rates combined with foul smelling, discolored drinking water.

IYSSE

University of Melbourne student union imposes third ban on IYSSE club

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 1 September 2015

The Clubs & Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne has made clear that any students who publicly challenge its decisions will be prevented from forming a club.

Commentary

New York Times paints Obama as “champion” of working people

By Andre Damon, 1 September 2015

The Times’ claim that President Obama has spent his administration “working to empower the economically marginal” is a political fabrication of the first order.

Detroit Federation of Teachers president ousted by union executive board

By Walter Gilberti and Nancy Hanover, 1 September 2015

The DFT removed Steve Conn, a leader of the pseudo-left By Any Means Necessary group, from the presidency, as Michigan officials move to reorganize the Detroit Public Schools.

Central banks step in to prop up global financial bubble

By Andre Damon, 31 August 2015

World capitalism “toboggans toward catastrophe”

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

By Alex Lantier, 31 August 2015

Sanders pledges his campaign to save Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 31 August 2015

Bernie Sanders: Silent partner of American militarism

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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

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina

Stalinism in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 31 August 2015

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

Syriza, pseudo-left maneuver ahead of Greek elections

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

By Roger Jordan, 31 August 2015

A judicial victory for illegal NSA spying

Australia: Hutchison Ports dispute at the crossroads

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

1 September 2015

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

London Underground unions call off strikes

By Michael Barnes, 29 August 2015

Police Violence in America

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

North Dakota authorizes police to use weaponized drones

New York cops spied on activists against police violence

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Arts Review

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

By Verena Nees, 31 August 2015

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

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

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

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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