3 August 2015

Washington stunned by attack on US mercenaries in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 3 August 2015

The US reaction only underscores Washington's attempts to forge an alliance with the Al Qaeda affiliate in the war for regime change.

German-US tensions intensify following Turkish attack on Kurdish minority

By Stefan Steinberg, 3 August 2015

Turkey put on a war footing

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Amnesty International report details Israeli war crimes in 2014 bombing of Rafah

By Jean Shaoul, 3 August 2015

The assault was marked by immense Israeli firepower directed at an essentially defenceless civilian population.

UN report details Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Harper formally launches Canada’s federal election campaign

By Keith Jones and Roger Jordan, 3 August 2015

Harper used his first campaign speech to serve notice he will run a hard-right campaign, highlighting his government’s austerity record and its aggressive foreign policy.

US-led Pacific trade pact talks break down

By Mike Head, 3 August 2015

The latest failure of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations is a debacle for the US drive to counter China.

TPP investor-state dispute settlement clauses allow corporations to sue governments

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 August 2015

After Syriza’s capitulation, Troika demands brutal austerity programme

By Robert Stevens, 3 August 2015

According to a report in a leading Greek daily newspaper, the IMF has listed a further 16 austerity measures that must be passed by Syriza within three months.

The political bankruptcy of Syriza’s Left Platform

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French Foreign Minister Fabius visits Iran to boost ties after nuclear deal

By Kumaran Ira, 3 August 2015

After taking a bellicose stance against Tehran in recent years, Paris now sees the nuclear accord as an opportunity to boost its influence in Iran.

One in four Michigan children live in poverty

By Debra Watson, 3 August 2015

Child poverty in Michigan exceeds the deplorable national average of 22 percent.

Chicago police investigator fired for not covering up police killings

By George Gallanis, 3 August 2015

A supervisor for Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority was fired last month after refusing to alter a report showing that three police officers had unjustifiably killed civilians.

Prosecutor declines to bring charges against Cincinnati cops who lied to protect killer of Samuel DuBose

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Australian parliamentary speaker resigns amid scandal over helicopter ride

By Peter Symonds, 3 August 2015

Bronwyn Bishop was compelled to step down, above all, because her extravagant spending became a focus for public hostility toward the entire parliamentary set-up.

Union calls off District line action prior to London Underground strike

By Ross Mitchell, 3 August 2015

Seven drivers, members of ASLEF, were suspended by LUL management for refusing to take out trains as part of union-initiated industrial action.

New in Turkish

Sahte sol nedir?

WSWS Yayın Kurulu, 03 Ağustos 2015

WSWS, geçtiğimiz birkaç yıl içinde, Syriza’nın sadece bir örneği olduğu, “sahte sol” olarak tanımladığımız bir uluslararası siyasi eğilim düşüncesini geliştirdi.

New in French

La faillite politique de la Plateforme de gauche au sein de Syriza

Par Alex Lantier, 3 août 2015

La décision du Comité central de Syriza de donner le feu vert à Tsipras pour qu'il négocie de nouvelles mesures d’austérité a mis à nu le mensonge de la Plateforme de gauche qu’il existe une large opposition à l’austérité au sein de Syriza.

L’OTAN intercepte des avions russes au-dessus de la mer Baltique

Par Niles Williamson, 3 août 2015

Depuis le début de l’année 2015, des avions de chasse de l’OTAN ont été dépêchés plus de 250 fois pour intercepter des avions russes au-dessus de l’Europe.

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Perspective

The oligarchs’ election

3 August 2015

A few dozen super-rich contributors are bankrolling—and thereby controlling—the 2016 presidential election campaign.

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Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

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!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 3 August 2015

The SEP’s campaign aims to mobilize workers and youth in opposition to war and attacks against democratic rights, on the basis of socialist internationalism.

Socialist Equality Party holds first election meeting in Sri Lanka’s north

By our correspondent, 1 August 2015

Sri Lanka: SEP campaigns against evictions in Colombo

By our correspondents, 31 July 2015

Sri Lankan SEP General Secretary Wije Dias interviewed on national election channel

By our correspondent, 30 July 2015

Witch-hunt continues against Sri Lankan tea estate workers

The international significance of the Sri Lankan general election

Socialist Equality Party fields 43 candidates in Sri Lankan general elections

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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.

Book Review

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman: More of a moneymaking than a literary event?

By Sandy English, 3 August 2015

Harper Lee’s early draft of a novel, Go Set a Watchman, has sold over a million copies in the United States since its release two weeks ago.

25 years ago: US deploys troops for war against Iraq

On August 8, 1990, US President Bush announced that US ground troops were sent to Saudi Arabia because “America will stand by her friends.”

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50 years ago: Johnson signs Voting Rights Act

On August 6, 1965, US President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, which undermined voting restrictions that disenfranchised minorities and the poor, especially African Americans in the South.

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75 years ago: Italy attacks British colonies in Africa

On August 4, 1940, Italian forces launched attacks against British troops in Cyrenaica (eastern Libya) and British Somaliland.

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100 years ago: Strike wave in US munitions plants

This week in August 1915, a major strike wave swept the northeastern United States, with machinists and other munition plant workers taking industrial action.

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Arts Review

Trainwreck: The latest from Judd Apatow

By David Walsh, 1 August 2015

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

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

New in Greek

WSWS publishes Greek translation of “The pseudo-left covers up Syriza’s betrayal”

Posted here is a Greek translation of the Perspective of the WSWS posted on July 24.

Commentary

What is the pseudo-left?

By The WSWS Editorial Board, 30 July 2015

Sanders talks “left” and moves right

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2015

Bernie Sanders pits US workers against immigrants in Vox interview

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

Hillary Clinton and secret Swiss bank accounts

More on the 2016 US election »

NATO scrambles jets against Russian aircraft over the Baltic Sea

By Niles Williamson, 1 August 2015

More on the crisis in Ukraine »

Fifty years on: Medicare under assault

US homeownership rate hits lowest level since 1967

Autoworkers Struggles

Fiat Chrysler reports sharp rise in second-quarter profits

By Nick Barrickman, 31 July 2015

Ford and GM announce huge quarterly profits

By Josh Varlin, 29 July 2015

Who’s who on the UAW negotiating team?

The battle ahead for US autoworkers

Socialist Equality Party launches digital WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

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Socialist Equality Party

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

By Verena Nees, 30 July 2015

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

Obituary

Chris Squire, founding member of Yes, dead at 67

By Kevin Reed, 30 July 2015

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

Book Review

Samuel Kassow’s Who Will Write Our History?

By Clara Weiss, 25 July 2015

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 »