31 July 2015

US homeownership rate hits lowest level since 1967

By Tom Hall, 31 July 2015

Despite six years of economic “recovery,” many indicators show that American households are worse off than they were during the depths of the 2008 economic crisis.

Royal Dutch Shell to slash 6,500 jobs

By Josh Varlin, 31 July 2015

Right-wing Israeli fanatic stabs six at gay rights parade

By Bill Van Auken, 31 July 2015

The ultra-Orthodox assailant had been released from prison only three weeks earlier, after serving a sentence for carrying out a nearly identical attack 10 years ago.

Turkey put on a war footing

By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 31 July 2015

President Erdoğan’s government has mobilised the military and police to target both the Kurdish nationalist movement and the “left” and anti-war opposition in general.

US, Turkey prepare to escalate Syrian intervention

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Hillary Clinton and secret Swiss bank accounts

By Patrick Martin, 31 July 2015

In return for Hillary Clinton’s actions as secretary of state, Swiss banking giant UBS gave large contributions to the Clinton Foundation and a fat paycheck for Bill Clinton.

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

The dark side of American politics

More on the 2016 US election »

Fiat Chrysler reports sharp rise in second-quarter profits

By Nick Barrickman, 31 July 2015

The huge profits at the Big Three are the product of a relentless drive by the automakers, with the full backing of the United Auto Workers union, to slash labor costs.

More on autoworkers struggles »

Congressional Republicans move to defund Planned Parenthood

By Evan Blake, 31 July 2015

The proposed legislation comes in response to heavily edited videos produced by a right-wing group that falsely depict the organization committing crimes.

New York joins other cities and states in lifting minimum wage

By Fred Mazelis, 31 July 2015

The gradual increases to $15 an hour reflects fear of growing anger in the working class, but will still leave workers far short of a decent wage and living standard.

Immigrant family detention centers scrutinized at US Congressional forum

By Dorota Niemitz, 31 July 2015

The Democratic Party groups organizing the event continue to support the Obama administration, whose policies are responsible for the deplorable conditions of immigrants.

Fourth body recovered from UK factory explosion

By Margot Miller, 31 July 2015

Just two weeks before the explosion decimated the factory, local council enforcement officers ordered a clean-up of the facility.

German pilots’ union capitulates to Lufthansa

By Dietmar Henning, 31 July 2015

The cockpit union has sold out the pilots, giving the company even more than it was demanding, including raising the retirement age and cutting costs.

German union manipulates balloting in child care worker strike

By Marianne Arens, 31 July 2015

Ver.di is making a desperate attempt to prevent the rejection of a miserable contract by postponing the membership vote until the middle of vacation season.

Australia: Two highly-politicised arrests of “foreign fighters”

By Mike Head, 31 July 2015

Both arrests serve definite political purposes bound up with the fraudulent “war on terrorism.”

New in Greek

Η ψευτο-αριστερά συγκαλύπτει την προδοσία του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ

Άλεξ Λαντιέ, 31 Ιούλιος 2015

Η ψηφοφορία της Τετάρτης στην ελληνική Βουλή, στην οποία ο πρωθυπουργός Αλέξης Τσίπρας πέρασε εσπευσμένα πάνω από 900 σελίδες μέτρων λιτότητας της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης (ΕΕ) υπαγορευμένων από το Βερολίνο, ολοκληρώνει μια καταστρεπτική προδοσία του ελληνικού λαού από το κόμμα του Τσίπρα ΣΥΡΙΖΑ.

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

75 лет назад: Германия начинает подготовку к вторжению в СССР

31 июля 2015 г.

В продолжение недели, начавшейся 27 июля 1940 года, фашистский режим в Берлине усилил свои приготовления к вторжению в Советский Союз.

New in French

Qu’est-ce que la pseudo-gauche ?

Par le comité de rédaction du WSWS, 31 juillet 2015

Les développements politiques en Grèce ces derniers mois viennent démontrer de manière frappante la justesse de l'analyse du WSWS des tendances de la «pseudo-gauche».

Le gouvernement britannique sème l’hystérie anti-immigrants sur la sécurité de l’Eurotunnel à Calais

Par Chris Marsden, 31 juillet 2015

Les efforts désespérés des migrants pour entrer en Grande-Bretagne ont conduit à la mort mardi soir d’un Soudanais qui a été frappé par un camion quittant un ferry transmanche.

Le Conseil constitutionnel approuve une loi de surveillance draconienne

Par Kanda Gabriel, 31 juillet 2015

Le Conseil constitutionnel a avalisé une loi de surveillance controversée qui donne aux renseignements des pouvoirs étendus pour espionner l'ensemble de la population.

La politique d’austérité de Syriza expose le rôle réactionnaire du NPA

Par Alex Lantier et Anthony Torres, 31 juillet 2015

Le NPA, qui a présenté Syriza comme modèle radical pour la gauche européenne, est responsable des attaques que Syriza mène contre les travailleurs grecs.

New in German

USA und Türkei bereiten Ausweitung der Intervention in Syrien vor

Von Bill Van Auken, 31. Juli 2015

Das Abkommen zwischen Washington und Ankara zielt darauf ab den Krieg in Syrien zum Sturz des Assad-Regimes zu verschärfen.

Japanische Regierung verschärft Spannungen mit China

Von Peter Symonds, 31. Juli 2015

Die Abe-Regierung fordert China auf, den Bau von Plattformen zur Erkundung von Öl- und Gasvorkommen im Ostchinesischen Meer einzustellen.

Pilotengewerkschaft kapituliert vor der Lufthansa
Vereinigung Cockpit bietet 400 Millionen Euro Einsparungen an

Von Dietmar Henning, 31. Juli 2015

Die Pilotengewerkschaft Vereinigung Cockpit legt im laufenden Arbeitskampf bei der Deutschen Lufthansa eine Kapitulationserklärung vor. Sie bietet darin an, fast allen Forderungen der Lufthansa nachzukommen.

Britische Regierung schürt Hysterie gegen Flüchtlinge am Eurotunnel

Von Chris Marsden, 31. Juli 2015

Verzweifelte Versuche einiger Migranten, von Calais nach Großbritannien zu gelangen, führten Dienstagnacht zum Tod eines Sudanesen, der von einem LKW erfasst wurde.

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Perspective

Fifty years on: Medicare under assault

31 July 2015

Medicare, one of the last vestiges of social reform from a previous era, today faces a bipartisan assault aimed at undermining and ultimately destroying it.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Sri Lanka: SEP campaigns against evictions in Colombo

By our correspondents, 31 July 2015

SEP candidates spoke in Wanathamulla, where residents have been the target of government “slum eviction” operations.

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

By M. Thevarajah, 30 July 2015

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

The international significance of the Sri Lankan general election

Socialist Equality Party fields 43 candidates in Sri Lankan general elections

More on the SEP (Sri Lanka) election campaign »

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.

New in Greek

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

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

Commentary

What is the pseudo-left?

By The WSWS Editorial Board, 30 July 2015

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

By Josh Varlin, 30 July 2015

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

By Evan Blake, 30 July 2015

The police murder of Sandra Bland

More on police violence in America »

The Dodd-Frank banking law five years on

By Gabriel Black, 30 July 2015

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

Former Greek finance minister Varoufakis facing calls for criminal prosecution

By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2015

The pseudo-left covers up for Syriza’s betrayal

More on the crisis in Greece »

Russia vetoes MH17 tribunal push by US allies

By Mike Head, 30 July 2015

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

31 July 2015

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

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

Youth and workers in Australia speak about the Greek crisis

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

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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