4 August 2015

Obama authorizes escalation of US war against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 4 August 2015

Under the pretense of protecting a handful of US-trained mercenaries, the American president has approved air strikes against Syrian government forces.

Washington stunned by attack on US mercenaries in Syria

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International Viewpoint, Syriza and the fraud of Greece’s “Truth Committee” on debt

By Robert Stevens, 4 August 2015

Syriza’s initial support for a debt audit was merely a diversion to prevent any mobilisation of the working class against the EU and the Greek ruling class.

After Syriza’s capitulation, Troika demands brutal austerity programme

More on the crisis in Greece »

Notes on police violence in America
Dallas man dies after telling deputies he cannot breathe

By Tom Carter, 4 August 2015

A witness said Joseph Sheldon Hutcheson died after sheriff’s deputies put their knees on his back and throat.

Chicago police investigator fired for not covering up police killings

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Detroit City Council imposes new 7.5 percent water rate hike

By Khara Sikhan, 4 August 2015

Detroit increased water rates for the second time this year.

One in four Michigan children live in poverty

Germany takes over military training operations in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 4 August 2015

The German defense minister’s recent visit to Africa is part of the country’s scramble for the continent’s resources.

US has spied on Japanese government for a decade

By Ben McGrath, 4 August 2015

WikiLeaks documents show that NSA surveillance not only covered top government figures but also major Japanese corporations.

Calls for deployment of German army to deal with refugees

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 4 August 2015

A leading Social Democrat has called for the army to operate German refugee reception centres.

London Underground workers set to hold second 24-hour strike

By Daniel O’Flynn, 4 August 2015

LU workers are involved in a political struggle with the employers and government, which want to reorganise the transport system on behalf of global capital.

Australian job cuts mount

By our reporter, 4 August 2015

Thousands more mining-related workers are expected to lose their jobs during the next 12 months, with the impact spreading across the country.

New in French

Washington sidéré par l’attaque menée contre des mercenaires américains en Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 4 août 2015

La réaction américaine révèle les tentatives de Washington de forger une alliance avec une milice affiliée à al Qaïda dans la guerre pour un changement de régime en Syrie.

Les États-Unis et la Turquie s'apprêtent à intensifier la guerre en Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 4 août 2015

L’accord conclu entre Washington et Ankara ouvre la voie à une escalade majeure de la guerre pour un changement de régime en Syrie.

Visite en Iran du ministre français des Affaires étrangères

Par Kumaran Ira, 4 août 2015

Après avoir adopté ces dernières années une position belliqueuse envers Téhéran, Paris considère à présent que l’accord sur le nucléaire est l’occasion de renforcer son influence en Iran.

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Der politische Bankrott von Syrizas Linker Plattform

Von Alex Lantier, 4. August 2015

Durch die Einwilligung zu Verhandlungen über weitere Sparmaßnahmen entlarvt das Zentralkomitee von Syriza die Behauptungen der Linken Plattform, innerhalb von Syriza herrsche breiter Widerstand gegen den Sparkurs.

Anschlag auf US-Söldner in Syrien schockiert Washington

Von Bill Van Auken, 4. August 2015

Die Reaktion der USA verdeutlicht, dass Washington versucht, die al Nusra-Front als Verbündeten im Krieg für einen Regimewechsel in Syrien zu gewinnen.

Türkische Angriffe auf Kurden belasten deutsch-amerikanische Beziehungen

Von Stefan Steinberg, 4. August 2015

Die Bombenangriffe der Türkei gegen die Kurden haben die Spannungen zwischen Deutschland und den USA erneut verschärft.

Türkei bereitet sich auf Krieg vor

Von Halil Celik und Jean Shaoul, 4. August 2015

Die Regierung von Präsident Erdogan hat Militär und Polizei gegen die kurdisch-nationalistische Bewegung und allgemein gegen die „linke“- und Antikriegsbewegung mobilisiert.

Abschreckungspolitik gegen Flüchtlinge und der Ruf nach der Bundeswehr

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 4. August 2015

Je mehr die deutsche Außenpolitik auf Kriegsbeteiligung in aller Welt ausgerichtet wird, umso heftiger betreibt die Berliner Koalition eine inhumane Abschreckungspolitik gegen Flüchtlinge.

Die Frankfurter Schule, die Postmoderne und die Politik der Pseudolinken: Eine marxistische Kritik – Vorwort

Von David North, 4. August 2015

Gegenstand dieses Buchs ist die Beziehung zwischen der Theorie des Marxismus und der Ausarbeitung von Programm, Perspektiven und Praxis der trotzkistischen Bewegung auf revolutionärer Grundlage.

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Perspective

The rot at the heart of the American economy

4 August 2015

The latest US economic data show a contraction in investment amid the lowest wage increases in more than 30 years.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Sri Lanka: JVP election manifesto woos big business

By W. A. Sunil, 4 August 2015

Under conditions of widespread alienation from the two main capitalist parties, the JVP is trying to show the ruling elites that it is a viable alternative.

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

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

By our correspondent, 30 July 2015

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

The international significance of the Sri Lankan general election

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.

Commentary

Syriza’s austerity policies pave way for far right in Greece

By Kumaran Ira, 4 August 2015

In pointing to the danger of the fascist Golden Dawn, Thanasis Kourkoulas, from Syriza’s Left Platform, is acting in political bad faith.

The political bankruptcy of Syriza’s Left Platform

More on the crisis in Greece »

The oligarchs’ election

By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2015

Sanders talks “left” and moves right

More on the 2016 US election »

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

By Jean Shaoul, 3 August 2015

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

US-led Pacific trade pact talks break down

By Mike Head, 3 August 2015

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 August 2015

What is the pseudo-left?

By The WSWS Editorial Board, 30 July 2015

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 August 2015

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

Union calls off District line action prior to London Underground strike

By Ross Mitchell, 3 August 2015

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.

Samuel Kassow’s Who Will Write Our History?

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.

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

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

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 »