Kids Count report: 22 percent of US children live in poverty

By Tom Hall, 22 July 2015

Three million more American children were in poverty in 2013 than at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.

Troika representatives return to Athens

By Christoph Dreier, 22 July 2015

Officials of the European Central Bank, European Union and International Monetary Fund will work out the details of the third credit/austerity program imposed on Greece.

A letter from Athens: Taking stock of Syriza’s capitulation

By Evel Economakis, 22 July 2015

Workers in Australia condemn Syriza and austerity in Greece

By our correspondents, 22 July 2015

More on the crisis in Greece »

As Texas officials release violent arrest video
Death of Sandra Bland being “treated like a murder investigation”

By Evan Blake, 22 July 2015

Ongoing revelations regarding the arrest and detainment of Sandra Bland have rendered increasingly suspect police claims that her death in prison was a suicide.

Texas prison death highlights police violence in America

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Seven US states to arm National Guard following Tennessee shooting

By Gabriel Black, 22 July 2015

National Guard members have been authorized to carry weapons at recruitment centers and other facilities.

Contract deadline approaches for Verizon and AT&T workers

By Samuel Davidson and Maria Kovalenko, 22 July 2015

Sixty thousand workers at the two largest telecommunication companies in the US face a fight to defend health care and pensions.

Atrocity sparks calls for Turkish intervention in Syria

By our Turkish correspondent, 22 July 2015

Dozens were killed by a suicide bomb outside a cultural center in a town on the Turkish border with Syria.

Former Nigerian military dictator meets with Obama, Kerry in Washington

By Thomas Gaist, 22 July 2015

Newly elected Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari discussed plans for stepped-up US military and economic intervention inside Africa’s largest economy during an official visit this week.

Police attacks on migrants intensify as Calais ferry strike enters fourth week

By Dorota Niemitz, 22 July 2015

The MyFerryLink strike is intensifying the migrant crisis in the nearby refugee camp, as well as escalating tensions between France and the UK.

UK: Labour capitulates on Conservative welfare cuts bill

By Paul Mitchell, 22 July 2015

The bill’s measures will plunge millions of workers and youth further into economic insecurity and poverty.

Japan competes with China over port investment in Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 22 July 2015

In line with the US “pivot,” Japan hopes that its Bangladesh investments will boost its political weight in South Asia and undercut Chinese influence.

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Le général Wesley Clark appelle à mettre les Américains « déloyaux » dans des camps d’internement

Par Thomas Gaist, 22 juillet 2015

Les Américains « radicalisés » devraient être détenus « pour la durée » de la guerre mondiale contre le terrorisme, a dit Clark lors d'une interview à la chaîne d’information MSNBC.

La bourgeoisie française confrontée au dilemme de ses relations avec l'Allemagne

Par Kumaran Ira et Alex Lantier, 22 juillet 2015

Tout en soutenant des attaques en règle contre les travailleurs grecs, l'impérialisme français craint la menace de Berlin d'expulser la Grèce de la zone euro.

Pluton et la Terre

Par Patrick Martin, 22 juillet 2015

Le survol de Pluton par la sonde New Horizons – une réalisation scientifique de premier ordre – contraste avec les crises sociales apparemment insolubles sur notre propre planète.

New in German

Das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran und das Streben des US-Imperialismus nach globaler Hegemonie

Von Keith Jones, 22. Juli 2015

Obamas „Annäherung“ an den Iran ist ein strategischer Versuch, Teheran durch eine Mischung aus Druck und Anreizen für die räuberischen Ziele des US-Imperialismus einzuspannen.

Die Rückkehr der „deutschen Frage“

Von Peter Schwarz, 22. Juli 2015

Die Frage, wie Deutschland unter Kontrolle gehalten und daran gehindert werden kann, Europa zu dominieren, beschäftigt wieder die internationale Presse.

Die Troika ist zurück in Athen

Von Christoph Dreier, 22. Juli 2015

Während die Troika noch nichts zugesichert hat, hat die Syriza-Regierung zahlreiche Maßnahmen beschlossen, die die soziale Situation in Griechenland weiter verschärfen.

Tsipras wirft Austeritätskritiker aus dem Kabinett

Von Alex Lantier, 22. Juli 2015

Mit der Kabinettsumbildung versucht Tsipras, die Syriza-Regierung für die Verhandlungen über das neue Kreditprogramm mit der Europäischen Union zu stabilisieren.

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Perspective

Wesley Clark’s internment proposal: The specter of military dictatorship

22 July 2015

In advocating mass internment of “radicalized” Americans, Clark speaks for powerful layers within the state and ruling oligarchy who fear the growth of social opposition.

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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
Part Two

22 July 2015

The foreword is being serialized in three parts. Part one was posted on Tuesday, July 21, Part two is posted today and part three will be posted on Thursday, July 23.

Commentary

The return of the “German question”

By Peter Schwarz, 22 July 2015

The international press is once again gripped by the question of how Germany can be kept under control and prevented from dominating Europe.

The Queen’s Nazi salute: Historical revisionism in the service of state censorship

By Julie Hyland, 22 July 2015

According to the media, there was barely a family in Britain that wasn’t goose-stepping around their lawns in the early 1930s.

The Iran nuclear pact and US imperialism’s drive for global hegemony

By Keith Jones, 21 July 2015

One year since the crash of MH17

By Niles Williamson, 21 July 2015

Veteran filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki denounces government plans to remilitarise Japan

By Richard Phillips, 21 July 2015

US and Cuba reopen embassies after 54 years

By Bill Van Auken, 21 July 2015

Federal Reserve documents stagnant state of US economy

By Barry Grey, 21 July 2015

UK defence secretary admits flouting parliamentary ban on military involvement in Syrian war

By Chris Marsden, 21 July 2015

The US presidency for sale

By Patrick Martin, 20 July 2015

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

More on the 2016 US Elections »

Arts Review

What Happened, Miss Simone?: The life of African-American singer, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone

By Helen Hayes and Fred Mazelis, 22 July 2015

Simone did not so much move between different genres—jazz, gospel, blues and folk—as combine them into her own unique and powerful style.

Artist Shepard Fairey arrested on felony charges for Detroit graffiti

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

More on the fight for historical truth in Germany »

SEP Sri Lanka Election Campaign

Sri Lankan president pledges to block rival

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 18 July 2015

Sirisena’s willingness to use his autocratic powers to prevent Rajapakse becoming prime minister exposes the fraudulent claim that his election represented a “democratic revolution.”

Socialist Equality Party fields 43 candidates in Sri Lankan general elections

By our correspondent, 16 July 2015

Autoworkers Struggles

Autoworkers denounce UAW lies about ending two-tier system at Indiana plant

By Marcus Day, 21 July 2015

GM officials unlikely to face criminal charges for coverup of deadly defects

By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2015

The battle ahead for US autoworkers

Socialist Equality Party launches digital WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

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The Crisis in Greece

After Berlin dictates EU bailout of Greece
French ruling elite debates how to deal with Germany

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 21 July 2015

The confessions of Yanis Varoufakis: The pseudo-left as a social type

By Chris Marsden, 20 July 2015

German parliament supports attacks on Greek workers

Tsipras expels critics of EU austerity deal from Greek cabinet

Racism and arrogance: Anti-Greek agitation in the German media

France’s Left Party applauds Syriza’s imposition of EU austerity

Lessons from Greece: The pseudo-left in power

UK Socialist Workers Party and Left Platform debate: Joint apologists for Syriza

Defend the Greek workers! Oppose the diktat of Schäuble and Merkel!

More on the crisis in Greece »

New in Greek

WSWS publishes Greek translation of “The consequences of Syriza’s betrayal: From terms of surrender to terms of occupation”

Greek translation of “Defend the Greek workers! Oppose the diktat of Schäuble and Merkel!”

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25 years ago: US sets trap for Iraqi president Saddam Hussein

On July 25, 1990, US Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie met with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and encouraged him to believe that Washington would not intervene if a military conflict broke out between Iraq and Kuwait.

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50 years ago: 10,000 battle riot police in Athens

On July 21, 1965, police in Athens attacked a crowd, estimated by western media at 10,000, demonstrating for the reinstatement of former Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou.

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75 years ago: Battle for Britain begins

On July 24, 1940, the first major clashes over the skies of southern Britain took place between the British and German air forces.

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100 years ago: British defeat Ottoman troops in Battle of Nasiriyah

On July 24, 1915, British troops defeated Ottoman forces in the battle of Nasiriyah, securing control of the strategically important city in modern-day Iraq.

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Science

Pluto and Earth

By Patrick Martin, 17 July 2015

New Horizons spacecraft completes Pluto flyby