Japanese government ramps up tensions with China

By Peter Symonds, 23 July 2015

By demanding a halt to China’s oil-and-gas exploration platforms in the East China Sea, Tokyo is adding another potential flashpoint for conflict with Beijing.

Veteran filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki denounces government plans to remilitarise Japan

Greek parliament rubber-stamps new EU austerity plan

By Christoph Dreier and Alex Lantier, 23 July 2015

The parliament did not even have the time to read the 900-page draft dictated by the EU, submitted to it the day before Wednesday’s vote.

Troika representatives return to Athens

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

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Former Sri Lankan president makes bid for power

By Saman Gunadasa, 23 July 2015

Divisions deepen in the ruling elite as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party officially endorses Rajapakse for next month’s parliamentary elections.

Sri Lankan president pledges to block rival

Socialist Equality Party fields 43 candidates in Sri Lankan general elections

Global commodity prices in sharp decline

By Nick Beams, 23 July 2015

The fall in commodity prices is having a major impact on emerging markets, as well as raw-material exporting countries, in particular Australia and Canada.

Dramatic drop in profits for largest corporations in Latin America

By Cesar Uco, 23 July 2015

Federal Reserve documents stagnant state of US economy

UK announces “anti-extremism” plan sanctioning domestic repression and war

By Chris Marsden, 23 July 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron’s five year plan to address “extremism” will target Muslims and encourage anti-Islamic sentiment.

Tata Steel to sack 720 workers in England

By Danny Richardson, 23 July 2015

The plan to shut down three steel bar manufacturing plants is part of a six-year long business restructuring strategy.

US federal disability insurance trust to be depleted next year

By Tom Hall, 23 July 2015

Although the funding crisis can be solved with a technical fix, the political establishment is using this manufactured crisis to push for deep cuts to disability benefits.

Michigan legislature defies popular vote against road tax hike

By Kathleen Martin, 23 July 2015

The state legislature is moving to enact regressive taxes to pay for the road construction efforts, in defiance of a popular vote in a referendum only two months ago.

German politicians agitate against immigrants

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 23 July 2015

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has called for further restrictions on refugees and demanded that already meager benefits be cut.

Australian Labor leader insists on turning back refugee boats

By Mike Head, 23 July 2015

By adopting the Abbott government’s regressive policy, Bill Shorten also sent a wider signal of his determination to shift Labor further to the right across the board.

Canada: Unions join Liberals, NDP in “Anybody but Conservative” campaign

By Dylan Lubao and Roger Jordan, 23 July 2015

The collaboration between high-level NDP, Liberal and trade union operatives highlights the preparations for a possible coalition government after this October’s federal election.

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Год после падения малазийского «Боинга»

Найлс Уильямсон, 23 июля 2015 г.

Поведение американского политического истеблишмента в годовщину падения малазийского «Боинга» рейса MH17 на востоке Украины было на удивление умеренным.

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Le pacte nucléaire avec l’Iran et l’offensive de l’impérialisme américain pour l’hégémonie mondiale

Par Keith Jones, 23 juillet 2015

«L’engagement» d’Obama avec l’Iran est un pari stratégique: grâce à une combinaison de pression et incitations, l’impérialisme américain sera en mesure d’exploiter Téhéran dans ses visées prédatrices.

Wesley Clark et l’internement des opposants: le spectre de la dictature militaire

Par Bill Van Auken, 23 juillet 2015

En préconisant l'internement de masse d'Américains « radicalisés », Clark parle au nom de couches puissantes au sein de l'Etat et de l'oligarchie au pouvoir, qui craignent la croissance de l'opposition sociale.

Le retour de la « question allemande »

Par Peter Schwarz, 23 juillet 2015

La presse internationale se préoccupe à nouveau de la question de comment maintenir le contrôle sur l’Allemagne et l’empêcher de dominer l’Europe.

La Troïka revient à Athènes

Par Christoph Dreier, 23 juillet 2015

Les représentants de la Banque centrale européenne, de l’Union européenne et du Fonds monétaire international vont travailler sur les détails du troisième programme d'austérité imposé à la Grèce.

Présidence des États-Unis à vendre

Par Patrick Martin, 23 juillet 2015

L'élection présidentielle américaine de 2016 ne sera pas décidée par les votes de la population, mais bien par le déluge de dollars d’une poignée de milliardaires.

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Die Linkspartei verteidigt Syrizas Verrat

Von Johannes Stern, 23. Juli 2015

Die Kapitulation der griechischen Syriza vor dem Spardiktat der deutschen Regierung zeigt auch den arbeiterfeindlichen und pro-imperialistischen Charakter ihre Schwesterpartei in Deutschland.

US-General ruft zur Internierung „illoyaler“ Amerikaner auf

Von Thomas Gaist, 23. Juli 2015

Der US-General Wesley Clark forderte im Nachrichtensender MSNBC, dass „radikalisierte“ US-Bürger für unbestimmte Zeit interniert werden sollten, solange „der globale Krieg gegen den Terror andauert“.

Ungarische Regierung geht gegen Flüchtlinge vor

Von Markus Salzmann, 23. Juli 2015

Ungarn baut an der Grenze zu Serbien einen vier Meter hohen Zaun und vertreibt Flüchtlinge aus bewohnten Gebieten.

Hohe Einkommensungleichheit in Deutschland

Von Denis Krassnin, 23. Juli 2015

Einer Studie des Deutschen Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) zufolge haben die unteren 40 Prozent der Bevölkerung, also über 30 Millionen Menschen, „real bis zu vier Prozent weniger als noch zur Jahrtausendwende“.

Italienische Gewerkschaften unterschreiben ergebnisbasierte Verträge bei Fiat Chrysler und CNH

Von Marc Wells, 23. Juli 2015

Der neue Vertrag für 85.000 Fiat-Chrysler-Arbeiter, der Lohnerhöhungen durch leistungsorientierte Zulagen ersetzt, kommt einer dauerhaften Lohnsenkung gleich.

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The police murder of Sandra Bland

23 July 2015

The July 13 death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, in an East Texas jail cell has once again brought the issues of police violence and attacks on democratic rights to the forefront of political life in the United States.

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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 Three

By David North, 23 July 2015

David North’s foreword is being serialized in three parts: Part one was posted on Tuesday,July 21, part two was posted on Wednesday, July 22 and part three is posted today.

Autoworkers Struggles

Who’s who on the UAW negotiating team?

By Gabriel Black, 23 July 2015

The top four bargainers for the UAW—Dennis Williams, James Settles, Cindy Estrada and Norwood Jewell—have a long record of imposing the dictates of corporate management.

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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Commentary

Obama promotes militarism and murder

By Patrick Martin, 23 July 2015

In a speech Tuesday to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the US president boasted of the success of US drone missile and assassination programs, listing a series of victims.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2015

The return of the “German question”

By Peter Schwarz, 22 July 2015

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

By Julie Hyland, 22 July 2015

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

One year since the crash of MH17

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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Arts Review

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

By Hiram Lee, 23 July 2015

An exhibition at Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau pays tribute to German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the seventieth anniversary of his birth.

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

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

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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!

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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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