US defense secretary visits Iraq as Pentagon prepares new offensive in Anbar

By Thomas Gaist, 24 July 2015

Under the pretext of fighting ISIS, Washington is escalating efforts to reassert its military and political stranglehold over Iraq while fomenting sectarian divisions in the country.

Obama promotes militarism and murder

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US and NATO engage in unprecedented military exercises in Europe

By Niles Williamson, 24 July 2015

Military exercises in eastern and western Europe are part of a broader military buildup by the US and NATO aimed at Russia.

One year since the crash of MH17

Selective release of autopsy findings continues whitewash of Sandra Bland killing

By Evan Blake, 24 July 2015

Waller County Prosecutor Warren Diepraam declared categorically Thursday that an autopsy found that Bland’s death was a suicide.

The police murder of Sandra Bland

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New York City airport workers’ job action called off by union

By Alan Whyte, 24 July 2015

A planned strike of 1,200 poorly paid New York City airport workers was called off after a deal was reached with the SEIU to achieve “labor peace.”

Michigan governor declares financial emergency in Wayne County

By Khara Sikhan, 24 July 2015

The methods used in the Detroit bankruptcy are being repeated in Michigan’s most populous county to loot pensions, slash benefits, and privatize services.

Michigan legislature defies popular vote against road tax hike

California’s immigration program: A smokescreen for the interests of big business

By Dorota Niemitz, 24 July 2015

Recently proposed immigration measures represent an attempt by the California political establishment to cast the state as a haven for immigrants.

Pitched battles between miners and police in Bolivia’s capital

By Bill Van Auken, 24 July 2015

Miners from the city of Potosí have besieged the capital to demand that the government of Evo Morales take measures to offset effects of the end of the raw materials boom.

Chilean judge orders arrest of army officers who burned youths alive under Pinochet

By Rafael Azul, 24 July 2015

A Chilean court ordered the arrest of seven military officials complicit in the murder of two teenagers involved in an anti-government protest.

French police arrest four youths, citing terror plot against military base

By Kanda Gabriel and Kumaran Ira, 24 July 2015

Paris used the foiled terror plot to promote the intelligence services, as the Constitutional Council is set to rule on a controversial surveillance law.

Tony Blair warns against “radical leftism” in Labour leadership race

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 24 July 2015

Labour’s leadership lives, works and plays in “the Westminster bubble”—a social circle made up of the super-rich and their hangers-on.

Growing income inequality in Germany

By Denis Krasnin, 24 July 2015

A new report shows that 40 percent of the population has experienced a four percent drop in its income since 2000.

Bipartisan agreement on austerity at Australian premiers’ summit

By Mike Head, 24 July 2015

The assembled Labor and Coalition leaders were unanimous about finding ways to enforce deep cuts to social spending and living standards.

New in Arabic

الأزمة اليونانية تصل إلى ذروتها

ألكس لانتير, 29 يونيو 2015

أدى قرار السلطات المالية الأوروبية بإنهاء برنامج الاتحاد الأوروبي لإنقاذ اليونان والحد من التدفقات الائتمانية للبنوك اليونانية إلى وضع الدولة على حافة الانهيار الاقتصادي والمالي.

New in Russian

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.

New in French

Le SWP britannique et la Plateforme de gauche: des apologistes de Syriza débattent

Par Paul Stuart et Paul Mitchell, 24 juillet 2015

Stathis Kouvelakis, le dirigeant de la Plateforme de gauche au sein de Syriza, a affirmé lors d'un rassemblement à Londres qu'il était inadmissible de parler de trahison dans le cas de l'entente d'austérité ratifiée par le gouvernement grec.

New in German

General Clarks Forderung nach Internierung: Das Gespenst einer Militärdiktatur

Von Bill Van Auken, 24. Juli 2015

US-General Wesley Clark, der jüngst vorschlug, „radikalisierte“ Amerikaner zu internieren, spricht für einflussreiche Schichten im amerikanischen Staatsapparat und der herrschenden Oligarchie, die wachsenden sozialen Widerstand der Bevölkerung fürchten.

Griechisches Parlament setzt neues EU-Spardiktat in Kraft

Von Christoph Dreier, Alex Lantier, 24. Juli 2015

Das griechische Parlament hatte nicht einmal die Zeit, das 900 Seiten starke Maßnahmenpaket der EU zu lesen, das am frühen Donnerstagmorgen zur Abstimmung stand.

Berlin: Weitverbreitete Solidarität mit griechischen Arbeitern

Von Marianne Arens, Désirée Müller, 24. Juli 2015

Das brutale Vorgehen der Bundesregierung in Griechenland stößt unter Arbeitern in Berlin auf Ablehnung.

Duisburg: Arbeiter von ThyssenKrupp Stahl verurteilen Angriffe auf griechische Bevölkerung

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 24. Juli 2015

„Eigentlich müsste man protestieren und auf die Barrikaden gehen“, sagte ein Stahlarbeiter in Duisburg der WSWS zum Spardiktat der EU in Griechenland.

Nach Schäubles Griechenland-Diktat
Frankreichs herrschende Elite diskutiert über Verhältnis zu Deutschland

Von Kumaran Ira und Alex Lantier, 24. Juli 2015

Die französische Bourgeoisie unterstützt die heftigen Angriffe auf die griechischen Arbeiter, ist aber schockiert über die Drohung Berlins, Griechenland im Alleingang aus der Eurozone auszuschließen.

Deutsche Bahn bereitet „Totalumbau“ vor

Von Gustav Kemper, 24. Juli 2015

Der Deutschen Bahn droht ein neuer Aderlass. Am 27. Juli will Bahnchef Rüdiger Grube dem Aufsichtsrat einen radikalen Umbau der Konzernstruktur vorschlagen.

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Perspective

The pseudo-left covers up for Syriza’s betrayal

24 July 2015

Aware that their brutal austerity policies will provoke mass anger as they go into effect in the coming months, Syriza officials are coming forward to defend their record.

Earlier Perspectives »

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 is posted today and part three will be posted on Thursday, July 23.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Sri Lankan plantation workers must oppose wage struggle betrayal

By M. Thevarajah—Socialist Equality Party election candidate and group leader for the Nuwara Eliya district, 24 July 2015

The unions are collaborating with the plantation companies and the government to drive up productivity and slash workers’ living standards.

Former Sri Lankan president makes bid for power

By Saman Gunadasa, 23 July 2015

Sri Lankan president pledges to block rival

Socialist Equality Party fields 43 candidates in Sri Lankan general elections

More on the SEP (Sri Lanka) election campaign »

Commentary

Donald Trump: The ugly face of capitalist politics

By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2015

The billionaire’s campaign is not an aberration, but a concentrated expression of the foul and repulsive character of official American politics.

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

More on the 2016 US Elections »

The German Left Party defends Syriza’s betrayal

By Johannes Stern, 24 July 2015

The actions of Syriza in Greece have laid bare the thoroughly anti-working-class and pro-imperialist character of its political partners—in particular Podemos in Spain and the Left Party in Germany.

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

More on the crisis in Greece »

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

By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2015

Japanese government ramps up tensions with China

By Peter Symonds, 23 July 2015

The return of the “German question”

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

Autoworkers Struggles

UAW keeps sellout plans concealed as talks open with Ford

By Shannon Jones, 24 July 2015

Behind the scenes the parameters are being developed for a betrayal of auto workers

Who’s who on the UAW negotiating team?

By Gabriel Black, 23 July 2015

The battle ahead for US autoworkers

Socialist Equality Party launches digital WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

More on autoworkers struggles »

New in Arabic

WSWS publishes Arabic translation of “Greek crisis comes to a head”

Posted here is a translation into Arabic of Alex Lantier’s perspective of June, 29.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

24 July 2015

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

Arts Review

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

By Hiram Lee, 23 July 2015

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

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 »

The Crisis in Greece

Greek parliament rubber-stamps new EU austerity plan

By Christoph Dreier and Alex Lantier, 23 July 2015

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

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

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

Lessons from Greece: The pseudo-left in power

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!”

More in Greek »

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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