US-backed Saudi strikes in Yemen kill 120 civilians

By Thomas Gaist, 27 July 2015

Saudi war planes struck a workers’ quarters and a nearby agricultural facility in the city of Taiz late Friday night, killing at least 120 civilians, including women and children.

Saudi-backed militias capture key Yemen port city

German economics minister rushes to exploit business opportunities in Iran

By Johannes Stern, 27 July 2015

Berlin’s scramble to dominate exploitation of the Iranian economy is another move in German imperialism’s return to the world stage.

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

Amid ongoing protests, Japan’s upper house to discuss military bills

By Ben McGrath, 27 July 2015

According to opinion polls, more than 60 percent of the population opposes security legislation that allows Japan to take part in US-led wars.

Veteran filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki denounces government plans to remilitarise Japan

Hundreds attend funeral of Sandra Bland

By Evan Blake, 27 July 2015

Bland’s family members urged supporters to continue questioning the official narrative of the 28-year-old’s death in an East Texas jail cell this month.

The police murder of Sandra Bland

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California judge bars Obama administration’s policy of detaining immigrant children

By Nick Barrickman, 27 July 2015

The judge gave federal authorities until August 3 to present arguments stating why over 1,700 people held in “family units” at detention centers should not be released.

US deportation case against Honduran toddler put on hold

By Dorota Niemitz, 27 July 2015

San Diego-based Qualcomm announces 4,700 layoffs

By Josh Varlin, 27 July 2015

The job cuts at Qualcomm are part of a series of mass layoffs in the US, including at Xerox, Mitsubishi Motors and Newport News Shipbuilding.

Chicago pension cuts struck down by court

By Alexander Fangmann, 27 July 2015

Following the May Illinois Supreme Court decision, the Cook County Circuit Court rejected the argument that a “guarantee” of funding provides a “net benefit” to workers.

Pew report: US unfunded public pension liabilities hit $1 trillion

Siemens boss Joe Kaeser calls for strong “leadership” and glorifies a dictator

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 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.

South African Communist Party and COSATU hold emergency national congresses

By G. T. Maqhubela, 27 July 2015

Among the usual blather and infighting, the key resolutions of both meetings were that neither COSATU nor the SACP would break out of alliance with the governing ANC.

Australian Labor Party conference shores up party leader

By Mike Head, 27 July 2015

The gathering shifted Labor even further to the right amid a rapidly deteriorating economy and escalating US aggression toward China.

New in Turkish

Sahte sol, Syriza’nın ihanetini örtbas etmeye çalışıyor

Alex Lantier, 27 Temmuz 2015

Yunanistan parlamentosunda Çarşamba günü yapılan Avrupa Birliği kemer sıkma önlemlerinin onaylandığı oylama, Tsipras’ın partisi Syriza’nın Yunan halkına yıkıcı ihanetini tamamlıyor.

New in French

La Turquie rejoint les États-Unis dans la guerre en Syrie

Par notre correspondant en Turquie, 27 juillet 2015

Ankara rejoint la guerre des Etats-Unis contre l’EI mais intensifie simultanément son offensive contre les groupes nationalistes kurdes.

Obama débute sa tournée d’Afrique de l'Est par des discussions économiques et militaires à Nairobi

Par Thomas Gaist, 27 juillet 2015

Le président américain est arrivé au Kenya avec un ordre du jour intéressé visant à consolider la domination américaine sur la région stratégique de l’Afrique de l’Est.

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Perspective

Mining job cuts: The destructive anarchy of the capitalist market

27 July 2015

Anglo American’s decision to cut one-third of its workforce is symptomatic of the job destruction ripping through the global mining industry as commodity prices plunge.

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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

By David North

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Socialist Equality Party campaigners win support in Sri Lanka’s plantation district

By our correspondents, 27 July 2015

SEP supporters spoke with workers and youth in the Nuwara Eliya district who expressed deep opposition to the establishment parties and the trade unions.

Sri Lankan SEP holds inaugural election meeting in Colombo

By our correspondents, 25 July 2015

Sri Lankan plantation workers must oppose wage struggle betrayal

Socialist Equality Party fields 43 candidates in Sri Lankan general elections

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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.

Obituary

E. L. Doctorow, 1931-2015: A novelist who tackled American history

By Sandy English, 27 July 2015

E.L. Doctorow, the prominent American novelist and author of Ragtime, Billy Bathgate and The March, among other works, died on July 21 at the age of 84.

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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Commentary

How to make $7 billion in 45 minutes

By Andre Damon, 25 July 2015

Turkey joins US war in Syria

By our Turkish correspondent, 25 July 2015

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Canadian terrorism trials reveal use of entrapment by police and intelligence agencies

By Roger Jordan, 25 July 2015

Second health mega-merger in three weeks
Anthem to buy Cigna, creating biggest US health insurer

By Kate Randall, 25 July 2015

US Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies

US Justice Department considers investigation into Clinton email use

By Josh Varlin, 25 July 2015

Donald Trump: The ugly face of capitalist politics

By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2015

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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Autoworkers Struggles

UAW keeps sellout plans concealed as talks open with Ford

By Shannon Jones, 24 July 2015

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

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The crisis in Greece

Widespread solidarity in Berlin with Greek workers

By Marianne Arens and Désirée Müller, 25 July 2015

France’s Lutte Ouvrière group covers for Syriza’s betrayal in Greece

By Stéphane Hugues, 25 July 2015

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

Greek parliament rubber-stamps new EU austerity plan

The pseudo-left covers up for Syriza’s betrayal

The German Left Party defends Syriza’s betrayal

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

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

Lessons from Greece: The pseudo-left in power

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Science

Discovery of the most Earth-like planet to date

By Don Barrett, 25 July 2015

At a time of the momentous discovery of planets around other stars, no money can be found to examine them.

Pluto and Earth

NHS Fightback

UK government uses demand for weekend work to attack National Health Service

By Ajanta Silva, 25 July 2015

NHS managers are supposed to introduce additional services, while the government is demanding a further £22 billion in cuts to the health budget.

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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

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

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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