Second-largest US coal producer files for bankruptcy

By Andre Damon, 5 August 2015

The filing signals a new assault on jobs in the already devastated US coal industry.

The rot at the heart of the American economy

German government fires prosecutor over treason charge against Internet blog

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2015

The attack by the intelligence services on Netzpolitik.org has provoked a major political crisis.

German federal prosecutor investigates blog for treason

Imperialist powers prepare another military intervention in Libya

By Jean Shaoul, 5 August 2015

Troops from five European nations will work with US forces, the EU and the UN in an operation expected to number several thousand.

Libyan kangaroo court sentences Gaddafi’s son and others to die

Over 450 civilians killed by US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria

By Will Morrow, 5 August 2015

The real death toll is undoubtedly far higher, because the US and its allies cover up all evidence of civilian deaths.

Obama authorizes escalation of US war against Syria

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Australian government announces $89 billion naval expansion

By Peter Symonds, 5 August 2015

The naval build-up is an integral part of the military preparations by the US and its allies throughout Asia for war against China.

Media fans speculation over possible Biden presidential bid

By Tom Eley, 5 August 2015

The rumors appear to be a trial balloon prompted by concerns over a series of crises affecting the Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton.

The oligarchs’ election

Sanders talks “left” and moves right

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

More on the 2016 US election »

US telecom unions order Verizon workers to stay on job as contract expires

By Samuel Davidson and Maria Kovalenko, 5 August 2015

Unions at telecom giant Verizon have ignored the overwhelming strike vote by tens of thousands of workers.

Washington, DC: Government officials prepare whitewash of fatal Metro accident

By Joe Williams, 5 August 2015

Public officials are trying to deny that poor maintenance and underfunding may have caused an accident that resulted in one death and over 100 injuries.

France cancels Mistral helicopter-carrier sales to Russia

By Anthony Torres, 5 August 2015

The canceling of the warship sale to Russia represents a humiliating defeat for Paris and the French military-industrial complex.

UK government rips up restrictions on fracking

By Trevor Johnson, 5 August 2015

The British government is sending a strong signal to the fracking industry that its interests will prevail over all others.

New Zealand: Mana Party supports Labour’s anti-Chinese campaign

By Tom Peters, 5 August 2015

In an attempt to whip up xenophobia, the Maori nationalist party asserted that “people of Asian descent are buying too many homes.”

New in Greek

Επιτόπιο ρεπορτάζ από την Αθήνα
Μαζικό συλλαλητήριο ενάντια στη λιτότητα στην Ελλάδα

Του Ρόμπερτ Στήβενς και Κρίστοφ Ντράιερ, 5 Αύγουστος 2015

Πριν το δημοψήφισμα της Κυριακής ένα μαζικό συλλαλητήριο έγινε το βράδυ της Παρασκευής στην Αθήνα ενάντια στο πρόγραμμα λιτότητας της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης και του Διεθνούς Νομισματικού Ταμείου.

New in Russian

Рецензия на книгу Стивена Коткина Сталин: Парадоксы власти, 1878-1928
Часть третья

Фред Уильямс, 5 августа 2015 г.

Первый том предполагаемой трехтомной биографии Сталина Стивена Коткина представляет собой пародию на научное историческое исследование.

New in Turkish

Syriza içindeki Sol Platform’un siyasi iflası

Alex Lantier, 5 Ağustos 2015

Merkez Komite’nin kararı, Syriza içindeki Sol Platform gibi, kaynayan halk öfkesini Syriza’yı destekleme siyasi deli gömleği içinde tutmaya çalışan güçlerin iflasını ortaya koymaktadır.

Sri Lanka’daki SEP’in genel sekreteri Wije Dias genel seçimler üzerine röportaj verdi

Muhabirlerimizden, 5 Ağustos 2015

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (SEP) genel sekreteri Wije Dias, bu hafta, Sri Lanka Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu’na (SLBC), partinin genel seçim kampanyası hakkında röportaj verdi.

New in French

La pourriture au coeur de l’économie américaine

Par Nick Beams, 5 août 2015

Les toutes récentes données économiques américaines indiquent une contraction de l’investissement et l’augmentation des salaires la plus basse depuis plus de 30 ans.

La France et la Russie s'accordent pour annuler la vente des Mistrals

Par Anthony Torres, 5 août 2015

L'annulation de la vente des Mistrals à la Russie représente une défaite humiliante pour Paris et pour les industriels de l'armement français.

Canada: Les syndicats se joignent aux libéraux et au NPD dans la campagne «Tout sauf les conservateurs»

Par Dylan Lubao et Roger Jordan, 5 août 2015

La collaboration entre de hauts représentants du NPD, des libéraux et des syndicats souligne qu'un gouvernement de coalition est envisagé après les élections fédérales d'octobre.

Pourquoi Québec solidaire garde le silence sur la capitulation de «son cousin» Syriza?

Par Richard Dufour, 5 août 2015

Au lendemain du Non massif au référendum, Syriza a adopté des mesures d'austérité encore plus draconiennes que celles imposées par les gouvernements grecs précédents.

New in German

Netzpolitik.org: Nach Attacken auf die Regierung wird Generalbundesanwalt entlassen

Von Ulrich Rippert, 5. August 2015

Der Rauswurf von Generalbundesanwalt Range zeigt, wie tief die Konflikte im Staatsapparat sind. Es wird immer deutlicher, dass die Geheimdienste als Staat im Staat agieren.

Obama bewilligt Kriegseskalation gegen Syrien

Von Bill Van Auken, 5. August 2015

US-Präsident Obama hat Luftangriffe gegen syrische Regierungstruppen bewilligt, angeblich um eine Handvoll US-Söldnern zu schützen.

International Viewpoint, Syriza und der Betrug mit der „Wahrheitskomission“

Von Robert Stevens, 5. August 2015

Schon die ersten Erkenntnisse des Untersuchungsausschusses zum Ursprung der griechischen Schuldenkrise haben klargemacht, dass Griechenland durch Schwindeleien, Tricks und Lügen der Finanzhäuser in den Bankrott getrieben wurde.

Militärpropaganda beim Heavy-Metal Konzert in Wacken

Von Gustav Kemper, 5. August 2015

Gemeinsam mit der Heavy-Metal-Band U.D.O. rockte die Bundeswehrkapelle auf dem Heavy Metal Konzert in Wacken

Die Frankfurter Schule, die Postmoderne und die Politik der Pseudolinken: Eine marxistische Kritik – Vorwort
Teil 2

Von David North, 5. August 2015

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

Vor 100 Jahren wurde Orson Welles geboren
Teil 2

Von David Walsh und Joanne Laurier, 5. August 2015

Am 6. Mai 1915 wurde Orson Welles geboren, eine der bemerkenswertesten Persönlichkeiten des amerikanischen Films und der Bühne im 20. Jahrhundert. Dies ist der zweite und letzte Teil einer Würdigung seines Schaffens. Der erste Teil erschien am 25.07.2015.

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Perspective

One year of Obama’s Iraq-Syria war

5 August 2015

Through all its dizzying contradictions and the mass of lies employed to sell it, the war’s only consistent features are the predatory aims and methods of US imperialism.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Tamil National Alliance presents pro-imperialist manifesto in Sri Lankan elections

By K. Nesan, 5 August 2015

Sri Lanka: JVP election manifesto woos big business

By W. A. Sunil, 4 August 2015

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

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.

What is the pseudo-left?

By The WSWS Editorial Board, 30 July 2015

Political developments in Greece in recent months are a striking confirmation of the WSWS's analysis of “pseudo-left” tendencies.

Commentary

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

By Kumaran Ira, 4 August 2015

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

By Robert Stevens, 4 August 2015

The political bankruptcy of Syriza’s Left Platform

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

Chicago police investigator fired for not covering up police killings

More on police violence in America »

Germany takes over military training operations in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 4 August 2015

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

Harper formally launches Canada’s federal election campaign

US-led Pacific trade pact talks break down

NATO scrambles jets against Russian aircraft over the Baltic Sea

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

More on the fight for historical truth in Germany »