Hundreds dead as refugee boat sinks in Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 7 August 2015

The US and European powers bear responsibility for the mass deaths of refugees trying to escape the terrible conditions in their home countries.

Imperialist powers prepare another military intervention in Libya

Blood on their hands: Libya’s boat refugees and “humanitarian” imperialism

The sacking of the German attorney general and the assault on press freedom

By Peter Schwarz, 7 August 2015

The events that led to the dismissal of the German Attorney General Harald Range show the true extent of the preparations to erect an authoritarian state.

German government fires prosecutor over treason charge against Internet blog

International scholars call on Japanese PM to issue apology

By Ben McGrath, 7 August 2015

The historians’ statement comes just over two weeks before Abe’s scheduled speech on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Veteran filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki denounces government plans to remilitarise Japan

Obamacare enrollees highly dissatisfied with health coverage

By Kate Randall, 7 August 2015

A new poll finds that only 30 percent of people with insurance through the ACA exchanges are satisfied with their plans, mainly due to cost.

Buffalo, New York: Opioid overdosing reaches epidemic proportions

By Josh Varlin, 7 August 2015

There were 10 overdoses in a single day last month, including one death, with one woman overdosing twice within three hours.

Wildfires spread in Northern California

By Kevin Martinez, 7 August 2015

Over 13,000 people have been ordered to evacuate as about two dozen fires consume more than 142,000 acres.

Canada’s NDP promises “change” and continued austerity

By Roger Jordan, 7 August 2015

The NDP is making vague promises of “change” to working people, while reassuring big business that it will keep taxes low and balance the budget.

Harper formally launches Canada’s federal election campaign

UK teachers leave profession in record numbers

By Tania Kent, 7 August 2015

Applications for teaching jobs have declined by 27,000 in the last 12 months.

Australian business demands deeper cuts to wages and conditions

By Mike Head, 7 August 2015

The Productivity Commission report sets out a framework for cutting wages and conditions to the levels already imposed on workers in Europe and America.

Australian state Labor government wracked by factional turmoil

By Patrick Kelly, 7 August 2015

The political crisis in Victoria is being fuelled by mounting dissatisfaction in corporate circles with the government.

New in Greek

«Ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ αγνόησε τις επιθυμίες του ελληνικού λαού»
Εργαζόμενοι μιλούν ανοιχτά ενάντια στη λιτότητα στην Ελλάδα

Του Ρόμπερτ Στίβενς και Κρίστοφ Ντράιερ, 6 Αύγουστος 2015

Στο Παγκράτι, μια συνοικία στη νοτιοανατολική Αθήνα, ο κόσμος σχημάτιζε ουρές όλη τη μέρα στα ΑΤΜ συζητώντας το δημοψήφισμα που θα διεξαχθεί την Κυριακή για τα προστάγματα της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης (ΕΕ) και του Διεθνούς Νομισματικού Ταμείου (ΔΝΤ).

New in French

Discours d’Obama sur l’Iran: si l’accord échoue c'est la guerre

Par Barry Grey, 7 août 2015

La tentative d’Obama de présenter la nouvelle politique envers l’Iran comme un tournant vers une solution diplomatique et le respect des lois internationales est un mensonge flagrant.

Le soixante-dixième anniversaire du bombardement d’Hiroshima

Par Peter Symonds, 7 août 2015

En utilisant l’arme nucléaire, Washington visait non seulement à terroriser le régime japonais mais encore et surtout l’Union soviétique et à assurer, après la guerre, la domination des Etats-Unis sur le monde.

Secteur public québécois: les syndicats parlent de grève, mais préparent la capitulation

Par Laurent Lafrance, 7 août 2015

La bureaucratie syndicale cherche à endormir les travailleurs en passant sous silence le fait qu'une confrontation est inévitable et doit être politiquement préparée.

New in German

Siebzig Jahre seit der Bombardierung von Hiroshima

Von Peter Symonds, 7. August 2015

Der amerikanische Atomwaffenabwurf richtete sich nicht nur gegen das japanische Regime, sondern vor allem gegen die Sowjetunion. Er sollte die globale Vorherrschaft der USA sichern.

Obamas Iran-Rede:
Ein Scheitern des Atomabkommens bedeutet Krieg

Von Barry Grey, 7. August 2015

Wenn der Präsident unmissverständlich feststellt, dass die Ablehnung des Abkommens mit dem Iran Krieg zur Folge hat, kann das nur heißen, dass hinter dem Rücken der amerikanischen Bevölkerung bereits detaillierte Pläne für massive Angriffe ausgearbeitet wurden.

Hunderte Tote bei neuem Flüchtlingsdrama im Mittelmeer

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 7. August 2015

Als Reaktion auf die Flüchtlingskatastrophen im April dieses Jahres schickte die EU zusätzliche Kriegsschiffe in das Mittelmeer. Diese sollen jedoch nicht primär Flüchtlinge aus Seenot retten, sondern als Teil der Mission Eunavformed Krieg gegen Schleuser führen und Flüchtlingsboote zerstören.

Imperialistische Mächte bereiten neue Militärintervention in Libyen vor

Von Jean Shaoul, 7. August 2015

An der Operation werden Soldaten aus fünf europäischen Nationen und den USA, sowie Truppen der EU und der UN teilnehmen. Insgesamt werden vermutlich mehrere tausend Mann daran beteiligt sein.

US-Regierung lehnt Petition zur Begnadigung Snowdens ab

Von Josh Varlin, 7. August 2015

Das Weiße Haus hat eine Petition abgelehnt, die von fast 168.000 Menschen unterschrieben wurde. In dieser wurde „eine volle, uneingeschränkte und absolute Begnadigung“ von NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden gefordert.

Carl von Ossietzky wurde nie rehabilitiert
Der Bundesgerichtshof bestätigte 1992 das Urteil wegen Landesverrats

Von Andreas Kunstmann, 7. August 2015

„Für die Karlsruher Bundesrichter haben das Dritte Reich und der Zweite Weltkrieg mit seinen 50 Millionen Toten nicht stattgefunden. Sie halten sich an Grundsätze, die [...] den Freispruch ihrer mit Adolf Hitler sympathisierenden Richterkollegen aus der Weimarer Republik garantieren.”

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Perspective

Obama on Iran: The specter of World War III

7 August 2015

The US president took the extraordinary step of going public in warning that powerful factions within Congress and the state apparatus are determined to go to war against Iran.

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Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Former Sri Lankan president mounts chauvinist election campaign

By W.A. Sunil, 7 August 2015

In his bid to become prime minister, Rajapakse is posing as the “defender of the motherland” and making populist promises that he has no intention of keeping.

Sri Lankan irrigation department residents discuss SEP policies

By our correspondent, 6 August 2015

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

By K. Nesan, 5 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!

Sri Lankan SEP General Secretary Wije Dias interviewed on national election channel

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

The 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima

By Peter Symonds, 6 August 2015

US uses ASEAN summit to escalate confrontation with Beijing

By Mike Head, 6 August 2015

Thousands protest torture-murder of Mexican photojournalist and four women

By Rafael Azul, 6 August 2015

Media fans speculation over possible Biden presidential bid

By Tom Eley, 5 August 2015

The oligarchs’ election

Sanders talks “left” and moves right

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

More on the 2016 US elections »

One year of Obama’s Iraq-Syria war

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

Arts Review

Mr. Holmes: Old age, the perils of science, a minor mystery solved …

By David Walsh, 6 August 2015

Trainwreck: The latest from Judd Apatow

Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944) and the phenomenon of American film noir

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 »

New in Greek

WSWS publishes Greek translation of “Syriza disregarded the wishes of the Greek population: Workers speak out against austerity in Greece.”

Posted here is a translation into Greek of the on the spot report report in Athens.

WSWS publishes Greek translation of “The pseudo-left covers up Syriza’s betrayal”

Socialist Equality Party

IYSSE, SEP (Australia) lectures: 100 years since the Zimmerwald conference

6 August 2015

The issues that erupted at Zimmerwald a century ago have the most decisive contemporary significance.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 August 2015

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

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

By Samuel Davidson and Maria Kovalenko, 5 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?

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 »