Report shows continuing stagnation in US jobs, wages

By Tom Hall, 8 August 2015

Friday’s jobs report shows that the American labor market failed to make any meaningful improvements last month as conditions for American workers continue to stagnate or decline.

The rot at the heart of the American economy

Syracuse, New York ravaged by unemployment, poverty and low wages

By Steve Filips, 8 August 2015

Despite a decline in the official unemployment rate, thousands of people living in New York’s fifth largest city continue to struggle to find jobs and earn a decent living.

US, Russia reach deal for chemical weapons inspections in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 8 August 2015

The call for inspections comes two years after the Obama administration asserted categorically that the Assad regime was responsible for chemical attacks.

One year of Obama’s Iraq-Syria war

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Background to the government attack on Netzpolitik.org
German court in 1992 upheld 1931 treason conviction of Carl von Ossietzky

By Andreas Kunstmann, 8 August 2015

The BGH judges in 1992 made the decisive factor the legal opinion of judges who later became supporters of the Nazi state.

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

Israel’s Netanyahu government widens use of anti-democratic detention orders

By Jean Shaoul, 8 August 2015

The same dictatorial methods utilised in suppressing and brutalising the Palestinians are coming home.

Right-wing Israeli fanatic stabs six at gay rights parade

Clashes erupt on West Bank after child is murdered by Zionist settlers

London Tube workers carry out 24-hour strike

By Paul Mitchell, 8 August 2015

Although deliberately limited by the unions, the walkout brought the capital city of 8.63 million people to a virtual standstill.

London Tube worker describes issues in struggle

By our correspondent, 8 August 2015

Plane debris likely to be from missing flight MH370

By Will Morrow, 8 August 2015

French investigators suggest that the wing-part washed up on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean probably belonged to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Chauvinist Quebec bill targets Muslim minority

By Laurent Lafrance, 8 August 2015

Bill 62 would bar women wearing a Muslim “face-covering” from receiving or providing public services, including education and health care.

Hutchison Ports axes half its Australian workforce

By Richard Phillips, 8 August 2015

The maritime union has appealed to the global stevedoring corporation for negotiations on its multi-million dollar cost-cutting plans.

Australian waterfront workers denounce job cuts

By our reporters, 8 August 2015

New Zealand government digs in after breakdown of US-led trade talks

By John Braddock, 8 August 2015

Protectionist opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership declared their satisfaction over the collapse of the negotiations.

Higher rates approved for California utilities

By Adam Mclean, 7 August 2015

The California Public Utilities Commission has rubber-stamped a regressive measure that will force most Californians to pay higher water bills.

New in Greek

Τί είναι η ψευτο-αριστερά;

Η Συντακτική Επιτροπή του WSWS, 8 Αύγουστος 2015

Τα γεγονότα των τελευταίων μηνών στην Ελλάδα αποτελούν μια τεράστια στρατηγική εμπειρία της ελληνικής εργατικής τάξης και νεολαίας με σημαντική επίδραση πάνω στην πολιτική συνείδηση σε όλο τον κόσμο.

New in Turkish

Plüton ve Dünya

Patrick Martin, 8 Ağustos 2015

New Horizons (Yeni Ufuklar) uzay aracı ile Plüton’a yapılan uçuş, bu türdeki en mükemmel bilimsel ve teknolojik başarıdır.

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (Sri Lanka) 2015 genel seçim manifestosu
Savaşa ve kemer sıkmaya karşı! Bir işçi-köylü hükümeti ve sosyalist program uğruna mücadele edin!

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Sri Lanka), 8 Ağustos 2015

Sri Lanka şubesi Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (SEP), işçileri, gençliği, tarım emekçilerini ve aydınları, Sri Lanka’daki 17 Ağustos genel seçim kampanyamızı desteklemeye çağırır.

New in French

Le discours d’Obama sur l’Iran et le spectre d’une troisième guerre mondiale

Par Bill van Auken, 8 août 2015

Le président américain a pris la décision extraordinaire d’avertir publiquement qu’une forte partie du Congrès et de l’appareil d’Etat était déterminée à faire la guerre à l’Iran

Les habitants du département d'irrigation sri-lankais discutent la politique du PES

Par notre correspondant, 8 août 2015

Des travailleurs de Ratmalana, près de Colombo, expriment leur colère devant la pauvreté et l'exploitation.

New in German

Obama zum Iran:
Das Gespenst eines dritten Weltkriegs

Von Bill Van Auken, 8. August 2015

Der amerikanische Präsident warnt öffentlich davor, dass einflussreiche Kräfte im Kongress und US-Staatsapparat auf Krieg gegen den Iran setzen. Das ist ungewöhnlich.

Mehring Verlag veröffentlicht „Wissenschaft oder Kriegspropaganda?“

Von Peter Schwarz, 8. August 2015

Wer verstehen will, warum die herrschenden Eliten Deutschlands ihre Zurückhaltung in der Außenpolitik aufgeben, militärisch aufrüsten und in der EU den „Zuchtmeister“ spielen, muss dieses Buch lesen.

Wissenschaft oder Kriegspropaganda? – Vorwort

Von Peter Schwarz, 8. August 2015

Ende August erscheint im Mehring Verlag das Buch „Wissenschaft oder Kriegspropaganda?“. Wir dokumentieren hier das Vorwort.

Sri Lanka: Die Kampagne der Socialist Equality Party in der Parlamentswahl

Von Philipp Frisch, 8. August 2015

Am 17. August wird in Sri Lanka ein neues Parlament gewählt. Die Wahl steht im Zeichen eskalierender Spannungen zwischen den Großmächten, vor allem China und den USA.

Manifest der Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) für die Parlamentswahl 2015
Gegen Krieg und Sparpolitik! Für eine Arbeiter- und Bauernregierung und für ein sozialistisches Programm!

Socialist Equality Party, 8. August 2015

Die SEP will mit ihrem Wahlkampf Arbeiter und Jugendliche auf einer sozialistischen, internationalistischen Grundlage zum Widerstand gegen Krieg und Angriffe auf demokratische Rechte mobilisieren.

VW-Vorstand, IG Metall und Betriebsrat planen massiven Arbeitsplatzabbau

Von Dietmar Henning, 8. August 2015

Beim angekündigten Umbau des VW-Konzerns, der zu massiver Arbeitsplatzvernichtung führen wird, arbeiten IG Metall und Betriebsratsspitze als Teil des Unternehmensvorstands.

Karstadt:
Entlassungen bei Feinkost-Kette Perfetto

Von Jan Peters, Marianne Arens, 8. August 2015

Die Entlassungen und Lohnkürzungen bei der Karstadt-Gruppe

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Perspective

One year since the death of Michael Brown

8 August 2015

Last year’s events in Ferguson, Missouri exposed the reign of police violence in the US and the militarized repression with which the ruling class responds to social opposition.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Sri Lanka: Pseudo-left NSSP prepares to support US-backed “colour revolution”

By K. Ratnayake, 8 August 2015

NSSP leader Karunaratne is playing a particularly sinister role in the election campaign as a propagandist for the right-wing, pro-US UNP which is in power

Former Sri Lankan president mounts chauvinist election campaign

By W.A. Sunil, 7 August 2015

Sri Lankan irrigation department residents discuss SEP policies

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

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!

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.

Commentary

Republican presidential debate: The freak show at Quicken Loans Arena

By Patrick Martin, 8 August 2015

The ten candidates assembled on the stage represented and appealed to everything rotten and backward in American society.

The oligarchs’ election

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

More on the 2016 US elections »

Obama on Iran: The specter of World War III

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2015

Hundreds dead as refugee boat sinks in Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 7 August 2015

International scholars call on Japanese PM to issue apology

By Ben McGrath, 7 August 2015

The 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima

US uses ASEAN summit to escalate confrontation with Beijing

Thousands protest torture-murder of Mexican photojournalist and four women

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

New in Greek

WSWS publishes Greek translation of “What is the pseudo-left?”

Posted here is a translation into Greek of the WSWS perspective published 30 July.

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

8 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

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

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.

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

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

6 August 2015

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 »