St. Louis County declares state of emergency in crackdown against police violence protests

By Evan Blake, 11 August 2015

Police arrested over 100 demonstrators Monday and shot an 18-year-old near protests commemorating the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown.

Police murder and class rule in America

One year since the death of Michael Brown

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Abadi announces reforms aimed at “decentralization” of Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 11 August 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi’s political reforms are based on a strategy worked out in coordination with the Obama administration during the opening months of 2015.

US, Russia reach deal for chemical weapons inspections in Syria

One year of Obama’s Iraq-Syria war

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German economy minister celebrates the expansion of the Suez Canal

By Johannes Stern, 11 August 2015

The German elites are enamored with Egypt's dictatorship, which drowned the Egyptian revolution in blood and is creating attractive conditions for international finance capital.

Blood and capital

Hutchison workers continue strike as Australian union calls for “negotiated” job cuts

By Richard Phillips, 11 August 2015

The MUA has responded to an industrial commission return-to-work directive by denying it has any involvement in the waterfront walkout.

Port Botany and Brisbane workers oppose Hutchison’s mass sackings

By our reporters, 11 August 2015

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Protesters denounce military legislation as Japan marks anniversary of nuclear bombings

By Ben McGrath, 11 August 2015

A Nagasaki survivor recounted the horrors of the blast and denounced Prime Minister Abe’s moves to amend Japan’s post-World War II constitution.

The 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima

US presidential candidate Bobby Jindal calls for prosecution of “sanctuary city” mayors

By E.P. Bannon, 11 August 2015

Jindal said he would prosecute mayors of so-called “sanctuary cities” as accomplices to any crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.

Northern Virginia schools face major budget cuts

By Nick Barrickman, 11 August 2015

The proposal would lead to the reduction or outright elimination of sports programs and activities such as band and drama.

Spain: New National Security Law to come into force before Catalan elections

By Carlos Hernández and Alejandro López, 11 August 2015

With the new National Security Law, the Popular Party government will have an alternative legal instrument to confront any moves towards Catalan separation.

UK: Manchester City Council bans homeless protesters from city centre

By Dennis Moore, 11 August 2015

The refusal to provide the Manchester protesters with legal aid funding is part of a broader attack on access to justice in the UK.

Economic downturn intensifies Australian political crisis

By Mike Head, 11 August 2015

A worsening economic situation is fuelling corporate discontent with the Abbott government and the entire political system.

New in French

Meurtres policiers et domination de classe en Amérique

Par Andre Damon, 11 août 2015

L’épidémie de meurtres policiers aux Etats-Unis est l’expression d’une société malade où la violence sans fin à l’étranger s’associe à la vaste inégalité sociale et au parasitisme financier à l’intérieur.

La campagne du SEP obtient du soutien dans le nord du Sri Lanka

Par notre correspondant, 11 août 2015

Le SEP (Parti de l'égalité socialiste) a tenu sa deuxième réunion électorale dans le nord du Sri Lanka, sur l’île de Karainagar, où des membres et des sympathisants du PES ont eu des discussions animées avec les habitants.

New in German

Gabriel feiert mit Ägyptens Diktator al-Sisi die Erweiterung des Suez-Kanals

Von Johannes Stern, 11. August 2015

Nur wenige Wochen nach seinem Aufsehen erregenden Vorstoß in den Iran, reiste der deutsche Wirtschaftsminister auch nach Ägypten, um die Interessen des deutschen Imperialismus in der Region voranzutreiben.

Iranisches Atomabkommen:
Scharfe Spannungen im amerikanischen Establishment

Von Patrick Martin, 11. August 2015

Eine große Mehrheit im Kongress drängt auf den baldigen Krieg gegen den Iran und ist bereit, das Risiko eines dritten Weltkriegs einzugehen.

Italien: Nichi Vendola unterstützt Verrat von Syriza

Von Marianne Arens, 11. August 2015

Der Pseudolinke Nichi Vendola löst seine Partei SEL auf und bereitet ein „neues politisches Subjekt“ nach dem Vorbild von Syriza für Italien vor.

Wer ist der neue Generalbundesanwalt Peter Frank?

Von Wolfgang Weber, 11. August 2015

Der Posten des Generalbundesanwalts (GBA) ist eine Schlüsselfunktion im Staatsapparat. Der schnelle Wechsel an der Spitze dieses Amts kann nur bedeuten, dass er bereits lange vorbereitet war.

USA und Russland einigen sich auf Untersuchung der Chemiewaffenangriffe in Syrien

Von Thomas Gaist, 11. August 2015

Zwei Jahre nachdem die Obama-Regierung kategorisch erklärt hatte, das Assad-Regime sei für Chemiewaffenangriffe verantwortlich, fordert sie eine Untersuchung.

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Perspective

Pentagon manual justifies war crimes and press censorship

11 August 2015

The 1,165-page document elaborates a legal rationale for mass killings, detention of civilians and persecution of journalists, among other criminal actions.

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Mehring Books

New from Mehring Verlag
Scholarship or War Propaganda? The Return of German Militarism and the Dispute at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By Peter Schwarz, 10 August 2015

The World Socialist Web Site announces the upcoming publication of the German edition of Scholarship or War Propaganda? The Return of German Militarism and the Dispute at Berlin’s Humboldt University. The book is available for preorder today at Mehring Verlag.

Foreword to Scholarship or War Propaganda? The Return of German Militarism and the Dispute at Berlin's Humboldt University

By Peter Schwarz, 10 August 2015

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.

Autoworkers Struggles

Video: The battle facing US autoworkers

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 10 August 2015

Volkswagen and IG Metall union plan massive job cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 10 August 2015

Who’s who on the UAW negotiating team?

Socialist Equality Party launches digital WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

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Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Sri Lankan election: Pro-US UNP appeals to big business

By Rohantha De Silva, 11 August 2015

The promotion of the UNP, the country’s oldest bourgeois party steeped in crimes against the working class, as a champion of democracy is a complete fraud.

SEP campaign receives support in northern Sri Lanka

By our correspondent, 10 August 2015

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

Former Sri Lankan president mounts chauvinist election campaign

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!

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Commentary

Italian pseudo-left supports Syriza’s betrayal

By Marianne Arens, 11 August 2015

Italian pseudo-left politician Nichi Vendola is dissolving his SEL organisation and preparing to establish a new “political subject” modelled on Syriza.

What is the pseudo-left?

“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart steps down

By David Walsh, 10 August 2015

Conflict within US political establishment over Iran nuclear accord intensifies

By Patrick Martin, 10 August 2015

Ukrainian government blacklists Russian actors and musicians

By Niles Williamson, 10 August 2015

US psychologists’ convention bans participation in torture

By Tom Carter, 10 August 2015

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Puerto Rico on rations

By Rafael Azul, 10 August 2015

On the death of German multi-billionairess Johanna Quandt

Republican presidential debate: The freak show at Quicken Loans Arena

Book Review

The covert “selling” of anticommunism
The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America
Part 1

By Nancy Hanover, 11 August 2015

The Mighty Wurlitzer is an examination of the CIA’s 1947-67 campaigns against militant, anti-capitalist and particularly socialist thought.

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman: More of a moneymaking than a literary event?

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

11 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

25 years ago: Magellan probe reaches orbit of Venus

On August 10, 1990, the NASA spacecraft Magellan fired its solid-rocket motor to complete its 15-month journey from Earth and position it for an orbit of Venus.

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50 years ago: Watts riot in Los Angeles

On August 11, 1965, one of the largest urban uprisings in US history erupted in the Watts ghetto of southeast Los Angeles, beginning a week of fighting with police and National Guard troops that left 36 people dead, 1,000 injured, 4,000 arrested and $200 million in buildings and other property destroyed.

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75 years ago: The Battle of Britain begins

On August 13, 1940, the German Luftwaffe launched a massive air attack with the aim of destroying the Royal Air Force (RAF) and wiping out Britain as a base of operations against Nazi Germany’s domination of the European continent.

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100 years ago: Leading young physicist killed in First World War

On August 10, 1915, British scientist Henry G.J. Moseley was killed in the fighting on the Gallipoli peninsula against the Ottoman Empire in World War I.

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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”

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

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

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