China devaluation fuels market turmoil

By Nick Beams, 13 August 2015

The efforts to limit the fallout from the decision by China to devalue its currency could be undermined by recessionary trends in the global economy.

Chinese currency devaluation underscores global instability

Explosion wreaks destruction in Chinese city of Tianjin

By James Cogan, 13 August 2015

The Tianjin explosion is the latest in the continuous stream of industrial disasters that kill and maim thousands of Chinese workers.

Hillary Clinton forced to surrender email server to FBI

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2015

The reversal of her previous refusal to hand over the server came amid reports that emails stored on it contained “top secret” information.

Sanders’ appeal to anger over inequality continues to draw crowds

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

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White House defends imprisonment of immigrant children

By Evan Blake, 13 August 2015

The Obama administration is appealing a court ruling that seeks to ban the imprisonment of hundreds of children and their mothers in immigration detention centers.

Syriza government steps up repression of refugees

By Robert Stevens, 13 August 2015

Since Syriza came to office in January, its entire policy of dealing with refugees and asylum seekers has been based on repression.

Syriza agrees to full list of EU austerity demands in new bailout plan

The political bankruptcy of Syriza’s Left Platform

What is the pseudo-left?

More on the crisis in Greece »

German news anchor’s anti-racist comments conceal the real issues

By Christoph Dreier, 13 August 2015

Anja Reschke’s commentary deflects attention away from those genuinely responsible—the government, mainstream politicians and the media itself.

Two types of visitors: Germany applies different standards to dictators and their victims

By Ute Reissner, 13 August 2015

Hundreds of refugees, many from the Middle East, have been camped out in searing heat in front of the main refugee centre in Berlin.

Canada-US frictions flare over Trans Pacific Partnership

By Roger Jordan, 13 August 2015

Canada’s government and business elite are livid over a US-Japanese deal that would undermine its privileged access to the US auto market.

Australian dock union goes to court to seek deal on Hutchison sackings

By Mike Head, 13 August 2015

The MUA’s move is similar to its legal manoeuvre in the union’s historic sellout of the 1998 waterfront dispute.

Hutchison Ports’ sackings in Australia and the global restructuring of the docks

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Australian warehouse workers defy court order to end strike

By our correspondents, 13 August 2015

The Woolworths workers have become the second group of strikers currently defying return to work orders, following similar votes by Hutchison Port workers Brisbane and Sydney.

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Syriza accepte la totalité des mesures d’austérité exigées par l’UE

Par Robert Stevens, 13 août 2015

L’accord proposé, qui souscrit à toutes les principales exigences de la « troïka », aura des conséquences catastrophiques pour une population grecque déjà appauvrie.

La dévaluation de la monnaie chinoise souligne l’instabilité mondiale

Par Nick Beams, 13 août 2015

Les marchés boursiers et les prix des matières premières ont fortement baissé suite à la décision du gouvernement chinois de dévaluer le renminbi; ces baisses reflètent des inquiétudes quant à la situation périlleuse de l’économie chinoise, et mondiale.

Le gouvernement turc intensifie la répression des opposants politiques

Par Halil Celik et Jean Shaoul, 13 août 2015

La police a violemment dispersé des manifestations antiguerre pacifiques et le gouvernement a bloqué plus de 90 sites d'actualités.

Élection au Sri Lanka: Le parti UNP proaméricain soutient le grand patronat

Par Rohantha Silva, 13 août 2015

La promotion de l’UNP comme un champion de la démocratie, le plus ancien parti bourgeois du pays profondément impliqué dans les crimes commis contre la classe ouvrière, est une supercherie totale.

Réunion le 15 août à Paris : l'importance internationale de l'élection sri lankaise

12 août 2015

Les élections sri lankaises soulèvent des questions essentielles pour la classe ouvrière de tous les pays, en lutte contre le nationalisme et le danger de guerre.

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Chinesische Abwertung verstärkt globale Instabilität

Von Nick Beams, 12. August 2015

Nach der Entscheidung, den Yuan abzuwerten, stürzten Börsen und Rohstoffpreise ab. Hinter dem Währungsschritt steht die Sorge über den bedrohlichen Zustand der chinesischen und der Weltwirtschaft.

Neuer Rettungsplan für Griechenland:
Syriza stimmt allen Sparforderungen der EU zu

Von Robert Stevens, 13. August 2015

Das geplante Abkommen akzeptiert alle Hauptforderungen der „Troika“ und wird katastrophale Folgen für Griechenlands ohnehin verarmte Bevölkerung haben.

Unternehmen schlagen Profit aus dem Elend
Die Flüchtlingsindustrie

Von Sven Heymanns, 13. August 2015

Vom Elend der Flüchtlinge profitiert in Deutschland inzwischen ein ganzer Industriezweig. Das liegt nicht zuletzt am Zerfall der öffentlichen Infrastruktur.

Österreichische Regierung verschärft Vorgehen gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Markus Salzmann, 13. August 2015

Sozialdemokraten und Konservative übernehmen die Hetze der rechtsradikalen Freiheitlichen. Zustände im Aufnahmelager Traiskirchen sind katastrophal.

Türkei: Regierung verschärft Unterdrückung politischer Gegner

Von Halil Celik und Jean Shaoul, 13. August 2015

Während die Polizei friedliche Antikriegsdemonstrationen auflöst, blockiert die Regierung mehr als 90 Nachrichtenportale.

Sri Lanka: Pseudolinke NSSP unterstützt US-gesponserte „Farbrevolution“

Von K. Ratnayake, 13. August 2015

NSSP-Führer Karunaratne spielt im srilankischen Wahlkampf eine besonders üble Rolle als Propagandist der amtierenden rechten, proamerikanischen UNP.

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Perspective

Danger mounts of US/NATO war with Russia

13 August 2015

An expert analysis of this year’s NATO and Russian military exercises suggests that the two sides are moving closer to outright war.

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Commentary

Democratic Party moves to drop “Jefferson-Jackson” name from fundraisers

By Tom Mackaman, 13 August 2015

The move to disassociate the Democratic Party from the two figures it has long claimed as its founders, allegedly because they were slave-owners, marks a new milestone in the party’s embrace of identity politics.

Scottish Socialist Party defends Syriza

By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 13 August 2015

Scottish Socialist Party leader Colin Fox has made clear that what Syriza has done in Greece, the SSP would be more than ready to do in Scotland.

Italian pseudo-left supports Syriza’s betrayal

More on the crisis in Greece »

New York governor implicated in torture by state prison officials

By Eric London, 12 August 2015

Ferguson protests continue in defiance of state of emergency

By Evan Blake, 12 August 2015

Journalists arrested during Ferguson protests last year face charges

More on police violence in America »

Who is the new German Attorney General Peter Frank?

Pentagon manual justifies war crimes and press censorship

Autoworkers Struggles

UAW officials pledge no push for big gains in contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 13 August 2015

With US automakers recording massive profits UAW officials are striving to dampen expectations

Video: The battle facing US autoworkers

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 10 August 2015

US, Mexican and Canadian autoworkers face common fight

Volkswagen and IG Metall union plan massive job cuts

Who’s who on the UAW negotiating team?

Socialist Equality Party launches digital WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

More on autoworkers struggles »

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Sri Lanka: Big business parties issue false pledges on unemployment

By Minusha Fernando, 13 August 2015

The problems facing the youth are an indictment of these parties and the capitalist system they maintain.

Sri Lankan election: 110 unions and NGOs back right-wing, pro-US UNP

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

SEP campaign receives support in northern Sri Lanka

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

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 »

Book Review

The covert “selling” of anticommunism
The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America
Part 2

By Nancy Hanover, 12 August 2015

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose the political censorship of the IYSSE at Australian universities!
Oppose war and austerity! Defend democratic rights!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 12 August 2015

Arts Review

Amy, a documentary film about the British singer Amy Winehouse

By Joanne Laurier, 12 August 2015

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”

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 »