Greek parliament votes for new round of austerity measures
Syriza’s Tsipras set to call vote of confidence

By Christoph Dreier and Chris Marsden, 14 August 2015

The measures backed by the Syriza-led government, in line with the demands of the European banks, are a further assault on Greek workers and youth, following years of brutal austerity measures.

Syriza government steps up repression of refugees

Scottish Socialist Party defends Syriza

Italian pseudo-left supports Syriza’s betrayal

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China: More than 50 dead in Tianjin factory explosion

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 August 2015

The Chinese regime has responded nervously to the disaster, which is intensifying its political crisis.

Australian waterfront union betrays Hutchison strike

By Mike Head, 14 August 2015

While claiming a “victory,” as it did in 1998, the MUA is sending the Hutchison Ports workers back to work today, with many to lose their jobs.

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

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Sweden drops some allegations against Julian Assange but US-backed persecution continues

By James Cogan, 14 August 2015

The passing of five years has not dampened Washington’s vindictive pursuit of the WikiLeaks editor.

Major powers intensify diplomatic maneuvering over fate of Assad regime

By Thomas Gaist, 14 August 2015

The Russian government held negotiations this week aimed at a political settlement to end the war in Syria through installation of a transitional national unity regime.

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Chicago Public Schools announces hundreds of teacher layoffs, spending and pension cuts

By Kristina Betinis, 14 August 2015

The nation’s third largest school district has released an annual budget slashing jobs and spending, and demanding concessions from teachers.

Texas carries out its tenth execution of 2015

By Kate Randall, 14 August 2015

Daniel Lopez was considered a death penalty “volunteer,” having written letters to a federal judge pleading for his execution to move forward.

Kentucky county official defies court order on gay marriage

By Patrick Martin, 14 August 2015

The Rowan County clerk has refused to issue any marriage licenses at all since the Supreme Court decision striking down all bans on gay marriage.

The US Supreme Court and marriage equality

German companies profit from the new “refugee industry”

By Sven Heymann, 14 August 2015

Thousands of people who seek refuge in Germany from poverty, war and dictatorship find catastrophic conditions upon their arrival.

German government supports ThyssenKrupp in fight to secure submarine contract in Australia

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 14 August 2015

The German armaments corporation ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) is competing for an Australian contract for submarines worth billions of euros.

UK Conservative government escalates attacks on asylum seekers

By Jean Shaoul, 14 August 2015

A new Immigration Bill will slash the already miserly level of support given to families seeking asylum.

First round of Haitian legislative elections held amidst immigration and political crises

By John Marion, 14 August 2015

Some 66,000 people have returned from the Dominican Republic to Haiti under threat of deportation and face dire conditions.

New in French

La dévaluation chinoise attise les turbulences sur les marchés mondiaux

Par Nick Beams, 14 août 2015

Les efforts visant à limiter les conséquences de la décision de la Chine de dévaluer sa monnaie pourraient être compromis par les tendances à la récession dans l’économie mondiale.

Le risque s’accroit d’une guerre des Etats-Unis et de l’OTAN avec la Russie

Par Patrick Martin, 14 août 2015

Une analyse réalisée par des experts sur les exercices militaires effectués cette année par l’OTAN et la Russie révèle que les deux camps se dirigent vers une guerre véritable.

New in German

Wachsende Gefahr eines Kriegs gegen Russland

Von Patrick Martin, 14. August 2015

Die diesjährigen Militärübungen von Nato und Russland rücken die Welt näher an den Rand eines offenen Kriegs. Zu diesem Schluss kommt ein EU-Expertengremium.

Abwertung der chinesischen Währung wirbelt Märkte durcheinander

Von Nick Beams, 14. August 2015

Alle Versuche, die Abwertung des Yuan weltwirtschaftlich abzufedern, könnten angesichts der globalen Abwärtstrends vergeblich sein.

Syriza-Regierung verschärft Vorgehen gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Robert Stevens, 14. August 2015

Seit Syriza im Januar an die Macht gekommen ist, beruht ihre gesamte Flüchtlings- und Asylpolitik auf Unterdrückung.

Abadi kündigt Reformen zur „Dezentralisierung“ des Irak an

Von Thomas Gaist, 14. August 2015

Es wird immer deutlicher, dass die „Lösung“ des Irak-Syrienkriegs nach den Vorstellungen der politisch-militärische Elite der USA darin besteht, beide Länder zu zerschlagen.

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Perspective

An international strategy for autoworkers

14 August 2015

Transnational corporations like Toyota, VW, GM, Nissan and Ford are driven to slash labor costs to satisfy the unrelenting appetite of global finance capital.

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Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

The Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) replies to the United Socialist Party

By the Socialist Equality Party, 14 August 2015

Pseudo-left organisations in Sri Lanka such as the USP are preparing to play no less treacherous a role than Syriza in Greece.

Sri Lankan election: UNP uses murder scandal to smear opponents

By Saman Gunadasa, 14 August 2015

Whether the US had a hand in it or not, the latest scandal is indicative of the methods that will be employed should Rajapakse win the election.

Sri Lanka: Big business parties issue false pledges on unemployment

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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Arts Review

Woody Allen’s Irrational Man: The familiar flatness and lack of conviction

By David Walsh, 14 August 2015

Allen’s latest film focuses on controversial philosophy professor Abe Lucas who arrives at fictional, liberal arts Braylin College in Newport, Rhode Island to teach a summer course.

Amy, a documentary film about the British singer Amy Winehouse

Commentary

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

By Tom Mackaman, 13 August 2015

Danger mounts of US/NATO war with Russia

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2015

China devaluation fuels market turmoil

Chinese currency devaluation underscores global instability

Hillary Clinton forced to surrender email server to FBI

New York governor implicated in torture by state prison officials

Autoworkers Struggles

UAW officials pledge no push for big gains in contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 13 August 2015

Video: The battle facing US autoworkers

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 10 August 2015

Who’s who on the UAW negotiating team?

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

14 August 2015

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

Australian warehouse workers defy court order to end strike

By our correspondents, 13 August 2015

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

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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