Mass layoffs worldwide as corporate mergers near new record

By Andre Damon, 15 August 2015

Under conditions of slowing economic growth and record amounts of cash on corporate balance sheets, mergers and acquisitions are being used to intensify the assault on the working class.

The rot at the heart of the American economy

Eurogroup approves austerity deal with Syriza-led Greek government

By Robert Stevens, 15 August 2015

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem welcomed Syriza’s passage of measures that will cut the living standards of millions of workers and further devastate the economy.

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

The political bankruptcy of Syriza’s Left Platform

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Kerry travels to Cuba to raise flag at American embassy

By Eric London, 15 August 2015

The ceremony marked a further step in “normalizing” relations, i.e., opening up Cuba for exploitation by US corporations.

US-Cuban rapprochement: The lessons of history

Large demonstrations in Ecuador against Correa government

By our reporter, 15 August 2015

As thousands of workers and indigenous peasants descended on Quito, the Bolivarian government of Rafael Correa sent police to attack the demonstrators.

Chelsea Manning facing indefinite solitary confinement

By George Gallanis, 15 August 2015

The whistleblower faces solitary confinement for disorderly conduct, disrespecting corrections officers and having prohibited items.

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

Connecticut high court rules state death penalty unconstitutional

By Kate Randall, 15 August 2015

The state court’s 4-3 ruling declared that in the modern age the death penalty meets the definition of cruel and unusual punishment.

Texas carries out its tenth execution of 2015

Sacked Hutchison workers barred entry after Australian union sells out strike

By Richard Phillips, 15 August 2015

The court ruling gave the union precisely what it wanted: to shut down the strike and demobilise workers, while it manoeuvres for a negotiated job-cutting deal.

Australia: Union officials force SEP supporters off Sydney dock picket

By Zac Hambides, 15 August 2015

The unions are trying to silence criticism because they cannot answer the truth—they are carrying out a betrayal of the Hutchison workers.

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Melbourne transport workers vote for industrial action

By Terry Cook, 15 August 2015

After almost unanimous votes for industrial action, the union is seeking to cobble together a sellout deal with the state Labor government.

Australian government in turmoil as economic pressures intensify

By Mike Head, 15 August 2015

The corporate elite is venting its frustration at the Abbott government’s failure to deliver a far deeper onslaught on workers’ living standards.

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Nouvelle série de mesures d’austérité en débat au parlement grec

Par Christoph Dreier et Chris Marsden, 15 août 2015

Après des années de brutales mesures d’austérité, les mesures appuyées par le gouvernement qui est mené par Syriza, et conformément aux exigences des banques européennes, forment une nouvelle attaque à l’encontre des travailleurs et des jeunes en Grèce.

Une stratégie internationale pour les travailleurs de l'automobile

Par Jerry White, 15 août 2015

Les multinationales comme Toyota, VW, GM, Nissan et Ford sont poussées à réduire les coûts de main-d’œuvre pour satisfaire l’appétit inexorable du capital financier mondial.

Les travailleurs de l'automobile canadiens, américains et mexicains font face à une lutte commune

Par David Brown et Jerry White, 15 août 2015

Alors que les négociations pour une nouvelle convention collective se poursuivent, les constructeurs automobiles basés aux États-Unis menacent de transférer plus de production au Mexique et vers d'autres pays à bas salaires.

Élections au Sri Lanka: l'Alliance nationale tamoule présente un manifeste pro-impérialiste

Par K. Nesan, 15 août 2015

Le manifeste électoral de l'ANT s'aligne sur les politiques de Washington et du gouvernement installé à Colombo après un changement de régime organisé par les États-Unis.

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Amerika’da polis cinayeti ve sınıf egemenliği

Andre Damon, 15 Ağustos 2015

Son yaşananlar, polis için hiçbir tehdit oluşturmayan silahsız işçilerin ve gençlerin vurulduğu, şok verildiği veya ölesiye dövüldüğü bitmek bilmeyen olaylar dizisindeki yalnızca en son vakalardır.

Obama’nın İran üzerine düşünceleri: III. Dünya Savaşı hayaleti

Bill Van Auken, 15 Ağustos 2015

ABD Başkanı Barack Obama, 5 Ağustos Çarşamba günü yaptığı sıradışı bir konuşmada, Kongre ve devlet aygıtı içindeki güçlü hiziplerin, İran’a karşı, hesaplanamaz sonuçları olacak bir savaş yürütmeye kararlı olduğu yönünde bir uyarıyı paylaştı.

Hiroşima’nın bombalanmasının 70. yıldönümü

Peter Symonds, 15 Ağustos 2015

ABD ve aslında tüm emperyalist güçler, insanlığın varlığını sürdürmesini tehdit etse bile, kendi çıkarlarını acımasızca ilerletmekte hiçbir engel tanımayacaklardır.

Tsipras Fransa’daki Lutte Ouvrière grubu Syriza’nın ihanetini örtüyor

Stéphane Hugues, 15 Ağustos 2015

Syriza’nın Yunan halkına ihanetinin yıkıcı karakterinin gören herkes için açığa çıkmasıyla birlikte, Avrupa çapındaki sahte sol gruplar, onun Yunan işçi sınıfına karşı ağır kemer sıkma uygulaması ile aralarına mesafe koyarken, Syriza’yı savunmaya çalışıyorlar.

Mehring Yayınları’ndan yeni kitap

Peter Schwarz, 15 Ağustos 2015

Mehring Yayınları, Ağustos ayının sonunda, Bilim mi Savaş Propagandası mı? Alman Militarizminin Dönüşü ve Berlin Humboldt Üniversitesi’ndeki Tartışma adlı kitabın Almanca baskısını yayımlayacak.

Kronstadt ayaklanması üzerine bir mektup ve yanıt

Fred Mazelis, 15 Ağustos 2015

Biz, 1991’de çöken bürokratik rejimi Rus Devrimi’nin karşısına koyarken, 1917 Devrimi’ne ne olduğuna; devrimci bir rejimin, nasıl karşı-devrimci, gerçekte dünya kapitalizmine en önemli desteği sunan bir rejim haline geldiğine ilişkin bir çözümlemeye dayanıyoruz.

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Eine internationale Strategie für Autoarbeiter

Von Jerry White, 15. August 2015

Transnationale Konzerne wie Toyota, VW, GM, Nissan und Ford werden vom internationalen Finanzkapital dazu gedrängt, die Lohnkosten zu senken, um dessen unstillbare Profitgier zu befriedigen.

Griechisches Parlament stimmt neuen Sparmaßnahmen zu

Von Christoph Dreier und Chris Marsden, 15. August 2015

Nach Jahren brutaler Sparpolitik sind die Sparmaßnahmen, denen Syriza zugestimmt hat, ein weiterer Angriff auf griechische Arbeiter und Jugendliche.

Das Elend der Flüchtlinge auf dem Balkan

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 15. August 2015

Zwangsarbeiter, die Stacheldrahtzäune errichten, Elendszüge von Kriegsflüchtlingen, Abschiebe- und Inhaftierungslager für Flüchtlinge, blankes Elend in den Parks und zentralen Plätzen europäischer Hauptstädte. Europa erinnert heute wieder an die 1930er Jahre.

Die Imtech-Insolvenz und das Desaster am Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg

Von Gustav Kemper, 15. August 2015

Die Insolvenz von Imtech offenbart das ganze Chaos kapitalistischer Markt- und Profitwirtschaft

US-Wahlkampf
Republikanische Präsidentschaftsdebatte: Gruselkabinett in Clevelands Sportarena

Von Patrick Martin, 15. August 2015

Die zehn Kandidaten auf der Bühne von Cleveland (Ohio) verkörperten all das, was an der US-Gesellschaft faul und rückständig ist.

China: Über fünfzig Tote bei Fabrikexplosion von Tianjin

Von Oscar Grenfell, 15. August 2015

Das chinesische Regime reagiert nervös auf die Katastrophe, die seine politische Krise verschärft.

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Perspective

The Tianjin explosions and the discrediting of capitalism

15 August 2015

The promises that the Chinese masses would ultimately benefit from rampant capitalist development are lying in tatters.

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Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Sri Lankan general election 2015
Vote for the Socialist Equality Party!
For a socialist program against war, austerity and to defend democratic rights! For a workers and peasants government!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 August 2015

The SEP is standing 43 candidates in three of the country’s 22 electoral districts—Colombo, Jaffna and Nuwara Eliya.

Sri Lankan president to block Rajapakse as prime minister

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 15 August 2015

Sirisena’s letter, aimed at bolstering the UNP’s electoral prospects, underscores the deep political crisis surrounding the whole election.

Tamil nationalist groups adopt pro-imperialist policy in Sri Lankan elections

By K. Nesan and V. Gnana, 15 August 2015

The Tamil National People’s Front and the Crusaders for Democracy are aligned with the Sirisena government and US imperialism against Tamil and Sinhala workers.

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

By the Socialist Equality Party, 14 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!

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Commentary

What does the “Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon” represent?

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 15 August 2015

While the support for British Labour politician Jeremy Corbyn represents a growth of oppositional sentiment, those looking to a Corbyn victory to provide an alternative to austerity will be cruelly disappointed.

New York Times uses rape allegations to promote a wider war in the Middle East

By Barry Grey, 15 August 2015

Rape was not a serious problem before Washington intervened to occupy Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein, overthrow and murder Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and ignite a sectarian civil war in Syria.

Major powers intensify diplomatic maneuvering over fate of Assad regime

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The curious career of Cheryl Gwyn, New Zealand’s inspector-general of intelligence and security

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 15 August 2015

Gwyn, who oversees New Zealand’s state spy apparatus, was once a member of the Pabloite Socialist Action League.

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

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

China devaluation fuels market turmoil

New York governor implicated in torture by state prison officials

Autoworkers Struggles

An international strategy for autoworkers

By Jerry White, 14 August 2015

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

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

15 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

Arts Review

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

By David Walsh, 14 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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