AT&T collaboration with the NSA reveals US corporate-intelligence nexus

By Thomas Gaist, 17 August 2015

Classified NSA documents published this weekend have further exposed the vast scale of collaboration between the NSA and US telecommunications giants.

“USA Freedom Act”: A fig leaf for illegal spying

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Pittsburgh-based steel manufacturer locks out 2,200 workers

By Evan Winters, 17 August 2015

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated is demanding increased out-of-pocket health care costs, more flexible work rules and the elimination of defined-benefit pensions for new hires.

The United Steelworkers’ intimate ties to Wall Street

Fiat-Chrysler workers overwhelmingly support strike action

By Marcus Day, 17 August 2015

Autoworkers told the WSWS that strike authorization votes this week passed by a landslide at Chrysler’s Jefferson North and Belvidere Assembly plants.

An international strategy for autoworkers

UAW officials pledge no push for big gains in contract talks

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Japanese PM’s speech on World War II riddled with duplicity

By Peter Symonds, 17 August 2015

Abe’s speech maintained a veneer of pacifism and contrition even as his government expands Japan’s military forces and prepares for new wars.

Republican candidate Trump backs deportation of millions

By Patrick Martin, 17 August 2015

Billionaire Donald Trump has called for deporting all 11 million undocumented workers, as well as their children born in the United States.

Australian wharfies voice concerns about MUA sellout of Hutchison strike

By our reporters, 17 August 2015

In a move that directly mirrored its betrayal of the 1998 waterfront dispute, the union shut down the strike after obtaining a court ruling that left the sacked wharfies outside the company gates.

Sacked Hutchison workers barred entry after Australian union sells out strike

Australia: Union officials force SEP supporters off Sydney dock picket

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Canadian prime minister proposes ban on travel to areas under “terrorist” control

By Roger Jordan, 17 August 2015

Harper seeks to exploit the threat of terrorism to undermine democratic rights within Canada and step up Ottawa’s military interventions around the world.

Austrian government intensifies crackdown on refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 17 August 2015

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

Corruption and bankruptcy at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport

By Gustav Kemper, 17 August 2015

Public prosecutors are investigating construction company Imtech on suspicion of embezzlement, bribery, price-fixing and false accounting.

Germany: No confidence vote against Ver.di union in day care dispute

By Marianne Arens, 17 August 2015

The rejection of the arbitration decision in the day care strike amounts to a rebellion by workers against the Ver.di union leadership.

UK government to cut number of cancer drugs available on the NHS

By Ross Mitchell, 17 August 2015

The Conservatives plan to reduce the list of 65 funded cancer drugs by 37 items, which will severely impact the survival rates of thousands cancer patients.

“Ferocious” slump in dairy prices rocks New Zealand economy

By John Braddock, 17 August 2015

New Zealand’s biggest company has announced a deep cut in its payout to dairy farmers amid a sharp downturn on world markets.

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L’Eurogroupe approuve un accord d’austérité avec le gouvernement Syriza

Par Robert Stevens, 17 août 2015

Le président de l'Eurogroupe Jeroen Dijsselbloem a salué l'adoption par Syriza de mesures qui vont empirer le niveau de vie de millions de travailleurs et dévaster davantage l'économie grecque.

Votez pour le Parti de l’égalité socialiste !

Par le Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Sri Lanka), 17 août 2015

Le SEP présente 43 candidats dans trois des 22 régions électorales du pays : Colombo, Jaffna et Nuwara Eliya.

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Perspective

US contract deadlines in auto and steel
For a united offensive of autoworkers and steelworkers against the corporate-government assault

17 August 2015

The convergence of these contract expirations poses the potential and the necessity for a joint struggle against the corporate-government attack on the working class.

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Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Sri Lankan general election signals deepening political instability

By our correspondent, 17 August 2015

Today’s election is being held in the wake of a US-backed regime-change operation in January that ousted former President Rajapakse because of his ties with China.

Paris public meeting discusses world significance of Sri Lankan elections

By our reporters, 17 August 2015

International Committee of the Fourth International supporters held a well-attended meeting to discuss the 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 Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) replies to the United Socialist Party

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

The Tianjin explosions and the discrediting of capitalism

By James Cogan, 15 August 2015

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

By Barry Grey, 15 August 2015

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

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 15 August 2015

Eurogroup approves austerity deal with Syriza-led Greek government

Mass layoffs worldwide as corporate mergers near new record

Kerry travels to Cuba to raise flag at American embassy

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

Danger mounts of US/NATO war with Russia

25 years ago: Bush puts 150,000 reservists on call-up for action in Iraq

US President George H.W. Bush signed an executive order on August 22, 1990, in response to the Pentagon request to send 100,000 additional National Guard and reserve troops to Saudi Arabia.

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50 years ago: India and Pakistan at war

On August 17, 1965, India and Pakistan stepped up an undeclared war over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

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75 years ago: Tensions increase in the Balkans

On August 17, 1940, Romania agreed to return all of southern Dobruja to Bulgaria at the conclusion of negotiations between the two countries. Southern Dobruja, inhabited by a majority of Bulgarian peasants, had become part of Romania in 1913 after the second Balkan War.

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100 years ago: Liebknecht votes against war credits in German Reichstag

On August 20, 1915, the German Reichstag, or parliament, voted for new war credits to fund military operations in the First World War, which had broken out a year before.

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Book Review

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

By Nancy Hanover, 17 August 2015

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

Autoworkers Struggles

Video: The battle facing US autoworkers

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 10 August 2015

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Arts Review

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

By David Walsh, 14 August 2015