Sri Lankan election results foreshadow political upheavals

By K. Ratnayake, 18 August 2015

Whichever party—the UNP or SLFP—finally forms the next government will accelerate the austerity agenda being demanded by the IMF.

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Japan contracts as world economy lurches toward depression

By Barry Grey, 18 August 2015

The Japanese report followed a wave of negative data pointing to sharply slower growth in China and last week’s surprise devaluation of the renminbi.

As contract deadline nears
US Steel to close blast furnace, cut 1,100 jobs at Alabama mill

By Jerry White, 18 August 2015

The job cuts by US Steel and the lock out of Allegheny Technology workers are aimed at blackmailing workers into accepting sweeping concessions.

Pittsburgh-based steel manufacturer locks out 2,200 workers

Autoworkers vote for strike as UAW continues silence on talks

By Shannon Jones, 18 August 2015

The overwhelming strike votes by Fiat Chrysler workers stand in sharp contrast to the continued stonewalling by UAW leaders on the content of negotiations.

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Chinese regime seeks to censor outrage over Tianjin disaster

By James Cogan, 18 August 2015

A major reason for the popular anger is the reality that a catastrophe of similar or greater dimensions could occur any day, in any number of Chinese cities and towns.

The Tianjin explosions and the discrediting of capitalism

Scores of refugees die brutally in the Mediterranean

By Robert Stevens, 18 August 2015

At least 49 migrants died in the hold of an overcrowded fishing boat off the coast of Libya Saturday, thought to have asphyxiated after inhaling fumes from fuel.

Refugees confront appalling conditions in the Balkans

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 18 August 2015

Refugees traveling the 4,000 kilometres between Syria and Germany, France and Sweden must endure a treacherous journey through Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary.

The tragedy of Mediterranean migrants and the crimes of imperialism

Austrian government intensifies crackdown on refugees

Pentagon to expand drone killing program

By Niles Williamson, 18 August 2015

The Pentagon plans to increase the number of drone flights around the globe to 90 per day, significantly expanding its aerial killing and surveillance capabilities.

Hugo Pinell, last of the “San Quentin Six,” murdered in prison

By Evan Blake and Patrick Martin, 18 August 2015

The long-time political prisoner was killed only two weeks after he was released into the general prison population after more than 40 years of solitary confinement.

Pennsylvania budget stalemate in seventh week

By Samuel Davidson, 18 August 2015

The state's homeless shelters, food banks, and early childhood programs are starting to run out of money.

Alabama budget proposals threaten state Medicaid program

By Shelley Connor, 18 August 2015

Drastic cuts proposed in the state legislature would put an end to Medicaid in Alabama, as the program depends on matching funds from the federal government.

Egyptian military regime adopts draconian “anti-terrorism” legislation

By Johannes Stern, 18 August 2015

The measure further strengthens the repressive apparatus of one of the most bloody dictatorships in the world.

UK’s Kids Co charity folds after government withdraws backing

By Barry Mason, 18 August 2015

Founder Camilla Batmanghelidjh said the charity had been subject to a trial by media.

Australian maritime union in talks with Hutchison to impose cost-cutting

By Mike Head, 18 August 2015

The MUA celebrated the “pleasing” fact that Hutchison agreed to hold “formal talks” on how to cut jobs and conditions.

Australian wharfies voice concerns about MUA sellout of Hutchison strike

Australia: Union officials force SEP supporters off Sydney dock picket

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New Zealand: Thousands protest Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

By our reporters, 18 August 2015

The anti-TPP campaign is working overtime to divert opposition into reactionary nationalist and protectionist channels.

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La pseudo-sinistra italiana sostiene il tradimento di Syriza

Di Marianne Arens, 18 agosto 2015

La capitolazione di Syriza alle richieste di austerità dell’Unione europea (UE) corrisponde a uno sconvolgente smascheramento politico di quelli che pensano come Syriza in tutta Europa, tra questi, il partito Sinistra Ecologia e Libertà (SEL) di Nichi Vendola.

New in French

La collaboration entre AT&T et la NSA révèle les liens entre les sociétés et les services de renseignements aux États-Unis

Par Thomas Gaist, 18 août 2015

Des documents secrets de la NSA publiés ce week-end ont en outre exposé le haut niveau de collaboration entre la NSA et les géants des télécommunications américains.

Partenariat transpacifique: des tensions éclatent entre le Canada et les États-Unis

Par Roger Jordan, 18 août 2015

Le gouvernement et le monde des affaires du Canada sont furieux à cause d'une entente entre les États-Unis et le Japon qui viendrait miner l'accès privilégié du Canada au marché américain .

Une réunion publique à Paris discute de l’importance mondiale des élections au Sri Lanka

Par nos reporters, 18 août 2015

Des partisans du Comité international de la Quatrième internationale (CIQI) ont tenu une réunion publique qui a attiré beaucoup de monde pour discuter de la campagne électorale du Parti de l’égalité socialiste au Sri Lanka.

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Die Explosionen in Tianjin und die Krise des Kapitalismus

Von James Cogan, 18. August 2015

Alle Versprechen, die chinesischen Massen würden vom ungezügelten Kapitalismus profitieren, liegen in Scherben.

Innenminister de Maizière hetzt gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 18. August 2015

Bundesinnenminister Thomas de Maizière (CDU) und sein bayrischer Amtskollege Joachim Herrmann (CSU) fordern den Abbau der Leistungen für Flüchtlinge.

Eurogruppe bestätigt Sparabkommen mit Syriza-Regierung

Von Robert Stevens, 18. August 2015

Der Präsident der Eurogruppe, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, begrüßte die Verabschiedung von Maßnahmen durch Syriza, die den Lebensstandard von Millionen Arbeitern senken und die Wirtschaft weiter zerstören werden.

Die Verbrechen des Nationalsozialismus in Griechenland

Von Katerina Selin, 18. August 2015

Das Spardiktat gegen Griechenland verfolgt ähnliche Ziele wie die deutsche Besatzung vor über 70 Jahren: Die Verwandlung des Landes in ein Protektorat oder eine Kolonie für deutsche Wirtschaftsinteressen.

Versammlung in Paris diskutiert über die internationale Bedeutung der Wahlen in Sri Lanka

Von unseren Reportern, 18. August 2015

Der Wahlkampf der Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka war am Samstag Thema einer Versammlung in Paris. Organisiert wurde sie von der französischen Unterstützergruppe des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale.

Sri Lanka
Die Socialist Equality Party antwortet der United Socialist Party

Socialist Equality Party von Sri Lanka, 18. August 2015

Pseudolinke Organisationen wie die USP sind bereit, in Sri Lanka eine genauso verräterische Rolle zu spielen wie Syriza in Griechenland.

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Perspective

The cover-up of torture in America’s prisons

18 August 2015

The media has maintained near-total silence on last week’s revelation that prisoners were tortured in Upstate New York with the apparent involvement of governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

Sri Lanka: SEP’s final election meeting warns of sharp struggles ahead

By our correspondent, 18 August 2015

The Socialist Equality Party held its final election meeting in Colombo, summing up its campaign for a revolutionary socialist program.

Sri Lankan general election signals deepening political instability

By our correspondent, 17 August 2015

Paris public meeting discusses world significance of Sri Lankan elections

By our reporters, 17 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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Book Review

Book review
The Devil is Here in These Hills: West Virginia’s Coal Miners and their Battle for Freedom, by James Green

By Tom Mackaman, 18 August 2015

The book’s most important—and timely—contribution is its revelation of the startling level of violence that characterized class relations in an earlier period.

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

By Nancy Hanover, 17 August 2015

Autoworkers Struggles

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

By Jerry White, 17 August 2015

Fiat-Chrysler workers overwhelmingly support strike action

By Marcus Day, 17 August 2015

UAW officials pledge no push for big gains in contract talks

Video: The battle facing US autoworkers

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 10 August 2015

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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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Commentary

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

By Thomas Gaist, 17 August 2015

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

By Peter Symonds, 17 August 2015

Republican candidate Trump backs deportation of millions

By Patrick Martin, 17 August 2015

What does the “Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon” represent?

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

18 August 2015

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

Arts Review

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

By David Walsh, 14 August 2015