Pro-US United National Party to form government in Sri Lanka

By Saman Gunadasa, 19 August 2015

While the UNP win has blocked a comeback by former President Mahinda Rajapakse, the political turmoil in Colombo will only continue and deepen.

Sri Lankan election results foreshadow political upheavals

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European parliaments move to back austerity measures for Greece

By Peter Schwarz, 19 August 2015

There is no serious opposition in a single European parliament to the brutal cuts being imposed on Greece, which mean untold misery for millions of workers and youth.

Eurogroup approves austerity deal with Syriza-led Greek government

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Chinese official, company managers under investigation after Tianjin disaster

By James Cogan, 19 August 2015

China’s national director of the State Administration of Work Safety, Yang Dongliang, has been removed from his position.

Chinese regime seeks to censor outrage over Tianjin disaster

Thai junta exploits Bangkok bombing

By Tom Peters, 19 August 2015

While the perpetrator of Monday’s attack has not been identified, the US-backed military regime is using it as a pretext to mobilise the armed forces and intimidate opponents.

Albuquerque police officers who killed homeless man to stand trial for murder

By D. Lencho, 19 August 2015

A judge ruled Tuesday in favor of trying two Albuquerque Police Department officers for the shooting death of James Boyd in March 2014.

Police murder and class rule in America

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US states move to cut Planned Parenthood funding

By Kate Randall, 19 August 2015

Officials in a number of Republican-controlled states are seeking to cut funding to the group that provides reproductive and health services to 5 million women annually.

French presidency has “kill list” of people targeted for assassination

By Kumaran Ira, 19 August 2015

President Hollande reportedly reviews the French state’s murder programme with high-ranking military and intelligence officials.

Mass protests demand release of Palestinian hunger striker

By Jean Shaoul, 19 August 2015

Hunger striker Mohammad Allaan’s defiant stand to protest his detention without trial exposes both the Israeli and the Palestinian authorities.

Demand grows for closure of UK’s Yarl’s Wood detention centre

By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 19 August 2015

The women at Yarl’s Wood are amongst the most vulnerable in society, fleeing from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Canada’s New Democrats seek to bolster right-wing economic credentials

By Roger Jordan, 19 August 2015

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair reinforced his party’s commitment to big business as he unveiled the party’s candidate to challenge the Conservatives in upcoming elections.

Australian union sells out Woolworths warehouse strikers

By our correspondents, 19 August 2015

After isolating the walkout and telling workers that they could face crippling fines, the NUW pushed through a return-to-work vote.

New in Turkish

Otomotiv işçileri için uluslararası bir strateji

Jerry White, 19 Ağustos 2015

Toyota, Volkswagen, GM, Nissan, Ford gibi ulus-ötesi şirketler, küresel mali sermayenin doymak bilmez iştahını tatmin etmek için, emek maliyetlerini azaltmaya, sömürüyü arttırmaya ve karları azami seviyeye çıkarmaya yöneliyorlar.

Eurogroup Syriza hükümetiyle kemer sıkma anlaşmasını onayladı

Robert Stevens, 19 Ağustos 2015

Avro bölgesinin Eurogroup olarak bilinen maliye bakanları, Yunanistan’da Syriza önderliğindeki hükümetin Cuma günü kabul ettiği kemer sıkma önlemlerine dayanan bir anlaşmayı aynı akşam onayladı.

New in French

L'économie japonaise se contracte tandis que l'économie mondiale est au bord de la dépression

Par Barry Grey, 19 août 2015

Le rapport japonais fait suite à une vague de données négatives indiquant une forte réduction de la croissance en Chine et à la dévaluation surprise du renminbi la semaine dernière.

Les élections au Sri Lanka préfigurent des bouleversements politiques

Par K. Ratnayake, 19 août 2015

Que ce soit le l'UNP ou le SLFP qui forme le prochain gouvernement, ce parti va accélérer le programme d'austérité exigé par le FMI.

Les licenciements de masse se multiplient à travers le monde

Par Andre Damon, 19 août 2015

Dans le contexte du ralentissement de la croissance de l’économie et des montants records de liquidités dans les coffres des sociétés, les fusions et acquisitions d’entreprises sont utilisées pour intensifier l’assaut contre la classe ouvrière.

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Bundestag entscheidet über Spardiktat für Griechenland

Von Peter Schwarz, 19. August 2015

In keinem einzigen europäischen Parlament meldet sich eine ernsthafte Opposition gegen das brutale Spardiktat für Griechenland zu Wort. Das zeigt, wie stark demokratische und soziale Grundsätze erodiert sind.

Die Verbrechen des Nationalsozialismus in Griechenland

Von Katerina Selin, 19. 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.

Verteidigungsausschuss fordert weitere Erhöhung der Militärausgaben

Von Johannes Stern, 19. August 2015

Die Erhöhung des Wehretats um acht Milliarden Euro durch die Bundesregierung im März war lediglich der Anfang einer massiven Aufstockung der Militärausgaben.

Bundeswehr und Nato starten massive Militärübungen gegen Russland

Von Johannes Stern, 19. August 2015

Am Montag begann mit „Swift Response“ eine der größten multinationalen Übungen seit Jahren auf deutschem Territorium. Ende September folgt das gewaltige Manöver „Trident Juncture“.

Kriegshetze gegen Russland im Hausorgan des Bundestags

Von Christoph Dreier, 19. August 2015

Die Zeitung des deutschen Bundestags verbindet eine üble Hetze gegen Russland mit haarsträubender Geschichtsklitterung in Bezug auf den Zweiten Weltkrieg.

Bayern will Flüchtlinge schneller abschieben

Von Markus Salzmann, 19. August 2015

Der bayrische Innenminister Joachim Herrmann plant zwei sogenannte „Aufnahme- und Rückführungszentren“, aus denen Flüchtlinge aus Balkanstaaten rasch abgeschoben werden können.

Japanischer Abschwung: Weltwirtschaft bewegt sich in Richtung Depression

Von Barry Grey, 19. August 2015

Dem Bericht aus Japan ging eine Welle von negativen Daten voraus, die auf ein deutlich niedrigeres Wachstum in China hinweisen. Letzte Woche wurde außerdem der Renminbi überraschend abgewertet.

Wahlen in Sri Lanka kündigen politischen Umbruch an

Von K. Ratnayake, 19. August 2015

Gleichviel, ob die UNP oder die SLFP die Regierung bildet, sie wird zweifellos die vom IWF geforderte Austeritätsagenda beschleunigen.

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Perspective

World capitalism “toboggans toward catastrophe”

19 August 2015

Seven years after the Wall Street crash, fears are growing within ruling circles internationally that the world capitalist economy is descending into depression.

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Commentary

Payment for services rendered: Obama prepares to cash in on presidency

By Patrick Martin, 19 August 2015

A New York Times article Monday described the process of aggressive fundraising for a billion-dollar “post-presidency.”

Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant appears with Sanders at Democratic Party rally in Seattle

By Eric London, 19 August 2015

By functioning as campaign staffers for Sanders, Sawant and Socialist Alternative are responding to a deepening crisis within the Democratic Party.

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

What is the pseudo-left?

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The cover-up of torture in America’s prisons

By Andre Damon, 18 August 2015

Egyptian military regime adopts draconian “anti-terrorism” legislation

By Johannes Stern, 18 August 2015

Refugees confront appalling conditions in the Balkans

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 18 August 2015

Pentagon to expand drone killing program

By Niles Williamson, 18 August 2015

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

By Mike Head, 18 August 2015

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

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

Republican candidate Trump backs deportation of millions

Obituary

Julian Bond, veteran of early civil rights struggle and pillar of establishment, dies at 75

By Fred Mazelis, 19 August 2015

The outpouring of official tributes illustrates the political trajectory of the leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Autoworkers Struggles

Autoworkers vote for strike as UAW continues silence on talks

By Shannon Jones, 18 August 2015

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

By Jerry White, 18 August 2015

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

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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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

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

By Nancy Hanover, 17 August 2015

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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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