US steelworkers, autoworkers demand wage hikes in new contracts

By Jerry White, 20 August 2015

Steelworkers are protesting against wage freezes and benefit cuts as autoworkers vote for strike action.

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

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

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Notes on Police Violence in America
St. Louis police kill 18-year-old, send SWAT teams against demonstrators

By Evan Blake, 20 August 2015

As a crowd began to gather immediately after the shooting, numerous backup police arrived in full SWAT gear and with an armored vehicle, denying protesters the right to assemble.

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

The cover-up of torture in America’s prisons

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US police expanding use of potentially warrantless cellphone trackers

By Josh Varlin, 20 August 2015

New documents reviewed by the Wall Street Journal reveal that law enforcement agencies are expanding their use of cellphone-tracking devices.

Amazon office workers subjected to brutal exploitation

By Gabriel Black, 20 August 2015

Amazon’s white-collar employees are routinely expected to work 80 hour workweeks and are penalized for any lost productivity, including from pregnancy or serious illness.

How to make $7 billion in 45 minutes

Need for food assistance rising in US despite claims of recovery

By Shannon Jones, 20 August 2015

Food banks and food pantries report that millions of families are still making difficult choices between eating and paying for other necessities

Yemen faces humanitarian crisis as US-backed assault continues

By Niles Williamson, 20 August 2015

Reports released this week document the devastating impact of the Saudi-led onslaught on Yemen, which has killed hundreds of children and limited access to food, water and medicine.

German parliament votes by a large majority for Greek austerity plan

By Peter Schwarz, 20 August 2015

The surrender by the Syriza government in Greece has clearly strengthened the Merkel government in Germany and the drive for austerity policies throughout Europe.

European parliaments move to back austerity measures for Greece

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German Army and NATO begin major military exercises against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 20 August 2015

One of the largest multinational exercises in years on German territory, “Swift Response”, began on Monday.

Danger mounts of US/NATO war with Russia

Royal Commission debacle compounds Australian government crisis

By Mike Head, 20 August 2015

At the heart of the Dyson Heydon affair is the escalating dissatisfaction of the corporate elite with the Abbott government for failing to carry through the austerity agenda.

Australian transport union calls off Melbourne train and tram strike

By Terry Cook, 20 August 2015

The state Labor government reacted with undisguised hostility to the prospect of the first public transport strike in Melbourne since 1997.

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Obama sobre Irán: El espectro de una Tercera Guerra Mundial

Por Bill Van Auken, 20 agosto 2015

En un discurso extraordinario el presidente estadounidense hizo pública una advertencia de que existen poderosas facciones dentro del Congreso y el aparato estatal decididos a declararle la guerra a Irán.

Bernie Sanders encarrila a los trabajadores estadounidenses en contra los inmigrantes

Por Tom Hall, 20 agosto 2015

A medida que la popularidad del autoproclamado “socialista” Bernie Sanders sube en las encuestas, más clara se hace el contenido procapitalista y nacionalista de sus propuestas.

Miles protestan tortura y asesinato del fotoperiodista y cuatro mujeres mexicanos

Por Rafael Azul, 20 agosto 2015

Miles de manifestantes salieron a las calles de Ciudad de México y otras ciudades importantes en el país para expresar su in dignación a la brutal ejecución el 31 de julio de Rubén Espinosa Becerril, un fotógrafo y periodista de investigación, junto con otras cuatro mujeres.

Desaceleración económica en el Perú inflama tensiones sociales

Por Cesar Uco, 20 agosto 2015

Dos años de creciente desaceleración de la economía de Perú ha comenzado a pasar factura a la clase obrera peruana, creando las condiciones para renovar la lucha de clases.

Manifiesto del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Sri Lanka) para las elecciones generales del 2015

Por Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Sri Lnaka), 20 agosto 2015

El Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Sri Lanka) está postulando a 43 candidatos en un total de tres distritos electorales, en oposición al Partido Nacional Unido (PNU), el Partido de la Libertad de Sri Lanka (PLS) y cualquier otra tendencia política que se alinea con los dos principales partidos burgueses. Nuestro partido es el único que representa los intereses de la clase trabajadora.

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Le capitalisme mondial marche les yeux fermés à la catastrophe

Par Barry Grey, 20 août 2015

Sept ans après le krach de Wall Street, les cercles dirigeants à l'échelle internationale craignent que l'économie capitaliste mondiale entre en dépression.

L'United National Party proaméricain formera un gouvernement au Sri Lanka

Par Saman Gunadasa, 20 août 2015

Alors que la victoire de l'UNP bloque un possible retour de l'ancien président Mahinda Rajapakse, la crise politique à Colombo ne fera que s'approfondir.

La présidence française maintient une liste de personnes à assassiner

Par Kumaran Ira, 20 août 2015

Hollande discuterait du programme de meurtre menés par l'Etat français avec des hauts responsables de l'armée et du renseignement.

La convention collective arrivant à échéance
US Steel annonce la fermeture du haut fourneau et la suppression de 1100 emplois à son usine en Alabama

Par Jerry White, 20 août 2015

Les suppressions d'emplois de US Steel et le lock-out des travailleurs d'Allegheny Technologies visent à exercer du chantage pour que les travailleurs acceptent des reculs draconiens.

Les explosions de Tianjin: le capitalisme discrédité

Par James Cogan, 20 août 2015

Il ne reste rien des promesses selon lesquelles

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Der Weltkapitalismus schlittert in die Katastrophe

Von Barry Grey, 20. August 2015

Sieben Jahre nach dem Wall Street-Crash wächst in den herrschenden Kreisen die Angst vor einer weltweiten Depression.

Bundestag: Große Mehrheit für griechisches Spardiktat

Von Peter Schwarz, 20. August 2015

Die Kapitulation der Syriza-Regierung hat die Regierung Merkel gestärkt. Sie nutzt sie, um ihren Austeritätskurs in ganz Europa zu verschärfen.

Die Verbrechen des Nationalsozialismus in Griechenland - Teil 3

Von Katerina Selin, 20. 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.

Pro-amerikanische UNP bildet Regierung in Sri Lanka

Von Saman Gunadasa, 20. August 2015

Die United National Party wird wahrscheinlich mit Unterstützung kleinerer Parteien die Regierung bilden. Das wird die Unruhe in Colombo allerdings nicht beschwichtigen.

Großbritannien
Was steckt hinter dem „Corbyn-Phänomen“?

Von Chris Marsden und Julie Hyland, 20. August 2015

Die Unterstützung für den britischen Labour-Politiker Jeremy Corbyn ist Ausdruck einer zunehmend oppositionellen Stimmung. Wer jedoch hofft, dass ein Sieg Corbyns zu einer Alternative zur Sparpolitik führt, wird schwer enttäuscht werden.

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Perspective

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

20 August 2015

Seventy-five years after his death, Trotsky emerges ever more clearly as a world historical figure who not only influenced the course of the 20th century, but whose writings and ideas remain an essential guide for orienting the working class today.

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Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

The significance of the SEP’s vote in Sri Lankan elections

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 August 2015

The support for the SEP indicates a turn by an advanced section of workers and the oppressed masses towards the perspective of socialist internationalism.

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

By Saman Gunadasa, 19 August 2015

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

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

Jeremy Corbyn’s economic plan to rescue British capitalism

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 20 August 2015

The programme advanced by Corbyn in his campaign for Labour Party leadership challenges neither the market economy, nor the major corporations and banks.

World capitalism “toboggans toward catastrophe”

By Barry Grey, 19 August 2015

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

By Patrick Martin, 19 August 2015

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

By Eric London, 19 August 2015

Republican candidate Trump backs deportation of millions

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Chinese official, company managers under investigation after Tianjin disaster

By James Cogan, 19 August 2015

Thai junta exploits Bangkok bombing

By Tom Peters, 19 August 2015

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

Egyptian military regime adopts draconian “anti-terrorism” legislation

Refugees confront appalling conditions in the Balkans

Autoworkers Struggles

Autoworkers vote for strike as UAW continues silence on talks

By Shannon Jones, 18 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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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.

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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Arts Review

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

By David Walsh, 14 August 2015