Wages for low-income workers collapsed under Obama

By Andre Damon, 4 September 2015

Pay for a typical US worker has fallen by 4 percent since 2009, and the incomes of many lower-paid workers have fallen up to twice as fast.

The coming fight over wages in the US

Upwards of 100,000 people held in solitary confinement in the US

By Evan Blake, 4 September 2015

The steady growth in the practice of solitary confinement, long recognized as a form of torture, has created a social nightmare for tens of thousands imprisoned in the American gulag system.

The cover-up of torture in America’s prisons

EU powers treat refugees as pawns

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 September 2015

In a sordid competition, almost all EU countries have tightened their asylum laws and repressive measures against refugees seeking escape from war-ravaged countries.

Thousands of refugees held at Budapest train station

German chancellor feigns sympathy for refugees

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China holds military parade to mark anniversary of victory over Japan

By Ben McGrath, 4 September 2015

Yesterday’s event was part of push to promote Chinese nationalism as Beijing faces intense pressure from the US, economic downturn and social unrest.

Disaffection with Syriza mounts in Greece ahead of election

By Robert Stevens, 4 September 2015

In the weeks leading to the election, Syriza and the rest of Greece’s bourgeois parties are seeking to cement alliances to implement devastating attacks on the working class.

Stalinism in Greece

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Top aides to Hillary Clinton testify before Benghazi committee

By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2015

While they obsess over the possible mishandling of classified information, the Republicans and media have been largely indifferent to the content of the emails released so far.

Hillary Clinton forced to surrender email server to FBI

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Anti-gay Kentucky county clerk jailed for contempt of court

By Ed Hightower, 4 September 2015

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis cited religious objections to gay marriage in refusing, in defiance of a federal court order, to issue marriage licenses.

The US Supreme Court and marriage equality

Power sharing in Northern Ireland threatened with collapse

By Jordan Shilton, 4 September 2015

Both the Republican and Unionist parties consider the encouragement and manipulation of divisions essential in facilitating the intensification of their assault on workers.

UK government to override local consultation in drive for fracking

By Trevor Johnson, 4 September 2015

A decision to allow exploration and drilling for gas in the North Yorkshire Moors shows how conditions have been transformed to favour fracking corporations.

Germany’s middle class shrinks

By Dietmar Henning, 4 September 2015

In spite of higher employment numbers, the German middle class shrank from 56 to 48 percent of the population between 1992 and 2013.

Maritime Union of Australia thanks pseudo-lefts for “unity” as it foreshadows acceptance of port sackings

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 September 2015

The union will work with the company to enforce job cuts, and an “orderly closure.”

Australia: Hutchison Ports dispute at the crossroads

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South Australian government and private corporations axe thousands of jobs

By Terry Cook, 4 September 2015

Unemployment in the state is climbing as major companies and the Labor government restructure and slash costs.

New in Arabic

الاتفاق النووي الايراني يقود الامبريالية الامريكية للهيمنة على العالم

21 تموز 2015
كيت جونز

توصلت ادارة اوباما الاسبوع الماضي ، بعد عشرين شهرا من المفاوضات، الى اتفاق لمدة 15 عاما مع ايران و الصين و فرنسا و روسيا و المملكة المتحدة والمانيا لـ (تطبيع) البرنامج النووي الايراني. و حتى يتجاوز هذا الاتفاق المعارضة القوية من قبل بعض النخب الحاكمة في الولايات المتحدة، عليه ان يشكل تحولا تكتيكيا هاما يضمن تأثيرا بعيد المدى لصالح الامبريالية الامريكية

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Herfried Münkler prononce l’Allemagne «hégémon» de l’Europe

Par Johannes Stern, 4 septembre 2015

Si le professeur déclarait encore en juillet que l’Allemagne devait former avec la France une « core Europe», il est manifestement parvenu à present à la conclusion que c’est l’Allemagne seule qui doit dominer le continent.

Les travailleurs de l'automobile parlent: Un travailleur de l'usine Ford de Louisville, au Kentucky, dénonce l'alliance entre l'UAW et l'entreprise

Par Eric London, 4 septembre 2015

Près de 10.000 travailleurs de l'automobile à Louisville, au Kentucky produisent des camions et des VUS pour la société Ford, qui se vante d'avoir accumulé des bénéfices quasi records au deuxième trimestre de cette année.

New in German

Für einen vereinten Kampf der amerikanischen Stahl-, Auto- und Telekommunikationsarbeiter!

Von Jerry White, 4. September 2015

Angesichts der wachsenden Wut unter Arbeitern in ganz Amerika arbeiten die Gewerkschaften daran, den Widerstand gegen die unablässigen Angriffe auf Löhne und Zusatzleistungen zu unterdrücken.

Flüchtlinge werden zum Spielball nationaler Interessen

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 4. September 2015

Am Budapester Ostbahnhof Keleti spielten sich am Donnerstagmorgen erneut tumultartige Szenen ab.

Herfried Münkler hetzt gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Christoph Dreier, 4. September 2015

Mit aufwendigen Formulierungen und einer Priese Küchenpsychologie entwickelt Humboldt-Professor Münkler die alte und banale Strategie, Migranten zu Sündenböcken für gesellschaftliche Probleme zu machen.

Sozialistische Partei und Linkspartei in Frankreich bereiten Rechtswende vor

Von Francis Dubois, 4. September 2015

Die französische Sozialistische Partei und die Linkspartei von Jean-Luc Mélenchon bereiteten auf ihren Sommerschulen Bündnisse mit offen rechten Kräften vor, die den Sozialismus ausdrücklich ablehnen.

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Perspective

Who is responsible for the refugee crisis in Europe?

4 September 2015

The US media’s coverage of the refugee crisis is deliberately silent on Washington’s central role in creating this unfolding tragedy on Europe’s borders.

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Workers Struggles in the US

Fiat Chrysler to move Jeep Cherokee production out of Toledo

By Shannon Jones, 4 September 2015

The fate of thousands of jobs is being left up in the air with less than two weeks to the expiration of the national auto contract.

For a united struggle of US steel, auto and telecommunications workers!

By Jerry White, 3 September 2015

Outpouring of support for WSWS Autoworker Newsletter among US autoworkers

Eighty years after founding of UAW
Homeless American autoworker speaks out

By Zac Corrigan, 31 August 2015

Video: The battle facing US autoworkers

A portrait of life in America’s Rust Belt
Part One

By Eric London, 27 August 2015

More on autoworkers struggles »

As contract expires, USW orders steelworkers to stay on the job

By our reporters, 2 September 2015

More on steelworkers struggles »

Unions keep Verizon and AT&T workers on job without contracts

By Samuel Davidson and Maria Kovalenko, 1 September 2015

IYSSE

Australian IYSSE members protest ban at University of Melbourne

4 September 2015

A University of Melbourne student wrote that “my voice and the voices of those around me have been silenced by the rejection of affiliation for IYSSE.”

IYSSE supporters protest ban on IYSSE at University of Melbourne

3 September 2015

University of Melbourne student union imposes third ban on IYSSE club

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 1 September 2015

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

4 September 2015

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

Australian steel unions enforce destruction of jobs and conditions

By Richard Phillips, 3 September 2015

Australian mining giant replaces Blackwater workers with contractors

By Declan O’Malley, 2 September 2015

Arts Review

Phoenix: After WWII in Germany, a woman rises from the ashes

By Joanne Laurier, 3 September 2015

Author of books on Orson Welles, film noir, Vincente Minnelli and more
An interview with film historian and critic James Naremore

Commentary

Washington launches new drone assassination program in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 3 September 2015

Trident Juncture 2015: NATO’s biggest manoeuvre since 2002

By Marianne Arens, 3 September 2015

RISE: The “Scottish Syriza” that dare not speak its name

By Steve James and Julie Hyland, 3 September 2015

Abe accelerates the remilitarisation of Japan

More signs of global downturn send stocks plunging again

New York Times paints Obama as “champion” of working people

2016 US Elections

The 2016 US election and the scapegoating of immigrants

By Bill Van Auken, 1 September 2015

Donald Trump: The ugly face of capitalist politics

Sanders pledges his campaign to save Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 31 August 2015

Bernie Sanders: Silent partner of American militarism

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

Hillary Clinton and Black Lives Matter: A revealing confrontation

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2015

More on the 2016 US elections »

75 years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

75 years since the assassination of Trotsky: 1940-2015
Leon Trotsky’s place in history

By David North, 21 August 2015

Published here is a section of a lecture delivered on the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky. The full lecture is included in David North’s book, In Defense of Leon Trotsky.

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Joseph Kishore, 20 August 2015

25 years ago: Scorched earth plan for Soviet economy

The so-called 500-days plan drafted by the top economic advisers to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was published in the September 4, 1990 issue of Izvestia.

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50 years ago: Pakistan and India expand war

After several days of border clashes, Pakistan launched a large-scale invasion of the Indian-held Kashmir on September 1, 1965.

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75 years ago: US exchanges warships for British bases

On September 3, 1940 US President Franklin Roosevelt informed Congress and the public that he had completed an arrangement that would give Britain 50 destroyers in return for land and sea bases in the Western Hemisphere.

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100 years ago: Zimmerwald conference of socialist opponents of World War I

On September 5, 1915, 38 delegates representing socialist tendencies throughout Europe assembled in the Swiss town of Zimmerwald to discuss an antiwar program in opposition to the carnage of World War I.

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History

The British Library’s Magna Carta exhibition: A vital though flawed presentation

By Joe Mount, 28 August 2015

The Magna Carta and democratic rights