Amid refugee crisis in Europe, NATO powers prepare war escalation in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 8 September 2015

In a nationally televised press conference, French President François Hollande called for stepped-up bombing in Syria and the ousting of Syrian President Assad.

Prime Minister Cameron confirms Royal Air Force killed two British citizens in Syria

By Robert Stevens, 8 September 2015

The government’s admission that it ordered the targeted assassination of two Britons in Syria parallels the extra-judicial murders of its own citizens by the US government.

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Refugees greeted in Germany with a wave of solidarity

By Marianne Arens, 8 September 2015

WSWS reporters spoke with refugees from Syria and Germans offering assistance in Neu-Isenburg in southern Hesse.

German government tightens measures against refugees

By Peter Schwarz, 8 September 2015

The grand coalition has made it clear that the admission of 20,000 refugees from Hungary was a one-time exception.

European governments treat refugees as a hostile invasion force

Who is responsible for the refugee crisis in Europe?

Australia: Thousands rally in defense of refugees at nationwide vigils

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 September 2015

The attendance at the vigils highlights the widespread sympathy for refugees among workers, young people, students and others.

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Hollande turns to French trade unions to undermine the Labor Code

By Anthony Torres, 8 September 2015

The measures planned by the Socialist Party are intended to return the working class to the degree of exploitation that existed before the Labor Code was adopted in 1910.

US unions promote Democrats and corporatism on Labor Day

By Shannon Jones, 8 September 2015

After decades of corporatist degeneration, the unions neither want to nor are able to mobilize much of anyone outside the upper middle class strata that mans their apparatuses.

Chester, Pennsylvania teachers unanimously vote to work for free

By Nancy Hanover and Lawrence Porter, 8 September 2015

Teachers and staff in the port city of Chester, Pennsylvania voted to return to the classroom despite the inability of the school district to pay them.

Report documents rising cost of living in California

By Norisa Diaz, 8 September 2015

Inflated housing costs throughout California are making it increasingly impossible to live, forcing many families into overcrowded conditions and homelessness

Chinese slowdown impacts Asian economies

By Peter Symonds, 8 September 2015

The downturn in the Chinese economy is reverberating around the world, nowhere more so than in Asia.

US probes former Sri Lanka president’s alleged assets

By Saman Gunadasa and Deepal Jayasekera, 8 September 2015

Washington’s investigation seeks to further marginalise Rajapakse and his supporters and block any challenge to the present pro-US government.

Harper government making pro forma complaints over jailing of Egyptian-Canadian journalist

By Dylan Lubao, 8 September 2015

A strong supporter of Egypt’s authoritarian government, Canada has only made muted appeals for the release of Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy.

The plight of patients and workers in Britain's Adult Social Care service

By Mark Blackwood, 8 September 2015

Between 2008 and 2013, an estimated 483,000 elderly and disabled people either lost their care support, or are no longer eligible.

Fiji PM threatens “severe punishment” for 70 people charged with sedition

By John Braddock, 8 September 2015

The sedition trials underline the continuing undemocratic nature of the Fijian regime, despite a bogus election in September 2014.

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Face au drame des réfugiés, Hollande lance une escalade de la guerre en Syrie

Par Alex Lantier, 8 septembre 2015

Cette politique réactionnaire ne fera qu'intensifier les souffrances qui ont transformé plus de quinze millions de Syriens et d'Irakiens en réfugiés.

Code du Travail: le PS se tourne vers les syndicats pour détruire les droits fondamentaux

Par Anthony Torres, 8 septembre 2015

Cette réforme vise à ramener la classe ouvrière au capitalisme sauvage d’avant 1910, date de la création du code du travail.

L'Autriche prévoit de fermer sa frontière alors que les migrants affluent à travers l’Europe

Par Alex Lantier, 8 septembre 2015

La crise des réfugiés, la plus importante depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale, est la conséquence des guerres impérialistes menées par les Etats-Unis et leurs alliés européens en Syrie, en Irak et en Ukraine.

Les gouvernements européens traitent les réfugiés comme une armée d’invasion ennemie

Par Peter Schwarz, 8 septembre 2015

Les gouvernements traitent le flot de réfugiés comme s’il s’agissait d’une invasion ennemie. Ils érigent des barrières à leurs frontières, accueillent les migrants avec des gaz lacrymogènes et déploient l’armée contre eux .

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G-20-Gipfel in Ankara: Ein politisch bankrottes Schauspiel

Von Nick Beams, 8. September 2015

Trotz der Versprechungen des G-20-Gipfels, das globale Wirtschaftswachstum „auf Kurs“ zu halten, räumt der IWF ein, dass seine Voraussagen vom Juli überholt sind.

Bundesregierung verschärft Abwehrmaßnahmen gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Peter Schwarz, 8. September 2015

Der Koalitionsausschuss hat klargestellt, dass es sich bei der Einreise von 20.000 Flüchtlingen aus Ungarn um eine einmalige Ausnahme handelt.

Nato-Mächte wollen Luftkrieg gegen Syrien verschärfen

Von Alex Lantier, 8. September 2015

Sogar jetzt, nachdem schon Zehntausende Syrer nach Europa fliehen, planen die Nato-Mächte die Ausweitung des Luftkriegs in Syrien.

Wachsende Solidaritätswelle mit Flüchtlingen
Reportage aus Neu-Isenburg bei Frankfurt

Von Marianne Arens, 8. September 2015

Die WSWS sprach im südhessischen Neu-Isenburg mit Flüchtlingen aus Syrien und Helfern aus Deutschland.

Lufthansa-Piloten streiken wieder

Von Dietmar Henning, 8. September 2015

Es ist offensichtlich, dass der Lufthansa-Konzern an den Piloten ein Exempel statuieren will, um die Arbeitsbedingungen im gesamten Konzern zu schleifen.

Australien: Studentenvertretung an der Universität Melbourne untersagt erneut die Gründung einer IYSSE-Gruppe

Von den International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 8. September 2015

Das Clubs & Societies Komitee der University of Melbourne widersetzt sich grundlegenden demokratischen Rechten.

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Perspective

Labor Day in America
Union sellouts promote Democratic wage-cutters

8 September 2015

Amid mounting working-class anger and disgust with both big-business parties, the unions are working to promote the lie that the Democrats speak for the working man.

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Autoworkers Struggles

Mass layoffs provoke strikes by Brazilian autoworkers

By Armando Cruz, 8 September 2015

So far this year, 38,700 jobs have been slashed in the Brazilian auto industry, which is dominated by multinational giants like GM, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.

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

Autoworkers speak out
Young autoworker earns too little to keep car on the road

By Jerry White, 7 September 2015

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

By Eric London, 27 August 2015

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Commentary

Exploiting refugee crisis, NY Times’ Kristof calls for escalation of war in Syria

By Barry Grey, 8 September 2015

Media propagandists like Kristof shed crocodile tears for refugees in order to argue for an escalation of the criminal policies that produced the catastrophe.

The G20 summit: A spectacle of political bankruptcy

By Nick Beams, 7 September 2015

Syriza betrayal exposes role of Irish pseudo-left

By Dermot Quinn and Michael Lynch, 7 September 2015

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

German professor Herfried Münkler agitates against refugees

Britain’s pseudo-left line up behind Corbyn Labour leadership bid

As Yemen assault continues, US announces billion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia

Featured Report

After Detroit bankruptcy: Tax foreclosures threaten 30,000 residents

By Nick Rodriguez and J. Cooper, 7 September 2015

IYSSE

Letters oppose refusal to affiliate IYSSE at University of Melbourne

8 September 2015

Supporters of the IYSSE have protested to the University of Melbourne Clubs and Societies Committee over its refusal to affiliate the Trotskyist youth movement.

IYSSE campaigns against University of Melbourne affiliation ban

By our correspondents, 7 September 2015

International letters protest IYSSE censorship at University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne student union imposes third ban on IYSSE club

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 September 2015

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

Allegheny Technologies Inc. lockout enters fourth week

By Evan Winters, 7 September 2015

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Socialist Equality Party

PSG campaigns throughout Germany for public meetings on the crisis in Greece

By our correspondents, 7 September 2015

2016 US Elections

Six Republican presidential candidates back defiance of gay marriage ruling

By Patrick Martin, 7 September 2015

Anti-gay Kentucky county clerk jailed for contempt of court

Top aides to Hillary Clinton testify before Benghazi committee

By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2015

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?

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25 years ago: Gorbachev joins US line-up against Iraq

President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev held a summit in Helsinki, Finland, on September 9, 1990, as the US prepared for war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in the aftermath of its invasion of the oil sheikdom of Kuwait.

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50 years ago: Hurricane Betsy slams New Orleans

On September 9, 1965, Hurricane Betsy hit New Orleans. It was the most financially destructive hurricane in US history to that point.

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75 years ago: Germany begins “Blitz” bombing of Britain

On September 7, 1940, the German Luftwaffe began an extensive period of nighttime bombing raids of British cities and industry.

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100 years ago: Mounting tensions between the US and Germany, Austria-Hungary

On September 9, 1915, US Secretary of State Robert Lansing announced the delivery of a note to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Vienna, asking for the recall of the Austro-Hungarian ambassador to the US, Dr. Konstantin Theodor Dumba.

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Arts Review

Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past (1947): The weight of history

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 5 September 2015

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