Market turbulence linked to conflicts over ruling class policy

By Nick Beams, 11 September 2015

The market gyrations are an expression of the combination of greed and fear that underlies financial markets, arising from their parasitic dependence upon ultra-cheap money.

China confronts continuing economic turmoil

By Peter Symonds, 11 September 2015

Despite heavy government intervention, share markets are still volatile, amid more evidence of a marked economic slowdown.

European powers prepare to sink refugee vessels in Mediterranean

By Alex Lantier, 11 September 2015

As they prepare to launch a new escalation of the war in Syria, the European powers are trying to prevent refugees fleeing the carnage from arriving in Europe.

EU prepares plan to turn away masses of refugees from Europe

Refugee crisis in Europe: Popular support for migrants confronts official inhumanity

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UK Prime Minister Cameron calls for “hard military force” in Syria

By Robert Stevens, 11 September 2015

The British government and its allies are now unabashed in their calls for war in Syria and the removal of Bashar Al-Assad.

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

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”You get hired here and they pretty much own your soul”
Locked out Allegheny Technologies workers speak out

By Evan Winters, 11 September 2015

ATI workers in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, locked out since August 15, described the grueling work schedules and dangerous conditions they face in the mill.

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Puerto Rican government unveils anti-worker austerity plan

By Rafael Azul, 11 September 2015

Puerto Rico’s debt payment plan is a frontal attack on education, health care, jobs and living standards to benefit bond holders and corporations.

No charges for police officers who killed unarmed immigrant in Pasco, Washington

By Bryan Dyne, 11 September 2015

Prosecutor Shawn Sant maintained that the three police officers felt threatened because Antonio Zambrano-Montes may have been “armed with a rock.”

Maryland court rules volunteered DNA can be used in other cases

By Trent Novak, 11 September 2015

The ruling established that once DNA has been legally obtained, it can be indefinitely stored for use in unsolved crimes without violating the Fourth Amendment.

Massachusetts governor begins privatization of public transportation

By John Marion, 11 September 2015

Using last winter’s systemic breakdown of the MBTA as a pretext, Governor Baker is moving to privatize as many as 30 of the system’s 170 bus routes.

Sri Lankan defence seminar reflects pro-US foreign policy shift

By Rohantha de Silva, 11 September 2015

This year’s seminar was held in the context of escalating moves by the US to integrate countries in the Asia-Pacific region into its strategic build-up against China.

UGL workers face deepening job cuts in Australia and Asia

By the Socialist Equality Party, 11 September 2015

The layoffs by a major engineering company are part of a wider barrage of job destruction throughout Australia and internationally.

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L'UE prépare un plan pour refouler des réfugiés en masse hors d'Europe

Par Alex Lantier, 11 septembre 2015

L'Union européenne veut dépenser beaucoup moins pour une crise des réfugiés causée par les guerres de l'OTAN en Libye et en Syrie que certains pays du Moyen-Orient bien plus pauvres.

Washington menace la Russie d'une confrontation à propos de la Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 11 septembre 2015

Les menaces américaines à l’égard de Moscou indiquent que l’objectif principal de Washington en Syrie est de renverser le régime.

Le maire stalinien de La Courneuve fait démanteler un campement de Roms

Par Kumaran Ira, 11 septembre 2015

Un maire PCF a ordonné aux CRS d'expulser des Roms d'un campement à La Courneuve, dans la banlieue nord de Paris.

New in German

Britische Demokratie am Ende

Von Julie Hyland, 11. September 2015

Gezielte Mordanschläge, die zuerst in Israel angewandt wurden, sind jetzt Teil eines internationalen Trends. Viele Staaten brüsten sich mit der Häufigkeit und Effizienz ihrer „Schläge“.

EU plant Flüchtlinge massenweise abzuweisen

Von Alex Lantier, 11. September 2015

Die Europäische Union beabsichtigt, viel weniger für die Flüchtlingskrise auszugeben als die ärmeren Staaten im Nahen Osten. Die Ursachen der Krise liegen in den Nato-Kriegen in Libyen und Syrien.

Tageszeitung Junge Welt diffamiert Flüchtlinge

Von Christoph Dreier, 11. September 2015

Die Junge Welt stellt die Solidarität mit den Flüchtlingen im Wesentlichen als „Marketinginstrument“ der deutschen Unternehmen und die Flüchtlinge als Lohndrücker dar.

Die Verteidigung des Streikrechts der Piloten erfordert eine sozialistische Perspektive

Von Ulrich Rippert, 11. September 2015

Das Verbot des Streiks der Piloten ist ein elementarer Angriff auf das Streikrecht und richtet sich gegen alle Arbeiter. Der Kampf dagegen erfordert eine sozialistische Perspektive.

Türkische Regierung eskaliert Krieg gegen die kurdische PKK

Von Jean Shaoul und Halil Celik, 11. September 2015

Die türkische Regierung hat einen großen Teil der Osttürkei de facto unter Kriegsrecht gestellt und greift die Kurden sowohl in der Türkei, als auch im Irak und in Syrien an.

Tamilische Nationalisten unterstützen US-freundliche Regierung in Sri Lanka

Von K. Nesan, 11. September 2015

Mit der Unterstützung der Regierung machen sich die tamilischen Nationalisten mitschuldig, dass die Kriegsverbrechen im Bürgerkrieg ungesühnt bleiben.

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Perspective

Drumbeat grows for escalating war against Syria

11 September 2015

The media and politicians in both the US and Western Europe have cynically seized upon the plight of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria as the pretext for intensifying the slaughter.

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Autoworkers Struggles

What is the UAW?

By Shannon Jones, 11 September 2015

The UAW is basically a business entity run by wealthy parasites that have no accountability to the membership.

Who would benefit from the health care co-op proposed by the UAW?

By Jerry White, 10 September 2015

UAW emails autoworkers: We won’t tell you anything

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Commentary

Why is Québec Solidaire silent about the betrayal of its “cousin” Syriza?

By Richard Dufour, 11 September 2015

Québec Solidaire’s silence on Syriza’s savage austerity measures is a warning that should it ever come to power it will also implement the diktats of big business.

German pilots struggle: The right to strike requires a socialist perspective

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 September 2015

The decision of the labor court in the German state of Hessian to forbid Lufthansa pilots from striking is an attack on the right to strike directed against all workers.

German court declares pilots strike illegal, forcing return to work

The end of democracy in Britain

By Julie Hyland, 10 September 2015

Cameron government justifies targeted assassinations of UK citizens

Thousands of Saudi-led coalition troops invade Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 10 September 2015

PBS documentary Putin’s Way: Half-truths and lies in the service of US warmongering against Russia

By Andrea Peters, 9 September 2015

History

The crimes of the Nazis in Greece: Part one

By Katerina Selin, 11 September 2015

The occupation of Greece by Nazi Germany was the occasion for some of the worst crimes of World War II.

IYSSE

IYSSE in Germany protests against University of Melbourne ban

11 September 2015

The IYSSE in Germany has written a letter of protest to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee over its refusal to affiliate the IYSSE as a club.

IYSSE in Sri Lanka, US, condemn University of Melbourne ban

10 September 2015

IYSSE campaigns against University of Melbourne affiliation ban

Mobilize workers and youth to stop the attack on Northern Virginia schools!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 9 September 2015

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

11 September 2015

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

Five thousand teachers in Seattle, Washington go on strike

By David Brown, 10 September 2015

Chester, Pennsylvania teachers unanimously vote to work for free

Australian waterside workers “in the dark” as union negotiates job cuts with Hutchison

By Richard Phillips, 9 September 2015

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Arts Review

Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America offers some hints of humanity

By Christine Schofelt, 10 September 2015

Woman: The confessions of R&B singer Jill Scott

2016 US Elections

Bernie Sanders: A “socialist” promoted by the US government

By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2015

Sanders pledges his campaign to save Democratic Party

Bernie Sanders: Silent partner of American militarism

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

The reactionary campaign around Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis

By Tom Carter, 10 September 2015

Six Republican presidential candidates back defiance of gay marriage ruling

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

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Book Review

The French Republic as killing machine
The Killers of the Republic, by Vincent Nouzille

By Anthony Torres, 9 September 2015

Nouzille’s book lifts the veil on the history of French President François Hollande's “kill list” and the increasing resort to state murder.

Socialist Equality Party

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

By our correspondents, 7 September 2015

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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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