Theresa May wins Conservative leadership contest and will be new UK prime minister

By Robert Stevens, 12 July 2016

The ruthless dispatch of contender Andrea Leadsom, in order to secure the favoured candidate of the ruling elite as prime minister, is testament to the dire crisis facing the British bourgeoisie.

Angela Eagle chosen to front anti-Corbyn coup in UK Labour Party

By Chris Marsden, 12 July 2016

The campaign to remove UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by 172 MPs pits the Parliamentary Labour Party against the vast majority of Labour Party supporters.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon ignored in Europe

By Steve James, 12 July 2016

Leadership contest launched, raising prospect of split in UK Labour Party

UK: Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn refuses to call Tony Blair a war criminal

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Democratic platform deal sets stage for Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton

By Jerry White, 12 July 2016

The political theatre in Orlando was aimed at convincing Sanders supporters that the Vermont senator’s “political revolution” had shifted the Democrats and Clinton to the left.

Elizabeth Warren campaigns with Clinton as possible running mate

Sanders’ “political revolution” revealed: Nationalist reaction and support for Clinton

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Militarized police forces throughout the US carry out mass arrests

By Isaac Finn, 12 July 2016

Police departments have exploited the killing of five police officers to further curb democratic rights and clamp down on anti-police brutality protests across the country.

“I am against something wrong, regardless of what the color of someone’s skin is”
Protesters speak out on police killings

New video shows off-duty New York cop murdering motorist

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Hague court decides South China Sea case today

By Joseph Santolan, 12 July 2016

Regardless of the details of today’s tribunal decision, Washington will exploit the ruling to escalate its war drive against China.

UN court to deliver decision on South China Sea disputes

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SEP’s 2016 election campaign in Australia furthers fight for international anti-war movement

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 July 2016

At the centre of the campaign was the development of political analysis to clarify workers and young people on the necessity for a socialist and internationalist perspective.

Coalition parties to form unstable government in Australia

The political issues posed by the Australian election crisis

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“A lot of those being laid off won’t come back”
Anger, uncertainty as layoffs hit Fiat Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly

By Shannon Jones, 12 July 2016

The job cuts are the first permanent layoffs at Fiat Chrysler since the company emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.

Massachusetts governor’s fiscal control board rams through privatizations of public transit

By John Marion, 12 July 2016

MBTA workers face job losses and cuts to pensions at the hands of an unelected board created after the winter of 2015.

Hungarian government cracks down on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 12 July 2016

The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban is carrying out mass deportations of refugees to Serbia and Croatia without due process.

With Washington’s blessing, Boeing signs mega-deal with Iran

By Roger Jordan, 12 July 2016

Boeing’s $20 billion deal to sell commercial aircraft to Iran Air is by far the largest US business transaction with Tehran since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Opposition party in South Korea hit by corruption probe

By Ben McGrath, 12 July 2016

The investigation into the People’s Party is a politically-motivated attack by President Park Geun-hye’s administration.

New in Russian

Протесты в Киеве против повышения цен на коммунальные услуги

Андреа Питерс, 12 июля 2016 г.

Тысячи демонстрантов вышли на улицы украинской столицы в знак протеста против нового повышения цен на коммунальные услуги, стоимость которых с конца 2013 года выросла почти в три раза.

New in German

Kriegsgipfel der Nato in Warschau

Von Alex Lantier, 12. Juli 2016

Die Nato will Russland in Osteuropa dauerhaft mit Krieg drohen und gleichzeitig die inneren Konflikte der Allianz unter Kontrolle halten.

Der Nato-Gipfel in Warschau und das Erstarken des deutschen Militarismus

Von Johannes Stern, 12. Juli 2016

Auf der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz 2014 verkündete die Bundesregierung die Rückkehr des deutschen Militarismus. Zwei Jahre später sprechen Nato-Generäle von der Vorbereitung auf einen „totalen Krieg“.

IWF-Direktorin warnt vor Kriegsgefahr

Von Nick Beams, 12. Juli 2016

Die IWF-Direktorin warnt vor den Gefahren, die durch eine „Welle von Protektionismus“ drohen.

Ungarische Regierung geht massiv gegen Flüchtlinge vor

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 12. Juli 2016

Die ungarische Regierung versucht, mit allen Mitteln Flüchtlinge abzuschrecken. Schutzsuchende werden ohne Verfahren nach Serbien und Kroatien abgeschoben.

90 Jahre seit dem Putsch von Pilsudski
Die Strategie des Intermariums
Teil 3: Das Intermarium und die Rolle Polens im Kriegsbündnis der USA gegen Russland

Von Clara Weiss, 12. Juli 2016

Diese Artikelserie behandelt die Geschichte der Intermariums-Strategie, einer Allianz von rechten, nationalistischen Regimen in Osteuropa, die sich in erster Linie gegen die Sowjetunion richtete.

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Perspective

A dangerous turn to economic nationalism

12 July 2016

With all efforts to return global economic growth to pre-2008 levels having failed, the ruling class’s economic theorists have turned to the promotion of protectionism and nationalism.

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Mehring Books

New book by David North
A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony 1990–2016

By David North, 11 July 2016

We publish here the preface to A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony, 1990-2016 by David North, the chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site. The book is available for preorder today at Mehring Books.

Featured Commentary

Race, class and police murder in America

The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 11 July 2016

The campaign to portray the United States as riven by racial hatred serves definite and reactionary social and political aims.

History

“The records were full of evidence of dissent and insurrections by common people”
An interview with Victoria Bynum, historian and author of The Free State of Jones—Part 1

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 12 July 2016

We are posting a conversation with Victoria Bynum, whose research helped inspire the film Free State of Jones, about an insurrection by Southern Unionists against the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Charles Blow of the New York Times
The right-wing, racialist attacks on the film Free State of Jones

By David Walsh, 30 June 2016

Free State of Jones: Three cheers!

Socialist Equality Party

Halt the attacks on living conditions! Fight for socialist policies!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 12 July 2016

The mounting strikes and protests in Sri Lanka can only be advanced through a break from the entire ruling class and the fight for a unified international and socialist movement of the working class.

SEP public meetings: The Australian election crisis and the way forward for the working class

9 July 2016

Arts Review

Book Review
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill: Attention to social inequality—in her own way

By Sandy English, 12 July 2016

In her new novel, Gaitskill focuses on a poor Dominican teenager from New York City, the suburban family she lives with during the summer and her experiences relating to a particularly abused horse.

“Cinema has the potential to make us richer in spirit”—filmmaker Paul Cox (1940–2016)

By Richard Phillips, 11 July 2016

Toward a socialist future: Children’s picture books after the Bolshevik Revolution

By Thomas Scripps, 9 July 2016

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 July 2016

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

Commentary

NATO summit plans escalation against Russia in Eastern Europe, Middle East

By Alex Lantier, 11 July 2016

NATO’s war summit in Warsaw

Axel Honneth at Humboldt University: A socialism that is nothing of the sort

By Peter Schwarz, 11 July 2016

Australian parliamentarian calls for Iraqi war crimes trial

Two hundred forty years since the Declaration of Independence

25 years ago: Leaked cables creates furor over US provocation of Iraq

On July 12, 1991, the Washington Post published excerpts of secret State Department cables revealing the trap that was set by the US to provide a pretext for the bloody war against Iraq.

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50 years ago: US war in Vietnam deepens

On July 15, 1966, the US launched Operation Hastings, a large-scale Marine action whose stated aim was sweeping North Vietnamese fighters out of an area adjacent to the so-called demilitarized zone.

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75 years ago: Uprising in Montenegro against Italian occupation

On July 13, 1941 peasants, workers and youth in Montenegro erupted in an insurrection against Italian occupation forces one day after Mussolini announced he would annex Montenegro to fascist Italy.

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100 years ago: British troops launch surprise attack on the Somme

On July 14, 1916, 20,000 British troops attacked German lines near the Somme River, in northern France, at 3:25 a.m.

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The UK Brexit crisis

The anti-working class politics of the pseudo-left
Left Unity endorses pro-EU offensive to overturn Brexit referendum

By Chris Marsden, 9 July 2016

Canada’s elite rattled by Brexit vote

Signs of post-Brexit financial crisis mount

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SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

Video: West Virginia coal miners discuss social crisis with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 9 July 2016

Video: SEP presidential candidate visits flood-ravaged West Virginia town

6 July 2016

Socialist Equality Party election campaign: Naomi Spencer for West Virginia House of Delegates, 16th District!

22 June 2016

Video discussion from West Virginia: SEP candidates Jerry White and Naomi Spencer

The West Virginia floods and America's class divide

The Fort Bragg baseball game, American militarism and the Fourth of July

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 5 July 2016

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Obituary

Oversaw 1979 Chrysler concessions
Former UAW official Marc Stepp dies

By Shannon Jones, 7 July 2016

Science

Juno spacecraft enters orbit around Jupiter

By Bryan Dyne, 5 July 2016

Further steps in finding an Earth-like planet outside the solar system

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

The Socialist Equality Party (Germany) stands candidates for the Berlin state elections

By Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 31 May 2016

Support the election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party in Berlin! Vote against war and militarism!