Hague court decision sets stage for US confrontation with China

By Peter Symonds, 13 July 2016

Yesterday’s tribunal ruling branding China’s actions in the South China Sea as “illegal” provides another pretext for the US to ramp up its military expansion in Asia.

UN court to deliver decision on South China Sea disputes

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Right-wing ruling coalition wins Japan’s upper house election

By Ben McGrath, 13 July 2016

The LDP’s victory gives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the necessary numbers to revise the Japanese constitution in line with his push for re-militarization.

Obama in Dallas: Platitudes and lies on police killings

By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2016

To deliver an honest speech, Obama would have had to admit that the epidemic of police killings as well as the shootings in Dallas are either the direct product of or blowback from his administration’s policies.

Afghan war veteran guns down five Dallas police

UK Labour’s governing body says Jeremy Corbyn will be on leadership ballot

By Chris Marsden, 13 July 2016

There is no reason for anyone to believe that the National Executive Committee’s decision puts an end to the ongoing coup attempt against Corbyn.

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

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

Labour’s Jack Straw and MI6’s Sir Mark Allen shielded from prosecution over rendition to Libya

By Jean Shaoul, 13 July 2016

The British government has spent at least £600,000 to prevent a civil case going ahead, forcing Straw and Allen to give evidence.

US Defense Secretary Carter announces 560 more US troops to Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 13 July 2016

The deployments will support a joint US-Iraqi offensive against the urban center of Mosul, which is projected to last for months and turn hundreds of thousands more Iraqis into refugees.

Amid nationwide protests against police violence
Officials prepare for mass repression at Republican National Convention in Cleveland

By Carlos Delgado, 13 July 2016

Security officials have been expanding police-state measures and deliberately targeting protesters for surveillance and harassment.

Immigrants in Los Angeles denounce police repression worldwide

By our reporters, 13 July 2016

Workers and youth from El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico expressed opposition to state violence, poverty and social inequality.

Hundreds arrested in US protests against police killings

Militarized police forces throughout the US carry out mass arrests

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Housing crisis intensifies in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips, 13 July 2016

The housing situation for the working class in Syracuse belies the claims of economic recovery by the Obama administration.

German militarism on display at NATO summit

By Johannes Stern, 13 July 2016

Two years after German officials announced plans to remilitarise the country, media outlets are warning of preparations for “total war.”

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

Head-on train collision near Bari, Italy kills at least 25

By our reporter, 13 July 2016

The single track where the trains collided has no automatic braking system similar to other areas in Italy’s poorer southern regions.

Evictions of private tenants increase by over 50 percent in England and Wales

By Allison Smith, 13 July 2016

The wealth of private landlords stands in stark contrast to that of their tenants.

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

Hautfarbe, Klassenzugehörigkeit und Polizeimorde in Amerika

Redaktion der World Socialist Web Site, 13. Juli 2016

Hinter der Darstellung der USA als Land des Rassenhasses stehen reaktionäre Ziele.

Italienische Bankenkrise erschüttert EU

Von Marianne Arens, Peter Schwarz, 13. Juli 2016

Europäische Wirtschafts- und Finanzexperten rechnen damit, dass Italiens Bankenkrise die nächste große Krise Europas auslöst.

Theresa May wird neue britische Premierministerin

Von Robert Stevens, 13. Juli 2016

May hat nicht nur die Aufgabe, für Stabilität zu sorgen und die regierende Partei auf Linie zu bringen. Sie wird auch die Kürzungspolitik gegen die Arbeiter verschärfen.

Labour Party in Großbritannien:
Angela Eagle soll den Putsch gegen Corbyn anführen

Von Chris Marsden, 13. Juli 2016

Die Kampagne zur Absetzung des britischen Labour-Vorsitzenden Jeremy Corbyn bringt die 172 Labour-Abgeordneten in Konflikt mit der großen Mehrheit der Parteianhänger.

UNICEF-Report: 250 Millionen Kinder erleben täglich Krieg und Flucht

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 13. Juli 2016

Jedes neunte Kind auf der Welt wächst in einer Umgebung auf, in der Gewalt oder bewaffnete Konflikte an der Tagesordnung sind, berichtet Unicef.

90 Jahre seit dem Putsch von Pilsudski
Die Strategie des Intermariums
Teil 4: Die Kriegsvorbereitungen der Nato gegen Russland

Von Clara Weiss, 13. 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

The predictable and pathetic end of Sanders’ “political revolution”

13 July 2016

The Sanders campaign has provided a major political lesson to millions of young people and workers attracted to his call for a “political revolution” against the “billionaire class.”

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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

“Ordinary people truly imbibed the principles of the American Revolution”
An interview with Victoria Bynum, historian and author of The Free State of Jones—Part 2

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 13 July 2016

This is the second part of 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

Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meetings
The way forward after the Brexit vote

13 July 2016

The SEP advocated an active boycott of the referendum, arguing that the progressive and democratic unification of Europe can only be achieved through a revolutionary struggle for the United Socialist States of Europe.

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

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

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

9 July 2016

Commentary

A dangerous turn to economic nationalism

By Nick Beams, 12 July 2016

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

Two hundred forty years since the Declaration of Independence

The 2016 US Elections

Democratic platform deal sets stage for Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton

By Jerry White, 12 July 2016

Elizabeth Warren campaigns with Clinton as possible running mate

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

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Arts Review

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

By Sandy English, 12 July 2016

“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

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

More on the SEP 2016 US election campaign »

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!