Russian helicopter shot down in Syria as battle rages over Aleppo

By Alex Lantier, 2 August 2016

Cut off from their supply lines to Turkey, US-backed Islamist militias are mounting a desperate offensive to break through the encirclement of their forces in Aleppo.

Democratic Party’s anti-Putin rhetoric prepares escalation of Syrian War

US warplanes kill at least 28 more civilians in northern Syria

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Manufacturing slows in Europe and Japan

By our reporter, 2 August 2016

The continued slump in the real economy is in marked contrast to the ongoing and ultimately unsustainable speculative frenzy on international share markets.

Slowdown in US, global economy

Democrats seize on Khan-Trump conflict to woo right-wing support

By Tom Eley, 2 August 2016

The Democrats and the Clinton campaign are using Trump’s anti-Muslim comments to whip up patriotism and militarism and pressure right-wing figures to support Hillary Clinton.

Clinton campaign appeals to Republicans and the military

US media celebrates Democratic Party warmongering

Obama’s legacy: Identity politics in the service of war

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First cases of mosquito-contracted Zika on US mainland reported in Florida

By Matthew MacEgan, 2 August 2016

Fourteen people have contracted the Zika virus from mosquitoes in a small area north of downtown Miami known as Wynwood.

A pittance for Zika, $600 billion for the Pentagon

UK delays nuclear plant deal signed with France and China

By Robert Stevens, 2 August 2016

Conservative Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced that the project was to be reviewed, with a final decision delayed to the autumn.

China issues warning to Australia over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 2 August 2016

The state-owned Global Times newspaper suggested that Australia would be “an ideal target for China to warn and strike” if it intruded in South China Sea disputes.

Adama Traoré’s autopsy undermines French police’s account of his death

By Kumaran Ira, 2 August 2016

Police banned a peaceful rally protesting the death in police custoday of 24-year-old Adama Traoré after a new autopsy contradicted initial police accounts.

German Labour Court declares air traffic controllers strike illegal

By Marianne Arens, 2 August 2016

The federal Labour Court in Erfurt ordered the aircraft controllers union GdF to pay airport operator Fraport millions in damages following the 2012 strike.

Israel adopts powers to suspend members of parliament

By Jean Shaoul, 2 August 2016

The measures are aimed at preventing and suppressing any united opposition on the part of Jewish and Palestinian workers and youth to government policies.

Australian government appoints indigenous bureaucrat to juvenile detention inquiry

By Mike Head, 2 August 2016

The revamp is a bid to head off the widespread hostility to the royal commission by putting an Aboriginal face on the inquiry, whose assigned task is to whitewash the abuses.

Protests denounce violent abuses in Australian juvenile jails

Australian youth and workers speak out against torture of juvenile prisoners

New in Spanish

La guerra y la Convención Nacional Demócrata

Por Andre Damon, 2 agosto 2016

Nada se dice en las elecciones del 2016 de los preparativos para un conflicto militar contra Rusia y China.

New in Turkish

Erdoğan, ABD’yi Türkiye’deki başarısız darbeyi desteklemekle suçluyor

Alex Lantier ve Johannes Stern, 2 Ağustos 2016

Ankara ile Washington arasındaki ilişkiler, Türkiye’de yaşanan ve Türk hükümetinin Obama yönetimi tarafından desteklendiğine inandığı 15 Temmuz darbe girişimin ardından hızla kötüleşiyor.

ABD savaş uçakları Suriye’nin kuzeyinde en az 28 sivili öldürdü

Barry Grey, 2 Ağustos 2016

Amerikan savaş uçaklarının, Suriye’deki yeni bir ABD katliamında, yedisi çocuk, en az 28 sivil öldü.

New in French

Erdogan accuses les États-Unis d’avoir soutenu le coup d’état manqué en Turquie

Par Johannes Stern et Alex Lantier, 2 août 2016

La tentative de coup d’Etat a révélé les tensions explosives croissantes dans les coulisses de l’alliance de l’OTAN, dont la Turquie est un Etat membre

Un journal turc identifie un général américain derrière le coup d’état militaire raté

Par Johannes Stern, 2 août 2016

Le journal décrit une énorme opération parrainée par le Pentagone et la CIA sur plusieurs mois et engloutissant des milliards de dollars en vue de préparer le coup d’état.

New in German

Nach den Parteitagen der Republikaner und der Demokraten:
Für eine sozialistische Alternative zu den Kriegs- und Austeritätsparteien!

Socialist Equality Party (USA), 2. August 2016

Auf Wirtschaftskrise und Kriegsgefahr wissen weder Clinton noch Trump eine andere Antwort als immer neue Kriege, Sparprogramme und Angriffe auf demokratische Rechte.

Massives Polizeiaufgebot bei Kölner Türkei-Demonstration

Von Andreas Kunstmann und Marianne Arens, 2. August 2016

Auf die Großkundgebung vom Sonntag gegen den Militärputsch in der Türkei reagieren Politik und Medien mit der Forderung, das Demonstrationsrecht einzuschränken.

Erdoğan bezichtigt die USA des Putschversuches in der Türkei

Von Alex Lantier und Johannes Stern, 2. August 2016

Der Putschversuch zeigt scharfe Spannungen zwischen den Mitgliedsstaaten der Nato.

US-Demokraten schüren Aggression gegen Russland

Von Andre Damon, 2. August 2016

Vergangenen Freitag titelte ein Leitartikel in der New York Times: „Russische Agenten sollen Computer der Clinton-Kampagne ausspioniert haben“. Unterstellt wird, dass im Auftrag der russischen Regierung Computer gehackt wurden, die für die Wahlkampagne Clintons genutzt wurden.

Verschwörer kündigen Spaltung der Labour Party an

Von Robert Stevens, 2. August 2016

Der rechte Flügel der Labour Party befürchtet vor allem, dass er durch eine Spaltung noch vor der Abstimmung im September jedes Anrecht darauf verliert, sich „Labour Party“ nennen zu dürfen und sich das Vermögen der Partei zu sichern.

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Perspective

After Democrats’ celebration of militarism, US warplanes bomb Libya

2 August 2016

The bombing of the Libyan coastal city of Sirte was ordered amid an explosive escalation of American militarism.

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Arts Review

HBO’s Veep: Lots of profanity, but not enough of what’s truly ugly

By Carlos Delgado, 2 August 2016

The popular HBO television comedy stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, a hopelessly inept and unprincipled US vice president who ascends to the presidency.

Elvis, Scotty and Bill: In memory of guitar legend Scotty Moore

By Hiram Lee, 1 August 2016

Commentary

Erdogan accuses US of supporting failed coup in Turkey

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 1 August 2016

The Turkish coup, US militarism and the collapse of democracy

UK Labour Party coup plotters make public their split preparations

By Robert Stevens, 1 August 2016

Labour donor’s legal effort to oust Corbyn fails

More on the British Labour Party election »

Socialist Alternative promotes Sanders’ “political revolution” without Sanders

By Tom Hall, 30 July 2016

“Socialist Convergence”: A gathering of political bankrupts in Philadelphia

The pro-capitalist program of the US Green Party

The New York Times, the state and the making of an amalgam
Who is James Bennet?

By Tom Hall, 29 July 2016

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

Berlin state election 2016
Vote against war! Vote PSG!
Election manifesto of the Socialist Equality Party

1 August 2016

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG, Socialist Equality Party) is standing a statewide list and constituency candidates in Wedding, Tempelhof-Schöneberg and Friedrichshain for the Berlin Senate (state legislature) election on September 18.

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

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16 files petitions

By our reporters, 1 August 2016

After the Democratic and Republican conventions
For a socialist alternative to the parties of austerity and war!

By Socialist Equality Party, 30 July 2016

More on the SEP 2016 US election campaign »

The 2016 US elections

Hillary Clinton’s dishonest, empty acceptance speech

By David Walsh, 29 July 2016

Democratic convention: Obama piles on more lies

The end of the Sanders campaign: The political lessons

War and the Democratic National Convention

Democratic convention opens: An agenda of militarism and war

The political bankruptcy of filmmaker Michael Moore and his “5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win”

By David Walsh, 28 July 2016

More on the 2016 US elections »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 August 2016

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

Socialist Equality Party

After Brexit: The struggle for socialism in Britain

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2016

SEP Australia holds Third National Congress

The Socialist Equality Party and the fight to build an international anti-war movement

SEP public meeting in Colombo: Halt the attacks on living conditions! Fight for socialist policies!

Flint Water Crisis

Michigan attorney general charges six more state officials in Flint water crisis

By James Brewer, 30 July 2016

Water officials envision doubling of city of Flint water rates

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Book Review

Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil War

By Eric London, 26 July 2016

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.

25 years ago: First site goes live on World Wide Web

On August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee launched the first-ever web site, marking the public debut of the World Wide Web.

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50 years ago: Army mutiny in Nigeria

On August 1, 1966, rebellious army detachments forced the handing of power to the army of chief of staff following the successful kidnapping and execution of Nigerian chief of state General Johnson T.U. Aguiyi-Ironsi.

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Roosevelt extends Lend-Lease to the Soviet Union

On August 2, 1941 the Democratic administration in Washington headed by President Rosevelt extended the policy of “Lend-Lease” to the Soviet Union.

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100 years ago: American socialist leader Tom Mooney indicted

On August 2, 1916, a San Francisco jury indicted five prominent socialist leaders of the working class, including Tom Mooney, on dubious charges stemming from the Preparedness Day bombing on July 22.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Take up the fight against war, austerity and dictatorship!
Build the IYSSE on Australian campuses and schools!