Clinton steps up right-wing appeal to Republicans and billionaires

By Tom Eley and Patrick Martin, 5 August 2016

The Democratic presidential campaign is using appeals to patriotism and militarism to woo Republican officials and the super-rich.

US Republican presidential campaign in crisis

After the conventions, Democrats attack Trump from the right

The Green Party platform: Reformist politics in the service of imperialism

Socialist Alternative promotes Sanders’ “political revolution” without Sanders

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Knife attack in London prompts massive police operation

By Robert Stevens, 5 August 2016

The killing on a central London street of a US national is being used to justify a massive build-up of armed police throughout the UK.

British government to escalate its Middle East intervention

By Paul Mitchell, 5 August 2016

The ramping up of the British military intervention is part of US plans to recapture Mosul from Islamic State control.

After Democrats’ celebration of militarism, US warplanes bomb Libya

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

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Bank of England announces record rate cut in windfall for financial markets

By Barry Grey, 5 August 2016

The rate cut, together with other measures announced by the bank, will pump 170 billion pounds ($223 billion) into the UK’s financial markets.

Rio Olympics overshadowed by social crisis

By Rafael Azul, 5 August 2016

The Rio Olympic Games open in the midst of social crisis.

Amnesty report denounces Australia’s “cruel” refugee regime on Nauru

By Mike Head, 5 August 2016

The Australian government has set a brutal model for countries around the world to punish and bar entry to millions of desperate refugees.

As strike enters second month
Owners announce plan to close Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort next month

By E.P. Bannon, 5 August 2016

Despite the owners’ claim that the strike caused the casino’s closure, the shutdown was planned far in advance.

New powers for secret services in Bavaria

By Marianne Arens, 5 August 2016

The new Bavarian legislation is part of a massive upgrade of the country’s security services.

Hardship grows in Alberta as oil industry contracts

By Janet Browning, 5 August 2016

The economic slump brought on by the oil price collapse has increased poverty rates, food insecurity and homelessness.

New in French

Après les conventions, les démocrates attaquent Trump de la droite

Par Patrick Martin, 5 août 2016

La campagne de Clinton et le Parti démocrate tentent d'utiliser leur adversaire Donald Trump comme faire-valoir de leur campagne profondément impopulaire de militarisme et de guerre.

Kerry soutient la campagne meurtrière anti-drogue de Duterte : « La vie des orientaux ne vaut pas grand-chose ».

Par Joseph Santolan, 5 août 2016

Le ministre américain des affaires étrangères Kerry a promis 32 millions de dollars pour financer la campagne anti-drogue du président philippin Duterte, impliquant des escadrons de la mort, des meurtres policiers et des camps de concentration, afin d’obtenir un soutien pour la campagne de guerre de Washington contre la Chine.

Massive opération policière à Cologne pour une manifestation de soutien à Erdogan

Par Andreas Kunstmann et Marianne Arens, 5 août 2016

L’opération policière / exercice de guerre civile qui avait eu lieu à Munich a été suivi par un déploiement massif de la police dimanche à Cologne pour une manifestation turque.

New in German

US-Außenminister unterstützt Dutertes Aufruf zum Mord an Drogenhändlern in den Philippinen

Von Joseph Santolan, 5. August 2016

Um sich die Unterstützung der Philippinen für Washingtons Kriegsvorbereitungen gegen China zu sichern, versprach US-Außenminister Kerry dem philippinischen Präsidenten Duterte 32 Millionen Dollar für seine Art der Drogenbekämpfung – mit Todesschwadronen, Polizeimorden und Konzentrationslagern.

Von der Leyen verkündet Einsatz der Bundeswehr im Innern

Von Johannes Stern, 5. August 2016

Die Verteidigungsministerin ließ keinen Zweifel daran, dass die Bundeswehr „im Ernstfall“ nicht „nur logistische“, sondern „auch militärische Unterstützung“ leisten würde.

Nach den Parteitagen: Demokraten greifen Trump von rechts an

Von Patrick Martin, 5. August 2016

Nach den Parteitagen der Demokraten und Republikaner hat der Präsidentschaftswahlkampf in den USA eine bemerkenswerte Wendung erfahren, die eine tiefe Krise des gesamten politischen Systems zum Vorschein bringt.

Stoppt die Kriegstreiberei in Syrien und Libyen! Arbeiter aller Länder, vereinigt euch gegen Krieg!

Von Jerry White, 5. August 2016

Hinter dem Rücken der Bevölkerung hat Präsident Obama befohlen, Libyen durch amerikanische Kampfflugzeuge bombardieren zu lassen. Zur selben Zeit fährt das Weiße Haus auch seine militärische Intervention in Syrien hoch.

Berlin: Flüchtlinge wehren sich gegen Massenunterkünfte

Von Carola Kleinert, 5. August 2016

Im Berliner Wahlkampf bemüht sich der Senat, das „Thema Flüchtlinge“ von der Bildfläche verschwinden zu lassen. Doch unverändert müssen Tausende Menschen unerträgliche Bedingungen hinnehmen und in Massenunterkünften hausen.

Kurz vor Beginn der Olympischen Spiele in Rio:
Demonstranten löschen olympische Fackel

Von Bill Van Auken, 5. August 2016

Die Olympischen Spiele in Brasilien werden von einer politischen und wirtschaftlichen Krise und wachsenden sozialen Konflikten überschattet.

Britische Luftwaffe fliegt Angriffe auf Mossul

Von Robert Stevens, 5. August 2016

Mit Bombenangriffen im Irak und in Syrien weitet Großbritannien seine Teilnahme an den imperialistischen Kriegen im Nahen Osten aus.

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Perspective

“Thinking Through the Unthinkable”
RAND Corporation lays out scenarios for US war with China

5 August 2016

The RAND Corporation study provides further evidence that a US war against China is being planned and prepared in the upper echelons of the American military-intelligence apparatus.

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Commentary

New York Times covers up Obama administration’s role in Turkish coup

By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2016

The combination of propaganda and disinformation makes it impossible to know where the CIA ends and the Times editorial board begins.

From WikiLeaks’ Clinton Email Archive
The New York Times’ chief military correspondent met secretly with State Department in 2010 to bury Iraq War Logs

What is behind the campaign against Erdogan?

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2016

German politicians are demanding firm measures against Turkey and the break-off of accession talks to the EU.

Kerry backs Duterte’s murderous anti-drug campaign: “Placing a cheapness on the lives of Orientals”

By Joseph Santolan, 4 August 2016

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

The end of the Sanders campaign: The political lessons

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

Arts Review

All Quiet on the Western Front: A generation haunted by war

By Isaac Finn, 5 August 2016

Erich Maria Remarque’s seminal work, All Quiet on the Western Front, deals with a generation thrown into World War I and the confusion and depression of those who survived.

A comment on the recent San Diego Comic-Con International

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

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.

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

Stop the war drive in Syria and Libya! Workers of the world unite against war!

By Jerry White, 4 August 2016

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

Socialist Equality Party campaigns for ballot status in Louisiana

By Tom Hall and Aaron Asa, 4 August 2016

SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16 files petitions

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

5 August 2016

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

Science

The anti-scientific character of “race” as a concept

By Philip Guelpa, 3 August 2016

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

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

1 August 2016

Socialist Equality Party

After Brexit: The struggle for socialism in Britain

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2016

SEP Australia holds Third National Congress

27 July 2016

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

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!