Washington escalates covert backing for Al Qaeda militias in Aleppo

By Thomas Gaist, 9 August 2016

The CIA has aggressively funneled weaponry to Al Qaeda militias in Aleppo, enabling the US proxy forces to temporarily break the Syrian government’s encirclement of the city.

Russian helicopter shot down in Syria as battle rages over Aleppo

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Millions demonstrate throughout Turkey against July 15 coup attempt

By Halil Celik, 9 August 2016

In what was apparently the largest rally in the country’s history, millions of people gathered throughout Turkey to protest last month's attempted seizure of power by a section of the military.

Turkish regime imprisons and harasses artists, journalists and academics after coup attempt

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

Rio Olympics: Reviving the methods of dictatorship

By Rafael Azul, 9 August 2016

The opening days of the Summer Olympic Games have proven that the Brazilian authorities have zero tolerance for even minimal forms of protest.

Rio 2016: The “Olympic ideal” and the reality of capitalism

UK High Court rejects ban on 130,000 Labour members voting in leadership contest

By Julie Hyland, 9 August 2016

The court overturned a rule, aimed at excluding supporters of leader Jeremy Corbyn, that only members who joined before January 12 would be allowed to participate in the election.

Anti-Corbyn plotters make second Brexit vote centre of UK Labour leadership contest

UK: Labour leader Corbyn calls debate with coup plotter Owen Smith “comradely”

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Southern rail conductors begin longest UK rail strike in 50 years

By Robert Stevens, 9 August 2016

The five-day stoppage by train conductors on the busy Southern rail network has caused widespread disruption, with some 60 percent of services expected to be cancelled.

UK inquiry refuses to investigate police spying on Workers Revolutionary Party

By Paul Mitchell, 9 August 2016

The issue of police spying on the WRP resurfaced when actor Ricky Tomlinson called on Lord Pitchford to overturn his decision to refuse him “core participant” status in the inquiry.

Massive Delta Airlines computer failure creates worldwide havoc

By Shannon Jones, 9 August 2016

The chaos is a product of the absurdity of the capitalist profit system, where four major airlines and about a dozen smaller rivals compete for air service in the US.

Police seek to cover up murder of 20-year-old man in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

By Samuel Davidson, 9 August 2016

The official police version of events used to justify the killing of Earl Pinckney, who was bipolar, has been disputed by eye witnesses.

Louisiana sheriff initiates witch-hunt against author of anti-corruption blog

By E.P. Bannon, 9 August 2016

The witch-hunt is an act of intimidation meant to disrupt the lives of anyone who offers the slightest opposition to the criminality entrenched within the American political system.

New York City police commissioner Bratton resigns

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West Virginia coal miner killed in explosion

By Naomi Spencer, 9 August 2016

A coal miner died August 4 from burns sustained after a spark from his welder caused a massive ignition of the shaft on July 29.

Thai constitutional referendum entrenches military dictatorship

By Tom Peters, 9 August 2016

The junta tightened censorship, banned any “no” campaigning and mobilised army cadets to press people to vote for its anti-democratic constitution.

Australia: Top police claim no operational role in Sydney siege

By Richard Phillips, 9 August 2016

This self-serving assertion is part of ongoing efforts at the coroner’s inquest to prevent any exposure of the official lies about the “ISIS terror attack.”

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El legado de Obama: Política de identidad al servicio de la guerra

Por Bill Van Auken, 9 agosto 2016

Durante su mandato, Obama ha marcado el retorno de los demócratas a sus raíces como el principal partido del imperialismo estadounidense.

Una semana antes de los juegos de Río, manifestantes extinguen la llama Olímpica

Por Bill Van Auken, 9 agosto 2016

Una encuesta reciente mostró que más de la mitad de la población Brasileña se opone a los juegos y que el 63 por ciento cree estos Juegos van a hacer al país más daño que bien.

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Rio 2016 : L'« idéal olympique » et la réalité du capitalisme

Par Bill Van Auken, 9 août 2016

Les Jeux Olympiques sont tenus dans des conditions d’occupation militaire au Brésil, l’un des pays les plus inégaux du monde, en proie à des crises économiques, sociales et politiques.

La stagnation économique mondiale nourrit l’instabilité financière

Par Nick Beams, 9 août 2016

La décision prise par la Banque d’Angleterre de prendre des mesures financières « exceptionnelles » reflète la détérioration des perspectives pour l’économie mondiale.

Le journaliste allemand « de gauche » Jacob Augstein se révèle de droite

Par Peter Schwarz, 9 août 2016

Dans sa toute dernière chronique parue dans Der Spiegel, Augstein fulmine contre les Allemands d’origine turque.

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Rio 2016: Die „olympische Idee“ und die kapitalistische Wirklichkeit

Von Bill Van Auken, 9. August 2016

Die Olympiade in Brasilien findet unter militärischer Besetzung statt. Brasilien ist eines der Länder mit der größten sozialen Ungleichheit und wird von wirtschaftlichen und politischen Krisen geplagt.

Türkei: Millionen demonstrieren gegen Putschversuch

Von Halil Celik, 9. August 2016

Am vergangenen Sonntag fanden in mehreren türkischen Städten Massenversammlungen statt, die sich gegen den Putschversuch vom 15. Juli richteten. In Istanbul nahmen mehr als eine Million Menschen teil.

Weißes Haus veröffentlicht „Leitfaden“ für gezielte Tötungen
Obamas Drohnenmord-Maschinerie

Von Patrick Martin, 9. August 2016

Gestützt auf diesen „Leitfaden“ genießen CIA und Pentagon die uneingeschränkte Vollmacht, Drohnenmorde zu verüben. Das letzte Wort hat das Weiße Haus.

Atlantic Council will Polen zur Bastion für Krieg gegen Russland ausbauen

Von Clara Weiss, 9. August 2016

Der amerikanische Think Tank Atlantic Council hat am 19. Juli unter dem Titel „Aufrüstung zur Abschreckung“ (Arming for Deterrence) ein 25-seitiges Strategiepapier veröffentlicht, das zu einer massiven Aufrüstung der Nato gegen Russland aufruft.

Weltweite wirtschaftliche Stagnation verstärkt Instabilität auf den Finanzmärkten

Von Nick Beams, 9. August 2016

Die Entscheidung der Bank of England für „außergewöhnliche“ Maßnahmen ist ein Ausdruck der verschlechterten Aussichten für die Weltwirtschaft.

Stimmt gegen Militarismus und Krieg
Veranstaltungsreihe der PSG zu den Berlinwahlen

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 9. August 2016

Die Partei für Soziale Gleichheit stellt vier Veranstaltungen ins Zentrum ihres Wahlkampfs, die alle auch online verfolgt werden können.

Warum steht die CIA auf Hillary Clintons Seite?

Von Patrick Martin, 9. August 2016

Clinton versucht, die Anti-Trump-Stimmung in rechte, militaristische Kanäle zu leiten.

„Im Westen nichts Neues“: Eine vom Krieg zerstörte Generation

Von Isaac Finn, 9. August 2016

Erich Maria Remarques bahnbrechendes Werk „Im Westen nichts Neues“ handelt von einer Generation, die in den Ersten Weltkrieg hineingeworfen wird, und schildert die Verwirrung und Depression der Überlebenden.

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Perspective

The national security state and the US elections

9 August 2016

A letter against Trump from 50 former top military-intelligence officials of Republican administrations is an unprecedented intervention into a presidential campaign.

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The 2016 US Elections

Green Party convention: Left rhetoric in the service of pro-capitalist politics

By Evan Blake, 9 August 2016

In the aftermath of Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton, the Greens are posturing as a party opposed to austerity and war in order to keep workers and youth within the framework of bourgeois politics.

International Socialist Organization calls for Greens to support US-backed “revolution” in Syria

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

As Clinton seeks support from Republicans, Sanders hails her role in the “political revolution”

By Isaac Finn, 8 August 2016

Socialist Alternative promotes Sanders’ “political revolution” without Sanders

The end of the Sanders campaign: The political lessons

Clinton steps up right-wing appeal to Republicans and billionaires

By Tom Eley and Patrick Martin, 5 August 2016

Why the CIA is for Hillary Clinton

After the conventions, Democrats attack Trump from the right

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SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

After the Paul O’Neal murder
Stop the police killings! Unite workers and youth of every race and nationality!

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 8 August 2016

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

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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Commentary

White House releases “guidance” for targeted killings
Obama’s drone-missile machinery of murder

By Patrick Martin, 8 August 2016

German “left” journalist Jakob Augstein comes out as a right-winger

By Peter Schwarz, 8 August 2016

German defence minister announces domestic use of Armed Forces

A year in the plight of Berlin’s refugees

By Verena Nees, 8 August 2016

Report documents human rights violations in Australian refugee camps

By Max Newman, 8 August 2016

More on the refugee crisis »

Global economic stagnation fuels financial instability

By Nick Beams, 8 August 2016

Arts Review

Lady Dynamite and other Netflix comedies

By Ed Hightower, 6 August 2016

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

25 years ago: Italy brutalizes and expels Albanian refugees

This week in 1991 saw the deportation of nearly 18,000 Albanian refugees from Italy.

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50 years ago: Anti-riot bill passes house

On August 8, 1966, in response to the wave of ghetto uprisings by minority workers and youth, the US House of Representatives, made it a federal crime to use interstate transportation to incite to riot.

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75 years ago: Congress extends military service

On August 13, 1941, the House of Representatives voted to amend the Selective Service Act to extend the period of military service for drafted soldiers from one year to 18 months.

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100 years ago: Russian offensive in World War I grinds to a halt

This week in August 1916, the Russian army’s World War I offensive against the Central Powers on the eastern front suffered a major setback.

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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!

Book Review

Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil War

By Eric London, 26 July 2016

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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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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