The impact of financial parasitism
Record US share prices amid economic slump and social decay

By Barry Grey, 13 August 2016

The surge in stock and bond prices has come amid mounting indications of stagnation in the real economy and a worsening social crisis.

The slump in US productivity: Another symptom of capitalist crisis

US maternal death rate soars by 27 percent since 2000

Signs of slowdown in US auto industry

By Shannon Jones, 13 August 2016

Ford, General Motors and Toyota recorded sales declines in July.

Tax return places Clintons in the top 0.02 percent of Americans

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2016

Only 30,000 US families had incomes as high as the $10.6 million raked in by Bill and Hillary Clinton in 2015—and even that was a significant drop from the previous year.

Warnings from Australian political establishment about Donald Trump

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 August 2016

Democrats, media seize on Trump pro-gun comment to step up right-wing campaign

What CIA Director Michael Hayden told President-Elect Barack Obama

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UK Court of Appeal sanctions mass disenfranchisement of Labour Party members

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 13 August 2016

The politically-motivated ruling excludes up to 150,000 Labour party members from voting in the upcoming leadership contest.

BBC propagandises in favour of pro-European Union, anti-Corbyn putsch

Once again on Owen Jones and the coup against UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

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German interior minister announces tightening of security and asylum laws

By Dietmar Henning, 13 August 2016

Restrictive asylum laws and expanded powers for the police and intelligence services are part of a European-wide buildup of state repression.

BHS scandal in the UK: The real face of capitalism

By Jean Shaoul, 13 August 2016

The BHS/Philip Green scandal shows how asset-stripping, sale-and-lease-back arrangements, dummy companies and tax havens are now the norm, not the exception.

US Special Forces coordinating operations in Libya

By Thomas Gaist, 13 August 2016

US ground troops were involved in fighting in Libya this week in operations that include supporting local militias and coordinating air attacks from a secret base just outside of Sirte.

US military prepares new offensives in Syria and Iraq

The battle for Aleppo and the hypocrisy of US war propaganda

As Canadian auto talks begin, Unifor promotes nationalism and corporatism

By Carl Bronski, 13 August 2016

Leading Unifor officials were effusive in their praise for Detroit Three management, demonstrating again their utter servility to corporate bosses.

Illinois community college drops racially segregated courses after public criticism

By Matthew Brennan, 13 August 2016

The decision by Moraine Valley Community College to drop segregated college-readiness courses, after an initial defense by school officials, came amid criticism from students and parents.

Gas explosion at Maryland apartment complex kills two, injures dozens

By Brad Dixon, 13 August 2016

Officials believe the explosion was caused by a gas leak.

Terror suspect killed in Canadian police-military operation

By Roger Jordan, 13 August 2016

Wednesday’s lethal police-military operation raises troubling questions, including whether police summarily executed the suspect, Aaron Driver, after he was injured.

Australian government blocks Chinese bids for electricity grid

By Mike Head, 13 August 2016

The decision highlights the dilemma facing the Australian ruling elite, which depends heavily on China economically but relies on the US militarily.

Sri Lankan government imposes IMF privatisation demands

By Saman Gunadasa, 13 August 2016

The IMF regards Sri Lanka’s state-owned enterprises as a burden on the economy as well as a potential source of profit for investors.

New in Russian

Что стоит за империалистической кампанией по поводу крымских татар?
Часть 2: Империалистическая эксплуатация этнической напряженности в Крыму — в прошлом и настоящем

Клара Вайс, 13 августа 2016 г.

С самого начала кризиса на Украине ведущие СМИ империалистических держав, в частности, New York Times, ведут кампанию, направленную якобы на защиту крымских татар от угнетения со стороны России.

New in Turkish

ABD’deki üretkenlikte düşüş: Kapitalist krizin bir başka belirtisi

Andre Damon, 13 Ağustos 2016

Mali asalaklığın onlarca yıllık büyümesi, dünya kapitalizminin, Amerikan kapitalizminin gerilemesinde ve onun sanayi temelinin boşaltılmasında yoğunlaşan tırmanan krizinin en görünür dışavurumları arasındadır.

Halep savaşı ve ABD savaş propagandasının ikiyüzlülüğü

Bill Van Auken, 13 Ağustos 2016

ABD emperyalizmi, Moskova’nın müttefiki olan bir Suriye yönetiminin yeniden güçlenmesini kabul edecek durumda değil. Daha doğrudan ve daha yoğun bir ABD müdahalesi yönündeki baskılar, kaçınılmaz olarak, ABD ve Rusya güçleri arasında doğrudan bir çatışma tehlikesi oluşturacak şekilde artacaktır.

ABD ordusu Suriye’de ve Irak’ta yeni saldırılara hazırlanıyor

Peter Symonds, 13 Ağustos 2016

ABD, Doğu Avrupa’da Rusya ve Asya’da Çin ile gerilimler artarken, Libya’da yeni bir savaş başlatmış durumda ve Ortadoğu’da, sözde Irak Şam İslam Devleti’ne karşı savaşı büyük ölçüde tırmandırmaya hazırlanıyor.

New in French

Montée des tensions entre la Russie et l'Ukraine après une provocation terroriste

Par Bill Van Auken, 13 août 2016

La mobilisation de troupes de part et d’autre de la frontière russo-ukrainienne se produit alors qu’aux Etats-Unis une campagne de plus en plus véhémente a lieu contre Moscou, dont le Parti démocrate à pris la tête.

L’armée américaine prépare de nouvelles offensives en Irak et en Syrie

Par Peter Symonds, 13 août 2016

Les États-Unis préparent des opérations simultanées pour reprendre les villes de Mosul en Iraq et Raqqa en Syrie, qui pourraient prendre place dans les dernières semaines de la campagne électorale présidentielle.

La faillite politique de Michael Moore et ses «5 raisons pourquoi Trump va gagner»

Par David Walsh, 13 août 2016

Ce texte cynique et incohérent est le produit du milieu de la gauche libérale auquel Moore appartient depuis le milieu des années 70.

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Perspective

The provocation in Crimea and the threat of world war

13 August 2016

The terrorist attack in Crimea and ratcheting up of the war threat in Eastern Europe have exposed the real purpose of the anti-Putin hysteria in both the US election campaign and the Rio Olympics.

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Commentary

How Germany’s pseudo-lefts support the Left Party’s right-wing politics

By Peter Schwarz, 13 August 2016

Two pseudo-left tendencies within the Left Party—Marx21 and SAV—paint a devastating picture of the Left Party when it was in power in Berlin.

The Justice Department’s whitewash of police violence in Baltimore, Maryland

By Niles Niemuth, 12 August 2016

Brazilian Senate votes to proceed with trial of Workers Party president

By Bill Van Auken, 12 August 2016

WikiLeaks offers $20,000 reward over murder of DNC staffer linked to email leak

By E.P. Bannon, 12 August 2016

Mosquitoes infect pregnant Florida woman with Zika

By Matthew MacEgan, 12 August 2016

Vietnam bases long-range rocket launchers in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 11 August 2016

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The 2016 US Elections

After the Sanders debacle
“Socialist Convergence” meets to prepare a new trap for the working class

By Gabriel Black and David Brown, 12 August 2016

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

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

The end of the Sanders campaign: The political lessons

Trump speech in Detroit: Tax cuts for the wealthy combined with nationalist demagogy

By Patrick Martin, 10 August 2016

The national security state and the US elections

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

13 August 2016

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

Arts Review

Café Society: Woody Allen’s love letter to the wealthy and famous

By Joanne Laurier, 12 August 2016

Suicide Squad: The latest comic book film

Book Review

Sleeping Giant: Deception and lies about the “new” working class

By Nancy Hanover, 11 August 2016

A new book by Demos editor Tamara Draut seeks to refurbish the Democratic Party and the trade unions by promoting identity politics.

Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil War

By Eric London, 26 July 2016

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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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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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