Wisconsin governor mobilizes National Guard after eruption of protests over police killing

By George Gallanis, 15 August 2016

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in Milwaukee after protests Saturday night over the killing of 23-year-old Sylville Smith by Milwaukee police.

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

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Chinese-South Korean tensions rise over THAAD anti-missile deployment

By Ben McGrath, 15 August 2016

South Korea is lining up more explicitly with Washington and its war drive in the region, using North Korea’s nuclear tests as a pretext.

Vietnam bases long-range rocket launchers in South China Sea

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International bond markets turn “surreal” as speculation grows

By Nick Beams, 15 August 2016

The move by the Bank of England to undertake further “quantitative easing” has led to even more speculation in financial markets, as the underlying economy worsens.

The slump in US productivity: Another symptom of capitalist crisis

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

UK Labour leader Corbyn refuses to oppose denial of vote to party members

By Robert Stevens, 15 August 2016

On Friday, the Court of Appeal in London handed down a politically motivated ruling upholding the denial of a vote to those who have joined the Labour Party since January.

UK Court of Appeal sanctions mass disenfranchisement of Labour Party members

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

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Swedish prosecutors to question Julian Assange in Ecuador’s London embassy

By Paul Mitchell, 15 August 2016

Assange remains fearful that attempts will be made to railroad him to the United States, where a sealed Grand Jury indictment involving espionage charges is awaiting him.

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

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Chinese power plant explosion kills 21

By John Braddock, 15 August 2016

The incident at a coal-fired plant is the most recent of the industrial disasters that kill and maim thousands of workers and residents in China each year.

Border and immigration workers strike at Australian airports and ports

By Terry Cook, 15 August 2016

Over 100,000 public sector workers have had no pay increase for three years.

Families of New Zealand mine disaster victims seek justice

By Tom Peters, 15 August 2016

Sonya Rockhouse and Anna Osborne, who lost family members in the 2010 Pike River explosion, are seeking a judicial review of the decision to drop charges against CEO Peter Whittall.

White House seeks to cover up Central American migrant crisis

By Andrea Lobo, 15 August 2016

The new deal with Costa Rica, which will temporarily receive 200 of the 140,000 seeking asylum in the US, is intended to give a humanitarian face to an inhumane policy.

At least four dead, 18,000 rescued in historic flooding in Louisiana

By Tom Hall, 15 August 2016

A slow-moving weather system dumped record levels of rainfall on southern Louisiana, flooding thousands of homes and forcing thousands to flee to temporary shelters.

UFCW agrees to meager “pay raise” for Southern California grocery workers

By Jake Dean, 15 August 2016

After workers have been without a contract for over three months, and while many scrape by on part-time and meager wages, the union is pawning off the contract as a victory.

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La provocation en Crimée et la menace de guerre mondiale

Par Bill Van Auken, 15 août 2016

L'attaque terroriste en Crimée et la menace accrue de guerre en Europe de l'Est démontrent quel est le véritable objectif de l'hystérie anti-Poutine dans la campagne électorale américaine et les Jeux olympiques de Rio.

Erdogan rencontre Poutine à Saint-Pétersbourg

Par Halil Celik et Peter Schwarz, 15 août 2016

Washington craint que la visite d’Erdogan puisse être le signal d’une réorientation stratégique de l’un des plus importants membres de l’OTAN.

La convention du Parti vert: une rhétorique de gauche au service d'une politique procapitaliste

Par Evan Blake, 15 août 2016

Au lendemain de l'approbation de Clinton par Sanders, les Verts se sont présentés comme un parti opposé à l'austérité et à la guerre dans le but de maintenir les travailleurs et les jeunes dans le cadre de la politique bourgeoise.

Canada: des réfugiés font une grève de la faim pour protester contres les détentions indéfinies

Par Laurent Lafrance, 15 août 2016

Les conditions auxquelles font face les réfugiés tournent en ridicule la tentative des libéraux de Trudeau de se présenter comme un gouvernement «progressiste» qui a de la «sympathie pour les réfugiés».

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Perspective

The real issues in the 2016 US elections

15 August 2016

Regardless of who wins in November, the ruling class is preparing a vast expansion of militarist violence and an intensification of the assault on the social and political rights of the working class.

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Commentary

New York Times “human rights” warrior Nicholas Kristof demands military escalation in Syria

By David Walsh, 15 August 2016

Politically conscious workers, intellectuals and young people should know by now that when Kristof and the Times speak of human rights, they mean neocolonial war, mass killing and plunder.

The provocation in Crimea and the threat of world war

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2016

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

By Peter Schwarz, 13 August 2016

Illinois community college drops racially segregated courses after public criticism

By Matthew Brennan, 13 August 2016

Terror suspect killed in Canadian police-military operation

By Roger Jordan, 13 August 2016

Science

Astronomers reveal most detailed map of galaxy distribution

By Joe Mount, 15 August 2016

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey has enabled scientists to make the most precise measurements yet of dark energy and the acceleration of the expansion of the Universe.

Arts Review

Season 3 of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman: Hollywoo(d) and mental illness

By Josh Varlin, 15 August 2016

Netflix’s original animated series BoJack Horseman manages to provide a comedic yet thoughtful look at the entertainment industry and the psychic damage it inflicts.

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

25 years ago: “August putsch” attempt fails in USSR

On the morning of August 19, 1991, a group of Soviet political, military and KGB officials led by Vice President Gennady Yanayev carried out a coup to oust President Mikhail Gorbachev and impose a state of emergency.

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50 years ago: “Cultural Revolution” begins in China

On August 18, 1966, Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong organized a mass rally in Beijing to show support for the so-called “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.”

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75 years ago: Reuther attacks socialists in the UAW

On August 16, 1941, the pro-war faction of the United Auto Workers led by Walter Reuther, barred any “communist” from elective or appointive office in the UAW.

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100 years ago: US seeks to control Dominican Republic

This week in August 1916, US President Woodrow Wilson sought to blackmail the government of the Dominican Republic into accepting the same type of financial protectorate that the US had recently imposed on Haiti.

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The 2016 US Elections

Tax return places Clintons in the top 0.02 percent of Americans

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2016

What CIA Director Michael Hayden told President-Elect Barack Obama

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

Warnings from Australian political establishment about Donald Trump

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 August 2016

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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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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