Growing disquiet in Washington over Russian-Iranian actions in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2016

The use by Russian bombers of Iranian bases to attack targets in Syria has provoked official US protests and warnings that Washington’s policy is creating a strategic crisis.

The battle for Aleppo and the hypocrisy of US war propaganda

Hacker group releases malware codes attributed to National Security Agency

By Nick Barrickman, 18 August 2016

A group called the Shadow Brokers released computer code reportedly taken from the NSA, which had been used for hacking the networks of foreign rivals of the US.

Huntington, West Virginia sees 26 heroin overdoses in four hours

By Naomi Spencer, 18 August 2016

Emergency responders revived 26 people Monday afternoon after an adulterated batch of heroin hit Huntington, West Virginia.

“If something doesn’t happen, Boone County will cease to exist”
Resident of West Virginia coal mining community speaks on economic crisis

Motive unclear after arrest in killing of imam and assistant in New York

By Fred Mazelis, 18 August 2016

Muslims and others alarmed over growing scapegoating of immigrants see the murders as a threat to their own safety.

Blue Cut fire quickly engulfs tens of thousands of acres in Southern California

By Dan Conway, 18 August 2016

An incredibly strong brush fire has rapidly swept through more than 30,000 acres near the Southern California city of San Bernardino.

Critical turning point as nurses vote on concessions
Mobilize Minnesota workers behind Allina nurses

By Matt Rigel, 18 August 2016

Some 4,800 nurses are voting on a concessionary contract, including cuts to healthcare that will save management $10 million.

Affordable housing shortage in Detroit creates dire conditions for seniors

By a WSWS reporting team, 18 August 2016

WSWS reporters uncovered landlord neglect at a government-subsidized retirement building in Southwest Detroit.

After brawl in town of Sisco, France launches campaign to ban burkini

By Kumaran Ira, 18 August 2016

Seizing on an ethnic brawl, the French political establishment is hysterically accusing Muslim women wearing burkinis of promoting terrorism.

Kremlin chief of staff dismissed amid continuing political turmoil in Russia

By Andrea Peters, 18 August 2016

In the latest in a series of dismissals of leading officials, the Russian president has replaced a long-standing Kremlin insider with a little-known bureaucrat.

German media steps up anti-Russian agitation

The provocation in Crimea and the threat of world war

Thyssen-Krupp Steel works council meeting prepares job cuts in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 18 August 2016

Around 250 works council officials from Thyssen Krupp’s steel division met at a conference last Friday in Duisburg.

Spain faces third general election in one year

By James Lerner, 18 August 2016

The Socialist Party (PSOE) is being called on by the media and other political parties to abstain in order to allow a minority Popular Party (PP) government to be formed.

Egyptian dictator el-Sisi secures IMF loan and prepares onslaught against working class

By Jean Shaoul, 18 August 2016

The loan comes with draconian conditions, including subsidy cuts and new taxes, which will drastically worsen the impoverishment of the Egyptian working class.

Australia: Greens select former military intelligence officer as parliamentarian

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 August 2016

The result of the selection contest underscored that the Greens have dispensed with any, even nominal, opposition to militarism and war.

Australia becoming “geopolitical flashpoint” amid sharpening US-China rivalry

Australian university releases plans on arts college closure

By Elle Chapman and Richard Phillips, 18 August 2016

Under the plan, academic and professional staff positions will be slashed by 60 percent, or about 50 full and part-time jobs, and various specialised courses eliminated.

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Les médias allemands accentuent l'agitation anti-russe

Par Ulrich Rippert, 18 août 2016

Dans la semaine écoulée presque tous les grands journaux allemands ont publié des articles dénonçant la Russie pour son intervention en Syrie, en Ukraine ou pour les deux.

Le Japon se prépare à étendre son rôle militaire à l'étranger

Par Ben McGrath, 18 août 2016

Les prétendues missions humanitaires, comme au Sud-Soudan, sont exploitées pour faire avancer le programme de remilitarisation de Tokyo.

Dans la rivalité croissante entre la Chine et les Etats-Unis, l’Australie devient une « poudrière géopolitique »

Par Peter Symonds, 18 août 2016

Un commentaire du Financial Times souligne le dilemme de la classe dirigeante australienne dans l’affrontement de son allié stratégique américain avec son plus grand partenaire commercial, la Chine.

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Das Hochwasser von Louisiana und das Versagen des amerikanischen Kapitalismus

Von Patrick Martin, 18. August 2016

Elf Jahre nach Hurrikan Katrina sind die soziale Infrastruktur und das politische System der USA genauso unvorbereitet auf eine Naturkatastrophe wie damals.

Pseudolinke und Identitätspolitik: RIO solidarisiert sich mit „Gina Lisa“ und wirbt für „Law and Order“

Von Johannes Stern, 18. August 2016

Während die Opposition gegen soziale Ungleichheit und Krieg wächst, treten pseudolinke Organisationen immer aggressiver für verschiedene Formen der „Identitätspolitik“ ein.

Video: Die Rückkehr des deutschen Militarismus und die Gefahr eins Dritten Weltkriegs

Von Christoph Vandreier, 18. August 2016

Der PSG-Kandidat zu den Berlinwahlen, Christoph Vandreier, hält einen Vortrag zur Rückkehr des deutschen Militarismus und den Perspektiven der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit.

„Krieg kann niemals eine Lösung sein“
Bericht vom Wahlkampf der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in Berlin

Von unserem Korrespondenten, 18. August 2016

Die Resonanz auf den Wahlkampf der PSG ist sehr gut. Viele Menschen sorgen sich über Aufrüstung, Krise und Kriegsgefahr, Fragen, die auch die lokalen Probleme überschatten.

Berlinwahl 2016
Wahlkundgebung der PSG in Schönberg

Von unserem Korrespondenten, 18. August 2016

Am vergangenen Samstag führte die Partei für Soziale Gleichheit im Berliner Stadtteil Schöneberg eine Wahlkundgebung durch. Sie stieß auf großes Interesse.

ThyssenKrupp-Stahl: Betriebsrätekonferenz bereitet Arbeitsplatzabbau vor

Von Dietmar Henning, 18. August 2016

Am vergangenen Freitag kamen rund 250 Betriebsräte des Stahlbereichs von ThyssenKrupp (TKS) in Duisburg zu einer Konferenz zusammen.

Japan will seine militärische Rolle im Ausland stärken

Von Ben McGrath, 18. August 2016

So genannte „humanitäre Missionen” wie im Südsudan werden dazu benutzt, Tokios Remilitarisierung voranzubringen.

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Perspective

The 2016 elections and the crisis of American democracy

18 August 2016

In the 2016 elections, the consequences of record inequality, unending war and the protracted crisis of American capitalism are coming to a head.

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SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

SEP campaigns in Leechburg and Brackenridge, Pennsylvania

By Evan Winters, 18 August 2016

Residents spoke out against low-wage jobs, dwindling retirement benefits, ballooning student loan debt, and big-business presidential candidates with nothing to offer.

ATI workers speak to SEP campaigners

By Evan Winters, 18 August 2016

ATI workers expressed interest in the SEP's presidential campaign and disgust with establishment candidates Clinton and Trump.

Facebook livestream
SEP US vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth discusses the police killing in Milwaukee

17 August 2016

The social roots of unrest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

By Niles Niemuth, 16 August 2016

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

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SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

“War is never the solution”
Report on the SEP’s election campaign in Berlin

By our correspondents, 18 August 2016

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) is placing the fight against war at the center of its campaign for the Berlin House of Representatives.

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

1 August 2016

Commentary

The Louisiana flooding—a failure of American capitalism

By Patrick Martin, 17 August 2016

Cohen of the Times on Rio Olympics: “I’m tired of reading about anger in the slums”

By Bill Van Auken, 17 August 2016

The New York Times whitewashes US imperialism in Middle East and contemplates ethnic cleansing

By Eric London, 17 August 2016

Aetna pullout highlights pro-corporate, anti-working class character of Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 17 August 2016

Saudi coalition airstrike on hospital in Yemen kills at least 11

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

Arts Review

The Score of War: A haunting documentary film on Ukraine

By Bernd Reinhardt, 17 August 2016

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

By Josh Varlin, 15 August 2016

History

An interview with David Williams, author of Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil War

By Eric London, 16 August 2016

Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil War

“Ordinary people truly imbibed the principles of the American Revolution”
An interview with Victoria Bynum, historian and author of The Free State of Jones—Part 2

The 2016 US Elections

Trump and Democrats compete on militarism and war

By Patrick Martin, 16 August 2016

The real issues in the 2016 US elections

By Patrick Martin, 15 August 2016

Tax return places Clintons in the top 0.02 percent of Americans

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

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Science

Astronomers reveal most detailed map of galaxy distribution

By Joe Mount, 15 August 2016

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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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.

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