US-South Korean war games inflame Asian tensions

By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2016

While nominally aimed against North Korea, the exercises consolidate Washington’s military alliance with Seoul as it makes preparations for conflict with China.

North Korean official defects as US pressure on Pyongyang intensifies

By Ben McGrath, 23 August 2016

Japan plans missile deployment in East China Sea

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

Divisions rise inside EU at summit between Germany, France and Italy

By Alex Lantier, 23 August 2016

Amid the escalating crisis unleashed by the Brexit vote, the remaining major EU powers barely succeeded in papering over the divisions between them.

Over 1,800 extra-judicial killings under new Philippine government

By Joseph Santolan, 23 August 2016

The official figures—at least double the media estimates—reveal that Duterte has launched a crusade of mass murder under the guise of a “war on drugs.”

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

Britain: Labour’s anti-Corbyn plotters plan rival parliamentary grouping

By Julie Hyland, 23 August 2016

The Labour Co-op plan is being put forward as a way that the party right wing can avoid moving straight to a breakaway grouping, where they might struggle to muster any support.

UK Labour leader Corbyn silent on right-wing coup attempt at Sheffield rally

Workers and youth speak on Corbyn and the British Labour Party

More on the British Labour Party election »

Clinton campaigns among the millionaires and billionaires

By Patrick Martin, 23 August 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate has only two public events for the rest of August—and 54 fundraising events with the wealthy backers who are her real base of support.

Media, Democrats cover up Trump’s fascistic politics

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Majority of New York City residents cannot afford to buy their own homes

By Philip Guelpa, 23 August 2016

The rising price of homes coupled with stagnant or declining wages in the wealthiest city in the country means that only those with the highest incomes can afford to own their homes.

UK: Strike action at historic low, and unions work to keep it that way

By Simon Whelan, 23 August 2016

The virtual disappearance of strikes during a period when workers’ jobs, wages, and conditions have been under unparalleled attack is a damning indictment of the trade unions.

Trade unions work to suppress German hospital strikes

By Markus Salzmann, 23 August 2016

With some difficulty, the trade unions managed to suppress the justifiable anger over poor working conditions and inadequate pay at hospitals.

Appalling conditions in Greek refugee camps

By Katerina Selin, 23 August 2016

The mainstream media has gone silent on refugees in Greece, but the suffering of these people, fleeing war and poverty, continues without interruption.

Syriza government oversees clampdown on refugee shelters in Greece

Mounting calls for Australian universities to slash enrolments

By Oscar Grenfell, 23 August 2016

The corporate elite is calling for universities to be subordinated ever-more directly to the immediate profit needs of big business.

British Columbia Liberals impose anti-Chinese property transfer tax

By Dylan Lubao, 23 August 2016

The political elite and corporate media are scapegoating Chinese investors for skyrocketing house prices caused by rampant speculation and the failure to invest in social housing.

New in French

Cinquante quatre personnes tuées dans l’attentat suicide visant un mariage en Turquie

Par Alex Lantier, 23 août 2016

Cette atrocité est le produit sanglant d’années d’incitation par Washington et ses alliés impérialistes européens à la terreur islamiste et à la guerre ethnique en Syrie.

Etats-Unis: les médias et les démocrates cachent la politique fascisante de Trump

Par Patrick Martin, 23 août 2016

Le remaniement de la semaine dernière a mis la direction de la campagne de Trump dans les mains d’un éditeur d’extrême-droite lié aux « nationalistes blancs » et à d’autres tendances fascistes

New in German

Die herrschende Klasse und das Gespenst Leo Trotzkis

Von Chris Marsden, 23. August 2016

Vor 76 Jahren wurde Leo Trotzki ermordet. Seine Ideen sind heute aktueller denn je.

Bevölkerung soll für Kriegsfall Lebensmittelvorräte horten

Von Sven Heymanns, 23. August 2016

Das neue Konzept zum Zivilschutz unterstreicht, wie die Kriegsfrage 75 Jahre nach der Katastrophe des Zweiten Weltkriegs ins Alltagsleben zurückkehrt.

Volkswagen: Fast 30.000 Arbeiter von Produktionsstopp betroffen

Von Dietmar Henning, 23. August 2016

Die unnachgiebige Haltung der Wolfsburger Konzernzentrale gegenüber Zulieferbetrieben ist Bestandteil massiver Angriffe auf die Beschäftigen.

51 Tote bei Selbstmordanschlag auf Hochzeit in der Türkei

Von Alex Lantier, 23. August 2016

Die Bluttat ist das schreckliche Ergebnis der jahrelangen Förderung von islamistischem Terror und ethnischer Kriegsführung in Syrien durch Washington und seine imperialistischen Verbündeten in Europa.

Wahlspot der PSG zu den Berlinwahlen 2016: „Stimmt gegen Krieg“

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 23. August 2016

Die Partei für Soziale Gleichheit stellt den Kampf gegen Krieg ins Zentrum ihres Wahlspots zu den Berliner Abgeordnetenhauswahlen.

Amerikanische Flugzeuge hindern syrische Flugzeuge am Angriff auf kurdische Rebellen

Von Alex Lantier, 23. August 2016

Während kurdische Kräfte in Syrien mit regimetreuen Truppen aneinandergeraten, droht der Krieg im Nahen Osten zu einem offenen globalen Konflikt zu eskalieren.

Putin besucht die Krim – wachsende Spannungen mit der Ukraine

Von Bill Van Auken, 23. August 2016

Der ukrainische Präsident Poroschenko warnt vor einer russischen Invasion, droht mit Kriegsrecht und Mobilmachung.

Streikbewegung in deutschen Kliniken

Von Markus Salzmann, 23. August 2016

Den Gewerkschaften gelingt es nur noch mit Mühe, die berechtigte Wut über schwierige Arbeitsbedingungen und schlechte Bezahlung in Kliniken zu unterdrücken.

Gewerkschaften, Wirtschaftsnationalismus und der amerikanische Kriegskurs

Von Evan Winters, Jerry White, 23. August 2016

Die Forderungen der United Steelworkers nach Zöllen auf „ausländischen Stahl“ und ihre nationalistische Hetze gegen China sollen die Arbeiter für die Kriegsvorbereitungen des US-Imperialismus einspannen.

Die New York Times verteidigt US-Imperialismus und denkt über ethnische Säuberung nach

Von Eric London, 23. August 2016

Ein Aufsatz der Times kommt zu dem Schluss, dass der Zusammenbruch nationalistischer Regierungen im Nahen Osten die Notwendigkeit ethnischer Aufspaltung beweise.

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Perspective

Twenty years since Clinton’s welfare “reform”

23 August 2016

The Clintons’ welfare bill marked the complete abandonment by the Democratic Party of the policy of liberal reform associated with Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s and Johnson’s War on Poverty in the mid-1960s.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

More anti-Russian propaganda from the New York Times

By Barry Grey, 23 August 2016

Precedents for such exercises in state propaganda in the guise of journalism have ended with mass killings, the toppling of governments and, in many cases, the murder of government leaders portrayed as the incarnation of evil.

International Socialist Organization promotes Jill Stein, Green Party as “anti-capitalist”

By Evan Blake, 23 August 2016

What the ISO describes as an “anti-capitalist” amendment to the Greens' platform is in fact a tactical maneuver and a declaration of hostility to socialism.

Suicide bombing kills 51 at wedding in Turkey

By Alex Lantier, 22 August 2016

American jets scramble against Syrian aircraft bombing Kurdish rebels

More on the war in Syria »

The Obamacare counterrevolution six years on

By Kate Randall, 22 August 2016

The ruling class and the spectre of Leon Trotsky

By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2016

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 August 2016

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

Book Review

War Porn by Roy Scranton
The anti-war novel re-emerges in American literature

By Eric London, 22 August 2016

The debut novel by former US Army soldier Roy Scranton is a portrayal of a society devastated by a state of permanent war.

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

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

SEP election meeting in Berlin discusses war, nationalism after Brexit vote

By our correspondents, 22 August 2016

Berlin Election 2016
Socialist Equality Party campaigners speak with Turkish workers in Berlin

By our correspondents, 20 August 2016

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

By our correspondents, 18 August 2016

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

History

New Zealand: WWI Home Front exhibition buries mass opposition to war

By Tom Peters and Sam Price, 22 August 2016

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

“Obama has only helped the wealthy”
SEP campaigners speak to residents in Washington, DC about social crisis and the US elections

By our reporters, 22 August 2016

Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth condemns US-backed war in Yemen

19 August 2016

More on the SEP 2016 US election campaign »

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: SEP meeting advances socialist program to fight government attacks

By our correspondents, 20 August 2016

After Brexit: The struggle for socialism in Britain

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2016

25 years ago: Gorbachev purges cabinet after failed “August putsch”

On August 22, 1991, after the failure of the coup against him, Soviet President Michael Gorbachev conducted a wide-ranging purge of his cabinet.

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50 years ago: First clash between South African forces and Namibian fighters

On August 26, 1966, a combined attack by South African Police and South African Defense Forces on a unit of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia marked the first battle of the Namibian War of Independence.

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75 years ago: Paris workers fight Nazi occupation

On August 27, 1941 two of the leading French collaborators with the Nazis were wounded after weeks of growing sabotage by sections of French workers and the middle class against Hitler’s occupation of France.

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100 years ago: Romania enters World War I on the side of the Allies

On August 27, 1916, the Kingdom of Romania entered the imperialist First World War on the side of the Allied powers, including Britain, France and Russia.

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Obituary

On the death of German historian Ernst Nolte

By Christoph Vandreier and Peter Schwarz, 20 August 2016

Arts Review

A portrait of photographer Robert Frank

By C.W. Rogers, 20 August 2016

The Score of War: A haunting documentary film on Ukraine

The 2016 US Elections

Trump chairman Paul Manafort resigns amidst campaign shift to the right

By Patrick Martin, 20 August 2016

Green Party candidates at CNN town hall: Promoting illusions in the capitalist system

By Evan Blake, 19 August 2016

The 2016 elections and the crisis of American democracy

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

More on the 2016 US elections »

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