US pressures Turkey to curb attacks on Syrian Kurds

By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2016

The Obama administration is allied with both sides in the mounting conflict provoked by Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria.

Turkish air strikes kill civilians in US-backed invasion of Syria

“Godfather” Biden visits Turkey

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One-third of US counties will have only one Obamacare plan in 2017

By Kate Randall, 30 August 2016

The mass exodus of high-profile private insurance companies from the ACA exchanges is leaving millions with less choice for coverage.

German vice chancellor says talks on US-EU free trade agreement have failed

By Christoph Vandreier, 30 August 2016

The discussions on the agreement demonstrate that transatlantic conflicts are growing.

Divisions grow over British withdrawal from the European Union

By Robert Stevens, 30 August 2016

Prime Minister Theresa May has reportedly ruled out a parliamentary vote on “Brexit” before formally triggering withdrawal from the European Union.

Merkel seeks to reorganise Europe

Britain: Labour’s National Executive extends purge of party membership

Growing perplexity as central bankers confront permanent stagnation

By Nick Beams, 30 August 2016

With the business cycle set to enter a “dangerous” phase, central bankers are concerned that interest rates are already so low they will not be able to counter any economic downturn.

No end to central bank subsidies for financial markets
Fed chair lays out long-term scenario of economic stagnation

UK household debt, excluding mortgages, tops a third of a trillion pounds

By Liz Smith, 30 August 2016

In 2015, there were an estimated 13.2 million “debtor households” in the UK, containing 31 million people.

Libya’s Tobruk parliament refuses to recognize Western-backed government

By Marianne Arens, 30 August 2016

The decision means that the bombing raids conducted by the US in Sirte, which began this month, violate international law.

Professional football quarterback Colin Kaepernick protests US police killings

By Alan Gilman, 30 August 2016

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback refused to stand for the national anthem, protesting the relentless promotion of the police and military during professional sports games.

Despite Canada Post’s provocations, postal union opposes strike action

By Laurent Lafrance and Roger Jordan, 30 August 2016

The CUPW has consistently refused to mobilize resistance to the massive concessions demanded by the federal government-owned Canada Post.

Ruling party wiped out in Australia’s Northern Territory election

By Mike Head, 30 August 2016

The result is a barometer of broader trends wracking Australia’s political establishment, driven by disaffection and economic slump.

New Zealand unions intensify anti-immigrant campaign

By John Braddock, 30 August 2016

The Unite union collaborates with the government’s exclusivist immigration policies while agitating for further curbs on foreign workers.

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Devastante terremoto in centro Italia

Di Marianne Aren, 30 agosto 2016

Più di 250 persone sono morte, centinaia i dispersi e decine di migliaia senza tetto.

New in French

Soutenues par Washington, les forces turques en Syrie tuent des civils

Par Jordan Shilton, 30 août 2016

L’incursion de l’OTAN dans le nord de la Syrie intensifie le potentiel d’un affrontement direct russo-américain qui risque de dégénérer rapidement.

Sarkozy lance une candidature présidentielle basée sur l’hystérie anti-musulmane

Par Kumaran Ira, 30 août 2016

L’ancien président a réclamé le retour au service militaire universel et des mesures qui transformeraient la population musulmane de France en citoyens de deuxième classe.

Une femme verbalisée sur la plage à Cannes sous prétexte qu'elle est voilée

Par Anthony Torres, 30 août 2016

Le fait qu'une femme musulmane s’est fait verbaliser sous le seul prétexte qu’elle était voilée constitue une attaque fondamentale contre la liberté de religion.

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Perspective

The socioeconomic basis of identity politics: Inequality and the rise of an African American elite

30 August 2016

A sharp polarization has emerged among African Americans over the past four decades. The privileged layer that has been produced forms an important basis for racialist politics.

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Socialist Equality Party (US)

Socialist Equality Party (US) 2016 Congress Resolutions
Perspectives and Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

24 August 2016

Socialist Equality Party (US) 2016 Congress Resolutions
For the unity of the working class in the United States and Latin America

Socialist Equality Party (US) 2016 Congress Resolutions
The fight for socialism and the tasks of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

West Virginia Supreme Court to weigh independent ballot access
Ruling to impact independent candidates statewide

By Naomi Spencer - SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16, 27 August 2016

“There is going to be a civil war in this country”
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White campaigns at Detroit auto factory

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 August 2016

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Commentary

The New York Times and “disinformation”

By Andre Damon, 30 August 2016

The New York Times, which functions as a clearing house for lies hatched by the Pentagon and CIA, has accused the Russian government of subverting public opinion in the US and Europe.

Nothing revolutionary about Sanders’ “Our Revolution”

By Patrick Martin, 29 August 2016

Sarkozy launches French presidential bid based on anti-Muslim hysteria

By Kumaran Ira, 29 August 2016

French woman arrested, fined for wearing Muslim headscarf on Cannes beach

ILO report: Global youth unemployment to rise for first time in three years

History

The class essence of the Confederacy in the American Civil War
A further comment on Free State of Jones

By Douglas Lyons, 30 August 2016

In their attacks on the film, figures like Charles Blow of the New York Times are denigrating some of the noblest individuals in American history.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: the Americas

30 August 2016

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

Arts Review

“Political art” in New York City this summer

By Clare Hurley, 29 August 2016

Anthropoid: A film looks at 1942 assassination of Nazi chief Reinhard Heydrich

By Fred Mazelis, 26 August 2016

Toots Thielemans: 1922-2016
“That little space between a smile and a tear”

25 years ago: Gorbachev, Yeltsin move toward dissolution of Soviet Union

At a September 2, 1991 session of the Russian Parliament, Gorbachev and Yeltsin presented a series of proposals aimed at devolving the Soviet Union into a collection of federated republics.

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50 years ago: Egypt executes Muslim Brotherhood leader

On August 29, 1966, Egypt executed the leading intellectual figure of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sayyid Qutb.

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75 years ago: Red Army begins Yelnya offensive

Beginning on August 30, 1941, the Yelnya offensive by the Soviet Red Army brought about the first recapturing of Soviet territory since the beginning of the massive Nazi invasion.

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100 years ago: Pro-Venizelos military coup in Greece

On August 30, 1916, Greek military officers staged a successful coup in Thessalonika, in opposition to the royal government in Athens.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Join the IYSSE! Join the fight against war, inequality and the danger of dictatorship! Join the fight for socialism!
Statement of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality

27 August 2016

Science

Potentially Earth-like planet found in habitable zone of nearest star

By Don Barrett, 27 August 2016

The 2016 US Elections

Clinton highlights Trump’s ultra-right ties to curry favor with establishment Republicans

By Patrick Martin, 26 August 2016

The 2016 elections and the crisis of American democracy

By Joseph Kishore, 18 August 2016

The real issues in the 2016 US elections

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

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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

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

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

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