English http://www.wsws.org/en/ More signs of global downturn send stocks plunging again http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/econ-s02.html Renewed assurances from the Federal Reserve of continued infusions of cash into the financial markets have been insufficient to calm fears of a sharp deterioration in world economic activity. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8757e81e-e26a-4644-986a-b8653729a0dC/econ-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z Abe accelerates the remilitarisation of Japan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/pers-s02.html The latest defence budget increase, to fund the purchase of sophisticated new hardware and the expansion of bases, will push Japanese military spending to record levels. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f9c263a6-80a8-4460-9372-0a8354622f4P/pers-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z Refugee crisis deepens across central Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/refu-s02.html While the EU governments are intensifying repressive measures, many ordinary people have shown a healthy sympathy for the refugees fleeing war and repression. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e5b9b073-c77a-4fb2-99b2-1933dac1edbI/refu-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z UK government pursuing vicious anti-immigrant response to migrant crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/migr-s02.html Official policy of the Conservative government is focused on whipping up nationalist anti-immigrant sentiment and echoes that long associated with far right-wing forces. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b228900a-105d-4fe7-a0e8-165327135e0J/migr-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z German Left Party leader proposes separating refugees according to ethnicity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/left-s02.html By declaring conflicts to be the result of ethnic differences, the Left Party diverts attention from the intolerable conditions in refugee camps and encourages xenophobia. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0a72f6e7-b735-476b-9532-19ec28d2afeO/left-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z Two California killings used as pretext for attack on immigrants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/immi-s02.html Two violent felonies attributed to undocumented immigrants in California are being used to launch a vicious attack on the entire immigrant community. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e948d6c8-957a-4de9-aac7-76b38d8195cC/immi-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z As contract expires, USW orders steelworkers to stay on the job http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/stee-s02.html Thousands of steelworkers rallied ahead of the expiration at midnight yesterday of three-year contracts covering 30,000 workers at US Steel and ArcelorMittal. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c9671862-8ad4-4e53-b8d4-ba7573bd079M/stee-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z 31,000 public schoolchildren in Kentucky are homeless http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/kent-s02.html Kentucky has the highest rate of homelessness among US public schoolchildren, and little in the way of social services to help them. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2784c1cf-fdf9-4472-9683-25f702f276dI/kent-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z US imperialism and the new race to the Arctic http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/arct-s02.html The US is increasingly vehement in its efforts to secure claims in the Arctic, with Obama becoming the first sitting US president to make an official visit to the region. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6761afb6-703b-457a-be4d-91abb447fb0A/arct-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z Ultra-right Maidan forces riot in Kiev over eastern Ukrainian autonomy law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/ukra-s02.html The riot underscores the reactionary character of Washington’s client state in Ukraine, substantial sections of which are pushing for total war with Russia. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d48c1acd-a8bb-4527-bebc-87c9746def1F/ukra-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z UK psychologists campaign against cuts and social inequality http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/psyc-s02.html Psychologists report that they are seeing growing numbers of parents unable to take their children to therapy centres because of the cost of travel. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/23156c86-0f5e-4174-a988-922495ea00bO/psyc-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z Brazil’s economy falls sharply amid deepening political crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/braz-s02.html The slide into recession has been steeper than predicted, with the Workers Party government presiding over a sharp rise in unemployment and social misery. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/95072120-eab4-424e-8422-b988ca3414cG/braz-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan president announces “national unity government” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/sril-s02.html The new coalition government is an attempt by the ruling class parties to close ranks in order to impose savage austerity measures on the working class. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4826de66-acae-473c-a88b-a4d570f3119I/sril-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z Australian mining giant replaces Blackwater workers with contractors http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/mine-s02.html The mining union is pleading with the company to keep collaborating in cutting costs at the expense of jobs and conditions. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/57024d5d-b2c7-4a50-844a-ba2b4a0fda8E/mine-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z GM workers: “If we can’t gain when they’re making profits, we’ll never get anything” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/gmac-s02.html GM workers have overwhelmingly voted for strike action. The WSWS spoke to GM workers at the Arlington, Texas and Lordstown, Ohio plants. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0a729a0f-1b2c-4eea-bfd7-c914842c1a4A/gmac-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z Indian workers need a socialist strategy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/inst-s02.html Today’s general strike attests to workers’ opposition to the Indian bourgeoisie’s neo-liberal agenda. But the strike’s organizers, the unions and Stalinist parties, are themselves complicit in implementing that agenda. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5ba95f27-c6e7-420a-b22d-799ae6b0334H/inst-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z An interview with film historian and critic James Naremore http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/02/nare-s02.html James Naremore has written influential books on directors Orson Welles, Vincente Minnelli and Stanley Kubrick, on Alfred Hitchcock’s <em>Psycho</em>, Alexander Mackendrick’s <em>Sweet Smell of Success</em> and the film noir genre. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a322f999-36b7-4c72-8de2-d47adb19c90B/nare-s02.html 2015-09-02T05:00:00Z Saudi Arabia and UAE prepare for major US-backed ground offensive in Yemen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/yeme-s01.html Five months of airstrikes, facilitated by US military intelligence and logistical support, have been supplemented by a growing ground invasion by Saudi and UAE military forces. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bf548d52-45f9-42d0-b5c2-37909e8bb95E/yeme-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z The 2016 US election and the scapegoating of immigrants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/pers-s01.html The rhetoric of the Republican presidential candidates is a noxious expression of the reactionary anti-immigrant policies pursued by both parties. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c1d6dbbd-fb0a-4c12-b694-982331aeec5F/pers-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z German defence minister exploits refugee crisis to strengthen military http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/army-s01.html Constraints on the domestic use of the German military, in place since the end of Nazi rule, are being wiped away. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2f81c9ef-c5a1-4e77-bbb2-c521c9512f4P/army-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z US military continues build-up in North East Asia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/kore-s01.html The conclusion of war games saw the largest-ever joint live-fire drill between the US and South Korea. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/492ff8e0-2cd9-4ed7-b070-debb539c5d5G/kore-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z Mass anti-government rallies in Malaysia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/mala-s01.html Ruling class divisions are fuelled by a deteriorating economy, which has been hard-hit by China’s slowdown, falling commodity prices and regional competition for investment. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c1ac0359-2709-4bbc-aa99-00d193a9fc8P/mala-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z Mass protests against failing infrastructure shake Lebanon http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/leba-s01.html Protests demanding the treatment of uncollected trash also express opposition to Lebanon’s endemic corruption and its sectarian system of government. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f9b6b20d-cab6-4e81-948c-f9506e9975bE/leba-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z UK Labour Party steps up purge of suspected Corbyn supporters http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/corb-s01.html The entire full-time staff of the Labour Party is now exclusively occupied in investigating those who have paid £3 to become labour supporters to vote in the leadership contest. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2b3e0611-1201-46db-9274-28b4f1ff3cdF/corb-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z US shift on Sri Lankan war crimes probe exposes Tamil nationalists http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/tnaw-s01.html By supporting the US-backed government, the Tamil nationalists are complicit in allowing the crimes of the civil war to go unpunished. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/12e11b50-aaae-42a6-9695-c716393de3fG/tnaw-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z Indian unions to hold one-day national strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/inst-s01.html The unions have called the September 2 strike not to mobilize workers and the rural toilers against the Modi government and its neoliberal policies but to contain the growing opposition to them. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b183e103-6efc-42c1-b55c-3fc37f12b97O/inst-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z Unions keep Verizon and AT&amp;T workers on job without contracts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/veri-s01.html The Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have blocked a strike by nearly 70,000 telecom workers. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c6f3577a-2de5-48c7-a769-5cc845d75c7G/veri-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z A&amp;P supermarket chain asks bankruptcy court to overturn labor agreements http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/apbc-s01.html A&amp;P is asking the court to disregard provisions related to seniority and cut severance pay, amid threats to slash 22,000 jobs. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ddd3b1c8-833f-4a2f-b64a-dc3930f22e5P/apbc-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z Haggen grocery chain announces store closures throughout the US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/hagg-s01.html The United Food and Commercial Workers union has been silent on the store closures and mass layoffs. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/836de936-49f1-49e1-969e-d96bb4e9360H/hagg-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z Neo-fascist rally exposes Finnish government’s ties to extreme right http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/finl-s01.html The strengthening of the extreme right in Finland comes as the US seeks to integrate the Nordic countries in its drive against Russia. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cfb05a65-ca4f-443c-9d95-c5fb9a4efb2J/finl-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z Australian royal commissioner refuses to quit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/bias-s01.html The royal commission into the unions is a crucial component of the Abbott government’s efforts to satisfy corporate demands for an offensive against workers’ wages and conditions. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b46e73f6-1f45-4c17-8623-25b974fbce2I/bias-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z Autoworkers speak out: Louisville, Kentucky Ford worker denounces UAW-company alliance http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/auto-s01.html Nearly 10,000 autoworkers in Louisville, Kentucky produce trucks and SUVs for Ford Motor Company, which boasted near-record profits in the second quarter of this year. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/db0447c3-d83c-4615-b894-9929c265c9dJ/auto-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z Water shutoff moratorium in Flint as water crisis continues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/flnt-s01.html Residents of the Michigan city describe a continuing nightmare caused by astronomical water rates combined with foul smelling, discolored drinking water. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f5c35147-d420-443a-a376-eca27cd1f46P/flnt-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z University of Melbourne student union imposes third ban on IYSSE club http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/muni-s01.html The Clubs &amp; Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne has made clear that any students who publicly challenge its decisions will be prevented from forming a club. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4a817ed9-90be-437f-b785-12972bec7beL/muni-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z New York Times paints Obama as “champion” of working people http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/obam-s01.html The <em>Times’</em> claim that President Obama has spent his administration “working to empower the economically marginal” is a political fabrication of the first order. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/03ae4f48-197e-4361-b358-b72c34fc0edB/obam-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z Detroit Federation of Teachers president ousted by union executive board http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/conn-s01.html The DFT removed Steve Conn, a leader of the pseudo-left By Any Means Necessary group, from the presidency, as Michigan officials move to reorganize the Detroit Public Schools. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35cb3eae-cbbe-4a96-ae9b-9502bd381d0K/conn-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/01/wkrs-s01.html The <em>World Socialist Web</em> Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ad129c2a-b612-4143-982e-22b90047f38D/wkrs-s01.html 2015-09-01T05:00:00Z Central banks step in to prop up global financial bubble http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/pers-a31.html Once again, the world’s central banks and governments have made clear that they will do whatever it takes to preserve the wealth of the financial elite. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ab47fe87-e775-4346-a234-ea4a5e03387I/pers-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z US steelworkers union blocks fight against wage and benefit cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/stee-a31.html The United Steelworkers (USW) union has ordered workers at ArcelorMittal and US Steel to stay on the job as the giant corporations prepare an all-out war against workers. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/75ba019c-80f0-401a-ae7c-15f38db9e81K/stee-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Allegheny Technologies lockout enters third week http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/atil-a31.html While it continues to isolate the locked-out workers, the USW organized a publicity stunt involving trade union officials from South Africa, Canada, Sweden and other countries last week. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4f685371-d6b7-4798-a272-c63104acdebC/atil-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Egyptian junta hands down three-year jail terms to Al Jazeera journalists http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/alja-a31.html Afraid that it could ultimately share the fate of Mubarak, toppled by mass protests of the working class in 2011, the junta is trying to hold on to power through sheer terror. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42582552-259a-40a5-81bc-c8046cb45b1F/alja-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Mass protests in Japan oppose “collective self-defence” laws http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/japa-a31.html The widespread hostility to the new security laws reflects the deep-rooted anti-war sentiment in Japan, especially in the working class. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a1685339-3fc5-4a5b-890d-e92b63104b8G/japa-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Sanders pledges his campaign to save Democratic Party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/sand-a31.html In a speech to the Democratic National Committee, Senator Bernie Sanders portrayed his presidential campaign as the only way to rebuild popular support for the Democratic Party. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5fc5f1d9-8819-42b9-b9ad-dfc987df11eN/sand-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Black youth dies in Virginia jail cell after being held four months for alleged $5 theft http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/poli-a31.html Jamycheal Mitchell’s family asserts that the youth, who suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, died from starvation after police failed to transfer him to a mental health facility. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9813cda9-497b-4935-ab1e-678ae129238H/poli-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z North Dakota authorizes police to use weaponized drones http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/dron-a31.html North Dakota has become the first state to authorize the use of armed drones by local police agencies, part of a growing trend to use unmanned aircraft against the population. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0ac0ec96-4738-4f99-812f-a4a08926147F/dron-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Former presidents Bush and Clinton celebrate transformation of New Orleans http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/nola-a31.html The Katrina catastrophe has been seized on by the political establishment to carry out a restructuring of class relations intended as a model for other cities. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9ecc518b-7992-458c-9f2a-725d1e29277J/nola-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Broad Foundation spearheads expansion of Los Angeles charter schools http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/losa-a31.html The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the brainchild of investment billionaire Eli Broad, is known for its involvement in the privatization of public education. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a1887cf-2e9b-4765-92ba-dd4133e53ffD/losa-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan political parties hail US shift on war crimes probe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/sril-a31.html This stance not only exposes the pro-imperialist character of these parties but their involvement and complicity in the Sri Lankan human rights atrocities. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fdf0fd29-5824-43a4-bffb-ec8e3480a74H/sril-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Public outcry halts Australian Border Force blitz in Melbourne http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/bord-a31.html “Operation Fortitude” highlighted the creation of police-state conditions by the Abbott government, with the Labor Party’s bipartisan backing. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/028b4468-a4b7-49e6-869e-f2cd785098eH/bord-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Polls show fall in support for Syriza ahead of Greek general election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/gree-a31.html New elections to be held on September 20 are a political fraud aimed at suppressing the repeatedly-voiced anti-austerity sentiment of the Greek working class and youth. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fd134eaf-e46f-49fb-9a1c-83dfe2710ebL/gree-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z German interior minister plans further attacks on refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/germ-a31.html A day before German leaders shed crocodile tears over the ongoing refugee crisis, interior minister de Maizière proposed legislative measures to reduce immigration into the country. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fd2d8678-fdfc-488f-9c40-a110a87bb97L/germ-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Political crisis deepens over delays to UK Iraq War inquiry report http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/chil-a31.html The continued suppression of the Chilcot report, authorized over six years ago, is a sign of the explosive political fallout that will accompany its publication. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ec7c9ef1-8d51-470d-8792-df403be0bb4N/chil-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z After failed Thalys attack, Europe prepares further security clampdown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/euse-a31.html Attacks attributed to Islamist networks being mobilized by NATO in Syria are used to justify the escalating assault on democratic rights in Europe. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/02ccdd2b-b3a0-4941-8784-c701dce3011H/euse-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Homeless American autoworker speaks out http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/vide-a31.html Chris, a tier-two Fiat Chrysler worker, supports a family and lives in a motel across the street from his factory in Kokomo, Indiana. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/90f309b0-d161-42d5-bf84-73be7b2ced6A/vide-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Stalinism in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/corr-a31.html This is a reply to a reader’s comment asking the WSWS to explain its differences with the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/693e3c17-35e9-4001-9e1c-2e8c960f76dM/corr-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the pseudo-left, and the “Anybody but Harper” campaign http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/cupw-a31.html CUPW President Mike Palecek is helping lead the unions’ campaign to replace the Conservatives with a government formed by the pro-austerity NDP and/or Liberals. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/88acb9cc-eae3-48ad-973a-e43bb651d2eO/cupw-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Young Euro Classic: A music festival in Berlin opposing war and nationalism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/euro-a31.html The annual Young Euro Classic youth orchestra festival recently concluded with a memorable performance in the Berlin Concert Hall. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0da3e2e0-7858-4090-a920-2cca401395eD/euro-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z This week in history: August 31-September 6 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/31/twih-a31.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e43cc641-42e9-4f42-b0b5-43589da49abB/twih-a31.html 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z Casualties of “Fortress Europe”: Refugees dead on land and sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/refu-a29.html On the same day, 71 refugees were found asphyxiated in a truck in Austria, while another 250 died off the Libyan coast when two ships capsized. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b6dfba9a-aa74-4642-b759-d01fd8554e7B/refu-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z A judicial victory for illegal NSA spying http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/pers-a29.html Two years after the first leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the American political establishment and media are treating the revelations of illegal and unconstitutional activity as an insignificant issue. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cfece46c-f188-41d2-918c-c307ed965dfL/pers-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Chinese officials, company executives detained over Tianjin explosion http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/tian-a29.html Underlying the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to find scapegoats for the Tianjin disaster is the deepening crisis of the entire regime. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/61dc6ce3-1ba1-48d4-ba63-08d7627e08eN/tian-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Locked-out ATI steelworker injured by van carrying scab workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/atil-a29.html Locked out steelworker Jim Dietz was injured and taken to a local hospital after being hit on the picket line by a van carrying strikebreakers driven by ATI security. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/64466ad2-db4b-4c7e-bdc4-42ae0f5804fM/atil-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z UAW begins contract talks with farm machinery maker John Deere http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/deer-a29.html The UAW opened negotiations this week for a new contract covering 11,200 workers at the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural machinery. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/235d3fe2-223a-4cc8-a59f-b4972929c04D/deer-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z New York cops spied on activists against police violence http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/poli-a29.html Newly released documents show undercover cops took photographs of organizers of protests against police violence last winter and recorded their activities. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7fe6147c-684a-4f82-b7ab-298212e6af1I/poli-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Report documents pervasive shortcomings in US mental health insurance http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/ment-a29.html Individuals seeking mental health treatment are twice as likely to have their claims denied by insurers than patients filing claims related to traditional medical procedures. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/33487d7f-88ae-4442-b304-4276f1a6d09D/ment-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z London Underground unions call off strikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/lond-a29.html All four unions which had threatened to strike are now working out the formula with which to force 24-hour work upon their members. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b9e1e628-a073-4ebe-aee7-4f410674623B/lond-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Disciplinary hearing finds Toronto police officer culpable in G-20 repression http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/torp-a29.html The 2010 police operation was used to violently repress an overwhelmingly peaceful protest of thousands of people opposed to the austerity program of the ruling class. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b91cd648-891d-4937-b7b0-ca34df01c6eB/torp-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Venezuela-Colombia tensions rise following foreign ministers’ meeting http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/vene-a29.html The Maduro government has seized upon recent border incidents to whip up nationalism and divert attention from the deepening social crisis confronting Venezuelan workers. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e0b56312-3e6e-40b1-b612-6b866d82590P/vene-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Dominican Republic deportations increase tensions with Haiti http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/hait-a29.html The Dominican Republic has deported hundreds of Haitians and people of Haitian descent in recent weeks, while tensions along the border led to a recent exchange of gunfire. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4cfb7443-981e-4126-9d41-157102abbbeC/hait-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Union collaborates in attacks on New Zealand Steel workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/blue-a29.html BlueScope Steel is threatening to shut down its Glenbrook steel plant in New Zealand and axe over 1,000 jobs. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8219ab9c-d5cb-4643-b943-b00024e7799I/blue-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Australia: Melbourne tram drivers strike over wages and conditions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/tram-a29.html Despite denunciations by the Victorian state Labor government, metropolitan train drivers have voted for a similar stoppage next Friday. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/76a5a3e5-89fc-4878-bafa-2cd2d95256eG/tram-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z A portrait of life in America’s Rust Belt: Part Three http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/indy-a29.html The following is an on-the-spot report on social conditions in working-class areas hit hard by deindustrialization in the US state of Indiana. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8634bf2d-3a53-4706-adc8-c971c5602a7G/indy-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Is Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy socialist? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/corb-a29.html Those looking to Corbyn as a means of opposing war will not find the answers they are seeking. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2bd409bb-9ca8-4d94-b1c0-79f3b28b701M/corb-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Australia: Hutchison Ports dispute at the crossroads http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/hutc-a29.html Left in the hands of the MUA, the outcome is a foregone conclusion: the further destruction of the jobs and conditions of waterfront workers. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fafa973c-4f25-4699-b9ba-aec0f42d9e8I/hutc-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z David G. Spielman’s <em>The Katrina Decade</em>—An unsentimental look at how things are now http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/kdec-a29.html Spielman is not given to the current fetish for “Ruins Photography.” There is no romanticism in these pages. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1ab289e3-ec95-4b98-9ed8-c95e5066a12H/kdec-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/29/labo-a29.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/74d1e177-69ae-48ec-9870-b6ebc457de9B/labo-a29.html 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z China’s economic downturn raises concerns about political instability http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/chin-a28.html Questions are already being raised about the future of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang who is immediately responsible for economic policy. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/458b7674-e2e7-4df7-8edd-96c649c4ae0O/chin-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z Obama hails “entrepreneurial” transformation of New Orleans http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/obno-a28.html While Hurricane Katrina exposed the ugly face of American capitalism, the US president marked the tenth anniversary with a speech lauding the supposed successes of the profit system. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dabb6ba9-6df2-49b2-9790-22d6aa8a02aN/obno-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z Syriza, pseudo-left maneuver ahead of Greek elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/gree-a28.html The new elections triggered by Tsipras are aimed at imposing austerity measures against the wishes of the population and have nothing to do with democracy. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/47325674-bd67-4da6-9022-a6d7216639eI/gree-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z One year since the war on Gaza http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/gaza-a28.html Millions of people around the world saw the war for what it was—a crime of historic proportions against a cruelly abused population. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a00554f-3691-4472-8ac4-514a8143cacO/gaza-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z The devastation of Gaza http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/side-a28.html The physical suffering has taken a particularly heartbreaking toll on children’s mental health. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8b32f207-c27c-4705-b110-8a95693841dE/side-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z India-Pakistan talks abruptly cancelled http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/inpk-a28.html The collapse of the Indo-Pakistani talks before they even began exemplifies the explosive tensions between the rival nuclear-armed powers. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/723d21fd-0e92-497d-bccb-0f98d189c85C/inpk-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan unions promise to protect new pro-US administration http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/tusl-a28.html The pledge by unions to defend the government is directed above all at suppressing resistance by workers to its austerity measures. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/558febbd-bdb7-4ba6-9af6-c7a493de1c7J/tusl-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z State agents to face no penalties for assault on Virginia student http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/vabc-a28.html University of Virginia student Martese Johnson was violently assaulted in March after being falsely accused of having a fake ID. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9c25b8bd-e73f-4677-80c7-c411039e418P/vabc-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z Reports detail massive leaks from natural gas pipes in US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/gasl-a28.html Private utilities are profiting from leaks caused by their own malfeasance, putting lives at risk and releasing potent greenhouse gas. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c9b1110b-0e53-458e-9a45-6ce42445bbeO/gasl-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z Australian “Anzac Day terror plot” charge dropped http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/terr-a28.html The collapse of the case exposes the lurid allegations of an “ISIS-inspired” conspiracy by Melbourne teenagers to conduct mass shootings at official World War I centenary celebrations. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1e211d16-6651-40e4-a6ce-e06076b1abaB/terr-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z Business groups, French government prepare to eviscerate labor laws http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/mede-a28.html The statements of the Medef bosses’ group and the government are a signal for a new assault on the fundamental rights of workers in France. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/70b62587-c4a0-4701-812c-3cb67ed422aF/mede-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z The refugee crisis and the inhuman face of European capitalism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/pers-a28.html The horrors facing refugees are compounded by the day. On Thursday, two boats capsized near Libya, with hundreds feared dead. This follows the death of up to 50 Syrian refugees in a truck in Austria. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b4904dab-9db2-402e-9a81-a2a494eb0eeO/pers-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z A portrait of life in America’s Rust Belt: Part Two http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/indy-a28.html The following is an on-the-spot report on social conditions in working class areas hit hard by deindustrialization in the US state of Indiana. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bd296172-886f-4dbc-a8f8-32e0a2dde45D/indy-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z The social and historical dimensions of the Virginia on-air murders http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/shoo-a28.html The fatal shooting of news reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward in Moneta, Virginia Wednesday morning on live television was a shocking and dreadful event. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/67d063dd-61ad-4f30-aa98-e8a8d9b6a7cB/shoo-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z Herfried Münkler declares Germany to be Europe’s “hegemon” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/comm-a28.html While the professor declared in July that Germany had to form a “core Europe” together with France, he has now apparently reached the conclusion that Germany alone must dominate the continent. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/32fb60c4-6cf3-4a49-b6ec-8de8627a39eH/comm-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z The British Library’s Magna Carta exhibition: A vital though flawed presentation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/magn-a28.html The exhibition features a breathtaking array of documents of world-historical significance, brought together for a public audience for the first time. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2b32f920-2b35-4c1f-88d1-19a874dba93N/magn-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/labo-a28.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2d96a889-b7e8-4872-a42f-a1ce414a396K/labo-a28.html 2015-08-28T05:00:00Z Fifty refugees die in ship’s hold in new Mediterranean migrant tragedy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/27/migr-a27.html Around 50 refugees and asylum seekers were found dead in the hold of a boat off the coast of Libya Wednesday morning. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c6a76929-1ea3-496e-8000-028fce3b1a1B/migr-a27.html 2015-08-27T05:00:00Z Ten years since Hurricane Katrina http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/27/pers-a27.html The tragedy that struck the city of New Orleans, along with coastal areas from Florida to Texas, was not simply a natural disaster, but a social and political crime. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cfd11313-2f2c-4f8f-beb1-71c16df6b71E/pers-a27.html 2015-08-27T05:00:00Z Fed acts to push US stocks higher http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/27/econ-a27.html The US central bank is prepared to provide whatever public funds are needed to shield the financial elite from the consequences of a new eruption of the capitalist crisis. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1baf8a0f-fa26-46c8-8b60-4df366d93c3O/econ-a27.html 2015-08-27T05:00:00Z 2,200 steelworkers still locked out by Allegheny Technologies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/27/stee-a27.html Allegheny Technologies is using the sharp drop in steel prices, after years of high profits, to justify its ruthless drive to cut wages and benefits. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/afce969c-78c7-4c18-a7f5-9a2c3b9b48fN/stee-a27.html 2015-08-27T05:00:00Z Bernie Sanders: Silent partner of American militarism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/27/sand-a27.html Four months into his campaign for the US presidency, the Vermont senator and self-styled “socialist” has said nothing about the ongoing wars of American imperialism. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3d386351-949b-454b-a2c0-c7c95161c81P/sand-a27.html 2015-08-27T05:00:00Z US announces shift on Sri Lankan war crimes investigation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/27/slus-a27.html The announcement confirms that Washington has cynically exploited “human rights” in Sri Lanka to advance its interests, particularly against China. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6d3a98a5-5c47-47bb-bfc5-0b357d5af8bM/slus-a27.html 2015-08-27T05:00:00Z India reaches into the South Pacific to counter China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/27/modi-a27.html The summit was part of Indian efforts to build defence and strategic ties in the Asia-Pacific, designed to counter Chinese influence. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/46b6f0cc-da42-4f96-9558-cdb0012b477C/modi-a27.html 2015-08-27T05:00:00Z