Saudi coalition airstrike on hospital in Yemen kills at least 11

By Peter Symonds, 16 August 2016

Yesterday’s attack on the Doctors Without Borders hospital is part of a deliberate campaign to terrorise the Houthi population.

South Sudan government approves 4,000-strong UN force

By Thomas Gaist, 16 August 2016

The military operation is empowered to conduct offensive operations against units loyal to both the government and the opposition.

Canada’s defence minister tours Africa to lay groundwork for military intervention

By Roger Jordan, 16 August 2016

British Special Forces operating inside Syria

By Harvey Thompson, 16 August 2016

The BBC report revealing their presence tried to portray the role of the Special Forces as a withdrawn, reserved force.

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

US military prepares new offensives in Syria and Iraq

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Trump and Democrats compete on militarism and war

By Patrick Martin, 16 August 2016

The Republican presidential candidate called for a war of extermination against ISIS, while Democrats responded that Vladimir Putin’s Russia was an equally significant enemy.

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As growth prospects fall, US markets hit record high

By Nick Beams, 16 August 2016

The rise in the markets and the underlying weakening of the real economy are interconnected phenomena as finance seeks to accumulate profits through parasitism.

International bond markets turn “surreal” as speculation grows

Louisiana: Seven dead, tens of thousands forced to flee as region braces for more flooding

By Aaron Asa, 16 August 2016

The federal government issued a disaster declaration as more than 20,000 people were rescued from stranded homes and vehicles.

Federal report slams Washington DC Metrorail maintenance program

By Alex Gonzalez and Brad Dixon, 16 August 2016

The dilapidated state of the commuter rail system in the nation’s capital is a stark reflection of the crisis and decay of American capitalism.

Leaked files reveal brutal regime in Australia’s Nauru refugee camp

By Max Newman, 16 August 2016

The government and Labor opposition remain committed to punitive “offshore” detention as a means of deterring refugees from trying to reach Australia.

Latest Australian “terrorism” arrests set dangerous precedents

By Mike Head, 16 August 2016

Amid rising social and class tensions, the “anti-terrorism” powers are being prepared for use against the working class.

UK: Dorset health services to be slashed to reduce deficit

By Ajanta Silva, 16 August 2016

Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group claims it is facing a £200 million deficit by 2021.

Lufthansa sets a course for confrontation with pilots

By Marianne Arens, 16 August 2016

The breaking off of talks between the pilots’ union and management heralds a new phase in the dispute.

Thai junta exploits bombings to clamp down on opposition

By Tom Peters, 16 August 2016

Thailand’s military regime has seized on last week’s horrific events to arrest political opponents.

New in Russian

Провокация в Крыму и угроза мировой войны

Билл Вэн Оукен, 16 августа 2016 г.

Террористическая атака в Крыму и нагнетание военной угрозы в Восточной Европе вскрыли подлинное значение антипутинской истерии в ходе американской предвыборной кампании, а также в отношении Олимпийских игр в Рио.

New in Turkish

Marx21 ve SAV Sol Parti’nin sağcı politikasını nasıl destekliyor?

Peter Schwarz, 16 Ağustos 2016

Onların SPD/Sol Parti Senatosu’nun mirasına ilişkin eleştirileri ile aynı politikaları sürdürmeye yönelik kampanyaları arasındaki çarpıcı çelişki, Marx21’in ve SAV’nin politikalarını açıkça ortaya koyuyor.

Terörist provokasyonun ardından Rusya ve Ukrayna arasındaki gerilimler artıyor

Bill Van Auken, 16 Ağustos 2016

Kırım’da muhtemelen tetikleyici olarak düzenlenenler gibi provokasyonlarla birlikte, Doğu Avrupa’da Rusya ile doğrudan askeri çatışma hazırlıkları yapılmaktadır.

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Les vraies questions dans l’élection américaine de 2016

Par Patrick Martin, 16 août 2016

Peu importe qui remportera l’élection en novembre, la classe dirigeante américaine prépare une vaste extension de la violence militaire et une intensification de l'assaut sur les droits sociaux et politiques de la classe ouvrière.

La ministre du Travail valide le licenciement d'un syndicaliste d'Air France

Par Anthony Torres, 16 août 2016

Après l’arrêt des manifestations contre la loi El Khomri décrété par la bureaucratie syndicale, le gouvernement a licencié un délégué syndical d’Air France afin d’intimider l’opposition sociale.

Des milliers de postiers dénoncent les coupes de Postes Canada

Par nos reporters, 16 août 2016

Le syndicat s'oppose à la grève et sème des illusions dans les libéraux qu'il présente comme amis des postiers.

New in German

Die Provokation auf der Krim und die Gefahr eines Weltkriegs

Von Bill Van Auken, 16. August 2016

Die Konfrontation auf der Krim und die wachsende Kriegsgefahr in Osteuropa zeigen die wahren Ursachen für die Hetzkampagne gegen Putin im US-Wahlkampf und bei den Olympischen Spielen in Rio.

Die wirklich wichtigen Fragen in den US-Wahlen 2016

Von Patrick Martin, 16. August 2016

Unabhängig vom Ausgang der amerikanischen Präsidentschaftswahl im November bereitet sich die herrschende Klasse darauf vor, neue Kriege zu führen und die Rechte der Arbeiterklasse schärfer anzugreifen.

Lufthansa setzt auf Konfrontation

Von Marianne Arens, 16. August 2016

Der Abbruch der Tarifgespräche mit der Pilotengewerkschaft leitet eine neue Phase heftiger Auseinandersetzungen ein.

„Menschenrechts“-Krieger Nicholas Kristof fordert militärische Eskalation in Syrien

Von David Walsh, 16. August 2016

Der Kolumnist Nicholas Kristof hat sich bei der New York Times als maßgebender Fürsprecher und Hüter der Menschenrechte einen Namen gemacht. Viele seiner Artikel sind ein Mix aus Heuchelei, Falschheit und Selbstbetrug im Dienst der geopolitischen Ziele des US-Imperialismus.

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The social roots of unrest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

16 August 2016

The growth of poverty and inequality, the eruption of social anger and the build-up of the police forces are interrelated components of the same class dynamic.

Earlier Perspectives »


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

By Eric London, 16 August 2016

The World Socialist Web Site recently interviewed Professor David Williams of Valdosta State University about class conflict during the American Civil War and its relationship to social and political developments after the war.

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

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

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

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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!

More on the SEP 2016 US election campaign »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 August 2016

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


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

By Ben McGrath, 15 August 2016

Vietnam bases long-range rocket launchers in South China Sea

More on the South China Sea »

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

By Robert Stevens, 15 August 2016

More on the British Labour Party election »

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

By Paul Mitchell, 15 August 2016

More on the persecution of WikiLeaks »

The provocation in Crimea and the threat of world war

Illinois community college drops racially segregated courses after public criticism


Astronomers reveal most detailed map of galaxy distribution

By Joe Mount, 15 August 2016

Arts Review

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

By Josh Varlin, 15 August 2016

Café Society: Woody Allen’s love letter to the wealthy and famous

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.

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