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

By Kate Randall, 17 August 2016

Even as giant insurance firms are reducing their participation in the Obamacare exchanges, they are implementing gargantuan premium hikes on their remaining policies.

German media steps up anti-Russian agitation

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 August 2016

Over the past week, virtually every leading newspaper in Germany has published articles denouncing Russia for its intervention in Syria, Ukraine, or both.

The provocation in Crimea and the threat of world war

The battle for Aleppo and the hypocrisy of US war propaganda

Japan prepares to expand military role abroad

By Ben McGrath, 17 August 2016

So-called humanitarian missions, as in South Sudan, are being exploited to further Tokyo’s remilitarization agenda.

Japan’s new cabinet line-up to promote remilitarisation

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

By Peter Symonds, 17 August 2016

The Financial Times comment underscores the dilemma facing the Australian ruling class as its strategic ally, the US, confronts its largest trading partner, China.

Residents speak on the impact of education cuts in Boone County, West Virginia

By Clement Daly and Naomi Spencer, 17 August 2016

After twice rejecting directives from the West Virginia Board of Education to slash its budget, the Boone County school board voted to cut salaries for educators.

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

By Naomi Spencer, 17 August 2016

Former UK professional soccer player Dalian Atkinson dies after being hit with Taser

By Dennis Moore, 17 August 2016

Atkinson suffered a cardiac arrest after being kicked and tased by police while visiting his 85-year-old father in Telford, Shropshire.

UK inquest reveals brutality of immigrant detainee’s death

By Dennis Moore, 17 August 2016

Prior to the 43-year-old man’s death, he was attached by his wrists to a two-metre closet chain.

India: Kerala’s Stalinist-led government pursuing pro-business agenda

By Kranti Kumara, 17 August 2016

Kerala’s chief minister has appointed a neoliberal economist with close ties to the US financial elite and Federal Reserve as his top economic advisor.

Pacific island economies hit by global slump

By John Braddock, 17 August 2016

Led by falling commodity prices and sharp declines in the Pacific’s largest economies, growth across the region will fall sharply in 2016.

New in Russian

Антинаучный характер понятия «раса»

Филип Гуэлпа, 17 августа 2016 г.

Недавняя статья в журнале Science справедливо требует исключить понятие расы из изучения генетики человека.

New in Spanish

Río 2016: El “ideal olímpico” y la realidad del capitalismo

Por Bill Van Auken, 17 agosto 2016

El contraste entre el supuesto ideal olímpico y un sistema capitalista atascado en crisis económica y en desigualdad social y precipitándose hacia otra guerra mundial no podría ser más marcado.

New in French

Yémen: un raid aérien de la coalition saoudienne contre un hôpital tue au moins onze personnes

Par Peter Symonds, 17 août 2016

Le bombardement lundi d’un hôpital de Médecins sans frontières fait partie d'une campagne délibérée pour terroriser la population houthie.

Etats-Unis: les racines sociales des troubles à Milwaukee

Par Niles Niemuth, 17 août 2016

La croissance de la pauvreté et de l'inégalité, l'éruption de la colère sociale et le renforcement de la police sont des éléments interdépendants de la même dynamique de classe.

New in German

Die sozialen Ursachen der Unruhen von Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Von Niles Niemuth, 17. August 2016

Die wachsende Armut und Ungleichheit, der Ausbruch sozialer Wut und der massive Ausbau der Polizeikräfte sind alle Ausdruck ein und derselben Klassendynamik.

Deutsche Medien steigern Kriegshetze gegen Russland

Von Ulrich Rippert, 17. August 2016

Am Dienstag erschienen nahezu alle führenden deutschen Zeitungen mit heftigen Attacken auf die russische Regierung, die sie für die zugespitzte Kriegssituation in Syrien und der Ukraine verantwortlich machen.

Saudische Koalition greift Krankenhaus im Jemen an

Von Peter Symonds, 17. August 2016

Am 15. August wurde ein Krankenhaus der Ärzte ohne Grenzen bombardiert. Mit dem Angriff sollte gezielt die Huthi-Bevölkerung terrorisiert werden.

Britisches Berufungsgericht bestätigt Entzug des Stimmrechts für Labour-Party-Mitglieder

Von Robert Stevens und Chris Marsden, 17. August 2016

Durch das politisch motivierte Gerichtsurteil werden bis zu 150.000 Mitglieder der Labour Party von der Teilnahme an der Wahl der Parteiführung ausgeschlossen.

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The Louisiana flooding—a failure of American capitalism

17 August 2016

Eleven years after Hurricane Katrina, the social infrastructure and the US political system are no more prepared for a natural disaster.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 17 August 2016

Cohen’s column sums up the social attitudes of a whole privileged layer, who are indifferent to inequality, despise the working class and have embraced imperialism as a necessary foundation of their wealth.

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

By Eric London, 17 August 2016

A essay published by the Times on Sunday concludes that the collapse of nationalist governments in the Middle East proves the necessity for a sectarian division of the region.

Saudi coalition airstrike on hospital in Yemen kills at least 11

By Peter Symonds, 16 August 2016

South Sudan government approves 4,000-strong UN force

By Thomas Gaist, 16 August 2016

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

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

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

17 August 2016

SEP US vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth spoke in a live interview with WSWS reporter Andre Damon about the class issues behind police violence.

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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Arts Review

The Score of War: A haunting documentary film on Ukraine

By Bernd Reinhardt, 17 August 2016

In April of last year, the Ukrainian violinist and composer Mark Chaet, accompanied by a small film crew, travelled from Berlin to his home in Eastern Ukraine.

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

By Josh Varlin, 15 August 2016


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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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.

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