Japan plans missile deployment in East China Sea

By Ben McGrath, 19 August 2016

Tokyo intends to design and construct its longest-range missile to cover the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, further risking clashes with Beijing.

“Thinking Through the Unthinkable”
RAND Corporation lays out scenarios for US war with China

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German report criticizing Turkey highlights growing tensions within NATO

By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2016

Relations within NATO have reached new lows, four weeks after the failed military coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Erdogan and Putin meet in St. Petersburg

The Turkish coup, US militarism and the collapse of democracy

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

By Evan Blake, 19 August 2016

At the town hall meeting, Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka presented a liberal reformist program, combined with demagogic criticisms of war and the promotion of identity politics.

The 2016 elections and the crisis of American democracy

Green Party convention: Left rhetoric in the service of pro-capitalist politics

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Fed divided on policy amid warnings over state of global bond markets

By Nick Beams, 19 August 2016

Underlying the divisions in the Federal Reserve is the lack of any clear understanding of where the US economy is heading.

The slump in US productivity: Another symptom of capitalist crisis

Cisco to cut 5,500 jobs, adding to wave of US tech layoffs

By Barry Grey, 19 August 2016

So far this year, American technology companies have eliminated 63,000 jobs.

Immigrant mothers stage hunger strike in Pennsylvania

By Douglas Lyons, 19 August 2016

Twenty-two mothers have entered into the second week of a hunger strike, protesting lengthy detention at a US-run facility.

Sexual assault accusations used to oust leader at Tor Project

By Adam Mclean, 19 August 2016

The Tor Project, a network and tool for anonymizing one’s internet traffic, has been a repeated target of attacks from US intelligence agencies.

“The union signed away their rights”
Verizon strikers remain victimized 12 weeks after end of strike

By Shannon Jones, 19 August 2016

Since the Communications Workers of America sold out the seven-week Verizon strike in May, the union has said nothing about the fate of some two dozen workers victimized by management in the course of the walkout.

Lessons of the Verizon strike

West coast dockworkers’ union to discuss contract extension

By Hector Cordon, 19 August 2016

Discussion on a contract extension demanded by shippers and the Obama administration opens the door to further concessions on the part of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Lopez Obrador reaches out to Mexican ruling elite

By Don Knowland, 19 August 2016

Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador announces that if he wins the presidency in 2018 he will not investigate or prosecute prior office holders and their accomplices for corruption.

UN admits role in 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti

By John Marion, 19 August 2016

The statement from the office of the secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, follows five years of stonewalling in which the UN denied any responsibility for the deadly outbreak.

Research highlights continued immiseration of British workers

By Simon Whelan, 19 August 2016

According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, millions of British workers and their families are sinking below the poverty line despite being employed.

Australian prime minister appeals for bipartisan budget cuts

By Mike Head, 19 August 2016

There is mounting concern in ruling circles that Turnbull’s government has failed to impose the required austerity agenda.

Australia: Greens select former military intelligence officer as parliamentarian

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2016 ABD seçimlerindeki asıl meseleler

Patrick Martin, 19 Ağustos 2016

Yalnızca tek bir kampanya işçi sınıfına ve gençliğe gerçek bir alternatif sunmaktadır: Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (SEP) ve onun başkan adayı Jerry White ve başkan yardımcısı adayı Niles Niemuth. SEP’in kampanyası, üç temel ilkeye dayanan sosyalist bir perspektif ileri sürüyor.

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L’inquiétude monte à Washington sur les actions russo-iraniennes en Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 19 août 2016

L'utilisation par les bombardiers russes de bases iraniennes pour attaquer des cibles en Syrie a provoqué des protestations et des avertissements officielles des États-Unis que la politique de Washington est en train de créer une crise stratégique.

Après une bagarre dans la ville de Sisco, La France lance une campagne pour interdire le burkini

Par Kumaran Ira, 19 août 2016

Prenant comme excuse une bagarre ethnique, l’establishment politique français accuse hystériquement les femmes musulmanes portant des burkinis de la promotion du terrorisme.

Le ministre de la Défense du Canada fait une tournée en Afrique pour préparer le terrain à des interventions militaires

Par Roger Jordan, 19 août 2016

Le ministre canadien de la Défense Harjit Sajjan a confirmé lundi que le gouvernement libéral de Justin Trudeau annoncera bientôt un important déploiement militaire du Canada dans un ou plusieurs pays africains.

Berlin: « La guerre n’est jamais la solution »

Par nos correspondants, 19 août 2016

Le Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Parti de l’Egalité sociale, PSG) a placé la lutte contre la guerre au centre de sa campagne électorale pour la Chambre des députés de Berlin.

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Die US-Wahlen von 2016 und die Krise der amerikanischen Demokratie

Von Joseph Kishore, 19. August 2016

In den US-Präsidentschaftswahlen von 2016 erreichen die Probleme der extremen sozialen Ungleichheit, der unaufhörlichen Kriege und der anhaltenden Krise des amerikanischen Kapitalismus einen neuen Höhepunkt.

Russisch-iranisches Vorgehen in Syrien sorgt für wachsende Unruhe in Washington

Von Bill Van Auken, 19. August 2016

Washington protestiert gegen die Angriffe russischer Bomber von iranischen Stützpunkten auf Ziele in Syrien. Das Verhalten der USA könnte zu einer Krise von strategischem Ausmaß führen.

Berlinwahl 2016
PSG diskustiert mit türkischen Arbeitern in Berlin

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 19. August 2016

Im Zentrum der Diskussionen auf dem Crellemarkt stand der Putschversuch vom 15. Juli in der Türkei.

Berlin: Rechtsradikale Gesinnung bei Flüchtlingsheimbetreiber

Von Verena Nees, 19. August 2016

Die Chefs von Pewobe, einer Betreibergesellschaft für Flüchtlingsheime, hetzten im E-Mail-Verkehr in rechtsradikaler Sprache gegen Flüchtlinge.

Spekulation auf Internationalen Anleihemärkten nimmt zu

Von Nick Beams, 19. August 2016

Die Entscheidung der Bank of England zu einer Fortführung der „quantitativen Lockerung“ hat zu weiteren Finanzspekulationen geführt, während sich die reale wirtschaftliche Lage verschlechtert.

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“Human rights” propaganda campaign paves way for military escalation in Syria

19 August 2016

The saturation of the airwaves and the press with images of a five-year-old child in Aleppo should be taken as a warning that Washington is preparing public opinion for a major military escalation.

Earlier Perspectives »


The pseudo-left and identity politics: RIO solidarizes itself with “Gina-Lisa” and promotes law and order

By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2016

As opposition to social inequality and war continues to grow, pseudo-left organizations are using identity politics to advocate increased state powers.

Spain faces third general election in one year

By James Lerner, 18 August 2016

After brawl in town of Sisco, France launches campaign to ban burkini

By Kumaran Ira, 18 August 2016

Egyptian dictator el-Sisi secures IMF loan and prepares onslaught against working class

By Jean Shaoul, 18 August 2016

The Louisiana flooding—a failure of American capitalism

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

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

SEP 2016 US Election Campaign

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

19 August 2016

This statement was given in response to the ongoing assault on Yemen by Saudi Arabia, including the destruction of a Doctors Without Borders Hospital this week.

SEP campaigns in Leechburg and Brackenridge, Pennsylvania

By Evan Winters, 18 August 2016

ATI workers speak to SEP campaigners

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

17 August 2016

More on the SEP 2016 US election campaign »

SEP (Germany) Election Campaign

“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

1 August 2016

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

19 August 2016

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

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

More on the 2016 US elections »

Arts Review

The Score of War: A haunting documentary film on Ukraine

By Bernd Reinhardt, 17 August 2016

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


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.

Socialist Equality Party

After Brexit: The struggle for socialism in Britain

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2016