21 November 2017

White House demands budget cuts to pay for US hurricane relief

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2017

The letter to Congress from Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is an ultimatum that the working class pay for the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas through cuts in an array of domestic social programs.

Trump designates North Korea as state sponsor of terrorism

By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2017

Trump’s decision is another step towards a catastrophic war that would not only kill millions on the Korean Peninsula but could potentially draw in major powers such as China and Russia.

Google announces moves to censor RT and Sputnik

By Trévon Austin, 21 November 2017

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, announced that Google will create algorithms designed to “de-rank” web sites such as RT and Sputnik.

US brands RT a “foreign agent:” A chilling move against free speech

Anti-Russia hearings in the US:
Lawmakers demand tech companies censor journalists and conduct mass surveillance

More on Google Censorship »

“Sexual harassment” witch-hunt claims Jeffrey Tambor, Charlie Rose as latest victims

By Barry Grey, 21 November 2017

Allegations are followed by immediate dismissal and removal from shows.

Amanda Hess and Manohla Dargis on the Weinstein-Spacey-Louis C.K. affairs
Viciousness and ignorance: New York Times columnists on the rampage

How not to fight Judge Roy Moore

May a word be spoken on behalf of Kevin Spacey?

Zimbabwe: Defying calls to step down, Mugabe faces impeachment

By Eddie Haywood, 21 November 2017

The Zimbabwean military appears anxious to avoid its intervention provoking any popular movement among the masses.

Zimbabwe: Factional warfare continues after Mugabe fails to resign

Defeat of ISIS in last stronghold signals new stage of US war in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2017

Syrian government troops, backed by Iraqi and Lebanese Shia militia forces, routed ISIS from its last stronghold near the Iraqi border.

US steps up aid to Saudi Arabia’s slaughter in Yemen

More on the war drive in the Middle East »

Crisis erupts as Turkey is labelled a hostile power in NATO military exercise

By Halil Celik, 21 November 2017

Ankara has demanded apologies after NATO technicians labelled the Turkish president an “enemy collaborator” and the founder of the Republic of Turkey a “hostile leader.”

Access to selective US universities reserved for the wealthy

By Michael Anders, 21 November 2017

A new report from New America think tank shows the restriction of access to higher education for students from working class families over the past two decades.

The government attack on US college students

US Steel and Indiana authorities covered up chemical dumping near Lake Michigan

By Jessica Goldstein, 21 November 2017

A lawsuit brought by students at the University of Chicago charges US Steel with dumping chromium into Lake Michigan, following a spill which dumped hundreds of pounds of a toxic compound.

12,000 Sears workers laid off as Canadian retailer liquidates operations

By Carl Bronski, 21 November 2017

Sears Canada workers will receive not a single cent in severance pay from a company that provided $1.4 billion in special payments to its owners over the past decade.

Chile’s elections marked by voter abstention and growth of both the pseudo-left and fascistic right

By Andrea Lobo, 21 November 2017

Most Chileans refrained from voting, while the billionaire, far-right candidate Sebastián Piñera failed to get the majority he needed to avoid a second round.

Letter from welfare advice worker on introduction of Universal Credit benefits
UK claimants deeply anxious, even suicidal, due to welfare sanctions

By our correspondent, 21 November 2017

The World Socialist Web Site received this submission on the introduction of Universal Credit in the UK from a welfare advice worker.

Campaign continues over “Chinese influence” in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 21 November 2017

The aim of stirring up paranoia over China is to pressure the incoming government to further align itself with Washington’s drive to war.

Sri Lanka: Racialist attack on Muslims in Gintota

By Ratnasiri Malalagama and Nandana Nanneththi, 21 November 2017

Extreme-right Sinhala-Buddhist groups are operating under the patronage of the Sri Lankan government.

New in Russian

Кремль со страхом и враждебностью встречает столетие Октябрьской революции

Клара Вайс, 21 ноября 2017 г.

Напуганная возникновением революционного движения рабочего класса, российская правящая элита встретила столетие Октябрьской революции 1917 года, фальсифицируя борьбу за социализм и ведя нападки на революцию с крайне правых позиций.

New in Spanish

El líder de los atentados terroristas de Barcelona era un informante de la inteligencia española

Por Alex Lantier, 21 noviembre 2017

El líder terrorista era aparentemente un “viejo conocido” de las fuerzas de seguridad, que lo protegían debido a sus vínculos con Al Qaeda y el Estado Islámico.

Casi 200 millones de personas son esclavos modernos o hacen trabajo infantil

Por Trévon Austin, 21 noviembre 2017

Según un nuevo estudio de la Organización de Naciones Unidas, cerca de uno de cada diez niños realizan trabajo infantil y casi la mitad de ellos realiza “trabajo peligroso”.

New in French

Les États-Unis augmentent leur aide au massacre saoudien au Yémen

Par Bill Van Auken, 21 novembre 2017

Washington lance une série de nouvelles politiques visant à renforcer l’armée saoudienne dans le cadre d’un siège du Yémen qui pourrait coûter la vie à des millions de personnes.

Le meneur de l’attaque terroriste de Barcelone était un informateur des renseignements espagnol

Par Alex Lantier, 21 novembre 2017

Le chef des terroristes était apparemment une « vieille connaissance » des forces de sécurité, qui le protégeaient en raison de ses liens avec Al-Qaïda et l’État islamique.

Zimbabwe : La guerre de faction se poursuit après que Mugabe refuse d’annoncer sa démission

Par Chris Marsden, 21 novembre 2017

Le dirigeant de l’Association des vétérans de guerre a appuyé sa menace de faire destituer Mugabe s’il ne quittait pas ses fonctions à midi aujourd’hui, en avertissant que l’armée laisserait passer une attaque contre lui s’il refusait de s’en aller.

New in German

Politische Krise in Berlin

Peter Schwarz, 21. November 2017

Das Scheitern der Koalitionsverhandlungen hat nicht nur eine tiefe Krise in Berlin ausgelöst, es kennzeichnet auch einen Wendepunkt der deutschen und der europäischen Politik.

Fast 200 Millionen Menschen sind moderne Sklaven oder verrichten Kinderarbeit

Trévon Austin, 21. November 2017

Laut einem Bericht der Vereinten Nationen verrichten zehn Prozent aller Kinder weltweit Kinderarbeit. Fast die Hälfte davon ist mit „gefährlichen Tätigkeiten“ beschäftigt.

NSU-Prozess: Nebenkläger kritisieren Bundesanwaltschaft und Verfassungsschutz

Justus Leicht und Dietmar Henning, 21. November 2017

Beim NSU-Prozess vor dem Oberlandesgericht in München halten nun die Nebenkläger, die Anwälte der Opfer und ihrer Angehörigen, ihre Schlussplädoyers.

USA weiten Unterstützung für Saudi-Arabiens Massaker im Jemen aus

Bill Van Auken, 21. November 2017

Während Saudi-Arabien mit seiner Belagerung des Jemen Millionen Menschenleben gefährdet, verstärkt Washington seine Hilfe für das saudische Militär.

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Perspective

Political crisis in Berlin as coalition talks for German government fail

21 November 2017

The failure of the coalition talks has triggered a deep crisis in Berlin and marks a turning point in German and European politics.

Earlier Perspectives »

Book Review

The Republic For Which It Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896
Ida B. Wells, democratic rights, and lynch mob sexual assault accusations against African-Americans

By Eric London, 21 November 2017

The fight for the democratic rights of black men accused of rape is an essential issue highlighted by Richard White in his 941-page history of the post-Civil War period.

Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House
An insider’s view of the crisis-ridden Democratic Party

By Andre Damon, 20 November 2017

Featured Video

Democrats can't stop talking about Russia, but what they're really afraid of is domestic social opposition.

Arts review

Leonardo painting auctioned for $450 million

By Sandy English, 21 November 2017

Earlier this month, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci was auctioned off at Christie’s in New York for $450 million, the highest price ever paid for a work of art.

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Leaders of the Russian Revolution
Nikolai Muralov (1877-1937)
Part One: Early years through the Civil War

By Clara Weiss, 21 November 2017

As part of the celebration of the centenary of the October Revolution in 1917, the World Socialist Web Site is publishing a series of profiles of leaders of the Russian Revolution.

This week in the Russian Revolution
November 20-26: Bolsheviks expose imperialist carve-up of the Middle East

20 November 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Large turnout for New York City meeting on the contemporary significance of the Russian Revolution

By our reporters, 18 November 2017

The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics

By David North, 13 November 2017

We are publishing here the text of a lecture delivered on Saturday, November 11 by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party of the US. The audio for the lecture is embedded in the text.

On the Centenary of the October Revolution

By David North, 7 November 2017

Arts Review

Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049: A dreary future

By Carlos Delgado, 20 November 2017

The death of rapper Lil Peep and the tragedy of youth

Workers Struggles

Ontario government orders college teachers back to work
Workers Struggles: The Americas

21 November 2017

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

Commentary

Nearly 200 million are modern slaves or child laborers

By Trévon Austin, 20 November 2017

First round of trials begin for 194 charged in anti-Trump inauguration day protests

By E.P. Milligan, 20 November 2017

The US tax bill: A massive handout to the financial elite

Louisiana man wrongfully convicted of rape leaves prison after nearly 46 years

Democrats’ neo-McCarthyism echoes red-baiting attacks on civil rights movement of the 1950s

Autoworkers Struggles

“It’s like organized crime”
Detroit Manufacturing Systems and the new face of auto parts production

By Nick Rodriguez, 17 November 2017

“We have to make sure Jacoby Hennings didn’t die in vain”
Workers denounce scourge of suicides inside US auto plants

By Jerry White, 15 November 2017

Death of Jacoby Hennings highlights UAW collusion with auto companies

Another decisive repudiation
Ohio auto glass workers vote 2-1 against the UAW

More on auto worker struggles »

Google Censorship

Socialist Equality Party holds meeting on Google censorship at Manchester Metropolitan University

By our reporters, 15 November 2017

The conspiracy to censor the Internet

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 18 October 2017

The elites “have no credibility left:” An interview with journalist Chris Hedges

An open letter to Google: Stop the censorship of the Internet! Stop the political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site!

25 August 2017

Google escalates blacklisting of left-wing web sites and journalists

Sign the petition and share it as widely as possible through email, online forums, and social media.

Watch: Stop online censorship!

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IYSSE

International Youth and Students for Social Equality launches new website

6 November 2017

The IYSSE’s newly designed website includes an updated Statement of Principles for its US section. We urge all youth and students to join the IYSSE and take up the fight for socialism.

International Amazon Workers Voice

House to vote on giving Amazon $53 billion deal to become main Pentagon supplier

By Evan Blake, 11 November 2017

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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