26 July 2017

Way cleared for bipartisan attack on Medicaid
US Senate votes to open debate on Republican health care legislation

By Kate Randall, 26 July 2017

Despite certain tactical differences, both big business parties are in agreement on unprecedented cuts in health care and the dismantling of the core social programs dating from the 1930s and 1960s.

Protest in London against police killing of Rashan Charles

By Robert Stevens, 26 July 2017

It is already clear from the response of the police and Independent Police Complaints Commission that yet another cover-up of the death of a man in police custody is underway.

Watch: Immigrants die in sealed truck in San Antonio

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Government moves survivors of San Antonio truck trailer disaster to for-profit jail

By Genevieve Leigh, 26 July 2017

Details continue to emerge on the personal stories of the migrants stuck in the back of a hot tractor trailer in San Antonio, which resulted in 10 deaths.

Tenth immigrant dies in Texas trailer atrocity

Immigrant fighting deportation sues Chicago police for falsely labeling him a “gang member”

By Kevin Martinez, 26 July 2017

Luis Vicente Pedrote-Salinas was ordered to leave the US this month but has alleged the CPD falsely listed him in a gang database, costing him the chance at staying.

Wave of immigration raids target youth falsely branded as “criminals”

US accuses China of unsafe mid-air encounter

By Peter Symonds, 26 July 2017

The incident involving a US spy plane and Chinese fighters highlights the acute tensions generated by Washington’s repeated threats to attack North Korea.

Clash between Venezuelan government and opposition raises threat of civil war

By Andrea Lobo, 26 July 2017

The Maduro government has arrested three opposition leaders after their appointment as members of a “parallel” Supreme Court by the opposition-controlled Parliament.

New York governor and mayor trade charges as transit chaos deepens

By Fred Mazelis, 26 July 2017

Mayor Blasio and Governor Cuomo, both Democrats and equally beholden to Wall Street, have no solution to the transport crisis in the US financial and cultural capital.

The roots of the social catastrophe in South Sudan

By Eddie Haywood, 26 July 2017

Triumphal proclamations in 2011 from Western governments that independence would bring peace and democracy to the world’s newest nation have been completely discredited.

Green Party adopts fake “left” posture in New Zealand elections

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 26 July 2017

The Greens are seeking to position themselves to channel deepening popular alienation and opposition with establishment parties back into the parliamentary set-up.

Independent Inquiry Committee holds meeting on Sri Lankan garbage dump collapse

By our correspondent, 26 July 2017

The Independent Workers’ Inquiry called by the SEP will expose the class roots of the Meethotamulla disaster and the culpability of successive governments.

New in Turkish

Maruti Suzuki komplosu ve uluslararası işçi savunma kampanyalarının tarihçesi

Shannon Jones, 26 Temmuz 2017

Maruti Suzuki işçilerinin özgürlüğü, kapitalist mahkemelere bel bağlayarak değil; yalnızca uluslararası işçi sınıfının gücünü harekete geçirerek elde edilebilir.

Alman hükümeti Türkiye ile çatışmayı tırmandırıyor

Johannes Stern, 26 Temmuz 2017

AKP hükümetinin Türkiye’de otoriter bir rejim kurma sürecinde olduğu apaçık ortada. Ancak Alman hükümeti, Ankara’ya “hukukun üstünlüğü ve demokrasi” dersi verecek konumda değildir.

New in French

Les États-Unis gaspillent des milliards de dollars sur un nouveau porte-avions

Par Andre Damon, 26 juillet 2017

Les projets de Donald Trump visant à étendre énormément les dépenses militaires ne feront rien pour compenser le déclin persistant du capitalisme américain, dont son administration est elle-même une manifestation maligne.

Macron annonce une escalade des attaques contre les immigrants en France

Par Athiyan Silva, 26 juillet 2017

Le plan de Macron créerait des groupes d’intervention, intensifierait les contrôles en Méditerranée et renforcerait l’agence frontalière européenne, Frontex.

Royaume-Uni : La municipalité de Kensington et Chelsea a passé des accords pour ne pas construire de logements sociaux

Par Julie Hyland, 26 juillet 2017

Les investigations de la BBC confirment la connivence entre la municipalité, les entreprises de bâtiment et les promoteurs pour faire sortir les familles ouvrières de l’arrondissement.

Une étude montre que les États-Unis ont le pire état de santé et le plus grand écart dans les soins de santé entre les riches et les pauvres

Par Kate Randall, 26 juillet 2017

Aux États-Unis, le revenu détermine l'accès aux soins de santé, la qualité de ces soins et le risque de mourir prématurément.

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Perspective

US Congress overwhelmingly passes sanctions bill targeting Russia

26 July 2017

The new sanctions, combined with measures that restrict the Trump administration’s ability to remove them, expose the essence of the anti-Russia campaign spearheaded by the US intelligence agencies.

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Arts

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk: The outbreak of World War II without history or politics

By David Walsh, 26 July 2017

British director Nolan’s new film is about the famed evacuation of large numbers of British and French troops from northern France in May-June 1940.

Jay-Z’s 4:44: A further display of hubris and self-absorption

American horror film director George Romero (1940–2017)
Including a conversation with film historian Tony Williams

Commentary

As Wall Street demands new auto job cuts, UAW rants against Mexico and China

By Jerry White, 26 July 2017

General Motors has announced plans to reduce production as US automakers prepare a new onslaught on jobs.

German Social Democrats embrace policies of right-wing nationalist AfD

By Peter Schwarz, 26 July 2017

Anyone believing there is a limit to the SPD’s rightward shift in the federal election campaign was disabused of this notion on Sunday. The party is now openly agitating against refugees.

The Australian Education Union’s 2017 campaign of misinformation and censorship

By Susan Allan and Linda Tenenbaum, 26 July 2017

Union officials concealed that the EBA contains the adoption of measures proposed in the “Bracks Review,” which escalate the pro-market agenda now underpinning public education.

US squanders billions on new aircraft carrier

By Andre Damon, 25 July 2017

Congressional Democrats unveil phony “Better Deal” ahead of 2018 midterms

By Josh Varlin, 25 July 2017

India: Stalinist-backed “common opposition” candidate crashes out in presidential election

By Deepal Jayasekera, 25 July 2017

Former US intelligence chiefs urge Congress, executive to defy Trump

Mélenchon hails French army as he launches movement against Macron’s cuts

Socialist Equality Party

SEP public meetings: “Flint and the Grenfell fire: Social crimes against the working class”

26 July 2017

The SEP and the IYSSE are holding public meetings Thursday in Detroit and Flint, Michigan to review the experience of the Grenfell fire tragedy in London and its broader implications for the working class.

UK public meetings:
Grenfell Fire—Social Murder: A crime against the working class

21 July 2017

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand
The Grenfell Tower disaster: A crime against the working class

5 July 2017

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The Grenfell Fire: Vigil held for five-year-old victim

Grenfell residents correct to warn of social cleansing agenda
UK: Kensington and Chelsea Council struck deals to avoid building affordable housing

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Workers Struggles

“We don’t blame Mexico, we blame the company”
Workers denounce layoffs at Indianapolis Carrier plant

By Shelley Connor and Jerry White, 25 July 2017

Harley Davidson to cut 180 jobs at Milwaukee and Kansas City plants

International Amazon Workers Voice

Government gives Amazon millions in free money for Romulus, Michigan warehouse

By Robert Verdine, 25 July 2017

“When they pay a contract worker it’s like they’re giving money to a beggar”
Amazon investing billions in India to extract super profits

By Moses Rajkumar and Sasi Kumar, 21 July 2017

AmazonFresh worker reveals: Amazon illegally keeps workers in a freezer for over two hours at a time

Amazon and the CIA: a match made in hell
Part One: Amazon cashes in on war crimes and mass surveillance

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Science

Evidence of early rice domestication found in southern China

By Philip Guelpa, 25 July 2017

The process of rice domestication by humans involved a range of social and technological adjustments associated with increasing reliance on a particular food source.

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
July 24—July 30: Counterrevolution rears its head

24 July 2017

Following the suppression of the July Insurrection, a “government of national safety” with unlimited repressive powers is announced in Petrograd, with the support of the bourgeois parties and the opportunist parties in the Petrograd Soviet.

From the archives of the Russian Revolution
Trying Days

By Leon Trotsky, 24 July 2017

Professor Sean McMeekin and the construction of a historical lie (Part II)

By David North, 10 July 2017

Professor Sean McMeekin revives discredited anti-Lenin slanders (Part I)

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

History

Fifty years since the Detroit rebellion
Part three: Liberal promises and capitalist reality in “New Detroit”

By Barry Grey, 24 July 2017

The WSWS is posting a three-part series originally published in July of 1987 under the title “Twenty years since the Detroit rebellion.” This is the third and final part. Part one was published on July 21, part two on July 22.

Fifty years since the Detroit rebellion
Part two: The explosion

Fifty years since the Detroit rebellion
Part one: An uprising of the oppressed

Maruti Suzuki

Five years since company-provoked incident used to frame up Maruti Suzuki workers

By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2017

“There is no evidence to prove any charge”
Four months since the frame-up and sentencing of Maruti Suzuki workers in India

By Jerry White, 13 July 2017

The Maruti Suzuki frame-up and the history of international labor defense campaigns

Lawyer for framed up Maruti Suzuki workers: The court “committed violence” to the “principles” of law

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Mehring Books

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Heritage We Defend

By David North, 23 June 2017

A Turkish language edition of The Heritage We Defend by David North will be released next month by Mehring Yayıncılık, the publishing house of the Socialist Equality Group (Toplumsal Esitlik), the Trotskyist organization in Turkey working in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International. The Heritage We Defend was originally published in 1988. We are posting the preface for the Turkish edition written by David North.