23 October 2017

Spain annuls Catalan self-government, prepares military rule from Madrid

By Alex Lantier, 23 October 2017

Madrid’s claim, supported explicitly by the EU, that military rule is the only possible response to the Catalan independence referendum is an absurd lie, drenched in imperialist hypocrisy.

EU summit endorses Spain’s threat of police-military occupation of Catalonia

Spanish Socialist Party demands new elections in Catalonia

After Madrid’s violent crackdown:
An independent class strategy for the Spanish and Catalan working class!

More on the crisis in Spain »

US threatens Iran after fall of ISIS “capital” of Raqqa

By James Cogan, 23 October 2017

The end of ISIS control has not ended the carnage in Syria and Iraq, but opened up a potentially even bloodier stage.

Ruling LDP maintains two-thirds majority in Japanese election

By Ben McGrath, 23 October 2017

While the media is declaring Abe’s victory a mandate for his policies, the low turnout points to widespread alienation from the political establishment.

Japan’s Stalinists seek to head off anti-war movement ahead of election

More on the Japanese elections »

“I think the government is trying to kill us off”
Hundreds line up for free medical care in West Virginia

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 23 October 2017

The free clinic event in Charleston revealed the deep social crisis in the United States, which is largely ignored by the corporate controlled media.

Bannon attacks Bush and McCain, highlighting crisis within Republican Party

By Eric London, 23 October 2017

Republicans booed Bush and McCain and applauded Bannon’s attack at a party gathering in California, signaling growing divisions that threaten to tear apart the Republican Party.

Democrats signal shift to the right for 2018 campaign

By Patrick Martin, 23 October 2017

DNC Chairman Tom Perez nominated a slate of candidates for top party committees that excluded several longtime activists who backed Bernie Sanders against Hillary Clinton.

Senate passes resolution setting stage for $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich

Northern California fire survivors: “It’s shameful they didn’t warn us”

By our reporters, 23 October 2017

Residents in Sonoma County were forced to flee their homes, in the very path of the flames, when officials decided not to activate the cell phone warning system.

Trump’s Department of Justice attempts to block 17-year-old immigrant from getting abortion

By Josh Varlin, 23 October 2017

The government’s arguments against allowing the unaccompanied minor to receive an abortion mirror the notorious Dred Scott decision and presage a further attack on democratic rights.

Right-wing opponent of European Union wins Czech parliamentary election

By Markus Salzmann, 23 October 2017

Twenty-eight years after the so-called velvet revolution, the overwhelming majority of the population has lost all confidence in the country’s bourgeois democratic institutions.

Referendums on autonomy take place in northern Italy

By Marianne Arens, 23 October 2017

After both Maroni and Zaia claimed victory, Maroni said the outcome meant both regions could unite their forces for “the battle of the century.”

Far-right nationalist groups march in Kiev

By Jason Melanovski, 23 October 2017

Recent rallies in Ukraine’s capital point to a growing crisis of the Poroshenko regime.

UK: BAE Systems and Vauxhall to impose mass job losses

By Dennis Moore, 23 October 2017

Job losses at Vauxhall and BAE Systems are among thousands of cuts across the UK as the economy stagnates.

Discovery of dead youth’s body raises specter of forced disappearances in Argentina

By Andrea Lobo, 23 October 2017

The case has created a sense of deep distrust towards the conservative government of President Mauricio Macri and all the official institutions involved.

New Zealand: Official silence over Taylor Preston meatworks death

By John Braddock, 23 October 2017

The ongoing silence serves to protect the legal and financial position of the company at the expense of workers.

New in Turkish

Çin’in önderi “güçlü ulus, güçlü ordu” çağrısı yaptı

Peter Symonds, 23 Ekim 2017

İşçi sınıfının müdahalesinin yokluğunda, Kuzey Kore ve Güney Çin Denizi ya da Asya’daki ve dünya çapındaki çok sayıda başka parlama noktası üzerinden bir çatışma kaçınılmazdır.

Aşırı sağın son zaferinde, neo-faşistler Avusturya seçimlerinde başarı elde etti

Peter Schwarz, 23 Ekim 2017

Kapitalizmin 1930’ların Büyük Bunalım’ından bu yana yaşadığı en derin krize ve artan yeni bir dünya savaşı tehlikesine rağmen, resmi “sol” partiler yenilgiden yenilgiye koşarken, aşırı sağ partiler etki kazanıyor.

Japon Stalinistler seçim öncesinde savaş karşıtı hareketin önünü kesmeye çalışıyorlar

Ben McGrath, 23 Ekim 2017

JCP’nin “komünist” adını korumasının tek nedeni, işçi sınıfının çıkarlarını savunduğu yalanını sürdürmektir.

Hamas, El Fetih ile anlaşmaya vardı

Jean Shaoul, 23 Ekim 2017

Gizlice İsrail ile birlikte çalışan Mısır askeri cuntası, El Fetih’e ve Hamas’a bir “uzlaşma” anlaşması dayattı.

Che Guevara’nın öldürülmesinin 50. Yıldönümü

Bill Van Auken, 23 Ekim 2017

9 Ekim, Arjantin doğumlu gerilla ve 1959 Küba devriminin iki önderinden biri olan Ernesto Che Guevara’nın öldürülmesinin 50. yıldönümüydü.

New in Spanish

El líder de China hace el llamado a una “nación fuerte” y un “ejército fuerte”

Por Peter Symonds, 23 octubre 2017

Una confrontación es inevitable entre un imperialismo estadounidense que percibe a China como su principal obstáculo para la hegemonía global y un capitalismo chino que pone en tensión las restricciones del orden mundial.

Miles continúan sufriendo después de los sismos en México

Por Don Knowland, 23 octubre 2017

Los sismos de septiembre develaron la criminalidad de la oligarquía mexicana y ridiculizan la oda del presidente a la solidaridad nacional.

Pompeo promete que la CIA se convertirá en una "agencia mucho más viciosa"

Por Isaac Finn, 23 octubre 2017

Las declaraciones de Pompeo reflejan los sentimientos de una gran parte del establecimiento político y las agencias de inteligencia.

New in French

Le chef d’État chinois veut une « nation forte » et une « armée forte »

Par Peter Symonds, 23 octobre 2017

Le conflit est inévitable, car l’impérialisme américain considère la Chine comme le principal défi à son hégémonie mondiale, et le capitalisme chinois s’oppose aux restrictions de l’ordre mondial actuel.

Le Parti socialiste espagnol exige de nouvelles élections en Catalogne

Par Paul Mitchell, 23 octobre 2017

Le Parti socialiste espagnol collabore étroitement avec le gouvernement espagnol de droite pour évincer de façon irrégulière l’actuel gouvernement régional en Catalogne.

Marchands de mort: les pharmaceutiques, le Congrès et l’épidémie américaine des opioïdes

Par Genevieve Leigh, 23 octobre 2017

Une enquête récente menée par le Washington Post et «60 Minutes» a exposé la complicité des grandes entreprises pharmaceutiques et des partis démocrate et républicain dans la pire épidémie de drogues de l’histoire des États-Unis.

New in German

Rechte EU-Gegner gewinnen tschechische Parlamentswahl

Markus Salzmann, 23. Oktober 2017

Die Wahl in der Tschechischen Republik hat zu einem scharfen Rechtsruck geführt. Die Aktion unzufriedener Bürger (ANO) des Multimilliardärs Andrej Babiš, der auch als „tschechischer Trump“ bezeichnet wird, erzielte mit knapp 30 Prozent einen Erdrutschsieg.

Der chinesische Präsident fordert eine „starke Nation“ mit einer „starken Armee“

Peter Symonds, 23. Oktober 2017

Der Konflikt mit den USA ist vorprogrammiert, denn der US-Imperialismus betrachtet China als größte Bedrohung seiner globalen Hegemonie, und der chinesische Kapitalismus fordert die bestehende Weltordnung heraus.

EU-Gipfel unterstützt Spaniens geplantes Polizei- und Militärregime in Katalonien

Alex Lantier, 23. Oktober 2017

Die EU-Regierungschefs unterstützen die Ankündigung des spanischen Ministerpräsidenten Rajoy, in Katalonien eine diktatorische Herrschaft zu errichten, weil sie selbst ähnliche Angriffe auf die europäische Arbeiterklasse vorbereiten.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в русской революции
9–15 октября: Ленин усиливает кампанию за восстание

20 октября 2017 г.

Троцкий стоит во главе Петроградского Совета, большевики располагают растущим большинством в других Советах, — большевики теперь являются самой влиятельной партией русской революции. Однако в руководстве партии возникли существенные разногласия относительно того, каким курсом следует идти дальше.

Other Languages

Perspective

The US lurches toward military dictatorship

23 October 2017

Gen. John Kelly’s militarist diatribe at a White House press briefing laid bare an open secret of American politics: behind the façade of democratic rule, the United States increasingly resembles a military dictatorship.

Earlier Perspectives »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
October 23-29: Bolshevik Central Committee votes for armed insurrection

23 October 2017

In an all-night secret meeting at an apartment in Petrograd’s Vyborg District on October 23, Lenin, joined by Trotsky, secures a majority vote in the Bolshevik Central Committee in favor of armed insurrection.

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Click the image above to listen to the lecture, “On the Eve of Revolution: The Bolshevik Party, Factory Committees, and the Mass Movement of the Working Class .” The next lecture in the Russian Revolution Centenary Online Lecture Series is this Saturday, October 28, at 5:00 pm EDT. Chris Marsden will speak on, “Lessons of October: The Political Crisis within the Bolshevik Party on the Eve of the Seizure of Power.” For more information and to register for the series, visit wsws.org/1917.

From the July Days to the Kornilov coup: Lenin’s The State and Revolution

Australian Senate formally denounces commemorations of the Russian Revolution

By Nick Beams, 23 October 2017

A resolution introduced by right-wing Senator Cory Bernardi underscores the fear in ruling circles of the shift to the left among wide layers of the world’s population, especially young people.

David North delivers address on Russian Revolution at University of St Andrews, Scotland

By our reporter, 21 October 2017

WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh in Chicago on October 24
Public meeting: What the Russian Revolution meant for modern art and culture

19 October 2017

Leaders of the Russian Revolution
Leon Trotsky on Yakov Sverdlov (March 1925)

Interview

“This anti-Russian campaign is horrible”: An interview with antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan

By David Walsh, 23 October 2017

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq in 2004, has had many bitter experiences with the Democratic Party.

Google Censorship

Over 5,000 sign WSWS petition against Google blacklisting

By Trévon Austin, 23 October 2017

The broad and passionate response from workers, students and youth in the United States and internationally is indicative of widespread opposition to censorship and attacks on democratic rights.

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

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

Watch: Stop online censorship!

Commentary

Chinese leader calls for “strong nation” and “strong military”

By Peter Symonds, 21 October 2017

The new McCarthyism and the suppression of political dissent

More on Google Censorship »

Estimated death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria rises to 450

By Rafael Azul, 20 October 2017

Merchants of Death: The pharmaceuticals, Congress and the US opioid epidemic

The Australian marriage equality survey: An exercise in political division and diversion

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras embraces Trump

Featured Commentary

Gen. Kelly’s tirade and the threat of dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 21 October 2017

The callous and reactionary response of the Trump White House to the anguish of the family of a US soldier killed in Niger is of a piece with the deep-going militarization of the US government.

Google escalates blacklisting of left-wing web sites and journalists

By Andre Damon, 20 October 2017

In a sweeping expansion of its moves to censor the Internet, Google has blacklisted leading left-wing websites and journalists from its news aggregation platform.

Auto Workers’ Struggles

Detroit area Ford worker dies in apparent suicide at stamping factory

By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2017

Temporary shutdown of GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant signals new threat to auto jobs

Political lessons of the Australian car industry closure

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 October 2017

The Canadian split from the UAW—Lessons for today

By Carl Bronski, 20 October 2017

Unifor imposes new round of concessions
CAMI strike in Canada ends
“We struck for a month and got nothing”

By Carl Bronski and Jerry White, 17 October 2017

No to Unifor-GM blackmail!
Before any ratification vote, CAMI workers must see the full contract and have time to study it

Unifor operative assaults WSWS reporter at CAMI strike rally

Unifor, the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter and the politics of the CAMI strike

More on auto workers struggles »

Arts Review

Exhibition at American Jewish Historical Society in New York
“1917—How One Year Changed the World”

By Fred Mazelis, 20 October 2017

The genuine achievement of Loving Vincent, and its limitations

By Joanne Laurier, 19 October 2017

An interview with a Loving Vincent painter-animator

Star Trek: Discovery—The latest incarnation of the popular science fiction series

History

Thirty years since Wall Street’s “Black Monday”

By Nick Beams, 19 October 2017

50 years since the murder of Che Guevara
Including a republication of Castroism and the Politics of Petty-Bourgeois Nationalism

The contradictions of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War

The Grenfell Tower fire

Post-Grenfell: More than £400 million needed to make London residential buildings safe

By Tom Pearce, 20 October 2017

Attend meeting of Grenfell Fire Forum in London on Saturday October 21

19 October 2017

The Grenfell Fire Forum is holding the second in a series of regular meetings on the Grenfell Tower fire on October 21 at the Maxilla Hall Social Club, North Kensington, London.

UK government refuses funds for unsafe tower blocks post-Grenfell

Grenfell Fire Forum: Wide-ranging discussion and resolution passed opposing Google censorship

Grenfell Tower fire eyewitnesses: “It’s because of our class—we are the lowest socioeconomic class on the food chain”

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the case for socialism

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Science

Neutron star merger observed through gravitational waves and light

By Don Barrett, 18 October 2017

Observation of gravitational waves wins Nobel Prize in physics

Featured Commentary

Forty years since the assassination of Tom Henehan (1951-1977)
Tom Henehan: A revolutionary life

By David North, 16 October 2017

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Tom Henehan, a member of the Political Committee of the Workers League—the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party in the US. We are republishing here a tribute delivered by David North at a meeting in 1997.

IYSSE

New club procedures at UC Berkeley give police effective veto power over campus events

By Gabriel Black and Joseph Santolan, 17 October 2017

UC Berkeley mobilizes police for “Free Speech Week”

Trump threatens UC Berkeley funding cut after protest against fascistic provocateur

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon workers force company to rehire unjustly fired worker after IAWV exposure

By Samuel Davidson, 10 October 2017

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

Share this video widely! Like and Follow the International Amazon Workers Voice on Facebook

Is $12 an hour a fair wage for Amazon workers?

Price gouging at Amazon and the case for public ownership

Featured Video

For more video content, like and follow us on Facebook

“Dad, mom, the police are here”
ICE rounds up farmworkers applying for work in Michigan

ICE arrests nearly 500 immigrants in raids on “sanctuary cities” across US

More on US immigration »