20 October 2017

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.

The conspiracy to censor the Internet

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

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

By Rafael Azul, 20 October 2017

Amidst a systematic cover-up of the true scale of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, Trump declared yesterday that the response of the US government was a “10.”

Deaths caused by Leptospirosis reported in Puerto Rico

President Trump threatens to pull the plug on Puerto Rico

Trump, John Kelly and the media firestorm over “disrespecting” the troops

By Patrick Martin, 20 October 2017

Trump’s comments to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson were not an aberration, but a crude expression of the callousness of the US ruling elite.

US and European military operations in West Africa set the stage for broader war

By Eddie Haywood, 20 October 2017

Underpinning the operations of American, French and German forces in West Africa is the desire to control the region's deposits of uranium, minerals and oil.

Why is the US at war in West Africa?

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

By Tom Pearce, 20 October 2017

London has 32 boroughs, of which just 21 answered a survey on the cost of planned remedial safety work.

UK government refuses funds for unsafe tower blocks post-Grenfell

Talks on forming German coalition government begin

By Peter Schwarz, 20 October 2017

A “Jamaica coalition” would intensify austerity policies throughout Europe, press ahead with the militarisation of the EU and adopt the Alternative for Germany’s anti-refugee policy.

Power struggle in leadership of Germany’s Left Party

Right-wing nationalists hand power to New Zealand Labour

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 20 October 2017

The Labour Party’s coalition with New Zealand First is tasked with aligning with Washington against China and imposing deeper austerity measures.

Australia: Glencore steps up provocations against locked-out miners

By Terry Cook, 20 October 2017

The giant company is seeking to force through an enterprise agreement that slashes pay and working conditions.

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Primer ministro griego Tsipras da su afecto a Trump

Por Alex Lantier, 20 octubre 2017

La declaración de Tsipras de que comparte “valores comunes” con Trump no sólo expone a Syriza, sino a todos los partidos “izquierdistas” de la clase media a nivel internacional que la promovieron.

200.000 protestan por el encarcelamiento de líderes nacionalistas catalanes en Barcelona

Por Paul Mitchell, 20 octubre 2017

El encarcelamiento de Jordi Sánchez y Jordi Cuixart marca los primeros encarcelamientos de presos políticos españoles desde el final de la dictadura fascista del general Francisco Franco.

Washington amenaza con escalar sanciones tras elecciones regionales en Venezuela

Por Andrea Lobo, 20 octubre 2017

En respuesta a la derrota de la oposición respaldada por EUA, Washington se está preparando para empujar a Venezuela fuera del borde del impago.

Trump apela a fundamentalistas y fascistas

Por Patrick Martin, 20 octubre 2017

El corazón del discurso de Trump fue alardear que su gobierno estaba dando marcha atrás al progreso social logrado desde la década de 1950.

Las acciones de la industria militar se disparan en medio de una creciente amenaza de guerra

Por Gabriel Black, 20 octubre 2017

Aunque se están recortando los servicios sociales básicos, la élite gobernante está bombeando cientos de miles de millones de dólares hacia maneras más sofisticadas de matar gente.

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Tsipras huldigt Trump

Alex Lantier, 20. Oktober 2017

Tsipras' Aussage, er und Trump würden „gemeinsame Werte“ teilen, entlarvt nicht nur Syriza, sondern auch alle anderen kleinbürgerlichen pseudolinken Parteien weltweit, die sie unterstützt haben.

Rajoy kündigt Zwangsverwaltung für Katalonien an

Paul Mitchell, 20. Oktober 2017

Am morgigen Samstag soll das Kabinett in Madrid beraten, welche Maßnahmen notwendig sind, um Artikel 155 der spanischen Verfassung gegen die massive Opposition in Katalonien durchzusetzen.

Sondierungen für Jamaika-Bündnis haben begonnen

Peter Schwarz, 20. Oktober 2017

Eine Jamaika-Koalition würde die Austeritätspolitik in ganz Europa verschärfen, die Militarisierung der EU vorantreiben und in der Innen- und Flüchtlingspolitik das Programm der AfD übernehmen.

Deutsche Luftwaffe wieder an Kriegsverbrechen in Syrien beteiligt

Philipp Frisch, 20. Oktober 2017

Seit mehr als einer Woche liefern deutsche Tornados wieder Zielkoordinaten für die Luftangriffe der US-geführten Koalition in Syrien, die hunderte zivile Opfer fordern.

50 Jahre seit dem Mord an Che Guevara
Plus die Wiederveröffentlichung des Vortrags „Fidel Castro und kleinbürgerlich nationalistische Politik“

Bill Van Auken, 20. Oktober 2017

Ein halbes Jahrhundert nach dem Mord an dem Guerillaführer in Bolivien nutzen mehrere politische Strömungen den Jahrestag, um ihrer reaktionären Politik einen linken Deckmantel umzuhängen.

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Perspective

Spanish government vows to impose military-backed regime in Catalonia

20 October 2017

Spanish ministers will meet tomorrow to prepare to invoke Article 155 and suspend Catalan regional self-rule after the region's October 1 independence referendum.

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Commentary

Political lessons of the Australian car industry closure

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 October 2017

The shutdowns are the end product of a decades-long restructuring of car manufacturing, spearheaded by Labor and the trade unions.

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras embraces Trump

By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2017

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

By Genevieve Leigh, 19 October 2017

200,000 protest jailing of Catalonian nationalist leaders in Barcelona

By Paul Mitchell, 19 October 2017

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

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

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 19 October 2017

US admiral must “imagine the unimagined:” All-out war with North Korea

Far-right Trump ally Thomas Barrack negotiating to buy Weinstein Company

Auto Workers’ Struggles

The Canadian split from the UAW—Lessons for today

By Carl Bronski, 20 October 2017

The defeat of the CAMI strike attests to the failure of the nationalist strategy that Unifor and its predecessor, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union, have pursued since splitting from the United Auto Workers in 1985.

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

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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 displays consider the Russian Revolution, US entry into World War I and the Balfour Declaration’s support for a Zionist homeland in Palestine.

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

Google Censorship

“Google is censoring websites to block dissident views critical of the US establishment”
India: Students and workers in Kolkata oppose Google censorship

By Ritwik Mitter and Arun Kumar, 19 October 2017

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!

The new McCarthyism and the suppression of political dissent

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

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

By Barry Grey, 17 October 2017

We are publishing here the text of a lecture delivered Saturday, October 14, by Barry Grey, the US national editor of the World Socialist Web Site. Watch the lecture online.

The next lecture in the Russian Revolution Centenary Online Lecture Series is this Saturday, October 21, at 5:00 pm EDT. Tom Carter will be speaking on, "On the Eve of Revolution: The Bolshevik Party, Factory Committees, and the Mass Movement of the Working Class." For more information and to register for the series, visit wsws.org/1917.

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

This week in the Russian Revolution
October 16-22: Trotsky leads Bolsheviks out of Pre-Parliament

16 October 2017

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

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

New from Mehring Books
Why Study the Russian Revolution?
Volume I: The February Revolution and the Development of Bolshevik Strategy

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

20 October 2017

The airline filed for bankruptcy in August in the face of continuing heavy losses, threatening some 8,000 jobs.

The Grenfell Tower fire

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.

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

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

Price gouging at Amazon and the case for public ownership

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“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

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