21 October 2017

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

By Alex Lantier, 21 October 2017

EU heads of state applauded Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy’s moves to impose dictatorial rule in Catalonia because they are preparing similar attacks on the working class across Europe.

French president Macron and ex-left Cohn-Bendit advocate a militarily strong Europe at Frankfurt Book Fair

Juncker’s State of the EU speech: Europe readies for war with the world

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Spanish Socialist Party demands new elections in Catalonia

By Paul Mitchell, 21 October 2017

The Spanish Socialist Party is working closely with Spain’s right-wing government to extra-legally oust the current regional government in Catalonia.

Spanish government vows to impose military-backed regime in Catalonia

200,000 protest jailing of Catalonian nationalist leaders in Barcelona

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

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Detroit area Ford worker dies in apparent suicide at stamping factory

By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2017

A young part-time temporary worker at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping Plant who was facing disciplinary charges apparently took his own life Friday.

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

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

By Gabriel Black, 21 October 2017

The resolution helps procedurally prepare for the passage of a dramatic cut in taxes for business and for the financial elite.

US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to Congress: Pass tax cuts or markets will tank

By Nick Beams, 21 October 2017

Mnuchin’s Politico interview is an unwitting admission that the world’s largest economy is dominated by financial parasitism.

Trump’s tax plan: The wish list of the American oligarchy

Pompeo vows that the CIA will become a “much more vicious agency”

By Isaac Finn, 21 October 2017

Pompeo’s statements reflect the sentiments of a large section of the political establishment and intelligence communities.

Trump, Iran and the US drive for world hegemony

White supremacist met by mass protest at University of Florida

By Fred Mazelis, 21 October 2017

Richard Spencer shut down his program 30 minutes ahead of schedule after confronting opponents who vastly outnumbered neo-fascists in the audience.

Alabama man raises arms, grimaces as state puts him to death by lethal injection

By Shelley Connor, 21 October 2017

Some pharmacologists have suggested that as many as one in four executions where midazolam is used are botched.

Robert Pruett, first imprisoned at age 16, executed in Texas despite questions about evidence

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Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia murdered in Malta

By Richard Tyler, 21 October 2017

Galizia was well known for her exposures of corruption and criminality at the top of Maltese politics and business.

Right-wing, four-party government formed in the Netherlands

By Derek Bell, 21 October 2017

Mark Rutte of the VVD remains prime minister, but in coalition with three other right-wing parties rather than the Social Democrats, whose vote collapsed.

German Air Force involved in war crimes in Syria

By Philipp Frisch, 21 October 2017

On October 9, the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) resumed operations in Syria and Iraq as part of the US-led coalition against ISIS.

Trudeau exploits Edmonton attack to lay groundwork for anti-refugee measures

By Laurent Lafrance, 21 October 2017

Aping the chauvinist hard-right, Trudeau is claiming that the Edmonton attack indicates Canada’s refugee system needs to be made more restrictive.

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

By Ben McGrath, 21 October 2017

By blaming Pyongyang for the current crisis, the JCP is effectively lining up behind Japan’s ruling elite and the US in their confrontation with North Korea and China.

Japan’s Democrats found new party to posture as opponents of remilitarization

Japan’s new Party of Hope releases right-wing populist election platform

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Australian university union blocks debate at WSU stopwork rally

By our correspondents, 21 October 2017

Trade union enterprise agreements have been the vehicle for facilitating all the government-employer attacks on university staff and students.

Western Sydney University workers denounce cuts to jobs and conditions

By our correspondents, 21 October 2017

Academics and other campus workers condemn the worsening conditions for university staff and students.

Australian university unions divide opposition to sell-out deals

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El Gobierno español se compromete a imponer nuevo régimen en Cataluña respaldado por el ejército

Por Alex Lantier, 21 octubre 2017

El consejo de ministros español se reunirá para preparar la aplicación del artículo 155 y suspender la autonomía regional catalana después del referéndum independista del primero de octubre.

Trump, John Kelly y la tormenta de los medios de información sobre la “falta de respeto” a las tropas

Por Patrick Martin, 21 octubre 2017

Las palabras de Trump a la viuda del sargento La David Johnson no fueron una aberración, sino una cruda expresión de la frialdad de la élite gobernante estadounidense.

Google intensifica la lista negra de sitios web y periodistas de izquierdas

Por Andre Damon, 21 octubre 2017

En una expansión de gran alcance de sus pasos para censurar el Internet, Google ha puesto en la lista negra sitios web y periodistas de izquierdas desde su nueva plataforma de agregador.

La cifra estimada de muertes en Puerto Rico por el huracán María aumenta a 450

Por Rafael Azul, 21 octubre 2017

En medio de un encubrimiento sistemático de la verdadera magnitud de la devastación causada por huracán Maria, Trump calificó la respuesta de la administración a la catástrofe como un “10” de 10.

Detrás de la crisis de los opioides: Los Republicanos y Obama facilitaron el asesinato empresarial

Por Patrick Martin, 21 octubre 2017

Una investigación conjunta de “60 Minutes” y el Washington Post descubrió que los demócratas y republicanos en Washington cumplieron las órdenes de las gigantes distribuidoras de medicamentos responsables de alimentar la crisis de los opioides.

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Le gouvernement espagnol jure d’imposer un régime appuyé sur l’armée en Catalogne

Par Alex Lantier, 21 octobre 2017

Les ministres espagnols se rencontreront aujourd’hui pour se préparer à invoquer l’article 155 et suspendre l’autonomie régionale de la Catalogne après le référendum sur l’indépendance du 1ᵉʳ octobre.

Google renforce la mise sur liste noire des sites Web et des journalistes de gauche

Par Andre Damon, 21 octobre 2017

Dans une expansion généralisée de ses mesures visant à censurer Internet, Google a supprimé les principaux sites web et journalistes de gauche de sa plate-forme d’agrégation d’articles d’informations, Goggle News.

Les opérations militaires américaines et européennes en Afrique de l’Ouest préparent une guerre plus large

Par Eddie Haywood, 21 octobre 2017

La volonté de contrôler les gisements d’uranium, de pétrole et d’autres minerais de la région sous-tend les opérations des forces américaines, françaises et allemandes en Afrique de l’Ouest.

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Spanische Regierung kündigt Einsetzung eines Militärregimes in Katalonien an

Alex Lantier, 21. Oktober 2017

Nach dem katalanischen Unabhängigkeitsreferendum am 1. Oktober bereiten sich Spaniens Minister darauf vor, Artikel 155 der Verfassung anzuwenden, um die Selbstverwaltung der Region auszusetzen.

Google verschärft Zensur gegen linke Websites und Journalisten

Andre Damon, 21. Oktober 2017

Der Google-Konzern hat seine Zensur des Internets drastisch ausgedehnt und führende linke Websites und Journalisten von seiner Nachrichten-Website Google News verbannt.

Autonomie-Referendum in Norditalien

Marianne Arens, 21. Oktober 2017

Mit den Volksabstimmungen in der Lombardei und in Venetien will die Lega Nord kleinbürgerliche Schichten für ihr rechtes Programm mobilisieren.

“Lenin” in der Berliner Schaubühne: Zwei Stunden Schmutz

Peter Schwarz, 21. Oktober 2017

In der Berliner Schaubühne fand am 19. Oktober die Uraufführung von „Lenin“ des Schweizer Autors Milo Rau statt.

Dortmund: Bewohner des Hochhauskomplexes Hannibal für zwei Jahre evakuiert

Dietmar Henning, 21. Oktober 2017

„Hannibal“ wurde vor 35 Jahren durch die kommunale Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Dogewo erbaut und 2004 vom SPD-Stadtrat an einen Spekulanten verkauft.

Tom Henehan (1951-1977): Das Leben eines Revolutionärs
Zum 40. Jahrestag des Mordes an Tom Henehan

David North, 21. Oktober 2017

Der 16. Oktober markierte den 40. Jahrestag der Ermordung von Tom Henehan, einem Mitglied des Politischen Komitees der Workers League – der Vorgängerorganisation der Socialist Equality Party in den USA. Wir veröffentlichen hier erneut eine Würdigung Henehans von David North aus dem Jahre 1997.

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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.

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Perspective

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

21 October 2017

Confrontation is inevitable as US imperialism regards China as the chief challenge to its global hegemony, and Chinese capitalism strains against the restrictions of the current world order.

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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.

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

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

By our reporter, 21 October 2017

The audience listened attentively to a wide-ranging presentation lasting more than 80 minutes, which was welcomed with warm applause.

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

By Barry Grey, 17 October 2017

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)

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

Commentary

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.”

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

By Genevieve Leigh, 19 October 2017

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

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

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras embraces Trump

By Alex Lantier, 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

By Eric London

Google Censorship

The conspiracy to censor the Internet

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 18 October 2017

US intelligence agencies, media outlets and Democratic Party operatives are turning the witch-hunt against Russia into the justification for a far-reaching attack on free speech.

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

“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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Auto Workers’ Struggles

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

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Workers Struggles

South Korean media workers continue strike
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

21 October 2017

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

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

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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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“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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