21 September 2017

Fears of nuclear war grow after Trump’s threat to annihilate North Korea

By Alex Lantier, 21 September 2017

The ruling elite internationally is in a state of perplexity, terror and denial in the face of the danger that Washington will launch nuclear war.

Australian establishment endorses Trump’s fascistic UN speech

By James Cogan, 21 September 2017

The Turnbull government is stepping forward to serve as an international mouthpiece for Washington.

US initiates plan to blow-up Iran nuclear deal

By Keith Jones, 21 September 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined Washington’s demands for the “renegotiation” of the Iran nuclear accord at a meeting yesterday of its signatories.

Hundreds of riot police descend on peaceful protesters in St. Louis

By Genevieve Leigh and George Gallanis reporting from St. Louis, 21 September 2017

Politicians and the mainstream media were silent Wednesday evening as busloads of heavily armed riot police surrounded hundreds of peaceful protesters in St. Louis.

St. Louis Police declare “We’re in control” as crackdown on protests enters fifth day

More on police violence in America »

Death toll rises in Mexico City earthquake

By Alex González, 21 September 2017

The working class has mobilized to lead rescue efforts through its own self-sacrifice and solidarity.

Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 21 September 2017

The suffering caused by the hurricane was made worse by the absence of any serious official evacuation plan and the lack of resources due to the financial plundering of the US territory

Spanish police raid Catalan government buildings, arrest officials

By Paul Mitchell, 21 September 2017

Powerful sections of the Spanish ruling class are demanding that the Popular Party government crack down harder to block the October 1 Catalan independence referendum.

“What these companies are doing is a new form of slavery”
CAMI strikers determined to resist GM Canada job and wage cuts

By Jerry White and Carl Bronski, 21 September 2017

CAMI workers are fighting to defend their jobs and living standards, while Unifor seeks to tie workers to the Liberal government and Trump's anti-Mexican trade war policies.

CAMI autoworkers locked in fight against GM Canada over jobs and wages

For an international strategy to win the CAMI workers strike

UAW officials laundered Fiat Chrysler bribes through fake charities

By Shannon Jones, 21 September 2017

The latest revelations in the scandal involving funds diverted from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center further underscore the anti-worker character of the UAW.

More on auto workers struggles »

Working men have no country
Interviews from the San Diego/Tijuana San Ysidro border crossing as closure looms

By Norisa Diaz, 21 September 2017

The WSWS recently spoke to workers who cross the US/Mexico border daily or weekly, which bisects all aspects of their social life.

Dangerous developments in Germany: AfD leader praises the Nazi Wehrmacht

By Johannes Stern, 21 September 2017

Just days before the federal election, a leading member of the far-right Alternative for Germany has called for Germany's Nazi past to be seen in a positive light.

Markets hail “gradual” moves by Federal Reserve

By Nick Beams, 21 September 2017

As stock prices continue to soar, voices within the US financial elite are warning of the dangers of another financial meltdown.

Burma’s “democracy icon” Aung San Suu Kyi defends ethnic cleansing of Rohingya

By Kayla Costa, 21 September 2017

Suu Kyi offered a thoroughly duplicitous explanation of the violence in Rakhine state, where the army has forced thousands of Rohingya to flee Burma.

Australia: Two Ipswich meatworks to close, destroying hundreds of jobs

By Gary Alvernia, 21 September 2017

The state Labor government and the meatworkers' union are working to ensure there is no organised opposition to the devastating closures.

New Zealand election: The fraud of Labour’s “free education” policy

By Tom Peters and Daniel Bradley, 21 September 2017

Labour’s promise of three years’ tuition-free tertiary education would be fully implemented only in 2024.

New in Spanish

Se reúne la Asamblea General de la ONU mientras se ciernen las nubes de guerra

Por Bill Van Auken, 21 septiembre 2017

En vísperas de la Asamblea General de la ONU, varios altos funcionarios estadounidenses han vuelto a amenazar a la península coreana con una “opción militar”, la cual podría desencadenar una guerra nuclear.

España amenaza con una potencial toma de poder militar de Cataluña mientras el referéndum se acerca

Por Alejandro López, 21 septiembre 2017

El lenguaje y las acciones provocativos de Madrid recuerdan la brutalidad de la dictadura franquista que rigió España de 1939 a 1978.

Saldo de muertos sube a 98 en terremoto en el sur de México

Por Andrea Lobo, 21 septiembre 2017

El histórico evento ha expuesto condiciones impresionantes de desigualdad, infraestructura social deteriorada y negligencia corrupta por parte de las élites gobernantes.

Pequeña ganancia en el ingreso medio contrarrestado por deuda y costos de vida
Censo reporta el incremento de desigualdad social en EE.UU.

Por Eric London, 21 septiembre 2017

Si bien el New York Times describió a la data del Censo como una “mejor imagen”, para la clase trabajadora nada puede estar más lejos de la verdad.

El hambre en el mundo aumenta por primera vez desde el comienzo del siglo

Por Shelley Connor, 21 septiembre 2017

Un estudio de las Naciones Unidas encontró que guerra y cambio climático fueron las fuerzas impulsoras de un aumento en la desnutrición en todo el mundo en 2016.

El evento “People’s Convergence”: la pseudoizquierda insta a Sanders a encabezar un “Partido Popular”

Por Genevieve Leigh, 21 septiembre 2017

Todos los grupos presentes apoyaron a Sanders en el 2016, ayudándole a desviar el enojo social de millones de trabajadores y jóvenes detrás de Hillary Clinton.

New in French

La diatribe « Mein Kampf » de Trump à l'ONU

Par le Bill Van Auken, 21 septembre 2017

Trump a menacé de déclencher une guerre génocidaire, se disant « prêt, disposé, et capable » de « détruire totalement » la Corée du Nord et ses 25 millions d'habitants.

Une stratégie internationale pour la victoire des travailleurs en grève de CAMI!

Bulletin d’information des travailleurs l’automobile du WSWS, 21 septembre 2017

Pour remporter la lutte contre GM, les travailleurs de CAMI doivent lutter pour mobiliser les travailleurs de l’automobile dans toute l’Amérique du Nord dans une contre-offensive contre toute concession et compression d’emplois.

New in German

Die Kriegsgefahr und die Bedeutung des Wahlkampfs der SGP

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 21. September 2017

Die Politik der zukünftigen Regierung ist längst entschieden: eine beispiellose Steigerung des Militarismus, der inneren Aufrüstung und des Sozialabbaus.

Trumps „Mein Kampf“ vor den Vereinten Nationen

Bill Van Auken, 21. September 2017

Der US-Präsident hat öffentlich mit einem Vernichtungskrieg gedroht. Er sei „bereit, willens und fähig“, Nordkorea mit seinen 25 Millionen Einwohnern „vollständig zu vernichten“.

Warnstreiks in den Kliniken: Wahlkampfmanöver für Martin Schulz

Markus Salzmann und Marianne Arens, 21. September 2017

Die Warnstreiks in mehreren Kliniken dienen den Gewerkschaften, der Linkspartei und der SPD als Gelegenheit, in letzter Minute für den SPD-Spitzenkandidaten zu trommeln.

Spanische Regierung droht Katalonien wegen Referendum mit Militärgewalt

Alejandro López, 21. September 2017

Die Hetztiraden und Maßnahmen aus Madrid erinnern an das brutale Vorgehen der Franco-Diktatur, die Spanien von 1939 – 1978 beherrscht hat.

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Perspective

Obama adviser Samantha Power calls for crackdown on social media
Internet censorship and government war plans

21 September 2017

Samantha Power, US ambassador to the United Nations under Barack Obama, has penned a column in the New York Times advocating the use of “professional gatekeepers” to police public discourse on the Internet.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

US media response to Trump’s fascistic UN tirade ranges from complacency to concurrence

By Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2017

The US media response to a speech that could have been delivered by Hitler largely fails to rise above quibbling over tactics and style.

Trump’s “Mein Kampf” tirade at the United Nations

Senate overwhelmingly approves record $700 billion military budget

By Eric London, 20 September 2017

Senate Republicans push for another Obamacare “repair and repeal” bill

By Kate Randall, 20 September 2017

Change that he can believe in: Obama cashes in on Wall Street

The 150th anniversary of the publication of Capital

Socialist Equality Party

The war danger and the significance of the election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party of Germany

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 21 September 2017

The incoming government’s policies have long been decided: an unprecedented intensification of militarism, the strengthening of the repressive state apparatus and social cuts.

Plans for major military build-up after Germany’s federal election

No to war and social inequality! For world socialism!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Group on the New Zealand election

Socialist Equality Group public meeting in Wellington
After the New Zealand election: The way forward in the fight against war

Google Censorship

Sri Lankan free trade zone and harbour workers denounce Google censorship

By our correspondents, 21 September 2017

“We oppose exploitation and inequality. We oppose world war and Google censorship of the WSWS.”

Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites

By Andre Damon, 19 September 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!

More on Google Censorship »

Arts

Sidemen: Long Road to Glory—A heartfelt tribute to three bluesmen

By James Brewer, 21 September 2017

Scott D. Rosenbaum’s film documents the lives of three blues musicians whose talents graced the bands of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.

David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return—Living inside a dream?

By Hiram Lee, 20 September 2017

2017 Emmy Awards: Sean Spicer, self-congratulations and identity politics

By David Walsh, 19 September 2017

The Last Tycoon: Hollywood in the 1930s

Book Review

Hillary Clinton’s What Happened: A conspiracy theory of the 2016 election

By Andre Damon, 20 September 2017

Hillary Clinton’s memoir, released September 13, represents the Democratic Party’s semi-official narrative of its electoral defeat in 2016.

Why is Amazon deleting negative reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new book?

Workers Struggles

University of Sydney union conceals political issues in one-day strike

By our reporters, 21 September 2017

Just days after the 24-hour stoppage, the NTEU struck a retrograde deal with management that will help it impose the government’s cuts.

Oppose the NTEU sellout at University of Sydney! For a unified struggle of all university workers across Australia!

Portuguese nurses strike against an 11-year pay freeze

By Ajanta Silva and Paul Mitchell, 20 September 2017

French unions try to strangle workers’ opposition to Macron

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 19 September 2017

California: SEIU sabotages San Diego County workers’ strike

By Kevin Martinez, 19 September 2017

Sri Lankan power workers on strike

By W.A. Sunil, 19 September 2017

The Grenfell Tower Fire

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

By our reporters, 20 September 2017

Survivors and local residents speak out on Grenfell Tower Inquiry opening

By our reporters, 19 September 2017

Lakanal House: Prelude to the Grenfell Tower inferno—Part 1

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the case for socialism

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

“You can't depend on our government anymore to help”
Watch: Hurricane Harvey victims applying for federal aid encounter government indifference

By Tom Hall and Charles Abelard reporting from Houston, 18 September 2017

Evacuees, volunteers describe inadequate services, police harassment at Houston convention center

Inhabitants of Irma-ravaged Saint Martin gain nothing from French President Macron’s visit

Why was American capitalism unable to prepare for Hurricane Irma?

More on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
September 18 – 24: Bolsheviks obtain majorities in Moscow and Petrograd soviets

18 September 2017

Following the Kornilov affair, support for the Bolsheviks surges, and they win control of the Moscow and Petrograd soviets, followed one by one by provincial soviets. The war rages on, and mass hunger and deprivation fuel working-class rebellions around the world.

Leaders of the Russian Revolution: Ivar Tenisovich Smilga (1892-1937)
Part one

By Clara Weiss, 31 August 2017

Leaders of the Russian Revolution: Ivar Tenisovich Smilga (1892-1937)
Part two

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

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Mehring Books

New pamphlet: Fifty Years since the Detroit Rebellion

18 September 2017

This new pamphlet from Mehring Books examines the historical background and social roots of the events of the summer of 1967 and the outcome of the biggest and most violent urban uprising in US history.

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

28 August 2017

One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, the events of 1917, their consequences and their lessons retain a burning contemporary relevance.

Lessons of Hurricane Katrina

31 August 2017

The World Socialist Web Site pamphlet on the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago is critical reading in light of the current catastrophe in Texas.

Science

The legacy of the Cassini spacecraft

By Don Barrett, 16 September 2017

Obituary

A remembrance of my sister, Cynthia Brust Moore

By Steven Brust, 12 September 2017

This remembrance of Cynthia Brust Moore was sent to the WSWS by her brother, Steven Brust. Cynthia, a lifelong supporter of the Trotskyist movement, passed away on September 1.

Cynthia Brust Moore (1944-2017): A steadfast supporter of the Trotskyist movement

By Fred Mazelis, 5 September 2017

International Amazon Workers Voice

Price gouging at Amazon and the case for public ownership

By Eric London, 8 September 2017

Single mother in Pittsburgh fired by Amazon for not working forced overtime

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Maruti Suzuki

Sri Lankan free trade workers express solidarity with framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

Aisin Automotive workers in India’s Haryana state face a new company-government witchhunt

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

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »