Deaths from drug overdoses see largest increase in US history

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 June 2017

New data analyzed by the New York Times reveals that the number of people killed by drug overdoses increased by 19 percent in 2016, largely due to the growing opioid epidemic.

US study shows one-third of adults suffer severe income fluctuations

By Josh Varlin, 7 June 2017

A recent Federal Reserve study found that almost a third of adults have a variable income from month to month, which makes financial planning nearly impossible.

US-backed forces enter Syrian city of Raqqa

By Bill Van Auken, 7 June 2017

The offensive against the ISIS-controlled city has been accompanied by an escalating US military presence in Syria and renewed clashes with government-backed forces.

NSA contractor charged with leaking report on alleged Russian election hacking

By Patrick Martin, 7 June 2017

The circumstances of the leaked document to the Intercept and the leaker being arrested on the day of publication are extremely murky, even suspicious.

Putin interview shows bogus character of the US media’s anti-Russia campaign

After Trump’s withdrawal from Paris accord
Democrats step up campaign on White House-Russia ties

More on the Trump presidency »

Sections of Paris on lockdown after attack on policeman

By our reporter, 7 June 2017

President Emmanuel Macron’s government seized on an assault in which one policeman was lightly wounded to call for extending France’s state of emergency.

Macron’s En Marche set to win large majority in French legislative elections

Australian government exploits hostage-taking to escalate “war on terror”

By Mike Head, 7 June 2017

The evidence points to a deeply troubled young man with a long history of drug addiction, being preyed upon by both Islamic fundamentalists and the police-intelligence agencies.

Australian authorities label Melbourne hostage incident a “terrorist” attack

6 June 2017

Scottish National Party seeks pro-European Union pact with Labour

By Steve James, 7 June 2017

The Scottish National Party (SNP) is likely to emerge as the largest party in Scotland following the June 8 general election in the UK.

Fired worker, an army veteran, kills five in workplace rampage in Orlando, Florida

By Kate Randall, 7 June 2017

Monday’s deadly attack came a week before the city marks one year since the Pulse nightclub massacre, when a lone gunman shot and killed 49 people and wounded 53 others.

Lead-tainted drinking water found throughout San Diego schools

By Jake Dean, 7 June 2017

A majority of schools examined so far have tested positive for elevated levels of lead in drinking water.

After UAW claimed there was no money to end two-tier wages
John Deere plans $5.2 billion takeover of German road construction company

By George Gallanis, 7 June 2017

The vast cash hoard of the farm machinery maker explodes the myth that it could not afford to improve the pay and benefits of its 11,200 hourly workers in 2015.

Mexican ruling party narrowly wins major state election

By Alex González, 7 June 2017

The PRI narrowly defeated its “left” challenger in a race widely seen as a prelude to next year’s presidential election.

Australian establishment falls into line with anti-China allegations

By James Cogan, 7 June 2017

Fears about growing anti-war sentiment motivate efforts to develop suspicion and hostility towards China.

Peruvian pseudo-left bitterly divided over launching of new party

By Armando Cruz, 7 June 2017

The divisions over the launching of “Nuevo Peru” center on the best political means for diverting the rising militancy of the working class.

Preventable deaths quadruple in Australian nursing homes over ten years

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 June 2017

The leader of the study said the data revealed a “systems problem” across the aged-care sector.

New in Russian

Збигнев Бжезинский, архитектор катастрофы в Афганистане, умер в возрасте 89 лет

Билл Вэн Оукен, 7 июня 2017 г.

«Что более важно для мировой истории? “Талибан” или крах советской империи? Кучка разнузданных мусульман или освобождение Центральной Европы и окончание “холодной войны”?» — заявил бывший советник по национальной безопасности о союзе ЦРУ с «Аль-Каидой».

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 года
Речь на экстренном заседании Петроградского Совета по вопросу о Кронштадте

Лев Троцкий, 7 июня 2017 г.

С этой речью Троцкий выступил 26 мая (13 мая по ст. ст.) 1917 года.

New in French

Les suspects terroristes de Londres étaient connus de la police

Par Chris Marsden, 7 juin 2017

Alors que les preuves s’accumulent que les agresseurs ont reçu un certain degré de protection de l’État, le chef du Parti travailliste, Jeremy Corbyn a dénoncé la Première ministre Theresa May pour avoir facilité « les réductions des effectifs de la police ».

L’offensive saoudienne contre le Qatar et l’intensification mondiale du conflit géopolitique

Par Keith Jones, 7 juin 2017

Soutenue par l’Égypte et ses alliés les plus proches parmi les États du Golfe persique, l’Arabie saoudite a annoncé une série de mesures à la limite de la guerre contre le Qatar, un petit voisin riche en énergie.

Les syndicats britanniques suppriment les grèves pour la durée de la campagne électorale

Par Margot Miller, 7 juin 2017

Les syndicats ont rendu ce service au chef du Parti travailliste, Jeremy Corbyn, qui ne veut aucune association avec les luttes réelles de la classe ouvrière.

Une Ghanéenne meurt d'hypothermie en tentant de traverser à pied la frontière canado-américaine

Par Niles Niemuth, 7 juin 2017

La mort tragique de Mavis Otuteye survient dans le contexte d'une augmentation du nombre d'immigrants qui fuient les États-Unis pour demander l'asile au Canada.

Le professeur Jörg Baberowski perd en tous points son procès contre les étudiants de l’université de Brême

Par Sonja Bach et Christoph Vandreier, 7 juin 2017

La tentative du professeur de l’université Humboldt à Berlin de recourir aux tribunaux aux fins d’interdire toute critique contre ses points de vue d’extrême-droite a complètement échoué.

New in German

Die saudische Offensive gegen Katar und die weltweite Verschärfung geopolitischer Konflikte

Von Keith Jones, 7. Juni 2017

Saudi-Arabien hat mit Unterstützung von Ägypten und weiterer enger Verbündeter am Golf eine Reihe von Maßnahmen gegen den winzigen, rohstoffreichen Nachbarstaat Katar angekündigt.

Die Attentäter von London waren der Polizei bekannt

Von Chris Marsden, 7. Juni 2017

Immer mehr Beweise legen nahe, dass die Attentäter einen gewissen staatlichen Schutz erhalten haben. Gleichzeitig wirft der Labour-Vorsitzende Jeremy Corbyn Premierministerin Theresa May vor, sie habe „die Zahl der Polizisten reduziert“.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
5.–11. Juni: Horror an der Westfront

7. Juni 2017

Der große Krieg, der die russische Revolution ausgelöst hat, wütet weiter. Bei einer einzelnen Aktion werden 10.000 Männer und Jungen getötet bzw. lebendig begraben begraben, als die Briten im belgischen Messines unter den deutschen Schützengräben Sprengstoff zur Explosion bringen.

New in Urdu

سری لنکا کے وزیر اعظم نے امریکی اتحادیوں کے ساتھ تعلقات کو مزید تقویت دی ہے

11 May 2017

اسکے باوجو د کہ سری لنکا کو چین کی سرمایہ کاری کی اشد ضرورت ہے لیکن وہ ابھی تک ایشیاء میں امریکی قیادت میں فوجی اقدامات کا اتحادی ہے

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Perspective

Britain’s crisis election and the tasks facing the working class

7 June 2017

Britain is being destabilised economically, politically and socially as world capitalism descends into its deepest crisis since the end of World War II.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

The New York Times uses “diversity” to find common ground with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

By Nancy Hanover, 7 June 2017

The New York Times comes to the defense of Trump’s school privatizer.

Trump, the coal miners and the environment

By Jerry White, 6 June 2017

Trump unveils plan to privatize air traffic control system

By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2017

The Saudi offensive against Qatar and the global intensification of geopolitical conflict

By Keith Jones, 6 June 2017

Evergreen College professor harassed, slandered as racist for opposing “exclusion day” on campus

Professor Jörg Baberowski loses on all counts in suit against University of Bremen students

International Amazon Workers Voice

California Amazon worker speaks out
“They told us to work harder, promised ‘a cookie’ to fastest worker”

By Marc Wells, Toby Reese and Kevin Martinez, 7 June 2017

In this video, a worker who wished to remain anonymous spoke to our reporters about working in one of the Amazon warehouses or “fulfillment centers.”

Ex-Amazon worker in Spain speaks out: “My life has been destroyed by Amazon”

Amazon ordered employee to work despite heatstroke risk, sought to cover up incident

Striking German Amazon workers describe grueling conditions and digital surveillance

By Dietmar Henning, 7 June 2017

Around 500 workers conducted a three-day strike at an Amazon facility in Rheinberg in the Lower Rhine region of Germany last week.

In move to compete with Amazon, Walmart asks workers to make deliveries during commute

By Evan Blake, 6 June 2017

Socialist Equality Party launches International Amazon Workers Voice newsletter

By the Socialist Equality Party, 24 May 2017

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Sri Lankan students demand release of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 7 June 2017

Kelaniya University students denounced the jailing of the Indian autoworkers and supported the international campaign to free them.

What we have said:
The World Socialist Web Site and the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Usman Khan, 3 June 2017

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 5: Judge Goyal mangles the law to sustain the legal vendetta

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 18 May 2017

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

Workers Struggles

Airgas workers in New England walk out over health care and pensions

By John Marion, 7 June 2017

Truck drivers and gas cylinder workers in Rhode Island are striking at the largest US distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases.

New Zealand: Wellington transport workers face attacks on jobs and conditions

By our correspondents, 6 June 2017

Quebec government adopts law to break construction workers’ strike

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party stands candidates in German election: Against militarism and war! For socialism!

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party of Germany), 5 June 2017

Floods in Sri Lanka: Government responsible for another social disaster

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 June 2017

The issues of political principle in the UK general election

By the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), 2 June 2017

Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meetings
The class issues in Britain’s snap election: Austerity, dictatorship and war

19 May 2017

Science

New evidence for life-capable environments on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

By Bryan Dyne, 6 June 2017

The Cassini spacecraft has uncovered molecular hydrogen in material erupting from the subsurface ocean of Saturn’s moon.

Mehring Books

Mehring Books launching June sale

1 June 2017

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
June 5-11: Horror on the Western Front

5 June 2017

The Great War, which brought forth the Russian Revolution, continues to rage. In one moment on the Western Front, some 10,000 men and boys are killed or buried alive when the British detonate explosives under German trenches at Messines.

From the archives of the Revolution
Speech at a Session of the Petrograd Soviet on reports by the socialist ministers

By Leon Trotsky, 27 May 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Arts

The case of punk duo PWR BTTM: The erosion of democratic rights in pop culture

By Norisa Diaz, 5 June 2017

Silence in the Courts—a film about judicial corruption in Sri Lanka

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 3 June 2017

Barry Levinson’s The Wizard of Lies on HBO: The tame, New York Times’ version of the Madoff scandal

Netflix’s War Machine: A hard-hitting attack on America’s military madness

History

Political lessons of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in China

By James Cogan, 5 June 2017

Each year, the Stalinist regime mobilises its police state apparatus to prevent any commemoration of the massacre, which was aimed at suppressing a potentially revolutionary movement of the Chinese working class.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Statement of Mitch Abrams, International Youth and Students for Social Equality representative on the EMU student government
Defend the Eastern Michigan University part-time lecturers!

5 June 2017

International Youth and Students for Social Equality member wins student senate seat at New York University

More on the fight for democratic rights at NYU »

The Flint Water Crisis

Poisoned Water: “NOVA” science series broadcasts segment on Flint water crisis

By James Brewer, 3 June 2017

Watch: “If they can poison the people of Flint, they can poison anyone!”

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Watch: Anger erupts at Flint City Council meeting

Three years after the lead poisoning of Flint, residents face water shutoffs, home foreclosures

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

The ICFI's International May Day Online Rally

May Day 2017: Lessons of history and the fight for socialism

By David North, 1 May 2017

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A political appraisal of the ICFI’s 2017 International May Day Online Rally