US shoots down Syrian government aircraft

By Peter Symonds, 19 June 2017

The US is prepared to resort to the most reckless means to defend its footholds in Syria and lay the basis for a broader war.

US preparing to send up to 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan

Washington’s war crimes in Syria

US-backed siege batters Old City of Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2017

US-backed Iraqi forces began their siege of Mosul eight months ago. Since then, thousands of Iraqi civilians have died under US bombs, rockets and shells.

Record abstention overshadows Macron victory in French legislative election

By Alex Lantier, 19 June 2017

The Socialist Party, which has dominated what passed for the French “left” since its founding in 1971, suffered a historic collapse.

On the eve of the second round of the French legislative elections

François Ruffin runs populist campaign in Amiens for France’s legislative election

London protests demand “Justice for Grenfell!”

By our reporters, 19 June 2017

Hundreds gathered outside Kensington Town Hall, while thousands more marched on the government district of Whitehall.

Corporate mass murder in London

UK: May forced to call public inquiry into Grenfell Tower fire

On-the-spot report
From the scene of the deadly London fire: “They’re putting money before lives”

By Alice Summers and reporters, 19 June 2017

Hundreds came to the site from across London throughout the day to pay their respects to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and to offer assistance to the community’s own relief efforts.

After Syriza pushes through more austerity, EU approves loan to Greece

By John Vassilopoulos, 19 June 2017

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras boasted that “in the two years that our government is in office, we have implemented more reforms than all the other European states combined.”

Trump clamps down on US-Cuban travel and trade

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 June 2017

US imperialism’s most rapacious layers are convinced that, without Venezuelan support, the Cuban economy will collapse, allowing American corporations to reassert their dominance over the island.

Conference on Central America outlines plans for militarization and escalating assault on immigrants

By Andrea Lobo, 19 June 2017

Discussion of the desperate social conditions in the countries comprising the Northern Triangle of Central America was virtually excluded from the summit, mentioned only as a lure for investments.

US Treasury releases plan to roll back Dodd-Frank bank regulations

By Gabriel Black, 19 June 2017

Stripping away parts of Dodd-Frank will remove its minimal restrictions on Wall Street’s speculative activities.

San Diego immigrant mother released from detention, father remains in custody

By our reporters, 19 June 2017

To describe the Otay Mesa Detention Facility in California as Orwellian is an understatement.

Trump administration withdraws Obama order protecting immigrant parents of US children

New York mayor rejects discount transit fares plan for poor residents

By Isaac Finn, 19 June 2017

New York Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio declined last week to fund a $50 million pilot program to provide half-priced fares for poor New Yorkers, as part of the fiscal 2018 budget.

New in Russian

Дворцовый переворот или классовая борьба: Политический кризис в Вашингтоне и стратегия рабочего класса

Джозеф Кишор и Дэвид Норт от имени Политического комитета Партии Социалистического Равенства, 17 июня 2017 г.

Рабочий класс не может оставаться сторонним наблюдателем в борьбе между Трампом и демократами. Он должен развить свою борьбу против Трампа под собственным знаменем и со своей собственной программой.

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Un golpe palaciego o la lucha de clases: La crisis política en Washington y la estrategia de la clase obrera

Por Joseph Kishore y David North en nombre del Comité Político del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad, 17 junio 2017

La clase obrera no puede permanecer siendo una espectadora más ante la disputa entre Trump y los demócratas. Tiene que desarrollar su propia lucha contra Trump bajo su propia bandera y programa.

Los crímenes de guerra de Washington en Siria

Por Bill Van Auken, 17 junio 2017

Un investigador de la ONU de crímenes de guerra encontró que el ejército estadounidense ha infligido “pérdidas impactantes de vidas civiles” con sus constantes ataques aéreos en la ciudad siria de Raqa y sus alrededores.

Gobierno de Syriza en Grecia aprueba más medidas de austeridad

Por John Vassilopoulos, 17 junio 2017

El proyecto de ley está diseñado para facilitar despidos masivos y ventas de bienes públicos.

Redadas migratorias llegan a Detroit: decenas de personas detenidas para ser deportas a las zonas de guerra en Irak

Por Eric London y Niles Niemuth, 17 junio 2017

La decisión del gobierno de Trump de deportar refugiados a Irak socava el argumento que las guerras estadounidenses en Irak y Siria son intervenciones “humanitarias” para proteger a la población.

New in French

Le PS laminé, l'abstention record éclipse la victoire de Macron aux législatives

Par Alexandre Lantier, 19 juin 2017

Le projet antidémocratique présenté par Emmanuel Macron suscite l'hostilité ou l'indifférence d'une large majorité de l'électorat.

Meurtre capitaliste de masse à Londres

Par Robert Stevens, 19 juin 2017

Des milliers de personnes ont protesté vendredi à Londres pour demander la justice, et la punition des responsables de meurtres de masse dans le pire feu de logement dans l’histoire britannique moderne.

L’Allemagne s’oppose durement aux sanctions américaines contre la Russie

Par Johannes Stern, 19 juin 2017

Vingt-cinq ans après la dissolution de l’Union soviétique, les conflits entre les grandes puissances impérialistes qui avaient causé deux guerres mondiales refont surface.

New in German

Der Hochhausbrand in London: Massenmord aus Habgier

Von Robert Stevens, 19. Juni 2017

Tausende demonstrierten in London für Gerechtigkeit und die Bestrafung der Schuldigen für den schlimmsten Wohnhausbrand in der neueren Geschichte Großbritanniens.

Zum Tod von Helmut Kohl

Von Peter Schwarz, 19. Juni 2017

Mit dem wirklichen Helmut Kohl, der von 1982 bis 1998 deutscher Bundeskanzler war und im Alter von 87 Jahren starb, haben die Lobeshymnen auf ihn wenig zu tun, umso mehr dagegen mit den Bedürfnissen der heutigen Politik.

USA wollen weitere 5000 Soldaten nach Afghanistan schicken

Von Jordan Shilton, 19. Juni 2017

Der längste Krieg in der US-Geschichte wird erneut ausgeweitet. Das krisenhafte Marionettenregime in Kabul verliert immer mehr Gebiete an die aufständischen Taliban.

Baberowski bekennt sich zu seinen rechtsextremem Vorbildern

Von Peter Schwarz, 19. Juni 2017

Zwei Wochen nach seiner juristischen Niederlage in Köln bekennt sich Jörg Baberowski in der Basler Zeitung zu Armin Mohler, einem Vordenker der Neuen Rechten.

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Perspective

Social inequality and the Grenfell Tower inferno

19 June 2017

Thousands have met Prime Minister May’s promise to hold a public inquiry with denunciations of yet another cover-up, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gives his full support.

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
June 19-25: Bolshevik antiwar demonstration banned by Congress of Soviets

19 June 2017

The Provisional Government is preparing a major military offensive, backed by the Menshevik, petty-bourgeois, and populist leaders. However, masses of workers, peasants, and soldiers oppose the planned offensive and demand peace.

From the archives of the Revolution
From the Kronstadt Sailors, Soldiers, and Workers—To the Revolutionary People of Petrograd and All Russia

By Leon Trotsky, 13 June 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Obituary

On the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl

By Peter Schwarz, 19 June 2017

The hymns of praise for Helmut Kohl, who served as German Chancellor from 1982 to 1998 and died Friday aged 87, have less to do with the real Kohl than with the current requirements of the ruling elite.

Featured Comment

Palace coup or class struggle: The political crisis in Washington and the strategy of the working class

By Joseph Kishore and David North on behalf of the Socialist Equality Party Political Committee, 13 June 2017

The working class cannot remain a bystander in the fight between Trump and the Democrats. Rather, it must develop its struggle against Trump under its own banner and with its own program.

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Arts

My Cousin Rachel: Was she innocent or guilty—and what would it signify?

By David Walsh, 17 June 2017

Roger Michell’s film, based on the 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier set in the 19th century, follows a callow young man who falls for his sophisticated, perhaps calculating older “cousin.”

Theater professionals address the Flint water disaster
Public Enemy: Flint, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play: A remarkable artistic event

By Joanne Laurier, 15 June 2017

Interviews with actors in Public Enemy: Flint

By Joanne Laurier, 15 June 2017

Commentary

The Guardian’s Owen Jones: A political health warning

By Julie Hyland, 17 June 2017

The political significance of the shooting attack on US congressmen

By Eric London, 16 June 2017

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon’s monopoly swells with $13.7 billion offer to buy Whole Foods

By Evan Blake, 17 June 2017

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

Striking German Amazon workers describe grueling conditions and digital surveillance

By Dietmar Henning, 7 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!

On-the-spot report from India
Maruti Suzuki worker condemns court verdict as “pre-determined”

By our correspondents, 16 June 2017

Indian authorities seek to imprison more Maruti Suzuki workers on frame-up charges

By Shannon Jones, 13 June 2017

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

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

Workers Struggles

Los Angeles and San Diego teachers’ contracts set to expire at the end of the month

By Jake Dean, 15 June 2017

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