Escalating threat of US-Russian confrontation in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2017

In the wake of Sunday’s US shoot-down of a Syrian jet, Moscow has announced it will treat any US aircraft flying over the western part of Syria as a hostile target.

US shoots down Syrian government aircraft

Washington’s war crimes in Syria

Senate Republican health plan could make deeper cuts to Medicaid than House version

By Kate Randall, 20 June 2017

The Senate plan to repeal Obamacare could cut an additional $64 billion from Medicaid by changing the way growth in per-patient spending is calculated.

Exit talks begin between UK and European Union

By Chris Marsden, 20 June 2017

Britain’s Brexit Secretary David Davis and Michel Bernier of the European Union launched negotiations Monday on the terms of Britain’s exit from the trade bloc.

Britain’s general election: A new stage in the class struggle

Fourth terror attack in UK since March targets Muslims

By Julie Hyland, 20 June 2017

In travelling from Cardiff to London to mount an attack on Muslims, Darren Osborne was taking state-sanctioned Islamophobia to its logical, murderous conclusion.

“We cannot brush this under the table, some heads have to roll”
London residents speak on Grenfell Tower fire

By our reporters, 20 June 2017

London residents and people living in housing nearby Grenfell Tower speak about the horrifying fire that has killed at least 79 residents, and the economic and political decisions that allowed it to happen.

Social inequality and the Grenfell Tower inferno

London protests demand “Justice for Grenfell!”

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

Number of displaced people worldwide hits new high

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 June 2017

The number of people forcibly displaced by war, state violence and other oppression has nearly doubled over the last 20 years, reaching an historic high of nearly 66 million worldwide.

Dozens die in Portugal’s worst-ever forest fire

By Paul Mitchell, 20 June 2017

Portugal has the highest proportion of forest area in Europe, most of which is in private hands and poorly managed, abandoned or planted with acres of highly flammable Eucalyptus trees.

France’s new pro-Macron legislature: The ruling class in office

By Francis Dubois, 20 June 2017

Despite claims that President Emmanuel Macron is renovating French politics, his party is a haven for business owners and France’s old political establishment.

Record abstention overshadows Macron victory in French legislative election

German defence minister praises Rommel, Hitler’s "favourite general"

By Johannes Stern, 20 June 2017

Speaking at the Field Marshal Rommel Barracks on Armed Forces Day, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced that the Army would keep the name of the barracks.

New York agency details crisis of subway signal system

By Alan Whyte and A. Woodson, 20 June 2017

In a city that is home for 82 billionaires, the subways are still using a signal system with technology that dates back to 1904, posing significant dangers.

New York mayor rejects discount transit fares plan for poor residents

South Korean president offers phony welfare pledges

By Ben McGrath, 20 June 2017

The new government’s promises are a smokescreen to obscure its pro-capitalist policies, counter mounting discontent and prevent the eruption of social unrest.

Australian miners strike against Glencore cost-cutting

By Terry Cook, 20 June 2017

Some 1,400 coal miners took industrial action against the transnational mining and resources conglomerate’s attempts to slash working conditions.

New Zealand: Public Service Association complicit in Auckland library job cuts

By Sam Price, 20 June 2017

The union has worked hand-in-hand with the Labour Party-controlled Auckland Council to eliminate around 194 jobs.

New in Arabic

لماذا دراسة الثورة الروسية

دافيد نورث, ١٢ حزيران يونيو ٢٠١٧

هذه هي المحاضرة الأولى من سلسلة من خمس محاضرات أعدتها اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة لإحياء الذكرى المئوية لثورة 1917 الروسية.

New in Russian

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 года
Вперед

Лев Троцкий, 20 июня 2017 г.

Эта статья была написана Троцким в качестве редакционной статьи первого номера журнала «Вперед», ставшего органом «межрайонцев».

Эта неделя в русской революции
12-18 июня: Петроградский съезд фабрично-заводских комитетов поддерживает резолюции большевиков

20 июня 2017 г.

Прибывая в зал заседаний прямо от станка, избранные депутаты-рабочие подавляющим большинством одобряют резолюции большевиков. Рабочие заявляют, что они готовы править без «помощи» капиталистов и помещиков.

New in Urdu

محلاتی شب خون یا طبقاتی جدوجہد:واشنگٹن میں سیاسی بحران اور محنت کش طبقے کی حکمت عملی

13 June 2017

ٹرمپ اور ڈیموکریٹس کے درمیان لڑائی میں محنت کش طبقہ صرف تماشائی کا کردار ادا نہیں کرسکتا بلکہ اسے چاہئے کہ وہ ٹرمپ کے خلاف جدوجہد کو اپنے جھنڈے اور اپنے پروگرام کے تحت لڑیں

New in French

Les États-Unis abattent un avion du gouvernement syrien

Par Peter Symonds, 20 juin 2017

Les États-Unis sont prêts à recourir aux moyens les plus imprudents pour défendre ses implantations en Syrie et jeter les bases d’une guerre plus large.

L’inégalité sociale et le brasier de Grenfell Tower

Par Chris Marsden, 20 juin 2017

Des milliers de personnes ont accueilli la promesse de Theresa May d’ouvrir une enquête publique par des dénonciations d’une tentative d’étouffement de l’affaire, une de plus, alors que Jeremy Corbyn du Parti travailliste lui accordent son plein soutien.

Les députés de Macron: LREM recycle l'élite sociale et politique

Par Francis Dubois, 20 juin 2017

Les députés de LREM viennent de classes sociales aux intérêts sociaux diamétralement opposés à ceux des travailleurs.

Quelles personnalités politiques ont favorisé l'ascension d'Emmanuel Macron?

Par Anthony Torres et Francis Dubois, 20 juin 2017

Macron et son parti, La République En Marche, émergent de l'appareil bourgeois du Parti socialiste, construit après Mai-juin 1968 par la « gauche » petite-bourgeoise.

New in German

Soziale Ungleichheit und die Brandkatastrophe im Grenfell Tower

Von Chris Marsden, 20. Juni 2017

Die Brandkatastrophe im Londoner Grenfell Tower bringt die ganze Verkommenheit der heutigen kapitalistischen Gesellschaft zum Vorschein – nicht nur in Großbritannien, sondern auf der ganzen Welt.

Hohe Stimmenthaltung überschattet Macrons Sieg in den französischen Parlamentswahlen

Von Alex Lantier, 20. Juni 2017

Die Sozialistische Partei, die seit ihrer Gründung im Jahr 1971 die sogenannte „linke“ Bewegung dominierte, erlebt einen historischen Zusammenbruch.

Die Grünen drängen an die Macht – egal mit wem

Von Dietmar Henning, 20. Juni 2017

Am Wochenende hielten die Grünen ihren Parteitag in Berlin ab. Die Partei liegt in den Umfragen derzeit hinter FDP, Linkspartei und AfD an sechster Stelle.

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Perspective

The New York Times steps up its anti-Russia campaign

20 June 2017

An editorial in Sunday’s Times on the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election is an exercise in disinformation aimed at whipping up support for war with Russia.

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts

House of Cards, Season 5 and the “death of the Age of Reason”

By Hiram Lee, 20 June 2017

The newest season of the Netflix drama House of Cards sees the corrupt administration of President Frank Underwood struggling to retain power while battling rival factions within the state.

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

By David Walsh, 17 June 2017

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 “People’s Summit:” Sanders wing seeks to give Democratic Party a facelift

By Jerry White, 20 June 2017

The Chicago event brought together political forces seeking to contain social opposition within the confines of the Democratic Party and capitalist politics.

People’s Summit attendees discuss Democratic Party, war, socialism

By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 20 June 2017

Reporters for the WSWS spoke to young people and other attendees at the People’s Summit.

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

By John Vassilopoulos, 19 June 2017

US-backed siege batters Old City of Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2017

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

California Amazon worker speaks out:
“Amazon fired me because I complained about age discrimination”

By Evan Blake, 20 June 2017

The former Amazon employee described a climate of favoritism and abuse against older workers at the multinational behemoth's warehouses.

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

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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New in Arabic

A Lecture by David North: “Why Study the Russian Revolution”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of the lecture by WSWS Chairman David North, “Why Study the Russian Revolution?” The lecture, delivered on March 13, 2017, was the first of five lectures presented by the International Committee of the Fourth International to commemorate the Centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Workers Struggles

Los Angeles and Long Beach port truckers strike over misclassification
Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 June 2017

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature by writing to comments@wsws.org.

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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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 »

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