US hospital visits due to opioid issues top one million a year

By Genevieve Leigh, 21 June 2017

Visits to emergency rooms and inpatient stays for opioid-related issues are skyrocketing, straining treatment facilities in rural areas and urban centers alike.

Trump takes another step towards war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 21 June 2017

By declaring that Chinese pressure on Pyongyang has “not worked out,” Trump is left with few options but to launch reckless military attacks on North Korea.

UK’s Daily Mail tries to scapegoat resident for Grenfell Tower inferno

By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 21 June 2017

Angry denunciations of the tabloid flooded in after it tried to pin the blame for the horrific fire that cost the lives of at least 79 people on an Ethiopian taxi driver.

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

UK government deregulation led to Grenfell Tower inferno

By Julie Hyland, 21 June 2017

For almost 40 years, the assault on health and safety regulations has gone hand in glove with Margaret Thatcher’s notorious dictum that there is “no such thing as society.”

Social inequality and the Grenfell Tower inferno

Notes on police violence
Dashcam video of Philando Castile shooting released; Seattle police kill pregnant mother of four

By Matthew MacEgan, 21 June 2017

The dashcam video showing the brutal killing of Castile comes a few days after the officer involved was acquitted of charges of manslaughter.

Truck drivers strike at Los Angeles-Long Beach ports

By our reporters, 21 June 2017

Port truck drivers are fighting to be classified as full-time employees, not “independent contractors” without guaranteed wages, health benefits or job protections.

Notorious New York City landlord Steve Croman sentenced to jail

By Katy Kinner, 21 June 2017

The real estate mogul, who has forcibly evicted hundreds of people, was sentenced to a year in jail for crimes against the banks, not tenants.

German Greens seek power—at any price

By Dietmar Henning, 21 June 2017

The Greens are currently hovering around 5 percent in opinion polls and could fail to reach the threshold necessary for entry into the Bundestag.

Australia: Telstra announces 1,400 job cuts

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 June 2017

The sackings are the latest in a series of pro-market restructures that have destroyed up to 6,000 jobs since 2013.

Infighting in Tamil party signifies deep political crisis in Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 21 June 2017

Factional clashes within the Tamil elite have nothing to do with defending democratic rights but are tactical differences over how best to advance their own interests.

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

Билл Клинтон и Борис Ельцин: Когда вашингтонский Белый дом определил исход выборов в России

Алан Гилман, 21 июня 2017 г.

Одна сравнительно недавняя кампания по выборам выделяется наглым и неприкрытым образом действий правительства Соединенных Штатов. Направляемое из вашингтонского Белого дома, оно активно вмешалось в ход этих выборов, преследуя цель добиться победы своего кандидата в чужой стране. Объектом данной операции выступала Россия.

New in Spanish

La desigualdad social y el infierno de la Torre Grenfell

Por Chris Marsden, 21 junio 2017

Miles han denunciado la promesa de la primera ministra May de una investigación pública como otro intento de encubrimiento, mientras el titular laborista, Jeremy Corbyn, le dio su apoyo total.

Wonder Woman: La humanidad está bastante podrida, pero los alemanes son los peores de todos

Por David Walsh, 21 junio 2017

La historia se trata de una princesa-semidiosa que se va de su paradisiaca isla a Europa alrededor de la Primera Guerra Mundial junto a un espía estadounidense.

Marchando hacia una guerra más amplia en Oriente Medio

Por Bill Van Auken, 21 junio 2017

Detrás de la amarga guerra política en Washington y las interminables acusaciones sobre una interferencia rusa en las elecciones, guerras muy reales en Oriente Medio amenazan con desencadenar una conflagración regional e incluso global.

Crecen las fisuras en el gobierno de Maduro mientras las protestas continúan

Por Bill Van Auken, 21 junio 2017

La aparición de los disidentes en el gobierno de Maduro es parte de un intento de forjar un nuevo gobierno de unidad nacional con el objetivo de atajar una rebelión de abajo.

Continúan los reportes de fraude en las elecciones del Estado de México

Por Alex González, 21 junio 2017

Las acusaciones de compra de votos, gastos de campaña ilegales e inconsistencias en el conteo ponen en duda la estrecha victoria del PRI.

Alemania emite un reproche punzante a las sanciones de EE.UU. contra Rusia

Por Johannes Stern, 21 junio 2017

Veinticinco años después de la disolución de la Unión Soviética, los conflictos entre las principales potencias imperialistas, que dieron lugar a dos guerras mundiales, están estallando de nuevo abiertamente.

New in Turkish

Suriye'de artan ABD-Rusya çatışması tehlikesi

Bill Van Auken, 21 Haziran 2017

İlk kez bir ABD savaş uçağının kendi toprakları üzerinde uçan bir Suriye uçağını düşürmesi, ABD'nin düzenlediği altı yıllık rejim değişikliği savaşında önemli bir tırmanmayı ifade etmektedir.

New in German

Syrienkrieg: Wachsende Gefahr einer Konfrontation zwischen USA und Russland

Von Bill Van Auken, 21. Juni 2017

Nachdem die USA am Sonntag einen syrischen Kampfjet abgeschossen hatten, kündigte Moskau an, alle US-Flugzeuge im Westen Syriens als feindliche Ziele einzustufen.

Beginn der Gespräche über EU-Austritt Großbritanniens

Von Chris Marsden, 21. Juni 2017

Der britische Brexit-Minister David Davis und der EU-Beauftragte Michel Barnier haben am Montag die Verhandlungen über die Austrittsbedingungen aufgenommen.

Slowakei: Über 8.000 VW-Arbeiter im unbefristeten Streik

Von Dietmar Henning, 21. Juni 2017

Es handelt sich um den ersten Streik bei Volkswagen, seit sich der Konzern 1991 in der Slowakei ansiedelte.

Die SPD bewirbt sich um Schäubles Erbe

Von Peter Schwarz, 21. Juni 2017

Die SPD hat am Montag ihr Steuerkonzept für die Bundestagswahl im September vorgestellt. Es setzt den rücksichtslosen Sparkurs des derzeitigen Finanzministers fort.

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei stellt ihr Wahlprogramm zur Diskussion

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 21. Juni 2017

Vertreter der SGP sprachen auf einer Versammlung in Berlin-Schöneberg über die Notwendigkeit einer Revolution gegen den Kapitalismus, um Krieg und Ungleichheit zu beenden.

Wie die SAV und Marx21 zehn Jahre Linkspartei feiern

Von Johannes Stern, 21. Juni 2017

Die pseudolinken Gruppen Marx21 und SAV halten verzweifelt an der Illusion fest, die Linkspartei sei „anti-kapitalistisch“ und könne in eine sozialistische Massenpartei verwandelt werden.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
19.–25. Juni: Sowjetkongress verbietet bolschewistische Antikriegsdemonstration

21. Juni 2017

Unterstützt von Menschewiki und Volkstümlern bereitet die Provisorische Regierung eine große Militäroffensive vor. Die allermeisten Arbeiter, Bauern und Soldaten lehnen die Offensive jedoch ab und fordern Frieden.

New in French

Escalade du risque de confrontation entre les États-Unis et la Russie en Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 21 juin 2017

Dans le sillage de l’abattage d’un avion de guerre syrien dimanche, Moscou a annoncé qu’il traiterait tout avion américain volant au-dessus de la partie occidentale de la Syrie comme une cible hostile.

Les négociations sur la sortie de l’UE par la Grande-Bretagne commencent

Par Chris Marsden, 21 juin 2017

Le ministre britannique du Brexit David Davies et Michel Barnier pour l’UE ont lancé les négociations lundi sur les termes de la sortie britannique du bloc commercial.

Décès de l’ancien chancelier allemand Helmut Kohl

Par Peter Schwarz, 21 juin 2017

Le chant de louange pour Helmut Kohl, chancelier allemand entre 1982 et 1998, qui est décédé vendredi à l’âge de 87 ans, a moins à voir avec le véritable Kohl qu’avec les actuelles exigences de l’élite dirigeante.

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Perspective

The US escalation in Syria and the threat of world war

21 June 2017

The seriousness of the rising tensions between Washington and Moscow was underscored Tuesday with Australia’s announcement that it is grounding its planes that have been flying over Syria.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

The Democrats’ fraudulent opposition to Trumpcare

By Kate Randall, 21 June 2017

The Democrats defend Obamacare as though it were a progressive social reform, rather than a major step in the assault on healthcare, now being carried further by Trump and the Republicans.

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

Baberowski acknowledges his right-wing extremist role models

By Peter Schwarz, 21 June 2017

Two weeks after his legal defeat in Cologne, Professor Jörg Baberowski has professed his support for Armin Mohler, a pioneer of the new right.

The New York Times steps up its anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2017

Escalating threat of US-Russian confrontation in Syria

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

By Jerry White, 20 June 2017

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

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

From the archives of the Revolution
Speech on the question of war

By Leon Trotsky, 21 June 2017

This is a contemporary account of a speech delivered by Trotsky before a United Session of Social-Democratic Members of the First All-Russian Congress of Soviets held in Petrograd in June 1917.

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

19 June 2017

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 »

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

On-the-Spot from New Delhi
Lawyer for Maruti Suzuki workers denounces frame-up

By our correspondents, 21 June 2017

“The police were not looking for suspects,” senior advocate Rebecca John told the WSWS. “They were only interested in rounding up as many workers as possible.”

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 »

Arts

Netflix drama strikes a nerve …
A spook comes out of the woodwork to attack Brad Pitt’s War Machine

By David Walsh, 21 June 2017

Whitney Kassel, late of the Defense Department, Special Operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a former member of McChrystal’s “team,” has written a denunciation of War Machine in Foreign Policy magazine.

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

By Hiram Lee, 20 June 2017

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

International Amazon Workers Voice

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

By Evan Blake, 20 June 2017

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.

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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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