Saudi Arabia issues provocative ultimatum to Qatar

By Peter Symonds, 24 June 2017

Qatar has been given 10 days to agree to a sweeping list of demands that would transform it into a political vassal of Saudi Arabia.

Palace coup in Saudi Arabia

European Union summit agrees to “historic” military build-up

By Johannes Stern, 24 June 2017

At the center of this week’s EU summit in Brussels were far-reaching measures aimed at militarisation at home and abroad.

Boris Johnson and the Grenfell Tower inferno

By Julie Hyland, 24 June 2017

As London mayor, Johnson forced through massive cuts in the London Fire Brigade budget despite repeated warnings that they would cost lives.

After Grenfell Tower fire:
May government admits hundreds more UK tower blocks potentially clad in combustible material

Grenfell Tower fire victims and survivors treated with contempt by UK authorities

UK: Sheffield Jobcentre workers continue fight against job losses and relocation

By Danny Richardson, 24 June 2017

The dispute centres on a national plan to close more than 1 in 10 Jobcentres around the UK, with the loss of up to 750 jobs.

Over 8,000 VW autoworkers launch unlimited strike in Slovakia

US auto layoffs take toll on workers and their communities

By Shannon Jones, 24 June 2017

Autoworkers describe the impact of job cuts on struggling families and indict the United Auto Workers for facilitating layoffs.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies kill teenager

By Matthew MacEgan, 24 June 2017

Police claim that Armando Garcia-Muro was struck in the chest by a “skip” round that ricocheted from where it struck the ground after police opened fire on a pit bull.

Detroit and Wayne County Democrats bleed working-class homeowners dry

By Debra Watson, 24 June 2017

Local Democratic administrations have been using what amounts to a scam to fleece homeowners in the Detroit metropolitan area in order to increase tax revenues.

German parliament votes to redeploy troops to Jordan

By Johannes Stern, 24 June 2017

German troops will now be even closer to the war zones in Syria and Iraq.

Chinese authorities launch probe into financial system fearing “Lehman moment”

By Nick Beams, 24 June 2017

The Beijing government is concerned about purchases of overseas assets using financial mechanisms outside their control.

Australia sends spy planes to join US military intervention in the Philippines

By Mike Head, 24 June 2017

Although the initial deployment consists of just two aircraft, they will form part of an intensive operation by US Special Forces.

Sri Lankan police attack protesting students

By Kapila Fernando, 24 June 2017

On the orders of the government, police severely beat and baton-charged demonstrators inside the health ministry building.

Canada: Reports on Fort McMurray wildfire expose government culpability

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 24 June 2017

In spite of warnings about the growing threat of a major wildfire, Alberta's NDP government slashed funding for firefighting and failed to take preventive measures.

Canada’s Liberal government expands spy agencies’ powers in “reform” of Harper’s Bill C-51

New in Russian

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 года
Заявление фракции большевиков на заседании I Всероссийского Съезда Советов по вопросу о наступлении

Лев Троцкий, 24 июня 2017 г.

Это заявление, написанное Троцким, но представленное на рассмотрение П. Позерном, предупреждает рабочий класс о последствиях военного наступления, готовящегося Временным правительством.

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 года
Выступление на вечернем заседании I Всероссийского съезда Советов по личному вопросу

Лев Троцкий, 24 июня 2017 г.

Это изложение речи Троцкого, с которой он выступил на заседании съезда Советов, где он отвечает на обвинения, распространявшиеся Милюковым, о том, что он и Ленин являются агентами германского правительства.

Эта неделя в русской революции
19-25 июня: Большевистская антивоенная демонстрация запрещена съездом Советов

24 июня 2017 г.

Временное правительство готовит большое военное наступление, которое поддерживают меньшевистские, мелкобуржуазные и народнического толка лидеры. Однако массы рабочих, крестьян и солдат выступают против будущего наступления и требуют мира.

New in French

Des forces soutenues par les États-Unis sur le point de reprendre la ville irakienne de Mossoul

Par James Cogan, 24 juin 2017

La destruction jeudi du minaret de 900 ans de la mosquée historique Al Nuri symbolise la dévastation infligée à Mossoul.

Le gouvernement britannique avoue que d’autres tours seraient revêtues de matériaux combustibles

Par Robert Stevens, 24 juin 2017

Alors que le nombre de morts reste à déterminer, le gouvernement conservateur a lancé une enquête afin de dissimuler sa complicité dans le désastre

Augmentation rapide des décès par overdose au Canada

Par Riksen Stewart et Roger Jordan, 24 juin 2017

Le maire de Vancouver a qualifié l’épidémie d’overdoses de «bain de sang» qui pourrait tuer plus de 400 personnes dans la ville d’ici la fin de l’année.

New in German

Die politischen Lehren aus den Wahlen in Frankreich

Von Alex Lantier, 24. Juni 2017

Macrons Wahlsieg ist eine Folge reaktionärer Politik von pseudolinken Organisationen in Frankreich, die mit dem Trotzkismus gebrochen haben.

EU-Gipfel beschließt „historische“ Aufrüstung

Von Johannes Stern, 24. Juni 2017

Im Zentrum des EU-Gipfels am Donnerstag und Freitag in Brüssel standen vor allem weitgehende Maßnahmen zur inneren und äußeren Aufrüstung des Kontinents.

Unterstützt den Streik der VW-Arbeiter in der Slowakei!

Von Ulrich Rippert, 24. Juni 2017

Seit Dienstag streiken über 8000 Volkswagen-Arbeiter in der Slowakei und legen die Produktion im Werk Bratislava still. Die Streikenden fordern eine Lohnerhöhung von 16 Prozent und Verbesserungen der Arbeitsbedingungen.

Bundesregierung schiebt wieder nach Afghanistan ab

Von Marianne Arens, 24. Juni 2017

Obwohl der Krieg in Afghanistan intensiviert wird, will die deutsche Regierung die Sammelabschiebungen dorthin wieder aufnehmen.

Griechenland: Syriza verschärft Sparkurs und EU bewilligt neue Kredite

Von John Vassilopoulos, 24. Juni 2017

„In den zwei Jahren, in denen unsere Regierung im Amt ist, haben wir mehr Reformen umgesetzt als alle anderen europäischen Staaten zusammen,“ brüstet sich der griechische Regierungschef Alexis Tsipras.

Die Rückeroberung von Mossul

Von James Cogan, 24. Juni 2017

Die Zerstörung des Minaretts der historischen al-Nuri-Moschee ist ein Symbol für die schreckliche Verwüstung von Mossul.

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Perspective

Health care and the fight for socialism

24 June 2017

The most significant feature of both the Senate and House plans is their effective dismantlement of Medicaid as a guaranteed benefit—a milestone in the ruling class drive to destroy what remains of the social reforms of the 20th century.

Earlier Perspectives »

Mehring Books

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Heritage We Defend

By David North, 23 June 2017

A Turkish language edition of The Heritage We Defend by David North will be released next month by Mehring Yayıncılık, the publishing house of the Socialist Equality Group (Toplumsal Esitlik), the Trotskyist organization in Turkey working in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International. The Heritage We Defend was originally published in 1988. We are posting the preface for the Turkish edition written by David North.

Commentary

UK: Conservatives seek toxic alliance with Democratic Unionist Party

By Steve James, 24 June 2017

The DUP’s current policy is to extract as many concessions as possible to offset the catastrophic economic impact of Brexit, while maintaining Northern Ireland’s position in the UK.

Political lessons of the French elections

By Alex Lantier, 23 June 2017

US Senate health care bill guts Medicaid, slashes taxes for the wealthy

By Kate Randall, 23 June 2017

After Georgia debacle, Democrats prepare further shift to the right

By Patrick Martin, 23 June 2017

Democrats lose special House elections in Georgia, South Carolina

Socialist Equality Party

German Socialist Equality Party holds meeting on its election program

By our correspondents, 24 June 2017

Representatives of the SEP outlined their election manifesto against militarism and social inequality at a meeting in Berlin.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

24 June 2017

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

“Being an ‘independent contractor’ is just an illusion so they can pocket more money for themselves”
Striking Los Angeles-Long Beach port truck drivers speak

By our reporters, 23 June 2017

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

From the archives of the Revolution
Declaration of the Bolshevik Faction at a session of the First All-Russian Congress of Soviets on the Question of the Offensive

By Leon Trotsky, 23 June 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Arts

Megan Leavey: Oblivious to Iraqi suffering

By Joanne Laurier, 23 June 2017

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

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

By Hiram Lee, 20 June 2017

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and the case for public ownership

By Eric London, 22 June 2017

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

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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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.

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Sri Lankan free trade zone workers call for release of Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 23 June 2017

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

By our correspondents, 21 June 2017

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

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

Obituary

On the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl

By Peter Schwarz, 19 June 2017

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