US state budget crises lead to shutdowns of offices, parks, schools

By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2017

New Jersey and Maine began partial shutdowns Saturday, Illinois is near default, and seven other US states failed to adopt new budgets by a June 30 deadline.

US warship intrudes into Chinese-claimed waters in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 3 July 2017

The US naval provocation, following the approval of a large arms deal with Taiwan and US sanctions on Chinese companies, heightens the risk of war with China.

South Korean president aligns with US war plans against North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 3 July 2017

With his election out of the way, President Moon sought to reassure Washington that he remained committed to the military alliance.

Outpouring of anger over Grenfell Tower fire at London anti-austerity rally

By Robert Stevens, 3 July 2017

The mood of many was angry, with the June 14 Grenfell Tower inferno the main motivation behind the turnout

“People died because they used cheap cladding. It’s like war between rich and poor”
Anti-austerity protestors speak on the Grenfell Tower fire

By our reporters, 3 July 2017

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed some of those participating in Saturday’s anti-austerity demonstration. Dominating the thoughts of those who attended was the Grenfell Tower inferno and its implications.

Australian workers and youth speak out on Grenfell Tower tragedy

By our reporters, 3 July 2017

Those who spoke to the WSWS drew parallels between the London fire and the undermining of building regulations in Australia.

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Ohio councilman proposes “three strike policy” to let opioid overdosers die

By Genevieve Leigh, 3 July 2017

Like hundreds of cities and towns across the US, Middletown, located in southwestern Ohio, has been wracked by the opioid epidemic.

Majority of states rebuff Trump voter fraud commission’s request for data

By Evan Blake, 3 July 2017

The aim of the commission is to promote the myth of widespread vote fraud in order to justify anti-democratic measures to restrict the right to vote.

Trump administration, Democrats announce local-federal partnership to expand Chicago police force

By Kristina Betinis, 3 July 2017

The greater integration of city and federal policing agencies will do nothing to address the conditions that produce gun violence, rooted in social inequality and mass poverty.

Governor declares “state of emergency” for New York City transit system

By Alan Whyte and Sandy English, 3 July 2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers says New York City’s transit system needs at least $68 billion over the next 20 years.

New York City transit workers, commuters describe breakdown of subway system

By our reporters, 3 July 2017

Two workers killed in molten slag spill at Tampa, Florida power plant

By Matthew MacEgan, 3 July 2017

The corporation has hired a public relations firm in St. Petersburg, Florida, which neighbors Tampa, to help cover up the deadly slag spill.

Cyberattack on UK parliament stokes anti-Russia campaign

By Paul Mitchell, 3 July 2017

The drive to confront Russia has taken on added urgency since the humiliating defeat for the US when Syrian government forces recaptured Aleppo.

Canada’s Liberal government extends participation in Mideast war to 2019

By Roger Jordan, 3 July 2017

The Trudeau government’s decision to continue the Canadian Armed Forces’ mission in the Mideast well into 2019 came just weeks after it announced a 70 percent hike in military spending.

Wages continue to plummet in the UK, as inflation rises

By Barry Mason, 3 July 2017

The impact of years of wage cuts was revealed in a trade union survey of 6,500 workers, which found that two out of five of those surveyed said they were unable to save any money.

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El costo humano del capitalismo: el incendio de Grenfell y el envenenamiento de Flint, Michigan

Por Jerry White, 3 julio 2017

En Londres y Flint, al igual que en ciudades alrededor del mundo, el capitalismo moderno está condenando a la clase obrera a condiciones imposibles y a una tumba temprana.

Emerge la lucha de clases sobre el sistema de salud en los Estados Unidos

Por Joseph Kishore, 3 julio 2017

Los demócratas y los republicanos continuaron su puesta en escena debate sobre medidas que tendrán consecuencias devastadoras para millones de estadounidenses.

El veto migratorio de Trump entra en efecto después de sentencia unánime en la Corte Suprema

Por Eric London, 3 julio 2017

El nuevo veto es una sentencia de muerte para muchos refugiados que buscan escapar las guerras lanzadas o incentivadas por el imperialismo estadounidense que están arrasando con la región.

El gobierno iraquí anuncia la caída de ISIS mientras la guerra continúa

Por Bill Van Auken, 3 julio 2017

La victoria pírrica de Baghdad en conquistar la mezquita demolida al Nuri no ha terminado los enfrentamientos en Mosul, mucho menos el conflicto armado en Irak, Siria y más allá.

Ataque aéreo estadounidense mata a decenas de civiles en Siria

Por Bill Van Auken, 3 julio 2017

El sangriento bombardeo del lunes pasado sobre la provincia de Deir ez-Zor al este de Siria es parte de la cada vez más agresiva irrupción militar en la región.

Las implicaciones políticas del incendio de la Torre Grenfell

Por Chris Marsden, 3 julio 2017

La impactante pérdida de vidas representa la devastación que el capitalismo ha causado en generaciones de trabajadores. Es la consecuencia de una transferencia vasta y continua de la riqueza de la sociedad de los pobres a los ricos.

La Corte Suprema unánime restablece la prohibición de viajar contra los musulmanes

Por Tom Carter, 3 julio 2017

El decreto presidencial de Donald Trump atacando a los musulmanes, que fue redactado por sus asesores fascistas Steve Bannon y Stephen Miller, podrá entrar en vigor.

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La Cour suprême et les décrets présidentiels anti-musulmans de Trump

Par Tom Carter, 3 juillet 2017

La décision de la Cour suprême des États-Unis lundi, qui permet l’interdiction d’entrer aux États-Unis pour des musulmans prise par Donald Trump d’entrer en vigueur, est l’une des affaires les plus importantes de l’histoire de cette institution.

OTAN : hausse des budgets militaires et envoi de milliers de soldats en Afghanistan

Par Johannes Stern, 3 juillet 2017

Le secrétaire général de l’OTAN, Jens Stoltenberg, a dit mercredi que l’Europe et le Canada augmentaient leurs dépenses militaires à un rythme le plus rapide depuis trois ans.

Le professeur Sean McMeekin relance des calomnies anti-Lénine discréditées

Par David North, 3 juillet 2017

Le mensonge centenaire selon lequel le chef de la Révolution d’Octobre agissait au nom de l’impérialisme allemand est relancé dans une opinion de lecteur publiée par le New York Times.

Italie : défaite du Parti démocrate de Renzi aux élections municipales

Par Marianne Arens, 3 juillet 2017

Avec une participation inférieure à 50 pour cent, le résultat électoral constitue un énorme vote de défiance envers le Parti démocrate au pouvoir et l’ensemble du camp dit de centre-gauche.

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Das Oberste Gericht und Trumps Einreiseverbot für Muslime

Von Tom Carter, 3. Juli 2017

Der Oberste Gerichtshof der Vereinigten Staaten hat Donald Trumps Einreiseverbot für Muslime wieder in Kraft gesetzt. Es ist eine ungewöhnliche Entscheidung von großer Tragweite.

Bundestag beschließt Internetzensur

Von Justus Leicht, 3. Juli 2017

Das Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz ist ein massiver Angriff auf das Grundrecht der Meinungsfreiheit.

Professor Sean McMeekin wärmt längst widerlegte Diffamierung Lenins wieder auf

Von David North, 3. Juli 2017

Ein Kommentar der New York Times wärmt die 100 Jahre alte Lüge auf, dass der Anführer der Oktoberrevolution ein Agent des deutschen Imperialismus gewesen sei.

Amazon in Kanada: Niedriglöhne und wachsende Arbeitshetze

Von unseren Reportern, 3. Juli 2017

Ein Reporterteam der WSWS verteilte in einem Amazon-Logistikzentrum in Brampton, Ontario, die International Amazon Workers Voice. Arbeiter berichteten dort über niedrige Löhne und wie sie von Leiharbeitsfirmen doppelt ausgebeutet werden.

Der sowjetische Dichter Jewgeni Jewtuschenko (1933-2017) und das Schicksal der 1960er-Generation in der UdSSR

Von Wladimir Wolkow, 3. Juli 2017

Der am 1. April 2017 verstorbene sowjetische Dichter Jewgeni Jewtuschenko erlangte während der „Tauwetterperiode“ 1961 internationale Bekanntheit durch sein Gedicht „Babi Jar“, verfasst zur Erinnerung an die jüdischen Opfer des Massakers im Herbst 1941 in einem Städtchen nahe Kiew.

New in Arabic

السير في اتجاه حرب أوسع في الشرق الأوسط

١٣ حزيران يونيو ٢٠١٧

فيما يتجاوز الصراع السياسي الحاد في واشنطن ، و حملة الإعلام التي لا تنتهي التي تنشر ادعاءات هستيرية حول تدخل روسيا في الانتخابات واحتمال تورط دونالد ترامب، ثمة حروب حقيقية للغاية في الشرق الأوسط تهدد بالتحول إلى صدام إقليمي بل وحتى شامل ،تحمل تداعيات مشؤومة للشعوب ليس في المنطقة وحسب بل في الكوكب بأسره.

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Perspective

The media blackout of Seymour Hersh’s exposé on US missile strike against Syria

3 July 2017

The same corporate media that praised the US missile strike against Syria has blacked out Hersh’s exposure that its pretext, an alleged chemical weapons attack, is a lie.

Earlier Perspectives »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
July 3-9: Lenin warns against premature insurrection

3 July 2017

Kerensky’s military offensive is developing into a terrible massacre of Russian soldiers. In the old tsarist capital, workers and soldiers are angry. In the Bolshevik Party’s middle and lower ranks, including in the Bolshevik Military Organization, many are demanding an immediate insurrection.

Professor Sean McMeekin revives discredited anti-Lenin slanders (Part I)

By David North, 30 June 2017

This week in the Russian Revolution
June 26–July 2: Bolshevik slogans dominate at massive Petrograd demonstration

26 June 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Featured Videos

Photo Essay—Sri Lanka: The housing crisis and Colombo’s poor

By Shantan Kumarasamy and Panini Wijesiriwardane, 3 July 2017

A photo essay on the conditions of life for the many thousands living in makeshift housing around Colombo.

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Interview: Fresno youth assaulted by police

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.

International Amazon Workers Voice

“The company is a prison”
Fall River, Mass., Amazon worker says company forces workers to grab heavy pallets 50 feet in air

By John Marion, 2 July 2017

The government gave Amazon millions of dollars to set up its sweatshop-like operation in the deindustrialized Northeast.

Canadian Amazon workers face low wages and constant speed-up

By our reporters, 1 July 2017

Amazon pays warehouse workers $233 per month in India

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

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Workers Struggles

Detroit Federation of Teachers accepts merit pay, other concessions

By Phyllis Steele, 3 July 2017

The Detroit Federation of Teachers is attempting to impose yet another round of concessions on teachers who have suffered years of givebacks, layoffs and eroding school conditions.

“It’s a pretty damning statement when nurses cannot afford health care”
Western Massachusetts nurses still face fight over staffing and health benefits

By Jay James, 3 July 2017

Nurses at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center are the latest to face a battle to defend their health benefits.

The importance of the VW Strike in Slovakia

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 July 2017

Manchester Metropolitan University staff oppose site closure, redundancies

By Margot Miller, 1 July 2017

Australian Education Union pushes through pro-market workplace agreement in Victoria

By Susan Allan and Linda Tenenbaum, 1 July 2017

Australian state government and unions collaborate in teacher’s dismissal under “TIP”

Commentary

Germany: Marriage equality bill used to promote Red-Red-Green pro-war policy

By Johannes Stern, 3 July 2017

Nobody should be discriminated against because of his or her sexual orientation. But the Social Democrats, the Left Party and the Greens are exploiting the issue of gay marriage to mobilize support for German militarism among privileged sections of the middle class.

The Supreme Court and Trump’s anti-Muslim executive orders

By Tom Carter, 1 July 2017

US House passes anti-immigrant measures with Democratic Party green light

Trump’s travel ban back in effect after unanimous Supreme Court ruling

With polls showing only 12 percent support for Republican bill
Democrats appeal for bipartisan compromise to slash health care costs

By Barry Grey, 1 July 2017

Anger and frustration over Trumpcare at Louisiana town hall meeting

The emerging class struggle over health care in the US

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An assault on free speech
Trinity College suspends professor over Facebook posts

By Josh Varlin, 1 July 2017

150 years of Canadian Confederation: Myth and reality

By Keith Jones, 1 July 2017

Papers filed in law-and-order recall campaign against judge in Stanford sexual assault case

By Niles Niemuth, 30 June 2017

Grenfell Fire

The human cost of capitalism: The Grenfell fire and the poisoning of Flint, Michigan

By Jerry White, 30 June 2017

Two weeks after London’s Grenfell Tower inferno, real death toll still concealed by Tory government

By Robert Stevens, 29 June 2017

Flint worker: “They’re gonna let Flint die, and they're gonna let London die!”

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"The rich want families with low income out”
On-the-spot report from London: Residents speak on Grenfell fire

The political implications of the Grenfell Tower fire

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Arts

Season Three of Better Call Saul: Objection! Relevance!

By Ed Hightower, 1 July 2017

The prequel to AMC’s hit Breaking Bad has an identity crisis, and in Season Three resolves this by largely becoming another cop drama.

The “forces in power” are sensitive “to art and ideas”
A conversation with award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz

By David Walsh, 29 June 2017

The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith: A film about music, photography and the postwar world

By David Walsh, 27 June 2017

“All these people worked all night, every night, crazily, obsessively”
An Interview with Sara Fishko, director of The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith

By David Walsh, 27 June 2017

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Lawyer for framed up Maruti Suzuki workers: The court “committed violence” to the “principles” of law

By our correspondents, 27 June 2017

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

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

By our correspondents, 23 June 2017

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »