Xi’s visit to Berlin highlights growing US-EU conflicts before G20 summit

By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2017

As Trump arrived in Poland, Xi’s state visit in Berlin highlighted growing US-EU tensions over Asia.

G20 summit in Hamburg: A city in a state of siege

Australian government lines up behind US threats to North Korea and China

By Mike Head, 6 July 2017

Canberra’s statement closely echoed Washington’s assertions that North Korea now constitutes a threat to the entire world.

North Korean missile launch intensifies war danger

China and Russia forge closer ties against US

By Peter Symonds, 6 July 2017

While Russia and China publicly opposed the aggressive US stance against North Korea, Xi’s visit to Russia also strengthened their economic and strategic relations.

Many questions in Detroit GM plant explosion

By Shannon Jones, 6 July 2017

A Wednesday morning explosion at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant has left three workers injured and one hospitalized.

Banks, bondholders driving the legal conflict over Flint’s water supply

By Sheila Brehm and Jerry White, 6 July 2017

Few Flint residents believe the claims of the governor and mayor that the 30-year deal to buy water from Detroit is motivated by concerns for the people of Flint. But what are the real issues behind the legal conflict with the City Council?

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

Flint residents again face home foreclosures if they do not pay for poisoned water

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US police out in force for Fourth of July holiday

By Matthew MacEgan, 6 July 2017

The police mobilizations throughout the country, justified by citing the possibility of a terror attack, marked another effort to expand the power of the state in anticipation of social unrest.

Disputes sharpen in Canadian ruling elite over its China policy

By Roger Jordan, 6 July 2017

Canada’s “newspaper of record,” the Globe and Mail, is mounting an increasingly shrill campaign over the Liberal government’s China policy, accusing it of “doing Beijing’s bidding.”

UK Labour leader Corbyn appoints opponents to cabinet as Blairite right wing continue to plot

By Julie Hyland, 6 July 2017

Labour’s right wing is bitterly hostile to any perceived change in course away from austerity, lest it encourage more wide-reaching demands for wealth redistribution at the expense of the rich.

German Christian Democrats’ election programme calls for increased state powers

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 July 2017

On Monday, the leaders of the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union government parties presented their election programme in Berlin.

New York Times backs calls for Catalan independence referendum

By Alejandro López, 6 July 2017

The Times’ main concern is that tensions between Madrid and Barcelona might provoke an explosive situation if Madrid uses repressive measures.

Studies reveal stark health divide in Australia

By John Mackay, 6 July 2017

People in working class areas die younger and have almost double the rates of poor health compared to residents of wealthier suburbs.

New in Spanish

Trump ataca a la prensa

Por Patrick Martin y Joe Kishore, 6 julio 2017

Reconocer que el contenido de las polémicas de Trump es profundamente reaccionario tampoco significa que hay que ponerse sentimental por sus blancos inmediatos.

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Le tir de missile nord-coréen accentue le risque de guerre

Par Peter Symonds, 6 juillet 2017

Washington, et non Pyongyang, est principalement responsable de la création de la situation explosive dans la péninsule coréenne.

Trois semaines après l’enfer de la tour Grenfell : la tentative d’étouffer l’affaire et l’impitoyable indifférence officielles

Par Robert Stevens, 6 juillet 2017

La période depuis l’incendie a souligné le mépris de l’élite dirigeante envers les survivants traumatisés et la classe ouvrière dans son ensemble.

Le sommet du G20 à Hambourg : une ville en état de siège

Par Sven Heymanns, 6 juillet 2017

Les mesures prévues à Hambourg ne sont pas seulement censées protéger l’élite politique qui participe au G20 mais sont des dispositifs délibérés pour un scénario de guerre civile.

Après l’incendie de la tour Grenfell : évacuation d’une tour à Wuppertal en Allemagne

Par Dietmar Henning, 6 juillet 2017

Après le terrible incendie à Londres, les responsables politiques et les chargés de la supervision de construction en Allemagne ont affirmé qu’une telle catastrophe ne pouvait se produire ici.

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Außenpolitische Wende 2.0

Von Johannes Stern, 6. Juli 2017

Vor dem G20-Gipfel in Hamburg und drei Monate vor den Bundestagswahlen im September findet in der herrschenden Klasse eine regelrechte nationalistische und militaristische Aufwallung statt.

Der nordkoreanische Raketentest erhöht die Kriegsgefahr

Von Peter Symonds, 6. Juli 2017

Nicht Pjöngjang, sondern Washington ist in erster Linie für die explosive Situation auf der koreanischen Halbinsel verantwortlich.

Drei Wochen nach dem Grenfell-Inferno: Vertuschung und Gleichgültigkeit

Von Robert Stevens, 6. Juli 2017

Die Ereignisse seit der Katastrophe haben die Verachtung der herrschenden Elite für die traumatisierten Überlebenden und die gesamte Arbeiterklasse unterstrichen.

Bombardier Hennigsdorf: Arbeiter wütend auf die IG Metall

Von Gustav Kemper und Verena Nees, 6. Juli 2017

Die Aufsichtsratsentscheidung vom 29. Juni, die mit den Stimmen der IG Metall und Betriebsratsvertretern gefällt wurde, leiten das Ende des traditionsreichen Industriestandorts Hennigsdorf ein.

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Perspective

Ahead of G20 summit
US exploits North Korean missile test to threaten war and isolate China

6 July 2017

The Trump administration is returning to the bellicose anti-China stance that characterised his campaign in the presidential election.

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The Grenfell Tower Fire

Grenfell Tower Inferno: “It’s worse than a terrorist attack”

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London residents on the Grenfell fire: “All they want to do is maximise their profits”

By our reporters, 6 July 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to London residents on Bramley Road, near Grenfell Tower.

London residents on Grenfell fire: “Heads have got to roll!”

Three weeks after the Grenfell inferno: Official cover-up and callous indifference

By Robert Stevens, 5 July 2017

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand
The Grenfell Tower disaster: A crime against the working class

5 July 2017

Homes, schools, hospitals and other public buildings must be made safe. The criminals in high places must be brought to justice.

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Commentary

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren joins push for US escalation in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 July 2017

Appearing in Kabul alongside Republican John McCain, Warren joined in calling for President Donald Trump to advance a new strategy for the nearly 16-year-old US war.

Germany’s foreign policy shift 2.0: A call for German imperialism to “get going”

By Johannes Stern, 6 July 2017

In advance of the G20 summit in Hamburg, and three months prior to Germany’s federal election, a new frenzy of nationalism and militarism is gripping the ruling elite.

Pseudo-left silent on Seymour Hersh’s exposé of US strike against Syria

By Josh Varlin, 5 July 2017

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

Ohio politician proposes letting overdose victims die
The policy of “social murder” behind the US health care debate

By Barry Grey, 5 July 2017

The emerging class struggle over health care in the US

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Gulf crisis poised to escalate as Saudi-led Qatar ultimatum expires

Trump’s attack on the press

Book Review

Locking Up Our Own, by James Forman, Jr.
New book describes the role of black mayors and police officials in mass incarceration

By Fred Mazelis, 5 July 2017

Forman’s account provides further evidence that the massive growth of the US prison population is rooted primarily in class oppression, not in racial divisions.

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

The Maruti Suzuki frame-up and the history of international labor defense campaigns

By Shannon Jones, 5 July 2017

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

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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

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

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

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

By David North, 30 June 2017

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

3 July 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

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.

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

By Shantan Kumarasamy and Panini Wijesiriwardane, 3 July 2017

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Arts

Season Three of Better Call Saul: Objection! Relevance!

By Ed Hightower, 1 July 2017

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

By David Walsh, 29 June 2017

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Socialist Equality Party holds public meeting on Sri Lankan floods disaster

By our correspondents, 5 July 2017

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