White House and Republicans fail on “repeal and replace” of Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 19 July 2017

This turn of events marks a stunning defeat for President Trump, who has made a “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) one of his central policy goals.

The opioid epidemic in the US: A national health emergency

Study finds financial parasitism contributes to the high cost of drugs

Watch: The Grenfell Inferno - A timeline of social murder

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Labour shadow chancellor says Grenfell Tower fire is “social murder”: What is he going to do about it?

By Chris Marsden, 19 July 2017

Workers should ask John McDonnell, who says the guilty parties should be punished for Grenfell, what he and Labour are doing about it.

“This is a crime of capitalism against the working class”
Residents denounce inequality at fundraising event for Grenfell Tower victims

By our reporters, 19 July 2017

People attending the local fundraising event in West London for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire spoke with the World Socialist Web Site.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) members threatened and excluded from Grenfell Tower fundraiser

By our reporters, 19 July 2017

SEP members were barred from a fundraising event for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, which was being held in a public area near the burnt-out tower.

The Grenfell fire: Class politics versus identity politics

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Trump threatens redoubled economic sanctions against Venezuela

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 July 2017

Following a symbolic referendum against the constituent assembly, Washington and the right-wing opposition are ratcheting up pressure on the Maduro government.

Notes on police violence
Louisiana woman charged with attempted murder after sheriff’s deputy kills her boyfriend

By Aaron Murch and Tom Hall, 19 July 2017

In yet another egregious display of police violence in the US, a sheriff’s deputy in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana shot and killed 27-year-old father of three DeJuan Guillory earlier this month.

Australian woman fatally shot by Minneapolis police officer

Race, class and police violence in America

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee residents protest city officials’ gag on wildfire discussion

By Warren Duzak, 19 July 2017

A group of Gatlinburg residents are organizing opposition to efforts by the Mayor and City Commission to stifle discussion of the response to a wildfire that killed 14 people late last year.

Three months after the Meethotamulla disaster in Sri Lanka

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 19 July 2017

The government’s callous disregard for the plight of thousands of victims of the Meethotamulla garbage dump collapse is a sharp warning to the working class as a whole.

India’s assertive moves in South China Sea fuel growing tensions with China

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 19 July 2017

For “strategic” reasons, a state-owned Indian energy company has renewed a South China Sea oil-exploration lease in defiance of Beijing.

Australian government seeks new military call-out powers

By Mike Head, 19 July 2017

The changes will mean that heavily-armed troops can be mobilised to suppress social and political unrest.

Two Greens senators in Australia resign over dual citizenship

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 July 2017

The sudden departure of the two deputy leaders of the Greens underscores the deepening crisis of the party and the entire parliamentary set-up.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в русской революции
10–16 июля: Начало «июльских дней» в Петрограде

18 Июль 2017 г.

Несмотря на предупреждения лидеров большевиков о том, что преждевременное восстание окажется изолированным и будет побеждено, сотни тысяч рабочих хотят немедленно взять дело в свои руки. Так начинаются «июльские дни».

New in French

Affrontement public entre Macron et l‘état-major français

Par Francis Dubois, 19 juillet 2017

Une partie de l‘establishment militaire et politique considère que les coupures budgétaires demandées à l‘armée nuisent aux efforts pour obliger la population à accepter les préparatifs de guerre.

Les démocrates poussent la campagne anti-Russie, ils visent maintenant le gendre de Trump

Par Patrick Martin, 19 juillet 2017

Les dirigeants des démocrates au Congrès ont exigé que l’autorisation de sécurité de Jared Kushner – requise dans son rôle de conseiller principal de la Maison-Blanche – soit révoquée.

L’Allemagne et la France vont développer en commun un nouvel avion de combat

Par Johannes Stern, 19 juillet 2017

Les nouveaux projets d’armement – dont des avions de chasse, des chars et des drones – devraient partout en Europe servir d’avertissement aux travailleurs et aux jeunes.

Le monopole d’Amazon s’accroît après son offre de rachat de Whole Foods pour 13,7 milliards de dollars

Par Evan Blake, 19 juillet 2017

Le PDG d’Amazon, Jeff Bezos, a empoché 1,88 milliards de dollars en une seule journée avec l’expansion du contrôle tentaculaire de l’entreprise sur un nouveau secteur de l’économie mondiale.

La guerre du Mali s’étends au Burkina Faso et au Niger

Par Thomas Gaist, 19 juillet 2017

La guerre impérialiste au Mali, dirigée par la France, vise à saisir le contrôle des réserves massives d’énergie dans ce pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest.

New in Spanish

Un mes tras el incendio de Grenfell en Reino Unido
Tres mueren en edificio en Honolulu sin sistema antiincendios

Por Andre Damon, 19 julio 2017

El desastre en Honolulu deja claro que el incendio en Londres no fue una anomalía, sino que la élite financiera trata a los trabajadores de todo el mundo como seres descartables para aumentar sus ganancias y riquezas.

Amazon y la CIA: una pareja hecha en el infierno
Segunda Parte: Amazon, la propaganda de guerra y la supresión de la libertad de expresión

Por Evan Blake, 19 julio 2017

Amazon se ganó la confianza de la CIA mediante su supresión de WikiLeaks, y desde la construcción de la nube C2S está conectado cada vez más profundamente con el aparato militar y de inteligencia.

“No existe ninguna prueba contra de ninguno de ellos”:
Cuatro meses desde la incriminación y condena de los obreros de Maruti Suzuki de la India

Por Jerry White, 19 julio 2017

Obreros de la industria automotora de la India fueron fraudulentamente incriminados por haber desafiado la estrategia de guerra de clases de las élites de poder que pretenden que India reemplace a China como centro de mano de obra mal pagada y superexplotada.

Asamblea Nacional francesa aprueba ley habilitante para modificar legislación laboral

Por Francis Dubois, 19 julio 2017

El órgano legislativo le ha permitido al gobierno del presidente Emmanuel Macron intensificar masivamente el nivel de explotación de la clase obrera en Francia.

Syriza ofrece máximas ganancias corporativas en Grecia

Por John Vassilopoulos, 19 julio 2017

No se tolerará nada que pueda prevenir que la oligarquía financiera saqueé los recursos griegos e intensifique su explotación de una fuerza laboral pauperizada.

Bajo peso al nacer, altos niveles de estrés entre la población inmigrante en los Estados Unidos

Por Genevieve Leigh, 19 julio 2017

Nuevos estudios muestran un vínculo entre los problemas graves de salud entre los inmigrantes, y las angustias causaron por las políticas antiinmigrantes de Estados Unidos bajo las administraciones de Bush, Obama y ahora Trump.

New in German

Drogen-Epidemie in den USA

Von Genevieve Leigh, 19. Juli 2017

Die Drogenepidemie ist ein Symptom eines kranken Gesellschaftssystems und das Ergebnis von fast vier Jahrzehnten sozialer Konterrevolution.

Polizei schützt Neonazi-Konzert trotz massenhafter Straftaten

Von Christoph Vandreier, 19. Juli 2017

Offensichtlich fühlten sich die Rechtsextremisten durch die Kampagne ermutigt, die nach dem G20-Treffen in Hamburg von allen Parteien gegen linke Proteste geführt worden war.

Serbische Fiat-Arbeiter beschließen Fortsetzung des Streiks

Von Verena Nees, 19. Juli 2017

Die Entschlossenheit der Arbeiter löste ein Trommelfeuer giftiger Angriffe von der Regierung, Unternehmensleitung und Gewerkschaftsbürokraten auf die Streikenden aus.

De Maizière fordert Fußfesseln und Meldeauflagen für Gefährder

Von Sven Heymanns, 19. Juli 2017

Die Forderung des Innenministers, so genannten „Gefährdern“ Fußfesseln anzulegen und Meldeauflagen durchzusetzen, ist ein weiterer Vorstoß zur Abschaffung demokratischer Rechte in Deutschland.

Tarifeinheitsgesetz: Bundesverfassungsgericht legitimiert Angriff auf Streikrecht

Von Dietmar Henning, 19. Juli 2017

Das Tarifeinheitsgesetz dient dazu, den wachsenden Widerstand in den Betrieben mit Hilfe der DGB-Gewerkschaften zu unterdrücken.

Griechenland: Syriza lockt das Großkapital mit Riesenprofiten

Von John Vassilopoulos, 19. Juli 2017

Die Finanzoligarchie plündert Griechenlands Staatseigentum und beutet die ohnehin schon verarmte Arbeiterklasse gnadenlos aus.

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Perspective

Amid escalating militarism
Poll shows 76 percent of Americans fear a major war

19 July 2017

A poll released Tuesday revealed that 76 percent of the American population is worried about the outbreak of a major war, even as the entire political establishment embraces escalating militarism.

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Commentary

Notes on the pseudo-left
A portrait of an opportunist coalition in Los Angeles, California

By Tom Carter, 19 July 2017

The Coalition for Peace, Revolution and Social Justice advertised itself online as “a new anti-authoritarian, anti-imperialist, and anti-militarist coalition.”

German military historian Sönke Neitzel evokes the traditions of Hitler’s Wehrmacht

By Christoph Vandreier, 19 July 2017

In an interview with Der Spiegel, Neitzel insists that Germany’s Armed Forces must stand in the tradition of Hitler’s Wehrmacht because they must be an “instrument of battle.”

The SPD’s “Germany Plan”—social democracy shifts further to the right

By Ulrich Rippert, 19 July 2017

Behind all the party’s talk of “securing the future”, “innovation”, “civil society” and “securing peace”, the SPD is preparing new spending cuts and the expansion of German militarism.

After Hamburg G20 protests: SPD, Left Party and Greens prepare law-and-order election campaign

Democrats press anti-Russia campaign, now targeting Trump son-in-law

By Patrick Martin, 18 July 2017

Palace coup or class struggle: The political crisis in Washington and the strategy of the working class

Michigan researchers investigate connection between Flint water crisis and high infant mortality rate

By Carlos Delgado, 18 July 2017

More on the Flint water crisis »

“The rich have all the resources and the money but still so many are struggling”
Leader of group of deported US veterans in Mexico speaks out

By Norisa Diaz and Renae Cassimeda, 18 July 2017

Trump administration prepares mass deportations

More on the persecution of immigrants in the US »

International Amazon Workers Voice

AmazonFresh worker reveals: Amazon illegally keeps workers in a freezer for over two hours at a time

By Alex González, 18 July 2017

Amazon and the CIA: a match made in hell
Part One: Amazon cashes in on war crimes and mass surveillance

By Evan Blake, 13 July 2017

Amazon and the CIA: a match made in hell
Part Two: Amazon, war propaganda, and the suppression of free speech

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
July 17–23: The “July Days,” Insurrection and counterrevolution in Petrograd

17 July 2017

The insurrection in Petrograd known as the “July Days” reaches high tide and then recedes before the combined efforts of the Provisional Government and the parties that currently lead the Soviet.

Professor Sean McMeekin and the construction of a historical lie (Part II)

By David North, 10 July 2017

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

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Arts

Lady Macbeth—a bored, unhappy young wife “ready to go through fire”—and Mali Blues

By Joanne Laurier, 17 July 2017

Netflix series on Elizabeth II
The Crown: Sentenced to be queen

Workers Struggles

Tufts Medical Center lockout to end with no gains for nurses

By John Marion, 17 July 2017

Fiat workers in Serbia launch strike

By Ulrich Rippert, 15 July 2017

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Maruti Suzuki

“There is no evidence to prove any charge”
Four months since the frame-up and sentencing of Maruti Suzuki workers in India

By Jerry White, 13 July 2017

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

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

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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.