French armed forces chief of staff resigns in protest over military budget cuts

By Alex Lantier, 20 July 2017

European imperialism’s growing militarism, together with worsening social inequality and intensifying class conflict, has vastly strengthened the political position of the military.

German police stand by as neo-Nazis give Hitler salute at “rock against foreigners” concert

By Christoph Vandreier, 20 July 2017

More than 6,000 right-wing extremists, wearing shirts reading “National Socialist” and “I love HTLR,” and spouting Nazi slogans, travelled from across Europe to take part in the event.

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

Angry Grenfell survivors and residents berate London police and council officials

By Robert Stevens, 20 July 2017

Local residents and survivors of the Grenfell Tower inferno denounced police and the Kensington and Chelsea Council as “liars” working for “rich folks.”

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

The Grenfell fire: Class politics versus identity politics

Australian governments continue to cover-up unsafe buildings

By Richard Phillips, 20 July 2017

Five weeks after the Grenfell Tower fire, only a handful of flammable-clad buildings have been identified and nothing has been done to prevent a potential disaster.

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As Trump seeks to revive bill to “repeal and replace” Obamacare
Democrats push for bipartisan plan to slash health care

By Barry Grey, 20 July 2017

The Democratic Party response to Republican disarray over health care is to push for a bipartisan bill that would “fix” Obamacare to make it even more punitive for working people and more profitable for the giant insurance companies.

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

Notes on police violence
Woman killed by Minneapolis police had called to report a rape

By Matthew MacEgan and Niles Niemuth, 20 July 2017

Minneapolis police officers claim they thought they were being “ambushed” when they shot the 40-year-old yoga teacher through the door of their cruiser Saturday night.

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

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New study shows half of all opiate prescriptions given to patients suffering from depression or anxiety

By Matthew Taylor, 20 July 2017

The study’s conclusions point to the widespread overprescribing of opiates to those diagnosed with mental illness.

The opioid epidemic in the US: A national health emergency

US House proposes over $5 trillion in cuts

By Daniel de Vries, 20 July 2017

The plan introduced Tuesday would dismantle Medicare and Medicaid while cutting corporate taxes.

Trump gives employers more temporary visas to exploit immigrant workers

By Jake Dean, 20 July 2017

Workers under the H-2 program are subjected to starvation wages and harsh working conditions.

High Court approves UK government’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia

By Jean Shaoul, 20 July 2017

The High Court has given carte blanche to Prime Minister Theresa May to flout international law and aid in war crimes.

Top leadership contender in China abruptly ousted

By Peter Symonds, 20 July 2017

Sun Zhengcai was removed as party boss of Chongqing and replaced by a trusted protégé of President Xi Jinping.

Australian government to establish a “security” super-ministry

By Mike Head, 20 July 2017

Prime Minister Turnbull’s announcement represents another major step toward creating a police-state apparatus.

New in French

Au milieu d’un escalade du militarisme
Un sondage montre que 76 % des Américains craignent une guerre majeure

Par Bill Van Auken, 20 juillet 2017

Un sondage publié mardi a révélé que 76 pour cent de la population américaine craint l’éclatement d’une guerre majeure, même si l’ensemble de l’establishment politique englobe l’escalade du militarisme.

Le ministre fantôme des Finances travailliste qualifie l’incendie de Grenfell Tower de « meurtre social » : et lui, que va-t-il faire contre ça ?

Par Chris Marsden, 20 juillet 2017

Les travailleurs devraient demander à John Mcdonnell, qui dit que les coupables devraient être punis pour Grenfell, ce que lui et le Parti travailliste entendent faire contre ça.

Des membres du Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Royaume-Uni) menacés et exclus d’une collecte de fonds pour les victimes de Grenfell

Par Nos correspondants, 20 juillet 2017

Des membres du PES ont été exclus d’un événement de collecte de fonds pour les victimes de l’incendie de la tour Grenfell, qui se tenait dans un espace public près de la tour calcinée.

Australienne abattue par un agent de police de Minneapolis

Par Anthony Bertolt, 20 juillet 2017

Justine Damond a été abattue par le policier Mohamed Noor dans une ruelle après avoir appelé le 911 pour signaler une présumée agression.

Le « Plan Allemagne » du SPD – un nouveau virage droitier de la social-démocratie

Par Ulrich Rippert, 20 juillet 2017

Derrière la rhétorique sur la « sécurisation de l’avenir », l’« innovation », la « société civile » et la « sécurisation de la paix », le SPD prépare de nouvelles coupes dans les dépenses publiques et l’expansion du militarisme allemand.

Un travailleur d’AmazonFresh parle : Amazon oblige illégalement des ouvriers à rester dans une chambre froide pendant plus de deux heures

Par Alex Gonzalez, 20 juillet 2017

Un ouvrier a rapporté que le service de livraison d’aliments d’Amazon oblige beaucoup de ses employés à travailler dans des températures en dessous de zéro au-delà de la durée légale.

New in German

76 Prozent aller Amerikaner befürchten einen großen Krieg

Von Bill Van Auken, 20. Juli 2017

Laut einer am Dienstag veröffentlichten Umfrage befürchten 76 Prozent der amerikanischen Bevölkerung den Ausbruch eines großen Krieges. Gleichzeitig bekennt sich das gesamte politische Establishment zum eskalierenden Militarismus.

G20-Proteste: Gewalt im Schanzenviertel wurde systematisch aufgebauscht

Von Sven Heymanns, 20. Juli 2017

Die Behauptungen von Politikern, Polizei und Medien, am Rande des G20-Gipfels sei es zu einer neuen Qualität linksextremer Gewalt gekommen, erweisen sich bei einer faktischen Überprüfung als völlig unhaltbar.

Labour Party nennt Brand im Grenfell Tower „sozialen Mord“ – aber was wird sie tun?

Von Chris Marsden, 20. Juli 2017

Nachdem John McDonnell erklärt hat, die Verantwortlichen für Grenfell müssten bestraft werden, sollten Arbeiter ihn fragen, was er und die Labour Party dafür unternehmen werden.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
17.-23. Juli: Die „Julitage“: Aufstand und Konterrevolution in Petrograd

20. Juli 2017

Die „Julitage“, wie die Erhebung der Arbeiter in Petrograd genannt wird, erreichen ihren Höhepunkt und werden durch das gemeinsame Vorgehen der Provisorischen Regierung und der Parteien beendet, die im Sowjet zu diesem Zeitpunkt die führende Rolle spielen.

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Perspective

Six months of the Trump administration: The working-class strategy against capitalism and war

20 July 2017

The development of a genuine movement against the Trump administration requires that workers and youth draw the necessary political conclusions from the experiences of the past six months.

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Commentary

Argentina’s Left and Workers’ Front (FIT): “Podemos in diapers”

By Andrea Lobo, 20 July 2017

Amid a mounting social and political crisis, the FIT’s renewed electoral alliance for Argentina’s upcoming legislative elections is a political trap for workers and youth.

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

By Tom Carter, 19 July 2017

A reply to a Socialist Party USA member

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

By Bill Van Auken, 19 July 2017

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

By Ulrich Rippert, 19 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

Arts

Albert Einstein’s life, or parts of it, in the first season of National Geographic’s Genius

By Bryan Dyne, 20 July 2017

The 10-episode season depicts the life of one of the most renowned scientists in world history without paying much attention to the science he developed.

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

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

Socialist Equality Party

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.

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

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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 »

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.