Former US intelligence chiefs urge Congress, executive to defy Trump

By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2017

Former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper attacked Trump at a forum of the national security establishment in Aspen, Colorado.

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Press secretary, legal spokesman resign
White House in turmoil as special counsel expands Russia probe

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

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After Trump visit to Poland: PiS government adopts new authoritarian measures

By Clara Weiss, 24 July 2017

Less than three weeks after Trump’s visit, the ruling PiS has pushed through legislation that will place the judicial system under its control.

Trump threatens Iran, plots to scuttle nuclear accord

By Jordan Shilton, 24 July 2017

Trump’s bellicose remarks came just days after he reluctantly agreed to certify Iran’s compliance with the terms of the 2015 nuclear accord.

German government escalates confrontation with Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 24 July 2017

Last week, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced a realignment in the government’s policy toward Turkey.

Grenfell fire: social cleansing by London councils widespread

By Julie Hyland, 24 July 2017

Formerly socially owned and essential assets have been transferred wholesale to major corporations and hedge funds, jeopardising the lives of working people.

Residents in Bradford, England: “We are all affected by what has happened at Grenfell”

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The Grenfell fire: Class politics versus identity politics

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Divisions mount in Spain’s Podemos as Catalan independence referendum looms

By Alejandro López, 24 July 2017

From its creation Podemos has been an amalgam of forces with opposing views on regional nationalism.

US: Growing danger of children overdosing from opioids

By Kathleen Martin, 24 July 2017

Accidental contact with fentanyl, heroin or carfentanil—difficult to trace in small amounts—is exposing another dangerous aspect of the opioid epidemic in the US.

Tennessee judge offers reduced sentences to inmates who agree to sterilization

The opioid epidemic in the US: A national health emergency

Notes on police violence
Minneapolis police chief resigns over police murder of Justine Damond

By Anthony Bertolt, 24 July 2017

Janeé Harteau, the first female, openly gay, Native American police chief in Minneapolis, had overseen the implementation of a number of reforms that it was claimed would moderate police violence in the city.

The murder of Justine Damond and police violence in America

Teachers’ unions attract few at “March for Public Education” in Washington, D.C.

By our reporters, 24 July 2017

The small turnout shows popular alienation from the unions, which have colluded in the attacks on teachers and public education.

Harley Davidson to cut 180 jobs at Milwaukee and Kansas City plants

By Benjamin Mateus, 24 July 2017

Neither the International Association of Machinists nor the United Steelworkers have made even a pretense of fighting the threatened layoffs.

South Korea extends deadline for talks with the North

By Ben McGrath, 24 July 2017

Seoul has reassured Washington that its proposal is not meant to undermine the larger demand for the complete denuclearization of North Korea.

Hundreds of thousands of Australian dwellings unoccupied as housing crisis deepens

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 July 2017

The 2016 census found that just 31 percent of the population owned a home outright, a 10 percent decline over the past 25 years.

New in Turkish

Trump CIA’in Suriye “devrimi”nden elini çekiyor

Bill Van Auken, 24 Temmuz 2017

CIA’in büyük ölçüde El Kaide bağlantılı “asiler”i silahlandırmasının ve finanse etmesinin sona ermesi, Suriye’deki çatışmanın sona ermesine veya Moskova ile kayda değer bir uzlaşmaya işaret etmemektedir.

Rusya ile füze anlaşması Türkiye-NATO anlaşmazlığını tırmandırıyor

Halil Celik, 24 Temmuz 2017

Gerçekleşmesi halinde S-400 anlaşması kriz içindeki NATO’ya ya da AB’ye indirilmiş bir darbe olacaktır.

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Trump descontinúa la “revolución” de la CIA en Siria

Por Bill Van Auken, 24 julio 2017

La decisión de detener el envío de armas y dinero a través de la CIA a los “rebeldes” asociados con Al Qaeda no pretende ser un acercamiento a Moscú, sino un preparativo para una guerra de mayor escala.

El Frente de Izquierda (FIT) de Argentina: un “Podemos en pañales”

Por Andrea Lobo, 24 julio 2017

En medio de una crisis política y social cada vez más profunda, la renovada alianza electoral del FIT para las elecciones legislativas en Argentina constituye una trampa política para los trabajadores y la juventud.

Fuentes iraquíes reportan 40 000 muertos por sitio de Mosul

Por Bill Van Auken, 24 julio 2017

La magnitud de la masacre en sí hace de este sitio uno de los mayores crímenes de guerra desde el final de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Crece la oposición a la incorporación en la legislación del estado de emergencia francés

Por Francis Dubois, 24 julio 2017

Mientras secciones del establishment político son cada vez más precavidas respecto al peligro para los derechos democráticos planteado por las políticas de Macron, está surgiendo una oposición social en la clase trabajadora.

Un trabajador de AmazonFresh devela: Amazon mantiene a sus trabajadores en congeladores por más de dos horas seguidas de manera ilegal

Por Alex González, 24 julio 2017

Un trabajador reportó que el servicio de entrega de comida de Amazon obliga a muchos empleados a trabajar en temperaturas bajo cero por más de lo que es legalmente permitido.

New in French

Trump arrête la « révolution » syrienne de la CIA

Par Bill Van Auken, 24 juillet 2017

La fin de l’armement et du financement de la CIA des « rebelles » liés à Al-Qaïda ne signale pas la fin du conflit ou un rapprochement avec Moscou, mais fait partie des préparatifs d’une guerre plus large.

Les GM&S menacés de liquidation alors que s‘enrichit l‘oligarchie

Par Francis Dubois, 24 juillet 2017

Après sept mois de lutte sous la direction des syndicats, les GM&S sont toujours confrontés à la fermeture du site et à la destuction de leurs emplois.

En lançant son mouvement contre Macron, Mélenchon applaudit l'armée

Par Alexandre Lantier, 24 juillet 2017

Mélenchon se propose de diriger un mouvement pro-guerre, qui subordonnerait donc la classe ouvrière aux intérêts géostratégiques de l'impérialisme français.

Macron annonce la réduction de l'aide au logement dès octobre

Par Kumaran Ira, 24 juillet 2017

La réduction de l'aide au logement pour les ménages souligne l'hostilité envers les travailleurs et les jeunes de l'aristocratie financière représentée par Macron.

La crise du Brexit déchire le Parti conservateur britannique

Par Chris Marsden, 24 juillet 2017

Le bouleversement politique et la dislocation économique qui entourent le Brexit ont sapé dramatiquement l’autorité des dirigeants britanniques, non seulement à Bruxelles mais aux yeux de millions de travailleurs.

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Trump dreht der syrischen „Revolution“ den Geldhahn zu

Von Bill Van Auken, 24. Juli 2017

Der Stopp der Zahlungen und Waffenlieferungen der CIA an die al-Qaida-nahen „Rebellen“, bedeutet nicht das Ende des Konflikts oder eine Annäherung an Moskau, sondern ist Teil der Vorbereitungen auf einen noch größeren Krieg.

Tiefe politische Krise in Washington
Sonderermittler weitet Untersuchung von Trumps Russland-Kontakten aus

Von Barry Grey, 24. Juli 2017

In den USA herrscht eine beispiellose Krise der kapitalistischen Herrschaft. Ihr zugrunde liegen wirtschaftliche Stagnation, wachsende soziale Wut und zunehmende geopolitische Konflikte.

Nach Trump-Besuch: Polnische Regierung treibt Aufbau eines diktatorischen Regimes voran

Von Clara Weiss, 24. Juli 2017

In den nicht einmal drei Wochen, die seit dem Besuch vergangen sind, hat die polnische Regierung der Partei Recht und Gerechtigkeit (PiS) Gesetze durchs Parlament gepeitscht, die das juristische System de facto unter die Kontrolle der Partei bringen.

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Perspective

American nightmare: Nine immigrants suffocate to death in trailer left in Texas parking lot

24 July 2017

The 30 survivors of the horrific tragedy will likely be thrown into detention centers and promptly deported without the right to appear before a judge.

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
July 24—July 30: Counterrevolution rears its head

24 July 2017

Following the suppression of the July Insurrection, a “government of national safety” with unlimited repressive powers is announced in Petrograd, with the support of the bourgeois parties and the opportunist parties in the Petrograd Soviet.

From the archives of the Russian Revolution
Trying Days

By Leon Trotsky, 24 July 2017

This is a new translation of an article by Leon Trotsky, published in Vperiod (Forward), Number 6, on July 22 (9 O.S.), 1917. Trotsky wrote this article after the July Days and before his arrest by the Provisional Government.

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 »

Commentary

Mélenchon hails French army as he launches movement against Macron’s cuts

By Alex Lantier, 24 July 2017

The movement Mélenchon aims to build is a nationalist, pro-war movement that would subordinate the working class to the strategic interests of French imperialism.

Trump pulls plug on CIA’s Syrian “revolution”

By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2017

Brexit crisis tearing apart UK’s Conservative Party

By Chris Marsden, 22 July 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issues directive to revitalize civil forfeiture laws

By Genevieve Leigh, 22 July 2017

US-China trade talks conclude in acrimony

By Nick Beams, 22 July 2017

German elections: Polls show growing hostility to the Social Democrats and other capitalist parties

By Johannes Stern, 22 July 2017

At “Socialism 2017” conference, International Socialist Organization shows its pro-war colors

By Jerry White and Josh Varlin, 21 July 2017

Arts

Jay-Z’s 4:44: A further display of hubris and self-absorption

By Nick Barrickman, 24 July 2017

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s 4:44, released June 30 on his Roc Nation label and available through Carter’s streaming service Tidal, is the rapper and entrepreneur’s thirteenth studio album.

American horror film director George Romero (1940–2017)
Including a conversation with film historian Tony Williams

By David Walsh, 21 July 2017

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

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

History

Fifty years since the Detroit rebellion
Part three: Liberal promises and capitalist reality in “New Detroit”

By Barry Grey, 24 July 2017

The WSWS is posting a three-part series originally published in July of 1987 under the title “Twenty years since the Detroit rebellion.” This is the third and final part. Part one was published on July 21, part two on July 22.

Fifty years since the Detroit rebellion
Part two: The explosion

Fifty years since the Detroit rebellion
Part one: An uprising of the oppressed

Workers Struggles

Connecticut Democrats, unions impose $1.5 billion in givebacks on state workers

By John Marion, 24 July 2017

Governor Dannel Malloy and union executives browbeat the 40,000 state workers into accepting the deal with the threat of mass layoffs and potential bankruptcy of the City of Hartford.

Mixed fleet cabin crew continue strike against British Airways

By Ross Mitchell, 22 July 2017

Tufts Medical Center lockout to end with no gains for nurses

By John Marion, 17 July 2017

Socialist Equality Party

UK public meetings:
Grenfell Fire—Social Murder: A crime against the working class

21 July 2017

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

5 July 2017

Maruti Suzuki

Five years since company-provoked incident used to frame up Maruti Suzuki workers

By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2017

“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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International Amazon Workers Voice

“When they pay a contract worker it’s like they’re giving money to a beggar”
Amazon investing billions in India to extract super profits

By Moses Rajkumar and Sasi Kumar, 21 July 2017

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

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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.