White House upheaval continues as General Kelly takes the reins

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2017

The retired Marine general’s first action as White House chief of staff was to fire Anthony Scaramucci, hired by Trump less than two weeks ago as communications director.

White House shakeup: A further step toward authoritarian rule

German economy minister threatens counter-measures in response to US sanctions on Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 1 August 2017

Following the adoption of new sanctions against Russia by both chambers of the US congress, Brigitte Zypries threatened that Europe may take counter-measures.

Putin confirms expulsion of US diplomats from Russia

Trump imposes sanctions on Maduro after Venezuelan constituent assembly elections

By Andrea Lobo, 1 August 2017

The sanctions mark a significant escalation of US imperialist involvement in the Venezuelan crisis and Latin American internal politics.

Government, media stoke fear following latest terrorist allegations in Australia

By Mike Head, 1 August 2017

If the men being held for interrogation are ultimately charged with conspiracy or other terrorist-related offences, it will be virtually impossible for them to receive a fair trial.

Australian government implements far-reaching restructure of intelligence agencies

In wake of Republican failure on ACA repeal
Trump administration moves to undercut Medicaid and Obamacare exchanges

By Kate Randall, 1 August 2017

A number of states are seeking federal permission to require Medicaid enrollees to work, submit to drug testing or pay monthly premiums.

Video released of 2013 incident
Border agents urged 16-year-old boy to drink liquid meth, resulting in his death

By Genevieve Leigh, 1 August 2017

No punitive measure was ever brought against the officers, and both remain employed by Customs and Border Protection in San Diego.

Experts warn of public health crisis as Detroit rejects halt to water shutoffs

By Kathleen Martin, 1 August 2017

Data from the Henry Ford Global Health Initiative found that patients are 1.55 times more likely to get a water-borne illness if they live on a block where a water shutoff occurs.

18-year-old released from New York’s Rikers Island prison after more than a year without trial

By Katy Kinner, 1 August 2017

Bronx honor student Pedro Hernandez was arrested last year for a crime he did not commit. Faced with a $255,000 bail, he was forced to await his trial in prison.

Railroad workers at CSX face the dictates of Wall Street

By Jeff Lusanne, 1 August 2017

Since CSX has installed a new Wall Street-approved CEO, workers at the railroad have faced a grueling regime of radically changed working rules and conditions.

Wildfires in California burn three times the average annual acreage

By Adam Mclean, 1 August 2017

The Detwiler Fire has forced evacuation near Yosemite National Park, while inmates are being used to control the blaze.

No prison in England and Wales safe for young people

By Peter Reydt, 1 August 2017

A new report details how working class criminals are incarcerated in “filthy and dilapidated”, vermin infested, overcrowded and violent “facilities.”

Britain’s National Health Service being gutted through privatisation

By Jean Shaoul, 1 August 2017

According to the NHS Support Federation, more than one third (£5.5 billion) of £16 billion in contracts awarded by the clinical commissioning groups have gone to the private sector.

UK: More nurses and midwives quit as onslaught against NHS intensifies

Indonesian government bans Hizbut Tahrir

By John Roberts, 1 August 2017

The Widodo government fears that growing political instability will generate a social movement from below and is adopting draconian anti-democratic measures.

Australia: Official figures continue to cloak jobs crisis

By Terry Cook, 1 August 2017

The official employment report for June shows there is little to celebrate for the tens of thousands of people engaged in a daily search for work.

New in Norwegian

Ny Google-algoritme begrenser tilgang til venstreorienterte og progressive nettsteder

Av Andre Damon og Niles Niemuth, 27 July 2017

Google har innført en ny algoritme som gjør at venstreorienterte og progressive nettsteder blir usynlige i søkeresultat.

Amazon og CIA: et partnerskap laget i helvete

Av Evan Blake, 14 July 2017

Det multinasjonale selskapet Amazon har et nært samarbeid med CIA og de andre amerikanske etterretningstjenestene. Her vises tydelig hvordan verdens rikeste mennesker, de store selskapene og statsapparatet bare er forskjellige aspekter av det samme systemet.

Infernoet i Grenfell Tower : En forbrytelse mot arbeiderklassen

Av Laura Tiernan, 15 June 2017

Brannen i høyblokken Grenfell Tower i Vest-London tidlig onsdag morgen har skapt sinne hos lokalbefolkningen.

New in Russian

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 года
Письмо Временному правительству

Лев Троцкий, 1 aвгустa 2017 г.

Это открытое письмо Троцкого было обращено к Временному правительству по поводу ареста лидеров большевиков, которое состоялось после подавления «июльских дней».

Эта неделя в русской революции
24–30 июля: Контрреволюция поднимает голову

1 aвгустa 2017 г.

После подавления июльского восстания в Петрограде объявлено о создании «правительства национального спасения» с неограниченными репрессивными полномочиями. Это правительство поддерживается буржуазными партиями и оппортунистическими партиями в Петроградском Совете.

New in French

L’ingénieur en chef du moteur de recherche de Google légitime le nouvel algorithme de censure

Par Andre Damon, 1 août 2017

En utilisant le prétexte frauduleux du blocage de l’accès aux « fausses nouvelles », Google a mis en place un programme considérablement élargi de censure sur Internet.

Le remaniement de la Maison Blanche : un pas de plus vers un régime dictatorial

Par Patrick Martin, 1 août 2017

La désignation du général des Marines retraité John Kelly comme chef de cabinet de la Maison Blanche fait partie d’un tournant plus large par président Trump vers l’appareil militaire et policier.

New in German

Die F.A.Z. wirbt für deutsche Atomwaffen

Von Sven Heymanns, 1. August 2017

Der Ruf nach deutschen Nuklearwaffen in einer der auflagenstärksten deutschen Tageszeitungen zwei Monate vor den Bundestagswahlen ist eine Warnung.

Russland-Sanktionen: Deutsche Ministerin droht USA mit Gegenmaßnahmen

Von Peter Schwarz, 1. August 2017

Nach der Verabschiedung neuer Sanktionen gegen Russland durch beide Kammern des amerikanischen Parlaments hat Brigitte Zypries die Drohung mit europäischen Gegenmaßnahmen bekräftigt.

Umbesetzung im Weißen Haus: Ein weiterer Schritt zu autoritärer Herrschaft

Von Patrick Martin, 1. August 2017

Die Berufung des pensionierten Marinegenerals John Kelly zum Stabschef des Weißen Hauses ist Teil eines umfassenderen Prozesses, bei dem Präsident Trump auf den Militär- und Polizeiapparat zugeht.

Googles Chefingenieur für Suchmaschinen legitimiert Algorithmen für Zensur

Von Andre Damon, 1. August 2017

Unter dem betrügerischen Vorwand, den Zugang zu „Fake News“ zu blockieren, hat Google ein deutlich erweitertes Internetzensurprogramm umgesetzt.

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Perspective

The US sanctions drive and the danger of war

1 August 2017

Amid a mounting domestic political crisis and a breakdown of long-standing alliances, the United States is simultaneously escalating its military threats against nuclear-armed Russia and China.

Earlier Perspectives »

Google Censorship

RT interviews Andre Damon: Google becoming “censorship engine”

1 August 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporter Andre Damon spoke to RT America about Google’s censorship of left-wing, progressive, and anti-war web sites.

Google’s chief search engineer legitimizes new censorship algorithm

By Andre Damon, 31 July 2017

Does the WSWS write about Leon Trotsky? Not according to Google

By Joseph Kishore, 29 July 2017

Google rigs searches to block access to World Socialist Web Site

New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive web sites

Commentary

Canada’s pseudo left groups seek to revive right-wing NDP

By Roger Jordan, 1 August 2017

The pseudo left groups are shamelessly appealing to the union bureaucracy and NDP parliamentarians to bring forth a “Canadian Corbyn.”

Mélenchon denies France’s responsibility for the Nazi-era deportation of the Jews

By Alex Lantier, 31 July 2017

Indian Stalinists support Modi government in military standoff with China

After the Papua New Guinea election: The way forward for the working class and rural poor

Japan’s defense minister resigns in wake of scandal

Arts

The Handmaid’s Tale: Resistance is not futile

By Ed Hightower, 1 August 2017

In a number of ways, Hulu’s serialization of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel challenges the viewer to oppose the status quo.

Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit: Mind-numbing violence and racial politics

By Joanne Laurier, 28 July 2017

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City—Documentary on the life and times of urban activist Jane Jacobs

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk: The outbreak of World War II without history or politics

Maruti Suzuki

Sri Lankan free trade workers express solidarity with framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

Workers responded enthusiastically to the international defense campaign and related their own experiences of sweatshop conditions and fighting state repression.

Aisin Automotive workers in India’s Haryana state face a new company-government witchhunt

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

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

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
July 31—August 6: The nightmare in Flanders

31 July 2017

Perhaps more than any other battle in world history, the Third Battle of Ypres will endure for generations as a symbol of pointless and fratricidal barbarism. While popular moods continue to turn against the war, counterrevolution is in full swing in Russia.

From the archives of the Russian Revolution
Letter to the Provisional Government

By Leon Trotsky, 31 July 2017

This is a new translation of an open letter Trotsky addressed to the Provisional Government on the arrest of Bolshevik leaders, which took place during the crackdown that followed the July Days.

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

By David North, 30 June 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Socialist Equality Party

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand discuss international significance of Grenfell Tower disaster

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

Speakers outlined the parallels between the fire in London, and the gutting of building safety regulations in Australia by successive Labor and Liberal-National governments.

“You have to be rich to have a voice”
SEP meeting attendees speak on the Grenfell Tower tragedy

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

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

21 July 2017

Independent Inquiry Committee holds meeting on Sri Lankan garbage dump collapse

By our correspondent, 26 July 2017

Workers Struggles

Ground workers strike Toronto’s Pearson International Airport
Workers Struggles: the Americas

1 August 2017

A strike by 700 ground workers has hit Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Canada’s busiest, causing flight delays.

Sri Lankan government deploys army to break oil workers’ strike

The Australian Education Union’s 2017 campaign of misinformation and censorship

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon CEO Bezos makes $1.4 billion Thursday morning, briefly becoming world’s richest person

By Evan Blake, 28 July 2017

Amazon to seize the land of freed slaves’ descendants to lay power lines

Government gives Amazon millions in free money for Romulus, Michigan warehouse

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

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History

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

By Barry Grey, 21 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.”

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.