US study shows uninsured twice as likely to suffer from opioid abuse

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 August 2017

Despite the immense scale of the national health crisis, the debate in Washington is focused on slashing Medicaid, which provides addiction treatment to low-income people.

The opioid epidemic in the US: A national health emergency

Washington’s sanctions against Venezuela and the dead-end of Chavismo

By Eric London, 2 August 2017

Nearly 20 years after the election of Chavez, Venezuela remains one the most unequal countries in the world, with poverty the predominant fact of life for the working class.

Trump imposes sanctions on Maduro after Venezuelan constituent assembly elections

China rejects Trump’s accusations over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 2 August 2017

Beijing’s determination not to be bullied into tougher action against North Korea sets the stage for an escalating US confrontation not only with Pyongyang, but also China.

Democratic campaign chairman declares willingness to fund anti-abortion candidates

By Nick Barrickman, 2 August 2017

The Democrats’ adaptation to the Republican right and anti-abortion sentiment comes amid factional infighting after Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election.

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

Google’s new advertising program tracks offline shoppers, violates privacy

By Josh Varlin, 2 August 2017

Google is using a secret and potentially vulnerable algorithm to correlate in-store credit and debit card purchases with Internet activity.

As teachers narrowly ratify concessions deal
Billionaire’s Detroit sports arena to take $34.5 million in school tax money

By J. Cooper, 2 August 2017

Detroit public schools will lose millions of dollars due to continuing handouts to the city’s billionaire developers.

San Diego teacher detained by Border Patrol at internal immigration checkpoint

By Jake Dean, 2 August 2017

Two-thirds of the US population lives in a “Constitution-free zone,” where anyone, including citizens, can be detained and questioned by federal immigration agents.

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

Israel: Netanyahu forced to remove metal detectors from the al-Aqsa compound

By Jean Shaoul, 2 August 2017

Israel’s ultra-nationalists feel emboldened by Trump’s apparent support for Israel, as part of his attempt to build a regional alliance against Iran..

Conservative daily promotes Germany’s nuclear armament

By Sven Heymanns, 2 August 2017

In two recent articles published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the newspaper makes the case for Germany arming itself with nuclear weapons.

France launches attack on rights of refugees and immigrant workers

By Athiyan Silva, 2 August 2017

Macron is planning attacks on the democratic rights of immigrants in France, and a network of concentration camps to keep refugees in Africa from arriving in Europe.

Europe steps up crackdown on refugees in Mediterranean

By Marianne Arens, 2 August 2017

By bullying aid organisations, establishing detention camps in North Africa, and deploying troops, the European powers intend to stem the flow of refugees.

Bangladesh finance minister to revise country’s budget

By Wimal Perera, 2 August 2017

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, fearful of the popular opposition to her already discredited government, has intervened and postponed the VAT increase.

New in Spanish

Los cambios de cartera de la Casa Blanca: pasos hacia el autoritarianismo

Por Patrick Martin, 2 agosto 2017

La colocación del general marine de EE. UU., John Kelly, como jefe de personal de la Casa Blanca es parte de un giro más amplio del presidente Trump hacia el aparato militar y de inteligencia.

¿Escribe el WSWS sobre León Trotsky? No según Google

Por Joseph Kishore, 2 agosto 2017

La búsqueda en Google de “¿Quién es León Trotsky?” en inglés no lleva a artículos del sitio trotskista más leído del mundo.

El jefe de los ingenieros de búsqueda de Google legitima el nuevo algoritmo de censura

Por Andre Damon, 2 agosto 2017

Usando el pretexto fraudulento de bloquear el acceso a las “noticias falsas”, Google ha implementado un programa vastamente expandido de censura en Internet.

New in Russian

Ученые предупреждают о «биологической аннигиляции», поскольку на Земле ускоряется массовое вымирание

Джош Варлин, 2 aвгустa 2017 г.

Научное исследование, опубликованное 10 июля, приходит к выводу, что планета уже переживает шестое массовое вымирание видов — первое с момента появления человека.

New in French

Les sanctions américaines et le danger de guerre

Par Alexandre Lantier, 2 août 2017

L'expulsion par Moscou de 750 diplomates et employés américains après l'imposition par le Congrès de sanctions contre la Russie et l'Iran marque un tournant historique.

Le bouleversement de la Maison Blanche continue alors que le général Kelly prend les rênes

Par Patrick Martin, 2 août 2017

La première action du général des marines retraité en tant que chef de cabinet de la Maison Blanche a été de renvoyer Anthony Scaramucci, nommé par Trump au poste de directeur de communications il y a moins de deux semaines.

Trump impose des sanctions à Maduro après les élections de l’assemblée constituante vénézuélienne

Par Andrea Lobo, 2 août 2017

Les sanctions marquent une escalade significative de l’implication impérialiste américaine dans la crise vénézuélienne et la politique intérieure latino-américaine.

Après les attaques de Hambourg et Constance, les politiciens allemands réclament des déportations plus rapides

Par Justus Leicht, 2 août 2017

Le sang des victimes à Hambourg et à Constance est à peine sec et les circonstances des deux attaques pas encore élucidées que des politiciens de tous les principaux partis rivalisent déjà de démagogie droitière.

New in German

Das US-Sanktionsregime und die Kriegsgefahr

Alex Lantier, 2. August 2017

Angesichts der zunehmenden innenpolitischen Krise und des Zusammenbruchs alter Bündnisse verschärfen die USA ihre militärischen Drohungen gegen die Atommächte Russland und China gleichermaßen.

Europa verschärft Abwehr von Mittelmeerflüchtlingen

Marianne Arens, 2. August 2017

Durch Schikanen gegen Hilfsorganisationen, die Errichtung von Konzentrationslagern in Nordafrika und die Entsendung von Truppen nach Libyen und in die Sahelzone wollen die europäischen Regierungen die Zahl der Flüchtlinge reduzieren.

Turbulenzen im Weißen Haus gehen auch unter General Kelly weiter

Patrick Martin, 2. August 2017

Die erste Amtshandlung des pensionierten Generals als Stabschef des Weißen Hauses bestand darin, Anthony Scaramucci zu entlassen, der erst vor weniger als zwei Wochen von Trump zum Kommunikations-Chef ernannt worden war.

Wahlveranstaltungen der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei
Gegen Militarismus und Krieg! Für Sozialismus!

der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei (SGP), 2. August 2017

Die SGP startet die heiße Phase des Bundestagswahlkampfs mit Veranstaltungen in mehreren deutschen Städten.

Nach Nepal abgeschobene Bivsi Rana kann nach Duisburg zurückkehren

Elisabeth Zimmermann, 2. August 2017

Anfang letzter Woche wurde bekannt, dass das 14-jähruge Mädchen, das am 29. Mai von Beamten der Duisburger Ausländerbehörde aus dem Unterricht heraus geholt und nach Nepal abgeschoben worden war, mit ihren Eltern nach Duisburg zurückkehren kann.

Vortrag zum 100. Jahrestag der Russischen Revolution
Lenins Rückkehr nach Russland und die Aprilthesen

James Cogan, 2. August 2017

Wir veröffentlichen hier einen Vortrag von James Cogan, dem nationalen Sekretär der Socialist Equality Party Australiens, vom 6. Mai 2017. Es ist der fünfte in einer Reihe internationaler Online- Vorträge anlässlich des einhundertsten Jahrestags der Russischen Revolution von 1917.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
31. Juli – 6. August: Albtraum in Flandern

2. August 2017

Die Dritte Ypernschlacht wird auf Generationen hinaus zum Symbol für die Sinnlosigkeit und Barbarei des Kriegs. Während der Widerstand gegen den Krieg nicht verstummt, ist in Russland die Konterrevolution in vollem Gang.

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Perspective

Google’s new search protocol is restricting access to 13 leading socialist, progressive and anti-war web sites

2 August 2017

The World Socialist Web Site and other widely-followed left-wing internet publications have experienced a massive drop in Google search traffic.

Earlier Perspectives »

Google Censorship

RT interviews Andre Damon: Google becoming “censorship engine”

1 August 2017

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

Left Party leader supports Germany’s great power interests

By Johannes Stern, 2 August 2017

Oskar Lafontaine is seeking to transform widespread opposition to US militarism into support for German and European imperialism.

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

The US sanctions drive and the danger of war

White House upheaval continues as General Kelly takes the reins

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2017

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

By Roger Jordan, 1 August 2017

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

By Alex Lantier, 31 July 2017

Arts

Sam Shepard, American playwright and actor, dies at 73

By David Walsh, 2 August 2017

Shepard had an undoubted influence on American culture over the past several decades. Having grown up in southern California, he first came to prominence as an Off-Off-Broadway playwright in New York with a series of one-act works in the mid-1960s.

DL Menard (1932-2017): The voice of Cajun music

By Paul Bond, 2 August 2017

The revival of the fortunes of traditional Cajun music owes much to Menard’s love of country music, and his warmly nasal voice.

The Handmaid’s Tale: Resistance is not futile

By Ed Hightower, 1 August 2017

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

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon Jobs Day: A Tale of Two Americas

By Eric London, 2 August 2017

The job fairs are being held in some of the most economically distressed regions of the country that have been hard hit by deindustrialization and corporate plunder.

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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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.

Railroad workers at CSX face the dictates of Wall Street

By Jeff Lusanne, 1 August 2017

Sri Lankan government deploys army to break oil workers’ strike

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

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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.