US massacring hundreds of Syrian civilians every week in Raqqa

By Jordan Shilton, 25 August 2017

The horrific slaughter of civilians in Raqqa comes just months after US-backed Iraqi forces, relying on US air power, laid waste to vast swathes of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

The “military-industrial complex” in power

Mattis in Kiev: US may arm Ukraine with lethal weapons

By Niles Niemuth, 25 August 2017

Under a provocative plan drawn up by officials at the Pentagon and State Department, the Trump administration would deliver Javelin antitank missiles and antiaircraft weaponry.

US hits China, Russia with punitive sanctions over North Korea

German president in Estonia: Historical revisionism to justify militarism

By Peter Schwarz, 25 August 2017

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier used the anniversary of the Hitler-Stalin pact to threaten Russia and boost Estonian nationalism, which draws directly from the traditions of the Nazis.

German government backs Trump’s military escalation in Afghanistan

Trump escalates conflict with congressional Republicans on border wall, debt ceiling

By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2017

The attacks on Republican leaders are an integral part of an effort to build a fascistic movement outside the framework of the two-party system.

Trump continues far-right agitation in Phoenix speech

Behind the political warfare in the US: Rising fears of financial collapse, social unrest

Florida executes Mark Asay with untested lethal injection protocol

By Kate Randall, 25 August 2017

Asay was the first person executed by a new protocol that includes the anesthetic etomidate, whose use in lethal injections was condemned by the drug manufacturer.

“Everyone high up in the UAW must have known what was going on”
US autoworkers react to new UAW corruption indictments

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 August 2017

US autoworkers contacted by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter expressed disgust and anger over the results of a federal investigation into allegations of bribery of top United Auto Workers officials by Fiat Chrysler executives.

More charges in Fiat Chrysler corruption scandal
UAW executives accepted bribes “to take company-friendly positions”

Pseudo-lefts lament United Auto Workers defeat in Nissan vote

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New report counts 100,000 homeless students in New York City public schools

By Fred Mazelis, 25 August 2017

The number of homeless students has jumped by 50 percent during the past six years, alongside new Wall Street highs and amid the “economic recovery.”

CSX worker in Tennessee seriously injured due to cutbacks
Railroads push cost-cutting and contract concessions

By Jeff Lusanne, 25 August 2017

Railroads continue to push for concessions three years after contracts for 145,000 workers expired, while implementing cost-cutting changes to please Wall Street.

Nurses lack knowledge of postpartum health risks
US maternal mortality highest among industrialized nations

By Trévon Austin, 25 August 2017

An estimated 700 to 900 women die in the US every year from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes, the highest rate among industrialized nations.

Berlin intensifies agitation against Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 25 August 2017

Foreign policy relations between Berlin and Ankara have reached a new low amid hysterical denunciations of the Turkish government by German politicians.

Working class youth priced out of higher education in UK

By Alice Summers, 25 August 2017

Just one in five young people from the poorest areas in the UK will go on to university, compared to half of their wealthier peers.

Turnbull government defends reported killing of Australian children in Syria

By Mike Head, 25 August 2017

If proven, it would be the first known case of the government facilitating the targeted assassination of Australian citizens since the “war on terrorism” was launched.

Sri Lankan president sacks justice minister

By K.Ratnayake, 25 August 2017

Wijedasa Rajapakse’s dismissal is a calculated move by the government to posture as opponents of corruption and undermine political opponents.

New in Spanish

Una carta abierta a Google: ¡Detengan la censura del Internet! ¡Dejen de poner al World Socialist Web Site en su lista negra política!

25 agosto 2017

David North, presidente del Consejo Editorial Internacional del dirigió esta carta abierta a los ejecutivos de Google, Sundar Pichai, Lawrence Page, Sergey Brin y Eric Schmidt.

El “complejo militar-industrial” en el poder

Por Andre Damon, 25 agosto 2017

La élite gobernante ha aprovechado la crisis alrededor del apoyo de Trump a los disturbios neofascistas en Charlottesville, Virginia, para consolidar el dominio del ejército de la Casa Blanca.

Trump le da luz verde al ejército para intensificar la guerra en Afganistán

Por Patrick Martin, 25 agosto 2017

El discurso televisado nacionalmente a un público militar prepara el camino a un aumento masivo del derramamiento de sangre en un país donde Estados Unidos lleva 16 años librando una guerra.

New in French

Lettre ouverte à Google : Halte à la censure sur Internet ! Halte au fichage politique du World Socialist Web Site !

25 août 2017

David North, président du Comité de rédaction international du World Socialist Web Site, a envoyé cette lettre aux dirigeants de Google Sundar Pichai, Lawrence Page, Sergey Brin, et Eric Schmidt.

Les États-Unis intensifient la guerre en Afghanistan et menacent le Pakistan

Par Keith Jones, 25 août 2017

Les menaces de Trump comprennent une coopération rapprochée avec l’adversaire juré du Pakistan, l’Inde, qui s’est vantée à maintes reprises de sa volonté de mener des raids au Pakistan même au risque de provoquer une véritable guerre totale.

Le « complexe militaro-industriel » au pouvoir

Par André Damon, 25 août 2017

L’élite dirigeante a utilisé la crise entourant l’approbation par le président du déchaînement néo-fasciste à Charlottesville, en Virginie, pour consolider l’emprise de l’armée sur la Maison Blanche.

New in German

Der „militärisch-industrielle Komplex“ an der Macht

Andre Damon, 25. August 2017

Die herrschende Elite hat die Krise um Trumps Sympathiebekundungen für die Neonazi-Ausschreitungen in Charlottesville benutzt, um die Kontrolle des Militärs über das Weiße Haus zu stärken.

Ungleichheit wächst: 40 Prozent verdienen weniger als vor 20 Jahren

Marianne Arens, 25. August 2017

Laut einem Papier des Bundesarbeitsministeriums ging die Schere bei Löhnen und Vermögen in den letzten zwanzig Jahren weit auseinander.

US-Kriegskurs gegen Afghanistan: Trump droht Pakistan

Keith Jones, 25. August 2017

Zu Trumps Drohungen zählt eine engere Kooperation mit Pakistans Erzrivalen Indien, das mehrfach seine Bereitschaft erklärt hat, Angriffe innerhalb von Pakistan durchzuführen – selbst wenn es dadurch zu einem offenen Krieg kommen sollte.

USA gehen im Nordkorea-Streit mit Strafsanktionen gegen China und Russland vor

Peter Symonds, 25. August 2017

Die Trump-Regierung verhängte am Dienstag einseitig Sanktionen gegen chinesische und russische Einrichtungen und Individuen, weil sie ihnen Handelsbeziehungen mit Nordkorea vorwirft.

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Perspective

An open letter to Google: Stop the censorship of the Internet! Stop the political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site!

25 August 2017

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, has sent the following open letter to Google executives Sundar Pichai, Lawrence Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt.

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Google Censorship

The World Socialist Web Site is launching a petition demanding that Google stop censoring and blacklisting left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites.

Sign the petition and share it as widely as possible through email, online forums, and social media.

More than two thousand sign petition to stop Google censorship

Internet censorship goes beyond Google
Facebook, Youtube, other tech giants launch joint, state-backed censorship programs

By Zac Corrigan, 24 August 2017

Watch: Stop online censorship!

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

Google blocked every one of the WSWS’s 45 top search terms

Evidence of Google blacklisting of left and progressive sites continues to mount

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The Grenfell Fire

Grenfell fire survivors speak at Socialist Equality Party public meeting

By our reporters, 25 August 2017

A number of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire attended and spoke at the August 19 public meeting of the Socialist Equality Party (UK) in London.

Worker at SEP public meeting on the Grenfell Tower fire: “We are working class and we always suffer. A few people who are rich, they call the shots.”

Remarks by Jerry White of the SEP (US) at Grenfell Tower fire public meeting in London

24 August 2017

The political implications of the Grenfell Tower fire

Anatomy of the Grenfell Tower fire
Speech given by Thomas Scripps at Socialist Equality Party public meeting

Socialist Equality Party holds public meeting on Grenfell fire in London

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History

Australian history curator Laila Ellmoos discusses 1917: The Great Strike with the WSWS

By Richard Phillips and Cheryl Crisp, 25 August 2017

“It was a complex strike, but the volume and power of these numbers was extraordinary.”

1917: The Great Strike—an engrossing exhibition about mass walkouts in wartime Australia

By Elle Chapman and Richard Phillips, 24 August 2017

Australia’s 1967 referendum, fifty years on

By Richard Phillips, 23 August 2017

Arts

Randy Newman and the problems of Dark Matter

By Hiram Lee, 24 August 2017

The latest album by songwriter Randy Newman satirizes Vladimir Putin, the Bay of Pigs invasion and the conflict between science and religion.

Jerry Lewis, comic and filmmaker, dead at 91

By David Walsh, 23 August 2017

HBO’s Westworld: Blood, guts and pseudo-philosophy

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
Kenyan nurses continue their national strike beyond 11 weeks

25 August 2017

“If you don’t stand up, nothing happens”
Union isolates Chicago-area auto mechanics strike in its fourth week

Commentary

US threatens Pakistan as part of new Afghan war drive

By Keith Jones, 24 August 2017

Saudi airstrike on motel in Yemen kills at least 41

By Niles Niemuth, 24 August 2017

Trump, Charlottesville and Jorg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2017

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
August 21-August 27: Kerensky attempts to marshal the counterrevolution

21 August 2017

With the installation of General Kornilov at the head of the army, Kerensky has turned sharply to the right. Supported by the Mensheviks and Socialist Revolutionaries, he convenes the Moscow State Conference to unite all of the counterrevolutionary forces in Russia.

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

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Science

Millions travel to view 2017 total solar eclipse

By Don Barrett, 21 August 2017

International Amazon Workers Voice

Protests against Amazon’s bid to seize land from historic African-American community in Virginia

By Nick Barrickman and Alex González, 21 August 2017

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

Working life at a Pittsburgh Amazon warehouse

By Samuel Davidson, 10 August 2017

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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

Socialist Equality Party

SEP meeting in Jaffna: Reject Tamil bourgeois nationalism. Build the Socialist Equality Party!

19 August 2017

Public meeting in Chennai, India: Oppose the US-led imperialist war drive!

7 August 2017

Socialist Equality Party of Germany presents its posters for September federal election

By our reporters, 7 August 2017

Maruti Suzuki

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

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

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

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