Government negligence exacerbates Hurricane Harvey damage in Houston, Texas

By Charles Abelard in Houston and Jerry White, 29 August 2017

Emergency shelters, hastily established by authorities in Houston, are overflowing with at least 30,000 residents, while at least nine deaths are blamed on the storm.

Houston residents speak out on historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey

By Trévon Austin, 29 August 2017

Capitalism and the Houston flood catastrophe

Amid high tensions, North Korea fires intermediate-range missile over Japan

By Peter Symonds, 29 August 2017

US and South Korean military commanders reportedly agreed to an early, tough response, including “military measures,” to demonstrate “the alliance’s strong will.”

Trump orders resumption of military supplies to local police

By Patrick Martin, 29 August 2017

The program to supply military gear to local police allows the Pentagon to transfer equipment ranging from body armor to tanks, at no cost to the local or state government.

Trump pardons former Arizona Sheriff: A green light for anti-immigrant violence and repression

It's like an “early 1900s factory”
Walgreens pharmacy workers in Michigan speak out against harsh working conditions

By George Kirby, 29 August 2017

The WSWS spoke to workers at Walgreens’ Specialty Pharmacies, who face similar working conditions to Amazon warehouse workers.

India, China pull back from clash over Himalayan ridge

By Keith Jones, 29 August 2017

The principal factor in the deterioration of Indo-Chinese relations is India’s integration into Washington’s military-strategic offensive against China.

EU holds Paris conference to set up detention camps for migrants in Libya

By Alex Lantier, 29 August 2017

The summit aimed to deny the right of asylum to hundreds of thousands of refugees and block their travel through Africa to Libya and across the Mediterranean to Europe.

Chief of French anti-narcotics police indicted on drug-trafficking charges

By Francis Dubois, 29 August 2017

The indictment of François Thierry points to deep corruption of top officials in the police, who have essentially unchecked powers under the French state of emergency.

Terrorists’ visit to France points to state foreknowledge of Barcelona attack

Massive fire in Rostov, Russia destroys 123 houses

By Clara Weiss, 29 August 2017

Residents said they believe the fire was allowed to burn out of control with the aim of driving out impoverished residents in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Tanker makes solo voyage through melting Arctic Sea

By Daniel de Vries, 29 August 2017

The natural gas tanker’s passage marks a new milestone in the decay of the Arctic Ocean ice cap.

UK: 228 high-rise buildings fail mock-up fire tests post-Grenfell

By Steve James, 29 August 2017

Every single one of the cladding systems now being exposed as deadly had previously been signed off by various regulatory bodies as safe.

Former Thai PM flees as junta intensifies crackdown

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 29 August 2017

The US has effectively given the green light to the military regime’s repressive methods by inviting the 2014 coup leader and current prime minister to Washington to meet Trump.

New in Turkish

Google’a açık mektup: İnternet sansürünü durdurun! Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi’ni kara listeye almaya son verin!

David North, 29 Ağustos 2017

Solcu web sitelerine ve özellikle WSWS’ye yönelik sansür, gerçek bir sosyalist perspektifin, adil bir söz hakkı tanındığında, ABD’de ve dünya çapında geniş bir izleyici kitlesi bulacağından duyulan korkuyu yansıtmaktadır.

Berlin Türkiye karşıtı ajitasyonu yoğunlaştırıyor

Johannes Stern, 29 Ağustos 2017

Berlin ile Ankara arasındaki siyasi ilişkiler, Alman politikacıların Türkiye hükümetine yönelik histerik suçlamalarının ortasında daha da kötüleşiyor.

New in Spanish

El capitalismo y la catástrofe de la inundación en Houston

Por Tom Hall, 29 agosto 2017

Doce años después del huracán Katrina, otro fuerte huracán ha vuelto a exponer la brutalidad de las relaciones de clases en EE. UU.

¿Por qué los medios de comunicación están promoviendo Antifa?

Por Gabriel Black, 29 agosto 2017

Como parte de sus esfuerzos para desorientar la oposición popular, los medios de comunicación han promovido la campaña anti-Rusia, la política racialista y a los anarquistas involucrados en peleas con los manifestantes nazis.

Alemania: El candidato del SPD, Schulz, ataca a Merkel desde la derecha

Por Johannes Stern, 29 agosto 2017

Cuanto más se decline el SPD en las encuestas, más ataca agresivamente en su campaña electoral.

Visita de terroristas a Francia sugiere conocimiento de antemano sobre atentado en Barcelona

Por Kumaran Ira, 29 agosto 2017

La célula terrorista de Estado Islámico en Barcelona estaba bajo la estrecha vigilancia de varios servicios de inteligencia en Francia, Estados Unidos y Bélgica.

New in French

Le chef de la police anti-drogue française mis en examen

Par Francis Dubois, 29 août 2017

La mise en examen de François Thierry souligne l'hostilité envers l‘Etat de droit des forces de police à qui le PS a donné d‘immenses pouvoirs avec l‘état d‘urgence.

Le capitalisme et la catastrophe des inondations de Houston

Par Tom Hall, 29 août 2017

Douze ans après l’ouragan Katrina, un ouragan majeur a une fois de plus révélé la réalité brutale des relations de classe aux États-Unis.

Le passage des terroristes en France indique que l’État était au courant du projet d’attentat à Barcelone

Par Kumaran Ira, 29 août 2017

La cellule terroriste de l’État islamique à Barcelone était surveillée de près par plusieurs services de renseignement en France, aux États-Unis et en Belgique.

Chaque semaine, les États-Unis massacrent des centaines de civils syriens à Raqqa

Par Jordan Shilton, 29 août 2017

L'effroyable boucherie de civils à Raqqa survient seulement quelques mois après que les forces irakiennes, soutenues par les États-Unis et leurs forces aériennes, ont semé la dévastation dans la ville de Mossoul, au nord de l'Irak.

New in German

Der Kapitalismus und die Flutkatastrophe in Houston

Von Tom Hall, 29. August 2017

Zwölf Jahre nach Hurrikan Katrina hat erneut ein schwerer Hurrikan die brutale Realität über die Klassenverhältnisse in den USA enthüllt.

Polizist und Anwalt planten Ermordung linker Politiker

Von Sven Heymanns, 29. August 2017

Obwohl bei den Beschuldigten Listen mit Politikern und Flüchtlingsorganisationen gefunden wurden, sind beide weiterhin auf freiem Fuß.

Die Verwandlung einer Arbeiterstadt in eine Stadt sozialer Gegensätze

Von Verena Nees, 29. August 2017

Die Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei stellt am heutigen Dienstag in Duisburg ihr sozialistisches Programm gegen Krieg und Armut vor.

Gegen Militarismus und Krieg, für Sozialismus!
Die SGP diskutiert ihr Programm in einem Online Meeting und auf Veranstaltungen in mehreren Städten

Von der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei (SGP), 29. August 2017

In den nächsten Wochen wird die Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei im Rahmen ihres Bundestagswahlkampfs in vielen Städten Veranstaltungen gegen Krieg durchführen und ihr sozialistisches Programm erläutern.

Demonstration in Barcelona: Wut über Krieg und staatliche Komplizenschaft mit Terrorismus

Von Alex Lantier, 29. August 2017

Die offizielle Demonstration gegen die Terrorangriffe in Barcelona verwandelte sich in eine große Demonstration gegen imperialistische Stellvertreterkriege im Nahen Osten.

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Perspective

The Houston flood disaster: A social crime of the American oligarchy

29 August 2017

Catastrophes such as Hurricane Harvey are the product of a half-century of neglect of America’s social infrastructure, accompanied by a fantastic accumulation of private wealth at the very apex of society.

Earlier Perspectives »

Mehring Books

New from Mehring Books
Why Study the Russian Revolution?
Volume I: The February Revolution and the Development of Bolshevik Strategy

28 August 2017

One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, the events of 1917, their consequences and their lessons retain a burning contemporary relevance.

Google Censorship

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.

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

Watch: Stop online censorship!

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Commentary

The Canadian NDP and the Libyan war: Niki Ashton is a liar

By Roger Jordan, 29 August 2017

Ashton claims she cannot remember how she voted in 2011 when Canada’s social democrats twice endorsed the NATO bombardment of Libya.

DreamHost ordered to hand over data on anti-Trump website: The criminalization of political dissent

By Joseph Kishore, 26 August 2017

Why is the media promoting Antifa?

By Gabriel Black, 28 August 2017

German government raids and shuts down left-wing Indymedia site

By Johannes Stern, 26 August 2017

Central bankers at Jackson Hole conference: What was not said and why

By Nick Beams, 28 August 2017

The Grenfell Fire

Interview with rapper El Nino about “Grenfell Tower’s Burning”: “We had to watch that, so why shouldn’t they have to listen to us?”

By Paul Bond, 28 August 2017

Following the World Socialist Web Site’s recent review of the artistic response to the Grenfell Tower fire from local artists, reviewer Paul Bond spoke to El Nino.

UK: Salford residents challenge Labour Council over fire risks revealed by Grenfell Tower

By our reporters, 29 August 2017

The meeting offered no way forward for residents, of Salford or elsewhere, forced to live in potential death traps.

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
August 28 – September 3: Surge in support for the Bolsheviks

28 August 2017

As mass support for the Bolsheviks grows, the ruling classes are deserting Kerensky, throwing their support instead behind the tsarist general Kornilov, who is plotting to establish a counterrevolutionary dictatorship by means of a military coup.

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

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Workers Struggles

Striking Toronto baggage handlers reject offer, continue job action
Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 August 2017

The workers voted down a proposed contract offer very similar to one they had previously rejected.

Ford workers speak out against sexual harassment, UAW corruption

By our reporters, 28 August 2017

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

Pseudo-lefts lament United Auto Workers defeat in Nissan vote

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

By Jeff Lusanne, 25 August 2017

Arts

Logan Lucky: Steven Soderbergh returns from retirement

By David Walsh, 26 August 2017

Randy Newman and the problems of Dark Matter

By Hiram Lee, 24 August 2017

Jerry Lewis, comic and filmmaker, dead at 91

History

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

By Elle Chapman and Richard Phillips, 24 August 2017

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

Australia’s 1967 referendum, fifty years on

By Richard Phillips, 23 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?

Share this video widely! Like and Follow the International Amazon Workers Voice on Facebook

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

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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