Washington is preparing for nuclear war in Europe

By Johannes Stern, 2 September 2017

Amid mounting military and diplomatic tensions between the US and Russia, Congress has taken the first steps toward annulling the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Fetid floodwaters in the “chemical coast” carry toxins and disease
The incalculable human health consequences of Hurricane Harvey

By Gary Joad, 2 September 2017

The flooding in Houston, the acknowledged petrochemical capital of the world, has unleashed a toxic soup of chemicals, carcinogens and bacteria, posing a grave threat to human life.

A Hurricane Harvey diary
Part one

By Charles Abelard, 2 September 2017

“I grew to call the oil industry the rape, pillage and plunder industry”
Former Shell Oil civil engineer and Berkeley Professor Emeritus Robert Bea speaks on Hurricane Harvey

Death toll expected to rise as chemical explosions add to devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey

More than 80 percent of homeowners impacted by Harvey lack flood insurance

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Notes on Police Violence
Salt Lake City nurse arrested after refusing demand to draw blood from unconscious patient

By Trévon Austin, 2 September 2017

Hospital surveillance and police bodycam footage released this week shows a nurse being unlawfully arrested and assaulted by a police officer.

Notes on Police Violence
Akron, Ohio police claim 17-year-old shot himself in the back of a police car

Trump orders resumption of military supplies to local police

More on police violence in America »

Bannon realigns Breitbart political strategy after removal from Trump administration

By Eric London, 2 September 2017

With Stephen Bannon and Sebastian Gorka gone from the White House, the fascistic network around \ Breitbart News is developing its strategy of building a far-right nationalist movement.

Boston area transit privatization plan goes forward amid allegations of corruption/mismanagement

By John Marion, 2 September 2017

Lack of rational planning combined with out-and-out corruption are the main contributing factors to the crisis of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority serving greater Boston.

Israel visit by Jared Kushner confirms demise of Middle East peace process

By Jean Shaoul, 2 September 2017

Emboldened by Trump’s support, Israel has expanded its West Bank settlements.

Canada toes Trump administration’s provocative line on North Korea

By Roger Jordan, 2 September 2017

Citing the alleged threat from North Korea, a growing number of Liberal politicians are urging Canada to join Washington’s ballistic missile defence shield.

The rise of “edu-business” in Australian public schools

By Erika Zimmer, 2 September 2017

In 2011, in his characteristically crude and cynical manner, Rupert Murdoch spelled out the agenda that now underlies the provision of so-called “public education” in Australia.

University of Sydney union branch stages protest strike over wages and conditions

By our reporters, 2 September 2017

The NTEU is trying to channel workers’ anger as a bargaining chip to seal another regressive enterprise agreement with the management.

New in Turkish

Barselona yürüyüşünde savaşa ve hükümetin teröre suç ortaklığına karşı öfke patladı

Alex Lantier, 1 Eylül 2017

Barselona’daki olaylar, şu anda İspanya’da ve Avrupa genelinde gelişmekte olan patlayıcı sınıfsal çatışmalara işaret etmektedir.

New in French

La classe ouvrière répond à l’ouragan Harvey

Par Joseph Kishore, 1 septembre 2017

L’esprit de sacrifice et l’initiative de la classe ouvrière en réponse à l’ouragan sont un puissant argument en faveur d’organisations ouvrières indépendantes et d’un contrôle ouvrier de la vie économique et sociale.

Macron dévoile les ordonnances pour détruire le Code du travail

Par Anthony Torres, 1 septembre 2017

Les marchés financiers espèrent que ces décrets seront une étape décisive dans la destruction des droits sociaux acquis par les travailleurs européens au 20e siècle.

Nouvelle menace de guerre : Trump refuse de négocier avec la Corée du Nord

Par Peter Symonds, 1 septembre 2017

Si les négociations ne sont pas une option, la seule conclusion à tirer est que les États-Unis préparent une attaque militaire contre la Corée du Nord.

Le Pentagone rejette l’appel de l’ONU à une pause dans le siège de Raqqa

Par Bill Van Auken, 1 septembre 2017

Washington est déterminé à poursuivre le massacre afin de poursuivre sa lutte pour le contrôle du territoire syrien.

New in Spanish

La ONU encuentra que 27 mueren cada día en asedio de Raqqa dirigido por EUA

Por Bill Van Auken, 2 septiembre 2017

La masacre en la ciudad siria de Raqqa es parte de una silueta marcada de sangre por EUA, desde el Cuerno de África, a lo largo de Oriente Medio y hasta el sur de Asia.

El SGP condena el cierre de linksunten.indymedia.org por parte del gobierno alemán

Por Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 2 septiembre 2017

El cierre del sitio web de izquierda es un ataque fundamental a la libertad de expresión y sienta un precedente para la supresión de toda oposición social y política.

New in German

SGP-Kandidaten im WDR-Kandidatencheck

Verena Nees, 1. September 2017

Seit Dienstag sind auf der Website des Westdeutschen Rundfunks (WDR) Statements der Bundestagskandidaten der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei in NRW abrufbar.

BKA sammelt rechtswidrig Millionen Daten

Martin Kreickenbaum, 1. September 2017

Das Bundeskriminalamt speichert illegal Millionen Datensätze und führt offenbar eine „schwarze Liste“ über Journalisten und politische Aktivisten, die es als linksextrem einstuft.

SGP-Wahlveranstaltung in Duisburg
Lebhafte Diskussion über den Zusammenhang von Krieg und sozialen Problemen

unserem Reporter, 1. September 2017

Am Dienstagabend stellten die drei Bundestagswahlkandidaten der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei (SGP) in Nordrhein-Westfalen Arbeitern und Jugendlichen das sozialistische Programm vor, mit dem die SGP zur Wahl antritt.

Frankreich: Macron verkündet drastische Arbeitsmarktreformen und fordert Aufrüstung

Alex Lantier, 1. September 2017

Bevor Präsident Macron seine brutalen Arbeitsmarktreformen verkündete, skizzierte er in einer Rede vor französischen Botschaftern seine Pläne für eine aggressive Außenpolitik.

Die Reaktion der Arbeiterklasse auf Hurrikan Harvey

Joseph Kishore, 1. September 2017

Die Opferbereitschaft und die organisatorische Initiative der Arbeiterklasse als Reaktion auf den Hurrikan sind ein beeindruckendes Plädoyer für unabhängige Arbeiterorganisationen und die demokratische Kontrolle über das wirtschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Leben.

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Perspective

Who will pay for the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey?

2 September 2017

The consequences of what by some measures is the greatest natural disaster in American history will be far-reaching, not only for the millions of people directly affected, but for social and political stability in the United States .

Earlier Perspectives »

Google Censorship

Antimonopoly researchers say Google CEO pressured leading think tank to fire them

By Andre Damon, 2 September 2017

The researchers, who had criticized Google, said in a statement that the tech giant is “trying to censor journalists and researchers who fight dangerous monopolies.”

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.

Over three thousand sign WSWS petition against Google censorship

By Isaac Finn, 1 September 2017

Watch: Stop online censorship!

More on Google Censorship »

Science

Inherited genetic disorder corrected in human embryos

By Benjamin Mateus, 2 September 2017

New research in the study of the human genome has provided a new way to reduce or potentially eliminate inherited genetic disorders by correcting harmful genetic mutations while the subject is still an embryo.

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

From the archives of the Russian Revolution
On Slogans

By Vladimir Lenin, 2 September 2017

In “On Slogans,” written in July 1917, Lenin analyzes the shift in class and party relations following the counterrevolution against the July insurrection.

Leaders of the Russian Revolution: Ivar Tenisovich Smilga (1892-1937)
Part two

By Clara Weiss, 1 September 2017

The is the second part of a two-part article on Ivar Tenisovich Smilga, a leading figure in the October Revolution and the Red Army who worked closely with Lenin and then with Trotsky as a member of the anti-Stalinist Left Opposition. The first part was posted on August 31.

Leaders of the Russian Revolution: Ivar Tenisovich Smilga (1892-1937)
Part one

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

28 August 2017

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

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Commentary

UN says 27 dying each day in US-led siege of Raqqa

By Bill Van Auken, 1 September 2017

Government indifference leads to vast death toll in South Asian floods

By Arun Kumar, 1 September 2017

Channel Four News anchor Jon Snow: From mea culpas over Grenfell Tower to demands for censorship

By Chris Marsden, 1 September 2017

French President Macron unveils decrees to destroy Labour Code

By Anthony Torres, 1 September 2017

SGP condemns German government’s ban of linksunten.indymedia.org

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 31 August 2017

Another war threat: Trump rules out talking to North Korea

After the financial crisis: How the ultra-wealthy have prospered

New in Arabic

أجهزة غوغل تسعى لمنع الوصول إلى الموقع العالمي الاشتراكي

٢٧ تموز يوليو ٢٠١٧

إن تفحص تدفق البيانات على الشبكة يظهر بوضوح أن عملاق الإنترنت غوغل يتلاعب بنتائج البحث بهدف منع الوصول إلى صفحة موقع الاشتراكية العالمي.

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.

Lessons of Hurricane Katrina

31 August 2017

The World Socialist Web Site pamphlet on the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago is critical reading in light of the current catastrophe in Texas.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

2 September 2017

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
Portuguese Volkswagen workers rebel against Workers Commission collaboration

2 September 2017

Volkswagen workers in Portugal launched a strike against the German-based automaker the week over extended Saturday working.

“The working class has to stand together against this”
After five months on strike, Spectrum workers in New York-New Jersey must break union-imposed isolation

By Alan Whyte, A. Woodson and Steve Light, 1 September 2017

Former UAW official pleads guilty as corruption scandal threatens top union executives

By Jerry White, 31 August 2017

More on auto workers struggles »

International Amazon Workers Voice

Single mother in Pittsburgh fired by Amazon for not working forced overtime

By Samuel Davidson, 1 September 2017

The mother of two was fired even after a supervisor told her it was okay not to work overtime at the end of her 4 am to 8 am shift.

Working life at a Pittsburgh Amazon warehouse

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

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

Socialist Equality Party

Indian ICFI supporters hold meeting against US-led war drive

By our correspondents, 31 August 2017

Despite police efforts to block the meeting, participants discussed how Washington’s war plans and India’s partnership with the US are intensifying geopolitical tensions in the region.

Arts

Sean Penn’s The Last Face and Hollywood’s “August Death March”

By David Walsh, 31 August 2017

Ingrid Goes West and Wind River: Hardly scratching the surface

By Joanne Laurier, 30 August 2017

Logan Lucky: Steven Soderbergh returns from retirement

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

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

By our reporters, 29 August 2017

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

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

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

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

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »