Hurricane Harvey to be costliest US natural disaster

By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2017

With published estimates approaching $200 billion, Hurricane Harvey may have caused damage greater than Katrina and Sandy combined.

“The working class has organized to save the working class”
A Hurricane Harvey diary: Part 2

By Charles Abelard, 4 September 2017

A Hurricane Harvey diary
Part one

Who will pay for the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey?

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

“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

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German federal police illegally collect data to blacklist journalists and activists

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 September 2017

The extent of surveillance and the arbitrary and unconstitutional storage of data on thousands of “left-wing political extremists” are typical characteristics of an authoritarian police state.

German SGP election candidate speaks at student protest against deportations

By our reporters, 4 September 2017

Marianne Arens, an election candidate of the Socialist Equality Party (SGP), spoke at a demonstration of students in the town of Offenbach protesting against the deportation of classmates to Afghanistan.

“Whatever happens to us is going to happen to everybody else”
Toronto airport strikers speak out

By our reporters, 4 September 2017

700 employees of Swissport at Toronto’s Pearson Airport are resisting management’s attempt to slash their real wages and gut their working conditions.

Britain’s pseudo-left promote Labour councils enforcing savage cuts

By Laura Tiernan, 4 September 2017

Theresa May’s Tory government, like the Cameron government before it, has relied on local Labour councils to slash millions of pounds from public spending.

Kenyan Supreme Court voids presidential election, ordering new poll

By Eddie Haywood, 4 September 2017

The unprecedented ruling marked the first time a high court anywhere in Africa has overturned a presidential election result.

Australian government strips asylum seekers of all housing and welfare payments

By Max Newman, 4 September 2017

The government’s actions have provoked widespread outrage, with thousands of people offering sanctuary to the refugees.

Australia: National Tertiary Education Union attempts to suppress struggle against job cuts at Western Sydney University

By our correspondent, 4 September 2017

The jobs of around 150 professional staff will be destroyed and all security employees retrenched, while other devastating cuts are being prepared.

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Qui paiera la dévastation causée par l’ouragan Harvey ?

Par Joseph Kishore, 4 septembre 2017

Les conséquences de ce qui, par certains aspects, constitue la plus grande catastrophe naturelle dans l’histoire américaine seront considérables, non seulement pour les millions de personnes directement touchées, mais pour la stabilité politique et sociale aux États-Unis.

Washington se prépare à une guerre nucléaire en Europe

Par Johannes Stern, 4 septembre 2017

Au milieu des tensions militaires et diplomatiques entre les États-Unis et la Russie, le Congrès a pris les premières mesures pour annuler le Traité sur les forces nucléaires de portée intermédiaire.

Des chercheurs critiquant les monopoles disent que le PDG de Google a fait pression sur un important groupe de réflexion pour les licencier

Par Andre Damon, 4 septembre 2017

Les chercheurs, qui ont critiqué Google, ont déclaré dans un communiqué que le géant des technologies « essaie de censurer les journalistes et les chercheurs qui luttent contre les dangereux monopoles ».

Mélenchon tend un piège nationaliste à l'opposition aux attaques de Macron

Par Anthony Torres, 4 septembre 2017

Mélenchon propose un mouvement populiste et nationaliste, compatible avec une stratégie d'entrée au gouvernement Macron qu'il prétend combattre.

Plus de 80% des ménages touchés par l'ouragan Harvey n’ont pas d’assurance inondation

Par Niles Niemuth, 4 septembre 2017

Malgré le développement et l’expansion rapide des dernières années, dans le comté de Harris, où se situe Houston, 25.000 propriétés de moins qu’en 2012 sont couvertes par des assurances inondation.

Pourquoi les médias font-ils la promotion des antifas?

Par Gabriel Black, 4 septembre 2017

Dans le cadre des leurs efforts pour désorienter l'opposition populaire, les médias font la promotion de la campagne antirusse, des politiques raciales et... d'anarchistes qui frappent des manifestants nazis.

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Hurrikan Harvey: Wer zahlt für die Schäden?

Von Joseph Kishore, 4. September 2017

Die vielleicht größte Naturkatastrophe in der Geschichte Amerikas wird weitreichende Folgen haben, nicht nur für die direkt Betroffenen, sondern auch für die gesellschaftliche und politische Stabilität des Landes.

TV-Duell zwischen Merkel und Schulz
Flüchtlingshetze, innere Aufrüstung und wachsende Spannungen mit den USA

Von Johannes Stern, 4. September 2017

Das groß angekündigte TV-Duell zwischen der amtierenden Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) und ihrem sozialdemokratischen Herausforderer Martin Schulz am Sonntagabend war ein politisch abstoßendes Schauspiel.

Frankfurt/Main: 60.000 Menschen wegen Bombenentschärfung evakuiert

Von Marianne Arens, 4. September 2017

Die größte Evakuierung der deutschen Nachkriegsgeschichte löste in Frankfurt am Sonntag lebhafte Diskussionen über Krieg und Diktatur aus.

ThyssenKrupp Steel: IG Metall und SPD-Politiker fordern „Deutsche Stahl AG“

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 4. September 2017

Seit zwei Jahren verhandelt ThyssenKrupp mit dem indischen Stahlhersteller Tata Steel. Jetzt schlägt die Gewerkschaft extrem nationalistische Töne an.

SGP-Kandidat im Interview mit RT Deutsch
„Der Kampf gegen Militarismus und Krieg steht im Zentrum unseres Wahlkampfs“

Von Ulrich Rippert, 4. September 2017

Das folgende Interview gab der Vorsitzende der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei, Ulrich Rippert, der Sendung „Der Fehlende Part“, die auf RT Deutsch läuft.

Indische IKVI-Anhänger organisieren Veranstaltung gegen US-Kriegskurs

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 4. September 2017

Obwohl die Polizei das Treffen verhindern wollte, diskutierten die Teilnehmer über die Auswirkungen von Washingtons Kriegsplänen und von der Partnerschaft zwischen Indien und den USA auf die geopolitischen Spannungen in der Region.

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Perspective

Trump, North Korea and the danger of world war

4 September 2017

While North Korea’s nuclear test certainly compounds the risk of conflict, the prime responsibility for pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war rests with US imperialism.

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
September 4 – 10: The Kornilov affair

4 September 2017

Confronted with the danger of a full-blooded counterrevolutionary dictatorship and mass repression from General Kornilov, the Soviets are compelled to appeal to the working class to defend the city.

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 one

By Clara Weiss, 31 August 2017

The is the first 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.

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

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

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

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!

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Commentary

Washington is preparing for nuclear war in Europe

By Johannes Stern, 2 September 2017

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

Government indifference leads to vast death toll in South Asian floods

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

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

Science

Inherited genetic disorder corrected in human embryos

By Benjamin Mateus, 2 September 2017

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

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

By our reporters, 2 September 2017

“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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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