Small median income gain offset by debt and living costs
US Census report shows increasing social inequality

By Eric London, 15 September 2017

While the New York Times claims the Census data shows “a brighter picture” for the working class, nothing could be further from the truth.

North Korea tests missile in response to sanctions

By James Cogan, 15 September 2017

Washington is pushing the besieged regime in North Korea into a corner from which it could escape only by a complete capitulation to US demands.

New details highlight criminal neglect in death of Florida nursing home residents

By Niles Niemuth, 15 September 2017

The deaths in Hollywood, Florida have exposed the incompetence and indifference of the American ruling class, which bears ultimate responsibility for this social crime.

A social crime: Eight elderly dead in Florida nursing home after days without air conditioning

Why was American capitalism unable to prepare for Hurricane Irma?

Jacksonville area staggered by flooding, power outages from Hurricane Irma

By Matthew Taylor, 15 September 2017

The storm knocked out power for 60 percent of the city, some 288,000 homes, according to the Jacksonville Electrical Authority, the utility company that provides power for the region.

Evacuees, volunteers describe inadequate services, police harassment at Houston convention center

After Irma, Wall Street pushes for austerity and privatization in Puerto Rico

More on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma »

Anger mounts over consumer credit data hack
What is Equifax and why does it have personal information on half the American population?

By Kevin Reed, 15 September 2017

Credit ratings agencies serve a critical function for the financial elite, collecting information on every individual to determine a “credit score,” used to extract as much money as possible from the working class.

Trump administration preparing to escalate provocations against Iran

By Jordan Shilton, 15 September 2017

Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, indicated that Trump will refuse to certify Teheran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

Growing warnings of a stock market bubble

By Nick Beams, 15 September 2017

US markets are in their second-longest bull run in history, indicating a growing divergence between financial markets and the underlying real economy.

Spain suspends Catalan independence law, escalating conflict with separatists

By Alejandro Lopez, 15 September 2017

With the crisis over the Catalan independence referendum, the Spanish state system as it emerged from the post-1978 transition from fascist rule is collapsing.

Ohio’s second execution of the year: Condemned man writhed in pain as he was killed

By Shelley Connor, 15 September 2017

In January, a federal appeals court responded to litigation by several death row inmates over the use of midazolam by halting executions in Ohio.

Charges dropped against Amtrak engineer in Philadelphia derailment

By Jeff Lusanne, 15 September 2017

The charges follow a typical pattern in which prosecutors seek to offload the blame for disasters onto railroad workers, ignoring the role of management and government policy.

Teachers strike in Burlington, Vermont over health care cuts, working conditions

By Jerry White, 15 September 2017

More than 400 teachers walked out on strike in Burlington Thursday, after efforts by a mediator, the city’s Democratic mayor and the Burlington Education Association failed to prevent the strike.

Canadian auto union moves to ram through concessions deal on GM CAMI workers

By Carl Bronski, 15 September 2017

With contempt for workers, Unifor officials have called a “ratification/strike” meeting for Sunday without releasing any information about what workers are supposed to vote on.

Anti-Chinese witch-hunt against New Zealand MP

By Tom Peters, 15 September 2017

Claims that National Party MP Jian Yang is an “agent” for the Chinese government are aimed at aligning the political establishment more closely with US war preparations.

New in Spanish

Aung San Suu Kyi de Birmania y el fraude del imperialismo en nombre de los derechos humanos

Por Peter Symonds, 15 septiembre 2017

La crítica situación de los musulmanes rohingya demuestra que EUA nunca se interesó en los derechos democráticos en Birmania, sino que se aprovechó cínicamente del problema para avanzar sus propios objetivos económicos y estratégicos.

De huracanes a recortes fiscales: la burguesía pone sus manos a la obra

Por Joseph Kishore, 15 septiembre 2017

Mientras todavía se registran los daños dejados por los huracanes Harvey e Irma, la élite política estadounidense se apresura a abonarle una enorme regalía a la élite corporativa y financiera.

New in French

Aung San Suu Kyi de la Birmanie et la fraude des droits de l’homme impérialistes

Par Peter Symonds, 15 septembre 2017

La situation désespérée des Rohingyas musulmans démontre que les États-Unis n’ont jamais eu le moindre intérêt pour la promotion des droits démocratiques en Birmanie, mais ont cyniquement exploité la question pour faire avancer ses propres objectifs économiques et stratégiques.

Seize ans après le 11 septembre : mensonges, hypocrisie et militarisme

Par Bill Van Auken, 15 septembre 2017

Les médias ont en grande partie occulté de nouvelles révélations du rôle direct de l’Arabie saoudite, l’un des alliés les plus proches de Washington au Moyen-Orient, dans la préparation des attentats.

Le discours de Juncker sur l’état de l’UE : l’Europe se prépare à la guerre avec le monde

Par Alex Lantier, 15 septembre 2017

Dans son discours sur l’état de l’Union européenne hier, le président de la Commission européenne a défini un programme militaire et commercial agressif pour l’Europe post-Brexit.

Le Parti de gauche allemand : un parti du militarisme et de la guerre

Par Johannes Stern, 15 septembre 2017

Le parti de gauche, comme tous les partis capitalistes allemands, est pleinement intégré au militarisme allemand et joue un rôle central dans le retour du pays à une politique étrangère agressive.

Alors que l’enquête sur la tour Grenfell s’ouvre, les dispositifs de sécurité incendie au Royaume-Uni sont attaquées

Par John Vassilopoulos, 15 septembre 2017

Arnold Tarling, un expert-géomètre agréé et expert en sécurité incendie, a déclaré au WSWS que les coupes budgétaires du gouvernement étaient responsables du grand incendie de Grenfell Tower.

Le gouvernement néo-démocrate de la Colombie-Britannique trahit sa promesse d’augmenter le salaire minimum à 15 $

Par Roger Jordan, 15 septembre 2017

L’abandon par le NPD de l’une de ses principales promesses électorales quelques semaines seulement après son arrivée au pouvoir montre qu’il est un parti de droite tout autant au service du monde des affaires que ses prédécesseurs libéraux.

Le gonflement des prix d'Amazon et la nécessité de la propriété publique

Par Eric London, 15 septembre 2017

Les compagnies les plus riches et les plus puissantes du monde ont profité des gens désespérés en Floride qui tentaient d’acheter de l’eau embouteillée en ligne alors que les stocks en magasin s’épuisaient.

New in German

Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi und der Betrug des Menschenrechtsimperialismus

Von Peter Symonds, 15. September 2017

Das Elend der Rohingya zeigt, dass die USA und ihre Verbündeten nie das geringste Interesse an der Durchsetzung demokratischer Rechte in Burma hatten.

Junckers Rede zur Lage der EU: Europa bereitet sich auf Krieg mit der ganzen Welt vor

Von Alex Lantier, 15. September 2017

Der Präsident der Europäischen Kommission skizzierte in seiner Rede zur Lage der EU einen aggressiven militärischen und wirtschaftlichen Kurs für Europa nach dem Brexit.

Schulz beim ZDF: Hetze gegen Flüchtlinge und Ruf nach Polizeistaat

Von Verena Nees, 15. September 2017

Zehn Tage vor der Bundestagswahl hat die SPD im ARD-Deutschlandtrend mit 20 Prozent einen neuen Tiefstand erreicht.

SGP-Wahlversammlung mit Julie Hyland in Berlin

Von unserem Korrespondenten, 15. September 2017

In Berlin-Schöneberg sprach Julie Hyland, die stellvertretende Vorsitzende der britischen Socialist Equality Party (SEP), zum Brexit und zum Brand im Grenfell-Tower.

Der Wahlkampf der SGP in Hessen

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 15. September 2017

Das Programm der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei gewinnt jetzt große Bedeutung. Die SGP kämpft als einzige Partei gegen die Kriegsgefahr und die soziale Verwüstung Europas.

Wachsende Streikbewegung in Ost- und Südosteuropa

Von Markus Salzmann, 15. September 2017

Nachdem im Sommer die VW-Arbeiter in der Slowakei und die Fiat-Arbeiter in Serbien die Arbeit niedergelegt haben, kommt es jetzt auch im Einzelhandel und anderen Branchen vermehrt zu Streiks.

New in Russian

Синтия Бруст Мур (1944-2017): Непреклонный сторонник троцкистского движения

Фред Мазелис, 14 сентября 2017 г.

Синтия была дочерью Джин и Билла Брустов, которые вступили в революционное движение в 1930-е годы и были в числе основателей американской Рабочей Лиги, предшественницы Партии Социалистического Равенства,

Эта неделя в русской революции
28 августа — 3 сентября: Рост поддержки большевиков

14 сентября 2017 г.

По мере роста массовой поддержки большевиков правящая элита отворачивается от Керенского, перенося свои симпатии и поддержку на царского генерала Корнилова, который хочет установить в стране контрреволюционную диктатуру путем военного переворота.

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.

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Perspective

Democrats seek to prop up Trump’s crisis-ridden government

15 September 2017

The moves by the Democrats to stabilize the Trump administration are aimed at creating better conditions for intensifying the assault on the working class and preparing for a major war.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Grenfell Tower Fire

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the case for socialism

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 15 September 2017

The refusal of Sir Martin Moore-Bick to answer questions at the official opening of the government inquiry into the Grenfell Tower inferno epitomises the class arrogance and indifference of the powers-that-be towards working people.

As official Grenfell Tower inquiry opens, UK fire safety provisions under attack

By John Vassilopoulos, 14 September 2017

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

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Google Censorship

Why is Amazon deleting negative reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new book?

By Andre Damon, 15 September 2017

Amazon has deleted over a thousand negative reviews of What Happened?, Hillary Clinton’s account of the 2016 presidential election.

“If the Internet shuts down, we wouldn’t know anything. The union isn’t going to tell us”
Autoworkers in Detroit support campaign against Google Internet censorship

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 September 2017

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

25 August 2017

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

Watch: Stop online censorship!

More on Google Censorship »

Commentary

Australia: Socialist Alternative supports nationalist witch-hunt over dual citizenship

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 September 2017

The pseudo-left organisation welcomed the anti-democratic campaign targeting parliamentarians accused of holding an “allegiance to a foreign power.”

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi and the fraud of human rights imperialism

By Peter Symonds, 14 September 2017

Juncker’s State of the EU speech: Europe readies for war with the world

By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2017

Germany’s Left Party: A party of militarism and war

By Johannes Stern, 14 September 2017

New York Times surveys the results of 35 years of affirmative action

Sixteen years after 9/11: lies, hypocrisy and militarism

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Group public meeting in Wellington
After the New Zealand election: The way forward in the fight against war

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 15 September 2017

The meeting will discuss the urgent need for a socialist alternative to war and austerity, in opposition to the entire capitalist political establishment.

Socialist Equality Party holds election meeting in Berlin

By our reporters, 13 September 2017

Plans for major military build-up after Germany’s federal election

Germany’s federal election campaign and the danger of global nuclear war

Sri Lankan SEP Jaffna meeting discusses political bankruptcy of Tamil parties

By our reporters, 11 September 2017

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
September 11-17: After the Kornilov Affair—Kerensky attempts to form dictatorial regime, Trotsky released from prison

11 September 2017

Following the defeat of the Kornilov coup, Kerensky attempts to form a new government, declaring himself the commander-in-chief of the army and announcing the formation of a dictatorial regime consisting of a five-member “Directory.”

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

By Clara Weiss, 31 August 2017

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 »

Workers Struggles

University staff strike across Nigeria as health care and state media workers consider action
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

15 September 2017

University staff across Nigeria are resuming a strike first called in January over a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the government but since ignored.

Chicago area auto mechanics reject dealers’ “last, best and final offer”

By Jerry White, 13 September 2017

IAM pushes sellout deal on striking Chicago car mechanics

More on auto workers struggles »

Obituary

A remembrance of my sister, Cynthia Brust Moore

By Steven Brust, 12 September 2017

This remembrance of Cynthia Brust Moore was sent to the WSWS by her brother, Steven Brust. Cynthia, a lifelong supporter of the Trotskyist movement, passed away on September 1.

Cynthia Brust Moore (1944-2017): A steadfast supporter of the Trotskyist movement

By Fred Mazelis, 5 September 2017

Arts

The Last Tycoon: Hollywood in the 1930s

By David Walsh, 13 September 2017

Poet Ben Okri on London’s Grenfell Tower fire: “It has revealed the undercurrents of our age”

By Paul Bond, 11 September 2017

International Amazon Workers Voice

Price gouging at Amazon and the case for public ownership

By Eric London, 8 September 2017

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

Working life at a Pittsburgh Amazon warehouse

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

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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IYSSE

Oppose the militarist high school graduation policy of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 5 September 2017

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.

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 »