Police crackdown on hundreds protesting acquittal of killer cop in St. Louis

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 September 2017

Riot police in St. Louis, Missouri arrested 13 people in protests that erupted after the acquittal of the police officer, Jason Stockley, who fatally shot Anthony Lamar Smith in December 2011.

Notes on Police Violence
Department of Justice clears officers in death of Freddie Gray

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Bomb attack on London Underground sets stage for further state repression

By Steve James, 16 September 2017

As with all such outrages, there is no reason to assume that the attack comes as a surprise to the British intelligence agencies.

Trump threatens North Korea with “effective and overwhelming” military force

By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2017

Senior Trump officials insisted that the US had a “military option” and warned that time was running out for any diplomatic solution to the Korean crisis.

North Korea tests missile in response to sanctions

India: Unions suspend Tamil Nadu government workers’ strike

By our correspondents, 16 September 2017

The walkout indicates workers’ determination to push back the escalating social assaults by India’s Modi government and the state governments.

Truckers announce strike against attack on Labour Code in France

By Kumaran Ira, 16 September 2017

The French government has already stressed that it has no intention of modifying its position, despite growing opposition in the working class.

German conservative newspaper threatens Poland with territorial demands

By Peter Schwarz, 16 September 2017

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung warned the Polish government that its western border would no longer be recognised if it continues to insist upon reparations.

Two million in Florida still without power nearly a week after Hurricane Irma

By Trévon Austin, 16 September 2017

In Highlands County in south Florida, an area with a 19.4 percent poverty rate, nearly three-quarters of residents were still without power Friday.

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

Jacksonville area staggered by flooding, power outages from Hurricane Irma

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?

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Pittsburgh Boilermakers Union official admits theft of funds

By Shannon Jones, 16 September 2017

In yet another case of corruption by union officials, a former business manager of the Boilermakers Union pled guilty in federal court to stealing at least $1.5 million in members’ dues money.

New York governor postures at bridge dedication while transportation infrastructure crumbles

By Philip Guelpa, 16 September 2017

The ostentatious opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement is being used to obscure decades of neglect.

Germany: Trial of neo-Nazi terror group whitewashes role of intelligence services

By Dietmar Henning, 16 September 2017

It is evident that, despite the attention to detail in the case of the five accused, the aim of the NSU trial was to conceal the role played by the secret services.

Water contamination widespread across regional Australia

By John Harris, 16 September 2017

In the past five years, more than 100,000 people have been issued with boil-water alerts.

New in Spanish

Los demócratas buscan apuntalar al Gobierno en crisis de Trump

Por Joseph Kishore, 16 septiembre 2017

Los esfuerzos de los demócratas para estabilizar la Administración Trump tienen como fin crear mejores condiciones para intensificar los ataques contra la clase obrera y hacer preparativos para una guerra de mayores proporciones.

El discurso del estado de la UE de Juncker: Europa se prepara para la guerra con el mundo

Por Alex Lantier, 16 septiembre 2017

En su discurso sobre el estado de la Unión Europea, el presidente de la Comisión Europea delineó una agresiva agenda militar y comercial para Europa tras el Brexit.

Administración Trump amenaza ataques adicionales a los refugiados

Por Bill Van Auken, 16 septiembre 2017

A raíz de un fallo de la Corte Suprema que mantiene la prohibición de viaje de anti-musulmán de Trump, su administración está considerando planes para recortar drásticamente las admisiones de refugiados a los EE.UU.

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Les routiers appellent la grève contre la réforme du Code du travail

Par Kumaran Ira, 16 septembre 2017

Le gouvernement a déjà indiqué qu'il n'a aucune intention de modifier sa politique face à l'opposition de la vaste majorité de la population.

Macron confronté à l’hostilité des habitants de Saint-Martin dévastée

Par Francis Dubois, 16 septembre 2017

Dans les Caraïbes, Macron cherchait à éviter que son gouvernement ne soit vu pour ce qu’il est : un instrument inflexible de l’aristocratie financière contre la classe ouvrière.

Anatomie de l’incendie de la Tour Grenfell

16 septembre 2017

« Il est politiquement indispensable d’établir pourquoi cet événement est un crime perpétré par le capitalisme contre la classe ouvrière et d’expliquer pourquoi nous avons déclaré que Grenfell état un assassinat social. »

Le professeur Sean McMeekin et la construction d’un mensonge historique (2ᵉ partie)

Par David North, 16 septembre 2017

L’affirmation par le professeur d’histoire du Bard College, Sean McMeekin, selon laquelle Lénine était un agent de l’impérialisme allemande travestit la recherche historique qui a réfuté le mythe bien connu de “L’or allemand." »

Conférence sur le centenaire de la Révolution russe
Le retour de Lénine en Russie et les Thèses d'avril

Par James Cogan, 16 septembre 2017

Voici la transcription d'une conférence prononcée le 6 mai par James Cogan, secrétaire national du Socialist Equality Party (Australie).

New in German

Demokraten wollen krisengeschüttelte Trump-Regierung stärken

Joseph Kishore, 16. September 2017

Die Demokraten versuchen die Trump-Regierung zu stabilisieren, um bessere Bedingungen für eine Verschärfung der Angriffe auf die Arbeiterklasse und die Vorbereitung auf einen großen Krieg zu schaffen.

Grüne Kriegspolitik in der DGAP

Johannes Stern, 16. September 2017

Seit die Grünen unter Außenminister Joschka Fischer 1999 den ersten deutschen Kampfeinsatz nach dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs in Jugoslawien organisierten, sind die ehemaligen Pazifisten eine führende Partei des deutschen Militarismus.

Die Untersuchung zum Brand im Grenfell Tower und die Bedeutung des Sozialismus

der Socialist Equality Party (Großbritannien), 16. September 2017

Die öffentliche Untersuchung der Brandkatastrophe im Londoner Grenfell Tower, die am Donnerstag offiziell begann, offenbart die ganze Arroganz und Gleichgültigkeit der herrschenden Eliten gegenüber der Arbeiterklasse.

Der Brand im Grenfell Tower: Anatomie einer Katastrophe
Rede des IYSSE-Mitglieds Thomas Scripps bei einer Veranstaltung der Socialist Equality Party (Großbritannien)

Thomas Scripps, 16. September 2017

Scripps zeigte auf, weshalb „der Brand im Grenfell Tower ein vom Kapitalismus verursachtes Verbrechen gegen die Arbeiterklasse ist“ und „warum wir das Grenfell-Inferno als einen sozialen Mord bezeichnen“.

Griechenland: Syriza wirbt um Investoren und feiert Macron

Katerina Selin, 16. September 2017

In Griechenland ist die politische Sommerpause vorüber. In den kommenden Wochen und Monaten beginnt eine neue Sparrunde, die zu heftigen Klassenauseinandersetzungen führen wird.

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Perspective

CIA vetoes Chelsea Manning’s Harvard fellowship

16 September 2017

After a quarter century of war, there is hardly a decision made in any of the official institutions of bourgeois power where the military and intelligence agencies do not have the final say.

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Science

The legacy of the Cassini spacecraft

By Don Barrett, 16 September 2017

After 20 years of insights into Saturn, its rings, its moons and the Solar System as a whole, Cassini’s mission has ended.

Google Censorship

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

By Andre Damon, 15 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!

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Commentary

The “People’s Convergence”: The pseudo-left entreats Bernie Sanders to lead “People’s Party”

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 September 2017

All the groups present backed Sanders in 2016, helping him to channel social anger among millions of workers and youth behind Hillary Clinton.

Why is Canada’s pseudo-left rallying behind NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton?

By Roger Jordan, 16 September 2017

Fightback, the International Socialists and Socialist Action hope that Ashton’s tepid “left” rhetoric can rehabilitate the deeply discredited New Democrats under conditions where working class struggle in Canada and internationally is rapidly intensifying.

Spain suspends Catalan independence law, escalating conflict with separatists

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

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

By Joseph Kishore, 15 September 2017

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

By Eric London, 15 September 2017

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

By Peter Symonds, 14 September 2017

The Grenfell Tower Fire

Lakanal House: Prelude to the Grenfell Tower inferno—Part 1

By Paul Armstrong, 16 September 2017

Recommendations from a coroner’s inquest into the Lakanal House tower block fire, handed down in 2013, were ignored by the Conservative government, local council authorities and the London Fire Brigade.

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the case for socialism

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

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

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

16 September 2017

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

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

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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 »

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

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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

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