World hunger increasing for first time since turn of the century

By Shelley Connor, 18 September 2017

A United Nations study found that war and climate change were the driving forces of an increase in malnutrition worldwide in 2016.

UK government officials back Trump demands for Internet censorship following London bombing

By Paul Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 18 September 2017

In the name of opposing “extremism,” the May government is preparing a drastic curtailment of democratic rights and civil liberties.

Bomb attack on London Underground sets stage for further state repression

Over forty arrested in St. Louis as demonstrations continue against acquittal of killer cop

By Genevieve Leigh, 18 September 2017

With the full backing of the political establishment, police have been firing pepper-spray balls and tear gas at peaceful protesters.

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

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

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GM CAMI workers strike in Canada

By Carl Bronski, 18 September 2017

The walkout is part of a growing wave of struggles by autoworkers around the world, including in the US, Korea, Serbia and Slovakia.

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

“You can't depend on our government anymore to help”
Watch: Hurricane Harvey victims applying for federal aid encounter government indifference

By Tom Hall and Charles Abelard reporting from Houston, 18 September 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to people leaving a FEMA assistance center in Houston, where the government is making local residents shoulder the costs of the recovery.

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

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

Why was American capitalism unable to prepare for Hurricane Irma?

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Inhabitants of Irma-ravaged Saint Martin gain nothing from French President Macron’s visit

By Francis Dubois, 18 September 2017

After ignoring the island territory for two days, Macron was compelled to visit by a rising drumbeat of public criticism in France.

Spain threatens potential military takeover of Catalonia as referendum looms

By Alejandro López, 18 September 2017

Madrid’s inflammatory language and actions recall the thuggery of the Francoist dictatorship that ruled Spain from 1939 to 1978.

Greece: Syriza touts for investors and fêtes Macron

By Katerina Selin, 18 September 2017

The Greek parliamentary summer is over. In the weeks and months ahead a new round of cuts will begin, which will lead to fierce class battles.

Pentagon to fortify Kabul for unending Afghanistan war

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2017

The Pentagon is reportedly sending another 4,000 troops into the conflict, the longest war in US history.

South Korea assassination squad to target Pyongyang leadership

By Ben McGrath, 18 September 2017

This “decapitation squad” is part of a broader plan for preemptive war against North Korea that would have devastating consequences for the region.

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

India and Japan strengthen their anti-China “strategic partnership”

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 18 September 2017

The cementing of the Indo-Japanese alliance will further encourage US imperialism in its reckless, incendiary offensive against China

Mexico earthquake death toll climbs to 98

By Andrea Lobo, 18 September 2017

This historic event has exposed conditions of staggering inequality, deteriorated social infrastructure and corrupt negligence on the part of the ruling elites.

NSA documents expose secret US spying program in Ethiopia

By Eddie Haywood, 18 September 2017

The spying operations established by Washington in Ethiopia are a key element of the broader drive by imperialist strategists to assert US dominance over the region and the Horn of Africa.

Australia launches three-month naval tour, directed against China

By Mike Head, 18 September 2017

The mission is unmistakably designed to reinforce the aggressive anti-Chinese drive by Washington.

Australia: New “learning precinct” ties public schools to business

By David Cohen, 18 September 2017

The project has little to do with the quality of education; its priority is the Victorian state government’s relationship with the financial and corporate elites.

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Эта неделя в русской революции
4–10 сентября: Мятеж Корнилова

18 сентября 2017 г.

Столкнувшись с угрозой полномасштабной контрреволюционной диктатуры и массовых репрессий в лице генерала Корнилова, Советы вынуждены призвать рабочий класс к защите Петрограда.

New in Spanish

La CIA veta una invitación de Harvard para Chelsea Manning

Por Joseph Kishore, 18 septiembre 2017

Después de un cuarto de siglo de guerras, prácticamente no hay decisión alguna en las instituciones oficiales de poder burgués en la que las agencias militares y de inteligencia no tengan la última palabra.

España suspende la ley de independencia catalana, intensificando el conflicto con los separatistas

Por Alejandro López, 18 septiembre 2017

Con la crisis por el referendum de independencia en Cataluña, está colapsando el sistema estatal español que surgió de la transición en 1978 del régimen fascista.

Crisis de corrupción abarca a todos los principales partidos en Perú

Por Cesar Uco, 18 septiembre 2017

El escándalo de la mega-constructora brasilera Odebrecht amenaza con poner a otros dos ex presidentes tras las rejas y arrastrar al actual jefe de Estado, Pedro Pablo Kucsynski.

La investigación de la torre Grenfell y el caso a favor del socialismo

Por Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Reino Unido), 18 septiembre 2017

La negativa de Martin Moore Bick a responder preguntas en la apertura oficial de la investigación sobre el infierno de la torre Grenfell ejemplifica la arrogancia e indiferencia de clase de las autoridades establecidas hacia los trabajadores.

Partido La Izquierda Aleman: Un partido de militarismo y guerra

Por Johannes Stern, 18 septiembre 2017

La Izquierda, al igual que todos los partidos capitalistas de Alemania, está plenamente integrado al militarismo alemán y está jugando un papel central en el regreso de Alemania a una agresiva política exterior.

Los datos personales de 143 millones de consumidores estadounidenses expuestos por ciberataque masivo al servidor de Equifax

Por Kevin Reed, 18 septiembre 2017

La corporación de $18 000 millones sufrió una filtración en sus servidores y por dos meses y medio la encubrió y todavía insiste en que no sabe qué sucedió.

New in Turkish

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi ve insan hakları emperyalizmi sahtekarlığı

Peter Symonds, 18 Eylül 2017

Askeri operasyonların acımasızlığı ve çapı, BM’de ve Suu Kyi’yi bir “demokrasi simgesi” olarak şiddetle desteklemiş olanlarda ikiyüzlü bir sıkıntıya yol açmış durumda.

Amerikan kapitalizmi Irma Kasırgası’na neden hazırlanamadı?

Niles Niemuth, 18 Eylül 2017

Toplumun kaynakları, neden Irma gibi bir tehdidin üstesinden gelmek için akılcı ve örgütlü bir şekilde seferber edilmiyor?

Almanya: Sol Parti’nin önderi aşırı sağcı AfD ile işbirliğine hazır

Verena Nees, 18 Eylül 2017

Sol Parti, milliyetçi ve faşist eğilimlerin yükselişini önlemenin bir aracı değildir. Sol Parti’nin, federal seçimlerin ardından bir muhalefet partisi olarak sola kayacağını düşünmek için saf olmak gerekir.

Güney Asya’daki sellerde ölü sayısı 1.300’e çıktı

Arun Kumar, 18 Eylül 2017

Seller Hindistan’ın Bihar, Uttar Pradesh ve Assam eyaletlerinden kısmen geri çekilirken, felaketin yol açtığı ölü sayısı 1.300’ü buldu.

New in French

Les Démocrates cherchent à soutenir le gouvernement de Trump en crise

Par Joseph Kishore, 18 septembre 2017

Les démarches des Démocrates pour stabiliser l’administration Trump visent à créer de meilleures conditions pour intensifier l’assaut sur la classe ouvrière et se préparer à une guerre majeure.

L’attentat du métro de Londres prépare le terrain à plus de répression d’État

Par Steve James, 18 septembre 2017

Comme toujours dans ce genre d’attentats, il n’y a aucune raison de supposer que l’attaque est une surprise pour les agences de renseignement britanniques.

Un crime social: Huit personnes âgées meurent après huit jours sans air conditionné dans une maison de retraite en Floride

Par Niles Niemuth, 18 septembre 2017

La police a évacué au moins 115 résidents d’une maison de retraite au nord de Miami qui avaient passé des jours dans une chaleur suffocante à cause d’une panne suite au passage de l’ouragan Irma.

Un journal conservateur allemand menace la Pologne de revendications territoriales

Par Peter Schwarz, 18 septembre 2017

La Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung a averti le gouvernement polonais que sa frontière occidentale ne serait plus reconnue s’il continue d’insister sur les réparations.

New in German

Auf Druck der CIA: Harvard University verweigert Chelsea Manning Gastdozentenstelle

Von Eric London, 18. September 2017

Nach einem Vierteljahrhundert Krieg existiert kaum noch ein Bereich in den bürgerlichen Machtorganen, in dem das Militär und die Geheimdienste nicht das letzte Wort hätten.

Trump droht Nordkorea mit „effektivem und überwältigendem“ Militärschlag

Von Peter Symonds, 18. September 2017

Hohe US-Regierungsvertreter erklärten, die USA hätten auch eine „militärische Option“ und warnten, die Zeit für eine diplomatische Lösung der Koreakrise laufe ab.

Berlin: Über 7.000 demonstrieren gegen Rassismus und Abschiebung

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 18. September 2017

Am Samstag fand in Berlin eine „Welcome-United“-Parade statt, zu der über 100 verschiedene Flüchtlings- und Hilfsorganisationen aufgerufen hatten. Viele Demonstranten nahmen an dem Protestzug teil, um ein Zeichen gegen Krieg zu setzen.

Die Linke als Polizeistaatspartei

Von Christopher Hosang, 18. September 2017

Wie CDU/CSU, SPD, AfD, FDP und Grüne spricht sich auch die Linkspartei im Wahlkampf für eine massive innere Aufrüstung aus.

Spanien setzt katalanisches Unabhängigkeitsgesetz außer Kraft: Konflikt mit Separatisten eskaliert

Von Alejandro Lopez, 18. September 2017

Das katalanische Unabhängkeitsreferendums bringt das spanische Staatsgefüge an den Rand des Zusammenbruchs.

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Perspective

The 150th anniversary of the publication of Capital

18 September 2017

September 14 was the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Capital by Karl Marx. It marked a turning point in mankind’s intellectual and historical development.

Earlier Perspectives »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
September 18 – 24: Bolsheviks obtain majorities in Moscow and Petrograd soviets

18 September 2017

Following the Kornilov affair, support for the Bolsheviks surges, and they win control of the Moscow and Petrograd soviets, followed one by one by provincial soviets. The war rages on, and mass hunger and deprivation fuel working-class rebellions around the world.

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 »

The Grenfell Tower Fire

Lakanal House: Prelude to the Grenfell Tower inferno—Part 2

By Paul Armstrong, 18 September 2017

In the aftermath of the Lakanal House fire, the Labour-controlled council promised £62 million for improved fire safety and maintenance, but residents are still living in death traps.

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

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

Burlington, Vermont teachers strike continues as officials refuse to budge on concession demands

By Kate Randall, 18 September 2017

The 400 teachers went out on strike Thursday after nine-hour negotiations between a mediator, the Burlington’s Democratic mayor and the Burlington Education Association broke down.

IAM ends Chicago area mechanics strike

By Jessica Goldstein, 18 September 2017

After seven weeks of struggle, IAM Local 701 imposed a sellout deal on striking Chicago area mechanics.

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

IAM pushes sellout deal on striking Chicago car mechanics

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Google Censorship

World Socialist Web Site readers in Britain oppose Google’s censorship campaign

By our reporter, 18 September 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the hundreds of people in Britain on why they have signed the petition to Google demanding that the corporation stop its censorship of the Internet and end their blacklist of the WSWS.

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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Mehring Books

New pamphlet: Fifty Years since the Detroit Rebellion

18 September 2017

This new pamphlet from Mehring Books examines the historical background and social roots of the events of the summer of 1967 and the outcome of the biggest and most violent urban uprising in US history.

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.

Science

The legacy of the Cassini spacecraft

By Don Barrett, 16 September 2017

Commentary

CIA vetoes Chelsea Manning’s Harvard fellowship

By Eric London, 16 September 2017

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

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 September 2017

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

By Roger Jordan, 16 September 2017

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

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

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

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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