Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Maria

By Rafael Azul, 22 September 2017

As in Texas and Florida, the human suffering caused by the hurricane was exacerbated by the absence of any serious evacuation plan and the lack of public resources.

From hurricanes to tax cuts: The ruling class gets down to business

Why was American capitalism unable to prepare for Hurricane Irma?

Trump announces aggressive sanctions against trade with North Korea

By Mike Head, 22 September 2017

Trump’s executive order is clearly aimed primarily at China, but can also threaten other countries.

Fears of nuclear war grow after Trump’s threat to annihilate North Korea

Pseudo-left groups push identity politics on seventh day of St. Louis protests

By Genevieve Leigh and George Gallanis reporting from St. Louis, 22 September 2017

A “White Allies Only” protest endorsed by the DSA, Socialist Alternative and Black Lives Matter drew several hundred people on the seventh day of protests against police violence in St. Louis.

Hundreds of riot police descend on peaceful protesters in St. Louis

St. Louis Police declare “We’re in control” as crackdown on protests enters fifth day

Oklahoma City police shoot and kill deaf man

By Matthew Taylor, 22 September 2017

Neighbors who witnessed the killing warned the two cops confronting Magdiel Sanchez that he was deaf and could not understand their orders just before they opened fire.

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Special counsel seeks White House documents on Flynn, Comey, Manafort

By Patrick Martin, 22 September 2017

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who heads the Justice Department investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US elections, appears to be focusing on possible obstruction of justice by President Trump.

Trump outlines Washington’s “scramble for Africa” during UN luncheon with African heads of state

By Eddie Haywood, 22 September 2017

Trump addressed the assembled African leaders on behalf of the American financial oligarchy to which he belongs.

Barcelona dockworkers boycott Spanish police ships sent against Catalan referendum

By Alejandro López, 22 September 2017

Dockworkers in Catalonia’s two main ports, Barcelona and Tarragona, are refusing supply services to vessels carrying riot police and paramilitary Civil Guard units.

Spain threatens potential military takeover of Catalonia as referendum looms

Workers and youth mobilize in second protest against French labor reform

By Anthony Torres, 22 September 2017

Protesters who spoke to the WSWS opposed the destruction of the Labor Code and the growing drive to war and dictatorship in France and internationally.

French unions try to strangle workers’ opposition to Macron

UK wields military and security cooperation as a weapon in Brexit negotiations

By Robert Stevens, 22 September 2017

The British government’s position paper on the terms of its exit from the EU stresses the UK’s role as the second military power in NATO, to underline the implicit threat that it will withdraw military and defence co-operation with the bloc.

How Germany is supporting Burma’s ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya

By Johannes Stern, 22 September 2017

Burma’s notorious army chief Min Aung Hlaing was welcomed with military honours to Berlin in April.

Burma’s “democracy icon” Aung San Suu Kyi defends ethnic cleansing of Rohingya

Anti-Chinese witch-hunt launched days before New Zealand election

By Tom Peters, 22 September 2017

The campaign against Chinese “influence” is intended to shift New Zealand into even closer support for US-led war preparations in Asia.

Cambodian government arrests opposition leader on treason charges

By John Roberts, 22 September 2017

Cambodian leader Hun Sen is seeking to cripple the opposition before the national elections next year.

Sri Lankan government passes IMF-backed tax bill

By Kapila Fernando, 22 September 2017

The tax act is part of a series of social assaults by the government on the directives of the International Monetary Fund.

New in Spanish

Después de Irma, Wall Street exige austeridad y privatización en Puerto Rico

Por Rafael Azul, 22 septiembre 2017

Para los fondos buitres que quieren privatizar la compañía eléctrica de la isla, el Huracán Irma les vino como anillo al dedo.

Facebook le entrega información sobre cuentas vinculadas a Rusia al fiscal especial Mueller

Por Patrick Martin, 22 septiembre 2017

Las investigaciones sobre la presunta interferencia rusa en la elecciones estadounidenses y la complicidad de la campaña de Trump están siendo utilizadas como pretextos para imponer medidas severas en el Internet.

New in French

Les craintes de guerre nucléaire s’accroissent après la menace de Trump d’anéantir la Corée du Nord

Par Alex Lantier, 22 septembre 2017

L’élite dirigeante à l’échelle internationale est dans un état de perplexité, de terreur et de déni face au danger que Washington lance une guerre nucléaire.

Deuxième journée de mobilisation contre la loi travail de Macron

Par Anthony Torres, 22 septembre 2017

Les manifestants ont souligné leur hostilité à la destruction le Code du Travail, mais aussi envers la poussée vers la guerre et la dictature.

Une majorité écrasante du Sénat américain approuve un budget militaire record de 700 milliards de dollars

Par Eric London, 22 septembre 2017

Le projet de loi augmente le budget militaire de 80 milliards de dollars par rapport à 2016 et comprend des financements importants pour préparer l’arsenal nucléaire américain à la guerre.

Le Premier ministre japonais soutien « l’option militaire » américaine contre la Corée du Nord

Par Peter Symonds, 22 septembre 2017

La conclusion d’Abe que « le dialogue ne marchera pas avec la Corée du Nord » équivaut à une menace de s’occuper de Pyongyang soit par un changement de régime, soit par la guerre

États-Unis, manifestations à Saint-Louis
La police déclare qu’elle « a le contrôle » alors que la répression en est à son 5 jour

Par Genevieve Leigh, 21 septembre 2017

Les policiers de Saint-Louis scandaient : « Les rues à qui ? À nous ! » en arrêtant des manifestants qui protestaient contre les violences policières.

New in German

Obama-Beraterin verlangt hartes Durchgreifen in den sozialen Medien:
Die Zensur des Internets und die Kriegspläne der US-Regierung

Andre Damon, 22. September 2017

Samantha Power, US-Botschafterin bei den Vereinten Nationen unter Barack Obama, fordert in der New York Times „professionelle Wächter“, um den öffentlichen Diskurs im Internet zu kontrollieren.

Trumps Drohungen gegen Nordkorea verschärfen die Angst vor einem Atomkrieg

Alex Lantier, 22. September 2017

Die internationale herrschende Elite steht der Gefahr, dass Washington einen Atomkrieg beginnen könnte, mit Ratlosigkeit und Angst gegenüber und versucht, die Augen davor zu verschließen.

IG-Metall-Demo in Bochum: ThyssenKrupp-Arbeiter stehen vor politischen Aufgaben

Dietmar Gaisenkersting und Elisabeth Zimmermann-Modler, 22. September 2017

Die Demonstration, zu der IG Metall und Betriebsräte von ThyssenKrupp am Freitag aufrufen, ist ein abgekartetes Spiel. Sie dient dazu, Dampf abzulassen und Wahlkampf für die SPD zu machen.

SGP-Wahlkampf in Berlin-Wedding

unseren Korrespondenten, 22. September 2017

Der Direktkandidat der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei für Berlin-Mitte, Andy Niklaus, diskutierte diese Woche am Leopoldplatz über den Bundeswahlkampf und die wachsende Kriegsgefahr.

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Perspective

Trump’s UN tirade and the logic of imperialism

22 September 2017

The absence of any serious evaluation of the implications of war reflects the aggressive militarism and recklessness that prevails within the political establishment.

Earlier Perspectives »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

The ICFI is continuing its commemoration of the centenary of the 1917 October Revolution with a second series of four weekly online lectures, beginning on October 14 and concluding on November 4. Barry Grey, US national editor of the World Socialist Web Site, will give the first lecture, “Lenin’s The State and Revolution” The lecture will be streamed on YouTube on Saturday, October 14 at 5:00 pm Eastern (US). Three weekly lectures will follow.

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 »

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Commentary

GM Canada strike in danger
Why is Unifor trying to gag CAMI strikers?

By Carl Bronski and Jerry White, 22 September 2017

Officials from the Unifor union said Wednesday that they have offered an “olive branch” to GM to end the strike.

“What these companies are doing is a new form of slavery”
CAMI strikers determined to resist GM Canada job and wage cuts

For an international strategy to win the CAMI workers strike

UAW officials laundered Fiat Chrysler bribes through fake charities

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US media response to Trump’s fascistic UN tirade ranges from complacency to concurrence

By Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2017

Trump’s “Mein Kampf” tirade at the United Nations

Dangerous developments in Germany: AfD leader praises the Nazi Wehrmacht

By Johannes Stern, 21 September 2017

Death toll rises in Mexico City earthquake

Senate overwhelmingly approves record $700 billion military budget

Working men have no country
Interviews from the San Diego/Tijuana San Ysidro border crossing as closure looms

Google Censorship

Socialist Equality Party/International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK) public meetings
Stop Internet Censorship! Stop Google’s political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site

22 September 2017

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a series of public meetings in the UK in opposition to Google’s censorship of the Internet and its blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site.

Obama adviser Samantha Power calls for crackdown on social media
Internet censorship and government war plans

By Andre Damon, 21 September 2017

Sri Lankan free trade zone and harbour workers denounce Google censorship

By our correspondents, 21 September 2017

Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites

By Andre Damon, 19 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 »

Arts

Toronto International Film Festival 2017: Part 1
Trouble in paradise: A comment on the economics and politics of the Toronto International Film Festival

By David Walsh, 22 September 2017

This year’s event screened 255 feature films, a 14 percent decline from a year ago, when the festival presented 296 features, and the lowest number of full-length films in a decade.

Sidemen: Long Road to Glory—A heartfelt tribute to three bluesmen

By James Brewer, 21 September 2017

David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return—Living inside a dream?

By Hiram Lee, 20 September 2017

2017 Emmy Awards: Sean Spicer, self-congratulations and identity politics

Socialist Equality Party

The war danger and the significance of the election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party of Germany

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 21 September 2017

The incoming government’s policies have long been decided: an unprecedented intensification of militarism, the strengthening of the repressive state apparatus and social cuts.

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

No to war and social inequality! For world socialism!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Group on the New Zealand election

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

Workers Struggles

Birmingham refuse workers’ strike suspended; Kenyan state governors begin filling the jobs of striking nurses
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 September 2017

The Birmingham trash collectors have been battling attempts to force through 120 redundancies; meanwhile, in Kenya, state governors are advertising for strikebreakers in a long-running strike by nurses.

University of Sydney union conceals political issues in one-day strike

By our reporters, 21 September 2017

Oppose the NTEU sellout at University of Sydney! For a unified struggle of all university workers across Australia!

Portuguese nurses strike against an 11-year pay freeze

By Ajanta Silva and Paul Mitchell, 20 September 2017

California: SEIU sabotages San Diego County workers’ strike

By Kevin Martinez, 19 September 2017

Sri Lankan power workers on strike

By W.A. Sunil, 19 September 2017

Book Review

Hillary Clinton’s What Happened: A conspiracy theory of the 2016 election

By Andre Damon, 20 September 2017

Hillary Clinton’s memoir, released September 13, represents the Democratic Party’s semi-official narrative of its electoral defeat in 2016.

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

The Grenfell Tower Fire

Grenfell Tower fire eyewitnesses: “It’s because of our class—we are the lowest socioeconomic class on the food chain”

By our reporters, 20 September 2017

Survivors and local residents speak out on Grenfell Tower Inquiry opening

By our reporters, 19 September 2017

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

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the case for socialism

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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

“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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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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