Dam collapse threatens to kill thousands in Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 23 September 2017

Three days after Hurricane Maria devastated the Island, residents are left without power and basic necessities, while an ongoing dam collapse threatens to inundate tens of thousands.

Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Maria

Why was American capitalism unable to prepare for Hurricane Irma?

Death toll in Mexico City earthquake reaches 286

By Don Knowland, 23 September 2017

As in the hugely inadequate response of the US government to the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida, most rescue and aid efforts after the Mexican quake fell to working class volunteers.

More than 140 dead and counting as a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocks Mexico City

“That verdict was a travesty”
Watch: St. Louis workers denounce acquittal of killer cop, crackdown on protests

By Genevieve Leigh and George Gallanis reporting from St. Louis, 23 September 2017

WSWS reporters spoke with workers from St. Louis about police violence, amid ongoing protests against the acquittal of a police officer over his 2011 murder of Anthony Lamar Smith.

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

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

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Trump provokes North Korean counter-threats and heightens war danger

By Peter Symonds, 23 September 2017

North Korea has clearly concluded that the US is intent on destroying its government and is developing its nuclear arsenal in a desperate bid to counter the US threat.

Sigmar Gabriel’s UN address: German great power ambitions in pacifist garb

By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2017

Phrases about “peace,” “human rights” and “global justice” are rhetorical window-dressing for Germany’s renewed turn to imperialist “Realpolitik.”

Spanish government dispatches police reinforcements to Catalonia

By Paul Mitchell, 23 September 2017

Demonstrations continued in Catalonia yesterday as Madrid reinforced its police presence in the Eastern region.

Barcelona dockworkers boycott Spanish police ships sent against Catalan referendum

Canadian union seeks to shut down CAMI strike by offering concessions to GM

By Roger Jordan, 23 September 2017

Unifor has focused on bolstering its partnership with the big-business Liberal government and promoting reactionary Canadian nationalism.

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

“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

General Motors and Ford announce thousands of US layoffs

By Shannon Jones, 23 September 2017

The layoffs come amid mounting signs that the seven-year boom in auto sales is collapsing.

UAW officials laundered Fiat Chrysler bribes through fake charities

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Study: Flint’s poisoned water caused drop in number of healthy pregnancies and births

By Sheila Brehm, 23 September 2017

Due to lead-poisoned water in Flint, fertility rates dropped, and the number of women who miscarried, had a stillbirth, or delivered babies with health problems, increased.

Oklahoma City police shoot and kill deaf man

Michigan researchers investigate connection between Flint water crisis and high infant mortality rate

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French President Macron signs labor decrees, trampling on social opposition

By Anthony Torres, 23 September 2017

Showing contempt for mass popular opposition and growing strikes and protests, France’s president signed decrees destroying the country’s Labor Code yesterday.

Workers and youth mobilize in second protest against French labor reform

French unions try to strangle workers’ opposition to Macron

May’s overtures to European Union on Brexit terms falls flat

By Robert Stevens, 23 September 2017

While Conservative Prime Minister May’s speech in Florence was flagged as bridge building with the European Union over Brexit, not a single EU leader or representative was present.

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

New Zealand election: Bipartisan agreement on war and austerity

By John Braddock, 23 September 2017

The final election debate between Labour and National Party leaders demonstrated that whichever party is elected will deepen the attacks on working people.

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

Australian media targets universities in new anti-China campaign

By Oscar Grenfell, 23 September 2017

The corporate press is reviving hysterical accusations of “Chinese influence” in Australia, this time targeting university research projects and international students.

The dual citizenship furore in the Australian parliament: What is at stake for the working class?

Sri Lankan plantation workers protest job cuts and new productivity demands

By M. Thevarajah, 23 September 2017

The protests are another indication of growing working-class opposition to government and company attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.

Sri Lankan government passes IMF-backed tax bill

New in Norwegian

Sosialisme og kampen mot krig
Bygg en Internasjonal Bevegelse av Arbeiderklassen og Ungdommen Mot Imperialisme!

Erklæring fra den Internasjonale Komitéen av den Fjerde Internasjonalen, 23 September 2017

Femten år etter at USA startet "krigen mot terror," er hele verden dratt inn i en stadig sterkere malstrøm av imperialistisk vold.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в русской революции
11–17 сентября: После провала корниловского мятежа Керенский пытается сформировать диктаторский режим; Троцкий освобожден из тюрьмы

23 сентября 2017 г.

После провала корниловского путча Керенский пытается сформировать новое правительство, назначив себя верховным главнокомандующим и объявив о создании диктаторского режима «директории», состоящей из пяти человек.

New in Portuguese

Carta aberta ao Google: Pelo fim da censura na Internet! Pela retirada do WSWS da lista negra política!

David North, 23 de setembro de 2017

David North, o presidente do Comitê Editorial Internacional do World Socialist Web Site, mandou a seguinte carta aberta aos executivos do Google Sundar Pichai, Lawrence Page, Sergey Brine e Eric Schmidt.

O mundo à beira do precipício

O Conselho Editorial do World Socialist Web Site, 23 de setembro de 2017

A cada dia e cada hora o mundo está se aproximando do limite da guerra nuclear.

Cai a máscara de Trump ao defender a violência nazista

Joseph Kishore, 23 de setembro de 2017

As declarações de Donald Trump defendendo manifestantes nazistas e supremacistas brancos fez cair a máscara que já mal escondia o rosto do capitalismo americano.

New in Spanish

La diatriba de Trump en la ONU y la lógica del imperialismo

Por Bill Van Auken, 23 septiembre 2017

La falta de toda evaluación seria acerca de las implicaciones de una guerra refleja el agresivo militarismo y la imprudencia que prevalecen en la élite política.

Aumenta la cifra de muertos por el terremoto en la Ciudad de México

Por Alex González, 23 septiembre 2017

La clase obrera se ha movilizado para encabezar los esfuerzos de socorro con su autosacrificio y solidaridad.

Los trabajadores portuarios de Barcelona boicotean cruceros con policías españoles enviados contra el referéndum catalán

Por Alejandro López, 23 septiembre 2017

Los estibadores de los dos principales puertos de Cataluña, en Barcelona y Tarragona, se están negando a prestar sus servicios a los cruceros con efectivos de la policía antidisturbios y unidades paramilitares de la Guardia Civil.

Samantha Power, asesora de Obama, pide medidas severas de control sobre redes sociales
La censura del internet y los planes de guerra gubernamentales

Por Andre Damon, 23 septiembre 2017

Samantha Power, exembajadora de EUA ante la ONU bajo Barack Obama, abogó en una columna del New York Times emplear “controladores de acceso profesionales” para vigilar lo que se habla en Internet.

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Trump’ın Birleşmiş Milletler’deki “Kavgam” nutku

Bill Van Auken, 23 Eylül 2017

Trump’ın konuşmasının merkezinde, onun “Önce Amerika” ideolojisinin tanıtımı vardı. ABD başkanı, milliyetçiliğin yükseltilmesini, gezegenin tüm sorunlarına çözüm olarak sundu.

Savaş tehlikesi ve Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (Almanya) seçim kampanyasının önemi

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Almanya), 23 Eylül 2017

Seçim kampanyamızın başlıca hedefi, işçileri ve gençleri yaklaşan çatışmalara siyasi ve teorik olarak hazırlamaktır.

Almanya’daki federal seçim kampanyası ve nükleer savaş tehlikesi

Johannes Stern, 23 Eylül 2017

SGP, ABD’nin nükleer savaş planlarına, en az Avrupa’nın ve Almanya’nın yeniden silahlanmasına olduğu kadar karşı çıkan ve artan savaş tehlikesine karşı uluslararası işçi sınıfının bakış açısından mücadele eden tek partidir.

BM Genel Kurulu savaşın gölgesinde toplanıyor

Bill Van Auken, 23 Eylül 2017

Bu hafta düzenlenen BM Genel Kurulu, bu bölgesel çatışmalardan birinin ya da birkaçının küresel bir çatışmayı tetiklemesi tehlikesini yalnızca arttıracaktır.

Kapital’in yayınlanmasının 150. yıldönümü

Nick Beams, 23 Eylül 2017

Kapitalist sistemin Marx tarafından çözümlenmiş işleyişine karşı mücadeleye girişen işçiler ve gençler, Kapital’de, bilimsel bir yönelimin ve perspektifin temelinin yanı sıra, ne ile karşı karşıya olduklarına ilişkin bir kavrayışa ulaşmada en güvenilir kılavuzu bulacaklar.

Google solcu sitelere yönelik sansürü yoğunlaştırıyor

Andre Damon, 23 Eylül 2017

Önde gelen 13 haber kaynağının arama trafiğini Nisan’dan bu yana yüzde 55 kesen Google, solcu, ilerici ve savaş karşıtı web sitelerine yönelik sansürünü yoğunlaştırıyor.

New in French

La tirade de Trump à l’ONU et la logique de l’impérialisme

Par Bill Van Auken, 23 septembre 2017

L’absence d’une évaluation sérieuse des implications de la guerre reflète le militarisme agressif et l’imprudence qui règne dans l’établissement politique.

Macron signe les ordonnances sur la loi travail malgré l’opposition ouvrière

Par Anthony Torres, 23 septembre 2017

Méprisant l’opposition sociale à la loi travail et les manifestations qui s’annoncent, Macron a signé hier ses ordonnances détruisant le Code du Travail.

Trump annonce des sanctions agressives contre la Corée du Nord

Par Mike Head, 23 septembre 2017

Il est clair que le décret de Trump vise principalement la Chine, mais il peut aussi menacer d’autres pays.

Samantha Power, conseillère d’Obama, appelle à sévir contre les médias sociaux
La censure de l’internet et les projets de guerre du gouvernement

Par Andre Damon, 23 septembre 2017

Samantha Power, ambassadrice des États-Unis aux Nations Unies sous Barack Obama, a écrit une chronique dans le New York Times préconisant l’utilisation de « gardiens professionnels » pour policer le discours public sur Internet.

«Ce que ces entreprises font revient à une nouvelle forme d’esclavage»
Les grévistes de CAMI sont déterminés à résister aux coupes dans les emplois et les salaires chez GM Canada

Par Jerry White et Carl Bronski, 23 septembre 2017

Les travailleurs de CAMI luttent pour défendre leurs emplois et leur niveau de vie, pendant qu'Unifor tente d'enchaîner les travailleurs au gouvernement libéral et à la politique protectionniste anti-mexicaine de Trump.

New in German

150 Jahre Kapital

Von Nick Beams, 23. September 2017

Am 14. September vor 150 Jahren erschien der erste Band des Kapitals von Karl Marx. Es war ein Wendepunkt in der theoretischen und historischen Entwicklung der Menschheit.

Trumps Hetzrede vor der UN und die Logik des Imperialismus

Von Bill Van Auken, 23. September 2017

Dass die Auswirkungen eines Krieges nicht ernsthaft durchdacht werden, verdeutlicht den aggressiven Militarismus und die Rücksichtslosigkeit innerhalb des politischen Establishments.

Gabriels UN-Rede: Deutsche Großmachtambitionen in pazifistischem Gewand

Von Johannes Stern, 23. September 2017

Phrasen von „Frieden“, „Menschenrechten“ oder gar „globaler Gerechtigkeit“: das ist die zynische Sprache, mit der Deutschland zu einer aggressiven Großmachtpolitik zurückkehrt.

Trump kündigt harte Sanktionen bei Handel mit Nordkorea an

Von Mike Head, 23. September 2017

Trumps Dekret richtet sich in erster Linie gegen China, kann aber auch andere Länder betreffen.

Arbeiter und Studenten in Deutschland verurteilen die Google-Zensur der WSWS

Von Katerina Selin, 23. September 2017

Im Vorfeld der Wahlen haben Vertreter der SGP und der IYSSE mit Arbeitern, Studenten und Jugendlichen über die Bedeutung der Google-Zensur und die zunehmende Kriegsgefahr diskutiert.

Deutschland: Hebammen schlagen Alarm

Von Sonja Bach, 23. September 2017

Obwohl Hebammen vor, während und nach der Geburt eine unermesslich wichtige und existentielle Arbeit leisten, wird ihnen die Berufsausübung in Deutschland zunehmend erschwert oder gar unmöglich gemacht.

Deutschland: Obdachlosigkeit steigt um sechzig Prozent

Von Martin Nowak, 23. September 2017

Im Jahr 2018 werden 536.000 Menschen in Deutschland ohne Wohnung sein, rund sechzig Prozent mehr als 2015.

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Perspective

The St. Louis police riot

23 September 2017

The violent and provocative actions of the police, including the “kettling” and mass arrest of protesters and the fascistic spectacle of cops chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!” reveals the real state of class relations in America

Earlier Perspectives »

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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

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Arts

“Committee to Investigate Russia:” Rob Reiner and Morgan Freeman’s warmongering video

By David Walsh, 23 September 2017

Actor-director Rob Reiner and actor Morgan Freeman have teamed up with a group of extreme right-wingers to push the McCarthyite anti-Russia campaign.

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

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

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

Maruti Suzuki

Legal appeals of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers expose travesty of justice

By Saman Gunadasa, 23 September 2017

“The (legal) doubt,” declares one of the appeals, “is not only overwhelming, but in fact, there is hardly any aspect on which the prosecution’s case is at all believable.”

Sri Lankan free trade workers express solidarity with framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India

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 »

Google Censorship

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

By Andre Damon, 21 September 2017

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

Sri Lankan free trade zone and harbour workers denounce Google censorship

Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites

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 »

Science

FDA recommends approval of new leukemia treatment

By Benjamin Mateus, 23 September 2017

This is the first time that white blood cells have been successfully engineered to fight off a cancer.

The legacy of the Cassini spacecraft

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

23 September 2017

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

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

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

California: SEIU sabotages San Diego County workers’ strike

Sri Lankan power workers on strike

Commentary

Trump’s UN tirade and the logic of imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2017

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

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

By Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2017

Dangerous developments in Germany: AfD leader praises the Nazi Wehrmacht

By Johannes Stern, 21 September 2017

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

19 September 2017

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

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

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

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.

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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