As Trump threatens North Korea, most Americans oppose war

By Peter Symonds, 25 September 2017

An opinion poll revealed the majority of Americans oppose a US attack on North Korea, fear it will lead to a wider war and do not trust Trump as commander-in-chief.

Trump provokes North Korean counter-threats and heightens war danger

Trump’s UN tirade and the logic of imperialism

In defiance of Trump threats, US athletes protest police repression

By Patrick Martin, 25 September 2017

In a campaign speech in Alabama and multiple Twitter messages, the US president demanded total conformity from athletes with his policies of police repression and militarism.

Interview with attorney for family of Anthony Lamar Smith:
Authorities withheld DNA evidence in St. Louis police killing

By Ed Hightower, 25 September 2017

“The whole package of justice in this case, not just the criminal case but in the civil remedies… was compromised.”

The St. Louis police riot

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

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

Brutal video depicts Huntington Beach, California officer killing Navy veteran

By John Burton, 25 September 2017

The fact that the national epidemic of police violence is now appearing with such virulence in communities such as Huntington Beach demonstrates that the fundamental causes are far deeper than racial discrimination.

More on police violence in America »

Iraqi Kurdish referendum stokes Mideast war tensions

By Jean Shaoul and Jordan Shilton, 25 September 2017

Washington has long served as a patron of the Kurdish Regional Government but opposed the referendum fearing it would create greater regional instability.

Turkey threatens war over Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum

By Halil Celik, 25 September 2017

Turkey, Iran, and Iraq have all made clear that they view the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum as a dire threat to their territorial integrity.

In Paris, Mélenchon calls on trade unions to control opposition to austerity

By Anthony Torres and Kumaran Ira, 25 September 2017

On Saturday, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s Unsubmissive France movement held its national rally in the Place de la République in Paris.

French President Macron signs labor decrees, trampling on social opposition

French unions try to strangle workers’ opposition to Macron

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale quits

By Steve James, 25 September 2017

Dugdale’s career points to the hollowed-out character of Labour and leader Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to wage a struggle against the party’s right-wing.

No clear winner in New Zealand election

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 25 September 2017

The incumbent National Party and the opposition Labour Party are both negotiating with the right-wing, anti-Asian NZ First Party to form a coalition government.

Social anger grows after Mexico earthquakes

By Alex González, 25 September 2017

The government’s inadequate assistance contrasts with the response of working people, who have sprung into action to distribute goods and services.

US autoworkers express support for CAMI strikers in Canada
“We should be out on strike with them”

By Jerry White, 25 September 2017

Despite the sabotage by the auto unions on both sides of the border there is a widespread sentiment for a common struggle against the global carmakers.

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

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

For an international strategy to win the CAMI workers strike

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San Diego death toll from hepatitis A outbreak rises to 16

By Kevin Martinez, 25 September 2017

City officials knew that a public health crisis was brewing years before the current outbreak but rejected preventive measures as too costly.

Immigrants arrested by plain-clothes ICE agents outside Brooklyn courthouse

By Mark Witkowski, 25 September 2017

The blatantly anti-democratic act of arresting immigrants who are attending court hearings for minor violations acts as a mechanism for justifying the crackdown on immigrants.

Sri Lanka: JVP leader assures business that it defends capitalism

By K. Ratnayake, 25 September 2017

The JVP played a key role in the regime-change campaign to remove Rajapakse as president and promote Sirisena’s so-called “good governance movement.”

New in German

Der Aufstieg der AfD: Ein Ergebnis des Rechtsrucks der etablierten Parteien

Peter Schwarz, 25. September 2017

Erstmals seit dem Fall des Nazi-Regimes zieht in Deutschland wieder eine rechtsextreme Partei ins nationale Parlament ein.

Trump provoziert Nordkorea und heizt die Kriegsgefahr an

Peter Symonds, 25. September 2017

Die USA machen deutlich, dass sie die nordkoreanische Regierung absetzen wollen. Nordkorea versucht mit dem Ausbau des eigenen Atomarsenals, dieser Bedrohung etwas entgegenzusetzen.

Polizeigewalt in St. Louis

Niles Niemuth, 25. September 2017

Das gewalttätige und provokante Verhalten der Polizei zeigt den wahren Charakter der Klassenbeziehungen in Amerika.

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La revuelta policial en St. Louis

Por Niles Niemuth, 25 septiembre 2017

Las acciones violentas y provocativas de la policía, incluyendo su táctica de “kettling” y arrestos en masa de protestantes, y los cánticos de tinte fascista de los policías, develan la realidad de las relaciones de clases en EUA.

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

Por Alejandro López, 25 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.

La policía española asalta edificios del gobierno catalán y arresta a cargos públicos

Por Paul Mitchell, 25 septiembre 2017

Sectores poderosos de la clase gobernante española están exigiendo que el gobierno del Partido Popular aplique más mano dura para impedir el referéndum sobre la independencia catalana del primero de octubre.

Suman 286 muertos del terremoto de la Ciudad de México

Por Don Knowland, 25 septiembre 2017

Como en la abrumadoramente inadecuada respuesta del Gobierno estadounidense a los recientes huracanes en Texas y Florida, la mayoría de los esfuerzos de rescate y ayuda después del terremoto en México han recaído en voluntarios de la clase obrera.

Colapso de represa apeligra con dejar miles de muertos en Puerto Rico

Por Rafael Azul, 25 septiembre 2017

Tres días después de que el huracán María devastara la isla, sus residentes siguen sin luz ni víveres esenciales, y ahora el colapso en marcha de una represa atenta con sumergir a decenas de miles.

Puerto Rico devastado por el huracán María

Por Rafael Azul, 25 septiembre 2017

Al igual que en Texas y Florida, el sufrimiento humano causado por el huracán fue exacerbado por la ausencia de un plan de evacuación serio y la falta de recursos públicos.

Crecientes advertencias de una burbuja bursátil

Por Nick Beams, 25 septiembre 2017

Mercados de Estados Unidos están en su segundo mercado alcista más largo en la historia, lo que indica una creciente divergencia entre los mercados financieros y la economía real subyacente.

El Banco Internacional de Pagos expresa su preocupación por los mercados financieros

Por Nick Beams, 25 septiembre 2017

El BIS ha advertido que la lentitud en la normalización de las tasas de interés del banco central y el fin de la flexibilización cuantitativa estaría llevando a los mercados financieros hacia un shock cuando las tasas de interés suban.

El presidente francés Macron firma decretos laborales, pisoteando a la oposición social

Por Anthony Torres, 25 septiembre 2017

Demostrando desprecio por la oposición popular masiva y las crecientes huelgas y protestas, el Presidente de Francia ayer firmó decretos que destruían el Código Laboral del país.

“Comité para Investigar a Rusia”: el video belicista de Rob Reiner y Morgan Freeman

Por David Walsh, 25 septiembre 2017

El actor y director Rob Reiner y el actor Morgan Freeman se han unido a una multitud sórdida de derechistas extremos para impulsar la mccartista campaña anti-Rusia.

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États-Unis : L’émeute de la police à Saint-Louis

Par Niles Niemuth, 25 septembre 2017

Les actions violentes et provocatrices de la police, y compris le « kettling », l’arrestation massive des manifestants et le spectacle fasciste des flics chantant « À qui sont les rues ? À nous ! » Révèle l’état réel des relations de classe en Amérique.

Trump provoque des répliques nord-coréennes et intensifie le risque de guerre

Par Peter Symonds, 25 septembre 2017

La Corée du Nord a clairement compris que les États-Unis ont l’intention de détruire son gouvernement et dévéloppe son arsenal nucléaire dans une tentative désespérée de contrecarrer la menace américaine.

A sa manifestation à Paris, Mélenchon s'en remet aux appareils syndicaux

Par Anthony Torres et Kumaran Ira, 25 septembre 2017

Samedi se tenait la manifestation organisée par la France Insoumise de Jean-Luc Mélenchon place de la République à Paris.

Le FN se sépare de l’allié souverainiste anti-euro Philippot

Par Francis Dubois, 25 septembre 2017

Le revirement du FN sur la sortie de l’euro et de l’Union européenne ne change rien au caractère réactionnaire du parti néofasciste.

Le syndicat canadien Unifor veut arrêter la grève à CAMI en offrant des concessions à GM

Par Roger Jordan, 25 septembre 2017

Unifor s’affaire à renforcer son partenariat avec le gouvernement libéral et promouvoir le nationalisme canadien réactionnaire.

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Perspective

The rise of the AfD and the rightward lurch of official politics in Germany

25 September 2017

For the first time since the fall of the Nazis, a right-wing extremist party is entering Germany’s national parliament.

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 25 – October 1: Lenin urges Bolshevik leaders to prepare for the seizure of power

25 September 2017

Now that the Bolsheviks have obtained majorities in the Moscow and Petrograd soviets, Lenin launches a campaign to orient the party for a planned insurrection.

When Will the Wretched Slaughter End?

By Leon Trotsky, 25 September 2017

This pamphlet was printed as separate articles in the newspaper Rabochii (Worker), numbers 10-12 (September 1-2 and 14-15).

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Commentary

New York Times, Democrats lead push for Facebook censorship

By Andre Damon, 25 September 2017

Leading Democrats, working with intelligence agencies and media outlets, are using the campaign against Russian “meddling” in the 2016 election to justify social media censorship.

Puerto Rico confronts the devastation wrought by hurricanes and Wall Street

By Rafael Azul, 25 September 2017

Puerto Rico is reeling not only from the catastrophic effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria, but from the predatory ravages of Wall Street.

Dam collapse threatens to kill thousands in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Maria

The Fed’s quantitative easing: A class assessment

By Nick Beams, 25 September 2017

Bourgeois economists would like to pass off speculation as some kind of extraneous, unhealthy activity, but it is rooted in fundamental processes within the capitalist economy itself.

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

By David Walsh, 23 September 2017

Book Review

The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills
The “disease” of social inequality sends thousands to a premature death

By Benjamin Mateus and George Marlowe, 25 September 2017

A new book by Chicago doctor David Ansell reveals the profound ways in which social inequality in the US creates “death gaps” and disparities in life expectancies.

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?

Meeting Announcement

David North to address Annandale, Virginia meeting Tuesday
The Russian Revolution Centenary: The event that changed world history

25 September 2017

David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, will address a meeting at Northern Virginia Community College at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 26.

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Maruti Suzuki

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

By Saman Gunadasa, 23 September 2017

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

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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.

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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

Arts Review

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?

Workers Struggles

Sri Lankan plantation workers protest job cuts and new productivity demands

By M. Thevarajah, 23 September 2017

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

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

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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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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