Millions defy brutal crackdown by Spanish police to vote in Catalan referendum

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 2 October 2017

The Popular Party government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy sent some 16,000 police to Catalonia to shut down polling stations, seize ballot boxes and attack voters.

Oppose the state crackdown on the Catalan independence referendum!
For working class unity! No to separatism in Spain!

Puerto Rico faces health catastrophe as Trump tweets “We have done a great job”

By Andrea Lobo, 2 October 2017

Almost two weeks after Hurricane Maria laid waste to much of Puerto Rico, many towns are still cut off from all relief efforts.

“We need help and the politicians are ignoring us”
Puerto Rican survivors describe dire conditions after hurricane

By Jerry White, 2 October 2017

New York City workers collecting aid express anger at Trump’s response to Puerto Rico disaster

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 October 2017

Trump to Puerto Rico: Your lives don’t matter

Trump rules out negotiations with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 2 October 2017

Trump’s crude tweet branded Tillerson’s efforts as “a waste of time” while also targeting Chinese leaders, with whom the US secretary of state had just held talks.

Trump makes another reckless threat against North Korea

Trudeau rushes to declare Edmonton attack a “terrorist” act

By Roger Jordan, 2 October 2017

The revelation that the alleged assailant was on a terrorism watch-list raises questions, including why authorities said there was no threat to public safety, shortly before initiating a high-speed chase through downtown Edmonton.

Unifor president at CAMI picket line: A declaration of bankruptcy

By Jerry White and Carl Bronski, 2 October 2017

Far from advancing any strategy to win the two-week strike, Unifor officials promoted economic nationalism and illusions in Trudeau and Trump.

As Unifor plots to end CAMI strike, corporate press hails union head

CAMI autoworkers strike against GM Canada at the crossroads

Protests over police violence enter third week in St. Louis

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 October 2017

Protesters have held nightly demonstrations throughout the city ever since the acquittal of police officer Jason Stockley for the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith last month.

Chicago launches new fig leaf police oversight agency

By George Marlowe, 2 October 2017

The Chicago Police Department is one of the most brutal in the country, synonymous with police murder and the use of CIA-style “black sites.”

Tom Price resignation highlights corruption in Trump’s cabinet

By Shelley Connor, 2 October 2017

The Trump cabinet’s eye-popping travel expenses have highlighted the gulf between his demagogic campaign promises to “drain the swamp” and end government waste, and the reality of oligarchic rule.

Democratic New Jersey senator on trial for official corruption

CDC report finds large increase in sexually transmitted disease across the US

By Matthew Taylor, 2 October 2017

The rise in easily preventable and treatable diseases, including syphilis, has coincided with the slashing of funding for public health programs and clinics, which provide accessible testing and treatments.

UK public sector employment at record low

By Margot Miller, 2 October 2017

The ruling elite is seeking to return social conditions to the Victorian era, abolishing the post-World War II welfare state.

Bailed out in 2008 crash, AIG now out of government oversight

By Nick Beams, 2 October 2017

Ending the “too big to fail” designation for the giant insurance group has been described as the most significant step in the Trump administration’s push for financial deregulation.

Australian job figures cloak reality

By Terry Cook, 2 October 2017

High levels of unemployment, under-employment and casualisation are putting downward pressure on wages.

New in French

Non à la répression du référendum catalan!

Par le Comité international la Quatrième Internationale, 1 octobre 2017

Avec le référendum sur l'indépendance de la Catalogne aujourd'hui, l'Espagne traverse sa crise politique la plus profonde depuis la chute du régime fasciste de Franco.

L’attaque au couteau de Marseille traitée comme acte terroriste

Par Anthony Torres, 2 octobre 2017

Hier après-midi deux femmes ont été poignardées à la gare Saint-Charles à Marseille par un homme déjà connu pour de nombreux délits et possédant sept identités différentes

Les syndicats se disent « effarés » des ordonnances de la loi travail qu’ils ont eux-mêmes négociées avec Macron

Par Anthony Torres, 2 octobre 2017

Cette consternation face aux baisses de salaire drastiques proposées par l'Etat est cynique, car c'est précisément à cela que devait servir la loi travail.

Le nouveau maccarthysme et la suppression de la dissidence politique

Par Andre Damon, 2 octobre 2017

La campagne antirusse de plus en plus hystérique, menée par le Parti démocrate, pose les fondements politiques et juridiques pour la criminalisation de la dissidence aux États-Unis.

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Trump a Puerto Rico: Sus vidas no importan

Por Eric London, 2 octubre 2017

La respuesta indiferente e incompetente al desastre social en Puerto Rico del Gobierno de Trump refleja la visión de la oligarquía financiera hacia las vidas de los trabajadores como desechables.

Trump implementa nueva prohibición de viaje por tiempo indefinido

Por Niles Niemuth, 2 octubre 2017

La implementación de las nuevas restricciones de viaje sólo puede entenderse como un preludio a una nueva escalada de las operaciones imperialistas de Estados Unidos.

Las elecciones alemanas: donde ganó la ultraderechista AfD y por qué

Por Sven Heymanns, 2 octubre 2017

La entrada de la ultraderechisa Alternativa para Alemania (AfD) al parlamento alemán el domingo pasado fue motivo de gran preocupación, miedo e ira para muchas personas, tanto en Alemania como en otros países.

Crece la ira social después de los sismos en México

Por Alex González, 2 octubre 2017

La inadecuada asistencia del gobierno contrasta con la respuesta de los trabajadores, que entraron en acción para distribuir bienes y servicios.

Cambios en el gabinete de gobierno peruano revelan crisis de gobernabilidad

Por Armando Cruz, 2 octubre 2017

La decisión de retirar y reemplazar algunos ministerios vinieron después del resultado de una poderosa huelga de profesores de 71 días.

La Conferencia Anual del Partido Laborista 2017
Corbyn se prepara para gobernar: ¿A qué precio?

Por el Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Reino Unido), 2 octubre 2017

Si el líder del Partido Laborista, Jeremy Corbyn, se tomara en serio la implementación de una sola de sus promesas, alertaría a la clase trabajadora de la lucha que enfrentan para asegurar que se cumplan sus demandas.

Un plan de impuestos por y para la oligarquía estadounidense

Por Fred Mazelis, 2 octubre 2017

El nuevo plan de impuesto de Trump favorece enormemente las utilidades a los ricos. La propuesta eliminación del impuesto sobre bienes raíces es una afirmación del privilegio aristocrático.

Más de 52 millones de estadounidenses viven en comunidades con dificultades económicas

Por Sandy English, 2 octubre 2017

Datos del Censo muestra que la llamada recuperación económica durante el gobierno de Obama fue una catástrofe absoluta para el 20 por ciento de la población estadounidense que vive en las zonas más pobres de Estados Unidos.

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Trumps Haltung zu Puerto Rico: Eurer Leben zählt nichts

Von Eric London, 2. Oktober 2017

Auf die Katastrophe, die Hurrikan Maria auf Puerto Rico angerichtet hat, reagiert die Trump-Regierung kaltschnäuzig und inkompetent. Dies zeigt die arrogante Haltung der Finanzoligarchie zur arbeitenden Bevölkerung.

Die SPD bereitet sich auf die Unterdrückung sozialer Opposition vor

Von Marianne Arens und Peter Schwarz, 2. Oktober 2017

Unter der neuen Fraktionsvorsitzenden Andrea Nahles übernimmt die SPD die Aufgabe, den Widerstand gegen Militarismus, Staatsaufrüstung und Sozialabbau zu unterdrücken.

Chris Marsden auf Wahlabschlussveranstaltung der SGP
„Die EU tritt immer offener als Instrument der sozialen Konterrevolution in Erscheinung“

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 2. Oktober 2017

Diese Rede hielt Chris Marsden, der nationale Sekretär der Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Großbritannien, auf der Wahlabschlussveranstaltung der SGP in Berlin.

Trumps Steuerpläne: eine Reform von den Reichen für die Reichen

Von Fred Mazelis, 2. Oktober 2017

Die geplante Abschaffung der Erbschaftssteuer zementiert die Privilegien der Oberschicht.

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Perspective

Trump’s tax plan: The wish list of the American oligarchy

2 October 2017

While the ruling class makes trillions available for war, bank bailouts, quantitative easing and tax cuts for the rich, it ignores basic social needs with criminal indifference.

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Google Censorship

The New York Times reports World Socialist Web Site charge of Google censorship and blacklisting

By Andre Damon, 2 October 2017

The Times’ article is the first detailed report in the US mainstream media of Google’s manipulation of searches to bar access to left-wing sites.

The new McCarthyism and the suppression of political dissent

By Andre Damon, 29 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

One week in the media’s McCarthyite witch-hunt against Russia

By Andre Damon, 27 September 2017

Sign the petition and share it as widely as possible through email, online forums, and social media.

Watch: Stop online 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

New York Times, Democrats lead push for Facebook censorship

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

Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites

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“Dad, mom, the police are here”
ICE rounds up farmworkers applying for work in Michigan

By Eric London and Niles Niemuth, 26 September 2017

The WSWS spoke to immigrants and witnesses of an ICE raid at a migrant labor camp in Western Michigan.

More on US immigration »

History

The contradictions of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War

By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2017

The 18-hour documentary series on PBS combines gripping images of the US war, an exposure of the lies and crimes of the Johnson and Nixon administrations, and a narrative that seems intended to block any serious understanding of American imperialism.

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
October 2 - 8: Trotsky elected chairman of the Petrograd Soviet

2 October 2017

The election of Leon Trotsky to the most important post in revolutionary Russia epitomizes the surging strength of the Bolsheviks. However, the immense popular shift in favor of the Bolsheviks coincides with a sharp crisis in the party leadership.

David North delivers address on Russian Revolution to large audience at Northern Virginia Community College

By our reporters, 29 September 2017

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.

When Will the Wretched Slaughter End?

By Leon Trotsky, 25 September 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Commentary

The AfD enters the Bundestag: a far right party of the ruling establishment in Germany

By Christopher Hosang and Johannes Stern, 2 October 2017

For the first time since the collapse of the Third Reich 72 years ago, a right-wing extremist party has entered the German Bundestag.

German army build-up follows federal election

Behind the electoral success of the AfD in the German election

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Trump’s secretary of education rolls back Obama-era regulations on campus sexual misconduct

By Nancy Hanover, 2 October 2017

The most significant change involves the standard of evidence to determine if an assault has occurred and if colleges are required to take action.

US Justice Department demands Facebook turn over information on anti-administration activists

By Trévon Austin, 30 September 2017

ICE arrests nearly 500 immigrants in raids on “sanctuary cities” across US

By Evan Blake, 30 September 2017

More on US immigration »

A tax plan by and for the US oligarchy

By Fred Mazelis, 29 September 2017

The Labour Party’s Annual Conference 2017
Corbyn prepares for government: At what price?

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 29 September 2017

A reply to the RMTU on the anti-working class record of the New Zealand rail unions

By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 29 September 2017

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

Why is the far-right benefiting from the crisis of capitalism?

By Barry Grey, 28 September 2017

International Amazon Workers Voice

Workers denounce Amazon for speed-ups after two die on the job

By Christopher Davion, 2 October 2017

Phillip Terry was crushed by a forklift at the plant outside Indianapolis, and Devan Shoemaker was run over by a truck in South Middletown Township, Pennsylvania.

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

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival: Part 4
The Death of Stalin, The Other Side of Everything, Insyriated—The filmmakers’ inability to deal with complex questions, or worse

By David Walsh, 30 September 2017

The Grenfell Tower Fire

Attend the Grenfell Fire Forum hosted by the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

29 September 2017

The SEP (UK) is holding the first in a series of regular meetings on the Grenfell Tower fire on September 30 at the Maxilla Hall Social Club, North Kensington, London.

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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IYSSE

“Health care is a human right”
IYSSE speaks at health care rally at University of Illinois Chicago

By our reporters, 28 September 2017

Socialist Equality Party

SGP election rally: International meeting in Berlin calls for stepped-up struggle against capitalism and war

By our reporters, 27 September 2017

SGP election meeting: “War and inequality mutually reinforce one another”

By our correspondents, 27 September 2017

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

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?

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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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Science

FDA recommends approval of new leukemia treatment

By Benjamin Mateus, 23 September 2017

The legacy of the Cassini spacecraft

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.