EU hands Spain blank check for stepped-up police repression in Catalonia

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 3 October 2017

After the mass repression in Catalonia Sunday, the European Commission issued a statement formally endorsing Madrid's handling of the Catalan independence crisis.

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

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Trump visits Puerto Rico as anger grows over government response

By Rafael Azul, 3 October 2017

In contrast to the indifference of the Trump administration, people across the United States are volunteering to help residents of the hurricane-ravaged island.

Trump to Puerto Rico: Your lives don’t matter

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

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

Germany’s Social Democrats prepare to suppress popular opposition

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 3 October 2017

The Social Democratic Party is taking on the task of suppressing opposition to militarism, the strengthening of the state apparatus and social cutbacks.

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

German army build-up follows federal election

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Washington condemns Kurdish referendum as Iraq mobilizes its army

By Halil Celik, 3 October 2017

Washington has long promoted the KRG, but views its current independence bid as an obstacle to US plans to escalate military-strategic confrontation with Iran.

Iraqi Kurdish referendum stokes Mideast war tensions

CAMI workers challenge further de-industrialization of southwestern Ontario

By Carl Bronski, 3 October 2017

To win secure and decent-paying jobs, workers will have to mount a global struggle to end the subordination of all socioeconomic life to capitalist profit.

Unifor president at CAMI picket line: A declaration of bankruptcy

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

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US Congress fails to reauthorize insurance program covering 9 million children

By Kate Randall, 3 October 2017

The failure to reauthorize CHIP threatens health insurance coverage for about 9 million lower-income children across the US.

Access to obstetric services in rural US communities continues to decline

By Benjamin Mateus, 3 October 2017

Nine percent of rural counties lost hospital-based obstetric services over the last decade meaning that more than half now have no such services at all.

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

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UC Berkeley mobilizes police for “Free Speech Week”

By David Brown, 3 October 2017

The university administration, headed by former Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano, used the right-wing provocation as a pretext for mobilizing police on campus.

People’s Assembly stage tame protest outside Conservative Party conference

By Robert Stevens, 3 October 2017

The pseudo-left groups are desperate to conceal the fact that the many local Labour authorities have imposed austerity on behalf of the government for years.

Manchester demonstrators: “People are dying under these austerity measures.”

By our reporters, 3 October 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to those attending Saturday’s anti-austerity protest in Manchester.

Monarch Airlines collapse causes air travel chaos

By Steve James, 3 October 2017

Monarch is the third major European airline to go under this year.

US pushes for closer Sri Lankan involvement into war drive against China

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 3 October 2017

The US is planning to slash foreign aid to Sri Lanka this year apparently to underscore its displeasure about the Colombo government’s recent investment deals with China.

New Zealand First to dictate make-up of next government

By John Braddock, 3 October 2017

The right-wing, anti-immigrant NZ First is only able to play the role of kingmaker because it has been relentlessly promoted by Labour, the Greens, and pseudo-lefts as “progressive.”

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El plan de Trump de recorte de impuestos: una lista de deseos de la oligarquía estadounidense

Por Eric London, 3 octubre 2017

La clase gobernante dispone de billones para guerras, rescates bancarios, expansión cuantitativa y recortes fiscales para los ricos, pero ignora las necesidades básicas con una indiferencia criminal.

El nuevo mccarthismo y la supresión del disentimiento político

Por Andre Damon, 3 octubre 2017

La cada vez más histérica campaña antirrusa encabezada por el Partido Demócrata está sentando las bases políticas y legales para la criminalización del disentimiento en EUA.

Millones desafían la brutal represión de la policía española para votar en referéndum catalan

Por Alejandro López y Alex Lantier, 3 octubre 2017

El gobierno del Partido Popular del primer ministro Mariano Rajoy envió unos 16 000 policías en Cataluña para clausurar los colegios electorales, incautar las urnas y atacar a los votantes.

Puerto Rico enfrenta catástrofe de salud mientrás Trump tuiteó “Hemos hecho un gran trabajo”

Por Andrea Lobo, 3 octubre 2017

Casi dos semanas después de que el huracán María asolara gran parte de Puerto Rico, muchos pueblos siguen desconectados de los esfuerzos de auxilio.

Por una estrategia internacional para ganar la huelga de trabajadores de CAMI

Por el Boletín de los Trabajadores Automotrices del WSWS, 3 octubre 2017

Para imperar en la lucha contra GM, los trabajadores de CAMI deben luchar para movilizar a los trabajadores automotrices de toda América del Norte en una contraofensiva contra todas las concesiones y recortes de puestos de trabajo.

El Departamento de Justicia estadounidense exige que Facebook entregue información sobre activistas opositores a la administración

Por Trévon Austin, 3 octubre 2017

Información sobre cuentas privadas de miles de usuarios de Facebook podrían entregarse al gobierno como resultado de las órdenes judiciales.

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Trump exclut des négociations avec la Corée du Nord

Par Peter Symonds, 3 octobre 2017

Le tweet grossier de Trump a qualifié les efforts de Tillerson comme « une perte de temps » tout en ciblant les dirigeants chinois, avec lesquels le secrétaire d’État américain venait d’organiser des négociations.

L'attitude de Trump envers Porto Rico: Vos vies n'ont pas d'importance

Par Eric London, 3 octobre 2017

La réponse insensible et incompétente de l'administration Trump au désastre de Porto Rico exprime le point de vue de l'aristocratie financière qui considère la vie des travailleurs comme superflue.

L’AfD entre au Bundestag : un parti d’extrême droite de l’élite dirigeante allemande

Par Christopher Hosang et Johannes Stern, 3 octobre 2017

Pour la première fois depuis l’effondrement du Troisième Reich il y a 72 ans, un parti d’extrême droite est entré au parlement allemand.

Le New York Times fait état des accusations de censure et de liste noire du WSWS contre Google

Par Andre Damon, 3 octobre 2017

L’appel de Macron à une augmentation des dépenses de domaines intelligence et militaire a été éclipsé par le résultat des élections en Allemagne, dont les résultats ont renforcé les partis hostiles au financement de ses projets.

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Perspective

The social pathology of the Las Vegas Massacre

3 October 2017

The worst mass shooting in American history has left 59 people dead and at least 527 wounded.

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IYSSE

International Youth and Students for Social Equality wins club status at New York University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 3 October 2017

The IYSSE won the support of hundreds of students, and was granted club status after a year of rejections.

Google Censorship

Indian workers and students in Chennai support campaign against Google censorship

By our correspondents, 3 October 2017

“Blocking information is a dictatorial measure; governments and big companies are trying to prevent us from finding critical information,” said one worker.

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

By Andre Damon, 2 October 2017

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

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

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

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Commentary

Race, class and the protests against police violence in St. Louis, Missouri

By Genevieve Leigh, 3 October 2017

As part of its efforts to inject racialist politics into the protests against the police officer who killed Anthony Lamar Smith, groups around the Democratic Party held a “white allies only” rally.

Protests over police violence enter third week in St. Louis

Chicago launches new fig leaf police oversight agency

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

By Eric London, 2 October 2017

Tom Price resignation highlights corruption in Trump’s cabinet

By Shelley Connor, 2 October 2017

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

By Nancy Hanover, 2 October 2017

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

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

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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

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

By Evan Blake, 30 September 2017

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The Grenfell Tower Fire

Grenfell Fire Forum: Wide-ranging discussion and resolution passed opposing Google censorship

By Paul Mitchell, 3 October 2017

Over 20 people, half of whom were local residents, attended the first meeting of the Grenfell Fire Forum last Saturday at the Maxilla Social Club in North Kensington, London.

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

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the case for socialism

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History

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

By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2017

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 »

Workers Struggles

Baggage-handlers’ strike at Toronto airport enters third month
Workers Struggles: The Americas

3 October 2017

Some 700 workers are striking against demands by Swissport for a three-year wage freeze, cuts to benefits and tighter control over work schedules.

International Amazon Workers Voice

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

By Christopher Davion, 2 October 2017

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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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

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.

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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.