Spain moves toward military rule in Catalonia

By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2017

As the Spanish army prepared to deploy armored units to Catalonia, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced plans to suspend the Catalan regional government.

Catalan premier affirms right to independence from Spain, but delays formal declaration

After Madrid’s violent crackdown:
An independent class strategy for the Spanish and Catalan working class!

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Mounting political crisis in Washington amidst talk of removal of Trump

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2017

Trump’s opponents are openly discussing how to remove him from office, while he suggests that his media critics should be silenced.

At least 23 dead as reports point to electrical infrastructure as possible cause of California fires

By Kevin Martinez, 12 October 2017

Reports are emerging that power lines owned by Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility for Northern California, may have sparked the fires.

Northern California wildfires leave at least 15 dead, 200 missing

NFL commissioner announces plans against anthem protests

By Trévon Austin, 12 October 2017

NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell and a number of team owners are taking measures to punish football players who kneel during the anthem.

Trump and Pence orchestrate national anthem provocation at NFL game

African American man attacked by white supremacists in Charlottesville charged with felony

By Shelley Connor, 12 October 2017

A magistrate issued an arrest warrant on Monday charging DeAndre Harris with unlawfully wounding one of his attackers during the “Unite the Right” rally in August.

Notes on police violence
Killing of fleeing man by Salt Lake City police officers ruled “justified”

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Schäuble calls for the continuation of austerity policies in Germany and Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2017

The outgoing German finance minister is taking advantage of his last days in office to call for his policy of social cuts to be made permanent.

Germany’s conservative parties shift further to the right

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

Growth to rise but wages continue to fall, says IMF

By Nick Beams, 12 October 2017

International Monetary Fund chief economist Maurice Obstfeld welcomed the uptick in global growth but said the “recovery” was “cyclical” and “incomplete.”

Saudi Arabia pivots to Russia

By Jean Shaoul, 12 October 2017

The Saudi king’s visit to Russia unfolds amid worsening relations between Washington and the kingdom that has long been an essential prop of US imperialism.

Populist senator to resign from Australian parliament and contest state election

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 October 2017

Nick Xenophon is seeking to exploit mass hostility to the South Australian Labor government, which has overseen the dismantling of manufacturing in the state.

Burma: Pogroms continue against Rohingya Muslims

By John Roberts, 12 October 2017

The real aim of the military, with the full collaboration of Aung San Suu Kyi and her government, is to drive the Rohingya out of Burma.

Mass demonstrations rock Kenya as Odinga withdraws from election re-run

By Eddie Haywood, 12 October 2017

Protests spread after parliament passed a measure blocking the Supreme Court from nullifying future polls and giving the president far-reaching control over the electoral process.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в русской революции
25 сентября — 1 октября: Ленин призывает лидеров большевиков готовиться к захвату власти

12 октября 2017 г.

Теперь, когда большевики получили большинство в Московском и Петроградском Совете, Ленин начинает капанию по переориентации партии в направлении подготовки вооруженного восстания.

New in Turkish

Trump’ın Kuzey Kore’ye karşı tehditleri gerçek bir savaş tehlikesine işaret ediyor

Joseph Kishore, 12 Ekim 2017

Kuzey Kore’ye, nükleer bir felakete yol açabilecek bir savaş açma tehdidinde bulunan Donald Trump, kışkırtıcı açıklama kampanyasını hafta sonunda da sürdürdü.

ABD ile Türkiye arasında vize krizi

Halil Celik, 12 Ekim 2017

ABD-Türkiye ilişkilerindeki krizin arkasında, Ankara ABD’nin savaş planlarının iki ana hedefi olan Rusya ve İran ile bağlarını geliştirirken, iki ülke arasında derinleşen stratejik anlaşmazlıklar yatıyor.

New in Norwegian

Trumps trusler mot Nord-Korea betyr reell krigsfare

Joseph Kishore, 12. Oktober 2017

Trumps bemerkning «stille før stormen» må tolkes dithen at krig er nært forestående.

Med militær inngripen i emning i Catalonia, kaller regjeringspartiet Partido Popular til protest i Barcelona

Alejandro López, 12. Oktober 2017

De katalanske separatistene er foraktet i store deler av arbeiderklassen for sin nedskjæringspolitikk, med dype kutt i sosialbudsjettet.

Elitene «har tapt all troverdighet» – et intervju med journalisten Chris Hedges

David North, 12. Oktober 2017

Pulitzer-prisvinnende journalist Chris Hedges snakker med WSWS om kampanjen mot Russland, angrepet på demokratiske rettigheter og rollen til kapitalistiske medier.

New in Spanish

El New York Times y la criminalización del disentimiento

Por Joseph Kishore, 12 octubre 2017

Las acusaciones infundadas sobre una interferencia rusa en las elecciones estadounidenses han evolucionado en una campaña cada vez más frenética para asociar toda oposición dentro de Estados Unidos a las acciones de un “enemigo extranjero”.

La Casa Blanca de Trump declara la guerra contra los inmigrantes

Por Patrick Martin, 12 octubre 2017

El documento sobre inmigración de Trump expone el papel del Partido Demócrata en encubrir políticamente a la Casa Blanca.

Mientras se avecina la represión en España, el Nuevo Partido Anticapitalista promueve el nacionalismo catalán

Por Alex Lantier, 12 octubre 2017

En vez de plantear una política de principios para unir a la clase trabajadora española y la catalana contra la represión del Estado español, el pablista Nuevo Partido Anticapitalista se está alineando tras la burguesía catalana.

Titular del Ejército estadounidense urge una mayor “preparación” para guerra con Corea del Norte

Por Peter Symonds, 12 octubre 2017

Estados Unidos está planeando una guerra ilegal de agresión contra Corea del Norte de una escala que opacaría las intervenciones militares en Afganistán, Irak, Libia y Siria.

Gobierno de Trump amenaza con redadas masivas del ICE en California

Por Patrick Martin, 12 octubre 2017

La amenaza fue en respuesta a la promulgación de una ley de "santuario" por parte del estado de California que limita la cooperación entre la policía estatal y local con la agencia federal de inmigración y aduanas.

Trump, funcionarios locales mienten sobre la magnitud real del desastre de Puerto Rico

Por Rafael Azul, 12 octubre 2017

Tres semanas desde Puerto Rico fue golpeado por el devastador huracán María hay una campaña concertada por parte de la Administración Trump y las autoridades del gobierno local para ocultar la verdadera magnitud del desastre.

New in French

Le New York Times et la criminalisation de la dissension

Par Joseph Kishore, 12 octobre 2017

Les accusations non prouvées d’ingérence russe dans les élections américaines se sont transformées en campagne frénétique pour associer toute opposition interne aux États-Unis aux actions d’un «ennemi extérieur».

Le premier ministre catalan déclare l'indépendance de l'Espagne mais la suspend

Par Alexandre Lantier, 11 octobre 2017

La situation européenne est extrêmement instable et explosive, l'Espagne étant au bord de l'état de siège et de la guerre civile.

Le chef de l'armée américaine exhorte à une «préparation au combat» accrue pour une guerre contre la Corée du Nord

Par Peter Symonds, 12 octobre 2017

Les États-Unis prévoient une guerre d'agression illégale contre la Corée du Nord à une échelle qui éclipserait leurs interventions militaires en Afghanistan, en Irak, en Libye et en Syrie.

L'Australie déploie ses navires pour une guerre contre la Corée du Nord et une confrontation avec la Chine

Par James Cogan, 12 octobre 2017

Une flottille de six navires de guerre australiens se dirige vers la péninsule coréenne et un sous-marin d'attaque australien se trouve déjà dans la région, effectuant des exercices avec des sous-marins américains et japonais.

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Perspective

The US on the brink of war with North Korea

12 October 2017

As Trump faces a mounting political crisis at home, the US president may see a war with North Korea as a means of shoring up his administration and crushing domestic political opposition.

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Commentary

The politics of the Harvey Weinstein scandal

By David Walsh, 12 October 2017

The sex scandal is a mechanism through which other issues are resolved, often to the satisfaction of powerful economic interests.

Podemos’ call for dialogue on Catalonia: A political trap with deadly consequences

By Paul Mitchell, 12 October 2017

With calls for ‘patriotism’ and national unity, the pseudo-left Podemos is seeking recognition as a potential saviour of Spanish capitalism at a time of acute crisis.

The New York Times and the criminalization of dissent

By Joseph Kishore, 11 October 2017

US army chief urges greater “combat readiness” for war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 11 October 2017

Australia deploys for war with North Korea and confrontation with China

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Democratic Party donors funnel millions to protest groups

By Tom Hall, 11 October 2017

Attack in 2016 on Munich shopping centre was an act of right-wing terrorism

By Dietmar Henning, 11 October 2017

Trump White House declares war on immigrants

Trump, local officials lie about real extent of Puerto Rico disaster

Autoworkers struggles

Canadian Fiat Chrysler worker: “Stay strong, workers, and demand answers to your questions”
Talks resume in CAMI strike as Unifor continues to isolate embattled workers

By Shannon Jones, 12 October 2017

Canadian autoworkers expressed their solidarity with the striking CAMI workers and denounced last week’s physical assault on a WSWS reporter by a Unifor operative.

Unifor operative assaults WSWS reporter at CAMI strike rally

Unifor, the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter and the politics of the CAMI strike

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Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival: Part 6
A Season in France, Catch the Wind, Arrhythmia, Sweet Country: The refugee crisis, social disintegration in Russia…

By Joanne Laurier, 11 October 2017

The never-ending wars in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa have driven millions to seek what they perceive to be more stable conditions in Western Europe.

Toronto International Film Festival: Part 5
African American playwright Lorraine Hansberry, a revolution betrayed in Portugal and other matters

Rapper Cardi B (“Bodak Yellow”) celebrated as a feminist icon

By Hiram Lee, 9 October 2017

On the loss of Tom Petty

Google Censorship

The elites “have no credibility left:” An interview with journalist Chris Hedges

By David North, 6 October 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges talks with the WSWS about the anti-Russia campaign, the attack on democratic rights, and the role of the capitalist media.

Sri Lankan academics oppose Google censorship

By our correspondent, 7 October 2017

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

By Andre Damon, 2 October 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!

The new McCarthyism and the suppression of political dissent

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

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
October 9 - 15: Lenin steps up campaign for insurrection

9 October 2017

With Trotsky at the head of the Petrograd Soviet, and with the Bolshevik Party in control of a growing majority of other soviets, the Bolsheviks are now the most powerful party in the Russian Revolution. However, significant differences have emerged within the party’s leadership regarding what course to take.

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.

Leaders of the Russian Revolution
Leon Trotsky on Yakov Sverdlov (March 1925)

By Leon Trotsky, 5 October 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon workers force company to rehire unjustly fired worker after IAWV exposure

By Samuel Davidson, 10 October 2017

Is $12 an hour a fair wage for Amazon workers?

By Samuel Davidson, 4 October 2017

Price gouging at Amazon and the case for public ownership

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Featured Commentary

Inequality and the American oligarchy
Identity politics and the growth of inequality within racial minorities

By Eric London, 7 October 2017

Inequality and the American oligarchy
The social and economic roots of the attack on democratic rights

By Eric London, 6 October 2017

Science

Observation of gravitational waves wins Nobel Prize in physics

By Bryan Dyne, 6 October 2017

Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded for discoveries on the circadian rhythm

By Benjamin Mateus, 4 October 2017

FDA recommends approval of new leukemia treatment

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

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

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History

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

By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2017

The Grenfell Tower Fire

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

By Paul Mitchell, 3 October 2017

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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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?

Mehring Books

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.