President Trump threatens to pull the plug on Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 13 October 2017

In Twitter messages, the president blamed the US territory for its crisis and said that federal disaster relief had to be limited.

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

Robert Pruett, first imprisoned at age 16, executed in Texas despite questions about evidence

By Kate Randall, 13 October 2017

The execution of the 38-year-old who spent more time in prison than the outside world is a horrific crime. “One day there won’t be a need to hurt people,” he said in his final statement.

Threatening crackdown in Catalonia, Madrid whips up nationalism at military parade

By Alejandro López, 13 October 2017

Signaling its tacit support for bloody repression in Catalonia, the pseudo-left Podemos party for the first time sent representatives to the military parade for National Day.

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

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

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Temporary shutdown of GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant signals new threat to auto jobs

By Shannon Jones, 13 October 2017

Some 1,800 workers at the facility face a six-week layoff starting in mid-November, with the indefinite layoff of 200 workers planned for January.

Trump threatens to jettison NAFTA, as trade disputes intensify

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 13 October 2017

The collapse of NAFTA would mark a new stage in the eruption of 1930s-style “beggar they neighbor” trade conflicts.

Evacuees speak about devastating California fires

By our reporters, 13 October 2017

The death toll from the still uncontrolled wildfires in Northern California rose to 31 Thursday, making it the deadliest outbreak in the state’s history.

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

UK government refuses funds for unsafe tower blocks post-Grenfell

By Robert Stevens, 13 October 2017

No money has been made available to fund the installation of sprinkler systems, despite fire brigades stating that they are essential to prevent fires spreading.

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

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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Germany: Public prosecutor drops investigation into NSA spying

By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 13 October 2017

The massive spying operation on millions of innocent people carried out by US, British and German intelligence agencies will have no legal consequences in Germany.

Australian government snubs Indonesian lawsuit over teenagers jailed as “people smugglers”

By Max Newman, 13 October 2017

A legal class action has been brought against Australian authorities on behalf of 115 young Indonesians who were imprisoned as adults.

New Zealand rail union blocks struggle against attacks on conditions

By our reporters, 13 October 2017

A two-hour work stoppage was called to lay the basis for another union-employer sellout deal.

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

USAs forsvarsminister beordrer beredskap for krig mot Nord-Korea

Peter Symonds, 10. Oktober 2017

President Trump har gjentatte ganger avvist tiltak for å starte samtaler med Nord-Korea og få slutt på den farlige konfrontasjonen på den koreanske halvøya.

Storbritannia legger planer til støtte for amerikansk militærangrep på Nord-Korea

Robert Stevens, 10. Oktober 2017

På det konservative partiets årskonferanse 1. til 4. oktober sa forsvarsminister Michael Fallon at regjeringen var villig til å bruke atomvåpen mot Nord-Korea, eller en annen motstander.

Spanias regjeringsparti Partido Popular truer med undertrykking om katalanske myndigheter erklærer uavhengighet

Alejandro López, 10. Oktober 2017

Ledere fra Partido Popular advarte mandag at det nasjonale politi og sivilgarden er klare for å forhindre enhver ensidig erklæring i det katalanske parlamentet.

New in Spanish

Estados Unidos al borde de una guerra con Corea del Norte

Por Peter Symonds, 13 octubre 2017

Enfrentando un recrudecimiento de la crisis política en casa, el presidente estadounidense podría considerar que una guerra con Corea del Norte es la única forma para apuntalar su Gobierno y aplastar la oposición política.

España se moviliza para establecer un control militar de Cataluña

Por Alex Lantier, 13 octubre 2017

Conforme se prepara el ejército para desplegar unidades armadas a Cataluña, el primer ministro Mariano Rajoy anunció planes para suspender el Gobierno regional catalán.

El llamamiento al diálogo de Podemos en Cataluña: Una trampa política con consecuencias mortales

Por Paul Mitchell, 13 octubre 2017

Con llamamientos al ‘patriotismo’ y a la unidad nacional, el partido Podemos de la pseudo-izquierda está buscando reconocimiento como salvador potencial del capitalismo español en tiempos de crisis aguda.

El presidente catalán afirma el derecho a la independencia respecto a España, pero posterga la declaración formal

Por Alex Lantier, 13 octubre 2017

El presidente regional Carles Puigdemont pronunció su discurso en medio de una intervención policial y militar en desarrollo en Cataluña y la amenaza que se avecina de una represión sangrienta.

El secretario de Relaciones Exteriores del Reino Unido, Boris Johnson, devela la agenda predatoria de la guerra de la OTAN contra Libia

Por Jean Shaoul, 13 octubre 2017

Johnson dijo que la devastada ciudad libia de Sirte podría ser un santuario para las empresas británicas en cuanto puedan “despejar los cadáveres”.

Arabia Saudita da un giro hacia Rusia

Por Jean Shaoul, 13 octubre 2017

La visita del rey Saudí a Rusia se desarrolla en medio del empeoramiento de las relaciones entre Washington y el reino que hace mucho tiempo ha constituido un apoyo esencial del imperialismo estadounidense.

Schäuble pide la continuación de las políticas de austeridad en Alemania y Europa

Por Peter Schwarz, 13 octubre 2017

El ministro de Finanzas está usando sus últimos días en el cargo para pedir que sus políticas de austeridad sean permanentes.

New in French

Les États-Unis au bord de la guerre avec la Corée du Nord

Par Peter Symonds, 13 octobre 2017

Alors que Trump fait face à une crise politique croissante à l’intérieur, le président américain peut voir une guerre avec la Corée du Nord comme un moyen d’asseoir son gouvernement et d’écraser l’opposition politique nationale.

L'Espagne prépare une intervention militaire en Catalogne

Par Alexandre Lantier, 13 octobre 2017

Alors que l'armée espagnole mobilise ses blindés en Catalogne, Madrid se prépare à suspendre l'autonomie de la région.

L’appel de Podemos pour le dialogue sur la Catalogne : un piège politique aux conséquences mortelles

Par Paul Mitchell, 13 octobre 2017

Avec des appels au « patriotisme » et à l’unité nationale, le parti de pseudo-gauche Podemos cherche à être reconnu comme un sauveur potentiel du capitalisme espagnol en période de crise aiguë.

Schäuble appelle à la poursuite des politique d’austérité en Allemagne et en Europe

Par Peter Schwarz, 13 octobre 2017

Le ministre allemand des finances, en fin de mandat, profite de ses derniers jours en poste pour appeler à ce que sa politique de réductions de dépenses sociales soit rendu permanente.

Un travailleur canadien de Fiat Chrysler: «Résistez, travailleurs, et exigez des réponses à vos questions!»
Les négociations reprennent dans la grève de CAMI pendant qu'Unifor continue d'isoler les travailleurs en lutte

Par Shannon Jones, 13 octobre 2017

Des travailleurs de l’auto au Canada expriment leur solidarité avec les grévistes de CAMI et dénonçent l’attaque physique d'un représentant d’Unifor contre un journaliste du WSWS.

New in German

Die USA stehen am Rande eines Kriegs gegen Nordkorea

Peter Symonds, 13. Oktober 2017

Angesichts der wachsenden politischen Krise könnte US- Präsident Trump einen Krieg gegen Nordkorea als Möglichkeit sehen, seine Regierung zu stärken und den innenpolitischen Widerstand gegen sie zu unterdrücken.

Spanien treibt auf Militärdiktatur in Katalonien zu

Alex Lantier, 13. Oktober 2017

Während sich die spanische Armee auf die Entsendung bewaffneter Einheiten vorbereitet, verkündete Premierminister Rajoy Pläne, die katalanische Regionalregierung zu suspendieren.

Die Bedeutung der Niedersachsen-Wahl

Ulrich Rippert, 13. Oktober 2017

Die Bundesregierung und einflussreiche Kreise der herrschenden Klasse wollen das Wahlergebnis am kommenden Sonntag nutzen, um die politischen Karten zur Regierungsbildung auf Bundesebene nochmal völlig neu zu mischen.

Frankfurter Buchmesse: Macron und Cohn-Bendit werben für ein militärisch starkes Europa

Marianne Arens, 13. Oktober 2017

Macron strebt ein hochgerüstetes Europa an, das weltweit eine eigene imperialistische Strategie verfolgt und im Innern jeden politischen und sozialen Widerstand brachial unterdrückt.

Air-Berlin-Pleite: Lufthansa übernimmt Filetstücke, Beschäftigte stehen im Regen

Gustav Kemper, 13. Oktober 2017

Der Lufthansa-Konzern übernimmt die profitabelsten Filetstücke der insolventen Fluggesellschaft Air Berlin, während über 8000 Beschäftigte der Fluglinie und zehntausende Passagiere zu den großen Verlierern zählen.

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Perspective

Washington seethes with rumors of an anti-Trump “palace coup”

13 October 2017

There is growing speculation of secret discussions among cabinet members and high-level staff about forcing Trump out of office.

Earlier Perspectives »

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.

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

By Leon Trotsky, 5 October 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Autoworkers struggles

Build rank-and-file committees! Unite Canadian, US and Mexican workers against job cuts!
GM threatens CAMI plant, demands Unifor end month-long strike

By Carl Bronski and Jerry White, 13 October 2017

Workers must break through the conspiracy of silence enforced by union and management and demand all details of the Unifor-GM secret negotiations.

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

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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Commentary

The politics of the Harvey Weinstein scandal

By David Walsh, 12 October 2017

The New York Times and the criminalization of dissent

By Joseph Kishore, 11 October 2017

Mounting political crisis in Washington amidst talk of removal of Trump

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2017

The US on the brink of war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 October 2017

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

More on the war threat against North Korea »

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 October 2017

On Monday steelworkers across Italy walked out over layoffs threatened by Indian-based steel producer ArecelMittal resulting from a takeover deal.

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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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

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.