US admiral must “imagine the unimagined:” All-out war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 18 October 2017

The comment from Admiral Harry Harris, who is centrally responsible for preparing US forces for conflict with North Korea, is the latest threat against Pyongyang.

US open to diplomacy with North Korea “until the first bomb drops”

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Iraqi forces seize back more Kurdish-held territory

By James Cogan, 18 October 2017

Washington, Germany and other powers are applying immense diplomatic pressure on the Kurdish region to submit.

Iraqi seizure of oil-rich Kirkuk from Kurds risks broader war

Jailing of separatist leaders sparks protest demonstrations in Catalonia

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 18 October 2017

The High Court ruling is an indication of the dictatorial measures the Spanish Popular Party regime is prepared to carry out.

Madrid rejects Puigdemont’s call for talks in Catalan referendum crisis

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

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Trump’s pick for drug czar forced to step down after expose

By Genevieve Leigh, 18 October 2017

Republican Representative Tom Marino has withdrawn his name after a damning report exposed his role in legislation to dismantle regulations on prescription opioid drugs.

Behind the opioid crisis: Republicans and Obama cleared the way for corporate murder

Far-right Trump ally Thomas Barrack negotiating to buy Weinstein Company

By Eric London, 18 October 2017

The Weinstein sex scandal clears the way for the far-right takeover of a major Hollywood studio.

The politics of the Harvey Weinstein scandal

Florida Governor declares state of emergency ahead of speech by white supremacist

By Matthew Taylor, 18 October 2017

The Sheriff's department has stated that more than 500 police officers will be on hand for the speech by Richard Spencer at the University of Florida.

An educational Walmart
Ontario-wide community college teachers on strike

By Carl Bronski, 18 October 2017

12,000 teachers and librarians have walked out against precarious job security and the undermining of academic freedom.

Thousands continue to suffer in the wake of Mexico’s earthquakes

By Don Knowland, 18 October 2017

The September earthquakes revealed the criminality of the Mexican oligarchy and make a mockery of the president's paean to national solidarity.

Washington threatens to escalate sanctions in wake of Venezuelan regional elections

By Andrea Lobo, 18 October 2017

In response to the defeat of the US-backed right-wing opposition, Washington is preparing to push Venezuela over the brink of default.

Kenyan government bans demonstrations ahead of October 26 election re-run

By Eddie Haywood, 18 October 2017

The news of the protest ban sparked widespread outrage and thousands of people poured onto the streets in defiance of the government edict.

US ambassador intervenes in New Zealand’s political crisis

By Tom Peters, 18 October 2017

Ambassador Scott Brown has stressed New Zealand’s importance as a US ally and defended Trump’s threats of war against North Korea.

Australian university unions divide opposition to sell-out deals

By our correspondents, 18 October 2017

Far from opposing the combined government-university administration offensive, the two trade unions covering university staff are facilitating it.

New in Spanish

Avance electoral de los neofascistas en Austria marca más reciente victoria de la ultraderecha

Por Peter Schwarz, 18 octubre 2017

La habilidad de los partidos ultraderechistas para obtener una amplia recepción para sus políticas antiinmigrantes y racistas es el resultado de la ausencia de un canal progresista para el descontento social dentro de la élite política.

Trump, Irán y la búsqueda estadounidense por la hegemonía mundial

Por Keith Jones, 18 octubre 2017

La nueva “estrategia sobre Irán” de Trump ha sido denunciada por líderes europeos, quienes acusan a Washington de actuar bajo sus propias leyes, incitando una carrera armamentística nuclear y recrudeciendo el peligro de guerra en Oriente Medio y la península coreana.

New in French

Dans la dernière victoire de l’extrême droite, les néo-fascistes progressent dans les élections en Autriche

Par Peter Schwarz, 18 octobre 2017

La capacité des partis d’extrême droite à élargir leur audience pour une politique anti-immigrants et raciste est le résultat de l’absence de tout mouvement progressiste exprimant le mécontentement social au sein de l’establishment politique.

Catalogne : Madrid rejette l’appel de Puigdemont à des négociations

Par Alex Lantier et Alejandro López, 18 octobre 2017

Avec les forces militaires espagnoles et des milliers de policiers qui se préparent à l’action, l’Espagne est au bord de la loi martiale et d’une répression sanglante en Catalogne.

La prise de Kirkouk aux Kurdes par les Irakiens risque de déclencher une guerre plus large

Par Jordan Shilton, 18 octobre 2017

Alors que les médias militaires et du grand public américains cherchent à minimiser l’ampleur des affrontements de lundi, l’avancée de l’armée irakienne aura des conséquences explosives pour toute la région.

New in German

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
16.–22. Oktober: Trotzki führt die Bolschewiki aus dem Vorparlament hinaus

18. Oktober 2017

Lenins Kampf für einen Aufstand erreicht immer breitere Schichten und treibt die Bolschewiki nach links. Unter diesen Bedingungen führt Trotzki die Partei aus dem Vorparlament hinaus – ein Vorgang, den er später als „historischen Bruch des Proletariats mit der Staatsmechanik der Bourgeoisie“ bezeichnen wird.

Irakische Armee geht gegen Kurden vor
Einnahme der ölreichen Region Kirkuk kann größeren Krieg auslösen

Jordan Shilton, 18. Oktober 2017

Auch wenn das US-Militär und die Leitmedien die Gefechte vom Montag herunterspielen, könnte der Vorstoß der ira... class="info">Alex Lantier und Alejandro López, 18. Oktober 2017

Das spanische Militär und tausende Polizisten bereiten sich auf ein Eingreifen vor. Spanien steht kurz vor dem Kriegsrecht und vor blutiger Unterdrückung in Katalonien.

Deutschland: 3,2 Millionen Menschen arbeiten in mehreren Jobs

Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18. Oktober 2017

Die Zahl der Menschen, die aufgrund von Niedriglöhnen mehrere Jobs brauchen, um über die Runden zu kommen, ist in Deutschland weiter angestiegen.

Sonderbericht zu Anis Amri belastet Polizei

Dietmar Henning, 18. Oktober 2017

Nach der Vorstellung des Abschlussberichts eines Sonderermittlers zum Attentat auf einen Berliner Weihnachtsmarkt dauerte es keine 24 Stunden, bis alle Parteien forderten, Polizei und Geheimdienste zu stärken.

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Perspective

The conspiracy to censor the Internet

18 October 2017

US intelligence agencies, media outlets and Democratic Party operatives are turning the witch-hunt against Russia into the justification for a far-reaching attack on free speech.

Earlier Perspectives »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

From the July Days to the Kornilov coup: Lenin’s The State and Revolution

By Barry Grey, 17 October 2017

We are publishing here the text of a lecture delivered Saturday, October 14, by Barry Grey, the US national editor of the World Socialist Web Site. Watch the lecture online.

The next lecture in the Russian Revolution Centenary Online Lecture Series is this Saturday, October 21, at 5:00 pm EDT. Tom Carter will be speaking on, "On the Eve of Revolution: The Bolshevik Party, Factory Committees, and the Mass Movement of the Working Class." For more information and to register for the series, visit wsws.org/1917.

This week in the Russian Revolution
October 16-22: Trotsky leads Bolsheviks out of Pre-Parliament

16 October 2017

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

By Leon Trotsky, 5 October 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Commentary

In latest victory for the far right, neo-fascists gain in Austrian election

By Peter Schwarz, 17 October 2017

Trump appeals to fundamentalists and fascists

By Patrick Martin, 17 October 2017

Afghanistan prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

By Niles Niemuth, 17 October 2017

Chinese Communist Party congress meets amid gathering crises

By Peter Symonds, 17 October 2017

Trump, Iran and the US drive for world hegemony

Why weren't residents warned about the Northern California fires?

Arts Review

Star Trek: Discovery—The latest incarnation of the popular science fiction series

By Tom Hall, 18 October 2017

The seventh show in the long-running science fiction franchise is a grim and militaristic special-effects extravaganza that largely repudiates the optimistic view of the future of earlier Star Trek television shows.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui: Bertolt Brecht’s parable play about the rise of Hitler

By David Walsh, 17 October 2017

Rap artist Eminem and his popular tirade against Donald Trump

Science

Neutron star merger observed through gravitational waves and light

By Don Barrett, 18 October 2017

The initial detections by the LIGO, Virgo and Fermi collaborations were followed up by observations involving more than 3,500 astronomers.

Observation of gravitational waves wins Nobel Prize in physics

Auto workers struggles

Unifor imposes new round of concessions
CAMI strike in Canada ends
“We struck for a month and got nothing”

By Carl Bronski and Jerry White, 17 October 2017

No to Unifor-GM blackmail!
Before any ratification vote, CAMI workers must see the full contract and have time to study it

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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Featured Commentary

Forty years since the assassination of Tom Henehan (1951-1977)
Tom Henehan: A revolutionary life

By David North, 16 October 2017

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Tom Henehan, a member of the Political Committee of the Workers League—the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party in the US. We are republishing here a tribute delivered by David North at a meeting in 1997.

IYSSE

New club procedures at UC Berkeley give police effective veto power over campus events

By Gabriel Black and Joseph Santolan, 17 October 2017

UC Berkeley mobilizes police for “Free Speech Week”

Trump threatens UC Berkeley funding cut after protest against fascistic provocateur

History

50 years since the murder of Che Guevara
Including a republication of Castroism and the Politics of Petty-Bourgeois Nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 14 October 2017

Half a century after the murder in Bolivia of the guerrilla leader, the anniversary has been exploited by various tendencies to lend a left cover to their reactionary politics and mask their own betrayals.

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

By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2017

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.

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

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The Grenfell Tower fire

UK government refuses funds for unsafe tower blocks post-Grenfell

By Robert Stevens, 13 October 2017

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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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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“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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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.