200,000 protest jailing of Catalonian nationalist leaders in Barcelona

By Paul Mitchell, 19 October 2017

The jailing of Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart marks the first incarceration of Spanish political prisoners since the end of the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.

Jailing of separatist leaders sparks protest demonstrations in Catalonia

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

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Rift deepens between Britain and European Union as talks reach no agreement

By Robert Stevens, 19 October 2017

EU leaders will today inform British Prime Minister Theresa May that after five rounds of negotiations over the terms of its exit from the EU, the UK needs to make further concessions.

Row over Brexit punctures myth of unity behind Corbyn at Labour Party conference

Trump rejects bipartisan health care plan a day after endorsing it

By Kate Randall, 19 October 2017

The bulk of the Alexander-Murray bill is aimed at lowering requirements for private insurers and reducing the quality of health care coverage offered.

Military industry stocks soar amid growing threat of war

By Gabriel Black, 19 October 2017

While basic social services are being slashed, the ruling elite is pumping hundreds of billions of dollars into more-sophisticated ways to kill people.

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

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

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California declares state of emergency over Hepatitis A outbreak as death toll rises to 19

By Kevin Martinez, 19 October 2017

While the number of new cases shows signs of slowing, the city of San Diego has forcefully removed homeless encampments from the downtown area.

As Trump presses owners to fire protesting athletes
NFL commissioner says football players should stand for national anthem

By Alan Gilman, 19 October 2017

In an angry tweet Wednesday, Trump complained that the NFL owners had decided not to force players to stand for the national anthem.

Kaepernick seeks arbitration over NFL blacklisting

Court orders striking staff at suburban Chicago school district back to work

By Kristina Betinis, 19 October 2017

The court and the school district are running roughshod over the democratic rights of school workers who are fighting for decent wages and benefits.

Power struggle in leadership of Germany’s Left Party

By Peter Schwarz, 19 October 2017

The Left Party is responding to the federal election and the rise of the Alternative for Germany by shifting sharply to the right, triggering internal divisions.

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

German Social Democrats take first place in Lower Saxony election but lose their Green coalition partner

By Ulrich Rippert, 19 October 2017

The SPD gained more than 4 percent over its last showing, but the losses of the Greens mean that the two parties lack the parliamentary majority needed for a new coalition.

Australian military covered up dangers of toxic fire-fighting foam

By Patrick Davies, 19 October 2017

One Katherine resident, affected by the defence department’s poisoning of water supplies commented, “We’re collateral damage… it feels like our lives here really don’t matter.

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L’emprisonnement de dirigeants séparatistes déclenche des manifestations en Catalogne

Par Alejandro López et Paul Mitchell, 19 octobre 2017

La décision de la Haute Cour est une indication des mesures dictatoriales que le régime du Parti populaire espagnol est prêt à prendre.

Le Quai d’Orsay visé par l’enquête sur les rapports de Lafarge avec Daech

Par Francis Dubois, 19 octobre 2017

L’enquête sur le financement de la milice terroriste Daech en Syrie par le cimentier Lafarge s’interroge sur le rôle du Quai d’Orsay et du renseignement français.

Un amiral américain doit « imaginer l’inimaginable » : la guerre totale avec la Corée du Nord

Par Peter Symonds, 19 octobre 2017

La remarque de l’amiral Harry Harris, qui est responsable des préparatifs des forces américaines pour un conflit avec la Corée du Nord, est la dernière menace en date contre Pyongyang.

Les forces irakiennes reprennent de nouveaux territoires aux Kurdes

Par James Cogan, 19 octobre 2017

Washington, l’Allemagne et d’autres puissances exercent une immense pression diplomatique sur la région kurde pour qu’elle se soumette.

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La conspiración para censurar el Internet

Por Andre Damon y Joseph Kishore, 19 octubre 2017

Las agencias de inteligencia, los medios de prensa y los operadores del Partido Demócrata están convirtiendo la caza de brujas contra Rusia en una justificación para un ataque de gran alcance contra la libertad de expresión.

El almirante estadounidense debe “imaginar lo inimaginable”: La guerra total con Corea del Norte

Por Peter Symonds, 19 octubre 2017

El comentario del almirante Harry Harris, responsable de preparar las fuerzas estadounidenses para el conflicto con Corea del Norte, es la última amenaza contra Pyongyang.

El encarcelamiento de líderes separatistas desencadena manifestaciones de protesta en Cataluña

Por Alejandro López y Paul Mitchell, 19 octubre 2017

El fallo del Tribunal Supremo es una indicación de las medidasdictatoriales que el gobierno del Partido Popular está dispuesto allevar a cabo.

Madrid rechaza la exigencia de Puigdemont de conversaciones en la crisis del referéndum catalán

Por Alex Lantier y Alejandro López, 19 octubre 2017

Con las fuerzas militares y miles de policías preparándose para la acción, España está tambaleándose al borde de la ley marcial y una represión sangrienta en Cataluña.

Unifor impone una nueva ronda de concesiones
La huelga de CAMI en Canadá termina
“Hicimos huelga durante un mes y no conseguimos nada”

Por Carl Bronski y Jerry White, 19 octubre 2017

Sin confianza en que Unifor se opondría a las amenazas de trabajo de GM, los trabajadores aceptaron a regañadientes otro contrato entreguista.

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Verschwörung zur Zensur des Internets

Andre Damon und Joseph Kishore, 19. Oktober 2017

Die amerikanischen Geheimdienste, die Medien und die Demokratische Partei nutzen die Russland-Hetze als Rechtfertigung für einen umfassenden Angriff auf die freie Meinungsäußerung.

US-Admiral: „Ich muss mir das Unvorstellbare vorstellen“ – den totalen Krieg gegen Nordkorea

Peter Symond, 19. Oktober 2017

Admiral Harry Harris, Befehlshaber des Pazifikkommandos (PACOM), bedroht mit seinen Äußerungen einmal mehr Nordkorea.

Machtkampf in der Führung der Linkspartei

Peter Schwarz, 19. Oktober 2017

Die Linke reagiert auf die Bundestagswahl und den Aufstieg der rechtsextremen AfD mit einem scharfen Rechtsruck, der sie innerlich zerreißt.

Buchvorstellung “Warum die Russische Revolution studieren”

Marianne Arens, 19. Oktober 2017

Während der Frankfurter Buchmesse stellte Peter Schwarz den ersten Band mit Vorträgen und Texten zur Russischen Revolution vor 100 Jahren vor.

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Perspective

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras embraces Trump

19 October 2017

The statement of Tsipras that he shares “common values” with Trump exposes not only Syriza, but all of the middle-class “left” parties internationally that promoted it.

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Commentary

Merchants of Death: The pharmaceuticals, Congress and the US opioid epidemic

By Genevieve Leigh, 19 October 2017

A recent investigation by the Washington Post and “60 Minutes” has exposed the complicity of the pharmaceutical giants and the Democratic and Republican parties in the worst drug epidemic in US history.

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

The Australian marriage equality survey: An exercise in political division and diversion

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 19 October 2017

The aim of both the Coalition government and the Labor Party opposition is to institutionalise the treatment of same sex couples as second-class citizens.

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

By Eric London, 18 October 2017

The politics of the Harvey Weinstein scandal

Trump appeals to fundamentalists and fascists

Afghanistan prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

Chinese Communist Party congress meets amid gathering crises

Arts Review

The genuine achievement of Loving Vincent, and its limitations

By Joanne Laurier, 19 October 2017

The Polish-UK production is a tribute to the great artist and an attempt to bring his life and work to a wide international audience.

An interview with a Loving Vincent painter-animator

By Joanne Laurier, 19 October 2017

Natalie Gregorarz, a 27 year-old artist from the Detroit area, was one of the artists involved in the making of Loving Vincent.

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

By Tom Hall, 18 October 2017

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

Rap artist Eminem and his popular tirade against Donald Trump

History

Thirty years since Wall Street’s “Black Monday”

By Nick Beams, 19 October 2017

Thirty years ago today, on October 19, 1987, the New York Stock Exchange experienced what remains its largest one-day fall in history.

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

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

Google Censorship

“Google is censoring websites to block dissident views critical of the US establishment”
India: Students and workers in Kolkata oppose Google censorship

By Ritwik Mitter and Arun Kumar, 19 October 2017

ICFI/WSWS supporters spoke to students about Google censorship, the Indian government’s attacks on democratic rights and the US war drive against China.

The conspiracy to censor the Internet

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 18 October 2017

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

By David North, 6 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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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.

WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh in Chicago on October 24
Public meeting: What the Russian Revolution meant for modern art and culture

19 October 2017

The Russian Revolution, the most significant event of the 20th century, had the most profound implications for art and culture, not only in Russia but worldwide.

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)

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

New from Mehring Books
Why Study the Russian Revolution?
Volume I: The February Revolution and the Development of Bolshevik Strategy

The Grenfell Tower fire

Attend meeting of Grenfell Fire Forum in London on Saturday October 21

19 October 2017

The Grenfell Fire Forum is holding the second in a series of regular meetings on the Grenfell Tower fire on October 21 at the Maxilla Hall Social Club, North Kensington, London.

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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Science

Neutron star merger observed through gravitational waves and light

By Don Barrett, 18 October 2017

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

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

By Samuel Davidson, 10 October 2017

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

Price gouging at Amazon and the case for public ownership

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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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