US prepares to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert

By Andre Damon, 24 October 2017

Amid a standoff with North Korea and tensions with Russia and China, Washington is preparing to return its fleet of B-52 nuclear bombers to 24-hour alert for the first time since 1991.

Trump, Pentagon shaken by mounting crisis over Niger deaths

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2017

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, held an hour-long press briefing Monday in an effort at damage control.

Killings of four elite soldiers in Niger highlight vast scale of American military operations in Africa

Catalan government in turmoil over Spain’s suppression of autonomy

By Paul Mitchell, 24 October 2017

The anti-democratic measures imposed under Article 155 are leading to a violent conflict with the Catalan population.

EU summit endorses Spain’s threat of police-military occupation of Catalonia

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

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China faces growing debt problems, says central bank governor

By Nick Beams, 24 October 2017

The use of the term “Minsky moment” could be an indication of how serious the bank chief regards the situation.

Puerto Rico power blackout the biggest in US history

By Rafael Azul, 24 October 2017

Some 3 million people are without electricity and there are predictions that some remote parts of the mountainous island will not see power restored until next June.

Estimated death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria rises to 450

Weeks after hurricanes in Texas and Florida: Government aid scarce, tens of thousands still displaced

By Tom Hall, 24 October 2017

Residents in both states attempting to piece their lives back together confront indifference and neglect from the federal government.

Officials estimate one quarter of homes in Florida Keys destroyed by Hurricane Irma

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey: Natural disaster and political breakdown

Tillerson calls for “dramatic deepening” of Indo-US alliance

By Deepal Jayasekera, 24 October 2017

An enhanced Indo-US alliance, Tillerson told the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is vital to counter a rising China that refuses to heel to the US-led world order.

Thousands demonstrate in Berlin against ultra-right Alternative for Germany

By our correspondents, 24 October 2017

Ahead of the first sitting of the newly elected parliament (Bundestag), more than 10,000 people demonstrated on Sunday in Berlin against the political shift to the right.

Airbnb and eBay paying virtually no tax in the UK

By Margot Miller, 24 October 2017

While profits soar to exponential heights, corporations engage in myriad complex scams to evade paying even the minimal and ever decreasing corporate taxes levied by governments.

UK: BAE Systems and Vauxhall to impose mass job losses

Australian spy agency promotes anti-China witch-hunt

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 October 2017

ASIO’s allegation that “foreign powers” are seeking to influence “public opinion” will be used to crackdown on opposition to US plans for war with China.

Sri Lanka: Phony moves toward democratic constitutional change

By K. Ratnayake, 24 October 2017

For all its claims to be establishing a democratic constitution, the government is taking repressive measures against workers and preparing dictatorial rule.

Australian government tries to force refugees from one prison camp to another

By Max Newman, 24 October 2017

“We explained over and over again that we would rather stay in the Manus prison without hope than face violence in Lorengau,” a refugee explained.

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Gresk statsminister Tsipras hyller Trump

Alex Lantier, 24. Oktober 2017

Tsipras uttalelse om at han deler «felles verdier» med Trump avslører ikke bare Syriza, men alle middelklasse «venstre»-partier internasjonalt som støtter det.

Tretti år siden Wall Streets «Black Monday»

Nick Beams, 24. Oktober 2017

19. oktober 1987, for tretti år siden, opplevde børsen i New York det som fortsatt er det største en-dags-fallet i historien.

Etter Madrids voldelige anslag
En uavhengig klassestrategi for den spanske og katalanske arbeiderklassen!

Keith Jones, 24. Oktober 2017

En kamp for å samle arbeidere og ungdom til en internasjonal orientering kan bare føres i kompromissløs opposisjon mot volden som slippes løs av Madrid-regjeringen.

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Cincuenta años desde el asesinato del Che Guevara
Incluyendo la republicación de El castrismo y la política del nacionalismo pequeño-burgués

Por Bill Van Auken, 24 octubre 2017

Medio siglo después del asesinato en Bolivia del líder guerrillero, el aniversario ha sido explotado por varias tendencias para pintar sus propias políticas reaccionarias con sombras izquierdistas y encubrir sus traiciones.

La diatriba del general Kelly y la amenaza de dictadura

Por Bill Van Auken, 24 octubre 2017

La respuesta insensible y reaccionaria de la Casa Blanca de Trump a la angustia de la familia de un soldado estadounidense muerto en Niger concuerda con la militarización cada vez mayor del gobierno de los EUA.

PSOE exige nuevas elecciones en Cataluña

Por Paul Mitchell, 24 octubre 2017

El Partido Socialista está colaborando estrechamente con el Gobierno de derecha de España para deponer extralegalmente a la Generalitat de Cataluña.

Estados Unidos amenaza a Irán después de la caída de Raqqa, la “capital” del ISIS

Por James Cogan, 24 octubre 2017

El fin del control del ISIS no ha puesto fin a la carnicería en Siria e Irak, pero ha abierto una etapa potencialmente aún más sangrienta.

Secretario del Tesoro estadounidense al Congreso: Pasen los recortes fiscales o los mercados se estancarán

Por Nick Beams, 24 octubre 2017

La entrevista de Mnuchin en Político es una admisión inconsciente de que la mayor economía del mundo es dominada por el parasitismo financiero.

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Les États-Unis virent vers la dictature militaire

Par Andre Damon, 24 octobre 2017

La diatribe militariste du général John Kelly lors d’une conférence de presse à la Maison-Blanche a révélé un secret mal gardé de la politique américaine : derrière la façade du régime démocratique, les États-Unis ressemblent de plus en plus à une dictature militaire.

L’Espagne annule l’autonomie catalane, et prépare un régime militaire dirigé depuis Madrid

Par Alex Lantier, 24 octobre 2017

L’affirmation de Madrid appuyée par l’UE selon laquelle un régime militaire est la seule réponse posssible au référendum pour l’indépendance catalane est un mensonge absurde, recouvert d’hypocrisie impérialiste.

Le sommet de l’UE soutient la menace espagnole d’une occupation militaro-policière en Catalogne

Par Alex Lantier, 24 octobre 2017

Les chefs d’État de l’UE ont applaudi les mesures prises par le Premier ministre espagnol Rajoy en vue d’imposer un régime dictatorial en Catalogne, parce qu’ils préparent des attaques similaires contre la classe ouvrière à travers l’Europe.

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USA steuern auf Militärdiktatur zu

Andre Damon, 24. Oktober 2017

General John Kellys militaristische Hetzrede während einer Pressekonferenz im Weißen Haus hat ein offenes Geheimnis der amerikanischen Politik aufgedeckt: hinter der Fassade der demokratischen Herrschaft ähneln die USA immer mehr einer Militärdiktatur.

Spanien annulliert katalanische Regierung und bereitet Militärherrschaft vor

Alex Lantier, 24. Oktober 2017

Wenn Madrid behauptet, dass eine Militärherrschaft die einzig mögliche Antwort auf das katalanische Unabhängigkeitsreferendum sei, ist das eine absurde Lüge.

Handelskrieg im Flugzeugbau: Airbus steigt bei Bombardier ein

Gustav Kemper, 24. Oktober 2017

Die Übernahme der Mittelstreckenflugzeuge des kanadischen Herstellers Bombardier durch Airbus verschärft den Handelskonflikt zwischen Europa/Kanada und den USA.

Wurde der Berliner Weihnachtsmarkt-Attentäter von einem V-Mann angestiftet?

Dietmar Henning, 24. Oktober 2017

Ein V-Mann des nordrhein-westfälischen Landeskriminalamts mit engem Kontakt zum Breitscheidplatz-Attentäter Anis Amri soll für Anschläge mit einem LKW geworben haben.

Polen: Junge Ärzte seit über drei Wochen im Hungerstreik

Anna Rombach, 24. Oktober 2017

Der Hungerstreik der jungen Assistenzärzte geht in die vierte Woche. Er hat sich am 2. Oktober am Tod einer Ärztin aus Warschau entzündet, die im Dienst zusammengebrochen war.

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Эта неделя в русской революции
9–15 октября: Ленин усиливает кампанию за восстание

20 октября 2017 г.

Троцкий стоит во главе Петроградского Совета, большевики располагают растущим большинством в других Советах, — большевики теперь являются самой влиятельной партией русской революции. Однако в руководстве партии возникли существенные разногласия относительно того, каким курсом следует идти дальше.

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Perspective

New reports document declining life expectancy and worsening health of US workers

24 October 2017

Middle-age workers are being forced to retire later, even as they confront poorer health and a lower life expectancy than their older peers.

Earlier Perspectives »

Book Review

Thomas Mackaman’s New Immigrants and the Radicalization of American Labor, 1914-1924
Immigration and socialist strategy in America, past and present

By Eric London, 24 October 2017

Thomas Mackaman’s New Immigrants and the Radicalization of American Labor, 1914-1924 is an essential contribution not only to labor history, but also toward the development of a strategy of social revolution today.

Commentary

Move to Spanish military rule in Catalonia exposes bankruptcy of Podemos

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 24 October 2017

Despite winning 5 million votes, Podemos neither wanted nor sought to mobilize opposition to the turn to authoritarian rule by Madrid, backed by the European Union.

Behind the New York Times’ concern about Washington’s “forever wars”: Plans for new war authorization and conscription

By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2017

The roiling public debate surrounding the deaths of four special forces troops in Niger has threatened to lift the lid on the unbridled power of the Pentagon and the drive toward world war.

The US lurches toward military dictatorship

Gen. Kelly’s tirade and the threat of dictatorship

The six-day rise and fall of “democratic socialist” Ramirez-Rosa for Illinois lieutenant governor

By Kristina Betinis, 24 October 2017

Ramirez-Rosa’s stint as running-mate for Democratic candidate Daniel Biss exposes both the character of the Democrats and the role of the Democratic Socialists of America in providing them with political cover.

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

US public meeting series: Why Study the Russian Revolution?

24 October 2017

The SEP and IYSSE are hosting meetings throughout the country featuring David North to mark the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917 and to discuss its impact and lasting consequences.

This week in the Russian Revolution
October 23-29: Bolshevik Central Committee votes for armed insurrection

23 October 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

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

Australian Senate formally denounces commemorations of the Russian Revolution

By Nick Beams, 23 October 2017

David North delivers address on Russian Revolution at University of St Andrews, Scotland

By our reporter, 21 October 2017

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

Arts Review

Mississippi school district removes To Kill a Mockingbird from curriculum

By Sandy English, 24 October 2017

The public school district in Biloxi, Mississippi, has removed Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird from the eighth grade curriculum because of complaints by parents about the language in the book.

Exhibition at American Jewish Historical Society in New York
“1917—How One Year Changed the World”

By Fred Mazelis, 20 October 2017

The genuine achievement of Loving Vincent, and its limitations

An interview with a Loving Vincent painter-animator

Interview

“This anti-Russian campaign is horrible”: An interview with antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan

By David Walsh, 23 October 2017

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq in 2004, has had many bitter experiences with the Democratic Party.

Google Censorship

Public meetings in Michigan, California and New York
Google: The new face of Internet censorship

24 October 2017

The SEP and IYSSE are hosting meetings throughout the country to inform students youth and workers of the fight against Internet censorship.

The new McCarthyism and the suppression of political dissent

Google escalates blacklisting of left-wing web sites and journalists

By Andre Damon, 20 October 2017

Over 5,000 sign WSWS petition against Google blacklisting

By Trévon Austin, 23 October 2017

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

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!

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Workers Struggles

Ontario community college staff continue strike
Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 October 2017

The 12,000 professors, instructors, consultants and librarians are in the second week of a strike against the provincial college system.

Featured Report

“I think the government is trying to kill us off”
Hundreds line up for free medical care in West Virginia

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 23 October 2017

Auto Workers’ Struggles

Detroit area Ford worker dies in apparent suicide at stamping factory

By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2017

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

Political lessons of the Australian car industry closure

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 October 2017

The Canadian split from the UAW—Lessons for today

By Carl Bronski, 20 October 2017

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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History

Thirty years since Wall Street’s “Black Monday”

By Nick Beams, 19 October 2017

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

The Grenfell Tower fire

Post-Grenfell: More than £400 million needed to make London residential buildings safe

By Tom Pearce, 20 October 2017

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

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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

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

International Amazon Workers Voice

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

By Samuel Davidson, 10 October 2017

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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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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