US Republican senator calls Trump “dangerous to a democracy”

By Andre Damon, 25 October 2017

The speech by Senator Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, marks an intensification of divisions within the state that have developed throughout the Trump administration.

Bannon attacks Bush and McCain, highlighting crisis within Republican Party

Slain US special forces troops on apparent assassination mission in Niger

By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2017

As details of the botched operation trickle out, there is a growing drumbeat for Congress to pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force.

Trump, Pentagon shaken by mounting crisis over Niger deaths

Montana company with ties to Trump cashes in from Puerto Rico disaster

By Rafael Azul, 25 October 2017

Whitefish Energy, a tiny Montana company with virtually no experience in infrastructure repair, has secured a $300 million contract to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid.

Puerto Rico power blackout the biggest in US history

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

Xi Jinping consolidates grip over Chinese Communist Party apparatus

By Peter Symonds, 25 October 2017

The elevation of Xi to supreme leader is a sign of crisis of the CCP regime, which is beset with irresolvable internal and external problems.

China faces growing debt problems, says central bank governor

Chinese leader calls for “strong nation” and “strong military”

Documents show US participation in 1965-66 massacres in Indonesia

By Mike Head, 25 October 2017

Up to one million workers, peasants and supporters of the Indonesian Communist Party were murdered, in one of the greatest imperialist crimes of the 20th century.

Autoworkers speak on suicide of young Ford worker at Detroit area plant

By Shannon Jones, 25 October 2017

Low wages, overwork, unsure hours and the lack of job security are all part of the daily routine of part-time temporary workers in the auto industry.

Detroit area Ford worker dies in apparent suicide at stamping factory

Los Angeles Police Department set to deploy drones

By Marc Wells, 25 October 2017

The Los Angeles Police Commission voted last week to approve the deployment in the face of overwhelming public opposition.

Review of Tennessee’s bail bond system exposes inequalities in US justice system

By Warren Duzak, 25 October 2017

At a recent public meeting, the Metro Nashville Public Defender reviewed the arcane practice of bail bonding and its impact on working class and poor defendants.

Road death of UK pensioner the result of tragic circumstances

By Dennis Moore, 25 October 2017

According to evidence presented, Yate had been working a continual week of night shifts at a supermarket in a losing battle to try and pay off £50,000 in debts.

Trade war in the aerospace industry: Airbus takes over shares in Bombardier

By Gustav Kemper, 25 October 2017

Airbus will be the main beneficiary of the trade war measures imposed on Bombardier by the US Commerce Department following pressure from US competitor Boeing.

After electoral victory, Argentine president promises “most austere policies”

By Andrea Lobo, 25 October 2017

The results express a deep resentment against the 12-year Peronist rule that began the austerity drive that has only deepened under Macri.

Labour Party details coalition agreement with New Zealand First

By Tom Peters, 25 October 2017

Despite winning just nine seats, the right-wing and anti-China NZ First has been given the key roles of deputy prime minister, foreign minister and defence minister.

Australian flu epidemic inundates public health services

By John Mackay, 25 October 2017

Emergency room visits reached record levels at the peak of the winter season in many major hospitals.

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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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États-Unis se prépare à mettre les bombardiers nucléaires en alerte 24/7

Par Andre Damon, 25 octobre 2017

Au milieu d’une confrontation avec la Corée du Nord et de tensions avec la Russie et la Chine, Washington se prépare à remettre sa flotte de bombardiers nucléaires B-52 en alerte 24 heures sur 24 pour la première fois depuis 1991.

Le virage de Madrid vers un régime militaire en Catalogne révèle la faillite de Podemos

Par Alejandro López et Alex Lantier, 25 octobre 2017

Malgré l’obtention de 5 millions de voix, Podemos n’a ni voulu ni cherché à mobiliser l’opposition au virage autoritaire de Madrid soutenu par l’Union européenne.

Le gouvernement catalan dans la tourmente après la suppression de l’autonomie par l’Espagne

Par Paul Mitchell, 25 octobre 2017

Les mesures antidémocratiques imposées en vertu de l’article 155 mènent à une confrontation violente avec la population catalane.

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Estados Unidos da tumbos hacia una dictadura militar

Por Andre Damon, 25 octubre 2017

La diatriba militarista del general John Kelly durante una rueda de prensa en la Casa Blanca dejó al descubierto un secreto de la política estadounidense: detrás de la fachada de un Gobierno democrático, EUA se asimila más a una dictadura militar.

Estados Unidos se prepara para poner a los bombarderos nucleares en alerta las 24 horas

Por Andre Damon, 25 octubre 2017

En medio de un punto muerto con Corea del Norte y tensiones con Rusia y China, Washington se prepara para volver a poner a su flota de bombarderos nucleares B-52 en alerta las 24 horas por primera vez desde 1991.

España anula la autonomía catalana, prepara un régimen militar de Madrid

Por Alex Lantier, 25 octubre 2017

La pretensión de Madrid, respaldada explícitamente por la UE, de que un régimen militar es la única respuesta posible al referéndum por la independencia catalana es una mentira absurda, empapada de hipocresía imperialista.

El gobierno catalán en crisis por la supresión de la autonomía por parte de España

Por Paul Mitchell, 25 octubre 2017

Las medidas antidemocráticas impuestas bajo el Artículo 155 están llevando a un conflicto violento con la población catalana.

Los pasos hacia un régimen militar español en Cataluña exponen la bancarrota de Podemos

Por Alejandro López y Alex Lantier, 25 octubre 2017

A pesar de haber obtenido 5 millones de votos, Podemos ni quiso ni intentó movilizar oposición al giro hacia un régimen militar por parte de Madrid y respaldado por la Unión Europea.

La cumbre de la UE apoya la amenaza de España de ocupación policial y militar de Cataluña

Por Alex Lantier, 25 octubre 2017

Los jefes de Estado de la UE aplaudieron los pasos del Presidente del Gobierno español Rajoy para imponer el dominio dictatorial en Cataluña porque están preparando ataques similares a la clase trabajadora en toda Europa.

Hallazgo del cuerpo sin vida de un joven invoca el espectro de las desapariciones forzadas en Argentina

Por Andrea Lobo, 25 octubre 2017

“El caso ha provocado una profunda desconfianza hacia el Gobierno conservador del presidente Mauricio Macri y todas as instituciones oficiales involucradas.

Treinta años desde el “Lunes Negro” de Wall Street

Por Nick Beams, 25 octubre 2017

Hace treinta años, hoy, el 19 de octubre de 1987, la Bolsa de Valores de Nueva York experimentó lo que sigue siendo su mayor caída de un día en la historia.

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Buchempfehlung der Woche
John Reed, „10 Tage, die die Welt erschütterten“

Von Sybille Fuchs, 25. Oktober 2017

Kaum ein Buch schildert die russische Oktoberrevolution von 1917 so lebendig und packend, wie der Bestseller des amerikanischen Journalisten John Reed, der sie als Augenzeuge erlebte.

Der Einzug der AfD in den Bundestag

Von Johannes Stern, 25. Oktober 2017

Die Konstituierung des neuen Bundestags markiert ein politische Zäsur. 72 Jahre nach dem Ende der Hitler-Diktatur sitzen wieder Nazis, rechtsextreme Demagogen, Rassisten und Fremdenhasser im deutschen Parlament.

USA bereiten 24-Stunden-Bereitschaft von Nuklearbombern vor

Von Andre Damon, 25. Oktober 2017

Vor dem Hintergrund der Konfrontation mit Nordkorea und zunehmender Spannungen mit Russland und China bereiten sich die Vereinigten Staaten zum ersten Mal seit 1991 wieder darauf vor, ihre Flotte von atomwaffenfähigen B-52 Bombern in 24-Stunden-Bereitschaft zu versetzen.

Unterdrückung Kataloniens entlarvt Bankrott von Podemos

Von Alejandro López und Alex Lantier, 25. Oktober 2017

Die spanische Regierung will in Katalonien ihre Militärherrschaft durchsetzen. Podemos hat mehr als fünf Millionen Stimmen erhalten – aber die Partei rührt keinen Finger, um dem Widerstand gegen diese Pläne politisch Ausdruck zu verleihen.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
23.–29. Oktober: Zentralkomitee der Bolschewiki beschließt bewaffneten Aufstand

25. Oktober 2017

Auf einer geheimen Nachtsitzung im Petrograder Arbeiterbezirk Wyborg überzeugt Lenin mit Trotzkis Unterstützung die Mehrheit des Zentralkomitees von der Notwendigkeit einer raschen bewaffneten Erhebung.

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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

The American oligarchy prepares a new tax windfall for the rich

25 October 2017

Trump’s tax plan raises to a new level the plundering of society’s resources by the ruling class that has been underway for nearly four decades.

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.

Arts Review

Season 4 of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman: Social and individual psychology

By Josh Varlin, 25 October 2017

BoJack Horseman continues to navigate, with some success, between the hilarious and the heartbreaking.

Mississippi school district removes To Kill a Mockingbird from curriculum

By Sandy English, 24 October 2017

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

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Tsar to Lenin screens to sold out audiences in London and Manchester

By our reporters, 25 October 2017

The documentary was shown on October 14 at HOME, Manchester’s centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film, and at the Barbican Centre in London on October 22.

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

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

Commentary

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

By Jerry White, 24 October 2017

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

US prepares to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert

By Andre Damon, 24 October 2017

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 US lurches toward military dictatorship

Move to Spanish military rule in Catalonia exposes bankruptcy of Podemos

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 24 October 2017

Catalan government in turmoil over Spain’s suppression of autonomy

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

More on the crisis in Spain »

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

By Kristina Betinis, 24 October 2017

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

By Andre Damon, 29 September 2017

Google escalates blacklisting of left-wing web sites and journalists

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!

More on Google Censorship »

Auto Workers’ Struggles

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

More on auto workers struggles »

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

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

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?

Share this video widely! Like and Follow the International Amazon Workers Voice on Facebook

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

Price gouging at Amazon and the case for public ownership