Trump: US “totally prepared” for war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 26 October 2017

The US military preparations take place amid bitter infighting in Washington fuelled, in part, by fears an American attack on North Korea could be imminent.

US prepares to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert

The US on the brink of war with North Korea

More on the war threat against North Korea »

Catalonia announces plan for independence as Madrid threatens military rule

By Alejandro López, 26 October 2017

Madrid’s turn toward military dictatorship in Catalonia and across Spain is intended to strangle popular opposition to the European Union and the banks.

Move to Spanish military rule in Catalonia exposes bankruptcy of Podemos

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

More on the crisis in Spain »

New York Times and Wall Street Journal demand censorship of YouTube

By Andre Damon, 26 October 2017

In two articles appearing Tuesday on the front pages of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, the newspapers laid out justifications for censoring the online streaming service YouTube.

US Senate votes to protect financial giants from consumer lawsuits

By Patrick Martin, 26 October 2017

The measure will benefit companies like Wells Fargo and Equifax, as well as banks and credit card companies more generally.

The American oligarchy prepares a new tax windfall for the rich

Worker killed in Indiana auto parts plant

By Jessica Goldstein, 26 October 2017

Melissa Stephens, a mother of four, was killed at a plant owned by Autoneum, which has repeatedly been fined for unsafe conditions.

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

Detroit area Ford worker dies in apparent suicide at stamping factory

Quebec “clarifies” application of anti-Muslim law

By Keith Jones, 26 October 2017

Bill 62, which denies public services, including health care and education, to women wearing Muslim face-coverings, is an attack on democratic rights, aimed at inciting prejudice and splitting the working class.

Did an undercover agent incite the Berlin Christmas Market attack?

By Dietmar Henning, 26 October 2017

An undercover agent from the State Criminal Bureau in North Rhine-Westphalia is alleged to have had close contact with the perpetrator of the 2016 Berlin Christmas Market attack.

Australian government orders police raids on union offices

By Mike Head, 26 October 2017

Australia increasingly resembles a police state, with well-publicized raids carried out in pursuit of unstated political aims.

Australia: Social devastation looms over Latrobe Valley

By Michelle Stevens, 26 October 2017

Today’s widespread poverty, unemployment and social problems are the result of decades of job destruction imposed by successive governments, assisted by the trade unions.

Latrobe Valley residents: “The government is failing very badly”

By Michelle Stevens, 26 October 2017

Kenyan election re-run exposed as a farce

By Eddie Haywood, 26 October 2017

The economic prospects for East Africa’s top economy, already suffering from a significant slowdown, have dimmed considerably in the crisis-ridden weeks preceding today’s poll.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в русской революции
16–22 октября: Большевики во главе с Троцким выходят из Предпарламента

26 октября 2017 г.

Кампания Ленина за восстание становится известной все более широким слоям партии и толкает большевиков влево, подготовляя решение о выходе партии под руководством Троцкого из Предпарламента, что стало, по его словам, «историческим разрывом пролетариата с государственной механикой буржуазии».

New in Turkish

ABD Rakka’nın düşmesinin ardından İran’ı tehdit ediyor

James Cogan, 26 Ekim 2017

16 Ekim’de, ABD destekli güçler, Irak ve Şam İslam Devleti’nin “halifeliği”nin “başkenti” olarak adlandırdığı Suriye kenti Rakka’yı tümüyle ele geçirmiş olduklarını duyurdular.

Japonya’daki seçimlerde, iktidardaki LDP üçte iki çoğunluğu korudu

Ben McGrath, 26 Ekim 2017

Japonya’daki Liberal Demokratik Parti (LDP), Pazar günkü genel seçimlerde elde ettiği ezici bir zaferin ardından iktidarını korudu.

New in Spanish

La oligarquía estadounidense prepara una rebaja de impuestos extraordinaria para los ricos

Por Barry Grey, 26 octubre 2017

El plan fiscal de Trump eleva a un nuevo nivel el saqueo de los recursos sociales al que se ha dedicado la clase gobernante por casi cuatro décadas.

Nuevos estudios documentan un deterioro en la esperanza de vida y la salud de los trabajadores en Estados Unidos

Por Jerry White, 26 octubre 2017

Los trabajadores de mediana edad están viéndose obligados a retirarse más tarde, incluso cuando confrontan una peor salud y una menor experiencia de vida que sus colegas mayores.

Xi Jinping consolida su control sobre el aparato del Partido Comunista Chino

Por Peter Symonds, 26 octubre 2017

El ascenso de Xi a líder supremo es una señal de crisis en el régimen del PCCh, que está repleto de problemas internos y externos irresolubles.

Varios documentos demuestran la participación de Estados Unidos en las masacres de 1965-66 en Indonesia

Por Mike Head, 26 octubre 2017

Hasta un millón de trabajadores, campesinos y simpatizantes del Partido Comunista de Indonesia fueron masacrados en uno de los mayores crímenes imperialistas del siglo XX.

Oponente derechista de la UE gana las elecciones parlamentarias checas

Por Markus Salzmann, 26 octubre 2017

Veintiocho años después de la denominada revolución de terciopelo, la abrumadora mayoría de la población ha perdido toda la confianza en las instituciones democráticas burguesas del país.

El gobernante LDP mantiene la mayoría de dos tercios en las elecciones japonesas

Por Ben McGrath, 25 octubre 2017

Aunque los medios declaren que la victoria de Abe es un mandato para sus políticas, la baja participación apunta a una alienación generalizada respecto al establishment político.

New in German

Gesetz der US-Oligarchie beschert den Reichen neue Steuergeschenke

Barry Grey, 26. Oktober 2017

An der Wall Street herrscht Hochstimmung über die Steuersenkungspläne der Trump-Regierung. Den Oligarchen, die die Gesellschaft seit vierzig Jahren ausplündern, verschaffen sie einen neuen Höhenflug.

Jamaika-Parteien einigen sich auf Schuldenbremse, Steuersenkung und Privatisierung

Ulrich Rippert, 26. Oktober 2017

Am Dienstagabend trafen sich die Vertreter von CDU, CSU, FDP und Grünen zu ersten konkreten Verhandlungen über eine sogenannte Jamaika-Koalition.

China: Xi Jinping festigt Kontrolle über den Parteiapparat

Peter Symonds, 26. Oktober 2017

Die Ernennung Xis zum obersten Führer ist ein Ausdruck der Krise des KPCh-Regimes, das mit unlösbaren inneren und äußeren Problemen konfrontiert ist.

„Kriegsalltag und Abenteuerlust“ – eine Ausstellung über Kriegsfotografinnen im Ersten und Zweiten Weltkrieg

Franci Vier und Verena Nees, 26. Oktober 2017

„Um Frieden zu erreichen, muss man immer wieder über Krieg sprechen“, fasst Museumsleiterin Elisabeth Moortgat die Motivation für die Fotografie-Ausstellung im Verborgenen Museum zusammen.

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Perspective

The crisis in the Republican Party and the fracturing of the American two-party system

26 October 2017

The political conflicts within the United States mirror global processes. In country after country, far-right movements have exploited the political vacuum created by the rightward lurch of the social democratic and labor parties.

Earlier Perspectives »

Fund appeal

The WSWS is under attack. Help us fight back!

Google's move to block the WSWS and other left-wing sites is part of a campaign to censor the Internet, involving powerful corporations and governments around the world. We need your financial support to fight against the greatest threat to free speech since the Second World War.

Commentary

The far-right Alternative for Germany enters parliament

By Johannes Stern, 26 October 2017

Seventy-two years after the end of the Hitler's dictatorship, neo-Nazis, racists and xenophobes are once again sitting in the German parliament.

The US lurches toward military dictatorship

By Andre Damon, 23 October 2017

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

By Jerry White, 24 October 2017

Slain US special forces troops on apparent assassination mission in Niger

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

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

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

The Grenfell Tower fire

Grenfell Fire Forum launches Facebook page

By our reporters, 26 October 2017

One Forum participant said the Facebook page “will be important to give a voice to the survivors, many of whose terrible experiences have still to be told.”

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

By Tom Pearce, 20 October 2017

UK government refuses funds for unsafe tower blocks post-Grenfell

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

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

By our reporters, 25 October 2017

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

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 »

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

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”

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.

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

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