As US moves to abolish estate tax, world’s billionaires pile up another $1 trillion

By Andre Damon, 27 October 2017

As the ultra-rich grow older and wealthier, they are increasingly preoccupied with the question of “succession.”

The American oligarchy prepares a new tax windfall for the rich

“I have no choice”: Trump bows to CIA pressure to withhold documents related to Kennedy assassination

By Eric London, 27 October 2017

The last-minute decision follows an intense campaign within the intelligence agencies to block release of information on “national security” grounds.

Madrid's talks with Catalan premier collapse as Spain threatens military rule

By Alejandro López, 27 October 2017

Carles Puigdemont withdrew an offer to hold snap elections in Catalonia after Madrid reportedly refused to free Catalan political prisoners.

Catalonia announces plan for independence as Madrid threatens military rule

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

More on the crisis in Spain »

European Central Bank to continue bond-buying program

By Nick Beams, 27 October 2017

Draghi’s supporters on the ECB governing council prevailed against a push to set a date to end its quantitative easing policy.

US immigration officials arrest 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy after surgery

By Eric London, 27 October 2017

The US immigration agencies, which employ tens of thousands of police and bureaucrats, are being transformed into institutional bases of fascism.

Trump’s Department of Justice attempts to block 17-year-old immigrant from getting abortion

More on immigrants in North America »

Trump declares opioid epidemic “will get worse before it gets better”

By Patrick Martin, 27 October 2017

The official declaration of a “public health emergency” is a political stunt that adds not one dollar to efforts to save the lives and health of millions suffering from opioid addiction.

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

AFL-CIO leaders offer demagogy, nationalism at convention in St. Louis

By Trévon Austin, 27 October 2017

A signification section of the union bureaucracy is openly allied with Trump on the basis of “America First” nationalism.

Trump administration silences government environmental scientists

By Daniel de Vries, 27 October 2017

The EPA ordered three agency scientists to cancel long planned talks this week which were related to climate change.

Some Detroit-area residents left homeless after eviction from condemned low-income motel

By Debra Watson, 27 October 2017

The deplorable conditions faced by low-income renters in the Detroit area highlight the crisis of affordable housing in the United States.

Trudeau courts Amazon CEO to locate its second headquarters in Canada

By Laurent Lafrance, 27 October 2017

In a “Dear Jeff” letter, Trudeau served up Canadian workers on a silver platter to the mega-billionaire Jeff Bezos whose giant conglomerate ruthlessly exploits its global workforce.

Germany’s “Jamaica” coalition parties agree on debt brake, tax cuts and privatisation

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 October 2017

Tthe financial policy guidelines of the Jamaica Alliance are an intensification of the anti-social policies of the country’s previous grand coalition of the CDU-CSU and SPD.

London: Public-private housing partnership to enforce social cleansing in Haringey Borough

By Ross Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 27 October 2017

Many working class people will be forced out of a borough where 48 percent of households have either no savings or are in debt.

Australian troops sent to the Philippines despite end of Marawi siege

By Mike Head, 27 October 2017

Another far-reaching military commitment has been made without any parliamentary debate, let alone any approval by the Australian population.

Australian statistics show collapse in manufacturing, mounting jobs crisis

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 October 2017

Part-time and precarious employment accounts for an ever-greater proportion of the workforce.

New in Italian

I referendum sull'autonomia nel Nord Italia

Marianne Arens, 27 ottobre 2017

Dopo che entrambi Maroni e Zaia hanno cantata vittoria, Maroni ha detto che il risultato significa che le Regioni potrebbero unire le proprie forze per “la battaglia del secolo”.

New in Norwegian

Tsar til Lenin vises for fulle saler i London og Manchester

Av våre reportere, 27 October 2017

Dokumentarfilmen ble vist 14. oktober på HOME, Manchesters senter for internasjonal samtidskunst, teater og film, og på Barbican Center i London den 22. oktober.

Utviklingen mot spansk militærstyre i Catalonia avslører Podemos sin fallitt

Av Alejandro López og Alex Lantier, 27 October 2017

Til tross for at de vant 5 millioner stemmer, hverken ønsket eller forsøkte Podemos å mobilisere til motstand mot Madrids dreining mot autoritært styre, støttet av EU.

USA bykser mot militærdiktatur

Av Andre Damon, 27 October 2017

General John Kellys militaristiske tirade på en pressebrifing i Det hvite hus forrige uke ga innblikk i en åpen hemmelighet om amerikansk politikk: bak fasaden av demokratisk styre ligner USA i stadig større grad et militærdiktatur.

Høyreorientert EU-motstander vinner det tsjekkiske parlamentsvalget

Av Markus Salzmann, 27 October 2017

Tjueåtte år etter den såkalte fløyelsrevolusjonen har det overveldende flertallet av befolkningen mistet all tillit til landets borgerlige demokratiske institusjoner.

New in Portuguese

DreamHost recebe mandado para entregar dados sobre site anti-Trump: a criminalização da dissidência política

Joseph Kishore, 27 de outubro de 2017

A decisão judicial de que a DreamHost deve entregar informações sobre os indivíduos associados com o disruptj20.org é um ataque assustador à liberdade de expressão.

Grandes empresas e os militares aumentam seu controle sobre Washington

Patrick Martin e Joseph Kishore, 27 de outubro de 2017

A classe dominante está buscando canalizar a oposição popular a Trump para um golpe palaciano com o objetivo de consolidar a dominação política dos militares e da elite empresarial/financeira.

A ameaça de guerra nuclear de Trump contra a Coréia do Norte

Bill Van Auken, 27 de outubro de 2017

Com as declarações incrivelmente imprudentes de Trump e seus assessores, um estopim foi preparado e pode levar à erupção de uma guerra nuclear na Ásia com consequências globais incalculáveis.

O colapso do Sindicato dos Trabalhadores Automotivos na fábrica da Nissan no Mississipi

Jerry White, 27 de outubro de 2017

Os trabalhadores tiraram conclusões sobre o UAW depois de décadas nas quais ele concentrou todos os seus esforços na supressão da luta de classes e em associar-se às companhias automotivas para destruir empregos e padrões de vida.

New in Spanish

Los demócratas señalan movimiento hacia la derecha para la campaña 2018

Por Patrick Martin, 27 octubre 2017

El presidente del Comité Nacional Demócrata Tom Perez nominó una lista de candidatos para altos comités del partido que excluyeron a muchos activistas que respaldaron a Bernie Sanders contra Clinton.

El apagón de Puerto Rico es el más largo en la historia de EUA

Por Rafael Azul, 27 octubre 2017

Unos tres millones de habitantes carecen de electricidad. Se calcula que algunas zonas remotas no tendrán servicio eléctrico hasta junio 2018.

Presidente argentino promete “la política lo más austera posible” tras victoria electoral

Por Andrea Lobo, 27 octubre 2017

Los resultados expresan un resentimiento profundo contra el Peronismo que gobernó doce años y dio inicio a la campaña de austeridad ahora acelerada bajo Macri.

Detrás de la preocupación del New York Times por las “guerras interminables” de Washington: Planes para una nueva autorización de la guerra y para el reclutamiento

Por Bill Van Auken, 27 octubre 2017

El turbio debate público que rodea la muerte de cuatro soldados de las fuerzas especiales en Níger ha amenazado con soltar el poder desenfrenado del Pentánogo y el avance hacia una guerra mundial.

El New York Times y el Wall Street Journal exigen censura en YouTube

Por Andre Damon, 27 octubre 2017

En dos artículos que aparecieron el martes en las portadas del New York Times y del Wall Street Journal, los periódicos expusieron justificaciones para censurar al servicio online de vídeos YouTube.

New in German

Die Krise in der Republikanischen Partei und der Zerfall des amerikanischen Zweiparteiensystems

Joseph Kishore, 27. Oktober 2017

Die politischen Konflikte in den USA sind ein Abbild globaler Prozesse. In einem Land nach dem anderen konnten rechtsextreme Bewegungen das politische Vakuum ausnutzen, das die Rechtsentwicklung der sozialdemokratischen Parteien geschaffen hat.

Trump: USA auf Krieg mit Nordkorea „total vorbereitet“

Peter Symonds, 27. Oktober 2017

Die militärischen Vorbereitungen der USA finden vor dem Hintergrund von Grabenkämpfen in Washington statt, die zumindest zum Teil von der Befürchtung befeuert werden, dass ein Angriff auf Nordkorea unmittelbar bevorsteht.

Air Berlin: Massenentlassungen trotz Lufthansa-Rekordgewinnen

Gustav Kemper, 27. Oktober 2017

Die Kündigung Tausender Arbeitsverhältnisse durch Air Berlin eröffnet eine Periode von Massenentlassungen in vielen Bereichen der Wirtschaft und wird von Parteien und Gewerkschaften unterstüzt.

New in French

La crise du Parti républicain et la fracture du système bipartite américain

Par Joseph Kishore, 27 octobre 2017

Les conflits politiques aux États-Unis reflètent les processus mondiaux. Dans un pays après l’autre, les mouvements d’extrême droite exploitent le vide politique créé par le virage à droite des partis sociaux-démocrates et travaillistes.

Québec «clarifie» l’application de la loi antimusulmane

Par Keith Jones, 27 octobre 2017

La loi 62, qui prive les femmes portant le voile de l’accès aux services publics, est une attaque contre les droits démocratiques visant à inciter les préjugés et à diviser la classe ouvrière.

Un sénateur républicain qualifie Trump de « dangereux pour la démocratie »

Par Andre Damon, 26 octobre 2017

Le discours du sénateur Jeff Flake, un républicain de l’Arizona, marque une escalade des divisions au sein de l’État qui s’est développée tout au long du mandat de Trump.

Les soldats des forces spéciales américaines tués au Niger auraient été en mission d’assassinat

Par Bill Van Auken, 26 octobre 2017

Au fur et à mesure que les détails de l’opération bâclée émergent, il y a de plus en plus de battage pour que le Congrès vote une nouvelle Autorisation d’utilisation de la Force militaire.

Xi Jinping consolide son emprise sur l’appareil du Parti communiste chinois

Par Peter Symonds, 26 octobre 2017

L’élévation de Xi comme chef suprême est un signe de crise du régime PCC, qui est assailli de l’intérieur comme à l’extérieur de problèmes insolubles.

Adoption de la loi 62: Québec condamne des femmes musulmanes à vivre en parias

Par Richard Dufour, 26 octobre 2017

Cette attaque frontale sur la liberté de religion va encourager la montée de l’islamophobie à travers le Canada.

Le film « Du tsar à Lénine » joue à guichets fermés à Londres et à Manchester

Par nos journalistes, 26 octobre 2017

Le documentaire a été présenté le 14 octobre à « HOME », le centre international d’art contemporain, de théâtre et de cinéma de Manchester, et au « Barbican Centre » de Londres le 22 octobre.

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».

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Perspective

Washington exploiting Green Beret deaths to escalate Africa intervention

27 October 2017

American imperialism is preparing to inflict upon the African continent the levels of carnage that it has already wrought upon the Middle East, where entire societies have been shattered.

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.

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Notice: Final centenary lecture date changed to November 11

The final online lecture in the ICFI's series on the centenary of the Russian Revolution, "The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics" will now be held on November 11 at 1:00 pm EST. The date of the third lecture, "Lessons of October: The Political Crisis within the Bolshevik Party on the Eve of the Seizure of Power" remains October 28, at 5:00 pm EDT. For full information and to register, visit wsws.org/1917.

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On the eve of revolution: The Bolshevik Party, factory committees, and the mass movement of the working class

By Tom Carter, 27 October 2017

We are publishing here the text of a lecture delivered Saturday, October 21, by Tom Carter, a member of the National Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US).

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

Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE calls public meetings to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution

27 October 2017

The Colombo meeting will discuss the political and theoretical lessons of the October Revolution for workers, students and young people being propelled into social and political struggles today.

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

23 October 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Australian Senate formally denounces commemorations of the Russian Revolution

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

Arts Review

Flint: How much of the social crime does the film present?
Lifetime movie on the water disaster will air October 28

By Joanne Laurier, 27 October 2017

The film, directed by Bruce Beresford, was inspired by the ongoing Flint water crisis and bases itself more immediately on a February 2016 Time magazine report, “The Poisoning of an American City.”

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”

Socialist Equality Party

Free, high quality public education is a social right! Join the Committee For Public Education!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 27 October 2017

Australia has one of the most unequal and privatised school systems in the world.

Auto Workers’ Struggles

Worker killed in Indiana auto parts plant

By Jessica Goldstein, 26 October 2017

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

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

By Shannon Jones, 13 October 2017

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 »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East and Africa

27 October 2017

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Commentary

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

By Peter Symonds, 26 October 2017

US prepares to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert

More on the war threat against North Korea »

US Senate votes to protect financial giants from consumer lawsuits

By Patrick Martin, 26 October 2017

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

By Joseph Kishore, 26 October 2017

The far-right Alternative for Germany enters parliament

By Johannes Stern, 26 October 2017

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

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 »

Google Censorship

New York Times and Wall Street Journal demand censorship of YouTube

By Andre Damon, 26 October 2017

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

24 October 2017

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.

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.

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