Catalan Premier Puigdemont flees to Belgium as Spain asserts direct rule over Catalonia

By Alejandro López, 30 October 2017

The Catalan nationalist parties are bitterly hostile to a political intervention in the crisis by the working class.

Spain imposes military rule in Catalonia to preempt independence bid

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

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First indictment reported in Mueller probe of alleged Russian interference in 2016 election

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2017

Press reports claim the indictment will be made public as soon as Monday, with a possible arrest.

On the spot report: Five hundred workers who lack access to basic health care attended a free charity health clinic in Charleston, West Virginia.

Hundreds mourn death of young Ford worker in Detroit

By Jerry White, 30 October 2017

According to coworkers, Jacoby was a hard-working young man who wanted to be hired into a full-time position.

Memorial in Detroit for young autoworker who died in Ford plant

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With Amazon stock surge, Jeff Bezos becomes richest person in the world overnight

By Evan Blake, 30 October 2017

Following a strong earnings report, Bezos amassed more money in a day than his entire warehouse workforce earns in a year.

Whitefish Energy profits in Puerto Rico from Trump administration connection

By Rafael Azul, 30 October 2017

As these connections have come to light, top Puerto Rican government officials have tried to wash their hands of the deal.

US Appeals Court denies second hearing for US citizen falsely imprisoned by ICE officials

By Nick Barrickman, 30 October 2017

The October 19 court decision is the latest in a series of appeals and reversals by US courts on Watson’s case.

With medical and health benefits cut
Palatine, Illinois school district support staff return to picket lines

By George Marlowe, 30 October 2017

Many of the workers make starvation wages as low as $11 an hour, pay high out-of-pocket health care costs and are forced to work a second or third job just to make ends meet.

Seven-month Spectrum strike in New York and New Jersey highlights assault on pensions

By Mark Witkowski, 30 October 2017

The strike has been isolated by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, and the much larger telecom union, the Communications Workers of America.

Denim mill in Greensboro, North Carolina closes after 112 years

By Keisha Gibbs, 30 October 2017

The closure will result in job losses for the 200 employees who work there, and signals economic distress in the center of the American textile industry.

US, India push anti-China campaign at Sri Lankan maritime conference

By Naveen Devage and K. Ratnayake, 30 October 2017

Senior military figures from Washington and New Delhi warned against any threat to the US-dominated “rules-based order” in the Indo-Pacific.

German military builds training ground for civil war

By Johannes Stern, 30 October 2017

Lieutenant-General Frank Leidenberger declared: “The missions of the past have taught us that the environment in which we may have to fight is no longer open space but urban areas.”

Cambodian government expels opposition party from parliament

By John Roberts, 30 October 2017

The measures will effectively wipe out the results of two elections and give the Cambodian People’s Party unchallengeable control of every level of government.

New in Turkish

Washington, Yeşil Berelilerin ölümlerini Afrika'ya müdahaleyi tırmandırmak için kullanıyor

Bill Van Auken, 30 Ekim 2017

ABD emperyalizmi, ölü ve yaralı sayısının milyonları, evlerinden sürülenlerin ise on milyonları bulduğu ve toplumların paramparça edildiği Ortadoğu'yu mahvetmiş olan katliamları Afrika kıtasının başına bela etmeye hazırlanıyor.

İspanya, bağımsızlık girişimini önlemek için Katalonya’da askeri yönetim dayatıyor

Alex Lantier ve Alejandro López, 30 Ekim 2017

İberya Yarımadası’nın ve bir bütün olarak Avrupa’nın birliğini sağlamaya yönelik tek ilerici yol, işçi sınıfının diktatörlüğe ve savaşa karşı sosyalizm uğruna devrimci ve enternasyonalist bir mücadelede harekete geçmesidir.

Çar’dan Lenin’e gösterimleri Londra ile Manchester’da kapalı gişe oynadı

Muhabirlerimizden, 30 Ekim 2017

Şimdiye kadar yapılmış en önemli belgesellerden biri olan Çar’dan Lenin’e filmi, kısa süre önce, Londra’daki ve Manchester’daki sinemalarda kapalı gişe gösterildi.

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L’Espagne impose un régime militaire en Catalogne pour empêcher la déclaration d’indépendance

Par Alex Lantier et Alejandro López, 30 octobre 2017

Le vote du Sénat marque un effondrement historique des formes démocratiques de pouvoir en Europe occidentale et un retour à l'autoritarisme, constituant une menace immédiate pour la classe ouvrière.

Tandis que les protestations s'élèvent contre Madrid, le parlement catalan déclare l'indépendance

Par Alejandro López, 30 octobre 2017

Vendredi, le parlement régional de Catalogne, entouré de milliers de protestants pro-indépendance, a voté une résolution sur une sécession de l'Espagne et le déclenchement d'un «processus constituant» afin de rédiger une nouvelle constitution pour la République catalane.

«Cette campagne antirusse est horrible» – Un entretien avec l'activiste antiguerre Cindy Sheehan

Par David Walsh, 30 octobre 2017

Cindy Sheehan, la mère d'un soldat américain tué en Irak en 2004, a eu plusieurs expériences amères avec le parti démocrate.

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La oligarquía estadounidense: no hay dinero para la crisis de opiáceos, pero sí hay fondos ilimitados para los recortes fiscales empresariales

Por Andre Damon, 30 octubre 2017

El mismo día que el Congreso acordó una rebaja en los impuestos para los superricos de casi $6 billones, el Gobierno de Trump anunció que no dedicará fondos para atender la crisis de opiáceos en el país.

España impone el régimen militar en Cataluña para evitar la declaración de la independencia

Por Alex Lantier y Alejandro López, 30 octubre 2017

La votación del Senado marca un colapso histórico de las formas democráticas de gobierno en Europa occidental y un regreso al autoritarismo, imponiendo una amenaza urgente a la clase trabajadora.

A medida que crecen las protestas contra Madrid, el Parlament catalán declara la independencia

Por Alejandro López, 30 octubre 2017

El Parlament catalán aprobó una resolución que declara la independencia de España y comienza un “proceso constituyente” para componer una nueva Constitución.

Twitter prohíbe anunciar a RT y a Sputnik

Por Trévon Austin, 30 octubre 2017

Esta medida sienta un escalofriante antecedente, dándole a Twitter la capacidad de decidir a qué medios de noticias se le permite promocionar su contenido, limitando la libertad de expresión y la libertad de prensa en internet.

El partido de extrema derecha Alternativa para Alemania ingresa al parlamento

Por Johannes Stern, 30 octubre 2017

Setenta y dos años después del final de la dictadura de Hitler, los nazis, extremistas, demagogos, racistas y xenófobos una vez más se sientan en el parlamento alemán.

China enfrenta crecientes problemas de deuda, dice gobernador del banco central

Por Nick Beams, 30 octubre 2017

El uso del término "momento Minsky" podría ser una indicación de cuán serio el jefe del banco considera la situación.

Bannon ataca a Bush y McCain, destacando la crisis dentro del Partido Republicano

Por Eric London, 30 octubre 2017

En su convención de California los Republicanos abuchearon a Bush y McCain y aplaudieron el ataque de Bannon, señalando divisiones crecientes que amenazan con destrozar el partido.

El Senado aprueba una resolución preparando el terreno para $ 1,5 billones en recortes de impuestos para los ricos

Por Gabriel Black, 30 octubre 2017

La resolución ayuda a preparar procedimientos para la aprobación de un recorte dramático en los impuestos para los negocios y para la élite financiera.

“Esta campaña anti-rusa es horrible”: Una entrevista con la activista antibélica Cindy Sheehan

Por David Walsh, 30 octubre 2017

Cindy Sheehan, la madre de un soldado estadounidense matado en Iraq en 2004, ha tenido muchas experiencias amargas con el Partido demócrata.

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Perspective

US masses ships and aircraft outside North Korea

30 October 2017

The Trump administration is threatening a war not just with conventional weapons, but with nuclear bombs—directed against North Korea and any other power that joins the conflict.

Earlier Perspectives »

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
October 30-November 5: Bolsheviks marshal forces for the revolution

30 October 2017

With the Military Revolutionary Committee in open defiance of government authority, the loyalties of key sections of workers and soldiers are tested and confirmed. Meanwhile, the forces of the Provisional Government are isolated and undermined.

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. For full information and to register, visit wsws.org/1917.

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Meeting in Sydney on December 17
100 years on: The significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution for today

28 October 2017

The Russian Revolution stands as irrefutable proof that the working class—providing it is guided by a genuine Marxist perspective and leadership—can overthrow the outmoded social relations of capitalism.

US public meeting series: Why Study the Russian Revolution?

24 October 2017

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

27 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

Commentary

The US media and the Kennedy assassination documents: “Move along, nothing to see here”

By Bill Van Auken, 30 October 2017

The nervousness of the US corporate media over the Kennedy papers is bound up with the light they shed on the continuing and even greater criminality of the US government today.

Newly released documents point to state cover-up and complicity in assassination of John F. Kennedy

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

Trump administration’s CMS head leads assault on Medicaid

By Kate Randall, 28 October 2017

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

More on healthcare in the US »

Washington exploiting Green Beret deaths to escalate Africa intervention

The Grenfell Tower fire

Art auction for Grenfell fire survivors raises £2 million

By Paul Bond, 30 October 2017

The auction in London met up with the feeling of solidarity that many people have with those devastated by the fire.

Grenfell Fire Forum launches Facebook page

By our reporters, 26 October 2017

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Arts Review

Memories… Do Not Open by The Chainsmokers

By Ed Hightower, 30 October 2017

The full-length debut of Electronic Dance Music duo The Chainsmokers, which features an appearance by Coldplay, is a mostly shallow party record.

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

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

By Josh Varlin, 25 October 2017

Socialist Equality Party

The Sri Lankan garbage disaster: A crime of capitalism

By Vilani Peiris—convenor of the Committee of the Independent Workers Inquiry, 28 October 2017

The Meethotamulla disaster was the result of criminal negligence by successive Colombo governments and finds its parallels in similar catastrophes around the world.

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

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

Auto Workers’ Struggles

Lessons of the CAMI autoworkers’ strike in Canada

By Carl Bronski, 28 October 2017

The strike did not fail to achieve its goals due to a lack of readiness among GM workers to fight, but because it was sabotaged by Unifor with its pro-corporate and nationalist agenda.

The Canadian split from the UAW—Lessons for today

Worker killed in Indiana auto parts plant

By Jessica Goldstein, 26 October 2017

More on auto workers struggles »

Workers Struggles

Apple iPhone workers protest in China
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

28 October 2017

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

Google Censorship

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

24 October 2017

New York Times and Wall Street Journal demand censorship of YouTube

By Andre Damon, 26 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

Trudeau courts Amazon CEO to locate its second headquarters in Canada

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

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

Price gouging at Amazon and the case for public ownership