EU backs Madrid’s imposition of authoritarian regime in Catalonia

By Francis Dubois, 31 October 2017

Fearing the eruption of mass struggles against austerity, the European financial oligarchy is backing the imposition of an authoritarian regime in Catalonia.

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

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

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Three former Trump aides indicted as Washington political warfare intensifies

By Patrick Martin, 31 October 2017

The indictment of three Trump election campaign aides, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, marks a new stage in the political warfare in Washington.

Palace coup or class struggle: The political crisis in Washington and the strategy of the working class

Mattis, Tillerson testify before Senate committee
Bipartisan push for new US force resolution to rubber-stamp expanded war

By Tom Hall, 31 October 2017

The principal focus of the hearing was how to provide a pseudo-democratic fig leaf for the launching of new wars.

Washington exploiting Green Beret deaths to escalate Africa intervention

CVS and Aetna reportedly in talks for $60 billion merger

By Tom Hall, 31 October 2017

The merger between the CVS pharmacy chain and the insurance giant is reportedly in response to Amazon’s imminent entry into the prescription drug business.

California: Car plows through immigration protesters outside US congressman’s office

By Dan Conway, 31 October 2017

Video shows Daniel Wenzek inching his car into protesters who had temporarily blocked a street crossing, and then accelerating while a protester lay on the hood of his car.

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

Burmese government continues persecution of Rohingya minority

By Kayla Costa, 31 October 2017

The US is backing the Burmese regime, as it commits “killings, torture, rape and arson” against the Rohingya ethnic minority.

Nepali Stalinist parties form a new alliance

By W.A.Sunil, 31 October 2017

The alliance is a political trap for working people under conditions of growing popular opposition to the government and the political establishment as a whole.

Kenyan president declared winner in election re-run amid low turnout

By Eddie Haywood, 31 October 2017

The poll took place within an atmosphere of police violence and acts of intimidation, which almost certainly originated with forces loyal to incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.

Haitian government in crisis as protests spread

By John Marion, 31 October 2017

Protests against the government of Haitian President Jovenel MoÏse, touched off by this year’s budget, are being met with violence.

Early Queensland election points to political instability in Australia

By Mike Head, 31 October 2017

The snap poll could signal a new stage in the decay of the two-party system that has prevailed in Australia since World War II.

New in Spanish

Estados Unidos acumula buques y aviones de guerra frente a Corea del Norte

Por Peter Symonds, 31 octubre 2017

El Gobierno de Trump está amenazando con librar una guerra que iría más allá de las armas convencionales, involucrando armas nucleares dirigidas contra Corea del Norte y cualquier otra potencia que se una al conflicto.

Presidente catalán Puigdemont escapa a Bélgica mientras España reafirma su dominio directo de Cataluña

Por Alejandro López, 31 octubre 2017

Los partidos nacionalistas catalanes son profundamente hostiles a una intervención política de la clase obrera en esta crisis.

Agencia de espionaje australiana promueve la caza de brujas contra China

Por Oscar Grenfell, 31 octubre 2017

La acusación de ASIO de que "potencias extranjeras" están tratando de influir en la "opinión pública" será utilizada para represión contra la oposición a los planes de guerra de Estados Unidos con China.

Los medios estadounidenses y los documentos sobre el asesinato de Kennedy: “Sigan su camino, no hay nada para ver aquí”

Por Bill Van Auken, 31 octubre 2017

El nerviosismo de los medios corporativos estadounidenses por los papeles sobre Kennedy está ligado a la luz que arrojan sobre la criminalidad continuada y cada vez mayor del gobierno estadounidense hoy.

New in Norwegian

Madrids pålegger militærstyre for å forhindre selvstendighetsforsøk

Alex Lantier og Alejandro López, 31 October 2017

Senatavstemmingen markerer et historisk sammenbrudd for demokratiske styringsformer i Vest-Europa, og er en tilbakevending til autoritært styre, som er en presserende trussel for arbeiderklassen.

Madrids samtaler med katalansk president bryter sammen mens Spania trues av militærstyre

Alejandro López, 31 October 2017

Carles Puigdemont trakk tilbudet om å holde nyvalg i Catalonia etter at Madrid nektet å frigjøre katalanske politiske fanger.

Krisen i Det republikanske partiet og sammenbruddet av det amerikanske to-parti-systemet

Joseph Kishore, 31 October 2017

De interne politiske konfliktene i USA gjenspeiler globale prosesser. I land etter land har ytre-høyre-bevegelser utnyttet det politiske vakuumet skapt av sosialdemokratenes og arbeiderpartienes høyredreining.

Catalonia kunngjør selvstendighetsplan mens Madrid truer med militærstyre

Alejandro López, 31 October 2017

Madrids dreining mot militærdiktatur i Catalonia og over hele Spania har som mål å kvele folkelig motstand mot EU og bankene.

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L’UE soutient l’imposition par Madrid d'un régime militaire en Catalogne

Par Francis Dubois, 31 octobre 2017

Épouvantée par la perspective de luttes de masse contre l’austérité, l'oligarchie financièrs européenne soutient l’imposition d’un régime militaire en Espagne.

Les États-Unis envoient leurs navires et avions de guerre aux portes de la Corée du Nord

Par Peter Symonds, 31 octobre 2017

L’administration Trump se prépare à une guerre non seulement avec des armes conventionnelles, mais avec des bombes nucléaires dirigées contre la Corée du Nord et d’autres puissances qui pourraient se joindre au conflit.

Guerre commerciale dans l’industrie aérospatiale: Airbus rachète une majorité d'actions de Bombardier

Par Gustav Kemper, 31 octobre 2017

Airbus sera le principal bénéficiaire de la guerre commerciale menée par le département du Commerce américain contre Bombardier suite aux pressions exercées par Boeing.

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USA ziehen Schiffe und Flugzeuge vor Nordkorea zusammen

Peter Symonds, 31. Oktober 2017

Die Trump-Regierung droht Nordkorea und allen Mächten, die in den Konflikt eingreifen, mit einem Krieg mit konventionellen und auch Atomwaffen.

Puigdemont flieht nach Belgien, Madrid verkündet direkte Kontrolle über Katalonien

Alejandro López, 31. Oktober 2017

Die katalanischen Nationalisten lehnen ein politisches Eingreifen der Arbeiterklasse in der Krise vehement ab.

David North spricht über die Russische Revolution an der Universität Saint Andrews in Schottland

unserem Reporter, 31. Oktober 2017

David North, Vorsitzender der World Socialist Web Site, hielt am 18. Oktober auf einer gut besuchten Veranstaltung einen sehr anregenden Vortrag zur Bedeutung der Russischen Revolution an der Universität Saint Andrews in Schottland.

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Perspective

US congressional hearings on “extremist content” prepare assault on free speech

31 October 2017

This week, US tech companies will report to Congress on their moves to limit “extremist content” on the Internet as part of the anti-Russian witch hunt, which is increasingly targeting the First Amendment.

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.

Arts Review

Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test at the Art Institute of Chicago—an introductory comment
Russian Revolutionary art exhibition opened October 29

By Jeff Lusanne and David Walsh, 31 October 2017

Soviet Art Put to the Test offers notable presentation and recreations of creative work in the 1920s-1930s, yet fails to explain the context that is essential to understanding the work.

Memories… Do Not Open by The Chainsmokers

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

Auto Workers’ Struggles

Autoworkers take to social media to defend young Ford worker killed in apparent suicide

By Jerry White, 31 October 2017

Hundreds of autoworkers have shared and commented on WSWS articles about the death of 21-year-old Jacoby Marquis Hennings.

Hundreds mourn death of young Ford worker in Detroit

US auto profits beat expectations despite softening sales

By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2017

Ford, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors all posted higher-than-expected earnings in the third quarter, boosted by savage cost-cutting facilitated by the collaboration of the unions.

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Workers Struggles

Australia: Possible Woolworths strikes spark warnings of a broader wages movement

By Oscar Grenfell, 31 October 2017

As many as 2,000 workers at four major warehouses are set to take industrial action over wages and conditions in the next two months.

Ontario college teachers hit by vehicles as strike continues
Workers Struggles: The Americas

31 October 2017

Strikers have been hit by vehicles in two separate incidents as a walkout by Ontario college teachers continues.

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

Featured Video

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

Commentary

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

By Evan Blake, 30 October 2017

US masses ships and aircraft outside North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2017

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

By Bill Van Auken, 30 October 2017

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

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

The Grenfell Tower fire

Art auction for Grenfell fire survivors raises £2 million

By Paul Bond, 30 October 2017

Grenfell Fire Forum launches Facebook page

By our reporters, 26 October 2017

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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

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

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

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!

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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

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