Republicans unveil multitrillion-dollar tax cut for corporations and the rich

By Barry Grey, 3 November 2017

As always, the Republicans establish the right-wing framework for new attacks on the working class and the Democrats mount a cynical show of opposition, while ensuring that the Republican proposals are enacted virtually intact.

America’s oligarchy: No money for opioid crisis, endless funds for corporate tax cuts

The American oligarchy prepares a new tax windfall for the rich

Federal UAW corruption probe turns to GM and Ford

By Shannon Jones, 3 November 2017

In the wake of the indictment of United Auto Workers officials in relation to the theft of funds from the UAW-Chrysler training center, federal investigators are looking at joint programs funded by General Motors and Ford.

UAW officials laundered Fiat Chrysler bribes through fake charities

Young Ford worker sought UAW help before apparent suicide

By Jerry White, 3 November 2017

According to a police report obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, 21-year-old Jacoby Hennings spoke with UAW officials for more than an hour before pulling out a gun.

Death of Jacoby Hennings highlights UAW collusion with auto companies

Hundreds mourn death of young Ford worker in Detroit

More on auto workers struggles »

Trump nominates Jerome Powell as new Federal Reserve chief

By Nick Beams, 3 November 2017

Wall Street welcomed the selection of Powell, who will be the richest man to occupy the post.

Spanish army threatens to intervene in Catalonia as ministers are jailed

By Paul Mitchell and Alex Lantier, 3 November 2017

According to the chief of the Spanish army, his plans to intervene in Catalonia are part of similar planning by the NATO countries across Europe.

Catalan, Spanish workers face grave dangers from Madrid’s repression

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

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Trump demands death penalty in New York City attack

By Fred Mazelis, 3 November 2017

There are no fundamental differences between Republicans and Democrats in the bipartisan “war on terror.”

Wisconsin construction worker falls to death while working on Milwaukee Bucks stadium

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 November 2017

Few details have been released about the tragic death last week of an electrician who fell from a ladder at the construction site of the new $524 million stadium.

Britain’s Defence Secretary Fallon resigns in anti-democratic “sex pest” scandal

By Julie Hyland, 3 November 2017

The sex scandal engulfing Britain’s parliament sprang to life following that involving American film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Germany: Coalition talks centre on increase in defence spending

By Johannes Stern, 3 November 2017

The Christian Democrats, Greens and Free Democratic Party are talking about massively increasing military spending and the powers of the state.

Global Hunger Index highlights South Asia’s social misery

By Saman Gunadasa, 3 November 2017

While millions of people lack basic food security, governments are cutting social spending and allocating billions to the military.

Rising death toll from health sector cuts in New Zealand

By Sam Price, 3 November 2017

Underfunding of health care by successive National and Labour governments has contributed to shortened lives and baby deaths.

New in Turkish

Katalan ve İspanyol işçiler ciddi tehlikeler ile karşı karşıya

Paul Mitchell ve Chris Marsden, 3 Kasım 2017

Katalan milliyetçi partileri, Avrupa Birliği’nden umutla beklenen tavizler karşılığında, Madrid’deki Halk Partisi (PP) hükümeti ile açıkça birlikte çalışıyorlar.

Irak’ın karşı saldırısı Kürdistan Bölgesel Yönetimi’ni karıştırıyor

Keith Jones, 3 Kasım 2017

Irak’ın Şiilerin hakimiyetindeki merkezi hükümeti, Türkiye’nin ve İran’ın desteğiyle, Erbil merkezli Kürdistan Bölgesel Yönetimi’ne (KBY) karşı saldırısını genişletiyor.

New in Spanish

Un general deja escapar información sobre una escalada estadounidense en Siria

Por Bill Van Auken, 3 noviembre 2017

El desliz del general sirvió para exponer la escalada militar que se está llevando a cabo detrás de las espaldas del pueblo estadounidense.

Las imputaciones en torno a la campaña de Trump y la crisis política en Estados Unidos

Por Barry Grey, 3 noviembre 2017

Las acusaciones de una trama rusa han tomado el carácter de una caza de brujas neomccarthista en la que toda oposición social y política a las políticas de la burguesía es atribuida a una intervención perniciosa del Kremlin.

El presidente catalán apela a la UE mientras la oposición se suma a la represión de Madrid

Por Alex Lantier, 3 noviembre 2017

Puigdemont le pidió a la UE que negociara un acuerdo entre el gobierno español y las autoridades catalanas basado en las elecciones del 21 de diciembre impuestas en Cataluña por Madrid.

Muerte de Jacoby Hennings remarca la colusión entre el sindicato UAW y las compañías automotrices en EUA

Por Jerry White, 3 noviembre 2017

El aparente suicidio del trabajador de Ford de 21 años revela las condiciones opresivas que confrontan empleados temporarios part-time en la industria automotriz.

Sesión del Congreso estadounidense:
Ex-agente del FBI dice que las compañías tecnológicas tienen que “silenciar” las fuentes de “rebelión”

Por Andre Damon, 3 noviembre 2017

Defendiendo reforzar la censura del Internet, Clint Watts, un antiguo oficial del ejército de los EUA y ex agente del FBI, declaró, “Las guerras civiles no empiezan con disparos de arma, empiezan con palabras”.

New in German

US-General verrät versehentlich militärische Eskalation in Syrien

Von Bill Van Auken, 3. November 2017

Der „Ausrutscher“ des Generals hat noch mehr von der militärischen Eskalation enthüllt, die hinter dem Rücken der amerikanischen Bevölkerung stattfindet.

Jamaika auf Kriegskurs

Von Peter Schwarz, 3. November 2017

In der fünften Sondierungsrunde für eine Jamaika-Koalition stand am Donnerstag das Thema Verteidigung auf der Tagesordnung.

Madrids Repression: Katalanische und spanische Arbeiter stehen vor großen Gefahren

Von Paul Mitchell und Chris Marsden, 3. November 2017

Der Versuch von Madrid und der EU, ein diktatorisches Regime durchzusetzen – gleichgültig, ob es durch erzwungene Wahlen zustande kam oder nicht – muss von der gesamten katalanischen und spanischen Arbeiterklasse zurückgewiesen werden.

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Perspective

The Democrats’ McCarthyite witch hunt

3 November 2017

This week’s congressional hearings on “extremist content” mark a new stage in the campaign by congressional Democrats, working with the intelligence agencies and leading media outlets, to legitimize censorship and criminalize dissent.

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

Lessons of October: The political crisis within the Bolshevik Party on the eve of the seizure of power

By Chris Marsden, 3 November 2017

We are publishing here the text of a lecture delivered on Saturday, October 28 by Chris Marsden, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK). The audio for the lecture is embedded in the text.

Documents of the Russian Revolution
The Art of Insurrection

By Leon Trotsky, 1 November 2017

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

30 October 2017

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.

Meetings this weekend in Auckland and Melbourne
100 years on: The significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution for today

28 October 2017

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 »

Arts Review

Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew in Detroit: A drama about the working class

By David Walsh, 3 November 2017

Skeleton Crew takes place in the breakroom of a Detroit stamping plant threatened with closure “somewhere around year 2008.”

May a word be spoken on behalf of Kevin Spacey?

By David Walsh, 1 November 2017

Sean Baker’s The Florida Project: “The joy and heart and humor of being a child”

By Joanne Laurier, 2 November 2017

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

Workers Struggles

Strike threat by South African coal miners
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

3 November 2017

The National Union of Mine workers has rejected employer pay offers and is calling for a rise of between 8 and 9 percent.

Commentary

General lets slip US escalation in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2017

“They are waging war when necessary”
Niger defense minister exposes US military role in West Africa

Anti-Russia hearings in the US:
Lawmakers demand tech companies censor journalists and conduct mass surveillance

By Andre Damon, 2 November 2017

White House chief of staff blames Civil War on failure to “compromise”

By Tom Mackaman, 2 November 2017

Trump on Jackson and the Civil War: Historical ignorance and the decline of the American presidency

The Trump campaign indictments and the political crisis in America

By Barry Grey, 1 November 2017

Socialist Equality Party

Strong turnout at San Diego campuses for lectures by David North on Russian Revolution

By our reporter, 2 November 2017

The lectures were well attended and prompted lively discussions with members of the audience.

New Zealand: Socialist Equality Group meeting discusses new Labour-NZ First government

By our reporters, 2 November 2017

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.

Workers Struggles

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 31 October 2017

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

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

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

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