Trump begins 12-day visit to Asia to build war coalition against North Korea

By James Cogan, 4 November 2017

The visit symbolically began with a visit by the president to the Pearl Habor naval base, where war between the US and Japan for dominance over Asia began in December 1941.

US masses ships and aircraft outside North Korea

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

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Former Democratic chairman reveals Clinton rigging of 2016 nomination campaign

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2017

A new book by Donna Brazile confirms charges by supporters of Bernie Sanders that the Democratic National Committee took sides against him in the primaries.

Democrats signal shift to the right for 2018 campaign

Judge quashes lawsuit by Sanders supporters against DNC

“This is one smart guy”
US teachers union chief Randi Weingarten held secret meeting with Steve Bannon

By Jerry White, 4 November 2017

For over six months, the AFT president sought to conceal her meeting with Trump’s fascistic aide who was at the time the top White House strategist.

French state of emergency expires in name, but police state remains

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 4 November 2017

The expiration of France’s two-year state of emergency does not signify a return to conditions before 2015, but stepped-up attacks on democratic rights.

With permanent state of emergency, Macron plans authoritarian rule in France

Bowe Bergdahl sentenced to dishonorable discharge, avoids prison in court-martial for desertion

By Shelley Connor, 4 November 2017

U.S. army soldier Bowe Bergdahl had been held by the Taliban for five years in brutal conditions, gaining his freedom as part of a prisoner swap in 2014.

In part due to Trump sabotage
Obamacare premiums to soar in 2018

By Kate Randall, 4 November 2017

The most vulnerable population group will be households—as many as 2 million people—that are ineligible for subsidies.

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

“The sad thing is that there are so many people like me in that system”
Davino Watson, US citizen falsely imprisoned by ICE agents, speaks out

By Nick Barrickman, 4 November 2017

Watson has been denied the right to sue for damages incurred while he was illegally imprisoned by ICE for over three years.

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

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Billionaire CEO Joe Ricketts shuts down DNAinfo and Gothamist after unionization vote

By Michael Walters and Alexander Fangmann, 4 November 2017

The sudden shutdown of the popular local news websites illustrates the dangers posed by the financial aristocracy’s control over the media and the internet.

After ultimatum and threats of job loss
Union ends Palatine, Illinois support staff strike without contract

By George Marlowe, 4 November 2017

After the school district of Palatine, Illinois issued an ultimatum to striking support staff, their union sent them back to work without a contract.

New York police officers charged with raping teenage suspect in custody

By Daniel de Vries, 4 November 2017

A grand jury indicted two NYPD detectives this week on 50 counts of kidnapping and raping a teenage woman while she was handcuffed in a police van.

Detroit victim of police violence files suit over brutal beating

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Fire officials were aware of hazards prior to toxic Parkersburg, West Virginia warehouse blaze

By Warren Duzak, 4 November 2017

Years in advance of a toxic warehouse blaze that forced mass evacuations and sickened scores of Parkersburg residents, local fire officials had attempted to sound the alarm about the hazards.

Escalation of Universal Credit rollout in UK threatens millions more with poverty

By Robert Stevens, 4 November 2017

As well as facing delays in receiving the Universal Credit payments, many of those on the benefit face punitive “sanctions” aimed at cutting the pittance they receive even further.

Australian government starves refugees on Manus Island

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 November 2017

Contractors hired by the Liberal-National government emptied water tanks before leaving the facility Tuesday, while the Papua New Guinea navy is blocking emergency food deliveries.

New Zealand pseudo-lefts embrace new right-wing government

By John Braddock, 4 November 2017

The line-up of pro-Labour commentators, trade unions and pseudo-left groups is fraudulently portraying the Labour-led coalition government as “progressive” and “left wing.”

Labour Party details coalition agreement with New Zealand First

New in Portuguese

Dos furacões aos cortes de impostos: a classe dominante volta-se aos negócios

Joseph Kishore, 4 de novembro de 2017

Mesmo enquanto ainda se contabiliza a destruição causada pelos furacões Harvey e Irma, o establishment político dos EUA move-se rapidamente para implementar uma massiva transferência de recursos para a elite empresarial e financeira.

Por que o capitalismo americano foi incapaz de se preparar para o furacão Irma?

Niles Niemuth, 4 de novembro de 2017

Enquanto o furacão Irma causa destruição na Flórida, a incapacidade de preparação adequada e de proteção daqueles em seu caminho expôs a irracionalidade do capitalismo americano.

Pela união de todos os trabalhadores contra o ataque aos imigrantes! Por uma política socialista de fronteiras abertas!

Declaração do Partido Socialista pela Igualdade-EUA, 4 de novembro de 2017

A decisão da administração de Trump em terminar o programa de Ação Diferenciada para os Chegados na Infância (DACA, na sigla em inglês) marca uma nova etapa do ataque aos trabalhadores imigrantes nos Estados Unidos e internacionalmente.

A lógica da agressão imperialista: resultarão as ameaças dos EUA à Coreia do Norte em uma catástrofe global?

Bill Van Auken, 4 de novembro de 2017

Com cada escalada nas ameaças de lançar uma conflagração nuclear sobre a Coreia do Norte, a questão se coloca com mais força: Washington irá à guerra para estar à altura de sua retórica belicista?

Trump, a Coréia do Norte e o perigo de uma guerra mundial

Peter Symonds, 4 de novembro de 2017

Se é certo que o teste nuclear da Coreia do Norte aumenta o risco de um conflito, a responsabilidade última por empurrar o mundo para a beira de uma guerra nuclear é do imperialismo americano.

New in Spanish

La caza de brujas mccarthista de los demócratas

Por Andre Damon, 4 noviembre 2017

Las audiencias en el Congreso de esta semana sobre los “contenidos extremistas” marcan el inicio de una nueva etapa en la campaña de los legisladores demócratas, trabajando junto a las agencias de inteligencia y los principales medios de comunicación, para legitimar la censura y criminalizar el disentimiento.

Audiencias anti-rusas en los EUA:
Los legisladores exigen a las empresas tecnológicas que censuren a periodistas y que lleven a cabo una vigilancia masiva

Por Andre Damon, 4 noviembre 2017

La testificación del miércoles dejó claro que se está requiriendo a los gigantes de las redes sociales que actúen como apoderados del gobierno estadounidense, para amordazar a sus críticos y a sus opositores políticos.

Los trabajadores catalanes y españoles se enfrentan a graves peligros por la represión de Madrid

Por Paul Mitchell y Chris Marsden, 4 noviembre 2017

La clase obrera de toda Cataluña y España tiene que combatir el intento de Madrid y la UE de imponer un régimen dictatorial, sea o no sancionado por elecciones impuestas.

El ejército español amenaza con intervenir en Cataluña mientras se encarcela a ministros

Por Paul Mitchell y Alex Lantier, 4 noviembre 2017

Según el jefe del ejército español, sus planes para intervenir en Cataluña son parte de una planificación similar por parte de los países de la OTAN en diferentes partes de Europa.

New in French

La chasse aux sorcières maccarthyste des Démocrates

Par Andre Damon, 4 novembre 2017

Les auditions du Congrès cette semaine sur le « contenu extrémiste » marquent une nouvelle étape dans la campagne menée par les Démocrates du Congrès, travaillant avec les agences de renseignement et les principaux médias, pour légitimer la censure et criminaliser la dissidence.

L’armée espagnole menace d’intervenir en Catalogne et les ministres sont emprisonnés

Par Paul Mitchell et Alex Lantier, 4 novembre 2017

Selon le chef de l’armée espagnole, ses plans d’intervention en Catalogne font partie d’une planification similaire des pays de l’OTAN à travers l’Europe.

Fallon, ministre britannique de la défense, démissionne dans un scandale antidémocratique sur la « perversion sexuelle »

Par Julie Hyland, 4 novembre 2017

Le scandale sexuel qui englouti du Parlement britannique est né dans la foulée de l’affaire portant sur le producteur de film américain Harvey Weinstein.

Les leçons de la grève des travailleurs de l'usine CAMI au Canada

Par Carl Bronski, 4 novembre 2017

La grève n'a pas réussi à atteindre ses objectifs, non pas à cause d'un manque de combativité de la part des travailleurs de GM, mais bien parce qu'elle a été sabotée par Unifor et son programme propatronal et nationaliste.

New in German

Der reaktionäre McCarthyismus der US-Demokraten

Andre Damon, 4. November 2017

Die Anhörungen über „extremistische Inhalte“ im Internet, die diese Woche im US-Kongress stattfanden, leiten ein neues Stadium in der Hetzkampagne der Demokraten ein. In Zusammenarbeit mit den Geheimdiensten und den Leitmedien legitimieren sie Zensur und kriminalisieren abweichende Meinungen.

Minister inhaftiert: Spanische Armee droht mit Intervention in Katalonien

Paul Mitchell and Alex Lantier, 4. November 2017

Laut dem Oberbefehlshaber der spanischen Armee sind seine Pläne, in Katalonien einzugreifen, Bestandteil ähnlicher Planungen der Nato-Länder in ganz Europa.

Air-Berlin-Pleite: Die Belegschaft zahlt die Kosten

Gustav Kemper, 4. November 2017

Der Bankrott der zweitgrößten deutschen Fluggesellschaft war von Anfang an ein abgekartetes Spiel, bei dem der Konkurrent Lufthansa, die Bundesregierung und die Gewerkschaft Verdi eng zusammenarbeiteten.

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Perspective

UAW-corporate corruption scandal spreads to Ford and GM

4 November 2017

Workers need workplace and neighborhood committees to advance their interests against the massive corporations that dictate the policies of the government and control the unions.

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

Remembering Fats Domino

By Hiram Lee, 4 November 2017

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Fats Domino died October 24 at the age of 89. The gifted pianist was second only to Elvis Presley in popularity during the early days of the genre.

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

By David Walsh, 3 November 2017

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”

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

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

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 be held on November 11 at 1:00 pm EST. For full information and to register, visit wsws.org/1917.

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

By Chris Marsden, 3 November 2017

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

US public meeting series: Why Study the Russian Revolution?

Commemoration meetings in Australia and New Zealand
100 years on: The significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution for today

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

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Commentary

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

By Barry Grey, 3 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

Spanish army threatens to intervene in Catalonia as ministers are jailed

By Paul Mitchell and Alex Lantier, 3 November 2017

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

More on the crisis in Spain »

Google Censorship

The Democrats’ McCarthyite witch hunt

By Andre Damon, 3 November 2017

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

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

Google escalates blacklisting of left-wing web sites and journalists

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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Auto workers struggles

Federal UAW corruption probe turns to GM and Ford

By Shannon Jones, 3 November 2017

UAW officials laundered Fiat Chrysler bribes through fake charities

Young Ford worker sought UAW help before apparent suicide

By Jerry White, 3 November 2017

Death of Jacoby Hennings highlights UAW collusion with auto companies

Hundreds mourn death of young Ford worker in Detroit

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Workers Struggles

Pakistan: Punjab government field health workers protest
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

4 November 2017

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

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

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

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 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

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.

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 »

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