Nearly 4,000 US communities have higher rates of lead poisoning than Flint

By Jerry White, 16 November 2017

Reuters has identified 3,810 neighborhoods nationally where child lead poisoning rates are at least double those found in Flint, Michigan during the height of that city’s water crisis.

EU anti-“fake news” authority prepares mass censorship

By Alex Lantier, 16 November 2017

The EU is preparing censorship aimed not at false information, but at news reports or political views that encourage popular opposition to the European ruling class.

May deploys anti-Russian propaganda to distract from Brexit crisis

Military stage coup in Zimbabwe

By Chris Marsden, 16 November 2017

Zimbabwe’s army staged the coup in response to President Robert Mugabe’s November 6 sacking of his former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

US rescue of ISIS in Raqqa exposed

By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2017

The BBC report which confirmed earlier charges by Iran, Russia and the Syrian government of Pentagon collusion with ISIS has been largely ignored in the US media.

Senate Republicans include repeal of Obamacare mandate in tax cut for the rich

By Barry Grey, 16 November 2017

The attack on access to health care for ordinary Americans is an example of the tax scheme’s fleecing of working people to pay for the tax windfall for the rich.

New York Times outlines Democrats’ “compromise” tax windfall for the rich

Millions of workers in the US face a life of part-time, precarious employment

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 November 2017

In spite of boasts by President Trump and former President Obama of job creation, economic growth has been dominated by the continued expansion of low-wage, part-time work.

Clerical workers union and New York University extend contract expiration date

By Alan Whyte, 16 November 2017

The union for New York University clerical workers has made an agreement with the school to postpone the contract expiration date until the end of November.

German secret service interferes in negotiations over new government

By Peter Schwarz, 16 November 2017

The fact that the head of the BND went public a few days before the conclusion of exploratory talks on a “Jamaica” coalition can only be considered as direct interference in the formation of a government.

The protracted decline of Italy’s Democratic Party

By Marianne Arens, 16 November 2017

The Social Democrats received just 13 percent of the vote in the Sicilian regional election.

After Yes vote for same-sex marriage, Australian government moves to entrench discrimination

By Mike Head, 16 November 2017

For all the proclamations of a “democratic triumph,” the exercise set a reactionary precedent for plebiscites on fundamental democratic rights.

Indian and US officials discuss Chinese influence in Maldives and Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 16 November 2017

Washington and New Delhi are sending a message: there will be no room to manoeuvre in the US war drive against China.

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Geheimdienst mischt sich in Jamaika-Gespräche ein

Peter Schwarz, 16. November 2017

Vertreter von BND und Bundeswehr pochen auf höhere Rüstungsausgaben, einen Konfrontationskurs gegen Russland und die rücksichtslose Abwehr von Flüchtlingen.

Nach Trumps Asienreise: Eine Region am Rande von Handelskrieg und militärischen Konflikten

James Cogan, 16. November 2017

US-Präsident Trumps aggressive Äußerungen über Nordkorea und Handelsfragen können nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass seine Reise einen neuen Tiefpunkt der strategischen Rolle des US- Imperialismus darstellt.

Wohnungslosigkeit in Deutschland dramatisch angestiegen

Marianne Arens, 16. November 2017

Der grassierende Mangel an bezahlbarem Wohnraum ist das Ergebnis der systematischen Deregulierung und Privatisierung der letzten 25 Jahre.

May verbreitet antirussische Propaganda, um von Brexit-Krise abzulenken

Julie Hyland, 16. November 2017

Die antirussischen Attacken der Premierministerin Großbritanniens zeigen, wie nicht bewiesene Vorwürfe russischer „Einmischung“ und „Fake News“ zum Rettungsanker für krisengeschüttelte Politiker auf der ganzen Welt geworden sind.

Künstlerin listet die Namen von 33.000 Opfern der Festung Europa auf

Dietmar Henning, 16. November 2017

Die Künstlerin Banu Cennetoğlu hat eine Liste mit den Namen von 33.293 registrierten Asylsuchenden, Geflüchteten und Migrant*innen veröffentlicht, die seit 1993 auf der Flucht nach Europa oder im Anschluss daran gestorben sind.

IYSSE als Hochschulgruppe an der New York University anerkannt

den International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 16. November 2017

Die IYSSE haben mit großer Unterstützung der Studierenden den Status einer Hochschulgruppe an der New York University erhalten, nachdem ihr Antrag mehrfach abgelehnt worden war.

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Perspective

US Senate hearing exposes danger of nuclear war

16 November 2017

Tuesday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the use of nuclear weapons highlighted the acute danger of the eruption of a war that could kill hundreds of millions of people.

Earlier Perspectives »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

The Place of the October Revolution in World History and Contemporary Politics

By David North, 13 November 2017

We are publishing here the text of a lecture delivered on Saturday, November 11 by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party of the US. The audio for the lecture is embedded in the text.

Autoworkers Struggles

“We have to make sure Jacoby Hennings didn’t die in vain”
Workers denounce scourge of suicides inside US auto plants

By Jerry White, 15 November 2017

Death of Jacoby Hennings highlights UAW collusion with auto companies

Another decisive repudiation
Ohio auto glass workers vote 2-1 against the UAW

By Shannon Jones, 11 November 2017

More on auto worker struggles »

Arts Review

Cottbus Festival of Eastern European Cinema
From Slovenia, Jan Cvitkovič’s The Basics of Killing: “We are all alone in capitalist society, especially when things go wrong”

By Stefan Steinberg, 16 November 2017

The “basics of killing” are the social measures and pressures that can destroy the lives of entire families in a short time.

Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow is a major work, but what does the defense of immigrants entail?

By Eric London, 15 November 2017

The film is an aesthetic and political milestone and Ai’s imagery is unforgettable because it is real. But in its political orientation, Human Flow lags far behind.

Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying: The great pressure on artists to pull their punches

By David Walsh, 14 November 2017

The Last Hour (La Hora Final) and Peru’s ongoing glorification of its military and intelligence forces

By Armando Cruz, 13 November 2017

May a word be spoken on behalf of Kevin Spacey?

Commentary

The Gonski “needs-based” school funding fraud in Australia
Part 2: The “socio-economic status” racket

By David Cohen and Linda Tenenbaum, 16 November 2017

Gonski’s funding formula obliterates any significant distinction between public, Catholic and corporate schools.

The Gonski “needs-based” school funding fraud in Australia
Part 1: Accelerating the corporatisation of schools

The legacy of Obamacare: A five percent increase in heart patient deaths

By Kate Randall, 15 November 2017

Trump’s Asia tour leaves region on brink of trade war and military conflict

By James Cogan, 15 November 2017

Senate hearing considers threat of an unprovoked US nuclear war

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2017

Murder of US Green Beret by Navy Seals in Mali exposes criminal military operations in West Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 15 November 2017

How not to fight Judge Roy Moore

Right-wing French Twitter campaign over Weinstein affair backs Macron

The class issues behind the Democratic Socialists of America’s electoral gains

Google Censorship

Socialist Equality Party holds meeting on Google censorship at Manchester Metropolitan University

By our reporters, 15 November 2017

The meeting outlined the political context in which the term “fake news” is used to justify censorship.

US brands RT a “foreign agent:” A chilling move against free speech

By Andre Damon, 11 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!

More on Google Censorship »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Successful meeting held in Chicago on “Why Study the Russian Revolution?”

By George Marlowe and Marcus Day, 14 November 2017

New Zealand “left” commentator Chris Trotter slanders the Russian Revolution

By John Braddock, 14 November 2017

Kremlin greets centenary of the October Revolution with fear and hostility

By Clara Weiss, 13 November 2017

The denunciation of the Russian Revolution in Germany

This week in the Russian Revolution
November 13-19: Soviet power spreads through Russia

13 November 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

On the Centenary of the October Revolution

By David North, 7 November 2017

The October Revolution ranks among the greatest and most progressive events in world history.

Workers Struggles

Strikes at five UK rail companies

By our reporter, 13 November 2017

Teamsters Canada sells out Swissport ground crew strike at Toronto’s Pearson Airport

By Dylan Lubao, 13 November 2017

Socialist Equality Party

Large turnout for Ann Arbor, Michigan meeting on centenary of the Russian Revolution

By our reporters, 11 November 2017

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

Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE commemorate Russian Revolution at Peradeniya University

By our correspondents, 11 November 2017

US public meeting series: Why Study the Russian Revolution?

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

SEP national secretary proposes “Capitalism Has Failed” at St Andrews University Union Debating Society

By our reporter, 7 November 2017

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.

Science

Genetic study demonstrates that racial classification by skin color has no scientific basis

By Philip Guelpa, 9 November 2017

History

100 years since the Balfour Declaration
Part two

By Jean Shaoul, 8 November 2017

This is the conclusion of a two-part article on the Balfour Declaration that was to lead to the establishment of the state of Israel in Palestine.

100 years since the Balfour Declaration
Part one

IYSSE

International Youth and Students for Social Equality launches new website

6 November 2017

The IYSSE’s newly designed website includes an updated Statement of Principles for its US section. We urge all youth and students to join the IYSSE and take up the fight for socialism.

Education is a social right!
Students must come to the defense of Ontario’s striking college teachers!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Canada), 7 November 2017

The struggle must be broadened, mobilizing students as well as teachers and other workers across Canada in a political struggle to defend public education and win decent-paying, secure jobs for all.

International Amazon Workers Voice

House to vote on giving Amazon $53 billion deal to become main Pentagon supplier

By Evan Blake, 11 November 2017

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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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.

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.

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.