Horrific death at Ohio meatpacking plant
Industrial carnage continues in US workplaces

By Jerry White, 18 December 2017

A 62-year-old immigrant worker is the latest victim in a wave of industrial fatalities in the US. On-the-job injuries claim nearly 5,000 lives every year.

UPS worker killed at Atlanta hub

By Steve Filips, 18 December 2017

The death toll behind corporate America’s record profits

“The poverty is no longer hidden by the trees”
Hurricane Maria exposes the conditions of life for the working class in Caguas, Puerto Rico

By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 18 December 2017

Workers and youth from Caguas, Puerto Rico, spoke to WSWS reporters about life without power, electricity and running water, nearly 100 days after Hurricane Maria.

“The rich people are not going to do anything for us”
University of Puerto Rico students speak on inequality and the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria

On-the-spot report
Over a million in Puerto Rico living without the necessities of modern life
“The island has been turned upside down since the storm”

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UN rapporteur “shocked” by deep poverty in US

By Eric London, 18 December 2017

A statement by UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston details the nightmarish conditions faced by tens of millions of impoverished Americans and condemns the US government for human rights abuses.

More sexual harassment allegations hit congressmen, media and entertainment figures

By Patrick Martin, 18 December 2017

Nevada Representative Ruben Kihuen became the seventh congressman to have his career ended by allegations of sexual misconduct.

Opposition mounts to sexual harassment witch-hunt

Why has Time magazine endorsed the #MeToo “revolution”?

America’s latest “Scarlet Letter” moment

UN condemns Iraq’s mass hanging of accused ISIS fighters

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2017

The mass execution constitutes one more war crime in the bloody US-backed war in Iraq and Syria.

Right-wing extremists enter government in Austria

By Markus Salzmann, 18 December 2017

In a country where the ruling class resorted to dictatorship in the early 1930s, and largely backed the 1938 Anschluss with Nazi Germany, the shadow of the past has returned.

Families and survivors hold six-month commemoration of Grenfell Tower fire

By Paul Mitchell, 18 December 2017

The marchers carried photographs of those who had perished in the Grenfell fire, and held large green heart-shaped banners and placards with slogans including “Justice for Grenfell” and “We demand the truth.”

Six months since the Grenfell Tower fire

Film Review
“Grenfell changed everything”—Failed by the State: The Struggle in the Shadow of Grenfell

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Trade conflicts deepen at WTO meeting

By Nick Beams, 18 December 2017

In a move directed against China, the US, Japan and the European Union agreed to take joint action on “severe excess capacity” in steel and other commodities.

Peru’s President Kuczynski facing impeachment

By Juan Gonzáles, 18 December 2017

Even as bribery and corruption charges threaten to bring down the president, an attempt is being made to strengthen the Peruvian state.

Democrat Bottoms wins Atlanta mayoralty after recount

By Kranti Kumara, 18 December 2017

The election was characterized by a debased and thoroughly reactionary campaign from both candidates.

New in Spanish

Crece la oposición a la cacería de brujas sobre acoso sexual

Por Joseph Kishore, 18 diciembre 2017

Ahora que comienza a ceder la primera oleada de la campaña, la oposición está creciendo entre algunos de los acusados, incluyendo al anfitrión del canal PBS, Tavis Smiley.

“Los ricos no van a hacer nada por nosotros”
Estudiantes de la Universidad de Puerto Rico hablan de la desigualdad y de la devastación causada por el Huracán María

Por Genevieve Leigh y Zac Corrigan, 18 diciembre 2017

Casi tres meses después de que el Huracán María devastara Puerto Rico, un equipo de reporteros del WSWS habló con estudiantes de la única universidad pública de la isla sobre la actual crisis y la salida para los trabajadores y la juventud.

Reportaje en el lugar
Más de un millón en Puerto Rico viven sin las necesidades de la vida moderna
“La isla se ha puesto de cabeza desde la tormenta”

Por Genevieve Leigh y Zac Corrigan, 18 diciembre 2017

Casi tres meses después de que el Huracán María llegara a tierra un equipo de reporteros del WSWS habló con residentes en San Sebastián, Puerto Rico sobre la discrepancia entre los reportes de noticias oficiales sobre la recuperación de la isla y las verdaderas condiciones que confrontan.

Informe del Gobierno detalla violaciones a derechos humanos en centros de detención de inmigrantes en EUA

Por Norisa Diaz, 18 diciembre 2017

Según el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional, tanto en los centros de detención estatales como aquellos con fines de lucro, prosperan los tratos inhumanos y la falta de provisiones de salud, seguridad y comida.

Beijing advierte contra la campaña anti-China en Australia

Por Oscar Grenfell, 18 diciembre 2017

El régimen chino teme que las draconianas leyes australianas contra la “injerencia extranjera” se conviertan en precedentes para Estados Unidos y aliados.

Ponente especial de la ONU sobre la pobreza, visita el Skid Row de Los Ángeles

Por Adam Mclean, 18 diciembre 2017

Alston dedicó su tiempo en el área empobrecida conocida como “ Skid Row ”, un vecindario famoso por su falta de vivienda, abuso de drogas y brutalidad policial.

¿Por qué la revista Time ha respaldado la “revolución” #YoTambién?

Por David Walsh, 18 diciembre 2017

Dado el corriente frenesí, la decisión de la revista era completamente predecible. Si sus editores hubieran hecho otra elección, habría existido un alboroto organizado por los medios.

Amazon mantiene a los trabajadores bajo vigilancia total en nueva planta alemana

Por Marianne Arens, 18 diciembre 2017

“Se habla de los robots pareciéndose cada vez más a los humanos, en Amazon sucede lo contrario: los humanos se convierten en robots”.

New in French

L’opposition monte face à la chasse aux sorcières visant le harcèlement sexuel

Joseph Kishore, 18 décembre 2017

Comme le choc initial de la campagne commence à diminuer, l’opposition de certaines des cibles émerge, dont Tavis Smiley de PBS.

L'affaire Lafarge dévoile les liens entre Daesh et l'élite dirigeante française

Francis Dubois et Alexandre Lantier, 18 décembre 2017

Le CAC-40 aurait financé les milices terroristes en Syrie à l'époque où celles-ci commettaient les attentats en France qui ont servi de prétexte à l'état d'urgence.

Le sommet de l’UE accepte la poursuite des négociations, mais la crise du Brexit continue

Chris Marsden, 18 décembre 2017

Les lignes directrices encadrant le Brexit du Royaume-Uni stipulent que ce dernier doit adopter toutes les nouvelles lois de l’UE pendant la période de transition, sans pouvoir exercer aucun un rôle décisionnel.

AFRICOM envisage deux années de guerre, ou plus, en Somalie

Eddie Haywood, 18 décembre 2017

L’annonce marque une autre escalade de l’offensive militaire de Washington en Somalie qui a été intensifiée au cours de l”année, notamment le déploiement de 500 membres des forces spéciales.

New in German

EU-Gipfel vereinbart weitere Brexit-Verhandlungen, Krise dauert an

Chris Marsden, 18. Dezember 2017

Die neuen Leitlinien zum Brexit sehen vor, dass das Vereinigte Königreich alle während der Übergangsperiode verabschiedeten EU-Gesetze übernehmen muss, aber nicht an der Beschlussfassung beteiligt wird.

Erster Widerstand gegen Hexenjagd um sexuelle Belästigung

Joseph Kishore, 18. Dezember 2017

Der anfängliche Schock über die Kampagne ist abgeklungen, und einige Opfer setzen sich zur Wehr.

Rechtsextreme in der österreichischen Regierung

Markus Salzmann, 18. Dezember 2017

Die konservative Österreichische Volkspartei (ÖVP) und die ultrarechte Freiheitliche Partei (FPÖ) haben sich auf eine Koalition geeinigt und am Samstag das Programm und die Minister der neuen Regierung vorgestellt.

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Perspective

The United States of Inequality

18 December 2017

As Congress rushes to pass a tax bill that will transfer trillions of dollars to the financial oligarchy, it is becoming impossible to overlook the all-pervasive scale of social inequality in the United States.

Earlier Perspectives »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
December 18-24: Peace negotiations begin at Brest-Litovsk

18 December 2017

Trotsky later writes, “The circumstances of history willed that the delegates of the most revolutionary regime ever known to humanity should sit at the same diplomatic table with the representatives of the most reactionary caste among all the ruling classes.”

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Commentary

Oppose media witch-hunt against “the left” over Grenfell fire

By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2017

The aim is to conceal the fact that, half a year on, no one has been questioned about, let alone arrested for, the inferno that killed more than 70 people.

Jens Stoltenberg and Angelina Jolie call for NATO intervention to promote “gender equality”

By Julie Hyland, 16 December 2017

US secretary of state issues new ultimatum to North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2017

Is the United States on the brink of nuclear war?

More on the war threat against North Korea »

Republicans release final bill to slash taxes for US corporations and the rich

By Barry Grey, 16 December 2017

West Virginia governor orders National Guard to Huntington after drug-related killings

By Naomi Spencer, 16 December 2017

The end of net neutrality and the fight to defend the free internet

World’s richest one percent capture twice as much income growth as the bottom half

Lessons of the Alabama election

Arts Review

Dover Quartet recital offers unusual program, including works by “forgotten composers” Viktor Ullmann and Szymon Laks

By Fred Mazelis, 18 December 2017

The youthful quartet played chamber music in New York November 18, composed in the darkest days of the Holocaust, bearing witness against fascist barbarism.

Mudbound and life in post-World War II Mississippi: Dreaming “in brown”
… and a word on James Franco’s The Disaster Artist

Cancellation of exhibition about Jewish art collector in Germany raises issue of Nazi-confiscated art

Mehring Books

WSWS publishes Urdu translation of Trotsky’s Lessons of October

Preface to the Urdu edition of Lessons of October

Socialist Equality Party

Indian Trotskyists hold meeting for release of Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 16 December 2017

The Sriperumbudur public meeting was held despite the illegal attempt by Indian police to disrupt it.

Oppose Trudeau and Trump, the Canada-US alliance, and imperialist war!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 4 December 2017

Auto workers struggles

Autopsy report refutes claims young Ford worker was on drugs at time of factory shooting

By Jerry White, 15 December 2017

“Ford and big companies don’t care if you live or not”
Ford workers speak out on Kentucky Truck worker’s death

Amid escalating corruption scandal, top UAW operatives step down

By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2017

More on auto worker struggles »

Book Review

Ron Chernow’s Grant: An able and compelling new biography

By Andre Damon, 15 December 2017

Chernow capably weaves together an account of the life of the Civil War general, president and memoirist.

Science

The roots of intelligence: What the study of whales and dolphins can reveal about the basis of human intelligence

By Philip Guelpa, 12 December 2017

Obituary

Patricia Noonan Jukovsky (1947-2017)

By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2017

Pat Jukovsky was an active member of the US Workers League in its early years, and the wife of Marty Jukovsky, a devoted supporter of the Socialist Equality Party.

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International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon conducts total surveillance of workers in new German plant

By Marianne Arens, 16 December 2017

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
One day strike hits German and Italian Amazon distribution centres

Amazon workers ask “$100 billion man” Jeff Bezos: where’s my cut?

By our reporters, 9 December 2017

“We’re human beings, not slaves and animals”
UK newspaper exposé details Amazon’s super-exploitation of workforce

Temp work past the age of retirement
Amazon’s CamperForce program exploits elderly workers

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Google Censorship

Net neutrality and the drive to censor the internet

By Andre Damon, 25 November 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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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Australia: Socialist Equality Party holds successful meetings on Russian Revolution

By our correspondents, 7 December 2017

Workers and youth discuss the Russian Revolution at SEP meetings

By our reporters, 7 December 2017

Russian television’s Trotsky serial: A degraded spectacle of historical falsification and anti-Semitism

By Fred Williams and David North, 25 November 2017

The eight-part serial is an exhibition of the political, intellectual and cultural depravity of all those involved in its production.

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

By David North, 13 November 2017

IYSSE

IYSSE mounts campaign against university police censorship at University of California, Berkeley

By Evan Blake, 2 December 2017

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.