North Korean missile launch intensifies war danger

By Peter Symonds, 5 July 2017

Washington, not Pyongyang, is primarily responsible for creating the explosive situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump’s frosty phone call with Chinese President Xi

London residents on Grenfell fire: “Heads have got to roll!”

By our reporters, 5 July 2017

Residents at Lancaster West spoke about the tragedy, their disbelief in the official death toll, and the conditions workers throughout the area have faced since the deadly inferno.

Outpouring of anger over Grenfell Tower fire at London anti-austerity rally

The political implications of the Grenfell Tower fire

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After Grenfell Tower fire: High-rise evacuated in Wuppertal, Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 5 July 2017

Following the horrific fire in London, politicians and officials responsible for construction in Germany lyingly claimed that such a catastrophe could not happen here.

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UN endorses International Court of Justice hearing on Chagos Islands/Diego Garcia

By Jean Shaoul, 5 July 2017

The UN resolution concerns one of the most disgraceful incidents in post-war British colonial history.

Gulf crisis poised to escalate as Saudi-led Qatar ultimatum expires

By Jordan Shilton and Keith Jones, 5 July 2017

The crisis has inflamed regional rivalries, while increasingly bringing to light the competing interests of the major imperialist powers in the Gulf and wider Middle East.

Saudi ultimatum to Qatar brings Middle East to brink of wider war

US auto sales fall for sixth straight month

By Shannon Jones, 5 July 2017

US automakers have experienced a six-month decline in sales for the first time since 2009, the year of the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies.

Notes on police violence
Chicago police fatally shoot 37-year-old man

By George Marlowe, 5 July 2017

Despite promises of reform from Democratic mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago police department continues to kill with impunity, as do police forces across the rest of the country.

Trump administration, Democrats announce local-federal partnership to expand Chicago police force

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Mexican government uses malware to spy on journalists and political opponents

By Alex González, 5 July 2017

The software collects all communications of a targeted phone if the recipient opens a malicious link sent via text message.

German parliament passes Internet censorship law

By Justus Leicht, 5 July 2017

The Network Enforcement Act ​​is a major attack on freedom of expression that mandates giant Internet corporations to determine what is to be permitted.

Japanese PM plans to submit constitutional revisions this year

By Ben McGrath, 5 July 2017

Prime Minister Abe’s plan has upset some within his party who feel the changes do not go far enough in removing restrictions on the military.

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L’attaque de Trump contre la presse

Par Patrick Martin et Joseph Kishore, 5 juillet 2017

La reconnaissance du contenu profondément réactionnaire de la polémique de Trump n’exige pas que l’on soit sentimental envers ses cibles immédiates.

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Из архивов Четвертого Интернационала
История Марка Зборовского: Сталинский шпион в Четвертом Интернационале

Международный Комитет Четвертого Интернационала, 5 июля 2017 г.

Марк Зборовский был самым известным и наиболее опасным агентом советской секретной полиции ГПУ в троцкистском движении в 1930-е годы. Он сыграл решающую роль в подготовке убийств ведущих членов Четвертого Интернационала, включая сына Троцкого Льва Седова. В данном некрологе, опубликованном в июне 1990 года, спустя два месяца после смерти Зборовского, подробно описывается кровавая карьера этого сталинистского агента.

Эта неделя в русской революции
26 июня — 2 июля: Большевистские лозунги преобладают на массовой демонстрации в Петрограде

5 июля 2017 г.

В то время как Временное правительство начинает новое военное наступление, усилия меньшевистско-эсеровских лидеров Петроградского Совета, направленные на то, чтобы блокировать рост популярности большевистских требований, с треском проваливаются.

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El silencio mediático sobre la exposición de Seymour Hersh del bombardeo estadounidense contra Siria

Por Bill Van Auken, 5 julio 2017

La misma prensa corporativa que aplaudió el ataque de EE.UU. contra Siria ha censurado el desenmascaramiento de Hersh que deja claro cómo es que el supuesto ataque químico fue una mentira.

La Corte Suprema y las órdenes ejecutivas antimusulmanas de Trump

Por Tom Carter, 5 julio 2017

La decisión de la Corte Suprema del 26 de junio de permitir entrar en vigor el veto antimusulmán promulgado por Trump es uno de los casos más importantes en la historia de la institución.

Trump y Modi pregonan “convergencia estratégica” indo-estadounidense

Por Deepal Jayasekera, 5 julio 2017

India se está convirtiendo cada vez más en un frente para la confrontación del imperialismo estadounidense contra China.

Partido Democrático de Renzi sale derrotado de las elecciones locales italianas

Por Marianne Arens, 5 julio 2017

Con una participación por debajo del 50 por ciento, los resultados electorales evidencian un voto de no confianza contra el oficialista Partido Democrático y toda la llamada centroizquierda.

Siguen cayendo los salarios en Reino Unido, conforme se acelera la inflación

Por Barry Mason, 5 julio 2017

El impacto de años de rebajas salariales fue puesto en evidencia por una encuesta sindical de 6.500 obreros, dos quintas partes de los cuales reportan no poder ahorrar dinero.

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Three weeks after the Grenfell inferno: Official cover-up and callous indifference

5 July 2017

The period since the fire has underscored the ruling elite’s contempt for the traumatised survivors and the working class as a whole.

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Grenfell Tower Inferno: "It's worse than a terrorist attack."

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Pseudo-left silent on Seymour Hersh’s exposé of US strike against Syria

By Josh Varlin, 5 July 2017

In the week and a half since Hersh’s article appeared in Die Welt, neither the International Socialist Organization, Socialist Alternative, International Viewpoint or Jacobin has commented on his exposure of US lies and war crimes.

The media blackout of Seymour Hersh’s exposé on US missile strike against Syria

Ohio politician proposes letting overdose victims die
The policy of “social murder” behind the US health care debate

By Barry Grey, 5 July 2017

Behind the proposals in the Republicans’ health care bills to gut Medicaid and lift the requirement that insurers cover treatment for substance abuse lies a calculated effort to reduce life expectancy for working people.

Trump’s attack on the press

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 4 July 2017

US-backed war in Yemen sparks deadly cholera outbreak

By Niles Niemuth, 4 July 2017

US Studies Centre touts significance of US-Australian investment ties

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 July 2017

Book Review

Locking Up Our Own, by James Forman, Jr.
New book describes the role of black mayors and police officials in mass incarceration

By Fred Mazelis, 5 July 2017

Forman’s account provides further evidence that the massive growth of the US prison population is rooted primarily in class oppression, not in racial divisions.

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

The Maruti Suzuki frame-up and the history of international labor defense campaigns

By Shannon Jones, 5 July 2017

The ICFI’s worldwide campaign to free the Maruti Suzuki autoworkers rests on a long tradition of international workers’ action on behalf of the victims of capitalist “justice.”

Lawyer for framed up Maruti Suzuki workers: The court “committed violence” to the “principles” of law

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Socialist Equality Party

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand
The Grenfell Tower disaster: A crime against the working class

5 July 2017

Homes, schools, hospitals and other public buildings must be made safe. The criminals in high places must be brought to justice.

Socialist Equality Party holds public meeting on Sri Lankan floods disaster

By our correspondents, 5 July 2017

The meeting discussed the recent catastrophe, which killed at least 300 people, and the other social disasters created by the capitalist class.

Workers Struggles

The way forward for West Coast port truck drivers

By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 4 July 2017

Widespread strikes and protests in Brazil against labor law reform bill
Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 July 2017

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Detroit Federation of Teachers accepts merit pay, other concessions

“It’s a pretty damning statement when nurses cannot afford health care”
Western Massachusetts nurses still face fight over staffing and health benefits

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Professor Sean McMeekin revives discredited anti-Lenin slanders (Part I)

By David North, 30 June 2017

This week in the Russian Revolution
July 3-9: Lenin warns against premature insurrection

3 July 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

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Photo Essay—Sri Lanka: The housing crisis and Colombo’s poor

By Shantan Kumarasamy and Panini Wijesiriwardane, 3 July 2017

A photo essay on the conditions of life for the many thousands living in makeshift housing around Colombo.

Interview: Fresno youth assaulted by police

Mehring Books

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Heritage We Defend

By David North, 23 June 2017

A Turkish language edition of The Heritage We Defend by David North will be released next month by Mehring Yayıncılık, the publishing house of the Socialist Equality Group (Toplumsal Esitlik), the Trotskyist organization in Turkey working in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International. The Heritage We Defend was originally published in 1988. We are posting the preface for the Turkish edition written by David North.

International Amazon Workers Voice

“The company is a prison”
Fall River, Mass., Amazon worker says company forces workers to grab heavy pallets 50 feet in air

By John Marion, 2 July 2017

Canadian Amazon workers face low wages and constant speed-up

By our reporters, 1 July 2017

Amazon pays warehouse workers $233 per month in India

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and the case for public ownership

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Season Three of Better Call Saul: Objection! Relevance!

By Ed Hightower, 1 July 2017

The “forces in power” are sensitive “to art and ideas”
A conversation with award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz

By David Walsh, 29 June 2017

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Meeting Wednesday evening at the Technical University of Berlin
The case of Jörg Baberowski: Oppose right-wing and militarist ideology at Germany’s universities

By our reporters, 5 July 2017

In a joint statement for the meeting, the participating organisations make clear that what is at stake is not a personal dispute, but fundamental political questions.