Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis visits Google and Amazon

By Andre Damon, 12 August 2017

Mattis’ visit indicates the increasingly vital role played by the US tech giants not just in the conduct of wars abroad, but in the censorship and suppression of political opposition at home.

Evidence of Google blacklisting of left and progressive sites continues to mount

Facebook establishes new censorship centre in Germany

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Australian government commits to a US-led war on North Korea

By Mike Head, 12 August 2017

If the US triggers a war against North Korea, Australia will be involved immediately in a conflagration that could rapidly draw in China, a major nuclear power.

US imperialism and the threat of nuclear war against North Korea

European Union criticizes US nuclear war threats against North Korea

The danger of nuclear war in North Korea and the return of German militarism

By Peter Schwarz, 12 August 2017

The German government increasingly regards the US as its most important imperialist rival and considers an open conflict with its previous ally inevitable in the long term.

One week after widespread flooding
New Orleans drainage system in shambles with more rain on the way

By Tom Hall, 12 August 2017

Mayor Mitch Landrieu seized upon the catastrophic failure of the city’s drainage pumps to announce plans to privatize the entire system.

“Health care should be a right, not a privilege”
Thousands flock to free medical care event in Detroit

By WSWS reporting team, 12 August 2017

Like other free clinics throughout the US, the Motor City Medical Mission revealed the deep health care crisis in America.

Thousands attend free health care event in Detroit

Trump sends mixed signals as conflict over Russia investigation intensifies

By Patrick Martin, 12 August 2017

The US president said he was not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, but his lawyer denounced the predawn FBI raid against Trump’s former campaign manager.

Sales declines at US department stores belie claims of economic recovery

By Barry Grey, 12 August 2017

Large sections of the working population lack the wherewithal to buy more than the bare necessities, which is why the retail slump is primarily hitting stores that cater to the working class.

France boosts trade ties with Iran despite US sanction threats

By Kumaran Ira, 12 August 2017

These deals point to very sharp objective economic conflicts between the European powers and the United States that threaten to spill over into military conflict.

Germany: The end of the Social Democratic-Green coalition in Lower Saxony

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 August 2017

The loss of a majority in Lower Saxony is a serious setback for SPD chairman and chancellor candidate Martin Schulz.

Emergency evacuation of four south London tower blocks

By Paul Mitchell, 12 August 2017

Safety checks carried out following the Grenfell Tower fire indicate the Ledbury tower blocks are at risk of collapse in the event of a gas explosion.

London: Ledbury estate residents speak about evacuation from their homes

By Daniel O’Flynn and Michael Gardner, 12 August 2017

Survivors, SEP member denounce police inaction over Grenfell Tower fire at latest community public meeting

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New Zealand Green Party co-leader resigns

By John Braddock, 12 August 2017

Turei’s resignation over her so-called welfare fraud is a warning that the political establishment will tolerate no wavering from the assault on living standards.

Kenyan elections take place under threat of crackdown

By Eddie Haywood, 12 August 2017

The hotly-contested election for president has been marked by allegations of election fraud and an intensified police state atmosphere.

New in French

L’impérialisme américain et la menace d’une guerre nucléaire contre la Corée du Nord

Par Peter Symonds, 12 août 2017

La crise actuelle est le résultat d’une politique d’agression brutale poursuivie par l’impérialisme américain depuis un quart de siècle au Moyen-Orient, en Afrique du Nord, en Asie centrale et dans les Balkans.

Après l'incident à Levallois, Paris veut remanier les dispositifs militaires

Par Francis Dubois, 12 août 2017

Alors que l’incident de Levallois reste inexpliqué, politiciens et militaires de haut rang débattent d'un remaniement de l'armée dans le cadre des préparatifs de guerre.

Le gouvernement britannique soutient la course à la guerre contre la Corée du nord et la Chine

Par Simon Whelan et Robert Stevens, 12 août 2017

Le gouvernement conservateur du Royaume-Uni mise son avenir post-Brexit sur le fait d’être l’allié le plus loyal des États-Unis et de toutes leurs actions militaires.

New in German

Trump droht Nordkorea mit Atomkrieg

Bill Van Auken, 11. August 2017

Trump und seine Berater haben mit ihren fahrlässigen Äußerungen eine Entwicklung in Gang gesetzt, die zu einem Atomkrieg in Asien führen könnte. Das hätte unabsehbare Folgen für die ganze Welt.

Facebook baut neues Zensur-Zentrum auf

Christoph Vandreier, 11. August 2017

Der Internetkonzern Facebook wird im Herbst ein neues Löschzentrum mit 500 Mitarbeitern in Essen einrichten. Die Zahl der Mitarbeiter in Deutschland, die für die Kontrolle und Zensur der Inhalte zuständig sind, wird damit fast verdoppelt.

Trump verliert in Umfragen an Unterstützung

Patrick Martin, 11. August 2017

Die wachsende Opposition gegen Trump bezieht sich auf Themen wie Gesundheitspolitik, Immigration und demokratische Rechte. Für die Demokraten ist Trump dagegen vor allem zu Russland- freundlich.

New in Spanish

Trump amenaza a Corea del Norte con “fuego y furia”

Por Peter Symonds, 11 agosto 2017

El mundo no ha estado tan cerca del precipicio de una guerra nuclear desde la crisis de misiles de 1962 en Cuba.

El Dow Jones en 22.000: Un nuevo récord de parasitismo

Por Nick Beams, 11 agosto 2017

El puntaje récord del Dow coincide con escenas sacadas de la Gran Depresión, en que miles de trabajadores estadounidenses hacían cola para solicitar empleo con Amazon, empresa que encarna los salarios de misera y la super-explotación.

Siria acusa a Washington de crímenes de guerra en el asedio de Raqqa

Por Bill Van Auken, 11 agosto 2017

Gran número de civiles sirios han muerto a causa de ataques aéreos estadounidenses que, según Damasco, han incluido el uso de municiones prohibidas de fósforo blanco contra un hospital.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в русской революции
31 июля — 6 августа: Кошмар во Фландрии

11 августа 2017 г.

Возможно, больше, чем любая другая битва в мировой истории, третья битва за Ипр станет для будущих поколений символом бессмысленного и братоубийственного варварства. В то время как продолжают расти массовые настроения против войны, в России в разгаре шабаш контрреволюции.

New in Turkish

Trump Kuzey Kore’ye karşı “ateş ve öfke” tehdidinde bulunuyor

Peter Symonds, 11 Ağustos 2017

Asya’daki vahim savaş tehlikesi, basitçe, faşizan birey olarak Trump’ın ürünü değildir. Bu, küresel ve Amerikan kapitalizminin derin ve çözümsüz krizini dışavurmaktadır.

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The world on the brink

12 August 2017

The bellicose language coming from the man in charge of the most powerful military force on the planet is generating increasing shock and fear that nuclear war could break out at any moment.

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Google Censorship

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Google blocked every one of the WSWS’s 45 top search terms

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British Library exhibition treats Russian Revolution from a hostile standpoint

By Thomas Scripps and Paul Mitchell, 12 August 2017

The exhibition’s handling of sources and events transforms the revolution, which proceeded with a political logic well understood by its leaders, into a hodgepodge of accident and happenstance.

Another reactionary attack on artist Dana Schutz, this time in Boston—and a healthy response

By David Walsh, 10 August 2017

Aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu dies, aged 46


After the Grenfell fire: Britain’s Observer defends the role of the mainstream media

By Chris Marsden, 12 August 2017

The loss of public trust in the media is not because of one or another wrong position, but because almost every major newspaper and TV station is in the pockets of the billionaires who own them.

The road forward for Sri Lankan workers after the betrayal of the CPC strike

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 12 August 2017

The struggle against privatisation and to defend jobs can be waged only through a political fight against the profit system, on the basis of socialist policies.

Thousands of textile workers strike in defiance of Egyptian dictatorship

By Johannes Stern, 11 August 2017

Canadian military to construct refugee camp as hundreds of Haitians flee US

By Roger Jordan, 11 August 2017

The hacking of HBO and the “Russian meddling” campaign

Irish nationalism versus socialist internationalism: A reply to a reader—Part one

Danger of India-China border war grows

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

12 August 2017

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

CSX railroad closes and downgrades major facilities

By Jeff Lusanne, 10 August 2017

Spectrum strike in New York-New Jersey enters fifth month

International Amazon Workers Voice

Working life at a Pittsburgh Amazon warehouse

By Samuel Davidson, 10 August 2017

Amazon and Foxconn in Kenosha, Wisconsin: The new American “special economic zone”

By Christopher Davion, 8 August 2017

“It’s like we are going back to the early 1900s before workers had any rights”
Amazon job applicants speak on social crisis in US

By Isaac Finn, 4 August 2017

Amazon Jobs Day: A Tale of Two Americas

Amazon and the CIA: a match made in hell
Part One: Amazon cashes in on war crimes and mass surveillance

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Curiosity rover marks fifth year on Mars

By Bryan Dyne, 9 August 2017

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
August 7-13: Mezhraiontsy unite with the Bolsheviks

7 August 2017

At the Sixth Congress of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party, convened by the Bolsheviks, the 4,000 strong Interdistrict Group (Mezhraiontsy), led by Trotsky and Lunacharsky, merges with the 240,000-strong Bolshevik Party, led by Lenin.

From the archives of the Russian Revolution
Letter to the Provisional Government

By Leon Trotsky, 31 July 2017

This is a new translation of an open letter Trotsky addressed to the Provisional Government on the arrest of Bolshevik leaders, which took place during the crackdown that followed the July Days.

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

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Maruti Suzuki

Sri Lankan free trade workers express solidarity with framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

Aisin Automotive workers in India’s Haryana state face a new company-government witchhunt

Five years since company-provoked incident used to frame up Maruti Suzuki workers

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

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Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party of Germany presents its posters for September federal election

By our reporters, 7 August 2017

Public meeting in Chennai, India: Oppose the US-led imperialist war drive!

7 August 2017


Fifty years since the Detroit rebellion
Part one: An uprising of the oppressed

By Barry Grey, 21 July 2017

The WSWS is posting a three-part series originally published in July of 1987 under the title “Twenty years since the Detroit rebellion.”

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.