US Congressional hearing:
Former FBI agent says tech companies must “silence” sources of “rebellion”

By Andre Damon, 1 November 2017

Advocating stepped-up censorship of the Internet, Clint Watts, a former US Army officer and FBI agent, declared, “Civil wars don’t start with gunshots, they start with words.”

US congressional hearings on “extremist content” prepare assault on free speech

Catalan premier appeals to EU as opposition mounts to Madrid’s crackdown

By Alex Lantier, 1 November 2017

Puigdemont asked the EU to broker a deal between the Spanish government and the Catalan authorities based on the December 21 election imposed on Catalonia by Madrid.

EU backs Madrid’s imposition of authoritarian regime in Catalonia

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

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Truck attack kills eight in New York City

By Josh Varlin, 1 November 2017

Before any investigation has taken place, the attack is being used to demonize immigrants and justify the further militarization of the New York Police Department.

Pentagon halts release of information on Afghanistan war

By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2017

The order to halt public reporting is part of a turn to unfettered and unaccountable control of secret US wars from Africa to south Asia by the American military brass.

President Xi presides over brittle Chinese regime

By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2017

Xi has emerged as a Bonapartist figure, who, confronted with huge challenges at home and abroad, serves to maintain party unity and ward off an internal crisis.

Bernie Sanders tries to quell anger in Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 1 November 2017

With anger against the Trump administration reaching a breaking point, Sanders urged Puerto Ricans to keep their faith in the US government.

Congressional Republicans open investigation into Clinton role in Russian acquisition of US uranium mines

By Niles Niemuth, 1 November 2017

The Uranium One affair demonstrates that the Democrats no less than the Republicans have corrupt ties with business interests all over the world, including in Russia.

Three former Trump aides indicted as Washington political warfare intensifies

Toddler hospitalised after Atlanta hospital denies father’s kidney transplant for son

By Zaida Green, 1 November 2017

Emory University Hospital is demanding that the father of the two-year-old document three months of parole compliance before he is allowed to donate his kidney.

Severe US nursing shortage accelerates rural hospital closures

By Gary Joad, 1 November 2017

Changing healthcare needs, demographic shifts and the choking down of funding for nurse training will leave the US short of 1.2 million nurses in two years time.

Five years after Superstorm Sandy, millions remain vulnerable to future catastrophes

By Philip Guelpa, 1 November 2017

Preparations to protect against the predicted increase in the frequency and scale of future storms are completely inadequate to address the threat.

Twenty-nine arrested at pipeline protests in Pennsylvania

By Douglas Lyons, 1 November 2017

A WSWS reporter spoke with demonstrators at a recent protest in Lancaster County against the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline.

Austria: Conservatives discuss coalition with the extreme right

By Markus Salzmann, 1 November 2017

Ten days after the Austrian parliamentary elections, the conservative Austrian People’s Party has begun negotiations to form government with the far-right Freedom Party.

Indonesia: At least 47 dead in Jakarta factory fire

By John Roberts, 1 November 2017

The deadly blaze at a fireworks plant in Tangerang was the product of sweat shop conditions imposed by the company and Indonesian authorities.

Refugees on Manus Island face catastrophe at hands of Australian detention regime

By Oscar Grenfell, 1 November 2017

Asylum seekers have been left without food, water and electricity, and face the prospect of an armed assault by Papua New Guinea police and military personnel.

New in Russian

Крайне правые националистические группы проводят шествие в Киеве

Джейсон Мелановски, 1 ноября 2017 г.

Недавние шествия и митинги в Киеве указывают на растущий кризис режима Порошенко.

New in Spanish

Audiencias ante Congreso estadounidense sobre “contenidos extremistas” sentarán bases para mayores ataques contra libertad de expresión

Por Andre Damon, 1 noviembre 2017

Esta semana, las compañías tecnológicas de EUA le reportarán al Congreso sus pasos para limitar los “contenidos extremistas” en el Internet, como parte de una caza de brujas antirrusa que pone cada vez más en la mira a la Primera Enmienda.

New in German

Anhörung zu „extremistischen Inhalten“ vor dem US-Kongress leitet Angriff auf Meinungsfreiheit ein

Andre Damon, 1. November 2017

Facebook, Twitter und Google stellen dem Kongress diese Woche ihre Vorschläge zur Begrenzung von „extremistischen Inhalten“ im Internet vor. Das Ganze ist Bestandteil einer Hetzkampagne gegen Russland, die in Wirklichkeit auf die Einschränkung der Meinungsfreiheit abzielt.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
30. Oktober – 5. November: Die Bolschewiki mustern die Truppen für die Revolution

1. November 2017

Entscheidende Arbeiter- und Soldatenschichten zeigen sich kampfbereit, und das Militärische Revolutionskomitee missachtet jetzt offen die Autorität der Provisorischen Regierung. Diese ist isoliert und im Zerfall begriffen.

EU unterstützt Errichtung eines autoritären Regimes in Katalonien

Francis Dubois, 1. November 2017

Aus Angst vor Massenkämpfen gegen ihre Kürzungspolitik unterstützt die EU die Errichtung eines autoritären Regimes in Katalonien.

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The Trump campaign indictments and the political crisis in America

1 November 2017

The claim of Russian meddling has taken on the character of a neo-McCarthyite witch hunt, in which social and political opposition to the policies of the ruling class is attributed to the malign intervention of the Kremlin.

Earlier Perspectives »

Fund appeal

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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.


May a word be spoken on behalf of Kevin Spacey?

By David Walsh, 1 November 2017

The American actor is one of the most gifted and significant performers of his generation. Now his career, at least for the moment, lies in ruins.

The politics of the Harvey Weinstein scandal

Mattis, Tillerson testify before Senate committee
Bipartisan push for new US force resolution to rubber-stamp expanded war

By Tom Hall, 31 October 2017

Washington exploiting Green Beret deaths to escalate Africa intervention

CVS and Aetna reportedly in talks for $60 billion merger

By Tom Hall, 31 October 2017

With Amazon stock surge, Jeff Bezos becomes richest person in the world overnight

US masses ships and aircraft outside North Korea

The US media and the Kennedy assassination documents: “Move along, nothing to see here”

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Documents of the Russian Revolution
The Art of Insurrection

By Leon Trotsky, 1 November 2017

We are publishing here “The Art of Insurrection,” the sixth chapter in the third volume of Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution in the translation by Max Eastman.

This week in the Russian Revolution
October 30-November 5: Bolsheviks marshal forces for the revolution

30 October 2017

Notice: Final centenary lecture date changed to November 11

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


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

28 October 2017

The Russian Revolution stands as irrefutable proof that the working class—providing it is guided by a genuine Marxist perspective and leadership—can overthrow the outmoded social relations of capitalism.

US public meeting series: Why Study the Russian Revolution?

24 October 2017

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

27 October 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Auto Workers’ Struggles

Death of Jacoby Hennings highlights UAW collusion with auto companies

By Jerry White, 1 November 2017

The apparent suicide of the 21-year-old Ford worker has revealed the oppressive conditions facing temporary part-time employees in the auto industry.

Autoworkers take to social media to defend young Ford worker killed in apparent suicide

By Jerry White, 31 October 2017

Hundreds mourn death of young Ford worker in Detroit

US auto profits beat expectations despite softening sales

By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2017

More on auto workers struggles »

Arts Review

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

By Jeff Lusanne and David Walsh, 31 October 2017

Memories… Do Not Open by The Chainsmokers

Flint: How much of the social crime does the film present?
Lifetime movie on the water disaster will air October 28

Workers Struggles

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 31 October 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 »

Socialist Equality Party

The Sri Lankan garbage disaster: A crime of capitalism

By Vilani Peiris—convenor of the Committee of the Independent Workers Inquiry, 28 October 2017

Free, high quality public education is a social right! Join the Committee For Public Education!

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 27 October 2017

Google Censorship

Public meetings in Michigan, California and New York
Google: The new face of Internet censorship

24 October 2017

New York Times and Wall Street Journal demand censorship of YouTube

By Andre Damon, 26 October 2017

The new McCarthyism and the suppression of political dissent

By Andre Damon, 29 September 2017

Google escalates blacklisting of left-wing web sites and journalists

Over 5,000 sign WSWS petition against Google blacklisting

By Trévon Austin, 23 October 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!

More on Google Censorship »

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.


“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.


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


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.


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