17 October 2017

Iraqi seizure of oil-rich Kirkuk from Kurds risks broader war

By Jordan Shilton, 17 October 2017

While the US military and corporate media sought to downplay the scale of the clashes Monday, the Iraqi army’s advance will have explosive consequences for the entire region.

Madrid rejects Puigdemont’s call for talks in Catalan referendum crisis

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 17 October 2017

With Spanish military forces and thousands of police preparing for action, Spain is teetering on the brink of martial law and a bloody crackdown in Catalonia.

Podemos’ call for dialogue on Catalonia: A political trap with deadly consequences

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

More on the crisis in Spain »

Bombings kill hundreds in Somali capital

By Eddie Haywood and Thomas Gaist, 17 October 2017

Twin bombings in central areas of Somalia’s capital of MogadishuSaturday killed at least 302 people and injured 300 others, with thedeath toll expected to climb.

Trump appeals to fundamentalists and fascists

By Patrick Martin, 17 October 2017

The heart of Trump’s speech was to boast that his administration was turning back the clock on social progress made since the 1950s.

Washington seethes with rumors of an anti-Trump “palace coup”

Afghanistan prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

By Niles Niemuth, 17 October 2017

Bergdahl pleaded guilty out of concern that he would not receive a fair trial after President Donald Trump declared him a traitor and called for his execution multiple times.

Unifor imposes new round of concessions
CAMI strike in Canada ends
“We struck for a month and got nothing”

By Carl Bronski and Jerry White, 17 October 2017

Lacking any confidence that Unifor would oppose GM’s job threats, workers reluctantly accepted another concessionary contract.

No to Unifor-GM blackmail!
Before any ratification vote, CAMI workers must see the full contract and have time to study it

Unifor operative assaults WSWS reporter at CAMI strike rally

Unifor, the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter and the politics of the CAMI strike

More on auto workers struggles »

Floridians line up for food assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma

By Matthew Taylor, 17 October 2017

Hundreds of thousands of residents affected by Hurricane Irma have lined up at parks, convention centers and parking lots to receive vouchers for emergency food assistance.

New York employers, insurers seek to gut workers’ compensation system

By Philip Guelpa, 17 October 2017

Proposed changes to New York State workers’ compensation regulations would severely reduce the benefits workers receive for work-related injuries and illnesses.

Chinese Communist Party congress meets amid gathering crises

By Peter Symonds, 17 October 2017

Xi is being elevated to the status of supreme leader as the regime confronts a slowing economy, rising social tensions and the growing US threat of trade war and war.

Hurricane Ophelia’s tail hits Ireland and UK

By Margot Miller, 17 October 2017

Three lives were reported lost and winds of up to 109 mph left 360,000 homes and businesses without power in the Republic of Ireland.

Australian bank hearing reveals growing danger of interest-only housing loans

By Nick Beams, 17 October 2017

According to economics professor Richard Holden, the Australian housing market is “spookily similar” to the US before the sub-prime crisis.

Australia: Ipswich workers condemn hundreds of job losses

By our correspondents, 17 October 2017

“We vote the governments in to look after the people, but they are looking after the multinationals.”

New in Spanish

Los antagonismos transatlánticos se profundizan después de que Trump amenazara con retirarse del acuerdo con Irán

Por Jordan Shilton, 17 octubre 2017

Las relaciones transatlánticas se han deteriorado a lo largo de 2017 dado que Trump ha recurrido al nacionalismo del “Estados Unidos primero” y las principales potencias europeas, sobre todo Alemania, han planteado sus propias ambiciones imperialistas.

Miles de inmigrantes indocumentados entre los afectados por incendios forestales del norte de California

Por Rafael Azul, 17 octubre 2017

Hasta el momento, al menos 31 personas han muerto y se han reportado 600 desaparecidos.

Hamas llega a un acuerdo con Fatah

Por Jean Shaoul, 17 octubre 2017

Los islamistas se vieron obligados a entablar negociaciones en gran parte por el embargo económico que Israel ha impuesto a Gaza por más de diez años para minar al régimen encabezado por Hamas.

New in French

Trump, l’Iran et la volonté d’hégémonie mondiale des États-Unis

Par Keith Jones, 17 octobre 2017

La nouvelle « stratégie iranienne » de Trump a été dénoncée par les dirigeants européens qui accusent Washington d’agir selon ses propres intérêts, incitant à une course aux armements nucléaires mondiale et augmentant le danger de la guerre au Moyen-Orient et dans la péninsule coréenne.

Dans son interview, Macron maintient le cap de sa politique militariste et anti-ouvrière

Par Francis Dubois, 17 octobre 2017

Le président français est apparu comme un banquier arrogant, déterminé à imposer sa casse sociale, indifférent à la situation réelle du pays et au danger de guerre.

La date limite s’approche pour que la Catalogne confirme ou nie la déclaration d’indépendance

Par Alejandro López, 17 octobre 2017

Les sécessionnistes menés par le Premier ministre régional de Catalogne, Carles Puigdemont, ont passé la semaine dernière à chercher un accord avec Madrid, mais aucun accord n’est proposé.

Le Hamas conclut un accord avec le Fatah

Par Jean Shaoul, 17 octobre 2017

Les islamistes ont été amenés à la table des négociations dans une large mesure par le blocus économique d’Israël, imposé à Gaza il y a plus de 10 ans pour paralyser le régime dirigé par le Hamas.

Les fonctionnaires mobilisés contre la loi travail soutiennent les travailleurs espagnols

Par Anthony Torres, 17 octobre 2017

Mardi 10 octobre, les 5,4 millions de travailleurs de la fonction publique avaient été appelés à faire grève à l’annonce d’une intersyndicale contre les ordonnances de Macron.

L’extrême droite s’apprête à entrer au gouvernement après les élections en Autriche

Par Peter Schwarz, 17 octobre 2017

Le virage à droite en Autriche est symptomatique de l’Europe en général. Dans la république alpine, avec presque 9 millions habitants, toute l’étendu de la décomposition de la politique bourgeoise est étalée au grand jour.

Les donateurs du Parti démocrate acheminent des millions de dollars à des groupes de protestation

Par Tom Hall, 17 octobre 2017

Un article dans le New York Times qui détaille le financement par Wall Street de groupes de «gauche» démontre le caractère procapitaliste et anti-travailleurs des organisations sans but lucratif qui orbitent autour du parti démocrate.

New in German

Lehren aus der österreichischen Nationalratswahl

Peter Schwarz, 17. Oktober 2017

Das Ergebnis der österreichischen Nationalratswahl folgt einem internationalen Muster. Trotz der tiefsten internationalen Wirtschaftskrise seit der Großen Depression der 1930er Jahre gewinnen ultrarechte Parteien an Einfluss.

Trump, der Iran und das Streben der USA nach Weltherrschaft

Keith Jones, 17. Oktober 2017

Die europäischen Regierungschefs haben Trumps neue Iran-Strategie verurteilt. Sie werfen den USA vor, sich nicht an geltendes Gesetz zu halten, ein atomares Wettrüsten weltweit zu befeuern und damit die Kriegsgefahr im Nahen Osten und auf der koreanischen Halbinsel zu verschärfen.

Niedersachsen: SPD gewinnt Landtagswahl, Rot-Grün verliert Mehrheit

Ulrich Rippert, 17. Oktober 2017

Die Koalition in Niedersachsen war das letzte rot-grüne Bündnis in einem Flächenland.

Air Berlin: Protestkundgebung der Belegschaft

Gustav Kemper, 17. Oktober 2017

Wut und Enttäuschung, Tränen und Unsicherheit über die eigene Zukunft waren die vorherrschenden Stimmungen auf der Protestkundgebung, zu der die Gewerkschaft Verdi am Montag in Berlin aufgerufen hatte.

Hamas erzielt Abkommen mit Fatah

Jean Shaoul, 17. Oktober 2017

Die ägyptische Militärjunta, die im Geheimen mit Israel zusammenarbeitet, hat Fatah und Hamas ein „Aussöhnungsabkommen“ aufgezwungen.

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Perspective

In latest victory for the far right, neo-fascists gain in Austrian election

17 October 2017

The ability of far-right parties to obtain a broader hearing for anti-immigrant and racist policies is the result of the absence of any progressive outlet for social discontent within the political establishment.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

Forty years since the assassination of Tom Henehhan (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.

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

From the July Days to the Kornilov coup: Lenin’s The State and Revolution

By Barry Grey, 17 October 2017

We are publishing here the text of a lecture delivered Saturday, October 14, by Barry Grey, the US national editor of the World Socialist Web Site . This is the first lecture in the second part of a series of international online lectures being presented by the International Committee of the Fourth International to mark the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Three further lectures will be delivered: on October 21, October 28 and November 4. To register for the lecture series, visit wsws.org/1917.

Watch the live stream of this lecture by Barry Gray, US national editor of the World Socialist Web Site. The lecture, delivered on October 14, was the first in the second part of the WSWS’s lecture series marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution. A question and answer period is included following the lecture.

To register for the full lecture series, visit wsws.org/1917.

This week in the Russian Revolution
October 16-22: Trotsky leads Bolsheviks out of Pre-Parliament

16 October 2017

Lenin’s campaign for an insurrection reaches ever wider layers and pushes the Bolsheviks to the left, preparing the way for Trotsky leading the party out of the Pre-Parliament, a moment he described as “the historic break between the proletariat and the state mechanism of the bourgeoisie.”

Leaders of the Russian Revolution
Leon Trotsky on Yakov Sverdlov (March 1925)

By Leon Trotsky, 5 October 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

IYSSE

New club procedures at UC Berkeley give police effective veto power over campus events

By Gabriel Black and Joseph Santolan, 17 October 2017

The new policy requiring clubs to submit their plans to the police and to pay for police presence at their meetings is an attack on free speech on campus.

UC Berkeley mobilizes police for “Free Speech Week”

Trump threatens UC Berkeley funding cut after protest against fascistic provocateur

Arts Review

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui: Bertolt Brecht’s parable play about the rise of Hitler

By David Walsh, 17 October 2017

The present world situation and the situation in the US in particular were clearly on the minds of the director and the student-actors.

Rap artist Eminem and his popular tirade against Donald Trump

By Nick Barrickman, 14 October 2017

Commentary

Trump, Iran and the US drive for world hegemony

By Keith Jones, 16 October 2017

Transatlantic antagonisms deepen after Trump threatens withdrawal from Iran deal

Behind the opioid crisis: Republicans and Obama cleared the way for corporate murder

By Patrick Martin, 16 October 2017

US open to diplomacy with North Korea “until the first bomb drops”

By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2017

The US on the brink of war with North Korea

More on the war threat against North Korea »

Why weren't residents warned about the Northern California fires?

By Rafael Azul and Eric London, 16 October 2017

Thousands of undocumented immigrants among those affected by Northern California wild fires

The politics of the Harvey Weinstein scandal

By David Walsh, 12 October 2017

How the Internet keeps us safe from people like Thomas Friedman

Why is the US at war in West Africa?

Workers Struggles

12,000 professors and instructors strike Ontario colleges
Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 October 2017

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

History

50 years since the murder of Che Guevara
Including a republication of Castroism and the Politics of Petty-Bourgeois Nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 14 October 2017

Half a century after the murder in Bolivia of the guerrilla leader, the anniversary has been exploited by various tendencies to lend a left cover to their reactionary politics and mask their own betrayals.

The contradictions of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War

By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2017

Google Censorship

The elites “have no credibility left:” An interview with journalist Chris Hedges

By David North, 6 October 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges talks with the WSWS about the anti-Russia campaign, the attack on democratic rights, and the role of the capitalist media.

The New York Times reports World Socialist Web Site charge of Google censorship and blacklisting

By Andre Damon, 2 October 2017

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!

The new McCarthyism and the suppression of political dissent

More on Google Censorship »

The Grenfell Tower fire

UK government refuses funds for unsafe tower blocks post-Grenfell

By Robert Stevens, 13 October 2017

Grenfell Fire Forum: Wide-ranging discussion and resolution passed opposing Google censorship

Grenfell Tower fire eyewitnesses: “It’s because of our class—we are the lowest socioeconomic class on the food chain”

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the case for socialism

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon workers force company to rehire unjustly fired worker after IAWV exposure

By Samuel Davidson, 10 October 2017

Is $12 an hour a fair wage for Amazon workers?

By Samuel Davidson, 4 October 2017

Price gouging at Amazon and the case for public ownership

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Science

Observation of gravitational waves wins Nobel Prize in physics

By Bryan Dyne, 6 October 2017

FDA recommends approval of new leukemia treatment

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“Dad, mom, the police are here”
ICE rounds up farmworkers applying for work in Michigan

ICE arrests nearly 500 immigrants in raids on “sanctuary cities” across US

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Book Review

The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills
The “disease” of social inequality sends thousands to a premature death

By Benjamin Mateus and George Marlowe, 25 September 2017

A new book by Chicago doctor David Ansell reveals the profound ways in which social inequality in the US creates “death gaps” and disparities in life expectancies.

Hillary Clinton’s What Happened: A conspiracy theory of the 2016 election

By Andre Damon, 20 September 2017

Hillary Clinton’s memoir, released September 13, represents the Democratic Party’s semi-official narrative of its electoral defeat in 2016.

Why is Amazon deleting negative reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new book?

Mehring Books

New from Mehring Books
Why Study the Russian Revolution?
Volume I: The February Revolution and the Development of Bolshevik Strategy

28 August 2017

One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, the events of 1917, their consequences and their lessons retain a burning contemporary relevance.