Trump’s photo-op in Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 4 October 2017

Trump, who is proposing the largest tax cut for corporations and the rich in history, complained that the recovery effort was costing too much.

Trump to Puerto Rico: Your lives don’t matter

“We need help and the politicians are ignoring us”
Puerto Rican survivors describe dire conditions after hurricane

New York City workers collecting aid express anger at Trump’s response to Puerto Rico disaster

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Spanish king demands new crackdown in Catalonia

By Alex Lantier, 4 October 2017

An open intervention by the Spanish king into public affairs is without precedent since the 1981 coup attempt in Spain.

Hundreds of thousands protest Madrid’s repression in Catalonia

By Alejandro López, 4 October 2017

Demonstrations took place in cities across Catalonia amid a “national work stoppage” backed by Catalan business groups, separatist parties, and trade unions.

EU hands Spain blank check for stepped-up police repression in Catalonia

Oppose the state crackdown on the Catalan independence referendum!
For working class unity! No to separatism in Spain!

The Las Vegas massacre the day after

By David Walsh, 4 October 2017

US politicians and the American media are displaying their usual obtuseness and ignorance in the face of this terrible tragedy, that has ruined hundreds, if not thousands of lives.

The social pathology of the Las Vegas Massacre

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey flooding
“Chemical coast” residents to be tested for toxic exposures in Houston, Texas

By Gary Joad, 4 October 2017

Houston area residents are being tested for petrochemical and Superfund toxic poisoning in the wake of recent severe Hurricane Harvey flooding.

Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded for discoveries on the circadian rhythm

By Benjamin Mateus, 4 October 2017

The three scientists explored the molecular processes through which the body adapts physiologically to the Earth’s rotation, including the sleep-wake cycle and much more.

US confronts critical teacher shortage

By Khara Sikhan, 4 October 2017

Decades of defunding public education, standardized testing and the demonization of teachers has resulted in a national crisis in education in the United States.

Trump’s secretary of education rolls back Obama-era regulations on campus sexual misconduct

German Left Party’s Lafontaine launches AfD-style tirade against refugees

By Johannes Stern, 4 October 2017

The Left Party is using the AfD’s electoral success to justify adopting its xenophobic programme.

German Green Party opts for coalition with conservative and neo-liberal parties

By Peter Schwarz, 4 October 2017

A Green Party conference agreed to start negotiations on a coalition government with the Christian Democratic Union, Christian Social Union and the Free Democratic Party.

Germany’s Social Democrats prepare to suppress popular opposition

The AfD enters the Bundestag: a far right party of the ruling establishment in Germany

More on Germany »

Director of British rights group Cage convicted for refusing to reveal mobile phone and laptop pass codes

By Steve James, 4 October 2017

The conviction of Muhammed Rabbani underscores the significance of recent investigations into massive mobile phone surveillance in Britain by local police forces.

New presidential election in Kenya overshadowed by political crisis

By Eddie Haywood, 4 October 2017

Scores of police were deployed across the country to quash demonstrations, leaving one person dead and several injured, with many others beaten and detained.

Tamil refugee dies in Australian detention on Manus Island

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 October 2017

Rajeev Rajendran is the sixth refugee who has died on Manus Island, and the second in just two months.

Australia: Ipswich workers denounce elimination of hundreds of jobs

By our correspondents, 4 October 2017

The Queensland Labor government and the trade union are enforcing the closures, insisting that workers can find jobs elsewhere, despite the city’s high jobless rate.

New in Russian

New York Times публикует статью о выдвинутых Мировым Социалистическим Веб Сайтом обвинениях против компании Google в цензуре и составлении «черных списков»

Андре Деймон, 4 октября 2017 г.

Статья Times является первой подробной публикацией в СМИ американского истеблишмента о манипуляциях компанией Google поиском в Интернете для блокирования доступа к левым сайтам.

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 года
На чистую воду!

Лев Троцкий, 4 октября 2017 г.

В этой статье Троцкий показывает политическую механику корниловского мятежа, в которой Керенский выступал не только соучастником, но, в значительной мере, также и вдохновителем контрреволюционного заговора.

New in French

L'UE donne un chèque en blanc à Madrid pour réprimer la Catalogne

Par Alexandre Lantier et Alejandro López, 3 octobre 2017

La Commission européenne a formellement apporté soutien à la gestion de la crise catalane et à la répression sanglante menée par le gouvernement de droite à Madrid.

La pathologie sociale du massacre de Las Vegas

Par Patrick Martin, 4 octobre 2017

La pire des fusillades de masse dans l’histoire américaine a fait 59 morts et au moins 527 blessés.

Les sociaux-démocrates allemands se préparent à réprimer l’opposition populaire

Par Marianne Arens et Peter Schwarz, 4 octobre 2017

Le Parti social-démocrate se charge de réprimer l’opposition au militarisme, au renforcement de l’appareil d’État et aux coupes dans les budgets sociaux.

Washington condamne le référendum kurde alors que l’Irak mobilise son armée

Par Halil Celik, 4 octobre 2017

Washington a longtemps promu le KRG, mais considère son offre d’indépendance actuelle comme un obstacle aux plans américains visant à intensifier la confrontation militaire stratégique avec l’Iran.

New in German

Die Soziopathologie des Massakers von Las Vegas

Von Patrick Martin, 4. Oktober 2017

Das Massaker mit 59 Toten und mindestens 527 Verletzten war das Schlimmste in der Geschichte der USA.

EU unterstützt Spaniens harten Polizeieinsatz in Katalonien

Von Alex Lantier und Alejandro López, 4. Oktober 2017

Nach der massiven Unterdrückung in Katalonien am Sonntag erklärt die Europäische Union offiziell, dass sie das Vorgehen Madrids in der katalanischen Unabhängigkeitskrise billigt.

Steinmeier fordert Verschärfung der Flüchtlingspolitik und Annäherung an die AfD

Von Christoph Vandreier, 4. Oktober 2017

Der Bundespräsident warb in seiner Rede zum Tag der deutschen Einheit für eine Verständigung mit der AfD, eine Verschärfung der Flüchtlingspolitik und einen „deutschen Patriotismus“.

Lafontaine hetzt in AfD-Manier gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Johannes Stern, 4. Oktober 2017

Die Linkspartei benutzt den Wahlerfolg der rechtsextremen AfD, um deren ausländerfeindliches Programm zu übernehmen.

Verfahren gegen HRE-Vorstand Funke eingestellt
Verantwortliche für Bankenkrise bleiben ungeschoren

Von Ute Reissner, 4. Oktober 2017

Jahrelang hat die Münchner Justiz die Ermittlungen gegen den Vorstand der Immobilienbank Hypo Real Estate hingezogen und die Klage verschleppt. Nun wurde das Verfahren gänzlich eingestellt.

Bei Air Berlin werden mindestens 1600 Arbeitsplätze zerstört

Von Ludwig Weller, 4. Oktober 2017

Bei der Zerlegung der insolventen Air Berlin stehen die Beschäftigten einem Komplott der Fluggesellschaften, der Bundesregierung und der Gewerkschaften gegenüber.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
2.–8. Oktober: Trotzki zum Vorsitzenden des Petrograder Sowjets gewählt

4. Oktober 2017

Die wachsende Stärke der Bolschewiki zeigt sich an der Tatsache, dass Leo Trotzki als Vorsitzender des Petrograder Sowjets jetzt den wichtigsten Posten im revolutionären Russland bekleidet. Die gewaltige Verschiebung zugunsten der Bolschewiki fällt indessen mit einer scharfen Krise in der Parteiführung zusammen.

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Perspective

Defenders of imperialist “human rights” hail Spanish government’s crackdown in Catalonia

4 October 2017

The United States and the EU leapt to the defence of the Spanish government as it sent police to savagely beat and arrest anyone who dared to exercise their fundamental right to vote.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

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

By Jerry White, 4 October 2017

The struggle to defend jobs and living standards demands politics: not the politics of Unifor—a close ally of the federal and Ontario Liberal governments—but socialist politics.

Unifor president at CAMI picket line: A declaration of bankruptcy

More on auto workers struggles »

Race, class and the protests against police violence in St. Louis, Missouri

By Genevieve Leigh, 3 October 2017

More on police violence in America »

Trump’s tax plan: The wish list of the American oligarchy

The Labour Party’s Annual Conference 2017
Corbyn prepares for government: At what price?

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival: Part 5
African American playwright Lorraine Hansberry, a revolution betrayed in Portugal and other matters

By Joanne Laurier, 4 October 2017

The Hansberry documentary presents a straightforward and enlightening picture of a woman who was smart, sensitive and rebellious, tragically dying of pancreatic cancer at the age of 34.

International Amazon Workers Voice

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

By Samuel Davidson, 4 October 2017

An International Amazon Workers Voice investigation reveals that the prevalence of temporary and part-time work means most Amazon workers struggle to make poverty-rate wages.

Workers denounce Amazon for speed-ups after two die on the job

By Christopher Davion, 2 October 2017

Price gouging at Amazon and the case for public ownership

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Google Censorship

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!

Indian workers and students in Chennai support campaign against Google censorship

The new McCarthyism and the suppression of political dissent

Socialist Equality Party/International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK) public meetings
Stop Internet Censorship! Stop Google’s political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site

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

By Eric London and Niles Niemuth, 26 September 2017

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

By Evan Blake, 30 September 2017

More on US immigration »

IYSSE

International Youth and Students for Social Equality wins club status at New York University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 3 October 2017

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
October 2 - 8: Trotsky elected chairman of the Petrograd Soviet

2 October 2017

The election of Leon Trotsky to the most important post in revolutionary Russia epitomizes the surging strength of the Bolsheviks. However, the immense popular shift in favor of the Bolsheviks coincides with a sharp crisis in the party leadership.

David North delivers address on Russian Revolution to large audience at Northern Virginia Community College

By our reporters, 29 September 2017

The ICFI is continuing its commemoration of the centenary of the 1917 October Revolution with a second series of four weekly online lectures, beginning on October 14 and concluding on November 4. Barry Grey, US national editor of the World Socialist Web Site, will give the first lecture, “Lenin’s The State and Revolution” The lecture will be streamed on YouTube on Saturday, October 14 at 5:00 pm Eastern (US). Three weekly lectures will follow.

When Will the Wretched Slaughter End?

By Leon Trotsky, 25 September 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

History

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

By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2017

The Grenfell Tower Fire

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

By Paul Mitchell, 3 October 2017

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 »

Socialist Equality Party

SGP election rally: International meeting in Berlin calls for stepped-up struggle against capitalism and war

By our reporters, 27 September 2017

SGP election meeting: “War and inequality mutually reinforce one another”

By our correspondents, 27 September 2017

The war danger and the significance of the election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party of Germany

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?

Maruti Suzuki

Legal appeals of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers expose travesty of justice

By Saman Gunadasa, 23 September 2017

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

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

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

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

Science

FDA recommends approval of new leukemia treatment

By Benjamin Mateus, 23 September 2017

The legacy of the Cassini spacecraft

Mehring Books

New pamphlet: Fifty Years since the Detroit Rebellion

18 September 2017

This new pamphlet from Mehring Books examines the historical background and social roots of the events of the summer of 1967 and the outcome of the biggest and most violent urban uprising in US history.

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.