9 October 2017

Trump administration threatens widespread ICE raids in California

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2017

The threat came in response to the state of California’s enactment of a “sanctuary” law that limits cooperation between state and local police and the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Democrats push for deal with Trump on DACA as ICE threatens mass raids

Court testimony exposes governor’s lies about Flint water crisis

By Sheila Brehm, 9 October 2017

The matter arose during a preliminary hearing concerning the first of 13 officials facing criminal charges over the Flint catastrophe.

WSWS reader describes ongoing human catastrophe in Puerto Rico

By Tom Hall, 9 October 2017

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island millions remain without power and the real death toll is still not known.

Puerto Rico continues to languish as tropical storm Nate threatens US Gulf Coast

Trump to Puerto Rico: Your lives don’t matter

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As crackdown looms in Catalonia, Spain’s Popular Party calls protest in Barcelona

By Alejandro López, 9 October 2017

The Catalan separatists are despised in broad sections of the working class for their austerity policies, which have seen major cuts in social expenditure.

Madrid prepares to deploy troops in Catalonia

German government backs Spain’s violent crackdown on Catalonia

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

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Unifor operative assaults WSWS reporter at CAMI strike rally

By Jerry White, 9 October 2017

The physical attack is aimed not only at silencing the WSWS but at gagging and intimidating rank-and-file workers.

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

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US railroad union coalition agrees to contract with health givebacks

By Jeff Lusanne, 9 October 2017

Widespread workers’ opposition is not only to the increased health care costs, but to decades of concessions to the railroads while they continued to make billions.

Trump administration expels two-thirds of Cuban embassy staff from US

By Alexander Fangmann, 9 October 2017

The expulsion of Cuban embassy personnel, supposedly over alleged “sonic attacks,” constitutes an effective end of the rapprochement begun under the Obama administration.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reveals predatory agenda of NATO’s war on Libya

By Jean Shaoul, 9 October 2017

Johnson said the devastated Libyan city of Sirte could become a haven for British businesses once they “clear the dead bodies away.”

London’s Garden Bridge project abandoned at massive cost

By Paul Bond, 9 October 2017

From an original proposal to pay only “enabling costs” from public funds, £60 million towards capital cost was committed by Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson and then Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

Tory party on verge of leadership contest after disastrous conference performance by May

Disinformation campaign scandal shakes Austrian Social Democrats

By Markus Salzmann, 9 October 2017

The SPÖ’s policy adviser was caught running two fake Facebook pages in a disinformation campaign against the lead candidate of the conservative Austrian People’s Party.

Washington, DC holds worker in jail for months after charges dropped

By Harvey Simpkins, 9 October 2017

The plight of Carlton O. Harris is yet another example of the class-based US legal system and the erosion of fundamental democratic rights.

Japan’s new Party of Hope releases right-wing populist election platform

By Ben McGrath, 9 October 2017

The new party backs remilitarization along with constitutional changes to remove any restraints on military action in order to advance the interests of Japanese imperialism.

New Zealand First pushes anti-China witch-hunt in coalition negotiations

By Tom Peters, 9 October 2017

The right-wing New Zealand First, backed by the Labour Party and the trade unions, is pressing for a closer alignment with US war preparations against China.

Australia: Questions emerge over another Aboriginal death in custody

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 October 2017

When Hatfield died, his lawyers were conducting a vigorous defence against robbery charges, to which he pled not guilty in the Armidale District Court.

New in Norwegian

Ny tysk lov skaper den juridiske rammen for sensur av Internett

Katerina Selin, 9. Oktober 2017

Antagelsen til grunn for loven som trådte i kraft 1. oktober, er at selskapene heller vil velge å slette kontroversielle innlegg enn å risikere store bøter.

New in French

Entouré de généraux, Trump parle du « calme avant la tempête »

Par Peter Symonds, 9 octobre 2017

Le commentaire menaçant de Trump – presque certainement dirigé contre la Corée du Nord – est un autre avertissement que les États-Unis sont sur le point de lancer une guerre catastrophique.

Madrid se prépare à déployer des troupes en Catalogne

Par Alejandro López, 9 octobre 2017

L’establishment politique espagnol parle ouvertement d’invoquer l’article 116 de la constitution espagnole, jetant ainsi les bases de l’imposition de la loi martiale.

L’inégalité et l’oligarchie américaine
La politique identitaire et la croissance de l’inégalité au sein des minorités raciales

Par Eric London, 9 octobre 2017

Les nouvelles données de la Réserve fédérale révèlent la croissance extraordinaire des inégalités sociales au sein des populations minoritaires, qui constitue la base de la politique identitaire de la classe moyenne supérieure.

New in Spanish

La desigualdad y la oligarquía estadounidense
La política de identidades y el aumento de la desigualdad en cada minoría racial

Por Eric London, 9 octubre 2017

Los nuevos datos de la Reserva Federal develan el crecimiento extraordinario de la desigualdad social dentro de cada minoría poblacional, un fenómeno que forma la base de la política de identidades de la clase media-alta.

Los cazadores de brujas en el Senado intensifican historia de horror contra Rusia

Por Patrick Martin, 9 octubre 2017

Las afirmaciones del Comité de Inteligencia del Senado acerca de la violación rusa de la democracia estadounidense no tienen fundamento y son políticamente siniestras.

Madrid se prepara para desplegar tropas a Cataluña

Por Alejandro López, 9 octubre 2017

Los grupos de poder españoles están discutiendo abiertamente invocar el Artículo 116 de la Constitución, preparando el marco para imponer ley marcial.

Mientras continúa la huelga de automotrices en Canadá, sindicato Unifor derrama lágrimas de cocodrilo por los trabajadores mexicanos

Por Carl Bronski, 9 octubre 2017

Jerry Dias de Unifor no explica cómo su supuesta preocupación por la situación de los trabajadores mexicanos es compatible con la demanda sindical de que GM despida a trabajadores en México antes que cualquier trabajador en CAMI.

El New York Times reporta la acusación del World Socialist Web Site de censura y una lista negra de Google

Por Andre Damon, 9 octubre 2017

El artículo del Times es el primer informe detallado en la prensa estadounidense sobre la manipulación de búsquedas por parte de Google para impedir el acceso a sitios de izquierda.

La Ley de Aplicación de Redes de Alemania: Un marco legal para la censura del Internet

Por Katerina Selin, 9 octubre 2017

El supuesto detrás de la ley, la cual entró en vigor el 1 de octubre, es que las compañías eliminarán publicaciones polémicas en lugar de arriesgarse a obtener sanciones financieras severas.

New in German

Ungleichheit und die amerikanische Oligarchie
Identitätspolitik und das Anwachsen sozialer Ungleichheit in ethnischen Minderheiten

Eric London, 9. Oktober 2017

Neue Zahlen der Federal Reserve belegen ein enormes Anwachsen der sozialen Ungleichheit unter Minderheiten. Darauf basiert die Identitätspolitik der oberen Mittelschichten.

Trump spricht vor US-Generälen von der „Ruhe vor dem Sturm“

Peter Symonds, 9. Oktober 2017

Trumps jüngste Drohungen richten sich sehr wahrscheinlich gegen Nordkorea und sind eine erneute Warnung, dass die USA kurz vor einem katastrophalen Krieg stehen.

Madrid bereitet Truppenverlegung nach Katalonien vor

Alejandro Lopez, 9. Oktober 2017

Es gibt zahlreiche unbestätigte Berichte darüber, dass spanische Soldaten nach Katalonien und in nahe gelegene Regionen verlegt wurden. Dies sind Vorbereitungen auf eine mögliche einseitige Unabhängigkeitserklärung, die für Montag erwartet wird.

Anschlag im Münchener Olympia-Einkaufszentrum war Rechtsterrorismus

Dietmar Henning, 9. Oktober 2017

Obwohl drei Gutachten die rechtsextremen Motive des Attentäters, der 2016 in München neun Menschen umbrachte, bestätigen, sprechen die Behörden weiterhin vom Amoklauf eines Mobbing-Opfers.

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Perspective

Trump’s threats against North Korea signify real danger of war

9 October 2017

Trump’s reference to the “calm before the storm” must be taken to mean that war is imminent.

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
October 9 - 15: Lenin steps up campaign for insurrection

9 October 2017

With Trotsky at the head of the Petrograd Soviet, and with the Bolshevik Party in control of a growing majority of other soviets, the Bolsheviks are now the most powerful party in the Russian Revolution. However, significant differences have emerged within the party’s leadership regarding what course to take.

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.

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

By Leon Trotsky, 5 October 2017

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Featured Commentary

Inequality and the American oligarchy
Identity politics and the growth of inequality within racial minorities

By Eric London, 7 October 2017

New data from the Federal Reserve reveal the extraordinary growth of social inequality within minority populations, which forms the basis of the identity politics of the upper-middle class.

Inequality and the American oligarchy
The social and economic roots of the attack on democratic rights

By Eric London, 6 October 2017

New figures on social inequality reveal the material basis for the campaign in ruling circles to block access to the WSWS and other left-wing sites.

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.

Sri Lankan academics oppose Google censorship

By our correspondent, 7 October 2017

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

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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Arts Review

Rapper Cardi B (“Bodak Yellow”) celebrated as a feminist icon

By Hiram Lee, 9 October 2017

In truth, “Bodak Yellow” is a vulgar work that glorifies backward and genuinely anti-social impulses.

On the loss of Tom Petty

By Hiram Lee, 5 October 2017

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

Commentary

Surrounded by generals, Trump remarks on “the calm before the storm”

By Peter Symonds, 7 October 2017

Trump administration crisis worsens amid war drive against North Korea

Trump administration limits access to birth control under ACA

By Trévon Austin, 7 October 2017

What would a “Jamaica” coalition in Germany represent?

By Peter Schwarz, 7 October 2017

Germany’s Social Democrats prepare to suppress popular opposition

More on Germany »

Senate witch-hunters expand on their anti-Russia horror story

By Patrick Martin, 6 October 2017

Science

Observation of gravitational waves wins Nobel Prize in physics

By Bryan Dyne, 6 October 2017

Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded for discoveries on the circadian rhythm

By Benjamin Mateus, 4 October 2017

FDA recommends approval of new leukemia treatment

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

7 October 2017

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

Socialist Equality Party

SEP Australia verifies “registered party” status once again

By our reporters, 5 October 2017

Socialist Equality Group holds public meeting following New Zealand election

By our reporters, 5 October 2017

New Zealand workers and youth discuss the growing danger of global war

By our reporters, 5 October 2017

International Amazon Workers Voice

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

By Samuel Davidson, 4 October 2017

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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“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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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

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

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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?

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

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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.