Catalan premier affirms right to independence from Spain, but delays formal declaration

By Alex Lantier, 11 October 2017

Regional premier Carles Puigdemont delivered his speech amid an unfolding Spanish military and police intervention into Catalonia and the looming threat of a bloody crackdown.

As Spanish crackdown looms, France’s New Anti-capitalist Party promotes Catalan nationalism

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

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US army chief urges greater “combat readiness” for war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 11 October 2017

The US is planning an illegal war of aggression against North Korea on a scale that would dwarf its military interventions into Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

US defence secretary calls on military to be ready for war against North Korea

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

Australia deploys for war with North Korea and confrontation with China

By James Cogan, 11 October 2017

A flotilla of six Australian warships is making its way toward the Korean Peninsula and an Australian attack submarine is already in the area exercising with US and Japanese subs.

UK draws up plans to back US military attack on North Korea

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Trump to light fuse under Iran nuclear deal, as part of more aggressive anti-Iran strategy

By Jordan Shilton, 11 October 2017

In addition to certifying Iran as non-compliant with the 2015 nuclear deal, Trump is said to be preparing to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a “terrorist organization.”

Northern California wildfires leave at least 15 dead, 200 missing

By Rafael Azul, 11 October 2017

Flames from the wind-fueled fires obliterated housing developments and burned businesses to the ground in the city of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County.

White House prepares executive order undercutting Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 11 October 2017

Small businesses would be able to establish association health plans free from Obamacare requirements to cover essential medical services.

Trump administration limits access to birth control under ACA

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Trump administration axes Obama-era climate regulations

By Daniel de Vries, 11 October 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to revoke the Clean Power Plan is part of a broader drive to gut environmental regulations.

Germany’s conservative parties shift further to the right

By Peter Schwarz, 11 October 2017

The Christian Democratic Union and its partner, the Christian Social Union, have agreed on a common line of approach for a future government coalition to include the Free Democratic Party and the Greens.

What would a “Jamaica” coalition in Germany represent?

The rise of the AfD and the rightward lurch of official politics in Germany

Attack in 2016 on Munich shopping centre was an act of right-wing terrorism

By Dietmar Henning, 11 October 2017

Although three reports reveal the right-wing extremist motives of the attacker, who killed nine people, the authorities continue to speak of a shooting spree by a victim of school bullying.

British Clinical Commissioning Group to slash health services in Dorset

By Ajanta Silva, 11 October 2017

More than 75,000 people signed petitions against the Clinical Service Review, with many thousands across the county participating in protest marches, meetings and gatherings in Dorchester, Poole and Bournemouth.

Indian economy in a downward spiral

By Kranti Kumara, 11 October 2017

The Indian economy, touted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a high-growth haven, is increasingly mired in crisis.

Students oppose Indian government’s new university entrance exam

By Yuvan Darwin and Arun Kumar, 11 October 2017

The suicide of a Tamil Nadu student over the NEET entrance test has triggered demonstrations throughout the southern Indian state.

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Le Parti populaire espagnol menace de lancer la répression alors que les autorités catalanes déclarent l’indépendance

Par Alejandro López, 11 octobre 2017

Les dirigeants du Parti populaire ont averti lundi que la police nationale et les gardes civils sont prêts à mettre fin à toute déclaration unilatérale au parlement catalan.

La répression plane sur l’Espagne et, en France, le Nouveau parti anticapitaliste promeut le nationalisme catalan

Par Alex Lantier, 11 octobre 2017

Plutôt que d’avancer une politique de principe pour unir la classe ouvrière espagnole et catalane contre la répression imposée par l’État espagnol, le Nouveau parti anticapitaliste pabliste s’aligne derrière la bourgeoisie catalane.

Le Royaume-Uni projette de soutenir une attaque militaire américaine contre la Corée du Nord

Par Robert Stevens, 11 octobre 2017

À la conférence du Parti conservateur, le ministre de la défense, Michael Fallon, a dit que son gouvernement était prêt à employer des armes nucléaires contre la Corée du Nord ou un autre adversaire.

Le plan fiscal de Trump: ce que souhaite l’oligarchie américaine

Par Eric London, 11 octobre 2017

Pendant que la classe dirigeante accorde des billions de dollars pour la guerre, le sauvetage des banques, l’assouplissement quantitatif et des réductions d’impôt pour les riches, elle ignore les besoins sociaux de base avec une indifférence criminelle.

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US-Verteidigungsminister bereitet die Armee auf Krieg gegen Nordkorea vor

Von Peter Symonds, 11. Oktober 2017

Präsident Trump verweigert alle Versuche, Verhandlungen mit Nordkorea aufzunehmen und die gefährliche Konfrontation auf der koreanischen Halbinsel zu beenden.

Schäuble wirbt für die Fortsetzung seiner Austeritätspolitik

Von Peter Schwarz, 11. Oktober 2017

Der deutsche Finanzminister, der wie kein anderer für deutsche Arroganz und eine rücksichtslose Sparpolitik im Interesse der Reichen steht, will sicherstellen, dass dieser Kurs auch nach seinem Ausscheiden fortgesetzt wird.

Schäuble warnt vor Finanzblasen

Von Nick Beams, 11. Oktober 2017

Der Finanzminister erklärte, „ich habe keine Ahnung, wann die nächste Krise ausbricht“, aber Ökonomen auf der ganzen Welt seien über die Anhäufung von Liquidität und Schulden besorgt.

Angesichts der Repressalien Spaniens setzt die NPA auf katalanischen Nationalismus

Von Alex Lantier, 11. Oktober 2017

Anstatt für die Vereinigung der spanischen und katalanischen Arbeiterklasse gegen staatliche Repression einzutreten, bezieht die pablistische Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA) Stellung auf Seiten der katalanischen Bourgeoisie.

Diese Woche in der Russischen Revolution
9.–15. Oktober: Lenin drängt mit verdoppelter Kraft auf Machteroberung

11. Oktober 2017

Trotzki steht an der Spitze des Petrograder Sowjets. Die Bolschewiki, die eine wachsende Mehrheit der Sowjets kontrollieren, sind jetzt die stärkste Partei im Land. Doch ihre Führung ist in strategischen Fragen gespalten.

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The New York Times and the criminalization of dissent

11 October 2017

The unsubstantiated charges of Russian interference in the US elections have developed into an increasingly frenzied campaign to ascribe all opposition within the United States to the actions of a “foreign enemy.”

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Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival: Part 6
A Season in France, Catch the Wind, Arrhythmia, Sweet Country: The refugee crisis, social disintegration in Russia…

By Joanne Laurier, 11 October 2017

The never-ending wars in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa have driven millions to seek what they perceive to be more stable conditions in Western Europe.

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

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

By Hiram Lee, 9 October 2017

On the loss of Tom Petty


Democratic Party donors funnel millions to protest groups

By Tom Hall, 11 October 2017

An article in the New York Times detailing funding by Wall Street groups demonstrates the pro-capitalist, anti-working class character of the nonprofits and “left” organizations around the Democratic Party.

Trump White House declares war on immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2017

Trump, local officials lie about real extent of Puerto Rico disaster

By Rafael Azul, 10 October 2017

Notes on police violence
Killing of fleeing man by Salt Lake City police officers ruled “justified”

By Josh Varlin, 10 October 2017

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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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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 »

Autoworkers struggles

Canadian autoworkers warn CAMI strikers on role of Unifor, condemn attack on WSWS

By Shannon Jones, 10 October 2017

Unifor operative assaults WSWS reporter at CAMI strike rally

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

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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

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

By Eric London, 7 October 2017

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

By Eric London, 6 October 2017


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

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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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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

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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.