London’s Grenfell Tower inferno: A crime against the working class

By Laura Tiernan, 15 June 2017

The catastrophic fire broke out shortly after midnight Wednesday, on the second floor of 24-storey council flats in Kensington, West London that were home to an estimated 500 people.

Grenfell Tower residents warn: “People have had enough”

By our reporters, 15 June 2017

Gunman shot to death after opening fire on Republican congressmen, aides

By Patrick Martin, 15 June 2017

The 66-year-old man, identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, was reportedly opposed to President Trump and the Trump administration.

In Paris talks with British prime minister May
French President Macron holds out prospect of canceling Brexit

By Alex Lantier, 15 June 2017

A bitter struggle over influence and alliances is unfolding between the imperialist powers, amid growing hostility to Washington on the part of Paris and Berlin.

French legislative elections expose Mélenchon’s political bankruptcy

Australian government demands “patriotic” citizenship tests

By Mike Head, 15 June 2017

The government has seized upon the latest alleged terrorist attacks to justify measures to deny citizenship on a range of discriminatory grounds.

Michigan health director named in latest round of charges over Flint water crisis

By Shannon Jones, 15 June 2017

The director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the highest ranking state official yet to be named in the ongoing official investigation, is facing manslaughter charges.

Three years after the lead poisoning of Flint, residents face water shutoffs, home foreclosures

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Mass shooting at San Francisco UPS facility leaves four people dead, including gunman

By Evan Blake, 15 June 2017

The shooting was the 154th mass shooting in the US so far this year, and is yet another reflection of the profound social crisis gripping the country.

Democratic Party establishment prevails in Virginia, New Jersey primaries

By Matthew MacEgan, 15 June 2017

Lt. Governor Ralph Northam won the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia, while a Goldman Sachs banker won the party’s nomination for governor of New Jersey

Despite low inflation, US Fed lifts interest rates

By Nick Beams, 15 June 2017

The overriding message was that low economic growth, falling consumption spending and the spread of part-time and casual work represent the new normal.

Second appellate court rules against Trump anti-Muslim travel ban

By John Burton, 15 June 2017

The panel ruled that Trump violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by not making the findings required under the INA and by using nationality as a criterion.

Los Angeles and San Diego teachers’ contracts set to expire at the end of the month

By Jake Dean, 15 June 2017

While the contracts are set to expire at the same time there is no attempt by the teachers unions to wage a unified struggle against the wholesale assault on public education.

US ex-basketballer heads to North Korea to “open door”

By Peter Symonds, 15 June 2017

Given the accelerating US confrontation with North Korea, the chances that Rodman’s visit can open meaningful talks between the two countries appear remote.

Protests spread across Morocco after general strike called in Rif region

By Anthony Torres, 15 June 2017

Protestors are demanding the freeing of members of Hirak Rif, the movement protesting the killing of fisherman Mouhcine Fikri by the security forces last year.

New Zealand government to raise retirement age

By Tom Peters and Daniel Bradley, 15 June 2017

Commentary on last month’s budget did not mention government plans to raise the superannuation entitlement age from 65 to 67.

New in Russian

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 года
Центральная задача

Лев Троцкий, 15 июня 2017 г.

Эта статья была написана Троцким в мае или начале июня 1917 года и предназначалась для газеты «межрайонцев», однако осталась в тот момент неопубликованной. В ней Троцкий объясняет неустойчивость режима двоевластия и выступает за переход власти в руки Советов.

Эта неделя в русской революции
5-11 июня: Ужасы на Западном фронте

15 июня 2017 г.

Продолжает бушевать породившая революцию в России великая мировая война. На Западном фронте в Европе около десяти тысяч мужчин и юношей погибают в один момент, когда британские саперы взрывают гигантские мины под немецкими траншеями в Месене.

New in Spanish

Plebiscito sobre estatus de Puerto Rico marcado por abstención masiva

Por Rafael Azul, 15 junio 2017

La gran mayoría de los puertorriqueños no acudieron a las urnas en el referéndum del domingo sobre si integrarse o no a EE.UU.

La abstención masiva opaca la victoria de Macron en las elecciones legislativas francesas

Por Alex Lantier, 15 junio 2017

Un total del 51,2 por ciento de los votantes se abstuvieron en las elecciones legislativas francesas ─la primera vez desde el final de la Segunda Guerra Mundial que participa solo la minoría de los votantes censados.

New in French

L'audience de Sessions: Une autre diversion anti-russe alors que s'intensifie la contre-révolution sociale en Amérique

Par Patrick Martin, 15 juin 2017

Aucun sénateur démocrate ne cherchait à interroger Sessions sur les politiques réelles de l'administration Trump envers les immigrants ou les victimes de violences policières.

Les Russes arrivent! Les Russes arrivent!

Par Patrick Martin, 15 juin 2017

La comparution jeudi dernier du directeur du FBI limogé, James Comey, devant le Comité du renseignement du Sénat a élevé à un nouveau degré l'hystérie anti-russe dans les médias américains.

Conflits virulents au FN après le premier tour des législatives

Par Francis Dubois, 15 juin 2017

Derrière les accusations mutuelles de responsabilité dans le faible score aux législatives il y a le conflit sur la ligne des néo-fascistes concernant l’Europe.

New in German

Die Gefahr eines Flächenbrands im Nahen Osten

Von Bill Van Auken, 15. Juni 2017

Hinter der Kulisse des erbitterten politischen Kriegs in Washington und den endlosen Vorwürfen, Russland habe die Wahl beeinflusst, droht die Gefahr, dass sich die sehr realen Kriege im Nahen Osten zu einem regionalen oder sogar globalen Flächenbrand ausweiten.

Innenministerkonferenz: Deutschland wird zum Polizeistaat

Von Sven Heymanns, 15. Juni 2017

Die Innenministerkonferenz (IMK) der Länder hat bei ihrem Frühjahrstreffen in Dresden eine massive Verschärfung der Sicherheitsgesetze beschlossen.

Air Berlin droht die Pleite: 7500 Arbeitsplätze in Gefahr

Von Marianne Arens, 15. Juni 2017

Air Berlin steht vor der Insolvenz oder einer Übernahme durch Lufthansa. Piloten, Flugbegleiter und Bodenpersonal müssen mit drastischen Einschnitten rechnen.

Die Anhörung von Sessions: Noch ein anti-russisches Ablenkungsmanöver

Von Patrick Martin, 15. Juni 2017

Bei der Anhörung des US-Justizministers Sessions stellte nicht ein einziger Demokrat eine Frage nach der Trump-Politik gegen Einwanderer oder gegen Opfer von Polizeigewalt.

„People’s Summit“ in Chicago – ein politischer Betrug
Bernie Sanders verbreitet Kriegshetze gegen Russland

Von Jerry White und Tom Hall, 15. Juni 2017

Sanders und die Gewerkschaften versuchen, den Demokraten ein neues Image als „Volkspartei“ zu verpassen. Damit wollen sie eine Massenbewegung der Arbeiterklasse gegen den amerikanischen Kapitalismus verhindern.

New in Urdu

دہشت گردی کی جیو پولیٹکس کا ادراک

8 June 2017

جبکہ مغربی ذرائع ابلاغ معمول کے مطابق دہشتگردی کی توضیع ’’شیطان‘‘ یا پھر کسی پاگل انسانوں کی کارروائی کے طور پر پیش کرتے ہیں جبکہ دہشتگردی اور جیوپولیٹکس کے درمیان بنیادی رشتے ہیں جنکے خاص سیاسی مقاصد ہیں

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Perspective

Washington’s war crimes in Syria

15 June 2017

UN war crimes investigators found that the US military has inflicted a “staggering loss of civilian life” with its relentless airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Comment

Palace coup or class struggle: The political crisis in Washington and the strategy of the working class

By Joseph Kishore and David North on behalf of the Socialist Equality Party Political Committee, 13 June 2017

The working class cannot remain a bystander in the fight between Trump and the Democrats. Rather, it must develop its struggle against Trump under its own banner and with its own program.

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Commentary

German law professor accuses Baberowski of right-wing extremism and historical revisionism

By Peter Schwarz, 15 June 2017

Despite right-wing historian Jörg Baberowski’s defeat in court, the Presidium of Humboldt University continues to defend him. Bremen-based law Professor Andreas Fischer-Lescano has therefore accused the university Presidium of being “an accomplice of right-wing scholarship.”

IYSSE demands Humboldt University retract its defense of right-wing radical Jorg Baberowski

Professor Jörg Baberowski loses on all counts in suit against University of Bremen students

Marching toward a wider war in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2017

Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin: When the White House fixed a Russian election

By Alan Gilman, 14 June 2017

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

Australian media widens campaign against Chinese “influence”

By James Cogan, 14 June 2017

Hey Bernie! Welcome to the millionaire’s club!

At “People’s Summit,” Sanders backs Democrats’ anti-Russian warmongering

Arts

Theater professionals address the Flint water disaster
Public Enemy: Flint, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play: A remarkable artistic event

By Joanne Laurier, 15 June 2017

A version of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People (1882) was performed last week in the devastated city of Flint, Michigan, as a commentary on the city’s water crisis.

Interviews with actors in Public Enemy: Flint

By Joanne Laurier, 15 June 2017

Attempt at censorship in reaction to New York’s Public Theater production of Julius Caesar

By Fred Mazelis, 14 June 2017

Wonder Woman: Humanity is pretty rotten, but the Germans are the worst of the lot

Roman Polanski’s victim in 1977 makes plea to Los Angeles court to end the case

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Indian authorities seek to imprison more Maruti Suzuki workers on frame-up charges

By Shannon Jones, 13 June 2017

Sri Lankan students demand release of framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

What we have said:
The World Socialist Web Site and the Maruti Suzuki workers

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 5: Judge Goyal mangles the law to sustain the legal vendetta

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 18 May 2017

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

From the archives of the Revolution
From the Kronstadt Sailors, Soldiers, and Workers—To the Revolutionary People of Petrograd and All Russia

By Leon Trotsky, 13 June 2017

This declaration by the Kronstadt Soviet was written by Trotsky after he met with the Kronstadt sailors in June to discuss how to respond to the many attacks by the Provisional Government and the bourgeois press against the naval base.

This week in the Russian Revolution
June 12-18: Petrograd Congress of Factory Committees endorses Bolshevik resolutions

12 June 2017

Arriving straight from their factory benches, worker-deputies vote overwhelmingly for Bolshevik resolutions. Workers declare that they are ready to rule without the “help” of the capitalists and landlords.

From the archives of the Revolution
Speech at an Emergency Session of the Petrograd Soviet on the Question of Kronstadt

By Leon Trotsky, 10 June 2017

This speech was delivered by Trotsky at an emergency session of the Petrograd Soviet dealing with attacks by the Provisional Government against the increasingly restive sailors at the Kronstadt naval base.

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon workers speak out
Amazon forced pregnant woman off the job due to physical, emotional stress

By our reporters, 12 June 2017

Ex-Amazon worker: I was fired for picking too slow

By our reporters, 10 June 2017

California Amazon worker speaks out
“They told us to work harder, promised ‘a cookie’ to fastest worker”

By Marc Wells, Toby Reese and Kevin Martinez, 7 June 2017

Striking German Amazon workers describe grueling conditions and digital surveillance

By Dietmar Henning, 7 June 2017

Socialist Equality Party launches International Amazon Workers Voice newsletter

By the Socialist Equality Party, 24 May 2017

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party stands candidates in German election: Against militarism and war! For socialism!

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party of Germany), 5 June 2017

Floods in Sri Lanka: Government responsible for another social disaster

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 June 2017