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

By Patrick Martin, 16 October 2017

A joint investigation by “60 Minutes” and the Washington Post found that Republicans and Democrats in Washington did the bidding of giant drug distribution companies responsible for fueling the opioid crisis.

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

A new stage in the bipartisan health care counterrevolution
Following Trump executive orders, Democrats offer Obamacare “fix”

Far-right poised to enter government following Austrian election

By Peter Schwarz, 16 October 2017

The rightward shift in Austria is symptomatic of Europe as a whole. In the Alpine republic, with its close to 9 million residents, the full extent of the rot of bourgeois politics is on display.

Disinformation campaign scandal shakes Austrian Social Democrats

Transatlantic antagonisms deepen after Trump threatens withdrawal from Iran deal

By Jordan Shilton, 16 October 2017

Transatlantic relations have deteriorated throughout 2017 as Trump has resorted to “America first” nationalism and the major European powers, above all Germany, have advanced their own imperialist ambitions.

Denouncing Iran as a terrorist state, Trump refuses to recertify nuclear accord

Trump’s threats against Iran aggravate German-American tensions

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

By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2017

Far from offering any reassurance of a peaceful solution, Tillerson’s remarks underscore the advanced state of US preparations for a war with North Korea.

The US on the brink of war with North Korea

More on the war threat against North Korea »

Deadline looms for Catalonia to confirm or deny independence declaration

By Alejandro López, 16 October 2017

The secessionists led by Catalonia’s regional premier Carles Puigdemont have spent the past week seeking to strike a deal with Madrid, but no deal is on offer.

Threatening crackdown in Catalonia, Madrid whips up nationalism at military parade

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 »

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

By Rafael Azul and Eric London, 16 October 2017

In neither Napa nor Sonoma counties were the residents warned through the mobile-phone emergency alert systems of the impending catastrophe. In Lake County, the county used mobile alerts and is the only county to report zero deaths.

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

Deaths caused by Leptospirosis reported in Puerto Rico

By Benjamin Mateus, 16 October 2017

There is a scarcity of clean water in rural communities, whose residents are resorting to washing and bathing in local rivers and springs.

President Trump threatens to pull the plug on Puerto Rico

UC Berkeley mobilizes police for “Free Speech Week”

“Extreme emergency” declared for New Orleans’ drainage system

By J. L'Heureau, 16 October 2017

A series of recent storms which brought heavy rains has pushed the city’s antiquated flood control infrastructure to the breaking point.

Kaepernick seeks arbitration over NFL blacklisting

By Alan Gilman, 16 October 2017

The star quarterback has been denied a chance to play in the league because of his role in sparking protests over racial inequality and police violence.

NFL commissioner announces plans against anthem protests

Right-wing Zionist campaign against new director of Center for Jewish History in New York City

By Fred Mazelis, 16 October 2017

The cancellation of two programs by the American Jewish Historical Society is in response to a broader effort to derail the appointment of David Myers to head the CJH.

Hamas reaches agreement with Fatah

By Jean Shaoul, 16 October 2017

The Islamists have been brought to the negotiating table in large measure by Israel’s economic blockade, imposed on Gaza more than 10 years ago to cripple the Hamas-led regime.

China’s billionaires rapidly expand their fortunes

By Mike Head, 16 October 2017

President Xi’s five-year reign, due to be extended next week, has accelerated a vast accumulation of corporate wealth.

New in Spanish

Washington bulle con rumores de un “golpe palaciego” contra Trump

Por Joseph Kishore, 14 octubre 2017

Hay cada vez más especulación respecto a discusiones secretas entre miembros del gabinete y altos funcionarios sobre expulsar a Trump de su cargo.

¡A construir comités de base! ¡Unamos las luchas de los trabajadores canadienses, estadounidenses y mexicanos contra los despidos!
GM amenaza a la fábrica de CAMI, exige que Unifor concluya mes de huelga

Por Carl Bronski y Jerry White, 14 octubre 2017

Los trabajadores tienen que romper la conspiración de silencio del sindicato y la gerencia y demandar todos los detalles de las negociaciones secretas entre Unifor y GM.

Amenazando con represión en Cataluña, Madrid estimula el nacionalismo en el desfile militar

Por Alejandro López, 14 octubre 2017

Señalando su apoyo tácito a una sangrienta represión en Cataluña, el partido pseudoizquierdista Podemos por la primera vez envió representantes al desfile militar del Día Nacional.

La administración de Trump expulsa a dos tercios del personal de la embajada cubana de EE.UU.

Por Alexander Fangmann, 14 octubre 2017

La expulsión del personal de la embajada cubana, supuestamente por presuntos "ataques sónicos", constituye un fin efectivo del acercamiento iniciado bajo la administración Obama.

El presidente Trump amenaza con retirar la ayuda a Puerto Rico

Por Rafael Azul, 14 octubre 2017

En tuits, el presidente le echo la culpa al territorio por su crisis ydijo que la ayuda federal tuvo que ser limitado.

New in German

Trump bezeichnet Iran als Terrorstaat und stellt Atomabkommen in Frage

Keith Jones, 16. Oktober 2017

US-Präsident Trump hat am Freitag angedroht, das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran von 2015 aufzukündigen, wenn es nicht nach Washingtons Vorstellungen umgeändert wird.

IWF warnt vor Instabilität des Finanzsektors
Finanzpolitik seit 2008 bereitet neuen Crash vor

Nick Beams, 16. Oktober 2017

Die Zentralbanken stecken in der Klemme: Eine Normalisierung der Geldpolitik könnte eine Finanzkrise auslösen, aber die Fortsetzung der Politik des billigen Geldes treibt die Verschuldung in bedrohliche Höhen.

New in French

Dénonçant l’Iran comme un état terroriste, Trump refuse de recertifier l’accord nucléaire

Par Keith Jones, 16 octobre 2017

Le président américain, Donald Trump, a promis vendredi qu’il utiliserait ses pouvoirs présidentiels pour faire sauter l’accord nucléaire de 2015 avec l’Iran, à moins qu’il ne soit modifié à la satisfaction de Washington.

Les menaces de Trump contre l’Iran aggravent les tensions germano-américaines

Par Johannes Stern, 16 octobre 2017

L’action agressive de Trump contre l’Iran a provoqué une forte réaction à Berlin, où les politiciens et les médias allemands discutent ouvertement d’une rupture avec les Etats-Unis.

Pourquoi les États-Unis sont-ils en guerre en Afrique de l’Ouest ?

Par Eddie Haywood, 16 octobre 2017

La mort de quatre bérets verts américains le 4 octobre au Niger a fourni un aperçu rare des opérations militaires américaines de grande envergure qui ont été menées presque entièrement en secret.

Cinquante ans depuis le meurtre de Che Guevara

Par Bill Van Auken, 16 octobre 2017

Un demi-siècle après le meurtre en Bolivie du chef de guérilla, l'anniversaire a été exploité par diverses tendances pour donner une couverture de gauche à leur politique réactionnaire et masquer leurs propres trahisons.

New in Turkish

Trump’ın Kuzey Kore’ye karşı tehditleri gerçek bir savaş tehlikesine işaret ediyor

Joseph Kishore, 12 Ekim 2017

Kuzey Kore’ye, nükleer bir felakete yol açabilecek bir savaş açma tehdidinde bulunan Donald Trump, kışkırtıcı açıklama kampanyasını hafta sonunda da sürdürdü.

ABD ile Türkiye arasında vize krizi

Halil Celik, 12 Ekim 2017

ABD-Türkiye ilişkilerindeki krizin arkasında, Ankara ABD’nin savaş planlarının iki ana hedefi olan Rusya ve İran ile bağlarını geliştirirken, iki ülke arasında derinleşen stratejik anlaşmazlıklar yatıyor.

New in Norwegian

Washington syder av rykter om palasskupp mot Trump

Joseph Kishore, 13. Oktober 2017

Det er økende spekulasjon om hemmelige diskusjoner blant regjeringsmedlemmer og høytstående i staben om å tvinge Trump ut av embetet.

Politikken i Harvey Weinstein skandalen

David Walsh, 12. Oktober 2017

Sexskandaler er en mekanisme der andre problemer løses, ofte til tilfredsstillelse av sterke økonomiske interesser.

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Perspective

Trump, Iran and the US drive for world hegemony

16 October 2017

Trump’s new “Iran strategy” has been denounced by European leaders, who accuse Washington of acting as a law unto itself, inciting a global nuclear arms race and heightening the danger of war in the Middle East and on the Korean Peninsula.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

Forty years since the assassination of Tom Henehan (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

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 »

Autoworkers struggles

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

Statement of the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 16 October 2017

CAMI workers have not stood out on the picket lines for a month to accept yet another concessionary contract from an auto giant that made $11 billion in profits last year.

Unifor announces deal to end CAMI strike
Reject Unifor-GM blackmail! No vote until CAMI workers have full contract and time to study it!

Statement of the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 14 October 2017

Build rank-and-file committees! Unite Canadian, US and Mexican workers against job cuts!
GM threatens CAMI plant, demands Unifor end month-long strike

Unifor operative assaults WSWS reporter at CAMI strike rally

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

Temporary shutdown of GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant signals new threat to auto jobs

By Shannon Jones, 13 October 2017

More on auto workers struggles »

Commentary

How the Internet keeps us safe from people like Thomas Friedman

By Andre Damon, 14 October 2017

Why is the US at war in West Africa?

By Eddie Haywood, 14 October 2017

IMF report points to financial dangers lurking beneath global growth

By Nick Beams, 14 October 2017

The politics of the Harvey Weinstein scandal

By David Walsh, 12 October 2017

The New York Times and the criminalization of dissent

By Joseph Kishore, 11 October 2017

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

Arts Review

Rap artist Eminem and his popular tirade against Donald Trump

By Nick Barrickman, 14 October 2017

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

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

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 »

Workers Struggles

Public servants, teachers strike in Pakistan
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

14 October 2017

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

Trump threatens to jettison NAFTA, as trade disputes intensify

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 13 October 2017

New Zealand rail union blocks struggle against attacks on conditions

By our reporters, 13 October 2017

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

More on US immigration »

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.