Dow at 22,000: A new high for parasitism

By Nick Beams, 4 August 2017

The Dow’s record-breaking close coincided with Depression-like scenes of thousands of workers in the US lining up for job applications with Amazon, a firm which epitomizes poverty wages and super-exploitation.

“It’s like we are going back to the early 1900s before workers had any rights”
Amazon job applicants speak on social crisis in US

By Isaac Finn, 4 August 2017

Workers at Amazon’s job fair described living and working conditions in Ohio and Massachusetts to the World Socialist Web Site and International Amazon Workers Voice.

Tens of thousands line up at Amazon job fairs as Dow tops 22,000

Amazon Jobs Day: A Tale of Two Americas

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Watch: Top UAW negotiator took over $1 million in bribes from Fiat Chrysler

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As worker anger over UAW corruption scandal grows, union president defends sellout contracts

Trump threatens trade war measures against China

By Peter Symonds, 4 August 2017

After criticising Beijing over the latest North Korean missile launch, the Trump administration is preparing to take action against China over intellectual property rights.

Leaked transcripts provide ugly picture of Trump and Australian prime minister

By Mike Head, 4 August 2017

The phone calls displayed Trump’s thuggishness and readiness to bully other countries, including supposed allies, in line with his “America First” agenda.

India-China border tensions continue unabated

By K. Ratnayake, 4 August 2017

The principal factor driving the dispute over a remote Himalayan ridge is India’s emergence as a veritable “frontline state” in Washington’s strategic offensive against China.

Former Grenfell Tower residents left without permanent accommodation

By Thomas Scripps, 4 August 2017

Currently, only 45 households have accepted accommodation offers, with only 12 properly rehoused.

Grenfell fire survivors speak out over poor treatment

By our reporters, 4 August 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to former Grenfell Tower residents about Kensington and Chelsea’s rehousing offer.

Grenfell survivors homeless while local mansions remain empty

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Turkey launches mass trial of officers charged in July 2016 coup attempt

By Halil Celik, 4 August 2017

On August 1, Ankara’s Fourth Criminal Court launched a trial of 486 defendants accused of complicity in the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15 of last year.

CSX railroad workers denounce Wall Street plundering

By Jeff Lusanne, 4 August 2017

As the CEO blames employees for the failure of his policies, CSX workers have denounced years of eroding working conditions.

Railroad workers at CSX face the dictates of Wall Street

US court denies damage claim for American citizen wrongfully held for more than three years by ICE

By Nick Barrickman, 4 August 2017

Davino Watson was denied payment for damages on the grounds that the statute of limitations had passed while he was still being wrongfully detained.

Native American health care to be gutted as tribal elites support private markets

By Kayla Costa, 4 August 2017

Tribal leaders are encouraging Native Americans to enter the private health insurance market, placing the medical coverage of over 300,000 people at risk.

US study shows uninsured twice as likely to suffer from opioid abuse

Labour Party leader resigns ahead of New Zealand election

By Tom Peters, 4 August 2017

Andrew Little has quit to make way for Jacinda Ardern in a desperate attempt to save Labour from another landslide election defeat.

Sri Lankan government to impose IMF dictated taxes

By Saman Gunadasa, 4 August 2017

The new tax regime will increase the economic burden on workers, small businesses and the self-employed while providing more concessions to big business.

New in Spanish

Las sanciones estadounidenses y la amenaza de guerra

Por Alex Lantier, 4 agosto 2017

Ante el empeoramiento de la crisis interna y la ruptura de viejas alianzas, Estados Unidos continua intensificando sus amenazas militares contras dos potencias nucleares al mismo tiempo, Rusia y China.

Google amaña búsquedas para bloquear acceso al World Socialist Web Site

Por el Consejo Editorial del WSWS, 4 agosto 2017

Nuestro análisis estadístico comprueba que Google está relegando el contenido del WSWS en sus resultados de búsqueda.

Nuevo protocolo de búsqueda de Google restringe acceso a trece importantes sitios socialistas, progresistas y antibélicos

Por Andre Damon y David North, 4 agosto 2017

El World Socialist Web Site y otros sitios de izquierda ampliamente visitados han sufrido una caída inmensa en tráfico proveniente de las búsquedas de Google.

Trump impone sanciones a Maduro tras voto de asamblea constituyente en Venezuela

Por Andrea Lobo, 4 agosto 2017

Las sanciones marcan una importante escalada en la injerencia imperialista la crisis venezolana y en la política interna de los países latinoamericanos.

Las sanciones de Washington contra Venezuela y el callejón sin salida del chavismo

Por Eric London, 4 agosto 2017

Casi dos décadas desde que llegó Chávez al poder, Venezuela sigue siendo uno de los países más desiguales del planeta en el que la clase obrera es relegada a la pobreza.

New in French

Des dizaines de milliers de candidats aux forums de recrutement d’Amazon alors que le Dow dépasse 22 000 points

Par Eric London, 4 août 2017

Les longues queues de travailleurs encerclant les bâtiments et s’étendant dans les parkings à la recherche désespérée d’un emploi rappellent les scènes de la Grande dépression.

Les sanctions de Washington contre le Venezuela et l’impasse du chavisme

Par Eric London, 4 août 2017

Presque 20 ans après l’élection de Chavez, le Venezuela reste un des pays les plus inégalitaires du monde, où la pauvreté est la condition qui domine chez la classe ouvrière.

New in German

Massenandrang auf Amazon-Jobmessen und Rekordwert für den Dow Jones

Eric London, 4. August 2017

Die langen Schlangen von Arbeitssuchenden vor Gebäuden und auf Parkplätzen erinnern an die Große Depression.

China weist Trumps Anschuldigungen wegen Nordkoreas Atomprogramm zurück

Peter Symonds, 4. August 2017

Die chinesische Regierung hat Vorwürfe der Trump- Regierung zurückgewiesen, sie würde Nordkorea nicht zur Einstellung seines Atom- und Raketenprogramms drängen.

Ein Leserbrief zur sozialen Lage und zum Fiat-Streik in Serbien

4. August 2017

Nach dem Ende des Fiat-Streiks in Serbien erreichte die WSWS der Brief eines Lesers, der die soziale Situation der Arbeiter und der Bevölkerung auf dem Land im heutigen Serbien kommentiert.

Nahverkehr Bayern: Wie Verdi und die NahVG Verschlechterungen im Tarifvertrag festschreiben

Marianne Arens, 4. August 2017

Während sich mehrere Tramfahrer vor Gericht erfolgreich gegen eine Benachteiligung bei der Schichtzulage durchsetzten, schrieben die Gewerkschaften dieselbe Benachteiligung im bayrischen Tarifvertrag TV-N fest.

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Perspective

Trump makes an appeal to the fascistic right

4 August 2017

What has unfolded over the past two weeks is a calculated political strategy aimed at mobilizing an ultra-right movement outside both the Democratic and Republican parties.

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Google Censorship

Google blocked every one of the WSWS’s 45 top search terms

By Andre Damon, 4 August 2017

Google has blacklisted the World Socialist Web Site from the 45 most popular search terms that previously brought people to it, according to a new review of data.

Google’s new search protocol is restricting access to 13 leading socialist, progressive and anti-war web sites

By Andre Damon and David North, 2 August 2017

RT interviews Andre Damon: Google becoming “censorship engine”

Google’s chief search engineer legitimizes new censorship algorithm

Does the WSWS write about Leon Trotsky? Not according to Google

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Commentary

The abandonment of the CIA’s Syrian “rebels” and the pseudo-left accomplices of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 4 August 2017

The Trump administration’s unceremonious pulling of the plug on the CIA’s billion-dollar regime-change operation has exposed the real role of the pseudo-left promoters of the Syrian “revolution.”

The anti-socialist politics of the Democratic Socialists of America

By Tom Hall, 3 August 2017

Washington’s sanctions against Venezuela and the dead-end of Chavismo

Left Party leader supports Germany’s great power interests

Arts

The suicide of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington (1976-2017)

By Ben Trent, 4 August 2017

Bennington was best known for his vocal range, and his ability to combine anguish and pain in his singing.

Ceremony: The journey of a statue of Friedrich Engels from Ukraine to Manchester

By Margot Miller, 3 August 2017

Battlefield 1 and war video games: Old lies for a new generation

By Carlos Delgado, 3 August 2017

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
Bank of England staff strike, Israeli workers protest chemical plant closing

4 August 2017

Strikes and protests have hit the region as governments press their programmes of austerity and privatisation.

Sri Lankan government deploys army to break oil workers’ strike

The Australian Education Union’s 2017 campaign of misinformation and censorship

International Amazon Workers Voice

Amazon CEO Bezos makes $1.4 billion Thursday morning, briefly becoming world’s richest person

By Evan Blake, 28 July 2017

Amazon to seize the land of freed slaves’ descendants to lay power lines

Government gives Amazon millions in free money for Romulus, Michigan warehouse

Amazon and the CIA: a match made in hell
Part One: Amazon cashes in on war crimes and mass surveillance

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
July 31—August 6: The nightmare in Flanders

31 July 2017

Perhaps more than any other battle in world history, the Third Battle of Ypres will endure for generations as a symbol of pointless and fratricidal barbarism. While popular moods continue to turn against the war, counterrevolution is in full swing in Russia.

From the archives of the Russian Revolution
Letter to the Provisional Government

By Leon Trotsky, 31 July 2017

This is a new translation of an open letter Trotsky addressed to the Provisional Government on the arrest of Bolshevik leaders, which took place during the crackdown that followed the July Days.

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Professor Sean McMeekin revives discredited anti-Lenin slanders (Part I)

By David North, 30 June 2017

Maruti Suzuki

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

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

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

Five years since company-provoked incident used to frame up Maruti Suzuki workers

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

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Socialist Equality Party

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand discuss international significance of Grenfell Tower disaster

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

“You have to be rich to have a voice”
SEP meeting attendees speak on the Grenfell Tower tragedy

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

UK public meetings:
Grenfell Fire—Social Murder: A crime against the working class

21 July 2017

Independent Inquiry Committee holds meeting on Sri Lankan garbage dump collapse

By our correspondent, 26 July 2017

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History

Fifty years since the Detroit rebellion
Part one: An uprising of the oppressed

By Barry Grey, 21 July 2017

The WSWS is posting a three-part series originally published in July of 1987 under the title “Twenty years since the Detroit rebellion.”

Mehring Books

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Heritage We Defend

By David North, 23 June 2017

A Turkish language edition of The Heritage We Defend by David North will be released next month by Mehring Yayıncılık, the publishing house of the Socialist Equality Group (Toplumsal Esitlik), the Trotskyist organization in Turkey working in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International. The Heritage We Defend was originally published in 1988. We are posting the preface for the Turkish edition written by David North.