10 July 2020

Joblessness soars as COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across US

By Bryan Dyne, 10 July 2020

Another 1.3 million people filed for unemployment for the first time last week as 18.1 million placed continuing claims.

Trump’s back-to-work diktat threatens teachers’ lives

Spain imposes regional lockdowns amid resurgence of COVID-19

By Alice Summers, 10 July 2020

After ending the national lockdown, the Podemos-PSOE government is rejecting a coordinated response, leaving regional authorities with managing outbreaks.

“This is going to kill us—not coronavirus, but how broken the health care system is”
An Illinois nurse speaks out against corporate control of health care systems

By Jessica Goldstein, 10 July 2020

The nurse spoke to the WSWS after being furloughed for speaking out against a hospital’s corporate policies that discriminated against low-income patients during the pandemic.

Bath Iron Works expands strikebreaking operation as Maine shipyard walkout continues

By Shannon Jones, 10 July 2020

Management has put out a call for hundreds of additional scab replacements as the walkout by 4,300 shipbuilders is into its third week.

Supreme Court rules against Trump on releasing tax returns, but allows delay

By John Burton, 10 July 2020

While Trump failed in his effort to assert absolute presidential immunity, the court rulings will push back any release of his financial documents until after the election.

Fiat Chrysler ends third shift at Windsor, Ontario plant eliminating 1,375 jobs

By Carl Bronski, 10 July 2020

Talking like a corporate executive, Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy said the cuts were “strictly a business decision.”

Neyveli Thermal plant explosion in southern India kills 13 workers

By Arun Kumar, 10 July 2020

The explosion at the government-owned mine and power plant is a result of the corporation’s refusal to replace outdated and dangerous facilities and equipment.

Arrested Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell being monitored by federal officials over suicide concerns

By Kevin Reed, 10 July 2020

Anonymous federal officials say they fear Maxwell will take her own life while being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn on charges of aiding Jeffrey Epstein in his sex ring and abuse of teenage girls in the 1990s.

“A large-scale struggle and strong opposition is needed”
CUNY students and faculty call for resistance to layoffs and cuts

By Elliott Murtagh, 10 July 2020

The WSWS spoke to students and faculty at the City University of New York about recent austerity measures.

Victoria records highest number of cases since pandemic began, as Australian coronavirus surge intensifies

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 July 2020

Victoria's chief medical officer told the press: “We will see an increase in hospitalised and ICU cases and in deaths in the coming days because of the spike that we have seen.”

“I’ve been made to feel like a criminal, but I haven’t done anything wrong”
Melbourne public housing resident denounces Australian police lockdown

By Eric Ludlow, 9 July 2020

Kat, a working-class mother, spoke with the WSWS about the conditions in the locked-down public housing towers, home to some of the most oppressed sections of the working class.

Chancellor Sunak announces end of UK jobs furlough and rolls out cheap labour scheme

By Robert Stevens, 10 July 2020

Sunak’s declaration that “we can’t protect every job” is the understatement of the century. Companies are announcing thousands of redundancies every day amid warnings of unemployment reaching 5 million by next year.

French-backed security forces in the Sahel guilty of mass extrajudicial executions

By Will Morrow, 10 July 2020

The report exposes the Franco-German-led war as a neo-colonial intervention to subjugate the resource-rich and geo-strategically critical region and its population.

Mexican labor lawyer released under punitive deal after arbitrary imprisonment

By Andrea Lobo, 10 July 2020

The imprisonment of Susana Prieto Terrazas exposed all factions of the ruling elite, from the ostensibly “left” López Obrador administration to the National Action Party (PAN) state governments, and their lurch toward authoritarian forms of rule.

NTEU steps up collaboration with Australian university managements amid job cuts “tsunami”

By Mike Head, 10 July 2020

The union is pushing ahead with deals to impose unprecedented sacrifices on university workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

9 July 2020

Mr. López Obrador goes to Washington
Mexican president kowtows to his “friend” Donald Trump

By Eric London, 9 July 2020

United Airlines threatens to axe 36,000 jobs

By Steve Filips, 9 July 2020

As hundreds of scientists warn WHO of potential airborne spread
Global COVID-19 pandemic takes a new upward leap

By Benjamin Mateus, 9 July 2020

As Trump demands full reopening of schools
US coronavirus case count soars past 3 million

Florida orders schools to reopen as COVID-19 cases surge

Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer pushes unsafe reopening of Michigan schools

Surge in infections gives India third highest COVID-19 cases worldwide

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 9 July 2020

US Supreme Court decisions attack separation of church and state and workers’ rights

By Ed Hightower, 9 July 2020

“A rank-and-file safety committee is exactly what we need”
Toledo Jeep workers demand action after dozens test positive for COVID-19

By Jerry White, 9 July 2020

“How many of us have to die to build their Jeep Cherokees?”
Detroit FCA workers call on workers at GM, Ford and other companies to set up rank-and-file safety committees

As it charts depths of economic crisis
OECD pushes for cuts in assistance for jobless

By Nick Beams, 9 July 2020

Wall Street, Republicans and militarists back Biden campaign

By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2020

Delta Airlines workers expose unsafe working conditions

By Tim Rivers, 9 July 2020

Students oppose Trump’s threat to deport international students

By our reporters, 9 July 2020

Rutgers University announces hundreds of layoffs, intends to charge students full tuition in the fall

By Shuvu Batta, 9 July 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, police shoot man dead in his car, sparking protests

By Chase Lawrence, 9 July 2020

Germany: Automaker Opel cuts company pensions

By Marianne Arens, 9 July 2020

After police killing of Badreddin Abadlla Adam
More evidence of ill-treatment of asylum seekers in Glasgow hotels

By Steve James, 9 July 2020

Riots in Ethiopia over assassination of Oromi singer/activist Hachalu Hundessa

By Jean Shaoul, 9 July 2020

Melbourne public housing residents condemn Australian police lockdown

By Martin Scott and Oscar Grenfell, 9 July 2020

Australia: Woolworths to slash more than 1,300 warehousing jobs

By Patrick Davies, 9 July 2020

What is behind the New Zealand health minister’s resignation?

By Tom Peters, 9 July 2020

New in Russian

«Нью-Йорк Таймс» фабрикует легенду о российских убийствах

Патрик Мартин, 6 июля 2020 г.

Поток исступленных обвинений Вашингтона против России был спровоцирован лживой пропагандистской кампанией, инициированной газетой «Нью-Йорк Таймс».

Голосование по конституционным поправкам в России:
Кремль резко усиливает власть президента

Владимир Волков и Клара Вайс, 6 июля 2020 г.

1 июля завершилось семидневное голосование по конституционным поправкам, впервые предложенным президентом России Владимиром Путиным в январе этого года.

Пандемия неравенства: Как американский капитализм ставит прибыли выше жизней

Андре Деймон, 6 июля 2020 г.

Возрождение COVID-19 является результатом политики, проводимой администрацией Трампа, но поддерживаемой всем политическим и медийным истеблишментом. Она состоит в подчинении потребностей общества интересам финансовой олигархии.

New in Spanish

Se acelera la campaña de guerra de EE.UU. contra China

Por Peter Symonds, 9 julio 2020

Enfrentándose a una crisis en casa según crece la oposición de los trabajadores a la temeraria campaña de regreso al trabajo, Trump está buscando desviar estas inmensas tensiones sociales hacia el exterior contra un enemigo externo.

Mientras Trump exige la reapertura total de las escuelas
El número de casos de coronavirus en EE.UU. se eleva a más de 3 millones

Por Bryan Dyne, 9 julio 2020

Las ciudades de los Estados Unidos se ven obligadas a racionar las pruebas de coronavirus y corren el riesgo de verse obligadas a racionar el tratamiento.

El secretario de Trabajo de Estados Unidos dice que la “reapertura” continuará ante una pandemia creciente

Por Kevin Reed, 9 julio 2020

El secretario de Trabajo Eugene Scalia declaró que "Nuestros lugares de trabajo pueden ser muy seguros", incluso cuando las hospitalizaciones batieron récords en los estados de todo el país.

Trabajadores migrantes en Canadá protestan por la falta de protección de COVID-19

Por Matthew Richter y Roger Jordan, 9 julio 2020

Cientos de trabajadores migrantes y sus partidarios se unieron a las protestas del sábado contra las atroces condiciones de trabajo y de vida, condiciones sancionadas desde hace mucho tiempo por el gobierno y que la pandemia ha empeorado aún más.

Airbus recorta 15,000 empleos
La crisis del coronavirus desencadena despidos masivos y recortes salariales en toda Europa

Por Shannon Jones, 9 julio 2020

El segundo discurso inaugural de Lincoln es considerado, junto con el de Gettysburg, uno de los más importantes de la historia de los Estados Unidos.

New in Portuguese

Bolsonaro, o presidente fascistóide do Brasil, testa positivo para coronavírus

Por Tomas Castanheira, 9 Julho 2020

Em meio à catastrófica pandemia, Bolsonaro reafirma sua mensagem criminosa: "A vida continua, o Brasil tem que produzir, tem que botar a economia para rodar".

Peru suspende restrições de quarentena quando infecções por coronavírus passam marca de 300.000

Por Cesar Uco, 9 Julho 2020

"Fase três" alinha o governo e todos partidos políticos com os interesses das grandes empresas e contra os trabalhadores.

New in Turkish

Dünya tarihindeki iki Amerikan Devrimi

David North, 6 Temmuz 2020

4 Temmuz, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’ni kuran Bağımsızlık Bildirgesi’nin ilan edilmesinin 244. yıldönümü.

Karl Marx’tan 4 Temmuz’a

James P. Cannon, 6 Temmuz 2020

James P. Cannon’ın 16 Temmuz 1951’de Militant gazetesinde yayımlanan ilk Amerikan Devrimi üzerine yazısını okurlarımızın dikkatine sunuyoruz.

New in French

Le diktat de retour au travail de Trump menace la vie des enseignants

Evan Blake, 10 juillet 2020

Mercredi, le président américain, Donald Trump, a exigé la réouverture des écoles américaines à l’automne, dans un contexte de pandémie qui menace la vie de milliers d’enseignants.

M. López Obrador se rend à Washington
Le président mexicain se prosterne devant son «ami» Donald Trump

Eric London, 10 juillet 2020

La présence d’Obrador aux côtés de Trump mercredi restera dans l’histoire comme l’une des visites les plus humiliantes et les plus serviles de tous les chefs d’État latino-américain à Washington.

Émeutes en Éthiopie suite à l'assassinat du chanteur et activiste oromo Hachalu Hundessa

Jean Shaoul, 10 juillet 2020

À Addis-Abeba, au moins 10 personnes ont été tuées lors d’affrontements avec la police et beaucoup d’autres ont été blessées. D’autres affrontements ont eu lieu partout en Oromia, la plus grande des neuf régions ethniques éthiopiennes.

New in German

Die Stellung der beiden amerikanischen Revolutionen in der Weltgeschichte

David North, 6. Juli 2020

Am 4. Juli 1776 wurden die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika gegründet. Die welthistorische Bedeutung der Unabhängigkeitserklärung ergibt sich nicht nur aus ihren unmittelbaren politischen Folgen, sondern mehr noch aus ihren Grundsätzen.

Trotz drohender weiterer Ausbreitung der Corona-Pandemie:
Trump setzt Auftritt am Mount Rushmore durch

Barry Grey, 6. Juli 2020

In seiner faschistischen Tirade nutzte Trump die Angriffe auf Denkmäler der amerikanischen Revolutionsführer, um Jugendliche, die gegen Polizeimorde demonstrieren, als „linksradikale Faschisten“ zu brandmarken. Er lobte Polizisten und rechte Milizen und kündigte ein noch härteres Durchgreifen an.

Tönnies-Mitarbeiterin wegen kritischem Video gekündigt
Zahl der Corona-Infektionen in Deutschland steigt wieder an

Marianne Arens, 6. Juli 2020

Der Masseninfektion in der nordrhein-westfälischen Fleischfabrik Tönnies, wo sich über 1500 Arbeiter mit Covid-19 ansteckten, ist zum Symbol für die Rücksichtslosigkeit geworden, mit der Unternehmer und Politiker die Arbeiterklasse der Pandemiegefahr aussetzen.

Frankreich: Macron ernennt neuen Premierminister

Alex Lantier, 6. Juli 2020

Jean Castex soll gemeinsam mit den Gewerkschaften die drakonischen Austeritätsmaßnahmen koordinieren, die Macron und die Banken trotz Corona-Pandemie durchsetzen wollen.

New in Mandarin

支持国际工人阶级对抗COVID-19大流行病的行动!

第四国际国际委员会的声明, 2020年6月29日

只有一场来自国际工人阶级的反对资本主义的独立政治干预 才能结束COVID-19大流行带来的大规模死亡

工人阶级、社会主义与抗击大流行病

David North, 2020年6月18日

在第四国际创始文件《过渡纲领》中,列昂·托洛茨基将1936-1937年大萧条期间在美国爆发的静坐罢工描述为 “美国工人为了将自己提升到历史给予他们的那些任务的水准所做的本能努力”。

华尔街以死亡为宴

大卫.诺斯, 2020年5月3日

昨天,4月14日,全球因COVID-19大流行造成的死亡总数超过126,000。在美国,周二有2400多人死亡,使全国受害者总数达到26000。这些官方数字无疑大大低于因冠状病毒感染而死亡的实际人数。

伦敦工人拼死与冠毒作战 富豪纷纷撤离

Michael Barnes, 2020年5月9日

早在新冠病毒大流行之前,伦敦就已是英国丑恶的不平等的中心。如今它不可避免地成为英国疫情的震中。这座城市是整个英国社会阶级分化的集中范例。

New in Norwegian

Etabler grunnplankomitéer på fabrikker og arbeidsplasser for å forhindre overføring av Covid-19-virus og redde liv!

Uttalelse fra Socialist Equality Party (USA), 22. mai 2020

Regjeringen og selskapene krever gjenopptakelse av arbeid midt under en pandemi, som hver uke krever flere tusen liv. Deres pådriv for profitter prioriterer ikke arbeideres og deres familiers helse og sikkerhet.

Trump-administrasjonen gjør Taiwan til sin seneste front i antiKina-kampanjen

Peter Symonds, 22. mai 2020

USA har provoserende hyllet gjenvalget av den taiwanske presidenten Tsai Ing-wen og presset på for Taiwans sak under det årlige ministermøtet for Verdens helseorganisasjon (WHO).

USA forbereder antiRussland-krigsspill midt under pandemien

Andrea Peters, 22. mai 2020

Om litt mer enn to uker vil 6 000 amerikanske og polske tropper simulere bakke og luftbårne angrep ca. 56 kilometer fra det russiske territoriet Kaliningrad.

Covid-19-pandemien avslører Frankrikes Nytt Antikapitalistisk Parti

Alex Lantier, 22. mai 2020

Pandemien setter arbeidere i alle land opp i en uforsonlig konflikt med de pro-imperialistiske middelklassepartiene som styringsklassen lenge har fremstilt som venstresiden.

New in Italian

La classe lavoratrice, il socialismo e la lotta contro la pandemia

David North, 1 aprile 2020

Gli scioperi e le proteste dei lavoratori di Instacart, Amazon e Whole Foods sono in risposta alla criminale subordinazione della sicurezza dei lavoratori ai profitti aziendali.

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Perspective

Michigan court rules that SEP must gather signatures despite pandemic

10 July 2020

The district court’s decision is not a serious legal ruling grounded in jurisprudence or reasoned analysis. It is a political decision aimed at barring socialists from the ballot.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured commentary

The collapse of the New York Times’ “Russian bounties” campaign

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2020

Less than two weeks after it kicked off a media frenzy, the Times published an editorial effectively conceding that there was no factual basis for its reporting that Russian military intelligence had paid bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers.

Massive neo-Nazi penetration of German military and police

By Jordan Shilton, 10 July 2020

There are growing fears in the German government of preparations for a right-wing putsch.

The campaign to smear novelist Charles Dickens as a racist

By David Walsh, 10 July 2020

Dickens was one of the greatest novelists of the 19th century and a world-historical literary and cultural figure. In the English language, he is perhaps second only to William Shakespeare in enduring significance and popularity.

The School That Tried to End Racism: A cruel experiment in furtherance of identity politics

By Margot Miller, 10 July 2020

Behind the experiment carried out at Glenthorne High School are reactionary, right-wing politics based on the conception that identity, especially race, is the main driver in society.

SEP US presidential election campaign

Federal judge backs Democrats, rules against SEP challenge to Michigan ballot access requirements during pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 9 July 2020

act.tv's Julianna Forlano interviews Joseph Kishore

With Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 9 July 2020

An important discussion of the pandemic, the crisis of capitalism, class forces in politics, police violence, and the need for a unified international socialist movement.

Hands off international students! Oppose ICE deportation of foreign college students!

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 8 July 2020

Commentary

US war drive against China accelerates

By Peter Symonds, 8 July 2020

Expand autoworkers’ struggle to stop the coronavirus and save lives! Form rank-and-file safety committees!

By the Jefferson North Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 June 2020

Hands off Fiat Chrysler workers fighting the COVID-19 disease!

By the Jefferson North and Sterling Heights Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 1 July 2020

For international working class action against the COVID-19 pandemic!

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 23 June 2020

July 4th Online Discussion

The World Socialist Web Site celebrated the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by hosting a discussion with five eminent historians: Victoria Bynum, Clayborne Carson, Richard Carwardine, James Oakes and Gordon Wood. The event was moderated by Kings College professor Tom Mackaman and WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North.

The Legacy of the American Revolution and Civil War

An interview with Ed Achorn, author of Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

By Shannon Jones, 10 July 2020

In a recent conversation with the WSWS, Achorn discussed his book on Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address and weighed in on efforts to slander the president who won the Civil War and destroyed slavery in the United States.

Democrats’ denunciation of America’s revolutionary heritage provides an opening for Trump

By Niles Niemuth, 7 July 2020

The significance of the July 4 online discussion, “The Place of the Two American Revolutions: Past, Present and Future”

By David Walsh, 6 July 2020

The two American Revolutions in world history

By David North, 4 July 2020

Racial-communalist politics and the second assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Niles Niemuth and David North, 25 June 2020

New York Times’ Charles Blow demands the removal of monuments to Washington and other “amoral monsters”

By Niles Niemuth, 1 July 2020

Arts Review

British government’s token arts rescue package: A “back-to-work” agenda amid an ongoing catastrophe

By Paul Bond, 9 July 2020

The limited financial assistance provided is based on the Johnson government’s claim that the pandemic is on the wane and that theatre, dance and music venues will soon be able to get back to relying on revenue from the paying public.

Ennio Morricone, among the greatest composers for the cinema, is dead at 91

By Marc Wells, 8 July 2020

An appreciation of British painter Leon Kossoff (1926-2019)

By Clare Hurley, 7 July 2020

Workers Struggles

Iranian sugar plant strike enters fourth week; Israeli social workers on indefinite strike; indefinite walkout by Nigerian doctors
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

10 July 2020

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

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Letters demand Sri Lankan defence secretary stop military harassment of SEP candidates

By our correspondents, 9 July 2020

Hands off the Sri Lankan Trotskyists
SEP demands military stops harassing its election candidates in Jaffna

Vote SEP in the Sri Lankan general election
Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) to hold second online election rally

6 July 2020

Sri Lankan Trotskyists hold first online election rally

Sri Lankan SEP holds online meeting on global protests against police murders

Sri Lankan president establishes military taskforce: Another step toward dictatorship

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Oppose the Melbourne public housing towers lock-in! For a health and welfare response, not a police mobilisation!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 9 July 2020

The SEP calls for the formation of local safety committees, both within the tower blocks and more broadly, to organise measures to protect the residents and the working class as a whole.

Organise teachers, parents and school staff committees to oppose reckless school reopening in Melbourne!

By the Committee for Public Education (Australia), 7 July 2020

“Deep cleaning” in Australian schools: Image and reality

History

“Literacy is a clean window onto the world...”
100 years since formation of Soviet Extraordinary Commission for the Liquidation of Illiteracy

By Patrick O’Connor, 8 July 2020

The Soviet literacy campaign remains the largest and most successful in world history.

Science

The COVID-19 vaccine and the drive for profit

By Frank Gaglioti, 8 July 2020

As the pandemic rages across the planet, the struggle to develop a vaccine has become an urgent task. But the vaccines will be weaponized for geopolitical purposes, not to provide the treatments equitably on a global scale.

Contact tracing and capitalism’s response to the pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 June 2020

25 years ago: Thousands killed at Srebrenica massacre

On July 11, 1995, the Bosnian Serb takeover of the besieged town of Srebrenica began, leading to a mass killing of Bosnian Muslims that lasted the entire week.

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50 years ago: Police shoot 46 in Asbury Park riot

On July 7, 1970, police shot at demonstrators protesting against inequality and unemployment in the beach resort city of Asbury Park, New Jersey, wounding as many as 46.

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75 years ago: Soviet Union hands West Berlin to Britain and the US

On July 12, 1945, British and US troops took control of West Berlin, after it was formally relinquished by the Soviet Union the day before.

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100 years ago: Martial law in Beijing

On July 10, 1920, authorities under Duan Qirui, leader of the Anhui Clique of warlords, declared martial law in Beijing as forces from the Zhili Clique, led by Cao Kun, converged on the city.

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Socialist Equality Party (US)

Twenty-five years since the death of Ed Winn

By Fred Mazelis, 26 June 2020

Twice the presidential candidate of the Workers League, Ed Winn fought for Marxist principles throughout the American and international working class. He was a New York City transit worker for 22 years.

Book Review

The Room Where it Happened: John Bolton’s account of the “palace coup” opposition to Trump

By Andre Damon, 26 June 2020

The New York Times' 1619 Project

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 6 September 2019

Mehring Books

Introduction to The Fourth International and the Perspective of World Socialist Revolution: 1986–1995

By Joseph Kishore, 19 June 2020

We are publishing here the introduction to the upcoming book The Fourth International and the Perspective of World Socialist Revolution: 1986–1995. The book consists of lectures on the development of the perspective and program of the International Committee of the Fourth International in the aftermath of the split with the British Workers Revolutionary Party in February 1986.

Free Julian Assange

US indictment of Assange based on testimony of FBI assets, convicted child molester

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2020

Julian Assange’s fiancé calls on the Australian government to secure his freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 June 2020

Journalists expose CIA spying on Assange and demand his freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 June 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

June 7 Online Meeting

The coronavirus pandemic

The Malthusian underpinnings of Boris Johnson’s “herd immunity” strategy

By Thomas Scripps, 8 June 2020

Build rank-and-file factory and workplace committees to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus and save lives!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 21 May 2020

Brazilian Trotskyists issue call for working-class action against pandemic
What will be the cost of implementing this program? Who will pay for it?

Statement of the Brazilian Socialist Equality Group (In Solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International), 2 June 2020

Turkish Trotskyists call for independent working-class action against the pandemic

By Sosyalist Eşitlik (in solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International), 5 June 2020

British Trotskyists issue call for working class action against pandemic

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 27 May 2020

SEP (Sri Lanka) calls for action committees to counter COVID-19 and defend jobs

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 June 2020

Oppose the premature lifting of COVID-19 safety restrictions!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 June 2020

London bus drivers face COVID-19 disaster: Build rank-and-file safety committees!

By Laura Tiernan, 5 June 2020

More on the coronavirus pandemic »

International May Day Online Rally

Governments worldwide respond to COVID-19 by saving profits, not lives

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 12 May 2020

The ruling elite’s efforts to enforce a return to work—and impose a massive restructuring of class relations to pay for the bailout of Wall Street—will encounter enormous opposition from the working class.

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The COVID-19 pandemic: A trigger event in world history

By David North, 4 May 2020

We are publishing here the text of the opening report to the 2020 International Online May Day Rally delivered by David North.

On May 2, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.

History

Russian court keeps historian of Stalinist massacres jailed amid COVID-19 outbreak

By Clara Weiss, 12 May 2020

The vendetta against Dmitriev is part of the campaign by Russia’s state and ruling oligarchy to suppress all efforts to uncover the truth about the crimes of Stalinism.

One Hundred and Fifty Years Since the Birth of Lenin

By David North, 22 April 2020

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov in the Russian city of Simbirsk on April 22, 1870. Known in history under the name of Lenin, he was the founder of the Bolshevik Party, leader of the 1917 October Revolution and, undoubtedly, a towering figure in the political and intellectual history of the twentieth century.

Fifty years since the massacre of students at Kent State

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2020

Obituary

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dead at 90

By Jerry White, 27 February 2020

From 1983 to 1995, Bieber presided over the final demise of the UAW as an organization that conducted a limited defense of the day-to-day interests of autoworkers and its transformation into what it is today: a direct arm of corporate management.

Hosni Mubarak, US-backed dictator of Egypt for 30 years, dead at 91

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2020

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes Turkish-language edition of The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 30 March 2020

First published by the WSWS in February 2018, The Struggle against Imperialism and for Workers’ Power in Iran—A Reply to a Proponent of “Iranian Islamic Socialism” advances a socialist strategy for the working class in a country that has been the target of US imperialist aggression for decades.

Preface to the Turkish edition of The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran

By Keith Jones, 30 March 2020

A viable strategy to defeat imperialism can only be founded on the working class, and requires its independent political mobilization against all factions of the Iranian bourgeoisie.

Amazon

South Carolina Amazon worker speaks on loss of his health, benefits and job

By Ed Hightower and Michael Walters, 21 March 2020

Donald Thrift Jr was left jobless with $27,000 in medical debt after contracting double pneumonia while working in an Amazon fulfillment center in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

As more workers test positive for COVID-19, Amazon ignores demands to close warehouses

By Tom Carter, 25 March 2020

At least three Amazon workers in Shepherdsville, Kentucky tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, following the discovery of COVID-19 cases in New York, Florida and Michigan warehouses.

Amazon workers in New York City shut down warehouse after worker tests positive for coronavirus

By Shuvu Batta, 21 March 2020

The discovery that an Amazon worker in Queens had tested positive for coronavirus sparked work stoppages which shut the processing facility Thursday night.