Top US health adviser predicts millions will contract COVID-19 and 100,000–200,000 will die

By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 30 March 2020

As Trump’s top health advisers warn of a rapid escalation of infections and deaths across the country, the White House, visibly in crisis, shifts from one stop-gap policy to another.

Instacart workers in US begin nationwide walkout as Whole Foods workers plan sickout Tuesday

By Erik Schreiber, 30 March 2020

Instacart workers vowed not to return to work until the company provides basic protections and improves compensation during the coronavirus pandemic, while Whole Foods workers plan a sickout tomorrow.

Spanish police assault steelworkers striking against COVID-19 “back-to-work” order

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 30 March 2020

The police assault on the Sidenor steel factory in the Basque Country was carried out under the authority of the pseudo-left Podemos party and the Spanish social-democrats.

EU divisions erupt as anger mounts among workers over COVID-19 response

By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2020

Open conflicts are emerging between the EU powers after the collapse of Thursday’s COVID-19 summit in Brussels, as top officials warn of a disintegration of the EU.

China: COVID-19 hospital construction worker’s protest blog goes viral before being deleted

By a correspondent in China, 30 March 2020

The worker described the wage theft and repressive conditions suffered by thousands of construction employees who build hospitals in Wuhan at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

UN warns that COVID-19 pandemic could trigger global food shortage

By Jean Shaoul, 30 March 2020

The hardest hit will be the world’s most vulnerable people, including 300 million children who rely on school meals as their one reliable meal of the day.

Leading epidemiologist says Detroit is facing a coronavirus “tsunami”

By Kevin Reed, 30 March 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is exploding in Detroit and surrounding communities as Michigan overtook Washington as the state with the fourth most confirmed cases of the infection.

New York City nurses protest over PPE, staff shortages as number of cases, deaths continue to climb

By Ali Elhassan and Clara Weiss, 30 March 2020

As the crisis intensifies in New York, front line health care workers are regularly being forced to work with inadequate personal protective equipment, causing them to become ill themselves in ever increasing numbers.

Four deaths over the weekend raise COVID-19 death toll among US autoworkers to nine

By Jessica Goldstein, 30 March 2020

The primary and immediate responsibility for these deaths lies with the Detroit automakers and their lackeys in the United Auto Workers, which conspired to keep workers on the line as long as possible during the pandemic, without even minimal sanitation and safety measures

More on autoworkers struggles »

Chicago’s largest convention center to become 3,050-bed field hospital

By Kristina Betinis and Jessica Goldstein, 30 March 2020

After critical weeks of inaction, Illinois state and federal agencies are working to create isolation and treatment facilities in anticipation of hospitals reaching capacity.

Trump administration and Mexican government collaborate to deny life-saving care to refugees with HIV

By Joe Williams, 30 March 2020

HIV-positive immigrants seeking asylum in the United States, who face a growing shortage of key medication in Mexico to maintain their compromised immune systems, must now also contend with a growing coronavirus epidemic.

Canada’s doctors issue dire warnings over lack of preparedness for surge of COVID-19 patients

By Omar Ali, 30 March 2020

Were 30 percent of Ontario’s 14 million residents to become infected with the coronavirus, with 5 percent of these requiring intensive care treatment, each of the province’s intensive care doctors would have the impossible task of treating 500 patients per day.

Sunday Telegraph reports on Exercise Cygnus
UK government source speaks of “blood on our hands” over coronavirus due to NHS cuts

By Robert Stevens, 30 March 2020

The Telegraph article makes clear the NHS was unable to deal with the outbreak of a pandemic because of the decade long and ongoing austerity programme designed to make the working class pay for the trillion-pound bailout of the banks in 2008.

India’s calamitous lockdown punishes poor while undermining efforts to halt spread of coronavirus

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 March 2020

The Modi government’s ill-prepared, three-week lockdown has resulted in chaos, including large disorganized movements of desperate poor people, thereby providing conditions conducive to the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Africa’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 approaching 5,000

By Stephan McCoy, 30 March 2020

The need for an internationally coordinated response to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the African continent is urgent.

Duterte reacts to COVID-19 with military repression

By Joseph Santolan, 30 March 2020

The Duterte administration has responded to the pandemic not with the deployment of masks, testing and treatment, but heavily-armed military checkpoints, armored personnel carriers and police state repression.

Coronavirus cases surge in Turkey as anger grows among workers at government response

By Baris Demir, 30 March 2020

Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus increased by 23 to 131 yesterday, as the number of confirmed cases rose 1,815 to 9,217.

Germany: IG Metall union exploiting COVID-19 crisis to cut more jobs at Thyssenkrupp

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 30 March 2020

The union and its works council representatives have agreed to increased job cuts and are also sending workers onto the production lines, despite heightened health risks, to achieve ever-higher productivity.

Australian governments pour billions more into big business as pandemic spreads

By Mike Head, 30 March 2020

The stark discrepancy between the “economic” and “health” packages epitomises the response of Australia’s bipartisan “national cabinet.”

Japanese government planning attacks on democratic rights on pretext of pandemic

By Ben McGrath, 30 March 2020

Health experts are warning that Japan could see a wider COVID-19 outbreak, in part due to the complete lack of preparation by the Abe government.

Sri Lankan president grants clemency to war criminal

By Vimukthi Vidarshana, 30 March 2020

By releasing a war criminal Rajapakse has declared that the military will have the immunity for past and future crimes against the masses.

Hungary’s Orbán government seizes on coronavirus pandemic to establish dictatorship

By Markus Salzmann, 30 March 2020

Following the declaration of a state of emergency on March 11, the country’s parliament is to be effectively abolished with the introduction of an “Emergency Ordinance Act.”

28 March 2020

Coronavirus cases in United States surpass 100,000

By Bryan Dyne, 28 March 2020

Detroit mayor confirms denial of treatment to “extremely sick” patients: “What they put out is honest”

By Kevin Reed, 28 March 2020

House passes Senate “rescue” bill
Democrats unite with Trump to enact massive corporate bailout

By Barry Grey, 28 March 2020

Pandemic death toll in Europe rises to 19,000 as savaged health care systems are overwhelmed

By Thomas Scripps and Alice Summers, 28 March 2020

Coronavirus in Europe: Overworked hospitals become death traps

By Gregor Link, 28 March 2020

UK government buried 2016 report exposing catastrophic NHS failings during flu pandemic

By Steve James, 28 March 2020

UK health care assistant: “There’s a fear that if we are tested for COVID-19, most of us will come back positive and the NHS will collapse”

By our reporter, 28 March 2020

European Union summit on coronavirus ends in acrimony

By Peter Schwarz, 28 March 2020

COVID-19 pandemic spells no truce in US imperialism’s global aggression

By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2020

Coronavirus death toll extends to New York transit workers

By Daniel de Vries, 28 March 2020

Kroger warehouse workers walk out in Memphis over coronavirus concerns

By Warren Duzak, 28 March 2020

Congressional commission recommends expanding US draft registration to women

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 March 2020

Coronavirus crisis in Sri Lanka: A program for the working class

the Socialist Equality Party, 28 March 2020

Sri Lankan doctors speak out over coronavirus dangers facing health workers

By Sakuna Jayawardena, 28 March 2020

Big business in South Korea exploits pandemic to carry out massive assault on jobs

By Ben McGrath, 28 March 2020

Australian governments reject calls for lockdown despite rising COVID-19 danger

By Mike Head, 28 March 2020

Australian medical workers speak on the growing crisis in the health system

By our correspondents, 28 March 2020

Workers remain at risk during New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown

By Tom Peters, 28 March 2020

Mexico’s government seeks to place burden of virus crisis on the backs of the working class

By Don Knowland, 28 March 2020

Ohio, Texas and Mississippi ban abortion under guise of fighting coronavirus

By Isaac Finn, 28 March 2020

Fears grow that coronavirus is taking hold among immigrants in US custody as three children test positive

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 28 March 2020

First immigrant in ICE custody tests positive for coronavirus in New Jersey

Albany, Georgia walloped by coronavirus outbreak as governor refuses to implement state-wide stay at home order

By Aaron Murch, 28 March 2020

New York Democratic governor finally suspends construction projects after criminal delay

By Elliott Murtagh and Sandy English, 28 March 2020

”Obviously there has to be a revolt”
US teachers speak out on the coronavirus epidemic

By our reporters, 28 March 2020

Confronting coronavirus
University of California graduate students need a socialist political strategy

By Jonathan Burleigh, 28 March 2020

Canada’s parliament approves coronavirus bailout for corporations and austerity for workers

By Keith Jones, 28 March 2020

Israel: Gantz paves way for national unity government with Netanyahu

By Jean Shaoul, 28 March 2020

New in Italian

Come combattere la pandemia COVID-19: Un programma d’azione per la classe lavoratrice

Comitato Nazionale del Partito dell’Eguaglianza Socialista (USA), 23 marzo 2020

Il principio essenziale che deve guidare la risposta alla crisi è che le esigenze dei lavoratori devono avere la priorità assoluta e incondizionata su tutte le considerazioni relative al profitto aziendale e al patrimonio privato.

La crisi del Coronavirus paralizza il sistema sanitario italiano

Marc Wells, 23 marzo 2020

L’Italia conta oggi più morti per la pandemia di coronavirus di qualsiasi altro Paese al mondo.

Gli operatori sanitari italiani parlano della pandemia di coronavirus

Marc Wells, 23 marzo 2020

Il sistema sanitario italiano, oggi epicentro della pandemia di coronavirus, è sottoposto a una pressione insopportabile a fronte di un aumento esponenziale delle infezioni e dei decessi.

New in Russian

Рабочие остановили производство на автозаводах по всей территории штатов Мичиган и Огайо, вопреки руководству профсоюза UAW

Том Холл, 21 марта 2020 г.

Рабочие заводов Fiat Chrysler Sterling Heights (SHAP) и Jefferson North (JNAP) в районе Детройта 17 марта вечером и утром 18 марта взяли дело в свои руки и вынудили заводскую администрацию остановить производство, чтобы блокировать распространение коронавируса.

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Рабочие советы создают центральный руководящий орган во время «Рурского восстания» в Германии

21 марта 2020 г.

20 марта 1920 года представители рабочих советов собрались в Эссене, расположенном в регионе промышленно высокоразвитой немецкой Рурской области, чтобы избрать себе центральное руководство.

New in Portuguese

“Eles não se importam com a nossa saúde”
Greves e protestos se espalham pelos EUA com trabalhadores exigindo proteção contra COVID-19

Jerry White, 28 Março 2020

Enquanto Trump se apressa para que a produção seja totalmente retomada, dezenas de milhares de trabalhadores nos EUA e em todo o mundo estão se recusando a morrer em nome dos lucros das corporações.

Bolsonaro ameaça com ditadura diante de crise da COVID-19

Miguel Andrade, 28 Março 2020

Importantes empresários brasileiros têm aterrorizado os trabalhadores dizendo que o país pode vir a ter “40 milhões de desempregados” a não ser que as quarentenas sejam suspensas.

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ABD emperyalizmi koronavirüsü bir silah olarak kullanıyor

Bill Van Auken, 21 Mart 2020

Washington’ın krize yanıtı, bırakın insani dayanışmayı, sayısız İranlı emekçinin yaşamı pahasına duruma kasten daha fazla yoğunlaştırmaya çalışmak oldu.

Yabancı düşmanlığına hayır! Koronavirüs salgınına karşı uluslararası sosyalist dayanışma!

Andre Damon ve David North, 21 Mart 2020

Dünya emekçileri, salgınla mücadelede, ulusal şovenizmin bütün dışavurumlarını en az koronavirüs kadar insanlığa karşı bir tehdit olarak görmeliler.

İşçiler koronavirüs salgınından korunma talep ederken öfke büyüyor

Tom Hall ve Joseph Kishore, 21 Mart 2020

Virüsün daha fazla yayılmasını engellemek ve milyonlarca insanın hayatını kurtarmak için, gerekli olmayan işyerleri derhal kapatılmadır!

Piyasalar telaş içinde nakit paraya kaçıyor

Nick Beams, 21 Mart 2020

Krizi durdurma konusunda hükümetin ve merkez bankasının önlemlerine duyulan güven paramparça olurken, küresel finansal piyasalarındaki büyük bir satış gerçekleşiyor.

Pekin hükümetinin Covid-19 salgınına müdahalesinin yükünü Çin işçi sınıfı çekiyor

Ben McGrath, 21 Mart 2020

Stalinist Çin Komünist Partisi, dikkati, virüsü haftalarca inkar etmesinin Çin işçi sınıfı için yarattığı toplumsal felaketten ve uyguladığı polis devleti önlemlerinden başka yöne çekmek için milliyetçiliği kullanmaya çalışıyor

New in Norwegian

Amerikansk imperialisme utnytter koronaviruskrisen som et krigsvåpen

Bill Van Auken, 21. mars 2020

Opprettholdelsen og tilstrammingen av straffende økonomiske sanksjoner mot Iran, som konfronterer et av verdens verste utbrudd av koronaviruset, utgjør en amerikansk krigsforbrytelse.

Italias hær innkalt for liktransport, der dødsfall av koronaviruset tiltar i Europa

Alex Lantier, 21. mars 2020

Helsevesenet i Italia, det europeiske episentret for COVID-19 sykdommen, er så overveldet at det ikke får besørget de avdødes legemer, enn si ivaretatt de syke.

Medie-blackout av spontanstreiker i amerikansk bilindustri

Tom Hall, 21. mars 2020

Innen timer etter at spontanstreiker ved Fiat Chrysler-fabrikker i Michigan og Ohio fremtvang en midlertidig stans av store deler av den nordamerikanske bilindustrien under koronaviruspandemien gikk foretaksmediene over i full tilsløringsmodus.

Voksende raseri blant brasilianske arbeidere over regjeringens og fagforeningenes respons på koronaviruskrisen

Tomas Castanheira, 21. mars 2020

På de brasilianske bilproduksjonsanleggene blir arbeidernes liv daglig utsatt for fare, for å sikre selskapenes fortsatte uthenting av profitt.

New in Spanish

Casos del COVID-19 en EE. UU. superan a otros países
Las redadas de ICE continúan, las solicitudes de asilo son rechazadas y los centros de detención siguen siendo focos potenciales del Coronavirus

Joseph Kishore, 28 marzo 2020

Pese a la propagación de la pandemia aún en sus primeras etapas, el Gobierno de Trump está intensificando sus esfuerzos para forzar un retorno al trabajo, lo que pondría en peligro a millones de trabajadores.

Nuevas solicitudes por desempleo llegan a 3,8 millones en EE. UU. en medio de catástrofe económica por pandemia

Shannon Jones, 28 marzo 2020

La cifra de nuevas solicitudes para beneficios estatales por desempleo alcanzó un total impactante de 3,28 millones, un aumento de mil por ciento comparado a la semana previa y el más alto en la historia del país.

El presidente de Brasil, Bolsonaro, amenaza con dictadura por la crisis del COVID-19

Miguel Andrade, 28 marzo 2020

Destacados hombres de negocios brasileños han estado aterrorizando a los trabajadores con amenazas de "40 millones de parados" si el Estado no levanta la cuarentena.

El gobierno chileno se aprovecha de la pandemia COVID-19 para declarar Estado de Catástrofe

Mauricio Saavedra, 28 marzo 2020

Lejos de estar motivada por la lucha contra el coronavirus, la medida tiene por objeto militarizar Chile frente a las manifestaciones masivas y huelgas que han sacudido el país.

"Hay tanta crueldad con la situación": hospitales de la ciudad de Nueva York agobiados por el aumento de coronavirus

Clara Weiss, 28 marzo 2020

Los hospitales de Nueva York se enfrentan a un número vertiginoso de pacientes, un número creciente de muertes, personal médico que cae enfermo y escasez crítica de equipos de protección personal y ventiladores.

Casos de coronavirus en EE. UU. superan a los de Italia y China

Don Barrett, 28 marzo 2020

El número de casos confirmados del COVID-19 en EE. UU. se multiplicó diez veces en una semana, llegando a 85.594.

El número de muertos COVID-19 en Europa supera los 16.000

Robert Stevens, 28 marzo 2020

Los años de recortes en los presupuestos de salud y asistencia social, junto con la inacción del gobierno, han cobrado un precio terrible, con los trabajadores de la salud obligados a tomar decisiones sobre quién vive y muere.

New in French

L’armée italienne est mobilisée pour transporter des cadavres alors que les décès dus aux coronavirus augmentent en Europe

Alex Lantier, 21 mars 2020

Les systèmes de santé en Italie, l'épicentre européen de la maladie, sont tellement débordés qu'ils ne peuvent pas traiter les cadavres des morts, et encore moins s'occuper des malades.

L’impérialisme américain exploite le coronavirus comme une arme de guerre

Bill Van Auken, 21 mars 2020

Le maintien et le renforcement des sanctions économiques punitives contre l’Iran alors qu’il doit faire face à l’une des pires épidémies de coronavirus au monde constituent un crime de guerre américain.

Silence médiatique sur les grèves sauvages dans l'industrie automobile américaine

Tom Hall, 21 mars 2020

Quelques heures après que des grèves sauvages dans les usines Fiat Chrysler du Michigan et de l'Ohio aient forcé la fermeture temporaire d'une grande partie de l'industrie automobile nord-américaine pendant la pandémie de coronavirus, les médias d'entreprise font tout pour étouffer l’affaire.

Royaume-Uni: le gouvernement Johnson utilise la crise du coronavirus pour s’octroyer des pouvoirs dictatoriaux

Robert Stevens, 21 mars 2020

L’élite britannique utilise l’énorme danger que présente la pandémie COVID-19 à la santé publique pour appliquer une série de mesures anti-démocratiques dont l'imposition était préparée de longue date.

Les intérêts nationaux font obstacle à un vaccin contre le Coronavirus

Peter Schwarz, 21 mars 2020

Le différend concernant la société de biotechnologie allemande CureVac montre comment les intérêts nationaux et les profits entravent le développement rapide d'un vaccin contre le Coronavirus COVID-19.

Il y a 100 ans: les conseils ouvriers forment un comité central durant le soulèvement de la Ruhr

WSWS, 21 mars 2020

De nombreux ouvriers de la région cherchaient à passer d'une lutte défensive contre le coup qui avait fait tomber le gouvernement du Parti social-démocrate (SPD) à une lutte pour le pouvoir.

New in German

Coronavirus erfasst New York, Wall Street im Höhenflug

Bill Van Auken, 26. März 2020

Während sich die Milliardäre in Aussicht auf weitere Billionen an der Börse bereichern, hat die Pandemie verheerende Auswirkungen auf die größte Metropole Amerikas.

COVID-19: Amazon weigert sich trotz erkrankter Mitarbeiter, die Verteilzentren zu schließen

Tom Carter, 26. März 2020

Immer mehr Belegschaften protestieren gegen die Bedingungen in den Amazon-Logistikzentren. In Spanien, Italien, Frankreich und den USA sind schon Amazon-Arbeiter positiv getestet worden.

Jeff Bezos an die Amazon-Beschäftigten: Der Laden muss weiterlaufen

Nick Barrickman, 26. März 2020

Der milliardenschwere Vorstandschef von Amazon beharrt in einer Botschaft an die Mitarbeiter darauf, dass die hochprofitablen Logistikzentren weiterlaufen müssen.

Boris Johnsons Reaktion auf das Coronavirus wird „viele Tausend Menschenleben kosten“

Chris Marsden, 26. März 2020

Johnson kündigte in seiner TV-Ansprache am Montagabend eine landesweite Ausgangssperre an. Mehr hatte er den Millionen Zuschauern nicht zu sagen.

Drohende Corona-Katastrophe in Indien: Modi verhängt Ausgangssperre für 1,3 Milliarden Menschen

Keith Jones, 26. März 2020

Modi erwähnte in seiner Rede keine Details über so grundlegende Fragen wie die Beschaffung von Nahrungsmitteln oder Wasser in den indischen Dörfern.

Deutsche Klassenjustiz: Milde Urteile im Cum-Ex-Prozess

Gustav Kemper und Peter Schwarz, 26. März 2020

Der Cum-Ex-Skandal und das Bonner Urteil sind symptomatisch für die kriminelle Energie, mit der Banken und Spekulanten ihren Reichtum mehren, und für die Nachsicht und Unterstützung, die sie dabei von der Regierung, den Finanzbehörden und der Justiz erhalten.

70. Berlinale: Neues Interesse am Leben der Arbeiter

Verena Nees, 26. März 2020

Einige Filme der diesjährigen Berlinale zeigen ein neues Interesse am Leben der Arbeiter: Dazu gehören der französische Film Grève ou crève und einige Filme der Berlinale Shorts wie der philippinische Film Filipiñana, der den Silbernen Bären für Kurzfilm erhielt.

New in French

L'équipe de défense d'Assange: « L'empire appelle ça de l'espionnage. Nous appelons ça du journalisme »

Thomas Scripps, 20 février 2020

Une conférence de presse a été tenue devant une salle comble par le rédacteur en chef de WikiLeaks, Kristinn Hrafnsson, l'avocate Jennifer Robinson et les députés australiens Andrew Wilkie et George Christensen.

Washington soutient la Turquie alors que les affrontements frontaliers s'intensifient avec la Syrie et la Russie

Ulaş Ateşci, 20 février 2020

Washington encourage les opérations de l’armée turque en Syrie, au risque d’un affrontement direct entre l’OTAN et les principaux alliés du gouvernement syrien, la Russie et l’Iran.

Les enseignants de l'Ontario et les travailleurs de la raffinerie de Regina en lock-out doivent mener une lutte politique ouvrière

Roger Jordan et Keith Jones, 20 février 2020

Pour l'emporter dans la lutte pour défendre leurs emplois, leurs salaires et leurs droits sociaux, les travailleurs doivent reconnaître qu'ils sont confrontés non seulement à un employeur particulièrement impitoyable ou à un gouvernement de droite, mais aussi à un assaut de guerre de classe et à une lutte politique.

La montée de Sanders dans les sondages déclenche de nouvelles provocations des médias et de l’establishment démocrate

Barry Grey, 20 février 2020

L’inquiétude grandit dans l’appareil du parti et dans une grande partie de l’élite patronale que des victoires de Sanders au Nevada et en Caroline du Sud pourrait rendre sa nomination irréversible.

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The coronavirus pandemic and the perspective of socialism

30 March 2020

On Sunday, March 29, the World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party held an online forum, “The COVID-19 pandemic: Capitalism and the making of a social and economic catastrophe.”

Earlier Perspectives »

The coronavirus pandemic

On Sunday, March 29, 1:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, the Socialist Equality Party and the World Socialist Web Site held an online forum on the global coronavirus pandemic.

How to fight the COVID-19 pandemic: A program of action for the working class

the National Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

As General Motors demands profits, ventilator shortage in US threatens tens of thousands of lives

By Andre Damon, 28 March 2020

Democratic Socialists of America, Haymarket Books hold online event to boost Democratic Party amid coronavirus crisis

By Eric London, 28 March 2020

As US cases of COVID-19 surpass all other countries
Trump’s “Get back to work” demagogy aids the spread of the pandemic

By Joseph Kishore, 27 March 2020

What the coronavirus calamity means for intellectual and cultural life

By David Walsh, 27 March 2020

More on the coronavirus pandemic »

Arts Review

70th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5
Strike or Die and several shorts: Filipiñana, Union County, Huntsville Station: A renewed interest in workers’ lives

By Verena Nees, 30 March 2020

This year’s Berlinale showed films featuring workers and their families as central characters who, despite oppressive living conditions, exhibit self-confidence, pride and a degree of rebellious spirit.

Coronavirus crisis “devastates” US museums, arts organizations, many of them for good

By David Walsh, 28 March 2020

Knives Out: The decent and honest should inherit the earth
…and The Last Thing He Wanted

By Joanne Laurier, 27 March 2020

Pop star Britney Spears social media posts go viral after telling public to “re-distribute wealth” and “strike”

By Nick Barrickman, 26 March 2020

Adaptation of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America on HBO: If the US had gone fascist

By David Walsh, 25 March 2020

70th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 4
My Little Sister, Kids Run, Running on Empty and Sleep speak to growing social tensions and persisting historical nightmares

By Bernd Reinhardt, 24 March 2020

Australia: Coronavirus cancellations decimate live performance industry

Entertainment industry in North America devastated by layoffs

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.

25 years ago: Thousands flee violence in Burundi

On April 5, 1995, a massacre began in a refugee camp in Gasorwe in northeastern Burundi. It was the worst single incident of violence that week in the region’s ethnic Hutu-Tutsi violence.

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50 years ago: Cambodian civil war intensifies

This week in 1970 fighting intensified in Cambodia that would soon draw both the United States and North Vietnam into the conflict.

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75 years ago: US military launches land invasion of Okinawa

On April 1, 1945, the United States’ Tenth Army launched a land invasion of Okinawa, the small but strategically critical southern Japanese island, in one of the bloodiest engagements of the Pacific Theater in World War II.

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100 years ago: Palestinians riot against Zionist settlers in Jerusalem

On April 5, 1920, tens of thousands of Palestinians who had assembled in Jerusalem for a religious procession listened to nationalist speeches against the British occupation government and the Zionist colonization of the region.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Strong response to Nick Beams’ IYSSE (Australia) online lecture on coronavirus pandemic

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 March 2020

The refusal of governments to take the necessary measures to address the pandemic, Beams stated, was inextricably tied to the systematic social attacks on the working class.

Turkish IYSSE’s intervention at Istanbul student conference wins warm response

By our reporter, 21 March 2020

The IYSSE presented the perspective of the world Trotskyist movement to a congress of economics students in Istanbul earlier this month.

German student newspaper “Unauf” defends far-right violence against students

the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 16 March 2020

No to right-wing “anti-Semitism” lawsuit against New York University!

the IYSSE at New York University, 12 March 2020


Johnson’s “herd immunity” strategy and the London Conference on Intelligence whitewash: Britain’s ruling class and eugenics

By Thomas Scripps, 26 March 2020

Socialist Alternative town hall injects racial politics into COVID-19 pandemic

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 March 2020

New York Times hypocritically accuses Russia of “weaponizing race” in 2020 elections

By Eric London, 14 March 2020

FBI and Department of Justice reject Freedom of Information Act document request by SEP National Chairman David North

the WSWS Editorial Board, 20 February 2020

The US government declares that the Socialist Equality Party and World Socialist Web Site chairman’s request for documents obtained through surveillance of his political activities threatens “national security and foreign intelligence.”

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

Socialism 2020

Bernie Sanders draws his campaign to an end: The political lessons

Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 19 March 2020

Sweetwater teachers and students protest impending mass firing of teachers

Norissa Santa Cruz – Socialist Equality Party candidate for vice president of the United States, 11 March 2020

David North and Joseph Kishore address international online audience in Socialist Equality Party town hall election meeting

By Socialist Equality Party (US), 25 February 2020

Watch the recording of the successful campaign kick-off town hall meeting streamed to workers and supporters around the world.

Socialist Equality Party to run Joseph Kishore for president, Norissa Santa Cruz for vice president in 2020 US elections

The alternative confronting the working class is clear: capitalist barbarism or international socialism. The Socialist Equality Party, in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International, will use this campaign to advance the struggle of the working class against capitalism. Sign up today to get involved!

Workers Struggles

Pakistan: District government workers strike over unpaid wages; New Zealand plastics workers strike over COVID-19 concerns
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

28 March 2020

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

“We are not going to die in our cubicles!” – Wildcat strikes erupt at call centers across Brazil

By our reporters, 26 March 2020

“They don’t care about our health”
Strikes, protests spread as US workers demand protection from COVID-19

By Jerry White, 26 March 2020

Strikes mount across Europe against official response to coronavirus pandemic

By Allison Smith and Alex Lantier, 26 March 2020

Germany: IG Metall union agrees an industrial truce with the corporations

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 26 March 2020

Working class in China bears brunt of Beijing’s COVID-19 response

By Ben McGrath, 19 March 2020

Union calls off UK Royal Mail strike citing national interest during coronavirus pandemic

By Thomas Scripps, 19 March 2020

Australian teachers call for “immediate, tangible action” over coronavirus

By the Committee For Public Education, 19 March 2020


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

By Tom Carter, 25 March 2020

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.

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

By Shuvu Batta, 21 March 2020

“Amazon puts us at risk:” Warehouse workers discuss company’s inaction in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan Trotskyists begin election campaign with online meeting

By our reporters, 26 March 2020

The rally attracted the attention of a politically enthusiastic and significant audience in Sri Lanka and internationally.

Sri Lankan workers and young people endorse SEP’s election program

By our reporters, 26 March 2020

“The coronavirus pandemic has proven that the nation-state system is irrational.”

Fight for an international socialist program against war, social devastation and dictatorship
Vote Socialist Equality Party in the Sri Lankan general election

Manifesto of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 21 March 2020

Sri Lankan SEP to launch election campaign with live streamed online public meeting

Free Assange and Manning

Julian Assange’s bail request denied despite coronavirus risk

By Thomas Scripps, 26 March 2020

Julian Assange to apply for bail amid coronavirus dangers in British prisons

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 March 2020

Growing demands for Assange’s release as first coronavirus case confirmed in British prisons

Doctors condemn Australian government’s refusal to defend Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 March 2020

Australia: Melbourne teachers vote to defend Assange and Manning

By the Committee For Public Education (CFPE), 14 March 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Book Review

Rottenomics: The Story of New Zealand’s Leaky Buildings Disaster
How profit-gouging and government deregulation created New Zealand’s home-building catastrophe

By John Braddock, 12 March 2020

Peter Dyer’s book explains how Labour and National Party governments created New Zealand’s “leaky homes” scandal.

Defend public education!

No Layoffs! No Cuts!
A fighting strategy to defend public education in San Diego’s Sweetwater Union High School district

By Evelyn Rios, 9 March 2020

The Socialist Equality Party calls on teachers, students and parents to form independent rank-and-file and neighborhood committees throughout the city to organize opposition to austerity and social inequality.

San Ysidro, California high school students walk out to oppose attacks on public education

Joseph Kishore – Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 7 March 2020

On Friday, March 6, hundreds of students at San Ysidro High School in San Diego, California walked out to oppose budget cuts and attacks on public education.

As support for wildcat strike spreads
Unions work to defeat UC-Santa Cruz grad student strike

By Jonathan Burleigh, 27 February 2020

More on the defense of public education »

The New York Times' 1619 Project

New York Times Magazine editor Jake Silverstein attempts to slither away from central 1619 Project fabrication

By Tom Mackaman, 16 March 2020

Times Magazine editor Jake Silverstein is attempting to palm off a minor semantic change as a cure for a totally false presentation of the American Revolution.

New York Times ignored objections raised by 1619 Project fact-checker

By Eric London, 9 March 2020

A reply to the American Historical Review’s defense of the 1619 Project

By David North and Tom Mackaman, 31 January 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for social equality

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2020

The New York Times’ “1619 Project”
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Shell Oil and mass killings in Africa

By Trévon Austin and Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2019

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

“The saddest part of this is that the response of the Times is simply to defend their project”
An interview with historian Clayborne Carson on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

1619 Project director speaks at New York University
Nikole Hannah-Jones, race theory and the Holocaust

By Eric London and David North, 26 November 2019

More on the New York Times’ 1619 Project »


YIVO Institute for Jewish research in New York fires all its librarians

By Clara Weiss, 17 February 2020

An interview with Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano

the editorial board, 27 January 2020

Seventy-five years since the liberation of Auschwitz


Former UAW President Owen Bieber dead at 90

By Jerry White, 27 February 2020

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

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2020

Mehring Books

New pamphlet from Mehring Books on the 1619 Project

24 January 2020

The response of David North and Eric London to the New York Times’ rebuff of five eminent historians’ objections to the 1619 Project is now available as an illustrated pamphlet.

Vadim Rogovin’s Bolsheviks against Stalinism 1928–1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
A magnificent account of Stalin’s opponents in the USSR

By Andrea Peters, 21 December 2019

Stalin’s rise was neither foreordained nor a natural outgrowth of the October Revolution. The Great Russian chauvinist and bureaucrat secured power in ferocious conflict with the proletariat, peasantry and cadre of the revolutionary socialist movement.

Trotskyism and China

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

History of the ICFI

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International