Trump boasts holding US pandemic deaths to 200,000 would be “a good job”

By Patrick Martin, 31 March 2020

In a press briefing held Monday in the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump declared that a death toll of 100,000 to 200,000 in the United States as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic would represent “a good job” by his administration.

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

Coronavirus cases in United States surpass 100,000

Amazon fires New York worker for leading strike demanding safe working conditions

By Shuvu Batta, 31 March 2020

Nationwide, at least ten Amazon facilities have confirmed cases. The strikers said that Amazon was deliberately hiding the real number of those infected.

“We should be the ones deciding how this could be run to be safe for us”
Amazon warehouse workers describe unsafe conditions and discuss forming workplace committees

By Douglas Lyons and Samuel Davidson, 31 March 2020

Workers at the JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island, New York walked out Monday to protest the prevailing conditions.

“A lot of people don't get a ventilator when they come to a hospital now, no matter how young they are”
New York City paramedic speaks out about dire conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic

By Clara Weiss, 31 March 2020

New York is now the center of the pandemic. As of Monday night, 1,342 people have died and 67,325 have tested positive. Over 36,000 of the infected are in New York City.

“We cannot abandon the nurses”
Nurse suicides rise in Europe amid stress of COVID-19 pandemic

By Allison Smith, 31 March 2020

Last week, 34-year-old nurse Daniella Trezzi, who worked in the COVID-19 intensive care ward of San Gerardo hospital at Monza, near Milan, committed suicide.

The profit system is sabotaging the struggle against the coronavirus

By Patrick Martin, 31 March 2020

Giant American corporations have blocked the development of inexpensive ventilators and are hoarding supplies of materials needing to make billions of N95 masks for health care workers.

Coronavirus death toll extends to New York transit workers

Coronavirus death toll rising rapidly in Detroit

By Kevin Reed, 31 March 2020

The number of deaths increased by 27 on Monday as the coronavirus continued to spread rapidly in Detroit and southeast Michigan.

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

Tennessee state officials recommend health care workers use swim goggles, diapers and garbage bags as protection from COVID-19

By Warren Duzak, 31 March 2020

As of Monday, the state has reported 1,818 infections and ten deaths, with a shortfall of the intensive care units needed to treat the critically ill expected to come in the next two weeks.

Kroger warehouse workers walk out in Memphis over coronavirus concerns

Cleveland, Ohio residents wait hours in food bank drive-thru line as unemployment skyrockets

By Katy Kinner, 31 March 2020

Last week drivers backed up for miles through the streets leading to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. One-third of those seeking assistance had never before sought food assistance.

As 150,000 hotel rooms remain empty, Las Vegas government forces 500 homeless residents to sleep outside on asphalt parking lot

By Jacob Crosse, 31 March 2020

The action follows the closure of one of the few homeless shelters in the city after someone staying there tested positive for coronavirus.

US prisons begin release of inmates after COVID-19 pandemic engulfs system

By Sam Dalton, 31 March 2020

An acute outbreak of COVID-19 in many US prisons is underway, with hundreds of prisoners and staff members testing positive for COVID-19.

Growing protests in US immigrant detention centers over coronavirus pandemic

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 31 March 2020

Detainees have stepped up their protests against unsanitary conditions over the very real fear of coronavirus spreading rapidly through the vast immigration detention network in the US.

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

Millions of Europe’s health care workers endangered by government neglect

By Thomas Scripps, 31 March 2020

The crisis is taking a particularly heavy toll on health care workers fighting on the front lines of the pandemic.

Coronavirus in Europe: Overworked hospitals become death traps

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

European Union summit on coronavirus ends in acrimony

German government preparing major domestic military deployment

By Johannes Stern, 31 March 2020

Regardless of how much medical assistance the military ends up providing, its deployment must be understood as a warning.

Germany: The coronavirus pandemic and the destruction of the public health system

By Tino Jacobson and Markus Salzmann, 31 March 2020

Over the last 30 years, the German health care system has been radically damaged as a result of austerity, privatised and its institutions trimmed for profit.

“This is a worldwide medical emergency and we shouldn’t put our frontline NHS staff at risk” UK doctor in forensic pathology speaks to WSWS

By our correspondent, 31 March 2020

The doctor raised concerns about the Johnson government’s failures in combating the virus, including a lack of personal protective equipment and its impact on the safety and morale of National Health Service workers in Britain.

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”

“It's the profit system at the root of these problems”
Teachers across the US discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Evan Blake, 31 March 2020

The WSWS spoke with teachers across the US about the conditions they face amid school closures, and their thoughts on the broader political crisis.

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

New Zealand: Christchurch terrorist pleads guilty

By Tom Peters, 31 March 2020

Many questions remain about the attack by fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant last year, which killed 51 people and injured 49 at two Christchurch mosques.

US military veterans who fought as mercenaries for Ukrainian fascists indicted on double murder charges

By Jacob Crosse, 31 March 2020

Alex Zwiefelhofer and Craig Lang are accused of orchestrating the double murder and robbery of Serafin and Deana Lorenzo to finance a trip to Venezuela for the purpose of killing “communists.”

Unemployment surges in UK, with millions forced onto punitive welfare system

By Barry Mason, 31 March 2020

In a nine-day period to March 24, 470,000 workers applied for financial support through the punitive Universal Credit system—more than eight times the average.

Hunger increased by quarantines leads to protests across Latin America

By Andrea Lobo, 31 March 2020

Roadblocks, raids of supermarkets and mass quarantine violations by desperate workers forced to work and find food are spreading across the poorest neighborhoods of Latin America.

Australian government resorts to “pandemic capitalism” as depression looms

By Mike Head, 31 March 2020

The $130 billion “wage subsidy” bonanza for employers is more than the annual federal government budget for health and education combined.

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

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

Australian warehouse workers strike over COVID-19 safety demands

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 March 2020

The strike lasted several hours, only ending after management promised to improve social distancing and sanitising.

Papua New Guinea: 4,000 nurses to strike over COVID-19 readiness

By John Braddock, 31 March 2020

The strike comes as the COVID-19 pandemic escalates across the Pacific with the region’s first fatality reported in Guam.

“As a part-time worker I got no sick time, no benefits, and no vacation”
Canadian workers speak out on impact of coronavirus crisis

By our reporters, 31 March 2020

Workers decried the lack of support from government and pointed to their exposure to unsafe working conditions that threaten to accelerate the spread of the pandemic.

30 March 2020

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

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

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

By Erik Schreiber, 30 March 2020

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

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 30 March 2020

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

By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2020

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

By a correspondent in China, 30 March 2020

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

By Jean Shaoul, 30 March 2020

Leading epidemiologist says Detroit is facing a coronavirus “tsunami”

By Kevin Reed, 30 March 2020

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

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

By Jessica Goldstein, 30 March 2020

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

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

By Joe Williams, 30 March 2020

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

By Omar Ali, 30 March 2020

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

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

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 March 2020

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

By Stephan McCoy, 30 March 2020

Duterte reacts to COVID-19 with military repression

By Joseph Santolan, 30 March 2020

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

By Baris Demir, 30 March 2020

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

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 30 March 2020

Australian governments pour billions more into big business as pandemic spreads

By Mike Head, 30 March 2020

Japanese government planning attacks on democratic rights on pretext of pandemic

By Ben McGrath, 30 March 2020

Sri Lankan president grants clemency to war criminal

By Vimukthi Vidarshana, 30 March 2020

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

By Markus Salzmann, 30 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.

New in Turkish

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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Perspective

Support the striking Instacart, Amazon and Whole Foods workers!

31 March 2020

With their work becoming ever more essential, grocery and delivery workers are fighting to protect themselves and those they serve from the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

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.

The coronavirus pandemic and the perspective of socialism

the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, 30 March 2020

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

Andrew Bird’s My Finest Work Yet and Ian Noe’s Between the Country

By Matthew Brennan, 31 March 2020

The songwriting and musicality on both, at its best, is unusually direct, serious and invigorating. The two performers attempt to grapple with changes in social life—and social moods—and manage to give them intriguing musical expression.

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

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

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

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

Workers Struggles

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

By Jonathan Burleigh, 28 March 2020

Protests across North and South America continue over lack of coronavirus protections
Workers Struggles: The Americas

31 March 2020

Health care workers in Mexico, Coca Cola workers in Chile, sanitation workers in North Carolina and Hamilton, Ontario, are among those staging strikes and protests against inadequate safety measures in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

“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

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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Commentary

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!

Amazon

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)

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

the Socialist Equality Party, 28 March 2020

The Rajapakse government is exploiting the pandemic to prepare a presidential dictatorship and impose even deeper attacks on the working class and the poor.

Sri Lankan Trotskyists begin election campaign with online meeting

By our reporters, 26 March 2020

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

By our reporters, 26 March 2020

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

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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

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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

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History

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

Obituary

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