One million infected with coronavirus worldwide, more than 50,000 dead

By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2020

None of the governments of the major capitalist powers has carried out any effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus deaths in US nearing 4,000 as Trump washes his hands of responsibility

St. Louis Fed says 50 million Americans could be unemployed by July

An interview with four Chinese physicians at the epicenter of the pandemic in Wuhan

By Benjamin Mateus, 3 April 2020

Four doctors who went through the worst of the COVID-19 epidemic in China recently spoke with the WSWS about their experiences and the lessons for the wider world.

Navy fires captain who warned of COVID-19 spread on aircraft carrier

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 April 2020

The move is a clear statement that saving lives in the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be allowed to interfere with the war aims of US imperialism.

More Ford, FCA workers die from COVID-19 in Detroit area

By Tim Rivers and Marcus Day, 3 April 2020

The workers were hourly employees at Ford’s Livonia Transmission Plant and FCA’s MOPAR parts distribution center in Center Line.

Europe: Over 520,000 coronavirus cases and almost 38,000 deaths

By Robert Stevens, 3 April 2020

With 4,199 new deaths yesterday, 37,864 have already perished in Europe from COVID-19.

Julian Assange still held on remand as coronavirus spreads through UK prisons

By Thomas Scripps, 3 April 2020

The WikiLeaks founder, held in Belmarsh prison and facing extradition to the US for exposing war crimes, has a chronic lung condition and has had his health destroyed by a decade of mistreatment by the British state

GE Appliances and GE Aviation workers fight unsafe conditions in Kentucky and Massachusetts

By Jerry White, 3 April 2020

Anger is boiling over at the GE Appliances Park in Louisville, Kentucky and at GE Aviation, where the companies and the unions are keeping workers in infected plants.

Michigan’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surge past 10,000 as Democratic officials attempt to deflect responsibility

By Shannon Jones, 3 April 2020

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan have offered demagogic appeals for unity as the state has solidified its position as one of the epicenters of the pandemic.

As Detroit surges past 2,000 cases, COVID-19 pandemic spreads throughout Michigan

Banks set to make billions from stimulus measures

By Nick Beams, 3 April 2020

Banks, lobby groups, major legal firms and hedge funds are all striving to get their slice of the largest corporate and financial bailout in history.

As Wall Street finishes worst quarter since 2008
Financial turbulence continues to grow

Airlines, auto companies cut pay even as US government bails out corporations

Royal Mail rejects all demands for basic coronavirus safety measures, but CWU continues to block strike

By Thomas Scripps, 3 April 2020

Sitting on a huge mandate for strike action delivered less than a month ago, the CWU’s only response is to turn to Boris Johnson with an appeal for more talks!

Polish government insists on holding presidential elections in May despite coronavirus lockdown

By Clara Weiss, 3 April 2020

In polls taken last week, 73 percent opposed holding the elections as planned.

Experts criticise Swedish government for failing to prevent COVID-19 spread

By Jordan Shilton, 3 April 2020

As the government refuses to issue shelter-at-home orders, medical personnel are asking how many lives it intends to sacrifice to keep up production and profits.

Germany marked an increase in violent attacks on refugees in 2019

By Isabel Roy, 3 April 2020

The Left Party has been instrumental, along with the country’s other political parties, in creating a hostile climate and the corresponding explosion of violence against refugees and immigrants.

General Motors imposes wage cuts and layoffs on Brazilian workers with aid of unions

By Tomas Castanheira, 3 April 2020

GM announced mass layoffs along with a wage cut of up to 25 percent in wages at all its Brazilian plants.

Honduran doctor warns of “collapsed health care system” as coronavirus toll grows

By our reporter, 3 April 2020

“Now we face this COVID-19 pandemic which demonstrates tragically that the armored tanks of the police and warships of the Navy are incapable of saving lives.”

El-Sisi uses coronavirus pandemic to tighten grip on Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 3 April 2020

Egypt did nothing to prepare for the onset of the virus, despite being identified in early February, along with Algeria and South Africa, as one of the African countries most at risk.

Australian governments threaten the safety and lives of thousands of cruise ship workers

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 April 2020

Labor and Liberal-National governments are blocking thousands of workers at risk of contracting coronavirus from disembarking the vessels.

Unprecedented police and military powers implemented in Australian pandemic response

COVID-19 pandemic leads to mass sackings in Australia

South Australian teacher speaks out against governments keeping schools open

By Sue Phillips, 3 April 2020

Amidst the mounting coronavirus danger, teachers are demanding the closure of schools.

Thousands face coronavirus disaster on cruise ships as governments close their ports

By Tom Casey, 3 April 2020

In addition to the approximately ten thousand cruise ship customers still stranded worldwide, there are many more ships with just their crews on board being denied entry into ports of call due to coronavirus outbreaks.

Mounting protests in Canada’s construction industry over lack of safety measures to counter COVID-19

By Penny Smith, 3 April 2020

A petition launched by a construction worker in Ontario calling for the shutdown of the entire industry quickly secured over 50,000 signatures.

Canada’s governments exempt sections of industry from lockdowns, imperilling workers’ lives

Quebec tries to extort concessions from health care and other public sector workers

Louisiana ranks fourth in the US for coronavirus deaths

By Aaron Murch, 3 April 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards used his daily press conference Thursday to announce an extension of stay-at-home orders through the end of April.

Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. issue shelter-in-place orders

Coronavirus hits Seattle, Washington homeless shelters

By Julio Patron, 3 April 2020

As the pandemic rips across the United States, COVID-19 cases are beginning to be reported among the homeless population in Seattle.

As schools close down amid COVID-19 pandemic
Marist and SUNY Geneseo students face homelessness

By Alex Findijs, 3 April 2020

The crisis that has emerged at schools and colleges around the country in the face of the pandemic has laid bare the harsh realities of life for millions of youth and students.

2 April 2020

US Conference of Mayors survey shows severe lack of equipment to combat coronavirus pandemic

By Bryan Dyne, 2 April 2020

Detroit Amazon workers strike to demand COVID-19 protection

By Jerry White, 1 April 2020

Amazon, Whole Foods, and Instacart workers strike against hazardous conditions

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

“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

US Navy aircraft carrier commander seeks evacuation of entire crew to stem outbreak of coronavirus

By Patrick Martin, 2 April 2020

Statistical lies used to justify continued inaction, paint the US epidemic as nearly over

By Don Barrett, 2 April 2020

Nightingale field hospital completed in London to cope with mass coronavirus deaths

By Richard Tyler, 2 April 2020

“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

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”

UK: Communication Workers Union seeks unity with Royal Mail against postal workers

By Thomas Scripps, 2 April 2020

Hospital closures continue in Germany despite COVID-19 pandemic

By Sybille Fuchs, 2 April 2020

With 30,000 dead in Europe from COVID-19: Workers strike to demand safe working conditions

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

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

Stock market sell-off resumes

By Nick Beams, 2 April 2020

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa exceeds 6,000 with more than 200 deaths

By Stephan McCoy, 2 April 2020

Modi government represses desperate migrant workers amid calamitous coronavirus lockdown

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 2 April 2020

19,000 ambulance workers strike in Northern India to demand protective gear

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 2 April 2020

Sri Lankan medical experts demand mass coronavirus testing

By Naveen Dewage, 2 April 2020

Indonesian government declares “national emergency” after downplaying coronavirus threat

By Owen Howell, 2 April 2020

COVID-19 infections hit Australian health workers

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 April 2020

Coronavirus freezes Democratic presidential campaign as states postpone primaries

By Trévon Austin and Patrick Martin, 2 April 2020

Ten New York City transit workers die of COVID-19

By Sam Dalton, 2 April 2020

Cuomo presses forward with Medicaid cuts as New York City health care system overwhelmed by pandemic

By Josh Varlin, 2 April 2020

Without work and regular paycheck millions of Americans at risk of eviction as rent comes due

By Jacob Crosse, 2 April 2020

US Bureau of Prisons implements 14-day national lockdown as coronavirus pandemic takes hold

By Sam Dalton, 2 April 2020

Tennessee governor’s delay in issuing stay-at-home order means thousands more will die, physicians warn

By Warren Duzak, 2 April 2020

Alberta’s right-wing UCP government exploits coronavirus pandemic to lay off at least 20,000 education workers

By Janet Browning, 2 April 2020

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

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

New Zealand workers speak out on unsafe conditions, wage cuts

By Tom Peters, 2 April 2020

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.

New in German

Unterstützt die streikenden Arbeiter von Instacart, Amazon und Whole Foods!

Jerry White, 1. April 2020

Die Beschäftigten im Lebensmittelhandel und in der Lieferindustrie wollen sich selbst und die Bevölkerung vor der tödlichen Coronavirus-Pandemie schützen.

Trump bezeichnet 200.000 Corona-Tote in den Vereinigten Staaten als „gute Arbeit“

Patrick Martin, 1. April 2020

Bei einer Pressekonferenzsagte US-Präsident Donald Trump, dass eine Zahl von 100.000 bis 200.000 Todesopfern in den Vereinigten Staaten als Folge der COVID-19-Pandemie eine „gute Arbeit“ seiner Regierung bedeuten würde.

Orbáns Ermächtigungsgesetz

Peter Schwarz, 1. April 2020

Das ungarische Parlament hat am Montag ein Notstandsgesetz verabschiedet, das Regierungschef Viktor Orbán umfassende diktatorische Vollmachten verleiht.

Untätigkeit der Regierungen gefährdet Millionen von europäischen Pflegekräften

Thomas Scripps, 1. April 2020

Vor allem das Pflegepersonal, das an vorderster Front gegen die Corona-Pandemie kämpft, wird durch die Krise sehr großen Belastungen ausgesetzt.

Krankenhausschließungen gehen trotz Covid-19-Pandemie weiter

Sybille Fuchs, 1. April 2020

Obwohl wegen der Corona-Epidemie jedes Krankenhausbett in Deutschland benötigt wird, stehen gerade im ländlichen Bereich etliche Krankenhäuser vor der Schließung.

„Lasst die Pflegekräfte nicht im Stich!
Pandemie in Italien: Suizide von Krankenschwestern nehmen zu

Allison Smith, 1. April 2020

Vor einer Woche wurde der Suizid der 34-jährigen Krankenschwester Daniella Trezzi bekannt. Sie hatte auf der COVID-19-Intensivstation des San-Gerardo-Krankenhauses in Monza bei Mailand gearbeitet.

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 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.

Other Languages

Perspective

For emergency action against the destruction of jobs! Full financial and social support for all working people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic!

3 April 2020

All sections of the working class must be fully compensated for the economic consequences of the pandemic.

Earlier Perspectives »

The coronavirus pandemic

The working class, socialism and the fight against the pandemic

By David North, 1 April 2020

Why is the World Socialist Web Site banned from the subreddit r/coronavirus?

By Kevin Reed, 3 April 2020

The subreddit r/coronavirus has banned content from the World Socialist Web Site from being shared among its 1.8 million reader-members. We are demanding that the moderators explain why this decision has been made and immediately reverse this act of political censorship.

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

Amid growing anger over criminal response to COVID-19 crisis, Washington threatens war

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2020

Trump issued threats against Iran and Venezuela yesterday, both weaponizing the pandemic and desperately seeking to divert mounting social tensions in the US itself.

Washington harnesses coronavirus pandemic to promote Venezuela coup

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

the National Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

Support the striking Instacart, Amazon and Whole Foods workers!

By Jerry White, 31 March 2020

“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.

More on the coronavirus pandemic »

Arts Review

With publication of Woody Allen’s Apropos of Nothing memoir, venomous #MeToo attacks continue

By David Walsh, 3 April 2020

The book, treating Allen’s life growing up in Brooklyn in the 1930s and ‘40s, as well as his film career and more recent personal troubles, has become the target of abuse in the Washington Post, New York Times and elsewhere.

Clemency: A prison warden with a civil war inside her

By Joanne Laurier, 2 April 2020

An ominous warning ignored by governments
Netflix’s Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak

By Toby Reese, 1 April 2020

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

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

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

Workers Struggles

India: Maoist-led union alliance betrays Sanmina workers

By Yuan Darwin, 3 April 2020

The Sanmina workers walked out on strike on March 3 to demand a pay rise and reinstatement of victimised militant workers.

Australia: Melbourne rail union promotes sellout industrial agreement

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 April 2020

The union bureaucracy cynically invoked the COVID-19 pandemic to justify the proposed deal.

Health workers in South Africa and Kenya striking for personal protection equipment against coronavirus face police attacks
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

3 April 2020

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at nurses at Bongani Regional Hospital in Welko, South Africa protesting over unsafe travel arrangements while nurses walked out in Kenya over health and safety concerns.

Bangladesh: Garment workers strike over safety amid COVID-19 crisis

By Wimal Perera, 1 April 2020

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

By Jonathan Burleigh, 28 March 2020

History

One hundred years since Germany’s Kapp Putsch
How the Social Democratic Party supported the far-right

By Peter Schwarz, 2 April 2020

The Kapp Putsch is of burning contemporary relevance at a time when Germany’s bourgeoisie is once again turning to militarism, a right-wing extremist party is represented in the federal parliament and all state parliaments, and far-right terrorist networks operate unhindered within the state apparatus and the army.

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

Commentary

As COVID-19 pandemic exposes failure of capitalism, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shifts to the right

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 April 2020

Ocasio-Cortez is increasingly lining up behind the Democratic Party establishment at the very point that the coronavirus catastrophe is demonstrating the failure of the capitalist system and discrediting all of its political parties and representatives.

The significance of Hungarian Prime Minister Orban’s enabling act

By Peter Schwarz, 1 April 2020

Daily Telegraph rails against socialist revival due to coronavirus crisis

By Chris Marsden, 1 April 2020

The fears of the ruling class internationally that the coronavirus crisis is leading to opposition to capitalism on a mass scale are expressed in the commentary in Britain’s Telegraph.

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

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan SEP to hold online event: “COVID-19 pandemic and capitalist barbarism”

1 April 2020

The event will be live-streamed through the SEP’s official Facebook page.

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

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

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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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

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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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