As the coronavirus tolls soar worldwide
Deaths from COVID-19 in New York double in three days

By Bryan Dyne, 4 April 2020

While New York is the most seriously hit, many other regions in the United States are facing a similarly catastrophic situation.

Chicago Amazon workers demonstrate to demand protection from COVID-19

By George Gallanis, 4 April 2020

Amazon workers walked out yesterday to demand worker protections and that the facility be shut down for two weeks after two workers tested positive for COVID-19.

Amid war threats, Washington blocks UN resolution demanding end to sanctions

By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2020

The Trump administration has brushed aside calls for an end to punishing sanctions against Venezuela and Iran, threatening both countries with military aggression.

Unemployment surges in Europe amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2020

The catastrophe now unfolding in Europe is rooted not in the biological properties of the coronavirus, but in the political bankruptcy of European capitalism.

US jobless numbers head toward Depression levels

By Nick Beams, 4 April 2020

The official March data, showing job losses of 701,000, are a significant underestimation since they are based on surveys conducted before widespread lockdowns were in place.

Mounting opposition among German health care, industrial workers

By Ulrich Rippert, 4 April 2020

The German government has implemented a bailout program for major companies and banks, but health care and industrial workers are forced to work under catastrophic conditions.

Coronavirus crisis: Hunger and malnutrition spread in Germany

By Carola Kleinert and Andy Niklaus, 4 April 2020

Research indicates some 13 million people in Germany are living in poverty or confront hunger, malnutrition and social misery due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

UK corporations scramble for coronavirus bailout funds

By Paul Bond, 4 April 2020

The £350 billion bailout is an unprecedented financial handout to UK corporations, conducted without even the rubber stamp of a parliamentary vote.

Working-class Londoners risk their lives fighting COVID-19 as the city’s billionaires decamp

By Michael Barnes, 4 April 2020

While the super-rich complain of being bored in their gated mansions, masses of workers in London have lost their jobs or are forced to work in unsafe conditions.

UK: Elderly will be left to die as coronavirus plunges care sector into crisis

By Stephen Alexander, 4 April 2020

It is estimated that up to a fifth of all COVID-19 deaths in the UK have occurred in care homes, hospices, and individual households.

Ireland woefully unprepared for COVID-19 onslaught

By Dermot Byrne, 4 April 2020

The European Centre for Disease Control warns that the intensive care system in Irish hospitals will not be able to cope with rising numbers of coronavirus patients in critical condition.

Amid India’s calamitous lockdown, Modi seeks to censor coronavirus reports

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 4 April 2020

India’s Supreme Court has ordered media outlets to publicize “official” government-authored coronavirus reports, and threatened prosecution if they disseminate “fake news.”

Africa’s confirmed cases rise to 7,600, as 314 die from the coronavirus

By Stephan McCoy, 4 April 2020

The response of African governments has been to ramp up the powers of the state and impose brutal lockdowns with virtually no mass testing, contact tracing or isolation taking place.

Ecuadorians protest bodies of COVID-19 victims being left in the streets

By Andrea Lobo, 4 April 2020

Desperate families and neighbors have flooded social media with videos and reports of corpses rotting in their living rooms, sidewalks and parks for days.

Nearly three years after the Grenfell Tower inferno, flammable cladding still widely used in UK

By Alice Summers, 4 April 2020

High Pressure Laminate cladding, thought to be used on thousands of buildings across the country, has been shown to be as highly flammable as the cladding used on Grenfell Tower.

US health care workers face retribution for criticizing unsafe hospital conditions

By Benjamin Mateus, 4 April 2020

The shortage or entire absence of personal protective equipment (PPE) is driving health care workers to voice their concern over the danger of becoming infected.

As infections and deaths soar, Georgia governor issues “stay-at-home” directive

By Kranti Kumara, 4 April 2020

Governor Brian Kemp claimed that “he did not know until the last 24 hours” that persons infected with the coronavirus but showing no symptoms could infect others.

Massachusetts veterans hospital investigated for COVID-19 catastrophe

By Julian James, 4 April 2020

As of Friday, 21 residents at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts were confirmed to have died from COVID-19 in a span of only 10 days.

Letter from a Caterpillar worker in Illinois: “This is class biological warfare”

By a reporter, 4 April 2020

A Caterpillar worker writes about the dangerous conditions workers face during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the complicity of the United Auto Workers union.

Russian doctors, nurses protest against horrifying conditions in hospitals

By Clara Weiss, 4 April 2020

Nurses and doctors have walked off their jobs, pleading for medical and personal protective equipment, and renovations of dilapidated hospital buildings.

Turkish workers strike as bosses keep them at work despite COVID-19

By Ulas Atesci, 4 April 2020

As of Friday night, Turkey had passed 20,000 cases and 400 deaths in the global coronavirus pandemic.

Canadian government’s bailout increases banks’ control over economy and state

By Roger Jordan, 4 April 2020

Canada’s Liberal government is funnelling hundreds of billions of dollars to the banks and major corporations to guarantee the wealth of the capitalist elite.

Australian airline exploits pandemic in an attempt to sink rivals

By Terry Cook, 4 April 2020

Qantas CEO: “This will be a survival of the fittest and Qantas is one of the fittest and most dynamic airlines in the world.”

Pandemic accelerates union-government-employer collaboration in Australia

By Mike Head, 4 April 2020

ACTU leader Sally McManus is being feted by the corporate media as a “star” of the deepening coronavirus crisis.

Nepal: Masses confront enormous hardships from coronavirus pandemic

By Rohantha De Silva, 4 April 2020

Nepal’s government has made no serious effort to ensure that the country’s overwhelmingly poor population will have daily essentials, medicine and health safety equipment.

3 April 2020

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

By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2020

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

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

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 April 2020

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

By Tim Rivers and Marcus Day, 3 April 2020

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

By Robert Stevens, 3 April 2020

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

By Thomas Scripps, 3 April 2020

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

By Jerry White, 3 April 2020

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

By Shannon Jones, 3 April 2020

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

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

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

By Clara Weiss, 3 April 2020

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

By Jordan Shilton, 3 April 2020

Germany marked an increase in violent attacks on refugees in 2019

By Isabel Roy, 3 April 2020

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

By Tomas Castanheira, 3 April 2020

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

By our reporter, 3 April 2020

El-Sisi uses coronavirus pandemic to tighten grip on Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 3 April 2020

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 April 2020

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

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

By Tom Casey, 3 April 2020

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

By Penny Smith, 3 April 2020

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

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

Coronavirus hits Seattle, Washington homeless shelters

By Julio Patron, 3 April 2020

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

By Alex Findijs, 3 April 2020

New in Russian

Миллион зараженных коронавирусом по всему миру, более 50 тысяч умерло

Патрик Мартин, 4 апреля 2020 г.

Ни одно из правительств ведущих капиталистических держав не смогло дать какой-либо эффективный ответ на пандемию COVID-19.

New in Turkish

İran’da Emperyalizme Karşı İşçi İktidarı Uğruna Mücadele’nin Türkçe basımına önsöz

Keith Jones, 4 Nisan 2020

Bu eser, İran tarihini ve emperyalizme karşı mücadeleyi irdeleme temelinde, emperyalizmi yenilgiye uğratmak için uygulanabilir bir stratejinin yalnızca işçi sınıfına dayandırılabileceğini gösteriyor.

New in French

Pour une action d’urgence contre la destruction des emplois! Soutien financier et social complet pour tous les travailleurs touchés par la pandémie du COVID-19!

Joseph Kishore — Candidat du Parti de l’égalité socialiste à la présidence aux États-Unis, 4 avril 2020

Toutes les catégories de la classe ouvrière doivent être pleinement compensées pour les conséquences économiques de la pandémie.

Un million de personnes infectées par le coronavirus dans le monde, plus de 50.000 morts

Patrick Martin, 4 avril 2020

Aucun des gouvernements des grandes puissances capitalistes n’a apporté de réponse efficace à la pandémie COVID-19.

Macron prépare le déconfinement au mépris de la santé des travailleurs

Anthony Torres, 4 avril 2020

Bien que le pic épidémique ne soit pas encore atteint et sur aucune base scientifique, le premier ministre Edouard Philippe prépare le déconfinement de la population.

Le gouvernement diffuse tardivement des données incomplètes sur la mortalité en Ehpad

Jacques Valentin, 4 avril 2020

Le gouvernement n’a cessé d’user de subterfuges pour retarder la publication du nombre de cas et de la mortalité dans les établissements concernés.

Entretien avec quatre médecins chinois à l'épicentre de la pandémie à Wuhan

Benjamin Mateus, 4 avril 2020

Quatre médecins qui ont vécu la pire épidémie du COVID-19 en Chine ont récemment parlé au WSWS au sujet de leurs expériences et les leçons pour le monde en général.

COVID-19: De plus en plus de protestations dans le secteur de la construction au Canada en raison de l'absence de mesures de sécurité

Penny Smith, 4 avril 2020

Une pétition lancée par un ouvrier de la construction en Ontario appelant à la fermeture de toute l'industrie a rapidement recueilli plus de 50.000 signatures.

New in German

Für Notfallmaßnahmen gegen die Vernichtung von Arbeitsplätzen! Volle finanzielle und soziale Unterstützung für alle von der Covid-19-Pandemie betroffenen Arbeiter!

Joseph Kishore, 4. April 2020

Alle Arbeiter müssen umfassend vor den wirtschaftlichen Folgen der Coronavirus-Pandemie geschützt werden.

Nein zum Bundeswehreinsatz im Inneren!

Johannes Stern, 4. April 2020

Seit gestern läuft offiziell der sogenannte „Corona-Einsatz“ der Bundeswehr im Innern. Es ist der größte Einsatz der Bundeswehr in der deutschen Nachkriegsgeschichte.

Corona-Krise: Müssen Ärzte auch in Deutschland bald über Leben und Tod entscheiden?

Peter Schwarz, 4. April 2020

Sieben medizinische Fachgesellschaften haben Handlungsempfehlungen beschlossen, welche Patienten behandelt werden und welche sterben müssen, wenn die Intensivkapazitäten nicht mehr ausreichen.

Corona-Krise: Weltweit mehr als eine Million Infizierte, über 50.000 Todesfälle

Patrick Martin, 4. April 2020

Keine der kapitalistischen Großmächte verfolgt eine effektive Strategie gegen die Covid-19-Pandemie.

Julian Assange noch in Untersuchungshaft, während sich Covid-19 in britischen Gefängnissen ausbreitet

Thomas Scripps, 4. April 2020

Nach wie vor wird der WikiLeaks-Gründer im Belmarsh-Gefängnis festgehalten, weil er Kriegsverbrechen der USA aufgedeckt hat. Dabei ist der Mann, der ein chronisches Lungenleiden hat, nach zehn Jahren Verfolgung durch den britischen Staat gesundheitlich in höchstem Maß gefährdet.

New York: Die neun Beethoven-Sinfonien unter Leitung von John Eliot Gardiner
“Diese Musik hat mit sozialer Gleichheit, Revolution und Konterrevolution zu tun“

Fred Mazelis, 4. April 2020

Kurz bevor das Coronavirus die Schließung der Konzertsäle erzwang, leitete John Eliot Gardiner die Aufführung aller neun Beethoven-Sinfonien in der Carnegie Hall auf historischen Instrumenten und sprach über ihre Bedeutung.

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 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 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'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 class issues in the coronavirus pandemic

4 April 2020

The coronavirus does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation. However, the one factor that is undoubtedly key in avoiding infection and improving the chance of survival is wealth.

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The coronavirus pandemic

The working class, socialism and the fight against the pandemic

By David North

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

Attend the Committee for Public Education online meeting
The COVID-19 pandemic: The political issues confronting educators

By the Committee for Public Education (Australia), 4 April 2020

We invite readers in Australia and internationally—especially teachers, school staff, academics, kindergarten and childcare workers, parents and students—to take part in the online meeting.

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

Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 3 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.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2020

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)

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Arts Review

Black & Privileged: Poor African Americans “intrude” on an affluent Chicago neighborhood

By Nick Barrickman, 4 April 2020

Mark Harris’s television film tells the story of a middle-class black community “disrupted” when low-income people are forced to move in.

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

By David Walsh, 3 April 2020

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

Tea estate workers in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, as well as medical workers in India and Papua New Guinea strike over COVID-19 dangers
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

4 April 2020

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

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

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

By Thomas Scripps, 2 April 2020

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

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 2 April 2020

India: Maoist-led union alliance betrays Sanmina workers

Ten New York City transit workers die of COVID-19

By Sam Dalton, 2 April 2020

Australia: Melbourne rail union promotes sellout industrial agreement

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 April 2020

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


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

By Peter Schwarz, 2 April 2020

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


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

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 April 2020

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

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!


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

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 »


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