“We’re not going to compromise because this is our safety”
Meatpacking, auto and health care workers take action to protect lives as pandemic surges in US

By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 14 July 2020

Meatpacking workers in Greeley, Colorado walked out Friday and autoworkers are setting up rank-and-file safety committees to protect themselves from the deadly virus.

North American autoworkers expand fight against unsafe conditions amid COVID-19 nightmare

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

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

More on Autoworkers struggles »

Coronavirus cases, deaths soar in Mexico and across Latin America

By Bryan Dyne, 14 July 2020

Mexico has now surpassed Italy in known COVID-19 deaths, making the country’s pandemic outbreak the fourth deadliest in the world.

Pandemic surges in the Americas as the global death toll nears 560,000

Trump wages war against science and Dr. Fauci, not coronavirus

By Patrick Martin, 14 July 2020

At an appearance Monday, Trump continued to deny that the coronavirus is actually spreading in the United States, claiming the skyrocketing number of cases is due entirely to more testing.

The politics of the capitalist debt economy

By Nick Beams, 14 July 2020

So far this year, top-rated US corporations have issued almost as much debt as they did in the whole of 2019, putting them on course to exceed the record debt issuance of $1.37 trillion in 2017.

Teacher unions support drive to reopen US schools as pandemic explodes

By David Brown, 14 July 2020

As COVID-19 cases soar across the country, the AFT and NEA are striving to channel teachers’ anger over the forced reopening behind the right-wing presidential campaign of Democrat Joseph Biden.

US ruling class demands deadly reopening of schools

“The decision to reopen schools shouldn’t be political. It should be made by medical experts.”
Teachers speak out against Trump’s push to reopen schools

New York City releases dangerous school reopening plans

By Sandy English and Steve Light, 14 July 2020

The announcement last week by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio that public schools would reopen on an alternating-day schedule has provoked concern and opposition among parents and educators.

Anger grows as Australian state Labor government sends teachers and senior students back to school in Melbourne

By Patrick Kelly, 14 July 2020

The sweeping return to school, amid a worsening COVID-19 surge, represents a threat to public safety.

More on Education »

Houston hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients as Texas continues to reopen

By Chase Lawrence, 14 July 2020

Coronavirus skyrockets in Texas’ largest city as reopening continues.

COVID-19 outbreaks escalate across England

By Thomas Scripps, 14 July 2020

Workers have been raising safety concerns for months, but have been smothered by the continued inaction of government agencies and local politicians.

Pandemic and Tory government measures having brutal impact on London’s disadvantaged young people

By Harvey Thompson and Charlotte Salthill, 14 July 2020

The report notes, “Families who were already enduring hard, challenging lives have had to survive lockdown in the most appalling circumstances.”

Hundreds of workers infected and four dead from COVID-19 at Los Angeles sweatshop

By Marc Wells, 14 July 2020

The Los Angeles Apparel factory was shut down after months of reports and formal complaints filed by garment workers and advocacy groups.

Federal prosecutors argue against bail and home confinement for Epstein assistant Ghislaine Maxwell

By Kevin Reed, 14 July 2020

Government prosecutors have filed a motion in the case of Ghislaine Maxwell urging the court to deny her request for $5 million bail while she awaits trial on charges of assisting Jeffrey Epstein in sexually abusing underage girls in the 1990s.

Epstein assistant Ghislaine Maxwell requests $5 million bail

Seventeen states and tens of universities file lawsuits against ICE attack on international students

By Sam Dalton, 14 July 2020

Even if the current set of lawsuits are successful, the immigration and educational rights of international students remain under threat.

Duda wins Polish presidential election after campaign attacking Jews, LGBTQ rights and Germans

By Clara Weiss, 14 July 2020

The fact that Duda and PiS could carry the day in the most right-wing election campaign in recent Polish history is above all the result of the policies of the liberal opposition.

Washington renews covert campaign to destroy Iran’s nuclear infrastructure

By Jean Shaoul, 14 July 2020

The US is exerting maximum pressure on Iran, to cripple its economy and intimidate and starve its people, in the hope of effecting regime change.

Australia’s COVID-19 spike spreads to New South Wales

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 July 2020

Venues that were reopened as part of the lifting of safety restrictions, including pubs and gyms, have emerged as centres of infection.

Indonesia records over 1,000 COVID-19 cases every day for three weeks

By Owen Howell, 14 July 2020

The government’s aggressive back-to-work policy has accelerated the spread of the virus.

13 July 2020

Florida sees one-day high of 15,300 COVID-19 cases as pandemic inundates health care infrastructure

By Benjamin Mateus, 13 July 2020

Trump commutes prison term for political crony Roger Stone

By Patrick Martin, 13 July 2020

Merkel in Brussels: Profits before lives and European great power politics

By Johannes Stern, 13 July 2020

Joliet, Illinois nurses reject sellout contract, continue strike

By Benjamin Mateus, 13 July 2020

“I hate going into that hell hole”
Ford workers in Louisville denounce unsafe conditions as opposition grows to COVID-19 spread in auto plants

By Tim Rivers, 13 July 2020

Georgia Tech faculty, students and parents express opposition to school reopening

By Kranti Kumara, 13 July 2020

Limited lockdowns fail to halt Australia’s COVID-19 surge

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 July 2020

Melbourne public housing residents still outraged by Australian police lockdown

By Eric Ludlow, 13 July 2020

Canada’s government accelerating drive to cut off support for workers made jobless by pandemic

By Dylan Lubao, 13 July 2020

US Catholic Church received at least $1.4 billion through “small business” loan program

By Jacob Crosse, 13 July 2020

Puerto Rico declares emergency as drought leaves nearly 150,000 residents without water

By Julio Patron, 13 July 2020

As new report indicates larger floods loom nationally
Paltry federal relief announced for central Michigan flood victims

By Luke Galvin, 13 July 2020

Greek government passes draconian anti-protest legislation

By John Vassilopoulos, 13 July 2020

Thousands protest Israeli government’s lack of COVID-19 economic aid

By Jean Shaoul, 13 July 2020

Bereaved family members march on Downing Street to demand UK COVID-19 inquiry

By Robert Stevens, 13 July 2020

French trade unions agree to attacks on healthcare system amid coronavirus pandemic

By Will Morrow, 13 July 2020

Far-right Vox party to launch fascist trade union in Spain

By Alejandro López, 13 July 2020

Special Forces commander admits Australian troops committed war crimes in Afghanistan

By Jason Quill, 13 July 2020

New in Portuguese

EUA aceleram campanha de guerra contra a China

Peter Symonds, 11 Julho 2020

Enfrentando uma crise doméstica, com a oposição da classe trabalhadora crescendo contra a imprudente campanha de retorno ao trabalho, Trump está procurando desviar as imensas tensões sociais em direção a um inimigo externo.

New in Turkish

ABD’nin Çin’e karşı savaş yönelimi hızlanıyor

Peter Symonds, 11 Temmuz 2020

Trump, Demokratların ve medya kurumunun desteğiyle, Çin’e karşı yalanlara ve yanlış bilgiye dayanan aralıksız bir propaganda üzerinden bir savaş humması ortamı kışkırtmaya çalışıyor.

Ennio Morricone; sinemanın en büyük bestecilerinden biri

Marc Wells, 11 Temmuz 2020

Morricone’nin ölümünün İtalyan sinema müziğinin Altın Çağı’na son verdiği öne sürülebilir.

New in Spanish

Corte en Michigan falla que el PSI debe recolectar firmas a pesar de la pandemia

Joseph Kishore, 11 julio 2020

La decisión de la corte de distrito no es un fallo legal seriamente fundamentado en la jurisprudencia ni en un análisis racional. Es una decisión política que busca bloquear que los socialistas aparezcan en la papeleta.

La campaña para desprestigiar como racista al novelista Charles Dickens

David Walsh, 11 julio 2020

Dickens fue uno de los mejores novelistas del siglo diecinueve y una figura literaria y cultural de relevancia histórico-mundial. En el idioma inglés, quizás solo lo supere William Shakespeare en términos de su importancia y popularidad perdurables.

El presidente fascistizante Bolsonaro de Brasil da positivo al coronavirus

Tomas Castanheira, 11 julio 2020

En medio de la catastrófica pandemia, Bolsonaro reafirma su mensaje criminal: "La vida continúa, Brasil tiene que producir, tiene que poner la economía a trabajar."

Abogada laboral mexicana liberada bajo acuerdo punitivo tras detención arbitraria

Andrea Lobo, 11 julio 2020

El encarcelamiento de Susana Prieto Terrazas expuso a todas las facciones de la élite gobernante, desde el Gobierno supuestamente “izquierdista” de López Obrador a los Gobiernos estatales del Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), en su giro hacia formas autoritarias de gobierno.

New in German

Massive Unterwanderung von Bundeswehr und Polizei durch Neonazi-Netzwerk

Jordan Shilton, 11. Juli 2020

In einem ausführlichen Artikel vom 3. Juli 2020 dokumentiert die New York Times eine rechtsextreme Verschwörung unter Beteiligung von Angehörigen der Bundeswehr, der Geheimdienste und der Polizei, die einen gewaltsamen Umsturz anstrebt.

Arbeiter überdurchschnittlich von Corona betroffen

Marianne Arens, 11. Juli 2020

Die Corona-Pandemie zeigt die soziale Spaltung der Gesellschaft. Das zeigt eine Auswertung von Krankendaten der Versicherung AOK.

Merkel in Brüssel: Profit vor Leben und europäische Großmachtpolitik

Johannes Stern, 11. Juli 2020

Vor dem Europaparlament verteidigte Merkel die rücksichtslose Öffnungspolitik und schärfte den Abgeordneten ein, dass die europäischen Nationen ihre globalen wirtschaftlichen und außenpolitischen Interessen nur gemeinsam durchsetzen können.

Daimler verkauft Smart-Fabrik in Hambach: 1600 Arbeitsplätze bedroht

Gustav Kemper, 11. Juli 2020

Daimler will den Smart-Zweisitzer künftig nur noch in China produzieren, gemeinsam mit Partner Geely. Das Smart-Stammwerk im französischen Hambach wird verkauft.

Sahelzone: Von Frankreich unterstützte Sicherheitskräfte führen außergerichtliche Massenhinrichtungen durch

Will Morrow, 11. Juli 2020

Der von Frankreich und Deutschland geführte Krieg ist eine neokoloniale Intervention mit dem Ziel, die rohstoffreiche und geostrategisch wichtige Region und ihre Bevölkerung zu unterwerfen.

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New in French

Un tribunal du Michigan juge que le SEP doit recueillir des signatures malgré la pandémie

Joseph Kishore – candidat du SEP à la présidence des États-Unis, 11 juillet 2020

La décision du tribunal de district n'est pas une décision juridique sérieuse fondée sur la jurisprudence ou une analyse raisonnée. C’est une décision politique visant à exclure les socialistes du scrutin.

Le chômage s’envole tandis que la pandémie de COVID-19 s’accélère aux États-Unis

Bryan Dyne, 11 juillet 2020

La semaine dernière, 1,3 million de personnes ont déposé une demande de chômage pour la première fois, tandis que 18,1 millions de personnes ont renouvelé leurs demandes.

Les forces de sécurité soutenues par la France multiplient les exécutions extrajudiciaires au Sahel

Will Morrow, 11 juillet 2020

Le rapport démasque la guerre menée par la France et l’Allemagne comme une intervention néocoloniale pour subjuguer la région riche en ressources ainsi que sa population.

Fiat Chrysler met fin au troisième quart de travail à l'usine de Windsor (Ontario), supprimant 1375 emplois

Carl Bronski, 11 juillet 2020

Parlant comme un cadre d'entreprise, le président de la section locale 444 d'Unifor, Dave Cassidy, a déclaré que les réductions étaient «strictement une décision d'affaires».

Des lettres exigent du secrétaire à la Défense du Sri Lanka la fin du harcèlement des candidats du PES

nos correspondants, 11 juillet 2020

Cette campagne s’inscrit dans une lutte plus large pour défendre les droits démocratiques de tous les travailleurs contre les mesures dictatoriales.

Ennio Morricone, l'un des plus grands compositeurs pour le cinéma, mort à 91 ans

Marc Wells, 11 juillet 2020

Ennio Morricone sera sans aucun doute pleuré par des millions de personnes dans le monde entier. Il a composé les musiques de 70 films primés, et plus de 70 millions d'enregistrements de sa musique avaient été vendus en 2016.

New in Russian

«Нью-Йорк Таймс» фабрикует легенду о российских убийствах

Патрик Мартин, 6 июля 2020 г.

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

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

Владимир Волков и Клара Вайс, 6 июля 2020 г.

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

Пандемия неравенства: Как американский капитализм ставит прибыли выше жизней

Андре Деймон, 6 июля 2020 г.

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

New in Mandarin

支持国际工人阶级对抗COVID-19大流行病的行动!

第四国际国际委员会的声明, 2020年6月29日

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

工人阶级、社会主义与抗击大流行病

David North, 2020年6月18日

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

华尔街以死亡为宴

大卫.诺斯, 2020年5月3日

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

伦敦工人拼死与冠毒作战 富豪纷纷撤离

Michael Barnes, 2020年5月9日

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

New in Norwegian

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

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

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

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

Peter Symonds, 22. mai 2020

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

USA forbereder antiRussland-krigsspill midt under pandemien

Andrea Peters, 22. mai 2020

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

Covid-19-pandemien avslører Frankrikes Nytt Antikapitalistisk Parti

Alex Lantier, 22. mai 2020

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

New in Italian

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

David North, 1 aprile 2020

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

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Perspective

Coronavirus infections skyrocket in the US
Bipartisan back-to-work campaign produces catastrophe

14 July 2020

The uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus in the United States is a social crime. Definite individuals, acting on behalf of the financial oligarchy, are responsible for the deaths of thousands of people.

Earlier Perspectives »

SEP US presidential election campaign

Democratic California Governor Newsom argues that allowing SEP candidates on the ballot would cause “frustration of the democratic process”

By Isaac Finn, 14 July 2020

Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz are suing California for enforcing a 200,000-signature requirement. Yesterday, the candidates appealed a Michigan judge’s ruling against them to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

SEP presidential candidates Kishore and Santa Cruz file federal lawsuit challenging ballot access restrictions in California

Michigan court rules that SEP must gather signatures despite pandemic

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 10 July 2020

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

act.tv's Julianna Forlano interviews Joseph Kishore

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

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

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

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

Arts Review

RTJ4: Run the Jewels melds “rebellion” with reaction

By Erik Schreiber, 14 July 2020

Despite its musical interest, the new album by rap duo Run the Jewels shows Killer Mike and El-P to be seriously disoriented, or worse, in the current upheavals.

Workers Struggles

Disney workers in Florida locked out over lack of COVID testing; Peru doctors strike over PPE and back pay
Workers Struggles: The Americas

14 July 2020

Members of Actors Equity at Disney World in Florida have been locked out over their demand for COVID-19 testing while doctors in Peru are among those protesting inadequate response to the pandemic

Toledo Fiat Chrysler workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 rampage

By the Toledo Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 11 July 2020

After the outbreak of at least 31 COVID-19 cases at the plant, workers at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex have formed a rank-and-file safety committee.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Humboldt University student parliament condemns radical right-wing Professor Baberowski

By Helmut van Heiken, 13 July 2020

Commentary

#MeToo to “Me Who?”: US media has turned off the sexual witch-hunt for the moment

By David Walsh, 13 July 2020

Haymarket Books “Abolitionist Teaching” forum: A call to promote racial division among teachers

By Renae Cassimeda and Norissa Santa Cruz, 13 July 2020

Demands mount for racial quotas at elite US universities

By Jonathan Burleigh, 13 July 2020

Sanders-Biden task forces and the debacle of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Genevieve Leigh, 11 July 2020

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei condemns right-wing terror against Left Party parliamentarian

By Ulrich Rippert (SGP national secretary), 11 July 2020

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

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2020

Massive neo-Nazi penetration of German military and police

By Jordan Shilton, 10 July 2020

The campaign to smear novelist Charles Dickens as a racist

By David Walsh, 10 July 2020

July 4th Online Discussion

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

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

By David Walsh, 6 July 2020

The Legacy of the American Revolution and Civil War

The two American Revolutions in world history

By David North, 4 July 2020

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

By Shannon Jones, 10 July 2020

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

By Niles Niemuth, 7 July 2020

Racial-communalist politics and the second assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Niles Niemuth and David North, 25 June 2020

Featured

Committee for Public Education and International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia)
Public forum: COVID-19 and the escalating assault on educators and students

13 July 2020

The Committee for Public Education and International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Australia are holding on online forum on July 18 to discuss the critical issues posed by government demands that schools reopen.

25 years ago: Detroit newspaper workers go on strike

On July 13, 1995, 2,500 Detroit Free Press and Detroit News workers went on strike, facing the most concentrated union-busting attack in the city in decades.

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50 years ago: British dock workers begin strike

On July 15, 1970, nearly 50,000 dock workers in the United Kingdom walked off the job and began a strike, refusing to load and unload ships coming into the country’s major ports.

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75 years ago: Allied leaders gather at Potsdam Conference

On July 17, 1945, leaders from Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union gathered in the German city of Potsdam in the last of the major Allied conferences of the Second World War.

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100 years ago: Second Congress of the Communist International opens

On July 19, 1920, the Second Congress of the Communist International was opened in Petrograd by Grigori Zinoviev, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Communist International.

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Free Julian Assange

Online book launch of The Most Dangerous Man in the World defends Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 July 2020

Author Andrew Fowler said that journalists “should be more supportive” of Assange “because of what he taught us.”

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

History

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

By Patrick O’Connor, 8 July 2020

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

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

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

By our correspondents, 9 July 2020

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

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

6 July 2020

Sri Lankan Trotskyists hold first online election rally

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

Sri Lankan president establishes military taskforce: Another step toward dictatorship

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

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

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

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

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

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

“Deep cleaning” in Australian schools: Image and reality

Science

The COVID-19 vaccine and the drive for profit

By Frank Gaglioti, 8 July 2020

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

Contact tracing and capitalism’s response to the pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 June 2020

Socialist Equality Party (US)

Twenty-five years since the death of Ed Winn

By Fred Mazelis, 26 June 2020

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

Book Review

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

By Andre Damon, 26 June 2020

The New York Times' 1619 Project

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

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

Mehring Books

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

By Joseph Kishore, 19 June 2020

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

June 7 Online Meeting

The coronavirus pandemic

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

By Thomas Scripps, 8 June 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

British Trotskyists issue call for working class action against pandemic

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

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

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

Oppose the premature lifting of COVID-19 safety restrictions!

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

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

By Laura Tiernan, 5 June 2020

More on the coronavirus pandemic »

International May Day Online Rally

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

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

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

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

By David North, 4 May 2020

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

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

History

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

By Clara Weiss, 12 May 2020

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

One Hundred and Fifty Years Since the Birth of Lenin

By David North, 22 April 2020

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

Fifty years since the massacre of students at Kent State

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2020

Obituary

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dead at 90

By Jerry White, 27 February 2020

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

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

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2020

Mehring Books

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

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 30 March 2020

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

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

By Keith Jones, 30 March 2020

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

Amazon

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

By Ed Hightower and Michael Walters, 21 March 2020

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

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

By Tom Carter, 25 March 2020

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

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

By Shuvu Batta, 21 March 2020

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