Record single-day COVID-19 deaths in Florida, Alabama and Utah

By Benjamin Mateus, 15 July 2020

Hospitalizations are up 43 percent in California. Texas and Arizona are readying refrigerated trucks to store the overflow of bodies from inundated morgues.

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

US government carries out first execution of federal prisoner in 17 years

By Kate Randall, 15 July 2020

In the modern history of the death penalty in the US, Daniel Lewis Lee’s execution stands out as a particularly egregious affront to due process and basic human rights.

US secretary of state denounces China over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 15 July 2020

The Trump administration formally adopts the 2016 Hague ruling against Chinese claims in the sensitive, strategic waters, as it ramps up US naval provocations there.

Death of Arizona teacher exposes lies about safely reopening schools

By Phyllis Steele, 15 July 2020

Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd, 61, died on June 26 after contracting COVID-19 as she and other teachers taught students remotely from a shared classroom.

Haphazard plans to reopen US schools spur growing opposition among educators

By Renae Cassimeda, 15 July 2020

The reckless move to rapidly reopen schools coincides with the homicidal drive by the ruling class to force workers back on the job amid the deepening COVID-19 pandemic.

Further details emerge on far-right views of Canadian army reservist who tried to kill Trudeau

By Roger Jordan, 15 July 2020

The political establishment fears an examination of the far-right incubating in the armed forces would cut across plans to dramatically increase military spending and aggression.

Erdoğan’s conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque and the danger of war

By Ulaş Ateşci and Alex Lantier, 15 July 2020

The stoking of religious and national tensions by major governments accelerates the drive to war across the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

UNICEF report: COVID-19 exacerbating hunger and other maladies facing South Asia’s children

By Naveen Dewage, 15 July 2020

According to the UNICEF report, close to 1 million more South Asian children could die in the coming year due to lack of access to food, vaccines, and timely medical care.

French nurses denounce sellout as thousands protest on Bastille Day

By Will Morrow, 15 July 2020

The deal has been hailed by the Macron government and international media as an “historic” sign that health staff are receiving just recognition for their sacrifices.

Academy of Medical Sciences warns 251,000 more people could die of COVID-19 in Britain

By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2020

The modelling is based on deaths in hospitals alone and not in care homes and other settings.

Large coronavirus outbreak at Rook Row Farm in Britain

By Thomas Scripps, 15 July 2020

This is the latest, and one of the largest, workplace outbreaks in the UK since the ending of the national lockdown by the Johnson government.

Jennifer Jones speaks on UK Boycott Return To Unsafe Schools campaign

By Tom Pearce, 15 July 2020

The Facebook site of the group has created a map of school closures due to outbreaks, which is a powerful source of information for parents.

Australian teachers and school staff condemn return to classrooms in Victoria

By Sue Phillips, 15 July 2020

Teachers and educators speak out against the state Labor government’s order to reopen schools despite a COVID-19 surge in Melbourne.

Australian authorities sought to cover-up asbestos removal at Newcastle school

By Robert Campion, 15 July 2020

The debacle is part of a decades-long scandal concerning the use of asbestos in public buildings, involving successive Labor and Liberal governments.

Judge denies bail for Ghislaine Maxwell, charged with aiding Epstein’s abuse of underage girls

By Kevin Reed, 15 July 2020

Maxwell pleaded not guilty to charges that she participated in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring in the 1990s and was denied bail.

COVID-19 outbreak at Battle Creek, Michigan auto parts plant

By Brent Dylan and Joseph Lorenz, 15 July 2020

One worker has died and 13 have been infected by COVID-19 at the DENSO thermal manufacturing plant in Battle Creek, Michigan that supplies parts for Toyota.

Workers on unemployment stunned as Arizona abruptly cuts off payments

By Chase Lawrence, 15 July 2020

The rescinding of payments by the Arizona Department of Economic Security has affected workers who live out of state but had been employed in Arizona.

USDA food box program fails to deliver significant share of much needed aid

By Alex Findijs, 15 July 2020

The USDA promised to deliver $1.2 billion in food to families in need, but has delivered less than two-thirds of this amount so far.

Southeastern US experiencing harrowing rise in coronavirus infections

By Cordell Gascoigne, 15 July 2020

The Southeastern states have seen sharp spikes in the rates of infection, hospitalization and death due to the coronavirus.

Yemen fragmenting under pressure of war, collapsing economy and COVID-19

By Jean Shaoul, 15 July 2020

The Saudis’ 257,000 aerial strikes and the United Arab Emirates’ naval blockade have caused the deaths of at least 230,000 civilians, both directly and indirectly.

The blinding of Gustavo Gatica and the return to unrestrained police state violence in Chile

By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 July 2020

The Chilean security forces enjoy a level of immunity not seen since the 17-year military dictatorship, when thousands were arrested, tortured, killed and disappeared.

German state intelligence agency deletes data of right-wing extremists

By Christoph Vandreier, 15 July 2020

There are close links between Germany’s secret services, its government and the right-wing extremist milieu not only in Saxony, but throughout the country.

German Green Party programme: Police-state repression and militarism

By Max Linhof and Jan Ritter, 15 July 2020

Germany’s Green Party presented a draft party programme in Berlin on 26 June entitled “To care and protect ...”

Germany halts preliminary proceedings on 1980 Oktoberfest attack

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 15 July 2020

The intention is to keep the public in the dark forever on the background to the killings and the people behind it, especially the role of the security services.

Protests erupt in Serbia over official handling of COVID-19 pandemic

By Alex Lantier, 15 July 2020

A week of protests has followed President Aleksandar Vučić’s announcement that a curfew would be re-imposed in Serbia amid a rapid resurgence of COVID-19.

Tens of thousands protest in Russia’s far east after Kremlin removes governor

By Clara Weiss, 15 July 2020

Governor Furgal of the far-right LDPR was arrested by the FSB and charged with involvement in the murder of multiple businessmen.

New Zealand aluminium smelter to close, axing 1,000 jobs

By John Braddock, 15 July 2020

The smelter’s closure is part of the escalating attack on jobs and livelihoods among major sections of the workforce in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

14 July 2020

“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

More on Autoworkers struggles »

Coronavirus cases, deaths soar in Mexico and across Latin America

By Bryan Dyne, 14 July 2020

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

By Patrick Martin, 14 July 2020

The politics of the capitalist debt economy

By Nick Beams, 14 July 2020

Teacher unions support drive to reopen US schools as pandemic explodes

By David Brown, 14 July 2020

New York City releases dangerous school reopening plans

By Sandy English and Steve Light, 14 July 2020

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

By Patrick Kelly, 14 July 2020

More on Education »

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

By Chase Lawrence, 14 July 2020

COVID-19 outbreaks escalate across England

By Thomas Scripps, 14 July 2020

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

By Harvey Thompson and Charlotte Salthill, 14 July 2020

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

By Marc Wells, 14 July 2020

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

By Kevin Reed, 14 July 2020

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

By Sam Dalton, 14 July 2020

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

By Clara Weiss, 14 July 2020

Washington renews covert campaign to destroy Iran’s nuclear infrastructure

By Jean Shaoul, 14 July 2020

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 July 2020

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

By Owen Howell, 14 July 2020

New in Portuguese

As forças-tarefas de Sanders e Biden e o fracasso da “revolução política” de Sanders

Por Genevieve Leigh, 15 Julho 2020

A colaboração entre Biden e Sanders produziu um completo repúdio de todos os pilares centrais da campanha de Sanders, em meio a uma crise social e política sem precedentes do capitalismo mundial.

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

Los contagios de coronavirus se disparan en EE.UU.
El impulso bipartidista del regreso al trabajo crea una catástrofe

Por Andre Damon, 15 julio 2020

La propagación descontrolada del coronavirus en Estados Unidos es un crimen social. Ciertos individuos, actuando en nombre de la oligarquía financiera, son responsables de las muertes de miles de personas.

Los casos y muertes de coronavirus se disparan en México y el resto de Latinoamérica

Por Bryan Dyne, 15 julio 2020

México ahora supera a Italia en muertes conocidas por COVID-19, convirtiendo el brote pandémico en el país en el cuarto más mortal del mundo.

La política de la economía de deuda capitalista

Por Nick Beams, 15 julio 2020

En lo que va de año, las empresas estadounidenses más cotizadas han emitido casi tanta deuda como lo hicieron en todo el año 2019, lo que las pone en camino de superar el récord de emisión de deuda de 1,37 billones de dólares en 2017.

Cartas exigen al secretario de defensa de Sri Lanka que deje de acosar militarmente a los candidatos del PSI

Por nuestros corresponsales, 15 julio 2020

Esta campaña es parte de una lucha más amplia para defender los derechos democráticos de todos los trabajadores contra las medidas dictatoriales.

Gobernador demócrata de California, Newsom dice que permitir a candidatos del PSI en la papeleta causaría “impedimento al proceso democrático”

Por Isaac Finn, 15 julio 2020

Joseph Kishore y Norissa Santa Cruz están presentando una demanda contra California por aplicar un requisito de 200.000 firmas. Los candidatos apelaron ayer al fallo de un juez en Michigan en su contra ante el Sexto Circuito de Apelaciones.

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

US-led “back to work” drive spreads death across Latin America

15 July 2020

Though mass poverty and inequality made the region vulnerable to the coronavirus, the rising Latin American death toll is also the product of Wall Street’s hemispheric back to work policy.

Earlier Perspectives »

Free Julian Assange

Online documentary exposes the psychological torture of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2020

UN official Nils Melzer stated that Assange’s persecution was “about intimidating all other journalists and publishers and making sure that no-one does what he has done, because that’s what states are afraid of.”

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 July 2020

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 »

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

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

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.

Arts Review

RTJ4: Run the Jewels melds “rebellion” with reaction

By Erik Schreiber, 14 July 2020

Workers Struggles

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

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

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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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

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.