Brazil surpasses two million coronavirus cases as reopening drive continues

By Tomas Castanheira, 18 July 2020

“We cannot continue suffocating the economy,” President Jair Bolsonaro said, as Brazil suffered the highest single day death toll in the world.

US hits record 74,987 new daily COVID-19 cases

By Benjamin Mateus, 18 July 2020

The number of daily new cases in the United States has tripled from a month ago amid a massive resurgence of the pandemic.

White House in disarray as coronavirus numbers explode

Federal agents in Portland, Oregon shoot and critically injure protester

By Hector Cordon and Julio Patron, 16 July 2020

Portland is being used by the Trump administration as a test case for the deployment of heavily armed federal agents to suppress popular protests against police brutality.

Australian medical experts call for workplace and school shutdowns as Victoria’s COVID-19 surge escalates

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 July 2020

Despite the highest spike in Australian coronavirus infections since the pandemic began, the Victorian Labor government has implemented a “lockdown” that leaves schools and most workplaces open.

Australia: Hundreds of health workers in Victoria contract COVID-19

By Clare Bruderlin, 18 July 2020

A national survey of 500 healthcare workers found that half were experiencing PPE shortages and some were having to source their own supplies.

US escalates economic warfare against Russia and China

By Nick Beams, 18 July 2020

After securing a decision by the UK government to ban the Chinese firm Huawei from its 5G rollout, the US is pressuring the Merkel government in Germany to take the same decision.

US moving to ban China-based TikTok social media app

By Kevin Reed, 18 July 2020

There is bipartisan support in Congress for the Trump administration’s aggressive efforts against the Chinese app.

A grim week on federal death row: Three men sent to their deaths in Terre Haute, Indiana

By Kate Randall, 18 July 2020

Dustin Lee Honken was the third prisoner executed in five days after a 17-year de facto moratorium on the gruesome practice at the federal level.

Hawaii officials push unsafe reopening of schools despite outcry by educators and parents

By Renae Cassimeda and Liz Laliberte, 18 July 2020

The reopening of the schools, along with the the lifting of travel restrictions in Hawaii, will greatly exacerbate the spread of the virus throughout the islands.

Michigan teen sent to juvenile detention for failing to do her homework

By Will McCalliss and Nancy Hanover, 18 July 2020

Amid the chaotic transition to online learning during the pandemic, a teenage girl has been taken into criminal custody for “failure to submit any schoolwork.”

COVID-19 spread accelerates across Europe as EU summit opens

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 18 July 2020

The back-to-work policy implemented by governments and trade unions across Europe since lock-downs ended in May is leading to a collapse of social distancing.

New terrorist threats against politicians, artists and journalists
Neo-Nazi network in police covered up at highest levels of German state and politics

By Christoph Vandreier, 18 July 2020

The threats are intended to intimidate the widespread opposition to the right-wing policies of the grand coalition of the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD).

German automaker Daimler plans fresh assault on jobs and conditions

By K. Nesan, 18 July 2020

In an interview with the Stuttgarter Zeitung, Daimler personnel manager Wilfried Porth threatened to increase the number of jobs to be shed at the auto company.

Unsubmissive France leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon calls for massive French military build-up

By Will Morrow, 18 July 2020

Mélenchon’s criticism of the Macron administration is from the right: that it is not sufficiently aggressive in its pursuit of French imperialist interests.

Armenia-Azerbaijan border clashes threaten broader war in Caucasus

By Ulas Atesci, 18 July 2020

The fighting threatens to escalate into a direct clash between the two Caucasian republics’ main allies, Russia and Turkey.

Nearly 650,000 jobs lost in UK during pandemic, with much worse to come

By Robert Stevens, 18 July 2020

The collapse in the number of workers in employment takes place along with a drastic fall in hours for those remaining in a job, and a fall in wages.

Johnson’s return-to-work speech: UK ruling class opts for mass murder

By Laura Tiernan, 18 July 2020

Johnson’s homicidal plans to end home working and lift public transportation restrictions reveal a financial oligarchy hell-bent on driving millions back to work no matter what the cost in human life.

New delivery workers demonstration in Brazil exposes unions and their allies

By Miguel Andrade, 18 July 2020

After a massive continent-wide strike on July 1, delivery workers in Brazil are being told to place their fate in the hands of the unions and Congress.

American Airlines announces 25,000 job cuts

By Steve Filips, 18 July 2020

The unions have not taken any action to fight for safety or defend jobs. Their only response has been to plead for another government bailout for the airlines.

Destruction of full-time jobs intensifies in Australia

By Mike Head, 18 July 2020

Governments and employers are working with the trade unions to exploit the COVID-19 catastrophe to accelerate the casualisation of the workforce.

New Zealand’s opposition National Party in turmoil after another leadership change

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 18 July 2020

The National Party, which supports stronger business links with China, has been thrown into chaos by the escalating US-led preparations for war.

17 July 2020

“Four workers share each bunk bed”
More than two hundred Mexican oil workers at PEMEX have died from COVID-19

By Andrea Lobo, 17 July 2020

As India approaches 1 million COVID-19 cases, Modi government continues to deny community transmission

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 17 July 2020

Health care workers take action to preserve lives as COVID-19 spreads throughout Africa

By Stephan McCoy, 17 July 2020

US posts a one-day high in COVID-19 cases with health systems on the verge of collapse

By Benjamin Mateus, 17 July 2020

White House declares that “science should not stand in the way” of reopening schools

By Evan Blake, 17 July 2020

Two-week strike by Joliet, Illinois nurses in danger

By Benjamin Mateus and Jerry White, 17 July 2020

US automakers continue cover-up of COVID-19 outbreaks as workers call for action

By Shannon Jones, 17 July 2020

Outbreak of COVID-19 at Pretty Little Thing distribution centre in Sheffield, UK

By Tony Robson, 17 July 2020

First-time jobless claims in US top 1 million for 17th straight week

By Jessica Goldstein, 17 July 2020

US retail bankruptcies and closures accelerate during COVID-19 pandemic

By Trévon Austin, 17 July 2020

US drug overdose deaths soared to record highs in 2019

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2020

Millions of Americans are losing health insurance as joblessness skyrockets

By Alex Johnson, 17 July 2020

Dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts hacked in “coordinated social engineering attack”

By Kevin Reed, 17 July 2020

Second federal execution in a week goes forward with Supreme Court sanction

By Kate Randall, 17 July 2020

Trump replaces campaign manager as poll numbers plunge

By Patrick Martin, 17 July 2020

Police body camera footage of George Floyd murder released

By Kevin Martinez, 17 July 2020

Oklahoma cops tased Jared Lakey over 50 times before he died, video shows

By Jacob Crosse, 17 July 2020

New French prime minister Jean Castex calls for stepped-up police repression

By Alex Lantier, 17 July 2020

“NTEU Fightback” aims to block revolt against Australian university trade union

By Jack Turner, 17 July 2020

Thousands of sackings at Australian universities

By Eric Ludlow, 17 July 2020

UK Royal household workers threatened with job losses

By Charles Hixson, 17 July 2020

Canada’s largest lingerie and swimwear retailer scraps worker bonuses

By Alexandra Greene, 17 July 2020

New in Portuguese

Brasil ultrapassa 2 milhões de casos de coronavírus e prossegue com reabertura

Thomas Castanheira, 18 Julho 2020

“Não podemos continuar sufocando a economia”, diz Bolsonaro enquanto o país tem o mais elevado índice de mortes diárias do mundo.

New in Spanish

Ante una crisis agravada, EE.UU. emprende contra China

Peter Symonds, 18 julio 2020

Al enfrentarse a una crisis económica y social en casa y el empeoramiento de sus chances electorales, Trump está confrontando agresivamente a China en una amplia gama de cuestiones potencialmente explosivas.

“En los camarotes duermen 4 personas”
Más de doscientos trabajadores petroleros de PEMEX han muerto por COVID-19

Andrea Lobo, 18 julio 2020

La petrolera estatal reportó que 234 familiares de los trabajadores también fallecieron del coronavirus.

India se acerca al millón de casos de COVID-19 y Gobierno de Modi sigue negando la transmisión comunitaria

Wasantha Rupasinghe, 18 julio 2020

La afirmación absurda de que India no está experimentando una transmisión comunitaria significativa es parte del impulso imprudente del Gobierno del regreso al trabajo y su política criminal de “inmunidad de rebaño”.

Las solicitudes de desempleo por primera vez en los Estados Unidos superan el millón por 17ª semana consecutiva

Jessica Goldstein, 18 julio 2020

El número oficial de nuevos reclamos de desempleo demuestra un estado de profunda crisis económica para el capitalismo estadounidense.

New in German

USA reagieren auf Krise im eigenen Land mit Aggression gegen China

Peter Symonds, 18. Juli 2020

In den USA spitzt sich die wirtschaftliche und soziale Krise dramatisch zu und die Aussichten auf eine Wiederwahl Trumps im November schwinden. Der zunehmend aggressive Ton des US-Präsidenten gegenüber China offenbart die tiefe Krise der amerikanischen herrschenden Klasse.

Schlachtfabrik Tönnies wieder angelaufen

Marianne Arens, 18. Juli 2020

In dem Schlachthof, der im Juni den bisher größten Corona-Ausbruch Deutschlands verzeichnete, ist die Gefahr nicht gebannt. Die wirkliche Ursache, die extreme Ausbeutung, nimmt weiter zu.

„Vier Arbeiter teilen sich ein Etagenbett“
Mehr als 200 Covid-19-Tote bei mexikanischem Ölkonzern Pemex

Andrea Lobo, 18. Juli 2020

Laut dem staatseigenen Ölkonzern sind auch 234 Familienmitglieder von Arbeitern am Coronavirus gestorben.

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New in Turkish

Ayasofya’nın camiye dönüştürülmesi ve savaş tehlikesi

Ulaş Ateşci ve Alex Lantier, 16 Temmuz 2020

Bu karar, sınıfsal çelişkileri bastırmayı, işçi sınıfını dinsel ve ulusal eksenlerde bölmeyi ve büyük güçler arasında savaş tehlikesinin giderek arttığı koşullarda milliyetçi temelde destek elde etmeyi amaçlamaktadır.

75 yıl önce: Müttefik güçlerin önderleri Potsdam Konferansı’nda toplandı

16 Temmuz 2020

17 Temmuz 1945’te, Britanya, ABD ve Sovyetler Birliği liderleri, İkinci Dünya Savaşı’nın son büyük Müttefik konferansında, Almanya’nın Potsdam kentinde bir araya geldiler.

New in French

Le comité de sécurité de la base exige une fermeture immédiate
Le COVID-19 hors de contrôle à l'usine Jeep de Toledo

Jerry White, 17 juillet 2020

Avec au moins 40 cas confirmés dans l’usine, les travailleurs de la base exigent un arrêt immédiat de la production et des tests pour tous.

Crise COVID-19: Castex appelle à intensifier la politique d’État policier

Alexandre Lantier, 17 juillet 2020

Le nouveau premier ministre français a présenté le 15 juillet à l’Assemblée nationale la ligne politique fixée par Macron à travers son dialogue avec Angela Merkel.

Les marchés s’envolent alors que les cadavres s’entassent

Andre Damon, 17 juillet 2020

La hausse massive des prix des actions n’a qu’une seule explication: l’État capitaliste a mis à la disposition de ses maîtres de l’oligarchie financière des sommes d’argent illimitées.

Le Rapport 2019 du renseignement intérieur banalise la menace terroriste nazie et attaque la politique socialiste

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Parti de l’égalité socialiste), 17 juillet 2020

L’année 2019, sur laquelle se concentre le rapport du ‘Verfassungsschutz’, a été caractérisée par une recrudescence du terrorisme d’extrême droite, mais cette menace est à peine mentionnée dans le rapport.

Alors que le soutien s’élargit pour la campagne de défense du PES
Le commandant de l’armée sri-lankaise déclare que les allégations de harcèlement militaire des candidats aux élections du Nord sont «fausses»

nos journalistes, 17 juillet 2020

Les affirmations du commandant de l’armée, Shavendra Silva, et son refus de reconnaître les preuves détaillées fournies par le PES constituent une menace voilée contre tous les candidats aux élections dans le Nord.

New in Russian

Низовой комитет безопасности требует немедленной остановки производства
COVID-19 вышел из-под контроля на сборочном заводе джипов в Толедо

Джерри Уайт, 17 июля 2020 г.

Имея по меньшей мере 40 подтвержденных случаев заболевания на заводе, рядовые рабочие требуют немедленной остановки производства и проведения всеобщего тестирования.

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 pushes fabricated claims of Russian hacking of virus research

18 July 2020

The United States is most nakedly pursuing a nationalistic course, aimed at enriching American oligarchs and deploying the vaccine not as a means to save lives, but as a weapon against countries in the crosshairs of US imperialism.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Statement

As COVID-19 spreads at Toledo Jeep and other plants
Build rank-and-file safety committees at every workplace to save lives!

By the FCA Jefferson North, Sterling Heights and Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 18 July 2020

The number of COVID-19 infections is rising all across the US, and emergency action has to be taken.

Rank-and-file safety committee demands immediate shut down
COVID-19 out of control at Toledo Jeep plant

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

Arts Review

#Anne Frank Parallel Stories: The young victim of the Nazis

By Joanne Laurier, 18 July 2020

#Anne Frank Parallel Stories is a documentary streaming on Netflix that retraces the life of Anne Frank, as well as five living women who survived the Nazi concentration camps in World War II.

Sinclair Lewis’s novel Main Street at 100

By James McDonald, 16 July 2020

Free Julian Assange

UK MPs submit early day motion on Assange

By Thomas Scripps, 18 July 2020

The signatories have all either hitherto kept a criminal silence over Assange’s persecution, or, in the case of Corbyn, McDonnell, Abbott and Long-Bailey, found their voice only after losing leading positions in the Labour Party.

Online documentary exposes the psychological torture of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2020

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 July 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Commentary

Facing mounting crisis, US lashes out against China

By Peter Symonds, 17 July 2020

Markets soar as the corpses pile up

By Andre Damon, 16 July 2020

Amid Sri Lankan elections, YouTube censors Tamil-language WSWS posts

By V. Gnana, 16 July 2020

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

By Eric London, 15 July 2020

SEP US presidential election campaign

SEP candidates Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz respond to California state officials in ballot access lawsuit

By Alan Gilman, 17 July 2020

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.

History

“Palace letters” point to the plotting behind the 1975 constitutional coup in Australia

By Mike Head, 17 July 2020

Together with the military coup in Chile in 1973, the Labor government’s dismissal was one of the first acts in what became an international counter-offensive against the working class.

“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 Fight for Public Education

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.

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia) holds lecture series on the history of Trotskyism

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 July 2020

The lectures, now all available online, reviewed some of the fundamental lessons of the protracted struggle by the Trotskyist movement for socialist internationalism.

Tamil National Alliance offers to support Sri Lankan president’s autocratic rule

By Paramu Thirugnanasambanthar—lead SEP candidate for Jaffna district, 17 July 2020

Verfassungsschutz Report 2019: German secret service downplays threat of Nazi terrorism and attacks socialist politics

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 16 July 2020

As support widens for SEP defence campaign
Sri Lanka army commander says allegations of military harassment of northern election candidates are “false”

By our correspondents, 16 July 2020

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

Workers Struggles

India: Over 40,000 Karnataka health workers begin indefinite state-wide strike; Pakistani doctors protest and Sri Lanka nurses demand overtime pay
Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

18 July 2020

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

“We’re just cannon fodder. This is a policy about economics not safety.”
Teachers, educators and parents speak out against UK September school reopening

By our reporters, 16 July 2020

Transport for London downplayed COVID-19 dangers to bus, rail and tube workers in critical early months

By Laura Tiernan, 16 July 2020

Harley-Davidson slashes 700 jobs worldwide as stock price continues to rise

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Humboldt University student parliament condemns radical right-wing Professor Baberowski

By Helmut van Heiken, 13 July 2020

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.

More »

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.

More »

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.

More »

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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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.