Trump floats delaying election, both parties appeal to military as umpire

By Eric London, 31 July 2020

Trump baselessly claimed the election would be tainted by voter fraud as his poll numbers sank to all-time lows.

US COVID-19 death toll soars past 155,000, with one death every minute

By Kate Randall, 31 July 2020

Deaths have risen in the US for three weeks in a row, with the biggest hotspots in Florida, Arizona, California and Texas.

Hundreds of thousands mobilize on social media to oppose US school reopenings

By Evan Blake, 31 July 2020

An explosion of opposition to the unsafe reopening of schools has developed on social media, primarily through dozens of Facebook groups with a combined global membership of over 300,000.

As opposition mounts to reopening of schools, US teacher union opposes national strike

“Capitalism is being exposed for what it is”
The school transportation crisis in the age of coronavirus

By Nancy Hanover, 31 July 2020

School bus drivers in Pennsylvania and New York spoke with the WSWS about the conditions they face amid the escalating campaign to reopen schools.

“Workers must stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough’”
Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls for emergency measures as COVID-19 surges in the plant

By Shannon Jones, 31 July 2020

As reports of COVID-19 cases at the Toledo Assembly Complex escalate, workers are demanding the closure of the facility for deep cleaning and disinfection.

Brook Park, Ohio autoworker describes conditions leading to rising COVID-19 infections at Ford Engine plant

By Katy Kinner, 31 July 2020

While Ford has told employees that they are following cleaning and safety protocols, rank-and-file workers have exposed the real dangers.

Japan raising tensions with Beijing in the East China Sea

By Ben McGrath, 31 July 2020

The US and Japan bear primary responsibility for upending the status quo in the East China Sea and fueling the dangerous stand-off over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

Record heatwave in Siberia and the burning danger of climate change

By Daniel Jakob, 31 July 2020

This year is the hottest in Siberia since measurements began 130 years ago. The record heatwave is an extreme consequence of global climate change.

Report backing Johnson’s ending UK lockdown concludes: More “deaths and misery” are inevitable

By Robert Stevens, 31 July 2020

England endured the longest continuous period of excess deaths out of 29 European countries.

Talks between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union will end in job losses

By a socialist postal worker, 31 July 2020

To take forward the struggle in defence of postal workers’ health and to oppose the onslaught on jobs and pay demands the formation of rank-and-file committees.

At least 735 COVID-19 deaths confirmed in US prison system

By Sam Dalton, 31 July 2020

Now exceeding April and May peaks, increases in prison deaths and infections are most acute in states that pursued reckless reopenings.

In latest attack on immigrants
Trump administration suspends DACA applications and renewals

By Sam Dalton, 31 July 2020

A recent Supreme Court ruling has allowed the White House to make a new attack on the program.

Louisiana restaurant worker dies of COVID-19 after collapsing on the job

By Aaron Murch, 31 July 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic worsens millions workers are faced with an impossible situation, go to work and possibly die on the job, or stay home and face eviction.

Consol cuts 233 jobs as US coal production falls to 1973 levels

By Samuel Davidson, 31 July 2020

A wave of layoffs swept the industry even before the pandemic, but the economic collapse over the last several months has spurred mining companies to accelerate their attacks on jobs.

Quebec Solidaire joins with the hard-right in promoting economic nationalism

By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 31 July 2020

Quebec Solidaire’s exhortations to "buy local" and its promotion of a “Quebec vaccine" are part of a pronounced shift by ruling elites in Canada, the US and globally toward the promotion of national protectionism and chauvinism.

Australian COVID-19 surge continues as epidemiologists urge stricter lockdown

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 July 2020

In refusing to implement the measures demanded by medical experts, the ruling elite has chosen to protect profits over lives.

New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

By John Braddock, 31 July 2020

The diplomatic rift, underpinned by a domestic anti-China propaganda campaign, echoes Washington’s increasingly aggressive operations against Beijing.

30 July 2020

Plainclothes NYC police grab protester and throw her into unmarked car

By Niles Niemuth, 30 July 2020

COVID-19 deaths mount at GM plant and maquiladoras across Mexico

By Andrea Lobo, 30 July 2020

Auto parts worker dies at Michigan Faurecia plant of unexplained causes

By Tim Rivers, 30 July 2020

Fed chair Powell says backstop to markets to remain for a “very long time”

By Nick Beams, 30 July 2020

Australian government signs up to US offensive against China

By Mike Head, 30 July 2020

India set to surpass two million COVID-19 cases within days

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 July 2020

Record Australian COVID-19 deaths and infections

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 July 2020

Indonesia passes 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

By Owen Howell, 30 July 2020

UK coronavirus infections and death rates increase as Johnson blames Europe

By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2020

Israeli bus drivers’ strike over COVID-19 safety concerns

By Jean Shaoul, 30 July 2020

As other mid-Michigan corporations carry out layoffs
Dow Chemical announces plan to cut six percent of its global workforce

By Luke Galvin, 30 July 2020

“Seeing this much devastation so frequently really permeates your whole being”
A Canadian firefighter speaks out on the opioid crisis

By a British Columbia firefighter, 30 July 2020

Australian SAS planted weapons on murdered civilians in Afghanistan

By Taylor Bennington, 30 July 2020

Report warns theft of international student wages in Australia set to worsen amid COVID-19

By Eric Ludlow, 30 July 2020

Australia: International students voice anger over wage theft, poor working conditions

By our reporters, 30 July 2020

New in Portuguese

A luta enfrentada por professores contra a pressão de Trump pela reabertura de escolas

Por Evan Blake, 29 Julho 2020

Após anos de greves e protestos contra cortes de salários e do orçamento da educação, educadores nos EUA estão diante de um conflito direto com a administração Trump por causa de sua pressão pela reabertura de escolas.

New in Turkish

Dünya Kapitalist Krizi ve Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Görevleri: DEUK’un 1988 Perspektifler Kararı’nın analizi

Andre Damon, 30 Temmuz 2020

Bu konferans, Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi’nin düzenli yazarı ve ABD’deki Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin önde gelen üyesi Andre Damon tarafından, 23 Temmuz 2019’da, Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (ABD) Yaz Okulu’nda verildi.

New in French

Dans un témoignage au Congrès
Le procureur général Barr défend agressivement les attaques violentes contre les manifestants de Portland

Barry Grey, 30 juillet 2020

La Maison-Blanche reste le centre de commande d’une conspiration qui vise à détruire les droits démocratiques et à établir un régime autoritaire aux États-Unis.

Les États-Unis adoptent une politique de changement de régime vis-à-vis de Pékin

Peter Symonds, 30 juillet 2020

En déclarant la défaite de la «tyrannie» chinoise comme objectif de la politique étrangère américaine, le gouvernement Trump a considérablement intensifié sa confrontation avec la Chine par un appel tout à fait explicite au changement de régime.

Elon Musk découvre Das Kapital

Joseph Kishore – candidat du SEP (Parti de l’égalité socialiste) à la présidentielle américaine, 30 juillet 2020

Dans un tweet lundi après-midi, le PDG de Tesla, Elon Musk, a livré son résumé de la grande œuvre de Marx sur l’économie politique capitaliste : « Das Kapital en un mot, » écrit-il, c‘est « donne moi ça gratuitement »

New in German

Profit vor Leben: Europäische Öffnungspolitik bedroht Millionen Menschenleben

Johannes Stern, 31. Juli 2020

Sechs Monate nachdem die Weltgesundheitsorganisation WHO die Corona-Pandemie zur „Gesundheitlichen Notlage internationaler Tragweite“ erklärt hat, ist die Situation in Europa erneut außer Kontrolle.

Moderna: Bombengeschäft mit Corona-Impfstoff

Bryan Dyne, 31. Juli 2020

Der Pharmariese plant, seinen Corona-Impfstoff zu einem exorbitanten Preis zu verkaufen, obwohl er bereits von der US-Regierung Steuermittel in Milliardenhöhe erhalten hat. Das zeigt, dass die Finanzelite die Pandemie nutzt, um sich selbst zu bereichern.

Schulöffnungen: Fahrlässiges Spiel mit dem Leben von Kindern und Pädagogen

Andrea Reissner, 31. Juli 2020

Nächste Woche beginnen in Deutschland die Schulöffnungen nach den Sommerferien. Alle Bundesländer setzen sich über die Warnungen und Empfehlungen des Robert-Koch-Instituts hinweg. Neue, breitere Widerstandsformen sind unerlässlich.

New Yorker Zivilpolizisten zerren Demonstrantin in Auto ohne Kennzeichnung

Niles Niemuth, 31. Juli 2020

Die illegale Festnahme von Demonstranten in aller Öffentlichkeit verdeutlicht die Bereitschaft der New Yorker Polizei, die berüchtigten autoritären Methoden von Trumps paramilitärischen Einheiten in Portland anzuwenden.

Assange erscheint vor Gericht, um Verzögerung seines Falls zu vermeiden

Thomas Scripps, 31. Juli 2020

Die britischen Gerichte setzen bisher den Auslieferungsprozess gegen Assange auf der Grundlage einer überholten Anklageschrift fort.

New in Russian

«Грамота — это чистые стекла на весь мир»
100 лет с момента создания Всероссийской чрезвычайной комиссии по ликвидации безграмотности

Патрик О'Коннор, 30 июля 2020 г.

Советская кампания по ликвидации безграмотности остается самой масштабной и успешной в мировой истории.

New in Mandarin

一个中国学生关于COVID-19疫情的来信

a correspondent, 2020年7月22日

这次疫情激起的危机还将造成怎样的长期的决定性的负面影响。

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 Spanish

EE.UU. adopta política de cambio de régimen en Beijing

Por Peter Symonds, 30 julio 2020

Al declarar la derrota de la “tiranía” china como un objetivo de la política exterior estadounidense, el Gobierno de Trump ha intensificado enormemente el enfrentamiento con China, haciendo prácticamente un llamado explícito a emprender un cambio de régimen.

Revienta la caza de brujas mccarthista sobre presunto antisemitismo en el Partido Laborista británico

Por Chris Marsden, 30 julio 2020

La oposición política a la represión criminal de los palestinos por parte de Israel está siendo convertida en una forma de antisemitismo, difamando y prácticamente ilegalizando una vasta porción de la opinión de izquierda.

¿Qué llevó al Frente de Izquierda (FIT) en Argentina a votar por prohibir críticas a Israel bajo pretexto de combatir el antisemitismo?

Por Andrea Lobo, 30 julio 2020

Los legisladores del FIT votaron a favor de un proyecto de ley introducido por la derecha macrista para adoptar una definición de antisemitismo que busca criminalizar la oposición a Israel.

El derretimiento de la capa de hielo antártica podría acelerarse rápidamente, provocando un aumento catastrófico del nivel del mar

Por Philip Guelpa, 30 julio 2020

El derretimiento de la capa de hielo de la Antártida podría acelerarse rápidamente, lo que llevaría a un aumento catastrófico del nivel del mar.

New in Norwegian

Trumps planer om å sende ut paramilitært politi på tvers av USA: Styringsklassen forbereder seg for borgerkrig

Patrick Martin, 23. juli 2020

Trump-administrasjonens planer om å utplassere føderale paramilitære styrker i amerikanske storbyer er en vesentlig opptrapping av angrepet mot demokratiske rettigheter og for oppbyggingen av politistat-styreformer.

EU-toppmøte enes om fond på € 750 milliarder for bankene og storforetakene

Will Morrow, 23. juli 2020

Avtalen tilrettelegger en ny inntektsstrøm for europeiske stater til å besørge utdelinger til storselskaper, og en ny nøysomhetsmekanisme for innstramminger på tvers av kontinentet.

Brev fra en student i Kina om Covid-19-pandemien

en korrespondent, 23. juli 2020

«Folk er bekymret for at de på toppen av vanskelighetene de allerede har gjennomlevd skal møte flere ukjente, langsiktige og negative konsekvenser av pandemien.»

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.

Other Languages

Perspective

Millions face economic and social disaster as Wall Street celebrates

31 July 2020

Even as the US economy suffers its sharpest contraction in history and the death toll from the pandemic surpasses 155,000, the private fortunes of America’s billionaires continue to rise.

Earlier Perspectives »

Internet Censorship

Open Letter from WSWS Chairman David North to Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai

31 July 2020

This letter from David North was written in response to Pichai’s testimony on Wednesday before the House Committee on the Judiciary, in which he acknowledged complaints from the WSWS of censorship by Google.

An open letter to Google: Stop the censorship of the Internet! Stop the political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site!

Google suppressing World Socialist Web Site content in its search results for the New York Times’ 1619 Project

Free Julian Assange

Ten years since WikiLeaks published the Afghan war logs

By Oscar Grenfell, 31 July 2020

The documents provided the world’s population with an unprecedented insight into the first war crimes of the 21st century.

UK MPs submit early day motion on Assange

Online documentary exposes the psychological torture of Julian Assange

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Featured Commentary

Corporate profits before lives: Europe’s reopening policies endanger millions of lives

By Johannes Stern, 31 July 2020

Six months after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus to be a global health emergency, the situation in Europe is out of control for a second time.

Stop Trump’s coup d’état! Mobilize the working class against authoritarianism and dictatorship!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 27 July 2020

Elon Musk discovers Das Kapital

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 29 July 2020

Arts Review

Olivia de Havilland, star of Hollywood’s “Golden Age,” dead at 104

By Hiram Lee, 31 July 2020

From the middle of the 1930s until the early 1950s in particular, De Havilland distinguished herself as an intelligent and even elegant performer in a number of valuable films.

Shirley: A fictionalized account of writer Shirley Jackson’s life

By David Walsh, 29 July 2020

What is the New York Times up to at the Detroit Institute of Arts?

By David Walsh, 27 July 2020

Science

Three missions to Mars are now under way

By Don Barrett, 31 July 2020

Spacecraft from China, the United Arab Emirates and the United States have been successfully launched on trajectories that will take them to Mars by next February.

Antarctic ice sheet melting could accelerate rapidly, leading to catastrophic rise in sea level

By Philip Guelpa, 27 July 2020

Commentary

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine racket

By Bryan Dyne, 30 July 2020

Corporate press promotes Susan Rice as Biden running mate

By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2020

Germany: “Voluntary military service in Homeland Security”—an invitation to neo-Nazis

By Peter Schwarz, 30 July 2020

US adopts policy of regime-change in Beijing

McCarthyite witch-hunt over alleged anti-Semitism explodes in British Labour Party

What led Argentina’s Left Workers Front (FIT) to vote for banning criticism of Israel under the guise of combatting anti-Semitism?

French state sues mayor for linking police repression to pro-Nazi Vichy regime

Russian pseudo-left provides neo-Stalinist justification for vendetta against historian Yuri Dmitriev

Workers Struggles

South Africa: meat processing workers’ stoppage in Thaba Nchu, steel strike at Scaw Metals plants; retirees block traffic in Nigerian capital; ongoing protests in Iran
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

31 July 2020

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

Brazilian autoworkers strike after Renault fires 747 workers

By Tomas Castanheira, 25 July 2020

Vote “NO” to British Airways pilots’ contract! Form rank and file committees to oppose BALPA sell-out!

By Robert Stevens, 27 July 2020

SEP US presidential election campaign

Louisiana voters: Put the Socialist Equality Party on the ballot!

By the SEP election campaign, 30 July 2020

SEP files appeal to Federal Sixth Circuit Court in Michigan ballot access case

By Kevin Reed, 25 July 2020

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Germany: Stop right-wing terror! IYSSE student parliament campaign at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
“The Secret Service is the cockpit of right-wing terrorism”

By our reporter, 30 July 2020

Humboldt University student parliament condemns radical right-wing Professor Baberowski

By Helmut van Heiken, 13 July 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Australia: Committee for Public Education holds online forum on COVID-19 threat

By our reporters, 30 July 2020

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

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

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Growing demands that Sri Lankan defence secretary end the military harassment of SEP candidates

By our correspondents, 28 July 2020

SEP election campaign in Sri Lanka: Workers denounce establishment parties

By our reporters, 25 July 2020

Sri Lankan SEP election meeting discusses working-class response to COVID-19 pandemic

By our correspondents, 22 July 2020

25 years ago: Congress ends hearings on Waco siege

On August 1, 1995, the United States Congress completed week-long hearings on the Waco siege of 1993, designed to both placate and legitimize extreme right-wing groups which had made the Waco assault a cause célèbre.

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50 years ago: Cesar Chavez ends California strike

On July 29, 1970, the five-year-long Delano grape strike by agricultural workers came to an end.

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75 years ago: Massive US bombardment of Japan

On August 2, 1945, the US Air Force carried out its heaviest raids targeting Japanese cities to that point in World War II, with 800 B-29 bombers dropping an estimated 6,000 tons of incendiary bombs on Japanese cities.

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100 years ago: Communist Party of Great Britain founded

On July 31, 1920, the Communist Unity Convention, held at the Cannon Street Hotel in London, founded the Communist Party of Great Britain.

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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

History

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

By Mike Head, 17 July 2020

“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

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

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

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

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.