Anger grows across the US as closed-door talks continue on expired unemployment relief

By Jacob Crosse, 4 August 2020

Millions of American workers don’t know how they’ll pay rent or where their next meal will come from.

Congress of millionaires robs the unemployed

“Most people here think the plant should be shut down”
Workers describe unsafe conditions at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant

By Tim Rivers and George Kirby, 4 August 2020

Members of the new Ford Rouge Rank-and-File Safety Committee spoke to the WSWS to describe the lack of safety protections at Ford’s flagship F-150 factory, while management backed by the union is attempting to restore full production.

Trump installs ex-general and anti-Islam bigot in top Pentagon post

By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2020

The appointment of retired Gen. Anthony Tata was carried out by means of a maneuver designed to bypass opposition from both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.

Teachers protest Jordan government’s closure of union and harsh crackdown

By Jean Shaoul, 4 August 2020

As poverty and social unrest rise, the government has used the draconian emergency laws introduced in March to curtail democratic rights.

Migrant farmworkers in Spain protest amid COVID-19 surge

By Alice Summers, 4 August 2020

Low-paid agricultural workers are seen as an entirely dispensable workforce, forced to work back-breaking days in appalling conditions.

ArcelorMittal lays off hundreds of steelworkers in Indiana, Ohio

By George Gallanis, 4 August 2020

The layoffs in Indiana and Ohio are part of an ongoing global assault on steelworkers’ jobs.

Stricter lockdown reimposed in Philippines as cases top 100,000

By Joseph Santolan, 4 August 2020

The Duterte administration has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with authoritarianism and anti-scientific nonsense.

Amid COVID-19 “disaster,” Australian state government announces limited workplace closures

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 August 2020

The measures were only announced after the Victorian surge of infections had spiralled out of control, sparking fears of a collapse of the healthcare system.

Mass unemployment to worsen in Australia following Victorian lockdown

By Mike Head, 4 August 2020

Workers, especially those in casual and insecure employment, will bear the burden of the sweeping “state of disaster” COVID-19 restrictions announced by Victoria’s Labor government.

Britain’s jobs massacre continues

By Margot Miller, 4 August 2020

Many have no jobs to go back to, with young people especially hard hit in hospitality and retail.

BALPA pilots union enforces sell-out deal at British Airways

By Barry Mason, 4 August 2020

The pilots voted for the agreement with a gun pointed to their heads by the union.

New COVID-19 infections take hold in first week of attempted cruise industry restart

By Tom Casey, 4 August 2020

Among the first ship operators to resume sailings, Norwegian-owned Hurtigruten suspended operation of two ships this weekend after 36 passenger and five crew tested positive for coronavirus.

California’s Apple Fire burns 20,000 acres, forces thousands from their homes

By Peter Ross, 4 August 2020

The massive fire continued to spread Monday in California’s Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

COVID-19 takes hold in Papua New Guinea

By John Braddock, 4 August 2020

A surge of new COVID-19 cases has been recorded in the past 14 days, threatening to overwhelm the impoverished country’s ill-equipped healthcare system.

Montreal dockworkers escalate strike action against speed-up, victimization

By Carl Bronski, 4 August 2020

The Maritime Employers Association is insisting on a threefold increase in the pace of work during weekend shifts.

3 August 2020

Drive to reopen US schools continues despite mounting evidence of deadly consequences

By Evan Blake, 3 August 2020

Scottish government prepares to reopen schools as new COVID-19 spikes emerge

By Steve James, 3 August 2020

The July days of the COVID-19 pandemic wreak havoc on the US

By Benjamin Mateus, 3 August 2020

European economy collapses as EU bails out the super-rich

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 3 August 2020

International Olympic Committee promotes Olympics with Nazi propaganda

By Stefan Steinberg, 3 August 2020

White House engineering a takeover of TikTok by Microsoft

By Kevin Reed, 3 August 2020

US credit outlook rated “negative” as concerns mount over dollar’s global role

By Nick Beams, 3 August 2020

Families fight for justice for five workers killed by wall collapse at UK Hawkeswood Metal recycling plant

By Tony Robson, 3 August 2020

“This tragedy was avoidable” at UK Hawkeswood Metal recycling plant

By our reporter, 3 August 2020

Vietnam struggles to contain rapid resurgence of COVID-19

By Owen Howell, 3 August 2020

Hong Kong delays legislative elections amid crackdown on democratic rights

By Ben McGrath, 3 August 2020

COVID-19 “state of disaster” imposed across Australian state of Victoria

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 August 2020

Major League Baseball season on brink of collapse as COVID-19 continues to spread

By Alan Gilman, 3 August 2020

US Border Patrol raids “No More Deaths” humanitarian aid camp in southern Arizona

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 3 August 2020

Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center intensive care unit head physician dies of COVID-19

By Dominic Gustavo, 3 August 2020

Honda orders office workers at Marysville, Ohio plant to man assembly lines as COVID-19 spreads

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 August 2020

At least 20 percent of US meatpackers may have contracted coronavirus

By Cordell Gascoigne, 3 August 2020

New in Mandarin

社会阶级、资本主义与乔治·弗洛伊德的谋杀

Niles Niemuth, 2020年8月3日

就像过去常常发生的那样,政治建制和媒体在鼓吹一种种族叙事,以此来掩盖警察暴力背后的社会和经济基础,来将大众的愤怒从资本主义制度上转移开来。

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。

New in Portuguese

Os 10 anos da publicação dos arquivos da guerra do Afeganistão pelo WikiLeaks

Oscar Grenfell, 1 Agosto 2020

Os documentos ofereceram à população mundial uma visão inédita dos primeiros crimes de guerra do século XXI.

Carta Aberta de David North, presidente do Conselho Editorial do WSWS, ao CEO da Alphabet, Sundar Pichai

David North, 1 Agosto 2020

Esta carta de David North foi escrita em resposta ao depoimento de Pichai na Comissão do Judiciário da Câmara, onde ele reconheceu as denúncias do WSWS de censura pelo Google.

New in French

Trump évoque la possibilité de repousser les élections
Et les deux partis exigent que l’armée fasse l’arbitre

Eric London, 1 août 2020

Trump a affirmé sans fondement que l'élection serait entachée de fraude électorale alors que son nombre d’électeurs atteint un plancher historique.

Lettre ouverte de David North, président du WSWS, à Sundar Pichai, directeur général d'Alphabet

1 août 2020

Cette lettre de David North a été écrite en réponse au témoignage de Pichai, mercredi devant le Comité de la Chambre des représentants du Congrès sur le pouvoir judiciaire, dans lequel il reconnaît les plaintes du WSWS concernant la censure exercée par Google.

Des millions de gens font face à un désastre économique et social tandis que Wall Street fait la fête

Jerry White, 1 août 2020

Alors même que l’économie américaine a subi la plus forte contraction de son histoire et que le nombre de décès dus à la pandémie a dépassé 155.000, la fortune privée des milliardaires américains continue d’augmenter.

Les profits des sociétés avant la vie: les politiques de relance de l'Europe mettent en danger des millions de vies

Johannes Stern, 1 août 2020

Six mois après que l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a déclaré que le coronavirus était une urgence sanitaire mondiale, la situation en Europe est de nouveau hors de contrôle.

Malgré la pandémie, les grandes fortunes françaises ont triplé depuis 2010

Kumaran Ira, 1 août 2020

L’accumulation de richesses faramineux par une petite aristocratie financière est le produit de l’austérité imposée par tous les gouvernements successifs.

Québec: des extrémistes de droite prennent contrôle d’une manifestation d’employés de la santé – un avertissement aux travailleurs

nos reporters, 1 août 2020

La manifestation du 18 juillet dernier en banlieue de Montréal, initialement convoquée par des préposés aux bénéficiaires, a été envahie par une horde d’éléments ultra-nationalistes, brandissant des pancartes contre le port du masque et une marée de drapeaux québécois.

La France hébergerait de nombreux génocidaires rwandais

Jacques Valentin, 1 août 2020

Aloys Ntiwiragabo, chef des renseignements militaires du régime pro-français lors du génocide en 1994, vivait en France et recevait des courriers à son nom.

New in German

USA: Millionen in Existenznot, Wall Street scheffelt Gewinne

Jerry White, 1. August 2020

Obwohl die Konjunktur einbricht wie nie zuvor und die Zahl der Todesopfer durch Covid-19 bereits die Marke von 155.000 überschritten hat, wächst das Privatvermögen der amerikanischen Milliardäre weiter an.

Trump bringt Verschiebung der Präsidentschaftswahl ins Spiel

Eric London, 1. August 2020

Trumps Umfragewerte sind auf ein Rekordtief gesunken. Er stellt deshalb die haltlose Befürchtung in den Raum, die Wahl könnte durch Manipulationen diskreditiert werden. Sowohl die Republikaner als auch die Demokraten rufen das Militär als Vermittler an.

Jeder fünfte stationäre Corona-Patient in Deutschland ist gestorben

Marianne Arens, 1. August 2020

Eine deutschlandweite Untersuchung von über 10.000 Covid-19-Patienten hat eine hohe Sterblichkeit für jene ergeben, die in ein Krankenhaus oder eine Klinik eingewiesen wurden.

„Wie Krieg und Diktatur an den Universitäten vorbereitet werden“
Erfolgreicher Wahlkampfabschluss der IYSSE am KIT Karlsruhe

unseren Reportern, 1. August 2020

Am Donnerstag veranstalteten die IYSSE am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie eine internationale Paneldiskussion unter dem Titel: „75 Jahre nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg – Wie Krieg und Diktatur an den Unis vorbereitet werden.“

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 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 Spanish

El Congreso de millonarios les roba a los desempleados

Patrick Martin, 4 agosto 2020

El permitir que los beneficios federales suplementales expiren para 30 millones de trabajadores desempleados muestra el carácter de clase del Partido Demócrata y el Partido Republicano.

Impulso para reabrir aulas continúa pese a nueva evidencia de las consecuencias mortales

Evan Blake, 4 agosto 2020

Cada vez más investigaciones científicas muestran los enormes peligros para la salud y las vidas de los docentes, los estudiantes y los padres derivados de reabrir las escuelas cuando la pandemia sigue fuera de control.

Las jornadas de julio de la pandemia de COVID-19 causan estragos en los EE. UU.

Benjamin Mateus, 4 agosto 2020

El mes de julio vio más de 2 millones de casos de COVID-19 y el aumento de las tasas de mortalidad en los estados del Cinturón del Sol, y la pandemia se está desplazando al centro del país.

La economía europea se derrumba mientras la UE rescata a los superricos

Anthony Torres y Alex Lantier, 4 agosto 2020

Las cifras económicas de Eurostat para el segundo trimestre de 2020 muestran que Europa experimentó el colapso económico más profundo y repentino de su historia.

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

One month of the coronavirus pandemic: 7.2 million infected, 165,000 dead

4 August 2020

July was the worst month yet in terms of new cases of COVID-19, as the pandemic continued to tear through the global population.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured

SEP (US) Congress resolution
The global pandemic, the class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

1 August 2020

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

31 July 2020

SEP US presidential election campaign

SEP candidates file brief replying to Governor Whitmer in Michigan ballot access appeal

By Kevin Reed, 4 August 2020

The brief replied to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s claim that April’s right-wing anti-lockdown protests in Lansing means the SEP candidates should have recognized that it was safe to gather signatures.

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

Commentary

The US troop withdrawal and the return of German militarism

By Peter Schwarz, 4 August 2020

The American withdrawal plans serve the ruling class in Europe and Germany as an excuse to accelerate their own rearmament plans.

Pro-police #MeToo campaign targets French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin

By Will Morrow, 4 August 2020

The demands for Darmanin’s resignation over alleged sexual misconduct have intensified since his elevation to the powerful post of interior minister this month.

Who decides the fate of the US Postal Service?

By Kayla Costa and Shuvu Batta, 4 August 2020

The assortment of former Wall Street executives, private CEOs, union financial advisors and major Republican and Democratic Party donors who sit on the USPS Board of Governors is the clearest sign of the ruling class’s plans to privatize the USPS.

Universities prepare to blame students for COVID-19 outbreaks

By Trévon Austin, 1 August 2020

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

By Johannes Stern, 31 July 2020

Elon Musk discovers Das Kapital

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

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

“How war and dictatorship are prepared at universities”
Well-attended online meeting concludes IYSSE election campaign at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

By our reporters, 4 August 2020

“The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is one of the centres of German war weapons research,” IYSSE candidate Gregor Kahl told the meeting.

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 (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka: TNA election manifesto prepares imperialist-backed deal with President Rajapakse

By Saman Gunadasa, 5 August 2020

The venal Tamil bourgeoisie has lined up with the geopolitical interest of the US which is preparing war against China.

Vote for SEP candidates in the Sri Lankan national elections! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and socialist internationalism!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 3 August 2020

The SEP is the only party in the elections advancing an international socialist program to fight the crisis created by COVID-19, defend democratic rights and oppose imperialist war.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold online meeting to conclude its election campaign

1 August 2020

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

By our correspondents, 28 July 2020

Socialist Equality Party (US)

Socialist Equality Party (US) National Congress adopts resolution on the coronavirus pandemic and the fight for socialism

The Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 1 August 2020

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

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 27 July 2020

Arts Review

The Invisible Man: A woman struck by an “unseen hand”

By Joanne Laurier, 3 August 2020

The Invisible Man feeds on the #MeToo mood, becoming the latest entry in what one critic calls “boom times for feminist revenge narratives.”

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

By Hiram Lee, 31 July 2020

25 years ago: Croatia launches ethnic cleansing of Serbs

On August 4, 1995, the Croatian Army launched Operation Storm, one of the last major campaigns of the Bosnian War.

More »

50 years ago: Egypt-Israel “War of Attrition” ends

On August 7, 1970, the governments of Egypt and Israel accepted a ceasefire agreement that brought an end to the War of Attrition stalemate along the Suez Canal.

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75 years ago: US drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On August 6 and 9, 1945, the United States military detonated nuclear bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, in the first wartime use of atomic weapons.

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100 years ago: Soviets reject Allied truce terms with Poland

On August 8, 1920, the Soviet republic refused to grant a 10-day truce to the nationalist Polish government in fighting outside Warsaw, on the conditions proposed by British and French imperialism.

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Internet Censorship

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

25 August 2017

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 »

Science

Three missions to Mars are now under way

By Don Barrett, 31 July 2020

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

By Philip Guelpa, 27 July 2020

Workers Struggles

Auto parts worker dies at Michigan Faurecia plant of unexplained causes

By Tim Rivers, 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

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

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

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.