Biden picks former law-and-order prosecutor Kamala Harris to be his Democratic running mate

By Patrick Martin, 12 August 2020

Harris satisfies the advocates of identity politics while reassuring big business with her law-and-order record and close ties to the moneyed elite.

Analysis shows 54,000 “excess deaths” in US, pointing to coronavirus death toll of 200,700

By Kate Randall, 12 August 2020

A new analysis shows that the number of deaths from the coronavirus has likely been undercounted by 37 percent.

After White House, Congress cut aid to unemployed, evictions and food lines spread across the US

By Jacob Crosse, 12 August 2020

As eviction filings increase to pre-pandemic levels, workers and their families are left to fend for themselves.

Schools make students sign liability waivers acknowledging risk of death

By Sam Wayne and Usman Khan, 12 August 2020

Colleges and K-12 schools across the US have sent letters to parents and students, requiring liability waivers be signed before students can return for in-person classes.

“We need to be the ones making the decision about when and how to reopen”
Oklahoma schools reopen amid growing opposition from teachers

By Mitch Marcus and Phyllis Steele, 12 August 2020

Teachers across the state have reacted with disgust and anger at this week’s re-opening, which threatens to produce an explosion of new infections and deaths.

Ford Chicago Assembly workers launch Rank-and-File Safety Committee to save lives

By the Ford Chicago Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 12 August 2020

Our coworkers are falling ill and even dying, but management and the union refuse to tell us the truth about how many have been exposed to or become infected with COVID-19.

Protests, crackdown follow Belarus elections

By Jason Melanovski and Andrea Peters, 12 August 2020

Western imperialism is seeking to exploit the Lukashenko government’s violent suppression of protests to fuel its war drive against Russia.

French government ends social distancing requirements in schools as classes set to resume

By Will Morrow, 12 August 2020

An analysis of the back-to-school plans makes clear the fraudulent and essentially homicidal character of the Macron administration’s policy.

Australia: Rising number of COVID-19 infections in Sydney schools

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 August 2020

Experts have warned that the school clusters are likely the “tip of the iceberg,” signalling broader community transmission in New South Wales.

Reject Johnson’s lies that UK schools are safe! For a general strike to block the reopening of schools

By Tania Kent, 12 August 2020

Johnson made clear that the reopening of schools was “integral to kick starting the economy.”

Johnson government deploys armed forces against refugees making Channel crossings

By Tony Robson, 12 August 2020

These inhumane, illegal, and xenophobic measures must be opposed. What is being legitimised is state repression and a further evisceration of the right to asylum.

Bringing Afghanistan home:
Canada’s military launched operation to “shape” opinion amid pandemic

By Roger Jordan, 12 August 2020

Sparked by fears of “civil unrest,” the operation included plans for military personnel to broadcast government-approved propaganda over loudspeakers and temporary radio stations.

Hospital fire in southern India kills 10 COVID-19 patients

By Arun Kumar, 12 August 2020

With the pandemic spreading rapidly in the country, the circumstances of the fire point to criminal negligence on the part of governments and hotel and hospital authorities.

Germany deports Roma family to Moldova despite life-threatening conditions

By Carola Kleinert, 12 August 2020

The deportations were planned and carried out by the Social Democratic/Left Party/Green government in the state of Berlin.

Over a million jobs lost in Spain amid coronavirus pandemic

By Alice Summers, 12 August 2020

Another 1 million workers are still furloughed in Spain, and will likely be cast onto unemployment rolls when this scheme comes to an end in the autumn.

Armed forces and fascist gangs mobilized against blockades in Bolivia

By Tomas Castanheira, 12 August 2020

The demand for the immediate fall of the Áñez regime, brought to power in last November’s US-backed coup, is gaining increasing popular support.

College football season in doubt after Big Ten and Pac-12 postpone fall sports

By Andy Thompson, 12 August 2020

The sudden reversal by the two conferences came after growing opposition by players, which may have been a decisive factor in their decision to postpone the season.

11 August 2020

Lebanese government resigns amid mounting anger over port blast

By Jean Shaoul, 11 August 2020

Massive anger erupts following Beirut port explosion

US Attorney General Barr gives fascistic tirade against Antifa, Black Lives Matter

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2020

Chicago mayor locks down business district after police shooting sparks looting

By Kristina Betinis, 11 August 2020

Sri Lankan election exposes historic crisis of capitalist rule

By K. Ratnayake, 11 August 2020

New York educators and students denounce Governor Cuomo’s push to reopen schools

By the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter, 11 August 2020

New York Governor Cuomo sanctions statewide reopening of schools

Germany reopens its schools: An experiment in herd immunity

By Marianne Arens, 11 August 2020

German schools reopen despite increase in coronavirus infections

More on the back to school drive »

Germany: Did AfD-related public prosecutors cover up right-wing extremist attacks in Berlin?

By Katerina Selin, 11 August 2020

Top US health official makes provocative trip to Taiwan

By Peter Symonds, 11 August 2020

Philippines not to join wargames in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 11 August 2020

King Juan Carlos flees Spain to avoid corruption probe

By Alejandro López, 11 August 2020

“They are treating us all like pawns—we are the ones who suffer”
Health care workers rally across UK against unsafe conditions

By our reporters, 11 August 2020

Peru reopens economy as thousands of miners contract COVID-19

By Mauricio Saavedra, 11 August 2020

The brutality of capitalist justice
Louisiana Supreme Court denies review of Fair Wayne Bryant’s life sentence for allegedly stealing a pair of hedge clippers

By Helen Halyard, 11 August 2020

Deadly explosion in northwest Baltimore neighborhood injures dozens

By Nick Barrickman, 11 August 2020

“They spout in the news ‘thank you to health care heroes’ but what thanks do we get?”
US nurses’ poll shows appalling working conditions in the pandemic

By Julian James, 11 August 2020

“They have a multi-billion dollar corporation, and they work us to death”
Indiana Faurecia workers denounce unsafe conditions, forced overtime

By Tim Rivers, 11 August 2020

GM Spring Hill workers speak out against unsafe conditions amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ex-UAW regional director forced to resign amid harassment investigation

More on autoworkers struggles »

USPS centralizes leadership as step towards privatization and possible election fraud

By Shuvu Batta, 11 August 2020

“This is war, and we have to fight”
USPS workers speak out against privatization drive

As US cruise industry delays operations until November, thousands of seafarers remain stranded

By Tom Casey, 11 August 2020

Indonesian economy contracts for first time in over two decades

By Owen Howell, 11 August 2020

New in German

USA: Weniger Tests und Öffnung der Schulen trotz fünf Millionen Covid-19-Fällen

Benjamin Mateus, 11. August 2020

In den letzten Wochen ist die Zahl der täglichen Corona-Tests deutlich zurückgegangen. Gleichzeitig wird die Wiedereröffnung der Schulen fieberhaft vorangetrieben.

Trumps illegale Machtaneignung und das Gespenst des amerikanischen Bonapartismus

Andre Damon, 11. August 2020

Trumps Aneignung der Hoheit des Kongresses über Steuern und Ausgaben ist der jüngste Akt in seinen jahrelangen Bemühungen, alle verfassungsmäßigen Beschränkungen der Macht des Präsidenten zu beseitigen.

New in Norwegian

Oligarkiets politikk: Føderal ankedomstol blokkerer SEPs utfordring av antidemokratiske lover for valgdeltakelse i California

Joseph Kishore – Socialist Equality Partys presidentkandidat i USA, 10. august 2020

Responsen fra styringsklassen og dens stat på SEPs juridiske utfordring er bestemt av ett politisk motiv: Hold sosialister av stemmeseddelen!

Massivt raseri bryter ut etter eksplosjonen i Beirut-havn

Jean Shaoul, 10. august 2020

Sikkerhetsstyrker brukte på torsdag tåregass for å spre demonstrasjon mot regjeringen i nærheten av parlamentet.

Domstolen avviser å høre SEP-kandidatenes anke i søksmålet om stemmerettigheter i California før valgsedlene går i trykken

Shuvu Batta, 10. august 2020

Et panel av tre dommere ved den føderale ankedomstolen Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals har avvist en anmodning fra Socialist Equality Partys kandidater Joseph Kishore og Norissa Santa Cruz om at deres anke må bli hørt før stemmesedler trykkes i California.

Tidligere australsk statsminister: Se opp for kanonene i august i Asia

Peter Symonds, 10. august 2020

Kevin Rudd argumenterer for at faren for krig mellom USA og Kina er større enn på noe tidspunkt siden 1950-tallet, og advarer for at risikoen «vil være spesielt høy» under oppløpet til det amerikanske presidentvalget.

New in Portuguese

Os 75 anos das bombas atômicas de Hiroshima e Nagasaki

Bill Van Auken, 8 Agosto 2020

O significado do aniversário nunca foi tão grande. Por trás das costas do povo dos EUA e do mundo, o imperialismo estadunidense está progressivamente construindo um arsenal nuclear maciço e levando adiante uma doutrina de guerra nuclear agressiva.

Professores brasileiros se opõem ao retorno às aulas

Nossos correspondentes, 8 Agosto 2020

Em meio à intensa oposição dos professores e dos pais, as escolas privadas foram reabertas no mês passado no estado do Amazonas e nesta semana no Rio de Janeiro.

O United Auto Workers: uma conspiração criminosa contra a classe trabalhadora

Shannon Jones, 8 Agosto 2020

Dos altos executivos aos funcionários do baixo escalão, todo o UAW demonstra ser uma conspiração criminosa orientada contra os operários da indústria automotiva.

New in Spanish

¿Por qué EE.UU. hace cada vez menos pruebas de COVID-19?

Por Bryan Dyne, 12 agosto 2020

Sin una explicación seria por parte del Gobierno, el número de pruebas siendo administradas a diario en EE.UU. ha caído significativamente en las últimas dos semanas.

El Gobierno libanés renuncia según crece la ira por explosión en puerto

Por Jean Shaoul, 12 agosto 2020

Mientras la causa inmediata de la explosión no ha sido confirmada, el desastre fue el resultado de la negligencia criminal y la indiferencia indolente de varios Gobiernos sucesivos y la élite gobernante libanesa.

El fiscal general de los Estados Unidos Barr da una diatriba fascista contra Antifa, Black Lives Matter

Por Patrick Martin, 12 agosto 2020

Barr hizo una amalgama política que conectaba al Partido Demócrata, Black Lives Matter, Antifa y terrorismo.

Perú reabre su economía con la contratación de miles de mineros de COVID-19

Por Mauricio Saavedra, 12 agosto 2020

Con 478.024 casos de coronavirus, el Perú es el tercer país más infectado de América Latina, y con más de 21.000 muertes, tiene el mayor número de muertes per cápita de la región.

El rey Juan Carlos huye de España para evitar ser investigado por corrupción

Por Alejandro López, 12 agosto 2020

El anterior rey Juan Carlos I de Borbón, que reinó desde 1975 hasta abdicar en 2014, ha huido de España en medio de investigaciones por supuestos sobornos y fraude.

El plan de Biden para una presidencia de derecha: Segunda parte

Por Patrick Martin, 12 agosto 2020

En China, la plataforma demócrata ataca a Trump desde la derecha, alegando que sus políticas de guerra comercial no han restaurado los puestos de trabajo en los Estados Unidos y prometiendo "hacer frente" a Beijing.

New in French

Le SLPP gagne les élections au Sri Lanka, ouvrant la voie à une éruption de luttes ouvrières

K. Ratnayake, 8 août 2020

Alors que le président Rajapakse espère qu’une majorité parlementaire absolue et de nouvelles mesures dictatoriales lui permettront de s’attaquer à la classe ouvrière, l’éclatement de luttes militantes prendra des proportions révolutionnaires.

Les Travailleurs unis de l’automobile: une conspiration criminelle contre la classe ouvrière

Shannon Jones, 8 août 2020

Des cadres supérieurs aux fonctionnaires de bas niveau, le syndicat est démasqué comme une conspiration criminelle dirigée contre les travailleurs de l’automobile.

Des escadrons de la mort fascistes se préparent à commettre des meurtres de masse en Allemagne

Jordan Shilton, 8 août 2020

Des policiers, anciens militaires et militants de l’extrême droite ont participé à une vaste conspiration pour accumuler de grandes quantités d’armes et munitions, créer des lieux sûrs, dresser des listes d’opposants politiques et se procurer les matériaux nécessaires pour se débarrasser de cadavres.

Le mensonge des syndicats aux travailleurs de la santé du Québec: les autorités vont vous protéger

Richard Dufour, 8 août 2020

Dans un article publié dans Le Devoir, le président de la FSSS-CSN demande aux travailleurs de la santé de compter sur le gouvernement Legault – un gouvernement de droite qui a fait preuve de négligence criminelle face au coronavirus – pour assurer leur protection.

Un tribunal canadien juge que l'accord sur les tiers pays sûrs conclu avec les États-Unis viole les droits des réfugiés

Laurent Lafrance, 8 août 2020

Le gouvernement Trudeau a profité de la pandémie de COVID-19 pour éliminer la «faille» qui avait permis à certains réfugiés fuyant la chasse aux sorcières anti-immigrants de Trump d'échapper à l'expulsion immédiate en vertu de la STCA.

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 Turkish

Beyrut limanı yangını: Lübnanlı işçilere karşı işlenen bir suç

Jean Shaoul, 7 Ağustos 2020

Salı günü öğleden sonra Beyrut limanı bölgesini tamamen saran feci yangın, Lübnan’ın aşırı zengin egemen sınıfına uzun zamandır duyulan öfkeyi körüklemiş durumda.

New in Russian

Проамериканская либеральная оппозиция продвигает в ходе российских протестов линию на усиление региональных властей

Клара Вайс, 7 августа 2020 г.

Политическая интервенция проамериканской «либеральной» оппозиции направлена прежде всего на то, чтобы повернуть против Путина верхушку среднего класса и олигархии и склонить их к правому «дворцовому перевороту».

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

The ruling-class conspiracy to reopen schools: Profit versus science

12 August 2020

The science is clear: the reopening of schools under the current conditions will lead to countless deaths among students, parents, teachers, and more broadly in the working class.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured

Who is Democratic Senator Kamala Harris?

By Dan Conway, 12 August 2020

In this political profile of Harris, published in July 2019, the World Socialist Web Site summed up her career as a representative of the US criminal justice system and a reliable defender of corporate and intelligence state interests.

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

1 August 2020

Why is the US doing less and less COVID-19 testing?

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

31 July 2020

75 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By Bill Van Auken, 6 August 2020

James P. Cannon on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “An unspeakable atrocity”

7 August 2020

The founder of American Trotskyism warned in August 1945 that the atomic bombs dropped on Japan placed before humanity the alternative of “socialism or annihilation.”

Commentary

Biden’s blueprint for a right-wing presidency: Part two

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2020

Biden’s blueprint for a right-wing presidency: Part one

Trump’s illegal power grab and the specter of American Bonapartism

By Andre Damon, 10 August 2020

Workers have a right to know about COVID-19 in their plants!

Statement of the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 10 August 2020

Former Australian PM: Beware the Guns of August in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2020

UK: For a general strike against the reopening of schools

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 8 August 2020

For a nationwide general strike to halt the drive to reopen schools!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 5 August 2020

The United Auto Workers: A criminal conspiracy against the working class

By Shannon Jones, 7 August 2020

Elon Musk discovers Das Kapital

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

Socialist Equality Party (US)

Now available
The Fourth International and the Perspective of World Socialist Revolution: 1986–1995

12 August 2020

The paperback edition of this critical book on the history of the Fourth International is now available.

Arts Review

Producers push reckless resumption of North American film production in face of pandemic

By Lee Parsons, 11 August 2020

Theater on your personal device
The Line movingly conveys health care workers’ struggles during the pandemic

By Erik Schreiber, 7 August 2020

New York Times calls for de facto racial quotas in classical music

By Fred Mazelis, 5 August 2020

Workers Struggles

Dominican public defenders in three-day strike; workers at DSI Tunneling in Louisville, Kentucky, walk out
Workers Struggles: The Americas

11 August 2020

Dominican public defenders have completed a three-day strike over delays in salary payment while over 2,000 workers who build customized tunneling equipment in Kentucky have been out since August 4.

Reject whitewash report into London bus driver coronavirus deaths! For rank-and-file health and safety committees!

By Laura Tiernan and Miles Driver, 8 August 2020

Transport for London coronavirus bailout prepares tube privatisation

25 years ago: Indictments in Oklahoma City bombing

On August 10, 1995, a federal grand jury handed down indictments against the two main suspects in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in which 168 people died.

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50 years ago: New York prisoners riot against conditions

On August 10, 1970, prisoners held in the Manhattan House of Detention, or “The Tombs,” rioted against inhospitable conditions and attacks on their democratic rights in the vastly overcrowded jail.

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75 years ago: Japan surrenders after nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On August 15, 1945 the Japanese imperial regime officially declared that it would surrender to the United States, days after the American military dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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100 years ago: Polish troops break through Red Army lines outside of Warsaw

On August 16, 1920, Polish troops counterattacked against the Red Army outside Warsaw, the Polish capital, and threatened to encircle it.

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SEP US presidential election campaign

The politics of oligarchy: Federal appeals court blocks SEP challenge to anti-democratic ballot access laws in California

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US President, 8 August 2020

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to hear Socialist Equality Party candidates’ appeal in California voting rights case until after ballots are printed

By Shuvu Batta, 6 August 2020

Socialist Equality Party sues California and Michigan for ballot access

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

By Kevin Reed, 4 August 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan Trotskyists hold final online election meeting

By our correspondents, 6 August 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Autoworkers Struggles

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.

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.

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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.