Trump repeats threats of post-election military repression as Barr calls for charging protesters with “sedition”

By Patrick Martin, 17 September 2020

While Trump and his political aides and advisers openly speak of civil war and martial law, the Democrats are largely ignoring and covering up the moves toward dictatorial forms of rule.

House report on Boeing 737 Max crashes: Corporate criminality, FAA complicity, but no accountability

By Barry Grey, 17 September 2020

Despite the incriminating evidence, the Democrats propose no actions to hold either Boeing or the FAA accountable for the deaths of 346 men, women and children.

Slow-moving Hurricane Sally makes landfall along Alabama-Florida border

By J. L’Heureau, 17 September 2020

With close to 20 million people in its path, Sally brought coastal flooding, record rainfall, high winds and mass power outages to a large swath of the northern Gulf Coast, stretching from southeast Louisiana to the west central coast of Florida.

Fed toes the line on Wall Street’s demands

By Nick Beams, 17 September 2020

The most commonly used phrase by Fed chair Jerome Powell at his press conference was “very strong forward guidance” in a message to Wall Street that the central bank was giving the commitments it has demanded.

No charges in Missouri police murder of 25-year-old Hannah Fizer

By Jacob Crosse, 17 September 2020

As another killer cop goes free, protesters against the police killing of Ricardo Munoz in Lancaster, Pennsylvania remain in jail, with bail set at $1 million.

American Federation of Teachers shuts down University of Michigan graduate student strike

By our reporters, 17 September 2020

The end of the strike occurred less than 24 hours after the American Federation of Teachers assumed control of negotiations and produced an agreement that was virtually identical to the one overwhelmingly rejected just a week ago.

Reject the AFT’s rush to vote on sellout contract at University of Michigan!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at UM, 17 September 2020

Big Ten universities announce football will resume

By Andy Thompson, 17 September 2020

After an earlier decision to postpone the season, the Big Ten football conference has announced games will begin October 24.

“We’re going to keep fighting”
Opposition mounts as thousands of University of Illinois at Chicago nurses and workers continue strike

By Kylie Rose, 17 September 2020

The university administration and the Democratic Party are increasingly nervous over the support striking workers have elicited.

Trump’s China tariffs ruled illegal by World Trade Organisation

By Nick Beams, 17 September 2020

The WTO decision will not see any relaxation of the US trade war against China but rather its intensification.

Australian police raids seized copies of Chinese diplomatic communications

By Mike Head, 17 September 2020

Like the Trump administration, the Australian government is taking extraordinarily provocative actions against China, in violation of international law.

Students return to UK universities: Build campus safety committees!

By Danny Knightley, 17 September 2020

Campus safety committees must ensure safety procedures are put in place to protect the health of students and staff alike, and fight for increased testing on campuses.

Manchester Go North West bus drivers vote overwhelmingly to strike

By Dennis Moore and Robert Stevens, 17 September 2020

Workers in Manchester should emulate the move by London bus drivers at a number of garages, who this week set up the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee.

Strikes mount as COVID-19 breaks out in hundreds of Spanish schools

By Alice Summers, 17 September 2020

Spanish unions have refused to call out education workers in a unified struggle against the reopening of schools, limiting action to sporadic, short-term protests.

Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls for plantwide shutdown to guarantee safety during pandemic

By Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 17 September 2020

The Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee has issued a statement calling for equal treatment to protect against COVID-19.

Surge in COVID-19 infections as in-person classes resume at many Illinois college campuses

By Fabian Salgado, 17 September 2020

Illinois State University is experiencing a horrifying explosion in the rate of COVID-19 infection as in person classes resume at many of the state’s campuses.

University of Wisconsin-Madison and La Crosse quarantine students after infections

By Brian Green, 17 September 2020

The affected students were given the choice of returning to their families or remaining on campus in the crowded and COVID-infested residence halls.

COVID-19 outbreaks force switch to online learning at New Jersey schools

By Erik Schreiber and Robert Milkowski, 17 September 2020

At least eight districts have switched their entire district or individual schools to fully remote instruction after confirmed infections.

New York City ruling elite warns Mayor de Blasio of “widespread anxiety”

By Fred Mazelis, 17 September 2020

The corporate elite is demanding an intensified back-to-work drive, and is fearful that the “progressive” mayor may not be able to keep the lid on growing social discontent.

16 September 2020

“I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp”
Nurse alleges forced sterilizations, medical malpractice at Georgia immigrant detention center

By Niles Niemuth, 16 September 2020

Trump stages sham Mideast “peace” ceremony on White House lawn

By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2020

Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks Green Party presidential campaign from 2020 ballot

By Kevin Reed, 16 September 2020

Acting US Homeland Security secretary refuses to appear before congressional committee

By Jacob Crosse, 16 September 2020

University of Michigan graduate student workers’ strike at critical turning point

By Matthew Brennan, 16 September 2020

Defying injunction threats, striking University of Michigan grad students call for “larger mobilization of working people”

By our reporters, 16 September 2020

Who is on the University of Michigan Board of Regents?

By Matthew Brennan, 16 September 2020

Strike by University of Illinois at Chicago nurses and workers continues, as Illinois Democratic governor threatens to decimate state budget

By James Martin and Kristina Betinis, 16 September 2020

More on the back to school drive »

West Coast fires and evacuations expected to fuel the spread of COVID-19

By Kevin Martinez, 16 September 2020

The Moria catastrophe and the European Union’s war on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 September 2020

Schools at epicentre of UK’s coronavirus explosion

By Robert Stevens, 16 September 2020

COVID-19 cases escalate with school re-openings: Build educators rank-and-file safety committees!

By Tom Pearce and Julie Hyland, 16 September 2020

France imposes return to school without protections against COVID-19

By Jacques Valentin, 16 September 2020

The political significance of the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee: “Change is coming in the working class”

By our reporters, 16 September 2020

London bus drivers launch rank-and-file safety committee to fight renewed threat from COVID-19

By the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 September 2020

“It’s immoral and irresponsible to bring students to campus and to conduct in-person classes”
NYU faculty and students denounce unsafe reopening of campus

By IYSSE at New York University, 16 September 2020

San Diego State University seeks to shift blame to students for coronavirus outbreaks following reopening

By Melody Isley and Norissa Santa Cruz, 16 September 2020

“It is really up to the teachers to take their safety into their own hands.”
One-third of schools in Knox County, Tennessee have at least one positive COVID-19 case

By Isaac Finn, 16 September 2020

Reactionary Massachusetts ruling paves way for Andover public schools to open in-person

By Mike Ingram, 16 September 2020

Yoshihide Suga replaces Abe as Japanese prime minister

By Ben McGrath, 16 September 2020

Indian police and BJP government extend witch-hunt against anti-CAA protesters to filmmaker Rahul Roy

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 September 2020

US defence secretary phones Sri Lankan president about increased military cooperation

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 16 September 2020

Woodward revelations: Canada’s political elite implicated in Trump’s suppression of COVID-19 threat

By Omar Ali and Roger Jordan, 16 September 2020

Australian CEO pay hits record high, boosted by JobKeeper subsidies

By Jason Quill, 16 September 2020

New in German

Stoppt den gefährlichen Regelbetrieb an den Schulen! Bereitet einen bundesweiten Generalstreik vor!
Netzwerk der Aktionskomitees für sichere Bildung hält erfolgreiches Auftakttreffen

unseren Reportern, 17. September 2020

Unter Bedingungen eines bedrohlichen Anstiegs der Neuinfektionszahlen in Deutschland und Europa und der ungebremsten Öffnung der Schulen und Kitas im Regelbetrieb fand am Montag das erstes Online-Treffen des Netzwerks der Aktionskomitees für sichere Bildung statt.

Deutschland: 1900 Neuinfektionen in 24 Stunden

Marianne Arens, 17. September 2020

Am gestrigen Dienstag lagen die neu registrierten Fallzahlen des RKI um 500 höher als am Montag. Besonders die Schulen, die jetzt im Präsenzunterricht wieder öffnen, erweisen sich als Pandemie-Beschleuniger.

Trump schürt faschistische Gewalt im Vorfeld der US-Wahlen

Joseph Kishore – Kandidat für das Amt des US-Präsidenten, 17. September 2020

Die großen Probleme, mit denen die Arbeiter bei dieser Wahl konfrontiert sind, können nicht auf der Grundlage einer Wahlstrategie gelöst werden, sondern nur durch eine revolutionäre Bewegung der Arbeiterklasse mit dem Ziel, die Staatsmacht zu erobern.

Trump inszeniert „Friedenszeremonie“ für den Nahen Osten

Bill Van Auken, 17. September 2020

Die Abkommen zwischen Israel, den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten und Bahrain zielen vor allem darauf ab, die anti-iranische Achse der USA im Nahen Osten zu stärken.

New in Chinese


作者: Joseph Scalice, 2020年9月14日

8月26日,Joseph Scalice博士在新加坡的南洋理工大学举行了这场讲座。这场讲座的内容是:菲律宾共产党(CPP)及跟随其政治路线的各路组织在2016年对菲律宾总统罗德里戈·杜特尔特的支持。

New in Portuguese

As eleições de guerra civil

Declaração do Comitê Político do Partido Socialista pela Igualdade (EUA), 16 Setembro 2020

As eleições nos Estados Unidos, marcadas para daqui a menos de dois meses, estão entrando nas suas etapas finais sob condições de crise social, econômica e política sem precedentes.

New in French

«Je pensais que c’était comme un camp de concentration expérimental»
Une infirmière allègue des stérilisations forcées et des malversations médicales dans un centre de détention pour immigrés en Géorgie

Niles Niemuth, 17 septembre 2020

Ce compte-rendu effrayant fournit des preuves supplémentaires des abus sadiques commis par le gouvernement Trump dans sa guerre fasciste contre les immigrants.

États-Unis :Trump incite à la violence fasciste à l’approche des élections

Joseph Kishore — candidat du SEP à la présidence des États-Unis, 17 septembre 2020

Lors de cette élection, les grands problèmes auxquels font face les travailleurs ne peuvent être résolus sur la base d’une stratégie électorale. Ils ne peuvent l’être que par le mouvement révolutionnaire de la classe ouvrière et la conquête du pouvoir d’État.

Covid-19: Révolution Permanente (NPA) s’aligne sur la rentrée scolaire voulue par Macron

Anthony Torres, 17 septembre 2020

Malgré ses critiques tactiques, cette fraction du NPA soutient tacitement une rentrée scolaire en pleine pandémie qui met en danger des millions de vies.

Révélations de Woodward: l'élite politique canadienne impliquée dans la minimisation par Trump de la menace représentée par la COVID-19

Omar Ali et Roger Jordan, 17 septembre 2020

Considérant le partenariat militaire et stratégique que le Canada entretient avec Washington, il est inconcevable que le gouvernement Trudeau n’ait pas été mis au fait des renseignements que Trump et les dirigeants démocrates ont reçus sur la pandémie.

Des témoins expliquent qu’Assange risque la prison à vie dans un procès à motivation politique

Thomas Scripps, 17 septembre 2020

Les deux experts témoins partagent l’opinion selon laquelle l’accusation d’Assange est politiquement motivée — ce qui, si cela s’avérait exact, empêcherait son extradition.

Les chauffeurs de bus londoniens résolus à se battre pour la liberté d’Assange

le comité de sécurité des chauffeurs de bus de Londres (London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee), 17 septembre 2020

La première action du comité de sécurité des chauffeurs de bus londoniens nouvellement formé a été d'adopter une résolution appelant à la défense du fondateur de WikiLeaks emprisonné, Julian Assange.

Les travailleurs indiens s’expriment contre Modi, les syndicats et sur la pandémie de COVID-19

Sasi Kumar et V. Gnana, 17 septembre 2020

Les reporters de WSWS ont interviewé des travailleurs de l’État du Tamil Nadu, dans le sud de l’Inde, sur la situation à laquelle font face les travailleurs indiens pendant la pandémie.

Les chauffeurs de bus de Londres lancent un comité de sécurité de la base pour combattre la nouvelle menace du COVID-19

comité de sécurité de la base de chauffeurs de bus londonniens, 17 septembre 2020

« Nous ne sommes pas du bétail et nous ne serons pas sacrifiés pour protéger les profits des grandes entreprises et des banques qui ont fait fortune pendant la pandémie », déclare la résolution adoptée par le comité de sécurité de la base de chauffeurs d’autobus de Londres

New in Spanish

Crece la resistencia de la clase obrera a la campaña de regreso al trabajo

Por Jerry White, 16 septiembre 2020

El lunes, casi 4.000 trabajadores de servicios en la Universidad de Illinois detuvieron sus laborales, uniéndose a las huelgas de 800 enfermeros en el hospital de dicha universidad en Chicago y casi 2.000 instructores-estudiantes de posgrado de la Universidad de Michigan.

Nuevo récord de casi 308.000 casos diarios de COVID-19 en el mundo

Por Benjamin Mateus y Patrick Martin, 16 septiembre 2020

La cifra de casos nuevos de COVID-19 alcanzó su máximo diario de casi 308.000 a nivel mundial, llevando el total global a casi 30 millones de casos y 930.000 muertes. Estados Unidos pro sí solo alcanzará las 200.000 muertes para mediados de esta semana.

Bloomberg dona $100 millones según Wall Street impulsa la campaña de Biden

Por Patrick Martin, 16 septiembre 2020

El anuncio de Bloomberg es solo la donación más grande de la oligarquía financiera a la campaña demócrata.

Miles duermen a la intemperie tras incendio de campo de refugiados Moria en Lesbos

Por John Vassilopoulos, 16 septiembre 2020

Imágenes impactantes muestran a refugiados de todas las edades durmiendo en las calles y colinas, rodeados por sus escasas pertenencias.

"Prácticamente todos los niños, de una u otra manera, serán afectados"
El gobierno español demanda que se abran las escuelas mientras aumentan las muertes por COVID-19

Por Alice Summers, 16 septiembre 2020

El gobierno del PSOE y Podemos está implementando deliberadamente una política temeraria y criminal que llevará a una explosión de casos y muchas muertes innecesarias.

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As US death toll hits 200,000, Trump calls for herd immunity

17 September 2020

“Herd immunity” has been the guiding principle of Trump’s response to the pandemic, underlying his efforts to downplay the virus, handicap testing and get workers back on the job as quickly as possible.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

Trump incites fascistic violence as US election approaches

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 16 September 2020

Working-class resistance mounts to back-to-work campaign

By Jerry White, 15 September 2020

Bernie Sanders offers left gloss to Biden’s right-wing campaign

By Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey, 15 September 2020

The coronavirus conspiracy: What did they know, and when did they know it?

By Andre Damon, 11 September 2020

The plot against America and the world: How the US government and the media suppressed the truth about the COVID-19 pandemic

By Bryan Dyne and Andre Damon, 10 September 2020

No to a Greek-Turkish war in the eastern Mediterranean!

International Committee of the Fourth International, 12 September 2020

The Persecution of Julian Assange

Former Der Spiegel journalist exposes US government lies that Assange “failed to redact” and “put lives at risk”

By Laura Tiernan, 17 September 2020

Testimony from John Goetz established that the only “harm to life” came from US war crimes which Assange and WikiLeaks were trying to expose.

Assange exposed “a very serious pattern of actual war crimes,” Daniel Ellsberg tells extradition hearing

By Thomas Scripps, 17 September 2020

Ellsberg said that “with the Manning and Assange papers, I found my name being mentioned all the time as a very good person … to use me as a foil against these new revelations which were supposedly very different from mine.”

Journalist Andrew Fowler: If Assange is extradited, the same can happen to any of us

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 September 2020

“The attempt by the State to control information is at the heart of the charges against Assange. Its physical manifestation is there every day in the court.”

Assange faces life imprisonment in politically motivated trial, witnesses argue

By Thomas Scripps, 16 September 2020

London bus drivers resolve to fight for Assange’s freedom

By the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 September 2020

Assange would not have fair US trial, witness tells Old Bailey

By Thomas Scripps, 15 September 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

80 Years Since the Assassination of Leon Trotsky

Trotsky’s Last Year
Part six

By David North, 8 September 2020

An appraisal, on the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of Trotsky’s assassination, of the work of the great theoretician and strategist of World Socialist Revolution during the final year of his life.

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Australian ruling elite moves to junk coronavirus safety measures—the working class must intervene to answer the pandemic threat!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 17 September 2020

Sections of the ruling class have concluded that any further safety restrictions can no longer be tolerated, regardless of the danger to working class lives.

Attend SEP (Australia) online forum: The COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis of capitalism and the way forward for health workers

15 September 2020

Book Review

Book Review
Wilmington’s Lie: The 1898 white supremacist coup in North Carolina
David Zucchino, Atlantic Monthly Press, 336 pages

By Fred Mazelis, 17 September 2020

The racist massacre in Wilmington was a major turning point in the entrenchment of Jim Crow segregation throughout the South.

Arts Review

British actress Diana Rigg (1938-2020)

By Paul Bond, 17 September 2020

Rigg was a fine classical actress who ended up successfully negotiating the transition back and forth between stage and television.

An interview with Michael Fitzgerald, producer of Waiting for the Barbarians

By David Walsh, 16 September 2020

Waiting for the Barbarians: “You are an obscene torturer. You deserve to be hanged!”

Defend Dr. Joseph Scalice against Stalinist slanders

Letters from Australia, the US and New Zealand defending Philippine historian Dr. Joseph Scalice

By our reporters, 17 September 2020

The Communist Party of the Philippines “is scapegoating an historian for having the principles and courage to tell the truth to the whole world about the anti-democratic and anti-working class role of the Stalinists.”

Stalinist leader Joma Sison doubles down on Big Lie that the CPP never supported Philippine President Duterte

By Tom Peters, 15 September 2020

Watch: Lecture exposes role of Communist Party of the Philippines in propping up Duterte regime

WSWS publishes Chinese translation of Dr. Joseph Scalice’s lecture exposing the betrayals of the Communist Party of the Philippines


Suppression of wages in US at centre of widening social inequality

By Nick Beams, 16 September 2020

The California wildfires, climate change and capitalism

By Bryan Dyne, 14 September 2020

Trump, Roger Stone call for violence and repression after Election Day

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2020

NYU’s Center for Social Media & Politics: A think tank for a frightened ruling class

By Elliott Murtagh, 12 September 2020

Two decades of US “war on terror” responsible for displacing at least 37 million people and killing up to 12 million

By Jacob Crosse, 9 September 2020

Once more: What has happened to the #MeToo witch-hunt?

By David Walsh, 8 September 2020

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

1 August 2020


The precedents for disease eradication through international cooperation
Part two

By Frank Gaglioti, 16 September 2020

Vaccines have been successfully developed for both polio and the measles, but global elimination of the diseases lags.

The precedents for disease eradication through international cooperation
Part one

The US Election

The Civil War Election

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 9 September 2020

University of Michigan graduate students take a stand for life against profit

By Joseph Kishore - Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 11 September 2020

Supreme Court refuses to hear SEP challenge to Michigan ballot access denial

By Kevin Reed, 9 September 2020

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

Oppose Trump’s mass arrest of 2,000 immigrants!

By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidate for US vice president, 4 September 2020

The socialist answer to the paltry $600 million Flint settlement

By Joseph Kishore—SEP Presidential Candidate, 24 August 2020

Socialist Equality Party

Stop the dangerous “routine operation” of schools in Germany! Prepare a nationwide general strike!
Set up independent action committees for the safety of teachers, pupils and parents!

By the Action Committees for Safe Education, 14 September 2020

“It’s not safe for my kids but they are forcing me to send them to school”
UK Educators Rank-and-File Committee holds initial meeting

By our reporter, 9 September 2020

Socialist Equality Group in Turkey condemns attack against TİP deputy after threats from interior minister

By Sosyalist Eşitlik, 3 September 2020

25 years ago: Clinton, Congress “end welfare as we know it”

On September 19, 1995, the United States Senate voted 87-12 to terminate the federal assistance program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, and to slash $70 billion from Food Stamps and other welfare programs.

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50 years ago: 344,000 General Motors workers go on strike

On September 15, 1970 about 344,000 General Motors auto workers went on strike after the previous contract expired.

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75 years ago: Allied powers hold first trial of Nazi war criminals

On September 17, 1945, the Allied powers, in the wake of their victory over Germany and Japan in World War II, began the first of several trials that would reveal some of the war crimes and atrocities carried out over the preceding years.

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100 years: Bomb kills 36 on Wall Street

On September 16, 1920, a powerful bomb exploded at noon outside the headquarters of the leading American banker, J.P. Morgan.

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The lessons of the 1953 mass uprising (hartal) in Sri Lanka

By Saman Gunadasa, 2 September 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

The coronavirus pandemic, the crisis of capitalism and the tasks of the SEP

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 26 August 2020

Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

Free Julian Assange! Defend Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden!

SEP (Australia) holds successful fifth national congress

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.

Internet Censorship

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

31 July 2020

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