Politics

Brazilian governor suspended for COVID-19 emergency contracts fraud

By Miguel Andrade, 5 September 2020

Brazil’s high court has suspended Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel, pending a trial and impeachment on charges of fraud in COVID-19 relief contracts.

New Zealand Greens in crisis over private school funding

By Tom Peters, 5 September 2020

The Green co-leader’s decision to approve nearly $12 million in funding for an elite private school is in keeping with the pro-business politics of the party.

German imperialism and the strange case of Alexei Navalny

By Peter Schwarz, 5 September 2020

Politicians and media outlets in Western countries, and above all in Germany, have declared that Moscow is responsible for Navalny’s poisoning, and have escalated their calls for a confrontation with Russia.

End the blacklist of the World Socialist Web Site on Reddit!

By Kevin Reed, 5 September 2020

The blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site on r/politics is a politically-motivated and unjustified attack on the rights of Reddit users to speak freely and read whatever they want on the link-sharing platform.

Biden in Kenosha: Ignoring fascist killings, doubling down on identity politics

By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2020

The Democratic presidential candidate treated the events in Kenosha as the product of racism, saying nothing about the murders of two white protesters against police violence.

Michigan’s “Poisoner-in-Chief” endorses Biden for president

By Sheila Brehm, 4 September 2020

Rick Snyder, the former Republican governor of Michigan, notorious for his role in the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, announced his support for the Democratic presidential ticket Thursday.

Australian establishment treats sentencing of Christchurch terrorist as a non-event

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 September 2020

Fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant spent his formative years in Australia and had connections to extreme-right movements that were promoted by its political establishment.

Trump endorses right-wing violence in Kenosha, Portland

By Patrick Martin, 1 September 2020

While Trump seeks to mobilize fascistic elements, his Democratic opponent Joe Biden condemns “looting and rioting” and directs his main appeal to big business and the military.

Republicans defend Kenosha gunman as nationwide protests continue

By Jacob Crosse, 29 August 2020

The Democrats and the media are covering up the direct line that can be drawn between the fascistic statements of Trump and the vigilante killings in Kenosha perpetrated by Kyle Rittenhouse.

EU imposes sanctions on Lukashenko as strikes continue in Belarus

By Alex Lantier, 29 August 2020

The imposition of sanctions is a clumsy and hypocritical attempt to maximize the EU’s influence in Belarus amid growing working-class anger against the Belarusian ruling elite.

German federal and state governments protect profits instead of lives

By Christoph Vandreier, 29 August 2020

Chancellor Merkel and the German state premiers to continue their dangerous policies, despite increasing COVID-19 infection rates.

Attend the UK online education forum Saturday September 5, 2pm

Form independent rank-and-file safety committees of teachers, educators, parents and students! For a general strike against the reopening of schools!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 29 August 2020

The reopening of schools is based solely on utilising the education system as a childminding service to force parents into unsafe workplaces.

Classes resume at University of Iowa amid COVID-19 outbreak

By Brian Brown, 29 August 2020

Over 600 students tested positive for COVID-19 within the first week of in person classes as cases surge in Iowa.

US government executes only Native American prisoner on federal death row

By Jessica Goldstein, 29 August 2020

Under the pro-death penalty, law and order administration of President Trump, the federal government has executed more inmates this year than in all previous 56 years combined.

Canada’s Conservatives choose Erin O’Toole as leader in further shift right

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 29 August 2020

O’Toole has pledged to “take back Canada” from the “radical left,” aggressively confront China, and make Canada more investment friendly.

Bipartisan Australian move to ban agreements with China

By Mike Head, 29 August 2020

The bill was announced amid bellicose anti-China speeches by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and an accompanying media witch hunt.

China launches missiles into South China Sea in response to US provocations

By Ben McGrath, 29 August 2020

The ultimate responsibility for the dangerous escalation of tensions rests with Washington, which is continuing to try to provoke China.

Labor MP denounces Australian government’s refusal to defend Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 August 2020

Labor parliamentarian Julian Hill could just as well have condemned his own party’s refusal to oppose the unprecedented persecution of the WikiLeaks publisher.

Social crisis, class struggle and the 2020 election

By Andre Damon, 29 August 2020

The 2020 election is taking place against the backdrop of the greatest social, economic and political crisis in the modern history of the United States.

Reddit moderators censor WSWS article on Trump’s speech at Republican convention

By Kevin Reed, 29 August 2020

After the article appeared on the front page of Reddit with over 9,000 upvotes, moderators removed it on the grounds that the WSWS is an “unacceptable source.”

The Kill Chain: A new era of world war

By Shuvu Batta, 29 August 2020

The Kill Chain exposes US imperialism’s advanced war preparations against China, with Silicon Valley playing a critical role.

Trump continues assault on democratic norms at Republican convention

By Barry Grey, 26 August 2020

The event marks the evolution of one of the two major parties of American capitalism into an instrument for the development of a personalist and authoritarian movement with increasingly fascistic characteristics.

Who are the Republican spymasters and war criminals who have endorsed Biden?

By Isaac Finn, 26 August 2020

Republican former security officials, virtually all of whom were involved in war crimes and domestic spying, have announced that they will be voting for the Democratic presidential nominee.

Trump, aides embrace fascist Republican candidates

By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2020

At a press briefing last week, the US president delivered an extraordinary thumbs-up to the QAnon online grouping, which justifies violence against his political opponents.

The Republican convention: Four nights of fascist filth begin

By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2020

The convention opened Monday with the renomination of President Trump and a series of diatribes against socialism.

Lukashenko regime, Belarusian opposition seek to stifle mass strike movement

By Clara Weiss, 22 August 2020

Whatever the tactical differences between the opposition and the government, they share a common goal: ending the strike movement as quickly as possible.

Coronavirus testing remains at reduced levels in the US

By Bryan Dyne, 22 August 2020

To fully map spread of the pandemic, and contain the disease, the US should be doing 6–10 million tests per day. It currently does about 700,000.

Facebook censors anti-fascist and anarchist groups, falsely linking them with extreme-right violence

By Kevin Reed, 22 August 2020

Facebook has adopted positions put forward by the Trump administration and US Justice Department targeting left-wing opposition in the latest expansion of its political censorship regime.

Russian oppositionist Alexei Navalny flown to German hospital after doctors dispute poisoning claims

By Andrea Peters, 22 August 2020

Russian doctors declared Friday that Navalny’s critical illness was caused by a metabolic disorder brought on by hypoglycemia, not poisoning.

Seven protest leaders in Thailand arrested by police

By Owen Howell, 22 August 2020

This week’s state crackdown on the student leadership of mass protests that have swept across the country reveals the Thai ruling elite’s fear of a broader movement.

Australian national cabinet exploits pandemic for economic restructuring

By Mike Head, 22 August 2020

Despite paying lip service to the aged care catastrophe, the federal, state and territory government leaders adopted “economic recovery” as their top priority.

The Biden campaign and the attempt to “rescue” American hegemony

By Andre Damon, 22 August 2020

The factions of the state backing the Biden campaign have set out to “reclaim America’s place in the world” by “getting tough” with Russia and China.

German Socialist Equality Party campaign against reopening schools finds significant response

By our reporters, 22 August 2020

The Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei’s call to build action committees to prepare a general strike in Germany against the reopening of schools has been shared hundreds of times on social media and found thousands of readers.

Fauci warns against herd immunity: “the death toll would be enormous”

By Bryan Dyne, 15 August 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of world’s leading experts on infectious disease, warned against the relaxation of efforts to combat COVID-19, declaring, “The death toll would be enormous and totally unacceptable.”

Lebanon’s oligarchs and imperialist backers seek to exploit outrage over Beirut port blast

By Jean Shaoul, 15 August 2020

Amid mass anger over the port explosion, a campaign against Hezbollah is bound up with the US aggression against Iran.

Government watchdog concludes acting heads of Homeland Security were illegally appointed by Trump

By Jacob Crosse, 15 August 2020

The Government Accountability Office report is a soft rebuke to Donald Trump, who has frequently circumvented congressional approval in order to install acting department heads loyal to him.

The Democrats and Republicans: Two wolves hunting the United States Postal Service

By Shuvu Batta, 15 August 2020

While they posture as defenders of postal workers, the Democrats have played a critical role in the privatization of the USPS and the decay of American democracy.

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot announces police crackdown

By Michael Walters, 15 August 2020

One thousand police officers are being deployed into downtown Friday evening after a press conference in which the Democratic mayor announced a plan to tighten police control of the city, involve more police agencies, increase social media surveillance and further limit access to the wealthy downtown.

The show trial of Julian Assange: A cruel and pseudolegal farce

By Thomas Scripps and Kevin Reed, 15 August 2020

Yesterday’s hearing in London made clear, if any further proof was needed, that the prosecution of Assange is a shameful and degrading show trial, intended to railroad an innocent man to prison or death.

Jacobin Magazine on the selection of Kamala Harris: Stick with the Democrats!

By Genevieve Leigh, 15 August 2020

There is truly nothing too foul the Democratic Party could do that would lead Jacobin and the DSA to conclude that the party cannot be reformed.

Modi government intensifies repression one year after its constitutional coup against Kashmir

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 15 August 2020

The Modi government’s illegal abrogation of Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status and imposition of a state-of-siege in the Muslim-majority region have been conspicuously ignored by the US and other major imperialist powers.

US Supreme Court rules ballot access petitioning must proceed during coronavirus pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 13 August 2020

In a one paragraph order with no legal explanation provided, the US Supreme Court overturned a decision by a trial judge in Oregon relaxing ballot access requirements in consideration of the restrictions imposed on public interaction during the pandemic.

Report charges US-Saudi arms sale ignored civilian casualties

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2020

The report on the $8.1 billion arms deal came amid fresh reports from Yemen of atrocities caused by US-supplied Saudi warplanes and munitions.

Germany: SPD nominates Finance Minister Scholz as its candidate for chancellor

By Peter Schwarz, 13 August 2020

Scholz’s nomination is a signal to the financial oligarchy and the right-wing elements in the state apparatus that they can rely on the SPD without reservation.

The selection of Kamala Harris and the degradation of American politics

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 13 August 2020

There is something incredibly degrading and shameful about the whole process, testifying to the intellectual and cultural collapse of American politics.

The coronavirus pandemic and capitalism

Russia’s vaccine intensifies global struggle for profits and geopolitical advantage

By Barry Grey, 13 August 2020

Vladimir Putin’s announcement Tuesday that Russia has officially approved a COVID-19 vaccine has intensified the global conflict between national powers and pharmaceutical giants to be the first to mass produce and market a vaccine for the deadly virus.

Lebanese government resigns amid mounting anger over port blast

By Jean Shaoul, 11 August 2020

While the blast’s immediate cause has not been confirmed, the disaster was the result of criminal neglect and callous indifference by successive governments and Lebanon’s ruling elite.

New York Governor Cuomo sanctions statewide reopening of schools

By Evan Blake, 8 August 2020

Cuomo’s mandate provides crucial political support for the Trump administration’s drive to reopen schools irrespective of the cost to human life.

As July report shows no let-up in mass joblessness

White House, Congress combine to cut off supplemental unemployment benefits

By Jacob Crosse, 8 August 2020

Driven by social interests irreconcilably opposed to those of the working class, congressional leaders from both parties adjourned Friday without restoring jobless pay.

US coronavirus death toll predicted to reach 295,000 by December

By Bryan Dyne, 8 August 2020

The IHME projection of nearly 300,000 deaths by December exposes the lie that it is safe to reopen the schools.

President Trump signs executive orders banning Chinese social media apps TikTok and WeChat

By Kevin Reed, 8 August 2020

On Thursday, the US president signed two executive orders that will ban the operation of TikTok and WeChat in the US unless they are acquired by US-based companies within 45 days.

US moves to delist Chinese companies from stock exchanges

By Nick Beams, 8 August 2020

The move has been couched in terms of protecting “investor safety,” but it is another component of the economic warfare being carried out by Washington.

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

The response of the ruling class and its state to the SEP's legal challenge has been determined by one political motive: Keep socialists off the ballot!

Former Australian PM: Beware the Guns of August in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2020

Kevin Rudd argues that the danger of war between the US and China is greater than at any time since the 1950s and warns the risk “will be especially high” in the lead-up to the US presidential election.

Altered CDC guidelines provide unscientific basis for reopening schools

By Mitch Marcus, 6 August 2020

The CDC guidelines were adjusted in mid-July to suit the demands of the Trump administration that schools reopen, as part the broader campaign to reopen the economy.

As negotiations stall on federal coronavirus relief bill

Florida governor admits state unemployment system purposefully designed to pay out “least number of claims”

By Jacob Crosse, 6 August 2020

Republican governor Ron DeSantis had previously claimed nearly all applicants had been paid and blamed jobless workers for incorrectly filling out forms.

Far-right protest against COVID-19 restrictions in Berlin: A put-up job

By Peter Schwarz, 6 August 2020

The protest in Berlin was a predictable, put-up job, which closely resembled the scenario of the Pegida demonstrations held five years ago.

Transport for London coronavirus bailout prepares tube privatisation

By Paul Bond, 6 August 2020

The bailout, only half the sum requested, spearheads an assault on TfL’s workforce, in stark contrast to the generous packages offered to the privatised passenger rail franchises.

Two incumbent House members defeated in primary voting

By Patrick Martin, 6 August 2020

A total of seven representatives, three Democrats and four Republicans, have been denied renomination so far this year.

75 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By Bill Van Auken, 6 August 2020

The anniversary’s significance has never been greater. Behind the backs of the people of the United States and the world, US imperialism is steadily building up a massive nuclear arsenal and pursuing a doctrine of aggressive nuclear war.

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

The decision effectively deprives Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz of the right to have their appeal heard on the merits before the ballots are printed.

Quebec to appeal acquittal of fascist, but only on lesser charges

By Hugo Maltais, 6 August 2020

In a brazen attempt to intimidate the media, neo-Nazi Raphaël Lévesque led an invasion of the editorial offices of Vice Quebec .

Sri Lankan Trotskyists hold final online election meeting

By our correspondents, 6 August 2020

The Socialist Equality Party held its last meeting on August 2, after a determined election campaign that reached key sections of the Sri Lankan working class and youth.

As stock indexes continue their climb

US unemployment supplement expires, setting the stage for mass hunger and homelessness

By Barry Grey, 1 August 2020

The congressional stalemate over an extension of the unemployment pay supplement, which is certain to result in the total elimination or a major cut in the benefit, is a declaration of war against the entire working population.

Department of Homeland Security assembles intelligence reports on US journalists covering Portland protests

By Jacob Crosse, 1 August 2020

Such reports have been traditionally used to share information regarding wanted criminals or terrorists across federal and local law enforcement agencies.

UK government forced to enact new restrictions after pandemic let loose

By Thomas Scripps, 1 August 2020

Around 4,200 people are catching COVID-19 each day in England, up 68 percent on the estimated 2,500 daily infections two weeks ago.

Grenfell Tower inquiry reveals more criminality by corporations involved in refurbishment

By Charles Hixson, 1 August 2020

An entire culture within corporations, built up over decades, which viewed regulations as impediments to reaping greater profits was evident in Rydon’s testimony.

Royal commission into Australia’s bushfires promotes greater use of the military

By Margaret Rees, 1 August 2020

The inquiry will ignore the underfunding of fire and emergency services while justifying rapid and expanded military interventions in domestic “emergencies.”

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

The Congress resolution provides an unequaled analysis of the crisis triggered by the pandemic, directed toward the development of socialist class consciousness and the independent action of the working class.

SEP (US) Congress resolution

The global pandemic, the class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

1 August 2020

This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Sixth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, held July 19–24, 2020.

Canada’s Liberal government shaken by WE Charity scandal

By Roger Jordan, 29 July 2020

The scandal has exposed a web of corrupt ties between the Liberal government and WE, and between WE and corporations like the Royal Bank of Canada and Dow Chemical.

Australian state government bans protest against police violence

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 July 2020

The authorities are cynically invoking the pandemic to block political protests, while at the same time proceeding with a pro-business “reopening of the economy.”

US secretary of state sets out case for conflict with China

By Peter Symonds, 25 July 2020

By ruling out a return to the policy of “containment,” Pompeo’s speech marks a strategy aimed at regime change in Beijing.

US demands even greater support from Australia in confrontation with China

By Mike Head, 25 July 2020

Despite the intensifying COVID-19 danger in the US, Australia’s foreign and defence ministers will personally attend the annual AUSMIN talks in Washington next week.

Illinois Democrats embrace Trump’s law enforcement “surge”

By Kristina Betinis, 25 July 2020

Illinois Democratic lawmakers have made public statements aimed at assuaging public fears that the federal forces will crack down on anti-police violence protesters in Chicago, just as they have in Portland.

Canadian medical experts provide ideological justification for homicidal back-to-work drive

By Laurent Lafrance, 25 July 2020

Exploiting their professional qualifications to give their arguments credibility, the experts have fully endorsed the corporate elite’s reactionary dictum: “The cure cannot be worse than the disease.”

Trump signs executive order on 2020 Census declaring undocumented immigrants are not persons

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 25 July 2020

The order would affect the distribution of federal funding as well as the apportionment of congressional seats.

Judge orders former Trump enforcer Michael Cohen to be released from prison

By Jacob Crosse, 25 July 2020

In a slap at President Trump and Attorney General Barr, Federal District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein has ordered the release of former Trump confidant and disbarred lawyer Michael Cohen.

150,000 dead in the US and no end in sight

By Andre Damon, 25 July 2020

The resurgence of COVID-19 is a result of the campaign by the Trump administration—with the assistance of the Democrats and the media—to force workers back on the job as the pandemic continues to rage.

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

By Kevin Reed, 25 July 2020

The Socialist Equality Party candidates Joseph Kishore for US President and Norissa Santa Cruz for US Vice President have appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for review of the July 8 ruling of Judge Sean Cox rejecting their lawsuit against Michigan ballot access requirements during the pandemic.

From Selma to the CIA

John Lewis, civil rights militant turned big-business politician, dies at 80

20 July 2020

The outpouring of tributes from reactionaries and war criminals demonstrates the class role that Lewis came to play, despite his youthful part in asserting the democratic rights of African Americans.

US escalates economic warfare against Russia and China

By Nick Beams, 18 July 2020

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

US moving to ban China-based TikTok social media app

By Kevin Reed, 18 July 2020

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

COVID-19 spread accelerates across Europe as EU summit opens

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 18 July 2020

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

New terrorist threats against politicians, artists and journalists

Neo-Nazi network in police covered up at highest levels of German state and politics

By Christoph Vandreier, 18 July 2020

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

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

By Will Morrow, 18 July 2020

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

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

By Laura Tiernan, 18 July 2020

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

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

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 18 July 2020

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

US pushes fabricated claims of Russian hacking of virus research

By Barry Grey, 18 July 2020

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

UK MPs submit early day motion on Assange

By Thomas Scripps, 18 July 2020

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

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

By Mike Head, 17 July 2020

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

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

By Alan Gilman, 17 July 2020

In a set of court filings Wednesday, the SEP candidates refuted point by point the arguments made by California state officials in an effort to keep them off the November ballot.

Trump wages war against science and Dr. Fauci, not coronavirus

By Patrick Martin, 14 July 2020

At an appearance Monday, Trump continued to deny that the coronavirus is actually spreading in the United States, claiming the skyrocketing number of cases is due entirely to more testing.

Duda wins Polish presidential election after campaign attacking Jews, LGBTQ rights and Germans

By Clara Weiss, 14 July 2020

The fact that Duda and PiS could carry the day in the most right-wing election campaign in recent Polish history is above all the result of the policies of the liberal opposition.

Mr. López Obrador goes to Washington

Mexican president kowtows to his “friend” Donald Trump

By Eric London, 9 July 2020

Obrador’s appearance with Trump yesterday will rank in history as among the most demeaning and sycophantic Washington visits by any Latin American head of state.

US Supreme Court decisions attack separation of church and state and workers’ rights

By Ed Hightower, 9 July 2020

The court’s assault on workers takes the form of an assault on secularism.

Wall Street, Republicans and militarists back Biden campaign

By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2020

The presumptive Democratic nominee has outraised President Trump for two months in a row, thanks in part to a flood of corporate and billionaire money.

Students oppose Trump’s threat to deport international students

By our reporters, 9 July 2020

The Trump administration’s effort to use international students as a bargaining chip to force the reopening of colleges is part of a push to get the economy back open while also scapegoating immigrants for the pandemic.

What is behind the New Zealand health minister’s resignation?

By Tom Peters, 9 July 2020

The resignation of David Clark just months before an election, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, points to political instability in the Labour Party-led government.

Trump’s back-to-work diktat threatens teachers’ lives

By Evan Blake, 9 July 2020

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump demanded that US schools reopen in the fall amid a raging pandemic, threatening the lives of thousands of teachers.