13 July 2020

Florida sees one-day high of 15,300 COVID-19 cases as pandemic inundates health care infrastructure

By Benjamin Mateus, 13 July 2020

The world has passed 13 million new cases of COVID-19, taking less than five days for an additional million cases.

Trump commutes prison term for political crony Roger Stone

By Patrick Martin, 13 July 2020

Stone’s convictions on perjury and other federal charges stemmed from the bogus anti-Russia campaign launched by the Democratic Party and sections of the military-intelligence establishment.

Merkel in Brussels: Profits before lives and European great power politics

By Johannes Stern, 13 July 2020

The message was clear: despite the massive increase in infections and deaths, there would be no new lockdown.

Joliet, Illinois nurses reject sellout contract, continue strike

By Benjamin Mateus, 12 July 2020

The nurses voted 393 to 154 to defeat the contract proposed by the Illinois Nurses Association, which did nothing to reduce the dangerously high patient-to-nurse ratios.

“I hate going into that hell hole”
Ford workers in Louisville denounce unsafe conditions as opposition grows to COVID-19 spread in auto plants

By Tim Rivers, 12 July 2020

Ford Louisville Assembly workers denounced the blatant disregard of health and safety by both management and the United Auto Workers.

Georgia Tech faculty, students and parents express opposition to school reopening

By Kranti Kumara, 13 July 2020

The university reopening plans in Georgia come in the context of the Trump administration’s reactionary push for the reopening of industries and businesses

Limited lockdowns fail to halt Australia’s COVID-19 surge

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 July 2020

As is happening globally, the government and business “reopening” is causing a disaster.

Melbourne public housing residents still outraged by Australian police lockdown

By Eric Ludlow, 13 July 2020

The brutal state Labor government operation failed to curb the spread of COVID-19 throughout the public housing estates.

Canada’s government accelerating drive to cut off support for workers made jobless by pandemic

By Dylan Lubao, 13 July 2020

The Liberal government is scheming with big business to curtail the meager makeshift benefits for the millions of workers who have lost their jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic.

US Catholic Church received at least $1.4 billion through “small business” loan program

By Jacob Crosse, 13 July 2020

Special provisions in the CARES Act as well as executive exceptions allowed the largest religious organization in the world to receive government funds.

Puerto Rico declares emergency as drought leaves nearly 150,000 residents without water

By Julio Patron, 13 July 2020

A lack of consistent running water will make it more difficult for frequent handwashing to limit the spread of the coronavirus which has already infected thousands on the island.

As new report indicates larger floods loom nationally
Paltry federal relief announced for central Michigan flood victims

By Luke Galvin, 13 July 2020

Thus far the cost of the damages dealt to homes, businesses and buildings is an estimated $190 million in Midland County, with an additional $55 million for infrastructure damage.

Greek government passes draconian anti-protest legislation

By John Vassilopoulos, 13 July 2020

The Bill was voted into law after thousands of workers protested in Athens and throughout Greece.

Thousands protest Israeli government’s lack of COVID-19 economic aid

By Jean Shaoul, 13 July 2020

Unemployment has risen to 21 percent and more layoffs are expected in the wake of new restrictions imposed since a dramatic rise in infections.

Bereaved family members march on Downing Street to demand UK COVID-19 inquiry

By Robert Stevens, 13 July 2020

Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK have set up a petition calling for an “immediate inquiry” that has been signed by over 154,000 people.

French trade unions agree to attacks on healthcare system amid coronavirus pandemic

By Will Morrow, 13 July 2020

As far as the capitalist class is concerned, if more workers die, particularly elderly workers no longer able to produce profits for employers, this can be a positive good.

Far-right Vox party to launch fascist trade union in Spain

By Alejandro López, 13 July 2020

Vox intends to exploit the reactionary role played by Spain’s main unions, which support the austerity policies of the ruling Podemos and Socialist parties.

Special Forces commander admits Australian troops committed war crimes in Afghanistan

By Jason Quill, 13 July 2020

The systematic killings and other abuses are the inevitable product of the colonial-style invasions and occupations mounted by the US and its allies.

11 July 2020

North American autoworkers expand fight against unsafe conditions amid COVID-19 nightmare

By Shannon Jones, 11 July 2020

“A rank-and-file safety committee is exactly what we need”
Toledo Jeep workers demand action after dozens test positive for COVID-19

“How many of us have to die to build their Jeep Cherokees?”
Detroit FCA workers call on workers at GM, Ford and other companies to set up rank-and-file safety committees

Pandemic surges in the Americas as the global death toll nears 560,000

By Kate Randall, 11 July 2020

Striking Joliet, Illinois nurses should reject sellout deal

By Benjamin Mateus, 11 July 2020

Biden promotes economic nationalism and anti-China militarism

By Barry Grey, 11 July 2020

“The decision to reopen schools shouldn’t be political. It should be made by medical experts.”
Teachers speak out against Trump’s push to reopen schools

By Mitch Marcus and Kimie Saito, 11 July 2020

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

COVID-19 disrupts reopening of US professional sports

By Alan Gilman, 11 July 2020

Epstein assistant Ghislaine Maxwell requests $5 million bail

By Kevin Reed, 11 July 2020

Protests erupt after Detroit, Michigan police shoot and kill 21-year-old man

By Stephen Fuller, 11 July 2020

US takes punitive measures against China over Hong Kong

By Peter Symonds, 11 July 2020

Netanyahu acquires dictatorial powers citing Israel’s upsurge in COVID-19 cases

By Jean Shaoul, 11 July 2020

Australia’s national cabinet steps up “reopening” despite COVID-19 surge

By Mike Head, 11 July 2020

Restricted access to Grenfell inquiry for survivors and bereaved

By Alice Summers, 11 July 2020

German multinational BMW to slash 16,000 jobs

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 11 July 2020

Massive worker participation in three-day India Coal strike

By Kranti Kumara, 11 July 2020

New Zealand boosts preparations to join US war against China

By Tom Peters, 11 July 2020

Penalty pay rates slashed for Australian retail workers

By Martin Scott, 11 July 2020

New in Portuguese

EUA aceleram campanha de guerra contra a China

Peter Symonds, 11 Julho 2020

Enfrentando uma crise doméstica, com a oposição da classe trabalhadora crescendo contra a imprudente campanha de retorno ao trabalho, Trump está procurando desviar as imensas tensões sociais em direção a um inimigo externo.

New in Turkish

ABD’nin Çin’e karşı savaş yönelimi hızlanıyor

Peter Symonds, 11 Temmuz 2020

Trump, Demokratların ve medya kurumunun desteğiyle, Çin’e karşı yalanlara ve yanlış bilgiye dayanan aralıksız bir propaganda üzerinden bir savaş humması ortamı kışkırtmaya çalışıyor.

Ennio Morricone; sinemanın en büyük bestecilerinden biri

Marc Wells, 11 Temmuz 2020

Morricone’nin ölümünün İtalyan sinema müziğinin Altın Çağı’na son verdiği öne sürülebilir.

New in Spanish

Corte en Michigan falla que el PSI debe recolectar firmas a pesar de la pandemia

Joseph Kishore, 11 julio 2020

La decisión de la corte de distrito no es un fallo legal seriamente fundamentado en la jurisprudencia ni en un análisis racional. Es una decisión política que busca bloquear que los socialistas aparezcan en la papeleta.

La campaña para desprestigiar como racista al novelista Charles Dickens

David Walsh, 11 julio 2020

Dickens fue uno de los mejores novelistas del siglo diecinueve y una figura literaria y cultural de relevancia histórico-mundial. En el idioma inglés, quizás solo lo supere William Shakespeare en términos de su importancia y popularidad perdurables.

El presidente fascistizante Bolsonaro de Brasil da positivo al coronavirus

Tomas Castanheira, 11 julio 2020

En medio de la catastrófica pandemia, Bolsonaro reafirma su mensaje criminal: "La vida continúa, Brasil tiene que producir, tiene que poner la economía a trabajar."

Abogada laboral mexicana liberada bajo acuerdo punitivo tras detención arbitraria

Andrea Lobo, 11 julio 2020

El encarcelamiento de Susana Prieto Terrazas expuso a todas las facciones de la élite gobernante, desde el Gobierno supuestamente “izquierdista” de López Obrador a los Gobiernos estatales del Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), en su giro hacia formas autoritarias de gobierno.

New in German

Massive Unterwanderung von Bundeswehr und Polizei durch Neonazi-Netzwerk

Jordan Shilton, 11. Juli 2020

In einem ausführlichen Artikel vom 3. Juli 2020 dokumentiert die New York Times eine rechtsextreme Verschwörung unter Beteiligung von Angehörigen der Bundeswehr, der Geheimdienste und der Polizei, die einen gewaltsamen Umsturz anstrebt.

Arbeiter überdurchschnittlich von Corona betroffen

Marianne Arens, 11. Juli 2020

Die Corona-Pandemie zeigt die soziale Spaltung der Gesellschaft. Das zeigt eine Auswertung von Krankendaten der Versicherung AOK.

Merkel in Brüssel: Profit vor Leben und europäische Großmachtpolitik

Johannes Stern, 11. Juli 2020

Vor dem Europaparlament verteidigte Merkel die rücksichtslose Öffnungspolitik und schärfte den Abgeordneten ein, dass die europäischen Nationen ihre globalen wirtschaftlichen und außenpolitischen Interessen nur gemeinsam durchsetzen können.

Daimler verkauft Smart-Fabrik in Hambach: 1600 Arbeitsplätze bedroht

Gustav Kemper, 11. Juli 2020

Daimler will den Smart-Zweisitzer künftig nur noch in China produzieren, gemeinsam mit Partner Geely. Das Smart-Stammwerk im französischen Hambach wird verkauft.

Sahelzone: Von Frankreich unterstützte Sicherheitskräfte führen außergerichtliche Massenhinrichtungen durch

Will Morrow, 11. Juli 2020

Der von Frankreich und Deutschland geführte Krieg ist eine neokoloniale Intervention mit dem Ziel, die rohstoffreiche und geostrategisch wichtige Region und ihre Bevölkerung zu unterwerfen.

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New in French

Un tribunal du Michigan juge que le SEP doit recueillir des signatures malgré la pandémie

Joseph Kishore – candidat du SEP à la présidence des États-Unis, 11 juillet 2020

La décision du tribunal de district n'est pas une décision juridique sérieuse fondée sur la jurisprudence ou une analyse raisonnée. C’est une décision politique visant à exclure les socialistes du scrutin.

Le chômage s’envole tandis que la pandémie de COVID-19 s’accélère aux États-Unis

Bryan Dyne, 11 juillet 2020

La semaine dernière, 1,3 million de personnes ont déposé une demande de chômage pour la première fois, tandis que 18,1 millions de personnes ont renouvelé leurs demandes.

Les forces de sécurité soutenues par la France multiplient les exécutions extrajudiciaires au Sahel

Will Morrow, 11 juillet 2020

Le rapport démasque la guerre menée par la France et l’Allemagne comme une intervention néocoloniale pour subjuguer la région riche en ressources ainsi que sa population.

Fiat Chrysler met fin au troisième quart de travail à l'usine de Windsor (Ontario), supprimant 1375 emplois

Carl Bronski, 11 juillet 2020

Parlant comme un cadre d'entreprise, le président de la section locale 444 d'Unifor, Dave Cassidy, a déclaré que les réductions étaient «strictement une décision d'affaires».

Des lettres exigent du secrétaire à la Défense du Sri Lanka la fin du harcèlement des candidats du PES

nos correspondants, 11 juillet 2020

Cette campagne s’inscrit dans une lutte plus large pour défendre les droits démocratiques de tous les travailleurs contre les mesures dictatoriales.

Ennio Morricone, l'un des plus grands compositeurs pour le cinéma, mort à 91 ans

Marc Wells, 11 juillet 2020

Ennio Morricone sera sans aucun doute pleuré par des millions de personnes dans le monde entier. Il a composé les musiques de 70 films primés, et plus de 70 millions d'enregistrements de sa musique avaient été vendus en 2016.

New in Russian

«Нью-Йорк Таймс» фабрикует легенду о российских убийствах

Патрик Мартин, 6 июля 2020 г.

Поток исступленных обвинений Вашингтона против России был спровоцирован лживой пропагандистской кампанией, инициированной газетой «Нью-Йорк Таймс».

Голосование по конституционным поправкам в России:
Кремль резко усиливает власть президента

Владимир Волков и Клара Вайс, 6 июля 2020 г.

1 июля завершилось семидневное голосование по конституционным поправкам, впервые предложенным президентом России Владимиром Путиным в январе этого года.

Пандемия неравенства: Как американский капитализм ставит прибыли выше жизней

Андре Деймон, 6 июля 2020 г.

Возрождение COVID-19 является результатом политики, проводимой администрацией Трампа, но поддерживаемой всем политическим и медийным истеблишментом. Она состоит в подчинении потребностей общества интересам финансовой олигархии.

New in Mandarin

支持国际工人阶级对抗COVID-19大流行病的行动!

第四国际国际委员会的声明, 2020年6月29日

只有一场来自国际工人阶级的反对资本主义的独立政治干预 才能结束COVID-19大流行带来的大规模死亡

工人阶级、社会主义与抗击大流行病

David North, 2020年6月18日

在第四国际创始文件《过渡纲领》中,列昂·托洛茨基将1936-1937年大萧条期间在美国爆发的静坐罢工描述为 “美国工人为了将自己提升到历史给予他们的那些任务的水准所做的本能努力”。

华尔街以死亡为宴

大卫.诺斯, 2020年5月3日

昨天,4月14日,全球因COVID-19大流行造成的死亡总数超过126,000。在美国,周二有2400多人死亡,使全国受害者总数达到26000。这些官方数字无疑大大低于因冠状病毒感染而死亡的实际人数。

伦敦工人拼死与冠毒作战 富豪纷纷撤离

Michael Barnes, 2020年5月9日

早在新冠病毒大流行之前,伦敦就已是英国丑恶的不平等的中心。如今它不可避免地成为英国疫情的震中。这座城市是整个英国社会阶级分化的集中范例。

New in Norwegian

Etabler grunnplankomitéer på fabrikker og arbeidsplasser for å forhindre overføring av Covid-19-virus og redde liv!

Uttalelse fra Socialist Equality Party (USA), 22. mai 2020

Regjeringen og selskapene krever gjenopptakelse av arbeid midt under en pandemi, som hver uke krever flere tusen liv. Deres pådriv for profitter prioriterer ikke arbeideres og deres familiers helse og sikkerhet.

Trump-administrasjonen gjør Taiwan til sin seneste front i antiKina-kampanjen

Peter Symonds, 22. mai 2020

USA har provoserende hyllet gjenvalget av den taiwanske presidenten Tsai Ing-wen og presset på for Taiwans sak under det årlige ministermøtet for Verdens helseorganisasjon (WHO).

USA forbereder antiRussland-krigsspill midt under pandemien

Andrea Peters, 22. mai 2020

Om litt mer enn to uker vil 6 000 amerikanske og polske tropper simulere bakke og luftbårne angrep ca. 56 kilometer fra det russiske territoriet Kaliningrad.

Covid-19-pandemien avslører Frankrikes Nytt Antikapitalistisk Parti

Alex Lantier, 22. mai 2020

Pandemien setter arbeidere i alle land opp i en uforsonlig konflikt med de pro-imperialistiske middelklassepartiene som styringsklassen lenge har fremstilt som venstresiden.

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.

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Perspective

US ruling class demands deadly reopening of schools

13 July 2020

The escalating campaign to reopen US schools in the fall, under conditions of an explosive spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, is a key element of a conscious, bipartisan policy that will lead to countless preventable deaths.

Earlier Perspectives »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Humboldt University student parliament condemns radical right-wing Professor Baberowski

By Helmut van Heiken, 13 July 2020

The representatives of over 30,000 students demanded that the university administration end its support for Baberowski and that he face consequences for threatening and assaulting students.

Commentary

#MeToo to “Me Who?”: US media has turned off the sexual witch-hunt for the moment

By David Walsh, 13 July 2020

This “lull” demonstrates the extraordinary level of media manipulation and control involved in the launching and circulation of such campaigns.

Haymarket Books “Abolitionist Teaching” forum: A call to promote racial division among teachers

By Renae Cassimeda and Norissa Santa Cruz, 13 July 2020

As workers in every industry unite across racial lines to fight against the Trump administration’s back-to-work campaign, Haymarket is promoting racial divisions and blaming teachers’ supposed “white privilege” for the crisis facing public education.

Demands mount for racial quotas at elite US universities

By Jonathan Burleigh, 13 July 2020

There is nothing democratic or progressive about the mandating of quotas of different races at schools or workplaces.

Sanders-Biden task forces and the debacle of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Genevieve Leigh, 11 July 2020

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei condemns right-wing terror against Left Party parliamentarian

By Ulrich Rippert (SGP national secretary), 11 July 2020

The collapse of the New York Times’ “Russian bounties” campaign

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2020

Massive neo-Nazi penetration of German military and police

By Jordan Shilton, 10 July 2020

The campaign to smear novelist Charles Dickens as a racist

By David Walsh, 10 July 2020

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

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

The two American Revolutions in world history

By David North, 4 July 2020

Racial-communalist politics and the second assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Niles Niemuth and David North, 25 June 2020

Featured

Committee for Public Education and International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia)
Public forum: COVID-19 and the escalating assault on educators and students

13 July 2020

The Committee for Public Education and International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Australia are holding on online forum on July 18 to discuss the critical issues posed by government demands that schools reopen.

25 years ago: Detroit newspaper workers go on strike

On July 13, 1995, 2,500 Detroit Free Press and Detroit News workers went on strike, facing the most concentrated union-busting attack in the city in decades.

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50 years ago: British dock workers begin strike

On July 15, 1970, nearly 50,000 dock workers in the United Kingdom walked off the job and began a strike, refusing to load and unload ships coming into the country’s major ports.

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75 years ago: Allied leaders gather at Potsdam Conference

On July 17, 1945, leaders from Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union gathered in the German city of Potsdam in the last of the major Allied conferences of the Second World War.

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100 years ago: Second Congress of the Communist International opens

On July 19, 1920, the Second Congress of the Communist International was opened in Petrograd by Grigori Zinoviev, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Communist International.

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Workers Struggles

Toledo Fiat Chrysler workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 rampage

By the Toledo Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 11 July 2020

After the outbreak of at least 31 COVID-19 cases at the plant, workers at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex have formed a rank-and-file safety committee.

India: Airport workers in Kerala oppose sackings; Telangana private school teachers hold state-wide demonstrations
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

11 July 2020

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

Iranian sugar plant strike enters fourth week; Israeli social workers on indefinite strike; indefinite walkout by Nigerian doctors
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

10 July 2020

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

Free Julian Assange

Online book launch of The Most Dangerous Man in the World defends Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 July 2020

Author Andrew Fowler said that journalists “should be more supportive” of Assange “because of what he taught us.”

US indictment of Assange based on testimony of FBI assets, convicted child molester

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Arts Review

Lenox Hill: Portrait of New York City hospital obscures more than it shows

By Clara Weiss, 11 July 2020

Netflix is currently streaming the mini-series documentary Lenox Hill, which focuses on four doctors at the hospital of the same name in New York’s Manhattan.

British government’s token arts rescue package: A “back-to-work” agenda amid an ongoing catastrophe

By Paul Bond, 9 July 2020

The limited financial assistance provided is based on the Johnson government’s claim that the pandemic is on the wane and that theatre, dance and music venues will soon be able to get back to relying on revenue from the paying public.

Ennio Morricone, among the greatest composers for the cinema, is dead at 91

By Marc Wells, 8 July 2020

An appreciation of British painter Leon Kossoff (1926-2019)

By Clare Hurley, 7 July 2020

SEP US presidential election campaign

Michigan court rules that SEP must gather signatures despite pandemic

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 10 July 2020

The district court’s decision is not a serious legal ruling grounded in jurisprudence or reasoned analysis. It is a political decision aimed at barring socialists from the ballot.

Federal judge backs Democrats, rules against SEP challenge to Michigan ballot access requirements during pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 9 July 2020

act.tv's Julianna Forlano interviews Joseph Kishore

With Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 9 July 2020

An important discussion of the pandemic, the crisis of capitalism, class forces in politics, police violence, and the need for a unified international socialist movement.

Hands off international students! Oppose ICE deportation of foreign college students!

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 8 July 2020

History

“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

The Soviet literacy campaign remains the largest and most successful in world history.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

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

Vote SEP in the Sri Lankan general election
Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) to hold second online election rally

6 July 2020

Sri Lankan Trotskyists hold first online election rally

Sri Lankan SEP holds online meeting on global protests against police murders

Sri Lankan president establishes military taskforce: Another step toward dictatorship

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

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

The SEP calls for the formation of local safety committees, both within the tower blocks and more broadly, to organise measures to protect the residents and the working class as a whole.

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

Science

The COVID-19 vaccine and the drive for profit

By Frank Gaglioti, 8 July 2020

As the pandemic rages across the planet, the struggle to develop a vaccine has become an urgent task. But the vaccines will be weaponized for geopolitical purposes, not to provide the treatments equitably on a global scale.

Contact tracing and capitalism’s response to the pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 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

Obituary

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dead at 90

By Jerry White, 27 February 2020

From 1983 to 1995, Bieber presided over the final demise of the UAW as an organization that conducted a limited defense of the day-to-day interests of autoworkers and its transformation into what it is today: a direct arm of corporate management.

Hosni Mubarak, US-backed dictator of Egypt for 30 years, dead at 91

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 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.