“The company is taking risks with the lives of 5,000 workers”
As COVID-19 cases surge, Texas GM workers demand closure of factory

By Jerry White, 2 July 2020

Just days after Fiat Chrysler workers in Detroit halted production, GM workers in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area are demanding the closure of Arlington Assembly.

“Chrysler was telling everybody that it was safe to come back to work, and it’s not.”
Autoworkers at FCA Trenton Engine call for rank-and-file safety committees to fight COVID-19

By Tim Rivers, 2 July 2020

Autoworkers at the FCA Trenton Engine Plant south of Detroit called on their co-workers to build rank-and-file safety committees to fight the spread of COVID-19 in factories and save lives.

“It’s up to workers to fight this virus”
Fiat Chrysler threatens to fire workers who stop production over COVID-19 concerns

Caterpillar slashes jobs in Illinois, rewards corporate shareholders

By Jessica Goldstein, 2 July 2020

Caterpillar is one of many US-based corporations that have laid off workers and cut jobs and pay since the pandemic took hold in the US, as it continued to pay out dividends to investors.

City of Chicago announces plan for mass arrest and detention of youth over holiday weekend

By Andy Thompson, 2 July 2020

The plan for arrest and jailing of teenagers comes as the Lightfoot administration has stepped up policing in wake of recent protests and as President Trump urges Democratic leaders in Illinois to take “decisive action” against gun violence.

Workers in Germany express their solidarity with striking Fiat Chrysler workers

By our correspondents, 2 July 2020

The strikes at two Detroit Fiat Chrysler plants in Jefferson North and Sterling Heights against intolerable health and safety conditions for production workers have met with a powerful response from workers in Germany.

Senate votes unanimously to extend CARES Act loan program despite businesses' plans to lay off thousands more

By Jacob Crosse, 2 July 2020

The corporate-government fraud known as the Payment Paycheck Protection program has done little to stave off massive job losses or small business closures while large banks and well-connected industries have profited handsomely

Arizona Department of Health Services activates plan to ration healthcare for COVID-19 patients

By Benjamin Mateus, 2 July 2020

As the pandemic surges throughout Arizona, the governor is seeking emergency support from the federal government to supplement the beleaguered hospital staff in hard-hit counties.

As union works with companies to beat back wildcat strikes
UAW president meets with prosecutor to avoid government takeover

By Tom Hall, 2 July 2020

There are signs of growing pressure within the state to shut down the investigation, with officials worried that this airing of the union’s dirty laundry could serve to further encourage rebellion.

“It’s back to the way it was before I made things public,” says whistleblower
As flights increase, airline workers face more COVID-19 dangers

By Steve Filips, 2 July 2020

Even as the pandemic continues to surge, airlines continue to push for increased flights. American Airlines has resumed booking its flights to capacity on July 1. United Airlines, which never blocked out seats or limited capacity, will be adding 25,000 flights in August.

Unite offers support for 10 percent job losses at British Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair

By Laura Tiernan, 2 July 2020

The scale of the ongoing jobs massacre was underscored by EasyJet’s announcement Tuesday that 1,900 pilots, cabin crew and ground staff will be made redundant, with Airbus announcing 12,300 job cuts worldwide by Summer 2021, including 1,700 in the UK.

Australia’s largest airline Qantas axes 6,000 jobs to slash costs

By Terry Cook, 2 July 2020

Like its competitors internationally, Qantas is seizing on the COVID-19 pandemic to carry out a further pro-business restructuring of its operations.

Riverside, California Nurses strike continues as ICU beds reach capacity

By Kevin Martinez, 2 July 2020

Nurses are protesting unsafe working conditions while county health officials announced this week that ICU beds were at 99 percent capacity

Respiratory therapist at New York’s Elmhurst Hospital describes horrors during COVID pandemic:
“The patients in March didn’t have to die like this, if we would have had more staff and better equipment to work with”

By Clara Weiss, 2 July 2020

At poor community hospitals like Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, patients were up to three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than they were in facilities in the richest parts of Manhattan.

After multiple shootings and two deaths
Seattle police forcibly end Capitol Hill Occupied Protest

By Kayla Costa, 2 July 2020

The protest tent site was overrun by more than one hundred local police and FBI officers armed with heavy riot gear and military-grade vehicles.

As pandemic spread accelerates
Wall Street celebrates biggest quarterly surge in more than 20 years

By Nick Beams, 2 July 2020

In the course of less than three months, the actions of the Fed—its reduction of interest rates to zero and purchases of debt across the board, including junk bonds—have put $7.1 trillion into the hands of stock investors and speculators.

Johnson pledges “New Deal” for UK as he prepares savage attack on workers

By Chris Marsden, 2 July 2020

Johnson is prime minister of a declining imperialist power, dominated politically, economically, and socially by a financial oligarchy whose sole concern is that the flood of wealth into its coffers continues.

Beijing passes anti-democratic security law for Hong Kong

By Ben McGrath, 2 July 2020

While Beijing has concerns about imperialist intrigues in Hong Kong, its chief fear is that unrest in the city over democratic and social rights will spill over the border into the rest of China.

Tens of thousands of Chinese citizens stranded overseas

By Lily Zhao, 2 July 2020

Beijing has offered little or no assistance to the thousands of Chinese students, scholars and tourists trapped overseas by COVID-19 travel bans.

Reddit bans 2,000 communities in major censorship action

By Kevin Reed, 2 July 2020

On Monday, the news aggregation site Reddit banned the pro-Trump r/The_Donald and the left-radical r/ChapoTrapHouse, along with hundreds of other subreddits, in a censorship move aimed at satisfying the demands of advertisers.

Germany: Verdi trade union sells out Galeria Kaufhof Karstadt workers

By Justus Leicht and Wolfgang Weber, 2 July 2020

Verdi brazenly claimed it would “ fight for every job and every store. ” In reality, the union and the general works council were involved in drawing up the closure plans.

Teen shot in back by Louisiana police, charged with resisting arrest

By Aaron Murch, 2 July 2020

Tre’mall McGee’s mother has been demanding answers from the sheriff’s office for three months to no avail, while the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office until recently has been concealing that there was a shooting at all.

Australian state Labor government’s police arrest refugee protesters

By Michael Smith, 2 July 2020

Governments continue to condemn protests and invoke the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to silence dissent, even as they accelerate the reopening of the economy.

1 July 2020

Record 47.2 percent of working-age Americans without jobs

By Shannon Jones, 1 July 2020

According to the employment-population ratio, a more accurate measure of joblessness than the unemployment rate, a postwar record number of Americans were without work in May.

As COVID-19 infections explode in the US, Fauci warns of 100,000 new cases a day

By Barry Grey, 1 July 2020

Fauci's testimony underscored the grim reality that the pandemic in the US is now far more widespread than it was at its previous height in late March and early April.

Chile: COVID-19 outbreak in mining regions

By Mauricio Saavedra, 1 July 2020

Three mineworkers have died in the giant state-owned mining corporation Codelco, and some 2,528 are infected, according to the official figures of the Ministry of Mining.

Pandemic rages across South Asia as total cases near 1 million

By our correspondents, 1 July 2020

The governments of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are rushing to “reopen” their economies even as COVID-19 cases and deaths are growing exponentially.

Airbus cuts 15,000 jobs
Coronavirus crisis triggers mass layoffs, wage cuts across Europe

By Will Morrow, 1 July 2020

Having given massive state bailouts to the corporations, the ruling class is using the pandemic to effect a historic restructuring in class relations.

Citing COVID-19 spread, EU denies US citizens entry to Europe

Lockdown in Leicester amid surge in infections throughout UK

By Robert Stevens, 1 July 2020

Outbreaks at food factories, garment plants and schools attest to the criminality of Johnson government as it ditches a national lockdown.

COVID-19 increase at UK’s 2 Sisters, Rowan and Kober meat processing factories

By Tony Robson, 1 July 2020

Inadequate and unsafe forms of transport, poor working conditions, and rundown accommodation are class issues bound up with the wealth extraction demanded by capitalism.

”I can get another job. I can’t get another life”
Food processing plants in Ohio and New York hit with outbreaks

By Alex Findijs, 1 July 2020

Outbreaks at salad and fruit processing plants in Springfield, Ohio, and Oswego, New York, show the vulnerability of food workers to the deadly disease.

Australian government unveils military boost aimed against China

By Mike Head, 1 July 2020

Over the next decade, $575 billion will be spent on the armed forces, including an expanded $270 billion military hardware buildup, featuring “long-range strike capabilities.”

New York City transit worker suffers miscarriage on the job

By Sam Dalton, 1 July 2020

Transit workers are outraged at the Transit Authority and the union after a conductor who was six-months pregnant lost a baby when she was forced to return to track switching.

US House passes Washington D.C. statehood bill

By Nick Barrickman, 1 July 2020

If made law, the bill would make the District of Columbia the country’s 51st state.

Ireland’s Greens agree to join austerity coalition government

By Dermot Quinn, 1 July 2020

Almost five months after Ireland’s February 8 general election, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have formed a coalition government after the Green Party voted to come on board.

Quebec’s hard-right premier reshuffles cabinet for stepped-up class-war assault

By Louis Girard, 1 July 2020

The cabinet shuffle inaugurates a new phase in the efforts of the Coalition Avenir Québec government to exploit the pandemic to restructure class relations at workers’ expense.

Australian state government locks down Melbourne working class suburbs

By Oscar Grenfell, 1 July 2020

While measures are required to contain the coronavirus, the lockdown will disproportionately affect workers, the unemployed and the poor.

COVID-19 cases increase across Pacific Island states

By John Braddock, 1 July 2020

The WHO warning underscores that the pandemic continues to escalate in all parts of the world.

Migrants challenge visa processing delays by New Zealand authorities

By Tom Peters, 1 July 2020

The Labour Party-led government is delaying the processing of migrant visa applications, leaving tens of thousands of people in limbo.

Australian cancer testing declines during coronavirus pandemic

By Clare Bruderlin, 1 July 2020

The lack of personal protective equipment in hospitals and shortages of masks, gloves and sanitiser available to the public have forced many people to put off appointments.

New in German

Lateinamerika: Covid-19-Fälle innerhalb eines Monats verdreifacht

Andrea Lobo, 27. Juni 2020

Die herrschenden Eliten reagieren auf die Ausbreitung der Pandemie und die dadurch ausgelöste Wirtschaftskrise mit einer aggressiven Back-to-Work-Kampagne, um ihren Reichtum und ihre Privilegen zu schützen.

Militärischer Abschirmdienst deckt rechtsextreme Netzwerke

Gregor Link, 27. Juni 2020

Die Bundeswehr-Eliteeinheit KSK ist vom Militärgeheimdienst über Ermittlung informiert und über Durchsuchungen vorgewarnt worden.

Oberster Gerichtshof der USA: Asylsuchende haben kein Recht auf Habeas Corpus oder rechtmäßiges Verfahren

Eric London, 27. Juni 2020

Genau wie im berüchtigten Fall Dredd Scott vs Sandford, bei dem ein Sklave erfolglos für seine Freiheit klagte, hat der Oberste Gerichtshof auch diesmal ein weitreichendes, undemokratisches Urteil möglich gemacht.

Neuer Ärzte-Apell für Assange im Lancet
„Das Schweigen muss gebrochen werden“

Oscar Grenfell, 27. Juni 2020

Die Ärzte schreiben, dass die Rechte des WikiLeaks-Gründers Julian Assange seit ihrem letzten Brief an die medizinische Fachzeitschrift vom Februar immer schlimmer missachtet würden.

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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 Russian

Верховный суд США постановил, что запрашивающие статус беженца не имеют права habeas corpus или на надлежащую правовую процедуру

Эрик Лондон, 27 июня 2020 г.

Как и в деле «Дред Скотт против Сэндфорда», Верховный суд вынес самое радикальное антидемократическое решение из всех возможных.

Сибирская Арктика фиксирует температуру выше 37 градусов по Цельсию

Брайан Дайн, 27 июня 2020 г.

Таяние вечной мерзлоты в Арктике является одним из нескольких «переломных моментов», которые могут спровоцировать еще большие климатические катастрофы.

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: В Москве состоялся Парад Победы, празднующий поражение нацистской Германии

27 июня 2020 г.

24 июня 1945 года около 40 тысяч солдат Красной армии прошли маршем в Москве во время одного из крупнейших военных парадов, проведенных на тот момент в Советском Союзе.

New in Turkish

Irksal-toplulukçu politika ve Abraham Lincoln’e düzenlenen ikinci suikast

Niles Niemuth ve David North, 27 Haziran 2020

Lincoln anıtlarına, Amerikan Devrimi’nin ve İç Savaş’ın önderlerini onurlandıran diğer anıtlara yönelik saldırılar, ırksal düşmanlıkları kışkırtmayı amaçlamaktadır.

“Yeni normal” ile birlikte COVID-19 vakaları artıyor

Çetin Akın, 27 Haziran 2020

Türkiye’de ve uluslararası ölçekte işçi sınıfı için ileriye giden yol, egemen sınıfın pandemi karşısında izlediği öldürücü politikaya karşı bağımsız olarak müdahale etmekten geçiyor.

New in French

Alors que les cas de COVID-19 triplent en un mois, les élites latino-américaines poursuivent leur campagne de retour au travail

Andrea Lobo, 27 juin 2020

Les classes dirigeantes de la région la plus inégale du monde ont basé leur réponse à la pandémie et à la crise économique qu’elle a provoquée sur la protection à tout prix de leurs richesses et de leurs privilèges.

Les travailleurs arrêtent la production à l’usine automobile Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North de Detroit à cause du COVID-19

Shannon Jones, 27 juin 2020

Les travailleurs de l’usine d’assemblage Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North à Detroit ont arrêté la production jeudi suite aux trois cas de COVID-19 déclarés parmi les ouvriers de l’usine.

Dans une lettre au Lancet, des médecins condamnent la torture d'Assange et exigent sa libération

Oscar Grenfell, 27 juin 2020

Les médecins notent que depuis leur dernière lettre à la prestigieuse revue médicale en février, l’abus des droits du fondateur de WikiLeaks n’a fait que s’intensifier.

Le coronavirus s’accélère en Afrique avec plus de 300.000 cas

Stephan McCoy, 27 juin 2020

L’Organisation mondiale de la santé a prévenu que jusqu’à 10 millions d’habitants seront infectés au cours des trois à six prochains mois et que 300.000 personnes perdront la vie sur le continent africain.

Introduction de «La Quatrième Internationale et la perspective de la révolution socialiste mondiale: 1986-1995»

Joseph Kishore, 27 juin 2020

Nous publions l'introduction du prochain livre La Quatrième Internationale et la perspective de la révolution socialiste mondiale: 1986–1995. Le livre est composé de conférences sur le développement de la perspective et du programme du Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale à la suite de la scission avec le Workers Revolutionary Party britannique en février 1986.

Sept jours en mai (1964): Quand le cinéma américain imaginait un coup d'État militaire

Joanne Laurier et David Walsh, 27 juin 2020

Réalisé par John Frankenheimer et mettant en scène Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster et Fredric March, le film envisage une tentative de renverser l’ordre constitutionnel aux États-Unis. Où en sommes-nous 56 ans plus tard?

New in Spanish

Crece la oposición obrera mientras el coronavirus se sale de control

Por Andre Damon, 1 julio 2020

Seis meses desde que el mundo descubrió el COVID-19, los trabajadores de todas partes del mundo están haciendo huelgas para exigir que se tomen medidas para detener la propagación desenfrenada de la enfermedad.

“Combatir el virus depende de los trabajadores”
Fiat Chrysler amenaza con despedir a los trabajadores que detengan la producción preocupados por el COVID-19

Por Jerry White, 1 julio 2020

Las amenazas de la empresa se producen días después de que los trabajadores en dos plantas de ensamble en el área de Detroit detuvieran la producción y formaran comités de base.

Merkel y Macron promueven el militarismo de la UE en medio de crecientes conflictos con Washington

Por Alex Lantier y Johannes Stern, 1 julio 2020

Los líderes de Alemania y Francia pidieron un aumento de los gastos militares y de la austeridad para garantizar la capacidad de Europa de hacer la guerra independientemente de Washington.

Nueva acusación de Julian Assange por parte de Estados Unidos no presentada en tribunales del Reino Unido

Por Thomas Scripps, 1 julio 2020

En otro giro kafkiano, continúan los procedimientos judiciales del Reino Unido sobre la base de una acusación que ha sido sustituida y que, por lo tanto, no tiene fuerza legal en los Estados Unidos.

Un revelador comentario de un jefe de finanzas

Por Nick Beams, 1 julio 2020

En los últimos 12 años, desde la crisis financiera de 2008, el Estado ha proporcionado billones de dólares a los bancos, los fondos de cobertura y las empresas, haciendo añicos los berrinches del capitalismo de "libre mercado".

New in Portuguese

Trabalhadores da Amazon na Alemanha fazem greve contra a falta de proteção ao coronavírus

Por Marianne Arens, 1 Julho 2020

Mais de 2.000 trabalhadores da Amazon estão participando de uma greve de 48 horas em seis unidades, para exigir proteção adequada contra o coronavírus.

Os 25 anos da morte de Ed Winn

Por Fred Mazelis, 1 Julho 2020

Duas vezes candidato a presidente pela Liga dos Trabalhadores, Ed Winn lutou pelos princípios marxistas em toda a classe trabalhadora dos EUA e internacional. Ele foi trabalhador dos transportes da cidade de Nova York por 22 anos.

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

The inequality pandemic: How American capitalism puts profits over lives

2 July 2020

The resurgence of COVID-19 is the outcome of a policy, led by the Trump administration but supported by the entire political and media establishment, of subordinating society’s needs to the interests of the financial oligarchy.

Earlier Perspectives »

July 4th Online Discussion

The World Socialist Web Site will be celebrating 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 online event will be moderated by Kings College professor Tom Mackaman and WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North.

SEP US presidential election campaign

SEP presidential candidates Kishore and Santa Cruz file federal lawsuit challenging ballot access restrictions in California

By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP Vice Presidential Candidate, 2 July 2020

The Socialist Equality Party’s candidates argued in court filings Tuesday that the state’s requirement that the candidates gather 200,000 voter signatures is impossible to meet during the pandemic and a violation of basic democratic rights.

Workers, young people denounce undemocratic efforts to keep Socialist Equality Party off the ballot in Michigan

By our reporters, 2 July 2020

Workers and youth voiced support for the SEP election campaign in the United States.

Michigan Governor Whitmer argues SEP candidates should have petitioned for ballot status during the peak of the pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 30 June 2020

Democratic Party defendants in the lawsuit filed by the SEP against ballot access requirements in Michigan have responded by arguing that supporters of Kishore and Santa Cruz should have endangered their lives and those of the public by collecting voter signatures.

Socialist Equality Party challenges undemocratic ballot access laws in Michigan

The fight to put the SEP on the ballot continues as Illinois court denies challenge to relaxed ballot access rules

By Kristina Betinis, 23 June 2020

An appeals court denied a challenge to an April ruling that the pandemic and social distancing presented a “nearly insurmountable hurdle” to the in-person collection of tens of thousands of signatures.

SEP launches petition to appear on the presidential ballot in Illinois

Featured Statements

Racial-communalist politics and the second assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Niles Niemuth and David North, 25 June 2020

Hands off the monuments to Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Grant!

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 22 June 2020

Hands off Fiat Chrysler workers fighting the COVID-19 disease!

By the Jefferson North and Sterling Heights Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 1 July 2020

This joint statement was issued by the rank-and-file safety committees set up by Detroit-area Fiat Chrysler workers to fight for safe conditions during the pandemic.

Expand autoworkers’ struggle to stop the coronavirus and save lives! Form rank-and-file safety committees!

By the Jefferson North Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 June 2020

For international working class action against the COVID-19 pandemic!

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 23 June 2020

Arts Review

Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods: A lifetime of war

By Hiram Lee, 2 July 2020

Four African-American veterans of the Vietnam War return to present-day Vietnam to recover the remains of a fallen comrade. Buried with him is a cache of gold bars worth millions.

American comic writer and performer Carl Reiner, 1922-2020
Making “fun of the people higher on the totem pole”

By David Walsh, 2 July 2020

Reiner may not be a name known by many under a certain age, but his influence and impact on American comedy and performance in the postwar period was considerable.

Season 4 of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why: Biting off more than it can chew

By Nick Barrickman, 1 July 2020

The latest season is the final one in the series about the lives and difficult circumstances of a group of teenagers at fictional Liberty High School.

Commentary

Pandemic profiteering: Gilead Sciences cashes in on COVID-19

By Bryan Dyne, 1 July 2020

Gilead’s declaration that it will charge over $3,000 per patient for the drug remdesivir sends a clear message that pharmaceutical companies plan to use the COVID-19 crisis to make billions of dollars.

New York Times’ Charles Blow demands the removal of monuments to Washington and other “amoral monsters”

By Niles Niemuth, 1 July 2020

The Times’ latest assault on the American Revolution is a part of the effort by the Democratic Party and its operatives to derail the popular multiracial protests against police violence in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

Anti-Russia war fever spreads on Capitol Hill

By Patrick Martin, 1 July 2020

Without providing a shred of evidence, the corporate media, congressional Democrats and many Republicans are demanding US retaliation against alleged Russian targeting of US soldiers in Afghanistan.

Worker opposition grows as coronavirus spirals out of control

By Andre Damon, 30 June 2020

Remdesivir as “miracle drug”: Back-to-work propaganda vs. science

By Bryan Dyne, 1 May 2020

Capitalism vs. science: The lessons of the 36-hour Moderna vaccine frenzy

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 May 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Hands off the Sri Lankan Trotskyists
SEP demands military stops harassing its election candidates in Jaffna

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 30 June 2020

The SEP has been targeted because it fights for the unity of the working class across ethnic lines on a socialist program.

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

By Wije Dias, 22 June 2020

25 years ago: British Tory crisis deepens following John Major electoral victory

On July 4, 1995, British Prime Minister John Major was reelected as leader of the Conservative Party against Secretary of State for Wales John Redwood.

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50 years ago: NYC hospital union settles for 25 percent wage increase

With a strike deadline of July 1 for tens of thousands of hospital workers in New York City, their union reached a tentative settlement with the League of Voluntary Hospitals that fell far short of winning the demands of the rank and file.

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75 years ago: Landslide Labour victory in British general election

In a general election held on July 5, 1945, the British Labour Party won a landslide victory, sweeping the Conservatives from office and decimating the Liberal Party.

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100 years ago: Conflict between German, French and British imperialism at Spa conference

On July 4, 1920, representatives of German imperialism met with the Allied powers for the first time since signing the humiliating Treaty of Versailles in 1919.

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Workers Struggles

Growing protests across the America’s over coronavirus response
Workers Struggles: The Americas

30 June 2020

Film industry workers in Buenos Aires, workers at US Disneyland and warehouse workers in Quebec are just some of the thousands of workers launching protests and job actions over employers’ response to COVID-19 pandemic.

Nurses, farmworkers, autoworkers strike for safe working conditions
Detroit Fiat Chrysler workers halt production for second day to demand COVID-19 protection

By Jessica Goldstein, 27 June 2020

Brazilian health care workers strike for PPE and risk bonus

By Brunna Machado, 27 June 2020

Science

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.

Free Julian Assange

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2020

Julian Assange’s fiancé calls on the Australian government to secure his freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 June 2020

Journalists expose CIA spying on Assange and demand his freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 June 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

June 7 Online Meeting

History

Book Review
Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

By Shannon Jones, 11 June 2020

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural speech is considered, along with the Gettysburg Address, one of the most important in US history.

The History Channel’s Grant

By Tom Mackaman, 1 June 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan president establishes military taskforce: Another step toward dictatorship

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 9 June 2020

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.