By Jacob Crosse, 21 August 2020
The operation has been used as a screen to further integrate local police departments with federal agencies, while funneling millions of dollars and deploying over 1,000 federal agents into US cities.
Federal judge orders second investigation into Virginia immigrant detention center hit by mass outbreak of COVID-19
By Joe Williams, 21 August 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found prison staff were refusing to use safety equipment or provide inmates with protection from COVID-19.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 21 August 2020
Millions of workers have joined strikes and protests opposing the government’s attacks on their wages and working conditions.
Thirty years since the capitalist reunification of Germany
By Wolfgang Weber, 21 August 2020
Berlin is being hit with full force by the economic and social consequences of the Corona policy of the city’s government, a coalition of the SPD, Left Party and Greens.
By Johannes Stern, 21 August 2020
The Left Party embraces Olaf Scholz not despite, but rather because of his reactionary policies.
By Gregor Link, 21 August 2020
Events in Hamburg show how recklessly the ruling class is putting the lives of teachers, pupils and parents at risk and covering up the true extent of the pandemic.
By Margaret Rees, 21 August 2020
The Victorian Labor government is attempting to downplay the growing number of infected healthcare workers in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city.
By Martin Scott, 21 August 2020
Thousands of possibly coronavirus-infected passengers were allowed to leave the cruise ship without being tested, leading to the spread of the virus and fatalities across the country.
By Mike Head, 21 August 2020
The political establishment is exploiting the COVID-19 catastrophe—for which its own policies are directly responsible—to introduce police-state powers.
By Patrick Martin, 21 August 2020
The sheer contempt for the intelligence of the population and the viewing audience was summed up in Biden’s acceptance speech, which sought to cram every possible trite phrase into a single 20-minute address.
By Patrick Martin, 21 August 2020
Following the example of the 2018 elections, the Democratic Party is putting forward a large new group of military-intelligence candidates for Congress in 2020.
August 26 online lecture: “First as tragedy, second as farce: Marcos, Duterte, and the Communist Parties of the Philippines.”
21 August 2020
Scalice, a postdoctoral researcher at Nanyang Technological University, will deliver his online lecture at 3 p.m. Singapore time (same time in Philippines, 3 a.m. New York, 9 a.m. Berlin, 12:30 p.m. Colombo, 5 p.m. Sydney)
By David Walsh, 21 August 2020
Released in theaters or available to stream today, Desert One is a documentary film about the US military’s effort in April 1980 to free American embassy staff captured during the 1979 Iranian revolution.
By Bryan Dyne, 20 August 2020
As of mid-July, there were 178,500 excess deaths in just fifteen urban areas internationally, including New York City, Mexico City, Lima, Jakarta, Istanbul and Madrid.
By Evan Blake, 19 August 2020
Barring the independent mobilization of educators, parents and the broader working class to halt the reopening of schools, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic will accelerate.
COVID-19 overtakes accidents as third leading cause of death in the US as testing continues to decline
By Benjamin Mateus, 19 August 2020
Despite the deadly nature of the virus, which has already killed more than 175,000 in the US, testing capacity is declining as states move to resume in-school learning.
By John Vassilopoulos, 19 August 2020
The government’s response has been a series of token measures targeting areas with a high number of cases, including Attica and Thessaloniki. Set to run until August 24, the measures subordinate public health to commercial interests.
By Kevin Reed, 19 August 2020
Democrats and Republicans with close ties to the intelligence agencies have launched a campaign of opposition after the president said he would look into the case of the former NSA contractor who exposed illegal mass surveillance.
UNC Chapel Hill, Notre Dame and Michigan State University forced to revert to online learning after COVID-19 outbreaks
By Matthew MacEgan, 19 August 2020
UNC Chapel Hill reported 130 new student cases of COVID-19 during its first week, far more than the ten it reported on campus during the week prior to reopening.
Family suing Verizon over death of worker sent into high-risk locations without protective equipment
By Samuel Davidson, 19 August 2020
The family of a Philadelphia-area Verizon employee is suing the company for negligence, saying he was forced to work without proper protective gear in locations such as nursing homes.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 August 2020
Sydney drivers and other transport staff have been forced to work in dangerous conditions as part of the ruling elite’s “reopening of the economy.”
By Owen Howell, 19 August 2020
After a month of continuous protests, a demonstration in Bangkok on Sunday was the largest since the 2014 military coup.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 August 2020
The oil seizure came as Washington failed to secure support at the United Nations Security Council for a resolution extending an arms embargo against Tehran.
Rank-and-file safety committees at Fiat Chrysler and Ford support campaign to defend victimized parts worker
By the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 19 August 2020
Newly-formed committees at Fiat Chrysler, Ford and Faurecia plants issued statements supporting James Grady, who was set up by the IBEW union and management and fired in mid-May from the Faurecia Gladstone plant in Columbus, Indiana.
By Marc Wells, 19 August 2020
The restructuring of the US union’s health plan will reduce coverage for thousands of current and retired performers and media professionals, along with their families.
By Lily Zhao, 19 August 2020
While almost half of its population earns less than $145 a month, China recorded 373 billionaires in 2020, the second highest figure in the world.
UN Tribunal finds only one guilty of Hariri assassination and no evidence of Syrian or Hezbollah involvement
By Jean Shaoul, 19 August 2020
The ruling is a setback for the US and its local stooges, who planned on using a damning verdict to further its bid to eliminate Hezbollah as a political force in Lebanon.
By Nick Beams, 19 August 2020
The latest US bans against the Chinese telecom giant have been described by one financial analyst as a “death sentence” for its global operations.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 August 2020
Big business and the trade unions are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to secure the upper hand in the global trade war by imposing savage attacks on workers.
By Steve James, 19 August 2020
Last week’s train crash in Scotland exposes the dangerous condition of Britain’s aging and profit-oriented rail network
By Julia Callaghan, 19 August 2020
The Pimlico Plumbers founder gives voice to opinions that the Johnson government feels incapable of making public.
Colin Powell at the Democratic National Convention: Democrats prepare administration of militarism and war
By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 19 August 2020
The second day of the convention featured remarks by Powell, a leading architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and a video highlighting Biden’s “unlikely friendship” with arch warmonger John McCain.
By Saman Gunadasa, 19 August 2020
The petition opposing military harassment of Socialist Equality Party candidates in Jaffna continues to gather support, nationally and internationally.
By Joanne Laurier, 19 August 2020
US filmmaker Kelly Reichardt’s new film, First Cow, set in the 1820s in the Pacific Northwest, deals with the origins of North American business—and the value of and the need for solidarity.
By Andrea Peters, 18 August 2020
The critical question facing workers in Belarus is to struggle independently of and against all the factions of the post-Soviet capitalist kleptocracy.
By Patrick Martin, 18 August 2020
Bernie Sanders led the way in preaching political unity from “left” to right against Trump and for Biden.
By Jerry White, 17 August 2020
Phoenix area teachers forced the closure of the first day of school today as protests against the unsafe opening of schools spread across the country.
By Jacob Crosse, 17 August 2020
While four states have already been approved by FEMA to begin authorizing payments, Kristie Noem cited cherry-picked statistics to justify her rejection of federal benefits.
By Alex Johnson, 17 August 2020
School districts and teachers in Florida have been forced to resume in-person learning while COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to surge throughout the state.
By Clara Weiss, 17 August 2020
The involvement of growing sections of workers has panicked the Lukashenko regime, and the NATO-backed opposition is calling for “dialogue” with the regime.
By Chase Lawrence, 17 August 2020
Faculty, professors and students at multiple Texas A&M University campuses recently penned an open letter that has garnered roughly 900 signatures.
By Gregor Link, 17 August 2020
With the beginning of mandatory school attendance, the number of COVID-19 infections is increasing.
By Steve James, 17 August 2020
The Scottish National Party’s school reopening exposes it as the accomplice of the Johnson government’s herd immunity strategy.
By Charlotte Salthill, 17 August 2020
Low pay is one of the main reasons given for leaving the profession, alongside increasing work demands and a lack of training and professional development.
By Marcus Day, 17 August 2020
The judge made the ruling despite credible and explosive new allegations about the scale and scope of FCA's bribery of the United Auto Workers union.
Indiana Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands reinstatement of whistleblower at Faurecia Gladstone plant
By Tim Rivers, 17 August 2020
The newly-formed Faurecia Gladstone Rank and File Safety Committee is also demanding an immediate halt on the part of the company and the local union to all forms of intimidation and harassment.
By Peter Ross, 17 August 2020
A major heat wave affecting much of the southwestern US caused rolling blackouts Friday and Saturday throughout California.
By Omar Ali, 17 August 2020
Huge debts, which have been accumulated chiefly through measures to bail out the banks and financial oligarchy, are being seized upon to demand intensified austerity for the working class.
By Arun Kumar, 17 August 2020
The ongoing persecution of Motherson autoparts strikers was facilitated by the Maoist Left Trade Union Centre’s betrayal of the 140-day walkout.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 August 2020
A provincial administration in Malaita insists that it has the right to maintain its own relations with Taiwan and refuses to recognise Beijing.
By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 17 August 2020
As the US election enters its final stage, enormous pressure is being brought to bear to convince workers and youth that the only way to oppose Trump is to support Biden and Harris.
By Oscar Grenfell, 17 August 2020
The 152 legal experts are unambiguous: the campaign against Assange has been based on gross violations of law and he must be immediately released from prison.
By David Walsh, 17 August 2020
Essential conformism on important matters seems an apt summing up of Bill Condon’s film career to date. At any rate, The Good Liar will not do much to change one’s attitude.
By Nick Barrickman, 17 August 2020
As plummeting enrollment at day cares during the spring forced many to close, the beginning of grade school classes in the fall will compound the crisis.
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.”
By Renae Cassimeda, 15 August 2020
In a fight for their lives and those of thousands of students, educators and parents oppose the new reopening plan that has students and teachers reporting to school sites for in-person instruction for one week prior to full distance learning.
By Tomas Castanheira, 15 August 2020
Virtually all Brazilian states and capitals have ongoing plans to reproduce the homicidal model of school reopenings in Manaus.
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.
By Julian James, 15 August 2020
Over the past weeks, the country has registered the highest per capita COVID-19 death rate in the world, 43.1 deaths per million people, compared to 32.9 per million for Brazil and 24.4 for the US.
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.
Workers denounce cover-up and intimidation around COVID-19 infections at Fiat Chrysler Belvidere plant
By Kristina Betinis, 15 August 2020
Belvidere workers continue to speak out against management and UAW concealing information and shaming workers for stating concerns as Boone and Winnebago counties launch investigation into the spread of disease at the plant.
By Steve Filips, 15 August 2020
There were 32 new COVID-19 cases reported last week at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.
By Jessica Goldstein, 15 August 2020
Workers, who have lost everything in the storm, will be crowded into shelters and aid centers where social distancing will prove to be very difficult, putting thousands more at needless risk of contracting COVID-19.
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.
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.
Infiltration of US protests against police brutality used to delegitimize demonstrations, undermine democratic rights
By Adam Mclean, 15 August 2020
Police infiltration of protests has a renewed significance at a time when democratic rights have been stretched to the point of breaking.
By Owen Howell, 15 August 2020
The government’s investigation into seven Al Jazeera journalists, including a police raid of their offices, is part of a broader crackdown on press freedom.
By John Harris, 15 August 2020
Agreements imposed by the trade unions have led to soaring casualisation, underpayment and unpaid work, now worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Prepare a nationwide general strike to stop the deadly reopening of schools!
By the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 15 August 2020
We are launching the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee to unite all those opposed to the unsafe reopening of schools and provide the necessary leadership to prepare for a nationwide general strike to halt the reopening of schools.
By Statement of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 15 August 2020
By demanding a return to face-to-face teaching amid rising coronavirus infection rates, German state governments of all stripes are putting the health and lives of countless teachers, students and parents at risk.
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.
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.
Indian social health workers hold two-day national strike; South Korean hospital doctors walkout
15 August 2020
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By Zac Corrigan, 14 August 2020
Schools across the US continued to reopen for in-person classes this week, leading to the exposure of thousands of teachers and students to the deadly virus.
By Carola Kleinert and Gregor Link, 14 August 2020
While many teachers, parents and students are opposed to opening schools under unsafe conditions, administrators and politicians are arrogantly ignoring their concerns.
By Patrick Martin, 14 August 2020
The capitalist politicians will be holding their presidential nominating conventions while millions of workers have been cut off from federal benefits.
By Tom Casey, 14 August 2020
The MV Wakashio began leaking thousands of metric tons of fuel after it collided with a coral reef barrier near the southern coast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 14 August 2020
The long preparation time for the murder of Lübcke and the close connections of the defendants to the violent neo-Nazi scene strongly suggest that there were other confidants or accomplices.
By Ulaş Ateşçi and Alex Lantier, 14 August 2020
Mounting tensions between NATO powers threaten to blow up the alliance as the pandemic intensifies pre-existing conflicts over oil and strategic advantage.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 August 2020
The A-levels scandal has exposed the dirty secret of the British education system: that it is social class, not merit, that is really being graded.
By Clare Bruderlin, 14 August 2020
Aged care workers are being denied admission to hospitals, in a policy that amounts to social murder.
By Julio Patron, 14 August 2020
The standoff lasted around 12 hours in Bend, Oregon, until dozens of federal agents were deployed to disperse the protesters using pepper spray.
By Kevin Reed, 14 August 2020
Nine of the largest tech firms in the US met with multiple government police and intelligence agencies on Wednesday to discuss “election security” in the campaign prior to and on election day in November.
By Trévon Austin, 14 August 2020
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a multi-millionaire businesswoman and supporter of the QAnon conspiracy, will likely enter Congress from the heavily Republican 14th District of Georgia.
By Alex Johnson, 14 August 2020
The largest healthcare chains, including Anthem, Humana, and UnitedHealth Group, have reported second-quarter earnings at double the rate from the same period last year.
Wisconsin immigrant meat packing workers fired in retaliation for protesting over unsafe working conditions
By Rafael Azul, 14 August 2020
After employing the workers for years, management suddenly informed the targeted workers that they were not authorized to work in the US.
By Andrea Peters, 14 August 2020
Belarusian workers across key industries have walked off the job in defiance of the government’s brutal crackdown.
By Chase Lawrence, 14 August 2020
Madalena McNeil and Marvin Oliveros are charged with daubing the Salt Lake City district attorney’s office with red paint.
“Our lives don't matter to Ford”: Tragic COVID-19 death of young contract worker covered up by management and the UAW
By Shannon Jones, 14 August 2020
The death of a young worker at the Ford Van Dyke transmission plant from COVID-19 is the inevitable outcome of the brutal profit drive of the car companies, aided by the United Auto Workers.
By the Faurecia Gladstone Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 August 2020
Workers at the Faurecia Gladstone Plant in Columbus, Indiana, roughly 40 miles south of the state capital Indianapolis, have formed a rank-and-file committee in order to fight for safe and humane working conditions.
Unifor and Detroit Three open Canadian contract negotiations as more layoffs and plant closures loom
By Carl Bronski, 14 August 2020
The current concessions contracts, which were grudgingly ratified by workers in 2016, expire on September 21.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 14 August 2020
The Colombo Port workers’ struggle has demonstrated that the US and India want Sri Lanka tied to their strategic and military moves against nuclear-armed China.
By John Roberts, 14 August 2020
The Najib conviction is a clear sign that the entire edifice centred on UMNO on which the ruling class has relied for decades is falling apart, opening up the prospect of further political upheavals.
By Andre Damon, 14 August 2020
The United States set two milestones on Wednesday: 1,503 people died from COVID-19 and the S&P 500 stock index reached a new high.
By Paul Bond, 14 August 2020
A genuinely popular director of no small talent, he subordinated his critical instincts to a popularist slickness.
By Evan Blake, 13 August 2020
Across the US, thousands of teachers, education workers, parents and students are mobilizing to oppose the unsafe reopening of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Nick Beams, 13 August 2020
Since the crisis of mid-March when the market plunged and the financial system froze, Wall Street’s S&P 500 index has risen by 50 percent on the back of government corporate bailouts and the pumping out of trillions of dollars by the Fed.
By Joseph Mario, 13 August 2020
Scituate, a small coastal town south of Boston, is one example of broader situation in the state, where Governor Baker has pushed for schools to fully reopen in the fall.
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.