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Scottish National Party oversaw COVID-19 disaster

By Steve James, 28 August 2020

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s government has overseen a murderous COVID-19 policy, particularly against elderly care home residents.

UK government planning troops on the streets for combined pandemic “second wave” and hard Brexit crisis

By Richard Tyler, 28 August 2020

The Cabinet study follows on from previous government plans for the possible imposition of martial law in the context of the deepening crisis over Britain’s exiting the European Union.

German students establish action committee against school reopenings

By Philipp Frisch, 28 August 2020

Students at a vocational school center in Dortmund have formed an action committee to oppose the reopening of schools during the coronavirus pandemic, the dangerous results of which they confront every day.

New Zealand: Christchurch terrorist jailed for life

By Tom Peters, 28 August 2020

There are many unanswered questions about how fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant was able to carry out his attack without being stopped by the police or intelligence agencies.

Ontario’s teachers unions facilitate right-wing Ford government’s reckless back-to-school drive

By Matthew Richter, 28 August 2020

Teachers, students, and their families are being forced to risk their lives in unsafe and under-resourced school buildings amid a raging pandemic.

Forced home demolitions fuel discontent in China’s Shandong Province

By a correspondent, 28 August 2020

Many local governments implemented “demolition first, then resettlement” policies, causing villagers to lose their homes.

Trump administration sabotages COVID-19 testing

By Marcus Day, 28 August 2020

The change in CDC testing guidelines pushed through by the White House will fuel the further spread of the pandemic throughout workplaces, homes and communities, killing untold numbers.

Julian Assange receives first visitors in six months: “He is in a lot of pain”

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 August 2020

The visit has underscored the brutal conditions in which Assange is imprisoned and has sparked renewed fears that his health is continuing to deteriorate.

Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 August 2020

The SEP’s National Congress resolved to build the IYSSE among working-class youth, as well as university and high school students, on the basis of the revolutionary traditions of Trotskyism.

Full transparency on COVID-19! Hands off Florida educators! Close schools now!

By Duval County Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 28 August 2020

The Florida Department of Health issued a mandate Tuesday censoring COVID-19 data within Duval public schools while state officials threatened the jobs of educators who oppose the deadly school openings.

Wildfires continue to rage across California amidst heat wave and pandemic

By Anthony del Olmo, 27 August 2020

Northern California residents have suffered more than a week of wildfires caused by lightning strikes and a historic heat wave in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ukrainian government turns against Lukashenko amid ongoing mass protests and strikes in Belarus

By Jason Melanovski, 26 August 2020

As a result of the growing working class protests within Belarus and Lukashenko’s turn to the Kremlin, the government in Kiev has turned against its former ally.

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.

After receiving $5.8 billion through the CARES Act

American Airlines announces 19,000 to be laid off starting October 1

By Jacob Crosse, 26 August 2020

As temporary layoffs become permanent, airline executives and their stockholders, with the invaluable assistance of the trade unions, are consigning thousands to destitution.

India emerges as a global epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 26 August 2020

India is the third country to surpass 3 million registered coronavirus cases, and its official death toll, widely considered to be an underestimation, is approaching 60,000.

Rising COVID-19 death toll underscores decades-long crisis in Australian aged care

By Clare Bruderlin, 26 August 2020

The tragic fatalities are the outcome of the corporatisation of the sector by successive Labor and Liberal-National federal governments.

Fraudulent Associated Press “fact-check” targets WSWS article on student housing segregation project at NYU

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 26 August 2020

The AP’s “fact-check” of the WSWS is a dishonest piece of hack journalism aimed at discrediting an accurate account of New York University’s plans to accept segregated student housing.

New COVID-19 cases skyrocket at University of Alabama and University of North Carolina

By Matthew MacEgan, 26 August 2020

Since reopening in-person instruction, the University of Alabama has reported 566 new cases of COVID-19 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 646 new cases.

EU denounces Russia over alleged poisoning of oppositionist Alexei Navalny

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 26 August 2020

Doctors at Berlin’s Charité hospital claimed Monday they had found indications that Alexei Navalny, the head of Russia’s pro-NATO liberal opposition, was poisoned.

Australian Labor Party and unions agree to slash income support and working conditions

By Mike Head, 26 August 2020

The government’s latest measures were again drafted in closed-door talks with the ACTU and then signed off by the Labor Party.

Colorado teacher fired for raising concerns about school reopenings speaks to the WSWS

By Renae Cassimeda, 26 August 2020

A teacher from Fort Collins was recently fired for raising safety concerns as school openings in Colorado unfold in dangerous and piecemeal fashion, while the state now has 55,700 COVID-19 cases and 1,926 deaths.

New York City preparing to lay off 400 EMS workers in advance of looming second wave of pandemic

By Ali Elhassan, 26 August 2020

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, is preparing to place the burden of the pandemic-triggered budgetary crisis on workers, including frontline health care workers.

German schools reopening without safety measures as coronavirus cases increase

By Marianne Arens and Gregor Link, 26 August 2020

The federal and state governments in Germany are setting the stage for a further explosion in the number of cases by reopening schools.

Pompeo in Middle East to cement Israel-Gulf alliance against Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 26 August 2020

Pompeo made it very clear who was the master in this relationship and that China’s increasing trade and investment ties with Israel were unacceptable.

Tokyo considers long-range missiles for use in first strikes

By Ben McGrath, 26 August 2020

The Abe government is continuing its push to rearm by obtaining offensive weaponry, regardless of whether or not it violates the constitution.

Seven dead and 170,000 displaced as massive wildfires continue to burn in Northern California

By Peter Ross, 26 August 2020

As of Tuesday morning, 937 structures have been destroyed and 251 damaged, and the fires continue to threaten some 30,500 additional structures.

Police riot in Detroit against peaceful protesters

By Eboni Davis and Kathleen Martin, 26 August 2020

On Saturday night, the Detroit Police Department went on a rampage against peaceful protesters, arresting 44 after tear-gassing and beating people in the streets for unlawful assembly.

“These same conditions exist all over the world”

Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee defends immigrant workers at Indiana parts plant, opposes back-to-school drive

By Tim Rivers, 26 August 2020

Workers at the plant are refusing leadership positions on the shop floor and others are leaving the factory in response to forced overtime and the disregard of medical work restrictions.

British think tank fronts right-wing “academic freedom” campaign—Part 2

By Thomas Scripps, 26 August 2020

In Britain, this campaign relies wholly on posing as an opposition to the pseudo-left purveyors of identity politics on campus.

Canadian autoworkers demand Unifor release tentative contracts with Detroit Three in full prior to ratification votes

By Carl Bronski, 26 August 2020

The petition, already signed by around 1,300 autoworkers, is a sign of mounting worker opposition to Unifor but its initiators promote the dangerous illusion that the union can be reformed.

Police violence continues unabated three months after the murder of George Floyd

By Niles Niemuth, 26 August 2020

The latest incident to produce an eruption of angry protests is the attempted murder of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old African American father of six, shot seven times in the back by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

SEP (Australia) holds successful fifth national congress

By our correspondent, 26 August 2020

Delegates discussed and unanimously adopted a major resolution outlining the deepening crisis of Australian and world capitalism and the tasks of the party over the next two years, and elected a new national leadership.

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.

Democrats leave 20 million unemployed in the lurch

By Patrick Martin, 24 August 2020

The House of Representatives convened for a Saturday session to vote on funding the Postal Service, but Democratic leaders declined to take any action on federal supplemental unemployment benefits, which expired July 31.

States and counties across US conceal COVID-19 outbreaks at schools

By Evan Blake, 24 August 2020

The policy of concealing cases has become the modus operandi across industries and serves as a mechanism for implementing the homicidal return-to-work campaign of the ruling class.

Florida court set to rule on lawsuit challenging in-person schooling

By Alex Johnson and Matthew MacEgan, 24 August 2020

The court is set to decide on a challenge by the Florida Education Association to Governor Ron DeSantis’s edict for face-to-face instruction.

Private schools in Massachusetts to get rapid COVID-19 testing

By Will McCalliss, 24 August 2020

The project is being initiated by the Broad Institute in Cambridge, which is associated with the Broad Foundation, best known for its school privatization efforts around the country.

“I have nothing but a bunch of ashes”

Hundreds of thousands displaced, six dead as 600 fires rip across California

By Norissa Santa Cruz, 24 August 2020

The two largest fires, now the second and third largest in the state’s history, are forcing hundreds of thousands to flee from deadly situation to another.

Postmaster General testifies before a Senate Committee on mail crisis

By Shuvu Batta, 24 August 2020

Louis DeJoy spoke before a Senate Committee on the bipartisan manufactured crisis of the United States Postal Service and possible election fraud.

Democratic Party leads nationwide purge of Green Party candidates from November ballots

By Jacob Crosse, 24 August 2020

State election boards and judges have issued last minute rulings blocking third party candidates from appearing on the ballot

Police misconduct database reveals top NYPD brass guilty of abuse of authority

By Josh Varlin, 24 August 2020

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and his predecessor James O’Neill, along with other top NYPD officials and 11 percent of active cops, have substantiated abuse complaints against them.

New York University moves to implement racial segregation in student dorms

By Karsten Schneider, 24 August 2020

Calls for race-based student housing stem not from a desire to improve the lives of all students and youth, but to advance the interests of a small layer of the population.

Corpus Christi, Texas pipeline explosion kills two workers

By Chase Lawrence, 24 August 2020

A collision between a dredging vessel and a pipeline caused an explosion and fire, injuring six crewmen and leaving two dead and two still missing.

Canada’s Liberal government slashes COVID-19 emergency aid

By Roger Jordan, 24 August 2020

By reducing by 20 percent the aid given to workers rendered jobless by the pandemic, the Liberal government is trying to goad them into returning to work under unsafe conditions.

At least 13 Peruvian youth killed in police raid on Lima disco

By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 24 August 2020

The tragedy is the direct outcome of the government’s police-state enforcement of coronavirus restrictions, even as it grants a free rein to mining and other business interests.

British think tank fronts right-wing “academic freedom” campaign—Part 1

By Thomas Scripps, 24 August 2020

Policy Exchange argues for a combined intervention into both academia and student politics on campus to suppress left-wing protest and give free rein to far-right ideologues.

Corbyn was “lectured” by Johnson government on “herd immunity” and said nothing

By Chris Marsden, 24 August 2020

Corbyn was involved in talks with the Tories who told him explicitly that theirs was a murderous policy of allowing the coronavirus to develop unchecked.

The CumEx fraud in Germany: Organised crime with government support

By Gustav Kemper and Peter Schwarz, 24 August 2020

The tax authorities, government and judiciary closed their eyes as banks and shareholders helped themselves to €31.8 billion in public funds between 2001 and 2016.

Australia’s two major airlines axe thousands of jobs

By Terry Cook, 24 August 2020

Qantas and Virgin, like their global rivals, are using COVID-19 to slash costs by eliminating thousands of jobs.

Australian universities unveil job cuts of up to 30 percent

By Mike Head, 24 August 2020

There was outrage at the University of Sydney last week after all departments were asked to plan scenarios to cut thousands of full-time jobs.

Support historian Joseph Scalice against Stalinist slanders by CPP founder Jose Maria Sison!

By Peter Symonds, 24 August 2020

Communist Party of the Philippines founder Sison launched a menacing attack on Scalice, a respected authority on the history of the Philippine left, after the announcement of his lecture that will focus on the CPP’s record of betrayal.

The socialist answer to the paltry $600 million Flint settlement

By Joseph Kishore—SEP Presidential Candidate, 24 August 2020

Only through the development of the class struggle can the working class make right the years of bipartisan social crimes against the working class of Flint, Michigan.

Fund appeal for Assange’s legal defence wins significant public support

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 August 2020

The response underscores the international support for Assange among workers and young people which finds no expression in the official political parties or the corporate press.

Online panel examines what would happen if Assange is extradited to the US

By Kevin Reed, 24 August 2020

The expert panelists made clear that Assange would be held in the most draconian conditions, treated as a terrorist and denied due process.

The origins and evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

By Frank Gaglioti, 24 August 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a once in a century event, a trigger event, that has exposed the deep contradictions and terminal decay in the capitalist organization of world resources.

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.

“They are killing people to save money”

Fiat Chrysler, UAW conspire to keep workers on the job after exposure to coronavirus

By Shannon Jones, 22 August 2020

In order to cut costs and boost profits, management and the UAW are seeking to eliminate the limited and inadequate safety protocols put in place in May.

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.

European countries force children back to school amid resurgence of COVID-19

By Alejandro López, 22 August 2020

The drive to reopen schools after the summer break continues unabated throughout Europe as the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across the continent.

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.

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.

Johnson government extends ban on evictions as UK faces “avalanche” of homelessness

By Laura Tiernan, 22 August 2020

The delay follows an outpouring of public opposition to eviction proceedings due to begin Monday, with 290,000 renters at immediate risk of homelessness.

Nearly 300 workers infected in COVID-19 outbreak at Northampton sandwich factory

By Paul Bond, 22 August 2020

Northampton, already on a coronavirus watchlist, has the highest rate of new cases in England and could be subjected to a local lockdown.

Spanish unions agree to shut down Barcelona Nissan plants

By Alice Summers, 22 August 2020

The deal adds a further year to the ticking time-bomb of mass firings, postponing the approximately 25,000 job losses from the end of 2020 to the end of 2021.

Cornell residential advisors hold one-day strike over coronavirus safety as school reopens

By James Mullan, 22 August 2020

The strike action was spontaneously organized in response to the university’s reckless reopening plans that left RAs with larger workloads than in pre-pandemic semesters.

Wayne State University administration announces pay freezes and layoffs

By Valery Tsekov, 22 August 2020

The Wayne State University administration is using the crisis to push through long sought after “cost-cutting” attacks on workers and students.

Special prosecutor appointed in the case of Hannah Fizer, unarmed Missouri woman slain by police

By Jacob Crosse, 22 August 2020

Fizer’s family has been stonewalled at every turn by investigators and police for more than two months.

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.

Australian union cancels Sydney bus drivers’ strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 August 2020

The calling off of the stoppage is in line with the role played by the unions throughout the pandemic, in seeking to suppress all working-class opposition.

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.

The Truth: Catherine Deneuve as an actress with her feet on the ground

By David Walsh, 22 August 2020

A French actress in her 70s, Fabienne Dangeville, receives a visit at her elegant Paris home from her daughter Lumir, son-in-law Hank and grand-daughter Charlotte, who live in New York.

CUPE union shuts down 12-day strike at Port of Montreal

By Laurent Lafrance, 22 August 2020

Yesterday’s truce agreement marks the final stage in the union’s efforts to end the strike as quickly as possible and betray the legitimate demands of the rank and file.

Pakistani university workers oppose job cuts; Offshore gas platform workers strike in Western Australia; New Zealand health workers protest

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

22 August 2020

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

Trump administration brands educators “critical infrastructure workers” to force schools to open

By Evan Blake, 21 August 2020

The move comes in response to the growing opposition of educators, parents and students to the catastrophic reopening of schools, which has already infected over 2,500 students and staff across the country.

Weekly jobless claims again top one million as mass evictions loom

By Shannon Jones, 21 August 2020

The number of new unemployment claims rose unexpectedly last week as workers facing mounting economic pressures due to the ending of federal supplemental jobless benefits and the end of eviction bans.

Flint’s $600 million water settlement—a pittance to whitewash a massive social crime

By Sheila Brehm, 21 August 2020

The ruling class is eager to finally put the Flint water poisoning behind them and hope the multi-million-dollar payout will appease workers, at least temporarily.

Steve Bannon arrested on fraud charges involving border wall fundraising scheme

By Kevin Reed, 21 August 2020

The former top adviser to President Trump was arrested on Thursday along with three others on fraud charges in connection with a scheme to defraud donors who gave money to a right-wing “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign.

Architect of Sweden’s coronavirus policy advocated keeping schools open to reach “herd immunity” more quickly

By Jordan Shilton, 21 August 2020

Chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell’s callous disregard for human life is not an individual phenomenon, rather his chilling email correspondence reflects the thinking of the ruling elites in every country.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny hospitalized as crisis in Belarus deepens

By Clara Weiss, 21 August 2020

Navalny’s hospitalization comes amid an escalating crisis around the protests and mass strikes in Belarus which have heightened tensions in Europe and Russia.

Israel launches airstrikes against Gaza and threatens war

By Jean Shaoul, 21 August 2020

Israel is preparing for war on the besieged Palestinian enclave, even as it ups the ante against Hezbollah in Lebanon and its primary target, Iran.

Sudanese refugee drowns attempting to cross English Channel

By Robert Stevens, 21 August 2020

Family members say the victim had his claim for asylum in France refused, and risked the dangerous sea crossing seeking a better life.

US Attorney General Barr boasts of nearly 1,500 arrests through Operation Legend

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.

Millions of Indian workers strike to protest attacks by Modi government amid COVID-19 pandemic

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

Berlin leads when it comes to child poverty, precarious jobs and mass unemployment

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.

Germany’s Left Party hails the SPD’s chancellor candidate, pledges support for militarism and war

By Johannes Stern, 21 August 2020

The Left Party embraces Olaf Scholz not despite, but rather because of his reactionary policies.

German authorities cover up COVID-19 infections in Hamburg schools

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.

Australia: Sharp increase in COVID-19 among Victorian healthcare workers

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.

Australian inquiry says serious errors led to Ruby Princess COVID-19 debacle

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.

Australian government prepares expanded emergency and military call-out laws

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.

Democrats nominate Biden in inane display of political reaction

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.

The CIA Democrats in the 2020 elections

Part Two

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.”

Philippine Stalinists slander academic Joseph Scalice ahead of August 26 lecture

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)

Desert One: Barbara Kopple returns to the fold with her Iran hostage crisis film

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.

New excess death counts reveal more complete toll of coronavirus pandemic

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.

Disastrous US school openings lead to 2,500 infections across 44 states

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.

Greece sees resurgence of coronavirus since end of lockdown

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.

Trump’s suggestion of a pardon for Edward Snowden meets US intelligence community backlash

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.