Hundreds of Mexican maquiladora workers dying after back-to-work orders take effect

By Eric London, 19 May 2020

In Northern Baja California, 432 of the 519 people who have officially died from the virus in the state were maquiladora workers.

Workers angry, concerned as US auto plants reopen

By Jerry White, 19 May 2020

Tens of thousands of workers returned to factories across the US Monday in a major test of the Trump administration’s plans to restart the flow of corporate profits even as the death toll of the pandemic continues to rise.

“They don’t care about the safety of the workers”
As assembly plants reopen US autoworkers speak on premature rush to restart production

“There will be a human cost from this. Everyone knows that.”
Drive to reopen auto plants in North America threatens thousands of lives

US health care system devastated by COVID-19 as the markets clamor to reopen the economy

By Benjamin Mateus and Clara Weiss, 19 May 2020

Health care workers throughout the US have been furloughed as health care systems are facing economic devastation caused by the pandemic. A second surge in economically hard-hit areas will confront an equally devasted health care infrastructure.

Millions of Americans, including front-line workers’ families, face loss of employer-sponsored health insurance in pandemic

By Alex Johnson, 19 May 2020

The families of health care workers, first responders and other workers deemed essential who have died from COVID-19 now face the prospect of losing their health coverage due to the cut-off of their loved ones’ employer-sponsored insurance.

The policy of “malign neglect”: How the Russian oligarchy sacrifices the health and lives of the people

By Vladimir Volkov and Clara Weiss, 19 May 2020

The government’s policy of malign neglect has provoked an initial upsurge in opposition from the working class, including Gazprom workers in Yakutia, northern Russia.

US steps up witch hunt against Chinese scientists

By Shuvu Batta, 19 May 2020

The US federal government has arrested researchers and scientists of Chinese descent as part of an accelerated crackdown on alleged participants of China’s “Thousand Talents” program.

Ukrainian National Police official demands a list of Jews living in Kolomyya

By Jason Melanovski, 19 May 2020

The intimidation and persecution of ethnic and religious minorities within Ukraine has become routine, with far-right elements operating openly as officials of the Ukrainian state.

NHS management said elderly would “have to die” in care homes

By Robert Stevens and John Stryder, 19 May 2020

Official statistics show that around 10,000 people have died in the UK’s care homes, but the real figure is at least double that.

Mass sackings as German department store group closes up to 80 stores

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 May 2020

Germany’s largest department store group, the merged Galeria Kaufhof Karstadt, is to close almost half of its stores.

Coronavirus crisis exposes devastating conditions in the German meat processing industry

UK police question suspect in spitting incident that led to rail worker’s death

By Michael Barnes, 19 May 2020

Belly Mujinga’s death produced a horrified reaction among rail workers and an outpouring of sympathy in the working class, but the deranged character of the attack also solicited an outpouring of crocodile tears from those who are ultimately responsible for creating the conditions that led to her death.

UK government ties Transport for London bailout to “back to work” drive

Growing number of Bangladeshi garment workers infected with COVID-19

By Wimal Perera, 18 May 2020

The government is implementing “herd immunity” policies that could lead to the deaths of tens of thousands.

As Modi government eases lockdown, coronavirus cases surge in India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 19 May 2020

Municipal authorities in Mumbai, India’s second largest city, recently announced that due to a lack of hospital beds, they were placing COVID-19 patients on a waiting list for medical treatment.

Turkish government steps up attack on Kurdish HDP amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Barış Demir, 19 May 2020

The dismissal of five Kurdish-nationalist mayors comes amid growing military tensions in the region and growing social anger at the government’s failure to handle COVID-19.

Herd immunity policy in Turkey risks thousands of new deaths

Brazilian police massacre 13 in brutal operation in Rio de Janeiro

By Tomas Castanheira, 19 May 2020

“Instead of sending doctors and nurses to protect the residents from COVID-19, the government sends police, armored vehicles and helicopters to kill us.”

Amid failure by corporations and governments to repatriate employees
Cruise ship workers take action in defiance of company threats

By Tom Casey, 19 May 2020

Crew members on board the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s (RCCL) Majesty of the Seas staged a protest Friday on the upper deck of the ship, demanding answers from the captain as to when they would be sent home.

US courts revoke emergency protections in coronavirus pandemic

By Trévon Austin, 19 May 2020

Over the past week, the US Supreme Court and the Texas Supreme Court have issued a series of antidemocratic decisions that place countless lives at risk and increase the hardships faced by workers in the coronavirus pandemic.

Petition demanding pandemic hazard pay for UPS workers gains 300,000 signatures

By Erik Schreiber and Kayla Costa, 19 May 2020

The response to the petition demonstrates workers’ willingness to fight, but its appeal to the Teamsters union is a dead end. A genuine struggle for safety requires the formation of independent rank-and-file committees.

US retailer JCPenney to close nearly one-third of department stores, announces bankruptcy

By Jessica Goldstein, 19 May 2020

The decline of traditional “brick and mortar” retail is part of a protracted process which has spanned decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated processes which were already well underway.

Explosion at downtown Los Angeles warehouse injures 12 firefighters

By Peter Ross, 19 May 2020

The warehouse explosion spread the fire to adjacent buildings but was contained in about an hour by some 230 responders.

Canada: Quebec government advocates hiring children to disinfect daycare centres amid coronavirus pandemic

By Laurent Lafrance, 19 May 2020

Faced with a shortage of childcare staff, Quebec’s CAQ government is advocating their replacement by teenagers as young as 14, thus threatening to expose them to the potentially lethal coronavirus.

Australian secret interrogation powers to extend to “foreign interference”

By Mike Head, 19 May 2020

ASIO will have the power to forcibly question 14-year-olds and anyone deemed connected to a “foreign” organisation.

US Senate reauthorizes domestic surveillance, allows access to internet histories

New Zealand Labour government promises billions for big business

By John Braddock, 19 May 2020

While handing over billions to big business through the COVID-19 crisis, Labour’s budget boosts the military and prepares a sweeping assault on the social position of the working class.

Unemployment soars in New Zealand

Australian Committee for Public Education holds online forum on COVID-19 and the universities crisis

By our correspondent, 19 May 2020

Academics, university professional staff, school teachers, TAFE employees and university students joined a critical discussion.

18 May 2020

As death toll mounts, White House steps up efforts to scapegoat China for pandemic

By Peter Symonds, 18 May 2020

Australian government heightens trade conflict with China

By Mike Head, 18 May 2020

North American auto industry reopens amid mounting opposition by workers

By Marcus Day, 18 May 2020

Amazon eliminates pay raises for workers as COVID-19 toll mounts

By Douglas Lyons, 18 May 2020

Purge of government watchdogs escalates drive for authoritarian rule
Trump fires State Department inspector general

By Barry Grey, 18 May 2020

Britain’s covert operations to overthrow Syrian government exposed

By Jean Shaoul, 18 May 2020

UK Royal Mail CEO Rico Back forced to resign: Next stage opens in postal workers’ struggle

By Paul Lee and Thomas Scripps, 18 May 2020

COVID-19: Podemos, social-democrats prepare to send Spanish police against workers’ protests

By Alejandro López, 18 May 2020

The last resort of the EU fighting refugees in Greece—armed force and COVID-19

By Katerina Selin, 18 May 2020

Growing resistance in Germany to returning to schools as coronavirus pandemic continues

By Andy Niklaus and Carola Kleinert, 18 May 2020

German Defence Ministry plans to wage international drone warfare

By Gregor Link, 18 May 2020

Spike in Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus in France and Italy, one child dies

By Will Morrow, 18 May 2020

Modi promotes “herd immunity,” vows “quantum jump” in pro-investor reforms

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 18 May 2020

Even as death toll climbs, Indonesian government urges workers under 45 to resume work

By Owen Howell, 18 May 2020

Nicaraguan government lets COVID-19 spread freely, covers up toll

By Andrea Lobo, 18 May 2020

Maryland and Virginia begin “phase one” reopenings despite record increase in COVID-19 cases

By Nick Barrickman, 18 May 2020

New York Democratic governor enlists tech billionaires to push distance learning

By Sandy English, 18 May 2020

At least 275,000 teachers in the US face permanent job loss as states prepare massive budget cuts

By Phyllis Steele, 18 May 2020

SEIU pushes through sellout contract after blocking strike by Illinois nursing home workers

By Jessica Goldstein, 18 May 2020

Little Rock, Arkansas transit workers laid off amidst COVID fears

By Cordell Gascoigne, 18 May 2020

Canada: Ontario government ignored workers’ complaints at poultry plant hit by fatal COVID-19 outbreak

By Roger Jordan, 18 May 2020

“The idea of school and teaching right now fills me with anxiety, dread and stress... it usually fuels me with joy, excitement and happiness”
Australian teachers speak out about unsafe schools and excessive workloads

By Sue Phillips, 18 May 2020

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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。

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Latin Amerika COVID-19’un yeni merkez üssü oluyor

Bill Van Auken, 16 Mayıs 2020

Brezilya ve Meksika hükümetleri, kapitalistlerle birlikte, kâr çıkarlarını ilerletmek için işçileri hastalık ve ölüm riskiyle fabrikalara ve işyerlerine dönmeye zorluyor.

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Илон Маск и экономика классовой войны

Эван Блейк, 16 мая 2020 г.

Своим решением незаконно возобновить производство на заводе Tesla во Фримонте, штат Калифорния, Маск вынуждает 10 тысяч рабочих вернуться к работе в небезопасных условиях.

Россия объявляет об окончании связанных с COVID-19 карантинных мер, хотя страна стала второй в мире по числу заражений

Андреа Питерс, 16 мая 2020 г.

В настоящий момент число коронавирусных заражений в России больше, чем где-либо в мире, за исключением Соединенных Штатов и Испании.

Бывший президент Грузии Саакашвили становится советником украинского правительства

Джейсон Мелановски, 16 мая 2020 г.

Политическое возвращение крикливо антироссийского и карикатурного Саакашвили на Украину является признаком глубокого кризиса украинской олигархии.

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Четвертый Интернационал предупреждает о планах союзников по антигитлеровской коалиции навязать «жесткий мир» разрушенной Европе

16 мая 2020 г.

Менее чем через неделю после официальной капитуляции нацистской Германии 7 мая мировое троцкистское движение, Четвертый Интернационал, выступило с предупреждением о решимости союзных держав, включая США, Великобританию и Советский Союз, навязать Европе «жесткий мир», направленный против революционных устремлений масс.

New in Portuguese

América Latina surge como novo epicentro da COVID-19

Bill Van Auken, 16 Maio 2020

O continente americano superou a Europa em casos de coronavírus, mesmo enquanto os governos e os patrões ampliam a sua campanha pelo retorno ao trabalho.

Trabalhadores famintos na Bolívia se chocam com tropas enviadas pelo regime golpista

Tomas Castanheira, 16 Maio 2020

Em meio ao crescimento da epidemia de COVID-19 na Bolívia, o "governo interino" autoproclamado por Jeanine Áñez promove uma escalada de repressão estatal.

A administração Trump contra a ciência

Patrick Martin, 16 Maio 2020

O ataque do presidente ao seu principal conselheiro para pandemia do novo coronavírus, Anthony Fauci, faz parte de um apelo às forças mais retrógradas e reacionárias para que apoiem a política mortal de “reabertura” da economia dos EUA.

New in Spanish

El Gobierno de Trump contra la ciencia

Patrick Martin, 16 mayo 2020

El ataque del presidente contra su principal asesor sobre el coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, es parte de una apelación a las fuerzas más atrasadas y reaccionarias para apoyar la mortal política de “reabrir” la economía estadounidense.

A medida que el número global de muertes por coronavirus supera las 300,000
Denunciante de Estados Unidos advierte que el regreso prematuro al trabajo traerá "enfermedades y muertes sin precedentes"

Bryan Dyne 16 mayo 2020

El Dr. Rick Bright advirtió ayer que la pandemia tiene el potencial de eclipsar la devastación causada por la gripe de 1918 que a nivel mundial reclamó más de 50 millones de vidas"

Los tambores del nacionalismo económico están sonando más fuerte

Nick Beams, 16 mayo 2020

Una serie de comentarios publicados en el New York Times en los últimos días apunta al aumento del nacionalismo económico dentro del establishment político de los EE.UU. cuya lógica es la guerra contra China.

COVID-19: Mélenchon ofrece unidad nacional con los bancos de Francia

Anthony Torres y Alexandre Lantier, 16 mayo 2020

Mélenchon aclama la Unión Sagrada entre la ultraderecha y la socialdemocracia en la Primera Guerra Mundial como modelo para mantener la cohesión social a pesar de las muertes masivas por el COVID-19.

New in French

Le gouvernement Trump contre la science

Patrick Martin, 16 mai 2020

L’attaque lancée par Trump contre son principal conseiller en matière de coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, s’inscrit dans l’appel du président américain aux forces les plus réactionnaires et arriérées pour qu’elle soutiennent sa politique meurtrière de «réouverture» de l’économie.

«Manifestations corona» en Allemagne: les néo-nazis main dans la main avec les libéraux, les chrétien-démocrates et le Parti de gauche

Peter Schwarz, 16 mai 2020

Le dirigeant du FDP (libéraux) en Thuringe, Thomas Kemmerich, a participé à une manifestation contre les mesures adoptées pour lutter contre le coronavirus. Comme les autres mobilisations semblables en Allemagne, elle était dominée par l’extrême droite

Les transcriptions déclassifiées de l'enquête Mueller confirment qu’aucune preuve de collusion n’existe entre WikiLeaks et la Russie

Thomas Scripps, 16 mai 2020

Le Parti démocrate, les services de renseignements américains et les grands médias avaient affirmé sans ambages la «connexion russe».

L'épidémie de SRAS de 2003: comment l'élite canadienne a gâché une occasion de se préparer à la pandémie de COVID-19

Omar Ali, 16 mai 2020

La réponse désastreuse du Canada à la pandémie est d'autant plus criminelle vu l'impact du SRAS et les promesses répétées du gouvernement que le système de santé du pays serait bien préparé à tout futur nouveau virus.

New in Norwegian

Trump-administrasjonen versus vitenskap

Patrick Martin, 16. mai 2020

Presidentens angrep på hans øverste koronavirusrådgiver Anthony Fauci er del av en appell til de mest bakovervendte og reaksjonære kreftene om å støtte den livsfarlige politikken for å «gjenåpne» den amerikanske økonomien.

Der globale dødstall for koronavirus passerer 300 000Amerikansk varsler advarer mot for tidlig gjenopptakelse av arbeid, som kan forårsake «usette mengder sykdom og død»

Bryan Dyne, 16. mai 2020

Dr. Rick Bright advarte på torsdag for at pandemien «har potensial til å overgå ødeleggelsene påført av influensaen i 1918, som globalt krevde over 50 millioner liv».

Ytterligere tre millioner amerikanske arbeidere søker ledighetsbidrag, tilsammen 36 millioner på to måneder

Trévor Austin, 16. mai 2020

På onsdag rapporterte Federal Reserve-styreleder Jerome Powell at 40 prosent av de amerikanske husholdningene som henter inn under $ 40 000 i året mistet ei inntekt i mars.

Deklassifiserte utskrifter fra Mueller-etterforskningen bekrefter at det ikke forelå bevis for at WikiLeaks samspilte med Russland

Thomas Scripps, 16. mai 2020

«Russland-forbindelsen» ble hårdnakket påstått av Det demokratiske partiet, representanter for amerikanske etterretningstjenester og foretaksmediene.

Den økonomiske nasjonalismens trommer bankes kraftigere

Nick Beams, 16. mai 2020

En serie kommentarer publisert i New York Times de siste dagene peker på fremveksten av økonomisk nasjonalisme i det amerikanske politiske etablissementet, der logikken er krig mot Kina.

New in German

US-Präsident Trump leugnet wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse

Patrick Martin, 16. Mai 2020

Mit dem Angriff auf den medizinischen Berater Dr. Anthony Fauci mobilisiert Trump die rückständigsten Kräfte der Gesellschaft, um Unterstützung für die tödliche „Öffnung“ der amerikanischen Wirtschaft zu erhalten.

US-Whistleblower warnt: Voreilige Rückkehr an die Arbeit wird zu „nie dagewesenem Anstieg von Erkrankten und Todesopfern“ führen

Bryan Dyne, 16. Mai 2020

Laut Dr. Rick Bright hat die Coronavirus-Pandemie „das Potenzial, die durch die Spanische Grippe von 1918 ausgelöste Katastrophe mit mehr als 50 Millionen Toten in den Schatten zu stellen“.

Corona-Pandemie: Wachsender Widerstand gegen Rückkehr an die Schulen

Andy Niklaus und Carola Kleinert, 16. Mai 2020

In Sachsen und Nordrhein-Westfalen werden die Abstandsregeln in Schulgebäuden außer Kraft gesetzt und Lehrkräfte in Risikogruppen zurück in die Schulen beordert.

Die Ultima Ratio der EU: Mit Schießbefehl und Coronavirus gegen Flüchtlinge in Griechenland

Katerina Selin, 16. Mai 2020

Griechische Soldaten setzen Tränengas, Blendgranaten, Gummigeschosse und auch scharfe Munition gegen Flüchtlinge ein, die im Niemandsland zwischen den beiden Nachbarländern Griechenland und Türkei festsitzen.

Schweden: Verzicht auf Covid-19-Maßnahmen führt zu Massensterben in Seniorenheimen

Jordan Shilton, 16. Mai 2020

Schwedens hohe Sterblichkeitsrate ist auf den offiziellen Widerstand gegen eine Abriegelung und Massentests zurückzuführen. Auch hat die jahrzehntelange Sparpolitik das Gesundheitswesen und andere wichtige Dienstleistungen ruiniert.

Geschichtsfälschung im Dienst der Identitätspolitik: „Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution“ von Brendan McGeever
Teil 1

Clara Weiss, 16. Mai 2020

Das Buch verfälscht die Geschichte und argumentiert für Identitätspolitik und gegen eine sozialistische Revolution als Vorbedingung für die Überwindung von Rassismus und Antisemitismus.

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

World health conference dominated by US-China conflict as coronavirus spreads across the globe

19 May 2020

Washington sought to turn Monday’s annual conference of the World Health Organization into an arena for its relentless campaign to scapegoat China.

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The coronavirus pandemic

Back-to-work drive places countless thousands at risk

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2020

Market and profits impede COVID-19 vaccine effort

By Frank Gaglioti, 18 May 2020

The murderous pseudoscience of “herd immunity”

By Andre Damon, 16 May 2020

The Trump administration vs. science

By Patrick Martin, 15 May 2020

Capitalist economics and the politics of death

By David North, 11 May 2020

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Commentary

Trump official blames high US coronavirus death toll on the diversity that “unfortunately” exists in the population

By Jacob Crosse, 19 May 2020

The fascistic comment is the latest attempt by the Trump administration to find an excuse for its catastrophic performance in the COVID-19 pandemic.

US Fed report reveals depth of financial crisis it helped create

By Nick Beams, 18 May 2020

On “This Week” news show, Sanders urges supporters to vote for Biden

By Jacob Crosse, 18 May 2020

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Biden-Sanders “unity task force” ahead of 2020 elections

By Genevieve Leigh, 14 May 2020

More than three million individual readers have accessed the World Socialist Web Site since the beginning of 2020

By David North and Andre Damon, 27 April 2020

FBI and Department of Justice reject Freedom of Information Act document request by SEP National Chairman David North

the WSWS Editorial Board, 20 February 2020

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

Arts Review

Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider: The pioneer of electronica (1947-2020)

By Paul Bond, 19 May 2020

The cultural background of a disoriented avant-garde in the aftermath of World War II and the division of Germany helped shape the music of Schneider and his peers.

Television adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere: Small change, in fact

By Joanne Laurier, 18 May 2020

Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York: A little more of an edge than usual

By David Walsh, 16 May 2020

Fetch the Bolt Cutters: One small step for Fiona Apple

By Erik Schreiber, 15 May 2020

Beethoven’s opera Fidelio for a new online audience of millions

By Bernd Reinhardt, 14 May 2020

25 years ago: Clinton and Republicans move forward with historic budget cuts

On May 18, 1995, the United States House of Representatives passed its version of the deficit reduction plan by a vote of 238 to 193, with eight Democrats joining the Republican majority.

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50 years ago: East and West German leaders hold summit

On May 21, 1970, Chancellor Willy Brandt of West Germany and Premier Willi Stoph of East Germany met in Kassel, a city in the West German state of Hesse near the border with East Germany.

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75 years ago: British wartime coalition government ends

On May 21, 1945, the British Labour Party voted to withdraw support for the Conservative Party government of Winston Churchill, ending a de facto wartime coalition.

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100 years ago: Battle between coal miners and company thugs in Matewan, West Virginia

On May 19, 1920, West Virginia coal miners confronted agents from the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency who had been hired by the Stone Mountain Coal Company to evict miners and their families from company housing.

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Workers Struggles

St. Paul nurse fired by Allina Healthcare in dispute over lack of protective equipment
Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 May 2020

A registered nurse at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota was fired May 8 after raising concerns over lack of PPE and the shutting out of health care workers over discussion on safety issues.

UK: COVID-19 confirmed among ASOS warehouse workers

By Tony Robson, 14 May 2020

ASOS worker in UK speaks on unsafe conditions in warehouse

Australian pseudo-left groups try to rescue university union from outrage over sellout deal

By Carolyn Kennett and Mike Head, 14 May 2020

Ohio University lays off 140 workers amid massive statewide cuts to higher education

By Katy Kinner, 14 May 2020

Mounting worker opposition to Quebec’s reckless back-to-work drive

By Louis Girard, 14 May 2020

New York University grad students go on three-day sickout
For the formation of rank-and-file strike committees! Break with the UAW and the Democratic Party!

Science

Thirty years of the Hubble Space Telescope

By Bryan Dyne, 2 May 2020

Trump executive order asserts US property rights in outer space

Science vs. Trump: The dangerous promotion of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19

By Benjamin Mateus, 13 April 2020

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

The New York Times' 1619 Project

The Times’ 1619 Project is damned with faint praise
Hannah-Jones receives Pulitzer Prize for personal commentary, not historical writing

By Tom Mackaman and David North, 9 May 2020

The Pulitzer awards took no notice of the New York Times’ pretentious claims that the 1619 Project is an important contribution to the understanding of American history. It granted Hannah-Jones an award for “Commentary.”

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Obituary

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dead at 90

27 February 2020

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

26 February 2020

Free Julian Assange

Declassified Mueller investigation transcripts confirm no evidence WikiLeaks colluded with Russia

By Thomas Scripps, 15 May 2020

The “Russian connection” was baldly asserted by the Democratic Party, US intelligence officials and the corporate media

Assange extradition hearing rescheduled for September

By Thomas Scripps, 5 May 2020

Assange extradition hearing delayed following defence appeal

By Thomas Scripps, 28 April 2020

Application for delay in Assange extradition hearing as COVID-19 sweeps through UK prisons

By Alice Summers, 27 April 2020

A year since the arrest of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

Ten years since WikiLeaks published Collateral Murder

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Book Review

Brendan McGeever’s Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution: Distorting history in the service of identity politics
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By Clara Weiss, 13 April 2020

This is the second part of a two-part review.

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Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan SEP holds online meeting on COVID-19 pandemic

By our reporters, 13 April 2020

SEP General Secretary Wije Dias exposed the Rajapakse government’s reactionary response to the disaster and outlined a revolutionary socialist program for the working class.

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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

As more workers test positive for COVID-19, Amazon ignores demands to close warehouses

By Tom Carter, 25 March 2020

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.

Amazon workers in New York City shut down warehouse after worker tests positive for coronavirus

By Shuvu Batta, 21 March 2020

Defend public education!

No Layoffs! No Cuts!
A fighting strategy to defend public education in San Diego’s Sweetwater Union High School district

By Evelyn Rios, 9 March 2020

The Socialist Equality Party calls on teachers, students and parents to form independent rank-and-file and neighborhood committees throughout the city to organize opposition to austerity and social inequality.

San Ysidro, California high school students walk out to oppose attacks on public education

Joseph Kishore – Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 7 March 2020

On Friday, March 6, hundreds of students at San Ysidro High School in San Diego, California walked out to oppose budget cuts and attacks on public education.

As support for wildcat strike spreads
Unions work to defeat UC-Santa Cruz grad student strike

By Jonathan Burleigh, 27 February 2020

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Trotskyism and China

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

History of the ICFI

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International