Work stoppages against COVID-19 spread to FCA Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

By Jerry White, 28 June 2020

On Saturday evening, workers at the Fiat Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, just north of Detroit, refused to work after learning that a material handler had tested positive for COVID-19.

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

The mounting struggles by workers against the back-to-work drive highlight the immense power of the working class in the fight to halt the deadly pandemic and the corporate-government attack on jobs and living standards.

Production stoppage continues Friday at Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North auto plant in Detroit over COVID-19

General Motors lays off 680 workers and eliminates third shift at its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant

Riverside Community Hospital nurses strike in California

By Kevin Martinez, 26 June 2020

Nurses in the SEIU have launched a 10-day strike to protest staffing cuts while their for-profit hospital chain has received government bailouts.

Brazilian health care workers strike for PPE and risk bonus

By Brunna Machado, 27 June 2020

On Thursday, health care professionals in the Brazilian state of Piauí started an indefinite strike as their counterparts in Rio de Janeiro launched protests.

Brazilian government hides scale of COVID-19 pandemic to promote criminal reopening

More on autoworkers struggles »

As pandemic rages, Trump administration calls on Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 27 June 2020

An overturn of the Affordable Care Act would wipe out health care coverage for as many as 23 million Americans.

New York City police commissioner defends vehicular assault on protesters

By Erik Schreiber, 27 June 2020

Secure in the knowledge that city and state officials will support him, Commissioner Dermot Shea testified that officers who drove into a crowd of protesters last month did not violate department policy on the use of force.

New York City officials accused of undercounting and mismanagement after dozens of homeless COVID-19 deaths reported

By Sam Dalton, 27 June 2020

A new report gives an insight into the consequences of the city authorities’ malign neglect as the virus spread amongst the homeless in the center of global finance.

COVID-19 cases rise in Louisiana but governor refuses to reverse economic reopening

By Emma Arceneaux, 27 June 2020

The state's Democratic governor says restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping malls, gyms and many other businesses can operate at 50 percent occupancy.

WHO warns of “very significant” coronavirus resurgence in Europe

By Will Morrow, 27 June 2020

The resurgence is driven by governments’ reopening policy, whose aim is the full resumption of corporate profit-making, regardless of the threat to workers.

British government suppressed daily pandemic death toll by thousands

By Simon Whelan, 27 June 2020

The government suppressed the extent of COVID-19 fatalities because its policies created the conditions for tens of thousands of needless deaths.

Back-to-work policy accelerates spread of COVID-19 in Turkey

By Çetin Akın, 27 June 2020

The number of daily cases, which fell to 786 on June 2, the lowest level since the outbreak began, is again at 1,500.

Indonesia passes 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

By Owen Howell, 27 June 2020

Indonesia’s coronavirus crisis is accelerating disastrously, even as the government pursues its criminal plans to reopen businesses and risk workers’ lives for profit.

Dole Foods in Ohio hit by 230 COVID-19 cases as food processing plants globally are ravaged by infections

By Alex Findijs, 27 June 2020

Food processing plants around the world continue to be hit by mass infections, even in countries that had largely stopped the spread of the disease.

Australia’s US-backed anti-China witch hunt escalates with raid on MP’s home

By Mike Head, 27 June 2020

The operation is another step towards branding anyone who challenges Australia's involvement in the US offensive against Beijing as a “foreign agent.”

CIA releases TV recruiting ad for streaming video services

By Kevin Reed, 27 June 2020

The CIA has released a TV commercial portraying the agency as a diverse workplace and appeals to young people to become US spies.

Why the rush to end the Canadian military’s deployment in coronavirus-ravaged nursing homes?

By Laurent Lafrance, 27 June 2020

From the start, the military’s more than 20,000-strong COVID-19 deployment has been focused on protecting the interests of Canadian imperialism, at home and abroad.

British Airways workers denounce company “offer” to slash pay and conditions

By John Newham and Laura Tiernan, 27 June 2020

BA workers must break free of the corporatist grip of the unions and fight for rank-and-file committees to organise joint action with airline workers across the globe.

UK government refuses support to unemployed migrant workers facing destitution during pandemic

By Harvey Singh, 27 June 2020

Although exact figures are difficult to obtain, it is estimated that up to 250,000 children could directly be threatened with poverty due to the “no recourse to public funds” status of their parents.

UK Labour leader Keir Starmer uses bogus anti-Semitism accusation to sack Rebecca Long-Bailey

By Robert Stevens, 27 June 2020

The move demonstrates that no criticisms of the Israeli government will be allowed in the Labour Party and that Starmer will deal decisively with what remains of the Corbynites.

Global trade unions issue empty calls for cruise and shipping seafarer action

By Tom Casey, 27 June 2020

An estimated 28,000 cruise ship crew members remain stranded at sea on ships all over the globe following restrictions implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Against public opposition, Michigan Democrats and Republicans push for unsafe reopening of schools

By Mitch Marcus, 27 June 2020

Both Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-controlled legislature have fully committed to the reopening of in-person schooling, in line with the demands of automakers and other big businesses.

US professional sports confront an opponent that may be unbeatable: COVID-19

By Alan Gilman, 27 June 2020

Major League Baseball plans to begin play during the pandemic, but as with the other professional sports, and college football, the hope of resuming in the midst of the pandemic seems delusional.

26 June 2020

US Supreme Court rules recent asylum seekers have no right to habeas corpus or due process

By Eric London, 26 June 2020

Trump signs reactionary proclamation expanding immigration restrictions

Coronavirus spreads across US, surging to highest single-day count of new cases

By Kevin Reed, 26 June 2020

Another 1.5 million US workers file for jobless benefits

By Jerry White, 26 June 2020

COVID-19 ravages southeastern United States

By Cordell Gascoigne, 26 June 2020

Nurses and support staff at HCA Healthcare set to strike California hospital over cuts and PPE shortages

By Benjamin Mateus, 26 June 2020

Coronavirus accelerating in Africa as cases top 300,000

By Stephan McCoy, 26 June 2020

In letter to the Lancet, doctors condemn torture of Assange and demand his release

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 June 2020

Wirecard: The German economy sinks into criminality

By Peter Schwarz, 26 June 2020

Germany’s Verdi trade union supports jobs massacre at department store chain

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 26 June 2020

Five cruise ships detained by UK revealing atrocious conditions of seafarers

By Paul Bond, 26 June 2020

Parliamentary report exposes widespread fire-safety failings three years on from Grenfell Tower inferno

By Alice Summers, 26 June 2020

Australian military deployed in Melbourne as COVID-19 infection rate surges

By Martin Scott, 26 June 2020

No talks as Bath shipyard strike in Maine enters day five

By Shannon Jones, 26 June 2020

US: Bath shipyard workers strike over subcontracting and job cuts

New York City mayor de Blasio threatens 22,000 municipal worker layoffs

By Fred Mazelis, 26 June 2020

Ahmaud Arbery’s killers indicted on murder charges in Georgia

By Matthew MacEgan, 26 June 2020

US police received over $760 million of military gear in the past two years

San Diego city council approves $27 million increase in police budget, pledges millions for an Office of Race and Equity

By Linda Rios, 26 June 2020

Quebec court acquits fascist who led mob in threatening journalists

By Hugo Maltais, 26 June 2020

New Zealand Police brutally attack young man in Auckland

By Tom Peters, 26 June 2020

Australian police assault Aboriginal man with taser

Australian unions support Queensland Labor government’s public sector wage freeze

By Gary Alvernia, 26 June 2020

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.

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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 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.

New in Mandarin

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 Spanish

Al triplicarse los casos de COVID-19, las élites latinoamericanas avanzan la campaña de regreso al trabajo

Andrea Lobo, 27 junio 2020

Las clases gobernantes en la región más desigual del mundo han basado su respuesta a la pandemia y la crisis económica que desencadenó protegiendo su riqueza y privilegios a toda costa.

La Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos dictamina que los solicitantes de asilo recientes no tienen derecho al hábeas corpus o al debido proceso

Eric London, 27 junio 2020

Al igual que en el caso Dred Scott contra Sandford, la Corte Suprema tomó la decisión antidemocrática más amplia posible.

El coronavirus se propaga a lo largo de los EE. UU., aumentando al mayor número de casos nuevos en un solo día

Kevin Reed, 27 junio 2020

El número de nuevos casos de coronavirus confirmados en los EE.UU. marcó un récord de un día el jueves mientras la pandemia se extendía y aumentaba en los estados del sur y el oeste.

Veinticinco años desde la muerte de Ed Winn

Fred Mazelis, 27 junio 2020

El dos veces candidato presidencial de la Liga Obrera, Ed Winn luchó por los principios marxistas en toda la clase obrera estadounidense e internacional. Fue un trabajador de tránsito de la ciudad de Nueva York durante 22 años.

La economía alemana se hunde en la criminalidad

Peter Schwarz, 27 junio 2020

El director general de la empresa fue arrestado en relación con la desaparición de 1.900 millones de euros (2.000 millones de dólares).

Otros 1,5 millones de trabajadores estadounidenses solicitan beneficios de desempleo

Jerry White, 27 junio 2020

El Departamento de Trabajo de los EE.UU. registró un récord de catorce semanas seguidas en las que el número de solicitudes de ayuda por desempleo superó el millón.

En una carta a The Lancet, médicos condenan la tortura de Assange y exigen su liberación

Oscar Grenfell, 27 junio 2020

Los médicos señalan que desde la última vez que escribieron a la prestigiosa revista médica en febrero, el abuso de los derechos del fundador de WikiLeaks no ha hecho más que intensificarse.

Se acelera el coronavirus en África, donde ya hay más de 300.000 casos

Stephan McCoy, 27 junio 2020

La Organización Mundial de la Salud ha advertido de que hasta 10 millones de personas se infectarán en los próximos tres a seis meses y de que 300.000 personas morirán en el continente africano.

New in Portuguese

Enquanto casos de COVID-19 triplicam em um mês, elites da América Latina impulsionam campanha de retorno ao trabalho

Andrea Lobo, 27 Junho 2020

As classes dominantes na região mais desigual do mundo têm baseado sua resposta à pandemia e à crise econômica estimulada por ela na proteção de suas riquezas e privilégios a todo custo.

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

“Back to work” campaign in the US has led to surge in COVID-19

27 June 2020

The resurgence of the pandemic was the entirely foreseeable outcome of the homicidal campaign by the Trump administration, with the support of the Democrats and the media, to force workers back into factories and workplaces.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Statements

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

Autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit are taking a stand to defend our lives and the lives of our families.

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

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

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

Commentary

YDSA develops ties with SYRIZA youth, Greek party of austerity and police repression

By Sam Wayne, 27 June 2020

Members of the Young Democratic Socialists of America have published a joint statement with the youth section of SYRIZA, the “Coalition of the Radical Left.”

The Salisbury Poisonings: Skripal drama framed as anti-Russian propaganda

By Thomas Scripps, 27 June 2020

The BBC’s three-part The Salisbury Poisonings uses drama as state propaganda and is designed to reignite the Skripal affair that dominated UK politics in 2018.

As COVID-19 cases triple in a month, Latin American elites press ahead with back-to-work campaign

By Andrea Lobo, 26 June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and the global plight of refugees and migrant workers

New York Times column: Pandemic shows need to curtail “unnecessary” and “wasteful” doctor’s visits

Ten years since the US-backed coup against Australian Labor PM

By Mike Head, 24 June 2020

Science

Contact tracing and capitalism’s response to the pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 June 2020

As the globe rapidly approaches ten million cases of COVID-19, the United States continues to ignore any public health measures to contain the pandemic.

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.

Arts Review

British actor Ian Holm (1931–2020): Classical performance adapted for the screen

By Paul Bond, 27 June 2020

It is difficult not to see his subsequent representation of a character’s inner life as being drawn from his family background.

Veteran curator at New York’s Metropolitan Museum latest to come under racialist attack
Institution accused of “white supremacy and culture of systemic racism”

By David Walsh, 26 June 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

SEP (Australia) June 30 online lecture
The 1985–86 split with the WRP and the renaissance of Marxism

27 June 2020

The split ranks among the most crucial strategic experiences of the Trotskyist movement and the international working class.

Book Review

The Room Where it Happened: John Bolton’s account of the “palace coup” opposition to Trump

By Andre Damon, 26 June 2020

Workers Struggles

Indian and Pakistani health workers strike over coronavirus safety; Australia Paper maintenance workers locked out
Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

27 June 2020

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

As COVID-19 spreads in Minnesota, Wisconsin warehouses
Amazon worker’s job in limbo after seeking to take time off for injury

By Nick Barrickman, 25 June 2020

Detroit nurses’ lawsuit exposes horrific conditions at Sinai-Grace Hospital as COVID-19 deaths spiked

By Kevin Reed, 25 June 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb throughout US
Hundreds of thousands of Illinois workers forced to risk health for profits under “Phase 4” of economic reopening

By Jessica Goldstein, 25 June 2020

London bus drivers’ lives threatened by union collusion on inadequate COVID-19 measures

By Laura Tiernan, 25 June 2020

Unite union facilitates cover-up of COVID-19 outbreak in UK meat processing plants

By Tony Robson, 25 June 2020

California Democrats collaborate with state employees union to cut workers’ wages by 11 percent

By Alan Gilman, 25 June 2020

SEP US presidential election campaign

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.

Socialist Equality Party challenges undemocratic ballot access laws in Michigan

By Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidates for president and vice president, 20 June 2020

SEP candidates Kishore and Santa Cruz file federal lawsuit challenging ballot access laws in Michigan

SEP launches petition to appear on the presidential ballot in Illinois

Oppose all public education budget cuts, layoffs and the unsafe reopening of schools! For a socialist program to fully fund and vastly expand public education!

By Joseph Kishore--Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, 23 June 2020

Andreja Pejić interviews Joseph Kishore on Instagram

The Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate spoke about the multiracial protests against police violence, identity politics, and the way forward for the international working class.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan SEP to hold first election rally online on June 28

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24 June 2020

The SEP meeting will discuss the crucial political developments in Sri Lanka and internationally and the tasks before the Sri Lankan working class.

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

By Wije Dias, 22 June 2020

Wije Dias, General Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka, delivered the main speech at an online meeting on the global protests against the police killings and moves towards autocratic methods of rule.

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 »

25 years ago: Germany sends troops into the Balkans

On June 26, 1995, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl announced the decision to deploy German troops into the Balkans for the first time since Hitler’s Wehrmacht invaded the region in 1941.

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50 years ago: Alexander Dubček expelled from the Communist Party

Alexander Dubček, former First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, was expelled from membership on June 26, 1970.

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75 years ago: Victory parade in Moscow celebrates defeat of Nazi Germany

On June 24, 1945, more than 40,000 Red Army soldiers marched through Moscow in one of the largest military parades held to that point in the Soviet Union.

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100 years ago: British gunboats kill 1,000 in Turkish city of Izmit

On June 26, 1920, the British Royal Navy bombarded the city of Izmit on the shore of the Sea of Marmara, killing over 1,000 Turkish nationalist troops.

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Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

SEP (Australia) June 23 online lecture
The ICFI and the war against Pabloism

19 June 2020

The lecture will review the international political context of the emergence of Pabloism, a national-opportunist tendency within the Fourth International.

June 7 Online Meeting

History

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

By Shannon Jones, 11 June 2020

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.