Over 700 Joliet, Illinois nurses go on strike for better wages and safe working conditions

By Benjamin Mateus and Kate Randall, 6 July 2020

Strikes of health care workers are part of a growing global response of workers across industries to the dangers posed by government back-to-work drives.

Two US aircraft carriers in war games in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 6 July 2020

The “high-end” exercises sought to test US naval capabilities in a conflict with China involving both offensive operations using war planes and the defence of the ships from any counter-attack.

The US COVID-19 toll to hit 3 million cases as Texas health system nears collapse

By Benjamin Mateus, 6 July 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases will reach 3 million today, and the pandemic surge is straining health systems across the south and southwest.

Over 300 children catch COVID-19 in Texas daycares

By Nick Barrickman, 6 July 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases among children and staff members has skyrocketed since the state began reopening facilities in May.

Trump rails against Marxism and “international socialism”

By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2020

With his campaign trailing in the polls, the US president is resorting more and more to openly fascistic appeals.

US labor secretary says “reopening” will proceed in face of surging pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 6 July 2020

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia declared that “Our workplaces can be very safe places to be,” even as hospitalizations broke records in states across the country.

Brazil’s coronavirus cases top 1.5 million amid record unemployment

By Tomas Castanheira, 6 July 2020

From March to May, some eight million workers lost their jobs, and more than half of the country’s working age population have become unemployed.

More than 170 killed in accident at Myanmar jade mine

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 July 2020

The disaster has highlighted the perilous conditions confronting oppressed miners in the industry, which provides large profits to sections of the country’s military-dominated regime.

Vigils in New Zealand demand freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 6 July 2020

The Socialist Equality Group’s Tom Peters spoke at one of the Wellington vigils, which was part of global protests held to mark the jailed WikiLeaks founder’s birthday.

Seattle protester killed after being struck by car driving wrong way on closed interstate

By Jacob Crosse, 6 July 2020

Police blamed protesters after a man drove into a peaceful demonstration early Saturday morning, killing one person and critically injuring another.

New Jersey growers refuse to test migrant farm workers for COVID-19

By Erik Schreiber, 6 July 2020

The decision not to test these laborers, many of whom have traveled from states with rising rates of infection, creates the conditions for a public health disaster.

The future of the global cruising industry: Layoffs, pay cuts and prolonged misery for crews

By Tom Casey, 6 July 2020

Cruise corporations are cutting jobs and denying workers repatriation to save their profits.

How corporations and government finance the German trade unions

By Ulrich Rippert and Marianne Arens, 6 July 2020

With the pandemic, which has led to the deepest international economic crisis since the 1930s, the role of unions as tools of the corporations is taking on a new dimension.

British government reimposes welfare benefits sanctions as pandemic continues and unemployment rockets

By Simon Whelan, 6 July 2020

By June, the number of job center claimants had risen by 126 percent since the start of the pandemic, to 2.8 million.

Australian police confine Melbourne public housing residents indoors after COVID-19 outbreak

By Patrick O’Connor, 6 July 2020

The state Labor government opted for a police operation instead of having medical staff, social workers, and people in the community lead the necessary preventive measures.

Australian Labor Party vote falls further in by-election

By Mike Head, 6 July 2020

The biggest swings against Labor occurred in Queanbeyan, a largely working-class city neighbouring Canberra, the national capital.

4 July 2020

As COVID-19 pandemic explodes out of control
Trump gives fascistic rant at Mount Rushmore event held in defiance of health experts

By Barry Grey, 4 July 2020

Millions in the US face catastrophe as federal unemployment relief set to expire amid surging pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 4 July 2020

Pandemic spirals out of control in South Africa, India, Brazil

By Bryan Dyne, 4 July 2020

Thousands of delivery workers strike across Brazil and other Latin American countries

By Brunna Machado and Letícia Silva, 4 July 2020

Zimbabwe nurses strike as economic crisis brings threat of second coup and military dictatorship

By Stephan McCoy, 4 July 2020

Naming new French prime minister, Macron coordinates austerity with unions

By Alex Lantier, 4 July 2020

Spain participated in failed 2019 US coup in Venezuela

By Alejandro López, 4 July 2020

Bath Iron shipyard workers face stepped-up attacks as strike continues

By Shannon Jones, 4 July 2020

Riverside, California: HCA nurses strike continues as coronavirus takes its toll

By Alex Johnson, 4 July 2020

Riverside, California Nurses strike continues as ICU beds reach capacity

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

Southeastern US continues to mark substantial rise in coronavirus cases

By Cordell Gascoigne, 4 July 2020

HPAE union betrays New Jersey nurses’ fight for PPE and better pay

By Erik Schreiber, 4 July 2020

UAW and General Motors downplay outbreaks of COVID-19 at US auto plants

By Jessica Goldstein, 4 July 2020

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

Caterpillar slashes jobs in Illinois, rewards corporate shareholders

Workers in Germany express their solidarity with striking Fiat Chrysler workers

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

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French unions collaborate with employers to impose mass layoffs as COVID-19 crisis deepens

By Will Morrow, 4 July 2020

Residents of Sheboygan, Wisconsin protest police murder of man with mental illness history

By Jacob Crosse, 4 July 2020

Trump administration gives private equity firms access to 401(k) retirement funds

By Gabriel Black, 4 July 2020

City University of New York lays off 2,800 adjuncts in wave of austerity

By Elliott Murtagh, 4 July 2020

UK pubs reopen in “Super Saturday”: A criminal act

By Thomas Scripps, 4 July 2020

Tories resurrect cynical “Clap for Carers” on 72nd anniversary of the NHS

By Rory Woods, 4 July 2020

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

By Jean Shaoul, 4 July 2020

German defence minister plans more effective organization of army’s far-right elite force

By Peter Schwarz, 4 July 2020

Australian government seeks to place country on war footing

By Mike Head, 4 July 2020

Australia: Melbourne’s coronavirus outbreak continues to spread despite localised lockdown

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 July 2020

“Deep cleaning” in Australian schools: Image and reality

By Carolyn Kennett, 4 July 2020

Sri Lankan president orders Central Bank to give more credit to big business

By Saman Gunadasa, 4 July 2020

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支持国际工人阶级对抗COVID-19大流行病的行动!

第四国际国际委员会的声明, 2020年6月29日

只有一场来自国际工人阶级的反对资本主义的独立政治干预 才能结束COVID-19大流行带来的大规模死亡

工人阶级、社会主义与抗击大流行病

David North, 2020年6月18日

在第四国际创始文件《过渡纲领》中,列昂·托洛茨基将1936-1937年大萧条期间在美国爆发的静坐罢工描述为 “美国工人为了将自己提升到历史给予他们的那些任务的水准所做的本能努力”。

华尔街以死亡为宴

大卫.诺斯, 2020年5月3日

昨天,4月14日,全球因COVID-19大流行造成的死亡总数超过126,000。在美国,周二有2400多人死亡,使全国受害者总数达到26000。这些官方数字无疑大大低于因冠状病毒感染而死亡的实际人数。

伦敦工人拼死与冠毒作战 富豪纷纷撤离

Michael Barnes, 2020年5月9日

早在新冠病毒大流行之前,伦敦就已是英国丑恶的不平等的中心。如今它不可避免地成为英国疫情的震中。这座城市是整个英国社会阶级分化的集中范例。

New in Turkish

İsrail Batı Şeria’nın geniş bölümünü ilhak etmeye hazırlanıyor

Jean Shaoul, 4 Temmuz 2020

Başbakan Binyamin Netanyahu, bu hafta, Filistin’in Batı Şeria topraklarının en önemli kısımlarını ilhak etme niyetini ilan etmeye hazırlanıyor.

New in Portuguese

Greve massiva de entregadores se espalha pelo Brasil e países da América Latina

Brunna Machado e Letícia Silva, 4 Julho 2020

Milhares de entregadores de aplicativo fizeram uma greve, na última quarta-feira, para exigir melhores condições de trabalho, em mais de 10 capitais brasileiras, além de cidades da Argentina e do México.

Tirem as mãos de Lincoln e da Estátua da Emancipação! Defender o legado da Guerra Civil!

Niles Niemuth, 4 Julho 2020

A decisão unânime da Comissão de Arte de Boston de remover a estátua de Abraham Lincoln e um escravo liberto que comemora o fim da escravidão é um ataque reacionário ao legado progressista da Guerra Civil.

New in French

Castex à Matignon: Macron prépare l’austérité avec les syndicats français

Alexandre Lantier, 4 juillet 2020

Jean Castex a comme mission de coordonner avec les syndicats l’austérité draconienne que Macron compte imposer au milieu de la pandémie de COVID-19.

dans un article va-t-en-guerre
Le New York Times invente un complot meurtrier russe

Patrick Martin, 4 juillet 2020

La frénésie de Washington contre la Russie a été déclenchée par une campagne de propagande mensongère lancée par le New York Times.

Le taux de chômage américain baisse, mais des millions de personnes restent sans emploi ou face à des baisses de salaire

Jerry White, 4 juillet 2020

Malgré les affirmations de Trump selon lesquelles «l’économie est en plein essor», le chômage reste à un niveau de dépression alors que la réouverture des entreprises a produit une vague de cas COVID-19.

Des centaines de milliers de mineurs de charbon indiens lancent une grève de trois jours contre une privatisation

Arun Kumar, 4 juillet 2020

Face à une crise économique énormément exacerbée par la pandémie et la réponse de classe égoïste de l’élite dirigeante, le gouvernement Modi avance à marche forcée son “saut quantique” de “réformes” en faveur des investisseurs.

La nouvelle inculpation de Julian Assange aux États-Unis n'a pas été signifiée aux tribunaux britanniques

Thomas Scripps, 4 juillet 2020

Dans un autre tournant kafkaïen, la procédure judiciaire britannique se poursuit sur la base d'un acte d'accusation qui a été remplacé et n'a donc aucune valeur juridique aux États-Unis.

New in Spanish

El New York Times inventa un complot asesino ruso

Patrick Martin, 4 julio 2020

El frenesí en Washington contra Rusia ha sido desatado por una campaña propagandística de mentiras iniciada por el New York Times.

La tasa de desempleo en Estados Unidos baja, pero millones siguen desempleados o enfrentan recortes salariales

Jerry White, 4 julio 2020

A pesar de las afirmaciones de Trump de que "la economía está volviendo a rugir", el desempleo se mantiene en niveles de depresión, mientras que la reapertura de empresas ha producido una oleada de casos de COVID-19.

El precedente Assange en acción
Periodista australiano amenazado con ser procesado por exponer crímenes de guerra en Afganistán

Oscar Grenfell, 4 julio 2020

Al igual que Assange, el periodista de la Corporación Australiana de Radiodifusión, Dan Oakes, se enfrenta a un proceso judicial por publicar pruebas de crímenes de guerra en el Afganistán.

"Vuelve a ser como antes de que revelara las cosas", dice denunciante
A medida que los vuelos aumentan, los trabajadores de las aerolíneas se enfrentan a más peligros por COVID-19

Steve Filips, 4 julio 2020

A pesar de que la pandemia sigue aumentando, las aerolíneas siguen presionando para que se aumenten los vuelos. American Airlines ha reanudado la reserva de sus vuelos a su capacidad el 1 de julio. United Airlines, que nunca bloqueó asientos ni limitó su capacidad, añadirá 25.000 vuelos en agosto.

Un funcionario de la Reserva Federal de EE.UU. advierte de la posibilidad de una crisis financieras

Nick Beams, 4 julio 2020

Habiendo aumentado la riqueza de la oligarquía financiera, en medio de la devastación económica para la gente trabajadora, la Reserva Federal está considerando activamente dar a los ricos aún más apoyo.

Las plantas de procesado cárnicas propagan el coronavirus en Carolina del Norte

Rosa Shahnazarian, 4 julio 2020

Tanto los demócratas como los republicanos son cómplices de ocultar la magnitud de la crisis del coronavirus en las instalaciones rurales de envasado de carne y aves de corral de Carolina del Norte y sus alrededores.

Gobierno australiano revela aumento de gasto militar dirigido contra China

Mike Head, 4 julio 2020

En la próxima década se gastarán 575.000 millones de dólares en las fuerzas armadas, incluyendo una ampliación de 270.000 millones de dólares en armamento militar, con "capacidades de ataque de largo alcance".

Primarias en EE.UU. muestran una mayor polarización política

Patrick Martin, 4 julio 2020

Mientras ambos partidos patronales, tanto los demócratas como los republicanos, se trasladan a la derecha, el grueso de la población gira hacia la izquierda.

New in German

Die New York Times erfindet ein russisches Mordkomplott

Patrick Martin, 4. Juli 2020

Auslöser der antirussischen Raserei in den USA ist eine lügnerische Propagandakampagne der New York Times.

Wie Konzerne und Regierung die Gewerkschaften finanzieren

Ulrich Rippert und Marianne Arens, 4. Juli 2020

Die Unternehmen nutzen die Corona-Krise für den massenhaften Abbau von Arbeitsplätzen und drastische Sozialkürzungen. Sie können sich dabei auf eine enge Zusammenarbeit mit den Gewerkschaften und ihren Betriebsräten stützen.

Auch BMW kündigt Milliardenkürzungen an

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 4. Juli 2020

Auf die gut 90.000 BMW-Arbeiter in Deutschland kommen Lohnkürzungen zu, tausende Leiharbeiter verlieren ihren Job.

Abstimmung über Verfassungsänderungen in Russland:
Kreml will Befugnisse des Präsidenten stärken

Wladimir Wolkow und Clara Weiss, 4. Juli 2020

Am 1. Juli ging eine siebentägige Abstimmung über Verfassungsänderungen zuende, die der russische Präsident Wladimir Putin im Januar vorgeschlagen hatte.

„So viele Patienten hätten nicht sterben müssen“
Interview mit einer Atemtherapeutin über den Horror der Covid-19-Pandemie am Elmhurst-Krankenhaus in New York

Clara Weiss, 4. Juli 2020

„Im März hätten nicht so viele Patienten sterben müssen, wenn wir mehr Personal und bessere Beatmungsgeräte gehabt hätten“ – das sagte eine Atemtherapeutin in einem Bericht über die erschreckenden Zustände unter Corona-Bedingungen am New Yorker Elmhurst-Krankenhaus.

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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 Norwegian

Etabler grunnplankomitéer på fabrikker og arbeidsplasser for å forhindre overføring av Covid-19-virus og redde liv!

Uttalelse fra Socialist Equality Party (USA), 22. mai 2020

Regjeringen og selskapene krever gjenopptakelse av arbeid midt under en pandemi, som hver uke krever flere tusen liv. Deres pådriv for profitter prioriterer ikke arbeideres og deres familiers helse og sikkerhet.

Trump-administrasjonen gjør Taiwan til sin seneste front i antiKina-kampanjen

Peter Symonds, 22. mai 2020

USA har provoserende hyllet gjenvalget av den taiwanske presidenten Tsai Ing-wen og presset på for Taiwans sak under det årlige ministermøtet for Verdens helseorganisasjon (WHO).

USA forbereder antiRussland-krigsspill midt under pandemien

Andrea Peters, 22. mai 2020

Om litt mer enn to uker vil 6 000 amerikanske og polske tropper simulere bakke og luftbårne angrep ca. 56 kilometer fra det russiske territoriet Kaliningrad.

Covid-19-pandemien avslører Frankrikes Nytt Antikapitalistisk Parti

Alex Lantier, 22. mai 2020

Pandemien setter arbeidere i alle land opp i en uforsonlig konflikt med de pro-imperialistiske middelklassepartiene som styringsklassen lenge har fremstilt som venstresiden.

New in Italian

La classe lavoratrice, il socialismo e la lotta contro la pandemia

David North, 1 aprile 2020

Gli scioperi e le proteste dei lavoratori di Instacart, Amazon e Whole Foods sono in risposta alla criminale subordinazione della sicurezza dei lavoratori ai profitti aziendali.

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Perspective

The significance of the July 4 online discussion, “The Place of the Two American Revolutions: Past, Present and Future”

6 July 2020

The World Socialist Web Site marked the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by hosting a discussion with five significant historians: Victoria Bynum, Clayborne Carson, Richard Carwardine, James Oakes and Gordon Wood.

Earlier Perspectives »

July 4th Online Discussion

The World Socialist Web Site celebrated the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by hosting a discussion with five eminent historians: Victoria Bynum, Clayborne Carson, Richard Carwardine, James Oakes and Gordon Wood. The event was moderated by Kings College professor Tom Mackaman and WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North.

Featured statements

The two American Revolutions in world history

By David North, 4 July 2020

Racial-communalist politics and the second assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Niles Niemuth and David North, 25 June 2020

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

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 22 June 2020

Hands off Lincoln and the Emancipation Memorial! Defend the legacy of the Civil War!

By Niles Niemuth, 3 July 2020

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

By Niles Niemuth, 1 July 2020

Socialist Equality Party

Vote SEP in the Sri Lankan general election
Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) to hold second online election rally

6 July 2020

The SEP’s online meeting will discuss critical political developments in Sri Lanka and internationally and the tasks facing the working class.

SEP (Australia) July 7 online lecture
A new period of socialist revolution and the tasks of the Fourth International

4 July 2020

The lecture will outline the contemporary significance of the Trotskyist movement’s fight for socialism internationalism, amid a breakdown of capitalism and an upsurge of the class struggle.

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

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

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

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

Sri Lankan president establishes military taskforce: Another step toward dictatorship

25 years ago: Thousands killed at Srebrenica massacre

On July 11, 1995, the Bosnian Serb takeover of the besieged town of Srebrenica began, leading to a mass killing of Bosnian Muslims that lasted the entire week.

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50 years ago: Police shoot 46 in Asbury Park riot

On July 7, 1970, police shot at demonstrators protesting against inequality and unemployment in the beach resort city of Asbury Park, New Jersey, wounding as many as 46.

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75 years ago: Soviet Union hands West Berlin to Britain and the US

On July 12, 1945, British and US troops took control of West Berlin, after it was formally relinquished by the Soviet Union the day before.

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100 years ago: Martial law in Beijing

On July 10, 1920, authorities under Duan Qirui, leader of the Anhui Clique of warlords, declared martial law in Beijing as forces from the Zhili Clique, led by Cao Kun, converged on the city.

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Commentary

Germany’s motto for the EU Council presidency: For militarism and war

By Johannes Stern, 4 July 2020

Why Canada’s media is fawning over the war criminal John Bolton

By Roger Jordan, 4 July 2020

The New York Times fabricates Russian murder plot

By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Arts Review

Neil Young’s Homegrown: Time capsule from the 1970s

By Kevin Reed, 4 July 2020

Inhuman Resources: In French Netflix series, an unemployed man takes extreme measures

By Joanne Laurier, 3 July 2020

SEP US presidential election campaign

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

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

Socialist Equality Party challenges undemocratic ballot access laws in Michigan

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

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

The 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

SEP launches petition to appear on the presidential ballot in Illinois

Workers Struggles

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

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

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

More on airline workers struggles »

Germany: Verdi trade union sells out Galeria Kaufhof Karstadt workers

By Justus Leicht and Wolfgang Weber, 2 July 2020

Science

Contact tracing and capitalism’s response to the pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 June 2020

Socialist Equality Party (US)

Twenty-five years since the death of Ed Winn

By Fred Mazelis, 26 June 2020

Twice the presidential candidate of the Workers League, Ed Winn fought for Marxist principles throughout the American and international working class. He was a New York City transit worker for 22 years.

Book Review

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

By Andre Damon, 26 June 2020

The New York Times' 1619 Project

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 6 September 2019

Mehring Books

Introduction to The Fourth International and the Perspective of World Socialist Revolution: 1986–1995

By Joseph Kishore, 19 June 2020

We are publishing here the introduction to the upcoming book The Fourth International and the Perspective of World Socialist Revolution: 1986–1995. The book consists of lectures on the development of the perspective and program of the International Committee of the Fourth International in the aftermath of the split with the British Workers Revolutionary Party in February 1986.

Free Julian Assange

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2020

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 June 2020

Journalists expose CIA spying on Assange and demand his freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 June 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

June 7 Online Meeting

History

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

By Shannon Jones, 11 June 2020

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

The History Channel’s Grant

By Tom Mackaman, 1 June 2020

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.

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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.