As stock indexes continue their climb
US unemployment supplement expires, setting the stage for mass hunger and homelessness

By Barry Grey, 1 August 2020

The congressional stalemate over an extension of the unemployment pay supplement, which is certain to result in the total elimination or a major cut in the benefit, is a declaration of war against the entire working population.

Fed chair Powell says backstop to markets to remain for a “very long time”

Department of Homeland Security assembles intelligence reports on US journalists covering Portland protests

By Jacob Crosse, 1 August 2020

Such reports have been traditionally used to share information regarding wanted criminals or terrorists across federal and local law enforcement agencies.

Plainclothes NYC police grab protester and throw her into unmarked car

Six months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global public health emergency

By Benjamin Mateus, 1 August 2020

Nearly 700,000 people have succumbed to the pandemic over the past six months.

India set to surpass two million COVID-19 cases within days

Record Australian COVID-19 deaths and infections

Indonesia passes 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Federal judge unseals documents from 2015 case against Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell

By Kevin Reed, 1 August 2020

US District Judge Loretta Preska ruled late Thursday to release documents from a defamation lawsuit brought by one of Epstein’s sexual abuse victims against Maxwell in 2015.

Ford Dearborn Truck Plant workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 pandemic

By the Ford Dearborn Truck Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 1 August 2020

The committee has appealed to its 5,000 co-workers, who build F-150 pickup trucks, to prepare joint action to fight the coronavirus and save lives.

COVID-19 deaths mount at GM plant and maquiladoras across Mexico

New prosecutor refuses to press charges against cop that killed Michael Brown

By Isaac Finn, 1 August 2020

St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Wesley Bell has announced that no charges would be filed against Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who shot Brown in 2014.

UK government forced to enact new restrictions after pandemic let loose

By Thomas Scripps, 1 August 2020

Around 4,200 people are catching COVID-19 each day in England, up 68 percent on the estimated 2,500 daily infections two weeks ago.

UK coronavirus infections and death rates increase as Johnson blames Europe

As COVID-19 ravages Brazil, governments promote homicidal reopening of schools

By Tomas Castanheira, 1 August 2020

The attempt by big business politicians to reopen schools in the country faces massive opposition from educators and working-class families.

Reopening of schools in Germany puts the lives of children and educators at stake

By Andrea Reissner, 1 August 2020

The situation is highly dangerous. Since the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, the number of cases in Europe, and in Germany, is once again on the rise.

Hundreds of thousands mobilize on social media to oppose US school reopenings

By Evan Blake, 31 July 2020

An explosion of opposition to the unsafe reopening of schools has developed on social media, primarily through dozens of Facebook groups with a combined global membership of over 300,000.

As opposition mounts to reopening of schools, US teacher union opposes national strike

Grenfell Tower inquiry reveals more criminality by corporations involved in refurbishment

By Charles Hixson, 1 August 2020

An entire culture within corporations, built up over decades, which viewed regulations as impediments to reaping greater profits was evident in Rydon’s testimony.

The coronavirus pandemic and the growing mental health crisis

By Ben Oliver, 1 August 2020

Dealing with the insidious uncertainty of COVID-19's spread is more like living with a domestic abuser or being deployed to a war zone.

Doctors at Michigan’s Beaumont Health submit no-confidence petition on eve of merger

By Stephen Fuller, 1 August 2020

A group of doctors at Michigan’s Beaumont Health system are submitting a no-confidence petition on the eve of a possible merger with Chicago-Milwaukee-based Advocate Aurora Health system.

Lawsuit exposes massive COVID-19 outbreak at privately-run immigrant detention center in Virginia

By Joe Williams, 1 August 2020

The Farmville Detention Center has the largest COVID-19 outbreak of all immigrant detainment facilities in the United States.

COVID-19 infections rapidly spread across Bangladesh

By Rohantha De Silva, 1 August 2020

The worsening coronavirus crisis in Bangladesh is a direct result of inadequate public health spending by successive governments.

Royal commission into Australia’s bushfires promotes greater use of the military

By Margaret Rees, 1 August 2020

The inquiry will ignore the underfunding of fire and emergency services while justifying rapid and expanded military interventions in domestic “emergencies.”

31 July 2020

Trump floats delaying election, both parties appeal to military as umpire

By Eric London, 31 July 2020

US COVID-19 death toll soars past 155,000, with one death every minute

By Kate Randall, 31 July 2020

“Capitalism is being exposed for what it is”
The school transportation crisis in the age of coronavirus

By Nancy Hanover, 31 July 2020

“Workers must stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough’”
Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls for emergency measures as COVID-19 surges in the plant

By Shannon Jones, 31 July 2020

Brook Park, Ohio autoworker describes conditions leading to rising COVID-19 infections at Ford Engine plant

By Katy Kinner, 31 July 2020

Japan raising tensions with Beijing in the East China Sea

By Ben McGrath, 31 July 2020

Record heatwave in Siberia and the burning danger of climate change

By Daniel Jakob, 31 July 2020

Report backing Johnson’s ending UK lockdown concludes: More “deaths and misery” are inevitable

By Robert Stevens, 31 July 2020

Talks between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union will end in job losses

By a socialist postal worker, 31 July 2020

At least 735 COVID-19 deaths confirmed in US prison system

By Sam Dalton, 31 July 2020

In latest attack on immigrants
Trump administration suspends DACA applications and renewals

By Sam Dalton, 31 July 2020

Louisiana restaurant worker dies of COVID-19 after collapsing on the job

By Aaron Murch, 31 July 2020

Consol cuts 233 jobs as US coal production falls to 1973 levels

By Samuel Davidson, 31 July 2020

Quebec Solidaire joins with the hard-right in promoting economic nationalism

By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 31 July 2020

Australian COVID-19 surge continues as epidemiologists urge stricter lockdown

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 July 2020

New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

By John Braddock, 31 July 2020

New in Portuguese

Os 10 anos da publicação dos arquivos da guerra do Afeganistão pelo WikiLeaks

Oscar Grenfell, 1 Agosto 2020

Os documentos ofereceram à população mundial uma visão inédita dos primeiros crimes de guerra do século XXI.

Carta Aberta de David North, presidente do Conselho Editorial do WSWS, ao CEO da Alphabet, Sundar Pichai

David North, 1 Agosto 2020

Esta carta de David North foi escrita em resposta ao depoimento de Pichai na Comissão do Judiciário da Câmara, onde ele reconheceu as denúncias do WSWS de censura pelo Google.

New in French

Trump évoque la possibilité de repousser les élections
Et les deux partis exigent que l’armée fasse l’arbitre

Eric London, 1 août 2020

Trump a affirmé sans fondement que l'élection serait entachée de fraude électorale alors que son nombre d’électeurs atteint un plancher historique.

Lettre ouverte de David North, président du WSWS, à Sundar Pichai, directeur général d'Alphabet

1 août 2020

Cette lettre de David North a été écrite en réponse au témoignage de Pichai, mercredi devant le Comité de la Chambre des représentants du Congrès sur le pouvoir judiciaire, dans lequel il reconnaît les plaintes du WSWS concernant la censure exercée par Google.

Des millions de gens font face à un désastre économique et social tandis que Wall Street fait la fête

Jerry White, 1 août 2020

Alors même que l’économie américaine a subi la plus forte contraction de son histoire et que le nombre de décès dus à la pandémie a dépassé 155.000, la fortune privée des milliardaires américains continue d’augmenter.

Les profits des sociétés avant la vie: les politiques de relance de l'Europe mettent en danger des millions de vies

Johannes Stern, 1 août 2020

Six mois après que l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a déclaré que le coronavirus était une urgence sanitaire mondiale, la situation en Europe est de nouveau hors de contrôle.

Malgré la pandémie, les grandes fortunes françaises ont triplé depuis 2010

Kumaran Ira, 1 août 2020

L’accumulation de richesses faramineux par une petite aristocratie financière est le produit de l’austérité imposée par tous les gouvernements successifs.

Québec: des extrémistes de droite prennent contrôle d’une manifestation d’employés de la santé – un avertissement aux travailleurs

nos reporters, 1 août 2020

La manifestation du 18 juillet dernier en banlieue de Montréal, initialement convoquée par des préposés aux bénéficiaires, a été envahie par une horde d’éléments ultra-nationalistes, brandissant des pancartes contre le port du masque et une marée de drapeaux québécois.

La France hébergerait de nombreux génocidaires rwandais

Jacques Valentin, 1 août 2020

Aloys Ntiwiragabo, chef des renseignements militaires du régime pro-français lors du génocide en 1994, vivait en France et recevait des courriers à son nom.

New in German

USA: Millionen in Existenznot, Wall Street scheffelt Gewinne

Jerry White, 1. August 2020

Obwohl die Konjunktur einbricht wie nie zuvor und die Zahl der Todesopfer durch Covid-19 bereits die Marke von 155.000 überschritten hat, wächst das Privatvermögen der amerikanischen Milliardäre weiter an.

Trump bringt Verschiebung der Präsidentschaftswahl ins Spiel

Eric London, 1. August 2020

Trumps Umfragewerte sind auf ein Rekordtief gesunken. Er stellt deshalb die haltlose Befürchtung in den Raum, die Wahl könnte durch Manipulationen diskreditiert werden. Sowohl die Republikaner als auch die Demokraten rufen das Militär als Vermittler an.

Jeder fünfte stationäre Corona-Patient in Deutschland ist gestorben

Marianne Arens, 1. August 2020

Eine deutschlandweite Untersuchung von über 10.000 Covid-19-Patienten hat eine hohe Sterblichkeit für jene ergeben, die in ein Krankenhaus oder eine Klinik eingewiesen wurden.

„Wie Krieg und Diktatur an den Universitäten vorbereitet werden“
Erfolgreicher Wahlkampfabschluss der IYSSE am KIT Karlsruhe

unseren Reportern, 1. August 2020

Am Donnerstag veranstalteten die IYSSE am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie eine internationale Paneldiskussion unter dem Titel: „75 Jahre nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg – Wie Krieg und Diktatur an den Unis vorbereitet werden.“

New in Turkish

Dünya Kapitalist Krizi ve Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Görevleri: DEUK’un 1988 Perspektifler Kararı’nın analizi

Andre Damon, 30 Temmuz 2020

Bu konferans, Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi’nin düzenli yazarı ve ABD’deki Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin önde gelen üyesi Andre Damon tarafından, 23 Temmuz 2019’da, Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (ABD) Yaz Okulu’nda verildi.

New in Russian

«Грамота — это чистые стекла на весь мир»
100 лет с момента создания Всероссийской чрезвычайной комиссии по ликвидации безграмотности

Патрик О'Коннор, 30 июля 2020 г.

Советская кампания по ликвидации безграмотности остается самой масштабной и успешной в мировой истории.

New in Mandarin

一个中国学生关于COVID-19疫情的来信

a correspondent, 2020年7月22日

这次疫情激起的危机还将造成怎样的长期的决定性的负面影响。

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 Spanish

EE.UU. adopta política de cambio de régimen en Beijing

Por Peter Symonds, 30 julio 2020

Al declarar la derrota de la “tiranía” china como un objetivo de la política exterior estadounidense, el Gobierno de Trump ha intensificado enormemente el enfrentamiento con China, haciendo prácticamente un llamado explícito a emprender un cambio de régimen.

Revienta la caza de brujas mccarthista sobre presunto antisemitismo en el Partido Laborista británico

Por Chris Marsden, 30 julio 2020

La oposición política a la represión criminal de los palestinos por parte de Israel está siendo convertida en una forma de antisemitismo, difamando y prácticamente ilegalizando una vasta porción de la opinión de izquierda.

¿Qué llevó al Frente de Izquierda (FIT) en Argentina a votar por prohibir críticas a Israel bajo pretexto de combatir el antisemitismo?

Por Andrea Lobo, 30 julio 2020

Los legisladores del FIT votaron a favor de un proyecto de ley introducido por la derecha macrista para adoptar una definición de antisemitismo que busca criminalizar la oposición a Israel.

El derretimiento de la capa de hielo antártica podría acelerarse rápidamente, provocando un aumento catastrófico del nivel del mar

Por Philip Guelpa, 30 julio 2020

El derretimiento de la capa de hielo de la Antártida podría acelerarse rápidamente, lo que llevaría a un aumento catastrófico del nivel del mar.

New in Norwegian

Trumps planer om å sende ut paramilitært politi på tvers av USA: Styringsklassen forbereder seg for borgerkrig

Patrick Martin, 23. juli 2020

Trump-administrasjonens planer om å utplassere føderale paramilitære styrker i amerikanske storbyer er en vesentlig opptrapping av angrepet mot demokratiske rettigheter og for oppbyggingen av politistat-styreformer.

EU-toppmøte enes om fond på € 750 milliarder for bankene og storforetakene

Will Morrow, 23. juli 2020

Avtalen tilrettelegger en ny inntektsstrøm for europeiske stater til å besørge utdelinger til storselskaper, og en ny nøysomhetsmekanisme for innstramminger på tvers av kontinentet.

Brev fra en student i Kina om Covid-19-pandemien

en korrespondent, 23. juli 2020

«Folk er bekymret for at de på toppen av vanskelighetene de allerede har gjennomlevd skal møte flere ukjente, langsiktige og negative konsekvenser av pandemien.»

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.

Other Languages

Perspective

Socialist Equality Party (US) National Congress adopts resolution on the coronavirus pandemic and the fight for socialism

1 August 2020

The Congress resolution provides an unequaled analysis of the crisis triggered by the pandemic, directed toward the development of socialist class consciousness and the independent action of the working class.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party (US)

SEP (US) Congress resolution
The global pandemic, the class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

1 August 2020

This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Sixth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, held July 19–24, 2020.

Stop Trump’s coup d’état! Mobilize the working class against authoritarianism and dictatorship!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 27 July 2020

Internet Censorship

Open Letter from WSWS Chairman David North to Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai

31 July 2020

This letter from David North was written in response to Pichai’s testimony on Wednesday before the House Committee on the Judiciary, in which he acknowledged complaints from the WSWS of censorship by Google.

An open letter to Google: Stop the censorship of the Internet! Stop the political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site!

Google suppressing World Socialist Web Site content in its search results for the New York Times’ 1619 Project

Featured Commentary

Universities prepare to blame students for COVID-19 outbreaks

By Trévon Austin, 1 August 2020

Universities are hoping the personal responsibility of students will be sufficient enough to contain outbreaks on campuses.

Millions face economic and social disaster as Wall Street celebrates

By Jerry White, 31 July 2020

Corporate profits before lives: Europe’s reopening policies endanger millions of lives

By Johannes Stern, 31 July 2020

Elon Musk discovers Das Kapital

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 29 July 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan SEP to hold online meeting to conclude its election campaign

1 August 2020

The SEP is the only party fighting for an international socialist perspective against deepening social inequality, the danger of imperialist war and the threat of dictatorship.

Growing demands that Sri Lankan defence secretary end the military harassment of SEP candidates

By our correspondents, 28 July 2020

Free Julian Assange

Ten years since WikiLeaks published the Afghan war logs

By Oscar Grenfell, 31 July 2020

The documents provided the world’s population with an unprecedented insight into the first war crimes of the 21st century.

UK MPs submit early day motion on Assange

Online documentary exposes the psychological torture of Julian Assange

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Arts Review

Olivia de Havilland, star of Hollywood’s “Golden Age,” dead at 104

By Hiram Lee, 31 July 2020

Shirley: A fictionalized account of writer Shirley Jackson’s life

By David Walsh, 29 July 2020

What is the New York Times up to at the Detroit Institute of Arts?

By David Walsh, 27 July 2020

Science

Three missions to Mars are now under way

By Don Barrett, 31 July 2020

Antarctic ice sheet melting could accelerate rapidly, leading to catastrophic rise in sea level

By Philip Guelpa, 27 July 2020

Commentary

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine racket

By Bryan Dyne, 30 July 2020

Corporate press promotes Susan Rice as Biden running mate

By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2020

Germany: “Voluntary military service in Homeland Security”—an invitation to neo-Nazis

By Peter Schwarz, 30 July 2020

US adopts policy of regime-change in Beijing

McCarthyite witch-hunt over alleged anti-Semitism explodes in British Labour Party

What led Argentina’s Left Workers Front (FIT) to vote for banning criticism of Israel under the guise of combatting anti-Semitism?

French state sues mayor for linking police repression to pro-Nazi Vichy regime

Russian pseudo-left provides neo-Stalinist justification for vendetta against historian Yuri Dmitriev

Workers Struggles

India: Punjab health workers strike for permanent jobs; Asahi auto glass-making workers strike in Chennai; Woolworths Distribution Centre workers locked out in Australia
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

1 August 2020

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

Auto parts worker dies at Michigan Faurecia plant of unexplained causes

By Tim Rivers, 30 July 2020

Israeli bus drivers’ strike over COVID-19 safety concerns

By Jean Shaoul, 30 July 2020

As other mid-Michigan corporations carry out layoffs
Dow Chemical announces plan to cut six percent of its global workforce

By Luke Galvin, 30 July 2020

Brazilian autoworkers strike after Renault fires 747 workers

By Tomas Castanheira, 25 July 2020

Vote “NO” to British Airways pilots’ contract! Form rank and file committees to oppose BALPA sell-out!

By Robert Stevens, 27 July 2020

SEP US presidential election campaign

Louisiana voters: Put the Socialist Equality Party on the ballot!

By the SEP election campaign, 30 July 2020

SEP files appeal to Federal Sixth Circuit Court in Michigan ballot access case

By Kevin Reed, 25 July 2020

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Germany: Stop right-wing terror! IYSSE student parliament campaign at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
“The Secret Service is the cockpit of right-wing terrorism”

By our reporter, 30 July 2020

Humboldt University student parliament condemns radical right-wing Professor Baberowski

By Helmut van Heiken, 13 July 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Australia: Committee for Public Education holds online forum on COVID-19 threat

By our reporters, 30 July 2020

Oppose the Melbourne public housing towers lock-in! For a health and welfare response, not a police mobilisation!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 9 July 2020

Organise teachers, parents and school staff committees to oppose reckless school reopening in Melbourne!

By the Committee for Public Education (Australia), 7 July 2020

“Deep cleaning” in Australian schools: Image and reality

25 years ago: Congress ends hearings on Waco siege

On August 1, 1995, the United States Congress completed week-long hearings on the Waco siege of 1993, designed to both placate and legitimize extreme right-wing groups which had made the Waco assault a cause célèbre.

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50 years ago: Cesar Chavez ends California strike

On July 29, 1970, the five-year-long Delano grape strike by agricultural workers came to an end.

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75 years ago: Massive US bombardment of Japan

On August 2, 1945, the US Air Force carried out its heaviest raids targeting Japanese cities to that point in World War II, with 800 B-29 bombers dropping an estimated 6,000 tons of incendiary bombs on Japanese cities.

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100 years ago: Communist Party of Great Britain founded

On July 31, 1920, the Communist Unity Convention, held at the Cannon Street Hotel in London, founded the Communist Party of Great Britain.

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Featured Statement

As COVID-19 spreads at Toledo Jeep and other plants
Build rank-and-file safety committees at every workplace to save lives!

By the FCA Jefferson North, Sterling Heights and Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 18 July 2020

The number of COVID-19 infections is rising all across the US, and emergency action has to be taken.

Rank-and-file safety committee demands immediate shut down
COVID-19 out of control at Toledo Jeep plant

Toledo Fiat Chrysler workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 rampage

History

“Palace letters” point to the plotting behind the 1975 constitutional coup in Australia

By Mike Head, 17 July 2020

“Literacy is a clean window onto the world ...”
100 years since formation of Soviet Extraordinary Commission for the Liquidation of Illiteracy

By Patrick O’Connor, 8 July 2020

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia) holds lecture series on the history of Trotskyism

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 July 2020

The lectures, now all available online, reviewed some of the fundamental lessons of the protracted struggle by the Trotskyist movement for socialist internationalism.

Tamil National Alliance offers to support Sri Lankan president’s autocratic rule

By Paramu Thirugnanasambanthar—lead SEP candidate for Jaffna district, 17 July 2020

Verfassungsschutz Report 2019: German secret service downplays threat of Nazi terrorism and attacks socialist politics

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 16 July 2020

As support widens for SEP defence campaign
Sri Lanka army commander says allegations of military harassment of northern election candidates are “false”

By our correspondents, 16 July 2020

Letters demand Sri Lankan defence secretary stop military harassment of SEP candidates

By our correspondents, 9 July 2020

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

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.

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

By David Walsh, 6 July 2020

The Legacy of the American Revolution and Civil War

The two American Revolutions in world history

By David North, 4 July 2020

An interview with Ed Achorn, author of Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

By Shannon Jones, 10 July 2020

Democrats’ denunciation of America’s revolutionary heritage provides an opening for Trump

By Niles Niemuth, 7 July 2020

Racial-communalist politics and the second assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Niles Niemuth and David North, 25 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.

June 7 Online Meeting

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

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.