Growing wave of protests across the US against school openings

By Evan Blake, 13 August 2020

Across the US, thousands of teachers, education workers, parents and students are mobilizing to oppose the unsafe reopening of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York educators and students denounce Governor Cuomo’s push to reopen schools

New York Governor Cuomo sanctions statewide reopening of schools

Germany reopens its schools: An experiment in herd immunity

Wall Street continues to feed on death and economic devastation

By Nick Beams, 13 August 2020

Since the crisis of mid-March when the market plunged and the financial system froze, Wall Street’s S&P 500 index has risen by 50 percent on the back of government corporate bailouts and the pumping out of trillions of dollars by the Fed.

Schools make students sign liability waivers acknowledging risk of death

By Sam Wayne and Usman Khan, 12 August 2020

Colleges and K-12 schools across the US have sent letters to parents and students, requiring liability waivers be signed before students can return for in-person classes.

Diversions, posturing as school board votes to reopen school in small-town Massachusetts

By Joseph Mario, 13 August 2020

Scituate, a small coastal town south of Boston, is one example of broader situation in the state, where Governor Baker has pushed for schools to fully reopen in the fall.

More on the back to school drive »

US Supreme Court rules ballot access petitioning must proceed during coronavirus pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 13 August 2020

In a one paragraph order with no legal explanation provided, the US Supreme Court overturned a decision by a trial judge in Oregon relaxing ballot access requirements in consideration of the restrictions imposed on public interaction during the pandemic.

Report charges US-Saudi arms sale ignored civilian casualties

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2020

The report on the $8.1 billion arms deal came amid fresh reports from Yemen of atrocities caused by US-supplied Saudi warplanes and munitions.

UK in record recession as social catastrophe looms

By Thomas Scripps, 13 August 2020

The working class must reject all demands for sacrifice to save the economy.

Germany: SPD nominates Finance Minister Scholz as its candidate for chancellor

By Peter Schwarz, 13 August 2020

Scholz’s nomination is a signal to the financial oligarchy and the right-wing elements in the state apparatus that they can rely on the SPD without reservation.

“This is a modern-day sweatshop”
Amazon workers speak out against inadequate safety measures

By our reporters, 13 August 2020

As the company makes money hand over fist from the pandemic's boost to online retail sales, hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers labor for long hours in unsafe conditions at Amazon's fulfillment centers.

Washington, DC transit system faces massive budget shortfall as it resumes near pre-pandemic service levels

By Harvey Simpkins, 13 August 2020

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is currently losing $2.5 million in revenue each weekday because of a 90 percent drop in ridership on its bus and rail lines.

Canada and the United States resume aluminum tariff war

By Carl Bronski, 13 August 2020

An unholy alliance of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, the federal Liberal government, and the United Steelworkers and Unifor trade unions is whipping up Canadian nationalism to justify retaliatory tariffs in answer to Trump’s “America First” protectionism.

New outbreak of COVID-19 in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 13 August 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government failed to undertake mass testing and left the country unprepared for a second outbreak of COVID-19.

South Asian governments ignore millions of monsoon flood victims

By Wimal Perera, 13 August 2020

While the suffering of flood-hit people mount amid the monsoon rains, South Asian governments refuse to provide them necessary assistance.

Beirut disaster highlights dangerous ammonium nitrate stockpiles in regional Australian city

By Patrick Davies, 13 August 2020

Orica stores between 6,000 and 12,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate at its Kooragang facility just three kilometres from Newcastle’s central business district.

12 August 2020

Analysis shows 54,000 “excess deaths” in US, pointing to coronavirus death toll of 200,700

By Kate Randall, 12 August 2020

After White House, Congress cut aid to unemployed, evictions and food lines spread across the US

By Jacob Crosse, 12 August 2020

“We need to be the ones making the decision about when and how to reopen”
Oklahoma schools reopen amid growing opposition from teachers

By Mitch Marcus and Phyllis Steele, 12 August 2020

Ford Chicago Assembly workers launch Rank-and-File Safety Committee to save lives

By the Ford Chicago Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 12 August 2020

Protests, crackdown follow Belarus elections

By Jason Melanovski and Andrea Peters, 12 August 2020

French government ends social distancing requirements in schools as classes set to resume

By Will Morrow, 12 August 2020

Australia: Rising number of COVID-19 infections in Sydney schools

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 August 2020

Reject Johnson’s lies that UK schools are safe! For a general strike to block the reopening of schools

By Tania Kent, 12 August 2020

Johnson government deploys armed forces against refugees making Channel crossings

By Tony Robson, 12 August 2020

Bringing Afghanistan home:
Canada’s military launched operation to “shape” opinion amid pandemic

By Roger Jordan, 12 August 2020

Hospital fire in southern India kills 10 COVID-19 patients

By Arun Kumar, 12 August 2020

Germany deports Roma family to Moldova despite life-threatening conditions

By Carola Kleinert, 12 August 2020

Over a million jobs lost in Spain amid coronavirus pandemic

By Alice Summers, 12 August 2020

Armed forces and fascist gangs mobilized against blockades in Bolivia

By Tomas Castanheira, 12 August 2020

College football season in doubt after Big Ten and Pac-12 postpone fall sports

By Andy Thompson, 12 August 2020

More on autoworkers struggles »

New in German

Die Verschwörung der herrschenden Klasse für Schulöffnungen: Profit gegen Wissenschaft

Genevieve Leigh, 13. August 2020

Die wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse sind eindeutig: Die Wiedereröffnung der Schulen unter den gegenwärtigen Bedingungen wird zu unzähligen Todesfällen unter Schülern, Eltern, Lehrern und in der ganzen Arbeiterklasse führen.

Schulstart im Regelbetrieb: eine „menschenverachtende Politik“

Carola Kleinert und Gregor Link, 13. August 2020

Mit der Rückkehr zum Präsenzunterricht bedient die rot-rot-grüne Berliner Landesregierung entgegen der Bedenken seriöser Virologen ungeniert die Forderungen der Wirtschaft. Lehrer und Eltern reagieren entsetzt.

Berlin: Hauptstadt der Kinderarmut, prekären Arbeitsverhältnisse und Massenarbeitslosigkeit
Ergebnis von 30 Jahren kapitalistischer Wiedervereinigung

Wolfgang Weber, 13. August 2020

Berlin wird von den wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Folgen der Corona-Politik der regierenden Koalition aus SPD, Linke und Grünen mit voller Wucht getroffen.

Proteste und Polizeigewalt nach den Wahlen in Belarus

Jason Melanovski und Andrea Peters, 13. August 2020

Der westliche Imperialismus versucht, die gewaltsame Unterdrückung der Proteste durch die Lukaschenko-Regierung für seinen Kriegskurs gegen Russland auszunutzen.

Faschistische Todesschwadronen in Deutschland bereiten Massenmorde vor

Jordan Shilton, 13. August 2020

In einer gewaltigen rechten Verschwörung horten Polizisten, ehemalige Offiziere und rechtsextreme Agenten riesige Mengen an Munition und Waffen, errichten „Safe Houses“, identifizieren politische Gegner und beschaffen notwendige Hilfsmittel, um heimlich Leichen zu entsorgen.

New in Norwegian

Oligarkiets politikk: Føderal ankedomstol blokkerer SEPs utfordring av antidemokratiske lover for valgdeltakelse i California

Joseph Kishore – Socialist Equality Partys presidentkandidat i USA, 10. august 2020

Responsen fra styringsklassen og dens stat på SEPs juridiske utfordring er bestemt av ett politisk motiv: Hold sosialister av stemmeseddelen!

Massivt raseri bryter ut etter eksplosjonen i Beirut-havn

Jean Shaoul, 10. august 2020

Sikkerhetsstyrker brukte på torsdag tåregass for å spre demonstrasjon mot regjeringen i nærheten av parlamentet.

Domstolen avviser å høre SEP-kandidatenes anke i søksmålet om stemmerettigheter i California før valgsedlene går i trykken

Shuvu Batta, 10. august 2020

Et panel av tre dommere ved den føderale ankedomstolen Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals har avvist en anmodning fra Socialist Equality Partys kandidater Joseph Kishore og Norissa Santa Cruz om at deres anke må bli hørt før stemmesedler trykkes i California.

Tidligere australsk statsminister: Se opp for kanonene i august i Asia

Peter Symonds, 10. august 2020

Kevin Rudd argumenterer for at faren for krig mellom USA og Kina er større enn på noe tidspunkt siden 1950-tallet, og advarer for at risikoen «vil være spesielt høy» under oppløpet til det amerikanske presidentvalget.

New in Portuguese

Forças armadas e bandos fascistas mobilizados contra bloqueios na Bolívia

Por Tomas Castanheira, 13 Agosto 2020

A demanda pela queda do regime de Áñez, que chegou ao poder em novembro do ano passado através de um golpe apoiado pelos EUA, ganha apoio popular crescente.

New in Spanish

La conspiración de la clase dirigente para reabrir las escuelas: Ganancias versus ciencia

Por Genevieve Leigh, 13 agosto 2020

La ciencia es clara: la reapertura de las escuelas bajo las condiciones actuales resultará en incontables muertes d estudiantes, padres, maestros y la clase obrera más ampliamente.

Fuerzas armadas y bandas fascistas se movilizan contra bloqueos en Bolivia

Por Tomas Castanheira, 13 agosto 2020

La demanda de la caída inmediata del régimen de Áñez, llevado al poder en el golpe de estado respaldado por EE.UU. en noviembre pasado, está ganando cada vez más apoyo popular.

Más de un millón de empleos perdidos en España en medio de la pandemia de coronavirus

Por Alice Summers, 13 agosto 2020

Otro millón de trabajadores están todavía en ERTEs en España, y probablemente pasen a engrosar las filas de los desempleados cuando este plan llegue a su fin en otoño.

COVID-19: Una bendición para Bezos y una pesadilla para los trabajadores

Por Shuvu Batta, 13 agosto 2020

Mientras los trabajadores luchan por unas condiciones de trabajo seguras y un salario adecuado, Amazon ha aprovechado las oportunidades de negocio abiertas por COVID-19.

New in French

La conspiration de la classe dirigeante pour la réouverture des écoles: le profit contre la science

Genevieve Leigh, 13 août 2020

La science est claire sur ce point: la réouverture des écoles dans les conditions actuelles entraînera d’innombrables décès parmi les élèves, les parents, les enseignants et, plus généralement, dans la classe ouvrière.

France: le gouvernement met fin aux exigences de distanciation sociale dans les écoles alors que les cours vont reprendre

Will Morrow, 13 août 2020

L’analyse des plans de rentrée scolaire met en évidence le caractère frauduleux et essentiellement meurtrier de la politique du gouvernement Macron.

États-Unis : une analyse fait état de 54.000 «décès excédentaires», indiquant un nombre de 200.700 décès dus au virus

Kate Randall, 13 août 2020

Une nouvelle analyse montre que le nombre de décès dus au coronavirus a probablement été sous-estimé de 37 pour cent.

New in Mandarin

社会阶级、资本主义与乔治·弗洛伊德的谋杀

Niles Niemuth, 2020年8月3日

就像过去常常发生的那样,政治建制和媒体在鼓吹一种种族叙事,以此来掩盖警察暴力背后的社会和经济基础,来将大众的愤怒从资本主义制度上转移开来。

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。

New in Turkish

Beyrut limanı yangını: Lübnanlı işçilere karşı işlenen bir suç

Jean Shaoul, 7 Ağustos 2020

Salı günü öğleden sonra Beyrut limanı bölgesini tamamen saran feci yangın, Lübnan’ın aşırı zengin egemen sınıfına uzun zamandır duyulan öfkeyi körüklemiş durumda.

New in Russian

Проамериканская либеральная оппозиция продвигает в ходе российских протестов линию на усиление региональных властей

Клара Вайс, 7 августа 2020 г.

Политическая интервенция проамериканской «либеральной» оппозиции направлена прежде всего на то, чтобы повернуть против Путина верхушку среднего класса и олигархии и склонить их к правому «дворцовому перевороту».

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

The selection of Kamala Harris and the degradation of American politics

13 August 2020

There is something incredibly degrading and shameful about the whole process, testifying to the intellectual and cultural collapse of American politics.

Earlier Perspectives »

Obituary

Bernard Bailyn, historian of American colonial and revolutionary periods, 1922–2020

By Tom Mackaman, 13 August 2020

Bailyn leaves behind a significant body of work that broadened the understanding of the intellectual conceptions that found expression in the American Revolution.

Commentary

The coronavirus pandemic and capitalism
Russia’s vaccine intensifies global struggle for profits and geopolitical advantage

By Barry Grey, 13 August 2020

Vladimir Putin’s announcement Tuesday that Russia has officially approved a COVID-19 vaccine has intensified the global conflict between national powers and pharmaceutical giants to be the first to mass produce and market a vaccine for the deadly virus.

Biden picks former law-and-order prosecutor Kamala Harris to be his Democratic running mate

By Patrick Martin, 12 August 2020

Who is Democratic Senator Kamala Harris?

By Dan Conway, 12 August 2020

Biden’s blueprint for a right-wing presidency: Part one

Biden’s blueprint for a right-wing presidency: Part two

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

1 August 2020

Why is the US doing less and less COVID-19 testing?

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

31 July 2020

75 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By Bill Van Auken, 6 August 2020

James P. Cannon on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “An unspeakable atrocity”

7 August 2020

The founder of American Trotskyism warned in August 1945 that the atomic bombs dropped on Japan placed before humanity the alternative of “socialism or annihilation.”

The ruling-class conspiracy to reopen schools: Profit versus science

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 August 2020

Germany: Did AfD-related public prosecutors cover up right-wing extremist attacks in Berlin?

By Katerina Selin, 11 August 2020

Trump’s illegal power grab and the specter of American Bonapartism

By Andre Damon, 10 August 2020

Workers have a right to know about COVID-19 in their plants!

Statement of the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 10 August 2020

UK: For a general strike against the reopening of schools

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 8 August 2020

For a nationwide general strike to halt the drive to reopen schools!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 5 August 2020

Elon Musk discovers Das Kapital

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

Socialist Equality Party (US)

Now available
The Fourth International and the Perspective of World Socialist Revolution: 1986–1995

12 August 2020

The paperback edition of this critical book on the history of the Fourth International is now available.

Arts Review

The debut of Coriky, a new band featuring members of Fugazi and The Evens

By Matthew Brennan, 13 August 2020

The new self-titled album distributes a considerable amount of opposition and anger across 11 songs. The results are uneven.

Producers push reckless resumption of North American film production in face of pandemic

By Lee Parsons, 11 August 2020

Theater on your personal device
The Line movingly conveys health care workers’ struggles during the pandemic

By Erik Schreiber, 7 August 2020

New York Times calls for de facto racial quotas in classical music

By Fred Mazelis, 5 August 2020

Workers Struggles

Dominican public defenders in three-day strike; workers at DSI Tunneling in Louisville, Kentucky, walk out
Workers Struggles: The Americas

11 August 2020

Dominican public defenders have completed a three-day strike over delays in salary payment while over 2,000 workers who build customized tunneling equipment in Kentucky have been out since August 4.

“They have a multi-billion dollar corporation, and they work us to death”
Indiana Faurecia workers denounce unsafe conditions, forced overtime

By Tim Rivers, 11 August 2020

GM Spring Hill workers speak out against unsafe conditions amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ex-UAW regional director forced to resign amid harassment investigation

Peru reopens economy as thousands of miners contract COVID-19

By Mauricio Saavedra, 11 August 2020

“They spout in the news ‘thank you to health care heroes’ but what thanks do we get?”
US nurses’ poll shows appalling working conditions in the pandemic

By Julian James, 11 August 2020

“They are treating us all like pawns—we are the ones who suffer”
Health care workers rally across UK against unsafe conditions

USPS centralizes leadership as step towards privatization and possible election fraud

By Shuvu Batta, 11 August 2020

“This is war, and we have to fight”
USPS workers speak out against privatization drive

As US cruise industry delays operations until November, thousands of seafarers remain stranded

By Tom Casey, 11 August 2020

Reject whitewash report into London bus driver coronavirus deaths! For rank-and-file health and safety committees!

By Laura Tiernan and Miles Driver, 8 August 2020

Transport for London coronavirus bailout prepares tube privatisation

25 years ago: Indictments in Oklahoma City bombing

On August 10, 1995, a federal grand jury handed down indictments against the two main suspects in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in which 168 people died.

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50 years ago: New York prisoners riot against conditions

On August 10, 1970, prisoners held in the Manhattan House of Detention, or “The Tombs,” rioted against inhospitable conditions and attacks on their democratic rights in the vastly overcrowded jail.

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75 years ago: Japan surrenders after nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On August 15, 1945 the Japanese imperial regime officially declared that it would surrender to the United States, days after the American military dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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100 years ago: Polish troops break through Red Army lines outside of Warsaw

On August 16, 1920, Polish troops counterattacked against the Red Army outside Warsaw, the Polish capital, and threatened to encircle it.

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SEP US presidential election campaign

The politics of oligarchy: Federal appeals court blocks SEP challenge to anti-democratic ballot access laws in California

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US President, 8 August 2020

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to hear Socialist Equality Party candidates’ appeal in California voting rights case until after ballots are printed

By Shuvu Batta, 6 August 2020

Socialist Equality Party sues California and Michigan for ballot access

SEP candidates file brief replying to Governor Whitmer in Michigan ballot access appeal

By Kevin Reed, 4 August 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan Trotskyists hold final online election meeting

By our correspondents, 6 August 2020

Vote for SEP candidates in the Sri Lankan national elections! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and socialist internationalism!

Sri Lanka: TNA election manifesto prepares imperialist-backed deal with President Rajapakse

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

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

“How war and dictatorship are prepared at universities”
Well-attended online meeting concludes IYSSE election campaign at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

By our reporters, 4 August 2020

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

Internet Censorship

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

25 August 2017

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

Free Julian Assange

Ten years since WikiLeaks published the Afghan war logs

By Oscar Grenfell, 31 July 2020

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 »

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

Autoworkers Struggles

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.

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.

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.