First two weeks of US school reopenings lead to massive spread of COVID-19

By Zac Corrigan, 14 August 2020

Schools across the US continued to reopen for in-person classes this week, leading to the exposure of thousands of teachers and students to the deadly virus.

Mounting opposition against school openings in Germany

By Carola Kleinert and Gregor Link, 14 August 2020

While many teachers, parents and students are opposed to opening schools under unsafe conditions, administrators and politicians are arrogantly ignoring their concerns.

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

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

More on the back to school drive »

Congress adjourns for month-long vacation without action on US unemployment crisis

By Patrick Martin, 14 August 2020

The capitalist politicians will be holding their presidential nominating conventions while millions of workers have been cut off from federal benefits.

Australia: Residents left to die as COVID-19 sweeps through Victorian aged care facilities

By Clare Bruderlin, 14 August 2020

Aged care workers are being denied admission to hospitals, in a policy that amounts to social murder.

Beached Japanese cargo ship causes ecological disaster for Mauritius

By Tom Casey, 14 August 2020

The MV Wakashio began leaking thousands of metric tons of fuel after it collided with a coral reef barrier near the southern coast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

German court and state prosecutor ignore evidence of far-right terrorist network in Lübcke trial

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 14 August 2020

The long preparation time for the murder of Lübcke and the close connections of the defendants to the violent neo-Nazi scene strongly suggest that there were other confidants or accomplices.

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

France holds joint military exercises with Greece, threatening Turkey

By Ulaş Ateşçi and Alex Lantier, 14 August 2020

Mounting tensions between NATO powers threaten to blow up the alliance as the pandemic intensifies pre-existing conflicts over oil and strategic advantage.

Strikes spread in Belarus as EU, Washington step up pressure

By Andrea Peters, 14 August 2020

Belarusian workers across key industries have walked off the job in defiance of the government’s brutal crackdown.

Hundreds of thousands of A-Level results downgraded by UK government

By Thomas Scripps, 14 August 2020

The A-levels scandal has exposed the dirty secret of the British education system: that it is social class, not merit, that is really being graded.

“Our lives don't matter to Ford”: Tragic COVID-19 death of young contract worker covered up by management and the UAW

By Shannon Jones, 14 August 2020

The death of a young worker at the Ford Van Dyke transmission plant from COVID-19 is the inevitable outcome of the brutal profit drive of the car companies, aided by the United Auto Workers.

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

Indiana Faurecia auto parts workers launch Rank-and-File Safety Committee

By the Faurecia Gladstone Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 August 2020

Workers at the Faurecia Gladstone Plant in Columbus, Indiana, roughly 40 miles south of the state capital Indianapolis, have formed a rank-and-file committee in order to fight for safe and humane working conditions.

Unifor and Detroit Three open Canadian contract negotiations as more layoffs and plant closures loom

By Carl Bronski, 14 August 2020

The current concessions contracts, which were grudgingly ratified by workers in 2016, expire on September 21.

More on autoworkers struggles »

Oregon residents block unmarked ICE buses carrying detained immigrants

By Julio Patron, 14 August 2020

The standoff lasted around 12 hours in Bend, Oregon, until dozens of federal agents were deployed to disperse the protesters using pepper spray.

Big tech firms meet with US national security agencies in advance of November elections

By Kevin Reed, 14 August 2020

Nine of the largest tech firms in the US met with multiple government police and intelligence agencies on Wednesday to discuss “election security” in the campaign prior to and on election day in November.

Fascistic candidate wins Republican congressional nomination in Georgia

By Trévon Austin, 14 August 2020

Marjorie Taylor Greene, a multi-millionaire businesswoman and supporter of the QAnon conspiracy, will likely enter Congress from the heavily Republican 14th District of Georgia.

US health insurance companies reap billions as COVID-19 pandemic inflicts death and destitution

By Alex Johnson, 14 August 2020

The largest healthcare chains, including Anthem, Humana, and UnitedHealth Group, have reported second-quarter earnings at double the rate from the same period last year.

Wisconsin immigrant meat packing workers fired in retaliation for protesting over unsafe working conditions

By Rafael Azul, 14 August 2020

After employing the workers for years, management suddenly informed the targeted workers that they were not authorized to work in the US.

Two Utah protesters face life in prison

By Chase Lawrence, 14 August 2020

Madalena McNeil and Marvin Oliveros are charged with daubing the Salt Lake City district attorney’s office with red paint.

Sri Lankan prime minister admits US is behind Colombo Port deal with India

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 14 August 2020

The Colombo Port workers’ struggle has demonstrated that the US and India want Sri Lanka tied to their strategic and military moves against nuclear-armed China.

Former Malaysian prime minister’s conviction deepens political crisis

By John Roberts, 14 August 2020

The Najib conviction is a clear sign that the entire edifice centred on UMNO on which the ruling class has relied for decades is falling apart, opening up the prospect of further political upheavals.

13 August 2020

Growing wave of protests across the US against school openings

By Evan Blake, 13 August 2020

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

Schools make students sign liability waivers acknowledging risk of death

By Sam Wayne and Usman Khan, 12 August 2020

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

By Joseph Mario, 13 August 2020

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

By Kevin Reed, 13 August 2020

Report charges US-Saudi arms sale ignored civilian casualties

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2020

UK in record recession as social catastrophe looms

By Thomas Scripps, 13 August 2020

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

By Peter Schwarz, 13 August 2020

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

By our reporters, 13 August 2020

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

By Harvey Simpkins, 13 August 2020

Canada and the United States resume aluminum tariff war

By Carl Bronski, 13 August 2020

New outbreak of COVID-19 in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 13 August 2020

South Asian governments ignore millions of monsoon flood victims

By Wimal Perera, 13 August 2020

Beirut disaster highlights dangerous ammonium nitrate stockpiles in regional Australian city

By Patrick Davies, 13 August 2020

New in German

Stoppt die Schulöffnungen! Bereitet einen Generalstreik vor!

Aufruf der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei, 14. August 2020

Die Schulöffnungen gefährden Gesundheit und Leben. Sie können nur durch die unabhängige Mobilisierung aller Arbeiter in einem bundesweiten Generalstreik gestoppt werden.

Die Wahl von Kamala Harris und die Erniedrigung der amerikanischen Politik

Joseph Kishore – Nationaler Sekretär und Präsidentschaftskandidat der SEP, 14. August 2020

Die Entwicklungen haben etwas unglaublich Erniedrigendes und Schändliches an sich, das vom intellektuellen und kulturellen Zusammenbruch der amerikanischen Politik zeugt.

Bundesweite Schulöffnungen: Ein riskantes Spiel mit Gesundheit und Leben

Gregor Link, 14. August 2020

An Schulen, die den uneingeschränkter Präsenzunterricht aufgenommen haben, häufen sich Corona-Infektionen.

Wachsende Proteste gegen Öffnung der Schulen in den USA

Evan Blake, 14. August 2020

In ganz Amerika protestieren Tausende von Lehrern, Beschäftigten des Bildungswesens, Eltern und Schülern gegen die gefährliche Wiederöffnung der Schulen inmitten der Corona-Pandemie.

Wahl in Sri Lanka enthüllt historische Krise der kapitalistischen Herrschaft

K. Ratnayake, 14. August 2020

Das Wahlergebnis ist kein „Sieg für das Volk“, sondern der Sieg einer Partei, die den Aufbau eines autoritären Regimes vorbereitet. Präsident Rajapakse hat bereits zahlreiche Generäle in seine Regierung aufgenommen.

New in Norwegian

Valget av Kamala Harris og degraderingen av amerikansk politikk

Joseph Kishore – presidentkandidat i USA for Socialist Equality Party, 14. august 2020

Det er noe utrolig nedverdigende og skammelig ved hele prosessen, som vitner om amerikansk politikks intellektuelle og kulturelle kollaps.

Skoler krever at elever undertegner ansvarsfraskrivelse og erkjenner dødsrisiko

Sam Wayne og Usman Khan, 14. august 2020

High schools og K-12-skoler over hele USA har sendt brev til foreldre og elever der de krever fraskrivelse av erstatningsansvar før elevene kommer tilbake til klasseromsundervisning.

Koronaviruspandemien og kapitalismen
Russlands vaksine intensiverer den globale kampen om profitter og geopolitisk fordel

Barry Grey, 14. august 2020

Vladimir Putins kunngjøring på tirsdag at Russland offisielt har godkjent en Covid-19-vaksine har intensivert den globale konflikten mellom nasjonalmakter og farmasøytiske giganter om å bli først til å masseprodusere og markedsføre en vaksine mot det dødelige viruset.

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 selección de Kamala Harris y la degradación de la política estadounidense

Joseph Kishore, 14 agosto 2020

Hay algo increíblemente degradante y vergonzoso sobre todo el proceso, evidenciando el colapso intelectual y cultural de la política estadounidense.

Wall Street sigue alimentándose de la muerte y la devastación económica

Nick Beams, 14 agosto 2020

Desde la crisis de mediados de marzo, cuando el mercado se desplomó y el sistema financiero se congeló, el índice S&P 500 de Wall Street ha subido un 50 por ciento gracias a los rescates corporativos del gobierno y al bombeo de billones de dólares por parte de la Reserva Federal..

La pandemia de coronavirus y el capitalismo
La vacuna rusa intensifica la disputa global por ganancias y ventajas geopolíticas

Barry Grey, 14 agosto 2020

El anuncio de Vladimir Putin el martes de que Rusia había aprobado oficialmente una vacuna para el COVID-19 ha recrudecido el conflicto global entre las potencias nacionales y los gigantes farmacéuticos para ser los primeros en producir y comercializar de forma masiva una vacuna para el mortal virus.

New in French

Le Royaume-Uni en récession record à l’approche d’une catastrophe sociale

Thomas Scripps, 14 août 2020

La classe ouvrière doit s’opposer à tous ceux qui exigent qu’elle se sacrifie pour sauver l’économie.

La sélection de Kamala Harris et la dégradation de la politique américaine

Joseph Kishore: Candidat du SEP au poste de président des États-Unis, 14 août 2020

Il y a quelque chose d’incroyablement dégradant et honteux dans tout ce processus, qui témoigne de l’effondrement intellectuel et culturel de la politique américaine.

Allemagne: Le SPD nomme le ministre des Finances, Scholz, comme candidat à la chancellerie

Peter Schwarz, 14 août 2020

La nomination de Scholz est un signal pour l’oligarchie financière et les éléments de droite dans l’appareil d’État qu’ils peuvent compter sur le SPD sans réserve.

Ramener l'Afghanistan au pays:
L'armée canadienne lance une opération pour «façonner» l'opinion publique en pleine pandémie

Roger Jordan, 14 août 2020

Enclenchée par la crainte de «désordres publics», l’opération prévoyait que le personnel militaire diffuse de la propagande approuvée par le gouvernement à l’aide de haut-parleurs et de postes de radio temporaires.

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

Türkiye ile gerilimler artarken Fransa Yunanistan ile ortak tatbikat düzenledi

Ulaş Ateşçi ve Alex Lantier, 14 Ağustos 2020

COVID-19 pandemisi önceden var olan siyasi ve stratejik çatışmaları yoğunlaştırırken, NATO güçleri arasında savaş tehlikesi büyüyor.

New in Russian

Выбор Камалы Харрис и деградация американской политики

Джозеф Кишор — кандидат ПСР в президенты США, 14 августа 2020 г.

Есть нечто невероятно унизительное и постыдное во всем этом процессе, свидетельствующее об интеллектуальном и культурном крахе американской политики.

Пандемия коронавируса и капитализм
Российская вакцина усиливает глобальную борьбу за прибыль и геополитические преимущества

Бэрри Грей, 14 августа 2020 г.

Сделанное Владимиром Путиным 11 августа заявление о том, что Россия официально зарегистрировала вакцину против COVID-19, усилило глобальный конфликт между национальными державами и фармацевтическими гигантами, которые первыми массово производят и продают вакцину против смертельного вируса.

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

How the American oligarchy profited on death

14 August 2020

The United States set two milestones on Wednesday: 1,503 people died from COVID-19 and the S&P 500 stock index reached a new high.

Earlier Perspectives »

Obituary

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

By Tom Mackaman, 13 August 2020

Commentary

The selection of Kamala Harris and the degradation of American politics

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 13 August 2020

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

Who is Democratic Senator Kamala Harris?

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

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

31 July 2020

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

By Barry Grey, 13 August 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.”

Elon Musk discovers Das Kapital

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

Arts Review

British filmmaker Alan Parker (1944-2020): An establishment rebel

By Paul Bond, 14 August 2020

A genuinely popular director of no small talent, he subordinated his critical instincts to a popularist slickness.

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

By Matthew Brennan, 13 August 2020

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

By Lee Parsons, 11 August 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.

Workers Struggles

Iranian sugar workers’ dispute continues; health workers continue strike in Zimbabwe; doctors continue month-long strike in Nigerian state
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

14 August 2020

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

“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

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

USPS centralizes leadership as step towards privatization and possible election fraud

By Shuvu Batta, 11 August 2020

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

By Tom Casey, 11 August 2020

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.