Report documents criminality and corruption at heart of global banking system

By Barry Grey, 22 September 2020

The report documents the role that major banks knowingly play in laundering trillions of dollars in dirty money from terrorist organizations, drug cartels and assorted international financial criminals.

Johnson government says UK COVID-19 infections could hit 50,000 per day as pandemic spins “out of control”

By Robert Stevens, 22 September 2020

Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Vallance, an early advocate of a “herd immunity” strategy, conceded that only an estimated 8 percent of the population had been infected and that the majority of the population remain susceptible.

Madrid hospitals collapsing amid Covid-19 resurgence in Europe

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 22 September 2020

Health authorities report 90 percent of beds in Madrid intensive care wards are occupied, and 139 people died of Covid-19 in them last week.

UK firms awarded billions in NHS/government contracts amid failure of COVID-19 testing system

Whistle-blowers speak out as German authorities cover up coronavirus cases at schools and day-care centres

By Martin Nowak and Gregor Link, 22 September 2020

Despite hundreds of teaching and care facilities being infected, school and health authorities, as well as the federal and state governments, with the support of the trade unions, are doing everything in their power to continue reopening schools.

Spike in Canada’s COVID-19 infections exposes criminality of back-to-work, back-to-school drive

By Roger Jordan, 22 September 2020

The dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases is the direct outcome of the ruling elite’s criminal back-to-work and back-to-school policies, which are aimed at guaranteeing corporate profits regardless of the cost in human lives.

US escalates military intervention in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2020

The bolstering of the US force with another 100 troops, armored vehicles, and air power heightens the threat of confrontation between the world’s two biggest nuclear powers.

Trump to nominate new Supreme Court justice as early as Friday

By Jacob Crosse, 22 September 2020

Ignoring Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s pleas to wait until after the election, Trump has pledged to nominate a women by Saturday.

Louisville police chief declares “state of emergency” in advance of state’s decision on charges against policemen who killed Breonna Taylor

By Kevin Reed, 22 September 2020

Federal police agencies have been requested by U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman to provide protection for the courthouse and three other buildings in downtown Louisville in anticipation of protests this week.

Youth in the US most likely to be low-paid ‘essential’ workers

By Melody Isley, 22 September 2020

Adding insult to injury, students, many of whom who are frontline workers and therefore unable to escape exposure, are being blamed for the explosion of cases on college campuses.

Opposition mounts at the University of Michigan as COVID-19 outbreaks emerge on campus

By Jesse Thomas, 22 September 2020

The possibility that the university administration delayed the public announcement of the cases until after the strike was officially smothered cannot be discounted.

EU parliament calls for international investigation into alleged poisoning of Navalny

By Clara Weiss, 22 September 2020

The resolution represents a significant escalation of attempts by the European imperialist powers to destabilize the Putin regime and ratchet up tensions with Russia.

Devastation left in the wake of Hurricanes Sally and Laura along the US Gulf Coast

By J. L'Heureau, 22 September 2020

The region stretching from Texas to Florida remains locked in the crosshairs of a historically overactive hurricane season.

“As COVID spreads, autoworkers lives are in danger!”
Fiat Chrysler worker describes rapid abandonment of safety measures after return work

By a Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly worker, 22 September 2020

A member of the FCA Jefferson North Assembly Rank and File Safety Committee describes management’s flouting of safety protocols at the factory.

“NTEU Fightback” aims to replace the discredited Australian university union leadership

By Jack Turner, 22 September 2020

These supposed “socialists” are seeking to keep workers trapped within the industrial and political straitjacket of the trade unions.

Australian university staff and students confront job cuts avalanche

21 September 2020

Supreme Court fight deepens political crisis surrounding US elections

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2020

San Diego County seeks to exclude university outbreaks to undercount coronavirus cases

By Melody Isley, 21 September 2020

Strike by 4,000 University of Illinois at Chicago workers reaching critical juncture

By Jessica Goldstein, 21 September 2020

Who runs the University of Illinois?

By Brian Brown and James Martin, 21 September 2020

SEIU calls off health care strike in Minnesota after Allina hospital system threatens legal action

By Jonas Boquist, 21 September 2020

President Trump gives preliminary approval to takeover of TikTok by Oracle and Walmart

By Kevin Reed, 21 September 2020

White House bans TikTok and WeChat: A major intensification of internet censorship

Dry weather continues to fuel historic wildfires in California, rains bring new dangers to Pacific Northwest

By Kevin Martinez, 21 September 2020

Los Angeles educators form rank-and-file safety committee to oppose unsafe school reopening

By the Los Angeles Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 September 2020

Los Angeles sheriff terrorizes residents and attacks critics following shooting of two deputies

By John Andrews, 21 September 2020

New York City school bus drivers and educators face common struggle against unsafe openings

By A. Woodson and Steve Light, 21 September 2020

With Canadian Detroit Three auto contracts set to expire, Unifor rushes to reach concessionary “pattern” settlement

By Carl Bronski, 21 September 2020

Tens of thousands of Thai protesters call for a new constitution

By Owen Howell, 21 September 2020

Combustible insulation used on Grenfell Tower was sold at a heavy discount to building company

By Charles Hixson, 21 September 2020

UK unions use “consultative” strike ballots to suppress class struggle

By Barry Mason and Robert Stevens, 21 September 2020

Lufthansa prepares to double job cuts to nearly 40,000

By Gustav Kemper, 21 September 2020

New in Chinese

第一次是悲剧,第二次是滑稽剧:马科斯,杜特尔特与菲律宾的两个共产党

作者: Joseph Scalice, 2020年9月14日

8月26日,Joseph Scalice博士在新加坡的南洋理工大学举行了这场讲座。这场讲座的内容是:菲律宾共产党(CPP)及跟随其政治路线的各路组织在2016年对菲律宾总统罗德里戈·杜特尔特的支持。

New in Turkish

Duyuru: Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi yeni haliyle 2 Ekim 2020’de yayında
Uluslararası Yayın Kurulu Başkanı David North’un açıklaması

David North, 19 Eylül 2020

Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi, 2 Ekim 2020 Cuma günü, tamamen yeni bir tasarım ve büyük ölçüde geliştirilmiş bir işlevsellikle yeni halinin açılışını yapacak.

New in Portuguese

Trabalhadores brasileiros deflagram greves contra volta às aulas

Tomas Castanheira, 19 setembro 2020

O fascistoide Bolsonaro declarou: "somos o país com o maior número de dias em lockdown nas escolas. Isso é um absurdo".

Anunciamos o relançamento do World Socialist Web Site em 2 de outubro de 2020
Uma declaração de David North, presidente do Conselho Editorial Internacional

David North, 19 setembro 2020

Na sexta-feira, 2 de outubro de 2020, o World Socialist Web Site será relançado com um design totalmente novo e sua funcionalidade fortmente aprimorada.

New in French

Nouvelle mouture du World Socialist Web Site le 2 octobre 2020
Déclaration de David North, président du comité de rédaction international

David North, 19 septembre 2020

Le vendredi 2 octobre verra la relance du World Socialist Web Site avec un tout nouveau design et une fonctionnalité largement améliorée.

L’Organisation mondiale de la santé met en garde contre la résurgence «alarmante» de COVID-19 en Europe

Alex Lantier, 19 septembre 2020

Avec plus de 300.000 infections hebdomadaires, les autorités européennes confirment maintenant plus de cas de COVID-19 chaque semaine qu’avant les fermetures de ce printemps.

L'accord de Trump sur le Moyen-Orient et l'impasse du nationalisme bourgeois

Bill Van Auken, 19 septembre 2020

Les accords dits de «paix» entre Israël et deux monarchies arabes signés mardi sur la pelouse de la Maison-Blanche ne sont que les derniers en date dans la longue liste des trahisons du peuple palestinien.

Des enseignants brésiliens appellent à des grèves contre la rentrée scolaire

Tomas Castanheira, 19 septembre 2020

grand nombre de fermetures d’écoles. Ceci est absurde.»

Assange a révélé «de très graves et véritables crimes de guerre», selon Daniel Ellsberg lors de l’audience d’extradition

Thomas Scripps, 19 septembre 2020

Ellsberg a déclaré qu’«avec les journaux Manning et Assange, j’ai trouvé que chaque fois que l’on mentionnait mon nom, c’était pour dire combien j’étais une très bonne personne… et pour se servir de moi comme obstacle à ces nouvelles révélations qui étaient prétendument très différentes des miennes».

New in Spanish

El acuerdo de Trump sobre Oriente Próximo y el callejón sin salida del nacionalismo burgués

Bill Van Auken, 19 septiembre 2020

Los dizque acuerdos de “paz” entre Israel y las dos monarquías árabes firmados en el jardín de la Casa Blanca el martes fueron tan solo las más recientes de un largo historial de traiciones contra el pueblo palestino.

Anuncio del relanzamiento del World Socialist Web Site el 2 de octubre de 2020
Una declaración de David North, presidente del Consejo Editorial Internacional

David North, 19 septiembre 2020

El viernes 2 de octubre de 2020, el World Socialist Web Site será relanzado con un diseño completamente nuevo y una funcionalidad vastamente mejorada.

Cofundador de Iraq Body Count: WikiLeaks expuso a una audiencia global las víctimas civiles masivas

Thomas Scripps y Laura Tiernan, 19 septiembre 2020

John Sloboda dijo que los registros de la guerra de Irak habían sido llevados "a la mayor audiencia global de cualquier publicación". No ha habido revelaciones comparables en la última década.

Exdirector de la CIA Leon Panetta: estamos procesando a Assange para intimidar a otros

Oscar Grenfell, 19 septiembre 2020

Los comentarios de Panetta confirman el carácter mafioso de la imputación estadounidense contra Assange, su naturaleza políticamente motivada y desprecio patente por el derecho internacional.

La Organización Mundial de la Salud advierte sobre el resurgimiento "alarmante" de COVID-19 en Europa

Alex Lantier, 19 septiembre 2020

Con más de 300.000 infecciones semanales, las autoridades europeas están confirmando más casos de COVID-19 cada semana que antes de los cierres de esta primavera.

Maestros brasileños convocan huelgas contra la campaña de regreso a clases

Tomas Castanheira, 19 septiembre 2020

El presidente fascistizante Bolsonaro de Brasil declaró: “Somos el país con la mayor cantidad de días con cierres de escuelas. Es absurdo”

Las mentiras de Trump sobre el COVID-19 involucran al partido español Podemos

Alejandro López, 19 septiembre 2020

Aunque tenía acceso a informes de inteligencia sobre el peligro mortal de la pandemia, Podemos adoptó una política criminalmente negligente.

Aumentan las huelgas en medio de brotes de COVID-19 en cientos de escuelas españolas

Alice Summers, 19 septiembre 2020

Los sindicatos españoles se han negado a convocar a los trabajadores de la educación a una lucha unificada contra la reapertura de las escuelas, limitando la acción a protestas esporádicas y de corta duración.

New in German

Trumps Nahost-Deal und die Sackgasse des bürgerlichen Nationalismus

Bill Van Auken, 19. September 2020

Das sogenannte „Friedensabkommen“ zwischen Israel und zwei arabischen Monarchien, das am 15. September auf dem Rasen des Weißen Hauses unterzeichnet wurde, reiht sich ein in unzählige Verrätereien am palästinensischen Volk.

Assange hat „sehr ernstes Muster wirklicher Kriegsverbrechen“ aufgedeckt
Daniel Ellsbergs Aussage im Auslieferungsprozess

Thomas Scripps, 19. September 2020

Ellsberg widersprach jedem Versuch, ihn selbst als positives Gegenbeispiel gegen Manning und Assange zu benutzen.

Weltgesundheitsorganisation warnt vor „alarmierendem“ Anstieg der Corona-Fälle in Europa

Alex Lantier, 19. September 2020

Die europäischen Behörden bestätigen mittlerweile mehr als 300.000 Neuinfektionen pro Woche und damit mehr als vor dem Lockdown im Frühjahr.

Lufthansa erwägt Verdoppelung des Stellenabbaus

Gustav Kemper, 19. September 2020

Nach weitgehenden Zugeständnissen der Gewerkschaften hat Lufthansa-Chef Carsten Spohr den Abbau von Tausenden weiteren Arbeitsplätzen angekündigt.

Ehemaliger Spiegel-Journalist widerspricht Behauptung, Assange habe Informanten gefährdet

Laura Tiernan, 19. September 2020

Die Lüge der Trump-Regierung, Assange habe das Leben von US-Informanten aufs Spiel gesetzt, wurde in John Goetz' Zeugenaussage klar widerlegt. Tatsächlich haben allein die von Assange und WikiLeaks aufgedeckten Kriegsverbrechen Menschen in Gefahr gebracht.

Joseph Scalices Vortrag über die CPP (Redigierte Abschrift)
Das erste Mal als Tragödie, das zweite Mal als Farce: Marcos, Duterte und die Kommunistischen Parteien der Philippinen

Joseph Scalice, 19. September 2020

Diesen Vortrag zur Rolle der Kommunistischen Partei der Philippinen (CPP) hielt Dr. Joseph Scalice am 26. August an der Nanyang Technological University in Singapur. Er befasst sich mit der Unterstützung der CPP und politisch verwandter Organisationen für den philippinischen Präsidenten Rodrigo Duterte im Jahr 2016.

Other Languages

Perspective

The global campaign to reopen schools drives COVID-19 deaths past one million

22 September 2020

Underlying the reckless drive to reopen schools is a broader policy of “herd immunity” adopted by every major capitalist country around the world.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

The New York Times and Nikole Hannah-Jones abandon key claims of the 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman and David North, 22 September 2020

The Times has abandoned, without any public announcement or explanation, the central thesis that 1619, not 1776, was the “true founding” of the United States.

Jacobin magazine embraces Trump administration’s murderous “herd immunity” policy

By Andre Damon, 21 September 2020

On Saturday, Jacobin magazine published an extended interview with anti-lockdown activist Martin Kulldorff, who demanded that “schools and universities should reopen” because “young, healthy people contribute to…herd immunity.”

Announcements

Announcing the Relaunch of the World Socialist Web Site on October 2, 2020
A statement by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board

David North, 18 September 2020

On Friday, October 2, 2020, the World Socialist Web Site will be relaunched with an entirely new design and with vastly enhanced functionality.

Commentary

COVID-19: French NPA’s Révolution Permanente web site lines up with Macron’s school re-opening

By Anthony Torres, 22 September 2020

Factions of France’s New Anti-capitalist Party linked to Argentina’s Socialist Workers Party (PTS) tacitly back a return to school endangering millions.

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

By Tom Carter, 21 September 2020

As COVID-19 deaths approach one million
WHO condemns governments’ failure to prepare for pandemic

By Bryan Dyne, 21 September 2020

Trump’s Middle East deal and the dead end of bourgeois nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2020

No to a Greek-Turkish war in the eastern Mediterranean!

International Committee of the Fourth International, 12 September 2020

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

1 August 2020

Defend Dr. Joseph Scalice against Stalinist slanders

Philippine Maoist leader Sison seeks alliance with military against Duterte

By Tom Peters, 22 September 2020

The Communist Party of the Philippines and its allied organisations are seeking to corral mass opposition to fascistic President Rodrigo Duterte behind Vice-President Leni Robredo and pro-US factions of the military.

Australian and Sri Lankan academics defend Dr Joseph Scalice from Philippine Stalinist attacks

By our reporters, 21 September 2020

Video exposing Philippine Stalinist leader Sison’s Big Lie that the CPP never supported Duterte

By our reporters, 19 September 2020

The Persecution of Julian Assange

Explosive evidence from Trump insider
Assange dragged from embassy “on the orders of the president”

By Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 22 September 2020

Cassandra Fairbanks testified that Arthur Schwartz, a wealthy Republican Party donor and key Trump ally, had provided her with evidence of plans by the Trump administration to impose the death penalty.

Thirteen former national presidents demand an end to the British show-trial of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 September 2020

The statement demonstrates that the attempt to prosecute Assange for exposing war crimes is widely viewed as an act of imperialist banditry that brands Britain and the US as rogue states.

Corporate publications hostile to revelations that CIA spied on Julian Assange and their own journalists

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 September 2020

Witnesses recall Collateral Murder attack: “Look at those dead bastards,” shooters said

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 19 September 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Arts Review

King’s Disease: Beware the nostrums of Nas

By Erik Schreiber, 22 September 2020

A skilled and engaging rapper, Nas remains committed to a message reflecting his confusion, racialist politics and considerable business interests.

The Stranger on Netflix: A world of secrets, unraveled

By Carlos Delgado, 21 September 2020

Toots Hibbert, ska and reggae giant: “Right now, someone else has that number”

By Paul Bond, 19 September 2020

Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things: A neglected man neglected again

By Joanne Laurier, 18 September 2020

An interview with Michael Fitzgerald, producer of Waiting for the Barbarians

By David Walsh, 16 September 2020

Waiting for the Barbarians: “You are an obscene torturer. You deserve to be hanged!”

80 Years Since the Assassination of Leon Trotsky

Trotsky’s Last Year
Part six

By David North, 8 September 2020

An appraisal, on the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of Trotsky’s assassination, of the work of the great theoretician and strategist of World Socialist Revolution during the final year of his life.

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

Workers Struggles

Ten thousand Quebec home daycare workers strike; Mexican professors demand back wages
Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 September 2020

Quebec home daycare workers began an unlimited strike Monday while instructors in Zacatecas, Mexico began a strike at the state’s 43 Bachelors College campuses on September 17.

Australian ruling elite moves to junk coronavirus safety measures—the working class must intervene to answer the pandemic threat!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 17 September 2020

India: Chennai garbage workers strike; Sri Lankan bank workers protest over contracts; Australian waterfront workers walkout
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

19 September 2020

London bus drivers launch rank-and-file safety committee to fight renewed threat from COVID-19

By the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 September 2020

The political significance of the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee: “Change is coming in the working class”

By our reporters, 16 September 2020

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

University of Melbourne student union enforces club affiliation requirement amid pandemic

By Eric Ludlow, 21 September 2020

The student union’s demands will serve only to disaffiliate clubs, compounding the destructive impact of the COVID-19 crisis on cultural and political life on campus.

Military research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

By Gregor Link, 18 September 2020

Science

Catastrophic wildfires, corporate air pollution, and COVID-19: A collision of crises

By Henry Hakamaki, 21 September 2020

The EPA loosened air pollution limits at the very time that coronavirus was becoming pandemic in the United States.

Trump administration continues assault on endangered species

By Adria French, 19 September 2020

Recent changes to the Endangered Species Act “to lower regulatory burdens” are driving several species toward extinction.

The precedents for disease eradication through international cooperation
Part two

By Frank Gaglioti, 16 September 2020

The precedents for disease eradication through international cooperation
Part one

25 years ago: Former Italian Prime Minister Andreotti goes on trial

On September 26, 1995, seven-time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti went on trial in Palermo, facing charges of serving as a longtime front man for the Sicilian Mafia.

More »

50 years ago: New Haven teachers strike ends

After more than two weeks on the picket lines, a strike by teachers in New Haven, Connecticut, was ended on September 22, 1970. The strike was defeated by a combined crackdown on workers by the court system and the police, with the complicity of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

More »

75 years ago: Vietnamese Stalinists launch murderous campaign against Trotskyist movement

This week in September, 1945, the Vietnamese Stalinists, led by Ho Chi Minh, escalated a vicious campaign aimed at the liquidation of the Vietnamese Trotskyist movement.

More »

100 years ago: Workers battle troops in Turin

On September 23, 1920, workers occupying factories in Italy’s industrial center of Turin were confronted by troops of the Royal Guard. Workers responded in force and fought back with rifles and hand grenades.

More »

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Book Review

Book Review
Wilmington’s Lie: The 1898 white supremacist coup in North Carolina
David Zucchino, Atlantic Monthly Press, 336 pages

By Fred Mazelis, 17 September 2020

The US Election

The Civil War Election

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 9 September 2020

University of Michigan graduate students take a stand for life against profit

By Joseph Kishore - Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 11 September 2020

Supreme Court refuses to hear SEP challenge to Michigan ballot access denial

By Kevin Reed, 9 September 2020

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

Oppose Trump’s mass arrest of 2,000 immigrants!

By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidate for US vice president, 4 September 2020

The socialist answer to the paltry $600 million Flint settlement

By Joseph Kishore—SEP Presidential Candidate, 24 August 2020

Socialist Equality Party

Stop the dangerous “routine operation” of schools in Germany! Prepare a nationwide general strike!
Set up independent action committees for the safety of teachers, pupils and parents!

By the Action Committees for Safe Education, 14 September 2020

“It’s not safe for my kids but they are forcing me to send them to school”
UK Educators Rank-and-File Committee holds initial meeting

By our reporter, 9 September 2020

Socialist Equality Group in Turkey condemns attack against TİP deputy after threats from interior minister

By Sosyalist Eşitlik, 3 September 2020

History

The lessons of the 1953 mass uprising (hartal) in Sri Lanka

By Saman Gunadasa, 2 September 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

The coronavirus pandemic, the crisis of capitalism and the tasks of the SEP

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 26 August 2020

Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

Free Julian Assange! Defend Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden!

SEP (Australia) holds successful fifth national congress

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.

Internet Censorship

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

31 July 2020

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