US unemployment rate dips, but millions remain jobless or face wage cuts

By Jerry White, 3 July 2020

Despite Trump’s claims that the “economy is roaring back,” joblessness remains at depression levels while the reopening of businesses has produced a surge of COVID-19 cases.

As pandemic accelerates in US, young people made the scapegoat of ruling elite’s malicious return to work policy

By Benjamin Mateus, 3 July 2020

The US continues to see a surge of new infections at an unprecedented rate with a single one-day high of 57,236 new cases.

Arizona Department of Health Services activates plan to ration healthcare for COVID-19 patients

“We are at our breaking point”
FCA Toledo Jeep workers support call for rank-and-file safety committees

By Marcus Day, 3 July 2020

Anger is reaching a boiling point over the refusal of management and the UAW to release information about COVID-19 cases.

“Chrysler was telling everybody that it was safe to come back to work, and it’s not.”
Autoworkers at FCA Trenton Engine call for rank-and-file safety committees to fight COVID-19

Worker opposition grows as coronavirus spirals out of control

Meat processing plants spread the coronavirus in North Carolina

By Rosa Shahnazarian, 3 July 2020

Both Democrats and Republicans are complicit in concealing the magnitude of the coronavirus crisis in and around North Carolina’s rural meat and poultry packing facilities.

COVID-19 danger persists in South Korea

By Ben McGrath, 3 July 2020

The inability of Seoul to fully address the pandemic is a result of keeping workers on the job and businesses open.

Hundreds of thousands of Indian coal miners launch three-day strike against privatisation

By Arun Kumar, 3 July 2020

Facing an economic crisis that has been greatly exacerbated by the pandemic and the ruling elite’s selfish class response, the Modi government is pushing through a “quantum jump” in pro-investor “reforms.”

Letter from a New York City transit worker on miscarriages and pregnancy on the job

By our reporters, 3 July 2020

A New York City transit worker has written in to the WSWS describing the atrocious conditions faced by pregnant workers at the facilities run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

New York City transit worker suffers miscarriage on the job

Tens of thousands of jobs at risk as works council at German automaker Daimler announces layoffs

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 3 July 2020

The works council is repeating word for word the arguments of company management and industry analysts calling for stepped up attacks on workers.

US Fed official warns of potential for a financial crisis

By Nick Beams, 3 July 2020

Having boosted the wealth of the financial oligarchy, in the midst of economic devastation for working people, the Fed is actively considering giving the rich even more support.

An assault on separation of church and state as well as public education
US Supreme Court rules in favor of religious schools

By John Burton and Ed Hightower, 3 July 2020

Undermining the wall between church and state, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot deny funding to religious schools, sweeping aside dozens of state constitutional provisions enacted to protect public education.

City of Chicago announces plan for mass arrest and detention of youth over holiday weekend

By Andy Thompson, 2 July 2020

The plan for arrest and jailing of teenagers comes as the Lightfoot administration has stepped up policing in wake of recent protests and as President Trump urges Democratic leaders in Illinois to take “decisive action” against gun violence.

Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell arrested in New Hampshire

By Kevin Reed, 3 July 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday and charged by a federal court in Manhattan with six counts related to her alleged collaboration with Jeffrey Epstein in a sex ring that involved girls as young as 14 years old.

Primaries show deepening political polarization in US

By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2020

While both the corporate-controlled parties, the Democrats and Republicans, are moving to the right, the bulk of the population is moving to the left.

US anti-China campaign intensifies factional conflicts within Canada’s ruling elite

By Roger Jordan, 3 July 2020

Terming China “a real threat to Canada,” former Tory Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has called for the striking of a “blue-ribbon” committee to redefine Canada’s China policy.

The Assange precedent in action
Australian journalist threatened with prosecution for exposing war crimes in Afghanistan

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 July 2020

Like Assange, Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Dan Oakes faces prosecution for publishing evidence of war crimes in Afghanistan.

The vote on the constitutional amendments in Russia:
Kremlin pushes to massively strengthen power of the president

By Vladimir Volkov and Clara Weiss, 3 July 2020

On July 1, a seven-day long vote on constitutional changes first proposed by Russian president Vladimir Putin in January, was concluded.

Floods inundate Western Ukraine amid renewed spike in COVID-19 cases

By Jason Melanovski, 3 July 2020

Heavy rains and illegal logging are to blame for floods that have killed three in the country, which is rocked by a new surge in coronavirus cases.

British government ramps up campaign against China

By Jean Shaoul, 3 July 2020

The Tories’ aim is to open another front in US imperialism’s economic, diplomatic, and military-strategic offensive that threatens military war against the world’s second largest economy.

UK government’s guidance on school reopening: Back to “normal” from September

By Tania Kent, 3 July 2020

There will be no social distancing, no personal protection for children or staff and no school closures if children or staff record positively for COVID-19.

Strike against Tower Hamlets Labour council’s “fire and rehire” of 4,000 employees

By Alice Summers, 3 July 2020

Facing massive budget shortfalls, the Labour-run London borough plans to lay off 4,000 workers before rehiring them on significantly worse pay and conditions.

More migrants speak out against New Zealand’s visa-processing delays

By Tom Peters, 3 July 2020

There is growing support for a petition urging the government to immediately process tens of thousands of residency applications which have been left in limbo.

Hundreds of jobs axed as Australian Broadcasting Corporation imposes government cuts

By Richard Phillips, 3 July 2020

ABC management, in line with federal government and Murdoch media demands, is imposing another round of job cuts at the public broadcaster.

2 July 2020

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

By Jerry White, 2 July 2020

“It’s up to workers to fight this virus”
Fiat Chrysler threatens to fire workers who stop production over COVID-19 concerns

Caterpillar slashes jobs in Illinois, rewards corporate shareholders

By Jessica Goldstein, 2 July 2020

Workers in Germany express their solidarity with striking Fiat Chrysler workers

By our correspondents, 2 July 2020

Senate votes unanimously to extend CARES Act loan program despite businesses' plans to lay off thousands more

By Jacob Crosse, 2 July 2020

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

By Tom Hall, 2 July 2020

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

By Steve Filips, 2 July 2020

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

By Laura Tiernan, 2 July 2020

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

By Terry Cook, 2 July 2020

Riverside, California Nurses strike continues as ICU beds reach capacity

By Kevin Martinez, 2 July 2020

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

By Clara Weiss, 2 July 2020

After multiple shootings and two deaths
Seattle police forcibly end Capitol Hill Occupied Protest

By Kayla Costa, 2 July 2020

As pandemic spread accelerates
Wall Street celebrates biggest quarterly surge in more than 20 years

By Nick Beams, 2 July 2020

Johnson pledges “New Deal” for UK as he prepares savage attack on workers

By Chris Marsden, 2 July 2020

Beijing passes anti-democratic security law for Hong Kong

By Ben McGrath, 2 July 2020

Tens of thousands of Chinese citizens stranded overseas

By Lily Zhao, 2 July 2020

Reddit bans 2,000 communities in major censorship action

By Kevin Reed, 2 July 2020

Germany: Verdi trade union sells out Galeria Kaufhof Karstadt workers

By Justus Leicht and Wolfgang Weber, 2 July 2020

Teen shot in back by Louisiana police, charged with resisting arrest

By Aaron Murch, 2 July 2020

Australian state Labor government’s police arrest refugee protesters

By Michael Smith, 2 July 2020

New in German

Lateinamerika: Covid-19-Fälle innerhalb eines Monats verdreifacht

Andrea Lobo, 27. Juni 2020

Die herrschenden Eliten reagieren auf die Ausbreitung der Pandemie und die dadurch ausgelöste Wirtschaftskrise mit einer aggressiven Back-to-Work-Kampagne, um ihren Reichtum und ihre Privilegen zu schützen.

Militärischer Abschirmdienst deckt rechtsextreme Netzwerke

Gregor Link, 27. Juni 2020

Die Bundeswehr-Eliteeinheit KSK ist vom Militärgeheimdienst über Ermittlung informiert und über Durchsuchungen vorgewarnt worden.

Oberster Gerichtshof der USA: Asylsuchende haben kein Recht auf Habeas Corpus oder rechtmäßiges Verfahren

Eric London, 27. Juni 2020

Genau wie im berüchtigten Fall Dredd Scott vs Sandford, bei dem ein Sklave erfolglos für seine Freiheit klagte, hat der Oberste Gerichtshof auch diesmal ein weitreichendes, undemokratisches Urteil möglich gemacht.

Neuer Ärzte-Apell für Assange im Lancet
„Das Schweigen muss gebrochen werden“

Oscar Grenfell, 27. Juni 2020

Die Ärzte schreiben, dass die Rechte des WikiLeaks-Gründers Julian Assange seit ihrem letzten Brief an die medizinische Fachzeitschrift vom Februar immer schlimmer missachtet würden.

New in Mandarin

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 Russian

Верховный суд США постановил, что запрашивающие статус беженца не имеют права habeas corpus или на надлежащую правовую процедуру

Эрик Лондон, 27 июня 2020 г.

Как и в деле «Дред Скотт против Сэндфорда», Верховный суд вынес самое радикальное антидемократическое решение из всех возможных.

Сибирская Арктика фиксирует температуру выше 37 градусов по Цельсию

Брайан Дайн, 27 июня 2020 г.

Таяние вечной мерзлоты в Арктике является одним из нескольких «переломных моментов», которые могут спровоцировать еще большие климатические катастрофы.

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: В Москве состоялся Парад Победы, празднующий поражение нацистской Германии

27 июня 2020 г.

24 июня 1945 года около 40 тысяч солдат Красной армии прошли маршем в Москве во время одного из крупнейших военных парадов, проведенных на тот момент в Советском Союзе.

New in Turkish

Irksal-toplulukçu politika ve Abraham Lincoln’e düzenlenen ikinci suikast

Niles Niemuth ve David North, 27 Haziran 2020

Lincoln anıtlarına, Amerikan Devrimi’nin ve İç Savaş’ın önderlerini onurlandıran diğer anıtlara yönelik saldırılar, ırksal düşmanlıkları kışkırtmayı amaçlamaktadır.

“Yeni normal” ile birlikte COVID-19 vakaları artıyor

Çetin Akın, 27 Haziran 2020

Türkiye’de ve uluslararası ölçekte işçi sınıfı için ileriye giden yol, egemen sınıfın pandemi karşısında izlediği öldürücü politikaya karşı bağımsız olarak müdahale etmekten geçiyor.

New in French

La pandémie de l’inégalité: comment le capitalisme américain, fait-il passer les profits avant les vies

Andre Damon, 3 juillet 2020

La résurgence de COVID-19 est le résultat d'une politique, menée par le gouvernement Trump mais soutenue par l'ensemble de l'establishment politique et médiatique, de subordination des besoins de la société aux intérêts de l'oligarchie financière.

«L’entreprise prend des risques avec la vie de 5.000 travailleurs»
Alors que les cas de Covid-19 se multiplient, les travailleurs de GM du Texas exigent la fermeture de l'usine

Jerry White, 3 juillet 2020

Seulement quelques jours après que les travailleurs de Fiat Chrysler à Detroit aient arrêté la production, les travailleurs de GM dans la région de Dallas-Fort Worth demandent la fermeture lignes de montage de l’usine d’Arlington.

Pékin adopte une loi anti-démocratique sur la sécurité pour Hong Kong

Ben McGrath, 3 juillet 2020

Bien que Pékin se soucie des intrigues impérialistes à Hong Kong, sa crainte principale est que les troubles dans la ville au sujet des droits démocratiques et sociaux ne débordent sur l’ensemble de la Chine.

Les Verts irlandais acceptent de rejoindre le gouvernement de coalition d'austérité

Dermot Quinn, 3 juillet 2020

Près de cinq mois après les élections générales du 8 février en Irlande, Fine Gael et Fianna Fáil ont formé un gouvernement de coalition suite à la décision du Parti vert d’y participer.

New in Spanish

La pandemia de la desigualdad: cómo el capitalismo estadounidense prioriza el lucro en detrimento de las vidas

Andre Damon, 3 julio 2020

El resurgimiento del COVID-19 es el resultado de la política, encabezada por Trump pero apoyada completamente por la élite política y la prensa, de subordinar las necesidades de la sociedad a los intereses de la oligarquía financiera.

La fiebre de guerra contra Rusia se extiende en el Capitolio

Patrick Martin, 3 julio 2020

Sin proporcionar ni un grano de evidencia, los medios corporativos, los congresistas demócratas y muchos republicanos están exigiendo represalias de EE.UU. contra los supuestos atentados rusos contra los soldados estadounidenses en Afganistán.

"La empresa está tomando riesgos con la vida de 5.000 trabajadores"
A medida que aumentan los casos de COVID-19, los trabajadores de GM de Texas exigen el cierre de la fábrica

Jerry White, 3 julio 2020

Apenas unos días después de que los trabajadores de Fiat Chrysler en Detroit detuvieran la producción, los trabajadores de GM en el área de Dallas-Ft. Worth demandaron el cierre de la planta de ensamble en Arlington.

A medida que la propagación pandémica se acelera
Wall Street celebra el mayor aumento trimestral en más de 20 años

Nick Beams, 3 julio 2020

En el curso de menos de tres meses, las acciones de la Reserva Federal —su reducción de las tasas de interés a cero y las compras de deuda en general, incluyendo bonos basura— han puesto 7,1 billones de dólares en las manos de los inversores y especuladores de acciones.

New in Portuguese

Trabalhadores da Amazon na Alemanha fazem greve contra a falta de proteção ao coronavírus

Por Marianne Arens, 1 Julho 2020

Mais de 2.000 trabalhadores da Amazon estão participando de uma greve de 48 horas em seis unidades, para exigir proteção adequada contra o coronavírus.

Os 25 anos da morte de Ed Winn

Por Fred Mazelis, 1 Julho 2020

Duas vezes candidato a presidente pela Liga dos Trabalhadores, Ed Winn lutou pelos princípios marxistas em toda a classe trabalhadora dos EUA e internacional. Ele foi trabalhador dos transportes da cidade de Nova York por 22 anos.

New in Norwegian

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

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

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

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

Peter Symonds, 22. mai 2020

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

USA forbereder antiRussland-krigsspill midt under pandemien

Andrea Peters, 22. mai 2020

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

Covid-19-pandemien avslører Frankrikes Nytt Antikapitalistisk Parti

Alex Lantier, 22. mai 2020

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

New in Italian

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

David North, 1 aprile 2020

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

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Perspective

The New York Times fabricates Russian murder plot

3 July 2020

The Washington frenzy against Russia has been triggered by a lying propaganda campaign initiated by the New York Times.

Earlier Perspectives »

July 4th Online Discussion

The World Socialist Web Site will be celebrating 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 online event will be moderated by Kings College professor Tom Mackaman and WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North.

Commentary

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

By Niles Niemuth, 3 July 2020

The unanimous decision of the Boston Art Commission to remove the statue of Abraham Lincoln and a freed slave which memorializes emancipation is a reactionary assault on the progressive legacy of the Civil War.

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

Racial-communalist politics and the second assassination of Abraham Lincoln

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

The inequality pandemic: How American capitalism puts profits over lives

By Andre Damon, 2 July 2020

Pandemic profiteering: Gilead Sciences cashes in on COVID-19

By Bryan Dyne, 1 July 2020

Featured Statements

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

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

Expand autoworkers’ struggle to stop the coronavirus and save lives! Form rank-and-file safety committees!

By the Jefferson North Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 June 2020

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

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

Arts Review

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

By Joanne Laurier, 3 July 2020

The French Netflix miniseries concerns the plight of a middle-aged, middle class man who seeks to redress his long-term unemployment through extreme measures.

The Last Dance: Basketball star Michael Jordan and professional sports in the 1990s

By Omar Ali, 3 July 2020

The recently released documentary miniseries The Last Dance chronicles the championship season of the 1998 Chicago Bulls, with particular focus on the figure of superstar Michael Jordan.

American comic writer and performer Carl Reiner, 1922-2020
Making “fun of the people higher on the totem pole”

By David Walsh, 2 July 2020

Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods: A lifetime of war

By Hiram Lee, 2 July 2020

SEP US presidential election campaign

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

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

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

By our reporters, 2 July 2020

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

By Kevin Reed, 30 June 2020

Socialist Equality Party challenges undemocratic ballot access laws in Michigan

The fight to put the SEP on the ballot continues as Illinois court denies challenge to relaxed ballot access rules

By Kristina Betinis, 23 June 2020

An appeals court denied a challenge to an April ruling that the pandemic and social distancing presented a “nearly insurmountable hurdle” to the in-person collection of tens of thousands of signatures.

SEP launches petition to appear on the presidential ballot in Illinois

Workers Struggles

Steel strike at Tata in the Netherlands against job losses; South African police fire stun grenade at workers protesting over unequal pay and conditions; nurses on strike in Zimbabwe over pay
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

3 July 2020

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

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

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

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

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

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

By Wije Dias, 22 June 2020

25 years ago: British Tory crisis deepens following John Major electoral victory

On July 4, 1995, British Prime Minister John Major was reelected as leader of the Conservative Party against Secretary of State for Wales John Redwood.

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50 years ago: NYC hospital union settles for 25 percent wage increase

With a strike deadline of July 1 for tens of thousands of hospital workers in New York City, their union reached a tentative settlement with the League of Voluntary Hospitals that fell far short of winning the demands of the rank and file.

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75 years ago: Landslide Labour victory in British general election

In a general election held on July 5, 1945, the British Labour Party won a landslide victory, sweeping the Conservatives from office and decimating the Liberal Party.

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100 years ago: Conflict between German, French and British imperialism at Spa conference

On July 4, 1920, representatives of German imperialism met with the Allied powers for the first time since signing the humiliating Treaty of Versailles in 1919.

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Science

Contact tracing and capitalism’s response to the pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 June 2020

Socialist Equality Party (US)

Twenty-five years since the death of Ed Winn

By Fred Mazelis, 26 June 2020

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

Book Review

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

By Andre Damon, 26 June 2020

The New York Times' 1619 Project

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

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

Mehring Books

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

By Joseph Kishore, 19 June 2020

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

Free Julian Assange

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2020

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 June 2020

Journalists expose CIA spying on Assange and demand his freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 June 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

June 7 Online Meeting

History

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

By Shannon Jones, 11 June 2020

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

The History Channel’s Grant

By Tom Mackaman, 1 June 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan president establishes military taskforce: Another step toward dictatorship

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 9 June 2020

The coronavirus pandemic

The Malthusian underpinnings of Boris Johnson’s “herd immunity” strategy

By Thomas Scripps, 8 June 2020

Build rank-and-file factory and workplace committees to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus and save lives!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 21 May 2020

Brazilian Trotskyists issue call for working-class action against pandemic
What will be the cost of implementing this program? Who will pay for it?

Statement of the Brazilian Socialist Equality Group (In Solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International), 2 June 2020

Turkish Trotskyists call for independent working-class action against the pandemic

By Sosyalist Eşitlik (in solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International), 5 June 2020

British Trotskyists issue call for working class action against pandemic

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 27 May 2020

SEP (Sri Lanka) calls for action committees to counter COVID-19 and defend jobs

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 June 2020

Oppose the premature lifting of COVID-19 safety restrictions!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 June 2020

London bus drivers face COVID-19 disaster: Build rank-and-file safety committees!

By Laura Tiernan, 5 June 2020

More on the coronavirus pandemic »

International May Day Online Rally

Governments worldwide respond to COVID-19 by saving profits, not lives

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 12 May 2020

The ruling elite’s efforts to enforce a return to work—and impose a massive restructuring of class relations to pay for the bailout of Wall Street—will encounter enormous opposition from the working class.

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The COVID-19 pandemic: A trigger event in world history

By David North, 4 May 2020

We are publishing here the text of the opening report to the 2020 International Online May Day Rally delivered by David North.

On May 2, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.

History

Russian court keeps historian of Stalinist massacres jailed amid COVID-19 outbreak

By Clara Weiss, 12 May 2020

The vendetta against Dmitriev is part of the campaign by Russia’s state and ruling oligarchy to suppress all efforts to uncover the truth about the crimes of Stalinism.

One Hundred and Fifty Years Since the Birth of Lenin

By David North, 22 April 2020

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov in the Russian city of Simbirsk on April 22, 1870. Known in history under the name of Lenin, he was the founder of the Bolshevik Party, leader of the 1917 October Revolution and, undoubtedly, a towering figure in the political and intellectual history of the twentieth century.

Fifty years since the massacre of students at Kent State

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2020

Obituary

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dead at 90

By Jerry White, 27 February 2020

From 1983 to 1995, Bieber presided over the final demise of the UAW as an organization that conducted a limited defense of the day-to-day interests of autoworkers and its transformation into what it is today: a direct arm of corporate management.

Hosni Mubarak, US-backed dictator of Egypt for 30 years, dead at 91

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2020

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes Turkish-language edition of The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 30 March 2020

First published by the WSWS in February 2018, The Struggle against Imperialism and for Workers’ Power in Iran—A Reply to a Proponent of “Iranian Islamic Socialism” advances a socialist strategy for the working class in a country that has been the target of US imperialist aggression for decades.

Preface to the Turkish edition of The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran

By Keith Jones, 30 March 2020

A viable strategy to defeat imperialism can only be founded on the working class, and requires its independent political mobilization against all factions of the Iranian bourgeoisie.

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South Carolina Amazon worker speaks on loss of his health, benefits and job

By Ed Hightower and Michael Walters, 21 March 2020

Donald Thrift Jr was left jobless with $27,000 in medical debt after contracting double pneumonia while working in an Amazon fulfillment center in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

As more workers test positive for COVID-19, Amazon ignores demands to close warehouses

By Tom Carter, 25 March 2020

At least three Amazon workers in Shepherdsville, Kentucky tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, following the discovery of COVID-19 cases in New York, Florida and Michigan warehouses.

Amazon workers in New York City shut down warehouse after worker tests positive for coronavirus

By Shuvu Batta, 21 March 2020

The discovery that an Amazon worker in Queens had tested positive for coronavirus sparked work stoppages which shut the processing facility Thursday night.