Eyewitness testimony: Death of Portland protester Michael Reinoehl was targeted assassination

By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2020

Sought for the shooting of a fascist vigilante in Portland, Oregon, Reinoehl was walking to his car when four policemen opened fire on him without warning, riddling him with bullets.

The killing of Michael Reinoehl: A state murder

State University of New York scapegoats students for COVID outbreaks, prepares repressive measures

By Alex Findijs, 11 September 2020

Refusing to take any responsibility for this catastrophe, the SUNY system is on a crusade to punish groups of students for gathering and lay the ground for further police repression on campuses.

The human cost of school reopenings: Six teachers dead in the US in the past month

By Renae Cassimeda, 11 September 2020

All of these deaths were absolutely unnecessary and are the direct result of criminal policies carried out by Democratic and Republican politicians at every level in the interest of protecting the profits of the financial oligarchy.

Over 10,500 Florida children test positive for COVID-19 after schools reopen

By Matthew MacEgan, 11 September 2020

Cases of COVID-19 among school-aged children in Florida have increased by 34 percent since schools started to reopen on August 10.

More on the back to school drive »

“Practically all children, one way or another, will be infected”
Spanish government demands schools reopen as COVID-19 deaths surge

By Alice Summers, 11 September 2020

The PSOE-Podemos government is deliberately implementing a reckless and criminal policy that will lead to an explosion of cases and many unnecessary deaths.

Colombian security forces massacre 10 youth protesting police murder

By Andrea Lobo, 11 September 2020

The massacre in Bogotá signals the willingness of the Colombian ruling elite to turn to authoritarian rule to crush social opposition in the midst of the uncontrolled pandemic.

Ten percent of Oregon’s population ordered to evacuate as wildfires continue to ravage the US west coast

By David Fitzgerald, 11 September 2020

At least fourteen people have died in the latest outbreak: a one-year-old boy in Washington, three people in Oregon, and ten in California, and the death toll is expected to rise.

US universities emerge as battlegrounds as students and faculty fight back against reckless reopening plans

By Genevieve Leigh, 11 September 2020

Students and university workers are being thrust into a fight as outbreaks of COVID-19 spread across US campuses.

University of Michigan graduate student strike wins wide support

By Sheila Brehm, 11 September 2020

On Wednesday, graduate students rejected an offer from the university that met none of their demands and voted to continue their strike in the face of threats of retaliation.

University of Iowa students and staff respond to one-day sickout

By Brian Brown and Andy Thompson, 11 September 2020

University of Iowa faculty and students continue to protest against the administration’s reluctance to transition to 100 percent online learning, despite an additional 220 students who tested positive for COVID-19 in one day.

University of California, San Diego students, staff and faculty issue open letter opposing reckless reopening plan

By Peter Ross, 11 September 2020

The appeal calls on the university to cancel in-person classes, limit campus housing to those with no other viable options and cancel layoffs and furloughs.

Turkish government prepares to reopen schools as pandemic escalates

By Barış Demir, 11 September 2020

Under deadly conditions, the government plans to reopen schools across Turkey on September 21, backed by official opposition parties and allied trade unions.

Iraqi health care workers threaten nationwide strike to demand resources to fight pandemic

By Jean Shaoul, 11 September 2020

Iraq had initially contained the pandemic with lockdown measures, but cases and deaths have more than doubled since early July, when the government began the gradual lifting of restrictions.

Attorney General William Barr boosts Trump campaign for police repression

By Kristina Betinis, 11 September 2020

Touting the success of the federal policing effort Operation Legend, Barr spoke in Chicago at what was essentially a Trump re-election campaign stop and toured strategic Chicago police facilities.

Federal prosecutors request halt to “Jane Doe” civil lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein estate

By Kevin Reed, 11 September 2020

The US Justice Department—which has charged Ghislaine Maxwell with six offenses in connection with Jeffrey Epstein’s criminal sex-trafficking operation—is arguing in court that a parallel civil lawsuit against her must be halted.

Hong Kong police carry out mass arrest of protesters

By Ben McGrath, 11 September 2020

The conditions for the heightened attack on democratic and social rights have been created by the pro-capitalist opposition pan-democrat bloc.

India’s Supreme Court punishes prominent lawyer for criticizing its role in assault on democratic rights

By Kranti Kumara, 11 September 2020

Time and again, India’s Supreme Court has aided and abetted the anti-democratic actions and Hindu communalist provocations of the Modi government.

Solomon Islands’ renegade province threatens separatist split over China diplomatic recognition

By Patrick O’Connor, 11 September 2020

The threat is the latest in a series of provocations by the Malaitan leader, who is being backed by US and Australian imperialism.

Unions enforce pro-business restructure at Australia Post

By Jim Franklin and Oscar Grenfell, 11 September 2020

The unions are integrating themselves into management and enforcing a no-strike pledge, amid a major assault on the conditions of postal workers.

10 September 2020

Lesbos refugee-camp blaze leaves 13,000 without shelter

By Robert Stevens, 10 September 2020

“We have lit a match that could unite a global wave”
University of Michigan grad students reject administration offer, continue strike against unsafe conditions

By Jerry White, 10 September 2020

New York City educators launch safety committee to halt the reopening of schools

By the New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 September 2020

Speaking before auto union bureaucrats in Michigan, Biden makes nationalist appeal

By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2020

Democrats and media silent on execution of Michael Reinoehl by US Marshals

By Kevin Reed, 10 September 2020

Scottish Crown Office blocks release of documents vital for Craig Murray’s defence

By Steve James, 10 September 2020

Lies in the Navalny case

By Peter Schwarz, 10 September 2020

Australian intelligence agencies raided Chinese journalists in June

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 September 2020

Austria: No protection for population despite rising coronavirus infections

By Markus Salzmann, 10 September 2020

UK government blames young people as COVID-19 surges

By Thomas Scripps, 10 September 2020

Salt Lake City police engage in a cover-up after shooting autistic 13-year-old boy multiple times

By Jacob Crosse, 10 September 2020

Oregon governor declares state of emergency calling wildfires a “once-in-a-generation event”

By Kevin Martinez, 10 September 2020

Collapse in oil prices threatens social and political unrest in Middle East and North Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 10 September 2020

Unifor selects Ford Canada as target company to establish “pattern contract”

By Carl Bronski, 10 September 2020

Australian study reveals rise in mental health problems during COVID-19 pandemic

By John Mackay, 10 September 2020

New in Portuguese

Governador Wilson Witzel afastado por fraudes em contratos de emergência para combate à COVID-19

Miguel Andrade, 11 setembro 2020

O Superior Tribunal de Justiça afastou, por acusações de fraude em contratos para o combate à COVID-19, o governador Wilson Witzel, do Rio de Janeiro, que agora enfrenta um processo judicial e um impeacment.

New in Russian

Выборы в стиле Гражданской войны

Заявление Политического комитета Партии Социалистического Равенства (США), 10 сентября 2020 г.

Выборы в США, до которых осталось менее двух месяцев, вступают в свою завершающую стадию в условиях беспрецедентного социального, экономического и политического кризиса.

Протестующие осуждают показательное судилище над Джулианом Ассанжем в Олд-Бейли

От наших корреспондентов, 10 сентября 2020 г.

К давним сторонникам этой кампании присоединились другие, приехавшие со всей Великобритании, а также из Швейцарии, Франции, Португалии, Соединенных Штатов и Австралии.

New in French

Les mensonges dans l’affaire Navalny

Peter Schwarz, 11 septembre 2020

Les relations entre l’Allemagne et la Russie sont au plus bas niveau depuis que Berlin a soutenu le coup d’État pro-occidental en Ukraine il y a six ans et que la Russie a annexé la Crimée.

L’incendie du camp de réfugiés de Lesbos laisse 13.000 personnes sans abri

Robert Stevens, 11 septembre 2020

Un détenu criait durant l'incendie: «Où est la police, où sont les pompiers, où est tout le monde? Nous brûlons, nos tentes brûlent. Tout brûle. Nous avons fait ce voyage pour finir brûlés à mort. Tout est en feu.»

New in Spanish

El complot contra Estado Unidos y el mundo: cómo el Gobierno de EE.UU. y los medios de comunicación suprimieron la verdad sobre la pandemia de COVID-19

Bryan Dyne y Andre Damon, 11 septiembre 2020

En un número cada vez mayor de países en todo el mundo, la marcha para reabrir las escuelas se ha vuelto el foco de la lucha de clases.

Assange señalado por opiniones políticas en "amenaza aterradora a la Primera Enmienda", dicen testigos expertos en la audiencia

Laura Tiernan y Thomas Scripps, 11 septiembre 2020

La exposición de Wikileaks de las bajas civiles en Irak y Afganistán ha jugado "posiblemente el papel más importante" en catalizar la oposición pública a ambas guerras.

Cien años desde el nacimiento del maestro de jazz Charlie Parker

John Andrews, 11 septiembre 2020

Hoy, los aficionados de todo el mundo conmemoran el centenario del nacimiento de Charlie Parker, un inventor del bebop y una de las mayores figuras de la historia del jazz.

Docentes de la ciudad de Nueva York crean comité de seguridad para detener la reapertura escolar

Comité de Seguridad de Base de Educadores de la Ciudad de Nueva York, 11 septiembre 2020

Al fundar este comité, nos posicionamos de forma completamente independiente de los demócratas y republicanos, así como del sindicato United Federation of Teachers y sus auspiciadores, dado que todos conspiraron para aplicar la reapertura de las escuelas.

Hablando ante los burócratas de los sindicatos automotores en Michigan, Biden hace un llamamiento nacionalista

Patrick Martin, 11 septiembre 2020

El candidato demócrata trató de mantener una de las ficciones más perniciosas de la política capitalista: que los ejecutivos de los sindicatos representan a la clase obrera, en lugar de servir como una fuerza policial corporativa.

Las mentiras en el caso Navalny

Peter Schwarz, 11 septiembre 2020

La relación entre Alemania y Rusia ha alcanzado su punto más bajo desde que Berlín apoyó un golpe de Estado proccidental en Ucrania hace seis años y Rusia luego anexó Crimea.

Dos décadas de "guerra contra el terrorismo" de EE.UU. responsable de desplazar al menos a 37 millones de personas y matar a 12 millones

Jacob Crosse, 11 septiembre 2020

Un nuevo informe de la Universidad de Brown estima que el número de personas que han huido de las operaciones militares de los Estados Unidos desde septiembre de 2001 asciende a 59 millones.

New in German

US-Wahlen am Rand des Bürgerkriegs

Erklärung des Politischen Komitees der Socialist Equality Party (USA), 10. September 2020

Die Wahlen in den USA in zwei Monaten finden unter Bedingungen einer beispiellosen sozialen, wirtschaftlichen und politischen Krise statt.

Lügen im Fall Nawalny

Peter Schwarz, 10. September 2020

Das Verhältnis zwischen Deutschland und Russland hat den tiefsten Punkt erreicht, seit Berlin vor sechs Jahren den prowestlichen Putsch in der Ukraine unterstützte und Russland anschließend die Krim-Halbinsel annektierte.

Stoppt den gefährlichen ‚Regelbetrieb‘ an den Schulen! Bereitet einen bundesweiten Generalstreik vor!
Gründet unabhängige Aktionskomitees für die Sicherheit von Pädagogen, Schülern und Eltern!

Aktionskomitees für sichere Bildung, 10. September 2020

Der völlig ungesicherte Regelbetrieb an den Schulen bedroht die Gesundheit und das Leben von Millionen von Kindern, Jugendlichen, Pädagogen, Eltern und anderen Angehörigen.

Prozess gegen Assange: WikiLeaks hat Drohnenmorde, Folter und Überstellungen enthüllt, sagt Anwalt von Guantanamo Bay-Häftlingen

Laura Tiernan und Thomas Scripps, 10. September 2020

Clive Stafford Smith verglich die Foltermethoden der USA mit denen der spanischen Inquisition.

New in Turkish

Küresel koronavirüs ölüm tahminleri, sürü bağışıklığı politikasının fütursuzca uygulandığını gösteriyor

Benjamin Mateus, 10 Eylül 2020

Günlük ölümlerin 1 Ekim’den sonra tırmanmaya başlaması ve 1 Kasım’dan sonra sert biçimde yükselmesi bekleniyor.

100 yıl önce: Türkiye Komünist Partisi kuruldu

10 Eylül 2020

Türkiye Komünist Partisi (TKP), 10 Eylül 1920’de, kısa süre önce kurulan Sovyet Azerbaycan’ın başkenti Bakü’de, Komünist Enternasyonal’in Türkiye şubesi olarak kuruldu.

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Perspective

The coronavirus conspiracy: What did they know, and when did they know it?

11 September 2020

While Trump is the first US official to admit to having deliberately lied to the American population about the dangers posed by the pandemic, he did not act alone.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

The plot against America and the world: How the US government and the media suppressed the truth about the COVID-19 pandemic

By Bryan Dyne and Andre Damon, 10 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

Opposition to the resumption of classes at the University of Michigan is part of a broader struggle of workers against the homicidal policy of the ruling class related to the pandemic.

The Civil War Election

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

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

The Persecution of Julian Assange

Assange hearing adjourned as prosecution lawyer is tested for COVID-19

By Thomas Scripps, 11 September 2020

Dr Stephen Frost, founder of Doctors for Assange, told the WSWS, “While the Court today adjourned due to the risk of infection from COVID-19, Julian Assange has been sent back to Belmarsh maximum security prison where the threat of infection from COVID-19 is extremely high—and he is severely immunocompromised.”

Assange targeted for political views in “terrifying threat to First Amendment,” expert witnesses tell hearing

By Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 10 September 2020

Assange extradition hearing: WikiLeaks exposed US drone killings, torture and rendition, says Guantanamo Bay lawyer

By Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 9 September 2020

The working class must demand an end to the show trial of Julian Assange

By Thomas Scripps, 8 September 2020

Protesters condemn show trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey

By our reporters, 8 September 2020

Watch John Pilger’s speech outside the London show-trial of Julian Assange

8 September 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Arts Review

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plan for racial and gender criteria: A right-wing attack on artistic freedom

By David Walsh, 11 September 2020

The actions reveal that the affluent layer in charge in Hollywood is either indifferent or hostile to the process by which art is created, and determined to pursue its selfish, grasping political and economic agenda.

Film version of Jack London’s Martin Eden: An artist who loses touch with everyday life

By David Walsh, 11 September 2020

Directed by Italian filmmaker Pietro Marcello, the film is a valuable adaptation of London’s well-known 1909 novel, transposed to mid-20th century Italy.

Two novellas on the #MeToo issue: Mary Gaitskill’s This is Pleasure and James Lasdun’s Afternoon of a Faun

By Sandy English, 9 September 2020

The Silence of Others: The victims of Spanish fascism then and now

By Alejandro Lopez and Kevin Martinez, 7 September 2020

Chadwick Boseman (1976–2020): A talented actor, now hailed as a “king”

By Carlos Delgado, 5 September 2020

The promotion of Black capitalism in Pharrell Williams & Jay-Z’s “Entrepreneur”

By Elliott Murtagh, 4 September 2020

Workers Struggles

National stoppage planned in France over job losses; Nigeria’s doctors resume strike for PPE; South African protests for PPE met with police brutality
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

11 September 2020

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

Commentary

World Socialist Web Site interviews historian Dr. Joseph Scalice

10 September 2020

CPP founder Jose Maria Sison slanders historian Joseph Scalice for “red-tagging”

Statements of support for historian Joseph Scalice from Australia and New Zealand

Edited transcript of Joseph Scalice’s lecture on CPP
First as Tragedy, Second as Farce: Marcos, Duterte and the Communist Parties of the Philippines

Watch: Lecture exposes role of Communist Party of the Philippines in propping up Duterte regime

Two decades of US “war on terror” responsible for displacing at least 37 million people and killing up to 12 million

By Jacob Crosse, 9 September 2020

Once more: What has happened to the #MeToo witch-hunt?

By David Walsh, 8 September 2020

Oppose the unsafe reopening of New York University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NYU, 8 September 2020

Student paper defends plan for segregated living spaces at New York University

The unanswered questions in the latest Russian “meddling” allegations

By Andre Damon, 7 September 2020

End the blacklist of the World Socialist Web Site on Reddit!

The New York Times slanders left-wing opposition to Biden as “Russian propaganda”

The Movement for a People’s Party: No program, no principles, no future

By Jacob Crosse and Joseph Kishore, 7 September 2020

The global campaign to reopen schools and the international strategy of the working class

By Evan Blake, 4 September 2020

For a general strike against the reopening of schools!

Attend the UK online education forum Saturday September 5, 2pm
Form independent rank-and-file safety committees of teachers, educators, parents and students! For a general strike against the reopening of schools!

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

1 August 2020

Science

Human disturbances of wild areas increase the likelihood of future pandemics

By Philip Guelpa, 10 September 2020

The pseudoscience behind the right-wing drive to force schools to open
Part one

By Benjamin Mateus, 1 September 2020

Socialist Equality Party

“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

SEP US presidential election campaign

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

By Kevin Reed, 9 September 2020

The Socialist Equality Party denounces Trump’s mass arrest of 2,000 immigrants!

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

SEP submits emergency application to the US Supreme Court in Michigan ballot access case

By Kevin Reed, 1 September 2020

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Youth and students: Oppose the deadly reopening of schools! Take a stand on the side of the teachers and the working class!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 3 September 2020

“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

25 years ago: International Workers Bulletin available on internet for the first time

On September 11, 1995, the International Workers Bulletin—the US predecessor of the World Socialist Web Site—was made available in its entirety on the internet for the first time.

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50 years ago: Palestinian guerrillas hijack airplanes to Jordan

On September 9, 1970, members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) hijacked the last of four planes seized and taken to Dawson’s Field, a remote airstrip outside of Zarqa, Jordan.

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75 years ago: Chinese Communist Party wins victories in renewed civil war

This week in September 1945, the Chinese Communist Party secured several military victories over the country’s right-wing nationalist Kuomintang government, even as truce negotiations continued.

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100 years ago: Communist Party of Turkey founded

On September 10, 1920, the Communist Party of Turkey was founded in Baku, the capital of the recently established Soviet Azerbaijan, as the Turkish section of the Communist International.

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History

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

By Saman Gunadasa, 2 September 2020

The 2020 US election

Trump incites vigilante violence against peaceful protests in Wisconsin

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US President, 31 August 2020

In the face of increasing government, fascist attacks
Protests against police violence continue across the US

DSA member in Spokane, Washington detained by unidentified officers before police violence protest

Social crisis, class struggle and the 2020 election

By Andre Damon, 29 August 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan SEP thanks those who supported its defence campaign

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 1 September 2020

Sri Lankan SEP to hold online lecture on how to fight Rajapakse’s dictatorial moves

After the Sri Lankan election, president moves towards dictatorial rule

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

Book Review

The Kill Chain: A new era of world war

By Shuvu Batta, 29 August 2020

Obituary

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

By Tom Mackaman, 13 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.

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