Biden’s ceaseless appeals for “unity,” which began two days after the January 6 coup attempt when he argued for maintaining a “strong Republican Party,” have emboldened the fascistic forces promoted by the Republican Party and Trump.
Acutely aware of the militancy among educators, the corporate media and political establishment are engaged in a frenzied propaganda campaign to vilify teachers and distort science.
The Chicago Teachers Union’s support for the Anti-Defamation League’s specious attack on high school teacher Stu Abram highlights the CTU’s complicity in the reopening of schools, and its downplaying both the severity of the pandemic and the danger of the far right.
Statements of support, social media posts and shares, news reports and messages sent directly to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg denouncing the political censorship of the socialist left played a decisive role in the restoration of the University of Michigan IYSSE Facebook page and the accounts of leading members of the SEP.
Farmers protesting Modi’s pro-agribusiness laws clash with security forces on streets of India’s capital
Shaken by yesterday’s events, the BJP government has ordered additional security forces be deployed in Delhi, and placed Haryana and the Punjab under “high alert.”
Overwhelming opposition to reopening schools among educators and other workers leads Chicago mayor to back off from threats of retaliation.
After government intervention to keep it open, hundreds of infections went unreported at Illinois meatpacking plant
At least 137 COVID-19 cases at the Rochelle Foods meatpacking plant went unreported after state and federal government officials intervened to countermand a local lockdown order, according to an investigative report published last week in USA Today .
Workers are vehemently opposed to the company demands for a reduction in full time safety firefighting staff and a push for contract safety worker positions, dramatically raising the danger of fatal accidents and environmental disaster.
Despite horrific numbers, California governor ends stay-at-home order, mirroring President Biden’s pandemic policies
In line with the reopening policies being pursued by the Biden administration and financial elites, on Monday Governor Gavin Newsom announced the lifting of stay-at-home orders for the entire state.
Author Benjamin Tromly explores the relationship between America’s post-war spy agencies and anti-communist Russian and Soviet émigrés dedicated to regime change in the USSR.
Despite over new 1,000 admissions to ICU beds in the last 48 hours, the French education minister doubled down on lies to justify keeping schools open.
Plans to dump Albanese are intensifying as the worldwide COVID-19 catastrophe worsens, fuelling working class unrest internationally, and the incoming Biden administration steps up the US confrontation with China.
Report whitewashes Ireland’s unmarried mother and baby homes scandal: 9,000 dead babies, mass graves, illegal medical experiments, trafficking
Of the 57,000 babies born in the homes investigated, a shocking 15 percent died before their lives had hardly begun.
Chief responsibility lies with the governments in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Vienna and The Hague, which have blocked all legal avenues to Europe.
An interview with Dr. Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics at New York University, on the COVID-19 pandemic
Dr. Arthur Caplan is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics at NYU’s Langone Medical Center and the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson admits to mass murder as UK official COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000
More people have now died in the UK from COVID-19 than its civilian death toll in World War II.
The Barrier (La valla), a 13-episode Spanish television drama, is a valuable and convincing warning about the dangers of dictatorship and social inequality, and the terrible consequences of world war.
Even if Biden gets everything he asks for, his plan will be totally insufficient to meet its target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Five of six cases of the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, identified in Washtenaw County, Michigan, have been associated with the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (UMich) campus.
Five hundred workers at the Airbus plant in Hamburg-Finkenwerder are quarantining after 21 of their colleagues were infected with COVID-19. The IG Metall trade union and its works council representatives refuse to take any responsibility for the health of the work f orce.
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka report is a damning indictment of successive governments.
Facebook backed down in the face of public protests but failed to provide a credible explanation for its actions.
Any assertion that the ruling classes as a whole and the dominant financial oligarchy have no need for fascist bands, let alone a coup, because they are continuing to make money, ignores both the lessons of history and the explosive contradictions within the very heart of American capitalism and its financial system.
Growing actions by teachers and parents, including the formation of an independent safety committee by rank-and-file educators and sickouts Monday, forced the school board to announce the suspension of in-school instruction.
The annual report on inequality exposes the effect the pandemic and the response of governments around the world has had in exacerbating social inequality.
The Biden administration has made it clear the unions will play a key role in promoting the anti-China drive and enforcing the deadly reopening of schools and workplaces.
Increasing the number of arrests and legal cases against protesters, the Democratic Party is focusing their attacks on vandalism while remaining silent about the fascistic armed militia groups active in Washington state.
Just a week after his inauguration, Biden’s administration is already signalling that it will escalate Trump’s confrontation with Beijing.
Workers should reject the United Workers Union’s attempts to bludgeon them into accepting a sell-out agreement that provides for the closure of their facility and the destruction of most, if not all, of their jobs.
Environmental scientists and advocates have pointed to the devastating effects of deforestation from palm oil and mining operations that have contributed to flooding and landslides.
Biden is aggressively pursuing school reopenings in coordination with Democratic politicians and the teachers unions, as opposition among rank-and-file educators mounts to this homicidal policy.
The strike was called by the supposedly “independent” SNITIS trade union, which has worked to steer growing opposition into channels acceptable to the corporations.
Screenwriter and blacklist victim Walter Bernstein died January 23 in New York City at the age of 101. The WSWS spoke to him in 1999. We repost that interview here.
The rescue operation was delayed because the mining company did not report the disaster for more than 30 hours.
Despite lower infection rates than the US mainland, COVID-19 infection rates in Hawaii have been on the rise, with total infections increasing by 29 percent since the beginning of December.
The farmers’ agitation has compounded the enormous social and political crisis facing the Modi regime and India’s ruling elite as a whole.
The Hunts Point point strike collided against two principal obstacles: the trade unions and the Democratic Party.
The reopening of schools amid a raging pandemic is a criminal act that will only add to the already horrific toll of death from the coronavirus.
The election took place as deaths have more than doubled since the beginning of the year to a record of 275 on Sunday, bringing the total toll to 10,194 in Portugal.
Doctors across Peru are continuing a job action over conditions in the hospitals and adequate funding for COVID treatment including medicines and supplies.
Legendary Major League Baseball player Hank Aaron battled racial bigotry to become baseball’s “home run king.”
The policy of herd immunity is being deliberately cultivated in Nevada as casinos, logistics and other industries have continued to operate as normal with little to no protections in place to stop the spread of the virus.
Millions of Brazilian students refuse to take exam amid rising opposition to back to school campaign
The unprecedented mass absence from one of Brazil’s most important national yearly exams is a statement of opposition to the government’s herd immunity policy and the reopening of schools.
UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee discusses school reopenings and lessons of Trump’s attempted coup
UK Educators Rank-and-File Committee passes resolution in support of US Covid whistleblower Rebekah Jones
The 535 infections at the DVLA, the largest known number linked to a single employer and workplace, have contributed to the appalling toll of infections and deaths in the Swansea Bay area.
Facebook is engaged in an escalating campaign of state-backed internet censorship targeting socialist organizations, including the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.
1,800 workers at the Los Angeles port are not reporting to work as deaths have increased by 82 percent in the region.
IG Metall and its works councils have been implementing cutbacks for years.
It is an absolute indictment of the for-profit healthcare system and the financial oligarchs that benefit from it that hospitals should be shut down in the middle of a pandemic, let alone when 83 million already lack sufficient access to primary healthcare, in the richest country in the world.
After teachers overwhelmingly approved a union resolution to continue teaching remotely, CPS CEO Janice Jackson announced the return of K-8 educators would be delayed to Wednesday.
Australia: Inquiry reveals chronic under funding and lengthy wait times for South-West Sydney health services
The healthcare crisis is a direct result of the decimation of public health services by consecutive state and federal government, Labor and Liberal-National alike, with union support.
The rise and rise in the shares of the “barely profitable” electric car company Tesla “seemingly beyond all reason” is an expression of the “market craziness” resulting from the injection of trillions of dollars into the financial system by the Fed.
Far-right politicians who supported Trump’s efforts to overturn the election received millions in donations from the billionaire-backed organization.
Australia: Coles warehouse workers in Melbourne denounce lock-out of Smeaton Grange workers and the union
“I didn’t know about the picket because the union didn’t tell us. We’ve had only one meeting since I started in July last year.”
Students, young workers and others participated in an enthusiastic discussion on the contemporary significance of Engels' fight for scientific socialism.
President Biden says there is nothing to be done to change the pandemic’s trajectory. However, material published in the New York Times repudiates this assertion.
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Committee calls for congressional investigation into Trump's coup attempt
“We demand a full public congressional investigation, as well as the arrest and prosecution of all those responsible for planning, carrying out and providing political cover for the attempt to overthrow the Constitution! We must prepare for political general strike action against these fatal threats to our democratic rights!”
Anger is mounting in the working class after generals, royalty and politicians got the COVID-19 vaccination even as vaccines are running out for frontline health care workers.
The Socialist Equality Group and IYSSE in Turkey held an international online meeting January 17 titled “Amid the global breakdown of democracy, the way forward for the Boğaziçi University protests.”
A letter signed by 100 faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology calls for the defense of Professor Gang Chen, whom the US government is prosecuting on charges of wire fraud and tax violations as part of its witchhunt against academics who collaborate with Chinese institutions.
The Western press, which has proclaimed Navalny an “international hero” and “democratic opponent” of Putin, has deliberately kept its readers in the dark about his political orientation and history.
The decisive lesson from the Egyptian revolution is that a revolutionary leadership in the working class must be built, in opposition to the pseudo left, prior to the eruption of mass struggles.
The New York Times has reported new details of Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which were blocked only by the threat of mass resignations by top officials at the Justice Department.
25 years ago: Dozens killed in Colombo suicide bombing On January 31, 1996, a suicide truck bomb carrying 440 pounds of explosives blew up in the downtown center of Colombo, killing nearly 100 people. Many victims were severely burned, leaving relatives identifying bodies with great difficulty.
Mass unemployment and the miserable levels of state aid available are sowing increasing devastation throughout the region.
Readouts of Biden’s conversation with Trudeau, the first he had with a foreign leader as president, and a flurry of press commentary make clear Ottawa and Washington plan to expand their strategic partnership to more aggressively challenge their great-power rivals, above all Russia and China.
Despite the dangerous spread of the new UK variant of COVID-19 and the deadly impact the pandemic throughout Europe, Greece is easing its lockdown measures.
Filmmaking brothers favor the personal and shun the political in a Western set in Texas and Mexico.
A year of the coronavirus pandemic, in Germany and globally, has shown that curbing the virus cannot be left to the capitalist governments.
Death rates in 20 countries are higher than the global average of 2.2 percent, rising by more than 30 percent in the past month in Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa. Officials in Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo said hospital capacity and oxygen supplies were running out.
The Johnson government has been able to oversee such death and destruction only because they are governing in a de facto coalition with the Labour Party and the trade unions.
Fearing the strike was becoming a catalyst for a broader movement of the working class against social inequality and the criminal response to the pandemic, the unions and the Democrats rushed to shut down the struggle.
The determined fight by Gartmore Estate workers to defend their jobs and basic rights is an expression of rising unrest throughout the country’s plantation sector.
On Friday, Facebook carried out a purge of left-wing, antiwar and progressive Facebook pages and accounts, including members of the Socialist Equality Party.
The Biden administration’s pandemic response proposal has as its central aim opening up the entire country to economic activity.
The threats to assassinate Socialist Alternative leader and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant came from a city government email address. The city must take all necessary measures to protect Sawant, her family and her aides.
Vote “no” on the sellout agreement at Hunts Point! Form rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!
The Socialist Equality Party urges workers at Hunts Point Produce market in the Bronx to reject any deal between the Teamsters and the employers to shut down the strike.
The Lightfoot administration has indicated it will treat teachers following through with a union resolution to continue teaching remotely as engaging in an illegal strike, even as she and Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker push to open restaurants and businesses.
While the Democrats and media have hailed retired General Lloyd Austin as the historic first African-American secretary of defense, more significantly he is the second recently retired general tapped to head the Pentagon in four years.
There is substantial opposition to the betrayal, but it can be defeated only through a rebellion against the UWU and the establishment of new organisations of genuine struggle.
Blinken’s endorsement of Pompeo’s provocative remarks is a sure demonstration that the Biden administration will escalate the war drive against China.
In the past two weeks, COVID-19 deaths have increased by 82 percent throughout California as the virus continues to spread unabated. Despite the surge, multiple Southern California school districts plan to reopen in the coming weeks.
More than three million workers remain unemployed or “underemployed” and another 1.5 million are on JobKeeper wage subsidies that the government is terminating in March.
Our committee calls for the fullest investigation into the high-level connections between Texas Republicans, the Trump administration, and the far-right and fascistic groups that coordinated the January 6 coup attempt in Washington, DC.
The staggering impact of these educators’ deaths upon staff and students is incalculable, and there have been numerous heartfelt tributes made by community members in Montgomery.
The statistics are a devastating indictment of the Conservative government’s policy of forcing schools to stay open, supported by the Labour Party and the trade unions.
The ruling class orders workers and youth back to work and school, knowing thousands will get sick and die, knowing they can illegally obtain the vaccine for themselves.
Among those supporting Bakri are British film directors Ken Loach and Asif Kapadia, Finnish screenwriter and director Aki Kaurismaki, Palestinian filmmakers Michel Khleifi and Annemarie Jacir and Israeli director Eyal Sivan.
The cuts will cause untold misery among the most vulnerable layers of the population.
So as to ensure Canada’s ruling elite continues to accumulate obscene wealth, the federal Liberal and provincial governments have sabotaged implementation of the measures urgently needed to halt the spread of COVID-19.
Having witnessed a small drop-off in infections and hospitalizations, Moscow and Saint Petersburg are now ending the very restrictions that fueled these improvements.
“We the military are the last obstacle to socialism. Who decides whether a people will live in democracy or dictatorship is their Armed Forces,” declared fascistic President Bolsonaro.
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Data published by Public Health England covering January 4-10 showed a near 70 percent increase in reports of COVID-19 infections related to workplaces, with 175 clusters. These workplaces were other than schools, hospitals or care homes.
The large support for the #ZeroCovid petition is an expression of the growing opposition to official government policy that puts the profits of big business above saving human lives. A consistent struggle against the pandemic, however, requires a socialist programme and the building of independent action committees.
The workers at a maquiladora factory owned by the Texas-based multinational Cypress Industries struck to demand a 15 percent wage increase, following wildcat strikes by workers in the city last April against unsafe conditions caused by the pandemic.
Jobson, a railway worker, joined the Trotskyist movement in 1974 and dedicated his adult life to the struggle for socialist internationalism in the working class.
Albanese’s line was that a Labor government would be best placed to deepen the US-Australia alliance under the new Democratic Party administration, as it prepares for war with China.
B’Tselem's statement that Israel is an apartheid regime confirms not only what critics of Israel’s brutal suppression of the Palestinians have long been saying, but also the historic bankruptcy and reactionary culmination of the Zionist project and all such nationalist programs.
How Royal Bournemouth Hospital management put patient and staff safety in jeopardy: A frontline nurse explains
Hospital management pretended that they could look after Covid and non-Covid patients along with other elective patients, without adequate staff and resources. This has failed miserably, with severe consequences.
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