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Striking nurses in Joliet, Illinois denounce unsafe conditions at AMITA hospital

By Benjamin Mateus, 7 August 2020

Striking nurses spoke to WSWS reporters about their demands for adequate staffing and safe working conditions.

Joblessness soars as COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across US

By Bryan Dyne, 10 July 2020

Another 1.3 million people filed for unemployment for the first time last week as 18.1 million placed continuing claims.

Spain imposes regional lockdowns amid resurgence of COVID-19

By Alice Summers, 10 July 2020

After ending the national lockdown, the Podemos-PSOE government is rejecting a coordinated response, leaving regional authorities with managing outbreaks.

“This is going to kill us—not coronavirus, but how broken the health care system is”

An Illinois nurse speaks out against corporate control of health care systems

By Jessica Goldstein, 10 July 2020

The nurse spoke to the WSWS after being furloughed for speaking out against a hospital’s corporate policies that discriminated against low-income patients during the pandemic.

Bath Iron Works expands strikebreaking operation as Maine shipyard walkout continues

By Shannon Jones, 10 July 2020

Management has put out a call for hundreds of additional scab replacements as the walkout by 4,300 shipbuilders is into its third week.

Supreme Court rules against Trump on releasing tax returns, but allows delay

By John Burton, 10 July 2020

While Trump failed in his effort to assert absolute presidential immunity, the court rulings will push back any release of his financial documents until after the election.

Fiat Chrysler ends third shift at Windsor, Ontario plant eliminating 1,375 jobs

By Carl Bronski, 10 July 2020

Talking like a corporate executive, Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy said the cuts were “strictly a business decision.”

“A large-scale struggle and strong opposition is needed”

CUNY students and faculty call for resistance to layoffs and cuts

By Elliott Murtagh, 10 July 2020

The WSWS spoke to students and faculty at the City University of New York about recent austerity measures.

Victoria records highest number of cases since pandemic began, as Australian coronavirus surge intensifies

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 July 2020

Victoria's chief medical officer told the press: “We will see an increase in hospitalised and ICU cases and in deaths in the coming days because of the spike that we have seen.”

Chancellor Sunak announces end of UK jobs furlough and rolls out cheap labour scheme

By Robert Stevens, 10 July 2020

Sunak’s declaration that “we can’t protect every job” is the understatement of the century. Companies are announcing thousands of redundancies every day amid warnings of unemployment reaching 5 million by next year.

Mexican labor lawyer released under punitive deal after arbitrary imprisonment

By Andrea Lobo, 10 July 2020

The imprisonment of Susana Prieto Terrazas exposed all factions of the ruling elite, from the ostensibly “left” López Obrador administration to the National Action Party (PAN) state governments, and their lurch toward authoritarian forms of rule.

NTEU steps up collaboration with Australian university managements amid job cuts “tsunami”

By Mike Head, 10 July 2020

The union is pushing ahead with deals to impose unprecedented sacrifices on university workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michigan court rules that SEP must gather signatures despite pandemic

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 10 July 2020

The district court’s decision is not a serious legal ruling grounded in jurisprudence or reasoned analysis. It is a political decision aimed at barring socialists from the ballot.

The collapse of the New York Times’ “Russian bounties” campaign

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2020

Less than two weeks after it kicked off a media frenzy, the Times published an editorial effectively conceding that there was no factual basis for its reporting that Russian military intelligence had paid bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers.

Massive neo-Nazi penetration of German military and police

By Jordan Shilton, 10 July 2020

There are growing fears in the German government of preparations for a right-wing putsch.

An interview with Ed Achorn, author of Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

By Shannon Jones, 10 July 2020

In a recent conversation with the WSWS, Achorn discussed his book on Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address and weighed in on efforts to slander the president who won the Civil War and destroyed slavery in the United States.

The campaign to smear novelist Charles Dickens as a racist

By David Walsh, 10 July 2020

Dickens was one of the greatest novelists of the 19th century and a world-historical literary and cultural figure. In the English language, he is perhaps second only to William Shakespeare in enduring significance and popularity.

Mr. López Obrador goes to Washington

Mexican president kowtows to his “friend” Donald Trump

By Eric London, 9 July 2020

Obrador’s appearance with Trump yesterday will rank in history as among the most demeaning and sycophantic Washington visits by any Latin American head of state.

United Airlines threatens to axe 36,000 jobs

By Steve Filips, 9 July 2020

The threat by United to lay off 45 percent of its workforce is part of a widespread restructuring of the US and international airline industry.

As hundreds of scientists warn WHO of potential airborne spread

Global COVID-19 pandemic takes a new upward leap

By Benjamin Mateus, 9 July 2020

Airborne transmission would have broad implications for workers who have been forced back to their jobs facing inadequate measures to protect their health and life.

Surge in infections gives India third highest COVID-19 cases worldwide

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 9 July 2020

The surge is a direct result of the Modi government’s homicidal “herd immunity” policy, which prioritizes the profit interests of big business over the lives of workers and their families.

US Supreme Court decisions attack separation of church and state and workers’ rights

By Ed Hightower, 9 July 2020

The court’s assault on workers takes the form of an assault on secularism.

“A rank-and-file safety committee is exactly what we need”

Toledo Jeep workers demand action after dozens test positive for COVID-19

By Jerry White, 9 July 2020

Anger is reaching a breaking point at Fiat Chrysler’s Toledo Assembly Complex after reports that supervisors, union officials and workers have contracted the disease.

As it charts depths of economic crisis

OECD pushes for cuts in assistance for jobless

By Nick Beams, 9 July 2020

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development says that up to 10 times fewer hours have been worked in some countries as compared with the first months of the 2008 financial crisis.

Wall Street, Republicans and militarists back Biden campaign

By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2020

The presumptive Democratic nominee has outraised President Trump for two months in a row, thanks in part to a flood of corporate and billionaire money.

Delta Airlines workers expose unsafe working conditions

By Tim Rivers, 9 July 2020

With the airlines increasing flights and slashing jobs, Delta flight crew members spoke to the WSWS about working conditions during the pandemic

Students oppose Trump’s threat to deport international students

By our reporters, 9 July 2020

The Trump administration’s effort to use international students as a bargaining chip to force the reopening of colleges is part of a push to get the economy back open while also scapegoating immigrants for the pandemic.

“I’ve been made to feel like a criminal, but I haven’t done anything wrong”

Melbourne public housing resident denounces Australian police lockdown

By Eric Ludlow, 9 July 2020

Kat, a working-class mother, spoke with the WSWS about the conditions in the locked-down public housing towers, home to some of the most oppressed sections of the working class.

Rutgers University announces hundreds of layoffs, intends to charge students full tuition in the fall

By Shuvu Batta, 9 July 2020

The layoffs and furloughs must be fought, and students must reject the enormous tuition and student loan debt that they are being compelled to pay for virtual courses.

Phoenix, Arizona, police shoot man dead in his car, sparking protests

By Chase Lawrence, 9 July 2020

James Garcia died Saturday after being shot multiple times as he was parked in the driveway of a friend’s house.

Germany: Automaker Opel cuts company pensions

By Marianne Arens, 9 July 2020

W ith the help of the IG Metall union, management is passing on the costs of the coronavirus pandemic, e-mobility and digitalization to the workers.

After police killing of Badreddin Abadlla Adam

More evidence of ill-treatment of asylum seekers in Glasgow hotels

By Steve James, 9 July 2020

Two weeks after the police killing of 28-year-old Sudanese man Badreddin Abadlla Adam, asylum seekers in Glasgow continue to face appalling conditions.

Riots in Ethiopia over assassination of Oromi singer/activist Hachalu Hundessa

By Jean Shaoul, 9 July 2020

In Addis Ababa, at least 10 people were killed in clashes with the police and many more were injured. Similar clashes took place throughout Oromia, the largest of Ethiopia’s nine ethnically based regions.

Melbourne public housing residents condemn Australian police lockdown

By Martin Scott and Oscar Grenfell, 9 July 2020

“Instead of nurses, doctors and social workers, they send us the police, which gives the wrong message among the community.”

Australia: Woolworths to slash more than 1,300 warehousing jobs

By Patrick Davies, 9 July 2020

Like other corporations, the supermarket chain is using the pandemic to restructure its operations at the expense of jobs and working conditions.

What is behind the New Zealand health minister’s resignation?

By Tom Peters, 9 July 2020

The resignation of David Clark just months before an election, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, points to political instability in the Labour Party-led government.

Trump’s back-to-work diktat threatens teachers’ lives

By Evan Blake, 9 July 2020

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump demanded that US schools reopen in the fall amid a raging pandemic, threatening the lives of thousands of teachers.

Federal judge backs Democrats, rules against SEP challenge to Michigan ballot access requirements during pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 9 July 2020

A Republican-appointed federal judge sided with Michigan Democrats on Wednesday and ruled against the Socialist Equality Party in its lawsuit to block the state’s unconstitutional rules for ballot access in the 2020 presidential elections.

Letters demand Sri Lankan defence secretary stop military harassment of SEP candidates

By our correspondents, 9 July 2020

This campaign is part of broader struggle to defend the democratic rights of all working people against dictatorial measures.

Oppose the Melbourne public housing towers lock-in! For a health and welfare response, not a police mobilisation!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 9 July 2020

The SEP calls for the formation of local safety committees, both within the tower blocks and more broadly, to organise measures to protect the residents and the working class as a whole.

British government’s token arts rescue package: A “back-to-work” agenda amid an ongoing catastrophe

By Paul Bond, 9 July 2020

The limited financial assistance provided is based on the Johnson government’s claim that the pandemic is on the wane and that theatre, dance and music venues will soon be able to get back to relying on revenue from the paying public.

As Trump demands full reopening of schools

US coronavirus case count soars past 3 million

By Bryan Dyne, 8 July 2020

Cities across the United States are being forced to ration coronavirus testing and are in danger of being compelled to ration treatment.

Florida orders schools to reopen as COVID-19 cases surge

By David Brown, 8 July 2020

The Florida Department of Education is ordering schools to physically open in August, threatening the lives of teachers and students.

Canadian establishment downplays failed attempt to assassinate Trudeau

By Roger Jordan, 8 July 2020

Hurren’s assassination attempt raise troubling questions about his political motivations, the degree to which he was active in far-right circles and whether he acted alone.

Brazil’s fascistic President Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

By Tomas Castanheira, 8 July 2020

Amidst the catastrophic pandemic, Bolsonaro reaffirms his criminal message: “Life goes on, Brazil has to produce, it has to put the economy to work.”

South Africa sees surge in COVID-19 as restrictions lifted

By Stephan McCoy, 8 July 2020

South Africa is now the country with the second highest number of deaths on the African continent, behind Egypt, and the largest number of cases.

UK: Coronavirus exposes Leicester’s sweatshops and government hypocrisy

By Thomas Scripps, 8 July 2020

Government ministers have struck a pose of outrage at a situation they have ignored for years and want to replicate across the country.

UK meat processing factories involved in COVID-19 outbreak back up and running

By Tony Robson, 8 July 2020

Local authorities and the trade unions have worked to conceal the criminality of the corporations so as not interfere with the premature re-opening of the economy.

Spanish unions isolate Nissan workers’ struggle

By Alice Summers, 8 July 2020

As assaults on jobs and conditions mount across Spain, the unions are trying to suppress autoworkers’ opposition to the closure of Nissan’s Barcelona factory.

Limited lockdown imposed in Melbourne as COVID-19 surges in Australia

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 July 2020

The spike in Victoria refutes the claims of federal and state governments that the coronavirus could be locally-contained as they “reopen the economy.”

Jeffrey Epstein’s confidante Ghislaine Maxwell relocated to federal jail in New York City

By Kevin Reed, 8 July 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell is to appear in court on July 14 on charges of enticing minors to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s.

New York City EMS worker commits suicide

By Ali Elhassan, 8 July 2020

The warnings by mental health experts about the traumatic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on health care workers are now being tragically borne out.

US billionaires, politicians cash in on “small business” loan program

By Jacob Crosse, 8 July 2020

Information released Monday by the US Treasury and Small Business Administration reveals how the well-connected and rich helped themselves to billions of taxpayer dollars.

Bombing of Turkey’s Watiya base escalates Franco-Italian proxy war in Libya

By Alex Lantier, 8 July 2020

The decade-long civil war between rival imperialist-backed warlords triggered by the 2011 NATO war in Libya is spiraling out of control.

UK set to ban Huawei from 5G network

By Nick Beams, 8 July 2020

The key factor in the decision was the move by the Trump administration in May to ban the use of US software in Huawei’s operating systems.

Immigrant worker with COVID-19 dies after being sent home by Tennessee hospital

By Warren Duzak, 8 July 2020

Miguel Ordoñez died last month after being told by doctors at the Erlanger Medical Center to go home with nothing else but a prescription for Tylenol.

Chicago mayor uses rise in social distress, violent crime to advance “law and order” policing

By Kristina Betinis, 8 July 2020

The spurt in violent crime, coinciding with the ongoing protests against police violence, is being used to justify a heightening of police repression.

US Border Patrol deployed against anti-police violence protestors

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 8 July 2020

Federal law enforcement agencies under the direction of the Trump administration are currently working with the Portland Police Bureau to suppress peaceful protests.

New York City Democrats ensure budget protects NYPD and guts social services

By Sam Dalton, 8 July 2020

An examination of the budget makes clear that highly publicized $1 billion “cut” to the New York Police Department is a complete sham.

Duterte signs draconian anti-terrorism law in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 8 July 2020

The new law authorizes surveillance and arrests without warrant of anyone the administration terms ‘a terrorist’

US war drive against China accelerates

By Peter Symonds, 8 July 2020

Confronting crisis at home, with growing opposition among workers to the reckless back-to-work drive, Trump is seeking to divert these immense social tensions outward at an external enemy.

Hands off international students! Oppose ICE deportation of foreign college students!

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 8 July 2020

The Trump administration’s xenophobic attempts to terrorize and scapegoat international students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic must be opposed.

“Literacy is a clean window onto the world...”

100 years since formation of Soviet Extraordinary Commission for the Liquidation of Illiteracy

By Patrick O’Connor, 8 July 2020

The Soviet literacy campaign remains the largest and most successful in world history.

Ennio Morricone, among the greatest composers for the cinema, is dead at 91

By Marc Wells, 8 July 2020

Ennio Morricone will undoubtedly be mourned by millions of people around the world. He composed scores for 70 award-winning films, and more than 70 million recordings of his music had been sold by 2016.

The COVID-19 vaccine and the drive for profit

By Frank Gaglioti, 8 July 2020

As the pandemic rages across the planet, the struggle to develop a vaccine has become an urgent task. But the vaccines will be weaponized for geopolitical purposes, not to provide the treatments equitably on a global scale.

India takes economic reprisals against China as border frictions continue

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 7 July 2020

Although several rounds of talks have been held, both New Delhi and Beijing continue to maintain an enhanced military presence along their disputed border.

Over 700 Joliet, Illinois nurses go on strike for better wages and safe working conditions

By Benjamin Mateus and Kate Randall, 6 July 2020

Strikes of health care workers are part of a growing global response of workers across industries to the dangers posed by government back-to-work drives.

The US COVID-19 toll to hit 3 million cases as Texas health system nears collapse

By Benjamin Mateus, 6 July 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases will reach 3 million today, and the pandemic surge is straining health systems across the south and southwest.

Over 300 children catch COVID-19 in Texas daycares

By Nick Barrickman, 6 July 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases among children and staff members has skyrocketed since the state began reopening facilities in May.

Trump rails against Marxism and “international socialism”

By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2020

With his campaign trailing in the polls, the US president is resorting more and more to openly fascistic appeals.

US labor secretary says “reopening” will proceed in face of surging pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 6 July 2020

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia declared that “Our workplaces can be very safe places to be,” even as hospitalizations broke records in states across the country.

Brazil’s coronavirus cases top 1.5 million amid record unemployment

By Tomas Castanheira, 6 July 2020

From March to May, some eight million workers lost their jobs, and more than half of the country’s working age population have become unemployed.

More than 170 killed in accident at Myanmar jade mine

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 July 2020

The disaster has highlighted the perilous conditions confronting oppressed miners in the industry, which provides large profits to sections of the country’s military-dominated regime.

Vigils in New Zealand demand freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 6 July 2020

The Socialist Equality Group’s Tom Peters spoke at one of the Wellington vigils, which was part of global protests held to mark the jailed WikiLeaks founder’s birthday.

Seattle protester killed after being struck by car driving wrong way on closed interstate

By Jacob Crosse, 6 July 2020

Police blamed protesters after a man drove into a peaceful demonstration early Saturday morning, killing one person and critically injuring another.

New Jersey growers refuse to test migrant farm workers for COVID-19

By Erik Schreiber, 6 July 2020

The decision not to test these laborers, many of whom have traveled from states with rising rates of infection, creates the conditions for a public health disaster.

The future of the global cruising industry: Layoffs, pay cuts and prolonged misery for crews

By Tom Casey, 6 July 2020

Cruise corporations are cutting jobs and denying workers repatriation to save their profits.

How corporations and government finance the German trade unions

By Ulrich Rippert and Marianne Arens, 6 July 2020

With the pandemic, which has led to the deepest international economic crisis since the 1930s, the role of unions as tools of the corporations is taking on a new dimension.

British government reimposes welfare benefits sanctions as pandemic continues and unemployment rockets

By Simon Whelan, 6 July 2020

By June, the number of job center claimants had risen by 126 percent since the start of the pandemic, to 2.8 million.

Australian police confine Melbourne public housing residents indoors after COVID-19 outbreak

By Patrick O’Connor, 6 July 2020

The state Labor government opted for a police operation instead of having medical staff, social workers, and people in the community lead the necessary preventive measures.

Australian Labor Party vote falls further in by-election

By Mike Head, 6 July 2020

The biggest swings against Labor occurred in Queanbeyan, a largely working-class city neighbouring Canberra, the national capital.

The significance of the July 4 online discussion, “The Place of the Two American Revolutions: Past, Present and Future”

By David Walsh, 6 July 2020

The World Socialist Web Site marked the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by hosting a discussion with five significant historians: Victoria Bynum, Clayborne Carson, Richard Carwardine, James Oakes and Gordon Wood.

Vote SEP in the Sri Lankan general election

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) to hold second online election rally

6 July 2020

The SEP’s online meeting will discuss critical political developments in Sri Lanka and internationally and the tasks facing the working class.

As COVID-19 pandemic explodes out of control

Trump gives fascistic rant at Mount Rushmore event held in defiance of health experts

By Barry Grey, 4 July 2020

Trump sought to use recent attacks on monuments to leaders of the American Revolution and Civil War to brand protesters against police killings as "far-left fascists," while hailing the police and right-wing militia groups and pledging to crack down on opponents of his authoritarian and pro-corporate policies.

Millions in the US face catastrophe as federal unemployment relief set to expire amid surging pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 4 July 2020

The combined economic impact of the raging pandemic and the imminent cutoff of $600 weekly federal assistance is leading to a social catastrophe for millions across the US.

Pandemic spirals out of control in South Africa, India, Brazil

By Bryan Dyne, 4 July 2020

The official tallies in each country of daily confirmed coronavirus cases have become exponential, indicating that whatever containment measures were implemented to halt the spread of the virus have essentially collapsed.

Thousands of delivery workers strike across Brazil and other Latin American countries

By Brunna Machado and Letícia Silva, 4 July 2020

Thousands of delivery workers engaged in a strike on Wednesday to demand better working conditions in more than 10 Brazilian capitals, as well as in cities in Argentina and Mexico.

Zimbabwe nurses strike as economic crisis brings threat of second coup and military dictatorship

By Stephan McCoy, 4 July 2020

Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is preparing to confront mounting opposition in the working class through dictatorial forms of rule and the abrogation of democratic rights—even as it is threatened by the possibility of a coup.

Naming new French prime minister, Macron coordinates austerity with unions

By Alex Lantier, 4 July 2020

Jean Castex is being brought in to coordinate with the unions the draconian austerity policies that Macron and the banks will impose amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spain participated in failed 2019 US coup in Venezuela

By Alejandro López, 4 July 2020

New information emerging about the coup exposes Spain’s ruling “left populist” party, Podemos, as a tool of imperialism’s bloody foreign policy in Latin America.

Bath Iron shipyard workers face stepped-up attacks as strike continues

By Shannon Jones, 4 July 2020

Management is mobilizing additional strikebreakers as the walkout by 4,300 workers at the Bath Iron Works heads toward its third week.

Riverside, California: HCA nurses strike continues as coronavirus takes its toll

By Alex Johnson, 4 July 2020

According to health officials, the confirmed active case count in Riverside bloated to 10,059 on Thursday, compared to 9,532 on Wednesday. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 stands at 465.

Southeastern US continues to mark substantial rise in coronavirus cases

By Cordell Gascoigne, 4 July 2020

As with much of the country, cases continue to rise rapidly across the region as a result of the push to reopen the economy in the middle of the still raging pandemic.

HPAE union betrays New Jersey nurses’ fight for PPE and better pay

By Erik Schreiber, 4 July 2020

New Jersey nurses must not allow their struggles to be strangled by the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union.

UAW and General Motors downplay outbreaks of COVID-19 at US auto plants

By Jessica Goldstein, 4 July 2020

As the UAW and auto corporations to play down the health crisis, workers’ anger is at breaking point as they demand the plants be shut down for their safety.

French unions collaborate with employers to impose mass layoffs as COVID-19 crisis deepens

By Will Morrow, 4 July 2020

As an international wave of layoffs and plant closures comes in France, the trade unions are working closely with the Macron government and employers to suppress workers’ opposition to this assault.

Residents of Sheboygan, Wisconsin protest police murder of man with mental illness history

By Jacob Crosse, 4 July 2020

Over 100 protesters took to the streets Thursday evening after Kevan Ruffin, 32, was shot multiple times by an unnamed Sheboygan police deputy earlier in the day.

Trump administration gives private equity firms access to 401(k) retirement funds

By Gabriel Black, 4 July 2020

The $7.9 trillion in 401(k) retirement funds will be used to buttress private equity markets and further enrich the financial oligarchy.

City University of New York lays off 2,800 adjuncts in wave of austerity

By Elliott Murtagh, 4 July 2020

These actions will have a devastating effect on the largest urban university system in the US, forcing faculty, students, and staff to bear the brunt of the current pandemic-triggered state and city financial crisis.

UK pubs reopen in “Super Saturday”: A criminal act

By Thomas Scripps, 4 July 2020

The inevitable deadly consequences of the Johnson government’s latest move will be fully revealed in the weeks and months to come.