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COVID, Capitalism, and Class War: A Social and Political Chronology of the Pandemic

Mehring Books, the publishing arm of the Socialist Equality Party (US), is proud to announce the publication of Volume 1 of COVID, Capitalism, and Class War: A Social and Political Chronology of the Pandemic, a compilation of the World Socialist Web Site's coverage of this global crisis.

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Stop the war in Ukraine!

Not since October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, has the world come so close to nuclear war as it is today.

Statement of the WSWS Editorial Board

A history of US threats to use nuclear weapons

The US and other imperialist powers have not only considered on several critical occasions using nuclear weapons to reverse military defeats. They have directly threatened to drop atom bombs in order to extract concessions from their enemies.

David North

Ukraine forces advance dozens of miles in southern offensive

Just days after Russia officially announced the annexation of four regions of Ukraine partially under the control of Russian forces, the Ukrainian military staged its biggest military breakthrough in Southern Ukraine since the start of the war.

Andre Damon
On the 82nd anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky

Eighty-two years ago, on August 20, 1940, Leon Trotsky was assassinated by an agent of the Stalinist secret police, the GPU, in his villa in Coyoacan, Mexico, where he spent the final three years of his life as a political exile.

Wije Dias: A fighter for Trotskyism (1941-2022)

Comrade Wije Dias, the longtime general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), died in Colombo on July 27, 2022. This exhibit includes two tributes to Wije by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North as well as a selection of Wije’s most significant articles and speeches.

Report to Seventh Congress of Socialist Equality Party (US)

Build rank-and-file committees, the organs of 21st century working class struggle!

This report was given by Eric London to the Seventh Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US) in support of the resolution titled “Build the International Workers Alliance of Rank-and-File Committees! For a global counteroffensive of the working class!”

Eric London

Greetings from the ICFI to the SEP (US) 2022 Congress

The Theory of Permanent Revolution in Turkey and throughout the world

These remarks were delivered by Ulaş Ateşçi, a leading member of the Sosyalist Eşitlik Grubu (Socialist Equality Group, SEG) in Turkey, to the Seventh National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US).

Ulaş Ateşçi

Rapper Coolio dead at 59

While the rapper appears to rework themes made redundant by the early-1990s wave of gangster rap, Coolio-Ivey’s music is notable for its humorous, self-deprecating songs.

Nick Barrickman

In Germany, more and more depend on food banks

As a result of war, inflation and the energy price explosion, the number of people seeking help has doubled in two years from 1.1 million to more than 2 million.

Elisabeth Zimmermann

Child hunger “single biggest challenge” facing UK schools

The Chefs in Schools charity reports a “heart-breaking” increase in hungry children, with school chefs “actively going out and finding the kids who are hiding in the playground because they don’t think they can get a meal and feeding them.”

Julie Hyland

Where to now for the UK and global financial system?

Regulatory authorities responsible for the £1.5 trillion UK pensions sector, which almost imploded last week, have been holding daily talks with asset managers to stave off a fresh crisis when an emergency Bank of England bond-buying program ends next week.

Nick Beams

After the Bank of England intervention financial turmoil continues

The universal view in financial markets is that nothing has been resolved and a new crisis could erupt at any time, not only in the UK but also in the US where bond markets are undergoing major swings, far beyond anything in “normal” times.

Nick Beams

Catastrophic situation at Berlin children’s hospitals

The Berlin Children’s Hospitals Initiative has sent a second “open letter” drawing attention to the devastating situation at children’s hospitals and child emergency centres in the capital.

Carola Kleinert, Markus Salzmann

Prior to fascist “Save America” rally in Michigan

Trump issues death threat targeting Republican Senator Mitch McConnell

As Trump escalates his fascist rhetoric leading up to the midterm elections, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins warns in a recent interview that she “wouldn’t be surprised if a senator or House member was killed.”

Jacob Crosse

This week in history: October 3-9

This column profiles important historical events which took place during this week, 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 75 years ago and 100 years ago.

This week in history: September 19-25

This column profiles important historical events which took place during this week, 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 75 years ago and 100 years ago.

A video presentation by Evan Blake
What must be done to end the pandemic
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Statement of the Editorial Board
For a Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Inquest is necessary to break through the cover-up, lies and misinformation that have been used to justify policies responsible for the avoidable deaths of millions.

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Julian Assange files appeal against extradition

The appeal, if the High Court agrees to hear it, will focus on the major political issues in Assange’s persecution, including revelations that the American government and the CIA plotted his kidnap or murder.

Oscar Grenfell
Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic
Family of Detroit autoworker who died of COVID-19 demands answers

Autoworker and grandmother Catherine Pace died on March 27, 2020 after contracting COVID-19 in the paint department at the Warren Truck Plant outside Detroit, then operated by Fiat-Chrysler, now Stellantis.

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A historic advance in the fight for Trotskyism
The International Committee of the Fourth International accepts application of the Sosyalist Eşitlik Grubu to become its section in Turkey

The June 19 decision followed extensive discussions with representatives of the International Committee in Istanbul on the development of the fight for Trotskyism in Turkey and the Aegean and Black Sea regions.

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May Day 2022: The NATO-Russia war and the tasks of the international working class

In his introduction to the International May Day Online Rally, WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North reviews the historical origins of the US-NATO war drive against Russia and outlines the political strategy of the working class to oppose the danger of World War III.

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Timeline of thirty years of war: The historical background to the US-NATO conflict with Russia

This interactive timeline presents some of the most important events that have brought humanity to the brink of World War III. It includes links to critical articles and statements produced by the International Committee of the Fourth International over the past 30 years.

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The fight for Trotskyism and the political foundations of the World Socialist Web Site

The WSWS is publishing the report delivered by David North 25 years ago, on February 1, 1997, motivating the proposal to end publication of the SEP’s printed newspaper and replace it with an international website; as well as North’s reply to the National Committee ‘s discussion of the proposal.

Stop censoring the opponents of war!

On Saturday, Facebook deleted a video posted by the Socialist Equality Party of Germany opposing the German government’s participation in the US-led NATO proxy war against Russia in Ukraine.

Christoph Vandreier
WSWS Review
Thirty years since the dissolution of the USSR

Review the most critical essays, lectures and letters produced by the ICFI in the course of its intervention in response to the crisis of Stalinism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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One year since the US military's withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Afghan withdrawal represented a debacle for US imperialism, which based its policy throughout thirty years of uninterrupted wars, beginning with the first Gulf War in 1990-91, on the conviction that military force could overcome Washington’s precipitous economic decline.

Jordan Shilton

US extends economic war on Russia to China

Increasingly openly the US is treating the military war against Russia and the mounting confrontation with China as part of a far broader conflict to weaken and subjugate potential rivals.

Peter Symonds
100 years since the birth of Jean Brust

August 31, 2021 marks 100 years since the birth of Jean Brust, a leading figure in the Trotskyist movement. Comrade Jean, who died November 24, 1997 at the age of 76, joined the Trotskyist-led Young Peoples Socialist League as a teenager in 1937.

Twenty years since the September 11 terror attacks

The horrific massacre of civilians was immediately exploited by the imperialist powers, led by the United States government itself, to justify far-reaching attacks on the democratic rights of their own populations, and the launching of decades-long wars in the Middle East and Africa.

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Washington Post promotes Trump’s other “big lie”: The Wuhan Lab theory

The same day that the House Select January 6 Committee documented how Trump used his “big lie” about the 2020 election to justify an attempted fascist coup, the Washington Post published an editorial promoting Trump’s other big lie: The claim that COVID-19 is a man-made virus created by China.

Andre Damon
Cliff Slaughter: A political biography (1928-1963)
By David North

Cliff Slaughter died on May 3, 2021, in Leeds, England, at the age of 92. His enduring contribution in the 1960s to the defense of Trotskyism stands in tragic contrast with his subsequent political opportunism and repudiation of revolutionary Marxism.

US-NATO and Russia escalate nuclear threats

Stop the war in Ukraine!

Not since October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, has the world come so close to nuclear war as it is today.

Statement of the WSWS Editorial Board
Eighty years since the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union

The WSWS has published a feature page incorporating a selection of essential essays from its own archives, and other documents produced contemporaneously by the Fourth International.

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Sylvia Ageloff and the assassination of Leon Trotsky
With David North and Eric London

North and London discussed the significance of the latest revelations of the the Security and the Fourth International investigation into Trotsky’s assassination.

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150 years since the birth of Rosa Luxemburg

The meeting examined Luxemburg’s role as a Marxist theoretician and political leader, and discussed the significance of her legacy to the contemporary struggle to build a Marxist leadership.

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