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American capitalism normalizes mass death

The daily death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 2,000 people dying in the United States every day, is being treated as the “new normal.”

The climate issue, like all major social issues—social inequality, coronavirus, right-wing extremism, refugee policy and war—is a class issue. It requires an international, social response.

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP) and IYSSE
Historian Woody Holton launches 1619 Project-inspired attack on the American Revolution

The University of South Carolina historian holds that the American Revolution was launched to defend the institution of slavery against the British Empire.

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From the WSWS Archives
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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The eradication of COVID-19 is the only way to stop the pandemic

The global spread of the highly infectious Delta variant and the drive to fully reopen schools worldwide, despite the well-known risks to children, has made clear that the only viable strategy is the eradication of COVID-19 internationally.

Evan Blake, David North

Danish nurses continue wildcat stoppages in defiance of unions over pay and lack of staff; teachers across France walk out for 24 hours to demand more staff, better pay and conditions; Sunday pay strikes at ScotRail continue; Nigerian resident doctors on strike for nearly two months over pay arrears

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

Danish nurses continue wildcat stoppages in defiance of unions over pay and lack of staff, joined by sympathy strike of Silkeborg social workers; teachers across France walk out for 24 hours to demand more staff, better pay and conditions; Sunday pay strikes at ScotRail continue for over six months, 24-hour safety strikes continue at East Midlands Rail; Nigerian resident doctors on strike for nearly two months over pay arrears, while other health unions prevaricate about calling members out over same issues

New Zealand PM “pleased to see” AUKUS military pact

New Zealand is not part of the recently announced military pact between the US, Britain and Australia targeting China, but Prime Minister Ardern welcomed their aggressive engagement in the Pacific region.

Tom Peters

100 years since the Battle of Blair Mountain

Between August 25 and September 2, 1921, as many as 20,000 coal miners in southern West Virginia waged armed combat against a private army employed by the coal companies.

Andy Thompson, Jerry White

This week in history: September 20-26

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.

For a global strategy to eradicate the coronavirus and save lives!
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Wall Street welcomes latest Fed decisions

While he indicated the Fed could announce a “tapering” of its asset purchases in November, Fed chair Jerome Powell said the Fed’s monetary policy would remain “accommodative” and any lift in interest rates was “well away.”

Nick Beams

China’s Evergrande problems deepen

Evergrande, the country’s second largest property developer, with debts of more than $300 billion, has admitted it is on the brink of default and is desperately scrambling to build up cash.

Nick Beams

Concerns grow over where speculative bubble will end

Recalling the high-risk speculation that led to the sub-prime mortgage crisis of 2008, the Wall Street Journal reports that “sales of securities backed by bundles of risky corporate loans set a new monthly record for August.”

Nick Beams
100 years since the birth of Trotskyist Jean Brust

August 31, 2021 marks 100 years since the birth of Jean Brust, a leading figure in the Trotskyist movement whose legacy lives on in the work of the US Socialist Equality Party and the entire International Committee of the Fourth International.

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“We have to stand together to push back”

NYU student speaks out on the dangers of in-person classes amidst COVID-19 resurgence

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) are waging an international campaign to provide the scientific information and organizational means to the working class to put an end to the pandemic, using a full eradication strategy.

John Conrad, Owen Mullan

Vote for SEP candidate David Moore in California recall

The Socialist Equality Party calls on working people in California to vote “no” in the election to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, and then to cast a replacement vote for our candidate, educator David Moore, the only socialist running in this election.

Socialist Equality Party

Israel escalates attack on the Palestinians in Gaza

Recent IDF operations mark the heaviest escalation in hostilities since Israel’s 11-day war on Gaza last May that killed more than 250 Palestinians, including at least 66 children and 41 women.

Jean Shaoul

In memory of Danny Walters, 1960 - 2021

Video: Death of a Dana worker

Danny Walters lost his life after having a seizure at work at Dana's Dry Ridge, Kentucky plant on the night of June 1, 2021. In this video, his widow Marcia speaks out against the sweatshop conditions which contributed to his untimely death.

Zac Corrigan and Eric London

“Every Dana employee is not only fighting the company, they’re fighting the people who are supposed to be fighting for them”

Former Dana worker describes deadly work conditions at Tennessee plant

A former Dana worker in Paris, Tennessee discusses the conditions workers face and why they have taken up a fight against both the company and the UAW.

Zac Thorton
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.

An interview with David North
The debacle in Afghanistan and the fight against war

The lead candidate of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party), Christoph Vandreier, spoke with North about the debacle for US imperialism in Afghanistan and its implications for the struggle against militarism.

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What the WSWS wrote about the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001

From the outset, the WSWS exposed the lies of Washington that its illegal invasion of Afghanistan was an act of self-defense in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11.

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UK High Court sides with US against Assange

The decision confirms that the January 4 ruling against extradition was only a tactical pause in an ongoing pseudo-legal manhunt, which is again proceeding apace.

Thomas Scripps

Julian Assange’s Ecuadorian citizenship revoked

Assange’s lawyer, Carlos Poveda, will appeal the “purely political” decision, which he argued was based on unsubstantiated allegations. He commented, “More than the importance of nationality, it is a matter of respecting rights and following due process in withdrawing nationality.”

Thomas Scripps

US seizes PressTV.com and 32 other Iranian media website domains

In a provocative act of censorship and imperialist gangsterism, the Biden administration took control of three dozen internet domains and shut down websites affiliated with Iran-based media organizations on unsubstantiated grounds of “disinformation campaigns and malign influence operations.”

Kevin Reed
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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One year of the coronavirus pandemic

March 11 marks one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. We are republishing below statements and articles from the WSWS analyzing the response to the pandemic and calling for emergency measures to contain it.

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WSWS Online Meeting
150 years since the Paris Commune

A discussion about the first time in history that the working class took power.

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Socialist publisher Mehring Books launches Australian website

Mehring Books Australia will feature works by the great socialist fighters and theoreticians of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Leon Trotsky, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Georgi Plekhanov and Rosa Luxemburg.

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In memory of Danny Walters, 1960 - 2021

Video: Death of a Dana worker

Danny Walters lost his life after having a seizure at work at Dana's Dry Ridge, Kentucky plant on the night of June 1, 2021. In this video, his widow Marcia speaks out against the sweatshop conditions which contributed to his untimely death.

Zac Corrigan and Eric London
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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Ten years since the Egyptian Revolution

To mark the anniversary of the 2011 revolution in Egypt, we present a selection of key statements and analyses produced by the WSWS in the course of the events of that year and their aftermath.

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A video statement by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North
Welcoming the relaunch of the World Socialist Web Site

The WSWS has been relaunched with an entirely new design and with vastly enhanced functionality.

From the Marxist Library
Thirty years since the reunification of Germany
To mark the 30th anniversary of the German reunification, the WSWS is presenting a special exhibit of documents and statements produced by the International Committee of the Fourth International amidst the crisis of Stalinism in the former GDR.

American capitalism normalizes mass death

The daily death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 2,000 people dying in the United States every day, is being treated as the “new normal.”

Andre Damon

Stop the deportation of Haitian refugees!

Scenes of border agents on horseback charging and whipping defenseless Haitian immigrants on the US southern border have provoked shock and revulsion across America and around the world.

Bill Van Auken

Hero journeys: Louise Erdrich’s The Night Watchman

The Night Watchman tells the story of the Turtle Mountain tribe of Chippewa in North Dakota as they fight to survive the US government’s attempt in 1953 and 1954 to “terminate” them.

James McDonald