By Niles Niemuth, 24 September 2020
Neither of the two officers who fired the fusillade of 22 bullets that killed 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in her Louisville, Kentucky home were charged by the grand jury convened by state authorities.
Senate confirmation hearing for Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf reveals bipartisan support
By Jacob Crosse, 24 September 2020
Democratic as well as Republican senators thanked Wolf for his “service,” neglecting to question him on unconstitutional kidnappings, the mass incarceration of immigrants, and the state assassination of a Portland protester.
By Julia Callaghan, 24 September 2020
On Monday, the Conservative government gave the green light for those suffering the worst financial effects of the pandemic to be forced out of their homes.
By Andrea Lobo, 24 September 2020
Police violently broke up the mass demonstration in Bogotá, confirming the continued drive of the Ivan Duque administration and the entire Colombian ruling class toward dictatorship.
By Marianne Arens, 24 September 2020
Only five of the almost 300 German administrative districts currently report no new infections, as the number of people with COVID-19 rises rapidly.
By Jean Shaoul, 24 September 2020
According to Iran’s health minister, as of August 22, at least 164 medical workers had lost their lives fighting the pandemic.
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 September 2020
The number of individuals infected with COVID-19 is now more than 32 million globally, of which almost one million have perished.
By Emma Arceneaux, 24 September 2020
This week, educators in South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, and Wisconsin have responded to the unfolding crisis with sickouts, in some cases compelling entire school districts to suspend in-person instruction.
“We are just numbers on a spreadsheet”
By Genevieve Leigh, 24 September 2020
Students are organizing a virtual “sick out,” where students do not log in to online learning for the entire day, to call attention to their demands.
By Marcus Day, 24 September 2020
The WSWS recently spoke with two workers from Lear’s Hammond, Indiana, plant who had tested positive for COVID-19.
By Samuel Davidson, 24 September 2020
California University of Pennsylvania student Jamain Stephens Jr. died September 9 from a blood clot in his heart after he contracted COVID-19.
By Adam Mclean, 24 September 2020
The vast majority of exposures in the Las Vegas area, where over 1,350 people have already died, occurred in casinos and resort hotels.
By Julie Hyland, 24 September 2020
Remarks by Labour Party education spokesperson Kate Green and the panicked response of her frontbench colleagues have underscored the policy of “malign neglect” shared by Tory and Labour alike on COVID-19.
By Matthew Richter, 24 September 2020
In July, a heavily-armed Canadian Armed Forces’ Ranger crashed through the gates of the temporary residence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in what had all the hallmarks of an assassination attempt.
As Creek Fire become the largest in California history, farmworkers continue to labor without protection from smoke
By Aditya Veeraiah and Evan Winters, 24 September 2020
Even though plans were announced over a month ago to distribute hundreds of thousands of N95 masks to Fresno area farmworkers, few have received these masks, which provide a high level of protection against both air pollution and COVID-19.
Further revelations about sterilizations and medical malpractice at ICE detention facility in Georgia
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 24 September 2020
The latest revelations, including the naming of the doctor who performed them, strengthens the account given in a recent whistleblower complaint, while giving lie to the US government’s dismissals.
By Ben McGrath, 24 September 2020
The Democrats have carried out their merger in an attempt to block an explosion of social anger over rising economic inequality and the ruling elite’s drive to war.
By Mike Head, 24 September 2020
The October 6 budget will give a dual-income household on $400,000 an annual tax cut of $23,280, while millions of people will have their JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments slashed.
By Joseph Kishore and David North, 24 September 2020
Trump has publicly declared that he will not transfer power peacefully if he loses the November 3 election.
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 24 September 2020
What UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer described in May 2019 as the “public mobbing” and “psychological torture” of Assange has had the desired effect.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 September 2020
“This is not something that the Australian government can just hide its head in the sand and say ‘nothing to do with us.’”
By Joseph Scalice, 24 September 2020
“Unable to respond to any of the substantive historical points raised in my scholarship, [Sison] has taken to repeatedly slandering me as a ‘CIA agent,’ a claim for which he has not a shred of evidence.”
Philippine students and academics defend Dr. Joseph Scalice against Communist Party founder Sison’s “lies and obfuscation”
By our reporters, 24 September 2020
“Scalice’s approach has always been scholarly and evidence-based. His conclusions cannot be countered with lies and obfuscation.”
By Niles Niemuth, 23 September 2020
While Linden Cameron somehow survived being shot 11 times, police in the US are still on track to kill nearly 1,000 people, a grim toll they have exacted every year since 2015.
By Benjamin Mateus, 23 September 2020
Though the CDC said it had erroneously published the unvetted draft, the political fallout faced by the CDC suggests it was a political maneuver to save face.
By Renae Cassimeda and Evan Blake, 23 September 2020
Starting Monday, 276 Kenosha teachers engaged in a sickout strike in opposition to increasing COVID-19 outbreaks and deadly conditions in the school district.
Johnson’s bogus agenda for combating the escalating pandemic will cost tens of thousands of lives in UK
By Chris Marsden, 23 September 2020
After Johnson’s health advisers announced there would be 50,000 cases a day by mid-October and 200 deaths a day by November without government action, his measures read like a cruel joke.
By Robert Stevens, 23 September 2020
Anger is erupting among youth in Greece at being forced back to school amid a raging pandemic of COVID-19.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2020
The annual opening of the UN General Assembly was held under the shadow of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the growing threat of imperialist war.
Facebook plans political censorship in anticipation of “chaos” and “violence” in the 2020 US elections
By Kevin Reed, 23 September 2020
Facebook is working with “world-class military scenario planners” to prepare for civil unrest in the US and “restrict the circulation of content” during the November elections.
By Barry Grey and Jacob Crosse, 23 September 2020
For all their bluster, the Democrats were focused on preventing a plunge in the stock market by reaching a government funding deal with the Republicans before the September 30 deadline.
By our reporters, 23 September 2020
The aim of meeting was to call on educators, students and parents to join and build rank-and-file committees “in your workplace, college or campus and communities.”
By Tania Kent, 23 September 2020
From the outset of the pandemic, the NEU has blocked all moves to combat the deadly consequences of the government’s handling of the virus.
By Will McCallis, 23 September 2020
The letter warns that non-compliance with the “school reopening guidance" will be met with a potential loss of state funds.
By Andy Thompson and Fabian Salgado, 23 September 2020
To oppose the sellout being prepared, striking hospital workers must follow the examples of auto workers and educators by forming rank-and-file committees.
By Cordell Gascoigne, 23 September 2020
Two contract workers at the Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton, North Carolina tragically died Monday in a fire of still unexplained origin during maintenance operations.
After ordering Ford Canada workers to ignore strike deadline, Unifor announces job-cutting agreement
By Roger Jordan, 23 September 2020
The Unifor president refused to provide any details about the contract—signalling that the union has accepted further concessions and job cuts.
By Miguel Andrade, 23 September 2020
The Brazilian ruling class is attempting to use the elections to channel the massive opposition to Bolsonaro behind “national unity” and the military.
By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US President, 23 September 2020
The indifference expressed by Trump to death on a mass scale expresses not only his personal outlook but the social policy of the ruling class.
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 23 September 2020
Kopelman’s evidence confirms the warnings made since November 2019 by Doctors for Assange that Assange is suffering “psychological torture” and “could die in prison.”
By Nick Beams, 23 September 2020
The notification of suspicious activity that banks are required to file with the US government is not a means of preventing crime, but of facilitating it.
By the Sosyalist Eşitlik, 23 September 2020
The Turkish government is overseeing the resumption of in-person teaching amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the support of bourgeois opposition parties and trade unions.
By Mike Head, 21 September 2020
The NTEU and other trade unions are doing everything they can to prevent a nationwide strike against the escalating assault on university jobs and basic conditions.
By Andre Damon, 21 September 2020
On Saturday, Jacobin magazine published an extended interview with anti-lockdown activist Martin Kulldorff, who demanded that “schools and universities should reopen” because “young, healthy people contribute to…herd immunity.”
By Genevieve Leigh, 19 September 2020
The deaths are a direct result of the criminal actions by Democratic and Republican governors, as well as the Trump administration.
By Jacob Crosse, 19 September 2020
The manner of the arrests and the overwhelming charges against the six protesters are a clear act of intimidation against all those determined to put an end to police violence and racism.
By Barry Grey, 19 September 2020
On the basis of economic nationalism, Biden is doubling down on his ludicrous self-promotion as a “working stiff” from “hard-scrabble” Scranton, Pennsylvania.
By Nick Beams, 19 September 2020
The US Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates at virtually zero, for as far as the eye can see, has been deemed insufficient.
As American Federation of Teachers shuts down UM graduate student strike
By Joseph Lorenz, 19 September 2020
The decision to open campuses is part of the drive by governments everywhere in line with so-called "herd immunity" policies.
By Robert Stevens, 19 September 2020
It is just 77 days since the Johnson government recklessly reopened the economy on July 1, in the middle of a pandemic. By next Tuesday at least 13 million people will be in lockdown.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2020
Pompeo’s Latin American tour is aimed both at escalating aggression against Venezuela and countering China’s influence in the region.
By John Malvar, 19 September 2020
With the support of the Stalinists, sections of the military and business elite are coalescing around Vice-President Leni Robredo, as a possible replacement for President Rodrigo Duterte.
By Linda Rios, 19 September 2020
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 21 major fires are still burning in California, 12 in Oregon and 8 in Washington state.
By Alex Findijs, 19 September 2020
The campus in upstate New York is the second state university to be forced into a temporary shutdown this month due to the spread of COVID-19 cases.
By the Ford Kansas City Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 September 2020
Neither the UAW nor Ford has addressed any of the safety issues inside the Kansas City Assembly plant since production restarted in May.
“This district is not ready at all”
By Evan Winters, 19 September 2020
Despite weeks of unhealthy wildfire-fueled air quality, the Evergreen School District is preparing to reopen elementary schools for partial in-person learning.
By George Gallanis and Fabian Salgado, 19 September 2020
The Illinois Nurses Association ended the strike without a new contract and isolating 4,000 staffers on the picket line.
By Shuvu Batta, 19 September 2020
Battered by crippling debt and collapsing demand for taxis, drivers staged a protest Thursday calling for relief from their enormous debt burden.
By Jan Ritter, 19 September 2020
A photo montage shared online by police officers shows a grinning SS soldier pressing a button marked “Gas.” In the background, refugees are screaming in fear in a gas chamber.
By Gregor Link, 19 September 2020
The extreme-right continues its work because it is being protected by senior authorities in the state apparatus.
Build an independent action committee to defend jobs and wages!
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 September 2020
Major corporations, banks and hedge funds are using the pandemic to launch attacks on wages and jobs worked out long before the crisis.
By Carl Bronski, 19 September 2020
The 1,400 low-paid workers remain on strike against the Newfoundland subsidiary of Loblaws, Canada’s largest supermarket chain.
By Andrea Peters, 19 September 2020
Kremlin-backed candidates held onto governorships and control of local parliamentary bodies in the 83 regions of the country where voting occurred.
By Jason Melanovski, 19 September 2020
Ukraine’s far-right continues to oppose any negotiated settlement that could lead to the end of the six-year long civil war that has needlessly killed over 13,000.
By Mike Head, 19 September 2020
Governments and employers are exploiting the mass unemployment triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic to bludgeon workers onto reduced wages and conditions.
By Noel Holt, 19 September 2020
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has “bent over backwards” to assist Ovato restructure its operations.
By Kevin Reed, 19 September 2020
The move is an assault on freedom of expression and an effort to consolidate control of the internet by a handful of massive corporations working in partnership with the American government.
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 19 September 2020
“The publication of that video and those words was the equivalent of the death of George Floyd and his words ‘I can’t breathe’. They had a profound effect on public opinion in the world.”
By Paul Bond, 19 September 2020
Hibbert was widely respected and liked as a person, as well as admired for his work. That he was one of the most important international ambassadors for reggae owed much to his personal integrity.
By Adria French, 19 September 2020
Recent changes to the Endangered Species Act “to lower regulatory burdens” are driving several species toward extinction.
India: Chennai garbage workers strike; Sri Lankan bank workers protest over contracts; Australian waterfront workers walkout
19 September 2020
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
By our reporters, 18 September 2020
Bill de Blasio, the “progressive” mayor of New York City, announced a new date for a ‘’phased reopening” of the city’s public schools.
A statement by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board
David North, 18 September 2020
On Friday, October 2, 2020, the World Socialist Web Site will be relaunched with an entirely new design and with vastly enhanced functionality.
Trump repeats threats of post-election military repression as Barr calls for charging protesters with “sedition”
By Patrick Martin, 17 September 2020
While Trump and his political aides and advisers openly speak of civil war and martial law, the Democrats are largely ignoring and covering up the moves toward dictatorial forms of rule.
House report on Boeing 737 Max crashes: Corporate criminality, FAA complicity, but no accountability
By Barry Grey, 17 September 2020
Despite the incriminating evidence, the Democrats propose no actions to hold either Boeing or the FAA accountable for the deaths of 346 men, women and children.
By Jacob Crosse, 17 September 2020
As another killer cop goes free, protesters against the police killing of Ricardo Munoz in Lancaster, Pennsylvania remain in jail, with bail set at $1 million.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at UM, 17 September 2020
Now is not the time to back down! The struggle must be broadened to include undergraduates, staff, faculty and workers in a common struggle.
By our reporters, 17 September 2020
The end of the strike occurred less than 24 hours after the American Federation of Teachers assumed control of negotiations and produced an agreement that was virtually identical to the one overwhelmingly rejected just a week ago.
By Andy Thompson, 17 September 2020
After an earlier decision to postpone the season, the Big Ten football conference has announced games will begin October 24.
“We’re going to keep fighting”
Opposition mounts as thousands of University of Illinois at Chicago nurses and workers continue strike
By Kylie Rose, 17 September 2020
The university administration and the Democratic Party are increasingly nervous over the support striking workers have elicited.
By J. L’Heureau, 17 September 2020
With close to 20 million people in its path, Sally brought coastal flooding, record rainfall, high winds and mass power outages to a large swath of the northern Gulf Coast, stretching from southeast Louisiana to the west central coast of Florida.
By Nick Beams, 17 September 2020
The most commonly used phrase by Fed chair Jerome Powell at his press conference was “very strong forward guidance” in a message to Wall Street that the central bank was giving the commitments it has demanded.
By Nick Beams, 17 September 2020
The WTO decision will not see any relaxation of the US trade war against China but rather its intensification.
By Danny Knightley, 17 September 2020
Campus safety committees must ensure safety procedures are put in place to protect the health of students and staff alike, and fight for increased testing on campuses.
By Dennis Moore and Robert Stevens, 17 September 2020
Workers in Manchester should emulate the move by London bus drivers at a number of garages, who this week set up the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee.
By Alice Summers, 17 September 2020
Spanish unions have refused to call out education workers in a unified struggle against the reopening of schools, limiting action to sporadic, short-term protests.
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls for plantwide shutdown to guarantee safety during pandemic
By Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 17 September 2020
The Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee has issued a statement calling for equal treatment to protect against COVID-19.
By Fabian Salgado, 17 September 2020
Illinois State University is experiencing a horrifying explosion in the rate of COVID-19 infection as in person classes resume at many of the state’s campuses.
By Brian Green, 17 September 2020
The affected students were given the choice of returning to their families or remaining on campus in the crowded and COVID-infested residence halls.
By Erik Schreiber and Robert Milkowski, 17 September 2020
At least eight districts have switched their entire district or individual schools to fully remote instruction after confirmed infections.
By Fred Mazelis, 17 September 2020
The corporate elite is demanding an intensified back-to-work drive, and is fearful that the “progressive” mayor may not be able to keep the lid on growing social discontent.
By Andre Damon, 17 September 2020
“Herd immunity” has been the guiding principle of Trump’s response to the pandemic, underlying his efforts to downplay the virus, handicap testing and get workers back on the job as quickly as possible.
Former Der Spiegel journalist exposes US government lies that Assange “failed to redact” and “put lives at risk”
By Laura Tiernan, 17 September 2020
Testimony from John Goetz established that the only “harm to life” came from US war crimes which Assange and WikiLeaks were trying to expose.
Assange exposed “a very serious pattern of actual war crimes,” Daniel Ellsberg tells extradition hearing
By Thomas Scripps, 17 September 2020
Ellsberg said that “with the Manning and Assange papers, I found my name being mentioned all the time as a very good person … to use me as a foil against these new revelations which were supposedly very different from mine.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 17 September 2020
“The attempt by the State to control information is at the heart of the charges against Assange. Its physical manifestation is there every day in the court.”
Australian ruling elite moves to junk coronavirus safety measures—the working class must intervene to answer the pandemic threat!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 17 September 2020
Sections of the ruling class have concluded that any further safety restrictions can no longer be tolerated, regardless of the danger to working class lives.
David Zucchino, Atlantic Monthly Press, 336 pages
By Fred Mazelis, 17 September 2020
The racist massacre in Wilmington was a major turning point in the entrenchment of Jim Crow segregation throughout the South.
By Paul Bond, 17 September 2020
Rigg was a fine classical actress who ended up successfully negotiating the transition back and forth between stage and television.
“I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp”
By Niles Niemuth, 16 September 2020
The chilling report provides further evidence of the sadistic abuse meted out by the Trump administration in its fascistic war on immigrants.
By Jacob Crosse, 16 September 2020
In defiance of Congress and the Constitution, Chad Wolf said he would not testify before a House committee on September 17.