1 April 2020

Coronavirus deaths in US nearing 4,000 as Trump washes his hands of responsibility

By Benjamin Mateus and Patrick Martin, 1 April 2020

More than 800 people died Tuesday of COVID-19 in the United States, the highest death toll so far, with nearly 25,000 new cases.

Trump boasts holding US pandemic deaths to 200,000 would be “a good job”

House passes Senate “rescue” bill
Democrats unite with Trump to enact massive corporate bailout

Coronavirus cases in United States surpass 100,000

Airlines, auto companies cut pay even as US government bails out corporations

By Shannon Jones, 1 April 2020

While prepared to pocket tens of billions of dollars in federal bailout money, US airlines and automakers are imposing pay cuts and furloughs on employees.

With 30,000 dead in Europe from COVID-19: Workers strike to demand safe working conditions

By Robert Stevens, 1 April 2020

The most basic health and safety measures are being flouted by employers throughout the continent.

“We cannot abandon the nurses”
Nurse suicides rise in Europe amid stress of COVID-19 pandemic

Millions of Europe’s health care workers endangered by government neglect

Coronavirus in Europe: Overworked hospitals become death traps

Amazon, Whole Foods, and Instacart workers strike against hazardous conditions

By Shuvu Batta, 1 April 2020

Gig economy workers are entering into struggle against dangerous working conditions that threaten a wider spread of the pandemic.

Amazon fires New York worker for leading strike demanding safe working conditions

“We should be the ones deciding how this could be run to be safe for us”
Amazon warehouse workers describe unsafe conditions and discuss forming workplace committees

As Detroit surges past 2,000 cases, COVID-19 pandemic spreads throughout Michigan

By Kevin Reed, 1 April 2020

Given that there is no systematic and mass testing of the public for the presence of the virus, the reported numbers of confirmed cases are very deceptive.

Coronavirus death toll rising rapidly in Detroit

Detroit mayor confirms denial of treatment to “extremely sick” patients: “What they put out is honest”

St. Louis Fed says 50 million Americans could be unemployed by July

By Gabriel Black, 1 April 2020

The massive bipartisan bailout of corporations and banks will not protect the jobs of US workers.

As Wall Street finishes worst quarter since 2008
Financial turbulence continues to grow

By Nick Beams, 1 April 2020

While COVID-19 was the trigger it was not the underlying cause, as the financial system was set to crash due to the dizzy rise of the markets divorced from the real economy.

Washington harnesses coronavirus pandemic to promote Venezuela coup

By Bill Van Auken, 1 April 2020

The so-called “Democratic Transition Framework” is a patent attempt to weaponize the global pandemic as a means of installing a puppet regime in Caracas.

Brazilian stadium turned into field hospital as ruling class closes ranks behind corporate bailouts

By Miguel Andrade, 1 April 2020

Shocking images of stadiums transformed into concentration camps for the sick and dying stand in stark contrast to Bolsonaro’s criminal denial of the seriousness of the pandemic.

Peruvian president authorizes military to use lethal force to enforce the national quarantine

By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 1 April 2020

A new law shows that Peru’s ruling oligarchy, in anticipation of widespread unrest, is preparing the army to carry out repression with absolute impunity.

Covid-19 pandemic poses gravest threat to world’s poorest countries

By Jean Shaoul, 1 April 2020

Hundreds of millions of people across the globe live in homes that were detrimental to their health and safety even before the onset of the coronavirus.

Ukraine passes IMF-backed land reform bill, social cuts as coronavirus spreads

By Jason Melanovski, 1 April 2020

The policies of the Zelensky government threaten the working class with a social and medical disaster of immense proportions.

UK warehouse and distribution workers protest exposure to COVID -19

By Tony Robson and Dan Richardson, 1 April 2020

Britain’s new “Satanic Mills” are a byword for low pay, casualisation and sweat shop conditions, which have only worsened as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Canada’s governments exempt sections of industry from lockdowns, imperilling workers’ lives

By Roger Jordan, 1 April 2020

Placing profits before workers’ lives, Ontario and Quebec have declared businesses “essential” that have nothing to do with providing healthcare, food, power or other life necessities.

“As a part-time worker I got no sick time, no benefits, and no vacation”
Canadian workers speak out on impact of coronavirus crisis

Quebec tries to extort concessions from health care and other public sector workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 1 April 2020

By offering their “full cooperation” to the CAQ government during the coronavirus pandemic, the unions have opened the door for an intensified state attack on public sector workers.

Hundreds wait in mile-long line at Pittsburgh area food bank

By Samuel Davidson, 1 April 2020

The situation in Pittsburgh is being repeated throughout the US as more than 3.5 million workers filed for unemployment last week and millions more are expected to do so this week.

Cleveland, Ohio residents wait hours in food bank drive-thru line as unemployment skyrockets

Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. issue shelter-in-place orders

By Dmitri Church, 1 April 2020

The shutdown of nonessential travel affects over 15 million residents, with the Maryland Governor warning residents not to leave the state unless “absolutely necessary.”

Unprecedented police and military powers implemented in Australian pandemic response

By Mike Head, 1 April 2020

Lockdown measures that have become necessary to try to contain the coronavirus are being enforced in the most heavy-handed manner.

Australian governments reject calls for lockdown despite rising COVID-19 danger

COVID-19 pandemic leads to mass sackings in Australia

By Martin Scott, 1 April 2020

Unemployment is likely to rise above 15 percent as hundreds of thousands of workers lose their jobs.

Australian government resorts to “pandemic capitalism” as depression looms

Bangladesh: Garment workers strike over safety amid COVID-19 crisis

By Wimal Perera, 1 April 2020

The anger of Bangladeshi factory workers is mounting because they are unable to practice “social distancing” in their plants or during transit.

31 March 2020

The profit system is sabotaging the struggle against the coronavirus

By Patrick Martin, 31 March 2020

As 150,000 hotel rooms remain empty, Las Vegas government forces 500 homeless residents to sleep outside on asphalt parking lot

By Jacob Crosse, 31 March 2020

US prisons begin release of inmates after COVID-19 pandemic engulfs system

By Sam Dalton, 31 March 2020

Growing protests in US immigrant detention centers over coronavirus pandemic

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 31 March 2020

Fears grow that coronavirus is taking hold among immigrants in US custody as three children test positive

German government preparing major domestic military deployment

By Johannes Stern, 31 March 2020

Germany: The coronavirus pandemic and the destruction of the public health system

By Tino Jacobson and Markus Salzmann, 31 March 2020

“This is a worldwide medical emergency and we shouldn’t put our frontline NHS staff at risk” UK doctor in forensic pathology speaks to WSWS

By our correspondent, 31 March 2020

UK health care assistant: “There’s a fear that if we are tested for COVID-19, most of us will come back positive and the NHS will collapse”

“It's the profit system at the root of these problems”
Teachers across the US discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Evan Blake, 31 March 2020

”Obviously there has to be a revolt”
US teachers speak out on the coronavirus epidemic

New Zealand: Christchurch terrorist pleads guilty

By Tom Peters, 31 March 2020

US military veterans who fought as mercenaries for Ukrainian fascists indicted on double murder charges

By Jacob Crosse, 31 March 2020

Unemployment surges in UK, with millions forced onto punitive welfare system

By Barry Mason, 31 March 2020

Hunger increased by quarantines leads to protests across Latin America

By Andrea Lobo, 31 March 2020

Australian warehouse workers strike over COVID-19 safety demands

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 March 2020

Australian medical workers speak on the growing crisis in the health system

Papua New Guinea: 4,000 nurses to strike over COVID-19 readiness

By John Braddock, 31 March 2020

New in German

Unterstützt die streikenden Arbeiter von Instacart, Amazon und Whole Foods!

Jerry White, 1. April 2020

Die Beschäftigten im Lebensmittelhandel und in der Lieferindustrie wollen sich selbst und die Bevölkerung vor der tödlichen Coronavirus-Pandemie schützen.

Trump bezeichnet 200.000 Corona-Tote in den Vereinigten Staaten als „gute Arbeit“

Patrick Martin, 1. April 2020

Bei einer Pressekonferenzsagte US-Präsident Donald Trump, dass eine Zahl von 100.000 bis 200.000 Todesopfern in den Vereinigten Staaten als Folge der COVID-19-Pandemie eine „gute Arbeit“ seiner Regierung bedeuten würde.

Orbáns Ermächtigungsgesetz

Peter Schwarz, 1. April 2020

Das ungarische Parlament hat am Montag ein Notstandsgesetz verabschiedet, das Regierungschef Viktor Orbán umfassende diktatorische Vollmachten verleiht.

Untätigkeit der Regierungen gefährdet Millionen von europäischen Pflegekräften

Thomas Scripps, 1. April 2020

Vor allem das Pflegepersonal, das an vorderster Front gegen die Corona-Pandemie kämpft, wird durch die Krise sehr großen Belastungen ausgesetzt.

Krankenhausschließungen gehen trotz Covid-19-Pandemie weiter

Sybille Fuchs, 1. April 2020

Obwohl wegen der Corona-Epidemie jedes Krankenhausbett in Deutschland benötigt wird, stehen gerade im ländlichen Bereich etliche Krankenhäuser vor der Schließung.

„Lasst die Pflegekräfte nicht im Stich!
Pandemie in Italien: Suizide von Krankenschwestern nehmen zu

Allison Smith, 1. April 2020

Vor einer Woche wurde der Suizid der 34-jährigen Krankenschwester Daniella Trezzi bekannt. Sie hatte auf der COVID-19-Intensivstation des San-Gerardo-Krankenhauses in Monza bei Mailand gearbeitet.

New in Italian

Come combattere la pandemia COVID-19: Un programma d’azione per la classe lavoratrice

Comitato Nazionale del Partito dell’Eguaglianza Socialista (USA), 23 marzo 2020

Il principio essenziale che deve guidare la risposta alla crisi è che le esigenze dei lavoratori devono avere la priorità assoluta e incondizionata su tutte le considerazioni relative al profitto aziendale e al patrimonio privato.

La crisi del Coronavirus paralizza il sistema sanitario italiano

Marc Wells, 23 marzo 2020

L’Italia conta oggi più morti per la pandemia di coronavirus di qualsiasi altro Paese al mondo.

Gli operatori sanitari italiani parlano della pandemia di coronavirus

Marc Wells, 23 marzo 2020

Il sistema sanitario italiano, oggi epicentro della pandemia di coronavirus, è sottoposto a una pressione insopportabile a fronte di un aumento esponenziale delle infezioni e dei decessi.

New in Russian

Рабочие остановили производство на автозаводах по всей территории штатов Мичиган и Огайо, вопреки руководству профсоюза UAW

Том Холл, 21 марта 2020 г.

Рабочие заводов Fiat Chrysler Sterling Heights (SHAP) и Jefferson North (JNAP) в районе Детройта 17 марта вечером и утром 18 марта взяли дело в свои руки и вынудили заводскую администрацию остановить производство, чтобы блокировать распространение коронавируса.

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: Рабочие советы создают центральный руководящий орган во время «Рурского восстания» в Германии

21 марта 2020 г.

20 марта 1920 года представители рабочих советов собрались в Эссене, расположенном в регионе промышленно высокоразвитой немецкой Рурской области, чтобы избрать себе центральное руководство.

New in Portuguese

“Eles não se importam com a nossa saúde”
Greves e protestos se espalham pelos EUA com trabalhadores exigindo proteção contra COVID-19

Jerry White, 28 Março 2020

Enquanto Trump se apressa para que a produção seja totalmente retomada, dezenas de milhares de trabalhadores nos EUA e em todo o mundo estão se recusando a morrer em nome dos lucros das corporações.

Bolsonaro ameaça com ditadura diante de crise da COVID-19

Miguel Andrade, 28 Março 2020

Importantes empresários brasileiros têm aterrorizado os trabalhadores dizendo que o país pode vir a ter “40 milhões de desempregados” a não ser que as quarentenas sejam suspensas.

New in Turkish

ABD emperyalizmi koronavirüsü bir silah olarak kullanıyor

Bill Van Auken, 21 Mart 2020

Washington’ın krize yanıtı, bırakın insani dayanışmayı, sayısız İranlı emekçinin yaşamı pahasına duruma kasten daha fazla yoğunlaştırmaya çalışmak oldu.

Yabancı düşmanlığına hayır! Koronavirüs salgınına karşı uluslararası sosyalist dayanışma!

Andre Damon ve David North, 21 Mart 2020

Dünya emekçileri, salgınla mücadelede, ulusal şovenizmin bütün dışavurumlarını en az koronavirüs kadar insanlığa karşı bir tehdit olarak görmeliler.

İşçiler koronavirüs salgınından korunma talep ederken öfke büyüyor

Tom Hall ve Joseph Kishore, 21 Mart 2020

Virüsün daha fazla yayılmasını engellemek ve milyonlarca insanın hayatını kurtarmak için, gerekli olmayan işyerleri derhal kapatılmadır!

Piyasalar telaş içinde nakit paraya kaçıyor

Nick Beams, 21 Mart 2020

Krizi durdurma konusunda hükümetin ve merkez bankasının önlemlerine duyulan güven paramparça olurken, küresel finansal piyasalarındaki büyük bir satış gerçekleşiyor.

Pekin hükümetinin Covid-19 salgınına müdahalesinin yükünü Çin işçi sınıfı çekiyor

Ben McGrath, 21 Mart 2020

Stalinist Çin Komünist Partisi, dikkati, virüsü haftalarca inkar etmesinin Çin işçi sınıfı için yarattığı toplumsal felaketten ve uyguladığı polis devleti önlemlerinden başka yöne çekmek için milliyetçiliği kullanmaya çalışıyor

New in Norwegian

Amerikansk imperialisme utnytter koronaviruskrisen som et krigsvåpen

Bill Van Auken, 21. mars 2020

Opprettholdelsen og tilstrammingen av straffende økonomiske sanksjoner mot Iran, som konfronterer et av verdens verste utbrudd av koronaviruset, utgjør en amerikansk krigsforbrytelse.

Italias hær innkalt for liktransport, der dødsfall av koronaviruset tiltar i Europa

Alex Lantier, 21. mars 2020

Helsevesenet i Italia, det europeiske episentret for COVID-19 sykdommen, er så overveldet at det ikke får besørget de avdødes legemer, enn si ivaretatt de syke.

Medie-blackout av spontanstreiker i amerikansk bilindustri

Tom Hall, 21. mars 2020

Innen timer etter at spontanstreiker ved Fiat Chrysler-fabrikker i Michigan og Ohio fremtvang en midlertidig stans av store deler av den nordamerikanske bilindustrien under koronaviruspandemien gikk foretaksmediene over i full tilsløringsmodus.

Voksende raseri blant brasilianske arbeidere over regjeringens og fagforeningenes respons på koronaviruskrisen

Tomas Castanheira, 21. mars 2020

På de brasilianske bilproduksjonsanleggene blir arbeidernes liv daglig utsatt for fare, for å sikre selskapenes fortsatte uthenting av profitt.

New in Spanish

Casos del COVID-19 en EE. UU. superan a otros países
Las redadas de ICE continúan, las solicitudes de asilo son rechazadas y los centros de detención siguen siendo focos potenciales del Coronavirus

Joseph Kishore, 28 marzo 2020

Pese a la propagación de la pandemia aún en sus primeras etapas, el Gobierno de Trump está intensificando sus esfuerzos para forzar un retorno al trabajo, lo que pondría en peligro a millones de trabajadores.

Nuevas solicitudes por desempleo llegan a 3,8 millones en EE. UU. en medio de catástrofe económica por pandemia

Shannon Jones, 28 marzo 2020

La cifra de nuevas solicitudes para beneficios estatales por desempleo alcanzó un total impactante de 3,28 millones, un aumento de mil por ciento comparado a la semana previa y el más alto en la historia del país.

El presidente de Brasil, Bolsonaro, amenaza con dictadura por la crisis del COVID-19

Miguel Andrade, 28 marzo 2020

Destacados hombres de negocios brasileños han estado aterrorizando a los trabajadores con amenazas de "40 millones de parados" si el Estado no levanta la cuarentena.

El gobierno chileno se aprovecha de la pandemia COVID-19 para declarar Estado de Catástrofe

Mauricio Saavedra, 28 marzo 2020

Lejos de estar motivada por la lucha contra el coronavirus, la medida tiene por objeto militarizar Chile frente a las manifestaciones masivas y huelgas que han sacudido el país.

"Hay tanta crueldad con la situación": hospitales de la ciudad de Nueva York agobiados por el aumento de coronavirus

Clara Weiss, 28 marzo 2020

Los hospitales de Nueva York se enfrentan a un número vertiginoso de pacientes, un número creciente de muertes, personal médico que cae enfermo y escasez crítica de equipos de protección personal y ventiladores.

Casos de coronavirus en EE. UU. superan a los de Italia y China

Don Barrett, 28 marzo 2020

El número de casos confirmados del COVID-19 en EE. UU. se multiplicó diez veces en una semana, llegando a 85.594.

El número de muertos COVID-19 en Europa supera los 16.000

Robert Stevens, 28 marzo 2020

Los años de recortes en los presupuestos de salud y asistencia social, junto con la inacción del gobierno, han cobrado un precio terrible, con los trabajadores de la salud obligados a tomar decisiones sobre quién vive y muere.

New in French

L’armée italienne est mobilisée pour transporter des cadavres alors que les décès dus aux coronavirus augmentent en Europe

Alex Lantier, 21 mars 2020

Les systèmes de santé en Italie, l'épicentre européen de la maladie, sont tellement débordés qu'ils ne peuvent pas traiter les cadavres des morts, et encore moins s'occuper des malades.

L’impérialisme américain exploite le coronavirus comme une arme de guerre

Bill Van Auken, 21 mars 2020

Le maintien et le renforcement des sanctions économiques punitives contre l’Iran alors qu’il doit faire face à l’une des pires épidémies de coronavirus au monde constituent un crime de guerre américain.

Silence médiatique sur les grèves sauvages dans l'industrie automobile américaine

Tom Hall, 21 mars 2020

Quelques heures après que des grèves sauvages dans les usines Fiat Chrysler du Michigan et de l'Ohio aient forcé la fermeture temporaire d'une grande partie de l'industrie automobile nord-américaine pendant la pandémie de coronavirus, les médias d'entreprise font tout pour étouffer l’affaire.

Royaume-Uni: le gouvernement Johnson utilise la crise du coronavirus pour s’octroyer des pouvoirs dictatoriaux

Robert Stevens, 21 mars 2020

L’élite britannique utilise l’énorme danger que présente la pandémie COVID-19 à la santé publique pour appliquer une série de mesures anti-démocratiques dont l'imposition était préparée de longue date.

Les intérêts nationaux font obstacle à un vaccin contre le Coronavirus

Peter Schwarz, 21 mars 2020

Le différend concernant la société de biotechnologie allemande CureVac montre comment les intérêts nationaux et les profits entravent le développement rapide d'un vaccin contre le Coronavirus COVID-19.

Il y a 100 ans: les conseils ouvriers forment un comité central durant le soulèvement de la Ruhr

WSWS, 21 mars 2020

De nombreux ouvriers de la région cherchaient à passer d'une lutte défensive contre le coup qui avait fait tomber le gouvernement du Parti social-démocrate (SPD) à une lutte pour le pouvoir.

New in French

L'équipe de défense d'Assange: « L'empire appelle ça de l'espionnage. Nous appelons ça du journalisme »

Thomas Scripps, 20 février 2020

Une conférence de presse a été tenue devant une salle comble par le rédacteur en chef de WikiLeaks, Kristinn Hrafnsson, l'avocate Jennifer Robinson et les députés australiens Andrew Wilkie et George Christensen.

Washington soutient la Turquie alors que les affrontements frontaliers s'intensifient avec la Syrie et la Russie

Ulaş Ateşci, 20 février 2020

Washington encourage les opérations de l’armée turque en Syrie, au risque d’un affrontement direct entre l’OTAN et les principaux alliés du gouvernement syrien, la Russie et l’Iran.

Les enseignants de l'Ontario et les travailleurs de la raffinerie de Regina en lock-out doivent mener une lutte politique ouvrière

Roger Jordan et Keith Jones, 20 février 2020

Pour l'emporter dans la lutte pour défendre leurs emplois, leurs salaires et leurs droits sociaux, les travailleurs doivent reconnaître qu'ils sont confrontés non seulement à un employeur particulièrement impitoyable ou à un gouvernement de droite, mais aussi à un assaut de guerre de classe et à une lutte politique.

La montée de Sanders dans les sondages déclenche de nouvelles provocations des médias et de l’establishment démocrate

Barry Grey, 20 février 2020

L’inquiétude grandit dans l’appareil du parti et dans une grande partie de l’élite patronale que des victoires de Sanders au Nevada et en Caroline du Sud pourrait rendre sa nomination irréversible.

Other Languages

Perspective

The working class, socialism and the fight against the pandemic

1 April 2020

The wildcat strikes and protests by Instacart, Amazon and Whole Foods workers are in response to the criminal subordination of workers’ safety to corporate profits.

Earlier Perspectives »

The coronavirus pandemic

On Sunday, March 29, 1:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, the Socialist Equality Party and the World Socialist Web Site held an online forum on the global coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic and the perspective of socialism

the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, 30 March 2020

How to fight the COVID-19 pandemic: A program of action for the working class

By the National Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

UN warns that COVID-19 pandemic could trigger global food shortage

By Jean Shaoul, 30 March 2020

As General Motors demands profits, ventilator shortage in US threatens tens of thousands of lives

By Andre Damon, 28 March 2020

Democratic Socialists of America, Haymarket Books hold online event to boost Democratic Party amid coronavirus crisis

By Eric London, 28 March 2020

As US cases of COVID-19 surpass all other countries
Trump’s “Get back to work” demagogy aids the spread of the pandemic

By Joseph Kishore, 27 March 2020

What the coronavirus calamity means for intellectual and cultural life

By David Walsh, 27 March 2020

More on the coronavirus pandemic »

Commentary

The significance of Hungarian Prime Minister Orban’s enabling act

By Peter Schwarz, 1 April 2020

Hungary’s parliament passed an emergency law on Monday that grants Orban unrestricted dictatorial powers.

Daily Telegraph rails against socialist revival due to coronavirus crisis

By Chris Marsden, 1 April 2020

The fears of the ruling class internationally that the coronavirus crisis is leading to opposition to capitalism on a mass scale are expressed in the commentary in Britain’s Telegraph.

Johnson’s “herd immunity” strategy and the London Conference on Intelligence whitewash: Britain’s ruling class and eugenics

By Thomas Scripps, 26 March 2020

Socialist Alternative town hall injects racial politics into COVID-19 pandemic

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 March 2020

New York Times hypocritically accuses Russia of “weaponizing race” in 2020 elections

By Eric London, 14 March 2020

FBI and Department of Justice reject Freedom of Information Act document request by SEP National Chairman David North

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 20 February 2020

The US government declares that the Socialist Equality Party and World Socialist Web Site chairman’s request for documents obtained through surveillance of his political activities threatens “national security and foreign intelligence.”

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan SEP to hold online event: “COVID-19 pandemic and capitalist barbarism”

1 April 2020

The event will be live-streamed through the SEP’s official Facebook page.

Coronavirus crisis in Sri Lanka: A program for the working class

By the Socialist Equality Party, 28 March 2020

The Rajapakse government is exploiting the pandemic to prepare a presidential dictatorship and impose even deeper attacks on the working class and the poor.

Sri Lankan Trotskyists begin election campaign with online meeting

By our reporters, 26 March 2020

Sri Lankan workers and young people endorse SEP’s election program

By our reporters, 26 March 2020

Fight for an international socialist program against war, social devastation and dictatorship
Vote Socialist Equality Party in the Sri Lankan general election

Manifesto of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 21 March 2020

Arts Review

An ominous warning ignored by governments
Netflix’s Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak

By Toby Reese, 1 April 2020

As the US became an epicenter of the current pandemic last week, the series jumped into the top ten most-viewed on Netflix.

Andrew Bird’s My Finest Work Yet and Ian Noe’s Between the Country

By Matthew Brennan, 31 March 2020

The songwriting and musicality on both, at its best, is unusually direct, serious and invigorating. The two performers attempt to grapple with changes in social life—and social moods—and manage to give them intriguing musical expression.

70th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5
Strike or Die and several shorts: Filipiñana, Union County, Huntsville Station: A renewed interest in workers’ lives

By Verena Nees, 30 March 2020

Coronavirus crisis “devastates” US museums, arts organizations, many of them for good

By David Walsh, 28 March 2020

Knives Out: The decent and honest should inherit the earth
…and The Last Thing He Wanted

By Joanne Laurier, 27 March 2020

Pop star Britney Spears social media posts go viral after telling public to “re-distribute wealth” and “strike”

By Nick Barrickman, 26 March 2020

Adaptation of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America on HBO: If the US had gone fascist

By David Walsh, 25 March 2020

Support the striking Instacart, Amazon and Whole Foods workers!

By Jerry White, 31 March 2020

With their work becoming ever more essential, grocery and delivery workers are fighting to protect themselves and those they serve from the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Strong response to Nick Beams’ IYSSE (Australia) online lecture on coronavirus pandemic

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 March 2020

Turkish IYSSE’s intervention at Istanbul student conference wins warm response

By our reporter, 21 March 2020

The IYSSE presented the perspective of the world Trotskyist movement to a congress of economics students in Istanbul earlier this month.

German student newspaper “Unauf” defends far-right violence against students

By the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 16 March 2020

No to right-wing “anti-Semitism” lawsuit against New York University!

By the IYSSE at New York University, 12 March 2020

Workers Struggles

Confronting coronavirus
University of California graduate students need a socialist political strategy

By Jonathan Burleigh, 28 March 2020

Protests across North and South America continue over lack of coronavirus protections
Workers Struggles: The Americas

31 March 2020

Health care workers in Mexico, Coca Cola workers in Chile, sanitation workers in North Carolina and Hamilton, Ontario, are among those staging strikes and protests against inadequate safety measures in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pakistan: District government workers strike over unpaid wages; New Zealand plastics workers strike over COVID-19 concerns
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

28 March 2020

“We are not going to die in our cubicles!” – Wildcat strikes erupt at call centers across Brazil

By our reporters, 26 March 2020

“They don’t care about our health”
Strikes, protests spread as US workers demand protection from COVID-19

By Jerry White, 26 March 2020

Strikes mount across Europe against official response to coronavirus pandemic

By Allison Smith and Alex Lantier, 26 March 2020

Germany: IG Metall union agrees an industrial truce with the corporations

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 26 March 2020

Working class in China bears brunt of Beijing’s COVID-19 response

By Ben McGrath, 19 March 2020

Union calls off UK Royal Mail strike citing national interest during coronavirus pandemic

By Thomas Scripps, 19 March 2020

Australian teachers call for “immediate, tangible action” over coronavirus

By the Committee For Public Education, 19 March 2020

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes Turkish-language edition of The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 30 March 2020

First published by the WSWS in February 2018, The Struggle against Imperialism and for Workers’ Power in Iran—A Reply to a Proponent of “Iranian Islamic Socialism” advances a socialist strategy for the working class in a country that has been the target of US imperialist aggression for decades.

Preface to the Turkish edition of The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran

By Keith Jones, 30 March 2020

A viable strategy to defeat imperialism can only be founded on the working class, and requires its independent political mobilization against all factions of the Iranian bourgeoisie.

25 years ago: Thousands flee violence in Burundi

On April 5, 1995, a massacre began in a refugee camp in Gasorwe in northeastern Burundi. It was the worst single incident of violence that week in the region’s ethnic Hutu-Tutsi violence.

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50 years ago: Cambodian civil war intensifies

This week in 1970 fighting intensified in Cambodia that would soon draw both the United States and North Vietnam into the conflict.

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75 years ago: US military launches land invasion of Okinawa

On April 1, 1945, the United States’ Tenth Army launched a land invasion of Okinawa, the small but strategically critical southern Japanese island, in one of the bloodiest engagements of the Pacific Theater in World War II.

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100 years ago: Palestinians riot against Zionist settlers in Jerusalem

On April 5, 1920, tens of thousands of Palestinians who had assembled in Jerusalem for a religious procession listened to nationalist speeches against the British occupation government and the Zionist colonization of the region.

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Socialism 2020

Bernie Sanders draws his campaign to an end: The political lessons

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 19 March 2020

Sweetwater teachers and students protest impending mass firing of teachers

By Norissa Santa Cruz – Socialist Equality Party candidate for vice president of the United States, 11 March 2020

David North and Joseph Kishore address international online audience in Socialist Equality Party town hall election meeting

By Socialist Equality Party (US), 25 February 2020

Watch the recording of the successful campaign kick-off town hall meeting streamed to workers and supporters around the world.

Socialist Equality Party to run Joseph Kishore for president, Norissa Santa Cruz for vice president in 2020 US elections

The alternative confronting the working class is clear: capitalist barbarism or international socialism. The Socialist Equality Party, in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International, will use this campaign to advance the struggle of the working class against capitalism. Sign up today to get involved!

Amazon

As more workers test positive for COVID-19, Amazon ignores demands to close warehouses

By Tom Carter, 25 March 2020

South Carolina Amazon worker speaks on loss of his health, benefits and job

By Ed Hightower and Michael Walters, 21 March 2020

Donald Thrift Jr was left jobless with $27,000 in medical debt after contracting double pneumonia while working in an Amazon fulfillment center in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Amazon workers in New York City shut down warehouse after worker tests positive for coronavirus

By Shuvu Batta, 21 March 2020

“Amazon puts us at risk:” Warehouse workers discuss company’s inaction in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

Free Assange and Manning

Julian Assange’s bail request denied despite coronavirus risk

By Thomas Scripps, 26 March 2020

Julian Assange to apply for bail amid coronavirus dangers in British prisons

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 March 2020

Growing demands for Assange’s release as first coronavirus case confirmed in British prisons

Doctors condemn Australian government’s refusal to defend Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 March 2020

Australia: Melbourne teachers vote to defend Assange and Manning

By the Committee For Public Education (CFPE), 14 March 2020

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Book Review

Rottenomics: The Story of New Zealand’s Leaky Buildings Disaster
How profit-gouging and government deregulation created New Zealand’s home-building catastrophe

By John Braddock, 12 March 2020

Peter Dyer’s book explains how Labour and National Party governments created New Zealand’s “leaky homes” scandal.

Defend public education!

No Layoffs! No Cuts!
A fighting strategy to defend public education in San Diego’s Sweetwater Union High School district

By Evelyn Rios, 9 March 2020

The Socialist Equality Party calls on teachers, students and parents to form independent rank-and-file and neighborhood committees throughout the city to organize opposition to austerity and social inequality.

San Ysidro, California high school students walk out to oppose attacks on public education

By Joseph Kishore – Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 7 March 2020

On Friday, March 6, hundreds of students at San Ysidro High School in San Diego, California walked out to oppose budget cuts and attacks on public education.

As support for wildcat strike spreads
Unions work to defeat UC-Santa Cruz grad student strike

By Jonathan Burleigh, 27 February 2020

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The New York Times' 1619 Project

New York Times Magazine editor Jake Silverstein attempts to slither away from central 1619 Project fabrication

By Tom Mackaman, 16 March 2020

Times Magazine editor Jake Silverstein is attempting to palm off a minor semantic change as a cure for a totally false presentation of the American Revolution.

New York Times ignored objections raised by 1619 Project fact-checker

By Eric London, 9 March 2020

A reply to the American Historical Review’s defense of the 1619 Project

By David North and Tom Mackaman, 31 January 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for social equality

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2020

The New York Times’ “1619 Project”
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Shell Oil and mass killings in Africa

By Trévon Austin and Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2019

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 6 September 2019

“The saddest part of this is that the response of the Times is simply to defend their project”
An interview with historian Clayborne Carson on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

1619 Project director speaks at New York University
Nikole Hannah-Jones, race theory and the Holocaust

By Eric London and David North, 26 November 2019

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History

YIVO Institute for Jewish research in New York fires all its librarians

By Clara Weiss, 17 February 2020

An interview with Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano

By the editorial board, 27 January 2020

Seventy-five years since the liberation of Auschwitz

Obituary

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dead at 90

By Jerry White, 27 February 2020

Hosni Mubarak, US-backed dictator of Egypt for 30 years, dead at 91

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2020

Mehring Books

New pamphlet from Mehring Books on the 1619 Project

24 January 2020

The response of David North and Eric London to the New York Times’ rebuff of five eminent historians’ objections to the 1619 Project is now available as an illustrated pamphlet.

Vadim Rogovin’s Bolsheviks against Stalinism 1928–1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
A magnificent account of Stalin’s opponents in the USSR

By Andrea Peters, 21 December 2019

Stalin’s rise was neither foreordained nor a natural outgrowth of the October Revolution. The Great Russian chauvinist and bureaucrat secured power in ferocious conflict with the proletariat, peasantry and cadre of the revolutionary socialist movement.

Trotskyism and China

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

History of the ICFI

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International