Over 620 deaths in Italy on Friday as coronavirus fatalities surge in Europe

By Robert Stevens, 21 March 2020

Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK all recorded their largest single-day death tolls in the global coronavirus pandemic on Friday.

“There will be no solution outside an internationally coordinated effort”
Italian health care workers speak out on coronavirus pandemic

By Marc Wells, 21 March 2020

The health care system in Italy, now the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, is under unbearable strain amid an exponential increase in infections and deaths.

Italian army drafted to transport corpses as coronavirus deaths surge in Europe

Going into lockdown, Europe overtakes China as coronavirus epicenter

Fiat Chrysler skilled trade contractors in Detroit walk out as workers demand total auto shutdown

By Shannon Jones, 21 March 2020

The workers took the action after management demanded they stay on the job, even though FCA production workers have been sent home over coronavirus concerns.

Some US auto companies announce plant closures, others remain open in wake of worker job actions over coronavirus

US autoworkers take matters into their own hands
Auto plants shut down throughout North America in response to wave of wildcats over coronavirus

Kentucky auto parts worker denounces continued plant operation as coronavirus spreads

By Clement Daly, 21 March 2020

Referring to the role of the UAW union, the worker said: “They say our security is their number one goal, but it’s not.”

Turkey’s coronavirus measures: billions for business, crumbs for workers

By Ulas Atesci, 21 March 2020

Before this program was announced, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Turkey was 97; it has now risen to 670.

New York, California order locked down in response to COVID-19

By Bryan Dyne, 21 March 2020

US President Trump closed the border to Mexico as the World Health Organization continued to call for urgent action to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus transforms Greek refugee camps into death camps

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 21 March 2020

The intolerable hygienic conditions in the internment camps prevent even the most basic protective measures from being adopted.

Market slide resumes in worst week for Wall Street since 2008

By Nick Beams, 21 March 2020

Beyond the precipitous fall in share prices, the crisis has been transmitted into all corners of the financial markets, leaving no asset class exempt.

Mexican autoworkers appeal to US, Canadian workers for support in closing plants over COVID-19

By Andrea Lobo, 21 March 2020

A worker at the GM Silao Complex wrote: “I see the trade union as being totally indifferent to this issue, that is why I ask for your collaboration brothers.”

Citing “national security,” John Deere keeps US plants open amid pandemic

By George Gallanis, 21 March 2020

The United Auto Workers union, which covers Deere plants, signed a joint statement with the company enforcing continued production.

More on autoworkers struggles »

UK government closes schools under sustained public pressure

By Tom Pearce, 21 March 2020

Although most pupils are being sent home, some schools, with reduced staffing, will have to remain open to ensure “key workers” are able to continue working.

Australian governments refuse to close schools over COVID-19

By Erika Zimmer and Patrick Kelly, 21 March 2020

Schools are being kept open, at the expense of public health, in order to minimise disruption to corporate profit-making.

An interview with an Australian school teacher fearing coronavirus exposure

By our reporters, 21 March 2020

Trump administration exploits coronavirus to block all asylum seekers from entering US

By Kevin Martinez, 21 March 2020

The blanket rejection of asylum seekers is the latest in a series of steps aimed at abrogating the right to asylum, which is protected by both international and US law.

Illinois governor belatedly places entire state under “stay-at-home” order in response to coronavirus pandemic

By Alexander Fangmann, 21 March 2020

Democratic officials have done nothing to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, holding Tuesday’s primary election in person and keeping Chicago’s libraries and parks open up until Saturday.

Nearly two dozen New York City transit workers test positive for COVID-19

By Sam Dalton, 21 March 2020

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has responded by continuing to ignore basic health precautions, risking the lives of workers, their families and the general public.

Rideshare drivers speak out on working conditions during coronavirus pandemic

By Shuvu Batta, 21 March 2020

“I can’t stop driving for even a day because I can’t afford my bills. It’s a form of slave labor.”

Amid coronavirus pandemic, thousands in Detroit remain without running water

By Kevin Reed, 21 March 2020

The claims of the Democratic Party’s mayor of Detroit and Michigan state governor that they would restore shut-off utilities have been exposed as a fraud.

Louisiana COVID-19 cases rise, with New Orleans hardest hit

By J. L’Heureau, 21 March 2020

The Louisiana governor and New Orleans mayor declared states of emergency on March 11 in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

President Trump and Florida Governor DeSantis declare south Florida a COVID-19 epicenter

By Matthew MacEgan, 21 March 2020

While some Florida counties have been closed to nonessential business, concern grows over unemployment and a large prison population.

Utah’s Salt Lake Valley shaken by 5.7 magnitude earthquake, compounding coronavirus crisis

By Evan Cohen, 21 March 2020

The state’s strongest earthquake in decades shook the Salt Lake Valley Wednesday morning, grounding flights and causing blackouts for over 64,000 residents.

As COVID-19 spreads across North America
Canada: Quebec establishment hails inadequate response of Legault government

By Laurent Lafrance, 21 March 2020

Quebec Premier François Legault is resisting demands from workers for the closure of building sites, factories and nonessential workplaces.

Netanyahu exploits coronavirus pandemic to build up dictatorial regime in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 21 March 2020

Netanyahu has exploited the coronavirus to cast himself as the only figure capable of responding to a national emergency.

Medical expert warns India could be next coronavirus hotspot

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 21 March 2020

The Indian ruling elite’s response to the unfolding disaster has been criminally negligent, with only 14,175 tests conducted in a country of 1.3 billion people.

As coronavirus cases surge in Pakistan, its prime minister preaches “no need to worry”

By Sampath Perera, 21 March 2020

If the rapid spread of the deadly virus is not halted, it will prove catastrophic for millions of people in Pakistan, an impoverished South Asian country of more than 200 million.

South Africa: State of national disaster declared as coronavirus hits and social tensions mount

By Stephan McCoy, 21 March 2020

The African National Congress (ANC) government lost weeks doing nothing to prepare for the inevitable arrival of the virus.

UK Royal Mail workers oppose union citing coronavirus to justify strike vote sellout

By Thomas Scripps, 21 March 2020

Workers have used social media to condemn the union’s refusal to call strikes after a second national ballot recorded a huge mandate for action.

20 March 2020

California governor orders statewide lockdown as US coronavirus deaths top 200

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2020

Massive social disaster looms as worldwide job losses from coronavirus pandemic expected to reach 25 million

By Jerry White, 20 March 2020

As US Fed seeks to rescue financial markets and corporations demand bailouts
Workers hit by job losses and pay cuts

Italy’s death toll overtakes China’s
Coronavirus crisis cripples Italy’s health care system

By Marc Wells, 20 March 2020

Stock markets hold steady but global dollar shortage looms

By Nick Beams, 20 March 2020

Facing mask shortage, US doctors told to use bandanas

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 March 2020

Ontario Toyota worker describes company inaction in the face of coronavirus pandemic

By Carl Bronski, 20 March 2020

Drivers shut down Detroit bus system with sick-out over health and safety concerns during coronavirus outbreak

By Kevin Reed, 20 March 2020

New York City now the epicenter of coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Josh Varlin, 20 March 2020

New York University gives students 36 hours’ notice to leave dormitories, leaving many students facing homelessness

First ICE officer tests positive for COVID-19
Immigrants in US detention facilities plead for help as coronavirus pandemic spreads

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 March 2020

CIA veterans endorse Biden for president—and so does Tulsi Gabbard

By Jacob Crosse, 20 March 2020

Biden sweeps three primaries amid coronavirus crisis

UK: Johnson government uses coronavirus crisis to seize dictatorial powers

By Robert Stevens, 20 March 2020

UK: Johnson grants £350 billion COVID-19 handout to business and nothing for the working class

Retired UK welfare advice worker Terry Craven: “If they are going to build a herd immunity, they already know it’s going to kill thousands of people”

By our reporters, 20 March 2020

Growing anger among Brazilian workers to response of government and unions to coronavirus crisis

By Tomas Castanheira, 20 March 2020

Bolsonaro tells workers to work or starve as COVID-19 spreads in Brazil

Qantas spearheads mass layoffs in Australia as pandemic worsens

By Mike Head, 20 March 2020

Syriza leader Tsipras offers collaboration with New Democracy against refugees and Turkey

By John Vassilopoulos and Chris Marsden, 20 March 2020

Australian government to use “foreign interference” laws against China-linked targets

Australian government continues to imprison Tamil refugee family

By Max Newman, 20 March 2020

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

Intensifica-se a crise da pandemia do coronavírus
O capitalismo está em guerra com a sociedade

Joseph Kishore e David North, 20 Março 2020

A propagação do coronavírus expôs as consequências desastrosas de décadas de concentração maciça de riqueza e desigualdade gerada pelo capitalismo.

Cresce raiva dos trabalhadores brasileiros contra resposta do governo e sindicatos à crise do coronavírus

Tomas Castanheira, 21 Março 2020

Nas fábricas automotivas brasileiras, a vida dos trabalhadores está sendo colocada em risco diariamente para garantir que as empresas continuem a obter lucros.

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

El imperialismo estadounidense utiliza el coronavirus como un arma de guerra

Bill Van Auken, 21 marzo 2020

El mantenimiento y el incremento en las punitivas sanciones económicas contra Irán mientras se enfrenta a uno de los peores brotes de coronavirus en el mundo constituye un crimen de guerra estadounidense.

Los intereses nacionales se interponen en el camino de una vacuna contra el coronavirus

Peter Schwarz, 21 marzo 2020

La disputa sobre la empresa biotecnológica alemana CureVac muestra cómo los intereses nacionales y de lucro dificultan el rápido desarrollo de una vacuna contra COVID-19.

El gobernador de California ordena el cierre de todo el Estado mientras las muertes por coronavirus en EEUU superan las 200

Patrick Martin, 21 marzo 2020

El número de estadounidenses con coronavirus se acerca a los 15.000, y más de 200 personas han muerto.

Bernie Sanders concluye su campaña: las lecciones políticas

Joseph Kishore —candidato presidencial del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad de los Estados Unidos, 21 marzo 2020

Por segunda vez en cuatro años, Sanders ha desviado la hostilidad popular al sistema capitalista dentro del marco del sistema de dos partidos controlado por las corporaciones.

Ejército italiano reclutado para transportar cuerpos ante repunte de muertes por coronavirus en Europa

Alex Lantier, 21 marzo 2020

Los sistemas de salud en Italia, el epicentro europeo de la enfermedad están tan abrumados que ni siquiera pueden procesar los cuerpos de los muertos, ni mencionar de atender a los enfermos.

Se avecina un desastre social masivo según se espera que se pierdan 25 millones de empleos en todo el mundo por la pandemia del coronavirus

Jerry White, 21 marzo 2020

La pandemia de COVID-19 se está metastatizando en una inmensa crisis económica y social.

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 German

US-Imperialismus macht Coronavirus zur Kriegswaffe

Bill Van Auken, 21. März 2020

Angesichts der weltweiten Verbreitung des Coronavirus kommt die Verschärfung der Wirtschaftssanktionen gegen den Iran einem Kriegsverbrechen gleich.

Zahl der Toten durch Coronavirus in Europa steigt, Italien lässt Särge vom Militär abtransportieren

Alex Lantier, 21. März 2020

In Italien, dem europäischen Epizentrum der Krankheit, ist das Gesundheitssystem derart überlastet, dass sich noch nicht einmal um Toten gekümmert werden kann.

Coronavirus: Robert-Koch-Institut warnt vor Krise von „unvorstellbarem Ausmaß“

Gregor Link, 21. März 2020

Die deutschen Landesgesundheitsämter haben am 20. März erstmals über 15.000 Corona-Fälle gemeldet. Die Zahl der bestätigten Infektionen in Deutschland ist an einem Tag über 4000 angestiegen.

Corona-Pandemie: Regierung bereitet Internet-Zensur und Einsatz der Bundeswehr vor

Ulrich Rippert, 21. März 2020

Niedersachsens Innenminister Boris Pistorius (SPD) fordert ein hartes Durchgreifen gegen Äußerungen, die der offiziellen Regierungspropaganda widersprechen. Gleichzeitig soll die Bundeswehr im Inneren eingesetzt werden.

Griechische ND-Regierung setzt Syrizas Rentenangriffe fort

John Vassilopoulos, 21. März 2020

Die Rentenreform behält die Erhöhung des Rentenalters auf 67 bei, auch für gefährliche und gesundheitsschädigende Berufe.

New in Italian

Il capitalismo è in guerra con la società

Joseph Kishore e David North, 20 marzo 2020

La diffusione del coronavirus ha messo a nudo le conseguenze disastrose di decenni di massiccia concentrazione di ricchezza e disuguaglianza generata dal capitalismo.

La risposta della classe dirigente alla pandemia di coronavirus: una maligna negligenza

Alex Lantier e Andre Damon, 16 marzo 2020

I governi di tutto il mondo stanno prendendo una decisione deliberata per ridurre al minimo la loro risposta alla pandemia, minacciando la vita di milioni di persone.

Cosa bisogna fare per combattere la pandemia di coronavirus

Dichiarazione del Partito dell’Eguaglianza Socialista (Stati Uniti), 7 marzo 2020

Le risorse e la tecnologia esistono per fermare una malattia che minaccia di uccidere oltre cento milioni di persone. Non si può permettere che il capitalismo sia un ostacolo per salvare vite umane!

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 spread of the pandemic and the lessons of the past week

21 March 2020

Over the past week, the coronavirus pandemic has developed from a global public health emergency to a social, economic, political and moral crisis of world capitalism.

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The coronavirus pandemic

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

the National Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

While dumping their stock, US senators misled the public on coronavirus crisis

By Jacob Crosse, 21 March 2020

After receiving classified intelligence briefings, at least four US senators sold millions of dollars worth of stock while downplaying the severity of the virus to the public.

US imperialism exploits coronavirus as a weapon of war

By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2020

Media blackout of wildcat strikes in US auto industry

By Tom Hall, 20 March 2020

National interests stand in the way of a coronavirus vaccine

By Peter Schwarz, 20 March 2020

German Chancellor Merkel’s address to the nation: A declaration of criminal irresponsibility

By Johannes Stern, 20 March 2020

Merkel’s response to coronavirus: Draconian measures for German population, unlimited loans for corporations

Reject capitalist xenophobia! For international socialist solidarity in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic!

By Andre Damon and David North, 19 March 2020

Close Australian schools to stave off coronavirus! Form action committees of teachers and school staff!

By the Committee for Public Education, 18 March 2020

London’s Imperial College predicts millions to die from coronavirus pandemic in UK and US

By Bryan Dyne, 18 March 2020

More on the coronavirus pandemic »

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

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

The working class needs a revolutionary leadership in its struggle against capitalist reaction and the preparations for a presidential dictatorship.

Sri Lankan SEP to launch election campaign with live streamed online public meeting

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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

the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 16 March 2020

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

the IYSSE at New York University, 12 March 2020

Free Assange and Manning

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 March 2020

The British authorities are willfully placing Assange’s life at risk, even though he has been convicted of no crime.

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

International Bar Association condemns British attacks on Assange’s legal rights

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 March 2020

Sri Lankan SEP hold rally in defence of Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 5 March 2020

Sri Lanka: Prominent journalist and cartoonist call for Julian Assange’s freedom

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Amazon

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

The discovery that an Amazon worker in Queens had tested positive for coronavirus sparked work stoppages which shut the processing facility Thursday night.

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

Arts Review

Further signs of life: The Best American Short Stories 2019

By James McDonald, 21 March 2020

Editor Anthony Doerr and series editor Heidi Pitlor have assembled in these twenty stories a book well worth reading and with more than one piece that contributes admirably to contemporary American literature.

Metropolitan Opera in New York ends season, laying off musicians and other staff

By Fred Mazelis, 21 March 2020

Hundreds of employees will be joining tens of millions of others as the coronavirus pandemic leads to skyrocketing unemployment.

Emma. and Jane Austen’s realism

By Joanne Laurier, 20 March 2020

Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue: Documentary about war crimes and historical revisionism in Japan

By Isabel Roy, 20 March 2020

Max von Sydow (1929-2020): The long shadow of a great actor

By Paul Bond, 19 March 2020

70th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3
Curveball—Germany’s role in the Iraq war—and the horrors of the concentration camp in Persian Lessons

By Stefan Steinberg, 18 March 2020

Leading orchestras and musicians move to free online performances in response to the coronavirus pandemic

By Clara Weiss, 17 March 2020

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

21 March 2020

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

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

Socialism 2020

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

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

Sweetwater teachers and students protest impending mass firing of teachers

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

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!

Commentary

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

25 years ago: Sarin gas attack in Tokyo subway

On March 20, 1995, a sarin gas attack by a terrorist group on the Tokyo subway system killed 13 people, injured over 50, and caused temporary vision loss for over 1,000 others.

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50 years ago: US postal workers launch nationwide wildcat strike

On March 18, 1970 workers of the US Post Office went on strike. In total, over 200,000 workers walked out in the first ever national strike by federal workers.

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75 years ago: Hitler signs “Nero Decree”

On March 19, 1945, amid rapid Allied advances into Germany, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler issued a decree entitled “Demolitions on Reich Territory.”

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100 years ago: Workers councils form central leadership body during Germany’s “Ruhr Uprising”

On March 20, 1920, in Germany’s highly industrialized Ruhr Valley representatives of workers’ councils assembled in Essen to elect a central leadership.

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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

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

More on the defense of public education »

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

More on the New York Times’ 1619 Project »

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

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019