24 March 2020

Europe’s coronavirus death toll passes 10,000

By Robert Stevens, 24 March 2020

The coronavirus crisis has exposed how Europe’s health and social care services face collapse after decades of being underfunded, privatised and de-staffed.

Coronavirus kills more than 2,600 across Europe in one weekend

Attorney general requests suspension of habeas corpus
Military, Trump administration ready plans for domestic crackdown as virus spreads across US

By Eric London, 24 March 2020

The Justice Department has asked Congress to suspend habeas corpus and due process, even as the military develops plans to deploy troops on US soil to suppress “riots” and “civil disobedience.”

US Congress moves toward massive bailout of big business

By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2020

The wrangling between Democrats and Republicans in Washington is political theater to disguise the highway robbery being carried out by corporate America.

US soon to pass Italy and China in coronavirus cases

By Benjamin Mateus, 24 March 2020

The total number infected in the United States is approaching 50,000, with nearly 600 dead.

Coronavirus total in US skyrockets as testing expands

US Fed unveils further massive financial intervention

By Nick Beams, 24 March 2020

The central bank’s program of quantitative easing, involving the purchases of government bonds, is now virtually unlimited.

UK: NHS frontline staff and patients at risk through government negligence over pandemic

By Tony Robson, 24 March 2020

NHS doctors and nurses have been battling against the government’s refusal to provide testing and adequate Personal Protective Equipment.

UK government closes schools under sustained public pressure

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

Germany: Appalling lack of protective equipment in COVID-19 outbreak

By Markus Salzmann, 24 March 2020

It is still virtually impossible to be tested for the life-threatening virus and there is a lack of protective marks and other urgently needed equipment for health care workers.

The quiet before the surge: US physicians speak on the COVID-19 pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 24 March 2020

The WSWS spoke to three physicians as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate in the United States.

Global economic slump accelerating

Palestinians face humanitarian catastrophe from coronavirus

By Jean Shaoul, 24 March 2020

This foreseeable and foreseen disaster comes after Israel’s 13-year-long siege that has rendered Gaza almost uninhabitable.

Michigan issues statewide lockdown, exempting auto industry as “critical infrastructure”

By Tom Hall, 24 March 2020

The order exempts “critical manufacturing” as defined by the federal Department of Homeland Security, setting the stage for a return to work in the plants weeks before the lockdown order expires.

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

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

Boeing closes Seattle-area plants after worker’s coronavirus death

By Hector Cordon, 24 March 2020

Two weeks after the first emergence of a coronavirus infection in its Everett, Washington, plant, Boeing has shut down production in the region.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ message to warehouse workers: Keep working despite coronavirus threat

By Nick Barrickman, 24 March 2020

After strikes by US and European Amazon workers over the danger to their health, the company’s billionaire CEO feigned concern while insisting that workers keep pumping out profits.

Under pressure from online protests over coronavirus concerns, GameStop shutters California stores

By Luke Galvin, 24 March 2020

The half-measure concessions, which went into effect Sunday, also included keeping stores in the rest of the United States operating with “delivery-to-door” service.

Trump continues to spend billions on border wall construction amid coronavirus pandemic

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 24 March 2020

Rather than marshal all available resources to fight the pandemic, huge sums of money are being directed to construct of 150 miles of border wall in Arizona, New Mexico and California.

Florida residents on COVID-19 pandemic: “There is no way we can go longer than a month at this rate.”

By Matthew MacEgan, 24 March 2020

Workers and students spoke with the WSWS about lack of supplies, limited testing, and growing concerns over the economic, social, and health impact on their families and friends.

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

COVID-19 hits Nevada: Catastrophic job losses coupled with woefully inadequate health care infrastructure

By Jacob Crosse, 24 March 2020

Hundreds of thousands of workers have been laid off and Nevada’s sparse health care infrastructure is buckling as community spread of coronavirus takes hold.

US officials use economic fallout from pandemic to slash school funding

By Phyllis Steele and Jerry White, 24 March 2020

Even as school districts deliver free meals to millions of low-income students, state governments have already begun slashing school spending and reneging on promised pay raises to teachers.

Exploiting Coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s Trudeau closes border to asylum seekers

By Laurent Lafrance, 24 March 2020

Just days after reiterating that barring “irregular entrants” from seeking asylum would violate Canadian and international law, the Trudeau Liberal government has done just that.

Risk of wider outbreak of COVID-19 remains high in South Korea

By Ben McGrath, 24 March 2020

Workers are being kept on the job, exposing themselves and their communities to greater risks.

Twenty-three die in Colombia prison revolt over coronavirus conditions

By Julian James, 24 March 2020

Amid fears of the rapidly spreading pandemic, prison riots erupted across Colombia and were brutally suppressed by prison guards.

Great Depression-like mass jobless queues across Australia

By Mike Head, 24 March 2020

Showing the contempt of governments, lines of up to 200 metres snake around entire city and suburban blocks.

New Zealand government warns tens of thousands could die, imposes lockdown

By Tom Peters, 24 March 2020

Medical professionals have warned that the country is unprepared for a significant outbreak of coronavirus and New Zealand “will look like Italy or the US” without extreme measures.

New Zealand health workers speak out on lack of preparation for COVID-19 pandemic

By Tom Peters, 24 March 2020

One nurse told the WSWS: “All the health workers are just going to get infected themselves, and then there’s going to be nobody to look after anybody.”

23 March 2020

Coronavirus crisis in New York: As doctors warn of “our Chernobyl,” state government plans Medicaid cuts

By Clara Weiss and Ali Elhassan, 23 March 2020

Chinese worker writes on the coronavirus pandemic: “Disaffection is growing among the masses”

By a correspondent, 23 March 2020

German government prepares for internet censorship and deployment of the armed forces

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 March 2020

Africa threatened by sudden surge in coronavirus cases

By Kumaran Ira, 23 March 2020

South Africa’s ANC government suppressed report showing thousands could die from COVID-19

By Stephan McCoy, 23 March 2020

United Parcel Service forcing employees to work without protection amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Nick Barrickman, 23 March 2020

Retail and service industry workers demand safety measures, store closures and full compensation during coronavirus pandemic

By Trévon Austin, 23 March 2020

COVID-19 outbreak in New York prisons threatens lives of thousands

By Sam Dalton, 23 March 2020

Columbia University graduate workers overwhelmingly authorize strike

By Josh Varlin, 23 March 2020

UK: Sheffield health care students demand placements suspended to limit COVID-19 spread

By Julie Hyland, 23 March 2020

Catastrophic worldwide medical ventilator shortfall despite years of warning

By Steve James, 23 March 2020

Canada registers 500,000 Employment Insurance claims in one week, as Coronavirus triggers jobs massacre

By Roger Jordan, 23 March 2020

Russian cases of coronavirus surge as economic crisis hits

By Clara Weiss, 23 March 2020

Two Sri Lankan prisoners killed and six injured amid national coronavirus lockdown

By Saman Gunadasa and K.Ratnayake, 23 March 2020

COVID-19 health disaster and political crisis intensify in Australia

By Mike Head, 23 March 2020

Australian state of Victoria shuts down school system, other states remain open

By Patrick Kelly, 23 March 2020

“Life before profits—close the schools down!”
Australian teachers and school workers speak out on dangerous working conditions amid pandemic

By the Committee for Public Education, 23 March 2020

“Four Corners” program exposes Australian war crimes in Afghanistan

By John Harris, 23 March 2020

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

Como combater a pandemia de COVID-19: Um programa de ação para a classe trabalhadora

Comitê Nacional do Partido Socialista pela Igualdade (EUA), 23 Março 2020

O princípio essencial que deve orientar a resposta à crise é que as necessidades dos trabalhadores devem ter prioridade absoluta e incondicional sobre todas as considerações de lucro empresarial e riqueza privada.

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

La propagación de la pandemia y las lecciones de la última semana

Joseph Kishore y David North, 23 marzo 2020

Durante la última semana, la pandemia de coronavirus ha pasado de ser una emergencia de salud pública global a una crisis social, económica, política y moral del capitalismo mundial.

La vida de los inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos durante la pandemia de COVID-19
Las redadas de ICE continúan, las solicitudes de asilo son rechazadas y los centros de detención siguen siendo focos potenciales del Coronavirus

Genevieve Leigh, 23 marzo 2020

“No tenemos acceso a desinfectante para manos ni máscaras, ni cualquier cosa que podría protegernos dado que todos estamos pegados de cerca”.

Más de 620 muertes en Italia el viernes mientras crecen las muertes por coronavirus en Europa

Robert Stevens, 23 marzo 2020

Italia, España, Bélgica y Reino Unido registraron sus cifras más altas de fallecimienos en la pandemia de coronavirus en un solo día, el viernes.

Nueva York, California ordenan encierro en respuesta a COVID-19

Bryan Dyne, 23 marzo 2020

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Trump, cerró la frontera con México cuando la Organización Mundial de la Salud siguió pidiendo medidas urgentes para superar la pandemia de coronavirus.

Coronavirus transforma los campos de refugiados griegos en campos de exterminio

Martin Kreickenbaum, 23 marzo 2020

Las intolerables condiciones higiénicas en los campos de internamiento impiden que se adopten incluso las medidas de protección más básicas.

La intervención del JEIIS turco –órgano juvenil del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad– en la conferencia estudiantil de Estambul gana una respuesta cálida

nuestro reportero, 23 marzo 2020

El JEIIS –órgano juvenil del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad– presentó la perspectiva del movimiento trotskista mundial a un congreso de estudiantes de economía en Estambul a principios de este mes.

Una entrevista con el crítico de cine Jonathan Rosenbaum: “Trato de hacer algo estético a través de la crítica”

David Walsh, 23 marzo 2020

El WSWS habló recientemente con Jonathan Rosenbaum, el veterano crítico de cine para el Chicago Reader y autor de varios libros sobre la producción filmográfica.

La caída del mercado se reanuda en la peor semana para Wall Street desde 2008

Nick Beams, 23 marzo 2020

Más allá de la caída precipitada de los precios de las acciones, la crisis se ha transmitido a todos los rincones de los mercados financieros, sin dejar ninguna clase de activos exentos.

Trabajadores automotores de México piden apoyo a obreros en EE. UU., Canadá para garantizar cierre de plantas por COVID-19

Andrea Lobo, 23 marzo 2020

Una trabajadora del Complejo Silao de GM escribió: “Veo al sindicato totalmente ajeno a esta problemática por eso pido de su colaboración hermanos”.

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 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.

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Perspective

Message from big business on coronavirus pandemic: Save profits, not lives

24 March 2020

As the death toll from the coronavirus soars and hospitals fill up, the White House and the US media are insisting that the profits of the corporate-financial elite must take precedence over the lives of millions.

Earlier Perspectives »

The coronavirus pandemic

No corporate bailouts! Direct financial resources to the working people, not the capitalist elite!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 23 March 2020

The ruling class is seeking to exploit this crisis to engineer another multitrillion-dollar redistribution of wealth, on a scale even greater than the 2008 bank bailout.

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)

The spread of the pandemic and the lessons of the past week

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 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.

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

By Jacob Crosse, 21 March 2020

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

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

By Andre Damon and David North, 19 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 »

Free Assange and Manning

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

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 March 2020

A press release issued by WikiLeaks stated that Assange’s lawyers “will argue that he is vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak in the prison where he is on remand.”

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

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Arts Review

70th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 4
My Little Sister, Kids Run, Running on Empty and Sleep speak to growing social tensions and persisting historical nightmares

By Bernd Reinhardt, 24 March 2020

In recent years, a small minority of the middle class have successfully pursued their careers and become wealthy while a large majority directly confront poverty. This polarisation also applies to the art and film world.

Australia: Coronavirus cancellations decimate live performance industry

By Martin Scott, 24 March 2020

Tens of thousands of performers are facing an indeterminate period without work.

Entertainment industry in North America devastated by layoffs

John Eliot Gardiner leads all nine Beethoven symphonies at Carnegie Hall, and speaks about their significance
The great composer’s music has “to do with social equality, revolution and counterrevolution”

By Fred Mazelis, 23 March 2020

Further signs of life: The Best American Short Stories 2019

By James McDonald, 21 March 2020

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

By Fred Mazelis, 21 March 2020

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

Workers Struggles

Mexican medical workers protest lack of supplies
Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 March 2020

Medical workers in a number of cities in Mexico have staged protests over the lack of critical supplies needed to treat patients and protect doctors and nurses.

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

25 years ago: Thousands mourn Singapore’s execution of Filipina maid

On March 26, 1995, more than 40,000 people lined the streets in the Philippine town of San Pablo after a sham trial orchestrated by the Singapore government.

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50 years ago: Air traffic controllers carry out “sickout” strike

On March 25, 1970, hundreds of members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) staged a “sickout” strike against their employer to protest low wages and poor working conditions.

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75 years ago: British and US troops cross the Rhine into Nazi Germany

On March 23, 1945, four Allied divisions, two from the British army and two from the US, crossed the Rhine River between the cities of Rees and Wessel, entering German territory.

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100 years ago: F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes first novel

On March 26, 1920, F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the most acute observers of American social life and one of the most significant American artists of the 20th century, saw his first novel, This Side of Paradise, published by Charles Scribner and Son.

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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

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

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

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

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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

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