“There will be a human cost from this. Everyone knows that.”
Drive to reopen auto plants in North America threatens thousands of lives

By Shannon Jones, 16 May 2020

As the Detroit-based auto companies prepare to restart their North American factories, opposition is growing among workers to a deadly return to work.

“We are not going back to unsafe conditions”
After FCA Sterling Heights Assembly workers contract COVID-19, anger mounts over premature return to work

Anger simmers over restart of production by Detroit automakers

“I am not going to die for this company that only thinks about the millions they have in the bank”
Mounting opposition among autoworkers on eve of industry restart

By Marcus Day, 16 May 2020

New cases of the virus have already emerged at FCA’s Sterling Heights Assembly this week, even before the plants officially reopen Monday.

Mississippi: Workers at Brentwood Originals pillow factory continue walkouts

By Cordell Gascoigne, 16 May 2020

The walkouts at the Mississippi pillow factory are part of a wave of wildcat strikes and other job actions across the United States and internationally by workers demanding protection from COVID-19.

After COVID-19 infection discovered, 300 workers walk out of Mississippi pillow factory

Hundreds of workers walk out at six fruit packing plants in Washington state

By David Fitzgerald and Kayla Costa, 16 May 2020

Located in the county with the highest COVID-19 infection rate in the state, the agricultural workers are demanding companies provide adequate personal protective equipment, hazard pay and safe working conditions.

Fruit pickers, garment workers strike as opposition grows to reopening US economy

Trump threatens to cut all ties with China

By Peter Symonds, 16 May 2020

The US president’s phony allegations—that China failed to prevent COVID-19 becoming a global pandemic—have been integrated into Washington’s trade war measures.

US House passes $3 trillion coronavirus “relief” bill

By Jacob Crosse, 16 May 2020

In a near party-line vote, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a fourth stimulus bill that has no chance of being approved by the Republican-controlled Senate.

US Senate reauthorizes domestic surveillance, allows access to internet histories

By Kevin Reed, 16 May 2020

The Senate voted 80 to 16 to reauthorize the domestic surveillance provisions of the USA Freedom Act, including rejection of an amendment that would have barred law enforcement from accessing the internet browsing and search histories of citizens.

Herd immunity policy in Turkey risks thousands of new deaths

By Ulaş Ateşci, 16 May 2020

The government is launching a “normalization” policy forcing employees back to work over opposition from medical experts.

Coronavirus crisis exposes devastating conditions in the German meat processing industry

By Marianne Arens, 16 May 2020

German slaughterhouses have become coronavirus hotspots, with hundreds of workers, most of them sub-contracted from Eastern Europe, infected with the virus.

Washington places Cuba and Venezuela on “terror” list

By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2020

After fostering an abortive mercenary invasion aimed at overthrowing Venezuela’s government and murdering its president, the US placed Caracas on a list of governments deemed uncooperative in the “war on terrorism.”

COVID-19: Military steps up repression in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka

By Subash Somachandran, 16 May 2020

The government and the military are nervous about the growing unrest among workers and poor against the draconian social conditions.

Worsening conditions at Hirdaramani garment plants in Sri Lanka

By our reporters, 16 May 2020

Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers have responded to the COVID-19 crisis with a wave of wage and job cuts and the imposition of increased working hours and productivity targets.

UK government ties Transport for London bailout to “back to work” drive

By Jean Shaoul, 16 May 2020

TfL, which runs the London Underground, bus and rail services, faced bankruptcy, threatening the Johnson government’s efforts to restore corporate profits.

Overwhelming opposition to reopening of UK schools amid worsening COVID-19 pandemic

By Tania Kent and Harvey Thompson, 16 May 2020

The closure of schools is a key measure recommended by medical experts internationally to reduce the infection and death rate from the coronavirus.

One dead and more than 600 Irish meat processing workers infected with coronavirus

By Robert Stevens, 16 May 2020

There are 23,956 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland and 1,518 deaths—one of the highest death ratios in the world. In Northern Ireland, 4,317 people have tested positive, with 469 deaths.

Chile’s government deploys troops in the streets as coronavirus cases soar

By Mauricio Saavedra, 16 May 2020

Ultra-right President Sebastian Piñera has responded to the pandemic, and signs of growing popular resistance, by increasing repressive powers in Chile.

Prices for basic foods soar in the US as pandemic disrupts supply chains

By Alex Findijs, 16 May 2020

Grocery prices in the country rose 2.6 percent in April, the largest increase in a single month since 1974.

Budget shortfalls and planned cuts threaten higher education across the US

By Alexander Fangmann, 16 May 2020

Colleges and universities across the US are announcing layoffs and eliminating programs in response to declines in state revenue and financial pressures from dormitory refunds and other costs incurred as they moved classes online.

California State University, the largest public university system in the US, closes campuses for the fall semester

By Anthony del Olmo, 16 May 2020

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, universities and colleges throughout the US are grappling with the new economic and social reality as uncertainty mounts over reopening campuses in the fall.

With private prison outbreak, Tennessee county leads US in per capita COVID-19 cases

By Warren Duzak, 16 May 2020

More than half of the 2,400 inmates at the CoreCivic Trousdale Turner Correctional Center have tested positive for coronavirus.

Canadian unions cement anti-worker corporatist alliance with government and big business

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 16 May 2020

The unions’ alliance with big business was epitomized by a joint statement from the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Australian governments exploit mass unemployment to coerce workers into unsafe workplaces

By Mike Head, 16 May 2020

Nearly half a million workers dropped out of the workforce in April, yet unemployment and underemployment still reached a record total of 19.9 percent.

Unemployment soars in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 16 May 2020

Having handed tens of billions of dollars to big business, the Labour Party-led government is presiding over an increase in unemployment and social misery on a scale not seen in generations.

15 May 2020

As Global coronavirus death toll tops 300,000
US whistleblower warns premature return to work will bring “unprecedented illness and fatalities”

By Bryan Dyne, 15 May 2020

Trump attacks Dr. Fauci for cautioning against the premature opening of the country

White House Coronavirus Task Force member warns of “really serious” consequences of premature reopening

Three million more US workers apply for unemployment, reaching 36 million in two months

By Trévon Austin, 15 May 2020

US Senator Richard Burr steps down as intelligence chairman amid investigation into pre-pandemic stock dump

By Jacob Crosse, 15 May 2020

Declassified Mueller investigation transcripts confirm no evidence WikiLeaks colluded with Russia

By Thomas Scripps, 15 May 2020

The drums of economic nationalism are beating louder

By Nick Beams, 15 May 2020

Fed chief calls for more money for Wall Street and corporations

Supreme Court considers blanket immunity for Trump

By John Burton, 15 May 2020

Russia ends federal COVID-19 shutdown measures as it surges to second place in infections worldwide

By Andrea Peters, 15 May 2020

Malnutrition is leading cause of death and ill-health worldwide

By Jean Shaoul, 15 May 2020

UK universities prepare all-out assault on staff and students in wake of pandemic

By Alice Summers, 15 May 2020

Rushed relaxation of coronavirus measures in Germany puts thousands of lives at risk

By Marianne Arens, 15 May 2020

German companies plan layoffs, attacks on wages and benefits amid coronavirus pandemic

“Corona demonstrations” in Germany: Neo-Nazis join hands with Free Democrats, Christian Democrats and Left Party

By Peter Schwarz, 15 May 2020

Right-wing Facebook groups threaten to assassinate Michigan Governor Whitmer

Starving Bolivian workers clash with troops deployed by coup regime

By Tomas Castanheira, 15 May 2020

Amid charges of unsafe conditions, Puerto Rico’s governor issues back-to-work orders

By Alberto Escalera, 15 May 2020

US grocery stores and retailers move to cut pandemic pay to workers

By Zachary Thorton, 15 May 2020

As COVID-19 crisis deepens on Native American reservations
Sioux tribe faces down South Dakota over sovereignty

By Evan Cohen, 15 May 2020

New in Mandarin

华尔街以死亡为宴

大卫.诺斯, 2020年5月3日

昨天,4月14日,全球因COVID-19大流行造成的死亡总数超过126,000。在美国,周二有2400多人死亡,使全国受害者总数达到26000。这些官方数字无疑大大低于因冠状病毒感染而死亡的实际人数。

伦敦工人拼死与冠毒作战 富豪纷纷撤离

Michael Barnes, 2020年5月9日

早在新冠病毒大流行之前,伦敦就已是英国丑恶的不平等的中心。如今它不可避免地成为英国疫情的震中。这座城市是整个英国社会阶级分化的集中范例。

New in Turkish

Latin Amerika COVID-19’un yeni merkez üssü oluyor

Bill Van Auken, 16 Mayıs 2020

Brezilya ve Meksika hükümetleri, kapitalistlerle birlikte, kâr çıkarlarını ilerletmek için işçileri hastalık ve ölüm riskiyle fabrikalara ve işyerlerine dönmeye zorluyor.

New in Russian

Илон Маск и экономика классовой войны

Эван Блейк, 16 мая 2020 г.

Своим решением незаконно возобновить производство на заводе Tesla во Фримонте, штат Калифорния, Маск вынуждает 10 тысяч рабочих вернуться к работе в небезопасных условиях.

Россия объявляет об окончании связанных с COVID-19 карантинных мер, хотя страна стала второй в мире по числу заражений

Андреа Питерс, 16 мая 2020 г.

В настоящий момент число коронавирусных заражений в России больше, чем где-либо в мире, за исключением Соединенных Штатов и Испании.

Бывший президент Грузии Саакашвили становится советником украинского правительства

Джейсон Мелановски, 16 мая 2020 г.

Политическое возвращение крикливо антироссийского и карикатурного Саакашвили на Украину является признаком глубокого кризиса украинской олигархии.

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Четвертый Интернационал предупреждает о планах союзников по антигитлеровской коалиции навязать «жесткий мир» разрушенной Европе

16 мая 2020 г.

Менее чем через неделю после официальной капитуляции нацистской Германии 7 мая мировое троцкистское движение, Четвертый Интернационал, выступило с предупреждением о решимости союзных держав, включая США, Великобританию и Советский Союз, навязать Европе «жесткий мир», направленный против революционных устремлений масс.

New in Portuguese

América Latina surge como novo epicentro da COVID-19

Bill Van Auken, 16 Maio 2020

O continente americano superou a Europa em casos de coronavírus, mesmo enquanto os governos e os patrões ampliam a sua campanha pelo retorno ao trabalho.

Trabalhadores famintos na Bolívia se chocam com tropas enviadas pelo regime golpista

Tomas Castanheira, 16 Maio 2020

Em meio ao crescimento da epidemia de COVID-19 na Bolívia, o "governo interino" autoproclamado por Jeanine Áñez promove uma escalada de repressão estatal.

A administração Trump contra a ciência

Patrick Martin, 16 Maio 2020

O ataque do presidente ao seu principal conselheiro para pandemia do novo coronavírus, Anthony Fauci, faz parte de um apelo às forças mais retrógradas e reacionárias para que apoiem a política mortal de “reabertura” da economia dos EUA.

New in Spanish

El Gobierno de Trump contra la ciencia

Patrick Martin, 16 mayo 2020

El ataque del presidente contra su principal asesor sobre el coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, es parte de una apelación a las fuerzas más atrasadas y reaccionarias para apoyar la mortal política de “reabrir” la economía estadounidense.

A medida que el número global de muertes por coronavirus supera las 300,000
Denunciante de Estados Unidos advierte que el regreso prematuro al trabajo traerá "enfermedades y muertes sin precedentes"

Bryan Dyne 16 mayo 2020

El Dr. Rick Bright advirtió ayer que la pandemia tiene el potencial de eclipsar la devastación causada por la gripe de 1918 que a nivel mundial reclamó más de 50 millones de vidas"

Los tambores del nacionalismo económico están sonando más fuerte

Nick Beams, 16 mayo 2020

Una serie de comentarios publicados en el New York Times en los últimos días apunta al aumento del nacionalismo económico dentro del establishment político de los EE.UU. cuya lógica es la guerra contra China.

COVID-19: Mélenchon ofrece unidad nacional con los bancos de Francia

Anthony Torres y Alexandre Lantier, 16 mayo 2020

Mélenchon aclama la Unión Sagrada entre la ultraderecha y la socialdemocracia en la Primera Guerra Mundial como modelo para mantener la cohesión social a pesar de las muertes masivas por el COVID-19.

New in French

Le gouvernement Trump contre la science

Patrick Martin, 16 mai 2020

L’attaque lancée par Trump contre son principal conseiller en matière de coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, s’inscrit dans l’appel du président américain aux forces les plus réactionnaires et arriérées pour qu’elle soutiennent sa politique meurtrière de «réouverture» de l’économie.

«Manifestations corona» en Allemagne: les néo-nazis main dans la main avec les libéraux, les chrétien-démocrates et le Parti de gauche

Peter Schwarz, 16 mai 2020

Le dirigeant du FDP (libéraux) en Thuringe, Thomas Kemmerich, a participé à une manifestation contre les mesures adoptées pour lutter contre le coronavirus. Comme les autres mobilisations semblables en Allemagne, elle était dominée par l’extrême droite

Les transcriptions déclassifiées de l'enquête Mueller confirment qu’aucune preuve de collusion n’existe entre WikiLeaks et la Russie

Thomas Scripps, 16 mai 2020

Le Parti démocrate, les services de renseignements américains et les grands médias avaient affirmé sans ambages la «connexion russe».

L'épidémie de SRAS de 2003: comment l'élite canadienne a gâché une occasion de se préparer à la pandémie de COVID-19

Omar Ali, 16 mai 2020

La réponse désastreuse du Canada à la pandémie est d'autant plus criminelle vu l'impact du SRAS et les promesses répétées du gouvernement que le système de santé du pays serait bien préparé à tout futur nouveau virus.

New in Norwegian

Trump-administrasjonen versus vitenskap

Patrick Martin, 16. mai 2020

Presidentens angrep på hans øverste koronavirusrådgiver Anthony Fauci er del av en appell til de mest bakovervendte og reaksjonære kreftene om å støtte den livsfarlige politikken for å «gjenåpne» den amerikanske økonomien.

Der globale dødstall for koronavirus passerer 300 000Amerikansk varsler advarer mot for tidlig gjenopptakelse av arbeid, som kan forårsake «usette mengder sykdom og død»

Bryan Dyne, 16. mai 2020

Dr. Rick Bright advarte på torsdag for at pandemien «har potensial til å overgå ødeleggelsene påført av influensaen i 1918, som globalt krevde over 50 millioner liv».

Ytterligere tre millioner amerikanske arbeidere søker ledighetsbidrag, tilsammen 36 millioner på to måneder

Trévor Austin, 16. mai 2020

På onsdag rapporterte Federal Reserve-styreleder Jerome Powell at 40 prosent av de amerikanske husholdningene som henter inn under $ 40 000 i året mistet ei inntekt i mars.

Deklassifiserte utskrifter fra Mueller-etterforskningen bekrefter at det ikke forelå bevis for at WikiLeaks samspilte med Russland

Thomas Scripps, 16. mai 2020

«Russland-forbindelsen» ble hårdnakket påstått av Det demokratiske partiet, representanter for amerikanske etterretningstjenester og foretaksmediene.

Den økonomiske nasjonalismens trommer bankes kraftigere

Nick Beams, 16. mai 2020

En serie kommentarer publisert i New York Times de siste dagene peker på fremveksten av økonomisk nasjonalisme i det amerikanske politiske etablissementet, der logikken er krig mot Kina.

New in German

US-Präsident Trump leugnet wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse

Patrick Martin, 16. Mai 2020

Mit dem Angriff auf den medizinischen Berater Dr. Anthony Fauci mobilisiert Trump die rückständigsten Kräfte der Gesellschaft, um Unterstützung für die tödliche „Öffnung“ der amerikanischen Wirtschaft zu erhalten.

US-Whistleblower warnt: Voreilige Rückkehr an die Arbeit wird zu „nie dagewesenem Anstieg von Erkrankten und Todesopfern“ führen

Bryan Dyne, 16. Mai 2020

Laut Dr. Rick Bright hat die Coronavirus-Pandemie „das Potenzial, die durch die Spanische Grippe von 1918 ausgelöste Katastrophe mit mehr als 50 Millionen Toten in den Schatten zu stellen“.

Corona-Pandemie: Wachsender Widerstand gegen Rückkehr an die Schulen

Andy Niklaus und Carola Kleinert, 16. Mai 2020

In Sachsen und Nordrhein-Westfalen werden die Abstandsregeln in Schulgebäuden außer Kraft gesetzt und Lehrkräfte in Risikogruppen zurück in die Schulen beordert.

Die Ultima Ratio der EU: Mit Schießbefehl und Coronavirus gegen Flüchtlinge in Griechenland

Katerina Selin, 16. Mai 2020

Griechische Soldaten setzen Tränengas, Blendgranaten, Gummigeschosse und auch scharfe Munition gegen Flüchtlinge ein, die im Niemandsland zwischen den beiden Nachbarländern Griechenland und Türkei festsitzen.

Schweden: Verzicht auf Covid-19-Maßnahmen führt zu Massensterben in Seniorenheimen

Jordan Shilton, 16. Mai 2020

Schwedens hohe Sterblichkeitsrate ist auf den offiziellen Widerstand gegen eine Abriegelung und Massentests zurückzuführen. Auch hat die jahrzehntelange Sparpolitik das Gesundheitswesen und andere wichtige Dienstleistungen ruiniert.

Geschichtsfälschung im Dienst der Identitätspolitik: „Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution“ von Brendan McGeever
Teil 1

Clara Weiss, 16. Mai 2020

Das Buch verfälscht die Geschichte und argumentiert für Identitätspolitik und gegen eine sozialistische Revolution als Vorbedingung für die Überwindung von Rassismus und Antisemitismus.

New in Italian

La classe lavoratrice, il socialismo e la lotta contro la pandemia

David North, 1 aprile 2020

Gli scioperi e le proteste dei lavoratori di Instacart, Amazon e Whole Foods sono in risposta alla criminale subordinazione della sicurezza dei lavoratori ai profitti aziendali.

Other Languages

Perspective

The murderous pseudoscience of “herd immunity”

16 May 2020

Proponents of “herd immunity” argue that measures to contain COVID-19 should be abandoned, allowing the disease to infect billions of people and kill countless millions.

Earlier Perspectives »

The coronavirus pandemic

The Trump administration vs. science

By Patrick Martin, 15 May 2020

Latin America emerges as new COVID-19 epicenter

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2020

Biden embraces Trump’s effort to blame China for COVID-19

By Andre Damon, 14 May 2020

Biden attacks Trump for “hampering” the reopening of business

By Barry Grey, 12 May 2020

Elon Musk and the economics of class war

By Evan Blake, 13 May 2020

Capitalist economics and the politics of death

By David North, 11 May 2020

Seventy-five years after the end of World War II
Right-wing ideologues in Germany demand sacrifice of human lives in coronavirus pandemic

By Christoph Vandreier, 11 May 2020

More on the coronavirus pandemic »

Arts Review

Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York: A little more of an edge than usual

By David Walsh, 16 May 2020

Disgracefully, A Rainy Day in New York has been suppressed in the US. The film was completed in 2018, but Amazon Studios refused to distribute it.

Fetch the Bolt Cutters: One small step for Fiona Apple

By Erik Schreiber, 15 May 2020

Beethoven’s opera Fidelio for a new online audience of millions

By Bernd Reinhardt, 14 May 2020

Committee For Public Education

Committee For Public Education online public forum
The COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis in the universities

16 May 2020

The CFPE invites university workers, students and teachers to attend its online forum to discuss the pandemic and the deep crisis in the universities, both in Australia and internationally.

Workers Struggles

Thousands of migrant workers demonstrate across India; Tamil Nadu cleaners demand COVID-19 protection
Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

16 May 2020

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

UK: COVID-19 confirmed among ASOS warehouse workers

By Tony Robson, 14 May 2020

ASOS worker in UK speaks on unsafe conditions in warehouse

Australian pseudo-left groups try to rescue university union from outrage over sellout deal

By Carolyn Kennett and Mike Head, 14 May 2020

Ohio University lays off 140 workers amid massive statewide cuts to higher education

By Katy Kinner, 14 May 2020

Mounting worker opposition to Quebec’s reckless back-to-work drive

By Louis Girard, 14 May 2020

New York University grad students go on three-day sickout
For the formation of rank-and-file strike committees! Break with the UAW and the Democratic Party!

Commentary

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Biden-Sanders “unity task force” ahead of 2020 elections

By Genevieve Leigh, 14 May 2020

COVID-19: Mélenchon offers national unity with France’s banks

By Anthony Torres and Alexandre Lantier, 14 May 2020

Bernie Sanders’ interview with the Washington Post: The thin gruel of Democratic Party politics

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 May 2020

Trump’s “Bay of Pigs” in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2020

Seventy-five years since the end of World War II in Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 8 May 2020

More than three million individual readers have accessed the World Socialist Web Site since the beginning of 2020

By David North and Andre Damon, 27 April 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 decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

Socialism 2020

The killing of Ahmaud Arbery

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 12 May 2020

The killing of Arbery by a former police officer and public investigator must be seen in the context of the unending wave of police killings in the US, which claim more than 1,000 lives every year.

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

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

International May Day Online Rally

Governments worldwide respond to COVID-19 by saving profits, not lives

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 12 May 2020

The ruling elite’s efforts to enforce a return to work—and impose a massive restructuring of class relations to pay for the bailout of Wall Street—will encounter enormous opposition from the working class.

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The COVID-19 pandemic: A trigger event in world history

By David North, 4 May 2020

We are publishing here the text of the opening report to the 2020 International Online May Day Rally delivered by David North.

On May 2, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.

History

Russian court keeps historian of Stalinist massacres jailed amid COVID-19 outbreak

By Clara Weiss, 12 May 2020

The vendetta against Dmitriev is part of the campaign by Russia’s state and ruling oligarchy to suppress all efforts to uncover the truth about the crimes of Stalinism.

One Hundred and Fifty Years Since the Birth of Lenin

By David North, 22 April 2020

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov in the Russian city of Simbirsk on April 22, 1870. Known in history under the name of Lenin, he was the founder of the Bolshevik Party, leader of the 1917 October Revolution and, undoubtedly, a towering figure in the political and intellectual history of the twentieth century.

Fifty years since the massacre of students at Kent State

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2020

The New York Times' 1619 Project

The Times’ 1619 Project is damned with faint praise
Hannah-Jones receives Pulitzer Prize for personal commentary, not historical writing

By Tom Mackaman and David North, 9 May 2020

The Pulitzer awards took no notice of the New York Times’ pretentious claims that the 1619 Project is an important contribution to the understanding of American history. It granted Hannah-Jones an award for “Commentary.”

More on the New York Times’ 1619 Project »

25 years ago: Ebola outbreak deaths rise to 170

On May 12, 1995, the Associated Press reported that the death toll from the Ebola virus outbreak in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) increased to 170.

More »

50 years ago: Police kill two students during protest at Jackson State College in Mississippi

Just after midnight on May 15, 1970, a group of 75 city and state police officers opened a barrage of gunfire into a women’s dormitory at the historically black Jackson State College in Jackson, Mississippi.

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75 years ago: Fourth International warns of Allied plans to impose a “harsh peace” on ruined Europe

Less than a week after the formal surrender of Nazi Germany on May 7, the world Trotskyist movement, the Fourth International, warned of the determination of the Allied powers, including the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union, to impose a “harsh peace” upon Europe directed against the revolutionary strivings of the masses.

More »

100 years ago: American novelist Willian Dean Howells dies

On May 11, 1920, the novelist, critic and editor William Dean Howells at the age of 83 at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

More »

Obituary

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dead at 90

27 February 2020

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

26 February 2020

Science

Thirty years of the Hubble Space Telescope

By Bryan Dyne, 2 May 2020

Trump executive order asserts US property rights in outer space

Science vs. Trump: The dangerous promotion of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19

By Benjamin Mateus, 13 April 2020

Free Julian Assange

Assange extradition hearing rescheduled for September

By Thomas Scripps, 5 May 2020

Assange extradition hearing delayed following defence appeal

By Thomas Scripps, 28 April 2020

Application for delay in Assange extradition hearing as COVID-19 sweeps through UK prisons

By Alice Summers, 27 April 2020

A year since the arrest of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

Ten years since WikiLeaks published Collateral Murder

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Book Review

Brendan McGeever’s Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution: Distorting history in the service of identity politics
Part two

By Clara Weiss, 13 April 2020

This is the second part of a two-part review.

Brendan McGeever’s Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution: Distorting history in the service of identity politics
Part one

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan SEP holds online meeting on COVID-19 pandemic

By our reporters, 13 April 2020

SEP General Secretary Wije Dias exposed the Rajapakse government’s reactionary response to the disaster and outlined a revolutionary socialist program for the working class.

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

the Socialist Equality Party, 28 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

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.

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

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

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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