As death toll mounts, White House steps up efforts to scapegoat China for pandemic

By Peter Symonds, 18 May 2020

Blaming China not only deflects attention from the Trump administration’s responsibility for the horrific US death toll, but feeds into its anti-China trade war measures.

Australian government heightens trade conflict with China

By Mike Head, 18 May 2020

Successive Australian governments have been in the forefront of imposing tariffs and other restrictions on imports from China.

North American auto industry reopens amid mounting opposition by workers

By Marcus Day, 18 May 2020

Roughly 133,000 workers are expected to return to automotive assembly plants this week.

“They don’t care about the safety of the workers”
As assembly plants reopen US autoworkers speak on premature rush to restart production

By our reporters, 18 May 2020

As workers returned to auto assembly plants across North America workers are speaking out against the premature return to work in the midst of the COVI-19 pandemic and the totally inadequate safety measures in place.

Amazon eliminates pay raises for workers as COVID-19 toll mounts

By Douglas Lyons, 18 May 2020

As the number of infections and deaths continues to rise at Amazon, the world’s richest man joins Trump’s murderous campaign to “reopen” the economy.

Purge of government watchdogs escalates drive for authoritarian rule
Trump fires State Department inspector general

By Barry Grey, 18 May 2020

Over the past six weeks, Trump also has removed the inspectors general of the Intelligence Community, Defense and Health and Human Services.

Britain’s covert operations to overthrow Syrian government exposed

By Jean Shaoul, 18 May 2020

Sarkha is one of many programmes in a vast network of fake news activities carried out by the intelligence arms of the US and European powers.

UK Royal Mail CEO Rico Back forced to resign: Next stage opens in postal workers’ struggle

By Paul Lee and Thomas Scripps, 18 May 2020

Back’s departure marks the beginning of a new offensive of which the Communication Workers Union “discussions” with the company form a crucial part.

COVID-19: Podemos, social-democrats prepare to send Spanish police against workers’ protests

By Alejandro López, 18 May 2020

The “left populist” Podemos party is backing plans for Civil Guards to attack working class protests and monitor social media for signs of online dissent.

The last resort of the EU fighting refugees in Greece—armed force and COVID-19

By Katerina Selin, 18 May 2020

Greek soldiers used tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and live ammunition against refugees stranded in the no-man’s-land between Greece and Turkey.

Growing resistance in Germany to returning to schools as coronavirus pandemic continues

By Andy Niklaus and Carola Kleinert, 18 May 2020

Resistance is growing among German teachers and pupils against this irresponsible policy, which threatens to turn schools into new hotspots of COVID-19.

German Defence Ministry plans to wage international drone warfare

By Gregor Link, 18 May 2020

Germany’s ruling elite is responding to the mounting tensions between the major powers triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic by intensifying its drive to war.

Spike in Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus in France and Italy, one child dies

By Will Morrow, 18 May 2020

This is a damning indictment of capitalist governments internationally which are reopening schools and asserting that the virus does not harm children.

Modi promotes “herd immunity,” vows “quantum jump” in pro-investor reforms

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 18 May 2020

As the Modi government expands its reckless back-to-work drive, India reported yesterday its biggest daily jump in COVID-19 cases to date.

Even as death toll climbs, Indonesian government urges workers under 45 to resume work

By Owen Howell, 18 May 2020

Indonesian epidemiologists have warned that a return to work will dramatically increase transmission of the virus and put the entire population, regardless of age, at extreme risk.

Nicaraguan government lets COVID-19 spread freely, covers up toll

By Andrea Lobo, 18 May 2020

The Ortega regime’s response demonstrates the inevitable outcome of Sandinismo and all petty-bourgeois nationalist movements that have historically defended capitalism.

Maryland and Virginia begin “phase one” reopenings despite record increase in COVID-19 cases

By Nick Barrickman, 18 May 2020

The two jurisdictions began reopening their economies amid a consistent uptick in the amount of infections produced by the coronavirus.

New York Democratic governor enlists tech billionaires to push distance learning

By Sandy English, 18 May 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced “Reimagine Education,” a partnership with Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Google’s Eric Schmidt.

At least 275,000 teachers in the US face permanent job loss as states prepare massive budget cuts

By Phyllis Steele, 18 May 2020

The growing budgetary crisis in every state poses an existential threat to public education, with untold consequences for an entire generation of working class youth.

SEIU pushes through sellout contract after blocking strike by Illinois nursing home workers

By Jessica Goldstein, 18 May 2020

The Service Employees International Union pushed through a deal with poverty wages and no guarantee of health and safety measures as the deadly coronavirus continues its rampage.

Little Rock, Arkansas transit workers laid off amidst COVID fears

By Cordell Gascoigne, 18 May 2020

Due to heavy absenteeism over concerns of coronavirus infection, Rock Region Metro has announced service cuts and the layoff of 23 drivers.

Canada: Ontario government ignored workers’ complaints at poultry plant hit by fatal COVID-19 outbreak

By Roger Jordan, 18 May 2020

Maple Lodge Farms workers complained about unsafe conditions two weeks before a COVID-19 outbreak that killed one worker and sickened more than 25 others.

“The idea of school and teaching right now fills me with anxiety, dread and stress... it usually fuels me with joy, excitement and happiness”
Australian teachers speak out about unsafe schools and excessive workloads

By Sue Phillips, 18 May 2020

A survey of 10,000 teachers reveals that fewer than one in four felt safe working at schools at the end of term one and 60 percent had high levels of anxiety about returning to work.

16 May 2020

“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

“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

Mississippi: Workers at Brentwood Originals pillow factory continue walkouts

By Cordell Gascoigne, 16 May 2020

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

By David Fitzgerald and Kayla Costa, 16 May 2020

Trump threatens to cut all ties with China

By Peter Symonds, 16 May 2020

US House passes $3 trillion coronavirus “relief” bill

By Jacob Crosse, 16 May 2020

US Senate reauthorizes domestic surveillance, allows access to internet histories

By Kevin Reed, 16 May 2020

Herd immunity policy in Turkey risks thousands of new deaths

By Ulaş Ateşci, 16 May 2020

Coronavirus crisis exposes devastating conditions in the German meat processing industry

By Marianne Arens, 16 May 2020

Washington places Cuba and Venezuela on “terror” list

By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2020

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

By Subash Somachandran, 16 May 2020

Worsening conditions at Hirdaramani garment plants in Sri Lanka

By our reporters, 16 May 2020

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

By Jean Shaoul, 16 May 2020

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

By Tania Kent and Harvey Thompson, 16 May 2020

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

By Robert Stevens, 16 May 2020

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

By Mauricio Saavedra, 16 May 2020

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

By Alex Findijs, 16 May 2020

Budget shortfalls and planned cuts threaten higher education across the US

By Alexander Fangmann, 16 May 2020

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

By Anthony del Olmo, 16 May 2020

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

By Warren Duzak, 16 May 2020

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

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 16 May 2020

Australian governments exploit mass unemployment to coerce workers into unsafe workplaces

By Mike Head, 16 May 2020

Unemployment soars in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 16 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.

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Perspective

Back-to-work drive places countless thousands at risk

18 May 2020

Major American factories are reopening today, each one the potential center for a major new outbreak of the coronavirus.

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The coronavirus pandemic

Market and profits impede COVID-19 vaccine effort

By Frank Gaglioti, 18 May 2020

The discovery of the genetic structure of the virus was the first step in the drive for a vaccine. It was also the starting gun for companies fighting for the bonanza that will fall to the successful candidate vaccine.

The murderous pseudoscience of “herd immunity”

By Andre Damon, 16 May 2020

The Trump administration vs. science

By Patrick Martin, 15 May 2020

Capitalist economics and the politics of death

By David North, 11 May 2020

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Commentary

US Fed report reveals depth of financial crisis it helped create

By Nick Beams, 18 May 2020

A Foreign Policy article noted that with its asset holdings predicted to reach $9 trillion by the year's end, the Fed is pumping money into the financial system at the rate of $1 million every second.

On “This Week” news show, Sanders urges supporters to vote for Biden

By Jacob Crosse, 18 May 2020

Sanders used the national platform afforded him to once again urge his supporters to vote for the right-wing Democratic candidate.

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

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

Arts Review

Television adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere: Small change, in fact

By Joanne Laurier, 18 May 2020

Based on the 2017 novel, Little Fires Everywhere, an eight-episode Hulu miniseries, focuses on several families and individuals in Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, who come into conflict.

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

By David Walsh, 16 May 2020

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

25 years ago: Clinton and Republicans move forward with historic budget cuts

On May 18, 1995, the United States House of Representatives passed its version of the deficit reduction plan by a vote of 238 to 193, with eight Democrats joining the Republican majority.

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50 years ago: East and West German leaders hold summit

On May 21, 1970, Chancellor Willy Brandt of West Germany and Premier Willi Stoph of East Germany met in Kassel, a city in the West German state of Hesse near the border with East Germany.

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75 years ago: British wartime coalition government ends

On May 21, 1945, the British Labour Party voted to withdraw support for the Conservative Party government of Winston Churchill, ending a de facto wartime coalition.

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100 years ago: Battle between coal miners and company thugs in Matewan, West Virginia

On May 19, 1920, West Virginia coal miners confronted agents from the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency who had been hired by the Stone Mountain Coal Company to evict miners and their families from company housing.

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Workers Struggles

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!

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

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 »

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

Free Julian Assange

Declassified Mueller investigation transcripts confirm no evidence WikiLeaks colluded with Russia

By Thomas Scripps, 15 May 2020

The “Russian connection” was baldly asserted by the Democratic Party, US intelligence officials and the corporate media

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

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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

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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