Dam collapse in central Michigan sparks historic flooding

By Matthew Brennan, 21 May 2020

Two aging and neglected dams were breached by historic rains flooding the toxic Dow Chemical Plant in Midland, Michigan, threatening a social and environmental catastrophe for hundreds of thousands in the region.

The Trump administration makes Taiwan latest front in anti-China campaign

By Peter Symonds, 21 May 2020

The US has provocatively hailed the re-election of Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen and pressed Taiwan’s case at the annual World Health Organisation (WHO) ministerial assembly.

Australian government falsely claims credit for global COVID-19 inquiry

By Mike Head, 21 May 2020

Australia’s push was obviously part of a US drive to demonise China and the World Health Organisation.

Brazil records 1,179 COVID-19 deaths in a single day amid spiraling political crisis

By Miguel Andrade, 21 May 2020

Even as it closes ranks behind Bolsonaro’s back-to-work campaign, the Brazilian ruling class is conscious that it is bringing Brazil to the brink of a social explosion.

“We need our jobs, but our lives and health are more important”
COVID-19 cases at Ford plants in Detroit, Chicago as anger grows over inadequate safety measures

By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 21 May 2020

New infections have emerged at Ford plants in Dearborn, Michigan and Chicago and also at supplier plant, just days after the reopening of the North American auto industry.

As COVID-19 spreads throughout southern US
Florida scientist was fired for ‘refusing to manipulate’ COVID-19 data

By Bryan Dyne, 21 May 2020

The state governments of both Florida and Georgia have been charged with manipulating their coronavirus case counts and death tolls in order to prematurely reopen their economies.

US courts revoke emergency protections in coronavirus pandemic

“They can more than afford to let us keep it permanently”
Amazon workers react to elimination of pandemic hazard pay

By Douglas Lyons, 21 May 2020

Amazon has terminated its unpaid sick time policy and will roll back the $2 per hour pay raise it implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, despite the rising number of infections.

Petition demanding pandemic hazard pay for UPS workers gains 300,000 signatures

US government to file antitrust lawsuit against Google this summer

By Kevin Reed, 21 May 2020

The DOJ case will reportedly raise “concerns that Google uses its dominant search business to stifle competition.”

US prepares anti-Russian war games amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Andrea Peters, 21 May 2020

In a little over two weeks, 6,000 US and Polish troops will simulate ground and airborne attacks about 35 miles from the Russian territory of Kaliningrad.

The policy of “malign neglect”: How the Russian oligarchy sacrifices the health and lives of the people

Pandemic crisis: Tens of thousands of UK job losses announced

By Margot Miller, 21 May 2020

The jobs cull in the UK began in April as firms in retail and hospitality collapsed into administration after the imposition of lockdown, accelerating an already existing trend towards recession.

Education unions and Labour councils ready back-door imposition of Johnson government’s “back to school” plan

By Laura Tiernan, 21 May 2020

The decision to send nursery aged children—including babies and toddlers—and primary-aged students as young as 4, 5 and 6 back into schools was taken solely by Johnson and his cabinet of deranged Thatcherites.

The Berries of Wrath: Prince Charles demands “hard graft” from furloughed workers

By Robert Stevens, 21 May 2020

The Tories have long desired to replace cheap migrant labour with a native workforce so reduced to penury that they too will do backbreaking work for a pittance.

Coronavirus infections surging in German refugee shelters

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 21 May 2020

The forced placement of refugees in large communal accommodation facilities exposes many people whose health is weakened to a deadly risk.

Mass sackings as German department store group closes up to 80 stores

World Health Organisation warns pandemic could “turn the clock back” on other killer diseases in Africa

By Stephan McCoy, 21 May 2020

The WHO has predicted that some quarter of a billion Africans will become infected with COVID-19 and as many as 190,000 will die within the first year of the pandemic.

Deaths and illness among youth raise concerns as schools plan to reopen

By Sam Wayne, 21 May 2020

Several recent deaths of youth and students due to COVID-19 demonstrate that, despite efforts by the media and politicians to downplay the danger of the virus to youth, the virus can pose a deadly threat to young people.

Almost no US prisoners have been released since the beginning of the pandemic

By Sam Dalton, 21 May 2020

Despite highly publicized executive orders, only a handful of inmates have been released from jails and prisons across the US even as 100,000 inmates are projected to die from COVID-19.

Missouri executes 64-year-old man convicted on flimsy evidence

By Warren Duzak, 21 May 2020

Walter Barton was executed Tuesday by lethal injection despite new evidence that had made jurors question his murder conviction.

Florida stalls jobless pay to force workers back to work

By Alex Johnson, 21 May 2020

The state has only paid out 22 percent of the claims for unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada’s official opposition attacks Trudeau for “appeasing” China

By Roger Jordan, 21 May 2020

Conservative leader Scheer’s inflammatory comment, likening the Liberal government’s policy towards Beijing to British imperialism’s attempt to reach an accommodation with Nazi Germany, marks a new high point in the Canadian elite’s frenzied anti-China campaign.

Australia: Twelve fast food outlets closed in Melbourne after coronavirus outbreak

By Martin Scott, 21 May 2020

Around 1,000 McDonald’s workers have been stood down, and hundreds are in self-isolation.

Sri Lankan president demands legal immunity for the military

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 21 May 2020

The real purpose of Gotabhaya Rajapakse’s defence and promotion of the military is to prepare for another savage war against the working class.

20 May 2020

Ford Chicago worker tests positive for COVID-19 after North American auto plants reopen

By Shannon Jones, 20 May 2020

Workers angry, concerned as US auto plants reopen

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

New analysis predicts US coronavirus deaths will triple by end of year

By Bryan Dyne, 20 May 2020

US health care system devastated by COVID-19 as the markets clamor to reopen the economy

Firing of State Department inspector general tied to Saudi arms deal

By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2020

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

Senate hearing for Fed’s Powell, Treasury’s Mnuchin shows bipartisan support for bailout, back-to-work drive

By Barry Grey, 20 May 2020

US government uses Pensacola shooter’s alleged ties to Al Qaeda to renew attack on encryption

By Kevin Reed, 20 May 2020

Food delivery workers call for a national strike in Brazil

By Letícia Silva, 20 May 2020

Brazilian police massacre 13 in brutal operation in Rio de Janeiro

COVID-19 spreads among Ford workers in Turkey

By Ulas Atesci, 20 May 2020

Turkish government steps up attack on Kurdish HDP amid COVID-19 pandemic

Civilian casualties mount as foreign powers continue to fuel Libya’s civil war

By Alberto Escalera, 20 May 2020

UK: Johnson’s criminal “back-to-work” drive depends on the trade unions

By Chris Marsden and Thomas Scripps, 20 May 2020

Letter from UK teaching assistant against reopening of schools

20 May 2020

Sunday Times Rich Listers receive billions in UK government handouts

By Simon Whelan, 20 May 2020

Seven Sri Lankan families homeless after plantation fire

By M. Thevarajah, 20 May 2020

New details emerge in Ahmaud Arbery killing

By Matthew MacEgan, 20 May 2020

Chicago mayor appoints corporate leaders to Economic Recovery Task Force

By Kristina Betinis and Fabian Salgado, 20 May 2020

Canadian authorities failed to notify locked-out Regina oil refinery workers of threatened bomb attack

By Carl Bronski, 20 May 2020

Australian universities exploit NTEU deal to slash facilities, jobs and conditions

By Mike Head, 20 May 2020

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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

A pseudociência assassina da “imunidade de rebanho”

Por Andre Damon, 20 Maio 2020

Aqueles que defendem a política de “imunidade de rebanho” argumentam que as medidas para conter a COVID-19 devem ser abandonadas, permitindo que a doença infecte milhares de milhões de pessoas e mate milhões.

A Grande Mentira de Trump, acusando a China de espalhar a COVID-19, é um prelúdio da guerra dos EUA contra a China

Por Peter Symonds, 20 Maio 2020

Os esforços dos Estados Unidos para fazer a China de bode expiatório, apoiados por aliados como a Austrália, são uma tentativa grosseira de desviar a atenção de sua própria negligência criminosa diante da crescente oposição da classe trabalhadora.

New in Spanish

Conferencia de la OMS dominada por conflicto entre EE.UU. y China, mientras se propaga el coronavirus por todo el mundo

Por Bill Van Auken, 20 mayo 2020

Washington buscó convertir la conferencia anual de la Organización Mundial de la Salud en un campo de batalla para su incansable campaña para culpar a China.

Cientos de trabajadores mexicanos de maquiladoras mueren después de que las órdenes de regreso al trabajo entran en vigor

Por Eric London, 20 mayo 2020

En el estado Baja California Norte 432 de las 519 personas que murieron oficialmente por el virus eran trabajadores de maquiladoras.

Trabajadores enojados, preocupados por la reapertura de plantas automotrices

Por Jerry White, 20 mayo 2020

Decenas de miles de trabajadores automotores regresaron el lunes a fábricas en todo Estados Unidos en una prueba importante de los planes de la administración Trump para reiniciar el flujo de ganancias corporativas aun cuando el número de muertos de la pandemia sigue aumentando.

Al menos 275.000 profesores en los EE.UU. se enfrentan a la pérdida permanente de puestos de trabajo mientras los estados preparan recortes presupuestarios masivos

Por Phyllis Steele, 20 mayo 2020

La creciente crisis presupuestaria en todos los estados supone una amenaza existencial para la educación pública, con consecuencias incalculables para toda una generación de jóvenes de la clase trabajadora.

Abrumadora oposición a la reapertura de las escuelas del Reino Unido en medio del empeoramiento de la pandemia COVID-19

Por Tania Kent y Harvey Thompson, 20 mayo 2020

El cierre de las escuelas es una medida clave recomendada por los expertos médicos a nivel internacional para reducir la infección y la tasa de mortalidad por el coronavirus.

El sistema de salud en EE. UU. devastado por COVID-19 mientras los mercados claman por reabrir la economía

Por Benjamin Mateus y Clara Weiss, 20 mayo 2020

Los trabajadores de la salud de todos los Estados Unidos han sido despedidos mientras los sistemas de atención de la salud se enfrentan a la devastación económica causada por la pandemia. Una segunda oleada en las zonas económicamente afectadas se enfrentará a una infraestructura de atención médica igualmente devastada.

El aumento de una enfermedad parecida a la de Kawasaki relacionada con el coronavirus en Francia e Italia, un niño muere

Por Will Morrow, 20 mayo 2020

Esta es una acusación condenatoria de los gobiernos capitalistas a nivel internacional que están reabriendo las escuelas y afirmando que el virus no perjudica a los niños.

Enfermedad similar a la de Kawasaki que afecta a niños pequeños y adolescentes después de la infección con el SARS-CoV-2

Por Benjamin Mateus, 20 mayo 2020

Alrededor de 100 niños en Nueva York pueden haber sido afectados por complicaciones de la infección COVID-19, ahora llamado Síndrome Inflamatorio Multisistémico Pediátrico, con posiblemente cinco muertos.

‘After Life’ de Ricky Gervais: ser o no ser, esa es una de las cuestiones

Por David Walsh, 20 mayo 2020

Tony Johnson (Gervais) es destrozado por la muerte de su amada esposa Lisa (Kerry Godliman) por cáncer de mama. Le cuesta seguir viviendo y contempla frecuentemente el suicidio.

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

Build rank-and-file factory and workplace committees to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus and save lives!

21 May 2020

The government and corporations are demanding a return to work in the midst of a pandemic, which is claiming thousands of lives every week. Their drive for profits takes priority over the health and safety of workers and their families.

Earlier Perspectives »

The coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic exposes France’s New Anti-capitalist Party

By Alex Lantier, 21 May 2020

The pandemic places workers in every country in irreconcilable conflict with pro-imperialist, middle class parties that the ruling class has long falsely presented as the left.

Capitalism vs. science: The lessons of the 36-hour Moderna vaccine frenzy

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 May 2020

Trump official blames high US coronavirus death toll on the diversity that “unfortunately” exists in the population

By Jacob Crosse, 19 May 2020

World health conference dominated by US-China conflict as coronavirus spreads across the globe

By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2020

Market and profits impede COVID-19 vaccine effort

By Frank Gaglioti, 18 May 2020

The murderous pseudoscience of “herd immunity”

By Andre Damon, 16 May 2020

Capitalist economics and the politics of death

By David North, 11 May 2020

More on the coronavirus pandemic »

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Over 200 strikes and job actions in US during pandemic so far

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The Trump administration’s war against society

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Arts Review

Lost Girls: The everyday cruelty of American life

By David Walsh, 21 May 2020

Much of Lost Girls is taken up by Mari Gilbert’s painful, persistent struggle for some police or official action in regard to her daughter’s fate.

Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider: The pioneer of electronica (1947-2020)

By Paul Bond, 19 May 2020

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

By Joanne Laurier, 18 May 2020

SEP US presidential election campaign

Joseph Kishore interviewed on PRIMO NUTMEG program

The killing of Ahmaud Arbery

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

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

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

Depression USA

The Trump administration’s war against society

Commentary

The New York Times exposes journalist, #MeToo crusader Ronan Farrow as a dishonest fraud

By David Walsh, 20 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

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

St. Paul nurse fired by Allina Healthcare in dispute over lack of protective equipment
Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 May 2020

A registered nurse at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota was fired May 8 after raising concerns over lack of PPE and the shutting out of health care workers over discussion on safety issues.

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

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

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