As cutoff of $600 weekly benefit and wave of evictions loom, Congress takes a holiday

By Shannon Jones, 7 July 2020

The $600 weekly federal supplement to unemployment benefits is set to expire July 25, while moratoriums on evictions have already expired in 20 states.

Millions in the US face catastrophe as federal unemployment relief set to expire amid surging pandemic

Coronavirus pandemic threatens lives of at least one million people at risk from AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria

By Bryan Dyne, 7 July 2020

The global distribution of preventative treatments for other deadly diseases has been severely disrupted by the pandemic.

“How many of us have to die to build their Jeep Cherokees?”
Detroit FCA workers call on workers at GM, Ford and other companies to set up rank-and-file safety committees

By Jerry White, 7 July 2020

With the coronavirus spreading in factories and other large workplaces, Fiat Chrysler workers in Detroit have called on workers throughout the auto and other industries to build safety committees, independent of the companies and unions.

Joliet, Illinois nurses remain determined as union moves to end strike

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 July 2020

One hundred percent of the nurses on strike against AMITA Health in Joliet voted to continue after the first day, despite ninety-degree temperatures, the use of strikebreakers and hostility from management.

Canada’s migrant workers protest lack of COVID-19 protections

By Matthew Richter and Roger Jordan, 7 July 2020

Hundreds of migrant workers and their supporters joined protests Saturday against atrocious working and living conditions—conditions long sanctioned by government and made still worse by the pandemic.

Dozens of immigrants drown in eastern Turkey’s Lake Van

By Barış Demir, 7 July 2020

Migrants traveling from Central Asian war zones are reportedly forced to travel by boat over Lake Van to bypass police checkpoints on land.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases surge as oil price slump deepens social crisis

By Stephan McCoy, 7 July 2020

As of July 5, the country had recorded nearly 29,000 confirmed cases and 635 deaths, a more than sixfold increase following the government’s reopening of the economy at the end of March, just a few weeks after imposing a lockdown.

Pandemic spirals out of control in South Africa, India, Brazil

Scientist warns Istanbul earthquake could kill hundreds of thousands

By Ozan Özgür, 7 July 2020

Earthquake experts internationally agree that an earthquake of at least magnitude-7 is likely in the next 10 years in Istanbul.

Nearly 200,000 jobs lost in the UK amid pandemic

By Robert Stevens, 7 July 2020

Workers have been laid off particularly heavily in the retail, travel, hospitality, and manufacturing sectors.

Worker at German meat processing plant dismissed for sharing critical video

By Marianne Arens, 7 July 2020

The video shows a view into a canteen, where hundreds of employees sit and eat close to each other at the tables.

Germany’s Commerzbank plans to cut 11,000 jobs

By Gustav Kemper, 7 July 2020

In common with many other businesses, Commerzbank is using the coronavirus pandemic to implement preexisting plans to shed jobs and close branches.

Macron administration announces new French cabinet

By Will Morrow, 7 July 2020

Since Castex’s appointment as prime minister Friday, it is already clear the new cabinet will be charged with escalating the anti-worker policies of the previous one.

Naming new French prime minister, Macron coordinates austerity with unions

Modi government prosecutes anti-CAA protest leaders on bogus terrorism charges

By Kranti Kumar and Shuvu Batta, 7 July 2020

Turning reality on its head, the Delhi police, acting on the orders of the BJP government, is trying to blame anti-CAA protest leaders for the anti-Muslim riots that convulsed northeast Delhi in late February.

Growing opposition to Australian police lockdown of Melbourne public housing residents

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 July 2020

One resident stated: “We should have seen buses and cars full of healthcare and mental health workers and social workers, not the police.”

ICE threatens international students with deportation unless their college resumes in-person classes

By Sam Dalton, 7 July 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, an ICE rule change is forcing international students to risk their lives to stay in the US

Supreme Court rules Electoral College members must follow state vote in presidential elections

By Alan Gilman, 7 July 2020

The 9-0 ruling was driven by mounting fears that the outcome of future presidential elections—including the 2020 election—will be seen as illegitimate and undemocratic.

Illinois and Chicago offer paltry COVID-19 assistance program to residents

By Brian Green, 7 July 2020

As unemployment skyrockets, Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot push a return to work and COVID-19 relief programs too small to address desperately needed assistance among workers.

Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer pushes unsafe reopening of Michigan schools

By Mitch Marcus, 7 July 2020

Last week, Whitmer released dangerous and unfunded mandates on schools reopening, making it clear that she is determined to push ahead even as cases spike across the state.

COVID-19 outbreak surges among Michigan farm workers in rural counties

By Brent Dylan, 7 July 2020

Over 200 Michigan farm workers tested positive for the COVID-19 virus during the last ten days of June.

Australian court rejects Murdoch appeal against Geoffrey Rush defamation verdict

By Linda Tenenbaum, 7 July 2020

Last week’s Federal Court verdict is another important blow against the anti-democratic #MeToo movement.

Thousands more jobs destroyed in Australia

By Terry Cook, 7 July 2020

Employers are continuing to utilise the COVID-19 pandemic to restructure their operations, shedding thousands of jobs and cutting working conditions.

6 July 2020

Over 700 Joliet, Illinois nurses go on strike for better wages and safe working conditions

By Benjamin Mateus and Kate Randall, 6 July 2020

Two US aircraft carriers in war games in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 6 July 2020

The US COVID-19 toll to hit 3 million cases as Texas health system nears collapse

By Benjamin Mateus, 6 July 2020

Over 300 children catch COVID-19 in Texas daycares

By Nick Barrickman, 6 July 2020

Trump rails against Marxism and “international socialism”

By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2020

US labor secretary says “reopening” will proceed in face of surging pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 6 July 2020

Brazil’s coronavirus cases top 1.5 million amid record unemployment

By Tomas Castanheira, 6 July 2020

More than 170 killed in accident at Myanmar jade mine

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 July 2020

Vigils in New Zealand demand freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 6 July 2020

Seattle protester killed after being struck by car driving wrong way on closed interstate

By Jacob Crosse, 6 July 2020

New Jersey growers refuse to test migrant farm workers for COVID-19

By Erik Schreiber, 6 July 2020

The future of the global cruising industry: Layoffs, pay cuts and prolonged misery for crews

By Tom Casey, 6 July 2020

How corporations and government finance the German trade unions

By Ulrich Rippert and Marianne Arens, 6 July 2020

British government reimposes welfare benefits sanctions as pandemic continues and unemployment rockets

By Simon Whelan, 6 July 2020

Australian police confine Melbourne public housing residents indoors after COVID-19 outbreak

By Patrick O’Connor, 6 July 2020

Australian Labor Party vote falls further in by-election

By Mike Head, 6 July 2020

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«Нью-Йорк Таймс» фабрикует легенду о российских убийствах

Патрик Мартин, 6 июля 2020 г.

Поток исступленных обвинений Вашингтона против России был спровоцирован лживой пропагандистской кампанией, инициированной газетой «Нью-Йорк Таймс».

Голосование по конституционным поправкам в России:
Кремль резко усиливает власть президента

Владимир Волков и Клара Вайс, 6 июля 2020 г.

1 июля завершилось семидневное голосование по конституционным поправкам, впервые предложенным президентом России Владимиром Путиным в январе этого года.

Пандемия неравенства: Как американский капитализм ставит прибыли выше жизней

Андре Деймон, 6 июля 2020 г.

Возрождение COVID-19 является результатом политики, проводимой администрацией Трампа, но поддерживаемой всем политическим и медийным истеблишментом. Она состоит в подчинении потребностей общества интересам финансовой олигархии.

New in Spanish

Las dos revoluciones estadounidenses en la historia mundial

David North, 6 julio 2020

Hoy marca el 244º aniversario de la proclamación pública de la Declaración de Independencia, el 4 de julio de 1776, que estableció los Estados Unidos de América. No fue solo el impacto político directo; más bien, fueron los principios que proclamó los que definieron su estatura histórica mundial.

Millones en EE.UU. se enfrentan a catástrofe al expirar ayuda federal por desempleo en medio del crecimiento de la pandemia

Kevin Reed, 6 julio 2020

El impacto económico combinado de la pandemia en curso y la inminente eliminación de la asistencia federal semanal de $600 está engendrando una catástrofe para millones en todo el país.

"Estamos en nuestro punto de ruptura"
Trabajadores de FCA Toledo Jeep apoyan el llamado a comités de seguridad de base

Marcus Day, 6 julio 2020

La ira está llegando a un punto de ebullición por la negativa de la dirección y del UAW a revelar información sobre los casos de COVID-19.

La pandemia se sale de control en Sudáfrica, India, Brasil

Bryan Dyne, 6 julio 2020

Los recuentos oficiales en cada país de los casos de coronavirus confirmados diariamente han llegado a ser exponenciales, lo que indica que las medidas de contención que se aplicaron para detener la propagación del virus se han derrumbado esencialmente.

Miles de repartidores hacen huelga en todo Brasil y otros países de América Latina

Brunna Machado y Letícia Silva, 6 julio 2020

Miles de repartidores se declararon en huelga el miércoles para exigir mejores condiciones de trabajo en más de 10 capitales brasileñas, así como en ciudades de Argentina y México.

El gobierno australiano busca poner al país en pie de guerra

Mike Head, 6 julio 2020

El primer ministro Scott Morrison ha identificado el Indo-Pacífico como el escenario probable para otra guerra mundial, dirigida contra China.

New in Portuguese

Brasil atinge 1,5 milhões de casos de coronavírus e desemprego recorde

Tomas Castanheira, 6 Julho 2020

De março a maio, cerca de oito milhões de trabalhadores perderam seus empregos no país e mais da metade da população está desocupada.

New in Turkish

Dünya tarihindeki iki Amerikan Devrimi

David North, 6 Temmuz 2020

4 Temmuz, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’ni kuran Bağımsızlık Bildirgesi’nin ilan edilmesinin 244. yıldönümü.

Karl Marx’tan 4 Temmuz’a

James P. Cannon, 6 Temmuz 2020

James P. Cannon’ın 16 Temmuz 1951’de Militant gazetesinde yayımlanan ilk Amerikan Devrimi üzerine yazısını okurlarımızın dikkatine sunuyoruz.

New in French

Les deux révolutions américaines dans l’histoire du monde

David North, 6 juillet 2020

Samedi marquait le 244e anniversaire de la proclamation de la Déclaration d’indépendance qui a créa les États-Unis d’Amérique, le 4 juillet 1776. Ce n’est pas seulement l’impact politique direct de ce document, mais plutôt les principes qu’il proclamait qui lui ont donné sa stature historique mondiale.

La crise du COVID-19 s'aggrave, les syndicats français collaborent avec les employeurs pour imposer des licenciements collectifs

Will Morrow, 6 juillet 2020

Alors qu’une vague internationale de licenciements et de fermeture d’usines touche également la France, les syndicats collaborent étroitement avec Macron et les employeurs pour réprimer l’opposition des travailleurs à cette offensive.

La devise de l’Allemagne pour la présidence du Conseil de l’UE: Pour le militarisme et la guerre

Johannes Stern, 6 juillet 2020

La devise du gouvernement allemand pour la présidence du Conseil de l’UE est «Gemeinsam. Europa wieder stark machen» («Ensemble. Rendre l’Europe forte à nouveau»), le pendant berlinois du «Make America Great Again» de Trump.

Ne touchez pas à Lincoln et au mémorial Émancipation! Il faut défendre l'héritage de la guerre civile!

Niles Niemuth, 6 juillet 2020

La décision unanime de la commission des arts de Boston d'enlever la statue d'Abraham Lincoln et d'un esclave libéré qui commémore l'émancipation est une attaque réactionnaire contre l'héritage progressiste de la guerre civile.

La campagne américaine contre la Chine intensifie les conflits entre factions au sein de l'élite dirigeante canadienne

Roger Jordan, 6 juillet 2020

Qualifiant la Chine de «menace réelle pour le Canada», l'ancien premier ministre conservateur Brian Mulroney a appelé à la création d'un comité «sélect» pour redéfinir la politique du Canada à l'égard de la Chine.

New in German

Die Stellung der beiden amerikanischen Revolutionen in der Weltgeschichte

David North, 6. Juli 2020

Am 4. Juli 1776 wurden die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika gegründet. Die welthistorische Bedeutung der Unabhängigkeitserklärung ergibt sich nicht nur aus ihren unmittelbaren politischen Folgen, sondern mehr noch aus ihren Grundsätzen.

Trotz drohender weiterer Ausbreitung der Corona-Pandemie:
Trump setzt Auftritt am Mount Rushmore durch

Barry Grey, 6. Juli 2020

In seiner faschistischen Tirade nutzte Trump die Angriffe auf Denkmäler der amerikanischen Revolutionsführer, um Jugendliche, die gegen Polizeimorde demonstrieren, als „linksradikale Faschisten“ zu brandmarken. Er lobte Polizisten und rechte Milizen und kündigte ein noch härteres Durchgreifen an.

Tönnies-Mitarbeiterin wegen kritischem Video gekündigt
Zahl der Corona-Infektionen in Deutschland steigt wieder an

Marianne Arens, 6. Juli 2020

Der Masseninfektion in der nordrhein-westfälischen Fleischfabrik Tönnies, wo sich über 1500 Arbeiter mit Covid-19 ansteckten, ist zum Symbol für die Rücksichtslosigkeit geworden, mit der Unternehmer und Politiker die Arbeiterklasse der Pandemiegefahr aussetzen.

Frankreich: Macron ernennt neuen Premierminister

Alex Lantier, 6. Juli 2020

Jean Castex soll gemeinsam mit den Gewerkschaften die drakonischen Austeritätsmaßnahmen koordinieren, die Macron und die Banken trotz Corona-Pandemie durchsetzen wollen.

New in Mandarin

支持国际工人阶级对抗COVID-19大流行病的行动!

第四国际国际委员会的声明, 2020年6月29日

只有一场来自国际工人阶级的反对资本主义的独立政治干预 才能结束COVID-19大流行带来的大规模死亡

工人阶级、社会主义与抗击大流行病

David North, 2020年6月18日

在第四国际创始文件《过渡纲领》中,列昂·托洛茨基将1936-1937年大萧条期间在美国爆发的静坐罢工描述为 “美国工人为了将自己提升到历史给予他们的那些任务的水准所做的本能努力”。

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。

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Etabler grunnplankomitéer på fabrikker og arbeidsplasser for å forhindre overføring av Covid-19-virus og redde liv!

Uttalelse fra Socialist Equality Party (USA), 22. mai 2020

Regjeringen og selskapene krever gjenopptakelse av arbeid midt under en pandemi, som hver uke krever flere tusen liv. Deres pådriv for profitter prioriterer ikke arbeideres og deres familiers helse og sikkerhet.

Trump-administrasjonen gjør Taiwan til sin seneste front i antiKina-kampanjen

Peter Symonds, 22. mai 2020

USA har provoserende hyllet gjenvalget av den taiwanske presidenten Tsai Ing-wen og presset på for Taiwans sak under det årlige ministermøtet for Verdens helseorganisasjon (WHO).

USA forbereder antiRussland-krigsspill midt under pandemien

Andrea Peters, 22. mai 2020

Om litt mer enn to uker vil 6 000 amerikanske og polske tropper simulere bakke og luftbårne angrep ca. 56 kilometer fra det russiske territoriet Kaliningrad.

Covid-19-pandemien avslører Frankrikes Nytt Antikapitalistisk Parti

Alex Lantier, 22. mai 2020

Pandemien setter arbeidere i alle land opp i en uforsonlig konflikt med de pro-imperialistiske middelklassepartiene som styringsklassen lenge har fremstilt som venstresiden.

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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

Democrats’ denunciation of America’s revolutionary heritage provides an opening for Trump

7 July 2020

The campaign waged by the Democratic Party to discredit Jefferson, Lincoln and other leaders of America’s two revolutions allows Trump to package his extreme right-wing policies as a defense of democratic traditions.

Earlier Perspectives »

July 4th Online Discussion

The World Socialist Web Site celebrated the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by hosting a discussion with five eminent historians: Victoria Bynum, Clayborne Carson, Richard Carwardine, James Oakes and Gordon Wood. The event was moderated by Kings College professor Tom Mackaman and WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North.

Featured statements

The significance of the July 4 online discussion, “The Place of the Two American Revolutions: Past, Present and Future”

By David Walsh, 6 July 2020

The two American Revolutions in world history

By David North, 4 July 2020

Racial-communalist politics and the second assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Niles Niemuth and David North, 25 June 2020

Hands off the monuments to Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Grant!

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 22 June 2020

Hands off Lincoln and the Emancipation Memorial! Defend the legacy of the Civil War!

By Niles Niemuth, 3 July 2020

New York Times’ Charles Blow demands the removal of monuments to Washington and other “amoral monsters”

By Niles Niemuth, 1 July 2020

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan Trotskyists hold first online election rally

By our correspondent, 7 July 2020

The SEP is the only party advancing an international socialist program in the Sri Lankan national elections.

Vote SEP in the Sri Lankan general election
Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) to hold second online election rally

6 July 2020

SEP (Australia) July 7 online lecture
A new period of socialist revolution and the tasks of the Fourth International

4 July 2020

Hands off the Sri Lankan Trotskyists
SEP demands military stops harassing its election candidates in Jaffna

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 30 June 2020

Sri Lankan SEP holds online meeting on global protests against police murders

Sri Lankan president establishes military taskforce: Another step toward dictatorship

Commentary

Organise teachers, parents and school staff committees to oppose reckless school reopening in Melbourne!

By the Committee for Public Education (Australia), 7 July 2020

The CFPE calls for the formation of safety action committees to demand the suspension of the school system as part of a comprehensive public health and safety plan to protect the working class.

“Deep cleaning” in Australian schools: Image and reality

The New York Times fabricates Russian murder plot

By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2020

Expand autoworkers’ struggle to stop the coronavirus and save lives! Form rank-and-file safety committees!

By the Jefferson North Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 June 2020

Hands off Fiat Chrysler workers fighting the COVID-19 disease!

By the Jefferson North and Sterling Heights Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 1 July 2020

For international working class action against the COVID-19 pandemic!

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 23 June 2020

SEP US presidential election campaign

Workers, young people denounce undemocratic efforts to keep Socialist Equality Party off the ballot in Michigan

Michigan Governor Whitmer argues SEP candidates should have petitioned for ballot status during the peak of the pandemic

Socialist Equality Party challenges undemocratic ballot access laws in Michigan

SEP presidential candidates Kishore and Santa Cruz file federal lawsuit challenging ballot access restrictions in California

By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP Vice Presidential Candidate, 2 July 2020

The fight to put the SEP on the ballot continues as Illinois court denies challenge to relaxed ballot access rules

By Kristina Betinis, 23 June 2020

Arts Review

An appreciation of British painter Leon Kossoff (1926-2019)

By Clare Hurley, 7 July 2020

Kossoff’s death a year ago received such scant notice that one could be excused for not knowing that the artist was considered, by many familiar with his work, one of the great painters of the second half of the 20th century.

Neil Young’s Homegrown: Time capsule from the 1970s

By Kevin Reed, 4 July 2020

Inhuman Resources: In French Netflix series, an unemployed man takes extreme measures

By Joanne Laurier, 3 July 2020

Workers Struggles

California farm workers strike over COVID-19; port workers in Belize and Montreal stage protests
Workers Struggles: The Americas

7 July 2020

Farm workers in Wasco, California began picketing after finding coworkers had been infected with COVID-19 while dockworkers in Belize and Montreal staged protests over cuts.

Thousands of delivery workers strike across Brazil and other Latin American countries

By Brunna Machado and Letícia Silva, 4 July 2020

Bath Iron shipyard workers face stepped-up attacks as strike continues

By Shannon Jones, 4 July 2020

Riverside, California: HCA nurses strike continues as coronavirus takes its toll

By Alex Johnson, 4 July 2020

HPAE union betrays New Jersey nurses’ fight for PPE and better pay

By Erik Schreiber, 4 July 2020

25 years ago: Thousands killed at Srebrenica massacre

On July 11, 1995, the Bosnian Serb takeover of the besieged town of Srebrenica began, leading to a mass killing of Bosnian Muslims that lasted the entire week.

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50 years ago: Police shoot 46 in Asbury Park riot

On July 7, 1970, police shot at demonstrators protesting against inequality and unemployment in the beach resort city of Asbury Park, New Jersey, wounding as many as 46.

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75 years ago: Soviet Union hands West Berlin to Britain and the US

On July 12, 1945, British and US troops took control of West Berlin, after it was formally relinquished by the Soviet Union the day before.

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100 years ago: Martial law in Beijing

On July 10, 1920, authorities under Duan Qirui, leader of the Anhui Clique of warlords, declared martial law in Beijing as forces from the Zhili Clique, led by Cao Kun, converged on the city.

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Science

Contact tracing and capitalism’s response to the pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 June 2020

Socialist Equality Party (US)

Twenty-five years since the death of Ed Winn

By Fred Mazelis, 26 June 2020

Twice the presidential candidate of the Workers League, Ed Winn fought for Marxist principles throughout the American and international working class. He was a New York City transit worker for 22 years.

Book Review

The Room Where it Happened: John Bolton’s account of the “palace coup” opposition to Trump

By Andre Damon, 26 June 2020

The New York Times' 1619 Project

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 6 September 2019

Mehring Books

Introduction to The Fourth International and the Perspective of World Socialist Revolution: 1986–1995

By Joseph Kishore, 19 June 2020

We are publishing here the introduction to the upcoming book The Fourth International and the Perspective of World Socialist Revolution: 1986–1995. The book consists of lectures on the development of the perspective and program of the International Committee of the Fourth International in the aftermath of the split with the British Workers Revolutionary Party in February 1986.

Free Julian Assange

US indictment of Assange based on testimony of FBI assets, convicted child molester

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2020

Julian Assange’s fiancé calls on the Australian government to secure his freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 June 2020

Journalists expose CIA spying on Assange and demand his freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 June 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

June 7 Online Meeting

History

Book Review
Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

By Shannon Jones, 11 June 2020

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural speech is considered, along with the Gettysburg Address, one of the most important in US history.

The History Channel’s Grant

By Tom Mackaman, 1 June 2020

The coronavirus pandemic

The Malthusian underpinnings of Boris Johnson’s “herd immunity” strategy

By Thomas Scripps, 8 June 2020

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

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 21 May 2020

Brazilian Trotskyists issue call for working-class action against pandemic
What will be the cost of implementing this program? Who will pay for it?

Statement of the Brazilian Socialist Equality Group (In Solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International), 2 June 2020

Turkish Trotskyists call for independent working-class action against the pandemic

By Sosyalist Eşitlik (in solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International), 5 June 2020

British Trotskyists issue call for working class action against pandemic

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 27 May 2020

SEP (Sri Lanka) calls for action committees to counter COVID-19 and defend jobs

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 June 2020

Oppose the premature lifting of COVID-19 safety restrictions!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 June 2020

London bus drivers face COVID-19 disaster: Build rank-and-file safety committees!

By Laura Tiernan, 5 June 2020

More on the coronavirus pandemic »

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

Obituary

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dead at 90

By Jerry White, 27 February 2020

From 1983 to 1995, Bieber presided over the final demise of the UAW as an organization that conducted a limited defense of the day-to-day interests of autoworkers and its transformation into what it is today: a direct arm of corporate management.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 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

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.

As more workers test positive for COVID-19, Amazon ignores demands to close warehouses

By Tom Carter, 25 March 2020

At least three Amazon workers in Shepherdsville, Kentucky tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, following the discovery of COVID-19 cases in New York, Florida and Michigan warehouses.

Amazon workers in New York City shut down warehouse after worker tests positive for coronavirus

By Shuvu Batta, 21 March 2020

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