As paramilitary police tear gas Portland mayor and protesters
Trump orders federal police to more cities

By Barry Grey, 24 July 2020

The Trump administration is stepping up its unconstitutional moves toward dictatorial rule, tear gassing the mayor of Portland, Oregon and announcing the deployment of federal police to additional cities.

Trump orders hundreds of federal agents into Chicago

President Trump sending federal police agents into major American cities

US coronavirus hospitalizations surge back to April highs

By Bryan Dyne, 24 July 2020

The spike in hospitalizations is the result of infections surging nationally, including more than 69,000 new cases today, along with 1,150 deaths, bringing the total known case count and death toll to 4.17 million and 147,000, respectively.

New coronavirus cases globally rocket past a quarter million

“They have put the needs of the 1 percent over the importance of human life”
NASSCO shipyard worker dies from COVID-19 in San Diego

Growing wave of educators’ protests forces Trump to throw a financial sop to schools

By Nancy Hanover, 24 July 2020

Trump’s apparent climbdown from his insistence that schools must “fully” open “ASAP” indicates the deep crisis of the administration and growing fears of the political mobilization of educators, parents and students.

Parents oppose dangerous UK nursery and pre-school reopening

By Charlotte Salthill and Joyce Smith, 24 July 2020

A report by the Sutton Trust highlights the devastating impact of decades of austerity by Tory and Labour governments, with the pandemic triggering an existential crisis for early years education.

Greek, Turkish warships nearly clash in Aegean over Mediterranean gas fields

By Alex Lantier, 24 July 2020

Conflicts unleashed by decades of imperialist war in the Middle East and the Mediterranean are now threatening to blow up the NATO alliance.

Catalan politicians’ phones hacked by government-grade spyware

By Alice Summers, 24 July 2020

The hacking occurred under the premiership of Pedro Sánchez of the Spanish Socialist Party, which is now backed by the pseudo-left Podemos party.

Reports on Twitter hack confirm existence of admin tool used for social media censorship

By Kevin Reed, 24 July 2020

The revelations about Twitter’s methods for manipulating the account activity of users show that censorship is a top level priority of the social media company.

Dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts hacked in “coordinated social engineering attack”

Fourth steelworker in three years dies at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago, Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 24 July 2020

ArcelorMittal is seeking to offset financial setbacks from the pandemic by increasing the exploitation of its global workforce.

Huge Australian budget deficits mean intensified assault on workers

By Mike Head, 24 July 2020

Governments and the corporate elite have begun extracting the cost from the working class, via cuts to jobs, pay and working conditions as well as social spending.

UK manufacturers warn of “jobs bloodbath”

By Paul Bond, 24 July 2020

More than half of manufacturing companies said they will make redundancies in the next six months, with a further 20.1 percent saying they might.

Trial of Halle synagogue shooter begins in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 24 July 2020

Stephan Balliet is accused of double murder, 68 counts of attempted murder, predatory extortion, dangerous bodily harm and sedition.

Germany: The “riots” in Frankfurt and the right-wing network in the police

German chicken processing plant remains open despite coronavirus outbreak

By Marianne Arens, 24 July 2020

As with the outbreaks at other German slaughterhouses, the politicians’ main concern is keeping production running so profits continue to pile up.

Couples and families separated by New Zealand’s border restrictions

By Tom Peters, 24 July 2020

A woman who is unable to enter New Zealand, despite being married to a citizen, said that migrants have become political pawns in the campaign for the national election.

South Asian floods kill hundreds and displace millions

By Arun Kumar, 24 July 2020

The flooding comes as Indian and Bangladeshi residents were attempting to recover from Cyclone Amphan, which destroyed or damaged 260,000 houses in May.

23 July 2020

California: 700 health care workers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital on five-day strike

By Brian Dixon, 23 July 2020

Widespread opposition as union sells out Joliet, Illinois nurses strike

By Alex Johnson, 23 July 2020

German defence minister propagates rearmament, militarism and war

By Johannes Stern, 23 July 2020

Senate committee gives nod to Trump Fed nominee

By Nick Beams, 23 July 2020

Bodies of two workers still entombed at collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans nearly one year later

By Aaron Murch, 23 July 2020

Record daily coronavirus infections in Australia

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 July 2020

Ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases across Pacific Island states

By John Braddock, 23 July 2020

Grenfell Tower contractor Rydon admits profiteering by using flammable cladding

By Robert Stevens and Charles Hixson, 23 July 2020

Britain’s Russia Report: Propaganda for authoritarianism and war

By Thomas Scripps, 23 July 2020

Death of 14-year-old on the job highlights growth of child labor in Canada

By Frédéric Charlebois, 23 July 2020

Safety expert removed from Australia’s Grosvenor Mine explosion inquiry

By Terry Cook, 23 July 2020

New in Turkish

Trump’ın ABD geneline yarı askeri polis gönderme planı: Egemen sınıf iç savaşa hazırlanıyor

Patrick Martin, 23 Temmuz 2020

Trump’ın otoriter adımlarının ana hedefi, işçi sınıfıdır. Trump yönetiminin eylemleri, egemen sınıfın devasa bir toplumsal çatışma ve direniş beklediği koşullarda gerçekleşmektedir.

New in Russian

Трамп использует меры полицейского насилия в Портленде, штат Орегон

Патрик Мартин, 22 июля 2020 г.

Подавление демонстрантов фашистскими агентами силовых структур Трампа — это последний шаг в многолетних атаках его администрации на демократические права в Соединенных Штатах.

Нарастающие признаки глубокой и продолжительной глобальной рецессии

Ник Бимс, 22 июля 2020 г.

Многие крупные американские компании пришли к выводу, что принятые ими меры оказались недостаточными, и что увеличение числа случаев COVID-19 и связанные с этим карантинные меры разрушили надежды на быстрое восстановление.

New in Mandarin

一个中国学生关于COVID-19疫情的来信

a correspondent, 2020年7月22日

这次疫情激起的危机还将造成怎样的长期的决定性的负面影响。

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。

New in French

Trump projette d’envoyer la police paramilitaire partout aux États-Unis: la classe dirigeante prépare la guerre civile

Patrick Martin, 23 juillet 2020

Le projet du gouvernement Trump de déployer des forces paramilitaires fédérales dans les grandes villes américaines constitue une escalade majeure dans l’attaque des droits démocratiques et l’instauration d’un État policier.

Le sommet de l’UE approuve la création d’un fonds de 750 milliards d’euros pour les banques et les grandes sociétés

Will Morrow, 23 juillet 2020

L’accord fournira un nouvel influx de revenus aux États européens qui pourront ainsi distribuer des aides aux grandes entreprises, et un nouveau mécanisme d’austérité pour tout le continent.

Allemagne: les «émeutes» de Francfort et le réseau d’extrême-droite dans la police

Peter Schwarz, 23 juillet 2020

Les « émeutes » de Francfort sont utilisées par le gouvernement allemand pour augmenter les pouvoirs de la police et justifier et renforcer les structures d’extrême droite dans l’appareil d’État.

Le gouvernement de droite de l'Alberta adopte une loi anti-manifestations draconienne

Riksen Stewart et Roger Jordan, 23 juillet 2020

Alors qu’il lance un nouvel assaut contre les salaires et les droits sociaux des travailleurs, le gouvernement Kenney a promulgué une loi qui pourrait être utilisée pour criminaliser et réprimer essentiellement toute manifestation.

New in German

Trump plant Einsatz von Paramilitärs in ganz Amerika: Herrschende Klasse bereitet Bürgerkrieg vor

Patrick Martin, 23. Juli 2020

Mit ihren Plänen, paramilitärische Bundespolizei in Großstädten einzusetzen, verschärft die Trump-Regierung ihre Angriffe auf demokratische Rechte und stützt sich zunehmend auf einen Polizeistaat.

EU-Gipfel einigt sich auf 750 Milliarden Euro für Banken und Konzerne

Will Morrow, 23. Juli 2020

Die Einigung wird den europäischen Staaten neue Einnahmen bescheren, um sie an die Konzerne zu verteilen, und ein neues Werkzeug schaffen, um auf dem ganzen Kontinent Austerität durchzusetzen.

Prozess gegen Halle-Attentäter hat begonnen

Peter Schwarz, 23. Juli 2020

Am Dienstag begann vor dem Landgericht Magdeburg der Prozess gegen Stephan Balliet, der am 9. Oktober letzten Jahres einen Terroranschlag auf die Synagoge von Halle verübt hat.

Häufung von Corona-Fällen bei Toledo Jeep und in anderen Betrieben
Bildet Sicherheitskomitees an jedem Arbeitsplatz, um Leben zu retten!

Aufruf der Sicherheitskomitees der FCA-Werke Jefferson North und Sterling Heights und Toledo Jeep, 23. Juli 2020

Wir publizieren hier den gemeinsamen Aufruf der Aktionskomitees für mehr Sicherheit in drei amerikanischen Fiat-Chrysler-Werken. Der Aufruf beginnt mit den Worten: „In den USA nimmt die Zahl der Covid-19-Fälle rapide zu, und daher müssen Sofortmaßnahmen ergriffen werden.“

New in Portuguese

Nova manifestação de entregadores no Brasil expõe o sindicatos e seus aliados

Miguel Andrade, 20 Julho 2020

Depois de uma greve massiva de dimensão continental no dia 1o de julho, entregadores brasileiros estão sendo encorajados a colocar seus destinos nas mãos dos sindicatos e do Congresso Nacional.

New in Spanish

El plan de Trump para desplegar la policía paramilitar en EE.UU.: la clase gobernante se prepara para una guerra civil

Por Patrick Martin, 23 julio 2020

La represión contra los manifestantes por parte de los agentes fronterizos fascistizantes de Trump es el último paso en el ataque de años del Gobierno contra los derechos democráticos en Estados Unidos.

Los casos de COVID-19 alcanzan 15 millones en todo el mundo con 4 millones solo en los EE. UU.

Por Benjamin Mateus, 23 julio 2020

Estados Unidos está en la posición única de ser la única nación desarrollada que se enfrenta a un brote tan desastroso y en expansión.

La pantomima de protesta “Huelga por las vidas negras”

Por Tom Hall, 23 julio 2020

La “huelga” fue una trama apoyada por las empresas, la prensa corporativa y el Partido Demócrata para desviar el enojo por la violencia policial y las condiciones de trabajo inseguras a lo largo de líneas raciales.

New in Norwegian

Trumps planer om å sende ut paramilitært politi på tvers av USA: Styringsklassen forbereder seg for borgerkrig

Patrick Martin, 23. juli 2020

Trump-administrasjonens planer om å utplassere føderale paramilitære styrker i amerikanske storbyer er en vesentlig opptrapping av angrepet mot demokratiske rettigheter og for oppbyggingen av politistat-styreformer.

EU-toppmøte enes om fond på € 750 milliarder for bankene og storforetakene

Will Morrow, 23. juli 2020

Avtalen tilrettelegger en ny inntektsstrøm for europeiske stater til å besørge utdelinger til storselskaper, og en ny nøysomhetsmekanisme for innstramminger på tvers av kontinentet.

Brev fra en student i Kina om Covid-19-pandemien

en korrespondent, 23. juli 2020

«Folk er bekymret for at de på toppen av vanskelighetene de allerede har gjennomlevd skal møte flere ukjente, langsiktige og negative konsekvenser av pandemien.»

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

Trump, Congress condemn unemployed to starve

24 July 2020

The Democrats and Republicans are allowing the $600-a-week federal unemployment compensation supplement to expire, cutting off a lifeline for millions of jobless workers.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos adds record $13 billion to net worth in a single day

By Jacob Crosse, 24 July 2020

US billionaires continue to profit fabulously off the pandemic while millions face hunger, eviction, and joblessness.

The nationalist hijacking of the race for a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus

By Benjamin Mateus, 24 July 2020

Vaccine nationalism is driving the fury to capitalize on being the first nation to produce a viable cure against the coronavirus.

International media and politicians silent on anti-Semitism in Polish elections

By Clara Weiss, 24 July 2020

The central role of anti-Semitism in the official campaign of the ruling PiS has no precedent in Poland since the end of the Nazi occupation in World War II.

Sosyalist Eşitlik condemns threats against Şiar Rişvanoğlu

By Sosyalist Eşitlik, 24 July 2020

This attack is part of a drive by Turkish state and paramilitary forces to intimidate all expressions of opposition.

US orders closure of China’s Houston consulate, raising the danger of war

By Mike Head, 23 July 2020

Trump’s plan to send paramilitary police throughout the US: The ruling class prepares for civil war

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2020

The “Strike for Black Lives” protest stunt

By Tom Hall, 22 July 2020

From Selma to the CIA
John Lewis, civil rights militant turned big-business politician, dies at 80

20 July 2020

Arts Review

Hamilton: An American Musical finally available for broader viewing

By Ed Hightower, 24 July 2020

Amid deepening social and political crisis Hamilton came to the Disney Plus streaming service this July 3 in time for viewing on the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence

Italian composer Francesco Lotoro rescues music composed in the concentration camps

By Fred Mazelis, 21 July 2020

Lotoro has devoted three decades to the research and discovery of music written and performed in defiance of Nazi barbarism.

#Anne Frank Parallel Stories: The young victim of the Nazis

By Joanne Laurier, 18 July 2020

Sinclair Lewis’s novel Main Street at 100

By James McDonald, 16 July 2020

Workers Struggles

Icelandair cabin crew reject contract, threatened with sacking; Israel’s nurses, social workers strike; Zimbabwe nurses’ strike continues
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

24 July 2020

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

SEP US presidential election campaign

California judge rules that SEP candidates must collect physical signatures during pandemic or be excluded from ballot

By Kevin Reed, 22 July 2020

Federal District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee handed down a ruling on Tuesday against the lawsuit filed by the SEP, which argues that California’s ballot access laws are “effectively impossible” to satisfy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SEP candidates Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz respond to California state officials in ballot access lawsuit

By Alan Gilman, 17 July 2020

Democratic California Governor Newsom argues that allowing SEP candidates on the ballot would cause “frustration of the democratic process”

By Isaac Finn, 14 July 2020

Michigan court rules that SEP must gather signatures despite pandemic

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 10 July 2020

act.tv’s Julianna Forlano interviews Joseph Kishore

With Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 9 July 2020

An important discussion of the pandemic, the crisis of capitalism, class forces in politics, police violence, and the need for a unified international socialist movement.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan SEP election meeting discusses working-class response to COVID-19 pandemic

By our correspondents, 22 July 2020

More than 2,000 people—in Sri Lanka and internationally—have watched SEP’s online event, posting comments and questions about the party’s program.

Featured Statement

As COVID-19 spreads at Toledo Jeep and other plants
Build rank-and-file safety committees at every workplace to save lives!

By the FCA Jefferson North, Sterling Heights and Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 18 July 2020

The number of COVID-19 infections is rising all across the US, and emergency action has to be taken.

Rank-and-file safety committee demands immediate shut down
COVID-19 out of control at Toledo Jeep plant

Toledo Fiat Chrysler workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 rampage

25 years ago: “Taiwan Strait Crisis” between US and China

On July 21, 1995, the People’s Republic of China conducted the first in a series of missile tests in the Taiwan Strait setting into motion what would later be known as the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis.

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50 years ago: Aswan High Dam completed in Egypt

After a decade of construction, the Aswan High Dam was completed on July 21, 1970. The dam was an immense feat of engineering that would give Egypt both new electric power and the ability to regulate flooding in the Nile Valley.

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75 years ago: Trial of Marshal Pétain, leader of the Vichy regime, begins in France

On July 23, 1945, the trial of Marshal Philippe Pétain, who had headed the extreme right-wing Vichy regime through most of World War II, began in France.

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100 years ago: Britain annexes East African Protectorate

On July 23, 1920, the British Empire annexed the East African Protectorate, which it had administered since 1895, giving the British Crown more control over the area and conferring more legal rights to British settlers.

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Free Julian Assange

UK MPs submit early day motion on Assange

By Thomas Scripps, 18 July 2020

The signatories have all either hitherto kept a criminal silence over Assange’s persecution, or, in the case of Corbyn, McDonnell, Abbott and Long-Bailey, found their voice only after losing leading positions in the Labour Party.

Online documentary exposes the psychological torture of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2020

Online book launch of The Most Dangerous Man in the World defends Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 July 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

History

“Palace letters” point to the plotting behind the 1975 constitutional coup in Australia

By Mike Head, 17 July 2020

Together with the military coup in Chile in 1973, the Labor government’s dismissal was one of the first acts in what became an international counter-offensive against the working class.

“Literacy is a clean window onto the world ...”
100 years since formation of Soviet Extraordinary Commission for the Liquidation of Illiteracy

By Patrick O’Connor, 8 July 2020

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia) holds lecture series on the history of Trotskyism

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 July 2020

The lectures, now all available online, reviewed some of the fundamental lessons of the protracted struggle by the Trotskyist movement for socialist internationalism.

Tamil National Alliance offers to support Sri Lankan president’s autocratic rule

By Paramu Thirugnanasambanthar—lead SEP candidate for Jaffna district, 17 July 2020

Verfassungsschutz Report 2019: German secret service downplays threat of Nazi terrorism and attacks socialist politics

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 16 July 2020

As support widens for SEP defence campaign
Sri Lanka army commander says allegations of military harassment of northern election candidates are “false”

By our correspondents, 16 July 2020

Letters demand Sri Lankan defence secretary stop military harassment of SEP candidates

By our correspondents, 9 July 2020

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

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.

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 Legacy of the American Revolution and Civil War

The two American Revolutions in world history

By David North, 4 July 2020

An interview with Ed Achorn, author of Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

By Shannon Jones, 10 July 2020

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

By Niles Niemuth, 7 July 2020

Racial-communalist politics and the second assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Niles Niemuth and David North, 25 June 2020

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Humboldt University student parliament condemns radical right-wing Professor Baberowski

By Helmut van Heiken, 13 July 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Oppose the Melbourne public housing towers lock-in! For a health and welfare response, not a police mobilisation!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 9 July 2020

The SEP calls for the formation of local safety committees, both within the tower blocks and more broadly, to organise measures to protect the residents and the working class as a whole.

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

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

“Deep cleaning” in Australian schools: Image and reality

Science

The COVID-19 vaccine and the drive for profit

By Frank Gaglioti, 8 July 2020

As the pandemic rages across the planet, the struggle to develop a vaccine has become an urgent task. But the vaccines will be weaponized for geopolitical purposes, not to provide the treatments equitably on a global scale.

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.

June 7 Online Meeting

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

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.