27 July 2020

$600-per-week jobless benefit expires for 20 million US workers

By Patrick Martin, 27 July 2020

The Trump administration and Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress are condemning millions of workers to destitution, hunger and homelessness.

White House brands teachers “essential workers” to force reopening of schools

By Evan Blake, 27 July 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic raging out of control, the Trump administration is escalating its homicidal campaign to reopen schools across the US.

With over 200,000 dead from coronavirus
WHO warns that COVID-19 pandemic is resurgent across Europe

By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2020

Even before the pandemic has been brought under control in Eastern Europe, the premature ending of lockdowns in Western Europe is leading to a surge in new cases.

With over 16 million COVID-19 cases, the pandemic is devastating developing nations

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 July 2020

Millions of people in emerging countries are facing the onslaught of the deadly virus.

Over 7,500 children in Tennessee have been diagnosed with COVID-19

By Zac Thorton, 27 July 2020

As the state’s schools move toward reopening, new data has provided a glimpse of the spread of COVID-19 among the state’s school-age children.

Mounting US pressure on Europe to line up against China

By Peter Symonds, 27 July 2020

Pompeo condemned those that “simply don’t have the ability, the courage to stand with us.”

As demonstrations erupt against Trump’s use of federal paramilitary police in Portland
Protester shot and killed in Austin, Texas

By Jacob Crosse, 27 July 2020

Nationwide protests against police violence, which had receded in recent days, reignited in dozens of US cities over the weekend.

Australian state government bans protest against police violence

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 July 2020

The authorities are cynically invoking the pandemic to block political protests, while at the same time proceeding with a pro-business “reopening of the economy.”

South Africa has the world’s fifth highest COVID-19 cases

By Stephan McCoy, 27 July 2020

The rate at which detected cases are doubling in the country, about every two weeks, implies that confirmed infections will be one million early August.

Facing manpower shortages over COVID-19, UAW president tells workers ‘don’t retire’

By Shannon Jones, 27 July 2020

As auto plants face staffing crises over COVID-19, the UAW chief tells workers considering early retirement, “Don’t do it.”

Mounting COVID-19 deaths expose deep crisis in Australian aged care homes

By Margaret Rees, 27 July 2020

“They’ve casualised the workforce so much that this is bound to happen.”

Dozens of Australian schools shut down after coronavirus outbreaks

By Patrick Kelly, 27 July 2020

Keeping the schools open is regarded as a central aspect of the reopening of the economy and the continued provision of an exploitable workforce.

Wirecard and the criminality of capitalism

By Peter Schwarz, 27 July 2020

The public prosecutor’s office is investigating the executives for commercial fraud, balance sheet forgery, market manipulation, embezzlement of assets and money laundering.

Australian Tamil refugee mother denied urgent medical treatment for weeks

By Max Newman, 27 July 2020

Despite outrage in her Australian home town of Biloela, Priya Murugappan was flown to a mainland hospital only after suffering prolonged abdominal pain.

Hurricane Hanna hits regions of Texas and Mexico devastated by COVID-19

By Trévon Austin, 27 July 2020

In conjunction with a natural disaster, the coronavirus outbreak in the cross-border region threatens to spiral out of control.

Ohio House Speaker arrested for running a $60 million bribery scheme

By Isaac Finn, 27 July 2020

The FBI arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder for alleged corrupt connections involving the electric company FirstEnergy Corporation.

25 July 2020

US secretary of state sets out case for conflict with China

By Peter Symonds, 25 July 2020

US demands even greater support from Australia in confrontation with China

By Mike Head, 25 July 2020

Illinois Democrats embrace Trump’s law enforcement “surge”

By Kristina Betinis, 25 July 2020

Canadian medical experts provide ideological justification for homicidal back-to-work drive

By Laurent Lafrance, 25 July 2020

Brazilian autoworkers strike after Renault fires 747 workers

By Tomas Castanheira, 25 July 2020

As the spread of COVID accelerates, Ford workers in Michigan and Kentucky denounce flouting of safety measures

By Tim Rivers, 25 July 2020

New York City transit officials prepare to slash jobs and wages

By Daniel de Vries, 25 July 2020

Iowa Department of Health underreported confirmed cases at meatpacking plant by more than half

By Cordell Gascoigne, 25 July 2020

Trump signs executive order on 2020 Census declaring undocumented immigrants are not persons

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 25 July 2020

Germany: Daimler doubles job cuts from 15,000 to 30,000—shareholders rejoice as stock price rises

By K. Nesan, 25 July 2020

Judge orders former Trump enforcer Michael Cohen to be released from prison

By Jacob Crosse, 25 July 2020

“People will not know what they lost until it is gone”
Workers voice opposition to privatization of US Postal Service

By Kayla Costa and Shuvu Batta, 25 July 2020

John Deere announces layoffs, salary buyouts for US workers

By George Gallanis, 25 July 2020

Phoenix, Arizona police release incomplete footage of July 4 shooting

By Chase Lawrence, 25 July 2020

Remains of one of Mexico’s missing Ayotzinapa 43 students identified

By Rafael Azul and Don Knowland, 25 July 2020

British universities plan tens of thousands of job cuts

By Simon Whelan, 25 July 2020

London bus drivers launch crowdfund appeal for family of murdered French bus driver: “Help the family of Philippe Monguillot!”

By Laura Tiernan, 25 July 2020

Australia’s COVID-19 death toll rising rapidly

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 July 2020

Zimbabwe: Social unrest grows amid economic collapse

By Stephan McCoy, 25 July 2020

New in Portuguese

Trabalhadores da Renault fazem greve contra 747 demissões no Brasil

Tomas Castanheira, 25 Julho 2020

Os trabalhadores se indignaram pelas demissões serem dirigidas contra funcionários afastados por acidentes de trabalho, ou por estarem infectados com coronavírus.

New in Turkish

Yunan ve Türk savaş gemileri Ege Denizi’nde çatışmanın eşiğine geldi

Alex Lantier, 25 Temmuz 2020

Yunan ve Türk savaş gemilerinin bu hafta güney Ege’de doğrudan bir çatışmanın eşiğine gelmesi ciddi bir uyarıdır.

New in French

Trump et le Congrès condamnent les chômeurs à la famine

Patrick Martin, 25 juillet 2020

Les démocrates et les républicains laissent expirer le supplément fédéral d’indemnisation du chômage de 600 dollars par semaine, coupant ainsi une bouée de sauvetage pour des millions de travailleurs sans emploi.

New in German

US-Regierung verurteilt Arbeitslose zum Hungern

Patrick Martin, 25. Juli 2020

Der Bundeszuschuss für Arbeitslose in Höhe von 600 Dollar pro Woche wird eingestellt. Millionen Familien sind von dieser drastischen Kürzung betroffen.

Wirecard und die Kriminalität des Kapitalismus

Peter Schwarz, 25. Juli 2020

Die Staatsanwaltschaft ermittelt wegen gewerbstätigen Bandenbetrugs, Bilanzfälschung, Marktmanipulation, Veruntreuung von Vermögen und Geldwäsche gegen die Führungskräfte des bankrotten Dax-Konzerns.

„Freiwilliger Wehrdienst“: Große Koalition rekrutiert für Einsatz des Militärs im Inneren

Johannes Stern, 25. Juli 2020

Vor dem Hintergrund der aktuellen Entwicklung in den USA und der deutschen Geschichte ist der Einsatz des Militärs im Inneren eine ernste Gefahr.

Mittelmeer: Beinahe-Zusammenstoß zwischen griechischen und türkischen Kriegsschiffen wegen Bohrfeldern

Alex Lantier, 25. Juli 2020

Die imperialistischen Kriege der letzten Jahrzehnte im Nahen Osten und dem Mittelmeerraum haben Konflikte entfesselt, die die NATO jetzt zerstören könnten.

Das Schweigen von Medien und Politikern zum Antisemitismus im polnischen Wahlkampf

Clara Weiss, 25. Juli 2020

In Polen spielte der Antisemitismus im jüngsten Wahlkampf der regierenden PiS eine so große Rolle wie niemals seit der Nazi-Besatzung im Zweiten Weltkrieg.

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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 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

Stop Trump’s coup d’état! Mobilize the working class against authoritarianism and dictatorship!

27 July 2020

The Trump administration’s deployment of paramilitary forces throughout the United States is a major escalation of the attempt to organize a coup d’état in advance of the November presidential elections.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

What is BORTAC and why is it patrolling the streets of Portland?

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 July 2020

The special paramilitary arm of Customs and Border Protection has been deployed to intimidate and terrorize young people and workers amid the greatest health, economic and political crisis in modern American history.

150,000 dead in the US and no end in sight

By Andre Damon, 25 July 2020

Trump, Congress condemn unemployed to starve

By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2020

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

By Jacob Crosse, 24 July 2020

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

By Benjamin Mateus, 24 July 2020

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

By Clara Weiss, 24 July 2020

Sosyalist Eşitlik condemns threats against Şiar Rişvanoğlu

By Sosyalist Eşitlik, 24 July 2020

Arts Review

What is the New York Times up to at the Detroit Institute of Arts?

By David Walsh, 27 July 2020

Controversies have emerged at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the remarkable art museum, whose director has been accused of a conflict of interest and “a certain deafness on race.”

Hamilton: An American Musical finally available for broader viewing

By Ed Hightower, 24 July 2020

Italian composer Francesco Lotoro rescues music composed in the concentration camps

By Fred Mazelis, 21 July 2020

Workers Struggles

Vote “NO” to British Airways pilots’ contract! Form rank and file committees to oppose BALPA sell-out!

By Robert Stevens, 27 July 2020

BALPA has been engaged in talks for three months with BA, which is preparing to lay off 12,000 of its 42,000 workforce.

Science

Antarctic ice sheet melting could accelerate rapidly, leading to catastrophic rise in sea level

By Philip Guelpa, 27 July 2020

If all the Antarctic ice were to melt, sea levels would rise by approximately an additional 60 meters (nearly 200 feet).

25 years ago: Congress ends hearings on Waco siege

On August 1, 1995, the United States Congress completed week-long hearings on the Waco siege of 1993, designed to both placate and legitimize extreme right-wing groups which had made the Waco assault a cause célèbre.

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50 years ago: Cesar Chavez ends California strike

On July 29, 1970, the five-year-long Delano grape strike by agricultural workers came to an end.

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75 years ago: Massive US bombardment of Japan

On August 2, 1945, the US Air Force carried out its heaviest raids targeting Japanese cities to that point in World War II, with 800 B-29 bombers dropping an estimated 6,000 tons of incendiary bombs on Japanese cities.

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100 years ago: Communist Party of Great Britain founded

On July 31, 1920, the Communist Unity Convention, held at the Cannon Street Hotel in London, founded the Communist Party of Great Britain.

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SEP US presidential election campaign

SEP files appeal to Federal Sixth Circuit Court in Michigan ballot access case

By Kevin Reed, 25 July 2020

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

By Kevin Reed, 22 July 2020

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

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

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)

SEP election campaign in Sri Lanka: Workers denounce establishment parties

By our reporters, 25 July 2020

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

By our correspondents, 22 July 2020

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

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

“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

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.