Supreme Court fight deepens political crisis surrounding US elections

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2020

The death of liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has created a vacancy on the highest US judicial panel that President Trump aims to fill with an ultra-right nominee.

San Diego County seeks to exclude university outbreaks to undercount coronavirus cases

By Melody Isley, 21 September 2020

As COVID-19 cases skyrocket, San Diego County supervisors are lobbying to artificially lower case numbers by excluding the recent outbreak at San Diego State University.

Strike by 4,000 University of Illinois at Chicago workers reaching critical juncture

By Jessica Goldstein, 21 September 2020

The only way for service workers and nurses at UIC and UIH to combat poverty wages and the threat of the pandemic is to take their struggle into their own hands.

Who runs the University of Illinois?

By Brian Brown and James Martin, 21 September 2020

An examination of the university's Board of Trustees shows the political forces arrayed against the nearly 5,000 nurses and university workers who have gone on strike.

SEIU calls off health care strike in Minnesota after Allina hospital system threatens legal action

By Jonas Boquist, 21 September 2020

The cancellation of the strike comes as 4,000 workers at the University of Illinois at Chicago in SEIU Local 73 remain on picket lines in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana.

President Trump gives preliminary approval to takeover of TikTok by Oracle and Walmart

By Kevin Reed, 21 September 2020

In an unprecedented act of imperialist piracy, the assets of Chinese-owned video sharing app TikTok are being handed over to Oracle, Walmart and group of private investors.

White House bans TikTok and WeChat: A major intensification of internet censorship

Dry weather continues to fuel historic wildfires in California, rains bring new dangers to Pacific Northwest

By Kevin Martinez, 21 September 2020

While fires continue to burn, destroying homes and displacing thousands, the Democrats and Republicans each seek to pass the blame onto each other.

Los Angeles educators form rank-and-file safety committee to oppose unsafe school reopening

By the Los Angeles Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 September 2020

The Los Angeles Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee has been established to protect the district’s students, teachers and staff from the deadly virus.

Los Angeles sheriff terrorizes residents and attacks critics following shooting of two deputies

By John Andrews, 21 September 2020

Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva continues to lay blame on demonstrators and critics for the shooting of two deputies one week ago by a still unidentified assailant.

New York City school bus drivers and educators face common struggle against unsafe openings

By A. Woodson and Steve Light, 21 September 2020

School bus drivers will begin transporting thousands of special education children today, as the nation’s largest school district prepares to restart in-person instruction by September 29.

With Canadian Detroit Three auto contracts set to expire, Unifor rushes to reach concessionary “pattern” settlement

By Carl Bronski, 21 September 2020

If Unifor does call a strike, its aim will be to allow workers to let off steam, while the union continues backroom talks with Ford.

Tens of thousands of Thai protesters call for a new constitution

By Owen Howell, 21 September 2020

An estimated 50,000 people gathered at Bangkok’s Thammasat University on Saturday night, with some protest leaders urging a general strike.

Combustible insulation used on Grenfell Tower was sold at a heavy discount to building company

By Charles Hixson, 21 September 2020

The Celotex RS5000 insulation—found by the Grenfell Inquiry as “more likely than not” to have contributed to the 2017 inferno—was sold to Harley Facades at a 47.5 percent discount.

UK firms awarded billions in NHS/government contracts amid failure of COVID-19 testing system

By Julie Hyland, 21 September 2020

The largest intended privatisation is the £100 billion-plus expansion of the national coronavirus testing programme “Operation Moonshot.”

UK unions use “consultative” strike ballots to suppress class struggle

By Barry Mason and Robert Stevens, 21 September 2020

The consultative ballot never implies action being taken, even if a massive vote in favour is returned.

Lufthansa prepares to double job cuts to nearly 40,000

By Gustav Kemper, 21 September 2020

Lufthansa is considering reducing its current workforce by about 30 percent or almost twice as many as the German airline announced at the end of June.

Australian university staff and students confront job cuts avalanche

By Mike Head, 21 September 2020

The NTEU and other trade unions are doing everything they can to prevent a nationwide strike against the escalating assault on university jobs and basic conditions.

19 September 2020

Casualties of “herd immunity”: Three new teacher deaths in one week as US schools reopen

By Genevieve Leigh, 19 September 2020

Colorado police conduct militarized arrests of Party for Socialism and Liberation members

By Jacob Crosse, 19 September 2020

Biden in Minnesota: A phony “pro-worker” spin on a right-wing campaign

By Barry Grey, 19 September 2020

Wall Street demands still more Fed money

By Nick Beams, 19 September 2020

As American Federation of Teachers shuts down UM graduate student strike
Campuses across Michigan see dramatic spike in cases

By Joseph Lorenz, 19 September 2020

SUNY-Oswego forced into temporary shutdown of in-person instruction after spike in COVID-19 cases

By Alex Findijs, 19 September 2020

Johnson government opposes national lockdown despite exponential rise in UK coronavirus cases

By Robert Stevens, 19 September 2020

US, Colombia stage war games as Pompeo threatens Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2020

Political crisis in the Philippines intensifies

By John Malvar, 19 September 2020

Wildfires threaten drinking water and further desertification of US West Coast

By Linda Rios, 19 September 2020

Ford Kansas City Assembly workers launch Rank-and-File Safety Committee to save lives

By the Ford Kansas City Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 September 2020

“This district is not ready at all”
Teacher in Vancouver, Washington speaks out on school reopenings amid wildfires

By Evan Winters, 19 September 2020

Union shuts down nurses strike at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago

By George Gallanis and Fabian Salgado, 19 September 2020

New York yellow cab drivers block bridges to demand debt relief

By Shuvu Batta, 19 September 2020

Germany: Right-wing extremist network in police pays homage to Hitler and the Nazis

By Jan Ritter, 19 September 2020

Neo-Nazis in German police issue new threats

By Gregor Link, 19 September 2020

Build an independent action committee to defend jobs and wages!
Union suppresses criticism of job cuts at German steel producer ThyssenKrupp

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 September 2020

Dominion grocery workers in Newfoundland in fourth week of strike for higher pay

By Carl Bronski, 19 September 2020

Russia’s opposition parties fail to win broad support in regional elections

By Andrea Peters, 19 September 2020

Peace negotiations stall as ceasefire begins to fall apart in Ukraine

By Jason Melanovski, 19 September 2020

Australian jobs figures show acceleration of “gig economy”

By Mike Head, 19 September 2020

Australia: Ovato printing company demands more cuts to jobs and conditions

By Noel Holt, 19 September 2020

New in Chinese

第一次是悲剧,第二次是滑稽剧:马科斯,杜特尔特与菲律宾的两个共产党

作者: Joseph Scalice, 2020年9月14日

8月26日,Joseph Scalice博士在新加坡的南洋理工大学举行了这场讲座。这场讲座的内容是:菲律宾共产党(CPP)及跟随其政治路线的各路组织在2016年对菲律宾总统罗德里戈·杜特尔特的支持。

New in Turkish

Duyuru: Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi yeni haliyle 2 Ekim 2020’de yayında
Uluslararası Yayın Kurulu Başkanı David North’un açıklaması

David North, 19 Eylül 2020

Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi, 2 Ekim 2020 Cuma günü, tamamen yeni bir tasarım ve büyük ölçüde geliştirilmiş bir işlevsellikle yeni halinin açılışını yapacak.

New in Portuguese

Trabalhadores brasileiros deflagram greves contra volta às aulas

Tomas Castanheira, 19 setembro 2020

O fascistoide Bolsonaro declarou: "somos o país com o maior número de dias em lockdown nas escolas. Isso é um absurdo".

Anunciamos o relançamento do World Socialist Web Site em 2 de outubro de 2020
Uma declaração de David North, presidente do Conselho Editorial Internacional

David North, 19 setembro 2020

Na sexta-feira, 2 de outubro de 2020, o World Socialist Web Site será relançado com um design totalmente novo e sua funcionalidade fortmente aprimorada.

New in French

Nouvelle mouture du World Socialist Web Site le 2 octobre 2020
Déclaration de David North, président du comité de rédaction international

David North, 19 septembre 2020

Le vendredi 2 octobre verra la relance du World Socialist Web Site avec un tout nouveau design et une fonctionnalité largement améliorée.

L’Organisation mondiale de la santé met en garde contre la résurgence «alarmante» de COVID-19 en Europe

Alex Lantier, 19 septembre 2020

Avec plus de 300.000 infections hebdomadaires, les autorités européennes confirment maintenant plus de cas de COVID-19 chaque semaine qu’avant les fermetures de ce printemps.

L'accord de Trump sur le Moyen-Orient et l'impasse du nationalisme bourgeois

Bill Van Auken, 19 septembre 2020

Les accords dits de «paix» entre Israël et deux monarchies arabes signés mardi sur la pelouse de la Maison-Blanche ne sont que les derniers en date dans la longue liste des trahisons du peuple palestinien.

Des enseignants brésiliens appellent à des grèves contre la rentrée scolaire

Tomas Castanheira, 19 septembre 2020

grand nombre de fermetures d’écoles. Ceci est absurde.»

Assange a révélé «de très graves et véritables crimes de guerre», selon Daniel Ellsberg lors de l’audience d’extradition

Thomas Scripps, 19 septembre 2020

Ellsberg a déclaré qu’«avec les journaux Manning et Assange, j’ai trouvé que chaque fois que l’on mentionnait mon nom, c’était pour dire combien j’étais une très bonne personne… et pour se servir de moi comme obstacle à ces nouvelles révélations qui étaient prétendument très différentes des miennes».

New in Spanish

El acuerdo de Trump sobre Oriente Próximo y el callejón sin salida del nacionalismo burgués

Bill Van Auken, 19 septiembre 2020

Los dizque acuerdos de “paz” entre Israel y las dos monarquías árabes firmados en el jardín de la Casa Blanca el martes fueron tan solo las más recientes de un largo historial de traiciones contra el pueblo palestino.

Anuncio del relanzamiento del World Socialist Web Site el 2 de octubre de 2020
Una declaración de David North, presidente del Consejo Editorial Internacional

David North, 19 septiembre 2020

El viernes 2 de octubre de 2020, el World Socialist Web Site será relanzado con un diseño completamente nuevo y una funcionalidad vastamente mejorada.

Cofundador de Iraq Body Count: WikiLeaks expuso a una audiencia global las víctimas civiles masivas

Thomas Scripps y Laura Tiernan, 19 septiembre 2020

John Sloboda dijo que los registros de la guerra de Irak habían sido llevados "a la mayor audiencia global de cualquier publicación". No ha habido revelaciones comparables en la última década.

Exdirector de la CIA Leon Panetta: estamos procesando a Assange para intimidar a otros

Oscar Grenfell, 19 septiembre 2020

Los comentarios de Panetta confirman el carácter mafioso de la imputación estadounidense contra Assange, su naturaleza políticamente motivada y desprecio patente por el derecho internacional.

La Organización Mundial de la Salud advierte sobre el resurgimiento "alarmante" de COVID-19 en Europa

Alex Lantier, 19 septiembre 2020

Con más de 300.000 infecciones semanales, las autoridades europeas están confirmando más casos de COVID-19 cada semana que antes de los cierres de esta primavera.

Maestros brasileños convocan huelgas contra la campaña de regreso a clases

Tomas Castanheira, 19 septiembre 2020

El presidente fascistizante Bolsonaro de Brasil declaró: “Somos el país con la mayor cantidad de días con cierres de escuelas. Es absurdo”

Las mentiras de Trump sobre el COVID-19 involucran al partido español Podemos

Alejandro López, 19 septiembre 2020

Aunque tenía acceso a informes de inteligencia sobre el peligro mortal de la pandemia, Podemos adoptó una política criminalmente negligente.

Aumentan las huelgas en medio de brotes de COVID-19 en cientos de escuelas españolas

Alice Summers, 19 septiembre 2020

Los sindicatos españoles se han negado a convocar a los trabajadores de la educación a una lucha unificada contra la reapertura de las escuelas, limitando la acción a protestas esporádicas y de corta duración.

New in German

Trumps Nahost-Deal und die Sackgasse des bürgerlichen Nationalismus

Bill Van Auken, 19. September 2020

Das sogenannte „Friedensabkommen“ zwischen Israel und zwei arabischen Monarchien, das am 15. September auf dem Rasen des Weißen Hauses unterzeichnet wurde, reiht sich ein in unzählige Verrätereien am palästinensischen Volk.

Assange hat „sehr ernstes Muster wirklicher Kriegsverbrechen“ aufgedeckt
Daniel Ellsbergs Aussage im Auslieferungsprozess

Thomas Scripps, 19. September 2020

Ellsberg widersprach jedem Versuch, ihn selbst als positives Gegenbeispiel gegen Manning und Assange zu benutzen.

Weltgesundheitsorganisation warnt vor „alarmierendem“ Anstieg der Corona-Fälle in Europa

Alex Lantier, 19. September 2020

Die europäischen Behörden bestätigen mittlerweile mehr als 300.000 Neuinfektionen pro Woche und damit mehr als vor dem Lockdown im Frühjahr.

Lufthansa erwägt Verdoppelung des Stellenabbaus

Gustav Kemper, 19. September 2020

Nach weitgehenden Zugeständnissen der Gewerkschaften hat Lufthansa-Chef Carsten Spohr den Abbau von Tausenden weiteren Arbeitsplätzen angekündigt.

Ehemaliger Spiegel-Journalist widerspricht Behauptung, Assange habe Informanten gefährdet

Laura Tiernan, 19. September 2020

Die Lüge der Trump-Regierung, Assange habe das Leben von US-Informanten aufs Spiel gesetzt, wurde in John Goetz' Zeugenaussage klar widerlegt. Tatsächlich haben allein die von Assange und WikiLeaks aufgedeckten Kriegsverbrechen Menschen in Gefahr gebracht.

Joseph Scalices Vortrag über die CPP (Redigierte Abschrift)
Das erste Mal als Tragödie, das zweite Mal als Farce: Marcos, Duterte und die Kommunistischen Parteien der Philippinen

Joseph Scalice, 19. September 2020

Diesen Vortrag zur Rolle der Kommunistischen Partei der Philippinen (CPP) hielt Dr. Joseph Scalice am 26. August an der Nanyang Technological University in Singapur. Er befasst sich mit der Unterstützung der CPP und politisch verwandter Organisationen für den philippinischen Präsidenten Rodrigo Duterte im Jahr 2016.

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Perspective

As COVID-19 deaths approach one million
WHO condemns governments’ failure to prepare for pandemic

21 September 2020

The pandemic has exposed the contradiction between the highly integrated nature of modern society and the outmoded and irrational nation-state system of capitalism.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

Jacobin magazine embraces Trump administration’s murderous “herd immunity” policy

By Andre Damon, 21 September 2020

On Saturday, Jacobin magazine published an extended interview with anti-lockdown activist Martin Kulldorff, who demanded that “schools and universities should reopen” because “young, healthy people contribute to…herd immunity.”

Obituary

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

By Tom Carter, 21 September 2020

With around-the-clock tributes, the American media is presenting the late Supreme Court justice as a “progressive icon” and a “trailblazing feminist.”

Announcements

Announcing the Relaunch of the World Socialist Web Site on October 2, 2020
A statement by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board

David North, 18 September 2020

On Friday, October 2, 2020, the World Socialist Web Site will be relaunched with an entirely new design and with vastly enhanced functionality.

80 Years Since the Assassination of Leon Trotsky

Trotsky’s Last Year
Part six

By David North, 8 September 2020

An appraisal, on the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of Trotsky’s assassination, of the work of the great theoretician and strategist of World Socialist Revolution during the final year of his life.

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

The Persecution of Julian Assange

Corporate publications hostile to revelations that CIA spied on Julian Assange and their own journalists

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 September 2020

Corporate publications rebuffed requests that they publish information on the spying, even when it targeted their own journalists.

Witnesses recall Collateral Murder attack: “Look at those dead bastards,” shooters said

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 19 September 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

University of Melbourne student union enforces club affiliation requirement amid pandemic

By Eric Ludlow, 21 September 2020

The student union’s demands will serve only to disaffiliate clubs, compounding the destructive impact of the COVID-19 crisis on cultural and political life on campus.

Military research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

By Gregor Link, 18 September 2020

Defend Dr. Joseph Scalice against Stalinist slanders

Australian and Sri Lankan academics defend Dr Joseph Scalice from Philippine Stalinist attacks

By our reporters, 21 September 2020

“Attacks like that of Jose Maria Sison on Dr. Joseph Scalice are reminiscent of the worst days of Stalin’s iniquitous regime.”

Video exposing Philippine Stalinist leader Sison’s Big Lie that the CPP never supported Duterte

By our reporters, 19 September 2020

Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison told CNN in May 2016 that he was “very proud” of the fascist Rodrigo Duterte’s election victory, fraudulently describing him as a “left” president with a “socialist orientation.”

SEP (Sri Lanka) condemns Philippines Maoist party’s slanders against historian Joseph Scalice

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 18 September 2020

Letters from Australia, the US and New Zealand defending Philippine historian Dr. Joseph Scalice

By our reporters, 17 September 2020

Stalinist leader Joma Sison doubles down on Big Lie that the CPP never supported Philippine President Duterte

By Tom Peters, 15 September 2020

Watch: Lecture exposes role of Communist Party of the Philippines in propping up Duterte regime

WSWS publishes Chinese translation of Dr. Joseph Scalice’s lecture exposing the betrayals of the Communist Party of the Philippines

Arts Review

The Stranger on Netflix: A world of secrets, unraveled

By Carlos Delgado, 21 September 2020

A suburban father’s life is upended when a stranger reveals a devastating secret.

Toots Hibbert, ska and reggae giant: “Right now, someone else has that number”

By Paul Bond, 19 September 2020

Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things: A neglected man neglected again

By Joanne Laurier, 18 September 2020

An interview with Michael Fitzgerald, producer of Waiting for the Barbarians

By David Walsh, 16 September 2020

Waiting for the Barbarians: “You are an obscene torturer. You deserve to be hanged!”

Commentary

Trump’s Middle East deal and the dead end of bourgeois nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2020

As US death toll hits 200,000, Trump calls for herd immunity

By Andre Damon, 17 September 2020

Trump incites fascistic violence as US election approaches

The coronavirus conspiracy: What did they know, and when did they know it?

By Andre Damon, 11 September 2020

No to a Greek-Turkish war in the eastern Mediterranean!

International Committee of the Fourth International, 12 September 2020

Working-class resistance mounts to back-to-work campaign

By Jerry White, 15 September 2020

Bernie Sanders offers left gloss to Biden’s right-wing campaign

By Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey, 15 September 2020

Once more: What has happened to the #MeToo witch-hunt?

By David Walsh, 8 September 2020

SEP (US) Congress resolution
The global pandemic, the class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

1 August 2020

Science

Catastrophic wildfires, corporate air pollution, and COVID-19: A collision of crises

By Henry Hakamaki, 21 September 2020

The EPA loosened air pollution limits at the very time that coronavirus was becoming pandemic in the United States.

Trump administration continues assault on endangered species

By Adria French, 19 September 2020

Recent changes to the Endangered Species Act “to lower regulatory burdens” are driving several species toward extinction.

The precedents for disease eradication through international cooperation
Part two

By Frank Gaglioti, 16 September 2020

The precedents for disease eradication through international cooperation
Part one

25 years ago: Former Italian Prime Minister Andreotti goes on trial

On September 26, 1995, seven-time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti went on trial in Palermo, facing charges of serving as a longtime front man for the Sicilian Mafia.

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50 years ago: New Haven teachers strike ends

After more than two weeks on the picket lines, a strike by teachers in New Haven, Connecticut, was ended on September 22, 1970. The strike was defeated by a combined crackdown on workers by the court system and the police, with the complicity of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

More »

75 years ago: Vietnamese Stalinists launch murderous campaign against Trotskyist movement

This week in September, 1945, the Vietnamese Stalinists, led by Ho Chi Minh, escalated a vicious campaign aimed at the liquidation of the Vietnamese Trotskyist movement.

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100 years ago: Workers battle troops in Turin

On September 23, 1920, workers occupying factories in Italy’s industrial center of Turin were confronted by troops of the Royal Guard. Workers responded in force and fought back with rifles and hand grenades.

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Workers Struggles

India: Chennai garbage workers strike; Sri Lankan bank workers protest over contracts; Australian waterfront workers walkout
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

19 September 2020

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

London bus drivers launch rank-and-file safety committee to fight renewed threat from COVID-19

By the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 September 2020

The political significance of the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee: “Change is coming in the working class”

By our reporters, 16 September 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Australian ruling elite moves to junk coronavirus safety measures—the working class must intervene to answer the pandemic threat!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 17 September 2020

Book Review

Book Review
Wilmington’s Lie: The 1898 white supremacist coup in North Carolina
David Zucchino, Atlantic Monthly Press, 336 pages

By Fred Mazelis, 17 September 2020

The US Election

The Civil War Election

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 9 September 2020

University of Michigan graduate students take a stand for life against profit

By Joseph Kishore - Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 11 September 2020

Supreme Court refuses to hear SEP challenge to Michigan ballot access denial

By Kevin Reed, 9 September 2020

The politics of oligarchy: Federal appeals court blocks SEP challenge to anti-democratic ballot access laws in California

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US President, 8 August 2020

Oppose Trump’s mass arrest of 2,000 immigrants!

By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidate for US vice president, 4 September 2020

The socialist answer to the paltry $600 million Flint settlement

By Joseph Kishore—SEP Presidential Candidate, 24 August 2020

Socialist Equality Party

Stop the dangerous “routine operation” of schools in Germany! Prepare a nationwide general strike!
Set up independent action committees for the safety of teachers, pupils and parents!

By the Action Committees for Safe Education, 14 September 2020

“It’s not safe for my kids but they are forcing me to send them to school”
UK Educators Rank-and-File Committee holds initial meeting

By our reporter, 9 September 2020

Socialist Equality Group in Turkey condemns attack against TİP deputy after threats from interior minister

By Sosyalist Eşitlik, 3 September 2020

History

The lessons of the 1953 mass uprising (hartal) in Sri Lanka

By Saman Gunadasa, 2 September 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

The coronavirus pandemic, the crisis of capitalism and the tasks of the SEP

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 26 August 2020

Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

Free Julian Assange! Defend Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden!

SEP (Australia) holds successful fifth national congress

Socialist Equality Party (US)

Now available
The Fourth International and the Perspective of World Socialist Revolution: 1986–1995

12 August 2020

The paperback edition of this critical book on the history of the Fourth International is now available.

Internet Censorship

Open Letter from WSWS Chairman David North to Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai

31 July 2020

An open letter to Google: Stop the censorship of the Internet! Stop the political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site!

25 August 2017

Google suppressing World Socialist Web Site content in its search results for the New York Times’ 1619 Project