Students occupy schools across Greece to protest unsafe return to classrooms

By Robert Stevens, 23 September 2020

Anger is erupting among youth in Greece at being forced back to school amid a raging pandemic of COVID-19.

Video footage exposes police shooting of 13-year-old autistic boy in Salt Lake City

By Niles Niemuth, 23 September 2020

While Linden Cameron somehow survived being shot 11 times, police in the US are still on track to kill nearly 1,000 people, a grim toll they have exacted every year since 2015.

Hundreds of Kenosha, Wisconsin teachers call in sick to force schools to close

By Renae Cassimeda and Evan Blake, 23 September 2020

Starting Monday, 276 Kenosha teachers engaged in a sickout strike in opposition to increasing COVID-19 outbreaks and deadly conditions in the school district.

Democrats capitulate as Republicans secure votes to install far-right justice on Supreme Court

By Barry Grey and Jacob Crosse, 23 September 2020

For all their bluster, the Democrats were focused on preventing a plunge in the stock market by reaching a government funding deal with the Republicans before the September 30 deadline.

Trump delivers anti-China tirade to United Nations

By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2020

The annual opening of the UN General Assembly was held under the shadow of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the growing threat of imperialist war.

Controversy over Mulan film used to further Washington’s anti-China agenda

By Ben McGrath, 23 September 2020

US accusations of human right violations in Xinjiang are highly selective, meant to further US imperialist interests and to provide a pretext for military aggression.

The CDC retracts its guidance that stipulated the airborne danger of the coronavirus

By Benjamin Mateus, 23 September 2020

Though the CDC said it had erroneously published the unvetted draft, the political fallout faced by the CDC suggests it was a political maneuver to save face.

Johnson’s bogus agenda for combating the escalating pandemic will cost tens of thousands of lives in UK

By Chris Marsden, 23 September 2020

After Johnson’s health advisers announced there would be 50,000 cases a day by mid-October and 200 deaths a day by November without government action, his measures read like a cruel joke.

Facebook plans political censorship in anticipation of “chaos” and “violence” in the 2020 US elections

By Kevin Reed, 23 September 2020

Facebook is working with “world-class military scenario planners” to prepare for civil unrest in the US and “restrict the circulation of content” during the November elections.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Committee holds second meeting

By our reporters, 23 September 2020

The aim of meeting was to call on educators, students and parents to join and build rank-and-file committees “in your workplace, college or campus and communities.”

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

National Education Union letter to Boris Johnson: A total surrender to herd immunity

By Tania Kent, 23 September 2020

From the outset of the pandemic, the NEU has blocked all moves to combat the deadly consequences of the government’s handling of the virus.

Massachusetts education commissioner demands “low-risk” districts resume in-person learning

By Will McCallis, 23 September 2020

The letter warns that non-compliance with the “school reopening guidance" will be met with a potential loss of state funds.

Strike by 4,000 service workers at University of Illinois at Chicago enters its second week

By Andy Thompson and Fabian Salgado, 23 September 2020

To oppose the sellout being prepared, striking hospital workers must follow the examples of auto workers and educators by forming rank-and-file committees.

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

Who runs the University of Illinois?

Two workers killed in fire at North Carolina paper mill

By Cordell Gascoigne, 23 September 2020

Two contract workers at the Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton, North Carolina tragically died Monday in a fire of still unexplained origin during maintenance operations.

After ordering Ford Canada workers to ignore strike deadline, Unifor announces job-cutting agreement

By Roger Jordan, 23 September 2020

The Unifor president refused to provide any details about the contract—signalling that the union has accepted further concessions and job cuts.

Brazil’s mayoral elections expose major parties’ rightward lurch

By Miguel Andrade, 23 September 2020

The Brazilian ruling class is attempting to use the elections to channel the massive opposition to Bolsonaro behind “national unity” and the military.

UNICEF condemns New Zealand’s child poverty as inequality grows

By Harry Hall, 23 September 2020

Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party-led government has refused to address child poverty as the country heads into an unprecedented social and economic crisis.

22 September 2020

Report documents criminality and corruption at heart of global banking system

By Barry Grey, 22 September 2020

Johnson government says UK COVID-19 infections could hit 50,000 per day as pandemic spins “out of control”

By Robert Stevens, 22 September 2020

Madrid hospitals collapsing amid Covid-19 resurgence in Europe

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 22 September 2020

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

Whistle-blowers speak out as German authorities cover up coronavirus cases at schools and day-care centres

By Martin Nowak and Gregor Link, 22 September 2020

Spike in Canada’s COVID-19 infections exposes criminality of back-to-work, back-to-school drive

By Roger Jordan, 22 September 2020

US escalates military intervention in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2020

Trump to nominate new Supreme Court justice as early as Friday

By Jacob Crosse, 22 September 2020

Louisville police chief declares “state of emergency” in advance of state’s decision on charges against policemen who killed Breonna Taylor

By Kevin Reed, 22 September 2020

Youth in the US most likely to be low-paid ‘essential’ workers

By Melody Isley, 22 September 2020

Opposition mounts at the University of Michigan as COVID-19 outbreaks emerge on campus

By Jesse Thomas, 22 September 2020

EU parliament calls for international investigation into alleged poisoning of Navalny

By Clara Weiss, 22 September 2020

Devastation left in the wake of Hurricanes Sally and Laura along the US Gulf Coast

By J. L'Heureau, 22 September 2020

“As COVID spreads, autoworkers lives are in danger!”
Fiat Chrysler worker describes rapid abandonment of safety measures after return work

By a Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly worker, 22 September 2020

“NTEU Fightback” aims to replace the discredited Australian university union leadership

By Jack Turner, 22 September 2020

Australian university staff and students confront job cuts avalanche

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

Trump on coronavirus pandemic: “Virtually nobody” affected

23 September 2020

The indifference expressed by Trump to death on a mass scale expresses not only his personal outlook but the social policy of the ruling class.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

The New York Times and Nikole Hannah-Jones abandon key claims of the 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman and David North, 22 September 2020

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

By Andre Damon, 21 September 2020

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.

SEP US presidential election campaign

Commentary

Forty-eight years since Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines

By John Malvar, 23 September 2020

The Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines played a key role in suppressing opposition to Ferdinand Marcos’ imposition of martial law in 1972, by subordinating the mass movement of workers and youth to rival factions of the bourgeoisie.

Global banking system a network of criminality

By Nick Beams, 23 September 2020

The notification of suspicious activity that banks are required to file with the US government is not a means of preventing crime, but of facilitating it.

The global campaign to reopen schools drives COVID-19 deaths past one million

By Genevieve Leigh, 22 September 2020

COVID-19: French NPA’s Révolution Permanente web site lines up with Macron’s school re-opening

By Anthony Torres, 22 September 2020

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

By Tom Carter, 21 September 2020

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

By Bryan Dyne, 21 September 2020

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

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2020

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

International Committee of the Fourth International, 12 September 2020

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

1 August 2020

The Persecution of Julian Assange

Assange faces “very high risk of suicide,” medical expert tells court

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 23 September 2020

Kopelman’s evidence confirms the warnings made since November 2019 by Doctors for Assange that Assange is suffering “psychological torture” and “could die in prison.”

Explosive evidence from Trump insider
Assange dragged from embassy “on the orders of the president”

By Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 22 September 2020

Thirteen former national presidents demand an end to the British show-trial of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 September 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP holds online lecture on how to fight Rajapakse’s dictatorial moves

By our correspondents, 23 September 2020

The online lecture has been viewed by more than 14,000 people since it was live-streamed earlier this month.

Form independent rank-and-file safety committees to oppose the deadly reopening of schools!

By the Sosyalist Eşitlik, 23 September 2020

The Turkish government is overseeing the resumption of in-person teaching amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the support of bourgeois opposition parties and trade unions.

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

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

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2020: Part one
76 Days: The drama of the Wuhan lockdown
Under the Open Sky from Japan, The Best Is Yet to Come from China

By David Walsh, 23 September 2020

This year’s event presented some 60 feature films, a sharp decline from the more than 330 screened in 2019, with the festival organizers forecasting a 50 percent decline in revenue throughout 2020.

King’s Disease: Beware the nostrums of Nas

By Erik Schreiber, 22 September 2020

The Stranger on Netflix: A world of secrets, unraveled

By Carlos Delgado, 21 September 2020

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

Defend Dr. Joseph Scalice against Stalinist slanders

Philippine Maoist leader Sison seeks alliance with military against Duterte

By Tom Peters, 22 September 2020

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

By our reporters, 21 September 2020

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

By our reporters, 19 September 2020

Workers Struggles

Ten thousand Quebec home daycare workers strike; Mexican professors demand back wages
Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 September 2020

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

University of Melbourne student union enforces club affiliation requirement amid pandemic

By Eric Ludlow, 21 September 2020

Military research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

By Gregor Link, 18 September 2020

Science

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

By Henry Hakamaki, 21 September 2020

Trump administration continues assault on endangered species

By Adria French, 19 September 2020

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).

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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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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

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