10 August 2020

US hits five million COVID-19 cases as testing declines and schools reopen

By Benjamin Mateus, 10 August 2020

The number of daily COVID-19 tests in the US has dropped significantly in recent weeks in line with the increasingly feverish drive to reopen the schools.

Georgia teachers and students force temporary closure of North Paulding High School over COVID-19 outbreak

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 August 2020

The cluster of COVID-19 cases at the school emerged as a direct consequence of the decision to reopen schools for in-person instruction amid a surge in infections.

“A game of Russian Roulette with the lives of children”
As statewide cases hit half a million, opposition mounts in Florida to school reopening

By Nancy Hanover, 10 August 2020

Teachers from across Florida marched on Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ mansion Saturday to protest his statewide mandate for fully in-person instruction.

Clashes in Beirut as ruling elite exploits anger over blast

By Jean Shaoul, 10 August 2020

The latest demonstrations over Tuesday’s deadly port explosion were marked by the presence of the Christian and Sunni parties and ex-generals.

Rising popular anger over Nepali government’s response to COVID-19

By Rohantha De Silva, 10 August 2020

The Kathmandu government has reacted to youth protests over its failure to contain the coronavirus pandemic by arresting demonstrators.

Fiat Chrysler workers speak out on COVID-19 outbreak at Belvidere Assembly Plant

By Jessica Goldstein, 10 August 2020

The company's so-called "safety measures," implemented with the support of the UAW, have been completely ineffective at halting the spread of the virus.

Trump executive orders set stage for tens of millions of evictions

By Jacob Crosse, 10 August 2020

An analysis released Friday by the Aspen Institute estimates that between 28,900,000 and 39,900,000 tenants in the US are at risk of eviction by the end of the year.

US Supreme Court defends deadly jail conditions in California

By Marc Wells, 10 August 2020

The high court decision denies inmates their right to safety during a deadly pandemic and at the same time shows contempt for the lives of the poor.

Caleb Reed, a youth activist in Chicago, falls victim to gun violence

By Brian Green, 10 August 2020

Most recently Reed opposed Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget that starves schools of resources while flooding the Police Department with billions of dollars.

COVID-19: A blessing for Bezos and a nightmare for workers

By Shuvu Batta, 10 August 2020

While workers fight for safe working conditions and adequate pay, Amazon has taken advantage of the business opportunities opened up by COVID-19.

Local lockdowns in West Yorkshire following UK workplace outbreaks

By Barry Mason, 10 August 2020

The Kirklees area has had several workplace-based outbreaks of COVID-19, including at the Kober meat processing plant in Cleckheaton.

German government continues to boost military spending and cover for fascists

By Johannes Stern, 10 August 2020

The billion-euro armament projects are aimed at expanding Germany’s ability to make war, including the upgrading of the elite KSK force, which is riddled with fascists.

Iranian oil workers mount wave of strikes as COVID-19 rages across the country

By Ulaş Ateşci, 10 August 2020

According to reports, at least 10,000 workers have participated in walkouts at nearly 30 oil and petrochemical facilities, including the Abadan, Parsian and Qeshm refineries.

Australian parliamentary staffer initiates legal challenge to “foreign interference” laws

By Mike Head, 10 August 2020

The High Court case will shed light on the profoundly anti-democratic implications of the legislation.

Twenty percent of Australian health workers lack PPE as infections in the sector soar

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 August 2020

Some 400 more health workers in Victoria have contracted COVID-19 over the past two weeks, prompting warnings of a looming staffing crisis in the hospital system.

Australian Kmart warehouse workers in Melbourne strike over COVID-19 safety

By Paul Bartizan, 10 August 2020

Warehouses, like meatworks and nursing homes, have become dangerous places for workers in this pandemic.

Unions’ big lie to Quebec health care workers battling the pandemic: “The government will protect you”

By Richard Dufour, 10 August 2020

With the unions unable and unwilling to defend them, health care workers must take matters into their own hands, to protect their own health and lives and those of the public.

8 August 2020

New York Governor Cuomo sanctions statewide reopening of schools

By Evan Blake, 8 August 2020

Altered CDC guidelines provide unscientific basis for reopening schools

No masks, crowded hallways
Georgia highschoolers use social media to expose disastrous conditions as schools reopen

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 August 2020

Texas attorney general orders in-person education as state cases top 500,000

By Tony Jackson, 8 August 2020

“It’s a recipe for disaster”
Autoworkers denounce bipartisan drive to reopen schools

By Tim Rivers, 8 August 2020

German schools reopen despite increase in coronavirus infections

By Marianne Arens, 8 August 2020

More on the back to school drive »

As July report shows no let-up in mass joblessness
White House, Congress combine to cut off supplemental unemployment benefits

By Jacob Crosse, 8 August 2020

US coronavirus death toll predicted to reach 295,000 by December

By Bryan Dyne, 8 August 2020

Columbia University pressures faculty into teaching in-person classes, triggering backlash

By Elliott Murtagh, 8 August 2020

Resuming college football driven by financial interests

Massive anger erupts following Beirut port explosion

By Jean Shaoul, 8 August 2020

Beirut port fire: A crime against Lebanese workers

President Trump signs executive orders banning Chinese social media apps TikTok and WeChat

By Kevin Reed, 8 August 2020

US moves to delist Chinese companies from stock exchanges

By Nick Beams, 8 August 2020

GM Spring Hill workers speak out against unsafe conditions amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Zac Thorton, 8 August 2020

“Most people here think the plant should be shut down”
Workers describe unsafe conditions at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant

Ex-UAW regional director forced to resign amid harassment investigation

By Jessica Goldstein, 8 August 2020

More on autoworkers struggles »

New York University withholds completed dental degree, student facing deportation

By Sam Dalton, 8 August 2020

“This is war, and we have to fight”
USPS workers speak out against privatization drive

By our reporters, 8 August 2020

Africa’s one million coronavirus cases “the tip of the iceberg”

By Stephan McCoy, 8 August 2020

Reject whitewash report into London bus driver coronavirus deaths! For rank-and-file health and safety committees!

By Laura Tiernan and Miles Driver, 8 August 2020

Transport for London coronavirus bailout prepares tube privatisation

Over a third of indigenous Canadians struggling to pay for essentials during pandemic

By Alexandra Greene, 8 August 2020

Lufthansa, backed by unions, expands job cuts

By Ulrich Rippert, 8 August 2020

BALPA pilots union enforces sell-out deal at British Airways

Union prepares sellout of Renault strike in Brazil

By Tomas Castanheira, 8 August 2020

Australia: Woolworths lifts lockout as union pushes through sell-out deal

By Terry Cook, 8 August 2020

New in German

Oligarchenpolitik: US-Berufungsgericht blockiert Anfechtung undemokratischer Wahlzulassungsgesetze durch die SEP

Joseph Kishore – Nationaler Sekretär und US-Präsidentschaftskandidat der Socialist Equality Party (USA), 10. August 2020

Hinter der Reaktion der herrschenden Klasse und des Staates auf die Klage der SEP stand ein politisches Motiv: Haltet die Sozialisten von der Wahl fern!

Deckten AfD-nahe Staatsanwälte rechtsextremistische Anschläge in Berlin Neukölln?

Katerina Selin, 10. August 2020

Seit 2013 erschütterten mindestens 72 rechtsextreme Taten Berlin-Neukölln. Neue Fakten legen nahe, dass Rechtsextreme im Justizapparat gezielt die Aufklärung verschleppt und verhindert haben.

Berlin: Roma-Familien werden trotz Lebensgefahr nach Moldawien abgeschoben

Carola Kleinert, 10. August 2020

Unmittelbar vor dem internationalen Gedenktag an die von den Nazis ermordeten Sinti und Roma hat der rot-rot-grüne Berliner Senat hunderte Roma ins Corona-verseuchte Moldawien abgeschoben.

Massive Proteste nach Explosion im Hafen von Beirut

Jean Shaoul, 10. August 2020

Sicherheitskräfte gingen letzten Donnerstag mit Tränengas gegen Demonstranten vor dem Parlamentsgebäude vor.

Australien: Ehemaliger Premierminister warnt einem neuen August 1914 in Asien

Peter Symonds, 10. August 2020

Der ehemalige australische Premierminister Kevin Rudd erklärte, die Gefahr eines Kriegs zwischen den USA und China sei größer als in den 1950er Jahren.

New in Norwegian

Oligarkiets politikk: Føderal ankedomstol blokkerer SEPs utfordring av antidemokratiske lover for valgdeltakelse i California

Joseph Kishore – Socialist Equality Partys presidentkandidat i USA, 10. august 2020

Responsen fra styringsklassen og dens stat på SEPs juridiske utfordring er bestemt av ett politisk motiv: Hold sosialister av stemmeseddelen!

Massivt raseri bryter ut etter eksplosjonen i Beirut-havn

Jean Shaoul, 10. august 2020

Sikkerhetsstyrker brukte på torsdag tåregass for å spre demonstrasjon mot regjeringen i nærheten av parlamentet.

Domstolen avviser å høre SEP-kandidatenes anke i søksmålet om stemmerettigheter i California før valgsedlene går i trykken

Shuvu Batta, 10. august 2020

Et panel av tre dommere ved den føderale ankedomstolen Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals har avvist en anmodning fra Socialist Equality Partys kandidater Joseph Kishore og Norissa Santa Cruz om at deres anke må bli hørt før stemmesedler trykkes i California.

Tidligere australsk statsminister: Se opp for kanonene i august i Asia

Peter Symonds, 10. august 2020

Kevin Rudd argumenterer for at faren for krig mellom USA og Kina er større enn på noe tidspunkt siden 1950-tallet, og advarer for at risikoen «vil være spesielt høy» under oppløpet til det amerikanske presidentvalget.

New in Portuguese

Os 75 anos das bombas atômicas de Hiroshima e Nagasaki

Bill Van Auken, 8 Agosto 2020

O significado do aniversário nunca foi tão grande. Por trás das costas do povo dos EUA e do mundo, o imperialismo estadunidense está progressivamente construindo um arsenal nuclear maciço e levando adiante uma doutrina de guerra nuclear agressiva.

Professores brasileiros se opõem ao retorno às aulas

Nossos correspondentes, 8 Agosto 2020

Em meio à intensa oposição dos professores e dos pais, as escolas privadas foram reabertas no mês passado no estado do Amazonas e nesta semana no Rio de Janeiro.

O United Auto Workers: uma conspiração criminosa contra a classe trabalhadora

Shannon Jones, 8 Agosto 2020

Dos altos executivos aos funcionários do baixo escalão, todo o UAW demonstra ser uma conspiração criminosa orientada contra os operários da indústria automotiva.

New in Spanish

El sindicato UAW: una conspiración criminal contra la clase obrera

Shannon Jones, 8 agosto 2020

Desde los altos ejecutivos a los funcionarios de bajo nivel, todo el UAW ha quedado expuesto como una conspiración criminal dirigida contra los trabajadores automotores.

Resolución del Congreso del PSI (EE.UU.)
La pandemia global, la lucha de clases y las tareas del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad

8 agosto 2020

Esta resolución fue adoptada por unanimidad por el Sexto Congreso Nacional del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad en los EE.UU., celebrado entre el 19 y el 24 de julio de 2020.

"Una huelga nacional es lo que hay que hacer"
Enojados educadores y padres de todo Estados Unidos protestan por el imprudente regreso a las aulas

Nancy Hanover, 8 agosto 2020

Desde Florida a California, los maestros y los padres están haciendo caravanas, protestando y haciendo peticiones contra un regreso imprudente a la escuela como lo exige Wall Street y toda la élite política.

Chad Wolf testifica ante un comité del Senado
El jefe de Seguridad Nacional de los Estados Unidos defiende la represión de Estado policial y anuncia que los paramilitares federales permanecerán en Portland

Barry Grey, 8 agosto 2020

Wolf defendió específicamente la escalofriante práctica llevada a cabo en Portland de secuestrar a los manifestantes a cuadras del palacio de justicia federal, conduciéndolos en vehículos particulares y llevándolos a lugares secretos para ser interrogados.

El precio del oro sube a un nivel récord

Nick Beams, 8 agosto 2020

Un principal fondo de comercio de oro ahora tiene oro igual a un cuarto del que se tiene en Fort Knox en los EE.UU. y tiene más que las reservas de oro del Banco de Japón, el Banco de Inglaterra y el Banco de la Reserva de la India.

New in French

Le SLPP gagne les élections au Sri Lanka, ouvrant la voie à une éruption de luttes ouvrières

K. Ratnayake, 8 août 2020

Alors que le président Rajapakse espère qu’une majorité parlementaire absolue et de nouvelles mesures dictatoriales lui permettront de s’attaquer à la classe ouvrière, l’éclatement de luttes militantes prendra des proportions révolutionnaires.

Les Travailleurs unis de l’automobile: une conspiration criminelle contre la classe ouvrière

Shannon Jones, 8 août 2020

Des cadres supérieurs aux fonctionnaires de bas niveau, le syndicat est démasqué comme une conspiration criminelle dirigée contre les travailleurs de l’automobile.

Des escadrons de la mort fascistes se préparent à commettre des meurtres de masse en Allemagne

Jordan Shilton, 8 août 2020

Des policiers, anciens militaires et militants de l’extrême droite ont participé à une vaste conspiration pour accumuler de grandes quantités d’armes et munitions, créer des lieux sûrs, dresser des listes d’opposants politiques et se procurer les matériaux nécessaires pour se débarrasser de cadavres.

Le mensonge des syndicats aux travailleurs de la santé du Québec: les autorités vont vous protéger

Richard Dufour, 8 août 2020

Dans un article publié dans Le Devoir, le président de la FSSS-CSN demande aux travailleurs de la santé de compter sur le gouvernement Legault – un gouvernement de droite qui a fait preuve de négligence criminelle face au coronavirus – pour assurer leur protection.

Un tribunal canadien juge que l'accord sur les tiers pays sûrs conclu avec les États-Unis viole les droits des réfugiés

Laurent Lafrance, 8 août 2020

Le gouvernement Trudeau a profité de la pandémie de COVID-19 pour éliminer la «faille» qui avait permis à certains réfugiés fuyant la chasse aux sorcières anti-immigrants de Trump d'échapper à l'expulsion immédiate en vertu de la STCA.

New in Mandarin

社会阶级、资本主义与乔治·弗洛伊德的谋杀

Niles Niemuth, 2020年8月3日

就像过去常常发生的那样,政治建制和媒体在鼓吹一种种族叙事,以此来掩盖警察暴力背后的社会和经济基础,来将大众的愤怒从资本主义制度上转移开来。

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。

New in Turkish

Beyrut limanı yangını: Lübnanlı işçilere karşı işlenen bir suç

Jean Shaoul, 7 Ağustos 2020

Salı günü öğleden sonra Beyrut limanı bölgesini tamamen saran feci yangın, Lübnan’ın aşırı zengin egemen sınıfına uzun zamandır duyulan öfkeyi körüklemiş durumda.

New in Russian

Проамериканская либеральная оппозиция продвигает в ходе российских протестов линию на усиление региональных властей

Клара Вайс, 7 августа 2020 г.

Политическая интервенция проамериканской «либеральной» оппозиции направлена прежде всего на то, чтобы повернуть против Путина верхушку среднего класса и олигархии и склонить их к правому «дворцовому перевороту».

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's illegal power grab and the specter of American Bonapartism

10 August 2020

Trump’s usurpation of the congressional prerogative to tax and spend is the latest act in his years-long effort to destroy all Constitutional guardrails on the power of the presidency.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured

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

1 August 2020

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

31 July 2020

75 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By Bill Van Auken, 6 August 2020

James P. Cannon on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “An unspeakable atrocity”

7 August 2020

Commentary

Biden’s blueprint for a right-wing presidency: Part one

By Patrick Martin, 10 August 2020

Despite media claims that the Democratic Party has “moved to the left,” Joe Biden is running on a thoroughly right-wing program based on the defense of Wall Street and the global interests of American imperialism.

Workers have a right to know about COVID-19 in their plants!

Statement of the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 10 August 2020

Autoworkers are being deprived of the most basic information about the spread of infections in their workplaces.

Former Australian PM: Beware the Guns of August in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2020

UK: For a general strike against the reopening of schools

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 8 August 2020

For a nationwide general strike to halt the drive to reopen schools!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 5 August 2020

The United Auto Workers: A criminal conspiracy against the working class

By Shannon Jones, 7 August 2020

Elon Musk discovers Das Kapital

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 29 July 2020

25 years ago: Indictments in Oklahoma City bombing

On August 10, 1995, a federal grand jury handed down indictments against the two main suspects in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in which 168 people died.

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50 years ago: New York prisoners riot against conditions

On August 10, 1970, prisoners held in the Manhattan House of Detention, or “The Tombs,” rioted against inhospitable conditions and attacks on their democratic rights in the vastly overcrowded jail.

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75 years ago: Japan surrenders after nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On August 15, 1945 the Japanese imperial regime officially declared that it would surrender to the United States, days after the American military dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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100 years ago: Polish troops break through Red Army lines outside of Warsaw

On August 16, 1920, Polish troops counterattacked against the Red Army outside Warsaw, the Polish capital, and threatened to encircle it.

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SEP US presidential election campaign

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

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to hear Socialist Equality Party candidates’ appeal in California voting rights case until after ballots are printed

By Shuvu Batta, 6 August 2020

Socialist Equality Party sues California and Michigan for ballot access

SEP candidates file brief replying to Governor Whitmer in Michigan ballot access appeal

By Kevin Reed, 4 August 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan Trotskyists hold final online election meeting

By our correspondents, 6 August 2020

Vote for SEP candidates in the Sri Lankan national elections! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and socialist internationalism!

Sri Lanka: TNA election manifesto prepares imperialist-backed deal with President Rajapakse

Sri Lankan SEP to hold online meeting to conclude its election campaign

Growing demands that Sri Lankan defence secretary end the military harassment of SEP candidates

Arts Review

Theater on your personal device
The Line movingly conveys health care workers’ struggles during the pandemic

By Erik Schreiber, 7 August 2020

New York Times calls for de facto racial quotas in classical music

By Fred Mazelis, 5 August 2020

Workers Struggles

COVID-19 outbreaks at four workplaces in Swindon, UK

By Tony Robson, 6 August 2020

NTEU enforces deep pay and job cuts at Australian universities

By Mike Head, 6 August 2020

Teachers protest Jordan government’s closure of union and harsh crackdown

More on teachers struggles »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

“How war and dictatorship are prepared at universities”
Well-attended online meeting concludes IYSSE election campaign at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

By our reporters, 4 August 2020

Germany: Stop right-wing terror! IYSSE student parliament campaign at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
“The Secret Service is the cockpit of right-wing terrorism”

By our reporter, 30 July 2020

Humboldt University student parliament condemns radical right-wing Professor Baberowski

By Helmut van Heiken, 13 July 2020

Socialist Equality Party (US)

Socialist Equality Party (US) National Congress adopts resolution on the coronavirus pandemic and the fight for socialism

The Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 1 August 2020

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

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 27 July 2020

Internet Censorship

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

Free Julian Assange

Ten years since WikiLeaks published the Afghan war logs

By Oscar Grenfell, 31 July 2020

UK MPs submit early day motion on Assange

Online documentary exposes the psychological torture of Julian Assange

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Science

Three missions to Mars are now under way

By Don Barrett, 31 July 2020

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

By Philip Guelpa, 27 July 2020

Autoworkers Struggles

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

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

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.