As Senate adjourns for weekend
New US unemployment claims top 1 million for 20th straight week

By Jacob Crosse, 7 August 2020

Indifferent to the plight of millions of jobless workers and their families, senators from both parties adjourned Thursday with no agreement on extending expired unemployment benefits.

As negotiations stall on federal coronavirus relief bill
Florida governor admits state unemployment system purposefully designed to pay out “least number of claims”

“A nationwide strike is what needs to be done”
Angry educators and parents across the US protest the reckless return to classrooms

By Nancy Hanover, 7 August 2020

From Florida to California, teachers and parents are caravanning, protesting and petitioning against a reckless return to school as demanded by Wall Street and the entire political establishment.

Mounting opposition by teachers against drive to reopen schools

Two Florida teenagers die from COVID-19 as schools push to reopen

Chad Wolf testifies before Senate committee
US Homeland Security chief defends police-state crackdown, announces federal paramilitaries to remain in Portland

By Barry Grey, 7 August 2020

Wolf specifically defended the chilling practice carried out in Portland of seizing protesters blocks away from the federal courthouse, trundling them into unmarked vehicles and taking them to secret locations to be interrogated.

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna wins election setting the stage for an eruption of working-class struggles

By K. Ratnayake, 7 August 2020

While President Rajapakse hopes that an absolute parliamentary majority and new dictatorial measures will allow him to take on the working class, the eruption of militant struggles will assume revolutionary proportions.

Health Commissioner forced out as New York City prepares to reopen schools amid national pandemic surge

By Josh Varlin, 7 August 2020

Dr. Oxiris Barbot’s ouster indicates a more open return to the herd immunity strategy that guided the city’s disastrous early response to the pandemic.

Dangerous conditions in Melbourne quarantine hotels helped cause Australia’s COVID-19 resurgence

By Martin Scott, 7 August 2020

Victoria’s state Labor Party government presided over the hiring of poorly-paid security guards with no infection control training.

Australia: Victorian hospital admissions soar amid warnings COVID-19 surge will continue for weeks

Canadian court rules Safe Third Country Agreement with US violates refugee rights

By Laurent Lafrance, 7 August 2020

The Trudeau government took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to eliminate the “loophole” that had allowed some refugees fleeing Trump’s anti-immigrant witchhunt to escape immediate deportation under the STCA.

Belarus arrests 33 Russian military contractors ahead of presidential elections

By Jason Melanovski, 7 August 2020

The arrest of 33 Russian military contractors in Belarus makes clear that the long-standing ally of Moscow has become a new hotspot in the growing conflict between the United States and Russia.

Britain’s National Health Service workers demand pay rise amid COVID-19 crisis

By Rory Woods, 7 August 2020

Hundreds of health workers demonstrated in London last week and dozens of protests are scheduled in cities across the country this Saturday, organised by Facebook groups.

UK government clears the path for “slums of the future”

By Julia Callaghan, 7 August 2020

On August 23, the moratorium on new evictions in England and Wales ends, threatening homelessness for the near quarter of a million people who have fallen behind with their rent since the start of the pandemic.

West Palm Beach, Florida seniors face eviction from low income housing

By Matthew Taylor, 7 August 2020

The St. Andrews Residence has been in disrepair for years leading many residents to believe the owners have deliberately neglected their health and safety in order to facilitate a sale of the million-dollar waterfront property.

Faculty at University of Akron reject sellout contract

By Isaac Finn, 7 August 2020

On August 5, faculty at the University of Akron voted down an offer that included layoffs of 96 full-time professors, pay cuts and increased health care premiums.

Violent, secretive fascistic networks operating inside California police stations

By Tom Carter, 7 August 2020

Alongside rampant brutality, a secretive police culture has emerged featuring tattoos, occult rituals and symbols, codes of silence, and barbecues to celebrate murder.

US retail bankruptcies and closures pile up amid pandemic

By Trévon Austin, 7 August 2020

Two new bankruptcy filings on Sunday—Tailored Brands and Le Tote—bring the total number to 43 this year.

6 August 2020

Beirut port fire: A crime against Lebanese workers

By Jean Shaoul, 6 August 2020

Altered CDC guidelines provide unscientific basis for reopening schools

By Mitch Marcus, 6 August 2020

Resuming college football driven by financial interests

By Andy Thompson, 6 August 2020

COVID-19 outbreaks at four workplaces in Swindon, UK

By Tony Robson, 6 August 2020

Two incumbent House members defeated in primary voting

By Patrick Martin, 6 August 2020

Anger grows across the US as closed-door talks continue on expired unemployment relief

Gold price surges to record high

By Nick Beams, 6 August 2020

Far-right protest against COVID-19 restrictions in Berlin: A put-up job

By Peter Schwarz, 6 August 2020

Germany: Right-wing terror in Erfurt

By Marianne Arens, 6 August 2020

NTEU enforces deep pay and job cuts at Australian universities

By Mike Head, 6 August 2020

War crimes in Afghanistan covered up by UK Ministry of Defence

By Jean Shaoul, 6 August 2020

Transport for London coronavirus bailout prepares tube privatisation

By Paul Bond, 6 August 2020

Quebec to appeal acquittal of fascist, but only on lesser charges

By Hugo Maltais, 6 August 2020

New in German

75 Jahre seit den Atombombenabwürfen auf Hiroshima und Nagasaki

Bill Van Auken, 7. August 2020

Die Bedeutung des Jubiläums war noch nie so groß wie heute. Hinter dem Rücken der Völker der Vereinigten Staaten und der Welt baut der US-Imperialismus ständig ein massives Atomwaffenarsenal auf und verfolgt eine Doktrin des aggressiven Atomkriegs.

Brandkatastrophe im Hafen von Beirut: Ein Verbrechen gegen die Arbeiter im Libanon

Jean Shaoul, 7. August 2020

Die Explosion ist ein vernichtendes Urteil für die politische Elite des Libanon. Sie hat zugelassen, dass riesige Mengen von hochexplosivem Ammoniumnitrat jahrelang ohne ausreichende Sicherheitsmaßnahmen in einem Lagerhaus im Hafen von Beirut gelagert wurden.

Lufthansa verschärft Arbeitsplatzabbau gestützt auf Gewerkschaften

Ulrich Rippert, 7. August 2020

Bei den Angriffen auf die Beschäftigten arbeitet die Konzernleitung eng mit den drei im Betrieb vertretenen Gewerkschaften – Ufo, Cockpit und Verdi – zusammen.

Offener Brief von WSWS-Chefredakteur David North an Alphabet-CEO Sundar Pichai

7. August 2020

Das folgende Schreiben sandte David North als Reaktion auf Pichais Aussage vor einem Ausschuss des Repräsentantenhauses am Mittwoch letzter Woche. Pichai bestätigte darin, dass Google die WSWS zensiert.

"Die meisten hier sind der Meinung, dass die Anlage stillgelegt werden sollte"
Corona-Bedingungen in der Ford Pickup-Montage in Dearborn (Michigan)

Tim Rivers und George Kirby, 7. August 2020

Mitglieder des neuen Sicherheitskomitees in der Pickup-Montage Ford River Rouge berichten der WSWS über die Versuche des Managements, mit Hilfe der Gewerkschaft die Produktion trotz Corona-Gefahr wieder anzufahren.

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 Portuguese

Os 10 anos da publicação dos arquivos da guerra do Afeganistão pelo WikiLeaks

Oscar Grenfell, 1 Agosto 2020

Os documentos ofereceram à população mundial uma visão inédita dos primeiros crimes de guerra do século XXI.

Carta Aberta de David North, presidente do Conselho Editorial do WSWS, ao CEO da Alphabet, Sundar Pichai

David North, 1 Agosto 2020

Esta carta de David North foi escrita em resposta ao depoimento de Pichai na Comissão do Judiciário da Câmara, onde ele reconheceu as denúncias do WSWS de censura pelo Google.

New in French

75 ans depuis les bombardements atomiques d’Hiroshima et de Nagasaki

Bill Van Auken, 7 août 2020

L’importance de cet anniversaire n’a jamais été aussi grande. À l’insu de la population des États-Unis et du monde entier, l’impérialisme américain ne cesse de grossir son arsenal nucléaire massif et de poursuivre une doctrine de guerre nucléaire agressive.

Explosion au port de Beyrouth: un crime contre les travailleurs libanais

Jean Shaoul, 7 août 2020

L’explosion est une condamnation sans appel de l’élite politique libanaise, qui a permis le stockage de vaste quantité de nitrate d’ammonium hautement explosif dans un entrepôt portuaire sans aucun contrôle de sécurité approprié.

Le prix de l'or atteint un niveau record

Nick Beams, 7 août 2020

Un fonds de commerce majeur détient maintenant une quantité d’or équivalant à un quart de celle détenue à Fort Knox aux États-Unis et possède plus que les réserves en or de la Banque du Japon, la Banque d’Angleterre et la Banque de réserve de l’Inde.

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 Spanish

75 años desde el bombardeo atómico de Hiroshima y Nagasaki

Bill Van Auken, 7 agosto 2020

La importancia del aniversario nunca ha sido mayor. Detrás de las espaldas de la población estadounidense y mundial, el imperialismo estadounidense está acumulando gradualmente un arsenal nuclear masivo y persiguiendo una doctrina de guerra nuclear agresiva.

El incendio del puerto de Beirut: un crimen contra los trabajadores libaneses

Jean Shaoul, 7 agosto 2020

La explosión es una prueba condenatoria para la élite política libanesa, que permitió que se guardaran cantidades vastas del altamente explosivo nitrato de amonio en un almacén en el muelle por años sin los controles de seguridad adecuados.

Protestas generalizadas en Bolivia contra el aplazamiento de las elecciones

Tomas Castanheira, 7 agosto 2020

Desde el lunes, un movimiento de huelgas y bloqueos de las principales carreteras por parte de trabajadores y campesinos se ha extendido en Bolivia.

Creciente oposición de los profesores a la campaña para reabrir escuelas

Benjamin Mateus, 7 agosto 2020

Cada vez hay más pruebas de que la reapertura de las escuelas conducirá a un resurgimiento masivo de la pandemia, con consecuencias mortales para los profesores y los estudiantes.

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.

Other Languages

Perspective

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

7 August 2020

From top executives to low-level functionaries, the entire UAW stands exposed as a criminal conspiracy directed against autoworkers.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured

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

7 August 2020

The founder of American Trotskyism warned in August 1945 that the atomic bombs dropped on Japan placed before humanity the alternative of “socialism or annihilation.”

75 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By Bill Van Auken, 6 August 2020

Fascist death squads preparing to carry out mass murder in Germany

By Jordan Shilton, 7 August 2020

Police officers, former military officers and far-right operatives engaged in a vast conspiracy to hoard large quantities of munitions and weaponry, establish safe houses, identify political opponents, and procure the necessary materials to secretly dispose of dead bodies.

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

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

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 5 August 2020

From Medicare-for-All to “Masks-for-All”: Bernie Sanders and the incredible shrinking “political revolution”

By Genevieve Leigh, 5 August 2020

SEP US presidential election campaign

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

The decision effectively deprives Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz of the right to have their appeal heard on the merits before the ballots are printed.

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

The Socialist Equality Party held its last meeting on August 2, after a determined election campaign that reached key sections of the Sri Lankan working class and youth.

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

Commentary

Fiat Chrysler bribed UAW with tens of millions, new GM court filing alleges

By Tom Hall, 5 August 2020

The new documents contain allegations of massive corruption on the part of the UAW, exceeding anything brought to light so far by the parallel criminal probe by the FBI.

Victoria’s COVID-19 catastrophe: An indictment of Australian governments and capitalism

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 5 August 2020

One month of the coronavirus pandemic: 7.2 million infected, 165,000 dead

By Bryan Dyne, 4 August 2020

The US troop withdrawal and the return of German militarism

By Peter Schwarz, 4 August 2020

Elon Musk discovers Das Kapital

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

Arts Review

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

By Erik Schreiber, 7 August 2020

A powerful play based on interviews shows how New York City’s health care workers battled the pandemic as the health care system collapsed around them.

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

By Fred Mazelis, 5 August 2020

The Invisible Man: A woman struck by an “unseen hand”

Workers Struggles

Maltese doctors’ action against spread of COVID-19; Iranian oil workers continue strikes; Zimbabwe doctors’ and nurses’ stoppage spreads.
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 August 2020

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

Colombian coal miners protest new work schedule; Phoenix delivery drivers threaten walkout over COVID concerns
Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 August 2020

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

By Tim Rivers and George Kirby, 4 August 2020

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

By Jean Shaoul, 4 August 2020

Migrant farmworkers in Spain protest amid COVID-19 surge

By Alice Summers, 4 August 2020

ArcelorMittal lays off hundreds of steelworkers in Indiana, Ohio

By George Gallanis, 4 August 2020

BALPA pilots union enforces sell-out deal at British Airways

By Barry Mason, 4 August 2020

New COVID-19 infections take hold in first week of attempted cruise industry restart

By Tom Casey, 4 August 2020

Montreal dockworkers escalate strike action against speed-up, victimization

By Carl Bronski, 4 August 2020

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

25 years ago: Croatia launches ethnic cleansing of Serbs

On August 4, 1995, the Croatian Army launched Operation Storm, one of the last major campaigns of the Bosnian War.

More »

50 years ago: Egypt-Israel “War of Attrition” ends

On August 7, 1970, the governments of Egypt and Israel accepted a ceasefire agreement that brought an end to the War of Attrition stalemate along the Suez Canal.

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75 years ago: US drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On August 6 and 9, 1945, the United States military detonated nuclear bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, in the first wartime use of atomic weapons.

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100 years ago: Soviets reject Allied truce terms with Poland

On August 8, 1920, the Soviet republic refused to grant a 10-day truce to the nationalist Polish government in fighting outside Warsaw, on the conditions proposed by British and French imperialism.

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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

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

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.