India now second only to US in number of COVID-19 cases, yet continues to expand “reopening”

By Deepal Jayasekera, 9 September 2020

With 90,802 new infections on Monday, India registered more COVID-19 cases just on one day than China has recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.

The University of Michigan graduate student strike: A significant step forward for workers and students

By Matthew Brennan and Luke Galvin, 9 September 2020

On Tuesday morning, approximately 1,000 graduate student workers went on strike in opposition to the dangerous health and working conditions they face in the pandemic.

University of Michigan graduate students strike over pandemic danger

More on the back to school drive »

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer greenlights the resumption of high school sports during pandemic

By Valery Tsekov, 9 September 2020

Ignoring the advice of Michigan’s chief medical executive, the Democratic governor suspended her executive order banning high school contact sports.

As US Senate returns from summer recess
Republicans, Democrats block restoration of jobless aid

By Barry Grey, 9 September 2020

Both parties have a common interest in using the threat of destitution and homelessness to pressure workers into returning to COVID-19-infected factories and unsafe schools.

Rochester police chief resigns following violent police repression against protesters

By Jason Melanovski, 9 September 2020

Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary refused to accept any responsibility for the killing of Prude, instead criticizing protesters for demeaning his character.

Western US ravaged by catastrophic fires, record heat

By Rafael Azul, 9 September 2020

The record fires and deadly temperatures are an indictment of the failure of capitalism to resolve the ever-deepening environmental crisis caused by global warming.

Two decades of US “war on terror” responsible for displacing at least 37 million people and killing up to 12 million

By Jacob Crosse, 9 September 2020

A new report from Brown University estimates the number of people who have fled from US military operations since September 2001 to be as high as 59 million.

“Pandemic be damned”: Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans list reveals billionaire bonanza

By Kevin Reed, 9 September 2020

The annual list of the richest people in the US shows the enormous fortunes made during the pandemic while tens of millions have lost their jobs.

Wealth of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos surpasses $200 billion

By Tom Carter, 9 September 2020

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the world’s 500 richest people have accumulated an additional $809 billion so far this year, increasing their total wealth by around 14 percent.

Saudi regime declares Khashoggi assassination case “closed forever” after sham verdict

By Bill Van Auken, 9 September 2020

After a closed trial, the Saudi court announced its sentencing of eight unnamed individuals to prison terms, while none of those who ordered the grisly murder were held accountable.

COVID-19 outbreaks spread within a week of England and Wales schools reopening

By Tony Robson, 9 September 2020

Virtually no part of the UK has been left unscathed, with teachers and pupils testing positive in both primary and secondary schools.

Heathrow airport ground staff given ultimatum: Accept pay cuts or face redundancy

By Margot Miller, 9 September 2020

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, these savage ultimatums have become the new normal in industrial relations.

South African health care workers strike as opposition to ANC government mounts

By Stephan McCoy, 9 September 2020

According to official figures from last month, more than 27,300 health workers have tested positive and 230 have died from the disease.

US makes “significant adjustments” to its Taiwan policy

By Ben McGrath, 9 September 2020

Washington’s policy changes are designed to give the appearance of adhering to the “One China” policy while actually moving to upend the status quo.

University of Illinois Hospital nurses poised to strike over unsafe staffing conditions

By Benjamin Mateus, 9 September 2020

UIH nurses in Chicago are set to begin a week-long strike over unsafe staffing ratios, which have provoked several stoppages by nurses across the country during the pandemic.

Jan Kuciak murder case: Slovakian court acquits alleged masterminds

By Markus Salzmann, 9 September 2020

The court based the acquittal of millionaire Marián Kočner and co-defendant Alena Zsuzsová on a lack of evidence, despite a key witness providing incriminating testimony.

Australian Education Union endorses re-opening of schools in Melbourne

By Sue Phillips, 9 September 2020

The union functions as the willing and active accomplice of the government and the education department.

Thousands of Australians stranded overseas by profiteering airlines

By John Harris, 9 September 2020

The message from the government and the airlines is clear: If you cannot afford to pay first class, you are on your own.

8 September 2020

Health disaster and class conflict on horizon as millions of students return to US schools

By Evan Blake, 8 September 2020

Oppose unsafe school openings! Follow the science, not greed, say Detroit educators

Trump Labor Day press conference: Empty boasts and fascistic threats

By Patrick Martin, 8 September 2020

Imperialist powers step up anti-Russia campaign over Navalny case and Belarus

By Clara Weiss, 8 September 2020

Global coronavirus death projections point to policy of herd immunity being pursued with impunity

By Benjamin Mateus, 8 September 2020

US enters new phase of coronavirus pandemic: Report estimates more than 400,000 deaths by January

Texas educators launch safety committee to save lives

By the Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 8 September 2020

Largest Texas school districts slated to open without testing anyone

By Chase Lawrence, 8 September 2020

Anger erupting as union paves way to open New York City schools

By Alberto Escalera and Sandy English, 8 September 2020

West Virginia schools return to in-person instruction

By Naomi Spencer, 8 September 2020

Ontario teachers union leader emphatically opposes job action to stop reckless school reopening

By Matthew Richter, 8 September 2020

Mexican medical workers, facing highest death toll in the world, protest layoffs and lack of protective gear

By Andrea Lobo, 8 September 2020

Florida sheriff’s department creates intelligence-led police program to monitor and harass residents

By Alex Johnson, 8 September 2020

No slave labor, prisoners must go!
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns against use of convict labor

By Tim Rivers, 8 September 2020

General Motors, Honda announce joint venture to cut billions in production costs

By Jessica Goldstein, 8 September 2020

Unsubmissive France leader Jean-luc Mélenchon boasts of discussion with big business

By Anthony Torres, 8 September 2020

Open letter in Le Soir: Belgian ruling class calls to spread COVID-19

By Jacques Valentin, 8 September 2020

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer slashes 2,500 jobs

By Tomas Castanheira, 8 September 2020

Australian big business, federal government demand accelerated lifting of Melbourne lockdown

By Patrick O’Connor, 8 September 2020

Unions help impose new wave of job cuts in Australian universities

By Mike Head, 8 September 2020

New in Portuguese

Fabricante de aviões Embraer destrói 2.500 empregos no Brasil

Por Tomas Castanheira, 9 Setembro 2020

O sindicato dirigido pelos morenistas do PSTU está tentando subordinar os trabalhadores ao Estado brasileiro e seus militares.

Arquiteto da política para o coronavírus da Suécia defendeu manter escolas abertas para atingir mais rapidamente a "imunidade de rebanho"

Por Jordan Shilton, 9 Setembro 2020

O desprezo cruel do epidemiologista-chefe Anders Tegnell pela vida humana não é um fenômeno individual, e seu e-mail assustador reflete o pensamento das elites de todos os países.

Crise social, luta de classes e as eleições de 2020

Por Andre Damon, 9 Setembro 2020

A eleição de 2020 está ocorrendo no contexto da maior crise social, econômica e política da história moderna dos Estados Unidos.

A campanha de Biden e a tentativa de "resgatar" a hegemonia americana

Por Andre Damon, 9 Setembro 2020

As frações do Estado que apoiam a campanha de Biden estão determinadas a "recuperar o lugar dos EUA no mundo " por meio de um "endurecimento" com a Rússia e a China.

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La clase obrera debe exigir el final de la farsa judicial contra Julian Assange

Por Thomas Scripps, 9 septiembre 2020

La audiencia arbitraria de extradición de Assange ha visto a Reino Unido, que presume ser una de las democracias más antiguas del mundo, caer al nivel de una dictadura de pacotilla.

La conferencia de prensa de Trump del Día del Trabajo: Alardes vacíos y amenazas fascistas

Por Patrick Martin, 9 septiembre 2020

El comportamiento del presidente era el de una rata acorralada, gruñona, viciosa y claramente asediada por la creciente oposición popular a su presidencia.

Las proyecciones mundiales de muertes por coronavirus apuntan a que la política de inmunidad colectiva se aplica con impunidad

Por Benjamin Mateus, 9 septiembre 2020

El IHME ha proporcionado sorprendentes y horribles proyecciones de muerte por coronavirus en todo el mundo para los próximos tres o cuatro meses.

Trabajadores médicos en México, ante mayor cifra de muertos del mundo, protestan despidos y falta de equipo de protección

Por Andrea Lobo, 9 septiembre 2020

La prueba más condenatoria sobre la respuesta del Gobierno de López Obrador a la pandemia, son las muertes de 1,410 trabajadores de la salud, el número más alto del mundo.

El fabricante brasileño de aviones Embraer recorta 2.500 empleos

Por Tomas Castanheira, 9 septiembre 2020

El sindicato dirigido por los morenistas intenta subordinar a los trabajadores al Estado brasileño y a sus militares.

‘Coup 53’ cuenta el papel de la inteligencia británica en el derrocamiento de gobierno de Mosaddeq en Irán

Por Jean Shaoul, 9 septiembre 2020

El filme documenta el papel desempeñado por la MI6 en el golpe angloestadounidense de 1953 que derrocó al primer ministro nacionalista iraní Mohammad Mosaddeq y dio paso a 26 años de una dictadura asesina bajo el sah Mohammad Reza Pahleví.

New in German

DerFall Nawalny und die Kriegshysterie gegen Russland

Peter Schwarz, 5. September 2020

Seit der russische Oppositionspolitiker Alexei Nawalnyauf einem Inlandsflug ins Koma fiel, haben deutsche und andere westlicheMedien und Politiker in den Kriegsmodus geschaltet.

Die weltweiteKampagne zur Wiedereröffnung der Schulen und die internationaleStrategie der Arbeiterklasse

Evan Blake, 5. September 2020

Ungeachtet der enormen Gefahr, die vom Coronavirusausgeht, werden überall auf der Welt Schulen wiederöffnet. Dasskrupellose Vorgehen der herrschenden Klasse ist ins Zentrum desinternationalen Klassenkampfs gerückt.

Für einenGeneralstreik gegen die Wiedereröffnung der Schulen!

Politisches Komitee der Parti de l'égalité socialiste(Frankreich), 5. September 2020

Die PES ruft Lehrer, Jugendliche und Arbeiter inFrankreich und auf der ganzen Welt dazu auf, den Kampf gegen dieWiedereröffnung der Schulen aufzunehmen.

Socialist EqualityParty (USA): Eilantrag am Obersten Gerichtshof von Michigan gegen dasWahlzulassungsgesetz

Kevin Reed, 5. September 2020

Das Wahlkampfteam der SEP hat Berufung gegen einegerichtliche Entscheidung eingelegt, die sich auf eineverfassungswidrige Auslegung des Wahlzulassungsgesetzes in Michiganstützt. Das Gericht hatte der SEP auferlegt, trotz der CoronapandemieTausende Unterschriften zu sammeln, um in Michigan zurPräsidentschaftswahl antreten zu können.

Trotzkis letztesJahr
Teil 4

David North, 5. September 2020

Eine Würdigung von Leo Trotzkis Werk in seinem letztenLebensjahr, anlässlich des 80. Jahrestags der Ermordung dieses großenTheoretikers und Strategen der sozialistischen Weltrevolution.

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Perspective

The Civil War Election

9 September 2020

The US election, now less than two months away, is entering its final stages under conditions of unprecedented social, economic and political crisis.

Earlier Perspectives »

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

Assange extradition hearing: WikiLeaks exposed US drone killings, torture and rendition, says Guantanamo Bay lawyer

By Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 9 September 2020

Clive Stafford Smith likened US torture tactics to those of the Spanish Inquisition.

The working class must demand an end to the show trial of Julian Assange

By Thomas Scripps, 8 September 2020

Protesters condemn show trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey

By our reporters, 8 September 2020

Watch John Pilger’s speech outside the London show-trial of Julian Assange

8 September 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Socialist Equality Party

“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

Teachers and parents from Britain and internationally attended the initial meeting of the Educators Rank-and-File Committee.

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

By Sosyalist Eşitlik, 3 September 2020

SEP US presidential election campaign

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

By Kevin Reed, 9 September 2020

The SEP’s three-month legal campaign for ballot access in Michigan came to an end on Friday with the state proceeding to the production of the ballots with the names of Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz excluded.

The Socialist Equality Party denounces Trump’s mass arrest of 2,000 immigrants!

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

SEP submits emergency application to the US Supreme Court in Michigan ballot access case

By Kevin Reed, 1 September 2020

Arts Review

Two novellas on the #MeToo issue: Mary Gaitskill’s This is Pleasure and James Lasdun’s Afternoon of a Faun

By Sandy English, 9 September 2020

Two recent works of fiction interestingly portray the #MeToo campaign in operation, but don’t criticize (or probe deeply) much of what needs to be criticized.

The Silence of Others: The victims of Spanish fascism then and now

By Alejandro Lopez and Kevin Martinez, 7 September 2020

Chadwick Boseman (1976–2020): A talented actor, now hailed as a “king”

By Carlos Delgado, 5 September 2020

The promotion of Black capitalism in Pharrell Williams & Jay-Z’s “Entrepreneur”

By Elliott Murtagh, 4 September 2020

Commentary

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

By David Walsh, 8 September 2020

Oppose the unsafe reopening of New York University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NYU, 8 September 2020

Student paper defends plan for segregated living spaces at New York University

Fraudulent Associated Press “fact-check” targets WSWS article on student housing segregation project at NYU

New York University moves to implement racial segregation in student dorms

The unanswered questions in the latest Russian “meddling” allegations

By Andre Damon, 7 September 2020

End the blacklist of the World Socialist Web Site on Reddit!

The New York Times slanders left-wing opposition to Biden as “Russian propaganda”

The Movement for a People’s Party: No program, no principles, no future

By Jacob Crosse and Joseph Kishore, 7 September 2020

The killing of Michael Reinoehl: A state murder

By Niles Niemuth, 7 September 2020

Toppling of Sir John A. Macdonald statue triggers furor within Canada’s ruling elite

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 7 September 2020

German imperialism and the strange case of Alexei Navalny

By Peter Schwarz, 5 September 2020

The case of Alexei Navalny and the imperialist intervention in Russian politics

The global campaign to reopen schools and the international strategy of the working class

By Evan Blake, 4 September 2020

For a general strike against the reopening of schools!

Attend the UK online education forum Saturday September 5, 2pm
Form independent rank-and-file safety committees of teachers, educators, parents and students! For a general strike against the reopening of schools!

CPP founder Jose Maria Sison slanders historian Joseph Scalice for “red-tagging”

By Peter Symonds, 4 September 2020

Statements of support for historian Joseph Scalice from Australia and New Zealand

Edited transcript of Joseph Scalice’s lecture on CPP
First as Tragedy, Second as Farce: Marcos, Duterte and the Communist Parties of the Philippines

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

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

1 August 2020

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Youth and students: Oppose the deadly reopening of schools! Take a stand on the side of the teachers and the working class!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 3 September 2020

“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

Workers Struggles

Brazilian aerospace workers take strike vote; Ontario nursing home workers launch rotating strikes
Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 September 2020

Workers at Embraer have taken a strike vote in response to announced plans by management to axe 900 jobs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while 10,000 Ontario home day care workers are battling back against poverty wages.

Ford to slash 1,400 jobs as auto industry cuts widen

By Tim Rivers, 3 September 2020

GE Appliances workers in Louisville, Kentucky vote overwhelmingly to strike

By Zac Thorton, 3 September 2020

Germany’s IG Metall union organizes job cuts at Thyssenkrupp-Stahl

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 3 September 2020

25 years ago: International Workers Bulletin available on internet for the first time

On September 11, 1995, the International Workers Bulletin—the US predecessor of the World Socialist Web Site—was made available in its entirety on the internet for the first time.

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50 years ago: Palestinian guerrillas hijack airplanes to Jordan

On September 9, 1970, members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) hijacked the last of four planes seized and taken to Dawson’s Field, a remote airstrip outside of Zarqa, Jordan.

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75 years ago: Chinese Communist Party wins victories in renewed civil war

This week in September 1945, the Chinese Communist Party secured several military victories over the country’s right-wing nationalist Kuomintang government, even as truce negotiations continued.

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100 years ago: Communist Party of Turkey founded

On September 10, 1920, the Communist Party of Turkey was founded in Baku, the capital of the recently established Soviet Azerbaijan, as the Turkish section of the Communist International.

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History

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

By Saman Gunadasa, 2 September 2020

Science

The pseudoscience behind the right-wing drive to force schools to open
Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 2 September 2020

The pseudoscience behind the right-wing drive to force schools to open
Part one

The 2020 US election

Trump incites vigilante violence against peaceful protests in Wisconsin

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US President, 31 August 2020

In the face of increasing government, fascist attacks
Protests against police violence continue across the US

DSA member in Spokane, Washington detained by unidentified officers before police violence protest

Social crisis, class struggle and the 2020 election

By Andre Damon, 29 August 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan SEP thanks those who supported its defence campaign

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 1 September 2020

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

After the Sri Lankan election, president moves towards dictatorial rule

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

Book Review

The Kill Chain: A new era of world war

By Shuvu Batta, 29 August 2020

Obituary

Bernard Bailyn, historian of American colonial and revolutionary periods, 1922–2020

By Tom Mackaman, 13 August 2020

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