Lesbos refugee-camp blaze leaves 13,000 without shelter

By Robert Stevens, 10 September 2020

A call from a detainee during the blaze asked, “Where is the police, where is the fire brigade, where is anyone? We are burning, our tents are burning. Everything is burning. We came here to burn to death. All is on fire.”

“We have lit a match that could unite a global wave”
University of Michigan grad students reject administration offer, continue strike against unsafe conditions

By Jerry White, 10 September 2020

Striking graduate student instructors voted by more than 700 to 400 to reject the blackmail proposal from the administration and continue their strike to demand the shutdown of in-person learning amidst the pandemic.

New York City educators launch safety committee to halt the reopening of schools

By the New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 September 2020

In launching this committee, we stand wholly independent of both the Democrats and Republicans, as well as the United Federation of Teachers and its backers, all of whom have conspired to enforce the reopening of schools.

Speaking before auto union bureaucrats in Michigan, Biden makes nationalist appeal

By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2020

The Democratic nominee sought to maintain one of the most pernicious fictions of capitalist politics—that the union executives represent the working class, rather than serving as a corporate police force.

Democrats and media silent on execution of Michael Reinoehl by US Marshals

By Kevin Reed, 10 September 2020

New details on the September 3 killing of Michael Reinoehl by a task force led by federal Marshals confirm that the Portland protester was executed in a hail of police bullets.

Scottish Crown Office blocks release of documents vital for Craig Murray’s defence

By Steve James, 10 September 2020

The Scottish Crown Office and government are stonewalling all efforts to secure documentation requested by journalist Craig Murray who is facing contempt of court charges.

Lies in the Navalny case

By Peter Schwarz, 10 September 2020

The relationship between Germany and Russia has reached its lowest point since Berlin supported the pro-Western coup in Ukraine six years ago and Russia annexed Crimea.

Australian intelligence agencies raided Chinese journalists in June

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 September 2020

Amid an escalating diplomatic conflict, it has emerged that the Australian intelligence agencies have been targeting Chinese journalists and academics.

Austria: No protection for population despite rising coronavirus infections

By Markus Salzmann, 10 September 2020

Austria has played a leading role in Europe’s lifting of protective measures against the coronavirus, with infections rising sharply as a result.

UK government blames young people as COVID-19 surges

By Thomas Scripps, 10 September 2020

The government’s new and tokenistic six-person rule does not apply to workplaces or schools, and groups of six can continue to visit pubs, bars, and restaurants.

Salt Lake City police engage in a cover-up after shooting autistic 13-year-old boy multiple times

By Jacob Crosse, 10 September 2020

Linden Cameron was shot by a Salt Lake City, Utah police officer after his mother called emergency services to report that her son was experiencing a mental health crisis and needed help.

Oregon governor declares state of emergency calling wildfires a “once-in-a-generation event”

By Kevin Martinez, 10 September 2020

Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a wildfire emergency after two towns burnt to the ground and thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate.

Collapse in oil prices threatens social and political unrest in Middle East and North Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 10 September 2020

The first and hardest hit have been the Gulf’s 30 million migrant workers from South Asia, the Philippines and the MENA region, who outnumber citizens in four of the six Gulf states.

Unifor selects Ford Canada as target company to establish “pattern contract”

By Carl Bronski, 10 September 2020

While autoworkers are pressing for a fight against job cuts, speed-up, declining real wages and discriminatory two-tier wages, Unifor is maneuvering to impose further concessions.

Australian study reveals rise in mental health problems during COVID-19 pandemic

By John Mackay, 10 September 2020

The data shows that services remain woefully inadequate to deal with the impact of the pandemic and its aftermath.

9 September 2020

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

By Deepal Jayasekera, 9 September 2020

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

By Matthew Brennan and Luke Galvin, 9 September 2020

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

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

By Barry Grey, 9 September 2020

Rochester police chief resigns following violent police repression against protesters

By Jason Melanovski, 9 September 2020

Western US ravaged by catastrophic fires, record heat

By Rafael Azul, 9 September 2020

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

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

By Kevin Reed, 9 September 2020

Wealth of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos surpasses $200 billion

By Tom Carter, 9 September 2020

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

By Bill Van Auken, 9 September 2020

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

By Tony Robson, 9 September 2020

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

By Margot Miller, 9 September 2020

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

By Stephan McCoy, 9 September 2020

US makes “significant adjustments” to its Taiwan policy

By Ben McGrath, 9 September 2020

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

By Benjamin Mateus, 9 September 2020

Jan Kuciak murder case: Slovakian court acquits alleged masterminds

By Markus Salzmann, 9 September 2020

Australian Education Union endorses re-opening of schools in Melbourne

By Sue Phillips, 9 September 2020

Thousands of Australians stranded overseas by profiteering airlines

By John Harris, 9 September 2020

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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.

New in Russian

Выборы в стиле Гражданской войны

Заявление Политического комитета Партии Социалистического Равенства (США), 10 сентября 2020 г.

Выборы в США, до которых осталось менее двух месяцев, вступают в свою завершающую стадию в условиях беспрецедентного социального, экономического и политического кризиса.

Протестующие осуждают показательное судилище над Джулианом Ассанжем в Олд-Бейли

От наших корреспондентов, 10 сентября 2020 г.

К давним сторонникам этой кампании присоединились другие, приехавшие со всей Великобритании, а также из Швейцарии, Франции, Португалии, Соединенных Штатов и Австралии.

New in French

L'élection de la guerre civile

Déclaration de la Comité politique du Parti de l'égalité socialiste (États-Unis), 10 septembre 2020

Les élections américaines, qui auront lieu dans moins de deux mois, entrent dans leur phase finale dans un contexte de crise sociale, économique et politique sans précédent.

L’Inde est désormais en deuxième position après les États-Unis pour le nombre de cas COVID-19, mais continue à développer la «réouverture».

Deepal Jayasekera, 10 septembre 2020

Avec 90.802 nouvelles infections lundi, l’Inde a enregistré plus de cas de COVID-19 en un seul jour que la Chine n’en a enregistré depuis le début de la pandémie.

Les travailleurs de la santé sud-africains font grève alors que l'opposition au gouvernement de l'ANC s’intensifie

Stephan McCoy, 10 septembre 2020

Selon les chiffres officiels du mois dernier, plus de 27.300 travailleurs de la santé ont été testés positifs et 230 ont succombés à la maladie.

L’audience d’extradition d’Assange: WikiLeaks a révélé les meurtres par drones américains, la torture et les déportations de prisonniers, selon un avocat de Guantanamo Bay

Laura Tiernan et Thomas Scripps, 10 septembre 2020

Clive Stafford Smith a comparé les tactiques de torture américaines à celles de l'Inquisition espagnole.

Le constructeur aéronautique brésilien Embraer supprime 2500 emplois

Tomas Castanheira, 10 septembre 2020

Le syndicat dirigé par les morénistes tente de subordonner les intérêts des travailleurs brésiliens à ceux de l’État et des militaires.

La grève des étudiants des cycles supérieurs de l'Université du Michigan: un pas en avant important pour les travailleurs et les étudiants

Matthew Brennan et Luke Garvin, 10 septembre 2020

Mardi matin, environ 1000 travailleurs diplômés ont débuté une grève en opposition aux conditions de travail et de santé auxquels ils font face avec la pandémie.

New in Spanish

Las elecciones de guerra civil

Declaración del Comité Político del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (EE.UU.), 10 septiembre 2020

La votación estadounidense en menos de dos meses llega a sus últimas etapas en condiciones de crisis social, económica y política sin precedentes.

La huelga de estudiantes de posgrado de la Universidad de Michigan: un importante paso adelante para los trabajadores y estudiantes

Por Matthew Brennan y Luke Galvin, 10 septiembre 2020

El martes por la mañana, aproximadamente mil trabajadores-estudiantes de posgrado iniciaron una huelga en oposición a las condiciones sanitarias y laborales peligrosas que enfrentan en la pandemia.

Mientras el Senado de los Estados Unidos regresa del receso de verano
Los republicanos y los demócratas bloquean la restauración de la ayuda al desempleo

Por Barry Grey, 10 septiembre 2020

Ambos partidos tienen un interés común en utilizar la amenaza de la indigencia y la falta de vivienda para presionar a los trabajadores para que vuelvan a las fábricas infectadas por COVID-19 y a las escuelas inseguras.

El oeste de EE.UU. devastado por incendios catastróficos, calor récord

Por Rafael Azul, 10 septiembre 2020

Los incendios récord y las temperaturas mortales son una acusación del fracaso del capitalismo para resolver la crisis ambiental cada vez más profunda causada por el calentamiento global.

Qúe importa la pandemia: La lista de los 400 americanos más ricos de Forbes revela una bonanza milmillonaria

Por Kevin Reed, 10 septiembre 2020

La revista de negocios estadounidense Forbes publicó el martes su 39ª lista anual de las 400 personas más ricas de Estados Unidos, celebrando la expansión de la riqueza total de la élite parasitaria en $240 mil millones hasta un récord de $3,2 billones en el último año.

Trabajadores de la salud sudafricanos en huelga, según aumenta la oposición al Gobierno del ANC

Por Stephan McCoy, 10 septiembre 2020

Según las cifras oficiales del último mes, más de 27.300 trabajadores médicos han salido positivo y 230 han fallecido por la enfermedad.

Audiencia de extradición de Assange: WikiLeaks expuso asesinatos, torturas y entregas con drones estadounidenses, dice abogado de Guantánamo

Por Laura Tiernan y Thomas Scripps, 10 septiembre 2020

Clive Stafford Smith comparó las tácticas de tortura de EE.UU. con las de la Inquisición española.

New in German

US-Wahlen am Rand des Bürgerkriegs

Erklärung des Politischen Komitees der Socialist Equality Party (USA), 10. September 2020

Die Wahlen in den USA in zwei Monaten finden unter Bedingungen einer beispiellosen sozialen, wirtschaftlichen und politischen Krise statt.

Lügen im Fall Nawalny

Peter Schwarz, 10. September 2020

Das Verhältnis zwischen Deutschland und Russland hat den tiefsten Punkt erreicht, seit Berlin vor sechs Jahren den prowestlichen Putsch in der Ukraine unterstützte und Russland anschließend die Krim-Halbinsel annektierte.

Stoppt den gefährlichen ‚Regelbetrieb‘ an den Schulen! Bereitet einen bundesweiten Generalstreik vor!
Gründet unabhängige Aktionskomitees für die Sicherheit von Pädagogen, Schülern und Eltern!

Aktionskomitees für sichere Bildung, 10. September 2020

Der völlig ungesicherte Regelbetrieb an den Schulen bedroht die Gesundheit und das Leben von Millionen von Kindern, Jugendlichen, Pädagogen, Eltern und anderen Angehörigen.

Prozess gegen Assange: WikiLeaks hat Drohnenmorde, Folter und Überstellungen enthüllt, sagt Anwalt von Guantanamo Bay-Häftlingen

Laura Tiernan und Thomas Scripps, 10. September 2020

Clive Stafford Smith verglich die Foltermethoden der USA mit denen der spanischen Inquisition.

New in Turkish

Küresel koronavirüs ölüm tahminleri, sürü bağışıklığı politikasının fütursuzca uygulandığını gösteriyor

Benjamin Mateus, 10 Eylül 2020

Günlük ölümlerin 1 Ekim’den sonra tırmanmaya başlaması ve 1 Kasım’dan sonra sert biçimde yükselmesi bekleniyor.

100 yıl önce: Türkiye Komünist Partisi kuruldu

10 Eylül 2020

Türkiye Komünist Partisi (TKP), 10 Eylül 1920’de, kısa süre önce kurulan Sovyet Azerbaycan’ın başkenti Bakü’de, Komünist Enternasyonal’in Türkiye şubesi olarak kuruldu.

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Perspective

The plot against America and the world: How the US government and the media suppressed the truth about the COVID-19 pandemic

10 September 2020

Newly released recorded conversations between Donald Trump and reporter Bob Woodward make clear that the White House, abetted by the media, made a calculated decision to suppress information about the pandemic that has cost nearly 200,000 lives.

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

Commentary

The Civil War Election

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 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.

World Socialist Web Site interviews historian Dr. Joseph Scalice

10 September 2020

In a detailed and engaging interview, Dr. Scalice answers the slanders of the Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison.

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

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

The killing of Michael Reinoehl: A state murder

By Niles Niemuth, 7 September 2020

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

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 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!

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 targeted for political views in “terrifying threat to First Amendment,” expert witnesses tell hearing

By Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 10 September 2020

WikiLeaks’ exposure of civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan had played “possibly the most important role” in catalysing public opposition to both wars.

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

By Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 9 September 2020

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 »

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

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

Science

Human disturbances of wild areas increase the likelihood of future pandemics

By Philip Guelpa, 10 September 2020

Deforestation and other human incursions into wild areas decrease biodiversity and promote the growth of species that are reservoirs of potential zoonotic diseases.

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

By Benjamin Mateus, 1 September 2020

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

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 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

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

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