25 September 2020

Protests across the US against whitewash of Breonna Taylor murder met with police repression

By Jacob Crosse, 25 September 2020

Four months of largely peaceful protests against police violence have been answered with violent repression and judicial cover-ups.

Protests erupt over whitewash of police murder of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky

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

Student protests against herd immunity policy spread across Greece

By Alex Lantier, 25 September 2020

High school students marched in Athens and Thessaloniki Thursday as occupations of high schools and strikes by doctors, port workers and airline workers spread.

Students occupy schools across Greece to protest unsafe return to classrooms

Social distress mounts in the US as new weekly jobless claims rise to 870,000

By Shannon Jones, 25 September 2020

The number of active unemployment claims, 24.1 million in total, far surpasses anything seen during the Great Recession of 2008-2009.

Study finds 90 percent of Americans would make 67 percent more without last four decades of increasing income inequality

By Gabriel Black, 25 September 2020

Fed officials push for new corporate stimulus package

By Nick Beams, 25 September 2020

Fed chair Jerome Powell said that while there had been some recovery, employment and overall activity remained well below pre-pandemic levels, and the future was “highly uncertain.”

Brown University study used to downplay spread of coronavirus in US schools

By Bryan Dyne, 25 September 2020

While seeking to minimize the impact of school reopenings on the spread of the virus, the study implies that some 18,600 teachers and 115,000 students have already been infected with COVID-19.

Four Texas universities report over 1,000 COVID-19 cases each

By Chase Lawrence, 25 September 2020

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

SEIU and Illinois Nurses Association announce tentative agreements with University of Illinois at Chicago

By James Martin and Marcus Day, 25 September 2020

Simultaneously with the announcement of the deal, SEIU 73 shut down the 10-day strike by 4,000 university workers without releasing the full details of the agreement.

Report demolishes government claims that reopening UK schools reflects concern for disadvantaged children

By Margot Miller, 25 September 2020

The education of poorer children is of as little concern for the Johnson government as the health of the working class.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Committee holds second meeting

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

Spanish pseudo-left covers for union complicity in back-to-school drive

By Alice Summers, 25 September 2020

The Morenoite Workers Revolutionary Current, and its daily publication Izquierda Diario, is refusing to oppose the return to classrooms, aiming instead to divert opposition to it into impotent channels.

Tory legislation legalising war crimes by UK troops goes forward thanks to Labour Party

By Robert Stevens, 25 September 2020

Only 18 Labour MPs defied the party whip and voted against the bill.

Italian regional elections: Political elite shifts further right

By Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2020

Elections for the presidents and parliaments in six of Italy’s 18 regions were held on Sunday and Monday. The first election since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic was seen as a test for the government in Rome.

Germany’s IG Metall trade union establishes fund to eliminate “overcapacity” in auto parts industry

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 25 September 2020

IG Metall established its own private equity fund earlier this summer to finance the restructuring of Germany’s auto industry.

Why is Unifor hiding details of the Ford Canada “pattern” contract?
Autoworkers must demand full disclosure prior to any ratification vote!

By Carl Bronski, 25 September 2020

If Unifor get its way, the 6,300 Ford Canada workers will not be allowed to even lay eyes on a copy of the proposed contract before being herded onto the electronic voting page at this Sunday’s online ratification meeting.

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

California wildfires expose the wealth divide

By Rafael Azul, 25 September 2020

While hundreds of homes burn to the ground and essential services are cut for the working class, California’s oligarchs save their homes and preserve their lifestyles with the aid of private firefighting services.

Hollywood unions ratify return to work agreement dictated by giant corporations

By Marc Wells, 25 September 2020

After months of negotiations behind closed doors, the Hollywood unions reached a return-to-work agreement that will expose entertainment industry workers to the COVID-19 contagion as television and film production resumes.

Sri Lankan plantation workers strike against wage cuts

By M. Thevarajah, 25 September 2020

The plantation companies, with the direct support of the unions, have begun imposing wage and allowance cuts and higher productivity targets.

Australian government seeks to ban phones in immigration detention

By Martin Scott, 25 September 2020

The proposed new laws will allow warrantless searches and the use of sniffer dogs.

Australian health workers still being denied adequate PPE

By Clare Bruderlin, 25 September 2020

Nothing has been done to boost protection for health workers, meaning that further mass outbreaks of COVID-19 are all but inevitable.

24 September 2020

Police repression continues during national strike in Colombia

By Andrea Lobo, 24 September 2020

Teachers across the US engage in sickout strikes to close schools

By Emma Arceneaux, 24 September 2020

“We are just numbers on a spreadsheet”
Detroit students organize protest over school reopening plans

By Genevieve Leigh, 24 September 2020

A twenty-year-old student dies from COVID-19 at California University of Pennsylvania

By Samuel Davidson, 24 September 2020

Iran: Reopening of schools fuels resurgence of coronavirus

By Jean Shaoul, 24 September 2020

Germany’s school openings throw fuel onto the pandemic’s fire

By Marianne Arens, 24 September 2020

India’s health minister downplays raging pandemic to conceal ruling elite’s criminal “herd immunity” policy

By Saman Gunadasa, 24 September 2020

The Senate holds a COVID-19 hearing as US tops 200,000 COVID-19 deaths

By Benjamin Mateus, 24 September 2020

Las Vegas health reports detail spread of COVID-19 in casinos

By Adam Mclean, 24 September 2020

Senate confirmation hearing for Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf reveals bipartisan support

By Jacob Crosse, 24 September 2020

Homelessness to soar as UK eviction ban ends

By Julia Callaghan, 24 September 2020

“Lear is hell”: Workers speak out as COVID-19 outbreak at Indiana auto parts plant worsens

By Marcus Day, 24 September 2020

UK: Labour schools spokesperson confirms bi-partisan “malign neglect” policy on COVID-19

By Julie Hyland, 24 September 2020

Canada’s military forced to admit growing number of far-right extremists in armed forces

By Matthew Richter, 24 September 2020

As Creek Fire become the largest in California history, farmworkers continue to labor without protection from smoke

By Aditya Veeraiah and Evan Winters, 24 September 2020

Further revelations about sterilizations and medical malpractice at ICE detention facility in Georgia

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 24 September 2020

Japan’s Democrats merge to launch new, right-wing opposition party

By Ben McGrath, 24 September 2020

Huge tax cuts for the wealthy trigger nervousness in Australian ruling elite

By Mike Head, 24 September 2020

New in Chinese

菲共(CPP)创立者西松重新吐出针对托洛茨基主义的斯大林主义谎言

作者: Peter Symonds, 2020年9月24日

西松在第二次采访中为他在政治上破产的“半殖民地,半封建”的论点辩解。这是孤注一掷的一着棋,目的是阻止对CPP的支持的大量流失,并打压来自其队伍中的一切质疑。

New in Portuguese

Trabalhadores brasileiros deflagram greves contra volta às aulas

Tomas Castanheira, 19 setembro 2020

O fascistoide Bolsonaro declarou: "somos o país com o maior número de dias em lockdown nas escolas. Isso é um absurdo".

Anunciamos o relançamento do World Socialist Web Site em 2 de outubro de 2020
Uma declaração de David North, presidente do Conselho Editorial Internacional

David North, 19 setembro 2020

Na sexta-feira, 2 de outubro de 2020, o World Socialist Web Site será relançado com um design totalmente novo e sua funcionalidade fortmente aprimorada.

New in French

L'élection coup d'État de Trump

Joseph Kishore et David North, 25 septembre 2020

Trump a déclaré publiquement qu'il ne transférerait pas le pouvoir de manière pacifique s'il perdait les élections du 3 novembre.

États-Unis: Des protestations éclatent à propos du meurtre policier impuni de Breonna Taylor

Niles Niemuth, 25 septembre 2020

Le grand jury, convoqué par les autorités de l’État, n’a inculpé aucun des deux policiers qui ont tiré 22 balles et causé la mort de Breonna Taylor, 26 ans, dans sa maison de Louisville au Kentucky.

Des rapports médicaux montrent l’impact dévastateur de la longue vendetta d’État contre Assange

Thomas Scripps et Laura Tiernan, 25 septembre 2020

Ce que le rapporteur spécial des Nations unies sur la torture, Nils Melzer, a décrit en mai 2019 comme la «persécution collective» et la «torture psychologique» d’Assange a eu l’effet escompté.

La répression policière se poursuit pendant la grève nationale en Colombie

Andrea Lobo, 25 septembre 2020

La police a violemment dispersé une manifestation de masse à Bogotá, confirmant la marche du gouvernement d’Ivan Duque et l’ensemble de la classe dirigeante vers la dictature.

New in Spanish

Las elecciones golpistas de Trump

Joseph Kishore y David North, 25 septiembre 2020

Trump ha declarado públicamente que no entregará pacíficamente el poder si pierde en los comicios del 3 de noviembre.

La evidencia médica muestra el impacto devastador de la venganza estatal de una década contra Assange

Thomas Scripps y Laura Tiernan, 25 septiembre 2020

Lo que el relator especial de las Naciones Unidas sobre la Tortura, Nils Melzer, describió en mayo de 2019 como "acoso público" y "tortura psicológica" de Assange ha tenido el efecto deseado.

Assange enfrenta "muy alto riesgo de suicidio", dice un experto médico a la corte

Thomas Scripps y Laura Tiernan, 25 septiembre 2020

Las pruebas de Kopelman confirman las advertencias hechas desde noviembre de 2019 por Doctors for Assange de que Assange está sufriendo "tortura psicológica" y "podría morir en prisión".

Incendios forestales catastróficos, contaminación corporativa del aire y el COVID-19: una colisión de crisis

Henry Hakamaki, 25 septiembre 2020

La Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA) relajó los límites de contaminación del aire en el mismo momento en que el coronavirus se estaba convirtiendo en una pandemia en los Estados Unidos.

La represión policial en Colombia sigue durante paro nacional

Andrea Lobo, 25 septiembre 2020

La policía dispersó violentamente una manifestación masiva en Bogotá, confirmando la continua marcha del Gobierno de Iván Duque y toda la clase gobernante colombiana hacia la dictadura.

Mientras el incendio Creek se convierte en el más grande en la historia de California, los trabajadores agrícolas continúan trabajando sin protección contra el humo

Aditya Veeraiah y Evan Winters, 25 septiembre 2020

Aunque hace más de un mes se anunciaron planes para distribuir cientos de miles de mascarillas N95 a los trabajadores agrícolas de la zona de Fresno, pocos han recibido estas mascarillas, que proporcionan un alto nivel de protección tanto contra la contaminación del aire como contra COVID-19.

New in German

Trumps Nahost-Deal und die Sackgasse des bürgerlichen Nationalismus

Bill Van Auken, 19. September 2020

Das sogenannte „Friedensabkommen“ zwischen Israel und zwei arabischen Monarchien, das am 15. September auf dem Rasen des Weißen Hauses unterzeichnet wurde, reiht sich ein in unzählige Verrätereien am palästinensischen Volk.

Assange hat „sehr ernstes Muster wirklicher Kriegsverbrechen“ aufgedeckt
Daniel Ellsbergs Aussage im Auslieferungsprozess

Thomas Scripps, 19. September 2020

Ellsberg widersprach jedem Versuch, ihn selbst als positives Gegenbeispiel gegen Manning und Assange zu benutzen.

Weltgesundheitsorganisation warnt vor „alarmierendem“ Anstieg der Corona-Fälle in Europa

Alex Lantier, 19. September 2020

Die europäischen Behörden bestätigen mittlerweile mehr als 300.000 Neuinfektionen pro Woche und damit mehr als vor dem Lockdown im Frühjahr.

Lufthansa erwägt Verdoppelung des Stellenabbaus

Gustav Kemper, 19. September 2020

Nach weitgehenden Zugeständnissen der Gewerkschaften hat Lufthansa-Chef Carsten Spohr den Abbau von Tausenden weiteren Arbeitsplätzen angekündigt.

Ehemaliger Spiegel-Journalist widerspricht Behauptung, Assange habe Informanten gefährdet

Laura Tiernan, 19. September 2020

Die Lüge der Trump-Regierung, Assange habe das Leben von US-Informanten aufs Spiel gesetzt, wurde in John Goetz' Zeugenaussage klar widerlegt. Tatsächlich haben allein die von Assange und WikiLeaks aufgedeckten Kriegsverbrechen Menschen in Gefahr gebracht.

Joseph Scalices Vortrag über die CPP (Redigierte Abschrift)
Das erste Mal als Tragödie, das zweite Mal als Farce: Marcos, Duterte und die Kommunistischen Parteien der Philippinen

Joseph Scalice, 19. September 2020

Diesen Vortrag zur Rolle der Kommunistischen Partei der Philippinen (CPP) hielt Dr. Joseph Scalice am 26. August an der Nanyang Technological University in Singapur. Er befasst sich mit der Unterstützung der CPP und politisch verwandter Organisationen für den philippinischen Präsidenten Rodrigo Duterte im Jahr 2016.

New in Russian

Трамп о пандемии коронавируса: «Практически никто» не пострадал

Джозеф Кишор — кандидат в президенты США от ПСР, 24 сентября 2020 г.

Проявленное Трампом безразличие к смерти в массовом масштабе выражает не только его личное мировоззрение, но и социальную политику правящего класса.

COVID-19: Веб-сайт французской Новой антикапиталистической партии Révolution Permanente присоединяется к политике Макрона по повторному открытию школ

Энтони Торрес, 24 сентября 2020 г.

Фракции Новой антикапиталистической партии Франции, связанные с аргентинской Социалистической рабочей партией, молчаливо поддерживают политику возвращения в школы, подвергая опасности миллионы людей.

New in Norwegian

Trumps coup d’état-valg

Joseph Kishore og David North, 25. september 2020

Trump har offentlig erklært at han ikke vil overføre makten fredelig dersom han taper valget den 3. november.

Utbrudd av protester over hvitvasking av politidrap på Breonna Taylor i Kentucky

Niles Niemuth, 25. september 2020

Ingen av de to betjentene som skjøt skura av 22 kuler som drepte 26-år-gamle Breonna Taylor i hennes hjem i Louisville i Kentucky, ble siktet av storjuryen oppnevnt av delstatens myndigheter.

Politirepresjon fortsettes under nasjonalstreik i Colombi

Andrea Lobo, 25. september 2020

Politiet brøt opp massedemonstrasjonen i Bogotá med vold, og bekreftet videreføringen av Ivan Duque-administrasjonens og hele den kolombianske styringsklassens dreining i retning av diktatur.

USA og Colombia iscenesatte krigsspill, samtidig som Pompeo truet Venezuela

Bill Van Auken, 25. september 2020

Pompeos turné i Latin-Amerika forleden uke var rettet mot eskalert aggresjon mot Venezuela, så vel som mot Kinas innflytelse i regionen.

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Perspective

Why won’t the Democrats fight Trump?

25 September 2020

The Democrats are determined to prevent the intervention of the broad mass of the population in opposition to Trump, which would challenge the interests of the financial oligarchy and the geopolitical interests of American imperialism.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

Lessons from history: The 2000 elections and the new “irrepressible conflict”

By David North, 25 September 2020

This lecture was given by David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board, at a public meeting of the Socialist Equality Party of Australia on December 3, 2000 in Sydney.

Trump’s coup d’état election

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 24 September 2020

Trump on coronavirus pandemic: “Virtually nobody” affected

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US President, 23 September 2020

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

By Tom Mackaman and David North, 22 September 2020

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

By Andre Damon, 21 September 2020

Announcements

Announcing the Relaunch of the World Socialist Web Site on October 2, 2020
A statement by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board

David North, 18 September 2020

On Friday, October 2, 2020, the World Socialist Web Site will be relaunched with an entirely new design and with vastly enhanced functionality.

SEP US presidential election campaign

Socialist Equality Party

For a general strike to halt the resurgence of COVID-19 in Europe!

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Germany), Socialist Equality Party (UK), Parti de l’égalité socialiste (France) and Sosyalist Eşitlik (Turkey), 25 September 2020

The insistence of European governments on fully reopening schools, workplaces and public gathering places has paved the way for a devastating resurgence of the virus.

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

By our correspondents, 23 September 2020

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

By the Sosyalist Eşitlik, 23 September 2020

Australian ruling elite moves to junk coronavirus safety measures—the working class must intervene to answer the pandemic threat!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 17 September 2020

The Persecution of Julian Assange

Assange lawyers expose politically biased medical evidence

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 25 September 2020

Edward Fitzgerald QC told the court that Dr Blackwood had described the Truesdale correctional centre in “glowing” terms. Yet he had failed to acknowledge Chelsea Manning’s suicide attempt there.

Medical evidence shows devastating impact of decade-long state vendetta against Assange

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 24 September 2020

Assange’s partner Stella Moris calls for Australian government to intervene in his defence

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 September 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Arts Review

Toronto International Film Festival 2020: Part 2
Frances McDormand in Nomadland—the danger of making a virtue out of necessity—and David Byrne’s American Utopia (directed by Spike Lee)

By David Walsh, 25 September 2020

It is a serious mistake, a terrible irresponsibility, to treat life in this manner, to turn the social into the “natural” and inevitable.

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

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

By Ben McGrath, 23 September 2020

Defend Dr. Joseph Scalice against Stalinist slanders

IYSSE at UC Berkeley condemns Philippine Stalinist “slanders and falsehoods” against Dr. Joseph Scalice

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at UC Berkeley, 25 September 2020

Communist Party of the Philippines founder Sison has accused Dr. Scalice of being a “CIA agent.” This pathetic lie is aimed at distracting workers and youth from Dr. Scalice’s exposure of the Stalinists’ support for president Rodrigo Duterte and other bourgeois politicians.

Stalinist leader Sison “is desperate to prevent Filipino workers from learning their own history”
More letters from the US, Philippines, Australia, India supporting Dr. Joseph Scalice

By our reporters, 25 September 2020

“Scalice’s work is the best sort of history. Its objectivity is derived precisely in its dedication to its subject, the Filipino working class.”

Joseph Scalice responds to Stalinist Sison’s lies that he is a “CIA agent”

By Joseph Scalice, 24 September 2020

Philippine students and academics defend Dr. Joseph Scalice against Communist Party founder Sison’s “lies and obfuscation”

By our reporters, 24 September 2020

Philippine Maoist leader Sison seeks alliance with military against Duterte

By Tom Peters, 22 September 2020

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

By our reporters, 21 September 2020

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

By our reporters, 19 September 2020

Commentary

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

By John Malvar, 23 September 2020

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

By Genevieve Leigh, 22 September 2020

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

By Tom Carter, 21 September 2020

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

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2020

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

International Committee of the Fourth International, 12 September 2020

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

1 August 2020

Workers Struggles

Strikes by Greek doctors and ferry workers, UK’s London underground rail drivers’ strike vote, South African health workers continue protests over pay and COVID-19 safety measures
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

25 September 2020

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

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

University of Melbourne student union enforces club affiliation requirement amid pandemic

By Eric Ludlow, 21 September 2020

Military research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

By Gregor Link, 18 September 2020

Science

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

By Henry Hakamaki, 21 September 2020

Trump administration continues assault on endangered species

By Adria French, 19 September 2020

The precedents for disease eradication through international cooperation
Part two

By Frank Gaglioti, 16 September 2020

The precedents for disease eradication through international cooperation
Part one

25 years ago: Former Italian Prime Minister Andreotti goes on trial

On September 26, 1995, seven-time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti went on trial in Palermo, facing charges of serving as a longtime front man for the Sicilian Mafia.

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50 years ago: New Haven teachers strike ends

After more than two weeks on the picket lines, a strike by teachers in New Haven, Connecticut, was ended on September 22, 1970. The strike was defeated by a combined crackdown on workers by the court system and the police, with the complicity of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

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75 years ago: Vietnamese Stalinists launch murderous campaign against Trotskyist movement

This week in September, 1945, the Vietnamese Stalinists, led by Ho Chi Minh, escalated a vicious campaign aimed at the liquidation of the Vietnamese Trotskyist movement.

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100 years ago: Workers battle troops in Turin

On September 23, 1920, workers occupying factories in Italy’s industrial center of Turin were confronted by troops of the Royal Guard. Workers responded in force and fought back with rifles and hand grenades.

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Book Review

Book Review
Wilmington’s Lie: The 1898 white supremacist coup in North Carolina
David Zucchino, Atlantic Monthly Press, 336 pages

By Fred Mazelis, 17 September 2020

The US Election

The Civil War Election

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 9 September 2020

University of Michigan graduate students take a stand for life against profit

By Joseph Kishore - Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 11 September 2020

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

By Kevin Reed, 9 September 2020

The politics of oligarchy: Federal appeals court blocks SEP challenge to anti-democratic ballot access laws in California

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US President, 8 August 2020

Oppose Trump’s mass arrest of 2,000 immigrants!

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

The socialist answer to the paltry $600 million Flint settlement

By Joseph Kishore—SEP Presidential Candidate, 24 August 2020

History

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

By Saman Gunadasa, 2 September 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

The coronavirus pandemic, the crisis of capitalism and the tasks of the SEP

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 26 August 2020

Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

Free Julian Assange! Defend Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden!

SEP (Australia) holds successful fifth national congress

Socialist Equality Party (US)

Now available
The Fourth International and the Perspective of World Socialist Revolution: 1986–1995

12 August 2020

The paperback edition of this critical book on the history of the Fourth International is now available.