1 October 2020

Russia, France denounce Turkey as Armenian-Azeri war escalates

By Alex Lantier, 1 October 2020

As reports emerge that Turkey is sending Syrian Islamist mercenaries to Azerbaijan to fight Armenia, the risk of a Russian-Turkish clash and a broader regional war is rising.

Bailed-out US airlines escalate attack on jobs

By Jacob Crosse, 1 October 2020

After receiving billions in grants, no-interest loans and Fed bond purchases through the bipartisan CARES Act, major US airlines and aerospace companies are moving forward with tens of thousands of layoffs.

With one million dead, governments abandon efforts to contain COVID-19 pandemic

Trump administration prepares anti-immigrant raids in Democratic Party-led “sanctuary cities” ahead of November election

By Trévon Austin, 1 October 2020

The latest maneuver in Trump’s war on immigrants cannot be separated from his effort to carry out a coup d’état and establish a presidential dictatorship.

Evasions, anti-Russian demagogy at Comey hearing before US Senate

By Patrick Martin, 1 October 2020

The former FBI director claimed dozens of times not to be aware of the details of the initial stages of the 2016 investigation into Trump and Russia.

JPMorgan pays $920 million settlement over illegal trades

By Nick Beams, 1 October 2020

The bank’s traders illegally manipulated metal and Treasury futures market in thousands of trades in a practice known as spoofing.

French Medical Association denounces official inaction on pandemic

By Alex Lantier, 1 October 2020

The herd immunity policy decided by President Emmanuel Macron raises the risk of another terrible spike in deaths, worse than last spring.

Bridgestone, Total shut plants as COVID-19 layoffs sweep Europe

By Anthony Torres, 1 October 2020

After receiving billions of euros from the public purse in the form of European Union bailouts, European corporations are drastically cutting jobs.

Explosive outbreak of COVID-19 at British universities

By Simon Whelan, 1 October 2020

The government knew the start of the academic year would bring about a resurgence of the virus but continued nevertheless as part of its herd immunity policy.

Safety committee denounces reopening of New York City schools
Stop the spread of COVID-19! Build rank-and-file safety committees to save lives! Prepare a nationwide strike to close unsafe schools!

By the New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 1 October 2020

Hundreds of thousands of middle and high school students in New York City are being sent back to classrooms for in-person instruction today as the pandemic continues to spread throughout the school system and the city.

The deadly outcome of school reopenings:
Four US school employees and two college students killed by COVID-19 this week

By Renae Cassimeda, 1 October 2020

At least 30 school teachers and staff have died from COVID-19 since late July, when schools began to reopen en masse, sending millions back into unsafe classrooms across the US.

Major wildfires force tens of thousands to evacuate in Northern California

By Peter Ross, 1 October 2020

Two more rapidly growing wildfires have torn across Northern California since Sunday, in what has already been an unprecedented and devastating fire season across the US West Coast.

A wave of teacher protests spark staffing shortages and school closures across the US

By Emma Arceneaux, 30 September 2020

In addition to protests and work actions, states across the US are facing severe teacher and substitute shortages.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee hears report on Greek school occupations

By our reporter, 1 October 2020

The meeting heard how the Greek government was following the same “herd-immunity” policy of allowing the virus to rip through the population as others worldwide.

For a London-wide strike to oppose the threat to life from COVID-19!

By the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 1 October 2020

We cannot allow a re-run of March, April and May when 33 colleagues died because of deliberate neglect by Transport for London, the bus companies and Unite.

Protest strikes in German public sector and local transport

By Marianne Arens and Andy Niklaus, 1 October 2020

As part of the collective bargaining round for 2.3 million public sector workers, protest strikes are currently taking place in day-care centres and hospitals, town halls, government offices, savings banks, refuse companies and elsewhere.

Ukrainian miners strike for better pay and conditions in defiance of the unions

By Jason Melanovski, 1 October 2020

Workers at the Krivoy Rog Iron Ore Company are carrying out a courageous strike in defiance of the union that puts them into direct conflict with the country’s entire ruling class.

United Steelworkers isolate steelworker strike near Pittsburgh

By Samuel Davidson, 1 October 2020

The USW is preparing to betray the 450 workers who have been on strike against NLMK since August 22.

Massive fire at Ohio auto parts plant threatens jobs and livelihoods of workers

By Katy Kinner, 1 October 2020

Employees were able to evacuate safely but many now face uncertain employment.

Detroit City Council defies public opposition and renews facial recognition contract

By Kevin Reed, 1 October 2020

A majority of the council of nine Democrats voted to approve a two-year, $220,000 upgrade and maintenance contract with South Carolina-based DataWorks Plus.

Australian unions plead for continued secretive talks with government and employers

By Mike Head, 1 October 2020

Behind closed doors, the union chiefs have been discussing how to keep suppressing working class opposition to the destruction of jobs, wages and basic conditions.

Australia Post workers speak out against union-enforced COVID-19 dangers and cuts to conditions

By Jim Franklin and Oscar Grenfell, 1 October 2020

“What used to be a job you would gladly retire on has now become like a job for contractors forever chasing their tail to meet deadlines with piecemeal payments.”

30 September 2020

Armenian-Azeri war threatens to trigger Russia-Turkey clash

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 30 September 2020

US strikes Iraqi targets from aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf

By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2020

700 Greek schools occupied by students protesting unsafe return to classes

By Robert Stevens and John Vassilopoulos, 30 September 2020

Coronavirus surges across US Midwest

By Bryan Dyne, 30 September 2020

Judge orders release of recordings in Breonna Taylor grand jury proceedings

By Kevin Reed, 30 September 2020

“They view soldiers as expendable”: Mother speaks out on son’s suicide at Fort Hood Army base

By Chase Lawrence, 30 September 2020

Desperation swells among millions of unemployed in the US as layoffs mount and aid dries up

By Jacob Crosse, 30 September 2020

Union shuts down Brazilian postal workers’ strike after court paves way for privatization

By Gabriel Lemos, 30 September 2020

Zambia seeks suspension of debt service payments in Africa’s first pandemic-related default

By Stephan McCoy, 30 September 2020

Duterte extends Philippines “state of calamity” as pandemic worsens

By Owen Howell, 30 September 2020

Indian and Chinese militaries dig in for prolonged border standoff, as “de-escalation” efforts flounder

By Rohantha De Silva and Keith Jones, 30 September 2020

Australian police not charged over death of Aboriginal woman

By Karen Maxwell, 30 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 Russian

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Вьетнамские сталинисты начали кровавую кампанию против троцкистского движения

26 сентября 2020 г.

На этой неделе в сентябре 1945 года вьетнамские сталинисты во главе с Хо Ши Мином развернули жестокую кампанию, направленную на ликвидацию вьетнамского троцкистского движения.

New in Turkish

Hükümet HDP’ye ve muhalefete yönelik baskıyı arttırıyor

Ulaş Ateşçi, 26 Eylül 2020

Dışarıdaki savaş ile içerideki polis devleti uygulamaları arasındaki doğrudan bağlantı, emperyalist savaşa karşı çıkmadan demokratik hakların savunulamayacağını göstermektedir.

New in Portuguese

Professores pernambucanos entram em greve contra reabertura homicida das escolas

Tomas Castanheira, 26 Setembro 2020

Os esforços da elite dominante brasileira em reabrir as escolas em meio à situação catastrófica da pandemia de COVID-19 estão se deparando com uma onda crescente de resistência.

New in Spanish

Tras exoneración de asesinos de Breonna Taylor: el camino a seguir en la lucha contra la violencia policial

Niles Niemuth, 28 septiembre 2020

La presencia ubicua de la violencia policial en EE.UU., con aproximadamente mil personas asesinadas cada año, está vinculada al aumento extremo de la desigualdad social y las tensiones de clases.

Mientras Trump nomina jurista de ultraderecha
Biden minimiza el peligro de un golpe electoral

Patrick Martin, 28 septiembre 2020

En una entrevista con MSNBC, el candidato presidencial demócrata trató de difundir la complacencia sobre la amenaza de dictadura de Trump.

Asesinato del ejército colombiano intensifica protestas contra violencia estatal

Andrea Lobo, 28 septiembre 2020

La ola de malestar está convergiendo con la oposición a la devastación causada por la guerra contrainsurgente del Estado, que ha cobrado más de 200.000 vidas de civiles.

El gobierno español del PSOE-Podemos reprime las protestas contra la política de inmunidad colectiva

Alejandro López, 28 septiembre 2020

Conforme el gobierno español amenaza con desplegar 7.500 soldados en Madrid en medio de un repunte del COVID-19 en toda Europa, esta represión supone una amenaza para toda la clase trabajadora.

Lecciones de la huelga de estudiantes de posgrado de la Universidad de Michigan

Jóvenes y Estudiantes Internacionales por la Igualdad Social (EE. UU.), 28 septiembre 2020

A lo largo del curso de la huelga, muchos estudiantes afirmaron admirablemente que su lucha no era sólo por la salud y la seguridad de ellos mismos, sino de la comunidad en su conjunto.

Decisión sobre la extradición de Assange programada para el próximo año

Thomas Scripps y Laura Tiernan, 28 septiembre 2020

Aceptando el argumento de la defensa de que cualquier cambio dramático en los hechos que rodean el caso antes del 13 de noviembre tendría que ser tenido en cuenta, Baraitser preguntó: "¿Qué impacto en su caso, digamos, tendrán las elecciones americanas?"

New in French

Pour une grève générale afin de stopper la résurgence de COVID-19 en Europe!

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Allemagne) et Socialist Equality Party (Royaume Uni) et Parti de l’égalité socialiste (France) et Sosyalist Eşitlik (Turquie), 26 septembre 2020

La campagne des gouvernements européens pour une réouverture complète des écoles, des lieux de travail et des lieux de rassemblement public a ouvert la voie à une résurgence dévastatrice du virus.

Pourquoi les démocrates ne luttent pas contre Trump?

Andre Damon, 26 septembre 2020

Les démocrates sont déterminés à empêcher l’intervention de la grande masse de la population en opposition à Trump, qui remettrait en cause les intérêts de l’oligarchie financière et les intérêts géopolitiques de l’impérialisme américain.

Les leçons de l'histoire: les élections 2000 et le nouveau « conflit irrépressible »

David North, 26 septembre 2020

Cette conférence a été prononcée par David North, rédacteur en chef du World Socialist Web Site et secrétaire national du Parti de l'égalité socialiste américain, le SEP (Socialist Equality Party), lors d'une réunion publique du SEP australien tenue le 3 décembre dernier à Sydney.

La contestation étudiante face à la politique d’immunité collective s’étend à toute la Grèce

Alex Lantier, 26 septembre 2020

Des lycéens ont défilé jeudi à Athènes et à Thessalonique alors que les occupations de lycées et les grèves des médecins, des travailleurs portuaires et des compagnies aériennes se répandent.

Pourquoi Unifor cache-t-il les détails de l’entente de principe conclue avec Ford Canada?
Les travailleurs de l'automobile doivent exiger une divulgation complète du contrat avant tout vote de ratification!

Carl Bronski, 26 septembre 2020

Si Unifor obtient gain de cause, les 6300 travailleurs de Ford Canada ne seront même pas autorisés à poser les yeux sur une copie de l’entente de principe avant d'être conduits sur la page de vote électronique lors de la réunion de ratification en ligne de ce dimanche.

New in German

Eine Million Corona-Tote: Regierungen geben die Pandemiebekämpfung auf

Andre Damon, 1. Oktober 2020

Die Herbst- und Wintermonate in Amerika und Europa werden voraussichtlich einen starken Anstieg der Corona-Fälle bringen.

Trump nutzt Wahldebatte für Aufruf zu faschistischer Gewalt

Joseph Kishore – Präsidentschaftskandidat der Socialist Equality Party (USA), 1. Oktober 2020

Trump wiederholte den Aufruf an seine Unterstützer in rechten Bürgerwehren, die Wahllokale zu überwachen und das Wahlergebnis nicht zu akzeptieren.

Etablierte Parteien wählen AfD-Mann in Gera zum Stadtratsvorsitzenden

Martin Nowak, 1. Oktober 2020

In Gera wurde Reinhard Etzrodt von der AfD parteiübergreifend zum deutschlandweit ersten Stadtratsvorsitzenden der rechtsextremen Partei gewählt

700 Schulen in Griechenland besetzt: „Schulen sind Zeitbomben für die öffentliche Gesundheit!“

Robert Stevens und John Vassilopoulos, 1. Oktober 2020

Mittlerweile sind mehr als ein Fünftel der 3.168 Oberschulen Griechenlands von Schülern besetzt.

Assange wird in den USA wie ein „Terrorist“ behandelt, sagt Ex-Gefängnisdirektorin
„Krieg gegen den Terror“ jetzt auch im Inland

Thomas Scripps und Laura Tiernan, 1. Oktober 2020

Bairds Aussage macht deutlich, dass Assange nun denselben CIA-Überstellungen und Foltermethoden zum Opfer fällt, die er als WikiLeaks-Verleger und Journalist mutig entlarvt hat.

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

Trump’s Operation Dictatorship: What the debate exposed

1 October 2020

The White House is the center of a fascistic conspiracy to overturn the Constitution and establish a presidential dictatorship.

Earlier Perspectives »

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.

Featured Commentary

The ultra-right background of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

By Alan Gilman, 1 October 2020

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a protegée of arch-reactionary Antonin Scalia, would significantly shift the court in the direction of religious obscurantism and political repression.

Trump uses debate to incite fascist violence

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 30 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

The Times has abandoned, without any public announcement or explanation, the central thesis that 1619, not 1776, was the “true founding” of the United States.

Why won’t the Democrats fight Trump?

By Andre Damon, 25 September 2020

Trump’s coup d’état election

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 24 September 2020

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

By David North, 25 September 2020

SEP US presidential election campaign

The Persecution of Julian Assange

Evidence of war crimes, torture, surveillance and assassination plots: Assange hearing nears final day

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 1 October 2020

The CIA’s surveillance was targeted against Assange’s communication with his legal representatives, considered “priority targets.”

A tale of two leaks
NYT hailed for publishing Trump’s tax returns, Assange pilloried for exposing DNC-Clinton corruption in 2016

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 September 2020

Former US prison warden testifies Assange will be treated like a “terrorist”: The “war on terror” comes home

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 30 September 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Defend Dr. Joseph Scalice against Stalinist slanders

Letters from the Philippines and Australia defend Dr. Joseph Scalice’s “meticulous and painstaking research”

By Our reporters, 1 October 2020

We urge readers to send statements in support of historian Dr. Scalice, who has been slandered as a “CIA agent” for his exposure of the reactionary politics of Maoism in the Philippines.

Historian Joseph Scalice responds to Stalinist Sison’s foul imagery

By Joseph Scalice, 30 September 2020

“The fight here is not just to defend Dr. Scalice’s works but to oppose continuing historical revisionism”
More letters from the Philippines defending Dr. Joseph Scalice against libellous allegations by Communist Party founder Sison

By Our reporters, 29 September 2020

Arts Review

A muse of postwar France: Singer and actress Juliette Gréco (1927-2020)

By Paul Bond, 1 October 2020

Singer and actress Juliette Gréco’s considerable achievements are bound up inextricably with the problems of postwar French intellectual and cultural life.

Toronto International Film Festival 2020: Part 3
Limbo, Gaza mon amour, The Disciple: Art is both richer and duller than life

By David Walsh, 30 September 2020

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

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)

Tenor Placido Domingo, defending his character and reputation, retracts “apologies” for alleged sexual harassment

By Fred Mazelis, 29 September 2020

Metropolitan Opera announces cancellation of entire 2020–2021 season

By Fred Mazelis, 26 September 2020

History

Seventy-five years since the Stalinist murder of Vietnamese Trotskyist leader Ta Thu Thau

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2020

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

By Saman Gunadasa, 2 September 2020

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

Socialist Equality Party

Public meeting: New Zealand’s COVID election, the breakdown of capitalism and the fight for socialism

By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 28 September 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) holds online health workers’ forum

By our reporter, 29 September 2020

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

Commentary

Jacobin magazine pleads with Biden and the Democrats to fight Trump

By Genevieve Leigh, 29 September 2020

Trump’s tax returns and the parasitism of the financial oligarchy

By Patrick Martin, 29 September 2020

Is Trump preparing an “October Surprise”?

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2020

Washington D.C. proposes to remove the names of Jefferson, Franklin and others from public places

By Dominic Gustavo, 28 September 2020

After the exoneration of Breonna Taylor’s killers: The way forward in the fight against police violence

By Niles Niemuth, 26 September 2020

Lessons of the University of Michigan graduate student strike

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 26 September 2020

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

Trump on coronavirus pandemic: “Virtually nobody” affected

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

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

By Andre Damon, 21 September 2020

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

By John Malvar, 23 September 2020

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

By Tom Carter, 21 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

25 years ago: O.J. Simpson acquitted in murder trial

On October 3, 1995, retired American football star O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murder of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.

More »

50 years ago: Egyptian President Nasser dies

On September 28, 1970, Gamal Abdel Nasser, the president of Egypt since 1956, died unexpectedly of a heart attack.

More »

75 years ago: US General Patton demoted after opposing “denazification” in Germany

On September 28, 1945, US General George S. Patton was removed from his position as military governor of Bavaria in Allied-occupied Germany.

More »

100 years ago: Chicago “Black Sox” baseball scandal begins

On September 28, 1920, seven players and one former player from the Chicago White Sox baseball team were indicted for entering into a conspiracy with organized crime figures to deliberately lose games in the 1919 World Series in return for money.

More »

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

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

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.