By Evan Blake, 13 August 2020
Across the US, thousands of teachers, education workers, parents and students are mobilizing to oppose the unsafe reopening of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Nick Beams, 13 August 2020
Since the crisis of mid-March when the market plunged and the financial system froze, Wall Street’s S&P 500 index has risen by 50 percent on the back of government corporate bailouts and the pumping out of trillions of dollars by the Fed.
By Joseph Mario, 13 August 2020
Scituate, a small coastal town south of Boston, is one example of broader situation in the state, where Governor Baker has pushed for schools to fully reopen in the fall.
By Kevin Reed, 13 August 2020
In a one paragraph order with no legal explanation provided, the US Supreme Court overturned a decision by a trial judge in Oregon relaxing ballot access requirements in consideration of the restrictions imposed on public interaction during the pandemic.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2020
The report on the $8.1 billion arms deal came amid fresh reports from Yemen of atrocities caused by US-supplied Saudi warplanes and munitions.
By Thomas Scripps, 13 August 2020
The working class must reject all demands for sacrifice to save the economy.
By Peter Schwarz, 13 August 2020
Scholz’s nomination is a signal to the financial oligarchy and the right-wing elements in the state apparatus that they can rely on the SPD without reservation.
“This is a modern-day sweatshop”
By our reporters, 13 August 2020
As the company makes money hand over fist from the pandemic's boost to online retail sales, hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers labor for long hours in unsafe conditions at Amazon's fulfillment centers.
Washington, DC transit system faces massive budget shortfall as it resumes near pre-pandemic service levels
By Harvey Simpkins, 13 August 2020
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is currently losing $2.5 million in revenue each weekday because of a 90 percent drop in ridership on its bus and rail lines.
By Carl Bronski, 13 August 2020
An unholy alliance of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, the federal Liberal government, and the United Steelworkers and Unifor trade unions is whipping up Canadian nationalism to justify retaliatory tariffs in answer to Trump’s “America First” protectionism.
By Tom Peters, 13 August 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government failed to undertake mass testing and left the country unprepared for a second outbreak of COVID-19.
By Patrick Davies, 13 August 2020
Orica stores between 6,000 and 12,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate at its Kooragang facility just three kilometres from Newcastle’s central business district.
By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 13 August 2020
There is something incredibly degrading and shameful about the whole process, testifying to the intellectual and cultural collapse of American politics.
By Tom Mackaman, 13 August 2020
Bailyn leaves behind a significant body of work that broadened the understanding of the intellectual conceptions that found expression in the American Revolution.
The coronavirus pandemic and capitalism
By Barry Grey, 13 August 2020
Vladimir Putin’s announcement Tuesday that Russia has officially approved a COVID-19 vaccine has intensified the global conflict between national powers and pharmaceutical giants to be the first to mass produce and market a vaccine for the deadly virus.
By Matthew Brennan, 13 August 2020
The new self-titled album distributes a considerable amount of opposition and anger across 11 songs. The results are uneven.
By Patrick Martin, 12 August 2020
Harris satisfies the advocates of identity politics while reassuring big business with her law-and-order record and close ties to the moneyed elite.
By Jacob Crosse, 12 August 2020
As eviction filings increase to pre-pandemic levels, workers and their families are left to fend for themselves.
By Kate Randall, 12 August 2020
A new analysis shows that the number of deaths from the coronavirus has likely been undercounted by 37 percent.
“We need to be the ones making the decision about when and how to reopen”
By Mitch Marcus and Phyllis Steele, 12 August 2020
Teachers across the state have reacted with disgust and anger at this week’s re-opening, which threatens to produce an explosion of new infections and deaths.
By Tony Robson, 12 August 2020
These inhumane, illegal, and xenophobic measures must be opposed. What is being legitimised is state repression and a further evisceration of the right to asylum.
Reject Johnson’s lies that UK schools are safe! For a general strike to block the reopening of schools
By Tania Kent, 12 August 2020
Johnson made clear that the reopening of schools was “integral to kick starting the economy.”
By Sam Wayne and Usman Khan, 12 August 2020
Colleges and K-12 schools across the US have sent letters to parents and students, requiring liability waivers be signed before students can return for in-person classes.
By the Ford Chicago Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 12 August 2020
Our coworkers are falling ill and even dying, but management and the union refuse to tell us the truth about how many have been exposed to or become infected with COVID-19.
By Will Morrow, 12 August 2020
An analysis of the back-to-school plans makes clear the fraudulent and essentially homicidal character of the Macron administration’s policy.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 August 2020
Experts have warned that the school clusters are likely the “tip of the iceberg,” signalling broader community transmission in New South Wales.
Bringing Afghanistan home:
By Roger Jordan, 12 August 2020
Sparked by fears of “civil unrest,” the operation included plans for military personnel to broadcast government-approved propaganda over loudspeakers and temporary radio stations.
By Arun Kumar, 12 August 2020
With the pandemic spreading rapidly in the country, the circumstances of the fire point to criminal negligence on the part of governments and hotel and hospital authorities.
By Jason Melanovski and Andrea Peters, 12 August 2020
Western imperialism is seeking to exploit the Lukashenko government’s violent suppression of protests to fuel its war drive against Russia.
By Alice Summers, 12 August 2020
Another 1 million workers are still furloughed in Spain, and will likely be cast onto unemployment rolls when this scheme comes to an end in the autumn.
By Tomas Castanheira, 12 August 2020
The demand for the immediate fall of the Áñez regime, brought to power in last November’s US-backed coup, is gaining increasing popular support.
By Andy Thompson, 12 August 2020
The sudden reversal by the two conferences came after growing opposition by players, which may have been a decisive factor in their decision to postpone the season.
By Genevieve Leigh, 12 August 2020
The science is clear: the reopening of schools under the current conditions will lead to countless deaths among students, parents, teachers, and more broadly in the working class.
By Dan Conway, 12 August 2020
In this political profile of Harris, published in July 2019, the World Socialist Web Site summed up her career as a representative of the US criminal justice system and a reliable defender of corporate and intelligence state interests.
12 August 2020
The paperback edition of this critical book on the history of the Fourth International is now available.
By Benjamin Mateus, 10 August 2020
The number of daily COVID-19 tests in the US has dropped significantly in recent weeks in line with the increasingly feverish drive to reopen the schools.
Georgia teachers and students force temporary closure of North Paulding High School over COVID-19 outbreak
By Genevieve Leigh, 10 August 2020
The cluster of COVID-19 cases at the school emerged as a direct consequence of the decision to reopen schools for in-person instruction amid a surge in infections.
“A game of Russian Roulette with the lives of children”
By Nancy Hanover, 10 August 2020
Teachers from across Florida marched on Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ mansion Saturday to protest his statewide mandate for fully in-person instruction.
By Rohantha De Silva, 10 August 2020
The Kathmandu government has reacted to youth protests over its failure to contain the coronavirus pandemic by arresting demonstrators.
By Jessica Goldstein, 10 August 2020
The company's so-called "safety measures," implemented with the support of the UAW, have been completely ineffective at halting the spread of the virus.
By Jacob Crosse, 10 August 2020
An analysis released Friday by the Aspen Institute estimates that between 28,900,000 and 39,900,000 tenants in the US are at risk of eviction by the end of the year.
By Marc Wells, 10 August 2020
The high court decision denies inmates their right to safety during a deadly pandemic and at the same time shows contempt for the lives of the poor.
By Brian Green, 10 August 2020
Most recently Reed opposed Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget that starves schools of resources while flooding the Police Department with billions of dollars.
By Shuvu Batta, 10 August 2020
While workers fight for safe working conditions and adequate pay, Amazon has taken advantage of the business opportunities opened up by COVID-19.
By Johannes Stern, 10 August 2020
The billion-euro armament projects are aimed at expanding Germany’s ability to make war, including the upgrading of the elite KSK force, which is riddled with fascists.
By Ulaş Ateşci, 10 August 2020
According to reports, at least 10,000 workers have participated in walkouts at nearly 30 oil and petrochemical facilities, including the Abadan, Parsian and Qeshm refineries.
By Mike Head, 10 August 2020
The High Court case will shed light on the profoundly anti-democratic implications of the legislation.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 August 2020
Some 400 more health workers in Victoria have contracted COVID-19 over the past two weeks, prompting warnings of a looming staffing crisis in the hospital system.
By Paul Bartizan, 10 August 2020
Warehouses, like meatworks and nursing homes, have become dangerous places for workers in this pandemic.
Unions’ big lie to Quebec health care workers battling the pandemic: “The government will protect you”
By Richard Dufour, 10 August 2020
With the unions unable and unwilling to defend them, health care workers must take matters into their own hands, to protect their own health and lives and those of the public.
By Andre Damon, 10 August 2020
Trump’s usurpation of the congressional prerogative to tax and spend is the latest act in his years-long effort to destroy all Constitutional guardrails on the power of the presidency.
By Patrick Martin, 10 August 2020
Despite media claims that the Democratic Party has “moved to the left,” Joe Biden is running on a thoroughly right-wing program based on the defense of Wall Street and the global interests of American imperialism.
Statement of the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 10 August 2020
Autoworkers are being deprived of the most basic information about the spread of infections in their workplaces.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 August 2020
The latest demonstrations over Tuesday’s deadly port explosion were marked by the presence of the Christian and Sunni parties and ex-generals.
By Evan Blake, 8 August 2020
Cuomo’s mandate provides crucial political support for the Trump administration’s drive to reopen schools irrespective of the cost to human life.
No masks, crowded hallways
By Genevieve Leigh, 8 August 2020
Two students from Georgia’s North Paulding High School were suspended after photos of hallways packed with crowds of unmasked students went viral on social media.
By Tony Jackson, 8 August 2020
The attorney general and governor of Texas are endangering the lives of teachers and students with a patently unscientific back-to-school pandemic plan.
“It’s a recipe for disaster”
By Tim Rivers, 8 August 2020
Opposition is growing among autoworkers and other workers to the back-to-school campaign, which is threatening the health of teachers, students and their families.
By Marianne Arens, 8 August 2020
In order to ensure the capitalists can turn a profit, all established parties, from the Christian Social Union to the Left Party, are pushing for a return to regular in-person teaching.
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 8 August 2020
The SEP calls for the development of an interconnected network of rank-and-file committees to prepare for a general strike against the opening of schools and the murderous policy of the ruling class.
As July report shows no let-up in mass joblessness
By Jacob Crosse, 8 August 2020
Driven by social interests irreconcilably opposed to those of the working class, congressional leaders from both parties adjourned Friday without restoring jobless pay.
By Bryan Dyne, 8 August 2020
The IHME projection of nearly 300,000 deaths by December exposes the lie that it is safe to reopen the schools.
By Elliott Murtagh, 8 August 2020
Faculty and graduate instructors have denounced university demands they teach in-person classes during the planned fall campus reopening.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 August 2020
Security forces used tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters near parliament on Thursday.
By Kevin Reed, 8 August 2020
On Thursday, the US president signed two executive orders that will ban the operation of TikTok and WeChat in the US unless they are acquired by US-based companies within 45 days.
By Nick Beams, 8 August 2020
The move has been couched in terms of protecting “investor safety,” but it is another component of the economic warfare being carried out by Washington.
By Zac Thorton, 8 August 2020
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter has received comments from a number of workers at the Tennessee plant.
By Jessica Goldstein, 8 August 2020
Region 2-B Director Richard Rankin presided over major attacks on workers, including the closure of the Lordstown, Ohio GM plant in 2019.
By Sam Dalton, 8 August 2020
Despite their completion of coursework, an international student faces deportation because they are unable to pay exorbitant tuition costs and fees.
“This is war, and we have to fight”
By our reporters, 8 August 2020
Opposition is growing among postal workers to the increasingly unbearable work regime and the ongoing efforts to privatize the postal service.
By Stephan McCoy, 8 August 2020
Between June and July, the number of cases grew by 500 percent indicating that COVID-19 is more widespread than the official figures suggest.
Reject whitewash report into London bus driver coronavirus deaths! For rank-and-file health and safety committees!
By Laura Tiernan and Miles Driver, 8 August 2020
There is nothing remotely “independent” about University College London’s review into bus driver deaths.
By Alexandra Greene, 8 August 2020
If anything, the figures presented by Statistics Canada understate the horrific social conditions facing most indigenous people.
By Ulrich Rippert, 8 August 2020
In stepping up its attacks on airline workers, Lufthansa collaborates closely with its three unions—UFO, Cockpit and Verdi.
By Tomas Castanheira, 8 August 2020
The movement that involved thousands of workers and their families is under threat of being shutdown with an agreement that validates the destruction of 747 jobs.
By Terry Cook, 8 August 2020
The United Workers Union has brokered a sell-out deal that maintains the exploitative conditions and low-pay regime at Woolworths’ Wyong distribution centre.
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
The response of the ruling class and its state to the SEP's legal challenge has been determined by one political motive: Keep socialists off the ballot!
By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2020
Kevin Rudd argues that the danger of war between the US and China is greater than at any time since the 1950s and warns the risk “will be especially high” in the lead-up to the US presidential election.
Indian railway and Sri Lankan port workers oppose privatisation; Australian supermarket warehouse employees stop work over COVID-19 infection
8 August 2020
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As Senate adjourns for weekend
By Jacob Crosse, 7 August 2020
Indifferent to the plight of millions of jobless workers and their families, senators from both parties adjourned Thursday with no agreement on extending expired unemployment benefits.
Chad Wolf testifies before Senate committee
US Homeland Security chief defends police-state crackdown, announces federal paramilitaries to remain in Portland
By Barry Grey, 7 August 2020
Wolf specifically defended the chilling practice carried out in Portland of seizing protesters blocks away from the federal courthouse, trundling them into unmarked vehicles and taking them to secret locations to be interrogated.
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna wins election setting the stage for an eruption of working-class struggles
By K. Ratnayake, 7 August 2020
While President Rajapakse hopes that an absolute parliamentary majority and new dictatorial measures will allow him to take on the working class, the eruption of militant struggles will assume revolutionary proportions.
“A nationwide strike is what needs to be done”
By Nancy Hanover, 7 August 2020
From Florida to California, teachers and parents are caravanning, protesting and petitioning against a reckless return to school as demanded by Wall Street and the entire political establishment.
Health Commissioner forced out as New York City prepares to reopen schools amid national pandemic surge
By Josh Varlin, 7 August 2020
Dr. Oxiris Barbot’s ouster indicates a more open return to the herd immunity strategy that guided the city’s disastrous early response to the pandemic.
By Martin Scott, 7 August 2020
Victoria’s state Labor Party government presided over the hiring of poorly-paid security guards with no infection control training.
By Laurent Lafrance, 7 August 2020
The Trudeau government took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to eliminate the “loophole” that had allowed some refugees fleeing Trump’s anti-immigrant witchhunt to escape immediate deportation under the STCA.
By Jason Melanovski, 7 August 2020
The arrest of 33 Russian military contractors in Belarus makes clear that the long-standing ally of Moscow has become a new hotspot in the growing conflict between the United States and Russia.
By Rory Woods, 7 August 2020
Hundreds of health workers demonstrated in London last week and dozens of protests are scheduled in cities across the country this Saturday, organised by Facebook groups.
By Julia Callaghan, 7 August 2020
On August 23, the moratorium on new evictions in England and Wales ends, threatening homelessness for the near quarter of a million people who have fallen behind with their rent since the start of the pandemic.
By Matthew Taylor, 7 August 2020
The St. Andrews Residence has been in disrepair for years leading many residents to believe the owners have deliberately neglected their health and safety in order to facilitate a sale of the million-dollar waterfront property.
By Isaac Finn, 7 August 2020
On August 5, faculty at the University of Akron voted down an offer that included layoffs of 96 full-time professors, pay cuts and increased health care premiums.
By Tom Carter, 7 August 2020
Alongside rampant brutality, a secretive police culture has emerged featuring tattoos, occult rituals and symbols, codes of silence, and barbecues to celebrate murder.
By Trévon Austin, 7 August 2020
Two new bankruptcy filings on Sunday—Tailored Brands and Le Tote—bring the total number to 43 this year.
By Shannon Jones, 7 August 2020
From top executives to low-level functionaries, the entire UAW stands exposed as a criminal conspiracy directed against autoworkers.
7 August 2020
The founder of American Trotskyism warned in August 1945 that the atomic bombs dropped on Japan placed before humanity the alternative of “socialism or annihilation.”
By Jordan Shilton, 7 August 2020
Police officers, former military officers and far-right operatives engaged in a vast conspiracy to hoard large quantities of munitions and weaponry, establish safe houses, identify political opponents, and procure the necessary materials to secretly dispose of dead bodies.
Theater on your personal device
By Erik Schreiber, 7 August 2020
A powerful play based on interviews shows how New York City’s health care workers battled the pandemic as the health care system collapsed around them.
Maltese doctors’ action against spread of COVID-19; Iranian oil workers continue strikes; Zimbabwe doctors’ and nurses’ stoppage spreads.
7 August 2020
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By Jean Shaoul, 6 August 2020
The blast is a damning indictment of Lebanon’s political elite, which allowed vast quantities of highly explosive ammonium nitrate to be stored in a wharfside warehouse for years without proper safety controls.
By Benjamin Mateus, 6 August 2020
Evidence is growing that the reopening of schools will lead to a massive resurgence of the pandemic, with deadly consequences for teachers and students.