US Supreme Court rules recent asylum seekers have no right to habeas corpus or due process

By Eric London, 26 June 2020

As in Dred Scott v. Sandford, the Supreme Court made the most sweeping anti-democratic ruling possible.

Trump signs reactionary proclamation expanding immigration restrictions

Production stoppage continues Friday at Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North auto plant in Detroit over COVID-19

By Shannon Jones, 26 June 2020

Workers arriving Friday morning have continued a stoppage that began Thursday after reports of three cases of COVID-19 among workers in the factory.

Coronavirus spreads across US, surging to highest single-day count of new cases

By Kevin Reed, 26 June 2020

The number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases across the US set a one-day record on Thursday as the pandemic spread and surged in states in the South and West.

Another 1.5 million US workers file for jobless benefits

By Jerry White, 26 June 2020

The US Labor Department recorded a record fourteenth week in a row in which the number applying for unemployment aid topped one million.

General Motors lays off 680 workers and eliminates third shift at its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant

By Zac Thorton, 26 June 2020

The company has filed a 60-day notice of mass layoffs as sales decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 ravages southeastern United States

By Cordell Gascoigne, 26 June 2020

Nine states are facing rising infection and death rates due to the criminal negligence of governments from the Texas state line on the west to the Atlantic Ocean.

Nurses and support staff at HCA Healthcare set to strike California hospital over cuts and PPE shortages

By Benjamin Mateus, 26 June 2020

One thousand nurses and support staff at HCA Healthcare are set to strike over concessions the hospital chain is demanding from frontline health care workers as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the US.

Coronavirus accelerating in Africa as cases top 300,000

By Stephan McCoy, 26 June 2020

The World Health Organisation has warned that up to 10 million will be infected over the coming three to six months and that 300,000 people will die on the African continent.

In letter to the Lancet, doctors condemn torture of Assange and demand his release

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 June 2020

The doctors note that since they last wrote to the prestigious medical journal in February, the abuse of the WikiLeaks founder’s rights has only intensified.

Wirecard: The German economy sinks into criminality

By Peter Schwarz, 26 June 2020

The company CEO was arrested in connection with the disappearance of 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion).

Germany’s Verdi trade union supports jobs massacre at department store chain

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 26 June 2020

This time around, Verdi even abandoned its ritualistic whistle-led protests, which in the past were used to make the workers believe that the union was ready to fight.

Five cruise ships detained by UK revealing atrocious conditions of seafarers

By Paul Bond, 26 June 2020

Globally there have been numerous suicides reported among crew members stranded at sea.

Parliamentary report exposes widespread fire-safety failings three years on from Grenfell Tower inferno

By Alice Summers, 26 June 2020

Of the 2,000 high-rise buildings still coated in highly flammable materials, 300 are clad with the Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) panels used on Grenfell Tower.

Australian military deployed in Melbourne as COVID-19 infection rate surges

By Martin Scott, 26 June 2020

The daily rate of new cases in Victoria is at its highest since early April.

No talks as Bath shipyard strike in Maine enters day five

By Shannon Jones, 26 June 2020

Management at Bath Iron Works is refusing to retreat from its demands for major concessions on subcontracting and work rules.

US: Bath shipyard workers strike over subcontracting and job cuts

New York City mayor de Blasio threatens 22,000 municipal worker layoffs

By Fred Mazelis, 26 June 2020

The city faces a June 30 deadline for a budget at a time when revenues show a $9 billion fall due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ahmaud Arbery’s killers indicted on murder charges in Georgia

By Matthew MacEgan, 26 June 2020

A Georgia grand jury indicted all three men with nine counts each, including malice murder and four counts of felony murder.

US police received over $760 million of military gear in the past two years

San Diego city council approves $27 million increase in police budget, pledges millions for an Office of Race and Equity

By Linda Rios, 26 June 2020

The San Diego City Council’s budget for FY 2020-21 includes a $27 million increase in the funding of the Police Department and $3 million devoted to the creation of an “Office of Race and Equity.”

Quebec court acquits fascist who led mob in threatening journalists

By Hugo Maltais, 26 June 2020

The court decision comes under conditions where capitalist ruling elites around the world are cultivating the extreme right as a weapon against mounting working class opposition.

New Zealand Police brutally attack young man in Auckland

By Tom Peters, 26 June 2020

The attack on an unarmed Maori man in Auckland follows mass protests against police violence and the arming of officers.

Australian police assault Aboriginal man with taser

Australian unions support Queensland Labor government’s public sector wage freeze

By Gary Alvernia, 26 June 2020

The pay “deferral” sets a new precedent for exploiting the COVID-19 emergency to intensify the ongoing corporate and government attack on the living and working conditions of workers.

24 June 2020

The United States nears a new one-day high of COVID-19 infections

By Benjamin Mateus, 25 June 2020

US indictment of Assange based on testimony of FBI assets, convicted child molester

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2020

As the pandemic spirals out of control, Trump attacks testing, holds indoor rally in Phoenix

COVID-19 cases rapidly surge in Texas

By Trévon Austin, 25 June 2020

IMF downgrades forecast for global economy

By Nick Beams, 25 June 2020

Brazilian government hides scale of COVID-19 pandemic to promote criminal reopening

By Tomas Castanheira, 25 June 2020

India rapidly emerging as epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic in Asia

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 25 June 2020

As COVID-19 spreads in Minnesota, Wisconsin warehouses
Amazon worker’s job in limbo after seeking to take time off for injury

By Nick Barrickman, 25 June 2020

Detroit nurses’ lawsuit exposes horrific conditions at Sinai-Grace Hospital as COVID-19 deaths spiked

By Kevin Reed, 25 June 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb throughout US
Hundreds of thousands of Illinois workers forced to risk health for profits under “Phase 4” of economic reopening

By Jessica Goldstein, 25 June 2020

Tuesday primaries show rising popular discontent with Democratic Party establishment

By Patrick Martin, 25 June 2020

Beset by crisis, Kremlin holds “victory parade”

By Clara Weiss, 25 June 2020

Johnson announces end of UK’s lockdown

By Robert Stevens, 25 June 2020

London bus drivers’ lives threatened by union collusion on inadequate COVID-19 measures

By Laura Tiernan, 25 June 2020

Unite union facilitates cover-up of COVID-19 outbreak in UK meat processing plants

By Tony Robson, 25 June 2020

Following “night of violence” in Stuttgart
German media and politicians stoke massive campaign for a police state

By Jan Ritter and Johannes Stern, 25 June 2020

New COVID-19 outbreaks in Germany and Berlin’s inhumane quarantine conditions

By Lisa Lachlan, 25 June 2020

US Appeals Court orders case against Michael Flynn dismissed

By Kevin Reed, 25 June 2020

California Democrats collaborate with state employees union to cut workers’ wages by 11 percent

By Alan Gilman, 25 June 2020

Canada: Media report says Ford may target Oakville assembly plant for closure

By Carl Bronski, 25 June 2020

Escalating economic and political crisis hits Fiji

By John Braddock, 25 June 2020

NSSP leader contests Sri Lankan elections on United National Party slate

By Vilani Peiris—leader of the SEP slate for Colombo district, 25 June 2020

New in German

Die Corona-Pandemie und die Notlage von Flüchtlingen und Migranten weltweit

Jordan Shilton, 25. Juni 2020

Die Corona-Pandemie, die weiterhin auf der ganzen Welt wütet, trifft mit besonderer Härte Millionen Flüchtlinge und Vertriebene.

Wirecard: Deutsche Wirtschaft versinkt in Kriminalität

Peter Schwarz, 25. Juni 2020

Mit dem Finanzdienstleister Wirecard ist ein weiterer DAX-Konzernen in einen Strudel von Affären, Betrug und Kriminalität geraten.

Berlin: Trotz Virusausbrüchen Rückkehr zum Regelbetrieb

Carola Kleinert, 25. Juni 2020

Unmittelbar vor den Sommerferien steigen die Covid-19-Infektionen bundesweit rasant an. Dennoch wird die Aufhebung von Schutzmaßnahmen überall rigoros vorangetrieben.

Frankreich unterstützt die Drohung Ägyptens, gegen die Türkei in den Libyenkrieg einzugreifen

Alex Lantier, 25. Juni 2020

Während Millionen Menschen in Afrika von Covid-19 bedroht sind, riskieren die Nato-Mächte, dass ihre seit neun Jahren andauernde Aufteilung Libyens zu einem regionalen oder sogar globalen Konflikt eskaliert.

New in Russian

Индо-китайский конфликт угрожает внешнеполитическим интересам России

Клара Вайс, 24 июня 2020 г.

В то время как США агрессивно вмешались в события на стороне Индии, Россия рассматривает столкновение как серьезный вызов своим геостратегическим интересам и стремится к переговорам по урегулированию конфликта.

Болтон призывает правых республиканцев порвать с Трампом по вопросам внешней политики

Патрик Мартин, 24 июня 2020 г.

Бывший советник Трампа по национальной безопасности дал множество антитрамповских интервью прессе, чтобы разрекламировать свои недавно опубликованные —и прибыльные — мемуары о пребывании в Белом доме.

New in Turkish

Türk ordusu Irak Kürdistanı’na kara harekatı başlattı

Ulaş Ateşci, 20 Haziran 2020

Büyük güçler ve bölgesel güçler arasında Libya, Doğu Akdeniz ve Suriye üzerine artan uluslararası çatışmaların ortasında, Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri (TSK) Irak Kürdistanı’na askeri harekat başlattı.

New in Mandarin

工人阶级、社会主义与抗击大流行病

David North, 2020年6月18日

在第四国际创始文件《过渡纲领》中,列昂·托洛茨基将1936-1937年大萧条期间在美国爆发的静坐罢工描述为 “美国工人为了将自己提升到历史给予他们的那些任务的水准所做的本能努力”。

华尔街以死亡为宴

大卫.诺斯, 2020年5月3日

昨天,4月14日,全球因COVID-19大流行造成的死亡总数超过126,000。在美国,周二有2400多人死亡,使全国受害者总数达到26000。这些官方数字无疑大大低于因冠状病毒感染而死亡的实际人数。

伦敦工人拼死与冠毒作战 富豪纷纷撤离

Michael Barnes, 2020年5月9日

早在新冠病毒大流行之前,伦敦就已是英国丑恶的不平等的中心。如今它不可避免地成为英国疫情的震中。这座城市是整个英国社会阶级分化的集中范例。

New in French

Un mois après la réouverture: la COVID-19 fait des ravages dans les États et les lieux de travail américains

Jerry White, 20 juin 2020

Le conditionnement de la viande aux États-Unis, les usines automobiles et d’autres importants lieux de travail ont été un vecteur important de la propagation de cette maladie mortelle.

De nouvelles demandes d’allocations de chômage indiquent une récession prolongée aux États-Unis

Shannon Jones, 20 juin 2020

Les nouvelles demandes pour la semaine qui se termine le 13 juin se sont élevées à 1,5 million, soit une baisse marginale par rapport aux semaines précédentes, ce qui indique que le choc produit par la pandémie a déclenché un effondrement plus vaste de l’économie.

Un général français de haut rang annonce les préparatifs de guerres «État contre État»

Will Morrow, 20 juin 2020

Faisant une analogie avec la pandémie de coronavirus, Burkhard a déclaré que l’éruption d’une guerre majeure «ne manque que la patient zéro de l’epidémie guerrière».

L’armée turque lance des attaques terrestres au Kurdistan irakien pour cibler le PKK

Ulaş Ateşci, 20 juin 2020

Au milieu de conflits internationaux croissants sur la Libye, la Méditerranée orientale et la Syrie, la Turquie a envahi le nord de l’Irak pour attaquer les milices nationalistes kurdes.

Comment les syndicats canadiens et le NPD ont ouvert la voie à un projet de loi imposant le retour au travail en pleine pandémie

Roger Jordan et Keith Jones, 20 juin 2020

La législation proposée appauvrirait et criminaliserait les travailleurs qui refusent de risquer leur vie et celle de leur famille pour le profit du patronat.

New in Spanish

La política comunalista racial y el segundo asesinato de Abraham Lincoln

Niles Niemuth y David North, 26 junio 2020

El Gobierno de Trump busca llevar a cabo un golpe contra la Constitución y establecer una dictadura presidencial basada en el ejército y la policía.

Estados Unidos se acerca a un nuevo máximo de un día de infecciones de COVID-19

Benjamin Mateus, 26 junio 2020

EEstados Unidos se acercó a un nuevo récord de un día en nuevos casos de COVID-19, con 38,386 nuevas infecciones, sólo unos pocos cientos por debajo del récord alcanzado el 24 de abril con 39,072 casos.

Acusación estadounidense contra Assange se basa en testimonios de activos del FBI, abusador de menores condenado

Oscar Grenfell, 26 junio 2020

La acusación pinta una imagen de los operativos estadounidenses que revisan chismes de tabloides de una década de antigüedad y que sacan a las criaturas más desagradables de sus propias agencias de inteligencia para arrojarle barro a Assange.

El coronavirus se está expandiendo entre los trabajadores agrícolas y de plantas pesqueras en EE.UU.

Emma Arceneaux, 26 junio 2020

Mientras los trabajadores agrícolas son considerados esenciales por el Gobierno federal, no ha habido ninguna orden nacional sobre la industria para protegerlos del COVID-19.

‘Estrella amarilla, estrella roja’
La contrarrevolución capitalista y el surgimiento del fascismo en Europa sudoriental desde 1989

Clara Weiss, 26 junio 2020

Aunque fatalmente defectuoso por su ecuación de estalinismo con comunismo, y la reticencia de la autora a discutir el carácter social de la restauración del capitalismo, el libro expone la estrecha relación entre la contrarrevolución capitalista y el ascenso de las fuerzas fascistas.

El FMI rebaja el pronóstico para la economía mundial

Nick Beams, 26 junio 2020

Se prevé que la economía mundial se verá afectada por un impacto de 12 billones de dólares entre 2020 y 2021, y que la pandemia COVID-19 tendrá un efecto "catastrófico" en el mercado laboral mundial.

El gobierno brasileño esconde la magnitud de la pandemia de COVID-19 para promocionar la reapertura criminal

Thomas Castanheira, 26 junio 2020

Diferentes estudios apuntan a una severa subrepresentación de los casos y las muertes por COVID-19, mientras se difunden por todo Brasil brotes en los lugares de trabajo

New in Portuguese

Por uma ação internacional da classe trabalhadora contra a pandemia de COVID-19!

Declaração do Comitê Internacional da Quarta Internacional, 24 Junho 2020

Apenas uma intervenção política independente da classe trabalhadora internacional contra o sistema capitalista pode acabar com as mortes em massa causadas pela pandemia de COVID-19.

Os fundamentos malthusianos da estratégia de “imunidade de rebanho” de Boris Johnson

Por Thomas Scripps, 24 Junho 2020

As principais figuras da elite dominante consideram hoje em dia as vítimas da pandemia um “controle” supostamente natural de setores da população considerados um prejuízo para os lucros.

New in Norwegian

Etabler grunnplankomitéer på fabrikker og arbeidsplasser for å forhindre overføring av Covid-19-virus og redde liv!

Uttalelse fra Socialist Equality Party (USA), 22. mai 2020

Regjeringen og selskapene krever gjenopptakelse av arbeid midt under en pandemi, som hver uke krever flere tusen liv. Deres pådriv for profitter prioriterer ikke arbeideres og deres familiers helse og sikkerhet.

Trump-administrasjonen gjør Taiwan til sin seneste front i antiKina-kampanjen

Peter Symonds, 22. mai 2020

USA har provoserende hyllet gjenvalget av den taiwanske presidenten Tsai Ing-wen og presset på for Taiwans sak under det årlige ministermøtet for Verdens helseorganisasjon (WHO).

USA forbereder antiRussland-krigsspill midt under pandemien

Andrea Peters, 22. mai 2020

Om litt mer enn to uker vil 6 000 amerikanske og polske tropper simulere bakke og luftbårne angrep ca. 56 kilometer fra det russiske territoriet Kaliningrad.

Covid-19-pandemien avslører Frankrikes Nytt Antikapitalistisk Parti

Alex Lantier, 22. mai 2020

Pandemien setter arbeidere i alle land opp i en uforsonlig konflikt med de pro-imperialistiske middelklassepartiene som styringsklassen lenge har fremstilt som venstresiden.

New in Italian

La classe lavoratrice, il socialismo e la lotta contro la pandemia

David North, 1 aprile 2020

Gli scioperi e le proteste dei lavoratori di Instacart, Amazon e Whole Foods sono in risposta alla criminale subordinazione della sicurezza dei lavoratori ai profitti aziendali.

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Perspective

As COVID-19 cases triple in a month, Latin American elites press ahead with back-to-work campaign

26 June 2020

The ruling classes in the most unequal region of the world have based their response to the pandemic and the economic crisis it spurred on protecting their wealth and privileges at all costs.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Statements

Racial-communalist politics and the second assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Niles Niemuth and David North, 25 June 2020

Hands off the monuments to Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Grant!

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 22 June 2020

For international working class action against the COVID-19 pandemic!

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 23 June 2020

Arts Review

Veteran curator at New York’s Metropolitan Museum latest to come under racialist attack
Institution accused of “white supremacy and culture of systemic racism”

By David Walsh, 26 June 2020

The attack launched against Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Keith Christiansen for his remarks concerning the danger of valuable art works being destroyed in the course of upheavals is without any merit whatsoever.

Book Review

The Room Where it Happened: John Bolton’s account of the “palace coup” opposition to Trump

By Andre Damon, 26 June 2020

The book presents an account of the policy differences between John Bolton and Donald Trump that broadly reflect the policy differences between the president and dominant sections of the American state apparatus that led to Trump’s impeachment.

Socialist Equality Party (US)

Twenty-five years since the death of Ed Winn

By Fred Mazelis, 26 June 2020

Twice the presidential candidate of the Workers League, Ed Winn fought for Marxist principles throughout the American and international working class. He was a New York City transit worker for 22 years.

Commentary

The COVID-19 pandemic and the global plight of refugees and migrant workers

By Jordan Shilton, 24 June 2020

Siberian Arctic records temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit

By Bryan Dyne, 24 June 2020

New York Times column: Pandemic shows need to curtail “unnecessary” and “wasteful” doctor’s visits

By Kate Randall, 25 June 2020

Ten years since the US-backed coup against Australian Labor PM

By Mike Head, 24 June 2020

Workers Struggles

Thousands of Iranian sugarcane workers strike for second week; clothing workers’ stoppage in Lethoso; Zimbabwe nurses and doctors protests and strike
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

26 June 2020

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

SEP US presidential election campaign

The fight to put the SEP on the ballot continues as Illinois court denies challenge to relaxed ballot access rules

By Kristina Betinis, 23 June 2020

An appeals court denied a challenge to an April ruling that the pandemic and social distancing presented a “nearly insurmountable hurdle” to the in-person collection of tens of thousands of signatures.

Socialist Equality Party challenges undemocratic ballot access laws in Michigan

By Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidates for president and vice president, 20 June 2020

SEP candidates Kishore and Santa Cruz file federal lawsuit challenging ballot access laws in Michigan

SEP launches petition to appear on the presidential ballot in Illinois

Oppose all public education budget cuts, layoffs and the unsafe reopening of schools! For a socialist program to fully fund and vastly expand public education!

By Joseph Kishore--Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, 23 June 2020

Andreja Pejić interviews Joseph Kishore on Instagram

The Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate spoke about the multiracial protests against police violence, identity politics, and the way forward for the international working class.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan SEP to hold first election rally online on June 28

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24 June 2020

The SEP meeting will discuss the crucial political developments in Sri Lanka and internationally and the tasks before the Sri Lankan working class.

Sri Lankan SEP holds online meeting on global protests against police murders

By Wije Dias, 22 June 2020

Wije Dias, General Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka, delivered the main speech at an online meeting on the global protests against the police killings and moves towards autocratic methods of rule.

The New York Times' 1619 Project

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 6 September 2019

Mehring Books

Introduction to The Fourth International and the Perspective of World Socialist Revolution: 1986–1995

By Joseph Kishore, 19 June 2020

We are publishing here the introduction to the upcoming book The Fourth International and the Perspective of World Socialist Revolution: 1986–1995. The book consists of lectures on the development of the perspective and program of the International Committee of the Fourth International in the aftermath of the split with the British Workers Revolutionary Party in February 1986.

Free Julian Assange

Julian Assange’s fiancé calls on the Australian government to secure his freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 June 2020

Journalists expose CIA spying on Assange and demand his freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 June 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

25 years ago: Germany sends troops into the Balkans

On June 26, 1995, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl announced the decision to deploy German troops into the Balkans for the first time since Hitler’s Wehrmacht invaded the region in 1941.

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50 years ago: Alexander Dubček expelled from the Communist Party

Alexander Dubček, former First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, was expelled from membership on June 26, 1970.

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75 years ago: Victory parade in Moscow celebrates defeat of Nazi Germany

On June 24, 1945, more than 40,000 Red Army soldiers marched through Moscow in one of the largest military parades held to that point in the Soviet Union.

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100 years ago: British gunboats kill 1,000 in Turkish city of Izmit

On June 26, 1920, the British Royal Navy bombarded the city of Izmit on the shore of the Sea of Marmara, killing over 1,000 Turkish nationalist troops.

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Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

SEP (Australia) June 23 online lecture
The ICFI and the war against Pabloism

19 June 2020

The lecture will review the international political context of the emergence of Pabloism, a national-opportunist tendency within the Fourth International.

June 7 Online Meeting

History

Book Review
Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

By Shannon Jones, 11 June 2020

The History Channel’s Grant

By Tom Mackaman, 1 June 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan president establishes military taskforce: Another step toward dictatorship

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 9 June 2020

The coronavirus pandemic

The Malthusian underpinnings of Boris Johnson’s “herd immunity” strategy

By Thomas Scripps, 8 June 2020

Build rank-and-file factory and workplace committees to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus and save lives!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 21 May 2020

Brazilian Trotskyists issue call for working-class action against pandemic
What will be the cost of implementing this program? Who will pay for it?

Statement of the Brazilian Socialist Equality Group (In Solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International), 2 June 2020

Turkish Trotskyists call for independent working-class action against the pandemic

By Sosyalist Eşitlik (in solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International), 5 June 2020

British Trotskyists issue call for working class action against pandemic

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 27 May 2020

SEP (Sri Lanka) calls for action committees to counter COVID-19 and defend jobs

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 June 2020

Oppose the premature lifting of COVID-19 safety restrictions!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 June 2020

London bus drivers face COVID-19 disaster: Build rank-and-file safety committees!

By Laura Tiernan, 5 June 2020

More on the coronavirus pandemic »

Science

Thirty years of the Hubble Space Telescope

By Bryan Dyne, 2 May 2020

Science vs. Trump: The dangerous promotion of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19

By Benjamin Mateus, 13 April 2020

International May Day Online Rally

Governments worldwide respond to COVID-19 by saving profits, not lives

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 12 May 2020

The ruling elite’s efforts to enforce a return to work—and impose a massive restructuring of class relations to pay for the bailout of Wall Street—will encounter enormous opposition from the working class.

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The COVID-19 pandemic: A trigger event in world history

By David North, 4 May 2020

We are publishing here the text of the opening report to the 2020 International Online May Day Rally delivered by David North.

On May 2, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.

History

Russian court keeps historian of Stalinist massacres jailed amid COVID-19 outbreak

By Clara Weiss, 12 May 2020

The vendetta against Dmitriev is part of the campaign by Russia’s state and ruling oligarchy to suppress all efforts to uncover the truth about the crimes of Stalinism.

One Hundred and Fifty Years Since the Birth of Lenin

By David North, 22 April 2020

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov in the Russian city of Simbirsk on April 22, 1870. Known in history under the name of Lenin, he was the founder of the Bolshevik Party, leader of the 1917 October Revolution and, undoubtedly, a towering figure in the political and intellectual history of the twentieth century.

Fifty years since the massacre of students at Kent State

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2020

Obituary

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dead at 90

By Jerry White, 27 February 2020

From 1983 to 1995, Bieber presided over the final demise of the UAW as an organization that conducted a limited defense of the day-to-day interests of autoworkers and its transformation into what it is today: a direct arm of corporate management.

Hosni Mubarak, US-backed dictator of Egypt for 30 years, dead at 91

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2020

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes Turkish-language edition of The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 30 March 2020

First published by the WSWS in February 2018, The Struggle against Imperialism and for Workers’ Power in Iran—A Reply to a Proponent of “Iranian Islamic Socialism” advances a socialist strategy for the working class in a country that has been the target of US imperialist aggression for decades.

Preface to the Turkish edition of The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran

By Keith Jones, 30 March 2020

A viable strategy to defeat imperialism can only be founded on the working class, and requires its independent political mobilization against all factions of the Iranian bourgeoisie.

Amazon

South Carolina Amazon worker speaks on loss of his health, benefits and job

By Ed Hightower and Michael Walters, 21 March 2020

Donald Thrift Jr was left jobless with $27,000 in medical debt after contracting double pneumonia while working in an Amazon fulfillment center in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

As more workers test positive for COVID-19, Amazon ignores demands to close warehouses

By Tom Carter, 25 March 2020

At least three Amazon workers in Shepherdsville, Kentucky tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, following the discovery of COVID-19 cases in New York, Florida and Michigan warehouses.

Amazon workers in New York City shut down warehouse after worker tests positive for coronavirus

By Shuvu Batta, 21 March 2020

The discovery that an Amazon worker in Queens had tested positive for coronavirus sparked work stoppages which shut the processing facility Thursday night.