Health disaster and class conflict on horizon as millions of students return to US schools

By Evan Blake, 8 September 2020

Following the Labor Day holiday, the vast majority of schools have now reopened in the US, sending millions of students and educators back into schools and threatening a massive spread of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the country.

More on the back to school drive »

University of Michigan graduate students strike over pandemic danger

By our reporters, 8 September 2020

The Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) reported overwhelming support for the strike from its members with 80% voting in support of the strike action.

Trump Labor Day press conference: Empty boasts and fascistic threats

By Patrick Martin, 8 September 2020

The president’s demeanor was that of a cornered rat, snarling, vicious and clearly beleaguered by growing popular opposition to his presidency.

Imperialist powers step up anti-Russia campaign over Navalny case and Belarus

By Clara Weiss, 8 September 2020

The campaign over Navalny is closely tied to the crisis in Belarus, in which Berlin and the EU are intervening more aggressively.

Global coronavirus death projections point to policy of herd immunity being pursued with impunity

By Benjamin Mateus, 8 September 2020

The IHME has provided startling and horrific coronavirus death projections around the globe for the next three to four months.

US enters new phase of coronavirus pandemic: Report estimates more than 400,000 deaths by January

Texas educators launch safety committee to save lives

By the Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 8 September 2020

The following is a statement from the Texas Educators Rank-and-file Safety Committee, which has been established to mobilize opposition to the increasingly unsafe conditions in Texas schools and the draconian demands placed on educators and other school workers.

Largest Texas school districts slated to open without testing anyone

By Chase Lawrence, 8 September 2020

All of the major school districts that are not going to test students and staff are situated in densely populated areas that are also COVID-19 hotspots with rampant community spread.

Anger erupting as union paves way to open New York City schools

By Alberto Escalera and Sandy English, 8 September 2020

Teachers are returning to work today to prepare for the full reopening of the schools on September 21 brokered by the United Federation of Teachers and the Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.

West Virginia schools return to in-person instruction

By Naomi Spencer, 8 September 2020

As West Virginia public schools reopen, all but nine of the state’s 55 counties are beginning in person.

Ontario teachers union leader emphatically opposes job action to stop reckless school reopening

By Matthew Richter, 8 September 2020

The federal Liberal and provincial governments are determined to reopen the schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic so that parents can be forced back on the job to produce profits for big business.

Mexican medical workers, facing highest death toll in the world, protest layoffs and lack of protective gear

By Andrea Lobo, 8 September 2020

The most damning indictment of the the López Obrador government’s response to the pandemic, are the deaths of 1,410 health care workers, the highest number in the world.

Florida sheriff’s department creates intelligence-led police program to monitor and harass residents

By Alex Johnson, 8 September 2020

A Tampa Bay Times investigative report released last week exposed a Pasco County policing and intelligence-gathering program in Florida which carried out mass monitoring, targeted intimidation and harassment tactics against hundreds of resident families.

No slave labor, prisoners must go!
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns against use of convict labor

By Tim Rivers, 8 September 2020

The Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee has issued a statement denouncing the management threat to use convict labor at the plant 40 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana and is calling for the establishment of safe and humane working conditions.

General Motors, Honda announce joint venture to cut billions in production costs

By Jessica Goldstein, 8 September 2020

The joint venture is expected to produce savings in the billions of dollars for the two auto giants by facilitating massive job cuts and attacks on workers.

Unsubmissive France leader Jean-luc Mélenchon boasts of discussion with big business

By Anthony Torres, 8 September 2020

Mélenchon’s boast demonstrates the class orientation of his party Unsubmissive France and the other “left populist” European parties

Open letter in Le Soir: Belgian ruling class calls to spread COVID-19

By Jacques Valentin, 8 September 2020

Calls for a policy of “herd immunity” underline the indifference of the ruling class to the number of deaths caused by its health policy.

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer slashes 2,500 jobs

By Tomas Castanheira, 8 September 2020

The Morenoite-led union is attempting to subordinate workers to the Brazilian state and its military.

Australian big business, federal government demand accelerated lifting of Melbourne lockdown

By Patrick O’Connor, 8 September 2020

The anti-lockdown campaign is aimed at accelerating the ruling elite’s homicidal reopening of the economy.

Unions help impose new wave of job cuts in Australian universities

By Mike Head, 8 September 2020

The NTEU and CPSU are pleading with the managements for negotiations on how to best enforce even deeper cost-cutting measures on their members.

7 September 2020

In the face of increasing government, fascist attacks
Protests against police violence continue across the US

By Jacob Crosse, 7 September 2020

DSA member in Spokane, Washington detained by unidentified officers before police violence protest

By Kayla Costa, 7 September 2020

Massive speculation fuelled by the Fed has driven Wall Street surge

By Nick Beams, 7 September 2020

Political furor erupts over Trump slurs against dead and wounded US soldiers

By Patrick Martin, 7 September 2020

Oppose unsafe school openings! Follow the science, not greed, say Detroit educators

By the Detroit Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 7 September 2020

San Diego, California school districts plan reopenings based on dangerous new state guidelines

By Renae Cassimeda and Jake Dean, 7 September 2020

“Schools should not be opened if it puts people at risk”
Australian teachers back US educators’ fight for independent rank and file safety committees

By our correspondents, 7 September 2020

Facebook announces political censorship plan in advance of US presidential election

By Kevin Reed, 7 September 2020

In Europe, COVID-19 cases surge and deaths mount following end of lockdowns

By Robert Stevens, 7 September 2020

Brazilian postal workers wage bitter strike against wage cuts, privatization

By Gabriel Lemos, 7 September 2020

Alarm bells as London bus driver tests positive for COVID-19

By Laura Tiernan, 7 September 2020

German automotive supplier Continental doubles job cuts

By Gustav Kemper, 7 September 2020

Teen in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania linked to 40 new COVID-19 cases

By Isaac Finn, 7 September 2020

Trump administration overpays, underdelivers on USDA food box program for the hungry

By Alex Findijs, 7 September 2020

Virginia’s Democratic governor calls for drastic budget cuts amid growing social crisis caused by COVID-19

By Dominic Gustavo and Nick Barrickman, 7 September 2020

Australian governments demand full economic “reopening” by December

By Mike Head, 7 September 2020

New in Turkish

#Trotsky2020: Lev Troçki’nin mirasına yönelik Morenocu bir iftira

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi ile dayanışma içindeki Sosyalist Eşitlik Grubu’nun (Brezilya) açıklaması, 5 Eylül 2020

FT’nin sözde anması, Troçki’nin siyasi mirasına ilişkin nesnel bir sunum olmak şöyle dursun, Troçki’nin tüm siyasi yaşamı boyunca uğruna mücadele ettiği devrimci ilkelere yönelik bir saldırıdır.

New in Portuguese

A campanha global para reabrir escolas e a estratégia internacional da classe trabalhadora

Evan Blake, 5 Setembro 2020

Em um número crescente de países ao redor do mundo, o impulso para reabrir escolas se tornou o centro da luta de classes.

New in Russian

На фоне нарастающего внутреннего кризиса американский империализм усиливает агрессию против России и Китая

Андре Деймон, 5 сентября 2020 г.

В ошеломляющем множестве угроз и открытых столкновений Вашингтон почти ежедневно разжигает конфликты, которые могут быстро выйти из-под контроля.

Дело Алексея Навального и империалистическое вмешательство в российскую политику

Клара Вайс, 5 сентября 2020 г.

. В то время как обстоятельства болезни Навального все еще расследуются, его дело стало фокусом вмешательства империалистических держав в российскую политику.

Последний год Троцкого
Часть третья

Дэвид Норт, 5 сентября 2020 г.

Оценка, в связи с восьмидесятилетием убийства Троцкого, работы великого теоретика и стратега мировой социалистической революции в последний год его жизни.

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Провозглашена независимость Вьетнама после «Августовской революции»

5 сентября 2020 г.

2 сентября 1945 года на волне антиколониальной борьбы в конце Второй мировой войны Вьетминь провозгласил независимость от французских и японских оккупантов.

New in French

La campagne mondiale pour la réouverture des écoles et la stratégie internationale de la classe ouvrière

Evan Blake, 5 septembre 2020

Dans un nombre croissant de pays à travers le monde, la campagne de réouverture des écoles est devenue le point central de la lutte des classes.

La crise du chômage aux États-Unis s’aggrave: près de 900.000 nouvelles demandes d’allocations de chômage

Jacob Crosse, 5 septembre 2020

L’existence quotidienne de millions de familles est réduite à la lutte pour le strict nécessaire alors que la faim ne cesse de croître.

«Nous avons le droit de nous retirer du travail, en particulier lorsque nous sommes exposés à la maladie et à la mort»
Royaume-Uni: un employé de Morrisons dans la distribution parle de l’épidémie de COVID-19 à Bridgwater

notre journaliste, 5 septembre 2020

Le World Socialist Web Site s’est entretenu avec un travailleur sur la situation au centre de distribution de la grande chaîne de supermarchés Morrisons à Bridgwater, dans le Somerset, qui a connu une épidémie de COVID-19 en mars.

New in Spanish

La campaña global de reapertura escolar y la estrategia internacional de la clase obrera

Evan Blake, 5 septiembre 2020

En un número cada vez mayor de países en todo el mundo, la marcha para reabrir las escuelas se ha vuelto el foco de la lucha de clases.

El último año de Trotsky
Quinta Parte

David North, 5 septiembre 2020

Una valoración, con motivo del ochenta aniversario del asesinato de Trotsky, de la obra del gran teórico y estratega de la Revolución Socialista Mundial durante el último año de su vida.

¡Por una huelga general contra la reapertura de las escuelas!

Comité Político del Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Francia), 5 septiembre 2020

El Parti de l’egalité socialiste llama a los maestros, jóvenes y trabajadores en Francia e internacionalmente a oponerse a la reapertura de las escuelas.

¡El Partido Socialista por la Igualdad denuncia el arresto masivo de 2.000 inmigrantes por parte de Trump!

Norissa Santa Cruz, 5 septiembre 2020

El asalto a los inmigrantes en todo Estados Unidos es una amenaza para toda la clase trabajadora.

La crisis de desempleo de EE.UU. empeora, casi 900.000 personas presentan nuevas solicitudes de beneficios por desempleo

Jacob Crosse, 5 septiembre 2020

La existencia diaria de millones de familias se ha reducido a la lucha por las necesidades básicas, ya que el hambre sigue aumentando.

Biden en Kenosha: ignorando los asesinatos fascistas, intensificando la política de identidad

Patrick Martin, 5 septiembre 2020

El candidato presidencial demócrata trató los sucesos de Kenosha como producto del racismo, sin decir nada de los asesinatos de dos manifestantes blancos contra la violencia policial.

New in German

DerFall Nawalny und die Kriegshysterie gegen Russland

Peter Schwarz, 5. September 2020

Seit der russische Oppositionspolitiker Alexei Nawalnyauf einem Inlandsflug ins Koma fiel, haben deutsche und andere westlicheMedien und Politiker in den Kriegsmodus geschaltet.

Die weltweiteKampagne zur Wiedereröffnung der Schulen und die internationaleStrategie der Arbeiterklasse

Evan Blake, 5. September 2020

Ungeachtet der enormen Gefahr, die vom Coronavirusausgeht, werden überall auf der Welt Schulen wiederöffnet. Dasskrupellose Vorgehen der herrschenden Klasse ist ins Zentrum desinternationalen Klassenkampfs gerückt.

Für einenGeneralstreik gegen die Wiedereröffnung der Schulen!

Politisches Komitee der Parti de l'égalité socialiste(Frankreich), 5. September 2020

Die PES ruft Lehrer, Jugendliche und Arbeiter inFrankreich und auf der ganzen Welt dazu auf, den Kampf gegen dieWiedereröffnung der Schulen aufzunehmen.

Socialist EqualityParty (USA): Eilantrag am Obersten Gerichtshof von Michigan gegen dasWahlzulassungsgesetz

Kevin Reed, 5. September 2020

Das Wahlkampfteam der SEP hat Berufung gegen einegerichtliche Entscheidung eingelegt, die sich auf eineverfassungswidrige Auslegung des Wahlzulassungsgesetzes in Michiganstützt. Das Gericht hatte der SEP auferlegt, trotz der CoronapandemieTausende Unterschriften zu sammeln, um in Michigan zurPräsidentschaftswahl antreten zu können.

Trotzkis letztesJahr
Teil 4

David North, 5. September 2020

Eine Würdigung von Leo Trotzkis Werk in seinem letztenLebensjahr, anlässlich des 80. Jahrestags der Ermordung dieses großenTheoretikers und Strategen der sozialistischen Weltrevolution.

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Perspective

The working class must demand an end to the show trial of Julian Assange

8 September 2020

Assange’s kangaroo court extradition hearing has seen the UK, which boasts of being one of the world’s oldest democracies, sink to the level of a tinpot dictatorship.

Earlier Perspectives »

80 Years Since the Assassination of Leon Trotsky

Trotsky’s Last Year
Part six

By David North, 8 September 2020

An appraisal, on the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of Trotsky’s assassination, of the work of the great theoretician and strategist of World Socialist Revolution during the final year of his life.

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

The Persecution of Julian Assange

Protesters condemn show trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey

By our reporters, 8 September 2020

Longstanding supporters were joined by others who had travelled from across the UK and from Switzerland, France, Portugal, the United States and Australia.

Watch John Pilger’s speech outside the London show-trial of Julian Assange

8 September 2020

“The American indictment is clearly rigged, a demonstrable sham. So far, the hearings have been reminiscent of their Stalinist equivalents during the Cold War.”

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Commentary

Once more: What has happened to the #MeToo witch-hunt?

By David Walsh, 8 September 2020

From October 2017 onward, through at least the first few months of 2020, the American media was alive—and one might say aglow—with lurid allegations of sexual misconduct directed against prominent figures in the arts and elsewhere.

Oppose the unsafe reopening of New York University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NYU, 8 September 2020

Over 10,000 students, faculty and staff have been tested for COVID-19 and are now returning to the buildings and classrooms in the city this week.

Student paper defends plan for segregated living spaces at New York University

Fraudulent Associated Press “fact-check” targets WSWS article on student housing segregation project at NYU

New York University moves to implement racial segregation in student dorms

The unanswered questions in the latest Russian “meddling” allegations

By Andre Damon, 7 September 2020

The US media's claims of a nefarious campaign by Russia to "sow divisions" during in the 2016 election have been discredited. But the New York Times is “at it again.”

End the blacklist of the World Socialist Web Site on Reddit!

The New York Times slanders left-wing opposition to Biden as “Russian propaganda”

The Movement for a People’s Party: No program, no principles, no future

By Jacob Crosse and Joseph Kishore, 7 September 2020

The killing of Michael Reinoehl: A state murder

By Niles Niemuth, 7 September 2020

Toppling of Sir John A. Macdonald statue triggers furor within Canada’s ruling elite

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 7 September 2020

German imperialism and the strange case of Alexei Navalny

By Peter Schwarz, 5 September 2020

The case of Alexei Navalny and the imperialist intervention in Russian politics

The global campaign to reopen schools and the international strategy of the working class

By Evan Blake, 4 September 2020

For a general strike against the reopening of schools!

Attend the UK online education forum Saturday September 5, 2pm
Form independent rank-and-file safety committees of teachers, educators, parents and students! For a general strike against the reopening of schools!

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

By Peter Symonds, 4 September 2020

Statements of support for historian Joseph Scalice from Australia and New Zealand

Edited transcript of Joseph Scalice’s lecture on CPP
First as Tragedy, Second as Farce: Marcos, Duterte and the Communist Parties of the Philippines

Watch: Lecture exposes role of Communist Party of the Philippines in propping up Duterte regime

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

1 August 2020

SEP US presidential election campaign

The Socialist Equality Party denounces Trump’s mass arrest of 2,000 immigrants!

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

SEP submits emergency application to the US Supreme Court in Michigan ballot access case

By Kevin Reed, 1 September 2020

Arts Review

The Silence of Others: The victims of Spanish fascism then and now

By Alejandro Lopez and Kevin Martinez, 7 September 2020

Timely and moving, the Spanish documentary details the efforts of activists and torture survivors to prosecute Francoite officials for crimes against humanity.

Chadwick Boseman (1976–2020): A talented actor, now hailed as a “king”

By Carlos Delgado, 5 September 2020

The promotion of Black capitalism in Pharrell Williams & Jay-Z’s “Entrepreneur”

By Elliott Murtagh, 4 September 2020

Coup 53 recounts the role of British intelligence in overthrowing Mosaddegh government in Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 3 September 2020

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Youth and students: Oppose the deadly reopening of schools! Take a stand on the side of the teachers and the working class!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 3 September 2020

“How war and dictatorship are prepared at universities”
Well-attended online meeting concludes IYSSE election campaign at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

By our reporters, 4 August 2020

Workers Struggles

Brazilian aerospace workers take strike vote; Ontario nursing home workers launch rotating strikes
Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 September 2020

Workers at Embraer have taken a strike vote in response to announced plans by management to axe 900 jobs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while 10,000 Ontario home day care workers are battling back against poverty wages.

Ford to slash 1,400 jobs as auto industry cuts widen

By Tim Rivers, 3 September 2020

GE Appliances workers in Louisville, Kentucky vote overwhelmingly to strike

By Zac Thorton, 3 September 2020

Germany’s IG Metall union organizes job cuts at Thyssenkrupp-Stahl

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 3 September 2020

25 years ago: International Workers Bulletin available on internet for the first time

On September 11, 1995, the International Workers Bulletin—the US predecessor of the World Socialist Web Site—was made available in its entirety on the internet for the first time.

More »

50 years ago: Palestinian guerrillas hijack airplanes to Jordan

On September 9, 1970, members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) hijacked the last of four planes seized and taken to Dawson’s Field, a remote airstrip outside of Zarqa, Jordan.

More »

75 years ago: Chinese Communist Party wins victories in renewed civil war

This week in September 1945, the Chinese Communist Party secured several military victories over the country’s right-wing nationalist Kuomintang government, even as truce negotiations continued.

More »

100 years ago: Communist Party of Turkey founded

On September 10, 1920, the Communist Party of Turkey was founded in Baku, the capital of the recently established Soviet Azerbaijan, as the Turkish section of the Communist International.

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Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Group in Turkey condemns attack against TİP deputy after threats from interior minister

By Sosyalist Eşitlik, 3 September 2020

Sosyalist Eşitlik unequivocally condemns the attack on Barış Atay, who was physically assaulted by a mob in İstanbul after Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu threatened him on social media.

History

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

By Saman Gunadasa, 2 September 2020

Science

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

By Benjamin Mateus, 2 September 2020

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

The 2020 US election

Trump incites vigilante violence against peaceful protests in Wisconsin

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US President, 31 August 2020

Social crisis, class struggle and the 2020 election

By Andre Damon, 29 August 2020

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan SEP thanks those who supported its defence campaign

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 1 September 2020

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

After the Sri Lankan election, president moves towards dictatorial rule

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

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

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

Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

Free Julian Assange! Defend Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden!

SEP (Australia) holds successful fifth national congress

Book Review

The Kill Chain: A new era of world war

By Shuvu Batta, 29 August 2020

Obituary

Bernard Bailyn, historian of American colonial and revolutionary periods, 1922–2020

By Tom Mackaman, 13 August 2020

Socialist Equality Party (US)

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

12 August 2020

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

Internet Censorship

Open Letter from WSWS Chairman David North to Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai

31 July 2020

An open letter to Google: Stop the censorship of the Internet! Stop the political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site!

25 August 2017

Google suppressing World Socialist Web Site content in its search results for the New York Times’ 1619 Project