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Mehring Books, the publishing arm of the Socialist Equality Party (US), is proud to announce the publication of Volume 1 of COVID, Capitalism, and Class War: A Social and Political Chronology of the Pandemic, a compilation of the World Socialist Web Site's coverage of this global crisis. We post today Evan Blake's introduction to the book.

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Washington’s nuclear brinkmanship threatens catastrophe

The declaration by politicians, generals and the media that the US must not be “deterred’ by the threat of nuclear annihilation is an assertion that the American ruling class will accept the deaths of millions in pursuit of its aims.

The senseless killing, nearly two decades into the US occupation of Iraq, exposes the criminality and hypocrisy of US imperialism.

Dominic Gustavo
On the 82nd anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky

Eighty-two years ago, on August 20, 1940, Leon Trotsky was assassinated by an agent of the Stalinist secret police, the GPU, in his villa in Coyoacan, Mexico, where he spent the final three years of his life as a political exile.

Report to Seventh Congress of Socialist Equality Party (US)

Build rank-and-file committees, the organs of 21st century working class struggle!

This report was given by Eric London to the Seventh Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US) in support of the resolution titled “Build the International Workers Alliance of Rank-and-File Committees! For a global counteroffensive of the working class!”

Eric London

Greetings from the ICFI to the SEP (US) 2022 Congress

The Theory of Permanent Revolution in Turkey and throughout the world

These remarks were delivered by Ulaş Ateşçi, a leading member of the Sosyalist Eşitlik Grubu (Socialist Equality Group, SEG) in Turkey, to the Seventh National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US).

Ulaş Ateşçi
Wije Dias: A fighter for Trotskyism (1941-2022)

Comrade Wije Dias, the longtime general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), died in Colombo on July 27, 2022. This exhibit includes two tributes to Wije by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North as well as a selection of Wije’s most significant articles and speeches.

Washington’s nuclear brinkmanship threatens catastrophe

The declaration by politicians, generals and the media that the US must not be “deterred’ by the threat of nuclear annihilation is an assertion that the American ruling class will accept the deaths of millions in pursuit of its aims.

Andre Damon, Joseph Kishore

US-NATO escalation in Ukraine risks nuclear war

In the aftermath of the military debacle suffered by Russian forces in Northern Ukraine this month at the hands of US proxy forces, dominant sections of the US political establishment have demanded a massive expansion of US involvement in the war.

Andre Damon, Joseph Kishore

Berlin transport workers support struggle of US rail workers

This letter was sent by the Berlin Transport Workers Action Committee to the Railroad Workers Rank-and-File Committee in the United States which is organising workers in opposition to the White House-brokered sellout contract announced last week to block a national strike.

Berlin Transport Workers Action Committee

Ongoing support for zero-COVID advocate Dr David Berger

“In a world of rampant misinformation, unclear public advice, and government inaction, any attempt to silence one of the few voices contributing positively to informing the public is unacceptable and must be opposed.” – Antoinette, University of Melbourne student

Our reporters

The Forgiven: The accidental death of “a nobody”

The 2021 film concerns the consequences of a wealthy couple, on the verge of divorce, accidentally hitting and killing a young boy, while driving to a party in the Moroccan desert.

Penny Smith

Tajik-Kyrgyz border conflict erupts in violence

Nearly 100 people died and hundreds more suffered injuries last weekend, a consequence of the long-standing dispute between the two Central Asian countries over control of the Fergana Valley.

Andrea Peters

This week in history: September 19-25

This column profiles important historical events which took place during this week, 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 75 years ago and 100 years ago.

This week in history: September 12-18

This column profiles important historical events which took place during this week, 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 75 years ago and 100 years ago.

Fed makes clear recession and job losses are its goal

In his opening remarks to a press conference at the conclusion of a meeting of the Fed’s policy-making body, chair Jerome Powell said the central bank would “likely require maintaining a restrictive policy stance for some time” and “the historical record cautions strongly against prematurely loosening policy.”

Nick Beams

Key question from today’s policy meeting: Where the US Fed is heading?

The phrase “fighting inflation” is essentially a cover for the Fed’s real agenda which is the suppression of wage claims being advance by workers to try to compensate for the biggest price hikes in four decades by contracting the economy and driving up unemployment.

Nick Beams

World Bank says interest rate hikes are leading to global recession

With virtually all central banks, large and small, lifting their rates as governments reduce spending, the bank said the global economy “is in the midst of one of the most internationally synchronous episodes of monetary and fiscal tightening of the past five decades.”

Nick Beams

New Zealand ruling elite glorifies British monarchy

The endless tributes to the Queen are being used to divert attention from worsening social inequality, the policy of mass COVID infection and New Zealand’s integration into imperialist wars.

Tom Peters

After the queen’s funeral: the class struggle returns

Millions in the UK have been made a captive audience, with hagiographic media reports, delivered in the necessary solemn tones, forcing the entire country to show their respects whether they like it or not.

Chris Marsden

Hurricane Fiona knocks out power in all of Puerto Rico

Hurricane Fiona’s impact on Puerto Rico will be all the more devastating at a time in which the Puerto Rican society is still dealing with three major shocks: the COVID-19 pandemic, the considerable damage inflicted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the ongoing effects of the island’s financial bankruptcy

Rafael Azul
A video presentation by Evan Blake
What must be done to end the pandemic
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Sudan’s military junta launches brutal crackdown on protests

The deadliest violence since near weekly mass protests began last October over the military’s ouster of the interim government of Dr Abdulla Hamdok brings the total number killed since the coup to 114, including 18 children.

Jean Shaoul

Sri Lankan unions mount phony campaign against state repression

The Trade Union and Mass Organisation held a seminar to cement a pro-capitalist front with opposition parties aimed at blocking any independent action by workers and the poor that threatens capitalist rule.

W.A. Sunil and K. Ratnayake
Statement of the Editorial Board
For a Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Inquest is necessary to break through the cover-up, lies and misinformation that have been used to justify policies responsible for the avoidable deaths of millions.

Find out more

Julian Assange files appeal against extradition

The appeal, if the High Court agrees to hear it, will focus on the major political issues in Assange’s persecution, including revelations that the American government and the CIA plotted his kidnap or murder.

Oscar Grenfell
Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic
Family of Detroit autoworker who died of COVID-19 demands answers

Autoworker and grandmother Catherine Pace died on March 27, 2020 after contracting COVID-19 in the paint department at the Warren Truck Plant outside Detroit, then operated by Fiat-Chrysler, now Stellantis.

Watch video testimony
A historic advance in the fight for Trotskyism
The International Committee of the Fourth International accepts application of the Sosyalist Eşitlik Grubu to become its section in Turkey

The June 19 decision followed extensive discussions with representatives of the International Committee in Istanbul on the development of the fight for Trotskyism in Turkey and the Aegean and Black Sea regions.

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May Day 2022: The NATO-Russia war and the tasks of the international working class

In his introduction to the International May Day Online Rally, WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North reviews the historical origins of the US-NATO war drive against Russia and outlines the political strategy of the working class to oppose the danger of World War III.

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Timeline of thirty years of war: The historical background to the US-NATO conflict with Russia

This interactive timeline presents some of the most important events that have brought humanity to the brink of World War III. It includes links to critical articles and statements produced by the International Committee of the Fourth International over the past 30 years.

View the Timeline
The fight for Trotskyism and the political foundations of the World Socialist Web Site

The WSWS is publishing the report delivered by David North 25 years ago, on February 1, 1997, motivating the proposal to end publication of the SEP’s printed newspaper and replace it with an international website; as well as North’s reply to the National Committee ‘s discussion of the proposal.

Stop censoring the opponents of war!

On Saturday, Facebook deleted a video posted by the Socialist Equality Party of Germany opposing the German government’s participation in the US-led NATO proxy war against Russia in Ukraine.

Christoph Vandreier
WSWS Review
Thirty years since the dissolution of the USSR

Review the most critical essays, lectures and letters produced by the ICFI in the course of its intervention in response to the crisis of Stalinism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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One year since the US military's withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Afghan withdrawal represented a debacle for US imperialism, which based its policy throughout thirty years of uninterrupted wars, beginning with the first Gulf War in 1990-91, on the conviction that military force could overcome Washington’s precipitous economic decline.

Jordan Shilton

US extends economic war on Russia to China

Increasingly openly the US is treating the military war against Russia and the mounting confrontation with China as part of a far broader conflict to weaken and subjugate potential rivals.

Peter Symonds
100 years since the birth of Jean Brust

August 31, 2021 marks 100 years since the birth of Jean Brust, a leading figure in the Trotskyist movement. Comrade Jean, who died November 24, 1997 at the age of 76, joined the Trotskyist-led Young Peoples Socialist League as a teenager in 1937.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee denounces court ruling upholding designation of Germany's Socialist Equality Party as “left wing extremists”

The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (UK) passed a resolution Monday condemning the ruling of the Berlin Administrative Court, which on November 18, 2021, upheld the designation of the German security service of the German section of the ICFI as “left wing extremists”.

Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (UK)
Twenty years since the September 11 terror attacks

The horrific massacre of civilians was immediately exploited by the imperialist powers, led by the United States government itself, to justify far-reaching attacks on the democratic rights of their own populations, and the launching of decades-long wars in the Middle East and Africa.

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Washington Post promotes Trump’s other “big lie”: The Wuhan Lab theory

The same day that the House Select January 6 Committee documented how Trump used his “big lie” about the 2020 election to justify an attempted fascist coup, the Washington Post published an editorial promoting Trump’s other big lie: The claim that COVID-19 is a man-made virus created by China.

Andre Damon
Cliff Slaughter: A political biography (1928-1963)
By David North

Cliff Slaughter died on May 3, 2021, in Leeds, England, at the age of 92. His enduring contribution in the 1960s to the defense of Trotskyism stands in tragic contrast with his subsequent political opportunism and repudiation of revolutionary Marxism.

Washington’s nuclear brinkmanship threatens catastrophe

The declaration by politicians, generals and the media that the US must not be “deterred’ by the threat of nuclear annihilation is an assertion that the American ruling class will accept the deaths of millions in pursuit of its aims.

Andre Damon, Joseph Kishore
Eighty years since the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union

The WSWS has published a feature page incorporating a selection of essential essays from its own archives, and other documents produced contemporaneously by the Fourth International.

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Sylvia Ageloff and the assassination of Leon Trotsky
With David North and Eric London

North and London discussed the significance of the latest revelations of the the Security and the Fourth International investigation into Trotsky’s assassination.

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Introduction to new book Pike River: The Crime and Cover-up

Pike River: The Crime and Cover-up, published by Mehring Books, examines the causes of the 2010 New Zealand mine disaster, which killed 29 people, and the decade-long cover-up by successive governments and the judicial system, which have shielded the company leadership from prosecution.

Tom Peters
150 years since the birth of Rosa Luxemburg

The meeting examined Luxemburg’s role as a Marxist theoretician and political leader, and discussed the significance of her legacy to the contemporary struggle to build a Marxist leadership.

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