On some islands in the small South Pacific nation, entire villages have been wiped out by the tsunami that followed the most explosive volcanic eruption seen anywhere in decades.
Toronto caretaker speaks out against school reopenings: “Schools are not safe for in-person learning as long as COVID is not eliminated”
“By organizing rank-and-file committees,” writes the Toronto school caretaker, “education workers will be in a powerful position to force school closures as part of a broader Zero COVID strategy.”
Modi has made clear that his policy, like that of capitalist governments across the world, is to allow the coronavirus to spread throughout the population.
The saga exposes the power of federal governments—Liberal-National or Labor—to deport anyone designated as a “risk” to “good order” in Australia.
Prominent scientists Siouxsie Wiles and Shaun Hendy say their university told them to refrain from public comment despite being threatened by conspiracy theorists opposed to vaccination and lockdowns.
The fire Tuesday morning was the second such tragedy in just over a week in the poorest borough of New York City.
In more than 100 schools across the country, pupils went on strike Tuesday against the homicidal herd immunity policies of the conservative Austrian Peoples Party (ÖVP) and Green Party coalition government.
Maryland students and teachers oppose school reopenings as state officials seek to force in-person classes at all costs
As an unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases in the state of Maryland has brought the state’s health care infrastructure to near-collapse, opposition has formed to government officials’ indifference to public safety.
Historian Jack Rakove on American history writing and the falsifications of the 1619 Project and its defenders
Professor Jack Rakove is a leading scholar of the American Revolution and the framing of the Constitution.
The knife fight underway in the Tory Party is fundamentally over who can be best trusted to enforce class war measures on the working class. Johnson is proving he will do whatever is required of him, but there are substantial numbers in his party who want to see him gone.
Nothing that the cabal of murderers in Downing Street do will elicit any fight by the trade union bureaucracy.
The WSWS spoke with a clinical psychologist in Edison Township Public Schools, where the start of the spring semester has seen mass infections at schools fuel a broader spread of COVID-19 in the surrounding community.
The refusal of the union bureaucracy to defend the basic rights of teachers and school workers has never been as stark as it is now.
Following Trump’s November 2020 defeat, the far-right lawyers propagated his bogus claims of election fraud while helping orchestrate his legal and extra-legal efforts to remain in power.
On Monday, the British charity Oxfam published a report documenting the malignant growth of social inequality during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The week before I tested positive, four drivers in my team were out sick or were covering for sick workers in other areas.”
Australian unions appeal to business for “COVID-safe plans” to keep a lid on working-class opposition
Contrary to the presentation in the press, the unions are not seeking to organise strikes to demand proper health and safety measures, but to prevent the working class taking such action independently.
The country has recorded 604 deaths from the virus, more than 21 percent of the total since the start of the pandemic, in just the first 19 days of this year.
In the wake of school reopenings following the winter break in the US, child COVID-19 cases have risen dramatically, while the cumulative child deaths now stand at 1,127.
Just weeks into a new school semester, the return to in-person learning K-12 is fostering an explosive surge of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 across the state of Michigan.
Over 1,000 Teck Resources copper miners in British Columbia voting on wage-cutting contract proposal
The miners are in a powerful position to demand and win major real-terms pay increases, but their struggle is being hamstrung and sabotaged by the United Steelworkers, which has forced workers to continue on the job without a contract since September.
Snowstorms and tornadoes blasted through the southeast region over the weekend, leaving dozens of homes destroyed and hundreds of thousands without power in several states, including Florida, the Carolinas and Georgia.
Maggie Gyllenhaal shows talent as a director and storyteller, but the ideas behind the film are confused.
King Soopers has filed for a restraining order against striking workers, citing unproven allegations that workers have threatened and harassed customers.
Workers who spoke out placed the blame of Caleb Dye’s death on the unions, the auto companies and the profit system.
These nonunion miners’ wildcat strike is part of an emerging international movement of workers against rising living costs and deadly pandemic policies.
Witnesses provide damning testimony of the tragedy at St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Melbourne in 2020, where 50 residents died due to infection and neglect.
Signs of nervousness in ruling circles are evident in the People’s Bank of China’s decision to cut a key lending rate for the first time since April 2020 at the start of the pandemic.
The demands being advanced by the students are an option to enroll in remote learning along with the provision of N95 masks and rapid antigen tests. They are also calling for students to be given immediate access to booster shots and the right to be notified when there is a case reported in their school.
A memo by MultiCare Health Systems modified its COVID-19 safety protocols to state that “some staff may return to work even if they are experiencing mild symptoms.”
Across the metro area of Seattle, Washington, 330 concrete workers are striking for better wages and retirement benefits.
A total of 122 care home operators in England declared a “red alert” due to staffing shortages last week, with 13,500 workers off with COVID.
O’Sullivan said, “This case goes to the heart of what rights employees have to protect themselves in the pandemic, and how far they can go in pursuing those rights.”
UK: Johnson government suffers defeats in Lords over Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill amendments, but core threat remains
The Tories’ defeat will be short lived. The government can overturn the Lords votes against the amendments in the House of Commons.
The coronavirus incidence rates in Germany are higher than ever. On Monday, the seven-day incidence—cases per 100,000 people—reached a new all-time high of 553.2.
Maryland students and teachers oppose school reopenings as state officials seek to force in-person classes at all costs
Students are joining educators and workers throughout the country fighting for the emergency closure of schools and non-essential workplaces to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Chicago students, teachers and workers: Unite! Close all schools and nonessential workplaces to end the pandemic!
The fight in Chicago to close schools and save lives is far from over, but the development of this struggle requires a united movement of workers and student youth independent of the big-business parties and the corporatist unions.
As the media and political establishment works tirelessly to downplay the dangers of COVID-19, America’s health care system is buckling under the weight of mass infection and death.
Members of the Single Union of Workers of the Judiciary of Mexico City took over some court offices to press their demands, while a last-minute settlement averted a strike by snowplow operators and heavy equipment workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
New York University announces in-person reopening for spring semester 24 hours after former librarian dies from COVID-19
Dr. Steenshorne is one of the millions of human beings internationally whose lives have been tragically cut short by capitalist governments’ criminal policies to allow the highly infectious and deadly coronavirus to rampage unchecked through the population.
The press spokesmen for German capitalism seem determined to wage its third war against Russia or the Soviet Union in little more than a century.
Autoworkers describe horrible working conditions: “There are so many out because of COVID; we are operating with a serious skeleton crew”
With ranks thinned by sickness, the remaining workers are being forced to labor long hours as the automakers seek to extract every ounce of profit.
The underlying disgust has been deepened by outrage over the rising toll of working-class COVID infections, hospitalisations and deaths.
Fighting against efforts by the police and media to cover up the first police killing of 2022, Marquetta Williams, wife of James, recently spoke with the World Socialist Web Site.
The concerted push by the Western media for the Chinese government to drop its COVID-zero policy takes on another dimension as global corporations grapple with mounting supply chain breakdowns.
Oxfam report “Inequality Kills”: Billionaires racked up wealth while millions died during the pandemic
The latest briefing from the charity paints a devastating picture of the world capitalist order reporting that the unprecedented accumulation of wealth by the world’s elite is contributing to the death of one person every four seconds.
The WSWS spoke to educators, parents and students nationwide about conditions in their schools and their thoughts on the most recent collective actions of educators and students across the US and globally.
Children, teachers, and school workers are being told to accept the risk of infection and serious health consequences in the interests of big business and finance capital.
Ontario educator’s post about allowing infectious students to return to class gives voice to widespread outrage
The teacher, Ken, reported that he was made aware that a student with COVID-19 would be returning to his class today just five days after testing positive. “When I raised the concern that the kid is contagious for 10 days, I was told that the guidelines state he can come back after five days,” he wrote on Twitter.
University of Michigan President Schlissel, who led unsafe reopening of campus, fired over sex scandal
After removing Schlissel from his position over an alleged consensual relationship with a subordinate, the university administration intends to continue the same policy of mass infection that Schlissel oversaw.
An editorial cartoon by James Tatsch.
“Up until a few months ago, collectors were having to work in COVID wards, and then later work in the general population, which obviously increased the risk of infection.”
King Soopers workers are not just fighting the largest supermarket chain in Colorado, but also its parent company, Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the country.
This statement was adopted by Michigan educators, parents and students to fight plans to reopen schools in Detroit and other cities despite the record-breaking surge in COVID infections and hospitalizations.
Students in Greece have occupied more than 250 schools in protest against the unsafe reopening of schools following the winter holidays.
Like other similar reports, the Oxfam analysis is marked by the stark contrast between the devastating facts and figures it presents and the empty policy prescriptions it advances.
The forced resignation of Horacio Arruda, until now a close associate of Premier Legault, is being used to distract attention from the CAQ government’s homicidal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Argentina is experiencing its largest outbreak of COVID-19 infections so far, with a new record of 139,853 infections in a single day.
The declaration, “Unite wins Again – South Yorkshire bus drivers WIN fair pay,” is laced with deceit. The headline figure of 10.7 percent hides a below inflation agreement, as it covers a two-year period until the end of 2023.
The event in Florence, outside Phoenix, was the first of dozens of election year appearances planned for the Republican ex-president and coup plotter.
The Tory agenda is driven by a raging crisis of British and world imperialism that has been deepened immeasurably by the pandemic.
Jacobin magazine, associated with the Democratic Socialists of America, published an article calling for the end of remote instruction, demanding that students and teachers go back to schools where they will almost certainly be infected with a potentially deadly and debilitating disease.
The US and its European allies are on the precipice of plunging the world into a war with Russia of catastrophic proportions.
Missouri students walked out in protest against the end of the state’s mask mandate.
There is no let-up in the campaign to discredit and, if possible, eliminate artistic figures, past or present, whose work does not conform to the outlook and interests of the gender- and race-obsessed upper middle class.
British national Malik Faisal Akram was killed after the last of his four hostages was freed at a synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Saturday.
Most of those who died from COVID-19 in New South Wales last week were fully vaccinated, making clear that inoculation, important as it is, cannot end the pandemic alone.
Child care workers are among those confronting the highest risk of infection in their workplace.
Novak Djokovic deported by Australian government terrified of public opposition to its “let it rip” COVID policies
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has unleashed a COVID tsunami over the past month, has absurdly claimed that the decision was motivated by the need to “keep Australia safe.”
Airlines cut thousands of flights due to worker illness and severe winter weather over the past two months.
UK average earnings for full-time work fell between 2019 and 2021 and soaring inflation and utility prices are reducing wages and living standards further.
The Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government plans to ignore mass COVID-19 infections and deaths by treating it as an “endemic disease” similar to influenza.
The wildcat strike of metalworkers at the Çimsataş factory in Mersin has been ended as a result of management-union collaboration.
Labour’s contortions excusing their refusal to call a vote of no confidence are a cover for the party’s real agenda—preventing a popular struggle against the hated Johnson government.
“Health workers held protests demanding a lockdown, as well as more tests and health facilities. The government only declared a second lockdown because this opposition was developing.” – Sri Lanka doctor
The number of people admitted for COVID-19 remains at record highs. The surge of infections has begun to move into rural America, where the completely unprepared health care systems face calamity.
More than 200 firefighters responded to the city’s second major industrial fire in less than a year, narrowly averting an environmental disaster.
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.
Redondo Union High School senior Michael Lee-Chang spoke with the WSWS on the students’ courageous actions and the deepening spread of COVID-19 within schools.
The volcanic eruption, described as the largest-ever recorded by satellite, has devastated Tonga and impacted countries across the Pacific.
WSWS reporters spoke with funeral-goers Sunday about the conditions that led to the deadly blaze.
While companies have been handed tens of billions since the start of the pandemic, those in the medical wards who have risked their lives and health every day for more than two years get only pittances.
Despite a massive spread of the virus, the German government is continuing the “profits before lives” policy that has already led to more than 115,000 dead.
Caleb Dye’s death was a preventable tragedy, under conditions in which management, the unions and the political establishment have allowed COVID to spread uncontrolled in workplaces and schools.
The decision by provincial governments across the country to reopen schools to in-person learning amid a tsunami of Omicron infections is criminally reckless. It must be resisted through walkouts and other forms of working class struggle.
US media launches war propaganda campaign against Russia as CIA prepares to back an “insurgency” in Ukraine
Within the context of escalating tensions over Ukraine, the reports by CNN and the New York Times have a highly provocative character.
Growing support for Southern California trash collection workers as local government seeks to break month-long strike
As a public health emergency is declared in light of infestations and contamination, Republic Services is enlisting city employees and volunteers as scab labor.
A judge appointed by the NLRB ruled that Google must release more than 1,000 documents about Project Vivian, an internal management program created for the purpose of discouraging workers from participating in workplace activism and union organizing.
During ongoing national negotiations, the freight carrier unilaterally introduced a points-based attendance policy that can be used to penalize workers for taking time off to which they are legally entitled.
At least 760 teachers and school staff in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, called out sick Wednesday to protest the alarming spread of COVID-19 and the district’s refusal to offer virtual learning.
As infections rise throughout Seattle and Washington state, students and teachers have initiated sickouts at two high schools in defiance of the local, state and federal governments’ policy of mass infection and death.
High school students in Oakland are threatening to strike if school is not taken online or conditions made safer.
The US federal government will no longer require hospitals to report the number of people who die from COVID-19 every day, according to new guidelines from the US Department of Health and Human services.
Thousands of Chicago students walked out across more than 30 schools to protest the unsafe return to classrooms enforced by Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Attend Committee for Public Education meeting to fight the deadly reopening of Australia’s schools amid COVID surge
Rank-and-file safety committees need to be formed in every school, independent of the unions, to organise the widest discussion on the necessary steps going forward to take up the fight for remote learning, as part of a global fight for the elimination of the virus.
Workers must come to the defense of striking Çimsataş metalworkers against the state and pressure from the corporation and trade union bureaucracy.
The arrest of fascist Oath Keeper leader Stewart Rhodes and 10 other Oath Keepers on charges of seditious conspiracy explodes the claim that January 6 was merely an unruly protest and not a conspiracy by Trump to overturn the 2020 election result and establish a dictatorship.
There is an almost unhinged level of desperation in the rhetoric of the New York Times about China. It expresses the desperation in the American ruling class and in particular the Biden White House.
Hundreds of Boston public school students walked out of classes Friday morning to protest the state of Massachusetts’ policy that all classes must be held in person. The lack of a remote option for students comes as the state sees a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Claims COVID-19 case numbers will soon decrease are part of the profit-driven campaign to force potentially infectious workers back on the job.
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