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The Volvo strike in Virginia, what are the lessons for Amazon workers?

The bravery shown by the Volvo strikers during this weeks-long two-front confrontation has been an inspiration to workers around the world who are seeking to improve their conditions after a year of working through the pandemic and now with consumer prices on the rise.

Baltimore Amazon Rank-and-File Committee

Debtors’ prisons on the rise as COVID-19 ravages the southern United States

On July 6, 55-year-old Charles Anderson spent his last day in Marion County Jail. He was arrested 28 days prior for unpaid debts regarding his failure to make monthly payments and fees associated with three court cases dating back to 2003. Upon his arrest, he was jailed with three other men in a 6-by-10-foot cell.

Cordell Gascoigne

This week in history: July 26-August 1

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.

ECB set to open the financial spigots wider

The ECB meeting on Thursday demonstrated the continuing support for an ultra-easy monetary policy against opposition from Germany and other northern European representatives on its governing council.

Nick Beams

The gyrations of Wall Street

The Wall Street swings are the outcome of tidal wave-like movements of money, amounting to trillions of dollars, pumped into the financial system by the Fed since last March.

Nick Beams

New Zealand government preparing to seal Pike River mine

Equipment has been stripped out of the drift tunnel as the Labour Party-led government prepares to seal the mine in order to prevent a proper forensic investigation into the causes of the 2010 disaster that killed 29 people.

Tom Peters
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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Rise in COVID-19 cases among children surge in major US hotspots

As the majority of US K-12 districts push forward with a full reopening of schools, cases among children ages 0-17 have nearly doubled in recent weeks, and multiple states have reported a rise in hospitalizations and deaths among children.

Renae Cassimeda

Washington has not ruled out sending troops to Haiti

A US security delegation dispatched to Port-au-Prince brought together the three figures claiming to be head of state following the assassination of de facto president Jovenel Moïse.

Bill Van Auken

General Milley and America’s “Reichstag moment”

Gen. Mark Milley’s reaction to the January 6 assault on the Capitol has given the lie to all the claims that the significance of the event was being exaggerated and it was wrong to call it a coup.

Bill Van Auken

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei admitted to Germany’s federal elections

The Federal Election Committee upheld the party status of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party, SGP), enabling it to participate in September’s federal election. However, in an attack on democratic rights, it withheld party status to almost half the organisations that applied.

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US seizes PressTV.com and 32 other Iranian media website domains

In a provocative act of censorship and imperialist gangsterism, the Biden administration took control of three dozen internet domains and shut down websites affiliated with Iran-based media organizations on unsubstantiated grounds of “disinformation campaigns and malign influence operations.”

Kevin Reed
One year of the coronavirus pandemic

March 11 marks one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. We are republishing below statements and articles from the WSWS analyzing the response to the pandemic and calling for emergency measures to contain it.

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Democrats drop defense of voting rights after Biden’s Philadelphia speech

In a speech last week, President Biden linked the Republican assault on voting rights to the attempted coup of January 6, calling it the greatest threat to American democracy since the Civil War. Within days of the speech, Biden and the Democrats effectively abandoned any effort to pass voting rights legislation.

Alex Findijs
WSWS Online Meeting
150 years since the Paris Commune

A discussion about the first time in history that the working class took power.

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Socialist publisher Mehring Books launches Australian website

Mehring Books Australia will feature works by the great socialist fighters and theoreticians of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Leon Trotsky, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Georgi Plekhanov and Rosa Luxemburg.

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Video: Volvo workers call for rejection of third TA

This video features two striking Volvo workers in Virginia speaking on their struggle and denouncing the UAW's efforts to ram through a pro-company contract already voted down by the rank-and-file.

Global pandemic heightens danger of another world war

The international working class alone is capable of halting the drive to war, as it is the only social force able to overthrow capitalism and its outmoded system of rival nation-states.

Peter Symonds
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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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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Ten years since the Egyptian Revolution

To mark the anniversary of the 2011 revolution in Egypt, we present a selection of key statements and analyses produced by the WSWS in the course of the events of that year and their aftermath.

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A video statement by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North
Welcoming the relaunch of the World Socialist Web Site

The WSWS has been relaunched with an entirely new design and with vastly enhanced functionality.

From the Marxist Library
Thirty years since the reunification of Germany
To mark the 30th anniversary of the German reunification, the WSWS is presenting a special exhibit of documents and statements produced by the International Committee of the Fourth International amidst the crisis of Stalinism in the former GDR.

The Olympics open in the shadow of mass death

The ongoing spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant threatens to transform this year’s summer Olympics, which opened July 23, from an international sporting event into a global superspreader event.

Bryan Dyne

Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia by Timothy Frye

Making the case for exploiting Russia’s internal crisis

Political scientist Timothy Frye argues that the crude and facile character of the anti-Russia crusade in the Western media is causing misunderstandings about the Kremlin and Russian society that could result in tactical mistakes and missed opportunities to promote regime change.

Andrea Peters