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While Britain and Eastern Europe are particularly hard hit, with hundreds of deaths every day, the number of cases is again growing across the entire continent.

Johannes Stern, Alex Lantier

The WSWS has received copies of many statements sent to the University of Michigan protesting actions taken against composer Bright Sheng for showing a film version of Shakespeare’s Othello.

Preface to the Turkish-language edition of Leon Trotsky and the Development of Marxism
By David North, 7 October 2021

Police across US refuse COVID-19 vaccines

Police departments have faced resistance in their efforts to get officers to comply with vaccine mandates, despite reports indicating that COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death for US police.

Trévon Austin

Union sabotages GM workers strike vote in Brazil

As workers in São Caetano were being threatened by GM, the union announced it would do nothing to protect them, and that continuing the strike was a purely individual decision.

Eduardo Parati

Who benefits from the official silence?

Maurice Papon and the October 1961 massacre of Paris

In April 1998, Maurice Papon, then aged 88 years old, was sentenced to prison by a French court for having organised, the deportation of 1,690 Jews from France during the wartime Vichy regime, while he was the general secretary of the police prefecture in the Gironde.

Françoise Thull, Marianne Arens

This week in history: October 18-24

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: October 11-17

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.

Union sabotages GM workers strike vote in Brazil

As workers in São Caetano were being threatened by GM, the union announced it would do nothing to protect them, and that continuing the strike was a purely individual decision.

Eduardo Parati

An Open Letter to David Gier, Dean of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

International Youth and Students for Social Equality demands the immediate reinstatement of Bright Sheng

The IYSSE calls on the university administration to retract the slanders against Professor Sheng and immediately invite him to return to the classroom from which the distinguished artist should have never been removed.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at UM

Iraq elections held as Washington’s puppet state nears collapse

The elections take place amid increasing hostility towards the political setup established after the 2003 US-led invasion, protests over corruption, social and economic conditions and water and power outages. These conditions are exacerbated by low oil prices, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the fallout from the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Jean Shaoul

Oppose the Sri Lankan government’s massive price hikes!

The working class must organise an offensive against the government’s austerity measures, independent of the trade unions, pseudo lefts and so-called opposition parties, and based on socialist policies.

The Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Financial press reflects growing nervousness in ruling circles

Commentary on the worsening economic situation reflects the view that the growing problems are not transitory, but an expression of deeper shifts and government and financial authorities are out of their depth when it comes to dealing with them.

Nick Beams

Global energy price surge hits workers

Surging global energy prices contribute to a maelstrom of problems, pushing workers to the brink and endangering economic growth.

Gabriel Black

Fifteen years since Assange established WikiLeaks

The anniversary is being marked by Assange’s continuing imprisonment and a media blackout of revelations that the American government plotted to assassinate the WikiLeaks founder.

Oscar Grenfell

Dana workers: We should be on strike!

A growing strike wave of historical proportions is taking place against decades of attacks on living standards and working conditions, and we must be a part of it.

Dana Workers’ Rank-and-File Committee

On eve of strike deadline at John Deere

Dana workers call for joint action with John Deere workers

Dana auto parts workers in the United States voted down a sellout contract of their own by a similar margin more than a month ago, but the UAW and the United Steelworkers are keeping workers on the job on a day-to-day contract extension.

George Kirby

US appeals court keeps Texas anti-abortion law in effect

The majority on a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Thursday to keep the anti-abortion “Texas Heartbeat Act” in effect pending the outcome of the court challenges.

Kevin Reed

Massive strike by steelworkers in South Africa

More than 150,000 steel and metal workers went on strike Tuesday in South Africa, demanding substantial wage increases from the employers and vowing to stay out until they achieve this goal.

Patrick Martin
From the WSWS Archives
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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For a global strategy to eradicate the coronavirus and save lives!
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100 years since the birth of Trotskyist Jean Brust

August 31, 2021 marks 100 years since the birth of Jean Brust, a leading figure in the Trotskyist movement whose legacy lives on in the work of the US Socialist Equality Party and the entire International Committee of the Fourth International.

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Vote for SEP candidate David Moore in California recall

The Socialist Equality Party calls on working people in California to vote “no” in the election to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, and then to cast a replacement vote for our candidate, educator David Moore, the only socialist running in this election.

Socialist Equality Party
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.

An interview with David North
The debacle in Afghanistan and the fight against war

The lead candidate of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party), Christoph Vandreier, spoke with North about the debacle for US imperialism in Afghanistan and its implications for the struggle against militarism.

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What the WSWS wrote about the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001

From the outset, the WSWS exposed the lies of Washington that its illegal invasion of Afghanistan was an act of self-defense in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11.

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Public anger over cover-up of Pike River mine disaster

The media has blacked out the widespread opposition to the New Zealand Labour Party government’s decision to seal Pike River mine that prevents a thorough investigation and accountability for the deaths of 29 men in the 2010 disaster.

Tom Peters

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
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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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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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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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.

Hero journeys: Louise Erdrich’s The Night Watchman

The Night Watchman tells the story of the Turtle Mountain tribe of Chippewa in North Dakota as they fight to survive the US government’s attempt in 1953 and 1954 to “terminate” them.

James McDonald