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Trade unions stage scattered protests on Amazon’s Black Friday

With opposition by Amazon workers growing against brutal work conditions and the lack of protection from the pandemic, the unions and their pseudo-left supporters are trying to contain resistance within the confines of corporate-controlled political parties and the capitalist system.

Kayla Costa

This week in history: November 30-December 6

75 years ago: General Douglas MacArthur, the effective leader of US-occupied Japan, ordered the arrest of former Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe and eight of the country’s other civilian and military leaders for war crimes, setting the stage for criminal prosecutions.

UK government pandemic policies lead to several suicides among students

As if the stress and fear of living away from family and support networks, many for the first time in their lives, in the middle of a deadly pandemic was not bad enough, students and young people have been targeted by the right-wing media and government as being one of the primary reasons for the spread of COVID-19.

Danny Knightley

200 years since the birth of Friedrich Engels

Born on Nov. 28, 1820, Engels was the co-founder of scientific socialism with his friend Karl Marx, who was two-and-a-half years his senior. Two hundred years later, their life’s work is of burning contemporary relevance.

Peter Schwarz

New IRS rule will push many US small businesses to the brink

A new ruling by the Treasury Department will affect millions of small businesses that received a portion of the total $717 billion in relief funds from the US Small Business Administration through the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

Jessica Goldstein

Who is Alejandro Mayorkas?

Biden’s pick for DHS secretary was a key figure in the Obama administration’s detention and mass deportation of immigrants.

Meenakshi Jagadeesan

Australian paramedics under mounting pressure

Even before they were placed on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, paramedics reported the highest rates of workplace injury of any occupation.

Margaret Rees

Ten years since WikiLeaks published the US diplomatic cables

WikiLeaks contributed to a growing recognition among workers and young people that state criminality and ruling class conspiracies are not accidents or the work of a few bad individuals, but the product of a whole social system based on the rule of competing oligarchies which must be overthrown.

Thomas Scripps

Israel’s siege means death for Gaza’s COVID-19 patients

The Hamas government has said the Gaza Strip “lacks oxygen-generating machines, ventilators, protective gear, and hygiene materials. Thirty-two percent of basic drugs and 62 percent of drugs and materials for medical laboratories are not available.”

Jean Shaoul

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

Youth and workers shut state-run phosphate plant in Tunisia demanding jobs; four-hour national public sector strike in Italy in protest at pandemic social and health catastrophe; months-long strike of nurses in Zimbabwe sold out by unions; community health workers continue stoppages and protests for pay rise and improved conditions

British government’s pandemic response threatens art and culture

The initial wage furlough scheme made no provision for self-employed and freelance workers, who make up the bulk of arts workers. When the government did eventually introduce its Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, many artists did not benefit.

Paul Bond

Meet the Censored: Andre Damon

Increased content moderation has been sold as a tool to control the far right, but the World Socialist Web Site was among the first to sound the alarm.

Matt Taibbi

What the rich are thankful for

Amid mass unemployment, hunger and death, America’s financial oligarchy is celebrating a bumper year.

Andre Damon

Pseudo-left Fourth International Bureau announces suspension of NSSP

For three decades, the Pabloites have sanctioned every opportunist twist and turn of its Sri Lankan affiliate as it has sought to subordinate the working class to one or other section of the ruling class and its two major parties.

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Thai protesters defy threat of draconian lèse-majesté law

Some 15,000 demonstrators joined the protest which was directed against the monarchy and the current King Maha Vajiralongkorn in particular, who has transferred crown assets worth an estimated $40 billion into his own hands.

Peter Symonds

Surge in COVID-19 cases in Indonesia

Conscious of the growing opposition to his policies, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been pinning hopes on an early vaccination program.

Robert Campion
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