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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.

Evan Blake

A new wave of COVID-19 infections is beginning to accelerate across Northern Europe. With the prediction of a severe flu season, combining these deadly pathogens will significantly affect the population’s health.

Benjamin Mateus

The storm’s path northward through the Carolinas and Virginia follows the devasting havoc it wrought on Florida this week. Rescue workers are uncovering deaths found in the storm’s wake.

Alex Johnson
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.

The bombing of the Nord Stream pipeline: Who benefits?

Attempts by NATO officials to pin the blame on Russia and rule out US responsibility in the bombing of the pipeline, which Washington has called to be destroyed, have no credibility.

Alex Lantier, Johannes Stern

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

The UAW presidential debate: A rank-and-file socialist confronts the apparatus

The debate revealed two irreconcilable positions. Lehman advanced a program of abolishing the UAW apparatus, which he called “a subdivision of the companies,” and transferring power to the workers on the shop floor. All the other candidates who spoke represented and defended this apparatus.

Joseph Kishore
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.

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

Hurricane Ian makes devastating landfall in Florida

After making landfall near Fort Myers as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday afternoon, Hurricane Ian is moving very slowly northeast across the Florida peninsula, causing massive damage from high winds, heavy rains and storm surge.

Kevin Reed

Four men linked to neo-Nazi terror plot arrested in Iceland

This development, the first of its kind in the small North Atlantic island nation with a population of just 360,000, is yet another explosive manifestation of the re-emergence of fascist tendencies throughout Europe and internationally.

E.P. Milligan

Australia: Knauf locks out plasterboard workers in Melbourne

The Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union is ensuring that the lockout will financially cripple workers, leaving them with no choice but to accept whatever rotten deal the company puts before them.

John Wilson, Martin Scott

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

India: Tripura police attack teachers demanding reinstatement; Tamil Nadu district cooperative workers demand higher pay; Australia: Tasmanian public school teachers strike; BHP mine workers in Queensland to vote on strike action

A video presentation by Evan Blake
What must be done to end the pandemic

After the Bank of England intervention financial turmoil continues

The universal view in financial markets is that nothing has been resolved and a new crisis could erupt at any time, not only in the UK but also in the US where bond markets are undergoing major swings, far beyond anything in “normal” times.

Nick Beams

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

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.

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
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Devastation from Hurricane Ian: Billions are needed for relief, not war!

Hurricane Ian has inflicted a catastrophe in Florida, with a large but as yet uncounted death toll, and massive destruction of homes and infrastructure. This is not simply a “natural disaster,” but was prepared by the staggering negligence of government officials at both the state and federal level.

Alex Johnson

The bombing of the Nord Stream pipeline: Who benefits?

Attempts by NATO officials to pin the blame on Russia and rule out US responsibility in the bombing of the pipeline, which Washington has called to be destroyed, have no credibility.

Alex Lantier, Johannes Stern
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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