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The Indian-born writer Salman Rushdie, author of the 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, was stabbed by an assailant at a literary event in western New York.

Sandy English

The rising cost of commodities on the world market is impacting on Bangladesh, leading to the worst balance of payment deficit crisis in the country’s history and a sharp reduction in its foreign exchange reserves.

Wimal Perera
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.

This week in history: August 15–21

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: August 8-14

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: August 1–7

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: July 25-31

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.

The Mar-a-Lago raid and Trump’s ongoing coup plot

President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland have refused to explain the reasons behind the FBI raid, in an attempt to disguise Trump and the Republicans' ongoing coup plotting and to downplay the threat of dictatorship.

Jacob Crosse

US House passes pro-corporate climate bill

The effort to present this pro-corporate bill as a major piece of social reform legislation is a desperate attempt to reverse Biden’s collapsing popular support in the run-up to the midterm elections.

Barry Grey

Letter to a Young Trotskyist in Russia

This letter, written by David North to a Trotskyist in Russia, reviews the historical and political foundation of the ICFI's opposition to the US-NATO war against Russia.

David North

Roger Waters refutes US war propaganda in CNN interview and World Beyond War webinar

Roger Waters, the internationally renowned artist and founding member of Pink Floyd, took time away from his “This is Not a Drill” tour to debunk the lies being spread by US imperialism and the mainstream media about the NATO proxy war with Russia in Ukraine and the expanding conflict with Beijing over Taiwan and the South China Sea.

Kevin Reed

Italy faces the threat of a far-right government

Seven weeks before the election, Giorgia Meloni, the 45-year-old chairwoman of the neo-fascist Fratelli d’Italia, is regarded as the most likely candidate to head the next Italian government.

Peter Schwarz

German police kill four people in just one week

The latest police murder highlights the increased readiness of the German police to use violence. Four missions in just one week, as different as they were, all ended in the use of deadly force.

Marianne Arens
A video presentation by Evan Blake
What must be done to end the pandemic
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The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canada’s young people

Demonstrating the immense toll the pandemic has taken on the mental health of young people, a University of Calgary study of 80,000 youth across the globe discovered that rates of anxiety and depression among young people have doubled since the pandemic began in 2020.

Dylan Lubao

Germany becomes global monkeypox hotspot

Monkeypox is spreading worldwide, and Germany is becoming an international hotspot. Despite this, the government is downplaying the danger of the virus and doing next to nothing to curb its spread.

Tamino Dreisam

For a Democratic and Socialist Congress of Workers and Rural Masses in Sri Lanka!

The working class must establish its own centre of political power in opposition to the anti-democratic conspiracies of the political establishment and the capitalist state. That is the significance of the SEP’s call for the Democratic and Socialist Congress of Workers and Rural Masses.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

Record second quarter profits for US oil corporations

The two largest US oil monopolies, Exxon and Chevron, reported record quarterly profits on Friday as they cashed in on a strategy of cutting refining capacity while the price of oil shot up from the US-NATO proxy war against Russia in Ukraine.

Kevin Reed

US economy starting to move into recession

According to Commerce Department data released yesterday, US gross domestic product contracted at an annualised rate of 0.9 percent in the three months to June, following a 1.6 percent contraction in the first quarter.

Nick Beams

Indian government proposal to study “racial purity” draws widespread attack from scientists

Any proposed attempt to define rigid racial distinctions among India’s 1.4 billion people, even if honestly undertaken, would quickly run counter to well-established scientific research that has demonstrated the immense diversity of India’s population, as well as the world’s population as a whole, with respect to genetics, language, and culture.

Philip Guelpa
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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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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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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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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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

Massacre in Morocco: The ugly face of European imperialism

The cold-blooded killing of at least 37 migrants underscores that as the US-NATO war with Russia escalates into a global conflagration, and workers across the continent move into struggle against the unbearable cost of living, the major European powers are resurrecting forms of state-organised violence and political reaction not seen since the 1930s.

Jordan Shilton
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

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
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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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.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee denounces court ruling upholding designation of Germany's Socialist Equality Party as “left wing extremists”

The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (UK) passed a resolution Monday condemning the ruling of the Berlin Administrative Court, which on November 18, 2021, upheld the designation of the German security service of the German section of the ICFI as “left wing extremists”.

Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (UK)
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.

The American trade unions and the parasites who run them

A new report published by Radish Research includes data of union finances that sheds light on both the anti-working class character of the trade unions today and the parasitic role played by the tens of thousands of executives who staff them.

Eric London

The Mar-a-Lago raid and Trump’s ongoing coup plot

President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland have refused to explain the reasons behind the FBI raid, in an attempt to disguise Trump and the Republicans' ongoing coup plotting and to downplay the threat of dictatorship.

Jacob Crosse
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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