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Quebec government to tax the unvaccinated—a reactionary diversion

To divert attention from its catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic—which last week bumped Quebec’s seven-day average of daily COVID-19 deaths to more than seventy— the Legault government is seeking to shift the blame onto the unvaccinated.

Hugo Maltais

Omicron outbreak in New Zealand

The Labour Party-led government is predicting thousands of daily cases in a matter of weeks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed that its policy is to let the deadly virus spread.

Tom Peters

Further slowdown in Chinese growth

Signs of nervousness in ruling circles are evident in the People’s Bank of China’s decision to cut a key lending rate for the first time since April 2020 at the start of the pandemic.

Nick Beams

Federal charges dismissed against MIT professor Gang Chen

Dr. Chen had been one of the most high-profile scientists in the US charged under the China Initiative program, an anti-China witch-hunting operation that was launched by the Justice Department in 2018.

Kevin Reed

This week in history: January 24-30

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: January 17-23

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: January 10-16

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.

“Democracy” in Ukraine—What is NATO risking a war for?

Honouring war criminals and Nazi collaborators, promoting fascist militias, mafia-like fights between oligarchs, corruption and massive social inequality are the most prominent features of Ukrainian “democracy.”

Peter Schwarz
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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Striking school students in Italy join students' and educators’ fight for COVID safety in US and France; protests in Lebanon as currency continues to fall; hundreds of striking South African Clover Foods dairy workers protest wage cuts, retrenchments and restructuring

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

School students in Italy in COVID safety strike demand return to remote learning and free tests and masks; protests in major cities in Lebanon and teachers strike as currency continues to fall; hundreds of striking South African Clover Foods dairy workers out for eight weeks protest wage cuts, retrenchments and restructuring

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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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

Romanian transport workers in wildcat strike against pay cuts joined by striking teachers and public sector workers over same issue; workers at Fiat Plastic in Kragujevac, Serbia, form own union and continue year-long indefinite strike against pay cuts; teachers protest across Iran over pay and conditions in 50 cities including Tehran; 5,000 South African dairy workers continue nine-week strike over attacks on pay and conditions, other workers threaten to join action

Striking school students in Italy join students' and educators’ fight for COVID safety in US and France; protests in Lebanon as currency continues to fall; hundreds of striking South African Clover Foods dairy workers protest wage cuts, retrenchments and restructuring

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

School students in Italy in COVID safety strike demand return to remote learning and free tests and masks; protests in major cities in Lebanon and teachers strike as currency continues to fall; hundreds of striking South African Clover Foods dairy workers out for eight weeks protest wage cuts, retrenchments and restructuring

French secondary school teachers begin a week of strikes over COVID-19 danger; five-week strike begins at Finnish forestry company UPM over collective bargaining agreement; further protests by Iranian workers and pensioners in defence of livelihoods; strikers at South African dairy group Clover Foods face factory closures

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

French secondary school teachers begin a week of strikes over COVID-19 danger, unions demand mitigation only; 3,000 workers begin five-week strike at Finnish forestry company UPM over collective bargaining agreement; further protests by Iranian workers and pensioners in defence of livelihoods as food inflation hits 80 percent; strike by 5,000 workers at South African dairy group Clover Foods continues, with factory closures imminent and 1,000 job losses

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)

Video: No new anti-socialist laws! Defend the SGP!

The deputy chairman of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP, Socialist Equality Party), Christoph Vandreier, speaks about the importance of the lawsuit against the surveillance of the party by the German secret service.

Christoph Vandreier

Washington Post calls for a COVID-19 cover-up

The commission advocated by the Washington Post will be aimed at shielding the government and corporate officials responsible for the deaths of more than one million Americans, while scapegoating China for the pandemic.

Andre Damon
Preface to the Turkish-language edition of Leon Trotsky and the Development of Marxism
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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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The global struggle to close schools and stop the pandemic

The fight against school reopenings is once again the spearhead of the global class struggle as masses of youth and educators are unwilling to accept further infections, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.

Evan Blake
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.

Thousands support SGP’s lawsuit against the German secret service

With the lawsuit filed by the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei against the Federal Republic of Germany set to be heard in court in the coming days, more than 5,300 workers and young people have expressed their support for the SGP’s case and its fight to defend democratic rights.

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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)

COP26 climate summit ends in failure

The world’s major capitalist powers and giant corporations have no solution to the climate emergency they have created.

Patrick Martin

The Glasgow summit, climate change, and the case for socialism

The past two years have seen a series of escalating climate disasters in all regions of the globe, including massive wildfires from the Australian bush to the American west, devastating flooding in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and deadly heatwaves the world over.

Daniel de Vries
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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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
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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Historical falsification and the struggle for socialism

In this work, Soviet historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin (1937–1998) explodes the myth, shared by both anti-communists and Stalinists alike, that Stalinism evolved naturally and seamlessly out of Bolshevism.

Andrea Peters