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The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) is an international socialist news site that is the online news and information publication of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI).The World Socialist Web Site publishes articles and analysis of news and events from around the world, updated daily. The site also includes coverage of the history of working class political and organized labor movements.Source
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Melting glaciers threaten catastrophic consequences for humanity

Melting glaciers threaten catastrophic consequences for humanity

Global warming has already resulted in continual and worldwide loss of glacial ice. The concurrent melting of the permafrost ground layer is a possible tipping point—crossing a threshold beyond which no countermeasures can reverse global warming.Last Monday the research vessel Polarstern made berth in Bremerhaven, having completed a year-long Arctic expedition. The expedition left Tromsø, Norway on September 20, 2019, on what they called the largest Arctic expedition of all time. Under the direction of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), rotating crews of hundreds of scientists from 80...

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New York University defies state COVID-19 guidelines and continues in-person classes

New York University defies state COVID-19 guidelines and continues in-person classes

On Oct. 9, New York University (NYU) completed its second 14-day period of COVID-19 tracking, reporting 108 new cases of coronavirus at its main campus in lower Manhattan.In late August, the state of New York established thresholds for temporary suspension of in-person classes at academic institutions. All colleges and universities are required to track COVID-19 cases at each of their campus locations in 14-day periods. Schools that report over 100 cases or the infection of 5 percent of the total on-campus population within the span of two weeks are required to transition to online...

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Role of Virginia fascists in conspiracy to kill Northam and Whitmer comes into focus

Role of Virginia fascists in conspiracy to kill Northam and Whitmer comes into focus

As preliminary hearings take place in the federal and state cases against 14 militia men who plotted to kill the Democratic governors in Michigan and Virginia, the political establishment and media are engaged in a conspiracy of silence as to the plot against Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.Speaking yesterday in Southfield, Michigan, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden referenced the plot against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and added, “Now we are finding out the same thing was happening in Virginia.” During a press conference this week in Richmond, Northam refused to discuss...

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Tripling of new coronavirus infections in Germany in only one month

Tripling of new coronavirus infections in Germany in only one month

On Sunday, the youngest COVID-19 victim in the city of Offenbach died age 51. Offenbach is currently the coronavirus hotspot in the federal state of Hesse. The sad death of a woman who could have lived for several more decades is a further indictment of a government policy whose unanimous credo is: the economy cannot tolerate a new lockdown.According to this credo, everything is currently being done at the federal, state and local level to keep the economy running even as infections of the deadly coronavirus rapidly rise. This exposes not only production, care, and transport workers, but...

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Oct 15
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Polish high school students strike to demand end to in-person classes

Polish high school students strike to demand end to in-person classes

High school students across Poland on Monday started a one-week strike to demand an end to in-person instruction in schools. The strike, which has been almost totally blacked out in the national and international press, has been organized primarily on social media under the hashtag #uczniowskiprotest and the slogan “We are scared.”Students are either refusing to go to school or they are going to school dressed in black. While no numbers about participants have been reported, high school students who spoke to the WSWS said that the majority of their classmates have joined the strike and that...

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Over 300 faculty at Youngstown State University in Ohio strike for the first time in 15 years

Over 300 faculty at Youngstown State University in Ohio strike for the first time in 15 years

On Monday morning, over 300 faculty at Youngstown State University (YSU), in Ohio, went on strike after contract negotiations broke down last week between the administration and the union, Ohio Education Association (OEA). Faculty at YSU have been working without a contract since August 23.The faculty strike is the first at the university in 15 years, and is part of a growing wave of unrest among educators across the US and internationally who are opposed to deepening austerity and unsafe working conditions since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Large sections of YSU faculty have been...

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US safety agency undermines federal oversight of COVID-19 workplace spread

US safety agency undermines federal oversight of COVID-19 workplace spread

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has rewritten its workplace safety guidelines regarding reporting of COVID-19 infections to give employers a blank check to allow the spread of coronavirus throughout their workforces.While the deadly virus has ripped through food processing plants, Amazon facilities, auto factories and nursing homes, OSHA has done little or nothing. Since the start of the pandemic the federal agency responsible for workplace safety has only issued citations to 30 employers even though it has received 9,000 complaints and 1,200 referrals from other...

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US imposes draconian new sanctions against Iran amid spiraling COVID-19 pandemic

US imposes draconian new sanctions against Iran amid spiraling COVID-19 pandemic

The Trump administration Thursday imposed a draconian new round of economic sanctions against Iran aimed at destroying the country’s economy and forcing through Washington’s policy of regime change by means of the starvation and deprivation of the Iranian population.Announced by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the sanctions target 18 Iranian banks with secondary sanctions, effectively cutting Iran off from the world financial markets. Mnuchin declared that the action “reflects our commitment to stop illicit access to US dollars,” adding that it would “continue to allow for humanitarian...

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Nurses and health care workers at three California hospitals begin 5-day strike

Nurses and health care workers at three California hospitals begin 5-day strike

On Wednesday morning, nurses and healthcare workers begin a five-day strike at three hospitals run by Alameda Health System (AHS) in Alameda County. These frontline healthcare workers face understaffing, lack of equipment and a proposed wage freeze as Alameda County continues to experience widespread COVID-19 transmission.The strikers include over 3,000 workers in the Service Employees International Union 1021 (SEIU) at Highland Hospital who have been working without a signed contract since 2017. They are joined by 300 registered nurses in the California Nurses Association (CNA) at San...

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Turkish government lied on COVID-19 infection and death statistics

Turkish government lied on COVID-19 infection and death statistics

The COVID-19 pandemic’s resurgence in Turkey is intensifying, due to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s back-to-work campaign, supported by the bourgeois opposition parties and the union bureaucracy. Officially, around 1,500 new infections are recorded daily, and the total number of COVID-19 patients has reached 315,000. The daily death toll is between 65 and 70, and total deaths have passed 8,100.On Wednesday, however, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca confirmed widespread suspicions that the Turkish government has deliberately lied to the public in order to downplay the severity of the...

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NYT hailed for publishing Trump’s tax returns, Assange pilloried for exposing DNC-Clinton corruption in 2016

NYT hailed for publishing Trump’s tax returns, Assange pilloried for exposing DNC-Clinton corruption in 2016

ByOscar Grenfell30 September 2020On Monday, the New York Times published a featured exposure of Donald Trump’s personal and business tax returns over the past twenty years, revealing the American president to be a conman and a swindler who has used every trick in the book to avoid any, even marginal, public impost on his wealth.As yesterday’s perspective article on the World Socialist Web Site noted, the exposé of Trump’s tax evasion, though surprising to no one, “paints a portrait of a ruling class totally enmeshed in corruption and criminality.” His fortune was the “product of a whole...

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Trump uses debate to incite fascist violence

Trump uses debate to incite fascist violence

ByJoseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president30 September 2020US President Donald Trump used the platform provided by Tuesday night’s debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden to incite fascist violence against voters and make clear that he would not accept the outcome of the election, now just over one month away.Asked by Chris Wallace of Fox News whether he was willing “to condemn white supremacists and groups” who have instigated violence, Trump responded with a hysterical denunciation of socialism and left-wing politics and an open call for the extra-constitutional mobilization of...

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Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president
Sep 30
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Armenian-Azeri fighting escalates as war danger surges across Middle East

Armenian-Azeri fighting escalates as war danger surges across Middle East

ByAlex Lantier29 September 2020Dozens of soldiers and civilians were killed yesterday in a second day of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Heavy fighting involving tanks and armored vehicles, fighter-bombers and drones is by far the bloodiest since the 1988–1994 war between the two former Soviet republics broke out in the run-up to the Stalinist dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.Armenian authorities who run Nagorno-Karabakh said they lost 28 soldiers, bringing total casualties to 59, while Armenia has suffered 200 wounded. he Human...

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Alex Lantier
Sep 29
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New York City resumes in-person schools as COVID-19 infections continue to rise

New York City resumes in-person schools as COVID-19 infections continue to rise

ByAlberto Escalera29 September 2020Hundreds of thousands of New York City students are returning to schools today as the country’s largest school district starts its next phase of in-person instruction even as COVID-19 infections continue to rise in the city and state. The reopening order by Mayor Bill de Blasio threatens to create a catastrophe in a city where nearly 25,000 people have succumbed to the deadly disease.Schools are opening after a week in which the Department of Education (DOE) acknowledged that teachers, support staff and students in over 100 schools have already been...

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Alberto Escalera
Sep 29
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The global campaign to reopen schools drives COVID-19 deaths past one million

The global campaign to reopen schools drives COVID-19 deaths past one million

22 September 2020The world is closing in on a grim milestone of one million deaths from COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. The United States, with only 4.25 percent of the world’s population, accounts for nearly one-fifth of the deaths worldwide, or 200,000 people.The reopening of schools is now a focal point of both the efforts by the ruling elites to abandon the most basic precautions against the spread of the virus and the growing resistance of workers and youth throughout the world.In the United States, public health experts are warning of an “apocalyptic fall,” in large measure...

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Genevieve Leigh
Sep 22
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Former CIA director Leon Panetta: We are prosecuting Assange to intimidate others

Former CIA director Leon Panetta: We are prosecuting Assange to intimidate others

ByOscar Grenfell18 September 2020Leon Panetta, who served as director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 2009 to 2011, and then as the Obama administration’s secretary for defence, has let the cat out of the bag, telling interviewers that the US is seeking to prosecute WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange to send a threatening message to whistleblowers and publishers alike.The comments were aired this week in a documentary produced by German public broadcaster ARD, entitled “.” The program was a compelling and objective account of the ten year US persecution of Assange and...

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Oscar Grenfell
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New York City school bus drivers and educators face common struggle against unsafe openings

New York City school bus drivers and educators face common struggle against unsafe openings

ByA. Woodson and Steve Light21 September 2020Enormous opposition to the unsafe opening of New York City schools forced Mayor Bill de Blasio last week to delay a return to in-person instruction for most students from September 21 to September 29. However, school bus drivers and attendants will be at work today transporting thousands of special education students not affected by the delay.Over 60 teachers were diagnosed with COVID-19 last week after they reported to school buildings to prepare for the return of students. There is mounting opposition among teachers and other support staff over...

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Sep 21
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Witnesses recall Collateral Murder attack: “Look at those dead bastards,” shooters said

Witnesses recall Collateral Murder attack: “Look at those dead bastards,” shooters said

ByThomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan19 September 2020New Zealand investigative journalist Nicky Hager testified in Julian Assange’s extradition hearing yesterday morning. Hager has extensive experience in reporting imperialist violence and intrigue. In 2017, he released the Hit and Run with co-author Jon Stephenson exposing the killing of civilians by New Zealand and United States forces in Afghanistan. He worked with WikiLeaks in the release of US diplomatic cables from November 2010 and made use of other releases in his writing.Hager explained that serious journalists routinely make use of...

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Sep 19
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New York City’s school reopening plan: anatomy of a crime

New York City’s school reopening plan: anatomy of a crime

ByAlberto Escalera27 August 2020New York City’s self-proclaimed “progressive” mayor, Democrat Bill de Blasio, has proven just as willing to carry out the homicidal policy of school reopening amidst the coronavirus pandemic as his most reactionary Republican counterparts.The claims being made by de Blasio and New York City schools’ Chancellor Richard Carranza that the Department of Education (DOE) is carrying out all necessary measures to safely open the city’s more than 1,600 schools—serving more than a million students—are a patent fraud. This is being sold to parents through a combination...

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Alberto Escalera
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The Republican National Convention: A frightened ruling class incites fascist violence

The Republican National Convention: A frightened ruling class incites fascist violence

27 August 2020The Republican National Convention concluded its third day last night, with a parade of speakers combining endless homages to the police and military with denunciations of protests against police violence as mobs and anarchists.The convention’s verbal violence was complemented by the physical violence unfolding in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where a fascist gunman opened fire on people protesting against police violence in the wake of the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake.The gunman, 17-year-old Kyle Howard Rittenhouse, killed two people and seriously wounded a third, and...

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Aug 27
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Fraudulent Associated Press “fact-check” targets WSWS article on student housing segregation project at NYU

Fraudulent Associated Press “fact-check” targets WSWS article on student housing segregation project at NYU

Bythe WSWS Editorial Board26 August 2020The Associated Press (AP) has posted a fraudulent “” of an article published Monday by the World Socialist Web Site on plans for implementing racially segregated student housing at New York University. Based solely on an unsubstantiated and evasive denial by a university spokesman, the AP states that the WSWS article is “false.”The AP “fact-check,” written by journalist Ali Swenson, cynically claims that its response to the WSWS is part of its “ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to...

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Wisconsin Governor deploys National Guard to Kenosha after protests break out in wake of brutal police shooting

Wisconsin Governor deploys National Guard to Kenosha after protests break out in wake of brutal police shooting

ByJacob Crosse25 August 2020Protests erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin Sunday night after a still unidentified Kenosha police officer shot an unarmed African-American father of three, 29-year-old Jacob Blake, in the back seven times at point-blank range. Blake was attempting to enter his vehicle where his children, aged three, five and eight, were seated in the back.The , which has been viewed millions of times across multiple social media platforms in less than 24 hours, uncorked a geyser of social anger in Kenosha and across the country as protesters took to the streets in opposition to...

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Democratic Party leads nationwide purge of Green Party candidates from November ballots

Democratic Party leads nationwide purge of Green Party candidates from November ballots

ByJacob Crosse24 August 2020In a series of blatantly undemocratic actions, Democratic Party state election commission members have kicked Green Party candidates off of the ballots in several states within the last week. The moves express the fear within the ruling class over the growth of social opposition and display the political gangsterism of the Democratic Party.The moves come as Democratic state governors in Michigan and California and have blocked the Socialist Equality Party’s candidates from the ballot, forcing them to gather signatures despite the coronavirus pandemic. While the...

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Jacob Crosse
Aug 24
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Support historian Joseph Scalice against Stalinist slanders by CPP founder Jose Maria Sison!

Support historian Joseph Scalice against Stalinist slanders by CPP founder Jose Maria Sison!

24 August 2020In a vicious and menacing slander posted on Facebook on August 18, Jose Maria Sison, the founder and ideological leader of the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), has attacked Joseph Scalice, a leading scholar of Philippine history, as a “pathologically rabid anti-communist and CIA psywar agent posing as an academic Trotskyite.”Sison’s extraordinary outburst was in response to the announcement that Scalice will deliver an online lecture on August 26 hosted by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he is a postdoctoral researcher. The lecture will...

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Aug 24
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Growing signs of deep and prolonged global recession

Growing signs of deep and prolonged global recession

ByNick Beams21 July 2020The chief executive of PNB Paribas Asset Management, one of Europe’s largest investment firms, has said the global economy is facing the “mother of all recessions” as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world.Reporting on his remarks, the Financial Times said CEO Frédéric Janbon had “poured cold water on the idea of a swift recovery from the pandemic,” pointing to what he called “a very, very substantial drop in activities in pretty much all of the economies around the world.”Janbon said a V-shaped recovery was unlikely and predicted a long...

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