United States

Obama’s drone warfare: Assassination made routine

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2015

President Obama’s admission that CIA drone missiles killed two hostages held by Al Qaeda has evoked no significant questioning of the program of targeted killings.

US, South Korea sign new nuclear pact

By Ben McGrath, 25 April 2015

The treaty is designed to ensure that South Korea does not acquire nuclear weapons and remains militarily dependent on the United States.

Maryland governor sends state troopers as protests mount over police murder of Freddie Gray

By Barry Grey, 25 April 2015

With the protests growing and moving from the local police precinct to downtown Baltimore, Democratic officials are raising the red herring of “outside agitators.”

Grand jury exonerates killer cops in Dallas

By our reporter, 25 April 2015

The whitewash of this killing is only the latest in a series of police homicides in which the perpetrators have been exonerated despite video or eye witness evidence of murder.

Majority of US public aid recipients are from working families

By Zaida Green, 25 April 2015

Some 73 percent of people enrolled in public welfare programs, including food assistance, come from families with at least one member who is employed.

California and Illinois nurses set to strike

By Marc Wells, 25 April 2015

Nurses at eight California hospitals and one Chicago medical center have announced a strike against understaffing, limited by the unions to a one- or two-day action.

Public transportation in New Jersey faces service cuts and fare increases

By Philip Guelpa, 25 April 2015

The proposed service cuts and fare increases are a step towards eliminating unprofitable routes, with the ultimate aim of privatizing those that remain.

Australian government to share intelligence with Iranian regime

By Peter Symonds, 24 April 2015

The foreign minister’s mission in Tehran was to feel out the possibilities for Washington for greater collaboration with Iran in securing US interests in the Middle East.

Protests mount in Baltimore over police killing of Freddie Gray

By Evan Blake and Andre Damon, 23 April 2015

The killing of Freddy Gray is the latest in a wave of police murders throughout the United States.

Obama, Republicans push anti-China trade pact

By Patrick Martin, 23 April 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is aimed at reinforcing US dominance in the Asia-Pacific region against the rising economic, political and military power of China.

Washington state teachers hold one-day strikes over wages, class sizes

By Jerry White, 23 April 2015

While the teachers’ union is limiting the walkouts to one day, the action reflects the determination of educators around the country to fight the bipartisan assault on public education.

Six Minneapolis Somali-Americans arrested in FBI terror “sting”

By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2015

The arrests came with the usual announcement that the alleged terrorists posed “no threat to the public,” in a case driven by a confidential FBI informant.

Five years since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

By E.P. Bannon, 23 April 2015

While the disastrous effects of the spill cannot be overstated, five years have passed and none of the perpetrators have been held accountable for their actions.

Families of accident victims denounce ruling upholding GM bankruptcy shield

By Shannon Jones, 23 April 2015

Accident victims and their families will not be able to sue for death or injuries sustained while driving defective GM vehicles prior to the company’s July 2009 exit from bankruptcy.

Union agrees to sell-out deal covering Los Angeles teachers

By Dan Conway, 23 April 2015

The agreement covering more than 35,000 Los Angeles teachers abandons any demand for smaller class sizes and does nothing to halt the erosion of living standards.

Blood on their hands: Libya’s boat refugees and “humanitarian” imperialism

By Johannes Stern and Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2015

The massive refugee death toll in the Mediterranean is a grim form of collateral damage from the imperialist wars waged in the name of “human rights.”

Workers must mobilize to stop water shutoffs in Detroit!

By Jerry White, 21 April 2015

Detroit officials are getting ready to cut off water to as many as 73,000 households.

US Navy deploys warships to intercept Iranian aid convoy off Yemen coast

By Thomas Gaist, 21 April 2015

The Pentagon ordered a fleet of warships, including the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, to the coast of Yemen Monday.

Notes on police violence

Man dies after arrest by Baltimore police

By Shannon Jones, 21 April 2015

25-year-old Freddie Gray died one week after police officers broke his spine.

Two dead children found inside Detroit freezer

By Lawrence Porter, 21 April 2015

An impoverished single mother of four on Detroit’s east side was arrested after two of her children were found dead inside a freezer.

Kids Count director: Rising poverty and mental health cuts spawn child abuse and neglect

By Lawrence Porter, 21 April 2015

The Michigan Kids Count project director spoke to the WSWS about the devastating growth of child poverty throughout the state in the wake of the 2008 economic crash.

Striking Houston-area refinery workers reject “last, best” contract offers

By Tom Hall, 20 April 2015

LyondellBasell will begin unilaterally imposing the terms of a contract that includes huge givebacks on overtime pay.

Chicago auto workers voice support for May Day rally

By George Marlowe, 20 April 2015

A Socialist Equality Party campaign team called on auto workers at the Ford Chicago Assembly plant to take part in the International May Day 2015 Online Rally.

National Guard referred to Ferguson protesters as “enemy forces”

By Gabriel Black, 18 April 2015

National Guard officers referred to demonstrators exercising their constitutionally protected right to assemble as “adversaries” and “enemy forces.”

Drastic cuts to suburban Detroit school district

By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 18 April 2015

The suburban Detroit city of Hazel Park is laying off nearly a quarter of its school district staff and slashing the pay of the remaining teachers and support personnel.

More layoffs as global oil price slump continues

By Niles Williamson, 18 April 2015

The world’s largest oilfield service company, Schlumberger, announced this week that as a result of declining oil production it will cut 11,000 jobs worldwide, bringing the firm’s total layoffs so far this year to 20,000.

Missouri executes mentally disabled inmate

By Thomas Gaist, 18 April 2015

Defense attorneys had argued that the execution should be stayed in light of the state’s refusal to disclose the source of the drug cocktail to be used in the execution.

Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke hired by hedge fund Citadel

By Andre Damon, 18 April 2015

Bernanke’s new job constitutes little more than a kickback for services rendered to Wall Street.

A historic attack on Medicare

By Kate Randall, 17 April 2015

The new Medicare bill, which takes aim at health care for seniors, has been hatched as a conspiracy behind the backs of the American people.

White House and Congress reach deal over Iran nuclear talks

By Thomas Gaist, 17 April 2015

The Obama administration signaled approval Tuesday for legislation that would give Congress a role in the event that a deal is reached on Iran’s nuclear program.

Unions organize pro-Democratic Party protests over low wages

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2015

The demonstrations, organized mainly by the unions, were aimed at boosting Democratic Party politicians at the city, state and national levels.

Report documents carnage of US drone war in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 17 April 2015

A report released this week documents nine separate instances in which workers, merchants, pregnant women and children were either killed or wounded by American airstrikes.

Blackwater and the crimes of US imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2015

This week’s sentencing of four Blackwater mercenaries for the murder of 17 Iraqis only begs the question: Why have no top US officials been held accountable for the deaths of hundreds of thousands?

Obama to take Cuba off state terror list

By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2015

The decision clears the way to normalization of US-Cuban ties as well as the penetration of the island’s economy by US finance capital.

NATO, Russian air intercepts escalate war tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 15 April 2015

Aggressive maneuvers by warplanes over Europe are raising tensions amid a NATO buildup on Russia’s borders.

US government targeted second American citizen for assassination

By Andre Damon, 14 April 2015

In a lead article posted Monday, the New York Times revealed the name of an American citizen who had been placed on the so-called “kill list” for drone assassination.

Tulsa, Oklahoma deputy who shot unarmed man charged with manslaughter

By Evan Blake, 14 April 2015

Charges were filed Monday against Robert Bates for the killing of Eric Harris, as the victim's family denounced the shooting and subsequent brutal actions of police.

US defense secretary promotes “pivot” in South Korea

By Ben McGrath, 14 April 2015

Carter made clear that Washington is intent on increasing its overall military presence in the country.

Congressional briefing paper highlights US/UK tensions

By Richard Tyler, 14 April 2015

A report prepared by the Congressional Research Service concludes, “The UK may not be viewed as centrally relevant to the United States in all of the issues... on the US agenda.”

Hillary Clinton announces presidential campaign

By Andre Damon, 13 April 2015

The Democratic frontrunner in the 2016 presidential campaign formally announced her candidacy Sunday in an online video utterly devoid of political content.

Hundreds attend funeral for South Carolina man killed by cop

By Evan Blake, 13 April 2015

The funeral of Walter Scott took place the same day as a report that only eleven police officers had been convicted in connection with the thousands of police killings since 2005.

Virginia’s Democratic governor moves to expand police surveillance powers

By Nick Barrickman, 13 April 2015

The move to undermine the population’s protections against police spying is of a piece with the anti-democratic policies undertaken by the Democratic Party nationwide.

Oil giants and USW seek concessions at last refineries still on strike

By Marcus Day, 13 April 2015

As the oil companies insist there is no money to improve working conditions or wages, last week Shell announced a $70 billion takeover of the natural gas company BG.

Media tributes for Victor Gotbaum, union leader who saved banks in 1975 New York City fiscal crisis

By Fred Mazelis, 13 April 2015

Gotbaum’s precedent-setting surrender of New York City workers’ rights in the 1970s paved the way for the American ruling class’ offensive against workers throughout the US and the record inequality of today.

US presidential campaign begins: A travesty of democracy

By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2015

Both Hillary Clinton and her Republican rivals are seeking the support of the billionaire financiers who will determine the course of the 2016 campaign.

Texas executes mentally ill man who shot police officer

By Gabriel Black, 11 April 2015

The execution took place the same day that Oklahoma passed a law allowing prisoners to be killed by nitrogen gas asphyxiation.

California police caught on video beating man after chase

By Zaida Green, 11 April 2015

After surrendering peacefully, Francis Pusok was shocked with a Taser twice and struck 58 times by police.

The UAW’s loyal opposition

By Jerry White, 11 April 2015

At last month’s UAW bargaining convention, a group of self-styled “dissidents” worked to bolster illusions that the UAW is a viable organization that can be reformed through pressure from below.

Killer cop in South Carolina shooting had history of brutality

By Andre Damon, 10 April 2015

The North Charleston, South Carolina police department exonerated Michael Slager after he repeatedly used a Taser on an innocent and unarmed man in 2013.

Obama visits Jamaica as part of regional “energy security” initiative

By Thomas Gaist, 10 April 2015

The president’s one-day visit to the island nation was part of a political offensive aimed at shoring up US hegemony in the Caribbean and Central America.

Iranian regime cautiously embraces international nuclear deal

By Peter Symonds, 10 April 2015

Public criticism has been largely limited to the terms of the agreement, with no prominent figure calling for an end to the talks.

Air Force base jet fuel spill threatens Albuquerque water supply

By Stuart Winter and Charles Abelard, 10 April 2015

Air Force officials say the fuel has been leaking from an underground pipe for at least 40 years dating back to the 1970s.

Police murder in South Carolina

By Joseph Kishore, 9 April 2015

A video released Tuesday shows police officer Michael Slager shooting unarmed Walter Scott in the back—the latest in an unending series of police murders in the US.

US defence secretary warns China over Asian maritime disputes

By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2015

Ashton Carter is visiting Japan and South Korea to integrate their militaries more closely into the Pentagon’s preparations for war with China.

Right-wing Democrat reelected as Chicago mayor

By Kristina Betinis, 9 April 2015

The first-ever runoff election for mayor in the city of Chicago resulted in a second term for current mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is preparing major cuts to pensions and city services.

US drug agency tracked billions of international phone calls

By Patrick Martin, 9 April 2015

A report in USA Today found that the Drug Enforcement Administration tracked most international phone calls made from the US over a period of two decades.

Bills in Kansas and Missouri target public aid recipients

By Shannon Jones, 9 April 2015

The punitive and vindictive proposals aim to sharply limit public aid benefits going to the poorest and most vulnerable sections of the working class.

Eight dead in Maryland following utility shutoff

By Jerry White, 8 April 2015

Rodney Todd and his children were the apparent victims of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator they were using after the local utility company cut off power to the financially struggling family.

Pennsylvania: Wealthy pay less in taxes, but receive more money for education

By Douglas Lyons, 8 April 2015

The wealthy in Pennsylvania pay less in taxes while receiving more in per-pupil education spending than working class school districts.

The political issues in the Chicago mayoral election

By Kristina Betinis and Patrick Martin, 7 April 2015

The phony “populist” campaign of “Chuy” Garcia has been mounted, under conditions of mass disaffection from the two-party system, to head off the emergence of a politically independent movement of the working class.

Workers and youth denounce social conditions, express no confidence in Chicago mayoral candidates

By George Marlowe and George Gallanis, 6 April 2015

Workers and youth in Chicago speak out on deteriorating social conditions in the final days before the mayoral election runoff vote.

Report details massive police response to Boston Marathon bombing

By Nick Barrickman, 6 April 2015

A new report reveals the extensive mobilization of police and intelligence forces following the April 15, 2013, bombings.

March US jobs growth slowest since 2013

By Andre Damon, 4 April 2015

The latest jobs report adds to a growing body of data showing that US economic growth has slowed significantly over the past six months.

“Religious freedom” and the assault on democratic rights in America

By Eric London, 4 April 2015

The attack on anti-discrimination laws is part of a drive to erode gains made through the social struggles of the working class, including the fight against segregation.

Congressional Republicans, Democrats seek vote on Iran deal

By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2015

Congressional reaction was significantly more cautious than the full-throated denunciations that preceded this week’s agreement.

Two New York women snared in FBI terror “sting”

By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2015

As in previous prosecutions, the alleged plot would not have existed without the FBI’s intervention.

Chicago mayoral election rally

“Chuy” Garcia, Bernie Sanders promote trade unions, Democratic Party

By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 4 April 2015

A rally held in the final days before Chicago’s runoff elections sought to rehabilitate the increasingly discredited Democratic Party and trade unions.

Mothers on hunger strike at Texas immigrant detention center

By D. Lencho, 4 April 2015

Dozens of detainees at the Karnes County Residential Center have refused to eat until they are allowed to go before a judge to have their asylum pleas heard.

Virginia police force confession from deaf, homeless man

By Joe Williams, 4 April 2015

Abreham Zemedagegehu spent six weeks in the county jail, essentially incommunicado, until he confessed to a crime that had not taken place.

Iran makes sweeping concessions to US in nuclear “framework” deal

By Keith Jones, 3 April 2015

Obama touted the agreement as a diplomatic coup for the US, while boasting that Iran has been brought to heel by the “toughest sanctions in history.”

Federal judge dismisses private lawsuit based on “state secrets” doctrine

By John Burton, 3 April 2015

For the first time in any US courtroom, a judge has dismissed a purely private lawsuit based on the claim that government secrets might be exposed.

State legislature recommends 82 percent cut to Louisiana State University budget

Board of Regents considers privatization

By E.P. Bannon, 3 April 2015

The proposed cuts, if passed, will be the largest budget reduction to any state university system in history.

Malaysian prime minister under pressure over US-led economic pact

By John Roberts, 3 April 2015

Ex-Prime Minister Mahathir is bitterly opposed to Najib for signing up to US President Obama’s proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Atlanta “cheating” case and the crisis of public education in the US

By Jerry White, 3 April 2015

The conviction of Atlanta educators on “racketeering” charges takes place in a country where bankers and other corporate criminals ravage the lives of tens of millions with impunity.

Atlanta teachers, principals convicted in cheating scandal

By Andre Damon, 2 April 2015

The conviction of Atlanta teachers on racketeering charges is a vindictive attempt to scapegoat education workers for the crisis created by decades of attacks on public education.

US admiral threatens Beijing over South China Sea

By James Cogan, 2 April 2015

Prominent figures in Washington are attempting to make China’s alleged activities a major issue of geopolitical tension.

Final debate of Chicago mayoral runoff shows agreement on budget cutting

By Kristina Betinis, 2 April 2015

In the course of an hour-long debate, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia focused on how to resolve the fiscal problems of the city by cutting spending.

Democratic senator indicted on corruption charges

By Patrick Martin, 2 April 2015

Robert Menendez of New Jersey, former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, is one of the most powerful Democrats in the US Senate.

Closing arguments in Boston Marathon bombing case set for April 6

By Barry Grey, 2 April 2015

The strategy of the defense team is to concede Tsarnaev’s guilt but make the case that he should be spared the death penalty.

Lawyer for suspect in shooting of Ferguson cop says confession was coerced

By Tom Hall, 2 April 2015

The March 11 shooting of the police officers has been used to discredit opposition to police brutality.

“They don’t care about the people … all they care about are the rich”

Flint, Michigan residents speak on tainted water supply

By a WSWS reporting team, 1 April 2015

Flint residents expressed anger and frustration over unsafe water, high bills and the emergency manager overseeing the destruction of living conditions in the city.

Leaked document exposes repressive character of US airport screenings

By Zaida Green, 1 April 2015

The Intercept published a document outlining the criteria used by the TSA to flag airline travelers for interrogation.

Indiana governor signs bill allowing for discrimination on religious grounds

By Nick Barrickman, 31 March 2015

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a reactionary attack on democratic rights and a violation of the constitutional principle of separation of church and state.

Iran nuclear talks in countdown to US-imposed deadline

By Keith Jones, 30 March 2015

Washington is insisting that the economic sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy remain in place for years to come.

Building in deadly Manhattan gas explosion had history of dangerous conditions

By Philip Guelpa, 30 March 2015

Repeated instances of illegal and substandard work on the building’s gas delivery system preceded the explosion.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Wisconsin voter identification law

By Tom Carter, 30 March 2015

The law effectively disenfranchises 300,000 otherwise eligible voters in the state.

CIA helped spy on US cell phone data

By Zaida Green, 30 March 2015

The CIA worked with the Justice Department to develop a program to spy on US cell phone conversations and data.

UAW president open to discuss new lower pay scale for auto workers

By Jerry White, 30 March 2015

In a March 25 press conference following the United Auto Workers bargaining convention in Detroit, UAW President Dennis Williams said he was willing to consider the creation of a new, third tier of workers.

US layoffs mount amid signs of economic slowdown

By Andre Damon, 28 March 2015

US steel companies announced thousands of layoffs this week.

Republican budget plan slashes Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps

By Patrick Martin, 28 March 2015

Similar plans were passed by the House of Representatives Wednesday and the Senate early Friday.

US political establishment hails bipartisan bill attacking Medicare

By Kate Randall, 28 March 2015

The bill is designed to effect a paradigm shift in health care, away from “fee for service” to a system that rewards doctors for rationing care and cutting costs.

Dozens hurt and two missing after gas explosion and fire level buildings in Manhattan

By Fred Mazelis and Mark Witkowski, 28 March 2015

The latest disaster once again points to aging and neglected infrastructure amidst growing inequality.

Ohio man exonerated after almost four decades of wrongful imprisonment

By Evan Blake, 28 March 2015

A series of recent exonerations point to widespread misconduct by police and prosecutors in obtaining criminal convictions.

Food stamp cuts hit Wisconsin poor

By George Gallanis and Marcus Day, 28 March 2015

Wisconsin’s most vulnerable residents are facing both steep reductions in monthly food aid and stricter eligibility requirements.

US House passes sweeping new bipartisan assault on Medicare

By Kate Randall, 27 March 2015

The coming together of the Republican and Democratic parties behind the overhaul underscores the unanimity within the ruling class on the need for massive cuts in health care spending.

Merger between Heinz and Kraft likely to destroy thousands of jobs

By Gabriel Black, 27 March 2015

H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods announced Wednesday that they would merge to form the world’s fifth-largest food company.

White House announces pro-corporate fracking rules

By Philip Guelpa, 27 March 2015

The Obama administration’s newly announced rules on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands will allow oil companies to continue endangering human health and the environment.

The firing squad returns to America

By Barry Grey, 26 March 2015

The revival of execution methods most people had long considered relics of a more barbaric past exposes the real state of class relations in America.

Bowe Bergdahl, former POW critical of war in Afghanistan, charged with desertion

By Zaida Green, 26 March 2015

Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network for nearly five years, could face life in prison if convicted.

Ultra-right Texas senator is first official US presidential candidate

By Patrick Martin, 26 March 2015

Senator Ted Cruz announced his presidential campaign at Liberty University in Virginia, a Christian fundamentalist college founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.