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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At bargaining convention in Detroit
By Jerry White, 26 March 2015
Facing demands from workers for a significant improvement of wages, the UAW reasserted its commitment to maintaining the competitiveness and profitability of the US automakers.
By George Marlowe, 26 March 2015
Workers at BP’s Whiting, Indiana plant and a handful of other refineries remain on strike, as the USW works to quickly end the walkout at Shell, Tesoro and other companies.
By Evan Blake, 26 March 2015
Last week, the state passed emergency legislation targeting residential “water wasters,” while giving free rein to the agricultural giants to continue their overuse of groundwater.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 March 2015
The plan from Governor Cuomo and the state legislature continues the drive to dismantle public education through the expansion of charter schools and attacks on teachers.
By Clement Daly, 26 March 2015
It is nearly five years since the April 2010 explosion at Upper Big Branch killed 29 West Virginia miners in the worst US mine disaster in nearly four decades.
By Patrick Martin, 25 March 2015
Israeli intelligence services spied on the Iran nuclear talks and leaked details to congressional Republicans and Democrats in an effort to block a prospective deal.
By Jerry White, 25 March 2015
The first day of the UAW bargaining convention underscored the organization’s role as a tool of the auto companies and the Obama administration.
By Trent Novak, 25 March 2015
With the winter “hypothermia season” not set to officially end until April, the number of families requiring shelter has already exceeded official expectations.
By Eric London, 25 March 2015
As Sawant racks up endorsements from prominent Democrats and Wall Street speculators, an internal Socialist Alternative memo exposes Sawant’s close ties to the two-party system.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 March 2015
With his explicit rejection of the so-called “two-state solution,” the Israeli prime minister exposed the fraud of US policy, cutting across Washington’s interests in the region.
By Jerry White, 24 March 2015
Strikes continue at BP, Marathon, LyondellBasell and Tesoro, as the United Steelworkers seeks to impose its pro-company deal on oil workers throughout the country.
As United Auto Workers bargaining convention opens
By Shannon Jones, 24 March 2015
With GM, Ford and Chrysler raking in an estimated $76 billion since 2009, auto workers are determined to win improvements in the upcoming auto contract talks.
By Tom Carter, 24 March 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Obama administration improperly withheld records related to "behavior detection" airport screening programs.
By Zaida Green, 24 March 2015
Mall of America security created a fake Facebook account to spy on demonstrators in order to arrest and prosecute “ringleaders.”
By Alan Gilman, 24 March 2015
National Football League linebacker Chris Borland, after a starring rookie season, announced last week that he is retiring in order to avoid crippling brain injuries.
By Marcus Day, 24 March 2015
The April 7 runoff pits Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel against Jesus “Chuy” García, a long-time Democratic Party operative who has the backing of the International Socialist Organization.
By Andre Damon, 23 March 2015
In few places anywhere on the globe is the systematized, ruthless cruelty of the ruling class—facilitated by all factions of the political establishment—so flagrantly on display as in Detroit.
By Gabriel Black, 23 March 2015
Brandon Jones had allegedly broken into a grocery store and was carrying out a few boxes of cigarettes and some coins when police cornered and shot him.
By Daniel de Vries, 23 March 2015
The fire, which was apparently sparked by a hot plate, is the deadliest in New York City since 2007, when 10 West African immigrants died in their sub-standard Bronx home.
By E.P. Bannon and Tom Hall, 23 March 2015
Workers at the LyondellBasell refinery expressed frustration and anger at the United Steelworkers for deliberately isolating their struggle.
By E.P. Bannon, 23 March 2015
Only 23.1 percent of unemployed workers were receiving benefits in December 2014, the lowest level since unemployment insurance benefits were first established.
By Nancy Hanover, 23 March 2015
Obama’s proposal for student loan aid is both a publicity stunt to appease popular concern over ever-rising student loan debt and a plan to tighten enforcement on repayment.
By Kevin Martinez, 23 March 2015
After removing tents and shelters from the park, authorities also want to ban sleeping in boxes, tents and pods on city streets.
By Andre Damon, 21 March 2015
As many as 28,000 households in America’s poorest large city face having their water service shut off.
By Joseph Kishore, 21 March 2015
There is near-universal agreement among Democrats and Republicans in Washington to substantially increase funding for the already gargantuan Pentagon war machine.
By Gabriel Black, 21 March 2015
The Philadelphia District Attorney announced Thursday that no charges will be brought against two police officers who stopped and killed Brandon Tate-Brown in December.
By Kate Randall, 20 March 2015
The political establishment’s continued support for state-sanctioned killing reflects the barbaric and exploitative character of social relations in the United States.
By Niles Williamson, 20 March 2015
The backlog of unanswered Freedom of Information Act requests grew by 55 percent last year—part of a broader expansion of government secrecy.
By Tom Hall, 20 March 2015
Thousands of students gathered Wednesday night to protest the beating of Martese Johnson, a student at the University of Virginia, by state police outside an off-campus bar.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 March 2015
The president has made no threat to veto budget proposals imposing spending caps on vital social services.
By Eric London, 17 March 2015
A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenges the secrecy of the Obama administration’s “targeted killing” drone assassination program.
By Tom Eley, 17 March 2015
Benito Vasquez-Hernandez, detained as a “material witness,” has been in jail since March 16, 2012.
By Shelley Connor, 17 March 2015
The surge in food stamp use coincides with a sharp decline in the percentage of people working full-time.
By Kevin Martinez, 17 March 2015
Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed will lead a ballot initiative in May to eliminate constitutional protections for CalPERS and other state pension funds.
By Nick Beams, 16 March 2015
The British decision to participate in the Chinese-backed Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank was taken largely behind the back of the United States.
By Manusha Fernando, 16 March 2015
Suspension of the Chinese investment project is bound up with the shift of Sri Lankan foreign policy under the new government away from Beijing and towards Washington.
By Nick Barrickman and Andre Damon, 16 March 2015
Despite a lack of evidence, St. Louis County authorities sought to associate Wednesday’s shooting with ongoing demonstrations against police violence.
By Eric London, 16 March 2015
The funeral followed days of protests against police violence in which thousands of people participated.
By Peter Symonds, 14 March 2015
The US maritime strategic document released yesterday is a recipe for intensifying tensions in Asia and compounding the danger of war with China.
By Andre Damon, 14 March 2015
The wounding of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri is being used to delegitimize mass anger over the unending wave of police killings in America.
By our reporters, 14 March 2015
Picketing by oil workers will continue until agreements are passed at each separate refinery, with workers who do not accept the terms left completely isolated.
By Gabriel Black, 14 March 2015
The sustained decline in retail sales underscores the emergence of a new economic slump threatening workers’ livelihoods.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2015
With the media poised to jump on candidates’ slightest “gaffes,” there are virtually no reports on Graham’s vow to “use the military” to push through a Pentagon budget.
By Jerry White, 13 March 2015
Any deal reached on the basis of blocking the full mobilization of oil workers against the intransigence of the energy giants can be nothing but a miserable betrayal.
By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2015
The United States is entering a 2016 presidential election campaign that demonstrates the narrow basis of the two-party system and the oligarchical character of American society.
By Andre Damon, 13 March 2015
The Obama administration used Wednesday’s shooting to restate its support for the police in the face of ongoing demonstrations against police killings.
By Matthew MacEgan, 13 March 2015
A UN official lashed out at the US government for barring him from investigating federal prisons, as well as for being the only nation that sentences children to life in prison without parole.
By Shannon Jones, 13 March 2015
Obama’s criticism of the recently enacted right-to-work law in Wisconsin reflects divisions in the ruling establishment over the best way to pursue attacks on the working class.
By Samuel Davidson, 13 March 2015
Tax increases for the working class, including sales and income taxes, underwrite much of what is new in Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s budget.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 March 2015
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which has historical ties to the antebellum South, has been involved in a rash of incidents of a reactionary character.
By Niles Williamson, 10 March 2015
As many as 3,000 high school and college students converged inside the state capitol Monday afternoon to protest the police murder of unarmed teenager Anthony Robinson.
By Evan Blake, 10 March 2015
The McElroy Mine, owned by the Murray Energy Corporation, has already received 189 citations from the US Mine Safety and Health Administration so far this year.
By Nick Barrickman, 10 March 2015
Over the past 15 there has been a concerted, bipartisan drive to slash employer assistance to workers injured on the job.
By Joe Williams, 10 March 2015
The decision to expand the recommendation for a safety overhaul to the national level indicates that January’s accident was likely the result of budget cuts.
By Evan Blake, 10 March 2015
The findings of a new report serve as a barometer of the current conditions of life in America, and expose one of the many symptoms of the decay of capitalist society.
By Jerry White and Alan Gilman, 10 March 2015
At the massive Tesoro refinery in Carson, California, near Los Angeles, strikers said they were fighting for all workers and against years of eroding wages and work conditions.
A warning to US oil workers on South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers
By Thabo Seseane Jr., 10 March 2015
Last month’s tour of Houston picket lines by officials from South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers underscored the anti-working class character of the United Steelworkers.
By Andre Damon, 7 March 2015
The report documents systematic and wanton brutality, violence and outright criminality on the part of police in Ferguson, Missouri.
By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2015
While Obama pretends to sympathize with undocumented children, his administration is carrying out the most brutal crackdown on immigrants in US history.
By E.P. Bannon, 7 March 2015
While the oil giants have pointed to the fall in crude prices to justify their hard line against striking oil workers, they continue to make vast profits through their refining operations.
By Gabriel Black, 7 March 2015
The nominal fall in the unemployment rate ignores the millions of workers who have given up looking for a job, while those jobs that have been created are primarily low-wage.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Hall, 7 March 2015
The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that an average of 928 people a year were killed by police from 2003 to 2011, more than twice the level reported in the FBI’s official reporting.
By Dorota Niemitz, 7 March 2015
The 81-year-old filmmaker testified February 25 for nine hours in Krakow in the extradition case filed against him by US authorities.
By Evan Blake, 6 March 2015
The report states that police in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb unlawfully arrest, beat, and taser residents.
By Kristina Betinis, 6 March 2015
While more victims of police torture at Homan Square have come forward, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his liberal Democratic challenger, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, have said nothing.
By Kate Randall, 6 March 2015
A ruling for the plaintiffs could invalidate subsidies for up to 7.5 million people purchasing coverage on the federal Obamacare exchange.
By Shannon Jones, 6 March 2015
The USW boasts of close relations with the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm that profits off the restructuring and downsizing of distressed companies.
By Andre Damon, 5 March 2015
The decision not to bring charges against Darren Wilson exposes the fraud of the Obama administration’s supposed sympathy for the victims of police violence.
By Jerry White, 5 March 2015
Encouraged by the treachery of the United Steelworkers union, global oil giant Shell has announced that it will train strikebreakers to resume full production at its Texas and Louisiana plants.
As federal trial opens
By Barry Grey, 5 March 2015
The ruling indicates the government’s intention to exclude questions relating to contacts between the FBI and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 March 2015
The former top military commander and CIA chief gave notebooks containing an array of closely guarded state secrets to his mistress and lied to investigators about doing so.
By Fred Mazelis, 5 March 2015
The news from Attica reveals the reality of prisons in America and shows how little has changed since the prison rebellion of 1971.
By Matthew MacEgan, 5 March 2015
The retail giant Target announced this week that it is cutting jobs in order to save $2 billion, which will be invested in its online business.
By Sandy English, 5 March 2015
More than 4,000 additional school bus workers will either lose their jobs or see their pay cut in half under the bids now being organized under Democratic Party Mayor de Blasio.
By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2015
As far as Washington is concerned, a deal over Iran’s nuclear programs has always been bound up with broader geo-political considerations.
By Jerry White and Seraphine Collins, 5 March 2015
A contractor with extensive experience in oil refineries speaks on the long hours, dangerous conditions and other issues that have led to the largest strike in the oil industry since 1980.
By Richard Phillips, 5 March 2015
Hicks discusses the overturn of his 2007 “terrorism” conviction, the response of the Australian government and media and his concerns about escalating attacks on basic democratic rights.
By Dorota Niemitz and Matthew Brennan, 5 March 2015
The appeal of the Detroit native, who won a Pulitzer Prize and was named Poet Laureate of the US, was due in part to the accessibility and directness of his poems.
By Douglas Lyons, 4 March 2015
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is threatening a Detroit-style bankruptcy if pension cuts for tens of thousands of municipal workers are not pushed through.
By Andre Damon, 28 February 2015
The latest figures belie claims that the US is a counterbalance to the overall slump and deflation that now encompass most of the world.
By Patrick Martin, 28 February 2015
The remarks by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker demonstrate the ferocious hostility of the entire US ruling elite, Democrat as well as Republican, towards the working class.
By Thomas Gaist, 28 February 2015
Judge Steven Rhodes said he regretted that the Detroit bankruptcy did not eliminate defined benefit pensions altogether for the city’s retirees.
By Kevin Martinez, 28 February 2015
The companies are among the most profitable multinational corporations in the world, with deep ties to the Obama administration and the federal government.
By Tom Hall, 28 February 2015
Persian Gulf regimes and huge military contractors gave tens of millions of dollars to the foundation, which functions as an auxiliary institution in American imperialist foreign policy.
By Nick Barrickman, 28 February 2015
According to a spokesperson for Schweich, he had been preparing to go public with allegations of anti-Semitism against state Republican Party Chairman, John Hancock.
By Andre Damon, 27 February 2015
The Guardian newspaper has revealed the existence of a “black site” on the West Side of Chicago, where police detain, beat and torture prisoners.
By Thomas Gaist, 27 February 2015
Three years after the killing of the unarmed teen in Florida, the US government announced it would not press civil rights charges against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2015
As in so many similar “home-grown terrorism” cases brought by the government, a confidential informant was at the center of the alleged crimes.
By Ed Hightower, 27 February 2015
New prison regulations isolate inmates from visitors, including their attorneys.
Notes on police violence in America:
By Evan Blake, 27 February 2015
The ongoing revelations of the killing in Pasco, Washington have renewed protests against police brutality and wanton killings of unarmed people across the US.
By Andre Damon, 24 February 2015
The White House economic report released last week seeks to justify right-wing, pro-business policies in the name of “middle-class economics.”
By Niles Williamson, 24 February 2015
The right-to-work law is reactionary and undemocratic, but opposition from the trade unions is based on defending their role as a mechanism for suppressing working class resistance.
By Jeff Lusanne, 24 February 2015
A Department of Transportation report predicts derailments could occur near populated areas and cause fatalities.