United States

Final Trump-Clinton debate: A bankrupt political system staggers toward the finish line

By Patrick Martin, 20 October 2016

The 2016 election offers the American people the “choice” between the two most reactionary candidates in modern US history.

Five thousand faculty strike at Pennsylvania state campuses

By Samuel Davidson and Douglas Lyons, 20 October 2016

The strike by Pennsylvania faculty is an expression of growing social opposition among different sections of workers in the run-up to the US election.

US Social Security Administration announces effective cut in benefits

By Fred Mazelis, 20 October 2016

A 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment in monthly checks will be completely eaten up by increased Medicare premiums.

One out of two Americans in facial recognition databases

By Shelley Connor, 20 October 2016

A recent report by Georgetown Law Center reveals that half of American adults are in photo recognition databases maintained by law enforcement agencies.

Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates approves concessions contract

By our reporter, 20 October 2016

Both district officials and union leaders are hailing as a success a contract that will escalate the attack on teachers, while paving the way for the closure of more public schools.

Chicago charter school union announces contract deal

By Jeff Lusanne, 20 October 2016

The American Federation of Teachers has helped craft a new contract for charter school teachers in Chicago that mirrors a concessions contract accepted for public school teachers.

Sanders’ damning silence on Clinton’s Wall Street speeches

By Barry Grey, 20 October 2016

As Sanders continues to hustle votes for Clinton, while saying nothing about her speeches to Goldman Sachs and other financial malefactors, there is about him a palpable odor of dishonesty and cynicism.

Ohio glass workers discuss strike with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 October 2016

Workers in the second week of their strike against the multinational glass maker are determined to resist further attacks on working conditions, health insurance and pay.

War and the 2016 US elections: SEP candidates launch final election tour

20 October 2016

In the two weeks before the US elections, Jerry White will be giving meetings in Canada and the US West Coast, and Niles Niemuth will be traveling throughout the Midwest.

Mosul offensive threatens to inflame sectarian conflicts in Iraq and Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 19 October 2016

The offensive on Mosul not only threatens the city’s more than 1 million residents, but is intensifying the ethnic and regional conflicts in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

Trump running mate attacks black voter registration effort

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2016

Indiana state police raided the offices of the Indiana Voter Registration Project and confiscated equipment and filled-out voter applications.

Guantánamo Diary author released after 14 years in illegal detention

By Zaida Green, 19 October 2016

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, now 45, has never been charged with a crime.

Philadelphia transit workers vote to strike

By Alan Whyte, 19 October 2016

Nearly 6,000 bus, subway and trolley operators, cashiers and mechanics have voted to stop work if a new labor agreement is not reached by October 31.

Washington moves to silence WikiLeaks

By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2016

The US political establishment is prepared to use whatever measures are required to prevent a further exposure of the real social and political interests underlying the grotesque 2016 presidential contest.

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate denounces US escalation of Iraq War

By Jerry White, 19 October 2016

Jerry White, the SEP candidate for US president, condemns the escalation of US military violence and calls on workers to attend the November 5 conference “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War.”

SEP campaigners speak with Huntington, West Virginia residents

By our reporters, 19 October 2016

Huntington residents spoke with SEP candidate Naomi Spencer about the US elections, poor social conditions, and the need for an independent political movement of the working class.

The International Socialist Organization campaigns for layoffs, school closures in Chicago

By Eric London, 19 October 2016

A tentative agreement announced by the Chicago Teachers Union, and praised by the ISO, would mark a new stage in the attack on teachers and on public education.

Strike continues at Libbey Glass factory in Toledo, Ohio

By Shannon Jones, 18 October 2016

Workers at the Libbey Glass plant in Toledo are continuing a strike that began October 12 after they rejected an inadequate wage offer and work rule concessions.

Cleveland teacher denounces sellout contract

By Phyllis Steele, 18 October 2016

Teachers rejected a contract backed by the unions and the entire political establishment that would accelerate the attack on public education.

Is the US election rigged?

By Barry Grey, 18 October 2016

The reactionary character of Trump’s claims that the US election is “rigged” does not lend any credibility to the self-righteous and hypocritical response of the Democratic Party.

In secret Goldman Sachs speeches, Clinton explains why the rich should rule

By Tom Carter, 17 October 2016

Hillary Clinton’s lavishly paid speeches to gatherings of Wall Street multi-millionaires reveal why she is the favored candidate of the corporate and financial elite.

Fed Chair Yellen speaks in Boston: An admission of perplexity and impotence

By Nick Beams, 17 October 2016

A conference convened by the Boston Federal Reserve revealed that neither the Fed nor bourgeois economics in general has an answer to the stagnation of the US and global economy.

Nearly half of all “millennials” lack even $1 of retirement savings

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 October 2016

A recent study conducted by the Black Youth Project at University of Chicago reveals the precarious financial situation for the layer of the population 18 to 30 years old.

Six-week-old baby girl dies in Brooklyn elevator tragedy

By Philip Guelpa, 17 October 2016

Chronically poor maintenance by the private landlord, facilitated by the city, creates dangerous and deadly conditions for working class tenants.

Deadly floods in North Carolina overwhelmingly affect state’s poorest residents

By Shelley Connor, 15 October 2016

A slowly unwinding catastrophe is ravaging the US state of North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, killing at least 24 people and leaving thousands homeless.

Citigroup chose Obama’s 2008 cabinet, WikiLeaks document reveals

By Tom Eley, 15 October 2016

The email listing Citigroup’s personnel choices for cabinet posts came three days after the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was signed into law.

Donald Trump’s campaign takes a fascistic turn

By Patrick Martin, 14 October 2016

The speech delivered by the Republican presidential nominee Thursday in Florida was the manifesto for a fascist movement to emerge from his campaign.

Minnesota nurses’ union claims contract ratification amidst opposition

By Matt Rigel and Anthony Bertolt, 14 October 2016

The contract presented and supported by the MNA is nearly identical to proposals previously rejected four times by nurses, who had been on strike for six weeks.

US death toll rises in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

By Nick Barrickman, 13 October 2016

As many as 38 people have died in the US and tens of thousands continue to be impacted in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which came ashore late last week.

Justice Department announces investigation into Alabama prisons as US prison strike continues

By Gary Joad, 13 October 2016

The investigation of prison conditions in Alabama coincides with the largest prison strike in US history, a protest action that is being virtually blacked out by the corporate media.

Trump escalates conflict with congressional Republicans

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2016

The Republican presidential candidate is shifting his focus toward building an extra-parliamentary fascistic movement for the period that follows the November 8 election.

The November 5 conference, “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” and the building of a new movement against imperialist war

By Eric London and Joseph Kishore, 12 October 2016

Despite the extreme dangers facing the population of the entire world, outside of the International Committee of the Fourth International, there is no organized movement against imperialist war.

Leaked Clinton email admits Saudi, Qatari government funding of ISIS in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2016

The email exchange between Clinton and her campaign manager lays bare the criminality and hypocrisy of the US war for regime change.

Philippine President Duterte tilts toward China

By Peter Symonds, 12 October 2016

In advance of Duterte’s trip next week to China, his defence secretary announced a suspension of joint exercises with the US in the South China Sea.

Chicago teachers denounce contract sellout

By Kristina Betinis, 12 October 2016

As teachers angrily denounce concessions in the CTU’s tentative agreement, the International Socialist Organization is painting the settlement as a victory against Rahm Emanuel.

Minnesota nurses’ union seeks to ram through concessions contract

By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 12 October 2016

The WSWS calls on nurses to reject the sellout contract and combine this rejection with a political mobilization of the working class in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and beyond.

Notes on police violence

US police kill thirty people in ten days

By Zaida Green, 12 October 2016

Two-thirds of those identified so far were white, underscoring the fact that police violence in America is fundamentally a class question, affecting poor and working class people of all races.

France’s New Anticapitalist Party denounces opposition to NATO escalation in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2016

The New Anticapitalist Party’s agitation for a direct Western intervention in Syria is indistinguishable from the propaganda of the CIA and the French media.

Chicago Teachers Union announces concessions agreement to avert strike

By Kristina Betinis, 11 October 2016

The agreement was announced before midnight in order to prevent a strike and risk a rebellion by teachers against the Democratic Party ahead of the presidential elections.

Striking Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and supporters speak out

By Evan Winters, 11 October 2016

On strike for over a week, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and staff are fighting to preserve a world-class arts institution.

New attacks on Oregon public pension plan

By Hector Cordon, 11 October 2016

Democratic and Republican state politicians, along with the media, have launched yet another campaign in their efforts to destroy public employees’ pensions.

The Trump scandal and the US gutter election

By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2016

The generally degraded state of American politics entered a new low this weekend following the release of video showing Republican candidate Donald Trump boasting of his ability to use his position of wealth and celebrity to assault women.

Thousands protest Saudi bombing that killed and wounded over 700 in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2016

The airstrike on a funeral hall in the capital of Sanaa is the worst in a long series of war crimes carried out with the backing of Washington.

Russia warns US strikes against Syria may lead to war

By Alex Lantier, 10 October 2016

A US attack on Syrian government targets, which is being actively discussed by the White House, could trigger war between the world’s main nuclear-armed powers.

France calls for its own “pivot to Asia” amid US war drive against China

By Kumaran Ira, 10 October 2016

French imperialism is laying out an aggressive military strategy in the Asia-Pacific as Washington intensifies its war drive against China.

Secret Clinton speeches and emails reveal systematic corruption

By Tom Carter, 10 October 2016

In private speeches to financial tycoons, Hillary Clinton bragged that she did all she could to make sure Wall Street continued to prosper.

Hurricane Matthew kills 19 in southeastern US

By Shelley Connor, 10 October 2016

Hurricane Matthew wrought significant damage in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia before being downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone on Sunday.

More than 30 injuries in Long Island Rail Road collision

By Philip Guelpa, 10 October 2016

A collision between a commuter train and a work train on Long Island is only the latest in a series of rail accidents in the New York metropolitan area.

Harvard dining hall workers continue strike

By Mike Ingram, 10 October 2016

Harvard University Dining Services workers are continuing their strike over health care and wages, the first since 1983.

“This is everyone’s fight”

After rejection of contract at Allina, Minnesota nurses call for expanded struggle

By Anthony Bertolt, 7 October 2016

The Allina nurses, who have been on strike for over a month at five hospitals, voted down a contract that would exchange their health care for more expensive plans.

Residents ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Matthew approaches US East Coast

By Brad Dixon, 7 October 2016

As with all natural disasters in the United States, Hurricane Matthew will reveal the stark social inequalities that characterize all facets of American life.

Workers struggles mount in run-up to US election

By Jerry White, 6 October 2016

Strikes by nurses, orchestra musicians other sections of public and private sector workers reveals the broad scope of social opposition in the United States.

Harvard dining hall workers strike over health insurance, wages

By Kate Randall, 6 October 2016

The strike by Harvard University Dining Services workers is the first since 1983, and the first ever during the academic year.

Faculty set October 19 strike date at Pennsylvania universities

By Samuel Davidson, 6 October 2016

Professors and faculty members at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-run universities have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike against cuts to health benefits and the expanded use of adjunct professors.

Yahoo spied on “hundreds of millions” of email accounts on behalf of US spy agencies

By Nick Barrickman, 6 October 2016

The revelation further reveals the near-seamless collusion of the major internet and telecommunications firms with the US intelligence apparatus.

One year since the exposure of the Flint water crisis

By Carlos Delgado and James Brewer, 6 October 2016

October 1 marked the anniversary of the first acknowledgement by the governor of Michigan of the Flint water crisis, which poisoned an entire city.

Vice presidential candidates agree on US military escalation in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2016

Most of the 90-minute vice presidential debate consisted of unintelligible squabbling, but the Democratic and Republican candidates agreed on the overriding issue of war.

Sanders’ campaign for Clinton: A “political revolution” in defense of the status quo

By Joseph Kishore, 5 October 2016

Sanders’ bid to drum up support for Clinton in a series of campaign appearances this week is based on sophistries and lies.

Los Angeles police kill second man in two days

By Zaida Green, 5 October 2016

The unidentified young man was shot to death just a day after the fatal shooting of another youth, 18-year-old Carnell Snell, Jr.

Video raises questions in 2012 New York police killing of Ramarley Graham

By Sandy English, 5 October 2016

A new surveillance video obtained by the New York Daily News shows paramedics covering and then uncovering the corpse of Ramarley Graham, who was killed by police in 2012.

Live online forum with SEP presidential candidates

One month until the US elections: the political issues facing the working class

5 October 2016

On October 7, at 7:00 Eastern Time, SEP candidates Jerry White and Niles Niemuth will join SEP National Secretary Joseph Kishore to discuss the state of US politics one month before the election.

One year since the official acknowledgment of the Flint water crisis

Billions for infrastructure and health care not war!

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 5 October 2016

The Socialist Equality Party fights for the only viable program to address the disaster inflicted on the residents of Flint, Michigan.

Trump’s taxes: Capitalist corruption and class privilege

By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2016

The tax dodges that Trump employed provide a glimpse of the real nature of the “free market” system, in which working people are systematically exploited to boost the wealth of the super-rich.

UAW lines up behind Trump’s call for trade war

By Shannon Jones, 4 October 2016

The nationalist ravings of Trump dovetail with the UAW’s corporatist program based on the subordination of the working class to the interests of the American auto companies.

SEP Presidential candidate Jerry White speaks to students and workers in Northern Virginia

By Alex Gonzalez and Nick Barrickman, 4 October 2016

White spoke before an audience of students, workers and members of the community at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale about the dangers of war.

Death toll mounts in US police killings

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2016

US police killed at least 19 men last week. Ranging in ages from 18 to 53, the victims were shot, tased or, in one case, beaten and asphyxiated.

Protests continue in El Cajon, California over the police killing of Alfred Olango

By Genevieve Leigh, 3 October 2016

Recently-released video shows an officer firing deadly shots at unarmed Olango less than two minutes after arriving on the scene.

Pasadena police kill father of eight during help call

By Dan Conway and John Andrews, 3 October 2016

Pasadena police officers dispatched to assist with a disturbed man, tased, beat and ultimately asphyxiated Reginald Thomas, Jr., a father of eight, in front of his family.

Philadelphia and Pittsburgh orchestra musicians on strike

By Fred Mazelis, 3 October 2016

The musicians in both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony face demands for concessions from wealthy patrons and management.

US transit agency launched safety probe before fatal New Jersey train crash

By Alan Whyte, 3 October 2016

The Federal Railroad Administration began an audit of the New Jersey Transit rail system in June, fining it nearly $335,000 for 33 federal regulation safety violations in 2013-2015.

Worker killed at US Steel mill in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 October 2016

The death of Jonathan Arrizola comes amid a wave of layoffs at the US Steel mill in Gary, Indiana and rising complaints over unsafe conditions.

Defeat MNA sellout!

Mobilize the working class behind the Minnesota nurses strike!

By Ron Jorgenson, 3 October 2016

The fact that the unions could bring such a sellout agreement to a vote only underscores the need for nurses to take the conduct of the strike into their own hands.

Nationwide strike continues by US and state prison labor

By Gary Joad, 1 October 2016

The first-ever national strike by federal and state prisoners began September 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, to protest against zero or low wages for prison labor.

El Cajon, California police release video showing fatal shooting of Alfred Olango

By Kevin Martinez, 1 October 2016

The videos have been released in an effort to quell dissent, after the San Diego suburb saw three nights of protests and the deployment of riot police.

JIT investigation blames Russia for MH17 crash in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 30 September 2016

The downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine set off a confrontation between NATO and Russia, as US officials charged that Moscow had shot down the jetliner.

New Jersey commuter train crash kills one and injures more than 100

By Alan Whyte, 30 September 2016

The tragedy is yet another expression of the disastrous state of US infrastructure, which has suffered decades of cuts.

As union heads scramble to settle

Chicago teachers set strike date

By Kristina Betinis, 30 September 2016

After nearly a year and a half without a contract, the teachers union has set a walkout date for October 11.

Notes on police violence

Louisiana police release video of officers killing six-year-old Jeremy Mardis in 2015

By George Gallanis, 30 September 2016

Mardis was shot as he sat in his father’s car when police emptied 18 rounds into the vehicle, severely injuring the unarmed man and killing the boy instantly.

Sanders stumps for Clinton at University of New Hampshire

By Barry Grey, 29 September 2016

Sanders evidently believes the American people are infinitely gullible and cannot see through a “political revolution” that consists of supporting the favored candidate of the financial aristocracy and the CIA.

Police kill 30-year-old mentally ill man in El Cajon, California

By Norisa Diaz, 29 September 2016

The killing of Alfred Olango one week after the killing of Keith Lamont Scott has sparked demonstrations in the impoverished San Diego suburb.

Pittsburgh residents demand their water be tested for lead

By Samuel Davidson and James Brewer, 29 September 2016

Belated lead-in-water testing by Pittsburgh authorities showed dangerously high levels of lead in 43 percent of homes.

Walmart to cut 7,000 back-office jobs in the US

By Jessica Goldstein, 29 September 2016

The announcement of mass layoffs at the largest employer in the US comes amid a wave of cuts in the retail industry.

Nine wounded in mass shooting by a Houston, Texas lawyer

By Charles Abelard, 28 September 2016

Police shot and killed Nathan DeSai after he opened fire on passersby near his home early Monday morning, wounding nine.

Bill to fund US government stalls in Congress

By Zaida Green, 28 September 2016

Congress has until Friday at midnight to pass funding legislation for the new fiscal year and prevent a shutdown of the federal government.

US national anthem protests at sporting events continue to spread

By Alan Gilman, 28 September 2016

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem before NFL games, in protest of racial injustice and police brutality, has continued to gain support.

The US presidential debate and the war plans of the ruling class

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2016

Clinton used the debate to continue the war-mongering diatribes against Russia that have dominated her campaign, along with her attacks on Trump as a stooge of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Clinton-Trump debate: A degrading spectacle

By Patrick Martin, 27 September 2016

The 90-minute exercise in reaction and backwardness was an indictment not only of the candidates, but also of the political system that produced them.

Negotiations resume as Minneapolis nurses’ strike enters fourth week

By Ron Jorgenson, 27 September 2016

The federal mediator's recall of both sides indicates that the company, union and Democratic Party are preparing to force through a sellout contract against the resistance of striking nurses.

On the eve of the US election debate: The politics of the grotesque

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2016

The first debate of the presidential election campaign takes place under conditions of growing crisis, both at home and abroad.

Charlotte police release videos showing Keith Scott with arms down as he was shot

By Tom Carter, 26 September 2016

In an effort to quell ongoing unrest, officials in Charlotte, North Carolina released videos Saturday that show portions of Keith Scott’s fatal encounter with police officers on September 20.

Police kill 23-year-old man in Louisville, Nebraska

By Nick Barrickman, 26 September 2016

Authorities have refused to release information on whether Austin M. Baier had been armed or whether he had in any way threatened deputy Tyler Reiff.

Obama vetoes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi government

By Evan Blake, 26 September 2016

With his veto, Obama is seeking to maintain ties with the monarchy in Saudi Arabia by stifling any inquiries into its role in the 9/11 attacks.

Pennsylvania workers’ wages decline while rich become richer

By Douglas Lyons, 26 September 2016

A recent report underscores the economic decline workers have experienced over the past half century while the super-rich carried out a “radical redistribution” of wealth.

“I’d say it’s the worst election ever”

US autoworkers speak out on war, inequality and the 2016 elections

By Eric London and Thomas Gaist, 26 September 2016

In working class cities, suburbs and rural towns across the United States, the hatred for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump is palpable.

SEP presidential candidates to be on the ballot in Louisiana

By our reporter, 26 September 2016

The accomplishment followed efforts of SEP members in Louisiana, who traveled throughout the state’s six congressional districts to get the required electors.

“Democracy doesn’t exist in the United States”

Students at Wayne State and San Diego State universities speak on war and the 2016 elections

By the IYSSE, 26 September 2016

The IYSSE interviewed students and youth across the country at student welcome week events at the beginning of the school year.

The New York bombings: Feeding the “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2016

As with virtually every other terrorist act on American soil since 9/11, the latest bombings were carried out by someone known to US intelligence agencies.

Live online discussion with WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh

Toronto International Film Festival 2016: How well does filmmaking reflect present-day life?

23 September 2016

Today, September 23, at 7:00 pm Eastern Time, the WSWS is hosting an online discussion with David Walsh that will be broadcast live on the WSWS Facebook page, fb.com/wsws.org.