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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
By Jerry White, 21 April 2015
Detroit officials are getting ready to cut off water to as many as 73,000 households.
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
By Shannon Jones, 21 April 2015
25-year-old Freddie Gray died one week after police officers broke his spine.
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.
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.
By Tom Hall, 20 April 2015
LyondellBasell will begin unilaterally imposing the terms of a contract that includes huge givebacks on overtime pay.
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.
By Gabriel Black, 18 April 2015
National Guard officers referred to demonstrators exercising their constitutionally protected right to assemble as “adversaries” and “enemy forces.”
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.
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.
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.
By Andre Damon, 18 April 2015
Bernanke’s new job constitutes little more than a kickback for services rendered to Wall Street.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 April 2015
Aggressive maneuvers by warplanes over Europe are raising tensions amid a NATO buildup on Russia’s borders.
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.
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.
By Ben McGrath, 14 April 2015
Carter made clear that Washington is intent on increasing its overall military presence in the country.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Zaida Green, 11 April 2015
After surrendering peacefully, Francis Pusok was shocked with a Taser twice and struck 58 times by police.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Nick Barrickman, 6 April 2015
A new report reveals the extensive mobilization of police and intelligence forces following the April 15, 2013, bombings.
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.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2015
Congressional reaction was significantly more cautious than the full-throated denunciations that preceded this week’s agreement.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By James Cogan, 2 April 2015
Prominent figures in Washington are attempting to make China’s alleged activities a major issue of geopolitical tension.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
By Zaida Green, 1 April 2015
The Intercept published a document outlining the criteria used by the TSA to flag airline travelers for interrogation.
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.
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.
By Philip Guelpa, 30 March 2015
Repeated instances of illegal and substandard work on the building’s gas delivery system preceded the explosion.
By Tom Carter, 30 March 2015
The law effectively disenfranchises 300,000 otherwise eligible voters in the state.
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.
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.
By Andre Damon, 28 March 2015
US steel companies announced thousands of layoffs this week.
By Patrick Martin, 28 March 2015
Similar plans were passed by the House of Representatives Wednesday and the Senate early Friday.
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.
By Fred Mazelis and Mark Witkowski, 28 March 2015
The latest disaster once again points to aging and neglected infrastructure amidst growing inequality.
By Evan Blake, 28 March 2015
A series of recent exonerations point to widespread misconduct by police and prosecutors in obtaining criminal convictions.
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.
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.