United States

Detroit Public Schools announces 10 percent wage cut, new round of school closures

By Thomas Gaist, 20 August 2014

The new DPS budget proposes to eliminate more than 1,300 jobs and close 24 more of the city's public schools

National Guard, police tighten grip on Ferguson, Missouri

By Eric London and Patrick Martin, 19 August 2014

The arrival of a contingent of the Missouri National Guard has heightened the police-state atmosphere in this suburb of St. Louis.

Capitalism and the police-military mobilization in Ferguson, Missouri

By Joseph Kishore, 19 August 2014

No struggle against inequality and the police state apparatus in America can be successful unless it is based on the understanding that what is involved is a struggle against capitalism.

“They invaded Ferguson like they invaded Iraq”

Video: Ferguson residents say police crackdown turns city into war zone

By Andre Damon and Eric London, 19 August 2014

As the Missouri governor deployed National Guard forces to Ferguson, residents denounced the military-police crackdown and attacks on their right to assemble peacefully.

Autopsy confirms execution-style killing of Michael Brown

By a reporting team, 19 August 2014

A Ferguson cop fired at least six bullets into the victim, including two to his head.

Workers and youth across US speak on police murder of Michael Brown

By our reporters, 19 August 2014

Workers and young people throughout the United States expressed their outrage at the police killing of the unarmed 18-year old and the militarized response of police to protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Journalist James Risen denounces President Obama as the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation”

By Nick Barrickman, 19 August 2014

Facing a possible prison sentence for refusing to identify a confidential source, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen denounced the Obama administration’s campaign against whistleblowers and journalists.

New report details depth of hunger crisis in the United States

By Shannon Jones, 19 August 2014

Fourteen percent of Americans rely on food pantries to feed themselves and their families.

Tankers, barge collide on Mississippi River, spilling oil

By E.P. Bannon, 19 August 2014

The spill is the third this year along the Gulf Coast.

Missouri governor deploys National Guard to Ferguson

By Thomas Gaist, 18 August 2014

Following a night of police provocations and attacks on peaceful demonstrators demanding justice in the police murder of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, announced that he was calling in the National Guard to occupy the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

The state of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri

By Barry Grey, 18 August 2014

The events in Ferguson are a concentrated expression of the real state of social and political relations in America.

Ferguson, Missouri residents determined to fight police violence

By Andre Damon and Zac Corrigan, 18 August 2014

In this video, Ferguson residents speak to the WSWS about the implications of police violence amid the ongoing protests against the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Democratic Party operatives seek to stifle opposition, facilitate police crackdown in Ferguson, Missouri

By Eric London, 18 August 2014

Al Sharpton, the police, and a coterie of Democratic politicians delivered a “unity” message aimed at suppressing popular outrage over the killing of Michael Brown.

Police refuse to release video after Dayton-area killing

By Samuel Davidson, 18 August 2014

Nearly two weeks after the police shot and killed a 22-year-old man in a suburban Dayton Walmart store, government and store officials are still refusing to release surveillance tapes and other evidence related to the murder.

US farm fatalities: An unpublicized epidemic

By Naomi Spencer, 18 August 2014

Hundreds of agricultural workers, including many child laborers, die in farming accidents across the US each year, making it the most dangerous occupation in America.

“I believe they are trying to move toward martial law”

Protesters denounce police killing of Michael Brown

By our reporters, 15 August 2014

On Thursday, demonstrations and vigils were held across the United States to denounce the police killing of Brown and the military-style occupation of Ferguson, Missouri.

US: Market Basket workers protest ousting of CEO, threat to jobs and benefits

By Mike Ingram, 15 August 2014

Two hundred workers at the New England grocery chain have been notified that they will be considered to have abandoned their posts if they do not return to work by August 15.

Social inequality fuels anger over police killing of St. Louis youth

By Jerry White, 14 August 2014

While the media has sought to brand protesters as violent “looters,” the eruption of popular outrage after the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has deep social roots.

Los Angeles police shoot and kill unarmed man

By John Andrews, 14 August 2014

Ezell Ford, a 24-year-old mentally challenged man, was gunned down near his home in south-central Los Angeles.

Atlanta school cheating trial scapegoats teachers

By Fred Mazelis, 14 August 2014

Twelve educators are on trial, accused of falsely inflating test scores to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

UFCW in Southern California continues talks with Food 4 Less in wake of strike vote

By Marko Leone and Clodomiro Puentes, 14 August 2014

The contract for 6,500 workers at 95 franchises expired June 8.

Storm brings widespread flooding to southeast Michigan

By Muhammad Khan, 14 August 2014

Record rainfall in southeast Michigan overwhelmed the area’s aging infrastructure, flooding freeways, roads and thousands of homes.

The police murder in St. Louis and the militarization of American society

By Jerry White, 13 August 2014

Yet another family and community in the United States have been traumatized by the death of an innocent young man at the hands of the police.

Scores arrested in three days of protests over Missouri police shooting

By Shannon Jones, 13 August 2014

A pregnant woman said she was thrown on the ground, maced and held at gunpoint by police Sunday night.

Financial meltdown threatened by bankruptcy of any Wall Street bank

By Gabriel Black, 13 August 2014

The outcome of the 2008 crash and the government’s response has been a further concentration of economic power in the hands of the biggest banks.

The crisis in American mental health care

By Trent Novak, 13 August 2014

Roughly one in every four adult Americans experiences a mental illness in any given year.

Louisiana procured death penalty drug through deception

By Tom Hall, 13 August 2014

State prison officials told a hospital that hydromorphone was to treat a “medical patient,” not to execute a prisoner.

Luxury goods sales soar amid global economic slump

By Josh Varlin, 13 August 2014

The rapid growth of economic inequality since the 2008 financial crisis is underscored by the growth in sales of multi-million-dollar yachts, luxury cars and other baubles for the super-rich.

Detroit mayor employs damage control as city prepares to resume water shutoffs

By Thomas Gaist, 13 August 2014

Mayor Mike Duggan's “10-point plan” is part of political maneuvers being orchestrated by Detroit’s political establishment to dampen popular outrage over mass water shutoffs

Obama’s “recovery” and the social crisis in America

By Andre Damon, 12 August 2014

While Obama and the political establishment proclaim economic “recovery,” new reports show that the majority of US households are worse off now than they were five years ago.

Police fire tear gas at protests in St. Louis suburb over police killing of unarmed teen

By Kristina Betinis, 12 August 2014

Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot multiple times and killed by a police officer Saturday afternoon in what eyewitnesses describe as a wanton and unprovoked homicide.

A “lost year” for Washington, DC economy

By Adam Soroka, 12 August 2014

Fewer than 6,000 jobs, the majority of which are low-paying, have been created in the DC area this year.

The political issues facing Los Angeles teachers

By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 12 August 2014

Like its predecessors, the new leadership of the United Teachers of Los Angeles is aligned with the Democratic Party, which is leading the assault against public education.

100,000 Bay County, Michigan residents threatened with water crisis

By Zac Corrigan, 12 August 2014

A massive water main break took days to locate, resulting in a ban on water use for “purposes other than the maintenance of public health and safety.”

Judge Rhodes and his royal entourage tour Detroit

By Thomas Gaist, 12 August 2014

Surveying the handiwork of the banks and corporations that have devastated Detroit, the bankruptcy judge took a tour of the Motor City last week.

Anger erupts after police killing of unarmed teen in St. Louis, Missouri

By Eric London, 11 August 2014

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, shot Michael Brown in the head and chest on Saturday, the latest in a spate of police killings.

As political crisis erupts over police killing

New York police arrest man who taped Eric Garner’s death

By Sandy English, 11 August 2014

The police chokehold killing of Eric Garner last month has sparked widespread anger, while Mayor de Blasio attempts to prevent a social eruption.

Baltimore enacts law fining parents whose children violate curfew

By Nick Barrickman, 11 August 2014

Parents whose children violate curfew could be fined as much as $500 with the enactment of the strictest curfew law in the US.

Fed Report: Most US families can't raise $400

By Andre Damon, 9 August 2014

More than two-thirds of Americans are no better off now than they were in the worst part of the 2008 downturn, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Friday.

Bank of America reaches $16 billion mortgage fraud settlement

By Gabriel Black, 9 August 2014

Bank of America’s deal with the Obama administration is designed to ensure that no banker will be prosecuted for the bank’s role in the criminal practices that crashed the world economy.

Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE demonstrate against Israeli assault on Gaza

By our correspondents, 8 August 2014

SEP/IYSSE demonstrators received a warm response from Colombo workers, students and youth.

University of Illinois blocks appointment of professor critical of Israeli crimes in Gaza

By Kristina Betinis, 8 August 2014

AAUP union leader Cary Nelson has defended the university administration’s action.

Florida courts prepare fast-track hearings for immigrant children

By Matthew MacEgan, 8 August 2014

Florida immigration courts are seeking to establish special “dockets” to speed up the process of hearing the cases of thousands of immigrant children who have recently arrived in the state.

California’s 2014-2015 budget attacks education

By Theo Mclean, 8 August 2014

Teachers and students are among those targeted to pay for the economic crisis.

Special operations commander to head University of Texas

By Ed Hightower, 7 August 2014

The governing board of the University of Texas unanimously selected Admiral William H. McRaven as the new chancellor.

US terror list ensnares hundreds of thousands

By Tom Eley, 6 August 2014

A newly leaked document reveals that over 40 percent of those named on a US terror watch list—some 280,000 people—do not even have an alleged connection to terrorism.

Release of Senate report on torture stalled by CIA redactions

By Eric London, 6 August 2014

Obama has fronted for the CIA and tacitly supported its months-long efforts to undermine the Senate probe and delay the release of the Intelligence Committee’s findings.

Federal report exposes “culture of violence” in New York City’s Rikers Island prison

By Sandy English, 6 August 2014

Teenaged prisoners are at special risk of sadistic and brutal treatment at the hands of corrections officers.

Detroit water workers denounce shutoffs

By Jerry White, 6 August 2014

Workers at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department who voted down the city’s contract demands last week spoke on the cutoff of water service to tens of thousands of households.

US researcher victimized over article opposing nuclear weapons

By Tom Hall, 5 August 2014

The Los Alamos National Laboratory fired respected security expert James Doyle after retroactively declaring his scholarly article classified.

Contamination leaves 400,000 Ohioans without tap water

By Gabriel Black, 4 August 2014

An algae bloom caused by fertilizer run-off has poisoned Toledo, Ohio’s water supply, cutting 400,000 off from tap water.

House of Representatives authorizes constitutional lawsuit against Obama

By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2014

Behind the façade of bitter partisan divisions, the two big business parties are united in attacking the social conditions and democratic rights of the working class.

US immigration attorney: “I deal with great numbers of children and young adults fleeing violence and poverty”

By Kevin Mitchell, Alan Gilman and Marc Wells, 4 August 2014

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with a prominent attorney in Los Angeles who specializes in immigration cases.

US markets in biggest fall for six months

By Nick Beams, 4 August 2014

US markets fell this week on fear that the Fed may tighten interest rates sooner than expected and a report showing a rise in labour costs.

New York judge upholds US efforts to seize emails from Microsoft

By Thomas Gaist, 4 August 2014

A New York judge ruled that the US government has jurisdiction over all data stored overseas by US companies.

Death of Eric Garner at hands of New York police ruled a homicide

By Sandy English, 4 August 2014

The authorities admit that the death of the Staten Island man was caused by a police chokehold.

Low turnout at Detroit “Water Affordability” stunt

By our reporters, 4 August 2014

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department held a public relations event on the city’s impoverished east side as it prepares to resume mass water shutoffs.

Obama defends CIA torturers

By Patrick Martin, 2 August 2014

The president declared his “full confidence” in CIA Director John Brennan one day after the agency admitted it had engaged in illegal spying on a Senate committee investigating its Bush-era torture program.

Influential Washington think tank pushes US war drive in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 2 August 2014

The worsening tensions in the South China Sea have been fueled at every turn by Washington, with the CSIS think tank playing a leading role.

State Department acknowledges widespread torture in leaked memo

By Eric London, 2 August 2014

An internal State Department memo accidentally emailed to a journalist exposes the Obama administration’s continued efforts to cover up CIA torture programs.

Mediocre US jobs report points to ongoing unemployment crisis

By Gabriel Black, 2 August 2014

The US economy added 209,000 jobs in July, below analysts’ predictions and less than the amount of jobs needed to keep up with population growth.

Vigilante groups patrol the US-Mexico border

By Jake Dean, 2 August 2014

Chauvinism whipped up by the political establishment has found expression in vigilante groups along the Texas border.

California: Immigrants eligible for Medicaid may not receive coverage

By Clodomiro Puentes, 2 August 2014

The expansion of Medicaid in California under Obama’s Affordable Care Act has been falsely promoted as a huge success.

Wave of traffic fatalities in Detroit highlights disrepair of infrastructure

By Nick Barrickman, 2 August 2014

The increasing number of traffic accidents and fatalities takes place under conditions where Detroit’s public lighting system is collapsing.

US boosts missile sales to Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 1 August 2014

The deal is part of the Obama administration’s efforts to shore up the Baghdad regime and US interests in the region.

The politics of the Detroit People’s Water Board

By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 31 July 2014

The campaign mounted by the People’s Water Board against water shutoffs is aimed at channeling popular opposition behind the Democratic Party and trade union bureaucracy.

Detroit water workers reject concession demands

By Jerry White, 31 July 2014

As the city shuts off service to tens of thousands of residents, Detroit water workers rejected a contract offer that opens the way for the privatization of the water system.

“We’ve got to bail out the fat cats so they can remain fat cats”

Detroit water workers denounce demands for concessions

By Kevin Martinez, 30 July 2014

Members of the Socialist Equality Party spoke to workers as they voted on a new contract that would strip them of basic job protections and pave the way for the privatization of the water system.

Record-low US primary voting shows mass alienation from two-party system

By Patrick Martin, 29 July 2014

Popular participation in Democratic midterm primaries has fallen by 70 percent over the past 44 years.

Alabama judges override juries to impose death sentences

By Tom Hall, 29 July 2014

Judges in Alabama have overridden jury sentences in capital cases in order to impose the death penalty 101 times since the 1980s.

US Centers for Disease Control anthrax investigations reveal widespread safety issues

By Gabriel Black, 29 July 2014

In the wake of a massive budget cut in 2013, an investigation probing the anthrax scare at several CDC labs found a culture of “insufficient” safety.

No to privatization, job cuts and concessions!

For a political struggle by Detroit workers against Orr’s bankruptcy plan

By Jerry White, 29 July 2014

The following statement is being distributed to Detroit Water and Sewerage Department workers who are voting on the city’s contract proposal today.

The financial bubble economy

By Andre Damon, 28 July 2014

The open secret of the US economy is that the extraordinary rise in the stock markets is entirely disconnected from the real economy.

Rallies held in the US and around the world against Israeli invasion of Gaza

By our reporters, 28 July 2014

Reporters from the WSWS spoke to people attending rallies across the US, in Canada, and Europe.

Hundreds march in Dearborn, Michigan against Israeli crimes

By Kevin Martinez, 28 July 2014

Large crowds of workers and youth demonstrated against Israel’s war crimes in Gaza outside the Dearborn City Hall on Saturday.

CEO says Boeing plans to keep its workers “cowering”

By Hector Cordon, 28 July 2014

In a discussion with Wall Street analysts on Boeing’s second quarter showing, CEO McNerney bragged that “employees will still be cowering” if he stays on a few more years as chief executive.

More New York police violence captured on video

By Dan Brennan, 28 July 2014

The enormous and growing social inequality that is the defining feature of American capitalism inevitably requires police repression.

Lost for Life: Children locked away in America

By Joanne Laurier, 28 July 2014

The film’s web site reports the staggering, and scandalous, fact that more than “2,000 people in the US are serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles.”

Court-appointed “monitor” to enforce Detroit bankruptcy plan

By Tom Hall and Jerry White, 28 July 2014

Like the emergency manager, the unelected Plan Monitor will be solely accountable to powerful financial interests.

Arizona’s two-hour execution and the brutalization of America

By Kate Randall, 26 July 2014

The execution of Joseph Wood exemplifies the brutality meted out on a regular basis by the ruling establishment in 21st century America.

Obama summit with Central American leaders plans “massive” deportation of immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 26 July 2014

Obama and three Central American presidents discussed stepped-up funding of local military forces to halt the flow of immigrants.

Former State Department employee reveals spying on Americans by executive order

By Ed Hightower, 25 July 2014

An editorial by the former official in the Washington Post underscores both the immense scope of illegal spying and the sham character of official “reform.”

Washington, DC workers speak out against social inequality and rising costs of living

By Todd Mason, 25 July 2014

A new report documents the steep rise in social inequality that has developed in Washington, DC since the economic crisis of 2008

SEP rallies workers and youth against Detroit water shutoffs

By David Brown, 25 July 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and the Detroit Workers Committee held a rally at the water department’s central facility even as city officials continued shutoffs despite the so-called 15-day “pause.”

Arizona man dies in horrific two-hour execution

By Gabriel Black, 24 July 2014

Joseph Wood was executed by lethal injection Wednesday in a botched process that took nearly two hours during which Wood was constantly gasping.

Report documents government orchestration of US “terror” plots

By Fred Mazelis, 23 July 2014

Human Rights Watch found evidence of unlawful entrapment and many other violations of basic democratic rights.

New York City settles suit by family of inmate beaten to death at Rikers Island

By Isaac Finn, 23 July 2014

New York City will pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit against Rikers Island Correctional Facility for beating an inmate who suffered kidney disease to death in 2012.

Texas governor to mobilize National Guard along Mexican border

By Jake Dean, 22 July 2014

The military moves take place as thousands of young people flee violence and poverty in Central America.

Pharmaceutical company Allergan to lay off 1,500 workers

By David Brown, 22 July 2014

The announcement comes only days after Microsoft announced plans to lay off 18,000 workers.

General Motors CEO says company will use bankruptcy to shield itself from lawsuits

By Gabriel Black, 22 July 2014

By denying victims and their families access to the courts, the company stands to avoid billions of dollars in damages.

Detroit officials announce 15-day “pause” of mass water shutoffs

By Jerry White, 22 July 2014

The temporary suspension of shutoffs is a public relations move as the city prepares to escalate a brutal policy that has left thousands without water.

Video: Detroit residents speak out against water shutoffs

By James Brewer, 22 July 2014

In this video, Detroit residents speak out against water shutoffs at a bill payment center and rally against water shutoffs.

“The NYPD is a gang”

Outrage grows over use of police “chokehold” in death of New York man

By a reporting team, 21 July 2014

The city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board reported more than 1,000 complaints about chokeholds in the past five years.

Obama administration added 1.5 million names to US terrorist watch list

By Niles Williamson, 21 July 2014

The numbers were divulged by administration lawyers in a suit filed by a northern Virginia man challenging the constitutionality of the government’s no-fly list.

United Transportation Union demands historic concessions from train conductors

By Jeff Lusanne, 21 July 2014

The United Transportation Union has agreed to “transformative” changes that would allow one-man operation of many trains, threatening both workers’ jobs and public safety.

New Orleans firefighters’ pension fund lost 41 percent of value in 2013

By Tom Hall, 21 July 2014

Years of corruption within the pension board and underfunding by the city government have led to a catastrophe for the city’s firefighters.

“We are not living in a democratic society”

Opposition grows to Detroit water shutoffs

By our reporters, 21 July 2014

The shut off of water to tens of thousands of Detroit residents has provoked widespread anger and opposition throughout the city and beyond.

Illinois lawsuits allege fraud by student debt settlement companies

By Khara Sikhan, 19 July 2014

Student debt settlement companies used fraudulent means to convince young people to pay them large fees to obtain fictitious debt relief, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Federal Judge rules California death penalty law is unconstitutional

By Alan Gilman, 18 July 2014

The judge found that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.