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Despite Geneva talks on Ukraine, Washington escalates standoff with Russia

By Alex Lantier, 18 April 2014

US officials threatened harsher sanctions and increased military deployments to Eastern Europe after Moscow distanced itself from protests in eastern Ukraine.

Former Yahoo executive to collect nearly $110 million for 15 months of work

By Gabriel Black, 18 April 2014

Henrique de Castro, the former chief operating officer of Yahoo, will receive a $58 million severance package after 15 months on the job, on top of his salary and starting bonus.

"The system is set up for those in poverty to stay in poverty"

The face of food stamp cuts: Part one

Jennifer - Portland, Oregon

By C.W. Rogers, 18 April 2014

In this photo essay, the first in a series on food stamp cuts in the US, the WSWS speaks to Jennifer Noonan, a mother of two, whose food stamp benefits were cut by $49 last year.

The social counterrevolution accelerates in Detroit

By Jerry White, 17 April 2014

All the principal political actors are being lined up in Detroit to browbeat workers over the next several weeks into accepting a bankruptcy restructuring plan, which contains sweeping attacks on the working class.

GM seeks to squelch lawsuits stemming from ignition defect

By Shannon Jones, 17 April 2014

The company is asking a bankruptcy judge in New York to block lawsuits from accidents that occurred prior to July 2009.

New wave of tuition hikes proposed for California universities

By Marko Leone and Clodomiro Puentes, 17 April 2014

Despite the passage of Prop 30 in 2012, universities throughout California are seeking to impose new tuition hikes and fee increases.

Public meeting April 23 in Detroit: No to water shutoffs!

17 April 2014

The Detroit Workers Inquiry and the Socialist Equality Party are holding a public meeting April 23 to mobilize the working class against mass water shutoffs in the city of Detroit.

Baltimore hospital workers go on three-day strike

By Adam Soroka, 17 April 2014

About 2,000 maintenance workers, janitors, technical workers and kitchen staff staged a three-day strike last week at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) to demand higher wages.

US-backed crackdown threatens civil war in Ukraine

By Johannes Stern, 16 April 2014

Having received the green light from Washington, the Kiev regime launched a bloody crackdown on protests in eastern Ukraine, threatening to unleash a full-blown civil war.

Inequality and the drive to war

By Andre Damon, 16 April 2014

The eruption of US militarism is bound up with the enormous growth of social inequality.

Detroit pension deal sets stage for unions to push through bankruptcy plan

By Jerry White, 16 April 2014

The retiree association representing 6,500 former policemen and firefighters has reached an agreement with the city on pension and health care cuts.

Empty platitudes, jingoism mark Boston bombings anniversary

By Kate Randall, 16 April 2014

The official commemoration of the Marathon bombings provided little insight into the events of April 15, 2013 and their aftermath.

FBI infiltrates Guantanamo detainee’s defense team

By Gabriel Black, 16 April 2014

The military trial of five men accused of murder for the attacks on 9/11 has been halted after it was revealed that the FBI had turned a member of the defense team into an informant.

Police violence in Minneapolis after university hockey game

By Mike Stapleton, 16 April 2014

Nineteen people were arrested by the combined force of some 300 officers.

The International Socialist Organization and the Ukraine crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2014

The ISO has responded to the events in Ukraine like a State Department-funded NGO tasked with providing a “left” cover for US imperialist policy.

Detroit water retiree speaks on health care, pension cuts

By WSWS correspondents, 16 April 2014

Retired Detroit city worker Mushak Meah explained to World Socialist Web Site reporters the devastating impact the cuts were having on his life

Employee pensions under attack in the US

By Andre Damon, 15 April 2014

The American financial elite has launched a sweeping nationwide assault on the pension benefits of US workers in both the public and private sectors.

Governor Cuomo spearheads attack on New York City public schools

By Fred Mazelis, 15 April 2014

The recent budget deal revealed the role of the charter school movement and the Democratic Party.

Killer at Kansas Jewish centers a prominent right-wing extremist

By Thomas Gaist, 15 April 2014

The shooter, Frazier Glenn Miller, was founder of the White Patriot Party and “grand dragon” of the Carolina Knights of the KKK

Autopsy report reveals Capitol Hill police shot woman five times

By Nick Barrickman, 15 April 2014

An autopsy report made public a week ago by District of Columbia medical examiners revealed that Miriam Carey, the Connecticut woman killed by Capitol Hill police last fall, was shot five times in the back and head.

Los Angeles, a city of poverty and unemployment

By Gabriel Black, 15 April 2014

The second part of a report released last Wednesday exposes staggering levels of poverty and unemployment in Los Angeles, as well as the city’s overall decay.

One year since the Boston Marathon bombing

By Barry Grey, 15 April 2014

The bombings on April 15, 2013 became the occasion for an unprecedented state operation, in which for the first time a major American city was placed under de facto martial law.

Al Sharpton: FBI informer and proud of it

By Dan Brennan, 15 April 2014

As Sharpton hosted a who’s who of Democratic politicians at his National Action Network convention, new revelations of his role as FBI informant surfaced.

Moratorium Now protest in Detroit: A cover-up for bureaucrats, Democrats

By Workers Inquiry Chairman Lawrence Porter, 15 April 2014

The event was not intended as a genuine mobilization of the working class. It was organized to support the unions and the Democratic Party.

A discussion with Detroit retirees

By Lawrence Porter, 15 April 2014

Lawrence Porter, chairman of the Workers Inquiry, spoke to protesters, consisting overwhelmingly of retirees, demonstrating April 1 against the draconian bankruptcy proposals of Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.

Gunman kills three people at Jewish facilities in Kansas

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 April 2014

Three people were shot to death in a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home outside Kansas City Sunday.

Police state measures intensified in run-up to 2014 Boston Marathon

By Mike Ingram, 14 April 2014

City officials have unveiled a plan for massive video surveillance and police checkpoints along the route of the April 21 Boston Marathon.

Mayor De Blasio rebuffs New York school bus workers

By Dan Brennan, 14 April 2014

The city administration refused to attend a hearing on the impact of removing employee protections from school bus contracts.

Teamsters officials agree to pay UPS and accept ten-day suspensions to end revolt against firings

By Philip Guelpa, 14 April 2014

In exchange for taking the 250 workers back, the company has obtained a statement from the union that the walkout was “illegal and unauthorized.”

SEP and Detroit Workers Inquiry to hold meeting April 23 to oppose water shutoffs

By our reporter, 14 April 2014

Campaign teams visited several locations in the Detroit area over the past several days.

Sebelius out at US Department of Health and Human Services

By Kate Randall, 12 April 2014

The HHS secretary’s ouster is a crass political maneuver by the White House aimed at damage control in advance of the mid-term elections.

Department of Justice reports Albuquerque police engaged in “excessive force”

By D. Lencho and Stuart Winters, 12 April 2014

The US Department of Justice released a damning report on escalating violence by the Albuquerque Police Department.

GM expands ignition recall to include another defect it concealed

By Barry Grey, 12 April 2014

GM said it knew of several hundred complaints of keys coming out of the slot of the ignition lock cylinder in Cobalts and other small models while the engine was running.

Mass stabbing at Pittsburgh-area school injures 21 students and security guard

By Samuel Davidson, 12 April 2014

Twenty-one students and one security guard were injured in a school stabbing attack Wednesday morning at a high school near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

US retailer Family Dollar to close 370 stores

By Jake Dean, 12 April 2014

Discount retailer Family Dollar said it plans to close about 5 percent of its 8,100 locations in the next six months.

Detroit to pay millions to banks that swindled city

By Shannon Jones, 12 April 2014

UBS and Bank of America are being paid to unwind illegal swap deals that have already cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars.

Creditors, unions renew effort to loot Detroit Institute of Arts

By David Walsh, 12 April 2014

Major Detroit creditors filed a motion in federal bankruptcy court calling on the court to order the city to cooperate with investor groups interested in purchasing some or all of the DIA’s collection.

US defence secretary’s provocative tour of Asia

By Peter Symonds, 12 April 2014

Hagel’s trip has been an emphatic declaration that the US will not back away from its “pivot to Asia” against China, even as its confrontation with Russia over Ukraine intensifies.

Texas executes Mexican citizen in defiance of international law

By Kate Randall, 11 April 2014

Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, a Mexican national with severe mental disabilities, died by lethal injection with a drug from an unidentified source on Wednesday in Texas.

As savage cuts to pensions and benefits loom

Detroit Workers’ Inquiry speaks to city retirees at club luncheon

By representatives of the Detroit Workers’ Inquiry, 11 April 2014

Retirees spoke to the Workers’ Inquiry about the attack on pensions, skyrocketing health care costs and the economic decimation of Detroit.

Obama’s empty eulogy for Fort Hood shooting victims

By Jerry White, 10 April 2014

The hollow remarks of the president and the general atmosphere of the memorial left an impression of callousness combined with perplexed anxiety over the mounting signs of crisis within the ranks of the American military.

More attacks on right to vote in US states

By Ed Hightower, 10 April 2014

Nineteen states have either enacted or taken steps towards measures limiting the right to vote.

Democrats’ plan to gut pensions approved by Illinois legislature

By Alexander Fangmann, 10 April 2014

New legislation backed by the Democratic Party and the unions will require more in contributions from city workers while cutting benefits.

US assistant secretary of state visits Thailand amid push to overthrow government

By Tom Peters, 10 April 2014

Russel indicated that the US does not oppose the opposition’s anti-democratic campaign to oust the Yingluck government.

Detroit Emergency Manager offers 78 cents on the dollar to major creditors

By Thomas Gaist, 10 April 2014

The offer is a huge increase from the 15 cents on the dollar previously proposed.

Police killings in America

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 9 April 2014

The shooting of a homeless man in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is only the latest in a string of police killings this year.

Repair of defective GM ignitions may take until October

By Shannon Jones, 9 April 2014

The defect has been linked to fatal crashes in which dozens, and possibly hundreds, have been killed.

Families of GM crash victims speak out

By Shannon Jones, 9 April 2014

A large proportion of those killed in crashes linked to the GM ignition defect were young people in their teens or early twenties.

UPS fires 250 workers in Queens, New York over drivers’ walkout

By Philip Guelpa, 9 April 2014

The Teamsters union quickly moved to divert workers' anger in response to a blatant act of intimidation.

US Senate passes token bill to restore long-term jobless benefits

By Barry Grey, 9 April 2014

The absurdly narrow scope of the measure, under conditions of near-record long-term unemployment in the US, reflects the cynical political calculations that underlie it.

US defence secretary clashes with Chinese counterpart

By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2014

The public display of hostility is another warning of the dangerous tensions that the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia” has provoked throughout the region.

Video: Retired city workers denounce Detroit pension cuts

9 April 2014

This is the first of several interviews conducted by the World Socialist Web Site with retired Detroit city workers who are facing deep pension and health care cuts.

Officials rejected plan to relocate homeowners years before Washington state mudslide

By Christine Schofelt, 8 April 2014

In the past week, revelations have emerged about the use of decades-old maps in the issuing of logging permits above the towns of Oso and Darrington, the area buried by the fatal March 22 mudslide.

Privatization of Detroit’s water moving forward at “lightning pace”

By Thomas Gaist, 8 April 2014

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is lining up private firms for what could become the largest water utility privatization in US history.

Bipartisan assault on health care intensifies in US

By Andre Damon, 7 April 2014

The Affordable Care Act constitutes a handout to major insurance companies, an attack on bedrock social programs and a pretext for companies to drop their existing health insurance coverage.

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging drone assassinations of US citizens

By Tom Carter, 7 April 2014

Federal Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled that there is no legal remedy for the extrajudicial killing of a US citizen, endorsing a battery of totalitarian pseudo-legal doctrines advanced by the Obama administration.

Harvard University report endorses police state measures in Boston Marathon lockdown

By Nick Barrickman, 7 April 2014

The report demonstrates that one year after the Boston Marathon bombings, the political establishment, including those sections aligned with the Democratic Party, continues to cover up the grave and reactionary implications of the Boston lockdown.

San Diego Opera closure announcement meets with widespread opposition

By Dan Conway and Dorota Niemitz, 7 April 2014

The recent decision to shut down the San Diego Opera Company after 49 seasons has evoked widespread popular outrage, with more than 20,000 signatures gathered in opposition to the closure.

Two-year-old killed in Pittsburgh-area fire

Deplorable housing for workers and poor leads to tragedy

By Samuel Davidson, 7 April 2014

The tragic death of a two-year-old girl in a house fire last month exposes the deplorable housing conditions for the working class and poor in the city of McKeesport, only 12 miles south of Pittsburgh.

While wages, jobs stagnate

Median CEO pay in US tops $10 million

By Patrick Martin, 5 April 2014

The median worker would have to work 257 years to earn as much as the typical top 500 CEO made in 2013 alone.

Another mediocre US jobs report

By Andre Damon, 5 April 2014

The latest US jobs report points to a continued slump following the economic collapse five-and-a-half years ago.

“Cuban twitter” affair exposes USAID as instrument of regime-change

By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2014

Washington insisted that its role in setting up an Internet text-messaging scheme be kept secret from the Cuban people.

Texas carries out lethal injection with drug from unidentified source

By Kate Randall, 5 April 2014

Tommy Lynn Sells was executed Thursday after the US Supreme Court denied a petition that charged his lethal injection constituted cruel and unusual punishment.

Worker killed at US Steel facility in Ecorse, Michigan

By Thomas Gaist, 5 April 2014

The incident comes just months after the death of Antonino Palazzolo, whose mother has accused the company of blocking a serious investigation into her son’s death.

Former US baseball pitcher alleges police brutality ended his career

By Tom Hall, 5 April 2014

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Brandon Backe and 11 co-litigants allege that Galveston police indiscriminately attacked a wedding party in 2008.

Four years since the Upper Big Branch mine disaster

By Clement Daly, 5 April 2014

Saturday marks the fourth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch mine tragedy in Montcoal, West Virginia, when a massive explosion ripped through the Massey Energy-owned mine, killing 29 coal miners.

US Supreme Court strikes down limits on political contributions

By John Burton, 3 April 2014

The Supreme Court has invalidated the provision of the federal election finance law that limits wealthy individuals from donating more than $123,000 to candidates and committees during any two-year election cycle.

CIA torture and the threat of dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2014

Details of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture demonstrate that the ruling elite in the United States is a criminal class.

As victims’ families call for criminal prosecution

Senate hearing sets stage for cover-up of GM, government role in fatal crashes

By Barry Grey, 3 April 2014

For the second consecutive day, General Motors CEO Mary Barra appeared before a congressional panel and refused to provide answers regarding the company’s cover-up of an ignition switch defect linked to at least 13 deaths and 31 crashes.

Minnesota Orchestra president resigns in aftermath of bitter musicians’ lockout

By Fred Mazelis, 3 April 2014

The issues raised by the 16-month musicians’ struggle have not disappeared.

Amtrak CEO tells employees to expect pay cuts

By Jeff Lusanne, 3 April 2014

In a letter to employees, Amtrak’s CEO singled out employee wages as the source of losses, ignoring low funding from Congress and massive delays from private freight railroads.

Detroit emergency manager revises restructuring plan

By Thomas Gaist, 3 April 2014

The new Plan of Adjustment includes larger cuts to firefighter and police pensions.

How Fed Chair Yellen packaged her commitment to Wall Street

By Nick Beams, 3 April 2014

Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s speech on Monday was a nauseating attempt to conceal her deep commitment to the interests of Wall Street behind expressions of concern for working people.

Congressional report whitewashes government’s role in Boston Marathon bombing

By Nick Barrickman, 1 April 2014

The 38-page report is heavily redacted, with large sections of text dealing with the most critical issues blacked out.

New Mexico: SWAT teams and police shut down police brutality protest

By Gabriel Black, 1 April 2014

Police fired tear gas, made arrests and beat protesters at a march protesting police violence by the Albuquerque police department.

Port Authority chairman resigns as George Washington Bridge traffic scandal drags on

By Fred Mazelis, 1 April 2014

Investigations continue into Governor Christie’s role in last year’s traffic chaos.

Detroit workers denounce water shutoffs

By WSWS reporters, 1 April 2014

Last week, the city of Detroit announced an aggressive campaign of water shutoffs targeting some 150,000 residents who are behind on their payments.

The Chicago Teachers Union’s “opt-out” campaign and the defense of public education

By Jerry White and Kristina Betinis, 1 April 2014

Earlier this month, the Chicago Teachers Union promoted a boycott of state-wide tests at two elementary schools.

White House ally reveals anti-working class agenda behind Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 31 March 2014

Ezekiel Emanuel, former adviser to the White House on health care reform, predicts that few private-sector employers will still be providing health insurance to their workers by 2025.

New Snowden documents detail political and corporate espionage by US, UK

By Thomas Gaist, 31 March 2014

The NSA has carried out systematic surveillance against more than 100 heads of state.

At least 18 dead in Washington mudslide, dozens still missing

By Christine Schofelt, 31 March 2014

Once again, a natural disaster has been made far worse by a lack of planning and infrastructure.

New evidence of US intelligence links to Boston Marathon bomber

By Nick Barrickman, 31 March 2014

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have alleged that FBI agents attempted to force his older brother Tamerlan to inform on the Chechen and Muslim community in the Boston area.

Obama administration urges Supreme Court to dismiss First Amendment suit brought by anti-Bush demonstrators

By Eric London, 31 March 2014

In oral arguments before the Supreme Court, the Obama administration asserted a near-absolute right to arrest and sequester demonstrators on the basis of their political views.

US appeals court upholds reactionary Texas anti-abortion law

By Tom Carter, Jeff Lincoln and Charles Abelard, 31 March 2014

The ruling represents a further attack on the principle of the separation of church and state and on basic democratic rights.

Spokane, Washington police kill man as he surrenders

By Hector Cordon, 31 March 2014

Police officers in Spokane, Washington shot and killed a man Wednesday as he was walking out of his house in compliance with their orders.

Boston School Committee approves austerity budget

By John Marion, 31 March 2014

Teaching, paraprofessional and administrative jobs will be cut, while 7th and 8th graders are forced to ride public transportation to school.

Chicago Transit Authority wreck raises questions of safety equipment and operator fatigue

By Jeff Lusanne, 31 March 2014

A CTA derailment injured 32 passengers and could have been far worse.

The Detroit water cutoffs and the social counterrevolution in America

By Joseph Kishore, 29 March 2014

The plan to shut off running water to tens of thousands of Detroit households is the latest step in a deliberate policy of mass impoverishment in the United States.

Obama demands Russia withdraw troops from Ukraine border

By Will Morrow, 29 March 2014

Following his speech in Brussels on Wednesday, Obama appeared in an interview with CBS News yesterday in which he again sought to present the United States as a global upholder of peace and democracy and Russia as an aggressor.

UN report details US human rights abuses

By Thomas Gaist, 29 March 2014

The UN Human Rights Committee charged the US with violations of international law, including inhumane treatment of migrants, dragnet surveillance, torture and extralegal targeted killings.

Following execution in Texas

Mississippi court delays state killing of mentally incompetent woman

By Matthew MacEgan, 29 March 2014

Mississippi’s Supreme Court denied a motion placed by the state attorney general to execute Michelle Byrom by March 27.

Detroit meeting called by SEP endorses fight against water shutoffs

By Shannon Jones, 29 March 2014

In a unanimous vote, a group of Detroit workers, students and retirees endorsed a resolution condemning plans by the city to cut off residents who are behind in their water bills

Area of Washington mudslide long known and documented as unstable

By Christine Schofelt, 28 March 2014

A 2010 Natural Hazard report specifically cited the area as susceptible to slides, and a 1999 Army Corps report warned of “large catastrophic failure” for the area, yet logging and building permits continued to be issued.

California police departments capture cellphone data

By Gabriel Black, 27 March 2014

A local news station has revealed that “StingRay” technology is used regularly by the major police departments of California to collect all cellphone communications in a given area.

Following death of workers, report indicts safety at New York Metro-North rail system

By A. Woodson and Philip Guelpa, 27 March 2014

Days after the death of a Metro-North worker, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a report on safety deficiencies that led to four major accidents last year.

One in three people in the US live “hand-to-mouth”

By Nick Barrickman, 27 March 2014

A paper published by the Brookings institution last week shows that economic distress is far more widespread than is shown in official poverty statistics.

Five more convicted in Madoff Ponzi scheme

Jamie Dimon continues to escape prosecution

By Andre Damon, 27 March 2014

A federal jury on Monday convicted five former employees of Bernard Madoff for helping him run the biggest Ponzi scheme in US history.

The Detroit News endorses mass water shutoffs

By Thomas Gaist, 27 March 2014

In an editorial, the News showered contempt on the more than 100,000 Detroit families who are behind on their water bills, denouncing them as “scofflaws”

Obama “reform” seeks new framework for illegal NSA spying

By Thomas Gaist and Joseph Kishore, 26 March 2014

The proposed changes to the bulk telephone metadata program would affect only a small portion of the vast and unconstitutional police-state spying apparatus.

Former President Jimmy Carter says NSA likely spying on his communications

By Andre Damon, 26 March 2014

Carter told reporters this week that he does not use email or phone calls for sensitive political correspondence.