By Bill Van Auken, 30 July 2015
The deal reached between Washington and Ankara has set the stage for a major escalation of the war for regime change against Syria.
By Josh Varlin, 30 July 2015
The Obama White House has denied the demand for a “full, free, and absolute pardon” for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, raised in a petition signed by almost 168,000 people.
By Tom Hall, 30 July 2015
As Sanders has climbed in the polls, the pro-capitalist and nationalist content of his politics has become increasingly clear.
Notes on police violence in America
By Evan Blake, 30 July 2015
The indictment of officer Ray Tensing comes three days after hundreds of protesters marched through Cincinnati demanding his arrest.
By Rafael Azul, 30 July 2015
The creditors laid down a set of dictates including tax hikes, the sale of $4 billion worth of public assets, and the slashing of public education and other social programs.
By Gabriel Black, 30 July 2015
The law, largely a token measure to begin with, has been watered down further to the point of near irrelevancy.
By Jean Shaoul, 29 July 2015
In exchange for a green light to attack the Kurds, Turkey has made a U-turn to join the US-led campaign of air strikes in Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 29 July 2015
The New York Times has retracted its claim that the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton, without revealing which government officials made the false allegation.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 July 2015
In response to bipartisan warmongering, Kerry insisted that the nuclear pact would serve as a stepping stone toward intensified confrontation with Tehran.
By Josh Varlin, 29 July 2015
As auto executives demand more sacrifices from workers, Ford and General Motors posted huge profits in the second quarter thanks to years of union-backed concessions.
By David Brown, 29 July 2015
The closure—which will destroy the jobs of 1,260 workers—follows a 2010 contract pushed through by the United Auto Workers that cut wages in the name of “saving” the plant.
By a WSWS reporting team, 29 July 2015
Workers denounced attacks on benefits and job security at Manhattan demonstration.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 July 2015
The state has the highest unemployment and lowest workforce participation rates in the country, figures exacerbated by mass layoffs in coal, rail and other key industries.
Notes on police violence in America
By Evan Blake, 28 July 2015
Protesters were denouncing police for arresting a 14-year-old, at which point an officer sprayed a large group of protesters in his vicinity.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 July 2015
The judge gave federal authorities until August 3 to present arguments stating why over 1,700 people held in “family units” at detention centers should not be released.
By Dorota Niemitz, 27 July 2015
The one-year old Honduran boy can remain for now in the US with his teenage mother, but immigration authorities have not dropped the case against him.
By Josh Varlin, 27 July 2015
The job cuts at Qualcomm are part of a series of mass layoffs in the US, including at Xerox, Mitsubishi Motors and Newport News Shipbuilding.
By Alexander Fangmann, 27 July 2015
Following the May Illinois Supreme Court decision, the Cook County Circuit Court rejected the argument that a “guarantee” of funding provides a “net benefit” to workers.
By Thomas Gaist, 25 July 2015
The US president arrived in Kenya with a mercenary agenda aimed at shoring up US domination over the strategic East African region.
By Josh Varlin, 25 July 2015
Two inspectors general have recommended that the Justice Department investigate Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s use of private email during her time as secretary of state.
Second health mega-merger in three weeks
By Kate Randall, 25 July 2015
The Anthem-Cigna deal is the latest in a flurry of mergers and acquisitions encouraged by the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.
By Tom Hall, 25 July 2015
The mass shooting at the Grand Theater in Lafayette, at least the third such incident in the United States in little more than a month, is symptomatic of a deep social crisis.
By Andre Damon, 25 July 2015
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made more money Thursday than 300,000 US workers earn in an entire year.
By Andre Damon, 23 July 2015
The July 13 death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, in an East Texas jail cell has once again brought the issues of police violence and attacks on democratic rights to the forefront of political life in the United States.
By Patrick Martin, 23 July 2015
In a speech Tuesday to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the US president boasted of the success of US drone missile and assassination programs, listing a series of victims.
By Tom Hall, 23 July 2015
Although the funding crisis can be solved with a technical fix, the political establishment is using this manufactured crisis to push for deep cuts to disability benefits.
By Kathleen Martin, 23 July 2015
The state legislature is moving to enact regressive taxes to pay for the road construction efforts, in defiance of a popular vote in a referendum only two months ago.
By Tom Hall, 22 July 2015
Three million more American children were in poverty in 2013 than at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2015
In advocating mass internment of “radicalized” Americans, Clark speaks for powerful layers within the state and ruling oligarchy who fear the growth of social opposition.
As Texas officials release violent arrest video
By Evan Blake, 22 July 2015
Ongoing revelations regarding the arrest and detainment of Sandra Bland have rendered increasingly suspect police claims that her death in prison was a suicide.
By Gabriel Black, 22 July 2015
National Guard members have been authorized to carry weapons at recruitment centers and other facilities.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 July 2015
Newly elected Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari discussed plans for stepped-up US military and economic intervention inside Africa’s largest economy during an official visit this week.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 July 2015
”Radicalized” US residents should be subject to indefinite detention “for the duration” of the global war on terrorism, Clark said during a recent interview with MSNBC.
By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2015
The company’s executives are apparently the latest in a long list of corporate malefactors to escape prosecution for their actions.
By Gabriel Black, 21 July 2015
The enormous growth in heroin use, particularly among young people, reflects the depth of the social crisis in America.
By Patrick Martin, 20 July 2015
The 2016 US presidential election will be decided, not by the votes of the people, but by a flood of dollars from a small number of billionaires.
By George Gallanis, 20 July 2015
State and local governments have systematically starved public employee pension funds of cash for decades, claiming that there is “no money” to properly fund them.
Consol Energy cuts 470 workers
By Samuel Davidson, 20 July 2015
Thousands of coal miners and well drillers are losing their jobs as layoffs sweep throughout the coal and natural gas industries due to the continued price slump.
By Tom Hall, 20 July 2015
The teachers’ union endorsement follows years of political subordination to the Democratic Party by top AFT bureaucrats.
By Andre Damon, 18 July 2015
The unexplained and suspicious death of Sandra Bland is only the latest episode in a wave of police violence and murder in the US.
By Fred Mazelis, 18 July 2015
The new revelations undermine the post-Soviet effort to reaffirm the supposed guilt of the Rosenbergs.
By Tom Hall, 18 July 2015
Twenty-four-year-old Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire on a military recruitment office before attacking a Naval Reserve facility in Tennessee.
By Peter Symonds, 18 July 2015
While hardliners have expressed some opposition to this week’s nuclear agreement, significant layers of business are already positioning themselves for the lifting of sanctions.
By Andre Damon, 17 July 2015
Candidates have spent twice as much in the first half of this year as at the same point in the last presidential election cycle, with the total cost of the election expected to rise to $10 billion.
By Matthew Taylor, 17 July 2015
A federal lawsuit has challenged laws adopted by the state legislature to reduce voter turnout among minorities and the poor.
By Jerry White, 16 July 2015
The opening of talks on new contracts covering 140,000 US autoworkers was marked by a grotesque display of UAW-corporate unity on plans to boost company profits and increase exploitation.
By George Gallanis, 16 July 2015
The 2015-2017 Wisconsin budget slashes hundreds of millions of dollars from the UW system, implements drug testing for public assistance and eliminates a number of labor protections.
By Douglas Lyons, 16 July 2015
Most social programs and the state’s 500 school districts have been operating on reduced funding for over 7 years and have used up any reserve they may have had.
By Jerry White, 13 July 2015
The negotiations do not involve antagonistic parties, as the UAW long ago abandoned any defense of workers’ interests and tied its institutional fate to the profits of the auto companies.
As contract talks set to start
By Tim Rivers, 13 July 2015
In a surprise announcement July 9, Ford Motor Company said it will shift production of the Focus and C-Max from its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan to an undisclosed location outside the US The move threatens the jobs of 4,000 workers employed at the plant.
By Tom Hall, 13 July 2015
Baltimore's mayor caved in to demands by the Fraternal Order of Police that chief Anthony Batts be removed for not responding with sufficient brutality to the April demonstrations.
By Tyler Van Dyke and Lawrence Porter, 13 July 2015
Firefighters had to pump water from blocks away in order to contain a fire that engulfed a five-story apartment building.
By Tom Carter, 13 July 2015
A 542-page independent report made public Friday implicates the American Psychological Association in the CIA torture program.
By Keith Jones, 11 July 2015
The Obama administration is seeking an agreement that will provide Washington with maximum leverage over Iran and the ability to easily pivot back to all-out confrontation.
By Patrick Martin, 11 July 2015
The difference in the 2016 campaign is that the billionaires have intervened earlier and more openly, and there are more of them.
In wake of US Supreme Court ruling
By Kate Randall, 11 July 2015
The high court ruling upholding Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol, which uses the sedative midazolam, allows state-sanctioned killings to resume.
By Tom Carter, 11 July 2015
For six years, Holder used the office of attorney general to benefit the financial elite. Now he is going back to work for them directly.
Notes on police violence
By Evan Blake, 11 July 2015
Video shows that police punched and kicked Tyree Carroll dozens of times, beat him with nightsticks and Tazed him at least four times.
By Gabriel Black, 11 July 2015
The evidence shows that airlines are deliberately stopping expansion in order to limit seats on airline flights, which is driving up prices for customers and restraining competition.
By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2015
The decision to remove the flag from the state capitol comes after years of adamant refusal to respond to complaints that the flag was an offensive emblem of the slave-owning South.
By Alexander Fangmann, 10 July 2015
Republican governor Bruce Rauner is demanding that Democrats authorize the cuts—many of which they proposed—as part of his “Turnaround Agenda.”
By Andre Damon, 9 July 2015
The prevalence of “Depression-era” youth unemployment goes virtually unmentioned by the American corporate media and political establishment.
By Barry Grey, 9 July 2015
The shutdown was by far the longest ever trading halt attributed to computer problems.
By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2015
The frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination criticized the policy of the city of San Francisco that limits cooperation with federal deportation actions.
By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2015
A three-page written statement claimed that Mexican immigration amounted to “infectious disease … pouring over the border.”
By Thomas Gaist, 9 July 2015
The Iraq-Syria war will require a “generational” and “trans-regional” commitment of US forces, General Martin Dempsey said Tuesday.
By David Brown, 9 July 2015
Microsoft's layoffs highlight a broader trend of tech industry job cuts in response to increasingly speculative financial markets.
“People deserve respect whether they can pay their bills or not”
By Seraphine Collins, 8 July 2015
In this video, Mamie Brown, a Detroit preschool teacher, describes the experience of having her water shut off.
Three decades on death row
By Niles Williamson, 8 July 2015
Ford, who died last week at his home in New Orleans, spent the previous 30 years on death row in solitary confinement at Angola prison—for a crime he did not commit.
By Douglas Lyons, 7 July 2015
Lawmakers are working to end, or significantly reduce, defined-benefit pension plans for all city and municipal workers.
By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2015
The billionaire developer and presidential candidate has made a series of fascistic rants against Mexican immigrants.
By Kate Randall, 6 July 2015
Many insurers are requesting double-digit premium hikes, citing diminishing profits and a larger than expected pool of unhealthy enrollees.
By Sandy English, 6 July 2015
The average sale price of an apartment in the New York City borough of Manhattan, the home of Wall Street, is now $1.87 million.
By Samuel Davidson, 6 July 2015
Pittsburgh-based coal and natural gas giant Consol Energy is the latest in a series of private companies to cut health benefits for its retired workforce.
By Shannon Jones, 6 July 2015
The UAW is attempting to slander and intimidate workers who refuse to pay union dues under terms of Michigan’s “Right to Work” law.
By Andre Damon, 4 July 2015
The vast sums of money pocketed by bank executives are bound up with activities that range from borderline legal to flagrantly illegal.
Obamacare fuels wave of takeovers
By Barry Grey, 4 July 2015
The deal is the biggest to date in a flurry of mergers and acquisitions spurred on by the Obama administration’s health care overhaul.
Notes on police violence
By Gabriel Black and Jason Melanovski, 4 July 2015
The killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in February is just one example of the lethal response of police to the decay of social conditions in the United States.
By Steve Filips, 4 July 2015
The average person in Syracuse has to wait over three years to be placed in low-income public housing, with more than 3,000 people on waiting lists.
By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2015
The growth of support for Sanders is a reflection of widespread opposition to social inequality, which the senator is seeking to channel back into the framework of the Democratic Party.
By Kevin Martinez, 3 July 2015
The report concludes that inappropriate military and police tactics alienated and incited crowds peacefully protesting the killing of Michael Brown into violent confrontation.
By Adam Mclean, 3 July 2015
The Lake Fire, one of several fires in the US southwest fueled by high temperatures and drought, now covers 30,000 acres.
By Patrick Martin, 2 July 2015
The 2015 National Military Strategy made public Wednesday outlines a shift in US planning from targeting terrorist groups to waging war against Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.
By Christopher Davion, 2 July 2015
After working since April 1 without a contract, Milwaukee bus drivers and mechanics began a 72-hour strike early Wednesday.
By Alexander Fangmann, 2 July 2015
Republican governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders are crafting a deal that will implement a bevy of anti-worker provisions as part of a bipartisan deal to raise taxes and cut state services.
By David Walsh, 2 July 2015
Raoul Walsh’s High Sierra came to mind in the wake of the sad, predictable end to the three-week manhunt for escaped convicts Matt and Sweat.
By Andre Damon, 1 July 2015
Despite being touted as a major new policy initiative by the White House, the proposed change to overtime rules would affect just 3.5 percent of US workers.
By Tom Hall, 1 July 2015
The “socialist” senator and Democratic presidential candidate's nationalist appeals are designed to head off the emergence of an independent movement of the working class.
By David Brown, 29 June 2015
While the average worker made the same in 2014 as they did in 2009, CEO compensation at top companies rose by 54.3 percent.
By Isaac Finn, 29 June 2015
Officers waited 20 minutes to report the shooting of an unarmed man in one of New York City’s public housing facilities and failed to give medical assistance as he lay dying.
By Kathleen Martin and Khara Sikhan, 29 June 2015
The law is one of a raft of vindictive measures throughout the country, which blames the poor for social ills caused by poverty in order to strip them of government assistance.
By Philip Guelpa, 29 June 2015
Democrats and Republicans agreed to a deal which leaves essentially unchanged existing rent regulations and tax breaks that favor landlords and developers.
By Andre Damon, 29 June 2015
President Obama’s eulogy for the victims of this month’s shooting in Charleston was remarkable for its religious obscurantism and inability to seriously address any of the issues that led to the horrendous mass murder.
By Tom Carter, 27 June 2015
The Supreme Court decision invalidates laws in a minority of US states that prohibit recognition of same-sex marriage and arbitrarily discriminate against homosexuals.
By Patrick Martin, 27 June 2015
Dr. Jill Stein declared her political solidarity with Bernie Sanders and similar “left” Democratic Party presidential hopefuls like Jesse Jackson, Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton.
By Oliver Campbell, 27 June 2015
The talks took place amid an escalation of Washington’s diplomatic, military and economic campaign against China.
By Zac Corrigan, 27 June 2015
Detroit authorities denounced residents for not providing information about “urban terrorists.”