Less than two weeks after scathing Department of Justice report
By D. Lencho, 24 April 2014
A US Department of Justice report excoriating the Albuquerque Police Department’s “excessive force that violates the Constitution and federal law” has not slowed the pace of fatal police shootings.
By Kate Randall, 23 April 2014
The mass police-military operation on display at Monday’s Boston Marathon should serve as a warning of the repressive methods the ruling elite is preparing to defend its class rule.
GM safety violations linked to cost-cutting attacks on workers
By Jerry White, 23 April 2014
From 2002 to 2012, GM cut its hourly workforce by 12 percent each year.
By Matthew MacEgan, 23 April 2014
General Motors has filed a suit in federal court to enforce a bar on lawsuits resulting from defective cars sold prior to its bankruptcy in 2009.
23 April 2014
A detailed exposure of a social crime: the decision to use the courts to impose unprecedented attacks on the Detroit working class.
By Thomas Gaist, 23 April 2014
Detroit workers condemn the city’s policy of shutting off water to those behind in payments.
By Patrick Martin, 22 April 2014
The three-judge panel overturned a lower-court decision favoring the Obama administration and the Justice Department.
By Jerry White, 22 April 2014
GM officials opted to issue “technical service bulletins” to car dealerships instead of removing potentially deadly vehicles from the road.
By Julien Kiemle, 22 April 2014
Larry Ellison, the highest paid CEO in the US, exemplifies the parasitism of today’s super-rich.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 April 2014
The Washington, DC region added only 4,800 jobs in the twelve months ending in February.
By James Brewer, 22 April 2014
Hurricane Carter, one-time contender for the world middleweight boxing title, spent 20 years of his life in prison, fighting against the frameup which put him there.
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit’s creditors, the investment bankers, the unions, academia and identity politics
By David Walsh, 22 April 2014
A group of Detroit’s creditors has been dangling the DIA’s irreplaceable artwork in front of various hedge funds, private equity firms, billionaire collectors and auction houses.
By Andre Damon, 21 April 2014
The pervasiveness of hunger in the United States is an indictment of the capitalist system.
By Kate Randall, 21 April 2014
An unprecedented security operation has been planned for this year’s Boston Marathon, involving more than 60 local, state and federal agencies commanded from a underground bunker.
By Alan Whyte, 21 April 2014
This deal has an economic and political significance that affects all sections of the working class, not only the city’s transit workforce.
By David Brown, 21 April 2014
BART has been found guilty of three willful and serious safety violations.
By D. Lencho, 21 April 2014
Over two months after airborne radiation at New Mexico’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant was detected and 21 workers were exposed, the location of the contamination was found on April 16.
By Shannon Jones and Thomas Gaist, 21 April 2014
Detroit workers and youth denounced water shutoffs and social conditions in the city.
By Andre Damon, 19 April 2014
Feeding America released its annual report on local food insecurity Thursday, showing that there are dozens of counties in the US where a third of children do not get enough to eat.
By Gabriel Black, 19 April 2014
The town of West, despite the best efforts of its residents, is millions of dollars short of what it needs to rebuild.
By Kevin Martinez, 19 April 2014
Three civilian members of the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission said they can no longer “continue to pretend” they have power after a spate of police killings.
By Shannon Jones, 19 April 2014
The cars have defective ignitions that have been tied to fatal crashes in which airbags failed to deploy.
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.
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"
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 monthly food stamp benefits were cut by $49 last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Andre Damon, 16 April 2014
The eruption of US militarism is bound up with the enormous growth of social inequality.
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.
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.
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.
By Mike Stapleton, 16 April 2014
Nineteen people were arrested by the combined force of some 300 officers.
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.
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
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.
By Fred Mazelis, 15 April 2014
The recent budget deal revealed the role of the charter school movement and the Democratic Party.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
By our reporter, 14 April 2014
Campaign teams visited several locations in the Detroit area over the past several days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
By Ed Hightower, 10 April 2014
Nineteen states have either enacted or taken steps towards measures limiting the right to vote.
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.
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.
By Thomas Gaist, 10 April 2014
The offer is a huge increase from the 15 cents on the dollar previously proposed.
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.
By Shannon Jones, 9 April 2014
The defect has been linked to fatal crashes in which dozens, and possibly hundreds, have been killed.
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.
By Philip Guelpa, 9 April 2014
The Teamsters union quickly moved to divert workers' anger in response to a blatant act of intimidation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 April 2014
The issues raised by the 16-month musicians’ struggle have not disappeared.
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.
By Thomas Gaist, 3 April 2014
The new Plan of Adjustment includes larger cuts to firefighter and police pensions.
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.
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.
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.
By Fred Mazelis, 1 April 2014
Investigations continue into Governor Christie’s role in last year’s traffic chaos.
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.
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.