United States

Detroit Chrysler workers speak out against war

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 September 2014

Workers at the Chrysler Warren Truck assembly plant in suburban Detroit expressed opposition to the Obama administration’s new war against Iraq and Syria.

“Dying in America” report: Latest volley in campaign to slash heath care costs

By Kate Randall, 19 September 2014

A new report from the Institute of Medicine argues that because people are living longer into old age, money spent to keep them alive should be slashed.

US Federal Reserve reaffirms commitment to near-zero interest rates

By Andre Damon, 18 September 2014

US stocks hit record highs after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank would continue to keep interest rates near zero “for a considerable time.”

Detroit bankruptcy conspiracy enters its final stage

By Jerry White, 17 September 2014

After reaching settlements with key players over the past week, the federal bankruptcy court is moving quickly to approve the anti-working class restructuring plan.

Forty five million in poverty in the US

By Andre Damon, 17 September 2014

Figures released by the Census Bureau Tuesday showed that the number of people in poverty remained at the highest level on record, while household incomes stagnated last year.

The social counterrevolution in New Orleans schools

Recovery School District fires 84 percent of staff

By Tom Hall, 17 September 2014

After it became the nation’s first all-charter school district over the summer, the state-run Recovery School District in New Orleans slashed its operating budget and fired 84 percent of its staff.

Gas billionaire purchases Buffalo NFL Franchise for record $1.2 billion

By Jason Melanovski, 17 September 2014

Terry Pegula has been awarded the rights to the Buffalo Bills National Football League franchise in a bidding war that lasted for several months.

Detroit charged $126 million by law firms and consultants in bankruptcy case

By Thomas Gaist, 17 September 2014

Jones Day, the former law firm of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, has charged the city nearly $50 million.

NSA developing real time map of all Internet-connected devices

By Thomas Gaist, 16 September 2014

The NSA penetrated the systems of leading German companies as part of a global Internet mapping operation codenamed Treasure Map.

California residents speak out against militarization of Davis police department

By Evan Blake and Juan Verala Luz, 16 September 2014

Residents of the California town turned out in large numbers to demand the local police department’s return of a newly-acquired Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicle.

Common’s Nobody’s Smiling: A murky offering by the Chicago rapper

By Nick Barrickman, 16 September 2014

The tenth studio album from Grammy award-winning rapper Common attempts to grapple with gang violence and social misery in his hometown of Chicago

Malaysia offers its military facilities for US spy planes

By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2014

If US military aircraft do begin to operate from Malaysia, the move would mark a significant shift by Kuala Lumpur toward Washington.

San Diego school district acquires a military assault vehicle

By Jake Dean, 16 September 2014

Militarization of the police is now being fully integrated within public schools.

UAW holds one-day strike at Indiana auto parts plant

By Kristina Betinis, 16 September 2014

Nearly 800 auto workers struck to demand an end to low wages, which they compare to the pay in the fast-food industry.

White House threatens to cut off Obamacare subsidies to 360,000

By Kate Randall, 16 September 2014

The Obama administration says it will cut off government subsidies to about 360,000 people if they do not offer proof of their income within the next two weeks.

Rhode Island pension-cutter wins Democratic primary

By John Marion, 15 September 2014

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, a former hedge fund manger with ties to the ultra-right Manhattan Institute, has made a national reputation as an enemy of public employees.

San Jose, California police acquire a drone

By Henry Allen, 15 September 2014

The drone, purchased with federal grant money, will be made available to 13 other bomb squads in the Bay Area.

California Governor Brown signs sick leave bill

By Henry Allen, 15 September 2014

AB 1522, with its three paid sick days, is a political maneuver on the part of California Democrats, Governor Brown, and the unions in the lead-up to the elections in November.

Honolulu city officials vote to transfer homeless to former WWII internment camp

By Kevin Martinez, 15 September 2014

The City Council has moved to criminalize the homeless in order to maintain its beaches as a tourist attraction.

Sand mining in Wisconsin and Minnesota threatens access to safe water and clean air

By Gary Joad, 15 September 2014

The last decade has seen a rapid rise in sand mining in the US in line with the dramatic surge of hydro-fracturing.

New documents detail NSA surveillance of Yahoo

By Thomas Gaist, 13 September 2014

The documents cover rulings in 2008 upholding the NSA’s warrantless data mining programs.

Torture victim Jose Padilla sentenced to 21 years

By Ed Hightower, 13 September 2014

A central aim of the prosecution was to cover up the details of one of the more extreme cases of US government torture.

Potential RadioShack bankruptcy threatens 27,000 employees

By Gabriel Black, 13 September 2014

Electronics retailer RadioShack said Thursday that it is likely to file for bankruptcy unless it can secure a funding lifeline.

Public education under attack in Buffalo, New York

By Isabelle Belanger, 13 September 2014

Just two weeks before the start of the school year, 63 public school teachers received layoff notices—the latest in a series of attacks against Buffalo public school students and teachers.

Senate hearing whitewashes militarization of American police

By Tom Hall and E. P. Bannon, 12 September 2014

Tuesday’s hearing was aimed at reinforcing and intensifying the federal government’s arming of police forces under the guise of a “review.”

New witnesses describe police murder of Michael Brown

By Thomas Gaist, 12 September 2014

Accounts from two construction workers further substantiate already existing evidence that officer Darren Wilson fired numerous rounds into the unarmed Brown, even as the youth sought to surrender.

Executions in Missouri and Texas

Courts reject condemned inmates’ appeals on lethal injection drugs

By Paul Michaels and Kate Randall, 12 September 2014

The two prisoners’ appeals challenging the secrecy surrounding the source and quality of lethal injection drugs and state protocols failed to halt their executions.

Railroad workers in US reject concessions contract

By Jeff Lusanne, 12 September 2014

The proposed contract centered on a reduction in crew size that threatened the safety of both employees and passengers, and was rejected by members despite the unions efforts to pass it.

Regional authority a prelude for privatization of Detroit water system

By Jerry White, 12 September 2014

The Detroit bankruptcy and moves toward the privatization of the water department are fully backed by the Obama administration, which has encouraged cities to enter “public-private partnerships” to fill the gap from reduced federal and state funding.

Obama announces open-ended war in Iraq and Syria

By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2014

The nationally televised speech from the White House set no limits on the escalation of US military violence in the Middle East.

Ferguson residents denounce police violence at City Council meeting

By Andre Damon, 11 September 2014

Residents demanded the prosecution of the officer who killed Michael Brown and the dropping of all charges against demonstrators.

Obama’s war in Iraq and Syria

By Barry Grey, 10 September 2014

The war on ISIS is camouflage for an unstated agenda, at the center of which is the overthrow of the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

American Airlines contract worker killed at Detroit Metro Airport

By Shannon Jones, 10 September 2014

VonDre Gordon’s death was the second fatal industrial accident in the Detroit area in less than a week.

Food and water deprivation, abuse and overcrowding in Michigan’s women’s prison

By Naomi Spencer, 10 September 2014

Statements by the ACLU and prisoners at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility describe widespread human rights abuses in Michigan’s only women’s prison.

Former governor of Virginia found guilty on corruption charges

By Nick Barrickman, 10 September 2014

Former Republican governor of Virginia Robert F. McDonnell and his wife Maureen were found guilty of 20 felony counts of corruption, conspiracy and fraud.

LAPD suppresses autopsy reports in police killings

By Kevin Martinez, 10 September 2014

Los Angeles Police Department detectives shot unarmed 24-year-old Ezell Ford six times in the back on August 11, less than two weeks after the August 2 killing of Omar Abrego.

New Jersey, New York part of a national trend

Northeastern US states seek to cut public worker pensions

By Philip Guelpa, 10 September 2014

Governments in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York are mounting efforts to severely reduce public worker pension benefits.

2004 Bush administration memos advocate unlimited presidential powers

By Tom Carter, 9 September 2014

Recently declassified documents detail the early stages of the ongoing effort to create the pseudo-legal framework for a police state in America.

Atlanta Symphony locks out its musicians

By Fred Mazelis, 9 September 2014

The ongoing attacks on symphony musicians raise fundamental political issues.

New school year starts with educational funding crisis in US

By Nancy Hanover, 9 September 2014

As 50 million students begin school, federal and state budgets for public education have never been restored to pre-recession levels.

Bowing to Senate Democrats

Obama reneges on pledge to ease deportations

By Patrick Martin, 9 September 2014

Both conservative and liberal Democrats opposed any relaxation of anti-immigrant policies before the November election.

The human cost of deportations

What happens to Obama’s deported children and youth?

By Norisa Diaz and Marc Wells, 9 September 2014

Immigrants deported back to Central America face extreme violence and poverty. These are some of their stories.

Obama commits US to war against Russia in defense of Baltic states

By Barry Grey, 8 September 2014

In a series of speeches and press conferences in Europe last week, President Obama publicly committed the United States to go to war against Moscow to defend the Baltic states that border Russia.

Court rules BP acted with “gross negligence” in 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

By Tom Hall, 8 September 2014

The oil giant’s potential fine of $18 billion is less than its more-than $23 billion in profits last year.

Support grows for SEP meeting Tuesday against Detroit water shutoffs

By a WSWS reporting team, 8 September 2014

Campaign teams visited schools, neighborhoods and work locations over the past week in preparation for the public meeting being held Tuesday at Wayne State University.

Teachers strike in three Pennsylvania school districts

By Phyllis Scherrer, 8 September 2014

Teachers in three Pennsylvania school districts, who have worked years without contracts and are facing new wage and health care cuts, have walked out on strike.

Wall Street firm hires former Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for $3.4 million

By Gabriel Black, 8 September 2014

Cantor’s multi-million-dollar payout represents compensation for his service to Wall Street during his time in Congress and illustrates the incestuous relationship between the US political establishment and big business.

New Federal Reserve report

US median income has plunged, inequality has grown in Obama “recovery”

By Andre Damon, 6 September 2014

The Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances, released Thursday, shows that the income of a typical US household has fallen by 12 percent in just six years.

Year-low US job growth in August

By Andre Damon, 6 September 2014

The latest US jobs report shows that the US labor force participation rate fell to the lowest level in three and a half decades.

Day four of the confirmation hearings

Financial advisor details social cuts, increased policing in Detroit bankruptcy plan

By Thomas Gaist, 6 September 2014

Conway MacKenzie consultant Charles Moore detailed plans to slash city services and tear down buildings.

Hundreds arrested at union-organized fast-food protests across the US

By Fred Mazelis, 6 September 2014

The unions are seeking to latch onto the legitimate grievances of workers to bolster the Democratic Party, which has presided over a wholesale assault on the working class.

The police-military crackdown in Ferguson, the assault on democratic rights, and the record of the World Socialist Web Site

By Tom Carter, 6 September 2014

The World Socialist Web Site, employing the method of Marxist analysis, has traced the various stages of the assault on democratic rights and sought to explain its relationship to fundamental historical and social processes related to the deepening crisis of American and world capitalism.

Obama and the financial aristocracy

By Andre Damon, 5 September 2014

The wave of reckless speculation in the US financial system and the drive to war have a common root: the domination of the financial oligarchy over society.

Detroit chief financial officer outlines program of permanent austerity

By Jerry White, 5 September 2014

Behind the dry, antiseptic testimony of the city’s chief financial officer in the federal bankruptcy courtroom Thursday was a restructuring plan that will produce untold suffering in Detroit.

NATO summit begins as anti-Russian measures heighten war danger

By Chris Marsden, 4 September 2014

At a press conference in Estonia, US President Barack Obama could scarcely conceal his hostility to anything that cut across preparations for the NATO summit to adopt a series of anti-Russian measures.

Detroit bond insurers press for sale of art and other city assets

By Thomas Gaist, 4 September 2014

Behind legal proceedings before a bankruptcy judge, a vicious struggle is being waged between the city’s creditors and their insurers.

US insurers discourage the sick from enrolling in health plans

By Kate Randall, 4 September 2014

Health plans with narrow hospital networks and high out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs discriminate against patients with chronic health conditions.

Bankruptcy judge lets Detroit water shutoffs continue

By Lawrence Porter, 4 September 2014

US federal bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes decided to delay any ruling on water shutoffs at least until September 17.

Obama administration approves Pennsylvania plan to privatize and eliminate Medicaid as an entitlement

By Douglas Lyons, 4 September 2014

The federal government has approved an alternative to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion called Healthy PA Private Coverage Option.

Contractor electrocuted at Detroit area auto parts facility

By Shannon Jones, 4 September 2014

The worker died when the boom of the truck he was driving brushed an overhead power line

New York mayor reneges on pledge to school bus drivers

By Daniel de Vries, 4 September 2014

Mayor de Blasio last week signed into law a school bus workers bill that failed to restore job protections.

After police killing in Ferguson, ISO calls for a “Black agenda”

By Tom Eley, 4 September 2014

In response to growing working class disillusionment with the Democratic Party, the ISO is calling for a more stridently racialist brand of politics.

Court hearings resume for Detroit’s “plan of adjustment”

By Thomas Gaist, 3 September 2014

Despite their differences, all parties represented in the bankruptcy court are determined to make the workers of Detroit pay for the social crisis.

US election campaign: Two right-wing parties offer no solution to social crisis

By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2014

There is growing popular disillusionment with both the Democrats and the Republicans and the political institutions they control.

Police lock down Maryland school after suspension of teacher

By Nick Barrickman, 3 September 2014

The teacher, Patrick McLaw, who wrote a science fiction novel depicting a school massacre, was placed on administrative leave.

GM moving production from Mexico to Tennessee

By Shannon Jones, 2 September 2014

The move is part of a deal based on huge concessions imposed on American auto workers

Venezuela announces plan to sell US oil operations

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 September 2014

With the government experiencing a cash crunch, Oil Minister Rafael Ramírez has announced a bid to sell Citgo for $10 billion.

New protest in Ferguson, Missouri over police murder

By Gabriel Black, 2 September 2014

While Democratic Party speakers urged faith in Obama, a section of the protest broke away to demonstrate at the local police station.

A call to action

Emergency meeting to oppose water shutoffs in Detroit

2 September 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and the Detroit Workers Action Committee are holding a public meeting September 9 to mobilize the working class throughout the Detroit area against water shutoffs.

Homelessness increasing rapidly in Colorado

By Douglas Lyons, 2 September 2014

The homeless rate in Pueblo, Colorado has ballooned by 75 percent since January 2014.

The human toll of slump and part-time employment

New Jersey woman dies while napping between jobs

By Fred Mazelis, 2 September 2014

Maria Fernandes worked part-time at three separate Dunkin’ Donuts.

Union seeks to ram through grocery worker contract in Southern California

By Jake Dean, 2 September 2014

The UFCW is keeping secret all details of the new tentative contract.

Willie Nelson’s Band of Brothers: A songwriter returns

By Hiram Lee, 2 September 2014

Country music icon Willie Nelson marks a successful return to songwriting with his latest album.

US government-funded database created to track “subversive propaganda” online

By Matthew MacEgan, 30 August 2014

The Truthy database has drawn sharp criticism from free speech advocates.

Suicidal teen shot sixteen times by Kansas police

By Gabriel Black, 30 August 2014

The shooting comes amid a wave of police killings throughout the United States.

US military planning to suppress domestic unrest

By Thomas Gaist, 30 August 2014

The development of sophisticated crowd control doctrines by the military is an expression of the far advanced preparations of the US elite for dictatorship.

US west coast dockers union forces through another concessions contract

By Hector Cordon, 30 August 2014

After nearly two years of negotiations, longshoremen will return to work on the basis of a contract nearly identical to the one they rejected in December of 2012.

Thousands face loss of service as water shutoffs resume in Detroit

By Thomas Gaist and Shannon Jones, 28 August 2014

The WSWS spoke to many of the hundreds of workers and retirees who are seeking to keep their water from being cut off.

Audio recording sheds light on the murder of Michael Brown

By Niles Williamson, 28 August 2014

CNN published an audio recording Monday indicating that the officer who killed Michael Brown paused between barrages of gunfire, shooting at least 10 rounds.

Boston workers denounce militarization of police

By Mike Ingram, 28 August 2014

Recent scenes on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri were reminiscent of the massive mobilization of police and military personnel following the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013.

Florida Democrats nominate former Republican governor

By Patrick Martin, 28 August 2014

Once reveling in the title “chain-gang Charlie” for his savage law-and-order policies, Crist has been nominated by the Democratic Party for the upcoming gubernatorial election.

Ground water is depleting in the Colorado River Basin

By Stuart Winter, 28 August 2014

A recent NASA satellite survey contains “shock” findings on water loss.

New Orleans mayor announces semi-private police force

By Tom Hall, 28 August 2014

The so-called “Nola Patrol” will cover the French Quarter, paid for by a voluntary assessment on the city's hotels.

Ohio charter schools seek to strip public education of constitutional protection

By Nancy Hanover, 28 August 2014

For-profit charter school businessmen are spearheading an attempted modification of the Ohio Constitution to eliminate its guarantee of public education.

Residents of Bell, California mobilize in support of immigrants

By Norisa Diaz, 28 August 2014

The response of workers in Bell is a rejection of the right-wing xenophobia earlier on view in the city of Murrieta.

Obama vows protracted military campaign in Iraq, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 27 August 2014

Obama delivered a militarist speech Tuesday to the American Legion convention amid reports that US air strikes could begin in Syria by the end of this week.

The official cover-up of social and political issues in the police murder of Michael Brown

By Andre Damon, 27 August 2014

Two weeks after the eruption of protests in Ferguson, Missouri in response to the police murder of Michael Brown, the Obama administration is hoping to bury popular opposition to its policies together with the young man’s body.

“The cops don’t respect anyone”

Attendees at Michael Brown’s funeral denounce inequality, police repression

By our reporters, 27 August 2014

The WSWS spoke to workers in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri during and following the funeral service for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old youth shot by police on August 9.

Three more US police killings

By Shannon Jones, 27 August 2014

Over the course of the past several days, three more young men have died in the US at the hands of the police.

Former head CIA lawyer defends torture in Der Spiegel interview

By Eric London, 27 August 2014

In defending state torture, John Rizzo, former acting CIA general counsel, has laid bare the growing presence of fascistic elements in the highest echelons of the American state.

Obama administration denies FEMA assistance to Washington State fire victims

By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 27 August 2014

A request to provide financial assistance for hundreds of individuals impacted by wild fires was rejected by FEMA.

US backs new French offensive in Mali

By Jill Lux, 27 August 2014

After last year’s military campaign in northern Mali, Paris is launching expanded military operations in West Africa.

Thousands attend “affordability fair” as Detroit prepares to resume water shutoffs

By Thomas Gaist and D’Artagnan Collier, 25 August 2014

With water shutoffs set to resume Tuesday, some two thousand desperate residents flooded into Cobo Hall in an effort to maintain their service.

“They treat us like savages!”

Detroit workers, retirees denounce water shutoffs

By WSWS reporters, 25 August 2014

Detroit workers and unemployed residents spoke to the WSWS outside the Cobo Water Fair in downtown Detroit Saturday.

The Bank of America settlement and the “justice” of capitalism

By Andre Damon, 23 August 2014

The Obama administration’s latest settlement with Bank of America imposes a wrist-slap fine and shields bankers from prosecution.

Military helicopters descend on Twin Cities, Minnesota in unannounced “urban warfare” exercises

By Matt Rigel, 23 August 2014

Residents of the Twin Cities, Minnesota were startled as low-flying combat helicopters buzzed over working class districts in mock nighttime exercises.

US condemns China over close aerial encounter

By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2014

The Chinese intercept of a US spy plane took place 200 kilometres from Hainan Island, home to sensitive Chinese air and naval bases.

New York Mayor de Blasio’s mantle of “progressivism” wears thin

By Fred Mazelis, 23 August 2014

De Blasio and his advisers have sought to claim the mantle of “progressivism” within the Democratic Party.

The homeless “problem” in Florida

By Matthew MacEgan, 23 August 2014

A recent study has shown that rehabilitating homeless people is actually more cost effective than keeping them on the streets and arresting them.

Second St. Louis area police shooting highlights unrestrained police violence in the US

By Andre Damon, 22 August 2014

St. Louis police released a video depicting the shooting Tuesday of 23-year-old Kajieme Powell, just ten days after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown that led to mass protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.