United States

Oil rig fire in Oklahoma kills two workers, critically burns two others

By Evan Blake, 20 December 2014

All five casualties of the incident were employees of drilling contractor Dan D. Drilling, which promotes itself as a “cost conscious” service provider.

Judge reverses guilty verdict in 1944 execution of 14-year-old

By Tom Mackaman, 20 December 2014

George Stinney, Jr., who was African American, was arrested, tried, convicted, and electrocuted for the murder of two white girls in the small mill town of Alcolu, South Carolina.

Physicians’ group details psychologists’ role in CIA’s “extensive system of torture”

By Matthew MacEgan, 19 December 2014

A report from Physicians for Human Rights states that health professionals working under the direction of the White House committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.

US wealth gap largest on record

By Joseph Kishore, 19 December 2014

A new report from the Pew Research Center finds that the median net worth for low-income US families has fallen by nearly 50 percent since 2007.

US Department of Justice to sue New York City over conditions at Rikers Island jail

By Sandy English, 19 December 2014

The DOJ in New York has filed a motion in federal court to join a suit against New York City over brutality and civil rights violations against youth in the Rikers Island prison complex.

Kentucky coal miner killed at Patriot mine

By Clement Daly, 19 December 2014

Kentucky coal miner Eli Eldridge, who was killed at Patriot’s Highland No. 9 mine, is the 15th coal miner fatally injured this year.

Obama, Castro move to “normalize” US-Cuba ties

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2014

The simultaneous speeches by the US and Cuban presidents mark a turning point in the protracted search for rapprochement between the Castro regime and US imperialism.

Fed Chair Yellen reassures Wall Street on record low interest rates

By Andre Damon, 18 December 2014

The US Federal Reserve pledged Wednesday it would be “patient” in raising the benchmark interest rate, sparking a sharp run-up in stock prices.

Confronting anger over two-tier wages and low pay

US auto union president postures in advance of 2015 contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 18 December 2014

UAW President Doug Williams’ remarks reflect the union's awareness of wide hostility among auto workers to the two-tier wage system

US Supreme Court decision broadens police powers of search and seizure

By Nick Barrickman, 18 December 2014

The recent ruling in Heien v. North Carolina is yet another blow to the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

US unions back historic assault on workers’ pensions

By Jerry White, 17 December 2014

Coming on the heels of the Detroit bankruptcy, the pension “reform” passed as part of last week’s bipartisan budget resolution will open the floodgates to the gutting of retirement benefits for millions of workers.

US Supreme Court Justice Scalia says Constitution allows torture

By Joseph Kishore, 17 December 2014

Scalia’s remarks were made the day after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on CIA interrogations.

Obama claims “turning point” for US militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 16 December 2014

In a speech larded with “support our troops” rhetoric, Obama hailed the end of the US war in Afghanistan, even as the Pentagon was increasing the size of its planned deployment.

Tens of thousands join protests against police killings in the US

By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2014

Protest organizers, including Al Sharpton, sought to channel popular anger over police violence behind the Democratic Party and the Obama administration.

Cheney on CIA torture: “I’d do it again in a minute”

By Patrick Martin, 15 December 2014

The former vice president defended CIA torture and boasted that both he and President George W. Bush approved the methods used against prisoners.

Protesters in Washington, DC denounce police killings

By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2014

More than 10,000 protesters from many different states attended the demonstration against police killing in Washington, DC on Saturday.

New York City protest fills streets of Manhattan

By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2014

Outraged workers and youth denounced systemic police violence at a mass demonstration in New York City.

US Congress authorizes new sanctions against Russia, arms shipments to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 15 December 2014

The US Congress unanimously passed a bill authorizing Obama to impose new economic sanctions on Russia and deliver military aid to the right-wing regime in Kiev.

FBI investigates possible lynching of 17-year-old in Bladenboro, North Carolina

By Evan Blake, 15 December 2014

The FBI has taken over the investigation into the death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy, who was found hanging in a park in Bladenboro, North Carolina on August 29.

US budget resolution funds war and repression

By Patrick Martin, 13 December 2014

The $1.1 trillion budget measure was passed by the House of Representatives Thursday and will be approved within days by the US Senate.

Brennan’s defense of CIA torture

By Barry Grey, 13 December 2014

That the spy agency head issued the Obama administration’s rebuttal to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture makes clear who is really in control of the American state.

US Senate committee agreed to conceal UK complicity in CIA torture

By Robert Stevens, 13 December 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May, among other senior UK government officials, met with members of the US Senate committee working on the CIA report.

Who are Obama and the US Congress to sanction Venezuela?

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2014

In the midst of the deepening crisis over CIA torture, the Obama administration has decided to sanction Venezuela for alleged human rights abuses.

Federal judges overturn insider trading convictions

By Thomas Gaist, 13 December 2014

The ruling underscores the fact that financial criminals are held to different legal standards than the rest of the population

US blocked negotiations for hostages killed in Yemen raid

By Niles Williamson, 13 December 2014

The US government stymied attempts to ransom British-American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, who were both killed last weekend.

Obama CIA director defends “enhanced interrogation” torture program

By Niles Williamson and Joseph Kishore, 12 December 2014

CIA Director John Brennan gave an extraordinary press conference at CIA headquarters on Thursday, outlining the Obama administration’s response to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture.

Torture, police killings and the militarization of America

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2014

The release of the CIA torture report in the midst of nationwide protests over US police killings has exposed a corrupt system in which state criminals at every level enjoy absolute impunity.

Successive Australian governments complicit in US torture

By Mike Head, 12 December 2014

Not a word of condemnation of the United States government has been heard within the Australian political establishment.

US Congress to vote on union-backed plan to cut workers’ pensions

By Jerry White, 12 December 2014

A measure attached to the US government funding bill and backed by several major unions would cut pension benefits for millions of private sector workers.

Obama embraces Republican budget bill

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2014

The White House said Obama would sign the bill funding the federal government, despite a provision that removes even the most limited restraints on Wall Street speculation.

After being exposed, undercover cop draws gun on protesters in California

By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 12 December 2014

On Wednesday night, two plainclothes police officers dressed as protesters were exposed during a demonstration against police brutality in Oakland, California.

Missouri and Georgia execute mentally disabled death row inmates

By Kate Randall, 12 December 2014

The US Supreme Court denied stays of execution for two death row inmates despite evidence of their intellectual disabilities.

Detroit Emergency Manager Orr departs as bankruptcy cuts take effect

By Shannon Jones, 12 December 2014

The formal implementation of the Detroit bankruptcy settlement, a massive social crime, was the occasion for further self-congratulations on the part of the political establishment.

Brutal torture detailed in Senate report on CIA interrogation

By Eric London, 10 December 2014

The 500-page unclassified summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report implicates the US government in crimes that are far more extensive than previously acknowledged.

CIA torture and the crimes of the state

By Barry Grey, 10 December 2014

The obvious questions that arise from the Senate report on CIA torture are not even being discussed by the politicians or the media: Who will be held accountable? Who will be indicted? Who will be prosecuted?

Deadly fire exposes hazardous housing conditions in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips, 10 December 2014

The neighborhood where three residents died in a house fire on November 13 is well known for poor housing, high unemployment and poverty.

Obama administration seeks to contain anger over whitewash of police killings

By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2014

The use of racial politics is a key part of the effort to obscure the social and political issues involved in the killing of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Tear gas, rubber bullets used against protests over police brutality in Berkeley, California

By our reporters, 8 December 2014

Police fired tear gas at a peaceful protest late Saturday evening, hitting both demonstrators and passersby.

Bank for International Settlements points to increased financial fragility

By Nick Beams, 8 December 2014

The BIS warns of the growing volatility of international financial markets despite their apparent buoyancy.

Widespread opposition to closure of Boston-area municipal hospital

By John Marion, 8 December 2014

Unions and state officials in Massachusetts are collaborating with Steward Health Care Systems to close the 124-year-old Quincy Medical Center.

Protests continue over decision not to charge cop who killed Eric Garner

By our reporters, 6 December 2014

Details have begun to emerge about the background of the police officer who choked Garner to death, and the rigged character of the grand jury that decided not to bring charges.

NSA tapping vast majority of cell phone networks worldwide

By Thomas Gaist, 5 December 2014

Newly published secret documents show that NSA surveillance operations aim to spy on all of the world's cellular phone data networks.

Police killings in America: The class issues

By Joseph Kishore, 5 December 2014

Once again, a police officer has been let off without charges for killing an unarmed man on the streets of an American city.

Protests erupt over decision not to indict cop who killed Eric Garner

By a WSWS reporting team, 5 December 2014

Police in New York City carried out mass arrests after thousands of people participated in protests, as outrage builds over police killings in the United States.

Ohio football player, apparent suicide victim, complained of concussions

By Alan Gilman, 5 December 2014

Defensive tackle Kosta Karageorge, 22, reported missing for several days, was found dead in a dumpster in Columbus, Ohio from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Detroit blackout

By Thomas Gaist, 4 December 2014

The blackout, attributed to the failure of a single cable on the city’s municipal power grid, speaks to the decline of Detroit and the decay of infrastructure throughout the country.

Obama to name Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

By Patrick Martin, 4 December 2014

The former deputy defense secretary has advocated preventive war against North Korea and other potential “security threats” to US imperialism.

US corporate profits soar as productivity rises and wages stagnate

By Shannon Jones, 4 December 2014

New figures show the extent to which the so-called economic recovery has been fueled by driving down the wages of workers.

Infrastructure collapse blacks out large portions of Detroit

By Thomas Gaist, 3 December 2014

The blackout underscores the dangers arising from the sweeping privatizations that are part of the bankruptcy restructuring of Detroit.

Obama’s paramilitary police: The “war on terror” comes home

By Andre Damon, 3 December 2014

The ongoing militarization of local police forces is a major component of the assault on democratic rights in the United States.

How the St. Louis prosecuting attorney manipulated the Ferguson grand jury

By John Burton, 3 December 2014

The grand jury process that ended with a decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was anything but a fair and impartial weighing of the evidence.

St. Louis football players protest Michael Brown murder in pre-game ceremony

By Nick Barrickman, 3 December 2014

On Sunday, St. Louis Rams pass receivers Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, Jared Cook, Kenny Britt and Stedman Bailey entered the Edward Jones football field using the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture popularized by protests over the police murder of Michael Brown. The professional football players said they wanted to express their solidarity with the people of Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb that has been put under siege by police and National Guard troops.

Notes on police violence in America

Former Buffalo police officer sentenced to probation for beating handcuffed suspect

By Tom Hall, 3 December 2014

No let-up in police violence across the US.

Obama backs continued militarization of local police forces

By Jerry White, 2 December 2014

The president met with supposed “civil rights” organizations Monday to diffuse popular anger over the police murder of Michael Brown while accelerating the military style crackdown on public dissent.

Oil price slide rocks world economy

By Nick Beams, 2 December 2014

Energy companies, financial markets and whole economies are being severely impacted by the oil price slide following the decision by OPEC not to cut production.

Missouri governor signals long-term National Guard presence in Ferguson

By Andre Damon, 1 December 2014

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is seeking additional funding to finance the continued deployment of the National Guard in the St. Louis area.

More large US companies drop retirees from health plans

By Douglas Lyons, 1 December 2014

Among large employers with 1,000 or more workers, 60 percent have instituted caps on benefits for retirees eligible for Medicare.

Democrats back union-organized Wal-Mart protests

By Kristina Betinis, 29 November 2014

Now in their third year, the minimum wage protests were staged at Wal-Mart locations across the country to promote the unions and the Democratic Party.

UN report documents torture, police violence in US

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2014

As documented by the UN Committee Against Torture, the US, which claims the right to attack any country in the world in the name of “human rights” and “democracy,” is guilty of the most heinous crimes.

Denver police caught on video beating suspect, tripping pregnant woman

By Tom Hall, 29 November 2014

Levi Frasier, who videotaped the incident, says that he was forced to sign a witness statement “under duress” that absolved the officers of any wrongdoing.

Protests, building occupations follow California tuition hike

By Evan Blake, 29 November 2014

The regents’ vote to approve 5 percent annual tuition increases for the next five years has prompted demonstrations on UC campuses statewide.

As whitewash of police murder in Ferguson continues

Video shows Cleveland cop killed 12-year-old boy in under two seconds

By Andre Damon, 28 November 2014

The failure to charge Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown has given a green light to police killings throughout the country.

Washington denounces Syrian air strikes on ISIS

By Peter Symonds, 28 November 2014

The US State Department’s comments are utterly cynical given the Pentagon’s indifference to civilian casualties in its new Middle East war.

Union seeks to smother opposition to unsafe conditions in West Virginia mines

By Clement Daly, 28 November 2014

The United Mine Workers of America is working with Patriot Coal and the courts to suppress the opposition of miners, which erupted in a strike last month over unsafe conditions.

Home fires in the US kill 125 people in just two weeks

By Samuel Davidson, 28 November 2014

Between November 9 and November 22, 125 people died in home fires in the US, bringing the total for the year to more than 2,000.

The impoverishment of industrial workers in America

By Jerry White, 25 November 2014

Recent reports highlight the historic reversal in the living standards of American workers that underlies Obama’s supposed economic recovery.

Brooklyn residents outraged at police killing of Akai Gurley

By Sandy English, 25 November 2014

The killing of unarmed Akai Gurley by a police officer in Brooklyn has sparked widespread revulsion in the housing project where he died.

Obama fires Defense Secretary Hagel

By Patrick Martin, 25 November 2014

The ouster of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is an expression of the growth of tensions within the administration amidst a series of foreign policy crises.

Iran nuclear talks extended

By Keith Jones, 25 November 2014

Washington has extorted significant concessions from Tehran and calculates that more can be won by continuing to cripple Iran’s economy, while holding in reserve the threat of military action.

Who is responsible for violence in Ferguson?

By Andre Damon, 24 November 2014

The protracted wait for a grand jury proceeding has been accompanied by intimidation and threats on the part of local, state and federal officials.

Iranian nuclear talks at impasse as deadline approaches

By Peter Symonds, 24 November 2014

The US has been demanding heavy restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programs in return for any lifting of sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy.

Twelve-year-old boy killed by police in Cleveland, Ohio

By Samuel Davidson, 24 November 2014

The child was playing with a toy pistol in a playground when he was fatally shot by police officers.

Senate hearings on Wall Street crimes: The bankers rule

By Barry Grey, 24 November 2014

The two hearings were exercises in political theater, with politicians posturing as critics of Wall Street and bank executives and Fed officials making little effort to conceal their contempt.

Teamsters sell out strike by port truck drivers in southern California

By Marc Wells, 24 November 2014

Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended an eight-day strike against unfair practices and wage theft.

Chicago commuter rail agency approves a decade of fare hikes

By Jeff Lusanne, 24 November 2014

Metra’s board of directors has approved a plan to raise fares 68 percent over the next 10 years.

After historic blizzard, death toll rises and floods threaten Buffalo, New York

By Michelle Ryan, 24 November 2014

As residents continue to dig out, warming temperatures accompanied by heavy rains could lead to widespread flooding.

Obama’s “reform” and the criminalization of immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 22 November 2014

The executive action issued by the White House treats undocumented immigrants as criminals and maintains their status as super-exploited workers without elementary democratic rights.

Ahead of grand jury decision in Ferguson

Obama administration dispatches 100 FBI agents to St. Louis

By Andre Damon, 22 November 2014

FBI agents arrested two men in the Ferguson, Missouri area Friday evening, allegedly for seeking to buy explosives.

US manufacturing wages plummet

By Gabriel Black, 22 November 2014

Six years after Obama’s ascendancy, a report by the National Employment Law Project summarizes the sharp decline in manufacturing wages amidst the supposed “economic recovery.”

North Korea releases two jailed Americans

By Ben McGrath, 22 November 2014

The dispatch of US intelligence chief James Clapper to Pyongyang indicates that more was discussed than the release of the American prisoners.

Obama announces right-wing immigration “reform” in national address

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2014

In a contemptible speech, the chief representative of the corporate and financial aristocracy carried forth on the need for immigrants to “play by the rules” and be held “accountable.”

Wall Street banks and commodities fraud

By Joseph Kishore, 21 November 2014

A new US Senate report documents yet another aspect of the criminality that pervades the American and global financial system.

Police arrest Ferguson protesters ahead of ruling in Michael Brown case

By Andre Damon, 21 November 2014

The arrests came as an official for the St. Louis Police Officer's Association said that Darren Wilson and his lawyers do not expect an indictment for the killing of the unarmed teenager.

Massive snowstorm cripples Buffalo, kills ten

By Michelle Ryan, 21 November 2014

A massive lake-effect snowstorm has left ten people dead, thousands without power, and many stranded in the Buffalo, New York region.

Missouri carries out ninth execution of the year

By Kate Randall, 21 November 2014

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon refused to grant the condemned inmate clemency, and the US Supreme Court turned down his appeal for a stay.

Los Angeles schools superintendent backs “parent trigger” privatization scheme

By Adam Mclean and Marc Wells, 21 November 2014

Under the guise of empowering parents, the “parent trigger” law is part of a drive, funded by multibillionaires and backed by the unions, to privatize public education.

Obama’s speech in Australia: A threat of war against China

By James Cogan, 17 November 2014

Every word Obama spoke about the economic and political agenda of American imperialism was a lie.

Cost of Obamacare coverage to rise in 2015

By Kate Randall, 17 November 2014

People who bought Affordable Care Act plans last year could face premium increases of as much as 20 percent unless they switch plans.

Toxic gas leak at Texas Dupont plant kills four

By James Brewer, 17 November 2014

The deadly chemical methyl mercaptan is regulated by a host of federal and state agencies.

100,000 fewer US families receive housing aid due to budget cuts

By Tom Hall, 17 November 2014

The reduction in aid has taken place even as the need for assistance has increased.

Decision imminent on whether to indict Ferguson cop in killing of Michael Brown

By Andre Damon, 15 November 2014

A coordinated campaign by the media and state and local officials to justify the killing of Michael Brown has been combined with threats to call in the National Guard.

Volkswagen opens backdoor entry for UAW at Tennessee plant

By Tom Eley, 15 November 2014

Assured that the organization will do its bidding, VW is preparing to defy a vote by workers and install the UAW at its Chattanooga plant.

Port truck drivers strike in southern California

By Marc Wells, 15 November 2014

Truck drivers went on strike last Thursday at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach over poverty pay and wage theft.

City workers denounce Detroit bankruptcy ruling

By Shannon Jones, 15 November 2014

In contrast to the official celebration by the political and corporate establishment, workers are reacting to the ruling with bitterness and anger

Florida governor presides over 20th execution in first term

By Kate Randall, 14 November 2014

Chadwick Banks was the eighth prisoner in Florida, and the thirty-second in the United States, to be put to death this year.

Notes on police violence in America

Fatal police shooting in Ann Arbor, Michigan

By E.P. Bannon, 14 November 2014

A 54-year-old Ann Arbor man asked police to escort his girlfriend out of his home. Instead, they shot her multiple times.

The Detroit bankruptcy ruling: Suspending democracy to impose the dictates of Wall Street

By Tom Carter, 14 November 2014

The decision by federal bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes is a landmark ruling, establishing a pseudo-legal framework for suspending democracy and the rule of law.