By Keith Jones, 4 December 2013
What the media describe as Obama’s “turn toward diplomacy” is an attempt to reposition US imperialism to confront China and Russia.
By Thomas Gaist, 4 December 2013
WSWS reporters spoke with workers in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, as a judge ruled the city’s bankruptcy could go forward.
By Kate Randall, 4 December 2013
People who thought they had enrolled at HealthCare.gov may find they are not covered when the insurance goes into effect January 1.
By Andre Damon, 4 December 2013
About 1.3 million people are slated lose unemployment to benefits the week after Christmas when federal extended unemployment benefits are scheduled to expire.
By Philip Guelpa, 4 December 2013
The NTSB investigation of Sunday’s fatal commuter train derailment in New York has barely begun, but the politicians and news media are already vilifying the train’s engineer.
By Andre Damon, 3 December 2013
Retail sales over the Thanksgiving weekend dropped for the first time in seven years, reflecting the impact of falling wages and mass unemployment on the financial health of American households.
By Peter Symonds, 3 December 2013
The prime responsibility for last week’s flare-up of tensions in the East China Sea lies with Obama’s “pivot to Asia” aimed at undermining China economically and militarily.
By Kristina Betinis, 3 December 2013
While the issue of the extreme exploitation of Walmart and other service workers is very real, the campaign organized by the unions is aimed at bolstering a party that is overseeing a coordinated attack on the working class.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 December 2013
The United States leads the world in imprisonment, and a new report documents the unconstitutional use of cruel and unusual punishment.
On the eve of the bankruptcy ruling
By Thomas Gaist, 3 December 2013
Residents spoke out Monday in Hamtramck, a working class enclave in Detroit, as US Judge Steven Rhodes prepared to rule on Detroit’s bankruptcy.
By Joseph Kishore, 2 December 2013
In precise legal language, a motion filed in bankruptcy court to demand the sale of DIA art exposes the unions as full participants in the bankers’ conspiracy against the working class.
By Philip Guelpa, 2 December 2013
An early morning commuter train headed to New York City derailed on a sharp curve, the site of a previous derailment earlier this year, killing four and injuring 67.
By John Marion, 2 December 2013
Philip Chism, 14, is to be tried as an adult in the murder of his teacher.
By E.P. Bannon, 2 December 2013
Forty-one percent of people who graduated from college during the past two years said they were underemployed or working in jobs that do not require their degree.
As deadline for HealthCare.gov “fix” arrives
By Kate Randall, 30 November 2013
The Obama administration has announced another setback for the Obamacare web site, a one-year delay for small businesses to sign up online for insurance policies.
By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2013
The incident—the first time China has scrambled fighters in response to a US or Japanese incursion—underscores the danger of a clash.
By Keith Jones, 30 November 2013
The revelation of the US-Hezbollah talks comes just days after the US and its allies reached an interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.
By Marc Wells, 30 November 2013
Members of the Los Angeles City Council have proposed a measure that targets the homeless population and threatens basic democratic rights.
By Elliott Vernon, 30 November 2013
A recent report found that poverty in the state of New Jersey continued to grow in the years following the financial crash of 2008, and has now reached levels not seen since the 1960 census.
By Phyllis Scherrer, 30 November 2013
After the death of Mary Votjka in Pittsburgh, attention has focused on the conditions of adjunct professors and the crisis in education as a whole.
By Isabelle Belanger, 29 November 2013
According to the US Department of Education, the number of homeless students increased by 10 percent in 2013, from 1,065,794 in 2012, to 1,168,354.
By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2013
The Pentagon doles out tens of billions of dollars to contractors without any rigorous auditing or other financial controls.
By D. Lencho, 29 November 2013
On November 19, Albuquerque voters defeated a reactionary measure to restrict abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, the first attempt to pass such a bill at the municipal level.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 November 2013
The Detroit Blight Task Force will be surveying city properties, targeting vast areas for “blight removal and redevelopment” to benefit wealthy investors.
By Jerry White, 28 November 2013
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has joined a legal action to demand that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr sell the cultural treasures of the Detroit Institute of Arts to pay off the city’s creditors.
On eve of Thanksgiving holiday
By our reporters, 28 November 2013
Nearly one in eight households in the District of Columbia has been classified as “food insecure.”
By Eric London, 28 November 2013
The Christian right and the Catholic Church have been strengthened by the capitulation of the Obama administration to their anti-democratic demands.
By Jake Dean, 28 November 2013
During a speech on immigration in San Francisco, a member of the audience heckled President Obama, asking him to stop the mass deportation of immigrants.
By WSWS reporting team, 27 November 2013
The scene, reminiscent of the soup or bread lines of the 1930s, speaks to the dire conditions facing working people in Detroit, America’s poorest big city
By John Burton, 26 November 2013
Administration lawyers used the standard “war on terror” pretext to justify the NSA’s collection of telephone data on virtually every person in the United States.
By Tom Carter, 26 November 2013
An NSA strategy document envisions spying on “anyone, anytime, anywhere.”
By Thomas Gaist, 26 November 2013
Malik Shelton, 14, is the latest victim of what can arguably be described as criminal negligence by utility giant DTE Energy.
By Archie Stone and Toby Reese, 26 November 2013
Those currently on health plans not meeting ACA requirements will be cut off and forced to find new coverage.
By Mitch Marcus, 26 November 2013
The University of Michigan announced that 325 staff would be laid off and made to reapply for their jobs, only 275 of whom would be “rehired.”
By Lawrence Porter, 26 November 2013
The killing of McBride, who was shot on the doorsteps of a suburban home, is being seized on by sections of the political establishment to promote racial politics.
By Matthew MacEgan, 25 November 2013
The Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole decided unanimously to posthumously pardon three of the “Scottsboro Boys,” who were wrongfully accused of two rapes during the early 1930s.
By Clement Daly, 25 November 2013
A recent report by the Trust for America’s Health details the burgeoning epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the United States.
By Jason Melanovski, 25 November 2013
Teamsters officials used multiple contract votes to push through a concessions contract in upstate New York.
By a WSWS reporting team, 25 November 2013
A campaign team in downtown Detroit won an enthusiastic response to the call for a workers’ inquiry into the attack on the Detroit Institute of Arts and the bankruptcy of the city.
By Kate Randall, 23 November 2013
Of the 34 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the US ranks 26th in life expectancy, below Greece, Portugal, South Korea and Slovenia.
By Mark Church, 23 November 2013
The Rand Corporation report points again to the advanced preparations for war as part of the US pivot to Asia.
By Philip Guelpa, 23 November 2013
General Electric will close its Fort Edward capacitor manufacturing plant.
By Naomi Spencer, 23 November 2013
Mass job line-ups across the country, rising infant mortality rates in Alabama, fatal accidents due to fatigue among truckers, and other recent indices of the social crisis.
By Thomas Gaist, 23 November 2013
Even as Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is imposing brutal cuts in city workers’ pensions and health benefits, he is handing out at least $62 million in city revenues to private consultants.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 November 2013
A report issued Wednesday by the Washington DC-based liberal think tank Demos is a devastating refutation of the arguments used to throw the city of Detroit into bankruptcy.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 November 2013
The draft agreement between Washington and its puppet regime in Kabul calls for as many as 15,000 US and NATO troops as well as nine permanent bases.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 November 2013
The vote Thursday by Senate Democrats will eliminate, for most judicial and executive appointments, a Senate rule requiring 60-vote supermajority to break a filibuster.
By Eric London, 22 November 2013
Competing bipartisan bills introduced in recent weeks seek to codify NSA surveillance programs as the ruling elite prepares for popular opposition to its policies.
By Thomas Gaist and Tom Carter, 22 November 2013
The Supreme Court refused to block a Texas law imposing arbitrary restrictions on abortion clinics Tuesday, after declining on Monday to hear a case challenging NSA spying.
By Hector Cordon and Andre Damon, 22 November 2013
Following the rejection of a concessions contract by Boeing machinists, the company renewed its threat to move production to other manufacturing facilities.
By Norisa Diaz, 22 November 2013
On November 20, health care service and technical workers held a one-day strike throughout California’s UC system.
By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2013
On Monday, the New York Times carried an article on the death of Abdulkader al-Saleh, the leader of the Tawhid (“Monotheism”) opposition militia in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2013
Underlying the military mobilization in response to Typhoon Haiyan are both the long and bloody history of US intervention in the Philippines and Washington’s aim to use the country as a base in its confrontation with China.
By Kristina Betinis, 21 November 2013
Aggressive prosecutions are increasingly used by the US government to intimidate potential whistleblowers into silence.
By David Brown, 21 November 2013
Members of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors claim that one provision of the concessions contract signed by the unions was made in error.
By Shannon Jones, 21 November 2013
At a public forum organized by the Detroit News, Democratic Party officials voiced support for the pro-corporate restructuring being carried out by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.
By Barry Grey, 21 November 2013
With this move, Geithner joins the legions of bank regulators and officials who have leveraged their insider status while in government to land positions in private finance paying millions in salaries and bonuses.
By Kate Randall, 20 November 2013
The health care overhaul is aimed at drastically reducing medical services for ordinary Americans, resulting in a deterioration of the health of workers and their families and needless disease, suffering and death.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 20 November 2013
The settlement between JPMorgan and the Justice Department includes no admission of criminal wrongdoing, and the company will get a tax deduction on most of its fine.
“It’s capitalism, not democracy”
By Thomas Gaist, 20 November 2013
Sanitation workers face layoffs and benefit cuts as Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr moves ahead with privatization plans.
By Joseph Kishore, 20 November 2013
The election of Kshama Sawant is part of a restructuring of capitalist politics.
By Andre Damon, 19 November 2013
The most remarkable aspect of the bull market is that it occurs in the context of stagnant economic growth or recession in the US and Europe.
By Tom Mackaman, 19 November 2013
President Obama has spurned invitations to the gathering commemorating America’s most famous political speech.
By Bryan Dyne, 19 November 2013
Growing numbers of young adults in the US are unable to start families, pursue careers or purchase homes.
By Kristina Betinis and George Marlowe, 19 November 2013
A powerful storm system passed through 12 US states on Sunday, causing tornadoes that leveled hundreds of homes and killed at least eight.
By Nick Barrickman, 19 November 2013
The event marks the worst mine-related accident in the state since 1981, when an explosion claimed the lives of 15 workers.
By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 19 November 2013
Here are profiled Richard Baird, Governor Rick Snyder’s top political aide, federal Judge Steven Rhodes, who is overseeing the bankruptcy case, and Detroit Mayor David Bing.
By J. Cooper, 18 November 2013
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s spokesman announced that two private companies will be awarded contracts for Detroit’s garbage pickup.
By Kate Randall, 16 November 2013
Thirty nine Democrats joined Republicans in approving legislation that would allow insurers to offer health care plans to new and existing customers that do not meet Obamacare requirements.
By Kristina Betinis, 16 November 2013
The incident is one of several recent safety failures at the largest steel mill in North America.
By James Brewer, 16 November 2013
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Departmen is a major target in the plunder of public assets under the auspices of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.
By Nick Barrickman, 15 November 2013
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being kept in solitary confinement, without religious services, and his communications with his lawyers are being monitored.
By Andre Damon, 15 November 2013
Janet Yellen made clear that the Fed's “quantitative easing” money-printing operation would continue for some time in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday.
”Art has a long term value which dwarves that of a quick, soon to be forgotten buck”
15 November 2013
As part of the campaign opposing the closure of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the SEP (Britain) solicited this statement from Dr. Adrian Locke.
By Shannon Jones, 15 November 2013
Boeing workers in the Pacific Northwest voted 67 to 33 percent against a concession-laden 8-year contract extension.
One month after the wildcat strike
By Socialist Equality Party, 15 November 2013
This statement was distributed to Boston, Massachusetts school bus drivers yesterday at a meeting of United Steel Workers Local 8751.
By Jerry White, 14 November 2013
Behind the façade of impartial justice, what has been discussed in the Detroit bankruptcy court is plain and simple: theft on a monumental scale.
By Barry Grey, 14 November 2013
With the merger of American and US Airways, only four giant airlines--Delta, United, the new American Airlines and Southwest--will account for 80 percent of all US domestic flights.
By Joseph Kishore, 14 November 2013
The accused faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for allegedly seeking to join an Al Qaeda-linked organization in Syria backed by the CIA and heavily funded by US allies.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 November 2013
A Michigan state financial assistance board voted Tuesday to approve the transfer of control over Belle Isle to the state government in Lansing.
By Kate Randall, 13 November 2013
Less than 50,000 people had successfully enrolled for insurance coverage through the HealthCare.gov web site as of last week, according to unofficial figures reported Monday.
For a new political strategy to defend the working class
By the Socialist Equality Party, 13 November 2013
The following statement is being distributed to Boeing workers in Washington state and Portland, Oregon who are voting today on the eight-year contract extension being pushed by the International Association of Machinists on behalf of the giant airline manufacturer.
By our reporters, 13 November 2013
Two million people, or 16 percent of the Illinois population, are affected by the SNAP benefits cut.
By Hector Cordon, 13 November 2013
The Portland, Oregon school district is demanding deep-going concessions from teachers.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 November 2013
Two weeks of testimony in the Detroit bankruptcy case have exposed the pre-meditated character of the July 18 decision by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to initiate the largest municipal bankruptcy proceeding in US history.
By Kate Randall, 12 November 2013
Every day brings new proof that the promises President Obama made about his health care “reform” were lies aimed at sugarcoating an historic assault on health care for working people.
By Johannes Stern, 12 November 2013
The percentage of Germans who consider the United States to be a reliable partner has fallen from 50 percent in July to just 35 percent today.
By Jerry White, 12 November 2013
Boeing workers in the state of Washington are defying blackmail by the company, the union and state and local politicians, who are demanding a contract extension that will gut pensions and wages and ban strikes.
By Thomas Gaist, 12 November 2013
The withdrawal of federal food assistance initiated on November 1 by the US government is already taking a toll on hungry families.
By Alex Lantier, 12 November 2013
The US Navy faces an escalating bribery scandal involving a Singapore-based defense contractor that services US Navy vessels in the Pacific Ocean.
By Andre Damon, 11 November 2013
Even as workers in the US and other countries have seen their incomes plummet, the combined net worth of the world’s billionaires has reached $6.5 trillion, according to a report published Tuesday.
By George Marlowe, 11 November 2013
An unarmed 19-year-old man was fatally shot last Monday by police on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
By Jeff Lusanne, 11 November 2013
As grocery giant Safeway exits the Chicago market, dozens of stores are likely to close, threatening more than 5,600 layoffs on December 28th.
By a WSWS reporting team, 11 November 2013
Workers at the Chrysler Warren Truck Assembly Plant voiced support for the proposal for a workers inquiry in the bankruptcy of Detroit.
By Andre Damon, 9 November 2013
SAC Capital Advisors, one of the most profitable hedge funds in history, has pleaded guilty in a massive insider trading case, but its owner faces no criminal charges and retains his vast fortune.
By Kate Randall, 9 November 2013
In a White House interview, the president peddled the lie that Obamacare is a genuine reform aimed at improving the quality and accessibility of health care.
By Debra Watson and Mitch Marcus, 9 November 2013
Nearly one in five in Michigan, the 1.8 million people currently on food assistance, will see a substantial cut in their food stamp benefit this month.
By Naomi Spencer, 9 November 2013
A coal miner was crushed in a wall collapse Monday, bringing to 19 the number of US miners killed on the job this year.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 November 2013
Judge Stephen Rhodes is now set to make a decision as to whether the bankruptcy can proceed.
By Kate Randall, 8 November 2013
Obama’s claim that the health bill will provide anything approaching “universal health care” is an insult to the intelligence of the American people.