United States

The oligarchs’ election

By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2015

A few dozen super-rich contributors are bankrolling—and thereby controlling—the 2016 presidential election campaign.

One in four Michigan children live in poverty

By Debra Watson, 3 August 2015

Child poverty in Michigan exceeds the deplorable national average of 22 percent.

Prosecutor declines to bring charges against Cincinnati cops who lied to protect killer of Samuel DuBose

By Evan Blake, 1 August 2015

The victim’s family has demanded that one of the officers be charged for making false statements on a police incident report.

Sanders talks “left” and moves right

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2015

After calling for a “political revolution” against the billionaires before a national audience Wednesday, Sanders spoke in quite a different vein to upper-middle class audiences Thursday and Friday.

Airplane debris may be from missing flight MH370

By Will Morrow, 1 August 2015

If the wing-flap is found to belong to MH370, it would be the first piece of evidence that the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean.

Fiat Chrysler reports sharp rise in second-quarter profits

By Nick Barrickman, 31 July 2015

The huge profits at the Big Three are the product of a relentless drive by the automakers, with the full backing of the United Auto Workers union, to slash labor costs.

US, Turkey prepare to escalate Syrian intervention

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.

White House rejects petition for Snowden pardon signed by 168,000

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.

Bernie Sanders pits US workers against immigrants in Vox interview

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

Cincinnati cop who killed Samuel Dubose charged with murder

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.

Creditor group calls for slashing education and social spending in Puerto Rico

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.

The Dodd-Frank banking law five years on

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.

NATO backs Turkish/US regime-change offensive in Syria

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.

The dark side of American politics

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.

Failure of Iran nuclear pact will lead to war, Kerry warns

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.

Ford and GM announce huge quarterly profits

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.

Mitsubishi announces closure of central Illinois auto plant

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.

Verizon workers rally in New York, authorize strike action

By a WSWS reporting team, 29 July 2015

Workers denounced attacks on benefits and job security at Manhattan demonstration.

Layoffs mount in West Virginia

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

Cleveland officer pepper sprays crowd of protesters

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.

California judge bars Obama administration’s policy of detaining immigrant children

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.

US deportation case against Honduran toddler put on hold

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.

San Diego-based Qualcomm announces 4,700 layoffs

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.

Chicago pension cuts struck down by court

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.

Obama begins East Africa tour with economic and military talks in Nairobi

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.

US Justice Department considers investigation into Clinton email use

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

Anthem to buy Cigna, creating biggest US health insurer

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.

Theater shooting leaves 3 dead, 9 wounded in Louisiana

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.

How to make $7 billion in 45 minutes

By Andre Damon, 25 July 2015

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made more money Thursday than 300,000 US workers earn in an entire year.

The police murder of Sandra Bland

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.

Obama promotes militarism and murder

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.

US federal disability insurance trust to be depleted next year

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.

Michigan legislature defies popular vote against road tax hike

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.

Kids Count report: 22 percent of US children live in poverty

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.

Wesley Clark’s internment proposal: The specter of military dictatorship

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

Death of Sandra Bland being “treated like a murder investigation”

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.

Seven US states to arm National Guard following Tennessee shooting

By Gabriel Black, 22 July 2015

National Guard members have been authorized to carry weapons at recruitment centers and other facilities.

Former Nigerian military dictator meets with Obama, Kerry in Washington

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.

General Wesley Clark calls for putting “disloyal” Americans in internment camps

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.

GM officials unlikely to face criminal charges for coverup of deadly defects

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.

US heroin deaths triple in four years

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.

The US presidency for sale

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.

Pew report: US unfunded public pension liabilities hit $1 trillion

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

Coal and gas layoffs mount as prices continue to fall

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.

American Federation of Teachers endorses Clinton

By Tom Hall, 20 July 2015

The teachers’ union endorsement follows years of political subordination to the Democratic Party by top AFT bureaucrats.

Texas prison death highlights police violence in America

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.

Release of grand jury transcript points again to frameup of the Rosenbergs

By Fred Mazelis, 18 July 2015

The new revelations undermine the post-Soviet effort to reaffirm the supposed guilt of the Rosenbergs.

Gunman kills four marines at Chattanooga Naval Reserve Center

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.

Iran signals closer collaboration with West

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.

Campaign fundraising in 2016 US election cycle soars to new records

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.

Voter suppression laws on trial in North Carolina

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.

The battle ahead for US autoworkers

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.

Wisconsin governor Walker implements draconian state budget

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.

Pennsylvania budget impasse threatens schools, social programs

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.

Contract talks set to begin for 140,000 US autoworkers

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

Ford threatens mass layoffs at Michigan truck plant

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.

Baltimore, Maryland police chief fired under pressure from police union

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.

Two Detroit firefighters injured fighting blaze with low water pressure

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.

The American Psychological Association, torture and the Nuremberg doctors’ trial

By Tom Carter, 13 July 2015

A 542-page independent report made public Friday implicates the American Psychological Association in the CIA torture program.

Iran talks continue into the weekend

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.

Record campaign fundraising for Republicans, Democrats

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

Oklahoma sets execution dates for three death row prisoners

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.

Eric Holder returns to law firm that represents Wall Street banks

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

Video shows Philadelphia police ruthlessly beat unarmed youth

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.

Major US airlines investigated for collusion and price-gouging

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.

South Carolina legislature ends display of Confederate flag

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.

Illinois governor proposes deep pension cuts

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.”

A summer without jobs for America’s youth

By Andre Damon, 9 July 2015

The prevalence of “Depression-era” youth unemployment goes virtually unmentioned by the American corporate media and political establishment.

New York Stock Exchange halts operations for nearly four hours

By Barry Grey, 9 July 2015

The shutdown was by far the longest ever trading halt attributed to computer problems.

Hillary Clinton joins right-wing attack on “sanctuary cities”

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.

Trump redoubles racist invective against Mexican immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2015

A three-page written statement claimed that Mexican immigration amounted to “infectious disease … pouring over the border.”

Iraq-Syria war could fragment both countries, top US general says

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.

Microsoft announces 7,800 layoffs

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”

Life without water in Detroit

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

Glenn Ford: An American tragedy

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.

Democrats, Republicans attack municipal pensions in Pennsylvania

By Douglas Lyons, 7 July 2015

Lawmakers are working to end, or significantly reduce, defined-benefit pension plans for all city and municipal workers.

Republican candidates split over racist remarks by Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2015

The billionaire developer and presidential candidate has made a series of fascistic rants against Mexican immigrants.

US health insurers seek huge rate increases for 2016

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.

Manhattan real estate prices hit record high

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.

Pittsburgh energy company cuts health care for 4,400 retired workers

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.

UAW vs. autoworkers: Who are the freeloaders?

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.

Top bankers’ pay rose 17 percent in 2014

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

Aetna, Humana announce biggest-ever merger of health insurers

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

Prosecutors release documents from Washington police shooting investigation

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.

Public housing crisis intensifies in Syracuse, New York

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.

Bernie Sanders holds rally of 10,000 in Madison, Wisconsin

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.

US Justice Department finds that police provoked unrest in Ferguson

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.

Drought-fed fire hits California’s San Bernardino Mountains

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.

US military strategy for world domination targets Russia and China

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.

Milwaukee transit workers strike

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.

Illinois begins fiscal year without budget as austerity package is drawn up

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.

The manhunt for Richard Matt and David Sweat: High Sierra in upstate New York

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.

Obama proposes rules to expand overtime pay for salaried workers

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.

The economic nationalism of Bernie Sanders

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.

American CEOs paid 300 times more than workers

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.

New York City police officers waited 20 minutes to report shooting of Akai Gurley

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.

Michigan cuts welfare payments for school truancy

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.

Legislative deal means further deepening of New York’s housing crisis

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.