United States

Housing crisis and neglect at root of fatal Oakland fire, one of the deadliest in US history

By David Brown, 6 December 2016

With at least 36 confirmed dead, the Ghost Ship fire is the deadliest in over a decade—the product of city negligence and skyrocketing rent prices driving an informal housing market.

Trump transition team announces continued support for Dakota Access Pipeline

By Kevin Martinez, 6 December 2016

The announcement follows the Army Corp of Engineers’ decision to delay construction of the pipeline under Lake Oahe.

Jury deadlocks in South Carolina police murder trial

By John Burton and , 6 December 2016

The jury in the trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael T. Slager, who was caught on video firing eight rounds at a fleeing Walter Scott, was discharged Monday after failing to reach a verdict.

Trump picks General “Mad Dog” Mattis for secretary of defense

By Patrick Martin, 5 December 2016

The selection of retired General James Mattis has been greeted with approval across the political and national-security establishment and in the major organs of the corporate-controlled media.

US Congress overwhelmingly backs $619 billion Pentagon budget

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2016

The legislation, which won overwhelming bipartisan approval, also bars the shutdown of the American prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

US Army Corps postpones confrontation over Dakota Access Pipeline construction

By our reporter, 5 December 2016

The announcement that the US Army Corps of Engineers will not grant an easement for construction essentially puts off a final decision until after Obama leaves office.

Death toll at least 33 in Oakland warehouse fire

By David Brown, 5 December 2016

The currently confirmed death toll makes this the worst building fire in the United States since 2003, when 100 people died in a night club fire in Rhode Island.

Tennessee woman charged in attempted coat-hanger abortion

By Naomi Spencer, 5 December 2016

A Tennessee woman accused of attempting to terminate her pregnancy with a coat hanger last year was arraigned late last month on three felony charges.

West Virginia governor orders $60 million in budget cuts

By Joe McGee, 5 December 2016

The state’s most vulnerable residents will be hit with an $11 million cut in public schools and a supposed one-time reduction of $25 million to Medicaid.

Trump declares support for Dakota Access Pipeline ahead of evacuation order against protesters

By Joseph Kishore, 3 December 2016

Under the watchful eye of the Obama administration, protesters have been subjected to brutal violence from the police and National Guard.

CEOs, Wall Street to drive Trump economic policy

By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2016

Hedge fund boss Stephen Schwarzman will chair the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, which will begin meeting with Trump on economic policy after his inauguration.

Obama administration defends indefinite detention of immigrants before Supreme Court

By Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2016

Obama, who earned the title “deporter in chief,” is handing over to Trump a massive and brutally repressive immigration enforcement system.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee fire death toll rises to 13

By Shelley Connor, 3 December 2016

The fatalities caused by wildfires in Sevier County, Tennessee are expected to rise as search efforts continue.

Dramatic rise in New York City home foreclosures

By Philip Guelpa, 3 December 2016

The spike in the rate of home foreclosures reflects the combination of growing income inequality and rampant real estate speculation.

Trump backers sue to block recounts

By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2016

Lawsuits were filed in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Trump’s margin of victory has shrunk dramatically.

NYU’s corporate leadership bars socialist student group from campus

By Eric London, 3 December 2016

The decision by the Student Activities Board to reject the IYSSE’s application for group status sheds light on the ties between NYU, the US military and Wall Street.

Trump outlines right-wing program of extreme nationalism at Cincinnati rally

By Joseph Kishore and Jerry White, 2 December 2016

While couched in populist rhetoric, Trump’s proposals center on corporate tax cuts and deregulation, combined with expanding the military, widening police powers and curtailing immigration.

Tensions mount over US presidential election recounts

By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2016

Wisconsin officials began reviewing ballots, while the Trump campaign took legal action to block the recount in Michigan.

Fires, tornadoes claim lives throughout southeastern US

By Shelley Connor, 2 December 2016

Tornadoes descended upon the Southeast on Wednesday, killing six people and complicating wildfire rescue efforts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Judge allows police to use grenades against Dakota Access Pipeline protesters

By Zaida Green, 2 December 2016

Police will continue to use water cannons, concussion grenades, lead-filled beanbags, and chemical agents against protesters.

US Navy punishes family that revealed Flint water poisoning

By Zac Corrigan, 2 December 2016

A family fighting to expose the Flint water crisis say they have been subjected to retaliatory intimidation and abuse by the US Navy.

Former Bethlehem Steel plant near Buffalo, New York destroyed by fire

By Jason Melanovski, 2 December 2016

The massive fire last month exposed firefighters and residents in nearby neighborhoods to smoke and high levels of carcinogens, leaving homes covered in toxic soot.

Wildfire continues to ravage Gatlinburg, Tennessee

By Naomi Spencer, 1 December 2016

At least four people have died, nearly four dozen have been injured, and many more remain unaccounted for in the fire surrounding Gatlinburg, a resort town in eastern Tennessee.

North Dakota Governor orders “emergency evacuation” of Dakota Access pipeline protest site

By Kevin Martinez, 1 December 2016

The Army Corps of Engineers has set a deadline of December 5 for protesters to leave the encampment or face prosecution for “trespassing.”

The “fake news” furor and the threat of Internet censorship

By Kevin Reed, 1 December 2016

There is more than a whiff of McCarthyism in the crusade by the corporate-controlled media against “fake news” on social media and the Internet.

A cabinet of billionaires

Trump forms a Wall Street government to attack health care and workers’ rights

By Patrick Martin, 30 November 2016

Trump has picked Wall Street banker Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and anti-Medicare zealot Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

US president-elect says flag burners should be stripped of their citizenship

By John Burton, 30 November 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet that people who burn the American flag in protest should be stripped of their citizenship is a repudiation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

US officials press Trump to tackle North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2016

Former military chief Admiral Mike Mullen warned that the Korean peninsula was “more likely than anyplace else in the world to potentially create an explosive outcome.”

Amazon worker attempts suicide at Seattle headquarters

By Jerry White, 30 November 2016

Monday’s tragedy sheds light on the realities of the “new economy” and the extreme exploitation facing employees of the online retail giant.

At least five dead as extreme drought, wildfires ravage southeastern US

By Zaida Green, 30 November 2016

One of the most devastated communities is the tourist town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where at least three people have been killed and 14,000 forced to flee their homes.

Obama extends global reach of US Special Operations death squads

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2016

The global mandate of the new formation means US death squads could be sent virtually anywhere, from European cities to South American jungles, including in the United States itself.

The political issues in the campaign for a recount in the US elections

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 29 November 2016

Three weeks after the US presidential election, the political crisis triggered by the initiative to recount the vote in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania is escalating.

Ohio State University attack leaves 11 injured, suspect dead

By Evan Blake, 29 November 2016

The alleged attacker had expressed concern about his ability to pray on campus due to the negative image of Muslims presented in the media.

Trump election boosts anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic attacks

By our reporter, 29 November 2016

Hundreds of hate crimes have been reported since election day.

Virginia declares opioid addiction a public health emergency

By Brad Dixon, 29 November 2016

The pharmaceutical industry, which has contributed to the opioid epidemic, is now hiking the price of naloxone, the treatment for opioid overdoses.

Reverse the rejection of club status for the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

An open letter to the New York University Student Activities Board

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 29 November 2016

Earlier this month, the Student Activities Board of NYU, in an act of political censorship, blocked the IYSSE from establishing a club on campus.

Obama denounces recount effort

By Eric London, 28 November 2016

President Barack Obama is denouncing an entirely legitimate legal action to verify the outcome of the election in states where the result was exceptionally close.

Federal judge blocks new Obama administration overtime rules

By Shannon Jones, 28 November 2016

The court ruling upset 70 years of prior precedent that gave the Labor Department the authority to set rules regulating overtime pay.

Chicago police kill two over Thanksgiving holiday

By Jessica Goldstein, 28 November 2016

The recent shootings take place one year after the release of dashcam footage of the murder of 17-year-old black youth Laquan McDonald by a Chicago cop.

After six-month lockout, workers reject UAW-Honeywell ultimatum

By Jerry White, 26 November 2016

Honeywell workers in the US are waging a courageous struggle against corporate management and the UAW, which is backing the company’s demands for health care concessions.

Sharp Healthcare nurses in San Diego, California to begin three-day strike

By Marko Leone, 26 November 2016

Nurses are determined to fight, while the union has called a limited strike to let off steam while it works to impose a contract on management’s terms.

GE Appliances workers in Louisville, Kentucky reject concessions deal

By Shannon Jones, 26 November 2016

Despite the significant rejection vote, the IUE–CWA has not called a strike and is instead seeking further meetings with management.

Construction accident in Queens, New York kills two workers

By Mark Witkowski, 25 November 2016

In the drive to maximize profit for the construction and real estate industries, the safety and well-being of workers is given a back seat to the demands of real estate developers.

Police attack on Dakota Access Pipeline protest results in 300 injuries

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 November 2016

Sophia Wilansky, 21, was severely injured by a police concussion grenade, and may require an arm amputation.

“There are a lot of struggling people in the Detroit Metro area”

Hard-pressed Detroit area families face bleak holiday

By Shannon Jones, 25 November 2016

As we enter the holiday season, residents of Detroit and surrounding suburbs face continued high levels of unemployment, food insecurity and homelessness.

Thanksgiving 2016 and the social crisis in America

By Andre Damon, 24 November 2016

For millions of American families, the Thanksgiving holiday will only underscore the economic insecurity and social misery they confront.

Hillary Clinton leads by two million in US popular vote

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2016

Clinton’s lead in the popular vote is being largely ignored by the American media and the political establishment, including the Democratic Party leadership.

Who is Charles Schumer?

By James Brookfield, 24 November 2016

The newly elected Democratic leader is a defender of Wall Street who backed the war in Iraq.

Trump to build on Obama’s antidemocratic legacy

By Tom Carter, 24 November 2016

The assault on democratic rights under cover of the “war on terror” has provided the incoming Trump administration with a pseudo-legal framework to impose authoritarian methods of rule.

The 19,000 Dow: Markets soar on prospects for profiteering under Trump

By Nick Beams, 24 November 2016

Trump’s agenda for the US economy bears a striking resemblance to his own business operations: a mixture of tax evasion, swindling and profit-gouging.

Chattanooga school bus tragedy: The human cost of capitalist decay

By Fred Mazelis, 24 November 2016

Three dozen children from the Woodmore Elementary School in Chattanooga were headed home when their bus crashed into a tree and was nearly sliced in half.

2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony

Obama awards those who “have helped make me who I am”

By David Walsh, 24 November 2016

Tuesday’s ceremony, during which Barack Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on 21 individuals, was a bizarre and unreal event.

Detroit housing crisis deepens with county tax foreclosure auction

By Debra Watson, 23 November 2016

Following the rejection of a lawsuit on a moratorium, thousands of Wayne County, Michigan residents may soon face eviction as officials seize properties for back taxes.

Hundreds killed in US home fires

By Steve Filips, 23 November 2016

So far this fall, 25 people have died in home fires in Texas, 25 Georgia and 21 in Pennsylvania.

King Donald meets his media courtiers

By Patrick Martin, 23 November 2016

Trump gave the media executives and anchors a tongue-lashing, creating an atmosphere that one cowed participant compared to a “firing squad.”

Police use water cannons on Dakota Access Pipeline protesters

By Kevin Martinez, 22 November 2016

Violence broke out on Sunday night when protesters tried to remove a blockade but were stopped by police using water cannon, tear gas and concussion grenades.

Insurance fund for US pensions could be insolvent by 2025, agency director warns

By Gabriel Black, 22 November 2016

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s annual report points to the growing danger of a general collapse in the US pension system.

Massachusetts: Public transportation infrastructure in advanced state of decay

By John Marion, 22 November 2016

While raising fares and privatizing jobs since the 2015 snowstorm crisis, the Baker administration has not provided adequate resources to assure basic safety for subway riders.

Trump’s authoritarian government of nationalism and war

By Joseph Kishore, 21 November 2016

As the Democratic Party seeks to normalize the transfer of power to Trump, the appointments of the president-elect confirm the historically unprecedented character of the incoming US administration.

Trump lines up militarists for cabinet posts

By Tom Eley, 21 November 2016

The unprecedentedly right-wing cabinet being formed is meeting no opposition from the Democrats.

Obama rejects pardon for Snowden

By Jerry White, 21 November 2016

In an interview with German media outlets, Obama rejected a presidential pardon for NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Significant opposition as Philadelphia transit workers ratify contract

By Alan Whyte, 21 November 2016

After shutting down a six-day strike to boost the vote for Hillary Clinton, the Transport Workers Union imposed a concessions deal on Philadelphia transit workers.

Flint residents threatened with water shutoffs

By Carlos Delgado, 21 November 2016

The shutoff notices come as the state challenges a federal order to begin door-to-door water delivery.

Income and racial segregation grows in Virginia public schools

By Alex Gonzalez, 21 November 2016

Segregation in Virginia public schools has increased by 60 percent since 2003.

A chilling attack on free speech

Trump attempts to bully cast of Hamilton over criticism of anti-democratic policies

By David Walsh, 21 November 2016

President-elect Donald Trump responded to concerns about his incoming administration as expressed by the cast of the Broadway show Hamilton with a series of thuggish, threatening Tweets.

Trump begins selecting ultra-right cabinet

By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2016

His appointments are a Southern racist to run the Justice Department, an anti-Muslim bigot for national security adviser, and a congressman tied to the Koch brothers as CIA director.

Trump transition team discussing registry of Muslims

By our reporter, 19 November 2016

In the wake of a television appearance in which a Trump campaign activist said that a registry of Muslim visitors to the United States could be justified under the “precedent” set by the mass internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, a leader of the Trump transition team has revealed that a formal proposal for such a registry is under discussion.

Fed set to lift key interest rate

By Nick Beams, 19 November 2016

The rise in interest rates and US bond yields could have major international implications, particularly for emerging markets.

Surgeon general’s report: One in seven Americans face substance addiction

By Kate Randall, 19 November 2016

One in seven people in the US will become addicted to drugs or alcohol in their lifetimes, but only 10 percent of them will ever receive any treatment.

Barnard College contingent faculty vote on strike authorization

By Sandy English, 19 November 2016

Part-time and temporary faculty at Columbia University’s Barnard College in New York City began voting on a strike authorization this week.

After the election of Trump: The realignment of US politics

By Patrick Martin, 18 November 2016

The Democratic Party leadership is moving very rapidly to align itself with Trump, based on a program of economic nationalism and trade war.

Contract worker killed at Indiana steel mill

By Jessica Goldstein, 18 November 2016

The death of a contract truck driver at ArcelorMittal in Burns Harbor, Indiana, highlights the deadly consequences of the corporate cost-cutting drive backed by the unions.

Obama seeks to placate concerns over Trump in final tour of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 18 November 2016

Obama’s promotion of his successor is so obvious that the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung described him as Donald Trump’s “press spokesman.”

Vice President Biden, Senate Democrats redouble pledge to work with Trump

By Joseph Kishore, 17 November 2016

The cordial words from leading Democrats come amidst growing protests against Trump’s election, centered among high school students and youth.

Syrian fighting intensifies amid growing signs of military escalation under Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2016

The offensive has been accompanied by an increasingly hysterical campaign in the media against any easing of tensions with Moscow under a Trump administration.

Cop who killed Philando Castile facing manslaughter charges

By Zaida Green, 17 November 2016

Officer Jeronimo Yanez faces charges of second-degree manslaughter and dangerous discharge of a firearm after shooting Castile seven times during a traffic stop in July.

Trump transition points to escalation of US militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2016

Former New York Mayor Giuliani, named as top choice for secretary of state, condemned the Obama administration for failing to “even threaten to use our military” against Russia.

High school walkouts, protests against Trump enter second week

By our reporters, 16 November 2016

The protests on Tuesday follow the press conference of Obama on Monday, when he urged Americans to “reconcile themselves” with a Trump presidency.

Ohio judge declares mistrial in the murder of Sam DuBose

By Samuel Davidson, 16 November 2016

A former police officer was charged in the death of an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop.

Trump’s candidate for Homeland Security chief calls for suppression of anti-Trump protests

By Tom Carter, 16 November 2016

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has unleashed a series of tweets calling for a “state of emergency” to be declared and for the ongoing anti-Trump protests to be violently “quelled” by the military.

New York Times apologizes for coverage of presidential election

By David Walsh, 16 November 2016

In two open letters last Friday, the New York Times expressed regret for its coverage of the US election and promised to approach the Donald Trump administration “without bias.”

Obama defends Trump at White House press conference

By Patrick Martin, 15 November 2016

The Democratic president emphasized his desire for a “smooth transition” to a government by an ultra-right Republican opposed by a majority of the American people.

Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon: A new stage in the crisis of American democracy

By Joseph Kishore, 15 November 2016

Trump's rise to power signals a drastic political realignment within the American ruling class.

Trump names fascist Bannon as top adviser, confirms plans to deport immigrants

By Tom Eley, 14 November 2016

Trump’s appointment of a fascist as a top advisor and his plans to deport millions of immigrants are the initial moves of what will be the most right-wing government in American history.

From “political revolution” to collaboration: Sanders and Warren pledge to work with Trump

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 14 November 2016

As Trump assembles his administration, the Democratic Party and the media seek to normalize a government of the extreme right the likes of which has never been seen in American history.

Anti-Trump protests continue across US for fifth day

By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2016

Demonstrations continued coast to coast over the weekend against the election of Donald Trump and his far-right and anti-immigrant politics.

Several thousand join anti-Trump protests in Chicago

By our reporters, 14 November 2016

For the second time in a week, anti-Trump protesters gathered in downtown Chicago Saturday morning expressing social anger felt throughout the United States in the wake of Trump’s election.

After backing Clinton, Michael Moore calls for “takeover” of Democratic Party

By Gabriel Black, 14 November 2016

Moore has been brought forward to keep the broadly felt popular opposition to president-elect Donald Trump from breaking free of the political semi-corpse of the Democratic Party.

Dow hits record high as Wall Street celebrates Trump victory

By Nick Beams, 11 November 2016

The sharp rise in stock prices is being driven both by Trump’s pro-corporate policies and the support he has received from the Democratic Party establishment.

State of New Jersey takes over Atlantic City

By Fred Mazelis, 11 November 2016

The administration of Governor Chris Christie—the head of Donald Trump’s transition team—has given the Local Finance Board the power to fire workers and rip up union contracts.

From monster to Mr. President-Elect: Democrats grovel before Trump

By Andre Damon, 11 November 2016

In rushing to support Trump, the Democrats and the media are largely remaining silent about a significant fact of the election: the president-elect lost the popular vote.

Thousands protest in Berkeley in wake of Trump election

By Joseph Santolan, 10 November 2016

The Berkeley protest was part of a wave of protests in cities across the country expressing shock and outrage at the election of Trump.

Layoffs, fare hikes coming to Washington, D.C. transit system

By Nick Barrickman, 10 November 2016

The budget proposal would see the layoff of over 1,000 of the D.C. transit system’s 13,000 workers while imposing fare hikes and cuts to services.

Race, class and the election of Trump

By Barry Grey, 10 November 2016

The lack of enthusiasm for Clinton was fundamentally a class response to a crony of Wall Street with a record of militarism and corruption.

Trump’s victory and the debacle of American democracy

By Joseph Kishore, 9 November 2016

Such is the level of political crisis in the United States that it has elevated an obscene charlatan and billionaire demagogue to the highest office in the land.

SEP candidates speak with voters at the polls in Michigan

By our reporters, 9 November 2016

Jerry White and Niles Niemuth spoke with workers about their thoughts on the candidates and what is to come after the elections.

Right-wing extremists acquitted following armed standoff in Oregon

By Tom Carter, 9 November 2016

The prosecution’s case suffered a major setback when it was revealed that the government had sent as many as nine informants into the extremist camp during the siege.

Strikers at Momentive plants vote down union-backed sellout deal

By Philip Guelpa, 9 November 2016

By a more than a 2-to-1 margin, Momentive workers rejected a second contract offer that was even worse than the first.

Socialism vs Capitalism and War conference

The global crisis and the danger of world war

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2016

The following report was given by IYSSE National Secretary Andre Damon to the “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War” conference held November 5 in Detroit.

The idiot speaks: Slavoj Žižek endorses Donald Trump

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2016

Slavoj Žižek, the darling of the academic pseudo-left, continued his open embrace of right-wing politics by endorsing the fascistic Republican candidate for president.