United States

GM moving production from Mexico to Tennessee

By Shannon Jones, 2 September 2014

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

Venezuela announces plan to sell US oil operations

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 September 2014

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

New protest in Ferguson, Missouri over police murder

By Gabriel Black, 2 September 2014

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

A call to action

Emergency meeting to oppose water shutoffs in Detroit

2 September 2014

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

Homelessness increasing rapidly in Colorado

By Douglas Lyons, 2 September 2014

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

The human toll of slump and part-time employment

New Jersey woman dies while napping between jobs

By Fred Mazelis, 2 September 2014

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

Union seeks to ram through grocery worker contract in Southern California

By Jake Dean, 2 September 2014

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

Willie Nelson’s Band of Brothers: A songwriter returns

By Hiram Lee, 2 September 2014

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

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

By Matthew MacEgan, 30 August 2014

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

Suicidal teen shot sixteen times by Kansas police

By Gabriel Black, 30 August 2014

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

US military planning to suppress domestic unrest

By Thomas Gaist, 30 August 2014

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

US west coast dockers union forces through another concessions contract

By Hector Cordon, 30 August 2014

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

Thousands face loss of service as water shutoffs resume in Detroit

By Thomas Gaist and Shannon Jones, 28 August 2014

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

Audio recording sheds light on the murder of Michael Brown

By Niles Williamson, 28 August 2014

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

Boston workers denounce militarization of police

By Mike Ingram, 28 August 2014

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

Florida Democrats nominate former Republican governor

By Patrick Martin, 28 August 2014

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

Ground water is depleting in the Colorado River Basin

By Stuart Winter, 28 August 2014

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

New Orleans mayor announces semi-private police force

By Tom Hall, 28 August 2014

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

Ohio charter schools seek to strip public education of constitutional protection

By Nancy Hanover, 28 August 2014

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

Residents of Bell, California mobilize in support of immigrants

By Norisa Diaz, 28 August 2014

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

Obama vows protracted military campaign in Iraq, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 27 August 2014

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

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

By Andre Damon, 27 August 2014

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

“The cops don’t respect anyone”

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

By our reporters, 27 August 2014

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

Three more US police killings

By Shannon Jones, 27 August 2014

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

Former head CIA lawyer defends torture in Der Spiegel interview

By Eric London, 27 August 2014

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

Obama administration denies FEMA assistance to Washington State fire victims

By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 27 August 2014

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

US backs new French offensive in Mali

By Jill Lux, 27 August 2014

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

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

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

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

“They treat us like savages!”

Detroit workers, retirees denounce water shutoffs

By WSWS reporters, 25 August 2014

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

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

By Andre Damon, 23 August 2014

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

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

By Matt Rigel, 23 August 2014

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

US condemns China over close aerial encounter

By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2014

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

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

By Fred Mazelis, 23 August 2014

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

The homeless “problem” in Florida

By Matthew MacEgan, 23 August 2014

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

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

By Andre Damon, 22 August 2014

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

Bank of America agrees to sweetheart settlement with US Department of Justice

By Gabriel Black, 22 August 2014

The actual financial hit of BoA is far less than the $16.7 billion price tag touted by the Obama administration.

One-third of the US population has no retirement savings

By Jake Dean, 22 August 2014

New reports continue to expose worsening economic conditions for millions.

Attorney General Holder backs police-military siege in visit to Ferguson, Missouri

By Andre Damon, 21 August 2014

The basic purpose of Holder’s visit was to underline the administration’s support for the police crackdown, while mobilizing so-called “community leaders” allied to the Democratic Party to defuse the protests.

Detroit Public Schools announces 10 percent wage cut, new round of school closures

By Thomas Gaist, 20 August 2014

The new DPS budget proposes to eliminate more than 1,300 jobs and close 24 more of the city's public schools

National Guard, police tighten grip on Ferguson, Missouri

By Eric London and Patrick Martin, 19 August 2014

The arrival of a contingent of the Missouri National Guard has heightened the police-state atmosphere in this suburb of St. Louis.

Capitalism and the police-military mobilization in Ferguson, Missouri

By Joseph Kishore, 19 August 2014

No struggle against inequality and the police state apparatus in America can be successful unless it is based on the understanding that what is involved is a struggle against capitalism.

“They invaded Ferguson like they invaded Iraq”

Video: Ferguson residents say police crackdown turns city into war zone

By Andre Damon and Eric London, 19 August 2014

As the Missouri governor deployed National Guard forces to Ferguson, residents denounced the military-police crackdown and attacks on their right to assemble peacefully.

Autopsy confirms execution-style killing of Michael Brown

By a reporting team, 19 August 2014

A Ferguson cop fired at least six bullets into the victim, including two to his head.

Workers and youth across US speak on police murder of Michael Brown

By our reporters, 19 August 2014

Workers and young people throughout the United States expressed their outrage at the police killing of the unarmed 18-year old and the militarized response of police to protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Journalist James Risen denounces President Obama as the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation”

By Nick Barrickman, 19 August 2014

Facing a possible prison sentence for refusing to identify a confidential source, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen denounced the Obama administration’s campaign against whistleblowers and journalists.

New report details depth of hunger crisis in the United States

By Shannon Jones, 19 August 2014

Fourteen percent of Americans rely on food pantries to feed themselves and their families.

Tankers, barge collide on Mississippi River, spilling oil

By E.P. Bannon, 19 August 2014

The spill is the third this year along the Gulf Coast.

Missouri governor deploys National Guard to Ferguson

By Thomas Gaist, 18 August 2014

Following a night of police provocations and attacks on peaceful demonstrators demanding justice in the police murder of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, announced that he was calling in the National Guard to occupy the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

The state of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri

By Barry Grey, 18 August 2014

The events in Ferguson are a concentrated expression of the real state of social and political relations in America.

Video: Ferguson, Missouri residents determined to fight police violence

By Andre Damon and Zac Corrigan, 18 August 2014

In this video, Ferguson residents speak to the WSWS about the implications of police violence amid the ongoing protests against the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Democratic Party operatives seek to stifle opposition, facilitate police crackdown in Ferguson, Missouri

By Eric London, 18 August 2014

Al Sharpton, the police, and a coterie of Democratic politicians delivered a “unity” message aimed at suppressing popular outrage over the killing of Michael Brown.

Police refuse to release video after Dayton-area killing

By Samuel Davidson, 18 August 2014

Nearly two weeks after the police shot and killed a 22-year-old man in a suburban Dayton Walmart store, government and store officials are still refusing to release surveillance tapes and other evidence related to the murder.

US farm fatalities: An unpublicized epidemic

By Naomi Spencer, 18 August 2014

Hundreds of agricultural workers, including many child laborers, die in farming accidents across the US each year, making it the most dangerous occupation in America.

“I believe they are trying to move toward martial law”

Protesters denounce police killing of Michael Brown

By our reporters, 15 August 2014

On Thursday, demonstrations and vigils were held across the United States to denounce the police killing of Brown and the military-style occupation of Ferguson, Missouri.

US: Market Basket workers protest ousting of CEO, threat to jobs and benefits

By Mike Ingram, 15 August 2014

Two hundred workers at the New England grocery chain have been notified that they will be considered to have abandoned their posts if they do not return to work by August 15.

Social inequality fuels anger over police killing of St. Louis youth

By Jerry White, 14 August 2014

While the media has sought to brand protesters as violent “looters,” the eruption of popular outrage after the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has deep social roots.

Los Angeles police shoot and kill unarmed man

By John Andrews, 14 August 2014

Ezell Ford, a 24-year-old mentally challenged man, was gunned down near his home in south-central Los Angeles.

Atlanta school cheating trial scapegoats teachers

By Fred Mazelis, 14 August 2014

Twelve educators are on trial, accused of falsely inflating test scores to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

UFCW in Southern California continues talks with Food 4 Less in wake of strike vote

By Marko Leone and Clodomiro Puentes, 14 August 2014

The contract for 6,500 workers at 95 franchises expired June 8.

Storm brings widespread flooding to southeast Michigan

By Muhammad Khan, 14 August 2014

Record rainfall in southeast Michigan overwhelmed the area’s aging infrastructure, flooding freeways, roads and thousands of homes.

The police murder in St. Louis and the militarization of American society

By Jerry White, 13 August 2014

Yet another family and community in the United States have been traumatized by the death of an innocent young man at the hands of the police.

Scores arrested in three days of protests over Missouri police shooting

By Shannon Jones, 13 August 2014

A pregnant woman said she was thrown on the ground, maced and held at gunpoint by police Sunday night.

Financial meltdown threatened by bankruptcy of any Wall Street bank

By Gabriel Black, 13 August 2014

The outcome of the 2008 crash and the government’s response has been a further concentration of economic power in the hands of the biggest banks.

The crisis in American mental health care

By Trent Novak, 13 August 2014

Roughly one in every four adult Americans experiences a mental illness in any given year.

Louisiana procured death penalty drug through deception

By Tom Hall, 13 August 2014

State prison officials told a hospital that hydromorphone was to treat a “medical patient,” not to execute a prisoner.

Luxury goods sales soar amid global economic slump

By Josh Varlin, 13 August 2014

The rapid growth of economic inequality since the 2008 financial crisis is underscored by the growth in sales of multi-million-dollar yachts, luxury cars and other baubles for the super-rich.

Detroit mayor employs damage control as city prepares to resume water shutoffs

By Thomas Gaist, 13 August 2014

Mayor Mike Duggan's “10-point plan” is part of political maneuvers being orchestrated by Detroit’s political establishment to dampen popular outrage over mass water shutoffs

Obama’s “recovery” and the social crisis in America

By Andre Damon, 12 August 2014

While Obama and the political establishment proclaim economic “recovery,” new reports show that the majority of US households are worse off now than they were five years ago.

Police fire tear gas at protests in St. Louis suburb over police killing of unarmed teen

By Kristina Betinis, 12 August 2014

Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot multiple times and killed by a police officer Saturday afternoon in what eyewitnesses describe as a wanton and unprovoked homicide.

A “lost year” for Washington, DC economy

By Adam Soroka, 12 August 2014

Fewer than 6,000 jobs, the majority of which are low-paying, have been created in the DC area this year.

The political issues facing Los Angeles teachers

By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 12 August 2014

Like its predecessors, the new leadership of the United Teachers of Los Angeles is aligned with the Democratic Party, which is leading the assault against public education.

100,000 Bay County, Michigan residents threatened with water crisis

By Zac Corrigan, 12 August 2014

A massive water main break took days to locate, resulting in a ban on water use for “purposes other than the maintenance of public health and safety.”

Judge Rhodes and his royal entourage tour Detroit

By Thomas Gaist, 12 August 2014

Surveying the handiwork of the banks and corporations that have devastated Detroit, the bankruptcy judge took a tour of the Motor City last week.

Anger erupts after police killing of unarmed teen in St. Louis, Missouri

By Eric London, 11 August 2014

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, shot Michael Brown in the head and chest on Saturday, the latest in a spate of police killings.

As political crisis erupts over police killing

New York police arrest man who taped Eric Garner’s death

By Sandy English, 11 August 2014

The police chokehold killing of Eric Garner last month has sparked widespread anger, while Mayor de Blasio attempts to prevent a social eruption.

Baltimore enacts law fining parents whose children violate curfew

By Nick Barrickman, 11 August 2014

Parents whose children violate curfew could be fined as much as $500 with the enactment of the strictest curfew law in the US.

Fed Report: Most US families can't raise $400

By Andre Damon, 9 August 2014

More than two-thirds of Americans are no better off now than they were in the worst part of the 2008 downturn, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Friday.

Bank of America reaches $16 billion mortgage fraud settlement

By Gabriel Black, 9 August 2014

Bank of America’s deal with the Obama administration is designed to ensure that no banker will be prosecuted for the bank’s role in the criminal practices that crashed the world economy.

Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE demonstrate against Israeli assault on Gaza

By our correspondents, 8 August 2014

SEP/IYSSE demonstrators received a warm response from Colombo workers, students and youth.

University of Illinois blocks appointment of professor critical of Israeli crimes in Gaza

By Kristina Betinis, 8 August 2014

AAUP union leader Cary Nelson has defended the university administration’s action.

Florida courts prepare fast-track hearings for immigrant children

By Matthew MacEgan, 8 August 2014

Florida immigration courts are seeking to establish special “dockets” to speed up the process of hearing the cases of thousands of immigrant children who have recently arrived in the state.

California’s 2014-2015 budget attacks education

By Theo Mclean, 8 August 2014

Teachers and students are among those targeted to pay for the economic crisis.

Special operations commander to head University of Texas

By Ed Hightower, 7 August 2014

The governing board of the University of Texas unanimously selected Admiral William H. McRaven as the new chancellor.

US terror list ensnares hundreds of thousands

By Tom Eley, 6 August 2014

A newly leaked document reveals that over 40 percent of those named on a US terror watch list—some 280,000 people—do not even have an alleged connection to terrorism.

Release of Senate report on torture stalled by CIA redactions

By Eric London, 6 August 2014

Obama has fronted for the CIA and tacitly supported its months-long efforts to undermine the Senate probe and delay the release of the Intelligence Committee’s findings.

Federal report exposes “culture of violence” in New York City’s Rikers Island prison

By Sandy English, 6 August 2014

Teenaged prisoners are at special risk of sadistic and brutal treatment at the hands of corrections officers.

Detroit water workers denounce shutoffs

By Jerry White, 6 August 2014

Workers at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department who voted down the city’s contract demands last week spoke on the cutoff of water service to tens of thousands of households.

US researcher victimized over article opposing nuclear weapons

By Tom Hall, 5 August 2014

The Los Alamos National Laboratory fired respected security expert James Doyle after retroactively declaring his scholarly article classified.

Contamination leaves 400,000 Ohioans without tap water

By Gabriel Black, 4 August 2014

An algae bloom caused by fertilizer run-off has poisoned Toledo, Ohio’s water supply, cutting 400,000 off from tap water.

House of Representatives authorizes constitutional lawsuit against Obama

By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2014

Behind the façade of bitter partisan divisions, the two big business parties are united in attacking the social conditions and democratic rights of the working class.

US immigration attorney: “I deal with great numbers of children and young adults fleeing violence and poverty”

By Kevin Mitchell, Alan Gilman and Marc Wells, 4 August 2014

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with a prominent attorney in Los Angeles who specializes in immigration cases.

US markets in biggest fall for six months

By Nick Beams, 4 August 2014

US markets fell this week on fear that the Fed may tighten interest rates sooner than expected and a report showing a rise in labour costs.

New York judge upholds US efforts to seize emails from Microsoft

By Thomas Gaist, 4 August 2014

A New York judge ruled that the US government has jurisdiction over all data stored overseas by US companies.

Death of Eric Garner at hands of New York police ruled a homicide

By Sandy English, 4 August 2014

The authorities admit that the death of the Staten Island man was caused by a police chokehold.

Low turnout at Detroit “Water Affordability” stunt

By our reporters, 4 August 2014

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department held a public relations event on the city’s impoverished east side as it prepares to resume mass water shutoffs.

Obama defends CIA torturers

By Patrick Martin, 2 August 2014

The president declared his “full confidence” in CIA Director John Brennan one day after the agency admitted it had engaged in illegal spying on a Senate committee investigating its Bush-era torture program.

Influential Washington think tank pushes US war drive in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 2 August 2014

The worsening tensions in the South China Sea have been fueled at every turn by Washington, with the CSIS think tank playing a leading role.

State Department acknowledges widespread torture in leaked memo

By Eric London, 2 August 2014

An internal State Department memo accidentally emailed to a journalist exposes the Obama administration’s continued efforts to cover up CIA torture programs.

Mediocre US jobs report points to ongoing unemployment crisis

By Gabriel Black, 2 August 2014

The US economy added 209,000 jobs in July, below analysts’ predictions and less than the amount of jobs needed to keep up with population growth.

Vigilante groups patrol the US-Mexico border

By Jake Dean, 2 August 2014

Chauvinism whipped up by the political establishment has found expression in vigilante groups along the Texas border.