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The way forward in the fight against Trump

By Socialist Equality Party, 23 January 2017

The only social force that can settle accounts with the capitalist oligarchy is a politically conscious working class, armed with a socialist and internationalist program.

Trump begins presidency with attack on press freedom

By Barry Grey, 23 January 2017

The new administration is seeking to intimidate and virtually criminalize all criticism or any reporting that diverges from its official line.

Millions across the US protest Trump

WSWS continuing coverage

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 January 2017

The WSWS continues its coverage of Saturday’s anti-Trump protests, in which millions of people participated in over 600 demonstrations around the world.

Appearance of military officers during Trump’s inaugural address still unexplained

By Jerry White, 23 January 2017

There has been no explanation as to why, in an unprecedented fashion, ten military officers stood prominently behind Trump during his inaugural address before promptly dispersing.

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren support General “Mad Dog” Mattis as head of Pentagon

By Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2017

The former Democratic presidential candidate Sanders also voted to confirm General John Kelly as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Eighteen killed in Mississippi, Georgia as tornadoes descend on southeastern US

By Shelley Connor, 23 January 2017

A system of storms that developed on the Gulf Coast on Saturday has claimed 18 lives, and continued to threaten through Monday morning.

SEP/IYSSE public meetings

The fight against the Trump administration: The way forward

By , 23 January 2017

At these meetings, representatives of the SEP and IYSSE will speak on the significance of Trump’s election and the political perspective that must guide opposition to war, inequality and dictatorship.

Book review

Lessons from the 1937 Little Steel strike in the US

The Last Great Strike: Little Steel, the CIO, and the Struggle for Labor Rights in New Deal America, by Ahmed White

By Tom Mackaman, 23 January 2017

If the Little Steel Strike has been ignored by historians, it is perhaps because it does not fit the standard narrative of American labor history.

Special report

Massive worldwide protests against Trump presidency

By a WSWS reporting team, 22 January 2017

Millions of people participated in over 600 demonstrations around the world, spanning every continent, in the largest global protests since the run-up to the Iraq war.

Democrats overwhelmingly back nominees

Senate confirms Trump generals to head Pentagon, Homeland Security

By Barry Grey, 21 January 2017

The lopsided support of the Democrats for Trump's military nominees highlights the basic agreement of both big business parties on a policy of expanded militarism and war abroad and increased repression at home.

Trump’s fascistic diatribe: On the road to World War III

By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2017

Trump’s inaugural address combined nationalistic chest-thumping against foreign countries with bullying demands for patriotism and conformity at home.

More than 200 arrested in Washington DC

Dozens of protests against Trump’s inauguration across the US

By our reporters, 21 January 2017

Police arrested 217 protestors at anti-Trump demonstrations in Washington, D.C. on Friday, as thousands rallied across the country against Trump’s inauguration.

Canada’s ruling elite braces for reopening of NAFTA

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 21 January 2017

The Trudeau Liberal government intends to deepen Canada’s military-strategic cooperation with Washington so as to ensure privileged market access for Canada in a Trump-led America.

Declassified reports reveal torture techniques used by Bush-era CIA

By Shelley Connor, 21 January 2017

Newly declassified reports reveal evidence of the CIA’s torture techniques at black sites throughout the world excluded from the official Senate Torture Report released in 2014.

In final acts of bloodletting, Obama orders bombings in Libya, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2017

The renewal of the US air war in Libya came amid signs that Russia is exercising increasing influence in the country.

Mexican government in deep crisis in wake of mass protests

By Don Knowland, 21 January 2017

The recent unrest in Mexico and a nosedive in its president’s approval rating have led to a deepening governmental crisis.

Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder for killing unarmed man

By Marcus Day, 21 January 2017

Lowell Houser, a 28-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday for fatally shooting and killing an unarmed man earlier this month.

US house fire deaths totaled 2,290 in 2016

By Steve Filips, 21 January 2017

The terrible increase in the number of house fire deaths indicates the poor housing conditions faced by the working class.

Illinois AFSCME sets strike authorization vote

By George Gallanis, 21 January 2017

If a strike is called, the AFSCME leadership will do everything in its power to quickly end it.

US media on inauguration day: Toadyism, triviality, social blindness

By David Walsh, 21 January 2017

In its coverage of the Donald Trump inauguration and surrounding events, the American media performed as expected: horribly.

The inauguration of Donald Trump: An event that will live in infamy

By Socialist Equality Party, 20 January 2017

History has caught up with American capitalism. The protracted process of economic and social decay has been covered over for decades with democratic phrases that served to disguise the gap between the official political myths and the underlying reality. But the mask has now come off.

Trump prepares to slash federal budget by $10.5 trillion over next decade

By Niles Niemuth, 20 January 2017

The Trump transition team is developing a federal budget proposal containing historic cuts, based on a blueprint drawn up by the right-wing Heritage Foundation.

Automakers announce US investments, anticipate big profits under Trump

By Jerry White, 20 January 2017

Over the past weeks major US- and foreign-based automakers have announced they will maintain or expand production in the US and, in some cases, trim back operations in Mexico.

Corporate donations to Trump inauguration top $100 million

By our reporter, 20 January 2017

The flood of cash from the wealthy and big business is a down payment for tax cuts for the rich that will be worth billions.

Massive police mobilization on eve of Trump’s inauguration

By Shelley Connor, 20 January 2017

Although the Department of Homeland Security cannot identify a “specific, credible threat” to the transfer of power on January 20, security for the inauguration will be particularly stringent.

NYPD to take over security at New York City homeless shelters

By Christopher Tiberio, 20 January 2017

With an explosion of the city’s homeless population, the NYPD has taken control of security in the shelters as a way to monitor and terrorize their temporary residents.

“We should take a stand and reject this contract”

New York transit workers denounce sellout agreement

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 January 2017

New York transit workers will be voting on a tentative agreement that will continue the erosion of their living standards and working conditions.

Roy Innis, black nationalist turned right-wing Republican, dead at 82

By Fred Mazelis, 20 January 2017

The trajectory of Innis provided a stark exposure of the reactionary politics of black nationalism.

US Senate panel rubber stamps “Mad Dog” Mattis for Pentagon chief

By Patrick Martin, 19 January 2017

All but one Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to approve Trump’s nominee for secretary of defense.

Trump nominee reaffirms support for assault on Medicare and Medicaid

By Zaida Green, 19 January 2017

Representative Tom Price, named to head the Department of Health and Human Services, testified before a Senate committee.

Obama uses final press conference to smooth transition to Trump

By Barry Grey, 19 January 2017

Obama portrayed the new government of billionaires, ex-generals and ultra-right ideologues as part of the normal “ebb-and-flow” of politics.

Trump signals shift on “strong dollar”

By Nick Beams, 19 January 2017

Trump’s remarks to the Wall Street Journal were in line with the anti-China rhetoric that marked his election campaign.

Corporate donations to Trump inauguration top $100 million

By Shelley Connor, 19 January 2017

The flood of cash from the wealthy and big business is a down payment for tax cuts for the rich that will be worth billions.

Immigrant rights protests held across the United States

By Clodomiro Puentes, 19 January 2017

Amidst a broader wave of anti-Trump protests leading up to the inauguration on Friday, demonstrations targeting the incoming administration’s immigration policies were held last weekend.

Canada appoints anti-Russia hawk as foreign minister

By Roger Jordan, 19 January 2017

Freeland’s appointment exemplifies the Canadian elite’s support for intensifying Washington’s reckless military-strategic offensive against nuclear-armed Russia.

Three Florida construction workers killed on the job

By Matthew Taylor, 19 January 2017

The three employees of a private utilities contractor were killed when they were exposed to a poisonous mixture of hydrogen sulfide and methane gas in an underground drainage ditch.

Chelsea Manning sentence commuted after seven years of brutal imprisonment

By Patrick Martin, 18 January 2017

Manning’s trial and imprisonment for leaking evidence of war crimes was itself a crime, for which the US military and Obama administration are responsible.

Unanimous US Supreme Court insists on broad immunity for police

By Tom Carter, 18 January 2017

The eight justices on the US Supreme Court complained that lower federal courts are not granting immunity to police officers often enough.

Union reaches deal to block New York transit workers from recouping concessions

By Alan Whyte, 18 January 2017

Transport Workers Union Local 100 announced an agreement Monday that will do nothing to stop the erosion of living standards for 38,000 bus and subway workers in New York.

New York transit workers denounce sellout

By our reporting team, 18 January 2017

Transit workers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site after the Transport Workers Union announced a deal for a new four-year agreement covering 38,000 bus and subway workers employed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).

United States ends “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy for Cuban migrants

By Alexander Fangmann, 18 January 2017

The immediate end of preferential immigration policies for Cubans is entirely in line with Obama’s role as deporter-in-chief and Trump’s anti-immigrant stance.

Pledging “insurance for everybody,” Trump prepares to escalate attack on health care

By Kate Randall, 17 January 2017

The president-elect gave no specifics on how he will achieve “much lower deductibles,” and a less expensive system in which all Americans are “beautifully covered.”

IRS to delay tax refunds for millions of working class families

By Marcus Day, 17 January 2017

The IRS is planning to delay processing billions of dollars in tax refunds to low-income recipients under the pretext of combating tax fraud and identity theft.

Four homeless dead in Portland, Oregon since beginning of 2017

By Hector Cordon, 17 January 2017

Record cold and snowfall are leading to perilous conditions for the city’s growing homeless population.

Protests lead to cancellation of alt-right speaking event at UC Davis

By Evan Blake, 17 January 2017

The hosting of far-right Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, and the event's cancellation due to protests, mark the politically charged atmosphere leading up to Trump's inauguration.

Dayton transit workers set to vote on sellout contract

By Shannon Jones, 17 January 2017

Published details of the agreement include a major attack on health care benefits and a derisory pay increase.

From Selma to the CIA

John Lewis, Donald Trump and the demise of the “civil rights” establishment

By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2017

The former civil rights leader and longtime Democratic congressman has now joined the campaign to prepare US public opinion for war with Russia.

Thousands attend Democratic Party health care rally in Warren, Michigan

By Shannon Jones, 16 January 2017

The rally, addressed by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, was part of a series throughout the country, with Democrats posturing as opponents of Republican plans to attack health care.

US Millennials face higher unemployment, lower income than parents’ generation

By Shelley Connor, 16 January 2017

While the media glowingly reviews Obama’s legacy over the last eight years, sobering reports point to significant declines in living standards among young people.

In wake of Trump election victory

US banks report massive fourth quarter profits

By Gabriel Black, 16 January 2017

Bank share prices and profits have surged in anticipation of the installation of Trump, who has packed his cabinet with Wall Street insiders and pledged to remove regulations.

New York City transit workers and riders made to pay for system’s ballooning debt

By Philip Guelpa, 16 January 2017

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs New York City’s buses and subways, is tens of billions of dollars in debt.

US Congress moves to repeal Obamacare in order to impose even deeper health cuts

By Kate Randall, 14 January 2017

Trump and the Republicans are opposing Obamacare, itself a pro-corporate attack on health care for working people, from the right, moving to dismantle Medicaid and strip more people of health coverage.

Only days before Trump’s inauguration

Obama expands NSA spying

By George Gallanis, 14 January 2017

Under new rules imposed by the Obama administration, the NSA can share the personal communications data of millions of people with 16 other US intelligence agencies.

FBI informant at Best Buy’s Geek Squad conducted warrantless searches of customers’ devices

By Zaida Green, 14 January 2017

Best Buy’s “Geek Squad” central repair team had at least one supervisor that was an active FBI informant who was paid $500 and subsequently discovered allegedly incriminating evidence.

Ford contract worker killed at Rouge complex outside of Detroit

By Tim Rivers, 14 January 2017

A contract worker, Ricky Mcintosh, died Wednesday morning after a fall from an overhead crane.

“The union is not for us”

Detroit autoworkers speak out against GM layoffs

By Shannon Jones, 14 January 2017

With layoffs scheduled for March 5, workers are facing temporary plant closures that play havoc with their lives and finances.

With bipartisan support, Trump defense nominee outlines plans for global war

By Tom Eley, 13 January 2017

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 24-3 to waive the legal restriction preventing the approval of a secretary of defense who has not been out of the military for at least seven years.

Trump taps anti-vaccine activist to chair vaccine safety panel

By Brad Dixon, 13 January 2017

Robert F. Kennedy has for the past decade promoted the debunked claim that vaccinations are linked to autism, which was also supported by Trump during his campaign.

Inspector general to probe FBI role in 2016 elections

By a reporter, 13 January 2017

The wide-ranging investigation will include FBI Director Comey’s letter to Congress on October 28, which Democrats claim tipped a closely fought election to Trump.

Six children dead in Baltimore house fire

By Shelley Connor, 13 January 2017

Firefighters arrived at the scene quickly, but the three-storey, 107-year-old home was already completely engulfed in flames.

Outpouring of anger at Flint town hall meeting

By James Brewer, 13 January 2017

An overflow crowd of anxious and angry residents wasn’t buying the rosy scenario presented by officials on the Flint water crisis.

Judge orders Michigan to stop collections relating to alleged unemployment insurance fraud

By Debra Watson and Zac Corrigan, 13 January 2017

State officials used aggressive collection measures to force tens of thousands of unemployed workers to pay back benefits based on false accusations of fraud.

Anti-Russian war-mongering dominates Senate hearing on Trump nominee for secretary of state

By Andre Damon, 12 January 2017

Senators from both parties took turns denouncing Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal, autocrat and murderer.

Union reaches deal, moves to end Dayton, Ohio transit strike

By Vernon Stevens, 12 January 2017

Transit workers, who have not had a raise since 2014, will be voting on the agreement, which undoubtedly contains major concession on pay and out-of-pocket health expenses.

Illinois man dies after police shootout on commuter train

By George Marlowe, 12 January 2017

Jamal Parks died from a gunshot wound to the head in Deerfield, Illinois, in the midst of a dangerous police shootout aboard a passenger-filled train.

US trails other developed countries in access to health care

By Esther Galen, 12 January 2017

A recent survey of adults in 11 advanced countries placed the United States dead last in access to medical care and affordability.

Trump press conference: The oligarchy rules

By Patrick Martin, 12 January 2017

Trump’s press conference Wednesday morning was an hour-long demonstration of oligarchic arrogance and contempt for democratic principles that has no parallel in modern American history.

The Chicago Facebook torture video: A symptom of social decay in capitalist America

By George Gallanis, 12 January 2017

The issues raised by this violent and cruel incident can be properly understood only by placing it within its socio-economic and political context.

Trump nominee for attorney general defends right-wing, anti-democratic agenda

By Patrick Martin, 11 January 2017

The confirmation hearing for Senator Jeff Sessions made clear that the Trump administration will be the most right-wing in American history, and Democrats will do nothing to oppose it.

Documents alleging Trump-Moscow ties leaked to media, intensifying conflict in US state

By Joseph Kishore, 11 January 2017

The release of the documents appears to be a last-ditch effort by sections of the intelligence apparatus to prevent the inauguration of Trump, which is only 10 days away.

Obama’s farewell address: One last round of clichés and lies

By Niles Niemuth, 11 January 2017

In a speech as banal as dishonest, Obama boasted of the supposed progress achieved during his eight years as president while warning that the social inequality he has helped foster poses a threat to democracy.

Low turnout for University of California workers’ one-day strike

By our reporters, 11 January 2017

Teamsters Local 2010, which represents over 12,000 UC administrative, support and clerical staff, staged a limited one-day strike Tuesday.

An attempt to appease anger over student loan debt

New York Governor Cuomo proposes free tuition for state and city university systems

By Josh Varlin, 11 January 2017

Whether or not Cuomo’s proposal is enacted this year, it is clearly aimed at appeasing the anger among workers and young people at growing inequality and attacks on living standards.

Ohio workers face precedent-setting pension and retiree health cuts

By Evan Winters, 11 January 2017

Members of Cleveland Iron Workers Local 17 are being forced by their union to vote on whether to cut current pensions in half, or lose everything within ten years.

In town hall broadcast, Sanders declares his readiness to work with Trump on trade war agenda

By Tom Hall and Barry Grey, 11 January 2017

The main thrust of Sanders’ remarks was to assure the incoming administration that he and his Democratic Party allies will do nothing to seriously challenge Trump’s right-wing policies.

As Senate confirmation hearings begin

Trump names son-in-law to White House post

By Patrick Martin, 10 January 2017

Jared Kushner will be the seventh billionaire to take a top position in the Trump administration.

Dayton, Ohio transit workers strike over wages, health care

By Shannon Jones, 10 January 2017

The walkout by 463 drivers and mechanics is the first by transit workers in Dayton in nearly 60 years.

Details emerge of Fort Lauderdale shooter’s experience in military

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 January 2017

Reports from friends and family continue to emerge regarding the toll that Esteban Santiago’s time in Iraq took on his mental state.

Massachusetts governor cuts social programs, continues corporate tax giveaways

By John Marion, 10 January 2017

According to official statistics, the Massachusetts economy is booming, but Republican Charlie Baker will not consider corporate tax increases to pay for lifesaving social programs.

Obama's legacy of war, repression and inequality

By Joseph Kishore, 10 January 2017

For Obama and the privileged social layers that surround the Democratic Party, a legacy can be crafted with honeyed phrases and clever marketing. Millions of people, however, will judge the administration by its actions.

Racial politics in the service of the CIA

New York Times columnist Charles Blow’s McCarthyite rant on Russian hacking

By Tom Hall, 10 January 2017

Blow’s column is a demonstration of the pro-imperialist, right-wing orientation of the liberal, upper-middle class Democratic Party layers that are obsessively focused on racial and identity politics.

Hail to the Chief—wealthy celebrities bid farewell to Obama

By Hiram Lee, 10 January 2017

The Obama administration hosted an all-star farewell party at the White House this weekend, and celebrities from throughout the film and music industries came to pay their respects.

New year opens with wave of layoffs in the US

By Jerry White, 9 January 2017

The Ohio-based retailer The Limited’s decision to close 250 stores and eliminate 4,000 jobs follows store-closing announcements by Macy’s and Sears.

As contract expiration nears, union moves to block fight by New York transit workers

By Alan Whyte, 9 January 2017

Transport Workers Union Local 100 officials have praised state Democrats who have overseen the attack on workers’ wages and pensions.

“The working class needs better health care, wages, and retirement.”

New York transit workers discuss issues in contract battle

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 January 2017

Transit workers who came to the mass membership meeting spoke to the WSWS about their most pressing concerns.

Cleveland to pay $2.25 million settlement over 2011 police killing

By E.P. Milligan, 9 January 2017

While it is clear that the use of lethal force by the officer who shot Daniel Ficker was excessive and illegitimate, criminal charges were quickly ruled out.

Child abuse and neglect soar in US military families

By Shelley Connor, 9 January 2017

For years, the Pentagon has maintained that child abuse is less common and less severe in military homes than it is among the civilian population.

The media campaign on Russian hacking and the US debacle in Syria

By Andre Damon, 9 January 2017

Despite the absence of any factual evidence in the report released last week by US intelligence agencies on alleged Russian hacking, the media campaign for war shows no signs of abating.

Intelligence report offers no evidence of Russian hacking of US election

By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2017

The declassified version of the report that was delivered to President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump consists of unsupported assertions by the CIA, FBI and NSA.

Five dead, eight wounded in Fort Lauderdale, Florida airport shooting

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 January 2017

Five people were killed after a 26-year-old former army soldier, a veteran of the Iraq war, opened fire in the baggage claim area of the airport.

Protest by Illinois auto parts workers wins broad support on Facebook

By Shannon Jones, 7 January 2017

In a confrontation recorded on video, plant management called police on protesting workers after robbing them of promised severance pay.

Democrats offer to work with Republicans in revamping Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 7 January 2017

Obamacare has set the stage for an intensified assault on Medicare, the government insurance program for seniors and the disabled, and Medicaid, the insurance program for the poor.

US jobs report shows lower than expected hiring in December

By Tom Hall, 7 January 2017

The December jobs report for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed that the American economy added 156,000 jobs last month, less than the 175,000 expected by economists.

The Obama administration and the legitimization of torture

By Tom Carter, 7 January 2017

Virtually no one has been allowed to read the 6,700-page Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture, and a concerted effort is underway to make sure that nobody is able to read it in the future.

A Pound of Flesh: The US legal system’s war against the poor

By Nancy Hanover, 7 January 2017

A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the Poor, a new book by sociologist Alexes Harris, shows how legal financial obligations (LFOs) penalize the poorest among us.

Senators call for retaliation against Russia at “hacking” hearing

By Tom Hall, 6 January 2017

Yesterday’s hearing by the Senate Armed Services Committee provided an opportunity for senators to kowtow before the US intelligence agencies and bray for war against Russia.

Uncertainty over Trump program dominated Fed meeting

By Nick Beams, 6 January 2017

The Federal Reserve open market committee forecast a gradual rise in interest rates, and made clear it would take action to prevent wages from rising substantially.

US Senate report details price-gouging by pharmaceutical companies

By Zaida Green, 6 January 2017

The pharmaceutical companies, operating like hedge funds, cornered the markets on drugs for rare and life-threatening conditions to maximize profits.

Illinois enters 2017 in the midst of an ongoing budget crisis

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 January 2017

With a stop-gap budget having expired on December 31, higher education and social services throughout the state have been left without funding.

Congress grovels before the CIA as it escalates “Russian hacking” hysteria

By Patrick Martin, 6 January 2017

At Thursday’s congressional hearing, US Senators seemed to be in competition to demonstrate the most abject loyalty to the intelligence agencies.