United States

White House pushes ahead with plan to slash pensions for up to one million retirees

By Andre Damon, 9 February 2016

Retired truck drivers and delivery workers said in a hearing in Detroit Monday that they had been notified their pension benefits would be reduced by between 50 and 70 percent.

“This is a dog and pony show”

Retirees speak on Teamster pension cuts

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 February 2016

Retirees denounced both political parties along with the Teamsters union for the devastating pension cuts being demanded by the Central States Pension Fund.

“If the company gets away with this, they will do it with other workers”

Locked out Allegheny Technologies workers to lose jobless benefits

By Evan Winters, 9 February 2016

The more than 2,000 steelworkers at ATI who have been locked out for nearly six months, isolated by the union, have already lost health care benefits.

New Mexico: Relatives sue sheriff for the fatal pepper ball shooting of 88-year-old

By D. Lencho, 9 February 2016

Last September, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies fired over 50 rounds of pepper balls at 88-year-old great-grandfather Fidencio Duran.

The International Socialist Organization, Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party

By Tom Hall and Barry Grey, 9 February 2016

A hallmark of the ISO, as with all the other organizations that comprise the anti-Marxist pseudo-left, is a rejection of any class analysis of political developments.

Top US general confirms Pentagon plans for permanent combat role in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 8 February 2016

Statements from the commander in Afghanistan are the latest in a series of acknowledgements by US officials that the American military is planning a permanent occupation of the country.

Detroit and Chicago teachers fight to defend public education

By Jerry White, 8 February 2016

The struggle to defend the right to education poses political questions that are critical for the entire working class.

In New Hampshire debate: Republican frontrunner backs torture

By Patrick Martin, 8 February 2016

“I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,” billionaire Donald Trump declared, evoking applause from the Republican audience.

US Congress holds hearing on drug prices

By Brad Dixon, 8 February 2016

While there was plenty of political grandstanding by legislators, the primary concern was to protect the profits of the pharmaceutical industry by reining in the most egregious offenders.

Job losses mount in US steel and aluminum industries

Arcelormittal announces $8 billion loss

By Samuel Davidson, 8 February 2016

Manufacturers have posted record losses amid a massive fall in prices and continuing slump in domestic and world demand.

Sanders and the left feint in capitalist politics

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2016

Sanders is not the representative of a working class movement. He is rather the temporary beneficiary of a rising tide of popular opposition that is passing through only its initial stages of social and class differentiation.

Recession risk on the rise

By Nick Beams, 6 February 2016

Falling yields in US and global bond markets point to a rising risk of recession as the IMF warns that commodity-exporting countries are coming under “severe stress.”

Emails reveal Michigan governor’s staffer knew about Flint Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in March 2015

By James Brewer, 6 February 2016

A March 13 email to a staffer for Governor Snyder related that county health officials suspected that the “uptick” in Legionnaires’ disease was due to the switch to the Flint River.

Politicians, unions use the “carrot and stick” to try to derail Detroit Public Schools struggle

By Nancy Hanover, 6 February 2016

As Emergency Manager Darnell Earley resigns, union officials and Michigan politicians are working overtime to try to derail the struggle of Detroit teachers.

Iowa Democratic Party rejects audit of caucus vote

By Barry Grey, 6 February 2016

The Des Moines Register published an editorial headlined “Something smells in the Democratic Party,” denouncing state party officials for refusing to agree to an audit or release details of the voting.

Crane collapses in Manhattan, killing one and injuring three

By Alan Whyte, 6 February 2016

One person was killed and three others hurt when a 565-foot crane collapsed in lower Manhattan Friday morning.

Report: Low-income households are low priority in US budget

By Brad Dixon, 6 February 2016

The increased funding for social programs benefiting low or moderate income households in the 2016 budget is substantially smaller than other areas of non-defense spending.

Hundreds attend University of Michigan talk on Flint water crisis

By Carlos Delgado, 6 February 2016

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha spoke about her work and the devastating impact of lead poisoning on Flint residents.

Illinois legislators continue assault on public higher education

By George Marlowe, 5 February 2016

Both Democrats and Republicans have starved colleges and universities of state funding in order to effect permanent reductions in the number of students attending institutions of higher education.

Massive fire in Detroit enclave sparks water crisis

By Lawrence Porter, 5 February 2016

The fire broke out early Wednesday morning at a warehouse in Highland Park, a city surrounded by Detroit.

Albuquerque, New Mexico police murder case moves towards trial

By D. Lencho, 5 February 2016

It has been nearly two years since the March 16, 2014 fatal shooting of homeless camper James Boyd by Albuquerque police officers.

US Congressional memos highlight price-gouging strategies of drug companies

By Brad Dixon, 5 February 2016

The practice of hiking prices to enrich shareholders and then obfuscating the issue through PR is endemic to the pharmaceutical industry as a whole.

Chicago teachers march to oppose budget and job cuts

By Jerry White, 5 February 2016

Thousands of teachers marched in downtown Chicago Thursday to oppose threats by school authorities to cut 1,000 jobs and slash $100 million from the school budget.

Residents speak out against Flint water disaster at Congressional hearing

By our reporter, 5 February 2016

The WSWS interviewed some of those who attended this week's Congressional hearing on the Flint water poisoning crisis.

As its hometown of Flint remains poisoned, GM makes record 2015 profit

By Jerry White, 4 February 2016

General Motors announced that it made $11 billion in pre-tax profits last year as residents in Flint continue to suffer from the water, which was chiefly poisoned by the giant automaker.

Pentagon budget: A blueprint for World War III

By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2016

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s preview of the Pentagon budget spelled out Washington’s advanced preparations for war against both Russia and China.

GM skilled trades worker killed at Defiance, Ohio factory

By Shannon Jones, 4 February 2016

50-year-old Terry Bodenbender, father of two, was working on an overhead crane when he plunged to his death Tuesday afternoon.

Political crisis over Flint poisoning intensifies as Congress holds hearing

By Nick Barrickman, 4 February 2016

Scientists and residents of Flint, Michigan who testified in Washington described a systematic cover-up of lead poisoning at the local, state and federal level.

US: Georgia executes oldest inmate on its death row

By Kate Randall, 4 February 2016

The Supreme Court denied a last-minute request for a stay, clearing the way for Brandon Astor Jones’ lethal injection early Wednesday morning.

Pentagon budget directed toward war with Russia and China

By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2016

The thrust of US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s speech before the Economic Club on Tuesday was that US imperialism is preparing for a new world war.

US Environmental Protection Agency administrator appears in Flint, Michigan to “rebuild trust” over water crisis

By James Brewer, 3 February 2016

The one-day visit was a politically orchestrated effort at damage control engineered from the highest levels of government.

Detroit Public Schools emergency manager resigns

By Jerry White, 3 February 2016

The removal of Darnell Earley paves the way for a bipartisan deal in the state legislature to restructure the schools and divert even more resources to private education companies.

What’s behind the Detroit Federation of Teachers’ lawsuit?

By Phyllis Steele, 3 February 2016

Union officials claim the lawsuit and appeals to Democratic politicians will address teachers’ concerns and render unnecessary any further independent action.

Chicago teachers face mass layoffs after bargaining committee rejects CTU-backed deal

By Kristina Betinis, 3 February 2016

The Chicago Public Schools announced $100 million in budget cuts just one day after the rejection of an agreement backed by the teachers’ union.

West Coast US cities sue Monsanto over toxic chemicals

By Genevieve Leigh, 3 February 2016

Seattle is the latest city to file a lawsuit against multinational corporation Monsanto for marketing PCBs that it knew would poison the environment.

Open leadership row at Vietnam’s ruling party congress

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 3 February 2016

While General Secretary Trong may be more cautious than his rival about embracing US imperialism, Vietnam’s leadership will continue the tilt to Washington.

The Sanders vote in Iowa

By Patrick Martin, 3 February 2016

The mass support for Sanders explodes the myth, peddled endlessly by the American media, that the American people are unalterably wedded to capitalism.

The Pentagon’s CSIS report and Australia’s role in the escalating war drive against China

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 February 2016

Washington’s entire anti-China strategy has received the unconditional backing of successive governments in Canberra.

Cruz wins Iowa Republican caucuses; Clinton and Sanders in near-tie

By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2016

Clinton’s margin over Bernie Sanders was razor-thin, while Cruz held a significant lead over Donald Trump and Marco Rubio.

Five immigrant workers die in Novi, Michigan house fire

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 February 2016

The five immigrants, at least three teenagers, were living in the basement of a house owned by the boss of the restaurant where they worked.

Uber cuts protested by New York City drivers

By Steve Light and Isaac Finn, 2 February 2016

With support from taxi drivers, Uber drivers in New York City protested rate cuts by the international company, which will reduce already meager incomes even further.

Report reveals ongoing social crisis for Chicago’s youth and young adults

By George Gallanis, 1 February 2016

In the past decade, Chicago’s youth and young adults have seen a steady increase in unemployment, and with it social misery.

Wall Street celebrates mounting signs of US slump

By Andre Damon, 30 January 2016

The financial markets responded to a series of reports pointing to a sharp economic downturn in the US by staging a euphoric rally.

State workers in Flint supplied with bottled water one year prior to acknowledgement of crisis

By E.P. Bannon, 30 January 2016

An internal email shows that the administration of Michigan Governor Snyder was providing state workers in Flint with bottled water long before any government official publicly acknowledged a health hazard existed.

Republican debate in Iowa promotes war and reaction

By Patrick Martin, 30 January 2016

The seven candidates plumbed the depths of fear-mongering and racism even without billionaire demagogue Donald Trump.

Steelworkers union begins counting ballots in sellout contract at US Steel

By Evan Winters, 30 January 2016

The contract being rammed through with no discussion by the USW reportedly includes a three-year wage freeze, no signing bonus and the elimination of retiree health care for new-hires.

San Diego officials to fight ruling against pension cutback

By Kevin Martinez, 30 January 2016

A state labor board ruled against cutbacks to pensions last December, prompting the City Council to vote unanimously for an appeal.

Racialism, art and the Academy Awards controversy

By David Walsh, 30 January 2016

It is no exaggeration to point out that, in ideological terms, Cara Buckley in the New York Times and others, in their obsession with race, are spouting a conception of society and art identified historically with the extreme right.

Longshoremen walk out at New York/New Jersey Port

By Daniel de Vries, 30 January 2016

Hours after the job action began, the International Longshoremen’s Association moved to shut down the strike, telling workers on Friday evening to return to work.

Questions emerge over motives behind ending Flint’s ties to Detroit water system

By James Brewer and Jerry White, 29 January 2016

The official narrative, that Flint officials disconnected the city from the relationship from the Detroit water system simply to save money, has been undermined by recent revelations.

Death toll climbs to 49 in US snowstorm

By Tom Hall, 29 January 2016

The fatalities continue to mount as local officials in Washington, DC struggle to bring the city’s decaying infrastructure back on line.

Expedited US drug approvals lack adequate post-market oversight

By Brad Dixon, 29 January 2016

Expedited approvals reduce the time needed to test a drug’s safety and efficacy by allowing drug sponsors to conduct shorter and smaller clinical trials.

Emergency meeting on the crisis in Detroit and Flint draws over one hundred workers and youth

By E.P. Bannon, 29 January 2016

The meeting, which was attended by teachers, city workers, autoworkers, students and other sections of the working class, discussed a political strategy for the entire working class.

War and the destruction of social infrastructure in America

By Andre Damon, 28 January 2016

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan highlights the slashing of funds for public infrastructure to pay for war and the enrichment of the financial elite.

US secretary of state demands China act against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 28 January 2016

Kerry threatened to expand the US military presence in Asia unless Beijing took tough measures in response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test.

Wall Street falls on global growth fears

By Nick Beams, 28 January 2016

A downturn in the share prices of two major companies, Apple and Boeing, was responsible for more than half of yesterday’s fall in the Dow.

Federal agents kill one, arrest eight in confrontation with Oregon militia leaders

By Joseph Santolan, 28 January 2016

During the arrests, officers repeatedly shot Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, killing him and wounding another.

Detroit high school students stage walkouts to support teachers

By E.P. Bannon, 27 January 2016

As teachers were forced to appear in court, high school students staged walkouts in protest of repression against teachers and the deplorable conditions in city schools.

Texas grand jury indicts anti-abortion operatives who doctored videos

By Kate Randall, 27 January 2016

The pair from the Center for Medical Progress were indicted on felony charges, while Planned Parenthood was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Bernie Sanders mobilizes African American celebrities to help “keep hope alive”

By Nick Barrickman, 27 January 2016

In an effort to broaden his appeal, Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has shifted gears in recent weeks and begun making appeals to African American voters.

On eve of presidential primaries

Growing support for Sanders highlights US political crisis

By Tom Eley, 26 January 2016

The growth of working class opposition that underlies the support for Sanders is the main factor in the crisis that has emerged, in different forms, in both parties of big business in the current election campaign.

Corporate gas leak in California’s Aliso Canyon to continue for months

By David Brown, 26 January 2016

The continuing leak of natural gas in Southern California highlights corporate negligence and decaying infrastructure.

Wave of youth suicides in Oklahoma town

By Naomi Spencer, 26 January 2016

Four young people, the youngest just 11 years old, have killed themselves in the small town of Anadarko in the past few weeks.

”Democracy is being taken away in Michigan”

As Detroit teachers head to court, politicians plot further attacks

By Nancy Hanover, 25 January 2016

Teachers face a hearing Monday as the Detroit Public Schools seeks an injunction against sickouts and legislators ramp up efforts to ban opposition to the destruction of public education.

US threatens to withdraw from major Pacific fisheries treaty

By John Braddock, 25 January 2016

The US withdrawal from the 27-year-old Tuna Treaty threatens to devastate the economies of many small island states.

Evidence mounts that poisoned Flint water caused deaths

By Andre Damon, 23 January 2016

At least 10 people have died from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, which has been linked to the poisoning of Flint residents covered up for more than a year by the government.

Michigan residents speak on Flint lead poisoning

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 January 2016

Workers and students from Flint, Detroit, Lansing and other cities in Southeastern Michigan demonstrated their anger at the poisoning of Flint’s water supply at the state Capitol building in Lansing on Tuesday evening.

Detroit schools’ injunction against teachers: An anti-democratic attempt to crush protests

By Eric London, 23 January 2016

DPS is threatening to fire all protesting teachers, encouraging teachers to snoop on each other and employing reactionary legal arguments to attack public education.

Misery compounds as mass layoffs continue in West Virginia

By Naomi Spencer, 23 January 2016

Each week brings announcements of hundreds of layoffs in coal, rail or other industries across the state.

Windfall affordable housing tax break for New York developers expires

By Philip Guelpa, 23 January 2016

Failure to renew the 421-a tax break for developers will have a negligible effect on the critical lack of affordable housing in New York City.

Australian prime minister visits US military commander in Hawaii

By Mike Head, 23 January 2016

Over the past year, the admiral has played a vocal role in inflaming tensions with China, particularly over its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

The roots of the crisis in Flint and Detroit

By Eric London, 22 January 2016

The catastrophe in Michigan, including the lead poisoning of thousands of residents in Flint, has provoked outrage across the country.

Job cuts mount as global economy falters

By Gabriel Black, 22 January 2016

The cascade of job cuts comes as prominent figures attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland predict a grim future for the world economy.

Hearing scheduled to consider injunction against protesting Detroit teachers

By Jerry White, 22 January 2016

While a judge denied an initial request for a temporary injunction, 23 teachers have been ordered to appear on Monday morning to answer accusations that they organized “illegal strikes.”

Autoworkers speak on Flint water crisis

By Shannon Jones, 22 January 2016

Workers expressed their solidarity with the people of Flint who are suffering from lead poisoning due to the criminal actions of state, local and federal authorities.

Three US coal miners killed in three weeks

By Naomi Spencer, 22 January 2016

Three coal miners have died in separate accidents 19 days into the new year, the highest number to occur in such a period since 2006.

General Electric given $145 million in incentives to move headquarters to Boston

By John Marion, 22 January 2016

Incentives offered to GE include tax breaks, public property for a new building, a private airplane hangar and two ferry boats.

Massive methane gas leak imperils Los Angeles neighborhood

By Evan Blake, 22 January 2016

One of the largest methane gas leaks in US history, the product of corporate greed, could grow substantially worse in the event of a well head blowout.

Escalating Michigan crisis overwhelms Obama’s visit to Detroit

By Andre Damon, 21 January 2016

Amid growing evidence of the Michigan government’s complicity in poisoning thousands of children in Flint, Obama boasted that “all kinds of good things are happening.”

School authorities seek injunction to halt Detroit teacher protests

By Jerry White, 21 January 2016

Twenty-eight defendants are named in a legal action, which could result in large fines if teachers continue “sick out” protests.

“We are all in this together. This is class warfare”

Video: Detroit teachers speak out in protests during Obama visit

By Jerry White and Buster Haycook, 21 January 2016

Hundreds of teachers shut down the school system in a “sick out” protest Wednesday against decaying buildings, overcrowded classrooms and years of pay and benefit cuts.

The Flint water crisis and the criminality of American capitalism

By Jerry White, 20 January 2016

In a State of the State address, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder sought to cover up and evade responsibility for the poisoning of an American city.

Drug overdoses in US drive sharp rise in mortality rates among white young adults

By Kate Randall, 19 January 2016

Rising mortality rates among young white adults, ages 25-34, have risen to levels not seen since the end of the AIDS epidemic more than two decades ago.

Union officials work with Obama administration to crush Detroit teacher protests

By Jerry White, 19 January 2016

The Detroit Federation of Teachers sent out a letter to educators urging them to stop their protests and place their faith in city officials and President Obama.

Kentucky Social Security recipients commit suicide after benefits cut

By Naomi Spencer, 19 January 2016

An attorney representing 1,500 disability recipients warns that “the suicide chatter is way up” as the state threatens additional budget cuts.

Massachusetts: MBTA proposes steep public transit fare hikes

By John Marion, 19 January 2016

Proposed fare increases, to be effective July 1, are part of a growing attack on the basic social right to safe and affordable public transportation.

Sanders in the Democratic debate: A “political revolution” that stops at the water’s edge

By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2016

The attitude taken by the candidates toward the questions of war and US imperialism’s role in the world is the touchstone for understanding the real character of their politics.

Democratic Party demagogy in South Carolina debate

By Andre Damon, 18 January 2016

The three Democratic presidential candidates scrambled to out-do one another in populist denunciations of Wall Street in an effort to keep popular opposition bottled up within the Democratic Party.

Obama White House declares state of emergency over Flint water crisis

By Thomas Gaist, 18 January 2016

In the face of an immense public health catastrophe, the American federal government has mustered the meager sum of some five million in federal funds.

Michigan workers speak on the poisoning of Flint water

By James Brewer, 18 January 2016

Workers in Flint and surrounding areas are incensed at the continued crisis around the poisoning of Flint’s water.

Illinois professor fired for expressing sympathy for Muslims

By Joe Williams, 18 January 2016

Wheaton College has begun termination proceedings against Dr. Larycia Hawkins, a tenured professor who wore a hijab during the Christian Advent period to protest anti-Muslim bigotry.

More US drug price hikes in 2016

By Brad Dixon, 18 January 2016

Drug makers kicked off the New Year with a new round of drug price hikes despite growing public anger and political backlash.

Wal-Mart to close 269 stores worldwide

By Nick Barrickman, 16 January 2016

The big box retailer cited as causes for the closures competition with online retailers and the impact of marginal employee wage increases.

Republican debate: Deeper into the swamp of bigotry and militarism

By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2016

The seven candidates sought to whip up fears over terrorism to justify policies of militarism abroad and attacks on democratic rights at home.