By Alex Lantier, 28 May 2015
The holding of military exercises preparing for large-scale conflict demonstrates that the imperialist powers, led by the US, are gearing up for a Third World War.
By Peter Symonds, 28 May 2015
Ashton Carter declared that the Pentagon would continue its “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea.
By James Cogan, 28 May 2015
Prime Minister Tony Abbott will reportedly receive a briefing within two weeks on military “options” to challenge China’s territorial claims.
By Shelley Connor, 28 May 2015
Alabama sentences more people to death and executes more people per capita than any other state in the US.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2015
The US defense secretary’s charge that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight” has evoked counter-charges that Washington has no real desire to crush ISIS.
By Andre Damon, 27 May 2015
The Obama administration’s toothless settlement with the Cleveland police is an expression of ruling-class support for the right of police to kill with impunity.
By Robert Fowler, 27 May 2015
New York City’s three public library systems will see a continuation of budget cuts and the denial of necessary capital spending under Democratic Party mayor Bill de Blasio.
By Samuel Davidson and Andre Damon, 25 May 2015
Officer Michael Brelo jumped on the hood of the victims' car and shot them fifteen times through the windshield.
By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2015
In an interview with CNN, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the ISIS victory at Ramadi showed that Iraqi government forces did not have the “will to fight.”
By Peter Symonds, 25 May 2015
Despite strenuous official denials, Australia “will probably be hosting some American B1 supersonic bombers after all.”
By Thomas Gaist, 25 May 2015
The pseudo-reform bill, touted by supporters as a major blow against the NSA’s illegal mass spying programs, further entrenches and institutionalizes the surveillance.
By Nick Barrickman, 25 May 2015
The top 200 highest-paid US CEOs made an average of $22.6 million last year.
By Philip Guelpa, 23 May 2015
Bill de Blasio’s housing proposal opens the door to privatizing public housing while squeezing more money from low-income residents.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 21 May 2015
Wednesday’s announcement was further confirmation that the US and international financial aristocracy is above the law.
By Patrick Martin, 21 May 2015
The case is a deliberate attempt to increase US-China tensions on the eve of House and Senate votes on an anti-China trade bill.
By John Andrews, 21 May 2015
In another decision endorsing police brutality, the Supreme Court granted immunity to officers who shot a mentally ill woman in her home.
By Tom Hall, 21 May 2015
Questions are mounting over police claims that biker gangs were solely responsible for the gunfight that killed nine people.
By Adam McLean and Jerry White, 21 May 2015
The Los Angeles City Council voted to draft an ordinance to raise the city’s minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2020.
By Peter Symonds, 21 May 2015
The Australian reports that “momentum is building strongly in Washington” to fly warplanes or send warships within the 12-mile territorial limit surrounding Chinese-held islets.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2015
Revealed in the Blumenthal-Clinton memos is the real nature of the American government: a criminal conspiracy to enrich a ruling oligarchy through war and reaction.
By Kevin Martinez, 20 May 2015
The plan, which follows the bankruptcy of Detroit, would force retirees to pay more for health insurance and contract out the city’s fire and waste disposal departments.
By Kathleen Martin, 20 May 2015
The threat to remove cash assistance from families with truant children corresponds cruelly to the withdrawal of funding and shutdown of “underperforming” public schools.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2015
The fall to ISIS of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar province, is a debacle both for the Baghdad government and the US war strategy in Iraq.
By Andre Damon, 19 May 2015
US President Obama reaffirmed his support Monday for the federal programs that have transferred billions of dollars in military hardware to local police departments.
By Niles Williamson, 19 May 2015
The US-backed assault resumed Sunday after a five-day suspension of bombing allowed aid groups to fly in and distribute a limited amount of emergency humanitarian aid.
By Tom Carter, 19 May 2015
The bloody shootout between rival biker gangs and police in Waco, Texas on May 17 is a symptom of an unhealthy society.
By Alexander Fangmann, 19 May 2015
The downgrade is intended to put additional pressure on the city to slash municipal workers’ pensions.
By Evan Blake, 19 May 2015
The bill, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, highlights the precarious state of abortion rights in the US as the political system slides further to the right.
By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 19 May 2015
Seattle teachers are walking out Tuesday to demand improved living standards and to oppose test-based performance evaluations.
By D. Lencho, 19 May 2015
According to the family's complaint, the APD SWAT team’s “deployment of force was excessive” and a cause of the mentally ill man’s death.
By David Walsh, 19 May 2015
The news that the DIA had been considering earlier this year selling an 1886 still life by Vincent van Gogh produced headlines and generated concern last week.
By Marcus Day, 18 May 2015
A state prosecutor announced Thursday that he would not bring criminal charges against the Zion, Illinois police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Justus Howell.
By James Cogan, 16 May 2015
Above all, the denials surrounding US war plans against China are directed at keeping the working class in the dark about the dangers of conflict.
By Andre Damon, 16 May 2015
Tuesday’s derailment of an Amtrak train on America’s busiest rail route has exposed before the whole world the dilapidated state of infrastructure in the United States.
By Nick Barrickman, 16 May 2015
The death sentence is the barbaric culmination of a trial that has excluded any examination of the fundamental political issues raised by the Boston Marathon bombing.
By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2015
The younger Bush’s “gaffe” was that he spoke the truth about the warmongering by both imperialist parties, Democrats as well as Republicans.
By David Brown, 16 May 2015
Further allegations have surfaced of sexual abuse and torture by the Chicago Police Department at the secret Homan Square interrogation facility.
By Marcus Day, 16 May 2015
Facing isolation imposed by the union, oil workers voted to accept contracts at BP and LyondellBasell, while workers at Marathon’s Galveston Bay refinery will vote Monday.
By Seraphine Collins and Zac Corrigan, 16 May 2015
WSWS reporters spoke to Detroit residents about the drive by the city to shut off water service to as many as 25,000 households.
By Alan Whyte, 15 May 2015
The disaster would never have occurred if safety equipment were in place to monitor the train and automatically activate its emergency braking system.
By Ed Hightower, 15 May 2015
City police arrested hundreds of innocent people on April 27 and crammed them into crowded cells for days, with little or no access to medical care, food or legal counsel.
Notes on police violence in America
By Lencho Moro and Matthew MacEgan, 15 May 2015
As of May 15, an estimated 423 people have been killed by police officers in the US so far this year.
By Joseph Santolan, 14 May 2015
The move would be a reckless act of military brinkmanship calculated to force Beijing to back down on its territorial claims.
By Alan Whyte and Jeff Lusanne, 14 May 2015
A high-speed crash on America’s busiest passenger route injured more than 200 people Tuesday.
By Evan Blake, 14 May 2015
Throughout the US, states are on average spending $1,805 less per student than before the financial collapse.
By Jerry White, 13 May 2015
The United Auto Workers union is in discussion with the Detroit automakers about the creation of a new tier of factory workers who will earn as little as $10 an hour.
By Shannon Jones, 13 May 2015
The figure probably significantly understates the toll relating to the defect, which can cause some GM vehicles to suddenly lose power.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 May 2015
Ending a three-year-long suspension, the Obama administration reopened U.S.-controlled Arctic waters to drilling operations by Royal Dutch Shell this week.
By Fred Mazelis, 13 May 2015
The judge declared Pennsylvania’s Revictimization Relief Act, aimed at silencing political prisoner Abu-Jamal, to be “manifestly unconstitutional.”
By Jerry White, 12 May 2015
The relentless fixation on race is aimed at preventing any serious examination of the deep class divisions in American society, which are at the root of police violence.
By Andre Damon, 12 May 2015
Residents, many of them elderly and disabled or living with children, are scrambling to raise money by any means to avoid having their water shut off.
By Daniel de Vries, 12 May 2015
The third major fire in eight years broke out at the nuclear facility, spilling thousands of gallons of oil into the Hudson River.
By John Marion, 12 May 2015
Social service agencies could lose as much as half of their staff under an early retirement measure enacted by the Republican governor with the backing of the Democrats.
By Joseph Kishore, 11 May 2015
This speech was delivered by Joseph Kishore, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (US), as the concluding remarks to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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By Thomas Gaist, 9 May 2015
In preparation for expanded interventions in Syria and elsewhere, the US Defense Department will train some 15,000 militants at camps in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.
By Tyler Van Dyke, 9 May 2015
Some 25,000 households are scheduled to receive shutoff notices beginning May 11.
By Gabriel Black, 9 May 2015
The jobs added in the US last month were overwhelmingly in sectors dominated by part-time, low-wage work.
By Tom Hall, 9 May 2015
The well-heeled Manhattan crowd gave a standing ovation to two Charlie Hebdo editors, while heavily armed police officers kept watch outside.
By Zaida Green, 8 May 2015
The US National Security Agency has been automatically transcribing, analyzing, and tagging vocal electronic communications for almost a decade.
By Fred Mazelis, 8 May 2015
Republican Senate majority leader Dean Skelos is just one of an endless series of politicians from both big business parties who have been charged with criminal activity.
By Thomas Gaist, 7 May 2015
At least two surveillance aircraft equipped with high-tech infrared sensors patrolled above the mass protests in Baltimore last month.
By Patrick Martin, 7 May 2015
None of the three, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina or Mike Huckabee, is likely to win the nomination, but their candidacy pushes the electoral process even further to the right.
By K. Ratnayake, 7 May 2015
The US secretary of state’s trip was aimed at placing Sri Lanka firmly in line with the Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia against China.
By Kranti Kumara and Jerry White, 5 May 2015
From the beginning, the Atlanta case has been a political vendetta aimed at further discrediting public school teachers and accelerating the process of privatizing public education.
By Marcus Day, 5 May 2015
Even as it rewards its executives and shareholders, BP has repeatedly claimed that it must cut costs and impose harsh working conditions to remain competitive.
By Johanna Murger, 5 May 2015
Executive Warren Evans says the “strong medicine” in his financial plan is the only way to avoid emergency management in the county that includes Detroit.
By Nick Barrickman and Jerry White, 4 May 2015
The response to the eruption of anger over the police murder of Freddie Gray has combined repression with the cultivation of a new layer of careerists steeped in identity politics.
“It is a war zone”
By our reporters, 4 May 2015
Residents spoke about what it is like living in Baltimore, describing a situation of everyday police violence and economic desperation.
By Kevin Martinez, 4 May 2015
District Judge Dolly Gee ruled that the administration’s detention policy violates a 1997 settlement of a federal court case.
By Dan Conway, 4 May 2015
The agreement signed by the LA teachers' union will escalate the assault on teachers and public education, while rewarding the union apparatus for backing school “reform.”
Six years into “economic recovery”
By Douglas Lyons and Samuel Davidson, 4 May 2015
Like many cities its size in the US state of Pennsylvania, York is mired in unemployment, low-paying jobs and poverty.
By Jerry White, 2 May 2015
The prosecutor’s action was a highly political decision, made in close consultation with the Obama administration, as protests in the city expanded and a wave of solidarity demonstrations spread across the country.
By Andre Damon, 2 May 2015
The ongoing global economic slump is inseparable from the parasitic activities of the financial oligarchy, aided and abetted by the state.
By Joe Williams, 2 May 2015
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has sought to divert popular anger over the police killing of Freddie Gray by claiming that the investigation of Gray’s death is hampered by a controversial law known as the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBR).
By Tom Hall, 2 May 2015
None of the most essential questions, relating to the unexplained connections between the federal government and the Tsarnaev family, have been raised thus far in the proceedings, which began on April 21.
By Nick Beams, 2 May 2015
The report’s theme is that there is no prospect for peaceful coexistence or mutual understanding between the US and China.
By Marc Wells, 2 May 2015
After a tentative agreement, 6,500 nurses in eight California hospitals returned to work.
“Part 2” of the Detroit bankruptcy
By Nancy Hanover, 2 May 2015
The governor’s plan to reorganize Detroit Public Schools is the most ambitious structural overhaul of public education since the all-charter school district was established in New Orleans.
By Eric London, 2 May 2015
Socialist Alternative, the International Socialist Organization, leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union, and various Green and Democratic elected officials will gather this weekend in Chicago to discuss the possibility of a pseudo-left electoral alliance.
By Joseph Kishore, 1 May 2015
The military-police mobilization in Baltimore, Maryland has laid bare the class divide in America and the bankruptcy of the entire political system.
By Evan Blake, 1 May 2015
Police arrested 143 people in New York City at Wednesday’s protest against police violence.
By David Walsh, 1 May 2015
A report by health professionals and human rights activists exposes the collusion between the APA and the Bush White House in the torture and abuse of detainees.
By Tom Eley, 1 May 2015
Details of the internal police investigation, including previously unseen video footage, are being kept from the public.
Notes on police violence in America
By Zaida Green, 1 May 2015
At least 388 people have been killed by the police in the United States since the beginning of the year.
By Patrick Martin, 1 May 2015
The senator from Vermont, despite his populist rhetoric, is neither a socialist nor an independent, but a liberal apologist for an increasingly right-wing Democratic Party.
By Marc Wells, 1 May 2015
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously granted “qualified immunity” to a US border patrol agent who shot an unarmed 15-year-old boy in the face near the Mexican border.
By Kathleen Martin, 1 May 2015
The suit alleges that the firm, owned by billionaire Dan Gilbert, encouraged employees to underwrite loans they knew would go into default.
By Jerry White, 28 April 2015
The inflammatory statements of Baltimore officials make clear that the murderous actions of the police reflect the contempt for the city’s workers felt by the entire political establishment.
By Shannon Jones, 28 April 2015
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent working with the Detroit police shot and killed Terrence Kelom inside his home on the west side of Detroit Monday.
By George Marlowe, 28 April 2015
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has backed an absurdly small $5.5 million reparations fund for victims of torture under former police commander Jon Burge.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 April 2015
Rules supposedly imposed elsewhere to reduce the killing and maiming of civilians were secretly waived for CIA operations in Pakistan.
By Joseph Kishore, 27 April 2015
An article that appeared in the New York Times on Sunday describes a drone assassination program that has become bureaucratized and institutionalized and enjoys the support of the entire political establishment.
By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2015
President Obama’s admission that CIA drone missiles killed two hostages held by Al Qaeda has evoked no significant questioning of the program of targeted killings.
By Ben McGrath, 25 April 2015
The treaty is designed to ensure that South Korea does not acquire nuclear weapons and remains militarily dependent on the United States.
By Barry Grey, 25 April 2015
With the protests growing and moving from the local police precinct to downtown Baltimore, Democratic officials are raising the red herring of “outside agitators.”
By our reporter, 25 April 2015
The whitewash of this killing is only the latest in a series of police homicides in which the perpetrators have been exonerated despite video or eye witness evidence of murder.
By Zaida Green, 25 April 2015
Some 73 percent of people enrolled in public welfare programs, including food assistance, come from families with at least one member who is employed.