United States

Civilian deaths in Syria surge as US-Russian brokered ceasefire unravels

By Thomas Gaist, 30 April 2016

American support for the ceasefire was a tactical maneuver, aimed at buying time for US forces to prepare a renewed push.

The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Patrick Martin, 30 April 2016

Sanders’ entire campaign has been dedicated to preventing the rising tide of popular opposition in the United States from breaking out of the straitjacket of the Democratic Party.

Hundreds protest outside Trump campaign events in California

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2016

The billionaire candidate is working to stoke up xenophobic sentiments in order to direct social opposition into extreme nationalist and militarist channels.

Sanders campaigns in West Virginia

By Naomi Spencer and Clement Daly, 30 April 2016

WSWS reporters spoke with workers and youth at a Bernie Sanders campaign rally in Huntington, West Virginia.

Sanders’ phony “Medicare for All” proposal

By Esther Galen, 30 April 2016

The purpose of Sanders’ proposal is not to transform the US health care system, but to promote illusions that such a transformation can be achieved through the Democratic Party under capitalism.

US military whitewashes attack on Afghan hospital

By Peter Symonds, 30 April 2016

The Pentagon’s contrived account of human errors and equipment failure is intended to avoid the more obvious conclusion that the US military deliberately targeted the hospital.

German army assumes leadership of military buildup against Russia

By Christoph Vandreier, 30 April 2016

NATO’s aggressive plans sharpen the confrontation with Russia and bring the world closer to a third world war.

“This is the turning point for all of us”

Verizon strikers react to company ultimatum

By our reporters, 30 April 2016

Verizon workers are determined to continue their fight for jobs, wages and working conditions, while the unions are isolating the strike and seeking a way to impose management demands.

Baltimore police shoot 14-year-old boy

By George Gallanis, 30 April 2016

On Wednesday, Dedric Colvin was shot twice when Baltimore police mistook his BB gun for a pistol.

IMF, European Union, Syriza government prepare more austerity in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 30 April 2016

European and US authorities are again threatening to force Greece to default on its debts if it does not impose new social cuts.

The reality of poverty in America: SEP candidate replies to Obama’s “frustration” over social discontent

By Niles Niemuth, 30 April 2016

The policies of the Obama administration have produced the predictable and desired outcome of soaring wealth for a small minority and poverty, unemployment and low-wage jobs for the vast majority.

“Everyone feels very betrayed by the union right now”

Detroit teachers union holds rally to back governor’s school restructuring plan

By Walter Gilberti, 29 April 2016

The Detroit Federation of Teachers’ mobilization to support new Detroit Schools legislation fizzled as teachers largely boycotted the demonstration at the state capitol in Lansing.

How the IBEW betrayed the 2014-2015 FairPoint Communications strike

By John Marion, 28 April 2016

The IBEW entered contract negotiations during the longest strike of 2014 with the expectation of giving up at least $200 million in concessions.

“They’re worried we’re going to change the system, and they’re doing everything they can to stop us”

Video: Wayne State University students speak out against war

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 28 April 2016

In this video, students at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan discuss the danger of war and social conditions facing youth.

Apple sales decline points to faultlines in global economy

By Barry Grey, 28 April 2016

Apple exemplifies the unprecedented and unsustainable inflation of stock prices since the Wall Street crash of September 2008.

Verizon workers discuss strike with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

By our reporters, 28 April 2016

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White received a warm reception from Boston Verizon workers who are entering their third week on strike and will soon face the loss of health benefits.

Michigan officials “game” sampling of lead in water

By James Brewer, 28 April 2016

A British newspaper report uncovered a 2008 email from a state Department of Environmental Quality official asking a technician to conceal lead levels in water.

Trump’s “America First” speech and the US war election

By Patrick Martin, 28 April 2016

The leading contenders in both parties, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, are committed to a vast military escalation following the November election.

Clinton, Trump move closer to presidential nominations

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2016

The two most widely despised political figures in America are the frontrunners for the two corporate-controlled parties.

Sanders backs Obama “kill list,” troops to Syria

By a reporter, 27 April 2016

Sanders’ statements underscore the unity among all the candidates of the Democratic and Republican parties in favor of war and drone assassinations.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Jobs, housing and danger of war on voters’ minds

By Samuel Davidson and E. P. Bannon, 27 April 2016

In the former Rust Belt city, jobs that replaced steel and manufacturing are mainly in service, education and health care, which pay only a fraction of the wages and benefits.

Ruling upholds North Carolina anti-voting rights law

By Barry Grey, 27 April 2016

Monday’s ruling is part of an escalating attack on the right to vote and democratic rights more broadly.

Union forces AT&T West workers to continue working after contract expiration

By Steve Filips, 27 April 2016

The unions are working to isolate different sections of telecommunications workers and prevent a unified struggle with the 39,000 striking Verizon workers in the US Northeast.

”I’m tired of being peaceful. I’m tired of being nice”

Flint residents protest two years of ongoing water crisis

By Sheila Brehm and Lawrence Porter, 27 April 2016

Flint residents are increasingly frustrated and angry over the indifference, disdain and absence of assistance from all levels of government, even as the lead crisis in Flint continues.

US warplanes sent near disputed South China Sea reef

By Peter Symonds, 27 April 2016

The use of American ground attack aircraft and special forces helicopters near a Chinese-claimed islet was designed to send a menacing message to Beijing.

Video: Jerry White meets striking Verizon workers on the picket line in New York City

By our reporters, 26 April 2016

Nearly 40,000 workers throughout the United States are on strike against the telecommunications giant to defend their jobs, health care and pension benefits.

Insurers set to sharply increase Obamacare premiums

By Kate Randall, 26 April 2016

Citing big losses, many insurers will ask state insurance commissioners to approve double-digit hikes in premiums under the Affordable Care Act.

Unions provide platform for Democrats at Verizon strike rallies

By our reporters, 26 April 2016

Workers told the WSWS that they are increasingly frustrated and angry over the lack of information from the unions and the absence of any strategy to win the strike.

Michigan residents protest contaminated water at community meeting

By Carlos Delgado, 26 April 2016

Residents from the Arbor Village Mobile Home Community described deplorable conditions and expressed frustration at officials’ lack of concern.

Peabody Energy declares bankruptcy

By Clement Daly, 26 April 2016

Amidst the deepening global economic crisis, the world’s largest coal company declared bankruptcy, threatening the living standards and working conditions of its 7,100 global workforce.

The Times’ Kristof dissembles in defense of Clinton’s “honesty”

By Barry Grey, 26 April 2016

Kristof employs sophistry and lies to defend a former president and first lady who have shamelessly cashed in on their stint in the White House to make themselves rich.

Democrats move to shut down criticism of Clinton’s Wall Street ties

By Tom Eley, 25 April 2016

Under pressure from party leaders, the campaign of Bernie Sanders has indicated it will mute attacks on Hillary Clinton’s corrupt relations with the banks.

Verizon strikers in New York City give warm welcome to SEP presidential candidate

By Thomas Gaist, 25 April 2016

In visits to picket lines in Manhattan and Queens, Jerry White discussed the political issues in the battle with the telecom giant.

Strike of 39,000 Verizon workers nearing end of second week

By Samuel Davidson, 25 April 2016

Verizon is sticking to its demands for concessions, particularly cuts to healthcare and pensions, along with contract changes that would lead to the loss of thousands of jobs.

Federal judge allows lawsuit to proceed against CIA contractors involved in torture

By Tom Carter, 25 April 2016

The case represents the first time a lawsuit in US courts based on the CIA torture program was allowed to proceed past the initial stages.

Illinois legislature agrees to fund higher education at 30 percent of last year’s level

By Alexander Fangmann, 25 April 2016

With no end in sight on the ongoing budget impasse, the agreement between state Democrats and Republicans may be the only money institutions receive for the year.

Factory farms cause thousands in rural Wisconsin to go without clean water

By Catherine Long, 25 April 2016

Pollution from large-scale farms and deregulation of groundwater systems have created unsafe drinking water for thousands in the state.

Two years of the Flint water crisis

A crime of capitalism

By Shannon Jones, 25 April 2016

April 25 marks the second anniversary of the criminal decision to shift the city of Flint’s water supply to the polluted Flint River, setting in motion a social catastrophe.

Federal appeals court dismisses drone lawsuit

By Tom Hall, 23 April 2016

The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union sought to compel the CIA to release information on its secret drone warfare program.

US backs police purge in Honduras

By Andrea Lobo, 23 April 2016

The purge in the National Police is in line with increased militarization and more repressive measures in Honduras.

“The company makes a billion dollars every quarter and is trying to take away everything”

Verizon refuses to budge on takeaway demands

By Jerry White, 22 April 2016

As the strike by 39,000 Verizon workers entered its second week, the giant telecom ramped up its provocations by charging strikers with “sabotage.”

Zika virus expected to spread in US

By David Brown, 22 April 2016

The Zika epidemic threatens to expand its geographic reach, while scientists describe more severe neurological effects of infection.

Socialist Equality Party announces presidential campaign

Support White and Niemuth in 2016!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 22 April 2016

SEP candidates Jerry White for president and Niles Niemuth for vice president will advance a socialist program that addresses the needs of millions of workers and youth in the United States and around the world.

US authorizes intensified air strikes against civilians in Iraq and Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 21 April 2016

The loosening of the Pentagon’s rules of engagement coincides with an escalation by the US and its Gulf allies in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

NATO-Russia meetings resume amid fears of military clash in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 21 April 2016

After close encounters between US and Russian forces in the Baltic Sea, there are mounting fears of an accidental clash escalating into full-blown war between nuclear powers.

“It’s reached a point where we had to stand up to them, and we are”

Striking Verizon workers speak out in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York

By our reporters, 21 April 2016

Hundreds of Verizon workers on Wednesday picketed a Verizon facility in Silver Spring, Maryland, which is being used to coordinate the company’s strikebreaking operations.

Low-level officials face indictment in Flint lead poisoning crisis

By Shannon Jones, 21 April 2016

Two low-level state officials and a city of Flint employee face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges in relation to the lead poisoning of city residents.

New York cop convicted of killing Akai Gurley receives no prison time

By Philip Guelpa, 21 April 2016

The police officer who shot and killed a young African-American man in a New York public housing complex has been sentenced to probation and community service.

University of California, Davis pays $175,000 to erase pepper spraying incident from Internet

By Evan Blake, 21 April 2016

The revelation underscores the reactionary character of the campus administration.

Life expectancy declines for white Americans

By Patrick Martin, 21 April 2016

New figures released by the Centers for Disease Control on declining life expectancy reflect the profound social crisis that is fueling the political convulsions in the US elections.

Clinton, Trump post New York primary victories

By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2016

The Democratic and Republican presidential frontrunners each won by double-digit margins and increased their lead in convention delegates pledged to their nomination.

Thousands of Detroit children exposed to lead or copper contaminated water

By Nancy Hanover, 19 April 2016

One third of DPS schools are reporting lead or copper contamination of drinking water, with one sample at 100 times the EPA toxic level.

Sanders, Clinton hold final events before New York primary

By Sandy English and Patrick Martin, 19 April 2016

Clinton’s once double-digit lead in the state has been cut to as little as six percentage points.

Verizon strike at critical juncture

By Jerry White, 19 April 2016

While workers have displayed determination and tenacity, every action by the CWA and IBEW has only encouraged the intransigence of the telecom giant.

Sanders makes a pilgrimage to Rome

By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate and the Catholic pope are engaged in similar missions: both seek to put a “left” face on deeply reactionary institutions.

A closer look at the faculty union’s deal that halted the California State University strike

By Norisa Diaz, 19 April 2016

The agreement by the California Faculty Association is a wolf in sheep’s clothing that abandons educators’ demands to recoup previous wage and benefit concessions accepted by the CFA.

Unions try to isolate embattled Verizon strikers

By Jerry White, 18 April 2016

As 39,000 workers fight the telecom giant, the trade unions are doing everything they can to isolate workers and force them into submission.

Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant stumps for Sanders at New York rally

By Sandy English, 18 April 2016

Sawant’s remarks on Saturday underscored the integration of Socialist Alternative into the Sanders campaign and the Democratic Party.

Verizon workers speak as strike enters new week

By our reporters, 18 April 2016

The WSWS Verizon Strike Newsletter spoke to workers on the picket lines in Northern Virginia and New York City.

Where’s the socialism in the Sanders campaign?

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2016

In Thursday’s debate in Brooklyn, as throughout his campaign, Sanders offered nothing more than minor reforms of the capitalist system.

Australian prime minister skirts controversy in China

By James Cogan, 16 April 2016

Turnbull carefully avoided any contentious public remarks on the US-China confrontation in the South China Sea.

Financial crisis panel urged Obama administration to prosecute top bankers

By Gabriel Black, 16 April 2016

Not a single bank executive or government official referred by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to the Obama Justice Department for criminal investigation has been prosecuted.

“Not just for us, but for other workers too”

Verizon workers discuss political issues in strike

By our reporters, 15 April 2016

On picket lines in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania reporters from the WSWS talked to strikers about the significance of the walkout by 39,000 Verizon workers.

Video: Striking Verizon workers speak out

By Samuel Davidson and Zac Corrigan, 15 April 2016

On the picket line in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, striking Verizon workers speak out against intolerable working conditions and cuts to health care and pensions.

Thousands attend Sanders rally in New York ahead of primary

By a WSWS reporting team, 15 April 2016

There is an enormous chasm between the aspirations of workers and youth attending Sanders rallies in large numbers and the proposals advanced by the Vermont senator.

Protests in Chicago after police kill 16-year-old boy

By George Gallanis, 15 April 2016

Pierre Loury was shot in the chest while climbing a fence in the Homan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

Ex-car czar Steven Rattner touts Obama’s “pro-worker” record

By Shannon Jones, 15 April 2016

Investment banker and New York Times columnist Rattner, former head of Obama’s Auto Task force, cynically portrays Obama as a tireless advocate of the working man.

Verizon workers speak on issues in strike

By our reporters, 14 April 2016

The walkout is an expression of the pent up anger of workers all across the US after years of declining or stagnating wages and record corporate profits.

India-US military cooperation “robust and deepening”

By K. Ratnayake, 14 April 2016

India has “agreed in principle” to allowing the US military to make routine use of its bases and ports—a major step in making it a “frontline state” in Washington’s preparations for war with China.

US elections: Republican crisis deepens over prospect of contested convention

By Patrick Martin, 14 April 2016

Billionaire Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the presidential nomination, has denounced the Republican National Committee and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

Anger mounts over hidden contract terms

Ford workers denounce UAW-backed poverty wages at Michigan stamping plant

By Tim Rivers, 14 April 2016

The UAW agreed to a “competitive wage structure” that will reduce wages to as low as $9 an hour at the Woodhaven Hot Metal Forming plant, just south of Detroit.

Research team confirms dangerous levels of lead still contaminate Flint water supply

By Carlos Delgado, 14 April 2016

While water quality has improved since switching from the Flint River to Detroit, for some households lead levels have actually increased significantly since 2015.

Class action lawsuit details destruction of Detroit Public Schools

By Nancy Hanover, 14 April 2016

Amid a continuing drive to dismantle Detroit Public Schools, a lawsuit charges that state officials have deprived students of a “minimally adequate” education.

Chicago suburbs confront rising homelessness

By Jessica Goldstein, 14 April 2016

The Illinois state budget impasse and rising housing costs are contributing to a mounting homelessness crisis.

Significant price hikes for insulin and top selling US drugs

By Brad Dixon, 14 April 2016

The activities of Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals are merely the most extreme examples of what is a common practice in the pharmaceutical industry.

The political issues in the Verizon strike

By Barry Grey, 14 April 2016

The strike by 39,000 Verizon workers against the corporate behemoth is an expression of the growing class consciousness and militancy that underlies the deepening political turmoil in the United States.

Sanders campaigns in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips, 13 April 2016

In upstate New York, relatively good-paying jobs have been replaced by low-wage employment.

New revelations of violence at Chicago police “black site”

By George Marlowe, 13 April 2016

Internal Chicago police documents reveal violent abuse of detainees at the secret interrogation center in Homan Square.

Life expectancy gap between US rich and poor widens

By Jerry White, 12 April 2016

The social crisis reflected in this and other reports is the source of the immense anger and hatred for the political establishment revealed in the 2016 election campaign.

Unions at telecom giant Verizon announce April 13 strike deadline

By Maria Kovalenko, 12 April 2016

If the walkout takes place it would involve some 40,000 communication workers on the East Coast of the US, from Massachusetts to Virginia.

ATI steelworkers in US return to work

By Evan Winters, 12 April 2016

The contract approved March 1 after a seven-month lockout, essentially reduces workers to the status of casual laborers, completely at the mercy of the company.

Alpha Natural Resources asks court to shred collective bargaining agreements

By Clement Daly, 12 April 2016

Alpha’s petition to get rid of its union contracts threatens the living standards of 610 coal miners and 4,800 retirees and dependents.

Is Sanders’ call to “break up the banks” a socialist demand?

By Barry Grey, 12 April 2016

Sanders’ advocacy of “breaking up the big banks” while retaining the framework of private ownership of the financial system and upholding the profit system reflects the position of a definite faction within the ruling elite itself.

Fifty years since the Delano to Sacramento march: The myth of Cesar Chavez and the collapse of the United Farm Workers

Part Two

By Eric London, 12 April 2016

The union founded by Chavez has become nothing more than a business operated by family members

US deploys B-52s for bombing in Syria, Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2016

The movement of heavy bombers to the Persian Gulf is a major escalation in the US war, carried out with virtually no public discussion.

Nexteer Automotive workers report arbitrary firings, harassment

By Shannon Jones, 11 April 2016

Three months after the United Auto Workers rammed through a sellout deal, workers are being victimized and are discovering contract concessions not previously disclosed by the UAW.

Bruce Springsteen cancels North Carolina concert in protest against anti-LGBT laws

By Evan Blake, 11 April 2016

Springsteen has been joined by dozens of corporations who do not share his regard for democratic rights.

US Supreme Court hears arguments on corporate “religious right” to bar birth control to employees

By Tom Carter, 11 April 2016

The cases are based on a tendentious conception of “religious liberty,” as well as the pseudo-legal doctrine of supposed constitutional “rights” for corporations.

Caltrans workers rally in Sacramento and San Bernardino

By our reporters, 11 April 2016

Caltrans workers held three rallies across California last week to demand higher pay and benefits, improved safety and a draw-down in the hiring of contract workers.

Photo essay: Contaminated water and hazardous conditions at Michigan mobile home park

By Carlos Delgado and Janel Flechsig, 11 April 2016

Despite intimidation from the community’s management, residents spoke with WSWS reporters at length about the brutal conditions of life inside the community.

Fifty years since the Delano to Sacramento march: The myth of Cesar Chavez and the collapse of the United Farm Workers

Part one

By Eric London, 11 April 2016

The union founded by Chavez has become nothing more than a business operated by family members.

CSIS report argues for strong US-Japan-Australia alliance against China

By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2016

The Washington think tank’s proposed “federated defence” is nothing but a system of military alliances to prepare for war with China—akin to the alliances that preceded the previous two world wars.

Bowing to Democratic Party pressure, Sanders pledges to back Clinton

By Patrick Martin, 9 April 2016

After declaring that Clinton was “not qualified” to be president because of her ties to Wall Street and support for the Iraq War, Sanders reversed himself.

Western powers press ahead with plans for new war in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 9 April 2016

Italy, the EU and the US are preparing their next military intervention in Libya.

Racketeering lawsuit filed against Michigan governor, officials over Flint poisoning

By James Brewer, 9 April 2016

State and local officials are accused of conceiving and enacting a “wrongful scheme” to sell Flint residents “poisoned drinking water from a new, free water source.”

Texas carries out sixth execution of the year

By Shelley Connor, 9 April 2016

Pablo Lucio Vasquez was the 11th person executed in the US since the beginning of the year.

West Virginia budget impasse threatens public employee healthcare

By Clement Daly, 9 April 2016

Faced with a $120 million budget shortfall, the West Virginia Public Employee Insurance Agency has approved draconian cuts to the healthcare of some 230,000 state workers and retirees.