By Douglas Lyons, 4 March 2015
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is threatening a Detroit-style bankruptcy if pension cuts for tens of thousands of municipal workers are not pushed through.
By Andre Damon, 28 February 2015
The latest figures belie claims that the US is a counterbalance to the overall slump and deflation that now encompass most of the world.
By Patrick Martin, 28 February 2015
The remarks by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker demonstrate the ferocious hostility of the entire US ruling elite, Democrat as well as Republican, towards the working class.
By Thomas Gaist, 28 February 2015
Judge Steven Rhodes said he regretted that the Detroit bankruptcy did not eliminate defined benefit pensions altogether for the city’s retirees.
By Kevin Martinez, 28 February 2015
The companies are among the most profitable multinational corporations in the world, with deep ties to the Obama administration and the federal government.
By Tom Hall, 28 February 2015
Persian Gulf regimes and huge military contractors gave tens of millions of dollars to the foundation, which functions as an auxiliary institution in American imperialist foreign policy.
By Nick Barrickman, 28 February 2015
According to a spokesperson for Schweich, he had been preparing to go public with allegations of anti-Semitism against state Republican Party Chairman, John Hancock.
By Andre Damon, 27 February 2015
The Guardian newspaper has revealed the existence of a “black site” on the West Side of Chicago, where police detain, beat and torture prisoners.
By Thomas Gaist, 27 February 2015
Three years after the killing of the unarmed teen in Florida, the US government announced it would not press civil rights charges against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2015
As in so many similar “home-grown terrorism” cases brought by the government, a confidential informant was at the center of the alleged crimes.
By Ed Hightower, 27 February 2015
New prison regulations isolate inmates from visitors, including their attorneys.
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By Evan Blake, 27 February 2015
The ongoing revelations of the killing in Pasco, Washington have renewed protests against police brutality and wanton killings of unarmed people across the US.
By Andre Damon, 24 February 2015
The White House economic report released last week seeks to justify right-wing, pro-business policies in the name of “middle-class economics.”
By Niles Williamson, 24 February 2015
The right-to-work law is reactionary and undemocratic, but opposition from the trade unions is based on defending their role as a mechanism for suppressing working class resistance.
By Jeff Lusanne, 24 February 2015
A Department of Transportation report predicts derailments could occur near populated areas and cause fatalities.
By Nancy Hanover, 21 February 2015
The Obama administration is promoting a low-paid untrained corps of “near-peers” while continuing to propose cuts in federal funding.
By Gabriel Black, 21 February 2015
On social media, striking oil refinery workers have expressed overwhelming support for a national strike and anger towards the divisive policy of the United Steelworkers union.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2015
With all the talk about confronting the “root causes” of terrorism, not a word was spoken about the chain of catastrophes unleashed by US imperialism over the past decade.
By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 20 February 2015
The budget proposed by Governor Bruce Rauner, a hedge-fund multi-millionaire, demonstrates the savagery of Wall Street’s attack on the working class.
By Richard Phillips, 20 February 2015
The Australian government’s defence of the illegal incarceration and torture of David Hicks is a warning that it is preparing to ramp up the “war on terror” and its attacks on democratic rights.
By Rafael Azul, 20 February 2015
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez has gone to California to press the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to impose another sellout agreement on West Coast dockworkers.
By Jeff Lusanne and Evan Blake, 20 February 2015
A record cold spell across the Eastern half of the United States has caused dozens of deaths among the most vulnerable sections of society: the homeless, the poor, and the elderly.
By Toby Reese, 20 February 2015
Tax penalties imposed on the uninsured who fail to sign up for health coverage by the February 15 deadline will be higher than last year.
By Kevin Martinez, 20 February 2015
Over 80,000 people languish in solitary confinement in the country’s penitentiaries, sometimes for years or decades at a time.
By Thomas Gaist, 20 February 2015
The growing determination of oil workers has made it impossible for the United Steelworkers union, up to this point, to bring back another sellout deal.
By Tom Carter, 19 February 2015
The American political and media establishment bears a significant portion of the responsibility for the spurt of racist attacks on Muslims.
By Sanjaya Jayasekera, 19 February 2015
Samaraweera’s trip underscores the rapid transformation of relations between the two countries since the Sirisena government was installed in Colombo.
By Andre Damon, 18 February 2015
The Obama administration, no less than the Republicans, accepts the premise that undocumented immigrants are “criminals” who must face harsh and punitive sanctions.
By Jeff Lusanne, 18 February 2015
Major railroads are pursuing attacks on railroad workers at the expense of working conditions and safety.
By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2015
The 69-year-old Vietnam veteran was found huddled under blankets next to a space heater.
By Ed Hightower, 17 February 2015
Poor residents are routinely jailed for inability to pay traffic tickets, court costs and other debts in Ferguson and Jennings, Missouri.
By James Cogan, 16 February 2015
The expansion of US-Australia military relations is bound up with the US “pivot to Asia.”
By Ben McGrath, 16 February 2015
American historians have signed a statement condemning the Japanese government’s attempts to whitewash the military’s abuse of “comfort women” in the 1930s and 1940s.
By Andre Damon, 14 February 2015
The attack on pensions is proceeding with complete disregard for the law, riding roughshod over state constitutional provisions protecting benefits that employees have earned over decades of toil.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Hall, 14 February 2015
57-year-old Indian national Sureshbhai Patel required spinal surgery after he was slammed into the ground by Madison police.
By Samuel Davidson, 14 February 2015
The death toll is rising steadily as utility costs and cold temperatures force many people to use dangerous space heaters to keep warm.
By our reporters, 14 February 2015
As the strike of US oil workers enters its second week, the WSWS spoke to picketers at the Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery in Martinez, California.
As US oil strike nears end of second week
By Jerry White, 13 February 2015
Coinciding with punitive actions against striking oil workers, the lockout of dock workers is part of an offensive against workers’ demands for improved wages and conditions.
By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2015
The near-unanimous vote shows the lockstep support of both Republicans and Democrats for a policy of militarism and worldwide aggression.
By Ed Hightower, 13 February 2015
The presence of a CIA spy on the defense team fits the show trial character of the proceedings as a whole, which make a mockery of due process.
By Tom Hall, 13 February 2015
A report by the Vera Institute of Justice compares American jails to debtors’ prisons and “de facto mental hospitals” housing prisoners unable to pay onerous fees.
By Evan Blake, 13 February 2015
The killings have sparked protests internationally, as the victims’ families demand a hate crime investigation.
By John Marion, 13 February 2015
The breakdown of the Greater Boston public transportation system, caused by years of grossly inadequate maintenance funding, has deepened in the wake of another storm.
By Kristina Betinis, 13 February 2015
The new governor has halted payment of agency fees to public employee unions as part of a broader policy of budget cuts and austerity.
By Lawrence Porter, 13 February 2015
The fire station nearest to the house was shuttered due to budget cuts.
By Adam Mclean, 12 February 2015
The ruling paves the way for cities throughout California and nationwide to use bankruptcy courts to slash pensions.
By Sandy English, 12 February 2015
Peter Liang, the New York City police officer who shot Brooklyn resident Akai Gurley last November, will face charges of manslaughter.
By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 10 February 2015
The White House meeting focused on the intensifying crisis in Ukraine, as the US considers massive arms shipments.
By Jerry White, 10 February 2015
The strike is a harbinger of a renewal of open class struggle in the United States with far-reaching implications in the US and internationally.
By Evan Winters and Phyllis Scherrer, 10 February 2015
This dramatic downgrade graphically illustrates the reality of health care rationing for the poor and working class in the United States, supported by the entire political establishment.
By Ed Hightower, 10 February 2015
Police in Norfolk follow the national trend of attack first, ask questions later.
By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2015
The document elaborates the American ruling class’ view that the US is “the world’s leading global power with interests in every part of an increasingly interconnected world.”
As walkout spreads to Indiana, Ohio BP refineries
By Jerry White and E.P. Bannon, 7 February 2015
The Obama administration is concerned that the USW could lose control and the struggle could inspire other sections of workers into action against deteriorating wages and working conditions.
By Nick Barrickman, 7 February 2015
Media figures and politicians hailed the latest US jobs report as evidence of an economic turnaround, ignoring the thousands of store closings and layoffs announced in recent days.
By Evan Blake, 6 February 2015
The company has been squeezed by competition from Walmart and Amazon, as well as Best Buy and other traditional electronics retailers.
By Nick Barrickman, 6 February 2015
The deal, which will lead to job losses for thousands of workers, is part of the growing monopolization in all parts of the American economy.
By Ed Hightower, 6 February 2015
US prosecutors routinely use false testimony to obtain criminal convictions. They are rarely, if ever, punished for it.
By E.P. Bannon and Jerry White, 6 February 2015
With largely symbolic picketing doing little to hurt production, the companies can afford to wait for the union to wear down workers who have lost pay and health care.
By Niles Williamson, 5 February 2015
Moussaoui’s account conforms to what is known about the open secret of the 9/11 attacks: that they were largely financed by one of the US’s chief allies in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia.
By Fred Mazelis, 5 February 2015
The latest accident comes only 14 months after a derailment that killed four and involved the same Metro-North commuter line.
By E.P. Bannon, 5 February 2015
Low oil prices have sparked layoffs and pay cuts throughout all sectors of industry.
By Will Morrow, 5 February 2015
A recent Australian Financial Review article highlights the far-reaching implications of Canberra’s alignment with the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”
By Dietmar Henning, 4 February 2015
The Alternative for Germany is seeking to mobilize extreme right-wing forces and appeal to anti-Islamic sentiment.
By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 4 February 2015
While workers are looking for a serious struggle, the United Steelworkers has limited the job action to largely symbolic picketing at nine out of 65 unionized refineries.
By Andre Damon, 3 February 2015
Obama’s 2016 budget, cynically packaged as a populist boon to the middle class at the expense of the rich, in reality continues the reactionary policies of austerity, war and repression.
By Jerry White, 3 February 2015
Shell and other international oil firms are opposing workers’ demands for improved wages and safety conditions.
By Eric London and Matt Rigel, 3 February 2015
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016, plans to slash $300 million from the state’s public universities.
By Tom Hall, 3 February 2015
The appointed commission’s report released last Thursday calls for slashing pension payouts for new veterans by twenty percent and opening the VA hospital system up to for-profit insurance companies.
By Andre Damon, 31 January 2015
The official response to protests across the US against police murders has been repression, the whitewashing of killer cops, and the linking of political opposition to terrorism.
By Mike Ingram, 31 January 2015
A number of deaths have been attributed to the storm that dumped record levels of snow across much of New England this week.
By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2015
Official Washington can defend the crimes of US imperialism only with repression.
By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2015
In a major giveaway to US energy corporations, the Department of the Interior announced that it would open a large section of the Atlantic coast to oil and gas drilling for the first time.
By E.P. Bannon, 31 January 2015
Under the guise of the “war on drugs,” the federal government is moving to create a centralized database of all drivers’ movements throughout the country.
By Trent Novak, 31 January 2015
In his first move since taking office last week, Maryland’s newly inaugurated governor, Republican Larry Hogan, unveiled an austerity budget aimed at eliminating a $750 million shortfall.
By Andre Damon, 30 January 2015
In the period between 1979 and 2007, every state in the US saw the income share of the top 1 percent grow by at least 25 percent.
Notes on police violence in America
By Evan Blake, 30 January 2015
The incident follows the police shooting of 16-year-old Jessica Hernandez in Denver, Colorado this week.
By James Brewer, 30 January 2015
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced they would not pursue a third trial against Officer Joseph Weekley for the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones.
By Kate Randall, 30 January 2015
The US Supreme Court decided not to grant reprieves to two death row inmates executed this week who demonstrated clear mental disabilities.
By Jerry White, 30 January 2015
The penalty is a minimum of $95 for individuals but can be one percent of family income—potentially hundreds of dollars—if a dependent is not covered.
By our reporters, 30 January 2015
In line with its strategy of subordinating workers to the Democratic Party, AFSCME limited the strike by doctors to one day, focused on claims of unfair labor practices.
By Barry Grey, 29 January 2015
The Fed has come under increasing pressure from Wall Street to delay any rate hike until the final months of this year or some time in 2016.
By Clement Daly, 29 January 2015
Chemical spills and leaks are endemic throughout the US, threatening the health and safety of the population and the quality of the environment.
By Jerry White, 29 January 2015
The residents of New York City were subjected to warnings of a “historic snowstorm,” declarations of states of emergency and a virtual lockdown for what turned out to be a few inches of snow.
By Kate Randall, 28 January 2015
The realignment of Medicare more directly with the profit dictates of the market will become the model for the American health care system as a whole.
By Nick Beams, 28 January 2015
William White, former chief economist at the Bank for International Settlements, declared, “We’re seeing true currency wars and everybody is doing it, and I have no idea where this is going to end.”
By Sandy English, 28 January 2015
The blizzard knocked out electricity for thousands and prompted a shutdown of transportation in major metropolitan areas.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 January 2015
Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly, was indicted for accepting bribes and influence peddling.
By Sandy English, 26 January 2015
The horrific beating of Robert Hinton was only one case in a string of violence and murder in New York City’s Rikers Island prison.
By Bryan Dyne, 26 January 2015
Residents of Glendive, Montana were forced to use bottled water for five days after the January 17 spill.
By Alexander Fangmann, 26 January 2015
While deep disagreements remain between the regimes in Havana and Washington, the movement towards the resumption of relations continues at great speed.
By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2015
The new Republican chairman of the committee has demanded the Obama administration return all copies of the report on CIA torture.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Hall, 23 January 2015
Officers shot Jerame Reid nine times as he got out of a car with his hands raised.
By E.P. Bannon, 23 January 2015
Roughly 8.5 percent of all deaths across the country for the week ending on January 10 resulted from influenza or pneumonia.
By Jason Melanovski, 23 January 2015
Cuomo said building casinos was "safe, clean economic development."
By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 22 January 2015
The delusional character of Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday is perhaps matched only by its presentation by the media and supporters of the Democratic Party.
By Andre Damon, 22 January 2015
The Obama administration’s decision not to pursue civil rights charges against Darren Wilson is only the final act in the drive to shield Darren Wilson from prosecution.
By Evan Blake, 22 January 2015
Experts said cost-cutting by a construction company may have led to the collapse.
By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2015
The State of the Union speech delivered by President Obama Tuesday night painted a picture of America and the world that is the diametric opposite of the real conditions of social crisis, economic breakdown and imperialist war.
By Isaac Finn, 21 January 2015
The cop who killed Gurley last November was conducting a “vertical patrol,” a regular NYPD tactic, with his gun drawn.