United States

22,600 retired US coal miners face loss of health benefits on May 1

By Samuel Davidson, 26 April 2017

Many retired miners threatened with the loss of health insurance have debilitating diseases such as black lung and emphysema but are too young to qualify for Medicare.

“People were being arrested for nothing”

Flint residents denounce arrests at town hall meeting

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

Six Flint residents were arrested for exercising their freedom of speech at last week’s public “Town Hall” meeting.

“What they did to this city is criminal”

Flint residents march on third anniversary of lead poisoning

By Larry Porter, 26 April 2017

Hundreds of Flint residents marched to City Hall Tuesday to protest the failure of federal, state and local officials to address the disaster they all had a hand in creating.

Behind funding deadline theatrics, Democrats back Trump’s war on immigrants, increased military spending

By Barry Grey, 26 April 2017

Charles Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, attacked the plan for a border wall while declaring that a combination of border policing and new technology, including drones, would be “a much more effective way to secure the border.”

Wall Street to cut Obama his first six-figure check

By Niles Niemuth, 26 April 2017

Financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald will reportedly pay the former president $400,000 to speak at a health care conference in September.

Writers’ Guild of America members authorize strike

By Marc Wells, 26 April 2017

An overwhelming 96.3 percent of the 6,310 members of the WGA who cast ballots voted to authorize a strike against film and TV producers.

More voices of the March for Science

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

Dozens of scientists, students, workers and other supporters of science spoke with Socialist Equality Party supporters during marches on April 22.

Life expectancy on the rise in US, but only for the rich

By Kathleen Martin, 26 April 2017

A recent study shows the growing gap between life expectancies for the rich and poor is 12.7 years difference on average.

Trump summons the Senate to the White House

By Andre Damon, 26 April 2017

The entire US Senate will go to the White House today to be briefed by military officials on preparations for a possible military strike against North Korea.

Ann Arbor, Michigan father of two faces deportation

By Lawrence Porter, 25 April 2017

A rally was held Monday in support of Jose Luis Sanchez-Ronquillo, an undocumented Mexican immigrant with two American children who has lived in Michigan for nearly 20 years.

Sanders campaigns for anti-abortion Democrat in Nebraska

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2017

Since Clinton’s defeat in the presidential election, Sanders has become one of the most prominent national spokesmen for the Democratic Party.

After vacation with billionaires

Obama returns to Chicago to promote “civic engagement”

By Kristina Betinis, 25 April 2017

The former president attended two small events focused on youth in politics, and exposed the unbridgeable divide between the Democratic Party and the vast majority of the population.

Voices of the March for Science

By our reporters, 25 April 2017

Dozens of scientists, students, workers and other supporters of science spoke with Socialist Equality Party supporters during marches on April 22.

Detroit father deported after 19 years in the US

By Tyler Van Dyke, 25 April 2017

Mario Hernandez-Delacruz was deported earlier this month and faces being barred from visiting his family in the United States for up to 20 years.

The double-execution horror in Arkansas

By Kate Randall, 25 April 2017

The world looked on in horror last night as two death row inmates were put to death in the first double-execution since 2000.

Hundreds of thousands march worldwide to defend science

By Patrick Martin, 24 April 2017

More than 600 marches and protests were held in support of the main demonstration in Washington, DC, which drew about 75,000 people.

Arkansas double-execution planned tonight as part of unprecedented killing spree

By Kate Randall, 24 April 2017

Arkansas authorities have vowed to carry out the remaining three executions on their “assembly line” schedule

Hawaii to modernize nuclear fallout shelters

By Niles Niemuth, 24 April 2017

As the Trump administration threatens to strike nuclear-armed North Korea, Hawaii is requesting the Pentagon's assistance in updating nuclear fallout shelters and disaster plans.

Hundreds of Afghan soldiers die in Taliban attack

By Jordan Shilton, 24 April 2017

The penetration of the Afghan army’s largest base in the north shows that the control of the US puppet regime in Kabul, over wide swathes of the country, is nonexistent.

US prepares military response to world-historic famine in sub-Saharan Africa, Arabian Peninsula

By Thomas Gaist, 24 April 2017

The American military is “war-gaming procedures to work in a famine-type environment,” according to AFRICOM commander General Thomas Waldhauser.

Maine to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients

By John Marion, 24 April 2017

Governor Paul LePage expects to receive federal approval for an attack on Medicaid.

Arkansas carries out first of five “assembly line” executions

US Supreme Court clears way after 5-4 ruling on lethal injection drug

By Kate Randall, 22 April 2017

Ledell Lee saw some four-and-a-half torturous hours pass between his originally scheduled 7 p.m. execution and the time he was marched into the execution chamber.

Homeland Security chief defends deportation of DREAMer immigrant

By Shelley Connor, 22 April 2017

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly defended the deportation of Juan Manuel Montes, a Mexican native expelled from the US in February despite being actively enrolled in the DACA program.

Hundreds of thousands to participate in worldwide “March for Science”

By Bryan Dyne, 22 April 2017

Scientists, researchers, workers and youth are marching today in at least 130 countries encompassing six continents in the world’s largest pro-science demonstration to date.

“To the staff of the WSWS and its readers”

A response from a scientist to “Science and socialism”

22 April 2017

The defense of science cannot take place on the basis of either skepticism about wide layers of the population or American nationalism.

US defense secretary targets Syria with chemical weapons allegation

By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2017

The charge against Damascus is aimed at providing a pretext for renewed US aggression.

Canadian government seeks to placate Trump following NAFTA comments

By Roger Jordan, 22 April 2017

Trump’s sharp criticism of Canada over its trading practices in a number of economic sectors prompted a conciliatory response from Ottawa.

Police provocation at Flint Town Hall results in six arrests

By James Brewer, 22 April 2017

The meeting, called as a follow-up to Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s announcement on the future of the city’s water system, was held at a church with heavy police presence.

Over 8.3 million American adults suffer from severe psychological distress

By Kathleen Martin, 22 April 2017

Research released by the Psychiatric Services journal indicates disturbing growth of psychological distress in the United States, correlating directly to the continuing economic crisis.

A surge in Minnesota of homeless elderly

By Gary Joad, 22 April 2017

The number of homeless persons 55- to 80-years-old in the state increased by 45 percent between 2012 and 2015.

US steps up campaign against Julian Assange

By Barry Grey, 22 April 2017

The World Socialist Web Site condemns the reported preparations of the US Justice Department to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with espionage and issue an arrest warrant against him.

Detroit resumes mass water shutoffs with nearly 18,000 households at risk

By Shannon Jones, 21 April 2017

This month marks the beginning of an annual spring offensive by utilities across the US targeting the poorest and most vulnerable sections of the population for service disconnection.

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez found dead in his prison cell

By Alan Gilman, 21 April 2017

On the day that his former teammates were being honored at the White House, former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell.

First reported deportation of “DREAMer” immigrant protected under Obama-era program

By Barry Grey, 20 April 2017

The response of the Trump administration to the suit filed by Montes is indicative of its contempt for democratic rights and the savage character of its dragnet against immigrants.

Special election for House seat in Georgia heads to June runoff

By Niles Niemuth, 20 April 2017

Democrat Jon Ossoff led in the primary election Tuesday, but failed to reach the 50 percent mark required to win the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Forty percent of Michigan households struggle to make ends meet

By Debra Watson, 20 April 2017

Some 40 percent of Michigan households do not have incomes that cover basic necessities, according to a recent report.

Sanders begins nationwide tour to promote Democratic Party

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 April 2017

Bernie Sanders is offering the new Democratic National Committee chairman, Tom Perez, a “left” cover in a cross-country tour aimed at containing growing opposition to the Trump administration.

Backdrop to Trump’s speech: The social disaster in Kenosha, Wisconsin

By Christopher Davion, 19 April 2017

President Trump chose Kenosha for the location for his “Buy American, Hire American” executive order

After last-minute reprieve for one prisoner

Arkansas determined to execute five death row inmates by end of April

By Kate Randall, 19 April 2017

Despite a series of setbacks to their assembly-line state killing schedule, Arkansas officials are pressing forward with the planned lethal injections.

Immigrant arrests up 33 percent since Trump inauguration

By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2017

The swelling total of detained immigrants, many of them with no criminal record, is clogging the courts and detention centers.

BP oil well blowout in North Alaska

By Matthew Taylor, 18 April 2017

The natural gas and crude oil spill highlights the recent history of BP and other oil companies’ record of safety and environmental violations.

US threats of war against North Korea continue

By Peter Symonds, 17 April 2017

The Trump administration is continuing to warn that military force could be used in response to any nuclear or missile test by Pyongyang.

Syrian rebels massacre at least 126 civilians in suicide bomb blast

By Jordan Shilton, 17 April 2017

The general indifference shown to the victims of this brutal massacre exposes once again the hypocrisy of the crusaders for “human rights” in the US and Europe.

Democrats push anti-Russian campaign at “tax day” protests

By our reporters, 17 April 2017

While several tens of thousands participated across the country, the turnout fell far short of previous anti-Trump protests.

Judge temporarily blocks Arkansas execution spree

By Brad Dixon, 17 April 2017

A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction to block the planned execution of six inmates over 11 days in the state of Arkansas.

Amazon workers denounce working conditions

By Evan Blake, 17 April 2017

Workers at Amazon distribution centers describe a stifling atmosphere of intimidation by company management, while denouncing the Trump administration and the drive to war.

Tesla’s market valuation pushes past Ford and GM

By Gabriel Black, 17 April 2017

Unbridled speculation and a shift towards high-tech products, like automated cars, explains the electric car manufacturer’s seemingly absurd valuation.

“The only ones who gain from war are those in power, the upper one percent”

US autoworkers denounce drive to World War III, demand freedom for Maruti Suzuki workers

By Marcus Day and George Gallanis, 17 April 2017

Autoworkers at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant (CAP) and at Fiat Chrysler’s Warren Truck plant in suburban Detroit denounced the threat of nuclear war and signed a petition to demand the freedom of the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India.

China appeals to US to back down from war with North Korea

By James Cogan, 15 April 2017

Amid media claims that North Korea is on the verge of another weapons test, the US military is continuing its provocative operations in North East Asia.

CIA Director calls WikiLeaks an “enemy,” says Assange has “no First Amendment freedoms”

By Eric London, 15 April 2017

Pompeo’s speech lays out the new standard: the First Amendment only applies to speech that the CIA deems tolerable.

Russia and Iran issue warning against further US attack on Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 15 April 2017

Russia and Iran warned that any US attack in Syria would have “grave consequences” for the region and the world.

Trump makes pro-insurance company changes to Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 15 April 2017

The giant private insurers claim that Americans are “gaming” the ACA by signing up only when they get sick and dropping out after receiving medical treatment.

Trump’s new federal law blocks state funding for Planned Parenthood

By Kathleen Martin, 15 April 2017

The move is part of a broader attack on healthcare and the right to abortion services.

Media, political establishment treat dropping of biggest bomb since Hiroshima as nonevent

By Barry Grey, 15 April 2017

The first-ever use in combat of the most destructive nonnuclear weapon in the US arsenal evoked no significant protest from either the media or the political establishment in the US and Europe.

“In a nuclear war between the US and Russia, everybody in the world would die”

Nuclear experts speak on the dangers of war between the US and Russia

By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 15 April 2017

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with Steven Starr and Greg Mello, both experts on the consequences of nuclear war.

US drops largest non-nuclear weapon on Afghanistan: A crime against humanity

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 14 April 2017

Even as the US government and media churned out war propaganda over the fabricated “chemical weapons” attack in Syria, Washington was preparing to drop its largest non-nuclear weapon.

Trump plans detention force and network of camps for immigrants

By Eric London, 14 April 2017

According to a memo made public by the Washington Post, the total number of immigrants detained will rise to a daily average of 70,000.

Hundreds of jailed immigrants join hunger strike in Tacoma, Washington

By a reporter, 14 April 2017

Immigrants at the for-profit detention center are denied adequate food, clothing and healthcare and are paid just $1 per day for prison labor.

Lawyers race to save seven Arkansas death row inmates from “execution by assembly line”

By Kate Randall, 14 April 2017

Lawyers argued in federal court that the state’s accelerated execution schedule will subject the condemned inmates to cruel and unusual punishment.

UAW executives get pay raises as worker pay tumbles

By Shannon Jones, 14 April 2017

An analysis of its 2016 US Labor Department filing makes clear the UAW is not a workers’ organization but a business largely funded by the auto bosses.

Fallout continues from beating of United Airlines passenger David Dao

By Marcus Day, 14 April 2017

The 69-year-old doctor violently dragged off a United Airlines flight last Sunday sustained serious injuries, including a broken nose and the loss of several teeth.

US Steel plant in Indiana spills contaminated wastewater into Lake Michigan

By Benjamin Mateus, 14 April 2017

The leakage of wastewater containing the cancer-causing chemical hexavalent chromium led to beach closures and the shutdown of a drinking water intake.

Notes on police violence

Video shows Sacramento police beating man for allegedly “jaywalking”

By Kevin Martinez, 14 April 2017

An as yet unidentified officer violently assaulted Nandi Cain Jr., grabbing him by the neck, then throwing him to the pavement and punching him in the face repeatedly.

Talks in Moscow fail to dispel rising US-Russian tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2017

Five hours of talks between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian officials left relations between the two major nuclear powers at what both sides described as a low point.

Canada joins Washington in charging Russia with complicity in “war crimes”

By Roger Jordan, 13 April 2017

The Trudeau government is providing strong backing to the Trump administration’s moves to escalate military conflict in the Middle East and pursue confrontation with Russia.

Trump’s attorney general threatens immigrants in speech at US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 13 April 2017

Jeff Sessions threatened mass deportations and to criminally prosecute immigrants who re-enter the US and those who shield or harbor undocumented immigrants.

Trump administration orders federal agencies to begin cutting jobs and programs

By Zaida Green, 13 April 2017

The memo ends the federal hiring freeze and orders agencies to take “immediate actions” to cut jobs to comply with the federal budget for 2018.

Narrow Republican victory in Kansas special election

By Shelley Connor, 13 April 2017

Ron Estes won the vacant Republican-held seat for the Fourth Congressional District of Kansas by a mere eight percentage points.

Two more US coal miners killed

By Naomi Spencer, 13 April 2017

Two accidents in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky coal mines bring to five the total number of US coal miners killed this year.

Despite G7 endorsement of Syria airstrike, US-Europe divisions grow

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 12 April 2017

Notwithstanding their vocal support for last week’s US missile strike on Syria, the European powers are increasingly coming into conflict with the US over trade and foreign policy.

The United Airlines beating of David Dao and the case for public ownership of the airline industry

By Eric London, 12 April 2017

The beating of the 69-year-old doctor is a brutal outcome of decades of deregulation, monopolization and financialization in the airline industry.

China offers plan to ease trade tensions with US

By Nick Beams, 11 April 2017

Trump officials struck a conciliatory tone following discussions on trade with Chinese president Xi Jinping, but Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he expected “tangible results.”

Three dead in San Bernardino, California school shooting

By Ben McGrath, 11 April 2017

The poverty and declining social conditions found in cities like San Bernardino are major contributing factors in now routine outbursts of mass violence.

Gorsuch restores ultra-right majority on US Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2017

The new justice was confirmed by the Senate on Friday and sworn in on Monday.

Super-rich in America live 15 years longer than the poorest 1 percent

By Kate Randall, 11 April 2017

Income-based disparities in US life expectancy are worsened by the for-profit US health care system.

Chicago Teachers Union calls off one-day strike vote

By Kristina Betinis, 11 April 2017

Just hours before a scheduled vote on a one-day walkout union head Karen Lewis announced, “No, we’re not striking.”

Subprime auto loans threaten new crisis

By J. Cooper, 11 April 2017

Wall Street is concerned at the surge in auto loan defaults, a further indication that the sales boom of recent years is winding down.

Under US instruction, UK foreign secretary abandons visit to Russia

By Chris Marsden, 10 April 2017

In line with the Trump administration, the Conservative government is demanding regime change in Syria and preparing a military offensive to that end.

UK: Corbyn issues mealy-mouthed personal protest as Labour Party lines up behind Syria war drive

By Robert Stevens, 10 April 2017

Corbyn’s statement only served to underscore the domination of the pro-war right within the Labour Party.

Spanish ruling class closes ranks behind Washington’s attack on Syria

By Alejandro López, 10 April 2017

Spanish social democrats and their political and media allies are now lining up behind the Trump administration after it began bombing Syria.

Canadian PM gives full-throated support to US missile strike on Syria

By Roger Jordan, 10 April 2017

Trudeau’s remarks make clear that Canada is preparing to expand its military intervention both in the Middle East and against Russia in Eastern Europe.

Florida anti-war protesters attacked, arrested in police provocation

By Matthew Taylor, 10 April 2017

First-hand evidence clearly show that the incident on Friday was provoked by the sheriff’s department in concert with a well-known right-wing provocateur.

East Chicago mayor refuses to reveal plan for lead-poisoned housing complex

By Jessica Goldstein and Benjamin Mateus, 10 April 2017

The US Environmental Protection Agency determined that the relocation of West Calumet residents was unnecessary.

Number of Americans defaulting on student loans reaches 4.2 million

By Philip Andrea and Genevieve Leigh, 10 April 2017

A new analysis by the Consumer Federation of America shows that the total amount of student debt owed has tripled in the last decade to a staggering $1.3 trillion.

Trump’s budget cuts likely to have dire impact on US transit projects

By Alan Whyte, 10 April 2017

In his proposed 2018 budget, President Donald Trump has included draconian cuts for federal funding for various transit projects, called New Starts grants.

US strikes on Syria dominate Trump-Xi talks

By Peter Symonds, 8 April 2017

The unprovoked act of aggression sent a menacing warning to Chinese President Xi that the US was prepared to use military force without warning to achieve its ends.

US intensifies military training operations across Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 8 April 2017

The growing number of training exercises and operations coordinated by AFRICOM point to a “pivot to Africa” and make clear Washington’s aim of imperialist domination of the African continent.

Sharp fall in US jobs growth in March

By Shannon Jones, 8 April 2017

The worst job numbers since May 2016 underscore the disconnect between surging stock prices and the underlying economy, and the fraud of Trump’s “jobs” agenda.

Majority of students cannot afford 95 percent of US colleges

By Kathleen Martin, 8 April 2017

Tuition hikes and funding cutbacks have effectively educationally crippled millions of working class students and youth.

Detroit woman faces 15 years in prison over graffiti incident

By Tyler Van Dyke, 8 April 2017

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and his administration continue to pursue vindictive punishment in cases involving graffiti.

Final demolition of Pittsburgh housing complex makes way for up-scale development

By Evan Winters, 8 April 2017

The final dozen or so residents of the Penn Plaza complex have been forced out and demolition work has begun, underscoring the lack of affordable housing throughout the city.

The US attack on Syria: A prelude to wider war

By Andre Damon, 8 April 2017

The United States’ blatantly illegal attack on Syria has immediately drawn demands for further escalation from leading Democrats and the media.

Lies and hypocrisy over Syrian “gas attack”

By Patrick Martin, 8 April 2017

The chemical weapons supposedly used in Idlib were destroyed three years ago under US supervision.

Civil engineers report on US infrastructure neglects danger of lead drinking water pipes

By James Brewer, 7 April 2017

In its category covering drinking water, the American Society of Civil Engineers US infrastructure report card fails to mention the urgent need to replace all lead pipes.

Trump approves limit on OSHA’s ability to track workplace injuries and deaths

By Shelley Connor, 7 April 2017

President Trump has signed into law a joint resolution that gives a green light to employers to flout workplace safety standards.

US security chief defends police-state measures against immigrants, visitors and citizens

By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2017

The Trump administration is considering requiring visitors to hand over their cellphones and social media passwords when they apply for a visa.

US justice department signals rollback of even limited police oversight

By Niles Niemuth, 5 April 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions signed a memo Friday ordering an evaluation of the DOJ’s activities concerning the practices of local police forces including compliance reviews and consent decrees.

Civil engineers’ report details decrepit state of US infrastructure

By Matthew Taylor, 5 April 2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the US a D- in its latest report card on the state of the nation’s schools, bridges, roads, water systems and other critical infrastructure.

Three dead, four injured in boiler explosion at St. Louis factory

By George Marlowe, 4 April 2017

Among those killed in the explosion were two newly hired workers filling out paperwork a block away at Faultless Healthcare Linens.

Black Lives Matter cashes in on black capitalism

By Lawrence Porter and Nancy Hanover, 4 April 2017

The class character of Black Lives Matter has become exceedingly clear as it openly embraces “Backing Black Business,” a new “black debit card” and other opportunities under the Trump administration.