United States

Democratic convention opens: An agenda of militarism and war

By Barry Grey, 25 July 2016

The program of global militarism at the heart of the Clinton campaign is combined with the ferocious promotion of racial and gender politics.

Clinton’s VP pick Tim Kaine: A supporter of war and big business

By Tom Hall, 25 July 2016

The selection of a figure with Kaine’s political resume is a clear indication of the right-wing administration that Clinton intends to form if she is elected president.

Leaked emails show Democratic National Committee targeting Sanders campaign

By Isaac Finn, 25 July 2016

WikiLeaks released thousands of emails that detail the Democratic Party’s dirty dealings and collusion with mainstream media.

Democrats oversee record level of extreme poverty in Philadelphia

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 July 2016

The Democratic National Convention opens Monday in Philadelphia, a city where the Democrat's preside over extreme poverty, massive inequality and a dilapidated education system.

Severe heat wave spread across much of US

By Evan Blake, 25 July 2016

The heat wave crisis stems from global warming, which scientists have repeatedly warned will cause an ever-increasing frequency of extreme weather events.

Virginia Supreme Court orders revocation of voting rights for 200,000 felons

By Shelley Connor, 25 July 2016

The ruling, which passed 4-3, struck down an executive order that would have reinstated the voting rights of Virginians who had completed sentences for felonies.

Paul Krugman attacks Trump from the right on Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 23 July 2016

Trump’s questioning whether the US should go to war over the Baltic states prompted denunciations from both “liberal” Democrats like Krugman and right-wing Republicans.

In signal to military, Hillary Clinton picks Senator Tim Kaine as running mate

By Tom Hall, 23 July 2016

In selecting Kaine, Clinton is making clear that she plans on running a right-wing, pro-war campaign targeted at winning over the military and sections of the Republican Party dissatisfied with Trump.

US government investigates allegations Fiat-Chrysler falsified sales figures

By Shannon Jones, 23 July 2016

The auto company confirmed that it is under investigation by both the SEC and the FBI for an alleged scheme to pad its monthly sales totals.

State officials work to obscure water crisis in Flint

By Carlos Delgado, 23 July 2016

The appointment of BP’s former spokesperson as Michigan’s new environmental director highlights the official cover-up in the Flint water crisis.

Minnesota nurses contract talks continue with Allina Health

By Matt Rigel, 23 July 2016

Negotiators for Allina Health are sticking fast to their demands for the gutting of health care plans for 4,800 nurses in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro region.

The pro-capitalist program of the US Green Party

By Tom Hall, 23 July 2016

The Green Party is a bourgeois party, representing the interests of privileged strata of the upper-middle class.

Workers discuss social crisis in Philadelphia on eve of Democratic National Convention

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 23 July 2016

Workers and young people spoke with Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, Jerry White, about social inequality in the city.

Trump delivers fascistic rant to conclude Republican National Convention

By Joseph Kishore, 22 July 2016

Donald Trump’s remarks combined empty demagogy with calls for an attack on immigrants, the restoration of “law and order” and the removal of all restraints on the accumulation of wealth.

Calls for violence, repression and war dominate day three of Republican Convention

By Patrick Martin, 21 July 2016

Two Republican convention delegates, both Trump supporters, have called for the execution of his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

California transportation workers reject sellout contract

By Isaac Finn, 21 July 2016

Caltrans maintenance workers, who have been working without a contract for a year, voted by 67 percent to reject a proposed contract and authorize a strike.

The Republicans plumb the depths

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 20 July 2016

In the long and protracted decay of American democracy and the political culture of the United States, a fundamental boundary is being crossed.

Republican Party officially nominates Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 20 July 2016

For the first time, one of the two major capitalist parties in America has chosen as its presidential nominee an individual of openly authoritarian and semi-fascist views.

Leading US historians issue warning on the rise of Trump

By Gabriel Black, 20 July 2016

The historians see Trump as the product of decades of decay of American society, including academia, the press and the court system.

UnitedHealth cuts Obamacare options for tens of thousands

By Kate Randall, 20 July 2016

The largest US health insurer has indicated it is drastically scaling back its Affordable Health Care public exchange offerings despite a 13 percent rise in second-quarter profits.

New York City workers discuss police killings, inequality with SEP candidate

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 20 July 2016

On the second anniversary of the police killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, workers spoke with Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate about the class divide in America’s largest city.

US and Germany livid over failure of Turkish coup

By Peter Schwarz, 19 July 2016

The angry denunciations of the Erdogan government by the United States and Germany make clear that they had hoped for the success of the military coup.

Amid massive police presence, Republicans push law-and-order, militarism

By David Brown, 19 July 2016

The theme of the first day of the RNC was “Make America Safe Again,” with a focus on attacking immigrants, militarism and expanding the powers of the police.

Highest ranking officer acquitted in Freddie Gray killing

By Gabriel Black, 19 July 2016

Lieutenant Brian Rice joins a long list of police officers involved in murderous attacks who have been exonerated.

Atlantic City casino strike continues despite management ultimatum

By Isaac Finn, 19 July 2016

Roughly 1,000 casino workers remained on strike in defiance of an ultimatum by billionaire corporate raider Carl Icahn to withdraw management’s last offer.

Republican convention opens: An obscene spectacle in Cleveland

By Patrick Martin, 19 July 2016

A celebrity con man and speculator with racist and authoritarian views, Trump personifies the political decay of the American ruling elite.

Video: SEP Vice Presidential candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns in Erie, Pennsylvania

19 July 2016

Niemuth spoke to workers and young people about the defense of public education.

Video: SEP Vice Presidential candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns in Pittsburgh

By Niles Niemuth, 18 July 2016

Niemuth spoke to workers and youth in Pittsburgh, a historic center of steel production that has been hard-hit by the economic crisis.

Ex-Marine guns down three police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

By Patrick Martin, 18 July 2016

The attack, five miles from the store where Alton Sterling was killed by police on July 6, is the second multiple shooting of police in the United States in the past 10 days.

Over 80 arrested in weekend police violence protests

By Gabriel Black, 18 July 2016

The protests and arrests come following the police killings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana by police officers.

Illinois health insurer announces liquidation as Obamacare co-ops collapse

By Kristina Betinis, 18 July 2016

Land of Lincoln Health insurance co-op is set to close after posting more than $1 billion in losses over the last year.

The promotion of racial politics and the US elections

By Barry Grey, 18 July 2016

The central issue in the struggle against police violence and all attacks on democratic rights is the unification of the working class in a common struggle against capitalism.

“We are suffering, struggling, and they’re getting richer and richer”

SEP campaigns in south Chicago area

By our reporters, 18 July 2016

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned for presidential candidate Jerry White at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, a shopping center and a transit station Saturday.

Incomes declining or stagnant for the vast majority in “rich” countries

By Gabriel Black, 16 July 2016

A new report from McKinsey Global Institute finds that for most people in the advanced capitalist countries there has been no recovery from the 2008 Wall Street crash.

In bid to save proxy forces in Syria, US discusses pact with Russia

By Thomas Gaist, 16 July 2016

The Obama administration has suggested a military cooperation pact with Russia aimed at salvaging the remnants of the Islamist forces it has backed against the Assad regime.

Trump chooses right-wing Indiana governor as running mate

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2016

The announcement came on the eve of the Republican National Convention, as the last organized opposition to Trump’s nomination was brushed aside.

US Interior Department issues first oil drilling rules in US Arctic Seas

By Gary Joad, 16 July 2016

The White House timed the announcement so that it would have minimal impact on petroleum company plans for US Arctic Ocean exploration.

US releases Saudi documents: 9/11 coverup exposed

By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2016

The declassification of the section of the 9/11 commission report on Saudi ties to 9/11 point to a deliberate distortion and exploitation of the attacks as a pretext for war.

SEP candidate Niemuth discusses attacks on public education with Erie residents

By Evan Winters, 16 July 2016

SEP (US) vice presidential candidate spoke with residents of Erie, Pennsylvania about social inequality, the US election and recent threats to end public education beyond eighth grade in the city.

Fresno video shows police murder of Dylan Noble

By Patrick Martin, 15 July 2016

Two cops fired two shots into the white youth as he stood a few feet away, then two more, including a shotgun blast, as he lay twitching on the ground.

After Sanders, Green Party seeks to trap workers and youth within capitalist politics

By Jerry White, 15 July 2016

The Greens hope to become the “big tent” for protest groups in the orbit of the Democrats, which promote identity politics, economic nationalism and “green business” opportunities.

The Hague ruling: A dangerous step toward war

By Peter Symonds, 14 July 2016

The court decision on the South China Sea will heighten tensions and the risk that a minor incident spirals out of control and triggers a conflict between the US and China.

US Marines deploy to South Sudan

By Thomas Gaist, 14 July 2016

The deployment, carried out in the name of protecting US citizens, marks the latest escalation in the drive by US imperialism to assert control over Sudan and its oil resources.

After endorsement, Sanders attempts to convince angry supporters to back Clinton

By Isaac Finn, 14 July 2016

Sanders is now engaged in the political alchemy of convincing the 13 million people who voted for him and other supporters that the deeply hated Clinton would champion their interests.

West Virginia county rejects state-ordered education cuts

By Clement Daly, 14 July 2016

The state government is threatening to take control of the Boone County school district.

The New York Times, Michael Eric Dyson and the politics of race

By Barry Grey, 14 July 2016

The Times is on guard and ready to denounce anything—a political development, a book, even a movie—that challenges its racialist agenda. This agenda has become more and more central as the class struggle has grown more intense.

SEP candidate for vice president takes socialist campaign to western Pennsylvania

By our reporter, 14 July 2016

SEP vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth took his campaign to an area that has been economically devastated over the past three decades by layoffs in the steel industry

Supporters of SEP presidential campaign achieve write-in ballot status in Kentucky

By Naomi Spencer, 14 July 2016

Voters in the state of Kentucky who write in Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White on their ballots November 8 will have their votes legally recognized.

The predictable and pathetic end of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Patrick Martin, 13 July 2016

The Sanders campaign has provided a major political lesson to millions of young people and workers attracted to his call for a “political revolution” against the “billionaire class.”

Obama in Dallas: Platitudes and lies on police killings

By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2016

To deliver an honest speech, Obama would have had to admit that the epidemic of police killings as well as the shootings in Dallas are either the direct product of or blowback from his administration’s policies.

Amid nationwide protests against police violence

Officials prepare for mass repression at Republican National Convention in Cleveland

By Carlos Delgado, 13 July 2016

Security officials have been expanding police-state measures and deliberately targeting protesters for surveillance and harassment.

Housing crisis intensifies in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips, 13 July 2016

The housing situation for the working class in Syracuse belies the claims of economic recovery by the Obama administration.

“Ordinary people truly imbibed the principles of the American Revolution”

An interview with Victoria Bynum, historian and author of The Free State of Jones—Part 2

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 13 July 2016

This is the second part of a conversation with Victoria Bynum, whose research helped inspire the film Free State of Jones, about an insurrection by Southern Unionists against the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Democratic platform deal sets stage for Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton

By Jerry White, 12 July 2016

The political theatre in Orlando was aimed at convincing Sanders supporters that the Vermont senator’s “political revolution” had shifted the Democrats and Clinton to the left.

Militarized police forces throughout the US carry out mass arrests

By Isaac Finn, 12 July 2016

Police departments have exploited the killing of five police officers to further curb democratic rights and clamp down on anti-police brutality protests across the country.

“A lot of those being laid off won’t come back”

Anger, uncertainty as layoffs hit Fiat Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly

By Shannon Jones, 12 July 2016

The job cuts are the first permanent layoffs at Fiat Chrysler since the company emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.

Massachusetts governor’s fiscal control board rams through privatizations of public transit

By John Marion, 12 July 2016

MBTA workers face job losses and cuts to pensions at the hands of an unelected board created after the winter of 2015.

“The records were full of evidence of dissent and insurrections by common people”

An interview with Victoria Bynum, historian and author of The Free State of Jones—Part 1

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 12 July 2016

We are posting a conversation with Victoria Bynum, whose research helped inspire the film Free State of Jones, about an insurrection by Southern Unionists against the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Hundreds arrested in US protests against police killings

By Shannon Jones, 11 July 2016

Thousands took to the streets across the United States to voice their outrage over two recent police killings of unarmed black men.

Race, class and police murder in America

By The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 11 July 2016

The campaign to portray the United States as riven by racial hatred serves definite and reactionary social and political aims.

“I am against something wrong, regardless of what the color of someone’s skin is”

Protesters speak out on police killings

By Nick Barrickman and Matthew Taylor, 11 July 2016

Protesters in Washington DC and Jacksonville, Florida, among the thousands who demonstrated against police killings this weekend, spoke with the World Socialist Web Site.

New video shows off-duty New York cop murdering motorist

By Sandy English, 11 July 2016

A store surveillance video has surfaced that shows the killing of Delrawn Small by off-duty New York Police Department officer Wayne Isaacs at a traffic altercation.

Video exposes Fresno police lies in shooting death of Dylan Noble

By John Burton, 11 July 2016

Noble, an unarmed 19-year-old white youth, was killed by two police officers from Fresno, an impoverished city of about one-half million located in the heart of California’s Central Valley.

Prison spending rises three times faster than education funding in US

By Nancy Hanover, 11 July 2016

Government policy—of both Democrats and Republicans—is to jettison the funding of public education while transferring vast sums to militarize the police and build prisons.

New York City takes major step in privatization of public housing

By Philip Guelpa, 11 July 2016

The de Blasio administration is moving forward with its NextGen program, which will lease open space within public housing complexes to private developers.

Afghan war veteran guns down five Dallas police

By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2016

The Dallas events take place in the context of an unrelenting campaign to portray the police killing of unarmed men in exclusively racial terms.

US unemployment rate rises despite rebound in new jobs

By Tom Hall, 9 July 2016

The number of people counted as unemployed actually increased by 347,000, a higher figure than the number of jobs added.

Erie, Pennsylvania school district passes austerity budget with emergency funding

By Jason Melanovski, 9 July 2016

While the budget would keep high schools open for another year, deep cuts to programs and staff will continue.

San Joaquin County, California strikers sent back to work with no contract

By Genevieve Leigh, 9 July 2016

The Service Employee International Union ordered thousands of San Joaquin County workers to return to work after a three-day strike over unfair labor practices.

Video: West Virginia coal miners discuss social crisis with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 9 July 2016

Southern West Virginia, which holds a special place in the history of the class struggle in the US, is today mired in depression-like conditions.

The police killings in Louisiana and Minnesota: The class issues

By Andre Damon, 8 July 2016

Millions of people around the world have reacted with shock, outrage and revulsion at the latest videos and images of police murder in the United States.

NATO convenes summit in Warsaw to make war preparations against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 8 July 2016

The measures to be decided on by the western military alliance in the Polish capital will further escalate the threat of war in Europe.

Protests erupt throughout the US against string of police killings

By Tom Hall, 8 July 2016

Philando Castile's fiancée livestreamed the aftermath of the grisly shooting, which occurred during a traffic stop Wednesday evening.

FBI director defends decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton

By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2016

FBI Director James Comey testified Thursday about his decision not to bring criminal charges against Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

In wake of Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in 2010

Obama administration issued over 1,000 offshore fracking permits in Gulf of Mexico

By Gary Joad, 8 July 2016

The United States has surpassed Saudi Arabia in daily oil production, primarily due to an increase in fracking.

The New York Times on the Chilcot report on Iraq war: “Nothing new here”

By Bill Van Auken, 8 July 2016

During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the Times provided invaluable assistance to the Bush administration in dragging the American people into a criminal war based on lies.

Protests erupt following brutal police killing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

By Tom Hall, 7 July 2016

The grisly execution-style murder is only the latest in an epidemic of police killings which have become a regular feature of American life.

Hillary Clinton uses Atlantic City casino strikers as campaign props

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 July 2016

In a gesture to the unions, Clinton used her speech to promote economic nationalism.

Chelsea Manning hospitalized, then returned to prison

By Patrick Martin, 7 July 2016

While some media reports claimed a suicide attempt was involved, this has not been confirmed by the Army or Manning’s attorneys.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections force-feeds hunger strikers

By Gary Joad, 7 July 2016

The prisoners are protesting solitary confinement.

Oversaw 1979 Chrysler concessions

Former UAW official Marc Stepp dies

By Shannon Jones, 7 July 2016

The sweeping concessions Stepp and other union officials imposed on Chrysler workers were a milestone in the corporatist degeneration of the UAW and the American labor movement as a whole.

FBI rejects criminal charges against Clinton in email investigation

By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2016

The decision clears a last major hurdle to Clinton’s becoming the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.

Obama campaigns with Hillary Clinton at North Carolina rally

By Tom Hall, 6 July 2016

The speeches by Clinton and the current president continued to press the shopworn portrayal of the Democratic Party as a defender of the “middle class.”

Study reveals mass homelessness, hunger among California State University students

By Kevin Martinez, 6 July 2016

The study, the first of its kind at a public university, estimated that almost 1 in 10 CSU students were homeless while another 1 in 5 were hungry.

West Virginia flood highlights impact of budget cuts, decayed infrastructure

By Naomi Spencer, 5 July 2016

Federal and state agencies ignored warnings about inadequate flood protections, home-building standards and the impact of logging and mining.

Family files lawsuit against TSA for violent arrest of teenage cancer patient

By George Gallanis, 5 July 2016

Hannah Cohen, who is partially deaf, blind and paralyzed, was arrested while traveling home from cancer treatment and suffered bruising on her face and bloody cuts on her head.

Trump Taj Mahal casino workers strike continues through July Fourth weekend

By Genevieve Leigh, 5 July 2016

Nearly 1,000 workers at The Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City continued their walkout, fighting for restored health and pension benefits and a pay increase.

The Fort Bragg baseball game, American militarism and the Fourth of July

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 5 July 2016

Sunday’s baseball game at the Fort Bragg military base was intended to manipulate the celebration of the American Revolution in order to promote militarism and war.

Video discussion from West Virginia: SEP candidates Jerry White and Naomi Spencer

5 July 2016

On July 4, SEP US presidential candidate Jerry White and West Virginia House of Delegates candidate Naomi Spencer broadcast a discussion live on Facebook.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 July 2016

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Hillary Clinton interviewed by FBI in email investigation

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate was accompanied by five lawyers for her three-hour interview.

Notes on police violence in America

Louisiana sheriff uses anti-Semitic slur, threatens to shoot federal prosecutor

By E.P. Bannon, 4 July 2016

Despite the numerous federal probes and empty police reform initiatives, law enforcement continues to assume an increasingly arrogant and thuggish character.

Supreme Court overturns bribery conviction for former Virginia governor

By Tom Carter, 4 July 2016

The unanimous decision is a green light for the ever-more direct domination of corporate and financial interests over the American political system.

Obama administration blames suicide hotline workers for veteran deaths

By Eric London, 4 July 2016

The architects of war are seeking to blame the working class for a veteran suicide crisis caused by the sadistic character of the wars themselves.

Socialist Equality Party candidates talk with West Virginians angered over lack of federal aid for flood victims

By our reporter, 4 July 2016

In the aftermath of the flash floods that killed at least 20 people and destroyed thousands of homes, the Obama administration is providing only a pittance in federal aid.

Live Facebook discussion with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White and West Virginia House of Delegates candidate Naomi Spencer

4 July 2016

On July 4 at 2:00 pm Eastern Time, White and Spencer will talk about the elections in West Virginia and the political situation in the United States.

Obama’s drone order: Institutionalizing a state murder operation

By Bill Van Auken, 2 July 2016

The figures released by the White House on civilian victims of illegal US drone strikes are a fraction of the numbers documented by independent investigations.