By Evan Blake, 20 December 2014
All five casualties of the incident were employees of drilling contractor Dan D. Drilling, which promotes itself as a “cost conscious” service provider.
By Tom Mackaman, 20 December 2014
George Stinney, Jr., who was African American, was arrested, tried, convicted, and electrocuted for the murder of two white girls in the small mill town of Alcolu, South Carolina.
By Matthew MacEgan, 19 December 2014
A report from Physicians for Human Rights states that health professionals working under the direction of the White House committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.
By Joseph Kishore, 19 December 2014
A new report from the Pew Research Center finds that the median net worth for low-income US families has fallen by nearly 50 percent since 2007.
By Sandy English, 19 December 2014
The DOJ in New York has filed a motion in federal court to join a suit against New York City over brutality and civil rights violations against youth in the Rikers Island prison complex.
By Clement Daly, 19 December 2014
Kentucky coal miner Eli Eldridge, who was killed at Patriot’s Highland No. 9 mine, is the 15th coal miner fatally injured this year.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2014
The simultaneous speeches by the US and Cuban presidents mark a turning point in the protracted search for rapprochement between the Castro regime and US imperialism.
By Andre Damon, 18 December 2014
The US Federal Reserve pledged Wednesday it would be “patient” in raising the benchmark interest rate, sparking a sharp run-up in stock prices.
Confronting anger over two-tier wages and low pay
By Shannon Jones, 18 December 2014
UAW President Doug Williams’ remarks reflect the union's awareness of wide hostility among auto workers to the two-tier wage system
By Nick Barrickman, 18 December 2014
The recent ruling in Heien v. North Carolina is yet another blow to the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.
By Jerry White, 17 December 2014
Coming on the heels of the Detroit bankruptcy, the pension “reform” passed as part of last week’s bipartisan budget resolution will open the floodgates to the gutting of retirement benefits for millions of workers.
By Joseph Kishore, 17 December 2014
Scalia’s remarks were made the day after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on CIA interrogations.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 December 2014
In a speech larded with “support our troops” rhetoric, Obama hailed the end of the US war in Afghanistan, even as the Pentagon was increasing the size of its planned deployment.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2014
Protest organizers, including Al Sharpton, sought to channel popular anger over police violence behind the Democratic Party and the Obama administration.
By Patrick Martin, 15 December 2014
The former vice president defended CIA torture and boasted that both he and President George W. Bush approved the methods used against prisoners.
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2014
More than 10,000 protesters from many different states attended the demonstration against police killing in Washington, DC on Saturday.
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2014
Outraged workers and youth denounced systemic police violence at a mass demonstration in New York City.
By Niles Williamson, 15 December 2014
The US Congress unanimously passed a bill authorizing Obama to impose new economic sanctions on Russia and deliver military aid to the right-wing regime in Kiev.
By Evan Blake, 15 December 2014
The FBI has taken over the investigation into the death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy, who was found hanging in a park in Bladenboro, North Carolina on August 29.
By Patrick Martin, 13 December 2014
The $1.1 trillion budget measure was passed by the House of Representatives Thursday and will be approved within days by the US Senate.
By Barry Grey, 13 December 2014
That the spy agency head issued the Obama administration’s rebuttal to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture makes clear who is really in control of the American state.
By Robert Stevens, 13 December 2014
Home Secretary Theresa May, among other senior UK government officials, met with members of the US Senate committee working on the CIA report.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2014
In the midst of the deepening crisis over CIA torture, the Obama administration has decided to sanction Venezuela for alleged human rights abuses.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 December 2014
The ruling underscores the fact that financial criminals are held to different legal standards than the rest of the population
By Niles Williamson, 13 December 2014
The US government stymied attempts to ransom British-American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, who were both killed last weekend.
By Niles Williamson and Joseph Kishore, 12 December 2014
CIA Director John Brennan gave an extraordinary press conference at CIA headquarters on Thursday, outlining the Obama administration’s response to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2014
The release of the CIA torture report in the midst of nationwide protests over US police killings has exposed a corrupt system in which state criminals at every level enjoy absolute impunity.
By Mike Head, 12 December 2014
Not a word of condemnation of the United States government has been heard within the Australian political establishment.
By Jerry White, 12 December 2014
A measure attached to the US government funding bill and backed by several major unions would cut pension benefits for millions of private sector workers.
By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2014
The White House said Obama would sign the bill funding the federal government, despite a provision that removes even the most limited restraints on Wall Street speculation.
By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 12 December 2014
On Wednesday night, two plainclothes police officers dressed as protesters were exposed during a demonstration against police brutality in Oakland, California.
By Kate Randall, 12 December 2014
The US Supreme Court denied stays of execution for two death row inmates despite evidence of their intellectual disabilities.
By Shannon Jones, 12 December 2014
The formal implementation of the Detroit bankruptcy settlement, a massive social crime, was the occasion for further self-congratulations on the part of the political establishment.
By Eric London, 10 December 2014
The 500-page unclassified summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report implicates the US government in crimes that are far more extensive than previously acknowledged.
By Barry Grey, 10 December 2014
The obvious questions that arise from the Senate report on CIA torture are not even being discussed by the politicians or the media: Who will be held accountable? Who will be indicted? Who will be prosecuted?
By Steve Filips, 10 December 2014
The neighborhood where three residents died in a house fire on November 13 is well known for poor housing, high unemployment and poverty.
By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2014
The use of racial politics is a key part of the effort to obscure the social and political issues involved in the killing of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
By our reporters, 8 December 2014
Police fired tear gas at a peaceful protest late Saturday evening, hitting both demonstrators and passersby.
By Nick Beams, 8 December 2014
The BIS warns of the growing volatility of international financial markets despite their apparent buoyancy.
By John Marion, 8 December 2014
Unions and state officials in Massachusetts are collaborating with Steward Health Care Systems to close the 124-year-old Quincy Medical Center.
By our reporters, 6 December 2014
Details have begun to emerge about the background of the police officer who choked Garner to death, and the rigged character of the grand jury that decided not to bring charges.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 December 2014
Newly published secret documents show that NSA surveillance operations aim to spy on all of the world's cellular phone data networks.
By Joseph Kishore, 5 December 2014
Once again, a police officer has been let off without charges for killing an unarmed man on the streets of an American city.
By a WSWS reporting team, 5 December 2014
Police in New York City carried out mass arrests after thousands of people participated in protests, as outrage builds over police killings in the United States.
By Alan Gilman, 5 December 2014
Defensive tackle Kosta Karageorge, 22, reported missing for several days, was found dead in a dumpster in Columbus, Ohio from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
By Thomas Gaist, 4 December 2014
The blackout, attributed to the failure of a single cable on the city’s municipal power grid, speaks to the decline of Detroit and the decay of infrastructure throughout the country.
By Patrick Martin, 4 December 2014
The former deputy defense secretary has advocated preventive war against North Korea and other potential “security threats” to US imperialism.
By Shannon Jones, 4 December 2014
New figures show the extent to which the so-called economic recovery has been fueled by driving down the wages of workers.
By Thomas Gaist, 3 December 2014
The blackout underscores the dangers arising from the sweeping privatizations that are part of the bankruptcy restructuring of Detroit.
By Andre Damon, 3 December 2014
The ongoing militarization of local police forces is a major component of the assault on democratic rights in the United States.
By John Burton, 3 December 2014
The grand jury process that ended with a decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was anything but a fair and impartial weighing of the evidence.
By Nick Barrickman, 3 December 2014
On Sunday, St. Louis Rams pass receivers Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, Jared Cook, Kenny Britt and Stedman Bailey entered the Edward Jones football field using the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture popularized by protests over the police murder of Michael Brown. The professional football players said they wanted to express their solidarity with the people of Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb that has been put under siege by police and National Guard troops.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Hall, 3 December 2014
No let-up in police violence across the US.
By Jerry White, 2 December 2014
The president met with supposed “civil rights” organizations Monday to diffuse popular anger over the police murder of Michael Brown while accelerating the military style crackdown on public dissent.
By Nick Beams, 2 December 2014
Energy companies, financial markets and whole economies are being severely impacted by the oil price slide following the decision by OPEC not to cut production.
By Andre Damon, 1 December 2014
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is seeking additional funding to finance the continued deployment of the National Guard in the St. Louis area.
By Douglas Lyons, 1 December 2014
Among large employers with 1,000 or more workers, 60 percent have instituted caps on benefits for retirees eligible for Medicare.
By Kristina Betinis, 29 November 2014
Now in their third year, the minimum wage protests were staged at Wal-Mart locations across the country to promote the unions and the Democratic Party.
By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2014
As documented by the UN Committee Against Torture, the US, which claims the right to attack any country in the world in the name of “human rights” and “democracy,” is guilty of the most heinous crimes.
By Tom Hall, 29 November 2014
Levi Frasier, who videotaped the incident, says that he was forced to sign a witness statement “under duress” that absolved the officers of any wrongdoing.
By Evan Blake, 29 November 2014
The regents’ vote to approve 5 percent annual tuition increases for the next five years has prompted demonstrations on UC campuses statewide.
As whitewash of police murder in Ferguson continues
By Andre Damon, 28 November 2014
The failure to charge Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown has given a green light to police killings throughout the country.
By Peter Symonds, 28 November 2014
The US State Department’s comments are utterly cynical given the Pentagon’s indifference to civilian casualties in its new Middle East war.
By Clement Daly, 28 November 2014
The United Mine Workers of America is working with Patriot Coal and the courts to suppress the opposition of miners, which erupted in a strike last month over unsafe conditions.
By Samuel Davidson, 28 November 2014
Between November 9 and November 22, 125 people died in home fires in the US, bringing the total for the year to more than 2,000.
By Jerry White, 25 November 2014
Recent reports highlight the historic reversal in the living standards of American workers that underlies Obama’s supposed economic recovery.
By Sandy English, 25 November 2014
The killing of unarmed Akai Gurley by a police officer in Brooklyn has sparked widespread revulsion in the housing project where he died.
By Patrick Martin, 25 November 2014
The ouster of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is an expression of the growth of tensions within the administration amidst a series of foreign policy crises.
By Keith Jones, 25 November 2014
Washington has extorted significant concessions from Tehran and calculates that more can be won by continuing to cripple Iran’s economy, while holding in reserve the threat of military action.
By Andre Damon, 24 November 2014
The protracted wait for a grand jury proceeding has been accompanied by intimidation and threats on the part of local, state and federal officials.
By Peter Symonds, 24 November 2014
The US has been demanding heavy restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programs in return for any lifting of sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy.
By Samuel Davidson, 24 November 2014
The child was playing with a toy pistol in a playground when he was fatally shot by police officers.
By Barry Grey, 24 November 2014
The two hearings were exercises in political theater, with politicians posturing as critics of Wall Street and bank executives and Fed officials making little effort to conceal their contempt.
By Marc Wells, 24 November 2014
Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended an eight-day strike against unfair practices and wage theft.
By Jeff Lusanne, 24 November 2014
Metra’s board of directors has approved a plan to raise fares 68 percent over the next 10 years.
By Michelle Ryan, 24 November 2014
As residents continue to dig out, warming temperatures accompanied by heavy rains could lead to widespread flooding.
By Patrick Martin, 22 November 2014
The executive action issued by the White House treats undocumented immigrants as criminals and maintains their status as super-exploited workers without elementary democratic rights.
Ahead of grand jury decision in Ferguson
By Andre Damon, 22 November 2014
FBI agents arrested two men in the Ferguson, Missouri area Friday evening, allegedly for seeking to buy explosives.
By Gabriel Black, 22 November 2014
Six years after Obama’s ascendancy, a report by the National Employment Law Project summarizes the sharp decline in manufacturing wages amidst the supposed “economic recovery.”
By Ben McGrath, 22 November 2014
The dispatch of US intelligence chief James Clapper to Pyongyang indicates that more was discussed than the release of the American prisoners.
By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2014
In a contemptible speech, the chief representative of the corporate and financial aristocracy carried forth on the need for immigrants to “play by the rules” and be held “accountable.”
By Joseph Kishore, 21 November 2014
A new US Senate report documents yet another aspect of the criminality that pervades the American and global financial system.
By Andre Damon, 21 November 2014
The arrests came as an official for the St. Louis Police Officer's Association said that Darren Wilson and his lawyers do not expect an indictment for the killing of the unarmed teenager.
By Michelle Ryan, 21 November 2014
A massive lake-effect snowstorm has left ten people dead, thousands without power, and many stranded in the Buffalo, New York region.
By Kate Randall, 21 November 2014
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon refused to grant the condemned inmate clemency, and the US Supreme Court turned down his appeal for a stay.
By Adam Mclean and Marc Wells, 21 November 2014
Under the guise of empowering parents, the “parent trigger” law is part of a drive, funded by multibillionaires and backed by the unions, to privatize public education.
By James Cogan, 17 November 2014
Every word Obama spoke about the economic and political agenda of American imperialism was a lie.
By Kate Randall, 17 November 2014
People who bought Affordable Care Act plans last year could face premium increases of as much as 20 percent unless they switch plans.
By James Brewer, 17 November 2014
The deadly chemical methyl mercaptan is regulated by a host of federal and state agencies.
By Tom Hall, 17 November 2014
The reduction in aid has taken place even as the need for assistance has increased.
By Andre Damon, 15 November 2014
A coordinated campaign by the media and state and local officials to justify the killing of Michael Brown has been combined with threats to call in the National Guard.
By Tom Eley, 15 November 2014
Assured that the organization will do its bidding, VW is preparing to defy a vote by workers and install the UAW at its Chattanooga plant.
By Marc Wells, 15 November 2014
Truck drivers went on strike last Thursday at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach over poverty pay and wage theft.
By Shannon Jones, 15 November 2014
In contrast to the official celebration by the political and corporate establishment, workers are reacting to the ruling with bitterness and anger
By Kate Randall, 14 November 2014
Chadwick Banks was the eighth prisoner in Florida, and the thirty-second in the United States, to be put to death this year.
Notes on police violence in America
By E.P. Bannon, 14 November 2014
A 54-year-old Ann Arbor man asked police to escort his girlfriend out of his home. Instead, they shot her multiple times.
By Tom Carter, 14 November 2014
The decision by federal bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes is a landmark ruling, establishing a pseudo-legal framework for suspending democracy and the rule of law.