United States

Global tensions surge as NATO, Russia hold rival military exercises

By Alex Lantier, 28 May 2015

The holding of military exercises preparing for large-scale conflict demonstrates that the imperialist powers, led by the US, are gearing up for a Third World War.

US defence secretary sets stage for confrontation with China

By Peter Symonds, 28 May 2015

Ashton Carter declared that the Pentagon would continue its “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea.

Officials signal Australia will join US provocation in South China Sea

By James Cogan, 28 May 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will reportedly receive a briefing within two weeks on military “options” to challenge China’s territorial claims.

Alabama bought execution drugs on the black market

By Shelley Connor, 28 May 2015

Alabama sentences more people to death and executes more people per capita than any other state in the US.

Behind the recriminations over the fall of Ramadi

By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2015

The US defense secretary’s charge that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight” has evoked counter-charges that Washington has no real desire to crush ISIS.

US establishment shields killer cops

By Andre Damon, 27 May 2015

The Obama administration’s toothless settlement with the Cleveland police is an expression of ruling-class support for the right of police to kill with impunity.

New York City public libraries face continued assault under de Blasio administration

By Robert Fowler, 27 May 2015

New York City’s three public library systems will see a continuation of budget cuts and the denial of necessary capital spending under Democratic Party mayor Bill de Blasio.

Judge clears killer cop in 2012 Cleveland, Ohio shooting

By Samuel Davidson and Andre Damon, 25 May 2015

Officer Michael Brelo jumped on the hood of the victims' car and shot them fifteen times through the windshield.

Pentagon chief hints at shift in US policy in war with ISIS

By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2015

In an interview with CNN, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the ISIS victory at Ramadi showed that Iraqi government forces did not have the “will to fight.”

Australia deeply embedded in US military build-up in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 25 May 2015

Despite strenuous official denials, Australia “will probably be hosting some American B1 supersonic bombers after all.”

NSA spying bill stalls in US Senate

By Thomas Gaist, 25 May 2015

The pseudo-reform bill, touted by supporters as a major blow against the NSA’s illegal mass spying programs, further entrenches and institutionalizes the surveillance.

US CEO pay hits record high

By Nick Barrickman, 25 May 2015

The top 200 highest-paid US CEOs made an average of $22.6 million last year.

New York mayor de Blasio’s housing plan: An assault on the working class

By Philip Guelpa, 23 May 2015

Bill de Blasio’s housing proposal opens the door to privatizing public housing while squeezing more money from low-income residents.

Token fines for banks caught rigging foreign exchange markets

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 21 May 2015

Wednesday’s announcement was further confirmation that the US and international financial aristocracy is above the law.

US brings charges of economic espionage against six Chinese engineers and businessmen

By Patrick Martin, 21 May 2015

The case is a deliberate attempt to increase US-China tensions on the eve of House and Senate votes on an anti-China trade bill.

Supreme Court sides with San Francisco police officers who shot mentally ill woman

By John Andrews, 21 May 2015

In another decision endorsing police brutality, the Supreme Court granted immunity to officers who shot a mentally ill woman in her home.

New details undermine police account of deadly shootout in Waco, Texas

By Tom Hall, 21 May 2015

Questions are mounting over police claims that biker gangs were solely responsible for the gunfight that killed nine people.

Los Angeles City Council moves to raise minimum wage

By Adam McLean and Jerry White, 21 May 2015

The Los Angeles City Council voted to draft an ordinance to raise the city’s minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2020.

US prepares to challenge China in the South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 21 May 2015

The Australian reports that “momentum is building strongly in Washington” to fly warplanes or send warships within the 12-mile territorial limit surrounding Chinese-held islets.

Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton, Inc. and the rape of Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2015

Revealed in the Blumenthal-Clinton memos is the real nature of the American government: a criminal conspiracy to enrich a ruling oligarchy through war and reaction.

San Bernardino, California officials to vote on bankruptcy plan

By Kevin Martinez, 20 May 2015

The plan, which follows the bankruptcy of Detroit, would force retirees to pay more for health insurance and contract out the city’s fire and waste disposal departments.

Michigan legislation would cut off welfare for families with truant children

By Kathleen Martin, 20 May 2015

The threat to remove cash assistance from families with truant children corresponds cruelly to the withdrawal of funding and shutdown of “underperforming” public schools.

US air strikes, Shia militia deployment follow Iraqi military’s rout in Ramadi

By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2015

The fall to ISIS of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar province, is a debacle both for the Baghdad government and the US war strategy in Iraq.

Obama’s paramilitary police

By Andre Damon, 19 May 2015

US President Obama reaffirmed his support Monday for the federal programs that have transferred billions of dollars in military hardware to local police departments.

Saudi-led coalition resume air strikes in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 19 May 2015

The US-backed assault resumed Sunday after a five-day suspension of bombing allowed aid groups to fly in and distribute a limited amount of emergency humanitarian aid.

Nine killed, 170 arrested in Texas biker gang shootout

By Tom Carter, 19 May 2015

The bloody shootout between rival biker gangs and police in Waco, Texas on May 17 is a symptom of an unhealthy society.

Rating agencies downgrade Chicago debt after Supreme Court ruling blocks state pension cuts

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 May 2015

The downgrade is intended to put additional pressure on the city to slash municipal workers’ pensions.

US House of Representatives passes anti-abortion bill

By Evan Blake, 19 May 2015

The bill, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, highlights the precarious state of abortion rights in the US as the political system slides further to the right.

Seattle teachers hold one-day strike

By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 19 May 2015

Seattle teachers are walking out Tuesday to demand improved living standards and to oppose test-based performance evaluations.

Albuquerque, New Mexico: Family charges SWAT team drove son to suicide

By D. Lencho, 19 May 2015

According to the family's complaint, the APD SWAT team’s “deployment of force was excessive” and a cause of the mentally ill man’s death.

Is it a dangerous precedent?: Detroit Institute of Arts tests out art market with van Gogh

By David Walsh, 19 May 2015

The news that the DIA had been considering earlier this year selling an 1886 still life by Vincent van Gogh produced headlines and generated concern last week.

No charges for police officer who shot Illinois teen twice in the back

By Marcus Day, 18 May 2015

A state prosecutor announced Thursday that he would not bring criminal charges against the Zion, Illinois police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Justus Howell.

Controversy erupts over American B1 bomber deployments to Australia

By James Cogan, 16 May 2015

Above all, the denials surrounding US war plans against China are directed at keeping the working class in the dark about the dangers of conflict.

The Amtrak disaster and America’s crumbling infrastructure

By Andre Damon, 16 May 2015

Tuesday’s derailment of an Amtrak train on America’s busiest rail route has exposed before the whole world the dilapidated state of infrastructure in the United States.

Federal court sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death

By Nick Barrickman, 16 May 2015

The death sentence is the barbaric culmination of a trial that has excluded any examination of the fundamental political issues raised by the Boston Marathon bombing.

Jeb Bush’s “gaffe”: A revealing comment on the Iraq war

By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2015

The younger Bush’s “gaffe” was that he spoke the truth about the warmongering by both imperialist parties, Democrats as well as Republicans.

New torture allegations from Chicago “black site”

By David Brown, 16 May 2015

Further allegations have surfaced of sexual abuse and torture by the Chicago Police Department at the secret Homan Square interrogation facility.

USW pushes through sellout contracts at Indiana and Texas oil refineries

By Marcus Day, 16 May 2015

Facing isolation imposed by the union, oil workers voted to accept contracts at BP and LyondellBasell, while workers at Marathon’s Galveston Bay refinery will vote Monday.

Detroit residents speak on the resumption of water shutoffs

By Seraphine Collins and Zac Corrigan, 16 May 2015

WSWS reporters spoke to Detroit residents about the drive by the city to shut off water service to as many as 25,000 households.

Existing safety equipment would have prevented Philadelphia Amtrak disaster

By Alan Whyte, 15 May 2015

The disaster would never have occurred if safety equipment were in place to monitor the train and automatically activate its emergency braking system.

Lawyers detail horrific and illegal conditions of Baltimore arrest victims

By Ed Hightower, 15 May 2015

City police arrested hundreds of innocent people on April 27 and crammed them into crowded cells for days, with little or no access to medical care, food or legal counsel.

Notes on police violence in America

Nineteen-year-old Indiana man dies while in police custody

By Lencho Moro and Matthew MacEgan, 15 May 2015

As of May 15, an estimated 423 people have been killed by police officers in the US so far this year.

US threatens military confrontation with China in South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 14 May 2015

The move would be a reckless act of military brinkmanship calculated to force Beijing to back down on its territorial claims.

Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia, killing at least seven

By Alan Whyte and Jeff Lusanne, 14 May 2015

A high-speed crash on America’s busiest passenger route injured more than 200 people Tuesday.

State funding for higher education in US slashed by 20 percent since 2008

By Evan Blake, 14 May 2015

Throughout the US, states are on average spending $1,805 less per student than before the financial collapse.

UAW ready to sanction new subclass of low-paid US auto workers

By Jerry White, 13 May 2015

The United Auto Workers union is in discussion with the Detroit automakers about the creation of a new tier of factory workers who will earn as little as $10 an hour.

Official death toll from GM ignition defect reaches 100

By Shannon Jones, 13 May 2015

The figure probably significantly understates the toll relating to the defect, which can cause some GM vehicles to suddenly lose power.

White House authorizes Shell to resume drilling in the Arctic

By Thomas Gaist, 13 May 2015

Ending a three-year-long suspension, the Obama administration reopened U.S.-controlled Arctic waters to drilling operations by Royal Dutch Shell this week.

US judge throws out gag law directed against prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

By Fred Mazelis, 13 May 2015

The judge declared Pennsylvania’s Revictimization Relief Act, aimed at silencing political prisoner Abu-Jamal, to be “manifestly unconstitutional.”

The Baltimore upheaval: On race and class in America

By Jerry White, 12 May 2015

The relentless fixation on race is aimed at preventing any serious examination of the deep class divisions in American society, which are at the root of police violence.

Detroit begins new round of water shutoffs

By Andre Damon, 12 May 2015

Residents, many of them elderly and disabled or living with children, are scrambling to raise money by any means to avoid having their water shut off.

Fire erupts at nuclear power plant outside of New York City

By Daniel de Vries, 12 May 2015

The third major fire in eight years broke out at the nuclear facility, spilling thousands of gallons of oil into the Hudson River.

Massachusetts governor deepens austerity drive with early retirement legislation

By John Marion, 12 May 2015

Social service agencies could lose as much as half of their staff under an early retirement measure enacted by the Republican governor with the backing of the Democrats.

The crisis of capitalism and the reemergence of class struggle in the United States

By Joseph Kishore, 11 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Joseph Kishore, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (US), as the concluding remarks to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
Link to audio

US begins training new “rebel” army for operations in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 9 May 2015

In preparation for expanded interventions in Syria and elsewhere, the US Defense Department will train some 15,000 militants at camps in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.

Detroit to resume water shutoffs this month

By Tyler Van Dyke, 9 May 2015

Some 25,000 households are scheduled to receive shutoff notices beginning May 11.

April employment report masks extent of US jobs crisis

By Gabriel Black, 9 May 2015

The jobs added in the US last month were overwhelmingly in sectors dominated by part-time, low-wage work.

PEN Gala pays homage to Charlie Hebdo

By Tom Hall, 9 May 2015

The well-heeled Manhattan crowd gave a standing ovation to two Charlie Hebdo editors, while heavily armed police officers kept watch outside.

NSA conducts real-time analysis of spoken communications

By Zaida Green, 8 May 2015

The US National Security Agency has been automatically transcribing, analyzing, and tagging vocal electronic communications for almost a decade.

Skelos latest veteran New York State politician indicted for corruption

By Fred Mazelis, 8 May 2015

Republican Senate majority leader Dean Skelos is just one of an endless series of politicians from both big business parties who have been charged with criminal activity.

FBI spy planes used in police-military operation against Baltimore protests

By Thomas Gaist, 7 May 2015

At least two surveillance aircraft equipped with high-tech infrared sensors patrolled above the mass protests in Baltimore last month.

Three more Republican candidates join US presidential race

By Patrick Martin, 7 May 2015

None of the three, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina or Mike Huckabee, is likely to win the nomination, but their candidacy pushes the electoral process even further to the right.

Kerry visits Colombo to deepen US ties with Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 7 May 2015

The US secretary of state’s trip was aimed at placing Sri Lanka firmly in line with the Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia against China.

Re-sentencing leaves Atlanta educators still facing years in prison

By Kranti Kumara and Jerry White, 5 May 2015

From the beginning, the Atlanta case has been a political vendetta aimed at further discrediting public school teachers and accelerating the process of privatizing public education.

BP and Steelworkers union reach sellout deal to end three-month Indiana refinery strike

By Marcus Day, 5 May 2015

Even as it rewards its executives and shareholders, BP has repeatedly claimed that it must cut costs and impose harsh working conditions to remain competitive.

Wayne County, Michigan “Recovery Plan” guts public worker pensions, health benefits

By Johanna Murger, 5 May 2015

Executive Warren Evans says the “strong medicine” in his financial plan is the only way to avoid emergency management in the county that includes Detroit.

Baltimore rally against police brutality encourages illusions in Democrats

By Nick Barrickman and Jerry White, 4 May 2015

The response to the eruption of anger over the police murder of Freddie Gray has combined repression with the cultivation of a new layer of careerists steeped in identity politics.

“It is a war zone”

Baltimore workers and youth speak out

By our reporters, 4 May 2015

Residents spoke about what it is like living in Baltimore, describing a situation of everyday police violence and economic desperation.

US federal court rules against White House immigrant detention policy

By Kevin Martinez, 4 May 2015

District Judge Dolly Gee ruled that the administration’s detention policy violates a 1997 settlement of a federal court case.

Los Angeles teachers face political fight to defend public education

By Dan Conway, 4 May 2015

The agreement signed by the LA teachers' union will escalate the assault on teachers and public education, while rewarding the union apparatus for backing school “reform.”

Six years into “economic recovery”

York, Pennsylvania: Mass unemployment and temporary jobs

By Douglas Lyons and Samuel Davidson, 4 May 2015

Like many cities its size in the US state of Pennsylvania, York is mired in unemployment, low-paying jobs and poverty.

Violent arrests of protesters follow charges against Baltimore cops in murder of Freddie Gray

By Jerry White, 2 May 2015

The prosecutor’s action was a highly political decision, made in close consultation with the Obama administration, as protests in the city expanded and a wave of solidarity demonstrations spread across the country.

Parasitism, plutocracy and economic depression

By Andre Damon, 2 May 2015

The ongoing global economic slump is inseparable from the parasitic activities of the financial oligarchy, aided and abetted by the state.

The role of the Maryland’s “Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights”

By Joe Williams, 2 May 2015

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has sought to divert popular anger over the police killing of Freddie Gray by claiming that the investigation of Gray’s death is hampered by a controversial law known as the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBR).

Sentencing phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial underway

By Tom Hall, 2 May 2015

None of the most essential questions, relating to the unexplained connections between the federal government and the Tsarnaev family, have been raised thus far in the proceedings, which began on April 21.

US “Grand Strategy” for war against China laid out

By Nick Beams, 2 May 2015

The report’s theme is that there is no prospect for peaceful coexistence or mutual understanding between the US and China.

Strike of California nurses ends

By Marc Wells, 2 May 2015

After a tentative agreement, 6,500 nurses in eight California hospitals returned to work.

“Part 2” of the Detroit bankruptcy

Michigan governor releases plan for assault on public education

By Nancy Hanover, 2 May 2015

The governor’s plan to reorganize Detroit Public Schools is the most ambitious structural overhaul of public education since the all-charter school district was established in New Orleans.

Pseudo-left to lay foundations for Syriza-type alliance at upcoming Chicago conference

By Eric London, 2 May 2015

Socialist Alternative, the International Socialist Organization, leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union, and various Green and Democratic elected officials will gather this weekend in Chicago to discuss the possibility of a pseudo-left electoral alliance.

Capitalism, the working class and the fight against police violence

By Joseph Kishore, 1 May 2015

The military-police mobilization in Baltimore, Maryland has laid bare the class divide in America and the bankruptcy of the entire political system.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defends mass arrests of demonstrators

By Evan Blake, 1 May 2015

Police arrested 143 people in New York City at Wednesday’s protest against police violence.

American Psychological Association played critical role in CIA torture program

By David Walsh, 1 May 2015

A report by health professionals and human rights activists exposes the collusion between the APA and the Bush White House in the torture and abuse of detainees.

Protests continue as Baltimore police conclude investigation into death of Freddie Gray

By Tom Eley, 1 May 2015

Details of the internal police investigation, including previously unseen video footage, are being kept from the public.

Notes on police violence in America

Victoria, Texas police kill 25-year-old father with PTSD outside his home

By Zaida Green, 1 May 2015

At least 388 people have been killed by the police in the United States since the beginning of the year.

Bernie Sanders to seek Democratic presidential nomination

By Patrick Martin, 1 May 2015

The senator from Vermont, despite his populist rhetoric, is neither a socialist nor an independent, but a liberal apologist for an increasingly right-wing Democratic Party.

US appeals court grants immunity to border patrol agent who killed Mexican teenager

By Marc Wells, 1 May 2015

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously granted “qualified immunity” to a US border patrol agent who shot an unarmed 15-year-old boy in the face near the Mexican border.

Department of Justice sues Detroit-based Quicken Loans for mortgage fraud

By Kathleen Martin, 1 May 2015

The suit alleges that the firm, owned by billionaire Dan Gilbert, encouraged employees to underwrite loans they knew would go into default.

National Guard deployed in Baltimore after anger erupts over police killing

By Jerry White, 28 April 2015

The inflammatory statements of Baltimore officials make clear that the murderous actions of the police reflect the contempt for the city’s workers felt by the entire political establishment.

Federal agent kills 20-year-old Detroit man in front of family

By Shannon Jones, 28 April 2015

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent working with the Detroit police shot and killed Terrence Kelom inside his home on the west side of Detroit Monday.

City of Chicago offers payouts for police brutality and torture

By George Marlowe, 28 April 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has backed an absurdly small $5.5 million reparations fund for victims of torture under former police commander Jon Burge.

Obama gave CIA free rein for drone assassinations in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 28 April 2015

Rules supposedly imposed elsewhere to reduce the killing and maiming of civilians were secretly waived for CIA operations in Pakistan.

Bureaucratized murder and the “war on terror”

By Joseph Kishore, 27 April 2015

An article that appeared in the New York Times on Sunday describes a drone assassination program that has become bureaucratized and institutionalized and enjoys the support of the entire political establishment.

Obama’s drone warfare: Assassination made routine

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2015

President Obama’s admission that CIA drone missiles killed two hostages held by Al Qaeda has evoked no significant questioning of the program of targeted killings.

US, South Korea sign new nuclear pact

By Ben McGrath, 25 April 2015

The treaty is designed to ensure that South Korea does not acquire nuclear weapons and remains militarily dependent on the United States.

Maryland governor sends state troopers as protests mount over police murder of Freddie Gray

By Barry Grey, 25 April 2015

With the protests growing and moving from the local police precinct to downtown Baltimore, Democratic officials are raising the red herring of “outside agitators.”

Grand jury exonerates killer cops in Dallas

By our reporter, 25 April 2015

The whitewash of this killing is only the latest in a series of police homicides in which the perpetrators have been exonerated despite video or eye witness evidence of murder.

Majority of US public aid recipients are from working families

By Zaida Green, 25 April 2015

Some 73 percent of people enrolled in public welfare programs, including food assistance, come from families with at least one member who is employed.