By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2014
The American population is overwhelmingly indifferent to the November 4 US elections, which will decide 34 US Senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and the governorships of most states.
By Peter Symonds, 30 September 2014
The Obama administration is marshalling support for a war that is primarily aimed against the Syrian government, rather than ISIS.
By Ed Hightower, 30 September 2014
In four US states alone, 1.7 million voters would be denied the right to vote.
By Kevin Martinez, 30 September 2014
Police in Los Angeles County have killed at least 589 people since 2000.
By Keith Jones, 30 September 2014
Washington has made no secret it wants to “reset” Indo-US relations, so as to harness New Delhi to its anti-China “pivot.”
By Clement Daly, 29 September 2014
The most severe form of black lung, a preventable disease resulting from insufficient ventilation in coalmines, has increased tenfold over fifteen years.
By Matthew MacEgan, 29 September 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union filed two lawsuits this week claiming that Mississippi prison inmates were being indefinitely detained and others were kept in conditions “tantamount to torture.”
By Tom Carter, 29 September 2014
During his six-year term, Holder has presided over the most comprehensive and aggressive trampling of democratic rights in US history.
By a reporter, 29 September 2014
The newspaper is cutting benefits immediately for non-union employees and demanding the same cuts in contract talks with the Newspaper Guild.
By Thomas Gaist, 27 September 2014
The agreement is aimed at cementing in political form the conspiracy against the working class to restructure the city of Detroit using the bankruptcy courts.
By Kate Randall, 27 September 2014
Emanuel’s prescription is to do away with America’s “manic desperation to endlessly extend life,” forego advanced medical treatment and allow death to take its course.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Hall, 26 September 2014
Police throughout the country continued their campaign of violence this week, tackling a pregnant woman, shooting a handcuffed man and killing a 14-year-old boy.
By Jerry White, 26 September 2014
A just-released FBI study of so-called Active Shooter Incidents in 2000-13 reveals a staggering toll of 1,043 casualties, with 486 killed and 557 wounded, excluding the shooters.
By Jake Dean, 26 September 2014
Central and South American immigrants are being held at a detention center in the US with no hope of being released.
By Douglas Lyons, 26 September 2014
The police manhunt for Eric Frein, charged with fatally shooting a state trooper on September 13, has seen the imposition of a “shelter-in-place” order.
By Lawrence Porter, 26 September 2014
Victims of water shutoffs and public health experts gave evidence about the impact the city’s water shutoff policy.
By Joseph Kishore, 25 September 2014
The resolution, proposed by the Obama administration, comes as the major powers are implementing a raft of antidemocratic measures under the guise of a renewed “war on terror.”
By Barry Grey, 25 September 2014
What above all distinguished Obama's speech was the complete disconnect between its assertions and political reality.
By Fred Mazelis, 25 September 2014
The Atlanta Symphony’s music director has come out in support of the orchestra musicians.
By Thomas Gaist, 25 September 2014
Hundreds of Jefferson County students walked out of classes this week in opposition to a school board proposal that US history courses promote "patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, and respect for authority."
By Jerry White, 25 September 2014
US bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes will issue a ruling Monday on a lawsuit seeking an injunction to stop the shutoff of water for thousands of low-income households.
By Eric London, 25 September 2014
Police arrested demonstrators Tuesday night as the Department of Justice invoked a little-known Civil Rights Act statute to curb freedom of the press at public meetings in the tense St. Louis suburb.
By Alexander Fangmann, 25 September 2014
Although UAW leaders said the deal would end the hated two-tier wage system, 40 percent of the workforce will be reclassified as “subassembly” workers making poverty-level wages.
By Daniel de Vries, 25 September 2014
The leaders of major capitalist countries, including the US, Britain and France, offered nothing more than platitudes and empty pledges about action on global warming.
By Niles Williamson, 23 September 2014
A front-page article in the New York Times on Monday is intended as a warning to Russia, China and any other country that may stand in its way that the American ruling class is preparing for nuclear war.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2014
The political victimization of Salaita in the name of “democracy” is another chilling warning that core democratic rights, including academic freedom, are incompatible with a society dominated by social inequality and the drive to war.
By Andre Damon, 23 September 2014
A Rutgers University study released Monday shows that the overwhelming majority of the three million long-term unemployed receive no government assistance.
By Kate Randall, 23 September 2014
While the US accounts for about 5 percent of the world’s population, it incarcerates about one-quarter of all prisoners on the planet.
By Jerry White, 23 September 2014
A 53-year-old worker was killed and two others injured Sunday in the latest fatal accident in the US steel industry.
By Clement Daly and Naomi Spencer, 23 September 2014
Last Friday, teachers in the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Reynoldsburg voted overwhelmingly to take strike action, rejecting a binding arbitration offer by the Reynoldsburg City School Board.
By Evan Blake, 23 September 2014
The state’s worst drought in 500 years has created the conditions for more frequent wildfires.
By Thomas Gaist, 23 September 2014
The present proceedings are in the main political theatre aimed at boosting the credibility of the judge as a supposedly “neutral arbiter.”
By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2014
Washington’s claims to have “universal support” cannot obscure the fact that it is waging another war of aggression based on lies.
By Daniel de Vries, 22 September 2014
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in New York City to demand action on climate change.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 September 2014
Twenty-six US school districts have received military hardware under the Defense Department’s 1033 program.
By our reporters, 22 September 2014
Scientists and students were among those participants at the climate march who spoke with the WSWS.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 September 2014
A select group of billionaires and wealthy private foundations gathered at an invitation-only event this week to plan Detroit’s future.
By Kristina Betinis, 22 September 2014
University leaders voted 8-1 to rescind a job offer made to Steven Salaita, provoking protests and an academic boycott of the university.
By a WSWS reporting team, 20 September 2014
Workers at the Chrysler Warren Truck assembly plant in suburban Detroit expressed opposition to the Obama administration’s new war against Iraq and Syria.
By Kate Randall, 19 September 2014
A new report from the Institute of Medicine argues that because people are living longer into old age, money spent to keep them alive should be slashed.
By Andre Damon, 18 September 2014
US stocks hit record highs after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank would continue to keep interest rates near zero “for a considerable time.”
By Jerry White, 17 September 2014
After reaching settlements with key players over the past week, the federal bankruptcy court is moving quickly to approve the anti-working class restructuring plan.
By Andre Damon, 17 September 2014
Figures released by the Census Bureau Tuesday showed that the number of people in poverty remained at the highest level on record, while household incomes stagnated last year.
Recovery School District fires 84 percent of staff
By Tom Hall, 17 September 2014
After it became the nation’s first all-charter school district over the summer, the state-run Recovery School District in New Orleans slashed its operating budget and fired 84 percent of its staff.
By Jason Melanovski, 17 September 2014
Terry Pegula has been awarded the rights to the Buffalo Bills National Football League franchise in a bidding war that lasted for several months.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 September 2014
Jones Day, the former law firm of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, has charged the city nearly $50 million.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 September 2014
The NSA penetrated the systems of leading German companies as part of a global Internet mapping operation codenamed Treasure Map.
By Evan Blake and Juan Verala Luz, 16 September 2014
Residents of the California town turned out in large numbers to demand the local police department’s return of a newly-acquired Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicle.
By Nick Barrickman, 16 September 2014
The tenth studio album from Grammy award-winning rapper Common attempts to grapple with gang violence and social misery in his hometown of Chicago
By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2014
If US military aircraft do begin to operate from Malaysia, the move would mark a significant shift by Kuala Lumpur toward Washington.
By Jake Dean, 16 September 2014
Militarization of the police is now being fully integrated within public schools.
By Kristina Betinis, 16 September 2014
Nearly 800 auto workers struck to demand an end to low wages, which they compare to the pay in the fast-food industry.
By Kate Randall, 16 September 2014
The Obama administration says it will cut off government subsidies to about 360,000 people if they do not offer proof of their income within the next two weeks.
By John Marion, 15 September 2014
State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, a former hedge fund manger with ties to the ultra-right Manhattan Institute, has made a national reputation as an enemy of public employees.
By Henry Allen, 15 September 2014
The drone, purchased with federal grant money, will be made available to 13 other bomb squads in the Bay Area.
By Henry Allen, 15 September 2014
AB 1522, with its three paid sick days, is a political maneuver on the part of California Democrats, Governor Brown, and the unions in the lead-up to the elections in November.
By Kevin Martinez, 15 September 2014
The City Council has moved to criminalize the homeless in order to maintain its beaches as a tourist attraction.
By Gary Joad, 15 September 2014
The last decade has seen a rapid rise in sand mining in the US in line with the dramatic surge of hydro-fracturing.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 September 2014
The documents cover rulings in 2008 upholding the NSA’s warrantless data mining programs.
By Ed Hightower, 13 September 2014
A central aim of the prosecution was to cover up the details of one of the more extreme cases of US government torture.
By Gabriel Black, 13 September 2014
Electronics retailer RadioShack said Thursday that it is likely to file for bankruptcy unless it can secure a funding lifeline.
By Isabelle Belanger, 13 September 2014
Just two weeks before the start of the school year, 63 public school teachers received layoff notices—the latest in a series of attacks against Buffalo public school students and teachers.
By Tom Hall and E. P. Bannon, 12 September 2014
Tuesday’s hearing was aimed at reinforcing and intensifying the federal government’s arming of police forces under the guise of a “review.”
By Thomas Gaist, 12 September 2014
Accounts from two construction workers further substantiate already existing evidence that officer Darren Wilson fired numerous rounds into the unarmed Brown, even as the youth sought to surrender.
Courts reject condemned inmates’ appeals on lethal injection drugs
By Paul Michaels and Kate Randall, 12 September 2014
The two prisoners’ appeals challenging the secrecy surrounding the source and quality of lethal injection drugs and state protocols failed to halt their executions.
By Jeff Lusanne, 12 September 2014
The proposed contract centered on a reduction in crew size that threatened the safety of both employees and passengers, and was rejected by members despite the unions efforts to pass it.
By Jerry White, 12 September 2014
The Detroit bankruptcy and moves toward the privatization of the water department are fully backed by the Obama administration, which has encouraged cities to enter “public-private partnerships” to fill the gap from reduced federal and state funding.
By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2014
The nationally televised speech from the White House set no limits on the escalation of US military violence in the Middle East.
By Andre Damon, 11 September 2014
Residents demanded the prosecution of the officer who killed Michael Brown and the dropping of all charges against demonstrators.
By Barry Grey, 10 September 2014
The war on ISIS is camouflage for an unstated agenda, at the center of which is the overthrow of the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
By Shannon Jones, 10 September 2014
VonDre Gordon’s death was the second fatal industrial accident in the Detroit area in less than a week.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 September 2014
Statements by the ACLU and prisoners at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility describe widespread human rights abuses in Michigan’s only women’s prison.
By Nick Barrickman, 10 September 2014
Former Republican governor of Virginia Robert F. McDonnell and his wife Maureen were found guilty of 20 felony counts of corruption, conspiracy and fraud.
By Kevin Martinez, 10 September 2014
Los Angeles Police Department detectives shot unarmed 24-year-old Ezell Ford six times in the back on August 11, less than two weeks after the August 2 killing of Omar Abrego.
New Jersey, New York part of a national trend
By Philip Guelpa, 10 September 2014
Governments in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York are mounting efforts to severely reduce public worker pension benefits.
By Tom Carter, 9 September 2014
Recently declassified documents detail the early stages of the ongoing effort to create the pseudo-legal framework for a police state in America.
By Fred Mazelis, 9 September 2014
The ongoing attacks on symphony musicians raise fundamental political issues.
By Nancy Hanover, 9 September 2014
As 50 million students begin school, federal and state budgets for public education have never been restored to pre-recession levels.
Bowing to Senate Democrats
By Patrick Martin, 9 September 2014
Both conservative and liberal Democrats opposed any relaxation of anti-immigrant policies before the November election.
The human cost of deportations
By Norisa Diaz and Marc Wells, 9 September 2014
Immigrants deported back to Central America face extreme violence and poverty. These are some of their stories.
By Barry Grey, 8 September 2014
In a series of speeches and press conferences in Europe last week, President Obama publicly committed the United States to go to war against Moscow to defend the Baltic states that border Russia.
By Tom Hall, 8 September 2014
The oil giant’s potential fine of $18 billion is less than its more-than $23 billion in profits last year.
By a WSWS reporting team, 8 September 2014
Campaign teams visited schools, neighborhoods and work locations over the past week in preparation for the public meeting being held Tuesday at Wayne State University.
By Phyllis Scherrer, 8 September 2014
Teachers in three Pennsylvania school districts, who have worked years without contracts and are facing new wage and health care cuts, have walked out on strike.
By Gabriel Black, 8 September 2014
Cantor’s multi-million-dollar payout represents compensation for his service to Wall Street during his time in Congress and illustrates the incestuous relationship between the US political establishment and big business.
New Federal Reserve report
By Andre Damon, 6 September 2014
The Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances, released Thursday, shows that the income of a typical US household has fallen by 12 percent in just six years.
By Andre Damon, 6 September 2014
The latest US jobs report shows that the US labor force participation rate fell to the lowest level in three and a half decades.
Day four of the confirmation hearings
By Thomas Gaist, 6 September 2014
Conway MacKenzie consultant Charles Moore detailed plans to slash city services and tear down buildings.
By Fred Mazelis, 6 September 2014
The unions are seeking to latch onto the legitimate grievances of workers to bolster the Democratic Party, which has presided over a wholesale assault on the working class.
The police-military crackdown in Ferguson, the assault on democratic rights, and the record of the World Socialist Web Site
By Tom Carter, 6 September 2014
The World Socialist Web Site, employing the method of Marxist analysis, has traced the various stages of the assault on democratic rights and sought to explain its relationship to fundamental historical and social processes related to the deepening crisis of American and world capitalism.
By Andre Damon, 5 September 2014
The wave of reckless speculation in the US financial system and the drive to war have a common root: the domination of the financial oligarchy over society.
By Jerry White, 5 September 2014
Behind the dry, antiseptic testimony of the city’s chief financial officer in the federal bankruptcy courtroom Thursday was a restructuring plan that will produce untold suffering in Detroit.
By Chris Marsden, 4 September 2014
At a press conference in Estonia, US President Barack Obama could scarcely conceal his hostility to anything that cut across preparations for the NATO summit to adopt a series of anti-Russian measures.
By Thomas Gaist, 4 September 2014
Behind legal proceedings before a bankruptcy judge, a vicious struggle is being waged between the city’s creditors and their insurers.
By Kate Randall, 4 September 2014
Health plans with narrow hospital networks and high out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs discriminate against patients with chronic health conditions.
By Lawrence Porter, 4 September 2014
US federal bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes decided to delay any ruling on water shutoffs at least until September 17.
Obama administration approves Pennsylvania plan to privatize and eliminate Medicaid as an entitlement
By Douglas Lyons, 4 September 2014
The federal government has approved an alternative to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion called Healthy PA Private Coverage Option.
By Shannon Jones, 4 September 2014
The worker died when the boom of the truck he was driving brushed an overhead power line
By Daniel de Vries, 4 September 2014
Mayor de Blasio last week signed into law a school bus workers bill that failed to restore job protections.
By Tom Eley, 4 September 2014
In response to growing working class disillusionment with the Democratic Party, the ISO is calling for a more stridently racialist brand of politics.