By Tom Carter, 30 November 2015
Responsibility for the deadly attack in Colorado Springs on Friday rests with the ringleaders of the ultra-right campaign against Planned Parenthood.
By Patrick Martin, 28 November 2015
Currently leading in the polls for the Republican presidential nomination, the billionaire backs torture, and forced registration of Muslim Americans in preparation for mass detention.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2015
The leading Democratic candidate advocated a no-fly zone in Syria, along with more special forces troops and intensified bombing.
By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2015
In a speech Thursday, Bernie Sanders presented a version of “socialism” that is based on support for war and “private companies that thrive and invest and grow in America.”
By Roger Jordan, 20 November 2015
In his first formal meeting with Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister pledged closer economic and security collaboration with the US, including in the war in Iraq and Syria.
By David Walsh, 17 November 2015
The student protests initiated over the past two weeks have a decidedly upper middle class character, aimed not at fighting for social equality but at carving out greater privileges for relatively privileged African American and other minority professionals.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 November 2015
Nearly seven years after the US president promised to shut down the infamous prison camp, he is again signing into law a bill that mandates it remain open.
At Republican presidential debate
By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2015
Tuesday night’s Republican debate was a blunt expression of the class policy of the US financial elite: cut wages to boost corporate profits.
By Patrick Martin, 11 November 2015
The main topic of discussion was a bid to increase the US military subsidy to Israel from $3 billion a year to $5 billion.
By Philip Guelpa, 9 November 2015
The corruption trials of two prominent New York politicians, Democrat Sheldon Silver and Republican Dean Skelos, on fraud, extortion, bribery, and other charges, begin this month.
By a reporter, 6 November 2015
Scattered state and local elections saw extremely low turnout and high levels of campaign spending by “independent” political action committees financed by the wealthy.
By Peter Symonds, 4 November 2015
The violation of Chinese maritime claims has nothing to do with upholding international law but is part of Washington’s “pivot to Asia” aimed at subordinating China to US interests.
By Gabriel Black, 3 November 2015
The new judicial standard for insider trading cases established in a federal appeals court ruling in December amounts to a legal green light for illegal financial manipulation.
By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2015
Ryan’s political views, once considered so extreme that even most Republicans were reluctant to cast votes for his budget plans, are now presented as “mainstream” or even “moderate.”
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 31 October 2015
Pakistani authorities have issued increasingly alarmed warnings that the US has upset the balance of power in South Asia through its military-strategic embrace of India.
By Eric London, 31 October 2015
The pseudo-left group says that the election of a slate of Democrats to the Seattle City Council “would be a big step forward.”
By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2015
The debate was dominated by demands for an end to all government regulation of big business and the destruction of social programs like Medicare and Social Security.
By Patrick Martin, 28 October 2015
The bipartisan agreement favors the Pentagon and includes new cuts in Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security disability benefits.
By Robert Stevens, 26 October 2015
US officials and advisors have warned that London is “playing a dangerous game” in developing its economic relations with Beijing.
By Patrick Martin, 26 October 2015
An advocate of the privatization of Medicare and elimination of most federal social programs, Ryan was nonetheless considered not right-wing enough by many in the House Freedom Caucus.
By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2015
The recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics is based on studies showing that 16 million US children are “food insecure.”
After the Democratic presidential debate
By Barry Grey, 24 October 2015
Behind the squabble over how to adapt to and promote the Sanders campaign, both Socialist Alternative and the ISO work to block the emergence of an independent political movement of the working class.
By Patrick Martin, 23 October 2015
The televised circus in Washington covered up the real issue: the alliance of the US government with Al Qaeda forces in regime-change operations in both Libya and Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2015
The Democratic candidate for president refused to rule out unilateral US military action.
By Tom Hall, 17 October 2015
The call by Sanders for Snowden to be jailed for his exposure of illegal NSA spying starkly reveals his support for the American military-intelligence apparatus.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 October 2015
Sanders proposes nothing that is genuinely socialist, combining a series of modest reform proposals with a defense of capitalism and support for imperialist war.
By our reporter, 14 October 2015
The five candidates feigned sympathy with the problems of working people, but offered no solutions to the crisis of the capitalist system.
By Barry Grey, 13 October 2015
Under aggressive questioning from moderator Steve Kroft, Obama was unable to present a coherent explanation of either the purpose of the war in Syria or the reasons for the fiasco to date of Washington’s drive to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2015
The Republican crisis has something of the character of a political iceberg, with nine-tenths or more beneath the surface.
By Evan Blake, 8 October 2015
The congressional hearing for Planned Parenthood, the most recent target of a right-wing smear campaign, showcased the degraded state of official politics in Washington.
By Eric London, 8 October 2015
The UAW has called on the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO’s lead counsel, Bruce Miller, to launch a dishonest and desperate attack on the WSWS and the Autoworker Newsletter.
By David Walsh, 8 October 2015
Damon, who made a series of critical comments about President Barack Obama starting in 2011, has had a change of heart.
By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2015
The Vermont senator and presidential candidate issued a statement supporting the Obama’s policy of airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2015
According to an editorial in the leading US newspaper, voters should have fewer choices.
By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2015
The Vermont senator raised $26 million in the third quarter, compared to $28 million for the Democratic Party presidential frontrunner.
By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2015
The ouster of the speaker of the House of Representatives demonstrates the growing influence of the ultra-right in official Washington.
By Sampath Perera, 28 September 2015
In the run-up to today’s meeting between Indian Prime Minister Modi and US President Obama, New Delhi and Washington have further enhanced their military-security ties.
By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2015
Obama and Xi both paid lip service to the need for greater cooperation, but the lack of agreement on key issues highlights the danger of confrontation and conflict.
By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2015
The leader of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives faced growing opposition from an ultra-right faction in his own party.
By Tom Mackaman, 22 September 2015
For all of the US labor movement’s militancy, self-sacrifice and social power, its Achilles heel has been its failure to free itself from the political domination of capitalist parties and politicians.
By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2015
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, running second or third in polls of Republican presidential voters, said Sunday no Muslim should be allowed to become president of the United States.
By David Walsh, 21 September 2015
The handcuffing and arrest of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a digital clock to school in Irving, Texas, a Dallas suburb, was a repugnant act that smelled of racism and xenophobia.
By Patrick Martin, 18 September 2015
Each of the candidates is backed by a billionaire or billionaires, with Trump playing both roles in his own campaign.
By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2015
Support for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has plunged in polls in the two earliest voting states as well as nationally.
By Patrick Martin, 12 September 2015
The US government has stamped “classified” on the declaration by a Guantanamo detainee of how he was tortured in a secret CIA prison.
By Patrick Martin, 12 September 2015
In a speech and question-and-answer session at a Washington think tank, the Democratic frontrunner took an even more hard-line position than the current administration.
By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2015
A long analysis of the Sanders campaign appeared Tuesday on the web site of the Voice of America, the official overseas broadcast service of the US government.
Labor Day in America
By Jerry White, 8 September 2015
Amid mounting working-class anger and disgust with both big-business parties, the unions are working to promote the lie that the Democrats speak for the working man.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 September 2015
After running for office on a platform of “change,” the successor to Cory Booker is proving a useful representative of the capitalist elite.
By Keith Jones, 7 September 2015
The White House has insisted the nuclear deal would actually facilitate military action against Iran if Washington deems it necessary.
By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2015
While they obsess over the possible mishandling of classified information, the Republicans and media have been largely indifferent to the content of the emails released so far.
By Andre Damon, 1 September 2015
The Times’ claim that President Obama has spent his administration “working to empower the economically marginal” is a political fabrication of the first order.
On 10-year anniversary of Katrina
By Tom Hall, 31 August 2015
The Katrina catastrophe has been seized on by the political establishment to carry out a restructuring of class relations intended as a model for other cities.
By Patrick Martin, 24 August 2015
The demand for repeal of birthright citizenship, initiated by billionaire Donald Trump, marks a further shift to the right by the US ruling elite.
By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2015
The much-publicized encounter sheds light on the essentially right-wing character of both the Democratic frontrunner and the proponents of identity politics.
By Patrick Martin, 19 August 2015
A New York Times article Monday described the process of aggressive fundraising for a billion-dollar “post-presidency.”
By Andre Damon, 18 August 2015
The media has maintained near-total silence on last week’s revelation that prisoners were tortured in Upstate New York with the apparent involvement of governor Andrew Cuomo.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 August 2015
Classified NSA documents published this weekend have further exposed the vast scale of collaboration between the NSA and US telecommunications giants.
By Patrick Martin, 17 August 2015
Billionaire Donald Trump has called for deporting all 11 million undocumented workers, as well as their children born in the United States.
By Evan Blake, 13 August 2015
The Obama administration is appealing a court ruling that seeks to ban the imprisonment of hundreds of children and their mothers in immigration detention centers.
By Tom Mackaman, 13 August 2015
The move to disassociate the Democratic Party from the two figures it has long claimed as its founders, allegedly because they were slave-owners, marks a new milestone in the party’s embrace of identity politics.
By Tom Hall, 12 August 2015
The more than 100,000 people who attended Sanders’ recent rallies would not have found anything genuinely oppositional, let alone “socialist,” in the remarks of the senator from Vermont.
By Patrick Martin, 8 August 2015
The ten candidates assembled on the stage represented and appealed to everything rotten and backward in American society.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2015
The US president took the extraordinary step of going public in warning that powerful factions within Congress and the state apparatus are determined to go to war against Iran.
By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2015
A few dozen super-rich contributors are bankrolling—and thereby controlling—the 2016 presidential election campaign.
By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2015
After calling for a “political revolution” against the billionaires before a national audience Wednesday, Sanders spoke in quite a different vein to upper-middle class audiences Thursday and Friday.
By Patrick Martin, 29 July 2015
The New York Times has retracted its claim that the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton, without revealing which government officials made the false allegation.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 July 2015
In response to bipartisan warmongering, Kerry insisted that the nuclear pact would serve as a stepping stone toward intensified confrontation with Tehran.
By Patrick Martin, 23 July 2015
In a speech Tuesday to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the US president boasted of the success of US drone missile and assassination programs, listing a series of victims.
By Patrick Martin, 20 July 2015
The 2016 US presidential election will be decided, not by the votes of the people, but by a flood of dollars from a small number of billionaires.
By Tom Hall, 20 July 2015
The teachers’ union endorsement follows years of political subordination to the Democratic Party by top AFT bureaucrats.
By Andre Damon, 17 July 2015
Candidates have spent twice as much in the first half of this year as at the same point in the last presidential election cycle, with the total cost of the election expected to rise to $10 billion.
By George Gallanis, 16 July 2015
The 2015-2017 Wisconsin budget slashes hundreds of millions of dollars from the UW system, implements drug testing for public assistance and eliminates a number of labor protections.
By Andre Damon, 14 July 2015
Speaking at the New School in New York City, Clinton declared that her presidency would “empower” US businesses by cutting taxes and regulation.
By Philip Guelpa and Fred Mazelis, 14 July 2015
The two leading New York Democrats are governing at a time of growing crisis and disgust with capitalist politics.
By Tom Carter, 11 July 2015
For six years, Holder used the office of attorney general to benefit the financial elite. Now he is going back to work for them directly.
By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2015
A three-page written statement claimed that Mexican immigration amounted to “infectious disease … pouring over the border.”
By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2015
The billionaire developer and presidential candidate has made a series of fascistic rants against Mexican immigrants.
By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2015
The growth of support for Sanders is a reflection of widespread opposition to social inequality, which the senator is seeking to channel back into the framework of the Democratic Party.
By Andre Damon, 1 July 2015
Despite being touted as a major new policy initiative by the White House, the proposed change to overtime rules would affect just 3.5 percent of US workers.
By Tom Hall, 1 July 2015
The “socialist” senator and Democratic presidential candidate's nationalist appeals are designed to head off the emergence of an independent movement of the working class.
By Joseph Kishore, 30 June 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled that executions using the sedative midazolam can go forward.
By Barry Grey, 30 June 2015
The rush to take down symbols of racism that the American political establishment has kept in place for decades is a defensive response to an outpouring of public horror over the Charleston killings and popular hostility to racism.
By Andre Damon, 29 June 2015
President Obama’s eulogy for the victims of this month’s shooting in Charleston was remarkable for its religious obscurantism and inability to seriously address any of the issues that led to the horrendous mass murder.
By Tom Carter, 27 June 2015
The Supreme Court decision invalidates laws in a minority of US states that prohibit recognition of same-sex marriage and arbitrarily discriminate against homosexuals.
By Andre Damon, 27 June 2015
Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act by declaring the health care overhaul a “policy triumph.”
By Kate Randall, 26 June 2015
The majority opinion states that without the subsidies the ACA would collapse, sending the insurance market into a “death spiral.”
By Andre Damon, 23 June 2015
The political establishment has seized upon the tragedy in Charleston to promote the conception that race is the fundamental category in American society.
By Patrick Martin, 22 June 2015
The Vermont senator offers no program for working people, but his attacks on economic inequality and the “billionaire class” have gained a hearing.
With appointment of Kenneth Feinberg to oversee cuts
By Andre Damon, 20 June 2015
The White House said Wednesday that it will grant long-time Washington fixer Kenneth Feinberg the power to unilaterally slash the benefits of retirees in multiemployer pension funds.
As efforts to train new Iraqi army flounder
By Thomas Gaist, 19 June 2015
Washington increasingly seeks to rule Iraq through a network of tribal-based sectarian proxy forces, reinforced by thousands of US “advisers.”
By Nick Beams, 19 June 2015
The US has received a blunt warning about shifting relations in Asia from Singapore’s foreign minister.
By Patrick Martin, 18 June 2015
The official two-party system has shifted so far to the right that Bush is regarded as too moderate by much of the Republican Party base.
By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2015
The campaign of the White House and congressional Republicans in support of the TPP shatters the conventional picture of official Washington, supposedly divided into intransigent partisan camps.
By Niles Williamson, 17 June 2015
The passage of the amendment to the House’s Pentagon budget bill restricting support for the Azov Battalion is a further confirmation of the leading role played by fascist forces in Ukraine.
By Patrick Martin, 15 June 2015
Speaking before an audience of Democratic Party hacks and union officials, Clinton combined empty demagogy with contempt for the intelligence of the population.
By Patrick Martin, 13 June 2015
Sections of both the Democratic and Republican parties combined to block passage of a Trade Promotion Authority bill.