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UAW corruption scandal widens as US workers press for wage increases

By Jerry White, 21 September 2018

As autoworkers in Kokomo, Indiana and elsewhere come into struggle, the biggest obstacle they face is the corporatist and anti-working class United Auto Workers.

Notes on Trump’s war against immigrants

Department of Health and Human Services lost track of another 1,500 immigrant children

By our reporters, 21 September 2018

In addition to the “lost” children, funds are being diverted from AIDS and cancer research to jail immigrant children and ICE held nearly 1,500 US citizens as “aliens.”

Promotion of German secret service chief evokes the tradition of the Gestapo

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 September 2018

As thousands protest on the streets against the German government’s right-wing policies, the ruling parties in Berlin have agreed to to expand the influence of the extreme right within the state.

In Germany’s Hambacher Forest: The state shows its ugly face

By Marianne Arens, 21 September 2018

In Hambacher Forest near Cologne, which is occupied by protesters seeking to prevent the forest being razed to the ground, a journalist was killed this week.

“I’ve been wanting to speak up for a long time. I have nothing to lose”

Another homeless grandmother details nightmarish aftermath of Amazon workplace injury

By Eric London, 21 September 2018

Tammy Edgar says she became homeless after she fell at work while avoiding a heavy machine, which flew off a table at her.

Four dead in workplace shooting in Maryland, the third mass shooting in the US in 24 hours

By Adam Mclean, 21 September 2018

On Thursday morning, a gunman opened fire at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, killing three people and injuring three more.

Questions emerge following shutoff of water to Detroit schools

By James Brewer, 21 September 2018

Superintendent Vitti’s claim of his “abundance of caution” in shutting the water off at all 106 schools has been belied by new lead and copper test results showing over half with high levels.

Iran responds to economic crisis and US destabilisation with repression of working class

By Jean Shaoul, 21 September 2018

This year has witnessed increasing social and economic unrest among all layers of the Iranian working class over high unemployment and soaring inflation.

UK government attempt to gag teachers as cuts deepen

By Tania Kent, 21 September 2018

The government reaction must be seen as a warning: not only will school cuts continue unabated but that they will move forcefully against any attempts to block their austerity agenda.

Ontario Appeals Court backs provincial government against Toronto Council

By Roger Jordan, 21 September 2018

Wednesday’s ruling was carefully crafted to diffuse the political crisis, underscoring the judiciary’s role as an implacable and highly conscious defender of the capitalist order.

Australian government planning to reopen strategic Papua New Guinea naval base

By Mike Head, 21 September 2018

The return of the Australian and US navies to Manus Island would be a significant preparation for a US-led war against China.

New Zealand government extends troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan

By Tom Peters, 21 September 2018

The announcement that troops will remain in Iraq and Afghanistan further demolishes claims that the NZ Labour Party-NZ First-Greens coalition government is a “progressive” alternative.

New York Times’ fraudulent “election plot” dossier escalates anti-Russia hysteria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2018

The Times regurgitates unsubstantiated claims that Russia “hijacked” the 2016 election and carried out a “stealth cyberage Pearl Harbor” to further an agenda of criminalizing domestic dissent and censoring the internet.

The CIA Democrats: A balance sheet of the primaries

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2018

Candidates with a military-intelligence background have won the Democratic congressional nomination in 30 districts considered competitive by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Fahrenheit 11/9—Filmmaker Michael Moore clings to the Democratic Party

By David Walsh, 21 September 2018

Despite various criticisms of leading Democrats and the American liberal establishment as a whole, Moore urges his viewers to retain—or perhaps regain—confidence in the Democratic Party.

As Trump stages photo-ops in the Carolinas

Hurricane flooding exposes mass poverty, class oppression in America

By Ed Hightower and Barry Grey, 20 September 2018

President Trump staged photo ops and offered empty promises and lies to a region struck twice in two years by deadly storms.

America: The garrison state

By Andre Damon, 20 September 2018

As the victims of Hurricane Florence were told no government money was available to help them rebuild their homes, the Senate quietly forked over $675 billion to the US military.

Germany’s grand coalition promotes far-right secret service chief to state secretary

By Ulrich Rippert, 20 September 2018

The grand coalition has responded to mass protests against the AfD and its neo-fascist provocations by integrating the hated secret service president and his pro-AfD policy more directly into the government.

Over 5 million children face starvation as US-backed forces attack Yemeni aid port

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2018

The aid group Save the Children warned that the US-Saudi war threatens to kill “an entire generation of Yemen’s children.”

“It is not a crime for workers to seek their rights”

Turkish government frames up airport construction workers

By Jean Shaoul, 20 September 2018

More than 40 workers face severe charges, while hundreds remain detained after the government crackdown on construction workers protesting deadly conditions at a new airport site.

Bangladesh garment workers denounce minimum wage offer

By Wimal Perera, 20 September 2018

Four million workers in the profitable garment industry have not had a pay rise since 2013.

Korean summit yields new agreement, but few tangible results

By Ben McGrath, 20 September 2018

Regardless of the immediate results of the talks in Pyongyang, the deal does not address the underlying regional tensions fueled by the US war drive against China.

Conflict over FBI investigation puts Kavanaugh hearing in doubt

By Patrick Martin, 20 September 2018

The effort by the Democrats to block Kavanaugh’s nomination solely through allegations of teenage sexual misconduct seems on the brink of failure.

“Collectively we are powerful beyond measure”

Kokomo Chrysler workers press for strike action

By Jerry White, 20 September 2018

Two months after their unanimous strike vote, workers at FCA’s Indiana transmission plants are opposing the stalling tactics of the UAW.

Thousands of ArcelorMittal steelworkers in US cast unanimous strike vote

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 September 2018

The vote to back a walkout by 15,000 ArcelorMittal workers follows a similar unanimous vote by workers at US Steel.

Trump administration announces record low cap on refugees allowed into the US

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 20 September 2018

The Trump administration has announced that the number of refugees allowed into the US in the coming year will be capped at 30,000—a record low for the 43-year old refugee resettlement program.

Anticapitalistas in Spain’s Podemos debate orienting to far-right Italian regime

By Alejandro López, 20 September 2018

While weakly criticising applause from Podemos of the Salvini government’s policies, the Pabloites are only concerned that it would expose them to criticism from the left.

European Union announces draconian internet censorship measures

By Thomas Scripps, 20 September 2018

The new EU law will formalise even closer relationships between state security services and tech companies.

Russia implicates pro-NATO Ukrainian regime in MH17 shoot-down

By Kumaran Ira, 20 September 2018

Using serial numbers provided by European investigators, Moscow gave evidence that the missile that shot down MH17 was held not by Russian, but Ukrainian forces.

Italian officials received prior warnings of catastrophic bridge collapse in Genoa

By Allison Smith and Marc Wells, 20 September 2018

The government and private bridge operator received repeated warnings about the bridge’s structural integrity.

The militarist component of Trump’s trade war

By Nick Beams, 20 September 2018

While China is at present the prime target, the Trump administration sees the US as being involved in an economic war against the rest of the world.

The strange case of Julia Salazar, Democratic Socialists of America candidate for New York Senate

By Josh Varlin, 20 September 2018

In the run-up to her victory in the Democratic Party primaries last week, media reports exposed Salazar’s systematic fabrication and/or misrepresentation of her personal and political history.

UK: Corbyn’s media policies leave corporate domination unchanged, silent on censorship

By Joe Mount and Julie Hyland, 20 September 2018

There was not a single proposal by the Labour Party leader challenging the corporate oligarchy’s domination of the media.

China retaliates against US trade war measures

By Peter Symonds, 19 September 2018

The escalating trade war is heightening economic instability and fueling geo-political tensions, not only between the US and China, but internationally.

Australia’s financial newspaper warns of another global crash

By Mike Head, 19 September 2018

The prospect of a financial meltdown is propelling a drive to refashion the political establishment to suppress the anticipated eruption of working-class unrest.

Western Australia: Indigenous boys drown trying to escape police

By Richard Phillips, 19 September 2018

The two teenagers were so terrified of being taken into police custody that they tried to escape by swimming across a dangerous river.

Thirty-one dead as Hurricane Florence continues to ravage the Carolinas

By Matthew Taylor, 18 September 2018

Cities cut off from aid, police guarding storefronts against desperate displaced residents, widespread power outages—this scene is now routine during America's Hurricane season.

Typhoon Mangkhut kills dozens in the Philippines, leaves trail of destruction in China and Hong Kong

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 September 2018

As in previous natural disasters, the poor and workers in low-paid precarious industries have been the hardest hit.

Assault allegation puts question mark over Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 18 September 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee will call Kavanaugh and his accuser to testify Monday, delaying a confirmation vote originally set for this Thursday.

Russian aircraft shot down during Israeli missile attack on main Syrian government port

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2018

Russian sources have reported that they tracked missiles launched by a French frigate at the time their aircraft was attacked.

“We have to join our struggles together”

Chicago Ford autoworkers support hotel workers on strike

By George Marlowe and Marcus Day, 18 September 2018

Workers at the Chicago Ford Assembly Plant spoke out in support of striking hotel workers and the common struggles all workers face.

Quebec: Right-wing populist CAQ exploits disaffection with traditional parties

By Laurent Lafrance, 18 September 2018

The CAQ is able to posture as the “party of change” only because the unions have derailed a series of explosive social struggles against big business’ austerity agenda.

South Korean president in Pyongyang for summit on denuclearization

By Ben McGrath, 18 September 2018

Whatever the result of this week’s talks, it will do nothing to resolve the dangerous tensions in the Asia-Pacific.

China’s $60 billion in aid and loans to Africa in context

By Gabriel Black, 18 September 2018

While China’s role in Africa has grown significantly in the past two decades, the United States and its allies remain the principal issuers of debt.

Hundreds arrested as construction workers at Turkish airport clash with security forces

By Jerry White, 17 September 2018

Thousands of workers downed their tools Friday after the latest in a series of fatal and near-fatal accidents at a construction site near Istanbul.

Israel bombs target near Damascus as Syrian war threatens to escalate

By Jordan Shilton, 17 September 2018

Washington supports Israel's aggression in Syria as part of its strategy to drive back Iranian influence in the country and throughout the Middle East.

Manafort guilty plea, cooperation deal rock Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 17 September 2018

In return for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to limit the total prison sentence for 69-year-old Manafort to 10 years, for all the charges against him.

“All the hotel workers should go on strike”

Chicago hotel workers continue walkout as workers throughout the US vote to strike

By George Marlowe and George Gallanis, 17 September 2018

Hotel workers in Chicago continue to fight for year-round healthcare and higher wages, even as the union keeps them isolated from hotel workers' struggles across the country.

Residents of Chicago’s Little Village speak out against increasing poverty and unaffordable housing

By our reporters, 17 September 2018

Three weeks after a deadly house fire killed 10 children on Chicago’s west side, residents still have no answers as to its causes, or resources to help them recover.

Growing anger over injury of autoworker in Kokomo, Indiana

By Shannon Jones, 17 September 2018

Both management and the UAW have maintained complete silence on the serious injury suffered last week by Eric Parsons at the Fiat Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Indiana.

New Zealand primary teachers’ union presents sellout offer

By Tom Peters and Sam Price, 17 September 2018

The Labour government’s proposal does not begin to address stagnant wages and the staffing crisis afflicting schools.

Texas special education students face teacher shortage and budget shortfall

By Todd Denton, 17 September 2018

The state of Texas is in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for its failure to educate disabled children.

Portland officials fail to indict two university police for murder of 45-year-old worker

By Kayla Costa, 17 September 2018

Far from an unavoidable tragedy, the killing of Jason Washington is a direct consequence of the growing militarized police apparatus in cities and schools across the United States.

Peru: Pseudo-left promotes anti-corruption protests to cover for anti-worker policies

By Armando Cruz, 17 September 2018

The pseudo-left has adapted itself to President Vizcarra’s proposals, praising his preparedness to "listen" to the people.

UN special rapporteur to examine extreme poverty in the UK

By Barry Mason, 17 September 2018

That the UK now requires such a visit demonstrates the impact of more than £110 billion in austerity cuts and the destruction of one million public sector jobs.

UK Food Foundation: Four million children have poor diets

By Liz Smith, 17 September 2018

The situation worsened during the summer school holidays, with an estimated 3 million children nationwide at risk of going hungry.

Japanese prime minister seeks improved relations with Russia

By Ben McGrath, 17 September 2018

Japan is coming under increased pressure as a result of Washington’s protectionist measures, which are compounding instability throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Australian government calls royal commission into aged care but numerous reports have already exposed major crisis

By Clare Bruderlin, 17 September 2018

Neglect, mistreatment and shocking conditions are an everyday reality for many now living in residential aged care.

Silicon Valley’s corrupt nexus: War, censorship and inequality

By Andre Damon, 17 September 2018

The appearance of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the Air Force Association’s annual conference embodies the fusion of America’s technology monopolies with the apparatus of state repression.

In France, Mélenchon advisor hails Wagenknecht’s anti-immigrant Aufstehen group

By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2018

Kuzmanovic applauded Aufstehen’s xenophobic line as a strategy for Melenchon's Unsubmissive France (LFI) to win workers’ votes.

Ten years after Lehman: New financial crises in the making

By Nick Beams, 17 September 2018

Commentaries on the anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse voice fears of another meltdown.

US schools hiring private companies to spy on students’ social media

By Trévon Austin, 17 September 2018

Monitoring students’ social media accounts is a violation of privacy, revealing the partnership of the US government and tech companies in internet surveillance and censorship.

Russia postpones Syrian offensive in Idlib as NATO threatens escalation

By Alex Lantier, 15 September 2018

Turkey and the major NATO imperialist powers made clear that they are ready to counterattack against Syrian and Russian forces in Idlib.

United Steelworkers block strike of US steelworkers

By Samuel Davidson, 15 September 2018

Ignoring the demands of their members, the USW leadership reopened talks with the steelmaker this week.

Canada’s trade unions deepen corporatist alliance with government during NAFTA talks

By Roger Jordan, 15 September 2018

While stoking reactionary Canadian nationalism and boasting of their role as official government advisers during the NAFTA talks, leading union bureaucrats are pulling out all the stops to prevent an eruption of class struggle.

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2018

A storm surge of as much as 11 feet of water was accompanied by winds approaching 120 miles per hour.

Washington state strikes continue as Tumwater teachers defy back-to-work order

By Hector Cordon, 14 September 2018

Four hundred teachers in the small Washington State town of Tumwater are courageously defying a judge’s strikebreaking order as educators continue walkouts in Tacoma and other cities.

“This should be a mass movement if we want to get what we want”

Chicago hotel workers’ strike continues for eighth day

By our reporting team, 14 September 2018

WSWS reporters visited and spoke to picketing workers at the JW Marriott Chicago hotel and Palmer House hotel in Chicago’s downtown.

New owner at low-wage Detroit auto parts supplier DMS

By David Rodriguez, 14 September 2018

Detroit Manufacturing Systems, which opened to great fanfare in 2012, is typical of the low wage sweatshops that predominate in the auto parts industry.

Republican war criminals endorse CIA Democrat Slotkin

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2018

Democrat Elissa Slotkin has used her three tours of duty for the CIA in Iraq as her main credential for election to Congress.

Facebook censors ThinkProgress

By Trévon Austin, 14 September 2018

Facebook labeled a story from the left-wing ThinkProgress web site as “false” based on a “fact check” by the far-right Weekly Standard.

Proposed methane rule repeal continues Trump’s deregulation of polluters

By Daniel de Vries, 14 September 2018

The EPA announced a plan Tuesday to enable oil and gas companies to release more greenhouse gases.

Duisburg, Germany: Social democratic mayor agitates against refugees and migrants from Eastern Europe

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 14 September 2018

Mayor Sören Link was able to broadcast his racist demagogy on one of Germany’s leading TV channels, claiming citizens from other EU countries were flocking to Germany to cash in on social benefits.

Trial starts five years after fascist murder of French student Clément Méric

By Anthony Torres, 14 September 2018

As they try to integrate neo-fascist politicians into official mainstream politics, the police and the ruling elite are whitewashing the murder of Méric.

Grenfell Fire: Fire Brigades Union warned of cladding dangers 19 years ago

By Paul Bond, 14 September 2018

The FBU report proves that every aspect of fire safety had failed at Grenfell Tower, due to decades of deregulation and cuts, long before the fire broke out.

Scandal erupts over Dutch state’s funding of Islamist terror group in Syria

By Kumaran Ira, 14 September 2018

The Dutch government spent nearly 70 million euros to fund jihadist groups as part of the US-NATO led regime change war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Political showdown erupts in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 14 September 2018

The battlelines between President Duterte and Senator Trillanes express the twin pressures upon the Filipino ruling class of geopolitical tensions and mounting social unrest.

Australian unions amass wealth as membership plummets

By Mike Head, 14 September 2018

The transformation of the unions into corporate operations cannot be explained by corruption and it is not unique to Australia.

Australia: Union calls one-day stoppage at University of Newcastle

By John Harris, 14 September 2018

The National Tertiary Education Union’s demands centre on maintaining the “consultative” and “committee” structures through which it has helped management impose restructuring and job cuts.

12,800 immigrant children detained in American internment camps

By Eric London, 14 September 2018

While the Trump administration is preparing for a massive expansion of immigrant internment camps, the Democratic Party has abandoned the issue.

Twenty-five years after Oslo, a deepening catastrophe for the Palestinians

By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2018

The anniversary has coincided with a series of increasingly punishing measures by Washington to back the Netanyahu regime in Israel and starve the Palestinians into submission.

SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns at Wayne State University in Detroit

By our reporter, 14 September 2018

Niles spoke with students at Wayne State University about the fight for socialism and the struggle against war and social inequality.

Invergordon whisky distillery in Scotland demands workers accept a £10,000 pay cut or lose their jobs

By Darren Paxton and Sandy Campbell, 14 September 2018

The GMB trade union has been pushing for the modernisation for some time, effectively functioning as a regional investment agency.

Chelsea Manning speaks in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 13 September 2018

After being denied entry to Australia, Manning spoke to audiences in New Zealand about her decision to leak US military documents, her time in prison and her political activism over the past year.

Hurricane Florence exposes disastrous state of US infrastructure

By Tom Hall, 13 September 2018

Trump’s self-congratulation for his response to last year’s devastation of Puerto Rico, even as Carolina residents brace for one of the worst Atlantic storms in history, sums up the callousness and criminality of the American ruling class.

UN report on food security

One in every nine human beings goes hungry

By Patrick Martin, 13 September 2018

Wars and civil wars, generally instigated or fueled by the US and other imperialist powers, climate change and poverty are the leading causes of deepening food insecurity.

China and Russia strengthen ties to counter US threats

By Peter Symonds, 13 September 2018

After their meeting, neither Xi nor Putin named Trump but they left no doubt that their closer ties are a reaction to Washington’s punitive measures.

“Monster” Hurricane Florence approaches South Carolina

By Ed Hightower, 13 September 2018

A major regional energy firm warned that up to 75 percent of its 4 million customers in North and South Carolina could lose power during the storm.

Over 1,000 Ryanair cabin crew and pilots strike in Germany

By our reporters, 13 September 2018

While the workers are fighting for wage increases and better working conditions, the trade unions want to cut a deal with Ryanair as quickly as possible.

In new cost-cutting move, PSA subcontracts Opel operation in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 13 September 2018

The subcontracting of research and development operations in Rüsselsheim is another significant step towards the dismantling of Opel.

Fiat Chrysler Kokomo casting plant cited for safety violations before latest worker injury

By Marcus Day, 13 September 2018

The plant where a Fiat Chrysler worker was severely injured last week was cited for several serious safety violations last year by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Five million deaths a year due to poor-quality health care

By Kate Randall, 13 September 2018

As social inequality continues to widen, millions are dying because adequate resources are not allocated to promote public health.

Teachers strike in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

By our reporter, 13 September 2018

The district’s teachers are being asked to shoulder increased health care costs.

Nearly 200 clean-up workers sickened or dead from 2008 Tennessee coal ash spill

By Warren Duzak and Zackary Thorton, 13 September 2018

A press investigation has exposed what can only be called a social crime against the working class in eastern Tennessee.

Bloody siege of Yemeni port resumes as US certifies Saudi concern for civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2018

Aid groups have warned that the renewed assault on Hodeidah threatens not only to kill tens of thousands of civilians, but to push millions more into starvation.

Washington and Pyongyang in talks for second summit

By Ben McGrath, 13 September 2018

Trump is under pressure to ramp up the offensive against the targets of US imperialism.

British nationalist Nigel Farage addresses co-thinkers in Australia

By James Cogan, 13 September 2018

Farage was sponsored by corporate interests and welcomed by prominent powerbrokers within the governing Liberal Party.

Workers and youth oppose Australian government ban on Chelsea Manning

By our reporters, 13 September 2018

“The government wants to shut all dialogue down and uses the ogre of terrorism as a shield to do that.”

Ronan Farrow’s #MeToo campaign brings down Leslie Moonves at CBS

By Fred Mazelis, 13 September 2018

The ousting of Moonves is part of an ongoing struggle for power and wealth within the media and entertainment industries.

UK: Rival Socialist Party members vie for position as deputy leader of civil servants union

By Robert Stevens, 13 September 2018

The sordid episode demonstrates that the pseudo-left organisations have no independence from the trade union bureaucracy.