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ICE officials break into home in San Diego to detain immigrant worker in front of his five children

By Kevin Martinez and Genevieve Leigh, 9 May 2018

A San Diego immigrant was forcibly detained by armed ICE officials after they broke into his home Tuesday afternoon as his five children looked on.

More than 50,000 UC workers on strike

For a political movement of the entire working class against inequality and capitalism!

By David Moore, 9 May 2018

The strike of university workers in California is part of a growing wave of workers’ struggles around education and healthcare.

Sympathy strike expands University of California picket lines

By Evelyn Rios, 9 May 2018

Nurses and administrative professionals joined service and technical workers on strike across 10 California campuses as students also began to express their support.

Two injured in massive fire, explosion at Michigan auto parts plant

By Tom Hall, 9 May 2018

Last week’s firestorm at the Meridian Magnesium plant in Eaton Rapids exposes the dangerous conditions faced by auto parts workers.

NYC New School worker-students strike against poverty wages

By Alan Whyte, 9 May 2018

Striking worker-students set up picket lines Tuesday at three entrances of the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Ontario Liberals attempt to legislate end to York University strike

By Roger Jordan, 9 May 2018

The Liberals’ anti-strike bill underscores that in their fight against poverty wages and precarious employment, York contract faculty and graduate assistants face a political struggle.

Putin begins his fourth term as Russia’s president

By Clara Weiss, 9 May 2018

Putin’s fourth term as president will inevitably be characterized by increasing social struggles in Russia.

Jeremy Corbyn silent on persecution of Julian Assange

By Laura Tiernan, 9 May 2018

It is more than two years since a United Nations human rights panel ruled that Assange’s persecution by the Swedish and British governments amounts to “arbitrary detention” and a violation of international law.

German defence minister calls for faster increase in military spending

By Johannes Stern, 9 May 2018

Since the government’s initial budget was announced last week, there has been an aggressive campaign in politics and the media with the aim of upgrading the German military much faster and more comperehensively.

Iowa governor signs unconstitutional “heartbeat” bill that bans most abortions

By Kate Randall, 9 May 2018

The new law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected, at about six weeks, when many women are not aware they are pregnant.

A desperate and vicious pre-election budget in Australia

By Mike Head, 9 May 2018

The government is preparing to try and scrape back into office before the economic and political situation worsens.

Sri Lankan president makes anxious calls for political unity

By K. Ratnayake, 9 May 2018

Sirisena’s speech was a response to deep divisions within his unstable government and deepening working class opposition to its social austerity measures.

Form rank-and-file factory committee to enforce worker safety

UAW and Ford silent as anger simmers in wake of injury at Flat Rock Assembly

By Shannon Jones, 8 May 2018

Details are being withheld by management and the UAW over the injury of a production worker early Friday at the plant that sparked a walkout by second-shift workers.

Argentina: Government responds to peso crisis with panic selling of dollar reserves and interest rate increase

By Rafael Azul, 8 May 2018

The Argentinian ruling class, under pressure from Wall Street, is fearful of another situation like the 2001-2002 crisis.

Educators’ struggle in US continues in aftermath of union betrayal in Arizona

By Jerry White, 8 May 2018

The strikes and protests that have erupted so far this year are initial expressions of a powerful, objective social movement that raises basic political questions for all workers.

US to separate all families charged with illegal border crossing

By Patrick Martin, 8 May 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new initiative to prosecute everyone detained as an illegal border crosser and to separate children from their parents.

Defying the trade unions, Air France workers vote to reject contract

By Alex Lantier, 8 May 2018

Workers defied not only threats from Air France and the government, but also from the union bureaucrats, who demanded that they approve the contract.

Tensions rise with Trump set to announce decision on Iran nuclear deal

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2018

With Trump’s allies signaling that he will rip up the agreement, Israel has issued increasingly bellicose threats against Iran.

Unions isolate striking Pueblo, Colorado teachers

By Bill Kidd and Will Morrow, 8 May 2018

The teachers unions are isolating the striking teachers not only from their counterparts across the US, but throughout Colorado.

Dozens of classes without teachers at Flint, Michigan, high school

By Genevieve Leigh and Sam Wayne, 8 May 2018

The school administration at Flint Southwestern Academy has hidden from parents and the community for months that dozens of their children’s classes are being held without teachers.

Cafeteria workers at the New School threatened with layoffs

By Philip Guelpa, 8 May 2018

Administrators at the private university in New York City have announced plans to dismiss the entire cafeteria staff and replace them with even lower-paid workers.

No solution to Italian government crisis

By Marianne Arens, 8 May 2018

The second attempt to form a government failed on May 3 when the leadership of the Democratic Party rejected a coalition with the Five Star Movement.

Report underscores Australian rental affordability crisis

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 May 2018

The inflated housing bubble has created a social disaster, especially for recipients of poverty-level government welfare.

Oppose Sri Lanka’s National Defence University Act! No privatisation of education!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Sri Lanka), 8 May 2018

The legislation is a further move toward the privatisation of higher education and increased militarisation of the country.

US issues trade ultimatum to China

By Nick Beams, 7 May 2018

The list of measures is not intended as the basis for negotiations but to escalate economic conflict and military tensions.

US seizes on missile allegations to ramp up threats against China

By Mike Head, 7 May 2018

With military, geo-strategic and trade war tensions mounting, there has been a recent elevation of alarming accusations against Beijing.

São Paulo’s high-rise fire collapse tied to city’s homeless crisis

By Gabriel Lemos, 7 May 2018

The real cause of the spectacular fire and building collapse was the negligence of the state and the huge housing crisis in one of the most unequal cities in the world.

Mexican ruling class working out response to López Obrador’s lead in election polls

By Don Knowland, 7 May 2018

Heated charges and political maneuvers dominated Mexico’s electoral campaign last week as the “left” bourgeois candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador kept a 20 point lead in the polls.

With complicity of UAW, Honeywell announces plans to eliminate healthcare coverage for 4,700 US retirees

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 May 2018

The announcement comes shortly after Honeywell announced substantial growth of $10.39 billion in revenue for its first quarter of 2018, up from $9.49 billion in the same period in 2017.

Australia: Melbourne university staff strike to defend academic freedom

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 May 2018

Through the “reforms” of successive Labor and Liberal-National governments, universities have been transformed into privatised and corporatised entities.

“If the workers united we would be a dominating force”

Arizona teachers oppose union sellout and call for nationwide strike

By Will Morrow, 5 May 2018

The unions’ sellout is the latest in a series of betrayals of teacher, including in West Virginia and Oklahoma.

Teachers in Pueblo, Colorado to strike Monday

By Bill Kidd, 5 May 2018

As in other states that have been centers of opposition from teachers, the unions have done everything they could to prevent a walkout, and are now working to isolate the struggle.

French rail workers, teachers protest Macron’s social cuts

By Anthony Torres, 5 May 2018

Rail workers and high school teachers on strike Thursday spoke out against the social cuts and military spending proposed by President Emmanuel Macron.

El País warns Spanish unions of their loss of control over the working class

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 5 May 2018

Since the global capitalist crisis erupted in 2008, the CCOO and UGT have lost around 600,000 members.

Notes on police violence

Florida, Ohio police officers seen kicking handcuffed men

By Trévon Austin, 5 May 2018

Cellphone videos exposed two particularly cruel instances of police brutality this week in Miami, Florida and outside Akron, Ohio.

Unifor shuts down strike by Lear auto parts workers in Ajax, Ontario using threat of plant closure

By Carl Bronski, 5 May 2018

The rejection of the original sellout that Unifor attempted to foist on Lear Ajax workers is a reflection of a growing movement of auto workers.

Official report whitewashes financial crimes by Australia’s biggest bank

By Mike Head, 5 May 2018

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia agreed to a worthless “enforceable undertaking,” which means it can carry on with its rapacious activities.

US special forces operations in Yemen presage wider regional war

By Jordan Shilton, 5 May 2018

The secretive decision to deploy US special forces to Yemen last December underscores once again Washington’s reckless drive towards a regional conflagration with Iran.

Socialist Equality Party holds meetings in Australia on Internet censorship

By our reporters, 5 May 2018

The meetings reviewed the history of the persecution of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, including the calls by US politicians for his assassination.

Australian workers and youth speak after public meetings

“Julian Assange took an enormously courageous stand”

By our correspondents, 5 May 2018

Participants at the public meetings spoke out against Internet censorship and the persecution of Julian Assange.

Chinese construction workers and crane operators protest on May Day

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

5 May 2018

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Union betrays Arizona teachers strike, backs Republican state budget

By David Moore, 4 May 2018

The deal orders teachers back to work while meeting none of the five demands for which 60,000 teachers walked out.

The case for expropriation

Amazon halts construction in Seattle to protest tax hike

By Eric London, 4 May 2018

Amazon’s market capitalization is $757.9 billion. Conditions of life for billions of people could be drastically improved by expropriating this wealth.

French president calls for new Indo-Pacific “axis” against China

By Mike Head, 4 May 2018

Macron’s trip to Australia and New Caledonia has taken to a new level moves by France and other European powers to assert their interests in the region.

Why is Germany’s far-right AfD championing Israel?

By Peter Schwarz, 4 May 2018

The recognition of Israel’s security interests has nothing to do with moral considerations arising from the Shoah.

Belgian prime minister smears filmmaker Ken Loach as “anti-Semitic”

By Paul Bond, 4 May 2018

The pro-austerity premier’s slur demonstrates how baseless charges of anti-Semitism are being used to attack any form of social protest or comment.

Michelle Wolf’s Flint comment touches a nerve in Michigan’s capital

By Jim Brewer, 4 May 2018

Comedian Michelle Wolf’s comment on Flint’s water at the White House correspondents dinner elicited an indignant rejoinder from the Michigan governor’s office.

Leaked audio tapes reveal NFL owners feared both Trump and player protests

By Alan Gilman, 4 May 2018

The tape recording of a secret NFL meeting of owners and players to discuss Colin Kaepernick and Donald Trump was leaked to the New York Times.

Decision not to prosecute over New Zealand building collapse ignored crucial evidence

By Sam Price, 4 May 2018

The police and judicial system is shielding those responsible for the Canterbury Television crash during the 2011 earthquake.

ExxonMobil gas project a disaster for Papua New Guinea’s people

By John Braddock, 4 May 2018

The country’s impoverished population would have been better off by almost every measure of economic welfare without the LNG project.

“The union and the company are working together”

Autoworkers denounce GM Lordstown layoffs, UAW collaboration

By Shannon Jones, 3 May 2018

A World Socialist Web Site campaign team received a warm reception from workers at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly Complex who have been lied to and kept in the dark by the UAW about impending layoffs.

Boston: Amazon HQ2 bid targets working class suburbs

By John Marion, 3 May 2018

The headquarters would be built in East Boston and Revere, forcing out working class residents.

Part of Trump tax bill bonanza for the wealthy

Apple hands out $102 billion to shareholders

By Patrick Martin, 3 May 2018

The iPhone and laptop maker is monetizing the Trump tax cut as a gigantic windfall for its executives and owners.

In barbaric treatment of Central American refugees

US denies right to asylum

By Eric London, 3 May 2018

The decision to block nearly 200 Central American immigrants from applying for asylum marks a turning point in the attack on democratic rights.

Arizona teachers oppose union efforts to end strike

By David Moore and Adam McLean, 3 May 2018

The teachers unions decided to call for one more day of walkouts in response to mass teacher opposition to the call to return to work.

Caravan immigrants speak out

On the spot coverage from Tijuana refugee camp

By Kevin Martinez and Clodomiro Puentes, 3 May 2018

The 200 refugees have been held up in a makeshift camp in Tijuana on the Mexican side of the US border

Puerto Rican police attack thousands of protesters marching against austerity on May Day

By Genevieve Leigh, 3 May 2018

Despite reports of largely peaceful demonstrations, the protesters were attacked by police with tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and nightsticks.

Germany: Grand coalition government discusses war budget

By Johannes Stern, 3 May 2018

While there is supposedly no money for social programmes, jobs, pensions and medical care, defence spending next year alone is set to rise by at least three billion euros.

Food factories closing across Britain

By Steve James, 3 May 2018

The looming mass layoffs expose the bankruptcy of all the mainstream parties and trade unions claiming to speak for the factory workers.

First presidential debate

Mexican presidential candidates call for increased police and military activity

By Rafael Azul and Don Knowland, 3 May 2018

The debate took place in the wake of the grisly killing of three film students by gang members in Jalisco.

New York University students protesting Gaza killings arrested at Israeli Independence rave

By Leslie Murtagh, 3 May 2018

Two NYU students associated with campus anti-Zionist groups were arrested at an Israeli rave in Washington Square Park.

Trade talks in Beijing: China says it won’t back down to US

By Nick Beams, 3 May 2018

The conflict is over more than the trade deficit numbers, with the overriding concern of the US being China’s moves to develop its high-tech capacities.

New Zealand nurses begin voting on nationwide strikes

By Tom Peters, 3 May 2018

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is seeking to reach a sellout deal with the Labour Party government to avoid any campaign for better wages and conditions.

Australia: Unions, state governments, try to rescue standardised testing as student performance declines

By Erika Zimmer, 3 May 2018

A recent comprehensive analysis found that the NAPLAN test results of disadvantaged students had sharply declined.

Despite government ban, Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful May Day meeting

By our correspondents, 3 May 2018

Workers, youths, professionals and housewives, as well as Tamil-speaking residents from Jaffna and plantation workers from the central hills, attended the meeting.

Germany’s Marx 21 group backs imperialist offensive against Syria

By Johannes Stern, 3 May 2018

Following the latest attacks against Damascus, the pseudo-left Marx 21 tendency has stepped up its campaign for a more aggressive military intervention in Syria.

Armenian parliament rejects pro-Western opposition leader’s bid to be prime minister

By Clara Weiss, 2 May 2018

The main roots of the political crisis lie in the advanced preparations for imperialist war in the region.

Democrats maintain silence over persecution of Central American immigrants at US-Mexico border

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 May 2018

The delay in processing the immigrants is a flagrant violation of international laws and conventions guaranteeing the right to political asylum.

Outrage grows over union effort to shut down Arizona teachers strike

By David Moore, 2 May 2018

The Arizona Education Association and Arizona Educators United have told teachers to end their strike without obtaining their demands for pay raises and restoration of $1 billion in school funding cuts.

Washington and Tel Aviv lurching toward a war with Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2018

The aggression that is being prepared by the US and Israel threatens to drag all of the major powers into what could prove a catastrophic world war.

May Day 2018: Millions march on International Workers Day

By our reporters, 2 May 2018

Mass protests, including marches and strikes, and involving millions of people around the world, took place yesterday on every continent, reflecting a growing radicalization of the working class.

Amid report special counsel threatened to subpoena Trump

New media salvos in Washington’s political civil war

By Barry Grey, 2 May 2018

Trump’s lawyers are reportedly urging him not to agree to an interview with Mueller’s team.

T-Mobile and Sprint agree to $146 billion mega-merger

By Gabriel Black, 2 May 2018

The companies have presented the merger as a critical geopolitical move in the fight against China’s development of 5G.

Trudeau defends Canada’s $15 billion arms deal with despotic Saudi regime

By Laurent Lafrance, 2 May 2018

The Trudeau government is fully behind Washington’s efforts to construct an anti-Iranian alliance with Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Trump postpones steel tariffs but trade tensions increase

By Nick Beams, 2 May 2018

The European Commission said there was no basis for tariffs on “national security” grounds and it would not negotiate under threat.

German army rehearses for civil war

By Gregor Link, 2 May 2018

The deployment of the Bundeswehr domestically and the networking of civilian agencies with the police and military are part of a comprehensive rearmament offensive.

UK media told to conceal connections between Sergei Skripal and MI6

By Thomas Scripps, 2 May 2018

A former UK ambassador has published evidence suggesting that a “D-notice” has been issued to the press—a request to stop the publication of potentially damaging news stories.

International Monetary Fund demands Sri Lankan government cut fuel subsidies

By Saman Gunadasa, 2 May 2018

Despite rising discontent, the IMF has threatened to stop a scheduled loan payment.

Leaked documents expose plans for internal surveillance by Australia’s electronic spy agency

By Mike Head, 2 May 2018

The leaks point to the preoccupation of the ruling class with monitoring and suppressing mounting domestic disaffection and unrest.

Anzac Day 2018: Australia stages a “gender-inclusive” glorification of war

By Richard Phillips, 2 May 2018

Female veterans, including participants in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, were given pride of place in this year’s military marches.

Amidst complete silence from Democrats

Migrants seeking asylum are turned away for the second day at US-Mexico border

By Genevieve Leigh, 1 May 2018

In defiance of international law, the Trump administration has turned away hundreds of Central American refugees at the US Mexico border in South San Diego, California.

May Day 2018

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 May 2018

On May Day, the day of international working-class solidarity, the International Committee of the Fourth International and the World Socialist Web Site extend our greetings to workers engaged in struggles all over the world.

Israel denounces Iran nuclear deal after new missile strikes on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2018

Netanyahu’s bellicose speech indicting Iran, following on the heels of missile strikes on Syria, underscores the growing threat of a region-wide war.

Unions, Democrats promote deal to suppress struggle by Colorado teachers

By Bill Kidd, 1 May 2018

After teachers walked out last week to demand higher wages and school funding, the unions are backing a plan by state Democrats that will do little to address a decade of school cuts

Report: Amazon and Tesla among most dangerous workplaces in the US

By Evan Blake, 1 May 2018

Speedup and disregard for safety have generated immense profits for the owners and shareholders of both tech giants.

Fate of London Stadium epitomises toxic “Olympic Legacy”

Part two

By Paul Bond, 1 May 2018

The former Olympic Stadium, which has already cost taxpayers more than £750 million, represents a legacy of corporate venality, corruption and graft.

French immigration bill attacks right to asylum

By Athiyan Silva, 1 May 2018

The neo-fascist National Front voted for provisions of the bill, marking the first time a French government has passed legislative measures with FN support.

Income inequality worsening in Bangladesh

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 1 May 2018

Official statistics contradict World Bank and the Bangladeshi government claims of “remarkable progress in poverty reduction.”

Global giant spearheads drive for further healthcare privatisation in Australia

By Margaret Rees, 1 May 2018

Bupa wants to restrict its “gap cover” to customers who undergo medical procedures in facilities under contract to the company.

Comedian Michelle Wolf exposes a cynical and hypocritical media

By Andre Damon, 1 May 2018

The corporate media is outraged by the truth.

US election meddling in the age of the Internet

How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 2

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 1 May 2018

The US military-intelligence apparatus is integrating the largest technology and Internet companies to tighten the US stranglehold over Latin America.

As CEO pay, corporate profits and corporate cash hit new highs

US housing secretary proposes tripling of rent for the poor

By Kate Randall, 30 April 2018

The Trump administration’s latest proposal would impose even greater suffering on families already beset by hunger, poor housing and lack of medical care.

Trump to meet North Korean leader in “three or four weeks”

By James Cogan, 30 April 2018

Any talks could entirely break down over the definition of “denuclearisation” and a “nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.”

As Arizona teachers strike enters third day, unions seek to shut down walkout

By Jerry White, 30 April 2018

The unions are determined above all to block the development of a political movement of the working class in opposition to the capitalist system.

Phoenix Amazon workers to teachers: “Keep fighting!”

By David Moore and Adam McLean, 30 April 2018

There is widespread support for teachers throughout the state, which must be organized and mobilized to fight to defend public education.

Arizona Educators United Facebook group censors teachers, WSWS

By Will Morrow, 30 April 2018

The censorship is a clear indication that a sellout by the union and AEU is imminent.

Democratic leadership backs right-wing military-intelligence primary candidates

By Patrick Martin, 30 April 2018

Democratic House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer defended his efforts in support of Jason Crow, a former Iraq War paratrooper running in a congressional district in suburban Denver.

Appellate court panel narrowly upholds Texas voter ID law

By John Burton, 30 April 2018

The requirement that individuals produce specific photographic identification to cast ballots, disenfranchises impoverished voters, who tend to vote Democratic.

Unifor isolates workers as Windsor casino strike enters fourth week

By Shannon Jones, 30 April 2018

Workers voted down a sellout contract recommended by Unifor, in a rebellion against poverty wages and onerous working conditions.

Georgia school bus drivers face discipline after mounting sickout-action over pay and benefits

By Kranti Kumara, 30 April 2018

Dekalb County school bus drivers, who earn as little as $21,000 annually, were provoked into walking out by the callous disrespect shown them by the school superintendent.