By Johannes Stern, 23 April 2013
Commentaries in the media and by leading political figures on the events in Boston throw a spotlight on the undemocratic character of the German ruling elite.
By James Brewer, 23 April 2013
Emergency manager Kevyn Orr claims he is under no legal obligation to participate in bargaining with public safety employees, including police, firefighters and emergency medical responders.
By Ben York and Paul Mitchell, 23 April 2013
The massive turnout to protest plans to close Stafford Hospital testifies to the determination of local residents and hospital staff to protect services.
By Franci Vier and Paul Mitchell, 23 April 2013
None of the main demands of the anti-evictions petition launched by the Mortgage Victims Platform have been included in a new law by the Popular Party.
By John Burton, 23 April 2013
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that foreign citizens subjected to human rights abuses outside the US cannot sue corporations or individuals in US courts.
By John Burton, 23 April 2013
Paul Hoffman, a partner in the Venice, California law firm of Schonbrun, DeSimone, Seplow, Harris, Hoffman & Harrison, has been representing plaintiffs in cases under the Alien Tort Statute for the last 30 years.
By Johannes Stern, 23 April 2013
The Left Party has responded to the intensification of imperialist intervention in Syria by working more openly with right-wing Islamist forces and US imperialism.
By Dylan Lubao, 19 April 2013
Ontario’s NDP-backed minority Liberal government has announced plans to raise university tuition fees to $8,000 by 2016.
By Nick Barrickman, 18 April 2013
A new report by the United Nations details the growing levels of poverty facing children in the major capitalist countries, with the US ranking near the bottom on all metrics.
By Barry Grey, 18 April 2013
While the nation, including the people of Boston, have remained calm, deeply saddened and shocked by the bombings as they are, the media and their leading personnel present a picture of disorientation and panic.
By Andre Damon, 18 April 2013
The International Monetary Fund downgraded its 2013 outlook for the world economy Tuesday amid mounting signs that the global slump is intensifying.
By Lawrence Porter, 18 April 2013
As a result of the sequester cuts signed by President Obama, $150 million will be cut from programs that particularly affect the poor in Michigan.
By Christoph Dreier, 18 April 2013
The Social Democratic Party Augsburg conference sent a clear message that the party agrees with the Merkel government’s austerity policy.
By Jean Shaoul, 18 April 2013
A senior British politician has revealed Britain’s involvement in the 1961 assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo’s first prime minister.
By Rafael Azul, 18 April 2013
Torrential storms and floods affected 450,000 people and killed 58 in Argentina.
By Sandy English, 18 April 2013
Plaintiffs in an ongoing federal trial have alleged that New York’s Police Department has violated the constitutional rights of millions of people in its decade-long stop-and-frisk program.
Life on the street in “America’s Finest City”
By Jake Dean and Toby Reese, 18 April 2013
San Diego, California ranks third in the nation for the number of homeless, with estimates of 10,000.
By Shane Feratu and Jeff Lusanne, 18 April 2013
A large number of companies in Illinois have announced closures and job cuts.
By Tom Carter and Eric London, 18 April 2013
Since the publication of the white paper, leading figures in the US political establishment have declared that the asserted power to assassinate includes the power to kill US citizens on US soil.
By Michael Stapleton, 18 April 2013
The ratification ended the 20-month lockout by American Crystal Sugar Company.
By Barry Grey, 16 April 2013
At least three people were killed and 144 wounded, including 15 with critical injuries, by two bomb explosions in downtown Boston.
By Niall Green, 16 April 2013
The leading fighting group in the US-backed war against the Syrian government has announced its loyalty to Al Qaeda.
By Ernst Wolff, 16 April 2013
Protesting students in Berlin prevented Germany’s Defence Minister Thomas from delivering a lecture.
By Danielle DeSaxe, 16 April 2013
The Obama administration has announced that Head Start, a federally funded program that provides preschool for low-income families, will face cuts.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 April 2013
The Parliamentary Commission on Banking declared that HBOS crashed after a lack of risk controls, rapid and aggressive expansion and poor management amounting to a “colossal failure” on the part of bank executives
By Rafael Azul, 16 April 2013
Nicolás Maduro won Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela by a razor-thin margin that reflected mounting social discontent.
By Ajanta Silva, 16 April 2013
TQtwentyone, a large National Health Service provider operating in southern England, is seeking to cut workers’ pay, terms and conditions.
By Anthony Torres, 16 April 2013
The scandal over tax evasion by former Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac, which has destabilised the government of President François Hollande, exposes the entire French political establishment.
By Andre Damon, 11 April 2013
US President Barack Obama unveiled his budget proposal Wednesday, calling for a historic attack on Medicare and Social Security.
By Dan Brennan, 11 April 2013
Hundreds of high school students in Newark, New Jersey walked out of class Tuesday to protest millions of dollars in education cuts.
By Julie Hyland, 11 April 2013
The recall of Britain’s parliament was the occasion for the government and opposition Labour Party to applaud Margaret Thatcher’s right-wing nostrums and assault on the working class.
By Joseph Santolan, 11 April 2013
Washington has set in motion a regional game of geopolitical brinkmanship in which the stakes are the possibility of nuclear war.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2013
The inflation spike has been driven by a sharp rise in the price of food and other consumer items, with the impact felt acutely by Brazil’s working class and poor.
By Liz Smith, 11 April 2013
The ongoing crisis of Leeds General Infirmary, in which child heart surgery provision was suspended, reveals the grave consequences of the deliberate running down of National Health Service resources.
By Johann Müller, 11 April 2013
Revisions to the German Telecommunication Act legalise the monitoring of private data stored on mobile phones and in the Internet.
By Allison Smith and Phyllis Scherrer, 11 April 2013
Common Core standards are being implemented in K-12 classrooms across the US this year. They have been promoted by the Obama administration, corporations and teachers’ unions.
By our reporter, 11 April 2013
A kindergarten teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District in Southern California spoke with the WSWS about the impact of the Common Core curriculum.
By Zac Corrigan, 11 April 2013
Various state programs divert an ever-increasing amount of funding from the public education system to private schools.
By James Brewer, 11 April 2013
Utility company Consumers Energy released an interim report that covers up its responsibility in a recent lethal explosion.
By Olivier Laurent, 11 April 2013
The Stalinist daily’s April 3 editorial on ex-budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac’s confession to tax evasion defends the Socialist Party government.
By Shannon Jones, 11 April 2013
GM is seeking to eliminate skilled and high seniority workers in order to slash costs.
By Paul Mitchell, 9 April 2013
The Portuguese Constitutional Court’s ruling against EU budget cuts reveals the politically criminal and illegal basis of the pan-European onslaught on the working class.
By Andre Damon, 9 April 2013
After media reports that the Obama administration plans to slash Medicare and Social Security in its latest budget proposal due to be released Wednesday, government officials have been seeking to diffuse popular opposition to the cuts.
By Kate Randall, 9 April 2013
The effects of the sequestration order signed by President Obama on March 1 began to be felt in earnest beginning April 1.
By Ben McGrath, 9 April 2013
As the US escalates tensions on the Korean peninsula, the South Korean bourgeoisie has moved to aggressively implement its own militaristic agenda.
By Robert Stevens, 9 April 2013
The terms dictated to Cyprus by the European Union in exchange for a bailout are predicated on the destruction of the pay and conditions of the working class.
By Ajanta Silva, 9 April 2013
The final business plan of the National Health Service management in the south west of England serves as a blueprint for reducing the pay and conditions for workers throughout the NHS.
By Nick Barrickman, 9 April 2013
Up to 15,000 scientists from around the country attended Monday’s rally, which was called by the American Association for Cancer Research.
By Juan Verala Luz and Marc Wells, 9 April 2013
AT&T West workers resoundingly rejected a proposed contract that would have capped wages at $22 an hour and offered paltry health care plans.
By Juan Verala Luz and Marc Wells, 9 April 2013
Proposed California Assembly Bill 375, sponsored by Democrats and supported by the union, expedites the firing of teachers.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2013
The US and Jordanian militaries have stepped up a program to train thousands of armed fighters to send into Syria with the aim of carving out a buffer zone in the south of the country.
By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2013
Chinese officials appealed for calm on the Korean peninsula yesterday, as the United States deployed missiles and further military forces to East Asia.
By Paul Mitchell, 4 April 2013
This month, historic cuts in welfare provision come into force, driving millions further into destitution.
By Norisa Diaz, 4 April 2013
California is seeking to regain oversight of its vast prison system, arguing that it has made adequate improvements in mental health care and overcrowding.
By Carl Bronski, 4 April 2013
Canada’s Conservative government has muzzled government scientists as part of a systematic campaign to manipulate and suppress scientific information.
By Stefan Steinberg, 4 April 2013
The latest figures from the Eurostat statistics office confirm that the continent’s economic recession is taking a rising toll on jobs and living standards.
By Olivier Laurent and Alex Lantier, 4 April 2013
France’s Socialist Party government in crisis after its former budget minister admitted to lying about a Swiss bank account hidden from tax authorities.
As government crisis drags on
By Marianne Arens, 4 April 2013
The ruling class in Italy is desperately seeking to override the election result of February 25 and develop a political mechanism to continue the austerity policies that were decisively rejected by the electorate.
By Christoph Dreier, 4 April 2013
The alliance with right-wing nationalists clearly shows SYRIZA’s class character.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 3 April 2013
The types of practices exposed in Atlanta are the inevitable outcome of the reactionary drive to dismantle public education in the name of “reform.”
By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2013
The costs of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will total $4 trillion to $6 trillion, according to a new research paper published by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
By Robert Stevens, 2 April 2013
The cynically-named Athena Plan, calling for mass closures of universities and technical institutions, was passed in flagrant violation of the Greek constitution.
By Gabriel Black, 2 April 2013
A federal bankruptcy judge ruled on Monday that the city of Stockton, California could proceed with the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 April 2013
US-backed Afghan President Hamid Karzai travelled to Doha to make political overtures to the Taliban, as Taliban officials open an office in the Qatari capital.
By Alejandro López, 2 April 2013
Recent statistical surveys attest to the massive drop in working class living standards in Spain since the onset of the global financial crisis.
By Alexander Fangmann, 2 April 2013
Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s handpicked successor, has run a right-wing campaign with overtures to the military and Catholic Church in preparation for cutbacks and austerity.
By Clara Weiss, 2 April 2013
President Vladimir Putin and other senior officials have repeatedly stressed that the upgrading of Russia’s military capacity is a top priority of Kremlin policy.
By Alan Whyte, 2 April 2013
Tenants in New York City public housing voiced opposition to plans to lease public land to private developers.
By Fred Mazelis, 30 March 2013
The plan that is being discussed would restructure Medicare to impose major increases in deductible payments on millions of beneficiaries.
By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2013
On Thursday, US officials announced that B-2 stealth bombers had flown from Whiteman Air Force Base in the United States to South Korea.
By Robert Stevens, 30 March 2013
Fresh from its financial looting of Cyprus, the European bourgeoisie is threatening to withhold funds from Greece unless it complies with mass sackings in the public sector.
By Barry Grey, 30 March 2013
There is a clear issue of democratic rights in the same-sex marriage question. Having said that, claims that recognition of same-sex marriage signifies a new flowering of democratic rights lack any credibility.
By Andre Damon, 30 March 2013
Bernard Madoff, who admitted in 2009 to running a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, has charged that the government-appointed trustee for his firm’s investors is ignoring evidence of major banks’ complicity in his activities.
By Bryan Dyne and Shannon Jones, 30 March 2013
Kevyn Orr’s first act as Detroit’s emergency financial manager was to restore the wages of the mayor and the city council.
By Ajanta Silva, 30 March 2013
The UK’s Care Quality Commission has produced a report documenting the severe deterioration in the quality of care for elderly people.
By Richard Dufour, 30 March 2013
At its first full convention, Option Nationale—a party courted by the ostensibly leftwing Québec Solidaire— paraded its support for capitalism and indifference to poverty.
By Alexander Fangmann, 30 March 2013
The Illinois House of Representatives has approved a bill all but eliminating cost-of-living increases and raising the retirement age for state workers.
By John Braddock, 30 March 2013
Two years after earthquakes devastated the country’s second biggest city, agencies in Christchurch are bracing themselves for worsening health problems and social distress.
By Elliott Vernon, 30 March 2013
Camden, among the poorest cities in the US, became the fourth city in New Jersey to see its public schools fall under state control.
By Marianne Arens, 28 March 2013
A month after Italian elections produced a hung parliament, the latest attempts to form a government have collapsed amid mass opposition to austerity.
By Fred Mazelis, 28 March 2013
After a decade of the use of drones as part of its “war on terror” abroad, the US government is preparing the American people for the routine use of drones inside the US.
By Bryan Dyne, 28 March 2013
NASA is halting all public outreach programs as a result of $900 million in budget cuts forced by the sequester.
By Shannon Jones, 28 March 2013
Skilled trades worker Alex Wassell was fired for opposing the Alternative Work Schedule, recently implemented at the plant.
By Justus Leicht, 28 March 2013
Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed Kurdish nationalist leader, called for a ceasefire on March 21, the traditional Kurdish Newroz festival.
By Alejandro López, 28 March 2013
A video posted by the daily El País provides more evidence of the involvement of Spanish soldiers in mistreatment of detainees during the Iraq war.
By Steve James, 28 March 2013
All the regional devolved administrations in the UK are pushing ahead the assault on health care underway in England.
By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 21 March 2013
The collapse of Cyprus’s financial system is being avoided only by the continued closure of the banks, which may be kept shut until next Tuesday.
On eve of emergency manager take-over
By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 21 March 2013
The sweeping concessions demanded from teachers and the city’s municipal employees give a picture of the draconian measures planned for the entire working class.
By Andre Damon, 21 March 2013
The US Senate passed a “continuing resolution” bill to fund the US government through September, while paving the way for the implementation of furloughs for about 1 million federal government employees.
By Paul Bond, 21 March 2013
Chancellor George Osborne’s budget speech has set out more money for British banks, speculators and major corporations, while workers face a continued wage freeze and greater cuts in social provision.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 21 March 2013
On Monday, the unions voted to accept the closure the PSA Peugeot-Citroën factory at Aulnay, cutting 3,000 jobs directly and 11,214 jobs throughout France.
By Adam Sagitov and Nick Barrickman, 21 March 2013
An audit by the emergency worker’s union exposed yet another attempt by the city government to undercut safety funding.
By Dan Conway and Thomas Gaist, 21 March 2013
Regardless of which candidate wins the May election, they will play an instrumental role in crafting the next austerity budget, as they have been in implementing brutal cost-cutting measures in the past.
By Johannes Stern, 21 March 2013
The German Left Party is holding public meetings with top German intelligence officials in the wake of the NSU neo-Nazi scandal.
Hundreds of thousands face unpaid furloughs
By Andre Damon, 19 March 2013
As the US government prepares to furlough hundreds of thousands of federal employees, Congress is moving to make $1.2 trillion in spending cuts implemented under the sequester process permanent.
By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 19 March 2013
Terms attached to the European Union bailout for Cypriot banks triggered heavy losses on financial markets.
By Jerry White, 19 March 2013
Detroit’s new Emergency Financial Manager is considering a “managed bankruptcy” to slash jobs, wages and pensions.
By Marianne Arens, 19 March 2013
Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone is responding to the declining European tyre market by cutting jobs in southern Italy.
By Graham Beverley, 19 March 2013
Official Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair made a trip to Washington and New York last week to assure US business and political leaders that an NDP government would be a dependable ally of American imperialism.
By Sven Heymann, 19 March 2013
The report exposes how the police and secret service directly aided the extreme right in Thuringia.