By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 30 December 2017
The NDP’s anti-working class austerity measures are aimed at wooing big business, which has rallied behind the newly-established United Conservative Party.
By Saman Gunadasa, 30 December 2017
Mounting government debt has forced the Colombo government to turn to China for financial help.
By John Roberts, 30 December 2017
The provision of assault rifles to the New South Wales riot squad is part of an international process of police militarisation to deal with growing social tensions.
By Tom Peters, 30 December 2017
The Labour-led government’s meagre welfare increases and social spending are subordinate to keeping corporate taxes low and upgrading the military.
By Steve James, 30 December 2017
Three days before Christmas, Prime Minister Theresa May rejected a petition set up by a survivor of the July Grenfell Tower inferno in London.
Hyundai autoworkers rejected pay deal; Taiwan workers protest industrial laws
30 December 2017
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By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2017
The current bout of severe weather has created conditions for an upsurge in fatal house fires, accidents and deaths due to exposure.
By Alex Lantier, 29 December 2017
The announcement of mass layoffs by Europe’s second-largest automaker is part of a relentless international assault on workers' jobs, working conditions and social rights.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 December 2017
The savage intensification of the Saudi bombing campaign is a function of both Riyadh’s frustration over the stalemate in its war and the unstinting support of Washington.
By our reporters, 29 December 2017
“There’s nothing progressive about the #MeToo campaign. Its methods attack long established legal rights.”
By Will Morrow, 29 December 2017
The political and media establishment has sought to channel the natural humanitarian response toward the victims in a reactionary direction.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2017
The report that the US is training former ISIS militants is one more indication that Washington is preparing a new phase of the war in Syria.
“The government has done nothing”
By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 28 December 2017
The economic devastation of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria continues to escalate three months after the storm made landfall in late September.
By Debra Watson, 28 December 2017
Despite a drastic fall in the official unemployment rate since the Great Recession, the same percentage of households in Michigan are living below the poverty line.
By John Roberts, 28 December 2017
A significant factor in the deaths and injuries was the failure of the authorities to evacuate people from the most vulnerable areas.
By Patrick Kelly, 28 December 2017
Amazon is notorious internationally for its appalling treatment of warehouse workers.
By Tom Peters, 28 December 2017
Deputy Prime Minister Peters denounced Yang as a “Manchurian candidate.”
By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 27 December 2017
The effort to play up the passage of a Russian warship through the North Sea on Christmas Day is only the latest example of the UK’s escalating propaganda campaign against Russia.
By Clara Weiss, 27 December 2017
The conflict between Brussels and Warsaw is an expression of the ongoing breakup of the European Union.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 December 2017
The announcement points to the divergence between Britain’s commercial interests and those of its foremost ally, the United States.
By Patrick Davies, 27 December 2017
The suddenly re-drawn “red zone” encompasses another 250 households who were previously told that their properties were not affected and no health precautions were necessary.
By Ben McGrath, 27 December 2017
The tragedy highlights the ruling elite’s utter disregard for safety and public planning in the quest for profits.
By W. A. Sunil, 27 December 2017
In response to the alliance’s victory, the US and India will intensify their interventions to combat China’s growing influence in the country.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2017
Washington is deepening the catastrophe in Yemen as part of its war preparations against Iran, threatening the lives of millions.
By Statement of the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 23 December 2017
The Socialist Equality Party condemns the targeting of Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate in the 2016 election, by Democrats in the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Notes on police violence
By Trévon Austin, 23 December 2017
Sheriff’s deputies, firing at a fleeing woman, shot and killed six-year-old Kameron Prescott when at least one round pierced through the wall of his San Antonio-area mobile home.
By Peter Symonds, 23 December 2017
The latest measures, drawn up by Washington, represent a last-ditch attempt to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal.
By Ben McGrath, 23 December 2017
Tokyo’s buildup of weaponry further aligns it with the US in preparation for war with North Korea and China.
By Kristina Betinis, 23 December 2017
This is at least the third death in recent months for the world’s largest online retailer, and the company has nearly doubled its workforce for holiday sales.
By Mike Head, 23 December 2017
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton seized upon Betka’s arrest to justify the creation of the government’s “security” super-ministry.
By Eric London, 23 December 2017
The spontaneous walkout took place the day after Ford and the union agreed to a sellout contract with similar terms as those imposed on workers in the US and Canada.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 December 2017
Social inequality has reached a scale that is no longer compatible with democratic forms of rule.
By Nick Beams, 23 December 2017
In seeking to grasp the significance of the present frenzy, it is worth recalling the analysis made by Marx of previous financial bubbles, in particular those associated with the expansion of the credit system, which began in the mid-nineteenth century.
By our correspondents, 23 December 2017
The SEP is the only party contesting the elections on an internationalist and socialist program against the looming threat of a world war, social counter-revolution and dictatorial rule.
By Robert Stevens, 22 December 2017
The contrived campaign at Westminster over sexual impropriety has caused the suicide of one leading Welsh Labour member and the sudden death of a Labour Party staffer—also believed to be a suicide.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 December 2017
In an unlawful act, the police and state prosecutor have published online the photos of hundreds of demonstrators five months after the G20 protests.
By Laurent Lafrance, 22 December 2017
Chief Justice Paul S. Crampton ruled that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service can make use of cellphone surveillance technology to carry out warrantless spying.
By Rohantha De Silva, 22 December 2017
Maldives has become a focal point of geo-political rivalry between the US and India on one side and China on the other.
By James Cogan, 22 December 2017
Police initially said they had no evidence of any connection to terrorism but the authorities may still be seeking to link the incident to Islamic-inspired terrorism.
By Will Morrow, 22 December 2017
The University of Wollongong administration’s intervention is part of a broader crackdown on students’ democratic rights across the country.
By our reporters, 22 December 2017
The Labour Party-aligned Auckland and Wellington councils are moving to axe jobs and working conditions.
By Robert Stevens and Margot Miller, 22 December 2017
Haringey Labour Council will commence the demolition of 1,000 council homes and the building of luxury accommodation that only the wealthiest can afford, in one of the largest acts of social cleansing in the capital.
By Peter Symonds, 21 December 2017
Trump’s National Security Adviser McMaster said the president had ordered him to “to continue to refine a military option should we have to use it.”
By Ben McGrath, 21 December 2017
The summit between the two presidents will do nothing to alleviate the growing danger of war in Northeast Asia.
By Eddie Haywood, 21 December 2017
Since coming to power in 1994, the ANC has represented a corrupt layer of the black elite, ruling at the expense of the masses of workers.
By Brian Dixon, 21 December 2017
The response of the ruling class to the opioid epidemic has been to pursue overdose victims’ friends, while ignoring the pharmaceutical companies largely responsible for the crisis.
By Mike Head, 21 December 2017
Three new super-ministries point to an agenda of war preparations, social spending cuts and attacks on working conditions.
By Ulrich Rippert, 21 December 2017
Ex-SPD leader and acting Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel is calling for his party to adopt the right-wing nationalist policies of Alternative for Germany.
By John Marion, 21 December 2017
Funds from the PetroCaribe agreement, intended for public works projects, were instead used to line the pockets of politically connected corporations.
By Clement Daly, 21 December 2017
The former Massey Coal CEO, convicted and jailed in connection with the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster, has announced his bid for Democrat Joe Manchin’s Senate seat.
By Nick Beams, 21 December 2017
The appetites of financial speculators continue to be whetted by reports of huge gains made by hedge funds that specialise in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
By Douglas Lyons, 20 December 2017
28-year-old Devan Shoemaker was run over by a tractor-trailer while working for Amazon. He leaves behind a young son and wife.
By E.B. Cohen, 20 December 2017
The Pentagon is directing its military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to confiscate detainees’ finished art and has threatened to destroy it.
By Rafael Azul, 20 December 2017
Mass protests have erupted against the vote in the lower house for pension legislation that will slash benefits for more than 40 percent of the Argentine population.
By James Cogan, 20 December 2017
The “improvement” to the budget is coming from the ongoing assault on the living standards of the working class.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2017
Behind the hackneyed campaign-style speech delivered by Trump Monday, the US military and intelligence apparatus is preparing for world war.
By Peter Schwarz, 19 December 2017
Politicians with close ties to the neo-Nazi scene and ultra-right circles now wield power in Austria.
By Niles Niemuth, 19 December 2017
The review comes amid growing anger on the island and media reports that the true death toll from Hurricane Maria could exceed 1,000.
By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2017
Trump’s right-wing media supporters are warning of an FBI-led “coup” while Democrats suggest that Trump is about to fire the special prosecutor and trigger a constitutional crisis.
By Shannon Jones, 19 December 2017
As is typical, the media has dealt with this tragedy in a perfunctory manner, seeking to conceal the social implications of the industrial carnage taking place in the United States.
By John Roberts, 19 December 2017
Médecins Sans Frontières conservatively estimated that 6,700 Rohingya were killed in Burma’s Rakhine state in the month August 25 to September 24.
By Andrea Lobo, 19 December 2017
The Honduran government and the OAS are coordinating with Washington to impose a fraudulent election using virtually the same methods as in the 2009 military coup.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 December 2017
Successive Labor and Liberal-National governments have forcibly deported asylum-seekers to Colombo, where they face imprisonment and torture.
By our reporter, 19 December 2017
The campaign in the Sydney seat of Bennelong was dominated by mutual political mudslinging and the promotion of anti-Chinese xenophobia.
By Roger Jordan, 19 December 2017
The Trudeau government’s goal is to use #MeToo to mobilize support for its reactionary militarist foreign policy among a well-heeled section of the middle class on the basis of identity politics.
Horrific death at Ohio meatpacking plant
By Jerry White, 18 December 2017
A 62-year-old immigrant worker is the latest victim in a wave of industrial fatalities in the US. On-the-job injuries claim nearly 5,000 lives every year.
By Steve Filips, 18 December 2017
William Stubbs, 51, a 17-year UPS employee was killed while unloading a trailer parked at a dock.
“The poverty is no longer hidden by the trees”
By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 18 December 2017
Workers and youth from Caguas, Puerto Rico, spoke to WSWS reporters about life without power, electricity and running water, nearly 100 days after Hurricane Maria.
By Eric London, 18 December 2017
A statement by UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston details the nightmarish conditions faced by tens of millions of impoverished Americans and condemns the US government for human rights abuses.
By Patrick Martin, 18 December 2017
Nevada Representative Ruben Kihuen became the seventh congressman to have his career ended by allegations of sexual misconduct.
By Paul Mitchell, 18 December 2017
The marchers carried photographs of those who had perished in the Grenfell fire, and held large green heart-shaped banners and placards with slogans including “Justice for Grenfell” and “We demand the truth.”
By Nick Beams, 18 December 2017
In a move directed against China, the US, Japan and the European Union agreed to take joint action on “severe excess capacity” in steel and other commodities.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2017
The mass execution constitutes one more war crime in the bloody US-backed war in Iraq and Syria.
By Markus Salzmann, 18 December 2017
In a country where the ruling class resorted to dictatorship in the early 1930s, and largely backed the 1938 Anschluss with Nazi Germany, the shadow of the past has returned.
By Juan Gonzáles, 18 December 2017
Even as bribery and corruption charges threaten to bring down the president, an attempt is being made to strengthen the Peruvian state.
By Andre Damon, 18 December 2017
As Congress rushes to pass a tax bill that will transfer trillions of dollars to the financial oligarchy, it is becoming impossible to overlook the all-pervasive scale of social inequality in the United States.
By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2017
The aim is to conceal the fact that, half a year on, no one has been questioned about, let alone arrested for, the inferno that killed more than 70 people.
By Barry Grey, 16 December 2017
The $1.5 trillion tax cut will dramatically expand the transfer of wealth and income in America from the bottom to the top.
By Joseph Kishore, 16 December 2017
With the initial shock of the campaign beginning to wane, opposition is emerging from some of those targeted, including PBS personality Tavis Smiley.
By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2017
If North Korea does not give up its nuclear arsenal, the US is not only demanding an international economic blockade, but preparing to attack Pyongyang.
“The rich people are not going to do anything for us”
University of Puerto Rico students speak on inequality and the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria
By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 16 December 2017
Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a WSWS reporting team spoke to students at the island’s only public university about the ongoing crisis and the way forward for workers and youth.
By Norisa Diaz, 16 December 2017
According to a Department of Homeland Security report, inhumane treatment, lack of health, food, and safety provisions are rampant at both government and for-profit detention centers.
By Johannes Stern, 16 December 2017
Despite the ongoing government crisis, all the German bourgeois parties are driving forward the militarization of foreign policy.
By Terry Cook, 16 December 2017
The court decision is another means for banning industrial action and imposing heavy fines and penalties on workers seeking to defend their wages and conditions.
By Julie Hyland, 16 December 2017
In a modern day-twist to the “white man’s burden”, NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg and actress Angelina Jolie advocate the fight for “cultural change” and “gender equality” through the barrel of a gun.
By our correspondents, 16 December 2017
The Sriperumbudur public meeting was held despite the illegal attempt by Indian police to disrupt it.
By Dan Conway, 15 December 2017
As the massive wildfires that engulf Southern California continue, a fire that consumed portions of Los Angeles’ wealthiest neighborhood is being blamed on the city’s homeless.
By Andre Damon, 15 December 2017
Thursday’s move by the US government to end net neutrality seeks to usher in an age when corporations and the government decide what people can and cannot access online.
By John Harris, 15 December 2017
The tragic death at the INPEX gas project was not an aberration but the result of increasing company productivity demands ratified by the unions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 December 2017
The Chinese regime is fearful that the Australian government’s draconian “foreign interference” legislation could be used as a precedent by the US and its allies.
By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2017
The ongoing federal corruption investigation and growing worker anger and militancy are fueling an apparent crisis in the top echelons of the United Auto Workers union.
By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2017
Following the Alabama election and the defeat of Roy Moore, the Democrats are intensifying their campaign against Trump based on allegations of sexual misconduct and anti-Russia hysteria.
“Ford and big companies don’t care if you live or not”
By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 14 December 2017
A coroner ruled that Ivan Bridgewater, 41, died of blunt force trauma under still unexplained circumstances.
By Peter Symonds, 14 December 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s offer of talks without pre-condition was quickly followed by a White House official declaring that “now is not the time.”
By Peter Schwarz, 14 December 2017
The leaderships of the Christian Democratic Union, Christian Social Union and Social Democrats met yesterday for the first talks on forming a new government.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 14 December 2017
Around 10,000 demonstrators protested last Saturday in the northern Italian city of Como against the “Black Wave”, the increase of neo-fascist attacks throughout the country.
By Cesar Uco, 14 December 2017
The Odebrecht scandal has played an increasing role in deepening Peru’s economic and political crises.
By W.A. Sunil, 14 December 2017
Rail unions axed the strike because it represented a direct challenge to the government’s austerity policies and threatened to draw in other sections of workers.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 14 December 2017
On June 14, in the wealthiest borough of one of the very richest of capital cities, working class residents were burned to death because their home had been turned into a death trap.
By Barry Grey, 13 December 2017
The Democratic victory was the result of a larger-than expected turnout of more than 40 percent, with voting high, compared to previous elections, especially among African Americans and young people.