United States

US air strike slaughters over 40 civilians in Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 23 August 2017

Increased US-led air strikes on the city of Raqqa over the past week have resulted in 167 civilian casualties, including 59 children.

US hits China, Russia with punitive sanctions over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2017

The targeting of Chinese companies makes clear that Washington is exploiting the tense standoff with North Korea as part of its wider confrontation with Beijing.

Missouri governor issues last-minute stay of execution for Marcellus Williams

By Kate Randall, 23 August 2017

Williams’ attorneys argue that he is innocent, and that DNA tests of the murder weapon produced “conclusive scientific evidence that another man committed this crime.”

Chicago Public Schools lays off nearly 1,000 as budget impasse threatens more

By Alexander Fangmann, 23 August 2017

While CPS blames “enrollment changes, program adjustments and/or changes in students’ academic needs,” demographic changes alone do not account for the continued layoffs.

Trump’s speech on Afghanistan: The military in command

By Joseph Kishore, 23 August 2017

Trump’s speech on Afghan policy was a declaration of war on the world that revealed an unprecedented level of military control over the American government.

Pseudo-lefts lament United Auto Workers defeat in Nissan vote

By Shannon Jones, 23 August 2017

In their commentaries on the union recognition vote, the International Socialist Organization and Jacobin magazine seek to cover up the anti-working class character of the UAW.

Diplomatic row escalates tensions as US limits visa services in Russia

By Niles Niemuth, 22 August 2017

The US Embassy in Moscow announced Monday that it would curtail the issuance of nonimmigrant visas in response to the expulsion of hundreds of US diplomats and contractors.

US naval collision raises questions about morale, training

By Peter Symonds, 22 August 2017

The USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker yesterday morning in waters near Singapore, leaving five sailors injured and 10 missing.

Vice President Pence visits Latin America amid deepening Venezuelan crisis

By Andrea Lobo, 22 August 2017

Pence compared Trump’s “vision” to that of Theodore Roosevelt, making clear that Washington intends to reassert US hegemony in the region.

“If you don’t stand up, nothing happens”

Union isolates Chicago-area auto mechanics strike in its fourth week

By Jessica Goldstein and George Marlowe, 22 August 2017

Rank-and-file mechanics of in the Chicago area spoke out against poverty wages and unfair labor practices, as the union attempts to shut down the strike.

Nearly 10 million US seniors food-insecure

Worsening hunger for older Americans

By Gary Joad, 22 August 2017

Some 14.7 percent of US seniors are food-insecure, a rise of 37 percent over 2001.

One week after Charlottesville

Big business, military tighten their grip on Washington

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2017

The ruling class is seeking to divert popular opposition to Trump behind a palace coup aimed at consolidating the political domination of the military and the corporate/financial elite.

US pushes ahead with provocative war games in South Korea

By Peter Symonds, 21 August 2017

By proceeding with the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercises, the US is once again deliberately inflaming its confrontation with North Korea.

Forty thousand protest in Boston against Trump and fascist groups

By Kate Randall, 21 August 2017

The protest followed by one week the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen marched through the university town and assaulted counter-demonstrators, resulting in the death of a young woman.

US takes major step toward trade war with China

By Nick Beams, 21 August 2017

Stephen Bannon has been forced out as Trump’s chief strategist, but his agenda of economic warfare against China has been taken up by the administration.

More charges in Fiat Chrysler corruption scandal

UAW executives accepted bribes “to take company-friendly positions”

By Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2017

The multimillion-dollar bribery scheme exposes the UAW as a corrupt agent of corporate management, which has worked to impose massive concessions contracts at FCA, General Motors and Ford.

Democratic gubernatorial town hall in Flint: No policies to address lead poisoning disaster

By our reporters, 21 August 2017

The event was a stage-managed exercise in political evasion.

Protests against Amazon’s bid to seize land from historic African-American community in Virginia

By Nick Barrickman and Alex González, 21 August 2017

As if returning to feudal times, Amazon, with billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos at its helm, is upending communities with historic ties to the great democratic gains from the American Civil War.

New York Mayor De Blasio makes token gesture against evictions

By Philip Guelpa, 21 August 2017

The Democratic mayor is making token moves in response to a mounting housing crisis and growth of homelessness.

Millions travel to view 2017 total solar eclipse

By Don Barrett, 21 August 2017

The first solar eclipse in 99 years to cross the whole of the continental United States has attracted interest among millions of people.

Trump’s firing of Bannon: The military asserts control

By Barry Grey, 19 August 2017

While Democratic politicians hailed the removal of Bannon, his departure in no way signifies a shift away from the Trump administration’s program of war, social reaction and political repression.

Amid India-China war crisis, Washington boosts strategic ties with New Delhi

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 19 August 2017

Washington’s intervention in the conflict heightens the danger that an Indo-China border clash could draw in the US and other powers, with catastrophic consequences.

Trump administration stakes out hardline trade position as NAFTA talks begin

By Roger Jordan, 19 August 2017

Washington is seeking to refashion the agreement as a template to pursue Trump’s economic nationalist “America first” agenda against its chief rivals, China and Germany.

Trump signs order cutting environmental regulation of infrastructure projects

By E.P. Milligan, 19 August 2017

Energy development projects such as oil and gas pipelines will receive heavy federal subsidies while being fast-tracked through the already lax process of environmental review.

Company faces allegations of abuse by both management and UAW officials

Ford settles claims over sexual and racial harassment at Chicago auto plants for $10 million

By George Marlowe, 19 August 2017

For the second time in nearly 20 years, Ford Motor Company faces sexual harassment claims by female workers against supervisors and union officials.

Notes on police violence

Ohio police beat man during a traffic stop

By Trévon Austin, 19 August 2017

Video captures a Euclid, Ohio, police officer violently beating a man after a routine traffic stop.

Trump deepens appeal to fascist right

By Patrick Martin, 18 August 2017

There is a political and social chasm between the popular outrage against Trump and the criticism coming from within the ruling elite.

Trump administration ends immigration program for Latin American minors

By Shelley Connor, 18 August 2017

The termination of the Central American Minors program is the latest assault on immigrants by the Trump administration, expanding on the policies of Obama.

Notes on police violence

Charges dropped against Texas sheriff’s deputies accused of sexually violating woman during traffic stop

By Nick Barrickman, 18 August 2017

Harris County sheriff’s deputies had been facing charges after a 2015 roadside stop resulted in the officers conducting a warrantless cavity search.

The working class and the fight against Trump

By Niles Niemuth, 18 August 2017

Covered up in all the media and political commentary that has followed Trump’s press conference is the fact that the central target of his political strategy is the working class, of all races and ethnicities.

Trump administration demands Internet records on 1.3 million political opponents

By Don Barrett and Niles Niemuth, 17 August 2017

The Justice Department has filed a warrant demanding emails, visitor logs, contact information and photographs relating to the website that coordinated protests at the January 20 presidential inauguration.

CEOs and top Republicans distance themselves from Trump’s pro-Nazi remarks—but not from Trump

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 August 2017

Trump disbanded his business advisory councils as CEOs resigned and top Republicans distanced themselves from Trump’s pro-Nazi statements.

AFL-CIO president leaves Trump’s Manufacturing Council: An exercise in hypocrisy and damage control

By Shannon Jones, 17 August 2017

Trumka left the panel as a face-saving measure, following the departure of several corporate CEOs.

A temporary step back in US-North Korean tensions

By Peter Symonds, 17 August 2017

The confrontation on the Korean Peninsula remains on a hair trigger and a mistake or miscalculation could plunge the world into war.

Trump’s defense of Nazi violence: The mask comes off

By Joseph Kishore, 17 August 2017

Trump’s remarks on Tuesday defending Nazi and white supremacist violence have exposed the ugly reality of American capitalism.

America’s pro-Nazi president defends Charlottesville rampage

By Barry Grey, 16 August 2017

Trump’s press conference tirade on Tuesday was part of a calculated attempt to develop a fascistic mass movement in the United States.

German politicians and media promoted the ideology on display in Charlottesville

By Johannes Stern, 16 August 2017

The sanctimonious outrage of German politicians and media outlets over the Charlottesville events cannot conceal their responsibility for the rehabilitation of right-wing extremist ideology and its violent consequences.

Hundreds protest proposed border wall in Mission, Texas

By Trévon Austin, 16 August 2017

Saturday’s march is expected to be the prelude to further protests in southern Texas against Donald Trump’s xenophobic immigration and border policies.

Farmworkers fighting deadly working conditions in Washington state

By our reporter, 16 August 2017

Some 70 contract workers stopped work on August 4 over the death of a 28-year-old co-worker, winning broad support in the local community.

The political and social roots of fascist violence in the US

By Joseph Kishore, 15 August 2017

The fascist violence in Charlottesville is not an aberration. It is, rather, the manifestation of a profound crisis of American capitalist society.

Mounting evidence of White House collusion with neo-Nazis

By Patrick Martin, 15 August 2017

The murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia did not come out of the blue, but followed months of warnings about the likelihood of violence by white supremacist groups.

Protests continue against Trump and Nazi rampage in Charlottesville

By our reporters, 15 August 2017

Demonstrations involving thousands of people continued Monday in cities across the US to protest the deadly fascist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia and President Trump’s promotion of far-right forces.

Texas police find 17 undocumented immigrants locked inside hot trailer

By Kevin Martinez, 15 August 2017

Although no injuries were reported, the discovery of the group comes only a month after another trailer was found in Texas with 10 immigrants who died from the heat.

Baltimore: More videos released showing police officers “manufacturing evidence”

By Adam Soroka, 15 August 2017

The footage came just a week after a previous video showed an officer planting a bag of pills under a pile of garbage in an alley as two other officers looked on.

Will the Trump administration censor climate scientists?

By Daniel de Vries, 15 August 2017

A draft of an authoritative federal study by US scientists was released amid fear of suppression.

Study documents sharp increase in alcohol abuse in the US

By Trévon Austin, 14 August 2017

A recent study published by JAMA Psychiatry found a large increase in diagnosed alcohol use disorders and abuse since 2001, with one in eight Americans now suffering from alcohol abuse.

Wildfires rage in northwestern United States

By Bryan Dyne, 14 August 2017

Human-caused climate change has become the primary factor in increased forest fire activity, nearly doubling the expected amount of fires from 1984 to 2015.

Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis visits Google and Amazon

By Andre Damon, 12 August 2017

Mattis’ visit indicates the increasingly vital role played by the US tech giants not just in the conduct of wars abroad, but in the censorship and suppression of political opposition at home.

Australian government commits to a US-led war on North Korea

By Mike Head, 12 August 2017

If the US triggers a war against North Korea, Australia will be involved immediately in a conflagration that could rapidly draw in China, a major nuclear power.

The danger of nuclear war in North Korea and the return of German militarism

By Peter Schwarz, 12 August 2017

The German government increasingly regards the US as its most important imperialist rival and considers an open conflict with its previous ally inevitable in the long term.

One week after widespread flooding

New Orleans drainage system in shambles with more rain on the way

By Tom Hall, 12 August 2017

Mayor Mitch Landrieu seized upon the catastrophic failure of the city’s drainage pumps to announce plans to privatize the entire system.

“Health care should be a right, not a privilege”

Thousands flock to free medical care event in Detroit

By WSWS reporting team, 12 August 2017

Like other free clinics throughout the US, the Motor City Medical Mission revealed the deep health care crisis in America.

Trump sends mixed signals as conflict over Russia investigation intensifies

By Patrick Martin, 12 August 2017

The US president said he was not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, but his lawyer denounced the predawn FBI raid against Trump’s former campaign manager.

Sales declines at US department stores belie claims of economic recovery

By Barry Grey, 12 August 2017

Large sections of the working population lack the wherewithal to buy more than the bare necessities, which is why the retail slump is primarily hitting stores that cater to the working class.

The world on the brink

By The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 12 August 2017

The bellicose language coming from the man in charge of the most powerful military force on the planet is generating increasing shock and fear that nuclear war could break out at any moment.

As Americans die younger, corporations to reap billions in pension costs

By Kate Randall, 11 August 2017

Shortened life expectancy is the result of deteriorating conditions of life, exacerbated by the deliberate policy of both big business parties to restrict access to affordable health care.

Miami police expand their use of military-grade vehicles and equipment

By Matthew MacEgan, 11 August 2017

An investigative report provides details about the Miami-Dade Police Department’s expanded and routine use of military-grade vehicles and equipment.

Canadian military to construct refugee camp as hundreds of Haitians flee US

By Roger Jordan, 11 August 2017

The cruel and callous response of the Liberal government to the desperate plight of the asylum seekers stands in stark contrast to the welcome they have received from ordinary Montrealers.

US health catastrophe: Drug overdose deaths approach 60,000 a year

By E.P. Milligan, 10 August 2017

More Americans have died from drug overdoses since 2000 than in all the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries combined.

Thousands attend free health care event in Detroit

By a WSWS reporting team, 10 August 2017

Like other free clinics throughout the US, the Motor City Medical Mission revealed the deep health care crisis in America.

FBI raid on home of former Trump campaign chairman

By Patrick Martin, 10 August 2017

The extraordinary pre-dawn raid is a signal that special counsel Robert Mueller is stepping up his pressure on the Trump administration through the Russia investigation.

CSX railroad closes and downgrades major facilities

By Jeff Lusanne, 10 August 2017

Workers at yards across the CSX system have been pushed aggressively to speed up work, risking injury, under the threat of yards being downgraded or closed.

The hacking of HBO and the “Russian meddling” campaign

By Barry Grey, 10 August 2017

The massive hack of HBO is but the latest case demonstrating the proliferation of hacker groups all over the world that employ advanced technology to successfully attack giant corporations.

Working life at a Pittsburgh Amazon warehouse

By Samuel Davidson, 10 August 2017

”You are not supposed to talk, just supposed to work in this hive. That is what it looks like in there, a beehive, and we are working in a honeycomb.”

Polls show plunging popular support for Trump

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2017

While the growing opposition to Trump centers on his attacks on health care, immigrants and democratic rights, the Democratic Party is appealing to the military-intelligence apparatus with its bogus claims of Trump ties to Russia.

Syria charges Washington with war crimes in siege of Raqqa

By Bill Van Auken, 9 August 2017

Scores of Syrian civilians have been killed in US air strikes, which, according to Damascus, have included the use of banned white phosphorous munitions against a hospital.

Notes on police violence

US police killings on track to reach all-time high in 2017

By George Gallanis, 9 August 2017

The number of killings as of August 7, 2017 stands at 746 according to killedbypolice.net, an unprecedented amount for the same time in previous years.

Tensions overshadow US, South Korea trade negotiations

By Ben McGrath, 9 August 2017

The Trump administration is using the demand for a new FTA to pressure Seoul to toe Washington’s line on China and North Korea.

Australian government threatens police violence to remove Manus Island refugees

By Max Newman, 9 August 2017

Asylum seekers detained in Papua New Guinea are being physically forced to move to an insecure temporary transit centre.

Trump threatens “fire and fury” against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 9 August 2017

Not since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 has the world stood so close to the brink of nuclear war.

Devastating toll of hunger on US school children

By Patrick Martin, 8 August 2017

A new report finds that as many as 13 million children go to school hungry in the United States.

Bomber targets mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota

By Anthony Bertolt, 8 August 2017

The bombing of the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center Saturday comes amid a trend of rising anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic attacks in the United States since the election of Donald Trump.

ICE agents in California target immigrants who file complaints against employers

By Rafael Azul, 8 August 2017

ICE agents have shown up at California labor dispute cases looking to apprehend undocumented construction workers who have brought claims against their bosses.

Flooding in New Orleans points to climate change, poor infrastructure

By E.P. Milligan and Aaron Murch, 8 August 2017

A rainstorm dumped 10 inches of rain in some portions of the city over a three-hour span.

Death of Hollywood stuntman highlights dangerous working conditions

By Glenn Mulwray, 8 August 2017

Dangerous working conditions have long been the norm on film sets, and the actors union’s recently negotiated contract with Hollywood producers will do nothing to change the status quo.

The guns of August

By Alex Lantier, 8 August 2017

Just over a century since the guns of August 14 announced the outbreak of WWI in Europe, NATO’s military focus is shifting from the Middle East back to Europe, with major preparations underway for war with high-tech and nuclear enemies.

US sanctions against Russia intensify conflict with Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 8 August 2017

The sanctions against Russia adopted by a large majority in the US Congress are being interpreted in Germany as a trade war measure against Europe.

Suicide rate among US teenage girls hit all-time high in 2015

By Kate Randall, 7 August 2017

A new CDC analysis shows that between 2007 and 2015 the suicide rate among girls aged 15-19 doubled, while it tripled for girls aged 12-14.

Canada opens Montreal’s Olympic Stadium to Haitian refugees fleeing US

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 August 2017

As fears of deportation escalate, thousands of Haitians have fled to Canada seeking asylum, overwhelming the country’s immigration system.

West Virginia governor switches from Democrats to Republicans

By Naomi Spencer, 7 August 2017

The shift by billionaire coal boss Jim Justice demonstrates how little actually separates the two corporate-controlled parties.

Hundreds protest Trump appearance in Huntington, West Virginia

By Naomi Spencer, 7 August 2017

The WSWS spoke to protesters outside a campaign-style rally addressed by President Donald Trump last week.

As political warfare in Washington escalates

Attorney General Sessions announces crackdown on leakers, threatens reporters

By Barry Grey, 5 August 2017

Trump’s battle with the press is part of the raging factional warfare within the ruling class and the state centering on differences over imperialist foreign policy.

US Court of Appeals throws out Blackwater murder conviction

By Matthew MacEgan, 5 August 2017

A US appeals court threw out the first-degree murder conviction of one of the four former Blackwater security guards who massacred 14 unarmed Iraqis in September 2007.

Indiana Medicaid plan under Pence seen as model for attack on health care

By Matthew Taylor, 5 August 2017

In 2015 the state of Indiana introduced a Medicaid expansion plan which converts the entitlement program into a fee-based insurance program.

Democrats offer pro-corporate health care “compromise”

By Kate Randall, 5 August 2017

The Democratic Party’s response to the debacle for Trump was to offer its services in implementing the demands of the insurance giants for “repairing” Obamacare so as to better ensure reduced costs and fatter profits.

Dow at 22,000: A new high for parasitism

By Nick Beams, 4 August 2017

The Dow’s record-breaking close coincided with Depression-like scenes of thousands of workers in the US lining up for job applications with Amazon, a firm which epitomizes poverty wages and super-exploitation.

India-China border tensions continue unabated

By K. Ratnayake, 4 August 2017

The principal factor driving the dispute over a remote Himalayan ridge is India’s emergence as a veritable “frontline state” in Washington’s strategic offensive against China.

“It’s like we are going back to the early 1900s before workers had any rights”

Amazon job applicants speak on social crisis in US

By Isaac Finn, 4 August 2017

Workers at Amazon’s job fair described living and working conditions in Ohio and Massachusetts to the World Socialist Web Site and International Amazon Workers Voice.

CSX railroad workers denounce Wall Street plundering

By Jeff Lusanne, 4 August 2017

As the CEO blames employees for the failure of his policies, CSX workers have denounced years of eroding working conditions.

US court denies damage claim for American citizen wrongfully held for more than three years by ICE

By Nick Barrickman, 4 August 2017

Davino Watson was denied payment for damages on the grounds that the statute of limitations had passed while he was still being wrongfully detained.

Native American health care to be gutted as tribal elites support private markets

By Kayla Costa, 4 August 2017

Tribal leaders are encouraging Native Americans to enter the private health insurance market, placing the medical coverage of over 300,000 people at risk.

Trump makes an appeal to the fascistic right

By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2017

What has unfolded over the past two weeks is a calculated political strategy aimed at mobilizing an ultra-right movement outside both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Trump announces plan to cut legal immigration in half

By our reporter, 3 August 2017

Defending the move at a press conference, Trump’s fascistic aide Stephen Miller denounced CNN for having a “cosmopolitan bias” in a thinly-veiled anti-Semitic attack.

“I’ve read about revolutions. If you ignore the lower class long enough they’ll rise up”

Amazon Jobs Day applicants speak out

By our reporters, 3 August 2017

Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site and International Amazon Workers Voice spoke to applicants in Illinois, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.

Video documents torture of teen in Tennessee jail

By Keisha Gibbs, 3 August 2017

Released in late July, surveillance video shows 18-year-old Jordan Norris being restrained and repeatedly tased while in a Cheatham County, Tennessee jail.

Democrats advise concerned immigrant community to prepare for deportation

By Anthony del Olmo, 3 August 2017

Congressman Juan Vargas hosted an Immigration Town Hall in San Diego that amounted to advice on how to ensure a smooth deportation.

San Diego State University professor attacked over Facebook post criticizing Senator John McCain

By Jill Lux, 3 August 2017

Threats have been made against Professor Jonathan Graubart, who denounced the effusions of sympathy for the the long-time war-monger who was diagnosed with brain cancer.

As worker anger over UAW corruption scandal grows, union president defends sellout contracts

By Jerry White, 3 August 2017

With the corruption scandal threatening to ensnare wider layers of the UAW bureaucracy, union president Dennis Williams is trying to contain the growing anger of autoworkers.

The anti-socialist politics of the Democratic Socialists of America

By Tom Hall, 3 August 2017

Despite the left-sounding rhetoric that will be on display this week at its national convention, the Democratic Socialists of America is a pro-capitalist organization steeped in a tradition of anti-communism and bitterly opposed to the political independence of the working class.

Democratic campaign chairman declares willingness to fund anti-abortion candidates

By Nick Barrickman, 2 August 2017

The Democrats’ adaptation to the Republican right and anti-abortion sentiment comes amid factional infighting after Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election.