United States

Mounting protests, walkouts by US students against school shootings

By Kate Randall, 21 February 2018

Protesting students have aimed their fire at local politicians, the US Congress and President Trump over their failure to do anything to stop school shootings.

“This struggle should be spread nationally”

Two-day statewide teacher walkout planned in West Virginia

By Nancy Hanover, 21 February 2018

As teachers gear up for a two-day walkout, the unions are doubling down on legislative horse-trading focused on keeping opposition confined to the Democratic Party.

Trump administration pursues inhumane policy of separating migrant children from parents

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 21 February 2018

The systematic separating of children of undocumented immigrants from their parents is part of a conscious policy to “discourage border crossings.”

New York Times columnist Charles Blow blames Russia for the fall in black voter turnout

By Fred Mazelis, 21 February 2018

Blow brands the decision not to choose between two candidates of the ruling class as an illegitimate display of “apathy.”

Alabama sheriffs pocket money meant to feed county jail inmates

By Shelley Connor, 20 February 2018

Two poverty advocacy groups have filed a suit against 49 county sheriffs for failing to comply with a public records request concerning their usage of jailhouse food funds.

Iowa state government preparing mid-year budget cuts

By Joseph Holden and Marcus Day, 20 February 2018

For the second year in a row, Iowa’s legislature is preparing to enact budget cuts slashing funding for public education and social services.

Labor Notes defends UAW amidst corruption scandal

By Shannon Jones, 20 February 2018

Breaking their silence on the United Auto Workers corruption scandal, the pseudo-left organizations have chosen a prominent supporter of the Labor Notes publication to defend the UAW.

The media and the Mueller indictment: A conspiracy theory to end all conspiracy theories

By Patrick Martin, 19 February 2018

Nothing in the indictment comes close to supporting the wild claims from the media being used to justify a campaign for war and domestic repression.

Thousands rally to defend teachers in Charleston, West Virginia

By Niles Niemuth, 19 February 2018

This weekend’s protest is the latest expression of working-class anger over social inequality throughout the US and internationally.

“It’s time for a general strike or protest, nationwide”

West Virginia teachers denounce education cuts, social crisis

By a WSWS reporting team, 19 February 2018

Teachers and other workers described the impact of decades of attacks on wages and conditions and the need for a broad fight by the entire working class.

Another US step toward trade war

By Nick Beams, 19 February 2018

“If we ever have a conflict, we don’t want to be buying steel [from] a country we are fighting,” Trump declared, referring particularly to China.

Records show neglect of Florida school gunman’s mental health

By Trévon Austin, 19 February 2018

Cruz’s counselor told the Florida Department of Children and Families that he was reported to have “an emotional behavioral disability” and was diagnosed with autism.

ICE arrests 212 immigrants, raids 122 businesses in Los Angeles area

By Evan Blake, 19 February 2018

The raids across seven counties are meant to instill fear within immigrant communities and stifle opposition to the fascistic policies of the Trump administration.

The coal slurry disaster of 2000

The story behind the water crisis in Martin County, Kentucky

By Carlos Delgado, 19 February 2018

The water crisis in eastern Kentucky can be traced back to the bursting of a coal slurry dam owned by Massey Energy in 2000.

Puerto Rican Investment Summit discusses how to profit from human tragedy

By Rafael Azul, 19 February 2018

Oblivious to the humanitarian crisis, participants discussed how to profit from the hurricane destruction and protect their speculative assets from US taxes.

Indictment of Russian nationals used to campaign for censorship and war

By Andre Damon, 17 February 2018

The indictments are primarily aimed at providing US media outlets with fodder for their claim that social opposition within the United States is the work of foreign agitators.

Funerals begin in Florida as details emerge of prior warnings about school shooter

By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2018

The FBI admitted that it had received two separate warnings about the Nikolas Cruz, the second, only six weeks ago, suggesting he was likely to target a school.

County-wide walkouts spread, as West Virginia teachers demand statewide strike

By Nancy Hanover, 17 February 2018

Teachers confront not just the intransigence of the Republican governor and lawmakers, but also the determination of the unions to channel anger behind the Democratic Party.

Report details psychological and health impact of deportation on children

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 17 February 2018

According to the medical journal Frontiers in Pediatrics, fear of deportation causes large scale socio-psychological trauma among immigrant children.

Trump budget proposes massive cuts in food stamps and other social programs

By Shelley Connor, 17 February 2018

The proposed cuts would mean starvation for large numbers of poor Americans.

New York City cop acquitted of the murder of Deborah Danner

By Katy Kinner and Mark Ferretti, 17 February 2018

The acquittal of a NYPD sergeant of the killing is the latest state sanctioning of police murder in the Bronx, New York City’s poorest borough.

US and India intervene to avert Sri Lankan government collapse

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 17 February 2018

The US and Indian ambassadors met the president and prime minister to reverse a publicly-announced termination of the coalition agreement that underpins the Unity government.

Scientists produce new treatment to block the development of breast cancer

By Benjamin Mateus, 17 February 2018

A team of researchers successfully used an inhibitor called HET0016 to block a chemical known as 20-HETE, which can promote the growth of breast cancer cells.

The Parkland massacre and the dysfunction of American society

By Patrick Martin, 16 February 2018

The horrifying frequency of mass killings in the United States testifies to the advanced state of societal breakdown.

Danger of mass deportations grows as US Senate refuses to protect immigrant youth

By Eric London, 16 February 2018

The entire framework of the immigration debate has a right-wing, anti-democratic character.

Deportation of New York City immigrant rights activist delayed as ICE crackdown continues

By Daniel de Vries, 16 February 2018

Ravi Ragbir, the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition, is one of several prominent activists snatched up by ICE amid an expanding wave of detentions and deportations.

Netanyahu confirms US discussions on West Bank settlement annexations

By Jean Shaoul, 16 February 2018

Cabinet discussions centre on the Sovereignty Bill, proposed by Likud and Jewish Home, calling for annexing settlements.

The political issues facing West Virginia teachers

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 16 February 2018

Thousands of West Virginia teachers, school employees, state workers and supporters are protesting today to demand the right to a decent standard of living and high-quality public education.

As AFSCME drags out contract negotiations

Brutal police assault on UC Berkeley worker evokes anger

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Evelyn Rios, 16 February 2018

AFSCME has portrayed the attack on 51-year-old housing and dining services employee David Cole during a campus protest over stalled contract talks in exclusively racial terms.

Seventeen killed in mass shooting at Florida high school

By Barry Grey, 15 February 2018

The mass shooting in Parkland is the latest in an endless series of violent incidents at schools in America.

Neo-McCarthyite hysteria at US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing

By Andre Damon, 15 February 2018

Tuesday’s hearing was an exercise in right-wing hysteria aimed at promoting the claim that all social opposition in the United States is the product of foreign subversion.

Democrats back punitive immigration plan as Senate vote looms

By Eric London, 15 February 2018

The framework of the immigration debate is far to the right of any public discussion on the subject since Congress imposed racial quotas in the 1920s.

As profits soar, US construction workers see increase in death and injury on the job

By Jessica Goldstein and Tim Rivers, 15 February 2018

In spite of revolutionary advances in the technology for tracking and preventing accidents on job sites, deaths and disabling injuries among construction workers are on the rise.

Multiple reports confirm US killed Russians in Syrian oilfield airstrikes

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2018

The deaths of Russian military contractors under the rain of bombs and missiles unleashed by the Pentagon has sharply escalated war tensions.

Trump nominates anti-China hawk as US ambassador to Australia

By James Cogan, 14 February 2018

The nomination of Admiral Harry Harris, head of Pacific Command, is a gauge of how vital the US views its alliance with Australia at this historical juncture.

British judge refuses to overturn Julian Assange’s arrest warrant

By Paul Mitchell, 14 February 2018

Lawyers for Assange argued the warrant should be revoked because Sweden dropped its extradition warrant last year and that arresting him was no longer “proportionate” or “in the public interest.”

Corporate giant Unilever demands crackdown on oppositional Internet content

By Will Morrow, 14 February 2018

The Unilever statement marks an escalation in the campaign by the Democratic Party and the intelligence agencies, in alliance with corporate interests, to censor the Internet.

One dead as fires strike homeless encampments in Oakland, California

By Guillaume Garnier and David Brown, 14 February 2018

A fire that burned down the tents of roughly 20 people in a semi-official encampment was followed by a blaze in a separate camp that killed one man.

Minnesota school district removes To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn from the curriculum

By Sandy English, 14 February 2018

The Duluth school board has decided to stop teaching two literary classics, To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn, because of their frequent use of racial slurs.

“We want to be able to afford to live”

West Virginia teachers press for statewide strike

By Nancy Hanover, 14 February 2018

Rank-and-file teachers are increasingly clashing with union executives who are seeking a rotten compromise with the state government.

US Congress begins debate on milestone anti-immigrant legislation

By Eric London, 13 February 2018

Immigrants could wish for no worse group of people to determine their fates than a Congress controlled by the corporations and the military-intelligence agencies.

ICE arrests immigrant at asylum interview in San Francisco

By our reporter, 13 February 2018

The unprecedented arrest of Omer Abdelmaed, who escaped torture in Sudan, is a dangerous sign that immigration police are operating as an extra-legal force.

Texas woman, 38, falls victim to US flu epidemic and exorbitant drug costs

By Kate Randall, 13 February 2018

Heather Holland’s death casts a grim light on the deplorable state of the US health care system and the government’s lack of preparedness and funding in the face of this season’s deadly flu epidemic.

Trump war budget calls for sweeping cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2018

The White House urged congressional Republicans to proceed with the military spending proposed in a bipartisan budget deal last week, but renege on promises to increase spending on domestic social programs.

Kentucky residents face water shutoffs as UK study exposes health dangers from leaking pipes

By Warren Duzak, 13 February 2018

After losing service due to collapsing infrastructure, Martin County residents now face shutoffs and a 50 percent rate hike for contaminated water.

Puerto Rico blackout exposes the precarious state of the island’s electrical grid

By Matthew Taylor, 13 February 2018

An explosion ripped through the Monacillo power plant outside of San Juan Sunday night, leaving 175,000 residents without power for several hours.

Kimberly-Clark to lay off over 600 workers and close two plants in Wisconsin

By Christopher Davion, 13 February 2018

The announcement of the plan to close two plants in northeastern Wisconsin is part of an international restructuring which involves laying off as many as 5,500.

White House aides forced out over domestic abuse allegations

By Patrick Martin, 12 February 2018

The media firestorm over the charges against White House secretary Rob Porter is the latest skirmish in the political warfare in Washington between rival factions of the ruling elite.

Studies connect Medicaid work requirements to poor health

By Shelley Connor, 12 February 2018

While the Trump administration heralds Medicaid work requirements as a path towards better health and prosperity for America’s poor, recent studies reveal the opposite.

The nightmare reality for immigrants across US in 2018

By Eric London, 12 February 2018

In recent weeks, immigration agents and police have waged war in working class neighborhoods across America, tearing immigrants from their families and friends.

Testimony reveals depth of recklessness in decision to use outmoded Flint water plant

By James Brewer, 12 February 2018

Pretrial hearings last week shed further light on the criminally negligent character of the water scheme imposed on the people of Flint, Michigan.

West Virginia teachers authorize statewide strike

By Nancy Hanover, 12 February 2018

Teachers throughout the state voted overwhelmingly to authorize strike action to raise wages and stop plans to increase public employees’ health care costs

West Virginia teacher speaks on social conditions, issues in strike vote

By Naomi Spencer, 12 February 2018

Beyond the derisory 1 percent wage increase, untenable social conditions and health care costs are motivating teachers to take up picket signs for the first time in three decades in West Virginia.

St. Paul, Minnesota teachers face Tuesday strike deadline

By Matt Rigel, 12 February 2018

While the school district has cried broke, federal, state and city officials have showered billions of dollars in tax cuts on the state’s Fortune 500 corporations.

Chicago public school teachers vote to approve merger with charter teachers union

By Kristina Betinis, 12 February 2018

The merger between the two AFT locals was rejected by nearly one-third of those who voted, based on the Chicago Teachers Union’s complicity with Mayor Emanuel’s school privatization efforts.

The unquiet death of a young Ford worker

The parents of Jacoby Hennings demand to know why their son died

By Jerry White, 12 February 2018

Nearly four months later, the circumstances surrounding the violent death of the 21-year-old temporary part-time worker remain unexplained.

Censorship, witch hunts and dirty money at the New York Times

By Andre Damon, 12 February 2018

The Times has made little effort to hide the fact that its record-breaking profits have been driven in large measure by state censorship and media scandalmongering.

New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof promotes #MeToo witch-hunt of Woody Allen

By Will Morrow, 12 February 2018

The intervention of Kristof, who has devoted his career to promoting illegal US wars in the name of “human rights,” helps expose the right-wing character of #MeToo.

Plundering of Puerto Rico continues as governor attacks public education

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 February 2018

Governor Rosselló announced his intention to privatize the public school system a week and a half after announcing the sell-off of the electricity grid.

Moody’s downgrades Ford’s credit forecast as investors demand deep cuts

By Tom Hall, 10 February 2018

The move by the credit ratings agency reflects fears that Ford’s “Fitness Redesign” initiative could meet with uncontrollable opposition from autoworkers.

US regulators conclude sleep apnea, lack of signals caused two recent train disasters

By Alan Whyte, 10 February 2018

In both accidents, the train engineers accelerated instead of stopping their trains, which resulted in a collision with “bumping blocks” at the end of the tracks.

US: Food insecurity may be twice as common as previously estimated

By Mark Ferretti, 10 February 2018

A clear class division separates those who can buy healthy food easily from those who cannot.

Falling US life expectancy: The product of a deliberate ruling class policy

By Kate Randall, 9 February 2018

The US is wracked by record social inequality, a catastrophic health crisis, and a government health policy aimed at deliberately lowering life expectancy while catering to corporate profit.

Democratic mayor holds sham community forum on Flint water crisis

By Will Morrow, 9 February 2018

Police were stationed at entrances to the meeting as residents were informed they would have no opportunity to speak or ask any questions.

Students and workers denounce bipartisan attacks on immigrants

By Anthony del Olmo, 9 February 2018

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality has held meetings on the defense of immigrants at several US universities.

Tennessee police deliberately murder fleeing unarmed suspect, as sheriff boasts, “I love this sh*t”

By Dan Conway, 9 February 2018

A lawsuit is being brought against a Tennessee sheriff after footage revealed him encouraging other officers involved in a car chase to kill the man they were pursuing.

Trump’s parade and the threat of military dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 8 February 2018

The US president’s bid to roll tanks down Pennsylvania Avenue is no mere personal whim. It is bound up with deep-going changes in US society and the capitalist state apparatus.

New York City limousine driver kills himself in protest over poverty wages

By Sandy English, 8 February 2018

Schifter’s suicide note blamed corporations and Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and former Mayor Bloomberg for destroying his livelihood.

Former TPT workers at Jeep seek to reopen lawsuit against UAW, Fiat Chrysler

By Shannon Jones, 8 February 2018

The workers say revelations of management payoffs to UAW officials require the courts to reexamine their lawsuit.

Notes from Puerto Rico

Thousands of workers in Puerto Rico continue to live without running water

By Antonio Castro, 8 February 2018

This is the second in a series of updates from a local Puerto Rican worker on the unfolding crisis on the island in the wake of Hurricane María.

Trump’s chief of staff mocks young immigrants as “afraid” and “lazy” as DACA deadline approaches

By Eric London, 7 February 2018

The climate in Washington ahead of Thursday’s budget deadline gives a sense of the right-wing framework of whatever immigration agreement the Democrats and Republicans make.

ICE agents arrest Kansas chemistry professor who was taking his daughter to school

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 7 February 2018

The scope of the administration’s brutal immigration policies continues to widen as stay orders become increasingly out of reach for blue and white collar workers.

Police step up harassment of Los Angeles homeless

By Adam Mclean, 7 February 2018

The harassment of the homeless is connected to efforts to gentrify downtown Los Angeles, which is near Skid Row, the largest concentration of homeless people in California.

CNN suppressed leaked DHS report on Super Bowl LII security operation

By Matthew Taylor, 7 February 2018

CNN’s decision to withhold their report until after the Super Bowl illustrates the media’s role as collaborators with, and mouthpieces of, the military intelligence apparatus.

Before budget deadline Thursday, Senate Democrats and Republicans prepare reactionary “border security” bill

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2018

A new federal shutdown could begin Thursday midnight, with further deadlines looming on the debt ceiling and the expiration of DACA protection for young immigrants.

US flu epidemic rages on, with more deaths and record hospitalizations

By Kate Randall, 6 February 2018

As the flu outbreak shows no signs of waning, the CDC has been hit by a scandal forcing its head to resign and the Trump administration is proposing drastic cutbacks to the programs that fight such epidemics.

“They chew you up and spit you out”

Ford workers in Chicago speak out on UAW corruption

By our reporters, 6 February 2018

Workers at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant reacted to the continuing revelations in the UAW corruption scandal and denounced abuses by the union and management.

Six Baltimore police officers plead guilty to racketeering

By Harvey Simpkins, 6 February 2018

The criminal activity of the Gun Trace Task Force exposes in microcosm the contempt that the police have for the constitutional rights of the working class throughout the United States.

Chelsea Manning to run as a Democrat in Maryland Senate race

By Nick Barrickman, 6 February 2018

Like so many others before her, Manning is engaged in a misguided and futile effort to seek reforms through the US capitalist two-party system.

Facebook announces latest step in censorship campaign, prioritizing “local news”

By Will Morrow, 6 February 2018

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the new measure would help “turn down the temperature” on “divisive national issues.”

Democrats defend FBI as Republican memo shows anti-Russia campaign built on illegal spying

By Eric London, 5 February 2018

In the factional conflict within the ruling class, the Democrats have emerged as the principal defenders of the military-intelligence apparatus.

Evidence that Norwood Jewell was bribed to sign 2015 UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Jerry White, 5 February 2018

Fiat Chrysler threw a lavish party for Jewell, two months after the top administrative body of the UAW tagged him to lead negotiations with the automaker.

Two crew members killed in South Carolina train crash

By Jeff Lusanne, 5 February 2018

An Amtrak train operating on a CSX railroad was mistakenly sent into the path of a freight train on Sunday, killing the crew and injuring over 100 passengers.

ICE conducts 77 workplace raids in Northern California

By Evan Blake, 5 February 2018

The wide scale of the workplace raids could signal the start of an anticipated crackdown across the entire region, threatening over 1,500 with arrest and deportation.

Veteran investigative reporter Robert Parry dies at 68

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2018

Parry, who won journalism awards for exposing CIA crimes in Nicaragua, founded Consortiumnews.com after confronting the corporate media’s impediments to serious investigative journalism.

Release of Nunes memo throws anti-Russia campaign into disarray

By Andre Damon, 3 February 2018

In a further intensification of the factional conflict gripping the US ruling elite, the White House published a congressional memo Friday alleging the FBI used false pretenses to spy on the Trump campaign.

National Guard, federal agents and police mobilize for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis

By Anthony Bertolt, 3 February 2018

Minnesota is seeing the largest military-police operation in the state’s history under the guise of providing security for the NFL’s championship game.

Deliberate neglect leads to inmate death at New York’s Rikers Island

By Leslie Murtagh and Philip Guelpa, 3 February 2018

The planned closure of Rikers Island will do nothing to stem police brutality and abuse of prisoners in New York City.

Trump in open clash with FBI over Russia probe

By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2018

The Democratic Party is siding with the intelligence agencies against Trump in a conflict pitting two reactionary and criminal sections of the ruling class against each other.

Workers discuss UAW corruption scandal at WSWS Autoworker Newsletter call-in meeting

By our reporters, 2 February 2018

Autoworkers discussed the significance of the scandal and the Autoworker Newsletter’s call for the formation of rank-and-file committees, independent of the United Auto Workers union.

Signs of turbulence in stock markets

By Nick Beams, 2 February 2018

The major concern in financial markets is that a rise in bond yields could see an end to the rise in stock prices and even set off a major downturn.

Why are a million Puerto Ricans still in the dark?

By Daniel de Vries, 2 February 2018

Even as a humanitarian crisis continues to ravage the United States’ largest territory, officials are plotting the privatization of the public electric utility.

US Border Patrol vilify DACA recipients, linking them to human smuggling

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 2 February 2018

The US Border Patrol emphasized the DACA status of two young men arrested over recent incidents in the San Diego area.

Amidst cuts to special education and school closure protests

Chicago Public Schools appoints new CEO

By George Marlowe and Andy Thompson, 2 February 2018

After the resignation of the previous school chief, Chicago Public Schools officials have appointed a new CEO groomed by the political establishment to ramp up the attack on education.

Seattle schoolbus drivers walk out in indefinite strike

By Hector Cordon, 2 February 2018

After a one-day strike in November failed to yield an improved contract offer, schoolbus drivers walked off the job Thursday in what is being billed as an indefinite strike.

Workers demand nullification of contracts

Anger mounts as UAW VP for Fiat Chrysler is implicated in corruption scandal

By Shannon Jones, 1 February 2018

Former Fiat Chrysler chief negotiator Iacobelli named Jewell’s charity as the recipient of “prohibited payments” siphoned through the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center.

One hundred years since the 1918 flu pandemic

America is unprepared for the next deadly influenza outbreak

By Kate Randall and Tom Hall, 1 February 2018

The deadliest flu season in years has demonstrated the complete inability of American capitalism to deal with a public health crisis on the scale of the 1918 Spanish Flu.

Funerals begin for five Oklahoma workers killed in gas well explosion

By Trévon Austin, 1 February 2018

The rig explosion was the deadliest in the oil and gas industry since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

Marshall and #MeToo: A 77-year-old civil rights fight exposes the reactionary character of the sexual misconduct witch-hunt

By Fred Mazelis, 1 February 2018

The 1941 case, in which a black man was acquitted of rape charges, poses awkward questions for those who dismiss due process in their campaign against sexual harassment, both real and alleged.

Trump’s State of the Union address: A spectacle of reaction and militarism

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2018

The foul character of the speech, the media coverage, and the ceremony as a whole testifies to the exclusion of any opposition within the political establishment to the agenda of corporate America.