United States

Jailing of ex-Trump campaign manager signals new stage in Washington's political wars

By Barry Grey, 16 June 2018

The jailing of Manafort expresses the ferocious character of the struggle that is raging between rival factions in the US capitalist class and its state apparatus.

Abolish Washington’s immigration Gestapo! Stop the persecution of immigrants!

By Eric London, 16 June 2018

The abolition of the agencies responsible for mass deportations, workplace raids and the separation of families is a life or death question for the working class.

“They’re getting more money and we’re losing workers”

In wake of UAW convention, Lordstown GM workers speak out on layoffs

By a WSWS reporting team, 16 June 2018

Autoworkers at the GM Lordstown assembly plant expressed their disgust at both the company and the UAW as next Friday’s shutdown of the second shift looms.

Thousands across US rally against Trump administration’s attacks on immigrant families

By Dan Conway, 16 June 2018

Rallies took place across the country on Thursday and Friday as reports spread of the breakup of immigrant families and imprisonment of children.

Political cartoonist fired by right-wing Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editors over anti-Trump cartoons

By Kayla Costa, 16 June 2018

After rejecting nineteen of his cartoons since March, the newspaper’s editors fired Rob Rogers for not complying with their efforts to shift content to the right.

Omaha Public Schools board cuts $29 million from budget

By Michael Walters, 16 June 2018

The slashing of funding for the largest school district in Nebraska will result in the elimination of positions in the central office as well as bus drivers, student support liaisons, accountants and IT professionals.

Administration preparing to hold immigrants in tent camps

Outcry mounts against Trump policy of forced separation of refugee children and parents

By Norisa Diaz and Patrick Martin, 15 June 2018

A report by McClatchy News this week revealed the administration plans to deal with the overflow by warehousing children in tent camps on military bases.

The siege of Hodeidah, Washington’s war crime in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 15 June 2018

The near genocidal war against the impoverished people of Yemen represents one of the greatest war crimes since the end of World War II.

“Everything they took from us needs to be returned, plus the money they stole”

Growing outrage from autoworkers over UAW bribery scandal

By a WSWS reporting team, 15 June 2018

Autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit spoke to the WSWS about the naming of the UAW as a “co-conspirator” in the corruption scandal.

Inspector general’s report fuels Trump-FBI conflict

By Patrick Martin, 15 June 2018

The report found that FBI Director James Comey violated Justice Department guidelines in his public statements during the 2016 election campaign about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Trump administration supports lawsuit challenging Obamacare’s pre-existing conditions protections

By Kate Randall, 15 June 2018

The action is the latest effort to chip away at the legislation after two failures to repeal it outright.

The Democratic National Committee lawsuit against WikiLeaks and Julian Assange: A major attack on press freedom

By Ed Hightower, 15 June 2018

Should the Democratic Party prevail, journalists could face criminal prosecution and civil damages any time they reported on unlawful government or corporate activity.

US prosecutors drop charges against additional eight J20 defendants

By E.P. Milligan, 15 June 2018

The motion to dismiss charges, far from signifying a change of heart, is a temporary strategic retreat by the prosecution.

Geo-strategic conflicts set to intensify following US-North Korea summit

By Ben McGrath, 14 June 2018

The disagreements in Washington are over how best to proceed with planning for war against China and Russia.

Democrats choose former CIA agent for congressional nomination

By Patrick Martin, 14 June 2018

Abigail Spanberger is one of three candidates from the national security apparatus who won Democratic congressional nominations Tuesday, bringing the total to 27.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services unveils new initiative targeting naturalized citizens

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 14 June 2018

The goal of the new office is to remove the citizenship rights of naturalized immigrants who “cheated” on their applications in civil court proceedings, while also prosecuting them on the charge of criminal fraud.

Court sanction of AT&T-Time Warner merger strengthens corporate grip on news and entertainment

By Barry Grey, 13 June 2018

Coming just one day after the termination of net neutrality, the federal court ruling sets the stage for the further consolidation of monopoly control and suppression of oppositional points of view.

Canadian establishment rallies behind Trudeau in trade war with US

By Roger Jordan, 13 June 2018

The collapse of last weekend’s G7 summit into acrimony and recrimination has thrown the Canada-US alliance into unprecedented crisis.

The oligarchy rules: Amazon and corporations veto Seattle homelessness tax

By Will Morrow, 13 June 2018

It took just four weeks for the Democratic Party-controlled city council to completely capitulate to the campaign by Amazon and other corporations.

Lordstown GM worker speaks out against pending layoffs

“Workers all over the world need to unite together”

By Samuel Davidson, 13 June 2018

Some 1,500 Auto workers are set to be laid off June 22 at the General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

Las Vegas casino workers to vote on sellout deals

By Adam Mclean and Kayla Costa, 13 June 2018

The Culinary Workers Union is pushing through contracts with Caesars and MGM without giving casino workers time to read and study the agreements before voting June 14 and 19.

Memphis, Tennessee: A portrait of inequality and social crisis in the southern US

By Jimmy Smith and Naomi Spencer, 13 June 2018

The headquarters of global shipping giant FedEx, Memphis also holds the dubious distinction of being number one in the country in child poverty.

The Singapore summit and the growing war threat

By Bill Van Auken, 13 June 2018

The meeting between Trump and Kim heralds not a new era of peace in Northeast Asia, but rather the continuing shakeup of the global geopolitical order that is paving the way to war.

Trump administration rescinds right to asylum for victims of gangs and domestic violence

By Eric London, 12 June 2018

The decision is a legal travesty and will result in the rejection of thousands of asylum applications.

Supreme Court upholds Ohio purge of registered voters

By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2018

The Court’s 5-4 decision is the latest in a series rubber-stamping efforts by Republican-controlled state governments to reduce turnout among minority and low-income voters.

US Justice Department seizes New York Times reporter’s records in leak investigation

By Alec Andersen, 12 June 2018

The DOJ seized telephone and electronic communications records belonging to journalist Ali Watkins during an investigation into suspected leaks of classified information emanating from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

As constitution convention opens, UAW promotes Trump’s trade war and downplays corruption scandal

By Shannon Jones, 12 June 2018

Outgoing union president Dennis Williams repeated the absurd claim that the bribing of UAW negotiators by Fiat Chrysler executives had no impact on the outcome of the 2015 labor agreements.

Two refugee suicides follow Trump’s “zero-tolerance” order

By Patrick Martin, 11 June 2018

The deaths are a direct consequence of the attack on refugees and immigrants ordered by the White House.

Undocumented worker in ICE custody after delivering food to Army base in New York City

By Mark Ferretti and Philip Guelpa, 11 June 2018

While Pablo Villavicencio was granted an emergency stay of deportation by a judge over the weekend he still faces the prospect of being deported in less than six weeks.

Videos show recent beatings committed by Mesa, Arizona, police officers

By Matthew Verhoven, 11 June 2018

In a press conference Friday, Police Chief Ramon Batista claimed that incidents such as these “would not be tolerated.” But another whitewash is being prepared.

Allegheny Technologies steelworker speaks out on teachers’ strikes

By Evan Winters, 11 June 2018

A longtime steelworker, and veteran of the bitter Allegheny Technologies lockout of 2015-2016, explains her support for the struggles being waged by teachers.

As UAW Constitutional Convention opens: The class issues facing autoworkers

By Shannon Jones, 9 June 2018

The UAW 37th Constitutional Convention is being held against a backdrop of rising worker militancy under conditions where the union is more discredited than ever.

Trump EPA to shred rules on toxic pollution

By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2018

The chemical industry is writing the rules that will regulate its discharge of toxins.

Mental health, substance abuse, life stresses and economic despair fuel crisis

US suicides increased by 25 percent from 1999 to 2016

By Kate Randall, 9 June 2018

The dramatic increase in suicides shows that, despite claims of the end of the Great Recession in mid-2009, increasing numbers of people are facing incredible personal and financial hardships.

Cincinnati, Ohio area fentanyl overdoses increase by one thousand percent over the last five years

By Matthew Taylor, 9 June 2018

The surge of fentanyl related deaths in Ohio’s third largest city exposes the depth of the social crisis which continues to rage across the United States.

Trump administration to send 1,600 ICE detainees to federal prisons

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 9 June 2018

The government is carrying out the first large scale transfer of immigrants to federal detention facilities under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.

Teachers must prepare for struggle when schools reopen

Oakland Education Association announces contract negotiation impasse

By Jonathan Burleigh, 9 June 2018

Oakland teachers must draw the lessons of this year’s teachers strikes to prepare their own struggle when schools reopen.

Nashville teachers, school workers denounce pay freeze

By Warren Duzak, 9 June 2018

At a public hearing earlier this week, school employees denounced city officials for handing out corporate tax cuts while starving the public schools of resources.

Illinois Governor calls for reinstatement of the death penalty

By Michael Walters, 9 June 2018

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto to gun control legislation which would, if approved, make the killing of two or more people or police officers capital crimes.

Study notes “devastating ramifications” of Trump’s anti-abortion “global gag rule”

By Benjamin Mateus, 8 June 2018

Trump’s revised Mexico City Policy, known by its critics as the global gag rule, essentially blocks US federal funding for international organizations that provide counseling, referrals or services for abortion in low-income nations.

Twenty-year-old construction worker killed in Baltimore trench collapse

By Jessica Goldstein, 8 June 2018

Kyle Hancock was killed Tuesday after being crushed by dirt and debris that had collapsed on top of him while working on a backed-up sewage line in Northeast Baltimore’s Clifton Park.

Workers at Wisconsin Wendy’s restaurant walk out, demand living wage

By Jacob Crosse, 8 June 2018

Eight workers shut down a Wendy’s restaurant last week after deciding they could no longer tolerate unsafe working conditions, low wages and excessive hours.

“If you don’t like it, they say, 'hit the road'”

UPS loaders describe working conditions and union-management collusion

By Kayla Costa and Hector Cordon, 8 June 2018

With the contract covering 230,000 United Parcel Service workers is set to expire on July 31. The WSWS spoke with two loaders who work in suburban Portland, Oregon.

Gestapo-style immigration raids in Ohio: An urgent warning to the working class

By Eric London, 8 June 2018

State repression against immigrant workers is an attack on the democratic rights of the entire working class.

“Julian Assange has done us a very great service”

New York City transit workers demand freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 8 June 2018

Train operators and bus drivers expressed strong opposition to the persecution of Assange, linking the fight for his freedom to the defense of democratic rights and free speech.

“I saw officers with assault rifles, dogs and helicopters everywhere”

Mass immigration raids shatter Ohio communities

By Eric London and Will Morrow, 7 June 2018

Tuesday’s Gestapo-style raid is a warning to the entire working class.

US primary elections in eight states confirm rightward shift by Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 7 June 2018

At least five candidates with a background in the national-security apparatus won Democratic congressional nominations Tuesday, continuing a year-long trend.

Socialist Equality Party wins significant vote in California primary elections

By Jonathan Burleigh, 7 June 2018

David Moore, the SEP candidate for Senate, won 14,465 votes, or 0.4 percent, and Kevin Mitchell, the SEP candidate for House in the 51st district, received 900 votes, or 1.9 percent.

Judge in Stanford sexual assault case recalled from office following law-and-order campaign

By Patrick Martin, 7 June 2018

There is nothing remotely progressive in the campaign to recall judge Aaron Persky, which was centered on demands for harsher sentencing of those convicted of sexual assault.

Notes on police violence

Cop who punched woman on New Jersey beach will not face charges

By Trévon Austin, 7 June 2018

In a video viewed over 7,000,000 times, an officer can be seen punching the woman twice.

“Absolute right to pardon myself”

Trump expands claims of autocratic power

By Barry Grey, 6 June 2018

Trump’s assertion of supreme power comes in the context of a massive and unprecedented assault on democratic rights by the entire political establishment.

“If they could, they would hire us for $1 an hour”

UPS workers vote to authorize strike as anger grows over company concession demands

By Shannon Jones, 6 June 2018

While the vote expresses the determination of workers to fight, the Teamsters will do everything in its power to suppress and betray a genuine struggle against the package delivery giant.

Video of Chelsea Manning “wellness check” highlights threat posed by police to mentally ill in US

By Matthew Verhoven, 6 June 2018

In a comment given to the Intercept, Manning said of the video, “This is what a police state looks like. Guns drawn during a ‘wellness’ check.”

Trump rescinds Philadelphia Eagles’ White House invitation in latest provocation against NFL players

By Alan Gilman, 6 June 2018

On Monday, the day before the football team was to be honored for their Super Bowl championship at the White House, President Donald Trump disinvited the team.

The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and the end of American liberalism

By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2018

The events of 1968 marked the effective end of any prospect for liberal reforms under American capitalism.

A day of reaction at the US Supreme Court

By Eric London, 5 June 2018

In two separate decisions, the US Supreme Court set back rights for immigrants, the right to abortion, and protections for gay and lesbian couples.

Facebook security officer: Not all speech is “created equal”

By Andre Damon, 5 June 2018

Facebook’s censorship apparatus is targeting people promoting “radical politics” because they “feel they have been ignored or oppressed,” the Facebook official told a military conference last week.

Trump administration holds mass trials of immigrants under “Zero Tolerance” policy

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 5 June 2018

Leaked photograph reveals on-going mass trials of immigrants.

Nashville, Tennessee charter school teachers victimized as school’s finances investigated

By Zachary Thorton, 5 June 2018

New Vision Academy is under investigation by the city’s school district for financial irregularities and noncompliance with federal law after teachers came forward as whistleblowers to report the activities.

Lift the ban on communications! Free Julian Assange!

By James Cogan, 4 June 2018

The American state and its allies are seeking to destroy WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in order to intimidate every critical and independent media organisation.

Trump lawyers claim unlimited presidential authority

By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2018

The purpose of the January letter was to respond to pressure from the special counsel for Trump to testify under oath about a range of issues.

Florida jury awards $4 to family of man killed by police

By our reporter, 4 June 2018

Gregory Hill was only 30 years old, and leaves behind three young children.

US ramps up threats to China and North Korea

By Mike Head, 4 June 2018

Whatever the outcome of a Trump-Kim summit, the US confrontation with China will escalate.

Facebook expands censorship of news organizations with restrictions on political ads

By Marcus Day, 4 June 2018

Facebook’s new restrictions on political ads have begun to affect news and media organizations, including the World Socialist Web Site.

Union announces deals to prevent strike by Las Vegas casino workers

By Adam McLean and Kayla Costa, 4 June 2018

Workers should demand the full contract and sufficient time to study and discuss it before any ratification vote.

US Border Patrol execution of undocumented Guatemalan woman sparks anger and nationwide protests

By Alec Andersen, 4 June 2018

Claudia Gomez Gonzalez, 19, was summarily executed by a Border Patrol agent in the border town of Rio Bravo near Laredo, Texas, on May 23.

CWA continues token strikes at AT&T Midwest—workers demand decisive struggle

By Shannon Jones, 4 June 2018

One CWA worker in Detroit told WSWS reporters: “People are getting tired and they’re saying we’re not going to wait for the union anymore. We have to do this ourselves.”

US media turns blind eye to the death of 5,000 Puerto Ricans

By Genevieve Leigh, 4 June 2018

The Harvard study on the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico is a damning exposure of one of the most monstrous cover-ups in US history.

Youth suicide rate up 56 percent from 2007 to 2016

Government report shows sharp rise in US teen deaths

By Kate Randall, 2 June 2018

The new statistics on deaths among US children and teens expose the social crisis confronting America’s youth in the form of gun violence, suicide, the opioid crisis, poverty and war.

Backlash against US over tariffs

By Nick Beams, 2 June 2018

The European Union is pushing ahead with counter-measures against the US. It is expected to announce its final list of products to be targeted later this month.

Google says it will not renew Project Maven—but collaboration with Pentagon will continue

By Will Morrow, 2 June 2018

The decision is a response to widespread opposition among employees and the public to Google’s role in the illegal US drone murder program.

Union blocks strike by 50,000 Las Vegas casino workers

By a WSWS reporting team in Las Vegas, 2 June 2018

Union leaders have made clear that the tentative contract does not include significant improvements to wages and working conditions.

“We need to unite workers everywhere”

Rank-and-file Lake Orion workers organize opposition to GM-UAW deal to hire low wage subcontract labor

By Shannon Jones, 2 June 2018

Anger is simmering in the plant following the revelation that the UAW signed a secret memorandum, without a vote by workers, to replace veteran workers with low-wage subcontractors.

The campaign against comedian Samantha Bee over her comments on Ivanka Trump

By David Walsh, 2 June 2018

The attack on Bee comes only days after Roseanne Barr’s television series was cancelled after the actress posted a racist tweet.

Fed eases “Volcker Rule” limits on bank speculation

By Patrick Martin, 1 June 2018

The move is the latest step in a systematic campaign to lift even the mild restrictions on bank activities imposed after the 2008 Wall Street crash.

Migrant children, increasingly separated from their parents, fill US detention centers

By Trévon Austin, 1 June 2018

The spike in child detentions is the result of a new policy announced last month to criminally prosecute all undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border.

Ellicott City, Maryland hit by major flood, one reported dead

By Matthew Taylor, 1 June 2018

The Baltimore suburb was still recovering from a similar flood two years ago when it was inundated by heavy rains on Sunday.

Impoverishment pushes another New York City taxi driver to suicide

By Philip Guelpa, 1 June 2018

In the five months from the beginning of the year, five taxi or livery drivers have committed suicide due to dramatic income declines caused by competition from ride-share companies.

Harley-Davidson workers’ anger grows over impending Kansas City plant closure

By Marcus Day, 1 June 2018

Fueling outrage is the company’s brazen display of corporate greed, showering investors with hundreds of millions of dollars in dividends and stock buybacks.

Puerto Rican resident speaks on death toll cover up, crisis on the island

By Genevieve Leigh, 31 May 2018

Jose, a 29-year-old resident of the island, spoke to the WSWS about the conditions which led to 5,000 deaths after Hurricane María and about the way forward for the working class

A social crime and cover-up exposed

Five thousand deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria

By Genevieve Leigh, 31 May 2018

A Harvard study estimating nearly 5,000 deaths of Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of Hurricane María is a damning exposure of the official cover up of death and devastation on the island.

Actor Morgan Freeman’s attorney demands retraction of CNN’s sexual harassment allegations

By Niles Niemuth, 31 May 2018

The attorney’s letter sent Tuesday describes last week’s report as “the product of malicious intent, falsehoods, slight-of-hand , an absence of editorial control, and journalistic malpractice.”

Trump sets out timetable for anti-China tariffs

By Nick Beams, 31 May 2018

The White House measures are aimed at China’s efforts to develop high-tech industries.

Strike by 50,000 Las Vegas workers looms as casino owners resist pay demands

By Trévon Austin, 31 May 2018

The Culinary Workers Union and the two largest casino operators—MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. are reportedly $110 million apart on wage and benefits.

Notes on Police Violence

Jersey Shore beachgoer beaten after refusing to give last name

By Adam Mclean, 31 May 2018

Not a day goes by without someone in the US being killed by law enforcement or subjected to an egregious beating.

“The government is after him because he’s telling the truth”

Detroit autoworkers call for Julian Assange’s freedom

By Will Morrow, 31 May 2018

Workers opposed the persecution of Assange and the broader drive to silence political dissent and censor the Internet.

The working class must mobilize to free Julian Assange!

By Andre Damon, 30 May 2018

The demand for the freedom of Julian Assange must be connected to the developing international movement of workers against inequality, oppression and exploitation.

Amazon, Microsoft and Google compete for Pentagon Cloud warfighter project

By Will Morrow, 30 May 2018

The technology giant that secures the contract will administer the US military’s global operations.

New effort to cover up impact of lead poisoning in Flint

By James Brewer, 30 May 2018

A resolution reportedly passed by doctors at Flint Hurley Medical Center puts forward the false narrative that no one was lead poisoned in Flint, but lead-exposed.

Construction worker killed at drill site in Phoenix, Arizona

By Trévon Austin, 30 May 2018

The construction company which subcontracted 52-year-old drill operator Melvin Self had previously been fined for maintaining hazardous working conditions.

UAW President Dennis Williams backs Trump’s policies of militarism and trade war

By Shannon Jones, 29 May 2018

The extreme economic nationalism promoted by the UAW, the United Steelworkers and other unions dovetails with the fascistic “America First” nationalism of Trump and the far-right.

Canadian rail workers, Las Vegas casino workers set to strike as class conflict widens across North America

By Jerry White, 29 May 2018

Three thousand Canadian Pacific rail workers and 50,000 Las Vegas casino workers are the latest entering battles as strikes and protests spread across North America and the world.

Support for strike action at UPS as Teamsters union prepares sell-out contract

By Tom Hall, 29 May 2018

The Teamsters’ offer to create a new tier of low-paid “hybrid” drivers demonstrates that it is not a workers’ organization, but an agency of management.

Leading Democratic activists accidentally share photos of immigrants detained under Obama administration

By Genevieve Leigh, 29 May 2018

Former Obama administration officials shared 2014 pictures of immigrant children sleeping in cages in immigration prisons in a hypocritical attempt to discredit Trump for his anti-immigrant policies.

ICE carries out mass immigration raids across US Midwest

By George Gallanis, 29 May 2018

The arrests are part of the Trump administration’s escalating attack on immigrant workers.

Documents reveal the vast influence of Koch brothers in US universities and public schools

By Harvey Simpkins, 29 May 2018

Last month, George Mason University released documents showing how the Charles Koch Foundation and the Federalist Society maintain control over the appointment of professors and the setting of curriculum.

#MeToo witch-hunt targets veteran actor Morgan Freeman

By Will Morrow, 29 May 2018

Freeman released a statement noting that “80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports.”

US Border Patrol agent executes Guatemalan woman

By Alec Andersen, 28 May 2018

The summary execution of Claudia Gonzalez comes amid a sharp escalation in the Trump administration’s campaign of terror against immigrant communities.

US government admits to losing track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children in sponsor homes

By Kevin Mitchell, 28 May 2018

Officials insisted that they were not “legally responsible” for the missing children.

Plea deal reveals Fiat Chrysler used “sham employment” scheme to pay off UAW negotiators

By Jerry White, 28 May 2018

Another former Fiat Chrysler executive pleads guilty in the corruption scandal engulfing the United Auto Workers union.