United States

US Attorney General Barr gives fascistic tirade against Antifa, Black Lives Matter

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2020

Barr made a political amalgam connecting the Democratic Party, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and terrorism.

Chicago mayor locks down business district after police shooting sparks looting

By Kristina Betinis, 11 August 2020

Democratic officials responded by deploying more police, threatening more aggressive prosecutions and cutting off nighttime access to the Loop.

New York educators and students denounce Governor Cuomo’s push to reopen schools

By the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter, 11 August 2020

Teachers and students spoke to the WSWS to express their opposition to New York state Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to allow all schools to reopen in the coming weeks.

Top US health official makes provocative trip to Taiwan

By Peter Symonds, 11 August 2020

With the visit by US Secretary of Health Alex Azar to Taiwan, the Trump administration is taking another step towards overturning the “One China” policy and breaking US diplomatic relations with China.

Philippines not to join wargames in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 11 August 2020

Duterte’s announcement that the Philippines will not participate in US naval exercises in the disputed waters comes amid a dramatic escalation of Washington’s preparations for war with China.

The brutality of capitalist justice

Louisiana Supreme Court denies review of Fair Wayne Bryant’s life sentence for allegedly stealing a pair of hedge clippers

By Helen Halyard, 11 August 2020

This horrific experience demonstrates the true face of justice in America, with one set of rules for the poor and oppressed and another set of rules for the wealthy.

Deadly explosion in northwest Baltimore neighborhood injures dozens

By Nick Barrickman, 11 August 2020

The suspected gas explosion leveled three adjacent homes and severely damaged a fourth in a northwest Baltimore neighborhood Monday morning.

“They spout in the news ‘thank you to health care heroes’ but what thanks do we get?”

US nurses’ poll shows appalling working conditions in the pandemic

By Julian James, 11 August 2020

The NNU study shows that only 24 percent of nurses think their employer is providing a safe workplace.

USPS centralizes leadership as step towards privatization and possible election fraud

By Shuvu Batta, 11 August 2020

The moves announced by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major Trump donor, raise questions about the integrity of mail-in ballots in November's presidential election.

Why is the US doing less and less COVID-19 testing?

By Bryan Dyne, 11 August 2020

Without any serious explanation by the government, the number of tests being done every day in the United States has dropped significantly over the past two weeks.

Biden’s blueprint for a right-wing presidency: Part two

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2020

This is the second part of a two-part article. Part one was posted on August 10.

US hits five million COVID-19 cases as testing declines and schools reopen

By Benjamin Mateus, 10 August 2020

The number of daily COVID-19 tests in the US has dropped significantly in recent weeks in line with the increasingly feverish drive to reopen the schools.

Georgia teachers and students force temporary closure of North Paulding High School over COVID-19 outbreak

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 August 2020

The cluster of COVID-19 cases at the school emerged as a direct consequence of the decision to reopen schools for in-person instruction amid a surge in infections.

“A game of Russian Roulette with the lives of children”

As statewide cases hit half a million, opposition mounts in Florida to school reopening

By Nancy Hanover, 10 August 2020

Teachers from across Florida marched on Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ mansion Saturday to protest his statewide mandate for fully in-person instruction.

Fiat Chrysler workers speak out on COVID-19 outbreak at Belvidere Assembly Plant

By Jessica Goldstein, 10 August 2020

The company's so-called "safety measures," implemented with the support of the UAW, have been completely ineffective at halting the spread of the virus.

Trump executive orders set stage for tens of millions of evictions

By Jacob Crosse, 10 August 2020

An analysis released Friday by the Aspen Institute estimates that between 28,900,000 and 39,900,000 tenants in the US are at risk of eviction by the end of the year.

US Supreme Court defends deadly jail conditions in California

By Marc Wells, 10 August 2020

The high court decision denies inmates their right to safety during a deadly pandemic and at the same time shows contempt for the lives of the poor.

Caleb Reed, a youth activist in Chicago, falls victim to gun violence

By Brian Green, 10 August 2020

Most recently Reed opposed Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget that starves schools of resources while flooding the Police Department with billions of dollars.

COVID-19: A blessing for Bezos and a nightmare for workers

By Shuvu Batta, 10 August 2020

While workers fight for safe working conditions and adequate pay, Amazon has taken advantage of the business opportunities opened up by COVID-19.

Trump’s illegal power grab and the specter of American Bonapartism

By Andre Damon, 10 August 2020

Trump’s usurpation of the congressional prerogative to tax and spend is the latest act in his years-long effort to destroy all Constitutional guardrails on the power of the presidency.

Biden’s blueprint for a right-wing presidency: Part one

By Patrick Martin, 10 August 2020

Despite media claims that the Democratic Party has “moved to the left,” Joe Biden is running on a thoroughly right-wing program based on the defense of Wall Street and the global interests of American imperialism.

Workers have a right to know about COVID-19 in their plants!

Statement of the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 10 August 2020

Autoworkers are being deprived of the most basic information about the spread of infections in their workplaces.

New York Governor Cuomo sanctions statewide reopening of schools

By Evan Blake, 8 August 2020

Cuomo’s mandate provides crucial political support for the Trump administration’s drive to reopen schools irrespective of the cost to human life.

No masks, crowded hallways

Georgia highschoolers use social media to expose disastrous conditions as schools reopen

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 August 2020

Two students from Georgia’s North Paulding High School were suspended after photos of hallways packed with crowds of unmasked students went viral on social media.

Texas attorney general orders in-person education as state cases top 500,000

By Tony Jackson, 8 August 2020

The attorney general and governor of Texas are endangering the lives of teachers and students with a patently unscientific back-to-school pandemic plan.

“It’s a recipe for disaster”

Autoworkers denounce bipartisan drive to reopen schools

By Tim Rivers, 8 August 2020

Opposition is growing among autoworkers and other workers to the back-to-school campaign, which is threatening the health of teachers, students and their families.

As July report shows no let-up in mass joblessness

White House, Congress combine to cut off supplemental unemployment benefits

By Jacob Crosse, 8 August 2020

Driven by social interests irreconcilably opposed to those of the working class, congressional leaders from both parties adjourned Friday without restoring jobless pay.

US coronavirus death toll predicted to reach 295,000 by December

By Bryan Dyne, 8 August 2020

The IHME projection of nearly 300,000 deaths by December exposes the lie that it is safe to reopen the schools.

Columbia University pressures faculty into teaching in-person classes, triggering backlash

By Elliott Murtagh, 8 August 2020

Faculty and graduate instructors have denounced university demands they teach in-person classes during the planned fall campus reopening.

President Trump signs executive orders banning Chinese social media apps TikTok and WeChat

By Kevin Reed, 8 August 2020

On Thursday, the US president signed two executive orders that will ban the operation of TikTok and WeChat in the US unless they are acquired by US-based companies within 45 days.

US moves to delist Chinese companies from stock exchanges

By Nick Beams, 8 August 2020

The move has been couched in terms of protecting “investor safety,” but it is another component of the economic warfare being carried out by Washington.

GM Spring Hill workers speak out against unsafe conditions amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Zac Thorton, 8 August 2020

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter has received comments from a number of workers at the Tennessee plant.

Ex-UAW regional director forced to resign amid harassment investigation

By Jessica Goldstein, 8 August 2020

Region 2-B Director Richard Rankin presided over major attacks on workers, including the closure of the Lordstown, Ohio GM plant in 2019.

New York University withholds completed dental degree, student facing deportation

By Sam Dalton, 8 August 2020

Despite their completion of coursework, an international student faces deportation because they are unable to pay exorbitant tuition costs and fees.

“This is war, and we have to fight”

USPS workers speak out against privatization drive

By our reporters, 8 August 2020

Opposition is growing among postal workers to the increasingly unbearable work regime and the ongoing efforts to privatize the postal service.

The politics of oligarchy: Federal appeals court blocks SEP challenge to anti-democratic ballot access laws in California

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US President, 8 August 2020

The response of the ruling class and its state to the SEP's legal challenge has been determined by one political motive: Keep socialists off the ballot!

As Senate adjourns for weekend

New US unemployment claims top 1 million for 20th straight week

By Jacob Crosse, 7 August 2020

Indifferent to the plight of millions of jobless workers and their families, senators from both parties adjourned Thursday with no agreement on extending expired unemployment benefits.

Chad Wolf testifies before Senate committee

US Homeland Security chief defends police-state crackdown, announces federal paramilitaries to remain in Portland

By Barry Grey, 7 August 2020

Wolf specifically defended the chilling practice carried out in Portland of seizing protesters blocks away from the federal courthouse, trundling them into unmarked vehicles and taking them to secret locations to be interrogated.

“A nationwide strike is what needs to be done”

Angry educators and parents across the US protest the reckless return to classrooms

By Nancy Hanover, 7 August 2020

From Florida to California, teachers and parents are caravanning, protesting and petitioning against a reckless return to school as demanded by Wall Street and the entire political establishment.

Health Commissioner forced out as New York City prepares to reopen schools amid national pandemic surge

By Josh Varlin, 7 August 2020

Dr. Oxiris Barbot’s ouster indicates a more open return to the herd immunity strategy that guided the city’s disastrous early response to the pandemic.

West Palm Beach, Florida seniors face eviction from low income housing

By Matthew Taylor, 7 August 2020

The St. Andrews Residence has been in disrepair for years leading many residents to believe the owners have deliberately neglected their health and safety in order to facilitate a sale of the million-dollar waterfront property.

Faculty at University of Akron reject sellout contract

By Isaac Finn, 7 August 2020

On August 5, faculty at the University of Akron voted down an offer that included layoffs of 96 full-time professors, pay cuts and increased health care premiums.

Violent, secretive fascistic networks operating inside California police stations

By Tom Carter, 7 August 2020

Alongside rampant brutality, a secretive police culture has emerged featuring tattoos, occult rituals and symbols, codes of silence, and barbecues to celebrate murder.

US retail bankruptcies and closures pile up amid pandemic

By Trévon Austin, 7 August 2020

Two new bankruptcy filings on Sunday—Tailored Brands and Le Tote—bring the total number to 43 this year.

The United Auto Workers: A criminal conspiracy against the working class

By Shannon Jones, 7 August 2020

From top executives to low-level functionaries, the entire UAW stands exposed as a criminal conspiracy directed against autoworkers.

James P. Cannon on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “An unspeakable atrocity”

7 August 2020

The founder of American Trotskyism warned in August 1945 that the atomic bombs dropped on Japan placed before humanity the alternative of “socialism or annihilation.”

Mounting opposition by teachers against drive to reopen schools

By Benjamin Mateus, 6 August 2020

Evidence is growing that the reopening of schools will lead to a massive resurgence of the pandemic, with deadly consequences for teachers and students.

Altered CDC guidelines provide unscientific basis for reopening schools

By Mitch Marcus, 6 August 2020

The CDC guidelines were adjusted in mid-July to suit the demands of the Trump administration that schools reopen, as part the broader campaign to reopen the economy.

Two Florida teenagers die from COVID-19 as schools push to reopen

By Alex Johnson, 6 August 2020

These harrowing deaths come a month after a 9-year-old, Kimora Lynum, from Putman County, became the youngest child added to Florida’s COVID-19 death toll.

As negotiations stall on federal coronavirus relief bill

Florida governor admits state unemployment system purposefully designed to pay out “least number of claims”

By Jacob Crosse, 6 August 2020

Republican governor Ron DeSantis had previously claimed nearly all applicants had been paid and blamed jobless workers for incorrectly filling out forms.

Two incumbent House members defeated in primary voting

By Patrick Martin, 6 August 2020

A total of seven representatives, three Democrats and four Republicans, have been denied renomination so far this year.

Resuming college football driven by financial interests

By Andy Thompson, 6 August 2020

In order to protect billions in revenue, US universities are resorting to threats and cover-ups to keep their plans to play football in the fall on track.

75 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By Bill Van Auken, 6 August 2020

The anniversary’s significance has never been greater. Behind the backs of the people of the United States and the world, US imperialism is steadily building up a massive nuclear arsenal and pursuing a doctrine of aggressive nuclear war.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to hear Socialist Equality Party candidates’ appeal in California voting rights case until after ballots are printed

By Shuvu Batta, 6 August 2020

The decision effectively deprives Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz of the right to have their appeal heard on the merits before the ballots are printed.

Fiat Chrysler bribed UAW with tens of millions, new GM court filing alleges

By Tom Hall, 5 August 2020

The new documents contain allegations of massive corruption on the part of the UAW, exceeding anything brought to light so far by the parallel criminal probe by the FBI.

House Speaker Pelosi signals readiness to cut unemployment benefits

By Jacob Crosse, 5 August 2020

Congress continues to quibble over a new bill as the crisis deepens for millions of workers and their families.

US teachers defy threats to cut funding for schools that delay in-person learning

By Phyllis Steele, 5 August 2020

Republican-controlled legislatures in several states are moving to cut funding and outsource the jobs of teachers if schools do not open with full in-person learning.

New York educators oppose city and state school reopening plans

By Sandy English, 5 August 2020

Teachers in New York are determined to prevent the unsafe reopening of schools by the Democratic mayor and governor.

US imposes new sanctions on China over alleged Uyghur abuses

By Peter Symonds, 5 August 2020

US propaganda now includes allegations of Uyghur “genocide,” based on sensational accounts of forced birth control and the sterilization of Uyghur women in Xinjiang province.

Leaked bodycam footage shows George Floyd’s arrest and murder

By Kevin Martinez, 5 August 2020

The harrowing footage, not meant for public distribution, was leaked to the Daily Mail this week.

Amazon violates its own health and safety rules in COVID-19 coverup

By Nick Barrickman and Patrick Smith, 5 August 2020

Amazon continues to withhold the number of reported coronavirus infections from its own workers and the public, placing countless lives in danger.

A monstrous betrayal of nearly 10-month struggle

United Steelworkers shuts down strike by Asarco copper miners

By Samuel Davidson, 5 August 2020

In a monstrous betrayal, the union has closed down picket lines and ordered striking miners to accept any job offered by the company or risk losing their unemployment benefits and any recall rights.

For a nationwide general strike to halt the drive to reopen schools!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 5 August 2020

Mass opposition by teachers to the criminal policies of the ruling class will galvanize support among all workers in the United States and throughout the world.

From Medicare-for-All to “Masks-for-All”: Bernie Sanders and the incredible shrinking “political revolution”

By Genevieve Leigh, 5 August 2020

Under conditions of the greatest political, economic, social, and health catastrophe in US history, Sanders’ proposal amounts to less than a Band-Aid for a bullet wound.

New York Times calls for de facto racial quotas in classical music

By Fred Mazelis, 5 August 2020

Anthony Tommasini now opposes the use of blind auditions.

Anger grows across the US as closed-door talks continue on expired unemployment relief

By Jacob Crosse, 4 August 2020

Millions of American workers don’t know how they’ll pay rent or where their next meal will come from.

Trump installs ex-general and anti-Islam bigot in top Pentagon post

By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2020

The appointment of retired Gen. Anthony Tata was carried out by means of a maneuver designed to bypass opposition from both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.

“Most people here think the plant should be shut down”

Workers describe unsafe conditions at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant

By Tim Rivers and George Kirby, 4 August 2020

Members of the new Ford Rouge Rank-and-File Safety Committee spoke to the WSWS to describe the lack of safety protections at Ford’s flagship F-150 factory, while management backed by the union is attempting to restore full production.

ArcelorMittal lays off hundreds of steelworkers in Indiana, Ohio

By George Gallanis, 4 August 2020

The layoffs in Indiana and Ohio are part of an ongoing global assault on steelworkers’ jobs.

Who decides the fate of the US Postal Service?

By Kayla Costa and Shuvu Batta, 4 August 2020

The assortment of former Wall Street executives, private CEOs, union financial advisors and major Republican and Democratic Party donors who sit on the USPS Board of Governors is the clearest sign of the ruling class’s plans to privatize the USPS.

California’s Apple Fire burns 20,000 acres, forces thousands from their homes

By Peter Ross, 4 August 2020

The massive fire continued to spread Monday in California’s Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

One month of the coronavirus pandemic: 7.2 million infected, 165,000 dead

By Bryan Dyne, 4 August 2020

July was the worst month yet in terms of new cases of COVID-19, as the pandemic continued to tear through the global population.

SEP candidates file brief replying to Governor Whitmer in Michigan ballot access appeal

By Kevin Reed, 4 August 2020

The brief replied to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s claim that April’s right-wing anti-lockdown protests in Lansing means the SEP candidates should have recognized that it was safe to gather signatures.

The US troop withdrawal and the return of German militarism

By Peter Schwarz, 4 August 2020

The American withdrawal plans serve the ruling class in Europe and Germany as an excuse to accelerate their own rearmament plans.

Drive to reopen US schools continues despite mounting evidence of deadly consequences

By Evan Blake, 3 August 2020

More scientific research shows the immense dangers to the health and lives of teachers, students and parents by reopening schools while the pandemic continues out of control.

The July days of the COVID-19 pandemic wreak havoc on the US

By Benjamin Mateus, 3 August 2020

The month of July saw over 2 million cases of COVID-19 and rising fatality rates in the Sun Belt states, and the pandemic is shifting to the Midwest.

White House engineering a takeover of TikTok by Microsoft

By Kevin Reed, 3 August 2020

Under the White House’s direction, Microsoft is preparing to acquire the video-sharing app TikTok in a forced-divestiture from its China-based company ByteDance.

US credit outlook rated “negative” as concerns mount over dollar’s global role

By Nick Beams, 3 August 2020

The Fitch credit rating agency said high fiscal deficits, already present before the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, have started to “erode the traditional credit strength of the US.”

Major League Baseball season on brink of collapse as COVID-19 continues to spread

By Alan Gilman, 3 August 2020

New positive cases have continued to emerge since the first outbreak in the Miami Marlins, causing postponement of 20 percent of last weekend’s games.

US Border Patrol raids “No More Deaths” humanitarian aid camp in southern Arizona

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 3 August 2020

Last week’s operation is presumed to be in retaliation for the organization’s recent exposure of the involvement of the paramilitary BORTAC force in a 2017 raid.

Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center intensive care unit head physician dies of COVID-19

By Dominic Gustavo, 3 August 2020

Health care workers have been placed on the front lines of the pandemic as safety precautions such as social distancing have been lifted.

Honda orders office workers at Marysville, Ohio plant to man assembly lines as COVID-19 spreads

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 August 2020

As the pandemic ravages the workforce, management has pressed some office staff to work inside the plant.

At least 20 percent of US meatpackers may have contracted coronavirus

By Cordell Gascoigne, 3 August 2020

Over 50,000 food and agricultural workers have contracted COVID-19 in the United States, according to numbers compiled by the Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN).

Congress of millionaires robs the unemployed

By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2020

Allowing federal supplemental benefits to expire for 30 million jobless workers shows the class character of both the Democratic and Republican parties.

As stock indexes continue their climb

US unemployment supplement expires, setting the stage for mass hunger and homelessness

By Barry Grey, 1 August 2020

The congressional stalemate over an extension of the unemployment pay supplement, which is certain to result in the total elimination or a major cut in the benefit, is a declaration of war against the entire working population.

Department of Homeland Security assembles intelligence reports on US journalists covering Portland protests

By Jacob Crosse, 1 August 2020

Such reports have been traditionally used to share information regarding wanted criminals or terrorists across federal and local law enforcement agencies.

Six months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global public health emergency

By Benjamin Mateus, 1 August 2020

Nearly 700,000 people have succumbed to the pandemic over the past six months.

Federal judge unseals documents from 2015 case against Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell

By Kevin Reed, 1 August 2020

US District Judge Loretta Preska ruled late Thursday to release documents from a defamation lawsuit brought by one of Epstein’s sexual abuse victims against Maxwell in 2015.

Ford Dearborn Truck Plant workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 pandemic

By the Ford Dearborn Truck Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 1 August 2020

The committee has appealed to its 5,000 co-workers, who build F-150 pickup trucks, to prepare joint action to fight the coronavirus and save lives.

New prosecutor refuses to press charges against cop that killed Michael Brown

By Isaac Finn, 1 August 2020

St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Wesley Bell has announced that no charges would be filed against Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who shot Brown in 2014.

The coronavirus pandemic and the growing mental health crisis

By Ben Oliver, 1 August 2020

Dealing with the insidious uncertainty of COVID-19's spread is more like living with a domestic abuser or being deployed to a war zone.

Doctors at Michigan’s Beaumont Health submit no-confidence petition on eve of merger

By Stephen Fuller, 1 August 2020

A group of doctors at Michigan’s Beaumont Health system are submitting a no-confidence petition on the eve of a possible merger with Chicago-Milwaukee-based Advocate Aurora Health system.

Lawsuit exposes massive COVID-19 outbreak at privately-run immigrant detention center in Virginia

By Joe Williams, 1 August 2020

The Farmville Detention Center has the largest COVID-19 outbreak of all immigrant detainment facilities in the United States.

Socialist Equality Party (US) National Congress adopts resolution on the coronavirus pandemic and the fight for socialism

The Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 1 August 2020

The Congress resolution provides an unequaled analysis of the crisis triggered by the pandemic, directed toward the development of socialist class consciousness and the independent action of the working class.

SEP (US) Congress resolution

The global pandemic, the class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

1 August 2020

This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Sixth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, held July 19–24, 2020.

Universities prepare to blame students for COVID-19 outbreaks

By Trévon Austin, 1 August 2020

Universities are hoping the personal responsibility of students will be sufficient enough to contain outbreaks on campuses.

Trump floats delaying election, both parties appeal to military as umpire

By Eric London, 31 July 2020

Trump baselessly claimed the election would be tainted by voter fraud as his poll numbers sank to all-time lows.

US COVID-19 death toll soars past 155,000, with one death every minute

By Kate Randall, 31 July 2020

Deaths have risen in the US for three weeks in a row, with the biggest hotspots in Florida, Arizona, California and Texas.

Hundreds of thousands mobilize on social media to oppose US school reopenings

By Evan Blake, 31 July 2020

An explosion of opposition to the unsafe reopening of schools has developed on social media, primarily through dozens of Facebook groups with a combined global membership of over 300,000.

“Capitalism is being exposed for what it is”

The school transportation crisis in the age of coronavirus

By Nancy Hanover, 31 July 2020

School bus drivers in Pennsylvania and New York spoke with the WSWS about the conditions they face amid the escalating campaign to reopen schools.