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Manafort guilty plea, cooperation deal rock Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 17 September 2018

In return for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to limit the total prison sentence for 69-year-old Manafort to 10 years, for all the charges against him.

“All the hotel workers should go on strike”

Chicago hotel workers continue walkout as workers throughout the US vote to strike

By George Marlowe and George Gallanis, 17 September 2018

Hotel workers in Chicago continue to fight for year-round healthcare and higher wages, even as the union keeps them isolated from hotel workers' struggles across the country.

Residents of Chicago’s Little Village speak out against increasing poverty and unaffordable housing

By our reporters, 17 September 2018

Three weeks after a deadly house fire killed 10 children on Chicago’s west side, residents still have no answers as to its causes, or resources to help them recover.

Growing anger over injury of autoworker in Kokomo, Indiana

By Shannon Jones, 17 September 2018

Both management and the UAW have maintained complete silence on the serious injury suffered last week by Eric Parsons at the Fiat Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Indiana.

Texas special education students face teacher shortage and budget shortfall

By Todd Denton, 17 September 2018

The state of Texas is in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for its failure to educate disabled children.

Portland officials fail to indict two university police for murder of 45-year-old worker

By Kayla Costa, 17 September 2018

Far from an unavoidable tragedy, the killing of Jason Washington is a direct consequence of the growing militarized police apparatus in cities and schools across the United States.

Silicon Valley’s corrupt nexus: War, censorship and inequality

By Andre Damon, 17 September 2018

The appearance of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the Air Force Association’s annual conference embodies the fusion of America’s technology monopolies with the apparatus of state repression.

Ten years after Lehman: New financial crises in the making

By Nick Beams, 17 September 2018

Commentaries on the anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse voice fears of another meltdown.

US schools hiring private companies to spy on students’ social media

By Trévon Austin, 17 September 2018

Monitoring students’ social media accounts is a violation of privacy, revealing the partnership of the US government and tech companies in internet surveillance and censorship.

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2018

A storm surge of as much as 11 feet of water was accompanied by winds approaching 120 miles per hour.

Washington state strikes continue as Tumwater teachers defy back-to-work order

By Hector Cordon, 14 September 2018

Four hundred teachers in the small Washington State town of Tumwater are courageously defying a judge’s strikebreaking order as educators continue walkouts in Tacoma and other cities.

“This should be a mass movement if we want to get what we want”

Chicago hotel workers’ strike continues for eighth day

By our reporting team, 14 September 2018

WSWS reporters visited and spoke to picketing workers at the JW Marriott Chicago hotel and Palmer House hotel in Chicago’s downtown.

New owner at low-wage Detroit auto parts supplier DMS

By David Rodriguez, 14 September 2018

Detroit Manufacturing Systems, which opened to great fanfare in 2012, is typical of the low wage sweatshops that predominate in the auto parts industry.

Republican war criminals endorse CIA Democrat Slotkin

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2018

Democrat Elissa Slotkin has used her three tours of duty for the CIA in Iraq as her main credential for election to Congress.

Facebook censors ThinkProgress

By Trévon Austin, 14 September 2018

Facebook labeled a story from the left-wing ThinkProgress web site as “false” based on a “fact check” by the far-right Weekly Standard.

Proposed methane rule repeal continues Trump’s deregulation of polluters

By Daniel de Vries, 14 September 2018

The EPA announced a plan Tuesday to enable oil and gas companies to release more greenhouse gases.

12,800 immigrant children detained in American internment camps

By Eric London, 14 September 2018

While the Trump administration is preparing for a massive expansion of immigrant internment camps, the Democratic Party has abandoned the issue.

Twenty-five years after Oslo, a deepening catastrophe for the Palestinians

By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2018

The anniversary has coincided with a series of increasingly punishing measures by Washington to back the Netanyahu regime in Israel and starve the Palestinians into submission.

SEP congressional candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns at Wayne State University in Detroit

By our reporter, 14 September 2018

Niles spoke with students at Wayne State University about the fight for socialism and the struggle against war and social inequality.

Invergordon whisky distillery in Scotland demands workers accept a £10,000 pay cut or lose their jobs

By Darren Paxton and Sandy Campbell, 14 September 2018

The GMB trade union has been pushing for the modernisation for some time, effectively functioning as a regional investment agency.

Hurricane Florence exposes disastrous state of US infrastructure

By Tom Hall, 13 September 2018

Trump’s self-congratulation for his response to last year’s devastation of Puerto Rico, even as Carolina residents brace for one of the worst Atlantic storms in history, sums up the callousness and criminality of the American ruling class.

“Monster” Hurricane Florence approaches South Carolina

By Ed Hightower, 13 September 2018

A major regional energy firm warned that up to 75 percent of its 4 million customers in North and South Carolina could lose power during the storm.

Fiat Chrysler Kokomo casting plant cited for safety violations before latest worker injury

By Marcus Day, 13 September 2018

The plant where a Fiat Chrysler worker was severely injured last week was cited for several serious safety violations last year by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Teachers strike in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

By our reporter, 13 September 2018

The district’s teachers are being asked to shoulder increased health care costs.

Nearly 200 clean-up workers sickened or dead from 2008 Tennessee coal ash spill

By Warren Duzak and Zackary Thorton, 13 September 2018

A press investigation has exposed what can only be called a social crime against the working class in eastern Tennessee.

Bloody siege of Yemeni port resumes as US certifies Saudi concern for civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2018

Aid groups have warned that the renewed assault on Hodeidah threatens not only to kill tens of thousands of civilians, but to push millions more into starvation.

Washington and Pyongyang in talks for second summit

By Ben McGrath, 13 September 2018

Trump is under pressure to ramp up the offensive against the targets of US imperialism.

Ronan Farrow’s #MeToo campaign brings down Leslie Moonves at CBS

By Fred Mazelis, 13 September 2018

The ousting of Moonves is part of an ongoing struggle for power and wealth within the media and entertainment industries.

“Why the working class needs socialism” Large turnout to hear SEP candidate Niles Niemuth at University of Michigan

By our reporters, 13 September 2018

The meeting addressed by Niemuth, who is running for Congress in Michigan’s 12th Congressional District, reflected the growing interest in socialism among students and young people.

US Marines deploy to Syria for live fire exercise

By Jordan Shilton, 10 September 2018

The drill, which included air assaults backed by artillery fire, underscores that the seven-year war in Syria could rapidly escalate into a direct clash between the major powers.

US set to escalate trade war against China

By Nick Beams, 10 September 2018

Trump’s threat of further tariffs means that Chinese exports into the US would be subject to increased tariffs if China carries through on its threat of retaliatory measures.

Seattle Education Association pushes through sellout deal

By Evan Blake, 10 September 2018

The Seattle Education Association, with the backing of its supposedly dissident faction, Social Equity Educators, forced through the agreement, undermining the momentum for a statewide strike.

Chicago hotel workers’ strike enters fourth day

By Marcus Day, 10 September 2018

Thousands of hotel workers have struck at 25 locations in and around downtown Chicago since Friday, fighting for better health care and wages.

“Capitalism is not working, and it never has for us”

Striking Chicago hotel workers speak out on fight for wages, health care

By our reporters, 10 September 2018

The WSWS spoke to striking hotel workers on the picket lines in downtown Chicago Saturday.

As National Football League season opens

Nike unveils ad featuring blacklisted quarterback Colin Kaepernick

By Alan Gilman, 10 September 2018

The National Football League season has opened against the backdrop of Colin Kaepernick becoming the face of Nike’s new “Just Do It” campaign and a ruling allowing his collusion lawsuit against the NFL to go forward.

A warning to students and the working class

Who are California Governor Jerry Brown’s appointments to the University of California Board of Regents?

By Evelyn Rios, 10 September 2018

Brown appointed his chief fiscal policy advisor, a top union bureaucrat, a former EPA official, and prior vice president of Lockheed Martin, the weapons manufacturer.

A week of crisis and deepening dysfunction in US politics

By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2018

There is no progressive or democratic side in the conflict between Trump and his opponents within the military-intelligence apparatus, the corporate media, and the Democratic Party.

Bisbee ’17: The deportation of Arizona copper miners is a “still-polarizing event”

By Joanne Laurier, 10 September 2018

In July 1917, 1,200 striking copper miners in Bisbee, Arizona were illegally kidnapped, loaded in cattle cars and dumped in the southwest New Mexico desert. This episode is the subject of Bisbee ’17.

Amazon market capitalization surpasses $1 trillion

By E.P. Milligan, 7 September 2018

Amazon’s soaring profits, like those of Apple, are the direct result of the brutal exploitation of its workforce.

New York Times covers up Google’s censorship

By Andre Damon, 7 September 2018

The Times’ report on allegations that Google is censoring the Internet is a white-wash, echoing the company’s self-serving denials without any serious examination of the facts.

Striking Tacoma, Washington, teachers demand better pay, funding for education

By Kayla Costa, 7 September 2018

On Thursday, teachers in Tacoma joined thousands of striking teachers throughout the state of Washington as the unions work to contain and isolate the struggles in each district.

Trump administration to abandon court settlement prohibiting indefinite detention of immigrant children

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 7 September 2018

The decision is a major escalation in the administration’s attack on immigrants.

In wake of credit downgrade huge job cuts looming at Ford

By Shannon Jones, 7 September 2018

The downgrading of Ford credit to near junk status is a shot across the bow by Wall Street to pressure management to intensify its attacks on workers.

Pompeo visits Pakistan to demand “reset” in support for Afghan war

By V. Gnana and Athiyan Silva, 7 September 2018

US Secretary of State Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford staged a four-hour visit to Pakistan on Wednesday.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces he will not seek reelection

By Kristina Betinis, 7 September 2018

On the eve of the trial of the Chicago cop who killed Laquan McDonald, the mayor, who oversaw a cover-up of the teen’s murder, announced that he would not seek a third term.

CIA Democrat complains of political spying by Republicans

By Harvey Simpkins, 7 September 2018

Democrat Abigail Spanberger, whose main political “credential” is eight years as an undercover CIA operative, is denouncing the Republican Party for obtaining a copy of her full federal security clearance document.

Labor Day 2018: The growth of the class struggle and the case for rank-and-file committees

By Jerry White, 3 September 2018

This year, Labor Day takes place amid a resurgence of class struggle in the US, bringing workers into direct conflict with the corporatist and anti-working class trade unions.

Line-up of reaction and militarism at McCain memorial

By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2018

Assembled in the National Cathedral were a “who’s who” of imperialist war criminals, with a bloody record stretching back more than half a century.

As union seeks to wrap up strikes, Washington teachers rally and call for statewide walkout

By Nancy Hanover, 3 September 2018

Educators demand statewide strike action in Washington state, while the union seeks to quash walkouts and prevent new ones.

Trump hits out at China over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 September 2018

Trump’s criticism of China comes amid growing signs that talks over Pyongyang’s nuclear programs, following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, have stalled.

“Amazon thinks I’m a piece of trash on the ground and they’ll walk all over me”

Amazon Nightmare: Grandmother injured on the job goes homeless, suffers pneumonia

By Eric London and Zac Corrigan, 3 September 2018

Carol's story exposes the nightmarish conditions and brutal exploitation that has fueled the growth of online retailers like Amazon.

“This is a class issue, and it’s a social issue”

Memorial service held for six of ten children killed in Chicago Little Village house fire

By our reporters, 3 September 2018

About 200 people attended the funeral, with many traveling long distances from throughout Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

Media smears family of victims of Chicago house fire

By George Marlowe, 3 September 2018

The press continues to demonize the victims of the Chicago house fire in the Little Village neighborhood, deflecting blame from the political establishment.

Father of Mollie Tibbetts tells Trump administration: Stop using my daughter’s death in racist attack on immigrants

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 3 September 2018

There have been numerous studies by academics and think tanks in recent years that have clearly shown that there is no correlation between immigration and crime.

Nashville’s shuttering of women’s health clinic leaves only one abortion facility in the city

By Warren Duzak and Keisha Gibbs, 3 September 2018

Despite the billions invested in healthcare, and dozens of Nashville area hospitals, poor and working class women are limited to one small clinic for elective abortions.

Seymour Hersh’s Reporter: A life exposing government lies and crimes

By Andre Damon, 3 September 2018

Seymour Hersh, the investigative journalist who played a leading role in exposing the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Bush Administration’s torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, has published a long-awaited autobiography.

As classes begin, Detroit schools shut off drinking water due to high levels of lead and copper

By Eula Holmes and Patrick Martin, 31 August 2018

The pollution of the water supply is particularly devastating for children, whose brains and bodies are especially at risk from toxins.

Immigrant mother sues for $40 million after child dies following ICE detainment

By Kevin Martinez, 31 August 2018

The death of Mariee Juarez is one more casualty in the Trump administration’s brutal war on immigrants.

“We have to stand up and show we are not going to take this anymore”

US Steel workers rally in Pittsburgh area

By our reporting team, 31 August 2018

Steelworkers rallying outside of the Clairton Works spoke to the WSWS about their determination to fight US Steel’s concession demands.

Steelmakers in US demand historic concessions as contracts for 31,000 workers set to expire

By Samuel Davidson, 31 August 2018

With US Steel and Arcelor demanding deep givebacks, the United Steelworkers union has made it clear it is opposed to any strike.

“Everything started failing for us”

An interview with a relative of Chicago house fire victim

By George Gallanis, 31 August 2018

WSWS reporters spoke to the great-aunt of 16-year-old Victor Mendoza, one of 10 children killed in Sunday’s deadly blaze in Little Village.

Foxconn dramatically alters plans for Wisconsin facility

By Jacob Crosse, 31 August 2018

A smaller, robotic-based factory will be built, swindling the working class of Wisconsin for billions of dollars.

Two construction workers killed in scaffolding collapse near Disney World

By Jessica Goldstein, 31 August 2018

What the official investigations will not expose is that the deaths of Bell and Zavala have a deeper cause: the profit interests of JW Marriott, DCS, and PCL.

Abolish student debt! Public education is a social right!

By Niles Niemuth, 31 August 2018

Everyone should be able to attain a college education without being required to enter the modern equivalent of indentured servitude.

One of America's deadliest disasters

Puerto Rico raises Hurricane Maria death toll from 64 to 2,975

By Bill Van Auken, 30 August 2018

The estimate of nearly 3,000 deaths attributable to the storm is a searing indictment of the criminal negligence of both the US ruling establishment and the island’s own authorities.

“We are watching and we are coming”

ICE raids North Texas factory, arrests 160 immigrant workers

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 30 August 2018

In one of the biggest workplace raids in the past decade, ICE arrested 160 migrant workers at a factory north of Dallas.

After Florida primary, Republican candidate makes racist attack

By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2018

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis warned that his African-American opponent would “monkey up” the state’s economy if elected.

Seattle teachers vote to authorize strike

By Kayla Costa, 30 August 2018

In a mass meeting Tuesday night, thousands of teachers voted to join ongoing strikes by educators across the state of Washington.

US education secretary floats plan to use federal funds to arm teachers

By Khara Sikhan, 30 August 2018

Following Donald Trump's call to arm teachers, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering diverting funds meant for hiring support staff to purchasing firearms for schools.

Former Texas police officer found guilty of murdering unarmed teen

By Trévon Austin, 30 August 2018

Prior to this year, the last time a Texas police office was convicted of murder was in 1973.

Tax cuts boost US bank profits to record highs

By Trévon Austin, 30 August 2018

Banks and corporations are channeling the bulk of their savings from the tax cuts into stock buybacks, dividend increases and mergers and acquisitions.

Hostiles: A US soldier accompanies a Native American chief home in 1892 …

… and homelessness in Seattle in The Road to Nickelsville

By Joanne Laurier, 30 August 2018

Scott Cooper’s Hostiles opens in 1892 in Fort Berringer, New Mexico, as the mass destruction of the Native Americans population is winding down.

“The politicians want to sweep this under the rug”

Hundreds gather to commemorate ten children killed in Chicago house fire

By George Marlowe and George Gallanis, 29 August 2018

While hundreds went to a vigil to commemorate and mourn the death of the ten children lost to the house fire Sunday morning, Chicago’s Democratic mayor and city aldermen declined to attend.

Teachers across Washington state demand strike action and big pay increases

By Nancy Hanover, 27 August 2018

In their fight to reverse years of budget cuts, Washington teachers are giving voice to the anger and determination of educators and workers across the US.

Three killed, nine injured in Jacksonville, Florida mass shooting

By Matthew Taylor, 27 August 2018

The massacre at a video game tournament on Sunday was only the latest in a string of mass shootings in the US.

Eight children killed in house fire on Chicago’s West Side

By Jessica Goldstein, 27 August 2018

According to the fire department, if working smoke detectors had been in place, the victims would have been woken by the alarms and could have all escaped to safety.

China-US trade talks: The divisions deepen

By Nick Beams, 27 August 2018

The Chinese Commerce Ministry stated there were “constructive and frank” talks, but gave no indication of any further discussions in the future.

Macron’s education cuts deny admission to thousands of French university students

By Kumaran Ira, 27 August 2018

The measure aims to make universities more competitive and to prepare their privatization.

Amazon unleashes army of Twitter trolls to improve its image

By Erik Schreiber, 27 August 2018

The company's primary objective is to mitigate the damage from increasingly common exposures of the punishing conditions at its warehouses.

Reported Democratic National Committee hack was a security test

By Mike Ingram, 27 August 2018

Democrats and the news media seized on the supposed hacking attempt to bolster claims of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and beyond.

NSA leaker Reality Winner sentenced to more than five years in prison

By Kevin Martinez, 27 August 2018

Winner is the first person to be tried by the Trump Administration under the Espionage Act, receiving the longest ever sentence for revealing classified documents.

US-backed Saudi air strikes massacre dozens of Yemeni children for second time in two weeks

By Jordan Shilton, 27 August 2018

A week before the latest massacre, CNN research revealed that the 500 pound bomb that killed 40 children on 9 August was produced by Lockheed Martin.

Why the US ruling class mourns John McCain

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2018

The late senator from Arizona represented a bipartisan consensus in support of militarism and the defense of corporate America.

Trump cancels secretary of state’s trip to North Korea one day after its announcement

By Ben McGrath, 25 August 2018

The US president has directly linked his pressure on North Korea with the trade war with China, exposing the fraudulent nature of the “peace talks” with Pyongyang.

“The Teamsters is not a voice for us”

UPS workers respond to Teamsters campaign of blackmail

By our reporters, 25 August 2018

UPS workers throughout the US continue to express opposition to the sellout deal that Teamsters officials and corporate management are trying to strong-arm them into ratifying.

Teachers across Washington state prepare to strike over wages and conditions

By Alec Andersen, 25 August 2018

The opposition of Washington teachers and support staff is a continuation of the teacher revolt that started at the beginning of 2018 and comes amid an upsurge of working class struggle.

Google shuts down YouTube channels in expansion of state-directed online censorship

By Kevin Reed, 25 August 2018

Google announced on Thursday that it had shut down 58 social media accounts that the company claimed were part of an Iranian government-sponsored “influence campaign.”

UK foreign secretary uses US visit to support Boris Johnson replacing Theresa May as prime minister

By Robert Stevens, 25 August 2018

For the hard Brexit faction, the future of May’s premiership is understood in terms of days and weeks—with Johnson’s leadership challenge gathering pace.

New Trump coal regulations will kill as many as 1,400 Americans annually by 2030

By Alec Andersen, 25 August 2018

According a report by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the agency’s recent rule change will lead to 1,400 more premature deaths by 2030.

Verizon throttled emergency data during California wildfires

By Henry Allan, 25 August 2018

While many workers have lost their homes and lives, the telecommunications giant has seen the disaster as an opportunity to make some extra profits.

US service workers who rely on tips more susceptible to depression

By Alex Johnson, 25 August 2018

A recent study found that the uncertain nature of tips and irregular schedules contributes to higher rates of stress and depression among service workers.

Socialist Equality Party candidate Niles Niemuth speaks at election meeting in Brownstown, Michigan

By Tom Hall, 25 August 2018

The meeting, held in the predominantly industrial, working-class Downriver area of metro Detroit, saw a wide-ranging discussion with attendees.

One of the greatest musical figures of the 20th century

The centenary of Leonard Bernstein—Part 2

By Fred Mazelis, 25 August 2018

There was no one else who combined Bernstein’s genius as a composer, conductor, educator and pianist.

Trump, Republicans exploit murder of Molly Tibbetts to stoke anti-immigrant racism

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 24 August 2018

The killing of a young Iowa woman has become a pretext for the Trump administration and its supporters to intensify attacks on immigrants.

As Trump attacks attorney general, Democrats seek to channel all opposition behind anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 24 August 2018

Both Trump and the Democrats want to keep their raging conflict entirely within the boundaries of the official political system.

“We need a united front of auto and UPS workers”

Autoworkers warn UPS workers: Don’t trust the union

By Will Morrow, 24 August 2018

An autoworker from Toledo, Ohio told us that “if UPS workers could find a way to break away from their union, the autoworkers would follow them.”

Los Angeles teachers vote on strike authorization

By Dan Conway, 24 August 2018

After working without a contract for 13 months, Los Angeles teachers are taking a strike authorization vote.

Seattle-area crane operators strike following rejection of sellout deal

By our reporter, 24 August 2018

Crane operators in western Washington state walked out Tuesday after voting down a deal negotiated by the operating engineers’ union that contained an inadequate wage increase.

Mayor demands New Yorkers “respect police officers”

By Isaac Finn, 24 August 2018

Following the posting of a handful of videos on social media of New York City residents cursing at police, Mayor de Blasio told New Yorkers that they “have to respect police officers.”

Former New York City jail guards union head convicted of bribery

By Josh Varlin, 24 August 2018

The conviction of former New York prison guards’ union president Norman Seabrook sheds light on a corrupt nexus of police, union and corporate-financial figures exchanging money and favors.