By Eric London, 18 December 2017
A statement by UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston details the nightmarish conditions faced by tens of millions of impoverished Americans and condemns the US government for human rights abuses.
By Patrick Martin, 18 December 2017
Nevada Representative Ruben Kihuen became the seventh congressman to have his career ended by allegations of sexual misconduct.
By Kranti Kumara, 18 December 2017
The election was characterized by a debased and thoroughly reactionary campaign from both candidates.
By Andre Damon, 18 December 2017
As Congress rushes to pass a tax bill that will transfer trillions of dollars to the financial oligarchy, it is becoming impossible to overlook the all-pervasive scale of social inequality in the United States.
By Barry Grey, 16 December 2017
The $1.5 trillion tax cut will dramatically expand the transfer of wealth and income in America from the bottom to the top.
By Joseph Kishore, 16 December 2017
With the initial shock of the campaign beginning to wane, opposition is emerging from some of those targeted, including PBS personality Tavis Smiley.
“The rich people are not going to do anything for us”
University of Puerto Rico students speak on inequality and the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria
By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 16 December 2017
Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a WSWS reporting team spoke to students at the island’s only public university about the ongoing crisis and the way forward for workers and youth.
By Naomi Spencer, 16 December 2017
After three homicides in the span of as many hours Thursday night, the city at the heart of West Virginia’s heroin epidemic stands on the verge of military occupation.
By Norisa Diaz, 16 December 2017
According to a Department of Homeland Security report, inhumane treatment, lack of health, food, and safety provisions are rampant at both government and for-profit detention centers.
Build a committee to oppose Oakland school cuts! For a socialist program to expand public education!
By the Socialist Equality Party (US), 16 December 2017
Workers must reject the entire framework of austerity and fight for the broadest expansion of public education, through the independent political mobilization of the entire working class.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 16 December 2017
Roughly 500 people attended the latest board meeting to protest the budget cuts, expressing the deep support for public education within Oakland’s working class.
By Julie Hyland, 16 December 2017
In a modern day-twist to the “white man’s burden”, NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg and actress Angelina Jolie advocate the fight for “cultural change” and “gender equality” through the barrel of a gun.
“The island has been turned upside down since the storm”
By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 14 December 2017
Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria made landfall a WSWS reporting team spoke to residents in San Sebastian, Puerto about the discrepancy between official news reports of the island’s recovery and the actual conditions they face.
By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2017
Following the Alabama election and the defeat of Roy Moore, the Democrats are intensifying their campaign against Trump based on allegations of sexual misconduct and anti-Russia hysteria.
By Niles Niemuth, 14 December 2017
Trump announced that a deal had been reached on a bill that will slash $1.5 trillion in taxes and provide another major windfall for the rich and large corporations.
By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2017
African-American voters and young people, along with residents in upscale suburban areas, provided the biggest margins against Republican Roy Moore.
“Ford and big companies don’t care if you live or not”
By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 14 December 2017
A coroner ruled that Ivan Bridgewater, 41, died of blunt force trauma under still unexplained circumstances.
By Nick Beams, 14 December 2017
While she dismissed the impact of bitcoin on the financial system, Yellen was reminded by one questioner that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, had said in 2007 that the sub-prime bubble would have no broader effects.
By Ed Hightower, 14 December 2017
The high court’s inaction means that employers in most states can openly discriminate against homosexuals without consequences under federal law.
By Hector Cordon, 14 December 2017
An effort has begun to shift the city’s response toward the homeless crisis to a more open policy of criminalization.
By David North, 9 December 2017
Working people should steer clear of the right-wing “Me Too” campaign.
By Dan Conway, 9 December 2017
As the fires continue, the Trump administration is pushing for cuts in fire prevention and Democratic Governor Brown is imposing pension cuts on firefighters.
By Trévon Austin, 9 December 2017
Anne Marie Buerkle has a long history of voting against penalizing companies that violate safety regulations.
By George Gallanis, 9 December 2017
Body-cam footage of the killing shows Daniel Shaver begging for his life and crawling on his knees before being shot five times by an Arizona police officer.
By Daniel de Vries, 9 December 2017
The jail term is a rare exception to the rule of carte blanche for police violence.
By Riksen Stewart and Roger Jordan, 9 December 2017
Kenney has pledged to implement a 20 percent cut in public spending and signalled that a UCP government would freeze or partially roll back the provincial minimum wage.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2017
There are powerful sections of the ruling class that want to push Trump out, and with Flynn they appear to have obtained plenty of ammunition.
By Roger Jordan, 2 December 2017
References to a negotiated settlement are for public consumption alone, with the Trudeau government well aware that a conflict on the Korean peninsula is deeply unpopular.
US federal prosecutors rely on ultra-right propagandist group’s recordings in trial of inauguration day protesters
By Nick Barrickman, 2 December 2017
The federal government’s use of material from Project Veritas in its case against anti-Trump demonstrators further signifies the Trump administration’s reliance on far-right forces.
By Evan Blake, 2 December 2017
Students registered opposition to the suppression of free speech and militarization of police by signing a petition and joining the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.
WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor on December 5
2 December 2017
David Walsh, arts editor of the WSWS, will be speaking at a meeting on December 5 to discuss the impact and influence of the Russian Revolution on art and culture, and its meaning today.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 18 November 2017
The Trudeau government’s support for Spain’s suppression of the Catalan independence referendum makes clear it would be ready to use similar methods to uphold the integrity of the Canadian state.
By Kate Randall, 18 November 2017
A state district judge called the case against Wilbert Jones “weak, at best,” and said authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated him in 1974.
By Dylan Lubao, 18 November 2017
The trade union-backed Liberals of Premier Kathleen Wynne have introduced strikebreaking legislation to end a five-week-long strike by 12,000 community college faculty.
By Andre Damon, 18 November 2017
The tax bill passed by the US House of Representatives Thursday marks a new milestone in the transformation of the United States into an oligarchy.
Amanda Hess and Manohla Dargis on the Weinstein-Spacey-Louis C.K. affairs
By David Walsh, 18 November 2017
The newspaper has been at the forefront of the scandal over sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, which has now been extended into the political arena.
By Barry Grey, 11 November 2017
The tax plans are designed to widen the gap between the very rich and everybody else.
By Evan Blake, 11 November 2017
If the bill becomes law, Amazon will be providing hundreds of thousands of CIA agents, military personnel, prosecutors, and immigration agents with their pencils, desks, and chairs.
Another decisive repudiation
By Shannon Jones, 11 November 2017
The vote against the UAW took place in an area that was once noted for worker militancy and the scene of pitched class battles.
By Sheila Brehm, 11 November 2017
Last Tuesday’s mayoral election in Flint was marked by mass abstention after three-and-a-half years of an ongoing lead water crisis.
By Dylan Lubao, 11 November 2017
Making use of Ontario’s reactionary labour laws, college administrators are forcing 12,000 striking faculty to vote on a “final offer” that addresses none of the workers’ demands.
By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2017
Appearing on national television, Donna Brazile, the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, told Clinton loyalists who denounced her revelations to “Go to hell.”
By Trévon Austin, 6 November 2017
Officials say nearly everyone inside the church was injured, including children and pregnant women.
“We are treated like garbage, like we are disposable”
By a WSWS reporting team, 6 November 2017
All workers confront stressful conditions at the factory, where the workday is 10 hours, and the UAW has long collaborated with the FCA bosses to cut wages and increase production.
Temp work past the age of retirement
By Evan Blake, 6 November 2017
Every year, Amazon hires thousands of temporary workers in their 50s, 60s and 70s to carry out backbreaking labor during the holiday season.
By Alan Gilman, 6 November 2017
The al-Nashiri case underscores the mockery being made of the Bill of Rights through the Military Commissions hearings at Guantanamo Bay.
By Therese Leclerc, 6 November 2017
Approximately 28,000 undocumented adults and children live in the region worst affected by the flames. But they do not qualify for federal aid.
By Eric London, 4 November 2017
Workers need workplace and neighborhood committees to advance their interests against the massive corporations that dictate the policies of the government and control the unions.
By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2017
A new book by Donna Brazile confirms charges by supporters of Bernie Sanders that the Democratic National Committee took sides against him in the primaries.
“This is one smart guy”
By Jerry White, 4 November 2017
For over six months, the AFT president sought to conceal her meeting with Trump’s fascistic aide who was at the time the top White House strategist.
In part due to Trump sabotage
By Kate Randall, 4 November 2017
The most vulnerable population group will be households—as many as 2 million people—that are ineligible for subsidies.
“The sad thing is that there are so many people like me in that system”
By Nick Barrickman, 4 November 2017
Watson has been denied the right to sue for damages incurred while he was illegally imprisoned by ICE for over three years.
By Michael Walters and Alexander Fangmann, 4 November 2017
The sudden shutdown of the popular local news websites illustrates the dangers posed by the financial aristocracy’s control over the media and the internet.
After ultimatum and threats of job loss
By George Marlowe, 4 November 2017
After the school district of Palatine, Illinois issued an ultimatum to striking support staff, their union sent them back to work without a contract.
By Daniel de Vries, 4 November 2017
A grand jury indicted two NYPD detectives this week on 50 counts of kidnapping and raping a teenage woman while she was handcuffed in a police van.
By Warren Duzak, 4 November 2017
Years in advance of a toxic warehouse blaze that forced mass evacuations and sickened scores of Parkersburg residents, local fire officials had attempted to sound the alarm about the hazards.
Anti-Russia hearings in the US:
By Andre Damon, 2 November 2017
Wednesday's testimony made clear the social media giants are being required to act as a proxy of the US government, to muzzle its critics and political opponents.
By Sandy English, 2 November 2017
Right-wing Republicans have called for Trump to dispense with legal protections for the suspect, who is a legal US resident entitled to full constitutional rights.
By Robert Verdine, 2 November 2017
David Bivins is suing for wrongful arrest, assault and battery, negligence, and slander following a brutal attack in a grocery store parking lot by an off-duty police officer.
By Tom Mackaman, 2 November 2017
Retired Marine General John Kelly’s comments resuscitate a reactionary interpretation that denies the Civil War’s historical necessity.
By Andre Damon, 28 October 2017
On the same day that Congress moved forward on nearly $6 trillion in tax cuts to the super-rich, the Trump administration declined to allocate any funds to address the opioid crisis.
By Barry Grey, 28 October 2017
The documents released on Thursday make clear that both the FBI and the CIA were well aware of Oswald’s activities and were closely tracking him in the period leading up to the assassination.
By Jerry White, 28 October 2017
The alleged suicide of Jacoby Hennings at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping plant has generated widespread sympathy along with anger over the cruel conditions facing young workers.
By Trévon Austin, 28 October 2017
The move sets a chilling precedent, giving Twitter the ability to decide which news outlets are allowed to promote their content, limiting free speech and freedom of the press online.
By Kate Randall, 28 October 2017
Seema Verma sees the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare as having extended coverage to millions of low-income Americans who should not be getting government-sponsored health insurance.
By Carl Bronski, 28 October 2017
The strike did not fail to achieve its goals due to a lack of readiness among GM workers to fight, but because it was sabotaged by Unifor with its pro-corporate and nationalist agenda.
By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2017
A young part-time temporary worker at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping Plant who was facing disciplinary charges apparently took his own life Friday.
By Gabriel Black, 21 October 2017
The resolution helps procedurally prepare for the passage of a dramatic cut in taxes for business and for the financial elite.
By Isaac Finn, 21 October 2017
Pompeo’s statements reflect the sentiments of a large section of the political establishment and intelligence communities.
By Fred Mazelis, 21 October 2017
Richard Spencer shut down his program 30 minutes ahead of schedule after confronting opponents who vastly outnumbered neo-fascists in the audience.
By Shelley Connor, 21 October 2017
Some pharmacologists have suggested that as many as one in four executions where midazolam is used are botched.
By Laurent Lafrance, 21 October 2017
Aping the chauvinist hard-right, Trudeau is claiming that the Edmonton attack indicates Canada’s refugee system needs to be made more restrictive.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 October 2017
The callous and reactionary response of the Trump White House to the anguish of the family of a US soldier killed in Niger is of a piece with the deep-going militarization of the US government.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 13 October 2017
The collapse of NAFTA would mark a new stage in the eruption of 1930s-style “beggar they neighbor” trade conflicts.
By Jerry White, 7 October 2017
Unifor is using CAMI workers as pawns in their maneuvers with the Canadian and US governments over renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
By Rafael Azul, 7 October 2017
The current hurricane season in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico is proving to be one of the most destructive on record.
By Trévon Austin, 7 October 2017
A new mandate revokes the requirement for companies and organizations that claim religious or moral objections to provide birth control.
By Norisa Diaz, 7 October 2017
Democrats downplay tension on immigration as ICE head threatens to split families up and conduct warrantless arrests in California.
A week on America’s death row
By Kate Randall, 7 October 2017
Michael Lambrix was executed Thursday night in Florida, while Jeffrey Borden was issued a last-minute state of execution in Alabama.
By Roger Jordan, 7 October 2017
Singh’s elevation to the position of party leader was greeted with enthusiasm by the corporate-controlled media, reflecting the fact that he was the preferred candidate of the most right-wing elements among Canada’s social democrats.
Inequality and the American oligarchy
By Eric London, 7 October 2017
New data from the Federal Reserve reveal the extraordinary growth of social inequality within minority populations, which forms the basis of the identity politics of the upper-middle class.
Peruvian miners launch national strike amid walkouts by doctors and teachers
25 July 2017
The Peruvian government has responded to the strike of miners against brutal working conditions by declaring the walkout illegal.
By Roger Jordan, 21 July 2017
Washington intends to use the talks to extract concessions from corporate America’s Canadian and Mexican rivals and to forge a US-led trade bloc to confront its global rivals.
By Roger Jordan, 22 May 2017
The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing its “America first” agenda, renegotiating the agreement as economic protectionism grows around the world.
By Genevieve Leigh, 22 December 2016
A massive chain-reaction explosion erupted at one of the largest fireworks markets in the country in Tultepec, just north of the capital.
By Carl Bronski, 8 September 2016
The selection of GM is a signal to the Detroit automakers that Unifor is set to negotiate deals that attack the wages and benefits of autoworkers and bolster corporate profits.
By Janet Browning, 5 August 2016
The economic slump brought on by the oil price collapse has increased poverty rates, food insecurity and homelessness.
By Roger Jordan, 4 June 2016
Under Security Certificates, anyone who is not a citizen can be detained indefinitely on the government’s say-so and with the detainee having no right to see the evidence against them.
By Roger Jordan, 12 May 2016
While the fire is now reportedly contained, the authorities have said it will be another two weeks before they can say when the 90,000 it has displaced can return to the Fort McMurray area.
By Roger Jordan, 6 May 2016
The vast wealth extracted from the Fort McMurray area stands in striking contrast with the paltry resources the authorities have mobilized to tackle the wildfire and assist the displaced.
By Laurent Lafrance, 19 April 2016
Québec Solidaire leader Francoise David has said her party “would perhaps be in power together” with the big business PQ had the latter implemented proportional representation.
By Roger Jordan, 8 April 2016
Pseudo-left groups like Fightback and the Socialist Caucus shamelessly distort, falsify and lie about the political record, social composition, and class orientation of the NDP.
By Carl Bronski, 25 March 2016
An arch-right winger, notorious for his ignorance and appeals to prejudice, Ford was used by the big business elite to push the city’s politics sharply to the right.
By Carl Bronski, 18 March 2016
Leaders of the Pimicikamak Cree First Nation in Northern Manitoba have declared a state of emergency after the sixth suicide of a young person in three months.
By a correspondent, 11 March 2016
The United Steelworkers and the Democratic Party have responded with nationalist demagogy, blaming China for “illegal dumping” of steel products on the US market.
8 March 2016
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature
By Roger Jordan, 26 February 2016
A Socialist Project article bemoans the Liberals’ success in donning a “progressive” guise, but is completely silent on the unions’ and NDP’s role in fashioning it.
After tiny tax hike
By Roger Jordan, 19 February 2016
The Globe fears even the most limited and dishonest appeal to antiestablishment feeling could fuel social anger and inadvertently trigger social opposition.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 2 February 2016
Quebec public sector workers face a political struggle. In rejecting the sellout agreement touted by the inter-union Common Front, they will be challenging the austerity program of the entire ruling elite.
By Roger Jordan, 27 January 2016
Even as Trudeau enthused over Canada’s “financial stability,” the country’s economy was being roiled by plummeting oil prices and the rapid depreciation of the Canadian dollar.