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Trump stages visit to Iraq amid mounting crisis over Syria troop withdrawal

By Bill Van Auken, 27 December 2018

The surprise visit appeared aimed at mollifying sections of the military-intelligence apparatus and reasserting Trump's commitment to US militarism in the Middle East.

Federal workers thrown into crisis by US government shutdown

By Barry Grey, 27 December 2018

In this cynical charade between the Democrats and Republicans, hundreds of thousands of federal workers and millions of family members and dependents are being used as pawns.

“I decided that something was wrong with the world and not me”

College loan debt and the life of an adjunct professor

By Nancy Hanover, 27 December 2018

An adjunct community college professor speaks to the WSWS about the impossible situation faced by so many college instructors.

Residents defend immigrant workers after ICE raids Indiana restaurants, arrests five

By Michael Walters, 27 December 2018

Over 100 people rallied last week in Portage, Indiana to support the workers who had been detained earlier this month.

The death of Felipe Alonzo-Gómez: A crime of US imperialism

By Eric London, 27 December 2018

The eight-year-old immigrant died in US custody after fleeing from Nentón, Guatemala, close to where a horrific massacre took place in 1982 during the country’s civil war.

Moon targeted for further exploration, orbiting space stations and militarization

By Henry Allan and Bryan Dyne, 27 December 2018

The development of the Lunar Gateway cannot be seen outside the context of the plan to create a “Space Force” as the sixth branch of the US military and the growing militarization of space in general.

800,000 US federal workers hit by partial government shutdown

By Barry Grey, 22 December 2018

The shutdown is part of a move by Trump to counter mounting political and legal threats by appealing for popular support outside of the normal two-party channels, including among fascistic elements of his base.

The resignation of General Mattis and America’s crisis of class rule

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2018

The panic and hysteria over the resignation of the former Marine Corps general reflects a deep-going crisis within the US ruling establishment.

Trump administration tightens work requirements for food stamps

By Trévon Austin, 22 December 2018

An estimated 755,000 individuals aged between 18 and 49 will lose food stamp benefits over the next three years if the US Department of Agriculture rule is implemented.

Fed attempt at calming markets fails

Wall Street plunge continues

By Nick Beams, 22 December 2018

Both the S&P and the Dow are on track for their worst December performance since December 1931, during the Great Depression.

“Amazon ruined my life”

Amazon hired private detectives to spy on injured worker

By Tom Hall, 22 December 2018

Having denied surgery for Michelle Quinones’s wrist injury, Amazon’s workers compensation administrator Sedgwick hired private investigators to spy on and harass Michelle.

Echoing Trump, Unifor pleads for GM to cut Mexican auto jobs

By Carl Bronski, 22 December 2018

For decades, Unifor and the UAW have pitted workers against each other, helping the automakers to whip-saw jobs, wages, pensions and benefits back and forth across borders in a never-ending race to the bottom.

UPS worker dies of heart attack; UPS Freight lays off part-timers over holidays

Workplace nightmare after Teamsters sellout

By Will Morrow, 22 December 2018

Peak season is the most profitable of the year and UPS earns billions in profits on the back of countless workers’ broken bones, ripped fingers and deaths.

Behind the epidemic of police killings in America: Class, poverty and race

Part three

By Benjamin Mateus, 22 December 2018

A statistical analysis of every police killing in the United States during 2017 demonstrates that socio-economic class, not race, plays the most decisive role.

Trump’s Syrian withdrawal order sparks political firestorm in Washington

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2018

The announcement follows discussions between Trump and Erdogan, who has threatened to send Turkish troops into the northeastern Syrian region where US troops are based.

US media demands stepped-up domestic spying over Russian “meddling”

New York Times: Back to the good days before Edward Snowden!

By Andre Damon, 20 December 2018

In a revealing comment, the New York Times argues that the present hysteria over Russian “subversion” can roll back the impact of Edward Snowden’s revelation of illegal mass government surveillance.

Sharp fall on Wall Street in response to Fed interest rate decision

By Nick Beams, 20 December 2018

The Dow fell on the announcement of the rate increase and then dropped even further as Fed chairman Jerome Powell addressed a news conference, with traders reportedly yelling “Stop this guy talking.”

The New York Times targets McKinsey for doing business with China and Russia

By Peter Symonds, 20 December 2018

The article’s overriding purpose is not to expose the collusion of American companies with autocrats, but rather to ensure that they march in lockstep with the US war drive against China and Russia.

At meeting on GM plant closings, DSA covers for UAW and Democrats

By Jerry White, 20 December 2018

Congresswoman-elect Tlaib and the other speakers accepted GM's destruction of jobs as an accomplished fact.

Trump intervenes on behalf of confessed war criminal Mathew Golsteyn

By Niles Niemuth, 20 December 2018

Trump described Golsteyn as a “US military hero” several days after the Pentagon announced it was charging him for the premeditated murder of an Afghan man in 2010.

US Senate passes bipartisan criminal justice bill

By John Burton, 20 December 2018

The First Step Act will have only a marginal impact on the brutal and overcrowded US prison system.

Steelworker killed at plant in Granite City, Illinois

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 December 2018

The death of Roy Evans at American Steel Foundry is an indictment of cost-cutting by the corporations and the complicity of the unions.

Columbia College faculty union convenes secret tribunal to discipline members

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 December 2018

The leadership of the Columbia College Chicago’s part-time faculty union has convened a special committee to discipline members who question the union’s authority.

Ontario Conservatives ban impending power workers’ strike

By Carl Bronski, 20 December 2018

The attack on the power workers comes just three weeks after the federal Liberal government outlawed a campaign of rotating strikes against Canada Post.

Behind the epidemic of police killings in America: Class, poverty and race

Part one

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 December 2018

A statistical analysis of every police killing in the United States during 2017 demonstrates that socio-economic class, not race, plays the most decisive role.

The bicentenary of Frederick Douglass

A leading figure of the anti-slavery struggle

By Fred Mazelis, 20 December 2018

The foremost black Abolitionist escaped slavery as a young man and went on to advise Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War.

Rising homelessness: The reality of life for workers in a “booming” US economy

By Genevieve Leigh, 19 December 2018

A new government report shows that homelessness is on the rise in the United States for the second year in a row.

The working class and the environmental crisis

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2018

It is not “humanity” that is guilty of contributing to climate change or the destruction of the ecosystem. It is the capitalist class.

Central American asylum seekers forced to wait for months at US-Mexico border

By Norisa Diaz, 19 December 2018

WSWS reporters spoke with a number of Honduran immigrants in Tijuana who have fled poverty, extortion, and death threats from gangs in their home country.

Woman convicted for climbing Statue of Liberty to protest Trump’s anti-immigrant policies

By Trévon Austin, 19 December 2018

Therese Patricia Okoumou explained that the treatment of children at the US-Mexico border prompted her to make a brash statement by climbing the monument in New York City.

UPS workers describe company reign of terror in wake of Teamsters sellout

By Will Morrow, 19 December 2018

It is more than two months since the Teamsters union illegitimately ratified a sellout, five-year national labor contract covering a quarter of a million UPS workers.

Police break up Amazon workers’ protest over oppressive conditions

By Anthony Bertolt, 19 December 2018

In the face of a heavy police presence, Amazon workers demonstrated against productivity requirements at Amazon’s Shakopee, Minnesota fulfillment center.

Canada’s media foments anti-China campaign after Meng arrest

By Roger Jordan, 19 December 2018

The Globe and Mail and National Post have welcomed the increased tensions with China that the arrest of the Huawei CFO has provoked.

“I think the whole shipping business is a little corrupt”

Amazon worker wrongfully fired for theft reveals company’s dead-end appeal system

By Nick Barrickman, 18 December 2018

A former employee at Amazon’s BWI-5 facility in Baltimore, Maryland contacted the International Amazon Workers Voice to describe what can only be called a nightmare of corporate red tape at his former employer.

Mass demonstration by Los Angeles teachers

By Dan Conway, 17 December 2018

The demonstration, which involved up to 50,000 protesters, was the latest indication of the resumption of resistance by educators across the US who have been involved in the largest strike wave by teachers in decades.

Democrats, media silent on child’s death at US border

By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2018

The Caal family's attorneys dispute the official account, saying Jakelin was in good health on arrival at the border station, only displaying signs of illness after being held there for eight hours.

Federal judge in Texas rules Affordable Care Act unconstitutional

By Kate Randall, 17 December 2018

The ruling was opposed by healthcare groups and, if upheld, threatens to throw insurance markets into chaos and strip coverage from tens of millions of Americans.

Trump appoints budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff

By Barry Grey, 17 December 2018

The naming of Mulvaney has the character of a circling of the wagons around a narrow core of Trump family members in a legally and politically besieged White House.

New York City school therapists protest for changes to union-backed contract

By Steve Light, 17 December 2018

The action demonstrates, yet again, the determination of teachers to defend their living standards and stop the assault on public education, against the unions' role.

West Virginia: Task force concludes without a “fix” for public workers’ insurance

By Clement Daly, 17 December 2018

Throughout the strike and pro-forma hearings, teachers and public service workers demanded that health care be funded through increased taxes on the state’s oil and gas industry.

Coal mine rescue brings to light desperate social conditions in West Virginia

By Naomi Spencer, 17 December 2018

The tragedy unfolded just a few miles from the scene of the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster, where 29 miners lost their lives in a massive explosion.

Hundreds attend vigil for victims of Youngstown, Ohio house fire

By Samuel Davidson, 17 December 2018

A ceremony was held Saturday evening for the five young children who died after an inferno engulfed their home last week.

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA—Part 3

By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2018

For Hensman, being “moral” means embracing the lies and provocations used to market US wars.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma: Art and struggle

By Rafael Azul, 17 December 2018

Roma is a sensitive portrait of a family breaking apart in the broader context of a social crisis. It follows Cleo, a Mixtec Indian, as she performs her daily chores, which include caring for the family’s four children.

The death of Jackeline Caal: A seven-year-old victim of Trump’s war on immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 15 December 2018

While Democrats denounced the death, they supported equally repressive policies under Obama.

Fighting reported in Yemeni port, despite cease-fire

By Bill Van Auken, 15 December 2018

The renewed fighting in Hodeidah came barely 24 hours after the US- and Saudi-backed Yemeni puppet government and the Houthis signed an agreement in Sweden.

Form rank-and-file committees to advance the fight!

UAW attempts third sellout contract at northwest Indiana Lear auto parts plants

By Marcus Day, 15 December 2018

“The union and company think that by giving us signing bonuses that it’s going to make up for the lack of a pay raise.”

US Navistar workers to vote again on contract after 98 percent “no” vote

By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2018

Workers at the Springfield, Ohio truck plant and several smaller are being asked to vote again after a massive vote to reject a deal negotiated by the United Auto Workers.

Union isolates Cambria hotel workers in Chicago as British Columbia and Los Angeles hotel employees protest

By Michael Walters, 15 December 2018

Hotel workers have been on strike for three months at the Cambria Hotel in Chicago under conditions where the UNITE HERE union has systemically shut down hotel strikes nationally.

Industrial accident claims three lives in Leduc, Alberta

By Penny Smith, 15 December 2018

The industrial tragedy in Leduc is just one among many fatal incidents that occur at worksites across Canada on a daily basis. In 2016, more than 900 workers died on the job.

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA—Part 2

By Alex Lantier, 15 December 2018

Hensman’s arguments tend inescapably in one direction: that US wars have been the main liberating force during the last quarter century.

Trump’s war on immigrants

Nearly 15,000 children held in detention camps across the US

By Niles Niemuth, 14 December 2018

The growth of the child detainee population and the Trump administration’s escalation of workplace raids represent an attack on the entire working class.

Legal noose tightens around Trump

By Barry Grey, 14 December 2018

The guilty pleas by Michael Cohen and the admission of campaign finance violations by the National Enquirer publisher appear to place the president in serious legal jeopardy.

“Five Eyes” intelligence agencies behind drive against Chinese telecom giant Huawei

By Nick Beams, 14 December 2018

An Australian Financial Review report details an “unprecedented campaign” by the members of the network to prevent Huawei supplying equipment for their next-generation wireless networks.

Nightmare odyssey of an American autoworker

A Chrysler worker’s 15-year fight to win her job back

By Shannon Jones, 14 December 2018

After speaking out against sexual harassment on the job, Cordella Minney faced retaliation from management and the United Auto Workers union for a period spanning more than a decade.

North Carolina state election board alleges fraud by Republican campaign aide

By Trévon Austin, 14 December 2018

The fraud is so pervasive that a new election may be required in the Ninth Congressional District.

Over 4,000 Kaiser Permanente mental health workers on limited strike in California

By Kevin Martinez and Kim Saito, 14 December 2018

The National Union of Healthcare Workers is ending the five-day strike tomorrow without resolving workers’ demands for higher wages, more staffing and the restoration of pensions for new-hires.

Julian Assange denounces his illegal detention in Ecuadorian embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 December 2018

The WikiLeaks publisher, whose health appears to be deteriorating, made the comments at a hearing against the Ecuadorian government’s “Special Protocol,” aimed at forcing him into British and US custody.

Los Angeles teachers and the fight for social equality

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 14 December 2018

This statement will be distributed at a mass demonstration of teachers and their supporters in Los Angeles, California on Saturday.

China summons American ambassador over detention of Huawei executive

By Peter Symonds, 10 December 2018

The highly provocative actions of the US are part of the Trump administration’s wider campaign to prevent Chinese corporate giants from challenging American technological supremacy.

Canada-China relations sour after Ottawa kidnaps Huawei executive

By Roger Jordan, 10 December 2018

At the express instructions of the federal Attorney-General, the Crown is arguing Meng Wanzhuo must remain in captivity pending the adjudication of her extradition to the US.

Another house fire erupts in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood

By Benjamin Mateus and Jessica Goldstein, 10 December 2018

The fire, which displaced several families, came less than four months after a house fire in the same area claimed the lives of ten children.

White House turmoil deepens after Kelly firing

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2018

The circle of Trump’s top aides is narrowing to include only his immediate family and those closest to them.

Neo-Nazi convicted for murdering antiracist protester in Charlottesville, Virginia

By Nick Barrickman, 10 December 2018

21-year-old James Fields, Jnr. faces sentencing on Monday, and a looming federal trial for hate crimes. A guilty verdict will carry the possibility of a death sentence.

Oakland, California teachers hold wildcat “sickout”

By Jonathan Burleigh, 10 December 2018

Teachers from over five schools carried out a coordinated “sick out” on Monday to protest low wages and millions of dollars in planned cuts to the district.

Jeffrey Epstein case exposes how US justice works for the rich

By Matthew Taylor, 10 December 2018

The billionaire hedge fund manager avoided human trafficking charges due to his vast wealth and political connections.

Detroit public meeting resolves to organize fight against General Motors plant closures

By Will Morrow, 10 December 2018

The attendees voted unanimously to adopt a resolution calling for the formation of rank-and-file workplace and neighborhood committees to organize a struggle against plant closures.

In name of fighting fascism, ISO promotes class collaboration and Democratic Party

By Kayla Costa, 10 December 2018

In an appeal to form an alliance with the “broadest social layers” against fascism, the International Socialist Organization seeks to subordinate the working class to the corporate-controlled two-party system.

The kidnapping of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou

By Andre Damon, 8 December 2018

Meng’s arrest and confinement—without bail and on tendentious and opaque charges potentially carrying a sentence of 60 years—amount to little more than a kidnapping.

As Dow drops another 560 points

Wall Street Journal warns of stock “stampede”

By Nick Beams, 8 December 2018

The longest bull market in history has rested on the suppression of the class struggle by the trade union bureaucracy, which is breaking apart.

“A serious fightback will only develop through action initiated by the rank-and-file workers”

GM Oshawa workers speak out against plant closure

By A WSWS reporting team, 8 December 2018

WSWS reporters visited GM’s Oshawa plant in Ontario Wednesday to discuss the company’s plan to close the plant and how workers can fight back.

“The fight against plant closures should be seen as a fight of all workers”

Students across the US declare their support for autoworkers

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 8 December 2018

IYSSE members spoke with students around the United States about the struggle of autoworkers against the corporations and trade unions.

In another shot across the White House’s bow

Mueller lauds former Trump lawyer Cohen for providing “useful and relevant” information

By Barry Grey, 8 December 2018

The central concern of the Democrats is to force Trump to assume an even more belligerent and aggressive posture toward Moscow.

Sudden closure of for-profit Education Corporation of America leaves 20,000 students without an education

By Adam Mclean, 8 December 2018

One of the largest for-profit colleges in the United States, ECA abruptly announced this week that they would shut down operations at almost all locations, following their disaccreditation on Tuesday.

New York University faculty defends academic freedom against NYU’s ties to UAE

By Josh Varlin, 8 December 2018

NYU faculty closed a December 3 meeting by overwhelmingly supporting a resolution supporting the creation of an independent faculty committee to defend academic freedom.

Jacobin urges readers to “log off” social media

By Will Morrow, 8 December 2018

An article in Jacobin argues that Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms have become damaging to the health of the population, are “destructive for the left,” and should be done away with.

Debra Ann Washington Miller–A fighter for the working class

January 18, 1952–December 1, 2018

By Helen Halyard, 8 December 2018

It is with great sadness that the World Socialist Web Site reports the recent death of Debra Ann Washington Miller, an active supporter of the Socialist Equality Party in Detroit who played a significant role in mobilizing workers against evictions in the downtown area.

At Washington’s behest

Canada arrests top Chinese executive for “sanctions busting”

By Keith Jones and Roger Jordan, 7 December 2018

The arrest and impending extradition to the US of Meng Wanzhou is a diplomatic and geopolitical provocation that has effectively blown up the US-China trade-war “truce” after less than a week.

Lordstown, Ohio workers condemn GM’s planned factory closures

By our reporters, 7 December 2018

Workers report that the closure of the Lordstown assembly plant will have a devastating impact on an area that has already been hit hard by decades of deindustrialization.

Former US State and Defense Department officials discuss prospects for nuclear war

By J. L'Heureau, 7 December 2018

The Council on Foreign Relations’ forum on “Do Nuclear Weapons Matter” was held against the backdrop of rising global military tensions.

Chicago charter teacher strike continues, as unions announce backing for Democratic machine politician

By Kristina Betinis, 7 December 2018

Acero teachers determined to improve conditions are being isolated from other schools even as the unions use their strike as the backdrop for their political maneuvers.

“Multiple families have been displaced and the city and government, no one has done a damn thing for them”

Three months after Chicago house fire that killed ten children

By George Gallanis and Benjamin Mateus, 7 December 2018

The cause of the fire in the working class Little Village neighborhood remains unknown as victims of the fire struggle to move on.

Hundreds of thousands of low-income New Yorkers excluded from mayor’s affordable housing plan

By Philip Guelpa, 7 December 2018

The plans of both Mayor Bill de Blasio and the comptroller leave the critical shortage of affordable housing in the hands of private developers.

Central American migrants facing horror on US border

By Bill Van Auken, 1 December 2018

The deliberate confinement of thousands of refugees—men, women and children—under desperate conditions is a crime against humanity.

Special counsel, Democrats step up pressure on Trump over Russia, Assange

By Barry Grey, 1 December 2018

This week's moves by Mueller highlight the reactionary character of the Democratic Party's opposition to the right-wing Trump administration.

Three killed, eight injured in high speed US Border Patrol chase in southern California

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 1 December 2018

This latest tragedy must be viewed in the context of the Trump administration’s fascistic attack on immigrants.

Video: Attend the December 9 meeting in Detroit to oppose the GM plant closures!

1 December 2018

GM’s planned closure of five plants in the US and Canada would be a death sentence for Detroit, Youngstown, and Oshawa, Ontario. But workers are organizing a fight back.

Mexico’s Lopez Obrador embraces military on eve of presidential inauguration

By Don Knowland, 1 December 2018

The policies that have been articulated by the incoming president and his team reveal what will be a thoroughly right-wing bourgeois administration.

Locked-out ABI aluminum workers demonstrate in downtown Montreal

By our reporters, 1 December 2018

The steelworkers union has systematically isolated the struggle of the 1,030 locked-out ABI workers, while signaling its willingness to impose concessions and job cuts.

At ABI workers’ protest, USW officials accost and threaten WSWS supporters

By Laurent Lafrance, 1 December 2018

Flanked by other supporters of the Steelworker bureaucracy, Dominic Lemieux, the assistant to the Quebec USW director, accosted and slandered WSWS supporters.

One million dead from suicide, drug overdoses since 2007

Casualties of the social counterrevolution in America

By Eric London, 1 December 2018

The “mortality crisis” is the product of policies of social counterrevolution carried out by both the Democrats and Republicans in collaboration with the trade unions.

General Motors worker on job cuts: “This is all about corporate greed”

Detroit-Hamtramck autoworkers want to fight against plant closures

By our reporters, 28 November 2018

Workers expressed their contempt for the UAW, which did not even bother to turn up at the plant for the first shift since the announcement.

Unifor union pushes nationalist poison over GM Oshawa closure plan

By Carl Bronski, 28 November 2018

After Oshawa GM workers walked out, Unifor officials ordered them back to work and sought to divert opposition with appeals to Trudeau and Trump for tariffs against Mexico.

Taliban attack kills three US soldiers in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 28 November 2018

The attack, which also wounded four Americans, came amid a worsening deterioration of the US position after 17 years of war.

Plead for charity or die: A blunt message from the American health care system

By Nancy Hanover, 28 November 2018

One of the ugly secrets of US medical care—the rationing of life-saving procedures based on ability to pay—was exposed by the recent experiences of a Michigan woman seeking a heart transplant.

Thousands remain homeless after Columbia Gas disaster in Massachusetts

By John Marion, 28 November 2018

More than 5,000 people are still unable to return to their homes after a series of explosions ripped through the Merrimack Valley in September.

A call to action to fight the GM plant closings and mass layoffs

By Jerry White, 28 November 2018

Autoworkers and the working class as a whole cannot accept the “right” of the corporate and financial elite to shut these plants down.

Form rank-and-file committees

Reject the UAW-Lear sellout contract! Unite with GM and other autoworkers in a common fight!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 28 November 2018

The UAW, defying the will of its membership, is forcing a vote on virtually the same rotten deal Lear workers overwhelmingly rejected in October.

In Thanksgiving teleconference, Trump appeals to military against courts, political opponents

By Joseph Kishore, 24 November 2018

In a call with representatives of the five branches of the US Armed Forces, Trump denounced judges for “telling our incredible military and law enforcement what to do.”

Sandra Parks, 13-year-old Milwaukee, Wisconsin writer, killed in home by stray bullet

By Jacob Crosse, 24 November 2018

Parks is the 7th Milwaukee Public School student killed this year via homicide, the 12th child killed by firearms, and the 91st overall homicide in the state’s largest city.