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COVID-19 infections skyrocket in American prisons

By Sam Dalton, 19 June 2020

With coronavirus cases doubling in one month, US prisoners are at growing risk of infection and death.

CIA acknowledges its trove of cyber warfare tools was exposed by WikiLeaks in 2017

By Kevin Reed, 19 June 2020

Portions of an internal CIA report on the 2017 exposure have been released by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Frontier Communications executives receive bonuses with firm in bankruptcy

By Mark Witkowski, 19 June 2020

A U.S bankruptcy judge in late May approved $37.7 million in bonuses for executives at Frontier Communications corporation as the telecommunications firm navigates its way through Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

One month after the reopening: COVID-19 rips through US states and workplaces

By Jerry White, 19 June 2020

US meatpacking plants, auto factories and other large workplaces have been a major vector for the spread of the deadly disease.

SEP candidates Kishore and Santa Cruz file federal lawsuit challenging ballot access laws in Michigan

By Socialist Equality Party (US), 19 June 2020

Michigan’s ballot access requirements for independent candidates for president and vice-president force the SEP to collect tens of thousands of physical signatures, which is impossible during the global coronavirus pandemic.

The UAW’s Juneteenth stunt

By Jerry White and Tom Hall, 19 June 2020

If the UAW has suddenly "discovered" its opposition to discrimination, it is only in order to use race in order to divert workers' anger along harmless, officially sanctioned forms of protests.

Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant promotes local police reform, Democratic Party politics

By Julio Patron and Kayla Costa, 19 June 2020

Insisting that the police can be drastically reformed within the framework of capitalism, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant conceals the fundamental character of the police as an arm of the capitalist state.

Fed boosts support for stock market by expanding corporate debt purchases

By Nick Beams, 17 June 2020

Fed chairman Jerome Powell said it would take some time before employment and economic activity returned to pre-pandemic levels.

More than 40 percent of all US deaths from COVID-19 are in nursing homes

By Benjamin Mateus, 17 June 2020

A report published Tuesday says that there were 51,000 COVID-19 deaths among residents of US nursing homes and extended care facilities.

New Mexico protester wounded by far-right shooter

By Jacob Crosse, 17 June 2020

Encouraged by President Trump and working in concert with local police departments, far-right elements have been allowed to attack and intimidate peaceful protesters across the country.

Voices of young protesters: Police violence, COVID-19 and the 2020 elections

By our reporters, 17 June 2020

The young people expressed concern over attacks on democratic rights, the acute economic distress facing youth, and imperialist war among other issues.

Massachusetts educators protest layoffs and sweeping cuts to public education

By Will McCalliss and Evan Blake, 17 June 2020

On Monday, educators from across Massachusetts held a rally to protest the devastating budget cuts and job losses, which are hitting over 50 school districts across the state.

UAW, federal prosecutors announce talks over corruption scandal

By Tom Hall, 17 June 2020

Whatever the friction between the US Attorney’s office and the UAW, both share as their central aim the suppression of the rising tide of opposition among autoworkers.

Police violence and class rule

By Niles Niemuth and Joseph Kishore, 17 June 2020

What is absent from all of the media commentary on police violence, let alone the statements from bourgeois politicians, is any examination of what the police are and their relationship to capitalist society.

SEP launches petition to appear on the presidential ballot in Illinois

17 June 2020

Supporters of the SEP are fighting to gather 5,000 electronic signatures to place Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz on the ballot for the general election in November.

An interview with Dr. Mona Masood, founder of the Physician Support Line

By Kate Randall, 17 June 2020

The WSWS spoke to Dr. Mona Masood about her experience setting up a support line of psychiatrists serving the mental health needs of physicians during the coronavirus pandemic.

Washington Post op-ed calls for news media to censor videos of police brutality

By Nick Barrickman, 17 June 2020

ESPN journalist and University of Maryland Professor Kevin Blackistone has called for the removal of videos of police killings on the grounds that they “dehumanize” black men.

Protests erupt in Atlanta, Georgia after police fatally shoot fleeing man

By Matthew MacEgan, 15 June 2020

The Atlanta police chief resigned after officers killed Rayshard Brooks in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant Friday night.

Thousands protest over suspicious hanging deaths of two black men in southern California

By Rafael Azul, 15 June 2020

Protesters rallied in Palmdale, California on Saturday demanding answers in the death of Robert Fuller, a 24-year-old black worker found hanging from a tree outside City Hall.

Residents protest after woman dies in police custody in Harper Woods, Michigan

By Kathleen Martin, 15 June 2020

Priscilla Slater was found unresponsive in a holding cell in Harper Woods on the east side of Detroit this week amid international protests against police brutality.

Washington, DC’s Democratic mayor renames city street “Black Lives Matter Plaza”

By Dmitri Church and Nick Barrickman, 15 June 2020

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s co-option of the slogan as protests surge throughout the US and internationally is an attempt to cover up the record of the Democratic Party.

Maquiladora workers demand release of labor lawyer arrested in Matamoros, Mexico

By Andrea Lobo, 15 June 2020

Despite our sharp political differences with Susan Prieto, the World Socialist Web Site unequivocally opposes the arrest of the labor lawyer and demands her immediate release.

140 Trump admin sanctions ICC officials

15 June 2020

Fascistic candidates gain in Republican Party

By Patrick Martin, 15 June 2020

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s campaign produced an ad last week in which she brandished an assault rifle and warned “antifa” demonstrators to “stay the hell out of northwest Georgia.”

Over 1.4 million US education jobs slashed in April and May

By Evan Blake, 15 June 2020

The massive education-related job losses will in many cases be permanent, with devastating repercussions for both educators and an entire generation of students.

Facing anger over budget cuts and early reopening, Detroit school officials promote racial politics

By Mitch Marcus and Phyllis Steele, 15 June 2020

The Detroit Public Schools Community District called a march and rally for “Equality and Justice for All” on June 11 that attracted 2,000 teachers, parents and students.

Detroit literacy case ends with no legal precedent for the right to an education

By J. Cooper, 15 June 2020

The US Sixth District Court of Appeals allowed the settlement of the “right to read” case in Detroit to stand while vacating the legal precedent.

191 Chicago grad students break with AFT

15 June 2020

The protests against police murder: The way forward

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 15 June 2020

The fight against police violence must be connected to the struggles of the working class, in the United States and internationally, against inequality, war and the capitalist system.

US Navy deploys three aircraft carriers to Pacific against China

By Peter Symonds, 13 June 2020

The deployments underscore the strategic shift by the Pentagon from the so-called “war on terror” to great power competition that heightens the danger of conflict between nuclear-armed powers.

As nationwide protests continue

Trump steps up provocations and threats of military force

By Jacob Crosse, 13 June 2020

In a Fox News interview Thursday night, Trump labeled Seattle protesters “terrorists” and threatened to call out the military.

Philadelphia public workers protest poor working conditions and police violence

By Nick Barrickman, 13 June 2020

Sanitation workers and educators took to the streets this week to demonstrate against Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney’s austerity measures and increased funding for the police.

Teacher arrested during protests speaks on social conditions in New York City

By Tim Avery, 13 June 2020

A video interview of Brigette Brantley at a demonstration against police violence recently went viral on social media, accumulating over seven million views on Twitter.

Claiming sympathy for protesters, US tech giants aid police militarization and surveillance

By Kevin Reed, 13 June 2020

Verizon and AT&T are funding a group dedicated to militarizing local police and working with the security state to expand secret warrantless surveillance of the public.

Ontario calls military into another for-profit long-term care facility ravaged by COVID-19

By Matthew Richter, 13 June 2020

The vast majority of the care home deaths have been at for-profit facilities, where wages, staff levels and working conditions are generally even lower.

As US withdraws troops, German politicians, media step up militarist campaign

By Johannes Stern, 13 June 2020

Washington's announcement that 9,500 US soldiers stationed in Germany might be withdrawn has been met with defiant criticism and calls for a more independent German-European military policy.

As pandemic surges, White House presses ahead with back-to-work campaign

By Kate Randall and Andre Damon, 13 June 2020

It is now indisputable that the Trump administration’s campaign to prematurely reopen businesses has led to a surge in COVID-19 infections throughout the United States.

In response to protests over police violence

Sanders opposes “defunding” police, calls for increased pay for cops

By Genevieve Leigh, 13 June 2020

Sanders’ position boils down to an absolute defense of the police, which are an instrument of class rule.

COVID-19 cases spike across the United States

By Jacob Crosse, 12 June 2020

Twelve US states—Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, Delaware and Hawaii—have all seen a 25 percent or more spike in average cases within the last week.

“They treat us like we are slaves”

Detroit Flex-N-Gate workers denounce sweatshop conditions

By J. Cooper, 12 June 2020

Workers are facing intolerable conditions after the reopening of the auto parts plants.

Biggest fall on Wall Street since March meltdown

By Nick Beams, 12 June 2020

The S&P 500 dropped by 5.9 percent after it had risen by 45 percent and returned to previous highs as a result of the boom in stocks following the injection of trillions of dollars into financial markets by the Fed.

“Make no mistake, the union supports ramping up production”

UAW threatens job losses at Ford Kentucky Truck Plant over COVID-19-related absences

By Marcus Day and Jessica Goldstein, 12 June 2020

The UAW’s threats came the same day that Ford’s Chief Operating Officer, Jim Farley, announced that the company expects production to return to pre-pandemic levels by July 6.

Questions persist over official jobless tally

Mass layoffs continue as 1.5 million file new US unemployment claims

By Shannon Jones, 12 June 2020

The continuing historically high weekly numbers of new filings for jobless benefits show that the economy is hemorrhaging jobs, even as workers are being recalled from temporary layoff as states reopen.

National Guard fired the shot that killed David McAtee in Louisville during protest against police violence

By Kevin Reed, 12 June 2020

Laboratory tests have determined that McAtee was shot and killed by a member of the Kentucky National Guard during an assault on protesters last week.

How Canada’s unions and NDP paved way for bill enforcing return to work amid pandemic

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 12 June 2020

The proposed legislation would impoverish and criminalize workers who refuse to risk their lives and those of their families for corporate profit.

Would-be führer Trump steps up coup plotting

By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2020

The president is seeking to manufacture a pretext for violent repression and the establishment of an authoritarian regime in America.

Homecoming, Season 2: The menacing “giant” that is the US military-industrial complex

By David Walsh, 12 June 2020

The second season of Homecoming, the web television series about US corporate-military criminality, premiered on Amazon Prime Video on May 22.

Growing anger among US workers as COVID-19 rips through workplaces

By Tom Hall and Jerry White, 11 June 2020

As plants and factories have become major centers of COVID-19 transmission, meat processing workers in Utah and sanitation workers in Philadelphia have protested to demand safe working conditions.

Young maquiladora factory workers dying in droves in US/Mexico border towns

By Norissa Santa Cruz, 11 June 2020

Defying the myth that COVID-19 primarily kills the elderly, young people who work in US-owned maquiladora factories in border towns such as Tijuana and Juarez are dying at alarming rates.

Debacle in Georgia primary casts doubt on US elections

By Patrick Martin, 11 June 2020

Voters described waits as long as four hours, a lack of machines and precincts running out of ballots.

Massachusetts teacher denounces cuts to Randolph and Brookline schools

By Nancy Hanover, 11 June 2020

A high school teacher in a nearby Massachusetts school district reached out to the World Socialist Web Site to voice his support for the struggle in defense of public education in Randolph and Brookline.

A timeline of abuse by the New York Police Department

By Sam Dalton, 11 June 2020

A peaceful protester arrested in New York City tells the WSWS about her experience

Ten years after the looting of their pension fund:

Canadian Court of Appeal rules against White Birch Paper retirees

By Hugo Maltais, 11 June 2020

The ruling endorses the pulp and paper company’s shredding of workers’ pensions, with the complicity of their union, Unifor.

George Floyd laid to rest as nationwide protests over police violence continue

By Niles Niemuth, 10 June 2020

The murder of Floyd, caught on bystander cellphone video in excruciating detail, has served as a catalyst for the largest nationwide and international outpouring of political opposition in decades.

COVID-19 eruptions increasing in US meatpacking plants, logistics centers

By Shannon Jones, 10 June 2020

As all levels of government abandon any attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, workplaces are increasingly becoming vectors of transmission.

Bridgestone tire defends safety “playbook” as infections rise at Iowa plant

By Jacob Crosse, 10 June 2020

Working with United Steelworkers Local 1301, Bridgestone has continued production despite rising infections among workers and the surrounding community.

COVID-19 spreads in US auto plants as officials hide information from workers

By Jessica Goldstein, 10 June 2020

Three new cases of coronavirus were confirmed among workers at General Motors’ assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri, in recent days.

Forced disappearances of protesters against police violence in Guadalajara

By Andrea Lobo, 10 June 2020

The disappearances happened in the context of demonstrations centered on the police killings of George Floyd in the US and Giovanni López in Mexico.

Bakersfield, California protester dies after being run over by neo-Nazi

By Adam Mclean, 10 June 2020

The driver, Timothy Moore, was defended by police and subsequently released without charge after he rammed Robert Forbes.

Proponents of racial politics react with hostility to multi-racial protests against police murder of George Floyd

By Nick Barrickman, 10 June 2020

Democratic Party officials and their black nationalist supporters have denounced white “outside agitators.”

The fate of international students in the US in the era of COVID-19

By Sam Dalton, 10 June 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic deepens the crisis of American society, US colleges and international students face a precarious future.

A reality check on the ongoing spread of the coronavirus pandemic

By Bryan Dyne, 9 June 2020

More than 400,000 men, women and children have lost their lives from COVID-19 and the lives of countless millions more remain in danger as the number of cases continues to grow.

Thousands pay respects to George Floyd as Minneapolis cop is arraigned on murder charges

By Kevin Reed, 9 June 2020

Protests demanding justice for Floyd and against police violence continued on Monday for the fourteenth day in a row.

Democrats announce toothless police reform bill

By Barry Grey, 9 June 2020

The “Justice in Policing” bill, a collection of minor reforms that has no chance of being passed by the Senate and signed by Trump, is aimed at containing and dissipating mounting social protest.

“Our system is so broken, it needs to be broken down and rebuilt”

Health care workers join mass protests against racism and police violence, and explain why

By Clara Weiss, 9 June 2020

The WSWS spoke to health care workers in Illinois and Kentucky who have joined the protests or are working to organize protests themselves.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette censors accurate reporting of protests against police brutality

By Samuel Davidson, 9 June 2020

The newspaper’s management has barred two black reporters from covering the protests on the grounds they are too sympathetic to the demonstrators.

Across Canada tens of thousands join protests against police violence

By Roger Jordan, 9 June 2020

Whilst the trigger for the demonstrations was the brutal police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protesters emphasized that police violence and racism are similarly rampant in Canada.

Health care worker layoffs surge in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota

By Gary Joad, 9 June 2020

Essentia Health of Duluth, Minnesota, is engaging in job destruction to cover the impact of the pandemic on its bottom line and the losses incurred with the nosedive of a building project.

35,000 sign petition to provide full funding to Randolph schools in Massachusetts

By Evan Blake and Will McCalliss, 9 June 2020

Randolph Public School District, in the Greater Boston, Massachusetts region, has laid off all of their arts, music, and PE teachers, resulting in a mass outcry.

New York Times editor James Bennet resigns over fascist op-ed

By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2020

The last straw was the publication of a column by Senator Tom Cotton calling for military intervention to suppress the protests against police violence.

Millions march in cities and towns in every part of the US to oppose racism and police violence

By Kevin Reed, 8 June 2020

The demonstrations over the weekend to protest the police murder of George Floyd, among the biggest nationwide mobilizations of workers and youth in US history, signaled a new stage in the movement of the American working class.

Trump, Barr continue threat to deploy military against nationwide protests

By Barry Grey, 8 June 2020

The political situation in the US remains on a knife edge as Trump’s fascistic cabal continues to plot against the Constitution.

Buffalo, New York mayor protects police in attack on 75-year-old

By Jacob Crosse, 8 June 2020

The Democratic mayor’s comments follow another week of vicious police assaults against peaceful protesters across the country.

Police killing of Giovanni López sparks protests, political crisis in Mexico

By Evan Winters, 8 June 2020

Protests broke out in Guadalajara and Mexico City after footage surfaced of the brutal arrest of López, who died of his wounds the next day, for not wearing a COVID-19 facemask.

Bolsonaro government attempted to censor Brazil’s coronavirus case count and death toll

By Bryan Dyne, 8 June 2020

There are now more than 7 million officially confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, an increase of one million cases in nine days, and more than 400,000 dead.

“The cops have no concern for the people they’re shooting at”

Amazon workers declare support for mass protests as management imposes pay cut

By Tom Carter, 8 June 2020

Amazon workers expressed solidarity with the protests, even as the company, which provides facial recognition software to police departments, feigned concern over racism and inequality.

Reopening of New York City threatens a new surge in transit worker deaths

By Sam Dalton and Daniel de Vries, 8 June 2020

Transit workers fear that 130 deaths in their ranks is just the beginning

New Jersey health department whistleblowers’ letter highlights criminality of state’s pandemic response

By Erik Schreiber, 8 June 2020

A letter by anonymous officials makes clear that thousands of deaths were the result of deliberate policy decisions.

Trump confers with Modi over explosive India-China border dispute

By Shuvu Batta and Keith Jones, 8 June 2020

Intensifying the US strategic offensive against China, the Trump administration has publicly sided with India, and is goading New Delhi on in its border standoff with Beijing.

Quebec unions and government conspire behind the backs of health and education workers

By Laurent Lafrance and Richard Dufour, 8 June 2020

Quebec’s public sector unions fully accept the austerity financial framework dictated by the right-wing CAQ government and are stepping up their efforts to impose another sellout contract.

Encouraged by Trump, police rampage leaves protesters dead and wounded across the US

By Jacob Crosse, 6 June 2020

Demonstrators have been teargassed, pepper sprayed, shot with rubber bullets and beanbags, and beaten by rampaging police.

“He is trying to be a dictator and he can’t be allowed to be one”

US autoworkers denounce police violence, Trump’s moves to impose military dictatorship

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 June 2020

The multi-ethnic, multi-racial protests against the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis have evoked widespread sympathy among autoworkers.

“I didn’t receive one warning”

Protester explains how he was brutally assaulted by Secret Service officials in Washington, D.C.

By Nick Barrickman, 6 June 2020

The demonstrator explained how federal officials provoked and then assaulted peaceful demonstrators outside the White House last weekend as protests against police brutality swept the country.

Police kill unarmed 22-year-old man in Vallejo, California

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 6 June 2020

Sean Monterrosa was on his knees with his hands held up when police officers shot five bullets into him through the windshield of their unmarked cruiser.

Workers in Detroit and across Michigan support anti-police violence protests

By Stephen Fuller and Kevin Reed, 6 June 2020

Michigan workers, including 200 health care workers from Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield, demonstrated against police violence this week.

Trump hails dubious May jobless report to boost stock market, back-to-work drive

By Shannon Jones, 6 June 2020

An unexpected decline in the unemployment rate in May is being used by the White House to declare the pandemic-fueled economic crisis over.

Mass protests erupt across Canada against police brutality and Trump

By our reporters, 6 June 2020

Protesters denounce Canadian police brutality and racism, following the US police murder of George Floyd.

US colleges and universities continue jobs bloodbath as they press to open in the fall

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 June 2020

Colleges and universities are responding to severe budget shortfalls with mass layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts.

Plummeting vaccinations in the US and globally put millions of children at risk

By Katy Kinner, 6 June 2020

WHO experts warn that at least 80 million of the world’s children under the age of one are at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio due to a massive decrease in routine immunizations.

The police murder of George Floyd sparks mass protests throughout the world

By Thomas Scripps, 6 June 2020

Hundreds of thousands of people have joined demonstrations in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

New York Times in crisis over op-ed backing military takeover

By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2020

In publishing a fascistic diatribe by Senator Tom Cotton, headlined, “Send in the troops,” the Times editorial page tacitly sided with a military takeover of the United States.

Austin, Texas police critically injure young protesters with “less lethal” beanbag rounds

By Matthew Taylor, 5 June 2020

College student Justin Howell was hospitalized on Sunday with a fractured skull and brain damage after being shot in the head while participating in a demonstration against police violence.

Protesters defy Trump’s threats, expand nationwide movement against police killings

By Jacob Crosse, 3 June 2020

Curfews, mass arrests and police terror have not quelled the powerful movement of youth and workers of all races and ethnicities in response to the police murder of George Floyd.

Democratic Governor Whitmer lifts major COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan

By Kevin Reed, 3 June 2020

The announcement rescinds the stay-at-home order, along with a series of other restrictions even though most of the state remains in the “flattening” phase of the pandemic.

Canadian farm and industrial worksites become new coronavirus hotspots

By Carl Bronski, 3 June 2020

The reckless back-to-work drive across Canada is already producing new outbreaks of the potentially deadly coronavirus.

Canada’s governments ignored 2006 pandemic preparedness report

By Dylan Lubao, 3 June 2020

The 550-page “Canadian Pandemic Influenza Plan for the Health Sector” is further proof that the COVID-19 pandemic was both foreseeable and foreseen.

Microsoft to replace MSN news production workers with artificial intelligence

By Mike Ingram, 3 June 2020

Dozens of workers will be replaced with artificial intelligence software that will automatically select content and manage news production.

Democrats cover for Trump’s coup d’état

By Andre Damon, 3 June 2020

In contrast to the heroism of the demonstrators, the Democrats have responded to Trump’s dictatorial measures with their typical display of fecklessness, cowardice and complicity.

Thousands of retail jobs eliminated in Sprint and T-Mobile telecom merger

By Kevin Reed, 2 June 2020

The merger of the wireless carriers Sprint and T-Mobile has already resulted in the loss of 6,000 retail jobs as the combined firm is moving aggressively to close down as many as 2,000 Metro prepaid phone stores across the country.

Protests in Louisville continue day after local restaurant owner killed

By Jerry White, 2 June 2020

Claims that David McAtee was killed after police and National Guard troops “returned fire” from protesters fell apart after the Louisville mayor declared there was no body camera footage of the incident.