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California: Pension fund brings lawsuit against Compton

By Julien Kiemle, 7 November 2012

The California Public Employees' Retirement System filed a lawsuit against the city of Compton after it stopped paying its contributions to the fund.

Hillary Clinton’s “democracy” for Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2012

Washington’s decision to handpick a new leadership for the Syrian “revolution” is a textbook example of democracy “made in the USA,” or, more precisely, neocolonialism.

One week after Hurricane Sandy, human crisis and class tensions grow

By Fred Mazelis, 6 November 2012

A week after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States, large numbers of storm victims remain without power, heat or a roof over their heads as the cold weather sets in.

The class issues in the 2012 elections

By Joseph Kishore, 6 November 2012

The Socialist Equality Party calls on all its supporters in the US to cast a vote for SEP candidates Jerry White for president and Phyllis Scherrer for vice president in today’s election.

Death penalty and three-strikes law on California ballot

By Alan Gilman, 6 November 2012

Ballot initiatives to abolish the death penalty and to modify the three-strikes law will appear on the California ballot this November.

SEP Midwest regional conference advances socialist alternative in 2012 elections

By our reporter, 6 November 2012

The Socialist Equality Party held its Midwest Regional Conference, Socialism and the 2012 Elections, on November 4 at Wayne State University in Detroit

US presidential campaign comes to an end

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2012

Both Obama and Romney are concealing the reactionary policies they will put into effect in the post-election period.

Millions still without power as temperature nears freezing in Eastern US

By Bill Van Auken, 5 November 2012

The death toll has passed 100 as nearly two million remain without power, as working-class areas are abandoned in the face of the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.

New York’s Staten Island hit with death and destruction

By a reporting team, 5 November 2012

New York City’s borough of Staten Island suffered some of the worst destruction and the highest death toll from Hurricane Sandy

Rochester, N.Y.: Kodak cutting health benefits for 56,000 retirees

By Steve Filips, 5 November 2012

Kodak, which has already cut the pensions for its retired workers, is now seeking to eliminate their health benefits as well.

Resolution of the SEP Conferences

Build the Socialist Equality Party!

5 November 2012

This is an edited version of a resolution passed at the Socialist Equality Party regional conferences in California and Michigan.

Anger boils over at lack of US storm relief

By Fred Mazelis, 3 November 2012

With the death toll from Hurricane Sandy climbing towards 100, anger and frustration have boiled over at the failure of the federal, state and local governments to provide adequate relief.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: Aid for Coney Island too little and too late

By Sandy English, 3 November 2012

New York City’s Coney Island was badly hit by Hurricane Sandy on Monday night and has received minimal aid from government agencies.

Hurricane Sandy reveals deepening health, political crises in Caribbean countries

By John Marion, 3 November 2012

Long before devastating the eastern seaboard of the United States, Hurricane Sandy wreaked death and destruction on Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Report shows tepid jobs growth, falling wages in US

By Andre Damon, 3 November 2012

The US economy added 171,000 jobs in October, only slightly more than the amount needed to keep up with population growth, according to the last official monthly jobs report before the US election.

Greek journalist acquitted for leaking list of wealthy potential tax dodgers

By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2012

Kostas Vaxevanis has been found innocent of breaching data privacy laws by a three-judge panel in Athens.

Clinton visit to Algeria prepares war in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 3 November 2012

Hillary Clinton visited Algiers Monday to secure Algerian support for an imperialist intervention in Mali, as a conference to plan for war opened in Bamako.

SEP candidate Jerry White speaks to Chrysler workers in Detroit

By a WSWS reporting team, 3 November 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White and a team of supporters spoke to Chrysler workers at a campaign rally Friday afternoon.

Washington seeks new Syrian puppets in war for regime-change

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Wednesday that Washington is reorganizing the front representing the so-called “rebels” in Syria.

Growing popular anger as Hurricane Sandy death toll rises to 90

By Kate Randall, 2 November 2012

More than 4.5 million remain without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, while the threat of a fuel crisis grows and transit remains crippled in the Northeast.

Food shortages in Brooklyn public housing in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 November 2012

Residents of Red Hook Brooklyn lined up for food and water Thursday, three days after Hurricane Sandy flooded the New York City neighborhood

Hurricane Sandy and capitalist “free enterprise”

By Barry Grey, 1 November 2012

The flood surge from Sandy has once again placed in sharp relief the complex and interconnected character of modern society and the need for rational and socially-driven planning.

New York City public housing without lights, heat or water after storm

By a WSWS reporting team, 1 November 2012

Three days after Hurricane Sandy struck New York City, thousands of residents of public housing remain without electricity, heat or running water and, in many cases, are living in flood-like conditions, particularly in lower Manhattan.

How to vote for SEP candidates Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer

1 November 2012

Voters in states and counties with a combined population of 85 million can vote for the Socialist Equality Party candidates for president and vice president or cast a write-in vote that will be counted.

American democracy and the “disposition matrix”

By Joseph Kishore, 31 October 2012

The media and political establishment have responded with near total silence to the Washington Post’s revelation last week that the Obama administration has transformed extra-judicial assassination into a permanent practice of the US government.

US employs former child soldiers as mercenaries

By Sybille Fuchs, 31 October 2012

The US is increasingly using private security forces to wage its wars and maintain its occupation of countries after the withdrawal of regular troops.

$100 million contribution to New York’s Central Park

Hedge fund billionaire Paulson spruces up the front lawn

By Clare Hurley, 31 October 2012

Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson has given $100 million to the private non-profit conservancy that maintains Central Park in New York City last week.

SEP conferences in California outline the socialist perspective in the 2012 elections

By our reporters, 31 October 2012

This past weekend, the SEP held regional conferences in Los Angeles and Berkeley, California. This coming weekend, conferences will be held in New York City and Detroit.

One week to Election Day in America: The real choice for workers

By Andre Damon, 30 October 2012

As the 2012 presidential election campaign heads toward its ignominious conclusion, the right-wing and anti-democratic character of the entire process is becoming ever more clear.

US third party debate presents no alternative for working class

By Eric London, 30 October 2012

Four candidates met in Chicago last Tuesday for what was billed as the first Third Party Presidential Debate.

Massive hurricane hits Northeastern US

By Fred Mazelis, 30 October 2012

Hurricane Sandy brought deadly winds, rain and storm surges to an area of 60 million people.

The World Series and militarism

By James Brewer, 30 October 2012

Major League Baseball has taken every opportunity to infuse the World Series with patriotism and the glorification of war.

US health officials find mold at facility at center of meningitis outbreak

By Kate Randall, 29 October 2012

FDA investigators found foreign “greenish-black” material in vials of an injectable steroid during a recent inspection of the New England Compounding Center, among other problems.

The New York Times and Washington Post endorsements of Obama

By Patrick Martin, 29 October 2012

The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune have all endorsed Obama as the best candidate to impose major cuts in social spending.

SEP campaign teams win support for Detroit regional conference

By a WSWS reporting team, 29 October 2012

SEP campaign teams have visited schools, workplaces and markets in the Detroit area over the past week, winning support for the November 4 Midwest regional conference, Socialism and the 2012 Elections.

US sought use of British bases for war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 27 October 2012

US access to military bases on Cyprus, Ascension Island and Diego Garcia would significantly boost the Pentagon’s ability to wage round-the-clock air strikes against Iran.

Dow Chemical to cut 2,400 jobs, close 20 plants

By Kate Randall, 27 October 2012

A steady stream of job cut announcements continued this week led by Dow Chemical Co., which will be eliminating about 5 percent of its global workforce.

US suit vs. Bank of America: No criminal charges despite “spectacularly brazen” fraud

By Barry Grey, 27 October 2012

Not a single high-level banker has been prosecuted, let alone jailed, since the Wall Street crash of September 2008.

Texas police helicopter fires on immigrants, killing two

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2012

The killing of two fleeing immigrants by airborne Texas Rangers is only the latest in a growing list of deadly incidents on the US-Mexico border.

80 top CEOs tell Obama, Romney to slash social spending

By David Walsh, 26 October 2012

The chief executives of 80 large American corporations have issued a “Deficit Manifesto,” calling on the next president to make far-reaching “changes in the federal budget.”

US seeks to bar testimony on torture in military trial of alleged 9/11 plotters

By Don Knowland, 26 October 2012

Government motions to preclude the alleged 9/11 plotters from testifying about their detention and torture have been submitted to the military commission that is trying the defendants for war crimes.

EU and the US prepare military intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 26 October 2012

European and US diplomats and military experts are preparing for a military intervention in Mali.

Institutionalized state assassinations and the November 6 election

By Bill Van Auken, 26 October 2012

With barely a week and a half to go until the November 6 presidential elections, the entire spectrum of the American pseudo-left is exerting maximum efforts to turn out votes for Obama with the claim that the reelection of the incumbent Democrat would represent the “lesser of two evils.”

George McGovern: Liberal standard-bearer at a turning point in US politics

By Patrick Martin, 26 October 2012

The McGovern campaign marked the rise of identity politics as the principal platform of the Democratic Party.

The issues facing teachers in the 2012 elections

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP US vice presidential candidate

By Phyllis Scherrer (SEP US vice presidential candidate), 26 October 2012

The following statement was issued by Phyllis Scherrer, the Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate in the 2012 elections. Scherrer is a teacher in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.

Obama institutionalizes state assassinations

By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2012

The Obama administration has created a new extra-legal system known as the “disposition matrix” to institutionalize the selection and targeting of enemies of the US state for assassination.

US-Israeli preparations for war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 25 October 2012

The US and Israel are currently conducting their largest-ever joint military exercise to ready Israel’s anti-missile systems for a conflict with Iran.

Deepening social inequality and poverty in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 25 October 2012

Two recent reports detail the falling incomes of working people and rising levels of poverty, especially among children.

Notes on the social crisis in America

By Naomi Spencer, 25 October 2012

A Massachusetts woman committed robbery to pay her landlord, apartment building collapses highlight shoddy construction practices and more Americans say they won’t be able to afford retirement.

The International Socialist Organization and the 2012 US elections

By David Walsh, 25 October 2012

The ISO operates as an advocacy group in and around the Democratic Party, seeking to improve opportunities for the middle class social layers for which it speaks.

Auto workers and the 2012 elections

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

25 October 2012

The following statement addressed to auto workers was issued by Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president.

Four Afghan children killed in US raid

By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2012

The killing of Afghan children in a US raid and the disappearance and murder of civilians at the hands of occupation troops have provoked growing anger and protests.

DuPont cutting 1,500 jobs

By Kate Randall, 24 October 2012

DuPont announced 1,500 job cuts on Tuesday, as the chemical company slashed its annual forecast and reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit. The news signaled that demand for the company’s paint and solar products is slipping around the world.

Indian tire maker Apollo set to buy Cooper Tire

By Shannon Jones, 24 October 2012

The India tire maker Apollo Tyres is set to buy Cooper Tire, raising a new threat to the jobs and pensions of workers involved earlier this year in a three-month lockout

Federal judge bans strike by Seattle airport refueling workers

By Hector Cordon, 24 October 2012

A federal injunction has blocked a strike by workers who fuel 75 percent of the planes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Largest tainted meat recall in Canadian history

By Vic Neufeld, 24 October 2012

E. coli bacterial contamination originating at an XL Foods’ meat processing plant in Brooks, Alberta has seriously sickened sixteen people and prompted the largest meat product recall in Canadian history.

UAW skulduggery in Michigan Proposal 2

By Barry Grey, 24 October 2012

In the name of defending collective bargaining rights, the United Auto Workers is promoting a ballot initiative in Michigan that acknowledges the right of the state to ban strikes by public employees.

Workers and students discuss upcoming SEP conference in Los Angeles

By our reporters, 24 October 2012

The WSWS spoke to workers and students in Los Angeles about the regional conference of the Socialist Equality Party on October 27.

Obama and Romney concur on war, assassination and reaction

By Bill Van Auken, 23 October 2012

In their third and final presidential debate, President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney voiced nearly identical positions in support of war, illegal killings and imperialist intervention across the globe.

New York City housing crisis reflects record inequality

By Fred Mazelis, 23 October 2012

The city’s homeless shelter population hits new records every month, while the billionaire mayor reports a net worth of $25 billion.

Poverty, budget cuts hit Syracuse, New York

By Bryan Dyne, 23 October 2012

More than one in three residents in Syracuse, New York live in poverty, according to recent data released from the Census Bureau.

Amidst austerity drive, Ontario Premier resigns

By our correspondent, 22 October 2012

Dalton McGuinty, the Premier of Ontario since 2003, stunned the corporate media and his Liberal Party colleagues when he announced last week that he will step down just as soon as the Liberals choose his successor.

Obama-Romney foreign policy debate

Two defenders of American imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2012

Behind the backs of the American people, and the with the support of both Obama and Romney, the United States is preparing new military interventions and wars of aggression.

New York attorney general sues JPMorgan for mortgage fraud

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 22 October 2012

Earlier this month, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase, alleging that its Bear Stearns unit misled investors about billions in mortgage-backed securities.

Federal court puts Florida execution of paranoid schizophrenic on hold

By Kate Randall, 22 October 2012

Ferguson’s defense has argued for decades that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and that his execution would constitute “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Extensive coal ash contamination found in US water supply

By Nick Barrickman, 22 October 2012

Federal testing found nearly 200 sites near power plants with toxic, and some fatal, levels of coal ash.

The Nation magazine and the campaign to reelect Obama

By Joseph Kishore, 22 October 2012

In making their case for the reelection of Barack Obama, the writers and editors of the Nation magazine are compelled to resort to sophistry and lies.

California prison crisis foisted onto beleaguered counties

By Kevin Kearney, 20 October 2012

The state’s county governments now confront the cost of housing, feeding and providing medical care to as many as 30,000 former state prison inmates for long periods of time.

Obama prepares protracted Afghanistan occupation

By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2012

With the US presidential election little more than two weeks away, the Obama administration is quietly preparing to keep tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan.

Atwater: Another California city on the verge of bankruptcy

By Thomas Gaist and Marc Wells, 20 October 2012

Atwater, a city of 28,000, is on the verge of becoming the next municipal bankruptcy case in California.

Jerry White speaks on austerity and war at Monroe County Community College in Michigan

By our reporter, 20 October 2012

The SEP presidential candidate discussed the economic and political issues that will confront the working class and youth after the election.

The meningitis outbreak and health care for profit

By Kate Randall, 19 October 2012

The deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in the US continues to spread. According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 247 people in 15 states have been sickened in the outbreak, and the death toll has risen to 19. Health authorities expect these numbers to continue to rise.

Wall Street issues its orders to Obama, Romney

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2012

A letter signed by 16 top bankers demands immediate bipartisan action to slash the federal deficit.

FBI entraps Bangladeshi student in fake terror plot

By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2012

In the latest in a seemingly endless series of “sting” operations, the FBI ensnared a 21-year-old Bangladeshi student in a fabricated plot to blow up the New York Federal Reserve.

US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in affirmative action case

By Tom Carter, 19 October 2012

The arguments in favor of affirmative action further exposed the gulf that separates a program for genuine social equality from the essentially undemocratic affirmative action policy.

In Ithaca, New York appearance, Phyllis Scherrer responds to presidential debate

By our reporter, 19 October 2012

Phyllis Scherrer, vice presidential candidate for the Socialist Equality Party, addressed a public meeting in Ithaca, New York Wednesday night, highlighting the questions the second presidential debate ignored.

Turkey leads US-sponsored military encirclement of Syria

By Chris Marsden, 18 October 2012

Despite concerns of blowback in Syria due to the arming of jihadist groups, a military build-up on Syria’s borders is proceeding apace.

US in talks on extending Afghanistan occupation past 2014 deadline

By Bill Van Auken, 18 October 2012

The talks are aimed at cementing an open-ended US military presence in Afghanistan.

Morgan Stanley fine upheld in electricity price-fixing scam

By A. Woodson, 18 October 2012

A Federal District Court judge in Manhattan has upheld a $4.8 million fine against Morgan Stanley for creating a derivatives deal.

The Obama-Romney debate: Questions unasked and unanswered

By Joseph Kishore, 18 October 2012

The second presidential debate exemplified the scripted and ritualized character of the entire election, in which no serious questions can be asked, let alone answered.

Jerry White speaks at University of Michigan on post-election war threats

By our reporter, 18 October 2012

White presented an overview of the social, economic, and military context of the presidential elections and fielded wide-ranging questions from the audience.

Phyllis Scherrer discusses social crisis with students and workers in upstate New York

By Steve Filips, 18 October 2012

SEP Vice Presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer speaks to workers and students in Syracuse and Ithaca.

Obama-Romney debate number two: Another stage-managed charade

By Barry Grey, 17 October 2012

The second nationally televised debate between President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney served only to underscore the hypocrisy and deceit that pervade the entire election.

US prepares military strikes as Libya crisis deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2012

The White House is considering drone strikes and Special Forces raids in retaliation for the fatal September 11 attack on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

More contaminated drugs linked to US meningitis outbreak

By Kate Randall, 17 October 2012

The fungal meningitis outbreak continues to widen, as a new report from the FDA warns against other drugs produced by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.

New evidence that US invasion has produced epidemic of birth defects in Iraq

By Fred Mazelis, 17 October 2012

An extraordinary epidemic of congenital birth defects has affected Iraqi cities over the past decade, particularly in Fallujah and Basra.

Jerry White interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio

17 October 2012

Jerry White, the SEP candidate for president, spoke about the purpose of the campaign and the lessons of the Wisconsin protests.

US debate night number two

By Barry Grey, 16 October 2012

It is extraordinary that four years after the greatest economic crash in nearly a century, not a single genuine social reform has been enacted.

US stokes China-Japan dispute over Senkaku/Diaoyu islands

By Alex Lantier, 16 October 2012

Washington is deepening its support for Japan in its standoff with China over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

Poverty rises sharply in Illinois

By Marcus Day, 16 October 2012

New data released by the Census Bureau reveals that greater numbers of Illinois workers and unemployed are falling into poverty.

US meningitis outbreak: A deadly product of deregulation

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

By Jerry White, 16 October 2012

The fungal meningitis outbreak can be traced directly to the profit-motive of the corporate entity implicated and the lack of government oversight of drug manufacturing.

Three weeks to the US elections: The issues facing working people

By Patrick Martin, 15 October 2012

Even commentators in the corporate-controlled media have acknowledged the shallow and cynical character of the 2012 campaign.

Friction at IMF meeting as global economic outlook worsens

By Nick Beams, 15 October 2012

The tensions were evident when Germany objected to IMF head Christine Lagarde’s call for Greece to be given more time to pay, and Brazil branded US monetary policy “selfish”.

US Defense Secretary warns of “Pearl Harbor” cyber attack by Iran

By Niall Green, 15 October 2012

In a speech in New York Thursday, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned that the US faced a threat from Iran equivalent to September 11 or the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Chicago mayor threatens to cut pensions of teachers and city workers

By Alexander Fangmann, 15 October 2012

In a speech to the city council, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to lead an assault on teacher and public worker pensions by spearheading statewide pension “reform.”

Family protests after officials call off search for trapped worker in Florida garage collapse

By Eric London, 15 October 2012

Just 13 hours after three workers were killed and ten others were injured in a garage collapse in Miami, Florida, officials called off a search for the missing.

Jerry White addresses Toronto meeting

By our reporter, 15 October 2012

The Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, addressed a lively meeting attended by some thirty workers and youth in Toronto, Ontario.

Spread of meningitis outbreak exposes lack of drug oversight in US

By Kate Randall, 13 October 2012

The tragic unfolding of the fungal meningitis outbreak is the latest consequence of the shoddy oversight of the drug industry, encouraged by the for-profit health care system.

Five deaths in Baltimore row house fire

By Nick Barrickman, 13 October 2012

Not until later reports of the tragedy were made public was it revealed that four of the five deaths were young children.

Spate of police shootings coincides with deepening social crisis in New York

By Ali Ismail, 13 October 2012

Recent shooting incidents have taken place amid a worsening social crisis in the city, provoking widespread anger towards the NYPD.