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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
5 November 2012
This is an edited version of a resolution passed at the Socialist Equality Party regional conferences in California and Michigan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2012
Kostas Vaxevanis has been found innocent of breaching data privacy laws by a three-judge panel in Athens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Eric London, 30 October 2012
Four candidates met in Chicago last Tuesday for what was billed as the first Third Party Presidential Debate.
By Fred Mazelis, 30 October 2012
Hurricane Sandy brought deadly winds, rain and storm surges to an area of 60 million people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
By Ernst Wolff, 26 October 2012
European and US diplomats and military experts are preparing for a military intervention in Mali.
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.”
By Patrick Martin, 26 October 2012
The McGovern campaign marked the rise of identity politics as the principal platform of the Democratic Party.
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.
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 25 October 2012
Two recent reports detail the falling incomes of working people and rising levels of poverty, especially among children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
By Nick Barrickman, 22 October 2012
Federal testing found nearly 200 sites near power plants with toxic, and some fatal, levels of coal ash.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2012
A letter signed by 16 top bankers demands immediate bipartisan action to slash the federal deficit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 October 2012
The talks are aimed at cementing an open-ended US military presence in Afghanistan.
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.
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.
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.
By Steve Filips, 18 October 2012
SEP Vice Presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer speaks to workers and students in Syracuse and Ithaca.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17 October 2012
Jerry White, the SEP candidate for president, spoke about the purpose of the campaign and the lessons of the Wisconsin protests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 15 October 2012
Even commentators in the corporate-controlled media have acknowledged the shallow and cynical character of the 2012 campaign.
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”.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.