Democratic Rights in the US

Outrage spreads over video showing police ripping child from mother’s arms at Brooklyn food stamp office

By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2018

The young mother, after being mistreated and brutalized, is being held without bail and facing four separate charges, including resisting arrest.

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.

The Guardian attack on Assange exposed as politically-motivated fabrication

By James Cogan, 6 December 2018

The lack of any case against WikiLeaks explains the scurrilous allegations by the Guardian newspaper last week.

CNN fires contributor accused of “anti-Semitism” for defending Palestinian rights

By Kayla Costa, 1 December 2018

While CNN has not provided a full explanation, the firing of Marc Lamont Hill came one day after he made public statements critical of Israeli policy against Palestinians.

Guardian newspaper spearheads new accusations against Assange and WikiLeaks

By James Cogan, 28 November 2018

The newspaper has the nerve to declare that it serves to “give a voice to those less heard, challenge the powerful, and hold them to account.”

The military-police assault at San Ysidro

Defend immigrant workers from state violence!

By Eric London, 27 November 2018

The Socialist Equality Party (US) condemns the US government’s military operation at the US-Mexico border Sunday as a horrific crime against humanity.

Trump campaigns for Mississippi Senate candidate Hyde-Smith as Democratic challenger shifts to the right

By Patrick Martin, 27 November 2018

At an event at Mississippi State University, Hyde-Smith expressed support for efforts to suppress voter turnout on other campuses—i.e., the historically black universities in the state.

Hundreds rally in San Diego in defense of migrant caravan

By our reporters, 26 November 2018

Over 200 people attended a rally just hours before the US Customs and Border Protection shut down the crossing and fired tear gas at immigrants seeking to enter the US.

Protests erupt after Thanksgiving police shooting of innocent man in Birmingham, Alabama

By Shelley Connor, 26 November 2018

In one video, a man screamed, as officers stood over Bradford’s body, “That boy didn’t shoot at nobody. He’s dead!” and, “They just killed that black boy for no reason…” The suspect remains at large.

Charges dropped against falsely accused Texas man

By a reporter, 20 November 2018

Christopher Precopia faced life in prison on false charges of assault on a former girlfriend.

Defend Julian Assange against US charges!

By James Cogan, 17 November 2018

The relentless persecution of Assange is intended to intimidate and silence all critical and independent journalists and media organisations, as well as would-be whistleblowers.

Washington’s censorship regime goes global

Facebook deletes WSWS post on Sri Lanka

By Andre Damon, 14 November 2018

Facebook is acting as an agent of the US intelligence agencies, which see the growing audience for international socialism as an obstacle to their efforts to exploit ethnic divisions in developing countries.

Facebook and Twitter intensify censorship in 2018 elections

By Kevin Reed, 8 November 2018

Facebook shut down 115 accounts and Twitter deleted 10,000 accounts on the eve of the 2018 elections, engaging in blatant censorship.

New York Times ramps up smear campaign against Julian Assange

By Tom Hall, 6 November 2018

The latest round of slanders is aimed at preparing public opinion for an eventual indictment of the WikiLeaks founder on espionage charges.

Democratic candidates praise Trump’s attacks on immigrants as troops arrive at the border

By Eric London, 5 November 2018

The Democrats are either silent or supportive of police state measures that are putting the lives of immigrants in imminent danger and preparing the way for violent attacks on all workers.

Israeli government defends Trump in aftermath of Pittsburgh massacre

By Jean Shaoul, 5 November 2018

The spontaneous outpourings of solidarity across Jewish and Muslim communities for the victims of the Pittsburgh atrocity are anathema to the Netanyahu government.

What is to be done about the plutocrats?

By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2018

A new report documents the colossal role of inherited wealth in perpetuating social inequality in America.

Thousands attend funerals for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue massacre

By Samuel Davidson, 2 November 2018

Pittsburgh residents who spoke to the World Socialist Web Site denounced the president’s anti-immigrant tirades, which created the climate for the deadliest act of anti-Semitic violence in US history.

Trump calls for “massive cities of tents” and indefinite detention of immigrants

By Eric London, 2 November 2018

The right-wing demagogue described a hellish vision of concentration camps to imprison helpless men, women, and children, and urged the thousands of troops being rushed to America’s southern border to open fire on unarmed crowds.

Trump threatens to abolish birthright citizenship

By Patrick Martin, 31 October 2018

The proposal to revise the US Constitution by means of an executive order is flagrantly unconstitutional and anti-democratic.

Vigils for victims of Pittsburgh shooting express anger over Trump’s racist incitements

By Samuel Davidson and Kate Randall, 30 October 2018

Vigils held across the country have charged Trump with using hate speech to incite violent attacks over the past week.

Killings at Kentucky store were hate crime, police say

By our reporter, 30 October 2018

The gunman, 51-year-old Gregory Bush, had a history of mental illness and racist abuse.

Julian Assange warns that Ecuador is moving to end his political asylum

By Mike Head, 30 October 2018

The WikiLeaks founder told an Ecuadorian court hearing that President Moreno had already decided to terminate his asylum but had not yet officially given the order.

After Pittsburgh massacre: New York Times covers up Trump’s role in instigating fascist violence

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2018

The leading US newspaper’s editorial on the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre effectively absolves President Trump and his fascistic politics of any responsibility for the bloodbath.

US armed forces deployed to Mexico border in preparation for expected closure

By Norisa Diaz, 29 October 2018

A violent clash is being prepared on the US-Mexico border as Washington readies emergency powers to close the border.

As federal judge orders Georgia to count tossed-out ballots

Voter suppression looms large in 2018 US elections

By Kranti Kumara, 27 October 2018

The issue of deliberate voter suppression has become a highly contentious issue with less than two weeks before Election Day.

Oppose Trump’s attacks on immigrants! Defend the migrant caravan!

By Niles Niemuth, 25 October 2018

Workers in the US must unite with workers in Mexico and Central America to ensure the safe passage into the country of the several thousand workers making their way towards the US-Mexico border.

New York Times celebrates downfall of 201 “powerful men:” The ugly face of the #MeToo campaign

By David Walsh, 25 October 2018

The article inadvertently points toward an important truth: the #MeToo campaign is fundamentally an effort by a layer of upper-middle class women to advance their economic interests at the expense of their male rivals.

One year of the #MeToo movement

By David Walsh, 19 October 2018

The ostensible aim of this movement is to combat sexual harassment, i.e., to bring about social progress. However, the repressive means resorted to give the lie to the campaign’s “progressive” claims.

Leading US House Democrat demands that Ecuador’s president “hand over” Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 18 October 2018

The letter effectively confirms that if the WikiLeaks founder is forced to leave Ecuador’s embassy, on whatever pretext, the British government will deliver him into the hands of the US.

US, Mexican and Guatemalan governments harass caravan of Honduran refugees

By Andrea Lobo, 18 October 2018

Thousands of refugees are fleeing rampant violence and poverty imposed by the economic plundering and political meddling of US imperialism.

San Diego State University and the military-university complex

By Anthony del Olmo with the IYSSE at SDSU, 18 October 2018

Over the past several decades, universities in San Diego have developed into key assets for US militarism by becoming regional hubs for military training programs.

The “new cold war,” censorship, and the future of the internet

By Andre Damon, 17 October 2018

The internet is becoming a battleground for economic and geopolitical conflict, while states, acting on behalf of capitalist elites, are seeking to censor online information.

Amnesty International: Immigrants separated from family members for alleged “fraud”

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Norisa Diaz, 17 October 2018

Amnesty International reveals thousands of children have been separated from relatives for supposed fraud and defines separation as a form of torture under US and international law.

Washington state Supreme Court strikes down death penalty as “arbitrary and racially biased”

By Kate Randall, 16 October 2018

The ruling invalidating the state’s 37-year-old death penalty law makes Washington the latest in a string of states in recent years to abandon capital punishment.

Facebook’s purge of left-wing media: A frontal assault on freedom of speech

By Andre Damon, 15 October 2018

The social media monopoly’s removal of left-wing news pages with millions of followers is the latest step in a conspiracy by the state and the technology giants to censor the internet.

Ecuador to partially restore Julian Assange’s access to communications and visitors

By James Cogan, 15 October 2018

Ecuador’s decision does not end the danger Assange faces or his effective imprisonment inside the small embassy building in London.

Pages purged by Facebook were on blacklist promoted by Washington Post

By Andre Damon, 13 October 2018

PropOrNot, an organization that published a blacklist of oppositional media organizations in 2016, hailed Facebook’s actions as the precursor to shutting down the targeted organizations' web sites.

US places alleged “Chinese spy” on public trial

By Mike Head, 12 October 2018

The timing of the unprecedented extradition points to a new stage in the US drive to prevent China from becoming an economic or military threat to US global hegemony.

US student critical of Israel detained at Tel Aviv airport for more than a week

By Jean Shaoul, 12 October 2018

Lara Alqasem, 22, was targeted because she is president of the University of Florida’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, which supports the BDS campaign against Israel.

Pentagon report points to US preparations for total war

By Andre Damon, 11 October 2018

Amid an intensification of military tensions with Russia and China, the Pentagon has produced a document proposing to “retool” US society for “great power conflict.”

Leaked Google document: Tech firms have shifted away from “free speech and towards censorship”

By Kevin Reed, 11 October 2018

On Tuesday, the far-right news outlet Breitbart News published a leaked internal document by technology giant Google that openly discusses political censorship.

NYU’s Washington DC campus: Academia aligns with the Department of Defense

By Leslie Murtagh, 11 October 2018

New York University’s DC campus, heavily funded by the Department of Defense and military-affiliated philanthropists, operates as a conference hall and recruitment center for the intelligence agencies and armed forces.

#MeToo-style allegations used to oust popular University of Michigan professor

By Joseph Lorenz, 10 October 2018

John Rubadeau, who has more than three decades at the university, was fired by the English Department on the basis of unspecified allegations.

The Kavanaugh confirmation and the US midterm elections

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2018

The thoroughly right-wing campaign waged by the Democratic Party over the Kavanaugh nomination, focused solely on allegations of sexual assault, has set the tone for the US congressional elections.

The #MeToo campaign versus the presumption of innocence

By Eric London, 5 October 2018

The historical development of the presumption of innocence is a centuries-long battle for due process and enlightenment against irrationalism, lynch mob justice and arbitrary state repression.

Child concentration camps in America

By Eric London, 2 October 2018

Immigration officials are rounding up hundreds of children at night and transporting them to a tent city in Texas.

Nashville, Tennessee, police officer charged in shooting death

By Zac Thorton and Warren Duzak, 2 October 2018

Tennessee has a long history of deadly police violence against fleeing suspects.

Protests hit mass detention of immigrant children in Texas tent camp

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2018

The barren tent camp in the desert on the Mexican border is built to house up to 3,800 children.

The Kavanaugh hearing: A spectacle of political filth and reaction

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2018

The Democratic Party has decided to wage its opposition to the reactionary Supreme Court nominee on the most degraded and right-wing basis possible.

Kavanaugh’s nomination, Cosby’s sentencing: News media pornography and the enraged middle class

By David Walsh, 27 September 2018

Following the press and television news in the US might lead one to believe that a kind of madness has seized hold of the American media, along with sections of the affluent petty-bourgeoisie.

Trial underway in Chicago police murder of Laquan McDonald

By Kristina Betinis and George Gallanis, 27 September 2018

The defense team is relying on allegations that McDonald was a “combative” person to convince the jury he posed a threat and deserved to be killed.

Eighty-three abducted by ICE across Wisconsin in four days

By Jacob Crosse, 27 September 2018

Relishing in the chaos and uncertainty it had caused, ICE remained silent over the weekend as armed agents conducted “targeted raids” in over 14 counties.

Guardian newspaper condemned for publishing “deliberate lies” about Julian Assange

By James Cogan, 25 September 2018

Former British whistleblower Craig Murray linked the newspaper’s allegations directly to the Mueller investigation in the United States.

Oppose Michigan National Guard deployment against operating engineers!

By Niles Niemuth, 25 September 2018

The administration of Governor Snyder is preparing to deploy National Guard troops in a strikebreaking operation against thousands of locked out roadway construction workers.

Brett Kavanaugh and the role—once again—of sexual misconduct allegations in American politics

By David Walsh, 19 September 2018

The New York Times, Washington Post, leading Democrats and other establishment figures are attempting to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination on the grounds of an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault.

Facebook expands censorship to photos and videos

By Mike Ingram, 19 September 2018

Facebook’s “fact-checkers” will now censor not just web articles, but image macros and political videos.

Report shows that US police militarization does not reduce crime

By Erik Schreiber, 19 September 2018

The results of the study directly contradict the assertions of law enforcement officials across the country.

Assault allegation puts question mark over Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 18 September 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee will call Kavanaugh and his accuser to testify Monday, delaying a confirmation vote originally set for this Thursday.

Silicon Valley’s corrupt nexus: War, censorship and inequality

By Andre Damon, 17 September 2018

The appearance of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the Air Force Association’s annual conference embodies the fusion of America’s technology monopolies with the apparatus of state repression.

Dallas police officer charged with manslaughter 72 hours after shooting neighbor in his own apartment

By Harvey Simpkins, 11 September 2018

Texas Rangers interviewed officer Amber Guyger and told the police department to “hold off” on arresting her supposedly to investigate the matter further.

In Senate hearing, Facebook pledges to replace “bad speech” with “alternative facts”

By Andre Damon in Washington, 6 September 2018

Wednesday’s hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee made one thing clear: there is not an inch of daylight between Facebook and the spy agencies in the drive to censor the internet.

Kavanaugh hearings highlight corporate control of US Supreme Court

By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2018

The Senate hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court have shed light on the domination not only of the courts, but of every branch of government by the corporate oligarchy.

Arizona Supreme Court strikes down “Invest in Ed” ballot initiative

By David Moore, 6 September 2018

The court’s removal of the school funding initiative from the November ballot underscores the fact that America’s billionaires and millionaires will not tolerate the slightest encroachment on their personal fortunes.

US whistleblower Chelsea Manning defies ban to speak in Australia

By Linda Tenenbaum, 5 September 2018

“Once you’re immersed in a war zone, you realise that it isn’t statistics anymore. These were human lives and flaws and all of the vulnerabilities that people have.”

“Five Eyes” summit in Australia ramps up internet censorship

By Mike Head, 5 September 2018

Ministers from the US-led global surveillance network revealed stepped-up measures against Chinese and Russian “foreign interference” and greater control over social media.

New York police union offers $500 bounty to vigilantes for assisting in arrests

By Leslie Murtagh, 5 September 2018

The union for New York City police sergeants has offered a $500 reward to anyone who assists a cop in making an arrest.

As social opposition mounts, Silicon Valley and Washington step up internet censorship

By Andre Damon, 5 September 2018

As executives from Facebook and Twitter prepare to testify on Capitol Hill, the social media monopolies are scrambling to demonstrate how far they have gone to implement censorship.

US report on Chinese “United Front Work” seeks to whip-up hostility towards China

By Gabriel Black, 4 September 2018

The report contains justifications for mass spying on Chinese nationals and warns against cultural exchange programs that leave Americans with positive views of China

Nashville’s shuttering of women’s health clinic leaves only one abortion facility in the city

By Warren Duzak and Keisha Gibbs, 3 September 2018

Despite the billions invested in healthcare, and dozens of Nashville area hospitals, poor and working class women are limited to one small clinic for elective abortions.

Is the Mueller investigation preparing to indict WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange?

By James Cogan, 1 September 2018

The claim that Assange was part of a conspiracy to manipulate the 2016 US presidential election is based on amalgams, distortions and outright lies.

Accused by Trump of rigging search results, Google denies political bias

By Andre Damon, 29 August 2018

The internet monopoly, which has worked to bury left-wing political viewpoints in search results for over a year, said, “We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.”

Behind the coordinated social media censorship by Facebook, Twitter and Google

What is FireEye?

By Kevin Reed, 29 August 2018

The cyber-security firm FireEye has high-level connections with military intelligence and Wall Street and is working with social media companies to promote censorship.

NSA leaker Reality Winner sentenced to more than five years in prison

By Kevin Martinez, 27 August 2018

Winner is the first person to be tried by the Trump Administration under the Espionage Act, receiving the longest ever sentence for revealing classified documents.

Google shuts down YouTube channels in expansion of state-directed online censorship

By Kevin Reed, 25 August 2018

Google announced on Thursday that it had shut down 58 social media accounts that the company claimed were part of an Iranian government-sponsored “influence campaign.”

Trump, Republicans exploit murder of Molly Tibbetts to stoke anti-immigrant racism

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 24 August 2018

The killing of a young Iowa woman has become a pretext for the Trump administration and its supporters to intensify attacks on immigrants.

One year after WSWS open letter to Google

Facebook escalates censorship of left-wing, anti-war organizations

By Andre Damon, 23 August 2018

On Tuesday, Facebook announced the removal of hundreds of user accounts and pages, many of them opposing the crimes of the American, Saudi and Israeli governments in the Middle East.

Chicago teen dead after police chase, family disputes official report of suicide

By Matthew Verhoven, 22 August 2018

More than 120 people marched to Mount Sinai Hospital, and to the Chicago Police Department 10th District, to demand the release of the boy’s body and footage of the events.

Private prison corporation CoreCivic facing multiple lawsuits for endangering Tennessee inmates

By Keisha Gibbs, 17 August 2018

Nashville-based private prison company CoreCivic continues to reap profits despite numerous lawsuits.

Cables document CIA Director Haspel’s direct role in torture at black site in Thailand

By E.P. Milligan, 15 August 2018

The 16 cables from Haspel published by the National Security Archive document scenes fit for a medieval dungeon.

US: The “public charge” rule’s effects on legal immigrant families

By Jill Lux, 13 August 2018

Every legal immigrant using a social program is in danger of being labeled a “public charge,” and therefore ineligible for citizenship.

NFL players national anthem protests resume at first preseason games

By Alan Gilman, 13 August 2018

Despite attempts by the League, various owners, and Trump to stop player protests, several continued to protest for social justice, equality and against police violence.

America’s unending reign of police terror

By Niles Niemuth, 11 August 2018

Four years after the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by police officer Darren Wilson sparked popular outrage over police violence, the daily onslaught of police killings in the US continues.

Tennessee carries out first execution in nearly a decade

Inmate “gulped for an extended period of time” and was “choking,” “gasping”

By Kate Randall, 11 August 2018

Irick’s attorneys had argued that their client suffered from severe mental illness and that one of the drugs to be used in his lethal injection could cause severe pain.

Off-duty Cincinnati police officer uses taser on 11-year old child

By Jacob Crosse, 11 August 2018

Eleven year old Donesha Gowdy was suspected of “petty shoplifting”.

Federal judge blocks Trump administration attempt to deport mother and child during court hearing

By Eric London, 10 August 2018

The government sought to remove the immigrants from the US while their lawyers were preoccupied arguing the case in court.

Arrest of Republican congressman on corruption charges heightens political conflict in Washington

By Barry Grey, 10 August 2018

The prosecution of Chris Collins is a political shot by the US intelligence agencies across Trump’s bow.

Teamsters for a Democratic Union-linked Facebook page censors Amazon worker’s video calling for a united struggle with UPS workers

By Will Morrow, 10 August 2018

The Teamsters for a Democratic Union, a dissident faction of the union apparatus, is terrified of Amazon and UPS workers linking up in a common struggle.

Extensive police spying on activists in Memphis, Tennessee, exposed

By Jimmy Smith and Naomi Spencer, 7 August 2018

The purpose of extensive surveillance is to monitor, chill, and ultimately crack down on opposition in the working class to the actions of the government and the police.

Florida judge rules in favor of early voting on campus

By Matthew Taylor, 6 August 2018

The ruling invalidates recent attempts to suppress the student vote in Florida.

US immigration nightmare continues amid media blackout

By Eric London, 4 August 2018

Since the beginning of August, the New York Times opinion page has published eight opinion pieces or editorial board statements relating to allegations of Trump’s ties to Russia or the #MeToo hysteria, but none about the conditions facing immigrants.

TSA tracks unsuspecting passengers under “Quiet Skies” program

By Kevin Martinez, 1 August 2018

The program allows federal air marshals to follow and report on American citizens not suspected of a crime, not under investigation, and not on any terrorist watch list.

Florida’s “stand your ground” law under heavy scrutiny following shooting

By Matthew MacEgan, 1 August 2018

Two weeks ago, a white man shot an unarmed black man over a parking spot at a convenience store but was not arrested.

Ronan Farrow’s latest #MeToo “bombshell,” directed against Leslie Moonves of CBS

By David Walsh, 1 August 2018

The New Yorker magazine has posted Farrow’s new article, detailing allegations of sexual misconduct against Leslie Moonves, the chairman, president and CEO of CBS Corporation.

Trump administration deported up to 463 immigrant parents without their children

By Tom Hall, 25 July 2018

The admission by government lawyers raises the prospect that hundreds of parents separated under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy might never see their children again.

Mounting outrage in US over conditions facing detained immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2018

Hunger strikes and lawsuits have exposed the barbaric treatment of refugees and immigrants at detention facilities in the US.

American justice: New York City cop who killed Eric Garner may lose vacation days

By Daniel de Vries, 24 July 2018

Daniel Pantaleo has remained on the job pending an internal investigation into the 2014 strangling death of Garner.

Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks editor: “I’ve not been able to speak to my son for four months”

By Richard Phillips, 24 July 2018

“I say defend Julian, not just because I’m his mother, but as a citizen and someone who believes in democracy and freedom.”

Imminent threat to Julian Assange underscores need for global defence movement

By Mike Head, 23 July 2018

Plans are afoot to subject the WikiLeaks editor to lengthy imprisonment by the British authorities, pending extradition to the US.