United States

St. Louis Police declare “We’re in control” as crackdown on protests enters fifth day

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 September 2017

St. Louis police officers chanted “Whose streets? Our streets!” as they arrested largely peaceful demonstrators protesting police violence.

Senate overwhelmingly approves record $700 billion military budget

By Eric London, 20 September 2017

The bill increases the military budget by $80 billion from 2016 and includes major allocations to prepare the US nuclear arsenal for war.

Catastrophic Hurricane María heads for Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 20 September 2017

The Category Five storm is the largest to hit the island territory in nearly 90 years.

Senate Republicans push for another Obamacare “repair and repeal” bill

By Kate Randall, 20 September 2017

In addition to phasing out Medicaid expansion, the Cassidy-Graham legislation, beginning in 2027, would slash billions more from Medicaid and end it as a guaranteed program.

Change that he can believe in: Obama cashes in on Wall Street

By Niles Niemuth, 20 September 2017

Less than a year after leaving office, former President Obama has comfortably entrenched himself within the upper echelons of the top 1 percent.

Bus crash in New York City kills three and leaves others injured

By Mark Witkowski, 20 September 2017

Three people died when a privately-operated charter bus struck a New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus in Queens on Monday morning.

Rural New York schools grapple with declining population, increasing poverty

By Jason Melanovski, 20 September 2017

A new report documents the crisis of rural school districts.

Trump’s “Mein Kampf” tirade at the United Nations

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2017

The American president publicly threatened to unleash a genocidal war, declaring that he was “ready, willing and able” to “totally destroy” North Korea and its 25 million people.

Hillary Clinton’s What Happened: A conspiracy theory of the 2016 election

By Andre Damon, 20 September 2017

Hillary Clinton’s memoir, released September 13, represents the Democratic Party’s semi-official narrative of its electoral defeat in 2016.

Protests continue in St. Louis as police kill eight more in US

By Trévon Austin and Patrick Martin, 19 September 2017

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Justice Center in downtown St. Louis Monday night in a show of support for those who remained jailed after police arrested 123 people on Sunday night.

CNN claims FBI wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman

By James Cogan, 19 September 2017

Paul Manafort, former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was allegedly wiretapped by investigators both before and after the election.

Facebook turns over information on Russia-linked accounts to Special Counsel Mueller

By Patrick Martin, 19 September 2017

The investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US election and Trump campaign collusion is being used to justify a crackdown on the Internet.

Undocumented protesters drive Nancy Pelosi out of her own press conference

By Evan Blake, 19 September 2017

The protesters issued scathing condemnations of the Democrats’ anti-immigrant record, including their recent efforts to push through bipartisan immigration legislation with Trump.

Alleged Nashville shooting brings social relations into relief

By Warren Duzak, 19 September 2017

Gerald Melton, was shot August 26 after he allegedly objected to the sound of loud music and exhaust fumes coming from a Porsche driven by Katie Quackenbush, 26.

California: SEIU sabotages San Diego County workers’ strike

By Kevin Martinez, 19 September 2017

A planned two-day strike potentially involving 10,000 workers was called off at the last minute by the Service Employees International Union.

Over forty arrested in St. Louis as demonstrations continue against acquittal of killer cop

By Genevieve Leigh, 18 September 2017

With the full backing of the political establishment, police have been firing pepper-spray balls and tear gas at peaceful protesters.

“You can't depend on our government anymore to help”

Watch: Hurricane Harvey victims applying for federal aid encounter government indifference

By Tom Hall and Charles Abelard reporting from Houston, 18 September 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to people leaving a FEMA assistance center in Houston, where the government is making local residents shoulder the costs of the recovery.

Burlington, Vermont teachers strike continues as officials refuse to budge on concession demands

By Kate Randall, 18 September 2017

The 400 teachers went out on strike Thursday after nine-hour negotiations between a mediator, the Burlington’s Democratic mayor and the Burlington Education Association broke down.

IAM ends Chicago area mechanics strike

By Jessica Goldstein, 18 September 2017

After seven weeks of struggle, IAM Local 701 imposed a sellout deal on striking Chicago area mechanics.

Police crackdown on hundreds protesting acquittal of killer cop in St. Louis

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 September 2017

Riot police in St. Louis, Missouri arrested 13 people in protests that erupted after the acquittal of the police officer, Jason Stockley, who fatally shot Anthony Lamar Smith in December 2011.

Two million in Florida still without power nearly a week after Hurricane Irma

By Trévon Austin, 16 September 2017

In Highlands County in south Florida, an area with a 19.4 percent poverty rate, nearly three-quarters of residents were still without power Friday.

Pittsburgh Boilermakers Union official admits theft of funds

By Shannon Jones, 16 September 2017

In yet another case of corruption by union officials, a former business manager of the Boilermakers Union pled guilty in federal court to stealing at least $1.5 million in members’ dues money.

New York governor postures at bridge dedication while transportation infrastructure crumbles

By Philip Guelpa, 16 September 2017

The ostentatious opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement is being used to obscure decades of neglect.

CIA vetoes Chelsea Manning’s Harvard fellowship

By Eric London, 16 September 2017

After a quarter century of war, there is hardly a decision made in any of the official institutions of bourgeois power where the military and intelligence agencies do not have the final say.

The “People’s Convergence”: The pseudo-left entreats Bernie Sanders to lead “People’s Party”

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 September 2017

All the groups present backed Sanders in 2016, helping him to channel social anger among millions of workers and youth behind Hillary Clinton.

Small median income gain offset by debt and living costs

US Census report shows increasing social inequality

By Eric London, 15 September 2017

While the New York Times claims the Census data shows “a brighter picture” for the working class, nothing could be further from the truth.

New details highlight criminal neglect in death of Florida nursing home residents

By Niles Niemuth, 15 September 2017

The deaths in Hollywood, Florida have exposed the incompetence and indifference of the American ruling class, which bears ultimate responsibility for this social crime.

Ohio’s second execution of the year: Condemned man writhed in pain as he was killed

By Shelley Connor, 15 September 2017

In January, a federal appeals court responded to litigation by several death row inmates over the use of midazolam by halting executions in Ohio.

Charges dropped against Amtrak engineer in Philadelphia derailment

By Jeff Lusanne, 15 September 2017

The charges follow a typical pattern in which prosecutors seek to offload the blame for disasters onto railroad workers, ignoring the role of management and government policy.

Canadian auto union moves to ram through concessions deal on GM CAMI workers

By Carl Bronski, 15 September 2017

With contempt for workers, Unifor officials have called a “ratification/strike” meeting for Sunday without releasing any information about what workers are supposed to vote on.

Democrats seek to prop up Trump’s crisis-ridden government

By Joseph Kishore, 15 September 2017

The moves by the Democrats to stabilize the Trump administration are aimed at creating better conditions for intensifying the assault on the working class and preparing for a major war.

A social crime: Eight elderly dead in Florida nursing home after days without air conditioning

By Niles Niemuth, 14 September 2017

Police evacuated 115 remaining residents from a nursing home north of Miami after they spent days in suffocating heat after the power was knocked out by Hurricane Irma.

Trump administration threatens further clampdown on refugees

By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2017

In the wake of a Supreme Court ruling upholding Trump’s anti-Muslim “travel ban,” his administration is considering plans to drastically slash refugee admissions to the US.

Sanders health care bill: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2017

The legislation offers a single-payer health care system that most Democratic senators and all Republicans oppose.

Notes on Police Violence

Department of Justice clears officers in death of Freddie Gray

By Trévon Austin, 14 September 2017

The six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray will not face federal civil rights prosecution, the DOJ announced on Tuesday.

From hurricanes to tax cuts: The ruling class gets down to business

By Joseph Kishore, 13 September 2017

Even as the destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is still being tallied, the US political establishment is moving rapidly to push through a massive handout for the corporate and financial elite.

Officials estimate one quarter of homes in Florida Keys destroyed by Hurricane Irma

By Niles Niemuth, 13 September 2017

Millions remained without power across Florida and Georgia on Tuesday as officials surveyed the damage in the Florida Keys in Irma's aftermath.

In “60 Minutes” interview, Bannon elaborates plans for American fascist movement

By Eric London, 13 September 2017

The corporate media is elevating Bannon, while, at the same time, the Democratic Party’s identity politics aids the growth of the far-right.

Chicago area auto mechanics reject dealers’ “last, best and final offer”

By Jerry White, 13 September 2017

Chicago area car mechanics, now in the seventh week of their strike, voted down the concessions-laden contract brought back by the International Association of Machinists.

Virginia gubernatorial race offers “choice” of right-wing candidates

By Ed Hightower, 13 September 2017

Conservative Democrat Ralph Northam, who twice voted for George W. Bush, faces a former Bush White House aide and Republican National Committee chairman, Ed Gillespie.

Boston area transit riders and workers imperiled by inadequate maintenance funding

By John Marion, 13 September 2017

The unelected Financial and Management Control Board has accelerated its plans for the privatization of public transportation, rather than providing safe transportation.

New York Times surveys the results of 35 years of affirmative action

By Fred Mazelis, 13 September 2017

The Times article reveals that masses of Hispanic and African-American youth are unable to afford higher education, but obscures the underlying class reality.

UN Security Council imposes severe sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2017

Far from easing tensions in North East Asia, the UN resolution sets the stage for further US provocations and heightens the danger of military conflict.

Thirteen million without power, seven dead after Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc in Florida

By Niles Niemuth, 12 September 2017

Some areas of the state are expected to be without power for weeks, as significant sections of the state’s power infrastructure will have to be rebuilt.

Petrochemical giants dumped deadly carcinogens during Hurricane Harvey

By Gary Joad, 12 September 2017

As Hurricane Harvey bore down on Texas, scores of plants owned by ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and other corporations released deadly toxins into the atmosphere.

New York Times stokes anti-Russia campaign to promote Facebook, Twitter censorship

By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2017

Invoking an alleged Russian menace to American democracy, the New York Times is spearheading a campaign for a crackdown on political expression on social media.

Worker exposes deadly conditions at Detroit area US Steel mill

By Shannon Jones, 12 September 2017

A steelworker describes on Facebook the callous response of both management and the United Steelworkers to the exposure of a group of crane operators to a deadly gas.

Sixteen years after 9/11: lies, hypocrisy and militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2017

The media has largely blacked out new revelations of the direct role of Saudi Arabia, one of Washington’s closest Mideast allies, in preparing the attacks.

Protests throughout the US held against attack on immigrant rights

By our reporters, 11 September 2017

The Department of Homeland Security will not accept any more applications for deportation protection, while those already enrolled will begin losing coverage in six months.

Personal data of 143 million US consumers compromised in massive Equifax server hack

By Kevin Reed, 11 September 2017

The $18 billion corporation had its servers hacked, covered up the breach for two-and-a-half months, and still claims to not know what happened.

Why was American capitalism unable to prepare for Hurricane Irma?

By Niles Niemuth, 11 September 2017

As Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc on Florida, the failure to adequately prepare for the storm and protect those in its path has exposed the irrationality of American capitalism.

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey: Natural disaster and political breakdown

By Patrick Martin, 9 September 2017

In its response to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and other natural disasters, American capitalism has demonstrated its bankruptcy as a social system.

Why aren’t trains evacuating people from the path of Hurricane Irma?

By Jeff Lusanne, 9 September 2017

Hundreds of thousands need to flee the path of Hurricane Irma. Instead of fleets of trains carrying them away, residents are left to fend for themselves in their own cars on congested roads.

Detroit Police stonewall investigation into Taser death of 15-year-old

By Robert Verdine, 9 September 2017

The death of 15-year-old Damon Grimes, shot by a police Taser while riding his ATV, has sparked anger in Detroit.

“If the Internet shuts down, we wouldn’t know anything. The union isn’t going to tell us”

Autoworkers in Detroit support campaign against Google Internet censorship

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 September 2017

SEP campaign teams in the Detroit area collected scores of signatures last weekend for the petition opposing Google’s Internet censorship.

Hurricane Irma heads towards Florida after tearing through the Caribbean

By Matthew Taylor, 8 September 2017

Florida residents are bracing for Hurricane Irma, which has already killed at least 14 people and left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean.

Trump, Democrats reach deal on debt ceiling, budget

By Patrick Martin, 8 September 2017

The agreement amounts to a rescue operation for the Trump administration, which is facing rising popular opposition, and paves the way for a deal on corporate tax cuts.

Worker killed at Kansas oil refinery as OSHA conceals data on workplace deaths

By Jessica Goldstein, 8 September 2017

US workplaces have been getting deadlier and deadlier as the stock markets soar and the wealth of society is concentrated into the hands of a shrinking number of oligarchs.

Unite all workers against the attack on immigrants! For a socialist policy of open borders!

By Socialist Equality Party (US), 7 September 2017

The decision of the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program marks a new stage in the attack on immigrant workers in the United States and internationally.

San Diego protests against Trump’s repeal of DACA program

By our reporters, 7 September 2017

Protesters and DACA enrollees spoke to the WSWS about their reaction to Trump’s announcement.

Miles of devastation along Braes Bayou in Houston

A Hurricane Harvey diary: Part 3

By Charles Abelard, 7 September 2017

A reader who has lived in Houston for four decades surveys some of the damage left behind by unprecedented flood waters along the Braes Bayou.

Long-term threats to public health follow in Hurricane Harvey’s wake

By Gary Joad, 7 September 2017

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina points to the long-term threats to public health which will follow in Hurricane Harvey’s wake in the greater Houston area and throughout southeast Texas.

US Fed confronts dilemmas over monetary policy

By Nick Beams, 7 September 2017

Despite massive injections of money into global financial markets by the Fed and other central banks, there is no sign of the US and the global economy returning to pre-2008 crisis conditions.

The National Football League’s blacklisting of quarterback Colin Kaepernick

By Alan Gilman, 7 September 2017

Last season, while playing for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in protest against police killings of African Americans in the US.

US Fed confronts dilemmas over monetary policy

By Nick Beams, 7 September 2017

Despite massive injections of money into global financial markets by the Fed and other central banks, there is no sign of the US and the global economy returning to pre-2008 crisis conditions.

Trump rescinds DACA, putting 800,000 youth at risk of deportation

By Genevieve Leigh, 6 September 2017

The Trump administration is phasing out a government program that gave immigrants brought to the US as children limited protection from deportation.

Protesters denounce Trump’s repeal of DACA program

By our reporters, 6 September 2017

Demonstrators marched throughout the US Tuesday to protest the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and defend an estimated 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants.

Civil engineers’ reports on US flood preparedness: Lessons of Katrina and Sandy ignored

By Don Barrett, 6 September 2017

The two reports portray a system in complete chaos, with dozens of local and federal agencies struggling even to maintain levees and pumping stations.

Study highlights health epidemic: More than one in four US adults is obese

By Kayla Costa, 6 September 2017

Adult obesity rates for 2016 hit over 30 percent in 25 US states, and, in five states, topped 35 percent, the highest levels in the world.

Trump administration halts study on health impact of surface mining

By Keisha Gibbs, 6 September 2017

The Trump administration has ordered an abrupt halt to a study into potential public health hazards in areas near surface coal mining operations in Central Appalachia.

Trump and DeVos deepen the assault on public higher education

By Nancy Hanover, 6 September 2017

Public universities and colleges in the US are being starved of funding, while the Trump administration escalates its support to for-profit institutions.

What is behind the 57-hour San Diego/Tijuana border closure and renovation?

By Norisa Diaz, 6 September 2017

The expansion of the San Ysidro border crossing is not to improve the lives of working people, but to allow for the more efficient exploitation of their labor by multinational corporations.

Media and political establishment begin to move on as Houston residents return to devastated city

By Tom Hall, 5 September 2017

As the floodwaters begin to recede, the ruling class is moving to bury the social disaster that has only begun to unfold in Southeast Texas.

Immigrant community braces for Trump’s decision on DACA

By Genevieve Leigh, 5 September 2017

Trump is expected to announce the end of the federal program that offers limited citizenship rights to immigrants brought to the US as children, putting 800,000 youth at risk of deportation.

As school year starts teachers, parents and students face political struggle to defend public education

By Phyllis Steele, 5 September 2017

Nearly 50 million public school students are starting the new school year, along with more than four million teachers and support staff.

San Diego declares public health emergency after death toll from Hepatitis A outbreak rises to 14

By Kevin Martinez, 5 September 2017

At least ten people have succumbed to the infectious disease since officials promised a solution more than two months ago.

Los Angeles County wildfires prompt California governor to declare state of emergency

By Marc Wells, 5 September 2017

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County as wildfires threatened thousands of acres.

“We don’t know what kind of deal they’ve struck with the breakaway dealerships”

IAM isolates striking Chicago car mechanics, seeks separate agreements

By Jessica Goldstein, 5 September 2017

Striking Chicago-area auto mechanics remain militant during their fifth week of struggle while the union tries to shut down the strike by making deals with independent dealerships.

Oppose the militarist high school graduation policy of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 5 September 2017

Youth, students, and workers must oppose Mayor Emanuel’s new “Learn. Plan. Succeed.” policy for high school students, designed to force working class and poor students into the military.

Hurricane Harvey to be costliest US natural disaster

By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2017

With published estimates approaching $200 billion, Hurricane Harvey may have caused damage greater than Katrina and Sandy combined.

“The working class has organized to save the working class”

A Hurricane Harvey diary: Part 2

By Charles Abelard, 4 September 2017

A reader who has lived in Houston for four decades describes the impact of the storm, the rescue efforts organized by workers and runaway real estate development that has left the city vulnerable to flooding.

Boston area transit privatization plan goes forward amid allegations of corruption/mismanagement

By John Marion, 2 September 2017

Lack of rational planning combined with out-and-out corruption are the main contributing factors to the crisis of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority serving greater Boston.

Washington is preparing for nuclear war in Europe

By Johannes Stern, 2 September 2017

Amid mounting military and diplomatic tensions between the US and Russia, Congress has taken the first steps toward annulling the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Fetid floodwaters in the “chemical coast” carry toxins and disease

The incalculable human health consequences of Hurricane Harvey

By Gary Joad, 2 September 2017

The flooding in Houston, the acknowledged petrochemical capital of the world, has unleashed a toxic soup of chemicals, carcinogens and bacteria, posing a grave threat to human life.

A Hurricane Harvey diary

Part one

By Charles Abelard, 2 September 2017

The author is a member of the Socialist Equality Party who lived in Houston proper for 38 years and still lives in the area.

Notes on Police Violence

Salt Lake City nurse arrested after refusing demand to draw blood from unconscious patient

By Trévon Austin, 2 September 2017

Hospital surveillance and police bodycam footage released this week shows a nurse being unlawfully arrested and assaulted by a police officer.

Bannon realigns Breitbart political strategy after removal from Trump administration

By Eric London, 2 September 2017

With Stephen Bannon and Sebastian Gorka gone from the White House, the fascistic network around \ Breitbart News is developing its strategy of building a far-right nationalist movement.

Israel visit by Jared Kushner confirms demise of Middle East peace process

By Jean Shaoul, 2 September 2017

Emboldened by Trump’s support, Israel has expanded its West Bank settlements.

Canada toes Trump administration’s provocative line on North Korea

By Roger Jordan, 2 September 2017

Citing the alleged threat from North Korea, a growing number of Liberal politicians are urging Canada to join Washington’s ballistic missile defence shield.

Who will pay for the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey?

By Joseph Kishore, 2 September 2017

The consequences of what by some measures is the greatest natural disaster in American history will be far-reaching, not only for the millions of people directly affected, but for social and political stability in the United States .

More than 80 percent of homeowners impacted by Harvey lack flood insurance

By Niles Niemuth, 1 September 2017

Despite rapid development and expansion in recent years, Harris County, where Houston is located, has 25,000 fewer properties covered by flood insurance than in 2012.

Pakistan boycotts talks with US, rejects role for India in Afghanistan

By Sampath Perera, 1 September 2017

US President Trump’s Afghanistan strategy has provoked an angry reaction in Islamabad.

Anti-immigrant Texas bill SB4 implemented despite suspension of some key provisions

By Genevieve Leigh, 1 September 2017

The most controversial provision, giving local law enforcement the authority to demand proof of a person's immigration status during routine interactions, was allowed through.

Another war threat: Trump rules out talking to North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 31 August 2017

If negotiations are not an option, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that the US is preparing to attack North Korea militarily.

Flooding continues to inundate Gulf Coast as Harvey makes landfall in Louisiana

By Niles Niemuth, 31 August 2017

Hurricane Harvey is expected to far surpass any previous storm as the costliest in American history, with at least $190 billion in damage, equivalent to one percent of the national GDP.

Notes on Police Violence

Akron, Ohio police claim 17-year-old shot himself in the back of a police car

By Kevin Martinez, 31 August 2017

Relatives of Xavier McMullen want to know how the boy could have had a gun after being handcuffed and taken into custody.

Trump threatens North Korea with war

By Peter Symonds, 30 August 2017

By declaring “all options are on the table,” Trump effectively ruled out strong hints last week that a peaceful solution to the standoff could be found.

Judge quashes lawsuit by Sanders supporters against DNC

By a reporter, 30 August 2017

The civil suit charged the Democratic National Committee and its then-chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, with rigging the contest for the party’s presidential nomination.

Serious outbreaks of syphilis and hepatitis underscore social crisis in America

By Genevieve Leigh, 30 August 2017

Among drug users and the homeless in the US, diseases such as syphilis and hepatitis are making a dangerous comeback.

The Houston flood, the anarchy of the capitalist market and the case for socialist planning

By Niles Niemuth, 30 August 2017

Twelve years after Katrina, nothing has been done to strengthen flood control systems and build up the social infrastructure to limit the impact of major storms.