By Niall Green, 10 September 2012
The Obama administration is intensifying its bloody campaign in the impoverished Middle Eastern country of Yemen.
By Charles Abelard, 10 September 2012
Austin police detectives infiltrated a protest at the Port of Houston and advised the young protesters to use illegal equipment, resulting in felony charges after their arrest.
By Allison Smith and Rafael Azul, 10 September 2012
The administration of Governor Jerry Brown and the Democratic Party controlled legislature are intensifying the practice of raiding special funds, including some that provide vital services to Californians.
By Joseph Kishore, 10 September 2012
With the conclusion of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, the US presidential elections are entering their final phase.
By our correspondents, 10 September 2012
On Saturday, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White addressed an audience of 170 at the historic Humboldt University in Berlin.
By Johannes Stern, 10 September 2012
David Ignatius of the Washington Post draws a revealing parallel between the CIA operation in Afghanistan in the 1980s and the current war in Syria.
By Andre Damon, 8 September 2012
Less than 12 hours after US President Barack Obama gave his speech at the Democratic National Convention, a disastrous jobs report released Friday shattered the administration’s pretenses of an “economic recovery.”
By Barry Grey, 8 September 2012
Barack Obama's speech Thursday night accepting the Democratic Party's nomination provided a fittingly cynical and demagogic conclusion to two weeks of media-scripted conventions staged by the two official parties.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2012
Washington is rushing a beefed-up contingent of CIA operatives to the border between Turkey and Syria in a bid to escalate the war for regime change.
By Ed Patrick, 8 September 2012
Canada’s Conservative government is continuing the decade-long vendetta Canadian and U.S. authorities have mounted against Omar Khadr, the “child soldier” who has been detained at Guantanamo Bay for the past decade.
By Bryan Dyne, 8 September 2012
US Steel and the United Steelworkers union on Sunday announced a tentative concessions agreement affecting 16,000 USW members.
By David Brown, 8 September 2012
Proposition 30 will raise taxes on the working class in California without ending the cuts to education and social services.
US political conventions
By Patrick Martin, 7 September 2012
Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans could honestly address the crisis of the profit system and its impact on working people.
By Joseph Kishore, 7 September 2012
Former President Bill Clinton’s speech, in common with the entire narrative created by the Democrats to reelect Obama, was an exercise in fantasy and myth-making.
By Ed Hightower, 7 September 2012
A federal court has refused to block enforcement of the most draconian section of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law directing police to determine the status of people they stop while enforcing traffic regulations or other laws.
By Kate Randall, 7 September 2012
A USDA study shows that one in six people in the US lives in a household that is at risk for hunger.
By Shannon Jones, 7 September 2012
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation this week requiring public school employees to contribute more toward their pensions and eliminating paid retiree health care benefits for new-hires.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 September 2012
The new revelations of CIA waterboarding of Libyan detainees underscore the criminality of US foreign policy and both major political parties.
By our reporter, 7 September 2012
Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate Jerry White addressed an attentive audience of more than 60 workers, retirees, students and youth in London Thursday evening.
By Andre Damon, 6 September 2012
As students start the new school year across North America and Europe, young people face mass unemployment, renewed attacks on education, and poverty.
By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2012
Paid scriptwriters have produced nearly every word spoken in the course of the three-day convention.
By Keith Jones, 6 September 2012
The Parti Québécois has won enough seats to form a minority government, ending nine years’ of Liberal rule.
By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2012
The blunt reactions of Chinese officials and the media point to deepening resentment at the Obama administration’s aggressive intervention into the region.
By Ed Hightower, 6 September 2012
Thousands of residents in communities outside of New Orleans remain in shelters, unable to return to homes that remain submerged in up to ten feet of water.
By Tony Colton and Hector Cordon, 6 September 2012
Beginning September 1, the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (TriMet) implemented fare increases and cuts in services in order to overcome a $12 million budget shortfall.
By Julien Kiemle, 6 September 2012
California’s Democratic-controlled legislature overwhelmingly passed a drastic pension reform bill and sent it to Governor Jerry Brown last Friday.
First night of Democratic convention
By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2012
Speaker after speaker praised the auto bailout, which resulted in the slashing of wages and benefits and the destruction of tens of thousands of jobs.
By our correspondents, 5 September 2012
Around one thousand people took part in a demonstration through the center of Frankfurt September 1 under the slogan: “Stop the war! Hands off Syria.”
By Hector Cordon, 5 September 2012
A Missouri letter carrier’s death in July was due to extreme heat exposure, a medical examiner has determined.
By Don Knowland, 5 September 2012
California’s Democratic governor and legislators, with the collusion of major unions, have gutted the compensation and medical benefits of injured workers.
By Rafael Azul, 5 September 2012
On August 24, Mexican police shot and wounded two American CIA agents.
By Julie Hyland, 5 September 2012
Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate in November’s US presidential elections has arrived in England on the second leg of his international tour.
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By Tom Peters, 4 September 2012
Washington is asserting itself throughout the Pacific region and stoking tensions with China.
By Kate Randall, 4 September 2012
In an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, former Obama advisers advocate “bundling” care, “tiered” health care plans, and other rationing measures to cut health care costs.
By Tom Carter, 4 September 2012
Last month, the California State Assembly passed a resolution urging state educational institutions to limit criticism of the state of Israel on campuses.
By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2012
There is a division of labor between the Democratic and Republican parties, but both serve the interests of the corporate ruling elite.
By E.P. Bannon, 4 September 2012
A campaign team visited cities across the state in order to solicit the support needed to place SEP candidates Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer on the ballot in November.
By John Andrews, 3 September 2012
More than 20 years after the videotaped assault on Rodney King supposedly spurred reform in the Los Angeles Police Department, three videos surface depicting beatings and death at the hands of the police.
By Nick Beams, 3 September 2012
The gathering demonstrated that the central bankers do not even understand the workings of the system over which they are supposed to preside.
By Shannon Jones, 3 September 2012
The stand taken by Chrysler Dundee Engine Plant workers, who overwhelmingly rejected a local contract last month, is winning broad support.
By Debra Watson, 3 September 2012
Sixty thousand individual welfare recipients have been removed from Michigan welfare rolls since last fall.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 September 2012
Supporters of the SEP presidential campaign spoke to residents and youth in Cortland, New York about their working conditions and future prospects.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 September 2012
US Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday shut down a three-year investigation into CIA torture and murder of detainees, with no charges being brought against anyone.
By Nick Beams, 1 September 2012
US Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke left the way open for the Fed to deliver a further boost to financial markets in the near future.
By Keith Jones, 1 September 2012
In the name of defending Quebec values and the French language, the Parti Québécois has vowed to enact a series of anti-democratic measures should it win next Tuesday’s provincial election.
By Gary Joad, 1 September 2012
A public television production documented the painful and ill experiences of millions of working class families as they seek dental care in the US.
By Joseph Kishore, 31 August 2012
Romney’s speech closed a three-day convention, in which the Republican Party put on display the extreme right-wing program upon which it is campaigning.
By Chris Marsden, 31 August 2012
Turkey’s appeal to the United Nations Security Council for the creation of a no-fly zone in Syria is laying the ground for military intervention.
By Philip Guelpa, 31 August 2012
The $150 million deal to create new apartments in one of New York’s first skyscrapers is an index of inequality, which continues to widen in the midst of the growing economic crisis.
By Nick Barrickman, 31 August 2012
According to the US Department of Justice, school officials in Meridian, Mississippi have been running a “school-to-prison pipeline” for youth in the public school system.
By David Walsh, 31 August 2012
Whatever the ultimate damage caused by Hurricane Isaac, it has underscored once again the social crisis in America and the failure of its political system.
By our reporters, 31 August 2012
Supporters of SEP candidates Jerry White for president and Phyllis Scherrer for vice president recently won support for the socialist campaign at Detroit’s Eastern Market.
Seven years after the Katrina disaster
By Andre Damon, 30 August 2012
Hurricane Isaac made landfall in eastern Louisiana Wednesday morning, forcing thousands of people to flee, leaving hundreds of thousands without power, and causing untold millions in property damage.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 August 2012
The massive rise in US arms sales is driven by the accelerating turn toward aggressive war as a means of achieving the strategic objectives of US imperialism.
By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2012
The convention adopted an ultra-right platform and rubber-stamped the nomination of Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential candidate.
By Ed Hightower, 30 August 2012
In a ruling handed down August 21, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a Texas regulation that effectively cuts off funding to clinics operated by Planned Parenthood.
By Nick Barrickman, 30 August 2012
As the impact of the economic crisis on working class families deepens, millions across the country are confronting the threats of foreclosure, bankruptcy, and homelessness. Those who fall through the cracks of society are being met with attacks on safety net programs at every level of government. The budgetary assault is accompanied by legislation aimed at criminalizing the poor, such as drug testing for welfare and food aid, laws against panhandling and homeless encampments, and aggressive use of child protective services against families who fall on hard times.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2012
Three US Marines and six soldiers escaped criminal charges in connection with the videotaped urination on the corpses of slain Afghans and the burning of copies of the Koran, incidents that provoked bloody unrest earlier this year.
By Kate Randall, 29 August 2012
Hurricane Isaac was expected to make landfall on the Gulf Coast early this morning, exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the region on August 29, 2005.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 August 2012
This week we report a police killing in the nation’s capital, the untenable cost of child care, Florida’s effort to purge unemployment insurance rolls of hundreds of thousands, the doubling of the Georgia high school dropout rate, and the crisis in home energy assistance funding.
By Keith Jones, 29 August 2012
In the run-up to next week’s election, Quebec’s major parties are trading accusations of corruption, promoting right-wing policy planks, and engaging in mutual finger-pointing as to who is responsible for the perilous state of the province’s public health care system.
By Chris Marsden, 29 August 2012
The Obama administration is treading a well-worn path by citing “weapons of mass destruction” as a pretext for waging war against Syria.
By our reporter, 29 August 2012
Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board has approved placing Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer on the state’s ballot in November, reversing an earlier recommendation from the board’s staff.
By Nick Beams, 28 August 2012
The latest FOMC meeting amounted to an acknowledgement that while the financial system continues to operate on a day-to-day basis, in a longer-term, historical sense it has completely broken down.
By Barry Grey, 28 August 2012
There is in this year's quadrennial conventions an unabashed flaunting of the role of corporate money in what passes for American democracy that goes beyond even the debased levels of previous presidential campaigns.
By Thomas Gaist, 28 August 2012
As part of the attack on social services, the Sonoma Developmental Center in northern California is threatened with permanent closure.
By a campaign team, 28 August 2012
SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer and a campaign team spoke to Chicago teachers at an informational picket outside of a middle school.
Standardized testing for five-year-olds
By Isabelle Belanger, 28 August 2012
Test developer ACT, Inc., in partnership with Pearson, is creating a new series of tests to measure the aptitude of students as young as five years old for college or a career.
28 August 2012
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By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2012
Millions of American workers who lost their jobs after the 2008 Wall Street crash have failed to find work, while millions more have taken jobs at much lower wages.
By Eric London, 27 August 2012
Last week’s report by Washington D.C. political blog The Hill details the vast wealth of House and Senate members.
By Philip Guelpa and Fred Mazelis, 27 August 2012
The second police shooting within two weeks on the busy streets of midtown Manhattan underscored the readiness of the authorities to use police-state tactics to maintain “law and order.”
By Naomi Spencer, 27 August 2012
Over the past week, documented cases of West Nile virus have doubled across the US, with most cases in the South and Southwest.
By Alan Gilman, 27 August 2012
Eight percent of the lawyers and support staff will be laid off from the federal legal services nonprofit due to congressional budget cuts.
By Peter Daniels, 25 August 2012
A Gallup poll shows many parts of the country with more than 20 percent of families facing hunger, while drought conditions push food costs further beyond the reach of millions.
By Barry Grey, 25 August 2012
Major layoff announcements in the US and internationally point to deepening slump and intensifying attacks on workers’ wages and living standards.
By Kate Randall, 25 August 2012
The election campaign debate on Medicare is a façade behind which the two big business parties are preparing an unprecedented attack on not only Medicare, but Social Security and all that remains of the social welfare programs enacted since the New Deal.
By Niles Williamson, 25 August 2012
A team of SEP supporters campaigned with the vice-presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer at the Milwaukee Area Technical College in West Allis, Wisconsin. This was the first day of classes and the students were eager to discuss the campaign.
By Alexander Fangmann, 24 August 2012
The following is a letter the WSWS received on our article, “Chicago Teachers Union agrees to lengthening of the school day,” and a reply by the author, Alexander Fangmann.
By Alex Lantier, 24 August 2012
Fighting is intensifying in Syria and throughout the Near East, as US and NATO officials escalate war threats against Syria.
By Peter Symonds, 24 August 2012
North Korea is Washington’s stated reason for constructing anti-missile systems in Asia, but the real target is China.
Pew Research: “Fewer, Poorer, Gloomier: The Lost Decade of the Middle Class”
By David Walsh, 24 August 2012
A survey released by the Pew Research Center adds details to the picture of an American society divided sharply along class lines and dominated by growing social inequality.
By Keith Jones, 24 August 2012
The large turnout in Wednesday’s demonstration attests to the fact that youth and workers are as determined as ever in their opposition to the Liberal government’ rightwing agenda, but CLASSE made no effort to draw the political lessons of the past six months of struggle.
By Jeff Lusanne, 24 August 2012
Two young women were killed after a train loaded with coal derailed without warning in Ellicott City, Maryland Tuesday night.
By Jean Shaoul, 24 August 2012
This is the conclusion of a two-part examination of the background to the current crisis in Lebanon.
Phyllis Scherrerr and SEP candidate for vice president, 24 August 2012
Three million teachers return to public schools across the country for the 2012-2013 school year under conditions where the destruction of public education is a top bipartisan priority spearheaded by the Obama administration.
By a WSWS reporting team, 23 August 2012
Workers at the Chrysler Dundee Engine plant in Michigan spoke to WSWS reporters about the sellout local contract they recently rejected by a decisive margin.
By Patrick Martin, 23 August 2012
Top Republicans, including presidential candidate Mitt Romney, have demanded that Todd Akin step down as the party’s candidate for US Senate from Missouri.
By Jean Shaoul, 23 August 2012
This is the first part of a two-part article examining the background to the current crisis in Lebanon.
By Carl Bronski, 23 August 2012
Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty is recalling the provincial legislature next week to pass legislation imposing sweeping concessions on the province’s elementary and secondary school teachers.
By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2012
Yesterday US and NATO officials discussed plans for a US invasion of Syria to bring down Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
By Kate Randall, 22 August 2012
The crossover between the Obama heath care overhaul and Romney’s proposals for Medicare exposes the bipartisan attack being prepared against Medicare and other social programs.
By Tom Hall, 22 August 2012
The University of New Orleans and Southern University at New Orleans are planning deep cuts to compensate for declining state funding.
By our reporters, 22 August 2012
Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party are campaigning this week in Louisiana to put the party’s candidates, Jerry White for President and Phyllis Scherrer for vice president, on the ballot.
By Peter Symonds, 21 August 2012
The editorial cynically blames China for the dangerous tensions in the strategic waters that the Obama administration has deliberately stoked in the past two years.
By Barry Grey, 21 August 2012
In the figure of former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine, key aspects of the criminalization of the US ruling elite and the thoroughgoing corruption of its political system come together.
By Ed Hightower, 21 August 2012
Last Thursday, Republican candidate for US president Mitt Romney attempted to quell criticism by the Obama campaign about his personal fortune and proposed tax plan.
By Mitch Marcus, 21 August 2012
Last week the Michigan state legislature passed a bill that strips retirement health care from all newly hired teachers and greatly increases the cost of their pensions while setting in motion plans to altogether eliminate them.
By Keith Jones, 21 August 2012
The trade unions, the New Democratic Party, the union- and Parti Quebecois-allied student associations and the entire Quebec pseudo-left politically suffocated the strike, confining it to a student protest aimed at pressuring the Charest government and the Quebec elite.