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The “treason” charge against Donald Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 19 July 2018

The Democrats have adopted a well-worn narrative from the history of the US right, merely changing the word “communism” to “Russia.”

Claiming that the war on poverty has been won, Trump administration works to gut social programs

By Shelley Connor, 19 July 2018

The White House report doubles down on the one consistent theme of the Trump administration: that the poor are imagining their poverty, and that all they lack is self-sufficiency and the impetus to work.

“We should be governing ourselves in this fight”

UPS workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters sellout

By Will Morrow, 19 July 2018

The proposed deal maintains poverty level wages for part-time workers, introduces a new lower-paid “hybrid” worker, and does nothing to address unsafe working conditions.

American Federation of Teachers convention devoted to boosting Democratic Party candidates

By Nancy Hanover, 19 July 2018

In the aftermath of the biggest teachers’ strike wave in 40 years, the American Federation of Teachers bureaucracy is seeking to head off a militant movement and defend its interests by promoting the Democrats in the mid-term elections.

In South Africa speech deploring “exploding inequality”

Obama boasts: “I’m surprised how much money I got”

By Barry Grey, 19 July 2018

Obama may be surprised at his recent entry into the American financial oligarchy, but it’s not for lack of effort on his part to “join the club.”

After Helsinki, Democrats incite “deep state” action against Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 17 July 2018

Trump’s appearance alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki unleashed a wave of denunciations from Democrats and the media, with former top intelligence officials calling for his ouster.

As protests continue, Chicago police release footage of Harith Augustus’ murder

By our reporters, 17 July 2018

The footage was released very quickly, against official protocol, as the city attempts to defuse popular anger over the shooting and police aggression towards protesters.

Wall Street celebrates Teamsters deal with UPS

By Kayla Costa, 17 July 2018

UPS workers are in a direct fight with the Teamsters union, which is seeking to impose management’s dictates and defend the financial interests of the union executives.

Vermont Medical Center nurses fight low pay and understaffing

By Mike Ingram, 17 July 2018

Nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center held a 48-hour strike last week after months of stalled negotiations for a new contract.

Pharmaceutical distributors flooded Missouri with opioids

By Shelley Connor, 17 July 2018

A Senate report found that three pharmaceutical companies shipped a total of 1.6 billion doses of opioids into Missouri between 2012 and 2017.

Families forced to rely on charity after Wisconsin explosion

By Jacob Crosse, 17 July 2018

The investigation into last week's explosion in Sun Prairie that killed one firefighter is still “ongoing,” with little information being released to the public.

Notes from the campaign trail

SEP campaign volunteers reflect on talking to thousands of workers in Michigan’s 12th District

By our reporters, 17 July 2018

Supporters and members of the SEP share their stories from campaigning to put Niles Niemuth on the November ballot for Michigan’s 12th congressional district.

210 Sanders speaks in Pittsburgh

17 July 2018

US war on immigrants continues

Trump using separated children to force “voluntary” deportations

By Alec Andersen, 5 July 2018

The Trump administration has responded to a court-ordered “family reunification” process by forcing immigrant parents with separated children into signing a document agreeing to deportation back to their country of origin.

“We live in police states, but people don’t realize it”

Quebec City anti-G7 protest forced to “run police gauntlet” its entire route

By our reporters, 11 June 2018

The massive military-style deployment in Quebec’s capital underscores that Canada’s ruling elite, like those of its G-7 allies, is intent on criminalizing social opposition.

US and imperialist allies launch strikes against Syria

By The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 14 April 2018

All of the governments participating in this new onslaught are crisis-ridden and lack any electoral legitimacy.

Anger grows over union effort to sabotage Oklahoma teachers strike

By Jerry White, 14 April 2018

Thousands of teachers showed up at the state capitol Friday in a show of defiance against the unions and school officials trying to break their two-week strike.

Comey memoir ignites new round in anti-Russia campaign against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 14 April 2018

Portions of the book, leaked to the press in advance of publication, have dominated US media coverage since Thursday.

US Department of Homeland Security compiling database of world’s journalists

By Will Morrow, 14 April 2018

The Trump administration is collecting and monitoring the “sentiments” and personal information of journalists and “media influencers” around the world.

Trump to consider rejoining TPP to step up pressure on China

By Nick Beams, 14 April 2018

The apparent turnaround is motivated by two immediate considerations: the need to be seen as taking action to alleviate pressure on US farmers threatened by the China tariffs, and the search for international allies against China.

US and North Korean officials discuss Trump-Kim summit

By Peter Symonds, 14 April 2018

The cynical character of Trump’s decision to meet with Kim Jong-un is underscored by the fact that two militarists—Pompeo and Bolton—are in charge of preparing the summit.

14,000 AT&T workers authorize strike as contract expirations loom

By Samuel Davidson, 14 April 2018

The over 90 percent vote to strike is part of a growing movement of the working class.

More US states imposing Medicaid work requirements

By Kate Randall, 14 April 2018

Some states are considering expanding Medicaid while at the same time imposing work requirements, premium payments and drug testing of recipients.

Two police killings in Billings, Montana in two days

By Bryan Dyne, 14 April 2018

More than 360 people have been killed by police in the US so far this year.

Facebook intensifies censorship ahead of congressional testimony by Zuckerberg

By Andre Damon, 9 April 2018

Zuckerberg announced Friday that his company will “require people who manage large pages to be verified,” i.e., they must provide the company, and by extension the US government, with their real names and locations.

Trump administration officials try to calm trade war fears

By Nick Beams, 9 April 2018

White House National Trade Council director Peter Navarro underscored the crucial importance of hi-tech development, both for US economic and military supremacy.

New York police release video and transcripts from shooting of unarmed man in Brooklyn

By Sandy English, 9 April 2018

In the video compilation, almost no one seems threatened and most people, inches from the man, hardly notice him.

Nashville parents, teachers and students decry public school cuts

By Keisha Gibbs and Warren Duzak, 9 April 2018

Public schools in Nashville, Tennessee face cuts to free food programs and elimination of funding to schools with impoverished students.

Lawsuit accuses Washington, D.C. of destroying personal belongings of the homeless

By Harvey Simpkins, 9 April 2018

Plaintiffs allege that their tents, mattresses, food, clothing, electronics and identity documents were either lost or destroyed during numerous city-led clearings of their encampment in 2016 and 2017.

Unions seek to hijack, shut down Oklahoma teachers strike as support for expanded struggle grows

By the Socialist Equality Party, 9 April 2018

As the strike by tens of thousands of Oklahoma teachers and support staff enters its second week, workers face a critical crossroads.

Chicago Ford workers speak out against treatment of temporary part-timers

By Marcus Day and Jessica Goldstein, 9 April 2018

Ford Chicago Assembly Plant workers raised questions over the UAW’s claim that 224 temporary part-time workers will be converted to full-time.

Democrats green-light Trump’s escalating war on immigrants

By Eric London, 31 March 2018

Amongst other measures, the Trump administration plans to block immigrants who have used social programs from receiving legal status.

ICE arrests wrongly convicted Chicago man released after 20 years in prison

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 31 March 2018

Ricardo Rodriguez, wrongfully convicted for the 1995 murder of a homeless man, was finally freed after 20 years behind bars, only to be immediately taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Wildcat sickouts hit Kentucky as teachers' struggle spreads

By Will Morrow, 31 March 2018

Teachers closed schools in opposition to a bill passed Thursday night that includes sweeping attacks to pensions.

Protests continue in Sacramento as autopsy shows police shot Stephon Clark multiple times in the back

By Alec Andersen, 31 March 2018

Hundreds of people have joined the protests against police violence that have occurred nearly every day over the two weeks since Clark’s murder.

Texas woman sentenced to five years in prison for voting while on probation

By Trévon Austin, 31 March 2018

The savage sentence against the 43-year-old worker highlights the increasing efforts to suppress the voting rights of working class Americans.

Homeless cleared from Anaheim, California encampment remain in limbo

By Adam Mclean, 31 March 2018

While the long-term future of the Anaheim homeless is still uncertain, the about-face by the county will strand them for the immediate term.

Fourth suicide since June at Hudson County, New Jersey jail

By Mark Ferretti, 31 March 2018

Carlos Borroto’s suicide is only the latest product of the criminal neglect and inadequate health care that has persisted for years at the Hudson County jail.

Quebec nurses rebel against forced overtime, budget cuts

By Louis Girard, 29 March 2018

Nurses and other health care workers have taken action to protest against draconian working conditions and a drastic decline in patient care due to years of austerity.

Hundreds of thousands of students march against mass violence in America

By Tom Hall, 25 March 2018

The scale of the demonstrations show that the crisis of American and world capitalism is working its way into the consciousness of young people and propelling a new generation into political struggle.

GM and Unifor collude to cut labour costs in Canada

By Carl Bronski, 22 March 2018

The moves to cut labour costs through outsourcing and early retirements at GM’s Ontario engine plant further expose the reactionary nature of the 2016 “framework agreements” rammed through by Unifor.

Teachers in Jersey City begin strike as demands for walkouts expand across the US

By our reporters, 17 March 2018

The Jersey City strike is part of a growing wave of working-class opposition in the US, following the shutdown of the West Virginia teachers strike earlier this month.

As strike by 1,400 US telecom workers enters third week

Frontier hires Pinkerton agents, obtains restraining order

By Zac Corrigan, 17 March 2018

The injunction is based on accusations made by hired Pinkerton agents of alleged "abuse" on the part of striking workers toward strikebreakers.

Death toll rises to six in Miami bridge collapse as new information emerges about contractors

By Matthew Taylor, 17 March 2018

As rescue operations continue, new information has emerged about the companies responsible for the Miami bridge collapse on Thursday

Alabama and Georgia carry out executions, Oklahoma to begin using nitrogen gas

By Alec Andersen, 17 March 2018

Two successive executions by lethal injection Thursday night followed the announcement that death row prisoners in Oklahoma would soon be killed through asphyxiation.

In name of fighting sex trafficking, US Congress set to pass internet censorship law

By Will Morrow, 17 March 2018

The bill will enable the prosecution of online platforms based on content posted by individual users.

New York Times chides Trump for insufficient aggression against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2018

The Times editorial underscore the newspaper’s role as a propaganda organ for leading elements in the US military and intelligence apparatus that are pressing for war.

Transnational beer corporation creates water crisis in northern Mexico

By Alex González, 10 March 2018

Constellation Brands set up beer manufacturing plants in drought-prone cities and is threatening the region with a water crisis.

Trump uses Australian PM’s visit to threaten North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 24 February 2018

Trump warned that if sanctions on North Korea did not work he would move to “phase two,” which could be “a very rough thing.”

Walkout by West Virginia teachers to continue through Monday

By Shannon Jones, 24 February 2018

The unions announced the extension of the two-day strike on Friday evening, fearful that the anger of teachers could erupt outside of their control.

After Parkland shooting, Trump calls for teachers to be armed

By Niles Niemuth, 24 February 2018

The president has argued that allowing teachers and school staff, particularly military veterans, to carry concealed weapons would deter potential school shooters and protect students.

US Federal Communications Commission sets end date for net neutrality

By Will Morrow, 24 February 2018

Beginning on April 23, multibillion-dollar corporations such as Comcast and AT&T will be able to restrict access to or completely censor web sites.

Florida inmate denounces governor, screams “Murderers!” before lethal injection

By Kate Randall, 24 February 2018

Despite briefs filed by a group of former judges, Florida Supreme Court justices and other professionals, the US Supreme Court denied a stay of execution.

Notes from Puerto Rico

Wave of home foreclosures expected to hit Puerto Rico

By Antonio Castro, 24 February 2018

This is the third in a series of on-the-ground updates from a Puerto Rican worker on the unfolding crisis on the island in the wake of Hurricane María.

Boston: MBTA infrastructure and working conditions worsen

By John Marion, 24 February 2018

The record snowfall of February 2015 shut down the entire Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority system multiple times.

West Virginia teachers take a stand

By Joseph Kishore, 24 February 2018

The two-day strike by teachers in West Virginia is part of a growing wave of working-class opposition throughout the US and internationally.

Opposition grows among students and youth to Internet censorship

By our reporters, 24 February 2018

Student who spoke with the IYSSE talked about the power of the Internet to organize opposition and disseminate information outside the control of the corporate and state media.

Canada’s defence minister touts new offensive cyberwar powers

By Laurent Lafrance, 8 February 2018

CSE is to be empowered to launch offensive cyber attacks on foreign targets, including individuals, state organizations, and reputed terrorist groups deemed a threat to Canada’s “national security.”

UAW contracts must be declared null and void

By Jerry White, 7 February 2018

The corruption revealed in the unfolding scandal is not an aberration, but expresses the very essence of the UAW.

Unifor disaffiliates from Canadian Labour Congress in spat over “raiding”

By Carl Bronski, 1 February 2018

None of the rival rightwing factions involved in the current inter-union squabble over union dues represents the interests of the working class.

Conflict in Washington escalates with report Trump sought to fire special prosecutor

By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2018

The front-page story in the New York Times marks a new stage in the ongoing political warfare in Washington.

The “fractured world”: Plutocrats convene in Davos amid war and great-power conflict

By Andre Damon, 27 January 2018

The 47th annual World Economic Forum was dominated by apprehension over every aspect of global politics and economics, from the possibility of a 2008-style financial collapse to the threat of a new world war.

037 Video interview with Albanian immmigrant in Detroit

27 January 2018

Thousands of students stranded as Ohio cyber charter school suddenly shuts down

By Nancy Hanover, 27 January 2018

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an Ohio online-only school, abruptly shut down last week, amid multiple scandals over millions of dollars of state aid.

Nashville mayor tight-lipped on plans to gut services at General Hospital

By Warren Duzak, 27 January 2018

Mayor Barry has proposed turning the hospital into an outpatient clinic, leaving the poor and working class families without an inpatient facility, hospital beds, major surgical facilities.

Notes on police violence

Unarmed 25-year-old shot nine times at close range by US Park Police

By Harvey Simpkins, 27 January 2018

While Bijan Ghaisar was gunned downed by police on November 17 of last year, police dashcam video of the incident was only released on Wednesday.

Ontario Tory leader felled by unsubstantiated sexual misconduct allegations

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 27 January 2018

Within the space of four hours, Brown went from being the favourite to be Ontario’s next premier to a political outcast—all on the basis of unsubstantiated, anonymous allegations.

New York Times cashes in on Facebook’s news censorship

By Will Morrow, 27 January 2018

Establishment news organizations such as the Times, publicly discredited by their role as state propaganda outlets for decades, see censorship as a means to regain lost readers.

A socialist strategy is needed to defend immigrants!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 27 January 2018

The ongoing negotiations in Washington over DACA and TPS prove that the defense of immigrants requires a break with the Democrats and a turn to the working class.

US budget charade causes government shutdown

By Eric London, 20 January 2018

Whatever the immediate outcome of the ongoing budget negotiations, the result will shift the political landscape even further to the right.

Pentagon unveils strategy for military confrontation with Russia and China

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2018

The document presented by Defense Secretary James Mattis confirms an open shift by US imperialism toward preparations for a third world war.

Extension of warrantless NSA spying, with bipartisan support, heads to Trump for signature

By Fred Mazelis, 20 January 2018

Lopsided votes in both the US Senate and House reflect the role of Democrats as a party of American imperialism.

Immigration agents destroy humanitarian water supplies along US-Mexico border

By Will Morrow, 20 January 2018

The actions of border agents are the logical outcome of the bipartisan policy to deter immigrants from reaching the United States.

Federal agency promotes religious “exceptions” to health care

By Ed Hightower, 20 January 2018

A government office devoted to protecting the religious freedom of health care workers is a solution in search of a problem.

US house fires kill 320 since Christmas, up 50 percent from last year

By Steve Filips and Matthew Richter, 20 January 2018

The total of fire deaths in the US due to intense winter weather has increased dramatically since Christmas.

DC Metro train derails, passengers stranded for 90 minutes

By Harvey Simpkins, 20 January 2018

In yet another mishap on Washington D.C.’s chronically underfunded public transportation system, a Metro train derailed on Monday, causing three of the eight cars to go off track.

One year of Democratic sabotage of opposition to Trump

By Barry Grey, 20 January 2018

The Democratic Party has spent the past year suppressing and diverting popular resistance to the Trump administration.

After Trump’s racist outburst, Democrats plead for anti-immigrant “compromise” with White House

By Niles Niemuth and Barry Grey, 15 January 2018

Trump has responded to the Democrats’ mixture of servility and phony outrage by doubling down on his demands for curbs on immigration.

Cold-related deaths in Wisconsin expose abysmal social conditions

By Christopher Davion and Matthew Verhoven, 15 January 2018

Nine people died in Wisconsin due to exposure to freezing temperatures that began in the final week of 2017.

Homeless deaths skyrocket in major Canadian cities

By Janet Browning, 15 January 2018

The rising death rate among Canada’s homeless underscores the cynicism and insincerity of the federal Liberals’ housing strategy.

US AFRICOM blacklists reporter Nick Turse as “not a legitimate journalist”

By Eddie Haywood, 15 January 2018

The move is of a piece with the global effort to censor oppositional and alternative viewpoints on the Internet.

Trump’s racist comments trigger international condemnation

By James Cogan, 13 January 2018

Officials of the Trump administration have been left to make desperate attempts to contain the diplomatic fallout.

Aluminum giants lock out one thousand ABI workers in Quebec

By Laurent Lafrance, 13 January 2018

A joint venture of Alcoa and Rio Tinto Alcan, ABI has locked out 1,030 workers at its Bécancour smelter after they massively rejected the company’s final offer.

The deadly impact of Hurricane María extends to US hospitals

Power outages set off IV bag shortages

By Genevieve Leigh, 13 January 2018

Ongoing power outages in Puerto Rico have set off a severe crisis of IV bag shortages on the US mainland, exacerbated by a sharp increase in flu cases nationwide.

House Democrats supply votes to block limits on NSA spying

By Niles Niemuth, 13 January 2018

The Democratic Party’s support ensures the illegal surveillance program that began under George W. Bush and was expanded by Obama will pass unscathed into the hands of Donald Trump.

Walmart closes 63 Sam’s Club locations, lays off thousands of employees

By Trévon Austin, 13 January 2018

The closures and mass layoffs expose the media hype surrounding Walmart’s announced raising of wages.

Deadly mudslides in Southern California expose inadequate infrastructure

By Dan Conway, 13 January 2018

Four days after 3-foot-high mudslides raged through the California coastal community of Montecito, rescuers continue to search for survivors.

Washington Post columnist goes after Woody Allen’s “lechery”

By David Walsh, 13 January 2018

In peculiarly American fashion, layers of the well-heeled middle class have suddenly discovered piety and morality, at least in public. An absurd and repulsive prudishness has overtaken the media and official circles.

The campaign over the “unfitness” of Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 8 January 2018

The Democrats, once again, avoid any appeal to popular opposition to the right-wing policies of Trump and the Republicans.

Puerto Rico, more than 100 days after Hurricane Maria: The class issues

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 January 2018

The absence of planning for the hurricane and the lack of any significant response to the devastation by the local and federal governments has had deadly consequences.

Motel 6 sued for passing on guest information to ICE immigration officials

By Norisa Diaz, 8 January 2018

The lawsuit addresses widespread practices at numerous locations where Motel 6 handed over the names, birthdates, driver's license numbers, license-plate numbers and room numbers of at least 9,000 guests to immigration officials without warrants.

Rising rents put low income US renters in severe jeopardy

By Debra Watson, 8 January 2018

Rent burdens have increased in the US over the past 15 years, putting workers at the lower end of the pay scale in severe housing jeopardy.

Trump “defends” the right to protest in Iran, criminalizes protest in Washington

By E.P. Milligan, 8 January 2018

Even as Trump was bloviating about the right to protest in Iran, his Justice Department was carrying out a political trial against peaceful protesters in a brazen attack on the freedom of speech and assembly guaranteed by the US Constitution.

Tell-all book on Trump White House intensifies US political crisis

By Barry Grey, 6 January 2018

The book has received nonstop media coverage and provided new ammunition for those factions within the ruling class that are pushing for Trump’s removal from office.

Gentrification fueling eviction crisis in New York City

By Steve Light, 6 January 2018

The rise in eviction cases demonstrates the increasing unaffordability of housing in working class neighborhoods in New York City.

Over 20 dead in winter storm as US cold wave continues

By Kathleen Martin, 6 January 2018

While media reports are conflicting, the winter storm emerging from the ‘bomb cyclone’ on the eastern coast of the US has directly claimed at least 22 lives, with the number expected to rise over the weekend.

December US jobs report reveals weaker than expected growth

By Trévon Austin, 6 January 2018

The modest improvement in the unemployment rate and number of jobs added over the last year are not reflective of the real situation confronting millions of workers.

Foxconn tax subsidies to build Wisconsin plant reach over $4 billion

By George Gallanis, 6 January 2018

Decades of deindustrialization have created unprecedented levels of social inequality, poverty and unemployment, which corporations like Foxconn can exploit.

Daphne Merkin’s “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings”

The New York Times’ reactionary sexual harassment campaign runs into opposition

By David Walsh, 6 January 2018

In a column Friday, critic and novelist Daphne Merkin acknowledges there is considerable hostility to the current sexual misconduct witch-hunt even within its target demographic.

As teachers face new battles against Trump

Lessons of the fight against Obama’s “school reform”—Part 2

By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 6 January 2018

Taken together, the seminal struggles of teachers and other public sector workers in Wisconsin (2011), Chicago (2012) and Detroit (2015-16) contain powerful political lessons for the defense of education and workers’ rights.