By Clement Daly, 21 November 2012
Patriot Coal is seeking to discharge health care and pension obligations for more than 22,000 miners through bankruptcy.
By Julien Kiemle, 21 November 2012
After a year of record numbers of homicides, California Highway Patrol officers will be brought in to aid local law enforcement police the city's streets.
By Peter Symonds, 20 November 2012
The US focus on the region is part of a broader diplomatic offensive aimed at undermining China’s position throughout Asia.
“There are a lot of people here who need help”
By Shannon Jones, 20 November 2012
The huge turnout at a winter coat distribution in Detroit is another sign of the dire hardship facing residents in the city and surrounding suburbs.
By Clement Daly, 20 November 2012
Murray Energy, the largest privately owned coal mining company in the US, announced layoffs in response to the so-called “war on coal.”
By Naomi Spencer, 20 November 2012
The DC housing voucher wait list is more than two decades long, Colorado child welfare workers are “at the breaking point,” and people in poverty are twice as likely to suffer depression.
By Isabelle Belanger, 20 November 2012
The US Air Force is proposing the installation of a drone squadron at the Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls, New York, which has been under repeated threat of closure since 2005.
By Marcus Day, 20 November 2012
Last week, members of the Graduate Employees Organization at University of Illinois voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.
20 November 2012
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By Barry Grey, 19 November 2012
Congressional Republicans have seized on the Petraeus resignation to accuse the administration of a cover-up in connection with the Benghazi events.
By Andre Damon, 19 November 2012
In an article published Thursday, the New York Times claims that the Democrats and Republicans colluded to bury discussion of the cuts to social spending planned after the election.
By Bryan Dyne, 19 November 2012
An explosion on board an oil rig owned by Black Elk Energy in the Gulf of Mexico has killed at least one worker, with another missing and presumed dead as of Sunday afternoon.
By Ed Patrick, 19 November 2012
Canada’s parliament is on the verge of adopting a law that would make persons wearing a mask at a police-designated “unlawful assembly” liable to a 5-year prison term.
By Lawrence Porter, 19 November 2012
On Election Day, Michigan voted overwhelmingly to reject Proposal 2, a union-backed constitutional initiative promoted as a measure to defend collective bargaining rights.
By Nick Barrickman, 19 November 2012
The planned closures, consisting of mostly elementary and middle schools, would largely fall on the impoverished southeast section of the city.
A new “irrepressible conflict”
By our reporters, 19 November 2012
The public meeting focused on the significance of the elections and the measures taken by the Obama administration immediately afterward.
By Ernst Wolff, 17 November 2012
The Economic Community of West African States has reiterated its readiness to deploy 3,300 soldiers to the north of Mali before the start of the rainy season.
By Patrick Martin, 17 November 2012
The so-called “fiscal cliff” is a pretext for a reactionary onslaught against Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other social benefits.
By Bryan Dyne, 17 November 2012
BP has reached a settlement on all criminal claims with the US Department of Justice and on all securities claims with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
By a WSWS reporting team, 17 November 2012
Residents of Knickerbocker Village had called for a rent strike over the lack of electricity, heat and hot water, conditions that led to the deaths of two elderly residents last week.
By Kate Randall, 17 November 2012
The new Census report showing 50 million Americans living in poverty is a damning indictment of American capitalism.
By Andre Damon, 16 November 2012
With the 2012 presidential election over, the Obama administration has turned to its first order of business: the slashing trillions of dollars from Medicare, Medicaid, and other social spending.
By Kate Randall, 16 November 2012
The news that nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty received little attention in the media or from the Obama administration a little more than a week after the 2012 elections.
By Keith Jones, 16 November 2012
Having worked to defuse the political crisis precipitated by the student strike, the PQ is now pivoting to directly implementing the bourgeoisie’s austerity agenda.
By David Walsh, 16 November 2012
The ISO has responded to the recent US election with general satisfaction over Democrat Barack Obama’s return to the White House and an ever-greater obsession with race.
By our reporter, 16 November 2012
The workers and youth who voted for the SEP made a class-conscious decision to support a socialist alternative to the two big business parties.
By Barry Grey, 15 November 2012
The far-reaching and reactionary substance of Obama's social policy emerges very clearly in secret documents that were leaked last weekend.
By Naomi Spencer, 15 November 2012
Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers, could face the death penalty if the Army recommends a court-martial.
By Naomi Spencer, 15 November 2012
In testimony from Afghanistan, witnesses to the March 11 massacre described scenes of terror and grief.
By A. Woodson, 15 November 2012
Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit Hoboken, residents of the New Jersey city came to the local high school seeking aid from FEMA and other agencies.
By Dan Conway, 15 November 2012
Even the most optimistic analysts admit that the proposition’s passage will not in any meaningful way increase public education funding.
By Shannon Jones, 15 November 2012
Snack maker Hostess said it is permanently closing three plants as strikes by members of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union continue.
By Barry Grey, 14 November 2012
The hour-long meeting at the White House was the first act in a carefully orchestrated campaign to convince the public that unprecedented social cuts are the only alternative to economic disaster in the form of the “fiscal cliff.”
By Patrick Martin, 14 November 2012
The purpose of propaganda about the “cliff” is to create a sense of financial emergency and override opposition to measures Obama and Congress will put forward to avert it, including cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 November 2012
Gen. John Allen is now under investigation in connection with the woman whose complaint initiated the probe leading to David Petraeus’ resignation as CIA director.
By Kate Randall, 14 November 2012
Brett Hartman was the third person put to death in Ohio since the state ended a six-month moratorium on executions.
By Shane Feratu and James Brewer, 14 November 2012
Following the sellout of the Chicago teachers' strike last September, suburban teachers have been hit with concessions contracts.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 November 2012
One week after the reelection of President Barack Obama, the drumbeat for war against Syria has escalated sharply.
By Nancy Hanover, 13 November 2012
The Obama administration has continued the overall trend of pricing the working class out of higher education.
By John Marion, 13 November 2012
Police S.W.A.T. teams, public transit police, the Coast Guard, “intelligence” personnel, and bomb disposal units conducted Urban Shield exercises in subway stations, abandoned movie theaters, and other public locations in Boston.
By Niall Green, 12 November 2012
With the US elections out of the way, Washington and its allies have stepped up their campaign for regime-change against Syria.
By Barry Grey, 12 November 2012
The claim promoted by both the media and the political establishment that Petraeus’ resignation has no political dimension is not credible.
By Tom Carter, 12 November 2012
The 1965 Voting Rights Act ranks among the most significant reforms that emerged from the upheavals of the civil rights period.
By Philip Guelpa, 12 November 2012
Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Sandy’s landfall, hundreds of thousands are still suffering from the lack of response to the storm.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 November 2012
The city of Chicago’s first job fair was quickly revealed to be a media stunt, with more than 3,000 workers lining up to apply online for 55 positions.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 November 2012
With the US elections out of the way, the American ruling class is moving with remarkable speed to implement a deeply unpopular agenda.
By Andre Damon, 10 November 2012
In his first public statement since election night, Barack Obama said Friday that his main priority in the coming months will be to slash the federal budget deficit.
By Peter Symonds, 10 November 2012
President Obama’s first international trip since being re-elected will be to South East Asia, including Burma, Thailand and Cambodia.
By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2012
The results demonstrate political crisis and dwindling popular support for both parties.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 November 2012
Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accused of carrying out a massacre of Afghan civilians, faces 16 counts of murder.
By Kate Randall, 10 November 2012
A top Massachusetts official has been fired after ignoring previous complaints against the compounding pharmacy linked to the current fungal meningitis outbreak.
By Jerry White, 9 November 2012
With the US elections out of the way, business leaders are declaring their support for Obama in the campaign to lower corporate taxes and slash federally guaranteed health care and retiree benefits.
By Christine Schofelt, 9 November 2012
The musicians of the Spokane (Washington) Symphony Orchestra, faced with a demand for a 13.3 percent wage cut, walked out on strike November 3. The current pay of core players is $17,460 a year.
By Barry Grey, 9 November 2012
The full depth of reaction emerges when the Nation turns its fixation on race and gender to the subject of white people.
By Joseph Kishore, 8 November 2012
While the complete details of Tuesday’s vote have yet to be tallied, an initial analysis reveals an electorate that is increasingly alienated from the entire two-party political system.
By Andre Damon, 8 November 2012
In the wake of Barack Obama's victory in the 2012 US presidential election, the Democrats have proclaimed their intent to collaborate with Republicans to slash billions of dollars in social spending.
By a WSWS reporting team, 8 November 2012
With tens of thousands homeless and hundreds of thousands still without power from Hurricane Sandy, the Northeast of the United States was struck by another major storm Wednesday night.
By Carl Bronski, 8 November 2012
The union of Ontario public teachers has postponed limited job action in protest of legislation that imposes wage cuts and other concessions.
By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2012
Obama will repay those who voted for him by carrying out measures that will devastate their jobs, living standards and social conditions.
By our reporting team, 7 November 2012
The Socialist Equality Party campaigned during Election Day, speaking to workers across the country about the need for an independent political party of the working class.
Arguments in Supreme Court warrantless spying case
By Tom Carter, 7 November 2012
The position taken by the Obama administration in last week’s oral arguments is further confirmation that the US political establishment is moving toward authoritarian forms of rule.
By J.W. Stern, 7 November 2012
Tuition at Washington state community colleges is now as expensive as its public universities were a decade ago.
By Julien Kiemle, 7 November 2012
The California Public Employees' Retirement System filed a lawsuit against the city of Compton after it stopped paying its contributions to the fund.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2012
Washington’s decision to handpick a new leadership for the Syrian “revolution” is a textbook example of democracy “made in the USA,” or, more precisely, neocolonialism.
By Fred Mazelis, 6 November 2012
A week after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States, large numbers of storm victims remain without power, heat or a roof over their heads as the cold weather sets in.
By Joseph Kishore, 6 November 2012
The Socialist Equality Party calls on all its supporters in the US to cast a vote for SEP candidates Jerry White for president and Phyllis Scherrer for vice president in today’s election.
By Alan Gilman, 6 November 2012
Ballot initiatives to abolish the death penalty and to modify the three-strikes law will appear on the California ballot this November.
By our reporter, 6 November 2012
The Socialist Equality Party held its Midwest Regional Conference, Socialism and the 2012 Elections, on November 4 at Wayne State University in Detroit
By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2012
Both Obama and Romney are concealing the reactionary policies they will put into effect in the post-election period.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 November 2012
The death toll has passed 100 as nearly two million remain without power, as working-class areas are abandoned in the face of the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.
By a reporting team, 5 November 2012
New York City’s borough of Staten Island suffered some of the worst destruction and the highest death toll from Hurricane Sandy
By Steve Filips, 5 November 2012
Kodak, which has already cut the pensions for its retired workers, is now seeking to eliminate their health benefits as well.
Resolution of the SEP Conferences
5 November 2012
This is an edited version of a resolution passed at the Socialist Equality Party regional conferences in California and Michigan.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 November 2012
With the death toll from Hurricane Sandy climbing towards 100, anger and frustration have boiled over at the failure of the federal, state and local governments to provide adequate relief.
By Sandy English, 3 November 2012
New York City’s Coney Island was badly hit by Hurricane Sandy on Monday night and has received minimal aid from government agencies.
By John Marion, 3 November 2012
Long before devastating the eastern seaboard of the United States, Hurricane Sandy wreaked death and destruction on Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
By Andre Damon, 3 November 2012
The US economy added 171,000 jobs in October, only slightly more than the amount needed to keep up with population growth, according to the last official monthly jobs report before the US election.
By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2012
Kostas Vaxevanis has been found innocent of breaching data privacy laws by a three-judge panel in Athens.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 November 2012
Hillary Clinton visited Algiers Monday to secure Algerian support for an imperialist intervention in Mali, as a conference to plan for war opened in Bamako.
By a WSWS reporting team, 3 November 2012
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White and a team of supporters spoke to Chrysler workers at a campaign rally Friday afternoon.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2012
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Wednesday that Washington is reorganizing the front representing the so-called “rebels” in Syria.
By Kate Randall, 2 November 2012
More than 4.5 million remain without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, while the threat of a fuel crisis grows and transit remains crippled in the Northeast.
By a WSWS reporting team, 2 November 2012
Residents of Red Hook Brooklyn lined up for food and water Thursday, three days after Hurricane Sandy flooded the New York City neighborhood
By Barry Grey, 1 November 2012
The flood surge from Sandy has once again placed in sharp relief the complex and interconnected character of modern society and the need for rational and socially-driven planning.
By a WSWS reporting team, 1 November 2012
Three days after Hurricane Sandy struck New York City, thousands of residents of public housing remain without electricity, heat or running water and, in many cases, are living in flood-like conditions, particularly in lower Manhattan.
1 November 2012
Voters in states and counties with a combined population of 85 million can vote for the Socialist Equality Party candidates for president and vice president or cast a write-in vote that will be counted.
By Joseph Kishore, 31 October 2012
The media and political establishment have responded with near total silence to the Washington Post’s revelation last week that the Obama administration has transformed extra-judicial assassination into a permanent practice of the US government.
By Sybille Fuchs, 31 October 2012
The US is increasingly using private security forces to wage its wars and maintain its occupation of countries after the withdrawal of regular troops.
Hedge fund billionaire Paulson spruces up the front lawn
By Clare Hurley, 31 October 2012
Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson has given $100 million to the private non-profit conservancy that maintains Central Park in New York City last week.
By our reporters, 31 October 2012
This past weekend, the SEP held regional conferences in Los Angeles and Berkeley, California. This coming weekend, conferences will be held in New York City and Detroit.
By Andre Damon, 30 October 2012
As the 2012 presidential election campaign heads toward its ignominious conclusion, the right-wing and anti-democratic character of the entire process is becoming ever more clear.
By Eric London, 30 October 2012
Four candidates met in Chicago last Tuesday for what was billed as the first Third Party Presidential Debate.
By Fred Mazelis, 30 October 2012
Hurricane Sandy brought deadly winds, rain and storm surges to an area of 60 million people.
By James Brewer, 30 October 2012
Major League Baseball has taken every opportunity to infuse the World Series with patriotism and the glorification of war.
By Kate Randall, 29 October 2012
FDA investigators found foreign “greenish-black” material in vials of an injectable steroid during a recent inspection of the New England Compounding Center, among other problems.
By Patrick Martin, 29 October 2012
The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune have all endorsed Obama as the best candidate to impose major cuts in social spending.
By a WSWS reporting team, 29 October 2012
SEP campaign teams have visited schools, workplaces and markets in the Detroit area over the past week, winning support for the November 4 Midwest regional conference, Socialism and the 2012 Elections.
By Peter Symonds, 27 October 2012
US access to military bases on Cyprus, Ascension Island and Diego Garcia would significantly boost the Pentagon’s ability to wage round-the-clock air strikes against Iran.
By Kate Randall, 27 October 2012
A steady stream of job cut announcements continued this week led by Dow Chemical Co., which will be eliminating about 5 percent of its global workforce.
By Barry Grey, 27 October 2012
Not a single high-level banker has been prosecuted, let alone jailed, since the Wall Street crash of September 2008.