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.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2012
The killing of two fleeing immigrants by airborne Texas Rangers is only the latest in a growing list of deadly incidents on the US-Mexico border.
By David Walsh, 26 October 2012
The chief executives of 80 large American corporations have issued a “Deficit Manifesto,” calling on the next president to make far-reaching “changes in the federal budget.”
By Don Knowland, 26 October 2012
Government motions to preclude the alleged 9/11 plotters from testifying about their detention and torture have been submitted to the military commission that is trying the defendants for war crimes.
By Ernst Wolff, 26 October 2012
European and US diplomats and military experts are preparing for a military intervention in Mali.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 October 2012
With barely a week and a half to go until the November 6 presidential elections, the entire spectrum of the American pseudo-left is exerting maximum efforts to turn out votes for Obama with the claim that the reelection of the incumbent Democrat would represent the “lesser of two evils.”
By Patrick Martin, 26 October 2012
The McGovern campaign marked the rise of identity politics as the principal platform of the Democratic Party.
Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP US vice presidential candidate
Phyllis Scherrer (SEP US vice presidential candidate), 26 October 2012
The following statement was issued by Phyllis Scherrer, the Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate in the 2012 elections. Scherrer is a teacher in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2012
The Obama administration has created a new extra-legal system known as the “disposition matrix” to institutionalize the selection and targeting of enemies of the US state for assassination.
By Peter Symonds, 25 October 2012
The US and Israel are currently conducting their largest-ever joint military exercise to ready Israel’s anti-missile systems for a conflict with Iran.
By John Braddock, 25 October 2012
Two recent reports detail the falling incomes of working people and rising levels of poverty, especially among children.
By Naomi Spencer, 25 October 2012
A Massachusetts woman committed robbery to pay her landlord, apartment building collapses highlight shoddy construction practices and more Americans say they won’t be able to afford retirement.
By David Walsh, 25 October 2012
The ISO operates as an advocacy group in and around the Democratic Party, seeking to improve opportunities for the middle class social layers for which it speaks.
Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president
25 October 2012
The following statement addressed to auto workers was issued by Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2012
The killing of Afghan children in a US raid and the disappearance and murder of civilians at the hands of occupation troops have provoked growing anger and protests.
By Kate Randall, 24 October 2012
DuPont announced 1,500 job cuts on Tuesday, as the chemical company slashed its annual forecast and reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit. The news signaled that demand for the company’s paint and solar products is slipping around the world.
By Shannon Jones, 24 October 2012
The India tire maker Apollo Tyres is set to buy Cooper Tire, raising a new threat to the jobs and pensions of workers involved earlier this year in a three-month lockout
By Hector Cordon, 24 October 2012
A federal injunction has blocked a strike by workers who fuel 75 percent of the planes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
By Vic Neufeld, 24 October 2012
E. coli bacterial contamination originating at an XL Foods’ meat processing plant in Brooks, Alberta has seriously sickened sixteen people and prompted the largest meat product recall in Canadian history.
By Barry Grey, 24 October 2012
In the name of defending collective bargaining rights, the United Auto Workers is promoting a ballot initiative in Michigan that acknowledges the right of the state to ban strikes by public employees.
By our reporters, 24 October 2012
The WSWS spoke to workers and students in Los Angeles about the regional conference of the Socialist Equality Party on October 27.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 October 2012
In their third and final presidential debate, President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney voiced nearly identical positions in support of war, illegal killings and imperialist intervention across the globe.
By Fred Mazelis, 23 October 2012
The city’s homeless shelter population hits new records every month, while the billionaire mayor reports a net worth of $25 billion.
By Bryan Dyne, 23 October 2012
More than one in three residents in Syracuse, New York live in poverty, according to recent data released from the Census Bureau.
23 October 2012
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By our correspondent, 22 October 2012
Dalton McGuinty, the Premier of Ontario since 2003, stunned the corporate media and his Liberal Party colleagues when he announced last week that he will step down just as soon as the Liberals choose his successor.
Obama-Romney foreign policy debate
By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2012
Behind the backs of the American people, and the with the support of both Obama and Romney, the United States is preparing new military interventions and wars of aggression.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 22 October 2012
Earlier this month, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase, alleging that its Bear Stearns unit misled investors about billions in mortgage-backed securities.
By Kate Randall, 22 October 2012
Ferguson’s defense has argued for decades that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and that his execution would constitute “cruel and unusual punishment.”
By Nick Barrickman, 22 October 2012
Federal testing found nearly 200 sites near power plants with toxic, and some fatal, levels of coal ash.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 October 2012
In making their case for the reelection of Barack Obama, the writers and editors of the Nation magazine are compelled to resort to sophistry and lies.
By Kevin Kearney, 20 October 2012
The state’s county governments now confront the cost of housing, feeding and providing medical care to as many as 30,000 former state prison inmates for long periods of time.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2012
With the US presidential election little more than two weeks away, the Obama administration is quietly preparing to keep tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan.
By Thomas Gaist and Marc Wells, 20 October 2012
Atwater, a city of 28,000, is on the verge of becoming the next municipal bankruptcy case in California.
By our reporter, 20 October 2012
The SEP presidential candidate discussed the economic and political issues that will confront the working class and youth after the election.
By Kate Randall, 19 October 2012
The deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in the US continues to spread. According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 247 people in 15 states have been sickened in the outbreak, and the death toll has risen to 19. Health authorities expect these numbers to continue to rise.
By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2012
A letter signed by 16 top bankers demands immediate bipartisan action to slash the federal deficit.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2012
In the latest in a seemingly endless series of “sting” operations, the FBI ensnared a 21-year-old Bangladeshi student in a fabricated plot to blow up the New York Federal Reserve.
By Tom Carter, 19 October 2012
The arguments in favor of affirmative action further exposed the gulf that separates a program for genuine social equality from the essentially undemocratic affirmative action policy.
By our reporter, 19 October 2012
Phyllis Scherrer, vice presidential candidate for the Socialist Equality Party, addressed a public meeting in Ithaca, New York Wednesday night, highlighting the questions the second presidential debate ignored.
By Chris Marsden, 18 October 2012
Despite concerns of blowback in Syria due to the arming of jihadist groups, a military build-up on Syria’s borders is proceeding apace.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 October 2012
The talks are aimed at cementing an open-ended US military presence in Afghanistan.
By A. Woodson, 18 October 2012
A Federal District Court judge in Manhattan has upheld a $4.8 million fine against Morgan Stanley for creating a derivatives deal.
By Joseph Kishore, 18 October 2012
The second presidential debate exemplified the scripted and ritualized character of the entire election, in which no serious questions can be asked, let alone answered.
By our reporter, 18 October 2012
White presented an overview of the social, economic, and military context of the presidential elections and fielded wide-ranging questions from the audience.
By Steve Filips, 18 October 2012
SEP Vice Presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer speaks to workers and students in Syracuse and Ithaca.
By Barry Grey, 17 October 2012
The second nationally televised debate between President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney served only to underscore the hypocrisy and deceit that pervade the entire election.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2012
The White House is considering drone strikes and Special Forces raids in retaliation for the fatal September 11 attack on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
By Kate Randall, 17 October 2012
The fungal meningitis outbreak continues to widen, as a new report from the FDA warns against other drugs produced by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.
By Fred Mazelis, 17 October 2012
An extraordinary epidemic of congenital birth defects has affected Iraqi cities over the past decade, particularly in Fallujah and Basra.
17 October 2012
Jerry White, the SEP candidate for president, spoke about the purpose of the campaign and the lessons of the Wisconsin protests.
By Barry Grey, 16 October 2012
It is extraordinary that four years after the greatest economic crash in nearly a century, not a single genuine social reform has been enacted.
16 October 2012
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By Alex Lantier, 16 October 2012
Washington is deepening its support for Japan in its standoff with China over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.
By Marcus Day, 16 October 2012
New data released by the Census Bureau reveals that greater numbers of Illinois workers and unemployed are falling into poverty.
Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president
By Jerry White, 16 October 2012
The fungal meningitis outbreak can be traced directly to the profit-motive of the corporate entity implicated and the lack of government oversight of drug manufacturing.
By Patrick Martin, 15 October 2012
Even commentators in the corporate-controlled media have acknowledged the shallow and cynical character of the 2012 campaign.
By Nick Beams, 15 October 2012
The tensions were evident when Germany objected to IMF head Christine Lagarde’s call for Greece to be given more time to pay, and Brazil branded US monetary policy “selfish”.
By Niall Green, 15 October 2012
In a speech in New York Thursday, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned that the US faced a threat from Iran equivalent to September 11 or the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.
By Alexander Fangmann, 15 October 2012
In a speech to the city council, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to lead an assault on teacher and public worker pensions by spearheading statewide pension “reform.”
By Eric London, 15 October 2012
Just 13 hours after three workers were killed and ten others were injured in a garage collapse in Miami, Florida, officials called off a search for the missing.
By our reporter, 15 October 2012
The Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, addressed a lively meeting attended by some thirty workers and youth in Toronto, Ontario.
By Kate Randall, 13 October 2012
The tragic unfolding of the fungal meningitis outbreak is the latest consequence of the shoddy oversight of the drug industry, encouraged by the for-profit health care system.
By Nick Barrickman, 13 October 2012
Not until later reports of the tragedy were made public was it revealed that four of the five deaths were young children.
By Ali Ismail, 13 October 2012
Recent shooting incidents have taken place amid a worsening social crisis in the city, provoking widespread anger towards the NYPD.
By Naomi Spencer, 13 October 2012
The electrocution of a Detroit man during an attempted copper theft gives an indication of the desperate social conditions in the city.
Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 13 October 2012
Whatever the campaign rhetoric about “fundamental philosophical differences,” both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney speak on behalf of the financial and corporate elite that rules America.
By Nick Beams, 12 October 2012
According to the latest Global Financial Stability Report, “confidence in the global financial system has become very fragile.”
By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2012
The exchanges between Biden and Ryan had a predictable and banal character.
By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 12 October 2012
The discussions by the so-called “Gang of Eight” senators underscore the undemocratic character of the elections.
By Shannon Jones, 12 October 2012
The return of seasonably cold weather this winter means higher home heating costs at a time when assistance programs are being cut.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2012
Last month’s fatal attack on the US consulate in Benghazi has emerged as an issue in the US elections, with both parties avoiding the essential political questions raised by the incident.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 October 2012
In preparation for a wider war in the Middle East, the Pentagon has deployed a 150-strong task force in Jordan.
By Jerry White, 11 October 2012
With less than four weeks to the US elections, the Democratic Party is hoping to recover from the impact of President Obama’s dismal performance last week in the first debate.
By Naomi Spencer, 11 October 2012
This week: the psychological impact of solitary confinement on young prisoners, the swelling homeless population in New York, the epidemic of suicides among American Indian youth
By Angelo Bosworth, 11 October 2012
Boeing engineers and technicians vote overwhelmingly against the company’s proposals.
Jerry White and SEP candidate for president, 11 October 2012
Wall Street pay and profits have hit record levels since the 2008 crash.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 October 2012
The US and Israel are planning joint strikes against Iran, according to reports in the Israeli media and Foreign Policy magazine.
By Bryan Dyne, 10 October 2012
The federal government is expanding its lawsuit campaign to recover the $76 billion of the $1 trillion of student debt that is in default.
By Karl Eisner, 10 October 2012
Campbell’s Soup will close its Sacramento plant by July 2013, laying off 700 workers.
By Tom Hall, 10 October 2012
The Socialist Equality Party successfully completed its bid for ballot status in the state of Louisiana.
By Joseph Kishore, 9 October 2012
Romney outlined an aggressive expansion of US militarism in the Middle East and Asia.
By Kate Randall, 9 October 2012
Eight people have died from a fungal form of meningitis linked to contaminated steroids produced by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 October 2012
Since the Chicago Teachers Union ended their 10-day strike, teachers have been issued short paychecks or no pay at all, but the union has still deducted dues.
By Marcus Day, 9 October 2012
Foreclosure activity in Illinois shot up 42 percent from one year ago, giving the state the highest foreclosure rate in the US.
By Shannon Jones, 9 October 2012
As the poverty rate has risen in Michigan overall, its suburban areas have seen a deepening of poverty.
By Alex Lantier, 9 October 2012
On October 5 journalist C. J. Chivers published a long article in the New York Times, sympathetically recording the views of the US-backed Syrian opposition .
By David Brown, 8 October 2012
Yesterday marked the fifth day of artillery clashes along the Syrian-Turkish border, amid rising fears of a war that would spread across the Middle East.
By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2012
Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have the slightest concern for the plight of 23 million workers who are either unemployed or underemployed.
By Nick Barrickman, 8 October 2012
A recent study by Swiss economists takes a detailed look at the intimate relations between the US government and big business.
By Richard Vargas and Toby Reese, 8 October 2012
A new report reveals increasing poverty and decreasing income in California’s second largest city.
By our reporters, 8 October 2012
Over the past week, SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer has spoken at meetings in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin.
By our reporter, 8 October 2012
Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election, will be the featured speaker at a public meeting in Toronto next Sunday, Oct. 14.
By Chris Marsden, 6 October 2012
Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters gathered in Istanbul, Thursday evening, opposing military action against Syria.
By Barry Grey, 6 October 2012
The sharp drop in the official jobless rate, coming in the midst of generally negative data on manufacturing, trade and economic growth, confounded economists, who had predicted the rate would climb to 8.2 percent.
By Andre Damon, 6 October 2012
The 34 workers who were victimized in the aftermath of the five-day strike at Detroit’s wastewater treatment plant were made to sign agreements to return to work after receiving five-day suspensions and extended probation periods.