Americas

The New York Times and Washington Post endorsements of Obama

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.

SEP campaign teams win support for Detroit regional conference

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.

US sought use of British bases for war against Iran

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.

Dow Chemical to cut 2,400 jobs, close 20 plants

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.

US suit vs. Bank of America: No criminal charges despite “spectacularly brazen” fraud

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.

Texas police helicopter fires on immigrants, killing two

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.

80 top CEOs tell Obama, Romney to slash social spending

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.”

US seeks to bar testimony on torture in military trial of alleged 9/11 plotters

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.

EU and the US prepare military intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 26 October 2012

European and US diplomats and military experts are preparing for a military intervention in Mali.

Institutionalized state assassinations and the November 6 election

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.”

George McGovern: Liberal standard-bearer at a turning point in US politics

By Patrick Martin, 26 October 2012

The McGovern campaign marked the rise of identity politics as the principal platform of the Democratic Party.

The issues facing teachers in the 2012 elections

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.

Obama institutionalizes state assassinations

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.

US-Israeli preparations for war against Iran

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.

Deepening social inequality and poverty in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 25 October 2012

Two recent reports detail the falling incomes of working people and rising levels of poverty, especially among children.

Notes on the social crisis in America

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.

The International Socialist Organization and the 2012 US elections

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.

Auto workers and the 2012 elections

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.

Four Afghan children killed in US raid

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.

DuPont cutting 1,500 jobs

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.

Indian tire maker Apollo set to buy Cooper Tire

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

Federal judge bans strike by Seattle airport refueling workers

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.

Largest tainted meat recall in Canadian history

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.

UAW skulduggery in Michigan Proposal 2

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.

Workers and students discuss upcoming SEP conference in Los Angeles

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.

Obama and Romney concur on war, assassination and reaction

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.

New York City housing crisis reflects record inequality

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.

Poverty, budget cuts hit Syracuse, New York

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.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 October 2012

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Amidst austerity drive, Ontario Premier resigns

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

Two defenders of American imperialism

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.

New York attorney general sues JPMorgan for mortgage fraud

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.

Federal court puts Florida execution of paranoid schizophrenic on hold

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.”

Extensive coal ash contamination found in US water supply

By Nick Barrickman, 22 October 2012

Federal testing found nearly 200 sites near power plants with toxic, and some fatal, levels of coal ash.

The Nation magazine and the campaign to reelect Obama

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.

California prison crisis foisted onto beleaguered counties

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.

Obama prepares protracted Afghanistan occupation

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.

Atwater: Another California city on the verge of bankruptcy

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.

Jerry White speaks on austerity and war at Monroe County Community College in Michigan

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.

The meningitis outbreak and health care for profit

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.

Wall Street issues its orders to Obama, Romney

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2012

A letter signed by 16 top bankers demands immediate bipartisan action to slash the federal deficit.

FBI entraps Bangladeshi student in fake terror plot

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.

US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in affirmative action case

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.

In Ithaca, New York appearance, Phyllis Scherrer responds to presidential debate

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.

Turkey leads US-sponsored military encirclement of Syria

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.

US in talks on extending Afghanistan occupation past 2014 deadline

By Bill Van Auken, 18 October 2012

The talks are aimed at cementing an open-ended US military presence in Afghanistan.

Morgan Stanley fine upheld in electricity price-fixing scam

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.

The Obama-Romney debate: Questions unasked and unanswered

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.

Jerry White speaks at University of Michigan on post-election war threats

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.

Phyllis Scherrer discusses social crisis with students and workers in upstate New York

By Steve Filips, 18 October 2012

SEP Vice Presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer speaks to workers and students in Syracuse and Ithaca.

Obama-Romney debate number two: Another stage-managed charade

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.

US prepares military strikes as Libya crisis deepens

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.

More contaminated drugs linked to US meningitis outbreak

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.

New evidence that US invasion has produced epidemic of birth defects in Iraq

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.

Jerry White interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio

17 October 2012

Jerry White, the SEP candidate for president, spoke about the purpose of the campaign and the lessons of the Wisconsin protests.

US debate night number two

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.

Workers Struggles, the Americas

16 October 2012

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

US stokes China-Japan dispute over Senkaku/Diaoyu islands

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.

Poverty rises sharply in Illinois

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.

US meningitis outbreak: A deadly product of deregulation

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.

Three weeks to the US elections: The issues facing working people

By Patrick Martin, 15 October 2012

Even commentators in the corporate-controlled media have acknowledged the shallow and cynical character of the 2012 campaign.

Friction at IMF meeting as global economic outlook worsens

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”.

US Defense Secretary warns of “Pearl Harbor” cyber attack by Iran

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.

Chicago mayor threatens to cut pensions of teachers and city workers

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.”

Family protests after officials call off search for trapped worker in Florida garage collapse

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.

Jerry White addresses Toronto meeting

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.

Spread of meningitis outbreak exposes lack of drug oversight in US

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.

Five deaths in Baltimore row house fire

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.

Spate of police shootings coincides with deepening social crisis in New York

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.

Detroit man killed in attempted copper theft

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.

Attend the SEP regional conferences!

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.

IMF report points to growing financial instability

By Nick Beams, 12 October 2012

According to the latest Global Financial Stability Report, “confidence in the global financial system has become very fragile.”

US vice-presidential debate: Demagogy and reaction

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2012

The exchanges between Biden and Ryan had a predictable and banal character.

Bipartisan Senate deficit deal to cut Medicare, slash taxes for the wealthy

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.

Federal home heating cuts spell hardship for US families this winter

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.

The diversionary debate over the Benghazi attack

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.

In preparation for wider war, Pentagon deploys task force in Jordan

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.

The class issues in the 2012 US elections

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.

Notes on the social crisis in America

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

Boeing professional workers overwhelmingly reject proposed contract

By Angelo Bosworth, 11 October 2012

Boeing engineers and technicians vote overwhelmingly against the company’s proposals.

Wall Street vs. workers—the class gap widens

Jerry White and SEP candidate for president, 11 October 2012

Wall Street pay and profits have hit record levels since the 2008 crash.

US, Israel plan joint strikes on Iran

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.

US student loan lawsuits increase

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.

Campbell’s Soup to close California plant

By Karl Eisner, 10 October 2012

Campbell’s Soup will close its Sacramento plant by July 2013, laying off 700 workers.

Socialist Equality Party gains ballot status in Louisiana

By Tom Hall, 10 October 2012

The Socialist Equality Party successfully completed its bid for ballot status in the state of Louisiana.

In bellicose speech, Romney outlines bipartisan drive to war

By Joseph Kishore, 9 October 2012

Romney outlined an aggressive expansion of US militarism in the Middle East and Asia.

Deadly meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroids

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.

Chicago teachers docked pay, CTU still collects dues

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.

Illinois leads US in home foreclosures

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.

New report details huge rise in poverty in Detroit suburbs

By Shannon Jones, 9 October 2012

As the poverty rate has risen in Michigan overall, its suburban areas have seen a deepening of poverty.

The New York Times promotes the Syrian contras

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 .

Turkish, Syrian armies clash along border

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.

The US elections and the unemployed

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.

Revealing study of “revolving door” between US government and big business

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.

Poverty up, income down in San Diego

By Richard Vargas and Toby Reese, 8 October 2012

A new report reveals increasing poverty and decreasing income in California’s second largest city.

Phyllis Scherrer caps tour with meetings in Chicago and Milwaukee

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.

US SEP presidential candidate Jerry White to speak in Toronto

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.

Mass protest against threatened Turkey-Syria war

By Chris Marsden, 6 October 2012

Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters gathered in Istanbul, Thursday evening, opposing military action against Syria.

Obama seizes on flukish jobs report to defend right-wing policies

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.

Hearings for victimized Detroit sewerage strikers

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.