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.
By Sandy English, 6 October 2012
After vehement opposition, the New York Public Library has altered plans that would have changed the character of the main research library in mid-Manhattan.
By our reporters, 6 October 2012
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke to a lively and well attended meeting at Oberlin College on Thursday.
By Shannon Jones, 6 October 2012
The United Auto Workers reports that members of Local 723 at the Chrysler Dundee, Michigan Engine Plant have ratified the same local contract agreement they rejected in August.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 5 October 2012
On Thursday evening, AFSCME Local 207 formally called off the five-day strike of sewerage workers at the Detroit Wastewater Treatment Plant, having engineered a collapse of the walkout without any gains for the workers.
By Joseph Kishore, 5 October 2012
The contract, backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Teachers Union, sets the stage for an expanded assault on teachers and public education.
By Debra Watson, 5 October 2012
Poverty in Michigan increased a staggering 66 percent since 2001, the largest such increase of any state in the country.
By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2012
The American media is overflowing with commentary on the poor performance of Barack Obama in Wednesday’s presidential debate.
By our correspondent, 5 October 2012
SEP presidential candidate White talked about the significance of the strike at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, and the need to broaden the struggle throughout the working class.
By Joseph Kishore, 4 October 2012
The decline in doctor visits is a product not simply of abstract economic forces, but a deliberate policy carried out by the corporations and both big business parties aimed at reducing health care for the vast majority of Americans.
By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2012
The debate demonstrated the vast gulf between the two-party system and the needs and concerns of working people.
By Alexander Fangmann, 4 October 2012
The continued NHL lockout threatens regular season games as owners demand massive salary concessions and contract modifications.
By Jerry White, 4 October 2012
The leadership of AFSCME Local 207 has brought the strike of hundreds of Detroit Water and Sewerage Workers to an ignominious dead end.
By Samuel Davidson, 4 October 2012
A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday ordered a postponement of sections of the state’s new voter ID law, which would have blocked tens of thousands of registered voters from casting ballots in the November elections.
By Tom Carter, 4 October 2012
In a significant number of cases expected to come before the US Supreme Court this term, democratic rights are in jeopardy.
By Ron Jorgenson, 4 October 2012
Minnesota Orchestra management locked out its 81 musicians Sunday after they unanimously voted down 30 to 50 percent pay cuts.
By Shane Feratu, 4 October 2012
Classes were canceled Tuesday after negotiations between the union and Evergreen Park school board fell through on Monday night.
By our reporters, 4 October 2012
September 30 was the final day of Care Harbor’s annual free clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
By Rafael Azul, 3 October 2012
The Mexican Chamber of Deputies approved a labor reform law that attacks living standards and working conditions for the working class.
By Kate Randall, 3 October 2012
Discussions are underway in the US Senate to forge a deal on sweeping cuts to social programs in the aftermath of the November 6 election.
By Jerry White, 3 October 2012
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has sent notices to 34 workers informing them that they have been suspended without pay and face termination for walking off the job Sunday morning.
By Alan Whyte, 3 October 2012
Anger is growing among New York City’s 35,000 bus and subway workers, who have been working without a contract for eight and a half months.
By a reporting team, 3 October 2012
A WSWS reporting team interviewed transit workers at the Stilwell train station in Brooklyn, the largest one in the New York City system.
3 October 2012
In this video, Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party's candidate for president in the 2012 election, reviews the campaign so far and asks for your support.
By Samuel Davidson, 3 October 2012
Members of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned in Pittsburgh over the weekend and won a strong response from workers and students as they promoted their upcoming meeting.
By Nancy Hanover, 3 October 2012
The recently released documentary Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit is a moving and powerful tribute to the impoverished city’s embattled firefighters.
By Lawrence Porter and Bryan Dyne, 3 October 2012
WSWS reporters spoke to firefighters at the premiere of Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2012
The 2,000th American soldier died in Afghanistan last weekend as the result of a so-called “insider” attack, underscoring the crisis of the 11-year-old US war.
By Jerry White, 2 October 2012
Workers at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s waste treatment plant are continuing their strike despite a temporary restraining order issued by a federal judge Monday. The walkout, which began on Sunday, involves 950 workers at the facility in the southwest side of Detroit.
By Andre Damon, 2 October 2012
A string of negative reports has revealed a significant deterioration in the global economy, with world trade slowing, manufacturing contracting, and the number of unemployed workers in the euro zone hitting a record high.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 October 2012
France and the United States are urging UN Security Council to approve a West African-manned military intervention in Northern Mali.
2 October 2012
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By Niall Green, 1 October 2012
The Obama administration has fully resumed its proxy war against Syria, resulting in new disasters for the people of the country.
By Shannon Jones, 1 October 2012
Some 950 workers at the Detroit Department of Water and Sewerage struck Sunday morning over massive attacks on jobs, pay and benefits.
By a reporting team, 1 October 2012
Jerry White, the SEP candidate for US president, spoke with striking workers at the Detroit water and sewerage treatment plant.
By Eric London, 1 October 2012
Under the Obama administration, there has been a 60 percent increase in warrantless electronic surveillance by the Department of Justice, according to a report Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union.
By Bryan Dyne, 1 October 2012
The Pew Research Center reports that 19 percent of all US households in 2010 owed student loans, with average outstanding debt loads of nearly $26,700.
By Kate Randall, 1 October 2012
A workplace shooting last Thursday afternoon in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota claimed six lives, including that of the shooter.
By Laurent Lafrance, 1 October 2012
A notice the Quebec Federation of Labour recently published in the province’s leading daily extolling its misnamed Solidarity Fund sheds light on the class interests that lay behind the unions' strangling of the Quebec student strike.
By Barry Grey, 1 October 2012
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s belligerent and provocative speech last Thursday before the United Nations General Assembly underscored that plans for an unprovoked military attack on Iran are far advanced.
1 October 2012
On Tuesday, October 2, Jerry White will participate in an online forum on the Internet site Reddit, answering questions about his campaign and the program of the SEP.
For a political offensive of the working class to defend public education
Socialist Equality Party, 1 October 2012
The SEP calls on teachers to reject the sell-out agreement reached between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools.
By Niall Green, 29 September 2012
Washington has used the UN General Assembly as a venue to plot with its allies refashioning the Middle East in line with US interests.
By Niles Williamson, 29 September 2012
A recent report released by the Center on Wisconsin Strategy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison revealed the conditions faced by working people in the state.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 September 2012
A roof collapse in a Tennessee mine early Wednesday claimed the life of a Harlan, Kentucky, miner.
By our correspondents, 29 September 2012
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White addressed a meeting at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Thursday.
By John Marion, 29 September 2012
Members of SEIU Local 615, representing 14,000 janitors in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, have authorized a strike if cleaning companies do not reach an agreement with the bargaining committee by September 30.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2012
Secret US Air Force documents brand WikiLeaks and its editor Julian Assange as “the “enemy,” placing them on a legal par with Al Qaeda.
By Ernst Wolff, 28 September 2012
A new study, “Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan,” describes the terrorizing of Pakistan’s civilian population by US drone assaults.
By Alan Gilman, 28 September 2012
NFL referee lockout caused mass anger over officiating mistakes.
By Lawrence Porter, 28 September 2012
Chicago Public Schools nurses describe how the cuts in public education have affected nurse-student ratios, putting the health of students at risk.
By our correspondents, 28 September 2012
Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality campaigned in northern Virginia for a meeting Thursday with presidential candidate Jerry White.
By Barry Grey, 27 September 2012
In the midst of a presidential election campaign, the fact that plans for war against Iran are far advanced is being concealed from the American people.
By Patrick Martin, 27 September 2012
Well over 30 percent of ballots will be cast before the November 6 election.
By Armando Cruz, 27 September 2012
A pair of wildcat strikes by teachers and doctors has become the latest episode of class struggle to undermine the government of Peru’s nationalist president, Ollanta Humala.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 September 2012
The Washington DC area, including 7 of the 10 wealthiest counties in the United States, has witnessed a growth of poverty in the wake of the 2008 financial disaster.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2012
President Obama postured before the UN as the champion of peace and democracy, while threatening war against Iran and demanding a crackdown against the wave of anti-US demonstrations that have swept the Middle East.
By Shannon Jones, 26 September 2012
The UAW will hold a revote on the local contract agreement overwhelmingly voted down last month by workers at Chrysler’s Dundee Engine Plant.
By James Brewer, 26 September 2012
Chicago Symphony musicians have gone back to work after ratifying a new contract proposal.
By Kate Randall, 26 September 2012
Texas death row inmate Cleve Foster was executed Thursday after the US Supreme Court refused to grant him a stay.
By Charles Abelard, 26 September 2012
Houston police fatally shot a mentally ill double amputee, a ward of the state of Texas, who was said to be waving a "silver object”—a pen—at a policeman while sitting in his wheelchair at his care facility.
26 September 2012
On September 10, Chicago teachers struck against changes to public education demanded by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and backed by the Obama administration. In these interview, Chicago teachers discuss their strike and the broader issues at stake.
By Barry Grey, 25 September 2012
In all of their criticisms, the Democrats have carefully avoided the basic issue: Romney’s flat-out assertion that people do not have the right to food, health care and a roof over their heads.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 September 2012
The September 11 attack that claimed the life of the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans disrupted a major CIA operation in the North African country.
By Julien Kiemle and Marc Wells, 25 September 2012
The legislation signed by Jerry Brown will create a two-tier system for pensions, setting back public sector workers in California by decades.
By Clement Daly, 25 September 2012
A new study shows how the recession has exacerbated more than three decades of stagnation and decline faced by workers in the Appalachian state.
By Carl Bronski, 25 September 2012
After Ford’s campaign of plant closing and mass layoff threats, in partnership with the Canadian government and the Canadian Auto Workers union, CAW members in Ontario voted to ratify a concessions-laden contract.
By Shannon Jones, 25 September 2012
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White travelled to Windsor, Ontario Sunday with a campaign team to speak to Ford Canada workers voting on the concessions-laden contract negotiated by the Canadian Auto Workers. The four-year agreement accepted all of the major take-away demands of the auto companies including an expanded two-tier wage structure, cuts to pension, the elimination of cost of living allowances and a freeze on wages.
25 September 2012
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By Nick Beams, 24 September 2012
One of the consequences of the Fed’s actions is to push down the value of the US dollar, thus worsening the competitive position of other major countries.
By Kristina Betinis, 24 September 2012
Chicago Symphony Orchestra players have struck over management’s concessions demands.
By Ernst Wolff, 24 September 2012
Arctic sea ice reached its lowest recorded levels on September 16, leading to speculation by international oil conglomerates about a massive expansion of drilling in the region.
By our reporters, 24 September 2012
Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer concluded her West Coast tour with a meeting in Huntington Park, in Los Angeles County.
By Patrick Martin, 24 September 2012
The Obama administration has withdrawn 33,000 troops, but more than twice as many still remain in Afghanistan.
By an SEP campaign team, 24 September 2012
Prior to Saturday’s meeting in Los Angeles, Scherrer and SEP supporters campaigned among working class and youth in the area.
Toronto International Film Festival 2012—Part 1
By David Walsh, 22 September 2012
The Toronto International Film Festival screened some 372 films this year from 72 countries. This year’s festival and the general state of the film world present a sharper contradiction than ever.
By Patrick Martin, 22 September 2012
Life expectancy is falling for significant sections of the working class in the United States, and in some cases has reverted to levels not seen in half a century.
By Alex Lantier, 22 September 2012
US officials believe the Benghazi attack is the work of Al Qaeda-linked forces backed by Washington during last year’s war in Libya.
Amid renewed signs of economic slump
By Andre Damon, 22 September 2012
Bank of America, one of the largest retail banks, plans to lay off 16,000 workers by the end of the year.