United States

Investigations point to energy corporation’s negligence in California wildfire

By E.P. Milligan, 15 November 2018

The PG&E utility company admitted Tuesday that it had submitted an “electric incident report” moments before the outbreak of the Camp Fire, the deadliest fire in California history.

Trump demands end to Florida recount in new attack on voting rights

By Patrick Martin, 15 November 2018

The president’s demand that his favored candidates in Florida be declared the victors, regardless of the actual vote, is an ominous warning.

010 Bipartisan Congressional review calls for more military spending

15 November 2018

Pentagon chief heads to border as first refugees from caravan arrive

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2018

General Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of active duty troops to confront refugee men, women and children as a “moral and ethical mission.”

Kidnapping, rape and murder by US border patrol agents

By Norisa Diaz and Meenakshi Jagadesan, 15 November 2018

Numerous migrants, mostly women and girls, have been victims of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping or rape at the hands of US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents.

DSA calls US midterm elections the “rebirth of the American socialist movement”

By Genevieve Leigh, 15 November 2018

As the Democratic Party continues its shift to the right, the DSA claims that the election of a handful of DSA-endorsed candidates has significantly altered the trajectory of American politics.

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15 November 2018

Kansas City health officials, police destroy food meant for homeless

By Josh Varlin, 14 November 2018

Footage of Kansas City Health Department officials and police pouring bleach on food being distributed by Free Hot Soup KC for homeless people sparked national outrage.

As death toll rises to 48

Evacuees in California wildfire share their stories

By Evan Blake and Ben McGrath, 14 November 2018

There is a growing mood of anger among survivors over the indifference of the state and federal governments.

Court battles over ballot counts in Georgia, Florida

By Patrick Martin, 14 November 2018

One week after the November 6 elections, one Senate contest, two governor’s races and as many as a dozen House seats remain undecided.

Amazon worker dies of heart attack at facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

By E.P. Milligan, 14 November 2018

Mike Gellasch, 61, allegedly died because no one could find a working communication device to call for help in time.

Amazon announces new headquarters in metropolitan New York City and Washington D.C.

By Trévon Austin, 14 November 2018

The culmination of Amazon’s year-long pageant is indicative of the immense power of giant transnational corporations and the oligarchs who head them.

“It’s honestly scary going to work because you’re not safe anymore”

Kentucky Ford worker describes hazardous working conditions

By Keisha Gibbs and Marcus Day, 14 November 2018

The erosion of health and safety conditions throughout the auto industry has been imposed with the willing assistance of the UAW.

Albanian immigrant worker, forced to hide in Detroit church for 10 months, fights deportation

By Will Morrow, 13 November 2018

Ded Rranxburgaj, the sole caregiver and provider for his wheelchair-bound wife and two sons, is seeking to prevent his deportation.

As lame duck Congress convenes

Democrats seek agreements with Trump administration

By Patrick Martin, 13 November 2018

The likely leader of the new Democratic-controlled House, Nancy Pelosi, has dismissed opposition to Trump’s war on immigrants, saying Democrats should not “take the bait.”

020 California fire update

13 November 2018

New York teachers union pushes through concessions contract

By Steve Light, 13 November 2018

The United Federation of Teachers rammed through a contract that includes below inflation rate wages in order to prevent a strike in the largest school district in America.

“The UFT says there is no giveback but there is plenty giveback”

New York teachers angry as union hides givebacks in new contract

By Steve Light, 13 November 2018

David North lecture tour

Nearly 100 attend meeting in New York City on the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 13 November 2018

David North spoke on the need for a scientific understanding of history to an audience at New York University composed of workers, students and professionals from the New York and New Jersey area.

California wildfire deadliest and most destructive in state history

By David Brown, 12 November 2018

Social infrastructure, including fire departments, have been starved of funds for decades as trillions of dollars have been funneled into the bank accounts of the rich.

After campaign of threats and intimidation, Teamsters announces “yes” vote on sellout UPS Freight contract

By Will Morrow, 12 November 2018

The vote is in effect a declaration of no confidence in the union by workers, who know it would not wage any struggle for their interests.

060 Kentucky Amazon worker killed

12 November 2018

Workers killed in New York state helicopter crash and zinc mine accidents

By Steve Filips, 12 November 2018

One of the threads that connects these and other deaths at work is the gutting of safety measures and oversight to maximize profits.

US-China talks signal worsening confrontation

By Peter Symonds, 12 November 2018

For years, first under Obama, then under Trump, the US has been engaged in an aggressive effort to undermine China economically, and encircle it militarily in preparation for war.

California wildfires kill nine, drive 150,000 from their homes

By David Brown, 10 November 2018

Driven by heavy winds, three major fires broke out Thursday across California, one of which destroyed the northern town of Paradise.

US multinationals dodge $180 billion in taxes on foreign profits per year

By Barry Grey, 10 November 2018

This money is diverted from government revenues in the US and around the world, and funneled into the bank accounts and stock portfolios of the global financial oligarchy.

Tensions mount over US election contests in Florida, Georgia, Arizona

By Fred Mazelis, 10 November 2018

The midterm results demonstrate again that the Democrats, far from offering an alternative to Trump and the Republicans, are part of the big business conspiracy against the working class.

Fort Wayne GM worker alleges UAW-management collusion in unjust termination

By Shannon Jones, 10 November 2018

After being fired, Ami Reveal, a veteran GM worker, went to the union, desperate for help. She told the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, "What I got from the union was ‘do your job or else.’”

Ian David Long, the Thousand Oaks, California shooter, likely suffered from PTSD

By Rafael Azul, 10 November 2018

“We train a generation to be as violent as possible, then we expect them to come home and be OK ... we’re not responding to the needs they have.”

IBM’s purchase of Red Hat highlights growing power of technology giants

By Mike Ingram, 10 November 2018

With its purchase of the open source enterprise Linux company Red Hat, IBM hopes to compete with rival tech giants, Amazon, Microsoft and Google, particularly in the area of military cloud contracts

US, Japan conclude massive war games targeting China

By Ben McGrath, 10 November 2018

The Keen Sword exercises have placed additional pressure on China while further militarizing the western Pacific.

Break the isolation of UPS Freight workers! Form rank-and-file committees to unite workers against the company!

By the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter, 10 November 2018

If approved, the contract would create a new tier of lower-paid drivers, maintain poverty-level wages of part-time warehouse dockworkers, and continue the undermining of full-time positions.

Afghanistan war veteran kills 12 at a southern California dance club

By David Walsh, 9 November 2018

Another horrible mass shooting took place in the US on Wednesday night, the 307th such episode on the 311th day of the year, according to a website that tracks gun violence.

Asylum ban: Trump eliminates right to asylum for immigrants crossing without documentation

By Eric London, 9 November 2018

The decision is the most significant restriction on immigration in decades. It will cause hundreds of thousands of deportations, and send countless immigrants to their deaths.

“The Teamsters union is with the company”

UPS workers oppose Teamsters isolation of freight division, call for united struggle

By Will Morrow, 9 November 2018

The union is seeking to reduce the voter turnout to below 50 percent in order to use a constitutional loophole to declare the contract ratified.

Democrats rally to defend fired Attorney General Sessions, Special Counsel Mueller

By Tom Eley, 9 November 2018

The Democrats and their “left” allies fear that Sessions’ firing will derail the anti-Russia Mueller investigation.

US-North Korean talks called off

By Peter Symonds, 9 November 2018

While the US said the meeting was merely postponed, the cancellation is another sign of an impasse in negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear program.

Merrimack Valley disaster, National Grid lockout highlights dangers of profit-driven gas system

By John Marion, 9 November 2018

As Columbia Gas cuts corners in the restoration of service to Merrimack Valley communities, more than 1,200 skilled gas workers are still locked out by National Grid.

At White House press conference, Trump calls reporter an “enemy of the people”

By Eric London, 8 November 2018

Trump made clear that his response to the midterm elections would be an even more open embrace of fascistic, anti-immigrant policies.

After midterm elections, Democrats call for bipartisan unity with Trump

By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 8 November 2018

From the standpoint of the interests of working people, the rearrangement of seats in Congress is largely irrelevant; No positive change is possible outside of the independent intervention of the working class.

Facebook and Twitter intensify censorship in 2018 elections

By Kevin Reed, 8 November 2018

Facebook shut down 115 accounts and Twitter deleted 10,000 accounts on the eve of the 2018 elections, engaging in blatant censorship.

Significant vote for SEP candidate Niles Niemuth in Michigan’s 12th district

By our reporters, 8 November 2018

Approximately 2,200 workers and young people cast a class-conscious vote for Niles’ campaign and expressed their support for socialism.

Citing war in Syria, ISO withdraws endorsement of Green Party gubernatorial candidate in New York

By Sandy English, 8 November 2018

The International Socialist Organization withdrew its endorsement of the Green Party candidate on the grounds that his campaign was associated with opposition to the US intervention in Syria.

US midterm vote: Democrats win control of House of Representatives

By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2018

The Republican Party retained control of the US Senate, gaining several seats, while the Democrats swept a series of governorships in the Midwest.

Billionaires, corporate money swing toward Democrats

By our reporter, 7 November 2018

The 2018 campaign is the most expensive congressional election ever, with more than $5.2 billion raised and spent.

UPS Freight, Teamsters to workers: Vote “yes” or face lockout and lose your health care

By Will Morrow, 7 November 2018

The Teamsters union has already declared it will refuse to call out UPS small package workers in the event of a strike or lockout in the freight division.

Prosecutor points to UAW “culture of corruption” as union officials face sentencing

By Shannon Jones, 7 November 2018

Federal prosecutors are pointing to the systematic and pervasive character of the corruption revealed in the bribery scandal that has rocked the UAW leadership.

Worker injured in explosion at ArcelorMittal steel mill in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 November 2018

The United Steelworkers and ArcelorMittal have remained silent on the injury of a worker at the largest steel mill in North America.

The siege of Hodeidah: Washington doubles down on its war crime in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2018

Washington’s supposed demand for a ceasefire has only produced a sharp escalation in the world’s most murderous war.

Final campaign meeting for Niles Niemuth reviews experiences from campaigning

By our reporters, 7 November 2018

After six months of campaigning, the meeting reviewed the experiences of members and supporters of the Socialist Equality Party.

Trump steps up anti-immigrant campaign on eve of US election

By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2018

The move to shut down DACA is the latest effort to attack the democratic rights of immigrants.

White House report on socialism

The specter of Marx haunts the American ruling class

By Barry Grey, 6 November 2018

The very fact that the US government acknowledges a growth of support for socialism testifies to vast changes in the political consciousness of the working class and the terror this strikes within the ruling elite.

New York Times ramps up smear campaign against Julian Assange

By Tom Hall, 6 November 2018

The latest round of slanders is aimed at preparing public opinion for an eventual indictment of the WikiLeaks founder on espionage charges.

School support workers vote to strike in rural district in Washington state

By Hector Cordon, 6 November 2018

This action comes roughly two months after a wave of walkouts and strike votes in the state were isolated and defeated by the unions.

035 Mass. nurse staffing ballot question

6 November 2018

The way forward for young people: Not Democratic Party politics, but the fight for socialism!

By Genevieve Leigh, 6 November 2018

The fear mongering tactics of the Democratic Party and its allies are combined with a complete absence of any discussion of the actual conditions and concerns of the vast majority of young people.

220 Detroit teachers statement

6 November 2018

Europe and America clash over Washington’s economic war on Iran

By Keith Jones, 5 November 2018

Washington’s imposition of sweeping new sanctions on Iran—aimed at strangling its economy and precipitating regime change—is roiling world geopolitics.

Democratic candidates praise Trump’s attacks on immigrants as troops arrive at the border

By Eric London, 5 November 2018

The Democrats are either silent or supportive of police state measures that are putting the lives of immigrants in imminent danger and preparing the way for violent attacks on all workers.

Two workers killed as wall collapses at Baltimore Amazon facility

By E.P. Milligan, 5 November 2018

Basic safety precautions are routinely ignored at Amazon facilities throughout the world.

Former CIA Director Brennan endorses Democrat Beto O’Rourke

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2018

While O’Rourke has been hailed as the new “progressive” standard bearer, the support of a notorious war criminal exposes his real politics.

Israeli government defends Trump in aftermath of Pittsburgh massacre

By Jean Shaoul, 5 November 2018

The spontaneous outpourings of solidarity across Jewish and Muslim communities for the victims of the Pittsburgh atrocity are anathema to the Netanyahu government.

The Little Rock Education Association stalls on strike action in Arkansas

By Nancy Hanover, 5 November 2018

The deliberate isolation of struggles by teacher unions is taking a stark form in Little Rock, Arkansas, the site of a major battle for desegregation of public education 61 years ago.

060 Washington state schoolworkers' strike

5 November 2018

Chicago charter school teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

By Kristina Betinis, 5 November 2018

Charter school teachers are determined to improve pay and classroom conditions, but they cannot advance their fight through the Chicago Teachers Union.

Inviting Trump to Paris, Macron evokes the specter of fascism and the 1930s

By Alex Lantier, 5 November 2018

Macron is inviting America’s far-right president while hypocritically criticizing European neo-fascism as a danger to the pursuit of European imperialist interests.

On the eve of the US midterm elections: The political issues facing the working class

By Joseph Kishore, 5 November 2018

Regardless of the outcome, the elections will set the stage for a further shift of US politics to the right.

Democratic Party mailer removes SEP candidate Niles Niemuth from sample ballot

By our reporter, 5 November 2018

A voter guide delivered to thousands of residents in Dearborn, Downriver and western Wayne County omitted the SEP candidate in Michigan’s 12th district from a sample ballot.

Illinois governor’s race the most expensive in US history

By Alexander Fangmann, 5 November 2018

Two billionaire candidates are saturating the media to distract from their shared post-election plans to accelerate attacks on the working class.

Washington imposes new sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba

By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2018

Bolton’s speech on the Trump administration’s policy toward Latin America amounted to a demand for regime change in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

US expands illegal, unilateral sanctions against Iran

By Mike Head, 3 November 2018

The measures Washington outlined yesterday are tantamount to a declaration of war.

As workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters contract, UPS Freight prepares for strike

By Will Morrow, 3 November 2018

Workers voted by more than 62 percent to reject the UPS Freight contract on October 5.

128 years after the first US electrocution

Tennessee revives “Old Smokey,” the electric chair, for an execution

By Kate Randall, 3 November 2018

The US Supreme Court has never ruled execution by electric chair or lethal injection unconstitutional and has consistently upheld the constitutionality of the death penalty itself.

“They are trying to outsource to cut costs and pit us against each other”

Allison Transmission workers speak out on UAW-management collaboration

By George Kirby and Shannon Jones, 3 November 2018

Allison Transmission workers in Indianapolis, Indiana are complaining about the outsourcing of jobs, speed-up and lack of representation by the United Auto Workers.

As US Steel and ArcelorMittal announce booming profits, the United Steelworkers pushes sellout deals

By our reporters, 3 November 2018

In the midst of a huge profit bonanza, unions like the USW, working on behalf of corporate management, are shamelessly telling workers it is they who must give back.

Trump manoeuvres in lead-up to talks with Chinese President Xi

By Nick Beams, 3 November 2018

The aim is either to extract major concessions from China or, failing that, create the best conditions for pressing ahead with trade war measures.

Immigrant tent cities and right-wing terror: The new normal in America

By Eric London, 3 November 2018

Halting the growth of political violence and the moves toward dictatorship requires a break with the Democratic Party and the mobilization of the immense power of the American and international working class.

Christine Assange, mother of persecuted WikiLeaks publisher, endorses Niles Niemuth, SEP candidate for Congress

By our reporter, 3 November 2018

Christine Assange posted an endorsement of Niles Niemuth on Twitter, calling on her followers to vote for “an anti-corruption/ pro Assange candidate.”

Letters protest censorship of Niles Niemuth election campaign by WDIV

3 November 2018

The WSWS is publishing a selection of the letters which were sent in response to the open letter written by Niemuth, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 12th District.

What is to be done about the plutocrats?

By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2018

A new report documents the colossal role of inherited wealth in perpetuating social inequality in America.

Thousands attend funerals for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue massacre

By Samuel Davidson, 2 November 2018

Pittsburgh residents who spoke to the World Socialist Web Site denounced the president’s anti-immigrant tirades, which created the climate for the deadliest act of anti-Semitic violence in US history.

Chicago Teamsters local announces end to UPS contract extension

By George Marlowe, 2 November 2018

The union is seeking to reach a concessions contract with management while preventing a rebellion among rank-and-file workers.

Abigail Spanberger: CIA Democrat for Virginia’s 7th District

By E.P. Milligan, 2 November 2018

Abigail Spanberger is one of the most prominent of the former military and intelligence operatives running as Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump calls for “massive cities of tents” and indefinite detention of immigrants

By Eric London, 2 November 2018

The right-wing demagogue described a hellish vision of concentration camps to imprison helpless men, women, and children, and urged the thousands of troops being rushed to America’s southern border to open fire on unarmed crowds.

New York Times tries to shame “disillusioned young voters” into supporting the Democrats

By Barry Grey, 2 November 2018

As masses of people grow increasingly disillusioned with capitalism and the two-party system, the Times is doing its best to shore up support for the Democratic Party.

An open letter to WDIV Local 4 News in Detroit

Stop the censorship of the Socialist Equality Party campaign!

By Niles Niemuth, 2 November 2018

The following open letter was sent to Kim Voet, the news director of WDIV Local 4 News and ClickonDetroit.com, protesting the exclusion of any information about the SEP election campaign from their coverage.

Who are Gary Walkowicz and the Working Class Party?

By Tom Hall and Tim Rivers, 2 November 2018

The Working Class Party, which is running United Auto Workers committeeman Gary Walkowicz for Congress, is an electoral front created by the pseudo-left Spark group.

GM makes record quarterly profit as US corporations accelerate cost-cutting

By Jerry White, 1 November 2018

The United Auto Workers union has played a critical role in suppressing workers’ wages and intensifying their exploitation in the factories.

Fiat Chrysler workers hit with temporary layoffs across North America

By Jacob Crosse, 1 November 2018

FCA workers in Windsor, Canada, and factories in Illinois and Indiana are on temporary layoff due to falling sales.

Child detainees speak out: “I just wanted a hug from someone”

The view from inside America’s child immigrant detention shelters

By our reporters, 1 November 2018

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with several immigrant children recently released from child detention shelters about conditions in the facilities.

SEP candidate Niles Niemuth speaks with students and workers in Lincoln Park, Michigan

By our reporters, 1 November 2018

The Socialist Equality Party congressional candidate campaigned Wednesday in the Downriver suburb, a bedroom community for many workers in the area.

Trump threatens to abolish birthright citizenship

By Patrick Martin, 31 October 2018

The proposal to revise the US Constitution by means of an executive order is flagrantly unconstitutional and anti-democratic.

Thousands protest Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh synagogue following mass shooting

By Samuel Davidson, 31 October 2018

The popular rejection of Trump’s far-right policies highlights the cowardice and complicity of the Democratic Party, which offers no principled opposition to Trump’s fascistic attacks on immigrants and democratic rights more broadly.

Underground worker killed in collapse at Nevada gold mine

By Evan Cohen, 31 October 2018

The death of the 42-year-old miner was one of several fatalities in October in metal and non-metal mines across the US.

A wolf in wolf’s clothing: West Virginia Democrat Richard Ojeda

By Naomi Spencer, 31 October 2018

A former career Army officer, Ojeda has been elevated to national prominence as a fighter for the working class. He is no such thing.

Nearly 40 percent of New Jersey households struggle to make ends meet

By Erik Schreiber, 31 October 2018

A United Way report documenting the rising number of working poor in New Jersey provides concrete evidence of the intensified assault on workers' living standards.

“It is like a pyramid scheme and we’re the worker ants at the bottom”

Amazon workers in Downriver Michigan speak to SEP candidate Niles Niemuth

By our reporters, 31 October 2018

Niles spoke with Amazon workers about working conditions as well as the Trump administration’s deployment of the military against immigrant workers.

Trump deploys military to confront “immigrant invasion”

By Eric London, 30 October 2018

The White House, deploying thousands of troops to the border, is seeking to to whip up a climate of right-wing chauvinist hysteria on the eve of the November 6 midterm elections.

Vigils for victims of Pittsburgh shooting express anger over Trump’s racist incitements

By Samuel Davidson and Kate Randall, 30 October 2018

Vigils held across the country have charged Trump with using hate speech to incite violent attacks over the past week.

Killings at Kentucky store were hate crime, police say

By our reporter, 30 October 2018

The gunman, 51-year-old Gregory Bush, had a history of mental illness and racist abuse.