United States

Students, workers, and artists denounce censorship

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters condemns Twitter’s suspension of IYSSE account

By Gabriel Black, 11 April 2021

The censoring of the IYSSE, at a time of growing interest in a genuine socialist perspective among young people has been met with an outcry and statements of protest.

999 Microsoft adds worker surveillance to Office 365

30 November 2020

999 This Week in History

30 November 2020

999 De Blasio reopens NYC schools

30 November 2020

999 Jeff Bezos' "Earth Fund"

30 November 2020

999 NYC mayoral race

30 November 2020

999 Predictions of post Thanksgiving surge in the US

30 November 2020

999 ICE hunger strike

30 November 2020

FCA ramps up production at Warren Truck despite death of temporary worker from COVID-19

By James Brewer, 28 November 2020

The worker who succumbed to the virus had been hired less than three weeks before he became sick and had told his coworkers that he had waited a long time to get the chance for a job at FCA.

Leaked documents from Amazon’s Global Security Operations Center expose worldwide conspiracy to suppress workers’ resistance

By Tom Carter, 28 November 2020

The leaked documents also expose the use of spies from the Pinkerton Detective Agency, which has a long history of surveillance, infiltration and violence against the workers’ movement.

New ultra-right Supreme Court majority invokes religion to block COVID-19 safety measures

By John Burton, 28 November 2020

The Supreme Court struck down New York’s measures to control the spread of COVID-19 by limiting indoor events, including religious services, heralding the power of the new five-justice, ultra-reactionary bloc.

New IRS rule will push many US small businesses to the brink

By Jessica Goldstein, 28 November 2020

A new ruling by the Treasury Department will affect millions of small businesses that received a portion of the total $717 billion in relief funds from the US Small Business Administration through the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

Massive spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky schools and death of 15-year-old girl prompts statewide school closures

By Warren Duzak, 28 November 2020

Almost 10,000 K-12 students and 2,000 faculty members are presently in quaratine or isolation across Kentucky.

Michigan COVID-19 hospitalizations pushing medical facilities to occupancy limits

By Kevin Reed, 28 November 2020

The exponential surge in coronavirus cases in Michigan during the months of October and November has resulted in an alarming increase in the number of patients entering hospitals across the state with 53 facilities at 75 percent or higher bed occupancy.

California Highway Patrol evicts homeless families on Thanksgiving eve

By Jacob Crosse, 28 November 2020

Citing COVID-19 state mandated shelter-in-place orders, families and activists with Reclaim and Rebuild our Community attempted to take up residence in vacant publicly owned homes.

Ten years since WikiLeaks published the US diplomatic cables

By Thomas Scripps, 28 November 2020

WikiLeaks contributed to a growing recognition among workers and young people that state criminality and ruling class conspiracies are not accidents or the work of a few bad individuals, but the product of a whole social system based on the rule of competing oligarchies which must be overthrown.

Who is Alejandro Mayorkas?

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 28 November 2020

Biden’s pick for DHS secretary was a key figure in the Obama administration’s detention and mass deportation of immigrants.

UFCW ignores strike vote by West Virginia Kroger workers, pushes through sellout agreement

By Ray Coleman, 27 November 2020

The contract rammed through by the United Food and Commercial Workers would impose lower wages and higher health care costs onto essential workers in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Layoffs leave New York City-area nursing homes unprepared as the pandemic intensifies

By Erik Schreiber, 27 November 2020

Faced with increased costs, care facilities are cutting staff, jeopardizing the lives of elderly residents.

999 Warren Truck update

27 November 2020

Study finds meatpacking plants were responsible for 8 percent of coronavirus cases in opening phase of pandemic in the US

By Cordell Gascoigne, 27 November 2020

The findings of the study are an indictment not only of the major meatpacking companies themselves but the entire political establishment.

Censored Planet: University of Michigan research finds worldwide increase in internet censorship

By Kevin Reed, 27 November 2020

Data collected by a group of UM researchers has revealed that online interference is growing internationally and that “the world’s freest countries are not safe from internet censorship.”

US CDC plans to reduce quarantine time after potential COVID-19 exposure

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 November 2020

The purpose of reducing the isolation period to as little as seven days is to ensure workers will be back on the job faster, even though the CDC admits this will increase the transmission of the virus.

Meet the Censored: Andre Damon

By Matt Taibbi, 26 November 2020

Increased content moderation has been sold as a tool to control the far right, but the World Socialist Web Site was among the first to sound the alarm.

What UAW President Rory Gamble is really thankful for this Thanksgiving

By Jerry White and Tom Hall, 26 November 2020

Few, if any, workers will read the trite and clichéd Thanksgiving message from United Auto Workers President Rory Gamble, published Wednesday on the UAW's web site. But it is worth mentioning for its sheer hypocrisy.

Hailing election security, New York Times drops its “Russian meddling” narrative

By Barry Grey and Jacob Crosse, 26 November 2020

The fact that it is absent from the Times’ November 22 editorial makes absolutely clear one basic fact: the entire anti-Russia narrative is a deliberate fabrication.

President Trump issues full pardon of former national security advisor Michael Flynn

By Kevin Reed, 26 November 2020

Trump’s action ends the case against the right-wing White House aide who lied to the FBI during the early days of the investigation into claims of “Russian interference” in the 2016 US elections.

Thousands of US college students return home for Thanksgiving amid surging pandemic

By Alex Findijs, 26 November 2020

After the disastrous reopening of campuses this fall led to hundreds of thousands of cases, countless college students are bringing the coronavirus home with them.

999 Warren Truck TPT death interviews

26 November 2020

Biden delivers pablum and pretense as he consolidates a right-wing administration

By Patrick Martin, 26 November 2020

In a Thanksgiving message and a television interview, the president-elect dismissed the ongoing threat to democratic rights from President Trump.

The Democratic Socialists of America pleads with Biden not to appoint Rahm Emanuel

By Kristina Betinis, 26 November 2020

A petition opposing the appointment of Emanuel to President-elect Biden’s administration simultaneously exposes the right-wing record of the Democratic Party and the utter bankruptcy of its DSA faction.

US jobless claims and hunger spike as Congress goes on vacation

By Jacob Crosse, 26 November 2020

Amid historic levels of unemployment, disorganized partial lockdowns without stimulus are leaving workers and small businesses without protection from the coronavirus or social support.

999 Education article, topic TBD (Chicago, TN, MI or AL)

26 November 2020

What the rich are thankful for

By Andre Damon, 26 November 2020

Amid mass unemployment, hunger and death, America’s financial oligarchy is celebrating a bumper year.

India’s ruling elite welcomes Biden-Harris victory in US presidential election

By Deepal Jayasekera, 26 November 2020

The warm welcome for the President-elect is based on the calculation that a Biden administration will be no less committed than Trump’s to expanding the anti-China Indo-US “global strategic partnership.”

Two Alabama teachers die from COVID-19 as governor vows to keep schools and businesses open

By Shelley Connor, 25 November 2020

Over the past two weeks, the rate of COVID-19 infections across Alabama has increased by over 50 percent, with educators representing a significant number of these cases.

Pennsylvania, Nevada certify Biden victories as Trump repeats his vows to overturn the election

By Barry Grey, 25 November 2020

Whether or not Biden’s right-wing administration-in-waiting comes to power, Trump’s election coup is a dire warning to the working class.

New York City teachers union pushes for fast return to in-person classes

By Alberto Escalera, 25 November 2020

Less than a week after New York City’s Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio was forced to close schools due to the spreading pandemic, the United Federation of Teachers is calling for them to be reopened.

Jacobin and Democratic Socialists of America promote illusions in a “progressive” Biden administration

By Gabriel Black, 25 November 2020

The central role of Jacobin is to prevent any political break with the Democratic Party as Biden constructs a reactionary administration based on Wall Street and the military.

Southwest Airlines gives ultimatum to workers: wage cuts or furloughs in 2021

By Steve Filips, 25 November 2020

Southwest Airlines is demanding a 10 percent pay cut as US air carriers that received a $25 billion bailout cut costs in order to boost profits.

Amazon announces the opening of its online pharmacy

By Patrick Smith, 25 November 2020

Amazon’s entry into the pharmaceutical industry underscores the conglomerate’s accelerating domination over sector after sector of the US and global economy.

Joe Biden’s cabinet: A rainbow coalition of imperialist reaction

By Eric London, 25 November 2020

The nomination of a series of right-wing women and minority representatives of the military-intelligence complex encapsulates and exposes the right-wing essence of identity politics.

US coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths explode during past two weeks

By Bryan Dyne, 25 November 2020

The number of active cases in the country has risen to more than five million and is on track to double every six to eight weeks.

As virus surges in North Dakota, Fargo food distribution workers strike over lack of COVID-19 protections

By Shannon Jones, 25 November 2020

Workers at the Cash-Wa food distribution operation in Fargo, North Dakota are on strike over health and safety in an area that is experiencing the highest COVID-19 death rate in the world.

Mass layoffs loom for Silicon Valley service workers

By Aditya Veeraiah, 25 November 2020

With many white-collar workers working from home, tech giants are threatening the jobs of thousands of cafeteria, janitorial, transportation and other service workers.

Jeff Riedel, photographer and fighter for socialism: 1968-2020

By Fred Mazelis and Kevin Reed, 24 November 2020

An immensely gifted artist, Jeff Riedel’s photographic work combined exceptional technical skill with social insight.

Chicago nursing home workers launch strike against poverty wages, lack of protection from COVID-19

By Alexander Fangmann, 24 November 2020

Nearly 700 certified nursing assistants and other workers walked out Monday morning for higher pay, more staffing and protections against COVID-19.

Workers have the right to information and free speech!

What’s behind the UAW’s attack on the World Socialist Web Site

By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 24 November 2020

While it is telling workers to shut up and keep working, the UAW has pulled its own stewards from the plant floor, and Solidarity House is still working remotely.

999 SHAP statement on UAW and WSWS

24 November 2020

A month after being hired at suburban Detroit Fiat Chrysler plant, worker dies from COVID-19

By George Kirby, 24 November 2020

Stevie Brown, a temporary part-time worker at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant, is the latest victim of the murderous policy of keeping the factories open even as they have become a major vector in the spread of the deadly disease.

Zoom cancels meetings at several universities on Zoom censorship

By John Conrad, 24 November 2020

Zoom’s dramatic escalation of censorship has major implications as schools, academic institutions as well as political organizations have become increasingly dependent on the platform to conduct classes, conferences and meetings.

999 Amazon entry into online pharmacy market

24 November 2020

Why are millions of Americans traveling for Thanksgiving as the pandemic rages?

By Niles Niemuth, 24 November 2020

Even as travel this week is expected to decline from last year, with many citing concerns over COVID-19 as a reason to stay home, the movement of tens of millions across the country threatens to massively accelerate the spread of COVID-19.

999 Remote learning in the US

24 November 2020

650 bodies stored in freezer trucks for months in New York City disaster morgue

By Josh Varlin, 24 November 2020

Hundreds of people, mostly victims of the pandemic, have been stored in freezer trucks in Brooklyn for months as city authorities struggle to identify their next of kin and make funeral arrangements.

Federal agency lifts blockade on Biden transition, but Trump pledges to continue electoral coup

By Barry Grey, 24 November 2020

The erosion of support for Trump within the corporate-financial oligarchy is driven in part by a recognition that Biden is assembling a right-wing, militaristic administration that will aggressively defend the interests of big business.

Florida Sheriff’s Office intelligence-gathering program labels student youth as future criminals

By Alex Johnson, 24 November 2020

The police agency’s strategies for tracking youth shed light on the extraordinary lengths the department has gone to carry out repressive measures against underaged Pasco residents.

Deep budget cuts face mass transit systems throughout the United States

By Nick Barrickman, 24 November 2020

Transit systems nationwide have warned that without emergency funding many services will be cut.

North Carolina pastor who led peaceful march to polls charged with felony assault

By Jacob Crosse, 24 November 2020

Three weeks after police assaulted peaceful marchers on their way to register to vote, the county sheriff’s office announced felony and misdemeanor charges against organizer Reverend Greg Drumwright.

Biden names national security team of right-wing militarists

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2020

The roll-out of Biden’s first cabinet nominees shows the top priority of the incoming Democratic administration: building a US-led imperialist front against China and Russia

999 US election crisis, vote certifications

24 November 2020

Trial 4: A shameless police frame-up in Boston

By Joanne Laurier, 24 November 2020

Trial 4 is an eight-episode documentary television series, currently streaming on Netflix that examines the case of Sean Ellis, a black teenager wrongly convicted of the 1993 murder of police officer John Mulligan.

999 Reply to Jacobin on Biden

24 November 2020

Alabama juvenile hall teacher speaks out on hazardous conditions

By Shelley Connor, 24 November 2020

An educator at one of Alabama’s juvenile detention facilities described the dangerous conditions she and her students are forced to confront daily.

Mass opposition among healthcare workers as estimated deaths exceed 20,000

By Katy Kinner, 23 November 2020

Over 800 St. Mary’s nurses in Pennsylvania returned to work on Sunday with no evidence of a contract deal, just one example of various unions strangling strikes as health care workers face death on a massive scale.

As demands for work stoppage grow, UAW officials tell Sterling Heights Assembly workers: “Don’t read the WSWS”

By Shannon Jones, 23 November 2020

In the face of growing demands by Fiat Chrysler workers to halt production at the Sterling Height Assembly Plant to stop the spread of COVID-19, local United Auto Workers officials are lashing out at the World Socialist Web Site and rank-and-file workers who have turned to the WSWS to expose the deadly conditions at the suburban Detroit auto factory.

Stanford academic senate condemns Scott Atlas

By Jonathan Burleigh, 23 November 2020

Most Stanford faculty voted to oppose the high-level Trump adviser’s actions that “promote a view of COVID-19 that contradicts medical science.”

Thanksgiving in America: Massive food lines and evictions as benefits expire

By Kate Randall, 23 November 2020

As the rise of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths continues unabated, working-class families across the US are facing hunger and poverty on a scale not seen since the Great Depression.

As court defeats multiply

Trump continues drive to nullify election

By Patrick Martin, 23 November 2020

The political conspiracy has suffered a string of legal setbacks in its efforts to overturn the 2020 election, but continues to demand the suppression of millions of votes.

Iowa hospitals overwhelmed, Wisconsin health care system on brink of collapse amid exponential rise in COVID-19 cases

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 November 2020

Nearly every intensive care unit bed and every medical-surgical bed is full in the majority of hospitals throughout the state, and over a third of all hospitals in Wisconsin are operating at peak capacity and are unable to admit new patients.

With COVID-19 spreading through auto plants, workers report death at FCA Warren Truck Assembly Plant

By George Kirby, 23 November 2020

The death, if confirmed, is the outcome of a massive outbreak in the plant, reported by several workers to the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter. According to one worker, eight teams with six to eight workers each have been sent home due to the virus since September 28.

This week in history: November 23-29

23 November 2020

On November 29, 1945, the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia was proclaimed following the successful repulsion of Nazi Germany’s attempt to subjugate the country, and Germany’s defeat in World War II in May. The establishment of the republic involved the deposing of King Peter II and the end of the Karađorđević dynasty that he headed. It was the outcome of a mass partisan struggle against fascism.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise at 100

By James McDonald, 23 November 2020

The 1920 novel rewards the contemporary reader with its psychological complexity, with Fitzgerald’s characteristically glittering lyrical sentences and with his equally characteristic trenchant insight into American class society.

Chaotic move to online learning designed to facilitate reopening of New York City schools

By Alberto Escalera, 21 November 2020

The withholding of resources necessary for remote learning is a calculated policy meant to pressure working class parents to acquiesce to the growing calls for a return to in-person classes.

21 November 2020

Explosion at Faurecia Gladstone auto parts plant in Indiana injures three

By Tim Rivers, 21 November 2020

A forklift driver injured in the blast was airlifted to a burn unit at a hospital in Indianapolis, 40 miles north.

21 November 2020

US hits record 200,000 new daily COVID-19 cases as hospitals fill to capacity

By Benjamin Mateus, 21 November 2020

To date, there have been 12.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the US and more than 260,000 deaths.

“All workers need to come together”

Montgomery, Alabama educators hold protest at State Capitol to demand school closures

By Emma Arceneaux, 21 November 2020

One of the worst-hit cities in Alabama, Montgomery has had 11,903 cases and 232 deaths since the pandemic began.

Federal prisoner Orlando Hall executed after US Supreme Court clears the way

By Kate Randall, 21 November 2020

The Trump administration aims to carry out at least three more executions before Inauguration Day, including that of the first federal woman prisoner in almost seven decades.

Former UAW VP Joe Ashton gets wrist-slap prison term as workers confront rampant COVID-19 in auto plants

By Shannon Jones, 21 November 2020

Ashton, who pocketed $250,000 in kickbacks, is being sent to a country club prison with a seven-month delay for COVID-19 while workers are forced to confront the exploding pandemic every day in the factories.

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21 November 2020

California ballot propositions: Voters reject identity politics, but app-based delivery giants buy protection

By David Levine, 21 November 2020

There were contradictory results on November 3: voters rejected an effort to revive affirmative action programs that discriminate based on race, but they also rejected efforts to protect “gig” workers from exploitation, after a $200 million campaign by corporate giants like Uber and Lyft.

Binghamton University closes after coronavirus outbreak, University at Buffalo defies guidelines to remain open

By Alex Findijs, 21 November 2020

Binghamton University has switched to remote learning for the second time after recording 100 cases in two weeks. The University at Buffalo, however, has decided to remain open despite reaching the threshold for closure.

As winter sets in Portland’s homeless face exposure to the cold, lack of beds and COVID-19

By David Fitzgerald, 21 November 2020

The city has resorted to urgently asking the general public for help in locating structures that can shelter the homeless from the cold while protecting them from COVID-19.

Trump holds White House meeting with Michigan Republicans in bid to overturn Biden victory

By Barry Grey, 21 November 2020

More than two weeks after the November 3 election, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party continue to refuse to accept the results of the presidential vote. Nor can it be assumed that they ultimately will.

Fascist Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse released after posting $2 million bail

By Jacob Crosse, 21 November 2020

The bail money was raised by defense attorneys and generously supported by Republican party donors.

San Diego schools continue to reopen as California surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases

By Renae Cassimeda, 21 November 2020

San Diego teachers are speaking out in opposition to school districts keeping schools open as cases skyrocket throughout the county.

Trump administration delays enforcement of TikTok ban

By Kevin Reed, 21 November 2020

The White House backed off from its threat to shut down the video-sharing app TikTok if its Chinese owner ByteDance did not divest itself of the popular social media platform to an American owner by November 12.

Mexican General Cienfuegos walks free after US drops drug charges

By Andrea Lobo and Don Knowland, 21 November 2020

The ex-defense secretary was airlifted to Mexico by the US government and allowed to walk out of the Toluca Airport as a free citizen, under no travel restraints.

Pentagon shakeup aimed at paving path to Trump coup

By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2020

The extra-constitutional attempts to nullify the US elections and overturn basic democratic rights cannot be accomplished without massive state repression.

21 November 2020

New York region transportation agency prepares draconian cuts to service and transit jobs

By Alan Whyte and Daniel de Vries, 21 November 2020

The nation’s largest transit agency released its 2021 budget, proposing more than 9,000 layoffs and service cuts that would leave the transit network unrecognizable.

Biden, Pence both reject lockdowns to save lives as coronavirus pandemic explodes

By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2020

There is bipartisan agreement that workers must be forced to work and produce profits for big business, regardless of the danger from COVID-19.

Youth suicides and mental health disorders on the rise amid pandemic depression

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 November 2020

One of the impacts of the pandemic is a rising mental health crisis, particularly among youth, for which no faction of the ruling class proposes any solution.

999 California voters reject affirmative action proposition

20 November 2020

“They want to silence me for telling the truth.”

Montgomery, Alabama teachers report on hostile and unsafe working conditions

By Emma Arceneaux, 20 November 2020

The WSWS spoke to three Montgomery teachers about the conditions they face, the spread of the virus in the schools, and the role of the unions in enforcing school openings.

As COVID-19 surges, the New York Times demands that schools remain open

By Andre Damon, 20 November 2020

In a series of news articles, editorials, and op-eds, the Times has waged a campaign to oppose the closure of schools to stop the spread of the pandemic.

The gruesome outcome of “herd immunity”

Managers at Tyson pork plant took bets on how many workers would contract COVID-19

By Tom Hall, 20 November 2020

Nationwide, at least 50,000 meatpacking workers have been infected since the start of the pandemic and at least 253 have died, according to the Food & Environment Reporting Network.