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US Federal Trade Commission sues Facebook over monopolistic acquisitions and anticompetitive practices

By By Kevin Reed, 11 December 2020

The FTC, along with 48 US attorneys general, filed an antitrust lawsuit against the social media giant Facebook on Wednesday, seeking to split off its popular Instagram and WhatsApp properties and regulate the firm’s business practices.

US B-52 bombers threaten Iran for second time in three weeks

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2020

These massive warplanes used to devastate Vietnam half a century ago have been deployed amid mounting US and Israeli war threats and provocations against Iran.

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Ventra Sandusky: Vote “No” on 2020 contract! Form rank-and-file committees to oppose UAW sellout!

By The World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, 11 December 2020

To prevent a strike and maintain the flow of profits, the United Auto Workers is attempting to impose a sellout agreement on 2,200 Ohio parts workers.

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US Army punishes 14 senior officers at Fort Hood citing “leadership failures”

By Chase Lawrence, 11 December 2020

The disciplinary actions were one of the single largest taken by the Army in history, indicating that the Pentagon is well aware of deep disillusionment and anger within the ranks.

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999 Pseudo-left teachers unions letter to Biden

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999 FAA pushes to resume normal operations as pandemic spreads

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Fatal explosion at West Virginia chemical plant kills 1, injures 3

By Nick Barrickman, 11 December 2020

The explosion is only the latest in a series of industrial accidents which have continued to claim the lives of workers throughout the United States even as COVID-19 tears through the country.

Auto companies’ stocks rise as workers die from COVID-19

By Shannon Jones, 11 December 2020

Wall Street is demanding car companies increase production to restock depleted dealer inventories, even as the pandemic is claiming a growing number of autoworkers’ lives.

Tens of millions of Americans require aid as USDA food box program nears expiration

By Alex Findijs, 11 December 2020

Hunger in the US has risen considerably during the pandemic. In 2019, an estimated 34 million people suffered from food insecurity. That number is expected to rise to 54 million by the end of the year.

The Love Song of J. Robinette Biden

By Steven Brust, 10 December 2020

A satirical poem by the novelist Steven Brust on identity politics and the election of Democrat Joseph Robinette Biden.

Auto parts worker dies of COVID-19-induced heart attack at Faurecia plant in Saline, Michigan

By Tim Rivers, 10 December 2020

John Stamper's death is only the latest demonstration of the need for an immediate shutdown of nonessential production, including the auto industry, in order to combat the spread of the disease and save hundreds of thousands of lives.

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How Tyson Foods chairman John Tyson made $600 million by exposing meatpacking workers to coronavirus

By Cordell Gascoigne, 10 December 2020

Tyson has not merely been a passive beneficiary of the policies of Trump and the political establishment. He has directly intervened to ensure the maintenance of production.

Detroit Free Press breaks silence on Fiat Chrysler COVID-19 deaths in effort at damage control

By James Brewer, 10 December 2020

While acknowledging recent COVID-19 deaths at Detroit-area plants, both the company and the union, along with the corporate media which approvingly reports their comments, blame autoworkers for the spread of the disease in the plants.

In bipartisan vote: US House approves record $741 billion military spending bill

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2020

In a country with “no money” for schools, the unemployed or the health care system being destroyed by COVID, there are effectively unlimited funds for the world’s largest military establishment.

Contract pushed through after GE Appliance workers in Kentucky reject union-backed proposals

By Steve Filips, 10 December 2020

After workers twice rejected the sellout agreement, officials from the International Union of Electrical Local 83761 (IUE-CWA) pushed through a four-year deal that includes paltry raises and increased health care costs.

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10 December 2020

Democratic mayor green lights police assault on protesters opposing family’s eviction in Portland, Oregon

By Kayla Costa, 10 December 2020

The police are preparing a brutal crackdown on hundreds of protesters who have occupied the area in front of the home of the Kinney family in opposition to their eviction.

Stop government attack on COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 10 December 2020

The SEP condemns the fascistic police raid on Jones’ home, meant to suppress her work exposing the spread of COVID-19 in Florida and in schools across the US.

Boise, Idaho health district meeting canceled by police after armed protesters threaten board members’ homes

By Jacob Crosse, 10 December 2020

Police, citing “public safety,” called for the meeting to be canceled before the health board could vote on an order instituting limited COVID-19 restrictions.

US secretary of state hypocritically sanctions Chinese officials over Hong Kong human rights

By Peter Symonds, 9 December 2020

Washington has a long record of selectively exploiting human rights issues to further its economic and strategic interests, while turning a blind eye to flagrant abuses of democratic rights by its allies and strategic partners.

The pandemic and the normalization of death

By Andre Damon and David North, 9 December 2020

The demand by the political and media establishment that society must prioritize “the economy” over the preservation of human life implies that mass death is essentially necessary and unavoidable.

Workplace COVID-19 infections on the rise in Oregon

By Hector Cordon, 9 December 2020

Distribution centers for corporations have been described as “COVID-19 hotspots” in the state. Along with Amazon, Walmart and Fred Meyer distribution warehouses have been among the workplaces with the largest active outbreaks.

Zappa: New documentary attempts to demythologize composer, multi-instrumentalist

By Kevin Reed, 9 December 2020

The documentary about the iconoclastic musician Frank Zappa, who died at age 52 in 1993, presents him as an artist torn between the need to earn a living as a rock music star and his desire to compose more complex and serious orchestral works.

One week after wildcat sickout strike, South Carolina teacher dies from COVID-19

By Rosa Shahnazarian and Emma Arceneaux, 9 December 2020

Despite the tragic death of 50-year-old third-grade teacher Staci Blakely, the school and district remain open for in-person learning.

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Family demands investigation after 23-year-old shot three times by police in Columbus, Ohio

By Katy Kinner, 9 December 2020

Casey Goodson, Jr. was killed by a sheriff’s deputy as he was returning home from a dentist appointment. His grandmother and two young children were standing near the door and witnessed the killing.

“Human Nature”: Documentary explores CRISPR, the groundbreaking development in genetics

By James Hohmann, 9 December 2020

The program explores the implications of simple mass-produced genetic editing and raises the question: Is society ready for the changes that this new horizon makes possible?

Trump, Republicans continue attempts to overturn election results

By Jacob Crosse, 9 December 2020

Trump continues to refuse to concede even as his increasingly unhinged lawsuits seeking to nullify the elections fail in the courts.

999 (12/8) 3rd contract vote at GE Appliance Park

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999 US Secretary of State Pompeo imposes sanctions on Chinese officials

9 December 2020

Biden selects recently retired general, ex-Mideast war commander to head Pentagon

By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2020

The media and the Democrats have hailed the choice of Lloyd Austin as the first African American nominee for secretary of defense, glossing over the implications of another general being tapped for the Pentagon’s top civilian post.

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9 December 2020

Opposition erupts at San Diego State University following decision to cancel spring break

By IYSSE at San Diego State University, 9 December 2020

The university administration, acting in conjunction with the Democratic Party, has created the conditions for the spread of the virus while providing students with no resources to cope with the stress of school and work amidst a public health emergency.

Trump supporters stage armed protest at home of Michigan secretary of state

By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2020

Taking their cue from Trump, far-right supporters have threatened violence against officials in swing states where Trump is seeking to overturn the popular vote for Biden.

California’s new COVID-19 restrictions place burden on workers and small business owners

By David Fitzgerald, 8 December 2020

The stay-at-home order which went into effect Sunday night for most of the state offers no protection to workers and no financial compensation to ruined small business owners while allowing large workplaces and factories to remain open.

Seeking to stave off demands for industry shutdown, UAW to host COVID-19 testing site in Louisville, Kentucky

By Steve Filips, 8 December 2020

The UAW’s move is in part aimed at shortening the time workers are away from production while awaiting test results.

Sellout union deal in New York City creates only 4 positions to accommodate pregnant transit workers

By Daniel de Vries, 8 December 2020

The deal comes in response to mass outrage after a train conductor lost her newborn daughter after going into labor at an East New York rail yard over the summer.

Reopening of New York City schools threatens massive spread of COVID-19

By Evan Blake, 8 December 2020

The driving force behind the homicidal campaign to open schools and nonessential workplaces is not science or public health, but rather the profit interests of the capitalist class.

Over 2,200 students at Columbia University threaten tuition strike amid economic crisis

By Elliott Murtagh, 8 December 2020

Confronting financial difficulty amid the ongoing pandemic, students at Columbia University in New York City are demanding lower cost of tuition and increased financial aid.

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Plans by University of Colorado at Boulder to cut 50 tenured jobs evoke opposition

By Chase Lawrence, 8 December 2020

The threat to eliminate tenured faculty positions and hire adjuncts in their place has created a backlash among staff and students at the school.

Georgia Senate debate: Republican fascist agitation versus Democratic political cowardice

By Jacob Crosse, 8 December 2020

Senator Kelly Loeffler repeatedly backed Trump’s drive to overturn the presidential election, while Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock evaded the issue and stressed his pro-capitalist credentials.

Tens of millions of Americans struggle to pay rent as unemployment benefits and eviction moratorium near expiration

By Alex Findijs, 8 December 2020

According to Moody’s Analytics, 12 million renters will owe an average of $5,850 in back rent and utility payments by January 1.

Florida COVID-19 data scientist whistleblower raided by state police at gunpoint

By Benjamin Mateus, 8 December 2020

Rebekah Jones’ home was stormed Monday by police who terrorized her and her family and confiscated her phone, computers and other equipment.

Coronavirus outbreak at Amazon warehouse in Troutdale, Oregon exceeds 100 infections

By Tom Carter, 8 December 2020

More than 100 cases have been reported at an Amazon warehouse in Troutdale, Oregon, where management is forcing workers to sign “non-disclosure agreements.”

Washington D.C. transit system proposes unprecedented cuts in response to severe budget shortfall

By Harvey Simpkins, 7 December 2020

The transit system’s proposal would slash nearly a third of all jobs in its workforce and eliminate weekend rail service completely.

“All teachers, plant workers, custodians, we all need to band together to be protected”

Alabama loses two more educators to COVID-19

By Nancy Hanover, 7 December 2020

A veteran teacher recalls the victims and calls for uniting workers against the deadly return to in-person schools.

Trump incites fascist violence in Georgia

By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2020

In his first rally speech since his defeat in the November 2020 presidential election, Trump called for overturning the election result, demanded “revenge” against his political opponents and spoke about sending “the military in” to “radical left” cities.

One-quarter of Macomb County Jail inmates test positive for coronavirus

By Eboni Davis, 7 December 2020

The county as a whole has had more than 39,000 cases throughout the year, equal to nearly 4.5 percent of the entire population.

“There is a war against the people, and we have to unite under a common cause.”

New York City workers condemn mayor’s plan to reopen schools Monday

By Sandy English, 7 December 2020

The working class in New York City has rejected the plans of the Democratic Party to reopen schools in the largest district in the United States amid rising positivity rates and hospitalizations for COVID-19

The unseen plight of undocumented workers in the US during the pandemic

By Melody Isley, 7 December 2020

Deemed “essential” workers, but denied legal recognition and financial or medical resources, the undocumented work in high-risk industries where COVID-19 spreads at unrivaled rates.

Student government delegates at the University of Michigan speak out against the administration’s COVID-19 policies

By Jesse Thomas, 7 December 2020

The decision to reopen the university residence halls and conduct in-person learning immediately provoked opposition from the student body, culminating in a nine-day strike in September by graduate student instructors.

“It could have been prevented”

Sixth worker dies from COVID-19 at FCA’s Warren Truck plant

By James Brewer and Marcus Day, 7 December 2020

Warren Truck has been the deadliest plant among the Detroit Three’s factories in the US during the pandemic, based on the limited data available on workers’ deaths.

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Food prices, waste rise as food insecurity affects tens of millions in the US

By Alex Findijs, 7 December 2020

Supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic have forced farmers to destroy food and prices to rise while tens of millions of people struggle to put enough food on the table.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: The joke’s on who?

By Ed Hightower, 7 December 2020

Writer-performer Sacha Baron Cohen cannot resist mocking even the most undeserving targets, including a Holocaust survivor who tries to disabuse the title character of his (feigned) anti-Semitism.

SEIU Healthcare reaches tentative agreement with management in Illinois nursing home strike

By Alexander Fangmann, 7 December 2020

The union abandoned wage demands and any meaningful protections for workers in order to herd them back into facilities with active COVID-19 outbreaks.

COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the US

By Benjamin Mateus, 7 December 2020

COVID-19 is inundating hospitals across the US. The case fatality rate is already seeing an upturn, which means that hundreds of patients who will die in the next few weeks would have survived had they been infected just a month ago.

FBI gathered US website visitor logs under the post-9/11 PATRIOT Act

By Kevin Reed, 5 December 2020

As debate resumes in Washington, D.C. over renewal of special provisions of the PATRIOT Act, a series of letters released by the New York Times shows that US law enforcement and intelligence agencies are continuing to carry out electronic surveillance of the public.

US occupational safety agency fails to report hundreds of health care worker deaths

By Alex Johnson, 5 December 2020

The officially facilitated coverup of worker deaths has continued in the midst of exploding coronavirus infections and deaths over the past month.

Trump administration plans five federal executions before January 20, authorizes use of firing squads, electric chair and asphyxiation

By Kate Randall, 5 December 2020

The rush to carry out these executions in the weeks leading up to inauguration, and the regulation permitting various barbaric forms of putting prisoners to death, are in line with the violence being promoted by fascistic forces in and around President Trump following his electoral defeat.

As US stocks set record highs

November jobs report shows collapse of economic growth

By Jacob Crosse, 5 December 2020

As daily infections, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 continued to explode, Friday’s US employment report showed a disastrous drop in new jobs and a dramatic increase in long-term unemployment. Wall Street celebrated with record highs on all major stock indexes.

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Pentagon to Biden: Latin America a major battlefield in war with China

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2020

The chief of the US Southern Command warned Wednesday that US imperialism’s “competitive edge” is eroding as a result of growing Chinese influence in the Western Hemisphere.

Washington, DC public schools return students to classes amid record-breaking COVID-19 spike

By Nick Barrickman, 5 December 2020

The sudden return of students to classrooms amid a devastating surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths is based upon businesses demanding a complete reopening of the economy.

Michigan educators, autoworkers and healthcare workers: Unite to stop COVID-19 and save lives now!

Michigan Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 5 December 2020

Urgent and far-reaching action is needed to save thousands of lives across Michigan this winter. Join our committee now!

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Number of infections among UPS airline pilots doubled in one month

By Steve Filips, 5 December 2020

One hundred pilots for UPS Airlines were infected with coronavirus last month, double the amount for the rest of the year, the pilots’ union announced on Nov. 30.

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State Supreme Court rejects Trump suit in Wisconsin

By Patrick Martin, 4 December 2020

The decision by a Republican-majority court was one of a series of setbacks for Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Hundreds evacuated in the face of fast-moving Southern California wildfire

By Rafael Azul, 4 December 2020

That the continuing fire season has caught California with insufficient resources with which to combat the record spate of wildfires is an indictment of the capitalist profit system.

Cleveland Heights Teachers Union calls off strike hours after picket lines are formed

By Isaac Finn, 4 December 2020

On Wednesday morning, many educators in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District set up picket lines, only to be informed hours later that the strike had been cancelled.

New surge of COVID-19 cases at GM Fort Wayne amid reports of expanding outbreaks at other factories

By Shannon Jones, 4 December 2020

There have been 21 new confirmed COVID-19 cases so far this week at the GM Fort Wayne, Indiana truck plant, while management has been seeking to withhold income from infected workers.

Cancellations and postponements as disaster in college football continues

By Andy Thompson, 4 December 2020

The University of Michigan has canceled its game this upcoming weekend against the University of Maryland after 12 people in the program tested positive for coronavirus.

New US unemployment claims top 712,000 as mass layoffs continue

By Jacob Crosse, 4 December 2020

Historic job losses coupled with the out-of-control spread of COVID-19 have left millions of workers on the brink while Wall Street continues to set record highs

Kremlin girds itself for a Biden presidency, while still refusing to acknowledge his electoral victory

By Andrea Peters, 4 December 2020

The sense in Moscow is that however much hopes for an easing of tensions with the US were dashed by the realities of Trump’s four years in office, the situation is likely to become even worse under Biden.

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Capitalism’s winter of death

Immediate action is necessary to save hundreds of thousands of lives!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 4 December 2020

Unless urgent measures are taken to shut down nonessential production, a quarter-million lives could be lost to the COVID-19 pandemic within the next three months.

Introduction to The New York Times’ 1619 Project and the Racialist Falsification of History

By David North, 4 December 2020

This is the introduction by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North to a volume, available for delivery in January 2021, containing the main interviews and essays published by the WSWS exposing the New York Times’ racialist falsification of American history.

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The DSA pays tribute to David Dinkins

By Fred Mazelis, 3 December 2020

The DSA’s extraordinary tribute to Dinkins shows exactly why this organization is the bitterest opponent of socialism.

“I just have been in a fog since the incident”

Two years since the Camp Fire destroyed the town of Paradise, California

By Linda Rios and Alexa Castro, 3 December 2020

While environmental conditions, such as strong winds and low humidity, factored into the severity of the disaster, the event was largely due to negligence by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the utility company which provides electricity to northern California.

Author of Ten Days That Shook the World

100 years since US socialist journalist John Reed’s death

By Sandy English and James Macdonald, 3 December 2020

John Reed’s life became devoted to documenting the struggles of the oppressed. His greatest work was Ten Days That Shook the World, an indelible, eyewitness account of the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Illinois nursing home workers strike in second week as pandemic surges: Build rank-and-file-committees to save lives

By Jessica Goldstein and Kristina Betinis, 3 December 2020

The strike of some 700 Chicago-area Infinity Healthcare workers entered its second week as the state records COVID-19 deaths.