United States

999 Closure of Shell Convent refinery

14 November 2020

999 What Biden administration would mean for public education

14 November 2020

Corporate damage control: Detroit News parrots management, UAW lies about COVID safety conditions at US auto plants

By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2020

The piece is a shameless attempt at damage control as the real situation, which is being documented by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, is spiraling out of control.

Tropical Storm Eta causes widespread flooding in southeastern US as record-setting hurricane season continues

By J. L’Heureau, 14 November 2020

After devastating large swathes of Central America and Southern Mexico last week, the storm system named Eta, the 28th of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, made two separate landfalls in Florida this week.

999 GVSU military article

14 November 2020

Is Trump plotting a war against Iran?

By Bill Van Auken, 14 November 2020

Refusing to accept electoral defeat, and having purged the top ranks of the Pentagon, there is a growing danger that the US president will launch a “December surprise” in the form of a war against Iran.

Workers’ lives are worth more than corporate profits!

Workers must stop production to contain coronavirus outbreak at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant!

The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 November 2020

At least one worker, Mark Bianchi, is already dead, a relative confirmed recently on Facebook, and the United Auto Workers union has pulled virtually all of its shop stewards from the floor, pointing to an outbreak potentially without precedent in the US industry.

Overwhelming police presence used to intimidate Northwestern University protest

By Andy Thompson, 14 November 2020

Police in riot gear outnumbered protesters by almost two to one.

The mental health of young adults is being ravaged by the pandemic—the suffering needs to stop

By Kate Randall, 13 November 2020

Many months into the pandemic, with a surge in COVID-19 cases affecting virtually every US state, a new study shows that there is a veritable tsunami of depression flooding over the nation’s young adult population.

“COVID-19 is out of control at the Tipton plant”

Workers report dangerous outbreak at Fiat Chrysler transmission factory in Indiana

By Jerry White, 13 November 2020

Workers are reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 which is being covered up by FCA management and the United Auto Workers union.

Immigrant women who accused ICE doctor of forced sterilization deported from the United States

By Kevin Martinez, 13 November 2020

One of the women who spoke to federal investigators was told only hours later by ICE that the hold on her deportation had been removed and that her removal was “imminent.”

Belly of the Beast: The cruelty of forced sterilization in America

By Joanne Laurier, 13 November 2020

Belly of the Beast is a documentary on practices carried out at female penitentiaries in California.

Growing opposition among educators forces closure of schools as pandemic spreads

By Evan Blake, 13 November 2020

Whatever their tactical maneuvers, the Democratic Party is equally beholden to Wall Street and will reopen schools as soon as they deem it politically viable.

999 New York schools and the pandemic

13 November 2020

As San Diego County coronavirus cases surge, schools and non-essential businesses remain open

By Melody Isley, 13 November 2020

While San Diego has entered into California’s supposedly more restrictive ‘purple tier,’ officials are appealing the designation, business owners are pledging to defy orders and schools remain open.

State University of New York publishes spring 2021 semester plans

By Alex Findijs, 13 November 2020

Despite clear signs that SUNY’s policies were not working, the new plan for the spring is hardly an improvement. Most of the core points in the plan have already been in effect or add little to the existing precautions.

Nurses in North Dakota pressured to work despite being infected with COVID-19

By Benjamin Mateus, 13 November 2020

Nurses in North Dakota infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic will be “allowed” to continue working rather than quarantine, regardless of the hazards posed for both patients and nurses.

Trump campaign presses demands to suppress millions of votes

By Patrick Martin, 13 November 2020

The main targets of the phony “vote fraud” complaints are Pennsylvania and Michigan, both won by Democratic candidate Joe Biden by sizable margins.

999 Parts worker crushed to death

13 November 2020

Leading NYPD officer caught posting racist, fascistic messages online

By Shuvu Batta, 13 November 2020

James Kobel, a 28-year veteran of the NYPD, was suspended from his post as head of the NYPD Equal Employment Opportunity Division.

Post-US election rally of US/UK pseudo-left hears praise for dragging neo-liberalism’s corpse “across the finishing line”

By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2020

The British pseudo-left are indifferent to the crisis facing American workers. Their sole interest in the US election is how they can utilise it to justify their own rotten scheming with the Labour Party right-wing.

999 Wrist slap fine four years after auto parts worker death

13 November 2020

State attorney general reports:

Michigan conspirators planned to storm capitol, conduct livestream executions, lock legislators inside and burn building down

By Eric London, 13 November 2020

A Michigan attorney general filing states the plotters planned “to take hostages, execute tyrants and have it televised.”

999 Sunday meeting announcement

13 November 2020

999 Portland homeless to be turned away from winter shelters due to covid

13 November 2020

Trump packs Pentagon with right-wing loyalists

By Bill Van Auken, 12 November 2020

The wholesale shakeup in the Pentagon leadership is one of the most ominous features of Trump’s bid to annul the results of the 2020 elections.

UK’s Brexit conflict reignited by US election crisis

By Thomas Scripps, 12 November 2020

Biden is expected to return to America’s traditional approach of pushing its interests within the European Union.

Trudeau leads Canadian establishment in hailing Biden's election victory

By Roger Jordan, 12 November 2020

Unlike political leaders in Europe, who for their own reasons have criticized Trump’s refusal to concede defeat, Trudeau and his ministers continue to avoid all comment on the plans of Trump and his Republicans to nullify the election’s outcome.

Maryland governor re-imposes restrictions as COVID-19 cases reach record levels in the Washington, DC region

By Nick Barrickman, 12 November 2020

Daily COVID-19 cases have more than doubled in the past month throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region.

Flint, Michigan nurse dies from COVID-19

By Sheila Brehm, 12 November 2020

Santa Staples, an operating room nurse at McLaren Hospital who died Saturday, was much loved and respected by co-workers.

As COVID-19 cases explode, Iowa remains “open for business”

By Will Lowery, 12 November 2020

In a state that has seen a 200 percent increase in cases over the last two weeks, the governor’s new regulations fall short of the most basic precautions established in much of the United States. Iowa is being used by the most craven elements of the ruling class as an experiment in herd immunity.

North Dakota reaches 100 percent hospital capacity, tells health care workers to continue working if infected with COVID-19

By Alex Findijs, 12 November 2020

North Dakota is facing a critical health emergency, with hospitals at full capacity. The state’s herd immunity policy has resulted in a crisis so dire that infected health care workers are being told to continue working to avoid staff shortages

Massachusetts governor pushes for in-person learning as COVID-19 cases surge

By Andrew Timon, 12 November 2020

As Massachusetts reports over 2,000 daily cases for the first time since the spring, Republican Governor Charlie Baker and state officials are continuing their pressure campaign to herd students and teachers back into classrooms.

As Biden popular vote lead hits five million

Trump, Republicans continue campaign to overturn election

By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2020

Republican efforts are focused on six states, all won by Biden: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.

Federal agents arrest New York man for threatening to “exterminate” Democrats, protesters

By Jacob Crosse, 12 November 2020

Brian Maiorana, 54, in expletive-laden and anti-Semitic online tirades, threatened to kill opponents of Trump, according to a federal affidavit.

Metro Detroit hospitalizations rise sharply as second wave of COVID-19 cases surges across Michigan

By Kevin Reed, 12 November 2020

An alarming surge in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is underway in metropolitan Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan, threatening to overrun the capacity of the health care system.

Mexican president refuses to recognize Biden victory

By Andrea Lobo, 12 November 2020

To the extent that he is hedging his bets on Trump’s staying in power, AMLO’s stance should caution against any skepticism about the threat of a coup to overturn the US election.

New Zealand government promises stronger US ties after Biden elected

By Tom Peters, 12 November 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern noted that New Zealand had strengthened its alliance with the US during the Trump administration and promised this would continue under a Biden administration.

Citing Trump’s executive order keeping meatpacking plants open, Stampede Meat files suit against shutdown order by New Mexico government

By Cordell Gascoigne, 12 November 2020

The coronavirus is significantly more widespread in the plant than in the surrounding community, with 18 percent of the workforce at Stampede Meat infected compared to 4 percent in Doña Ana County.

West Virginia Kroger workers reject sellout agreement, vote overwhelmingly to strike

By Zac Thorton, 12 November 2020

Under the proposed agreement, Kroger would place a cap on the amount of money it contributes to health care benefits, placing more of the burden on its employees.

Dr. Michael Osterholm, named to the Biden coronavirus taskforce, calls for a national lockdown

By Benjamin Mateus, 12 November 2020

President-elect Joe Biden has refused to call for a national lockdown despite Dr. Osterholm’s declaration that this is the only way to bring the pandemic under control.

Orchestra, opera musicians face severe pay cuts, furloughs, uncertainty in the midst of the pandemic

By David Walsh, 12 November 2020

Management at various orchestras, operas and other cultural organizations are taking full advantage of the COVID-19 crisis to press forward with their demands as part of an offensive for pay and other cuts under way for more than a decade.

Workers’ lives are not expendable! Take action to stop the COVID-19 pandemic!

By Marcus Day, 12 November 2020

Rank-and-file safety committees must be expanded and organized to prepare walkouts to shut down non-essential plants, warehouses and other workplaces.

More than 660 parents of separated immigrant children cannot be located by the US government

By Harvey Simpkins, 11 November 2020

After an ACLU lawsuit last month revealed that the parents of 545 immigrant children could not be located, a lawyer tasked with reuniting families revealed this week that the total has now risen to 666.

Wisconsin man charged with providing assault rifle to Kenosha shooter Rittenhouse

By Kevin Reed, 11 November 2020

Nineteen-year-old Dominick Black has been arrested and charged with intentionally providing a dangerous weapon to Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, who shot and killed two protesters with the rifle during protests against police violence in Kenosha on August 25.

US coronavirus hospitalizations hit new peak

By Bryan Dyne, 11 November 2020

The seven-day average of daily deaths in the United States surpassed 1,000 on Monday for the first time since August 22.

COVID-19 cuts through Missouri and Kansas uncontrolled

By Cole Michaels and Kristina Betinis, 11 November 2020

Hospitalizations again hit another high Tuesday at 2,055 across Missouri, and some St. Louis-area hospitals are postponing elective procedures to free up capacity.

NYPD runs amok during post-Election Day protests

By Josh Varlin, 11 November 2020

The NYPD harbors fascistic elements which have brutalized workers in New York City in the days before and after November 3.

US Supreme Court justices signal support for upholding Affordable Care Act

By Kate Randall, 11 November 2020

Most of the justices gave a skeptical hearing to arguments that Obamacare should be struck down in its entirety because Congress eliminated the tax penalty for those who did not purchase insurance.

Coronavirus spreading out of control at Sterling Stamping Plant: A case study of infections in the US auto industry

The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 11 November 2020

There have been at least 26 infections in the plant since March, and infections are rising far faster in the plant than in the surrounding community.

Wall Street and global stocks boosted by news of COVID-19 vaccine

By Nick Beams, 11 November 2020

The surge in the equity markets does not indicate any underlying strength in the economy but is more an expression of the highly speculative character of shifts by Wall Street investors.

Arkansas police chief resigns after calling on social media for execution of “Marxist Democrats”

By Jacob Crosse, 11 November 2020

Lang Holland is the latest high-ranking cop forced to resign after calling for violence against opponents of Trump.

Stop Trump’s conspiracy to nullify the 2020 elections!

By Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 11 November 2020

The events of the past 48 hours have made clear that President Donald Trump is refusing to accept his electoral defeat and is actively engaged in a coup to overturn the elections and establish a personalist dictatorship.

999 Interview with Teachers against dying

11 November 2020

“We are concerned with class sizes and the health and safety of our students”

Teachers and support staff in Streetsboro, Ohio file 10-day strike notice

By Katy Kinner, 10 November 2020

Working under an expired contract for over a year, teachers and support staff voted to strike on November 18 unless a contract deal is reached.

US judge blocks shutdown of TikTok scheduled for November 12

By Kevin Reed, 10 November 2020

A Pennsylvania district court judge ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by three TikTok users seeking a temporary injunction against the Trump administration’s plan to shut down the video sharing app if it is not sold to a US owner by November 12.

Trump escalates defiance of the 2020 election outcome

By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2020

The president is laying the groundwork not merely for scattered legal challenges to tallies in various states but to open repudiation of the entire election result.

Australian political elite rushes to salute Biden and re-affirm US alliance

By Mike Head, 10 November 2020

The statements of the government and opposition Labor Party signalled an unequivocal alignment with Washington’s escalating confrontation with China.

Truck drivers at United Natural Foods vote to strike over lack of pandemic safety measures

By Philip Guelpa, 10 November 2020

UNFI delivers groceries to a number of major retailers in New York City, New Jersey, upstate New York and Connecticut, including Whole Foods Market and Stop & Shop, from its distribution center in Montgomery, New York

Auto parts workers demand full disclosure as COVID-19 cases surge at Indiana Faurecia plant

Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 November 2020

We demand that the company and the IBEW union make public all information, including dates and locations of cases, on the spread of the coronavirus in the plant.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown allows 150,000 students to return to unsafe schools

By Kayla Costa, 10 November 2020

Educators have responded with anger to Oregon’s new guidelines, which will allow one-quarter of the state’s students to resume in-person learning in the next month, amidst a massive spike in coronavirus cases.

Why did some working class regions vote for Trump?

By Eric London, 10 November 2020

A review of social conditions and historic voting patterns in southern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, the Rio Grande Valley, Texas and central Indiana discredits the claim that Trump voters are merely white fascists and racists.

The deliberate sabotage of online learning in the US

Part 2

By Chase Lawrence, 10 November 2020

The underfunded and chaotic implementation of online education is being used to force students back into unsafe classrooms.

As Brazil’s Bolsonaro remains silent, the Workers Party and pseudo-left hail Biden victory

By Tomas Castanheira, 10 November 2020

Aligned with the interests of significant sectors of the Brazilian ruling class, the PT and its pseudo-left supporters enthusiastically celebrated Biden’s election.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pleads for “unity” as Democrats attack the “socialist left”

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 November 2020

Within hours of the declaration of a Biden victory in the 2020 presidential race, the Democratic Party moved to collaborate with the Republicans while launching an attack against its so-called “left” wing.

Potential superspreader event as 10,000 Notre Dame fans storm field after college football game

By Andy Thompson, 10 November 2020

Thousands of college football fans in South Bend, Indiana, stormed the field Saturday night following the home team Notre Dame’s victory in double overtime over Clemson, then the top-ranked program in the country.

Biden coronavirus transition task force to continue back-to-work drive

Panel includes Ezekiel Emanuel, Obamacare advocate of health care rationing

By Kate Randall, 9 November 2020

The Biden-Harris administration’s approach to the pandemic will be based on the drive to reopen schools and businesses, continuing the subordination of the pandemic response to corporate profit interests.

As COVID-19 surges around the world, governments put profits ahead of lives

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2020

This weekend, the world hit 50 million reported cases of COVID-19 and deaths surpassed 1.25 million, as the Americas and Europe faced the worst stage of the pandemic to date.

While Trump continues to deny election defeat

Biden, Democrats prepare right-wing administration

By Patrick Martin, 9 November 2020

In the wake of the election, the Democratic leadership is aiming its fire not against Trump and his fascistic allies but against the “left” in their own party.

Lincoln, the Dakota 38 and the racialist falsification of history

By Renae Cassimeda, 9 November 2020

The WSWS condemns the destruction of the monument to Abraham Lincoln in Portland, Oregon last month and rejects the false narrative put forward by the petty bourgeois promoters of identity politics used to vilify him.

Coronavirus pandemic intensifies humanitarian disaster in Yemen

By Anna Rombach and Marianne Arens, 9 November 2020

In war-torn Yemen the coronavirus pandemic is exhibiting its murderous potential. Doctors report a death rate of 20 to 30 percent among those infected.

Former Mexican military chief pleads not guilty to US drug trafficking charges

By Andrea Lobo, 9 November 2020

The Cienfuegos case has sent shockwaves through the Mexican ruling elite, while raising suspicions about the roles played by the López Obrador government and Washington.

Illinois governor admits factories and other workplaces are center of COVID-19 outbreaks

By Kristina Betinis, 9 November 2020

The list of infected workplaces, which state officials have concealed from the public, includes those owned by Amazon, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Tyson Foods, UPS and other giant corporations.

Hospitalization crisis across the US as coronavirus infections surge

By Benjamin Mateus, 9 November 2020

The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 is rising dramatically across the nation, with 43 states seeing a rise in cases.

The deliberate sabotage of online learning in the US

Part 1

By Chase Lawrence, 9 November 2020

The underfunded and chaotic implementation of online learning is being used to force students back into unsafe classrooms.

Biden appeals to Republicans for “unity” as voters repudiate Trump

By Eric London, 8 November 2020

There is a vast gulf between the sentiments driving millions of workers and youth to vote against Trump and the concerns of the faction of the ruling class represented by the Democratic Party.

Armed Trump supporters arrested at Philadelphia counting site as Republicans echo Trump’s claims of vote fraud

By Jacob Crosse, 7 November 2020

While remaining behind in several key states, Trump continues to claim fraud while seeking to incite his fascistic supporters.

SUNY Cortland suspends in-person classes for rest of semester after seeing continued rise of COVID-19 cases

By Alex Findijs, 7 November 2020

The university in central New York has recorded 604 COVID-19 cases since the semester began. The decision to suspend in-person classes is an admission that it was never safe to return students to campus.

999 Remote learning debacle: Part 1

7 November 2020

“We have the power to save ourselves and our students”

Pennsylvania teacher speaks on the US elections and the crisis in public education

By Samuel Davidson, 7 November 2020

The WSWS spoke with a teacher and mother of two who works in Reading, Pennsylvania, about the political situation and her thoughts on the reopening of schools in the Democrat-led state.

US jobless rates falls but long-term unemployment up sharply as millions remain out of work

By Shannon Jones, 7 November 2020

More than seven months since the start of the pandemic only about one half the 22 million jobs lost earlier in the year have been recovered as the upsurge of new COVID-19 cases is likely to hammer service and retail jobs.

Democrats’ bid to win control of state legislatures collapses

By Barry Grey, 7 November 2020

The inability and refusal of Biden and the Democrats to advance a program for the working class has strengthened the position of the Republican Party in the US Congress and in statehouses across the US.

New York University moves forward with plans to establish segregated residential communities

By John Conrad, 7 November 2020

The establishment of race-based “Themed Engagement Communities” in two NYU dorms is reactionary and part of a broader campaign by the ruling class to divide workers and youth along racial lines.

FBI seizes internet domain names it claims are part of Iranian influence campaign

By Kevin Reed, 7 November 2020

The Justice Department made vague assertions of “covert influence” and “pro-Iranian propaganda,” but presented no evidence of its allegations.

999 Poverty in Silicon Valley

7 November 2020

Educators seeking their legal rights are sandbagged, compelled to return to unsafe buildings

By Nancy Hanover, 7 November 2020

As states and districts controlled by both Democrats and Republicans demand schools reopen for face-to-face instruction, tens of thousands of education workers have attempted to secure workplace accommodations or all-remote work, citing protections ostensibly guaranteed by the law.

Behind the delay in the US election results

By Joseph Kishore, 7 November 2020

There are currently intense discussions behind the scenes over how to resolve the unprecedented political crisis in the United States and the makeup of any future Biden administration.

US schools intensify student surveillance in the COVID-19 era

By Kylie Rose, 6 November 2020

Just last month, the University of Miami was caught using facial recognition technology to track down students who attended a peaceful protest against the school’s reopening plans.

Another 751,000 US workers file for unemployment benefits as job growth slows

By Jerry White, 6 November 2020

The pandemic and the economic and social crisis in America are worsening even as Wall Street celebrates its best week since April.

Michigan K-12 schools see another huge increase in COVID-19 outbreaks

By Zac Corrigan, 6 November 2020

As the disease spreads rapidly through schools in every part of the state, Democrats plow ahead with the deadly return to in-person learning.

Trump falsely claims “fraud” as vote counting erases his leads in Georgia and Pennsylvania

By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to win an Electoral College majority Friday, while Trump is making clear that he will refuse to concede.

Social media platforms implement aggressive censorship during the 2020 US elections

By Kevin Reed, 6 November 2020

The major social media platforms took their political censorship operations into high gear on election day, including Facebook placing a fact checking label on every single post by anyone on their platform who is commenting or sharing content about the election in any way.

Post-election protests in US cities met with mass arrests

By Jacob Crosse, 6 November 2020

The National Guard was deployed in Portland, Oregon, while Trump-aligned “poll watchers” harassed election officials in Phoenix and Detroit

New documents show Mueller investigation unable to concoct charges against Assange and WikiLeaks

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 November 2020

The revelations demonstrate that the US state has been seeking to manufacture a criminal prosecution of Assange for years, in response to his exposure of its war crimes and corruption.

UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, corporatist body at the center of union corruption scandal, sold for $34 million

By Shannon Jones, 6 November 2020

The Center for Human Resources and other joint program centers, funded with millions of dollars in corporate cash, epitomized the role of the UAW as a corporatist appendage of the auto companies.

“They are messing with a sleeping giant”

Alabama teacher speaks out against unsafe conditions and schools reopening

By Emma Arceneaux, 6 November 2020

The WSWS spoke to a middle school teacher who participated in last month’s protest by 165 Montgomery, Alabama, teachers against unsafe working conditions.

2020 election results explode the identity politics narrative

By Eric London, 6 November 2020

An examination of the voting results does not support the racial narrative that dominates the politics of the Democratic Party and its political appendages.

German political establishment demands foreign policy “sovereignty” after US elections

By Johannes Stern, 5 November 2020

Representatives of all parties are demanding a more aggressive foreign and military policy that is more independent of the United States.

College student, 20, found dead in dorm room after testing positive for COVID-19

By Usman Khan, 5 November 2020

The young student died in her dorm room while in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 and being sent home from the hospital.

“Zero was never a realistic expectation”

Official academics downplay the risks of school reopenings as pandemic rages across the US

By Benjamin Mateus, 5 November 2020

The official bourgeois academics and health experts, as evidenced by the likes of Emily Oster, Ashish Jha and Scott Atlas, place the profit interests of the ruling class above the safety and lives of the working class.