United States

999 Vancouver, Washington police shooting/protests

3 November 2020

999 Breonna Taylor's family demands independent investigation after exposure of grand jury whitewash

3 November 2020

Brookline, Massachusetts educators begin sickout strike as state officials push to keep schools open

By Andrew Timon and Kate Randall, 3 November 2020

The governor and Massachusetts school officials have placed a premium on opening schools despite the dangerous spike in coronavirus infections.

On the eve of the civil war election

The breakdown of democracy and the fight for socialism in the United States

2 November 2020

This was the final election meeting organised by the Socialist Equality Party as part of its campaign in the 2020 US elections.

Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse extradited to Wisconsin

By By Kevin Reed, 2 November 2020

The 17-year-old vigilante was being held in an Illinois juvenile detention facility on charges of gunning down two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August, and wounding a third.

Brazilian armed forces conduct unprecedented military exercises amid US threats to Venezuela

By Gabriel Lemos, 2 November 2020

Bolsonaro’s Foreign Ministry last Friday classified as “secret” cables about Pompeo’s trip to Brazil, which took place during war games in Brazil and Colombia.

999 Vancouver, Washington police shooting/protests

2 November 2020

Omaha, Nebraska school worker dies from COVID-19 as cases spike and teacher anger grows

By James Martin, 2 November 2020

School custodian Greg Petersen became ill as schools reopen and teacher opposition grows to the spread of the deadly virus.

The pandemic and the political record of the SEP in the 2020 election

By David North, 2 November 2020

In his speech opening Sunday’s final public meeting of the 2020 election, Socialist Equality Party Chairman David North stated, “A great historical crisis—and the pandemic is of that magnitude—reveals and puts to the test the perspectives and programs of all parties.” The course of events has vindicated the perspective and program of the Socialist Equality Party.

Missouri hospitals face being overwhelmed in latest surge of COVID-19 infections

By Cole Michaels, 2 November 2020

Hospital administrators across the state are raising the alarm, demanding the governor take action to limit the spread, including mandating masks, even as plans remain to reopen schools.

Amid explosive rise in new COVID-19 cases

White House attacks Fauci for suggesting Trump does not take pandemic “seriously”

By Benjamin Mateus, 2 November 2020

The White House denounced Dr. Anthony Fauci for “playing politics” after the top infectious disease expert warned that Trump’s policies were leading the US into “a whole lot of hurt.”

On the eve of the US election

Trump backs violence against Biden campaign

By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2020

The president voiced his approval of an attack by a caravan of his supporters on a Biden-Harris campaign bus in Texas.

Kentucky State Police training documents approvingly cited Adolf Hitler

By Jacob Crosse, 2 November 2020

Exposed last week by a high school student newspaper, the slideshow reveals the mentality and training undergirding police departments across the US and internationally.

Union suppresses Albany, New York nurses’ fight for coronavirus protections

By Erik Schreiber, 2 November 2020

For two years, the New York State Nurses Association has allowed its members to work without a contract while opposing a genuine fight for the minimum safety measures needed to protect nurses against infection.

US Secretary of State insists Sri Lanka lines up against China

By Saman Gunadasa, 31 October 2020

The US has been hostile to China’s influence in strategically important Sri Lanka, as preparations for a US-instigated war against China are escalated.

Pseudo-left apologists for Biden and the bankruptcy of “lesser-evil” politics

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 31 October 2020

In the final days of the election, the Democratic Party and its affiliates are going all out to insist that workers and youth opposed to Trump must subordinate their struggles to electing Biden.

National Guard deployed in Philadelphia following protests against police murder

By Nick Barrickman, 31 October 2020

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has announced plans to keep the National Guard in the city until after Election Day.

United States rockets past 100,000 daily cases

By Bryan Dyne, 31 October 2020

There were more than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States over the past seven days, measured both by the daily new case counts and the seven-day running average.

Hurricane Zeta leaves 2.6 million without power, kills six as record breaking US storm season continues

By Alex Findijs, 31 October 2020

Zeta is the twenty-seventh named tropical storm this year, tying the record for most in a single year. It is a stark warning of the damage that can be expected if nothing is done to combat climate change.

AT&T slashes jobs, leaves areas without broadband internet while funneling dividends to Wall Street

By Mark Witkowski, 31 October 2020

The telecom giant slashed 3,500 jobs in the Midwest alone in spite of strong demand for broadband internet access due to large numbers of people working from home.

Mass layoffs in the US as states face unprecedented budget crisis

By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2020

Walt Disney, Raytheon and Boeing were among the major corporations announcing huge job cuts this week as the total projected budget shortfall facing state governments has reached $434 billion.

FBI raids neo-Nazi camp in Michigan as national connections of Whitmer plotters emerge

By Eric London, 30 October 2020

The FBI conducted further raids in Michigan Thursday as more details emerge of a national conspiracy involving fascists and police in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Delaware, Texas and Minnesota.

US Senate hearing on Section 230 law devolves into demands for social media censorship

By Kevin Reed, 30 October 2020

The Senate Commerce Committee held a four-hour hearing on Wednesday to discuss the relevance of legal protections for online services that included testimony from three big tech CEOs.

“You are going to have students, employees and the community getting sick and possibly dying.”

Philadelphia educators speak out against the deadly reopening of schools

By Samuel Davidson, 30 October 2020

Educators in the Philadelphia region are speaking out against plans to resume in-person teaching early next month.

“What is Left of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Elections?”

David North and Adolph Reed discuss US political crisis at online forum

30 October 2020

North and Reed discussed and debated their views on the unfolding political crisis in the United States and the way forward for the working class, and responded to audience questions at the forum hosted by the San Diego State University.

As US smashes records for new coronavirus infections, Ford and Fiat Chrysler report blowout profits

By Shannon Jones, 30 October 2020

North American automakers built 4.1 million vehicles in the third quarter, the same number as last year.

Police officer threatened to kill Democratic mayor of Phoenix, Arizona

By Chase Lawrence, 30 October 2020

The threat to kill the mayor of a major American city comes amid the exposure of plotting by fascist militia groups in the lead-up to the election to kidnap and kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and others.

Trump and Democratic governors, mayors ready National Guard and police for election night protests

By Jacob Crosse, 30 October 2020

Several governors have already called up National Guard troops, while Homeland Security agents are being deployed to Washington DC.

San Diego educators and students demand access to COVID-19 outbreak data

By San Diego Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 30 October 2020

The public must be granted access to proper data and information so that individuals can make informed decisions on their health, and to ensure the proper protection of themselves and their families.

Demonstrations against police violence continue in Washington D.C., federal agents target Philadelphia teacher for protesting

By Jacob Crosse, 30 October 2020

Protesters in D.C. were doused with pepper spray and fired upon with “less-lethal” ammunition, while a Philadelphia social studies teacher was arrested by federal agents for his alleged role in George Floyd protests over the summer.

The explosion of new cases of COVID in the Northern Hemisphere will fuel massive social unrest

By Benjamin Mateus, 30 October 2020

There were more than 500,000 cases of COVID-19 reported globally, with the number of deaths keeping apace.

Trump holds closed-door meeting with Special Forces troops

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2020

Few details were revealed about the meeting, which took place only five days before an election whose results the president has repeatedly threatened to ignore.

Introductory remarks to “What is Left of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Election?”

By David North, 30 October 2020

These remarks were delivered October 28 to an online forum sponsored by the San Diego State University Department of Political Science.

The political impact and growing readership of the World Socialist Web Site

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2020

The WSWS represents something completely new. It is the voice of the international working class, conscious of itself and its historical mission.

“Our University is being run like a business”

University of Michigan students denounce administration’s reckless COVID-19 policies

By Jesse Thomas, 29 October 2020

University of Michigan Students speak out against deadly reopening policies.

Nearly 10,000 eviction actions filed across the US since September despite CDC moratorium

By Aaron Murch, 29 October 2020

According to a recent clarification issued by the CDC, landlords can proceed with the legal procedures required for an eviction as long as tenants are not forced out before the end of the year.

US threatens military strikes against Iran and Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2020

Washington has indicated it is prepared to use armed force to prevent Iran from selling weapons to Venezuela, potentially attacking both countries.

Health systems in the United States are facing growing strains with the surge in COVID-19 cases

By Benjamin Mateus, 29 October 2020

The number of US COVID-19 cases surpassed nine million yesterday, with 500,000 of these cases added to the ledger just in the last week.

As US vote total surges, Trump, Republicans seek to block counting

By Patrick Martin, 29 October 2020

Record numbers of voters have cast early votes or voted by mail, an indication of a growing politicization of the American population.

Tennessee educator speaks out against unsafe conditions and lack of resources

By Our reporters, 29 October 2020

While COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Tennessee, educators are left with little resources and a deliberate lack of information about outbreaks at their schools.

Significant fall on Wall Street amid rising COVID-19 infections

By Nick Beams, 29 October 2020

The market sell-off has not been confined to Wall Street as Europe’s Stoxx 600 index closed down 3 percent, losing 6 per cent since the end of last week, and now at its lowest level since May.

999 Threat to kidnap Phoenix mayor

29 October 2020

“People bring items with them to scan in the bathroom so they can make rate”

Speedup, infections and near-death in freezers at Amazon Fresh warehouse

By Jonathan Burleigh, 29 October 2020

The grocery delivery arm of the online retailer is taking full advantage of high unemployment and lax safety regulation to further exploit its workforce.

999 Comment on AFL-CIO and Trump coup

29 October 2020

Google providing US Department of Homeland Security with tech platform for virtual border wall

By Kevin Reed, 29 October 2020

Documents show that Google has been secretly working with the Trump administration on the development of a high-tech surveillance wall at the US-Mexico border.

Trump defends killer cops and police attacks on protesters in Philadelphia

By Jacob Crosse, 29 October 2020

Trump is using protests against the police murder of Walter Wallace, Jr. in Philadelphia to justify repression by federal, state and local forces against the eruption of mass opposition to his planned election coup.

As election approaches, Trump conspires to repudiate popular vote

By Socialist Equality Party Political Committee, 28 October 2020

As Trump conspires to remain in power and overturn the results of an electoral defeat, the Democrats are doing everything they can to disarm and block popular opposition in the working class.

National Guard sent to suppress protests over police murder in Philadelphia

By Jacob Crosse, 28 October 2020

The horrific shooting of 27-year-old William Wallace Jr. in front of his mother and brother ignited protests in his West Philadelphia neighborhood.

The New York Times attacks the First Amendment and embraces censorship of “disinformation”

By Kevin Reed, 28 October 2020

An essay published in the October 18 edition of the New York Times Magazine argues that online “disinformation” has rendered First Amendment rights to free speech “inadequate,” requiring government and social media censorship of “unfettered speech.”

The WSWS and the fight to free political prisoners

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 October 2020

The remarks below were given by Oscar Grenfell, a member of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national committee.

Online forum with David North and Professor Adolph Reed

What is Left of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Elections?

28 October 2020

The event, hosted by San Diego State University’s Department of Political Science, is taking place Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm Eastern, 4:00 pm Pacific.

Second worker at Nashville’s AT&T office building dies from COVID-19

By Zac Thorton, 28 October 2020

Workers at the landmark office building, who have been confronted with the inhuman choice between their lives and their livelihoods, speak out following the death of another coworker.

New York City workers and students reject school reopenings through mass absenteeism

By Alberto Escalera, 28 October 2020

This week, the New York City Department of Education announced that only 26 percent of its 1.1 million students are attending classes in school buildings, underscoring the massive opposition of parents and students to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s school reopening plan.

The World Socialist Web Site strives to raise the cultural level of the working class

By David Walsh, 28 October 2020

The remarks below were given by David Walsh, arts editor of the World Socialist Web Site.

Hunger and social misery soar in Washington D.C. during the pandemic

By Nick Barrickman and Dominic Gustavo, 28 October 2020

Local charities reported a nearly 300 percent increase in demand in the months following the COVID-19 pandemic.

100,000 under evacuation order as wildfire threatens Irvine, California

By Rafael Azul, 28 October 2020

Southern California Edison announced Tuesday that its equipment may have sparked the wildfire that now threatens thousands in Orange County.

Faceboook moderators forced to return to offices as COVID-19 continues to spread

By Mike Ingram, 28 October 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, Facebook and its contractors are forcing content moderators to return to offices and risk their lives.

Gig workers hired to evict people from their homes as millions struggle to pay rent

By Dominic Gustavo, 28 October 2020

A new startup is recruiting temporary “gig” workers to evict people from their homes during the most severe housing crisis since the Great Depression.

999 AFL-CIO and the general strike

28 October 2020

Questions remain as to ties between police, border militias and Trump campaign in southwest US

By Chase Lawrence, 28 October 2020

Border militias in the Southwest have trained thousands of vigilantes with the same fundamental outlook as the men who plotted to kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. These groups have connections to individuals like Joe Arpaio, who is close to the Trump campaign.

Eighteen-year-old University of Dayton freshman, Michael Lang, dies of COVID-19

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 October 2020

Lang, a healthy first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences at the university in western Ohio, died Thursday after weeks of battling the virus.

Facebook deploying teams with advanced censorship tools in advance of the US election

By Kevin Reed, 27 October 2020

Citing concerns over election-related “chaos” and “violence,” Facebook is preparing—in collaboration with the US intelligence state—advanced software tools for implementing a censorship regime during November 3 and its aftermath.

999 Trump admin admits to herd immunity policy

27 October 2020

Prospect of right-wing violence and police repression hangs over US election

By Eric London, 27 October 2020

Additional details are emerging of right-wing plans for election day violence as police prepare to repress election night demonstrations.

Automation drive accelerates in meatpacking industry in response to coronavirus pandemic

By Cordell Gascoigne, 27 October 2020

The drive for automation no doubt has the potential to free workers from laborious and life-threatening tasks, particularly during a pandemic, but the result of automation under capitalism is to increase the exploitation of workers through layoffs, speedup and wage cuts.

999 The New York Times embraces censorship

27 October 2020

COVID rips through Michigan K-12 schools: record 29 new outbreaks reported last week

By Zac Corrigan, 27 October 2020

Altogether, there are now 99 total ongoing outbreaks that have led to 482 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and staff throughout Michigan.

A week before the US Presidential election, USPS management pushes forward unprecedented attacks on mail-in balloting

By Shuvu Batta, 27 October 2020

With the US Presidential election one week away, the United States Postal Service, led by GOP mega-donor Louis DeJoy, has ramped up the drive to privatization and to place a cloud over mail-in balloting.

Supreme Court ruling on mail-in ballots sets stage for stolen election

By Eric London, 27 October 2020

Monday’s Supreme Court ruling strips tens of thousands of Wisconsinites of their right to vote and facilitates Trump’s plot to remain in power no matter the popular vote.

Right-wing recall campaign seeks to remove Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant from Seattle City Council

By Kayla Costa, 27 October 2020

The campaign to recall Kshama Sawant is led by the Democratic Party with the active support of Republican and far-right elements.

Trump escalates coup plotting with swearing-in of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett

By Patrick Martin, 27 October 2020

The installation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, without significant resistance by the Democrats, is a key step in Trump’s plans to hijack the presidential election.

999 AOC subordinates herself to Biden on CNN

27 October 2020

Whose Vote Counts, Explained: Netflix series examines voting rights in America

By Fred Mazelis, 26 October 2020

Like all basic democratic rights, the right to vote can only be defended through the independent political struggle of the working class.

Study of New York City transit workers spotlights pandemic’s ongoing physical and emotional toll

By Daniel de Vries, 26 October 2020

The findings were dismissed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in an effort cover up the risk of a full-scale reopening of the city.

White House makes clear, “We’re not going to control the pandemic”

By Benjamin Mateus, 26 October 2020

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” talk show, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows made clear that the Trump administration has abandoned any effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I would love to see a national strike.”

Houston teachers speak out on their wildcat sickout strike

By Chase Lawrence, 26 October 2020

In interviews with the WSWS, teachers denounced the return to in-person instruction and spoke in favor of building independent rank-and-file safety committees to halt in-person instruction.

ICE uses torture to pressure African asylum seekers to agree to deportation

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 26 October 2020

In a blatant violation of international law and the US constitution, ICE officials in the privately run detention center in Mississippi have been forcing asylum seekers from Cameroon to sign their own deportation forms and quickly shipping them back on secret flights.

999 The New York Times embraces censorship

26 October 2020

Mercenary group sued for hiring armed poll watchers for election day in Minnesota

By Kevin Martinez, 26 October 2020

The Council on American-Islamic Relations of Minnesota is suing Atlas Aegis for recruiting former Special Operations personnel to patrol polling places.

999 US election developments

26 October 2020

Activist with ties to Ohio Republican legislators plotted to kidnap and kill Governor Mike DeWine

By Eric London, 24 October 2020

Renea Turner is a Trump supporter linked to a group of state legislators who have threatened to impeach DeWine or have him “arrested” for his coronavirus lockdown actions.

With nearly a half-million COVID cases daily, WHO warns world is at a critical juncture

By Benjamin Mateus, 24 October 2020

With daily COVID-19 cases reaching nearly one-half million, the WHO warns if measures are not immediately taken to stem the exponential growth of the pandemic the health crisis will become catastrophic.

Thousands of furloughed US aviation workers see no relief from US Congress

By Steve Filips, 24 October 2020

Tens of thousands of airline workers remain furloughed as relief remains stalled in by US Congress.

As US election approaches, New York Times intensifies its anti-Russia disinformation campaign

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 24 October 2020

The propaganda campaign by the Times and US intelligence agencies is aimed at fighting out conflicts within the ruling class over foreign policy while distracting attention from Trump’s ongoing conspiracies.

Detroit City government insists demolitions go forward, ignoring health dangers and unmet housing needs

By James Brookfield and Debra Watson, 24 October 2020

The City of Detroit is pushing ahead with its home demolition program despite a critical shortage of affordable housing.

As COVID-19 hospitalizations spike by over 80 percent statewide

“Entire healthcare system at risk of another capacity crisis,” warn leading Michigan doctors in open letter

By Zac Corrigan, 24 October 2020

The letter was signed by 28 Chief Medical Officers and Chief Clinical Officers across Michigan, representing 110 of the state’s 137 hospitals.

Protests erupt in Waukegan, Illinois after fatal police shooting of teenager

By Brian Green, 24 October 2020

Protesters in the city north of Chicago are calling for justice and answers after police killed 19-year-old Marcellis Stinette and wounded his girlfriend Tafarra Williams.

Boogaloo adherent charged by FBI with shooting Minneapolis police precinct during George Floyd protests

By Jacob Crosse, 24 October 2020

Ivan Hunter, 26, is charged with inciting a riot; the affidavit also alleges Hunter communicated with several other boogaloo boys currently facing federal prosecution.

Chicago officials plan to reopen schools for 20,000 students

By Michael Walters, 24 October 2020

The plan to shift from online learning to a daily in-person schedule was announced as Illinois’ seven-day average COVID-19 testing positivity rate surpassed five percent for the first time since early June.

Catastrophic job losses continue in the US as nearly 800,000 new unemployment claims reported

By Jacob Crosse, 23 October 2020

Over 65 million claims have been filed since mid-March as state and federal assistance expires for millions.

Support for socialism jumps by nearly 10 percent among US youth amid pandemic depression

By David Fitzgerald and Gabriel Black, 23 October 2020

These statistics quantitatively express a significant shift in political mood and perspective that has occurred over just the last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the US and the world.

Ten years since WikiLeaks and Julian Assange published the Iraq War Logs

By Oscar Grenfell, 23 October 2020

The publication was an imperishable contribution to the fight against imperialist militarism, for which the war criminals and their political representatives have never forgiven Assange.

“The plant is a powder keg”

Fiat Chrysler covered up dozens of infections and two deaths at Jefferson North Assembly Plant

By Shannon Jones, 23 October 2020

According to a leaked report, there have been about 60 COVID infections at the FCA Jefferson North plant and at least two workers have died since May.

GM announces new investments in electric vehicles as job cuts loom

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 October 2020

General Motors announced a major $2 billion investment plan to build electric vehicles at six US plants last week, stating that the investment will not include new jobs.

Final presidential debate: Candidates silent on Trump threat of political coup

By Patrick Martin, 23 October 2020

The candidates made no reference to the plot to assassinate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer or the growing threat of fascist violence encouraged by the White House.

It is all just a metaphor: The New York Times attempts yet another desperate defense of its discredited 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman and David North, 23 October 2020

In spite of Times editor Jake Silverstein’s deletion of the “true founding” claim and his other word changes, the Times’ essential position remains the same: The American Revolution was a retrograde event in which the defense of slavery was the primary motivation.

Goldman Sachs fined $2.9 billion over role in 1MDB corruption case

By Nick Beams, 23 October 2020

The case involved the embezzlement of billions of dollars from the 1MDB fund, including by two Goldman bankers.

Over 100 teachers launch wildcat sickout strike in Houston

By Chase Lawrence and Evan Blake, 23 October 2020

The drive by Texas Democrats to reopen Houston schools coincides with the platform of the Biden-Harris campaign, which fraudulently claim that this can be done “safely” while the pandemic spirals out of control.

Trump storms out of interview when asked about ties to Michigan conspiracy

By Eric London, 23 October 2020

By walking out of the interview with 60 Minutes’ Leslie Stahl, Trump revealed that he views the fascist plot as a massive political liability while a new report confirms the threat of fascist election violence.

Record wildfires continue to expand across Colorado

By Anthony del Olmo, 23 October 2020

Colorado erupted this week as the main hotspot for wildfires in the western United States. Firefighting resources are being stretched thin as fires continue to break out late in the season.