North America

With contract deadline approaching, Michigan auto parts workers vote by 97 percent to strike global parts maker

By James McDonald, 17 May 2019

Michigan auto parts workers, angry over deplorable conditions and years of UAW-backed concessions, face a contract expiration date of May 31.

Students for Justice in Palestine at New York University smeared as anti-Semitic

By Isaac Finn, 17 May 2019

The attack on the Students for Justice in Palestine is part of an international campaign to slander left-wing organizations that criticize the Israeli state.

Rising US health insurance costs take toll on workers

By Alex Johnson, 17 May 2019

Since 2007, annual deductibles for job-based health plans—the most common form of coverage—have increased fourfold, with the average for plans rising to an estimated $1,300.

Canada’s government uses bogus “foreign interference” claims to expand censorship ahead of federal election

By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 17 May 2019

The government’s reactionary campaign has the twin aims of legitimizing censorship of social media and whipping up hostility against Russia and China, which Canadian imperialism views as its most dangerous rivals.

The US war drive against Iran and the conflict with Europe

By Alex Lantier, 17 May 2019

Amid growing conflicts with its strategic rivals, including its European Union “allies,” Washington is seeking to reorganize Eurasian geopolitics, beginning with a war drive targeting Iran.

After shouting “I’m pregnant,” woman fatally shot by Texas police officer

By Marcus Day, 15 May 2019

Video recorded by a bystander and posted to Snapchat quickly went viral, prompting widespread outrage at the horrific killing.

US indicts whistleblower who exposed Obama’s drone assassination program

By Kevin Reed, 11 May 2019

Former US intelligence officer Daniel Hale was indicted and arrested on Thursday on charges of violating the Espionage Act.

New York City public housing fire kills six

By Tim Avery and Philip Guelpa, 11 May 2019

A fire in a Harlem building owned by the New York City Housing Authority killed two adults and four children.

Low-paid South Carolina teachers recruited for factory work

By Shelley Connor, 11 May 2019

South Carolina’s teachers, frustrated by pay that has not kept up with inflation, have become a reliable source of labor for a pharmaceutical company.

Trump rally roars approval for call to “shoot” immigrants

By Eric London, 10 May 2019

When an audience member at a Trump rally Wednesday yelled that the US should “shoot” immigrants, Trump laughed. Meanwhile, the government is arresting record numbers of families at the border.

US seizes North Korean ship

By Mike Head, 10 May 2019

This week’s developments demonstrate that the Trump administration has no intention of striking a deal with Pyongyang unless it involves a total capitulation and embrace of Washington’s offensive against China.

US tariff hike against China goes ahead

By Nick Beams, 10 May 2019

Trump said talks with Chinese representatives would proceed, but “I have no idea what’s going to happen.”

“They depend on us for their wealth and power”

Uber and Lyft drivers in Chicago, New York and California speak out against exploitation of gig economy workers

By our reporters, 10 May 2019

Drivers across the United States spoke out against the classification of Uber drivers as independent contractors as Uber heads into an Initial Public Offering worth billions of dollars.

GM workers denounce deals to “save” token jobs in Lordstown and Oshawa

By Shannon Jones, 10 May 2019

The moves, which will retain at most a few hundred jobs out of the thousands that are being permanently eliminated, are being denounced by workers.

Venezuela tensions mount after arrest of coup leader

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2019

Washington continues to threaten military intervention in the oil-rich South American country.

050 NYC public housing fire kills six

10 May 2019

Cell phone video from Sandra Bland’s 2015 traffic stop made public

By Anthony Bertolt, 10 May 2019

The video renews attention to her death in police custody and raises questions over the way it has been withheld for nearly four years.

Changing poverty formula, Trump administration to make millions ineligible for social programs

By Alex González, 10 May 2019

The “chained CPI” plan is based on a previous attack on the poor and elderly proposed by the Obama administration.

Chelsea Manning released, faces new imprisonment for refusing to testify against Assange

By Niles Niemuth, 10 May 2019

Even before she was released on Thursday, Manning was served with a new subpoena to demand testimony before a different grand jury. She could be returned to jail as early as next week.

Wild Nights with Emily: American poet Emily Dickinson undone by gender politics

By Joanne Laurier and David Walsh, 10 May 2019

By concentrating almost exclusively on Emily Dickinson’s supposed sexual relationship with her sister-in-law, filmmaker Madeleine Olnek and her collaborators recreate the poet in their own petty, self-absorbed image.

IYSSE in US holds successful meetings on postmodernism and identity politics

By our reporters, 10 May 2019

The meetings reviewed the right-wing, subjective idealist roots of the pseudo-left philosophies and politics that dominate college campuses.

After Matamoros strikes, Mexican government enacts bill for “democratic unions”

By Alex González, 7 May 2019

The bill is a response to the resurgence of the class struggle and a demand for the passage of the USMCA.

Washington political warfare intensifies with lawsuits, looming contempt charges

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2019

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which would handle impeachment proceedings, warned that “the system of not having a president as a dictator is very much at stake.”

Bernie Sanders attacks Biden from the right on China trade

By Ben McGrath, 4 May 2019

In criticizing the former vice president, Sanders echoed Trump's anti-China demagogy and economic nationalism.

Neo-Nazi networks exposed across US military

By Jacob Crosse, 4 May 2019

Recent independent investigations have shown that multiple white supremacist groups are operating freely across all branches of the military.

Polls show growing sentiment for teachers strike in Mississippi

By J. L’Heureau, 4 May 2019

Mississippi educators, seeking to join the international strike wave of teachers, are demanding action against poverty wages and abysmal working conditions.

San Diego Sweetwater Teachers Union begins bargaining as false financial situation reported by district

By Evelyn Rios, 4 May 2019

The union and district are negotiating an austerity contract based on what is most likely fraudulent accounting, amidst allegations of fraud and mismanagement investigations.

US-China trade talks enter final phase

By Nick Beams, 4 May 2019

One of the main sticking points is agreement on the procedure by which US tariffs imposed on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods would be lifted if a trade agreement is reached.

The imperialist “lie in the soul”

Politicians celebrate “World Press Freedom Day” as Julian Assange languishes in prison

By David Walsh, 4 May 2019

No one associated with UNESCO or World Press Freedom Day made mention of the persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during this week’s events.

Documentary about the brutal 2014 disappearance of teachers’ college students

The 43: A state massacre and cover-up in Mexico

By Rafael Azul and Don Knowland, 4 May 2019

The documentary on Netflix exposes the role of the military in the 2014 disappearance of 43 rural teaching students and the government’s cover-up of this atrocity.

Another school shooting claims two lives at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 May 2019

The shooting at UNCC is only the latest deadly mass shooting in the United States.

The manufactured case of Long Beach “terrorist” Marc Steven Domingo

By Rafael Azul, 3 May 2019

The arrest of the Afghan war veteran has the characteristics of an entrapment operation by the FBI and other police agencies.

US military set to loosen rules for troops operating along southern border

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 April 2019

The Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are clearing the way for Trump to escalate his anti-immigrant program amidst silence from Democrats.

Los Angeles universities quarantine 280 as US measles cases reach record levels

By Kate Randall, 27 April 2019

The CDC reports the number of measles cases has spiked to at least 695 so far this year, the highest number since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000.

Massachusetts judge and court officer charged with helping immigrant evade ICE officer

By Kevin Martinez, 27 April 2019

Newton District Court Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph and former trial court officer, Wesley MacGregor both face up to 20 years if found guilty of obstructing ICE.

US Navy SEAL officers attempted to cover up evidence of war crimes

By Josh Varlin, 27 April 2019

Navy SEAL officers told lower-ranking soldiers not to report war crimes, including the murder of civilians and a wounded teenager in Iraq.

New study documents over 1,600 killed in US siege of Raqqa, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2019

The killings in Raqqa, like those in Mosul, Iraq, constituted massive war crimes committed in the so-called war against ISIS.

Former Vice President Biden officially enters Democratic presidential race

By Tom Hall, 26 April 2019

Biden’s announcement video focuses on the danger of Trump while concealing the role of the Obama-Biden administration in paving the way for Trump’s authoritarian politics.

Fed “pivot” promotes stock market surge

By Nick Beams, 26 April 2019

While share prices soar, the global economic outlook has worsened, with growing signs of a downturn.

Mexican police detain hundreds of Central American migrants during mass raid

By Alex González, 26 April 2019

The arrest of over 370 migrants, the largest in recent years, shows that the Mexican ruling class is subserviently implementing the Trump administration’s fascistic attacks on immigrants.

University of Illinois at Chicago faculty announces deal on eve of strike

By George Gallanis, 26 April 2019

More than 1,100 professors, lecturers, instructors and assistant professors are voting on a concessionary contract being pushed by the UIC United Faculty union, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

Forty hospitalized after toxic chemical leak in Chicago suburb

By Jessica Goldstein, 26 April 2019

Residents of Beach Park, Illinois were ordered to stay inside and 40 people were hospitalized after toxic anhydrous ammonia leaked into the air during a chemical spill.

Ontario Tory government intensifies assault on workers’ rights

By Penny Smith, 26 April 2019

Ford’s thinly veiled threat to criminalize teachers’ strikes must be taken as a serious warning: emboldened by the unions’ complicity, the Tories are escalating their class-war assault.

Hillary Clinton’s McCarthyite rant

By Joseph Kishore, 26 April 2019

In a column published Wednesday in the Washington Post, the former Democratic Party presidential candidate resurrects the conspiracy theories that were the staple of Cold War anticommunism.

Conflict mounts between White House and Congress over subpoenas

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2019

President Trump has ordered lower-ranking officials to refuse to testify or supply documents to any investigation by the House of Representatives into his business and political activities.

Rutgers University faculty union blocks strike by professors and teaching assistants

By Owen Mullan, 25 April 2019

The American Federation of Teachers acted to prevent a coordinated fight by educators against the Democrats’ austerity measures.

The Mueller report and the campaign against Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 20 April 2019

An editorial in the New York Times makes clear that the central purpose of the Democrats’ campaign against Trump has been to demand more aggressive action against Russia.

Armed militia detaining asylum seekers at gunpoint along US-Mexico border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Niles Niemuth, 20 April 2019

An armed militia calling itself the United Constitutional Patriots posted videos of its members detaining hundreds of migrants at the New Mexico border, in actions seemingly coordinated with the Border Patrol.

CIA director called out for complicity in torture

By Trévon Austin, 20 April 2019

US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel was delivering a recruiting pitch to students at Auburn University on Thursday where she was called out by an audience member for her participation in torture and other crimes.

“Why did Boeing make it like that? Pure negligence and greed. There is simply no other answer.”

Aviation reporter Rytis Beresnevičius speaks to WSWS on Boeing 737 crashes

By Bryan Dyne, 20 April 2019

Rytis Beresnevičius has closely followed the two recent Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes and the engineering, executive and regulatory decisions that led to these disasters.

Rising death toll in San Diego jails

By Norisa Diaz, 20 April 2019

Within the short span of six weeks, four people have died while in custody in San Diego, California jails.

US education secretary to gut regulations, seek a “major shift” in higher education—Part 1

By Nancy Hanover, 20 April 2019

A crude assault on educational standards, which hardens the class divide in educational access and spurs the plundering of the “education market,” is being enacted under the cover of “rule-making” by the US Department of Education.

US Gulf Coast still devastated six months after Hurricane Michael

By Matthew Taylor, 20 April 2019

Those left homeless in the aftermath of one of the strongest storms in US history have been forgotten by the media.

Right-wing populist United Conservatives win Alberta election as NDP vote plummets

By Roger Jordan, 20 April 2019

The election’s outcome represents a further shift to the right within establishment politics, and will exacerbate regional tensions within Canada’s ruling elite and its federal state.

Trump administration escalates threats against Cuba

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 April 2019

The Trump administration is imposing unilateral sanctions aimed at punishing foreign corporations, particularly European and Canadian, with investments in Cuba.

Protests force American Museum of Natural History to cancel event with Brazil’s Bolsonaro

By Miguel Andrade, 20 April 2019

In face of fierce popular reaction, the ruling elites in New York have been forced to disassociate themselves from the fascistic Brazilian president.

“If you agree with our analysis, you’ve got to decide what you’re going to do.”

David North speaks on the threat of fascism

By David North, 20 April 2019

North, the Chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, urged a meeting of students and workers at Wayne State University to build the Socialist Equality Party in order to fight against the threat of fascism and war.

The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It

North and Vandreier conclude US tour at New York University

By our reporters, 20 April 2019

Christoph Vandreier, deputy national secretary of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, and WSWS chairman David North concluded their lecture tour with a well-attended meeting at New York University.

“We’re all in this together. That is how I see it.”

Detroit Fiat Chrysler autoworkers defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 April 2019

A WSWS Autoworker Newsletter campaign team spoke to workers Thursday at the Warren Stamping plant outside of Detroit about the importance of the defense of whistleblowers Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

The stagnation of American poetry: The Best American Poetry 2018

By James McDonald, 20 April 2019

For the most part, these are eminently safe poems, carefully dressed, peer reviewed and scrupulously attentive to contemporary cultural regulations of taste.

Twenty years since the Columbine High School massacre

By David Walsh, 19 April 2019

The Colorado event, in which two high school seniors shot and killed 12 of their fellow students and one teacher before committing suicide, represented something qualitatively new and disturbing in American social life.

Mueller report re-ignites political warfare in Washington

By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2019

Congressional Democrats and their media backers are seeking to use the findings of the investigation to boost their right-wing anti-Russia campaign.

US preparing more charges against Julian Assange

By Kristina Betinis, 19 April 2019

A report by CNN confirms the warnings made by the WSWS that if the journalist is extradited to the United States, additional, possibly capital, charges would be brought against him.

New round of US-China trade talks

By Nick Beams, 19 April 2019

Among the most contentious issues that remain unresolved are which US tariffs would continue force and the establishment of an enforcement mechanism.

USW forces rotten deal on Harley-Davidson workers in Wisconsin

By Jacob Crosse, 19 April 2019

The union rejected its membership’s demands for an improved contract and instead forced through the same concessions-filled deal workers rejected less than two weeks earlier.

“Without truth and a free press we are doomed to further oppression”

Teachers demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 19 April 2019

Teachers have been in the forefront of a wave of global strikes and struggles over the last year, which terrifies the ruling class and is motivating its attack on free speech and democratic rights.

Strike of 31,000 New England Stop & Shop workers in sixth day

By our reporters, 17 April 2019

Despite reporting profits of more than $2 billion last year, the multinational owner of Stop & Shop is seeking to drive down the wages and benefits of workers.

Over 140 attend lecture by Christoph Vandreier in Michigan on “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”

By our reporters, 17 April 2019

Vandreier, deputy national secretary of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, and WSWS chairman David North related the arrest and persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the global turn to authoritarianism.

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?

Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part five

By Andrea Lobo, 17 April 2019

This is the fifth and concluding part of a series of articles on the wave of strikes carried out by maquiladora workers in the Mexican border town of Matamoros. The lessons of this struggle are essential for not only Mexican workers, but for workers internationally.

Trump, the Fed and the New York Times

By Nick Beams, 17 April 2019

Trump has repeatedly attacked the Fed after Wall Street last year experienced its worst December result since the depths of the Great Depression in 1931.

Trump officials discussed using troops to run migrant detention camps

By Barry Grey, 13 April 2019

Trump has been able to carry through his anti-immigrant program, despite popular opposition, because the Democrats have done nothing to seriously oppose it.

Chicago symphony musicians strike defies aristocratic principle

By Kristina Betinis, 13 April 2019

As CSO strike enters sixth week, a right-wing pressure campaign is being mounted to try to force the musicians to make concessions on their pensions.

New video emerges of Chicago police officers tasing and beating high school student

By Jacob Crosse, 13 April 2019

The revelation of the incident which took place at the end of January has exposed yet another attempted cover-up inside the Chicago Police Department.

In 3 A.M. ruling, Supreme Court allows Alabama execution to proceed

By Dan Conway, 13 April 2019

For the second time in as many weeks, the US Supreme Court has ruled that the execution of a death row inmate can proceed despite claims that the method of execution, lethal injection, will cause intense pain and suffering.

George Mason University law school receives largest donation in school’s history from estate of far-right judge

By Nick Barrickman and Rhiannon Jones, 13 April 2019

With an influx of tens of millions of dollars from far-right conservative donors, the Antonin Scalia Law School is situating itself as a center of reactionary legal views.

Ontario Tories’ budget: Cuts to public services, tax handouts for big business

By Roger Jordan, 13 April 2019

The media’s claim that the budget contains “no major cuts” is aimed at concealing the fact that the government is engaged in a vast transfer of wealth from workers to the rich.

Julian Assange’s life is in danger

By Eric London, 13 April 2019

The official indictment by the US government against Assange is a transparent lie, aimed at providing the UK with a legal cover to extradite the WikiLeaks founder.

Arrest made in connection with church burnings in Louisiana

By Aaron Murch, 12 April 2019

The son of a white sheriff’s deputy faces charges of setting fire to three black churches.

West Virginia college axes liberal arts; Pennsylvania Historical Society slashes workforce

By Tom Eley, 12 April 2019

The moves are symptomatic of a society that can spare nothing for art and history, subordinating them to the profit imperatives of the financial elite.

Sacramento, California teachers conduct one day strike

By Ben McGrath, 12 April 2019

As the teachers union works to reach a sellout deal with county officials, rank-and-file teachers are striving for a broader struggle in defense of public education.

Quebec premier backs ABI in extorting massive concessions from locked-out workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 12 April 2019

Legault’s pro-company bullying underscores the utter bankruptcy of the strategy of the USW, which has isolated the ABI workers while urging them to put their faith in appeals to Quebec right-wing CAQ government.

College admissions scandal in the US: An inevitable product of malignant levels of social inequality

By David Walsh, 12 April 2019

The corrupt process is the implementation, in this particular field, of the “aristocratic principle,” the domination of the plutocracy at the expense of every other social interest or concern.

New York City declares public health emergency over measles outbreak

By Kate Randall, 11 April 2019

New York City has seen 285 confirmed measles cases since the outbreak began in the fall, with 21 requiring hospitalizations, including five admissions to intensive care units.

White House to intensify anti-immigrant rampage

By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2019

Multiple media reports say that the Trump administration is pushing for new anti-immigrant measures, including forcible separation of asylum seekers from their children.

Massive gas explosion in Durham, North Carolina leaves 1 dead, 17 injured

By Jacob Crosse, 11 April 2019

An evacuation order was given only a few minutes before an explosion leveled one building and damaged four others.

As trade tensions increase, IMF lowers forecasts for global growth

By Nick Beams, 11 April 2019

The IMF reported that industrial production and investment remained weak in many advanced and developing economies, and world trade had yet to recover.

One-day strike by Sacramento, California teachers

By Dan Conway, 11 April 2019

Ninety-two percent of Sacramento City Teachers Association members voted last month to authorize strike action in the state capital.

Lower turnout for second one-day strike at California universities and health systems

By Evelyn Rios, 11 April 2019

On Wednesday, several thousand of the lowest paid workers struck against the University of California’s ten-campus system.

A letter from a young US Postal Service worker

By Côme Crozier, 11 April 2019

“The unions have us divided in a Kafkaesque system of different wages and hours.”

Polls indicate right-wing populist United Conservatives will win Alberta election

By Janet Browning and Riksen Stewart, 11 April 2019

If Kenney can so brazenly make reactionary appeals, it is because Alberta’s trade union-backed NDP government has imposed austerity and championed the interests of Big Oil.

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?

Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part four

By Andrea Lobo, 11 April 2019

The US and European ruling classes are promoting self-proclaimed “independent” unions in Mexico partnered, financed and in some instances created by the American AFL-CIO labor federation.

In meeting with Egyptian dictator, Trump rails against immigrants

By Niles Niemuth, 10 April 2019

Trump launched into a fascistic rant against asylum seekers and other immigrants on Tuesday while sitting side by side in the Oval Office with the butcher of Cairo.

Norwood Jewell, the UAW and the Flint water crisis

By Jerry White, 10 April 2019

The conviction on bribery charges of Jewell sheds light on the close connections between the UAW and the Democratic politicians responsible for the lead poisoning of an entire city.

“We believe in our art and can’t let them take it away”

Chicago symphony musicians defy management offer, continue strike

By Michael Walters and George Marlowe, 10 April 2019

CSO musicians have courageously defied the insulting “last, best, final offer” of management and are continuing their longest-ever strike.

University of California service and patient care technicians on one-day strike

By Marc Wells, 10 April 2019

University of California’s 25,000 service and patient care technicians are on strike today, for the fourth time in less than a year.

Hollywood writers in a battle against powerful talent agencies

By Adam Mclean and David Walsh, 10 April 2019

The Writers Guild of America has set an April 13 deadline for reaching an agreement with the major Hollywood talent agencies on a new code of conduct.

Christoph Vandreier kicks off US speaking tour with well-attended meeting at UC Berkeley

By Gabriel Black, 10 April 2019

Christoph Vandreier spoke to an audience of 70 university students and workers, in the first of six meetings on “The Threat Of Fascism And How To Fight It”

Flint, a play at the University of Michigan: Stuck, unfortunately, in the quagmire of racial politics

By Joanne Laurier, 10 April 2019

José Casas’ drama is a response to the horrendous Flint, Michigan water crisis, which began in April 2014. As a result, the city’s poisoned population has suffered disease, death and untold misery.

UN Special Rapporteur: US extradition of Assange would be violation of international law

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 April 2019

The Ecuadorian regime, and its co-conspirators in the British and US governments, are engaged in a sordid and illegal conspiracy to terminate the political asylum of the WikiLeaks founder.

Trump visits border to step up attack on immigrants

By Dan Conway, 6 April 2019

Trump’s visit took place two days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 280 immigrant workers in a raid on an electronics plant in Texas.