United States

Naval command challenges President Trump’s war crimes pardon

By Kevin Reed, 21 November 2019

In an extraordinary and open conflict between the leadership of the US Navy and the White House, Rear Admiral Collin Green pressed forward on Wednesday with plans to remove Edward Gallagher from the SEALs following his exoneration by President Trump.

Patriot Act extension concealed in funding bill passed by House Democrats

By Barry Grey, 21 November 2019

Coming in the midst of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, the extension of the Patriot Act underscores the absence of any democratic content in their opposition to Trump.

California utility PG&E plans regular blackouts for another ten years as more residents have power cut this week

By Anthony del Omo and Dan Conway, 21 November 2019

Earlier this week, the Pacific Gas and Electricity utility (PG&E) announced that they would shut off electrical power to hundreds of thousands of customers beginning Wednesday morning in the fourth such mass power outage since October.

Australian Strategic Forum tries to downplay danger of US-China conflict

By James Cogan, 21 November 2019

Warnings that US-China tensions could lead to war were largely dismissed by the majority of the forum speakers.

The impeachment crisis and American imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2019

The principal crime revealed in the impeachment hearings is how American imperialism conducts itself towards smaller and less powerful nations such as Ukraine.

IYSSE holds meeting on “Race, Class, and the fight for Socialism” at New York University

By Owen Mullan and Sandy English, 21 November 2019

The meeting was addressed by socialist scholar Tom Mackaman who responded to the historical falsifications put forward by the New York Times’ 1619 Project.

Impeachment hearing highlights conflict over US policy in Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2019

The driving force of the Democratic Party inquiry is the US effort to use Ukraine as a base of operations and front-line state in the confrontation with Russia.

More than 15,000 Indiana teachers walk off job against low wages and attacks on public education

By George Marlowe, 20 November 2019

Indiana teachers confront conditions no less horrendous than their counterparts throughout the United States and internationally.

In the face of attacks by billionaires, Obama

Elizabeth Warren backpedals on “Medicare for All”

By Kate Randall, 20 November 2019

Less than three weeks after presenting her “Medicare for All” proposal, Warren is backtracking on virtually all of its components.

Two New York prison guards charged in connection with Epstein death

By Matthew Taylor, 20 November 2019

The pair who were guarding Epstein on the night of his mysterious death have been charged with falsifying records and defrauding the US government.

Epstein scandal engulfs Britain’s Royal family after BBC interview with Prince Andrew

By Chris Marsden, 20 November 2019

Prince Andrew maintained his relations with Epstein long after the sex offender and trafficker was convicted for his crimes.

Washington, DC area transit workers call for expansion of fight as strike enters fourth week

By Nick Barrickman, 20 November 2019

Bus drivers opposing privatizations and poverty pay must defy the Amalgamated Transit Union’s effort to divide and weaken their struggle.

UAW continues blackout on Fiat Chrysler negotiations as media talks of possible strike

By Shannon Jones, 20 November 2019

The United Auto Workers has been silent on the progress of negotiations with Fiat Chrysler amid indications the company will not agree to terms of the Ford and General Motors agreements.

United States has the highest child detention rate in the world

By Niles Niemuth, 19 November 2019

A UN report released Monday finds that the United States leads the world in depriving children of liberty, particularly through immigration detention.

As second week of public hearings begins

Pelosi doubles down on anti-Russia politics of impeachment inquiry

By Barry Grey, 19 November 2019

Pelosi once again defined as the sole issue in the Democrats’ case for impeachment the charge that Trump endangered US “national security” and strengthened Russia.

US declares Israeli settlements no longer illegal

By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2019

The US ruling is a green light for an escalation in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from East Jerusalem and the annexation of Palestinian land.

US Steel job cuts continue as it lays off workers in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 19 November 2019

The recently announced layoffs are further proof that trade war measures are ultimately aimed against the working class around the world.

Protests as Trump labor board moves to restrict grad student unions

By Michael Walters, 19 November 2019

The Trump-appointed National Labor Relations Board proposed a rule that would deny the right of graduate students to organize.

Michigan judge throws out state charges against Flint water consultants

By James Brewer, 19 November 2019

Claims of professional negligence and public nuisance against private water companies advising the City of Flint were dismissed by a circuit court judge on November 8.

Former US Secretary of State Kissinger points to danger of “catastrophic” conflict between US and China

By Nick Beams, 16 November 2019

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has warned of an inevitable “conflict” between the US and China that “will be worse than the world wars that ruined European civilisation.”

Seeking to cultivate fascistic base, Trump pardons two war criminals and promotes a third

By Evan Blake, 16 November 2019

Trump’s unprecedented pardoning of war criminals highlights the authoritarian character of his administration.

Roger Stone conviction affirms he lied about having connections with WikiLeaks

By Kevin Reed, 16 November 2019

The conviction of Roger Stone on all seven federal offenses shows, contrary to the fabrications in the corporate media, that he lied about having a relationship with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

United Auto Workers declares sellout Ford contract ratified amidst widespread opposition

By Tom Hall, 16 November 2019

The vote, in which more workers voted “no” or abstained than voted in favor, is a declaration of no confidence in the UAW.

Strike against Asarco copper enters second month

By Samuel Davidson, 16 November 2019

The strike by 2,000 copper miners in Arizona and Texas against massive concessions demands has entered its second month, while the United Steelworkers seeks to isolate and betray the strike.

Notes on police violence

No charges against US Park Police in 2017 shooting death of Bijan Ghaisar

By Harvey Simpkins, 16 November 2019

US Park Police in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., gunned down the unarmed 25-year old in his vehicle after he was the victim of a minor traffic incident.

The Trump impeachment and US policy in Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2019

The public hearings on impeachment have brought to light bitter recriminations within the US ruling elite sparked by the failure of its anti-Russia efforts in Ukraine.

999 Meghan McCain denounces Pamela Anderson, MIA as agents of Putin over support for Assange

16 November 2019

School closures threatened as Chicago teachers vote on widely-hated tentative agreement

By George Marlowe, 15 November 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey wrote a letter threatening school closures by Mayor Lightfoot as teachers vote on an agreement favored by Wall Street and widely opposed by new and veteran educators.

Leaked emails reveal Trump aide Stephen Miller’s fascist politics

By Trévon Austin, 15 November 2019

Emails published by the Southern Poverty Law Center show Stephen Miller, White House senior adviser in charge of immigration policy, espousing racist views and promoting white supremacist and neo-Nazi publications.

Two killed, three injured in Santa Clarita, California school shooting

By Dan Conway, 15 November 2019

The victims were aged 14 to 16 with the suspected shooter also admitted to the hospital with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Following Georgia execution

Protests mount vs. planned execution of Texas inmate Rodney Reed

By Kate Randall, 15 November 2019

In the case of both Ray Cromartie and Rodney Reed, state authorities and courts have ruled against new DNA testing that could prove their innocence.

Erdoğan-Trump meeting resolves none of US-Turkish conflicts

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2019

While Trump described the meeting as “wonderful,” there were no indications of any substantive agreements on Syria, Russian S-400s or any other issue.

“We’re all in the same boat all over the world, fighting these greedy billionaires”

Michigan Ford engine plant workers denounce UAW sellout, plant closure

By a WSWS reporting team, 15 November 2019

Workers at Ford’s Romeo Engine plant were livid over the union sanctioning the shutdown of the factory

Acting UAW chief unveils bogus “anti-corruption” reforms

By Tom Hall, 15 November 2019

The measures amount to window dressing, implemented by the members of the same criminal bureaucracy.

Ford workers complain of extreme temperatures in Chicago plants amid record-setting freeze

By a WSWS reporting team, 15 November 2019

Workers at Chicago Ford Assembly Plant in Chicago and Chicago Ford Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights, Illinois complained of extreme variations of the temperature in the plants earlier this week as record low temperatures swept across the Midwestern US.

Las Vegas, Nevada city council passes punitive anti-homeless ordinance

By Jacob Crosse, 15 November 2019

Passed by a 5-2 vote, the ordinance enforcement mechanisms include up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

Record low numbers participate in 24-hour stunt strike at University of California schools and health system

By Evelyn Rios, 15 November 2019

The dismal participation in the strike—with only 2 percent of the 25,000 workers taking part—is not a reflection of any lack of desire to fight, but of a vote of no confidence in the union.

Little Rock, Arkansas teachers stage one-day strike

By Nancy Hanover, 15 November 2019

In their first strike in 32 years, teachers in Little Rock, Arkansas, walked out to oppose privatization.

Democrats begin impeachment hearings with denunciations of Russia

By Patrick Martin, 14 November 2019

The first day of public, televised hearings demonstrates that in the impeachment conflict two right-wing factions of the ruling class are fighting out differences over foreign policy.

US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Trump’s decision to end DACA

By Ed Hightower, 14 November 2019

The right-wing bloc appeared ready to serve up 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth to the Trump administration’s fascistic deportation machine.

US court rules routine border search and seizure of electronic devices unconstitutional

By Kevin Reed, 14 November 2019

The court ruled that routine searches and seizures of electronic devices at US ports of entry without “reasonable suspicion” are a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

Ford workers describe UAW’s intimidation tactics to pass Ford contract

By Tom Hall, 14 November 2019

Although the UAW and corporate media are gloating over the prospect of getting the new Ford contract ratified, 42 percent of the workers have voted “No” and thousands more are boycotting the vote out of disgust with the UAW.

Union-backed Chicago Sun-Times attacks Chicago teachers

By Michael Walters and George Gallanis, 14 November 2019

The Sun-Times, co-owned by the Chicago Federation of Labor, published several articles smearing and attacking Chicago teachers for fighting for improved schools and wages.

Bloomberg and his fellow oligarchs lay down the law: Not a penny more in taxes

By Barry Grey, 14 November 2019

The American financial oligarchy is indignant over any possibility of having to give up a part of their fortune to pay for things such as health care, education, housing and a livable environment.

“Opposition to slavery has also been an important theme in American history”

An interview with historian James McPherson on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 14 November 2019

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to McPherson, professor emeritus of history at Princeton University, on the New York Times’ 1619 Project.

Remembrance Day and Rearmament:

Why Canada’s elite finally turned on notorious right-wing hockey commentator Don Cherry

By Carl Bronski, 14 November 2019

Don Cherry, the long-time intermission commentator on the iconic “Hockey Night in Canada” television broadcast, was fired Monday after delivering the latest in a decades-long string of right-wing, xenophobic rants.

Public impeachment hearings to escalate political warfare in Washington

By Barry Grey, 13 November 2019

The bitter conflict within the state is between two right-wing factions of the ruling class that have been battling one another over foreign policy questions since Trump’s nomination as the Republican candidate for president.

Trump threatens “substantial” increase in anti-China tariffs

By Nick Beams, 13 November 2019

In a speech to the New York Economic Club, Trump claimed, amid falling GDP numbers, that his administration had “launched an economic boom the likes of which we have never seen before.”

Arizona: Second trial begins of pro-immigrant “No More Deaths” volunteer

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 13 November 2019

The main accusation against Warren is that he provided two undocumented migrants with food, water and a place to sleep over three days.

University of California union attempts to wear down workers with a sixth 24-hour strike

By Evelyn Rios, 13 November 2019

The real concern of the union is the amount of dues revenue that will be lost if UC continues to employ outsourced labor.

Missouri officials tracked women’s menstrual periods in effort to shut down state’s last abortion provider

By Jessica Goldstein, 13 November 2019

The state’s spreadsheet contained confidential, non-medical information, such as women’s names and medical ID numbers, which could be used by the state to identify and locate them—effectively spying on patients.

Former Israeli soldiers tour US to speak out against occupation of Palestinian territories

By Fred Mazelis, 13 November 2019

The soldiers’ own experiences have led them to rebel against the criminal policies of the Israeli government.

Amazon-led corporate purge of Seattle City Council fails

By Kayla Costa and Julio Patron, 12 November 2019

Five of six city council members targeted for supporting higher taxes on Amazon won reelection, including Kshama Sawant, a member of the pseudo-left Socialist Alternative group.

Another leading House Republican decides to retire

By Philip Guelpa, 12 November 2019

Representative Peter King’s decision not to run for re-election exemplifies the growing crisis of the Republican Party.

Ford Kentucky Truck workers speak out against contract: “The people on the floor don’t trust the UAW”

By Marcus Day and Tim Rivers, 12 November 2019

The UAW has scheduled the contract vote at the biggest Ford local at the very end, fearful that a large “no” vote would catalyze opposition.

From the archive of the WSWS

What is the UAW?

By Shannon Jones, 12 November 2019

The article, first published in 2015, details the corporatist degeneration of the UAW and its transformation into a bribed tool of management.

The Democrats’ campaign for internet censorship: Who is to determine what are “lies”?

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2019

While couched in demagogic language accusing Facebook of “profiting” off of “disinformation,” the Democrats’ campaign for internet censorship is aimed at silencing political opposition and dissent.

Amidst growing opposition

UAW-Ford contract gives green light for video monitoring of workers

By Shannon Jones, 9 November 2019

The contract gives management the right to carry out video recording and motion tracking to drive up productivity and discipline workers.

Billionaire ex-NYC Mayor Bloomberg takes steps to run for Democratic nomination

By Barry Grey, 9 November 2019

Whether or not he decides to run, Bloomberg’s move is clearly calculated to shift the Democratic campaign further to the right.

Leaked video reveals ABC News suppressed Jeffrey Epstein story since 2015

By Kevin Reed, 9 November 2019

The television network held the story about the criminal sex-trafficking activities and high-profile connections of Jeffrey Epstein for three years.

Massachusetts: Buffalo Wild Wings worker dies after inhaling toxic fumes

By Jessica Goldstein, 9 November 2019

Ryan Baldera’s death is just one of the latest tragic indictments of the disregard of corporations for the health and safety of the workers who make their profits.

The “Irrepressible Conflict:” Slavery, the Civil War and America’s Second Revolution

By Eric London, 9 November 2019

The following is the second in a series of three lectures delivered in response to the New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which presents a falsified, racialist interpretation of American history.

The New York Times’ obsession with race expands to its food commentary

By Trévon Austin, 9 November 2019

A recent commentary suggests fast food chain Popeyes “struck a special chord” with black people because its fried chicken sandwich “tastes like something that could have come from a black home kitchen.”

Democratic Socialists of America “International Committee” denounces “reckless” withdrawal of US troops from Syria

By Genevieve Leigh, 9 November 2019

The response of the DSA to Trump’s announced troop withdrawals from Syria is indistinguishable from that of the Democratic Party and Trump’s critics within the military and intelligence apparatus.

White House appears increasingly isolated in impeachment crisis

By Patrick Martin, 8 November 2019

The CIA-instigated impeachment inquiry will begin public hearings next week with a parade of State Department witnesses.

UAW officials try to bully workers for opposing Ford deal at Michigan meeting

By Tim Rivers, 8 November 2019

Several workers who attended a meeting Wednesday said United Auto Workers Local 600 officials ejected a veteran autoworker who raised questions about the UAW-backed deal.

For a kinder, gentler assault on immigrants

Bernie Sanders unveils immigration plan

By Kevin Martinez, 8 November 2019

The Democratic presidential candidate rhetorically attacks theworst of Trump’s immigration policies but would keep the border regimeintact.

The expanding UAW corruption scandal and the case for rank-and-file committees

By Tom Hall, 8 November 2019

The United Auto Workers is currently trying to ram through a concessions contract at Ford following the shutdown of the GM strike, even as its president faces imminent charges for stealing workers’ money.

Democrats’ gains in Tuesday’s elections reflect shifts within the upper-middle class

By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2019

In Tuesday’s state and local elections, Democrats made their biggest gains in upscale suburban areas.

Former UAW-GM VP Joe Ashton charged in corruption scheme

By Marcus Day, 7 November 2019

Ashton, the highest-ranking UAW official charged in the corruption investigation, is accused of overseeing a multi-million dollar kickback scheme through GM’s Center for Human Resources.

Chicago Ford workers reject UAW agreement

By Jerry White, 7 November 2019

In the first major Ford assembly plant to vote, 1,497 workers (62 percent) voted “no” on the deal and 913 (38 percent) voted “yes,” according to figures released by UAW Local 551.

Vote “no” on the tentative teachers' contract! Form rank-and-file committees to defend public education in Chicago!

By Alexander Fangmann, 7 November 2019

With voting set to begin on the tentative agreement, teachers and other educators in Chicago are approaching a critical juncture in the fight to defend public education.

Trump calls for US troops to wage “war” on drug cartels in Mexico

By Eric London, 6 November 2019

Trump tweeted: “This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth.”

Uncertainty hangs over US-China trade deal

By Nick Beams, 6 November 2019

There has been no agreement from Washington to withdraw any of the tariff measures already imposed because it wants to ensure China complies with US-dictated terms.

Democrats make gains in off-year elections

By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2019

In the biggest single contest, for governor of Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear unseated incumbent Republican Matt Bevin, despite a last-minute appearance by President Trump.

Neo-Nazi would-be synagogue bomber arrested in Colorado

By Julian James, 6 November 2019

In addition to Holzer, at least 12 other people have been arrested in the US for participating in plots to attack Jews since the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in October of 2018.

How Ford and the UAW plan to cut autoworkers’ health care

By Esther Galen, 6 November 2019

The joint Company-Union Committee overseeing health care will make drastic changes to help Ford cut costs.

UAW pushes through concessions for 3,600 workers at Mack-Volvo Truck

By Samuel Davidson, 6 November 2019

The United Auto Workers forced through a concessions contract for 3,600 workers at Volvo-Mack Truck plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida after calling off a 12-day strike a week earlier.

“Teachers, autoworkers, everybody in this country, should go on strike”

New York City bus and subway workers speak out against concession demands

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 November 2019

The Metropolitan Transit Authority wants to introduce part-timers, outsource work to cheap-labor contractors and reduce overtime pay as it funnels more money to the Wall Street banks and wealthy bondholders.

High lead levels found in many Detroit metropolitan cities

By James Brewer, 6 November 2019

The appearance of the toxin in the tap water of diverse communities in Michigan reveals the broad social character of the lead-in-water issue.

US impeachment inquiry releases first transcripts

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2019

The publication of the testimony of two top State Department officials marks a new stage in the impeachment effort.

Elizabeth Warren unveils her “Medicare for All” electoral gimmick

By Kate Randall, 5 November 2019

The ruling elite will resist to the end any infringement, however minimal, on its ability to accumulate wealth at the expense of the working class.

Chicago teachers denounce union’s sellout agreement as Bernie Sanders, Democrats claim “victory”

By George Marlowe, 5 November 2019

Despite the official celebration, the CTU’s tentative agreement for a five-year contract entirely accepts the terms set by Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

US Attorney General William Barr and the establishment of religion

By Ed Hightower, 5 November 2019

Barr’s speech last month at Notre Dame was effectively a call for the repudiating the First Amendment and abolishing the separation of church and state.

Hundreds protest police violence in Brooklyn, New York subway

By Josh Varlin, 4 November 2019

Recent incidents of police violence in the subway system, connected to the crackdown on “fare evasion,” have fueled growing anger among workers in New York City.

United Steelworkers, Asarco announce negotiations to resume, as union prepares sell-out contract

By Jessica Goldstein, 4 November 2019

The announcement of Asarco’s decision to issue backpay for a total of $10 million in bonuses denied to workers is part of a strategy to bait workers into accepting a concessions contract.

UAW sanctions plant closing, expansion of temps in deal with Ford

By Shannon Jones, 2 November 2019

The tentative agreement announced with Ford will further advance the restructuring of the auto industry into a low wage sector employing large numbers of contingent workers.

Breaking: UAW President Gary Jones takes paid leave as feds move closer to indictment

By Tom Hall, 2 November 2019

The rise and fall of Gary Jones demonstrates the United Auto Workers is a criminal syndicate that is no less hostile to the interest of autoworkers than the auto companies themselves.

Corruption scandal moves in on UAW President Gary Jones

By Joseph Kishore, 2 November 2019

The latest allegations, involving the embezzlement of $1.5 million in dues money, follow the shutdown of the GM strike as the UAW attempts to ram through a pro-company agreement with Ford.

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s budget: Increased policing and austerity on behalf of the financial aristocracy

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 November 2019

Lightfoot’s first budget, containing large increases to the police department and higher fees affecting workers, is a continuation of the Democratic Party’s right-wing assault on the working class.

Comparing two impeachments

By Barry Grey and Andre Damon, 2 November 2019

In light of Thursday’s vote in the House of Representatives to formalize the impeachment inquiry against Trump, it is worth contrasting the events now unfolding in Washington to those that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon 45 years ago.

Roger Waters on RT: “The US and UK are trying to kill Julian Assange”

By Kevin Reed, 2 November 2019

Roger Waters, the internationally acclaimed musician and creative force behind the rock band Pink Floyd, is playing a prominent and welcome role in the fight to free the WikiLeaks publisher.

US House of Representatives votes to back impeachment inquiry

By Patrick Martin, 1 November 2019

The vote sets the stage for public hearings and the approval of formal articles of impeachment, perhaps within the month.

Twitter’s ban on political advertisement: A new move to censor the internet

By Andre Damon, 1 November 2019

The move by Twitter is a capitulation to demands by congressional Democrats and the media that technology companies more aggressively censor political statements, in the guise of “fact-checking.”

Oppose the betrayal of the Chicago teachers strike!

CTU moves to shut down strike without giving teachers right to vote on sellout contract

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 1 November 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) announced on Thursday that it is shutting down the 11-day strike, the longest in thirty years, and sending teachers back to work today before giving them the right to vote on a new contract.

Ford workers must reject deal patterned on UAW-GM sellout

By Jerry White, 1 November 2019

The UAW-Ford National Council is meeting today to rubber-stamp a deal that sanctions the slashing of jobs and creation of a largely disposable temporary workforce.

More fires ignite as wildfire season deepens in California

By Kevin Martinez, 1 November 2019

11 fires are presently raging across California, with reports indicating that the state’s utility monopolies likely bear responsibility for the most damaging fires.

US: Murray Energy files for bankruptcy, miners’ pensions in peril

By Samuel Davidson, 1 November 2019

The bankruptcy the coal giant threatens 7,000 jobs and the bankruptcy of health and pension funds for 82,000 current and former miners and their families.

Pentagon awards $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft

By Kevin Reed, 1 November 2019

Amazon was widely expected to win the ten-year agreement, but Trump’s intervention apparently tipped the contract to Microsoft.

Slavery and the American Revolution: A Response to the New York Times 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 1 November 2019

This is the text of the lecture delivered by Tom Mackaman at the University of Michigan on October 22, 2019 as part of a series on the New York Times' "Project 1619."