United States

Saudi regime declares Khashoggi assassination case “closed forever” after sham verdict

By Bill Van Auken, 9 September 2020

After a closed trial, the Saudi court announced its sentencing of eight unnamed individuals to prison terms, while none of those who ordered the grisly murder were held accountable.

US makes “significant adjustments” to its Taiwan policy

By Ben McGrath, 9 September 2020

Washington’s policy changes are designed to give the appearance of adhering to the “One China” policy while actually moving to upend the status quo.

University of Illinois Hospital nurses poised to strike over unsafe staffing conditions

By Benjamin Mateus, 9 September 2020

UIH nurses in Chicago are set to begin a week-long strike over unsafe staffing ratios, which have provoked several stoppages by nurses across the country during the pandemic.

Wealth of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos surpasses $200 billion

By Tom Carter, 9 September 2020

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the world’s 500 richest people have accumulated an additional $809 billion so far this year, increasing their total wealth by around 14 percent.

The Civil War Election

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 9 September 2020

The US election, now less than two months away, is entering its final stages under conditions of unprecedented social, economic and political crisis.

Supreme Court refuses to hear SEP challenge to Michigan ballot access denial

By Kevin Reed, 9 September 2020

The SEP’s three-month legal campaign for ballot access in Michigan came to an end on Friday with the state proceeding to the production of the ballots with the names of Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz excluded.

Health disaster and class conflict on horizon as millions of students return to US schools

By Evan Blake, 8 September 2020

Following the Labor Day holiday, the vast majority of schools have now reopened in the US, sending millions of students and educators back into schools and threatening a massive spread of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the country.

Trump Labor Day press conference: Empty boasts and fascistic threats

By Patrick Martin, 8 September 2020

The president’s demeanor was that of a cornered rat, snarling, vicious and clearly beleaguered by growing popular opposition to his presidency.

University of Michigan graduate students strike over pandemic danger

By our reporters, 8 September 2020

The Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) reported overwhelming support for the strike from its members with 80% voting in support of the strike action.

Global coronavirus death projections point to policy of herd immunity being pursued with impunity

By Benjamin Mateus, 8 September 2020

The IHME has provided startling and horrific coronavirus death projections around the globe for the next three to four months.

Texas educators launch safety committee to save lives

By the Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 8 September 2020

The following is a statement from the Texas Educators Rank-and-file Safety Committee, which has been established to mobilize opposition to the increasingly unsafe conditions in Texas schools and the draconian demands placed on educators and other school workers.

West Virginia schools return to in-person instruction

By Naomi Spencer, 8 September 2020

As West Virginia public schools reopen, all but nine of the state’s 55 counties are beginning in person.

Anger erupting as union paves way to open New York City schools

By Alberto Escalera and Sandy English, 8 September 2020

Teachers are returning to work today to prepare for the full reopening of the schools on September 21 brokered by the United Federation of Teachers and the Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Oppose the unsafe reopening of New York University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NYU, 8 September 2020

Over 10,000 students, faculty and staff have been tested for COVID-19 and are now returning to the buildings and classrooms in the city this week.

Florida sheriff’s department creates intelligence-led police program to monitor and harass residents

By Alex Johnson, 8 September 2020

A Tampa Bay Times investigative report released last week exposed a Pasco County policing and intelligence-gathering program in Florida which carried out mass monitoring, targeted intimidation and harassment tactics against hundreds of resident families.

No slave labor, prisoners must go!

Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns against use of convict labor

By Tim Rivers, 8 September 2020

The Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee has issued a statement denouncing the management threat to use convict labor at the plant 40 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana and is calling for the establishment of safe and humane working conditions.

General Motors, Honda announce joint venture to cut billions in production costs

By Jessica Goldstein, 8 September 2020

The joint venture is expected to produce savings in the billions of dollars for the two auto giants by facilitating massive job cuts and attacks on workers.

Brazilian aerospace workers take strike vote; Ontario nursing home workers launch rotating strikes

Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 September 2020

Workers at Embraer have taken a strike vote in response to announced plans by management to axe 900 jobs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while 10,000 Ontario home day care workers are battling back against poverty wages.

In the face of increasing government, fascist attacks

Protests against police violence continue across the US

By Jacob Crosse, 7 September 2020

Despite daily assaults by police, federal agents and right-wing vigilantes, protests against police murder have continued across the US, in some cities topping 100 days.

DSA member in Spokane, Washington detained by unidentified officers before police violence protest

By Kayla Costa, 7 September 2020

Jeremy Logan was snatched by five plainclothes police officers, and held in jail for over a day, where federal agents attempted to interrogate him, before being released.

Massive speculation fuelled by the Fed has driven Wall Street surge

By Nick Beams, 7 September 2020

The extent of the escalation is indicated by Apple, which last month saw its market capitalisation hit more than $2 trillion, having gained $1 trillion in just 21 weeks.

Political furor erupts over Trump slurs against dead and wounded US soldiers

By Patrick Martin, 7 September 2020

The US president only states in a particularly crude and vulgar fashion what the capitalist class as a whole thinks about those it treats as cannon fodder.

Oppose unsafe school openings! Follow the science, not greed, say Detroit educators

By the Detroit Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 7 September 2020

The World Socialist Web Site has received an announcement of the formation of the Detroit Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee.

San Diego, California school districts plan reopenings based on dangerous new state guidelines

By Renae Cassimeda and Jake Dean, 7 September 2020

The move to reopen schools will place thousands of students, educators and their families at risk of infection, and exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the region.

Facebook announces political censorship plan in advance of US presidential election

By Kevin Reed, 7 September 2020

The new measures are aimed at protecting the capitalist two-party system and labeling left-wing political ideas as the work of “Russian interference.”

“Schools should not be opened if it puts people at risk”

Australian teachers back US educators’ fight for independent rank and file safety committees

By our correspondents, 7 September 2020

Australian school teachers denounce re-opening of American schools and support the formation of rank-and-file safety committees.

Teen in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania linked to 40 new COVID-19 cases

By Isaac Finn, 7 September 2020

The rapid spread of the virus in this case points to the danger of school reopenings for teachers, students and communities throughout the US.

Trump administration overpays, underdelivers on USDA food box program for the hungry

By Alex Findijs, 7 September 2020

Millions of dollars that could be utilized to feed struggling workers have been wasted all while millions of American families go hungry and millions of pounds of food have gone to waste in the fields.

Virginia’s Democratic governor calls for drastic budget cuts amid growing social crisis caused by COVID-19

By Dominic Gustavo and Nick Barrickman, 7 September 2020

The cuts would effectively gut the few gains that were given to workers in the previously planned budget.

US enters new phase of coronavirus pandemic: Report estimates more than 400,000 deaths by January

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US President, 7 September 2020

The policy that has been adopted by the Trump administration and the ruling class is “herd immunity”—that is, the abandonment of any organized measures aimed at safeguarding public health.

The unanswered questions in the latest Russian “meddling” allegations

By Andre Damon, 7 September 2020

The US media's claims of a nefarious campaign by Russia to "sow divisions" during in the 2016 election have been discredited. But the New York Times is “at it again.”

The killing of Michael Reinoehl: A state murder

By Niles Niemuth, 7 September 2020

Reinoehl’s death was a state-sanctioned killing, carried out with the support of the Justice Department and the White House.

The Movement for a People’s Party: No program, no principles, no future

By Jacob Crosse and Joseph Kishore, 7 September 2020

The eclectic combination of individuals brought together to form a new “People’s Party” lacked a common conception, outside of a general orientation to the Democratic Party and bourgeois politics.

Federal task force kills suspect in slaying of right-wing Trump supporter in Portland

By Niles Niemuth, 5 September 2020

Michael Forest Reinoehl, gunned down by a fugitive task force in Washington State on Thursday, had said he was being “hunted” by far-right groups coordinating with the police.

“You’re trying to kill me”

Rochester, New York police tortured and murdered a man in March, video shows

By Samuel Davidson, 5 September 2020

Footage from body-cameras shows police tormenting Daniel Prude for several minutes while he lay naked, handcuffed and hooded on a freezing street.

Trump campaign enlists army of poll-watchers to intimidate Democratic voters

By Barry Grey, 5 September 2020

The Trump campaign hopes to mobilize among its “poll watchers” the militia and vigilante types who have been attacking those protesting police violence and racism.

Washington DC’s mayor and Trump trade authoritarian demands in crackdown on peaceful protesters

By Ray Coleman and Nick Barrickman, 5 September 2020

The office of Washington, DC’s Democratic mayor has been upbraided by the federal prosecutor’s office for trying to “skirt constitutional protections and due process.”

New pandemic projections place US death toll at over 400,000 by end of the year

By Benjamin Mateus, 5 September 2020

The IHME prediction would see COVID-19 deaths comparable to the 1918 influenza pandemic, which took 675,000 lives in the US.

Washington slaps sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor

By Bill Van Auken, 5 September 2020

The sanctions, normally reserved for alleged terrorists or drug traffickers, are aimed at intimidating the ICC over its investigation of US war crimes.

NSA surveillance program exposed by Edward Snowden ruled illegal by US Ninth Circuit

By Kevin Reed, 5 September 2020

The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the bulk phone record collection program of the NSA—exposed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden in 2013—violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

“Workers must refuse to be sacrificed in the name of profits at the hands of the ruling class”

Florida parent denounces Osceola County public school system’s unsafe reopening

By the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter, 5 September 2020

This letter was sent to the WSWS Educators Newsletter to expose the atrocious conditions facing educators, students and parents in Ocseola County, which stands adjacent to Disney World but has the worst-funded education system in Florida.

Opposition to school reopenings mounts across Florida as spread of COVID-19 deepens

By Matthew Taylor, 5 September 2020

The forced reopening of schools across Florida is producing a catastrophe, with already over 1,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at dozens of schools.

SUNY Oneonta orders thousands of students to return home after more than 500 test positive for COVID-19

By Alex Findijs, 5 September 2020

As of Thursday night, a staggering 507 people had tested positive for COVID-19 on the campus, nearly 17 percent of the on-campus student body.

Teen in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania linked to 40 new COVID-19 cases

By Isaac Finn, 5 September 2020

The latest revelation by health officials comes as schools in the county, prepare to open for in-person learning on September 9th.

Management seeks to impose gag order on US postal workers

By Shuvu Batta, 5 September 2020

A leaked memo reveals new guidelines imposed by US Postal Service management to suppress information about internal conditions at post offices.

German imperialism and the strange case of Alexei Navalny

By Peter Schwarz, 5 September 2020

Politicians and media outlets in Western countries, and above all in Germany, have declared that Moscow is responsible for Navalny’s poisoning, and have escalated their calls for a confrontation with Russia.

End the blacklist of the World Socialist Web Site on Reddit!

By Kevin Reed, 5 September 2020

The blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site on r/politics is a politically-motivated and unjustified attack on the rights of Reddit users to speak freely and read whatever they want on the link-sharing platform.

Chadwick Boseman (1976–2020): A talented actor, now hailed as a “king”

By Carlos Delgado, 5 September 2020

Far from honoring his memory, the media’s over-the-top eulogizing demeans the actor’s work and serves reactionary political ends.

US joblessness crisis worsens as nearly 900,000 file new unemployment claims

By Jacob Crosse, 4 September 2020

Millions of families’ daily existence has been reduced to the struggle for bare necessities as hunger continues to grow.

With tens of millions facing eviction in US

CDC issues emergency order pushing mass evictions off until January

By Gabriel Black, 4 September 2020

The emergency order will not reduce rent payments nor prevent the accrual of late fees.

Biden in Kenosha: Ignoring fascist killings, doubling down on identity politics

By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2020

The Democratic presidential candidate treated the events in Kenosha as the product of racism, saying nothing about the murders of two white protesters against police violence.

Memorial on Detroit’s Belle Isle provides sobering tribute to the city’s victims of coronavirus

By Stephen Fuller and Helen Halyard, 4 September 2020

The city declared Monday Detroit Memorial Day and transformed the state park into a large-scale memorial for the 1,500 residents who have died from COVID-19 so far this year.

School and college outbreaks make Iowa the US COVID-19 hotspot

By Benjamin Mateus, 4 September 2020

Rural communities in Midwest states are seeing a surge of new infections that are a byproduct of the murderous back-to-school policy being implemented by every state.

Drive to play college football continues as evidence mounts that games could be “superspreader” events

By Andy Thompson, 4 September 2020

Dozens of schools are still moving forward with plans to play games in front of tens of thousands of fans, and 77 of the 130 major college football programs will play their seasons in some form this fall.

Threat of a US-led military intervention in Venezuela grows as Guaidó’s coalition splits

By Andrea Lobo, 4 September 2020

The danger of a devastating US military intervention has escalated as a result of the domestic political crisis of the Trump administration and growing divisions within the US-backed opposition in Venezuela.

Michigan’s “Poisoner-in-Chief” endorses Biden for president

By Sheila Brehm, 4 September 2020

Rick Snyder, the former Republican governor of Michigan, notorious for his role in the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, announced his support for the Democratic presidential ticket Thursday.

Oppose Trump’s mass arrest of 2,000 immigrants!

By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidate for US vice president, 4 September 2020

The assault on immigrants across the United States is a threat to the entire working class.

“One student or teacher funeral is too many”

Teacher protests spread as COVID-19 rips through schools and universities

By Renae Cassimeda, 3 September 2020

Protests and job actions by educators opposed to the unsafe opening of schools have spread across the country as the drive to reopen public schools and universities has sparked a massive resurgence of COVID-19.

Biden launches massive “law and order” ad campaign

By Barry Grey, 3 September 2020

Biden’s new ad is part of a further shift of his campaign to the right. It is intended to reassure the ruling elite that he can be relied on to suppress growing social opposition.

New York deploys COVID-19 “SWAT Team” to SUNY Oneonta after six percent of students test positive for virus

By Alex Findijs, 3 September 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo dispatched a team of contact tracers to Oneonta after 105 students tested positive just one week into classes. The outbreak is clear indication that the drive to reopen schools across the US will be a deadly disaster.

Markey wins Massachusetts Democratic primary with “progressive” masquerade

By Kate Randall, 3 September 2020

The pillar of the Democratic establishment for 40 years, who voted for the Iraq war, postured as a “left” using the support of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Ford to slash 1,400 jobs as auto industry cuts widen

By Tim Rivers, 3 September 2020

Ford and other major corporations are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to advance major restructuring measures, shedding jobs and ratcheting up the exploitation of those who remain.

GE Appliances workers in Louisville, Kentucky vote overwhelmingly to strike

By Zac Thorton, 3 September 2020

The company, which has remained highly profitable throughout the pandemic, is demanding the elimination of pensions and the maintenance of the two-tier wage system.

Protests continue in Los Angeles after police kill unarmed 29-year-old man

By Dan Conway, 3 September 2020

On Monday, deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department stopped Dijon Kizzee over an alleged vehicle code violation while riding a bicycle leading to his murder after a brief foot chase.

The New York Times slanders left-wing opposition to Biden as “Russian propaganda”

By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2020

The American intelligence agencies are at it again, instigating anti-Russian propaganda in the US media with reckless and entirely unsubstantiated claims that Moscow is intervening in the 2020 presidential election.

Youth and students: Oppose the deadly reopening of schools! Take a stand on the side of the teachers and the working class!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 3 September 2020

The IYSSE calls on students and young people in middle school, high school and college to organize opposition to the deadly campaign to reopen schools!

As protests against police violence continue across the US

Trump visits Kenosha to defend killer police and vigilantes

By Barry Grey, 2 September 2020

Trump’s efforts to project an image of authoritarian strength during his visit were belied by the extraordinary security measures taken to wall him off from the population.

US-China conflict over TikTok intensifies as Trump’s forced divestiture deadline approaches

By Kevin Reed, 2 September 2020

The drive to force the Chinese-owned video sharing app to be sold to a US company was countered by Beijing’s imposition of export restrictions on software components of the platform.

Teachers union and Democrats agree to resume in-person learning in New York City schools

By Jerry White, 2 September 2020

The deal that delays the opening by a week is aimed at countering the growing demands by teachers in the city and around the country for a nationwide work stoppage.

Second call-in meeting of the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee attracts large audience across the US

By Renae Cassimeda, 2 September 2020

Educators and workers from New York, Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, California, Hawaii, and many other states, as well as Britain, Germany, and South Korea participated in the meeting.

With over 26,000 COVID-19 cases at more than 750 US colleges, campus opposition erupts

By Chase Lawrence, 2 September 2020

Despite major outbreaks, many of these schools are still resisting pressure from students, parents, and workers to switch to online learning.

Elementary school students forced to use Taco Bell parking lot for internet in Salinas, California

By Rafael Azul, 2 September 2020

Photos circulated on social media this week showing children sitting in a parking lot in order to use their internet to do homework.

Hundreds at University of Iowa stage sickout as COVID-19 cases skyrocket

By E. Cohen and Andy Thompson, 2 September 2020

The number of new daily cases at the school—home to more than 30,000 students—has remained in triple digits but the university continues to hold 25 percent of classes face to face.

Trump administration considered using “heat ray” microwave weapon on migrants crossing the US-Mexico border

By Carlos Reed, 2 September 2020

What was deemed too inhumane to be deployed in war has been discussed in the highest government circles for use as an anti-immigrant weapon.

New York City transit workers and the COVID-19 pandemic: A timeline of criminal inaction and union betrayal

By Daniel de Vries and Sam Dalton, 2 September 2020

As transit workers face the dual threat of a second wave of coronavirus and budget disaster, the lessons must be drawn from the death of 146 colleagues.

The profits of August

By Nick Beams, 2 September 2020

This August, amid mass death, hunger and poverty, Wall Street recorded its biggest increase for the month since 1986.

Student paper defends plan for segregated living spaces at New York University

By Niles Niemuth, 2 September 2020

Responding to the outpouring of public opposition triggered by the WSWS’s exposure of plans for separate housing for black students, the Washington Square News published a defense of the initiative Monday.

The pseudoscience behind the right-wing drive to force schools to open

Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 2 September 2020

The ruling elites and their legion of state and local officials are furiously pushing to open schools and universities. However, recent published studies have provided ample evidence that school openings will drive the pandemic toward a second, potentially larger, wave.

Trump endorses right-wing violence in Kenosha, Portland

By Patrick Martin, 1 September 2020

While Trump seeks to mobilize fascistic elements, his Democratic opponent Joe Biden condemns “looting and rioting” and directs his main appeal to big business and the military.

Coronavirus cases top 25 million worldwide

By Bryan Dyne, 1 September 2020

The Trump administration continues to reduce testing in favor of its de facto “herd immunity” policy, as coronavirus reinfection cases begin to emerge.

GM using office personnel to man assembly lines at Wentzville, Missouri plant as pandemic spreads

By Jessica Goldstein, 1 September 2020

Facing no opposition from the UAW, General Motors is bringing salaried workers onto the production assembly lines of its Wentzville Assembly Center in Missouri, putting more lives in danger for the sake of profits.

Stop the UAW-management cover-up of COVID-19 in the auto plants!

By the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 1 September 2020

The claims by auto companies that they are following extensive safety protocols and testing workers exposed to COVID-19 are lies that do not withstand scrutiny.

New Jersey teen billed $2,500 for organizing a protest

By Shuvu Batta and Daniel de Vries, 1 September 2020

Emily Gil, a recent high school graduate, was charged $2,500 for “police overtime” after she organized a protest in the town of Englewood Cliffs calling for affordable housing and an end to police brutality.

Amid mounting domestic crisis, US imperialism lashes out at Russia and China

By Andre Damon, 1 September 2020

In a dizzying array of threats and open clashes, Washington has inflamed, on an almost daily basis, conflicts that could rapidly spiral out of control.

SEP submits emergency application to the US Supreme Court in Michigan ballot access case

By Kevin Reed, 1 September 2020

The SEP 2020 presidential campaign has appealed to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court associate justice responsible for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a final effort to overturn the unconstitutional Michigan ballot access laws.

With thousands of new cases in US, opposition mounts against unsafe school and college reopenings

By Jerry White, 31 August 2020

Over the last three weeks, there have been at least 12,000 infections at public schools, universities and colleges in the US.

New York City teachers union holds strike authorization vote amidst mass opposition to school reopening

By Tim Avery, 31 August 2020

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) aims to block rank-and-file educators from taking independent initiative against the policy or reopening schools.

US military will not be involved in election crisis, top general claims

By Patrick Martin, 31 August 2020

The extraordinary statement by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff came in response to a letter from two Democratic congresswomen.

Fear and uncertainty dominate Jackson Hole central bankers’ meeting

By Nick Beams, 31 August 2020

The key initiative announced at the gathering was the decision by the US Fed’s policy-making body to maintain interest rates at ultra-low levels for an indefinite period.

Central Michigan University faces COVID-19 outbreak as campus opens

By Luke Galvin, 31 August 2020

Shorty after the opening of the fall semester CMU has seen 117 new COVID-19 cases as a result of the reckless decision to move ahead with in-person classes.

University of Florida graduate residents expose plans to quarantine COVID-19 victims in family housing

By Charles Sutter and Matthew MacEgan, 31 August 2020

The university management plans to quarantine people in family housing complexes in secret while pursuing a “herd immunity” strategy on campus.

California Governor Newsom continues murderous policies as COVID-19 cases in state reach 700,000

By Peter Ross, 31 August 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly spread through California, with over 6,000 new infections per day, including 1,500 in Los Angeles County alone.

Fifty-six-year-old Tennessee resident evicted from her home after contracting COVID-19

By Patrick Smith, 31 August 2020

Leslie Nelson reportedly suffered an epileptic seizure as her belongings were thrown into her yard under the close watch of the police.

Mounting social and health disaster in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura

By J. L'Heureau, 31 August 2020

Three days after the most powerful hurricane to hit the state since 1856, the scale of destruction and accompanying social crisis is coming into sharp relief.

EU refuses to accept hundreds of refugees rescued in the Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 31 August 2020

More than 400 refugees are waiting in the central Mediterranean Sea off Sicily to be assigned to a safe haven.

MGM Resorts to lay off 18,000 workers

By Adam Mclean, 31 August 2020

The Culinary Workers Union is not opposing the layoffs, demanding only that the fired workers be given the right to be re-hired at some point in the future.

New York transit agency threatens draconian cuts and fare hikes

By Alan Whyte, 31 August 2020

The MTA is considering reducing New York City bus and subway service by 40 percent as well as cutting commuter railroads service by 50 percent.

Trump incites vigilante violence against peaceful protests in Wisconsin

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US President, 31 August 2020

The murders in Kenosha are the first major attempt to use right-wing vigilante groups to carry out violent attacks on domestic opposition within the United States.

Republicans defend Kenosha gunman as nationwide protests continue

By Jacob Crosse, 29 August 2020

The Democrats and the media are covering up the direct line that can be drawn between the fascistic statements of Trump and the vigilante killings in Kenosha perpetrated by Kyle Rittenhouse.

COVID-19 outbreaks continue unabated at US schools, putting millions at risk

By Renae Cassimeda, 29 August 2020

The past week has seen a deepening of the disastrous crisis surrounding the reopening of schools, with significant outbreaks occurring in schools across the country.