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War danger in Middle East exacerbates political crisis in Britain

By Robert Stevens, 22 July 2019

As Britain moves closer to war, the Iran crisis is being seized on by those advocating a drastic increase in the UK’s military budget.

Ontario government writes off 2009 auto bailout loan to Chrysler

By Carl Bronski, 22 July 2019

The federal Conservative and Ontario Liberal governments handed $13.7 billion over to the auto bosses at General Motors and Chrysler, while extorting massive wage and benefit concessions from autoworkers.

The Bretton Woods Agreement 75 years on

By Nick Beams, 22 July 2019

The participants at the conference were acutely conscious of the fact that what was at stake in their deliberations to establish a new world economic order was nothing less than the survival of their rule.

Fifty years since the first Moon landing

By Patrick Martin, 20 July 2019

The first Moon landing remains an epoch-making scientific, technical and organizational achievement.

Iran seizes UK tanker in Strait of Hormuz as danger of Middle East war mounts

By Jordan Shilton, 20 July 2019

Chief responsibility for the growing war danger in the Persian Gulf rests squarely with US imperialism, which has relentlessly escalated its provocations against Iran.

Protests demanding resignation of governor continue in Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 20 July 2019

Friday marked the seventh consecutive day of protests in Puerto Rico demanding the resignation of Governor Ricardo Roselló.

Consortium News website taken down by a malware attack after streaming program defending Julian Assange

By Kevin Reed, 20 July 2019

The independent investigative journalism website Consortium News was brought down on Monday by a malware attack following the inaugural episode of CN Live!

US immigration agents use children to inflict terror on migrant families

By Joe Williams, 20 July 2019

Three recent incidents highlight the depravity of the US government’s bipartisan war on immigrants, spearheaded by the Trump administration.

Mixed signals on rate cut prompts Trump to demand the Fed enlist in US trade war against rivals

By Nick Beams, 20 July 2019

Trump is demanding that the Fed drop all pretence of “independence” and openly serve as an instrument of Washington’s economic war against its global competitors.

Explosion at electrical substation in Madison, Wisconsin, leaves thousands without power on hottest day of the year

By Jacob Crosse, 20 July 2019

No official explanation has been given as to the cause of the explosion that left, by some estimates, over 13,000 people without power throughout the day Friday.

Canada’s Trudeau postures as opponent of Trump following US president’s fascist outburst

By Roger Jordan, 20 July 2019

Trudeau’s theatrics notwithstanding, his government is an enthusiastic accomplice of Trump in implementing some of his administration’s most reactionary and belligerent policies.

“The university and its teachers have a responsibility toward history”

An interview with veteran French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier about actress Lillian Gish and director D. W. Griffith

Bowling Green State University recently removed the famed actress’s name from its film theater

By David Walsh, 20 July 2019

French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (Round Midnight, Coup de Torchon, Life and Nothing But, It All Starts Today, In the Electric Mist) is one of the most admirable figures in cinema over the past 45 years.

The vindictive campaign against Chelsea Manning, America’s political prisoner

By Niles Niemuth, 18 July 2019

Daily fines placed on Manning for refusing to testify against Julian Assange doubled on Tuesday, threatening the courageous whistleblower with personal bankruptcy. She has been jailed for more than four months.

Trump aide demands of Jewish reporter: “What’s your ethnicity?”

By Patrick Martin, 18 July 2019

Kellyanne Conway’s outburst, which has been hailed by neo-Nazi groups, gives a glimpse of the fascistic climate within Trump’s inner circle.

US Justice Department will not bring charges in 2014 police murder of Eric Garner

By Erik Schreiber and Fred Mazelis, 18 July 2019

The failure to charge Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death is an endorsement of lethal police violence against the working class, under conditions of growing social unrest.

Protests erupt in Puerto Rico after leaked texts from governor reveal conspiracy to loot island

By Julio Patron, 18 July 2019

The texts range from the childish and profane to gangster-like jokes about the death toll from Hurricane Maria like, “don't we have some cadavers to feed our crows?"

Alaska governor cuts $400 million from education, social services

By Adam Mclean, 18 July 2019

The 41 percent reduction in the state budget for the University of Alaska will result in the elimination of dozens of degree programs and jeopardize climate research.

Canada’s Liberal government steps up internet censorship with creation of new media fund

By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 18 July 2019

Drawing on the language used by Google to justify its censorship, the Trudeau government plans to dispense $600 million to media outlets deemed to be producing “authoritative content.”

British Columbia forestry workers strike enters third week

By Jean LaChance, 17 July 2019

The USW is determined to isolate the forest workers and reach a rotten compromise with WFP management.

Closure of Detroit’s Marygrove College will worsen teacher shortage crisis

By Walter Gilberti, 17 July 2019

The closure of Marygrove College, which offers advanced teacher training, comes as university education departments in Michigan and across the country are shrinking.

Thousands protest immigrant concentration camps at vigils across the US

By our reporters, 13 July 2019

The vigils were an international event, with at least one event taking place in every US state and across five continents, expressing the broad popular opposition to the persecution of immigrants.

Trump’s nominee for top US military commander calls for nuclear buildup to confront China

By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2019

General Milley, tapped as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, predicted that the US would be in confrontation with China for the next 100 years.

Seventeen-year-old girl fatally shot by police on California freeway

By Alan Gilman, 13 July 2019

Hannah Williams was shot and killed after being involved in a minor traffic accident with a police vehicle in Fullerton, California.

European regulator uncovers autopilot problem on Boeing 737 Max

By Bryan Dyne, 13 July 2019

A leaked document from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency lists five different reasons to keep the 737 Max 8 aircraft grounded.

Talks continue after workers at Cascade Steel Rolling Mills in Oregon vote overwhelmingly to strike

By Jessica Goldstein, 13 July 2019

With a possible strike date of August 1, the United Steel Workers and management are maneuvering to impose a new round of concessions on workers.

Canada’s Liberal government hosts anti-Russia conference on Ukraine

By Roger Jordan, 13 July 2019

Discussions at the Ukraine Reform Conference focused on “affirming Ukraine’s sovereignty and security in the face of Russian aggression.”

The case of Jeffrey Epstein and the depravity of America’s financial elite

By David Walsh, 13 July 2019

The resignation of Alexander Acosta, Donald Trump’s secretary of labor, is the latest development in the widening scandal surrounding American financier and “money manager for the super-rich” Jeffrey Epstein.

18-month lockout at aluminum plant ends

Quebec ABI workers’ struggle betrayed by United Steelworkers Union

By Laurent Lafrance, 11 July 2019

The unions isolated the workers at ABI and collaborated with the corporation to impose a defeat that will be used to attack working conditions throughout the industry.

Second quarter fundraising

Trump, Democratic presidential candidates raise more than $100 million

By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2019

The stage is being set for the most expensive campaign in US—and world—history, with estimates that ad spending could top $10 billion for the 2020 elections.

Building the infrastructure of a police state

Detroit’s facial recognition surveillance system exposed

By Kevin Reed, 9 July 2019

The poorest large city in the US is being used as a testing ground for invasive surveillance technologies in preparation for coming eruptions in the class struggle.

Global conflict situations, poverty lead to rise in mental health crises

By Alex Johnson, 9 July 2019

US imperialism and its allies bear principal responsibility for the wars and military interventions that have wrought devastation throughout the world.

Racialism and money-grubbing: The New York Times explains why “more critics of color” are needed

By David Walsh and Fred Mazelis, 9 July 2019

In the interests of honesty, “Race-fixated upper middle class continues its campaign for positions and money” ought to have been the headline of an opinion piece published by the New York Times July 5.

Costa Rican public health workers strike over pay cut, government policies; truckers block highways

Workers Struggles: the Americas

9 July 2019

Three Costa Rican public health unions began strike action July 4 against government policies while Costa Rican truckers blockaded highways over imposition of a value added tax.

Trump’s Fourth of July: The militarist bombast of a crisis-ridden system

By Joseph Kishore, 6 July 2019

Intended as a demonstration of the eternal power and greatness of American capitalism, what was instead exposed in the grotesque spectacle is a beleaguered and isolated ruling class.

Royal Marines seize Iranian tanker under orders from US

By Chris Marsden, 6 July 2019

Britain’s seizure of an Iranian supertanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil is an act of piracy and a major escalation in tensions that threaten to spiral out of control.

American injustice: Trump and cronies protect a murderous US Navy SEAL

By Jacob Crosse, 6 July 2019

In the months leading up to Edward Gallagher’s acquittal, several members of his defense team were revealed to have close ties to the White House.

Bus drivers in Massachusetts strike over wages and healthcare

By Elliott Vernon, 6 July 2019

Bus drivers are seeking wage increases consistent with the cost of living in Martha’s Vineyard as well as improvements in safety, disciplinary procedures and healthcare.

A conversation with Mike Kaplan, the producer of The Whales of August (1987), Lillian Gish’s final film

The famed actress “was filled with curiosity, creativity and imagination”

By David Walsh, 6 July 2019

Kaplan helped organize the petition urging Bowling Green State University to restore the names of famed actresses Dorothy and Lillian Gish to its film theater.

Amid revelations of fascist network at Customs and Border Protection

Ocasio-Cortez, other Congress members threatened by border police

By Barry Grey, 3 July 2019

The promotion of fascist elements in the immigration agencies is being directed from the White House.

US Navy SEAL acquitted of murder and other war crimes by military jury

By Kevin Reed, 3 July 2019

Edward Gallagher was acquitted of the most serious charges against him, including the unprovoked murder of a wounded teenage ISIS soldier, by a military court martial.

Outrage over manslaughter charge facing Alabama woman who miscarried after shooting

By Fred Mazelis, 3 July 2019

The case of Marshae Jones is part of the escalating attacks on abortion rights and the criminalization of the poor.

Boeing outsourced software development for faulty 737 Max 8 to cut costs

By Bryan Dyne, 3 July 2019

These revelations come alongside reports that the production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is also under investigation.

Harvard awards fellowship to Rick Snyder, Flint’s poisoner-in-chief

By Sheila Brehm, 3 July 2019

The former Michigan governor, who presided over the lead poisoning of Flint’s water supply, has been awarded a prestigious senior research fellowship at Harvard University.

Trump national security team revives demand for “backdoor” access to encryption

By Kevin Reed, 3 July 2019

A Politico report has revealed that key National Security Council members have debated whether to ask Congress to pass laws that would make end-to-end encryption technologies illegal.

Washington Post’s Richard Cohen comes to the defense of Linda Fairstein, overseer of the Central Park Five prosecution

By Kate Randall, 3 July 2019

Cohen gushed over Colin Powell’s infamous February 4, 2003 presentation of lies at the UN that formed the justification for the Iraq War.

US Border Patrol agents joke about immigrant deaths in secret Facebook group with 9,500 members

By George Marlowe, 2 July 2019

A report by ProPublica revealed that Border Patrol agents used a secret Facebook group to make sadistic and violent jokes about immigrants as well as members of Congress.

2,000 workers to lose jobs as Philadelphia refinery shuts down

By Samuel Davidson, 2 July 2019

Blaming high costs from fire damage, Philadelphia Energy Solutions announced the closure of the largest oil refinery on the US East Coast.

Tanks on the streets of Washington, DC for the Fourth of July

By Eric London, 2 July 2019

The planned display of military force in the strip of land separating Congress from the White House is a deliberate political provocation long planned by Trump and his fascistic advisors.

Uruguay workers in one-day national strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 July 2019

A June 24 strike called by the PIT-CNT trade union federation took place in the context of a worsening economic crisis that has seen continuing attacks on workers.

UAW rams through sellout deal at Saline, Michigan Faurecia factory

By Shannon Jones, 28 June 2019

While UAW officials claim the agreement passed by a wide margin, many workers told the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter they had deep reservations about the deal, which failed to address critical issues related to wages and working conditions.

House Democrats give $4.6 billion for Trump’s concentration camps

Ocasio-Cortez plays critical role in ensuring passage

By Eric London, 28 June 2019

House Democrats voted for a Senate bill that exposes the critical role of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other “progressive” Democrats in facilitating Trump’s crackdown on immigrants.

US Supreme Court halts Trump plan for citizenship question in 2020 census

By Fred Mazelis, 28 June 2019

The delay may only be temporary, as the high court remanded the issue to a lower court, giving the administration a further opportunity to revive its effort to lower the official count of immigrants residing in the United States.

Ten years since the US-backed coup in Honduras

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2019

While Democrats posture as defenders of immigrants, Obama, the “deporter-in-chief” presided over a coup that devastated Honduras, driving its people from the country.

No more lies!

The way forward in the struggle against the poisoning of Flint

By the WSWS editorial board, 28 June 2019

The following statement is being distributed to a community meeting in Flint Friday night.

Pete Buttigieg’s town hall debacle: A Democratic Party “golden boy” unmasked

By Jessica Goldstein, 25 June 2019

Working class residents of South Bend, Indiana, heckled Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the city’s mayor, as he stammered through empty promises to address police brutality.

Horror across US-Mexico border with multiple parents, infants dead

By Eric London, 25 June 2019

Over the weekend, two young parents and four young children died crossing the desert in separate instances while Mexican police shot a young migrant in the head.

Oregon legislature shut down by right-wing militia threats

By Kayla Costa, 25 June 2019

The Oregon State Capitol building in Salem was shut down after right-wing militias made violent threats in defense of 11 Republican senators who fled the state to prevent a vote on a carbon-emissions bill.

Explosion and fire at Philadelphia refinery as company puts profits over safety

By Samuel Davidson, 25 June 2019

The massive explosion and fire at a Philadelphia oil refinery are the direct result of the criminal drive for profits at the expense of the safety of the workers and the collaboration of the USW with the company.

US schools erecting a massive digital surveillance infrastructure, choking dissent and free speech

By Doug Martin, 25 June 2019

Millions of young people across the US are facing intrusive surveillance of their social media use, emails and online searches from their schools, increasingly trampling upon their civil liberties, freedom of speech and rights to privacy.

Artists, writers, film scholars protest Bowling Green State University decision to remove Lillian Gish’s name

By David Walsh, 25 June 2019

More than 50 filmmakers, actors, writers, academics and film scholars have signed a petition urging Bowling Green State University in Ohio to restore the names of famed actresses Lillian and Dorothy Gish to its film theater.

Vote “No” on UAW sellout agreement!

Build rank-and-file committees to unite Faurecia and all autoworkers in a national strike

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 25 June 2019

The following statement is being distributed to auto parts workers in Saline, Michigan who will be voting Thursday on a contract that maintains poverty wages and sweatshop conditions.

Trump, Democrats seek anti-immigrant deal

By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2019

The postponement of mass raids set for Sunday morning sets the stage for the passage of bipartisan legislation to provide billions more to arrest and imprison immigrants.

Minutes to disaster: Lessons to be learned from the confrontation with Iran

By Andre Damon, 24 June 2019

On Thursday, the United States came within minutes of launching a war, without any serious examination of its military consequences.

Faurecia and Ford workers denounce UAW sabotage of auto parts strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 24 June 2019

The UAW shut down the strike at the critical auto parts supplier only nine hours after it began.

Anger and disgust over UAW betrayal of Mercy St. Vincent nurses strike in Toledo, Ohio

By Shannon Jones, 24 June 2019

The union’s claim that a return to the bargaining table would lead to an improved deal, was nothing but a cynical ploy.

Why is the US government using social media to monitor the public?

By Kevin Reed, 24 June 2019

The lawsuit filed by New Sanctuary Coalition and other groups, says that ICE specifically targeted individuals for deportation, to suppress their political speech.

Leaders of dissolved International Socialist Organization openly embrace Democratic Party politics

By David Walsh, 24 June 2019

The demise of the ISO has permitted leading figures and the membership generally to integrate themselves more firmly and decisively into the bourgeois political set-up.

Campaign to defend historic, Depression-era “Life of Washington” murals in San Francisco

24 June 2019

The San Francisco Board of Education is considering either destroying or covering over a series of 13 frescoes on the life of George Washington at a local high school. The WSWS spoke to professor emeritus of history Robert Cherny about the issue.

Biden under fire over comments about working with segregationist senators

By Patrick Martin, 21 June 2019

The controversy has put the spotlight on the role of Southern Democrats in defending racial discrimination well into the 1970s.

Unreported releases from coal ash ponds may be more widespread in US than previously known

By John Ashbrook, 21 June 2019

Millions of people are potentially exposed to toxic coal ash, which can cause bone cancers, leukemia and nervous system and brain damage.

Whitewashing Canadian capitalism’s crimes:

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s inquiry issues final report

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 21 June 2019

The MMIW report shifts the blame for the oppression of the native people from Canadian capitalism and its state to a racist “colonialist” mindset and “white society.”

Why are reparations for slavery being made an issue in the 2020 US elections?

By Niles Niemuth, 21 June 2019

At a time when social inequality is motivating a growing movement of workers and youth, race is being brought forward to divert opposition to capitalism and attempt to block growing interest in socialism.

On eve of auto contract talks, VW workers in Tennessee reject UAW again

By Jerry White, 17 June 2019

Workers in Chattanooga were correct to reject, for the second time, “representation” by the United Auto Workers, a corrupt agent of corporate management.

As UAW stonewalls about contract talks

Faurecia workers voice their anger and determination to fight

By George Kirby and Tim Rivers, 17 June 2019

Faurecia workers face near-poverty level wages that force many workers to work two full-time jobs, for a total of at least 80 hours a week, just to make ends meet.

Minnesota Nurses Association announces sellout tentative deal at Children’s Hospitals in Minneapolis-St. Paul

By Jonas Boquist, 17 June 2019

It has been many decades since the unions have launched a nationwide strike in any industry. In its place they have adopted the program of union-management collaboration."

Suicide rates for doctors and young physicians among highest in the US population

By Alex Johnson, 17 June 2019

Doctors are often hesitant to seek treatment, due to the stigma associated with mental health problems.

US to jail 1,400 immigrant children at WWII Japanese internment site

By Eric London, 13 June 2019

The government is reviving the worst crimes in US history as official state policy.

Mistrial in case against “No More Deaths” volunteer charged with aiding immigrants

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 13 June 2019

Scott Warren was arrested for providing food, water and shelter to two undocumented immigrants.

Trump asserts new privilege claim as House committee passes contempt resolution

By Patrick Martin, 13 June 2019

The twin actions Wednesday concern the Trump administration’s efforts to rig the 2020 census so as to undercount areas with large immigrant populations.

Wildcat strike by Salinas, California food processing workers

By Rafael Azul, 13 June 2019

Salinas food industry workers are being driven into struggle against the unions, which enforce poverty wages and dangerous conditions.

Union halts New Jersey teachers’ strike after one day

By Erik Schreiber, 13 June 2019

Union officials in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey are negotiating behind the backs of educators to impose a sellout contracts.

Los Angeles schools superintendent warns of “reckoning” after failure of property tax measure

By Dan Conway, 13 June 2019

In an effort to justify its shutdown of the LA teacher strike in January, the unions told educators to look to the Democratic Party-backed tax measure to increase school funding.

Minneapolis police officer sentenced to over 12 years in prison for murder of Justine Damond

By Anthony Bertolt, 13 June 2019

A month-long trial in April resulted in Noor being found guilty of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Market surge continues on prospect of Fed rate cut

By Nick Beams, 10 June 2019

One financial analyst told the Wall Street Journal the markets were a “slave to liquidity, and when the Fed is accommodative, it’s a good sign for the markets.”

US job growth down sharply, wages stagnate

By Jerry White, 10 June 2019

US workers have seen a mere 1.1 percent increase in real wages over the last year.

Democrats, Mexican president collaborate with Trump’s anti-immigrant crackdown

By Eric London, 10 June 2019

The US also announced it will house 3,000 to 4,000 immigrant children at army base internment camps.

Former ArcelorMittal steelworker speaks out on safety conditions and union repression

By Jessica Goldstein, 10 June 2019

ArcelorMittal and the USW union work together to prevent safety hazards from being addressed so as not to cut into profit margins.

Homelessness surges in southern California

By Adam Mclean, 10 June 2019

In Los Angeles the growth of homelessness is driven by an exorbitantly high cost of living, dominated by rent.

Minnesota nurses seek united struggle as contracts for 13,000 Twin Cities hospital workers expire

By Jonas Boquist, 10 June 2019

Allina, which provoked a 37-day strike in 2016 that was betrayed by the union, is once again spearheading the attack on nurses.

Mexico to deploy 6,000 troops to southern border as Trump postpones tariffs

By Alex González, 8 June 2019

No faction of the American or Mexican ruling class offers any genuine opposition to the assault on immigrants and democratic rights.

A letter to the New York Times on the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Germany

By David North, 8 June 2019

World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board Chairman David North sent this letter to journalist James Angelos in response to his recently published article “The New German Anti-Semitism.”

US and Russian warships nearly collide in the Philippine Sea

By Kevin Reed, 8 June 2019

In an encounter coinciding with a visit to Russia by Chinese President Xi Jinping, a US warship nearly collided with a Russian destroyer on Friday in the Philippine Sea.

Trump ends federal funding of fetal tissue research

By Matthew Taylor, 8 June 2019

The ban is the Trump administration’s latest attack on science and reproductive rights.

UE union and Wabtec reach wage-cutting deal at Pennsylvania locomotive plant

By Nick Barrickman, 8 June 2019

The agreement will create a two-tier pay system, allowing the company to keep newer hires “in progression” at a fraction of standard pay.

Alberta’s UCP government attacks workers, rewards business with tax cuts

By Roger Jordan and Riksen Stewart, 8 June 2019

The path to power for Alberta’s new hard-right government was paved by the previous trade union-backed NDP administration.

Revisiting the Central Park Five case in the #MeToo era

By Andre Damon, 8 June 2019

Thirty years after the New York Times and Washington Post helped railroad five innocent teenagers to prison, these newspapers continue to wage a campaign against the presumption of innocence.

Six months of AMLO: Jacobin defends the Mexican president

By Alex González, 8 June 2019

Jacobin claims that Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s “progressive agenda” is being restrained by opposition parties and finance capital.

Trump administration cuts education and recreation funding for immigrant children in detention centers

By Shelley Connor, 7 June 2019

The Office of Refugee Settlement has halted the flow of funding for any activities they consider “not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety,” including legal aid and recreation.

Biden drops support for abortion-funding restriction after political firestorm

By Patrick Martin, 7 June 2019

The leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination had sought to stake out a right-wing position on access to abortion.

IMF warns of growing trade war

By Nick Beams, 7 June 2019

Trump’s threat to use tariffs against Mexico over immigration has sent a shock wave through the international trading system because it makes clear the US is prepared to use economic and trade warfare measures to pursue all of its policy objectives.