Inequality and the social crisis
By Mike Head, 1 June 2019
The annual Rich List, along with the outcome of the latest minimum wage case, underscore the acceleration of social inequality in Australia and around the world.
By John Harris, 31 May 2019
Children as young as ten have been held in maximum security facilities, where they have been subjected to horrific abuses.
By George Gallanis, 29 May 2019
The vote is in response to the U of C administration’s anti-democratic attempt to block the recognition of the graduate student union for nearly two years.
Kalamazoo, Michigan: “I don’t like the idea of selling my blood plasma for money, but I have to do what I’ve got to do”
By Carlos Delgado, 28 May 2019
An increasing number of US workers are selling their plasma to cover basic necessities like food, rent, gas and diapers.
“It feels like your whole life is a constant crisis”
By Genevieve Leigh, 27 May 2019
“I have held countless jobs,” Luis said, “and none of them pay enough to live. I couldn’t see myself doing any of them for the rest of my life.”
By Genevieve Leigh, 24 May 2019
The conditions facing working class millennials are the same conditions facing the entire working class, of which those in the millennial generation are a particularly vulnerable layer.
An appeal to young people
the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 24 May 2019
The following statement is being distributed today at climate change protests across the UK.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 May 2019
The election outcome exposes the bankrupt claims by the unions and the pseudo-left that the rise of the extreme right can be opposed by supporting pro-business centre-left parties such as the Australian Labor Party.
By the Committee for Public Education, 18 May 2019
Teachers and parents should treat the sham election promises of Labor, Liberal and the Greens on education with the contempt they deserve.
By Eric London, 17 May 2019
Trump announced the new plan as the military agreed to build six new internment camps along the US-Mexico border.
By Terry Cook, 17 May 2019
Labor leader Bill Shorten’s pledge is designed to prevent a rank-and-file struggle for a genuine improvement in wages and working conditions.
By Mike Head, 15 May 2019
Regardless of whether Labor or the Coalition wins office, the next government will be one of even more severe austerity.
By James Brewer, 15 May 2019
This is the second part of a two-part series drawing a balance sheet of five years of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Peter Byrne: SEP candidate for Calwell, 14 May 2019
“Where factories once employed workers who actually made things, they are now rented and filled with toxic waste, then abandoned.”
By Eric London, 13 May 2019
The Washington Post reports that Trump's fascist adviser Stephen Miller propagated the new rule, while HUD itself assesses its purpose is to increase poverty and destitution among immigrant families.
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.
By Ben Mateus, 9 May 2019
A study published earlier this year found that in 28 states the mortality rate from synthetic opioids had more than doubled every two years.
By Leslie Murtagh and Jesse Thomas, 8 May 2019
Thousands of Uber and other ride-sharing drivers around the world will strike on Wednesday to protest low wages and the spread of casualized labor.
By Marko Leone, 1 May 2019
Approximately 1,300 people live in their cars in San Diego County, with about 8,500 people experiencing homelessness daily.
By Niles Niemuth, 27 April 2019
Amazon plans to increase the exploitation of workers in the US and internationally by implementing free one day shipping for Prime subscribers to ensure ever-bigger profits.
By Margot Miller, 27 April 2019
The aristocracy and gentry still own 30 percent of the land, while 18 percent is owned by corporations and a staggering 17 percent is in the possession of oligarchs and bankers.
By Mike Head, 27 April 2019
Inflation was zero during the March quarter, indicating a rapidly stalling economy that will intensify the corporate offensive against the working class.
By Terry Cook, 26 April 2019
The Australian Building and Construction Commission has launched legal action against workers involved in a short work-stoppage last year.
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.
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.
By Margaret Rees, 20 April 2019
Labor has dismissed evidence of a potential correlation between poor water quality and elevated levels of kidney disease and type-2 diabetes.
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.
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.
Purdue Pharma, maker of highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, settles with state of Oklahoma for $270 million
By Ben Mateus, 8 April 2019
The settlement is the first of roughly 2,000 lawsuits pending in federal and state courts against Purdue and other opioid manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceutical.
By Debra Watson, 8 April 2019
Even under conditions of a low official unemployment rate, rising numbers of families are in distress. A new recession will throw even larger sections of the working class into dire poverty.
“An excessive amount of violence, sexual abuse, and prisoner deaths”
By Niles Niemuth, 5 April 2019
A more than two-year investigation exposed appalling violations of constitutional protections for the approximately 25,000 men locked up in facilities operated by the Alabama Department of Corrections.
By Mike Head, 5 April 2019
Acutely aware of seething working class discontent towards the entire political establishment, Shorten sought to promote illusions in making capitalism less brutal.
By Terry Cook, 5 April 2019
Major companies across a range of sectors continue to shed jobs amid forecasts of a worsening global slowdown, particularly in China.
By Matthew MacEgan, 28 March 2019
Last week saw the tragic deaths of two students who survived the 2018 Parkland massacre, followed by the suicide of the parent of a girl who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting.
By Saman Gunadasa, 28 March 2019
Most of those who committed suicide were from the war-ravaged Vavuniya and Jaffna districts in the island’s north and Batticalao in the east.
By Fred Mazelis and Mark Witkowski, 25 March 2019
The development is the latest and most extreme expression of the gentrification and inequality that has reached unprecedented levels in the capital of American capitalism.
Sharp rise in fentanyl overdose deaths, ADHD-drug-induced psychosis, prescription drug rationing due to cost
By Kate Randall, 22 March 2019
A week rarely passes without the publication of a major study documenting the misery unleashed on Americans by the US pharmaceutical industry and its rapacious drive for profits.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 March 2019
Analysts have warned that a host of global factors could transform the downturn into a full-blown economic crash.
By Evelyn Rios, 20 March 2019
Thousands of low-paid workers will strike on Wednesday throughout the University of California’s 10-campus system, the largest public institution of higher learning in the world.
By Bryan Dyne, 16 March 2019
The internationally coordinated protests, the largest in sixteen years, were organized in response to the failure of world governments and the ruling class to do anything to halt global warming.
By our reporters, 16 March 2019
Reporting teams from the World Socialist Web Site interviewed students who protested in countries around the world for action on climate change.
By Marko Leone and Kevin Martinez, 16 March 2019
An increasing number of homeless families, students and workers are relying on nonprofits to find a safe space to sleep and live in their cars.
By Tim Rivers, 15 March 2019
WSWS reporters traveled to the Mahoning Valley to interview GM workers and local residents in the aftermath of the shutdown of the General Motors Lordstown plant last week.
By Warren Duzak and Keisha Gibbs, 14 March 2019
A joint effort of Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry and Remote Area Medical Corps provided more than $162,000 in services to more than 330 patients last Saturday.
By Bryan Dyne, 14 March 2019
That the demonstration planned for Friday has evoked a broad response is an indication of both the serious nature of the ecological crisis and the radicalization of youth all over the world.
the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at University of Michigan, 14 March 2019
The rally at the University of Michigan advanced an international strategy to mobilize youth, students and the broadest layers of the working class against the imprisonment of Chelsea Manning.
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the IYSSE (Australia), 14 March 2019
The IYSSE will distribute the following statement tomorrow at high school student strikes demanding immediate action to resolve climate change and environmental destruction.
By Trévon Austin, 13 March 2019
The leftward shift among youth is a direct consequence of the failure of the capitalist system, which offers only war, austerity, and social disaster.
By Martin Scott, 13 March 2019
Working hand-in-hand with BlueScope management, the Australian Workers Union claimed that the fate of the multi-billion dollar company depended on “sacrifices” being made by its employees.
By our reporters, 12 March 2019
“If Julian doesn’t receive freedom, if Chelsea Manning is not released, then we are going down a slippery slope.”
“Deaths of despair” continue to soar
By Kate Randall, 8 March 2019
The devastating toll of 150,000 Americans dying from alcohol and drug-induced fatalities and suicides in 2017 is seen by the political establishment and pharmaceutical CEOs as the “cost of doing business.”
“The unions are trying to divide the students and teachers”
Oakland students oppose sellout of teachers strike, plan to continue fight to defend public education
By Genevieve Leigh and Kayla Costa, 7 March 2019
There is growing anger among students and teachers in Oakland, California over the shutdown of the seven-day Oakland teachers strike by the Oakland Education Association.
By Josh Varlin, 7 March 2019
The Trump administration’s appointment of a monitor for the largest public housing system in the country presages further attacks on poorer sections of the working class in New York City.
the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 7 March 2019
The OEA has declared the strike over, but students, teachers and parents are determined to continue and expand the fight to defend public education.
By Ed Hightower, 6 March 2019
The responses from both the County and the Red Cross media contacts revealed an emergency management system that lacks central planning, forethought, coordination and resources.
By Jeff Lusanne, 5 March 2019
Passenger trains in the United States and Canada have suffered delays of up to 36 hours as winter weather combines with the cost-cutting private ownership of freight railroads.
By Mike Head, 4 March 2019
With a federal election due in May, the corporate elite is insisting that austerity measures must be imposed.
By Brian Dixon, 2 March 2019
While some of the members of the committee occasionally posed as industry critics, the Senate hearing made it clear that no serious action will be taken to rein in high drug prices.
“I was treated like a caged animal”
By George Marlowe, 1 March 2019
Melissa Latronica, a single mother of three and a certified nursing assistant, was recently arrested and thrown into jail for an unpaid ambulance bill she never received.
By Niles Niemuth and Zac Corrigan, 27 February 2019
While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, the home’s furnace had not been working and the family had been using an alternate heating source to try to keep warm.
“Her failing health was due to the government failing her”
By Sheila Brehm, 27 February 2019
Jassmine McBride, only 30 years old, contracted the deadly lung disease at the height of the Flint water crisis in 2014.
By Owen Mullan and Sandy English, 23 February 2019
NYU students expressed outrage over an NYPD “cleanup” of the homeless in front of the university’s Silver Center building on February 6.
By John Marion, 22 February 2019
The MIT president announced the university’s commitment to maintaining relationships with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the murder of the Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October.
By Sandy English, 20 February 2019
The announcement was made the same day that President Trump bragged in about the large amount of funding allocated to the Department of Homeland Security,
By Steve Filips, 19 February 2019
The rental had no functional smoke alarms and was not registered by the landlord, averting an inspection to verify safety before it could be rented out.
the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 February 2019
The IYSSE demands that NVCC repudiate all ties to the CIA, including barring it and other agencies of the US military-intelligence apparatus from recruiting students.
By George Marlowe, 16 February 2019
A recently laid-off worker at the Henry Pratt Company opened fire Friday, killing at least five people and injuring many others.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 February 2019
A check of its leading personnel exposes TPUK as a top-down operation of the Tory right, with the substantial backing of Turning Point’s US-based parent organisation and its fascistic supporters.
By Tom Peters, 14 February 2019
The Police Studies course is being increased as part of the Labour-led government’s policy of boosting police recruitment, instilling discipline, and controlling the increasingly restive working class.
By Genevieve Leigh, 14 February 2019
One year has passed since the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people and sparked nationwide protests by students and youth against gun violence.
By Cheryl Crisp and John Mackay, 12 February 2019
“The thing is, if NSWA treated their staff the way their staff treat the public, there would be no issue.”—Steve McDowell
By Jonathan Burleigh, 11 February 2019
Thousands of Oakland students voiced their support for teachers and hostility to planned budget cuts and school closures.
By Paul Bartizan, 6 February 2019
The fire at central Melbourne’s NEO200 high-rise apartment was caused by the same flammable panels used on London’s Grenfell Tower.
Over a thousand federal inmates in New York City jail held for more than a week in dark, frigid conditions
By Philip Guelpa, 4 February 2019
Over 1,600 inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn have been without heat and hot water, and with limited electricity and communications since a fire last Sunday.
By Alex Johnson, 4 February 2019
According to Reuters, drug manufacturers raised the prices of more than 250 prescription drugs, including the world’s top-selling medicine, Humira.
By Niles Niemuth, 1 February 2019
The official death toll from the cold weather rose to 12, as critical electrical and natural gas infrastructure was pushed past its breaking point by record low temperatures.
International Youth and Students for Social Equality US, 31 January 2019
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) calls on young people to support autoworkers in their fight against General Motors’ plans to close five plants in the US and Canada.
By John Wilson, 30 January 2019
Engineers for the body corporate have still not signed off on the safety of the apartment block, which was evacuated last month.
By Matthew Taylor, 29 January 2019
The arrest of Casey Smitherman has illuminated the wretched living conditions the working class confronts in Indiana and across the US.
By John Harris, 25 January 2019
The union created the conditions for the company attack and has isolated the workers since they were locked-out on Saturday morning.
As global elites gather at Davos
By Nick Beams, 22 January 2019
The UK-based charity Oxfam International has reported that the wealth of the world’s billionaires grew by $900 billion last year, a rise of 12 percent, while 3.8 billion people—half the world’s population—saw their wealth decline by 11 percent.
By Brian Dixon, 22 January 2019
A study published last week in JAMA Network Open found that counties where doctors received payments from drug companies later experienced higher rates of overdose deaths from opioids.
By Shelley Connor, 18 January 2019
Now in its fourth week, the partial government shutdown has had wide-ranging and devastating effects upon Native Americans.
By Mike Head, 18 January 2019
Regardless of all the promises, a sharp downturn will drive another wave of austerity measures and job-shedding once an election is out of the way.
By Katy Kinner, 14 January 2019
During the winter months, New York City’s social misery is on full display as public housing residents live without reliable heat or hot water.
By our reporters, 8 January 2019
Residents of Opal Tower in Sydney have been living in temporary accommodation since the discovery of large broken concrete panels in the building.
By John Wilson, 7 January 2019
Residents have been told they must wait at least another week before they can reoccupy the building because the specific cause of the cracking has yet to be identified.
By Jessica Goldstein, 5 January 2019
The number of children working and killed at work in the US reveals the stark reality that in one of the most advanced capitalist economies in the world, child labor is not eradicated.
By Philip Guelpa, 4 January 2019
There is no “excess capacity” in the available housing inventory that could absorb tens of thousands of additional low-income people looking for a place to live due to the loss of NYCHA housing.
By our reporters, 3 January 2019
Self-regulation and self-certification have been introduced in every area of the construction industry over the past 25 years, to speed up approval processes and maximise profits.
By Kate Randall, 31 December 2018
The depth of the opioid crisis facing young people points to the woefully inadequate response of the government to this social catastrophe as it spirals out of control.
“That place is a death trap”
By our reporters, 31 December 2018
Workers describe being treated like slaves and compare their factories to plantations.
By Eric Ludlow, 31 December 2018
The decision by the University of Adelaide, behind the backs of students and staff, marks the further integration of Australian universities into the US-led war drive against China and Russia.
By Matthew Taylor, 29 December 2018
Congress has eliminated the Medicaid-sponsored program in line with the larger push by the ruling class to dismantle social programs.
“I decided that something was wrong with the world and not me”
By Nancy Hanover, 27 December 2018
An adjunct community college professor speaks to the WSWS about the impossible situation faced by so many college instructors.
By Cheryl Crisp, 27 December 2018
Scrutiny of the “Root Cause Analysis” forces reversal of allegation against veteran NSW paramedic.
By Trévon Austin, 22 December 2018
An estimated 755,000 individuals aged between 18 and 49 will lose food stamp benefits over the next three years if the US Department of Agriculture rule is implemented.
“We had two people die on the line this year”
By David Rodriguez, 21 December 2018
A review of the Saline plant’s 52 years of operation provides insight into changes in automobile production and the corresponding decline in living standards and working conditions.
By Alexander Fangmann, 20 December 2018
The leadership of the Columbia College Chicago’s part-time faculty union has convened a special committee to discipline members who question the union’s authority.