Inequality and the social crisis
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2018
The poll showed that the growing attraction to socialism is closely related to a rise of anti-capitalist sentiments.
US court documents reveal
By Patrick Martin, 22 June 2018
US immigrant detention centers are applying the techniques of Guantanamo Bay and CIA torture prisons on teenagers and even younger children.
By Mike Head, 22 June 2018
The tax plans are designed to boost corporate profits and investors’ incomes under conditions of global turmoil and trade war.
By Clare Hurley, 21 June 2018
Abdul Saleh’s suicide is the sixth among the city’s livery drivers in the last six months.
By Barry Grey, 20 June 2018
The stock market boom and the entire process of social plunder have depended on the suppression of working class opposition and a savage attack on workers’ living standards.
By Eric London, 18 June 2018
The five immigrants died in a car crash in south Texas, while seven others were wounded in what police called “good police work.”
By Will Morrow, 13 June 2018
It took just four weeks for the Democratic Party-controlled city council to completely capitulate to the campaign by Amazon and other corporations.
By Jimmy Smith and Naomi Spencer, 13 June 2018
The headquarters of global shipping giant FedEx, Memphis also holds the dubious distinction of being number one in the country in child poverty.
By Terry Cook, 11 June 2018
Decades of job destruction have produced a “gig economy,” with many young workers unlikely to ever hold a full-time job.
Mental health, substance abuse, life stresses and economic despair fuel crisis
By Kate Randall, 9 June 2018
The dramatic increase in suicides shows that, despite claims of the end of the Great Recession in mid-2009, increasing numbers of people are facing incredible personal and financial hardships.
By Matthew Taylor, 9 June 2018
The surge of fentanyl related deaths in Ohio’s third largest city exposes the depth of the social crisis which continues to rage across the United States.
Youth suicide rate up 56 percent from 2007 to 2016
By Kate Randall, 2 June 2018
The new statistics on deaths among US children and teens expose the social crisis confronting America’s youth in the form of gun violence, suicide, the opioid crisis, poverty and war.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 June 2018
In the five months from the beginning of the year, five taxi or livery drivers have committed suicide due to dramatic income declines caused by competition from ride-share companies.
By James Brewer, 30 May 2018
A resolution reportedly passed by doctors at Flint Hurley Medical Center puts forward the false narrative that no one was lead poisoned in Flint, but lead-exposed.
By Oscar Grenfell, 30 May 2018
The wealthiest six individuals alone control almost as much wealth as the poorest 20 percent of the population.
As CEO compensation soars to new heights
By Kate Randall, 26 May 2018
Four in 10 US adults are a $400 expense away from financial ruin, and the typical employee would have to work 275 years to earn the average compensation of a top-200 CEO.
By Cheryl Crisp, 26 May 2018
The proponents of feminist identity politics provide a cover for the social conditions that led to the tragedy.
By Alex Johnson, 25 May 2018
The public university in Tampa, Florida is one of the country’s leading schools in military officer training and veteran enrollment.
By Isaac Finn, 24 May 2018
Twenty-seven Puerto Rican students, who are attending NYU through a program to aid survivors of Hurricane Maria, have requested that the NYU administration extend the program.
By Keisha Gibbs, 22 May 2018
As older, smaller homes are torn down and replaced with homes triple in size and price, current residents of many Nashville neighborhoods are being priced out of the city.
By Simon Whelan, 22 May 2018
In the same year that 72 people were killed in London’s Grenfell Tower inferno due to cost-cutting, the city’s wealthiest residents became even richer.
By Kate Randall, 21 May 2018
According to the Galveston County sheriff, it is unclear whether some of the Santa Fe High School victims were in fact shot by police officers responding to the shooting.
By Paul Bartizan, 21 May 2018
Despite last year’s Grenfell Tower disaster in Britain, Australian governments refuse to take any serious action to remove flammable cladding or stop its widespread use.
By Eric London, 21 May 2018
The social needs of the working class can be met and its democratic rights defended only by expropriating the wealth of the super-rich.
By Trévon Austin, 19 May 2018
The horrific frequency of mass shootings in the US is indicative of a diseased society, combining extreme levels of social alienation with the endless promotion of militarism by the ruling class.
Back to the 19th century
By Patrick Martin, 11 May 2018
The Labor Department wants to lift longstanding restrictions on use of heavy equipment, including chain-saws, by 16- and 17-year-olds.
By Matthew Taylor, 11 May 2018
Recent budget cuts passed by the Louisiana House of Representatives would force tens of thousands of elderly and disabled citizens onto the streets.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 May 2018
The inflated housing bubble has created a social disaster, especially for recipients of poverty-level government welfare.
The case for expropriation
By Eric London, 4 May 2018
Amazon’s market capitalization is $757.9 billion. Conditions of life for billions of people could be drastically improved by expropriating this wealth.
By George Gallanis and Kristina Betinis, 4 May 2018
The program permits the CIA to have a regular recruiting presence on the university’s Chicago campus.
As CEO pay, corporate profits and corporate cash hit new highs
By Kate Randall, 30 April 2018
The Trump administration’s latest proposal would impose even greater suffering on families already beset by hunger, poor housing and lack of medical care.
By John Mackay, 26 April 2018
Deepening cuts to public health funding mean patients confront higher out of pocket charges from doctors, clinics and hospitals.
By Patrick Martin, 26 April 2018
Mark Rudd, the most prominent leader of the student protests at Columbia University in 1968, has taken to the pages of the leading capitalist newspaper to deny the possibility of revolution.
By our reporter, 25 April 2018
Workers who unload and load cargo planes start at a measly rate of only $11.74 per hour for work that is backbreaking and grueling and quite frequently done under adverse weather conditions.
By Kate Randall, 24 April 2018
While Trump and corporate boardrooms celebrate the “booming” economy and the rising stockpiles of cash for the super-rich, they are seeking ways to gut what remains of the social safety net.
By Mike Head, 23 April 2018
Public outrage has mounted as damning evidence emerges from hearings conducted by a royal commission into financial services.
By Eric London, 21 April 2018
A report by Thomas Piketty shows that the Democratic Party in the US, the Labour Party in Britain and the Socialist Party in France have become the preferred parties of dominant sections of the ruling elite.
By our reporters, 21 April 2018
While Democrats are attempting to direct the anger of youth into the midterm elections and calls for gun control, the demonstrations have revealed broad hostility to the entire political establishment.
No money for teacher pay or textbooks, but…
By Barry Grey, 18 April 2018
A series of reports released over the past week reveal that corporate America and the financial oligarchy are wallowing in record levels of wealth.
By Kayla Costa, 17 April 2018
The worst US prison riot in a quarter-century reveals the brutal conditions of inmates, who often live for years without mental health treatment and quality social interaction.
By Alex Lantier, 16 April 2018
Students at Tolbiac University spoke to the WSWS Friday about their opposition to war in Syria, plans to reinstate the draft, and social austerity in France.
By Kayla Costa, 16 April 2018
Despite a student backlash, the Portland State University board of trustees still plans to vote to raise tuition by up to 9 percent for the coming semester.
By Kate Randall, 14 April 2018
Some states are considering expanding Medicaid while at the same time imposing work requirements, premium payments and drug testing of recipients.
By Matthew Taylor, 13 April 2018
President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday requiring his cabinet to target for destruction any social programs that do not have work requirements.
By James Brewer, 13 April 2018
Central Michigan University sociology professor Cedrick Taylor presented his new documentary at the University of Michigan in Flint.
By Keisha Gibbs and Warren Duzak, 9 April 2018
Public schools in Nashville, Tennessee face cuts to free food programs and elimination of funding to schools with impoverished students.
By Harvey Simpkins, 9 April 2018
Plaintiffs allege that their tents, mattresses, food, clothing, electronics and identity documents were either lost or destroyed during numerous city-led clearings of their encampment in 2016 and 2017.
By George Marlowe, 6 April 2018
Suffering from a severe mental breakdown, Charles Thomas was shot and wounded by campus police Tuesday night. He now faces criminal charges.
By Debra Watson, 5 April 2018
Amidst talk of Detroit making a “comeback” the city is preparing to once again carry out the mass disruption of water service to thousands of low income residents.
By Norisa Diaz, 4 April 2018
While the motive for the shooting remains unclear, what is certain is that American society continues to produce mass shootings on an almost daily basis.
By Nick Barrickman, 2 April 2018
Students have been occupying the university administration building since it was revealed that campus employees had inappropriately received college grants and waivers.
By Adam Mclean, 31 March 2018
While the long-term future of the Anaheim homeless is still uncertain, the about-face by the county will strand them for the immediate term.
By Mike Head, 30 March 2018
The setback could reignite the factional rifts that have wracked both the Liberal and National parties, especially since the Coalition government’s near-defeat in 2016.
Tens of thousands protest mass shootings in New York, Michigan, Boston and the southern United States
By Tom Hall, 27 March 2018
IYSSE members and supporters spoke to demonstrators at a large number of demonstrations throughout the country.
“This can be turned around by people who want to build a new society”
By our reporters, 27 March 2018
The large turnout in the most populous US state reflects a political shift, as a new generation of young people are being thrust into politics for the first time.
By Eric London, 26 March 2018
The mass demonstrations in the heart of world imperialism point to the intensification of social tensions and the class struggle worldwide.
“No more wars, no more violence!”
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 26 March 2018
The March for Our Lives demonstration in Chicago was one of the largest in the city’s history and demonstrates a growing radicalization and movement to the left by youth and students.
“I am motivated to make that change for our future generations”
By Tom Hall, 26 March 2018
High school students and other youth who attended the rally had far more on their minds than gun control and the midterm elections—the issues promoted by the media and the Democratic Party.
By Sandy English, 26 March 2018
Nicanor Ochisor killed himself after a dramatic decline in his income due to the deregulation of Uber and other e-hailing services in the city.
By Tom Hall, 25 March 2018
The scale of the demonstrations show that the crisis of American and world capitalism is working its way into the consciousness of young people and propelling a new generation into political struggle.
By Joseph Kishore, 24 March 2018
The simultaneous development of a movement among workers and student youth portends a major eruption of social and class conflict in the United States and internationally.
Now available from Mehring Books
By Shannon Jones, 24 March 2018
There is a growing awareness that something is deeply amiss with the present social order.
By Margaret Rees, 23 March 2018
High medical payments and reduced income while patients are being treated or recovering from cancer are causing distress and avoidable deaths.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 March 2018
The most recent school shooting comes just days before Saturday’s scheduled “March for Our Lives” protests in Washington, DC and across the United States.
By Kimie Saito, 19 March 2018
The tragic incident further exposes the housing crisis in Orange County, California where police have recently been working to clear out hundreds of people from homeless encampments.
By Matthew Taylor, 17 March 2018
As rescue operations continue, new information has emerged about the companies responsible for the Miami bridge collapse on Thursday
By Genevieve Leigh, 16 March 2018
While Democrats and the media have sought to restrict the protests to calls for gun control, there are much broader issues behind the politicization of young people in the US.
By Shelley Connor, 12 March 2018
Arkansas’ new eligibility requirements, scheduled to begin on June 1, are some of the strictest since CMS began granting waivers this year.
By Alec Andersen, 10 March 2018
The hostages were employees of the nonprofit organization Pathway House, which provides services to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Reject the sellout on tuition waivers—for free higher education for all
By Andy Thompson and Jessica Goldstein, 9 March 2018
The Graduate Employees Organization is desperately trying to shut-down the strike of 2,700 graduate student workers at the University of Illinois.
US emergency departments report significant increase in opioid overdoses among all age groups, including infants
By Shelley Connor, 8 March 2018
Recent studies demonstrate that emergency department visits for opioid overdose increased by 30 percent across the United States in 2017.
By Gabriel Black, 6 March 2018
Catalyst Capital predicts that 2018 will be the biggest stock buyback year on record, with corporations spending $1.2 trillion to push up their share values.
By Mike Head, 6 March 2018
After clinging to office for 16 years, the state Labor government could be swept out, or forced to form a minority administration with “SA Best.”
By Genevieve Leigh, 2 March 2018
The tragic death of 14 students and three teachers at the Florida high school has triggered a law-and-order crackdown on students alleged to have posted threatening remarks on social media.
By Steve Filips, 1 March 2018
This season’s severe winter and frigid temperatures is exacting a brutal toll in fire fatalities.
By Brian Dixon, 27 February 2018
The manufacturers of five major opioid products donated nearly $9 million to 14 supposedly independent patient advocacy organizations between 2000 and 2017.
By Adam Mclean, 23 February 2018
Homelessness in LA is growing at a much higher rate than was previously thought, outstripping the already limited funding allocated to programs aimed at aiding the homeless.
By Eric London, 23 February 2018
Thousands of students have joined demonstrations in the aftermath of the latest eruption of homicidal violence. But to stop the killings, they need to understand the deeper social and political roots of these tragedies.
By our reporter, 23 February 2018
The meeting provided a forum for workers and youth to discuss the root causes of the mounting water crisis in the US and internationally and a socialist perspective to fight back.
Students and workers call for the unity of the working class following meeting on Flint water crisis
By our reporters, 23 February 2018
Students and workers who attended the meeting spoke to the WSWS and expressed their support for the struggle of workers in Puerto Rico, Kentucky and Flint.
By Kate Randall, 21 February 2018
Protesting students have aimed their fire at local politicians, the US Congress and President Trump over their failure to do anything to stop school shootings.
By Johannes Stern, 20 February 2018
Kühnert’s appearance on Tuesday evening in Berlin-Kreuzberg made clear which social and political interests, fears and calculations lie behind the campaign of the Jusos.
The coal slurry disaster of 2000
By Carlos Delgado, 19 February 2018
The water crisis in eastern Kentucky can be traced back to the bursting of a coal slurry dam owned by Massey Energy in 2000.
By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2018
The FBI admitted that it had received two separate warnings about the Nikolas Cruz, the second, only six weeks ago, suggesting he was likely to target a school.
By Shelley Connor, 17 February 2018
The proposed cuts would mean starvation for large numbers of poor Americans.
By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2018
The White House urged congressional Republicans to proceed with the military spending proposed in a bipartisan budget deal last week, but renege on promises to increase spending on domestic social programs.
By Warren Duzak, 13 February 2018
After losing service due to collapsing infrastructure, Martin County residents now face shutoffs and a 50 percent rate hike for contaminated water.
By Matthew Taylor, 13 February 2018
An explosion ripped through the Monacillo power plant outside of San Juan Sunday night, leaving 175,000 residents without power for several hours.
By Shelley Connor, 12 February 2018
While the Trump administration heralds Medicaid work requirements as a path towards better health and prosperity for America’s poor, recent studies reveal the opposite.
By Mark Ferretti, 10 February 2018
A clear class division separates those who can buy healthy food easily from those who cannot.
By Margot Miller and Dennis Moore, 10 February 2018
WSWS reporters recently spoke to rough sleepers on the streets of Manchester in north west England.
By Kate Randall, 9 February 2018
The US is wracked by record social inequality, a catastrophic health crisis, and a government health policy aimed at deliberately lowering life expectancy while catering to corporate profit.
By Anthony del Olmo, 9 February 2018
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality has held meetings on the defense of immigrants at several US universities.
By Isaac Finn, 9 February 2018
Columbia University in New York City has refused to recognize the Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers (GWC-UAW) Local 2110 as the bargaining agent for student workers on campus.
By Sandy English, 8 February 2018
Schifter’s suicide note blamed corporations and Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and former Mayor Bloomberg for destroying his livelihood.
Notes from Puerto Rico
By Antonio Castro, 8 February 2018
This is the second in a series of updates from a local Puerto Rican worker on the unfolding crisis on the island in the wake of Hurricane María.
By Oscar Grenfell, 7 February 2018
Having used the ruling of the Fair Work Commission to suppress a strike, for which rail workers voted, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union is trying to silence them and censor any expressions of opposition.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 30 January 2018
Mayor Kevin Faulconer combined praise of the city’s meager response to the recent hepatitis A outbreak with a thinly veiled threat that homelessness would no longer be tolerated.
By John Harris, 30 January 2018
The 40 percent increase over the past five years points to the escalating impact of “law and order” campaigns, anti-democratic bail laws and punitive sentencing requirements.
“This could be anyone tomorrow”
By Adam Mclean, Kevin Martinez and Kimie Saito, 29 January 2018
Rather than offering assistance to those living on the riverbed, the city has started a “slow and methodical” drive to shut down the encampment.