United States

US Supreme Court considers ending ban on public funding for religious schools

By Nancy Hanover, 28 January 2020

On January 22, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a deeply reactionary case which takes aim at both the democratic principle of separation of church and state and the right to free, universal public education.

FCA announces temporary shutdown of Belvidere Assembly plant near Chicago

By Jacob Crosse, 28 January 2020

The decision to idle the plant for the third time in six months raises questions about the future of the facility, including the possibility of its closure

Trump’s disdain for wounds suffered by troops in Iraq sparks protest

By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2020

The downplaying of the injuries has laid bare the president’s contempt for US military personnel, with whose lives he gambled by ordering the Suleimani assassination.

Trump tweets threats as impeachment defense begins

By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2020

Senate Republicans seem determined to bring the trial to an end by Friday of this week.

Eleven inmates dead in a month of violence at Mississippi state prisons

By Aaron Murch, 27 January 2020

The majority of deaths have come at the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary, known as Parchman Farm.

Despite thousands of job cuts, General Motors will receive $2.28 billion in Michigan tax credits

By Jessica Goldstein, 27 January 2020

The deal with the Michigan Strategic Fund board includes a modest reduction in the tax credit in exchange for the “flexibility” to cut more jobs.

With UAW collusion, Ford implements video surveillance of workers at Dearborn Truck Plant

By Tim Rivers, 27 January 2020

The move comes after lying assurances from union officials that the program, established in the new union contract, would not be implemented at the plant.

Socialist Equality Party to run Joseph Kishore for president, Norissa Santa Cruz for vice president in 2020 US elections

27 January 2020

The alternative confronting the working class is clear: capitalist barbarism or international socialism. The Socialist Equality Party, in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International, will use this campaign to advance the struggle of the working class against capitalism. Sign up today to get involved!

Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in the same party as Joe Biden

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 January 2020

The New York congresswoman declared recently that, in any country but the United States, she and former Vice President Joe Biden would be in different political parties.

The mass protests in Iraq and the US drive to recolonize the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2020

Among the hundreds of thousands who filled the streets of Baghdad were workers and youth whose entire lives have been shaped by the crimes of US imperialism.

As Democrats promote anti-Russia hysteria

Trump steps up attacks on immigrants, democratic rights in midst of impeachment trial

By Barry Grey, 25 January 2020

Trump railed against the “far left” in the first speech by a president at the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington DC.

Second case of coronavirus confirmed in the US

By Benjamin Mateus, 25 January 2020

Since the virus was first identified, more than 1,000 people have now been infected worldwide, and in the latest report the death toll has climbed to 41, all having died in mainland China.

“People are going to die because of this”

Trump administration to deny visas to pregnant women

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 25 January 2020

The Trump administration has launched yet another salvo in its ongoing war against immigrants.

Iranian student deported from Boston by Customs and Border Protection despite court order

By Julian James, 25 January 2020

At the time of his deportation, Abadi held a valid F1 student visa recently issued by the United States Customs and Immigration Services to continue pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University in Boston.

As strike struggles surge, US unions record lowest ever membership rate

By Shannon Jones, 25 January 2020

The highest unionization rate is in “protective services” (33.8 percent), including police, prison guards and border patrol agents, whose function is to suppress the working class.

SEIU reaches tentative agreement at Cleveland Public Library in attempt to avert strike

By Isaac Finn, 25 January 2020

The agreement was reached two days after the SEIU issued a 10-day strike notice announcing that they planned a walkout at noon on February 4.

At Davos, Trump announces plans to cut Medicare and other social programs

By Trévon Austin, 24 January 2020

In an interview at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Trump said social programs would be targeted to reduce the federal deficit.

Record number of homeless deaths in New York City last year

By Sam Dalton, 24 January 2020

A new report reveals a rapid rise in the number of homeless deaths in the largest and wealthiest city in America.

The Politician: The unreality of official American political and social life

By Joanne Laurier, 24 January 2020

The Politician centers on the Machiavellian operations of an ambitious California high school senior, determined to win the election for student body president as a stepping-stone, ultimately, to the White House.

US troops confront Russian convoy near Syrian oil fields

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2020

Washington is occupying Syrian oil fields to deny resources to Damascus and continue its drive for regime change.

Banks to give $10 billion bailout to Boeing, nothing to the families of the dead

By Bryan Dyne, 23 January 2020

A pittance has been provided to the 346 families who lost loved ones in the two Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes, even as major financial institutions are moving to provide billions of dollars to prop up the aerospace giant.

Norwood Jewell begins 15-month sentence in minimum-security prison for role in UAW bribery scheme

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 January 2020

Norwood Jewell will spend 15 months in a cottage in a minimum security prison nicknamed “the University.”

Ford planning temporary layoffs at Chicago Stamping Plant

By Marcus Day, 23 January 2020

The layoffs further discredit the UAW’s hollow promises of a “pathway” to full-time employment for temporary workers.

Senate adopts rules for quick impeachment trial of President Trump

By Barry Grey, 22 January 2020

The statements on the Senate floor by both the lawyers for Trump and the House impeachment managers made clear the right-wing, antidemocratic politics of both warring factions.

Clearview AI facial recognition tool being used by more than 600 US police agencies

By Kevin Reed, 22 January 2020

The facial recognition technology company claims that its app can identify anyone within seconds by submitting a photo of them into their database of 3 billion facial photos.

Kentucky miners blockading coal shipments win backpay

By Douglas Lyons, 22 January 2020

The miners had not been paid since December 27 and were owed between $2,000 and $3,000 each.

PFAS contamination found at Detroit-area plating company site leaking cancer causing chemicals

By Kevin Reed, 22 January 2020

A public information briefing by state regulators has been scheduled to contain growing public anger over the industrial chemical contamination of the ground and surface water in the Detroit suburb.

Democratic Party establishment wages war on Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 22 January 2020

The public and vicious campaign by Democratic Party leaders against Sanders only underscores the political bankruptcy of his perspective of reforming this organization.

The New York Times gloats over Harvey Weinstein’s misfortune

By David Walsh, 22 January 2020

The trial of film producer Harvey Weinstein, on five charges of sexual assault involving two women, is currently underway in New York City.

Trump backs armed gun-rights rally in Richmond, Virginia

By Barry Grey, 21 January 2020

For the second time in three days, President Donald Trump tweeted support as thousands of gun-rights activists, many of them carrying semi-automatic weapons, descended on Virginia’s capital, Richmond.

Anger mounts in Puerto Rico as workers discover warehouse full of unused aid

By Genevieve Leigh, 21 January 2020

On Saturday, in Ponce, Puerto Rico residents discovered a warehouse piled high with desperately needed unused emergency supplies

Trump administration ramps up campaign to abolish strong data encryption in aftermath of Pensacola terror shooting

By Kevin Reed, 21 January 2020

The administration, following in the footsteps of the Obama White House, is moving to attack privacy rights protected by the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

Northam’s Virginia budget: Democrat gives a pittance to workers, lion’s share to wealthy

By Nick Barrickman and Elias Mahonen, 21 January 2020

The budget would give paltry increases in healthcare subsidies and teacher wages while doing nothing to undercut the state government’s support for big business.

As neo-Nazis head to Richmond, Trump boosts gun-rights rally

By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2020

The president’s tweet is a declaration of solidarity with ultra-right forces on the eve of his impeachment trial.

Tesla under investigation by US government for defect that caused over 100 crashes

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 January 2020

The serious allegations of safety problems with Tesla’s vehicles and the suffering of the workers who build them are bound up with the subordination of the means of production to the capitalist system.

#MeToo provocation against Bernie Sanders organized by CNN and Elizabeth Warren

By David Walsh, 20 January 2020

This is a political stink bomb, borrowed from the #MeToo playbook, typical of American politics in its putrefaction.

Amid poverty wages and tax cuts for the rich

JPMorgan Chase records the biggest profit of any bank in US history

By Gabriel Black, 18 January 2020

The profit bonanza on Wall Street is the outcome of a bipartisan drive to enrich the financial elite at the expense of the working class.

Rich in US and UK live nearly ten more healthy years than the poor

By Kate Randall, 18 January 2020

Wealthy men and women generally have eight to nine more years of “disability free” life after age 50 than the poorest American and English adults.

Detroit, Michigan man declared innocent and released after nearly 30 years of wrongful imprisonment

By Dan Conway, 18 January 2020

Gerry Thomas, exonerated after spending close to three decades in prison, is one of thousands who have and are currently spending time in US prisons for crimes they did not commit.

New UAW Ford director part of union’s narrow inner circle

By Shannon Jones, 18 January 2020

The appointment of UAW Region 1D director Gerald Kariem to head the union’s Ford department elevates another long-time bureaucrat into the top leadership.

Snowplow operators in northeastern Minnesota begin strike over benefits

By Anthony Bertolt, 18 January 2020

The county government’s proposal would slash sick leave by nearly half for new hires and create a two-tiered benefit system dividing young and old workers.

Sigrid Nunez’s National Book Award-winning novel, The Friend: One form of contemporary misanthropy

By James McDonald, 18 January 2020

A novel about a middle-aged writing instructor whose recently deceased friend and mentor has bequeathed her his enormous Great Dane.

The impeachment trial begins as Trump escalates fascistic appeals

By Patrick Martin, 17 January 2020

The Democratic impeachment process will not stop Trump’s increasingly blatant assault on the constitutional foundations of basic democratic rights.

Trump administration to illegally divert an additional $7.2 billion to border wall construction

By Jacob Crosse, 17 January 2020

For the second year in a row, the Trump administration is diverting congressional appropriated funds in violation of the Constitution.

Trump seeks to roll back environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects

By Daniel de Vries, 17 January 2020

The administration announced a proposal to upend longstanding environmental law requiring the government to document environmental impacts.

House forwards impeachment articles, triggering Senate trial of President Trump

By Barry Grey, 16 January 2020

The onset of the Senate trial takes place in the context of an explosive political and social crisis and internal warfare within the American state without parallel since the Civil War.

Mideast war threat overshadows Democratic debate

By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2020

All six candidates—including the nominal “socialist” Bernie Sanders—criticized Trump’s actions from the standpoint of advocating a more carefully considered strategy to advance the interests of American imperialism.

US-China trade deal leaves basic conflict festering

By Mike Head, 16 January 2020

The “phase one” pact does not address the core demands issued by Washington for the wholesale restructuring of the Chinese economy.

Mass abstention as union pushes through New York City transit contract

By Alan Whyte, 16 January 2020

The vast majority of New York City transit workers boycotted a vote on a concessions contact backed by the Transport Workers Union.

Northern Virginia transit union officials announce tentative deal with private bus contractor to end bus drivers’ strike

By Nick Barrickman, 16 January 2020

The Amalgamated Transit Union's information blackout and its rush to force a vote are clear indications that the agreed-upon deal is a sellout.

“Why should we follow these politicians who want us to kill each other for corporate profits?”

US workers denounce war threats against Iran

By our reporters, 15 January 2020

Three decades of disastrous wars have produced popular skepticism to the official propaganda machine and opposition to the launching of new wars.

As refugees from earthquakes increase, Puerto Rican authorities prioritize repressive measures

By Andrea Lobo, 15 January 2020

With thousands losing or fleeing their homes, afraid that they will collapse, the response by local authorities and US government has been marked by callous austerity and fears of social unrest.

”We don’t trust any government institution”

Puerto Ricans speak out against government corruption as earthquake disaster unfolds

By Kayla Costa, 15 January 2020

Workers and youth spoke to the WSWS about the relation of government negligence to widespread corruption, the similar response after Hurricane Maria, and the defense of profit interests before human need.

Workers at Cleveland Public Library cast near-unanimous vote to authorize strike action

By Isaac Finn, 15 January 2020

The vote took place only a few days after the previous three-year contract negotiated between the SEIU and CPL administration expired on December 31.

Trump exploits Iran war crisis to incite violence against political opponents

By Barry Grey, 15 January 2020

Following Trump’s order for the murder of Iranian General Suleimani, his denunciations of political opponents for “taking the side of terrorists” can only be interpreted as a threat of violence.

“The saddest part of this is that the response of the Times is simply to defend their project”

An interview with historian Clayborne Carson on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 15 January 2020

Professor Carson is professor of history at Stanford University and director of its Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. He is the author and editor of numerous books on King and the civil rights movement.

Sanders’ rise in polls alarms Democratic political establishment

By Patrick Martin, 14 January 2020

The increased support for the Vermont senator is linked to mounting antiwar sentiment in the midst of the Iran crisis.

After two crashes that killed 346 people

Fired CEO Dennis Muilenburg gets $80.7 million on exit from Boeing

By Bryan Dyne, 13 January 2020

The aerospace giant allocated only $50 million to compensate the 346 families who lost loved ones in the two Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes, $144,500 for each life lost.

House Democrats to forward Trump impeachment articles, setting stage for Senate trial

By Patrick Martin, 13 January 2020

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the next step would be taken Tuesday at a meeting of the House Democratic caucus.

Thousands displaced as Puerto Rico enters third straight week of relentless earthquakes

By Zac Corrigan, 13 January 2020

The earthquakes have compounded the social and economic crisis, with many residents still suffering from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Maria in 2017 and the criminal government indifference that followed.

Working through injuries, bomb threats and tornadoes: Amazon workers describe conditions at Spartanburg, South Carolina warehouse

By Tom Carter, 13 January 2020

According to OSHA, there were 57 injuries last year at the GSP1 facility—but Amazon workers suspect the real number is higher.

Strikebreaking operation directed at workers in plant near Pittsburgh

By Samual Davidson, 13 January 2020

Management at a metal fabricating plant near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have begun hiring scabs to replace 90 members of the United Auto Workers, on strike since September.

GM layoff of 240 temps exposes UAW’s bogus “pathway” to full-time positions

By Tom Hall, 13 January 2020

This move reveals the pattern for the future: a small trickle of temps hired in, with the rest strung out on a nearly unattainable “pathway” before being disposed of.

Rank-and-file teachers in San Diego County initiate fight against layoffs and school cuts

By Evelyn Rios, 13 January 2020

After union-sanctioned mass layoffs, San Diego area teachers call for rank-and-file committees in every school to mobilize students, parents and workers to defend hundreds of educators' jobs.

Washington, D.C., political establishment blocks minimum wage increase for city’s tipped workers

By Douglas Lyons and Nick Barrickman, 13 January 2020

Analysis of the past two District election cycles found that restaurant industry lobbyists contributed more than $236,000 in total to the campaigns of the Democratic mayor as well as multiple city council members.

The assassination of Qassem Suleimani and the criminalization of US state policy

By Andre Damon, 13 January 2020

The normalization of extrajudicial killing is the outcome of the “war on terror” and decades of continuous war.

US and Israel escalate Middle East tensions in wake of Suleimani assassination

By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2020

A report that Washington attempted to assassinate a second Iranian official in Yemen has given the lie to the claim that Suleimani was killed to prevent an “imminent” attack.

After millions march against US imperialism in the Middle East

Trump boasts of “executing” Iranian General Suleimani in Ohio campaign speech

By Barry Grey, 11 January 2020

Trump’s biggest asset is his nominal political opposition, the Democratic Party.

Boston area professor fired after anti-Trump Facebook posting

By Dan Conway, 11 January 2020

Asheen Phansey lost his career over statements made in jest, while Trump and his enablers in the Democratic Party make real threats against Iran without any consequences.

Denied US entry, asylum seeker takes his own life on US-Mexico border bridge

By Norisa Diaz, 11 January 2020

The suicide of Jesús García Serna casts light on the dire conditions facing the migrants being turned away from the US southern border.

Surveillance video outside Jeffrey Epstein’s cell during first “suicide attempt” deleted

By Kevin Reed, 11 January 2020

The loss of the video from July 23 lends further credence to the explanation that Jeffrey Epstein was murdered rather than killed himself.

Mack Trucks to layoff 305 workers at Allentown, Pennsylvania factory

By Steve Filips, 11 January 2020

The announcement comes only months after the UAW’s betrayal of the Mack Truck strike last year.

US and Australia ready another “regime-change” operation in Solomon Islands

By Patrick O’Connor, 11 January 2020

American and Australian officials had exerted considerable efforts to dissuade Sogavare from aligning with China, and reacted with fury to his diplomatic switch away from Taiwan.

Bernie Sanders says “some wars are necessary”

By Tom Hall, 11 January 2020

Sanders’ stated opposition to Trump’s threatened war in Iran is a political trap being set for workers and youth.

Bombshell invents a ruling-class hero

By Erik Schreiber, 11 January 2020

To present former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly as a truth-teller and role model, Bombshell minimizes Kelly’s right-wing views and largely ignores her employer’s role in promoting them.

The Democrats pass Pelosi’s phony antiwar resolution

By Patrick Martin, 10 January 2020

On Thursday, House Democrats backed a “concurrent” resolution that places no meaningful restrictions on Trump’s ability to launch a war against Iran.

Corruption investigation targets newly installed UAW president Rory Gamble

By Shannon Jones, 10 January 2020

According to press reports Gamble and Settles may be linked to bribes paid by businessman Jason Gordon in exchange for the award of contracts for merchandise.

US alcohol-related deaths doubled between 1999 and 2017

By Kate Randall, 10 January 2020

The increase in alcohol deaths—along with other “deaths of despair,” including those from opioids and suicides—has contributed to a decrease in life expectancy in the US, which fell each year from 2015 to 2017.

Trump administration initiated program to deport Mexican asylum seekers to Guatemala

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 10 January 2020

The deportations were already under way when the story broke Monday; however, the Trump administration has since paused the program, in part due to the strong criticism from immigration advocates as well as within federal agencies.

Chelsea Clinton’s millions and the American aristocracy

By Sam Dalton, 10 January 2020

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, reaps millions through her family’s connections with the super-rich.

Florida teachers to rally January 13 against attacks on public education

By Matthew MacEgan and Nancy Hanover, 10 January 2020

Next Monday, thousands of angry educators will descend upon Florida’s state capitol, Tallahassee, to protest the conditions of the state’s public education system.

Central banks losing firepower to counter recession

By Nick Beams, 9 January 2020

The key message from the annual meeting of the American Economic Association last weekend was that central banks do not have the tools to cope with a world of low inflation and low interest rates.

UN rapporteur Nils Melzer condemns US torture of Chelsea Manning

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 January 2020

In a statement responding to Melzer’s finding, the courageous whistleblower declared: “Even knowing I am very likely to stay in jail for an even longer time, I’m never backing down.”

Trump administration begins collecting DNA from detained immigrants

By Kevin Reed, 9 January 2020

The new policy violates Fourth Amendment rights and is the first step in the establishment of a law enforcement biometric database for the entire population.

Another Kentucky coal company refuses to pay miners

By Samuel Davidson, 9 January 2020

Following the pattern of Blackjewel, Perry County Coal Company has refused to give miners their final paycheck and money for unused vacation days.

Trump bides his time, but the preparations for war against Iran will continue

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 9 January 2020

The media falsely claims that Trump’s failure to order immediate strikes against Iran signals an opening for peace.

Harvey Weinstein criminal trial begins amid media frenzy

By Eric London, 9 January 2020

At stake in Weinstein’s prosecution is the fundamental due process right to the presumption of innocence and a fair trial by an untainted jury.

Iran strikes US bases in Iraq as Pentagon deploys B-52 bombers

By Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2020

In evident preparation for full-scale war, the Pentagon has dispatched a bomber strike force consisting of six B-52 heavy bombers to the US military base on the island of Diego Garcia.

Earthquake strikes Puerto Rico, killing one and knocking out power to the island

By Rafael Azul, 8 January 2020

Tuesday’s 6.4 magnitude quake was the most severe among numerous seismic events along an underwater fault line in recent days, marking the most damaging wave of tremors in more than a century.

House and Senate deadlocked over Trump impeachment trial

By Barry Grey, 8 January 2020

It was the decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine, which is fighting a US proxy war against Russian-backed separatists, that triggered a furious conflict within the state and the Trump administration itself.

Boeing, reversing its stance, recommends simulator training for 737 Max 8 pilots

By Bryan Dyne, 8 January 2020

The airplane manufacturer’s reversal highlights its culpability in previously opposing simulator training, even after two deadly crashes of 737 Max commercial jets that took a combined total of 346 lives.

Lessons of the US autoworkers’ struggle of 2019

By Tom Hall, 8 January 2020

The sellout contracts imposed by the United Auto Workers on GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler workers has set the stage for new and more explosive struggles.

Iranian-Americans detained at US-Canada border in wake of Suleimani assassination

By Benjamin Mateus, 7 January 2020

More than 60 US citizens were held at a border crossing in Washington state Saturday, subject to illegal detention and interrogation before being allowed to return to their own country.

CBS’ “60 Minutes” program raises questions on death of Jeffrey Epstein

By Kevin Reed, 7 January 2020

A “60 Minutes” segment reveals new evidence about the death of the multi-millionaire sex offender consistent with suspicions that he was murdered and did not commit suicide.

Settlement reached in lawsuit against Detroit killer cops in Damon Grimes case

By Tyler van Dyke and Tom Hall, 7 January 2020

The family of Damon Grimes, a Detroit teen who died in an ATV crash after police tasered him from a moving vehicle, received a $12 million settlement.

Two workers die in Texas while cleaning chemical tank

By Dan Conway, 6 January 2020

Shawn Jarmail Brown and Sidarieub Lozano died after becoming overwhelmed by fumes as they cleaned out a truck-mounted chemical tank at a facility near Houston, Texas, on December 28.

Oppose Trump’s criminal war against Iran!

By The International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, 6 January 2020

Trump’s provocation of a war with Iran is an attempt to find a way out of the increasingly desperate crisis of American capitalism—international and domestic—through spectacular acts of violence.

Trump’s anti-asylum “Remain in Mexico” policy to expand to Arizona

By Adam Mclean, 4 January 2020

Immigrants seeking asylum at the border city of Nogales, Arizona, will be turned back and left to fend for themselves on the southern side of the border.

UAW capitulates to Harvard, shuts down grad student strike

By Kate Randall, 4 January 2020

The shutdown of the strike is a complete capitulation by the UAW, which exploited the genuine anger of graduate student workers over their exploitation by Harvard in a nearly month-long stunt that achieved virtually nothing.

The murder of Qassem Suleimani and assassination as state policy

By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2020

In a reckless and criminal act, the Trump administration has effectively declared war on Iran, threatening to drag the whole world into a catastrophic conflict.