United States

Massive raids threatened against immigrants in California

By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2018

Plans have been revealed to pour immigration agents from all over the country into Northern California cities to round up at least 1,500 undocumented immigrants.

US announces indefinite deployment of military forces in Syria

By James Cogan, 19 January 2018

The pretext that the motive of the US in Syria was to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has been cast aside.

US House passes short-term budget bill, but federal shutdown looms

By Patrick Martin, 19 January 2018

There appears to be little prospect of the Senate approving the House bill, which has no provisions dealing with the fate of young immigrants who are losing protection from deportation.

“It’s all about putting money over our lives”

Flint residents speak out on Kentucky water crisis

By Sheila Brehm, 19 January 2018

Flint workers discuss eastern Kentucky, where many families still lack water.

Texas carries out first US execution of 2018

By Kate Randall, 19 January 2018

Anthony Allen Shore, 55, was killed by a lethal injection of one dose of pentobarbital, a short-acting barbiturate.

Deadly flu season likely to worsen internationally

By Shelley Connor, 19 January 2018

On the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Flu pandemic, a particularly deadly flu season is peaking.

Facebook and Google outline unprecedented mass censorship at US Senate hearing

By Andre Damon, 18 January 2018

Facebook is planning to double its army of censors to nearly 20,000 people by the end of this year, a company official told lawmakers Thursday.

As US government shutdown looms, Democrats push punitive immigration deal

By Barry Grey, 18 January 2018

The latest version of the bipartisan plan proposes even more billions to militarize the US-Mexico border, including funds earmarked for Trump’s border wall with Mexico.

Two key players in UAW corruption scandal to enter guilty pleas

By Shannon Jones, 18 January 2018

The wife of a deceased UAW official and a Fiat Chrysler executive are expected to plead guilty to charges they took part in a scheme to siphon off millions from the UAW-Chrysler Joint Training Center.

Kentucky becomes first state to impose Medicaid work requirements

By Shelley Connor, 18 January 2018

Within five years, state officials estimate, the new initiative will result in 100,000 fewer Medicaid enrollments in Kentucky, saving the state $2.4 billion.

Twelve arrested outside San Diego for feeding the homeless

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 18 January 2018

On January 14, 12 members of the activist group “Break the Ban” were arrested in the city of El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego, California, for providing food to a homeless community.

Budget cuts lead to teacher and student injuries at Massachusetts school

By Julian James, 18 January 2018

Last year the school eliminated special classes for students with major behavioral and learning challenges.

Boston Transit: Control Board fiddles while the Red Line burns

By John Marion, 18 January 2018

Three years after a series of snow storms shut down Boston’s public transportation system, no real improvements to the decrepit infrastructure have been made.

“If we can’t support patients coming in emergency rooms…more people are going to die”

Flu epidemic exposes scandalous state of US health care system

By Kate Randall, 17 January 2018

The intensity of the outbreak has strained hospitals and outpatient facilities, which are struggling with shortages of medical supplies amid an influx of sick patients.

“The state trooper choked me because I was telling the truth”

Former coal miner in Eastern Kentucky speaks about police assault at public meeting

By Sheila Brehm, 17 January 2018

Gary Michael Hunt, a former coal miner who was assaulted by a state trooper for criticizing local authorities about the lack of safe water for area residents, spoke with the WSWS.

Deportation of 30-year US resident from Detroit sparks outrage

By Kathleen Martin, 17 January 2018

Jorge Garcia, a resident of metro Detroit for three decades, was deported to Mexico by ICE agents on Martin Luther King Day on the orders of federal immigration officials.

Cost of hookworm treatment beyond reach of many Alabama residents

By Warren Duzak, 17 January 2018

Working class and poor residents in the southern US state face an outbreak of the hookworm parasite due to unsanitary conditions.

Trump administration escalates attack on data encryption

By Will Morrow, 17 January 2018

In a sign that the White House is moving to criminalize encryption, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein argued that “warrant-proof” files are unconstitutional.

Hawaii’s “false alarm” and the advanced preparations for war against North Korea

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2018

The terror unleashed upon the population of Hawaii cannot be understood outside of the myriad exercises being conducted by the Pentagon in preparation for an invasion of North Korea.

US to set up 30,000-strong “border force” in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 16 January 2018

Having proclaimed the defeat of ISIS, Washington is determined to prosecute its goal of ousting the Iranian- and Russian-backed Syrian regime.

Democrats, Republicans resume talks on right-wing budget deal

By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2018

Only four days remain before congressional authorization to fund the government expires, threatening a partial shutdown of government agencies and a halt to federal paychecks.

Death toll in Southern California mudslides rises to 20

By Dan Conway, 16 January 2018

Rescuers have all but given up hope of finding anyone else alive in the coastal community of Montecito, transitioning from a “search and rescue phase” to a “search and recovery phase.”

Threat of trade war looming larger

By Nick Beams, 16 January 2018

A series of “anti-dumping” measures initiated by the United States could set in motion retaliatory action and lead to widening trade conflicts.

Martin Luther King Day marked with an open racist in the White House

By Fred Mazelis, 16 January 2018

The advent of Trump exposes the reality beneath the hypocritical official tributes to the slain civil rights leader.

#MeToo allegations against 95-year-old Marvel comics legend Stan Lee backfire

By Laura Tiernan, 16 January 2018

Allegations of sexual harassment against the creator of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four have met with widespread public derision.

The missile alert in Hawaii

Thirty-eight minutes of chaos

By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2018

A false warning of impending nuclear attack terrorized millions on Saturday.

After Trump’s racist outburst, Democrats plead for anti-immigrant “compromise” with White House

By Niles Niemuth and Barry Grey, 15 January 2018

Trump has responded to the Democrats’ mixture of servility and phony outrage by doubling down on his demands for curbs on immigration.

Kentucky water crisis outrage: Another US worker arrested for criticizing government officials

By Sheila Brehm, 15 January 2018

A former coal miner was stopped from complaining about the persistent shutoff of drinking water to families in Martin County.

“Keep fighting, we have to come together”

Educators denounce attack on Louisiana school teacher Deyshia Hargrave

By Nancy Hanover, 15 January 2018

WSWS Teacher Newsletter readers explain their support for the Louisiana teacher who was arrested for speaking out at a school board meeting last week.

Cold-related deaths in Wisconsin expose abysmal social conditions

By Christopher Davion and Matthew Verhoven, 15 January 2018

Nine people died in Wisconsin due to exposure to freezing temperatures that began in the final week of 2017.

US AFRICOM blacklists reporter Nick Turse as “not a legitimate journalist”

By Eddie Haywood, 15 January 2018

The move is of a piece with the global effort to censor oppositional and alternative viewpoints on the Internet.

Trump’s racist comments trigger international condemnation

By James Cogan, 13 January 2018

Officials of the Trump administration have been left to make desperate attempts to contain the diplomatic fallout.

The deadly impact of Hurricane María extends to US hospitals

Power outages set off IV bag shortages

By Genevieve Leigh, 13 January 2018

Ongoing power outages in Puerto Rico have set off a severe crisis of IV bag shortages on the US mainland, exacerbated by a sharp increase in flu cases nationwide.

House Democrats supply votes to block limits on NSA spying

By Niles Niemuth, 13 January 2018

The Democratic Party’s support ensures the illegal surveillance program that began under George W. Bush and was expanded by Obama will pass unscathed into the hands of Donald Trump.

Walmart closes 63 Sam’s Club locations, lays off thousands of employees

By Trévon Austin, 13 January 2018

The closures and mass layoffs expose the media hype surrounding Walmart’s announced raising of wages.

Deadly mudslides in Southern California expose inadequate infrastructure

By Dan Conway, 13 January 2018

Four days after 3-foot-high mudslides raged through the California coastal community of Montecito, rescuers continue to search for survivors.

Washington Post columnist goes after Woody Allen’s “lechery”

By David Walsh, 13 January 2018

In peculiarly American fashion, layers of the well-heeled middle class have suddenly discovered piety and morality, at least in public. An absurd and repulsive prudishness has overtaken the media and official circles.

Trump’s racist diatribe against “shithole countries” exposes bipartisan conspiracy against immigrants

By Barry Grey, 12 January 2018

Trump’s outburst came as an embarrassment to the Democrats, who over the past week have rushed to reach a deal with the White House that would further militarize the border and expand the crackdown on immigrants.

Teacher’s arrest in Louisiana: Another day, another outrage

By Jerry White, 12 January 2018

There is something “American” about the treatment of Deyshia Hargrave, who had the temerity to protest pay raises for school officials while teachers and students are starved of resources.

Washington prepares to deploy “usable” nuclear weapons

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2018

A policy review to be released later this month calls for the development of new low-yield nuclear weapons for use against Russia.

Activist detained and 18 arrested at Manhattan immigrant rights protest

By Isaac Finn, 12 January 2018

Prominent immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir was taken into custody on Thursday morning during a regularly scheduled appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“This is an outrage! The marshal should be arrested for assault”

Massive outpouring of support for victimized Louisiana teacher

By Nancy Hanover, 12 January 2018

The arrest and jailing of Louisiana teacher Deyshia Hargrave has prompted outrage throughout the US and internationally.

Trump officials say states can impose Medicaid work requirements

By Kate Randall, 12 January 2018

The administration’s aim in imposing work requirements is to gut the health care program for the poor, which currently covers about 74 million people.

US coal mining fatalities nearly doubled in 2017

By Clement Daly, 12 January 2018

The surge in mining deaths reflects the deterioration of working conditions in the US coal industry.

Huntsville, Alabama Toyota-Mazda plant announcement highlights shift in auto production to southeastern US

By Ed Hightower, 12 January 2018

The planned facility is the latest expansion of “transplants” in the US South and will employ some 4,000 workers.

Democrats bray for immigration deal with Trump as judge halts DACA rescission

By Niles Niemuth, 11 January 2018

The first year of the Trump administration starkly illustrates the fact that neither the courts nor the Democratic Party can be trusted to protect immigrants.

El Salvador’s government bows to Washington over threat to deport 262,000

By Andrea Lobo, 11 January 2018

In response to the threat of mass deportations, the Salvadoran FMLN government has sought to curry favor with the Trump administration.

Death toll in Southern California mudslides rises to 17

By Dan Conway, 11 January 2018

Rescuers continued to search for survivors in the upscale community of Montecito, California Wednesday after rivers of mud and debris had raged through the area a day earlier.

US Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to Mississippi’s discriminatory “religious freedom” law

By Matthew Taylor and Ed Hightower, 11 January 2018

The effect of the Supreme Court’s inaction is to encourage blatant discrimination against LGBT persons and all except Biblical literalists.

Rental costs rising beyond reach in Nashville

By Warren Duzak, 11 January 2018

Hedge funds and other big investors are transforming private homes into rental properties, driving housing costs beyond the reach of working class and lower-middle class families.

Freedom for Julian Assange!

By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2018

The “untenable” conditions under which the WikiLeaks founder remains confined are the product of an unrelenting drive by the US and British governments to punish him for exposing the crimes of imperialism.

“Sexual misconduct” witch-hunt targets conductor Charles Dutoit, director Max Stafford-Clarke and actor Ed Westwick

By Paul Bond, 11 January 2018

Just before Christmas, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra announced that it had cancelled appearances by its artistic director, 81-year-old conductor Charles Dutoit.

Louisiana teacher jailed for speaking out at school board meeting

By Nancy Hanover, 10 January 2018

Deyshia Hargrave was removed from a meeting, handcuffed and taken to jail for opposing a large pay hike for the school superintendent while employees have had no raise in a decade.

An interview with Javier Luengo-Garrido, Coordinator at ACLU-Massachusetts’ Immigrant Protection Project

By Julian James, 10 January 2018

Luengo-Garrido is a coordinator at the ACLU’s Immigrant Protection Project in Northampton, Massachusetts. He spoke to the WSWS about the recent announcement by the Trump Administration to deport over 200,00 Salvadorans over the next 18 months.

At least 13 dead as rainfall in Southern California triggers mudslides and flooding

By Dan Conway, 10 January 2018

The deaths were primarily due to mudslides triggered by heavy rains in areas largely denuded by massive wildfires only a few weeks before.

As workers seek higher wages

Billionaire warns of growing class conflict in US

By Jerry White, 9 January 2018

After decades of declining real wages, hundreds of thousands of workers face contract struggles this year in the trucking, warehouse, health care, telecom and entertainment industries.

A crime against humanity

US to deport 262,000 Salvadoran immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2018

This barbaric action will split up tens of thousands of families and threaten countless deaths among those forced to return to the killing fields of Central America.

Deadly influenza outbreak spreads throughout US, most severe in California

By Dan Conway, 9 January 2018

Over the past few weeks, cases of influenza and influenza-related illnesses have skyrocketed, reaching near epidemic level proportions.

San Diego homelessness crisis remains after hepatitis A outbreak

By Emanuele Saccarelli, 9 January 2018

Official reports indicate that more than 9,000 homeless people live on the streets of San Diego, with over a thousand of them being concentrated in the downtown area.

Ten-year-old child among the victims

American Civil Liberties Union sues DC police for attacking inauguration protests

By Harvey Simpkins and Nick Barrickman, 9 January 2018

A civil lawsuit filed by the ACLU alleges protesters were assaulted and deprived of their constitutional rights.

Notes on police violence

US police kill 29 during first week of 2018

By George Gallanis, 9 January 2018

Almost all of the killings follow a general logic: police kill anyone they suspect to be a threat, regardless of how severe or even real the threat.

The havoc at New York’s JFK Airport and the decay of US infrastructure

By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2018

The chaos produced by a one-day snow storm has laid bare the disastrous state of social infrastructure in the capital of America’s financial oligarchy.

The campaign over the “unfitness” of Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 8 January 2018

The Democrats, once again, avoid any appeal to popular opposition to the right-wing policies of Trump and the Republicans.

Puerto Rico, more than 100 days after Hurricane Maria: The class issues

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 January 2018

The absence of planning for the hurricane and the lack of any significant response to the devastation by the local and federal governments has had deadly consequences.

Motel 6 sued for passing on guest information to ICE immigration officials

By Norisa Diaz, 8 January 2018

The lawsuit addresses widespread practices at numerous locations where Motel 6 handed over the names, birthdates, driver's license numbers, license-plate numbers and room numbers of at least 9,000 guests to immigration officials without warrants.

Rising rents put low income US renters in severe jeopardy

By Debra Watson, 8 January 2018

Rent burdens have increased in the US over the past 15 years, putting workers at the lower end of the pay scale in severe housing jeopardy.

Trump “defends” the right to protest in Iran, criminalizes protest in Washington

By E.P. Milligan, 8 January 2018

Even as Trump was bloviating about the right to protest in Iran, his Justice Department was carrying out a political trial against peaceful protesters in a brazen attack on the freedom of speech and assembly guaranteed by the US Constitution.

Tell-all book on Trump White House intensifies US political crisis

By Barry Grey, 6 January 2018

The book has received nonstop media coverage and provided new ammunition for those factions within the ruling class that are pushing for Trump’s removal from office.

Gentrification fueling eviction crisis in New York City

By Steve Light, 6 January 2018

The rise in eviction cases demonstrates the increasing unaffordability of housing in working class neighborhoods in New York City.

Over 20 dead in winter storm as US cold wave continues

By Kathleen Martin, 6 January 2018

While media reports are conflicting, the winter storm emerging from the ‘bomb cyclone’ on the eastern coast of the US has directly claimed at least 22 lives, with the number expected to rise over the weekend.

December US jobs report reveals weaker than expected growth

By Trévon Austin, 6 January 2018

The modest improvement in the unemployment rate and number of jobs added over the last year are not reflective of the real situation confronting millions of workers.

Foxconn tax subsidies to build Wisconsin plant reach over $4 billion

By George Gallanis, 6 January 2018

Decades of deindustrialization have created unprecedented levels of social inequality, poverty and unemployment, which corporations like Foxconn can exploit.

Daphne Merkin’s “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings”

The New York Times’ reactionary sexual harassment campaign runs into opposition

By David Walsh, 6 January 2018

In a column Friday, critic and novelist Daphne Merkin acknowledges there is considerable hostility to the current sexual misconduct witch-hunt even within its target demographic.

As teachers face new battles against Trump

Lessons of the fight against Obama’s “school reform”—Part 2

By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 6 January 2018

Taken together, the seminal struggles of teachers and other public sector workers in Wisconsin (2011), Chicago (2012) and Detroit (2015-16) contain powerful political lessons for the defense of education and workers’ rights.

America’s poor and homeless freeze in winter storm

By Kate Randall, 5 January 2018

As in all weather-related disasters, society’s most vulnerable are the worst affected, with the poor and homeless bearing the brunt.

Bannon attack on Trump White House fuels Washington political warfare

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2018

A new book based largely on interviews with former Trump counselor Stephen Bannon is being used to reignite the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

UC Berkeley student arrested by border patrol

By David Brown, 5 January 2018

Luis Mora, a junior transfer to the UC, was arrested Saturday night at an internal checkpoint for overstaying his visa.

“The government got to do whatever it wanted to do”

An interview with Mark Flessner, attorney for Davino Watson, US citizen illegally imprisoned by ICE for more than three years

By Nick Barrickman, 5 January 2018

Watson was denied damages from the US government on the grounds that a two-year statute of limitation for suing the government had elapsed while he had been detained.

Trump administration to roll back regulations on offshore drilling

By Matthew Taylor, 5 January 2018

The Trump administration is repealing restrictions adopted after the 2010 well blowout that polluted much of the Gulf of Mexico.

AT&T and other US telecoms begin wave of layoffs

By Mark Witkowski, 5 January 2018

Flush with billions in cash and counting on the complicity of the unions, the telecom giants are preparing more job-cutting mergers.

Sulzbergers pass gilded baton at the New York Times

By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2018

In assuming the post of Times publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, 37, inherits his father’s $5.1 million annual paycheck.

Trump threatens North Korea with nuclear war

By Peter Symonds, 4 January 2018

Trump’s “nuclear button” remark is aimed not just at North Korea, but any country that poses a challenge to American global hegemony.

Deaths continue to mount amid freezing temperatures across much of the US

By Trévon Austin, 4 January 2018

The rising number of deaths from cold at the beginning of this year has exposed the severity of the affordable housing crisis in the United States.

As teachers face new battles against Trump

Lessons of the fight against Obama’s “school reform”—Part 1

By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 4 January 2018

Taken together, the seminal struggles of teachers and other public-sector workers in Wisconsin (2011), Chicago (2012) and Detroit (2015-16) have powerful political lessons for the defense of education and workers’ rights.

As US Congress reconvenes

Democrats looking for deal with Trump on social cuts, increased military spending

By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2018

Bipartisan meetings will discuss the congressional agenda in the two weeks remaining before the January 19 expiration of the federal funding authorization.

Record low temperatures kill at least nine people in US

By Trévon Austin, 3 January 2018

The wave of cold weather has exposed the disastrous state of social conditions in the US, affecting the most vulnerable: the homeless, impoverished elderly and youth.

Second Bronx fire in less than a week injures 23

By Philip Guelpa, 3 January 2018

New York City officials have tried to obscure inadequate fire prevention measures by blaming the victims.

Kansas police kill unarmed man after false emergency call

By Niles Niemuth, 3 January 2018

Andrew Finch was shot by a heavily armed SWAT team December 28 after police were dispatched to his family’s home by a prank “swatting” call over an unrelated dispute.

More low-income Michigan workers set to lose food assistance

By Debra Watson, 3 January 2018

Some 16,000 Michigan food stamp recipients could lose benefits this year due to the imposition of work requirements.

Seattle councilperson Kshama Sawant targeted by defamation lawsuit for calling police “murderers”

By Eric London, 3 January 2018

The Socialist Equality Party’s long-documented differences with Socialist Alternative do not lessen our opposition to attempts by the political establishment to silence criticism of the police.

Deadly Bronx fire: A tragic product of inequality and social crisis in America

By Fred Mazelis and A. Woodson, 30 December 2017

In every sphere of life, New York remains what newly reelected Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio hypocritically promised to change four years ago: two worlds in one city.

New York prepares military-style occupation for New Year’s celebration in Times Square

By Philip Guelpa, 30 December 2017

Thousands of heavily armed, uniformed personnel, including police snipers, are being deployed to impose a military-style occupation of Times Square in connection with the annual New Year’s Eve celebration.

Drexel University professor resigns amid death threats from right-wing forces

By Trévon Austin, 30 December 2017

Ciccariello-Maher, a professor of politics and global studies, was harassed and threatened after several tweets he made were criticized on various right-wing outlets.

Trump administration rolls back fines against nursing homes as violations mount

By Kate Randall, 30 December 2017

By one government estimate, a staggering 380,000 deaths a year may be the result of health care-associated infections in facilities for the elderly.

It’s the most exhausting time of the year: Amazon, UPS workers denounce grueling holiday conditions

By our reporters, 30 December 2017

Amid reports of deaths at Amazon and UPS, workers at Amazon, UPS, FedEx, US Postal Service, and other logistics and delivery companies have been under immense pressure to meet increased demand during the Christmas holiday.

Cold wave, house fires prove lethal for US homeless, poor

By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2017

The current bout of severe weather has created conditions for an upsurge in fatal house fires, accidents and deaths due to exposure.

Erie, Pennsylvania buried by more than five feet of snow

By Samuel Davidson, 29 December 2017

Tens of thousands of people are unable to get to work, homeless shelters have filled up, and area hospitals are feeling the impact.

Hepatitis A outbreak continues to impact Southeast Michigan

By Muhammad Khan, 29 December 2017

Michigan had the highest per capita rate of hepatitis A infections in the United States with more than 500 cases recorded in 2017.

Massachusetts public transportation workers’ wages, benefits, and safety under attack

By John Marion, 29 December 2017

A report by the transport authority’s Fiscal and Management Control Board hints at plans to continue privatizing the nation’s fifth-largest public transportation system.

Russia charges Pentagon with training ex-ISIS fighters

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2017

The report that the US is training former ISIS militants is one more indication that Washington is preparing a new phase of the war in Syria.