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3 November 2015

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27 October 2015

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20 October 2015

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6 October 2015

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Large demonstrations in Ecuador against Correa government

By our reporter, 15 August 2015

As thousands of workers and indigenous peasants descended on Quito, the Bolivarian government of Rafael Correa sent police to attack the demonstrators.

Economic slowdown in Peru ignites social tensions

By Cesar Uco, 1 August 2015

Two out of three Peruvians report being unable to live off of their salaries, while just 113 families monopolize 46 percent of the country’s wealth.

Chinese premier concludes four-country tour of South America

By Alexander Fangmann, 30 May 2015

The trip yielded a variety of trade and investment deals, along with infrastructure initiatives—all aimed at counteracting slowing domestic growth while expanding influence in the region.

Petrobras crisis intensifies as treasurer of Brazil’s Workers Party arrested

By Bill Van Auken, 17 April 2015

The response of the Rousseff government to the crisis has been to move even further to the right, while handing over key functions of her presidency to right-wing figures.

Puerto Rico: Regressive taxes levied on workers as island’s economy falters

By John Marion, 2 March 2015

Predatory financiers are creating tax havens in Puerto Rico and using the federal courts to protect their interests.

White House outlines policy for deepening intervention in Central America

By Matthew Brennan, 19 February 2015

The Obama administration’s rhetoric about democracy and immigration reform masks US imperialism’s real aims in the region.

Peru’s currency falls sharply amidst economic crisis

By Cesar Uco, 2 February 2015

The most significant cause of the deterioration of the Peruvian economy is the sharp drop in copper exports caused by a slowdown in global demand.

First round of US-Cuba talks end as restrictions eased

By Alexander Fangmann, 26 January 2015

While deep disagreements remain between the regimes in Havana and Washington, the movement towards the resumption of relations continues at great speed.

Cleveland police gave 12-year-old Tamir Rice no medical aid after shooting him

By Nick Barrickman, 10 January 2015

Police tackled and handcuffed the boy’s 14-year-old sister as she attempted to run to her brother’s side.

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9 December 2014

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25 November 2014

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4 November 2014

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Municipal elections a debacle for Peruvian “left”

By Armando Cruz, 21 October 2014

The right-wing candidate Luis Castañeda, a former two-term mayor of Lima, was swept back into office in the Peruvian capital.

Tens of thousands protest massacre of Mexican student teachers

By Rafael Azul, 10 October 2014

The killings have triggered a tidal wave of national anger that threatens the stability of the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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23 September 2014

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19 August 2014

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13 August 2014

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29 July 2014

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15 July 2014

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10 June 2014

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3 June 2014

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20 May 2014

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13 May 2014

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6 May 2014

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Venezuela arrests 30 more military officers in coup plot

By Bill Van Auken, 17 April 2014

The report of the arrest came as the Maduro government continued its talks with the right-wing opposition.

Impact of fire in Valparaiso, Chile, fueled by poverty, inequality

By Rafael Azul, 17 April 2014

The conditions of life to which people have been reduced on the hills of Valparaiso were a key factor in producing a “perfect conflagration.”

Venezuela’s Maduro charges US with fomenting Ukraine-style coup

By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2014

The indictment of Washington’s role in recent upheavals came as the government sought an accommodation with its right-wing opposition.

Artistic resistance to the US-backed juntas

Losing the Human Form: A seismic image of the 1980s in Latin America

By Armando Cruz, 10 April 2014

The exhibition, presented in Madrid in 2012 and recently in Lima, Peru, is a fascinating compilation of works from the 1980s that voiced opposition to the militarized regimes in Latin America.

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8 April 2014

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1 April 2014

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11 March 2014

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4 March 2014

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25 February 2014

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NSA spying poses “direct threat to journalism,” watchdog group warns

By Kate Randall, 14 February 2014

The Committee to Protect Journalists is warning that the spy agency’s dragnet of communications data threatens to make it “next to impossible for journalists to keep sources confidential.”

The Workers Inquiry into the bankruptcy of Detroit

<em>World Socialist Web Site</em> Editorial Board, 14 February 2014

On Saturday, the Socialist Equality Party in the US is holding an Inquiry to reveal the social and political roots of the Detroit bankruptcy and provide workers with the information they need to fight back.

Clashes in Venezuela leave three dead

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2014

Clashes between demonstrators and security forces left at least three people dead in Venezuela amid sharpening social and economic tensions.

More than 100,000 gallons released in West Virginia coal slurry spill

By Clement Daly, 14 February 2014

More than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry—a toxic liquid mixture of cleaning chemicals and coal refuse—contaminated about six miles of a stream in Kanawha County.

Interview with director of homeless shelter in Long Beach

California’s homeless: Casualties of class warfare

By our correspondents, 14 February 2014

WSWS reporters recently visited a Long Beach, California homeless shelter.

Obama White House targeting American for drone murder

By Bill Van Auken, 11 February 2014

The aim of the AP report is to lend a veneer of "transparency" and legality to a conspiratorial and unconstitutional program of state murder.

Mass unemployment in America

By Andre Damon, 11 February 2014

Speaking Friday in advance of signing a bill slashing $8.7 billion from the food stamp program, President Obama hailed the dismal jobs report for January.

US Supreme Court justice declares mass internment inevitable

By Tom Carter, 11 February 2014

Referring to America’s mass internment of people of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War, current Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia declared, “You are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again.”

Two Brooklyn men freed after 21 years in prison for wrongful murder conviction

By Kate Randall, 11 February 2014

A record 87 exonerations were recorded in the United States in 2013.

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11 February 2014

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14 January 2014

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Secret minutes of Argentine military junta found

By César Uco, 23 November 2013

On November 1, Argentina’s defense minister, Agustin Rossi, announced the discovery of 1,500 documents including 280 sets of secret minutes of the brutal military dictatorship that ruled the country for six years.

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19 November 2013

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22 October 2013

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10 September 2013

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27 August 2013

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6 August 2013

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25 June 2013

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18 June 2013

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Snowden defends actions as Obama administration pushes for prosecution of whistleblower

By Thomas Gaist, 14 June 2013

FBI director Robert Mueller pledged to take “all necessary steps” to go after Snowden, as the former intelligence employee said from Hong Kong: “I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality.”

FEMA refuses disaster relief to West, Texas

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 June 2013

The federal government has refused to provide additional money to help rebuild the small Texas town of West, where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people in April.

Deadly chemical plant explosion in Louisiana

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 June 2013

On Thursday an explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana, killed at least one person and injured at least 73 others.

Philadelphia inspector involved in building collapse commits suicide

By Nick Barrickman, 14 June 2013

On Wednesday night the body of Philadelphia building inspector Ronald Wagenhoffer was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Who are Detroit’s creditors?

By Nancy Hanover, 14 June 2013

As Detroit’s emergency manager prepares to release his plan for reorganizing the poorest large city in America, the media is demanding that the population of Detroit pay.

What Edward Snowden has revealed

By Joseph Kishore, 11 June 2013

The World Socialist Web Site calls on workers around the world to come to the defense of Edward Snowden, who is the subject of a ferocious assault by the American state.

Obama administration initiates criminal prosecution of NSA whistleblower

By Thomas Gaist, 11 June 2013

Representatives of the US establishment demanded swift action to punish the man responsible for leaks detailing the government’s massive surveillance program.

Media silent on the state killing of Boston bombing witness

By Tom Carter, 11 June 2013

The ubiquitous silence from the political establishment and the media amounts to an acknowledgement that Todashev was terminated by the state.

Reject the USW sellout in South Milwaukee! For an independent struggle by the working class!

the Socialist Equality Party, 11 June 2013

The Socialist Equality Party is distributing the following statement to South Milwaukee Caterpillar workers urging them to reject the sellout deal being pushed by the United Steelworkers.

Philadelphia schools to lay off nearly 4,000 teachers

By Nick Barrickman, 11 June 2013

The “doomsday” budget passed last month will devastate the Philadelphia public school system.

SEP mayoral candidate speaks at two Detroit election forums

By Bryan Dyne, 11 June 2013

D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Detroit Mayor, spoke at candidate forums Friday and Saturday, calling for a mass movement of the working class to oppose the financial manager.

SEC rules that Harrisburg misled investors

By Douglas Lyons, 11 June 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission has sided with bondholders against the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

California’s San Onofre nuclear plant to shut down permanently

By Richard Vargas, 11 June 2013

The plant has been inoperative for more than a year due to radioactive steam leakage.

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11 June 2013

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Nashville Symphony threatened by foreclosure

By Fred Mazelis, 11 June 2013

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra is the latest prominent US musical institution to face the threat of dissolution, as its biggest creditor, the Bank of America, has begun foreclosure proceedings.

Obama reshuffles national security staff

By Alex Lantier, 6 June 2013

Obama announced Wednesday that his national security advisor, Thomas Donilon, will be replaced by the current US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice.

Bradley Manning’s supervisors testify in third day of court martial

By Naomi Spencer, 6 June 2013

The government is determined to connect Manning to Al Qaeda, arguing that because the WikiLeaks web site is publicly available to anyone, Manning must have intended to “aid the enemy.”

Worker dies from extreme heat at Georgia auto parts plant

By Kristina Betinis and Jerry White, 6 June 2013

Teresa Pickard, a 42-year-old Sewon auto parts worker, died May 29 after working on a weld line in the LaGrange plant.

Wall Street embraces Humala’s “left” government in Peru

By Armando Cruz, 6 June 2013

Measures carried out by Humala, who won the presidency in 2011 promising to battle “neo-liberalism,” have placed him to the right of his predecessors.

Hamtramck latest Michigan city declared in “financial emergency”

By Bryan Dyne, 6 June 2013

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder took the first step in installing an emergency manager for Hamtramck, the small enclave surrounded by Detroit.

Canada: Growing evidence Conservatives illegally suppressed vote in 2011 federal election

By Carl Bronski, 6 June 2013

A Federal Court judge has found that a nationwide voter suppression campaign was initiated from the Conservative Party’s central database during the 2011 federal election.

Unemployment, lack of education lead to higher US mortality rate

By Jake Dean, 6 June 2013

A new report finds that unemployment is one of the leading factors behind the growing gap in mortality rates between educated and non-educated white women in America.

US: Kansas legislature passes budget slashing education

By Matt Sloan, 6 June 2013

Among other measures, the budget will gouge the state’s universities, colleges, and community colleges of tens of millions of dollars.

US Supreme Court allows police to take DNA samples of arrestees

By Joseph Kishore, 4 June 2013

The US Supreme Court decision is a major attack on the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Bradley Manning’s court martial begins

By Naomi Spencer, 4 June 2013

After 1,100 days in prison, Army private Bradley Manning faced a military court martial Monday. Day one of the trial was characterized by government secrecy, vindictiveness, and lies.

School district of Philadelphia passes “doomsday” austerity budget

By Nick Barrickman, 4 June 2013

Under a plan approved May 30, Philadelphia schools will be deprived of many needed essentials, including learning programs, supplies and staff.

Connecticut legislature nears passage of austerity budget

By Dorian Griscom, 4 June 2013

Connecticut’s Democratic governor and state legislature are in the final stages of drafting a state budget that will cut nearly $2 billion in social spending over the next two years.

Patriot Coal bankruptcy approved, thousands of retirees to lose health care

By Clement Daly, 4 June 2013

Patriot Coal has been granted permission to tear up its collective bargaining agreements with the United Mine Workers and escape its obligations to provide health care to its retirees.

Detroit emergency manager threatens sale of all cultural treasures

By Bryan Dyne, 4 June 2013

In line with his earlier appraisal of the value of the works at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Kevyn Orr is now determining whether the city should sell off every other public asset.

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4 June 2013

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US banks post record profits in first quarter

By Nick Barrickman, 30 May 2013

US banks posted a record $40.3 billion in the first quarter of 2013, according to a report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Guatemalan high court upholds overturning of Rios Montt conviction

By Bill Van Auken, 30 May 2013

Guatemala’s Constitutional Court Tuesday upheld its decision to throw out the conviction of ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Nine of Louisiana’s ten public hospitals to be privatized

By E.P. Bannon, 30 May 2013

In a state with one of the highest poverty rates in the country, the privatizations of public hospitals will have disastrous consequences for the poor and uninsured.

US officials cover up evidence of radioactive leak in Washington

By J. E. Noeli and Hector Cordon, 30 May 2013

The US Department of Energy and a private contractor managing waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation suppressed evidence of radioactive leakage for a year.

Victimized Illinois teacher denounces attack on education in YouTube video

By Jake Dean, 28 May 2013

Ellie Rubenstein, a teacher from Highland Park, Illinois, submitted her resignation in a speech on YouTube last week.

California: Police confiscate cellphones of witnesses after beating man to death

By Tom Carter, 28 May 2013

Nine police officers beat an unarmed man to death in Bakersfield, California, and then demanded that eyewitnesses turn over cellphones they had used to record the beating.

Toronto elite seeking to jettison right-wing populist mayor

By Dylan Lubao, 28 May 2013

Toronto’s big business elite has turned on Rob Ford—the city’s right-wing populist mayor and their designated hatchet man in imposing social spending cuts and concessionary contracts on city workers.

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28 May 2013

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More revelations of Justice Department crackdown on the press

By Ed Hightower, 24 May 2013

The Obama administration’s investigation into a leak to James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent of Fox News, extends well beyond what was originally thought.

“I tell my people…we can never make enough profit”

Caterpillar CEO defends wage-cutting

By Niles Williamson, 24 May 2013

Explaining why he is seeking to impose wage cuts of up to 50 percent, Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman explained that his corporation could never make enough profits.

US housing distress deepens for renters

By Debra Watson, 24 May 2013

Today more than half of all renter households pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing, double the rate in 1960 when one in four renters were considered cost-burdened.

Los Angeles: Newly-elected mayor promises more cuts and privatization

By Dan Conway, 24 May 2013

The election was most notable for its extremely low turnout, with only 19 percent of registered voters taking part.

SEP campaigners oppose Detroit home evictions

By a campaign team, 24 May 2013

Supporters of Socialist Equality Party Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier spoke this week to residents facing eviction at the Henry Street apartments.

Devastating tornado kills dozens in Oklahoma City

By Niles Williamson, 21 May 2013

On Monday afternoon, a massive tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, leaving a mile-wide swath of devastation.