By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 22 October 2012
Earlier this month, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase, alleging that its Bear Stearns unit misled investors about billions in mortgage-backed securities.
By Kate Randall, 22 October 2012
Ferguson’s defense has argued for decades that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and that his execution would constitute “cruel and unusual punishment.”
By Nick Barrickman, 22 October 2012
Federal testing found nearly 200 sites near power plants with toxic, and some fatal, levels of coal ash.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 October 2012
In making their case for the reelection of Barack Obama, the writers and editors of the Nation magazine are compelled to resort to sophistry and lies.
By Kevin Kearney, 20 October 2012
The state’s county governments now confront the cost of housing, feeding and providing medical care to as many as 30,000 former state prison inmates for long periods of time.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2012
With the US presidential election little more than two weeks away, the Obama administration is quietly preparing to keep tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan.
By Thomas Gaist and Marc Wells, 20 October 2012
Atwater, a city of 28,000, is on the verge of becoming the next municipal bankruptcy case in California.
By our reporter, 20 October 2012
The SEP presidential candidate discussed the economic and political issues that will confront the working class and youth after the election.
By Kate Randall, 19 October 2012
The deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in the US continues to spread. According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 247 people in 15 states have been sickened in the outbreak, and the death toll has risen to 19. Health authorities expect these numbers to continue to rise.
By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2012
A letter signed by 16 top bankers demands immediate bipartisan action to slash the federal deficit.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2012
In the latest in a seemingly endless series of “sting” operations, the FBI ensnared a 21-year-old Bangladeshi student in a fabricated plot to blow up the New York Federal Reserve.
By Tom Carter, 19 October 2012
The arguments in favor of affirmative action further exposed the gulf that separates a program for genuine social equality from the essentially undemocratic affirmative action policy.
By our reporter, 19 October 2012
Phyllis Scherrer, vice presidential candidate for the Socialist Equality Party, addressed a public meeting in Ithaca, New York Wednesday night, highlighting the questions the second presidential debate ignored.
By Chris Marsden, 18 October 2012
Despite concerns of blowback in Syria due to the arming of jihadist groups, a military build-up on Syria’s borders is proceeding apace.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 October 2012
The talks are aimed at cementing an open-ended US military presence in Afghanistan.
By A. Woodson, 18 October 2012
A Federal District Court judge in Manhattan has upheld a $4.8 million fine against Morgan Stanley for creating a derivatives deal.
By Joseph Kishore, 18 October 2012
The second presidential debate exemplified the scripted and ritualized character of the entire election, in which no serious questions can be asked, let alone answered.
By our reporter, 18 October 2012
White presented an overview of the social, economic, and military context of the presidential elections and fielded wide-ranging questions from the audience.
By Steve Filips, 18 October 2012
SEP Vice Presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer speaks to workers and students in Syracuse and Ithaca.
By Barry Grey, 17 October 2012
The second nationally televised debate between President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney served only to underscore the hypocrisy and deceit that pervade the entire election.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2012
The White House is considering drone strikes and Special Forces raids in retaliation for the fatal September 11 attack on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
By Kate Randall, 17 October 2012
The fungal meningitis outbreak continues to widen, as a new report from the FDA warns against other drugs produced by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.
By Fred Mazelis, 17 October 2012
An extraordinary epidemic of congenital birth defects has affected Iraqi cities over the past decade, particularly in Fallujah and Basra.
17 October 2012
Jerry White, the SEP candidate for president, spoke about the purpose of the campaign and the lessons of the Wisconsin protests.
By Barry Grey, 16 October 2012
It is extraordinary that four years after the greatest economic crash in nearly a century, not a single genuine social reform has been enacted.
16 October 2012
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By Alex Lantier, 16 October 2012
Washington is deepening its support for Japan in its standoff with China over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.
By Marcus Day, 16 October 2012
New data released by the Census Bureau reveals that greater numbers of Illinois workers and unemployed are falling into poverty.
Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president
By Jerry White, 16 October 2012
The fungal meningitis outbreak can be traced directly to the profit-motive of the corporate entity implicated and the lack of government oversight of drug manufacturing.
By Patrick Martin, 15 October 2012
Even commentators in the corporate-controlled media have acknowledged the shallow and cynical character of the 2012 campaign.
By Nick Beams, 15 October 2012
The tensions were evident when Germany objected to IMF head Christine Lagarde’s call for Greece to be given more time to pay, and Brazil branded US monetary policy “selfish”.
By Niall Green, 15 October 2012
In a speech in New York Thursday, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned that the US faced a threat from Iran equivalent to September 11 or the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.
By Alexander Fangmann, 15 October 2012
In a speech to the city council, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to lead an assault on teacher and public worker pensions by spearheading statewide pension “reform.”
By Eric London, 15 October 2012
Just 13 hours after three workers were killed and ten others were injured in a garage collapse in Miami, Florida, officials called off a search for the missing.
By our reporter, 15 October 2012
The Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, addressed a lively meeting attended by some thirty workers and youth in Toronto, Ontario.
By Kate Randall, 13 October 2012
The tragic unfolding of the fungal meningitis outbreak is the latest consequence of the shoddy oversight of the drug industry, encouraged by the for-profit health care system.
By Nick Barrickman, 13 October 2012
Not until later reports of the tragedy were made public was it revealed that four of the five deaths were young children.
By Ali Ismail, 13 October 2012
Recent shooting incidents have taken place amid a worsening social crisis in the city, provoking widespread anger towards the NYPD.
By Naomi Spencer, 13 October 2012
The electrocution of a Detroit man during an attempted copper theft gives an indication of the desperate social conditions in the city.
Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 13 October 2012
Whatever the campaign rhetoric about “fundamental philosophical differences,” both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney speak on behalf of the financial and corporate elite that rules America.
By Nick Beams, 12 October 2012
According to the latest Global Financial Stability Report, “confidence in the global financial system has become very fragile.”
By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2012
The exchanges between Biden and Ryan had a predictable and banal character.
By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 12 October 2012
The discussions by the so-called “Gang of Eight” senators underscore the undemocratic character of the elections.
By Shannon Jones, 12 October 2012
The return of seasonably cold weather this winter means higher home heating costs at a time when assistance programs are being cut.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2012
Last month’s fatal attack on the US consulate in Benghazi has emerged as an issue in the US elections, with both parties avoiding the essential political questions raised by the incident.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 October 2012
In preparation for a wider war in the Middle East, the Pentagon has deployed a 150-strong task force in Jordan.
By Jerry White, 11 October 2012
With less than four weeks to the US elections, the Democratic Party is hoping to recover from the impact of President Obama’s dismal performance last week in the first debate.
By Naomi Spencer, 11 October 2012
This week: the psychological impact of solitary confinement on young prisoners, the swelling homeless population in New York, the epidemic of suicides among American Indian youth
By Angelo Bosworth, 11 October 2012
Boeing engineers and technicians vote overwhelmingly against the company’s proposals.
Jerry White and SEP candidate for president, 11 October 2012
Wall Street pay and profits have hit record levels since the 2008 crash.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 October 2012
The US and Israel are planning joint strikes against Iran, according to reports in the Israeli media and Foreign Policy magazine.
By Bryan Dyne, 10 October 2012
The federal government is expanding its lawsuit campaign to recover the $76 billion of the $1 trillion of student debt that is in default.
By Karl Eisner, 10 October 2012
Campbell’s Soup will close its Sacramento plant by July 2013, laying off 700 workers.
By Tom Hall, 10 October 2012
The Socialist Equality Party successfully completed its bid for ballot status in the state of Louisiana.
By Joseph Kishore, 9 October 2012
Romney outlined an aggressive expansion of US militarism in the Middle East and Asia.
By Kate Randall, 9 October 2012
Eight people have died from a fungal form of meningitis linked to contaminated steroids produced by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 October 2012
Since the Chicago Teachers Union ended their 10-day strike, teachers have been issued short paychecks or no pay at all, but the union has still deducted dues.
By Marcus Day, 9 October 2012
Foreclosure activity in Illinois shot up 42 percent from one year ago, giving the state the highest foreclosure rate in the US.
By Shannon Jones, 9 October 2012
As the poverty rate has risen in Michigan overall, its suburban areas have seen a deepening of poverty.
By Alex Lantier, 9 October 2012
On October 5 journalist C. J. Chivers published a long article in the New York Times, sympathetically recording the views of the US-backed Syrian opposition .
By David Brown, 8 October 2012
Yesterday marked the fifth day of artillery clashes along the Syrian-Turkish border, amid rising fears of a war that would spread across the Middle East.
By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2012
Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have the slightest concern for the plight of 23 million workers who are either unemployed or underemployed.
By Nick Barrickman, 8 October 2012
A recent study by Swiss economists takes a detailed look at the intimate relations between the US government and big business.
By Richard Vargas and Toby Reese, 8 October 2012
A new report reveals increasing poverty and decreasing income in California’s second largest city.
By our reporters, 8 October 2012
Over the past week, SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer has spoken at meetings in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin.
By our reporter, 8 October 2012
Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election, will be the featured speaker at a public meeting in Toronto next Sunday, Oct. 14.
By Chris Marsden, 6 October 2012
Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters gathered in Istanbul, Thursday evening, opposing military action against Syria.
By Barry Grey, 6 October 2012
The sharp drop in the official jobless rate, coming in the midst of generally negative data on manufacturing, trade and economic growth, confounded economists, who had predicted the rate would climb to 8.2 percent.
By Andre Damon, 6 October 2012
The 34 workers who were victimized in the aftermath of the five-day strike at Detroit’s wastewater treatment plant were made to sign agreements to return to work after receiving five-day suspensions and extended probation periods.
By Sandy English, 6 October 2012
After vehement opposition, the New York Public Library has altered plans that would have changed the character of the main research library in mid-Manhattan.
By our reporters, 6 October 2012
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke to a lively and well attended meeting at Oberlin College on Thursday.
By Shannon Jones, 6 October 2012
The United Auto Workers reports that members of Local 723 at the Chrysler Dundee, Michigan Engine Plant have ratified the same local contract agreement they rejected in August.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 5 October 2012
On Thursday evening, AFSCME Local 207 formally called off the five-day strike of sewerage workers at the Detroit Wastewater Treatment Plant, having engineered a collapse of the walkout without any gains for the workers.
By Joseph Kishore, 5 October 2012
The contract, backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Teachers Union, sets the stage for an expanded assault on teachers and public education.
By Debra Watson, 5 October 2012
Poverty in Michigan increased a staggering 66 percent since 2001, the largest such increase of any state in the country.
By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2012
The American media is overflowing with commentary on the poor performance of Barack Obama in Wednesday’s presidential debate.
By our correspondent, 5 October 2012
SEP presidential candidate White talked about the significance of the strike at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, and the need to broaden the struggle throughout the working class.
By Joseph Kishore, 4 October 2012
The decline in doctor visits is a product not simply of abstract economic forces, but a deliberate policy carried out by the corporations and both big business parties aimed at reducing health care for the vast majority of Americans.
By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2012
The debate demonstrated the vast gulf between the two-party system and the needs and concerns of working people.
By Alexander Fangmann, 4 October 2012
The continued NHL lockout threatens regular season games as owners demand massive salary concessions and contract modifications.
By Jerry White, 4 October 2012
The leadership of AFSCME Local 207 has brought the strike of hundreds of Detroit Water and Sewerage Workers to an ignominious dead end.
By Samuel Davidson, 4 October 2012
A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday ordered a postponement of sections of the state’s new voter ID law, which would have blocked tens of thousands of registered voters from casting ballots in the November elections.
By Tom Carter, 4 October 2012
In a significant number of cases expected to come before the US Supreme Court this term, democratic rights are in jeopardy.
By Ron Jorgenson, 4 October 2012
Minnesota Orchestra management locked out its 81 musicians Sunday after they unanimously voted down 30 to 50 percent pay cuts.
By Shane Feratu, 4 October 2012
Classes were canceled Tuesday after negotiations between the union and Evergreen Park school board fell through on Monday night.
By our reporters, 4 October 2012
September 30 was the final day of Care Harbor’s annual free clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
By Rafael Azul, 3 October 2012
The Mexican Chamber of Deputies approved a labor reform law that attacks living standards and working conditions for the working class.
By Kate Randall, 3 October 2012
Discussions are underway in the US Senate to forge a deal on sweeping cuts to social programs in the aftermath of the November 6 election.
By Jerry White, 3 October 2012
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has sent notices to 34 workers informing them that they have been suspended without pay and face termination for walking off the job Sunday morning.
By Alan Whyte, 3 October 2012
Anger is growing among New York City’s 35,000 bus and subway workers, who have been working without a contract for eight and a half months.
By a reporting team, 3 October 2012
A WSWS reporting team interviewed transit workers at the Stilwell train station in Brooklyn, the largest one in the New York City system.
3 October 2012
In this video, Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party's candidate for president in the 2012 election, reviews the campaign so far and asks for your support.
By Samuel Davidson, 3 October 2012
Members of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned in Pittsburgh over the weekend and won a strong response from workers and students as they promoted their upcoming meeting.
By Nancy Hanover, 3 October 2012
The recently released documentary Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit is a moving and powerful tribute to the impoverished city’s embattled firefighters.
By Lawrence Porter and Bryan Dyne, 3 October 2012
WSWS reporters spoke to firefighters at the premiere of Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2012
The 2,000th American soldier died in Afghanistan last weekend as the result of a so-called “insider” attack, underscoring the crisis of the 11-year-old US war.
By Jerry White, 2 October 2012
Workers at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s waste treatment plant are continuing their strike despite a temporary restraining order issued by a federal judge Monday. The walkout, which began on Sunday, involves 950 workers at the facility in the southwest side of Detroit.
By Andre Damon, 2 October 2012
A string of negative reports has revealed a significant deterioration in the global economy, with world trade slowing, manufacturing contracting, and the number of unemployed workers in the euro zone hitting a record high.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 October 2012
France and the United States are urging UN Security Council to approve a West African-manned military intervention in Northern Mali.
2 October 2012
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