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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.

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.

US and UK clash over Huawei involvement in 5G rollout

By Robert Stevens, 18 January 2020

The rollout of 5G broadband wireless networks globally is becoming an arena for the eruption of geopolitical tensions.

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.

Saskatchewan NDP silent on oil refinery lockout

By Carl Bronski, 18 January 2020

With the explicit support of the right-wing Saskatchewan Party government, the courts and the police, CRC is mounting a massive scabbing operation.

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.

New migrant caravan departs Honduras defying stepped-up controls

By Andrea Lobo, 16 January 2020

Workers across Guatemala, Mexico and the United States must mobilize to demand the safe passage of their class brothers and sisters from Honduras.

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.

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.

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.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police advocated use of live fire against indigenous pipeline protesters

By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 11 January 2020

The incident underscores that Canada’s ruling elite will stop at nothing to enforce its insatiable drive for profit, and that opposition will be ruthlessly suppressed.

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.

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.

Mexican president calls for Julian Assange’s freedom

By Kevin Reed, 4 January 2020

In response to a question from a reporter, Lopez Obrador said the WikiLeaks founder should be pardoned and his torture should be ended.

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.

Black Mirror Season 5: The elephants in the room

By Zac Corrigan, 4 January 2020

The central theme of the series, one of the most watched of the past decade, is the supposed dark side of technological development.

Three African migrants die in US custody during Christmas and New Year holidays

By Kevin Reed, 3 January 2020

The growing number of deaths shows that the mistreatment of immigrants by the US government is not incidental but deliberate.

Hasidic Jews injured in machete attack in Rockland County, New York

By Philip Guelpa, 30 December 2019

The attack Saturday was the latest in a growing number of hate crimes occurring within a climate of racial tension encouraged by both Trump and the Democrats.

“They treat us like cavemen. They don’t care if we live or die.”

Striking Arizona copper miners determined to continue fight

By Evan Blake and Jerry White, 30 December 2019

On strike for 11 weeks against Asarco LLC, the miners have shown great determination in the face of a virtual blackout by the mainstream media and pro-corporate unions.

As the Transport Workers Union attempts to push through major concessions

New York City transit workers speak out about workplace dangers and attacks on health care

By Daniel de Vries, 30 December 2019

While the TWU has tried to hide the extent of the concessions, the reality is that the agreement contains $44 million in health care and other givebacks.

Washington state legislator investigated for ties with violent far-right groups

By Kayla Costa, 30 December 2019

Representative Matthew Shea mobilized support for armed militia standoffs, and drafted a document of rules for militia-based war during his time in office.

Trudeau reaffirms Canada’s support for Israeli aggression

By Roger Jordan, 30 December 2019

Canada’s prime minister denounced a protest against a meeting meant to whitewash the crimes of the Israeli Defence Forces as “anti-Semitic.”

Las Vegas apartment fire kills 6, injures 13 and displaces over 50 residents

By Jacob Crosse, 23 December 2019

Residents of the Alpine Motel Apartments reported no fire alarms or sprinklers went off, forcing them to leap out of windows to escape.

Boston transit: “Safety is not the priority” at the MBTA, panel finds

By Andrew Timon, 23 December 2019

Only a parasitic mechanism that subordinates public need to profit could bring the MBTA to the point of trains literally falling apart and off the tracks.

Over 1,500 steelworkers to lose their jobs as US Steel announces idling of Great Lakes Works outside of Detroit

By Jessica Goldstein, 21 December 2019

The attack on steel industry jobs is part of a worldwide assault on manufacturing jobs and wages as corporations seek to restructure in advance of a looming recession.

Trump signs Pentagon budget imposing new sanctions on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2019

The record $738 billion National Defense Authorization Act was passed with the overwhelming support of House and Senate Democrats.

Democratic debate: Candidates denounce Trump, ignore party votes for Trump’s program

By Barry Grey, 21 December 2019

The seven candidates said nothing about the fact that the impeachment of Trump was bracketed by congressional votes in which the Democratic Party endorsed Trump’s key legislative priorities.

At what human cost?

Amazon Logistics set to surpass delivery volume of FedEx, UPS by 2022

By Kayla Costa, 21 December 2019

The advanced techniques of workplace exploitation along with low wages and breakneck conditions that have made Amazon notorious are being set as the standard for the entire logistics industry.

Facing scrutiny in the US, Purdue Pharma markets OxyContin overseas

By Gary Joad and Brian Dixon, 21 December 2019

Like Purdue Pharma did in the US, sales representatives for Mundipharma are aggressively marketing OxyContin to physicians in other countries for everyday aches and pains, downplaying its addictive properties.

CIA Democrats back CIA-led impeachment

By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2019

Ten out of eleven newly elected representatives with military-intelligence backgrounds have publicly backed impeachment.

John Deere to lay off 57 workers at Davenport, Iowa, assembly plant

By George Gallanis, 17 December 2019

The newly announced layoffs come after Deere cut 163 workers in October and revealed last month plans to lay off more workers through a “voluntary separation program.” Despite this, the United Auto Workers has idly stood by, giving Deere the greenlight to continue its layoffs unabated.

Homeland Security memo exposes appalling medical mistreatment of immigrants in US custody

By Kate Randall, 14 December 2019

Men, women and children have been subject to delayed treatment for medical and mental health conditions, unnecessary surgeries, forcible medication, and other mistreatment resulting in unnecessary suffering and death.

Southern Poverty Law Center report highlights abusive conditions in US immigration detention centers

By Adam Mclean, 14 December 2019

The report was based on a comprehensive study of four adult immigrant detention facilities in southern Florida.

US tests INF-banned missile after Democrats rubber-stamp Trump’s nuclear build-up

By Andre Damon, 14 December 2019

The test comes just days after congressional Democrats voted for a massive military spending bill that stripped out language limiting the development of dangerous new nuclear weapons.

Feds subpoena security camera footage and visitor logs in investigation of July fire at Detroit UAW headquarters

By Jessica Goldstein, 14 December 2019

The details of the subpoena were revealed just two weeks after US Attorney Matthew Schneider said government oversight of the UAW was a “definite possibility” under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

NDP props up Trudeau, joins Conservatives in demanding tougher anti-China stance

By Keith Jones, 14 December 2019

The true character of the NDP’s “opposition” to the Liberals and the Conservatives—the Canadian ruling class’ traditional parties of national government—was laid bare in two recent parliamentary votes.

Queen & Slim: An African-American couple on the run

By Joanne Laurier, 14 December 2019

In Queen & Slim, a racist white policeman is killed in the act of assaulting two young black people. Relying on certain aspects of reality, the film creates a largely mythological picture to justify a strand of rabid identity politics.

New York Times uses racial politics to promote charter schools

By Nancy Hanover, 14 December 2019

The New York Times recently published a dishonest article promoting racial politics in defense of charter schools.

The impeachment crisis and its political consequences

By Andre Damon, 12 December 2019

Regardless of the its final outcome in the House and Senate, the impeachment proceedings will have reactionary and dangerous repercussions.

Report unmasks FBI intervention in 2016 elections

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2019

The real threat to American democracy comes from the national-security state and the capitalist ruling elite, not from any foreign country.

November US jobs report in perspective: Most jobs “added” to US economy are low wage

By Jessica Goldstein, 10 December 2019

A stark contrast exists between the official US jobs report numbers and the reality that many of the jobs available are of low quality and the result of betrayal by the trade unions.

Ontario teachers plan new work stoppage

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 December 2019

The walkout by Ontario public high school teachers and school support staff set for December 11 follows the first province-wide teachers strike held last week.

United Teachers Los Angeles and National Nurses Union back Democratic candidate

Union sellouts endorse the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign

By Dan Conway and Matt Rigel, 7 December 2019

The United Teachers Los Angeles and the National Nurses Union have both endorsed Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Video exposes US Custom and Border Protection’s lies in death of teenage immigrant

By Adam Mclean, 7 December 2019

The gross and criminal negligence shown in the video is not an accident, but is in line with the anti-immigrant policy of the Trump administration.

GM sends termination notices to 48 TPT workers in Indiana less than two months after UAW signs concessions contract

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 December 2019

The contract makes clear that the so-called “pathway” to regular employment in the contract highlights touted by the UAW is a fraud.

Saudi airman kills four at US Naval Base in Florida

By Bill Van Auken, 7 December 2019

The mass shooting at the base in Pensacola was the second such incident at a US Navy facility in the space of barely 48 hours.

Canadian parliament reconvenes following formation of Liberal minority government

By Roger Jordan, 7 December 2019

The initial actions of the new government underscore that Trudeau’s second term will be characterized by a further turn to the right on foreign and domestic policy, and an intensified reliance on the unions and NDP for “progressive” cover.

Uranium contaminated site collapsed into the Detroit River during the Thanksgiving holiday

By Kevin Reed, 7 December 2019

The public was not alerted to the existence of the toxic spill potentially affecting Detroit’s drinking water until a report was published this week by a local paper across the river in Windsor, Ontario.

Harvard University retaliates against striking graduate students

By Kate Randall, 7 December 2019

Several academic departments have informed graduate student teaching staff that they are responsible for reporting whether they are working, and that those who are striking should not expect to be paid.

Northern Virginia transit worker strike spreads as 600 Fairfax Connector workers join 130 Metrobus workers on strike against Transdev

By Harvey Simpkins, 7 December 2019

The ATU is seeking to limit the Fairfax Connector strike as much as possible, stating that the strike is over “unfair labor practices” and “bad faith bargaining” committed by the Company. It has offered no official demands.

South Florida UPS driver, motorist killed in reckless police shootout in rush hour traffic

By Matthew Taylor, 7 December 2019

At least nineteen police officers fire 200 rounds into a UPS delivery truck which had been hijacked after a jewelry store heist, killing the driver, the two carjackers and an nearby motorist.

US farmer suicides on the rise as Trump’s trade war, extreme weather hit hard

By Anthony Bertolt, 7 December 2019

Farm debt in the US stands at a combined $416 billion, which is an all-time high, and more than half of all farmers have lost money every year since 2013.

Vote “no” on the FCA contract! Form rank and file committees to oppose UAW sellout!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 7 December 2019

The United Auto Workers is seeking to ram through a sellout contract at Fiat Chrysler which will lay the basis for the expanded use of temporary workers, further attacks on health care and integrate the union even more closely with corporate management.

Trump administration food stamp cuts spell hunger and destitution for millions

By Kate Randall, 6 December 2019

The Trump Administration announced Wednesday a rule change that will deprive nearly 700,000 people of benefits from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, increasing hunger for countless families.

Pelosi announces Democrats to begin drafting impeachment charges against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2019

The House Speaker announced Thursday plans to draw up articles of impeachment for President Trump.

Seton Hall Law School report exposes new details of CIA torture program

By Kevin Reed, 6 December 2019

The report reveals for the first time—with drawings and notes provided by CIA detainee Abu Zubaydah—details of the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by the US government.

Ontario teachers strike against government assault on public education

By our reporters, 6 December 2019

Wednesday’s province-wide high school teachers’ strike won widespread support from parents, students and other working people.

Over 2 million Americans don’t have access to indoor plumbing or water, report finds

By Jacob Crosse, 6 December 2019

The inequality that is endemic to the capitalist system finds expression in the lack of access to the most basic of human needs in the richest country in the world.

Seattle schools propose race-centric “ethnomathematics” curriculum

By Kayla Costa and Nancy Hanover, 6 December 2019

The curriculum proposal for an Ethnic Studies-based math is part of a broader effort to inject identity politics into public schools.

Imperialist powers intensify pressure on Iranian regime in wake of protests

By Jordan Shilton, 30 November 2019

US imperialism is chiefly responsible for the tense standoff in the Persian Gulf. But the claims of the Iranian regime that “collective security” can be achieved by establishing a closer military alliance with Beijing and Moscow are reactionary.

Explosions at Texas petrochemical plant force over 40,000 to evacuate their homes

By Jacob Crosse, 30 November 2019

The Port Neches plant, owned by the Houston-based Texas Petroleum Chemical Group, has been out of compliance for years and fined multiple times by the Environmental Protection Agency.

John Deere demands further job cuts through “voluntary separation program”

By George Gallanis, 30 November 2019

The “voluntary separation program” was announced just prior to Deere’s posting of lower net income during its fourth quarterly earnings call.

Canada’s Human Rights Tribunal condemns government’s treatment of indigenous children

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 30 November 2019

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has rebuked the Liberal government for its refusal to compensate poor indigenous children and their families for discriminatory and neglectful treatment.

Trump signs Hong Kong “democracy” bill

By Nick Beams, 29 November 2019

Entitled the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”—and passed by the US Congress with only one dissenting voice, making it veto-proof—the legislation has nothing to do with either.

Over 250 students arrested in Michigan by ICE in fake university scam

By Jacob Crosse, 29 November 2019

After arresting 161 students in January and February earlier this year, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement revealed that they had detained an additional 91 students in an ongoing sting operation conducted by the federal agency.

Brookings Institution study finds a staggering 44 percent of US workers earn low wages

By Jessica Goldstein, 29 November 2019

The study’s finding that 44 percent of the US workforce earn low wages paints a devastating picture of the realities of capitalism and working class life in the world’s wealthiest country.

Trump threatens to designate Mexican cartels as “terrorists”

By Andrea Lobo, 28 November 2019

The step would set the stage for direct US military interventions in Mexico, while pressuring the Mexican government to escalate militarized repression of social opposition.

Five dead in Minneapolis, Minnesota high-rise fire

By Matt Rigel, 28 November 2019

Most of the victims were Somali immigrants in a neighborhood near the city’s downtown area.

Billionaire Bloomberg enters race for Democratic presidential nomination

By Patrick Martin, 25 November 2019

Bloomberg has made a $37 million down-payment on what could well be a billion-dollar campaign.

GM bribery lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler fueling growing outrage among autoworkers over UAW corruption

By Tom Hall, 23 November 2019

The lawsuit is part of a ruthless struggle over market share in the auto industry, under conditions of an accelerating global downturn and an escalation of the attack on autoworkers.

Allegations of racist incidents lead to virtual shutdown of campus at Syracuse University

By Genevieve Leigh, 23 November 2019

The university has accepted the demands of students, including moves toward the segregation of dorms based on race, but the campus has been effectively closed through the end of the semester.

Historically low number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits due to increasing restrictions

By Jacob Crosse, 23 November 2019

Restrictions enacted by state and federal governments following the Great Recession have prevented millions from receiving their deserved benefits and discouraged those in need from applying.

Rising seas threaten US Pacific nuclear dump

By John Braddock, 23 November 2019

A concrete dome, a relic of the US nuclear testing program, is breaking up and beginning to spill deadly nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean.

Who decided the US should fight a “hot war” with Russia?

By Andre Damon, 23 November 2019

The impeachment inquiry has exposed a US conspiracy to spend billions of dollars to overthrow an elected government in Ukraine and foment a civil war that has killed thousands of people.

Obama joins effort to push Democratic primary campaign to the right

By Patrick Martin, 18 November 2019

Obama declared his opposition to anything “revolutionary” or “crazy” being put forward by presidential candidates whom he did not name, although he was clearly referring to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Louisiana governor wins re-election in blow to Trump

By Patrick Martin, 18 November 2019

Edwards won despite three campaign appearances by President Trump and an all-out effort by the Republican National Committee.

Federal court strips citizenship from US-born woman held in Syrian detention camp

By Tom Carter, 18 November 2019

Handing a victory to the far-right campaign to undermine the Fourteenth Amendment, a federal judge found that Hoda Muthana is not a citizen despite the fact that the State Department twice issued a passport listing her nationality as “United States of America.”

Former US Secretary of State Kissinger points to danger of “catastrophic” conflict between US and China

By Nick Beams, 16 November 2019

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has warned of an inevitable “conflict” between the US and China that “will be worse than the world wars that ruined European civilisation.”

Seeking to cultivate fascistic base, Trump pardons two war criminals and promotes a third

By Evan Blake, 16 November 2019

Trump’s unprecedented pardoning of war criminals highlights the authoritarian character of his administration.

United Auto Workers declares sellout Ford contract ratified amidst widespread opposition

By Tom Hall, 16 November 2019

The vote, in which more workers voted “no” or abstained than voted in favor, is a declaration of no confidence in the UAW.

Strike against Asarco copper enters second month

By Samuel Davidson, 16 November 2019

The strike by 2,000 copper miners in Arizona and Texas against massive concessions demands has entered its second month, while the United Steelworkers seeks to isolate and betray the strike.

Notes on police violence

No charges against US Park Police in 2017 shooting death of Bijan Ghaisar

By Harvey Simpkins, 16 November 2019

US Park Police in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., gunned down the unarmed 25-year old in his vehicle after he was the victim of a minor traffic incident.

The Trump impeachment and US policy in Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2019

The public hearings on impeachment have brought to light bitter recriminations within the US ruling elite sparked by the failure of its anti-Russia efforts in Ukraine.