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Worries for car workers

09 December 2008
The US Congress and the White House seem set to finalise an emergency $15 billion short-term loan to keep the General Motors (GM), Chrysler and Ford car companies afloat.

US bank bailout doubled but recession continues

02 December 2008
News that the US economy has been in recession for a year will come as little surprise to millions of Americans facing job losses and home repossession.

Barack Obama is drinking from two cups

25 November 2008
US president-elect Barack Obama has put forward a "stimulus" package for the US economy that makes chancellor Alistair Darling’s pre-budget proposals taste like weak milky tea.

US voices for change

11 November 2008
Jim Baldridge – Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Baltimore ‘I went with a busload of union members from Maryland to Richmond, Virginia, to support the Obama campaign.

Early policy plans show conflicting pressures on Obama

11 November 2008
Some of the names being touted for Barack Obama’s cabinet show the twin pressures faced by the new president. Many people will find little comfort in his selections.

Key issues facing Obama as he becomes president

11 November 2008
The widespread exhilaration at Barack Obama’s victory will be tempered by fear that his administration will not make the radical changes that so many are demanding.

The movement behind Barack Obama

11 November 2008
Millions of people around the globe celebrated last week as Barack Obama won the US presidential election, turfing George Bush’s hated regime out of the White House.

Obama’s victory captures the mood for real change

05 November 2008
Millions of people are celebrating across the world today after Barack Obama was elected as the first black president of the United States – a momentous achievement in a country with a long history of entrenched and vicious racism.

Is Barack Obama the change we need?

04 November 2008
The people of the US were heading to the polls to vote for their new president as Socialist Worker went to press. All the early indications were that Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, is set to sweep aside his Republican rival John McCain.

Ground-breaking oral historian Studs Terkel dies

04 November 2008
American writer and activist Studs Terkel died last week, aged 96.

Workers in struggle: the other America

28 October 2008
The enormous enthusiasm that surrounds Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign is an expression of the desire of millions to see change.

Did the ‘New Deal’ benefit US workers?

21 October 2008
The events of the past month have brought the question of state intervention in markets into sharp focus. Since the rise of neoliberalism 30 years ago, belief in the rule of the free market has become absolute among our rulers.

Barack Obama rides high on wave of anger

14 October 2008
Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are on course to transform the US political landscape.

Will the economic crisis help Obama?

23 September 2008
Is Barack Obama making a turn to the left? His recent statements on the US economy seem to suggest so.

Photos of the real faces of America

16 September 2008

The real faces of America

16 September 2008
My journey started in Miami, Florida – a city of conspicuous wealth where grand mansions jostle for space along bleached white beaches. But there is another side to Miami – the poverty of the Magic City trailer park where I met Marcos Antonio Prado, a migrant from Guatemala.

US nationalises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as panic grows over crisis

09 September 2008
Imagine that a government summons the heads of two of the biggest corporations to its treasury headquarters in order to deliver an ultimatum – either they agree to a state takeover or have one forced upon them.

John McCain and Barack Obama are both caught up in the system’s game

02 September 2008
After a week dominated by Barack Obama’s consecration at the Democratic convention in Denver, his Republican rival has succeeded brilliantly in upstaging him.

Barack Obama's campaign moves further to the right

26 August 2008
The Democratic Party National Convention (DNC), which took place this week in Denver, Colorado, will have been watched by millions. It will have confirmed Barack Obama as the party's presidential candidate.

The 1930s revival of US working class struggle

12 August 2008
The Great Depression of the 1930s dealt an incredible blow to US capitalism. Industrial production fell dramatically. By 1932, one quarter of the US workforce was unemployed.

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