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Social Breakdown: Violence in the US

Obama announces task force on gun violence

By Joseph Kishore, December 20, 2012

While working to obscure the social roots of the mass killing in Connecticut, the Obama administration is seizing on the tragedy to press for expanded police powers under the banner of “gun control.”

Media, politicians obscure social roots of Connecticut shooting

By Joseph Kishore, December 18, 2012

No serious analysis can be found in the American media or within the political establishment of the social and political environment that gives rise to mass killings in the US.

Horror in Newtown

By editorial board, December 17, 2012

Beyond the individual motivations of the killer, the mass shooting at Newtown, Connecticut lays bare a brutality that pervades American society.

Chicago steps up police crackdown

By Kristina Betinis, July 3, 2012

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seizing on recent reports of increased criminal violence to intensify a police state measures directed against the entire population.

Autistic teen fatally shot by police in suburban Chicago home

By Shane Feratu, March 13, 2012

Stephon Watts, 15, was shot and killed in his home on February 1 by Calumet City Police officers.

The Austin airplane suicide and the political crisis in the US

By David Walsh, February 23, 2010

The suicide of software engineer Andrew Joseph Stack, who flew his small airplane into the seven-story building in Austin, Texas that houses the local offices of the Internal Revenue Service, was both shocking and tragic.

US: Software engineer crashes plane into IRS office

By Jerry White, February 20, 2010

On Thursday, 53-year-old software engineer Andrew Joseph Stack III flew his private airplane into a seven-story Austin, Texas building that houses the local offices of the Internal Revenue Service.

New York City: Police shooting of vendor underscores deep social tensions

By Sandy English, December 18, 2009

The fatal December 10 police shooting of street peddler Raymond Martinez in Times Square, the hub of the New York City’s tourist industry, has highlighted the acute social tensions gripping America’s largest city.

US military suicides reach new high

By James Cogan, December 2, 2009

The figures are an indicator of the immense psychological harm that the neo-colonial wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have done to members of the armed forces.

Letters on the shooting at Fort Hood

November 12, 2009

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

Mass shooting at Fort Hood: collateral damage from Iraq and Afghanistan wars

By David Walsh, November 7, 2009

The mayhem at Fort Hood in Texas, which has left 13 individuals dead and 30 injured, is a byproduct of the brutal wars in the Middle East and Central Asia. It is a form of “collateral damage.”

Arizona: Man killed in police shooting following home foreclosure

By Josué Olmos, October 6, 2009

Arizona police killed Kurt Aho last week in a shootout sparked by the foreclosure of his home.