US authorizes intensified air strikes against civilians in Iraq and Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 21 April 2016

The loosening of the Pentagon’s rules of engagement coincides with an escalation by the US and its Gulf allies in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

Obama flies to Saudi Arabia amid rising tensions

Once again on Saudi complicity in the 9/11 attacks

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

European powers on verge of new military intervention in Libya

By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2016

The European powers are exploiting the mass drownings in the Mediterranean to expand their military operations in the region.

NATO-Russia meetings resume amid fears of military clash in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 21 April 2016

After close encounters between US and Russian forces in the Baltic Sea, there are mounting fears of an accidental clash escalating into full-blown war between nuclear powers.

US-Russia tensions flare in Baltic Sea

“It’s reached a point where we had to stand up to them, and we are”
Striking Verizon workers speak out in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York

By our reporters, 21 April 2016

Hundreds of Verizon workers on Wednesday picketed a Verizon facility in Silver Spring, Maryland, which is being used to coordinate the company’s strikebreaking operations.

Verizon workers confront strikebreaking operation

Verizon strike at critical juncture

The political issues in the Verizon strike

More on the Verizon Strike »

Low-level officials face indictment in Flint lead poisoning crisis

By Shannon Jones, 21 April 2016

Two low-level state officials and a city of Flint employee face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges in relation to the lead poisoning of city residents.

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

New York cop convicted of killing Akai Gurley receives no prison time

By Philip Guelpa, 21 April 2016

The police officer who shot and killed a young African-American man in a New York public housing complex has been sentenced to probation and community service.

More on police violence in America »

Seven dead, hundreds homeless in Houston, Texas flood

By Shelley Connor, 21 April 2016

Houston’s working class residents have been forced to flee rising waters with little assistance from the city or state governments.

University of California, Davis pays $175,000 to erase pepper spraying incident from Internet

By Evan Blake, 21 April 2016

The revelation underscores the reactionary character of the campus administration.

Death toll rises in Ecuador earthquake

By Rafael Azul, 21 April 2016

Ecuador’s earthquake exposes lack of preparation and threatens a health emergency.

Ecuador earthquake kills hundreds

Two right-wing candidates to contest second round in Peru’s presidential vote

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 21 April 2016

National and international investors welcomed the results, as both contenders back policies facilitating the exploitation of the Peruvian working class.

US threatens harsh sanctions if North Korea conducts nuclear test

By Peter Symonds, 21 April 2016

The intensifying US pressure is not primarily directed at Pyongyang, but against Beijing, as part of the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”

Australian media demands austerity offensive via “double dissolution” election

By Mike Head, 21 April 2016

The corporate media’s concerns reflect the conundrum that has wracked governments over the past decade: how to impose deep cuts to living standards on a hostile electorate.

UK Leave and Remain campaigns seek to exploit fears over future of National Health Service

By Tony Robson, 21 April 2016

The Remain and Leave campaigns are led by parties that have cut NHS and opened up public health care for privatisation.

The political significance of the campaign for an active boycott of the Brexit referendum

Dramatic rise in poverty among German retirees

By Sybille Fuchs, 21 April 2016

By 2030, almost half of all new retirees will face the threat of a pension at the level of Hartz IV social welfare.

New in Russian

Премьер-министр Украины Яценюк уходит в отставку на фоне углубляющегося политического кризиса

Дэвид Левин, 20 апреля 2016 г.

В стране, где кризисы и политические скандалы превратились в постоянное явление, Яценюк покидает правительство с репутацией одной из самых ненавидимых фигур украинской политической жизни.

New in Turkish

Akdeniz’deki sığınmacı ölümleri: Emperyalist bir suç

Peter Schwarz, 21 Nisan 2016

Akdeniz’de her gün ölenlerin sayısı, dünya nüfusunun ezici çoğunluğuna kötüleşen toplumsal eşitsizlikten, baskıdan ve savaştan başka sunacak bir şeyi olmayan kapitalist sisteme yönelik bir ithamdır.

New in French

Au Caire, Hollande défend la junte tachée de sang de Sissi

Par Alex Lantier et Kumaran Ira, 21 avril 2016

Hollande a discuté avec le dictateur égyptien sa réponse aux attaques du 13 novembre à Paris avant de décider d’imposer un état d’urgence dans toute la France.

Morts des réfugiés en Méditerranée : Un crime impérialiste

Par Peter Schwarz, 21 avril 2016

Thousands of deaths by drowning are accepted, if not welcomed, as collateral damage required by the campaign to keep desperate refugees out of Europe. Des milliers de décès par noyade sont acceptés, sinon bien vu, comme des dommages collatéraux requis par la campagne pour garder les réfugiés désespérés hors de l’Europe.

Other Languages

Perspective

Life expectancy declines for white Americans

21 April 2016

New figures released by the Centers for Disease Control on declining life expectancy reflect the profound social crisis that is fueling the political convulsions in the US elections.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialism and the Fight Against War
Build an International Movement of the Working Class and Youth Against Imperialism!

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 18 February 2016

Commentary

German vice chancellor praises the hangman of Cairo

By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2016

“In my opinion you have an impressive president,” said Social Democratic Chairman Sigmar Gabriel, speaking in Cairo of the Egyptian despot Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

In Cairo, French President Hollande defends the bloodstained Sisi junta

Tensions rise between Italy and Egypt over Giulio Regeni murder

Refugee deaths in the Mediterranean: An imperialist crime

By Peter Schwarz, 20 April 2016

A comment on demoralized opportunists

By David North, 19 April 2016

Indian elite welcomes deal to allow US military to use ports and bases

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 April 2016

Brazil’s impeachment crisis and the debacle of the Workers Party

By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2016

Zika, social inequality and capitalism

By Bill Van Auken, 15 April 2016

NHS FIghtback

UK: Thousands march in Leeds to oppose attacks on National Health Service

By Robert Stevens and our reporters, 21 April 2016

The role of Keep Our NHS Public is to ensure that any fight back remains within the stranglehold of the Labour Party and the trade unions.

UK unions agree to implement pay cuts for NHS workers

More on NHS FIghtback »

The 2016 US elections

Clinton, Trump post New York primary victories

By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2016

Sanders makes a pilgrimage to Rome

Where’s the socialism in the Sanders campaign?

Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant stumps for Sanders at New York rally

By Sandy English, 18 April 2016

US elections: Republican crisis deepens over prospect of contested convention

By Patrick Martin, 14 April 2016

Is Sanders’ call to “break up the banks” a socialist demand?

Paul Krugman smears Bernie Sanders

More on the 2016 US elections »

Featured Video

Video: Flint residents speak out on ongoing water crisis

By Buster Haycook, 20 April 2016

The Flint water crisis and the US elections

Research team confirms dangerous levels of lead still contaminate Flint water supply

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Arts Review

Demolition: Take an investment banker apart, and what do you find?

By Carlos Delgado, 20 April 2016

A conversation with Stephen Parker, author of Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life

Stephen Parker’s Bertolt Brecht. A Literary Life—a welcome biography that raises big historical issues

Socialist Equality Party

SEP/IYSSE meetings in California: Art, War and Social Revolution

14 April 2016

Upcoming events in Cambridge, Mass. and Albuquerque, New Mexico
SEP meetings in the US: Socialism and the fight against war

Meeting May 24 in London
For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum! For the United Socialist States of Europe!

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose the drive to war, austerity and the assault on democratic rights!
Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 13 April 2016

25 years ago: Imperialist carve-up of Middle East continues

This week 25 years ago, more countries became involved in the partition of Iraq.

More »

50 years ago: Johnson proposes spending slowdown

On April 18, 1966, President Lyndon Johnson proposed a significant slowdown in the expansion of social programs as the cost of the war in Vietnam skyrocketed.

More »

75 years ago: Nazi Germany occupies Greece

On April 23, 1941, German military forces crushed the last resistance of Greek troops around Athens and the southernmost stretches of the Peloponnese and forced British expeditionary forces to evacuate to the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea.

More »

 

100 years ago: Easter Rising launched in Dublin, Ireland

April 24, 1916, was the first day of the Easter Rising in Dublin, Ireland—a revolutionary uprising directed against the brutal oppression of British imperialism.

More »