The struggle against war

Australian foreign policy White Paper underscores danger of war

By Peter Symonds, 5 December 2017

The document reflects the rising anxieties in ruling circles over the breakdown of the post-World War II order and the emergence of “a more competitive and contested world.”

US Senate hearing exposes danger of nuclear war

By Andre Damon, 16 November 2017

Tuesday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the use of nuclear weapons highlighted the acute danger of the eruption of a war that could kill hundreds of millions of people.

Saudi crisis threatens wider war in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 13 November 2017

The mass arrests in Saudi Arabia, combined with the kidnapping of Lebanon’s prime minister and the escalation of the war against Yemen, point to immense instability.

The colossal cost of Washington’s unending wars

By Bill Van Auken, 9 November 2017

According to Brown University’s latest “Costs of War” report, the Pentagon has squandered nearly $6 trillion over the past 16 years of US invasions, occupations and military interventions.

US prepares to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert

By Andre Damon, 24 October 2017

Amid a standoff with North Korea and tensions with Russia and China, Washington is preparing to return its fleet of B-52 nuclear bombers to 24-hour alert for the first time since 1991.

Afghanistan prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

By Niles Niemuth, 17 October 2017

Bergdahl pleaded guilty out of concern that he would not receive a fair trial after President Donald Trump declared him a traitor and called for his execution multiple times.

The US on the brink of war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 October 2017

As Trump faces a mounting political crisis at home, the US president may see a war with North Korea as a means of shoring up his administration and crushing domestic political opposition.

US army chief urges greater “combat readiness” for war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 11 October 2017

The US is planning an illegal war of aggression against North Korea on a scale that would dwarf its military interventions into Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

North Korea warns that Trump’s threats are a declaration of war

By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2017

Washington’s constant drumbeat of threats and military provocations is aimed at forcing Pyongyang to unconditionally capitulate or goad it into action that can be seized on as the casus belli for a war of annihilation.

At site of Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech

Sanders declares his allegiance to US imperialism

By Tom Hall, 26 September 2017

Sanders’ speech, which denounced Russia and promoted the war in Syria, was an affirmation of support for the imperialist and militarist foreign policy of the American ruling class.

As Trump threatens North Korea, most Americans oppose war

By Peter Symonds, 25 September 2017

An opinion poll revealed the majority of Americans oppose a US attack on North Korea, fear it will lead to a wider war and do not trust Trump as commander-in-chief.

Trump provokes North Korean counter-threats and heightens war danger

By Peter Symonds, 23 September 2017

North Korea has clearly concluded that the US is intent on destroying its government and is developing its nuclear arsenal in a desperate bid to counter the US threat.

Trump’s UN tirade and the logic of imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2017

The absence of any serious evaluation of the implications of war reflects the aggressive militarism and recklessness that prevails within the political establishment.

Sixteen years after 9/11: lies, hypocrisy and militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2017

The media has largely blacked out new revelations of the direct role of Saudi Arabia, one of Washington’s closest Mideast allies, in preparing the attacks.

UN head warns Korean crisis could spiral into world war

By James Cogan, 7 September 2017

Sharp divisions exist between the US, China and Russia over Washington’s demands that the UN impose a total trade embargo on North Korea.

The “military-industrial complex” in power

By Andre Damon, 24 August 2017

The ruling elite has used the crisis surrounding the president’s endorsement of the neo-fascist rampage in Charlottesville, Virginia to consolidate the grip of the military over the White House.

Amid India-China war crisis, Washington boosts strategic ties with New Delhi

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 19 August 2017

Washington’s intervention in the conflict heightens the danger that an Indo-China border clash could draw in the US and other powers, with catastrophic consequences.

Indian students speak out against imperialist war drive

By our correspondents, 19 August 2017

Chennai college students discuss the US-led war drive and the Indian government’s role as Washington’s strategic partner.

The US sanctions drive and the danger of war

By Alex Lantier, 1 August 2017

Amid a mounting domestic political crisis and a breakdown of long-standing alliances, the United States is simultaneously escalating its military threats against nuclear-armed Russia and China.

Amid escalating militarism

Poll shows 76 percent of Americans fear a major war

By Bill Van Auken, 19 July 2017

A poll released Tuesday revealed that 76 percent of the American population is worried about the outbreak of a major war, even as the entire political establishment embraces escalating militarism.

Washington’s war crimes in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 15 June 2017

UN war crimes investigators found that the US military has inflicted a “staggering loss of civilian life” with its relentless airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Raqqa.

A reply to ANZAC Heroes author, Maria Gill

By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 14 June 2017

Gill objected to the WSWS review of her book and claimed that she was an “anti-war person.”

Socialist Alternative joins pro-war witch-hunt of Australian academic

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 May 2017

The pseudo-left organisation endorsed the media attacks on Tim Anderson for rejecting the claims about chemical weapons used to justify Washington’s bombing of Syria.

National Guard, Pentagon hold drills testing preparations for nuclear attack on the US

By Niles Niemuth, 2 May 2017

Annual emergency preparedness exercises this year involved testing the response of government agencies and the military to the detonation of a nuclear bomb in a major American city.

May Day 2017: Lessons of history and the fight for socialism

By David North, 1 May 2017

This speech was delivered by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North to open the 2017 International May Day Online Rally, held on April 30.

US bombings in Syria and Afghanistan

A new stage in the repudiation of international law

By Mike Head, 29 April 2017

The ever-greater assertion of US militarism has brought humanity to the point where the rules of war are being nakedly flouted.

Climate scientist Michael Mills describes the devastation of a nuclear detonation

People get “melted into burning pools of fat”

By Bryan Dyne, 27 April 2017

Michael Mills has spent nearly a decade modeling the climatic effects of what the US military would consider a “limited nuclear war.”

Australian Socialist Alternative conference: In the service of imperialism

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

The gathering issued a full-throated defence of American imperialism and explicitly denounced any fight to build an anti-war movement of the working class.

Trump summons the Senate to the White House

By Andre Damon, 26 April 2017

The entire US Senate will go to the White House today to be briefed by military officials on preparations for a possible military strike against North Korea.

Hawaii to modernize nuclear fallout shelters

By Niles Niemuth, 24 April 2017

As the Trump administration threatens to strike nuclear-armed North Korea, Hawaii is requesting the Pentagon's assistance in updating nuclear fallout shelters and disaster plans.

SEP (Australia) and IYSSE public meetings

Stop the drive to world war! For peace, equality and socialism!

22 April 2017

The meetings will outline the socialist and internationalist perspective required to prevent the descent of the global capitalist system into a catastrophic third world war.

The silence of the pseudo-left on the danger of war

By Eric London, 20 April 2017

Many political organizations that call themselves left-wing are ignoring or acquiescing to Trump’s dropping of the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan and his reckless threats against North Korea

Trump administration recklessly escalating the conflict with Korea

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 17 April 2017

Not since the height of the Cold War has the danger of a nuclear war been so great.

Media, political establishment treat dropping of biggest bomb since Hiroshima as nonevent

By Barry Grey, 15 April 2017

The first-ever use in combat of the most destructive nonnuclear weapon in the US arsenal evoked no significant protest from either the media or the political establishment in the US and Europe.

“In a nuclear war between the US and Russia, everybody in the world would die”

Nuclear experts speak on the dangers of war between the US and Russia

By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 15 April 2017

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with Steven Starr and Greg Mello, both experts on the consequences of nuclear war.

What would a US-European-Russian war look like?

By Barry Grey, 13 April 2017

There is virtually no discussion in the mass media of the catastrophic consequences of a war involving the United States, the European powers and Russia.

Pseudo-left endorses imperialist onslaught against Syria

By Andre Damon, 11 April 2017

The middle-class political parties with roots in the anti-war protest movement of the 1960s have become cheerleaders for US imperialism.

Upcoming SEP/IYSSE public meetings

No to war in Syria!

11 April 2017

WSWS writer Bill Van Auken will be speaking at a meeting in New York City on April 15, and other meetings are currently scheduled in California, Michigan, Oregon, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Illinois.

Washington protests proposal for nuclear disarmament

By Andre Damon, 29 March 2017

After having killed millions of people in the name of preventing the proliferation of “weapons of mass destruction,” the US and its allies denounced a UN proposal to ban nuclear arms.

Japanese imperialism rearms

By Peter Symonds, 24 March 2017

The acquisition of offensive weapons for the first time since the end of World War II would be another major step toward Japan’s rearmament.

Public meeting on “World War and the Russian Revolution” in Chennai, India

4 March 2017

The meeting will discuss the crisis of capitalism, the drive toward world war and the political significance of the Russian Revolution.

Trump threats on South China Sea heighten risk of nuclear war

By Peter Symonds, 25 January 2017

The only means of barring China from access to its islets in the South China Sea is a naval and air blockade, an act of war.

Nuclear winter—the long-suppressed reality of nuclear war

An interview with scientist and anti-nuclear activist Steven Starr

By Bryan Dyne, 19 January 2017

The World Socialist Web Site recently interviewed Steven Starr, an expert on the dangers of nuclear war.

No “Peace on Earth” in 2016

By Andre Damon, 24 December 2016

The vast scale of global violence this past year will be eclipsed only by what next year threatens to bring.

Week Three: The Struggle Against War

MEHRING BOOKS 2016 HOLIDAY SALE

8 December 2016

For week three of our Holiday Sale we are featuring works on the fight against imperialist war

Germany: Successful IYSSE meeting on Trump’s election held in Frankfurt

By our correspondents, 5 December 2016

What are the causes and consequences of Trump’s election? This question was at the centre of the well-attended IYSSE meeting in Frankfurt.

Jörg Baberowski’s falsification of history

By Christoph Vandreier, 5 December 2016

Historians like Humboldt University's Jörg Baberowski are labouring to rewrite and falsify history in order to justify new wars and discredit opposition to them.

Germany: New recruiting drive by the Bundeswehr

By Johannes Stern, 5 December 2016

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen wants to increase the size of the armed forces and recruit thousands of new soldiers in the coming years.

New York Times vents Washington’s rage over debacle in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2016

The Times has churned out countless lying editorials and columns justifying the bloodbath instigated by US imperialism in Syria as a “human rights” crusade.

Germany: Humboldt University Student Parliament opposes military advertising at university

By our reporter, 24 November 2016

The motion to ban advertising by the armed forces at the university was introduced by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) chapter at Humboldt.

Oppose right-wing ideology at Humboldt University: An open letter to Professor Thomas Sandkühler

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 16 November 2016

The IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin is protesting against the attempt to suppress legitimate criticism of the right-wing historian Jörg Baberowski.

Indian defence minister urges jettisoning of “no first-strike” nuclear pledge

By Keith Jones, 14 November 2016

In the midst of a war crisis with Pakistan, India’s defence minister has criticized the country’s “No First Use” nuclear-weapons policy for “giving away strength.”

SEP candidate Jerry White addresses Socialism vs Capitalism and War conference

8 November 2016

In his remarks at the SEP conference in Detroit, White outlined the basis of the SEP election campaign and called for an international socialist movement of the working class against war.

Broad turnout for “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War” conference in Detroit

By Kate Randall, 7 November 2016

The conference mapped out a strategy for building a new antiwar movement based on the fight for socialist internationalism in opposition to the two parties of big business and war.

Attendees at SEP anti-war conference speak on war danger, US election

By a WSWS reporting team, 7 November 2016

Workers and young people attending the conference “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” held November 5 in Detroit, said they were impressed by the presentations and encouraged by the fight against war being conducted by the Socialist Equality Party and the IYSSE.

Build an international movement against imperialist war!

By Socialist Equality Party, 3 November 2016

The conference this Saturday in Detroit, Michigan, “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” will outline a political strategy for building a socialist movement of the international working class against the danger of a Third World War.

US-Russian war tensions mount over Eastern Europe and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2016

NATO countries meeting in Brussels have promised to deploy troops and heavy weapons on Russia’s borders in the biggest buildup since the height of the Cold War.

What is behind the anti-Russia campaign in the US?

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2016

A major theme of the 2016 US presidential campaign has been the campaign to depict Russia as intent on manipulating the election through cyber warfare.

Guantánamo Diary author released after 14 years in illegal detention

By Zaida Green, 19 October 2016

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, now 45, has never been charged with a crime.

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate denounces US escalation of Iraq War

By Jerry White, 19 October 2016

Jerry White, the SEP candidate for US president, condemns the escalation of US military violence and calls on workers to attend the November 5 conference “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War.”

US steps up anti-Russian rhetoric over Syria as EU foreign ministers meet

By Robert Stevens, 17 October 2016

The US, UK and France are seeking to impose additional sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Syria.

The ISO and the New America think tank denounce opposition to the war in Syria

By Eric London, 17 October 2016

The ISO last week published an interview on its Socialist Worker web site with a journalist linked to the New America think tank who advocates an escalation of the US military intervention in Syria.

The November 5 conference, “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” and the building of a new movement against imperialist war

By Eric London and Joseph Kishore, 12 October 2016

Despite the extreme dangers facing the population of the entire world, outside of the International Committee of the Fourth International, there is no organized movement against imperialist war.

France’s New Anticapitalist Party denounces opposition to NATO escalation in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2016

The New Anticapitalist Party’s agitation for a direct Western intervention in Syria is indistinguishable from the propaganda of the CIA and the French media.

German media steps up drumbeat for war and militarism

By Johannes Stern, 6 October 2016

Articles in two prominent newspapers urge intensification of the war drive despite the opposition of the population.

One year since the official acknowledgment of the Flint water crisis

Billions for infrastructure and health care not war!

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 5 October 2016

The Socialist Equality Party fights for the only viable program to address the disaster inflicted on the residents of Flint, Michigan.

The “major and deadly” wars to come

By Andre Damon, 3 October 2016

A report by a leading geopolitical strategy think tank makes clear that the US military is engaged in intensive planning for wars involving massive casualties.

Deutsche Bank and the global financial crisis

By Nick Beams, 1 October 2016

The contradiction between booming financial markets and intractable slump in the underlying economy is assuming an ever more explosive form.

WSWS interview with David North: A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony, 1990-2016

28 September 2016

The interview covered a wide range of topics, from the significance of the dissolution of the USSR to the pro-imperialist politics of the pseudo-left and the revolutionary role of the working class.

Syria and the pro-imperialist pseudo-left

By Alex Lantier, 27 September 2016

The response of leading spokesmen of state capitalist and Pabloite tendencies reflect the increasingly open pro-war policies of substantial sections of the international pseudo-left.

New Zealand public meetings: The US Navy visit and the drive to war

By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 27 September 2016

The SEG and IYSSE are holding meetings in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Auckland to discuss a socialist program to fight against Washington’s war drive against China.

The threat of world war: The great unmentionable in the 2016 campaign

By Patrick Martin, 19 September 2016

Neither Clinton nor Trump is discussing the increasing likelihood of a US war with Russia or China, although the Pentagon is making active preparations.

European Commission President Juncker calls for state-build up and war

By Johannes Stern, 15 September 2016

Two days before Friday's post-Brexit summit in Bratislava, Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the EU faces “an existential crisis” and called for police-state build-up and war.

Fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks

By The WSWS editorial board, 12 September 2016

The attacks of September 11, 2001 provided a pretext for a vast escalation of global military operations that threaten a Third World War.

US and allies threaten North Korea with sanctions and military attack

By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2016

Another round of punitive measures over Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test will exacerbate tensions on the Korean Peninsula and heighten the danger of war.

Fighting rages on in Syria in wake of US-Russia brokered agreement

By Jordan Shilton, 12 September 2016

Washington has acceded to the agreement to give some respite to its proxy forces around Aleppo, where government troops have made substantial gains over recent weeks.

White House to maintain nuclear “first strike” policy

By Andre Damon, 7 September 2016

The US is reportedly keeping its “first strike” policy amid relentless threats against Russia and China and an election campaign aimed at preparing for war.

An interview with Roy Scranton, author of War Porn

By Eric London, 1 September 2016

Novelist Roy Scranton spoke with the WSWS about his debut novel, War Porn, and the role of art in opposing war.

Stop the German government’s preparations for war!

By Socialist Equality Party of Germany, 25 August 2016

The “Civil Defence Concept” presented by German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday proposes a range of measures to prepare the population for war.

War Porn by Roy Scranton

The anti-war novel re-emerges in American literature

By Eric London, 22 August 2016

The debut novel by former US Army soldier Roy Scranton is a portrayal of a society devastated by a state of permanent war.

Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth condemns US-backed war in Yemen

19 August 2016

This statement was given in response to the ongoing assault on Yemen by Saudi Arabia, including the destruction of a Doctors Without Borders Hospital this week.

The provocation in Crimea and the threat of world war

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2016

The terrorist attack in Crimea and ratcheting up of the war threat in Eastern Europe have exposed the real purpose of the anti-Putin hysteria in both the US election campaign and the Rio Olympics.

The United Steelworkers, economic nationalism and the US drive to war

By Evan Winters and Jerry White, 10 August 2016

The USW's calls for tariffs against “foreign steel” and its nationalist agitation against China are aimed at dragooning workers into supporting US imperialism’s preparations for war.

Take up the fight against war, austerity and dictatorship!

Build the IYSSE on Australian campuses and schools!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 25 July 2016

Developments since the Australian federal election have underscored the preparations by the ruling elite for war with China and authoritarian forms of rule.

The Turkish coup, US militarism and the collapse of democracy

By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2016

The tumultuous events in Turkey have exposed the interconnection between the worldwide eruption of US militarism and the global breakdown of democratic forms of rule.

Three quarters of Labour MPs back renewal of UK nuclear missile system

By Robert Stevens, 20 July 2016

MPs from the ruling Conservatives and opposition Labour Party took it in turns to support the use of nuclear weapons.

The Hague ruling: A dangerous step toward war

By Peter Symonds, 14 July 2016

The court decision on the South China Sea will heighten tensions and the risk that a minor incident spirals out of control and triggers a conflict between the US and China.

A dangerous turn to economic nationalism

By Nick Beams, 12 July 2016

With all efforts to return global economic growth to pre-2008 levels having failed, the ruling class’s economic theorists have turned to the promotion of protectionism and nationalism.

NATO summit plans escalation against Russia in Eastern Europe, Middle East

By Alex Lantier, 11 July 2016

NATO is planning a major military escalation, based on plans for a perpetual state of war in the Middle East and preparations for all-out war with Russia in Europe.

New book by David North

A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony 1990–2016

By David North, 11 July 2016

We publish here the preface to A Quarter Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony, 1990-2016 by David North, the chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site. The book is available for preorder today at Mehring Books.

The Chilcot verdict on Iraq: A war crime by British and US imperialism

By Julie Hyland, 7 July 2016

The Chilcot report provides conclusive proof that those responsible for the war have the blood of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, on their hands.

Australian voters speak out against drive to war

By our reporters, 5 July 2016

Despite the official conspiracy of silence over the US plans for war against China, workers and youth expressed concern about the growth of militarism.

Europe and US continue anti-Russian sanctions

By Andrea Peters, 4 July 2016

On the same day the EU extended asset freezes, travel bans, and trade embargoes targeting Russia, the US announced new sanctions directed against the Russian defense industry.

Obama’s drone order: Institutionalizing a state murder operation

By Bill Van Auken, 2 July 2016

The figures released by the White House on civilian victims of illegal US drone strikes are a fraction of the numbers documented by independent investigations.

Washington’s “second nuclear age”

By Andre Damon, 21 June 2016

The Obama administration’s $1 trillion nuclear modernization program is clearing the way for nuclear weapons to be used in combat.

US Navy to continue Black Sea incursions, brushing aside Russian demands

By Thomas Gaist, 18 June 2016

Rather than countering “Russian aggression,” the breakneck militarization of the Black Sea is rooted in the drive by the US and European powers to control the Eurasian landmass.

The return of “secular stagnation”

By Nick Beams, 17 June 2016

Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen’s comments on Wednesday pointed to the emergence of “secular stagnation” in the global economy, a term first developed in the 1930s.

Obama green-lights escalation of Afghanistan war

By Thomas Gaist, 11 June 2016

The White House has authorized a major escalation of US air and ground combat operations targeting Taliban forces and others opposed to the stooge regime in Kabul.

Hurtling toward the precipice of war, Modi cements Indo-US alliance

By Keith Jones, 10 June 2016

The alliance between the Indian bourgeoisie and US imperialism represents a sea change in world geopolitics, with explosive implications for inter-state relations across Asia and the world.

US confronts China over trade, investment in Beijing talks

By Peter Symonds, 7 June 2016

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew set the tone for the annual dialogue with imperious demands that China slash overcapacity in steel and aluminium.