By Patrick Martin, 14 April 2014
It is the US-backed “rebels,” not the regime, who have the clearest incentive to stage gas attacks, as a pretext to provoke foreign military intervention.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 April 2014
The ongoing war in Syria, like the wars for regime change in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, is in part aimed against Russian political and commercial interests in the region.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 April 2014
US officials say they have a plan to supply the “moderate opposition” in Syria with weapons that are to be channelled through Washington’s regional allies.
By Patrick Martin, 7 April 2014
Citing numerous US intelligence and military sources, Hersh reports that the Obama administration was prepared to launch massive air strikes against Syria on the basis of lies.
By Patrick Martin, 29 March 2014
The US government will reportedly supply anti-aircraft missiles and launchers to the Syrian “rebels.”
By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2014
One Syrian soldier was killed and seven injured in the ninth Israeli military strike across its borders in the past month.
By Jean Shaoul, 22 February 2014
The General National Congress is little more than a consortium of Islamist forces, ex-Gaddafi regime elements, and criminal gangs.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2014
Having failed to advance regime-change through talks in Geneva, Washington is stepping up its funding and arming of Islamist and mercenary fighters in Syria.
By Tom Peters, 17 February 2014
The government’s decision, taken without any semblance of due process, sets a new precedent in attacks on democratic rights.
By Mike Head, 12 February 2014
Remarks by the US and French presidents indicate a shift to a more aggressive posture toward the Syrian government.
By Mike Head, 4 February 2014
The Abbott government is whipping up fears of terrorism in order to justify a deeper offensive against basic democratic rights.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2014
Washington and its allies are escalating pressure on Syria over chemical weapons and professed “humanitarian” concerns.
By Chris Marsden, 28 January 2014
Washington saw its ultimatum to Syrian President Bashar al Assad as a means of ratcheting up tensions and placing maximum pressure on Iran.
By Patrick O’Connor, 23 January 2014
The talks underway in Switzerland make clear that Washington has not backed away from its regime-change policy.
By Alex Lantier, 22 January 2014
With talks on the Syrian war opening today, the US political and media establishment ratcheted up tensions with the Syrian regime yesterday.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2014
Plans for talks on a political settlement of the three-year-old war in Syria were thrown into disarray Monday, just two days before the talks were set to open in Switzerland.
By Alex Lantier, 20 January 2014
With their Islamist proxies facing defeat on the battlefield, Washington and its allies are trying to impose a neo-colonial regime on Syria through diplomacy.
By Isaac Finn, 17 January 2014
Confronted with a government corruption scandal and growing instability on the Turkish-Syrian border, the AKP government has signaled a sudden shift in policy.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2014
While the US pursues negotiations on Syria and Iran’s nuclear program to facilitate its “pivot to Asia,” the catastrophe that Washington has unleashed in the Middle East threatens to metastasize into a regional war.
By Alex Lantier, 13 January 2014
Top US and European diplomats assembled Sunday in Paris for a two-day meeting of the so-called Friends of Syria group.
By Keith Jones, 10 January 2014
Washington is intensifying efforts to use the upcoming international conference on Syria to remove Bashar al-Assad, while seeking fresh concessions from Iran.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Johannes Stern, 8 January 2014
As the Tunisian Revolution approaches its third anniversary, the Tunisian ruling elite is resuming its “national dialogue” aimed at pre-empting renewed working class struggles.
By Chris Marsden, 7 January 2014
The Middle East stands as proof of the malignant role of imperialism in imposing grinding poverty, brutal levels of exploitation and the ever growing danger of war.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2014
Washington and Tehran have both pledged support to the Maliki government in Iraq, while ruling out the deployment of troops in the escalating battle in Anbar province.
By Jean Shaoul, 30 December 2013
The killing of former Lebanese Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah underscores the threat of war that has spread throughout the region.
New York Times report:
By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2013
The Times report confirms that the Benghazi attack was blowback from the CIA’s use of Islamic terrorist groups to attack the Gaddafi regime in Libya.
By Jean Shaoul, 17 December 2013
The main thrust of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy—its opposition to Iran and the “Shia arc”—has been undermined by Washington.
By Patrick O’Connor, 16 December 2013
The US-backed, Islamist-dominated “rebel” militias are responsible for multiple chemical attacks against Syrian soldiers and civilians.
By Keith Jones, 13 December 2013
The United States and Britain have suspended military aid to the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army—their proxy force in the war to overthrow the Assad government.
By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2013
The latest civilian deaths underscore the indiscriminate and illegal character of US drone strikes.
By Barry Grey, 11 December 2013
The response of the American media to Hersh’s authoritative exposure of US government criminality has been to bury it.
By Barry Grey, 10 December 2013
Hersh’s detailed account exposes as a calculated fraud the propaganda churned out by the administration and uncritically repeated by the media to provide a pretext for a military attack on Syria.
By Keith Jones, 30 November 2013
The revelation of the US-Hezbollah talks comes just days after the US and its allies reached an interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.
By Keith Jones, 28 November 2013
After reaching an interim nuclear deal last week, Iran is preparing to make far-reaching concessions to US oil and foreign policy interests.
By Peter Symonds, 25 November 2013
Over the next six months, the US and its European allies will undoubtedly intensify the pressure on Iran for further major concessions.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 November 2013
The draft agreement between Washington and its puppet regime in Kabul calls for as many as 15,000 US and NATO troops as well as nine permanent bases.
By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2013
On Monday, the New York Times carried an article on the death of Abdulkader al-Saleh, the leader of the Tawhid (“Monotheism”) opposition militia in Syria.
By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2013
The international negotiations are bound up with economic and geo-political considerations that go far beyond Iran’s nuclear programs.
By Keith Jones, 20 November 2013
The bombing, coming the day before the resumption of talks over Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva, aimed to ratchet up tensions throughout the Middle East.
By Keith Jones, 16 November 2013
The Obama administration is pressing the US Congress and its allies not to scuttle negotiations aiming to extract deep concessions from the Iranian regime.
By Joseph Kishore, 14 November 2013
The accused faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for allegedly seeking to join an Al Qaeda-linked organization in Syria backed by the CIA and heavily funded by US allies.
By Peter Symonds, 11 November 2013
The tensions within the P5+1 grouping underline the fact that all the major powers have significant economic and strategic interests at stake.
By Peter Symonds, 9 November 2013
Even an interim deal in Geneva faces considerable opposition among American allies in the Middle East and in the US Congress.
By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2013
US President Barack Obama told NBC News yesterday evening that there is “the possibility of a phased agreement” with Iran in ongoing nuclear talks in Geneva.
In run-up to nuclear talks
By Keith Jones, 6 November 2013
The officially-sanctioned demonstration became a show of strength by sections of the Iranian elite wary of the new government’s attempted rapprochement with the US.
By Katerina Selin, 6 November 2013
The pseudo-left SYRIZA is providing political cover for major financiers who fund the fascist Golden Dawn party.
By Alex Lantier, 4 November 2013
The Secretary of State stressed his support for the bloody Egyptian junta amid growing criticism of Washington’s Middle East policy by right-wing US allies across the region.
By Chris Marsden, 4 November 2013
The most dramatic expression of regional powers’ anger with the US policy shift on war with Syria was Israel’s October 30 air strike on Syrian targets near Latakia.
By Peter Symonds, 4 November 2013
The Obama administration has signalled that there will be no significant reduction in the economic sanctions imposed on Iran.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 November 2013
The strikes targeted military installations near Latakia and Damascus in an apparent attempt to destroy anti-aircraft missile systems.
By Keith Jones, 31 October 2013
The Obama administration has served notice that it intends to extract concession after concession from Tehran over its nuclear program.
By Peter Symonds, 25 October 2013
Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan warned of a major shift away from his country’s longstanding alliance with the US.
By Rosa Shahnazarian, 24 October 2013
The predatory character of NATO’s 2011 war emerges most clearly in the looting of the heart of Libya’s economy: its massive oil industry.
Berlin: “Refugees continue to die due to the NATO war in Libya”
By Sven Heymanns and Stefan Steinberg, 18 October 2013
Politicians of all stripes are viciously persecuting survivors who have managed to cross the borders of “Fortress Europe”.
By Keith Jones, 16 October 2013
Under a US threat to impose still harsher economic sanctions against Iran, representatives of Iran and the P-6—the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany—yesterday began two days of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2013
Many refugees who have died off the Italian island of Lampedusa are fleeing imperialist wars in countries like Libya, Syria and Somalia.
By Harvey Thompson, 14 October 2013
A document obtained from a Ministry of Defence think tank discusses various means of moulding public opinion to accept further and bloodier military conflicts.
By our correspondents, 14 October 2013
The SEP and IYSSE meetings in Sydney and Melbourne reviewed the underlying driving forces behind the eruption of American militarism.
By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2013
In an offensive near Lattakia in early August, US-backed Syrian opposition forces slaughtered hundreds of civilians in a sectarian-based massacre.
By Keith Jones, 11 October 2013
Iran has rejected US preconditions for its participation in international talks on a “political solution” to the war in Syria—the so-called Geneva Two conference.
Socialist Equality Party Public Meetings
By our reporters, 10 October 2013
The overwhelming majority of a mainly young audience were scathing of the humanitarian pretext being used for war.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 October 2013
Faced with ruinous social conditions after the 2011 NATO war and further US military interventions, anger is building in the Libyan population.
By Keith Jones, 9 October 2013
Trying to ontain the divisions within Iran’s ruling elite, Khamenei issued a caution concerning an Iranian rapprochement with the US.
By our reporters, 7 October 2013
The SEP and IYSSE organised rallies in Sydney and Melbourne as part of the fight to mobilise the working class internationally against the war plans of the US and its allies.
By our correspondents, 7 October 2013
Workers and young people discuss their response to the SEP/IYSSE rallies in Sydney and Melbourne against the US drive to war in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 October 2013
The local population, unwilling bystanders to the armed conflict between Al Qaeda fanatics and vicious criminals, only want them all to go away and leave them alone.
By Keith Jones, 4 October 2013
Iran’s political establishment and press are presenting the trip the country’s new president made to New York and the United Nations General Assembly last week as a diplomatic triumph.
By Keith Jones, 4 October 2013
Several Western news sources are reporting that the head of Iran’s cyberwar program was killed in an assassination.
By Chris Marsden, 3 October 2013
The Guardian has reported details of a massacre and atrocities carried out in August by US-and British-backed Syrian opposition forces.
By Peter Symonds, 30 September 2013
International talks over Iran’s nuclear program restart, but sanctions and the threat of war remain.
By Alex Lantier, 28 September 2013
While US officials tried to present the UN resolution as a triumph for their diplomatic agenda, the risk of a broad regional war remains.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 September 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met Thursday in the highest-level talks between the two countries since the 1979 Iranian revolution.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2013
Combining a doctrine of aggressive war with proposals for negotiations with Iran and Syria, Obama’s speech underscored his administration’s crisis in the face of popular opposition to military intervention.
By Alex Lantier, 26 September 2013
Free Syrian Army forces have issued a joint statement with Al Qaeda-linked groups rejecting the political leadership of the Syrian National Coalition.
By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2013
The Iranian regime is desperate to end the punitive sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy and threaten to trigger social unrest.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 September 2013
Obama upheld the status of the US as an “exceptional” nation, insisting on its right to militarily intervene in the Middle East as it sees fit
By Jean Shaoul, 25 September 2013
The Israeli government has claimed for months that Syria’s Assad regime is using chemical weapons, attempting to help provide Washington with a casus belli.
By our correspondents, 25 September 2013
The PSG concluded its election campaign with a European workers’ conference on September 21.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2013
The US and Iran are scheduled to hold their first high level discussions since before the 1979 revolution that overthrew the US-backed dictatorship of the Shah.
By Rosa Shahnazarian, 24 September 2013
Khalil al-Marzouq, Assistant Secretary General of the Shia opposition association al-Wefaq, was taken into custody on September 17.
By Peter Symonds, 23 September 2013
Russian foreign minister Lavrov accused Washington of blackmailing Moscow, by threatening to pull out of the US-Russia deal on Syria’s chemical weapons.
By Alex Lantier, 21 September 2013
US officials are preparing a possible meeting between Iranian President Rouhani and President Obama at the UN General Assembly next week.
By Peter Symonds, 20 September 2013
Obama will exploit any talks with Tehran to obtain concessions, while maintaining economic sanctions and the threat of a US military attack.
By Johannes Stern, 20 September 2013
The Syrian opposition groups supported by the Left Party are the loudest advocates of US military intervention to topple the Assad regime.
By John Chan, 19 September 2013
The Russian- and Chinese-led summit reflects mounting geo-political tensions with the US, first and foremost over Syria and Iran.
By Patrick O’Connor, 19 September 2013
Socialist Alternative is trying to avoid being too closely associated with another criminal US war in the Middle East, while maintaining its unqualified support for Washington’s proxy forces inside Syria.
By Peter Symonds, 19 September 2013
The Russian foreign minister said he would table evidence in the UN Security Council showing that anti-Assad militias carried out the chemical weapons attack.
By David North, 19 September 2013
The following lecture was delivered September 17, 2013 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US).
By Peter Schwarz, 19 September 2013
Under the headline, “A human rights war is also war,” Joffe outlines a scenario tantamount to a violent military conquest and decades of colonial subjugation of the entire region.
By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2013
In talks yesterday in Moscow, the Kremlin refused to accept French claims designed to provide ammunition for a US-led war of aggression against Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2013
The lying and cynical coverage by the New York Times of the issue of chemical weapons in Syria underscores the extraordinary integration of the media into the operations of the state.
By Adam Soroka and Kate Randall, 18 September 2013
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to students and workers in Maryland and Massachusetts about the threat of war against Syria.
18 September 2013
The Australian government has, along with the corporate-controlled media, given unconditional backing to Washington’s militarist agenda in the Middle East.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2013
The US and its two key allies Monday stressed the threat of force against Syria if Damascus fails to adhere strictly to the demands contained in a chemical weapons agreement.
By Peter Symonds, 17 September 2013
As in the case of Syria’s chemical weapons, Iran’s nuclear programs are simply the pretext for the US to press for regime change in Tehran.
By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2013
Domenico Quirico, a journalist for Italy’s La Stampa newspaper who was held 152 days by US-backed Syrian opposition forces, recounted his captivity in an editorial this weekend in La Stampa and in the British Guardian. Though he initially supported opposition forces, Quirico now confirms widespread reports of the criminal character of the opposition.
By our correspondents, 17 September 2013
The German government has been involved in the preparations for war against Syria from the beginning.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2013
The deal reached between the US and Russia on Syria’s chemical weapons has not put an end to the US war drive in the Middle East, but only sets the stage for a more violent eruption of American militarism.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 September 2013
To provide Washington with a casus belli, Israel has for months claimed that Syria’s Assad regime is using chemical weapons.
By Tom Peters, 16 September 2013
Prime Minister Key has already indicated that New Zealand would give “moral support” for US strikes on Syria.