By Peter Symonds, 28 August 2014
While Abbott and his ministers claim “no decision has been made,” preparations for Australian military involvement are well advanced.
More pro-war propaganda from NY Times columnist Roger Cohen
By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2014
The New York Times’ Roger Cohen lays the blame for the bloody events in the region on a series of US “errors,” most importantly a failure to go to war in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 August 2014
Obama delivered a militarist speech Tuesday to the American Legion convention amid reports that US air strikes could begin in Syria by the end of this week.
By Pierre Mabut, 27 August 2014
Paris’s role exposes France’s pseudo-left parties, who tried to falsely pose as critics of the government by calling for it to arm Syrian opposition militias.
By Félix Gauthier, 27 August 2014
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has seized on last week’s release of a video showing the gruesome beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamacist insurgents as a pretext for a further expansion of Canada’s military intervention in Iraq and the broader region of the Middle East and North Africa.
By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2014
Armed conflicts now extend across North Africa and the Middle East in a continuous band from Tripoli to Baghdad.
By James Cogan, 26 August 2014
Whatever attacks are made on ISIS, it is not the only, or even the primary, target inside Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2014
The Obama administration is preparing a further explosion of imperialist aggression in both Iraq and Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2014
The vicious execution of the American journalist has been seized upon as the pretext for launching new US wars of aggression in the Middle East.
By Nick Barrickman, 13 August 2014
In terms of sheer numbers, the killings of protesters on August 14, 2013 at Rab’a Square in Cairo exceed the death toll in the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2014
Once again, US imperialism is playing the humanitarian card—the plight of Iraq’s Yazidi minority—to justify its predatory aims.
By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2014
The death toll among Palestinians is nearing 1,500, including more than 300 children.
By Mike Head, 31 July 2014
The Pentagon’s announcement laid bare the hypocrisy of the Obama administration’s expressions of “concern” about Israel’s killing of Palestinian civilians.
By Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 18 July 2014
The aim of the offensive is to carry out mass killings and inflict mass destruction, leaving Gaza a smoking ruin.
By Steve James, 7 July 2014
BBC’s “Newsnight” has revealed 2012 plans for the creation of a huge “rebel” army to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
By Barry Grey, 5 July 2014
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said he would delay any major military escalation for 24 hours while cease-fire talks with Hamas continued.
By our reporters, 5 July 2014
Interviews in Melbourne illustrated the deep hostility to US imperialism’s predatory wars in the Middle East, and Australia’s involvement.
By James Cogan, 4 July 2014
Planning is being made for a full-scale intervention into what is a cauldron of conflicts and intrigues.
By Patrick Martin, 1 July 2014
The latest contingent of 300 troops arrived Sunday to provide security at the Baghdad airport.
By James Cogan, 1 July 2014
From the time the boys disappeared, Netanyahu and his government shamelessly exploited their fate.
By Patrick Martin, 28 June 2014
On Thursday, the White House asked Congress to authorize $500 million for direct US military training and equipment for Sunni insurgents fighting the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.
By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2014
The US secretary of state said that President Obama could order military attacks on Sunni militants without waiting for a governmental shakeup in Iraq.
By Alex Lantier, 24 June 2014
Egyptian courts sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to long prison sentences yesterday on trumped-up charges of conspiring with the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Impact of war and persecution
By Patrick Martin, 21 June 2014
Nearly one-fifth of the world’s displaced people come from a single conflict, the civil war in Syria.
By James Cogan, 19 June 2014
The main factor in the success of the Sunni uprising has been the influx into Iraq of ISIS fighters who were financed and armed with Washington’s support to overthrow the government in Syria.
By Halil Celik, 19 June 2014
The ISIS offensive in Iraq has revealed the corrupt and cynical character of the regional allies of American imperialism—first and foremost, the Turkish ruling class and its political representatives.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2014
The order to deploy US forces to Iraq for the first time since the US withdrawal in December 2011 comes amid growing signs of a full-fledged civil war.
By James Cogan, 16 June 2014
The events of the past week have starkly exposed the ethnic and sectarian fracturing of Iraq that was fomented during the US occupation.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 June 2014
President Obama said Thursday that he did not “rule out anything” in relation to the US military response to the offensive of the ISIS in Iraq.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 June 2014
The fall of Mosul to Al Qaeda-linked militias underscores the crimes of US imperialism in Iraq and throughout the region.
By Kumaran Ira, 15 May 2014
Paris said it wished the United States had started a war with Syria last year, while accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2014
The claims by HRW serve to provide a fresh pretext for imperialist intervention against Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2014
The leader of the Western-backed “rebels” has indicated that his main aim is procuring more surface-to-air missiles.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 April 2014
In his speech calling for greater Western intervention in the Middle East, Blair defended Egypt’s 2013 military coup as the “absolutely necessary rescue of a nation”.
Missile strikes in Yemen, weapons to Syria
By Patrick Martin, 21 April 2014
US wars and US-instigated civil wars have killed millions in the Middle East over the past two decades.
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.