US Politics

Trump calls off summit with North Korea

By James Cogan, 25 May 2018

Even as it threatens nuclear war, the Trump administration has not given up on trying to draw North Korea into a rapprochement.

Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Brussels as European Union and Facebook intensify internet censorship

By Johannes Stern, 25 May 2018

Under the guise of fighting “fake news” and Russian interference in elections, Facebook is carrying out a vast programme of internet censorship

Congressional leaders receive briefing on Trump campaign informant

By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2018

After initially barring Democrats from the briefing, the White House retreated and agreed to two bipartisan sessions.

Northwestern University roundtable discusses regime change in Russia

By Marcus Day and Kristina Betinis, 25 May 2018

The Buffet Institute of Global Studies’ main speaker was Strobe Talbott, former deputy secretary of state in the Clinton administration, president of the Brookings Institution and architect of US imperialist strategy.

US primaries: Military-intelligence candidates win four Democratic congressional nominations

By Patrick Martin, 24 May 2018

The results from voting Tuesday extend the takeover of the Democratic Party by former operatives of the national security apparatus.

White House meeting on probe of Trump campaign informant

By Patrick Martin, 22 May 2018

Trump and congressional Republicans are pressing their claims that the FBI infiltrated the Trump campaign in 2016 at the behest of the Obama administration.

Bernie Sanders defends American imperialism at town hall on Iran

By Tom Hall, 22 May 2018

Sanders, along with his guests, presented a thoroughly conventional, pro-imperialist critique of the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord.

Long-time CIA asset named as FBI’s spy on Trump campaign

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2018

Stefan Halper has been named as the individual sent by the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election campaign.

US education secretary attacks separation of church and state

By Nancy Hanover, 21 May 2018

Betsy DeVos visits New York yeshivas to promote public financing of religious and private schools.

Democrats defend FBI following reports it spied on Trump's election campaign

By Barry Grey, 19 May 2018

The Democratic response has been to rush to the defense of the FBI and declare unqualified support for its operations, as well as those of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The US political police and the 2016 elections

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2018

A 4,000-word front-page report in the New York Times paints a picture of an American political system in which the FBI and CIA play a critical and at times decisive role.

Senate Intelligence Committee approves “black site” torturer to head CIA

By Barry Grey, 17 May 2018

Behind the threadbare trappings of parliamentary procedures, American “democracy” has been reduced to a dictatorship run by a military/intelligence/industrial apparatus.

US primary elections show deepening political polarization

By Patrick Martin, 17 May 2018

While working people are moving to the left, the Democratic Party is promoting as its main candidates for federal offices individuals drawn from the military-intelligence apparatus.

Two Senate Democrats assure Haspel’s confirmation as CIA director

By Patrick Martin, 15 May 2018

Joe Donnelly of Indiana joined Joe Manchin of West Virginia to give the former torture supervisor a seemingly unassailable margin in the Senate.

Two voices of concern over Trump’s “New World Order”

By Nick Beams, 15 May 2018

One has the sense from both articles of the growing fears in ruling circles of the consequences of the US economic and foreign policy agenda for the stability of the world capitalist system.

Overtures continue ahead of Trump-North Korea summit

By James Cogan, 14 May 2018

Secretary of State Pompeo indicated that the US objective is to bring the North Korean regime within its sphere of influence.

Hillary Clinton demands Australia and New Zealand act against “Chinese interference”

By Mike Head, 14 May 2018

Clinton’s whipping up of anti-Chinese sentiment in Australia and New Zealand was accompanied by her appeals to affluent feminist layers.

Republican reactionaries, CIA Democrats win primary nominations

By Patrick Martin, 10 May 2018

Democratic and Republican nominees were chosen Tuesday for three governorships, three Senate seats, and 41 congressional districts.

US Senate pays homage to CIA torturer

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2018

Gina Haspel, nominated by Trump to head the CIA, defended her intimate role in the torture of detainees as “lawful” at her Senate confirmation hearing.

White House and ex-intelligence chiefs push torture veteran as CIA director

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2018

With a public Senate hearing set for Wednesday, supporters of Gina Haspel for the post of CIA director argue that her role in the agency’s torture program is outweighed by her anti-Russia record.

Who is Democratic Congressman Juan Vargas?

By Kevin Mitchell SEP candidate for Congress, 5 May 2018

The Democratic politician who claims to represent the people of California's 51st congressional district is really a loyal servant of Wall Street and the Pentagon.

Washington’s political wars escalate

FBI monitored phone calls of Trump’s personal lawyer

By Barry Grey, 4 May 2018

The fact that the federal government’s chief police agency is monitoring telephone communications between the president and his lawyer points to the explosive level of conflict within the American ruling class.

Part of Trump tax bill bonanza for the wealthy

Apple hands out $102 billion to shareholders

By Patrick Martin, 3 May 2018

The iPhone and laptop maker is monetizing the Trump tax cut as a gigantic windfall for its executives and owners.

In barbaric treatment of Central American refugees

US denies right to asylum

By Eric London, 3 May 2018

The decision to block nearly 200 Central American immigrants from applying for asylum marks a turning point in the attack on democratic rights.

Caravan immigrants speak out

On the spot coverage from Tijuana refugee camp

By Kevin Martinez and Clodomiro Puentes, 3 May 2018

The 200 refugees have been held up in a makeshift camp in Tijuana on the Mexican side of the US border

Amid report special counsel threatened to subpoena Trump

New media salvos in Washington’s political civil war

By Barry Grey, 2 May 2018

Trump’s lawyers are reportedly urging him not to agree to an interview with Mueller’s team.

Democratic leadership backs right-wing military-intelligence primary candidates

By Patrick Martin, 30 April 2018

Democratic House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer defended his efforts in support of Jason Crow, a former Iraq War paratrooper running in a congressional district in suburban Denver.

Appellate court panel narrowly upholds Texas voter ID law

By John Burton, 30 April 2018

The requirement that individuals produce specific photographic identification to cast ballots, disenfranchises impoverished voters, who tend to vote Democratic.

The Democratic Party and the confirmation of Mike Pompeo

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2018

The nominal “opposition” party paved the way for the installation of an advocate of war, mass surveillance and torture as the new US secretary of state.

Ben Carson: “Poverty, to a large extent, is also a state of mind”

US housing secretary proposes tripling rent for poorest households

By Kate Randall, 27 April 2018

Carson's proposal comes amidst a housing crisis that is forcing millions to live in squalid conditions and driving increasing numbers of people into homelessness.

Addressing US Congress, Macron backs neocolonial carve-up of Middle East

By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2018

Emmanuel Macron’s address to a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday was one of the most belligerent public statements ever made by a French president.

US Supreme Court hears arguments on Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban

By Will Morrow, 26 April 2018

Hawaii is challenging Trump's travel ban, which bars citizens of Somalia, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Syria, North Korea and many Venezuelans from traveling to the United States.

Seven hundred children separated from their families at US-Mexico border since October

By Kevin Martinez, 26 April 2018

Besides separating children from their parents, the Trump administration has begun deporting immigrants married to US citizens.

Democrats assure confirmation of CIA head as secretary of state

By Barry Grey, 25 April 2018

The Democratic Party staged a show of resistance while ensuring a sufficient number of “yes” votes to guarantee Pompeo’s installation.

US issues ultimatums to IMF on trade

By Nick Beams, 23 April 2018

Adopting the tone of an overlord, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin demanded that the IMF back Washington in its drive against what it claims are “unfair global trade practices.”

The CIA Democrats vs. Julian Assange

By Patrick Martin, 23 April 2018

The lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee is an attack on the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech and the press.

Skripal case developments further discredit British government lies

By Simon Whelan, 23 April 2018

As the UK government’s lies over the Skripal affair continue to unravel, Moscow has accused it of yet “another gross violation” of international rules.

Democrats escalate anti-Russia witch hunt with lawsuit linking Trump and Assange as Russian agents

By Barry Grey, 21 April 2018

The legal filing and the accompanying statements by DNC Chairman Tom Perez have the stench of a McCarthyite-style witch hunt.

Japanese PM weakened by Trump summit

By Peter Symonds, 21 April 2018

Abe’s failure to secure any significant concessions from Trump is a significant political blow as he seeks to cling to office.

Criminal referral filed against former FBI deputy director

By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2018

The legal move raises the extraordinary prospect of the Trump administration seeking to jail a former leading figure in the military-intelligence apparatus.

US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute

By Kevin Martinez, 19 April 2018

In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.

The Pulitzer Prize rewards witch-hunting and state propaganda

By Eric London, 19 April 2018

The Washington Post and New York Times won prizes for their role in the anti-Russia campaign, while the Times and the New Yorker won an award for promoting the #MeToo campaign.

Trump, Comey exchange blows through the media

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2018

The former FBI director declared the president of the United States “morally unfit” to serve.

US and Britain hit Chinese telecom company ZTE

By Nick Beams, 17 April 2018

Both countries imposed the bans amid calls for more aggressive moves by US authorities against Chinese communications and telecom firms.

Trump threatens Comey on eve of court hearing

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2018

Trump has declared that Comey, the former top US law official, deserves jail time for allegedly leaking classified information and lying to Congress.

US-British-French missile strikes on Syria heighten danger of a catastrophic war

By Barry Grey, 16 April 2018

The bases for new provocations and fresh pretexts for military aggression are already being laid.

US and imperialist allies launch strikes against Syria

By The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 14 April 2018

All of the governments participating in this new onslaught are crisis-ridden and lack any electoral legitimacy.

Comey memoir ignites new round in anti-Russia campaign against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 14 April 2018

Portions of the book, leaked to the press in advance of publication, have dominated US media coverage since Thursday.

US Department of Homeland Security compiling database of world’s journalists

By Will Morrow, 14 April 2018

The Trump administration is collecting and monitoring the “sentiments” and personal information of journalists and “media influencers” around the world.

Trump to consider rejoining TPP to step up pressure on China

By Nick Beams, 14 April 2018

The apparent turnaround is motivated by two immediate considerations: the need to be seen as taking action to alleviate pressure on US farmers threatened by the China tariffs, and the search for international allies against China.

US and North Korean officials discuss Trump-Kim summit

By Peter Symonds, 14 April 2018

The cynical character of Trump’s decision to meet with Kim Jong-un is underscored by the fact that two militarists—Pompeo and Bolton—are in charge of preparing the summit.

More US states imposing Medicaid work requirements

By Kate Randall, 14 April 2018

Some states are considering expanding Medicaid while at the same time imposing work requirements, premium payments and drug testing of recipients.

Trump’s crisis deepens following FBI raid on his lawyer

By Barry Grey, 12 April 2018

In the aftermath of Monday’s FBI raid on President Trump’s personal lawyer and confidante Michael Cohen, the White House appears to be increasingly isolated.

House speaker’s retirement signals further crisis for Republicans

By Patrick Martin, 12 April 2018

Paul Ryan’s quitting the top position in Congress, at age 48, anticipates a decision by the ruling elite to shift power to the Democratic Party.

Oppose California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown’s national guard deployment!

Statement of Socialist Equality Party Senate and Congressional candidates

By David Moore and Kevin Mitchell, 12 April 2018

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced he was sending 400 guardsmen to support Trump’s anti-immigrant militarization of the border.

Facebook CEO presents plans for mass censorship at Senate hearing

By Andre Damon, 11 April 2018

The vast and sweeping dangers to democratic rights posed by Facebook’s censorship measures were universally cheered by all the Democratic Congressmen.

Republicans target food stamp benefits in new farm bill

By Trévon Austin, 11 April 2018

The proposed new five-year farm bill would expand the work requirements for food stamps.

Proposed Illinois budget continues assault on workers and sets stage for November elections

By Michael Walters and Alexander Fangmann, 11 April 2018

Part of the savings Rauner, a billionaire, intends to make, would go to lowering the state income tax rate from 4.95 percent to 4.7 percent, almost exclusively benefiting the extremely wealthy.

The noose tightens around Trump

By Barry Grey, 11 April 2018

The extraordinary events of Monday suggest that a criminal indictment of the president, or the threat of one, is overtaking a strategy based on impeachment.

FBI raids home, office of Trump’s personal attorney

By Patrick Martin, 10 April 2018

The political conflict within the US ruling elite has reached unprecedented dimensions, with the FBI and the White House openly at war.

Trump administration officials try to calm trade war fears

By Nick Beams, 9 April 2018

White House National Trade Council director Peter Navarro underscored the crucial importance of hi-tech development, both for US economic and military supremacy.

US sanctions target Russian officials and businessmen

By Andre Damon, 7 April 2018

Even as the US-UK narrative of the alleged poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in Britain falls apart, Washington continues to escalate its provocative anti-Russian campaign.

Mehring Books publishes The CIA Democrats

7 April 2018

Mehring Books has published The CIA Democrats, a detailed exposure of the effective takeover of the 2018 Democratic Party congressional campaign by candidates drawn from the ranks of former intelligence agents, special forces operatives, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and civilian national security operatives from the State Department, National Security Council and Pentagon.

Trump reverses himself on Syria pullout order

By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2018

The move came after intense pressure from the Pentagon and much of the corporate media for a more aggressive anti-Russian and anti-Iranian posture.

Trump gives Liberian immigrants a year to leave or face deportation

By Kevin Martinez, 2 April 2018

The White House’s ending of Deferred Enforced Departure will affect 4,000 Liberians who have lived in the US for nearly two decades.

Democrats green-light Trump’s escalating war on immigrants

By Eric London, 31 March 2018

Amongst other measures, the Trump administration plans to block immigrants who have used social programs from receiving legal status.

ICE arrests wrongly convicted Chicago man released after 20 years in prison

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 31 March 2018

Ricardo Rodriguez, wrongfully convicted for the 1995 murder of a homeless man, was finally freed after 20 years behind bars, only to be immediately taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In response to US-UK provocations

Russia expels US diplomats, closes consulate in St. Petersburg

By Patrick Martin, 30 March 2018

Tensions between Russia and the NATO powers, led by the US and Britain, are at their sharpest since the Cold War.

Democrats seek to use Stephon Clark’s funeral to divert anger over police killings

By Kayla Costa, 30 March 2018

While hundreds grieved over the loss of 22-year-old Clark, Al Sharpton sought to direct opposition to police violence into the dead end of reformism, identity politics and the electoral efforts of the Democratic Party.

Veterans Administration head ousted amid push for privatization

By Matthew Taylor, 30 March 2018

Trump fired Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and nominated his own physician to head the giant agency.

The murder of Stephon Clark and the fight against police violence

By Niles Niemuth, 29 March 2018

Amid a growing strike wave by workers throughout the country, demonstrations have once again broken out against the reign of police terror that has claimed over 300 lives this year.

ICE uses Facebook data to locate and track suspects

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 29 March 2018

A report in the Intercept documents the extensive use of data derived from social media to pursue immigrants.

The looming threat of global trade war

By Nick Beams, 29 March 2018

The volatility reflects the speculative character of the share market’s rise and the fears that a global trade war could puncture this bubble.

US Congress passes FOSTA law attacking internet freedom

By Will Morrow, 28 March 2018

The bill sets a precedent for prosecuting internet platforms based on the content published by users.

Russian diplomats expelled over allegations of poisoning of ex-spy in UK

By Bill Van Auken, 27 March 2018

The mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US, 14 EU countries, Canada and Ukraine marks a coordinated campaign to pave the way to war.

The international significance of the March for Our Lives demonstrations

By Eric London, 26 March 2018

The mass demonstrations in the heart of world imperialism point to the intensification of social tensions and the class struggle worldwide.

US House of Representatives approves record military budget

By Patrick Martin, 23 March 2018

While funneling nearly $700 billion to the Pentagon, the legislation allows the Trump administration to proceed with the deportation of young immigrants previously protected under the DACA program.

Trump appoints John Bolton as National Security Advisor, replacing McMaster

By Eric London, 23 March 2018

Bolton’s political resurrection is a further sign that Trump is assembling an ever more right-wing and militaristic cabinet.

Confessed Austin, Texas bomber dead in apparent suicide blast

By Niles Niemuth, 23 March 2018

Police officials announced that 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt confessed on video to the string of package bombings that killed two and wounded five others, but no apparent motive has been determined.

Google sets up “news initiative” to censor political opposition and promote mainstream media

By Andre Damon, 22 March 2018

Google announced its latest censorship initiative as Facebook came under pressure from the media and Congressional Democrats to crack down on political opposition.

The Russians are tweeting! The Russians are tweeting!

By Will Morrow, 22 March 2018

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report claims that demonstrations in Wisconsin in 2016 against a police killing were used by Russian Twitter bots to “stoke flames of racial division.”

Trump boasts of arms deals, backs Saudi slaughter in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 22 March 2018

The White House gave the Saudi regime unconditional support for its war in Yemen, while cementing the anti-Iranian alliance between Washington and Riyadh.

Two billionaires to face off in race for governor of Illinois

By Kristina Betinis, 22 March 2018

Hyatt Hotels billionaire J. B. Pritzker won the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner, a former hedge fund boss.

Sanders town hall in DC promotes illusions in the Democrats and trade unions

By Tom Hall, 21 March 2018

The purpose of the event, which was livestreamed on Facebook, was to offer pretended sympathy for the poor and to promote the Democrats in the 2018 elections.

European Union joins UK in ratcheting up anti-Russia campaign

By Chris Marsden, 20 March 2018

The Skripal affair has been used by the UK and powerful voices within the US political and military establishment to push the two major European states away from Russia.

Democrats drop DACA recipients from budget talks

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2018

The action is only the latest betrayal of immigrants by the capitalist politicians who pretend to sympathize with them.

Political warfare in Washington enters new stage following firing of former FBI deputy director

By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2018

Former CIA Director John Brennan replied to the firing of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe by telling Trump: “You will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history.”

The campaign over the Skripal poisoning: An international war provocation

By Chris Marsden, 17 March 2018

The campaign by the imperialist powers in Europe and the United States over the poisoning of former Russian spy and British double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter stinks to high heaven.

In name of fighting sex trafficking, US Congress set to pass internet censorship law

By Will Morrow, 17 March 2018

The bill will enable the prosecution of online platforms based on content posted by individual users.

New York Times chides Trump for insufficient aggression against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2018

The Times editorial underscore the newspaper’s role as a propaganda organ for leading elements in the US military and intelligence apparatus that are pressing for war.

Washington imposes sanctions against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2018

The sanctions over alleged Russian cyberattacks and “interference” in US elections came as Washington joined the UK, France and Germany in indicting Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy.

Trump to fire National Security Adviser McMaster as personalist circle tightens

By Eric London, 16 March 2018

Donald Trump’s presidency resembles less and less a presidential administration and more a personalist clique of appointees who serve their leader.

Senate Democrats join Republicans to gut Dodd-Frank banking regulations

By Tom Hall, 16 March 2018

The Democrats' support for the bill demonstrates that they are a party of the American financial aristocracy.

The significance of the mass student protests against gun violence in America

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 March 2018

While Democrats and the media have sought to restrict the protests to calls for gun control, there are much broader issues behind the politicization of young people in the US.

One million students walk out of class to protest gun violence and mass shootings in the US

By Genevieve Leigh and Kayla Costa, 15 March 2018

Students participated in thousands of demonstrations in the United States and around the world to mark the one-month anniversary of the Parkland high school massacre.

Seven days in March: The Trump administration and the breakdown of American democracy

By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2018

Actions taken by the Trump administration this week reveal its ever more open turn to authoritarianism, while the Democrats have become the party of the CIA.

Trump vetoes takeover of Qualcomm

By Nick Beams, 15 March 2018

Trump’s intervention demonstrates that “America First” nationalism and “national security” invocations are coming to dominate his administration’s economic decisions.

Democrat, a Marine veteran, wins House special election in Pennsylvania

By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2018

Both the Democrat and the Republican had a military-intelligence background: one as a Marine Corps prosecutor, the other as an Air Force intelligence officer.

Trump’s firing of Tillerson signals further shift toward global war

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2018

Tillerson’s replacement by CIA Director Mike Pompeo is bound up with a turn toward upending the nuclear agreement with Iran and a more aggressive militarist policy.

Trump taps torturer to head CIA

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2018

Touted as the first woman to head the US spy agency, the nomination of Gina Haspel marks a further rehabilitation of the methods of torture and forced disappearances.