The Paris Terror Attacks
By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 20 December 2017
From 2011 to 2015, a multi-billion-dollar firm leading the CAC-40 French stock exchange funded a terror militia that carried out attacks across Europe and in France.
By Francis Dubois, 29 August 2017
The indictment of François Thierry points to deep corruption of top officials in the police, who have essentially unchecked powers under the French state of emergency.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 5 June 2017
Within 24 hours of Saturday’s terror attack at London Bridge, the official narrative presented by British Prime Minister Theresa May has begun to fall apart.
By Robert Stevens, 5 June 2017
Salman Abedi was in contact with a Libyan Islamic State (IS) battalion whose members were involved in planning the 2015 Bataclan nightclub attack.
What did the UK government know?
By Laura Tiernan, 29 May 2017
The suicide bomber was allowed to move around the globe without hindrance, despite British intelligence receiving information that he was planning to assassinate a political figure.
By Anthony Torres, 22 May 2017
The case shatters the official narrative that terror attacks in France, Belgium and Germany since 2015 have been the work of isolated Islamists.
By Kumaran Ira, 11 January 2017
According to recent investigative reports, the Socialist Party has massively stepped up the French state’s extrajudicial murder program, assassinating at least 40 people.
By Christoph Vandreier and Peter Schwarz, 25 July 2016
The massive police operation in Munich, as well as the reaction of many media outlets and politicians, showsthat the tragic event is being used to justify a new law-and-order campaign.
By our reporters, 23 July 2016
German security forces conducted a huge anti-terror operation in the city of Munich, where, according to the latest reports, 10 people were shot dead and at least 21 injured.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2016
French President Francois Hollande invoked the horrific attack to justify expansion of the “state of emergency” for another three months.
By Alex Lantier, 8 July 2016
The report, which evades the role of the imperialist war in Syria in creating the Islamist networks that carried out the attacks, is awash with contradictions and evasions.
By Kumaran Ira, 20 June 2016
Three suspects were charged with preparing terror attacks on gatherings of football fans after police raided over 100 locations across Belgium.
By Alex Lantier, 15 June 2016
As in the Charlie Hebdo and November 13 shootings in Paris last year, and the March 22 Brussels attack, the alleged murderer was well-known to the intelligence services.
By Thomas Gaist, 20 May 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton demanded an escalation of the war in Iraq and Syria in response to the destruction of the Cairo-bound jetliner.
By Kumaran Ira, 16 May 2016
Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) assistant secretary Deepal Jayasekera explained the necessity for an internationally-unified socialist movement to stop war.
By Anthony Torres, 4 May 2016
The growth of Islamist networks in Europe, mobilized by NATO in its war in Syria, was the basic precondition for the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels.
By Anthony Torres, 19 April 2016
Mohamed Abrini’s accomplices were all known to intelligence services, as were their aliases and their movements, but they were not arrested.
By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 11 April 2016
The decision of the trade unions and their political allies not to call workers on strike alongside protesting students left the PS government free to assault the demonstrators.
By Alex Lantier and Senthooran Ravee, 6 April 2016
Police are trying to intimidate youth in the run-up to the next major protest by workers and students, on April 9, amid rising anger with austerity and the state of emergency.
By Anthony Torres, 6 April 2016
WSWS reporters in Marseille discussed with youth and workers who mobilised yesterday against the El Khomri law.
By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2016
The attempt to promote hysteria over terrorism to suppress popular opposition is failing in the face of a growing radicalization of workers and youth.
By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2016
As NATO powers tried to discredit accusations that they relied on terrorists in their war in Syria, they downplayed signs that ISIS was developing a terror network in Europe.
By Stéphane Hugues, 29 March 2016
Officials are inciting anti-Muslim racism to cover up the role of the state in creating Islamist terror networks in the war for regime change in Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 28 March 2016
Islamist networks built up by the US and its European allies to provide fighters for their regime-change operation in Syria are bringing the war back to Europe, with horrific consequences.
By Alex Lantier and Andre Damon, 25 March 2016
The extent of state intelligence foreknowledge in the Brussels attack explodes the official narrative that intelligence agencies failed to “connect the dots.”
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 24 March 2016
Claims that the attacks in Brussels that killed 34 people occurred because Belgian and allied intelligence agencies somehow failed to “connect the dots” are not credible.
By Alex Lantier, 24 March 2016
Ignoring questions as to how known terrorists were allowed to plan and execute an attack while Brussels was on high alert, EU officials are launching new attacks on democratic rights.
By Alex Lantier, 23 March 2016
This horrific attack targeted innocent people in no way responsible for the imperialist wars that have devastated the Middle East.
By Alex Lantier, 21 March 2016
Astonishingly, Europe’s most wanted man, on the run from police for four months, was hiding near his parents’ apartment in the heavily-watched Molenbeek district.
By Kumaran Ira, 21 March 2016
As it cultivates Islamist forces in a war for regime change in Syria, France is citing the danger of terror attacks as a pretext to escalate attacks on democratic rights.
By Alex Lantier, 14 March 2016
The brutal police crackdown in Lyon underscores that, under cover of the state of emergency, the Socialist Party aims to illegalize constitutionally protected protests.
By Anthony Torres, 10 March 2016
The unprecedented attack on the right to strike is yet another warning of the anti-working class character of the state of emergency imposed by the Socialist Party.
By Stéphane Hugues, 9 February 2016
The report points to systematic, arbitrary denials of basic democratic rights by police and the targeting of people of Muslim descent.
By Anthony Torres, 6 February 2016
There are no fundamental differences between Mélenchon and the Socialist Party government, which is building a police state in France.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 26 January 2016
As if in a slow-motion military coup, the ruling elite is moving to transform political life in France, creating an authoritarian political regime.
By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2016
The French weekly magazine declared that Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old refugee whose drowning death last year sparked worldwide outrage, would have grown up to be a “groper.”
One year after Charlie Hebdo attack
By Stéphane Hugues, 8 January 2016
Witnesses speaking to the media flatly contradicted official accounts of the shooting and said that police gunned down an unarmed man without warning.
By Alex Lantier, 6 January 2016
The Socialist Party is increasingly taking up positions associated with the extreme right and the traditions of 20th century European fascism.
French government proposes constitutional amendment on state of emergency, deprivation of citizenship
By Alex Lantier, 24 December 2015
Proposed moves to deprive people of French nationality were traditionally associated to the far-right National Front and were used against the Jews during the Nazi Occupation.
By Anthony Torres, 23 December 2015
Mass searches and house arrests are part of the preparation for the imposition of a permanent state of emergency by the Socialist Party government.
By Patrick Martin, 21 December 2015
The US ruling elite is whipping up an atmosphere of panic after the killings in San Bernardino, laying the ground for a further military escalation in the Middle East and North Africa.
By Alex Lantier, 18 December 2015
Investigations of the November 13 attacks raise the question of whether elements in or around the state machine facilitated the commission of the terror attacks in Paris.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 12 December 2015
The “Not in Our Name” manifesto signed by leading members of Podemos omits any mention of the imperialist foreign policy of the current Popular Party government and the war-mongering of the Socialist Party.
By Alex Lantier, 11 December 2015
The NPA is not denouncing war or the threat of police dictatorship in France, but insinuating that opposition to imperialist war is support for terrorism.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 December 2015
The neo-fascist National Front has emerged as the main beneficiary of the law-and-order hysteria and draconian police-state measures of the Socialist Party.
By Alex Lantier, 30 November 2015
Yesterday, police seized upon the standing ban on all public protests during the state of emergency to stage a brutal crackdown on ecological protesters in Paris.
By Stéphane Hugues, 28 November 2015
Hollande’s meeting with Vladimir Putin took place two days after Turkish fighters shot down a Russian bomber along the Syrian-Turkish border.
By Kumaran Ira, 27 November 2015
While the state is giving massive new powers to police supposedly to stop terrorism, intelligence agencies could have stopped the attacks with their existing powers.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 November 2015
The real reason for the explosion of US militarism after 9/11 was the crisis of US imperialism on a global scale and growing class tensions within the US itself. The same applies to the response to the Paris attacks.
By Alex Lantier, 24 November 2015
Popular frustration rose yesterday across Belgium as contradictions mounted in the official justifications for the continuing police lockdown of Brussels.
By James Lerner and Alejandro López, 24 November 2015
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has offered to replace French troops deployed in missions in Africa so Paris can free up more forces for the fight against Islamic State (IS), both in France itself and in Syria and Iraq.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 23 November 2015
Heavily armed police units launched large-scale manhunts across the Brussels area, but announced late last night that they had not found suspects, weapons or explosives.
By our reporters, 23 November 2015
Workers and young people spoke out against the use of the Paris terror attacks to escalate the drive to war and the assault on democratic rights.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 21 November 2015
As the government imposes a state of emergency, the employers federation is calling on businesses to report any suspect remark by workers to the police.
By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2015
At least six of the nine men involved in the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris were known to the French and Belgian security services.
By Andre Damon, 20 November 2015
The lower house of the French Parliament voted 551-6 to extend the state of emergency that lets police carry out warrant-less searches and break up meetings and demonstrations.
By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2015
Hollande’s proposed amendments to the French Constitution provide the legal basis for transforming France into a presidential dictatorship.
By Stéphane Hugues, 19 November 2015
Residents in the center of Saint Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, were woken up at 4:30 a.m. in the morning by an enormous explosion and heavy gunfire.
By Anthony Torres, 19 November 2015
The modification of the French Constitution paves the way for security forces to ban strikes, demonstrations or any public meetings that displease the authorities.
By Andre Damon, 19 November 2015
Republican presidential candidates and elected officials have called for the closure of mosques, a religious check on refugees and even the use of concentration camps to hold migrants.
By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2015
Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is using the terrorist attacks in Paris to ramp up tensions in pursuit of Israel’s geostrategic interests.
By Alex Lantier, 18 November 2015
The international coalition the French government claims it is trying to assemble with Russia and the US against the Islamic State militia is riven with contradictions.
By Joseph Kishore, 18 November 2015
Intelligence officials have long complained that encryption has undercut their illegal efforts to monitor all communications, allowing individuals to “go dark” and avoid surveillance.
By Julie Hyland, 18 November 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron announced a further £2 billion for the current military budget, including a doubling of the UK fleet of military drones to 20.
By James Cogan, 18 November 2015
Every effort is being made to silence any criticism of the wars, attacks on democratic rights and worsening social conditions that have fuelled Islamist extremism.
By Barry Grey, 18 November 2015
It is virtually impossible to find in the saturation media coverage of the Paris events any questioning of the legitimacy of the policies of the imperialist governments.
By Peter Schwarz, 18 November 2015
Even traditionally “liberal” German media outlets are spouting the type of war and law-and-order rhetoric previously associated with American neoconservatives.
By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 17 November 2015
Hollande’s announcements make clear that he intends to modify the French constitution to give the government the power to impose an indefinite state of emergency.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2015
Terrorism, from the standpoint of the American state, is a useful tactic when directed against Washington’s enemies. It is merely part of the cost of doing business when it hits the US and its allies.
By Johannes Stern, 17 November 2015
Right-wing circles in German politics and the media are exploiting the shock over the attacks in Paris to make increasingly explicit appeals for authoritarianism and militarism.
By Roger Jordan, 17 November 2015
Broad sections of the ruling elite have seized on the Paris attacks to demand the Liberals renege on their election pledge to end the Canadian military’s bombing of Iraq and Syria.
By Alex Lantier and Barry Grey, 16 November 2015
The criminal assault on innocent civilians in Paris is the predictable outcome of US and European imperialism’s relentless escalation of military operations in the Middle East.
By Robert Stevens, 16 November 2015
The Paris attacks resulted in calls from the media and sections of the military for Britain to take a central part in military strikes in Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2015
The Democratic presidential debate Saturday night began with all three candidates pledging support to imperialist military intervention in the Middle East in the name of fighting ISIS.
By Alex Lantier, 14 November 2015
More than 14 years of the “War on Terror” have created a climate of escalating violence of which the atrocity in Paris is a tragic example.