US Militarism

Australian, New Zealand citizens killed by US drone strike in Yemen

By Tom Peters, 17 April 2014

Canberra and Wellington both indicated their approval for the extra-judicial assassinations, setting a dangerous new precedent for attacking legal and democratic rights.

US-backed crackdown threatens civil war in Ukraine

By Johannes Stern, 16 April 2014

Having received the green light from Washington, the Kiev regime launched a bloody crackdown on protests in eastern Ukraine, threatening to unleash a full-blown civil war.

Obama’s empty eulogy for Fort Hood shooting victims

By Jerry White, 10 April 2014

The hollow remarks of the president and the general atmosphere of the memorial left an impression of callousness combined with perplexed anxiety over the mounting signs of crisis within the ranks of the American military.

US targets Syria for stepped-up aggression

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.

New exposé by Seymour Hersh: Turkey staged gas attack to provoke US war on Syria

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.

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging drone assassinations of US citizens

By Tom Carter, 7 April 2014

Federal Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled that there is no legal remedy for the extrajudicial killing of a US citizen, endorsing a battery of totalitarian pseudo-legal doctrines advanced by the Obama administration.

Ft. Hood shooting highlights mental illness crisis in US military

By Jerry White, 4 April 2014

The latest violent rampage at a US military base was carried out by a soldier who was being treated for possible post-traumatic stress disorder.

Congressional report whitewashes government’s role in Boston Marathon bombing

By Nick Barrickman, 1 April 2014

The 38-page report is heavily redacted, with large sections of text dealing with the most critical issues blacked out.

New Snowden documents detail political and corporate espionage by US, UK

By Thomas Gaist, 31 March 2014

The NSA has carried out systematic surveillance against more than 100 heads of state.

New evidence of US intelligence links to Boston Marathon bomber

By Nick Barrickman, 31 March 2014

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have alleged that FBI agents attempted to force his older brother Tamerlan to inform on the Chechen and Muslim community in the Boston area.

In talks with Saudi monarch, Obama prepares escalation of US-backed war in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 29 March 2014

The US government will reportedly supply anti-aircraft missiles and launchers to the Syrian “rebels.”

Obama’s speech on Ukraine: Propaganda and lies

By Patrick Martin, 27 March 2014

The US president delivered a speech of pure propaganda, aimed at justifying an aggressive and confrontational policy in Ukraine.

Florida prosecutor’s report whitewashes FBI killing of Ibragim Todashev

By Ed Hightower, 27 March 2014

State Attorney Jeffrey Ashton’s report cherry picks facts, ignores conflicting evidence, and weaves a tale of “justified self defense” to exonerate a state murder.

FBI agent to be cleared in killing of Ibragim Todashev

By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2014

The FBI has whitewashed every case of an agent killing or wounding a suspect over the last 20 years.

Sexual violence and abuse in the US military

By David Walsh, 22 March 2014

The slap on the wrist administered to US Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair was predictable and entirely in line with the character and policies of the American military.

Provocative remarks by US Pacific fleet commander fuel disputes with China

By Nick Beams, 21 March 2014

A senior US admiral invokes the Crimea crisis to accuse China of expansionism.

US Navy SEALs seize tanker carrying Libyan oil

By Jean Shaoul, 20 March 2014

Libya represents yet another catastrophe created by US imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa.

US/European military provocations greet Russian annexation of Crimea

By Chris Marsden, 19 March 2014

The United States is lining up its puppet regime in Ukraine and its regional allies to prepare a series of military provocations against Russia.

War threats against Russia and the social crisis in the United States

By Joseph Kishore, 19 March 2014

The fact that the US is always at war or on the verge of going to war is a political and sociological phenomenon that requires explanation.

The US media returns to the mysterious death of Ibragim Todashev

By Nick Barrickman and Patrick Martin, 11 March 2014

More than nine months after the unexplained shooting death of Ibragim Todashev by the FBI, the US media has suddenly revived interest in the case.

Snowden’s testimony to European Parliament: “Billions of innocents” unlawfully spied upon

By Robert Stevens, 10 March 2014

The former NSA contractor gave eloquent testimony to the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee Friday, but the Guardian has made no mention of it to date.

US, Europe step up pressure as Ukrainian crisis intensifies

By Peter Symonds, 8 March 2014

A Russian foreign ministry statement condemned the US and EU sanctions as “extremely unconstructive” and warned “they will not remain unanswered.”

China treads cautiously after pro-US coup in Ukraine

By James Cogan, 5 March 2014

The response of China to the US- and European Union-backed coup in Ukraine, and Russia’s subsequent intervention to maintain control over the Crimean peninsula, is being closely monitored by political leaders and strategic analysts around the world. Any decision by Beijing to openly support Moscow’s actions would dramatically escalate the global tensions that now exist.

Obama and Kerry lecture Russia on Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 1 March 2014

Who are Obama and Kerry to lecture Moscow on “stability” and “territorial integrity” after US imperialism has promoted mayhem and the breakup of states in the region?

FBI, CIA lied to 9/11 Commission on bin Laden ties

By a reporter, 1 March 2014

The FBI had recruited an informant who had close contact with bin Laden years before the 9/11 attacks.

US and Japanese troops train for war against China

By Peter Symonds, 28 February 2014

US imperialism, following its wars of aggression in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, is preparing for a new and more terrible conflict against China.

Obama threatens total US withdrawal from Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2014

In the face of Karzai’s failure to sign a deal granting blanket immunity to US troops, Obama is threatening to withdraw them all.

Pentagon chief proposes $115 billion increase in military spending

By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2014

The five-year budget plan assumes that Congress will rescind all future cuts in military spending called for by the current “sequester” budget deal.

Australian government eyes purchase of Triton drone aircraft

By James Cogan, 25 February 2014

Triton drones would vastly expand the area of the Indian and Pacific Oceans under surveillance by the Australian military.

Another US provocation: Obama meets the Dalai Lama

By Peter Symonds, 24 February 2014

The meeting was designed to reinforce US support for the Tibetan government-in-exile and the threat to China of Tibetan separatism.

84-year-old nun sentenced to prison for “sabotaging” US preparations for war

By Gabriel Black, 21 February 2014

Sister Megan Rice and two others were sentenced to several years in prison under the Federal Sabotage Act of 1918 for a non-violent break-in and protest at a nuclear facility.

UN report on North Korea targets both Pyongyang and Beijing

By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2014

The UN’s catalogue of horrors is designed to stampede public opinion behind stepped-up US provocations against Pyongyang and intensify the pressure on China.

US intensifies pressure on Iran as talks on permanent nuclear pact begin

By Keith Jones, 18 February 2014

In the four weeks since an interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the P-6 came into force, Washington has ratcheted up its pressure on Iran, including threatening war.

US escalates Syrian intervention

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.

Kerry’s Asian trip and the build-up to war with China

By Peter Symonds, 17 February 2014

Having deliberately inflamed dangerous flashpoints in Asia, the US is seeking to press home its advantage, regardless of the consequences.

US secretary of state’s new round of bullying in Beijing

By Peter Symonds, 15 February 2014

Having deliberately inflamed dangerous flashpoints in the region as part of its “pivot to Asia”, Washington is making provocative new demands on Beijing.

US analysts debate plans for war against China

By James Cogan, 10 February 2014

The issue being debated is not whether the US should be planning a war on China, but the methods to be used.

US disputes China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 8 February 2014

The move by the US State Department to challenge Beijing’s maritime territorial claim constitutes an escalation of Washington’s campaign against China.

Obama meets generals on Afghanistan as troop deal remains stalled

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2014

The White House convened an emergency meeting on Afghanistan Tuesday as Washington’s puppet president, Hamid Karzai, delayed signing a security deal.

US warns China over air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2014

The Obama administration has seized on an insubstantial Asahi Shimbun article to stir up tensions with China over the South China Sea.

After failed Geneva talks, US steps up threats against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2014

Washington and its allies are escalating pressure on Syria over chemical weapons and professed “humanitarian” concerns.

Obama’s plan for long-term jobless: A teaspoon to bail out the ocean

By Patrick Martin, 1 February 2014

The heavily publicized meeting between Obama and hundreds of corporate CEOs and other business leaders will do little or nothing to alleviate long-term unemployment.

New scandals rock US nuclear command

By Bill Van Auken, 31 January 2014

The Pentagon has been forced to pull one out of every five of its nuclear launch officers from their posts as a result of spiraling drugs and cheating scandals.

The danger of war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 29 January 2014

Asia in 2014 bears chilling resemblance to Europe in 1914.

US media blacks out Snowden interview exposing death threats

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2014

German television’s broadcast of the first extended on-air interview with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden was largely blacked out by the US media.

Syria talks deadlocked as US-backed opposition demands regime change

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.

Chinese Internet shutdown linked to right-wing groups, US shell corporations

By Kevin Reed, 28 January 2014

The Internet in China was rendered virtually inoperable for eight hours last Tuesday.

Tensions mount between US and Russia in lead-up to Olympics

By Andrea Peters, 27 January 2014

The US government and the Western media are working to turn the Sochi Olympics into a debacle for the Russian government.

Young working class soldiers most exposed to war trauma, UK report finds

By Harvey Thompson, 27 January 2014

The report from ForcesWatch details the devastating effects of combat on the young and disadvantaged.

With Syria talks in disarray, UN yanks invitation to Iran

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.

Ex-UK minister of defence and former army chief of staff named in Iraq war crimes case

By Jean Shaoul, 21 January 2014

Investigators have charged that the abuse of Iraqis was systematic.

US threatens international probe into Sri Lankan war crimes

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 January 2014

Support for an international inquiry would mark a significant shift by the US, which until now has gone along with the official government cover-up.

With Iran accord, US shifts tactics, not predatory aims

By Keith Jones, 16 January 2014

Obama’s claim that he aims to “give peace a chance” is a lie. Washington has not retreated one inch from its rapacious drive to assert hegemony in the Middle East and Asia.

US excludes Iran from Syria conference

By Keith Jones, 14 January 2014

One day after the US gave its assent to a six-month interim deal with Iran, US and Russian officials clashed over Iran’s role in upcoming Geneva talks on Syria.

Paris conference on Syria: US, European allies renew push for regime-change

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.

Iran and US finalize interim nuclear deal

By Keith Jones, 13 January 2014

Negotiations to implement the interim agreement proved protracted, as the US and the EU sought to extort additional concessions from Tehran.

US inflames row with China over fisheries regulations

By Peter Symonds, 13 January 2014

The Obama administration is exploiting the South China Sea disputes to drive a wedge between China and its neighbours.

Asia: The 21st century tinderbox for war

By Peter Symonds, 11 January 2014

As the world marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, the danger of another global catastrophe erupting in Asia has become increasingly acute.

Armed clashes erupt around besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah

By Bill Van Auken, 10 January 2014

Fresh fighting was reported around the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah Thursday as the Obama administration moved to rush new military aid to the Maliki government.

Syria conference, Iranian deal hang in balance as US steps up bullying

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.

Japanese defence minister’s Indian visit strengthens military ties

By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 January 2014

Tokyo is seeking to integrate New Delhi into a US-led strategic alliance against China.

Japan scrambles fighters amid escalating tensions with China

By Peter Symonds, 8 January 2014

In the midst of the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute with China, the Japanese government announced that it was registering another 280 remote islands as state property.

The New York Times pronounces on destabilisation of the Middle East

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.

US, Iran say they will not send troops to Iraq

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.

Acute child malnutrition has doubled in Afghanistan since 2012

By Mark Church, 7 January 2014

Thirteen years after the US-led invasion, the Afghan population confronts worsening poverty and social deprivation.

Father of slain Boston bombing witness releases letter to Obama accusing FBI of murder

By Nick Barrickman and Barry Grey, 6 January 2014

In the letter, the elder Todashev accused the FBI of murdering his son in order to prevent him from testifying in court.

Iraq slides toward civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 3 January 2014

Heavy fighting erupted Thursday between Iraqi government troops and Sunni militants who seized large parts of Fallujah and Ramadi.

US veterans face economic and physical hardship

By John Rowe, 28 December 2013

One in nine veterans is living at or below the poverty line, and 13 percent of homeless people in the US have been in the military.

US prepares strikes against Islamists in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 27 December 2013

Two years after Obama declared the US war in Iraq over, Washington is shipping Hellfire missiles and preparing for direct intervention against the same Islamist forces it backed in Syria.

CIA role in Colombia assassination program bared

By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2013

A targeted assassination program that claimed the lives of at least two dozen leaders of Colombian guerrilla movements was secretly organized and directed by US intelligence agencies.

US Congress passes $633 billion military spending bill

By Kate Randall, 21 December 2013

The sums spent on the military dwarf spending on critical social programs, such as food stamps and unemployment insurance, that face deep cuts.

Detainee ejected from courtroom at Guantanamo trial

By Fred Mazelis, 20 December 2013

One of the prisoners facing a possible death penalty refused to cooperate with the court, citing torture and abuse.

Top Indian official declares relationship with China “adversarial”

By K. Ratnayake, 18 December 2013

National Security Board chairman Shyam Saran’s remarks point to a growing discussion in Indian ruling circles about closer defence ties with Japan and the US.

Missing US citizen in Iran identified as CIA spy

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2013

A former FBI agent missing in Iran since 2007 has been identified as a covert CIA spy, exposing as lies US claims that he went to the country on private business.

US defence secretary warns Pakistan to end NATO supply blockade

By Sampath Perera, 14 December 2013

Washington is threatening to cut aid to Pakistan unless the Sharif government secures the supply route to Afghanistan.

US drone strike in Yemen kills 15

By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2013

The latest civilian deaths underscore the indiscriminate and illegal character of US drone strikes.

Washington escalates phony “human rights” campaign against China

By Tom Peters, 12 December 2013

The Obama administration’s denunciations of China have nothing to do with defending democratic rights but are intended to camouflage US preparations for war.

South Korea declares air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 9 December 2013

Tensions continue to flare between US allies—Australia, Japan and South Korea—and China over disputed air defence zones in North East Asia.

Biden in South Korea reaffirms “absolute” US commitment to “pivot to Asia”

By Peter Symonds, 7 December 2013

“America is a Pacific power, a resident Pacific power, and we are going nowhere—nowhere,” Biden declared.

As tensions in Asia mount, danger of world war emerges

By Nick Beams, 6 December 2013

With the centenary of the outbreak of World War I approaching, the prospect of a third world war is increasingly being raised in the establishment media.

Biden-Xi meeting fails to resolve East China Sea crisis

By John Chan and Peter Symonds, 5 December 2013

High tensions over the Chinese air defence identification zone in the East China Sea continue after yesterday’s meeting between the US vice-president and Chinese president produced no agreement.

Behind the US negotiations with Iran

By Keith Jones, 4 December 2013

What the media describe as Obama’s “turn toward diplomacy” is an attempt to reposition US imperialism to confront China and Russia.

US steps up war of words with Afghan puppet regime

By Patrick Martin, 4 December 2013

Conflicts between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US-NATO occupation forces over the legal terms of their presence in the country are intensifying.

US vice president backs Japan over China’s air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 4 December 2013

The US seized on the Chinese ADIZ to strengthen its alliances with Japan and South Korea, as part of its “pivot” to Asia.

US vice-president to lay down law to China

By Peter Symonds, 3 December 2013

The prime responsibility for last week’s flare-up of tensions in the East China Sea lies with Obama’s “pivot to Asia” aimed at undermining China economically and militarily.

US vice-president begins Asian tour as tensions with China continue

By John Chan, 2 December 2013

China’s declaration of an air defence zone will top the agenda during Biden’s trip to Japan, China and South Korea.

Chinese fighters shadow US/Japanese warplanes in disputed ADIZ

By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2013

The incident—the first time China has scrambled fighters in response to a US or Japanese incursion—underscores the danger of a clash.

Australian government steps up commitment to US “pivot”

By Mike Head, 30 November 2013

The Abbott government, like its Labor predecessor, is aligning itself ever closer to the US.

Tensions escalate over Chinese air defence zone

By John Chan, 29 November 2013

Miscalculations in the current situation could quickly lead to a clash involving Chinese warplanes with those from Japan, the US or South Korea.

Vast waste, profiteering in Pentagon operations

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2013

The Pentagon doles out tens of billions of dollars to contractors without any rigorous auditing or other financial controls.

Claiming nuclear deal “victory,” Tehran signals readiness to ally with US

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.

Chinese officials downplay stand-off with US in East China Sea

By John Chan, 28 November 2013

Chinese officials said there should not be a “fuss” after Washington flew B-52 bombers into an air defence zone China established in the East China Sea.

US sends B-52s to China’s air defence zone

By John Chan, 27 November 2013

Far from being a “routine” flight, the B-52 mission was a risky challenge to China that threatened to trigger a military clash.

Washington uses typhoon aid to push for Philippine military bases

By Joseph Santolan, 27 November 2013

Amid the wreckage of Typhoon Haiyan, Philippine Foreign Secretary del Rosario said Manila should conclude basing arrangements with Washington.

Heightened tensions over China’s air defence zone

By John Chan, 26 November 2013

Beijing’s creation of a new zone in the East China Sea is a response to Washington’s “pivot to Asia” and Japan’s rearmament.

Interim agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear programs

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.

US expands its drone war on Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 23 November 2013

Thursday’s attack—which killed at least six people, including several civilians—was only the second-ever US drone strike outside Pakistan’s tribal areas.

American think tank envisages blockading China with missiles

By Mark Church, 23 November 2013

The Rand Corporation report points again to the advanced preparations for war as part of the US pivot to Asia.

Pact provides for permanent US occupation of Afghanistan

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.

Geneva talks on Iran resume while war threat remains

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.