By Peter Symonds, 17 September 2014
In Senate hearings yesterday, the top US general contradicted President Obama’s pledge that no US troops would engage in combat in Iraq or Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2014
The response to the Ebola epidemic underscores the reliance of US imperialism on its residual military superiority in the second “scramble for Africa”, which pits it against China.
By Evan Blake and Juan Verala Luz, 16 September 2014
Residents of the California town turned out in large numbers to demand the local police department’s return of a newly-acquired Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicle.
By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2014
If US military aircraft do begin to operate from Malaysia, the move would mark a significant shift by Kuala Lumpur toward Washington.
By Jake Dean, 16 September 2014
Militarization of the police is now being fully integrated within public schools.
By Peter Symonds, 15 September 2014
Using the pretext of attacking ISIS militias, the US has revived its plans directed at ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and also against Syria’s backers, Iran and Russia.
By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2014
The House will act on Monday, followed shortly by the Senate, with both parties expected to provide top-heavy majorities for stepped-up US intervention in the Syrian civil war.
By Niles Williamson, 13 September 2014
Banks affected by the new economic restrictions include Russia’s largest lenders Sberbank, Gazprombank and Rosselkhozbank.
By Barry Grey, 13 September 2014
The new war represents a massive escalation of US imperialist aggression in the entire Middle East and beyond.
By Joseph Kishore, 13 September 2014
The White House designated military operations in Iraq and Syria as a “war,” even as it insisted that it did not need congressional authorization.
By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2014
While ISIS is the nominal target, the new US-led war is above all a revival of plans to topple the Assad regime in Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 12 September 2014
In his nationally televised speech Wednesday night, Obama outlined a program of perpetual war, with ISIS a convenient pretext.
By Jordan Shilton, 6 September 2014
Demonstrating NATO’s renewed focus on Eastern Europe, Poland announced it would host the next NATO summit, scheduled for 2016.
By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2014
The agreement was announced by US officials after a meeting of the ten countries on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Wales.
By Jordan Shilton, 5 September 2014
The central role in deepening the crises in both Eastern Europe and the Middle East has been played by NATO’s leading powers, above all the United States.
By Andre Damon, 5 September 2014
The wave of reckless speculation in the US financial system and the drive to war have a common root: the domination of the financial oligarchy over society.
By Christoph Dreier, 5 September 2014
Obama’s statements in Estonia provided a blank cheque for any kind of military provocation against Russia.
By Gabriel Black, 2 September 2014
While Democratic Party speakers urged faith in Obama, a section of the protest broke away to demonstrate at the local police station.
By Johannes Stern, 1 September 2014
This weekend’s EU summit in Brussels marked a major escalation of threats against Russia, raising the specter of full-scale war between Russia and NATO.
By Patrick Martin, 1 September 2014
In bombing ISIS targets in Iraq around the town of Amerli, the US carried out its first military action in coordination with Shi’ite militia forces.
By Johannes Stern, 30 August 2014
The moves toward Ukrainian membership in NATO underscore the fact that next week’s NATO summit will be aimed at preparing for a possible war against Russia.
By Thomas Gaist, 30 August 2014
The development of sophisticated crowd control doctrines by the military is an expression of the far advanced preparations of the US elite for dictatorship.
By Niles Williamson, 29 August 2014
The White House is strongly backing the Ukrainian government as it carries out a brutal war against predominantly Russian-speaking cities in the east.
By Kumaran Ira, 28 August 2014
NATO is preparing to deploy troops to new bases in Eastern Europe and sending war ships into the Black Sea.
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 James Cogan, 26 August 2014
Whatever attacks are made on ISIS, it is not the only, or even the primary, target inside Syria.
By Niles Williamson, 26 August 2014
The principal speaker at the funeral was Democratic Party politician Al Sharpton, who has worked in coordination with the White House to suppress anger over the police killing of Brown.
By Alan Gilman, 26 August 2014
From 1999 to 2011, police killed more than 5,000 people in the United States, a majority of them white.
By Kevin Martinez, 26 August 2014
News that Compton school police will be armed with AR-15 assault rifles has angered many in the impoverished area, where schools are starved for funds, unemployment is high, and the social infrastructure is crumbling.
By Peter Symonds, 26 August 2014
The increasingly volatile situation in Asia is provoking a degree of nervousness in Washington, including among those directly responsible for creating it.
By Andre Damon, 25 August 2014
The White House’s “review” of its programs to arm local law enforcement will serve to intensify, regularize and professionalize the militarization of domestic police.
Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress
25 August 2014
This is the main resolution of the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), adopted unanimously on August 5, 2014.
By John Roberts, 25 August 2014
Ending or easing the US ban on arms sales would be a significant further step in closer US ties with the Vietnamese regime—directed against China.
By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2014
The Chinese intercept of a US spy plane took place 200 kilometres from Hainan Island, home to sensitive Chinese air and naval bases.
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 Joseph Santolan, 22 August 2014
The entire Jardeleza affair reveals the colonial-level control which Washington exercises over Philippine politics, over Manila’s legal case against China in particular.
By Peter Symonds, 16 August 2014
Even as the US engages in provocations against Russia and in the Middle East, the Obama administration is proceeding with its “pivot to Asia” against China.
By Nick Barrickman, 16 August 2014
Under an occupation and military justice system that is “self-policing,” war crimes are carried out with impunity.
By Kevin Martinez, 16 August 2014
In addition to the National Guard, far-right militias armed with guns and military equipment have begun patrolling the border on their own accord.
By Tom Peters, 16 August 2014
The pseudo-left groups Socialist Aotearoa and Fightback falsely depict China as “imperialist” in order to justify Washington’s war drive.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 August 2014
US Defense Secretary Hagel claimed that Washington is offering India military co-development and co-production deals unlike those the US has “with any other country.”
By Peter Symonds, 13 August 2014
From the US-led confrontation with Russia, to the new air war in Iraq and the US “pivot” against China, there was not a sliver of difference between US and Australian ministers.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 August 2014
The Obama administration is pursuing contradictory policies, demanding a unity government in Baghdad while arming the Peshmerga militia in Iraqi Kurdistan.
By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2014
The United States has gone to war again in Iraq, in defiance of popular opposition and without even a pretense of democratic debate.
By James Cogan, 11 August 2014
The Islamist ISIS movement is threatening to advance on Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region.
By Kumaran Ira, 11 August 2014
France is supporting the US decision to launch air strikes in Iraq, amid the civil war unleashed by the imperialist proxy war in neighboring Syria.
By Barry Grey, 9 August 2014
The emergence of ISIS is the outcome of the catastrophe inflicted on Iraq by US imperialism.
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, 6 August 2014
A new report proposes a much more aggressive Pentagon policy, including preparing for war against nuclear-armed opponents.
By our reporter, 6 August 2014
Despite the insistence of the US and the European powers that Moscow is responsible for the July 17 crash of Malaysia Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, they have not produced any credible evidence to back up their assertions.
By Gabriel Black, 6 August 2014
A two-star American major general was killed and many other US soldiers were injured by a member of the Afghan army.
By Tom Hall, 5 August 2014
The Los Alamos National Laboratory fired respected security expert James Doyle after retroactively declaring his scholarly article classified.
By Joseph Santolan, 2 August 2014
The worsening tensions in the South China Sea have been fueled at every turn by Washington, with the CSIS think tank playing a leading role.
By Alex Lantier, 29 July 2014
The catastrophe in Libya is an indictment not only of the imperialist powers, but also of pro-imperialist academics and pseudo-left parties they mobilized to support the war.
By Patrick Martin, 28 July 2014
The abandonment of its embassy in Tripoli is the latest debacle for US imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa.
By Joanne Laurier, 26 July 2014
The “Kill Team,” the nickname applied by the media to members of a US army unit that committed war crimes in Afghanistan, is also the title of the film by documentarian Dan Krauss.
By Alex Lantier, 25 July 2014
The far-right Kiev government collapsed yesterday as Kiev's bloody civil war in east Ukraine continued to escalate.
By Ed Hightower, 25 July 2014
An editorial by the former official in the Washington Post underscores both the immense scope of illegal spying and the sham character of official “reform.”
By Bill Van Auken, 23 July 2014
The same government that is wringing its hands over the airliner deaths in Ukraine and making the most provocative charges of moral responsibility, is totally complicit in the deaths in Gaza.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 July 2014
The way the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine is being politically exploited parallels the way the 9/11 terrorist attack in the US was utilized to pursue reactionary aims.
By Niles Williamson, 21 July 2014
The numbers were divulged by administration lawyers in a suit filed by a northern Virginia man challenging the constitutionality of the government’s no-fly list.
By Nick Barrickman, 19 July 2014
The decision to transfer the detainees comes as the prison camp faces growing criticism for force-feeding prisoners.
By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2014
The emergency surveillance powers now being railroaded through parliament will establish in law key elements of the “Snoopers Charter” from which the government had been previously forced to backtrack.
By Thomas Gaist, 15 July 2014
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014, bound for the Senate floor, authorizes new forms of large-scale data transfer between US corporations and the state.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 July 2014
The NSA whistleblower was forced to accept a one-year asylum period in Russia after his applications were refused by numerous other governments.
Vast majority of those spied on by NSA are non-suspects
By Thomas Gaist, 7 July 2014
Some 90 percent of those who have had their email and other communications intercepted by the NSA are members of the general public, including US citizens.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 July 2014
Officials made clear that the US intends to escalate its military intervention in the strategic Horn of Africa.
Syracuse, New York’s Fowler High School to be “reformed”
By Steve Filips and Don Barrett, 5 July 2014
The high school will be closed and transformed into an academy focusing on training students for the military.
Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International
3 July 2014
One hundred years after the outbreak of World War I and 75 years after the start of World War II, the imperialist system is once again threatening humanity with a catastrophe.
By Andre Damon, 1 July 2014
While the political establishment never loses the opportunity to declare there is no money for health care or education, billions of dollars are made available to equip the police with the latest instruments of violence.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 June 2014
The destruction wrought by US imperialism in Iraq, Libya and Syria is an indictment not merely of a set of policies, but of an entire corrupt, predatory social order.
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 Kate Randall, 28 June 2014
The September 16, 2007 shootings by Blackwater mercenaries left 14 Iraqis dead and wounded 18 others in Baghdad’s Nisour Square.
By James Cogan, 27 June 2014
Iraq’s prime minister has turned toward enlisting the assistance of Shiite militias, the Iranian Shiite regime and Russia.
By Andre Damon, 27 June 2014
The ACLU report concludes that the “federal government has justified and encouraged the militarization of local law enforcement.”
By Barry Grey, 25 June 2014
The long-suppressed Justice Department memo released Monday establishes that the president of the United States, Barack Obama, in the most calculated and criminal manner, oversaw the murder of an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki.
By Barry Grey, 24 June 2014
The Obama administration memo constitutes prima facie evidence of crimes against international law, the US Constitution, and the democratic rights of the American people.
By Johannes Stern, 23 June 2014
In a show of support for the blood-soaked military regime in Egypt, US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Cairo on Sunday.
By Joseph Kishore, 23 June 2014
While divided over tactics in the pursuit of global power, the different factions of the US state and military apparatus are united on at least one issue: they bear no responsibility for anything.
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 Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 21 June 2014
In close coordination with Washington, Pakistan’s military has launched a brutal offensive against the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan.
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 Alex Lantier, 18 June 2014
The spreading civil war in Iraq is a shipwreck of massive dimensions for US foreign policy, with far-reaching political implications.
By Chris Marsden, 17 June 2014
The fact that the United States is publicly asking for Iran’s help is a measure of the desperation of American policy makers as Washington’s decades-long policy in Iraq and the broader Middle East implodes under the weight of its own contradictions.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 June 2014
A column written by Chelsea (Bradley) Manning from his prison cell points to the criminal role played by the US media in foisting the Iraq War onto the American people.
By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2014
The Army has appointed a high-ranking officer with combat experience in Afghanistan to lead the probe into the POW’s capture in June 2009.
By Patrick Martin, 16 June 2014
Eleven years after initiating the worst bloodbath of the 21st century, American imperialism is preparing to compound its crimes in Iraq.
By Zac Corrigan, 16 June 2014
The Pentagon has been equipping US police departments with military weapons, combat vehicles and other wartime equipment.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2014
The events in Iraq represent not merely a foreign policy failure, but an exposure of the criminal and reckless nature of the US government and the American capitalist ruling elite.
By Mike Head, 14 June 2014
Tony Abbott’s visit to Washington marks another escalation in the Australian government’s involvement in American militarism.
By Joseph Santolan, 13 June 2014
As part of its “pivot to Asia”, the US is pressing Vietnam and the Philippines to challenge China in the South China Sea.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 June 2014
The latest mass casualty incident involving US occupation troops is indicative of the kind of fighting that will continue in the wake of Washington’s formal withdrawal.
By Mike Head, 9 June 2014
While the Western media portrayed it as a powerful performance, the speech only underscored the fact that Poroshenko is nothing but a front man for German and particularly American imperialism.
By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2014
There have been numerous death threats against the parents of freed POW Bowe Bergdahl.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2014
While the G7 powers issued a joint statement backing the right-wing regime in Kiev and denouncing Russia, they failed to agree on a new sanctions regime pushed by Washington.
By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2014
The freed POW has been subjected to unprecedented media vilification because of his antiwar stand.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 June 2014
Meeting with billionaire President-Elect Poroshenko, Obama backed the regime’s “anti-terrorism operation” and offered military supplies and training to carry it out.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2014
Amid an increasingly bloody offensive by the Kiev regime in eastern Ukraine, Obama began talks in Poland Tuesday aimed at ratcheting up military pressure on Russia.
By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2014
There is little doubt that the primary factor behind the vitriol against the Bergdahls is their antiwar sentiment.