US Militarism

US accuses China of unsafe mid-air encounter

By Peter Symonds, 26 July 2017

The incident involving a US spy plane and Chinese fighters highlights the acute tensions generated by Washington’s repeated threats to attack North Korea.

US Congress overwhelmingly passes sanctions bill targeting Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 26 July 2017

The new sanctions, combined with measures that restrict the Trump administration’s ability to remove them, expose the essence of the anti-Russia campaign spearheaded by the US intelligence agencies.

US squanders billions on new aircraft carrier

By Andre Damon, 25 July 2017

Donald Trump’s plans to vastly expand military spending will do nothing to offset the persistent decline of American capitalism, of which his administration is itself a malignant manifestation.

Trump threatens Iran, plots to scuttle nuclear accord

By Jordan Shilton, 24 July 2017

Trump’s bellicose remarks came just days after he reluctantly agreed to certify Iran’s compliance with the terms of the 2015 nuclear accord.

South Korea extends deadline for talks with the North

By Ben McGrath, 24 July 2017

Seoul has reassured Washington that its proposal is not meant to undermine the larger demand for the complete denuclearization of North Korea.

Trump pulls plug on CIA’s Syrian “revolution”

By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2017

The ending of the CIA’s arming and funding of Al Qaeda-linked “rebels” signals not an end to conflict or rapprochement with Moscow, but is part of the preparations for wider war.

Indian-US-Japanese naval exercises in Indian Ocean target China

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 18 July 2017

India’s hosting of the Malabar exercises is part of its integration into the US military-strategic offensive against China.

One week after Mosul’s “liberation,” horror of US siege continues to unfold

By Bill Van Auken, 17 July 2017

While the bulk of the US media has moved on, after proclaiming “victory” over ISIS in the Iraqi city, evidence of war crimes and collective punishment is mounting.

Trump administration signs law stripping job protections from Department of Veterans Affairs employees

By Nick Barrickman, 14 July 2017

The Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act marks a deepening of the attack on federal workers.

US commander predicts weeks more of fighting in “liberated” Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2017

The top US general in Iraq signaled that US forces will remain deployed there long after ISIS is defeated.

The “liberation” of Mosul: Washington’s latest war crime in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 12 July 2017

The crimes carried out against the people of Mosul are on a Hitlerian scale, with tens of thousands killed or wounded and close to one million people driven from their homes.

New York Times voices moral outrage over profiteering military contractors ... in Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 11 July 2017

The Times editorial board, which has helped sell every US war of aggression for the past 25 years, is outraged that a Russian military contractor is profiting from the war in Syria.

The police murder of Iraq War veteran Brian Easley

By Eric London, 10 July 2017

The murder of Easley exposes the establishment’s ritual worship of veterans as nothing more than propaganda, aimed at building support for wars fought by the poor to enrich the wealthy.

US strategic bombers conduct provocative drill near North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 10 July 2017

The military exercise involving US B1-B bombers just before the G20 summit, was aimed at pressuring all countries, especially China, to take tough action against North Korea.

Iraqi prime minister claims “liberation” of devastated Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 10 July 2017

The “liberated city of Mosul” has been largely reduced to smoking rubble littered with decaying corpses.

US B-1 bombers challenge Chinese claims in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 8 July 2017

The bomber flight is the latest US provocation ahead of the G20 summit aimed at pressuring China to take stronger action against North Korea.

Trump escalates US drone war in Somalia

By Timotheos Gaist, 8 July 2017

Calls are growing in US ruling circles for wider war in the desperately impoverished, immensely strategic Horn of Africa nation.

Australian government lines up behind US threats to North Korea and China

By Mike Head, 6 July 2017

Canberra’s statement closely echoed Washington’s assertions that North Korea now constitutes a threat to the entire world.

US police out in force for Fourth of July holiday

By Matthew MacEgan, 6 July 2017

The police mobilizations throughout the country, justified by citing the possibility of a terror attack, marked another effort to expand the power of the state in anticipation of social unrest.

Ahead of G20 summit

US exploits North Korean missile test to threaten war and isolate China

By James Cogan, 6 July 2017

The Trump administration is returning to the bellicose anti-China stance that characterised his campaign in the presidential election.

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren joins push for US escalation in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 July 2017

Appearing in Kabul alongside Republican John McCain, Warren joined in calling for President Donald Trump to advance a new strategy for the nearly 16-year-old US war.

North Korean missile launch intensifies war danger

By Peter Symonds, 5 July 2017

Washington, not Pyongyang, is primarily responsible for creating the explosive situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump’s frosty phone call with Chinese President Xi

By Peter Symonds, 4 July 2017

Trump is adopting a more confrontational stance toward China in an effort to pressure Beijing to force North Korea to bow to US demands.

Defence Minister says Britain will back any US action in Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 4 July 2017

The UK is already up to its neck in the US-led operation to topple the Assad regime, including covert and illegal military operations on the ground.

The media blackout of Seymour Hersh’s exposé on US missile strike against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 3 July 2017

The same corporate media that praised the US missile strike against Syria has blacked out Hersh’s exposure that its pretext, an alleged chemical weapons attack, is a lie.

US warship intrudes into Chinese-claimed waters in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 3 July 2017

The US naval provocation, following the approval of a large arms deal with Taiwan and US sanctions on Chinese companies, heightens the risk of war with China.

South Korean president aligns with US war plans against North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 3 July 2017

With his election out of the way, President Moon sought to reassure Washington that he remained committed to the military alliance.

US provocatively approves major arms sale to Taiwan

By Peter Symonds, 1 July 2017

Together with US sanctions on Chinese entities, the arms deal signals a more aggressive stance toward Beijing.

US threatens war with North as South Korean president arrives in Washington

By James Cogan, 30 June 2017

Moon Jae-in, far from seeking to curb Washington’s threats, has fallen into line with the steady build-up toward confrontation with North Korea.

US air strike kills scores of civilians in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2017

The deadly strike on Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zour province Monday is bound up with Washington’s increasingly aggressive military intervention in the region.

Trump’s Syrian chemical weapons claims: A house of cards

By Andre Damon, 28 June 2017

The spurious White House claims that the Syrian government is preparing to use chemical weapons have yet again gone unquestioned in the US media.

US, UAE operate network of torture chambers in Yemen

By Niles Niemuth, 27 June 2017

The brutal torture regime began during the Obama administration and continues under President Donald Trump.

Ex-CIA chief calls for “firm” Australian action against China

By Mike Head, 26 June 2017

David Petraeus’ appearance at the Liberal Party dinner was the latest intervention into Australian politics by visiting senior figures within the US military-intelligence complex.

Saudi ultimatum to Qatar brings Middle East to brink of wider war

By Peter Symonds, 26 June 2017

The Saudi-led ultimatum to Qatar contains demands deliberately designed to be rejected, providing the pretext for even tougher sanctions and military action.

US-backed forces on verge of recapturing Iraqi city of Mosul

By James Cogan, 23 June 2017

The destruction yesterday of the 900-year-old minaret of the historic Al Nuri mosque symbolises the devastation that has been inflicted on Mosul.

Megan Leavey: Oblivious to Iraqi suffering

By Joanne Laurier, 23 June 2017

Set during the Iraq war in 2006, Megan Leavey deals with the relationship of a female Marine corporal and her military dog companion. It is an unvarnished pro-war film.

Amid threat of US-Russia clash in Syria

NATO warplane buzzes jet carrying Russian defense minister over Baltic Sea

By Barry Grey, 22 June 2017

Any one of the virtually daily NATO-Russian encounters in the air could result in a fire-fight or collision, whether by intention or accident, which could quickly ignite a full-scale war between nuclear powers.

US demands “much greater” Chinese pressure on North Korea, or else

By Peter Symonds, 22 June 2017

While continuing to press China over North Korea, the Trump administration is warning that the US will resort to other measures—including military action—if there are no results.

South Korean president tries to smooth disagreements with Washington

By Ben McGrath, 22 June 2017

Seoul has suggested reaching out to Pyongyang as the US ramps up pressure on North Korea.

Escalating threat of US-Russian confrontation in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2017

In the wake of Sunday’s US shoot-down of a Syrian jet, Moscow has announced it will treat any US aircraft flying over the western part of Syria as a hostile target.

US shoots down Syrian government aircraft

By Peter Symonds, 19 June 2017

The US is prepared to resort to the most reckless means to defend its footholds in Syria and lay the basis for a broader war.

US-backed siege batters Old City of Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2017

US-backed Iraqi forces began their siege of Mosul eight months ago. Since then, thousands of Iraqi civilians have died under US bombs, rockets and shells.

US preparing to send up to 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan

By Jordan Shilton, 17 June 2017

The escalation of the longest war in US history reflects the deepening crisis of Washington’s puppet regime in Kabul, which is losing ground to the Taliban-led insurgency.

US Special Forces will wage war in Africa “for at least a generation”

By Thomas Gaist and Eddie Haywood, 17 June 2017

US military commandos are presently involved in over 100 missions simultaneously across the African continent, according to internal Pentagon documents.

Trump’s visit to Poland: A return to the pre-war Intermarium strategy

By Clara Weiss, 17 June 2017

Trump’s visit is a clear signal that the US is increasingly relying on an alliance with Eastern European countries in face of mounting tensions with Germany and France.

US ex-basketballer heads to North Korea to “open door”

By Peter Symonds, 15 June 2017

Given the accelerating US confrontation with North Korea, the chances that Rodman’s visit can open meaningful talks between the two countries appear remote.

Washington’s war crimes in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 15 June 2017

UN war crimes investigators found that the US military has inflicted a “staggering loss of civilian life” with its relentless airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Marching toward a wider war in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2017

Behind the bitter political warfare in Washington and the endless claims of Russian interference in the election, very real wars in the Middle East are threatening to coalesce into a regional or even global conflagration.

Immigration raids strike Detroit: Dozens rounded up for deportation to Iraq war zone

By Eric London and Niles Niemuth, 13 June 2017

The decision by the Trump administration to deport refugees to Iraq explodes the claims that the US wars in Iraq and Syria are “humanitarian” interventions aimed at protecting the population.

South Korea delays THAAD battery installation

By Ben McGrath, 13 June 2017

Washington is concerned that the new government in Seoul is pursuing closer relations with China.

US forces accused of firing white phosphorus into Mosul and Raqqa

By James Cogan, 12 June 2017

An estimated 200,000 civilians are trapped in the Islamic State-held areas of both cities.

US Special Forces involved in declaration of martial law in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 12 June 2017

Washington is using martial law to discipline the Philippine president and reorient Manila’s geopolitical ties away from Beijing and Moscow, and back into the camp of US imperialism.

Dispute erupts in Trump administration over Gulf conflict

By Jordan Shilton, 10 June 2017

As the US escalated the war in Syria, divisions between Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson broke out Friday over Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic isolation of Qatar.

US secretary of state visits New Zealand to counter China

By Tom Peters, 9 June 2017

New Zealand’s government has aligned itself more closely with the US military encirclement of China and threats of war against North Korea.

Terror attack in Iran exacerbates war tensions in Gulf

By Keith Jones, 8 June 2017

Iranian authorities charged that Saudi Arabia and Washington orchestrated yesterday’s attack, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Following new UN sanctions, North Korea tests more missiles

By Peter Symonds, 8 June 2017

A US nuclear-powered attack submarine docked in South Korea on Tuesday—the latest step in Washington’s military build-up near the Korean Peninsula.

Tensions between US and China threaten catastrophe for Africa

By Eddie Haywood and Thomas Gaist, 8 June 2017

China’s expansion of economic investment in Africa is part of its “One Belt, One Road” initiative, through which Beijing seeks to revive a modern day Silk Road connecting China and Asia with Europe.

Understanding the geopolitics of terrorism

By Bill Van Auken, 8 June 2017

While the media routinely portrays terrorism as a manifestation of evil and the work of madmen, there are definite geopolitical relations and aims underlying these acts.

US, Australian officials warn China over North Korea, South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 6 June 2017

The comments were directed not only at China but also Asian nations such as the Philippines that have tilted toward Beijing in a bid to boost economic relations.

Shangri La Dialogue: US Defence Secretary, Australian PM threaten North Korea, China

By Peter Symonds, 3 June 2017

The premier Asian strategic conference is taking place as the US threatens war against North Korea and continues its relentless military build-up.

Senator John McCain visits Australia to reinforce US alliance

By James Cogan, 31 May 2017

McCain issued appeals and warnings to the Australian ruling class not to deviate from its strategic alignment with the US.

US anti-missile test sends warning to North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 31 May 2017

The successful interception of a dummy ICBM demonstrates to North Korea and also China that the US can launch a nuclear attack and counter any attempt to retaliate.

Manuel Noriega and US militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 31 May 2017

The December 1989 US invasion of Panama and toppling of Noriega set the pattern for the escalating series of US wars and interventions that were to follow.

Netflix’s War Machine: A hard-hitting attack on America’s military madness

By Joanne Laurier, 30 May 2017

The film admirably revives a venerable tradition of anti-military and anti-war drama and comedy in the US.

North Korea tests missile as US deploys third aircraft carrier

By James Cogan, 29 May 2017

The test follow steps by the US and its allies that would have heightened fears in the North Korean regime of the possibility of attack.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, architect of the catastrophe in Afghanistan, dead at 89

By Bill Van Auken, 29 May 2017

“What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe?” the former national security adviser said of the CIA alliance with Al Qaeda.

War clouds over South Asia

By Keith Jones, 27 May 2017

South Asia is becoming more and more geo-politically polarized between an India allied with US imperialism and a Pakistan backed by Beijing.

US warship carries out “freedom of navigation” exercise in Chinese-claimed waters

By James Cogan, 26 May 2017

China’s foreign ministry said the move “undermined China’s sovereignty and security,” and risked causing “unexpected air and sea accidents.”

In visit to Israel, Trump escalates attacks on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2017

The US president’s pretense that his policies will bring about an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement is transparent window-dressing for a policy of escalating militarism against Tehran.

Trump’s speech in Riyadh signals US escalation against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2017

Riddled with hypocrisy, clichés and absurdities, Trump’s speech, before an assembly of monarchs and despots in Saudi Arabia, spelled out an agenda of escalating US militarism.

Report accuses Pentagon of running multi-billion dollar slush fund for military operations

By Jordan Shilton, 22 May 2017

The use of such a fund demonstrates the increasing ability of the military-intelligence apparatus to act outside of Congressional accountability.

UN Security Council to meet again after North Korea missile test

By James Cogan, 22 May 2017

The test followed actions by the US and its allies that would only have heightened the North Korean regime’s fears about an imminent military assault.

Trump approves new Pentagon strategy to “annihilate” ISIS

By Niles Niemuth, 20 May 2017

Defense Secretary Mattis announced the plan, which would involve an escalation of the drive for US domination of the Middle East, as Trump prepared for his first foreign trip, beginning with Saudi Arabia.

Sweden’s investigation into Julian Assange was a political frame-up from the outset

By David Walsh, 20 May 2017

The entire affair was aimed at discrediting and paralyzing WikiLeaks and creating conditions under which Assange could be extradited or abducted to the US, to be executed or condemned to a lifetime in prison.

Washington levels new allegations against Syria on eve of Geneva talks

By Jordan Shilton, 18 May 2017

The unsubstantiated claims appeared aimed at blocking any settlement within the context of a ceasefire brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran earlier this month.

North Korea accused of cyber attacks in mounting demonisation campaign

By James Cogan, 18 May 2017

A propaganda campaign is underway in the US and international media that is ominously reminiscent of the 2002-2003 hysteria over Iraq and “weapons of mass destruction.”

Chelsea Manning released amid growing attacks on democratic rights in the US

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2017

Manning’s seven-year imprisonment at the hands of the US military was the most draconian sentence ever served for leaking classified documents.

Yemenis dying of cholera as Trump meets with UAE ruler

By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2017

The Trump administration is arming the UAE and Saudi Arabia to the teeth as the two regimes wage a savage war against the starving population of Yemen.

The London Conference on Somalia: Imperialists plan military buildup in Horn of Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 16 May 2017

Amid the worst famine conditions since the Second World War, the capitalist ruling classes are stoking war and militarism in Somalia and throughout the Horn of Africa.

US, South Korea emphasise alliance after North Korean missile test

By Ben McGrath, 15 May 2017

Concerns persist in Washington that the new Moon administration in Seoul could undermine attempts to pressure Pyongyang.

Hundreds of US citizens arrested in joint immigration-police roundup

By Niles Niemuth, 13 May 2017

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents working with local law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 1,300 people since March.

Veterans Affairs to close more than 1,110 facilities

By Kevin Martinez, 13 May 2017

VA Secretary David Shulkin told Congress the proposal is aimed at privatizing veterans’ health care.

Washington prepares to send up to 5,000 more troops into Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2017

The planned escalation of US imperialism’s longest war involves not only more “boots on the ground,” but also ceding control of the war to US military commanders.

North Korea under siege

By Peter Symonds, 6 May 2017

Trump’s reckless brinkmanship has created a tinderbox on the Korean Peninsula, where a miscalculation or provocation could quickly escalate into a disastrous war.

US show of force intensifies pressure on North Korea and China

By Mike Head, 5 May 2017

Two military displays in two days have escalated the tensions on the Korean Peninsula produced by the Trump administration’s threats of military action.

Pentagon in talks with Baghdad on permanent US occupation of Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2017

The discussions are unfolding in the shadow of the US-backed siege of Mosul, which continues to inflict mass civilian casualties.

US sends B-1 strategic bombers over South Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 May 2017

The US military build-up has raised tensions on the Korean Peninsula to fever pitch, threatening to trigger a devastating conflict.

Trump suggests talks while preparing for war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 2 May 2017

Trump’s offer to meet Kim Jong-un is effectively an ultimatum: accept US terms for negotiations or confront the prospect of war.

Trump threatens “major conflict” with North Korea

By Mike Head, 28 April 2017

The US president invoked the danger of war, while claiming to be seeking a diplomatic solution to the Korean crisis.

US tests missile in Pacific as it escalates threats to North Korea

By Mike Head, 26 April 2017

The provocatively-timed US test again underscores where the real risk of nuclear war resides—in Washington.

US naval “armada” menaces North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 25 April 2017

The nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Michigan, is due to arrive in South Korea today where it will be joined by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its strike group.

US defense secretary makes crisis trip to Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 April 2017

Mattis arrived in Kabul as his Afghan counterpart and other top military commanders were resigning over a disastrous Taliban attack that killed nearly 200 troops.

Pence’s Asian tour reinforces US threats to North Korea

By Mike Head, 24 April 2017

Without any public consultation, the US and its allies are placing millions of people at risk of a devastating nuclear war.

Tense standoff continues on Korean peninsula

By Peter Symonds, 22 April 2017

The media is fueling tensions with speculation that North Korea could conduct a nuclear or missile test to mark its Military Foundation Day next Tuesday.

US government and media ratchet up threats to North Korea

By Mike Head, 21 April 2017

The Trump administration’s ultimatums are intensifying the risk that miscalculations could trigger a conflict that would endanger the lives of millions of people.

Indian elite hails US bombings in Syria and Afghanistan

By Deepal Jayasekera, 21 April 2017

Leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janatha Party and the opposition Congress Party support the US military attacks.

Washington threatens war against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2017

Secretary of State Tillerson made clear that Tehran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement would do nothing to prevent US military aggression.

US vice president warns North Korea “the sword is ready”

By Peter Symonds, 20 April 2017

Pence threatened “an overwhelming and effective American response” to any North Korean use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

US secretary of state issues war threat against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2017

The administration indicated it will review all sanctions lifted as part of the agreement, with an eye toward reimposing them on the phony pretext that Tehran is a “state sponsor” of terrorism.

US continues dangerous brinkmanship with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 19 April 2017

By keeping the world guessing as to what he will do, Trump has added a great deal of uncertainty into an already precarious situation and heightened the danger of conflict.