Middle East

Iran responds to economic crisis and US destabilisation with repression of working class

By Jean Shaoul, 21 September 2018

This year has witnessed increasing social and economic unrest among all layers of the Iranian working class over high unemployment and soaring inflation.

New Zealand government extends troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan

By Tom Peters, 21 September 2018

The announcement that troops will remain in Iraq and Afghanistan further demolishes claims that the NZ Labour Party-NZ First-Greens coalition government is a “progressive” alternative.

Russian aircraft shot down during Israeli missile attack on main Syrian government port

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2018

Russian sources have reported that they tracked missiles launched by a French frigate at the time their aircraft was attacked.

Hundreds arrested as construction workers at Turkish airport clash with security forces

By Jerry White, 17 September 2018

Thousands of workers downed their tools Friday after the latest in a series of fatal and near-fatal accidents at a construction site near Istanbul.

Israel bombs target near Damascus as Syrian war threatens to escalate

By Jordan Shilton, 17 September 2018

Washington supports Israel's aggression in Syria as part of its strategy to drive back Iranian influence in the country and throughout the Middle East.

Twenty-five years after Oslo, a deepening catastrophe for the Palestinians

By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2018

The anniversary has coincided with a series of increasingly punishing measures by Washington to back the Netanyahu regime in Israel and starve the Palestinians into submission.

Bloody siege of Yemeni port resumes as US certifies Saudi concern for civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2018

Aid groups have warned that the renewed assault on Hodeidah threatens not only to kill tens of thousands of civilians, but to push millions more into starvation.

Seventeen years after 9/11: From “war on terror” to “great power conflict”

By Andre Damon, 12 September 2018

On the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Washington is on the verge of launching a massive new Syrian offensive in defense of Al Qaeda-linked forces.

US Marines deploy to Syria for live fire exercise

By Jordan Shilton, 10 September 2018

The drill, which included air assaults backed by artillery fire, underscores that the seven-year war in Syria could rapidly escalate into a direct clash between the major powers.

Syriza jails Syrian swimmer Sara Mardini for helping refugees in Greece

By Kumaran Ira, 10 September 2018

This blatant attempt to criminalize humanitarian aid to refugees is a devastating exposure of the European Union and Greece’s Syriza government.

Civil war clashes erupt in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 10 September 2018

A fragile truce prevails in the Libyan capital of Tripoli following fierce fighting last week. The city’s Mitiga airport remains closed and fighting is continuing in the south of the city.

China denies establishing military base in Afghanistan

By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2018

Afghanistan is another key strategic arena for intensifying geo-political rivalry between the major powers.

Report by Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media undermines claims of chemical attack in Douma

By Paul Bond, 6 September 2018

In the face of the orchestrated attack on the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media as “Apologists for Assad,” the careful work by Paul McKeigue, Jake Mason, David Miller and Piers Robinson is all the more noteworthy.

Washington escalates threats over Syria as Russia bombs Al Qaeda positions

By Bill Van Auken, 5 September 2018

Claims of “humanitarian” concerns and warnings over the use of chemical weapons signal a growing threat of US intervention in defense of the “rebels.”

As IAEA confirms Iranian compliance with nuclear deal

Washington and Tehran trade threats over the Strait of Hormuz

By Jordan Shilton, 3 September 2018

The latest IAEA findings expose the Trump administration’s provocative policy, which threatens to plunge the entire region into military conflict.

Trump administration ends funding for Palestinian refugees

By Jean Shaoul, 3 September 2018

The cutoff of funding is meant to punish Palestinians for protesting Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Sharp rise in right-wing attacks on Palestinians and Israeli peace and rights activists

By Jean Shaoul, 1 September 2018

The nationality law, enshrining Israel’s status as the nation-state of the Jewish people, not the state of all its citizens irrespective of religion or ethnicity, is fanning the flames of racial hatred.

UN panel cites massive war crimes in US-backed war on Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2018

Washington has backed the slaughter as part of a region-wide offensive to weaken the influence of Iran and assert US hegemony over the Middle East.

Is Washington on the brink of a major attack on Syria?

By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2018

Threats against the Assad government over the use of chemical weapons have set up the pretext for a sharp escalation of US military intervention.

US-backed Saudi regime set to behead female activist and four others

By Bill Van Auken, 25 August 2018

The barbaric beheadings, like the slaughter of the civilian population in Yemen, are carried out with the blessings of a US government that routinely pursues its predatory policies under the phony banner of human rights.

UK Labour leader Corbyn silent on Afghanistan troop deployment

By Paul Mitchell, 23 August 2018

May’s announcement is a servile response to the demands of Trump, who has reversed his election promise to reduce US involvement in Afghanistan.

Erdogan charges US “stab in the back” as Turkey crisis deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2018

The Turkish president vowed to retaliate against “traitors” undermining the economy as the lira slid again precipitously on Monday.

Israel carries out new strikes on Gaza

By James Cogan, 10 August 2018

The latest assault, which killed three people, follows repeated threats by the Israeli government to launch another full-scale military intervention.

PayPal closes pro-Palestinian group’s account in collusion with Israeli government

By Jean Shaoul, 9 August 2018

PayPal’s action is part of a broader censorship drive by US technology and social media giants, working closely with US and Israeli intelligence agencies.

Trump menaces the world over Iran sanctions

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2018

Under the banner of “peace,” the US is preparing for trade war and war—not only against Iran, but against all potential rivals, including its European and Asian allies.

Washington allies with ISIS as great power conflict trumps “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2018

In at least three countries where US forces are engaged in combat operations, the Pentagon and its local proxies are allying themselves with ISIS and Al Qaeda in pursuit of strategic interests.

Egypt’s military junta condemns 75 coup protesters to death

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2018

The blood on Sisi’s hands also drenches the palms of political leaders of all the major parties in the US, Europe and other imperialist powers.

US preparing for regime change and war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 30 July 2018

Following Trump’s belligerent threats against Iran, a national security meeting was convened in Washington to thrash out the next stage in the escalating confrontation.

US-backed Iraqi government guns down protesting workers

By Patrick Martin, 17 July 2018

Mass protests have erupted across southern and central Iraq over unemployment, the cutoff of electricity and running water, and the lack of opportunity for young people.

Israel carries out biggest air strikes on Gaza since 2014 war

By Keith Jones, 16 July 2018

In recent days, Israel has stepped up its campaign to crush resistance in Gaza, intensifying its economic blockade, shooting scores of protesters, and mounting massive air strikes.

Mass protests in Iraq’s southern provinces

By Alec Andersen, 16 July 2018

Thousands took part in mass demonstrations in southern Iraq over the weekend against the intolerable economic conditions that prevail 15 years after the US-led war for regime change.

Battle rages for Hodeidah as Yemen faces threat of mass starvation

By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2018

With 8 million already on the brink of famine and 22 million dependent upon food aid, the paralysis of Hodeidah threatens to claim millions of lives.

US war crimes in Syria exposed

By Niles Niemuth, 7 June 2018

Unlike the hysteria generated over the fake gas attack in Douma earlier this year, the revelations of massive US war crimes in Raqqa have been treated as a non-event by the media.

Israel’s Netanyahu tours Europe to advocate action against Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 7 June 2018

For all their differences with Trump, and evident distaste for Netanyahu, the European leaders did not seek to distance themselves from his demands because they know he speaks for Washington.

Amnesty International report finds US guilty of war crimes in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2018

The report documents the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the US siege of Raqqa last year, including the massacre of entire families.

Washington considers direct intervention in siege of Yemeni port city

By Bill Van Auken, 5 June 2018

The Saudi-led and US-backed assault on the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah threatens to plunge millions more into famine.

Report exposes UK role in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen

By Barry Mason, 21 May 2018

The US, UK and other western countries have supported the Saudi intervention. Like Saudi Arabia, they regard the war against the Houthis as a proxy conflict with Iran.

European Union tries to salvage Iran nuclear accord from US unilateralism

By Jean Shaoul, 17 May 2018

The European powers are furious because Trump’s threats cut across their attempts to exploit Iran economically and fear sanctions presage a war that will destabilise the Middle East

More Palestinian deaths as Israel attacks protests in Gaza and West Bank

By Jean Shaoul, 16 May 2018

The death toll rose above the 58 announced Monday due to two additional shootings and the death of an eight-month-old baby due to gas inhalation.

Mass murder in Gaza

By Bill Van Auken, 15 May 2018

The shooting dead of at least 60 unarmed protesters in Gaza, along with the wounding of over 2,700 more, is a war crime for which all involved bear collective and personal responsibility.

Election result in Iraq portends further political and social conflict

By James Cogan, 15 May 2018

No grouping of parties has won anywhere near the support needed to form a government.

US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal drives Ankara into a corner

By Halil Celik, 14 May 2018

Washington’s reimposition of punishing economic sanctions on Iran, and its plans to force other countries to follow suit, threatens to roil the already crisis-ridden Turkish economy.

US steps up pressure on Iran with new round of sanctions

By Jordan Shilton, 12 May 2018

Announced the same day as Israel launched its largest-ever direct assault on Iranian infrastructure in Syria, the sanctions mark a further step by US imperialism in the direction of an all-out military confrontation with Iran.

Israeli army kills one, wounds hundreds during latest round of Gaza protests

By Niles Niemuth, 12 May 2018

The Gaza Health Ministry reported that among the hundreds who were wounded in the attack on unarmed, peaceful protestors, 143 were shot with live ammunition.

Middle East teeters on brink of region-wide war after US withdrawal from Iran deal

By Jordan Shilton, 10 May 2018

After Israeli war planes targeted Iranian personnel in Syria for the third time in less than a month, Iranian Quds forces reportedly launched rockets into northern Israel.

Trump torpedoes Iran nuclear accord

By Keith Jones, 9 May 2018

In its reckless and ruinous drive for global hegemony, US imperialism, like the Nazi regime, makes diplomatic agreements only to break them when expedient.

Tensions rise with Trump set to announce decision on Iran nuclear deal

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2018

With Trump’s allies signaling that he will rip up the agreement, Israel has issued increasingly bellicose threats against Iran.

Against imperialism, counterrevolution and war! For a socialist Middle East!

By Johannes Stern, 8 May 2018

The following speech was delivered to the ICFI’s International Online Rally by Johannes Stern, a leading member of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, the German section of the ICFI, and the World Socialist Web Site editorial board in Germany.

Israel denounces Iran nuclear deal after new missile strikes on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2018

Netanyahu’s bellicose speech indicting Iran, following on the heels of missile strikes on Syria, underscores the growing threat of a region-wide war.

Israel again opens fire on Gaza protesters, killing three and wounding hundreds

By Will Morrow, 28 April 2018

For the fifth Friday in a row, the Israeli army rained gunfire on thousands of unarmed protesters in Gaza, bringing the number killed since March 30 to 45.

Saudi airstrike kills 33 at wedding in northern Yemen

By Niles Niemuth, 24 April 2018

With the full support of the US and its allies, Saudi Arabia has been waging an unrelenting war against Yemen for more than three years, killing thousands of civilians.

US lashes out at Russia, as OPCW inspectors prepare to enter Douma

By Peter Symonds, 17 April 2018

Western governments and media that propagated unsubstantiated claims of a chemical weapons attack to justify illegal missile strikes on Syria are seeking to cover their tracks.

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.

War fever grips German media

By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2018

Die Welt demanded the “eradication of the Assad regime” and the deployment of “hundreds of thousands of soldiers” to Syria to “in the worst case scenario, fight Russians and Iranians.”

Israeli troops again target peaceful protests with live ammunition and tear gas

By Jean Shaoul, 14 April 2018

Yesterday’s casualties follow Israel Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s earlier pledge of a “reaction of the harshest kind.”

Momentum builds toward US-led strike on Syria

By James Cogan, 13 April 2018

The US secretary of state nominee, CIA head Mike Pompeo, left no doubt yesterday that the Putin regime in Russia is the main target behind the war crisis in the Middle East.

Escalation of Syria war sends economic and strategic shockwaves across region

By Jordan Shilton, 13 April 2018

The Russian, Turkish and Iranian economies are coming under pressure amid the growing war danger, while Israel is preparing for a wider regional conflict.

US media demands full-scale assault against Syria

By James Cogan, 11 April 2018

The New York Times and Washington Post have sent a clear message to Trump that a limited attack will be denounced as worse than useless.

Canada rallies behind US in its incendiary anti-Russia offensive

By Roger Jordan, 11 April 2018

Canada has signalled its support for the coming US attack on Syria, by pledging to work with its “international partners” to punish Syria and “its backers” with “all available means.”

UK and French forces on ground in Syria as US prepares wider war

By Halil Celik, 10 April 2018

The alleged chemical weapons attack provides an all-too convenient excuse for both countries to deepen their existing operations in Syria.

CIA stages gas attack pretext for Syria escalation

By Patrick Martin, 9 April 2018

The rhetoric of the Trump administration indicates that preparations are being made by the Pentagon for stepped-up military operations in Syria.

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.

Israel kills 17 border demonstrators in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 31 March 2018

Demonstrations are set to continue for six weeks until May 15, the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel and the subsequent war between Israel and her Arab neighbours.

Egyptian presidential elections mark new stage in counterrevolution

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2018

The al-Sisi regime has been mobilizing tens of thousands of heavily armed troops and security forces across the country to stifle any protest.

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.

Fifteen years since the launching of the Iraq War

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2018

Neither the warmongers in Washington and London, nor their media apologists, have been held to account for the greatest crime of the 21st century.

Turkey’s seizure of Afrin and the growing threat of a regional war in the Middle East

By Halil Celik, 21 March 2018

While drifting away from its NATO partners, Ankara has forged closer relations, including both trade and military ties, with Russia and Iran, two main targets of US imperialism.

Threat of US attack on Syria grows amid fall of “rebel” stronghold

By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2018

The imminent fall of the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta has been accompanied by Turkey’s overrunning of Afrin in the north, signaling a new stage in the seven-year-old Syrian war.

Russia threatens counter-strikes on US forces in Syria

By Halil Celik and James Cogan, 14 March 2018

Russia’s top military commander has vowed to retaliate against any attack on its forces in Syria, while Turkey is intensifying its offensive against US-backed rebels.

Germany: Grand coalition expands foreign operations in Afghanistan and Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 8 March 2018

No sooner had the membership of the SPD voted for the continuation of the government alliance with the CDU/CSU, plans for new military operations were announced.

Netanyahu, Trump discuss war preparations against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2018

Netanyahu, facing criminal indictment in Israel, and Trump, his administration in deepening crisis, met to discuss plans for an escalation of military aggression against Iran.

A new “left” appeal for imperialist intervention in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 March 2018

The “open letter” was clearly addressed to Washington and its allies, demanding the escalation of their use of armed force against the war-ravaged country.

US airstrike kills dozens amid mounting Western war propaganda over Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 28 February 2018

The orchestrated outcry over civilian deaths in Ghouta and chorus of chemical weapons allegations are aimed at preparing a major new imperialist escalation in the Middle East.

Fighting continues in Syria after another UN ceasefire

By Chris Marsden, 26 February 2018

Tensions between the United States, Russia, Iran, and Turkey remained high in the wake of a US attack that killed dozens of Russian troops.

Syrian government offensive prompts calls for intensified US military intervention

By Jordan Shilton, 22 February 2018

US media outlets have seized on the escalation of violence to call for the expansion of Washington’s illegal military intervention.

Washington delivers new ultimatum on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2018

The Trump administration is threatening to abrogate the Iran nuclear agreement in order to force the European powers to adopt a hard line against Tehran.

Multiple reports confirm US killed Russians in Syrian oilfield airstrikes

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2018

The deaths of Russian military contractors under the rain of bombs and missiles unleashed by the Pentagon has sharply escalated war tensions.

German government plans massive military expansion in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 13 February 2018

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced the build-up in the course of her trip to the Middle East last weekend.

Israeli attack on Syria heightens danger of wider Mideast war

By Chris Marsden, 12 February 2018

Israel attacked 12 of the country’s main air defence sites, which the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) described as “Iranian targets.”

Russians reported killed in US strikes in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2018

The reports of Russian casualties came as Turkey resumed its own air strikes against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin.

US threat to escalate Syria war over alleged gas attacks

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2018

Washington’s threat to retaliate over alleged use of chemical weapons comes amid a steady widening of the multi-sided war in Syria.

Growing opposition to Israeli government’s plans to deport African refugees

By Jean Shaoul, 1 February 2018

Israel has a less than one percent success rate for asylum seekers, far below that of European Union countries.

India: First-ever visit by an Israeli PM used to strengthen strategic ties

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 27 January 2018

India’s burgeoning military-strategic partnership with Israel dovetails with its ever-more pronounced alignment with Washington and its principal Asian allies, Japan and Australia.

US announces indefinite deployment of military forces in Syria

By James Cogan, 19 January 2018

The pretext that the motive of the US in Syria was to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has been cast aside.

US to set up 30,000-strong “border force” in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 16 January 2018

Having proclaimed the defeat of ISIS, Washington is determined to prosecute its goal of ousting the Iranian- and Russian-backed Syrian regime.

Trump vows to renew all-out economic war on Iran

By Keith Jones, 13 January 2018

Trump insisted he will issue no further waivers of economic sanctions unless the Iran nuclear agreement is rewritten in accordance with his demands.

Members and supporters of 20 groups banned from entering Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 13 January 2018

The move is a violation of free speech and the right of free movement and travel.

Iran: Anti-government protests abate in face of mass repression

By Jordan Shilton and Keith Jones, 8 January 2018

None of the grievances fueling the working class protests that swept across Iran in recent days have been addressed, let alone resolved.

Trump threatens Palestinian aid cut-off

By Jean Shaoul, 6 January 2018

A cut to the budget of the UNRWA for Palestinian refugees would have a devastating impact, particularly in the city of Gaza.

The working class unrest in Iran: The WSWS replies to an apologist of the Iranian regime

By Keith Jones, 6 January 2018

The WSWS’s attitude toward Iran is based on two fundamental factors: Iran’s character as a historically oppressed country that must be defended against imperialism and the antagonistic relationship between the Iranian bourgeoisie and working class.

Over 700 Yemeni civilians killed and wounded by US-backed Saudi airstrikes in December

By Bill Van Auken, 29 December 2017

The savage intensification of the Saudi bombing campaign is a function of both Riyadh’s frustration over the stalemate in its war and the unstinting support of Washington.

Russia charges Pentagon with training ex-ISIS fighters

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2017

The report that the US is training former ISIS militants is one more indication that Washington is preparing a new phase of the war in Syria.

Pentagon admits presence of US troops in Yemen as cholera cases top one million

By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2017

Washington is deepening the catastrophe in Yemen as part of its war preparations against Iran, threatening the lives of millions.

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital deepens crisis of Arab leaders

By Jean Shaoul, 20 December 2017

Egypt’s military junta downplayed Trump’s announcement so as not to further inflame tensions already running high due to soaring food prices and unemployment.

UN condemns Iraq’s mass hanging of accused ISIS fighters

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2017

The mass execution constitutes one more war crime in the bloody US-backed war in Iraq and Syria.

Putin stages “mission accomplished” visit to Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2017

The Russian President's pronouncement of a 'victory' over ISIS presages not peace, but an even more direct and aggressive conflict between the US and Russia.

Two Palestinians killed, hundreds wounded in clashes following Trump announcement on Jerusalem

By Jordan Shilton, 9 December 2017

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday following Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

US indicts Turkish banker Mehmet Atilla amid mounting US-Turkish tensions

By Halil Celik, 6 December 2017

The case poses a direct threat to Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan, amid mounting divisions over US wars in Syria and Iraq, and US threats against Iran.

Terror attack on Egyptian mosque kills at least 235 worshippers

By Niles Niemuth, 25 November 2017

The Egyptian government has declared that the attack in the northern Sinai is the deadliest in the country’s modern history.