Perspectives

The war in Yemen and the American drive for global domination

By Niles Williamson, 28 March 2015

The United States is backing the Saudi-led assault in Yemen as part of a wider drive to dominate the Middle East, Eurasia and, ultimately, the entire world by means of military violence.

John Bolton’s call for war on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 27 March 2015

The psychotic militarism of the Bush administration’s ambassador to the UN is seen by the political establishment as a legitimate approach to US foreign policy.

The firing squad returns to America

By Barry Grey, 26 March 2015

The revival of execution methods most people had long considered relics of a more barbaric past exposes the real state of class relations in America.

Growing warnings of another financial disaster

By Nick Beams, 25 March 2015

There are an increasing number of warnings that financial markets could be headed for a “liquidity crunch” if major players head for the exits at the same time.

Behind the tensions between Obama and Netanyahu

By Bill Van Auken, 24 March 2015

With his explicit rejection of the so-called “two-state solution,” the Israeli prime minister exposed the fraud of US policy, cutting across Washington’s interests in the region.

Detroit’s water shutoffs and the aristocratic principle

By Andre Damon, 23 March 2015

In few places anywhere on the globe is the systematized, ruthless cruelty of the ruling class—facilitated by all factions of the political establishment—so flagrantly on display as in Detroit.

Bellum Americanum: US imperialism’s delusions of world conquest

By Joseph Kishore, 21 March 2015

There is near-universal agreement among Democrats and Republicans in Washington to substantially increase funding for the already gargantuan Pentagon war machine.

Capital punishment and the brutality of class rule in America

By Kate Randall, 20 March 2015

The political establishment’s continued support for state-sanctioned killing reflects the barbaric and exploitative character of social relations in the United States.

The conflict over the China-backed Asian investment bank

By Nick Beams, 19 March 2015

The British decision to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has opened the way for other European powers to sign up, despite intense opposition from the US.

Brazil’s right-wing protests: A warning to the working class

By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2015

If right-wing forces can once again openly agitate for a military coup, it is thanks to the reactionary role of the PT and the various pseudo-left groups that have sought to promote illusions in this capitalist party.

The oil workers’ strike and the return of the class struggle in the US

By Jerry White, 17 March 2015

The oil refinery strike has pitted 30,000 workers against some of the richest and most politically connected corporations in the world.

America’s “dirty brigades” in Iraq

By Niles Williamson, 16 March 2015

The atrocities committed by American-backed units in Iraq, including beheadings and the desecration of corpses, expose the hypocritical claims that the war against ISIS is being waged in defense of human rights.

US ramps up anti-China “pivot to Asia”

By Peter Symonds, 14 March 2015

The US maritime strategic document released yesterday is a recipe for intensifying tensions in Asia and compounding the danger of war with China.

US presidential election season begins

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2015

The United States is entering a 2016 presidential election campaign that demonstrates the narrow basis of the two-party system and the oligarchical character of American society.

The paramilitary occupation of America

By Joseph Kishore, 12 March 2015

The regularity of police murders in the United States has reached the point where it is appropriate to speak of the victims as casualties in a war against the country’s poor and working people.

Greece and the dictatorship of finance capital

By Nick Beams, 11 March 2015

Remarks on the Greek debt crisis by the head of the Belgian central bank, Luc Coene, expose the fictions of parliamentary democracy.

Police killings and the collapse of democracy in America

By Andre Damon, 10 March 2015

In working-class communities across the United States, police brutalize and kill with impunity, demonstrated once again in the killing of Anthony Robinson in Madison, Wisconsin.

Selma and the legacy of the US civil rights movement

By Fred Mazelis and Joseph Kishore, 9 March 2015

Obama’s commemoration of “Bloody Sunday” was a political farce aimed at sanctifying a corrupt apparatus with the blood of those who made great sacrifices as part of the civil rights movement.

The Justice Department report on Ferguson police: An indictment of American capitalism

By Andre Damon, 7 March 2015

The report documents systematic and wanton brutality, violence and outright criminality on the part of police in Ferguson, Missouri.

Washington stokes Middle East bloodbath

By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2015

The top US commander has said that US troops may invade Syria to fight alongside Islamist militias, even as they are waging war against similar forces across the border in Iraq.

Defend the US oil workers!

By Jerry White, 5 March 2015

Encouraged by the treachery of the United Steelworkers union, global oil giant Shell has announced that it will train strikebreakers to resume full production at its Texas and Louisiana plants.

The police killing in Los Angeles

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 4 March 2015

Police killings are only the most visible expression of the brutality of social relations in the United States.

Murder in Moscow: Why was Boris Nemtsov assassinated?

By David North, 3 March 2015

The assassination of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov arises out of the US-Russia confrontation and the struggle now underway within the Russian state.

Wisconsin Governor Walker, American workers and terrorism

By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2015

The Wisconsin governor has repeatedly said that the struggle against the working class at home is a critical component of Washington’s militarist policy abroad.

“Jihadi John,” imperialism and ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 28 February 2015

Not only did Britain’s security service MI5 carefully track the movements of “Jihadi John,” it carried out an active campaign to recruit him as an informant and covert agent.

Chicago’s Abu Ghraib

By Andre Damon, 27 February 2015

The Guardian newspaper has revealed the existence of a “black site” on the West Side of Chicago, where police detain, beat and torture prisoners.

Pentagon provocation on Russia’s border

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2015

As US armored vehicles paraded within sight of the Russian border, a senior American commander stressed that Washington has nuclear weapons at the ready to prosecute its conflict with Moscow.

The US oil strike and the international struggles of the working class

By Jerry White, 25 February 2015

The struggles of oil and dockworkers in the US and strikes by German and Australian rail workers point to the need for an international strategy for the working class.

US slaughter in Afghanistan rages on

By Bill Van Auken, 24 February 2015

The escalation of a war declared less than two months ago to have reached “a responsible conclusion” is part of the global eruption of US militarism.

The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 23 February 2015

It has taken less than one month for the Syriza government in Greece to repudiate its anti-austerity election program and betray, totally and utterly, the impoverished working people whose votes placed it in power.

Guantanamo in America

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2015

A report in the Guardian has revealed that a leading interrogator at Guantanamo Bay had used torture to extract false confessions as a police detective in Chicago.

Obama’s terror summit: An exercise in hypocrisy, falsification and self-delusion

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2015

With all the talk about confronting the “root causes” of terrorism, not a word was spoken about the chain of catastrophes unleashed by US imperialism over the past decade.

Japanese prime minister pushes to end constitutional limits on the military

By Peter Symonds, 19 February 2015

The Japanese ruling class increasingly views the post-war constitution as an intolerable impediment to pursuing its imperialist ambitions in Asia and internationally.

European Union gives no quarter in war against Greek workers

By Christoph Dreier and Barry Grey, 18 February 2015

The ruling class has taken the measure of Syriza, viewing it not as the representative of insurgent masses, but as a supplicant speaking for failing Greek capitalists.

US imperialism and the catastrophe in Libya

By Joseph Kishore, 17 February 2015

The disaster in Libya and throughout the Middle East and North Africa arises from the criminal operations of the United States and the other imperialist powers.

The human rights disaster in America

By Andre Damon, 16 February 2015

The government’s human rights rhetoric is not only at odds with American imperialist foreign policy, it is belied by the reality of life within the United States itself.

The drive to dismantle pensions in the United States

By Andre Damon, 14 February 2015

The attack on pensions is proceeding with complete disregard for the law, riding roughshod over state constitutional provisions protecting benefits that employees have earned over decades of toil.

The Minsk truce: A hiatus in an escalating war

By Peter Schwarz, 13 February 2015

The Minsk agreement between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine only came about because the regime in Kiev has its back to the wall and urgently needs a respite.

Obama administration seeks blank check for perpetual war

By Joseph Kishore, 12 February 2015

The Authorization for Use of Military Force presented to Congress by the White House yesterday aims to establish a new legal framework for war throughout the Middle East and beyond.

The danger of escalation in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 11 February 2015

No one is stating clearly the cost in lives that a broader conflict between NATO and Russia over Ukraine might be.

The political significance of the US oil workers’ strike

By Jerry White, 10 February 2015

The strike is a harbinger of a renewal of open class struggle in the United States with far-reaching implications in the US and internationally.

US presses for military action against Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 9 February 2015

The United States is ratcheting up pressure for military escalation in Ukraine, and thus risking a war with Russia.

Europe on the brink of war

By Alex Lantier, 7 February 2015

“Unfortunately, war with Russia is conceivable,” former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung at the Munich Security Conference.

Saudi Arabia, 9/11 and the “war on terror”

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2015

Sworn testimony and affidavits filed in federal court shed light on the role of the Saudi monarchy in the 9/11 attacks, long covered up by the US military/intelligence apparatus.

Imperialist hypocrisy over ISIS execution

By Barry Grey, 5 February 2015

Prior to the 2003 US invasion, there was no Al Qaeda in Iraq. The organization, the forerunner of ISIS, arose on the ruins of Iraqi society at the hands of US imperialism.

The Obama budget: A populist fig leaf for militarism and reaction

By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2015

The budget document released Monday is another attempt by President Obama to disguise his program of war and austerity with populist phrases.

The US arming of Ukraine and the danger of World War III

By Alex Lantier, 3 February 2015

US plans to spend billions of dollars to equip the far-right Kiev regime with offensive weapons threaten to unleash ethnic massacres in eastern Ukraine and full-scale war between NATO and Russia.

The beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto

By Peter Symonds, 2 February 2015

The execution of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto is a criminal act, which plays into the hands of Japan's ever-more aggressive militarist agenda. The Abe government immediately seized on the killing to justify its agenda of militarism and war.

Police murders and the criminalization of protest in America

By Andre Damon, 31 January 2015

The official response to protests across the US against police murders has been repression, the whitewashing of killer cops, and the linking of political opposition to terrorism.

The class character of Syriza revealed

By Robert Stevens, 30 January 2015

The bourgeois character of the new Greek government is exposed first of all in Syriza’s political alliance with the Independent Greeks, a right-wing nationalist party.

Mexican government rushes to close case of disappeared students

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2015

Peña Nieto told Mexicans to get over the fate of the 43 students so he can move ahead with a “reform” agenda backed by Washington.

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2015

The anniversary’s observance was overshadowed by a new drive toward world war and the threat of historic crimes to come.

The significance of the election of Syriza in Greece

By Chris Marsden, 27 January 2015

Syriza has come to power based upon a programme that articulates the interests of a powerful section of the Greek bourgeoisie and more privileged sections of the upper-middle class.

Imperialist mourning for King Abdullah

By Patrick Martin, 26 January 2015

The close collaboration between Washington and the Saudi regime speaks volumes about the nature of American intervention in the Middle East.

The election in Greece and the political tasks of the working class

By Peter Schwarz, 24 January 2015

Despite its left-wing facade, Syriza is a bourgeois party that rests on affluent layers of the middle class.

2015 and the rising tide of war

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2015

On virtually every continent, US imperialism is engaged in reckless militarist interventions that threaten to provoke a new world war.

Obama’s State of Delusion

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 22 January 2015

The delusional character of Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday is perhaps matched only by its presentation by the media and supporters of the Democratic Party.

Capitalism and the global plutocracy

By Andre Damon, 21 January 2015

A group of people who can fit into a double-decker bus control more wealth than 3.5 billion people, equivalent to the combined populations of China, India, the United States and the European Union.

The legitimization of Marine Le Pen

By Joseph Kishore and Alex Lantier, 20 January 2015

By opening its pages to Le Pen, the New York Times has signaled that powerful sections of the ruling class view anti-Muslim racism as a legitimate part of the public debate.

The coming fight over wages in the US

By Jerry White, 19 January 2015

Several leading newspapers and think tanks have pointed to the long-term stagnation of wages as the catalyst for a potentially explosive movement over wages by the working class.

Europe’s terror attacks: The blowback from Western intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 17 January 2015

The terrorist attacks in Paris, like the alleged plot in Belgium, are the direct products of decades of imperialist intervention in the Middle East.

Charlie Hebdo and the specter of Vichy: From Laval to Hollande

By Joseph Kishore and Alex Lantier, 16 January 2015

The events of the past week in France have a troubling historical resonance with an earlier period of French history, when the French ruling class collaborated directly with the Nazi regime in Germany.

Racist provocation and the “war on terror”

By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2015

With the state-financed publication of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo, the “war on terror” is ever more openly acquiring a racist character.

Imperialist war, the “war on terror” and the end of democracy

By Chris Marsden, 14 January 2015

For decades, the US, France and other imperialist powers have rained down bombs on defenceless civilians, carried out assassinations, and committed horrible war crimes.

Who is responsible for the French terrorist attacks?

By Peter Symonds, 13 January 2015

No one should accept the explanations of police and intelligence agencies that the perpetrators of the attack on Charlie Hebdo simply slipped through the net.

The outcome of the Sri Lankan election and its international implications

By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 January 2015

What has unfolded since Sirisena deserted Rajapakse’s government is a US-sponsored regime-change operation.

Le Pen at the Elysée Presidential Palace

By Alex Lantier, 10 January 2015

French President Hollande’s invitation to the neo-fascist leader is a warning that the ruling class intends to exploit the reactionary attack on Charlie Hebdo to legitimize fascist parties and prepare for dictatorship.

“Free Speech” hypocrisy in the aftermath of the attack on Charlie Hebdo

By David North, 9 January 2015

In the aftermath of the shootings in Paris, the state is utilizing the opportunity provided by the terrorists to whip up support for authoritarianism and militarism.

Washington buries the CIA torture report

By Patrick Martin, 8 January 2015

One month after its release, official Washington and the American media have suppressed any discussion of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s detailed and grisly exposure of CIA torture.

The international significance of the Sri Lankan presidential election

By Wije Dias, 7 January 2015

Washington’s intervention in the election is bound up with the accelerating pace of its “pivot to Asia” and preparations for war against China.

The state of American society as 2015 begins

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2015

One would never know from reading the American press, watching the evening news, or listening to the statements of politicians that hunger, poverty and long-term joblessness remain at their highest levels in decades.

2014–2015: Results and prospects

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 5 January 2015

The twenty-first century is no longer a novelty. As we begin the New Year, the past fifteen years provide sufficient data to allow us to identify the principal economic, geopolitical and social processes and tendencies that will determine the nature and direction of events in 2015 and the years ahead.

Blood and capital

By Johannes Stern, 3 January 2015

International finance capital looks to the Egyptian military with enthusiasm not only for what it is doing in Egypt, but for the model the financial markets favor for every country.

The collapse of the Greek government

By Alex Lantier, 31 December 2014

With all of the principal parties of bourgeois rule deeply discredited, the ruling class is turning to SYRIZA, the “Coalition of the Radical Left,” in an effort to head off a revolutionary crisis.

The continuing US war in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 30 December 2014

The shabby little ceremony Sunday in which a US commander hauled down one battle flag and ran up another only confirmed that the US war in Afghanistan continues.

A political mobilization of the American police

By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2014

The funeral Saturday for a policeman shot to death in New York City was used to intimidate widespread popular opposition to police brutality and violence.

The Dow at 18,000: Contradictions mount in world economy

By Nick Beams, 27 December 2014

The ever-widening gap between financial markets and the real economy is creating the conditions for economic turmoil and the eruption of social and political struggles.

The New York shooting and the bid to outlaw opposition to police violence

By Andre Damon, 24 December 2014

The police, media and politicians have seized on the shooting of two cops in Brooklyn last weekend to denounce any opposition to police violence as illegitimate.

The New York Times calls for torture prosecutions

By Patrick Martin and David North, 23 December 2014

An editorial published Monday reveals a deep-going political crisis within the American ruling elite.

The modus operandi of imperialist propaganda

By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2014

The current US propaganda campaign against North Korea follows a familiar template: the demonization of countries and leaders targeted by Washington over the past two decades.

The European powers and CIA torture

By Chris Marsden, 20 December 2014

The European powers have issued only pro-forma and self-serving statements on the US Senate report into torture and extraordinary rendition by the US and its allies.

US-Cuban rapprochement: The lessons of history

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 19 December 2014

Hailed by governments and corporations as a historic turning point, the move to “normalize” US-Cuban ties raises profound historical questions for the working class and the socialist movement.

Imperialism and the ruble crisis

By Alex Lantier, 18 December 2014

As imperialism encircles and financially strangles Russia, the catastrophic consequences of the dissolution of the USSR are being made all too clear.

US unions back historic assault on workers’ pensions

By Jerry White, 17 December 2014

Coming on the heels of the Detroit bankruptcy, the pension “reform” passed as part of last week’s bipartisan budget resolution will open the floodgates to the gutting of retirement benefits for millions of workers.

The Sydney siege

By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2014

The Australian government transformed a serious, but relatively straightforward, police matter into a national crisis to justify a shift in foreign and domestic policy.

Cheney on CIA torture: “I’d do it again in a minute”

By Patrick Martin, 15 December 2014

The former vice president defended CIA torture and boasted that both he and President George W. Bush approved the methods used against prisoners.

Brennan’s defense of CIA torture

By Barry Grey, 13 December 2014

That the spy agency head issued the Obama administration’s rebuttal to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture makes clear who is really in control of the American state.

Torture, police killings and the militarization of America

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2014

The release of the CIA torture report in the midst of nationwide protests over US police killings has exposed a corrupt system in which state criminals at every level enjoy absolute impunity.

CIA torture: American democracy in shambles

By Joseph Kishore, 11 December 2014

The response of the Obama administration and the political establishment to the Senate report on CIA torture makes clear that none of those responsible for heinous crimes will be arrested, indicted or prosecuted for their actions.

CIA torture and the crimes of the state

By Barry Grey, 10 December 2014

The obvious questions that arise from the Senate report on CIA torture are not even being discussed by the politicians or the media: Who will be held accountable? Who will be indicted? Who will be prosecuted?

Race, class and police violence in America

By Joseph Kishore, 9 December 2014

In response to popular anger over police violence in the US, the Obama administration has strengthened the apparatus of repression while deploying the practitioners of identity politics to obscure the basic class issues at stake.

The CIA torture report and the crisis of legitimacy in the United States

By Tom Carter, 8 December 2014

From CIA torture abroad to unrestrained police violence at home, the American ruling class is facing a deep crisis of political legitimacy, with revolutionary implications.

The state of world capitalism: Labor productivity up, real wages down

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2014

The latest Global Wage Report by the International Labor Organization documents the international working class’s declining share of world income.

Police killings in America: The class issues

By Joseph Kishore, 5 December 2014

Once again, a police officer has been let off without charges for killing an unarmed man on the streets of an American city.

The Detroit blackout

By Thomas Gaist, 4 December 2014

The blackout, attributed to the failure of a single cable on the city’s municipal power grid, speaks to the decline of Detroit and the decay of infrastructure throughout the country.

Obama’s paramilitary police: The “war on terror” comes home

By Andre Damon, 3 December 2014

The ongoing militarization of local police forces is a major component of the assault on democratic rights in the United States.

Oil price slide rocks world economy

By Nick Beams, 2 December 2014

Energy companies, financial markets and whole economies are being severely impacted by the oil price slide following the decision by OPEC not to cut production.

The acquittal of Hosni Mubarak

By Alex Lantier, 1 December 2014

The acquittal of the deposed Egyptian dictator underscores the determination of the Egyptian bourgeoisie to drown the revolutionary struggles of the working class in blood.

UN report documents torture, police violence in US

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2014

As documented by the UN Committee Against Torture, the US, which claims the right to attack any country in the world in the name of “human rights” and “democracy,” is guilty of the most heinous crimes.

One year since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 28 November 2014

Saturday marks the first anniversary of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union.