Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet and the danger of world war

By World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 25 November 2015

The downing of a Russian jet threatens to provoke all-out war between Russia on the one hand, and Turkey and the rest of the NATO alliance on the other.

Financial parasitism and the destruction of democracy

By Andre Damon, 24 November 2015

Under conditions of deepening economic and political crisis, the world’s ruling classes are willing to use any means necessary to ensure their continued monopolization of society’s wealth.

Lessons of the autoworkers’ battle

By Jerry White, 23 November 2015

The resort to gangster-like methods has further discredited the UAW and taught workers that the only way they can defend their interests is by casting off the dead weight of this corporate-labor syndicate.

Paris terrorists operated “in plain sight”

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2015

At least six of the nine men involved in the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris were known to the French and Belgian security services.

The vote at Ford and the way forward for autoworkers

By Joseph Kishore, 20 November 2015

Whether or not the UAW succeeds in securing or manufacturing a “yes” vote, the developments at Ford have once again exposed the unbridgeable gulf between the UAW and the workers it claims to represent.

The state of emergency and the collapse of French democracy

By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2015

Hollande’s proposed amendments to the French Constitution provide the legal basis for transforming France into a presidential dictatorship.

The media and the Paris terror attacks

By Barry Grey, 18 November 2015

It is virtually impossible to find in the saturation media coverage of the Paris events any questioning of the legitimacy of the policies of the imperialist governments.

After the Paris terror attacks: A drumbeat for military escalation and internal repression

By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2015

Terrorism, from the standpoint of the American state, is a useful tactic when directed against Washington’s enemies. It is merely part of the cost of doing business when it hits the US and its allies.

The Paris terror attacks

By Alex Lantier and Barry Grey, 16 November 2015

The criminal assault on innocent civilians in Paris is the predictable outcome of US and European imperialism’s relentless escalation of military operations in the Middle East.

Class justice in America: Eight-year-old charged with murder

By Eric London, 14 November 2015

Every social problem in the United States is treated as a police question, an occasion to increase the powers of the state and its bodies of armed men.

The way forward in the struggle against austerity in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 13 November 2015

The growing opposition to Syriza’s austerity policies raises the urgent need for a comprehensive strategic and political reorientation of the working class.

US Supreme Court expands immunity for killer cops

By Tom Carter, 12 November 2015

The Supreme Court’s decision reflects the fact that, in the face of rising popular anger over police killings, all of the branches of government are closing ranks behind the police.

The UK military, Jeremy Corbyn and the threat of dictatorship

By Chris Marsden, 11 November 2015

The public attacks on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by members of the military must be taken as a warning of the preparations for state repression against the working class.

Washington’s big lie of “peace and stability” in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 10 November 2015

“Stability,” in Washington’s lexicon, is synonymous with American dominance, which it has always pursued through ruthless and violent means.

UAW scabs do bidding of US auto companies

By Jerry White, 9 November 2015

The UAW is seeking to rush through a new contract on Ford workers, finalizing its campaign to impose the dictates of the auto executives and Wall Street.

Turkey after the elections

By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2015

Erdoğan’s AKP government is a regime of crisis. The wars carried out by the US and its imperialist allies have shattered the social and political structures of the entire region.

The blood on Obama’s hands: Kunduz hospital attack designed “to kill and destroy”

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2015

The attack on the Doctors Without Borders hospital was neither an error nor even unique, but rather the outcome of a codified policy of criminality.

Washington prepares for World War III

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2015

Three congressional hearings Tuesday discussed the preparations of the US military for a Third World War against China, Russia or both.

Capitalism and mortality: Death rate soars for middle-aged US workers

By Joseph Kishore, 4 November 2015

The mortality figures reflect a catastrophic decline in the social position of the working class resulting from the protracted decay of American capitalism.

Obamacare open enrollment: A widening health care disaster for workers

By Kate Randall, 3 November 2015

As Obamacare enters its third year, its reactionary, anti-working class character is becoming ever more clear. It is a health care counterrevolution.

The elevation of Paul Ryan as US House speaker

By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2015

Ryan’s political views, once considered so extreme that even most Republicans were reluctant to cast votes for his budget plans, are now presented as “mainstream” or even “moderate.”

FBI Director James Comey’s apology for police murder

By Andre Damon, 31 October 2015

The implication of Comey’s argument is that those who expose police brutality serve to promote violent crime and should be suppressed.

The mergers boom, the financial oligarchy and imperialism

By Andre Damon, 30 October 2015

The rapid growth of mergers and acquisitions is an expression not of economic vitality, but of the rot and parasitism at the heart of global capitalism.

Dangerous developments in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 29 October 2015

Recent weeks have seen an intensified effort to use the refugee crisis to build up and legitimize extreme right-wing forces in Germany.

Washington’s South China Sea provocation and the spectre of World War III

By Peter Symonds, 28 October 2015

The entry of the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen into Chinese-claimed waters raises the danger of a military confrontation between two nuclear-armed powers.

EU-Balkan summit seals off refugee escape routes

By Peter Schwarz, 27 October 2015

Supposedly democratic governments have moved to strengthen their security forces, seal off borders, build internment camps and dispatch vulnerable refugees back to the war zones from which they fled.

Central banks boost stocks as world economy sinks deeper into slump

By Nick Beams, 26 October 2015

There is no recovery in the global economy, as one emergency measure is piled on another, and those in charge of economic and monetary policy have no idea how to engineer one.

After the Fiat-Chrysler ratification: The way forward for autoworkers

By Joseph Kishore, 24 October 2015

For autoworkers and the working class as a whole, the critical task is to assimilate the political lessons of the contract fight at Fiat Chrysler in order to prepare the next stage of the struggle.

Netanyahu’s apology for Hitler

By Jean Shaoul, 23 October 2015

The Israeli prime minister has foully slandered the Palestinian people by attributing to them the responsibility for the Holocaust.

The Canadian election and the intensification of class conflict

By Keith Jones, 22 October 2015

The unions and the NDP promoted the lie that the Liberal Party was an ally of working people in the fight against the Harper government.

The refugee crisis, war and socialism

By Peter Schwarz, 21 October 2015

With the influx of refugees seeking to escape the living hell created by imperialism in the Middle East, the reality of war has arrived in the centre of Europe.

The significance of the Fiat Chrysler workers’ fight

By Jerry White, 20 October 2015

The new contract agreed to by the UAW is a deal between two business entities to restructure Fiat Chrysler’s global operations and divvy up the profits obtained through the intensified exploitation of the workers.

UK Labour Party paves way for Syria intervention

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 19 October 2015

Labour’s right wing has been handed a victory without a fight by party leader Corbyn

The Afghan hospital bombing: An imperialist war crime

By Joseph Kishore, 17 October 2015

In the wake of the October 3 massacre at the Doctors Without Borders hospital, details have emerged exposing a war crime for which the entire political establishment is responsible.

Obama extends unending US war in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 16 October 2015

Seven years after his election based on promises to end US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama has ordered thousands of troops to continue fighting in both countries.

Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party and socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 15 October 2015

Sanders proposes nothing that is genuinely socialist, combining a series of modest reform proposals with a defense of capitalism and support for imperialist war.

The strange death of the antiwar movement

By Bill Van Auken, 14 October 2015

The lack of any organized expression of the overwhelming popular opposition to war is bound up with the right-wing evolution of the socio-political layer that makes up the pseudo-left.

The whitewash of Tamir Rice’s killing and the fight against police violence

By Niles Williamson, 13 October 2015

In the face of widespread outrage over the police murder of the 12-year-old Cleveland boy last year, the police and the media have been working tirelessly to justify his shooting.

Sanders backs US aggression in the Middle East

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2015

The two leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both support US military intervention in the Middle East.

The government-union conspiracy to raid US workers’ pensions

By Andre Damon, 10 October 2015

The Obama administration, Wall Street, major corporations and the trade unions have conspired to slash hundreds of billions of dollars from multi-employer pension funds.

A crisis of global dimensions

By Joseph Kishore, 9 October 2015

As the world enters the final months of 2015, it can be said that not only the frequency, but also the intensity of crises is reaching a new inflection point.

Syria and the drumbeat of world war

By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2015

With its intervention in Syria, Russia has cut across US plans which date back decades to effect regime-change in Syria and redraw the map of the Middle East.

The flooding in South Carolina and the decay of social infrastructure

By Andre Damon, 7 October 2015

The provision of basic infrastructure and disaster preparedness is impossible in a country dominated by a ruling elite whose overriding concern is plunder at home and abroad.

Washington’s war crime in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2015

Fourteen years after the US invaded Afghanistan on the pretext of destroying Al Qaeda, the US military continues slaughtering Afghans to keep a corrupt puppet regime in power.

Twenty-five years since the reunification of Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 5 October 2015

On October 3, 1990 the German Democratic Republic was disbanded 41 years after its foundation and incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany.

The Oregon school shooting and America’s brutal society

By Niles Williamson, 3 October 2015

The killing of nine students in Oregon on Thursday is the latest in a wave of mass shootings that reflects something deeply dysfunctional in American society.

The significance of the “no” vote at Fiat Chrysler

By Joseph Kishore, 2 October 2015

The vote is the beginning of a counteroffensive by autoworkers against attacks that have spanned decades, from the first Chrysler concessions contract in 1979 to the government-backed bankruptcy and restructuring of the auto industry in 2009.

The US-Russian clash in Syria and the threat of war

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2015

Moscow’s launching of air strikes in Syria is a thoroughly reactionary intervention, aimed at defending not the Syrian people, but the profit interests of Russia’s oligarchy.

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By David North, 30 September 2015

The assassination of the greatest leader of the 1917 October Revolution marked the climax of the Stalinist regime’s eradication of the socialist workers and intellectuals who had secured the victory of the Bolshevik revolution.

Obama at the United Nations

Washington prepares heightened aggression against Damascus and Moscow

By Barry Grey, 29 September 2015

It would be a dangerous mistake to believe that Washington’s decision to seek talks with Russia and Iran means the US is backing off from the use of military violence.

War clouds loom over UN General Assembly

By Nick Beams, 28 September 2015

The mounting geo-political tensions that dominate the United Nations assembly are fuelled by the economic breakdown of world capitalism.

The political issues in the Volkswagen scandal

By Peter Schwarz, 26 September 2015

The systematic fraud at VW is an expression of the irrationality of the economic and social system in which the corporation operates.

Catastrophe in Saudi Arabia, pillar of Washington’s Middle East policy

By Bill Van Auken, 25 September 2015

The deaths of over 700 Muslim pilgrims near Mecca has underscored the deepening crisis of the Saudi monarchy, a pillar of US policy in the Middle East.

The Pope in America

By Tom Carter, 24 September 2015

As he parades through Washington at the center of a massive security operation, the pope looks out on an America whose democracy is in shambles.

The Volkswagen emissions scandal

By Peter Schwarz, 23 September 2015

The unscrupulousness and criminality employed by automakers in the struggle for global market share reflect the inherent contradictions of the capitalist system.

The political issues in the autoworkers’ struggle

By Jerry White, 22 September 2015

The fight to win the most elemental rights of workers, including a significant improvement in living standards and an end to the two-tier wage system, pits autoworkers in a struggle against the entire economic and political system.

Yemen: A war crime made in America

By Niles Williamson, 21 September 2015

The six-month reign of death and destruction spearheaded by Saudi Arabia in Yemen would not be possible without the backing of American imperialism, which is seeking to assert its hegemony over the entire Middle East.

The GM ignition defect settlement and capitalist “justice”

By Patrick Martin, 19 September 2015

The slap on the wrist this week for General Motors, for the deaths of at least 124 people, is another demonstration that capitalism has one law for working people and another for the ruling elite.

The resurrection of borders in Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 18 September 2015

It is only a matter of time before the soldiers of different countries, who are presently warding off refugees at the various borders, start shooting at each other.

The UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal: A conspiracy against autoworkers

By Joseph Kishore, 17 September 2015

Both parties to the talks—Chrysler Fiat and the UAW—are businesses that derive their income from the exploitation of the workers.

Another palace coup in Australia

By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2015

For the third time in five years, the Australian population awoke yesterday to find the government changed, behind their backs, as a result of an inner-party putsch.

Seven years since the Wall Street crash

By Nick Beams, 15 September 2015

Seven years after the eruption of the crisis, financial parasitism has reached unprecedented heights while the global economy stagnates.

The political issues posed by Corbyn’s election as UK Labour Party leader

By Julie Hyland, 14 September 2015

No one can seriously argue—especially after the experience of Syriza in Greece—that a redistribution of wealth can be effected without a struggle by the working class to break the stranglehold of the financial elite.

A world convulsed by crises

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 12 September 2015

Crisis is not the exception, but the rule. The very speed of events, with virtually no intervals of calm between the storms, denotes an intensifying general crisis.

Drumbeat grows for escalating war against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 11 September 2015

The media and politicians in both the US and Western Europe have cynically seized upon the plight of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria as the pretext for intensifying the slaughter.

The end of democracy in Britain

By Julie Hyland, 10 September 2015

The policy of targeted assassination, begun in Israel, is now part of an international trend in which governments compete for bragging rights over their “hits.”

Refugee crisis in Europe: Popular support for migrants confronts official inhumanity

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 September 2015

The outpouring of support for the refugees has exposed the chasm separating state policy from the sentiments of broad masses of people.

Labor Day in America

Union sellouts promote Democratic wage-cutters

By Jerry White, 8 September 2015

Amid mounting working-class anger and disgust with both big-business parties, the unions are working to promote the lie that the Democrats speak for the working man.

The G20 summit: A spectacle of political bankruptcy

By Nick Beams, 7 September 2015

The G20 meeting pledged to keep the global economic “recovery” on track despite warnings by the IMF that its forecasts for growth made as recently as July were no longer applicable.

European governments treat refugees as a hostile invasion force

By Peter Schwarz, 5 September 2015

European governments are treating the stream of refugees as a hostile invasion force, constructing border fences, using tear gas and deploying the army against migrants.

Who is responsible for the refugee crisis in Europe?

By Bill Van Auken, 4 September 2015

The US media’s coverage of the refugee crisis is deliberately silent on Washington’s central role in creating this unfolding tragedy on Europe’s borders.

For a united struggle of US steel, auto and telecommunications workers!

By Jerry White, 3 September 2015

Amidst rising anger among workers throughout the United States, the unions are working to suppress opposition to the relentless assault on wages and benefits.

Abe accelerates the remilitarisation of Japan

By Peter Symonds, 2 September 2015

The latest defence budget increase, to fund the purchase of sophisticated new hardware and the expansion of bases, will push Japanese military spending to record levels.

The 2016 US election and the scapegoating of immigrants

By Bill Van Auken, 1 September 2015

The rhetoric of the Republican presidential candidates is a noxious expression of the reactionary anti-immigrant policies pursued by both parties.

Central banks step in to prop up global financial bubble

By Andre Damon, 31 August 2015

Once again, the world’s central banks and governments have made clear that they will do whatever it takes to preserve the wealth of the financial elite.

A judicial victory for illegal NSA spying

By Joseph Kishore, 29 August 2015

Two years after the first leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the American political establishment and media are treating the revelations of illegal and unconstitutional activity as an insignificant issue.

The refugee crisis and the inhuman face of European capitalism

By Peter Schwarz, 28 August 2015

The horrors facing refugees are compounded by the day. On Thursday, two boats capsized near Libya, with hundreds feared dead. This follows the death of up to 50 Syrian refugees in a truck in Austria.

Ten years since Hurricane Katrina

By Joseph Kishore, 27 August 2015

The tragedy that struck the city of New Orleans, along with coastal areas from Florida to Texas, was not simply a natural disaster, but a social and political crime.

The atrocities of ISIS and the US wars of sociocide

By Bill Van Auken, 26 August 2015

ISIS and the current bloodshed across Syria and Iraq are the direct products of acts of sociocide on the part of US imperialism.

The corporate-union assault on autoworker health care

By Jerry White, 25 August 2015

The United Auto Workers is proposing to expand its retiree trust fund to include active hourly and salaried workers in order to slash health care costs for the auto giants.

Global Ponzi scheme threatens to implode

By Andre Damon, 24 August 2015

The global stock market selloff reflects the inability of governments and central banks to address the fundamental contradictions of the capitalist system that led to the Wall Street crash of 2008–2009.

Panic sell-off on world financial markets

By Barry Grey, 22 August 2015

The meltdown on equity markets is being driven by signs that the world economy is sliding into a new recession or outright depression.

Capitalism and the global refugee crisis

By Robert Stevens, 21 August 2015

Millions have been made homeless and thrown into grinding poverty as a result of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya.

Seventy-five years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Joseph Kishore, 20 August 2015

Seventy-five years after his death, Trotsky emerges ever more clearly as a world historical figure who not only influenced the course of the 20th century, but whose writings and ideas remain an essential guide for orienting the working class today.

World capitalism “toboggans toward catastrophe”

By Barry Grey, 19 August 2015

Seven years after the Wall Street crash, fears are growing within ruling circles internationally that the world capitalist economy is descending into depression.

The cover-up of torture in America’s prisons

By Andre Damon, 18 August 2015

The media has maintained near-total silence on last week’s revelation that prisoners were tortured in Upstate New York with the apparent involvement of governor Andrew Cuomo.

US contract deadlines in auto and steel

For a united offensive of autoworkers and steelworkers against the corporate-government assault

By Jerry White, 17 August 2015

The convergence of these contract expirations poses the potential and the necessity for a joint struggle against the corporate-government attack on the working class.

The Tianjin explosions and the discrediting of capitalism

By James Cogan, 15 August 2015

The promises that the Chinese masses would ultimately benefit from rampant capitalist development are lying in tatters.

An international strategy for autoworkers

By Jerry White, 14 August 2015

Transnational corporations like Toyota, VW, GM, Nissan and Ford are driven to slash labor costs to satisfy the unrelenting appetite of global finance capital.

Danger mounts of US/NATO war with Russia

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2015

An expert analysis of this year’s NATO and Russian military exercises suggests that the two sides are moving closer to outright war.

Chinese currency devaluation underscores global instability

By Nick Beams, 12 August 2015

Stock markets and commodity prices fell sharply in the wake of the decision to devalue the yuan, reflecting concerns about the perilous state of the Chinese and world economy.

Pentagon manual justifies war crimes and press censorship

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2015

The 1,165-page document elaborates a legal rationale for mass killings, detention of civilians and persecution of journalists, among other criminal actions.

Police murder and class rule in America

By Andre Damon, 10 August 2015

The epidemic of police killings in the US is an expression of a diseased society in which unending violence abroad is combined with vast inequality and financial parasitism at home.

One year since the death of Michael Brown

By Andre Damon, 8 August 2015

Last year’s events in Ferguson, Missouri exposed the reign of police violence in the US and the militarized repression with which the ruling class responds to social opposition.

Obama on Iran: The specter of World War III

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2015

The US president took the extraordinary step of going public in warning that powerful factions within Congress and the state apparatus are determined to go to war against Iran.

The 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima

By Peter Symonds, 6 August 2015

Washington’s use of the atomic weapons was aimed at terrorising not just the Japanese regime, but above all the Soviet Union, and ensuring post-war American global dominance.

One year of Obama’s Iraq-Syria war

By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2015

Through all its dizzying contradictions and the mass of lies employed to sell it, the war’s only consistent features are the predatory aims and methods of US imperialism.

The rot at the heart of the American economy

By Nick Beams, 4 August 2015

The latest US economic data show a contraction in investment amid the lowest wage increases in more than 30 years.

The oligarchs’ election

By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2015

A few dozen super-rich contributors are bankrolling—and thereby controlling—the 2016 presidential election campaign.

The political bankruptcy of Syriza’s Left Platform

By Alex Lantier, 1 August 2015

By giving Tsipras a green light to negotiate more EU austerity, Syriza’s Central Committee has exposed the Left Platform’s claims that there is broad opposition to austerity within Syriza.