Perspectives

The Snowden Pulitzer

By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2014

While the award went to the Guardian US and the Washington Post for publishing articles exposing illegal NSA spying and surveillance, there is no question that the main honoree was former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The social counterrevolution accelerates in Detroit

By Jerry White, 17 April 2014

All the principal political actors are being lined up in Detroit to browbeat workers over the next several weeks into accepting a bankruptcy restructuring plan, which contains sweeping attacks on the working class.

Inequality and the drive to war

By Andre Damon, 16 April 2014

The eruption of US militarism is bound up with the enormous growth of social inequality.

The crisis in Ukraine and the return of German militarism

By Johannes Stern, 15 April 2014

The same ruling circles, banks and corporations that unleashed two world wars are seeking to reprise their heinous crimes.

European Union: From economic community to alliance of warmongers

By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2014

In turning to an aggressive foreign and military policy, the ruling elite is responding to a profound crisis of European capitalism.

No to imperialist war! Reclaim the revolutionary traditions of May Day!

By David North, 12 April 2014

On Sunday, May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International will hold an international online rally to celebrate May Day 2014.

Fifty years since the US Civil Rights Act

By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2014

The weeklong official commemoration of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act under President Lyndon Johnson has sought to cover up, rather than illuminate, the historical issues involved.

Imperialist hypocrisy and lies on eastern Ukraine protests

By Alex Lantier, 10 April 2014

US allegations that protests in eastern Ukraine are a Russian conspiracy are intended to justify a bloody crackdown and new escalation of the Ukraine crisis.

Police killings in America

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 9 April 2014

The shooting of a homeless man in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is only the latest in a string of police killings this year.

IMF report: No end to economic breakdown

By Nick Beams, 8 April 2014

A major IMF report prepared for a series of international financial meetings this weekend describes a world economy in permanent crisis.

NATO’s aggression against Russia and the danger of war in Europe

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 7 April 2014

The NATO foreign ministers summit last week set out plans for the military alliance’s expansion up to Russia’s borders, including war games and the possible stationing of troops in neighbouring states.

France’s new government: A political turning point for Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 5 April 2014

The appointment of Manuel Valls as France’s prime minister on a pro-austerity, law-and-order platform exemplifies the rightward shift in European politics.

The Supreme Court ruling on campaign donations: Government of, by and for the rich

By Andre Damon, 4 April 2014

The ruling is the latest in a series of anti-democratic decisions relating to election laws.

CIA torture and the threat of dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2014

Details of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture demonstrate that the ruling elite in the United States is a criminal class.

The Wall Street settlements and the new aristocracy

By Andre Damon, 2 April 2014

While major global banks have agreed to over $100 billion in fraud settlements with US regulators, no top bank executive has been criminally prosecuted, let alone jailed, in the aftermath of the 2008 Wall Street crash.

The GM ignition scandal and the case for public ownership

By Shannon Jones, 1 April 2014

Both corporate management and government regulators turned a blind eye for years to mounting reports of death and injury caused by a defective ignition system.

White House ally reveals anti-working class agenda behind Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 31 March 2014

Ezekiel Emanuel, former adviser to the White House on health care reform, predicts that few private-sector employers will still be providing health insurance to their workers by 2025.

The Detroit water cutoffs and the social counterrevolution in America

By Joseph Kishore, 29 March 2014

The plan to shut off running water to tens of thousands of Detroit households is the latest step in a deliberate policy of mass impoverishment in the United States.

What way forward for workers in Ukraine?

By Alex Lantier, 28 March 2014

Devastating austerity measures imposed by the unelected pro-US regime in Kiev confirm the perspective for struggle outlined by the ICFI amid the dissolution of the USSR.

The fraud of Obama’s NSA “reform”

By Joseph Kishore, 27 March 2014

Far from curtailing the NSA’s activities, the White House is seeking to expand the amount of data to which the spy agency has access.

Stop Egypt’s Pinochet from murdering 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters!

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2014

Monday’s death sentence handed down by a kangaroo court in Egypt to 529 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) marks a new stage in the military junta’s brutal efforts to terrorize and intimidate popular opposition.

What accounts for the electoral victories of France’s neo-fascist National Front?

By Alex Lantier, 25 March 2014

The National Front can appeal to social discontent only because pseudo-left groups such as the New Anti-capitalist Party block all expression of working class opposition to the austerity policies of the Socialist Party government.

The OECD’s “Society at A Glance” report: A portrait of a failed system

By Andre Damon, 24 March 2014

The OECD report documents the staggering rise of poverty, hunger, unemployment, and social distress in countries throughout the world in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crash.

Sexual violence and abuse in the US military

By David Walsh, 22 March 2014

The slap on the wrist administered to US Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair was predictable and entirely in line with the character and policies of the American military.

Anti-Russia propaganda and the fabrication of a new pro-war consensus

By Alex Lantier, 21 March 2014

Claims that Washington is defending Ukraine against Russian aggression are lies, promoted to give discredited policies of imperialist war a new lease on life.

The CIA spying scandal, Watergate and the decay of American democracy

By Eric London, 20 March 2014

Whereas Nixon’s cover-up involved illegal “dirty tricks” operations, the Obama administration is covering up even more serious crimes—an international program of state torture and assassination.

War threats against Russia and the social crisis in the United States

By Joseph Kishore, 19 March 2014

The fact that the US is always at war or on the verge of going to war is a political and sociological phenomenon that requires explanation.

The US media and the CIA’s spying on Congress

By Patrick Martin, 18 March 2014

A virtual blanket of silence covers the explosive allegations that the CIA spied on the US Senate committee charged with overseeing its activities.

Imperialist hypocrisy on Crimea

By Joseph Kishore, 17 March 2014

Sunday’s referendum in Crimea has been seized upon to escalate the imperialist offensive in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, whose ultimate aim is regime change or war against Russia.

What the Western-backed regime is planning for Ukrainian workers

By Julie Hyland, 15 March 2014

Social devastation is to be unleashed against a country that has already been subjected to the scorched earth economics of capitalist restoration.

Obama’s “high crimes and misdemeanors”

By Joseph Kishore and Barry Grey, 14 March 2014

The extraordinary speech delivered Tuesday on the Senate floor by Senator Dianne Feinstein provides grounds for immediate impeachment proceedings against top government officials, including President Barack Obama.

The CIA, the Senate and the breakdown of American democracy

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2014

The public clash between the Senate and the CIA reflects the effective collapse of democratic forms of governance in the United States.

What is behind the warmongering of the German media?

By Peter Schwarz, 12 March 2014

Two weeks after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was chased out of office by armed gangs of fascists, the German media is virtually unanimous in support of the confrontational course adopted by Berlin and Washington towards Russia.

Ukraine, the United States and international law

By Joseph Kishore, 11 March 2014

The United States has systematically violated the national sovereignty of Ukraine to unconstitutionally overthrow an elected government and install a far-right regime that includes Neo-Nazis whose thugs served as the shock troops for the February 22 putsch.

CIA caught spying on US Senate

By Tom Carter, 10 March 2014

The revelations of CIA spying on the legislative committee charged with overseeing it underscores the fact that America is actually run by an unelected, unaccountable military/intelligence apparatus.

Five years of Obama’s “recovery”

By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2014

In the five years since the stock market lows of March 2009, there has been a historic redistribution of wealth from the working class to the corporate and financial elite.

The crisis in Ukraine and the dissolution of the Soviet Union

By Peter Schwarz and David North, 7 March 2014

It is becoming clearer every day that the United States and Germany instigated the crisis in Ukraine with the intention of provoking a confrontation with Russia.

The crisis in Ukraine and the historical consequences of the dissolution of the Soviet Union

By Peter Schwarz and David North, 7 March 2014

It is becoming clearer every day that the United States and Germany instigated the crisis in Ukraine with the intention of provoking a confrontation with Russia.

The fascist danger in Ukraine

By Julie Hyland, 6 March 2014

For the first time since 1945, an avowedly anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi party controls key levers of state power in a European capital, courtesy of US and European imperialism.

US imperialism, Ukraine and the danger of World War III

By Barry Grey and David North, 5 March 2014

The fact that Washington has chosen to provoke a direct confrontation with a nuclear power must be taken by the people of the world as a stark warning.

US media escalates propaganda offensive on Ukraine

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 4 March 2014

In the wake of the right-wing coup in Ukraine organized by the United States and the European powers, the American media is unleashing a torrent of lies and propaganda.

The crisis in Ukraine

By The International Committee of the Fourth International, 3 March 2014

The crisis that has erupted in Ukraine following the right-wing coup engineered by the United States and Germany and the intervention of Russia into Crimea has created the most dangerous international confrontation since the end of World War II.

Obama and Kerry lecture Russia on Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 1 March 2014

Who are Obama and Kerry to lecture Moscow on “stability” and “territorial integrity” after US imperialism has promoted mayhem and the breakup of states in the region?

US and Japanese troops train for war against China

By Peter Symonds, 28 February 2014

US imperialism, following its wars of aggression in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, is preparing for a new and more terrible conflict against China.

The political lessons of the UAW debacle in Tennessee

By Jerry White, 27 February 2014

The rejection of the United Auto Workers union by workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee has provoked an outpouring of handwringing and despair from liberal and pseudo-left publications.

The David Miranda ruling and the attack on press freedom

By Julie Hyland, 26 February 2014

The subordination of fundamental democratic rights to an omnipotent state runs as a constant thread through the ruling that deems David Miranda’s detention lawful.

Coup in Ukraine: A warning to the international working class

By Peter Schwarz, 25 February 2014

What has seemed unthinkable since 1945 has come to pass: while the US and Germany ruthlessly destabilized Ukraine, fascists have become the decisive force on the ground.

A bankers’ plan for Detroit

By Joseph Kishore, 24 February 2014

The “plan of adjustment” released by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is a massive assault on the city’s working class.

The social chasm in America’s cities

By Andre Damon, 22 February 2014

A report published this week by the Brookings Institution documents the immense growth of social inequality in major US cities, including those that are supposedly economic success stories.

The US minimum wage “debate”

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2014

That a minor increase in the minimum wage provokes such controversy in the political establishment only underscores the bankruptcy of the entire political system and its contempt for the great majority of the population.

Berlin and Washington foment civil war in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 20 February 2014

Political leaders in Washington, Berlin and Brussels are prepared to split Ukraine, drive the country into civil war and risk a conflagration in the entire region to achieve their geopolitical goals.

The Comcast-Time Warner merger: The case for public ownership

By Andre Damon, 19 February 2014

The proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable is a case in point for the necessity of putting major corporations under public ownership.

The UAW debacle in Tennessee

By Jerry White, 18 February 2014

The vote was a verdict on the UAW, which is correctly seen by workers as a tool of the auto companies.

Kerry’s Asian trip and the build-up to war with China

By Peter Symonds, 17 February 2014

Having deliberately inflamed dangerous flashpoints in Asia, the US is seeking to press home its advantage, regardless of the consequences.

Edward Snowden and Europe’s pseudo-left

By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2014

Developments in the European Parliament have demonstrated that the pseudo-left organisations are part of bourgeois politics. For them, the fate of whistle-blower Edward Snowden is of no consequence.

The Workers Inquiry into the bankruptcy of Detroit

By World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 14 February 2014

On Saturday, the Socialist Equality Party in the US is holding an Inquiry to reveal the social and political roots of the Detroit bankruptcy and provide workers with the information they need to fight back.

Australian car industry closure: A warning to workers internationally

By James Cogan, 13 February 2014

The situation facing car workers in Australia is a devastating historical verdict on all national programs and the profit system itself.

The state assassination of a US citizen foretold

By Tom Carter, 12 February 2014

If the government can order the assassination of US citizens in the name of national security, what can it not do? All the methods of a police state dictatorship become equally possible.

Mass unemployment in America

By Andre Damon, 11 February 2014

Speaking Friday in advance of signing a bill slashing $8.7 billion from the food stamp program, President Obama hailed the dismal jobs report for January.

Leaked phone call on Ukraine lays bare Washington’s gangsterism

By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2014

The leaked tape of a phone call between the State Department’s Victoria Nuland and the US ambassador to Ukraine provides an unvarnished expression of the gangster methods employed by US imperialism.

The revival of Japanese militarism

By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2014

The denial of crimes such as the Rape of Nanking has only one meaning—it is the ideological preparation for new wars and new atrocities.

Social inequality and the war against the working class

By Andre Damon, 7 February 2014

Today, President Obama will sign a bill to cut $8.7 billion from the food stamp program.

The return of German militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 February 2014

Barely 70 years after the collapse of the Third Reich and 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, German imperialism is once again revealing its historical roots.

Ukraine and the pro-imperialist intellectuals

By Alex Lantier, 5 February 2014

The “Open letter on the future of Ukraine” issued by Western academics and foreign policy operatives is a vile defense of the ongoing far-right protests in Ukraine.

The Detroit bankruptcy and the global social counterrevolution

By Jerry White, 4 February 2014

The city’s “plan of adjustment” outlines a savage assault that will set a precedent to escalate the attacks on the working class throughout the US and internationally.

Australian government joins international witch-hunt of Edward Snowden

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 February 2014

The attacks on Snowden by Abbott and Bishop demonstrate the utter servility of the Australian government to Washington.

Currency turmoil signals new phase of global economic crisis

By Nick Beams, 1 February 2014

The roots of the “emerging markets” crisis lie in the policies initiated by the US Federal Reserve and other central banks after the global financial crisis of 2008.

Obama’s low-wage “recovery”

By Jerry White, 31 January 2014

US corporations had another windfall year for profits in 2013, thanks to low wages spearheaded by the Obama administration.

State of the Union: A bankrupt ruling class talking to itself

By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2014

Obama’s State of the Union speech was a piece of cynical propaganda, a ruling establishment speaking to itself as it prepares a new wave of assaults on the population.

The danger of war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 29 January 2014

Asia in 2014 bears chilling resemblance to Europe in 1914.

Obama’s legacy

By Joseph Kishore, 28 January 2014

This evening, Barack Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union address, an annual political tradition that over the years has become a hollow ritual, with little or no relationship between the president’s words and the actual state of American society.

Defend Edward Snowden!

By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2014

Those threatening to kill Snowden are themselves guilty of the massive crimes that have been exposed by the former NSA contractor.

Three years of the Egyptian revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2014

On January 25, 2011, mass revolutionary struggles erupted in Egypt against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

Democratic rights and the defense of Edward Snowden

By Thomas Gaist and Joseph Kishore, 24 January 2014

In the wake of Obama’s speech on NSA spying programs, the American political establishment is escalating its witch-hunt of whistleblower Edward Snowden.

“Geneva II” and the US regime-change drive in Syria

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 January 2014

The talks underway in Switzerland make clear that Washington has not backed away from its regime-change policy.

The horror in Ohio’s death chamber

By Kate Randall, 22 January 2014

The execution of Dennis McGuire’s in Ohio Thursday, and details of the gruesome manner in which authorities carried out his death sentence, have evoked revulsion in the US and internationally.

The global plutocracy

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 21 January 2014

On the eve of the annual spectacle of parasitic wealth and power that is the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Oxfam charity has issued a report warning of the unprecedented growth of social inequality throughout the world.

Apologists for NSA redouble witch-hunt of Edward Snowden

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2014

The real content of Obama’s “reform” of the NSA was made clear Sunday when politicians of both parties followed his lead and renewed the witch-hunt of Edward Snowden.

Obama defends police state spying

By Eric London and Barry Grey, 18 January 2014

As Obama’s speech underscored, for the US ruling elite, the Constitution and its Bill of Rights are virtually dead letters.

Deflation threat poses new dangers to world economy

By Nick Beams, 17 January 2014

At a speech in Washington on Wednesday, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned that strengthening deflationary trends posed a threat to the global economy.

With Iran accord, US shifts tactics, not predatory aims

By Keith Jones, 16 January 2014

Obama’s claim that he aims to “give peace a chance” is a lie. Washington has not retreated one inch from its rapacious drive to assert hegemony in the Middle East and Asia.

The West Virginia chemical disaster

By Andre Damon, 15 January 2014

The release of a toxic coal-treatment chemical into the drinking water in West Virginia is only the latest disaster resulting from the dismantling of corporate regulation.

The catastrophe unleashed by US imperialism in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2014

While the US pursues negotiations on Syria and Iran’s nuclear program to facilitate its “pivot to Asia,” the catastrophe that Washington has unleashed in the Middle East threatens to metastasize into a regional war.

The real content of Obama’s “progressive” agenda

Democrats attack the unemployed and the poor

By Patrick Martin, 13 January 2014

Congressional Democrats this week publicly offered to join Republicans in cutting back extended benefits for the unemployed and slashing food stamp benefits for the poorest sections of the working class.

Asia: The 21st century tinderbox for war

By Peter Symonds, 11 January 2014

As the world marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, the danger of another global catastrophe erupting in Asia has become increasingly acute.

Obama’s phony campaign against inequality

By Andre Damon, 10 January 2014

Announcing his “economic promise zone” initiative on Thursday, President Obama gave a performance that expressed the cynical and contemptuous attitude of his administration and the entire ruling class to the plight of working people in America.

US imperialism and Iraq’s descent into civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2014

A decade after the US military waged two barbaric sieges of Fallujah, the Iraqi city is once again the scene of a bloody armed conflict.

Fifty years since Johnson’s declaration of the “War on Poverty”

By Tom Mackaman, 8 January 2014

President Lyndon Johnson's “War on Poverty,” declared 50 years ago Wednesday, proved to be liberal reformism's last gasp.

The New York Times pronounces on destabilisation of the Middle East

By Chris Marsden, 7 January 2014

The Middle East stands as proof of the malignant role of imperialism in imposing grinding poverty, brutal levels of exploitation and the ever growing danger of war.

As 2014 begins

Geo-political tensions raise spectre of 1914 Great War

By Nick Beams, 6 January 2014

The Financial Times chose to start the New Year with an editorial entitled “Reflections on the Great War”, drawing parallels between the present geo-political situation and that which led to the catastrophe 100 years ago.

Fiat’s $4.35 billion payoff to UAW, Inc.

By Jerry White, 4 January 2014

The payoff to the UAW is being financed out of the sweat and blood of Chrysler workers, who have been subjected to savage wage cuts and speedup over the last four years.

The launch of the Obamacare counterrevolution

By Kate Randall, 3 January 2014

Obama’s health care “reform” was aimed from the start at cutting costs for the government and corporations, resulting in reduced medical care and rationing for the vast majority of Americans.

The pseudo-legal arguments for a police state

By Tom Carter, 31 December 2013

US District Judge William H. Pauley’s ruling in the case of ACLU v. Clapper on December 27, which sanctions NSA surveillance of the telephone records of the entire country’s population, has immense significance for democratic rights.

As 2013 draws to a close, capitalist breakdown is intensifying

By Nick Beams, 30 December 2013

Rather than an upturn taking shape, warnings of “secular stagnation” are proliferating.

A cruel Christmas gift: Jobless benefits cut off for 1.3 million Americans

By Kate Randall and Barry Grey, 28 December 2013

The cutoff of benefits threatens millions of unemployed workers and their families with poverty.

Japanese PM revives militarist traditions

By Peter Symonds, 27 December 2013

Abe’s visit to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine to Japan’s war dead is part of his campaign to whitewash past war crimes in order to prepare for new ones.

Fed decision fuels global financial parasitism

By Nick Beams, 24 December 2013

Far from providing a cure for the crisis of the global capitalist system, the Fed’s policies are boosting the growth of a giant economic cancer.

Behind North Korea’s political crisis

By Peter Symonds, 23 December 2013

Whatever the immediate reasons for the turmoil, the chief responsibility for the political upheaval lies not in Pyongyang, but in Washington.

Latest Snowden revelations expose Obama’s lies on NSA spy programs

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2013

President Obama used an end-of-the-year press conference to deliver an Orwellian defense of the massive spying operations of the National Security Agency.