Perspectives

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.

Britain joins campaign to revoke passports

Political dissidents to be rendered stateless

By Julie Hyland, 27 November 2014

Once again, under the guise of the “war against terror”, the state is accruing authoritarian powers, including the ability to effectively render a British citizen stateless.

Political lessons of the Ferguson whitewash

By Joseph Kishore, 26 November 2014

Monday’s announcement that police officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the killing of Michael Brown is the outrageous, but not surprising, outcome of a judicial travesty.

The impoverishment of industrial workers in America

By Jerry White, 25 November 2014

Recent reports highlight the historic reversal in the living standards of American workers that underlies Obama’s supposed economic recovery.

Who is responsible for violence in Ferguson?

By Andre Damon, 24 November 2014

The protracted wait for a grand jury proceeding has been accompanied by intimidation and threats on the part of local, state and federal officials.

Obama’s “reform” and the criminalization of immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 22 November 2014

The executive action issued by the White House treats undocumented immigrants as criminals and maintains their status as super-exploited workers without elementary democratic rights.

Wall Street banks and commodities fraud

By Joseph Kishore, 21 November 2014

A new US Senate report documents yet another aspect of the criminality that pervades the American and global financial system.

Global economy falls deeper into slump

By Nick Beams, 20 November 2014

Economic stagnation in Europe and the fourth Japanese recession in six years show that the world economy is in a downward spiral.

Preemptive state of emergency in Missouri

By Joseph Kishore, 19 November 2014

Backed by the Obama administration, the governor of Missouri has declared that the mere possibility of protests requires extraordinary powers and the activation of the National Guard.

G-20 summit intensifies threat of war against Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 18 November 2014

The danger that the NATO powers’ military threats against Russia could erupt into open warfare is growing by the day.

Obama’s speech in Australia: A threat of war against China

By James Cogan, 17 November 2014

Every word Obama spoke about the economic and political agenda of American imperialism was a lie.

The comet landing: A new milestone in space exploration

By Bryan Dyne, 15 November 2014

The landing of Philae is an important reminder that humanity is capable of great things—capabilities that are constrained not by the productive capacity of mankind, but by the organization of society.

Obama at APEC: US steps up economic offensive against China

By Nick Beams, 14 November 2014

US trade policy is based on a drive to secure domination of the world economy, using both military and economic means.

The illegitimate US election

By Joseph Kishore, 13 November 2014

The low voter turnout in last week’s US election reflects popular hostility toward the Obama administration, the political establishment and both big-business parties.

The Detroit bankruptcy ruling: A new chapter in the class war against workers

By Jerry White, 12 November 2014

The federal bankruptcy judge’s ruling sets a precedent to use the pretext of a “financial emergency” to suspend democratic rights and impose unpopular measures on the working class.

Twenty-five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2014

The official ceremonies in Germany marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall presented a grotesque falsification of both history and current social-political reality.

After the US elections: An intensification of war and social counterrevolution

By Joseph Kishore, 10 November 2014

The Republican victory last Tuesday was not the result of a surge in popular support for the Republican Party or its right-wing policies. It was the result of the collapse of the Democrats.

Central bank decisions deepen global capitalist disorder

By Nick Beams, 8 November 2014

The growing financial madness underscores that the crisis that erupted in 2008 was a breakdown of the global capitalist economy, not a conjunctural downturn from which there would be a “recovery.”

After elections, Washington plans escalation of Middle East war

By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2014

The push for a new Authorization of the Use of Military Force is aimed at preparing a war that will be far wider and even more protracted than those launched over a decade ago.

The Democratic Party implosion

By Joseph Kishore, 6 November 2014

The 2014 US midterm election results are a reflection of widespread disaffection and hostility toward the Obama administration and the entire political system.

The European Union uses death to deter immigrants

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 November 2014

Under pressure from the EU, the Italian government has ended its Mare Nostrum rescue program and will permit tens of thousands of refugees to drown in the Mediterranean Sea.

The political issues posed by the US midterm elections

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2014

By agreement between the Democrats and Republicans, there has been no discussion in the election campaign of the stepped-up program of war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights that will unfold after November 4.

Obama in Detroit

By Andre Damon, 3 November 2014

The empty and cynical character of the election was epitomized by President Barack Obama’s campaign appearance Saturday in Detroit.

Capitalism and the Ebola crisis

By Niles Williamson, 1 November 2014

The Ebola epidemic that is devastating West Africa is a product of the imperialist subjugation of the continent and the subordination of all social needs to the capitalist system and the profit motive that drives it.

The CIA torture cover-up continues

By Eric London, 31 October 2014

The highest echelons of the state are engaged in an unconstitutional plot to hide from the public the harrowing torture methods employed by the CIA.

The trade unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

By Jerry White, 30 October 2014

The Detroit bankruptcy has provided yet another demonstration of the anti-working class character of the unions, which function as instruments of the ruling class and the state.

After the US election, an escalation of the Mideast war

By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2014

There is a mounting drumbeat from Washington’s vast military and intelligence apparatus for stepped-up bombing and US “boots on the ground” in both Iraq and Syria.

The $2 billion Congress

By Andre Damon, 28 October 2014

The US government is not only controlled by, but increasingly composed of, the extremely rich.

The US elections and the American plutocracy

By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 27 October 2014

Popular alienation from the political system coincides with the ever more naked domination of both parties and manipulation of elections by a handful of multi-millionaires and billionaires.

The Ottawa shooting

By Keith Jones, 25 October 2014

The Harper government is seizing on the recent attacks by individuals influenced by extreme Islamist ideologies to implement a predetermined, reactionary agenda: expanding Canada’s role in the new Mideast war and strengthening the state’s apparatus of repression.

Blackwater, torture and US imperialism

By Joseph Kishore, 24 October 2014

The reason for the White House’s determination to cover up the crimes of the Bush administration is clear enough. In the words of Faulkner, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

The carve-up of Detroit

By Jerry White, 23 October 2014

As the bankruptcy of Detroit enters its final chapter, the plunder of city assets by Wall Street speculators grows ever more shameless.

Mexico’s disappeared students

By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2014

The disappearance of the 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero is bound up with the rising inequality and savage violence that go hand in hand with Mexico’s free market “reforms.”

Market gyrations and the need for socialism

By Nick Beams, 21 October 2014

The wild swings on financial markets last week indicate that the crisis which erupted in 2008 is returning in an even more explosive form.

Australian imperialism: Political attack dog for US war drive

By Nick Beams, 20 October 2014

Australian Prime Minister Abbott’s declaration that he intended to “shirtfront” Russian President Putin at the forthcoming G20 summit is another expression of rising geo-political tensions.

The American oligarchy

By Andre Damon, 18 October 2014

Whatever the pretense of “one person, one vote,” the fact is that the top 0.1 percent dictates policy and essentially selects the personnel tasked with carrying it out.

The US midterm elections and the bankruptcy of the capitalist system

By Joseph Kishore, 17 October 2014

The US midterm elections are taking place six years after the election of Obama, hailed as a “transformative” candidate who would alter the course of American politics.

Ebola in America

By Andre Damon, 16 October 2014

The incompetent and irresponsible response to the Ebola crisis in the US stands as an indictment of the American political establishment.

The invisible election

By Barry Grey, 15 October 2014

The interests of American working people, the vast majority of the population, find no expression in the election campaigns of the two parties.

US Army drafts blueprint for World War III

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 14 October 2014

The Pentagon is preparing for unlimited global warfare and military dictatorship within the United States.

Political issues in the Ebola crisis

By Patrick Martin, 13 October 2014

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa requires immediate, massive global action to save lives and prevent the spread of the disease.

Two months since the police murder of Michael Brown

By Andre Damon, 11 October 2014

The latest shooting outside St. Louis, Missouri shows that police continue to commit murder with impunity.

The economic roots of the drive to war

By Nick Beams, 10 October 2014

The permanent stagnation in the world economy is fuelling inter-imperialist tensions and creating the conditions for war.

The Ebola epidemic: A social disaster in West Africa

By Niles Williamson, 9 October 2014

Responsibility for the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa lies with the imperialist powers that have subjected the continent to extreme economic exploitation.

The bank bailout and the Forbes 400

By Andre Damon, 8 October 2014

Six years since the 2008 bank bailout, the wealth of the 400 richest people in the United States has nearly doubled.

The Mideast war and the US election

By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2014

Four weeks before the congressional election, the Democrats and Republicans are engaged in a conspiracy of silence over US war plans in the Middle East.

Biden’s admission: US allies armed ISIS

By Patrick Martin, 6 October 2014

Responding to a question at a Harvard forum, the US vice president said Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates supplied arms to the Islamic fundamentalist group the US is now bombing.

Behind the war against ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 4 October 2014

The call for a military crusade against “savagery,” “zealots” and “raw evil” is an echo of the rhetoric employed by the yellow press over a century ago.

The revival of German militarism: One year on

By Peter Schwarz, 3 October 2014

The return of German imperialism to the battlefields of the world is a profoundly destabilizing element in an already unstable world.

US war against the people of Syria and Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2014

The White House said Tuesday that restrictions on drone missile strikes meant to limit civilian casualties would not apply to operations in Syria and Iraq.

A US judge declares Detroit residents have no right to water

By Jerry White, 1 October 2014

Judge Steven Rhodes openly stated the operating principle that guides the ruling class the world over.