Perspectives

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.

The midterm elections and the political crisis in the US

By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2014

The American population is overwhelmingly indifferent to the November 4 US elections, which will decide 34 US Senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and the governorships of most states.

The model for America: Ruling elites dispense with democracy in Detroit

By Jerry White, 29 September 2014

The new arrangement is part of a reorganization of political structures in the city to ensure the permanent exclusion of any opposition to the dictates of the corporate and financial elite.

Obama’s “best of all possible worlds”

By Andre Damon, 27 September 2014

Obama’s claim that “this is the best time in human history to be born,” is a self-deluded absurdity.

Imperialism and the Ebola catastrophe

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2014

The epidemic now devastating West Africa is not a natural calamity, but a social one: it is a product of colonialism and imperialist oppression.

Deceit and delusion at the United Nations

By Barry Grey, 25 September 2014

What above all distinguished Obama's speech was the complete disconnect between its assertions and political reality.

The bombing of Syria and unending US war

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2014

The perfunctory character of Obama’s statement Tuesday made it clear that Washington no longer feels obliged to even explain, much less defend, its military interventions abroad before the American people.

The witch-hunting of Steven Salaita and the new McCarthyism

By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2014

The political victimization of Salaita in the name of “democracy” is another chilling warning that core democratic rights, including academic freedom, are incompatible with a society dominated by social inequality and the drive to war.

The Alibaba IPO frenzy: Symptom of a diseased economic order

By Nick Beams, 22 September 2014

The frenzy surrounding the Alibaba IPO, which saw the accumulation of vast fortunes based on a company that has invented nothing and developed no new technology, is an expression of the parasitism at the centre of the global economic system.

Australian anti-terror raids part of US war drive

By Nick Beams, 20 September 2014

Within hours of Australia’s largest-ever anti-terror operation, US Secretary of State Kerry invoked the lurid news reports to justify the US war in Iraq and Syria.

Wealth of world’s billionaires: $7.3 trillion

By Joseph Kishore, 19 September 2014

There are now 2,325 billionaires in the world, and their combined wealth has increased 12 percent from last year, according to a new report from Wealth-X and UBS bank.

Vote No in the Scottish referendum: Fight for a Socialist Britain!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 18 September 2014

The Socialist Equality Party’s call for a No vote in the Scottish independence referendum is based on the fundamental principle of the unity of the international working class.

Detroit bankruptcy conspiracy enters its final stage

By Jerry White, 17 September 2014

After reaching settlements with key players over the past week, the federal bankruptcy court is moving quickly to approve the anti-working class restructuring plan.

The impact on Europe of the Scottish independence referendum

By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens, 16 September 2014

The immense tensions generated by the Scottish referendum point to an unprecedented crisis of rule, whatever the outcome of Thursday’s ballot.

Six years since the Wall Street crash

By Nick Beams, 15 September 2014

Six years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the world economy has not only failed to recover, the conditions for a new financial catastrophe are in the making.

The war for regime-change in Syria

By Barry Grey, 13 September 2014

The new war represents a massive escalation of US imperialist aggression in the entire Middle East and beyond.

Obama’s speech on ISIS: Perpetual war in Iraq, Syria and beyond

By Patrick Martin, 12 September 2014

In his nationally televised speech Wednesday night, Obama outlined a program of perpetual war, with ISIS a convenient pretext.

Thirteen years after the September 11 attacks

CIA torture and the “war on terror”

By Joseph Kishore, 11 September 2014

Recent events have confirmed that the highest levels of the US government and American intelligence authorized the most barbaric forms of torture.

Obama’s war in Iraq and Syria

By Barry Grey, 10 September 2014

The war on ISIS is camouflage for an unstated agenda, at the center of which is the overthrow of the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The collapse of household income in the US

By Andre Damon, 9 September 2014

The Fed report is only the latest in a series of studies on the continuing growth of poverty and social inequality in the midst of what is billed as a recovery from the crash of 2008.

Obama commits US to war against Russia in defense of Baltic states

By Barry Grey, 8 September 2014

In a series of speeches and press conferences in Europe last week, President Obama publicly committed the United States to go to war against Moscow to defend the Baltic states that border Russia.

Capitalist breakdown and the drive to war

By Nick Beams, 6 September 2014

Just as in the period prior to 1914, a deepening breakdown of the global capitalist system is fuelling the drive to a new world war.

Obama and the financial aristocracy

By Andre Damon, 5 September 2014

The wave of reckless speculation in the US financial system and the drive to war have a common root: the domination of the financial oligarchy over society.

ISIS atrocities and US imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2014

American imperialism has built up reactionary Islamic fundamentalist groups in the Middle East for more than half a century.

The Obama administration and American labor

By Andre Damon, 3 September 2014

The chasm between working people and the political establishment was exemplified by the Labor Day speeches of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden.

Ukraine and the militarization of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 2 September 2014

The politics of the European bourgeoisie is a mixture of ruthless aggression and desperation. Confronted with the hopeless crisis of their system, they are rushing toward a catastrophe, just as they did in 1914 and 1939.

Seventy-five years since the outbreak of World War II

By Barry Grey, 1 September 2014

Under conditions of mounting social tensions and deepening economic crisis, the imperialist ruling classes are recklessly pushing the conflict over Ukraine to the point of open warfare between NATO and Russia.

From Detroit to Ferguson: The brutal face of American capitalism

By Jerry White, 30 August 2014

If Detroit is the epicenter of social counterrevolution in America, Ferguson revealed the repressive measures the ruling class is prepared to use against all opposition to its policies.

The collapse of the French government: A crisis of capitalist rule in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 29 August 2014

The entire framework of official “left” politics in France and across Europe is collapsing.

The German intervention in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2014

After years of relative restraint, Germany is intervening to assert its global economic and geostrategic interests by military means.

The official cover-up of social and political issues in the police murder of Michael Brown

By Andre Damon, 27 August 2014

Two weeks after the eruption of protests in Ferguson, Missouri in response to the police murder of Michael Brown, the Obama administration is hoping to bury popular opposition to its policies together with the young man’s body.

Holocaust survivors indict Israel’s massacre in Gaza

By Bill Van Auken, 26 August 2014

The principled and courageous denunciation of the slaughter of Palestinians is symptomatic of a terminal crisis of Zionism.

Imperialist war in search of a pretext

By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2014

The Obama administration is preparing a further explosion of imperialist aggression in both Iraq and Syria.

The Bank of America settlement and the “justice” of capitalism

By Andre Damon, 23 August 2014

The Obama administration’s latest settlement with Bank of America imposes a wrist-slap fine and shields bankers from prosecution.

Who is responsible for the murder of James Foley?

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2014

The vicious execution of the American journalist has been seized upon as the pretext for launching new US wars of aggression in the Middle East.

Class, race and the police killing in Ferguson, Missouri

By Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2014

A column by former basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has provoked a howl of protest from political representatives of the upper-middle class who are heavily invested in racial politics, including the International Socialist Organization.

De facto martial law in Ferguson, Missouri

By Barry Grey, 20 August 2014

The resort to police state methods in Ferguson is the outcome of the protracted decay of American democracy.

Capitalism and the police-military mobilization in Ferguson, Missouri

By Joseph Kishore, 19 August 2014

No struggle against inequality and the police state apparatus in America can be successful unless it is based on the understanding that what is involved is a struggle against capitalism.

The state of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri

By Barry Grey, 18 August 2014

The events in Ferguson are a concentrated expression of the real state of social and political relations in America.

US war drive in Asia continues apace

By Peter Symonds, 16 August 2014

Even as the US engages in provocations against Russia and in the Middle East, the Obama administration is proceeding with its “pivot to Asia” against China.

Ferguson, Missouri: War comes home

By Joseph Kishore, 15 August 2014

The military-style occupation of Ferguson, Missouri has ripped aside the veneer of democracy to expose an incipient police state. This is what martial law looks like.

Gaza, Ukraine and US preparations for urban warfare

By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2014

The Pentagon is embracing the doctrine that the next major US military interventions will most likely be against the populations of major urban centers.

The police murder in St. Louis and the militarization of American society

By Jerry White, 13 August 2014

Yet another family and community in the United States have been traumatized by the death of an innocent young man at the hands of the police.

Obama’s “recovery” and the social crisis in America

By Andre Damon, 12 August 2014

While Obama and the political establishment proclaim economic “recovery,” new reports show that the majority of US households are worse off now than they were five years ago.

The war cabal in Washington

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2014

The United States has gone to war again in Iraq, in defiance of popular opposition and without even a pretense of democratic debate.

ISIS in Iraq: A disaster made in the USA

By Barry Grey, 9 August 2014

The emergence of ISIS is the outcome of the catastrophe inflicted on Iraq by US imperialism.

Alarm bells sound louder over danger of financial collapse

By Nick Beams, 8 August 2014

The policies pursued by the US Fed and other central banks are creating the conditions for another financial crash.

The international significance of Australia’s World War I “celebrations”

By Nick Beams, 7 August 2014

Australia’s commemorations are part of a global offensive to condition the population to the deepening drive to war.

Washington plans for world war

By Patrick Martin, 6 August 2014

A new report proposes a much more aggressive Pentagon policy, including preparing for war against nuclear-armed opponents.

One hundred years since the outbreak of World War I

By Nick Beams, 5 August 2014

The only progressive solution was not the victory of one or another imperialist power, but the overthrow of the capitalist system.

The slaughter in Gaza: A warning to the international working class

By Peter Symonds, 4 August 2014

The war crimes being carried out in Gaza today are the most brutal expression of what is being prepared against the international working class.

Obama defends CIA torturers

By Patrick Martin, 2 August 2014

The president declared his “full confidence” in CIA Director John Brennan one day after the agency admitted it had engaged in illegal spying on a Senate committee investigating its Bush-era torture program.

A law unto themselves: The CIA and the torture cover-up

By Eric London, 1 August 2014

An admission by the CIA that its employees spied on the US Senate as part of the cover-up of torture highlights the unchecked power of the military-intelligence apparatus in the United States.

Gaza, Ukraine and the fraud of “human rights” imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 31 July 2014

As the horrific images of the latest massacres emerged from Gaza, newspapers carried the report that the Obama administration had agreed with the EU to impose sweeping sanctions—not against Israel, but against Russia.

Are you ready for nuclear war?

By David North and Alex Lantier, 30 July 2014

This is the question that everyone should be asking him- or herself in light of the developments since the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

The Libyan catastrophe

By Alex Lantier, 29 July 2014

The catastrophe in Libya is an indictment not only of the imperialist powers, but also of pro-imperialist academics and pseudo-left parties they mobilized to support the war.

The financial bubble economy

By Andre Damon, 28 July 2014

The open secret of the US economy is that the extraordinary rise in the stock markets is entirely disconnected from the real economy.

Arizona’s two-hour execution and the brutalization of America

By Kate Randall, 26 July 2014

The execution of Joseph Wood exemplifies the brutality meted out on a regular basis by the ruling establishment in 21st century America.

The Gaza war crimes and the bankruptcy of nationalism

By The WSWS International Editorial Board, 25 July 2014

What is required is a political perspective that can unite the working class of all religious and ethnic backgrounds in a common struggle for socialist internationalism.

What are the politics of the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17?

By Alex Lantier, 24 July 2014

The response of the American media and state to the crash of flight MH17 follows a modus operandi US imperialism has repeatedly used to railroad the population into war.

US lies and hypocrisy on Gaza and Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 23 July 2014

The same government that is wringing its hands over the airliner deaths in Ukraine and making the most provocative charges of moral responsibility, is totally complicit in the deaths in Gaza.

European powers seize on flight MH17 crash as pretext for war

By Peter Schwarz, 22 July 2014

The way the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine is being politically exploited parallels the way the 9/11 terrorist attack in the US was utilized to pursue reactionary aims.

The assault on Gaza: A historic crime

By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 21 July 2014

In its long and bloody history of aggression, Israel in the past four days has crossed a fundamental line. Its actions in Gaza are those of a society in a state of political and moral disintegration.

The crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 19 July 2014

The remarks Friday by President Barack Obama on the tragic crash of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine raised far more questions than they answered.

Oppose the Israeli invasion of Gaza

By Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 18 July 2014

The aim of the offensive is to carry out mass killings and inflict mass destruction, leaving Gaza a smoking ruin.

A crime against humanity on America’s border

By Bill Van Auken, 17 July 2014

The “message” sent by Obama with the first planeload of child deportees sent back to Honduras is that Washington is as contemptuous of international law at home as it is abroad.

The bombing of eastern Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 16 July 2014

The brutal actions against the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine are meant to terrorise all those who oppose the political and social aims of the regime in Kiev.

Torture and death in America’s prisons

By Andre Damon, 15 July 2014

A series of press reports document the fact that torture is widespread in America’s sprawling prison system.

The CIA spying scandal and the disintegration of American democracy

By Tom Carter, 14 July 2014

The Obama administration’s refusal to bring charges underscores the reality, behind the trappings of democracy, of de facto rule by an unelected and authoritarian military-intelligence apparatus.

The toxic crisis of Israeli society

By Barry Grey, 12 July 2014

There is a close connection between the violence being carried out by the Israeli government in Gaza and the emergence of fascistic elements within Israel capable of brutally murdering an innocent Palestinian youth.

Obama and the CIA—who runs Washington?

By Bill Van Auken, 11 July 2014

Either the US president is lying about being unaware of espionage in Germany, or he is patently not in control of the military-intelligence complex.

War drums beat louder against China as Japanese imperialism re-emerges

By Nick Beams, 10 July 2014

Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Australia announced to the world that Japan is breaking from the shackles of the post-war “pacifist” constitution.

The US Supreme Court and religion

By Tom Carter, 9 July 2014

The US Supreme Court’s recent decisions upholding the “religious liberty” of corporations and other institutions signal a more aggressive repudiation of the country’s democratic and secular traditions.

Defend the rights of immigrant workers and youth!

By Bill Van Auken, 8 July 2014

The Obama administration, the Republican Party and the corporate media have all sought to criminalize immigrant workers, including the tens of thousands of children who have recently arrived on the southern border of the US.

The 17,000 Dow: Surging towards a disaster

By Nick Beams, 7 July 2014

Explosive contradictions in global finance are building up as stock markets continue to rise.

One year since the military coup in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 5 July 2014

The coup revealed the essential problem of the Egyptian revolution: the chasm between the elemental anger of the Egyptian population and the absence of political leadership.

Equality and the Fourth of July

By Joseph Kishore, 4 July 2014

The social, political and cultural state of present-day America make a mockery of the principles that are recalled and celebrated on July 4.

The re-emergence of Japanese militarism

By Peter Symonds, 3 July 2014

Abe’s constitutional “reinterpretation” is a major step toward ending any legal restraint on the ability of Japanese imperialism to wage wars of aggression.

A deepening global economic and financial breakdown

By Nick Beams, 2 July 2014

The Bank for International Settlements has warned that the supply of ultra-cheap money to financial markets is creating the conditions for another crash.

America’s paramilitary police

By Andre Damon, 1 July 2014

While the political establishment never loses the opportunity to declare there is no money for health care or education, billions of dollars are made available to equip the police with the latest instruments of violence.

Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East?

By Bill Van Auken, 30 June 2014

The destruction wrought by US imperialism in Iraq, Libya and Syria is an indictment not merely of a set of policies, but of an entire corrupt, predatory social order.

One hundred years since Sarajevo

By David North, 28 June 2014

Today marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the event that triggered the outbreak of World War I.

Detroit water shutoffs violate human rights

By Patrick Martin, 27 June 2014

A UN agency has issued a statement condemning the city’s decision to cut off water service to tens of thousands of poor and unemployed.

The fiasco of Kerry’s Middle East tour

By Bill Van Auken, 26 June 2014

The US secretary of state’s emergency trip to the region only underscored the hypocritical and criminal policies that have led to the current debacle in Iraq.

The Obama drone murder memo

By Barry Grey, 25 June 2014

The long-suppressed Justice Department memo released Monday establishes that the president of the United States, Barack Obama, in the most calculated and criminal manner, oversaw the murder of an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki.

Washington’s persecution of immigrant children

By Bill Van Auken, 24 June 2014

The Obama White House has responded to a humanitarian crisis of its own making with the methods of police repression.

Democracy and the debacle in Iraq

By Joseph Kishore, 23 June 2014

While divided over tactics in the pursuit of global power, the different factions of the US state and military apparatus are united on at least one issue: they bear no responsibility for anything.

The Metropolitan Opera’s censorship of The Death of Klinghoffer

By David Walsh, 21 June 2014

The opera company’s decision to cancel its global video and radio transmission of John Adams’ work is a scandalous and cowardly capitulation to right-wing forces.

Economy slumps, Wall Street booms

By Barry Grey, 20 June 2014

The Federal Reserve cut its estimate of US economic growth this year and scaled back its longer-term projection, a virtual admission that slump and falling living standards for the masses of people are here to stay.

Two years of asylum in Ecuadorian embassy

Defend Julian Assange!

By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2014

Assange’s sole “crime” was to publish secret documents exposing war crimes carried out by the US government in Iraq and Afghanistan and conspiracies hatched by the US State Department in countries around the world.

Facing a debacle in Iraq, the US turns for help to Iran

By Alex Lantier, 18 June 2014

The spreading civil war in Iraq is a shipwreck of massive dimensions for US foreign policy, with far-reaching political implications.

The US media and the debacle in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 17 June 2014

A column written by Chelsea (Bradley) Manning from his prison cell points to the criminal role played by the US media in foisting the Iraq War onto the American people.

Obama responds to Iraq debacle with military escalation

By Patrick Martin, 16 June 2014

Eleven years after initiating the worst bloodbath of the 21st century, American imperialism is preparing to compound its crimes in Iraq.

The debacle in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2014

The events in Iraq represent not merely a foreign policy failure, but an exposure of the criminal and reckless nature of the US government and the American capitalist ruling elite.

The California teacher tenure ruling and the war against public education

By Jerry White, 13 June 2014

A Los Angeles court ruling that long-standing job protection rights won by teachers are “unconstitutional” under California law marks a new stage in the war against public education in the United States.

The fall of Mosul and the crimes of imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 June 2014

The fall of Mosul to Al Qaeda-linked militias underscores the crimes of US imperialism in Iraq and throughout the region.

The Australian budget and the fight for social equality

By Richard Phillips, 11 June 2014

Popular hostility to the budget measures has brought the issue of social equality to centre stage.

ILO report: A world blighted by poverty and inequality

By Jerry White, 10 June 2014

A large majority of the world’s population lacks essential social protections, leading to the preventable deaths of 18,000 children each day.

The UAW vs. the auto workers

By Jerry White, 9 June 2014

In every respect, the auto union convention exhibited the antidemocratic and anti-working class character of the organization.

D-Day anniversary: Commemorating the Second World War and preparing the Third

By Bill Van Auken, 7 June 2014

The presence of a dwindling band of survivors of World War II—the greatest exercise in mass killing in the history of the planet—only underscored the boundless hypocrisy of the official ceremonies.