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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By James Cogan, 17 November 2014
Every word Obama spoke about the economic and political agenda of American imperialism was a lie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Andre Damon, 28 October 2014
The US government is not only controlled by, but increasingly composed of, the extremely rich.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Andre Damon, 11 October 2014
The latest shooting outside St. Louis, Missouri shows that police continue to commit murder with impunity.
By Nick Beams, 10 October 2014
The permanent stagnation in the world economy is fuelling inter-imperialist tensions and creating the conditions for war.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jerry White, 1 October 2014
Judge Steven Rhodes openly stated the operating principle that guides the ruling class the world over.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Barry Grey, 25 September 2014
What above all distinguished Obama's speech was the complete disconnect between its assertions and political reality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By 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.
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.
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.
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.
By Barry Grey, 13 September 2014
The new war represents a massive escalation of US imperialist aggression in the entire Middle East 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 29 August 2014
The entire framework of official “left” politics in France and across Europe is collapsing.
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.
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.
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.