Perspectives

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.

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 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.