By Chris Marsden, 18 May 2013
The decision by leaders of the OLME teachers union to abandon an agreed strike in the face of civil mobilisation orders has delivered a serious blow to the entire Greek working class.
By Joseph Kishore, 17 May 2013
The Obama administration’s secret seizure of the phone records of Associated Press reporters is the latest attack on core democratic rights in the United States.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2013
The controversy over last year’s assault on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya has been revived, even as the real issues underlying it remain hidden.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 May 2013
Detroit is on the front lines of a national and international strategy of the corporate and financial elite, in which increasingly dictatorial methods are being employed to force through deeply unpopular measures.
By Tom Carter, 14 May 2013
Last week, Massachusetts high school student Cameron D’Ambrosio was arrested and charged under “terrorism” laws merely for posting lyrics on Facebook that make reference to the Boston Marathon bombings.
By Andre Damon, 13 May 2013
Perhaps more than any other section of society, young people have been made to bear the brunt of the crisis that erupted in 2008.
By Sampath Perera, 11 May 2013
The ruling elite seeks to use the elections to lend a veneer of “democracy” to a neocolonial regime presiding over a society in a state of economic and political collapse.
By James Cogan, 10 May 2013
US imperialism is determined to prevent China’s economic expansion from enabling Beijing to supplant Washington as the dominant power in Asia.
By Barry Grey, 9 May 2013
In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the Dow has gained over 8,500 points, surging nearly 130 percent since it bottomed out in March of 2009.
By Peter Symonds, 8 May 2013
The world’s retailing giants are engaged in a cynical PR exercise to distance themselves from the tragedy that has taken the lives of more than 700 people.
By Ulrich Rippert, 7 May 2013
Against the background of the greatest economic crisis since the 1930s, the European Union is showing its true face—that of a dictatorship of finance capital.
By Alex Lantier, 6 May 2013
The Israeli strikes in Syria are unprovoked and illegal acts of war, abetted by Washington and its European allies as part of their escalating campaign against Syria.
By Andre Damon, 4 May 2013
The official silence on the growth of poverty and social misery stands in stark contrast to the daily struggle of the majority of the US population just to make ends meet.
By Nick Beams, 3 May 2013
The collapse of the European economy points to the bankruptcy of the capitalist economic order.
By Joseph Kishore, 2 May 2013
The fundamental issue involved in Washington’s intervention in Syria is not the nature of the Assad government, but the nature of US imperialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2013
The report that the CIA regularly hands over sacks of cash to Afghanistan’s President Karzai is only the latest episode in Afghanistan’s long and tragic encounter with US imperialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 April 2013
A campaign of lies and propaganda about the alleged use of chemical weapons is steadily escalating in preparation for a US war against Syria.
By Chris Marsden, 29 April 2013
The formation of a Grand Coalition government in Italy shows the degree to which the global financial oligarchy dominates political life.
By K. Ratnayake, 27 April 2013
The tragedy is one of the world’s worst industrial disasters, but it will not be the last, as global corporations sacrifice workers’ safety to the requirements of profit.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2013
US allegations of chemical weapons use by government forces have brought Washington to the brink of war with Syria.
By Christoph Dreier, 25 April 2013
The lockout of tens of thousands of Danish teachers by the state marks a new stage in the class struggle in Europe.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2013
Of all the possible explanations for the bombings in Boston, the least plausible is the official claim that the main suspect in the case had fallen beneath the FBI’s radar.
By Barry Grey, 23 April 2013
The Boston bombings continue to dominate the American media, while the Texas fertilizer plant explosion has virtually dropped out of the news.
By Barry Grey, 22 April 2013
With the imposition of a state of siege in Boston, a historical threshold has been crossed.
By Andre Damon, 20 April 2013
Occupational Safety and Health Administration records show that the last time the agency inspected the plant was 28 years ago.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2013
In this, his fifth speech in the wake of an incident of mass violence in America, Obama followed what is by now a tired template, invoking scripture, blaming evil and explaining nothing.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 18 April 2013
The sole reason that a lavish funeral could be held for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the most hated political figure in contemporary British history, was the absence of an outlet for oppositional sentiment.
By Andre Damon, 17 April 2013
Amid mass unemployment, swelling poverty rates and falling wages, Wall Street hedge fund operators once again raked in astronomical pay packages last year.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2013
If ever there was a case of the pot calling the kettle black, the Obama administration’s indicting of Moscow for human rights violations is it.
By Andre Damon, 15 April 2013
There is no reflection in what passes for the “news” or the discussions that dominate the political establishment of the concerns of the broad masses of the population.
By Nick Beams, 13 April 2013
The Bank of Japan’s “quantitative easing” policy will both fuel the deepening global economic crisis and stimulate further attacks on the Japanese working class.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 April 2013
The budget released by the Obama administration on Wednesday marks a significant escalation of the assault on Social Security and Medicare, the most important federal retirement and health care programs in the United States.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 April 2013
Fifty-five years after the founding of the European Economic Community, the project of unifying Europe on a capitalist basis has been irrevocably shattered by the global economic crisis.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2013
The attempt to exploit the death of a young State Department official to cast the Afghanistan war as an exercise in US altruism is belied by the continuing murder and oppression inflicted upon the civilian population.
By Julie Hyland and Chris Marsden, 9 April 2013
Most working people will have greeted the announcement of her demise with cold indifference, contempt, and, in some cases, celebration.
By Andre Damon, 8 April 2013
In the first three months of his second term in office, Barack Obama has presided over an assault on the social rights of the US working class unparalleled in its scope and ferocity.
By Kate Randall, 6 April 2013
The new Obama budget will cut hundreds of billions of dollars from vital programs on which millions of retired and disabled people depend.
By Peter Symonds, 5 April 2013
The US has deliberately inflamed the Korean peninsula, one of Asia’s most dangerous flash points, and heightened the danger of war.
By Julie Hyland, 4 April 2013
The punitive measures imposed on Cyprus mark a qualitative deepening of the European bourgeoisie’s class war offensive.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 April 2013
The report that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will end up costing as much as $6 trillion is another indication of the terrible price paid by working people the world over for the crimes of imperialism.
Three years since West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine disaster
By Kate Randall, 2 April 2013
Three years after the West Virginia tragedy, cuts threaten to further undermine mine safety, inevitably leading to more deaths.
By Andre Damon, 1 April 2013
Following the imposition of $1.2 trillion in sequester spending cuts, Obama and the Republicans are turning their attention to slashing and ultimately dismantling Medicare, the government health insurance program for the elderly in the United States.
Stock markets and food stamps at record highs
By Kate Randall, 30 March 2013
The growth of social inequality since the 2008 financial crash is the product of definite policies pursued first under Bush and then under the Obama administration.
By Julie Hyland, 29 March 2013
The working class of Cyprus faces mass poverty and a doubling of unemployment as the result of the bailout imposed on the small Mediterranean island.
By Joseph Kishore, 28 March 2013
The actions taken by the trade unions in response to the passage of Michigan’s reactionary “right to work” law expose the anti-working class character of these organizations.
By Andre Damon, 27 March 2013
The Democrats’ passage of a bill that makes the US sequester cuts permanent this year underscores their support for slashing social spending.
By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2013
US president Barack Obama’s so called “peace” trip to Israel last week made clear that, on the tenth anniversary of its criminal invasion of Iraq, US imperialism is intensifying its bloody intervention in the Middle East.
By Alexander Fangmann, 25 March 2013
The announcement of plans to shut down 61 schools in Chicago, Illinois marks a new stage in the social counterrevolution in America.
By Peter Symonds, 23 March 2013
The current political crisis of the Labor Party is intimately bound up with the worsening global economic crisis and rising geo-political tensions.
By Andre Damon, 22 March 2013
As the US government prepares to furlough one million federal workers and slash tens of billions in social spending, corporate executives in the United States are taking some of the highest payouts in history.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 March 2013
Ten years after the launching of a criminal war against Iraq, Washington is once again preparing military aggression in the Middle East.
By Alex Lantier, 20 March 2013
Multiple car bomb attacks hit Shiite targets across Iraq yesterday, on the tenth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, killing 65 and wounding at least 200.
By Bill Van Auken and David North, 19 March 2013
This was a war of staggering criminality in both its planning and execution. It was a premeditated act of aggression launched on the basis of lies.
By Barry Grey, 18 March 2013
The financial malefactors have been rewarded with ever greater public funds to subsidize record profits, executive bonuses and stock prices
By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2013
Placed on the papal throne is a man directly implicated in one of the greatest crimes of the post-World War II era—Argentina’s “Dirty War.”
By Joseph Kishore, 15 March 2013
The new financial manager, bankruptcy lawyer Kevyn Orr, will have vast powers and one essential task: to escalate the attack on the working class.
By Andre Damon, 14 March 2013
While the media is once again seeking to create the appearance of deep and fundamental conflicts—with endless talk of congressional “gridlock” and the “partisan divide”—there has never been greater bipartisan agreement on basic policy.
By Cristoph Dreier, 13 March 2013
Some 68 years after the end of Nazi rule in Europe, fascistic organizations are again part of official politics, and entire ethnic groups are deported and humiliated.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 March 2013
At a Senate Judiciary Committee last week, US Attorney General Eric Holder declared that major financial institutions engaged in criminal activity are too big to prosecute.
By Patrick Martin, 11 March 2013
A front-page article in the Times detailing the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki reveals both the criminal character of the killing and the liberal establishment’s contempt for democratic rights.
By Chris Marsden, 9 March 2013
Nine South African police officers have been charged with the murder of taxi driver Mido Macia.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 March 2013
Chavez’s nationalist rhetoric and diversion of oil revenues to social assistance programs earned him the hatred of both Washington and a fascistic ruling class layer in Venezuela, but did not represent a path to socialism.
By Jerry White, 7 March 2013
Wall Street’s financial elite celebrated a new record Dow Jones Industrial Average this week, even as the city of Detroit plunged towards bankruptcy.
By Barry Grey, 6 March 2013
Wall Street’s record highs are a measure of the scale of the theft of social resources carried out by the very parasites responsible for the 2008 financial crash.
By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2013
Abe’s remarks are an unmistakeable declaration that he will, if necessary, go to war with China over disputed islands in the East China Sea.
By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 4 March 2013
While social services are being slashed throughout the United States, the financial aristocracy is piling up ever greater personal wealth.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 2 March 2013
The across-the-board cuts in health care, housing, education, public transit, jobless benefits, nutrition assistance and other vital services establish a new base line for even deeper cuts to come.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 March 2013
The decision announced by the new US secretary of state, John Kerry, to directly aid armed militias marks a major escalation of the US-backed bloodletting in Syria.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 February 2013
The Italian general election last weekend is a watershed event in the political development of Europe.
By Jerry White, 27 February 2013
As the struggle of workers begins to erupt outside of the framework of the unions, the growth of militancy is accompanied by a growing receptivity to the perspective of socialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2013
With the deployment of US troops and drones to Niger, a new stage in the imperialist recolonization of Africa is now in progress.
By Andre Damon, 25 February 2013
Whatever the outcome of the political theatrics in advance of the March 1 deadline, the sequester crisis marks a new stage in the ruling class assault on the social conditions of working people in America.
By Peter Symonds, 23 February 2013
The demonisation of China as a global cyber threat follows a well-established modus operandi: it is to establish the pretext for new US acts of aggression.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 22 February 2013
These financial manipulations are the means by which the ruling class redistributes wealth from the bottom to the top of society.
By Johannes Stern, 21 February 2013
Germany is making intensive preparations to wage new wars to secure resources.
By Joseph Kishore, 20 February 2013
On the weekend of February 15-16, 2003, some 10 million people participated in coordinated anti-war protests in major cities of the world.
By Tom Carter and Barry Grey, 19 February 2013
As Brennan’s written responses to the Senate Intelligence Committee underscore, behind the threadbare trappings of parliamentary democracy, the scaffolding of an American police state is well advanced.
By Jerry White, 18 February 2013
This struggle in the nation’s most populous city and center of finance capital revealed the class dynamic being played out all over the US and the world.
By Joseph Kishore, 16 February 2013
The latest figures on inequality in the US expose the vast transfer of wealth that has occurred during the first years of the “economic recovery.”
By Nick Beams, 15 February 2013
The meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers in Moscow over the next two days is being held amid a deep contradiction in the global capitalist economy.
14 February 2013
The 15th anniversary of the WSWS is a milestone of immense significance for the international socialist movement. Over the course of a decade-and-a-half, the WSWS has provided, with unequalled accuracy and insight, a daily analysis of political and cultural events.
By Andre Damon, 13 February 2013
The assault on New York City school bus workers by Mayor Michael Bloomberg is part of a nation-wide campaign to dismantle public education.
By Peter Symonds, 12 February 2013
Parallels are being drawn between the tense maritime disputes in Asia and the fierce rivalry in the Balkans a century ago that sparked World War I.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 February 2013
European governments are responding to social opposition with strike bans and methods of state violence traditionally associated with dictatorships.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2013
Thursday’s confirmation hearing for John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for CIA director, provided a spectacle of the disintegration of democratic rights in the United States.
By Nick Beams, 8 February 2013
Calls for greater regulation of the banks ignore the incestuous relationships between the finance houses and the regulators that are supposed to be overseeing them.
By Joseph Kishore, 7 February 2013
The Obama administration’s “white paper” on the assassination of US citizens must be taken as a dire warning to the working class. The American ruling class, steeped in lawlessness and violence, is moving toward dictatorship.
By Tom Carter, 6 February 2013
President Obama’s repeated cave-ins to religious organizations on the issue of birth control underscore the rightward evolution of American liberalism and its abandonment of core democratic principles.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2013
Setting the tone for this year’s Munich Security Conference, marked by unabashed neo-colonialism, the American vice president signaled that US imperialism is gearing up for battle in every corner of the planet.
By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2013
Both President Obama and a top economic adviser said this week that the administration would propose significant cuts in Medicare.
By Peter Schwarz, 2 February 2013
Leon Trotsky drew far-reaching conclusions from the disastrous defeat of the German working class in 1933.
By Andre Damon, 1 February 2013
In the fifth year of the economic depression, and amid signs of the worst global slowdown since 2008, world stock markets are booming the fastest since the late 1990s.
By Socialist Equality Party, 31 January 2013
The struggle has revealed the basic class divisions in America.
By Johannes Stern and Joseph Kishore, 30 January 2013
As the second anniversary of the overthrow of dictator Hosni Mubarak approaches, the Egyptian working class is again being driven into revolutionary struggle.
By Christoph Dreier, 29 January 2013
The invocation of emergency powers and use of state violence to smash the Athens subway strike has shattered all claims that it is possible to shift the policy of the state by mass pressure from below.
By Chris Marsden, 28 January 2013
The NHS is hated by the ruling class as a symbol of everything they were forced to grant the working class in Britain in the post-war period.
By Peter Symonds, 26 January 2013
The new Abe government is pursuing an aggressive nationalist program on two fronts: remilitarisation and a unilateralist monetary policy.
By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2013
The working class must resolve the historic problems of political leadership and perspective which are posed by the Egyptian revolution.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 January 2013
The ugly face of “modern liberalism” can be seen on the cold sidewalks of New York, where school bus workers are fighting for their jobs against a billionaire mayor backed by the liberal establishment.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2013
The French intervention in Mali, followed by the bloody siege in Algeria, represents a turning point in what has emerged as a new imperialist scramble for Africa.