Perspectives

May Day 2017: Lessons of history and the fight for socialism

By David North, 1 May 2017

This speech was delivered by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North to open the 2017 International May Day Online Rally, held on April 30.

Obama’s $400,000 speeches: Unabashed. Shameless. Provocative.

By David Walsh, 29 April 2017

The two speaking fees alone put the former candidate of “change” into the top one percent of income earners in the US—in fact, one of them would almost have done the trick.

The Trump tax plan: More money for the oligarchs

By Barry Grey, 28 April 2017

With the people of America and the world facing ever worsening social conditions and the looming threat of world war, the top priority of the US political establishment is to hand over trillions more to the financial elite.

No to Macron and Le Pen! For an active boycott of the French election!

By Political Committee of the Parti de l'égalité socialiste, 27 April 2017

The arguments put forward to try to blackmail the French people into voting for Macron, the preferred candidate of finance capital, against the neo-fascist Le Pen are a combination of sophistries and lies.

Trump summons the Senate to the White House

By Andre Damon, 26 April 2017

The entire US Senate will go to the White House today to be briefed by military officials on preparations for a possible military strike against North Korea.

The double-execution horror in Arkansas

By Kate Randall, 25 April 2017

The world looked on in horror last night as two death row inmates were put to death in the first double-execution since 2000.

IMF meeting signals descent into global trade war

By Nick Beams, 24 April 2017

Pledges to “resist protectionism,” long included in statements issued by the world’s major global economic institutions, are now regarded as too controversial.

France’s election at gunpoint

By Alex Lantier, 22 April 2017

As tens of millions of voters prepare to go to the polls Sunday, an intervention by elements in the French state machine is underway to swing the elections to the right.

Washington threatens war against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2017

Secretary of State Tillerson made clear that Tehran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement would do nothing to prevent US military aggression.

The issues posed by the worldwide March for Science

Science and Socialism

By the Socialist Equality Party, 20 April 2017

Hundreds of thousands of scientists and other professionals, together with students and working people, will take part this Saturday in the worldwide March for Science.

Snap UK general election called amid continuing Brexit crisis

By Chris Marsden, 19 April 2017

Events in Britain are unfolding at a time of a build-up to a possible US war against North Korea and unending anti-Russian propaganda.

Washington pushes world to brink of nuclear war

By Bill Van Auken, 18 April 2017

Statements from US officials have laid bare the recklessness of the tactics being pursued by Washington, threatening a war on the Korean peninsula involving the use of nuclear weapons and the deaths of millions.

Trump administration recklessly escalating the conflict with Korea

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 17 April 2017

Not since the height of the Cold War has the danger of a nuclear war been so great.

Media, political establishment treat dropping of biggest bomb since Hiroshima as nonevent

By Barry Grey, 15 April 2017

The first-ever use in combat of the most destructive nonnuclear weapon in the US arsenal evoked no significant protest from either the media or the political establishment in the US and Europe.

US drops largest non-nuclear weapon on Afghanistan: A crime against humanity

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 14 April 2017

Even as the US government and media churned out war propaganda over the fabricated “chemical weapons” attack in Syria, Washington was preparing to drop its largest non-nuclear weapon.

What would a US-European-Russian war look like?

By Barry Grey, 13 April 2017

There is virtually no discussion in the mass media of the catastrophic consequences of a war involving the United States, the European powers and Russia.

While US media promotes CIA chemical weapons claims to push for war

Deaths from US bombings triple in Syria, Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 12 April 2017

A new report shows that American bombing has killed far more civilians in Iraq, including children, than reportedly died in last week’s alleged chemical attack in Syria.

Pseudo-left endorses imperialist onslaught against Syria

By Andre Damon, 11 April 2017

The middle-class political parties with roots in the anti-war protest movement of the 1960s have become cheerleaders for US imperialism.

The airstrikes in Syria and the war drive of American imperialism

By Joseph Kishore, 10 April 2017

A relentless logic of military escalation is taking over in Washington, dominated by demands for the overthrow of Assad and a confrontation with Russia.

The US attack on Syria: A prelude to wider war

By Andre Damon, 8 April 2017

The United States’ blatantly illegal attack on Syria has immediately drawn demands for further escalation from leading Democrats and the media.

The bombing of Syria: A new chapter in the US drive for global hegemony

By Bill Van Auken, 7 April 2017

Once again the United States has concocted a pretext to justify the violation of another country’s sovereignty.

Syria’s alleged gas attack: An imperialist provocation

By Bill Van Auken, 6 April 2017

The events in Syria’s Idlib province have all the earmarks of a US intelligence provocation designed to provide the pretext for a new military intervention in the Middle East.

World teeters on the brink of war

By Andre Damon, 5 April 2017

The threat of a major US escalation in North Korea and Syria represents just two of many global flashpoints threatening to lead the world into a conflict between nuclear-armed powers.

Trump threatens China with war on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 4 April 2017

The Trump administration has threatened to launch a war that will not only be catastrophic for the people of the Korean peninsula but could drag in other major powers, including China, Russia and Japan.

Washington rolls out red carpet for the butcher of Cairo

By Bill Van Auken, 3 April 2017

Trump’s embrace of General el-Sisi expresses not only Washington’s criminal US policy in the Middle East, but also its deep affinity for the methods he has employed to crush the Egyptian revolution.

Senate committee hearing blames Russian “information warfare” for social discontent in the US

By Joseph Kishore, 1 April 2017

The line promoted by the political reactionaries speaking at the hearing is that mass political and social discontent is largely attributable to the malevolent actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Pentagon exercises free rein in global military escalation

By Bill Van Auken, 31 March 2017

The relentless bombing of civilians in Iraq and Syria, the expanding intervention in Yemen and the open threats of military confrontation with Iran are all being carried out by the Pentagon with no public debate and the full complicity of the Democrats.

UK officially begins process of exiting the European Union

By Chris Marsden, 30 March 2017

The centrifugal forces tearing apart the EU reveal the failure of any attempt to overcome, within the framework of the capitalist system, the national antagonisms that gave rise to two world wars.

Washington protests proposal for nuclear disarmament

By Andre Damon, 29 March 2017

After having killed millions of people in the name of preventing the proliferation of “weapons of mass destruction,” the US and its allies denounced a UN proposal to ban nuclear arms.

After defeat of Obamacare repeal, Democrats offer a helping hand to Trump administration

By Patrick Martin, 28 March 2017

In the wake of Trump’s failure to repeal Obamacare, Democratic Party congressional leaders have offered to work with the White House on health care and tax cuts.

The massacre in Mosul

By James Cogan, 27 March 2017

In February, the Trump administration let it be known that it would sharply escalate the onslaught on Mosul—regardless of how many innocent lives would be lost.

The freeing of Hosni Mubarak and the lessons of the Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 March 2017

How is it possible that six years after the Egyptian revolution, nothing appears to be left of it, and Mubarak, the ugly face of the old regime, is free once again to show himself in public?

Japanese imperialism rearms

By Peter Symonds, 24 March 2017

The acquisition of offensive weapons for the first time since the end of World War II would be another major step toward Japan’s rearmament.

Democratic Party floats proposal for a palace coup

By Andre Damon, 23 March 2017

An 'open letter' by Times columnist Thomas Friedman gives voice to tendencies in and around the Democratic Party that are prepared to welcome a palace coup that would impose a military/intelligence/corporate junta on the American people.

The return of the US-German conflict

By Johannes Stern, 22 March 2017

President Trump’s refusal to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand during their photo-op in the Oval Office expressed the deepening tensions between the US and Germany.

Democrats’ anti-Russia hysteria prepares the ground for war

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2017

The real target of Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing was Russia, not the Trump administration.

Thirteen sentenced to life imprisonment in India

Free the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers!

By International Committee of the Fourth International, 20 March 2017

Thirteen Maruti Suzuki workers have been condemned to life in prison as the result of a monstrous frame-up mounted by the automaker, the police and judicial authorities, with the full complicity of India’s principal political parties.

US threats against North Korea and the danger of war in Asia

By Andre Damon, 18 March 2017

As the Trump administration charts a course toward war in the Asia-Pacific, there is no discussion within the American media or political establishment of the catastrophic consequences.

The UAW’s corporatist alliance with Trump

By Niles Niemuth, 17 March 2017

UAW President Dennis Williams’ appearance Wednesday with President Donald Trump and the Big Three auto bosses to promote “American First” nationalism is further confirmation of the anti-working class character of the unions.

US health care debate: A bipartisan drive to lower life expectancy

By Jerry White, 16 March 2017

The current debate obscures the basic motivation guiding both big business parties: to restrict access to affordable health care and sharply reduce the lifespan of American workers.

The Dutch elections and the danger of fascism

By Peter Schwarz, 15 March 2017

The fascistic Geert Wilders has set the tone for the entire spectrum of Dutch politics, from the conservative government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte to the ex-Maoist Socialist Party.

US ruling elite moves to repeal the 1960s

By Patrick Martin, 14 March 2017

With only token opposition from the Democrats, the Trump administration and congressional Republicans are eviscerating what remains of the gains of the working class dating from the last period of social reform.

Is the US preparing for war against North Korea?

By Peter Symonds, 13 March 2017

Amid a shrill media campaign inflating the threat posed by North Korea, the Trump administration is considering “all options” against Pyongyang.

A socialist policy for universal health care

By Niles Niemuth, 11 March 2017

Under the cover of a struggle over Obamacare, the bipartisan attack on health care for working people in America is being intensified.

FBI director: “No such thing as absolute privacy in America”

The WikiLeaks exposures and the CIA’s threat to democratic rights

By Patrick Martin, 10 March 2017

Media discussion of the WikiLeaks revelations about CIA cyberweapons takes for good coin the agency’s claim that these would never be used against Americans.

The WikiLeaks revelations and the crimes of US imperialism

By Andre Damon, 9 March 2017

The WikiLeaks documents expose the US as the greatest “rogue state,” carrying out spying, hacking, exploitation and disinformation operations all over the world in order to further the interests of the US ruling elite.

WikiLeaks reveals vast CIA spying, cyberwar operation

By Bill Van Auken, 8 March 2017

Amid Democrats’ claims of Russian hacking in support of Trump and Trump’s charge that he was bugged by Obama, WikiLeaks has revealed a vast CIA operation directed against the people of the US and the world.

India becomes “frontline” state in US war plans against China

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 7 March 2017

After decades of “non-alignment,” India has become a service hub for the US Seventh Fleet, marking a new stage in its integration into US imperialism’s military-strategic offensive against China.

Trump administration escalates campaign of fear and terror against immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 6 March 2017

As stories proliferate of brutal arrests and deportations, the Trump administration is planning the deliberate separation of mothers and their children as a “deterrent” to immigrants.

Sweden brings back the draft

By Johannes Stern, 4 March 2017

The reintroduction of forced military conscription in Sweden is taking place as the major imperialist powers are militarizing in preparation for a new world war.

The Snap IPO: Trump agenda fuels an orgy of speculation

By Nick Beams, 3 March 2017

The massive rise in Snap Inc. stock took place amidst a surge in US markets, which has seen $3 trillion added to share values since the election of Trump.

Wall Street, media celebrate Trump’s address to Congress

By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2017

Wall Street soared to record highs as media commentators praised Trump’s speech, which promised tax cuts for businesses, the slashing of workplace and anti-pollution regulations, and a massive military build-up.

Behind the anti-Semitic and racist attacks in the US

By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2017

The coming to power of the Trump administration has encouraged the most reactionary, racist and backward forces in American society.

The Trump administration and the crisis of American capitalism

By Joseph Kishore, 28 February 2017

It is impossible to separate the fight against the Trump administration from the fight against the social and economic order that has produced it: capitalism.

The assault on immigrants and the specter of a US police state

By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2017

Boasting of having “taken the shackles off” of ICE and Border Patrol agents for a crackdown against immigrants, the Trump administration is preparing police state measures against the working class as a whole.

Capitalism and America’s addiction epidemic

By Andre Damon, 25 February 2017

The precipitous rise in drug overdoses is among the sharpest expressions of the profound social crisis gripping the United States.

The discovery of a system with seven “Earth-like” exoplanets

By Bryan Dyne, 24 February 2017

The discovery of the new planetary system was based on collaboration towards a common goal whose driving force was the pursuit of knowledge, not the amassing of personal wealth.

As the media hails Lt. General McMaster, the military strengthens its grip on the government

By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2017

The extravagant praise for Trump’s choice as national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, exposes the complete abandonment of such basic democratic principles as civilian control of the military.

Appointment of “Warrior-Scholar” McMaster signals intensification of anti-Russia confrontation

By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2017

The appointment of McMaster exposes the utterly reactionary and undemocratic character of the official debate surrounding the Trump administration.

How many people would die in a war between the US and Russia?

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2017

Amidst the non-stop anti-Russian hysteria from the media and the Democratic Party, no one is posing the question: What will be the consequences of a war with Russia?

Seventy-five years after FDR’s Japanese internment order, Trump prepares mass immigrant roundup

By Eric London, 20 February 2017

The attack on immigrants has been prepared by both the Democratic and Republican parties, which have jointly cultivated a climate of anti-immigrant xenophobia to advance their policies of war and social counterrevolution.

The popular movement against Trump vs. the corporate media’s anti-Russia witch-hunt

By Andre Damon, 18 February 2017

Following Donald Trump’s extraordinary news conference, the ferocious battle over imperialist policy between contending factions of the ruling class is intensifying.

The Trump press conference: A ferocious conflict within the ruling elite

By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2017

The press conference was unlike anything seen in modern American history, as the US president traded insults with journalists and engaged in a bitter battle with his nemeses in the media.

Democrats seek to channel opposition to Trump behind anti-Russia offensive

By Joseph Kishore, 16 February 2017

Trump’s critics in the media and political establishment are seeking to disorient the opposition of workers and youth to Trump and corral it behind the war plans of the CIA.

Behind the Flynn resignation and Trump crisis: A bitter conflict over imperialist policy

By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2017

Congressional Democrats are speaking for a large section of the military-intelligence apparatus that is opposed to any lessening of US pressure on Russia.

US drumbeat for action against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2017

North Korea’s missile test took place amid mounting tensions between the US and China, North Korea’s ally, over trade, monetary policy, Taiwan and territorial disputes in the South China and East China seas.

Nazis in the Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2017

The Trump administration has brought a cabal of fascistic aides into leading roles.

Stop the attacks on immigrants! For a socialist policy of open borders and full rights for all workers!

By Barry Grey, 11 February 2017

The brutalization of immigrants is one of the most damning expressions of the bankruptcy of capitalism and the nation-state system to which it is tied.

The election of Trump and the crisis of the European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 10 February 2017

All of the tensions, conflicts and contradictions that the Treaty of Rome, laying the foundations of the European Union, was supposed to have overcome 60 years ago are emerging once again.

Week three of the Trump presidency: A crisis of bourgeois rule and turn toward dictatorship

By Joseph Kishore, 9 February 2017

Events of the past several days have exposed the acute political crisis in the United States and the breakdown of democratic forms of rule.

In speech at Florida Air Force base

Trump appeals to the military against the press and the courts

By Barry Grey, 8 February 2017

Trump gave a speech denouncing the press and suggesting the formation of a presidential-military alliance against the courts and the Constitution.

Trump blurts out the truth about US killings and the media goes wild

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2017

Underlying the furor over Trump’s remarks about Putin are fierce conflicts within the ruling establishment over US imperialist strategy.

The Democratic Party and the anti-Russia hysteria

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2017

While millions who have demonstrated against Trump are motivated by opposition to national chauvinism and authoritarianism, the criticism of Trump by the Democrats is centered on their demand for aggression against Russia.

Trump browbeats Australian “ally”

By Mike Head, 4 February 2017

Just two weeks in office, Trump’s aggressive “America First” economic nationalism and militarism are sending political shockwaves around the world.

Washington’s war threat against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2017

It would be a dangerous mistake to believe that the actions of the Trump White House are the result of mere improvisation or impulse. Rather, they are part of a definite plan.

Trump’s nationalist threats and the response of the European ruling class

By Alex Lantier, 2 February 2017

In response to Trump’s protectionist threats against Europe and criticisms of the euro, Germany and its closest allies are preparing a major military and police buildup.

The mass protests against Trump and the role of the Democratic Party

By Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2017

While hundreds of thousands have marched in the US and around the world against Trump’s police state ban on Muslims and refugees, the concerns of the Democratic Party are focused on the strategic interests of US imperialism.

The protests against Trump's Muslim ban and the conflict within the state

By Barry Grey, 31 January 2017

The opposition of sections of the political establishment to Trump’s anti-Muslim ban is motivated not by the defense of democratic rights, but by concerns that the measure will undercut US imperialist interests and operations around the world.

The Trump-Bannon government: Rule by decree

By Patrick Martin, 30 January 2017

The Trump administration’s order against immigrants makes clear that the new government intends to utilize its control over the state to the maximum to enforce the interests of the financial oligarchy.

Week one of the Trump administration: A government of war and social reaction

By Joseph Kishore, 28 January 2017

When future historians examine this period, they will inevitably direct attention to what preceded it, to the political, social, economic and cultural factors out of which the Trump presidency arose.

Trump’s meeting with the UK’s Theresa May and the US/European conflict

By Chris Marsden, 27 January 2017

It is a measure of the deterioration in relations between the US and the rest of the world that May’s visit has prompted bitter recriminations from leading voices representing British imperialism.

Trump launches war against immigrant workers

By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2017

Signing an executive order to build his wall on the Mexican border, Trump signaled that immigration officials and the Border Patrol will be given free rein to violently repress one of the most oppressed layers of the working class.

Trump threats on South China Sea heighten risk of nuclear war

By Peter Symonds, 25 January 2017

The only means of barring China from access to its islets in the South China Sea is a naval and air blockade, an act of war.

Sanders backs Trump’s “America First” economic nationalism

By Jerry White, 24 January 2017

After Trump signed an executive order to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, Bernie Sanders praised him and said he would be “delighted” to work with the new president.

The way forward in the fight against Trump

By the Socialist Equality Party, 23 January 2017

The only social force that can settle accounts with the capitalist oligarchy is a politically conscious working class, armed with a socialist and internationalist program.

Trump’s fascistic diatribe: On the road to World War III

By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2017

Trump’s inaugural address combined nationalistic chest-thumping against foreign countries with bullying demands for patriotism and conformity at home.

The inauguration of Donald Trump: An event that will live in infamy

By the Socialist Equality Party, 20 January 2017

History has caught up with American capitalism. The protracted process of economic and social decay has been covered over for decades with democratic phrases that served to disguise the gap between the official political myths and the underlying reality. But the mask has now come off.

The Trump presidency and the coming conflict between Europe and America

By Chris Marsden, 19 January 2017

Never before has a US president set as his explicit goal the breakup of the European Union.

Wealth distribution in the United States and the politics of the pseudo-left

By Eric London, 18 January 2017

An analysis of statistics on economic stratification in the United States reveals the material basis of identity politics.

Oxfam issues report on eve of Davos conference

Eight billionaires control as much wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population

By Nick Beams, 17 January 2017

The report, released as the world’s billionaires converge on Davos, Switzerland, reveals that global inequality is even more pronounced than previously recognized.

From Selma to the CIA

John Lewis, Donald Trump and the demise of the “civil rights” establishment

By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2017

The former civil rights leader and longtime Democratic congressman has now joined the campaign to prepare US public opinion for war with Russia.

Washington invokes the language of war against Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 14 January 2017

Over the past several weeks, top Democratic and Republican officials have denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “war criminal,” following a script used before every previous act of military aggression.

Trump’s China policy threatens nuclear war

By James Cogan, 13 January 2017

President-elect Donald Trump and the cabal of billionaires and ex-generals who will comprise his cabinet have signaled they will substantially intensify the United States’ conflict with China.

Trump press conference: The oligarchy rules

By Patrick Martin, 12 January 2017

Trump’s press conference Wednesday morning was an hour-long demonstration of oligarchic arrogance and contempt for democratic principles that has no parallel in modern American history.

Economic nationalism and the breakdown of the post-war order

By Nick Beams, 11 January 2017

The United States was the guarantor of the post-war economic order based on the lowering of tariffs and trade barriers under the rubric of “free trade,” but Trump’s “America First” agenda signals the collapse of that order.

Obama's legacy of war, repression and inequality

By Joseph Kishore, 10 January 2017

For Obama and the privileged social layers that surround the Democratic Party, a legacy can be crafted with honeyed phrases and clever marketing. Millions of people, however, will judge the administration by its actions.

The media campaign on Russian hacking and the US debacle in Syria

By Andre Damon, 9 January 2017

Despite the absence of any factual evidence in the report released last week by US intelligence agencies on alleged Russian hacking, the media campaign for war shows no signs of abating.

Trump’s coming confrontation with China

By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2017

No longer having the economic muscle to lay down the international trade rules, the US has begun a dramatic military build-up in Asia to assert its dominance, even if that leads to war with China.

Congress grovels before the CIA as it escalates “Russian hacking” hysteria

By Patrick Martin, 6 January 2017

At Thursday’s congressional hearing, US Senators seemed to be in competition to demonstrate the most abject loyalty to the intelligence agencies.

Protests against gas price hikes spread across Mexico

By Eric London, 5 January 2017

The Mexican government’s decision to cut gas subsidies has provoked widespread demonstrations, road blockades and gas station occupations, sparking fears within the ruling class of a social explosion.