War and militarism

Trump’s “Bay of Pigs” in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2020

The abortive mercenary invasion is part of a campaign of aggression that involves “maximum pressure” sanctions and the deployment of US warships off Venezuela’s shores.

US ramps up COVID-19 propaganda war against China

By Peter Symonds, 6 May 2020

The crude attempt to blame China is aimed at diverting attention from the Trump administration’s criminal negligence in failing to respond to the dangers of COVID-19.

Washington and its puppet Guaidó implicated in armed attacks on Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2020

At least two of those captured in the abortive invasion plot have been identified as US citizens.

US trains Sri Lankan naval elite forces during COVID-19 lockdown

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 4 May 2020

US combat training of Sri Lankan navy personnel forces is part of Washington’s military preparations throughout the Indo-Pacific against China.

Trump escalates attacks on China over COVID-19

By Peter Symonds, 2 May 2020

US President Trump has stepped up his propaganda war and threats against China, blaming it for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has cost the lives of more than 230,000 people internationally.

Australian government places country on frontline of anti-China witch hunt

By Mike Head, 2 May 2020

Australia unilaterally called for an international inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting the Trump administration’s unsubstantiated accusations against China.

Record 50.8 million people internally displaced in 2019

By Jean Shaoul, 2 May 2020

The plight of tens of millions of internally displaced people is virtually ignored, attracting little global attention during the escalating global pandemic.

Millions spent by Trump to “salute” health care workers with military flyovers

By Trévon Austin, 1 May 2020

Vast sums of money are being spent to fly military aircraft over America’s hospitals while health care workers still lack adequate protection from the coronavirus.

Majority of US veterans back full withdrawal from Afghanistan, other overseas conflicts

By Warren Duzak, 30 April 2020

A new poll reveals that more than half of US military veterans believe that the US government should be less engaged in foreign wars.

Global arms spending tops $1.9 trillion as fight against COVID-19 is starved of resources

By Bill Van Auken, 29 April 2020

The continued spending of trillions on arms and war amid the present pandemic represents a crime against humanity.

Is Sri Lankan President Rajapakse plotting a coup under cover of anti-pandemic measures?

By K. Ratnayake, 28 April 2020

The government is using the COVID-19 pandemic as the pretext to mount a power grab, insert the military into the running of the state, and run roughshod over working people’s democratic rights.

Amid warnings of famine and unrest in Venezuela, Maduro renews talks with US-backed opposition

By Andrea Lobo, 25 April 2020

The timing of the renewed talks makes it clear that any settlement with US imperialism would be centrally aimed against a challenge from below.

Canadian government sends military into care homes as it pushes for a premature return to work

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 25 April 2020

The deployment is a tacit admission of the catastrophic conditions in many longterm care facilities.

US provocatively dispatches warships to South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 23 April 2020

As it amplifies its inflammatory rhetoric blaming China for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration is also raising military tensions in the South China Sea.

Germany’s right-wing Bild newspaper agitates against China

By Peter Schwarz, 23 April 2020

The accusation serves to divert attention away from the ruling elite’s failure to deal with the pandemic, while at the same time whipping up public opinion for war with China.

Merchants of death: Multibillion-dollar bailout for arms industry amid rising COVID-19 toll

By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2020

Workers in arms plants, classified as “essential infrastructure,” have protested and struck against the coronavirus threat that confronts the entire working class amidst the drive for a return to work.

Over 1,000 sailors on French carrier Charles de Gaulle sick with COVID-19

By Anthony Torres, 20 April 2020

The French Navy refused to allow the ship’s commanding officer to stop its mission while the coronavirus spread like wildfire among the crew.

Pentagon activates military units to defend Washington

By Bill Van Auken, 18 April 2020

The shift of the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region to operational mode indicates rising concern within the US government that the crisis will unleash social upheavals.

US ramps up attacks on China over COVID-19

By Peter Symonds, 17 April 2020

Trump’s crude remarks are a transparent attempt to deflect attention from his own administration’s irresponsible actions in allowing the spread of the virus in the US.

Pentagon escalates tensions with Iran in Persian Gulf

By Bill Van Auken, 17 April 2020

Washington claimed Iranian vessels engaged in “dangerous” actions as US warships conducted provocative maneuvers off the Iranian coast.

As COVID-19 spreads through the ranks, Pentagon stages show of force against China

By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2020

With COVD-19 plaguing its carrier battle groups, the US military staged an “elephant walk” of B-52s and other warplanes on Guam as a demonstration of fire power against China.

Five Came Back: Hollywood filmmakers and World War II

By Joanne Laurier, 16 April 2020

The three-part documentary focuses on five major American directors—John Ford, John Huston, William Wyler, George Stevens and Frank Capra—who enlisted with the US War Department to create propaganda films between 1941 and 1945.

As first sailor from COVID-19-stricken carrier dies, Pentagon stresses readiness for war

By Bill Van Auken, 14 April 2020

The deadly coronavirus has spread to a number of other ships in the Navy and is infecting members of every other branch of the US military.

US blocks IMF loan for Iran’s fight against COVID-19

By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2020

The denial of desperately needed aid as Iran confronts one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world is part of a US sanctions regime that is tantamount to a state of war.

Brazilian ruling class backs growing military control as COVID-19 pandemic grips country

By Miguel Andrade, 10 April 2020

Barely 35 years after being ousted from power by mass strikes, the military is being welcomed back as caretakers amid the mounting COVID-19 crisis.

Acting US Navy secretary resigns amid furor over firing of aircraft carrier Captain Crozier

By Barry Grey, 8 April 2020

Modly had become the focus of mounting tensions within the military and between sections of the uniformed officer corps on one side and President Trump and his civilian Pentagon leadership on the other.

US deal with Taliban breaks down while coronavirus spreads in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 8 April 2020

The Taliban has withdrawn from talks with the crisis-ridden Kabul regime over its failure to act on a prisoner release agreement brokered by Washington.

US military calls for another $20 billion to counter China

By Peter Symonds, 7 April 2020

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, an Indo-Pacific Command report to the US Congress sets out plans for a further military build-up in the region directed against China.

German government expands war operations despite coronavirus pandemic

By Johannes Stern, 7 April 2020

The dramatic spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has done nothing to change German war policy. The ruling class is utilising the crisis in order to push forward its foreign policy offensive.

COVID-19 pandemic threatens millions in war-torn Libya and Syria

By Kumaran Ira, 7 April 2020

Imperialist wars and proxy conflicts costing hundreds of thousands of lives have destroyed infrastructure critical to fight the spread of coronavirus.

Fired aircraft carrier commander has COVID-19

By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2020

The diagnosis underscores the real dangers facing the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and all military personnel, to which Trump is entirely indifferent.

Ten years since WikiLeaks published Collateral Murder

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 April 2020

The video exposed the criminality of the Iraq war and had a profound impact on the consciousness of millions of workers and young people the world over.

Warning of food riots, Rome sends 20,000 troops to patrol southern Italy

By Allison Smith, 6 April 2020

Residents contacted by the WSWS denied that any mass food riots are taking place, even as workers in lockdown run out of money to buy food.

No to the domestic deployment of the German army!

By Johannes Stern, 6 April 2020

The German army's so-called “Coronavirus operation” is the largest military operation in country’s post-war history.

Amid war threats, Washington blocks UN resolution demanding end to sanctions

By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2020

The Trump administration has brushed aside calls for an end to punishing sanctions against Venezuela and Iran, threatening both countries with military aggression.

US Navy aircraft carrier commander seeks evacuation of entire crew to stem outbreak of coronavirus

By Patrick Martin, 2 April 2020

The crisis on the USS Theodore Roosevelt is only the most acute indication of the serious impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the operations of the American military machine.

Amid growing anger over criminal response to COVID-19 crisis, Washington threatens war

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2020

Trump issued threats against Iran and Venezuela yesterday, both weaponizing the pandemic and desperately seeking to divert mounting social tensions in the US itself.

Washington harnesses coronavirus pandemic to promote Venezuela coup

By Bill Van Auken, 1 April 2020

The so-called “Democratic Transition Framework” is a patent attempt to weaponize the global pandemic as a means of installing a puppet regime in Caracas.

German government preparing major domestic military deployment

By Johannes Stern, 31 March 2020

Regardless of how much medical assistance the military ends up providing, its deployment must be understood as a warning.

US military veterans who fought as mercenaries for Ukrainian fascists indicted on double murder charges

By Jacob Crosse, 31 March 2020

Alex Zwiefelhofer and Craig Lang are accused of orchestrating the double murder and robbery of Serafin and Deana Lorenzo to finance a trip to Venezuela for the purpose of killing “communists.”

COVID-19 pandemic spells no truce in US imperialism’s global aggression

By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2020

Far from declaring a humanitarian truce as COVID-19 threatens the lives of millions, Washington has sought to weaponize the death and disruption spread by the disease.

Congressional commission recommends expanding US draft registration to women

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 March 2020

The proposal for women to register for the draft is just one element of a wide range of proposals that include an increase in targeting youth to “explore service.”

German government prepares for internet censorship and deployment of the armed forces

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 March 2020

The social democratic state premier of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorius, has called for a clamp-down against those contradicting official government propaganda about the coronavirus epidemic.

“Four Corners” program exposes Australian war crimes in Afghanistan

By John Harris, 23 March 2020

The actions revealed in the program, including the execution of unarmed civilians, have doubtless been known by successive governments, Labor and Coalition alike.

Turkish IYSSE’s intervention at Istanbul student conference wins warm response

By our reporter, 21 March 2020

The IYSSE presented the perspective of the world Trotskyist movement to a congress of economics students in Istanbul earlier this month.

US imperialism exploits coronavirus as a weapon of war

By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2020

The maintenance and tightening of punishing economic sanctions against Iran as it confronts one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the coronavirus constitutes a US war crime.

CIA veterans endorse Biden for president—and so does Tulsi Gabbard

By Jacob Crosse, 20 March 2020

The nominally antiwar congresswoman joined more than 80 former spies and intelligence agents in offering her “full support” to Biden.

National interests stand in the way of a coronavirus vaccine

By Peter Schwarz, 20 March 2020

The dispute over the German biotech company CureVac shows how national and profit interests hinder the rapid development of a vaccine against COVID-19.

Washington imposes new sanctions as Iran’s COVID-19 death toll tops 1,000

By Bill Van Auken, 19 March 2020

The global pandemic is viewed by US imperialism as a weapon in its war for hegemony in the Middle East.

US threatens military escalation as Iraq confronts COVID-19 and oil price shock

By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2020

Speaking with all the arrogance of a colonial occupier, Secretary of State Pompeo made it clear that Washington has no intention of withdrawing its troops as Iraq has demanded.

Democratic Party debate dominated by coronavirus pandemic

By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2020

The exchanges between the candidates had been rendered largely irrelevant by consolidation of the Democratic Party behind Biden, making him the presumptive nominee.

ICE officials running unchecked facial recognition searches on Maryland drivers

By Dmitri Church, 17 March 2020

Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been accessing Maryland state driver’s license photos for years to catch undocumented immigrants given licenses by a special state program.

Media investigations into leaked forum messages reveal neo-Nazi Atomwaffen recruiter is an active duty Navy sailor

By Jacob Crosse, 16 March 2020

Leaked messages from a defunct neo-Nazi forum establish that aviation machinist David Cole Tarkington spent years recruiting members into the fascist outfit before joining the military.

Iraq condemns US-UK strikes that killed soldiers, police and civilian

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2020

The top US commander in the Middle East made it clear that Thursday night’s airstrikes were part of a broader military escalation in the region.

US launches airstrikes in retaliation for Iraq missile attack

By Bill Van Auken, 13 March 2020

The Pentagon warned that “all options are on the table” after the deaths of two US troops and one British medic in a missile strike Wednesday.

Crypto AG leaks: German and American spy agencies snooped on 120 countries

By Gregor Link, 13 March 2020

Under the code names “Rubicon” and “Minerva,” Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) together with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had monitored the encrypted government communications of almost half the countries on earth for decades.

Germany’s Left Party joins hands with far-right Alternative for Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 11 March 2020

Just two days after he was elected minister president of Thuringia, the Left Party’s Bodo Ramelow ensured that the AfD obtained one of the vice president positions in the state parliament.

Washington increases pressure on Beijing over Chinese media

By Ben McGrath, 10 March 2020

The demonization of China by Washington and its allies is part of a broader campaign to deflect social tensions outwards and to prepare for war.

In blow to US campaign against WikiLeaks, proceedings against alleged CIA whistleblower end in mistrial

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 March 2020

The jury could not agree on the most serious charges against Joshua Schulte, a former CIA employee accused of leaking a trove of material exposing illegal spying and hacking operations.

Afghanistan “peace” deal stalls as Kabul rivals are both sworn in as president

By Bill Van Auken, 10 March 2020

The swearing in of two rival presidents of the US-backed puppet regime has upended so-called intra-Afghan talks set to begin today.

Trump picks ultra-right congressman Mark Meadows as new chief of staff

By Patrick Martin, 10 March 2020

The incoming chief of staff, Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, was the leader of the ultra-right House Freedom Caucus.

New York cops caught on video assaulting unarmed man

By Shuvu Batta, 10 March 2020

Yet another display of NYPD gangsterism sparks outrage.

International court approves probe of US war crimes in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2020

The ICC’s decision, following a protracted delay, came in defiance of Washington’s threats and bullying.

Putin and Erdogan agree to new Idlib ceasefire at Moscow summit on Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 6 March 2020

Despite both sides’ efforts to smooth over the conflicts, the ceasefire does not resolve the broader NATO-Russia conflicts behind recent Turkish-Russian clashes in Syria.

Within days of Afghan “peace” deal, US bombs Taliban

By Bill Van Auken, 5 March 2020

The bombing is one more indication that the deal to end Washington’s nearly two-decade war is already beginning to unravel.

Defender 2020: Largest mobilisation of NATO troops against Russia in 25 years

By Markus Salzmann, 4 March 2020

Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, the scale of NATO's provocative military exercise underscores how far advanced the preparations for war are.

On eve of “Super Tuesday” primaries

Democratic Party goes to war against Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2020

The Democratic Party is opposed to raising the prospect of significant social reforms in the 2020 election.

The “Russian meddling” fraud

Tulsi Gabbard denounces election interference by US intelligence agencies

By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2020

The congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate attacked planted media articles claiming that Russia was backing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Idlib war escalates as Turkey announces military operations against Syria

By Ulas Atesci, 2 March 2020

Turkey shot down two Syrian jets after a Syrian air strike claimed the lives of 34 Turkish soldiers.

Afghanistan peace deal begins to unravel as Kabul rejects prisoner swap

By Bill Van Auken, 2 March 2020

The signing of the accord is an unmistakable admission by Washington that the nearly 19-year-long war it has waged in Afghanistan has produced a debacle.

War tensions mount in wake of strike on Turkish troops in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 29 February 2020

Russia has sent two cruise missile warships to the Syrian coast as Moscow and Ankara continue to dispute the facts surrounding a strike that killed three dozen Turkish soldiers.

Turkey bombs Syria after losing dozens of troops to Syrian-Russian airstrike

By Alex Lantier, 28 February 2020

The danger is growing that all-out war could erupt between the NATO alliance and the Syrian government’s major international backers, Iran and Russia.

US Coast Guard “doubles down” on Pacific operations targeting China

By John Braddock, 28 February 2020

The Coast Guard’s expansion across the Western Pacific, thousands of miles from America’s shores, is part of the US drive to dominate the region and intensify preparations for war.

Attacks against Sanders intensify ahead of South Carolina primary

By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2020

Sanders’ opponents are warning that he may take an insurmountable lead in delegates in the 14 states voting next Tuesday.

Germany: Nazi terrorist group planned mass murder of Muslims

By Gregor Link, 27 February 2020

German police arrested 12 right-wing extremists who were actively preparing mass murder against refugees, Muslims and political opponents.

National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood—How the US military and CIA go about their propaganda operations

By Charles Bogle, 27 February 2020

The book, by Matthew Alford and Tom Secker, presents extensive evidence that US government departments and agencies use multiple means to manipulate content and even block production of Hollywood films.

Sanders on “60 Minutes” spells out willingness to use US military power

By Patrick Martin, 25 February 2020

The Democratic presidential frontrunner said he would go to war in support of NATO and other US military allies, and to defend Taiwan against China.

US defense secretary launches simulated nuclear attack against Russia in Pentagon war game

By Andre Damon, 24 February 2020

The war game took place as more than 20,000 troops and 20,000 military vehicles began to arrive in Europe for the massive “Defender 2020” exercise targeting Russia.

Following right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau

German government strengthens intelligence agencies and right-wing networks in state apparatus

By Johannes Stern, 24 February 2020

The strengthening of the state apparatus, which is dominated by far-right networks, will be aimed above all at intimidating and suppressing widespread hostility to militarism and fascism.

Hesse, Germany: Right-wing extremist propaganda at state expense

By Peter Schwarz, 24 February 2020

Shortly before the right-wing extremist terrorist attack in Hanau, the Hesse state government sent posters to all schools slandering opponents of fascism and capitalism as “ left-wing extremists .”

Trump to promote anti-China strategic alliance in visit to India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 24 February 2020

Reflecting the importance the US now places on India and the Indian Ocean in its strategy to counter China, the Pentagon recently renamed its Pacific Command the US Indo-Pacific Command.

Australian government expands northern air base for US military use against China

By Mike Head, 24 February 2020

Echoing Pentagon terminology, Prime Minister Morrison declared the Tindal base was the “sharp end of the spear.”

Philippine President Duterte ends US Visiting Forces Agreement

By Joseph Santolan, 24 February 2020

The move is the most serious rupture in relations between Manila and its former colonial master since the granting of formal independence on July 4, 1946.

A “ceasefire” in Washington’s Afghanistan debacle

By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2020

After 18 years of war, the killing of nearly 2,400 troops and the squandering of roughly $1 trillion, Washington is negotiating a deal it could have had with the Taliban without a shot being fired.

Fighting mounts as Washington backs Turkish attack on Syria, Russia

By Alex Lantier, 21 February 2020

US-backed Turkish military operations targeting Syrian and Russian units in Syria could escalate into an all-out clash between Russia and the entire NATO alliance.

EU agrees to new military mission against Libya

By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2020

The foreign ministers of all 27 EU countries agreed on a new military mission in Libya on Monday.

After the massacre in Hanau

Stop the right-wing terror in Germany!

By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2020

A right-wing extremist terrorist shot and killed nine people in the German city of Hanau on Wednesday evening.

German Education Minister Karliczek supports right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 20 February 2020

The German government is defending the right-wing extremist professor after he threatened and physically attacked IYSSE spokesperson Sven Wurm on the campus of Berlin’s Humboldt University.

Washington backs Turkey as border clashes mount with Syria and Russia

By Ulaş Ateşci, 19 February 2020

Washington is encouraging Turkish army operations inside Syria, risking a direct clash between the NATO alliance and the Syrian government’s main allies, Russia and Iran.

China denounces US “lies” at the Munich Security Conference

By Peter Symonds, 19 February 2020

Beijing’s blunt language is an attempt to counter Washington’s relentless propaganda offensive and also to seek support from the European powers.

US imposes travel ban on Sri Lankan army chief

By K. Ratnayake, 19 February 2020

Washington is demanding every faction of Colombo’s political elite line up with its war preparations against China.

US-backed Saudi bombing kills at least 32 civilians in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2020

The airstrikes, the latest in a long list of war crimes, are believed to have been an act of revenge for the downing of a Saudi warplane.

German Defence Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer delivers pro-war speech at Munich Security Conference

By Johannes Stern, 18 February 2020

The speech described in detail what Berlin, Brussels and Paris intend to do to prepare for future conflicts between the major powers for the redivision of the world.

Erfurt, Germany: 20,000 demonstrate against fascism

By our correspondents, 18 February 2020

“Not with us! No pact with fascists—never and nowhere!” This was the main slogan for the mass demonstration which took place in the East German city of Erfurt on Saturday, February 15.

US-Europe conflict erupts at Munich

By Andre Damon, 18 February 2020

This weekend’s Munich Security Conference was dominated by a breakdown of the NATO alliance amid the resurgence of preparations for “great power conflict.”

Washington Post war hawk Jackson Diehl lauds Sanders’ foreign policy

By Barry Grey, 18 February 2020

In Monday’s column, Diehl reassures the ruling class that a Sanders administration would not mark a break from the aggressive and militarist policy of American imperialism.

US threatens Europe over Huawei at Munich Security Conference

By Andre Damon, 17 February 2020

After the UK, France and Germany announced they would not ban Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from their networks, US officials sought to threaten their NATO allies into changing course.

German President Steinmeier calls for German-European great power politics at Munich conference

By Johannes Stern, 17 February 2020

In his opening speech at this year’s Munich Security Conference, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) stressed that the ruling class in Germany is determined to promote the return of militarism by all means.

Judge rules in favor of Amazon, halts work on JEDI contract by Microsoft

By Kevin Reed, 17 February 2020

The decision by a federal judge to grant Amazon’s request is an indication of bitter conflict within the ruling establishment.

US assassinated Suleimani to quash Iran’s talks with Gulf monarchies

By Bill Van Auken, 15 February 2020

The murder of the top Iranian general was carried out to shore up Washington’s crumbling Middle East alliances.