War and militarism
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2020
At least two of those captured in the abortive invasion plot have been identified as US citizens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 25 April 2020
The deployment is a tacit admission of the catastrophic conditions in many longterm care facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Shuvu Batta, 10 March 2020
Yet another display of NYPD gangsterism sparks outrage.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2020
The ICC’s decision, following a protracted delay, came in defiance of Washington’s threats and bullying.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
By Ulas Atesci, 2 March 2020
Turkey shot down two Syrian jets after a Syrian air strike claimed the lives of 34 Turkish soldiers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 .”
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.
By Mike Head, 24 February 2020
Echoing Pentagon terminology, Prime Minister Morrison declared the Tindal base was the “sharp end of the spear.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
By K. Ratnayake, 19 February 2020
Washington is demanding every faction of Colombo’s political elite line up with its war preparations against China.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.