War and militarism

North Korean-US tensions rise as end-of-year deadline approaches

By Peter Symonds, 18 December 2019

In the absence of any US sanctions’ relief or meaningful talks, North Korea has threatened to resume its nuclear- and missile-testing program.

Germany’s Left Party hails new SPD leadership and grand coalition

By Johannes Stern, 17 December 2019

The efforts to present Saskia Esken and Nobert Walter-Borjans as fighters for a “left-wing camp” that will introduce a new era of social democracy are patently absurd.

US tests INF-banned missile after Democrats rubber-stamp Trump’s nuclear build-up

By Andre Damon, 14 December 2019

The test comes just days after congressional Democrats voted for a massive military spending bill that stripped out language limiting the development of dangerous new nuclear weapons.

Pentagon chiefs say US troops to stay in Syria for years

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2019

Less than two months after Trump’s demagogic announcement of a full withdrawal from Syria, the US military has made clear that it has no plans to leave.

US renews insults and threats against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2019

The Trump administration has made clear that it has no intention of meeting North Korea’s end-of-year deadline for meaningful talks, thus setting the stage for confrontation and conflict.

US House approves bill for record military spending

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2019

The National Defense Authorization Act passed by a huge bipartisan majority, with 188 Democrats and 189 Republicans supporting it.

Report unmasks FBI intervention in 2016 elections

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2019

The real threat to American democracy comes from the national-security state and the capitalist ruling elite, not from any foreign country.

The “Afghanistan papers”: The criminality and disaster of a war based upon lies

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2019

The documents published by the Washington Post constitute a damning indictment of both major parties as well as the media for lying to the American people for two decades.

Paris summit on Ukraine overshadowed by inter-imperialist conflicts

By Clara Weiss, 10 December 2019

The escalation of warfare within the US ruling class and the intensification of the conflicts between the imperialist powers occur amid the unraveling of the strategy that US imperialism has pursued in the region since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991.

Turkish government blocks care of Kurdish HDP’s jailed ex-leader Demirtaş

By Ulas Atesci, 10 December 2019

Ankara is broadly cracking down on Kurdish politicians, including Kurdish mayors elected this year, amid growing ethnic conflicts linked to the imperialist war in Syria.

America’s torturers and their co-conspirators must be prosecuted

By Tom Carter, 9 December 2019

Five years after the release of the Senate report on CIA torture, the gruesome drawings contained in the Seton Hall Law School paper on “How America Tortures” are a powerful indictment of the entire US political establishment.

Former head of German Secret Service publishes fascist manifesto

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 7 December 2019

Maassen’s article contains a thinly-veiled call for building a fascist movement to crush working class opposition to social inequality and militarism.

US prepares to deploy thousands more troops against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 6 December 2019

While the Pentagon denied a report that 14,000 more troops are being sent to the Persian Gulf, it made clear that a major escalation is under discussion.

Pompeo vows intervention against “riots” in Washington’s “own backyard”

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2019

Immediately following Pompeo’s provocative speech, the US slapped new sanctions on Venezuela and Cuba, which the secretary of state accused of fomenting violence.

Germany: Far-right AfD’s party conference strengthens völkisch-nationalist “wing”

By Peter Schwarz, 4 December 2019

The nationalist “wing” group (Der Flügel) in the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) around Björn Höcke and Andreas Kalbitz has emerged strengthened from its federal party conference.

NATO bitterly divided as London summit begins

By Alex Lantier, 3 December 2019

NATO heads of state arrived yesterday in London for a two-day summit beginning today, 70 years after NATO’s foundation in the aftermath of World War II in 1949.

Opposing NATO and Trump means fighting to free Julian Assange!

By Chris Marsden, 3 December 2019

The aim of Trump and Boris Johnson is to either send Assange to the US, lock him up and throw away the key, or subject him to such psychological and physical cruelty that he dies in prison.

Iranian government kills hundreds in bid to suppress the worst protests in decades

By Jean Shaoul, 3 December 2019

There is no doubt that the US, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf monarchies and Israel are seeking to exploit the escalating crisis confronting Iran.

US carries out fresh massacre in Afghanistan, killing entire family with drone strike

By Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2019

The bloody attack came in the wake of Trump’s claim that peace talks with the Taliban had resumed.

Germany’s budget for 2020: Billions for rearmament and war

By Johannes Stern, 2 December 2019

Five years ago the grand coalition announced Germany’s return to an aggressive foreign and great power policy. The far-reaching consequences of such a policy are increasingly reflected in the current budget.

Right-wing German Army officer Franco A. to be charged for terrorism

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 2 December 2019

The details now made public strongly suggest that the 30-year-old ex-Army officer is a neo-Nazi terrorist.

Imperialist powers intensify pressure on Iranian regime in wake of protests

By Jordan Shilton, 30 November 2019

US imperialism is chiefly responsible for the tense standoff in the Persian Gulf. But the claims of the Iranian regime that “collective security” can be achieved by establishing a closer military alliance with Beijing and Moscow are reactionary.

Trump signs Hong Kong “democracy” bill

By Nick Beams, 29 November 2019

Entitled the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”—and passed by the US Congress with only one dissenting voice, making it veto-proof—the legislation has nothing to do with either.

German government plans new military interventions, massive rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 29 November 2019

The German army is preparing for new military interventions. The plans were announced by the German defence minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, on Monday at a Bundeswehr base in Saarland.

Over 250 students arrested in Michigan by ICE in fake university scam

By Jacob Crosse, 29 November 2019

After arresting 161 students in January and February earlier this year, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement revealed that they had detained an additional 91 students in an ongoing sting operation conducted by the federal agency.

In defiance of repression, Colombian workers mount second national strike in the past week

By Evan Blake, 28 November 2019

In the face of intense police repression that has already killed four protesters, workers and youth took to the streets to voice their hostility to the right-wing Duque administration.

Trump threatens to designate Mexican cartels as “terrorists”

By Andrea Lobo, 28 November 2019

The step would set the stage for direct US military interventions in Mexico, while pressuring the Mexican government to escalate militarized repression of social opposition.

US media ramps up anti-China campaign over Uyghur “human rights”

By Peter Symonds, 28 November 2019

Washington has a long record of cynically exploiting “human rights” to justify regime-change operations, military provocations and wars, while ignoring the gross abuses of key allies.

Trump’s war crime pardons: Cultivating a fascistic base in the military

By Bill Van Auken, 27 November 2019

The unprecedented intervention in defense of Navy Seal Edward Gallagher is aimed not just at facilitating war crimes abroad, but at preparing forces to be used against the working class at home.

US navy secretary fired in case of pardoned SEAL war criminal

By Bill Van Auken, 26 November 2019

The crimes of Gallagher and the other war criminals pardoned by Trump account for a minuscule portion of the civilians massacred in the illegal wars waged by US imperialism over the past 18 years.

French courts sabotage probe of official financing of Islamic State terrorism

By Francis Dubois, 26 November 2019

The French courts are covering for the multibillion-dollar Lafarge corporation and its ties to both the French state and the Islamic State terrorist militia in Syria.

German student organisation bombarded with far-right hate mail

By Gregor Link, 25 November 2019

The University of Hamburg student organization has been bombarded with hate mail and threats of violence after students protested against a founding member of the far-right Alternative for Germany, Bernd Lucke, returning to his teaching post.

Leaked email on alleged chemical attack shows 2018 strikes against Syria based on lies

By Niles Niemuth, 25 November 2019

A whistleblower’s memo establishes that the July 2018 OPCW report on the alleged chemical attack in Douma falsified the findings of investigators to justify the attack on Syrian government forces carried out by the US, the UK and France.

Who decided the US should fight a “hot war” with Russia?

By Andre Damon, 23 November 2019

The impeachment inquiry has exposed a US conspiracy to spend billions of dollars to overthrow an elected government in Ukraine and foment a civil war that has killed thousands of people.

NATO riven by tensions between major powers

By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2019

The NATO foreign ministers summit in Brussels dealt with political fallout from French President Macron’s statement that the US-European alliance is “brain dead.”

Trump overrides Navy’s bid to evict war criminal from SEALS

By Bill Van Auken, 22 November 2019

This was the fourth intervention by the US president in the case of Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL charged with shooting civilians and murdering a prisoner during the 2017 siege of Mosul.

German big business continues its new scramble for Africa

By Peter Schwarz, 22 November 2019

German big business is on the hunt for new markets, raw materials, investment opportunities and cheap labor.

US, EU gave over $20 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine since 2014

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2019

Testimony at the final impeachment hearing confirmed the massive scale of imperialist operations in Ukraine, aimed at undermining and attacking Russia.

Naval command challenges President Trump’s war crimes pardon

By Kevin Reed, 21 November 2019

In an extraordinary and open conflict between the leadership of the US Navy and the White House, Rear Admiral Collin Green pressed forward on Wednesday with plans to remove Edward Gallagher from the SEALs following his exoneration by President Trump.

The bloodbath in Baghdad

By Bill Van Auken, 19 November 2019

The US media has remained largely silent as more than 330 unarmed demonstrators have been killed in the streets of the Iraqi capital.

Obama joins effort to push Democratic primary campaign to the right

By Patrick Martin, 18 November 2019

Obama declared his opposition to anything “revolutionary” or “crazy” being put forward by presidential candidates whom he did not name, although he was clearly referring to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Louisiana governor wins re-election in blow to Trump

By Patrick Martin, 18 November 2019

Edwards won despite three campaign appearances by President Trump and an all-out effort by the Republican National Committee.

German army recruits swear war oath in front of Reichstag building

By Gregor Link, 18 November 2019

Both Schäuble and Kramp-Karrenbauer have made clear in recent weeks that the time has come for the return of German imperialism to the world stage.

Former US Secretary of State Kissinger points to danger of “catastrophic” conflict between US and China

By Nick Beams, 16 November 2019

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has warned of an inevitable “conflict” between the US and China that “will be worse than the world wars that ruined European civilisation.”

Seeking to cultivate fascistic base, Trump pardons two war criminals and promotes a third

By Evan Blake, 16 November 2019

Trump’s unprecedented pardoning of war criminals highlights the authoritarian character of his administration.

The Trump impeachment and US policy in Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2019

The public hearings on impeachment have brought to light bitter recriminations within the US ruling elite sparked by the failure of its anti-Russia efforts in Ukraine.

Popular resistance mounts against Bolivian coup

By Andrea Lobo, 15 November 2019

Thousands of workers and peasants in Bolivia’s capital of La Paz, the neighboring district of El Alto and in Cochabamba have taken to the streets in defiance of police-military repression.

Erdoğan-Trump meeting resolves none of US-Turkish conflicts

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2019

While Trump described the meeting as “wonderful,” there were no indications of any substantive agreements on Syria, Russian S-400s or any other issue.

The German government’s “basic pension” bluff

By Marianne Arens, 15 November 2019

The new measure will not improve the lot of poor pensioners. Rather, the grand coalition government hopes to secure its survival so as to pursue its great power policies and militarist aims.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro threatens use of dictatorship-era law against Lula for “inciting violence”

By Miguel Andrade, 15 November 2019

Bolsonaro and the military brass met immediately after Lula was allowed to leave prison while appealing a corruption sentence.

Former Israeli soldiers tour US to speak out against occupation of Palestinian territories

By Fred Mazelis, 13 November 2019

The soldiers’ own experiences have led them to rebel against the criminal policies of the Israeli government.

Ultra-right Lieberman holds balance of power in Israeli coalition talks

By Jean Shaoul, 11 November 2019

The head of Yisrael Beiteinu is demanding a new governmentexcluding the conservative religious parties.

German defence minister calls for expansion of foreign military interventions

By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2019

In a keynote address, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer declared, “there is broad agreement that, given the strategic challenges, Germany must ... “do more to defend our values and interests.”

In Berlin Wall speech, Pompeo advances crusade against Russia and China

By Bill Van Auken, 11 November 2019

In a hypocritical address invoking a worldwide crusade for “freedom,” Pompeo escalated US threats of global war.

Democratic Socialists of America “International Committee” denounces “reckless” withdrawal of US troops from Syria

By Genevieve Leigh, 9 November 2019

The response of the DSA to Trump’s announced troop withdrawals from Syria is indistinguishable from that of the Democratic Party and Trump’s critics within the military and intelligence apparatus.

US seizure of oil fields escalates tensions in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 8 November 2019

Russia has issued a warning that it will not cooperate with US forces in the region, raising the threat of a military clash.

German imperialism’s new drive for world power

By Johannes Stern, 7 November 2019

In a lecture on the theme of “Germany’s role in a globalised world,” the president of the parliament, Wolfgang Schäuble, called for a return to a foreign policy of military violence.

Trump calls for US troops to wage “war” on drug cartels in Mexico

By Eric London, 6 November 2019

Trump tweeted: “This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth.”

Washington Post and New York Times incite racist campaign against Chinese-Americans

By Andre Damon, 5 November 2019

The newspapers most closely associated with the Democratic Party and the US intelligence agencies are inciting racially-motivated suspicions of Americans of Chinese ancestry.

Death toll mounts as Iraqi protests defy repression

By Bill Van Auken, 5 November 2019

At least 260 people have been killed and hundreds more wounded since protests against unemployment and social inequality erupted last month.

Halle, Germany: Government moves to establish a police state after fascist attack

By Gregor Link, 5 November 2019

The government is using the attack as a pretext to further arm the state apparatus and implement long-held plans to spy on journalists and Internet users.

UN rapporteur Nils Melzer warns: Julian Assange may die in a British prison

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 November 2019

Melzer’s statements confirm that the British government, acting on behalf of the US administration of President Donald Trump, is seeking nothing less than Assange’s psychological and physical destruction.

Democrats, media silent over identification of CIA “whistleblower”

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2019

The official who filed a complaint against Trump has been identified by pro-Republican sources as 33-year-old Eric Ciaramella, a CIA analyst who worked in the White House under Obama and Trump.

Hundreds protest police violence in Brooklyn, New York subway

By Josh Varlin, 4 November 2019

Recent incidents of police violence in the subway system, connected to the crackdown on “fare evasion,” have fueled growing anger among workers in New York City.

CIA death squads responsible for spike in Afghan civilian casualties

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2019

A Human Rights Watch report documents extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances and attacks on medical facilities by militias trained, funded and directed by the CIA.

Germany’s grand coalition extends military operations in Syria and Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 2 November 2019

Eighty years after the end of the Second World War, leading politicians from all parties openly advocate policies of war and military violence.

Pentagon awards $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft

By Kevin Reed, 1 November 2019

Amazon was widely expected to win the ten-year agreement, but Trump’s intervention apparently tipped the contract to Microsoft.

Washington threatens to fight Syria and Russia for oil

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2019

The restatement of US objectives in seizing Syria’s oil fields came amid border clashes between Turkish and Syrian troops.

Iraqi regime responds to mass protests with brutal crackdown

By Jean Shaoul, 30 October 2019

The Iraqi police and security services have killed at least 250 people and injured thousands in a crackdown against the mass protests that erupted earlier this month.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the forgotten history of Iraq

By Andre Damon, 29 October 2019

Whether Baghdadi was an enemy of the United States, a CIA asset, or both, one thing is certain: the rise of ISIS was the byproduct of criminal actions by the US government spanning four decades.

German state election: the Left Party’s policies open the way for the fascistic AfD

By Johannes Stern, 29 October 2019

The established parties were punished by the electorate for their right-wing and anti-working-class policies, but the main beneficiary is the far-right Alternative for Germany.

Court ruling declares House impeachment inquiry to be legal

By Patrick Martin, 28 October 2019

The ruling by Judge Beryl A. Howell constitutes a rebuttal of the arguments made by the White House and congressional Republicans against the constitutionality of the impeachment inquiry.

New Zealand defence chief admits Afghan civilian death

By John Braddock, 28 October 2019

The admission to the Operation Burnham inquiry was the first by the Defence Force, which has repeatedly covered up the truth about the 2010 SAS raid.

The murder of Baghdadi and Washington’s crisis in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 28 October 2019

The targeted assassination of the ISIS leader was politically timed to deflect criticism within the US ruling establishment and its military and intelligence apparatus of Trump’s Syria policy.

German media gripped by war fever

By Peter Schwarz, 28 October 2019

It is remarkable how little effort is made by the journalists to conceal their battle cries behind the usual phrases about “peace,” “human rights,” and “democracy.”

Trump shifts from ending “forever wars” to sending tanks into Syria’s oil fields

By Bill Van Auken, 26 October 2019

While pitched as a defense against ISIS, the proposed occupation of the oil fields is aimed at denying vital resources to Syria’s government.

More evidence of cover-up of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan

By Mike Head, 26 October 2019

The damning disclosures underscore why the government is intensifying its efforts to suppress media freedom.

NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels to call for new Middle East wars

By Alex Lantier, 25 October 2019

NATO officials began a two-day summit yesterday in Brussels, calling for new military escalation in the Middle East after the debacle of their eight-year war in Syria.

No to the German-European security zone in Syria!

By Johannes Stern, 24 October 2019

The call by German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer for an international security zone in northern Syria marks a new stage in the revival of German militarism.

US troops withdraw across Syrian border into Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2019

While Trump has sought to strike a phony antiwar posture with his pullout order, the troops leaving Syria will remain in the Middle East.

Military brass denounce Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Syria

By Barry Grey, 21 October 2019

The extraordinary intervention of high-ranking retired generals is a breach of the core constitutional principle of the subordination of the military to civilian authority.

Fighting continues in wake of US-Turkish agreement on northern Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2019

The “ceasefire” deal has only intensified opposition within US ruling circles, where the withdrawal of US troops from Syria is seen as strengthening Russia’s hand in the Middle East.

US claims “ceasefire” deal in Turkey’s invasion of Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 18 October 2019

After US Vice President Pence and Turkish President Erdogan met Thursday, Turkish officials bragged that Ankara got everything it wanted.

Trump defends US pullback in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2019

Amid mounting opposition from within Congress and the military, Trump defended his order to withdraw a small contingent of US special forces from northeastern Syria.

German defence minister visits Niger and Mali in preparation for massive combat operation in the Sahel

By Gregor Link, 17 October 2019

The German government is preparing to expand its Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) mission in Mali and Niger into a massive combat operation and to extend it indefinitely.

The Democrats support the “Forever War”

By Bill Van Auken, 16 October 2019

The Democratic Party’s saber-rattling response to the Syrian fiasco helps Trump fraudulently posture as an opponent of war.

Syrian army, Iran threaten counterattack against Turkish invasion of Syria

By Alex Lantier, 14 October 2019

A large-scale Middle East war could strangle the world's oil supply and escalate into a war between nuclear-armed powers. The working class is coming face to face with the real possibility of a Third World War.

US impeachment inquiry: State Department official testifies in defiance of Trump ban

By Patrick Martin, 14 October 2019

Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is the first Trump administration official to testify before the House Intelligence Committee since the White House declared its policy of noncooperation with the impeachment inquiry.

Thousands protest in Germany against right-wing violence following fascist Yom Kippur attack

By Marianne Arens, 14 October 2019

Last Wednesday’s attack in Halle by a heavily armed fascist, anti-Semite, on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, has evoked horror and a wave of solidarity protests against right-wing violence.

No to American fascism! Build a mass movement to force Trump out!

Statement of the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party, 14 October 2019

The World Socialist Web Site first published this statement on October 14, 2019. It warned that “Trump is utilizing the power of the presidency to create an unconstitutional and illegal dictatorship.” In light of the recent nationwide military/police crackdown, the WSWS is republishing this crucial document.

Oppose the Turkish military offensive in Syria!

the International Committee of the Fourth International, 14 October 2019

As Ankara seeks a militarist solution to ethnic and class conflicts inflamed by decades of imperialist interventions, the Middle East and the world are on the brink of all-out war.

Germany: The election of the SPD leader and the decline of social democracy

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 October 2019

A glance at the list of candidates for the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) makes clear the wealthy social layers that set the tone and whose reactionary programme they represent.

US sends 3,000 more troops to defend Saudi monarchy

By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2019

The escalation of the US troop deployment in the region followed on the heels of a missile attack on an Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea.

New Anti-capitalist Party demands military escalation against Turkey in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2019

The Pabloite NPA bitterly opposes a struggle to unify the working class internationally in a movement against imperialist war and the Middle Eastern bourgeoisie.

Crisis mounts over Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 11 October 2019

Trump’s green light for the Turkish invasion has prompted heated condemnations from his Republican allies as well as within the US military.

German Nazi murders two in Yom Kippur Synagogue attack

By Johannes Stern, 10 October 2019

The Nazi assault on the Halle synagogue is aimed at demonstrating that anti-Semitism is, once again, a significant political force in Germany.

Trump admits US killed millions in war based on lies

By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2019

Whatever his immediate intentions, Trump has admitted that successive US governments have engaged in war crimes resulting in mass murder.

Washington green lights Turkish attack on Kurdish forces in Syria

By Alex Lantier and Ulaş Atesci, 8 October 2019

Trump abandoned to their fate Kurdish nationalist militias that have fought since 2015 as Washington’s main proxy force in the NATO war for regime change in Syria.

“Defender 2020”: NATO powers threaten war against Russia

By Gregor Link, 8 October 2019

In the coming year, armed forces from 17 NATO states, including the US and Germany, will carry out the “Defender 2020” manoeuvres.

US impeachment campaign escalates with claim of second whistleblower

By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2019

The Democratic Party continues to draw support from the intelligence agencies for its anti-Trump effort.