By David Levine and Clara Weiss, 30 March 2019
The crisis in Kazakhstan is a result of the resurgence of working-class struggles and the escalating war drive by US imperialism against Russia and China.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2019
The Times editorial supporting a US withdrawal from Afghanistan is a self-damning indictment of the entire “war on terror,” which the newspaper supported for the better part of two decades.
By Kayla Costa, 29 January 2018
Between 2010 and 2016 alone, there were nearly 6,000 accusations of child sexual abuse reported by American military personnel, with no actions taken in response.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 November 2017
While the media lavished attention on the Pentagon’s claims to have bombed opium production facilities, the latest raids are only part of a tripling of airstrikes this year.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2017
The air war has been stepped up as the International Criminal Court reviews potential war crimes charges against the US military and CIA in Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2017
The order to halt public reporting is part of a turn to unfettered and unaccountable control of secret US wars from Africa to south Asia by the American military brass.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2017
The Pentagon is reportedly sending another 4,000 troops into the conflict, the longest war in US history.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 May 2017
“What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe?” the former national security adviser said of the CIA alliance with Al Qaeda.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2017
The planned escalation of US imperialism’s longest war involves not only more “boots on the ground,” but also ceding control of the war to US military commanders.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 8 May 2017
Fighting Friday between Afghan and Pakistan troops killed at least 12 people and possibly many more.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 April 2017
Mattis arrived in Kabul as his Afghan counterpart and other top military commanders were resigning over a disastrous Taliban attack that killed nearly 200 troops.
By James Cogan, 19 April 2017
More than 15 years after the US invasion, the insurgency against the US puppet government in Kabul is gaining the upper hand.
By Peter Symonds, 31 August 2016
The latest attack takes place against the backdrop of geo-political intrigue that is drawing the entire region, including Afghanistan, into US preparations for war against China.
By Thomas Gaist, 8 February 2016
Statements from the commander in Afghanistan are the latest in a series of acknowledgements by US officials that the American military is planning a permanent occupation of the country.
By Thomas Gaist, 27 January 2016
The US military is planning on using Afghanistan as a launching pad for military operations throughout South and Central Asia, senior US military officials told the Washington Post.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2015
The suicide bomb attack on a US-Afghan patrol is symptomatic of the escalating crisis of the continued American occupation of Afghanistan.
By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2015
The capture of Kunduz is a major blow to the US-backed puppet regime in Kabul and to the Obama administration.
By W.A. Sunil, 27 April 2015
Though an earthquake is the product of enormous natural forces, the extent of death and destruction has definite social roots.
By James Cogan, 8 November 2014
General Campbell’s comments reflect concerns in Washington that its puppet government in Kabul could fall to the Taliban.
By Clara Weiss, 30 May 2012
Following a ferocious police intervention ending in the deaths of 16 striking oil workers in the city of Zhanaozen on December 16, a court has sentenced 11 workers in Kazakhstan.
By Clara Weiss, 27 April 2012
More than three dozen workers and political activists have been put on trial following a brutal intervention by police on December 16 in the Kazakh city Zhanaozen, which left at least 17 striking oil workers dead and hundreds wounded.
By Clara Weiss, 27 January 2012
On January 15, Kazakhstan held its parliamentary elections amid rising social tensions.
By David Firestone, 19 December 2011
A public commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of Kazakhstan independence on Friday in the town of Zhanaozen, located 60 kilometers from the shore of the Caspian Sea, turned into a violent police attack on striking oil workers.
By John Chan, 22 June 2011
Ten years after its formation, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is emerging as a potential rival bloc to the US and its European allies.
By Tom Peters, 18 September 2010
Today’s parliamentary election is yet another repudiation of the claim that the US-led invasion of the country was intended to produce a democratic government.
By Niall Green, 16 September 2010
In an expression of the deep political instability wracking Kygryzstan, fueled by great power rivalries in the region, an international policing mission scheduled to deploy in the country’s south was postponed on September 2.
By James Cogan, 8 September 2010
The call for more troops is calculated to increase political pressure on various European governments, and non-NATO US allies such as Australia, to boost their contributions to the occupation of Afghanistan.
By Tom Peters, 2 September 2010
Over the past four months, checkpoints have been established at all the main routes into the city, and thousands of tall concrete blast walls have been installed around police stations and government buildings.
By James Cogan, 30 August 2010
Leaks over the past week have revealed that members of the Afghan government headed by President Hamid Karzai are paid agents of the CIA.
By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2010
Nearly 92,000 military documents posted on the Internet by the WikiLeaks web site paint a devastating picture of US-NATO imperialist atrocities in Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 July 2010
The tens of thousands of documents posted online by WikiLeaks have provided a detailed, documentary portrait of the criminal war being waged by the Obama administration.
By James Cogan, 26 July 2010
The rate of US and allied casualties has soared to the highest level of the nearly nine-year war and is beginning to match the bloodiest stages of the occupation of Iraq.
By Alex Lantier, 22 June 2010
Bloodshed continued in Kyrgyzstan after ethnic pogroms left thousands dead and 8 percent of the country’s population homeless, and amid continuing political conflict after the April ouster of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.
Unrest destabilizes Central Asian region
By Barry Grey, 15 June 2010
Mobs of ethnic Kyrgyz continued to attack ethnic Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan for the fourth consecutive day on Monday, bringing the government’s official casualty toll to 124 killed and 1,685 wounded.
By Niall Green, 26 May 2010
The interim government in the ex-Soviet republic Kyrgyzstan is attempting to consolidate its rule, implementing a state of emergency in one of the largest cities and postponing promised elections.
By Niall Green, 17 May 2010
Over one month since anti-government demonstrations in Kyrgyzstan forced President Kurmanbek Bakiyev from office, fighting continues between rival factions in the former Soviet republic.
By Niall Green, 21 April 2010
Political tensions between supporters of ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and the new interim government in Bishkek continue to destabilize this strategically important Central Asian country.
By Andrea Peters, 17 April 2010
The ousted president of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, has left the country. While his departure has forestalled the possible outbreak of civil war, the political situation remains unstable in the impoverished Central Asian nation.
By Alex Lantier, 10 April 2010
As fighting continues between supporters of ousted President Bakiyev and of the opposition, a potentially explosive struggle for influence is developing between the US and Russia.
By Niall Green, 9 April 2010
As President Bakiyev and the opposition groups vie for control, the major powers seek to maintain their interests in Kyrgyzstan, where impoverished workers have risen up against the despotic US-backed regime.
By Niall Green, 8 April 2010
The government of the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan appears to have fallen. The impoverished state plays a crucial role in Washington’s war in Afghanistan and is a center of intrigue between the major powers.
By James Cogan, 18 March 2010
Despite a directive calling for more caution, US special forces operations are continuing to terrorise and kill civilians in Afghanistan.
Rockets kill 12 near Marjah
By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2010
In what is likely to be the first of many atrocities in the current US-led offensive in Afghanistan, 12 civilians were killed Sunday when two rockets slammed into their home near Marjah.
By James Cogan, 7 January 2010
A cabinet is being assembled that will consist of individuals who have been vetted and deemed acceptable by the Obama administration and its main NATO allies.
By John Chan, 21 December 2009
The opening of a gas pipeline linking Turkmenistan to western China is another sign of rivalry among the major powers for domination of energy-rich Central Asia.
Obama officials drop “withdrawal” ruse
By Tom Eley and Barry Grey, 8 December 2009
Over the past week, Obama’s leading national security officials have dropped any pretense that the administration’s military escalation in Afghanistan is aimed at hastening a withdrawal of US troops, beginning in July 2011.
By Alex Lantier, 3 December 2009
In his December 1 speech at West Point announcing the deployment of 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama attempted to justify a major escalation of a deeply unpopular war on the basis of lies and distortions.
By Peter Symonds, 29 October 2009
An attack by Taliban fighters on a UN guesthouse in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has underscored the fragility of the US-led occupation in the lead-up to the second round of presidential elections on November 7.
By James Cogan, 15 October 2009
Two months after voting took place, matters are coming to a head. A decision has to be made over the fate of Washington’s puppet government in Kabul.
By James Cogan, 13 October 2009
The 100,000-strong US and NATO occupation force in Afghanistan is continuing to suffer casualties at an unprecedented rate.
By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2009
President Barack Obama will not consider any reduction in the US military commitment in Afghanistan, White House and congressional officials declared after a three-hour meeting at the White House on Tuesday.
By James Cogan, 8 September 2009
Amid further widespread evidence of fraud, the Afghan presidential election has become a political debacle for the US-led occupation.
By James Cogan, 24 August 2009
In the wake of last Thursday’s election in Afghanistan, the US establishment is proceeding with plans for a further expansion of the war.
By Patrick O’Connor, 21 August 2009
Yesterday’s presidential election in Afghanistan featured massive abstention and blatant ballot rigging, underscoring the corrupt character of the exercise.
By James Cogan, 13 August 2009
The stage has been set for the Obama administration to announce another major escalation of the war in Afghanistan, amid warnings that the Taliban insurgency has to be stemmed over the next 12 to 18 months to avoid the risk of a humiliating US defeat.
By James Cogan, 10 August 2009
It is widely acknowledged that the August 20 presidential election in Afghanistan will be characterised by vote-rigging and the bribing or intimidation of voters in the areas under US-NATO control.
By James Cogan, 8 August 2009
The American political establishment and the US media, along with Washington’s client government in Islamabad, are reveling in the reports that missiles launched from an unmanned US Predator drone on Wednesday killed Pakistani tribal leader Baitullah Mehsud.
One year since Russian-Georgian war
By Niall Green, 7 August 2009
On August 7 last year, long escalating tensions between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia erupted into full-scale war. One year on from the war, tensions between the two sides remain high.
By Stefan Steinberg and Barry Grey, 7 August 2009
In the face of mounting popular opposition to the slaughter in Afghanistan, the US and European governments are stepping up their intervention and making clear that the neo-colonial occupation is open-ended.
By James Cogan, 3 August 2009
A report issued late last month by the Human Rights Unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) sheds light on the rising number of innocent Afghan men, women and children who are being killed in order for the US and its allies to consolidate their neo-colonial occupation of the country.
By Niall Green, 31 July 2009
A recent spike in violence between Russian security forces and local militants indicates that Moscow has no plans to loosen its military grip in the North Caucasus.
By James Cogan, 22 July 2009
The number of US/NATO deaths in July has already reached 58—the highest monthly toll since the invasion in October 2001.
By David Walsh, 22 July 2009
Within the wider tragedy of the brutal US occupation of Afghanistan, the fate of Private Bowe Bergdahl has its own tragic dimension.
By Julie Hyland, 20 July 2009
A concerted campaign is underway to manufacture popular support for stepped-up British participation in the US-led surge in Afghanistan.
By Niall Green, 18 July 2009
Human rights activist Natalia Estemirova, a prominent critic of the pro-Kremlin government in Chechnya, was abducted and shot Wednesday while investigating alleged abuses by government-backed militias in the province.
By James Cogan, 14 July 2009
Less than six months after Barack Obama ordered 21,000 additional American soldiers to Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, the newly-appointed US commander, has launched a lobbying drive for more troops.
By Sinan Ikinci, 10 July 2009
The Turkish trade unions have played a crucial role in the decline in living standards experienced by workers during the past 15 years.
By Barry Grey, 9 July 2009
The United States fired multiple missiles from pilotless drones on Wednesday in two separate attacks on insurgents in Pakistan’s South Waziristan district, killing up to 60 people.
9 July 2009
A selection or recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on Iran, Afghanistan, and the “left.”
By Niall Green, 8 July 2009
The US-Russia summit marked an attempt to improve relations between the two countries, but did not resolve any of the fundamental differences between them.
By James Cogan, 7 July 2009
The first days of the offensive by US marines into the southern province of Helmand make clear it will result in a massive escalation in violence against the Afghan people.
By Marius Heuser, 6 July 2009
Over a half century after the Second World War, the German government is systematically working to condition the population to the role of the German army as a force for aggression.
By Peter Daniels, 6 July 2009
The June 30 crash of a Yemeni airliner in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa has focused attention on the issue of air safety, especially in poorer sections of the world.
By James Cogan, 4 July 2009
The Obama administration has ordered the marines into a brutal and potentially bloody offensive in the southern province of Helmand.
By James Cogan, 2 July 2009
Amid the chorus of denunciations in US and European ruling circles over the alleged theft of the Iranian elections, the Obama administration and its NATO allies are presiding over an election campaign in Afghanistan that is as corrupt as it is illegitimate.
By John Chan, 22 June 2009
Two summits in Yekaterinburg last week involving the emerging powers—Russia, China, Brazil and India—signal a shift in economic and strategic alignments under the impact of the global financial crisis.
By James Cogan, 11 June 2009
The Obama administration’s “surge” in Afghanistan is taking shape, with 10,000 marines completing the commencement of their deployment to the volatile province of Helmand over the next several weeks.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 May 2009
Amid mounting violence in Iraq and preparations for a major escalation of the US war in Afghanistan, the chief of staff of the US Army said that the military is preparing to continue its interventions in the two countries for at least another decade.
By John Chan, 26 May 2009
As the US war in Afghanistan and US-sponsored fighting in Pakistan intensify, Russia and China are stepping up military cooperation, announcing 25 joint manoeuvres this year.
By Sinan Ikinici, 20 May 2009
Despite platitudes from the Turkish government seeking to assure the population that a recovery is “around the corner,” unemployment has soared to its highest level ever.
By James Cogan, 19 May 2009
Information has surfaced this month that the Australian military has covered up the role of Special Air Service personnel in the killing and wounding of civilians in Afghanistan.
By Justus Leicht, 13 May 2009
Gunmen from a local “village guard” killed 44 people at a wedding party in the mainly Kurdish-populated region of Turkey on May 4.
By our correspondent, 24 April 2009
Turkish steel workers have demanded details of contract negotiations from the leadership of the Türk Metal trade union.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 April 2009
As the top US military commander predicted that the Obama administration’s troop buildup in Afghanistan will lead to a surge in violence, an air strike by US-led occupation forces once again left civilians dead and wounded.
By Sinan Ikinci, 18 March 2009
Unemployment in Turkey has risen to record levels, with many branches of industry in free-fall.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2009
US missiles killed at least 24 people in Pakistan’s northwest tribal area of Kurram Thursday evening. The American military attack came in the midst of an intense political crisis that is calling into question the Pakistani government’s stability.
By James Cogan, 11 March 2009
The desperation at the heart of the Obama administration’s plans for the escalation of the war in Afghanistan was laid bare in the interview that the president gave to the New York Times last Friday.
By Sinan Ikinci, 2 March 2009
Twelve years after the Turkish military last presented an ultimatum to the Islamist-dominated coalition government, there are growing discussions in Turkey of the dangers of a military coup.
By James Cogan, 27 February 2009
While alleged “terrorist suspects” will no longer be detained without trial and abused at Guantánamo, the Obama administration has given the green light for such outrages to continue unchecked at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
By Peter Symonds, 21 February 2009
The top US commander in Afghanistan, General David McKiernan, warned on Wednesday that the troop buildup announced this week was “not a temporary force uplift” but would have to be sustained for years.
By our correspondent, 18 February 2009
In a protest organised by the Turkish trade unions, some 40,000 people demonstrated in Istanbul February 15 against the AKP government. The unions themselves have lost membership and credibility.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 February 2009
The threatened closure of a key Pentagon supply base in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, with serious implications for the Obama administration’s planned escalation of the war in Afghanistan, has deepened tensions between Washington and Moscow.
As Vice President Biden warns of an “uptick” in casualties
By Patrick O’Connor, 26 January 2009
A US military raid in the eastern Afghanistan province of Laghman last Friday night resulted in the deaths of at least 16 civilians, including women and children, according to local residents.
By James Cogan, 26 January 2009
The commander of US forces in Central Asia, General David Petraeus, has announced an agreement with the Russian government for the transit of “non-military” supplies through its territory to the US and NATO occupation forces in Afghanistan.
By Carol Divjak, 21 January 2009
China has used attacks on Chinese ships by pirates off the coast of Somalia, and the authorisation by the UN Security Council to fight piracy, to launch itself as a blue water naval force on the international scene.
By James Cogan, 13 December 2008
The US military in Afghanistan is preparing for an influx of tens of thousands more American troops during the first months of the Obama presidency.
By James Cogan, 10 December 2008
Australian special forces are being used as little more than death squads in the US-led occupation of Afghanistan.
By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2008
Missiles launched from an unmanned US drone killed at least five people on Wednesday in the Pakistani village of Indi Khel. The attack is the first outside the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) that border Afghanistan.
By John Chan, 28 October 2008
A wave of protests by laid-off workers is a sign of what is to come as the global recession hits China.
By John Chan, 23 October 2008
As American and European governments outlined bailouts of their failing banks to the tune of $US2.8 trillion, it is obvious that none of them have sufficient cash.