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Turkey and Western powers escalate war rhetoric in response to Istanbul attack

By Thomas Gaist, 13 January 2016

Tuesday’s suicide attack in the heart of Istanbul has provoked an outburst of war threats and moralizing from the Turkish and NATO elites.

Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy against Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 12 January 2016

Around 46 Palestinians have been killed during demonstrations and clashes with the security forces by a single shot to the head or chest.

US-armed Saudi coalition cancels ceasefire, renews military onslaught in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 6 January 2016

The US government has helped coordinate the Saudi-led war against Yemen, which has already killed thousands of civilians and reduced large sections of the population to starvation.

US threatens new sanctions on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 4 January 2016

Washington’s threat is particularly provocative as it came just days after Tehran fulfilled a key aspect of last July’s nuclear deal—to ship its enriched uranium to Russia.

US-backed Iraqi forces recapture Ramadi from ISIS

By James Cogan, 29 December 2015

Amidst boasting by Iraqi Prime Minister of the “liberation” of Ramadi, even the sanitised media footage shows scenes of utter devastation.

US air strike kills 12 Iraqi civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2015

The latest death toll from the US bombing campaign came as Iraqi troops and militias entered the ISIS-held city of Ramadi.

Canadian Special Forces battle ISIS militants as calls grow for expanded war

By Roger Jordan, 21 December 2015

Canada’s media is becoming increasingly shrill in its demand that Trudeau renege on his election pledge to recall Canada’s fighter jets from the Iraq-Syria war.

UN resolution papers over deep divisions on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2015

The resolution adopted Friday left open the future of Assad and the distinction between opposition and terrorist groups.

Obama vows expanded war in Syria

By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2015

In remarks at the Pentagon, President Obama sought to counter his critics within the political establishment by vowing to escalate US military operations in Syria.

Syria claims US airstrikes targeted government forces

By Thomas Gaist, 8 December 2015

Reports of the first direct US strikes against Syrian government forces come as hundreds of Turkish forces massed in Iraq in defiance of Baghdad’s call for their withdrawal.

The new imperialist carve-up of the Middle East

By Joseph Kishore, 7 December 2015

The reasons presented to the public for the rapid escalation of war in Syria have little to do with the strategic discussions taking place in top ranks of the military and the intelligence agencies.

Israel: Netanyahu capitalises on Paris bombings

By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2015

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is using the terrorist attacks in Paris to ramp up tensions in pursuit of Israel’s geostrategic interests.

Turkey after the elections

By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2015

Erdoğan’s AKP government is a regime of crisis. The wars carried out by the US and its imperialist allies have shattered the social and political structures of the entire region.

Israel: Racist mob lynches migrant as violence intensifies

By Jean Shaoul, 21 October 2015

Ultra-nationalist Jewish politicians have encouraged the mobilisation of vigilante groups and fascistic mobs that go on the rampage while the police stand and watch.

Obama backs Israeli crackdown in Jerusalem

By Patrick Martin, 17 October 2015

Israeli security forces have killed 37 Palestinians since October 1, mostly teenage youth shot down for throwing rocks at Israeli police and soldiers.

Unifor demands NDP keep silent on Canada-Saudi Arabia arms deal

By Carl Bronski, 13 October 2015

The opposition parties’ unwillingness to attack the government over the Saudi arms deal demonstrates their fear of raising any issue which could endanger Canada’s alliance with the US.

Israeli forces step up repression in Jerusalem, West Bank

By Jean Shaoul, 10 October 2015

Nearly 2,000 Palestinians have been wounded in dozens of violent clashes with Israeli troops, police and settlers over the past week.

Obama-Putin meeting highlights crisis of US policy in Syria

By Barry Grey, 30 September 2015

The twists and turns of US policy reflect massive contradictions in Washington’s Middle East agenda and fierce divisions within the foreign policy and military-intelligence establishment.

Poll shows 81 percent of Syrians believe US created ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2015

Half of those surveyed oppose US airstrikes, and only 21 percent believe their lives are better now than before the Western-orchestrated civil war in Syria.

In wake of bloody factory bombing

Saudi Arabia and UAE prepare for major US-backed ground offensive in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 1 September 2015

Five months of airstrikes, facilitated by US military intelligence and logistical support, have been supplemented by a growing ground invasion by Saudi and UAE military forces.

Mass protests against failing infrastructure shake Lebanon

By Jean Shaoul, 1 September 2015

Protests demanding the treatment of uncollected trash also express opposition to Lebanon’s endemic corruption and its sectarian system of government.

Yemen faces humanitarian crisis as US-backed assault continues

By Niles Williamson, 20 August 2015

Reports released this week document the devastating impact of the Saudi-led onslaught on Yemen, which has killed hundreds of children and limited access to food, water and medicine.

New York Times uses rape allegations to promote a wider war in the Middle East

By Barry Grey, 15 August 2015

Rape was not a serious problem before Washington intervened to occupy Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein, overthrow and murder Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and ignite a sectarian civil war in Syria.

Turkish government steps up repression of political opponents

By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 12 August 2015

Police have violently broken up peaceful antiwar demonstrations, and the government has blocked more than 90 news websites.

Abadi announces reforms aimed at “decentralization” of Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 11 August 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi’s political reforms are based on a strategy worked out in coordination with the Obama administration during the opening months of 2015.

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Over 450 civilians killed by US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria

By Will Morrow, 5 August 2015

The real death toll is undoubtedly far higher, because the US and its allies cover up all evidence of civilian deaths.

Clashes erupt on West Bank after child is murdered by Zionist settlers

By Thomas Gaist, 1 August 2015

Friday’s arson attack bears the hallmarks of previous atrocities committed by religious nationalist forces.

The Iran nuclear pact and US imperialism’s drive for global hegemony

By Keith Jones, 21 July 2015

Obama’s “engagement” with Iran is a strategic bet that through a combination of pressure and inducements US imperialism will be able to harness Tehran to its predatory agenda.

UK defence secretary admits flouting parliamentary ban on military involvement in Syrian war

By Chris Marsden, 21 July 2015

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon used the parliamentary debate to propagandize for war.

UN Security Council approves pact on Iranian nuclear programs

By Peter Symonds, 21 July 2015

Despite the UN vote, the nuclear pact still faces concerted opposition in the US Congress and political establishment.

Iran signals closer collaboration with West

By Peter Symonds, 18 July 2015

While hardliners have expressed some opposition to this week’s nuclear agreement, significant layers of business are already positioning themselves for the lifting of sanctions.

Obama at the Pentagon: No end to ISIS war

By Thomas Gaist, 7 July 2015

Flanked by a phalanx of military officials and commanders, Obama outlined a perspective of endless war in Iraq, Syria and beyond.

Canada’s participation in US military-strategic offensives grows

By Roger Jordan, 7 July 2015

Ottawa is integrating Canada ever more fully into Washington’s main military-strategic offensives against Russia, China and the Middle East.

Egyptian air force bombs Sinai after heavy clashes with ISIS affiliate

By Thomas Gaist, 3 July 2015

The strikes left at least 23 dead, one day after heavy fighting in the peninsula between government troops and Islamist forces killed some 120 people.

Turkey, Jordan discuss moves to seize territory in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 1 July 2015

Turkish and Jordanian military forces are on the brink of intervening in Syria to establish occupation zones in the northern and southern areas of the country.

Iran nuclear talks to go past June 30 deadline

By Keith Jones, 29 June 2015

The US is threatening to walk away from the talks unless Tehran capitulates to its demands for further sweeping concessions.

UN report details Israeli war crimes in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 24 June 2015

The UN commission recognised that the death and destruction carried out by Israel last year followed the atrocities of previous wars on Gaza and Lebanon.

As cease-fire talks in Geneva collapse

Renewed Saudi-led bombardment kills, wounds dozens of Yemeni civilians

By Thomas Gaist, 22 June 2015

Saudi and Gulf forces pounded targets across Yemen over the weekend after negotiations between Saudi and Houthi leaders ended without any deal on Friday.

The US arming of ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 3 June 2015

Underlying the massive rearmament of ISIS forces with captured US weapons are the contradictory and vastly destructive policies pursued by US imperialism.

Pentagon chief hints at shift in US policy in war with ISIS

By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2015

In an interview with CNN, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the ISIS victory at Ramadi showed that Iraqi government forces did not have the “will to fight.”

The fall of Ramadi and the criminality of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2015

The threat of both a sectarian bloodbath and region-wide war is the byproduct of Washington’s predatory interventions in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabian monarchy calls for more executioners

By Niles Williamson, 20 May 2015

The US-backed kingdom is in desperate need of swordsmen as it is on pace to more than double the number of beheadings carried out last year.

Yemen war rages on through first day of humanitarian “cease-fire”

By Thomas Gaist, 14 May 2015

From the beginning, the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen has been backed by the United States, which is determined to retain control over the geostrategically critical country.

Soldiers reveal Israeli war crimes in 2014 Gaza assault

By Jean Shaoul, 14 May 2015

A recent report alleges that the Israel Defence Force reduced whole neighbourhoods to rubble for no clear operational reason, just to “demonstrate presence in the area.”

The bin Laden assassination and the lies of the “war on terror”

By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2015

The latest exposure by Seymour Hersh dismantles the official story of the assassination of Osama bin Laden, exposing systematic lying by the US government and the media.

War in the Middle East, imperialism and the lessons of the Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 9 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Johannes Stern, leading member of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in Germany, to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
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Netanyahu forms far-right coalition government in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 8 May 2015

Netanyahu’s maneuvers leaves him in charge of a fractious cabinet and subject to blackmailing by his partners in pursuit of their own interests.

Record number of internally displaced people globally in 2014

By Niles Williamson, 7 May 2015

A record 38 million people were displaced within the borders of their own country by ongoing conflicts through the end of 2014.

US-Al Qaeda offensive against Syrian regime

By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2015

An alliance of anti-Assad rebels, led by the al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda, is armed with US-supplied TOW anti-tank missiles.

Australian government to share intelligence with Iranian regime

By Peter Symonds, 24 April 2015

The foreign minister’s mission in Tehran was to feel out the possibilities for Washington for greater collaboration with Iran in securing US interests in the Middle East.

White House and Congress reach deal over Iran nuclear talks

By Thomas Gaist, 17 April 2015

The Obama administration signaled approval Tuesday for legislation that would give Congress a role in the event that a deal is reached on Iran’s nuclear program.

Report documents carnage of US drone war in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 17 April 2015

A report released this week documents nine separate instances in which workers, merchants, pregnant women and children were either killed or wounded by American airstrikes.

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Iranian regime cautiously embraces international nuclear deal

By Peter Symonds, 10 April 2015

Public criticism has been largely limited to the terms of the agreement, with no prominent figure calling for an end to the talks.

NDP opposes Canada’s role in Mideast war on tactical grounds

By Roger Jordan, 10 April 2015

The debate over Canada’s participation in the US-led war in the Middle East has once again demonstrated that the New Democrats are a pro-imperialist party.

Obama defends Iran nuclear pact as Pentagon prepares for war

By Bill Van Auken, 7 April 2015

The Pentagon tested a new “bunker-buster” bomb, the most destructive non-nuclear weapon it has, to ensure Washington is “able to provide military options for Iran.”

Iran nuclear deal: US prepares for new wars

By Peter Symonds, 6 April 2015

The agreement with Iran does not represent a US turn towards peace, but is aimed at buttressing Washington’s position as it plans for war with Russia and China.

Political crisis in Pakistan as Saudi Arabia demands it join war against Yemen

By Sampath Perera, 6 April 2015

Islamabad fears its participation in the US-backed war will intensify conflicts with its neighbor Iran while fueling sectarian tensions within the country.

Iran makes sweeping concessions to US in nuclear “framework” deal

By Keith Jones, 3 April 2015

Obama touted the agreement as a diplomatic coup for the US, while boasting that Iran has been brought to heel by the “toughest sanctions in history.”

Dozens of refugees killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 31 March 2015

Now in its sixth day, the Saudi-led, US-backed assault claimed the lives of at least forty people at a refugee camp in northern Yemen on Monday.

The war in Yemen and the American drive for global domination

By Niles Williamson, 28 March 2015

The United States is backing the Saudi-led assault in Yemen as part of a wider drive to dominate the Middle East, Eurasia and, ultimately, the entire world by means of military violence.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt prepare US-backed invasion of Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 27 March 2015

The State Department announced US “intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support” for the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen.

Israeli settlers, soldiers attack Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Nablus

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2015

The attacks signal a new offensive by settlers encouraged by the election victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition.

Right-wing Israeli parties begin talks on coalition

By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to head his fourth coalition government committed to the expansion of illegal settlements on the West Bank.

US intensifies pressure on Iran at nuclear talks

By Peter Symonds, 16 March 2015

US Secretary of State Kerry has made clear that the US will walk away from the negotiating table if Iran does not meet its demands.

With Senate letter, tensions mount over US policy toward Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 12 March 2015

The extraordinary intervention of Senate Republicans to derail any nuclear treaty with Iran is symptomatic of deep divisions within the US government.

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Obama administration bows to Israel on eve of speech by Netanyahu

By Bill Van Auken, 3 March 2015

The Israeli prime minister has organized a speech to the US Congress behind the back of the White House in a bid to scuttle a nuclear deal with Iran.

US-Iran negotiations inch toward a nuclear agreement

By Peter Symonds, 26 February 2015

The prospect of a deal has fuelled considerable tension between the US and its allies in the Middle East, particularly Israel.

In leaked recording, Egyptian minister calls for machine-gunning protesters

By Thomas Gaist, 25 February 2015

Mass protests could leave the US-backed Sisi dictatorship "helpless" unless they were crushed, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim warned subordinates last year.

UN survey documents Israeli war crimes in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 18 February 2015

Israel’s war on Gaza last summer killed at least 2,205 Palestinians, including 540 children, according to UN estimates.

US threatens military intervention as UN warns of “disintegration” in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 14 February 2015

Comments from the top UN official and US politicians suggest that escalated military intervention in Yemen is imminent.

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US closes diplomatic facilities in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 12 February 2015

US Special Forces operations and drone strikes will continue despite the closure of the American embassy, according to statements from the Pentagon.

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Israel threatens war following clashes with Hezbollah

By Thomas Gaist, 29 January 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that the world should “look at what happened in the Gaza Strip” as a model for what Israel plans in Lebanon and Syria.

Imperialist mourning for King Abdullah

By Patrick Martin, 26 January 2015

The close collaboration between Washington and the Saudi regime speaks volumes about the nature of American intervention in the Middle East.

On the fourth anniversary of 2011 uprising

At least 18 dead as Egyptian military regime violently represses demonstrations

By Thomas Gaist, 26 January 2015

At least 18 protestors were killed by security forces during mass demonstrations marking the anniversary of protests that led to the downfall of the Mubarak regime.

Yemeni president resigns as Houthi insurgents consolidate control over capital

By Thomas Gaist, 23 January 2015

Hadi’s resignation marks a major defeat for US-Saudi efforts to counter the accelerating breakdown of Yemen’s political order.

Israeli strike in Syria threatens wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2015

Israeli troops and anti-missile batteries have been rushed to the country’s northern border in the wake of Sunday’s assassination strike.

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Yemen moving towards civil war

By Jean Shaoul, 12 January 2015

Escalating protests and attacks are largely the outcome of the intervention of the American and Saudi governments

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Palestinian Authority signs up to International Criminal Court

By Jean Shaoul, 3 January 2015

The move by Abbas and his Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, backed by the Arab regimes, is a last-ditch attempt to preserve their credibility.

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US blocked negotiations for hostages killed in Yemen raid

By Niles Williamson, 13 December 2014

The US government stymied attempts to ransom British-American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, who were both killed last weekend.

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Israeli prime minister Netanyahu calls March 2015 general election

By Jean Shaoul, 8 December 2014

Netanyahu called the general election for March 17, appealing for the support of ultra-nationalist and religious parties.

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Mine disaster deepens crisis of Turkish government

By Isaac Finn, 30 October 2014

The mining disaster in Turkey led to the cancellation of celebrations of a national holiday.

Turkish government seeks new police state powers

By Jean Shaoul, 21 October 2014

According to Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, the Homeland Security Reform Bill would “give the upper hand to the police” and “more space to resort to new tools and measures.”

US-backed militias commit war crimes in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 16 October 2014

Shia militias, among the only ground forces to make advances against ISIS, have carried out a deadly campaign of sectarian violence against Sunnis.

Obama meets anti-ISIS “coalition” amid rising US-Turkish tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 15 October 2014

The meeting at Andrews Air Force Base could not mask the deepening divisions over the strategy guiding the US-led war in Iraq and Syria.

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Turkey’s role in ISIS conflict threatens to reignite civil war

By Jean Shaoul, 9 October 2014

Ankara is determined that anti-ISIS operations do not strengthen Kurdish forces in either Syria or Turkey itself.

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US plans massive military escalation in Syria and Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 29 September 2014

Statements from top US officials are part of a carefully orchestrated campaign to prepare public opinion for full-scale war in the Middle East.

French government exploits Islamist murder of Hervé Gourdel to expand Iraq war

By Pierre Mabut, 29 September 2014

The Islamist forces that murdered Gourdel benefited from the support of France and its allies amid the imperialist powers' proxy wars in Libya and Syria.