Perspectives

The escalation of global financial parasitism

By Nick Beams, 25 May 2015

The rise in stock markets expresses not the health, but rather the deepening sickness, of the global economic order.

European Union’s “migrant mission”: War plans in a humanitarian cloak

By Robert Stevens, 23 May 2015

The European Union is rapidly moving to further subordinate and plunder former imperialist colonies, under the guise of “solving the refugee problem.”

Why aren’t the banksters in prison?

By Andre Damon, 22 May 2015

Behind the threadbare trappings of democracy, America increasingly resembles an aristocratic society.

Britain’s anti-terror law and the global assault on democratic rights

By Jordan Shilton, 21 May 2015

There is no serious opposition within the ruling elite internationally to the abandonment of democratic procedures and implementation of police state measures.

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.

Obama’s paramilitary police

By Andre Damon, 19 May 2015

US President Obama reaffirmed his support Monday for the federal programs that have transferred billions of dollars in military hardware to local police departments.

Is the US planning a “Gulf of Tonkin” incident in the South China Sea?

By Peter Symonds, 18 May 2015

No one should be surprised by a new US provocation suddenly emerging to try to stampede public opinion behind military operations against China.

The Amtrak disaster and America’s crumbling infrastructure

By Andre Damon, 16 May 2015

Tuesday’s derailment of an Amtrak train on America’s busiest rail route has exposed before the whole world the dilapidated state of infrastructure in the United States.

The growing danger of a US war against China

By James Cogan, 15 May 2015

Every country in the region, to one degree or another, is embroiled in the war danger.

The worldwide persecution of refugees

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2015

From Europe, to Asia, to the Americas, the world is witnessing growing numbers of refugees and a wave of state violence directed at denying them their fundamental democratic rights.

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.

The Baltimore upheaval: On race and class in America

By Jerry White, 12 May 2015

The relentless fixation on race is aimed at preventing any serious examination of the deep class divisions in American society, which are at the root of police violence.

The death of British Labourism

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 11 May 2015

Workers have deserted the Labour Party because they view it as a Conservative Party Mark Two, with almost one-third of the electorate seeing no point in voting at all.

Seventy years since the defeat of Hitler’s Third Reich

By Fred Williams, 9 May 2015

The boycott of the May 9 celebrations in Moscow by the US and Germany is bound up with their alliance with fascistic forces and their virulently anti-Russian foreign policy.

Kerry in Riyadh: A meeting of war criminals

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2015

The visit by Kerry underscored Washington’s reliance on the most tyrannical and blood-soaked regimes to pursue its predatory interests in the region.

Britain’s general election: The need for a socialist alternative

By Socialist Equality Party (Britain), 7 May 2015

The Socialist Equality Party and its candidates, Katie Rhodes in Glasgow Central and David O’Sullivan in Holborn & St. Pancras, offer the only genuine alternative for workers and young people.

Massive payout for US hedge fund chiefs in 2014

By Andre Damon, 6 May 2015

On average, the 25 top-earning hedge fund managers last year took home $400 million, or more than 10,000 times the median household income in the United States.

The 2015 May Day Online Rally and the fight against imperialist war

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 5 May 2015

The rally provided a comprehensive analysis of the causes of war and outlined a political program for a renewed anti-imperialist and socialist movement of the international working class.

Socialism and the struggle against war

By David North, 4 May 2015

This perspective is the text of the speech delivered by David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board, to open the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
Link to audio

Parasitism, plutocracy and economic depression

By Andre Damon, 2 May 2015

The ongoing global economic slump is inseparable from the parasitic activities of the financial oligarchy, aided and abetted by the state.

Capitalism, the working class and the fight against police violence

By Joseph Kishore, 1 May 2015

The military-police mobilization in Baltimore, Maryland has laid bare the class divide in America and the bankruptcy of the entire political system.

US Congress applauds Japan’s militarist prime minister

By Peter Symonds, 30 April 2015

Abe’s address to the US Congress was pitched at cementing US-Japanese military collaboration in Asia against an unstated enemy—China.

The social eruption in Baltimore, Maryland

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 29 April 2015

The eruption of mass anger in Baltimore, Maryland over the police murder of Freddie Gray, and the subsequent military-police takeover of the city have revealed the reality of social life in America.

Australia’s Anzac celebrations and the fight against war

By Nick Beams, 28 April 2015

The meetings of the SEP (Australia), held in the teeth of an official campaign to glorify militarism and attempts to prevent them from taking place, gave conscious political expression to opposition to war and attacks on democratic rights.

Bureaucratized murder and the “war on terror”

By Joseph Kishore, 27 April 2015

An article that appeared in the New York Times on Sunday describes a drone assassination program that has become bureaucratized and institutionalized and enjoys the support of the entire political establishment.

Obama’s drone warfare: Assassination made routine

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2015

President Obama’s admission that CIA drone missiles killed two hostages held by Al Qaeda has evoked no significant questioning of the program of targeted killings.

The police murder in Baltimore

By Andre Damon, 24 April 2015

The horrific police murder of Freddie Gray encapsulates the brutal and exploitative character of social relations in America.

The refugee crisis and the new “scramble for Africa”

By Johannes Stern, 23 April 2015

The European powers are seizing on the mass drownings in the Mediterranean to further their plans for the recolonization of Africa.

The political censorship of the SEP (Australia) and the fight against war

By Nick Beams, 22 April 2015

The attempt to block the SEP meeting shows the fear in ruling circles of mass anti-war sentiment being provided with a socialist and revolutionary political program.

Workers must mobilize to stop water shutoffs in Detroit!

By Jerry White, 21 April 2015

Detroit officials are getting ready to cut off water to as many as 73,000 households.

Mass drownings in the Mediterranean: A crime of imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2015

The horrific death toll in the Mediterranean Sea is a direct consequence of the militaristic policies of the US government, backed by its European allies, in the Middle East and Africa.

Economic stagnation, financial parasitism dominate IMF-World Bank meeting

By Nick Beams and Barry Grey, 18 April 2015

Official reports prepared by the International Monetary Fund show that the global economy is not on the cusp of a recovery, but moving deeper into crisis.

A historic attack on Medicare

By Kate Randall, 17 April 2015

The new Medicare bill, which takes aim at health care for seniors, has been hatched as a conspiracy behind the backs of the American people.

Blackwater and the crimes of US imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2015

This week’s sentencing of four Blackwater mercenaries for the murder of 17 Iraqis only begs the question: Why have no top US officials been held accountable for the deaths of hundreds of thousands?

Oppose the political censorship of the SEP (Australia)

By James Cogan, 15 April 2015

Everything indicates that discussions have taken place, at far higher levels of the political establishment than the Burwood Council, to ban the SEP’s anti-war meeting.

Obama and Castro at the OAS summit

By Bill Van Auken, 14 April 2015

The Cuban leader praised Obama for his “humility” and “honesty,” while exonerating him for all the crimes of US imperialism.

No to imperialist war! Join the 2015 International May Day Online Rally!

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 13 April 2015

Not since 1939, on the eve of World War II, has the danger of world war been so immediate, nor a mass movement of the working class against imperialism so necessary.

US presidential campaign begins: A travesty of democracy

By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2015

Both Hillary Clinton and her Republican rivals are seeking the support of the billionaire financiers who will determine the course of the 2016 campaign.

Obama’s criminal war against Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2015

Washington is arming and directing a war by Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf monarchies against the poorest country in the Middle East.

Police murder in South Carolina

By Joseph Kishore, 9 April 2015

A video released Tuesday shows police officer Michael Slager shooting unarmed Walter Scott in the back—the latest in an unending series of police murders in the US.

Syriza discusses the need for state repression

By Chris Marsden, 8 April 2015

Behind the smokescreen provided by its apologists, Syriza is making its preparations for the time when rhetoric will no longer suffice to cover for its imposition of austerity.

The political issues in the Chicago mayoral election

By Kristina Betinis and Patrick Martin, 7 April 2015

The phony “populist” campaign of “Chuy” Garcia has been mounted, under conditions of mass disaffection from the two-party system, to head off the emergence of a politically independent movement of the working class.

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.

“Religious freedom” and the assault on democratic rights in America

By Eric London, 4 April 2015

The attack on anti-discrimination laws is part of a drive to erode gains made through the social struggles of the working class, including the fight against segregation.

The Atlanta “cheating” case and the crisis of public education in the US

By Jerry White, 3 April 2015

The conviction of Atlanta educators on “racketeering” charges takes place in a country where bankers and other corporate criminals ravage the lives of tens of millions with impunity.

Washington’s “human rights” imperialism exposed

By Joseph Kishore, 2 April 2015

With increasing brazenness, the United States functions as the spearhead of militarism and reaction all over the world.

A decisive turning point in the crisis of American imperialism

By Nick Beams, 1 April 2015

The decision by some 40 countries to sign up for the China-backed Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank is a critical marker in the economic decline of American imperialism.

Twelve years after Iraq invasion

Middle East engulfed by war

By Bill Van Auken, 31 March 2015

With the entire region engulfed by war, Washington’s pursuit of seemingly contradictory policies in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere has provoked charges of “strategic incoherence.”

The vendetta against Bowe Bergdahl

By Patrick Martin, 30 March 2015

The purpose of the Pentagon’s charges against the former POW is to intimidate soldiers who, like Bergdahl, turn against the savagery of the US wars in the Middle East and Central Asia.

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.

John Bolton’s call for war on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 27 March 2015

The psychotic militarism of the Bush administration’s ambassador to the UN is seen by the political establishment as a legitimate approach to US foreign policy.

The firing squad returns to America

By Barry Grey, 26 March 2015

The revival of execution methods most people had long considered relics of a more barbaric past exposes the real state of class relations in America.

Growing warnings of another financial disaster

By Nick Beams, 25 March 2015

There are an increasing number of warnings that financial markets could be headed for a “liquidity crunch” if major players head for the exits at the same time.

Behind the tensions between Obama and Netanyahu

By Bill Van Auken, 24 March 2015

With his explicit rejection of the so-called “two-state solution,” the Israeli prime minister exposed the fraud of US policy, cutting across Washington’s interests in the region.

Detroit’s water shutoffs and the aristocratic principle

By Andre Damon, 23 March 2015

In few places anywhere on the globe is the systematized, ruthless cruelty of the ruling class—facilitated by all factions of the political establishment—so flagrantly on display as in Detroit.

Bellum Americanum: US imperialism’s delusions of world conquest

By Joseph Kishore, 21 March 2015

There is near-universal agreement among Democrats and Republicans in Washington to substantially increase funding for the already gargantuan Pentagon war machine.

Capital punishment and the brutality of class rule in America

By Kate Randall, 20 March 2015

The political establishment’s continued support for state-sanctioned killing reflects the barbaric and exploitative character of social relations in the United States.

The conflict over the China-backed Asian investment bank

By Nick Beams, 19 March 2015

The British decision to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has opened the way for other European powers to sign up, despite intense opposition from the US.

Brazil’s right-wing protests: A warning to the working class

By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2015

If right-wing forces can once again openly agitate for a military coup, it is thanks to the reactionary role of the PT and the various pseudo-left groups that have sought to promote illusions in this capitalist party.

The oil workers’ strike and the return of the class struggle in the US

By Jerry White, 17 March 2015

The oil refinery strike has pitted 30,000 workers against some of the richest and most politically connected corporations in the world.

America’s “dirty brigades” in Iraq

By Niles Williamson, 16 March 2015

The atrocities committed by American-backed units in Iraq, including beheadings and the desecration of corpses, expose the hypocritical claims that the war against ISIS is being waged in defense of human rights.

US ramps up anti-China “pivot to Asia”

By Peter Symonds, 14 March 2015

The US maritime strategic document released yesterday is a recipe for intensifying tensions in Asia and compounding the danger of war with China.

US presidential election season begins

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2015

The United States is entering a 2016 presidential election campaign that demonstrates the narrow basis of the two-party system and the oligarchical character of American society.

The paramilitary occupation of America

By Joseph Kishore, 12 March 2015

The regularity of police murders in the United States has reached the point where it is appropriate to speak of the victims as casualties in a war against the country’s poor and working people.

Greece and the dictatorship of finance capital

By Nick Beams, 11 March 2015

Remarks on the Greek debt crisis by the head of the Belgian central bank, Luc Coene, expose the fictions of parliamentary democracy.

Police killings and the collapse of democracy in America

By Andre Damon, 10 March 2015

In working-class communities across the United States, police brutalize and kill with impunity, demonstrated once again in the killing of Anthony Robinson in Madison, Wisconsin.

Selma and the legacy of the US civil rights movement

By Fred Mazelis and Joseph Kishore, 9 March 2015

Obama’s commemoration of “Bloody Sunday” was a political farce aimed at sanctifying a corrupt apparatus with the blood of those who made great sacrifices as part of the civil rights movement.

The Justice Department report on Ferguson police: An indictment of American capitalism

By Andre Damon, 7 March 2015

The report documents systematic and wanton brutality, violence and outright criminality on the part of police in Ferguson, Missouri.

Washington stokes Middle East bloodbath

By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2015

The top US commander has said that US troops may invade Syria to fight alongside Islamist militias, even as they are waging war against similar forces across the border in Iraq.

Defend the US oil workers!

By Jerry White, 5 March 2015

Encouraged by the treachery of the United Steelworkers union, global oil giant Shell has announced that it will train strikebreakers to resume full production at its Texas and Louisiana plants.

The police killing in Los Angeles

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 4 March 2015

Police killings are only the most visible expression of the brutality of social relations in the United States.

Murder in Moscow: Why was Boris Nemtsov assassinated?

By David North, 3 March 2015

The assassination of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov arises out of the US-Russia confrontation and the struggle now underway within the Russian state.

Wisconsin Governor Walker, American workers and terrorism

By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2015

The Wisconsin governor has repeatedly said that the struggle against the working class at home is a critical component of Washington’s militarist policy abroad.

“Jihadi John,” imperialism and ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 28 February 2015

Not only did Britain’s security service MI5 carefully track the movements of “Jihadi John,” it carried out an active campaign to recruit him as an informant and covert agent.

Chicago’s Abu Ghraib

By Andre Damon, 27 February 2015

The Guardian newspaper has revealed the existence of a “black site” on the West Side of Chicago, where police detain, beat and torture prisoners.

Pentagon provocation on Russia’s border

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2015

As US armored vehicles paraded within sight of the Russian border, a senior American commander stressed that Washington has nuclear weapons at the ready to prosecute its conflict with Moscow.

The US oil strike and the international struggles of the working class

By Jerry White, 25 February 2015

The struggles of oil and dockworkers in the US and strikes by German and Australian rail workers point to the need for an international strategy for the working class.

US slaughter in Afghanistan rages on

By Bill Van Auken, 24 February 2015

The escalation of a war declared less than two months ago to have reached “a responsible conclusion” is part of the global eruption of US militarism.

The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 23 February 2015

It has taken less than one month for the Syriza government in Greece to repudiate its anti-austerity election program and betray, totally and utterly, the impoverished working people whose votes placed it in power.

Guantanamo in America

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2015

A report in the Guardian has revealed that a leading interrogator at Guantanamo Bay had used torture to extract false confessions as a police detective in Chicago.

Obama’s terror summit: An exercise in hypocrisy, falsification and self-delusion

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2015

With all the talk about confronting the “root causes” of terrorism, not a word was spoken about the chain of catastrophes unleashed by US imperialism over the past decade.

Japanese prime minister pushes to end constitutional limits on the military

By Peter Symonds, 19 February 2015

The Japanese ruling class increasingly views the post-war constitution as an intolerable impediment to pursuing its imperialist ambitions in Asia and internationally.

European Union gives no quarter in war against Greek workers

By Christoph Dreier and Barry Grey, 18 February 2015

The ruling class has taken the measure of Syriza, viewing it not as the representative of insurgent masses, but as a supplicant speaking for failing Greek capitalists.

US imperialism and the catastrophe in Libya

By Joseph Kishore, 17 February 2015

The disaster in Libya and throughout the Middle East and North Africa arises from the criminal operations of the United States and the other imperialist powers.

The human rights disaster in America

By Andre Damon, 16 February 2015

The government’s human rights rhetoric is not only at odds with American imperialist foreign policy, it is belied by the reality of life within the United States itself.

The drive to dismantle pensions in the United States

By Andre Damon, 14 February 2015

The attack on pensions is proceeding with complete disregard for the law, riding roughshod over state constitutional provisions protecting benefits that employees have earned over decades of toil.

The Minsk truce: A hiatus in an escalating war

By Peter Schwarz, 13 February 2015

The Minsk agreement between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine only came about because the regime in Kiev has its back to the wall and urgently needs a respite.

Obama administration seeks blank check for perpetual war

By Joseph Kishore, 12 February 2015

The Authorization for Use of Military Force presented to Congress by the White House yesterday aims to establish a new legal framework for war throughout the Middle East and beyond.

The danger of escalation in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 11 February 2015

No one is stating clearly the cost in lives that a broader conflict between NATO and Russia over Ukraine might be.

The political significance of the US oil workers’ strike

By Jerry White, 10 February 2015

The strike is a harbinger of a renewal of open class struggle in the United States with far-reaching implications in the US and internationally.

US presses for military action against Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 9 February 2015

The United States is ratcheting up pressure for military escalation in Ukraine, and thus risking a war with Russia.

Europe on the brink of war

By Alex Lantier, 7 February 2015

“Unfortunately, war with Russia is conceivable,” former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung at the Munich Security Conference.

Saudi Arabia, 9/11 and the “war on terror”

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2015

Sworn testimony and affidavits filed in federal court shed light on the role of the Saudi monarchy in the 9/11 attacks, long covered up by the US military/intelligence apparatus.

Imperialist hypocrisy over ISIS execution

By Barry Grey, 5 February 2015

Prior to the 2003 US invasion, there was no Al Qaeda in Iraq. The organization, the forerunner of ISIS, arose on the ruins of Iraqi society at the hands of US imperialism.

The Obama budget: A populist fig leaf for militarism and reaction

By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2015

The budget document released Monday is another attempt by President Obama to disguise his program of war and austerity with populist phrases.

The US arming of Ukraine and the danger of World War III

By Alex Lantier, 3 February 2015

US plans to spend billions of dollars to equip the far-right Kiev regime with offensive weapons threaten to unleash ethnic massacres in eastern Ukraine and full-scale war between NATO and Russia.

The beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto

By Peter Symonds, 2 February 2015

The execution of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto is a criminal act, which plays into the hands of Japan's ever-more aggressive militarist agenda. The Abe government immediately seized on the killing to justify its agenda of militarism and war.

Police murders and the criminalization of protest in America

By Andre Damon, 31 January 2015

The official response to protests across the US against police murders has been repression, the whitewashing of killer cops, and the linking of political opposition to terrorism.

The class character of Syriza revealed

By Robert Stevens, 30 January 2015

The bourgeois character of the new Greek government is exposed first of all in Syriza’s political alliance with the Independent Greeks, a right-wing nationalist party.

Mexican government rushes to close case of disappeared students

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2015

Peña Nieto told Mexicans to get over the fate of the 43 students so he can move ahead with a “reform” agenda backed by Washington.