Perspectives

The Oaxaca massacre and the eruption of class struggle in Mexico

By Neil Hardt, 25 June 2016

The resurgence of class struggle expressed in the protests of Mexican teachers is part of a growing radicalization of workers internationally.

State Department Syria memo: Setting the stage for war with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 24 June 2016

The frustration expressed by the 51 State Department signatories is with the failure not just of Obama’s Syria policy, but of US imperialism’s entire Middle East strategy.

The Brexit referendum: A turning point in European politics

By Chris Marsden, 23 June 2016

To conceal both camps’ policies of class war, trade war and military war, and to sow divisions within the working class, the referendum has increasingly focused on whipping up nationalism and xenophobia.

Seventy-five years since the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union

By Barry Grey, 22 June 2016

The war against the Soviet Union expressed the essence of the Nazi regime, which had been brought to power by the German bourgeoisie to destroy the workers movement and end the threat of socialist revolution.

Washington’s “second nuclear age”

By Andre Damon, 21 June 2016

The Obama administration’s $1 trillion nuclear modernization program is clearing the way for nuclear weapons to be used in combat.

Political lessons of the Sanders campaign

By Joseph Kishore, 20 June 2016

The closer Sanders comes to a formal endorsement of Clinton, the more he is forced to make clear that his “political revolution” is nothing more than an effort to channel social discontent behind the Democratic Party.

The EU referendum and the murder of British MP Jo Cox

By Julie Hyland, 18 June 2016

The murder of Cox has starkly revealed the fascistic character of the forces being whipped up around this week’s referendum on British membership in the EU, particularly by the Leave campaign.

The return of “secular stagnation”

By Nick Beams, 17 June 2016

Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen’s comments on Wednesday pointed to the emergence of “secular stagnation” in the global economy, a term first developed in the 1930s.

The Venezuelan working class at a crossroads

By Neil Hardt, 16 June 2016

The pro-capitalist, bourgeois nationalist policies of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela have produced a social catastrophe for Venezuelan workers.

The social roots of the mass shooting in Orlando

By Barry Grey, 15 June 2016

The question that is imperiously raised by events such as the Orlando massacre is: What is it about American society that so frequently leads mentally unstable individuals to resort to mass murder?

The Orlando massacre and the 2016 US election

By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2016

Both major parties’ presumptive presidential nominees have rushed to exploit the tragedy in Orlando to promote war and reaction.

Race, gender and the US presidential campaign

By Patrick Martin, 13 June 2016

There is a concerted effort to shift the political axis of the campaign to issues of race and gender rather than the questions of economic inequality raised by Bernie Sanders.

The return of German militarism to Eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern, 11 June 2016

Germany’s Armed Forces are playing an increasingly prominent role in the NATO deployment in Eastern Europe, which serves to openly prepare a war against Russia.

Hurtling toward the precipice of war, Modi cements Indo-US alliance

By Keith Jones, 10 June 2016

The alliance between the Indian bourgeoisie and US imperialism represents a sea change in world geopolitics, with explosive implications for inter-state relations across Asia and the world.

Hillary Clinton’s Democratic primary victory

By Joseph Kishore, 9 June 2016

In a year marked by deep and growing social discontent, the American political system has produced a choice between two brands of political reaction in the persons of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Fallujah: A symbol of US war crimes

By James Cogan, 8 June 2016

The humanitarian disaster that is unfolding in Fallujah is the product of the US-led invasion in 2003 and Washington’s deliberate stoking of sectarian conflict in the face of determined Iraqi resistance.

The case for an active boycott of the Brexit referendum

By Chris Marsden, 7 June 2016

The struggle for a socialist Britain within a United Socialist States of Europe is a burning necessity for workers who, in every country, face the same class enemy and the same problems of austerity and war.

Who will follow the example of Muhammad Ali’s principled stand in our day?

By David Walsh, 6 June 2016

The former heavyweight boxing champion, who died June 3, made his chief mark on history and popular consciousness by his courageous opposition to the Vietnam War.

Economic nationalism and the growing danger of war

By Nick Beams, 4 June 2016

The global economy is increasingly marked by the return of the types of economic nationalism that had such devastating consequences in the 1930s.

The US elections and the criminalization of American politics

By Patrick Martin, 3 June 2016

The leading contenders for the Republican and Democratic Parties, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, may both face criminal indictments before the elections.

Lessons of the Verizon strike

By Jerry White, 2 June 2016

The CWA and IBEW conspired with the Obama administration to prevent a unified struggle of workers against declining real wages and the explosion of social inequality.

The return of the “grand narrative”

By Andre Damon, 1 June 2016

The resurgence of the class struggle is undermining the intellectual charlatanry that underpinned the ideological dominance of various forms of anti-Marxism over the past half-century.

Who is responsible for the massacre in the Mediterranean?

By Bill Van Auken, 31 May 2016

With estimates of up to 900 refugees drowning, the past week has been the deadliest so far this year.

The danger of nuclear war between the US and China

By Peter Symonds, 30 May 2016

A conspiracy of silence reigns over the preparations for war, aimed at deadening the consciousness of the population to the rising risks of nuclear conflict.

Obama in Hiroshima

By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2016

The visit to Hiroshima displayed in full the hypocrisy for which the Nobel Prize-winning president is so well known, but in this case magnified through the lens of one of history’s greatest war crimes.

Deepening national antagonisms dominate G7 summit

By Nick Beams, 27 May 2016

The G7 nations are seeking to ramp up military pressure against China, amid a deepening economic slump and divisions within their own ranks.

Mobilize European workers to defend French strikers!

By Alex Lantier, 26 May 2016

The most powerful ally of workers struggling against pro-austerity governments in France, Belgium and Greece is the European and international working class.

International finance capital and the strikes in France

By Nick Beams, 25 May 2016

The aim of the “structural reforms” demanded by the IMF and the financial elites is the destruction of all the social gains of the European working class won in the past seven decades.

US military returns to Vietnam

By Bill Van Auken, 24 May 2016

Obama’s lifting of the four-decade-old arms embargo is aimed at preparing new and even more bloody wars in Asia.

The capitalist crisis and the defense of democratic rights

By Andre Damon and Alex Lantier, 23 May 2016

Underlying the global breakdown of democratic institutions is the world economic crisis, the growth of militarism and war, and, above all, the intensification of the class struggle.

A resurgence of class struggle

By Barry Grey, 21 May 2016

The revival of the class struggle is finding political expression in the turn by workers against all of the parties of the official “left” that are backed by the trade unions.

A pittance for Zika, $600 billion for the Pentagon

By Kate Randall, 20 May 2016

The priority of the ruling class and its political representatives is not the protection and wellbeing of the vast majority of Americans, but funding the gigantic US military apparatus.

Democratic Party establishment witch-hunts Sanders’ supporters

By Patrick Martin, 19 May 2016

The political and media uproar over the Nevada state Democratic Party convention is an entirely manufactured provocation.

The controversy in the US over transgender access to public bathrooms

By Tom Carter, 18 May 2016

The actions of the Democrats with respect to the North Carolina “bathroom bill” reflect their strategy of using identity politics to provide a cover for their right-wing and anti-democratic policies.

The political struggle facing Verizon workers

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 17 May 2016

The month-long strike by 40,000 workers at Verizon Communications in the eastern United States is at a critical juncture.

Barack Obama and a quarter-century of US wars

By David North, 16 May 2016

The Obama administration embodies the institutionalization of war as the foundation of US foreign policy.

Brazil’s impeachment and the fall of the Workers Party

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2016

The sharp turn to the right in Brazil and the immense dangers confronting the working class were prepared for over a decade by the politics of the Workers Party.

Obama and the bombing of Hiroshima

By Andre Damon, 13 May 2016

The American president will travel to Hiroshima not to apologize for past crimes, but to prepare new ones.

Why Sanders won in West Virginia

By Joseph Kishore, 12 May 2016

The Democratic Party establishment is promoting a false racial narrative to obscure the real reasons for Sanders’ landslide victory in West Virginia.

The rise of Duterte in the Philippines: A warning to the international working class

By Joseph Santolan, 11 May 2016

The election of the fascistic Duterte is the product of mounting social tensions bound up with the US-led transformation of East Asia into an armed camp directed against China.

A further eruption of US militarism in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2016

A century after the Sykes-Picot agreement dividing the Middle East between imperialist powers, the volcanic eruption of US militarism has shattered the nation-state system created by that accord.

Greek workers strike against Syriza’s austerity policies

By Christoph Vandreier, 9 May 2016

The renewal of struggle by the Greek working class must take as its point of departure the political lessons of the bitter experiences with the Syriza government in 2015.

What accounts for Trump’s support among West Virginia miners?

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 7 May 2016

Trump is able to win support among sections of workers because of the treachery of the unions and their subordination of the working class to the Democratic Party.

Obama in Flint: Let them drink lead

By Andre Damon, 6 May 2016

President Obama’s callous declaration that poisoned children in Flint, Michigan “will be fine” expresses the contempt felt by America’s financial oligarchy for the great mass of society.

Trump’s victory: A dangerous turning point in American politics

By Patrick Martin, 5 May 2016

The selection of a fascistic demagogue as the candidate of one of the two major capitalist parties is indisputable proof of the advanced stage of the putrefaction of American democracy.

May Day 2016 and the future of socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 4 May 2016

The global response to the International May Day Online Rally reflects the growing political influence of the ICFI and anticipates a much broader turn of workers throughout the world to genuine socialist politics.

The 9/11 cover-up continues

By Andre Damon, 3 May 2016

Over the weekend, CIA Director John Brennan denied allegations of Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the September 11 terror attacks and demanded that documents pointing to its complicity remain hidden from the American people.

Oppose the witch-hunt of Ken Livingstone!

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 2 May 2016

Ken Livingstone, accused of anti-Semitism, is the target of a smear campaign aimed at discrediting all criticism of Israel and shifting the Labour Party still further to the right.

The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Patrick Martin, 30 April 2016

Sanders’ entire campaign has been dedicated to preventing the rising tide of popular opposition in the United States from breaking out of the straitjacket of the Democratic Party.

Obama touts an economic "legacy" of inequality and poverty

By Andre Damon, 29 April 2016

In summing up the domestic policies pursued under his administration, Obama declared that his greatest failure was not convincing the American people that the economy is in excellent shape.

Trump’s “America First” speech and the US war election

By Patrick Martin, 28 April 2016

The leading contenders in both parties, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, are committed to a vast military escalation following the November election.

Far-right victory in Austrian presidential elections: A warning

By Peter Schwarz, 27 April 2016

The responsibility for the rise of the far-right lies with the main establishment parties, as well as the trade unions and pseudo-left groups who cover their backs.

Obama’s war summit in Europe

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2016

Nearly eight years after he addressed 200,000 in Berlin, promising “hope” and “change,” Obama presided over a summit with the European powers on the expansion of war in the Middle East and new provocations against Russia.

Oppose imperialist war! Join the International May Day Online Rally!

By Joe Kishore and David North, 25 April 2016

This coming Sunday, May 1, at 1:00 pm US Eastern Daylight Time, the International Committee of the Fourth International will celebrate May Day with an online rally.

War, the Democratic Party and the 2016 elections

By Joseph Kishore, 23 April 2016

A sympathetic article appearing in the New York Times on Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton’s war record underscores the danger of a very rapid military escalation following the 2016 US presidential election.

Socialist Equality Party announces presidential campaign

Support White, Niemuth in 2016!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 22 April 2016

SEP candidates Jerry White for president and Niles Niemuth for vice president will advance a socialist program that addresses the needs of millions of workers and youth in the United States and around the world.

Life expectancy declines for white Americans

By Patrick Martin, 21 April 2016

New figures released by the Centers for Disease Control on declining life expectancy reflect the profound social crisis that is fueling the political convulsions in the US elections.

Refugee deaths in the Mediterranean: An imperialist crime

By Peter Schwarz, 20 April 2016

Thousands of deaths by drowning are accepted, if not welcomed, as collateral damage required by the campaign to keep desperate refugees out of Europe.

Brazil’s impeachment crisis and the debacle of the Workers Party

By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2016

The vote to proceed with the impeachment of Rousseff marks the end of a political era and the opening up of a new period of intense class struggle in Latin America’s largest country.

The political significance of the campaign for an active boycott of the Brexit referendum

By Chris Marsden, 18 April 2016

The SEP urges a rejection of both the defenders of the European Union and the advocates of a British exit from the EU in the official Remain and Leave campaigns.

Where’s the socialism in the Sanders campaign?

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2016

In Thursday’s debate in Brooklyn, as throughout his campaign, Sanders offered nothing more than minor reforms of the capitalist system.

Zika, social inequality and capitalism

By Bill Van Auken, 15 April 2016

The criminal indifference of the US Congress to the spread of the Zika virus stands as an indictment of a social system that subordinates the vital needs of humanity to the accumulation of wealth by a tiny oligarchy.

The political issues in the Verizon strike

By Barry Grey, 14 April 2016

The strike by 39,000 Verizon workers against the corporate behemoth is an expression of the growing class consciousness and militancy that underlies the deepening political turmoil in the United States.

The social reality behind the US elections

By Niles Williamson, 13 April 2016

The reality of life for millions of Americans is highlighted in a new study relating life expectancy to income.

Kerry in Hiroshima

By Andre Damon, 12 April 2016

Amid well-advanced preparations for a “Second Pacific War,” US Secretary of State John Kerry refused to apologize for America’s use of nuclear weapons in the Second World War during a visit to the city of Hiroshima.

Panama Papers destabilise Cameron government in UK

By Chris Marsden, 11 April 2016

Britain stands at the epicentre of an international web of corruption serving the interests of a financial oligarchy that rules the entire planet.

Amid deepening slump, geopolitical and class tensions mount

By Nick Beams, 9 April 2016

The International Monetary Fund has called for enhanced global cooperation, but every tendency is heading in the opposite direction, with economic nationalism and militarism on the rise.

US provocations against China threaten world war

By Andre Damon, 8 April 2016

The United States has sharply escalated its standoff with China, leading the New York Times to conclude that a “confrontation seems increasingly likely.”

The message of Wisconsin

By Patrick Martin, 7 April 2016

The American working class is moving sharply to the left, destabilizing the corporate-controlled two-party system and setting the stage for the eruption of major social struggles.

Imperialism, political corruption and the real face of capitalism

By Andre Damon, 6 April 2016

The publication of the “Panama Papers” has exposed the criminality that pervades the financial elite and its political representatives.

Greece’s Syriza: Full partner in historic crime against refugees

By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2016

The police-state measures and summary deportations employed by the Syriza government against refugees are of a piece with its relentless attacks on the Greek working class.

The working class in France mobilizes against austerity

By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2016

The attempt to promote hysteria over terrorism to suppress popular opposition is failing in the face of a growing radicalization of workers and youth.

The social crisis and the US elections

By Barry Grey, 2 April 2016

Behind the phony economic “recovery,” the entire structure of employment in the United States is being radically altered to reduce the status of workers to that of a super-exploited casual labor force.

The drive to impeachment and the dangers facing the Brazilian working class

By Bill Van Auken, 1 April 2016

The attempt to oust Rousseff and the PT over corruption is driven by the demand of Brazilian and foreign capital for an acceleration of ongoing attacks on workers’ living standards.

War: The great unmentionable in the 2016 US elections

By Joseph Kishore, 31 March 2016

While it is not a topic of significant debate among the various candidates contending for the presidential nomination, the growing international war drive, spearheaded by the United States, looms over the election campaign.

Warnings of global arms race ahead of Nuclear Security Summit

By Andre Damon, 30 March 2016

As world leaders gather for this week’s nuclear summit in Washington, leading think tanks are warning of a “new arms race” and the need to plan for “Armageddon.”

Japan’s security laws: Another milestone in the drive to world war

By Peter Symonds, 29 March 2016

The implementation of the military legislation is a major step in the revival of Japanese militarism, encouraged by Washington as part of its war preparations against China.

Clinton primary contest losses intensify Democratic Party crisis

By Joseph Kishore, 28 March 2016

Sanders’ landslide victories in Washington state, Hawaii and Alaska are a further expression of the pent-up social anger directed at the entire political establishment.

Obama’s pivot to Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 26 March 2016

Behind Obama’s empty human rights rhetoric, Washington is prepared to carry out new and bloodier crimes in Latin America in pursuit of US profit interests.

The Belgium bombing: Why the dots are not connected

By Alex Lantier and Andre Damon, 25 March 2016

The extent of state intelligence foreknowledge in the Brussels attack explodes the official narrative that intelligence agencies failed to “connect the dots.”

Corbyn’s six months as UK Labour leader: A record of capitulation and betrayal

By Robert Stevens, 24 March 2016

There is a stark symmetry between the treacherous and cowardly course of Corbyn’s tenure and the betrayal carried out by the Syriza government in Greece.

The terror bombings in Brussels

By Alex Lantier, 23 March 2016

This horrific attack targeted innocent people in no way responsible for the imperialist wars that have devastated the Middle East.

Obama in Cuba

By Bill Van Auken, 22 March 2016

Obama’s “human rights” masquerade is aided and abetted not only by the slavish US media, but also by the Castro government itself.

Trump and the Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2016

The Democrats will run in the fall campaign as the party of the status quo, complacency and self-satisfaction, essentially conceding the economically discontented to Donald Trump.

The crimes behind the US lead water crisis

By Andre Damon, 19 March 2016

The revelation of widespread lead contamination in drinking water in the US, and the complete indifference of the government to it, have shown where the priorities of American capitalism lie.

Syrian war enters sixth year with graver dangers still ahead

By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2016

The recent “cessation of hostilities” and partial withdrawal of Russian forces will not stop the escalation of US militarism in the region and beyond.

After the March 15 US primaries: The political role of the Sanders campaign

By Joseph Kishore, 17 March 2016

From the beginning, Sanders’ role has been to serve as a lightning rod for social discontent and direct it into the dead end of the Democratic Party.

What is behind the electoral success of the Alternative for Germany?

By Peter Schwarz, 16 March 2016

The Left Party created the conditions that enabled the right-wing nationalist AfD to tap into social frustration and anger and channel it in a reactionary direction.

Economic nationalism, war and the fight for international socialism

By Nick Beams, 15 March 2016

The end result of the program of economic nationalism can be seen in the experience of the 1930s, when it brought about social devastation and led to world war.

The Trump campaign: A new stage in the crisis of American democracy

By The WSWS Editorial Board, 14 March 2016

With the eruption of violence inside and outside rallies of billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, American politics has reached a turning point.

Violence, racism and the Trump campaign

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2016

Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s thuggery and racist agitation against immigrants must be taken as a warning of the emergence of a fascistic movement out of the putrefaction of the American two-party system.

The refugee crisis and the polarization of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 11 March 2016

Large sections of the population look on the brutal conditions of refugees with horror and disgust, but the official political debate takes place within a narrow spectrum ranging from the right to the ultra-right.

Sanders’ upset win in the Michigan primary

By Patrick Martin, 10 March 2016

The glaring failure of media polling to detect the shift in class sentiment is itself a demonstration of the chasm that separates the entire political establishment from the vast majority of the population.

The arrest of former President Lula and the crisis of rule in Brazil

By Bill Van Auken, 9 March 2016

The detention and questioning of the founder of the Workers Party and former president has dramatically intensified the crisis of Brazil’s ruling party.

US moves to harness India to anti-China “pivot”

By Keith Jones, 8 March 2016

Washington is determined to make India a “frontline state” in its drive to strategically isolate, encircle and potentially wage war against China.

The Flint water crisis and the US elections

By Jerry White, 7 March 2016

The economic nationalist policies promoted by Sanders complement the anti-immigrant racism and xenophobia of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

TVA pension cuts: A new stage in the assault on American workers

By Niles Williamson, 5 March 2016

The attack on the pensions of federal employees is a warning that no section of the working class is exempt from the social counterrevolution being carried out in the interests of the financial aristocracy.

China and Brazil: Two expressions of the deepening capitalist breakdown

By Nick Beams, 4 March 2016

As the “BRICS model” of economic growth disintegrates, conditions are emerging for another financial crisis.

What political conclusions must be drawn from Trump’s Super Tuesday?

By David North, 3 March 2016

The emergence of Trump marks a new and dangerous stage in the crisis of American democracy.