War and militarism

US imposes new sanctions on China over alleged Uyghur abuses

By Peter Symonds, 5 August 2020

US propaganda now includes allegations of Uyghur “genocide,” based on sensational accounts of forced birth control and the sterilization of Uyghur women in Xinjiang province.

The US troop withdrawal and the return of German militarism

By Peter Schwarz, 4 August 2020

The American withdrawal plans serve the ruling class in Europe and Germany as an excuse to accelerate their own rearmament plans.

Japan raising tensions with Beijing in the East China Sea

By Ben McGrath, 31 July 2020

The US and Japan bear primary responsibility for upending the status quo in the East China Sea and fueling the dangerous stand-off over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

Ten years since WikiLeaks published the Afghan war logs

By Oscar Grenfell, 31 July 2020

The documents provided the world’s population with an unprecedented insight into the first war crimes of the 21st century.

Australian government signs up to US offensive against China

By Mike Head, 30 July 2020

The joint AUSMIN statement by top Australian and US officials broadcast all the Trump administration’s incendiary and unproven allegations against China.

Australian SAS planted weapons on murdered civilians in Afghanistan

By Taylor Bennington, 30 July 2020

Several soldiers said that the framing of unarmed civilians as Taliban insurgents, with planted radios or weapons, “happened on numerous occasions.”

US Park Police chief defends unconstitutional June 1 assault on protesters outside the White House

By Jacob Crosse, 29 July 2020

Monahan denied that police used “excessive” force to clear out protesters from Lafayette Square despite testimony, video evidence and eyewitness accounts.

Egypt’s el-Sisi approves troop deployment to Libya against Turkish-backed forces

By Jean Shaoul, 28 July 2020

The eastern Mediterranean, including North Africa, has become the focus of ever widening conflicts, with all the imperialist and regional powers pursuing their own rapacious demands for control over the region’s wealth and resources.

Germany’s “voluntary military service”: Government recruits for army deployments at home and abroad

By Johannes Stern, 28 July 2020

The programme has two key goals: a major deployment of the army domestically, and the recruitment of new soldiers for external wars.

Mounting US pressure on Europe to line up against China

By Peter Symonds, 27 July 2020

Pompeo condemned those that “simply don’t have the ability, the courage to stand with us.”

Stop Trump’s coup d’état! Mobilize the working class against authoritarianism and dictatorship!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 27 July 2020

The Trump administration’s deployment of paramilitary forces throughout the United States is a major escalation of the attempt to organize a coup d’état in advance of the November presidential elections.

What is BORTAC and why is it patrolling the streets of Portland?

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 July 2020

The special paramilitary arm of Customs and Border Protection has been deployed to intimidate and terrorize young people and workers amid the greatest health, economic and political crisis in modern American history.

US demands even greater support from Australia in confrontation with China

By Mike Head, 25 July 2020

Despite the intensifying COVID-19 danger in the US, Australia’s foreign and defence ministers will personally attend the annual AUSMIN talks in Washington next week.

Greek, Turkish warships nearly clash in Aegean over Mediterranean gas fields

By Alex Lantier, 24 July 2020

Conflicts unleashed by decades of imperialist war in the Middle East and the Mediterranean are now threatening to blow up the NATO alliance.

German defence minister propagates rearmament, militarism and war

By Johannes Stern, 23 July 2020

With the revival of German militarism, the militaristic traditions that are historically linked above all to the Soldateska of the Kaiserreich (Imperial Empire) and the Wehrmacht (armed forces of Nazi Germany) are inevitably returning.

US orders closure of China’s Houston consulate, raising the danger of war

By Mike Head, 23 July 2020

The White House, facing a massive domestic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, is seeking to divert internal tensions outward.

US indicts Chinese nationals on trumped-up hacking charges

By Jacob Crosse, 22 July 2020

Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi are accused by the US government of hacking private computer networks with assistance from the Chinese government in order to steal intellectual property, including COVID-19 research.

Trump’s plan to send paramilitary police throughout the US: The ruling class prepares for civil war

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2020

The Trump administration’s plans to deploy federal paramilitary forces in major American cities is a sharp escalation of the assault on democratic rights and the establishment of police state forms of rule.

Unsubmissive France leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon calls for massive French military build-up

By Will Morrow, 18 July 2020

Mélenchon’s criticism of the Macron administration is from the right: that it is not sufficiently aggressive in its pursuit of French imperialist interests.

Facing mounting crisis, US lashes out against China

By Peter Symonds, 17 July 2020

Confronted with an economic and social crisis at home and his own worsening election prospects, Trump is aggressively confronting China across a whole range of potentially explosive issues.

Canada refuses to repatriate illegally jailed citizens accused of ISIS ties

By Laurent Lafrance, 16 July 2020

Trudeau’s politically motivated refusal to repatriate children and others illegally detained in Kurdish military prisons in Syria is an attack on the citizenship rights of all Canadians.

US secretary of state denounces China over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 15 July 2020

The Trump administration formally adopts the 2016 Hague ruling against Chinese claims in the sensitive, strategic waters, as it ramps up US naval provocations there.

Erdoğan’s conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque and the danger of war

By Ulaş Ateşci and Alex Lantier, 15 July 2020

The stoking of religious and national tensions by major governments accelerates the drive to war across the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Yemen fragmenting under pressure of war, collapsing economy and COVID-19

By Jean Shaoul, 15 July 2020

The Saudis’ 257,000 aerial strikes and the United Arab Emirates’ naval blockade have caused the deaths of at least 230,000 civilians, both directly and indirectly.

Washington renews covert campaign to destroy Iran’s nuclear infrastructure

By Jean Shaoul, 14 July 2020

The US is exerting maximum pressure on Iran, to cripple its economy and intimidate and starve its people, in the hope of effecting regime change.

Special Forces commander admits Australian troops committed war crimes in Afghanistan

By Jason Quill, 13 July 2020

The systematic killings and other abuses are the inevitable product of the colonial-style invasions and occupations mounted by the US and its allies.

New Zealand boosts preparations to join US war against China

By Tom Peters, 11 July 2020

The Labour Party-led government is spending billions on new naval vessels and armoured vehicles, while praising the Australian military build-up against China.

French-backed security forces in the Sahel guilty of mass extrajudicial executions

By Will Morrow, 10 July 2020

The report exposes the Franco-German-led war as a neo-colonial intervention to subjugate the resource-rich and geo-strategically critical region and its population.

Bombing of Turkey’s Watiya base escalates Franco-Italian proxy war in Libya

By Alex Lantier, 8 July 2020

The decade-long civil war between rival imperialist-backed warlords triggered by the 2011 NATO war in Libya is spiraling out of control.

India takes economic reprisals against China as border frictions continue

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 8 July 2020

Although several rounds of talks have been held, both New Delhi and Beijing continue to maintain an enhanced military presence along their disputed border.

US war drive against China accelerates

By Peter Symonds, 8 July 2020

Confronting crisis at home, with growing opposition among workers to the reckless back-to-work drive, Trump is seeking to divert these immense social tensions outward at an external enemy.

Two US aircraft carriers in war games in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 6 July 2020

The “high-end” exercises sought to test US naval capabilities in a conflict with China involving both offensive operations using war planes and the defence of the ships from any counter-attack.

Spain participated in failed 2019 US coup in Venezuela

By Alejandro López, 4 July 2020

New information emerging about the coup exposes Spain’s ruling “left populist” party, Podemos, as a tool of imperialism’s bloody foreign policy in Latin America.

German defence minister plans more effective organization of army’s far-right elite force

By Peter Schwarz, 4 July 2020

After new details came to light about the far-right terrorist networks inside the Special Forces Command, the German defence minister announced the restructuring of the army’s 1,600-strong elite unit.

Australian government seeks to place country on war footing

By Mike Head, 4 July 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has identified the Indo-Pacific as the likely arena for another world war, directed against China.

Germany’s motto for the EU Council presidency: For militarism and war

By Johannes Stern, 4 July 2020

The German government’s motto for the EU Council presidency is “Gemeinsam. Europa wieder stark machen” (“Together. Making Europe strong again”)—Berlin’s counterpart to Trump’s “Make America Great Again.”

Why Canada’s media is fawning over the war criminal John Bolton

By Roger Jordan, 4 July 2020

Canada’s ruling elite wants a more stable and strategic-minded partner in the White House, who can more effectively employ intrigue, intimidation and war in pursuing their common imperialist agenda.

The Assange precedent in action

Australian journalist threatened with prosecution for exposing war crimes in Afghanistan

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 July 2020

Like Assange, Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Dan Oakes faces prosecution for publishing evidence of war crimes in Afghanistan.

Australian government unveils military boost aimed against China

By Mike Head, 1 July 2020

Over the next decade, $575 billion will be spent on the armed forces, including an expanded $270 billion military hardware buildup, featuring “long-range strike capabilities.”

Merkel, Macron promote EU militarism amid growing conflicts with Washington

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 30 June 2020

The leaders of Germany and France called for stepped-up military spending and austerity to ensure Europe’s ability to wage war independently from Washington.

India’s opposition parties back Modi’s bellicose stand in border conflict with China

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 June 2020

The Congress Party and Stalinist CPI and CPM have extolled the military for “defending” India’s borders and pledged their support for the BJP government in confronting Beijing.

Hands off the Sri Lankan Trotskyists

SEP demands military stops harassing its election candidates in Jaffna

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 30 June 2020

The SEP has been targeted because it fights for the unity of the working class across ethnic lines on a socialist program.

Legal settlement lets Australian military off the hook over PFAS pollution

By Patrick Davies, 29 June 2020

The settlement will see victims share just $126 million of a $212 million payout and releases the Defence Department from any further claim over financial loss.

France backs Egypt’s threat to intervene against Turkey in Libyan war

By Alex Lantier, 24 June 2020

Even as COVID-19 threatens millions in Africa, the NATO powers risk escalating their nine-year carve-up of Libya into a major regional or even global conflict.

Fascist US Army soldier faces terrorism-related charges

By Jacob Crosse, 24 June 2020

Ethan Melzer, 22, is facing life in prison for passing on information regarding the deployment of his unit to an occult neo-Nazi organization, Order of the Nine Angels.

India and China rush troops, weaponry to disputed border region

By Keith Jones, 22 June 2020

India has placed on the “highest alert” the 300,000 troops it has arrayed along its 3,500-kilometer border with China.

NATO grants Ukraine enhanced status as US steps up military aid

By Jason Melanovski, 22 June 2020

Amid the most profound economic crisis since the Great Depression, the imperialist powers are responding to the growing class tensions by escalating their drive to war.

US stokes India-China conflict, blames Chinese “aggression” for border clash

By Keith Jones, 20 June 2020

Senior US official David Stilwell provocatively told a press briefing that the Chinese army had “invaded” the “contested area” between India and China.

Turkish army launches ground attacks into Iraqi Kurdistan to target PKK

By Ulaş Ateşci, 19 June 2020

Amid growing international conflicts over Libya, the eastern Mediterranean and Syria, Turkey has invaded northern Iraq to attack Kurdish-nationalist militias.

Top French general announces preparations for “state against state” wars

By Will Morrow, 19 June 2020

Drawing an analogy to the coronavirus pandemic, Burkhard stated that the eruption of a major war “is missing only the patient zero of the epidemic war.”

The India-China border clash and the inflammable state of world geopolitics

By Keith Jones, 18 June 2020

The Indo-China border dispute is only one of numerous global flashpoints where US aggression has incited or aggravated inter-state conflicts and transformed them into potential catalysts of a global conflagration.

US Navy deploys three aircraft carriers to Pacific against China

By Peter Symonds, 13 June 2020

The deployments underscore the strategic shift by the Pentagon from the so-called “war on terror” to great power competition that heightens the danger of conflict between nuclear-armed powers.

As US withdraws troops, German politicians, media step up militarist campaign

By Johannes Stern, 13 June 2020

Washington's announcement that 9,500 US soldiers stationed in Germany might be withdrawn has been met with defiant criticism and calls for a more independent German-European military policy.

Service Prosecuting Authority drops all but one investigation into British war crimes in Iraq

By Jean Shaoul, 13 June 2020

The British government is serving notice that it has no intention of honouring domestic or international law outlawing abuse, torture and murder by its military and security forces.

Washington steps up strategic bomber flights threatening Russia, China

By Alex Lantier, 12 June 2020

As social anger grows over police brutality and the COVID-19 pandemic, the danger that the ruling elite will try to suppress class conflict with external wars is rising.

More Australian war crimes exposed in Afghanistan

By Jason Quill, 6 June 2020

The exposure of Ziauddin’s killing highlights the years of coverups by successive Australian governments, both Liberal-National and Labor, of military abuses in the Middle East.

Tamil nationalists exploit remembrance of war victims to advance pro-imperialist agenda

By Subash Somachandran, 4 June 2020

Last month marked the eleventh anniversary of the bloody end of Sri Lanka’s nearly 30-year war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Trump escalates anti-China campaign

By Peter Symonds, 30 May 2020

US President Trump dramatically escalated his reckless anti-China campaign yesterday, making clear that a dangerous confrontation between the two countries is all but inevitable.

Trump intrudes in China-India border standoff

By Keith Jones, 29 May 2020

US President Donald Trump intruded into the tense border standoff between China and India Wednesday with a spurious offer to mediate and even “arbitrate” “their now raging border dispute.”

Yemen’s health care system collapses under weight of pandemic

By Jean Shaoul, 28 May 2020

The UN has warned that if its programmes close, “the world will have to witness what happens in a country without a functioning health system battling COVID-19”.

US sets stage for anti-China sanctions over Hong Kong

By Peter Symonds, 28 May 2020

The determination by the US secretary of state that Hong Kong is not autonomous from Beijing is a further step in the Trump administration’s accelerating anti-China campaign.

Canadian court rules extradition trial of top Huawei executive can proceed

By Roger Jordan, 28 May 2020

Yesterday’s ruling strengthens Washington and Ottawa in their virulent anti-China campaign, which has been ratcheted up still further with mendacious claims that Beijing is responsible for the coronavirus pandemic.

Israel’s new government plans war on Palestinians and working class

By Jean Shaoul, 26 May 2020

The new National Emergency Government, headed by an indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his deputy Benny Gantz, has taken office amid a political crisis unprecedented in the country’s 72-year history.

US threatens to “disconnect” Australia if it strays from conflict with China

By Mike Head, 26 May 2020

Pompeo’s bullying intervention is part of an intensifying campaign by Washington to confront China economically and militarily.

US withdraws from Open Skies Treaty, heightening danger of war with Russia

By Clara Weiss, 22 May 2020

US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty is a deliberate escalation of military tensions not only with Russia, but also with the major European imperialist powers.

Trump issues new threats as Iranian tankers approach Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2020

The Trump administration has vowed to take unspecified “measures” to block the shipment of Iranian fuel to Venezuela, raising the threat of state piracy on the high seas.

Washington incites India in tense border dispute with China

By Keith Jones, 22 May 2020

Washington’s vocal support for New Delhi is in marked contrast with its stance during the 2017 Indo-China border dispute, and is part of a dramatic escalation of its anti-China offensive.

New Zealand government stokes tensions with China

By Tom Peters, 22 May 2020

New Zealand, a de facto American ally and member of the US-led Five Eyes intelligence network, is integrated into the anti-China build-up.

No to the anti-China campaign! For international solidarity against the pandemic and capitalism!

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, 22 May 2020

The SEP rejects the chauvinistic attacks by the Trump administration and Democrats aimed at shifting responsibility for the mass death due to the coronavirus pandemic from the American ruling class.

The Trump administration makes Taiwan latest front in anti-China campaign

By Peter Symonds, 21 May 2020

The US has provocatively hailed the re-election of Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen and pressed Taiwan’s case at the annual World Health Organisation (WHO) ministerial assembly.

US prepares anti-Russian war games amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Andrea Peters, 21 May 2020

In a little over two weeks, 6,000 US and Polish troops will simulate ground and airborne attacks about 35 miles from the Russian territory of Kaliningrad.

Sri Lankan president demands legal immunity for the military

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 21 May 2020

The real purpose of Gotabhaya Rajapakse’s defence and promotion of the military is to prepare for another savage war against the working class.

Firing of State Department inspector general tied to Saudi arms deal

By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2020

The firing stemmed from a probe into the Trump administration’s declaration of a “state of emergency” to prevent Congress holding up arms sales to the Saudi monarchy.

Civilian casualties mount as foreign powers continue to fuel Libya’s civil war

By Alberto Escalera, 20 May 2020

Libya’s civil war is fueled by a complex interplay between the competing interests of international energy monopolies and local power struggles to control oil and gas revenues.

999 Anti-China campaign

20 May 2020

Britain’s covert operations to overthrow Syrian government exposed

By Jean Shaoul, 18 May 2020

Sarkha is one of many programmes in a vast network of fake news activities carried out by the intelligence arms of the US and European powers.

German Defence Ministry plans to wage international drone warfare

By Gregor Link, 18 May 2020

Germany’s ruling elite is responding to the mounting tensions between the major powers triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic by intensifying its drive to war.

Trump threatens to cut all ties with China

By Peter Symonds, 16 May 2020

The US president’s phony allegations—that China failed to prevent COVID-19 becoming a global pandemic—have been integrated into Washington’s trade war measures.

Washington places Cuba and Venezuela on “terror” list

By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2020

After fostering an abortive mercenary invasion aimed at overthrowing Venezuela’s government and murdering its president, the US placed Caracas on a list of governments deemed uncooperative in the “war on terrorism.”

The drums of economic nationalism are beating louder

By Nick Beams, 15 May 2020

A series of comments published in the New York Times in recent days points to the rise of economic nationalism within the US political establishment the logic of which is war against China.

German armed forces deploy 300 soldiers to EU mission “Irini” in Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 14 May 2020

The mission’s mandate includes stopping and searching ships suspected of transporting weapons to Libya.

Iran destabilised by US amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Jean Shaoul, 14 May 2020

US sanctions have shattered the country’s economy and blocked access to critical food, pharmaceutical and industrial supplies, making it more difficult for Iran to respond to the pandemic.

US agencies drum up allegations of Chinese hacking of vaccine research

By Peter Symonds, 13 May 2020

The claims of Chinese hacking of vaccine research are not only part of the Trump’s anti-China propaganda war but will be used to justify US cyber warfare against Beijing.

19 Iranian sailors killed in live-fire exercise

By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2020

The Iranian military’s accidental missile strike on one of its own ships came amid mounting tensions over US Navy deployments in the Persian Gulf.

Japan’s PM exploits pandemic to push pro-war constitutional revisions

By Ben McGrath, 11 May 2020

Abe is pressing ahead with his long-held agenda of revising the country’s constitution to remove barriers to remilitarization and to tear up democratic rights.

The COVID-19 pandemic and global imperialist war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2020

For all of the vapid talk about us all being in it together, the US ruling class views the pandemic as an instrument of war.

Trump vetoes war powers resolution on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2020

As anticipated, the US Senate failed to muster the two-thirds vote necessary to override the veto of a bill purporting to limit the president’s power to launch aggressive war against Iran.

Why is Canada’s ruling elite deploying the military amid the COVID-19 pandemic?

By Roger Jordan, 8 May 2020

While Canadian military personnel are now being deployed to assist overwhelmed staff at long-term care facilities, the CBC has reported that troops are also readying to quell “public disturbances” in a “worst case scenario.”

Seventy-five years since the end of World War II in Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 8 May 2020

Three quarters of a century after the end of the war, fascism and war are imminent global dangers once again.

Blaming China, Trump says COVID-19 “attack” worse than Pearl Harbor and 9/11

By Nick Beams, 7 May 2020

The war rhetoric is being intensified because the Trump administration knows that its return-to-work policy is going to result in tens of thousands more deaths in the US.

European media launches propaganda lies blaming China for COVID-19

By Alex Lantier, 7 May 2020

European governments’ handling of the pandemic shows they place far more value on their strategic aims against China in Eurasia than on workers’ lives at home.

German government plans purchase of 138 fighter jets and prepares for nuclear war

By Gregor Link and Johannes Stern, 7 May 2020

Germany’s government is preparing to purchase 93 Eurofighters and 45 US-made F-18 fighter jets for a total cost of almost €20 billion.

Trump’s “Bay of Pigs” in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2020

The abortive mercenary invasion is part of a campaign of aggression that involves “maximum pressure” sanctions and the deployment of US warships off Venezuela’s shores.

US ramps up COVID-19 propaganda war against China

By Peter Symonds, 6 May 2020

The crude attempt to blame China is aimed at diverting attention from the Trump administration’s criminal negligence in failing to respond to the dangers of COVID-19.

Washington and its puppet Guaidó implicated in armed attacks on Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2020

At least two of those captured in the abortive invasion plot have been identified as US citizens.

US trains Sri Lankan naval elite forces during COVID-19 lockdown

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 4 May 2020

US combat training of Sri Lankan navy personnel forces is part of Washington’s military preparations throughout the Indo-Pacific against China.

Trump escalates attacks on China over COVID-19

By Peter Symonds, 2 May 2020

US President Trump has stepped up his propaganda war and threats against China, blaming it for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has cost the lives of more than 230,000 people internationally.

Australian government places country on frontline of anti-China witch hunt

By Mike Head, 2 May 2020

Australia unilaterally called for an international inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting the Trump administration’s unsubstantiated accusations against China.

Record 50.8 million people internally displaced in 2019

By Jean Shaoul, 2 May 2020

The plight of tens of millions of internally displaced people is virtually ignored, attracting little global attention during the escalating global pandemic.

Millions spent by Trump to “salute” health care workers with military flyovers

By Trévon Austin, 1 May 2020

Vast sums of money are being spent to fly military aircraft over America’s hospitals while health care workers still lack adequate protection from the coronavirus.