War and militarism

US military veterans who fought as mercenaries for Ukrainian fascists indicted on double murder charges

By Jacob Crosse, 31 March 2020

Alex Zwiefelhofer and Craig Lang are accused of orchestrating the double murder and robbery of Serafin and Deana Lorenzo to finance a trip to Venezuela for the purpose of killing “communists.”

999 Fascist US soldiers murder plot

30 March 2020

COVID-19 pandemic spells no truce in US imperialism’s global aggression

By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2020

Far from declaring a humanitarian truce as COVID-19 threatens the lives of millions, Washington has sought to weaponize the death and disruption spread by the disease.

Congressional commission recommends expanding US draft registration to women

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 March 2020

The proposal for women to register for the draft is just one element of a wide range of proposals that include an increase in targeting youth to “explore service.”

German government prepares for internet censorship and deployment of the armed forces

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 March 2020

The social democratic state premier of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorius, has called for a clamp-down against those contradicting official government propaganda about the coronavirus epidemic.

“Four Corners” program exposes Australian war crimes in Afghanistan

By John Harris, 23 March 2020

The actions revealed in the program, including the execution of unarmed civilians, have doubtless been known by successive governments, Labor and Coalition alike.

Turkish IYSSE’s intervention at Istanbul student conference wins warm response

By our reporter, 21 March 2020

The IYSSE presented the perspective of the world Trotskyist movement to a congress of economics students in Istanbul earlier this month.

US imperialism exploits coronavirus as a weapon of war

By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2020

The maintenance and tightening of punishing economic sanctions against Iran as it confronts one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the coronavirus constitutes a US war crime.

CIA veterans endorse Biden for president—and so does Tulsi Gabbard

By Jacob Crosse, 20 March 2020

The nominally antiwar congresswoman joined more than 80 former spies and intelligence agents in offering her “full support” to Biden.

National interests stand in the way of a coronavirus vaccine

By Peter Schwarz, 20 March 2020

The dispute over the German biotech company CureVac shows how national and profit interests hinder the rapid development of a vaccine against COVID-19.

Washington imposes new sanctions as Iran’s COVID-19 death toll tops 1,000

By Bill Van Auken, 19 March 2020

The global pandemic is viewed by US imperialism as a weapon in its war for hegemony in the Middle East.

US threatens military escalation as Iraq confronts COVID-19 and oil price shock

By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2020

Speaking with all the arrogance of a colonial occupier, Secretary of State Pompeo made it clear that Washington has no intention of withdrawing its troops as Iraq has demanded.

Democratic Party debate dominated by coronavirus pandemic

By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2020

The exchanges between the candidates had been rendered largely irrelevant by consolidation of the Democratic Party behind Biden, making him the presumptive nominee.

ICE officials running unchecked facial recognition searches on Maryland drivers

By Dmitri Church, 17 March 2020

Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been accessing Maryland state driver’s license photos for years to catch undocumented immigrants given licenses by a special state program.

Media investigations into leaked forum messages reveal neo-Nazi Atomwaffen recruiter is an active duty Navy sailor

By Jacob Crosse, 16 March 2020

Leaked messages from a defunct neo-Nazi forum establish that aviation machinist David Cole Tarkington spent years recruiting members into the fascist outfit before joining the military.

Iraq condemns US-UK strikes that killed soldiers, police and civilian

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2020

The top US commander in the Middle East made it clear that Thursday night’s airstrikes were part of a broader military escalation in the region.

US launches airstrikes in retaliation for Iraq missile attack

By Bill Van Auken, 13 March 2020

The Pentagon warned that “all options are on the table” after the deaths of two US troops and one British medic in a missile strike Wednesday.

Crypto AG leaks: German and American spy agencies snooped on 120 countries

By Gregor Link, 13 March 2020

Under the code names “Rubicon” and “Minerva,” Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) together with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had monitored the encrypted government communications of almost half the countries on earth for decades.

Germany’s Left Party joins hands with far-right Alternative for Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 11 March 2020

Just two days after he was elected minister president of Thuringia, the Left Party’s Bodo Ramelow ensured that the AfD obtained one of the vice president positions in the state parliament.

Washington increases pressure on Beijing over Chinese media

By Ben McGrath, 10 March 2020

The demonization of China by Washington and its allies is part of a broader campaign to deflect social tensions outwards and to prepare for war.

In blow to US campaign against WikiLeaks, proceedings against alleged CIA whistleblower end in mistrial

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 March 2020

The jury could not agree on the most serious charges against Joshua Schulte, a former CIA employee accused of leaking a trove of material exposing illegal spying and hacking operations.

Afghanistan “peace” deal stalls as Kabul rivals are both sworn in as president

By Bill Van Auken, 10 March 2020

The swearing in of two rival presidents of the US-backed puppet regime has upended so-called intra-Afghan talks set to begin today.

Trump picks ultra-right congressman Mark Meadows as new chief of staff

By Patrick Martin, 10 March 2020

The incoming chief of staff, Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, was the leader of the ultra-right House Freedom Caucus.

New York cops caught on video assaulting unarmed man

By Shuvu Batta, 10 March 2020

Yet another display of NYPD gangsterism sparks outrage.

International court approves probe of US war crimes in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2020

The ICC’s decision, following a protracted delay, came in defiance of Washington’s threats and bullying.

Putin and Erdogan agree to new Idlib ceasefire at Moscow summit on Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 6 March 2020

Despite both sides’ efforts to smooth over the conflicts, the ceasefire does not resolve the broader NATO-Russia conflicts behind recent Turkish-Russian clashes in Syria.

Within days of Afghan “peace” deal, US bombs Taliban

By Bill Van Auken, 5 March 2020

The bombing is one more indication that the deal to end Washington’s nearly two-decade war is already beginning to unravel.

Defender 2020: Largest mobilisation of NATO troops against Russia in 25 years

By Markus Salzmann, 4 March 2020

Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, the scale of NATO's provocative military exercise underscores how far advanced the preparations for war are.

On eve of “Super Tuesday” primaries

Democratic Party goes to war against Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2020

The Democratic Party is opposed to raising the prospect of significant social reforms in the 2020 election.

The “Russian meddling” fraud

Tulsi Gabbard denounces election interference by US intelligence agencies

By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2020

The congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate attacked planted media articles claiming that Russia was backing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Idlib war escalates as Turkey announces military operations against Syria

By Ulas Atesci, 2 March 2020

Turkey shot down two Syrian jets after a Syrian air strike claimed the lives of 34 Turkish soldiers.

Afghanistan peace deal begins to unravel as Kabul rejects prisoner swap

By Bill Van Auken, 2 March 2020

The signing of the accord is an unmistakable admission by Washington that the nearly 19-year-long war it has waged in Afghanistan has produced a debacle.

War tensions mount in wake of strike on Turkish troops in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 29 February 2020

Russia has sent two cruise missile warships to the Syrian coast as Moscow and Ankara continue to dispute the facts surrounding a strike that killed three dozen Turkish soldiers.

Turkey bombs Syria after losing dozens of troops to Syrian-Russian airstrike

By Alex Lantier, 28 February 2020

The danger is growing that all-out war could erupt between the NATO alliance and the Syrian government’s major international backers, Iran and Russia.

US Coast Guard “doubles down” on Pacific operations targeting China

By John Braddock, 28 February 2020

The Coast Guard’s expansion across the Western Pacific, thousands of miles from America’s shores, is part of the US drive to dominate the region and intensify preparations for war.

Attacks against Sanders intensify ahead of South Carolina primary

By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2020

Sanders’ opponents are warning that he may take an insurmountable lead in delegates in the 14 states voting next Tuesday.

Germany: Nazi terrorist group planned mass murder of Muslims

By Gregor Link, 27 February 2020

German police arrested 12 right-wing extremists who were actively preparing mass murder against refugees, Muslims and political opponents.

National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood—How the US military and CIA go about their propaganda operations

By Charles Bogle, 27 February 2020

The book, by Matthew Alford and Tom Secker, presents extensive evidence that US government departments and agencies use multiple means to manipulate content and even block production of Hollywood films.

Sanders on “60 Minutes” spells out willingness to use US military power

By Patrick Martin, 25 February 2020

The Democratic presidential frontrunner said he would go to war in support of NATO and other US military allies, and to defend Taiwan against China.

US defense secretary launches simulated nuclear attack against Russia in Pentagon war game

By Andre Damon, 24 February 2020

The war game took place as more than 20,000 troops and 20,000 military vehicles began to arrive in Europe for the massive “Defender 2020” exercise targeting Russia.

Following right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau

German government strengthens intelligence agencies and right-wing networks in state apparatus

By Johannes Stern, 24 February 2020

The strengthening of the state apparatus, which is dominated by far-right networks, will be aimed above all at intimidating and suppressing widespread hostility to militarism and fascism.

Hesse, Germany: Right-wing extremist propaganda at state expense

By Peter Schwarz, 24 February 2020

Shortly before the right-wing extremist terrorist attack in Hanau, the Hesse state government sent posters to all schools slandering opponents of fascism and capitalism as “ left-wing extremists .”

Trump to promote anti-China strategic alliance in visit to India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 24 February 2020

Reflecting the importance the US now places on India and the Indian Ocean in its strategy to counter China, the Pentagon recently renamed its Pacific Command the US Indo-Pacific Command.

Australian government expands northern air base for US military use against China

By Mike Head, 24 February 2020

Echoing Pentagon terminology, Prime Minister Morrison declared the Tindal base was the “sharp end of the spear.”

Philippine President Duterte ends US Visiting Forces Agreement

By Joseph Santolan, 24 February 2020

The move is the most serious rupture in relations between Manila and its former colonial master since the granting of formal independence on July 4, 1946.

A “ceasefire” in Washington’s Afghanistan debacle

By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2020

After 18 years of war, the killing of nearly 2,400 troops and the squandering of roughly $1 trillion, Washington is negotiating a deal it could have had with the Taliban without a shot being fired.

Fighting mounts as Washington backs Turkish attack on Syria, Russia

By Alex Lantier, 21 February 2020

US-backed Turkish military operations targeting Syrian and Russian units in Syria could escalate into an all-out clash between Russia and the entire NATO alliance.

EU agrees to new military mission against Libya

By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2020

The foreign ministers of all 27 EU countries agreed on a new military mission in Libya on Monday.

After the massacre in Hanau

Stop the right-wing terror in Germany!

By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2020

A right-wing extremist terrorist shot and killed nine people in the German city of Hanau on Wednesday evening.

German Education Minister Karliczek supports right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 20 February 2020

The German government is defending the right-wing extremist professor after he threatened and physically attacked IYSSE spokesperson Sven Wurm on the campus of Berlin’s Humboldt University.

Washington backs Turkey as border clashes mount with Syria and Russia

By Ulaş Ateşci, 19 February 2020

Washington is encouraging Turkish army operations inside Syria, risking a direct clash between the NATO alliance and the Syrian government’s main allies, Russia and Iran.

China denounces US “lies” at the Munich Security Conference

By Peter Symonds, 19 February 2020

Beijing’s blunt language is an attempt to counter Washington’s relentless propaganda offensive and also to seek support from the European powers.

US imposes travel ban on Sri Lankan army chief

By K. Ratnayake, 19 February 2020

Washington is demanding every faction of Colombo’s political elite line up with its war preparations against China.

US-backed Saudi bombing kills at least 32 civilians in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2020

The airstrikes, the latest in a long list of war crimes, are believed to have been an act of revenge for the downing of a Saudi warplane.

German Defence Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer delivers pro-war speech at Munich Security Conference

By Johannes Stern, 18 February 2020

The speech described in detail what Berlin, Brussels and Paris intend to do to prepare for future conflicts between the major powers for the redivision of the world.

Erfurt, Germany: 20,000 demonstrate against fascism

By our correspondents, 18 February 2020

“Not with us! No pact with fascists—never and nowhere!” This was the main slogan for the mass demonstration which took place in the East German city of Erfurt on Saturday, February 15.

US-Europe conflict erupts at Munich

By Andre Damon, 18 February 2020

This weekend’s Munich Security Conference was dominated by a breakdown of the NATO alliance amid the resurgence of preparations for “great power conflict.”

Washington Post war hawk Jackson Diehl lauds Sanders’ foreign policy

By Barry Grey, 18 February 2020

In Monday’s column, Diehl reassures the ruling class that a Sanders administration would not mark a break from the aggressive and militarist policy of American imperialism.

US threatens Europe over Huawei at Munich Security Conference

By Andre Damon, 17 February 2020

After the UK, France and Germany announced they would not ban Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from their networks, US officials sought to threaten their NATO allies into changing course.

German President Steinmeier calls for German-European great power politics at Munich conference

By Johannes Stern, 17 February 2020

In his opening speech at this year’s Munich Security Conference, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) stressed that the ruling class in Germany is determined to promote the return of militarism by all means.

Judge rules in favor of Amazon, halts work on JEDI contract by Microsoft

By Kevin Reed, 17 February 2020

The decision by a federal judge to grant Amazon’s request is an indication of bitter conflict within the ruling establishment.

US assassinated Suleimani to quash Iran’s talks with Gulf monarchies

By Bill Van Auken, 15 February 2020

The murder of the top Iranian general was carried out to shore up Washington’s crumbling Middle East alliances.

Trump pledges to veto war powers resolution, uses Pentagon funds to build border wall

By Andre Damon, 14 February 2020

Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats’ impeachment drive, President Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere.

US brings new charges against Chinese telecom giant Huawei

By Nick Beams, 14 February 2020

The unveiling of new charges underscores the distinctive approach taken by the US state towards what are in essence commercial disputes.

Growth of fascistic attacks on refugees in Greece

By George Gallanis, 14 February 2020

A thousand threads tie the fascistic thugs on the streets hunting down refugees to the ruling Greek capitalist party, New Democracy.

Sri Lankan prime minister’s India visit underscores deepening geostrategic rivalry

By K. Ratnayake, 14 February 2020

The US and India are making clear to the new Sri Lankan president that his government must not re-establish close relations with China.

Spectre of the 1930s

Sound the alarm! Political conspiracy and the resurgence of fascism in Germany

By David North and Johannes Stern, 14 February 2020

Last week’s decision by the Christian Democratic Union in the federal state of Thuringia to elect a state premier together with the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany exposes the filthy state of German politics.

Sanders tells New York Times he would consider a preemptive strike against Iran or North Korea

By Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey, 14 February 2020

The answers given by Sanders’ campaign to a foreign policy survey published this month by the Times provide a revealing picture of the attitude of the self-styled “democratic socialist” to American imperialism and war.

999 Syria conflict escalation in Idlib

14 February 2020

US spied on governments for decades through secret ownership of Swiss encryption firm

By Kevin Reed, 13 February 2020

The revelations that the CIA and NSA have been spying on the diplomatic cables of governments around the world for the past five decades demonstrates that the American imperialism has long operated as a law unto itself in world affairs.

Trump removes restrictions on land mine use by US military

By Kevin Reed, 12 February 2020

The move is part of the preparations by the Trump administration for aggressive war and, in particular, plans for military conflict with ground forces against the primary rivals of US imperialism, Russia and China.

Trump’s budget proposal: A new offensive in the social counterrevolution

By Eric London, 12 February 2020

The announcement begins the staged process in which the Democratic Party feigns indignation over the proposed cuts only to ultimately accede to many of the demands.

Trump budget gives top priority to new generation of nuclear weapons

By Patrick Martin, 11 February 2020

The budget document issued Monday reveals that the Pentagon views the use of nuclear weapons as a practical necessity.

Woman who killed UK teenager Harry Dunn was a CIA spy

By Thomas Scripps, 11 February 2020

The Dunn family’s legal spokesman, Radd Seiger, explained it is “high time that the nation can see with full transparency whether or not the government prioritised protecting the identity of the Sacoolas family over the welfare and rights of Harry’s family.”

Far-right AfD plays role of kingmaker in German state election

By Christoph Vandreier, 7 February 2020

For the first time since the end of the Third Reich, a state premier was elected on Wednesday with the votes of a far-right, fascist party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD).

Dozens killed in growing border clashes between Turkey and Syria

By Ulas Atesci, 4 February 2020

This fighting threatens to escalate into a direct confrontation between Turkey, a NATO member state, and the Syrian regime’s nuclear-armed ally, Russia.

White supremacist Coast Guard officer sentenced to thirteen years in federal prison after plotting massacre of Democrats and “leftists in general”

By Kevin Reed, 4 February 2020

Christopher Hasson, a fascist Coast Guard Lieutenant who had amassed an arsenal in his Silver Spring, Maryland home, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to firearm and drug charges.

NATO exercise Defender 2020: Germany serves as military base for build-up against Russia

By Martin Nowak, 4 February 2020

For the first time in its history, the alliance is practicing the deployment from the US to eastern Europe of an entire division of 20,000 soldiers.

Students and young people speak out against war

4 February 2020

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality spoke to young people throughout the US about their experience with war and its consequences.

More than half of the world’s millennials fear a nuclear attack will happen in the next decade

By Genevieve Leigh, 4 February 2020

A recent International Committee of the Red Cross study, which surveyed 16,000 millennials in 16 different countries, found overwhelming hostility to war and militarism among youth.

South Korea deploys naval unit to Strait of Hormuz

By Ben McGrath, 1 February 2020

Behind the backs of the South Korean working class, Seoul is supporting US war plans that could lead to a wider conflict with China and Russia.

US deploys “usable” nuclear weapon amid continuing war threats against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2020

For all the talk of war with Iran having been averted, the reality is that the world remains on the knife’s edge of a catastrophic military confrontation.

War tensions mount between NATO powers over Libya, Mediterranean

By Alex Lantier, 31 January 2020

The Berlin conference has set the stage not for peace, but only for stepped-up imperialist interventions to divide up the profits to be extracted from Libya and the entire region.

Psychologist responsible for devising torture methods testifies at Guantanamo Bay hearing

By Adam Mclean, 30 January 2020

James Mitchell, an Air Force veteran and psychologist who was a leading architect of torture methods used at US “black sites” testified that he threatened to cut the throat of the son of detainee Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

US airstrikes in Afghanistan hit ten-year high in 2019

By Niles Niemuth, 29 January 2020

The Trump administration has ramped up the air war in Afghanistan as it seeks to pressure the Taliban into a settlement, killing hundreds of civilians in the process.

Democrats embrace war hawk Bolton in Trump impeachment trial

By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2020

The carefully timed leak of Bolton’s White House revelations has overshadowed the defense mounted by Trump’s attorneys in the Senate impeachment trial.

Iraqi government cracks down on anti-US protests

By Jean Shaoul, 28 January 2020

Protests were sparked by unemployment, particularly among young people, the lack of electricity and water, poor services and rampant corruption.

Trump’s disdain for wounds suffered by troops in Iraq sparks protest

By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2020

The downplaying of the injuries has laid bare the president’s contempt for US military personnel, with whose lives he gambled by ordering the Suleimani assassination.

The mass protests in Iraq and the US drive to recolonize the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2020

Among the hundreds of thousands who filled the streets of Baghdad were workers and youth whose entire lives have been shaped by the crimes of US imperialism.

Iranian student deported from Boston by Customs and Border Protection despite court order

By Julian James, 25 January 2020

At the time of his deportation, Abadi held a valid F1 student visa recently issued by the United States Customs and Immigration Services to continue pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University in Boston.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warns of “civilization-ending nuclear war”

By Andre Damon, 24 January 2020

Amid a global nuclear arms race, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warned that human civilization is closer to destruction than at any other period in history.

Germany: Left Party supports Libya conference and possible military deployment

By Johannes Stern, 24 January 2020

Although the conference was a meeting of imperialist brigands who discussed the military occupation of the resource-rich country and the redivision of the entire continent under the guise of peace, it was acclaimed by the Left Party.

US troops confront Russian convoy near Syrian oil fields

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2020

Washington is occupying Syrian oil fields to deny resources to Damascus and continue its drive for regime change.

New Zealand Greens support military build-up

By Tom Peters, 23 January 2020

The Green Party, part of the Labour-led government, is backing $20 billion in military upgrades and increased army recruitment, purportedly because it will help address the impact of climate change.

Europe dispatches naval flotilla to threaten Iran, Syria

By Anthony Torres, 22 January 2020

A French aircraft carrier and European naval flotillas will patrol strategic Middle East waters that are critical to the global oil trade.

Berlin conference prepares military occupation of Libya

By Peter Schwarz, 21 January 2020

The Libya conference, which took place last Sunday in Berlin, was not about peace in the war-torn country, but about the distribution of the loot.

US official delivers Trump’s threatening message to Sri Lankan president

By K. Ratnayake, 20 January 2020

Sri Lanka is a key focus of intensifying rivalry between US and India, on one hand, and China and Russia, on the other.

German government to continue military operations in the Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2020

All of the parliamentary parties agree with the government’s policy of escalating Germany military intervention in the region.

The Libya conference and the new scramble for Africa

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2020

The Berlin meeting is reminiscent of the infamous Congo Conference, also held in Berlin in 1884-85 and aimed at the complete colonization of Africa.

Washington continues war buildup against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 17 January 2020

Another squadron of F15-E fighter jets has been dispatched to the region, while the threat of a “nuclear option” is on the table.