War and militarism

Canada’s media and political establishment endorse illegal assassination of Iranian General Suleimani

By Roger Jordan, 17 January 2020

To the extent that criticisms have been made, they have revolved around the question of whether Suleimani’s murder by drone strike was tactically wise.

US students and youth speak out against the threat of war with Iran

By Trévon Austin, 17 January 2020

“We know who war benefits. It benefits the rich, and it’s always the poor and the working class who suffer the consequences. My father fought in World War II and the Korean War and it totally destroyed him.”

No to war against Iran! For an international movement against capitalism and war!

IYSSE holds first meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 17 January 2020

The meeting focused on the dangerous developments in the Middle East since the beginning of the year and the need for a socialist and internationalist programme to put an end to war.

The Suleimani assassination, imperialist strategy and the crisis of the Iranian regime

By Keith Jones, 16 January 2020

The killing of the military leader, widely viewed as second only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in Iran’s power structure, constitutes a dramatic escalation of the Trump administration’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran.

European powers move toward scrapping nuclear accord with Iran

By Alex Lantier, 15 January 2020

Berlin, London and Paris, emboldened by Tehran’s weak response to the US murder of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, are escalating attacks against Iran.

Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung defends murder of Suleimani

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2020

In reaction to the Middle East crisis, Germany’s ruling circles are enthusing about the criminal methods of Trump while pursuing their own imperialist interests more aggressively.

Kremlin maintains muted response to Suleimani assassination, insists on Iran nuclear deal

By Clara Weiss, 15 January 2020

An open war against Iran is likely to spread directly to the border of Russia, enflaming not only the entire Middle East but also the South Caucasus.

Trump exploits Iran war crisis to incite violence against political opponents

By Barry Grey, 15 January 2020

Following Trump’s order for the murder of Iranian General Suleimani, his denunciations of political opponents for “taking the side of terrorists” can only be interpreted as a threat of violence.

Assassination of Iran’s General Suleimani planned months in advance

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2020

The claim by the Trump administration that its drone missile assassination was carried out in the face of an “imminent” threat stands exposed as a lie.

Australia’s Pine Gap spy base likely involved in the assassination of Qassem Suleimani

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 January 2020

No-one within the Australian media and political establishment has raised the question as to whether the Pine Gap spy base in central Australia played a role in the killing.

Berlin, London and Paris threaten Iran over 2015 nuclear treaty

By Alex Lantier, 14 January 2020

After the recent US assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, the European powers are denouncing not Washington, but Tehran, as a threat to the Middle East.

Texas becomes the first state to refuse refugee resettlement

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 14 January 2020

An order issued by Trump in September precludes non-governmental and non-profit organizations from resettling refugees without the consent of state and local governments.

Iran admits to inadvertently shooting down Ukraine International Airlines jet, killing 176

By Jordan Shilton and Keith Jones, 13 January 2020

The felling of Flight 752 came amid a war crisis fomented by Washington’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Tehran and its January 3 assassination of Suleimani.

Stop the War rally tries to restore Corbyn’s tattered anti-war credentials

By Robert Stevens, 13 January 2020

The more dangerous the world situation becomes, the less the STWC, which orients to the rightward-lurching Labour and trade union apparatus, is able to mobilise popular support.

“We’ve seen this all happen before, with the Iraq war. We saw how that went. It was a complete tragedy”

UK protesters speak out against war on Iran

By our reporters, 13 January 2020

WSWS reporters spoke to attendees at Saturday’s demonstrations in the UK against the danger of war in Iran.

Iran admits to inadvertently shooting down Ukraine International Airlines jet, killing 176

By Jordan Shilton and Keith Jones, 13 January 2020

The felling of Flight 752 came amid a war crisis fomented by Washington’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Tehran and its January 3 assassination of Suleimani.

The assassination of Qassem Suleimani and the criminalization of US state policy

By Andre Damon, 13 January 2020

The normalization of extrajudicial killing is the outcome of the “war on terror” and decades of continuous war.

Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011: A significant exhibition at Museum of Modern Art’s contemporary arts center

By Clare Hurley, 13 January 2020

A large-scale group exhibition focused on US violence in the Middle East is currently on display at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York.

US and Israel escalate Middle East tensions in wake of Suleimani assassination

By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2020

A report that Washington attempted to assassinate a second Iranian official in Yemen has given the lie to the claim that Suleimani was killed to prevent an “imminent” attack.

Erdoğan and Putin open TurkStream pipeline after Iran strikes US bases in Iraq

By Ulaş Ateşci, 11 January 2020

The opening of this strategic pipeline comes amid escalating conflicts over energy in the region and an esclalating conflict between the United States and Iran.

Boston area professor fired after anti-Trump Facebook posting

By Dan Conway, 11 January 2020

Asheen Phansey lost his career over statements made in jest, while Trump and his enablers in the Democratic Party make real threats against Iran without any consequences.

UK: Corbyn offers no fight against war with Iran

By Thomas Scripps, 11 January 2020

Corbyn articulates the concerns within ruling circles, including Johnson’s Tories and the armed forces, that Trump’s recklessness can endanger the UK’s world position.

US and Australia ready another “regime-change” operation in Solomon Islands

By Patrick O’Connor, 11 January 2020

American and Australian officials had exerted considerable efforts to dissuade Sogavare from aligning with China, and reacted with fury to his diplomatic switch away from Taiwan.

European powers support war preparations against Iran

By Peter Schwarz, 11 January 2020

Not a single leading European politician condemned the brutal murder of General Qassem Suleimani, which represented a gross violation of international law and massively expanded the ongoing regional war in the Middle East.

Bernie Sanders says “some wars are necessary”

By Tom Hall, 11 January 2020

Sanders’ stated opposition to Trump’s threatened war in Iran is a political trap being set for workers and youth.

The Democrats pass Pelosi’s phony antiwar resolution

By Patrick Martin, 10 January 2020

On Thursday, House Democrats backed a “concurrent” resolution that places no meaningful restrictions on Trump’s ability to launch a war against Iran.

German government defends US war drive against Iran

By Johannes Stern, 10 January 2020

Having previously defended the US assassination of Gen. Qassim Soleimani, an illegal act of state terror, Berlin condemned Iran’s retaliatory strike.

New Zealand government backs US provocations against Iran

By Tom Peters, 10 January 2020

New Zealand’s Labour Party-led government has backed the US assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Suleimani and refused to withdraw NZ troops from Iraq.

210 Thomas Friedman repost

10 January 2020

Trump bides his time, but the preparations for war against Iran will continue

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 9 January 2020

The media falsely claims that Trump’s failure to order immediate strikes against Iran signals an opening for peace.

After Suleimani murder, New Anti-capitalist Party backs US war on Iran

By Alex Lantier, 9 January 2020

The NPA advances the lie that Iran, a former colonial country, is in fact an imperialist power attacking Washington and slanders Suleimani personally as a mass murderer.

Iran strikes US bases in Iraq as Pentagon deploys B-52 bombers

By Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2020

In evident preparation for full-scale war, the Pentagon has dispatched a bomber strike force consisting of six B-52 heavy bombers to the US military base on the island of Diego Garcia.

Australian government backs US provocations against Iran

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 January 2020

Government representatives responded to the illegal US assassination of General Suleimani by expressing “concern” over “Iran’s behaviour” and insisting Australian troops remain in Iraq.

Corbyn grovels to Privy Council, seeking to block mass anti-war movement

By Laura Tiernan, 8 January 2020

Corbyn’s letter to Johnson was framed as a defence of British national security interests and exhibited Corbyn’s trademark deference to the state.

As millions march in Tehran, US steps up military build-up against Iran

By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2020

As millions in Iran mourn the murder of General Qassem Suleimani, President Trump is assembling the forces for much greater crimes.

The US propaganda machine justifies the assassination of Qassem Suleimani

By Andre Damon and David North, 7 January 2020

To present with any degree of honesty the life of Major General Qassem Suleimani would require acknowledging the criminal role the United States has played in subverting the interests of the people of Iran and the entire Middle East for upwards of 70 years.

European governments defend US state terrorism following assassination of Iranian General Suleimani

By Peter Schwarz, 7 January 2020

While the European governments have called for de-escalation, they have refused to condemn as a war crime the targeted killing of a high-ranking representative of a sovereign country.

US assassination of Suleimani staggers Turkish government

By Ulas Atesci, 7 January 2020

The Turkish government took 10 hours to react to this illegal act of war carried out by its decades-long NATO ally.

Iranian-Americans detained at US-Canada border in wake of Suleimani assassination

By Benjamin Mateus, 7 January 2020

More than 60 US citizens were held at a border crossing in Washington state Saturday, subject to illegal detention and interrogation before being allowed to return to their own country.

Maduro government ousts Guaidó as speaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly

By Andrea Lobo, 7 January 2020

The move to sideline the opposition is largely based on calculations that it can exploit the war crisis in the Middle East and growing popular opposition to the lawlessness of US foreign policy.

The growing fascist influence in German politics: The case of Christian Democratic politician Robert Möritz

By Gregor Link and Johannes Stern, 7 January 2020

At the end of last year, the case of the former Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician highlighted the sharp shift to the right of the ruling class in Germany.

7 January 2020

Democrats fault Trump on strategy, silent on illegality of Suleimani assassination

By Patrick Martin, 6 January 2020

The candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination have sought to disguise their support for American imperialism with insincere appeals to popular antiwar sentiment.

Canadian government tacitly endorses US assassination of Iranian general Soleimani

By Roger Jordan, 6 January 2020

Just hours after Trump ordered a drone strike to exterminate Suleimani, the Canadian government issued a statement denouncing Iranian “aggression” in the Middle East.

Britain backs US war drive against Iran

By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2020

Whatever the qualms in British ruling circles about the grave implications of war in the Middle East, the UK is already involved—as America's closest ally—in a potential war against Iran.

020 US War in Somalia

6 January 2020

Antiwar posts go viral on social media after US murder of Iranian general

By Kayla Costa and Julio Patron, 6 January 2020

On Twitter and other social media platforms, youth from every region of the globe expressed their opposition to war and the possibility of nuclear annihilation.

Oppose Trump’s criminal war against Iran!

By The International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, 6 January 2020

Trump’s provocation of a war with Iran is an attempt to find a way out of the increasingly desperate crisis of American capitalism—international and domestic—through spectacular acts of violence.

German defence minister supports combat operations in Africa

By Gregor Link and Peter Schwarz, 4 January 2020

Over the holidays, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reiterated her call for a massive expansion of the Franco-German campaign in the Sahel region.

The murder of Qassem Suleimani and assassination as state policy

By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2020

In a reckless and criminal act, the Trump administration has effectively declared war on Iran, threatening to drag the whole world into a catastrophic conflict.

US assassinates top Iranian general as 4,000 troops readied for Iraq intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 3 January 2020

The umbrella group for Iraq’s Shia militias reported Friday morning that a US-targeted assassination at Baghdad airport killed Iran’s Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani.

Wider war over Libya looms as France, Egypt denounce Turkish intervention

By Alex Lantier, 3 January 2020

Less than a decade after the 2011 NATO intervention in Libya, the resulting civil war in that country threatens to escalate into an all-out regional conflict involving the major powers.

Washington escalates Mideast war threat with strikes on Iraq, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2019

Sunday’s airstrikes are part of an increasingly reckless US imperialist intervention in the region directed against Iran.

The impeachment crisis and US war plans against Russia

By Andre Damon, 31 December 2019

The ferocity with which the entire US national security apparatus responded to a temporary delay in sending anti-tank missiles and radar to Ukraine raises the question: Is there a timetable for using these weapons in combat against Russia?

The US sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the danger of World War III

By Peter Schwarz, 31 December 2019

The decision by the US Congress to impose sanctions on companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline underscores the danger of world war.

Iran, Russia and China hold joint naval drills in Indian Ocean amid US war threats

By Alex Lantier, 30 December 2019

The exercises are a signal that a US-led war targeting Iran could rapidly escalate into a global conflict involving the major nuclear powers.

Japan to deploy military forces to aid US operations against Iran

By Ben McGrath, 30 December 2019

Tokyo’s decision is part of its efforts to remilitarize and normalize overseas military action in violation of Article 9 of its constitution.

Edward Gallagher, Donald Trump and America’s criminal wars

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2019

A new report documents the gruesome record of the Navy Seal commander Trump has praised and pardoned.

New WikiLeaks documents expose doctoring of chemical weapons report to justify 2018 US attack on Syria

By Niles Niemuth, 28 December 2019

Just as extraordinary as the leaks themselves is the complete blackout observed by the mainstream media in the United States and Europe.

Trump issues hypocritical threat over Syrian offensive

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2019

Syrian government troops backed by Russian air power have advanced on the last redoubt of Al Qaeda-linked militias in Idlib province.

Erdogan vows to send Turkish troops into Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 27 December 2019

The Turkish deployment in Libya will escalate increasing tensions involving Washington, Moscow and NATO.

Saudi Arabia sentences hit men to death, shields organizers of Jamal Khashoggi murder

By Kevin Reed, 24 December 2019

The announcement by Saudi Arabia of death sentences for five members of the death squad that brutally assassinated the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018 is part of a cover-up to protect the role of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

German government condemns US sanctions on Nord Stream 2 pipeline

By Johannes Stern, 23 December 2019

The temporary halt to construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has dramatically intensified tensions between the United States and the European powers.

Israel’s political impasse ahead of third election in a year

By Jean Shaoul, 23 December 2019

Netanyahu and his right-wing and ultra-orthodox partners need to secure 61 seats in the Knesset to form a right-wing government that could give him immunity from prosecution.

In midst of impeachment, Pelosi honors Trump with State of the Union invitation

By Patrick Martin and Andre Damon, 23 December 2019

The move makes clear that, despite the bitter foreign policy differences at the heart of the impeachment drive, the two parties of American capitalism are united on fundamental issues.

Trump signs Pentagon budget imposing new sanctions on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2019

The record $738 billion National Defense Authorization Act was passed with the overwhelming support of House and Senate Democrats.

Australia: Lauded military veteran subject of second police investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 21 December 2019

The special forces were used for some of the most brutal aspects of the war, particularly hunting down and capturing or killing alleged Taliban resistance fighters.

Pentagon chief says US troops in Afghanistan to be redeployed against China

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2019

The remark by Mike Esper came amid reports that some 4,000 of the roughly 13,000 US troops now deployed in the war-ravaged country may be pulled out within weeks.

US Army XVIII Airborne Corp posts sympathetic portrayal of Nazi war criminal on Facebook

By Kevin Reed, 18 December 2019

The publication of a glowing portrayal of Nazi war criminal Joachim Peiper by the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corp’s Facebook page exposes a constituency within the military for fascism.

North Korean-US tensions rise as end-of-year deadline approaches

By Peter Symonds, 18 December 2019

In the absence of any US sanctions’ relief or meaningful talks, North Korea has threatened to resume its nuclear- and missile-testing program.

Germany’s Left Party hails new SPD leadership and grand coalition

By Johannes Stern, 17 December 2019

The efforts to present Saskia Esken and Nobert Walter-Borjans as fighters for a “left-wing camp” that will introduce a new era of social democracy are patently absurd.

US tests INF-banned missile after Democrats rubber-stamp Trump’s nuclear build-up

By Andre Damon, 14 December 2019

The test comes just days after congressional Democrats voted for a massive military spending bill that stripped out language limiting the development of dangerous new nuclear weapons.

Pentagon chiefs say US troops to stay in Syria for years

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2019

Less than two months after Trump’s demagogic announcement of a full withdrawal from Syria, the US military has made clear that it has no plans to leave.

US renews insults and threats against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2019

The Trump administration has made clear that it has no intention of meeting North Korea’s end-of-year deadline for meaningful talks, thus setting the stage for confrontation and conflict.

US House approves bill for record military spending

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2019

The National Defense Authorization Act passed by a huge bipartisan majority, with 188 Democrats and 189 Republicans supporting it.

Report unmasks FBI intervention in 2016 elections

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2019

The real threat to American democracy comes from the national-security state and the capitalist ruling elite, not from any foreign country.

The “Afghanistan papers”: The criminality and disaster of a war based upon lies

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2019

The documents published by the Washington Post constitute a damning indictment of both major parties as well as the media for lying to the American people for two decades.

Paris summit on Ukraine overshadowed by inter-imperialist conflicts

By Clara Weiss, 10 December 2019

The escalation of warfare within the US ruling class and the intensification of the conflicts between the imperialist powers occur amid the unraveling of the strategy that US imperialism has pursued in the region since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991.

Turkish government blocks care of Kurdish HDP’s jailed ex-leader Demirtaş

By Ulas Atesci, 10 December 2019

Ankara is broadly cracking down on Kurdish politicians, including Kurdish mayors elected this year, amid growing ethnic conflicts linked to the imperialist war in Syria.

America’s torturers and their co-conspirators must be prosecuted

By Tom Carter, 9 December 2019

Five years after the release of the Senate report on CIA torture, the gruesome drawings contained in the Seton Hall Law School paper on “How America Tortures” are a powerful indictment of the entire US political establishment.

Former head of German Secret Service publishes fascist manifesto

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 7 December 2019

Maassen’s article contains a thinly-veiled call for building a fascist movement to crush working class opposition to social inequality and militarism.

US prepares to deploy thousands more troops against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 6 December 2019

While the Pentagon denied a report that 14,000 more troops are being sent to the Persian Gulf, it made clear that a major escalation is under discussion.

Pompeo vows intervention against “riots” in Washington’s “own backyard”

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2019

Immediately following Pompeo’s provocative speech, the US slapped new sanctions on Venezuela and Cuba, which the secretary of state accused of fomenting violence.

Germany: Far-right AfD’s party conference strengthens völkisch-nationalist “wing”

By Peter Schwarz, 4 December 2019

The nationalist “wing” group (Der Flügel) in the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) around Björn Höcke and Andreas Kalbitz has emerged strengthened from its federal party conference.

NATO bitterly divided as London summit begins

By Alex Lantier, 3 December 2019

NATO heads of state arrived yesterday in London for a two-day summit beginning today, 70 years after NATO’s foundation in the aftermath of World War II in 1949.

Opposing NATO and Trump means fighting to free Julian Assange!

By Chris Marsden, 3 December 2019

The aim of Trump and Boris Johnson is to either send Assange to the US, lock him up and throw away the key, or subject him to such psychological and physical cruelty that he dies in prison.

Iranian government kills hundreds in bid to suppress the worst protests in decades

By Jean Shaoul, 3 December 2019

There is no doubt that the US, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf monarchies and Israel are seeking to exploit the escalating crisis confronting Iran.

US carries out fresh massacre in Afghanistan, killing entire family with drone strike

By Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2019

The bloody attack came in the wake of Trump’s claim that peace talks with the Taliban had resumed.

Germany’s budget for 2020: Billions for rearmament and war

By Johannes Stern, 2 December 2019

Five years ago the grand coalition announced Germany’s return to an aggressive foreign and great power policy. The far-reaching consequences of such a policy are increasingly reflected in the current budget.

Right-wing German Army officer Franco A. to be charged for terrorism

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 2 December 2019

The details now made public strongly suggest that the 30-year-old ex-Army officer is a neo-Nazi terrorist.

Imperialist powers intensify pressure on Iranian regime in wake of protests

By Jordan Shilton, 30 November 2019

US imperialism is chiefly responsible for the tense standoff in the Persian Gulf. But the claims of the Iranian regime that “collective security” can be achieved by establishing a closer military alliance with Beijing and Moscow are reactionary.

Trump signs Hong Kong “democracy” bill

By Nick Beams, 29 November 2019

Entitled the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”—and passed by the US Congress with only one dissenting voice, making it veto-proof—the legislation has nothing to do with either.

German government plans new military interventions, massive rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 29 November 2019

The German army is preparing for new military interventions. The plans were announced by the German defence minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, on Monday at a Bundeswehr base in Saarland.

Over 250 students arrested in Michigan by ICE in fake university scam

By Jacob Crosse, 29 November 2019

After arresting 161 students in January and February earlier this year, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement revealed that they had detained an additional 91 students in an ongoing sting operation conducted by the federal agency.

In defiance of repression, Colombian workers mount second national strike in the past week

By Evan Blake, 28 November 2019

In the face of intense police repression that has already killed four protesters, workers and youth took to the streets to voice their hostility to the right-wing Duque administration.

Trump threatens to designate Mexican cartels as “terrorists”

By Andrea Lobo, 28 November 2019

The step would set the stage for direct US military interventions in Mexico, while pressuring the Mexican government to escalate militarized repression of social opposition.

US media ramps up anti-China campaign over Uyghur “human rights”

By Peter Symonds, 28 November 2019

Washington has a long record of cynically exploiting “human rights” to justify regime-change operations, military provocations and wars, while ignoring the gross abuses of key allies.

999 DSA article on Bolton and impeachment

28 November 2019

Trump’s war crime pardons: Cultivating a fascistic base in the military

By Bill Van Auken, 27 November 2019

The unprecedented intervention in defense of Navy Seal Edward Gallagher is aimed not just at facilitating war crimes abroad, but at preparing forces to be used against the working class at home.

US navy secretary fired in case of pardoned SEAL war criminal

By Bill Van Auken, 26 November 2019

The crimes of Gallagher and the other war criminals pardoned by Trump account for a minuscule portion of the civilians massacred in the illegal wars waged by US imperialism over the past 18 years.