US Militarism

CIA stages gas attack pretext for Syria escalation

By Patrick Martin, 9 April 2018

The rhetoric of the Trump administration indicates that preparations are being made by the Pentagon for stepped-up military operations in Syria.

Britain piles on lies to shore up Skripal poisoning accusations against Russia

By Robert Stevens, 9 April 2018

Faced with a devastating exposure of the May government’s concoctions, within the space of a month, the British media is in damage limitation mode.

US and South Korea hold war games ahead of talks

By Peter Symonds, 7 April 2018

While scaled back, the joint exercises still involve 300,000 troops and advanced weaponry amid continuing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump reverses himself on Syria pullout order

By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2018

The move came after intense pressure from the Pentagon and much of the corporate media for a more aggressive anti-Russian and anti-Iranian posture.

Google workers demand end to company’s involvement in drone murder

By Andre Damon, 5 April 2018

Over 3,000 Google employees have signed a letter condemning the company’s participation in the criminal operations of the US military and the “business of war.”

The lies of the imperialist powers over the Skripal affair unravel

By Robert Stevens, 5 April 2018

Not since Nazi Germany has the world witnessed such a shameless falsification of events as the provocation concocted around the poisoning in England of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

As Trump talks of bringing troops home, Washington escalates aggression from Libya to Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2018

While Trump repeated his populist promise to “bring our troops home,” the reality is that the Pentagon is escalating interventions across the Middle East.

US media’s silent complicity in Israeli massacre in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul and Barry Grey, 2 April 2018

Major American media outlets, led by the New York Times, are treating the Israeli military’s mass killing and wounding of unarmed, peaceful Palestinian protesters as a non-event.

Syria debacle deepens crisis of Trump administration

By Patrick Martin, 2 April 2018

While Trump spoke last week of removing US troops from Syria, the US-backed “rebel” forces lost their last stronghold near the capital city, Damascus.

Protests erupt in Ghana over US military agreement

By Eddie Haywood, 31 March 2018

Thousands turned out in the capital Accra to oppose a deal that would allow for a significant expansion of the US military’s presence in the West African nation.

Yulia Skripal “improving rapidly”: The unravelling of the Russian Novichok narrative

By Chris Marsden, 31 March 2018

The recovery of Yulia Skripal after having been supposedly poisoned by a “military-grade” nerve agent is just one of the innumerable inconsistencies and contradictions in London’s case against Russia.

US sells Poland Patriot anti-missile system amid continued campaign against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 29 March 2018

The sale represents a direct military provocation, escalating tensions provoked by unsubstantiated allegations surrounding the Skripal poisoning in the UK.

The poisoning of Skripal and the campaign against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2018

From the Zinoviev Letter of 1924 to the alleged poisoning of a double agent in the UK, both US and British intelligence have a long record of employing lies to justify war and reaction.

North Korean leader holds unannounced talks in China

By Peter Symonds, 28 March 2018

Facing mounting threats from the Trump administration, China and North Korea are under pressure to mend an increasingly frosty relationship.

US carries out first drone strike in southern Libya

By Eddie Haywood, 28 March 2018

AFRICOM has been preparing for a massive escalation of armed drone flights conducted across the African continent from its recently constructed base in neighboring Niger.

Pulse nightclub shooter’s father was an FBI informant

By Niles Niemuth, 27 March 2018

Critical details about Omar Mateen’s father’s decade-long relationship with the FBI came out this week during the trial of Noor Salman, who has been charged as an accomplice in the 2016 mass shooting.

Bolton’s appointment: Another warning of new US wars

By Peter Symonds, 24 March 2018

Bolton is notorious for his advocacy of illegal wars of aggression, his contempt for the UN and international law, and his belligerent stance towards US rivals such as China and Russia.

Record pace of drone strikes mark sharp escalation of US war in Somalia

By Eddie Haywood, 24 March 2018

Monday’s strike was the ninth such attack this year putting 2018 on track to overtake the record total set in 2017.

100 US drone war in Somalia

23 March 2018

UK-led anti-Russia campaign used to hit out at Trump, pressure EU

By Chris Marsden, 22 March 2018

Tuesday was the day the UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats and their families, while May chaired a session of the national security council to discuss further actions against Russia.

Fifteen years since the launching of the Iraq War

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2018

Neither the warmongers in Washington and London, nor their media apologists, have been held to account for the greatest crime of the 21st century.

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship

Part 3: NYU and the efforts to censor the Internet

By the IYSSE at NYU, 21 March 2018

New York University, the largest private research university in the US, in heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the Internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.

European Union joins UK in ratcheting up anti-Russia campaign

By Chris Marsden, 20 March 2018

The Skripal affair has been used by the UK and powerful voices within the US political and military establishment to push the two major European states away from Russia.

Threat of US attack on Syria grows amid fall of “rebel” stronghold

By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2018

The imminent fall of the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta has been accompanied by Turkey’s overrunning of Afrin in the north, signaling a new stage in the seven-year-old Syrian war.

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship: Part 2

NYU’s role in “cybersecurity” and mass surveillance

By the IYSSE at NYU, 20 March 2018

The largest private research university in the US is heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.

Australia-ASEAN summit held amid US-China tensions

By James Cogan, 19 March 2018

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull sought to draw more ASEAN members toward the anti-China orientation of the more openly US-aligned states.

Trump signs Taiwan Travel Act in new provocation against China

By Peter Symonds, 19 March 2018

The legislation upends decades of diplomatic protocol in which the US maintained only low-level contact with Taiwan.

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship: Part 1

NYU and the preparations of US imperialism for world war

By the IYSSE at NYU, 19 March 2018

New York University, the largest private research university in the US, is heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.

The campaign over the Skripal poisoning: An international war provocation

By Chris Marsden, 17 March 2018

The campaign by the imperialist powers in Europe and the United States over the poisoning of former Russian spy and British double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter stinks to high heaven.

Pentagon concealed role of US special forces in deadly Niger offensive

By Eddie Haywood, 17 March 2018

On December 6 last year, Green Berets coordinating a military operation with Nigerien forces, killed 11 militants near the town of Diffa, close to the Nigerian border.

New York Times chides Trump for insufficient aggression against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2018

The Times editorial underscore the newspaper’s role as a propaganda organ for leading elements in the US military and intelligence apparatus that are pressing for war.

Washington imposes sanctions against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2018

The sanctions over alleged Russian cyberattacks and “interference” in US elections came as Washington joined the UK, France and Germany in indicting Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy.

Seven days in March: The Trump administration and the breakdown of American democracy

By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2018

Actions taken by the Trump administration this week reveal its ever more open turn to authoritarianism, while the Democrats have become the party of the CIA.

As tensions escalate, UK expels 23 Russian diplomats

By Chris Marsden, 15 March 2018

May is leading an international offensive to reinforce demands for action against Russia, up to and including a military response, working in close collaboration with the US.

Trump’s firing of Tillerson signals further shift toward global war

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2018

Tillerson’s replacement by CIA Director Mike Pompeo is bound up with a turn toward upending the nuclear agreement with Iran and a more aggressive militarist policy.

The Skripal poisoning: What lies behind UK-US ultimatums against Russia?

By Alex Lantier, 14 March 2018

As London and NATO concoct a case for war against Russia based on allegations that Moscow poisoned Sergei Skripal, certain elementary questions must be asked.

Russia threatens counter-strikes on US forces in Syria

By Halil Celik and James Cogan, 14 March 2018

Russia’s top military commander has vowed to retaliate against any attack on its forces in Syria, while Turkey is intensifying its offensive against US-backed rebels.

The CIA takeover of the Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2018

The entry of dozens of intelligence and military veterans into this year’s congressional primaries amounts to a takeover of the Democratic Party by the CIA and Pentagon.

On eve of Pennsylvania vote

Trump, Democrats race to the right

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2018

Trump made fascistic remarks at a campaign rally near Pittsburgh, while Democrats attacked him from the right, on both trade and policy towards North Korea.

Google’s alliance with the military: The ruling class responds to social unrest in America

By Andre Damon, 10 March 2018

Google’s admission that it is aiding and abetting the US military’s illegal assassination program exemplifies the sinister alliance of the technology monopolies with the repressive apparatus of the state.

US-North Korean talks still a tentative prospect

By Peter Symonds, 10 March 2018

Even if the summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un proceeds, it could rapidly break down, creating an even more explosive situation on the Korean Peninsula.

US “allies” scramble for tariff exemptions

By Nick Beams, 10 March 2018

The European Union is “counting” on being exempted from the Trump tariff measures but may get short shrift.

Aircraft carrier visit cements Vietnam’s alignment with Washington

By James Cogan, 10 March 2018

Vietnam’s strategic importance to US imperialism stems primarily from how it can be used against China.

The CIA Democrats: Part three

From the State Department to Capitol Hill

By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2018

The Democratic Party is seeking to be not only the party for the Pentagon and CIA, but the party of the Pentagon and CIA.

Google admits collaboration with illegal US drone murder program

By Andre Damon, 8 March 2018

The company’s involvement in the “targeted killing” program shows its pivotal role in US government attacks on democratic rights.

The CIA Democrats: Part two

Agents and war commanders

By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2018

Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.

North Korea offers to enter talks to denuclearise

By Peter Symonds, 7 March 2018

Trump reacted positively to the announcement of possible talks with North Korea, but maintained Washington’s threats against the Pyongyang regime.

Netanyahu, Trump discuss war preparations against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2018

Netanyahu, facing criminal indictment in Israel, and Trump, his administration in deepening crisis, met to discuss plans for an escalation of military aggression against Iran.

The CIA Democrats: Part one

Introduction

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2018

This series examines the extraordinary integration of the Democratic Party and the intelligence agencies, with dozens of former operatives running as Democratic candidates in 2018.

Foreign “meddling” in elections—Yankee imperialist style

By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2018

Amid unrelenting hysteria promoted by the Democrats and the media over alleged Russian “meddling” in the US election, scant attention has been paid to Washington’s own activities south of the US border.

US media airs pretexts for preemptive attack on North Korea

By James Cogan, 3 March 2018

Newspaper articles indicate that a war crime of historic dimensions is being prepared.

Responding to US threats, Russian President Putin proclaims nuclear arms race

By Andre Damon, 2 March 2018

In a belligerently nationalistic speech Thursday, Putin boasted about advances in Russia’s nuclear arsenal and played a video depicting a nuclear strike on the United States.

A new “left” appeal for imperialist intervention in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 March 2018

The “open letter” was clearly addressed to Washington and its allies, demanding the escalation of their use of armed force against the war-ravaged country.

US airstrike kills dozens amid mounting Western war propaganda over Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 28 February 2018

The orchestrated outcry over civilian deaths in Ghouta and chorus of chemical weapons allegations are aimed at preparing a major new imperialist escalation in the Middle East.

Fighting continues in Syria after another UN ceasefire

By Chris Marsden, 26 February 2018

Tensions between the United States, Russia, Iran, and Turkey remained high in the wake of a US attack that killed dozens of Russian troops.

South Korean president holds talks with top North Korean officials

By Ben McGrath, 26 February 2018

North Korea has offered to hold talks with the US, but the Trump administration is insisting that Pyongyang must first demonstrate its willingness to denuclearise.

Trump uses Australian PM’s visit to threaten North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 24 February 2018

Trump warned that if sanctions on North Korea did not work he would move to “phase two,” which could be “a very rough thing.”

The 2018 Munich Security Conference and the emerging conflict between the US and Europe

By Alex Lantier, 22 February 2018

This weekend's conference was dominated by rising, potentially violent conflict between the major powers, notably the United States and Europe.

Syrian government offensive prompts calls for intensified US military intervention

By Jordan Shilton, 22 February 2018

US media outlets have seized on the escalation of violence to call for the expansion of Washington’s illegal military intervention.

New York Times exploits Parkland tragedy to escalate anti-Russian campaign

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2018

The New York Times and the broadcast media have sought to exploit the deaths of 17 high school students to justify US military aggression against Russia and promote Internet censorship.

Washington delivers new ultimatum on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2018

The Trump administration is threatening to abrogate the Iran nuclear agreement in order to force the European powers to adopt a hard line against Tehran.

The Russian meddling fraud: Weapons of mass destruction revisited

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 20 February 2018

As with the Bush administration’s lies about Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction,” the claim that Russia “attacked” the US by “meddling” in the 2016 elections is aimed at creating a justification for war.

US admiral advocates war footing against China

By James Cogan, 20 February 2018

Admiral Harris’s statement left no doubt that he believes military spending must be ramped up by hundreds of billions of dollars.

Multiple reports confirm US killed Russians in Syrian oilfield airstrikes

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2018

The deaths of Russian military contractors under the rain of bombs and missiles unleashed by the Pentagon has sharply escalated war tensions.

Top US intelligence official declares “decision time” on North Korea coming closer

By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2018

Amid speculation about talks between North and South Korea, the US Director of National Intelligence was skeptical that Pyongyang would negotiate away its nuclear weapons.

Trump nominates anti-China hawk as US ambassador to Australia

By James Cogan, 14 February 2018

The nomination of Admiral Harry Harris, head of Pacific Command, is a gauge of how vital the US views its alliance with Australia at this historical juncture.

Israeli attack on Syria heightens danger of wider Mideast war

By Chris Marsden, 12 February 2018

Israel attacked 12 of the country’s main air defence sites, which the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) described as “Iranian targets.”

US to expand military deployments as war danger builds in Asia

By James Cogan, 12 February 2018

The United Sates is preparing for “great-power conflict” in the Pacific by massively increasing its military presence in the region.

Russians reported killed in US strikes in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2018

The reports of Russian casualties came as Turkey resumed its own air strikes against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin.

Democrats and Republicans pass budget to prepare US for war

By Eric London, 10 February 2018

The Democratic Party provided the necessary votes to allocate $1.4 trillion for the military.

Falcon Heavy launch marks new stage in the privatization—and perversion—of space exploration

By Don Barrett and Patrick Martin, 9 February 2018

The new rocket has two purposes, neither of them connected with the advance of science: to boost the wealth of billionaire Elon Musk, and to expand the military arsenal of the Pentagon.

US vice president foreshadows “toughest” sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2018

Pence’s aggressive remarks cut across any attempt by the South Korean president to use the Winter Olympics to create an opening for negotiations with North Korea.

Trump’s parade and the threat of military dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 8 February 2018

The US president’s bid to roll tanks down Pennsylvania Avenue is no mere personal whim. It is bound up with deep-going changes in US society and the capitalist state apparatus.

US threat to escalate Syria war over alleged gas attacks

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2018

Washington’s threat to retaliate over alleged use of chemical weapons comes amid a steady widening of the multi-sided war in Syria.

CNN suppressed leaked DHS report on Super Bowl LII security operation

By Matthew Taylor, 7 February 2018

CNN’s decision to withhold their report until after the Super Bowl illustrates the media’s role as collaborators with, and mouthpieces of, the military intelligence apparatus.

Trump considers “bloody nose” strike on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 6 February 2018

US aggression against North Korea would almost certainly trigger retaliation and result in an escalating conflict that would drag in other nuclear-armed powers such as Russia and China.

Chomsky’s pro-imperialist Afrin petition

By Nick Beams, 6 February 2018

Right on cue, as if acting in accordance with a carefully drafted script, pseudo-left organisations and individuals have stepped forward to provide justifications for new US operations in the Middle East.

Chelsea Manning to run as a Democrat in Maryland Senate race

By Nick Barrickman, 6 February 2018

Like so many others before her, Manning is engaged in a misguided and futile effort to seek reforms through the US capitalist two-party system.

Downing of Russian fighter in Syria threatens wider war

By Peter Symonds, 5 February 2018

The warplane was shot down as Russian and US military forces face off at close quarters on opposing sides of Syria’s disastrous civil war.

Trump administration presses for more options for war on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 February 2018

Even as tensions appear to have eased on the Korean Peninsula with the Winter Olympics about to begin, the US is continuing its preparations for a military strike.

Washington prepares new escalation as Afghanistan unravels

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2018

The inability of Afghan security forces and their US “advisers” to secure even the most heavily guarded zones of Kabul has been underscored in a series of spectacular attacks.

Russian-backed Syrian peace talks reach deal on constitution as US discusses escalating conflict

By Jordan Shilton, 2 February 2018

A day after the conclusion of the talks, the Trump administration raised new and unsubstantiated claims that the Assad regime is developing chemical weapons.

Trump’s State of Delusion

By Barry Grey, 1 February 2018

The degeneration of the State of the Union as an institution is connected to the mounting crisis of American capitalism.

CIA director brands China “as big a threat to the US” as Russia

By Peter Symonds, 1 February 2018

Pompeo’s warning signals the ramping up of a campaign on alleged Chinese interference in the US as Washington increases its trade war measures and military build-up against Beijing.

Investigators now claim Hawaii employee who sent false alert thought attack was real

By Joseph Kishore, 31 January 2018

The message read out to workers at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency on the morning of January 13 included the words, “This is not a drill.”

Fifty years since the Tet Offensive

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2018

The military assault marked a turning point in the Vietnam War, demonstrating the enduring power of the popular revolutionary struggle and crippling the Johnson administration.

The Economist: Humanity teeters on the brink of world war

By James Cogan, 30 January 2018

The latest issue of the London weekly declares that the past quarter century of bloody conflicts is just the prelude to an even more horrific future.

US involvement in enslavement and rape of Afghan children

By Kayla Costa, 29 January 2018

Between 2010 and 2016 alone, there were nearly 6,000 accusations of child sexual abuse reported by American military personnel, with no actions taken in response.

The media’s guilty silence on Hawaii nuclear war alert

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2018

Little more than two weeks after Hawaii’s 1.5 million people received a false alert of impending nuclear disaster, the media has quietly shelved the story.

Will there be a US nuclear sneak attack on North Korea?

By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2018

Amid a feverish US military buildup, Washington rolled out a new round of sanctions aimed at strangling North Korea’s economy.

Fighting rages as Turkey advances on Syrian Kurdish enclave

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2018

The Turkish military incursion into northern Syria has exacerbated deepening tensions within the NATO alliance and between the US and Europe.

Turkey invades Syria to attack US-backed Kurdish forces

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 22 January 2018

The Turkish invasion points to a historic breakdown of the NATO alliance, of which the United States and Turkey are both members.

US destroyer intrudes into waters around Chinese-controlled islet

By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2018

The latest “freedom of navigation” provocation came on the eve of a meeting of top naval commanders in India where US Admiral Harry Harris condemned China as “a disruptive force.”

Pentagon unveils strategy for military confrontation with Russia and China

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2018

The document presented by Defense Secretary James Mattis confirms an open shift by US imperialism toward preparations for a third world war.

False alarm of incoming missile in Japan

By Peter Symonds, 17 January 2018

The false alert, coming days after a similar incident in Hawaii, highlights the advanced preparations by the US and its allies for war with North Korea.

Hawaii’s “false alarm” and the advanced preparations for war against North Korea

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2018

The terror unleashed upon the population of Hawaii cannot be understood outside of the myriad exercises being conducted by the Pentagon in preparation for an invasion of North Korea.

US to set up 30,000-strong “border force” in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 16 January 2018

Having proclaimed the defeat of ISIS, Washington is determined to prosecute its goal of ousting the Iranian- and Russian-backed Syrian regime.

The missile alert in Hawaii

Thirty-eight minutes of chaos

By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2018

A false warning of impending nuclear attack terrorized millions on Saturday.

Trump emphasises hostile stance on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 15 January 2018

The latest fracas underscores the erratic character of the Trump administration’s stance toward North Korea.

US AFRICOM blacklists reporter Nick Turse as “not a legitimate journalist”

By Eddie Haywood, 15 January 2018

The move is of a piece with the global effort to censor oppositional and alternative viewpoints on the Internet.