War and militarism

080 Terrorism watch list found unconstitutional

9 September 2019

Washington escalates “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 6 September 2019

More than a year after re-imposing a punishing sanctions regime, and no closer to achieving regime change, the US is adopting increasingly reckless measures.

DARPA requests proposals for “Semantic Forensics” system

US Defense Department prepares for mass internet censorship

By Kevin Reed, 6 September 2019

The Pentagon is seeking proposals from corporate technology partners for the development of an automated system that will censor “false media assets” and “disinformation.”

WikiLeaks exposes crimes of German imperialism

By Gregor Link, 6 September 2019

The German media has slandered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who faces possible life imprisonment or the death penalty in the US for making Washington’s war crimes public.

Pentagon begins second phase of diverting funds to Trump’s border wall

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has selected $3.6 billion worth of military construction projects that will be deferred to help pay for the wall on the US-Mexico border.

German president silent on the Holocaust at WWII memorial

By Peter Schwarz, 4 September 2019

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier failed to utter a word about the extermination of the Jews at a ceremony in Warsaw marking the 80th anniversary of World War II.

Massive blast hits Kabul as US envoy announces draft deal with Taliban

By Bill Van Auken, 4 September 2019

The draft agreement would reportedly include a phased, “conditions-based” withdrawal of US troops.

Russia and Turkey intensify military cooperation over US objections

By Ulas Atesci, 4 September 2019

Turkish purchases of Russian missiles and possibly fighter jets are fuelling tensions between Turkey and its imperialist allies in Washington and Europe.

Saudi airstrikes on Yemen prison kill more than 100

By Niles Niemuth, 2 September 2019

Monday’s mass slaughter ranks among the worst in a long string of war crimes carried out by Saudi Arabia with the backing of the American and British governments.

Germany: Xenophobic and anti-Semitic offences are rising sharply

By Isabel Roy, 2 September 2019

On average, there were 26 offences against immigrants or Jews each day in 2018.

The Causes and Consequences of World War II

By David North, 31 August 2019

David North, the chairman of the WSWS international editorial board, delivered the following lecture at San Diego State University on October 5, 2009, marking the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War.

US operation aggravates tensions over South China Sea disputes

By James Cogan, 30 August 2019

The latest operation is intended to either provoke or intimidate the Beijing regime and Chinese military.

US alarmed over end to South Korea-Japan intelligence sharing

By Peter Symonds, 30 August 2019

Seoul’s decision to withdraw from a key intelligence-sharing agreement with Tokyo is part of the deepening rift between Washington’s two military allies in North East Asia over economic and strategic issues.

Department of Homeland Security using $155 million in FEMA disaster relief to fund Trump’s immigrant crackdown

By Kevin Martinez, 29 August 2019

The shuffling of funds comes one week after the Trump White House announced an end to the Flores settlement, as a result, the government will be using FEMA funds to imprison immigrant families indefinitely.

German President Steinmeier and the Nazi massacre at Fivizzano

By Johannes Stern, 29 August 2019

Steinmeier cannot and does not want to speak about the origins of Nazi terror, because the ruling class is in the process of returning to an aggressive and imperialist foreign policy, and rehabilitating its fascist traditions.

German Socialist Equality Party answers legal document from Verfassungsschutz Secret Service

By Peter Schwarz, 28 August 2019

A legal brief submitted to the Berlin District Court by the SGP said Germany’s Secret Service was abusing its “constitutional role in a legally impermissible manner” when it “stigmatises criticism of the capitalist system as ‘anti-constitutional’.”

Israel launches airstrikes against Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

By Bill Van Auken, 27 August 2019

The wave of attacks across the region is linked to both the US offensive against Iran and Netanyahu’s re-election campaign.

The US announces provocative arms sale to Taiwan

By Peter Symonds, 27 August 2019

The $8 billion sale of 66 F-16V fighter jets is the first such deal since the administration of President George H.W. Bush approved the sale of 150 fighter jets to Taiwan in 1992.

Britain sold more than £6 billion in arms for Saudi-led coalition’s deadly war in Yemen

By Jean Shaoul, 26 August 2019

British-built aircraft, bombs and missiles have been used to target civilians in breach of the UK arms export law that bans the sale of arms or munitions to a state that is at “clear risk” of committing serious violations of international humanitarian law.

US escalates preparations for nuclear war with Russia and China

By Andre Damon, 23 August 2019

After withdrawing from the INF treaty, the US is accelerating its preparations to fight a nuclear war with China or Russia by testing and stockpiling dangerous new weapons in a nuclear arms race.

Australia joins US naval operation against Iran, foreshadows involvement in South China Sea

By James Cogan, 23 August 2019

Sixteen years after the Iraq war, US imperialism has plans for even more catastrophic crimes—against both Iran and China.

German defence minister visits troops in Jordan and Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 23 August 2019

The message of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was the same everywhere: The German army should continue and even expand its operations in the resource-rich Middle East.

Germany: Ex-intelligence chief campaigns for Christian Democrats and far-right AfD

By Ulrich Rippert, 19 August 2019

Maassen is organizing election meetings in which there are often more supporters of the far-right AfD than CDU voters.

Blackwater mercenary Nicholas Slatten sentenced to life in prison for initiating 2007 Nisour Square Massacre

By Jacob Crosse, 17 August 2019

Eight months after being found guilty a third time for first-degree murder, Slatten was sentenced Wednesday for his role in the notorious massacre in Baghdad during the height of the US occupation of Iraq.

Iran tanker released in Gibraltar despite US bid to seize it

By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2019

The decision to release the tanker, formally declared by Gibraltar, but clearly made in London, exposes rising tensions over Washington’s “maximum pressure” policy.

Australian government boosts Special Forces despite war crimes charges

By Mike Head, 16 August 2019

The move is part of the preparation for war, as well as for the suppression of domestic dissent.

Taliban claim breakthrough in Afghanistan talks, US commander says operations continue

By Bill Van Auken, 15 August 2019

Trump is reportedly pushing for a withdrawal of US troops before the 2020 election, while leading Republicans are pressing for a “residual force” of special forces and CIA.

Three-star general stands for far-right Alternative for Germany in mayoral election

By Christopher Lehmann, 14 August 2019

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has selected Joachim Wundrak, a former Luftwaffe lieutenant-general, as its candidate for the Hannover mayoral election on October 27.

The German media and Julian Assange: Silence and slander

By Gregor Link and Johannes Stern, 13 August 2019

Over a week after a US federal court threw out a civil case brought by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) against Julian Assange, the German media has been dominated by an embarrassed silence.

Southern separatists overrun Aden, exposing fraud of US, Saudi puppet regime in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2019

The clashes in Aden after more than four years of murderous war in Yemen have laid bare the failure of the US-backed Saudi campaign to establish any viable regime.

Establishment figures welcome renewed anti-China hysteria in Australia

By James Cogan, 13 August 2019

The ruling elite requires Australia’s incorporation into US war preparations to be accompanied by slandering any public opposition as the product of “Chinese interference.”

Following AUSMIN talks, Australian politician compares China to Nazi Germany

By James Cogan, 10 August 2019

Andrew Hastie falsely compared the purported failure of Australia to respond to the threat posed by China with France’s lack of response to the “German advance in 1940.”

US defence secretary, NATO chief visit New Zealand to strengthen military ties

By Tom Peters, 10 August 2019

The visits by US defence secretary Mark Esper and NATO general secretary Jens Stoltenberg were aimed at incorporating New Zealand further into the military build-up against China, Russia and Iran.

German government and Greens promote military mission in Persian Gulf

By Johannes Stern, 10 August 2019

The German ruling class is intensifying its campaign for a European war mission in the Persian Gulf. Especially aggressive are the leaders of the Green party.

While Trump cries crocodile tears over massacre victims

ICE rounds up nearly 700 immigrants in sweep through Mississippi poultry plants

By Norisa Diaz and Patrick Martin, 8 August 2019

The Trump administration has given its real response to the fascist massacre in El Paso, Texas by carrying out the largest immigration raid since Trump entered the White House.

US military testing domestic wide-area surveillance with high-altitude balloons

By Kevin Reed, 8 August 2019

The balloons also have high-resolution cameras capable of recording panoramic images that are then stitched together to provide a wide-area view of entire cities.

Washington orders international embargo on Venezuela, threatens invasion

By Andrea Lobo, 7 August 2019

US envoy Elliott Abrams declared: “If you told George Bush Sr. in 1988 that he would invade Panama, he would have called it madness. But two or three years later, it happened.”

Britain to join US naval blockade of Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 7 August 2019

The decision signifies a further intensification of the drive to war against Iran.

French-backed Libyan militia airstrike kills 42 civilians

By Alex Lantier, 7 August 2019

The bombing in the city of Murzuq was carried out by Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army, which relies on support from Paris and Washington as well as Egypt.

US to ring China with missiles in nuclear arms race

By Andre Damon, 5 August 2019

With the potential deployment of US nuclear missiles just minutes in flight-time from the Chinese mainland, the region’s huge population will live under the specter of nuclear annihilation.

Deadlock over Iranian cargo ships exposes deep crisis of Brazilian ruling class

By Alexander Ramirez and Miguel Andrade, 5 August 2019

As the Bolsonaro government aligns itself ever more closely with US imperialism, the ruling class is growing nervous of provoking a social explosion

US scrapping of INF treaty heightens threat of nuclear war

By Bill Van Auken, 3 August 2019

The formal abrogation of the treaty declared on Friday sets the stage for the testing and deployment of medium-range missiles against both Russia and China.

Senate Democrats approve Trump war budget

By Patrick Martin, 2 August 2019

Democratic senators backed the Trump budget overwhelmingly, 38-5, while Republicans were closely divided, 30-23.

German politicians and media urge military action in the Persian Gulf

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 1 August 2019

The more the US pushes ahead with its preparations for war against Iran, the louder the voices will become in Europe that are pushing for military action.

The fascist attack in Gilroy and the US epidemic of mass shootings

By Patrick Martin, 31 July 2019

Two processes are intersecting in the explosion of violence in America: the long-term impact of social decay and militarism, and the deliberate incitement of fascistic sentiments by President Trump.

US military conducting classified operation in Washington D.C. area

By E.P. Milligan, 31 July 2019

The operation, whose purpose remains unknown, involves Black Hawk helicopters backed by a force of active and reserve duty soldiers of an unknown size.

Preparing for great-power war, France creates space command

By Will Morrow, 31 July 2019

The implication, covered over by the media and political establishment, is that the French ruling class is preparing for war against militarily-advanced, nuclear-armed powers.

Die Zeit editor Jochen Bittner condemns “German pacifism”

By Johannes Stern, 31 July 2019

An op-ed by Bittner in the New York Times treats the German population’s aversion to war as a problem to be overcome.

220 Facial recognition and identity politics

31 July 2019

European Union threatens Iran with naval mission to Persian Gulf

By Alex Lantier, 30 July 2019

Amid the US war drive against Iran, this mission is a reckless attempt by the European imperialists to grab a share of the resources of the oil-rich Persian Gulf region.

Germany: New defence minister demands more money, recognition for the armed forces

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 July 2019

The change at the top of the Defence Ministry is linked to an intense campaign for military rearmament.

30 July 2019

New draconian police law introduced in Germany

By Tino Jacobson and Marianne Arens, 29 July 2019

With its new police law, the state government of the SPD and CDU is covering up the activities of far-right forces and at the same time implementing AfD policy.

Supreme Court approves construction of Trump’s border wall

By Eric London, 27 July 2019

The ruling is a political victory for Trump and a blow to the separation of powers, dramatically strengthening the power of the executive branch.

German government uses 75th anniversary of plot to kill Hitler to promote rearmament and war

By Johannes Stern, 27 July 2019

It is only logical that the German ruling class hails the assassins of July 20, who were extreme nationalists and deeply involved in Nazi crimes.

Beijing raises prospect of military intervention in Hong Kong

By Ben McGrath, 26 July 2019

Beijing ultimately fears that the growth of working class anger will fuel similar mass protests throughout China.

Germany: Racist assassination attempt on Eritrean man

By Marianne Arens, 26 July 2019

On Monday a man from Eritrea was gunned down on the street and seriously injured in the town of Wächtersbach in the state of Hesse.

Despite Mueller debacle, Democrats step up call for crackdown on “foreign meddling”

By Andre Damon, 26 July 2019

Wednesday’s testimony by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller before Congress, staged by the Democrats in the hope of reviving their discredited anti-Russia campaign, blew up in their faces.

Stop the right-wing conspiracy! Defend the SGP against the Verfassungsschutz secret service!

Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 26 July 2019

The German Verfassungsschutz has produced a 56-page response to the lawsuit filed by the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) challenging its official designation as a “left-wing extremist” organisation subject to state surveillance. The government’s response is an angry diatribe against Marxism and every form of socialist and progressive thought.

US Secretary of State Pompeo announces “new era” of US-Latin America reaction

By Andrea Lobo, 25 July 2019

Pompeo boasted about extraditing Assange, while demanding greater spying, anti-immigrant crackdowns and alignment with the US drive against its geopolitical rivals.

New Zealand foreign minister repeats call for increased US role in Pacific

By John Braddock, 25 July 2019

Peters’ speech echoed his earlier appeal for a stronger US-New Zealand military and strategic alliance to counter Beijing.

With Pakistan’s prime minister at his side,

Trump threatens to wipe Afghanistan “off the face of the Earth”

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 24 July 2019

US President Trump threatened Monday to “kill 10 million” Afghans in “a week” so as to win a quick victory in America’s longest war.

ICE agents attempting to arrest Tennessee man repelled by neighbors

By Matthew Taylor, 24 July 2019

While ICE was blocked by the brave actions of the man’s neighbors, a Texas born US citizen is being released from custody after having been illegally detained by immigration officials for the last month.

24 July 2019

Iran accuses 17 of spying for CIA as tensions escalate

By Steve James and Robert Stevens, 23 July 2019

Iran’s arrest of 17 alleged CIA agents follows weeks of intense US pressure that brought the Trump administration within 10 minutes of bombing raids.

War danger in Middle East exacerbates political crisis in Britain

By Robert Stevens, 22 July 2019

As Britain moves closer to war, the Iran crisis is being seized on by those advocating a drastic increase in the UK’s military budget.

Iran seizes UK tanker in Strait of Hormuz as danger of Middle East war mounts

By Jordan Shilton, 20 July 2019

Chief responsibility for the growing war danger in the Persian Gulf rests squarely with US imperialism, which has relentlessly escalated its provocations against Iran.

US stokes war danger in Middle East following alleged downing of Iranian drone

By Jordan Shilton, 19 July 2019

The regularity of incidents between the US and Iran underscores how great is the danger of a military conflagration in the region, which would quickly draw in the major powers and endanger the entire planet.

US investigators identify 70 current and former immigration agents in far-right, racist Facebook groups

By Kevin Martinez, 19 July 2019

The announcement came after several Facebook groups connected to Customs and Border Protection agents were discovered to contain vulgar and sexually explicit posts.

German Christian Democrat leader Kramp-Karrenbauer to become new defence minister

By Ulrich Rippert, 19 July 2019

The decision part of a shift to the right characterised by a vast programme of military rearmament.

House Democrats ratify $733 billion for US military

By Patrick Martin, 15 July 2019

The bill was passed with more than a dozen amendments, all of which will eventually be removed, to ensure the support of Democratic “progressives.”

Trump’s nominee for top US military commander calls for nuclear buildup to confront China

By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2019

General Milley, tapped as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, predicted that the US would be in confrontation with China for the next 100 years.

After alleged UK tanker incident in Persian Gulf, EU powers threaten Iran

By Alex Lantier, 12 July 2019

Despite the unpopularity of the US-led war drive, powerful factions of the European ruling class are arguing for Europe to back Trump’s provocations against Iran.

Germany’s Grand Coalition intensifies war policy in the Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 12 July 2019

The German government wants to step up the German army’s war mission in Syria.

Prominent Australian academic suggests building nuclear weapons

By Peter Symonds, 11 July 2019

The debate over nuclear weapons is another warning of the advanced preparations for war being made in capitals around the world.

UN human rights chief denounces “outrageous conditions” for immigrants in US concentration camps

By Josh Varlin, 10 July 2019

Indicating that the US government has no intention of heeding Bachelet’s statement, DHS has requested another 1,000 National Guard troops on the border between Texas and Mexico.

Washington approves large arms package to Taiwan

By Ben McGrath, 10 July 2019

The deal with Taiwan is part of a stepped-up campaign by Washington to arm allies in the region as part of its preparation for war against China.

Trump’s threat to override Supreme Court on census: The march toward rule by decree

By Eric London, 10 July 2019

Trump’s greatest asset is the fecklessness of the Democratic Party, whose record is one of complete acquiescence to Trump’s escalating attack on basic democratic principles.

US steps up threats as Iran exceeds uranium enrichment cap

By Bill Van Auken, 9 July 2019

Iran’s government deliberately breached the agreement to pressure remaining signatories to the nuclear accord to counter crippling US economic sanctions.

Second quarter fundraising

Trump, Democratic presidential candidates raise more than $100 million

By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2019

The stage is being set for the most expensive campaign in US—and world—history, with estimates that ad spending could top $10 billion for the 2020 elections.

Building the infrastructure of a police state

Detroit’s facial recognition surveillance system exposed

By Kevin Reed, 9 July 2019

The poorest large city in the US is being used as a testing ground for invasive surveillance technologies in preparation for coming eruptions in the class struggle.

Global conflict situations, poverty lead to rise in mental health crises

By Alex Johnson, 9 July 2019

US imperialism and its allies bear principal responsibility for the wars and military interventions that have wrought devastation throughout the world.

Trump’s Fourth of July: The militarist bombast of a crisis-ridden system

By Joseph Kishore, 6 July 2019

Intended as a demonstration of the eternal power and greatness of American capitalism, what was instead exposed in the grotesque spectacle is a beleaguered and isolated ruling class.

Royal Marines seize Iranian tanker under orders from US

By Chris Marsden, 6 July 2019

Britain’s seizure of an Iranian supertanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil is an act of piracy and a major escalation in tensions that threaten to spiral out of control.

American injustice: Trump and cronies protect a murderous US Navy SEAL

By Jacob Crosse, 6 July 2019

In the months leading up to Edward Gallagher’s acquittal, several members of his defense team were revealed to have close ties to the White House.

Trump unleashes torrent of militarism in Fourth of July speech

By Tom Hall, 5 July 2019

Trump’s hour-long paean to the military was designed to further elevate the military as the supreme arbiter of American politics and buttress of his own personalist rule.

Latest Office of Inspector General report reveals inhumane conditions at US immigrant detention centers

By Matthew Taylor, 4 July 2019

Children are being detained without access to showers or hot meals and in one instance adult immigrants were held in standing room only conditions for a full week.

German minister of defence to head European Commission

By Peter Schwarz, 4 July 2019

The proposal is aimed at developing the European Union into a military superpower under German-French domination .

US Senate votes to give Ukraine $300 million in military aid

By Jason Melanovski, 4 July 2019

The US is escalating its military aid to Ukraine amid preparations for a Third World War and growing tensions with the EU over Russia and Iran.

Fourth of July 2019: Militarism and the specter of dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2019

The official celebration of the Fourth of July holiday in Washington today will be marked by an unprecedented presence of the military.

US Navy SEAL acquitted of murder and other war crimes by military jury

By Kevin Reed, 3 July 2019

Edward Gallagher was acquitted of the most serious charges against him, including the unprovoked murder of a wounded teenage ISIS soldier, by a military court martial.

The global war on refugees

By Will Morrow, 3 July 2019

All over the world, immigrants are being systematically persecuted by capitalist governments, which are increasingly adopting the policies of the extreme right.

US Border Patrol agents joke about immigrant deaths in secret Facebook group with 9,500 members

By George Marlowe, 2 July 2019

A report by ProPublica revealed that Border Patrol agents used a secret Facebook group to make sadistic and violent jokes about immigrants as well as members of Congress.

War threats mount as Iran exceeds limit on enriched uranium stockpile

By Bill Van Auken, 2 July 2019

Israel carried out one of its most intense raids in Syria Monday amid speculation that Tel Aviv is preparing to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Tanks on the streets of Washington, DC for the Fourth of July

By Eric London, 2 July 2019

The planned display of military force in the strip of land separating Congress from the White House is a deliberate political provocation long planned by Trump and his fascistic advisors.

Australian PM refused to raise persecution of Assange with Trump

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 July 2019

At the G20 summit Morrison fawned over Trump, who is seeking to imprison the WikiLeaks founder for life, or execute him.

Democrats back Trump’s massive “World War III” military budget

By Andre Damon, 1 July 2019

Senate Democrats voted overwhelmingly for the largest US military budget ever in a bill that gives Trump a green light for war with Iran and backs his “state of emergency” on the border.

Trump meets North Korean leader as part of broader anti-China agenda

By Ben McGrath, 1 July 2019

Washington’s approach to North Korea has nothing to do with peace on the Korean Peninsula, but is about drawing Pyongyang into Washington’s orbit.

EU meeting on Iran ends with no agreement to prevent US war

By Alex Lantier, 29 June 2019

The Iranian government reportedly objected to the European powers’ refusal to defy crippling US sanctions on Iran’s oil exports.

Students block right-wing think tank on “Dictatorship Research” at Berlin’s Humboldt University

International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Humboldt University, 29 June 2019

The attempt of far-right professor and Eastern European historian Jörg Baberowski to set up a think tank at Humboldt University has failed.