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US war provocations against Syria

By Alex Lantier, 6 February 2012

Washington and its imperialist allies in Europe are escalating preparations for a full-scale military intervention in Syria.

Israel threatens war against Iran within months

By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2012

While the Obama administration has cautioned against Israeli military action, there is no indication that Washington has vetoed such an attack.

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3 February 2012

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US pushes for renewed military presence in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 2 February 2012

Iraq’s refusal to allow a permanent US military presence was a setback for the Obama administration as it prepared for a confrontation with Iran.

American intelligence agencies, media stoke war drive against Iran

By Alex Lantier, 2 February 2012

Provocative testimony by US intelligence agencies has become the focus of a hysterical media campaign accusing Iran of posing a terrorist threat to the US.

The New York Times and the drive to war against Iran

By Barry Grey, 31 January 2012

The New York Times on Sunday published a lengthy article in its weekly magazine that sympathetically and clinically lays out the arguments of Israeli policy makers in favor of a military attack on Iran sometime this year.

US military preparations for war on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 31 January 2012

Iran has repeatedly denied plans to build a nuclear weapon, but that has not stopped the barrage of unsubstantiated allegations in the media.

Israel prepares for war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 27 January 2012

The Israeli political and military establishment is preparing to attack Iran, and pushing the US to advance its own plans for war.

Turkey threatens intervention into Iraq

By James Cogan, 26 January 2012

The Turkish stance toward Maliki is inseparable from the broader US-backed drive to shatter the regional influence of Iran.

European Union imposes oil embargo on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 24 January 2012

The EU sanctions are an act of economic war that heightens the danger of a slide into military hostilities.

Yemen’s “unity” cabinet provides immunity for Saleh regime

By Will Morrow, 21 January 2012

The US-backed legislation provides legal immunity to Saleh and all those who worked under him, including the security forces that have killed hundreds of protesters since January 2011.

US, Israel coordinate strategy against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 20 January 2012

The visit by America’s top general to Israel takes place amid a growing debate in both countries over an attack on Iran.

Economic, military pressures on Iran escalate global tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 18 January 2012

The march towards sweeping economic sanctions against Iran together with continuing military threats against the country from both the US and Israel are ratcheting up global tensions to an increasingly dangerous level.

Washington’s crimes against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 16 January 2012

Despite Washington’s denials, last week’s assassination of an Iranian scientist bears all the hallmarks of an Israeli operation, carried out in league with the US.

US doubles aircraft carriers near the Persian Gulf

By Peter Symonds, 14 January 2012

The provocative decision heightens the danger of war with Iran as the US moves aggressively to impose a de facto embargo on Iranian oil exports.

Former Turkish army chief of staff arrested

By Peter Schwarz, 13 January 2012

The former chief of staff of the Turkish army, Ilker Basbug, was arrested last Friday in Istanbul, accused of leading a “terrorist organisation” and planning to overthrow the AKP (Justice and Development Party) government.

Iran’s Green Opposition endorses imperialist intervention in Syria

By Sahand Avedis, 13 January 2012

As the Western powers threaten to intervene in Syria, the Iranian “Green” opposition is denouncing the Iranian regime for refusing to back pro-Western Syrian protesters.

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13 January 2012

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Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated in Tehran

By Alex Lantier, 12 January 2012

Iranian nuclear scientist Professor Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, aged 32, was killed yesterday in a bomb blast in Tehran.

US renews military threat against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 11 January 2012

The sharp rise in tensions in the Persian Gulf follows steps by the US and Europe to impose an embargo on Iranian oil exports that would ruin the country’s economy.

Israel and foreign aid

By Danny Richardson, 11 January 2012

The WSWS replies to a criticism of “Israeli government mounts major attack on democratic rights.”

Bombings in Iraq intensify sectarian tensions

By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2012

At least 72 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in sectarian bombings in Iraq on Thursday.

David N. Gibbs, historian and author, discusses threat of US war against Iran

By Barry Grey, 7 January 2012

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed David N. Gibbs, professor of history at the University of Arizona and author of a 2009 book on the Kosovo War, about US war threats against Iran.

EU oil embargo heightens tensions in the Gulf

By Peter Symonds, 6 January 2012

The European move dovetails with President Obama’s signing on Saturday of US legislation designed cripple the Iranian banking system and cut the country’s oil exports.

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6 January 2012

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Military trial begins for Marine charged in Iraq massacre

By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2012

Today’s opening of the trial of a US Marine in connection with the 2005 massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha casts a spotlight on the criminal character of the nine-year war and occupation carried out under the Bush and Obama administrations.

Iraq Veterans Against the War director speaks on Haditha massacre

By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2012

Jose Vasquez, a US Army veteran and executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War, spoke with the WSWS Wednesday on the Haditha massacre.

2012 opens with mounting war threat in Persian Gulf

By Peter Symonds, 4 January 2012

Once again an American administration is using unsubstantiated claims about nuclear weapons to create the political climate for a reckless military adventure.

Israeli government mounts major attack on democratic rights

By Danny Richardson, 3 January 2012

Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition has initiated legislation aimed at stifling criticism of the ruling elite, curbing freedom of speech, and limiting the powers of the judiciary.

Rising tensions as actions of ultra-Orthodox Jews spark Israeli protests

By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2011

Tensions provoked by the actions of extremist ultra-Orthodox Haredim groups have erupted in the town of Beit Shemesh, about 18 miles west of Jerusalem.

US threatens war in the Persian Gulf

By Peter Symonds, 31 December 2011

Having provoked Tehran with legislation for an oil embargo, the US is threatening Iran with military action if it retaliates by shutting down the Strait of Hormuz.

Arab League mission to Syria becomes focus of demands for military intervention

By Chris Marsden, 31 December 2011

The visit by Arab League observers to Homs, Hama, Idlib, the Damascus suburb of Deraa and other conflict zones has become the focus of demands for the Western powers to intervene militarily into the civil war in Syria.

Yemen “unity” government shaken by mass protests

By Will Morrow, 31 December 2011

The Yemeni political establishment, working closely with Washington, is attempting to put an end to continuing protests against the recent US-backed power-sharing agreement.

US menaces Iran over Strait of Hormuz

By Peter Symonds, 30 December 2011

The growing tensions in the Persian Gulf are the result of provocative steps by the US and its European allies towards blocking Iranian oil exports.

France prepares ban on denying a Turkish genocide of Armenians

By F. Dubois, 30 December 2011

The National Assembly’s passage on December 22 of a law banning the public denial of the Armenian genocide has provoked a major diplomatic crisis between France and Turkey.

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30 December 2011

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Call for US intervention into Iraqi crisis

By James Cogan, 29 December 2011

The New York Times has published an appeal by prominent Sunni leaders denouncing the Iraqi prime minister and calling for a redistribution of power.

Iraq’s tragic encounter with US imperialism

By James Cogan, 27 December 2011

The US occupation of the country has amounted to a conscious policy of sociocide—the destruction of the very fabric of a society.

Canadian imperialism preparing for war in the Middle East

By Graham Beverley, 24 December 2011

Ottawa has recently deployed a navy frigate off the coast of Syria, instituted new sanctions against Iran, and negotiated closer military cooperation with Israel.

Bombings heighten sectarian tensions in Iraq

By Joseph Kishore and James Cogan, 23 December 2011

The attacks took place amid intensifying sectarian tensions, as rival factions of the Iraqi elite battle for power in the wake of the departure of US combat troops.

Iraq lurches toward sectarian warfare

By James Cogan, 22 December 2011

The so-called national unity government, formed under US pressure in December 2010, has effectively collapsed.

The reality of the Iraq War

By Joseph Kishore, 21 December 2011

While the official withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq does not mark an end to the US intervention in the country, it offers an opportunity to take the measure of one of the greatest crimes of the modern period.

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16 December 2011

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The Iraq withdrawal and the continuing eruption of US militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2011

While the overwhelming majority of the American people support the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, this tactical shift cannot conceal the dangers posed by Washington’s expanding global military operations.

Obama and Maliki discuss continued US operations in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2011

President Obama sought to use Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s visit to the White House to boost his campaign for re-election, even as the two discussed the means of continuing US operations in Iraq.

US covert operations threaten war with Iran

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2011

The United States is waging a sustained covert campaign of destabilisation against Iran.

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9 December 2011

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US spy drone downed in Iran

By Oliver Campbell, 7 December 2011

The incident is another piece of evidence pointing to a mounting campaign of aggressive covert operations by the US and Israel against Iran.

No letup in US aggression following military withdrawal from Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 5 December 2011

Under Obama, US imperialism deploys more military forces throughout southwest Asia than it did at the height of the Bush administration’s war in Iraq.

Report exposes brutality of Saudi Arabian regime

By Niall Green, 5 December 2011

A report by human rights organization Amnesty International records the wave of repression unleashed by Saudi authorities in response to the “Arab Spring” uprisings.

Yemen to install “national unity” government

By Will Morrow, 2 December 2011

Far from opening up a new era of democracy, the government’s first task is to put an end to the months of protests against the autocratic Yemeni regime, by force if necessary.

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2 December 2011

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Protesters storm British embassy in Tehran over new sanctions

By Oliver Campbell, 1 December 2011

Tuesday’s protests reflect the escalation of tensions between the Iranian regime and the major powers, led by the US.

Yemeni president signs deal to step down

By Peter Symonds, 25 November 2011

The GCC agreement is a cynical arrangement patched together by the government and the opposition parties under Washington’s tutelage in a bid to end protests demanding an end to the pro-US regime.

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25 November 2011

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18 November 2011

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Israel imposes heavy sentence on whistle-blower Anat Kam to protect the guilty

By Danny Richardson, 17 November 2011

An Israeli court has sentenced Anat Kam, a 24-year-old former conscript, to four-and-a-half years for leaking documents implicating Israel’s top military commanders in war crimes.

Huge explosion at Iranian missile base kills top general

By Peter Symonds, 16 November 2011

While Tehran dismissed the blast as an accident, indications have emerged that it was an act of sabotage carried out by Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad.

Saudi Arabia plays key role in US anti-Iranian alliance

By Jean Shaoul, 14 November 2011

Saudi Arabia is playing a key role in seeking to destabilise the regime in Iran.

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11 November 2011

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IAEA dossier heightens danger of war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 10 November 2011

As in the war against Iraq, the latest allegations about Iranian weapons of mass destruction are nothing but a threadbare pretext for further aggression against Tehran, including further sanctions and ultimately military attack.

Israeli leaders press for attack on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 7 November 2011

While the Israeli political establishment remains intent on maintaining its military advantage, the current push for air strikes against Iran is driven by the political crisis within the region and Israel itself.

Joint US-Israeli campaign against Palestinian UN bid

By Julie Hyland, 5 November 2011

The vote by Unesco to admit Palestine as a member has met with an aggressive reaction from Israel and the United States

US/Britain prepare for war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 4 November 2011

The war plans are not being driven by concerns over Iran’s nuclear program but by deepening inter-imperialist rivalry, fuelled by the worsening global economic crisis.

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4 November 2011

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Fresh protests in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 31 October 2011

More than 40,000 people took part in a mass rally in central Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night to demand social justice.

Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq: Prelude to wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2011

While promoted by Obama and his apologists as the fulfillment of a campaign promise and a turn toward peace, the US military’s forced withdrawal from Iraq only sets the stage for new and bloodier conflicts.

Death toll rises in Turkish earthquake

By Stefan Steinberg, 26 October 2011

The principal reason for the high rate of casualties following Sunday’s earthquake is the lack of proper building standards.

Turkey launches anti-Kurdish raids into northern Iraq

By I.K. Karlsson, 25 October 2011

Turkey has launched a major incursion into northern Iraq after Turkish soldiers were killed in a raid by Kurdish PKK militants in the Turkish-Iraqi border region.

Obama announces US troop withdrawal from Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2011

The announced withdrawal of US troops is not a victory for “peace,” but a redeployment of American forces to new war zones.

Yemen regime massacres dozens as Saleh considers immunity deal

By Will Morrow, 22 October 2011

There is a stark contrast between the imperialist powers’ attitude to the repressive measures utilised by the government in Yemen and those of the Gaddafi regime in Libya.

Captured soldier Gilad Shalit freed in Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange

By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2011

Yesterday Hamas released captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit to the Egyptian government in exchange for the release of 1,027 Palestinians detained by Israel.

Washington and Iran: The reckless policy of provocation

By Bill Van Auken, 14 October 2011

With the fabricated allegations of an Iranian “terror plot,” US imperialism is seeking to advance its global interests by means of provocations and threats of military aggression.

US steps up sanctions and threats against Iran over alleged terror plot

By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2011

The White House announced new sanctions against Iran, while Vice President Biden warned that “nothing has been taken off the table” in the US response to an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.

Israeli cabinet approves whitewash report on social crisis

By Jean Shaoul, 13 October 2011

Israel PM Netanyahu has secured cabinet approval for the recommendations of the Trajtenberg “dialogue committee” report, which comes in response to Israel’s mass social protests over the summer.

Obama administration alleges Iranian terrorist plot

By Peter Symonds, 12 October 2011

The claims could provide the pretext for a dramatic escalation of punitive US measures against Iran over a range of issues.

Obama administration asserts right to assassinate Americans

By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2011

A memorandum drafted last year spells out the claim that the president can authorize a killing regardless of legal and constitutional prohibitions.

Saudi Arabia cracks down on protesters

By Niall Green, 6 October 2011

An angry protest broke out in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province in response to police kidnappings.

US Congress blocks Palestinian aid after UN statehood bid

By Jean Shaoul, 5 October 2011

In a provocative move, the US Congress has blocked nearly $200 million of humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people, intended for food aid, health care and development initiatives.

US sells arms to Bahraini dictatorship as repression continues

By Niall Green, 3 October 2011

The Pentagon will provide the dictatorship in Bahrain with an additional $53 million worth of weapons.

Israel announces new settlements in East Jerusalem

By Jean Shaoul, 1 October 2011

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s right wing coalition government has approved the construction of 1,100 new homes in Gilo, an outer suburb of East Jerusalem, on what was Palestinian land.

Obama boasts of assassinating American citizen in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2011

In a speech before a military audience Friday, President Obama boasted of the role of the CIA and US special operations units in the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a New Mexico-born Muslim cleric and US citizen.

Yemen edges closer to civil war

By Will Morrow, 28 September 2011

Saleh’s refusal to step down can only further inflame political tensions and the fighting in Yemen that is threatening to plunge the country into war.

Yemen edges closer to civil war

By Will Morrow, 28 September 2011

Saleh’s refusal to step down can only further inflame political tensions and the fighting in Yemen that is threatening to plunge the country into war.

United Nations attempts to stall Palestine statehood bid

By Jean Shaoul, 26 September 2011

On Friday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formally submitted an application to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon requesting the General Assembly recognise a Palestinian state.

Tensions escalate as Yemen’s president returns

By Will Morrow and Peter Symonds, 24 September 2011

The arrival of President Saleh will only inflame the conflict between his regime and opposition protesters.

Palestine and the UN: The dead-end of the “peace process”

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2011

While the turn to the UN is a tacit admission of the bankruptcy of the US-brokered “peace process,” the bourgeois leadership of the Palestinian Authority is not posing any alternative.

Obama at the UN: The arrogant voice of imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2011

President Obama’s empty and arrogant sermon to the United Nations Wednesday was laced with platitudes about “peace”, designed to mask Washington’s predatory policies.

Saleh urged to resign as Yemeni regime kills more protesters

By Will Morrow, 21 September 2011

A three-day crackdown by security forces has left 80 people dead in Yemen’s capital after demonstrators moved from Change Square toward the centre of the city on Sunday.

Case of jailed Americans highlights infighting in Iranian regime

By Peter Symonds, 20 September 2011

As the country’s economic and social crisis has deepened, a political struggle has opened up between Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Khamenei.

Turkey’s Erdogan tours North African capitals

By Jean Shaoul, 20 September 2011

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week visited the three North African capitals that have seen the ouster of longstanding regimes—Cairo, Tunis and Tripoli.

Yemeni government cracks down on opposition protesters

By Will Morrow, 19 September 2011

Yemeni security forces fired on demonstrators in Sana’a, killing at least 26 people and wounding hundreds.

Growing tensions between Turkey and Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 12 September 2011

Relations between Turkey and Israel have deteriorated sharply, despite US attempts to broker negotiations between the two countries.

Washington plans to keep thousands of US troops in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2011

The Obama administration has reportedly reached a decision to leave thousands of US troops in Iraq after a withdrawal deadline expires at the end of this year.

Israel makes military preparations for UN vote on Palestinian state

By Danny Richardson, 8 September 2011

The Israel Defence Forces is training settler "security squads" in the West Bank ahead of an expected yes vote for Palestinian statehood in the United Nations General Assembly.

What way forward for mass social struggles in Israel?

By Bill Van Auken, 7 September 2011

Last Saturday’s demonstration presents a stark contrast between the mobilization of nearly half a million Israelis in protest against social inequality, and the lack of any political program to realize this movement’s aims.

US-backed monarchy loots Jordan amid continuing protests

By Jean Shaoul, 6 September 2011

Last January, protesters took to the streets of Amman and other cities in Jordan demanding better living conditions and political change.

WikiLeaks cable confirms reports of US massacre of Iraqi civilians

By Alex Lantier, 6 September 2011

A US State Department cable recently published by WikiLeaks supports reports of a 2006 US massacre of civilians, including women and small children, in Iraq’s Ishaqi district.

Israel’s largest ever protests oppose inequality

By Jean Shaoul, 5 September 2011

Organizers of the 430,000-strong demonstration in Israel on Saturday have announced that they consider it the “climax” of the protests against economic distress and inequality.

Protests continue against US-backed Bahraini dictatorship

By Niall Green, 5 September 2011

Repression continues six months after the US-backed regime in Bahrain brutally suppressed a mass uprising of workers.