Editorials

The Dover mortuary scandal and America’s disposable soldiers

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2011

The military’s dumping of the remains of US soldiers killed in Iraq underscores the cynicism and brutality that have accompanied a decade of uninterrupted war.

Unite the working class to defend public education and democratic rights!

By International Students for Social Equality, 28 November 2011

The attack by campus police against a peaceful protest at UC Davis raises the need for a mass movement of the working class to protect the right to education and democratic rights.

The counterrevolutionary role of the Egyptian pseudo-left

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 21 November 2011

This article analyzes the role of the pseudo-left organizations in opposing a struggle by the working class to bring down the military junta in Egypt.

Oppose all utility shutoffs! Heat and Light are a social right! Join CAUS Today!

By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS), 14 November 2011

With the winter season approaching, utility shutoffs will again claim the lives of innocent people and cause widespread suffering. This must be stopped.

Former leader Arthur Scargill makes apologia for British National Union of Mineworkers

By Julie Hyland, 12 November 2011

The gulf between the trade union bureaucracy and the working class was brought into sharp relief by an event held Monday evening at Wortley Hall, Sheffield.

The Occupy movement, identity politics and the International Socialist Organization

By David Walsh, 11 November 2011

The Occupy Wall Street and associated protests represent the re-emergence of social struggle at the center of American political life after an absence of several decades. In this context, the ISO promotes the unions and identity politics.

SEP campaigns at J’pura University for release of political prisoners

By our correspondents, 9 November 2011

The SEP and ISSE warned that the detention of Tamil youth by the Sri Lankan government is part of a wider assault on the democratic rights of workers and youth.

The JVP crisis and the SEP’s struggle for Marxism in Sri Lanka

By the International Students for Social Equality, 8 November 2011

The ISSE will hold a public lecture in Colombo on November 17 on the internal crisis of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and its implications for workers and youth.

Occupy Wall Street: The ISO promotes the unions against workers’ interests

By David Walsh, 28 October 2011

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) is one of the most relentless advocates of the American trade unions anywhere on the political spectrum.

The Occupy movement and the rightward lurch of musician Billy Bragg

By Dave Hyland, 27 October 2011

Billy Bragg, the British musician and political activist, has posted an article on his web site opposing any political development of the Occupy Wall Street campaign.

Professor Cole gloats over Gaddafi’s murder

By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2011

University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole claims the revolting murder of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as “vindication” for the imperialist war against Libya that he championed.

Critical political issues raised by the Occupy movement

By Nick Beams, 22 October 2011

A significant feature of the movement, at least in the US, is that it has developed largely out of the control of the various pseudo-left groups, all of which spent the past three decades promoting various forms of sexual and identity politics as they wrote off the revolutionary role of the working class.

Obama, Martin Luther King and the Occupy Wall Street protests

By Barry Grey, 18 October 2011

One day after hundreds of thousands of people around the world demonstrated against inequality and the domination of society by the banks, President Barack Obama invoked the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. to preach the “common humanity” of the oppressor and the oppressed.

Politics and the international Occupy movement

By the WSWS editorial board, 14 October 2011

However large or small, the initial global protests this weekend reflect the elementary awareness that the working class everywhere confronts common problems and a common enemy.

New York Times hails “humanitarian” war in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 5 September 2011

In back-to-back pieces by its leading columnists, the New York Times proclaims NATO’s war in Libya as a new model for “humanitarian” interventionism.

A right-wing rant against British youth from Slavoj ‌Zi‌zek

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 August 2011

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj ‌i‌ek has launched a vicious attack on the youth involved in the riots.

Reject CWA-IBEW betrayal! Continue and expand the strike!

By Socialist Equality Party, 20 August 2011

Verizon workers should reject and oppose the attempt by the CWA and the IBEW to end their strike. It is the first step in selling out all the demands of the workers and imposing a disastrous defeat.

Berlin election: Socialist Alternative group supports the Left Party

By Johannes Stern, 18 August 2011

The petty-bourgeois Socialist Alternative grouping has revealed its true class character by backing the Left Party’s election campaign and the social devastation it has wrought in Berlin.

Professor Cole “answers” WSWS on Libya: An admission of intellectual and political bankruptcy

By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2011

In response to the World Socialist Web Site’s demand for a retraction of his slanders, Juan Cole offers an unserious reply, proving himself incapable of answering our arguments or defending his support for the imperialist war against Libya.

Once again: Why Obama won’t—and can’t—be Roosevelt

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2011

A critique of Obama in the Sunday Review section of the August 7 New York Times leaves out one essential factor: the class interests which the US president serves.

Oppose state repression of British youth

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 11 August 2011

The Socialist Equality Party unequivocally condemns the police assault that has been unleashed against young people in Britain and demands the immediate withdrawal of riot police from the areas they now occupy.

Britain: Westminster council ban SEP public meeting in attack on democratic rights

By Paul Stuart, 11 August 2011

In an attack on democratic rights, an August 4 public meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party was banned on political grounds by management at Vital Regeneration who are contracted to run residents meeting halls by Westminster local authority, London.

An open letter to Professor Juan Cole: A reply to a slander

By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2011

The World Socialist Web Site demands that Professor Cole retract his slanderous claim that the WSWS supports a massacre in Libya.

UK rail union seeks imposition of speed-ups and job losses

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 August 2011

Conductors at London Midland private rail franchise are currently voting on a restructuring package agreed between the Rail Maritime Transport Workers Union and the company. The SEP is distributing this statement to workers at London Midland depots.

The American “left” and the debt ceiling deal

By David Walsh, 4 August 2011

The Nation and the International Socialist Organization (ISO) divert attention from the central lessons of the recent crisis and continue to encourage illusions in one faction or another of the Democratic Party.

The Philippine ex-left and the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 23 July 2011

As tensions between China and the United States mount over the disputed South China Sea, the various parties of the Philippine ‘left’ have been thoroughly exposed as lackeys of different sections of the local bourgeoisie.

Reject appeals to government ministers:

Saving Bombardier jobs means mobilising against Britain’s Tory-Lib Dem government

By Socialist Equality Party, 23 July 2011

Almost 1,500 jobs are set to go at the Bombardier factory in Derby, England.

SEP holds meeting in Berlin

Greece and the euro crisis

By a correspondent, 20 July 2011

At a meeting in Berlin last Saturday the chairman of the German Socialist Equality Party described the threat of the default by Greece as an expression of the global crisis of capitalism.

The International Socialist Organization’s perspective in tatters

By David Walsh, 18 July 2011

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) posted an editorial July 13 on the subject of Barack Obama’s proposal for massive budget cuts, referring to those who aroused expectations in Obama.

The New York Times and the presumption of guilt

By Tom Carter, 7 July 2011

In the aftermath of the collapse of the prosecution’s case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the New York Times is conducting a rearguard action to justify the conduct of the prosecutor.

Britain: The fraud of the upcoming “mass strike” in Britain

By Stephen Alexander, 24 June 2011

On June 30, a number of trade unions dominated by ex-left tendencies plan to hold a limited strike across England and Wales.

Egyptian bourgeoisie and pseudo-left oppose a “second revolution”

By Jonathan Aswan, 10 June 2011

On May 27, hundreds of thousands workers and youth demonstrated across Egypt against the military junta which took power after Mubarak's ouster on February 11.

Defend Catherine Ferguson Academy!

Unite all sections of the working class! Public education is a social right!

By Socialist and International Students for Social Equality, 10 June 2011

Students, teachers, parents and the working class as a whole must mobilize to reject the closure of Catherine Ferguson Academy.

Young people have the right to a job!

By International Students for Social Equality, 6 June 2011

This summer, as schools go on break, and millions of students graduate from high school and college, young people throughout the United States are confronted with a basic problem: there are no jobs.

The ex-left and the British Airways-Unite agreement

By Tony Robson and Chris Marsden, 6 June 2011

The agreement with British Airways endorsed by the Unite trade union sets up a scabs charter.

Socialist Alternative group defends union sell-out of German health worker strike

By Ulrich Rippert, 4 June 2011

The Socialist Alternative group has defended the union bureaucracy in Germany and attacked the WSWS.

Support the election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party in Berlin! For a socialist answer to welfare cuts, racism and war!

2 June 2011

The campaign of the Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—PSG) in the September 18 Berlin elections is being waged to build a socialist alternative to today’s conformist politics and party landscape.

The American “left” and the Strauss-Kahn affair

By David Walsh, 23 May 2011

The response of the Nation magazine and the International Socialist Organization (ISO) to the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sexual assault charges.

US union head Trumka at the National Press Club

By Niall Green, 23 May 2011

In his remarks in Washington on Friday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took aim at Republicans who have threatened the position of the union bureaucracy, while praising President Obama as he pushes through trillions in spending cuts.

The ex-left apologists for Scottish nationalism

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 13 May 2011

The formation by the Scottish National Party of a majority administration in the Holyrood parliament raises issues of serious concern for the working class.

Why is the NPA’s Olivier Besancenot sitting out the 2012 French presidential race?

By Alex Lantier, 12 May 2011

On May 5 Olivier Besancenot, the long-time spokesman of the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA), announced that he would not run in the 2012 presidential campaign.

After first bowing to Zionist McCarthyism:

City University of New York restores honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner

By Fred Mazelis, 12 May 2011

The City University of New York board initially voted to deny Kushner a degree after one trustee objected to his alleged hostility to Israel and Zionism.

The growth of the extreme right in Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 9 May 2011

With its decision to halt the expulsion procedures against Thilo Sarrazin and to keep this blatant racist in the ranks of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), German social democracy has moved sharply to the right.

The war against Libya and the German Left Party

By Lucas Adler, 7 May 2011

The Left Party is using the war against Libya to move closer to the German government and shield it against popular opposition.

One year since the BP oil spill: The environmental disaster continues

By Tom Eley, 23 April 2011

This is the third installment in a four-part WSWS series marking the first anniversary of the BP Gulf oil disaster. The catastrophic ecological and human health consequences will last for decades.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) council election campaign

Manchester’s Ardwick ward blighted by poverty and inequality

By Robert Skelton, 16 April 2011

Robert Skelton is the Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Ardwick ward.

Why does Britain’s Guardian insist there is mass support for austerity and cuts?

By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2011

Britain’s Guardian newspaper has responded to the March 26 half-million strong Trades Union Congress demonstration against the government’s £100 billion austerity programme with barely concealed hostility.

A guest commentator:

Yale goes global—university plans “liberal arts college” in authoritarian Singapore

By Virginia Smith, 13 April 2011

In a recent letter to the Yale community, President Rick Levin announced final agreement with the National University of Singapore to create a new liberal arts college based on the Yale model.

Teachers in Berlin face political tasks

By Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 8 April 2011

The Socialist Equality Party distributed this statement in the form of a leaflet to demonstrators on a protest of teachers in Berlin, April 5.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) launches council election campaign

6 April 2011

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) has launched its campaign for the May 5 local authority elections in Sheffield and Manchester.

The Socialist Equality Party’s candidates for Manchester and Sheffield

6 April 2011

Robert Skelton and Simon Walker are standing as the Socialist Equality Party’s candidates in the May 5 local authority elections in Manchester and Sheffield.

Reject the AFL-CIO and Democratic Party

For a new strategy to defend the social rights of the working class

By Socialist Equality Party, 4 April 2011

Supporters of the SEP are distributing the following statements at the “We Are One” demonstrations organized by the AFL-CIO in Madison, Wisconsin and other locations in the US.

Reject TUC’s phoney war

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 26 March 2011

Today’s demonstration was fraudulently billed by Trades Union Congress head Brendan Barber as the start of a fight-back against the coalition government’s austerity measures.

Germany: Vote “No!” on Hesse credit-cap clause

By Marianne Arens, 26 March 2011

On Sunday, March 27, citizens of Hesse will decide whether there should be a public-borrowing prohibition clause in the state constitution.

Bernard-Henri Lévy makes “humanitarian” case for bombing Libya

By Alex Lantier, 26 March 2011

Lévy uses his bogus “human rights” credentials to bolster the propaganda of the French government—which claims to be intervening in Libya in a limited campaign designed to protect the lives of rebel National Council supporters.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow lines up behind Obama’s attack on Libya

By David Walsh, 24 March 2011

On March 21, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, a principal voice of the American liberal-left in the mainstream media, offered a defense of the Obama administration and its role in launching a military assault on Libya.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

Part Five

15 March 2011

This document, The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), was adopted unanimously at the founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), held in Manchester between October 22 and 25, 2010. It reviews and examines the most critical political experiences of the British working class, centring in particular on the post-war history of the Trotskyist movement. It is being published on the WSWS in 11 parts.

The Guardian’s hatchet job on Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 10 March 2011

WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, published by the Guardian newspaper, is a politically-motivated hatchet job aimed at discrediting Assange and facilitating his persecution.

Britain’s political and media establishment promotes anti-immigrant sentiment

By Chris Marsden, 4 March 2011

A survey commissioned by the anti-fascist group Searchlight has been given saturation media coverage in Britain.

German defence minister adopts the political style of Italy’s Berlusconi

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 February 2011

Right-wing political and media forces are demagogically exploiting the extraordinary arrogance of Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg to further undermine democratic rights in Germany.

The significance of the SPD victory in Hamburg

By Peter Schwarz, 25 February 2011

The return of the German SPD to political prominence serves to prepare fresh attacks on the working population, which will put all previous attacks in the shade.

The TUC is no friend of the Egyptian working class

By Chris Marsden, 12 February 2011

It is in order to ensure that a mounting strike wave involving millions does not threaten the survival of the pro-Western military regime in Egypt that the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) poses as an ally of Egyptian workers.

The Egyptian revolution and the German Left Party

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 February 2011

The Left Party in Germany has reacted to the development of the burgeoning revolution in the Middle East by closing ranks with the government and offering its support.

NPA meeting in Paris backs imperialist policy on Egypt, Tunisia

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 11 February 2011

WSWS reporters attended a February 9 meeting of France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party in Paris, titled “Tunisia-Egypt, from revolt to revolution.”

Oppose all cuts in public spending

Build rank-and-file committees to lead the struggle

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 10 February 2011

The cuts being imposed by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government in Britain represent the most sustained attack on the living standards and social rights of the working class in over 80 years.

From the archive of the WSWS

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004): An obituary

By David North, 7 February 2011

The centennial of Reagan’s birth has prompted a new round of mythologizing of the life and career of the 40th US president. Everything that needs to be said about the mendacious attempt to whitewash Reagan’s disastrous presidency was written in a political obituary after his death in 2004 by International Editorial Board chairman David North.

The New York Times’ Bill Keller on WikiLeaks: A collapse of democratic sensibility

By David Walsh, 3 February 2011

The New York Times posted a lengthy piece January 26 by Bill Keller, its executive editor, on the subject of the newspaper’s relations with WikiLeaks and its co-founder, Julian Assange.

WikiLeaks exposes Washington’s dollar diplomacy

By Tom Carter, 3 February 2011

Secret WikiLeaks cables expose the ugly alliance between Washington and major US corporations to advance their interests in every corner of the world.

Australia: The socialist alternative in the Broadmeadows by-election

By Statement Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 31 January 2011

The Socialist Equality Party calls on working people and youth to support our candidate Peter Byrne in the Victorian state by-election being held in Broadmeadows on February 19.

Stop US torture of Bradley Manning!

By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2011

Thirty miles from downtown Washington DC, the US military is engaged in the torture of Army Private Bradley Manning, jailed on suspicion of leaking classified documents to the whistleblower web site WikiLeaks.

Obama’s speech and the bankruptcy of identity politics

By Tom Eley, 28 January 2011

One of the more striking omissions from the president’s speech was any reference, even in a tangential way, to the desperate conditions facing the majority of the nation’s 37 million African-Americans, or the closely related social crisis overtaking the cities.

ثورة شعبية تجتاح تونس وآمال في ثورة دائمة

22 January 2011

تعتبر الأحداث الأخيرة في تونس علامة مميزة على ظهور نقطة تحول عملية التطور العالمي، فبعد أن كانت ردود الأفعال الباطشة تنجح دائمًا وكان الصراع الطبقي مكبوحاً لعشرات السنين، جاءت المظاهرات الحاشدة وانتهاء فترة القمع التي دامت 23 عاماً على يد زين العابدين بن علي منذرة بانطلاق عصر جديد سمته الحركات الثورية.

CAUS votes to hold Detroit march against utility shutoffs

By our reporter, 19 January 2011

On January 13, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS) voted to hold a demonstration against the shutoff policies of the local utility conglomerate DTE Energy.

The German foreign office and its defenders

By Peter Schwarz, 17 January 2011

The report of the Independent Commission on the Role of the Foreign Ministry in the Third Reich has triggered strong opposition.

Queensland flood chief Major-General Mick Slater issues ominous warning

By Susan Allan, 14 January 2011

Slater’s comments are aimed, above all, at sending a message that the new flood task force is already preparing to defend government authorities and stifle any oppositional movement.

Hands off Rosa Luxemburg!

The historical falsification of Rosa Luxemburg's heritage by the German Left Party

By Lucas Adler, 14 January 2011

In a vulgar attempt to distort Rosa Luxemburg’s writings, the German Left Party resorts to interpreting passages out of context in order to justify their own opportunism.

Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program

Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!

Part 3

By Marxist Voice, 5 January 2011

The WSWS is publishing here the third and concluding part of a statement by Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program

Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!

Part 1

By Marxist Voice, 3 January 2011

The WSWS is publishing here the first part of a statement by Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

The BBC and the police attack on Jody McIntyre

By Robert Stevens, 22 December 2010

In its coverage of the December 9 student protest in London, the World Socialist Web Site drew attention the brutal treatment meted out by riot police to Jody McIntyre, a 20-year old freelance journalist.

The police shooting of Bangladesh garment workers

By K. Ratnayake, 21 December 2010

The killing of four textile workers is the sharpest expression of a global turn by employers and government to state violence amid the deepening international economic crisis.

The “liberal” face of American imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2010

The tributes to Richard Holbrooke, who died December 13, whitewash the role of the United States in the Yugoslav civil war.

Ten years since Bush v. Gore: The stolen election of 2000

By Patrick Martin, 13 December 2010

Sunday marks ten years since the Supreme Court decision that halted vote counting in Florida and installed George W. Bush in the White House.

End all utility shutoffs! Electricity and gas must be social rights

By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs, 13 December 2010

Today’s “Energy Customer Assistance Day” has nothing to do with guaranteeing the basic right of all residents to gas and electricity. It is a public relations stunt by DTE and the city government.

What lies behind the liberals’ lamentations over Obama?

By Barry Grey, 11 December 2010

President Barack Obama’s groveling before the Republicans and his lurch to the right have evoked a new outpouring of hand-wringing commentary by his supporters on the liberal left.

Year-end fund appeal: Donate now to support the WSWS

By Barry Grey, 6 December 2010

I urge all readers of the World Socialist Web Site to donate as generously as possible to support the work of the WSWS. Your help is vital in enabling us to deepen the fight to bring a socialist analysis, perspective and program to the broadest possible international audience.

SEP to hold first ever meeting in Vancouver

23 November 2010

The national secretary of the SEP (Canada), Keith Jones, will speak in Vancouver, Saturday, December 4 on “The breakdown of world capitalism—a socialist perspective for the working class.”

The liberals’ lament: “Why won’t Obama fight?”

By David Walsh, 17 November 2010

The latest Democratic surrender to the Republican right has provoked a new round of handwringing from members of the official liberal meda.

Socialist Equality Party public meetings in Britain

For a mass movement against austerity! For a workers’ government on socialist policies!

15 November 2010

The Socialist Equality Party is convening a series of public meetings as the basis for instigating a politically independent mass social movement against austerity.

Obama moves toward extending Bush tax cuts

A government of, by, and for the rich

By Tom Eley, 13 November 2010

The move by the Obama White House in the wake of the midterm election toward extending Bush-era tax cuts for the rich demonstrates the stranglehold of the financial aristocracy over government and both big business parties.

Britain’s Guardian embraces the Tories’ austerity measures

By Chris Marsden, 13 November 2010

On July 1, 2008, the WSWS drew attention to the broader significance of the support extended by prominent writers for the Guardian and Observer to Conservative MP David Davis.

Media drops story of apparent missile launch

By Andre Damon, 13 November 2010

Only days after the a Los Angeles television station reported an unexplained missile launch off of the coast of California, the American media has completely dropped coverage of the event.

Oppose the witch-hunt of student protesters in Britain

By Socialist and International Students for Social Equality (Britain), 13 November 2010

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Social Equality call on working people and students to oppose the vicious witch-hunt of those involved in the anti-education cuts protest at Conservative Party HQ.

Bush on NBC: Rehabilitating a war criminal

By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2010

The former president defended every crime committed by his administration, from the illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the use of torture, to the abandonment of New Orleans and the Gulf coast during Hurricane Katrina.

Torturer-in-chief: Bush brags about waterboarding

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2010

In his memoir to be released next week, former US President George W. Bush boasts of having personally given the order to the CIA to employ the torture method of waterboarding.

The 2010 elections in Detroit and the fight for socialism

By D’Artagnan Collier and SEP candidate for Michigan Legislature, 6 November 2010

The results of the 2010 elections, in Detroit and Michigan, and indeed in every state and city across the country, express the complete political disenfranchisement of the population.

SEP public meeting

The Detroit Symphony Strike & the Defense of Culture in the US

4 November 2010

Musicians in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are striking against attempts by DSO management to force through a 33 percent cut in base pay and reduction in the pay for new-hires of 42 percent, along with sharply reduced health coverage and a freeze in pensions. The musicians have insisted that at stake are not only their own living conditions, but the future of the orchestra itself.

Montreal meeting: 70 years since the assassination of Trotsky

4 November 2010

The Socialist Equality Party will be holding a meeting in Montreal on Wednesday, November 10 to mark 70 years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky by a Stalinist assailant.

The American student loan racket

Part two

By Nancy Hanover, 4 November 2010

The second of a two-part series on the history and predatory policies of the student loan industry.

Sri Lanka: Fight against university privatisation

By Statement International Students for Social Equality, 2 November 2010

The ISSE calls on students to oppose the Sri Lankan government’s new higher education act, which will pave the way for private universities.

Unanswered questions in the Yemen terror scare

By Barry Grey, 1 November 2010

In what has become a regular feature of American public life—especially on the eve of major elections—the airwaves were taken over Friday by breathless reports of a new terror threat.