Politics

Washington state legislator investigated for ties with violent far-right groups

By Kayla Costa, 30 December 2019

Representative Matthew Shea mobilized support for armed militia standoffs, and drafted a document of rules for militia-based war during his time in office.

Edward Gallagher, Donald Trump and America’s criminal wars

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2019

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

Trump issues hypocritical threat over Syrian offensive

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2019

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

Bloomberg, Steyer spend $200 million on Democratic nomination fight

By Patrick Martin, 27 December 2019

The two billionaires combined have outspent the rest of the Democrat field three times over.

German government condemns US sanctions on Nord Stream 2 pipeline

By Johannes Stern, 23 December 2019

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

Trump signs Pentagon budget imposing new sanctions on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2019

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

Democratic debate: Candidates denounce Trump, ignore party votes for Trump’s program

By Barry Grey, 21 December 2019

The seven candidates said nothing about the fact that the impeachment of Trump was bracketed by congressional votes in which the Democratic Party endorsed Trump’s key legislative priorities.

One day after impeachment: Democrats back Trump trade, budget bills

By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2019

One day after the US House of Representatives adopted two articles of impeachment against President Trump, the House passed Trump’s top policy priority for 2019, the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, by a massive bipartisan margin.

Amid impeachment vote, Congress passes record military budget and funds Trump’s border wall

By Evan Blake, 19 December 2019

The right-wing basis on which the Democrats have impeached Trump is underscored by the bipartisan support for the fascistic president’s political agenda demonstrated in the budget measures approved by Congress.

Democratic Party candidates posture at union-sponsored education forum

By Dan Conway, 19 December 2019

Both the presidential candidates and the teachers union officials present at the Pittsburgh forum have a proven track record of opposing and sabotaging teachers struggles.

The impeachment crisis

A plague on both political parties

By Patrick Martin and Andre Damon, 19 December 2019

Despite the ferocity of conflict over impeachment, the Democrats and Republicans represent the twin imperatives of American imperialism: the drive toward war and fascistic authoritarianism.

Trump makes fascistic appeal in impeachment letter

By Andre Damon, 18 December 2019

While Trump is seeking to exploit the impeachment to rally a right-wing movement, the Democratic Party is fearful of and hostile to mobilizing mass popular opposition to Trump.

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

By Kevin Reed, 18 December 2019

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

CIA Democrats back CIA-led impeachment

By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2019

Ten out of eleven newly elected representatives with military-intelligence backgrounds have publicly backed impeachment.

US military academies investigating use of “white power” hand gesture during annual Army-Navy football game

By Kevin Reed, 17 December 2019

The likely open use of the white power symbol by Army and Navy cadets is an indication of the growth of fascistic elements within the US military.

Democrats combine impeachment and collaboration with Trump

By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2019

In the midst of the impeachment inquiry, congressional Democrats are collaborating with Trump on trade war, attacks on immigrants, and a massive military build-up.

House Judiciary Committee votes to approve articles of impeachment against Trump

By Barry Grey, 13 December 2019

The debate has underscored the right-wing basis of the Democrats’ impeachment drive.

Pentagon chiefs say US troops to stay in Syria for years

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2019

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

US to impose sanctions on companies involved in European Nord Stream 2 pipeline

By Peter Schwarz, 13 December 2019

The sanctions against the joint Russian-Western Europe energy project underscores just how conflict-riven the relations between the members of the world's largest military alliance are.

Mass shooting in Jersey City, New Jersey being investigated as anti-Semitic hate-crime

By Matthew Taylor, 12 December 2019

New Jersey police believe that two assailants deliberately targeted a Kosher grocery store in an attack on Tuesday.

The impeachment crisis and its political consequences

By Andre Damon, 12 December 2019

Regardless of the its final outcome in the House and Senate, the impeachment proceedings will have reactionary and dangerous repercussions.

US House approves bill for record military spending

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2019

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

Trump signs executive order aimed at suppressing criticism of Israel

By Niles Niemuth, 12 December 2019

The purpose of the order signed Wednesday is to squelch free speech at publicly funded universities, targeting in particular the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Democrats release articles of impeachment against Trump on “national security” grounds

By Andre Damon, 11 December 2019

The articles of impeachment assert that the president “betrayed the nation” and “compromised the national security of the United States” by temporarily delaying military aid to Ukraine.

The true legacy of US central banker Paul Volcker (1927–2019)

By Nick Beams, 11 December 2019

A full accounting would reveal that his policies, imposed on behalf of the American capitalist class, resulted in untold social misery and the premature death of millions of people, not only in the US but around the world.

Democrats, White House position themselves for impeachment vote

By Patrick Martin, 9 December 2019

The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote articles of impeachment against Trump this week.

United Teachers Los Angeles and National Nurses Union back Democratic candidate

Union sellouts endorse the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign

By Dan Conway and Matt Rigel, 7 December 2019

The United Teachers Los Angeles and the National Nurses Union have both endorsed Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Pelosi announces Democrats to begin drafting impeachment charges against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2019

The House Speaker announced Thursday plans to draw up articles of impeachment for President Trump.

Impeachment hearing opens with Democratic Party blast against Russia

By Patrick Martin, 5 December 2019

The opening statement by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler set the tone for a hearing that repeatedly returned to the bogus allegations of massive Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2019

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

The ignominious fall of Kamala Harris

By Evan Blake, 5 December 2019

While attempting to strike a middle ground among the Democratic candidates, Harris never successfully convinced working class voters that she was progressive at all.

Democrats’ report confirms anti-Russia axis of impeachment inquiry

By Barry Grey, 4 December 2019

The Democrats’ 300-page report is all about Ukraine and the central role it occupies in the geo-strategic operations of the United States directed against Russia.

A Warning: A manifesto of the pro-war “Resistance” in the American state

By Andre Damon, 4 December 2019

The book makes clear that the “Resistance” to Trump’s policies within the US government, which forms the basis of the Democrats’ impeachment drive, centers on claims that Trump is insufficiently aggressive in defending and expanding America’s imperial interests.

NATO bitterly divided as London summit begins

By Alex Lantier, 3 December 2019

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

House Democrats begin next phase of impeachment drive

By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2019

The White House is refusing to participate in the first formal impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, set for Wednesday.

The DSA on impeachment or: How the DSA learned to stop worrying and love Bolton

By Genevieve Leigh, 3 December 2019

The Democratic Socialists of America has given its full support to the impeachment campaign, lining up behind John Bolton and the other reactionaries promoted by the Democratic Party.

Obama spearheads campaign against Sanders’ nomination as Democratic presidential candidate

By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2019

The Democratic Party establishment wants to ensure that issues of social inequality are not a focal point in the elections, even in the toothless form represented by Sanders and Warren.

US Attorney General William Barr’s brief for presidential dictatorship

By Tom Carter, 2 December 2019

Even by the degraded standards of American political discourse at present, Barr’s speech was exceptional for its essentially anti-democratic and fascistic content.

Canadian government-sponsored Security Forum rails against “strategic adversaries” China and Russia

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 27 November 2019

Trump’s National Security Adviser demanded Canada massively hike military spending, restrict Huawei, and militarize the Arctic to counter China and Russia.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg begins campaign for Democratic nomination

By Barry Grey, 27 November 2019

Bloomberg is seeking effectively either to buy the presidency, or, at the very least, drive the Democratic campaign to the right.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 27 November 2019

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

1619 Project director speaks at New York University

Nikole Hannah-Jones, race theory and the Holocaust

By Eric London and David North, 26 November 2019

There was not a single statement made by Hannah-Jones at NYU on historical issues that withstands serious examination.

US navy secretary fired in case of pardoned SEAL war criminal

By Bill Van Auken, 26 November 2019

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

Judge denies “absolute immunity” of White House aides

By Patrick Martin, 26 November 2019

The ruling by Judge Kenji Brown Jackson was a sweeping rejection of the Trump administration’s claims that top officials cannot be compelled to testify before Congress.

US Attorney General Barr adds to coverup in death of Jeffrey Epstein

By Kevin Reed, 26 November 2019

In an interview Friday with the Associated Press, US Attorney General William Barr said the prison death of Jeffrey Epstein was a suicide made possible by “a perfect storm of screwups.”

Wisconsin’s Democratic governor signs oil lobby-backed bill criminalising free speech

By Jacob Crosse, 26 November 2019

Governor Tony Evers made Wisconsin the tenth state to enact legislation drafted by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers association placing greater restrictions on anti-pipeline protests.

Who decided the US should fight a “hot war” with Russia?

By Andre Damon, 23 November 2019

The impeachment inquiry has exposed a US conspiracy to spend billions of dollars to overthrow an elected government in Ukraine and foment a civil war that has killed thousands of people.

Trump overrides Navy’s bid to evict war criminal from SEALS

By Bill Van Auken, 22 November 2019

This was the fourth intervention by the US president in the case of Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL charged with shooting civilians and murdering a prisoner during the 2017 siege of Mosul.

Bernie Sanders dispenses with his “political revolution” at fifth Democratic presidential debate

By Niles Niemuth, 22 November 2019

Sanders declared at Wednesday night’s debate that he agreed with Obama that it wasn’t necessary to “tear down the system and remake it.”

US, EU gave over $20 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine since 2014

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2019

Testimony at the final impeachment hearing confirmed the massive scale of imperialist operations in Ukraine, aimed at undermining and attacking Russia.

Naval command challenges President Trump’s war crimes pardon

By Kevin Reed, 21 November 2019

In an extraordinary and open conflict between the leadership of the US Navy and the White House, Rear Admiral Collin Green pressed forward on Wednesday with plans to remove Edward Gallagher from the SEALs following his exoneration by President Trump.

Patriot Act extension concealed in funding bill passed by House Democrats

By Barry Grey, 21 November 2019

Coming in the midst of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, the extension of the Patriot Act underscores the absence of any democratic content in their opposition to Trump.

The impeachment crisis and American imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2019

The principal crime revealed in the impeachment hearings is how American imperialism conducts itself towards smaller and less powerful nations such as Ukraine.

Impeachment hearing highlights conflict over US policy in Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2019

The driving force of the Democratic Party inquiry is the US effort to use Ukraine as a base of operations and front-line state in the confrontation with Russia.

In the face of attacks by billionaires, Obama

Elizabeth Warren backpedals on “Medicare for All”

By Kate Randall, 20 November 2019

Less than three weeks after presenting her “Medicare for All” proposal, Warren is backtracking on virtually all of its components.

Two New York prison guards charged in connection with Epstein death

By Matthew Taylor, 20 November 2019

The pair who were guarding Epstein on the night of his mysterious death have been charged with falsifying records and defrauding the US government.

Epstein scandal engulfs Britain’s Royal family after BBC interview with Prince Andrew

By Chris Marsden, 20 November 2019

Prince Andrew maintained his relations with Epstein long after the sex offender and trafficker was convicted for his crimes.

As second week of public hearings begins

Pelosi doubles down on anti-Russia politics of impeachment inquiry

By Barry Grey, 19 November 2019

Pelosi once again defined as the sole issue in the Democrats’ case for impeachment the charge that Trump endangered US “national security” and strengthened Russia.

Former US Secretary of State Kissinger points to danger of “catastrophic” conflict between US and China

By Nick Beams, 16 November 2019

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has warned of an inevitable “conflict” between the US and China that “will be worse than the world wars that ruined European civilisation.”

Seeking to cultivate fascistic base, Trump pardons two war criminals and promotes a third

By Evan Blake, 16 November 2019

Trump’s unprecedented pardoning of war criminals highlights the authoritarian character of his administration.

Roger Stone conviction affirms he lied about having connections with WikiLeaks

By Kevin Reed, 16 November 2019

The conviction of Roger Stone on all seven federal offenses shows, contrary to the fabrications in the corporate media, that he lied about having a relationship with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

The Trump impeachment and US policy in Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2019

The public hearings on impeachment have brought to light bitter recriminations within the US ruling elite sparked by the failure of its anti-Russia efforts in Ukraine.

Leaked emails reveal Trump aide Stephen Miller’s fascist politics

By Trévon Austin, 15 November 2019

Emails published by the Southern Poverty Law Center show Stephen Miller, White House senior adviser in charge of immigration policy, espousing racist views and promoting white supremacist and neo-Nazi publications.

Democrats begin impeachment hearings with denunciations of Russia

By Patrick Martin, 14 November 2019

The first day of public, televised hearings demonstrates that in the impeachment conflict two right-wing factions of the ruling class are fighting out differences over foreign policy.

Bloomberg and his fellow oligarchs lay down the law: Not a penny more in taxes

By Barry Grey, 14 November 2019

The American financial oligarchy is indignant over any possibility of having to give up a part of their fortune to pay for things such as health care, education, housing and a livable environment.

Public impeachment hearings to escalate political warfare in Washington

By Barry Grey, 13 November 2019

The bitter conflict within the state is between two right-wing factions of the ruling class that have been battling one another over foreign policy questions since Trump’s nomination as the Republican candidate for president.

Trump threatens “substantial” increase in anti-China tariffs

By Nick Beams, 13 November 2019

In a speech to the New York Economic Club, Trump claimed, amid falling GDP numbers, that his administration had “launched an economic boom the likes of which we have never seen before.”

Amazon-led corporate purge of Seattle City Council fails

By Kayla Costa and Julio Patron, 12 November 2019

Five of six city council members targeted for supporting higher taxes on Amazon won reelection, including Kshama Sawant, a member of the pseudo-left Socialist Alternative group.

Another leading House Republican decides to retire

By Philip Guelpa, 12 November 2019

Representative Peter King’s decision not to run for re-election exemplifies the growing crisis of the Republican Party.

The Democrats’ campaign for internet censorship: Who is to determine what are “lies”?

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2019

While couched in demagogic language accusing Facebook of “profiting” off of “disinformation,” the Democrats’ campaign for internet censorship is aimed at silencing political opposition and dissent.

Billionaire ex-NYC Mayor Bloomberg takes steps to run for Democratic nomination

By Barry Grey, 9 November 2019

Whether or not he decides to run, Bloomberg’s move is clearly calculated to shift the Democratic campaign further to the right.

Democratic Socialists of America “International Committee” denounces “reckless” withdrawal of US troops from Syria

By Genevieve Leigh, 9 November 2019

The response of the DSA to Trump’s announced troop withdrawals from Syria is indistinguishable from that of the Democratic Party and Trump’s critics within the military and intelligence apparatus.

White House appears increasingly isolated in impeachment crisis

By Patrick Martin, 8 November 2019

The CIA-instigated impeachment inquiry will begin public hearings next week with a parade of State Department witnesses.

For a kinder, gentler assault on immigrants

Bernie Sanders unveils immigration plan

By Kevin Martinez, 8 November 2019

The Democratic presidential candidate rhetorically attacks theworst of Trump’s immigration policies but would keep the border regimeintact.

Democrats’ gains in Tuesday’s elections reflect shifts within the upper-middle class

By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2019

In Tuesday’s state and local elections, Democrats made their biggest gains in upscale suburban areas.

Impeachment crisis: Trump, Democrats exchange threats and warnings

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2019

Two press conferences Wednesday gave sharp expression to the divisions within the US political establishment.

Democrats exclude Trump’s fascist anti-immigrant policies from impeachment inquiry

By Eric London, 3 October 2019

According to the New York Times, Trump called for electrifying the border fence and shooting immigrants as they entered the US.

Trump, Democrats dig in as impeachment drive escalates

By Barry Grey, 2 October 2019

Many within the ruling class are taking Trump’s talk of civil war as a serious threat.

Trump threatens “civil war” as Democrats escalate impeachment campaign

By Andre Damon, 1 October 2019

President Donald Trump, in an implicit threat of violence against his political opponents, suggested late Sunday that the Democrats’ efforts to remove him from office could precipitate a “civil war.”

Hunter Biden made $850,000 on board of Ukraine gas company

By Patrick Martin, 1 October 2019

Joe Biden’s son cashed in on his father’s position in the Obama-Biden administration.

CIA sets terms for Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump’s crimes

By Joseph Kishore, 28 September 2019

Both factions in the political warfare that has erupted in Washington are hostile to the democratic and social rights of the working class.

Trump lowers cap on refugees to record low of 18,000

By Barry Grey, 28 September 2019

This latest move tightens the virtual ban on people fleeing poverty, violence and persecution around the world.

Spanish security firm spied on Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy for US intelligence

By Kevin Reed, 28 September 2019

A defense and security firm based in Spain that was hired to protect the Ecuadorian embassy in London provided secret audio and video recordings of Julian Assange to US intelligence.

Release of CIA whistleblower complaint intensifies political civil war in Washington

By Andre Damon, 27 September 2019

The complaint by the CIA agent assigned to the White House alleges that US President Trump “is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 US election.”

In photo op at GM picket line, Sanders promotes nationalism, covers for Democrats and UAW

By Tom Hall, 26 September 2019

Bernie Sanders put in a brief media appearance on the picket line at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant Wednesday morning.

Impeachment drive against Trump deepens US political crisis

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2019

The working class must break free of both reactionary political factions—the Democratic Party, aligned with the military-intelligence apparatus and Wall Street, and the Trump administration.

House Democrats launch formal impeachment inquiry against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 25 September 2019

The action is a major escalation in the factional warfare within the US ruling elite, which revolves largely around differences over foreign policy.

Elizabeth Warren promotes economic nationalism at Detroit GM workers’ picket line

By Shannon Jones, 23 September 2019

The UAW is desperately seeking to shut down the strike, which cuts across their corporatist relations with management and threatens to spark a wider movement in the working class.

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Obama’s vice president for two terms, Biden is identified with some of the worst crimes of the American government over the past 50 years, including wars in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren mixes anti-corruption demagogy with identity politics at New York City rally

By Sandy English, 21 September 2019

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren sought to bolster illusions that the Democratic Party is capable of reining in the domination of the US government by the super-rich.

Fascistic elements in Republican Party threaten Democrats O’Rourke and Ocasio-Cortez

By Matthew Taylor, 14 September 2019

Both incidents reflect the growing threat of political violence from the far-right.

The Democratic presidential debate: A million miles from American social reality

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2019

The 10 candidates on the stage in Houston avoided any discussion of the deepening social crisis in America and the growing opposition to social inequality.

Democratic Socialists of America launches nationwide campaign for Bernie Sanders

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 September 2019

The DSA is a faction of the Democratic Party, which is backing the Sanders campaign as it seeks to divert opposition among workers and youth into safe channels.

Trump fires Bolton as national security advisor

By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2019

Disagreement over a proposed deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan was apparently the final straw in the internal White House conflict.

Washington Post pushes xenophobic campaign against Chinese-Americans

By Andre Damon, 10 September 2019

The Washington Post has published an editorial giving its stamp of approval to a report by the Hoover institution arguing that Chinese nationals and ethnic Chinese Americans potentially pose a national security threat to the United States.

New York court hears argument from “John Doe” that documents related to Jeffrey Epstein should remain sealed

By Kevin Reed, 7 September 2019

In a hearing before a Manhattan judge, arguments were presented on Wednesday for keeping the identity of individuals named in the court record of a defamation lawsuit filed against a confidante of Jeffrey Epstein in 2015 either sealed or redacted.

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history—Part Two

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 4 September 2019

The 1619 Project, launched by the New York Times, presents racism and racial conflict as the essential feature and driving force of American history.

Former Fed official calls on central bank to end accommodation to Trump

By Nick Beams, 31 August 2019

An extraordinary intervention by former New York Federal Reserve president Bill Dudley reflects rising political tensions, fuelled by the growing prospect of a US recession.

The Democratic Socialists of America Convention: A marketing gimmick for the Democratic Party

By Joseph Kishore, 30 August 2019

The main resolutions adopted at the convention centered on the DSA’s political support for the Democratic Party and its dedication to bolstering the anti-working-class trade unions.

FBI examining two cameras that malfunctioned outside Jeffery Epstein’s prison cell

By Kevin Reed, 29 August 2019

The broken cameras were within view of the Manhattan cell where the multimillionaire sex trafficker was being held at the time of his death earlier this month.