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Trump uses Australian PM’s visit to threaten North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 24 February 2018

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

Plea deal by former Trump aide brings Russia probe closer to White House

By Barry Grey, 24 February 2018

Gates’ plea deal comes in the midst of an increasingly hysterical campaign in the media against Russia.

After Parkland shooting, Trump calls for teachers to be armed

By Niles Niemuth, 24 February 2018

The president has argued that allowing teachers and school staff, particularly military veterans, to carry concealed weapons would deter potential school shooters and protect students.

The Russian meddling fraud: Weapons of mass destruction revisited

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 20 February 2018

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

The media and the Mueller indictment: A conspiracy theory to end all conspiracy theories

By Patrick Martin, 19 February 2018

Nothing in the indictment comes close to supporting the wild claims from the media being used to justify a campaign for war and domestic repression.

Indictment of Russian nationals used to campaign for censorship and war

By Andre Damon, 17 February 2018

The indictments are primarily aimed at providing US media outlets with fodder for their claim that social opposition within the United States is the work of foreign agitators.

Danger of mass deportations grows as US Senate refuses to protect immigrant youth

By Eric London, 16 February 2018

The entire framework of the immigration debate has a right-wing, anti-democratic character.

Neo-McCarthyite hysteria at US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing

By Andre Damon, 15 February 2018

Tuesday’s hearing was an exercise in right-wing hysteria aimed at promoting the claim that all social opposition in the United States is the product of foreign subversion.

Corporate giant Unilever demands crackdown on oppositional Internet content

By Will Morrow, 14 February 2018

The Unilever statement marks an escalation in the campaign by the Democratic Party and the intelligence agencies, in alliance with corporate interests, to censor the Internet.

White House aides forced out over domestic abuse allegations

By Patrick Martin, 12 February 2018

The media firestorm over the charges against White House secretary Rob Porter is the latest skirmish in the political warfare in Washington between rival factions of the ruling elite.

Democrats and Republicans pass budget to prepare US for war

By Eric London, 10 February 2018

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

US Senate Democrats agree to massive boost in military spending

By Josh Varlin, 8 February 2018

The bipartisan budget plan demonstrates that both big business parties agree on military escalation and further attacks on immigrants' rights.

New York City limousine driver kills himself in protest over poverty wages

By Sandy English, 8 February 2018

Schifter’s suicide note blamed corporations and Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and former Mayor Bloomberg for destroying his livelihood.

UK High Court rejects Lauri Love’s extradition to US

By Margot Miller, 8 February 2018

The High Court judges agreed with Love’s legal team that, on medical grounds, he should be tried in the UK, not the US.

A conversation with film historian Max Alvarez: How the #MeToo campaign echoes the McCarthyite witch hunt of the 1940s and 1950s

“The climate is chillingly similar in terms of the massive capitulation and conformity”

By David Walsh, 8 February 2018

It is “Scoundrel Time” again in Hollywood, complete with denunciations, anonymous informants, humiliating “confessions,” trial by media and the banning of prominent performers.

Trump’s chief of staff mocks young immigrants as “afraid” and “lazy” as DACA deadline approaches

By Eric London, 7 February 2018

The climate in Washington ahead of Thursday’s budget deadline gives a sense of the right-wing framework of whatever immigration agreement the Democrats and Republicans make.

US Secretary of State Tillerson threatens oil sanctions against Venezuela

By Andrea Lobo, 7 February 2018

On his tour of Latin America, Tillerson escalated US threats against Venezuela as part of a broader campaign to undermine Russian and Chinese interests in the region.

Before budget deadline Thursday, Senate Democrats and Republicans prepare reactionary “border security” bill

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2018

A new federal shutdown could begin Thursday midnight, with further deadlines looming on the debt ceiling and the expiration of DACA protection for young immigrants.

Six Baltimore police officers plead guilty to racketeering

By Harvey Simpkins, 6 February 2018

The criminal activity of the Gun Trace Task Force exposes in microcosm the contempt that the police have for the constitutional rights of the working class throughout the United States.

Chelsea Manning to run as a Democrat in Maryland Senate race

By Nick Barrickman, 6 February 2018

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

Democrats defend FBI as Republican memo shows anti-Russia campaign built on illegal spying

By Eric London, 5 February 2018

In the factional conflict within the ruling class, the Democrats have emerged as the principal defenders of the military-intelligence apparatus.

Release of Nunes memo throws anti-Russia campaign into disarray

By Andre Damon, 3 February 2018

In a further intensification of the factional conflict gripping the US ruling elite, the White House published a congressional memo Friday alleging the FBI used false pretenses to spy on the Trump campaign.

Fear of working class upsurge triggers plunge in financial markets

By Barry Grey, 3 February 2018

The increasing market volatility takes place amidst signs of mounting working class resistance.

Trump in open clash with FBI over Russia probe

By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2018

The Democratic Party is siding with the intelligence agencies against Trump in a conflict pitting two reactionary and criminal sections of the ruling class against each other.

US Border Patrol vilify DACA recipients, linking them to human smuggling

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 2 February 2018

The US Border Patrol emphasized the DACA status of two young men arrested over recent incidents in the San Diego area.

Trump’s State of Delusion

By Barry Grey, 1 February 2018

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

US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg endorses #MeToo

By Ed Hightower and Tom Carter, 1 February 2018

As a sitting Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg's comments granted a quasi-official sanction to the lynch mob atmosphere surrounding the campaign.

Marshall and #MeToo: A 77-year-old civil rights fight exposes the reactionary character of the sexual misconduct witch-hunt

By Fred Mazelis, 1 February 2018

The 1941 case, in which a black man was acquitted of rape charges, poses awkward questions for those who dismiss due process in their campaign against sexual harassment, both real and alleged.

Trump’s State of the Union address: A spectacle of reaction and militarism

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2018

The foul character of the speech, the media coverage, and the ceremony as a whole testifies to the exclusion of any opposition within the political establishment to the agenda of corporate America.

In letter to Congress, social media companies outline plans for mass censorship

By Will Morrow, 31 January 2018

The technology giants are hiring thousands more human reviewers and developing artificial intelligence algorithms to monitor and censor political speech on the internet.

“Scoundrel Time” returns: The neo-Puritan #MeToo censors and their predecessors

By David Walsh, 31 January 2018

The sexual misconduct witch-hunt in the US continues, with dangerous implications for democratic rights and free speech.

As Trump, Republicans move to derail Russia probe, Democrats rush to defend FBI

By Barry Grey, 30 January 2018

Throughout the increasingly bitter Russia investigation, the Democrats have assumed the role of patriotic defenders of the intelligence and police agencies.

Senate Democratic leader seeks to protect Special Counsel Mueller, not DACA immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 29 January 2018

The statement by Schumer demonstrates the real priorities of the Democratic Party, which is focused on whipping up the anti-Russia campaign, not halting the persecution of immigrants.

Conflict in Washington escalates with report Trump sought to fire special prosecutor

By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2018

The front-page story in the New York Times marks a new stage in the ongoing political warfare in Washington.

The “fractured world”: Plutocrats convene in Davos amid war and great-power conflict

By Andre Damon, 27 January 2018

The 47th annual World Economic Forum was dominated by apprehension over every aspect of global politics and economics, from the possibility of a 2008-style financial collapse to the threat of a new world war.

A socialist strategy is needed to defend immigrants!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 27 January 2018

The ongoing negotiations in Washington over DACA and TPS prove that the defense of immigrants requires a break with the Democrats and a turn to the working class.

In budget talks, Senate Democrats abandon immigrant Dreamers threatened with deportation

By Niles Niemuth, 26 January 2018

The Democrats have used the plight of the DACA recipients to pose as defenders of immigrants while shifting ever closer to the Trump administration’s racist immigration policies.

Four months after Hurricane Maria

Continuing crisis used to justify sell-off of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid

By Genevieve Leigh, 24 January 2018

The governor of Puerto Rico announced plans to privatize the island’s largest public utility amidst the longest and largest power outage in modern US history.

Political lessons from the sham US government shutdown

By Eric London, 24 January 2018

The spineless character of the Democrats’ supposed defense of immigrant youth stands in stark contrast to the party’s furious efforts to prosecute the anti-Russia campaign.

Federal shutdown ends as Democrats cave in to Trump

By Patrick Martin, 23 January 2018

Hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients still face possible deportation in six weeks as the supposed “resistance” to Trump by Senate Democrats lasted less than three days.

The class issues in the US federal shutdown

By Patrick Martin, 22 January 2018

Through the conflict between two capitalist parties, the whole spectrum of bourgeois politics in America is being shifted further to the right.

Women’s March promotes Democratic Party, sabotages opposition to Trump

By Josh Varlin, 22 January 2018

While last year's marches to a degree reflected opposition to Trump's agenda of war and xenophobia, this year’s were focused almost exclusively on electoral politics and the #MeToo campaign.

Republicans and Democrats co-sponsor bill to dismantle Dodd-Frank bank regulations

By E.P. Milligan, 22 January 2018

The latest bill represents yet another brazen attempt to cut regulations set in place in the wake of the now decade-old financial meltdown.

US budget charade causes government shutdown

By Eric London, 20 January 2018

Whatever the immediate outcome of the ongoing budget negotiations, the result will shift the political landscape even further to the right.

Pentagon unveils strategy for military confrontation with Russia and China

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2018

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

Extension of warrantless NSA spying, with bipartisan support, heads to Trump for signature

By Fred Mazelis, 20 January 2018

Lopsided votes in both the US Senate and House reflect the role of Democrats as a party of American imperialism.

Federal agency promotes religious “exceptions” to health care

By Ed Hightower, 20 January 2018

A government office devoted to protecting the religious freedom of health care workers is a solution in search of a problem.

One year of Democratic sabotage of opposition to Trump

By Barry Grey, 20 January 2018

The Democratic Party has spent the past year suppressing and diverting popular resistance to the Trump administration.

US announces indefinite deployment of military forces in Syria

By James Cogan, 19 January 2018

The pretext that the motive of the US in Syria was to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has been cast aside.

US House passes short-term budget bill, but federal shutdown looms

By Patrick Martin, 19 January 2018

There appears to be little prospect of the Senate approving the House bill, which has no provisions dealing with the fate of young immigrants who are losing protection from deportation.

Facebook and Google outline unprecedented mass censorship at US Senate hearing

By Andre Damon, 18 January 2018

Facebook is planning to double its army of censors to nearly 20,000 people by the end of this year, a company official told lawmakers Thursday.

Bernie Sanders seeks to derail growing working class opposition to capitalism

By Patrick Martin, 17 January 2018

The Vermont senator issued an appeal to oppose mounting global inequality that makes no mention of capitalism, socialism, war or the class struggle.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2018

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

Martin Luther King Day marked with an open racist in the White House

By Fred Mazelis, 16 January 2018

The advent of Trump exposes the reality beneath the hypocritical official tributes to the slain civil rights leader.

#MeToo allegations against 95-year-old Marvel comics legend Stan Lee backfire

By Laura Tiernan, 16 January 2018

Allegations of sexual harassment against the creator of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four have met with widespread public derision.

After Trump’s racist outburst, Democrats plead for anti-immigrant “compromise” with White House

By Niles Niemuth and Barry Grey, 15 January 2018

Trump has responded to the Democrats’ mixture of servility and phony outrage by doubling down on his demands for curbs on immigration.

Trump’s racist comments trigger international condemnation

By James Cogan, 13 January 2018

Officials of the Trump administration have been left to make desperate attempts to contain the diplomatic fallout.

Facebook announces major plan to censor news content

By Andre Damon, 13 January 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the world’s largest social network will deprioritize news content, part of a coordinated effort to block access to information online.

House Democrats supply votes to block limits on NSA spying

By Niles Niemuth, 13 January 2018

The Democratic Party’s support ensures the illegal surveillance program that began under George W. Bush and was expanded by Obama will pass unscathed into the hands of Donald Trump.

Trump’s racist diatribe against “shithole countries” exposes bipartisan conspiracy against immigrants

By Barry Grey, 12 January 2018

Trump’s outburst came as an embarrassment to the Democrats, who over the past week have rushed to reach a deal with the White House that would further militarize the border and expand the crackdown on immigrants.

The campaign over the “unfitness” of Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 8 January 2018

The Democrats, once again, avoid any appeal to popular opposition to the right-wing policies of Trump and the Republicans.

Trump “defends” the right to protest in Iran, criminalizes protest in Washington

By E.P. Milligan, 8 January 2018

Even as Trump was bloviating about the right to protest in Iran, his Justice Department was carrying out a political trial against peaceful protesters in a brazen attack on the freedom of speech and assembly guaranteed by the US Constitution.

US suspends security aid to Pakistan as part of Afghan War push

By Jordan Shilton, 6 January 2018

The deepening of US-Pakistan tensions is bound up not just with the Afghan War, but also the growing polarization of the region between the Indo-US and Sino-Pakistani military-strategic alliances.

Tell-all book on Trump White House intensifies US political crisis

By Barry Grey, 6 January 2018

The book has received nonstop media coverage and provided new ammunition for those factions within the ruling class that are pushing for Trump’s removal from office.

Trump threatens Palestinian aid cut-off

By Jean Shaoul, 6 January 2018

A cut to the budget of the UNRWA for Palestinian refugees would have a devastating impact, particularly in the city of Gaza.

Bannon attack on Trump White House fuels Washington political warfare

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2018

A new book based largely on interviews with former Trump counselor Stephen Bannon is being used to reignite the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

As US Congress reconvenes

Democrats looking for deal with Trump on social cuts, increased military spending

By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2018

Bipartisan meetings will discuss the congressional agenda in the two weeks remaining before the January 19 expiration of the federal funding authorization.

No decline in Michigan poverty since the Great Recession

By Debra Watson, 28 December 2017

Despite a drastic fall in the official unemployment rate since the Great Recession, the same percentage of households in Michigan are living below the poverty line.

Democratic Party witch-hunters target Green Party candidate Jill Stein

By Statement of the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 23 December 2017

The Socialist Equality Party condemns the targeting of Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate in the 2016 election, by Democrats in the Senate Intelligence Committee.

US considers splitting immigrant children from parents in immigration jails

By Eric London, 23 December 2017

The proposal comes at the end of a week marked by ruthless attacks against immigrants.

As AT&T announces holiday layoff of hundreds of workers

Corporate America begins campaign to sell Trump tax bonanza

By Patrick Martin, 23 December 2017

The bonuses announced by a handful of big companies are a cynical attempt to deflect attention from the billions in added profits they will receive.

UN imposes harsh new sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 23 December 2017

The latest measures, drawn up by Washington, represent a last-ditch attempt to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal.

Trump authorizes $41.5 million sale of lethal US weaponry to Ukraine

By Niles Niemuth, 23 December 2017

The decision to allow Kiev to purchase “lethal defensive weapons” portends an escalation in the nearly four-year-old war against pro-Russian separatists entrenched in the country’s eastern provinces.

Trump administration congratulates “re-election” of police-state regime in Honduras

By Andrea Lobo, 23 December 2017

Washington’s announcement arrived as Honduran military police escalated their bloody repression of the nation-wide protests against the electoral fraud.

Jury acquits all six defendants in first trial of Inauguration Day protesters

By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2017

The verdict is a significant blow to efforts by the Trump Justice Department to criminalize anti-Trump protests.

DACA deal put off to 2018 leaving 800,000 under deportation threat

By Norisa Diaz, 22 December 2017

While a deal is still being worked out, there is no doubt that the Democrats are negotiating some of the most reactionary anti-immigrant legislation since Japanese internment.

Drug deaths drive down US life expectancy for second year

By Eric London, 22 December 2017

The fall in US life expectancy reflects the social devastation wrought on the lives of millions of people by decades of bipartisan policies aimed at enriching the wealthy.

Over token Democratic opposition

US Congress passes tax windfall for corporations and the rich

By Barry Grey, 21 December 2017

The Democrats support tax cuts for corporations and did nothing to seriously oppose this naked piece of class legislation.

Alabama announces freeze on children’s health program

By Shelley Connor, 21 December 2017

On Monday, Alabama became the first state to announce an enrollment freeze for its Children’s Health Insurance Program, as well as plans to end the program altogether by February 1.

US Congress targets Green Party candidate Jill Stein over allegations of collusion with Russia

By Trévon Austin, 21 December 2017

The targeting of Stein demonstrates that the anti-Russia witch-hunt is aimed ultimately at domestic political opposition.

Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship announces run for US Senate

By Clement Daly, 21 December 2017

The former Massey Coal CEO, convicted and jailed in connection with the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster, has announced his bid for Democrat Joe Manchin’s Senate seat.

US Congress set for Wednesday passage of multi-trillion-dollar tax cut for the rich

By Barry Grey, 20 December 2017

Legislation that will transfer trillions of dollars from the working class to the richest 10 percent of the population will be made the law of the land within less than two months of its initial release and without a single congressional hearing.

Actor Matt Damon comes under attack for his criticisms of the sexual misconduct campaign

By David Walsh, 20 December 2017

The actor suggested there was a continuum of inappropriate behavior, and that the punishments meted out to Sen. Al Franken and comic Louis C.K. were perhaps too harsh.

Trump unveils “America First” national security strategy

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2017

Behind the hackneyed campaign-style speech delivered by Trump Monday, the US military and intelligence apparatus is preparing for world war.

Political warfare escalates over Mueller investigation into Trump-Russia claims

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2017

Trump’s right-wing media supporters are warning of an FBI-led “coup” while Democrats suggest that Trump is about to fire the special prosecutor and trigger a constitutional crisis.

Horrific death at Ohio meatpacking plant

Industrial carnage continues in US workplaces

By Jerry White, 18 December 2017

A 62-year-old immigrant worker is the latest victim in a wave of industrial fatalities in the US. On-the-job injuries claim nearly 5,000 lives every year.

More sexual harassment allegations hit congressmen, media and entertainment figures

By Patrick Martin, 18 December 2017

Nevada Representative Ruben Kihuen became the seventh congressman to have his career ended by allegations of sexual misconduct.

Republicans release final bill to slash taxes for US corporations and the rich

By Barry Grey, 16 December 2017

The $1.5 trillion tax cut will dramatically expand the transfer of wealth and income in America from the bottom to the top.

Build a committee to oppose Oakland school cuts! For a socialist program to expand public education!

By the Socialist Equality Party (US), 16 December 2017

Workers must reject the entire framework of austerity and fight for the broadest expansion of public education, through the independent political mobilization of the entire working class.

Oakland, California board of education approves mid-year budget cuts despite growing opposition

By Jonathan Burleigh, 16 December 2017

Roughly 500 people attended the latest board meeting to protest the budget cuts, expressing the deep support for public education within Oakland’s working class.

PBS cancels “Tavis Smiley” show as sex witch-hunt expands

By Barry Grey, 15 December 2017

As has become typical in the growing campaign over alleged sexual offenses, the public broadcaster did not name the accusers or provide any details of their allegations.

Lessons of the Alabama election

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2017

Following the Alabama election and the defeat of Roy Moore, the Democrats are intensifying their campaign against Trump based on allegations of sexual misconduct and anti-Russia hysteria.

Congressional Republicans reach deal to pass tax cuts before Christmas

By Niles Niemuth, 14 December 2017

Trump announced that a deal had been reached on a bill that will slash $1.5 trillion in taxes and provide another major windfall for the rich and large corporations.

Alabama Senate result shows collapse of support for Trump

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2017

African-American voters and young people, along with residents in upscale suburban areas, provided the biggest margins against Republican Roy Moore.

Outgoing Fed chair Yellen brushes off financial warning signs

By Nick Beams, 14 December 2017

While she dismissed the impact of bitcoin on the financial system, Yellen was reminded by one questioner that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, had said in 2007 that the sub-prime bubble would have no broader effects.

US Supreme Court rejects appeal by gay woman in employment discrimination case

By Ed Hightower, 14 December 2017

The high court’s inaction means that employers in most states can openly discriminate against homosexuals without consequences under federal law.

Corporate Democrat Doug Jones defeats far-right evangelical Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race

By Barry Grey, 13 December 2017

The Democratic victory was the result of a larger-than expected turnout of more than 40 percent, with voting high, compared to previous elections, especially among African Americans and young people.

Trump White House preparing sweeping attack on the poor

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2017

The administration aims to help pay for its $1.5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy by slashing spending on food stamps, Medicaid, low-cost housing and veterans’ care.

Why has Time magazine endorsed the #MeToo “revolution”?

By David Walsh, 12 December 2017

Given the ongoing frenzy, the magazine’s decision was entirely predictable. Had its editors made any other choice there would have been a media-organized uproar.

Two Palestinians killed, hundreds wounded in clashes following Trump announcement on Jerusalem

By Jordan Shilton, 9 December 2017

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday following Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.