By MARTY GOODMAN “We denounce these arrests, as the people inside were there with our permission, and we consider it a violation of the Vienna Conventions” — Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Ron. I was in Washington, D.C., most of the time between May 7 to May 19 to support the Venezuela solidarity activists of … Continue reading Two Venezuelan embassy protectors speak out
By LAZARO MONTEVERDE “America’s War for the Greater Middle East,” by Andrew J. Bacevich. (New York: Random House) 2016. In Joe Haldeman’s award-winning 1974 science fiction novel “The Forever War,” elite United Nations troops fight an alien enemy that they don’t understand for reasons that are obscure. Haldeman based the novel on his own experience … Continue reading America’s Forever War
By BRUCE LESNICK When you corner a rat, it lashes out. The rats in charge of the U.S. empire are cornered by the contradictions built into their own system: increasing economic inequality, regular depressions and recessions, declining profit rates, perpetual austerity, and endless wars promoted to stave off increasing global competition. The current vicious U.S. … Continue reading U.S. hands off Venezuela!
By BARRY SHEPPARD Chelsea Manning, a transgender U.S. soldier who blew the whistle on U.S. war crimes and spent 2013 to 2017 in an army stockade as a result, is back in prison again. This time, it is because she refuses to join a bipartisan campaign against Wikileaks that seeks to bring Julian Assange from … Continue reading Chelsea Manning jailed — again
By JEFF MACKLER and BRUCE LESNICK The relentless U.S. imperial beast has embarked on a full-scale, openly declared, bipartisan regime-change war aimed at overthrowing Venezuela’s democratically elected government headed by President Nicolás Maduro. Top U.S. officials—from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser John Bolton and special envoy Elliot Abrams of Iran/Contra … Continue reading U.S. gears up for war on Venezuela
By BRUCE LESNICK Ruling elites have united behind the Trump administration in its illegal, unjust, and brutal attempt to meddle in the internal affairs of Venezuela. Democrats and Republicans alike have fallen in line, revealing the degree to which the two parties march in lock step when the geopolitical prerogatives of the one percent are … Continue reading Corporate titans target Venezuela
BY JEFF MACKLER President Trump’s unexpected December 19 twitter announcement ordering a 30-day timetable for the withdrawal of the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria and 7,000 of the 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan provoked a bipartisan panic in Washington. Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” James Mattis, “the butcher of Fallujah,” resigned in protest stating, according to … Continue reading Trump’s Syria exit provokes Washington panic
By BRUCE LESNICK The U.S. and its Gulf and NATO allies have been fighting a war of aggression against Syria for over five years. Plans to replace the Syrian government with one more subservient to the needs of U.S. corporate interests began well before that. The Pentagon has spent $41.1 billion in Syria since 2001, … Continue reading Big stake in Syria war for the 1% and the 99%
By YVES ENGLER Progressive on-line commentary about the April 23 van attack in Toronto has focused on the influence of “toxic masculinity.” The analyses should be expanded to include the alleged perpetrator's ties to a powerful patriarchal institution that is Canada's biggest purveyor of violence. Early reports suggest alleged mass murderer Alek Minassian may have targeted … Continue reading Toronto van attack, toxic masculinity, and the Canadian forces
By JEFF MACKLER Antiwar and social justice activists mobilized for the April 14 and 15 spring regional protests across the U.S. to demand an end to “U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad.” The broadly sponsored and nationally coordinated protests were organized in some 40 cities, in an effort initiated by the United National Antiwar Coalition … Continue reading Spring antiwar actions protest U.S. bombing of Syria
By CLIFF CONNER Following World War II, a think tank named the RAND Corporation took the lead in formulating policies guiding military-industrial Big Science. Some of the titles of books and articles about RAND provide a hint of what it represented in the public imagination: “The Think Tank that Controls America,” “America’s University of Imperialism,” … Continue reading The Militarization of American Science
On April 13, the U.S. and its imperialist allies, France and Britain, launched what was reported to be around 100 missiles on targets in Damascus. The following statement was immediately issued by Spring Actions 2018, a broad national antiwar coalition that is endorsed by over 200 organizations and prominent activists, including Socialist Action and … Continue reading ALL OUT AGAINST WAR! Stop U.S. Bombing of Syria!
By DANIEL ADAM Ten years after the crash of 2008, a refreshing growth in unionization and militant strikes shows promise of developing into a new wave of working-class action. This follows years of struggle against police murder and a wave of protest that began with 4 million marching for women’s rights. Tens of thousands flooded … Continue reading Iraq veteran runs for U.S. Senate: Vote Socialist Action!
By JEFF MACKLER The U.S. imperialist war against the Syrian government and people stood exposed as never before when the fighters it had backed to the hilt in the name of fighting the Islamic State (ISIS), the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), essentially switched sides and signed a pact with the Bashar Assad government. The … Continue reading Syrian Kurds begin break with U.S. imperialism
https://www.facebook.com/VoteSocialistAction/videos/885658494938403/?hc_ref=ARQFzl8eBVDmvDIF3MDH6oLat2FdBy4OvopDYbUKRiXoKqMgGl5mO5aBi4_fiixC4C8&fref=nf By MITCH LINCK Fred “Mitch” Linck is the Socialist Action candidate for the U.S. Senate from Connecticut. I want to talk a little about what I learned from my time in Iraq, and how it can help us understand our situation today. By the time I was 17, there was no one who could … Continue reading Fred ‘Mitch’ Linck: Why I am running for U.S. Senator from Connecticut
By JEFF MACKLER During a Jan. 17 Stanford University speech, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that the U.S. military will arm, train, finance, and otherwise support—for an indefinite time—a new, 30,000-strong, Kurdish and U.S.-allied Arab nation border force in northeastern Syria. This force in formation, effectively aimed at the partition of Syria, will be … Continue reading U.S. seeks Syria partition
By MARILYN LEVIN Attended by 200 people (space limited attendance) and viewed by thousands via live streaming, the historic Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases, Jan. 12-14, 2018, in Baltimore, brought together broad participation from the peace/antiwar U.S. left along with leaders fighting U.S./NATO aggression from around the world. Initiated by the U.S. Peace Council, … Continue reading Conference on U.S. military bases discusses spring antiwar actions
On September 29, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the decision to significantly downscale the diplomatic staff of the U.S. embassy in Havana and withdraw all their relatives, claiming that there had been “attacks” perpetrated against US Government officials in Cuba which have harmed their health. Once again, on October 3, … Continue reading U.S. expels Cuban diplomats: Declaration of Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
By BARRY SHEPPARD Trump made this unprecedented threat not in a tweet or off the cuff remark but in a written speech before the United Nations General Assembly. No other country in the U.N. has ever openly stated its intention to destroy another country. Coupled with his earlier threat to rain down “fire and fury” … Continue reading Trump: “We will totally destroy North Korea”
By MARK BRUNT Much has been made—and quite astutely—of connections between the current lead-up to a potential war with North Korea and the events before the Iraq War: the collusion of mainstream media with a president that earlier they had largely disliked; massive fear-mongering about their weapons; and a narrative about the brutality of the … Continue reading Are North Korea’s leaders crazy?
By BARRY WEISLEDER Omar Khadr, the Canadian who was captured in the frenzy of a firefight in Afghanistan, and who was tortured in Guantanamo, remains a lightning rod for controversy. At the same time, his case reveals much about the character of the political parties that inhabit Parliament. The $10.5 million settlement and apology by the … Continue reading Khadr deal exposes Ottawa’s hypocrisy
By JEFF MACKLER — RICHMOND, VA. — Three hundred antiwar and social justice activists and leaders from 31 states registered for the 2017 national conference of UNAC (United National Antiwar Coalition). The conference was entitled “Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad: Building a Movement Against War, Injustice and Repression.” The unifying and optimistic conference, … Continue reading 300 register for UNAC 2017 national antiwar conference
By JEFF MACKLER The lie that the U.S. is fighting Islamic State (ISIS) terrorism in Syria was publicly exploded on June 18 when a U.S. F/A-18 “Super Hornet” fighter jet launched from the George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier shot down a Syrian government aircraft. Syria said its plane had carried out a mission against ISIS … Continue reading Trump’s ‘no fly zone’ escalates U.S. war against Syria
By RALPH SCHOENMAN The scope of the murderous assault by U.S. imperialism on the Iraqi city of Mosul—with its genocide-scale war crimes—was beginning to filter into the mainstream media. And then—just as Trump, the Democratic Party, the Joint-Chiefs of staff, and the U.S. intelligence apparatus were about to be indicted for these war crimes before … Continue reading Shifting the blame: The cover-up of U.S. war crimes in Mosul