Big stake in Syria war for the 1% and the 99%

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%

Spring antiwar actions protest U.S. bombing of Syria

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

ALL OUT AGAINST WAR! Stop U.S. Bombing of Syria!

  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!

More casualties in Gaza on the ‘Friday Of Tires’

By JOHN LESLIE On Friday, April 6, one week after the Land Day Massacre, more than 20,000 demonstrators returned to the border fence between Gaza and Israel to demand the right to return for all Palestinians. Protesters burned tires to obscure the vision of Israeli snipers. The death toll now stands at 31, with 10 … Continue reading More casualties in Gaza on the ‘Friday Of Tires’

Massacre in Gaza as Israeli troops fire on peaceful protesters

By STEVE XAVIER At least 18 Palestinians are dead and more than 1700 injured after Israeli forces opened fire on peaceful protesters gathered at the Gaza border fence with southern Israel. The event was timed to mark the anniversary of Land Day, commemorating the 1976 killing of six Palestinians taking part in mass protests against … Continue reading Massacre in Gaza as Israeli troops fire on peaceful protesters

Syrian Kurds begin break with U.S. imperialism

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

U.S. seeks Syria partition

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

A children’s book that teaches about justice and resistance

By JOHN LESLIE  “P is for Palestine,” a children’s alphabet book by Golbarg Bashi, illustrated by Golrokh Nafisi. The publication of the book, “P is for Palestine,” has sparked controversy and charges of anti-Semitism from pro-Israel parents and politicians. Some parents were particularly upset by the choice of “I is for Intifada” as part of a … Continue reading A children’s book that teaches about justice and resistance

Solidarity with the working people of Iran!

A statement by Socialist Action, Canada — Despite the frigid temperatures and biting wind, there was a very good turn-out to the Solidarity with the Workers of Iran rally in Toronto on Saturday, Jan. 6. Socialist Action joined over 100 like-minded people rallying in support of the mass protests that have taken place across Iran … Continue reading Solidarity with the working people of Iran!

The rise and fall of the 1979 Iranian Revolution: Its lessons for today

By KAMRAN NAYERI and ALIREZA NASSAB The following paper was prepared for and presented at the III Conferencia Internacional de La Obra de Carlos Marx y Los Desafios del Siglo XXI (The Third Conference on the Work of Karl Marx and the Challenges of the 21st Century) in Havana, Cuba, in May 2006.  The conference was organized … Continue reading The rise and fall of the 1979 Iranian Revolution: Its lessons for today

Syria: Did Trump really end CIA’s secret war?

By JEFF MACKLER “Trump Ends Covert Aid to Syrian Rebels Trying to Topple Assad,” read a July 19 New York Times headline. Citing The Washington Post as its source, the article noted that the official termination of the “secret” U.S. program “was never publicly announced, just as the beginnings of the program four years ago … Continue reading Syria: Did Trump really end CIA’s secret war?

Khadr deal exposes Ottawa’s hypocrisy

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

Trump’s ‘no fly zone’ escalates U.S. war against Syria

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

Shifting the blame: The cover-up of U.S. war crimes in Mosul

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

Socialist Action statement on the U.S. missile strike on Syria

  Stop the U.S. Bombing of Syria! U.S. Out Now! Self-determination for Syria! On April 6, the Trump administration launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at Syria's al-Shayrat military airfield. The U.S. strikes decimated a number of buildings and airplanes. At least nine civilians and six Syrian soldiers were killed. Neither Trump nor any other U.S. government agency presented … Continue reading Socialist Action statement on the U.S. missile strike on Syria

U.S. missile attack on Syria: ‘First Casualty’ multiplied

By BILL ONASCH Hiram W. Johnson, a long-serving Republican Senator from California, is generally credited as being the first to use the phrase “Truth is the First Casualty of War,” in 1917—directed toward the duplicity of Woodrow Wilson. President Wilson, after winning reelection by bragging “he kept us out of war,” a few months later … Continue reading U.S. missile attack on Syria: ‘First Casualty’ multiplied

Landmark UN report scores Israeli apartheid

By MARK UGOLINI A powerful United Nations report labels Israel “an apartheid regime” that “dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.” It also calls for “boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activities and [urges governments to] respond positively to calls for such initiatives.” Issued by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on … Continue reading Landmark UN report scores Israeli apartheid

Clamp-down on Muslim immigrants: Trump makes Obama’s program worse

By CELYNE CAMEN and KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL Trump’s ban on Muslims, which tens of thousands protested at airports across the country, was the most recent escalation of an ongoing assault on the rights of Muslims and youth from Africa and the Middle East. This group has been targeted continuously at least since the beginning of the … Continue reading Clamp-down on Muslim immigrants: Trump makes Obama’s program worse

Netanyahu’s White House visit and the ‘two-state solution’

By MARK UGOLINI — CHICAGO — On Feb. 15 more than 200 Palestinians and their supporters converged on Trump Tower to protest the White House visit of Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu. Several buses from local mosques transported protesters, who held signs and shouted chants demanding: “Free Free Palestine!” “Justice is our Demand. No Peace on … Continue reading Netanyahu’s White House visit and the ‘two-state solution’

Widespread protests challenge Trump’s anti-Muslim order

By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL Protests erupted throughout the United States and the world following President Trump’s stunning order that suspended entry into the U.S. by refugees and other travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and Africa. Thousands demonstrated at airports and federal courthouses. Chants included: “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here!” … Continue reading Widespread protests challenge Trump’s anti-Muslim order

UN again condemns Israel without sanctions, while settlements expand

 By MARK UGOLINI On Dec. 23, the UN Security Council voted 14-0 to condemn Israel for “flagrant violation” of international law by constructing and expanding Jewish-exclusive settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The U.S. abstained from the vote rather than employ its standard practice of vetoing resolutions critical of Israel. Until now, the … Continue reading UN again condemns Israel without sanctions, while settlements expand

U.S. imperialist war in Syria: Acid test for antiwar movement

By JEFF MACKLER A Sept. 6 New York Times article reporting on President Obama’s press conference at the end of the Group of 20 conference in China caught my eye. Noting Obama’s planned visit to Laos, The Times commented: “The United States and Laos have a difficult relationship that dates to the C.I.A.’s undeclared war … Continue reading U.S. imperialist war in Syria: Acid test for antiwar movement

Court issues new ruling in case of Palestinian rights activist Rasmea Odeh

By MARK UGOLINI — CHICAGO — On Aug. 29, the defense case of 69-year-old Palestinian rights activist Rasmea Odeh took an unexpected and potentially ominous turn when presiding Federal Judge Gershwin Drain ruled that Odeh will be subjected to up to 18 hours of intensive psychological testing by an appointed government forensic examiner whose job is … Continue reading Court issues new ruling in case of Palestinian rights activist Rasmea Odeh

Turkey: From failed military coup to authoritarian purge

By Y. FIKRET KAYALI  A significant section of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) attempted to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP (Justice and Development Party) government on the night of July 15-16. Over 265 people died in fighting. It was a serious putsch attempt, which came very close to success, but was thwarted. … Continue reading Turkey: From failed military coup to authoritarian purge