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?

Senate fails in another effort to repeal Obamacare

By MARK SILVERMAN Senate Republicans failed in yet another effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” having abandoned efforts to repeal and replace the ACA with a so-called “skinny” repeal-only effort. Despite engaging in the bullying tactics for which he is noted, President Donald J. Trump failed to galvanize Republicans as … Continue reading Senate fails in another effort to repeal Obamacare

GOP health-care revamp threatens Medicaid 

By JOHN LESLIE As Socialist Action goes to press, the health-care debate in Washington is on hold. The GOP plan, which was hatched in secret in a Senate back room, is wildly unpopular. Yet the Republicans seem intent on passing something that will give the appearance that Trump kept his campaign promise to “repeal and … Continue reading GOP health-care revamp threatens Medicaid 

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

Trump spurns Paris Climate Accord

By MICHAEL SCHREIBER “We’re getting out!” President Trump declared before the press and a knot of governmental officials who had gathered in the White House Rose Garden on June 1. “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.” Trump characterized … Continue reading Trump spurns Paris Climate Accord

Belgium: Trump is not welcome, and neither is NATO!

By THOMAS WEYTS — BRUSSELS —Twelve thousand people took part in the demonstration here on May 24 against Trump and the world that he stands for and against NATO. As expected and hoped, it was a very diverse, lively, and militant demonstration. More than 70 organizations took to the streets against war and imperialist adventures, … Continue reading Belgium: Trump is not welcome, and neither is NATO!

Nuclear insanity: U.S. threatens North Korea

By JEFF MACKLER In the days of my youth, our local peace group began its protests against U.S. nuclear weapons—atomic bombs at that time—by marching across the radius of total incineration, in our instance, the distance from the Ohio-based Strategic Air Command (SAC) Wright Patterson Air Force Base to a location nine miles away. Everything … Continue reading Nuclear insanity: U.S. threatens North Korea

The tragedy of American science

By CLIFF CONNER The Earth Day 2017 March for Science signals resistance to Donald Trump’s sharp infusion of irrationality into the national discourse.  Official support for climate-change denial and other anti-science agendas has suddenly become much more explicit. At the same time, many protestors recognize a continuity linking Trump’s bizarre bluster with a pre-existing condition … Continue reading The tragedy of American science

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

Grassroots immigrant rights struggle in Chicago area

By CRISTOBAL CAVAZOS DuPage Immigrant Solidarity Coalition Although, ironically, immigrant detentions are slightly down as the Great Deporter in Chief Barack Obama leaves office, Donald Trump’s new immigration guidelines seek to go well beyond Obama’s, with the possibility of deportations of millions of documented workers. Immigration agents and police officials, who in their majority supported … Continue reading Grassroots immigrant rights struggle in Chicago area

Republican health care: Dead on arrival

By JOE AUCIELLO In an early test for the Trump administration, the pledge to “repeal and replace Obamacare” was developed into a legislative proposal that was withdrawn before its anticipated defeat in Congress. The full support of the president and a major push by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan came to nothing. The failure … Continue reading Republican health care: Dead on arrival

The unmitigated corruption of capitalist politics

By JEFF MACKLER “The evidence is in,” say gleeful Democratic Party cheerleaders. Donald Trump was elected president because his Russian spy collaborators stole 20,000 secret e-mails from Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer servers, including e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s national campaign chair, John Podesta. The stolen e-mails demonstrated proof positive that the Democratic Party, violating its … Continue reading The unmitigated corruption of capitalist politics

Republican snake oil: Bad medicine in the making

By JOE AUCIELLO With the election of Donald Trump as president, the Republican initiative to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare,” begins in earnest and with real traction, following several years of consistent but failed attempts that were merely symbolic. Now, the right-wing rhetoric is shaping into reality. In February, President Trump met … Continue reading Republican snake oil: Bad medicine in the making

Trump escalates war on immigrant workers

By MARK UGOLINI Trump’s war on immigrant workers has moved into high gear as new orders unleash the full force of the U.S. government to greatly expand deportations, harassment, and provocative police actions in minority communities. Under Barak Obama, deportations reached a record high 434,000 for the single year 2014. Known as the “Deporter-in-Chief,” Obama, … Continue reading Trump escalates war on immigrant workers

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

The record of U.S. intervention against other countries

  By JOE AUCIELLO If there is a training manual for the sons and daughters of the 1% on how to govern, a kind of “How To Fool and Rule The Masses For Dummies”—it’s easy enough to imagine the need for such a guide—then surely the deluxe edition would include links to what on “The … Continue reading The record of U.S. intervention against other countries

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’

A watershed election for U.S. imperialism

By LYNN HENDERSON The 2016 presidential election concluded with the improbable election of real estate billionaire and reality show celebrity Donald Trump. In this historic 2016 election the dual parties of U.S. capitalism ended up presenting the American electorate with the choice between two individuals who were universally recognized as the most unpopular, distrusted candidates … Continue reading A watershed election for U.S. imperialism

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

How to fight Trump? Defeating Democratic Party strategy is key

By MARK UGOLINI Donald Trump, a pompous real-estate mogul and multi-billionaire, has taken the White House while surrounded by billionaire cabinet appointees who have a combined net worth greater than one-third of the United States. An Ivy-League-educated bigot, who from childhood has become accustomed to an opulent lifestyle, including a Manhattan “grand penthouse mansion” with … Continue reading How to fight Trump? Defeating Democratic Party strategy is key