Monday, May 18, 2015(1 comments)
US special forces stage raid into Syria
US-led airstrikes on ISIS targets across eastern Syria continue. In the 24 hours ending Sunday morning, the Pentagon reported eight bombing attacks, including six near the city of Hasakah, in the northeast, and two near Kobani, a Kurdish-populated town where a lengthy ISIS siege was broken by US saturation bombing.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 US-Jordan war games prepare wider Mideast conflict
the US military will dominate Eager Lion, supplying 5,000 of the 10,000 troops, including headquarters, air, land, sea and special operations forces. During the two-week-long exercise, May 5-19, there will be more US troops in Jordan than in neighboring Iraq, where President Obama has dispatched some 3,000 troops to train Iraqi forces and conduct special operations warfare and airstrikes against ISIS.
Sunday, April 26, 2015(3 comments)
Obama's drone warfare: Assassination made routine
There is no challenge to the basic premise of the drone missile program: that the CIA and Pentagon have the right to kill any individual, in any country, on the mere say-so of the president. Drone murder by the US government has become routine and is accepted as normal and legitimate by the official shapers of public opinion.
Sunday, April 19, 2015 Fighting rages in Iraqi provincial capital
Reports described Ramadi as a ghost town, with streets empty. Anbar's deputy governor, Faleh al-Issawi, called the situation "catastrophic" and issued a plea for help. He told the Associated Press in a telephone interview, "We urge the Baghdad government to supply us immediately with troops and weapons in order to help us prevent the city from falling into the hands of the IS group."
Sunday, April 5, 2015(3 comments)
Congressional Republicans, Democrats seek vote on Iran deal
Obama has threatened to veto any bill requiring a congressional vote, arguing that the deal is an executive agreement by the leaders of seven countries, not a treaty between the United States and Iran, and therefore not subject to Senate ratification. Supporters of the bill claim they are just short of gaining the 67 votes required to overturn a veto.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015(2 comments)
The vendetta against Bowe Bergdahl
The military brass is determined to make an example of the former POW because, in addition to popular opposition to the wars in the Middle East and Central Asia, there is increasing turmoil within the ranks of the military itself, as the Afghanistan War approaches its fifteenth year and the war in Iraq is resumed twelve years after the US invasion of that country.
Sunday, March 29, 2015(1 comments)
Republican budget plan slashes Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps
The cuts proposed by Republicans are far beyond anything ever enacted by an American government: $5.5 trillion over 10 years in the House budget, $5.1 trillion over 10 years in the Senate budget. Pell grants, job training and housing programs are all targeted. But the biggest cuts come in so-called entitlement programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.
Sunday, March 22, 2015 Israeli settlers, soldiers attack Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Nablus
Armed Israeli settlers staged attacks on Palestinians Wednesday in East Jerusalem and on Thursday in the West Bank city of Nablus. The actions signal a new offensive by settlers and other ultra-rightists encouraged by the election victory March 17 of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition.
Thursday, March 12, 2015(2 comments)
Obama administration seeks wider war powers
Secretary of State Kerry emphasized the administration's opposition to any limitation on the geographic scope of the war. "What a mistake it would be," he declared, "to send a message to [ISIS] that there are safe havens, that there is somehow just a two-country limitation..." No senator in either party is opposed to another imperialist war.
Sunday, March 8, 2015(5 comments)
US orders 7,700 children deported without court hearings
The fact that deportations of unaccompanied children take place at all is outrageous. That the numbers are in the thousands, if not higher, demonstrates the brutality of the crackdown on Central American migrants conducted by the US government, in direct contradiction to the public pretense of sympathy adopted by President Obama.
Sunday, January 25, 2015(1 comments)
New Senate Intelligence Committee chair moves to suppress CIA torture report
The legislative branch is seeking to recall (and likely suppress) copies of a report which the new majority in the Senate regards as too critical of the CIA and too revealing of the methods employed by the intelligence agency in its brutal interrogations of prisoners at secret "black site" facilities in Europe and Asia, as well as at Guantanamo Bay.
Saturday, December 20, 2014(9 comments)
US escalates campaign against North Korea
Obama made it clear that the US government would retaliate against North Korea for the alleged hacking attack on Sony. "They caused a lot of damage, and we will respond," he said. "We will respond proportionally, and we'll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose."
Monday, December 15, 2014(11 comments)
Cheney on CIA torture: "I'd do it again in a minute"
When asked about the CIA's own admission that at least one-quarter of the prisoners detained and abused at its secret "black sites" were innocent of any connection to terrorism, Cheney replied, "I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective." He reiterated, "I'd do it again in a minute."
Saturday, December 13, 2014(1 comments)
US budget resolution funds war and repression
The language permitting banks to use federally insured deposits to gamble in the swaps and derivative markets, was literally drafted by the banks. According to an analysis by the New York Times, 70 of the 85 lines in that section of the bill come directly from Citibank, which spearheaded the lobbying by Wall Street on this issue.
Saturday, December 6, 2014(6 comments)
The state of world capitalism: Labor productivity up, real wages down
The Global Wage Report 2014/15, released Friday by the International Labor Organization, documents the stagnation of wages for workers in most of the advanced industrialized countries, even as productivity continues to rise. The result is an ever-rising share of income raked in by the capitalist class, while the share that workers receive from what they produce continues to shrink.
Sunday, November 30, 2014(1 comments)
UN Report Documents Torture, Police Violence in US
That such a document, with thousands of lines blacked out and vital information withheld, cannot be made public, speaks volumes about the decay and collapse of American democracy. The US ruling elite is incapable of coming clean about the period when, as Obama admitted, "We tortured some folks."
Saturday, November 22, 2014(1 comments)
Obama's "reform" and the criminalization of immigrants
The executive action on immigration issued by the White House Friday is reactionary and anti-democratic. The framework of Obama's plan is based on the premise, shared by the entire political establishment, that all undocumented immigrants are criminals.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014(1 comments)
Ebola nurse treated "like a criminal" in New Jersey quarantine
It is no accident that both Christie and Cuomo have presidential ambitions. Christie has said he will decide next year whether to seek the Republican nomination in 2016, while Cuomo is expected to run for the Democratic nomination if Hillary Clinton does not. Each governor was seeking to pander to the fear and panic being whipped up by the corporate-controlled media and sections of the ultra-right over Ebola.
Sunday, September 28, 2014 Imperialism and the Ebola catastrophe
It was the combined effect of decades of imperialist exploitation and intervention, exacerbated by the global economic crisis that erupted in 2008, which created the conditions for the present health catastrophe. When the Ebola virus made its way out of isolated jungle areas, the resistance of the social organism to the epidemic was too weak to resist the attack of the virus.
Sunday, September 7, 2014(1 comments)
US forms ten-nation coalition to escalate war in Iraq, Syria
The United States is already engaged in large-scale military action against ISIS, conducting nearly 150 bombing raids since President Obama first ordered the attacks in early August. The US, Britain, Canada, France, Italy and Australia have begun supplying weapons to the Peshmerga, the militia of the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq, as well as to the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad.
Thursday, August 21, 2014(2 comments)
Israeli airstrike kills wife and baby son of Hamas leader
In an action that can only be described as a terrorist murder, Israeli warplanes killed the wife and baby son of Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif, in a targeted air strike Tuesday night. Hundreds attended the funerals, and Israeli drones hovered overhead as Widad Deif's father carried the body of his infant grandson wrapped in a white shroud.
Saturday, July 12, 2014(4 comments)
Obama administration drops investigation into CIA spying on US Senate
The way the Justice Department announced its decision underscores the supremacy of the intelligence apparatus over the elected institutions that nominally hold sway in Washington. The department informed the CIA Wednesday that it would not investigate either criminal referral, but it waited to tell the Senate committee until Thursday.
Saturday, July 5, 2014(4 comments)
Israel bombs Gaza Strip, masses army on border
Tensions on the West Bank exploded Wednesday after the killing of a Palestinian youth, 16-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khudair, who was abducted from the street outside his home in East Jerusalem, apparently by ultra-right Jewish settlers vowing "revenge" for the killing of the three Israeli youth. Khudair's body was found miles away, badly burned and bearing marks of violence.
Sunday, June 22, 2014(2 comments)
More than 50 million displaced persons worldwide
The total number of people displaced from their homes by war and political persecution now exceeds 50 million, the highest number since World War II, according to a report issued Friday. The report was released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Half of all these displaced persons are children.
Sunday, June 8, 2014(1 comments)
Wealth report shows deepening social polarization in US
While at least 25 million Americans are unemployed or working only part-time, when they want and need full-time work, corporate America is sitting on a cash hoard of more than $2 trillion, refusing to invest in new production or hiring new workers, and instead engaging in speculation and stock buybacks that are more profitable for the corporate CEOs.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014(3 comments)
Obama heads to Europe for week of meetings directed against Russia
Obama's European trip will continue with a meeting of the Group of Seven, the heads of state from the US, Canada, Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Japan, to be held in Brussels Wednesday night and Thursday. The G-7 has been reconstituted to exclude Russia, which was to host a G-8 summit meeting in Sochi on the Black Sea this month.
Saturday, May 31, 2014(4 comments)
The New York Times and freedom of the press
A government that asserts the right to assassinate citizens without due process and to spy on the population without any legal constraint also assumes for itself the right to decide what the population can and should know. Bourgeois democracy in America cannot survive the colossal growth of social inequality that permeates all aspects of life in the United States.
Monday, May 12, 2014(4 comments)
The criminalization of political opposition in America
Severe penalties are being imposed on individuals who are not criminals, but political opponents of the policies of the Obama administration and corporate America, for which they have become victims of police violence and provocation. The cases involve people who took part in peaceful, legal protests in New York City and Chicago, only to be framed up and convicted on felony charges.
Friday, April 18, 2014(3 comments)
Obama, NATO escalate anti-Russian campaign over Ukraine
Claims by US, NATO and Ukrainian officials of "Russian involvement" in Ukraine are both completely hypocritical -- given the record of US-EU subversion in Kiev -- and deeply cynical. With the assistance of the compliant media in both the US and Europe, the imperialist powers are manufacturing a red herring to divert attention from their own operations and maneuvers.
Friday, April 4, 2014 CIA Torture and the Threat of Dictatorship
All these methods of state brutality and murder are illegal under international law and the Geneva Conventions, as well as in violation of the US Constitution and laws prohibiting torture and assassination. These are not blemishes on an otherwise healthy military-intelligence apparatus, but the products of a depraved and deeply criminal American ruling class.
Thursday, March 13, 2014(3 comments)
The CIA, the Senate and the breakdown of American democracy
There is a powerful element of hypocrisy, as NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden noted, "where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it's a scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them."
But there is a more fundamental issue at stake: the mounting threat to democratic rights and constitutional processes.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Pentagon chief proposes $115 billion increase in military spending
While the Hagel plan has been portrayed in the American media as a drastic scaling back of the US military--with headlines focusing on the cutback in total Army personnel to a level last seen before World War II--the real content of the budget is a shift in the military strategy of American imperialism.
Thursday, February 6, 2014(27 comments)
US Threats Mount Against Journalists, Snowden
At a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, Chairman Mike Rogers (R,Mich) repeatedly suggested that journalists who received leaked NSA documents from Snowden and wrote articles about them were guilty of criminal acts. These statements follow published death threats against Snowden from unnamed military and intelligence officials and demands from the Obama administration that he plead guilty and turn himself in.
Saturday, February 1, 2014(1 comments)
Obama’s plan for long-term jobless: A teaspoon to bail out the ocean
So ludicrous is the contrast between Obama's pompous rhetoric and his minimalist proposals that even the usually compliant corporate-controlled media has been compelled to take note. Typical was a prominent article in the Washington Post, headlined, "Obama Once Disdained Clinton's Small Steps and Now Takes His Own."
Saturday, January 4, 2014 US appeals court upholds suppression of legal memo approving collection of phone records
The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court renewed the authority of the NSA and other intelligence agencies to continue the collection of the telephone records of virtually every American and millions of people internationally for three more months. The extension, routinely granted by the FISA Court, was announced in a press release issued by the Office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Australian government unveils budget "audit" to advance austerity agenda
Treasurer Joe Hockey said, "We need not look any further than the recent events in the United States to realize how imperative for stability and certainty is for confidence." This continued "confidence," the financial markets and the credit ratings agencies have made clear, is dependent on the Abbott government quickly proceeding with a massive assault against working people's living standards.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013(5 comments)
US Budget And Debt Talks To Focus On Cutting Social Security, Medicare
Despite the right-wing populist demagogy of the Tea Party, the real enemy of the Republicans is not Obama, but American working people as a whole, and particularly the tens of millions of retired workers who rely on Social Security for their income and Medicare for their health care. Neither party proposes even the slightest incursion into the wealth of the financial aristocracy.
Monday, September 2, 2013 US Congress to debate and vote on Syria war
President Obama's announcement Saturday that he would seek congressional authorization for military strikes against Syria sets the stage for a two-week campaign of media propaganda and political intimidation. Its goal is to browbeat the American people into accepting yet another imperialist war in the Middle East.
Sunday, August 25, 2013(1 comments)
Detroit auto plant produces five-millionth Jeep
The cumulative output of five million vehicles is staggering. The figure is particularly remarkable when the economic value of this output is calculated. Assuming the average value of a Jeep produced at the plant is $40,000, five million vehicles would be worth $200 billion.
Monday, August 12, 2013(1 comments)
Dozens killed as Israel, Egypt strike targets in Sinai
On Saturday night, Egyptian army Apache helicopters, supplied by the United States, targeted supposed "terrorist sites" in the town of Al-Thoma, south of Sheikh Zuweid. Several four-wheel-drive vehicles were destroyed and at least 15 people killed. An Egyptian military spokesman later gave the toll as 25 killed or wounded.
Monday, August 5, 2013(3 comments)
The US Terror Scare
Top officials of the executive branch issue vague and ominous alerts. Congressional leaders, after closed-door briefings by the intelligence agencies, echo the warnings. The media amplifies the alarm uncritically, seeking to stampede the public. Not a single voice is raised to question the claims or essential premises of the scare campaign.
Saturday, August 3, 2013 Kerry boosts Egyptian military dictatorship
While in fact backing the military junta, the administration has sought to maintain an official posture of neutrality between it and the Muslim Brotherhood and Mursi, with whom it worked closely during the year that Mursi was in power. Washington fears the social consequences of an escalation of the military's crackdown against the Brotherhood.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013(5 comments)
AFL-CIO shrugs off Detroit bankruptcy
Obama, Congress and the political leadership of Michigan are all agreed on using the bankruptcy courts to rob workers, first in Detroit and then in other cities, of their pensions and health benefits. Obama's treasury secretary, Jacob Lew, flatly rejected any bailout of Detroit when asked on several network television programs broadcast Sunday.
Monday, July 22, 2013(3 comments)
Obama, Race and Class
Obama does not speak for Trayvon Martin. He speaks for a different social class whose interests are deeply antagonistic to those of the Martin family and the broad mass of working people and youth of all races and ethnicities. The same day Obama gave his remarks, the White House flatly rebuffed suggestions that the federal government should come to the assistance of the city of Detroit, forced into bankruptcy last week.
Monday, July 1, 2013 Massive NSA spying on European Union, Germany
The US National Security Agency spied on officials of the European Union, infiltrated its computer network and bugged its headquarters in Brussels as well as diplomatic offices in Washington DC and New York City. This could have explosive consequences since NATO, a military alliance between the US, Canada and numerous European countries, has apparently been used as a screen for US surveillance of its supposed allies.
Thursday, June 27, 2013(1 comments)
US Supreme Court guts Voting Rights Act
By a 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court has effectively abrogated one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in US history. The Voting Rights Act remains on the books, but its enforcement mechanism has been declared unconstitutional and struck down.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013(1 comments)
Crisis deepens for US occupation in Afghanistan
Both the US-NATO occupation and the stooge regime of President Hamid Karzai are widely hated by the Afghan population. Resistance to foreign intervention and occupation is at the heart of the guerrilla warfare that more than a decade of relentless military offensives, air strikes and assassinations have been unable to suppress.
Monday, February 4, 2013 White House Zeros in on Medicare
The claim that there is no money for medicare is a lie. The resources exist in abundance, but the wealth produced by the labor of working people must be taken out of the hands of the financial parasites and billionaires and the major banks and corporations placed under democratic control and public ownership.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013(9 comments)
Obama To Approve Drone Assassination Manual
The US government is so deeply engaged in assassinations all over the world that top officials believe a manual is required to regularize the process. The demand for "signature" strikes amounts to a license for the CIA to murder people who appear to be engaged in resistance against US occupations or military actions in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.
Friday, January 11, 2013(1 comments)
Billionaires Gain As Living Standards Fall
If the top 100 were a separate state, their combined wealth would outstrip the Gross Domestic Product of all but eight countries. They would rank behind Italy, but ahead of India and Russia. Of course, being billionaire capitalists, the top 100 don't actually produce anything. They own, and they reap the benefits of the labor of others.
Sunday, December 30, 2012(1 comments)
White House, Congress extend police-state FISA law
Unlike the massively publicized deadlock over tax increases and budget cuts slated to take effect New Year's Day (the "fiscal cliff"), the two parties had no difficulty working together to pass legislation to maintain the police-state powers of the American intelligence apparatus.
Thursday, December 20, 2012(8 comments)
Obama proposes Social Security cuts
The White House decision to propose cuts in future Social Security benefits is of enormous political significance. Social Security has long been characterized as the "third rail" of American politics -- touch it and you die. Obama and Boehner are seeking to break this taboo and create a new political framework for imposing brutal austerity measures on working people.
Sunday, December 2, 2012(1 comments)
Bipartisan group in US Congress promotes drone killings
A large bipartisan group in Congress is promoting the building and use of drones. It was not so long ago, in the 1970s, that leading Democrat Henry Jackson became notorious as the "senator from Boeing." Now an entire caucus has been formed of promoters of weapons of mass murder. What is next: The napalm caucus? The poison gas caucus?
Tuesday, November 27, 2012(3 comments)
Obama administration pushes ahead with drone killings
The Obama administration's promotion of drone warfare has inevitable consequences. There is no doubt that every country which is potentially a target of American military action -- a category that includes most of the world -- is working on techniques for defeating or replicating drone missile attacks.
Sunday, November 18, 2012(1 comments)
Obama Begins Bipartisan Talks on Spending Cuts
The "fiscal cliff" metaphor has been seized on by both parties and the corporate-controlled media to give the impression that harsh measures must be taken to avoid "going over the cliff." These measures are likely to center on sweeping cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, as well as other domestic social spending.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012(2 comments)
What is the "fiscal cliff"?
The American media has seized on the term "fiscal cliff" and promoted it, in part, to suggest that measures which would otherwise be enormously popular--ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy or cutting military spending--are threatening, even dangerous.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012(4 comments)
The Low-wage, No-raise Economy
Record CEO pay & profits is a direct result of the looting of workers around the world. Their dimensionless greed degrades everything from a college education to wages & what we think of as a good job.It will continue until the working classes at all levels fully comprehend the extraordinary depths of the exploitation & find the courage & will to change it.
Monday, August 27, 2012(3 comments)
Wage Cuts Hit Millions of US Workers
In the midst of extraordinary profits and CEO pay, the giant corporations have stepped up the assault on working-class.The Republican Party and the Mitt Romney campaign hope, of course, to profit politically from the catastrophic conditions for working people,
Monday, August 13, 2012 Ryan Pick Marks Further Shift to the Right in US Presidential Campaign
Ryan is best known for his role in drafting House Republican budgets that would privatize Medicare and devastate federal spending on all other social programs. Regardless of the outcome of the vote on November 6, the Ryan pick signals that the US ruling elite has decided on a frontal assault on key social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.