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Bill Van Auken (born 1950) is a politician and activist for the Socialist Equality Party and was a presidential candidate in the U.S. election of 2004, announcing his candidacy on January 27, 2004. His running mate was Jim Lawrence. He came in 15th for the popular vote, receiving 1,857 votes.  In November 2006, Van Auken ran for the United States Senate seat held by Hillary Clinton. He finished in fifth place, with 11,071 votes 
Van Auken is a full time reporter for the World Socialist Web Site, and resides in New York City.
In the U.S. presidential election, 2008 he was the vice presidential nominee of the same party.
Turkey pushes for ground invasion of Syria
The potential support for an escalation of the Syrian war has found expression in a concerted propaganda campaign, particularly in Europe, over the deaths of some 50 civilians in attacks on hospitals and schools in northern Syria on Monday. The Western media and several European governments have blamed the deaths on the Syrian government and the Russian forces supporting it, charges that both Damascus and Moscow have denied.
Friday, January 1, 2016(1 comments)
US commander prepared to seek more troops for Afghanistan
The Pentagon, the Congress and the White House are once again embroiled in a debate over escalating the US intervention in Afghanistan speaks volumes about the debacle created by over 14 years of war and occupation that has cost more than $1 trillion, and seen more spent on aid than the entire expenditure under the Marshall Plan on the reconstruction of post-World War II Europe.
Sunday, December 20, 2015(3 comments)
UN resolution papers over deep divisions on Syria
The name "Assad" is not mentioned in the draft resolution, much less any demand that he be removed from office, or, for that matter, that he be defended against foreign powers seeking to overthrow him. Nor does it specify whether the Syrian president would be eligible to run for re-election.
Sunday, January 18, 2015(6 comments)
Europe's terror attacks: The blowback from Western intervention
Ultimately, attacks like the one carried out on Charlie Hebdo are the product of decades of imperialist intervention in the Middle East. The wars that have devastated one country after another have unleashed a wave of violence that cannot but spill beyond the region. Meanwhile, Washington and its allies promote and work with the very forces involved in these attacks.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The continuing US war in Afghanistan
Far from begin concluded, the war is raging. This year has seen a record number of Afghan civilian casualties, topping the 10,000 mark, while Afghan security forces have suffered nearly 5,000 fatalities, more than all the 3,500 foreign soldiers -- including over 2,225 Americans -- who have lost their lives in the 13 years since the US invasion.
Saturday, December 20, 2014(4 comments)
After Announcing "normalization" with Cuba, Obama Slaps Sanctions on Venezuela
The US has had a difficult time with Venezuela. The left wing administration of Hugo Chavez, who considered Fidel Castro his political mentor, developed a very close relationship with Cuba. US efforts to reconnect to Cuba are not disconnected from Obama signing into law on Thursday legislation imposing a new set of sanctions against Venezuela, the country with the world's largest oil reserves at 297,740 million barrels.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Top US general calls for "advisers" in Iraq combat zone
Dempsey, who played a key role in persuading Obama to launch the war in Iraq and Syria, had previously stated that he would not hesitate in recommending that US special operations troops be sent into action alongside Iraqi government forces if he felt they were needed, regardless of Obama's assurances to the contrary.
Sunday, September 21, 2014(3 comments)
US generals challenge Obama on ground troops in Iraq, Syria
The generals are publicly challenging the blanket commitment made by Obama ruling out any US ground war in Iraq or Syria. Over the past several days, both White House and Pentagon spokesmen have issued "clarifying" statements in an attempt to smooth over what increasingly suggests something close to insubordination by the top uniformed brass against the president.
Friday, August 1, 2014(1 comments)
Gaza, Ukraine and the fraud of "human rights" imperialism
Israel's Zionist leadership, having failed to suppress the heroic Palestinian resistance, has reacted with demoralized rage, demolishing entire neighborhoods, bombing schools and hospitals, and killing some 1,400 people, 90 percent of them civilians. Yet, the Obama administration insists that no one can be held responsible, save the Palestinians for refusing to capitulate.
Monday, June 30, 2014(1 comments)
Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East?
The US war and occupation destroyed every institution of Iraqi society, while Washington deliberately fomented sectarian divisions as a means of overcoming Iraqi nationalism. All of this was justified with warnings about the imminent threat from "weapons of mass destruction" and ties between Baghdad and Al Qaeda. As the whole world now knows, it was all lies.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014(6 comments)
US media blacks out Snowden interview exposing death threats
The interview, broadcast by the German television network ARD, was largely blacked out by the US media. The New York Times carried not a word of what Snowden said, while the cable and broadcast news programs treated the interview with near total silence.
Thursday, January 23, 2014(1 comments)
Texas executes Mexican national in defiance of international law
Tamayo's execution marked the first case since the 2004 World Court ruling in which a Mexican national denied consular rights after his arrest has been put to death with no judicial review whatsoever. After killing Tamayo, Texas is already preparing for its next execution. Susan Basso, who is paralyzed from the chest down and delusional, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on February 5 for a 1998 murder.
Friday, January 3, 2014
Iraq slides toward civil war
The pretense that the government is simply engaged in a war on Al Qaeda terrorism has been utilized to secure backing from both Iran and Washington. The latter recently ordered shipments of Hellfire missiles and other advanced weaponry to the Iraqi security forces. Some of these missiles were reportedly used Thursday in the government assault on Fallujah.
Thursday, December 19, 2013(1 comments)
"Almost Orwellian": US Judge indicts NSA spying
The response of the Obama administration -- brought into office on promises of "transparency" and "change" -- has been one of utter indifference to the historically unprecedented assault on constitutional rights embodied in the NSA spying, a defense of the agency's police state methods and a vilification of Snowden for revealing them.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013(2 comments)
US ultimatum on permanent occupation of Afghanistan
Susan Rice, the Obama administration's national security adviser, issued an ultimatum Monday to Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai: either sign a bilateral security agreement with Washington immediately, or face the withdrawal of all US military forces and a cutoff of Western funding by the end of 2014.
Sunday, October 13, 2013(1 comments)
Shakeup continues in US nuclear command
Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, the top US nuclear war commander heading the Strategic Command, told the AP that the two officers' dismissals were merely a matter of "unfortunate behavioral incidents." He insisted that he still had "100 percent confidence that the nation's nuclear deterrent force is safe, secure and effective."
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
US and Iran set to meet at UN
The allegations about the Iranian nuclear program have never been anything more than a pretext for aggression against Iran, which is viewed as an obstacle to the imposition of US imperialist hegemony over the oil-rich and strategically critical regions of the Persian Gulf and Central Asia. Whatever negotiations Washington enters into will be aimed at extracting concessions that would further cripple Iran.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
US, UK and France stress threat of force against Syria
The threat of US aggression against Syria was never driven by concern over chemical weapons -- that was merely a pretext. Washington's real aim is regime change in Syria as a means of furthering US hegemony over the Middle East and preparing an even wider war against Iran, which it sees as its principal regional rival.
Friday, July 26, 2013(1 comments)
The militarization of America
What is being upended, behind the scenes and with virtually no media coverage, no public debate, are constitutional principles dating back centuries that bar the use of the military in civilian law enforcement. In the Declaration of Independence itself, the indictment justifying revolution against King George included the charge that he had "affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power."
Thursday, July 11, 2013(1 comments)
NSA casts massive surveillance net over Latin America
The revelation that telephone and Internet communications in numerous Latin American countries have been exposed to constant surveillance by the NSA has given the lie to US officials who have defended the agency's wholesale spying on the populations of both the US itself and other countries as a necessary weapon in the so-called war on terror.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Syrian Opposition Fighters Arrested With Chemical Weapons
The Obama administration has repeatedly declared the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government to be a "red line" or "game changer" that would trigger unspecified US intervention. At the same time, Washington and its European NATO allies have turned a blind eye to evidence of chemical weapons use by the Islamist militias.
Thursday, May 30, 2013(1 comments)
Syria Escalation Poses Growing Risk Of Regional War
The crisis of the so-called rebels and the reversals the Islamist militias have suffered recently in combat with the Syrian army have only served to escalate the US and Western European preparations for direct intervention. Washington and its allies are determined to pursue their war for regime change as part of a broader strategy for redrawing the map of the entire region to serve their own predatory interests.
Saturday, May 11, 2013(2 comments)
Karzai reveals US plan for permanent Afghanistan bases
Afghan President Hamid Karzai stressed that he was amenable to the US demand to maintain nine military bases after the formal deadline for US withdrawal, indicating that he was willing to trade the bases for promises of a continued flow of economic aid from the West and security for his puppet government. Another likely condition is US support for the election of his handpicked successor in an election set for next year.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Braying for war against Syria
One of the most vocal proponents of US intervention, Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican, nearly gave the game away in a Sunday television interview when he declared that if the US did not intervene militarily in Syria, "we're going to start a war with Iran because Iran's going to take our inaction in Syria as meaning we're not serious about their nuclear weapons program."
Saturday, April 20, 2013(1 comments)
Obama comes to Boston
It is no wonder that Obama does not care to ponder what underlies the bloody events from Tucson, to Aurora, to Newtown to Boston. Any serious examination going beyond incomprehensible "evil" would inevitably involve an indictment of himself, his government and the social order over which he presides.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Washington Escalates Syria Intervention
Washington has ordered the training of some 3,000 officers for the so-called Syrian rebels to be completed sooner than originally planned. The aim is to finish the training program by the end of this month to exploit advances made by anti-government militias along Syria's 230-mile border with Jordan.
Hands off Syria!
Starting a two-day visit to Israel on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama issued bellicose threats against both Syria and Iran. The visit, which plainly has the character of a US-Israeli war council, makes clear that 10 years after the US invasion of Iraq, US imperialism is preparing even greater crimes in the Middle East.
Saturday, March 2, 2013(6 comments)
Washington escalates Syrian bloodbath
Syria, following in the wake of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, has seen its entire society torn to pieces as a result of a US-backed war for regime change, with tens of thousands killed and wounded, the country's economy devastated and its population confronting a humanitarian crisis of tragic proportions.
The US Drone Assassination Program And The Threat Of Dictatorship
Those comforting themselves with the old adage, "It can't happen here," should think again. The lurch to the right by the entire American political establishment and its irrevocable break with the democratic principles enunciated in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are very far advanced.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
US Secures Drone Base in Northwest Africa
Obama & the Pentagon move their drone program to Niger, Northwest Africa, where in conjunction with bases in Ethiopia and Djibouti & the secret air fields in the Arab peninsula, they will be in a position to include Mali while continuing drone strikes & assassinations in Somalia and Yemen.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Obama signs Pentagon bill maintaining Guantanamo and military detention
The shutdown of Guantanamo within one year was Obama's key promise on his first day in the White House. Four years later, 166 detainees remain imprisoned there, the vast majority for a decade without having been accused of any crime, much less brought to trial. The language inserted last year in an attempt to mollify liberal supporters in advance of the 2012 presidential election was seen as no longer necessary.
Sunday, December 30, 2012(1 comments)
Syria Faces Humanitarian Catastrophe
The crisis of Syria's health-care system, which previously was one of the most effective in the region, is especially acute. According to the World Health Organization, the fighting has partly or completely destroyed half of the country's 88 public hospitals and 186 of its 1,919 local health care centers.
Friday, December 7, 2012(2 comments)
US tightens military noose around Syria
Washington now has 17 warships, 70 fighter-bombers and 10,000 military personnel within close striking distance of Syria. This is in addition to the Air Force's 39th Air Base Wing stationed at the Incirlik base in Turkey together with tens of thousands of US ground troops deployed in Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
FBI entraps Bangladeshi student in fake terror plot
The predominant role in the alleged conspiracy appears to have been played by an undercover FBI agent posing as an "Al Qaeda facilitator." Even the act of delivering the fake bomb to the site of the Federal Reserve building was carried out by the FBI agent, as Nafis does not know how to drive.
Friday, September 7, 2012
The Obama Administration and the Cover-up of CIA Torture
A Human Rights Watch report based on interviews of victims & classified CIA-Libyan Intelligence documents yet again reveals America's appalling embrace of torture & assassination, policies designed & supported by our financial oligarchy.
Ex-US President Indicts Obama as Assassin
Obama's failure to not only control, but embrace of the Pentagon's & the U.S. government's homicidal impulses puts him in line to be the 2nd American president to be convicted as a war criminal.
Obama's role in the selection of drone missile targets
More important than what the state killing program says about Obama personally, however, is what it exposes about the ruling political establishment as a whole. It testifies to the wholesale repudiation of core constitutional principles at the highest levels and a real political and moral breakdown of the entire US government.
Thursday, May 10, 2012(1 comments)
The Political Uses of the Latest "Terror Plot"
The American people are opposed to war and have seen again and again how the "war on terror" has been used to justify military aggression abroad. Moreover, millions of working people in the United States and around the world are confronting far more immediate threats -- mass unemployment, declining living standards, the lack of a future for the youth and the destruction of public education and basic social services.
Friday, April 20, 2012(3 comments)
Washington's real concerns over the Afghanistan atrocity photos
The Afghans do not need to see a picture on the front page of the LA Times to hate the foreign occupation of their country, which has lasted for over 10 years and inflicted hundreds of thousands of casualties together with daily humiliation and oppression. The Afghans are living it, not merely reading it in a newspaper.
Sunday, April 8, 2012(7 comments)
Obama Justice Department indicts ex-CIA agent for exposing torture
The prosecution of Kiriakou is part of a policy of state secrecy and repression that pervades the US government under Obama, who came into office promising "the most transparent administration in history." This marks the sixth government whistleblower to be charged by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act, twice as many such prosecutions as have been brought by all preceding administrations combined.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Afghanistan Massacre: The Product of a Criminal War
The only ones who believe the Pentagon's version of the massacre by Staff Sargeant Bales is the Pentagon. But as far as whether there is any chance justice will ever be served in all this the verdict is out.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Hillary Clinton and Middle East war crimes
Behind the crocodile tears shed by the war criminals in Washington, the demands for regime-change in Syria have no more to do with human rights than the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq had to do with protecting the American people from terrorism.
Drones Come to the U.S.
An amendment typically slipped under the radar of most Americans to the 63 B$ Federal Aviation Authority appropriations bill has ominous implications for democratic rights in the United States. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, clears the way for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones. All Americans of every political stripe should be freaking out right about now.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
US, Israel Invoke Terror To Ratchet Up War Threats Against Iran
Washington and Israel have seized upon a string of abortive bomb plots in India, Georgia and Thailand to escalate war threats against Iran. The reported aim of these attacks has been to sabotage Iran's supposed quest for a nuclear weapon, although Tehran has denied such aims and no evidence has been produced.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012(2 comments)
US Secret Armies Gear Up for Global War
Dispatching elite killer squads to every corner of the globe & deploying special operations forces in over 75 countries, ranging from the Dominican Republic & Peru to the Philippines, Yemen, Somalia & central Asia is not the behavior of a nation with peaceful intentions.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
NATO bombing kills eight Afghan children
At least eight Afghan civilians, all children according to some reports, were killed Thursday when a NATO warplane bombed a village in Afghanistan's northeast Kapisa province. The deaths drew a formal protest Friday from Afghanistan's US-backed president, Hamid Karzai.
Monday, January 9, 2012(3 comments)
The Pentagon's strategy review: A blueprint for world war
At the Pentagon, Obama introduced a new defense policy reshaping U.S. foreign policy. It opens with war with China followed by war with the rest of the world. The questions begs to be asked: have American political leaders completely lost their minds?
Obama, Congress Back Legalization of a Police State
Despite the attempts of liberal and pseudo-left groups to promote illusions that Obama would veto the legislation because of concerns over its assault on democratic rights, the Democratic president's only worry was that it might call into question the sweeping powers that he and his predecessor, George W. Bush, have already seized.
Saturday, October 15, 2011(1 comments)
Washington and Iran: The reckless policy of provocation
The more that emerges about the purported Iranian "terrorist plot" to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, the more it appears to be a crude concoction by elements of the American state apparatus to blackguard Iran and create the pretext for an escalation of US aggression.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011(4 comments)
Ex-SDS leader seeks to herd Wall Street protest behind Obama
The Democrats are seeking to co-opt the anti-Wall Street movement, lining it up behind a president who was elected with the largest campaign war chest ever funded by Wall Street and who has spent his first term in office defending the interests of the banks, finance houses and the top 1 percent.
Saturday, October 8, 2011(4 comments)
Occupy Wall Street and the Democratic Party
If those who are protesting against Wall Street are to avoid becoming regulated and rendered harmless, they must begin by rejecting the "lesser evil" fraud and fight to develop an independent political movement of the working class in opposition to both parties of big business and the profit system they defend.
Saturday, October 1, 2011(2 comments)
Obama boasts of assassinating American citizen in Yemen
Obama placed Awlaki on a "kill or capture" list of people targeted for assassination in January 2010 after his administration asserted a right not even claimed by the Bush White House: to carry out the summary execution of any US citizen deemed by the president to be a "specially designated global terrorist," without presenting any evidence or securing any judicial sanction.