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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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 17, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 1, 2016 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 20, 2015 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 18, 2015 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.
SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 20, 2014 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.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 21, 2014 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 1, 2014 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 30, 2014 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 29, 2014 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 23, 2014 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.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 19, 2013 "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.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 27, 2013 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 13, 2013 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."
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 26, 2013 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."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 11, 2013 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.