(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 29, 2012 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 17, 2011 US House of Representatives votes to abolish Medicare
The real attitude of the Democrats towards deficit reduction was demonstrated Thursday in the passage of the fiscal year 2011 budget resolution negotiated by the congressional Republicans and the White House. The bill cuts domestic social spending by $38.5 billion, the largest one-year cut ever enacted by Congress.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 20, 2010 Nearly One Million US Workers Cut Off Unemployment Benefits
A Congress that rushed through a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street in October 2008 in a matter of days, and authorized a further financial windfall to the banks and speculators five months later, cannot bring itself to support even the most meager subsistence for the unemployed workers who are the victims, not the perpetrators, of the economic crisis.
(12 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 9, 2011 Obama hails deal to impose record cuts in social spending
As is invariably the case in such political confrontations in recent US history, the Democratic Party cowers before the demands of the ultra-right and ultimately offers agreements on their terms. Both President Obama and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid acceded again and again to additional demands from the House Republicans.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 5, 2015 Washington prepares for World War III
The US military-intelligence complex is engaged in systematic preparations for World War III. As far as the Pentagon is concerned, a military conflict with China and/or Russia is inevitable, and this prospect has become the driving force of its tactical and strategic planning.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 5, 2018 Judge says special counsel Mueller seeks to oust Trump
A federal judge with deep, longstanding connections to the national security apparatus assailed Special Counsel Robert Mueller during a court hearing Friday, declaring that the real purpose of the anti-Russia investigation was to generate material that would lead to Trump's "prosecution or impeachment."
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, September 13, 2010 One in seven Americans now living in poverty
Neither big business party proposes any policies to directly create jobs for the unemployed, such as a major expansion of public works, to provide emergency relief for the growing numbers of poor and unemployed, or to alleviate the mounting scourges of utility shutoffs, homelessness and hunger.
(19 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 6, 2016 Why the CIA is for Hillary Clinton
The Democratic Party does not oppose Trump on the basis of his militarism or his authoritarian contempt for democratic rights. Instead, the Clinton campaign is presenting itself as the authoritative party of the military-intelligence complex and the political establishment, appealing to billionaires, the military brass and the intelligence agencies.
(27 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 6, 2014 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.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, January 14, 2011 Obama in Tucson: Providing an amnesty for the right wing
Under conditions of a capitalist social order that deals with the unemployed--and the mentally ill--in cold and inhuman fashion, and a ruling class that glorifies violence and practices it more widely and brutally than any other on the planet, events such as those which took place January 8 in Tucson are inevitable.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Trump war budget calls for sweeping cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps
In contrast to the bonanza for the US military machine, the world's largest by far, the Trump budget calls for slashing more than $1 trillion from entitlement programs over the next 10 years: $554 billion from Medicare, $250 billion from Medicaid, and $214 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the formal name of the food stamp benefit.
SHARE Sunday, May 22, 2011 Democrats, Republicans agree to four-year extension of Patriot Act powers
The American Civil Liberties Union denounced the "backroom deal" between Reid, McConnell and Boehner that insures a four-year extension with no congressional hearings and no public examination of the abuses of individual rights perpetrated over the past decade under the auspices of the Patriot Act.
SHARE Monday, November 18, 2019 Louisiana governor wins re-election in blow to Trump
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, won reelection Saturday in a runoff contest, despite campaign rallies by President Trump and a last-minute infusion of $1 million from the Republican National Committee.
SHARE Saturday, December 23, 2017 Corporate America begins campaign to sell Trump tax bonanza
Among the provisions tailored to favor Trump, his children, and the family of his son-in-law Jared Kushner, themselves real estate billionaires, were: a 20 percent deduction for pass-through income, initially limited to companies with large payrolls, later expanded to include shell companies like those operated by the Trump Organization. The reduction in the estate tax helps Trump and Kushner families preserve their fortunes.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, August 12, 2019 Who wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead?
Jeffrey Epstein's violent death in a Manhattan jail cell prevents a trial or a plea deal that threatened to expose business associates and political enablers who made use of the services provided by his alleged sex-trafficking activities, or who profited from this and other sordid operations of the multimillionaire money manager.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 1, 2019 Hunter Biden made $850,000 on board of Ukraine gas company
The Hunter Biden-Ukraine connection has become the trigger for the opening of impeachment proceedings against President Trump, but the connection itself is worth examining in its own right. The younger Biden's career sheds light on the decay of American democracy and the vast social gulf that has opened up between the ruling elite and the vast majority of the population.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 12, 2014 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.
(15 comments) SHARE Monday, June 1, 2015 US police kill more than two people a day
Since the eruption of popular protest last August over the unpunished police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the massive, military-style repression of the protests by police and National Guard troops, press reports, and especially social media, have given the world's population a far different -- and far more accurate -- understanding of the brutal reality of social relations in the United States.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, May 13, 2016 Trump signals backing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare
Ryan's declaration last week that he was "not there yet" in terms of an endorsement of Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee was aimed at securing assurances from Trump that his opposition to entitlement cuts was purely an electoral ploy, to be scrapped as soon as the votes are counted.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 28, 2016 Clinton campaign in crisis over email controversy, declining poll numbers
The presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hit by twin blows this week: a harshly critical report by the State Department inspector general over her use of a private email server while in office, and polls showing that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders had closed the gap in California, the most populous US state and one of six holding primaries or caucuses on June 7.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 23, 2013 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 27, 2012 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, August 23, 2019 Why is the New York Times still trying to sweep the Epstein case under the rug?
Numerous prison officials, including some in authority, were aware that Epstein -- on suicide watch from July 23 to July 29 -- was alone in a cell, in violation of rules governing at-risk prisoners. (Other press accounts claim that his cellmate was granted bail on Friday, August 9, and released from custody, leaving Epstein by himself.)
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 30, 2016 US media celebrates Democratic Party warmongering
These commentaries, published within hours of the close of the Democratic convention, demonstrate the real constituency of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party. Far from representing the interests of working people, as Clinton claimed in her convention speech, the former secretary of state seeks to be the consensus choice of the military-intelligence apparatus, and tailored her campaign explicitly to its dictates.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 7, 2014 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.
SHARE Friday, March 23, 2018 US House of Representatives approves record military budget
Five of the Democrats unexpectedly abstained, allowing the procedural motion to pass narrowly, 211-207. Then all five voted against the final passage of the budget, an empty gesture, since they could have defeated it in the procedural vote. There is little doubt that this maneuver was choreographed by Pelosi so that the Democrats could posture as defenders of the DACA youth.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 2, 2012 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?
(25 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 3, 2016 As Clinton escalates war threats, Sanders begins campaigning for Democratic nominee
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will carry out his first official activity as a drum major in the Hillary Clinton marching band Monday, when he takes part in Labor Day events in Lebanon, New Hampshire in support of the Democratic presidential nominee. It will be Sanders' first campaign appearance on behalf of Clinton since his dismal "unity rally," also in New Hampshire, on July 12.
SHARE Wednesday, December 27, 2017 Health care threatened for nine million low-income US children
State health officials throughout the United States are preparing for major cutbacks or outright shutdown of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The plans are going forward despite stopgap legislation enacted by Congress December 21 and signed into law by President Trump that supposedly averted an immediate collapse of CHIP, which provides health care coverage for nine million low-income children.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 2, 2017 The US Senate tax bill: The financial oligarchy on the rampage
The actual text of the legislation was not available to senators preparing to vote on it, let alone the American people. Handwritten pages were being pasted into the bill after they had been reviewed and approved by corporate lobbyists. Entire chapters accounting for hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue were being rewritten behind closed doors to satisfy the demands of the last few Republican holdouts.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, August 3, 2018 Financial parasitism and the American oligarchy
This is an administration that demonizes millions of working people who come to the United States seeking safety and a better life, calling them "illegal aliens" because they are undocumented. But when it comes to the interests of the billionaires, there's no concern over what is legal, only over how best to fatten their portfolios.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 29, 2015 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.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 7, 2017 Senate witch-hunters expand on their anti-Russia horror story
The contemporary American electoral process is systematically manipulated by powerful corporate interests, which finance and control the Democratic and Republican parties and the US government at every level, federal, state and local.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Democrats join Trump in fundraising from the moneyed elite
It's August in the Hamptons, Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard in the year before a US presidential election. That means it's time for the moneyed elite of New York and Boston to throw open their palatial summer residences to fundraisers for the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 15, 2017 Climate change and the struggle against capitalism
The reactionary pig-headedness of the Trump administration and the Republican right can lead those genuinely concerned about the dangers of global warming to view more favorably the supposed rationalism of the Obama administration, the Democratic Party, and their allies in Europe like Germany's Angela Merkel. This would be a catastrophic mistake.
SHARE Tuesday, January 3, 2012 Obama Signs Police State Legislation
The legislation defines the entire world to be part of the battlefield against Al Qaeda, including the territory of the United States itself, making every human being on the planet, including every American citizen, a potential prisoner of the American military.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 26, 2017 US Senate votes to protect financial giants from consumer lawsuits
The Trump White House issued a press release hailing the Senate action in terms that can only be called Orwellian, declaring, "Congress is standing up for everyday consumers," when the direct opposite is the case: Congress is standing up for those who profit from the fleecing of everyday consumers.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 21, 2019 The impeachment crisis and American imperialism
Weaker nations whose rulers get in the way of American imperialism will pay the price, and in some cases, as in Iraq, Venezuela, Syria and Libya -- all countries where oil wealth is a major consideration -- the result can be invasion, occupation, military coup or a combination of all three.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, October 2, 2017 The contradictions of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's The Vietnam War
Based on this documentary, one is compelled to conclude that this layer of opinion makers has never come to grips with the reality of Vietnam, that is still lying to the world and to itself, and attempting to relativize and justify policies and actions that rank among the most criminal in the 20th century.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 12, 2015 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 15, 2019 Trump again "jokes" about extending his presidency
President Trump retweeted the suggestion of an ultra-right supporter, evangelical preacher and Liberty University boss Jerry Falwell Jr., that his term in office be extended by two years to compensate for the two years allegedly stolen from his presidency by the Democratic-inspired investigation into supposed connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 9, 2011 Omar Suleiman -- longtime collaborator with Israel and US
Egyptian vice president Omar Suleiman, the former head of security services and chief torturer, was the official identified by Israel more than two years ago as its favored candidate to succeed President Hosni Mubarak. Suleiman has been heading the negotiations with opposition groups on behalf of the Mubarak regime, and has the backing of the Obama administration to lead a "transition" regime.
(14 comments) SHARE Monday, July 11, 2011 White House begins new push for social spending cuts
For decades, the Democratic Party identified itself politically with the basic social programs established by Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal of the 1930s. Now, for the first time, a Democratic president has taken the initiative to attack Social Security, going beyond even what the Republican right is prepared to undertake at this juncture.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 10, 2015 US defense secretary threatens Russia and China
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivered a pointed warning of future wars Saturday in an address to a forum at the Reagan Library in southern California. The reckless and provocative character of the Pentagon chief's speech is underscored by the targets of his saber-rattling: Russia, with the world's second largest stockpile of nuclear weapons, and China with the third.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 8, 2013 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 27, 2013 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.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 10, 2018 Trump EPA to shred rules on toxic pollution
On June 1, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the agency would no longer evaluate asbestos in homes and businesses as a health risk, even though the death toll from asbestos exposure is estimated at 12,000 to 15,000 people a year in the United States alone.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 11, 2017 In wake of Brazile revelations, Sanders intensifies call for reviving the Democratic Party
In an open letter to political supporters, Bernie Sanders has renewed his pledge of eternal fealty to the second-oldest capitalist party in the world. He wrote, "What the recently released book excerpt from former interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile made clear is that unless we get our act together, we are not going to be effective in either taking on Donald Trump or in stopping the extremist right-wing Republican agenda.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 26, 2011 Assad regime guns down protesters in Syria
Syrian police and troops shot down dozens of anti-government protesters Friday, as a wave of demonstrations against the regime of President Bashir Assad swept through more than a dozen cities. The movement has been sparked by revulsion over the massacre of protesters Wednesday in the southwestern city of Daraa, in which as many as 100 people may have died.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 26, 2017 Fourth collision this year shows stress on US Pacific fleet
The August 21 collision between the Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca, near Singapore, is the fourth such collision this year involving a major vessel of the US Seventh Fleet, which conducts operations in the Pacific and Indian oceans. The collision had a devastating impact on the destroyer, only one-third the size of the tanker that struck it in the predawn hours Monday.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 7, 2019 Biden drops support for abortion-funding restriction after political firestorm
Joe Biden, the current leader for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, abruptly reversed himself on Thursday evening, declaring that he would no longer maintain his longstanding support for the anti-abortion Hyde Amendment. This measure, authored by Republican Congressman Henry Hyde in 1976, remains in force more than four decades later because there has been no significant Democratic Party effort against it.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 6, 2014 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 13, 2016 The predictable and pathetic end of Sanders' "political revolution"
In his tribute to Clinton, Sanders never referred to her four-year tenure as secretary of state, where she was consistently the most hawkish member of the Obama cabinet, instigating the US-NATO war with Libya and advocating even greater US intervention in the Syrian civil war. Sanders declared that his campaign would continue, in an all-out effort to elect Clinton president and elect Democratic majorities in Congress.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, January 31, 2020 Elizabeth Warren issues call for internet censorship
In a statement issued January 29, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, called for a massive effort to impose internet censorship during the 2020 presidential election.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 26, 2015 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Trump tax cut plan will devastate public education
The tax cut legislation backed by the Trump White House is more than just a trillion-dollar windfall for the super-rich. The bills passed by the House and Senate in different forms will now be reconciled in a special conference, but both versions contain provisions that will devastate public education while promoting the growth of private and religious schools.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Trump and Democrats compete on militarism and war
The bulk of Trump's speech was the mixture of militaristic threats, chest-thumping self-praise, brazen lies and non sequiturs that have become familiar in the course of his campaign. Among the lies were Trump's claim to have "always" opposed the war in Iraq (he supported the Bush administration's decision to go to war in 2002-2003) and to have opposed the US-NATO bombing of Libya (he supported it publicly).
SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, October 29, 2010 The 2010 elections, the working class and the Democratic Party
The corporate-controlled two-party system is a blind alley. The only way to fight the mounting attacks on jobs, living standards and social programs, and to oppose a foreign policy based on militarism and war, is to break with the Democrats and Republicans and build an independent political movement of the working class, based on a socialist and internationalist program.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 31, 2015 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 5, 2015 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 1, 2011 Obama fundraising drive targets the wealthy
Dozens of contributors interviewed by the Times over the past two weeks complained of Obama's "overly conciliatory approach to Congressional Republicans," and said they would not make phone calls, knock on doors or otherwise participate personally in the Democratic presidential campaign.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 23, 2020 The CIA Democrats in the 2020 elections
In the course of the 2018 elections, a large group of former military-intelligence operatives entered capitalist politics as candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination in 50 congressional seats.
SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, December 13, 2010 Ten years since Bush v. Gore: The stolen election of 2000
The silence of the nominally "liberal" press is a guilty one. They do not wish to revisit the history, not so long ago, in which the Democratic Party and the liberal media surrendered to a right-wing judicial coup d'état, whose effect was to install the most right-wing government in American history.
SHARE 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."
SHARE Monday, November 14, 2011 US Deficit Panel Focuses on Cuts to Medicare, Social Security
Press reports of the negotiations being conducted between the six Democrats and six Republicans on the bipartisan committee, and between the committee members and the party leaders in both houses of Congress, suggest that the Democrats are prepared to adopt devastating cuts in Medicare and Social Security if the Republicans shift their position even marginally on taxes.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 31, 2014 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.
SHARE Monday, October 7, 2019 Impeachment campaign escalates with a second CIA stooge posing as "whistleblower"
The additional witness or witnesses were said to be intelligence officials. At least one has been interviewed by Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who declared the initial complaint against Trump, over his efforts to get the president of Ukraine to provide derogatory material on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, to be "credible" and "urgent."
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Trump: the political facilitator of fascist violence
In the last eight days, there have been three mass shootings in the United States, two of them in less than 12 hours this weekend. Such events as the massacres in Gilroy, California (4 dead, including the attacker and 15 wounded), El Paso, Texas (20 dead and 26 wounded), and Dayton Ohio (10 dead including the attacker and 16 wounded), have become part of daily life in the country.
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, November 2, 2018 What is to be done about the plutocrats?
The past 40 years have seen the consolidation of a plutocratic elite, which has subordinated every aspect of American society to a single goal: amassing ever more colossal amounts of personal wealth. The top one percent have captured all of the increase in national income over the past two decades, and all of the increase in national wealth since the 2008 crash.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, January 5, 2018 Bannon attack on Trump White House fuels Washington political warfare
The response of the White House to the publication of Fire and Fury was full-on hysteria. Trump personally denounced Bannon as having "lost his mind," while declaring that his former campaign chairman and White House counselor had rarely even been in one-on-one meetings with him.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 22, 2019 Reports expose Trump administration's "Border Patrol to emergency room" pipeline
Besides imprisonment, neglect, and infliction of what amounts to deliberate infection of detainees with disease, the Border Patrol continues to engage in outright violence against migrants. The Trump administration is pressing for far more drastic and aggressive action by the Mexican government against migrants.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 14, 2012 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 30, 2014 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."
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 15, 2016 FBI holds 80,000 pages of secret documents on Saudi-9/11 links
There has long been evidence that sections of the US government were aware of the plot to hijack and suicide-crash airliners, but turned a blind eye because such an atrocity could be used to stampede American public opinion and provide a pretext for escalating US military interventions throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 23, 2016 The police murder in Charlotte, North Carolina
the shooting in Charlotte is the third highly publicized police killing in the past week alone. First came the killing of 13-year-old Tyre King in Columbus, Ohio on September 13, followed by the killing of 45-year-old Terrence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 16, and then Scott on September 20.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 20, 2012 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.
SHARE Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Trump booed at World Series game
Most of the audience booing Trump were not living in poverty or affected by his food stamp cuts or persecution of immigrants. But the widespread hostility toward Trump, expressed in unmistakable terms, gave a glimpse of the real feelings of millions of ordinary Americans.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Trump forms a Wall Street government to attack health care and workers' rights
Trump's cabinet selections demonstrate the absurdity of all attempts by the Democrats to paint Trump in positive colors. This is to be a government of reaction all down the line, from extreme militarism in foreign policy to vicious attacks on jobs, living standards, social programs and democratic rights at home.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, April 18, 2014 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 21, 2020 Las Vegas debate reveals deepening Democratic Party crisis
Perhaps more strongly than any previous debate, nearly all significant issues of foreign and domestic policy were excluded. There were only a handful of references to the deepening social crisis in America, the harrowing conditions of life facing tens of millions of workers and youth, and the turn to police-state methods by the Trump administration.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 11, 2012 Democrats propose cut in extended unemployment benefits
For somewhat different electoral reasons, both big business parties seem prepared to allow the extended unemployment benefits to expire March 1, as they did on several occasions last year, only to be restored later. Aside from their electoral differences, both parties are committed to the reduction of unemployment benefits, as part of an overall attack on the working class.
(14 comments) SHARE Monday, July 15, 2019 House Democrats ratify $733 billion for US military
By a near-party-line vote Friday, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved the National Defense Authorization Act, providing $733 billion for the Pentagon, with the bulk of the spending directed toward preparing the US military for future wars with China and Russia. Not a single Republican House member voted for the bill, which passed 220-197.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 20, 2014 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."
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, April 30, 2018 Democratic leadership backs right-wing military-intelligence primary candidates
Interventions have been reported in Democratic primary campaigns in Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Minnesota, California and other states. In virtually every case, the party leadership has favored the more right-wing candidate against those who described themselves as "progressives" or hailed from the Bernie Sanders wing of the party.
SHARE Thursday, November 14, 2019 Democrats begin impeachment hearings with denunciations of Russia
The first day of public, televised hearings on the possible impeachment of President Trump was dominated by denunciations of Russia by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and the first two witnesses, current State Department officials George Kent and William Taylor.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 30, 2013 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, April 13, 2020 Biden joins the "back-to-work" bandwagon
Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden aligns himself with the campaign by big business and the Trump administration to force workers to go back to work, regardless of the dangers from the coronavirus epidemic.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 8, 2015 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, May 12, 2014 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 13, 2011 Once again: Why Obama won't--and can't--be Roosevelt
Obama chose to continue the bailout of the banks begun by Geithner, Bernanke and Bush's treasury secretary, Henry Paulson, and then to greatly expand it. Every aspect of the new administration's financial and economic policy was driven by the determination to restore solvency to the investment banks, stock traders and hedge funds, at the expense of the working class.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 5, 2018 Ruling class conflicts in the US target inner circle of Trump White House
There is mounting concern that Trump is too erratic a figure to be relied on as the "commander-in-chief" of American imperialism, particularly under conditions of a growing movement from below, from the American working class, to oppose the policies of big business and both of the political parties that represent and defend corporate America.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, December 23, 2016 Trump names billionaire corporate raider Icahn to slash regulations on business
In appointing billionaire corporate raider Carl Icahn to a high-profile advisory role -- in charge of slashing government regulations on Wall Street, the oil monopolies and other giant corporations -- Donald Trump has once again underscored the radically right-wing character of his administration's domestic economic and social policy.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, August 21, 2017 Big business, military tighten their grip on Washington
Trump has increased the grip of the military and corporate America over the government to an extent unprecedented in US history. It is 56 years since President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his 1961 farewell address, warned of the dangers to democracy posed by the rise of the "military-industrial complex."
SHARE Sunday, June 30, 2019 First Democratic debate: Demagogy on social issues, silence on war
Four hours of nationally televised debates Wednesday and Thursday among 20 Democratic presidential candidates demonstrated the gigantic disconnect between the claims of this pro-war, pro-corporate party to be driven by concerns for the well-being of working people and the reality of poverty and oppression in America, for which the Democratic Party is no less responsible than the Republicans.
SHARE Wednesday, September 7, 2011 US Postal Service demands right to slash jobs
Donahoe said he was not seeking a congressional appropriation of funds to bail out the postal service, but rather legislative action to allow USPS to conduct its affairs like a private corporation -- in other words, the right to force postal workers to pay for the financial crisis through cuts in jobs and benefits.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 26, 2011 Obama returns to the fraud of "equal sacrifice"
The Democrats controlled the House and Senate during the first two years of Obama's presidency and refused to raise taxes on the wealthy. On the contrary, they expanded and extended the bailout of Wall Street begun under the Bush administration while refusing to take any serious action to create jobs for the millions thrown out of work by the economic slump that followed the 2008 Wall Street crash.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 1, 2014 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."
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 21, 2011 US, France and Britain launch war of aggression against Libya
What lies behind the war against Libya is not the common front of "civilization" against "barbarism," as Obama administration spokesmen claim, but the struggle of rival imperialist powers to dominate one of the world's major sources of oil and gain control of a key strategic location and base of operations against the mass movements erupting throughout North Africa and the Middle East.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Democrats embrace war hawk Bolton in Trump impeachment trial
Leaked excerpts from a forthcoming book by former national security advisor John Bolton have staggered the Trump White House and overshadowed the efforts by Trump's lawyers to mount a defense in the Senate impeachment trial,
SHARE Sunday, May 29, 2011 Mass protests demand "second revolution" in Egypt
There were banners declaring, "The Egyptian revolution is not over" and demanding "now, not later," a new constitution and the formation of a civilian presidential council to oversee elections, replacing the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the military body that has ruled the country since Mubarak's resignation February 11.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Sanders' strong showing in Oregon, Kentucky extends Democratic presidential contest
Sanders spoke before a packed arena in Carson, California, near Los Angeles. He told a crowd of some 10,000 people Tuesday night that he would continue his campaign through the June 7 contests in California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana and North and South Dakota, and the final primary on June 14 in the District of Columbia.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Democrats seek agreements with Trump administration
None of the Democratic congressional leaders and House members who took to the airwaves on the Sunday television network interview programs said a word about the defense of immigrants or condemned Trump for his vicious, race-baiting attacks on the Central American refugees and his claim that he has the power to gut an amendment to the US Constitution by executive order.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 25, 2011 One-sided war in Wisconsin
Workers must understand of the nature of the conflict they find themselves in. They face a ruling elite that has declared war. While the ruling class is politically mobilized, with two parties working consciously to achieve its ends, workers have yet to build mass organizations capable of countering this attack and advancing the interests of the vast majority of the population.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, March 12, 2018 Trump, Democrats race to the right
The rally Saturday night near the Pittsburgh airport was nominally in support of the Republican candidate, state legislator Rick Saccone, but Trump barely mentioned the candidate, focusing, as usual, on himself, denouncing the media, and making a series of bigoted and fascistic remarks, particularly in supporting summary execution of alleged drug dealers.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 30, 2011 Obama backs trillions in "painful spending cuts"
First Obama grovels before the investment bankers and hedge fund speculators, seeking -- and getting -- their cash. Then he postures as the protagonist of "equal sacrifice," demanding that billionaires fore-go a tax deduction, while school teachers lose their jobs, students their scholarships, and the elderly are forced to choose between paying for prescriptions and heating their homes.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 17, 2017 Trump comments deepen conflict with Department of Justice
Senior congressional Republicans, alarmed that Trump might touch off a new political firestorm, have warned him against firing Mueller. These included House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Republican senators John Thune, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 30, 2012 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.
SHARE Sunday, October 16, 2016 Donald Trump's campaign takes a fascistic turn
Trump's claim to oppose the establishment on behalf of the working people is pure demagogy. He owes his own career as a billionaire real estate and casino mogul, media celebrity and presidential candidate to the very forces -- the financial elite, the corporate media and the political establishment -- that he now falsely claims to oppose.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 3, 2017 New US Congress to launch assault on social programs
The incoming Congress, working with the Trump administration, is preparing an assault on whatever remains of social programs implemented under the New Deal and the Great Society. The true content of Trump's call to "Make America Great Again" is to roll back social conditions for the working class to those that existed at the end of the 19th century.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 23, 2016 King Donald meets his media courtiers
The very fact that the media heads agreed to such an "off the record" meeting is an abomination. The president of the United States is not "commander-in-chief" of the media. But Trump summoned highly paid television anchormen and women, and their even more highly paid corporate bosses, who cravenly submitted to a tongue-lashing at Trump Tower.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 23, 2020 Democratic Party establishment wages war on Sanders
In an extraordinary interview published Tuesday, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, denounced Sanders and refused to commit herself to support Sanders if he wins the Democratic presidential nomination this year.
SHARE Wednesday, September 11, 2019 Trump Fires Bolton As National Security Adviser
President Trump fired his national security adviser John Bolton Monday morning in an action revealing the deepening crisis of the administration and bitter conflicts within official Washington after a series of foreign policy debacles. Trump made the announcement on Twitter.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 26, 2012 The killing of Trayvon Martin
The 911 transcripts clearly show that Zimmerman singled out Martin for attention because of his race and age. Cell phone conversations between Trayvon and his 16-year-old girlfriend in Miami show that, far from seeking a confrontation, the youth had become aware that he was being followed and was seeking to get away as fast as he could without drawing attention by running.
(15 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 21, 2017 Trump's fascistic diatribe: On the road to World War III
Any conception that once he actually assumed office a "presidential" Trump would emerge was quickly dispelled by the tenor of his remarks. He glared, he ranted. He had only one tone of voice: an angry shout. The speech gave a jolt, signaling to the world that the new American president is an out-of-control megalomaniac.
SHARE Thursday, February 27, 2020 Attacks against Sanders intensify ahead of South Carolina primary
Bernie Sanders is likely to take an insurmountable lead in convention delegates in the March 3 "Super Tuesday" primaries, held in 14 states, including California, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia. Those contests take place just three days after the February 29 primary in South Carolina.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Trump's taxes: Capitalist corruption and class privilege
Trump epitomizes the social, political and moral squalor of the capitalist financial elite, which represents a criminal underworld raised to the heights in 21st century America. One of his fellow real estate billionaires, hotel magnate Leona Helmsley, became notorious for the declaration, overheard by a housekeeper: "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes." Trump shares the same contempt for working people.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 16, 2017 Behind the opioid crisis: Republicans and Obama cleared the way for corporate murder
The protection of the giant drug distribution companies -- amid a nationwide epidemic of drug overdose deaths caused by the products they were distributing -- was a bipartisan affair. Congressional Democrats cosponsored the legislation, and a former top Clinton administration official, Jamie Gorelick, was a lead attorney and lobbyist for the distributors.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 5, 2015 US Congress passes corporate-backed highway construction bill
The US Congress passed a five-year, $305 billion highway construction bill Thursday, sending it to President Obama who will sign it into law. The final bill, after protracted bipartisan negotiations, cleared the House of Representatives by a 359-65 vote and passed the Senate by a margin of 83-16. Three Republican senators who are running for president, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, voted against the bill.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 14, 2012 Voting rights in America under attack
Texas is only one of the states that have enacted voter ID requirements and other measures aimed at curbing voter registration and reducing the number of people able to vote, in the name of a fight against "vote fraud." There have been virtually no documented reports of voter impersonation, the type of fraud that could be prevented by a photo ID requirement.
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, July 23, 2018 Bernie Sanders embraces the anti-Russia campaign
The real thrust of the Democratic Party campaign is demonstrated by its recruitment as congressional candidates of dozens of former CIA and military intelligence agents, combat commanders from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and war planners from the Pentagon, State Department and White House.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, April 27, 2018 The Democratic Party and the confirmation of Mike Pompeo
Former Congressman and CIA Director Mike Pompeo was confirmed Thursday afternoon by the US Senate to be secretary of state. The former Army tank commander, a supporter of torture and unlimited domestic spying, will now hold the top position in the Trump cabinet, as well as being fourth in line of succession to the presidency.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Unanswered questions on US raid that killed bin Laden
There are conflicting accounts of the role of the Pakistani security forces in the actual raid. Pakistani officials claimed Monday that their forces had actually assisted in the attack, but this was dismissed by Obama administration officials, who claimed that Islamabad was only told of the raid after bin Laden was dead.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 31, 2015 Federal agency prepares new crackdown on US travelers
The new driver's licenses would encode a considerable amount of personal information in an electronic form that would be shared among the states and with the federal government, assisting in the creation of vast new databases on the American population. These could be used to track people's movements, not only by air but also on the ground, using the chip in the card.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 10, 2016 Clinton steps up appeals to Republicans, military
Putin's offenses against international law are small potatoes compared to the worldwide depredations of American imperialism. Trump, of course, is not really opposed to such methods and, if elected, would pursue them just as aggressively as Obama and Clinton.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 9, 2016 Courts halt presidential election recount in Michigan
The recount of the presidential election in the state of Michigan halted Wednesday, after three days of ballot-counting, when a federal judge announced he would defer to a state court ruling against it. The Michigan Court of Appeals decided Tuesday that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein did not have standing to seek a recount.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 18, 2015 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.
SHARE Monday, June 22, 2020 Trump in Tulsa: Fascist ranting and political debacle
The mounting threat to his reelection clearly preoccupied Trump in the course of his 107-minute address in Tulsa, which meandered even more than usual. He was clearly far more concerned with his own political survival than with the survival of hundreds of thousands of Americans whose lives are threatened by the worst epidemic in a century.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Washington Post details vast growth of US domestic spying
The goal of a new Obama administration operation, called the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, or SAR, is for every local police department in the United States to have its data files integrated with the FBI's, in a gigantic central database on a large proportion of the American population.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 5, 2014 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Friday, January 21, 2011 Swiss banker jailed for supplying information to WikiLeaks
Swiss authorities arrested a former banker and whistleblower after he made a public handover of information on wealthy tax evaders to the Internet web site WikiLeaks. Rudolf Elmer was taken into custody Wednesday evening, two days after a press conference in Zürich where he delivered data on offshore bank accounts to WikiLeaks.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Trump adds another billionaire to his administration
Viola worked with Gary Cohn at the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) in the 1980s. Cohn went on to become president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, and earlier this month was named by Trump to be chairman of his National Economic Council. Viola would be the sixth billionaire to take a prominent role in the Trump administration.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 9, 2015 Republican presidential debate: The freak show at Quicken Loans Arena
The audience in the arena, where the Republican nominating convention will be held next summer, was as foul as the candidates and the questioners. They cheered for torture, for war, for cuts in essential social services, for attacks on democratic rights. These are truly the dregs of American society. It was not a debate so much as a political freak show, with the bizarre vying with the reactionary.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, November 25, 2016 Hillary Clinton leads by two million in US popular vote
Clinton's lead of 2 million votes is far greater than the margin in any previous US presidential contest in which the popular vote loser was installed as president by the Electoral College. Her margin of victory in the popular vote, approaching 2 percent, is greater than that of seven candidates who actually won the presidency.
SHARE Sunday, July 5, 2015 French president rejects bid to assist WikiLeaks founder
In rejecting Assange, Hollande sent a message of disapproval and condemnation to journalists who actually seek to report truthfully and inform the public, rather than take their marching orders from the propaganda offices of the intelligence agencies in Washington, London and Paris.
SHARE Sunday, September 10, 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Harvey: Natural disaster and political breakdown
The Trump administration "prepared" for the one-two punch of Harvey and Irma by proposing to slash spending on FEMA and other relief and disaster management agencies, to say nothing of its war against climate science, waged on behalf of the oil, gas and coal producers and other big industrial polluters. Natural disasters have a way of exposing social and political reality.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 11, 2011 Media whitewashes ultra-right in Arizona massacre
By Monday, much of the media, including liberal and Democratic Party spokesmen, had repudiated Dupnik's comments. James Carville, a longtime Democratic campaign operative and media pundit, said on CNN, "It's unfair to smear an entire state," adding, "There's no evidence that links the Tea Party to this."
SHARE Sunday, February 18, 2018 Funerals begin in Florida as details emerge of prior warnings about school shooter
The media attention has already begun to shift away from Parkland to new sensations, such as the indictment of 13 Russians by the Mueller investigation, without a single effort to probe more deeply into the social reasons why the United States, with 4.4 percent of the world's population, has 31 percent of the mass shootings.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 8, 2016 Obama's drone-missile machinery of murder
The Obama administration released a previously secret policy document that gives general instructions to those engaged in preparing, approving and carrying out the drone-missile assassinations that have become the hallmark of Obama's eight years in the White House. Literally any individual on the planet can be targeted for assassination by a Hellfire missile fired from a US Reaper drone.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 14, 2016 Tax return places Clintons in the top 0.02 percent of Americans
The Clinton campaign released the family's tax return as part of a political effort to put more pressure on the Trump campaign to do likewise. This was coordinated with a prominent article in the New York Times suggesting that Trump was unwilling to release his tax return because he had used many lucrative deductions available to real estate speculators, cutting his tax liability to zero.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 11, 2010 American media suppresses report on US military atrocities in Afghanistan
The only national network coverage came on CNN, which broadcast a report by Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence, beginning with this apt summary: "The charges against 12 American soldiers sound like crimes terrorists would be accused of--murdering civilians, chopping off body parts to keep as trophies, and beating those who'd speak up against them."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 8, 2014 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.
SHARE Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Israel presses settlement expansion, defies UN resolution
Flatly defying last week's United Nations Security Council resolution, the Israeli government has announced that it will move ahead with thousands of new homes in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the occupied West Bank territories seized by force nearly 50 years ago in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 30, 2016 The FBI intervenes in the 2016 election
Why, since the FBI has no idea whether these additional emails contain any significant information relative to the Clinton email case, the agency should make them a public issue within days of the election. As far as the capitalist two-party system is concerned, the American people are merely an object of manipulation, to be stampeded by demagogy and scandal.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 25, 2015 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 2, 2018 Trump in open clash with FBI over Russia probe
The Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee pushed through a vote to make the Nunes memo public in a party-line vote on Monday night, which started the clock on a five-day period for White House review before release of the document. At the same time, the committee voted to keep secret a minority report by the committee Democrats rebutting the memo.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 18, 2016 Ex-Marine guns down three police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
As in the case of the July 7 killing of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, the Baton Rouge gunman was a former soldier and veteran of US wars in the Middle East. Gavin Long, who turned 29 on the day of the shootings, was in the Marines from 2005 to 2010 and served a tour of duty in Iraq. He reportedly engaged in counter-terrorist operations, for which he was awarded a medal and rose to the rank of sergeant.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 19, 2016 Trump begins selecting ultra-right cabinet
The three appointments -- Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama for attorney general, retired General Michael Flynn for national security adviser, and Representative Mike Pompeo for CIA director -- underscore the ultra-right, militaristic and anti-democratic character of the new Republican administration.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 13, 2014 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Trump orders freeze in federal salaries as shutdown reaches 10 days
Trump spent the weekend issuing a stream of abusive tweets, blasting the Democrats for a shutdown that he had previously boasted of wanting and taking responsibility for. He combined his insults toward his political opponents within the ruling elite with real injury towards federal workers, signing an executive order to freeze the pay of all two million civilian workers for the US government for the rest of the fiscal year.
SHARE Sunday, November 6, 2016 US election campaign reveals mass alienation from two-party system
Trump appeals to raw anger, denouncing his opponent as a criminal who should be put in jail. Clinton and the Democrats alternate between portraying Trump as a sexual predator and smearing him as a tool of Moscow. Neither offers any serious program for improving the living standards and social conditions of the working class, the vast majority of the American people.
SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 5, 2016 The US elections and the criminalization of American politics
Clinton represents a more polished version of the same social processes that have created Trump. Trump and Clinton are both products of the same process: the criminalization of the American ruling elite, as the methods of the mafia have come to predominate in both the operations of Wall Street and the practice of imperialist "statecraft."
SHARE Sunday, April 29, 2012 US slowdown intensifies global economic crisis
Corporate America has deliberately created a massive army of unemployed so as to further depress wage rates. In a newsletter to major investors, JPMorgan Chase chief investment officer Michael Cembalest wrote, "US labor compensation is now at a 50-year low relative to both company sales and US GDP."
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Trump escalates conflict with congressional Republicans
Tensions within the Republican Party exploded into public recriminations Tuesday, with presidential candidate Donald Trump issuing a series of strident statements denouncing House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain, two leading congressional Republicans, for their refusal to support his campaign.
SHARE Friday, March 9, 2018 Democrats embrace major cut in corporate taxes
When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought the bank deregulation bill to the Senate floor Tuesday for a procedural vote, 17 Democrats joined with all the Republicans to support it. The vote was 67-32, the first time that a contested measure has received unanimous Republican support and significant Democratic support since Trump entered the White House.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, September 7, 2015 Six Republican presidential candidates back defiance of gay marriage ruling
Only a handful of the Republican candidates have adhered to a traditional constitutional position, that the Supreme Court interpretation of the law was binding, and that Davis, as a public official, had to carry out the law and not her personal religious beliefs. Others sought to square the circle, giving lip service to the separation of church and state while seeking to appease the Christian fundamentalist right.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 7, 2015 Russia halts flights to Egypt after air disaster
US officials have been among the most insistent voices suggesting a terrorist connection to the Flight 9268 disaster, hoping that it will produce a political backlash in Russia against Putin's decision to intervene in Syria. In this, as in many other areas, there appears to be an overlap between the actions of ISIS and the political agenda of Washington.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 13, 2014 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.
SHARE Saturday, May 30, 2020 Mass protests voice outrage over police murder of George Floyd
There were reportedly large numbers of people in the streets both in south Minneapolis and in the downtown area, chanting slogans like "No justice, no peace, prosecute the police!" They ignored the curfew order and the patrolling military vehicles.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 16, 2011 Life expectancy declining in many parts of US
Overall, the report on life expectancy underscores the catastrophic effects of economic slump and growing social inequality on the physical survival of large portions of the working class population in the United States. Capitalism is not only inflicting unemployment, poverty, homelessness and hunger, it is literally killing young people, the elderly and people of working age.
SHARE Thursday, December 29, 2011 Government of the rich, by rich and for the rich
Working people are increasingly conscious that official Washington represents government of, by and for the rich. This political and social reality accounts for the dismal standing of Congress in the eyes of the public, with only 11 percent approving of the record of the current Congress according to one recent poll.
SHARE Monday, November 1, 2010 US election campaign ends amid deepening economic crisis
Pre-election polls have consistently shown that the Republican Party is even more despised than the Democrats, and that increasing numbers want an alternative to the existing political system. Nor is there any great upsurge of support for the Tea Party, an ersatz "movement" largely bankrolled by a handful of ultra-right billionaires.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, December 15, 2014 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."
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 11, 2013 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, February 20, 2017 Trump White House under mounting pressure from anti-Russia campaign
The Trump White House is under increasing pressure from the anti-Russian campaign instigated by the intelligence agencies and spearheaded by the bulk of the corporate-controlled media, the Democratic Party and a section of the Republicans. Over the past several days, the first official action has been carried out by a congressional committee investigating claims of Russian involvement in the 2016 election campaign.
SHARE Saturday, April 16, 2016 US corporate tax cheats hiding $1.4 trillion in profits in offshore accounts
The sums involved in corporate tax scams dwarf those hidden away by individuals. According to the Oxfam report, the offshore manipulations by the 50 largest US corporations cost the US taxpayer $111 billion each year, while robbing another $100 billion annually from countries overseas, many of them desperately poor.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 30, 2016 US pressures Turkey to curb attacks on Syrian Kurds
After 13 years of warfare, beginning in Iraq and now extending into the civil wars in Syria, Yemen and Libya, the United States has devastated a vast region. Washington bears the main responsibility for the deaths of several million people, the creation of tens of millions of refugees, and destruction on a scale not seen since World War II.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 12, 2010 The New York Times defends assassinations
In its main editorial Sunday, the New York Times, the major voice of what passes for liberalism in America, openly defends the right of the US government to assassinate anyone it pleases. It advances arguments that convince no one, and are not intended to convince, only to provide a screen of words for a policy of imperialist barbarism and reaction.
SHARE Thursday, June 14, 2012 Three anti-NATO protesters brought to Chicago court in chains
In addition to the shackling, prosecutors refused to engage in the informal lawyer-to-lawyer communication that is usual in the criminal justice system. They stuck to the letter of state legal procedure, refusing to make public the charges or release any details of the evidence until the actual indictment is unsealed on July 2.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 18, 2012 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.
SHARE Friday, December 30, 2016 Obama escalates anti-Russian campaign with new sanctions and threats
Obama has imposed sanctions on top Russian government officials, blacklisted several Russian IT companies and expelled 35 Russian diplomats stationed in the US, giving them only 72 hours to leave the country. Two Russian-owned facilities, in San Francisco and Maryland, are being shut down with less than 24 hours' notice.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 30, 2015 The dark side of American politics
The underlying social conflicts within the United States are beginning to overload a political system that is rotted through and through. The two officially recognized political parties, the Democrats and Republicans, are controlled by corporate interests and increasingly removed from the real concerns of the great mass of the American people.
SHARE Wednesday, July 6, 2016 FBI rejects criminal charges against Clinton in email investigation
A decision to prosecute would have thrown the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party as a whole into deep crisis. For this reason, it is reasonable to conclude that the US military-intelligence apparatus has decided to throw its considerable weight behind Clinton, or at the very least, to avoid placing a major obstacle in her path to the White House.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 2, 2016 White House correspondents dinner: A degrading spectacle of conformism
Saturday night was the eighth appearance by President Barack Obama at the annual White House correspondents dinner, which has become a staple of social life in the US capital. Politicians rub shoulders with figures from Hollywood and the news media at an event featuring two supposedly comic monologues--by the President and Larry Wilmore of Comedy Central.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 28, 2014 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.
SHARE Sunday, December 16, 2018 The death of Jackeline Caal: A seven-year-old victim of Trump's war on immigrants
Seven-year-old Jackeline Caal died in the custody of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) last week, the agency admitted Thursday. The child's death was a direct consequence of the savage repression of immigrants by the Trump administration, which has intensified to the point where such deaths cannot be considered accidents.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 14, 2018 Comey memoir ignites new round in anti-Russia campaign against Trump
According to Comey, Trump was most concerned about the claim that while in Moscow on a business trip in 2013 he had hired prostitutes to urinate on themselves in the same hotel suite used by President Barack Obama "as a way of soiling the bed." He asked Comey to have the FBI disprove this claim, which he said was very painful to his wife Melania.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 18, 2020 Back-to-work drive places countless thousands at risk
This week marks a significant turning point in the global coronavirus pandemic. In the United States, the country with more infections and more deaths than any other, the Trump administration and the governments of nearly every state have authorized the reopening of major factories and other workplaces and a broader reopening of the economy.
SHARE Thursday, June 23, 2011 The Land of Unlimited Inequality
Two academic economists, Jon Bakija of Williams College and Bradley Heim of Indiana University, together with Adam Cole of the Office of Tax Analysis at the US Department of Treasury have released a study indicating that inequality in the US has become extreme & explosive. reveals
SHARE Monday, January 22, 2018 The class issues in the US federal shutdown
As a political event, the federal shutdown is a demonstration that the American ruling elite as a whole, and not just Trump personally, is "unfit" to run a large, complex society of more than 330 million people. Whatever the immediate result of the political deadlock in Washington, there will be no progressive outcome without the independent intervention of the working class against both the capitalist parties.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 22, 2018 Immigrant children tied down, hooded, beaten, stripped and drugged
the Trump administration awarded multiple contracts involving tens of millions of dollars earlier this year to build detention facilities for children. This confirms that the mass separation of children from their parents, which followed the announcement of the "zero tolerance" policy by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was not an unexpected byproduct of the new policy, but was planned and deliberate.
SHARE Saturday, January 16, 2016 Republican debate: Deeper into the swamp of bigotry and militarism
There was a sinister undertone to the incessant right-wing populist demagogy in the debate. The Republican candidates treated the Democratic Party not merely as a political rival, but as a treasonous and semi-criminal organization. There were clear suggestions that a Democratic victory in the presidential election would be not only undesirable, but illegitimate.
SHARE Saturday, November 28, 2015 Trump spews racism and anti-Muslim bigotry
Billionaire Donald Trump has increased his lead in the polls among likely voters in Republican caucuses and primaries by making appeals to fears of terrorism and advocating a police-state crackdown on Muslim immigrants in the United States. The word that most accurately describes the politics peddled by the billionaire demagogue: fascist.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 27, 2015 Green Party candidate launches US presidential campaign
Stein is not a socialist, and the word "socialist" was never spoken in the interview or speech and appears nowhere in her campaign literature. She is running as a capitalist candidate seeking to reform American capitalism. She uses the language traditional to American populism, both right and left, contrasting Main Street to Wall Street.
SHARE Thursday, May 9, 2019 House committee votes contempt charge against Trump's attorney general William Barr
The conflict between Congress and the White House is not merely partisan warfare in advance of the 2020 elections, but represents the breakdown of the institutional framework through which American capitalist politics has operated for more than two centuries. The structure of "checks and balances" has been undermined over a protracted period, with the president taking on virtually unchecked powers.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 18, 2017 Trump budget to fund wider wars by slashing domestic spending
This is a budget that promotes death and destroys life. It pours billions into the Pentagon killing machine, at the cost of programs that provide food, shelter, heating, health care and other vital services for the population of the United States.The biggest percentage cut, 31 percent, is in the Environmental Protection Agency, where 3,200 jobs and 50 programs would be eliminated, including all pollution cleanup operations.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 1, 2021 The Democratic Party and the fascist "enemy within"
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Democratic members of Congress were in physical fear for their lives, afraid that the mob attack of January 6 would be the precursor to violence against them by Republican representatives.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 5, 2010 US war criminals threaten WikiLeaks, Private Manning
The major concern of those targeting WikiLeaks and Private Manning is that the leaks of internal government documents provide evidence to justify war crimes prosecution of US government officials, past and present. To save their own skins, they want to criminalize the exposure of these atrocities, rather than the atrocities themselves.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 13, 2015 Obama administration suppresses account of CIA torture
The position of the Obama administration, and of the military-intelligence apparatus as a whole, is not just to cover up the criminality of the Bush administration, which authorized and supervised the systematic torture in the name of the "war on terror." What is involved is the protection of ongoing, continuing criminality, and of those who perpetrate it today.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 19, 2015 The GM ignition defect settlement and capitalist "justice"
No senior executive of GM will go to jail for the deaths of at least 124 people, mainly young adults, due to defects in the compact and subcompact cars they purchased from the company. The company will set aside $900 million for compensating survivors, less than one month's pre-tax profits.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 10, 2016 The Trump scandal and the US gutter election
The exposure of Trump's backwardness is obviously revealing, but it points to the illegitimate and fraudulent character of the two-party system and the electoral process as a whole. The Democratic Party, with its nomination of a corrupt political hack and warmonger, is no alternative. Out of a country of 325 million people, the two candidates are the most hated in modern US history, and deservedly so.
SHARE Friday, December 14, 2018 Time magazine honors journalists facing repression -- but snubs Julian Assange
It is most of all notable that the Time cover story on courageous journalists risking violence and repression to uncover the truth makes no mention of the most famous persecuted journalist on the planet, Julian Assange. The former editor of WikiLeaks has been effectively jailed in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the past six years, seeking to avoid extradition to the United States.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 2, 2018 Hundreds of thousands march against Trump's persecution of immigrants
The biggest demonstration was in Los Angeles, home to the largest immigrant population in the United States. More than 75,000 people surrounded City Hall in a crowd so dense it was difficult to move through it. By contrast, only 20 people showed for a miserable pro-Trump counter-protest that was given undue attention by the local news media.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 12, 2012 Mitt Romney, Bain Capital and American Capitalism
Obama is defending the same class interests as Romney, only with slightly different tactics. His aim is to use the purely verbal acknowledgement of social divisions to disarm working people politically and thus enable his administration, or its Republican successor, to continue and intensify the pro-corporate, anti-working class program which is the consensus of both parties.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Republican Party officially nominates Donald Trump
The younger Trump declared that what will "Make America Great Again" will be the mere fact of his father's election and entry into the White House. In other words, it is not that Trump will improve the conditions of life for the American people, but that the American people will make themselves great by electing Trump.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 22, 2015 Hillary Clinton and Black Lives Matter: A revealing confrontation
Despite the purported militancy of Black Lives Matter, and its aggressive disruption of campaign appearances by Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, the two who spoke with Clinton, Daunasia Yancey from Boston and Julius Jones from Worcester, were extremely deferential.
SHARE Tuesday, June 29, 2010 The "Hitler" option in Afghanistan
That is where American policy in Afghanistan is now headed: towards a dramatic escalation of violence in a war that has always been characterized by extreme brutality and disregard for the destruction of innocent lives.
SHARE Monday, December 21, 2015 The US terrorism scare
War abroad is inevitably accompanied by repression at home, with police-military mobilizations that are carried out in the name of fighting "terrorism," but whose real purpose is to suppress domestic antiwar sentiment and working class opposition to the austerity measures required by the deepening crisis of world capitalism.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 22, 2016 Clinton calls Trump "unqualified" to be commander-in-chief
The axis of Clinton's criticism of Trump was that he was too erratic in his statements and views on foreign policy. "I know how hard this job is, and I know that we need steadiness as well as strength and smarts in it, and I have concluded he is not qualified to be president of the United States," Clinton said.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 26, 2011 US budget talks target $1 trillion in cuts
As for the Washington mania for slashing Medicare and Medicaid, the American people are adamantly opposed. Medicaid is the principal underwriter of medical care for the poor and the disabled and of nursing home care for many elderly people. More than 40 percent of Medicaid recipients are disabled and cannot work.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Two Senate Democrats assure Haspel's confirmation as CIA director
Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly announced Saturday that he would vote to confirm Gina Haspel as director of the CIA, virtually assuring that her nomination will be confirmed by the Senate. As far as the US ruling elite is concerned, all methods are moral that serve its class ends and maintain its wealth and global power.
SHARE Friday, December 31, 2010 US foreclosures soar, housing prices slump
At least one published estimate, from Moody's Analytics, said that total foreclosures would reach 1.8 million for this year, bringing the total number of foreclosures since the subprime mortgage crisis exploded in 2007 to more than 5.5 million. An additional 10.9 million families are "under water" on their homes, meaning that they owe more in mortgage debt than the home can be sold for in the current depressed market.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Trump backs end to the federal minimum wage
In suggesting that the federal minimum wage be dispensed with, and that the power to set a floor on wages be left to the states, which he pointed out "have to compete with each other," Trump is advocating a race to the bottom, in which governors and legislatures would offer minimum wage reductions and exemptions, just as they offer tax concessions, to entice companies to locate in their states.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 5, 2016 US Republican Party in crisis as Romney denounces Trump
Romney's speech dominated media coverage leading up to the debate Thursday night in Detroit, where the four remaining Republican candidates took the stage in the Fox Theatre. The first question posed to Trump was to respond to Romney's remarks, which he did in typical fashion, attacking Romney as a "failed candidate...who should have beaten President Obama" very easily.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, August 27, 2012 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,
SHARE Thursday, March 2, 2017 Wall Street, media celebrate Trump's address to Congress
Trump's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night garnered general enthusiasm from Republicans, near-universal praise from the media and significant backing from congressional Democrats. Trump also pledged to wage war against public education, intensify the brutal assault on immigrant workers, slash social programs and otherwise further redistribute wealth to the financial aristocracy.
SHARE Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Trump steps up anti-immigrant campaign on eve of US election
On the final day of campaigning before the midterm election, Trump continued his fascistic, immigrant-focused diatribes at rallies Monday in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri. His main target, as it has been for the last two weeks, is the several thousand Central American refugees who have formed a caravan that is now in central Mexico, about 800 miles from the US border.
SHARE Monday, October 24, 2011 Obama Announces Us Troop Withdrawal From Iraq
The US forces are being pulled out of Iraq only to facilitate the deployment of troops in many other countries around the world. Since Obama succeeded George W. Bush in the White House, after running a cynically false campaign posing as an "antiwar" candidate, he has greatly expanded the scope of US military operations around the world.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 12, 2013 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.
SHARE Saturday, March 12, 2011 Obama defends abuse of Private Bradley Manning
Obama's endorsement of the torture of Manning follows his order Monday to resume the drum-head military tribunals at Guantanamo and hold 48 of the 172 remaining detainees under indefinite detention without any form of legal process. He is, no less than his predecessor, an accomplice in the sadistic abuse and torture of prisoners both at Guantanamo and on the US mainland.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 24, 2011 Obama steps up campaign for "tough choices" on Medicare, Social Security
Obama declared, "I'm willing to sign a plan that includes tough choices I would not normally make, and there are a lot of Democrats and Republicans in Congress who I believe are willing to do the same thing."
Obama claimed that combining a handful of minor tax increases on the wealthy with cuts that will devastate the elderly, the poor and the sick constituted a "balanced" approach.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 8, 2013 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, July 22, 2013 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 20, 2016 Sanders under pressure to quit from Democratic leaders, media
In the wake of five losses in five contests Tuesday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is coming under mounting pressure from Democratic Party leaders and the media to abandon his presidential campaign and concede the Democratic nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
SHARE Monday, July 20, 2015 The US presidency for sale
The vast sums being raised and spent by the Democratic and Republican candidates make a mockery of the claims that the United States is a democracy in which the people rule. It is big money that rules, dominating the entire process of selecting the candidates of the only two officially recognized parties and effectively determining the outcome of the vote on November 8, 2016.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Guantanamo documents reveal US brutality and lawlessness
WikiLeaks made the material available to news organizations in the United States, Britain, France, Spain and Germany, as it has in the past. It excluded, however, the New York Times and the British Guardian, which were once its major outlets, because of the overt editorial hostility of both publications.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 22, 2014 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, February 21, 2011 US House approves drastic social spending cuts
Both Democrats and Republicans agree that spending cuts should be focused on domestic social spending programs, and their divisions are over which programs should be cut back or eliminated. Measures included cuts of $747 million from food assistance programs for the poor, and cutting Pell Grants for low-income college students.
SHARE Monday, December 21, 2020 Trump held White House meeting on martial law plan to overturn election
President Trump and his top aides reviewed a series of proposals for overturning his defeat in the presidential election at a meeting Friday night in the White House. This included discussion of a proposal that he declare martial law and order the seizure of voting machines in key battleground states.
SHARE Sunday, April 21, 2019 Mueller report re-ignites political warfare in Washington
The report's categorical declaration that the Russian intelligence agencies were the source of the leaked emails published by WikiLeaks -- a claim that cannot be verified by any publicly-available evidence -- will set the stage for an escalation of the bipartisan efforts to criminalize WikiLeaks, jail its publisher Julian Assange, and drastically crack down on the freedom of expression on the internet.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 24, 2010 The stench of the police state at US airports
The new measures, introduced by the TSA November 1, constitute an assault on core constitutional rights. The random full-body scans and/or patdowns are a systematic, across-the-board violation of the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures in which all those who are traveling are treated as potential terrorist threats.
SHARE Monday, June 4, 2012 As tensions mount with China -- US to shift bulk of Navy ships to Asia-Pacific
The United States will deploy the majority of its naval forces to the Asia-Pacific region over the next decade, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced Saturday in a speech to a security conference in Singapore. The move is part of a major shift in the global strategy of American imperialism that puts China at the top of the US target list.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 13, 2016 Violence, racism and the Trump campaign
The Trump campaign represents something new and dangerous in American political life. After decades of basing its political operations on appeals to racism, national chauvinism, militarism and Christian fundamentalism, the Republican Party is giving birth to a movement of a fascistic character.
SHARE Sunday, May 13, 2018 Amid political warfare in Washington, Trump steps up his fascistic appeal
Amid a ferocious conflict within the US ruling elite, with his political opponents in the military-intelligence apparatus and the Democratic Party seeking to demolish his administration with a series of criminal investigations and media leaks, Trump has turned to rallying his base of support on an increasingly open far-right basis.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 1, 2011 Obama, Congress renew push for austerity measures
Congressional Republicans have demanded binding measures to cut spending, focused on entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, as the price of agreeing to raise the debt ceiling. Several Senate Democrats announced this week that they were prepared to join the Republicans in demanding spending cuts as part of a bill to lift the debt ceiling.
SHARE Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Trump speech in Detroit: Tax cuts for the wealthy combined with nationalist demagogy
The Trump's speech was a travesty of analysis, as he simply did not address the overriding economic issue confronting world capitalism: the deep economic slump triggered by the 2008 Wall Street crash, from which the world economy has yet to emerge. He said nothing about the financial collapse, or the trillion-dollar bailout of the banks that followed.
SHARE Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Political tensions mount in final week of US election campaign
Comey's public declaration to Congress only 11 days before the election was an unprecedented political intervention by one of the principal agencies of the military-intelligence apparatus. Its only foreseeable consequence -- and its purpose -- was to damage the Clinton campaign and bolster Trump, who had been trailing in most polls.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 24, 2016 Attacks on Marine firebase reveal secret US escalation in Iraq
The purpose of the official secrecy and lying is not military security. ISIS was well aware of the existence of the firebase, which it targeted with mortar shells. In any case, as one official admitted, it is hard to hide 200 heavily armed Marines stationed only 10 miles from enemy lines.
SHARE Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Biden staggers toward the White House
Trump, who was massively defeated in both the popular vote and the Electoral College, is engaged in an ongoing effort to nullify the election and overturn the results.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 21, 2014 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, August 5, 2013 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Clinton claims Democratic nomination after winning four of six final states
The size of Clinton's victory in California far exceeded the two percentage point margin shown in polls leading up to the vote. This suggested that the intensive media campaign declaring Clinton the presumptive nominee, launched 24 hours before the polls opened, may have had the desired effect of depressing the Sanders vote.
SHARE Thursday, December 3, 2020 Donald Trump's Mein Kampf
Trump declared that the November election was "rigged" and demanded that the US Supreme Court intervene to overturn the results in all the battleground states, declare him the winner, and award him their electoral votes and thus a second term as president.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 15, 2011 Iowa debate, straw poll mark further rightward shift by Republicans
The sole basis on which the Republicans can hope for popular support for their ultra-right campaign is the disillusionment of tens of millions of working people with the Democrats and Obama. The Democrats refuse to lift a finger to help the unemployed, the poor, the victims of the Wall Street crisis, giving the ultra-right the opportunity to posture as the advocates of "job creation" and economic growth.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, January 4, 2021 Tape reveals Trump gangster methods in pursuing election coup
In an hour-long telephone conversation Saturday, leaked to the media and first made public Sunday by the Washington Post, President Donald Trump tried to bully the Georgia secretary of state into overturning the result of the presidential election in his state, which was won by Democrat Joe Biden.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 30, 2011 Obama and the debt ceiling
More and more, the deadlock appears to be deliberately manufactured so as to create a crisis atmosphere, stampede public opinion, and disguise the dimensions of the assault on working people that both parties are undertaking.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, June 15, 2015 Hillary Clinton launches her presidential campaign
Clinton is a particularly dubious vehicle for the type of social demagogy that characterized her speech. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state has amassed, along with her husband, a fortune approaching $100 million from her decades of service to corporate interests. The Clintons rub shoulders with billionaires and CEOs every day.
SHARE Monday, September 28, 2015 Behind the resignation of US House Speaker Boehner
Boehner resigned Friday, giving almost no notice, rather than face a vote on a procedural resolution to declare the speakership vacant. With Republicans holding a 247-188 majority in the House, and 30 or more Republicans committed to voting against him, he would have been compelled to rely on Democratic votes to retain office.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 13, 2016 Race, gender and the US presidential campaign
Working people instinctively, and for good reason, regard both Trump and Clinton with distaste. These are the two most unpopular politicians ever to contest the presidency. It is a measure of the isolation and bankruptcy of the US financial aristocracy that such is the "choice" its political system offers to the American people.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 3, 2014 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.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 10, 2016 Bowing to Democratic Party pressure, Sanders pledges to back Clinton
Sanders has not deviated from his pledge, made when he entered the race for the Democratic nomination a year ago, that he would support the nominee of the party convention, whoever it was. In a series of media interviews, Sanders reiterated his longstanding position that he would support Clinton if she won the Democratic presidential nomination.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Afghanistan's My Lai
The stench of Vietnam, the greatest-ever defeat of American imperialism, now hangs over the whole US-NATO intervention in Afghanistan. The puppet regime in Kabul, like its predecessor in South Vietnam, is the creation of a vast influx of American troops and American dollars. Anyone familiar with the history of the Vietnam War will recognize the process of corruption and decay that is the prelude to collapse.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 1, 2019 Trump threatens to shut US-Mexico border, cuts aid to Central America
Trump's threat to shut the US-Mexico border next week has been generally dismissed by the media and congressional leaders as rhetorical bluster. There was no official statement, only a Twitter declaration: "If Mexico doesn't immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our southern border, I will be closing the border, or large sections of the border, next week," Trump said.
SHARE Thursday, May 19, 2011 Republican right sets the tone for bipartisan assault on Medicare
The dominance of the ultra-right in both congressional and presidential politics in no way reflects actual popular support. Poll after poll demonstrates the opposite: more than two-thirds of voters oppose cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and believe that the best way to cut the federal deficit is to sharply increase taxes on the rich.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 25, 2013 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 11, 2016 Torture, murder and Donald Trump
George Stephanopoulos asked directly, "As president, you would authorize torture?" Trump replied, "I would absolutely authorize something beyond waterboarding. And believe me, it will be effective. If we need information, George, you have our enemy cutting heads off of Christians and plenty of others, by the hundreds, by the thousands."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 10, 2016 Sanders' upset win in the Michigan primary
Sanders' victory in Michigan reflects the intrusion of class issues into the elections. The Clinton campaign, like the media, was taken unawares by Sanders' win. At a campaign rally Tuesday night in Cleveland, Clinton made no reference to the close contest in the neighboring state and instead described the campaign for the Democratic nomination as in its final stages.
SHARE Thursday, February 17, 2011 Egyptian workers step up strike offensive
Tens of the thousands of Egyptian workers ignored appeals by the military high command and spread their strike actions across the country Wednesday, demanding higher pay, better working conditions, and the purging of corrupt officials linked to ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 22, 2014 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Friday, December 3, 2010 Obama, Congress negotiate tax cuts for the wealthy
The actual policy differences between the two parties are minimal. Both parties represent that social layer in America that will benefit most from the tax cuts--the super-rich and the most privileged layers of the upper middle class--but the Democrats are compelled to hide their position behind a pretense of concern for working people and the unemployed.
SHARE Monday, June 6, 2011 US House leaders block resolution against Libya war
Both parties are well aware of the overwhelming antiwar sentiment among the American people, who see trillions squandered on imperialist military adventures while federal, state and local governments all claim there is "no money" to maintain basic social services. These sentiments can find no genuine expression, however, within the existing two-party system.
SHARE Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Obama, Congress Make New Austerity Plans
The Republican Party, representing the most rapacious factions of the ruling elite, rejects even one dollar of additional taxes on the wealthy and seeks to impose the entire burden of deficit reduction on working people, through cuts in social spending, primarily the destruction of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
SHARE Thursday, April 21, 2011 As Obama reassures financial markets, public opposition grows to budget cuts
There is overwhelming popular opposition to cuts in Medicare and Medicaid and overwhelming support for making the rich pay for the crisis of the federal budget. Yet in the precincts of official Washington, it is impossible to raise taxes on the 50,000 wealthiest Americans, but considered perfectly reasonable to slash medical benefits for 50 million people.
SHARE Monday, April 4, 2011 Mounting evidence of CIA ties to Libyan rebels
Whether these individuals are Al Qaeda operatives who were "turned" by their American captors or have simply changed allegiance under changed circumstances is unclear. But their role in the Libyan opposition further undermines the longstanding propaganda of the US government about the supposedly unbridgeable gulf between Al Qaeda and American imperialism.
SHARE Saturday, December 12, 2015 Republican Party crisis deepens over Trump anti-Muslim statements
Both Trump and Carson have threatened to bolt the Republican Party and mount independent campaigns if the party establishment intervenes against them in the presidential campaign. Earlier this week, Trump touted a poll showing that 68 percent of his supporters would follow him out of the Republican Party if he decided to run as an independent.
SHARE Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Obama rejects pleas to halt deportations
Raids and deportations are politically inexpedient at the onset of an election year in which the Democratic Party seeks to posture as more sympathetic to immigrants and Hispanics than the Republicans, despite the atrocious record of Obama, once dubbed the "deporter-in-chief" by immigrants' rights activists.
SHARE Monday, November 8, 2010 Obama, Republicans embrace spending cuts and tax breaks for the wealthy
There is no question that the cuts which the next Congress will impose--enabled by the capitulation of the Democratic Party and the Obama administration--will dwarf those imposed under the Reagan administration in the 1980s and under the Republican Congress led by Newt Gingrich in the 1990s.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 2, 2011 King Abdullah replaces Jordanian cabinet
In what appears to be preparation to confront, rather than appease, rising popular discontent, King Abdullah II of Jordan fired his current prime minister, Samir Rifai, 43, and replaced him Tuesday with a former prime minister, Maruf Bakhit, 64, who headed the government from 2005 to 2007.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 17, 2011 Obama presses case for "something big" on social spending cuts
Obama's declaration that he is willing to go back to the Eisenhower years means that he is prepared to reduce domestic spending to pre-Medicare and pre-Medicaid levels, precisely at the point where tens of millions of the post-World War II "baby boom" generation are becoming eligible for these programs. As Obama said, "It would require us taking on healthcare spending."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Trump pushes racist attack on immigrants, Muslims
A remarkable aspect of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is that there has been little criticism of Trump, the apparent frontrunner, from most of his rivals, and almost no effort to rebut his brazen appeals to racism and anti-Muslims bigotry.
SHARE Monday, February 8, 2016 In New Hampshire debate: Republican frontrunner backs torture
Trump reiterated his statements about waterboarding and "worse than waterboarding" during several appearances on Sunday morning television talk shows. Again, neither the media pundits who interviewed him nor Republican rivals who appeared on the same programs made any serious objection to these comments.
SHARE Thursday, April 21, 2016 Life expectancy declines for white Americans
After more than a century of rising life expectancy, interrupted only briefly by World War II and the worst year of the AIDS epidemic, life expectancy for whites remained constant in 2012 and 2013, and then declined in 2014. Life expectancy for the entire US population remained unchanged because there was a slight improvement for African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities.
SHARE Sunday, February 28, 2016 The Republican debate and the degradation of US politics
Viewers were confronted with a repulsive display of the degraded state of official politics in the United States. The three leading candidates -- billionaire demagogue Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas -- engaged in a barrage of name-calling, mudslinging, insinuation and insult that marked a new low in an already dismal series of such political freak shows.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Violent crackdown on Iraqi opposition
The action against the ICP and Iraqi Nation Party is part of an ongoing wave of political repression in Iraq, conducted both by the Maliki government and its principal coalition partners, the two Kurdish parties who jointly control the regional government in Kurdistan. Journalists covering an anti-government protest March 4 in Basra, in southern Iraq, were seized and beaten by police.
SHARE Thursday, July 14, 2011 Wall Street demands action on debt ceiling, deficit
As the budget "debate" demonstrates, the policies demanded by big business and embraced by both political parties, Democrats as much as Republicans, will mean the destruction of programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, even as mass unemployment continues at the highest levels since the Great Depression.
SHARE Thursday, April 11, 2019 White House to intensify anti-immigrant rampage
The Trump administration was pushing for a series of harsh new measures, including some form of forcible separation of asylum seekers and their children, extending the length of time that children can be detained, and denying green cards to legal immigrants who have received public assistance (defined so loosely that it includes subsidized meals for school children).
SHARE Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Wall Street reinforcements for Obama White House
The selection of Daley, which press reports described as "not imminent," would be the clearest signal yet of the Obama administration's shift to the right in the wake of the Republican victory in the 2010 congressional elections. Daley was one of the most right-wing figures in the Clinton administration, at least on domestic and economic issues.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.