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Bill Van Auken (born 1950) is a politician and activist for the Socialist Equality Party and was a presidential candidate in the U.S. election of 2004, announcing his candidacy on January 27, 2004. His running mate was Jim Lawrence. He came in 15th for the popular vote, receiving 1,857 votes.  In November 2006, Van Auken ran for the United States Senate seat held by Hillary Clinton. He finished in fifth place, with 11,071 votes 
Van Auken is a full time reporter for the World Socialist Web Site, and resides in New York City.
In the U.S. presidential election, 2008 he was the vice presidential nominee of the same party.
(35 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Ex-US President Indicts Obama as Assassin
Obama's failure to not only control, but embrace of the Pentagon's & the U.S. government's homicidal impulses puts him in line to be the 2nd American president to be convicted as a war criminal.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, December 16, 2011 Obama, Congress Back Legalization of a Police State
Despite the attempts of liberal and pseudo-left groups to promote illusions that Obama would veto the legislation because of concerns over its assault on democratic rights, the Democratic president's only worry was that it might call into question the sweeping powers that he and his predecessor, George W. Bush, have already seized.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 29, 2014 US media blacks out Snowden interview exposing death threats
The interview, broadcast by the German television network ARD, was largely blacked out by the US media. The New York Times carried not a word of what Snowden said, while the cable and broadcast news programs treated the interview with near total silence.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 14, 2012 US Secret Armies Gear Up for Global War
Dispatching elite killer squads to every corner of the globe & deploying special operations forces in over 75 countries, ranging from the Dominican Republic & Peru to the Philippines, Yemen, Somalia & central Asia is not the behavior of a nation with peaceful intentions.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 8, 2012 Obama Justice Department indicts ex-CIA agent for exposing torture
The prosecution of Kiriakou is part of a policy of state secrecy and repression that pervades the US government under Obama, who came into office promising "the most transparent administration in history." This marks the sixth government whistleblower to be charged by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act, twice as many such prosecutions as have been brought by all preceding administrations combined.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 20, 2014 After Announcing "normalization" with Cuba, Obama Slaps Sanctions on Venezuela
The US has had a difficult time with Venezuela. The left wing administration of Hugo Chavez, who considered Fidel Castro his political mentor, developed a very close relationship with Cuba. US efforts to reconnect to Cuba are not disconnected from Obama signing into law on Thursday legislation imposing a new set of sanctions against Venezuela, the country with the world's largest oil reserves at 297,740 million barrels.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 8, 2011 Occupy Wall Street and the Democratic Party
If those who are protesting against Wall Street are to avoid becoming regulated and rendered harmless, they must begin by rejecting the "lesser evil" fraud and fight to develop an independent political movement of the working class in opposition to both parties of big business and the profit system they defend.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, April 20, 2012 Washington's real concerns over the Afghanistan atrocity photos
The Afghans do not need to see a picture on the front page of the LA Times to hate the foreign occupation of their country, which has lasted for over 10 years and inflicted hundreds of thousands of casualties together with daily humiliation and oppression. The Afghans are living it, not merely reading it in a newspaper.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Ex-SDS leader seeks to herd Wall Street protest behind Obama
The Democrats are seeking to co-opt the anti-Wall Street movement, lining it up behind a president who was elected with the largest campaign war chest ever funded by Wall Street and who has spent his first term in office defending the interests of the banks, finance houses and the top 1 percent.
SHARE Sunday, November 28, 2010 Pentagon issues grim review of Afghanistan war
The report, released this week, is titled, "Progress toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan," but its contents suggest that in doubling the number of US troops deployed in Afghanistan since taking office, President Barack Obama has only created a deeper quagmire for the US military.
SHARE Wednesday, December 8, 2010 Free Julian Assange! Hands off WikiLeaks!
Given the unprecedented and shameful public outcry by leading American politicians and media figures for Assange to be declared an "enemy combatant" or "terrorist" and "taken out" or "assassinated," not only would his ability to get a fair trial in the US be excluded, but his very survival would be in doubt.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, January 9, 2012 The Pentagon's strategy review: A blueprint for world war
At the Pentagon, Obama introduced a new defense policy reshaping U.S. foreign policy. It opens with war with China followed by war with the rest of the world. The questions begs to be asked: have American political leaders completely lost their minds?
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 19, 2012 FBI entraps Bangladeshi student in fake terror plot
The predominant role in the alleged conspiracy appears to have been played by an undercover FBI agent posing as an "Al Qaeda facilitator." Even the act of delivering the fake bomb to the site of the Federal Reserve building was carried out by the FBI agent, as Nafis does not know how to drive.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 3, 2010 The Northwest Flight 253 Intelligence Failure: Negligence or Conspiracy?
Eight years after 9/11, with all of the still unanswered questions surrounding the attacks that were used to justify an explosion of American militarism, the attempt to gloss over an event that nearly cost the lives of 300 people with this hackneyed metaphor does not hold water.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 18, 2015 Europe's terror attacks: The blowback from Western intervention
Ultimately, attacks like the one carried out on Charlie Hebdo are the product of decades of imperialist intervention in the Middle East. The wars that have devastated one country after another have unleashed a wave of violence that cannot but spill beyond the region. Meanwhile, Washington and its allies promote and work with the very forces involved in these attacks.
SHARE Thursday, December 16, 2010 US spy agencies paint grim picture of Afghan war
Two reports produced by US intelligence agencies sharply contradict the American military's claims of success in the nine-year war in Afghanistan. The NIEs on Afghanistan and Pakistan were recently presented in secret to the Senate and House intelligence committees. They represent the consensus view of Washington's 16 separate intelligence agencies.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 2, 2012 Obama's role in the selection of drone missile targets
More important than what the state killing program says about Obama personally, however, is what it exposes about the ruling political establishment as a whole. It testifies to the wholesale repudiation of core constitutional principles at the highest levels and a real political and moral breakdown of the entire US government.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 7, 2012 US tightens military noose around Syria
Washington now has 17 warships, 70 fighter-bombers and 10,000 military personnel within close striking distance of Syria. This is in addition to the Air Force's 39th Air Base Wing stationed at the Incirlik base in Turkey together with tens of thousands of US ground troops deployed in Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, July 8, 2011 Obama puts Social Security on chopping block
What is being prepared in the name of reducing the deficit is another gigantic transfer of wealth from the working class to the top 1 percent of American society, with both major parties, the congressional leadership and the Obama White House working together to advance the interests of the banks, the corporations and the financial elite at the expense of the vast majority of the people.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 26, 2013 The militarization of America
What is being upended, behind the scenes and with virtually no media coverage, no public debate, are constitutional principles dating back centuries that bar the use of the military in civilian law enforcement. In the Declaration of Independence itself, the indictment justifying revolution against King George included the charge that he had "affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power."
SHARE Saturday, June 1, 2013 Syrian Opposition Fighters Arrested With Chemical Weapons
The Obama administration has repeatedly declared the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government to be a "red line" or "game changer" that would trigger unspecified US intervention. At the same time, Washington and its European NATO allies have turned a blind eye to evidence of chemical weapons use by the Islamist militias.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 1, 2011 Obama boasts of assassinating American citizen in Yemen
Obama placed Awlaki on a "kill or capture" list of people targeted for assassination in January 2010 after his administration asserted a right not even claimed by the Bush White House: to carry out the summary execution of any US citizen deemed by the president to be a "specially designated global terrorist," without presenting any evidence or securing any judicial sanction.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Fourteen more US troops killed in Afghanistan: What are they dying for?
What can justify such human sacrifices? Obama, like Bush before him, has tried to frighten the American people into supporting this brutal war by claiming it is necessary to defeat terrorism. This is just as much a lie coming out of the Democratic president's mouth as it was when uttered by his Republican predecessor.
SHARE Friday, November 19, 2010 New York's Mayor Bloomberg announces 10,000 job cuts
New York's billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled plans Thursday for eliminating the jobs of 10,000 city workers and slashing spending by nearly $1.6 billion. Fire fighting, schools, aid to children, care for seniors, youth jobs, libraries, cultural institutions, parks and road repair are all on the chopping block.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 11, 2013 NSA casts massive surveillance net over Latin America
The revelation that telephone and Internet communications in numerous Latin American countries have been exposed to constant surveillance by the NSA has given the lie to US officials who have defended the agency's wholesale spying on the populations of both the US itself and other countries as a necessary weapon in the so-called war on terror.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 15, 2011 Washington and Iran: The reckless policy of provocation
The more that emerges about the purported Iranian "terrorist plot" to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, the more it appears to be a crude concoction by elements of the American state apparatus to blackguard Iran and create the pretext for an escalation of US aggression.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 2, 2010 Obama prepares to expand military attacks in Yemen
the Wall Street Journal editorial page invoked the Yemeni terror allegations as justification for the Obama administration's declared intention to carry out the "targeted killing" of a US citizen, Anwar al Awlaki. It further argues that the latest terror scare "underscores how crucial it is that US intelligence be able to eavesdrop on email and phone conversations" without having to obtain a warrant.
SHARE Wednesday, December 31, 2014 The continuing US war in Afghanistan
Far from begin concluded, the war is raging. This year has seen a record number of Afghan civilian casualties, topping the 10,000 mark, while Afghan security forces have suffered nearly 5,000 fatalities, more than all the 3,500 foreign soldiers -- including over 2,225 Americans -- who have lost their lives in the 13 years since the US invasion.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 21, 2014 US generals challenge Obama on ground troops in Iraq, Syria
The generals are publicly challenging the blanket commitment made by Obama ruling out any US ground war in Iraq or Syria. Over the past several days, both White House and Pentagon spokesmen have issued "clarifying" statements in an attempt to smooth over what increasingly suggests something close to insubordination by the top uniformed brass against the president.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 13, 2013 Shakeup continues in US nuclear command
Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, the top US nuclear war commander heading the Strategic Command, told the AP that the two officers' dismissals were merely a matter of "unfortunate behavioral incidents." He insisted that he still had "100 percent confidence that the nation's nuclear deterrent force is safe, secure and effective."
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 1, 2014 Gaza, Ukraine and the fraud of "human rights" imperialism
Israel's Zionist leadership, having failed to suppress the heroic Palestinian resistance, has reacted with demoralized rage, demolishing entire neighborhoods, bombing schools and hospitals, and killing some 1,400 people, 90 percent of them civilians. Yet, the Obama administration insists that no one can be held responsible, save the Palestinians for refusing to capitulate.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 10, 2013 The US Drone Assassination Program And The Threat Of Dictatorship
Those comforting themselves with the old adage, "It can't happen here," should think again. The lurch to the right by the entire American political establishment and its irrevocable break with the democratic principles enunciated in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are very far advanced.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 2, 2013 Washington escalates Syrian bloodbath
Syria, following in the wake of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, has seen its entire society torn to pieces as a result of a US-backed war for regime change, with tens of thousands killed and wounded, the country's economy devastated and its population confronting a humanitarian crisis of tragic proportions.
SHARE Sunday, November 2, 2014 Top US general calls for "advisers" in Iraq combat zone
Dempsey, who played a key role in persuading Obama to launch the war in Iraq and Syria, had previously stated that he would not hesitate in recommending that US special operations troops be sent into action alongside Iraqi government forces if he felt they were needed, regardless of Obama's assurances to the contrary.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 27, 2013 US ultimatum on permanent occupation of Afghanistan
Susan Rice, the Obama administration's national security adviser, issued an ultimatum Monday to Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai: either sign a bilateral security agreement with Washington immediately, or face the withdrawal of all US military forces and a cutoff of Western funding by the end of 2014.
SHARE Saturday, February 11, 2012 NATO bombing kills eight Afghan children
At least eight Afghan civilians, all children according to some reports, were killed Thursday when a NATO warplane bombed a village in Afghanistan's northeast Kapisa province. The deaths drew a formal protest Friday from Afghanistan's US-backed president, Hamid Karzai.
SHARE Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Braying for war against Syria
One of the most vocal proponents of US intervention, Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican, nearly gave the game away in a Sunday television interview when he declared that if the US did not intervene militarily in Syria, "we're going to start a war with Iran because Iran's going to take our inaction in Syria as meaning we're not serious about their nuclear weapons program."
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 1, 2016 US commander prepared to seek more troops for Afghanistan
The Pentagon, the Congress and the White House are once again embroiled in a debate over escalating the US intervention in Afghanistan speaks volumes about the debacle created by over 14 years of war and occupation that has cost more than $1 trillion, and seen more spent on aid than the entire expenditure under the Marshall Plan on the reconstruction of post-World War II Europe.
SHARE Friday, January 3, 2014 Iraq slides toward civil war
The pretense that the government is simply engaged in a war on Al Qaeda terrorism has been utilized to secure backing from both Iran and Washington. The latter recently ordered shipments of Hellfire missiles and other advanced weaponry to the Iraqi security forces. Some of these missiles were reportedly used Thursday in the government assault on Fallujah.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 23, 2014 Texas executes Mexican national in defiance of international law
Tamayo's execution marked the first case since the 2004 World Court ruling in which a Mexican national denied consular rights after his arrest has been put to death with no judicial review whatsoever. After killing Tamayo, Texas is already preparing for its next execution. Susan Basso, who is paralyzed from the chest down and delusional, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on February 5 for a 1998 murder.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 20, 2015 UN resolution papers over deep divisions on Syria
The name "Assad" is not mentioned in the draft resolution, much less any demand that he be removed from office, or, for that matter, that he be defended against foreign powers seeking to overthrow him. Nor does it specify whether the Syrian president would be eligible to run for re-election.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 11, 2013 Karzai reveals US plan for permanent Afghanistan bases
Afghan President Hamid Karzai stressed that he was amenable to the US demand to maintain nine military bases after the formal deadline for US withdrawal, indicating that he was willing to trade the bases for promises of a continued flow of economic aid from the West and security for his puppet government. Another likely condition is US support for the election of his handpicked successor in an election set for next year.
SHARE Friday, September 7, 2012 The Obama Administration and the Cover-up of CIA Torture
A Human Rights Watch report based on interviews of victims & classified CIA-Libyan Intelligence documents yet again reveals America's appalling embrace of torture & assassination, policies designed & supported by our financial oligarchy.
SHARE Sunday, March 4, 2012 Hillary Clinton and Middle East war crimes
Behind the crocodile tears shed by the war criminals in Washington, the demands for regime-change in Syria have no more to do with human rights than the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq had to do with protecting the American people from terrorism.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 4, 2011 Obama's crocodile tears over Egypt's violence
Who do they think they are kidding? For 30 years, US administrations, Democratic and Republican alike, including that of Obama, have backed Mubarak precisely because of his ability to impose policies supported by Washington against the overwhelming opposition of the Egyptian people. That this required systematic and relentless violence was well understood.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 30, 2014 Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East?
The US war and occupation destroyed every institution of Iraqi society, while Washington deliberately fomented sectarian divisions as a means of overcoming Iraqi nationalism. All of this was justified with warnings about the imminent threat from "weapons of mass destruction" and ties between Baghdad and Al Qaeda. As the whole world now knows, it was all lies.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 19, 2013 "Almost Orwellian": US Judge indicts NSA spying
The response of the Obama administration -- brought into office on promises of "transparency" and "change" -- has been one of utter indifference to the historically unprecedented assault on constitutional rights embodied in the NSA spying, a defense of the agency's police state methods and a vilification of Snowden for revealing them.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Turkey pushes for ground invasion of Syria
The potential support for an escalation of the Syrian war has found expression in a concerted propaganda campaign, particularly in Europe, over the deaths of some 50 civilians in attacks on hospitals and schools in northern Syria on Monday. The Western media and several European governments have blamed the deaths on the Syrian government and the Russian forces supporting it, charges that both Damascus and Moscow have denied.
SHARE Saturday, February 18, 2012 US, Israel Invoke Terror To Ratchet Up War Threats Against Iran
Washington and Israel have seized upon a string of abortive bomb plots in India, Georgia and Thailand to escalate war threats against Iran. The reported aim of these attacks has been to sabotage Iran's supposed quest for a nuclear weapon, although Tehran has denied such aims and no evidence has been produced.
SHARE Wednesday, November 10, 2010 US prepares permanent Iraq occupation
The State Department last week released an audit warning that Iraq would continue to need the deployment of US troops to maintain stability after 2011 and warning that it would be too dangerous to turn over the defense of US interests in the country to civilians.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 6, 2010 US drone missiles slaughtered 700 Pakistani civilians in 2009
The military-intelligence apparatus has embraced the drone missile attacks as a technological answer to the problem of waging a war that is opposed by the majority of the American people. They do not involve immediate US casualties, and the human toll they inflict remains largely concealed.
SHARE Thursday, February 23, 2012 Drones Come to the U.S.
An amendment typically slipped under the radar of most Americans to the 63 B$ Federal Aviation Authority appropriations bill has ominous implications for democratic rights in the United States. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, clears the way for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones. All Americans of every political stripe should be freaking out right about now.
SHARE Tuesday, September 17, 2013 US, UK and France stress threat of force against Syria
The threat of US aggression against Syria was never driven by concern over chemical weapons -- that was merely a pretext. Washington's real aim is regime change in Syria as a means of furthering US hegemony over the Middle East and preparing an even wider war against Iran, which it sees as its principal regional rival.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 30, 2012 Syria Faces Humanitarian Catastrophe
The crisis of Syria's health-care system, which previously was one of the most effective in the region, is especially acute. According to the World Health Organization, the fighting has partly or completely destroyed half of the country's 88 public hospitals and 186 of its 1,919 local health care centers.
SHARE Saturday, December 11, 2010 US indictment of WikiLeaks founder said to be imminent
Both the Swedish case―which was dropped because of its patently spurious character and then reinstated―and the denial of bail in Britain are inconsistent with normal legal practices. They suggest that actions taken against Assange are aimed at using the sex charges as a pretext for meting out political punishment and giving Washington time to concoct its own frame-up and present its own extradition request.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 20, 2013 Obama comes to Boston
It is no wonder that Obama does not care to ponder what underlies the bloody events from Tucson, to Aurora, to Newtown to Boston. Any serious examination going beyond incomprehensible "evil" would inevitably involve an indictment of himself, his government and the social order over which he presides.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 10, 2012 The Political Uses of the Latest "Terror Plot"
The American people are opposed to war and have seen again and again how the "war on terror" has been used to justify military aggression abroad. Moreover, millions of working people in the United States and around the world are confronting far more immediate threats -- mass unemployment, declining living standards, the lack of a future for the youth and the destruction of public education and basic social services.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 21, 2013 Hands off Syria!
Starting a two-day visit to Israel on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama issued bellicose threats against both Syria and Iran. The visit, which plainly has the character of a US-Israeli war council, makes clear that 10 years after the US invasion of Iraq, US imperialism is preparing even greater crimes in the Middle East.
SHARE Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Afghanistan Massacre: The Product of a Criminal War
The only ones who believe the Pentagon's version of the massacre by Staff Sargeant Bales is the Pentagon. But as far as whether there is any chance justice will ever be served in all this the verdict is out.
SHARE Saturday, January 5, 2013 Obama signs Pentagon bill maintaining Guantanamo and military detention
The shutdown of Guantanamo within one year was Obama's key promise on his first day in the White House. Four years later, 166 detainees remain imprisoned there, the vast majority for a decade without having been accused of any crime, much less brought to trial. The language inserted last year in an attempt to mollify liberal supporters in advance of the 2012 presidential election was seen as no longer necessary.
SHARE Thursday, August 26, 2010 US primaries: Millionaire candidates, right-wing politics and few voters
The lack of any surge to the polls is indicative of the widespread hostility to both parties in the general population. It is also one more indication that the so-called "Tea Party" movement touted by the mass media is largely a creation of the media itself, representing little more than the most right-wing sections of the Republican Party.
SHARE Thursday, April 4, 2013 Washington Escalates Syria Intervention
Washington has ordered the training of some 3,000 officers for the so-called Syrian rebels to be completed sooner than originally planned. The aim is to finish the training program by the end of this month to exploit advances made by anti-government militias along Syria's 230-mile border with Jordan.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 30, 2013 Syria Escalation Poses Growing Risk Of Regional War
The crisis of the so-called rebels and the reversals the Islamist militias have suffered recently in combat with the Syrian army have only served to escalate the US and Western European preparations for direct intervention. Washington and its allies are determined to pursue their war for regime change as part of a broader strategy for redrawing the map of the entire region to serve their own predatory interests.
SHARE Wednesday, January 30, 2013 US Secures Drone Base in Northwest Africa
Obama & the Pentagon move their drone program to Niger, Northwest Africa, where in conjunction with bases in Ethiopia and Djibouti & the secret air fields in the Arab peninsula, they will be in a position to include Mali while continuing drone strikes & assassinations in Somalia and Yemen.
SHARE Wednesday, January 26, 2011 The Palestine papers and the dead-end of nationalism
Under the mantle of promoting statehood and "democracy," the US and Israel have foisted a police state upon Palestinians on the West Bank, an adjunct of the Israeli occupation that represents no one but the PA officials themselves and a handful of millionaires who have fattened themselves off of CIA stipends and USAID contracts.
SHARE Tuesday, September 24, 2013 US and Iran set to meet at UN
The allegations about the Iranian nuclear program have never been anything more than a pretext for aggression against Iran, which is viewed as an obstacle to the imposition of US imperialist hegemony over the oil-rich and strategically critical regions of the Persian Gulf and Central Asia. Whatever negotiations Washington enters into will be aimed at extracting concessions that would further cripple Iran.