Castro’s legacy cannot be evaluated solely through the prism of Cuba, but must take into account the impact of his politics internationally and, above all, in Latin America.
Bill Van Auken is the Latin American editor of the World Socialist Web Site and a member of the National Committee of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States. He has written and lectured on the history of the Trotskyist movement in Latin America, and has written extensively against the operations of US imperialism around the world.
A collection of pseudo-lefts and Pabloite revisionists was invited to Havana to suppress the revolutionary content of Trotskyism.
The reactionary role of national opportunist politics in Latin America
The conference in Buenos Aires has been called to found “a new left” with “no strings attached and no constraints of any ‘holy scriptures.’”
Nationalism or socialism in Latin America
The kind of “alternative” that is envisioned here is one that is imposed from above, not arising from the politically independent movement of the working class itself, striving to establish its own organs of power.
The so-called “peace” agreements between Israel and two Arab monarchies signed on the White House lawn Tuesday are only the latest in the long record of betrayals of the Palestinian people.
Netanyahu’s hailing of Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Salvini as a “great friend of Israel” demonstrates the affinity between the Zionist state and neo-fascism.
The shooting dead of at least 60 unarmed protesters in Gaza, along with the wounding of over 2,700 more, is a war crime for which all involved bear collective and personal responsibility.
The number of unarmed demonstrators murdered by Israeli army snipers firing into Gaza has risen to at least 40, with another 5,000 wounded, 1,600 by live ammunition.
The anniversary’s significance has never been greater. Behind the backs of the people of the United States and the world, US imperialism is steadily building up a massive nuclear arsenal and pursuing a doctrine of aggressive nuclear war.
For all of the vapid talk about us all being in it together, the US ruling class views the pandemic as an instrument of war.
The official ceremony marking the most barbaric event in world history is a celebration of the kind of militarism and right-wing nationalism that accompanied its outbreak.
Washington’s brazen and reckless military threats and provocations on a world scale are driven by deep-going social and political crises within the US itself.
The umbrella group for Iraq’s Shia militias reported Friday morning that a US-targeted assassination at Baghdad airport killed Iran’s Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani.
More than a year after re-imposing a punishing sanctions regime, and no closer to achieving regime change, the US is adopting increasingly reckless measures.
Trump’s’ assertion that the US war machine was on the brink of attacking Iran remains the case, with the White House set to use any incident, real or manufactured, to pull the trigger.
The threat of all-out war in the Middle East is greater than at any time since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, and the potential consequences are far graver.
The Democratic Party’s saber-rattling response to the Syrian fiasco helps Trump fraudulently posture as an opponent of war.
The threat of a new US attack on Syria follows a report exposing the last chemical weapons incident attributed to the Syrian government as a staged provocation.
The “open letter” was clearly addressed to Washington and its allies, demanding the escalation of their use of armed force against the war-ravaged country.
The events in Syria’s Idlib province have all the earmarks of a US intelligence provocation designed to provide the pretext for a new military intervention in the Middle East.
The Pentagon is embracing the doctrine that the next major US military interventions will most likely be against the populations of major urban centers.
The Times, which presents the responsibility of rebels in eastern Ukraine for downing the airliner as fact, has not reported on the incident for more than a month.
The ISO has responded to the events in Ukraine like a State Department-funded NGO tasked with providing a “left” cover for US imperialist policy.
The escalating civil war in Libya has served as one more demonstration of the criminal role played by the pseudo-left proponents of “humanitarian” imperialist intervention.
The destruction wrought by US imperialism in Iraq, Libya and Syria is an indictment not merely of a set of policies, but of an entire corrupt, predatory social order.
Libya’s NATO-backed National Transitional Council is set to announce the supposed completion of the country’s “liberation” this weekend following the gruesome lynching of former ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
The World Socialist Web Site demands that Professor Cole retract his slanderous claim that the WSWS supports a massacre in Libya.
The documents published by the Washington Post constitute a damning indictment of both major parties as well as the media for lying to the American people for two decades.
The Times editorial supporting a US withdrawal from Afghanistan is a self-damning indictment of the entire “war on terror,” which the newspaper supported for the better part of two decades.
“What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe?” the former national security adviser said of the CIA alliance with Al Qaeda.
Whether Washington withdraws US troops remains to be seen; what is certain is that Afghanistan is viewed through the prism of preparations for far wider wars.
Washington and the corporate media have used the killing of Osama bin Laden to launch a strident celebration of US militarism. What is missing from speeches and commentary, however, is any serious assessment of the decade-old “global war on terror.”
The Democratic president’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act ensures that the infamous prison at Guantanamo will be handed over intact to Donald Trump.
While the president’s speech extolled “human rights,” his aides listed the US dollar and corporate power as Washington’s principal concerns.
The proposal that the Obama administration model its policy in Afghanistan on Nixon’s strategy in Vietnam is a prescription for unspeakable new war crimes.
This was a war of staggering criminality in both its planning and execution. It was a premeditated act of aggression launched on the basis of lies.
US operations in Iraq have amounted to sociocide—the deliberate and systematic murder of an entire society.
On the eve of the 2006 midterm election
The following is the speech delivered by Bill Van Auken, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US Senate from New York, at a public meeting held in New York City on Sunday, November 5.
Message to US troops by SEP candidate for US Senate from New York
The following statement was recorded by the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US Senate from New York Bill Van Auken for the Department of Defense Information Center. Established under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the center carries personal audio messages from candidates for federal office and for governor from each state directed to military personnel stationed overseas and other US citizens residing abroad.