The Trump Presidency
By Matthew MacEgan, 22 April 2020
The actions amount to a death sentence for thousands of working people, and particularly the elderly.
By Eric London, 22 April 2020
Trump’s “pause” on immigration is a desperate attempt by the crisis-riddled administration to distract from the criminality of the ruling class’s own response to the coronavirus pandemic.
By Andre Damon, 20 April 2020
The government’s overriding concern is to ensure that the pandemic does not interfere with the enrichment of Wall Street and the major corporations.
By Barry Grey, 18 April 2020
Having announced his plan for the state-by-state reopening of the economy, Trump is seeking to mobilize his far-right base to press for a rapid lifting of barriers to corporate profit-making.
By David North, 18 April 2020
For the financial-corporate oligarchy, the pandemic has been viewed, above all else, as an economic crisis. Its principal concern from the start was not the potential loss of life but the destabilization of the financial markets, the disruption of the process of profit extraction, and, of course, a substantial decline in the personal wealth of the members of the oligarchy.
By Bryan Dyne and Andre Damon, 17 April 2020
Trump’s plan is not conceived from the standpoint of public health, but to ensure that major corporations are allowed to get back to the business of squeezing profits out of workers as quickly as possible.
By Bryan Dyne, 16 April 2020
Public health experts have warned that Trump’s move would leave developing countries in the crosshairs of COVID-19 defenseless.
As pandemic deaths continue to rise
By Barry Grey, 15 April 2020
The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday congratulated both Trump and the Democratic governors for moving to lift the restrictions on profit-making.
By Bryan Dyne, 13 April 2020
After a week in which more than 10,000 Americans died from the coronavirus, the US media and political establishment has launched a concerted effort to get workers back to work.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2020
The denial of desperately needed aid as Iran confronts one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world is part of a US sanctions regime that is tantamount to a state of war.
By Joe Williams, 11 April 2020
US government has been using an obscure statute on communicable diseases to expel tens of thousands.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 11 April 2020
By the US government’s own calculations, a premature return to work could lead to 140,000 additional deaths.
By Don Barrett, 10 April 2020
The assertion of property rights follows the creation of the US “Space Force” branch of the military, as capitalism demands a return on investment in space.
By Patrick Martin, 7 April 2020
While the US government expedites the flood of cash to the wealthy and slow-walks any assistance to workers and sections of the lower-middle class, the economic collapse is accelerating.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2020
The Trump administration has brushed aside calls for an end to punishing sanctions against Venezuela and Iran, threatening both countries with military aggression.
By Jessica Goldstein, 3 April 2020
The move is a clear statement that saving lives in the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be allowed to interfere with the war aims of US imperialism.
By Nick Beams, 3 April 2020
Banks, lobby groups, major legal firms and hedge funds are all striving to get their slice of the largest corporate and financial bailout in history.
House passes Senate “rescue” bill
By Barry Grey, 28 March 2020
The bill amounts to virtually unlimited funding for the corporate and financial aristocracy, with no real strings attached.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2020
Far from declaring a humanitarian truce as COVID-19 threatens the lives of millions, Washington has sought to weaponize the death and disruption spread by the disease.
By Andre Damon, 28 March 2020
The capitalist system has proven entirely unable to provide the most basic necessities to fight the COVID-19 pandemic—including ventilators and protective equipment—threatening hundreds of thousands of lives.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 24 March 2020
Rather than marshal all available resources to fight the pandemic, huge sums of money are being directed to construct of 150 miles of border wall in Arizona, New Mexico and California.
By Laurent Lafrance, 24 March 2020
Just days after reiterating that barring “irregular entrants” from seeking asylum would violate Canadian and international law, the Trudeau Liberal government has done just that.
By Bryan Dyne, 21 March 2020
US President Trump closed the border to Mexico as the World Health Organization continued to call for urgent action to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
By Kevin Martinez, 21 March 2020
The blanket rejection of asylum seekers is the latest in a series of steps aimed at abrogating the right to asylum, which is protected by both international and US law.
By Matthew MacEgan, 21 March 2020
While some Florida counties have been closed to nonessential business, concern grows over unemployment and a large prison population.
By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2020
The number of Americans with coronavirus is nearing 15,000, and more than 200 have died.
By Bryan Dyne, 18 March 2020
In addition to the mass casualty figures, the study’s authors estimated that the pandemic will continue through August.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 18 March 2020
Estefany Girón Luna from Guatemala fell nearly 20 feet as she attempted to scale the steel mesh border wall near Clint, Texas. Despite multiple surgeries, neither Girón Luna nor her child could be saved.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2020
Speaking with all the arrogance of a colonial occupier, Secretary of State Pompeo made it clear that Washington has no intention of withdrawing its troops as Iraq has demanded.
As Europe becomes the new epicenter of pandemic
By Benjamin Mateus, 16 March 2020
The World Health Organization has declared Europe the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, as more people have died outside China than within it.
By Bryan Dyne, 14 March 2020
While the World Health Organization begs for resources to fight the global contagion, the Trump administration has provided $1.5 trillion to prop up the markets.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2020
The meeting of the two fascistic presidents in Florida was dedicated to escalating aggression against Venezuela, even as the US and Brazil remain divided on economic issues.
By Patrick Martin, 10 March 2020
The incoming chief of staff, Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, was the leader of the ultra-right House Freedom Caucus.
By Kevin Reed, 7 March 2020
The Trump administration’s plan to collect DNA samples from immigrants in US custody has proceeded while nothing has been done to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus.
By John Burton, 4 March 2020
The DC Circuit ruling, if it stands, is expected to affect a number of other congressional inquiries, including ongoing House efforts to obtain Trump’s tax returns.
By Thomas Scripps and Chris Marsden, 3 March 2020
Assange is part-way through a show trial that began last week to decide on his extradition to the US, where he faces 175 years in prison on espionage charges.
By Kevin Reed, 27 February 2020
A federal appeals court overturned previous lower court rulings and upheld the Trump administration’s plan to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities.
By Keith Jones, 26 February 2020
It is Trump’s “true friend,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his government that are politically responsible for the Hindu supremacist violence that has claimed at least 13 lives.
By Keith Jones, 25 February 2020
Modi is politically responsible and elements in his BJP directly culpable of instigating communal violence that has killed at least 10 people.
By Andre Damon, 24 February 2020
The war game took place as more than 20,000 troops and 20,000 military vehicles began to arrive in Europe for the massive “Defender 2020” exercise targeting Russia.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 24 February 2020
Reflecting the importance the US now places on India and the Indian Ocean in its strategy to counter China, the Pentagon recently renamed its Pacific Command the US Indo-Pacific Command.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2020
After 18 years of war, the killing of nearly 2,400 troops and the squandering of roughly $1 trillion, Washington is negotiating a deal it could have had with the Taliban without a shot being fired.
By Patrick Martin, 20 February 2020
The criminal in the White House expunged the lawbreaking records of two billionaires and two political hatchetmen for big business.
By Patrick Martin, 18 February 2020
The campaign against Trump’s attorney general erupted after he intervened in the prosecution of Trump crony Roger Stone to secure a lighter sentence.
Norissa Santa Cruz – Socialist Equality Party candidate for US vice president, 17 February 2020
The Trump administration’s deployment of militarized police forces to cities throughout the country is aimed at terrorizing immigrant neighborhoods and is a warning to the entire working class.
By Andre Damon, 15 February 2020
The new policy was announced as Trump gave a fascistic speech to border patrol agents, pledging to fight the “left.”
Trump administration’s national counterintelligence strategy focuses on “hacktivists, leaktivists and public disclosure organizations”
By Kevin Reed, 15 February 2020
A major assault on First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of the press is being prepared.
By Nick Beams, 15 February 2020
The Shelton nomination has attracted elevated attention because she is viewed as a potential choice by Trump for the position of Fed chair if he wins re-election and decides to oust the current chair Jerome Powell.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 February 2020
The murder of the top Iranian general was carried out to shore up Washington’s crumbling Middle East alliances.
By Tom Hall, 15 February 2020
The reality of American social life is very different than the fantasy of a “blue-collar boom” which Trump delivered during last week’s State of the Union address.
By Andre Damon, 14 February 2020
Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats’ impeachment drive, President Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere.
By Barry Grey, 13 February 2020
Following the Democrats’ failed impeachment drive, President Trump is moving to consolidate his personal control over the government and surround himself with officials directly dependent on his approval.
By Erik Schreiber, 13 February 2020
The lawsuits are a new stage in President Trump’s campaign of anti-immigrant bigotry. In their public responses to the lawsuits, Democratic officials from New Jersey and Washington state revealed their own willingness to trade away immigrants’ rights.
By Kevin Reed, 12 February 2020
The move is part of the preparations by the Trump administration for aggressive war and, in particular, plans for military conflict with ground forces against the primary rivals of US imperialism, Russia and China.
By Eric London, 12 February 2020
The announcement begins the staged process in which the Democratic Party feigns indignation over the proposed cuts only to ultimately accede to many of the demands.
On eve of New Hampshire primary
By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2020
With polls showing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the likely first-place finisher in tomorrow’s Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, Sanders’ opponents have focused their attacks on his public identification as a “democratic socialist.”
By Kevin Reed, 10 February 2020
The Trump administration is scheduled to release a 2021 budget plan on Monday that includes deep reductions in entitlement programs and other mandatory spending while increasing funding for the military and the Department of Homeland Security.
By Shuvu Batta, 7 February 2020
Eric Diaz-Cruz was shot as he sought to stop his mother’s boyfriend from being detained by ICE early Thursday morning.
By Joseph Lorenz, 7 February 2020
The Democratic Party rebuttal included hypocritical invocations of democracy, demagogic appeals to struggling workers and falsification of the party’s reactionary record.
By Andre Damon, 7 February 2020
While Trump has emerged victorious over his factional enemies within the state, he heads a crisis-ridden government despised by broad sections of workers and young people.
Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 6 February 2020
From the beginning of the Trump presidency, the Democrats have worked to channel mass popular opposition to Trump behind their own right-wing, militarist agenda.
By Andre Damon, 5 February 2020
The annual State of the Union address has long been an exercise in delusion and fraud, but Trump’s remarks yesterday raised this ritualistic exercise to new heights.
As White House asserts unchecked presidential powers
By Barry Grey, 4 February 2020
The Democrats’ final arguments only underscored the reactionary basis of their impeachment drive.
By Andre Damon, 1 February 2020
The Democrats, refusing to oppose Trump on the basis of his real crimes, sought to use impeachment to settle differences over foreign policy.
By Kate Randall, 1 February 2020
The Trump administration’s proposed Medicaid changes could slash benefits for millions of recipients, while opening the door for a broader assault on other entitlement programs.
By Benjamin Mateus, 1 February 2020
Governments internationally are promulgating travel restrictions with China.
By Kevin Reed, 1 February 2020
Trump’s war on immigrants is intensifying in the aftermath of the impeachment trial and in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election in November.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2020
For all the talk of war with Iran having been averted, the reality is that the world remains on the knife’s edge of a catastrophic military confrontation.
By Patrick Martin, 30 January 2020
While the Democrats embrace the war criminal John Bolton, the Republicans portray the president as essentially above the law, an elected dictator.
By Tom Hall, 30 January 2020
The bipartisan support for the USMCA shows that all factions in Washington agree on an intensification of economic conflict with China.
By Barry Grey, 29 January 2020
An architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Bolton has advocated wars for regime change in Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba, Yemen and North Korea.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2020
Timed to meet the immediate needs of both Trump and Netanyahu, the plan sanctions all of the policies of the Israeli right and is guaranteed to be rejected by the Palestinians.
By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2020
The carefully timed leak of Bolton’s White House revelations has overshadowed the defense mounted by Trump’s attorneys in the Senate impeachment trial.
By Daniel de Vries, 28 January 2020
The move will exempt more than half of the nation's wetlands from federal regulations.
By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2020
Senate Republicans seem determined to bring the trial to an end by Friday of this week.
As Democrats promote anti-Russia hysteria
By Barry Grey, 25 January 2020
Trump railed against the “far left” in the first speech by a president at the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington DC.
“People are going to die because of this”
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 25 January 2020
The Trump administration has launched yet another salvo in its ongoing war against immigrants.
By Julian James, 25 January 2020
At the time of his deportation, Abadi held a valid F1 student visa recently issued by the United States Customs and Immigration Services to continue pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University in Boston.
By Trévon Austin, 24 January 2020
In an interview at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Trump said social programs would be targeted to reduce the federal deficit.
By Patrick Martin, 23 January 2020
A casual viewer might have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin, not Trump, was on trial.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2020
Washington is occupying Syrian oil fields to deny resources to Damascus and continue its drive for regime change.
By Nick Beams, 23 January 2020
The stepped-up offensive was foreshadowed in Trump’s keynote address to the Davos annual meeting in which he said the US had pioneered “a new model for trade in the 21st century.”
Canadian judge begins hearing Washington’s geopolitically explosive demand for extradition of top Huawei executive
By Roger Jordan, 23 January 2020
Canadian authorities seized Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the behest of Washington, which is seeking her extradition on the basis of bogus fraud charges.
By Barry Grey, 22 January 2020
The statements on the Senate floor by both the lawyers for Trump and the House impeachment managers made clear the right-wing, antidemocratic politics of both warring factions.
By Barry Grey, 21 January 2020
For the second time in three days, President Donald Trump tweeted support as thousands of gun-rights activists, many of them carrying semi-automatic weapons, descended on Virginia’s capital, Richmond.
Trump administration ramps up campaign to abolish strong data encryption in aftermath of Pensacola terror shooting
By Kevin Reed, 21 January 2020
The administration, following in the footsteps of the Obama White House, is moving to attack privacy rights protected by the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.
By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2020
The president’s tweet is a declaration of solidarity with ultra-right forces on the eve of his impeachment trial.
By Kylie Rose and Andy Thompson, 20 January 2020
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency says it will use the Chicago Police Department to enforce federal immigration laws.
By K. Ratnayake, 20 January 2020
Sri Lanka is a key focus of intensifying rivalry between US and India, on one hand, and China and Russia, on the other.
Amid poverty wages and tax cuts for the rich
By Gabriel Black, 18 January 2020
The profit bonanza on Wall Street is the outcome of a bipartisan drive to enrich the financial elite at the expense of the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 18 January 2020
The rollout of 5G broadband wireless networks globally is becoming an arena for the eruption of geopolitical tensions.
By Patrick Martin, 17 January 2020
The Democratic impeachment process will not stop Trump’s increasingly blatant assault on the constitutional foundations of basic democratic rights.
By Jacob Crosse, 17 January 2020
For the second year in a row, the Trump administration is diverting congressional appropriated funds in violation of the Constitution.
By Harvey Simpkins, 17 January 2020
According to the governor’s executive order thousands of “advocates” will be descending on the city, many armed, with the intent to engage in “violence, rioting, and insurrection.”
By Daniel de Vries, 17 January 2020
The administration announced a proposal to upend longstanding environmental law requiring the government to document environmental impacts.
By Barry Grey, 16 January 2020
The onset of the Senate trial takes place in the context of an explosive political and social crisis and internal warfare within the American state without parallel since the Civil War.
By Barry Grey, 15 January 2020
Following Trump’s order for the murder of Iranian General Suleimani, his denunciations of political opponents for “taking the side of terrorists” can only be interpreted as a threat of violence.
By Patrick Martin, 13 January 2020
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the next step would be taken Tuesday at a meeting of the House Democratic caucus.
By Jordan Shilton and Keith Jones, 13 January 2020
The felling of Flight 752 came amid a war crisis fomented by Washington’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Tehran and its January 3 assassination of Suleimani.
By Andre Damon, 13 January 2020
The normalization of extrajudicial killing is the outcome of the “war on terror” and decades of continuous war.