Davos Forum marks political crises afflicting capitalist rulers

Vol. 83/No. 6 - February 11, 2019
Yellow vest protest in Paris Jan. 26, one of many actions across France against President Emmanuel Macron’s government. Bosses at forum in Davos expressed fears that such actions by working people against the impact of the crisis of capitalism foretell “unrest to come.”

The annual gathering of some 3,000 bosses, bankers and speculators, heads of state and meritocratic hangers-on at the World Economic Forum took place in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 22-25. The event was marked by the sharpening political crisis confronting the various…



Trump plan to draw down troops in Syria, Afghanistan stirs debate

Vol. 83/No. 2 - January 14, 2019
Syrian child in refugee camp, in Lebanon, 2014. Yearslong war grew out of Syrian dictatorship’s brutal assault on popular rebellion, and interventions by Washington, Tehran, Moscow and other capitalist powers, leading to over 400,000 killed and millions driven from their homes.

President Donald Trump announced plans Dec. 19 to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and cut by nearly half Washington’s forces in Afghanistan. The decision galvanized some in his administration,  and pro-war liberal Democrats and Republicans alike, into calling for the…


US rulers push Beijing for trade and tariff concessions

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018

At the behest of Washington, Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, a top executive and daughter of the founder of the giant Chinese telecom company Huawei, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dec. 1. This is the latest front in a wider conflict…


At G-20 US, China rulers reach truce in trade dispute

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, met over dinner after the G-20 summit ended in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec. 1. They agreed to a 90-day truce over imposing any new punitive tariffs on Chinese imports by the White…


U.S. rulers push back against Beijing’s expanding challenge

Vol. 82/No. 46 - December 10, 2018

Sharpening frictions between the rulers in the U.S. and China were revealed at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, held in Papua New Guinea Nov. 17-18. It became a platform for the U.S. capitalist class and its close allies, from Australia…


US troops out of Korea, Middle East, Afghanistan!

Vol. 82/No. 44 - November 26, 2018

Under Democratic and Republican presidents alike, the U.S. government has been embroiled virtually nonstop in wars to defend U.S. capitalist interests for the last 28 years. The 1990-91 Gulf War and ensuing combat that went on and off through this…


‘Greatest crisis of bourgeois order in our lifetimes’

SWP leader speaks in Australia, New Zealand on world politics, building international working-class movement
Vol. 82/No. 44 - November 26, 2018
February-March strike by West Virginia teachers, above, was “the most important labor battle in U.S. in decades,” Socialist Workers Party leader Mary-Alice Waters said at Militant Labor Forums Oct. 21 in Sydney, Australia, below, and in New Zealand two days earlier. “It showed the nascent power of the working class.” She also said, “Nowhere is it more apparent than in the Asia-Pacific region that the entire post-World War II imperialist order put in place by Washington and its allies is being pulled apart at the seams.”

SYDNEY — “There is no better vantage point than here in Australia and New Zealand to verify that what is unfolding today are the biggest political ruptures in the capitalist world order that those of us sitting in this hall…


US capitalist rulers seek bloc against Tehran amid Middle East rivalries

Vol. 82/No. 42 - November 12, 2018
Protest in Mashhad, Iran, last December against living conditions and mounting deaths from Tehran’s military intervention in Syria and Iraq. Protests spread to 90 other cities and towns.

Longstanding rifts between the capitalist rulers of Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been further exposed following the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, an Islamist opponent of the Saudi government, inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The U.S. rulers are determined to…


US, Chinese rulers compete for influence and markets

Vol. 82/No. 41 - November 5, 2018

The U.S. capitalist rulers continue to seek ways to contain Beijing, the world’s second largest capitalist economy, in their cut-throat battle over which of the capitalist rulers can appropriate more of the wealth created by working people around the world.…