Tag: war

Tokyo Olympics

21 July, 2021 · Japan · Sports

The Japanese army exercises today on the Olympic stadium in Tokyo in preparation for the inauguration on Friday.
The Japanese army exercises today on the Olympic stadium in Tokyo in preparation for the inauguration on Friday.

83% of Japanese people reject holding the Tokyo Olympics. And yet the Suga government and the IOC are determined to stick with an event that is dangerous for public health and most likely financially ruinous.

The Tigray war takes a sharp turn

4 July, 2021 · Horn of Africa

Tiger War. Captived Ethiopian soldiers are led to Mekele.
Tiger War. Captived Ethiopian soldiers are led to Mekele.

The Ethiopian army, reinforced by Amhara militias and Eritrean and Somali troops has been driven out of the Tigrayan capital, Mekelle. The Tigray war has been turned on its head as the unstable imperialist balances between Arab countries and the U.S. have shifted against the government in Addis Ababa. And despite the announcements, the war is not over yet, although it has already left mass killings, ethnic cleansing with tens of thousands of dead, crimes against humanity, famine and destruction. At issue now are the future of Ethiopia and the fear of an extension of the war to other regions of the country.

Military escalation between the US and Iran: 4 key points

30 June, 2021 · Iran

The week kicked off with US bombing raids on pro-Iranian militia bases in Iraq. According to the US it was a defensive attack aimed at containing the increasingly sophisticated drone attacks on its bases and interests in Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan. In other words, the message was directed at Iran, not toward the Iraqi state. The answer came tonight: the US forces in Syria were bombed by militias. The Americans apparently responded immediately. The military escalation is undeniable. But why is it erupting now – is it self-contained or could it end in a new generalized war in the region?

Cold War between Spain and Morocco

4 June, 2021 · Spain

Brahim Ghali's escape last night opens a stage of cold war with Morocco.
Brahim Ghali's escape last night opens a stage of cold war with Morocco.

After the departure of the self-proclaimed Saharawi president by the hand of the Algerian and Spanish secret services, we can only expect a cold war with Morocco… which, like all cold wars, will not only have consequences for the capital invested in Africa by the ruling class, but also for the security and lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

Towards a new war in Gaza?

13 May, 2021 · Palestine / Israel

Images of war in Gaza
Images of war in Gaza

Israel and Hamas are back on the brink of war in Gaza. The dead are still counted by the dozens due to the crossed bombardments. Outbreaks of pogroms and civil violence appear riding the nationalist wave, and imperialisms near and far are trying to gain positions.

The “green transition” paves the way for new wars over the control of raw materials

12 May, 2021 · South America and the Caribbean

The green transition driven by the green deal has turned South America's large lithium salt flats into strategic positions.
The green transition driven by the green deal has turned South America's large lithium salt flats into strategic positions.

The green transition is already paving the way for new wars. Current mineral production plus that in the pipeline is incapable of supplying the raw material demand of the energy transition. According to the International Energy Agency, by 2030 the production capacity calculated by then will only be able to supply 80% of the critical minerals and 50% of the copper demanded by the Green Deal. By 2040, the strain will be even worse: the demand for critical minerals will have quadrupled. What will large national capitals do along the way to secure the sources needed to supply their most valuable industries?

Feminism and World War 2

2 May, 2021 · History

Feminism and World War 2 in propaganda. Originally a «Rosie» was the face of war production, today she is a feminist symbol
Feminism and World War 2 in propaganda. Originally a «Rosie» was the face of war production, today she is a feminist symbol

Feminism and World War 2 are deeply related. It is no coincidence at all for one of the most enduring symbols of feminism to be a poster for the recruitment of women for war production. Reproduced ad nauseam today by all kinds of feminist groups, Rosie the Riveter even has a theme song. It is the female embodiment of a war effort whose propaganda included women as never before because never before had female incorporation into the slaughter taken on a similar dimension. In the reorganization of the entire society to maximize the number of soldiers available for the massacre, women of the petty bourgeoisie soon saw a unique possibility for social advancement.

What will happen now to “Black Lives Matter”?

26 April, 2021 · USA

Fireworks celebration of Derek Chauvin's Black Lives Matter conviction.
Fireworks celebration of Derek Chauvin's Black Lives Matter conviction.

Derek Chauvin’s trial will not put an end to the racist/racialist logic of state ideology in the US. Black Lives Matter will have the full support of the state at its disposal to ideologically frame us and send us to war if necessary… in order to defend democracy and its achievements.

Strikes in the Donbass on both sides of the front point to an alternative to war

19 April, 2021 · Ukraine

Russia mobilizes its troops on the Ukrainian border and launches with the US and EU a new exchange of armed threats. Meanwhile, strikes break out in the Donbass on both sides of the front. The only real alternative to a new slaughter will not come from a Putin-Biden deal to share out plunder, but from extending and uniting struggles across borders and armed fronts. Strikes in the Donbass lead the the way.

Biden redraws the map of world conflict: Afghanistan is out but Ukraine is back… and the Falklands

16 April, 2021 · Weekly Report

Russian maneuvers in Crimea, again on the map of the world conflict.
Russian maneuvers in Crimea, again on the map of the world conflict.

The map of world conflict is turned on its head. The US leaves Afghanistan to confront “new challenges”. The first: Russia… but also the EU’s “strategic sovereignty” aspirations. Meanwhile, the US military encirclement of China generates fears of war in Taiwan and configures the Falklands/Malvinas and the Magellan Passage as a new hot spot in the midst of an unprecedented naval deployment since the 81 war and with a surprising official announcement: Beijing and the Casa Rosada are preparing the first exercises of the Chinese army in South America.

World War III is brewing today

2 April, 2021 · Weekly Report

Vostok 2018 military exercise in Transbaikal Territory, Russia
Vostok 2018 military exercise. First test of Russian and Chinese troops coordinating in a III Worl War.

World War III is a forthright and conscious scenario that is already in the plans of the great powers. The horizon dates for which these powers are preparing their armies are official and vary between 2027 and 2034. In any case, outlines of military blocs and coordinated strategies are beginning to take shape, rendering the imperialist balance increasingly volatile and violent.

Biden steps on the gas… towards war

27 March, 2021 · Weekly Report

Biden war

Biden wants to encircle China and Russia with a ring not only of alliances but of wars and hotspots. But the U.S. has a weak spot: the Middle East. And it inflames the war on Europe’s border. Imperialism cannot be self-contained

Global Britain: Nuclear weapons, militarism and a dark horizon looming on Northern Ireland

21 March, 2021 · United Kingdom

HMS Vengeance will carry nuclear weapons under the Global Britain Plan

Boris Johnson unveiled before the British Parliament his Global Britain strategy. A true militarist nonsense which increases the UK nuclear weapons arsenal by 40%, bares its imperialist teeth at such tenuous threats such as Spain and Argentina, will fill sea trade routes with nuclear warheads and openly plans to destabilize South America and Asia in order to gain weight in the trade war. All in a context in which its American and European allies are fueling a new conflict in Northern Ireland.

Feminism and war: US from the origins to the First World War

19 March, 2021 · History

Feminism and war

We begin a new series of articles that investigate the relationship between feminism and war since its emergence in the United States and Great Britain in the 19th century up to the present day. Why has feminism always been linked to the war effort and why has it hoisted up as its banner the mobilization of women workers for the world wars?

EU and Spain in Venezuela

5 March, 2021 · Venezuela

spain in venezuela

The visit by Spain’s foreign minister to Venezuelan refugee camps in Cauca has brought Venezuela to the brink of breaking diplomatic relations with Spain. This is not just another scuffle. The strategy of Spain in Venezuela is changing. During the last year, in a way invisible to the front pages of the media, the bases of the imperialist game in South America and the Caribbean have been profoundly altered. This is only one of the first consequences.

Syria bombing: Biden goes back to war

1 March, 2021 · Global situation

Syria bombing. The US is bombing Hezbollah in Syria, backing Kurdish terrorist groups in Iraq and Turkey and preparing to further protract the endless war in Afghanistan. With Biden America is back and intends to regain lost ground in the Middle East from its rivals by stirring up a hornet’s nest of imperialist conflicts.

Biden steps on the gas

14 February, 2021 · Weekly Report

From Argentina to the South China Sea, via Europe and the Mediterranean, the Biden administration is stepping on the gas in its imperialist policy, which is taking an even more warmongering turn than that of its predecessor.

Global risks according to Davos

21 January, 2021 · Global situation

The World Economic Forum, better known as the Davos Forum, presented yesterday its Global Risks Report, a two-, five- and ten-year analysis assessing whether present trends will get generalized. The panorama is awful and therefore a true confession of historical and systemic incompetence.

Can the Egyptian plan bring peace between Palestine and Israel?

10 January, 2021 · Palestine / Israel

Ramallah, Fatah demonstration in support of "reconciliation" with Hamas.

For the first time since the nineties a peace process seems to be moving forward in Palestine. It is being driven by Egyptian diplomacy and neither Israel nor the United States are directly involved. Its main rivals are Iran and Hezbollah, the Shiite Islamist state-party that the Tehran regime supports in Lebanon and Syria. The centerpiece, and also the most fragile party in the negotiations, is Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, supported by Turkey and Qatar and in simultaneous war against Israel, the Palestinian National Authority led by the PLO… and Egypt itself.

2020 and the expansion of war

30 December, 2020 · Yearly report

2020, was the year in which the war became a continuum of hot spots from the Atlantic to the China Sea, but also the year in which the spontaneous mobilization of workers put a stop to the war in Libya.

Recession, inequality and war

23 November, 2020 · Weekly Report

On both sides of the Mediterranean Sea, the consequences of the crisis are increasingly devastating. Impoverishment, inequality… and a burning war belt.

Are we heading towards a new war in the Maghreb?

18 November, 2020 · Magreb

Combats between the Polisario and Morocco last November 13.
Combats between the Polisario and Morocco last November 13.

As the concern of Egypt and Mauritania corroborates, the situation threatens to deteriorate into a new Sahara war. This time it would not be a war by interposed force. The Polisario does not even have the capacity for a guerrilla war like in the seventies. It would be a frontal combat, an open imperialist war between Morocco and Algeria.

Who wins and who loses in the Nagorno-Karabakh

10 November, 2020 · Caucasus

The Azeri president shows the halt fire agreement.

The permanent ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh leaves winners and losers. But these do not always coincide with the military outcome of the contest.

Who is who in the Nagorno-Karabakh war?

3 October, 2020 · Weekly Report

Russia, Turkey, Iran, Israel, USA, France, Germany and even Italy and Spain, play different roles and weave unthinkable alliances. The criminal and impudent game of imperialism is unfolding with one leg in the Caucasus and the other in the Maghreb.

Why do you speak of war as a present-day danger?

27 September, 2020 · Global situation

Azeri tanks crossed the border of Armenia this morning.

Just this morning a new war seems to have broken out between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Four keys to understanding the moment of imperialism that we are living and the perspectives and dangers it imposes… but also its limitations and the basis of its real fragility: us.

75th Anniversary of the UN

24 September, 2020 · Weekly Report

75th assembly of the UN. Digital screens with the messages of the heads of state. And after the messages, the map of a world in which the division into antagonistic blocks and therefore the prospect of a new series of wars becomes explicit and closer.

Libya: struggles on both sides of the frontline brings war to a halt

15 September, 2020 · Magreb

Benghazi, last Sunday.

The protests that began in August in Tripoli have not yet been exhausted as a new wave of protests in Benghazi and its zone of influence has led to the resignation of the rival government in the east of the country. Will these struggles be enough to impose peace in a country torn apart by imperialist conflict?

The forces pushing towards new blocs

14 August, 2020 · Weekly Report

Trump presents the peace agreement between Emirates and Israel.

The acceleration in imperialist movements and tensions that we are seeing still has a potential counterweight in the development of the workers’ response.

Military escalation in the Mediterranean

11 August, 2020 · Turkey

We are facing an armed negotiation in which the different and contradictory imperialist interests of the coastal countries increase their pressure to the edge of an armed conflict. Of course, none of them has any intention of openly initiating it. All would prefer to see their interests flourish with no other violence than that of threat and imposition by the facts. But they are not playing alone. And if tension escalates, the turnaround will be little less than impossible.

Moving toward new blocs

1 August, 2020 · Weekly Report

US fleet in South China Sea.

The imperialist conflict between the U.S. and China is accelerating with each blow of the crisis. Both powers are pushing towards the formation of «close blocs» that are strategically and economically very much aligned with those national capitals with which they are most integrated, leading to a wider fracture by reorganizing trade out of them and with it the international division of labor and the technological standards of the industries most capable of placing capital today. We are in the first steps of a deep fracture in the world market, which can only strengthen the tendencies towards crisis… and war.

War on hold

24 July, 2020 · Weekly Report

Turkish army

Turkey, Egypt, Ethiopia and of course Russia, the US and the EU are all playing at establishing faits accomplis, using diplomacy as a form of disinformation warfare. Disinformation that is primarily aimed at the general population. We live in a mixture of generalized information blockade – in Spain, for example, the danger of war has not even merited a brief appearance on the television news – and intoxication. Breaking this lie and half-truth-powered blockade by opening up conversations about “what is going on” with co-workers, neighbours and friends is today a crucial task in order to be able to respond.

Egypt invades Libya

21 July, 2020 · Global situation

War is spreading, directly involving the working class of a major industrial country like Egypt, threatening to stop Mediterranean merchant trade and hindering gas supplies to Europe. We are at a critical time for workers throughout the region, with the threat of mass slaughter looming ever closer and all the incentives for a seemingly endless escalation.

Imperialism is no game

17 July, 2020 · Weekly Report

Azerbaijan yesterday

Imperialism is not an adventure game taking place in exotic landscapes and control rooms where the level of abstraction makes hunger and blood invisible. It is the daily life of our lives and the threat it poses to us. It is the universal day-to-day life of a capital that cannot find enough markets to give free rein to accumulation and destroys the capacities it organizes socially, the main one of them being us, labor power.

Imperialism knows no holidays

10 July, 2020 · Weekly Report

Nadia Calviño and Paschal Donohoe

The agony of the EU, the possible nuclearization of a Turkey increasingly at odds with the US and the EU, and the militarization of the US-China conflict were the main red lights of the imperialist conflict this week.

Armed trade negotiation

19 June, 2020 · Weekly Report

The imperialist conflict enters new phases with a surprising synchrony and speed. What we have witnessed this week in the Mediterranean, between the two Koreas, in Hawaii between China and the US and between India and China shares a troubling element: despite the fact that they are more or less obviously trade negotiations, in all of them the main theme is the immediate threat of war.

The four paths to war in Africa… connecting Europe and the Middle East

16 June, 2020 · Africa

Russian mercenaries repress the protests in Sudan which led to a change of regime in 2019.

From the Ivory Coast to Niger, from Libya to Crete, and from Ethiopia to Egypt, the northern half of Africa is being torn apart by a violent reshuffling of forces between imperialist powers that is threatening to overwhelm the continent’s borders and lead to war in Europe and the Middle East.

A clarion call

7 June, 2020 · Weekly Report

We are experiencing a general clarion call throughout the world that threatens to produce a proliferation of armed conflicts.

The end of the nuclear power balance

4 June, 2020 · Global situation

W76-2 nuclear missil, the «Trump's missile», in production since 2019.

Nuclear proliferation is a real threat to all mankind. It starkly reflects that the severity of the crisis of the system is far greater than what the media tells us and that the urgency of affirming a global alternative goes well beyond a “recessive economic moment”

China’s borders are warming up

27 May, 2020 · China

A crown of conflicts is exploding around China at the worst possible time. They point out, in case it needs to be emphasized even more, that the United States is willing to use the military threat to “encourage” the movement of capital, modify the global trade map and accelerate the renationalization of productive chains.

Militarism comes to the fore

22 May, 2020 · Weekly Report

What we are seeing, from China to Brazil to Turkey, is an initial phase in the development of militarism. The political weight of the military reappears as a resource and a safeguard against the internal conflicts of the bourgeoisie (Brazil) but above all as a way of ensuring a viable medium-term strategic perspective (China) in a context where the centrality of the imperialist conflict shifts from the commercial and the placement of capital to the military (Turkey).

As lockdown is de-escalated, dangers escalate

16 May, 2020 · Weekly Report

London public transport this week.

The only things de-escalating are the lockouts and security measures. All dangers are escalating instead: dangers of epidemic resurgence, of being unemployed, of marching off to war…

What is America trying to do?

12 May, 2020 · USA

The U.S. has a background game with China. China is debating whether to enter a nuclear race with the American giant. And Europe… starts to keep its distance.

Truces that fuel wars

8 May, 2020 · Weekly Report

Venezuelan soldiers in the coast after the "invasion".

The false trade truce between the US and China, the impasse in the conflict within the EU, the endless struggle between the state and Bolsonaro and between the military and pro-US economists within the Brazilian government, the failure of the craziest military adventures… are all moments of relief in the context of a tension that keeps growing. The whole thing can only end in fragmentation and open conflict. The only force that can restrain and reach a certain level of development, stop the process that points towards the generalization of war, the workers’ struggles, despite coming up all over the world, are still on a local level. It is more urgent than ever to contribute to their development. And there are no shortcuts.

Is the “green deal” a way out of the crisis?

15 April, 2020 · Global situation

Greenpeace project an image of the Earth as a bomb with a lit fuse onto European Commission.

Can anyone still think that the “Ecological transition” and the “Green New Deal” they want to impose on us is a progressive “way out of the crisis”?

Covid is an accelerator, not a brake

27 March, 2020 · Weekly Report

Strike of a General Electrics branch in Italy.

We are in the middle of the most synchronous and geographically widespread wave of strikes and struggles in the last century. It shows to what extent universal, human needs can only be defended by the workers as a class, because only to the workers do they present themselves as their immediate and direct objective throughout the world. And what is no less important, it shows that we workers are capable of affirming a global alternative when we break with the subordination of our demands to companies’ profits, in other words, when we break with the discourse that unions have been hammering out for years and that they continue to repeat today

What lies behind the oil slump?

9 March, 2020 · Global situation

What is developing before our eyes is an increasingly direct connection between trade quarrels and military conflicts on the one hand and between these and the attack on the living conditions of the workers and the whole population on the other hand.

Capital is at war

6 March, 2020 · Weekly Report

From the Sanders and the Sánchez to the Trumps and Putins, all ideological variants, all national capitals, have the same needs and lead us to the same place. It is not with them but against them that the only possible alternative can be affirmed.

What the coronavirus exposed

28 February, 2020 · Weekly Report

The most dangerous and constant enemies of human needs and life are within each country and are neither the viruses that come “from outside” nor the armies of neighboring countries.

Europe’s fault lines and the global crisis

22 February, 2020 · Weekly Report

Greece. Demonstration against Mitzotakis' pension reform.

The speed at which the trends towards recession and war are developing, the violence of the attacks on the living conditions of millions of workers around the world, still do not correlate with the level of response achieved by workers’ struggles so far this year.

Blood and debt

15 February, 2020 · Weekly Report

Turkish army going in Syria, refugees going out.

The pockets of war are expanding, the global arsenals are widening and the tensions between powers are worsening at the pace of the difficulties of global capital. And do they expect us to close ranks with “our” national capital, which reserves more misery and militarism for us every day?

The Mediterranean on the edge of war

1 February, 2020 · Weekly Report

Turkish cavalry in Idlib.

We’re entering a critical time. The forces and tensions driving the spread of war in the Mediterranean and North Africa are constantly unfolding, while European workers are close to suffering -thanks to the trade unions- the first serious defeats in the fight for their pensions.

On the edge of the abyss on more and more fronts

11 January, 2020 · Weekly Report

This week demonstrates that we cannot trust the ability of imperialisms to stand still on the edge of the abyss of open warfare, and how the trade unions are bringing all workers to the brink of dismantling the pension system.

Without a break

4 January, 2020 · Weekly Report

In just three days, this week has given us the clues not only to the year that is beginning, but to the historical period in which we are living. Where the workers accept to follow the democratic revolt of the petty bourgeoisie, the latter, unable to assert itself, will end up framing them for the imperialist conflict and war. And yet, be it in Iran, Turkey, China, America or Europe, where the workers are affirming themselves through their own struggles and slogans, the infernal machinery of war grinds to a halt.

The Green New Deal’s flip side

14 December, 2019 · Weekly Report

In addition to the path of crisis and trade warr, there is now an industrial and transport reconversion -the “green new deal”- and its immediate consequence: a new global impulse towards imperialist conflict.

Fractalization

30 November, 2019 · Weekly Report

La Moneda, Santiago de Chile, this week

The scenario that is being drawn is that of a generalization of the frictions between states feeding internal “civil conflicts”, generally led by sectors of the discontented or drifting petty bourgeoisie (Hong Kong, Catalonia, Chile, Lebanon…). For the workers this means that the “popular revolts” are becoming increasingly mined land.

Pension funds and militarism

23 November, 2019 · Weekly Report

Madrid

Tendencies towards confrontation and inter-imperialist conflict are inextricably woven with the strategies to deal with the crisis of the bourgeoisie all over the world.

Urgent appeal to the internationalists of South America

We urgently call upon all internationalists in South America, whether formally organized or not, to build together with us an international coordination under the principle that every faction of the bourgeoisie is today reactionary and that therefore, in any war to come, the first real enemy will always be the capital of one’s own country.