By Ali Ismail and Keith Jones, 13 January 2012
Relations between Pakistan’s civilian government and its military establishment have deteriorated sharply, leading to press speculation that the military is preparing to oust President Zardari and the PPP-led government.
By Saman Gunadasa, 12 January 2012
The government’s renewed turn to the IMF reflects deepening economic and balance-of-payments problems.
By Keith Jones, 12 January 2012
The US carried out a drone missile strike in Pakistan Tuesday, killing four people. It was the first drone attack since US forces killed 26 Pakistani soldiers in late November.
By Wije Dias, 9 January 2012
Having initially rejected the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission report, the Tamil party has effectively withdrawn its call for an international inquiry.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 7 January 2012
A long-running dispute over a century-old dam has led to increased national-ethnic frictions in southern India.
By K. Ratnayake, 3 January 2012
The ruling class desperately needs a political safety valve to defuse growing social unrest and the NSSP has stepped in to promote the UNP as a progressive alternative.
By Athiyan Silva, 3 January 2012
British authorities deported 55 Sri Lankan refugees back to Sri Lanka, disregarding their safety and warnings by human rights groups.
By Wije Dias, 29 December 2011
The LLRC report is designed to deflect international pressure over war crimes and human rights abuses by the military during the country’s protracted civil war.
By Peter Symonds, 28 December 2011
Backed by sections of the ruling elite, Imran Khan is functioning as a useful safety valve to defuse mounting popular anger over the US-led Afpak war.
By Keith Jones, 24 December 2011
The US military has grudgingly conceded its mistakes played a role in the November 25-26 NATO attack that killed 26 Pakistani soldiers. But the US continues to defend both the violation of Pakistani sovereignty and the deadly airstrikes themselves.
By our correspondents, 24 December 2011
Hundreds of Tamils “disappeared” in the months leading up to the end of the island’s civil war in May 2009 and have not been seen since.
By our correspondents, 23 December 2011
The meeting in Colombo was part of the campaign for the release of all political prisoners held by the Rajapakse government.
By our correspondents, 21 December 2011
The protests revealed not just the mass discontent over the new law, but broad disenchantment among the rural poor with the government.
By Sampath Perera, 21 December 2011
Pakistan is continuing to blockade shipments of fuel, food and other supplies to the US-NATO forces occupying Afghanistan in protest of a Nov. 26 US attack that killed more than two dozen Pakistani troops.
By Vilani Peiris, 19 December 2011
The latest removals are part of a broader government plan to evict about 75,000 families in a bid to transform Colombo into a South Asian business hub.
By James Cogan, 16 December 2011
Closer ties between Australia and India are inseparable from the escalating US agenda of containing China’s influence throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
By Palash Roy, 12 December 2011
The high death toll among the 160 patients in the private hospital points to the violation of elementary fire and safety standards permitted by successive state and national governments in India.
By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 9 December 2011
“The military machine and repressive laws developed during the war are being used against people throughout the whole country.”
By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 December 2011
Big business groups and financial analysts have denounced the announced suspension as a missed opportunity to press ahead with a broader pro-market agenda.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 December 2011
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has justified the killing of a top leader of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) in what has all the earmarks of a summary execution.
By Ali Ismail, 3 December 2011
Pakistan’s government has been shaken by allegations that its former ambassador to the US composed a memo pledging compliance with Washington’s demands, in return for help preventing a military coup.
2 December 2011
The Sri Lankan SEP and ISSE is holding a public meeting in Colombo on December 8 on their campaign for release of political prisoners.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2011
Thousands of students in Lahore and other cities staged protests as it was reported that President Obama has rejected a proposal that he issue a formal apology for the US raid that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers.
By Peter Symonds, 1 December 2011
Gillard’s announcement dovetailed with Obama’s concerted drive to bolster US security alliances throughout Asia in order to undercut China’s economic and political influence.
By Sampath Perera, 1 December 2011
The major Pakistani parties’ record of subservience to the US “war on terror” has left Imran Khan’s conservative-nationalist PTI party able to posture as the only representative of opposition to the war.
By Saman Gunadasa, 30 November 2011
Amid a worsening global crisis, the budget has inflicted new burdens on working people, while giving tax breaks to business.
By our correspondents, 29 November 2011
In a well-attended meeting in Colombo, the SEP and ISSE explained the roots of the JVP’s political break-up and the necessity for a Trotskyist party.
By Alex Lantier, 29 November 2011
US and Pakistani officials held intensive talks as outrage grew in the Pakistani population and army over the NATO bombing of two Pakistani border posts on Saturday.
By Keith Jones, 28 November 2011
Relations between the United States and Pakistan are near breaking point after a US airstrike early Saturday morning killed more than 25 Pakistani soldiers stationed at two army posts located near the Afghan border.
By Vilani Peiris, 28 November 2011
The joint military exercise by Pakistan and China began as US-China rivalries in Asia intensify.
By Wije Dias, 26 November 2011
The Rajapakse government, which instigated the court case, is determined to stifle any opposition to its rule, no matter how limited.
By K. Ratnayake, 19 November 2011
The JVP critics are desperately attempting to prevent a further erosion of the party’s standing among workers and youth disgusted with its repeated betrayals and foul communal politics.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 November 2011
Within days of the October 21 deal between the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union and the company, MSEU President Sonu Gujjar and Secretary Shiv Kumar received large cash payments from Maruti Suzuki for resigning their jobs.
By Wije Dias, 11 November 2011
The TNA trip was not aiming at securing the rights of ordinary Tamils but at making a grovelling appeal for help from Washington to elevate the political status of the Tamil elites in Sri Lanka.
By our correspondents, 9 November 2011
The SEP and ISSE warned that the detention of Tamil youth by the Sri Lankan government is part of a wider assault on the democratic rights of workers and youth.
By the International Students for Social Equality, 8 November 2011
The ISSE will hold a public lecture in Colombo on November 17 on the internal crisis of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and its implications for workers and youth.
By Vilani Peris and Ali Ismail, 5 November 2011
US threats to mount cross-border raids into Pakistan have prompted the country’s military to warn that Pakistan will repel any force that violates its sovereignty.
By Saman Gunadasa, 2 November 2011
Facing a deep financial crisis, the Rajapakse government is preparing for violent confrontations with working people.
Sri Lankan SEP campaign to release political prisoners: Plantation detainee and relatives speak to WSWS
By M. Vasanthan, 29 October 2011
Political prisoners and their parents in the central plantation areas of Sri Lanka denounced the parliamentary parties and trade unions for doing nothing to free detainees.
By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 28 October 2011
The judiciary’s rejections of petitions against the Prevention of Terrorism Act regulations courts will strengthen the Rajapakse government’s police-state measures.
By a WSWS reporting team, 26 October 2011
Maruti workers described the brutal conditions prevailing in India’s new industrial zones, which are triggering explosive struggles.
By Vilani Peiris, 26 October 2011
Popular anger over chronic electricity load-shedding erupted earlier this month, producing violent clashes in many Pakistani cities.
Socialist Equality Party Sri Lanka, 25 October 2011
The NSSP of Sri Lanka has declared its hostility to Trotskyism and socialist revolution.
By our correspondents, 24 October 2011
The unions at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar, Haryana car assembly plant and other nearby Suzuki plants ordered an end to a militant two-week-long strike last Friday, after the newly formed independent union at the Manesar plant made a rotten deal with management and Haryana state Labour Department officials.
Released detainees speak to the WSWS
By Subash Somachandran, 22 October 2011
WSWS reporters held discussions with several recently released detainees and their relatives, who extended their support to the SEP campaign for the immediate release of all political prisoners.
By World Socialist Web Site, 20 October 2011
To defeat the combined assault of big business, the government, police and courts, the Maruti Suzuki workers must make their strike the spearhead of an industrial and political offensive of the entire working class against sweatshop conditions.
By R.V. Singh and Colleen Redcliffe, 19 October 2011
India’s Planning Commission has recommended that those spending more than US 64 cents per day in urban areas and 52 cents per day in rural areas are not to be considered “poor.”
By Sampath Perera, 19 October 2011
While the Indus Valley floodwaters have started to recede, the threat of famine and diseases is mounting for millions forced from their homes.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 October 2011
Striking workers at Manesar car assembly plant of Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) ended their eight-day occupation of the plant Friday night, under threat of a police crackdown.
By K. Ratnayake, 14 October 2011
Amid signs of developing struggles of the working class in Sri Lanka and internationally, the emergence of a dissident faction in the JVP is a desperate attempt to breathe life back into a political corpse.
By Arun Kumar and Sasi Kumar, 14 October 2011
German-based Bosch Limited has locked out 2,500 unionized workers at its plant at Adugodi in Bangalore, India, so as to break resistance to the contracting-out of jobs of workers employed in 19 different departments.
By Arun Kumar, 13 October 2011
Maruti Suzuki India is plotting with the Congress Party-led Haryana state government to use police violence to smash the six day-old occupation of its Manesar car assembly plant.
By W.A. Sunil, 12 October 2011
The central election issue was the government’s plan to evict 70,000 families from shanties in Colombo in order to transform the capital into a major commercial hub for South Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 11 October 2011
The protracted US-led war in Afghanistan has transformed that country into a hornet’s nest of political intrigue and profoundly destabilised the entire region.
By Kranti Kumara, 11 October 2011
The 3,500 workers at the sprawling Maruti-Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) complex in Manesar, Haryana recommenced their 6-month-long agitation last Friday afternoon by occupying the car assembly plant. Eight thousand other workers at auto industry-related plants have since walked out in sympathy.
By James Cogan, 6 October 2011
The agreement is a clear threat that India, in conjunction with the US and its allies, will continue to build its political and economic influence in Afghanistan at Pakistan’s expense.
By Saman Gunadasa, 5 October 2011
Warning of another foreign reserves crisis, the International Monetary Fund has delayed the final two instalments of its $2.6 billion loan to Sri Lanka.
Statement Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 4 October 2011
The SEP’s campaign is inseparable from the broader struggle to defend the democratic rights of the working class and rural masses from the attacks of the government.
By Rajesh Tyagi, 4 October 2011
Working in conjunction with state government officials, the unions have prevailed on the workers at the Maruti Suzuki India plant in Manesar, Haryana to return to work on the company’s terms, after a bitter month-long struggle.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 October 2011
Close associates of French President Nicolas Sarkozy have been accused of using kickbacks from submarine sales to Pakistan in 1994 for illegal party funding.
By Sampath Perera, 1 October 2011
The continuing floods in a condition of little or no assistance to millions of affected and displaced people have worsened a public health crisis and risks of malnutrition has intensified.
By Ali Ismail, 1 October 2011
The crisis in US-Pakistan relations continues to escalate more than a week after chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency of supporting the Haqqani network.
By our correspondents, 28 September 2011
Piyaseeli Wijegunasinghe –A Tribute was launched on the first anniversary of the death of the lifelong Trotskyist and Marxist art critic.
By Arun Kumar, 27 September 2011
The Stalinist leadership of the All India Trade Union Congress is urging locked-out workers at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant to surrender to the company’s demand that they sign a “good conduct bond” that reinforces an oppressive, dictatorial work regime.
By Subash Somachandran, 26 September 2011
The Sri Lankan army has carried out its first major assault on Tamil civilians since the war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in May 2009.
“We are determined this time to fight to the end”
By Rajesh Tyagi, 22 September 2011
With the grass-root workers determined to win their rights, the carmaker MSI and the Congress Party government are looking to diffuse the crisis and subjugate the workers through the mediation of the Stalinist union leaders.
By Ali Ismail, 21 September 2011
Popular anger is spreading throughout Pakistan over the PPP-led government’s pitiful response to the massive floods that are ravaging the country for the second year in succession.
By Arun Kumar, 20 September 2011
Police arrested the leaders of the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union late Sunday evening when they emerged from failed talks with representatives of the carmaker and the Haryana labour department. Maruti Suzuki has locked out 3,000 workers at its Manesar assembly plant since August 29.
By Arun Kumar, 17 September 2011
Big business, the Congress Party-led Haryana state government, and the police are all supporting Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) in its drive to subjugate the workforce at its Manesar car assembly plant.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 September 2011
The use of the death penalty, particularly in political cases, is a sharp warning to the working class of the methods that will be used to suppress the class struggle.
By Arun Kumar, 15 September 2011
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Ltd., the country’s largest car maker, has intensified its threats against locked-out workers at the company’s Mansard plant, moving to replace them with strike breakers.
By K. Ratnayake, 15 September 2011
The Sri Lankan president has imposed new regulations and revived old police-state laws to ensure that the security forces continue to have extensive repressive powers.
By Vilani Peiris, 13 September 2011
The ruling coalition has mounted a campaign to win the Colombo council as part of its plans to transform the city into a major financial hub and evict thousands of shanty dwellers.
By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 10 September 2011
The much-anticipated visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh failed to produce the desired transit and water-sharing deals.
By Sathish Simon, 10 September 2011
Haryana’s Congress Party-led state government is working in tandem with Maruti Suzuki to crush worker resistance at its Manesar plant.
By Ali Ismail, 8 September 2011
Flash floods brought on by monsoon rains have killed over 130 people in Pakistan in recent weeks and forced millions to flee their submerged villages.
By Arun Kumar and Sasi Kumar, 5 September 2011
For almost four weeks, workers have struck the Comstar Automotive Technologies’ plant in Sriperumbudur, south India, to win union recognition and improved wages and benefits.
By our reporters, 3 September 2011
The SEP and ISSE held a public meeting in Colombo on the need for a socialist perspective to address the growing wave of struggles by workers in Sri Lanka and internationally.
By Sarath Kumara and Peter Symonds, 2 September 2011
The CPM’s response to the Hazare movement has demonstrated its complete integration into the Indian political establishment as a staunch defender of bourgeois rule.
By Ali Ismail, 2 September 2011
Karachi Electric Supply Company workers demonstrating against nonpayment of their salaries were brutally attacked on Monday when KESC security guards and Karachi police opened fire on them, injuring at least eight.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 1 September 2011
President Rajapakse announced the lifting of the state of emergency in a bid to deflect international pressure over his government’s war crimes and abuses.
By Sarath Kumara, 29 August 2011
Nothing has been settled in the deal with Hazare, whose focus on “corruption” has been to the exclusion of the economic and social crisis facing the vast majority of working people.
By Sarath Kumara, 27 August 2011
Sections of the corporate elite, while continuing to exploit the Hazare protests, have become increasingly nervous about the present parliamentary logjam and the potential for escalating political instability.
By Ali Ismail, 24 August 2011
A wave of ethnic-killings arising from turf wars between Karachi's establishment parties and the rival gangs they patronize has sparked calls for the army to be deployed.
By Sarath Kumara and Peter Symonds, 23 August 2011
Big business latched onto the Lokpal campaign as a means of deflecting attention from its own practices and pressing the Singh government to push ahead with pro-market reforms.
By Keith Jones, 18 August 2011
India’s coalition government is in disarray after using preventative detention and mass arrests in an unsuccessful attempt to block a protest led by self-styled Gandhian and self-anointed anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.
18 August 2011
The SEP and ISSE will hold a public meeting in Colombo on August 22 to discuss a socialist program for the rising wave of working class struggles.
By S. Jayanth, 18 August 2011
Negotiations between the government and TNA for a power-sharing deal following the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war are on the brink of collapse.
By Arun Kumar, 18 August 2011
The bank workers’ strike is part of the emerging class struggles in India and internationally triggered by the deepening crisis of the global capitalist economy, of which India is an integral part.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 August 2011
Far from being a comprehensive refutation, the paucity of the defence ministry report demonstrates that the government has no answer to the evidence that it is responsible for horrific war crimes.
By Sarath Kumara, 13 August 2011
The international financial turmoil, together with the prospects of recession in the US and Europe, has prompted a nervous response in Indian business circles and demands for further restructuring.
By Ali Ismail, 11 August 2011
A recent report on the “disappeared” in Balochistan is a devastating exposure of the brutal tactics Pakistan’s military and security agencies are using to suppress Baloch ethnic-nationalists in the country’s poorest province.
By K. Ratnayake, 10 August 2011
Professor Liyanage, who led the FUTA negotiating team, opposed any political struggle against the Sri Lankan government on the basis of a socialist perspective.
the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 8 August 2011
Thousands of workers have started protests in Sri Lanka, demanding higher wages and better working conditions.
By S. Ramesh, 5 August 2011
The attack on the Uthayan news editor took place in Jaffna, just one week after the government’s defeat in local elections in the Northern Province.
By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 1 August 2011
Despite campaigning heavily in the northern district and using violence against its opponents, the UPFA won just 3 of the 20 local councils.
By Kapila Fernando, 30 July 2011
The union leaders explicitly rejected any political struggle against the government, paving the way for their complete capitulation on the wage demands.
By Ali Ismail, 22 July 2011
The austerity budget that Pakistan’s PPP-led coalition government is implementing in the 2011-12 fiscal year is a conspiracy against the country’s workers and toilers.
By Subash Somachandran, 21 July 2011
President Mahinda Rajapakse is mounting a desperate attempt to win the poll in the war-torn north to counter criticisms of his government’s involvement in the military’s war crimes.
By Saman Gunadasa, 19 July 2011
The commentary reflects the deepening dilemma posed to ruling elites throughout Asia by the economic rise of China, and the relative decline of the US.