By Vilani Peiris, 15 July 2011
Washington suspended aid to Pakistan, trying to force it to do Washington’s bidding in the US “AfPak” war waged in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
By Keith Jones, 14 July 2011
At least 21 people were killed and more than 140 injured yesterday by a coordinated bomb attack at three different locations in Mumbai, India’s largest city and financial center.
By K. Ratnayake, 13 July 2011
The NSSP is not only providing much-needed political assistance to the discredited TNA but also lining up with US and European imperialism, which are seeking to pressure the Sri Lankan government to negotiate with the Tamil elite.
By James Cogan, 9 July 2011
The operation has been ordered to restore relations with the Obama administration following tensions that developed in the wake of the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
By our correspondent, 1 July 2011
Despite intimidation by the military and police, youth and working people participated in a well-attended public meeting on “The Middle East upheavals and the theory of the permanent revolution.”
By Arun Kumar, 1 July 2011
The All India Trade Union Congress shut down the nearly two-week sit-in strike by 2,500 workers at the Maruti Suzuki plant in northern India.
the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 29 June 2011
The wage agreement signed by the unions this month condemns plantation workers to another two years of poverty-level wages.
By Vilani Peiris, 25 June 2011
US deputy special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Frank Ruggiro arrived in Islamabad on Monday, part of a series of visits to Pakistan by US administration officials since the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 1.
By W.A. Sunil and Ruwan Liyanage, 23 June 2011
Shocked by the extent of the Free Trade Zone protests, the government has been desperately seeking to cover up its own responsibility for the police violence.
Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields
By Paul Bond, 22 June 2011
Channel 4 News has amassed mobile phone footage exposing the Sri Lankan military’s war crime against Tamil refugees.
By K. Ratnayake, 21 June 2011
The big lie has become the standard response of the Colombo establishment to all evidence of the atrocities carried out by the military in the final months of its onslaught on the LTTE.
By our correspondents, 21 June 2011
The founding congress of the SEP in Sri Lanka took place in Colombo on May 27-29, adopting a perspectives resolution that reviews the key strategic experiences of the struggle for Trotskyism in the Indian subcontinent.
By Sarath Kumara, 18 June 2011
The strained relations between India and Sri Lanka were highlighted when senior Indian officials visited Colombo last week.
By the International Students for Social Equality (Sri Lanka), 16 June 2011
The ISSE in Sri Lanka calls on students to defend the right of university teachers to fight for a wage increase and improved conditions.
14 June 2011
The Sri Lankan SEP announces a meeting in Jaffna on “Mass uprisings in the Middle East and Permanent Revolution.”
By M. Vasanthan, 11 June 2011
At the government’s instigation, unions and employers brought negotiations to a rapid conclusion after mass protests by free trade zone workers erupted against the planned pension scheme.
By W.A. Sunil, 9 June 2011
Far from providing benefits for workers, government talks with the unions will be the means for imposing new burdens on the working class.
By K. Ratnayake, 8 June 2011
As the unions scramble to curb FTZ protests, the Nava Sama Samaja Party is desperately trying to revive the illusion that the union leaders will defend the rights of workers.
By Peter Symonds, 7 June 2011
The protests by free trade zone workers on this small island have taken place outside of the unions and the country’s opposition parties.
By our correspondents, 6 June 2011
The whole village was under what amounted to military occupation, with armed soldiers inside and outside the church.
By our correspondents, 3 June 2011
Responsibility for the death falls squarely on the government, which deployed 2,000 police to suppress protests by Free Trade Zone workers.
the Socialist Equality Party, 1 June 2011
The SEP condemns the brutal police crackdown unleashed by the government on thousands of protesting workers in Katunayake free trade zone.
By W.A. Sunil and Ruwan Liyanage, 1 June 2011
More than 200 workers were injured and about 100 arrested in a police and military assault on workers protesting against the government’s pension bill.
By Nihal Geekiyanage, 28 May 2011
The walkout, in defiance of the trade unions, was a clear sign of growing discontent throughout the working class over the government’s escalating attacks on living standards.
By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 25 May 2011
Mamata Banerjee, the anti-communist demagogue who leads the Trinamool Congress (TMC), has been installed as West Bengal’s Chief Minister setting the stage for a sharp intensification of the class struggle.
By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 23 May 2011
The country’s poorly-paid academics have defied the Rajapakse government to impose work bans on universities.
By Keith Jones, 23 May 2011
In the aftermath of the assassination of Osama bin Laden earlier this month, there are now signs that the longstanding conflict between India and Pakistan will intersect with growing tensions between the United States and China.
By Ali Ismail, 20 May 2011
The Pakistan Muslim League (Q)—the civilian face of the military regime that ruled Pakistan till 2008—has joined the country’s deeply unpopular Pakistan People’s Party-led federal government, so it can implement an IMF austerity program.
By Niall Green, 19 May 2011
Amid growing tensions between Islamabad and Washington, Pakistan and Russia are developing close security and economic ties.
By K. Ratnayake, 18 May 2011
The Colombo establishment views the murder as a vindication of the Sri Lankan government’s war crimes and an opportunity to ingratiate itself with Washington.
By Keith Jones, 18 May 2011
Two Pakistani soldiers were injured, at least one seriously, Tuesday when Pakistani ground troops were fired on by NATO helicopters that had crossed into Pakistani airspace over North Waziristan.
By Keith Jones, 14 May 2011
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its Left Front have suffered a shattering defeat in a series of state assembly elections whose results were tabulated yesterday. Defeated in its West Bengal and Kerala bastions, the Left now governs only the tiny state of Tripura.
By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 13 May 2011
Plantation workers on poverty-level wages and conditions are confronting another betrayal by the trade unions which are already collaborating with employers to impose another pay sell-out.
By Keith Jones, 12 May 2011
Significant as the state elections are for the Congress Party-led national government, interest in them has rightly focused on the fate of the Left Front governments in West Bengal and Kerala and of the Left’s dominant component, the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist).
By Sujeewa Amaranath, 10 May 2011
The ban on Lanka e-News marks a further assault on fundamental democratic rights by the regime of President Mahinda Rajapakse.
By Keith Jones, 10 May 2011
Pakistan’s Prime Minister has warned that Pakistan reserves the right to “retaliate with full force” to any future violation of its national sovereignty.
By our correspondents, 9 May 2011
Workers and youth took part in the SEP’s meeting in opposition to the wave of chauvinism and patriotism whipped up by the ruling coalition in Sri Lanka.
By Peter Symonds, 6 May 2011
An important element in the carefully calculated decision to murder Bin Laden was the frustration in Washington over resistance in Islamabad to US demands over the AfPak war.
By Sarath Kumara, 4 May 2011
The report is a devastating blow to the Colombo government’s claims that military offensives in the final months of the island’s civil war were a “humanitarian operation” that killed no civilians.
By W.A. Sunil, 2 May 2011
Following a strike by garment workers at the Bratex undergarment factory, 38 workers were retrenched and five are facing court later this month on trumped up charges.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 April 2011
A UN panel report accusing Sri Lankan government of crimes against humanity has become the target of vilification by the Colombo political establishment.
By our correspondents, 27 April 2011
The SEP’s campaign revealed a growing interest among workers and youth in international developments and particularly the imperialist bombing of Libya.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 26 April 2011
The numerous corruption scandals engulfing the Indian establishment have justifiably generated popular outrage. But working people should beware of the “anti-corruption campaign” being led by Kisan Hazare and promoted by much of India’s corporate elite.
By Ali Ismail, 25 April 2011
A Pakistani delegation returned home from Washington last week after failing to win approval from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the release of the sixth tranche of an $11 billion loan.
By Keith Jones, 23 April 2011
Yesterday’s US missile attack in North Waziristan came on the eve of a two-day mass protest against Predator drone strikes that its organizers claim will mobilize hundreds of thousands.
21 April 2011
The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) call on workers and young people to attend our public meeting in Colombo on May 1 to mark international workers’ day and discuss the vital issues confronting the international working class.
By Sarath Kumara, 21 April 2011
An Expert Panel found that tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war, mainly by deliberate government shelling, including of hospitals and aid centres.
By Sampath Perera, 16 April 2011
The International Monetary Fund has praised the government for meeting the required budget deficit reduction targets.
By Keith Jones, 15 April 2011
The US carried out drone missiles attacks near the village of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan, on Wednesday.
By Kranti Kumara, 15 April 2011
Auto workers at the GM Halol plant in the western India state of Gujarat have waged a month-long battle against brutal working conditions.
By Kapila Fernando, 14 April 2011
The closures are part of a campaign to suppress student opposition to worsening educational conditions and plans to establish private universities.
By Sujeewa Amaranath, 11 April 2011
Rupasinghe’s detention is the latest in a series of attacks on the media and journalists by the Sri Lankan government.
8 April 2011
The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) in Sri Lanka will hold a public meeting in Colombo on April 19 to discuss the implications of the imperialist intervention in Libya.
By Vilani Peiris, 7 April 2011
The Sri Lankan cabinet has unveiled plans for a pro-business authority to run Colombo city, in preparation for mass evictions.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 2 April 2011
The people of West Bengal, India's fourth most populous state, will vote in state assembly elections in six phases, commencing April 18.
the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 1 April 2011
The SEP urges estate workers to form action committees independent of the unions to prosecute a campaign for decent wages and conditions.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 1 April 2011
Major-General Singha’s praise of Narendra Modi must be evaluated in the context of deepening collusion between the personnel of India’s state institutions and the Hindu supremacist right and evidence that elements within the military are promoting communalist politics.
By K. Ratnayake, 28 March 2011
While it claims to represent all Tamils, the TNA is seeking a deal that will secure privileges for the Tamil bourgeoisie at the expense of working people.
By Sampath Perera, 28 March 2011
A recent report from a Pakistan government-established task force paints a harrowing picture of the state of education in the world’s sixth most populous country.
By Sarath Kumara, 26 March 2011
Far from being a vote of confidence in President Mahinda Rajapakse, the result reflects a collapse of support for the major opposition parties.
By Kranti Kumara, 23 March 2011
Auto workers at GM’s factory in the western Indian state of Gujarat have been on strike for over a week to oppose speed up and brutal working conditions.
By Keith Jones, 19 March 2011
India’s Congress Party-led government has been rocked by the publication of a WikiLeaks cable showing that it used bribery to win a pivotal non-confidence vote.
New US drone attack kills dozens
By Ali Ismail, 18 March 2011
One day after Pakistani authorities released CIA agent Raymond Davis, the US carried out a fresh atrocity in Pakistan killing more than three dozen people.
By Ali Ismail, 16 March 2011
Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Religious Minorities Minister and a vocal opponent of the country’s reactionary and discriminatory blasphemy laws, was assassinated March 2.
By Sampath Perera, 15 March 2011
In a move directed against China’s growing influence, a top US diplomat has warned the Sri Lankan government that its leaders could face international war crimes charges.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 12 March 2011
In a legal travesty, an Indian court has convicted 31 Muslims of conspiring to cause the train fire in Godhra that the BJP state government and its Hindu supremacist allies used to incite the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat.
By Nihal Geekiyanage and Ivan Fernando, 7 March 2011
Desperate to attract foreign investment, the Rajapakse government unleashed a brutal police attack on striking free trade zone workers.
By Ali Ismail, 5 March 2011
Potentially explosive allegations concerning the covert activities of Raymond Davis, the CIA operative who gunned down two Pakistani youth in a Lahore market in late January, continue to emerge.
By our correspondents, 2 March 2011
Speakers explained that the convulsions in the Middle East and North Africa demonstrated that the working class internationally was entering into a new period of revolutionary struggles.
By W. A. Sunil and Jothipala Perera, 26 February 2011
The official IMF mission statement on Sri Lanka underscored the contempt of the global financial elite for the lives and plight of the poor masses.
By Ali Ismail, 24 February 2011
The New York Times revealed that Davis was part of a covert, CIA-led team responsible for gathering intelligence and conducting surveillance on militant groups in Pakistan.
By Patrick O’Connor, 23 February 2011
After a US air strike killed up to 51 civilians last Thursday in Afghanistan’s north-eastern Kunar province, General David Petraeus reportedly accused local residents of burning their children to fake evidence of civilian casualties.
22 February 2011
This photo essay records the devastation caused by a quarter century of civil war in Sri Lanka and the plight facing hundreds of thousands of refugees.
By Sasi Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 22 February 2011
The strike launched one week ago today by more than a thousand workers at the Sanmina SCI plant in the Oragadam Special Economic Zone is part of a wave of workers’ struggles that have rocked the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu since last summer.
By Keith Jones, 18 February 2011
Washington ratcheted up pressure on Pakistan this week to drop all criminal charges against a US security operative who gunned down two young men in a busy Lahore market, killing both.
By Saman Gunadasa, 18 February 2011
The mass turnout by 20,000 workers defied the Ceylon Bank Employees Union president, who sought to sabotage the strike at the last minute by making a media statement that it had been postponed.
By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 16 February 2011
The government has launched an island-wide School Development Program, forcing parents to bear much of the financial burden of running schools.
16 February 2011
A SEP-ISSE public meeting in Colombo on February 25 will discuss the political implications of the overthrow of the hated Mubarak regime.
16 February 2011
The WSWS is publishing in Urdu a statement recently issued by the Pakistani group Marxist Voice, “Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program: Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!” We are also publishing the Urdu translation of the WSWS perspective, “A welcome advance for the Pakistani and world working class,” which explains the significance of the Marxist Voice statement.
By Sampath Perera, 12 February 2011
Rajapakse presented himself as a saviour of the national economy, who must make the “hard decisions” to cut wages and jobs.
By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 12 February 2011
India’s principal Maoist party, the CPI (Maoist), has proclaimed support for the election of the right-wing Trinamool Congress in the coming West Bengal state election.
By Ali Ismail, 10 February 2011
Pakistan’s government is facing escalating US pressure to release Raymond Davis, the American national responsible for gunning down two Pakistani youths in a Lahore market on January 26.
By Ali Ismail, 9 February 2011
Last year’s floods have exacerbated food insecurity in Pakistan to the point that the poverty-stricken country could soon see Tunisia-style unrest, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned.
By Sarath Kumara, 8 February 2011
The court ruled against Sarath Fonseka, former opposition presidential candidate, upholding the validity of the courts-martial that jailed him on trumped-up charges.
By our correspondents, 4 February 2011
A gang broke into the office of the Lankaenews.com web site on Monday and set fire to the premises, destroying a library and office equipment.
By Sampath Perera, 3 February 2011
At least two inmates were killed at the Anuradhapura prison last week after protests erupted over squalid conditions and inadequate meals.
By Ajay Prakash, 2 February 2011
Dr. Binayak Sen, an internationally-known human rights activist, has been sentenced to life imprisonment on trumped-up charges for having spoken out against atrocities committed by the Indian state in suppressing a Maoist-led tribal insurgency.
By K. Ratnayake, 1 February 2011
The Rajapakse government has “postponed” elections for 19 municipal councils, including the capital of Colombo, and 15 regional councils.
By Vilani Peiris, 27 January 2011
The Rajapakse government has sped up its drive to evict 66,000 families and clear large areas of the capital in order to benefit developers, boost tourism and transform the city into a business hub for the Asian region.
By James Cogan, 26 January 2011
Sunday’s three attacks took the number of Predator strikes in the first weeks of 2011 to at least 10, making clear there will be no letup in the US carnage inside Pakistan.
By S. Jayanth, 25 January 2011
Death squads operating in collusion with the military have once again begun to terrorise Tamils in the North and East of Sri Lanka.
By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 24 January 2011
The government has taken another unprecedented step in the militarisation of society by imposing military “leadership training” for all university students.
By Nihal Geekiyanage and Somasiri Wathugedara, 22 January 2011
The trade unions in Free Trade Zones are appealing to employers on the basis of the slogan “Bigger Pay, Bigger Profit”.
By Vilani Peiris, 20 January 2011
The political and media establishment has reacted to WikiLeaks revelations, which confirm that the Rajapakse government was responsible for war crimes, by suppressing the leaked US diplomatic cables and defending the military’s actions.
On the spot report
By W.A. Sunil and A. Shanthakumar, 19 January 2011
The reality on the ground in Sri Lanka’s flood-affected areas is vastly different from the sanitised view being presented in television footage.
By Mike Head, 15 January 2011
Governments have proven utterly incapable of forewarning and protecting ordinary people from major, yet predictable, adverse weather events.
By W.A. Sunil and S. Ajithan, 14 January 2011
Severe flooding, particularly in the eastern districts of Sri Lanka, has displaced 350,000 people who are sheltering in makeshift relief camps without adequate supplies of clean water, food and medicine.
By Ali Ismail, 13 January 2011
More than six months after catastrophic floods first hit Pakistan, millions of people remain without proper shelter and adequate food supplies and at risk of disease. This tragedy is a stunning indictment of the Pakistani bourgeoisie and its international allies, above all Washington.
By Saman Gunadasa, 11 January 2011
Working people in Sri Lanka have been hit hard by a wave of price increases and austerity measures, including a wage freeze and cutbacks to price subsidies.
By Kranti Kumara, 11 January 2011
India’s Congress Party-led coalition government has been unable to quash a scandal concerning the awarding, without auction, of wireless 2G (second generation) spectrum licenses in 2008.