Indian subcontinent

Diplomatic crisis intensifies over US operative who gunned down Pakistanis

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.

Sri Lankan bank workers strike to demand pension rights

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.

Sri Lankan government undermines public education

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.

SEP/ISSE meeting in Colombo on the Egyptian revolution

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.

WSWS posts Marxist Voice statement from Pakistan in Urdu

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.

Sri Lankan president foreshadows further economic hardship

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.

Indian Maoists declare support for right-wing Trinamool Congress

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.

US bullying Pakistan to release “diplomat” who killed two in Lahore market

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.

Pakistan: Red Cross warns of Tunisia-style unrest in wake of floods

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.

Sri Lankan Supreme Court upholds Fonseka convictions

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.

Arson attack on Sri Lankan opposition web site

By our correspondents, 4 February 2011

A gang broke into the office of the web site on Monday and set fire to the premises, destroying a library and office equipment.

Sri Lankan guards shoot protesting prisoners

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.

Indian human rights activist jailed for life on frame-up charges

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.

Sri Lankan government blocks key local elections

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.

Sri Lankan government intensifies Colombo evictions

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.

US drone attacks provoke fury in Pakistan

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.

Sri Lanka: Terror campaign against Tamils reemerges

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.

Sri Lanka: Military discipline for university students

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.

Sri Lanka: Free Trade Zone unions mount bogus wage campaign

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”.

Sri Lankan coverup of WikiLeaks war crime revelations

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

Sri Lanka’s flood victims express anger over government’s lack of aid

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.

The flood crises in Sri Lanka and Australia

By Mike Head, 15 January 2011

Governments have proven utterly incapable of forewarning and protecting ordinary people from major, yet predictable, adverse weather events.

One million affected by Sri Lankan floods

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.

Pakistan’s summer floods: A man-made disaster

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.

Price rises deepen discontent in Sri Lanka

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.

India’s Congress-led government unable to quash 2G scandal

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.

British police trained Bangladeshi death squads

By Simon Whelan, 7 January 2011

Cables released by WikiLeaks reveal how the British government provides training to a Bangladeshi government paramilitary force specialising in executing political opponents.

Sri Lanka: NSSP prepares new trap for Tamil workers and youth

By Athiyan Silva and Antoine Lerougetel, 7 January 2011

Since its formation in 1978, the Nava Sama Samaja Party has consistently engaged in sordid manoeuvres with various bourgeois parties in Sri Lanka as they shifted inexorably to the right.

Sri Lanka: Former Tamil detainees speak to the WSWS

By our correspondent, 6 January 2011

The systematic abuse of the democratic rights of Tamil detainees is a sharp warning of the police-state methods that will be used against any opposition by working people to the government’s policies.

Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program

Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!

By of Marxist Voice, 6 January 2011

The World Socialist Web Site is publishing here a statement from Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International and undertaken to work with the ICFI to build it as the World Party of Socialist Revolution.

Pakistan’s PPP-led government on brink of collapse

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 5 January 2011

The survival of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led national coalition government is in jeopardy following Sunday’s defection by the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM).

Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program

Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!

Part 3

By Marxist Voice, 5 January 2011

The WSWS is publishing here the third and concluding part of a statement by Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

New Year begins with multiple US missile attacks in Pakistan

By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2011

At least 20 were killed in three separate strikes in the North Waziristan tribal region.

Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program

Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!

Part 2

By Marxist Voice, 4 January 2011

The WSWS is publishing here the second part of a statement by Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

A welcome advance for the Pakistani and world working class

By Keith Jones, 3 January 2011

The statement issued by the Pakistani group Marxist Voice, which the World Socialist Web Site today begins to serialize, represents an important advance in the elaboration of a revolutionary perspective for the workers of Pakistan and South Asia.

Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program

Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!

Part 1

By Marxist Voice, 3 January 2011

The WSWS is publishing here the first part of a statement by Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

Wave of garment-worker suicides in Indian “boom” town

By M. Kailasam and K. Sundaram, 31 December 2010

In Tirupur, a reputed boom town in the southeast Indian state of Tamil Nadu, close to a thousand garment workers or their family members have committed suicide during the past two years.

Tirupur suicides: The human cost of India’s capitalist expansion

By a WSWS reporting team, 31 December 2010

World Socialist Web Site reporters visited Tirupur to investigate the conditions that led close to a thousand garment workers, their spouses or children to commit suicide in the two years ending in September 2010.

US cable demonstrates Sri Lankan government’s collusion with paramilitary death squads

By Sarath Kumara, 29 December 2010

While well aware of the crimes being committed, Washington maintained a diplomatic silence and fully backed the Sri Lankan government’s renewed war against the LTTE.

Photo essay

Sri Lanka: Thousands of shanty dwellers to be evicted from central Colombo

28 December 2010

Over 70,000 families or more than 50 percent of central Colombo’s population are to be removed and their homes demolished by the Sri Lankan government.

CIA drone strikes kill 25 in Pakistan

By Joseph Kishore, 28 December 2010

The latest slaughter took place in the North Waziristan region, which borders Afghanistan and has been targeted by the majority of US missiles fired from unmanned aircraft over the past year.

Pakistan president appeals to opposition to support IMF austerity measures

By Sampath Perera, 28 December 2010

Pakistan’s president has personally appealed to the head of the country’s largest opposition party to help his Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led government impose a series of IMF diktats, including punishing tax increases.

Sri Lankan SEP holds a public meeting to defend WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

By our correspondents, 24 December 2010

The meeting unanimously passed a resolution denouncing the campaign against Assange as “a political witch-hunt” and calling for the working class to defend WikiLeaks.

More than 30 die in Bangladesh ferry disaster

By Wasantha Rupasingha, 23 December 2010

At least 37 people—all women and children—have drowned after a ferry collided with a sand-laden cargo vessel and sank in north-eastern Bangladesh on December 19.

New York Times reports US plans for military escalation in Pakistan

By Barry Grey, 22 December 2010

In a front-page article, the New York Times reported Tuesday that the Obama administration is close to approving a major expansion of Special Operations ground raids into Pakistani regions bordering Afghanistan.

The police shooting of Bangladesh garment workers

By K. Ratnayake, 21 December 2010

The killing of four textile workers is the sharpest expression of a global turn by employers and government to state violence amid the deepening international economic crisis.

US complicit in India’s systematic use of torture in Kashmir

By Deepal Jayasekera, 21 December 2010

US diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks show that Washington has long had evidence of Indian authorities’ systematic use of torture against opponents of Indian rule over Jammu and Kashmir, but has chosen not to speak out against New Delhi’s gross human rights violations.

US drones slaughter 54 in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2010

A series of CIA drone missile attacks Friday killed at least 54 people in the Khyber tribal region near the Afghanistan border.

Sri Lankan health union calls off nurses’ strike

By W. A. Sunil, 18 December 2010

The GNOU and other unions were desperate to scuttle the strike to prevent it from spreading throughout the nursing workforce and to avoid a political confrontation with the government.

Factory fire and police killings fuel discontent among Bangladeshi garment workers

By W.A. Sunil and John Chan, 16 December 2010

Tensions remain high in the Bangladeshi garment industry as a result of Sunday’s bloody crackdown by the Awami League government, in which police fatally shot four striking workers, followed two days later by a factory fire that killed more than 30 workers near Dhaka, the capital.

Bangladesh police shoot striking garment workers

By Wimal Perera, 15 December 2010

Police mobilised by the Awami League government killed four garment workers and injured at least 150 after opening fire with live bullets and tear gas shells on striking workers in Bangladesh last Sunday.

SEP Sri Lanka public meeting: Defend Julian Assange and Wikileaks!

15 December 2010

The SEP is holding a public meeting in Colombo to defend WikiLeaks and Julian Assange and discuss the political significance of the WikiLeaks’ exposures for the Sri Lankan and international working class.

Sri Lankan unions accept budget cuts

By W.A. Sunil, 11 December 2010

By freezing wages and driving up the cost of living, the Sri Lankan budget has deepened the social crisis that has continued to worsen since the end of the protracted communal war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last year.

India: Victimized Foxconn and BYD workers speak out

By a WSWS Reporting Team, 11 December 2010

Tamil Nadu’s DMK “state government acts in favour of BYD management” and “has suppressed Foxconn workers and filed trumped up charges against them,” victimized BYD strike leader Munusamy told the WSWS.

India: Lessons of the Stalinist CITU’s betrayal of the Foxconn and BYD strikes

By Keith Jones and K. Ratnayake, 10 December 2010

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions has shut down militant strikes against Foxconn and BYD—part of a growing wave of industrial unrest in Tamil Nadu—instructing workers to accept the firing of strike leaders and other punitive company demands.

Sri Lankan unions accept budget cuts

By W.A. Sunil, 10 December 2010

By freezing wages and driving up the cost of living, the Sri Lankan budget has deepened the social crisis that has continued to worsen since the end of the protracted communal war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last year.

WikiLeaks and Sri Lanka: Who are the real criminals?

By K. Ratnayake, 9 December 2010

Washington is relentlessly pursuing Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for exposing the truth behind American imperialism’s secret operations, while protecting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, who freely struts the world stage.

Sri Lankan government moves to evict more Colombo shanty residents

By Vilani Peiris, 6 December 2010

The Sri Lankan government is stepping up its plans to evict more than 70,000 families from Colombo city to clear land for big business. To answer this assault, the Socialist Equality Party is campaigning to build support for the Action Committee to Defend the Right to Housing.

WikiLeaks document exposes US complicity in Sri Lankan war crimes

By K. Ratnayake, 4 December 2010

The leaked diplomatic cable shows that the Obama administration was always well aware that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse was responsible for war crimes.

Hundreds killed in national-ethnic violence in Pakistan’s largest city

By Ali Ismail, 3 December 2010

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan recently reported that more than 1,350 people have been killed in Karachi this year in ethnic-political violence perpetrated by gangs aligned with parties in Pakistan’s national coalition government.

WikiLeaks cables fuel hostility to US role in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2010

Diplomatic cables from the US Embassy in Islamabad released by WikiLeaks have exposed the criminal and duplicitous role played by both Washington and the Pakistani government.

WSWS team visits villages in the Vanni

Sri Lankan detainees “resettled” in appalling conditions

By Subash Somachandran, 2 December 2010

WSWS reporters recently visited rural villages near Kilinochchi in Sri Lanka’s northern Vanni region. In stark contrast to the government’s false claims, they found former Tamil detainees struggling to survive without jobs, proper housing or services.

India’s government rocked by 2G mobile license scandal

By Kranti Kumara, 26 November 2010

India’s government reportedly lost $40 billion by selling-off mobile phone frequency-spectrum licenses in 2008 without auction and at 2001 prices.

Sri Lankan budget implements IMF austerity measures

By Saman Gunadasa, 26 November 2010

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse handed down a budget this week, designed to burden the ongoing world economic crisis on the working people, in line with the IMF’s demands.

Sri Lanka: ISSE/SEP public meeting against university privatisation

22 November 2010

The International Students for Social Equality and the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka have called a public meeting to discuss a socialist program for the working class to fight the privatisation of university education.

Sri Lankan government detains plantation union leaders

By M. Vasanthan, 19 November 2010

Amid a deepening climate of repression, the Sri Lankan police have invoked the government’s emergency regulations to arrest two trade union leaders in the country’s central hills plantation estates.

India: Unions sell out contract workers strike at lignite mining company

By Satish Simon and Arun Kumar, 17 November 2010

A militant strike by 13,000 contract workers against the Indian government-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation has been sold out, just as the 39-day-old strike was beginning to win significant support from the “regular” workers.

Sri Lankan minister warns of “insurgency” in universities

By K. Ratnayake, 12 November 2010

The Rajapakse government’s reference to an “insurgency”—without the slightest evidence—is a warning to students of the police-state methods that will be used against any opposition to university privatisation.

Mother of Sri Lankan worker facing Saudi death sentence speaks to WSWS

By S. Ajithan and Panini Wijesiriwardena, 10 November 2010

Although appeals have been made to the Saudi king to halt Nafeek’s execution, he has not responded. Her plight illustrates the widespread intimidation of foreign workers who provide the Saudi elite with cheap labour.

Obama backs India’s bid for permanent UN Security Council seat

By Keith Jones, 9 November 2010

US President Barack Obama has endorsed India’s longstanding bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, as part of its attempt to entice India into a military-security bloc directed against China.

Indian worker left to die on Nokia assembly line

By Arun Kumar, 9 November 2010

The recent horrifying death of a young female worker at the Nokia factory in southern India stands as an indictment of the unsafe working conditions that prevail in most of the country’s industry.

Sri Lanka: Action committee against evictions appeals to workers

By By our correspondent, 8 November 2010

The Action Committee to Defend the Right to Housing has issued a call to all workers and young people, urging their support for the struggle to protect the homes of Colombo’s shanty dwellers against the government’s plans to evict 60,000 families.

Obama continues Washington’s aggressive courting of India

By Keith Jones, 6 November 2010

Prior to embarking on a three-day trip to India, US President Obama repeated George W. Bush’s offer of US assistance in making India a world power—a strategic gambit rooted in the US’s drive to contain and if need be thwart China’s rise.

Sri Lankan government wages “war on drugs”

By W.A Sunil, 5 November 2010

The huge police operation against the “drug mafia” is to justify the further strengthening of the state apparatus amid rising popular discontent over deteriorating living standards.

India: Police Chief vows to step up spying on workers

By Arun Kumar, 4 November 2010

Amid a wave of strikes and plant occupations, Tamil Nadu’s Deputy General of Police (DGP) has said that the state is intensifying its surveillance of the labor force so as to combat “left-wing extremism.”

India: BYD Electronics fires most of its workforce, after police break up sit-in

By Sasi Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 4 November 2010

The Indian subsidiary of BYD Electronics has fired most of the workforce at its plant in Tamil Nadu, more than 2,500 workers, after they staged a sit-in.

Pakistani workers express support for Indianapolis GM rank-and-file committee

4 November 2010

Workers in Pakistan sent a message of solidarity to GM workers fighting wage cuts and the threatened closing of their plant in Indianapolis.

Top Saudi court confirms death sentence on Sri Lankan worker

By Sampath Perera, 3 November 2010

Despite new evidence and international pleas, Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal against the death sentence imposed on Rizana Nafeek, a young Sri Lankan domestic servant.

Sri Lanka: Fight against university privatisation

By Statement International Students for Social Equality, 2 November 2010

The ISSE calls on students to oppose the Sri Lankan government’s new higher education act, which will pave the way for private universities.

Sri Lanka: UNP mounts bogus campaign against slum evictions

By Vilani Peiris, 30 October 2010

As the government prepares to evict 66,000 families from Colombo’s shanties, the opposition United National Party is falsely posturing as a champion of the urban poor.

Sri Lanka: War widows left in poverty

By Subash Somachandran, 27 October 2010

Tens of thousands of women in Sri Lanka lost their husbands during the country’s decades-long civil war.

Government seeks to crush strike of Foxconn workers in India

By Arun Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 25 October 2010

Through a combination of mass arrests and intimidation, the Tamil Nadu state government is working to repress a militant strike of workers at a factory owned by the Taiwan-based company.

India: 13,000 contract workers strike at lignite mine and power-company

By Sathish Simon and Arun Kumar, 23 October 2010

The month-old strike by thirteen thousand contract workers against the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) in southern India demonstrates their determination to resist sweatshop conditions.

Seven million without shelter months after Pakistan floods

By Sampath Perera, 23 October 2010

Seven million of the 21 million Pakistanis affected by this summer’s floods are still without shelter, the United Nation’s Pakistan Office reported this week. And an estimated 14 million continue to need urgent humanitarian assistance.

Sri Lanka: JVP unions submit budget proposal to government

By W.A. Sunil, 23 October 2010

The JVP trade union front has given President Rajapakse a wage proposal for inclusion in the budget deliberations, indicating its willingness to collaborate with the government.

Sri Lankan police attack protesting students

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 21 October 2010

Police have arrested 24 students as part of government efforts to suppress broad opposition to the privatisation of universities and worsening conditions on campuses.

US agencies had warnings before Mumbai terrorist attack

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2010

An American informant had a high-level role in the preparation of the December 2008 assault, in which 166 people were killed by bullets and grenades.

Top Sri Lankan official defends mass eviction plans

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 18 October 2010

As opposition grows to the government’s plan to evict 66,000 families from Colombo’s shanties, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse has falsely claimed that alternative housing would be provided.

Sri Lanka: Opposition front formed to protest Fonseka’s jailing

By K. Ratnayake, 15 October 2010

Opposition parties, supported by the ex-lefts of the NSSP and JVP, have staged protests against the jailing of Sarath Fonseka, former army commander and opposition presidential candidate.

Sri Lankan government to intensify austerity measures

By Saman Gunadasa, 13 October 2010

The Rajapakse government has pledged to halve the budget deficit over the next two years, from 9.9 percent of GDP last year, at the expense of public sector jobs, conditions, services and price subsidies.

Sri Lankan shanty dwellers form committee to fight evictions

By Vilani Peiris, 11 October 2010

An action committee has been established in Colombo to fight against the Sri Lankan government’s plans to evict 66,000 impoverished families and to hand over the land to big business.

Pakistan: Popular discontent, military intrigue rise after August floods

By our correspondent, 9 October 2010

Amid rising popular discontent over lack of assistance to tens of millions of people displaced by massive flooding in Pakistan, the Pakistani military and Washington are increasing pressure on the Pakistani government.

Pakistani, European officials charge US manufactured terror scare

By Robert Stevens, 9 October 2010

Britain’s Guardian newspaper published comments Friday from a high-ranking Pakistani government official and European intelligence officials stating that the recent US terror alert was politically motivated.

US apologies for killing troops fail to halt Pakistan blockade

By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2010

Formal apologies from US officials for a September 30 cross-border helicopter raid that killed three Pakistani frontier troops have failed to halt a blockade on US supplies imposed by Islamabad.

ICJ report accuses Sri Lankan government of violating human rights

By Sampath Perera, 7 October 2010

A report by the International Commission of Jurists criticises the arbitrary detention in Sri Lanka of thousands of Tamil youth with suspected links to the LTTE.

US threatens wider war in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2010

The week-old standoff between Washington and Islamabad over US military attacks and the blocking of a vital NATO supply line underscores the growing threat that the nine-year-old war in Afghanistan is spiralling out of control.

Sri Lankan president jails political rival

By K. Ratnayake, 5 October 2010

By convicting his main rival in the January presidential election, President Rajapakse has sent a signal that he will crack down on any political opposition.

US frame-up victim Affia Siddiqui sentenced to 86 years

By Ali Ismail, 4 October 2010

A US court’s September 24 sentencing of Pakistani neuroscientist Affia Siddiqui to 86 years in prison has sparked protests throughout Pakistan.

Pakistani attacks on NATO tankers deepen US crisis in Af-Pak war

By Barry Grey, 2 October 2010

More than two dozen trucks and oil tankers carrying supplies for the US military offensive against Kandahar in Afghanistan were destroyed in two separate attacks Friday in southern Pakistan.

Indian High Court abets Hindu supremacists with Babri Masjid ruling

By Sarath Kumara and Keith Jones, 2 October 2010

An Indian court has ruled that the site of the razed Babri Masjid mosque in Ayodhya should be divided three ways, with two-thirds of the land awarded to Hindu communalist and fundamentalist organizations.