By Wije Dias, 26 January 2010
The Sri Lankan presidential election has underscored the unbridgeable class gulf between the Socialist Equality Party, and the Nava Sama Samaja Party and all other former radical organisations.
By our correspondents, 25 January 2010
The Socialist Equality Party concluded a powerful six-week campaign in Sri Lanka’s presidential election with a meeting last Saturday in Colombo. The main speaker was the party’s general-secretary and presidential candidate Wije Dias.
By Saman Gunadasa, 23 January 2010
Hundreds of Sri Lankan Tamil political prisoners recently mounted an 8-day hunger strike to demand their release or at least an end to their indefinite detention without proper legal recourse.
By our correspondent, 23 January 2010
The executive committee of the Central Bank Employees Union has passed a resolution urging workers to vote for Socialist Equality Party candidate Wije Dias in the January 26 presidential election.
By our correspondent, 20 January 2010
Socialist Equality Party members campaigned in the southern coastal town of Matara in support of the party’s presidential candidate Wije Dias.
Wije Dias and SEP presidential candidate, 19 January 2010
President Mahinda Rajapakse’s election manifesto runs to more than 100 pages of lies and false promises. But one important remark rings true: he is promising an “economic war” and that is exactly what workers will get, whoever wins.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 19 January 2010
Jyoti Basu, the reputed elder statesman of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and for 23 years the Chief Minister of West Bengal, died Sunday. His death has occasioned numerous gushing tributes from India’s political establishment, beginning with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi.
By W.A. Sunil, 18 January 2010
The presidential election has been marked by a large number of violent incidents, most linked to supporters of the incumbent—President Mahinda Rajapakse.
By Wije Dias, 16 January 2010
General Sarath Fonseka’s emergence as a presidential candidate represents a shift by significant sections of the political establishment towards police-state rule amid the country’s deepening economic and social crisis.
By Vilani Peiris, 15 January 2010
For all the campaign rhetoric and promises, Sri Lanka’s public health system is dramatically deteriorating. Successive governments have slashed spending on health, while private clinics and hospitals are mushrooming.
By James Cogan, 14 January 2010
A report published this month in Pakistan makes clear that the carnage from the fighting between the Pakistani military and anti-government militants more than matches that taking place in neighbouring Afghanistan.
By Wije Dias, 14 January 2010
Amid a deepening crisis of Sri Lankan capitalism, the relationships between the ex-radical parties and the bourgeois parties are on open display. Last Friday the USP leader mounted a platform with the right-wing United National Party.
By Perla Astudillo, 13 January 2010
The fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old Indian student in Melbourne has again focussed international attention on the appalling conditions endured by many overseas students in Australia.
13 January 2010
The Sri Lankan section of the ICFI launches a new web site to make the party’s analysis available simultaneously in the island’s three main languages—English, Sinhala and Tamil.
By our correspondents, 13 January 2010
SEP members and supporters visited estate workers and youth to campaign for the party’s election meeting in Hatton, a town in the island’s central plantation districts.
By our correspondent, 13 January 2010
SEP presidential candidate Wije Dias explained that a new period of great class struggles was opening up and workers had to prepare by learning the lessons of the previous strategic experiences of the working class.
By Sarath Kumara, 12 January 2010
A senior UN official last week confirmed the authenticity of a video of Sri Lankan soldiers summarily executing Tamil men in the final months of the war against the LTTE.
By Subash Somachandran, 11 January 2010
The TNA—the party that functioned as the LTTE’s political mouthpiece—is supporting General Sarath Fonseka in the country’s presidential election.
By W.A. Sunil, 8 January 2010
The plantation unions, which also function as political parties, are lining up in the January 26 election behind either President Rajapakse or the opposition’s General Fonseka.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2010
In an apparent campaign of revenge, at least 20 people have died in drone missile attacks in Pakistan since the December 30 suicide bombing that killed seven CIA operatives and a Jordanian intelligence agent.
By Kranti Kumara, 7 January 2010
To the dismay and anger of many Kashmiris, India’s premier crime investigation agency has ruled that two young women whose deaths had been attributed to the thuggery of security forces died accidentally.
By our correspondent, 7 January 2010
The Sri Lankan SEP’s presidential candidate Wije Dias explained the party’s socialist program at a public meeting in the southern city of Galle.
By our correspondents, 7 January 2010
SEP members and supporters visited workplaces and working class neighbourhoods in and around Galle, the capital of Sri Lanka’s southern province, during their campaign for the SEP’s public meeting for the January 26 presidential elections.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 6 January 2010
An all-party meeting, presided over by India’s Home Minister, has failed to reach a consensus on whether to form a separate state, Telangana, out of Andhra Pradesh’s north-western districts.
By Sampath Perera, 6 January 2010
A detailed report by Transparency International Sri Lanka exposed unprecedented levels of use of public resources and security personnel for President Mahinda Rajapakse’s election campaign.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2010
US drone missile attacks have claimed the lives of over 700 Pakistani civilians since Barack Obama took office a year ago, according to figures released this week by officials in Islamabad.
By K. Ratnayake, 5 January 2010
The JVP, which still speaks of defending working people and occasionally of “socialism”, has joined the right-wing UNP in backing the island’s former top general as the opposition presidential candidate.
SEP manifesto for the 2010 Sri Lankan presidential election
the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 4 January 2010
The SEP calls on workers and youth to support our candidate Wije Dias and participate in our campaign for the January 26, 2010 presidential election in Sri Lanka.
By James Cogan, 4 January 2010
The year 2009 ended as the bloodiest thus far of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan and the associated Pakistani operations in the tribal regions of North West Pakistan.
30 December 2009
The SEP has organised public meetings throughout Sri Lanka as part of its campaign for the January 26 presidential elections.
By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 29 December 2009
Five years after the 2004 tsunami, many survivors in Sri Lanka do not have proper housing, jobs and services, and poverty is still rampant.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2009
Amid a deepening political crisis in Pakistan, it has been revealed that over the past five years US special operations troops have conducted a number of secret cross-border raids into Pakistan.
By Palash Roy and Arun Kumar, 24 December 2009
Two hundred and fifty thousand jute workers in West Bengal have been on indefinite strike since Dec. 14 to force their employers to pay back wages and other arrears.
By Kranti Kumara, 24 December 2009
In what is perhaps the biggest strike in recent years in India’s “unorganized” sector, 20,000 to 30,000 almond workers and their families have been mounting a militant strike since Dec. 14.
By Kapila Fernando, 23 December 2009
Of the 199,000 young people who sat the exams this year, 126,000 are eligible to enter a university, but only around 20,000 will have the chance to do so.
Wije Dias and SEP presidential candidate, 22 December 2009
A report by the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations called for a policy shift toward Sri Lanka aimed at boosting US influence in Colombo and countering China.
By Keith Jones and Ram Kumar, 19 December 2009
The Indian government’s unexpected announcement that it is initiating the process to create a new federal state in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh has provoked a major political crisis.
By Keith Jones, 18 December 2009
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has unanimously struck down an ordinance that gave the current president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) boss Asif Ali Zardari immunity from prosecution, placing a question mark over his continued rule.
By K. Ratnayake, 16 December 2009
As the campaign for the January 26 election gets underway, President Mahinda Rajapakse and rival General Sarath Fonseka have traded blows over who bears responsibility for war crimes and human rights abuses.
By Ajay Prakash, 15 December 2009
Food prices in India have risen more than 19 percent over the past year, pushing tens of millions deeper into poverty and hunger.
By our correspondent, 15 December 2009
Audience members at the SEP’s election meeting expressed disgust at the entire political establishment and responded positively to the socialist alternative outlined by the SEP’s presidential candidate Wije Dias.
By our correspondent, 15 December 2009
The Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka held the first public meeting of its presidential election campaign in Colombo on December 12.
By S. Ajanthan, 14 December 2009
The anti-working class character of the plantation unions in Sri Lanka has been underscored by the campaign for the January 26 presidential elections.
By Wije Dias, 11 December 2009
UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe gave fulsome thanks to the leaders of the NSSP and USP for their support over the past year and wished their presidential candidates well.
By Sarath Kumara, 10 December 2009
After detaining more than a quarter of a million Tamil civilians for months, the Sri Lankan government has allowed restricted free movement for the detainees.
By Ali Ismail, 9 December 2009
A report commissioned by the British Council reveals widespread dissatisfaction and frustration among Pakistani youth due to bleak economic prospects, great and deepening social inequality, a grossly inadequate education system and the indifference and corruption of the ruling elite.
By Athiyan Silva, 9 December 2009
The recent conviction and jailing of 20 members and supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in France is a flagrant assault on democratic rights.
the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 9 December 2009
The SEP will stand General Secretary Wije Dias in the January 26 presidential election in Sri Lanka. It is the only party fighting to mobilise the working class on the basis of a socialist program against the deepening onslaught on living conditions and democratic rights.
9 December 2009
The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) is holding a public meeting on December 12 in Colombo to launch its campaign for the January 26 presidential elections.
By James Cogan, 8 December 2009
The Obama administration is intent on pursuing the reckless and politically explosive course of escalating the AfPak War.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 8 December 2009
West Bengal’s Stalinist-led Left Front government is fully supporting the Indian government’s long-planned anti-Maoist counterinsurgency offensive. Meanwhile, India’s coalition government has served notice that it could use the violence fomented by one of its constituents as the pretext for dismissing the Left Front and imposing “president’s rule” on West Bengal.
By Wije Dias, 8 December 2009
The candidacy of General Sarath Fonseka in the January 26 presidential elections in Sri Lanka is a sharp warning of advanced preparations for police-state rule.
By Vilani Peiris, 5 December 2009
Sri Lankan public sector unions have caved in to President Mahinda Rajapakse’s ban on industrial action and ended their limited campaign for pay rises.
By Wimal Perera, 3 December 2009
For Bangladesh’s tens of millions of poor, ferries are one of the few affordable means of transport. The latest tragedy again exposes the callous indifference of authorities to their plight.
By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 2 December 2009
After weeks of backroom manoeuvring, Sri Lanka’s former top general Sarath Fonseka announced he would run for president. His candidature marks the direct entry of the military into the island’s political life.
By our correspondent, 28 November 2009
A WSWS reporter recently travelled through the war-ravaged northern Vanni region to provide an account of the conditions created by the government’s brutal offensive in the final months of the civil war that ended in May.
By Keith Jones, 27 November 2009
The Obama administration’s plans to expand the AfPak war and mounting world geo-political tensions—tensions between India and Pakistan, India and China, the US and India, and, last but not least, the US and China—cast a very long shadow over Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s four day visit to the US this week.
By Sarath Kumara, 27 November 2009
The Sri Lanka government announced it will “resettle” hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians held in detention camps since mid-May, but they are being moved into what amounts to a permanent military occupation and subjected to prison-like restrictions.
So as to lay the ground for a counter-insurgency offensive
By Kranti Kumara, 27 November 2009
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has conceded that the Indian state and establishment have abused and exploited the country’s more than 80 million tribal people.
By K. Ratnayake, 26 November 2009
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has called for presidential elections nearly two years early in a desperate bid to strengthen his hand amid a deepening economic and political crisis.
By Keith Jones, 25 November 2009
A government-appointed commission of inquiry has found the top leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh bear responsibility for the 1992 razing of the Babri Masjid—an outrage that precipitated an anti-Muslim pogrom in which more than two thousand people lost their lives.
By James Cogan, 23 November 2009
Islamists and tribal militants now consider themselves in a fight to the death with the pro-US government of President Zardari.
By our correspondents, 23 November 2009
The meeting in Sri Lanka’s central plantation district took place despite attempts by the Balmoral Estate management, unions and police to intimidate Action Committee members and bully workers into not attending.
By James Cogan, 20 November 2009
According to veteran journalist Seymour Hersh, US officials have pushed for an “understanding” that American forces can enter Pakistan to secure its nuclear arsenal in the event of a direct threat, particularly a mutiny by anti-American Islamist tendencies inside the Pakistani armed forces.
By Ajay Prakash, 19 November 2009
In a sign of the escalating conflicts across the region, the top US military commander in Afghanistan has warned that India’s growing influence in Afghanistan could “exacerbate regional tensions” and encourage Pakistani “countermeasures”.
By K. Ratnayake, 19 November 2009
The emergence of Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lanka’s former Chief of Defence Staff, as a likely presidential candidate has highlighted the intense political crisis in Colombo following the end of the country’s protracted civil war in May.
By Saman Gunadasa, 18 November 2009
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse imposed an Essential Services Order on ports, petroleum, electricity and water workers, banning any industrial action in support of pay demands.
By James Cogan, 17 November 2009
The Pakistani Taliban is carrying out an intense campaign of suicide bombings and assassinations in retaliation for the military offensive in the tribal agency of South Waziristan.
By our correspondents, 17 November 2009
The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) in Sri Lanka held a well-attended meeting in Colombo on November 10 to mark the 70th anniversary of World War II.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 November 2009
A militant strike by more than 3,000 workers at a Rico plant in India’s principal auto parts producing center came to an end last week, only hours before tens of thousands of workers were to walk off the job in a show of support.
By W. A. Sunil, 14 November 2009
The “independent” PSSRTUC union leaders objectively line up with the Rajapakse government in helping to suppress any struggle by the working class over deteriorating pay and conditions.
By Richard Phillips, 13 November 2009
By reaching a deal with Colombo—that is, with the regime responsible for the oppression of Tamils—the Australian Labor government is legitimising its police state measures and nullifying the basic right of all people to seek asylum under international law.
By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 11 November 2009
The police killing of a young, mentally unstable Tamil man in central Colombo in front of television cameras has provoked widespread public outrage in Sri Lanka.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 10 November 2009
In the lead up to elections early next year, the Sri Lankan government has delayed the 2010 budget.
By Sarath Kumara and K. Ratnayake, 9 November 2009
With the prospect of a presidential election early next year, General Sarath Fonseka is increasingly likely to become the opposition candidate to challenge President Mahinda Rajapakse.
By Wije Dias, 6 November 2009
The plight of Tamils living in intolerable conditions in Sri Lanka has been brought into sharp relief by the tragic drowning of 12 Tamil asylum seekers attempting to reach Australia in a small vessel.
By Subash Somachandran, 5 November 2009
Sri Lankan government claimed last month that it had started resettling thousands of Tamil civilians held in detention centres. In fact, these refugees have been sent to areas under military occupation, with new prison-like conditions imposed on them.
SEP/ISSE meeting in Colombo
5 November 2009
The SEP and ISSE will hold a public meeting in Colombo on November 10 to mark the eruption of World War II and discuss its lessons.
5 November 2009
The Socialist Equality Party and the Balmoral Action Committee will hold a joint meeting on November 15 at Agarapathana in Sri Lanka’s central hills district.
the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 3 November 2009
Two public sector industrial disputes have erupted in Sri Lanka over pay and conditions fuelled by widespread discontent among workers over the government’s austerity measures.
By Keith Jones, 2 November 2009
During a visit to Pakistan last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encountered widespread popular anger over the US’s treatment of Pakistan—its support for a succession of military dictatorships and readiness to push Pakistan toward civil war in pursuit of victory in Afghanistan.
By Wije Dias, 31 October 2009
The US State Department has issued a report detailing Sri Lankan army atrocities in the final months of the country’s civil war. Its purpose, however, is not to bring war criminals to justice, but to boost US influence in Colombo.
By Kranti Kumara, 30 October 2009
Last week more than 100,000 workers from some 70 plants in the Gurgaon-Manesar area walked off the job to show support for the Rico workers’ struggle and protest the murder of a Rico striker by company thugs.
By James Cogan, 28 October 2009
The military offensive into South Waziristan is having a devastating impact on the entire civilian population. Villages and towns are literally being bombed into rubble and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee for their lives.
By M. Vasanthan, 28 October 2009
All the plantation unions, including those that initially opposed it, have effectively fallen into line behind a deal that binds workers to poverty-level wages and productivity speed-up for the next two years.
By W.A Sunil, 27 October 2009
Unions called off a work-to-rule campaign by petroleum workers in the expectation of talks yesterday over wages. However, the Sri Lankan president rejected outright any pay rise before next year.
By Sarath Kumara, 26 October 2009
The government last Thursday carried out a much-publicised resettlement of around 6,000 Tamil detainees held in internment camps. Every aspect of the exercise was a fraud designed to deflect criticism at home and internationally.
By John Chan, 23 October 2009
The immediate spark was a visit by the Indian prime minister to the northern state of Arunachal Pradesh. The trip provoked a protest from Beijing, which disputes Indian control of the area, resulting in heated words in the Indian and Chinese media.
By Kapila Fernando, 23 October 2009
The remand custody of Inter University Students Federation convener Udul Premaratne has been extended until October 30. Premaratne has been in remand prison since he and 14 Ayurvada University students were arrested at a demonstration on September 17.
By Keith Jones, 23 October 2009
Under heavy pressure from the Obama administration, Pakistan is now waging all-out war in South Waziristan.
By K. Sundaram, Sasi Kumar and Arun Kumar, 22 October 2009
Thirty-four people perished last Friday in a massive explosion and fire at an unlicensed firecracker store and warehouse in Pallipattu, Tamil Nadu. The WSWS interviewed family members of some of the victims.
By James Cogan, 21 October 2009
Civilians seeking to escape are being forced to walk out of the war zone under constant threat of attack.
By James Cogan, 19 October 2009
The Waziristan offensive under pressure from Washington is the latest chapter in the history of mercenary relations between the US and Pakistani governments.
By Sarath Kumara, 19 October 2009
A delegation of parliamentarians from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu recently visited Sri Lanka and the country’s detention camps, where more than 250,000 Tamil civilians have been incarcerated since May.
By Arun Kumar, 17 October 2009
India’s government has let it be known that it is about to launch an unprecedented, multi-state offensive against Maoist guerrillas, including using for the first time Indian Air Force helicopters and personnel.
By Richard Phillips, 17 October 2009
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s response to the Tamil refugees is completely predictable and reflects the views of the entire political establishment, from the crisis ridden Liberal-National coalition to the corporate media and the unions.
By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2009
As the Pakistani military is poised to launch a major offensive into the tribal agency of South Waziristan, Islamist militants carried out coordinated, high-profile attacks yesterday on police facilities in the city of Lahore.
By Saman Gunadasa, 16 October 2009
In a cynical manoeuvre designed to hoodwink voters, the Sri Lankan government has delayed its annual budget until after elections due next year.
15 October 2009
The following images which provide a glimpse into the harsh conditions of life and work confronting Sri Lankan tea workers were taken by photojournalist Shantan Kumarasamy during a recent visit to the Nuwara Eliya District, about 125 kilometres from Colombo.
By our correspondents, 15 October 2009
The character of the recent collective agreement imposed by the plantation unions on workers has been quickly exposed as companies exploit its productivity clauses to boost profits and undermine the nominal wage rise.