By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 2 February 2016
The strategically-located island archipelago has increasingly become a focal point of Washington’s “pivot” to the Indo-Pacific region to confront China.
By Athiyan Silva and V. Gnana, 22 January 2016
The Stalinists chose V. Gopalasamy, a pro-US politician and admirer of Barack Obama, as the leader coordinating the activities of the Front’s different parties.
By Sarath Kumara, 18 January 2016
The trial is essentially a face-saving attempt by the Awami League-led government, which has a long record of disregard for the appalling conditions facing apparel workers.
By K. Ratnayake, 13 January 2016
Whoever was responsible for the January 2 assault by armed gunmen on India’s Pathankot Air Force Base, its purpose was to scuttle the US-backed “dialogue” between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 11 January 2016
The government is both intensifying the offensive against the working class and tying the country to the war plans of the United States.
By Saman Gunadasa, 6 January 2016
The planned new laws are an attack on the democratic rights of the working class, directed in particular against any person or party fighting for a revolutionary socialist perspective.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 January 2016
While supporting the US “pivot to Asia” against India’s regional rival China, the Modi government is maintaining New Delhi’s longstanding ties with Russia.
By Sampath Perera, 29 December 2015
Modi’s Pakistan trip was a pragmatic maneuver aimed at placating Washington and shoring up the increasingly embattled Indian government domestically.
By V. Gnana, 29 December 2015
The formation of the TPF is a shabby political maneuver to give a facelift to Tamil nationalist groups discredited by their support for the Sri Lankan government.
By W.A. Sunil, 24 December 2015
Farmers marched to the prime minister’s office, denouncing cuts to fertiliser subsidies and rice prices.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 December 2015
While currently proceeding under the aegis of the US “pivot,” Abe’s push for a closer partnership with India is driven by Japanese imperialism’s own substantial military-strategic and economic ambitions.
19 December 2015
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By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 17 December 2015
From the outset, the unions sought to scuttle the strike, even as opposition mounted among workers to the government’s budget cuts.
By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 15 December 2015
Tens of thousands of people in the capital Chennai and across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are yet to be rescued and properly assisted.
By K. Nesan, 9 December 2015
The Tamil National Alliance functioned throughout the prisoners’ hunger strike as a servant of the government, deceiving the prisoners and their families.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 30 November 2015
The detention of Indian border guards and protests in Kathmandu are the latest incidents in the unresolved standoff between the two countries.
By Kranti Kumara, 27 November 2015
In an attempt to kick-start India’s languishing economy, the BJP government has raised or outright eliminated foreign investment caps.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 2 November 2015
The conflict engulfing the small Himalayan state is another illustration of the sharp geo-political tensions building up across Asia.
By W.A. Sunil, 31 October 2015
The proposed “revenue sharing” wage formula is a major attack on the already low incomes, jobs and working conditions of plantation workers.
By Saman Gunadasa, 30 October 2015
President Sirisena’s government is preparing an austerity budget that will make deep inroads into working-class living standards.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 October 2015
The lack of government assistance and aid in both countries is creating mounting discontent amid deteriorating conditions.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 October 2015
At every point, the NSSP has followed in the footsteps of US imperialism, justifying Washington’s actions and giving credence to its bogus “human rights” posturing.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 October 2015
The devastating consequences of the natural disaster will be compounded by 15 years of US-led neo-colonial occupation.
By Arun Kumar, 27 October 2015
There is growing anger among plantation workers across the southern Indian state of Kerala over the unions’ wage betrayal.
17 October 2015
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By S. Jayanth, 17 October 2015
Hundreds of detainees, some of whom have never been charged, have vowed to fast until death to demand their release.
By K. Ratnayake, 15 October 2015
The Colombo government is enmeshing Sri Lanka in the geo-political interests of the US and its allies, including Japan, directed against China.
“Artists have the capacity to expose the reality of war”
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 13 October 2015
Vithanage discusses With You, Without You and the political difficulties facing contemporary Sri Lankan filmmakers.
By W.A. Sunil, 9 October 2015
Pressure from India is compounding conflicts in Nepal, wedged between India and China.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 7 October 2015
As part of its anti-China “pivot”, Washington has long been pressing India to join US-led trilateral and quadrilateral initiatives with Japan and Australia.
By Sanjaya Jayasekera, 7 October 2015
The agitation for the return of capital punishment is seeking to divert public concern from the real social problems and further strengthen police powers.
By K. Ratnayake, 5 October 2015
Sirisena’s democratic posturing is designed to enhance his government’s international standing and strengthen links with the US.
5 October 2015
The meeting will discuss the implications for working people of the US-sponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka.
By our correspondents, 2 October 2015
Successive governments, the plantation companies and the tea estate unions have refused to take action to prevent landslide disasters.
By Saman Gunadasa, 29 September 2015
Washington’s willingness to countenance a largely domestic “human rights inquiry” is a payoff to the new pro-US government in Colombo.
By Wimal Perera, 25 September 2015
The Awami League-led government’s imposition of austerity measures is provoking unrest among students, teachers and workers.
By Rohantha De Silva and K. Ratnayake, 22 September 2015
If the report is “milder” than it might have been, it is because the US wants no disruption to the new pro-US government in Colombo.
By Saman Gunadasa, 21 September 2015
The floating of the currency to depreciate its value is the first major austerity move by the new “national unity government” in Sri Lanka.
By K. Ratnayake, 17 September 2015
While the inquiry confirms that war crimes occurred, the UN human rights commissioner’s remarks echo the shift in US policy.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 September 2015
Saturday’s tragedy resulted from the widespread practice of storing explosives in residential areas to maximise profits.
By W. A. Sunil, 14 September 2015
Sirisena is desperate to shore up the new “national unity” government as it prepares to implement austerity and integrate the island into US war plans.
By Sampath Perera, 12 September 2015
For months, India and Pakistan have been regularly exchanging artillery fire across the Line of Control that separates Indian and Pakistan-held Kashmir.
By Rohantha de Silva, 11 September 2015
This year’s seminar was held in the context of escalating moves by the US to integrate countries in the Asia-Pacific region into its strategic build-up against China.
By K. Nesan, 10 September 2015
The aim was to install a political flunkey of Washington who will support any austerity measure or pro-US foreign policy.
By Saman Gunadasa and Deepal Jayasekera, 8 September 2015
Washington’s investigation seeks to further marginalise Rajapakse and his supporters and block any challenge to the present pro-US government.
By Arun Kumar, 5 September 2015
The decision by Prime Minister Modi to hold trilateral naval games involving India, the US and Japan has been encouraged by Washington as part of its aggressive “pivot” against China.
By K. Ratnayake, 5 September 2015
The new US-backed government is trying to cement its position and prepare to ram through harsh austerity measures.
By our correspondents, 3 September 2015
While workers are determined to defend their jobs and living conditions, the unions used the strike to let off steam and keep workers tied to the political establishment.
By K. Ratnayake, 2 September 2015
The new coalition government is an attempt by the ruling class parties to close ranks in order to impose savage austerity measures on the working class.
By K. Nesan, 1 September 2015
By supporting the US-backed government, the Tamil nationalists are complicit in allowing the crimes of the civil war to go unpunished.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 1 September 2015
The unions have called the September 2 strike not to mobilize workers and the rural toilers against the Modi government and its neoliberal policies but to contain the growing opposition to them.
By Saman Gunadasa, 31 August 2015
This stance not only exposes the pro-imperialist character of these parties but their involvement and complicity in the Sri Lankan human rights atrocities.
By K. Ratnayake, 27 August 2015
The announcement confirms that Washington has cynically exploited “human rights” in Sri Lanka to advance its interests, particularly against China.
By John Braddock, 27 August 2015
The summit was part of Indian efforts to build defence and strategic ties in the Asia-Pacific, designed to counter Chinese influence.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 26 August 2015
The Financial Times editorial is a damning indictment of the Sri Lankan pseudo-left organisations that sided with the pro-US UNP in the election.
By Saman Gunadasa, 24 August 2015
The “national unity government” will impose severe austerity measures and will not hesitate to use police-state measures against any resistance by working people.
By W. A. Sunil, 21 August 2015
During the election, the SEP alone warned that all the capitalist parties were united in their determination to impose the burden of the economic crisis onto working people.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 August 2015
The support for the SEP indicates a turn by an advanced section of workers and the oppressed masses towards the perspective of socialist internationalism.
By Saman Gunadasa, 19 August 2015
While the UNP win has blocked a comeback by former President Mahinda Rajapakse, the political turmoil in Colombo will only continue and deepen.
By K. Ratnayake, 18 August 2015
Whichever party—the UNP or SLFP—finally forms the next government will accelerate the austerity agenda being demanded by the IMF.
By our correspondent, 17 August 2015
Today’s election is being held in the wake of a US-backed regime-change operation in January that ousted former President Rajapakse because of his ties with China.
By our reporters, 17 August 2015
International Committee of the Fourth International supporters held a well-attended meeting to discuss the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) election campaign.
By Saman Gunadasa, 12 August 2015
The organisations are not only campaigning for the United National Party but are also a “colour revolution” in waiting if the party loses.
By Rohantha De Silva, 11 August 2015
The promotion of the UNP, the country’s oldest bourgeois party steeped in crimes against the working class, as a champion of democracy is a complete fraud.
By our correspondent, 10 August 2015
The Socialist Equality Party held its second northern Sri Lankan election meeting at Karainagar, where SEP campaigners held lively discussions with local residents.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 August 2015
Monsoonal downpours have created a humanitarian disaster, with the most impoverished and oppressed people among the worst affected.
By our correspondent, 6 August 2015
Irrigation department and other local workers in Ratmalana, near Colombo, voice their anger over rising poverty and increasing exploitation.
By K. Nesan, 5 August 2015
The election manifesto aligns the TNA with the policies of Washington and the Colombo government installed in a US-engineered regime-change operation.
By W. A. Sunil, 4 August 2015
Under conditions of widespread alienation from the two main capitalist parties, the JVP is trying to show the ruling elites that it is a viable alternative.
Against war and austerity! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and a socialist program!
By the Socialist Equality Party, 3 August 2015
The SEP’s campaign aims to mobilize workers and youth in opposition to war and attacks against democratic rights, on the basis of socialist internationalism.
By Sampath Perera, 1 August 2015
India’s 15-month-old BJP government continues to integrate New Delhi ever more completely into Washington’s anti-China “pivot.”
By our correspondents, 31 July 2015
SEP candidates spoke in Wanathamulla, where residents have been the target of government “slum eviction” operations.
By M. Thevarajah, 30 July 2015
The victimisation of Ingestre workers is part of an escalating offensive by plantation companies to slash costs and drive up productivity.
By Peter Symonds, 28 July 2015
The political crisis in Sri Lanka is an acute expression of the breakdown of global capitalism, which is fueling bitter geo-political rivalries and social counterrevolution against the working class.
By our correspondents, 27 July 2015
SEP supporters spoke with workers and youth in the Nuwara Eliya district who expressed deep opposition to the establishment parties and the trade unions.
By M. Thevarajah—Socialist Equality Party election candidate and group leader for the Nuwara Eliya district, 24 July 2015
The unions are collaborating with the plantation companies and the government to drive up productivity and slash workers’ living standards.
By Sarath Kumara, 22 July 2015
In line with the US “pivot,” Japan hopes that its Bangladesh investments will boost its political weight in South Asia and undercut Chinese influence.
By our correspondent, 16 July 2015
The SEP’s election slates are headed by leading party members with long-standing records of fighting for socialist internationalism.
By our correspondents, 15 July 2015
Central hills plantation workers attend SEP public meeting in defiance of ongoing union and police harassment.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 13 July 2015
The SEP is the only party advancing an internationalist and socialist program against war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights.
By our correspondents, 1 July 2015
Plantation workers denounce frame-up charges against Deeside estate workers.
30 June 2015
The Glenugie tea plantation workers were victimised for playing a leading role in a three-day strike in February against an arbitrary increase in workloads.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 June 2015
Since the January 8 presidential election, Sirisena and his minority government have faced one crisis after another.
By Richard Phillips, 29 June 2015
Indian director Satyajit Ray’s cinematic masterwork, The Apu Trilogy has been meticulously restored by Janus Films and is currently screening in North American cinemas.
25 June 2015
The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding public meetings throughout Sri Lanka.
By Subash Somachandran and M. Kalaimaaran, 24 June 2015
Unbearable social conditions and de facto military rule continue after nearly three decades of war in Sri Lanka’s north.
By Wimal Perera, 23 June 2015
The Awami League-led government’s attempts to create more profitable conditions for business are deepening the attacks on the living conditions of the workers and poor.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 June 2015
India’s pro-US, Hindu chauvinist government was quick to tout the cross-border raid against anti-Indian separatists in Myanmar as a warning to Pakistan.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 June 2015
What took place at the Deeside division is a rehearsal for broader attacks by government and the corporate elite on all sections of the working class.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 June 2015
Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart declared that bilateral relations had entered a new phase.
By Saman Gunadasa, 8 June 2015
The government is raising commercial loans to cover payments on existing loans, heightening the political uncertainty in Colombo.
By K. Ratnayake, 5 June 2015
As Washington ratcheted up its confrontation with China over the South China Sea, Carter’s trip to India emphasised greater naval cooperation.
By M. Devarajah, 3 June 2015
The punishment of the seven workers is designed to send a message to all workers that the employers will ruthlessly impose higher workloads.
By Sujeeva Amaranath, 1 June 2015
Most of the victims in the worst heatwave since 1998 are construction workers, homeless people, street dwellers and the poor.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 May 2015
Sirisena has refused to set a poll date, breaking his promise to dissolve parliament on April 23 and call an election.
By Rohantha De Silva, 26 May 2015
Sirisena postured at “war victory” events as a crusader for “peace and reconciliation” while vowing to increase military resources.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 21 May 2015
Overshadowing Modi’s entire visit was the heightening of tensions across the Indo-Pacific region as a result of Washington’s “pivot to Asia.”
By Arun Kumar, 30 April 2015
The new leader of the Stalinist CPM has for years functioned as a member of the political establishment, helping stitch together and prop-up a series of rightwing governments.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 March 2015
With Washington’s backing and encouragement, India is seeking to counter China’s growing influence by harnessing key Indian Ocean island states.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 3 March 2015
Big business has lauded Jaitley’s budget as good for investors and profits,