By Arun Kumar, 14 November 2012
Victimized workers from Maruti-Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant staged a series of protests last week to demand their reinstatement and to fight for the release of 149 workers who have been beaten and tortured while in police custody.
By Sujeewa Amaranath, 13 November 2012
The US and India want Colombo to distance itself from Beijing in order to advance their strategic and economic interests in South Asia.
By Arun Kumar, 13 November 2012
In an interview with the World Socialist Web Site, one of the lawyers who represents the 149 jailed Maruti Suzuki India workers described how many of them have been brutally tortured by police.
By Sampath Perera, 12 November 2012
Friday’s attack inside the country’s biggest jail underscores the government’s reliance on police-state measures.
By K. Ratnayake, 6 November 2012
The conflict with the judiciary reflects concerns within the country’s ruling elite over the political and economic impact of the president’s autocratic methods of rule.
5 November 2012
The lecture will launch the SEP’s new publication—The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party-Sri Lanka.
By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2012
Noor Khan, whose father was killed by a drone missile strike, is calling on the High Court to look into whether UK intelligence officials provided assistance and if they are liable for prosecution.
By W.A. Sunil, 29 October 2012
The TNA has clearly come under pressure from India regards the failure to resolve the Tamil question as an obstacle to New Delhi’s ambitions in Sri Lanka.
By K. Ratnayake, 26 October 2012
The call for constitutional change is aimed at stirring up anti-Tamil sentiment to divide working people amid widespread discontent over the government’s austerity policies.
By Sampath Perera, 23 October 2012
More than half of the 116 million rural population lived in extreme poverty in the last decade.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 23 October 2012
Indian authorities have tortured militant Maruti Suzuki workers who were jailed as part of a corporate-government conspiracy to convict them on murder charges.
On the spot report
By our reporters, 22 October 2012
The remaining 1,200 people detained by the army after the LTTE’s defeat have been dumped in a rough clearing in thick jungle.
By Sujeewa Amaranath, 20 October 2012
The lecture, “Counterculture or Scientific Socialism,” explained and defended Piyaseeli’s struggle for Marxism, particularly in the field of art.
By Saman Gunadasa, 19 October 2012
Defence spending will rise 26 percent next year, boosting the military amid growing discontent among workers.
By Sathish Simon and Kranti Kumara, 19 October 2012
Several hundred employees at privately-owned Kingfisher Airlines in India have engaged in strikes and other job actions over the past month to demand back wages owed to them since March.
Imperialism in the garb of human rights:
By Keith Jones, 17 October 2012
The Obama administration, the US media and US imperialism’s Pakistani satraps are seeking to manipulate the outrage over the Pakistan Taliban’s attempted assassination of a schoolgirl to legitimize intensification of the AfPak War.
By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 16 October 2012
FUTA called off the strike without achieving any of the academic staff’s demands.
By Sanjaya Jayasekera, 12 October 2012
The conflict reflects growing differences within the ruling class over the government’s flouting of the law, its cronyism and its alienation of the Western powers.
By our correspondents, 5 October 2012
While the teachers’ march gained considerable support, the union called it simply to let off steam before betraying the strike.
By Mike Head, 2 October 2012
Tamil asylum seekers are being coerced to return despite clear evidence of persecution and torture.
By Sanjaya Jayasekera, 1 October 2012
The push to execute hundreds of prisoners on death row is part of the government’s deepening assault on basic democratic rights.
By Ali Ismail, 29 September 2012
A United Nations team investigating the fate of thousands of alleged “disappeared” in Balochistan was snubbed by the military and other leading Pakistani institutions during a 10-day visit earlier this month .
By Sujeewa Amaranath, 28 September 2012
Poverty, joblessness, high debt burdens and other social problems are rampant throughout the country.
By Ernst Wolff, 28 September 2012
A new study, “Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan,” describes the terrorizing of Pakistan’s civilian population by US drone assaults.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 27 September 2012
Despite mass protests and numerous safety concerns, Indian authorities are pushing ahead with the loading of nuclear fuel into a newly-built nuclear power plant at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.
By Sampath Perera, 26 September 2012
The protests in Pakistan last week were an expression of deepgoing anger among people against the American imperialism.
Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 September 2012
The SEP warns that the union leaders are fundamentally opposed to a political struggle against the Rajapakse government and are preparing to sell out the strike.
“Counterculture or Scientific Socialism”
25 September 2012
The SEP speaker will answer the recent post-modernist misrepresentation of Piyaseeli’s writings and explain her revolutionary Marxist standpoint.
By Sampath Perera, 24 September 2012
The government’s invitation to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is a message to Washington that it wants closer ties to the US.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 22 September 2012
To fervent applause from big business, India’s Congress Party-led government is pressing ahead with its pro-investor “reforms” in the face of mass popular opposition and the defection of a coalition partner.
By our reporters, 21 September 2012
The widespread participation in the bandh demonstrates the popular outrage over the government’s announcements, which will impact severely on living standards.
By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 20 September 2012
The latest protests underscore the seething discontent over deteriorating wages and working conditions.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 September 2012
Tens of millions of working people will join the one-day all-India hartal or general shutdown of schools, shops and workplaces that the opposition parties have called for today to protest against fuel price hikes and other pro-investor “reforms.”
By Wije Dias, 19 September 2012
The fire was a particularly horrific product of the dangerous and oppressive conditions facing tens of millions of workers in Asia and around the world.
By Kranti Kumara, 18 September 2012
Under immense pressure from international and domestic big business, India’s government has announced a series of “big bang” economic reforms aimed at reducing the state budget deficit at the expense of working people, attracting foreign investment, and spurring the reorganization of key economic sectors so as to make them more profitable for capital.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 17 September 2012
Successive provincial and national governments are responsible for the dangerous, unhealthy and oppressive conditions in the country’s factories.
By Sampath Perera, 15 September 2012
The US designation of the Haqqani Network as a terrorist group intensifies pressure on Pakistani and US forces to attack it inside Pakistan.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 13 September 2012
Pakistan’s worst ever industrial accident occurred when a fire erupted at a garment factory in Karachi on Tuesday evening.
By Sathish Simon, 12 September 2012
Last week’s factory explosion and fire that killed more fifty people is only the latest to rock Sivakasi, the center of India’s fireworks industry.
By Saman Gunadasa, 12 September 2012
The share market manipulation has highlighted the parasitic operations of speculators operating in collusion with government.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 September 2012
The election result underlines the deepening hostility and resentment, not only to the government but to the Colombo political establishment as a whole.
Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 7 September 2012
The burning issues facing working people can be solved only through the struggle for an international socialist perspective.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 5 September 2012
Mayaben Kodnani, a sitting state legislator and former BJP minister, has been convicted for her role as the “kingpin” of a brutal massacre of 97 Muslims during the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
By Palash Roy and Arun Kumar, 4 September 2012
With the full backing of Haryana’s Congress Party-led state government, Maruti Suzuki India is pressing ahead with its purge of the workforce at its Manesar car assembly plant and its drive to smash the independent union that the workers established last year.
M. Thevarajah, SEP election candidate for Kegalla District and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council, 4 September 2012
These discredited unions have come together to divert the opposition of workers to the government into the reactionary dead-end of communal politics.
By Sathish Simon, 1 September 2012
An estimated 20 percent shortfall in the annual June-September South-West monsoon has severely affected the lives of hundreds of millions of farmers and agricultural workers in rural India.
By our correspondents, 1 September 2012
Socialist Equality Party (US) presidential candidate Jerry White concluded his tour of Sri Lanka on Thursday with a meeting in the southern port city of Galle.
By our correspondents, 31 August 2012
The candidate’s speech provoked an important and lively discussion in the question-and-answer session.
By our correspondents, 30 August 2012
Visiting presidential candidate Jerry White discussed the necessity for the unity of the American and Sri Lankan working class.
By Peter Symonds, 29 August 2012
At least four CIA drone attacks took place last week in North Waziristan, killing more than 35 people.
By Kapila Fernando, 28 August 2012
Even as the government is threatening striking university teachers, their trade union FUTA is preparing to betray the struggle.
By our correspondents, 28 August 2012
The questions pointed to an understanding among workers and youth that the political situation in Sri Lanka is intimately bound up with broader international processes.
By Kranti Kumara, 28 August 2012
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has released a series of damning reports that accuse India’s Congress Party-led government of facilitating the looting of public wealth by private corporations to the tune of $75 billion.
By our correspondents, 27 August 2012
US presidential candidate Jerry White addressed a well-attended meeting in Colombo yesterday.
By Sampath Perera, 25 August 2012
Supreme Court contempt of court charges could oust a prime minister for the second time this year.[
By our correspondents, 25 August 2012
Jerry White received a warm welcome from the Sri Lankan SEP on his arrival in Colombo yesterday.
By our correspondents, 24 August 2012
Sri Lankan workers and youth expressed keen interest in the US presidential candidate’s tour.
By our correspondents, 23 August 2012
Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s US presidential candidate, will address public meetings in Colombo, Kegalle and Galle.
By Palash Roy and Arun Kumar, 23 August 2012
Maruti Suzuki of India and the Congress Party-led Haryana state government are attempting to smash all resistance to the brutal work regime at the carmaker’s Manesar assembly plant.
By W. A. Sunil, 20 August 2012
The unions have ended the strike with nothing but vague promises and, in doing so, have opened the door for a further assault on jobs, wages and conditions.
By Kapila Fernando, 18 August 2012
The Socialist Equality Party is campaigning for a public meeting in Yatiyanthota, where about 1,000 workers were retrenched last year at the Ranmalu Fashions garment factory.
By Kranti Kumara, 18 August 2012
High inflation and the sharp depreciation of the rupee have prevented India’s central bank from cutting interest rates to counter faltering economic growth.
By our reporter, 11 August 2012
The first in a series of public meetings for the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council elections was attended by workers, youth and students.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 11 August 2012
After the collapse of India’s electricity grid early last week, big business is pressing its demands for reforms in the energy sector.
By Arun Kumar, 10 August 2012
The Indian ruling elite fears that the incident at the MSI Manesar plant may weaken the pro-investor image of India and further impact the country’s already declining economic growth rate.
By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 9 August 2012
“Though the LSSP leaders abandoned us, those revolutionary days still echo in our mind.”
By our reporters, 4 August 2012
Together with tea and coconut plantation workers, rubber workers have been hit hard by the government’s austerity measures.
By Arun Kumar, 4 August 2012
Maruti Suzuki has locked out more than 3,000 workers at its Manesar car assembly plant and, at its behest, Haryana’s Congress Party state government has arrested more than 100 workers.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 August 2012
Tensions between Bodo tribals and Bengali speaking Muslims are rooted in the 1947 communal partition and related abortion of the democratic revolution.
By Eric London, 2 August 2012
Tensions between the Obama administration and the Pakistani government remain high amid continuing US drone strikes in Pakistan.
By Kranti Kumara, 1 August 2012
Much of India’s electricity transmission grid collapsed Tuesday, depriving almost 700 million people of power.
By Vilani Peiris, 1 August 2012
The new regulations are part of an intensifying attack on media and democratic rights by President Mahinda Rajapakse and his government.
By Panini Wijesiriwardene, 31 July 2012
Ananda Daulagala has a record of more than three decades of fighting for the program of international socialism.
By Athiyan Silva, 30 July 2012
The WSWS recently interviewed a former Tamil political prisoner, beaten and tortured in so-called rehabilitation centres by the Sri Lankan army and intelligence.
By Sampath Perera, 28 July 2012
The power struggle between the judiciary and the PPP-led government in Pakistan reflects the deep divisions within the country’s ruling elite.
Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24 July 2012
The Socialist Equality Party will contest the Kegalla District of Sabaragamuwa Province in provincial council elections to be held on September 8.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 23 July 2012
Former presidential candidate, General Sarath Fonseka, has appealed for Western support for a campaign to overthrow the present government.
By Arun Kumar, 23 July 2012
It is clear that the plant management deliberately provoked the altercation to intimidate workers and suppress any opposition to slave labour conditions.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 July 2012
The Stalinist CPM’s decision to support Congress candidate Pranab Mukherjee in the presidential elections is a clear signal that the CPM is willing to resume its alliance with the Congress.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 July 2012
The Indian presidential elections will be held on July 19.
By Sathish Simon, 16 July 2012
While torrential monsoonal rains produced the floods, their ruinous impact is the result of decades of official indifference and negligence.
By Sanjaya Jayasekara, 13 July 2012
The doubling of the detention period is another step to entrench the police-state measures adopted during the country’s civil war.
By our correspondent, 12 July 2012
The SEP and ISSE campaign dealt with the issues raised by protests by fishermen earlier this year against fuel price hikes.
By Saman Gunadasa, 11 July 2012
S&P became the second ratings agency to warn of Sri Lanka’s exposure to the deepening financial crisis unfolding in Europe.
Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 July 2012
The Stalinist unions deliberately blocked any political fight against the state and central governments, and a turn to other sections of workers.
By Peter Symonds, 6 July 2012
The decision to lift the seven-month ban followed a limited apology by the Obama administration over the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in US air strikes last November.
By Dehin Wasantha, 4 July 2012
The IUTUJC ended the campaign on the basis of an empty promise over salary anomalies.
By Sampath Perera, 30 June 2012
The installation of Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime minister will do nothing to alleviate Pakistan’s worsening political crisis.
By Sujeewa Amaranath and Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 June 2012
The murders are part of the anti-democratic methods being used to stifle any opposition to the government’s imposition of IMF austerity measures.
By Socialist Equality Party, 26 June 2012
The public meeting in the western Sri Lankan port of Chilaw will discuss a socialist program for fishermen and their families.
By Sarath Kumara, 23 June 2012
Sri Lankan officials secured military assistance from the US and India at the recent Singapore security summit.
By Sampath Perera, 22 June 2012
Gilani’s disqualification reflects bitter feuding in the ruling elites, including the opposition parties, the military and the courts.
By Saman Gunadasa, 18 June 2012
Of the Asian countries, Sri Lanka is “most at risk” from any global financial shocks because of its high external borrowing needs and weak balance sheet.
By Sarath Kumara, 12 June 2012
Defence Secretary Panetta called for greater US-Indian military cooperation during his visit last week to New Delhi.
By Sathish Simon and Deepal Jayasekera, 9 June 2012
The attack on the pilots sets a dangerous precedent for a similar assault on other sections of workers defending their jobs and living standards.
By M. Vasanthan, 8 June 2012
Hundreds of Park Estate tea plantation workers have begun strike action to defend jobs and oppose cost-cutting measures.
By Alex Lantier, 8 June 2012
Speaking in Kabul, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta threatened Pakistan with a ground attack if it did not crush forces in Pakistan fighting the US occupation of Afghanistan.
By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 7 June 2012
The strikers are demanding an immediate 25 percent pay rise as part of their protracted campaign to rectify salary anomalies.
By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 5 June 2012
Angry NLC contract workers confront local union leaders over the back-room deal signed with management to shut down long-running strike action.
By Sarath Kumara, 4 June 2012
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Burma highlighted India’s intensifying pursuit of its economic and strategic interests.