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The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 10

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 9

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 4 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

India: Stalinist CPM holds party congress amid mounting internal crisis

By Deepal Jayaskera, 4 April 2012

India’s principal Stalinist parliamentary party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is holding its 20th Congress this week amid a mounting and deep-rooted internal political crisis.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 8

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 3 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing its publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 7

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 6

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 31 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 5

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 30 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

Tamil separatists lobby imperialist powers against Sri Lankan government at UN

By Athiyan Silva, 30 March 2012

Tamil nationalist groups are appealing to US imperialism and its allies to investigate war crimes by the Sri Lankan government during the Sri Lankan civil war.

India’s government orients towards privatizing water

By Ajay Prakash and Kranti Kumara, 30 March 2012

Under the guise of providing a solution to the country’s acute water crisis, India’s Congress Party-led Union government has issued a policy document that advocates the wholesale privatization of water delivery and sanitation.

Indian budget raises taxes and prices

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 March 2012

The working people and rural toilers will be hit by higher prices, particularly for fuel and fertiliser, in an effort to satisfy the financial markets by cutting the budget deficit.

Pakistan: Power cuts spark mass protests across Punjab

By Ali Ismail, 29 March 2012

Mass protests have erupted in Pakistan’s largest province in response to prolonged electricity-power cuts that have disrupted daily life and exacerbated the economic crisis ravaging the country.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 3

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 28 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

UN Human Rights Council passes resolution on Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 28 March 2012

The toothless US-backed resolution has nothing to do with addressing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka but is aimed at advancing US interests in South Asia.

Sri Lankan farmers demonstrate for a higher rice price

By W.A. Sunil, 27 March 2012

World Socialist Web Site correspondents visited Hingurakgoda, in North-Central Province, to speak to protesting farmers.

Sri Lankan SEP calls plantation workers’ congress

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 27 March 2012

The Plantation Workers’ Congress will be held on May 20 to discuss and adopt a socialist program to defend basic democratic and social rights.

The life and times of a Sri Lankan migrant worker

By Ajanta Silva, 27 March 2012

An interview with Chandima Gayani, a 40-year-old Sri Lankan woman, on her experiences as a migrant worker.

ICG reports detail the militarisation in Sri Lanka’s North

By Sampath Perera, 24 March 2012

Recent International Crisis Group reports expose the government’s lies that it has resettled displaced Tamils and established democratic rights.

Sri Lankan health unions abandon strike after court order

By Vilani Peiris, 23 March 2012

President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government is increasingly using the judiciary and other state institutions to break strikes, assisted by the complicity of the trade unions.

Pakistan’s president delivers annual address amid swirl of economic and political crises

By Ali Ismail, 22 March 2012

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari used his annual presidential address to hype the supposed “achievements” of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led government, describing a Pakistan that the country’s workers and toilers would be unable to recognize.

Sri Lankan defence ministry censors SMS news alerts

By Sampath Perera, 20 March 2012

The new media restrictions—in violation of the constitution and the legal system—are another warning of police-state preparations.

Bangladeshi government cracks down on opposition rally

By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 17 March 2012

The right-wing BNP and the Islamists are seeking to exploit the rising disaffection with the government and divert it in a reactionary nationalist direction.

Sri Lankan ex-lefts promote the right-wing UNP

By K. Ratnayake, 15 March 2012

The NSSP and USP are supporting a UNP-led “joint opposition” against the government’s price rises and anti-democratic methods.

Sri Lankan UNP’s bogus opposition to IMF austerity program

By Saman Gunadasa, 12 March 2012

Backed by ex-radical groups, the right-wing UNP is posturing as an opponent of the government’s price hikes.

Washington threatens Pakistan over proposed gas pipeline with Iran

By Ali Ismail, 9 March 2012

The Obama administration has threatened to impose economic sanctions on Pakistan if it proceeds with plans to build a natural gas pipeline to Iran, its eastern neighbor.

Sri Lanka: Colombo residents defy government bid to demolish “unauthorised” housing

By an SEP reporting team, 9 March 2012

More than 100 people from the Maligawatta housing estate protested last week to stop a government authority destroying extensions to their tiny flats.

Sri Lankan fishermen forced back to work

By our correspondents, 6 March 2012

Although fishermen have resumed working in Sri Lanka’s north, their higher fuel costs make it impossible to earn a living, and discontent is rising.

Sri Lankan unions betray university workers’ strike

By W.A. Sunil, 3 March 2012

University unions cave in to Sri Lankan government’s social austerity measures and patriotic campaign.

India: Tens of millions join one-day protest strike

By our correspondents, 2 March 2012

As many as a hundred million workers participated in a one-day, India-wide general strike Tuesday to protest against the socio-economic policies of the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance government.

Sri Lanka government slanders protesters opposing price hikes

By W.A. Sunil and K. Ratnayake, 2 March 2012

The government’s jingoist campaign reflects deep fears that it confronts a growing movement of workers and the rural masses against its IMF austerity agenda.

West Bengal government threatens savage reprisals if state workers join one-day strike

By Kranti Kumara, 28 February 2012

West Bengal’s Trinamul Congress government is threatening draconian sanctions against any state worker who takes part in the national one-day general strike called for Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Indian workers must adopt socialist strategy to oppose UPA-led big business offensive

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 28 February 2012

Tens of millions of Indian workers will join a one-day countrywide general strike today, Tuesday, February 28, to protest soaring prices, the spread of contract-labor, privatization, and the appalling conditions under which 90 percent of the workers employed in the so-called informal sector toil.

Sri Lankan plantation workers strike over fuel price rises

By Panini Wijesiriwardane and A. Shanthakumar, 27 February 2012

The unions called the walkout not over concerns about the impact of rising prices on workers, but to pre-empt the eruption of wider struggles.

US pressures India to back sanctions against Iran

By Deepal Jayasekera, 25 February 2012

While India has attempted to place some distance between itself and the US, New Delhi has repeatedly succumbed to pressure to back US policy against Iran.

US Congress to debate motion on “self-determination” for Pakistani Balochistan

By Ali Ismail, 24 February 2012

Cynically invoking human rights abuses of the Pakistani state, Republican Congressmen have presented a resolution to Congress advocating “self-determination” for Balochistan, threatening Pakistan with dismemberment.

Sri Lankan defence ministry blocks SEP meeting

By K. Ratnayake, 23 February 2012

Amid developing opposition to Sri Lankan government austerity measures, the defence ministry has banned an SEP public meeting in Chilaw.

Sri Lanka: Oppose the government’s price hikes!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 22 February 2012

Workers and the rural masses in Sri Lanka confront a common struggle with their counterparts globally against the austerity agenda being imposed by governments around the world.

Thousands attend slain fisherman’s funeral in Sri Lanka

By our reporters, 21 February 2012

Opposition to the Sri Lankan government has intensified after the killing of an innocent fisherman protesting against IMF austerity measures.

Sri Lankan SEP condemns government attack on the party’s rights

By our correspondents, 20 February 2012

The SEP and ISSE in Sri Lanka held a public meeting last Monday against the military’s banning of a meeting and the intimidation of SEP members in Jaffna.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court indicts prime minister

By Sampath Perera, 18 February 2012

The ruling has intensified the country’s political crisis by further weakening the unpopular Gilani government.

Fisherman killed as Sri Lankan police fire on protest

By our correspondent, 16 February 2012

Tensions are running high after fishermen protested for the third day against fuel price increases announced by the government as part of an IMF-imposed austerity package.

Pakistan “highly vulnerable” to economic shocks, warns IMF

By Ali Ismail and Sampath Perera, 16 February 2012

The International Monetary Fund has warned that Pakistan confronts anaemic growth, double-digit inflation, large budget and trade deficits and could soon face a balance of payments crisis.

Protests erupt as Sri Lankan government enforces new IMF austerity measures

By Saman Gunadasa, 15 February 2012

Thousands of poor fishermen and fishing workers protested for the second day yesterday against fuel price increases.

Sri Lanka: SEP open letter to the defence minister

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 February 2012

The Socialist Equality Party demands that the Rajapakse government immediately ends the harassment and threats by the military against party members in Jaffna.

Sri Lanka: Military continues intimidation of SEP in Jaffna

By our correspondent, 10 February 2012

After banning an SEP public meeting in Jaffna, the military has intensified its threats against party members.

CIA drones target rescue workers, mourners

By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2012

An investigation by British and Pakistani journalists found that the CIA followed up drone missile strikes with further attacks that targeted rescue workers and funerals.

Sri Lanka: Colombo meeting to defend SEP’s democratic rights

By the Socialist Equality Party, 6 February 2012

The SEP and ISSE in Sri Lanka are holding a public meeting on February 13 against the government’s attack on the party and its members in Jaffna.

India’s Supreme Court orders limited inquiry into Gujarat police murders

By Kranti Kumara, 4 February 2012

India’s Supreme Court has ordered an inquiry into a wave of summary executions, carried out by Gujarat police between 2003 and 2006. Most of the victims were Muslims entirely innocent of any wrongdoing.

Obama publicly embraces drone killings

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2012

President Obama is deliberately embracing and thereby seeking to justify and normalize the criminal actions of the US military-intelligence apparatus.

Indian town under police occupation after killing of union leader

By Arun Kumar, 2 February 2012

The tiny enclave of Yanam in Puducherry is under police occupation after a clash between police and locked out Regency Ceramics workers left the local union leader dead and more than a dozen other workers critically injured.

Pakistan’s prime minister kowtows to military in bid to end political crisis

By Keith Jones, 1 February 2012

Pakistan’s prime minister made a humiliating climb down last week, retracting, after weeks of refusing to do so, his accusation that the Army chief and the head of Pakistan’s principal intelligence agency had acted illegally and unconstitutionally.

Hands off the SEP! Defend SEP members in Jaffna!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 31 January 2012

The decision to block the SEP public meeting, called to demand the release of all political prisoners, was taken by the highest level of the Rajapakse government.

Indian foreign minister visits Sri Lanka

By Wije Dias, 30 January 2012

While he cynically expressed concern about the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils, Krishna’s trip sought to push India’s economic and geopolitical interests.

Sri Lankan army instigates violence against Jaffna SEP members

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 28 January 2012

The attack on the SEP is a warning of the police-state measures being prepared by the government against the working class as a whole.

Sri Lankan prison guards shoot protesting inmates

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 28 January 2012

The riot and its bloody suppression underscore the brutal conditions in the prisons and the anti-democratic nature of the Sri Lankan government.

Pakistani elite preparing to restore full cooperation with US in Afghan War

By Ali Ismail, 27 January 2012

Despite the tough-sounding rhetoric from Islamabad and Rawalpindi over the NATO air strikes that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers, Pakistan’s civilian and military elite is moving to restore full and open cooperation with Washington.

Totally drug-resistant tuberculosis reported in Mumbai

By Debra Watson, 27 January 2012

Doctors in Mumbai, India’s largest city, reported in December that they had confirmed four cases of Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.

Sri Lanka: SEP/ISSE meeting to demand release of political prisoners

By the Socialist Equality Party, 24 January 2012

The SEP and ISSE will hold a public meeting in Jaffna on January 29 to call for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners.

Sri Lanka’s defence secretary targets workers and youth

By K. Ratnayake, 23 January 2012

Gotabhaya Rajapakse warned of the “threat to our national security” posed by social unrest and political instability, as in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

Sri Lanka: Support the struggle of plantation workers against higher workloads

By the Socialist Equality Party, 18 January 2012

Workers at the Welioya and Bogawantalawa tea estates are engaged in a fight against an attempt by management, assisted by the unions, to increase productivity targets.

Indian economy buffeted by mounting crisis

By Deepal Jayasekera and Kranti Kumara, 17 January 2012

The Indian economy has been buffeted by a sharp decline in economic growth, falling domestic and foreign investment, a depreciating currency, large trade and current accounts deficits, huge stock market losses and near double-digit inflation.

Pakistan faces creeping military coup

By Ali Ismail and Keith Jones, 13 January 2012

Relations between Pakistan’s civilian government and its military establishment have deteriorated sharply, leading to press speculation that the military is preparing to oust President Zardari and the PPP-led government.

Sri Lanka’s Central Bank chief calls for more IMF aid

By Saman Gunadasa, 12 January 2012

The government’s renewed turn to the IMF reflects deepening economic and balance-of-payments problems.

US resumes drone missile attacks in Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 12 January 2012

The US carried out a drone missile strike in Pakistan Tuesday, killing four people. It was the first drone attack since US forces killed 26 Pakistani soldiers in late November.

TNA drops opposition to Sri Lankan war crimes whitewash

By Wije Dias, 9 January 2012

Having initially rejected the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission report, the Tamil party has effectively withdrawn its call for an international inquiry.

Bitter dispute among Indian elites ignores vital dam safety issues

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 7 January 2012

A long-running dispute over a century-old dam has led to increased national-ethnic frictions in southern India.

Sri Lankan ex-lefts boost rightwing UNP

By K. Ratnayake, 3 January 2012

The ruling class desperately needs a political safety valve to defuse growing social unrest and the NSSP has stepped in to promote the UNP as a progressive alternative.

Britain deports Sri Lankan asylum seekers

By Athiyan Silva, 3 January 2012

British authorities deported 55 Sri Lankan refugees back to Sri Lanka, disregarding their safety and warnings by human rights groups.

Sri Lankan commission whitewashes war crimes

By Wije Dias, 29 December 2011

The LLRC report is designed to deflect international pressure over war crimes and human rights abuses by the military during the country’s protracted civil war.

Mass opposition rally heightens political crisis in Pakistan

By Peter Symonds, 28 December 2011

Backed by sections of the ruling elite, Imran Khan is functioning as a useful safety valve to defuse mounting popular anger over the US-led Afpak war.

US admits partial blame in deaths of Pakistani soldiers, but defends airstrikes

By Keith Jones, 24 December 2011

The US military has grudgingly conceded its mistakes played a role in the November 25-26 NATO attack that killed 26 Pakistani soldiers. But the US continues to defend both the violation of Pakistani sovereignty and the deadly airstrikes themselves.

Sri Lanka: Protest in Jaffna over “disappearances”

By our correspondents, 24 December 2011

Hundreds of Tamils “disappeared” in the months leading up to the end of the island’s civil war in May 2009 and have not been seen since.

Sri Lanka: SEP and ISSE hold meeting on political prisoners

By our correspondents, 23 December 2011

The meeting in Colombo was part of the campaign for the release of all political prisoners held by the Rajapakse government.

Sri Lanka: Thousands of farmers protest against new law

By our correspondents, 21 December 2011

The protests revealed not just the mass discontent over the new law, but broad disenchantment among the rural poor with the government.

Pakistan continues to halt the supply of US forces occupying Afghanistan

By Sampath Perera, 21 December 2011

Pakistan is continuing to blockade shipments of fuel, food and other supplies to the US-NATO forces occupying Afghanistan in protest of a Nov. 26 US attack that killed more than two dozen Pakistani troops.

Sri Lankan opposition party backs Colombo slum evictions

By Vilani Peiris, 19 December 2011

The latest removals are part of a broader government plan to evict about 75,000 families in a bid to transform Colombo into a South Asian business hub.

Australian government pursues anti-China relations with India

By James Cogan, 16 December 2011

Closer ties between Australia and India are inseparable from the escalating US agenda of containing China’s influence throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Indian hospital fire death toll rises to 92

By Palash Roy, 12 December 2011

The high death toll among the 160 patients in the private hospital points to the violation of elementary fire and safety standards permitted by successive state and national governments in India.

Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage supports SEP campaign for release of political prisoners

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 9 December 2011

“The military machine and repressive laws developed during the war are being used against people throughout the whole country.”

Indian government puts retail sector restructure on hold

By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 December 2011

Big business groups and financial analysts have denounced the announced suspension as a missed opportunity to press ahead with a broader pro-market agenda.

West Bengal government orchestrates murder of top Maoist leader

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 December 2011

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has justified the killing of a top leader of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) in what has all the earmarks of a summary execution.

Pakistani elite plunged into crisis over reputed secret offer to US

By Ali Ismail, 3 December 2011

Pakistan’s government has been shaken by allegations that its former ambassador to the US composed a memo pledging compliance with Washington’s demands, in return for help preventing a military coup.

SEP-ISSE meeting to demand release of Sri Lankan political prisoners

2 December 2011

The Sri Lankan SEP and ISSE is holding a public meeting in Colombo on December 8 on their campaign for release of political prisoners.

Pakistan protests mount as Obama rejects apology for US strike

By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2011

Thousands of students in Lahore and other cities staged protests as it was reported that President Obama has rejected a proposal that he issue a formal apology for the US raid that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers.

Australian government to end ban on uranium sales to India

By Peter Symonds, 1 December 2011

Gillard’s announcement dovetailed with Obama’s concerted drive to bolster US security alliances throughout Asia in order to undercut China’s economic and political influence.

Cricketer Imran Khan’s party: A dead end for opposition to US war in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 1 December 2011

The major Pakistani parties’ record of subservience to the US “war on terror” has left Imran Khan’s conservative-nationalist PTI party able to posture as the only representative of opposition to the war.

Sri Lankan government imposes austerity budget

By Saman Gunadasa, 30 November 2011

Amid a worsening global crisis, the budget has inflicted new burdens on working people, while giving tax breaks to business.

Sri Lankan SEP/ISSE holds public meeting on JVP crisis

By our correspondents, 29 November 2011

In a well-attended meeting in Colombo, the SEP and ISSE explained the roots of the JVP’s political break-up and the necessity for a Trotskyist party.

Outrage spreads in Pakistan over NATO bombings

By Alex Lantier, 29 November 2011

US and Pakistani officials held intensive talks as outrage grew in the Pakistani population and army over the NATO bombing of two Pakistani border posts on Saturday.

NATO raid kills two dozen Pakistani soldiers

By Keith Jones, 28 November 2011

Relations between the United States and Pakistan are near breaking point after a US airstrike early Saturday morning killed more than 25 Pakistani soldiers stationed at two army posts located near the Afghan border.

Joint military exercise highlights growing Pakistan-China relations

By Vilani Peiris, 28 November 2011

The joint military exercise by Pakistan and China began as US-China rivalries in Asia intensify.

Former Sri Lankan presidential candidate jailed for three years

By Wije Dias, 26 November 2011

The Rajapakse government, which instigated the court case, is determined to stifle any opposition to its rule, no matter how limited.

JVP dissidents in Sri Lanka: a new political trap

By K. Ratnayake, 19 November 2011

The JVP critics are desperately attempting to prevent a further erosion of the party’s standing among workers and youth disgusted with its repeated betrayals and foul communal politics.

India: Maruti Suzuki union leaders given huge payouts after ending strike

By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 November 2011

Within days of the October 21 deal between the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union and the company, MSEU President Sonu Gujjar and Secretary Shiv Kumar received large cash payments from Maruti Suzuki for resigning their jobs.

US, UN snub Tamil National Alliance delegation

By Wije Dias, 11 November 2011

The TNA trip was not aiming at securing the rights of ordinary Tamils but at making a grovelling appeal for help from Washington to elevate the political status of the Tamil elites in Sri Lanka.

SEP campaigns at J’pura University for release of political prisoners

By our correspondents, 9 November 2011

The SEP and ISSE warned that the detention of Tamil youth by the Sri Lankan government is part of a wider assault on the democratic rights of workers and youth.

The JVP crisis and the SEP’s struggle for Marxism in Sri Lanka

By the International Students for Social Equality, 8 November 2011

The ISSE will hold a public lecture in Colombo on November 17 on the internal crisis of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and its implications for workers and youth.

US again threatening to take military action inside Pakistan

By Vilani Peris and Ali Ismail, 5 November 2011

US threats to mount cross-border raids into Pakistan have prompted the country’s military to warn that Pakistan will repel any force that violates its sovereignty.

Sri Lankan government boosts military spending

By Saman Gunadasa, 2 November 2011

Facing a deep financial crisis, the Rajapakse government is preparing for violent confrontations with working people.

Sri Lankan SEP campaign to release political prisoners: Plantation detainee and relatives speak to WSWS

By M. Vasanthan, 29 October 2011

Political prisoners and their parents in the central plantation areas of Sri Lanka denounced the parliamentary parties and trade unions for doing nothing to free detainees.

Sri Lankan Supreme Court rejects petitions against new anti-democratic laws

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 28 October 2011

The judiciary’s rejections of petitions against the Prevention of Terrorism Act regulations courts will strengthen the Rajapakse government’s police-state measures.