South East Asia

Thai protesters demand the resignation of the prime minister

By Ben McGrath, 24 October 2020

Protesters have given the government three days to meet their demands or the demonstrations will continue.

Goldman Sachs fined $2.9 billion over role in 1MDB corruption case

By Nick Beams, 23 October 2020

The case involved the embezzlement of billions of dollars from the 1MDB fund, including by two Goldman bankers.

Statements from China and Sri Lanka in defence of Dr. Scalice against the attacks by the Stalinist CPP

By our reporters, 21 October 2020

“The working class from all over the world must take seriously the threats and slanders unleashed by Sison against Dr. Scalice and come forward to defend him.”

Demonstrations in Thailand continue as government rejects protesters’ demands

By Ben McGrath, 21 October 2020

Underpinning the demands for democratic rights is a growing economic and social crisis for Thailand’s youth and working class.

In interview with Radio Free Asia, Sison announces

Communist Party of the Philippines targets Chinese firms blacklisted by Washington

By John Malvar, 19 October 2020

The leadership of the CPP explained it would be targeting Chinese firms in interviews with Radio Free Asia, an official organ of US government propaganda directed against China.

Andhra Pradesh textile workers strike; 400,000 Assam tea plantation workers walk out; Western Australia: Offshore LNG platform employees in Western Australia take action

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17 October 2020

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“Dr. Scalice requires the support of all people who value historical truth”

Statements of support for Dr. Scalice continue to come in from Australia and Sri Lanka

By our reporters, 17 October 2020

“Scalice’s lecture provided a powerful exposure of the catastrophic consequences bequeathed to the international working class by Stalinism and its extension Maoism.”

Thai students continue protests in face of government repression

By Ben McGrath, 17 October 2020

The demonstrators have three core demands: the prime minister’s resignation, a new constitution, and an end to the suppression of government critics; as well as the reform of the monarchy.

Stalinist apologetics and intellectual charlatanry: A response to Teo Marasigan

By Joseph Scalice, 16 October 2020

The WSWS is posting Dr. Joseph Scalice’s reply to Teo Marasigan, an apologist for the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines and its founder Jose Maria Sison. Sison has slandered Scalice as a CIA agent in response to his lecture detailing the CPP’s support for the fascistic Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and explaining its roots in the reactionary politics of Stalinism.

Indonesian workers continue to protest pro-big business “omnibus law”

By Ben McGrath, 14 October 2020

Protesters against the new legislation have faced police repression while the unions work to divert workers’ anger into political dead-ends.

Dr. Joseph Scalice discusses the significance of the fight against Stalinism with the members of Sri Lankan SEP

By Our correspondents, 12 October 2020

Scalice’s guest lecture to members of Sri Lankan SEP is important for their struggle to build the Trotskyist movement in South Asia and fight against Stalinist betrayals.

Indonesian workers strike against new, pro-business legislation

By Ben McGrath, 9 October 2020

The bill, pushed through parliament on Monday, is a significant attack on workers’ conditions and livelihoods.

CPP founder Sison recycles anti-Trotskyist lies of Ho Chi Minh

By Peter Symonds, 8 October 2020

Sison is making absolutely clear that the political line and perspective of the Communist Party of the Philippines derives not from Marxism but its falsifiers—Stalin, Mao Zedong and their followers.

More statements from Australian workers giving support to Dr. Joseph Scalice

By Our reporters, 7 October 2020

“The betrayal of SYRIZA in Greece directly led to the growth of Golden Dawn and in the Philippines the CPP has actively cradled the growth of Duterte and fascistic forces.”

Statements in defence of Dr. Joseph Scalice against Stalinist lies

By Our reporters, 5 October 2020

“I want to admonish as many people as I can to believe in Dr. Joseph Scalice. We must not waver in supporting him against the likes of Sison…”

SEP and IYSSE meetings in Australia resolve to defend Dr. Scalice from Philippine Stalinist attacks

By Our reporters, 2 October 2020

“Scalice has helped clarify one of the big issues facing our generation: Stalinism. Through his scholarship, he has shown that Stalinism is the antithesis of Marxism and communism.”

Letters from the Philippines and Australia defend Dr. Joseph Scalice’s “meticulous and painstaking research”

By Our reporters, 1 October 2020

We urge readers to send statements in support of historian Dr. Scalice, who has been slandered as a “CIA agent” for his exposure of the reactionary politics of Maoism in the Philippines.

Historian Joseph Scalice responds to Stalinist Sison’s foul imagery

By Joseph Scalice, 30 September 2020

The bestial depiction of Leon Trotsky has its origins in the anti-semitism of the far right—a vicious heritage that Stalin embraced.

“The fight here is not just to defend Dr. Scalice’s works but to oppose continuing historical revisionism”

More letters from the Philippines defending Dr. Joseph Scalice against libellous allegations by Communist Party founder Sison

By Our reporters, 29 September 2020

We urge readers to send us statements in support of historian Dr. Scalice, who has been slandered as a “CIA agent” for his exposure of the reactionary politics of Maoism.

Seventy-five years since the Stalinist murder of Vietnamese Trotskyist leader Ta Thu Thau

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2020

The leader of a Trotskyist group in Saigon, which had a sizeable following in the working class, was executed on the orders of the leadership of the Vietnamese Communist Party.

US Congress threatens to cut funding for Philippines police and military

By Tom Peters, 26 September 2020

Congressional Democrats are attempting to establish a more pliant regime in the Philippines to join the US build-up to war against China.

Educators must defend historian Joseph Scalice from Stalinist attacks

By The Committee for Public Education, 26 September 2020

“The defence of Scalice and academic freedom is inseparably connected to the broader issues facing educators.”

Stalinist leader Sison “is desperate to prevent Filipino workers from learning their own history”

More letters from the US, Philippines, Australia, India supporting Dr. Joseph Scalice

By our reporters, 25 September 2020

“Scalice’s work is the best sort of history. Its objectivity is derived precisely in its dedication to its subject, the Filipino working class.”

Forty-eight years since Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines

By John Malvar, 23 September 2020

The Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines played a key role in suppressing opposition to Ferdinand Marcos’ imposition of martial law in 1972, by subordinating the mass movement of workers and youth to rival factions of the bourgeoisie.

Philippine Maoist leader Sison seeks alliance with military against Duterte

By Tom Peters, 22 September 2020

The Communist Party of the Philippines and its allied organisations are seeking to corral mass opposition to fascistic President Rodrigo Duterte behind Vice-President Leni Robredo and pro-US factions of the military.

Australian and Sri Lankan academics defend Dr Joseph Scalice from Philippine Stalinist attacks

By our reporters, 21 September 2020

“Attacks like that of Jose Maria Sison on Dr. Joseph Scalice are reminiscent of the worst days of Stalin’s iniquitous regime.”

Tens of thousands of Thai protesters call for a new constitution

By Owen Howell, 21 September 2020

An estimated 50,000 people gathered at Bangkok’s Thammasat University on Saturday night, with some protest leaders urging a general strike.

Political crisis in the Philippines intensifies

By John Malvar, 19 September 2020

With the support of the Stalinists, sections of the military and business elite are coalescing around Vice-President Leni Robredo, as a possible replacement for President Rodrigo Duterte.

SEP (Sri Lanka) condemns Philippines Maoist party’s slanders against historian Joseph Scalice

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 18 September 2020

Sri Lanka is one of the countries, like the Philippines, where groups following Maoism brought one disaster after another to workers, young people and rural poor.

Letters from Australia, the US and New Zealand defending Philippine historian Dr. Joseph Scalice

By our reporters, 17 September 2020

The Communist Party of the Philippines “is scapegoating an historian for having the principles and courage to tell the truth to the whole world about the anti-democratic and anti-working class role of the Stalinists.”

More statements defending Dr. Joseph Scalice against Stalinist attacks

By our reporters, 15 September 2020

“The clarification of the role of the CPP will be a valuable contribution to the struggle against Stalinism and Maoism throughout Southeast Asia.”

Dramatic spike in Philippines’ coronavirus death toll

By Owen Howell, 15 September 2020

The official death toll reached 4,371 on Saturday, but the record of incorrect figures suggests that the real total could be much higher.

Stalinist leader Joma Sison doubles down on Big Lie that the CPP never supported Philippine President Duterte

By Tom Peters, 15 September 2020

Jose Maria Sison has not even attempted to refute the evidence presented by Dr. Joseph Scalice that the Communist Party of the Philippines supported the fascistic president Rodrigo Duterte in 2015-2016.

WSWS publishes Chinese translation of Dr. Joseph Scalice’s lecture exposing the betrayals of the Communist Party of the Philippines

By Tom Peters, 15 September 2020

Dr. Scalice’s exposure of Maoism, from the standpoint of genuine socialism, will help readers understand why so many revolutionary opportunities in Asia throughout the twentieth century resulted in defeats for the working class.

CPP founder Sison regurgitates Stalinist lies about Trotskyism

By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2020

Sison’s second interview, defending his politically bankrupt “semi-colonial, semi-feudal” thesis, is a desperate bid to stem the haemorrhaging of support for the Communist Party of the Philippines, and to suppress any questioning in its ranks.

World Socialist Web Site interviews historian Dr. Joseph Scalice

10 September 2020

In a detailed and engaging interview, Dr. Scalice answers the slanders of the Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison.

West Bengal administrative workers strike; Maharashtra nurses hold state-wide protests; private sector nurses strike in New Zealand

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5 September 2020

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CPP founder Jose Maria Sison slanders historian Joseph Scalice for “red-tagging”

By Peter Symonds, 4 September 2020

By falsely and libellously accusing Scalice of being an informer for Duterte’s death squads, Sison is not only engaged in verbal thuggery, but in threats of physical violence.

Statements of support for historian Joseph Scalice from Australia and New Zealand

By our correspondents, 3 September 2020

We call on our readers to come to the defence of Scalice by sending statements of support to the WSWS opposing the slanderous attack on him by the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Edited transcript of Joseph Scalice’s lecture on CPP

First as Tragedy, Second as Farce: Marcos, Duterte and the Communist Parties of the Philippines

By Joseph Scalice, 1 September 2020

On August 26, Dr. Joseph Scalice delivered this lecture at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on the support given by the Communist Party of the Philippines, and the various organizations that follow its political line, for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.

Statements of support from Sri Lanka for Joseph Scalice

By our correspondents, 31 August 2020

We call on our readers to come to the defence of Scalice by sending statements of support to the WSWS opposing the slanderous attack on him by the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Significant support for Joseph Scalice’s lecture on the Communist Party of the Philippines

By our correspondent, 29 August 2020

Overwhelmingly the comments and posts on social media have been supportive of the lecture and opposed to the slanderous attacks of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison on Scalice.

Australian media stokes fears over Papua New Guinea-China links

By John Braddock, 27 August 2020

The Australian media is working hand-in-hand with the government to undermine China’s presence in its former colonial possession.

Watch: Lecture exposes role of Communist Party of the Philippines in propping up Duterte regime

27 August 2020

The lecture is a devastating exposure of the duplicitous role of the Communist Party of the Philippines, its founder and “theoretician” Jose Maria Sison and of the bankrupt perspective of Stalinism and Maoism on which they are based.

Thai protest movement spreads across country’s northeast

By Owen Howell, 25 August 2020

Despite last week’s arrests of prominent student leaders, the protests are growing unabated around the country in the lead-up to a major rally planned in September.

Support historian Joseph Scalice against Stalinist slanders by CPP founder Jose Maria Sison!

By Peter Symonds, 24 August 2020

Communist Party of the Philippines founder Sison launched a menacing attack on Scalice, a respected authority on the history of the Philippine left, after the announcement of his lecture that will focus on the CPP’s record of betrayal.

Seven protest leaders in Thailand arrested by police

By Owen Howell, 22 August 2020

This week’s state crackdown on the student leadership of mass protests that have swept across the country reveals the Thai ruling elite’s fear of a broader movement.

August 26 online lecture: “First as tragedy, second as farce: Marcos, Duterte, and the Communist Parties of the Philippines.”

Philippine Stalinists slander academic Joseph Scalice ahead of August 26 lecture

21 August 2020

Scalice, a postdoctoral researcher at Nanyang Technological University, will deliver his online lecture at 3 p.m. Singapore time (same time in Philippines, 3 a.m. New York, 9 a.m. Berlin, 12:30 p.m. Colombo, 5 p.m. Sydney)

Journalists in Malaysia persecuted for exposing treatment of migrant workers

By Owen Howell, 15 August 2020

The government’s investigation into seven Al Jazeera journalists, including a police raid of their offices, is part of a broader crackdown on press freedom.

Former Malaysian prime minister’s conviction deepens political crisis

By John Roberts, 14 August 2020

The Najib conviction is a clear sign that the entire edifice centred on UMNO on which the ruling class has relied for decades is falling apart, opening up the prospect of further political upheavals.

Philippines not to join wargames in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 11 August 2020

Duterte’s announcement that the Philippines will not participate in US naval exercises in the disputed waters comes amid a dramatic escalation of Washington’s preparations for war with China.

Indonesian economy contracts for first time in over two decades

By Owen Howell, 11 August 2020

As the economic crisis in Indonesia escalates, threatening social upheavals, the government’s efforts to reopen the country are growing more desperate.

Rising popular anger over Nepali government’s response to COVID-19

By Rohantha De Silva, 10 August 2020

The Kathmandu government has reacted to youth protests over its failure to contain the coronavirus pandemic by arresting demonstrators.

Indian railway and Sri Lankan port workers oppose privatisation; Australian supermarket warehouse employees stop work over COVID-19 infection

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8 August 2020

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Stricter lockdown reimposed in Philippines as cases top 100,000

By Joseph Santolan, 4 August 2020

The Duterte administration has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with authoritarianism and anti-scientific nonsense.

Vietnam struggles to contain rapid resurgence of COVID-19

By Owen Howell, 3 August 2020

After three months of no confirmed cases, Vietnam is witnessing a nationwide spread of the virus due to a new outbreak in the city of Da Nang.

Vote for SEP candidates in the Sri Lankan national elections! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and socialist internationalism!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 3 August 2020

The SEP is the only party in the elections advancing an international socialist program to fight the crisis created by COVID-19, defend democratic rights and oppose imperialist war.

Indonesia passes 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

By Owen Howell, 30 July 2020

While case numbers and fatalities surge, the Widodo administration is nevertheless pushing on with an increasingly aggressive economic reopening.

Indonesia records over 1,000 COVID-19 cases every day for three weeks

By Owen Howell, 14 July 2020

The government’s aggressive back-to-work policy has accelerated the spread of the virus.

Duterte signs draconian anti-terrorism law in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 8 July 2020

The new law authorizes surveillance and arrests without warrant of anyone the administration terms ‘a terrorist’

More than 170 killed in accident at Myanmar jade mine

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 July 2020

The disaster has highlighted the perilous conditions confronting oppressed miners in the industry, which provides large profits to sections of the country’s military-dominated regime.

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4 July 2020

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Reopening in the Philippines causes coronavirus surge

By Owen Howell, 30 June 2020

While overseeing a woefully inadequate response to the pandemic, the Duterte administration is expanding police-state measures to suppress mounting discontent.

Indonesia passes 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

By Owen Howell, 27 June 2020

Indonesia’s coronavirus crisis is accelerating disastrously, even as the government pursues its criminal plans to reopen businesses and risk workers’ lives for profit.

India-wide protests by military armament and power industry workers; Australian airport workers demand JobKeeper pay

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6 June 2020

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Philippines begins lifting lockdown despite rising infection rates

By Owen Howell, 5 June 2020

President Duterte is seeking to suppress any opposition to the premature reopening through the extension of his emergency powers and a new anti-terrorism bill.

Indian autoworkers strike for COVID-19 safety measures; Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers demonstrate

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30 May 2020

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Indonesia experiences major surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases

By Owen Howell, 27 May 2020

The Indonesian government is blaming the sharp rise in confirmed cases on ordinary workers and peasants for not adhering to social distancing measures.

Thousands of migrant workers demonstrate across India; Tamil Nadu cleaners demand COVID-19 protection

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16 May 2020

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Workers in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan strike to demand coronavirus-safe working conditions

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9 May 2020

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At least 1,245 Philippine health workers test positive for COVID-19

By Owen Howell, 5 May 2020

The WHO said that the rate of infection among health workers, which is now 13 percent of all cases in the Philippines, is likely linked to the shortage of personal protective equipment.

Thousands of Assam tea workers demand lockdown wages in India; Protests continue in Bangladesh over wages, factory closures and safety

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2 May 2020

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Coronavirus deaths go unrecorded in Indonesia

By Owen Howell, 30 April 2020

A review of the data from 16 Indonesian provinces shows more than 2,200 people died with symptoms of COVID-19, but were not counted in the official death toll.

Mass COVID-19 infection among migrant workers in Singapore

By Gustav Kemper, 21 April 2020

The number of COVID-19 infections is exploding in the Singapore workers’ camps.

Indonesian authorities announce limited restrictions, despite the alarming spread of COVID-19

By Owen Howell, 14 April 2020

On Sunday Indonesia reported its largest daily jump in coronavirus cases and fatalities, with 399 new infections and 46 more deaths.

India: Punjab health workers and poor farmers protest over inadequate COVID-19 supplies; Queensland public health workers demand promised wage rise

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11 April 2020

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Thai government introduces lockdowns amid criticisms of its pandemic response

By Owen Howell, 8 April 2020

Within a month, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Thailand has leapt from a few dozen to over 2,000.

US military calls for another $20 billion to counter China

By Peter Symonds, 7 April 2020

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, an Indo-Pacific Command report to the US Congress sets out plans for a further military build-up in the region directed against China.

Indonesian government declares “national emergency” after downplaying coronavirus threat

By Owen Howell, 2 April 2020

A University of Indonesia report has warned that 240,000 people may die in the pandemic this month without a substantial government intervention.

Duterte reacts to COVID-19 with military repression

By Joseph Santolan, 30 March 2020

The Duterte administration has responded to the pandemic not with the deployment of masks, testing and treatment, but heavily-armed military checkpoints, armored personnel carriers and police state repression.

Pakistan: District government workers strike over unpaid wages; New Zealand plastics workers strike over COVID-19 concerns

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28 March 2020

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East Timor records first confirmed coronavirus case amid floods

By Patrick O’Connor, 27 March 2020

A Dili worker told the WSWS: “With the inadequate condition of public hospitals, I fear that the spreading of the virus… could be like a wildfire.”

Warnings that hundreds of thousands of Indonesians may already have COVID-19

By Owen Howell and Oscar Grenfell, 26 March 2020

There are fears that the archipelago may become “the Italy of south-east Asia,” with experts warning that 135 million may be infected by mid-May.

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21 March 2020

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Tamil Nadu sanitary workers demand permanent jobs; Sri Lankan plantation workers strike; New Zealand bus drivers resume industrial action

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14 March 2020

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Modi government leaves millions of Indians vulnerable to coronavirus

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 9 March 2020

Given India’s high population density and dysfunctional public health system, its population is threatened by any rapid spread of the coronavirus.

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7 March 2020

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Tamil Nadu public transport workers demonstrate; Sacked Sri Lankan government workers protest; Jetstar baggage handlers on strike in Australia

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22 February 2020

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India: Punjab government teachers protest against privatisation; Sacked Sri Lankan government workers demonstrate; New Caledonia miners strike against long hours

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15 February 2020

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India: 10,000 Karnataka midday-meal workers strike indefinitely; Tahiti workers strike against Macron’s pensions “reforms”

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8 February 2020

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Indian midday-meal workers strike for higher wages; Australian rail workers strike again

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25 January 2020

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Mumbai hospital workers demand outstanding wages; South Korean car workers strike; Australian tram drivers vote to walk out

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18 January 2020

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Catastrophic floods hit Indonesian capital

By Owen Howell, 14 January 2020

The floods, which have killed 67 people and displaced hundreds of thousands, demonstrate the government’s utter indifference to the plight of ordinary people.

India: Haryana public transport workers strike against outsourcing; Pakistani journalists oppose salary and job cuts

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11 January 2020

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Killing of two Indonesian journalists points to criminality in palm oil industry

By Owen Howell, 27 December 2019

According to police, the two men were allegedly murdered by hired killers paid by a plantation owner.

Honda motorcycle and Kerala state transport workers strike in India; Pakistan health workers oppose privatisation

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9 November 2019

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Newly-inaugurated Indonesian president appoints notorious ex-general as defence minister

By Peter Symonds, 24 October 2019

Former special forces general Prabowo Subianto has a long history of human rights abuses and was intimately connected to the bloody Suharto dictatorship that ruled Indonesia for three decades.

Student protests in Indonesian Papua suppressed by police violence

By Owen Howell, 9 October 2019

As social tensions in the West Papua region continue to escalate, authorities are trying to conceal the true nature of the state violence used to quell protests.

Indonesia: Student unrest continues as tens of thousands of workers set to strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 October 2019

Police have responded to the largest student demonstrations since the movement that toppled the Suharto dictatorship in 1998 with violent repression and mass arrests.

Widodo plans to move Indonesian capital to Borneo

By Owen Howell, 17 September 2019

The government’s move to relocate the country’s administrative centre is aimed at removing itself from the social disaster of Jakarta, but will potentially create an environmental disaster on Borneo.