Self determination for Kanaky! Down with French imperialism!

By Marc Lassalle PARIS - ON 4 NOVEMBER, 174,154 voters, from a population of 268,000, in Kanaky voted on the question: "Do you want Nouvelle Calédonie (New Caledonia) to access full sovereignty and become independent?" Kanaky, better known by the name New Caledonia given by James Cook to several islands (the largest is called Grande … Continue reading Self determination for Kanaky! Down with French imperialism!

Pakistan: Taliban attack Pashtun movement

By Hassan Raza, Revolutionary Socialist Movement Pakistan The Pashtun Protection Movement, PTM, is already changing the political landscape in Pakistan. It has rallied hundreds of thousands against military and police repression, the “disappearance” of 30,000 or more and against war and the denial of democratic rights. In the last two months it has been met … Continue reading Pakistan: Taliban attack Pashtun movement

Trump-Kim summit, the latest gambit in the “Great Game”

By Peter Main THE NEWS that the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has returned from his talks with Kim Jong-un with three US citizens released from prison in North Korea appears, at first sight, to validate the "tough guy" approach to diplomacy of his boss, Donald Trump. This interpretation had already been strengthened by … Continue reading Trump-Kim summit, the latest gambit in the “Great Game”

The danger of a global trade war

By Markus Lehner "Trade wars are good" - Donald Trump Though Donald Trump's tweets often seem mere clowning, the decrees he signed imposing import duties on steel and aluminium, and subsequent threats of further punitive duties on Chinese imports, do have to be taken seriously. The US president has used a loophole that allows him … Continue reading The danger of a global trade war

Solidarity with the Pashtun Protection Movement

ON SATURDAY 21 April, a number of democratic and socialist activists were arrested by the Punjabi Police in Lahore, amongst them Ali Wazir, Bilawal Mandokhel, Muzammil and Ismat Shahjahan, all of them leaders of the Pashtun Protection Movement (Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, PTM), and the Awami Workers' Party Chairman, Fanoos Gujjar. These arrests are designed to … Continue reading Solidarity with the Pashtun Protection Movement

Pakistan: Tens of thousands at Pashtun defence meeting

By Shahzad Arshad, Revolutionary Socialist Movement, Pakistan A NEW mass movement is developing in Pakistan. On April 8, tens of thousands of supporters of the “Pashtun Protection Movement” gathered in Peshawar, the centre of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, KPK. Some estimates put the total attendance at more than 100,000. The meeting was the latest highpoint of … Continue reading Pakistan: Tens of thousands at Pashtun defence meeting

Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Emergency

THE State of Emergency declared by the government of Ranil Wickremasinghe on March 6, initially for 7 days, was finally lifted on March 18. The attacks by Buddhist gangs on Muslim communities, which were the ostensible justification for the Emergency, left two dead and 450 Muslim-owned homes and businesses burnt out. Most of the violence … Continue reading Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Emergency