Statement on the State of Emergency in Sri Lanka

Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of Sri Lanka The declaration of a State of Emergency by the government of Ranil Wickremasinghe and Maithripala Sirisena is further evidence, if more were required, that theirs is a government that cannot resolve Sri Lanka's long standing economic and social problems. The immediate justification for the State of … Continue reading Statement on the State of Emergency in Sri Lanka

Challenges of the women’s movement in Sri Lanka

By Hemamali Wijesinghe  Sri Lanka has had a developed culture and literacy for many centuries. As far back as 1931, when it was still a part of the British Raj, the right to vote was won by a campaign that mobilised women as well as men. In 1933, when the British government launched the Poppy … Continue reading Challenges of the women’s movement in Sri Lanka

Myanmar: Stop the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya

IN JUST two weeks, some 270,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh from Myanmar. The mass exodus began on 25 August, when the Myanmar army began an offensive against the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (arsa). The arsa announced a “unilateral ceasefire” on 9 September, in effect a recognition that they cannot offer any resistance to the … Continue reading Myanmar: Stop the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya

Myanmar: Stop the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya

By Dave Stockton As we go to press, more than 120,000 Muslim Rohingyas have fled from their homes and camps in Myanmar’s Rakhine state (also known as Arakan) since a military offensive against supposed terrorists began on 25 August. There are reports of soldiers burning villages, raping and killing. The refugees are fleeing on foot … Continue reading Myanmar: Stop the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya

The threat of a new Korean War

By Dave Stockton NORTH KOREA'S Hydrogen bomb test has underlined once again not only the capacity of Kim Jong-un’s regime to achieve its nuclear ambitions, but also the failure of all attempts to stop that with threats. As futile as US President Donald Trump’s bluster has been, however, it ramps up the danger that either … Continue reading The threat of a new Korean War

India and Pakistan: the tragedy of partition (Part I)

By Dave Stockton ON 15 AUGUST 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru addressed India’s Constituent Assembly in words that have become famous: “Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, … Continue reading India and Pakistan: the tragedy of partition (Part I)

North Korea war threat is a warning to the world

By Dave Stockton US PRESIDENT Donald Trump, so far a spectacular failure in his domestic policies, is compensating for this by exercising his power as the Commander in Chief of the most powerful nation in the world. Having launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase and killed 39 ISIS fighters with the “Mother … Continue reading North Korea war threat is a warning to the world

India: 13 union leaders sentenced to life

In a blatant attack on trade unionism, a court in India has sentenced 13 workers, including all 12 members of the Executive Committee of the Maruti-Suzuki Workers' Union, to life imprisonment. The ferocity of the company management's legal onslaught can be seen from the prosecution's demand for the death penalty, even though the evidence presented … Continue reading India: 13 union leaders sentenced to life

Kashmir: Killing sparks mass opposition to Indian occupation

By Hassan Raza On July 8, Indian soldiers shot dead Burhan Wani in the forests south east of Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. Although Wani was only 22 years old, he was a leading figure in the biggest of the Kashmiri independence movements, Hizbul Mujahideen, and his death triggered a new wave of mass … Continue reading Kashmir: Killing sparks mass opposition to Indian occupation