The president has prepared the ground for elections through several
dramatic measures during the last few months. On 4 November she
conducted a ’mini-coup’, taking command of three minister’s posts from
the UNP government. On 20 January, her party, the SLFP, formed an
alliance with the chauvinist...
“The thirteenth day of our strike has ended with a glorious victory!”
declared Saranapala Palihena, member of the Janaraja Joint Health
Services Union and Executive Committee of United Socialist Party (CWI
The health workers’ strike in Sri Lanka is now (21 September) in its 6th
day. The workers are agitating on the main demand of rectifying an
unfair wage anomaly. It came about as a result of the increase the
doctors got from their successful strike a few months ago. Their
increase put all other workers in the...
"The peace process is the most important issue in Sri Lanka today. The
war shows the incapability of the capitalist class to develop society.
It is extremely weak and dependent on reactionary elements to stay in
power and win elections", explains Siritunga Jayasuriya from the CWI
section United Socialist Party...
From August 14-19, a delegation of comrades from the United Socialist
Party (USP) of Sri Lanka made an historic visit to Jaffna via Vavuniya.
This follows a recent ceasefire between LTTE (Tamil Tigers) forces,
fighting for a homeland, and the Sri Lankan armed forces.
Council elections in Sri Lanka have reinforced last December’s general
election results with the United National Party strengthening its
position further. It was bolstered, above all, by the cease-fire deal
with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. SOCIALISM TODAY
interviewed SIRITUNGA JAYASURIYA,...
The recapture of the strategic Elephant Pass by the Tamil Tigers
inflicted a severe blow to the Sri Lankan army. President Chandrika
Kumaratunga has declared a state of emergency, suspending democratic
rights and demanding yet more sacrifices from working people. Will the
Indian state intervene? At this crucial juncture...
Even as we are sending this out there is heavy fighting around Jaffna.
The ‘Tigers’ have taken a vitally important bridge and yesterday claimed
to be 3 kilometres form the town itself. It looks like the end-game for
the battle over Jaffna but the Chandrika government and the Army
generals are throwing...