According to V. K. Gupta, one of the joint secretaries of the National
Confederation of Bank Employees, 50 million took part in this historic
strike. Some of the veterans of the movement say this was the biggest
strike since independence.
A peaceful protest by several hundred women in Kentau City, southern
Kazakhstan, fighting on social issues and against police repression, was
brutally attacked and broken up by police, and many of the protesters
were arrested. Activists in the Workers’ Movement of Kazakhstan have
called for international...
Leading up to the planned demonstration of 12 April, in Bangalore, there
was a week-long campaign demanding, "No to war". In spite of the
apparent ‘conquest’ of Baghdad, the action was quite successful in terms
of reaching a broad layer of people.
THOUSANDS OF people on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC, the Line
that divides Pakistani Occupied and Indian Occupied Kashmir) in Kashmir,
different cities in Pakistan and Europe, recently celebrated the 19th
anniversary of a radical nationalist leader, Maqbool Butt - the
"In much of what is once again the opium capital of the world, the
return of the warlords has meant harsh political repression,
lawlessness, mass rape and widespread torture, the bombing or closure of
schools, as well as Taliban-style policing of women’s dress and
IN OCTOBER 2002 US imperialism provoked a confrontation with the
isolated and floundering Stalinist regime of North Korea. Revealing
publicly the news (known to the US administration for some time) that
Kim Jong-il’s regime had resumed its nuclear weapons programme in
violation of the 1994 ’agreed...
On the 20 February, Saken Zhanusov and Rustem Zhanusov were sentenced to
3 years in Kazakhstan’s notorious prisons. Their comrade Ramil Mingazov,
for reasons of health, was ordered to pay a large fine.
There were delegates representing many different sectors including
women, students, youth, farmers, fisher folk, tribal rights activists,
daliths (’untouchables’) and trade unionists. Peace/ anti-nuclear and
environmental activists were also present. The Left parties also present
included the Communist Party...
Towards the end of December 2002, CWI comrades in the CIS heard that the
case of well known worker activists in Karaganda, Kazakhstan facing
serious court charges (see
previous reports) is coming to a conclusion. The final hearing was
postponed and begins on 6 January 2003.
Though hardly any of the political observers predicted a defeat for the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), very few foresaw the huge victory that the
protagonists of Hindu chauvinism managed to secure in the Gujarat
elections of December, 2002, through their hate campaign against
Muslims. The BJP increased its strength in...
"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...