In the Central Asia republics, national and local power as remained in
the hands of the former party elite, and with the exception of Kyrgizia,
the president is the former communist party [former ruling party] first
secretary. Once the USSR broke up, these people ditched the idea of
socialism very quickly and instead of...
At a special court hearing last Friday, a criminal court judge in
Karaganda, Kazakhstan, suddenly decided that there were "no legal
grounds" for holding workers’ leader, Saken Zhanusev, on remand (i.e. in
prison) until his trial, which could be months away.
Four activists from the Karaganda Confederation of Free Trade Unions in
Kazakhstan are currently under arrest and are facing serious charges.
This is a continuation of the type of repression doled out to worker
activists who are building an independent class opposition to the
authoritarian rule of gangster-capitalist...
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.
There has been a big stepping up of repression against the Workers
Movement of Kazakhstan, a major working-class organisation. Criminal
charges have been lodged against four members of its executive Saken and
Ramil Dzhunosov, Ramil Mengazov and Sergei Popov.
"THE ENEMY doesn’t value human life", said George Bush when launching
his "war against terrorism". Neither it seems do his troops after they
bombed and blasted a collection of villages in Afghanistan killing up to
Kashmir has been fought over by India and Pakistan ever since British
imperialism’s divide-and-rule partition of the subcontinent in 1947. The
Kashmiri people have been brutally oppressed, denied democracy and
self-determination, and suffered two wars and many military
mobilisations. Today a million troops face...
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 latest is that yesterday, three youth, including children aged
16,12,and 8 were killed in the heaviest shelling in Nakyaal sector,
where the prime minister of Pakistani Occupied Kashmir is holed up
unable to move because of the shelling!
An anti-war demonstration of hundreds organised by socialist and left
activists in the Jammu and Kashmir National Awami Party (NAP) and
National Student Federation (NSF) was attacked by members of the
reactionary Islamic Hizb-Ul Mujahadeen today in Kotli, Azad (Pakistani)
Kashmir. Kotli has been shelled by the Indian...
Some ’lasting good’ will come out of the war against Afghanistan,
promised Tony Blair last year. But promises given by capitalist
politicians are usually written in sand, especially the kind made in
The world is nearer to nuclear war than at any time since the Cuban
missile crisis in 1962. The United States and the Soviet Union came
close to a nuclear exchange, when Khrushchev based nuclear-armed
missiles on Cuba. Fortunately, US imperialism and the Soviet bureaucracy
negotiated their way out of the crisis, despite...