Both the Indian and Pakistani governments are celebrating the launch of
a bus service on 7 April between Srinagar and Muzafarabad, the two main
cities in Indian and Pakistani occupied Kashmir respectively.
Filipina women workers in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, have been
locked in battle with the China Times Weekly (CTW), one of the country’s
three top circulation newspapers, over a racist and sexist article it
ran on 7th March - the day before International Womens’ Day.
A brutal police attack on an anti-pollution protest at an industrial
park on the outskirts of Dongyang city, Zhejiang province, triggered
huge clashes between thousands of protesters and 3,000 riot police.
Angry anti-Japan protests erupted in several Chinese cities at the
weekend, with a crowd of 6,000 mostly students and youth marching on the
Japanese Embassy in Beijing, while 3,000 demonstrated outside Japan’s
consulate in the southern city of Guangzhou.
A flurry of diplomatic initiatives and counter-initiatives from Taiwan’s
sharply divided political establishment – the anti-independence pan-blue
bloc and formally pro-independence pan-greens – has shifted the
cross-strait issue (i.e. relations with China) into overdrive.
Travelling from Malaysia to Karachi in Pakistan is to go from the
‘Second World’ to the ‘Fourth World’. Malaysia is certainly no showcase
for Asian capitalism, as the apologists for the Kuala Lumpur regime
argue. Indeed, it is no paradise for the working class and the poor, who