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...
Mass privatisations started in 1994 and it took them four years to
privatise allmost all main industries, oil and gas. More than 300 mines
were taken over by transnational corporations from the West, more than
90 per cent of the natural resources, most metal factories etc.
Jagadish Chandra, New Socialist Alternative (Nava Samajavaadi Paryaya -
the CWI’s section in India) spoke about the struggle against
privatisation in India in an interview with Offensiv (newspaper of the
Swedish section of the CWI) during the Eighth World Congress of the CWI.
In April this year 10 million public...
The horrific bombings at the nightclubs in Bali have left up to 300
Australians dead, the biggest toll since the 500+ killed in the Vietnam
War. The victims were overwhelmingly young people, mainly working class
youth on end of season football tours or once-in-a-lifetime holidays.
The victims also include the many...
The terrifying carnage which ripped through the Sari nightclub at Kuta
beach in Bali, Indonesia, has shocked working people and youth
internationally. Hundreds have been left maimed and injured as the death
toll rose to nearly 200 (at the time of writing) during Saturday night
and Sunday. Amongst the dead were young...
THIRTEEN DEMONSTRATORS were arrested on 30 September, including the
general secretary of the left-nationalist National Awami Party (NAP),
when police baton-charged and tear-gassed a peaceful demonstration
protesting against the extension of the Mangla dam in Pakistani occupied
Kashmir (PoK), which will make over 100,000...
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.