"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...
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...