By Pradeep Ramanayake and K. Ratnayake, 19 January 2021
By all indications Washington is behind the move intended to press President Gotabhaya Rajapakse’s government to break from Beijing’s “influence.”
By Rohantha De Silva, 15 January 2021
Concerned that the Rajapakse regime is turning to Beijing for financial assistance, Jaishankar’s trip appears to be a thinly-veiled warning to Colombo.
By Wimal Perera, 13 January 2021
Prime Minister Hasina boasts about helping the poor as hunger deepens across the country.
By Sampath Perera, 13 January 2021
Although Pakistan’s military has turned much of Balochistan into an armed camp, Islamist forces continue to mount deadly attacks on the Shiite Hazara minority with impunity.
By Arun Kumar, 8 January 2021
Striking Toyota workers also face mounting pressure from the Congress and Janata Dal opposition parties, and the isolation of their struggle by the Stalinist-dominated unions.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 7 January 2021
These preparations of Rajapakse are aimed at cementing his autocratic rule and taking on the working class.
By W. A .Sunil, 5 January 2021
After the bloodbath, the Rajapakse government is taking further measures to tighten the repressive conditions in prisons.
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Sri Lanka), 4 January 2021
The lecture is based on the WSWS article on the 200th anniversary of birth of Friedrich Engels.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 31 December 2020
The farmers launched their Delhi Chalo (Let’s got to Delhi) protest on November 26, the same day as tens of millions of workers participated in a general strike to protest the BJP government’s pro-investor “reforms.”
By Rohantha De Silva, 31 December 2020
The conflict within Nepal’s ruling Stalinist regime is driven by geo-political pressures and the escalating economic and social crisis exacerbated by COVID-19 within the landlocked country.
By Health Workers Action Committee of Sri Lanka, 30 December 2020
Sri Lankan health workers denounce the persecution of data scientist Rebekah Jones and hail her determination to protect lives by exposing the real extent of the coronavirus pandemic in the US.
No to forced work amid raging pandemic! All non-essential production must be shutdown with full compensation to workers!
By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24 December 2020
Factories, tea estates and government institutions are now dangerous hotbeds for COVID-19, a situation caused by the Rajapakse government’s defence of corporate profits.
By Kranti Kumara, 22 December 2020
The report, issued after an uprising by workers at the Wistron factory in India has revealed slave-like working conditions and wage delays, which are common among Apple iPhone manufacturers throughout Asia.
Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 22 December 2020
Indian workers must intervene as an independent political force in the crisis precipitated by the farmers’ agitation and rally the rural masses under their leadership to fight the Modi government and bourgeois rule.
By Yasara Sooriyanayaka, 22 December 2020
A UNICEF report reveals that most Sri Lankan families do not have adequate incomes and confront many hardships in raising their children.
By S. Jayanth, 21 December 2020
Ahnaf Jazeem is the latest victim of the Rajapakse government’s anti-Muslim witch hunt and its escalating attacks on the democratic rights of writers, artists and intellectuals.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 18 December 2020
The dangerously low COVID-19 testing rate in factories monitored by the Board of Investment is threatening the lives of tens of thousands of workers and their families.
By Our correspondents, 17 December 2020
The meeting discussed the need for an independent initiative of workers to defend the health service, in unity with the international working class.
Indian government and big business fear farmers’ protest could trigger eruption of working class opposition
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 December 2020
In the face of mass and escalating opposition from farmers, Narendra Modi and his far-right Bharatiya Janata Party government are doubling down on their drive to implement a raft of pro-corporate agricultural “reforms.”
By Rohantha De Silva, 14 December 2020
Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s trip to Sri Lanka was aimed at securing maritime cooperation to counteract Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean region.
By Keith Jones, 13 December 2020
Both the farmers and the Karnataka telecom manufacturing, Toyota, and bus transport workers are resisting the attempts of India’s capitalist elite, spearheaded by the Modi government, to exploit the pandemic to intensify the exploitation of India’s workers and toilers.
Workers around the world must defend striking Indian Toyota workers from repressive government measures
By Arun Kumar, 12 December 2020
Fearful of the growing support for the monthlong strike by Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) workers in southern India, the Hindu-supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government is ramping up its attempts to criminalize the strike.
By Saman Gunadasa, 11 December 2020
Rajapakse’s speech underscores the necessity for the working class to undertake a political fight on a socialist program against this big business government.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 11 December 2020
Indian farmers are threatening to expand their protests after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government reiterated that it will not repeal the three pro-agri-business laws it rushed through parliament last September.
“They are not alone in this”
By Shannon Jones, 9 December 2020
US autoworkers have extended support to fellow workers at Kia and General Motors in South Korea and Toyota workers in India who are facing increasing threats as they fight for decent pay and working conditions.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 8 December 2020
Millions of people will join protests across India today to express support for a farmers’ agitation that has become a major challenge to the far-right BJP government and its social incendiary pro-investor policies.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 5 December 2020
Colombo has reacted to opposition to the shooting of unarmed protesting prisoners with increased repression.
By Arun Kumar, 2 December 2020
Over 3,000 workers at two Toyota Kirloskar Motor-owned car assembly plants in Bidadi are continuing a four-week-long strike in defiance of the state government’s back-to-work order.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 2 December 2020
The farmers are protesting a pro-corporate agrarian “reform” that Modi and his BJP rushed through parliament in September, at the same time as they were attacking workers’ right to strike and gutting restrictions on mass layoffs.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 1 December 2020
The brutal Mahara Prison killings are not an aberration but are in line with the increasingly repressive methods being employed to suppress opposition to the government’s COVID-19 response.
By Our reporters, 1 December 2020
“In a period where the working class rallying behind a genuine revolutionary leadership is decisive, Scalice’s exposure has a huge contemporary relevance.”
By Subash Somachandran, 28 November 2020
Workers’ concerns have been deepened because of the disastrous pandemic situation globally and in Sri Lanka.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 27 November 2020
Yesterday’s strike was a powerful blow against the Modi government’s relentless barrage of Hindu chauvinism targeting Muslims and religious minorities, and other ruling elite attempts to promote caste and communal divisions.
By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 26 November 2020
For three decades, the Pabloites have sanctioned every opportunist twist and turn of its Sri Lankan affiliate as it has sought to subordinate the working class to one or other section of the ruling class and its two major parties.
By Keith Jones, 26 November 2020
As a direct consequence of the reaction of ruling elites to the pandemic, focused on profits and share prices, social opposition in the working class is erupting.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 26 November 2020
The warm welcome for the President-elect is based on the calculation that a Biden administration will be no less committed than Trump’s to expanding the anti-China Indo-US “global strategic partnership.”
By Saman Gunadasa, 25 November 2020
The Rajapakse government’s tax concessions for the rich and cuts to education and other vital social services will drastically hit workers and the poor struggling to deal with the impact of COVID-19.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 21 November 2020
Musical performances, theatre, film and teledrama production, book exhibitions and similar activities have almost entirely come to a halt. Kapila Kumara Kalinga and Malaka Devapriya spoke to the WSWS about the situation.
By Kranti Kumara, 20 November 2020
So meager are the earnings of India’s workers and toilers, three-quarters of the population in rural areas would not be able to afford the cheapest possible nutritious diet even if they spent all of their earnings on food.
Oppose Sri Lankan government’s repressive essential services order against port workers fighting COVID-19
By The Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 20 November 2020
The Rajapakse government’s assault on the democratic rights of port workers is a warning to the entire working class.
By Shibu Vavara and Arun Kumar, 20 November 2020
Behind the state government’s strikebreaking order is the broader aim of the ruling class to make India a cheap-labor alternative to China.
By Wimal Perera, 18 November 2020
Students, like other poor sections of the society, have been ignored by the Awami League government.
By K. Ratnayake, 14 November 2020
US governments are hostile to the cash-strapped Colombo regime increasingly looking for financial assistance from China.
By W.A. Sunil, 12 November 2020
From the beginning of October, the grossly understated official number of cases has increased dramatically by more than 10,000, while the death toll has risen by 33, or more than tripled.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 November 2020
Contrary to Modi’s lies, a humanitarian crisis is being generated in the world’s second most populous country.
By Our correspondents, 9 November 2020
The speakers stressed that the crisis in Sri Lanka and internationally could only be resolved through the independent political mobilisation of the working class=.
By Arun Kumar, 7 November 2020
Under conditions of mounting social opposition, the Stalinists are doubling down on their efforts to harness the working class to the Congress and other right-wing parties.
By Shibu Vavara and Sasi Kumar, 6 November 2020
The strikers are challenging the Canadian conglomerate’s super exploitation of a multi-tier workforce, with just 75 permanent workers alongside 350 contract workers and 200 trainees.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 5 November 2020
The Rajapakse regime’s decisions are aimed at continuing corporate operations, particularly factory production for exports, forcing workers to stay on the job.
By Wimal Perera, 3 November 2020
Despite police harassment, workers retrenched from state-run mills have staged several demonstrations against the closures and plans for privatization.
By Saman Gunadasa, 31 October 2020
The US has been hostile to China’s influence in strategically important Sri Lanka, as preparations for a US-instigated war against China are escalated.
Indian health and public sector workers strike; Chinese courier drivers protest over unpaid wages; hospital workers and nurses threaten strikes in Australia, New Zealand and Solomon Islands
30 October 2020
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By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 29 October 2020
India’s BJP government has exploited the ongoing military border standoff with China to integrate India still more fully into American imperialism’s incendiary military-strategic offensive against Beijing.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 October 2020
A government appointed committee has warned of a potential second wave of infections in winter leading to a sharp rise in the percentage of the population hit by the coronavirus.
Rally welcoming relaunch of WSWS
By Wije Dias, 27 October 2020
The remarks below were given by Wije Dias, general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party of Sri Lanka.
By K. Ratnayake, 26 October 2020
The move towards dictatorship in Sri Lanka coincides with the drive by the ruling classes in every country towards fascist and autocratic rule.
Bangladeshi union shuts down port workers national strike; Assam rail workers demand festival allowance; Western Australian workers protest after worksite death
24 October 2020
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By Mike Head, 24 October 2020
The atrocities flowed inevitably from the nature of the war—a brutal operation to crush all resistance to the US military occupation of the impoverished country.
By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) statement, 22 October 2020
The true situation was hidden from the outset because the government refused to implement rigorous anti-COVID-19 measures when the virus first impacted on the country in late January.
By The Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 22 October 2020
The event will discuss the policies necessary for workers, the rural poor and youth to combat the coronavirus disaster and the Rajapakse administration’s austerity and anti-democratic measures.
By Saman Gunadasa, 20 October 2020
The report bluntly warns that “more people will be added to the ranks of the extreme poor in South Asia than in any other region in 2020.”
By Wimal Perera and Kapila Fernando, 17 October 2020
“The lives of workers have been thrown to the wolves in order to protect the profits of the big capitalists,” one worker told the WSWS.
Andhra Pradesh textile workers strike; 400,000 Assam tea plantation workers walk out; Western Australia: Offshore LNG platform employees in Western Australia take action
17 October 2020
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By Vijith Samarasinghe, 15 October 2020
Pompeo’s visit is another step in Washington’s policy of pushing its Asian regional partners into direct military confrontation with Beijing.
By Subash Somachandran, 15 October 2020
Social opposition is mounting among workers and the poor across Sri Lanka against the Rajapakse government’s continuous attacks on social and democratic rights.
By Naveen Dewage, 13 October 2020
The previous, relatively low number of COVID-19 infections in Sri Lanka is mainly the result of the government’s refusal to carry out systematic testing.
By Saman Gunadasa and K. Ratnayake, 10 October 2020
Facing an economic catastrophe exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, President Rajapakse wants new anti-democratic measures to suppress the eruption of mass social struggles by the working class.
By Wimal Perera, 6 October 2020
Prime Minister Sheik Hasina has responded to the social crisis exacerbated by COVID-19 by suppressing information on the disease and persecuting journalists.
By Saman Gunadasa, 6 October 2020
The Modi government long ago abandoned any effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and is insisting workers be forced back on the job to produce profits for big business, whatever the cost in human lives.
India: 13,000 teachers in Delhi strike over unpaid wages; Government doctors protest in Pakistan; LNG offshore maintenance workers to walk out in Western Australia
3 October 2020
By Our correspondents, 3 October 2020
We urge our readers, including in China, to come to the defence of Dr. Scalice, including by sending statements of support to the WSWS opposing the slanderous attack on him by the CPP and sharing his lecture widely.
By Kranti Kumara, 3 October 2020
The BJP’s labour “reform” abolishes restrictions on the use of contract labour, job cuts, and plant closures, and illegalises most worker job action.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 October 2020
Wednesday’s verdict will embolden the Hindu right, Narendra Modi and the BJP in their communal provocations and assault on the social and democratic rights of India’s toilers.
By Pradeep Ramanayaka, 29 September 2020
Despite the Rajapakse government’s boasting that it has curbed the pandemic, the working class is confronted with the threat that the virus could rapidly spread at any moment.
By Benjamin Mateus, 28 September 2020
With some 33 million infected out of nearly eight billion people, “herd immunity” remains a distant prospect and winter could bring conditions for a rapid resurgence of the pandemic.
Social health workers demonstrate in Tamil Nadu; Vietnamese garment workers strike over pay; Qantas baggage handlers protest against job cuts
26 September 2020
By M. Thevarajah, 25 September 2020
The plantation companies, with the direct support of the unions, have begun imposing wage and allowance cuts and higher productivity targets.
India’s health minister downplays raging pandemic to conceal ruling elite’s criminal “herd immunity” policy
By Saman Gunadasa, 24 September 2020
With the economy now largely reopened, the government has placed all responsibility for containing the virus onto working people.
By our correspondents, 23 September 2020
The online lecture has been viewed by more than 14,000 people since it was live-streamed earlier this month.
India: Chennai garbage workers strike; Sri Lankan bank workers protest over contracts; Australian waterfront workers walkout
19 September 2020
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 18 September 2020
Sri Lanka is one of the countries, like the Philippines, where groups following Maoism brought one disaster after another to workers, young people and rural poor.
Indian police and BJP government extend witch-hunt against anti-CAA protesters to filmmaker Rahul Roy
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 September 2020
Monday’s interrogation of Roy and his wife comes after the Delhi police spuriously implicated prominent cultural and political figures in the BJP-fomented communal violence.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 16 September 2020
Washington wants enhanced military relations with the strategically-located island in order to intensify its war drive against China.
By Sasi Kumar and V. Gnana, 15 September 2020
WSWS reporters interviewed workers in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu on the situation facing Indian workers during the pandemic.
By Jordan Shilton and Keith Jones, 12 September 2020
US support for India and efforts by major European powers to boost their military-strategic presence in the Indo-Pacific could cascade the border crisis into a catastrophic war.
By Sanjaya Jayasekera and Deepal Jayasekera, 12 September 2020
Like his political counterparts around the world, Rajapakse’s preparations for dictatorial rule are being made in order to unleash a massive social assault on the working class.
India: Petrol refinery and agricultural marketing workers strike against privatisation; Pakistani government workers strike against pay freeze
12 September 2020
India’s Supreme Court punishes prominent lawyer for criticizing its role in assault on democratic rights
By Kranti Kumara, 11 September 2020
Time and again, India’s Supreme Court has aided and abetted the anti-democratic actions and Hindu communalist provocations of the Modi government.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 September 2020
India’s increasingly aggressive stance against China is being stoked by Washington.
West Bengal administrative workers strike; Maharashtra nurses hold state-wide protests; private sector nurses strike in New Zealand
5 September 2020
Thousands of workers strike at Indian arms factories; Indonesian police attack paper mill workers; South Korean doctors continue strike
29 August 2020
By Subash Somachandran, 27 August 2020
The electoral collapse of the TNA is the product of the political bankruptcy, demonstrated over decades, of the Tamil bourgeois-nationalist perspective.
27 August 2020
The SEP-IYSSE lecture will explain the necessity for a socialist program to fight President Rajapakse’s escalating steps towards dictatorship.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 August 2020
The SEP warns workers and youth that they face real dangers as the Rajapakse government prepares an all-out offensive against the social and democratic rights of working people.
Pakistani university workers oppose job cuts; Offshore gas platform workers strike in Western Australia; New Zealand health workers protest
22 August 2020
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 21 August 2020
Millions of workers have joined strikes and protests opposing the government’s attacks on their wages and working conditions.
By Arun Kumar, 17 August 2020
The ongoing persecution of Motherson autoparts strikers was facilitated by the Maoist Left Trade Union Centre’s betrayal of the 140-day walkout.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 15 August 2020
The Modi government’s illegal abrogation of Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status and imposition of a state-of-siege in the Muslim-majority region have been conspicuously ignored by the US and other major imperialist powers.
Indian social health workers hold two-day national strike; South Korean hospital doctors walkout
15 August 2020
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 14 August 2020
The Colombo Port workers’ struggle has demonstrated that the US and India want Sri Lanka tied to their strategic and military moves against nuclear-armed China.