By Saman Gunadasa, 29 September 2015
Washington’s willingness to countenance a largely domestic “human rights inquiry” is a payoff to the new pro-US government in Colombo.
By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 26 September 2015
The Tamil National Alliance and other bourgeois Tamil formations hope to use the UN report to broker a new political deal with Sri Lanka’s pro-US government.
By Rohantha De Silva and K. Ratnayake, 22 September 2015
If the report is “milder” than it might have been, it is because the US wants no disruption to the new pro-US government in Colombo.
By Saman Gunadasa, 21 September 2015
The floating of the currency to depreciate its value is the first major austerity move by the new “national unity government” in Sri Lanka.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 September 2015
Talks between Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Indian counterpart focused on deepening economic and military ties between the two countries.
By K. Ratnayake, 17 September 2015
While the inquiry confirms that war crimes occurred, the UN human rights commissioner’s remarks echo the shift in US policy.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 September 2015
Saturday’s tragedy resulted from the widespread practice of storing explosives in residential areas to maximise profits.
By W. A. Sunil, 14 September 2015
Sirisena is desperate to shore up the new “national unity” government as it prepares to implement austerity and integrate the island into US war plans.
By Rohantha de Silva, 11 September 2015
This year’s seminar was held in the context of escalating moves by the US to integrate countries in the Asia-Pacific region into its strategic build-up against China.
By K. Nesan, 10 September 2015
The aim was to install a political flunkey of Washington who will support any austerity measure or pro-US foreign policy.
By Peter Symonds, 8 September 2015
The downturn in the Chinese economy is reverberating around the world, nowhere more so than in Asia.
By Saman Gunadasa and Deepal Jayasekera, 8 September 2015
Washington’s investigation seeks to further marginalise Rajapakse and his supporters and block any challenge to the present pro-US government.
By Arun Kumar, 5 September 2015
The decision by Prime Minister Modi to hold trilateral naval games involving India, the US and Japan has been encouraged by Washington as part of its aggressive “pivot” against China.
By K. Ratnayake, 5 September 2015
The new US-backed government is trying to cement its position and prepare to ram through harsh austerity measures.
By our correspondents, 3 September 2015
While workers are determined to defend their jobs and living conditions, the unions used the strike to let off steam and keep workers tied to the political establishment.
By K. Ratnayake, 2 September 2015
The new coalition government is an attempt by the ruling class parties to close ranks in order to impose savage austerity measures on the working class.
By K. Nesan, 1 September 2015
By supporting the US-backed government, the Tamil nationalists are complicit in allowing the crimes of the civil war to go unpunished.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 1 September 2015
The unions have called the September 2 strike not to mobilize workers and the rural toilers against the Modi government and its neoliberal policies but to contain the growing opposition to them.
By Saman Gunadasa, 31 August 2015
This stance not only exposes the pro-imperialist character of these parties but their involvement and complicity in the Sri Lankan human rights atrocities.
By K. Ratnayake, 27 August 2015
The announcement confirms that Washington has cynically exploited “human rights” in Sri Lanka to advance its interests, particularly against China.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 26 August 2015
The Financial Times editorial is a damning indictment of the Sri Lankan pseudo-left organisations that sided with the pro-US UNP in the election.
By Saman Gunadasa, 24 August 2015
The “national unity government” will impose severe austerity measures and will not hesitate to use police-state measures against any resistance by working people.
By K. Ratnayake, 22 August 2015
The new coalition government will deepen the assault on the democratic rights and living standards of working people and enmesh the island in US war preparations against China.
By W. A. Sunil, 21 August 2015
During the election, the SEP alone warned that all the capitalist parties were united in their determination to impose the burden of the economic crisis onto working people.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 August 2015
The support for the SEP indicates a turn by an advanced section of workers and the oppressed masses towards the perspective of socialist internationalism.
By Saman Gunadasa, 19 August 2015
While the UNP win has blocked a comeback by former President Mahinda Rajapakse, the political turmoil in Colombo will only continue and deepen.
By Tom Peters, 19 August 2015
While the perpetrator of Monday’s attack has not been identified, the US-backed military regime is using it as a pretext to mobilise the armed forces and intimidate opponents.
By K. Ratnayake, 18 August 2015
Whichever party—the UNP or SLFP—finally forms the next government will accelerate the austerity agenda being demanded by the IMF.
By our correspondent, 17 August 2015
Today’s election is being held in the wake of a US-backed regime-change operation in January that ousted former President Rajapakse because of his ties with China.
By our reporters, 17 August 2015
International Committee of the Fourth International supporters held a well-attended meeting to discuss the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) election campaign.
Sri Lankan general election 2015
For a socialist program against war, austerity and to defend democratic rights! For a workers and peasants government!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 August 2015
The SEP is standing 43 candidates in three of the country’s 22 electoral districts—Colombo, Jaffna and Nuwara Eliya.
By K. Nesan and V. Gnana, 15 August 2015
The Tamil National People’s Front and the Crusaders for Democracy are aligned with the Sirisena government and US imperialism against Tamil and Sinhala workers.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 15 August 2015
Sirisena’s letter, aimed at bolstering the UNP’s electoral prospects, underscores the deep political crisis surrounding the whole election.
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 August 2015
The Chinese regime has responded nervously to the disaster, which is intensifying its political crisis.
By Rohantha De Silva, 11 August 2015
The promotion of the UNP, the country’s oldest bourgeois party steeped in crimes against the working class, as a champion of democracy is a complete fraud.
By our correspondent, 10 August 2015
The Socialist Equality Party held its second northern Sri Lankan election meeting at Karainagar, where SEP campaigners held lively discussions with local residents.
By our correspondent, 6 August 2015
Irrigation department and other local workers in Ratmalana, near Colombo, voice their anger over rising poverty and increasing exploitation.
By K. Nesan, 5 August 2015
The election manifesto aligns the TNA with the policies of Washington and the Colombo government installed in a US-engineered regime-change operation.
By W. A. Sunil, 4 August 2015
Under conditions of widespread alienation from the two main capitalist parties, the JVP is trying to show the ruling elites that it is a viable alternative.
Against war and austerity! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and a socialist program!
By the Socialist Equality Party, 3 August 2015
The SEP’s campaign aims to mobilize workers and youth in opposition to war and attacks against democratic rights, on the basis of socialist internationalism.
By Peter Symonds, 1 August 2015
The violent attack is another symptom of the political tensions underpinning the bitter rivalry in the August 17 election campaign.
By Sampath Perera, 1 August 2015
India’s 15-month-old BJP government continues to integrate New Delhi ever more completely into Washington’s anti-China “pivot.”
By our correspondents, 31 July 2015
SEP candidates spoke in Wanathamulla, where residents have been the target of government “slum eviction” operations.
By M. Thevarajah, 30 July 2015
The victimisation of Ingestre workers is part of an escalating offensive by plantation companies to slash costs and drive up productivity.
By R. Shreeharan, 29 July 2015
The United Socialist Party takes no responsibility for the disasters that its previous alliances with bourgeois parties have helped bring about for the working class.
By Peter Symonds, 28 July 2015
The political crisis in Sri Lanka is an acute expression of the breakdown of global capitalism, which is fueling bitter geo-political rivalries and social counterrevolution against the working class.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 18 July 2015
Sirisena’s willingness to use his autocratic powers to prevent Rajapakse becoming prime minister exposes the fraudulent claim that his election represented a “democratic revolution.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 17 July 2015
The passage of the laws marks a further stage in the militarist “reinterpretation” of Japan’s nominally pacifist constitution.
By our correspondent, 16 July 2015
The SEP’s election slates are headed by leading party members with long-standing records of fighting for socialist internationalism.
By our correspondents, 15 July 2015
Central hills plantation workers attend SEP public meeting in defiance of ongoing union and police harassment.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 13 July 2015
The SEP is the only party advancing an internationalist and socialist program against war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights.
By Vilani Peiris, 4 July 2015
The transformation of Colombo into a destination for wealthy tourists is the product of ruthless attacks on the inner-city poor, including mass evictions.
By our correspondents, 1 July 2015
Plantation workers denounce frame-up charges against Deeside estate workers.
By John Roberts, 30 June 2015
The collapse of the three-party pact changes the political landscape and points to growing instability.
30 June 2015
The Glenugie tea plantation workers were victimised for playing a leading role in a three-day strike in February against an arbitrary increase in workloads.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 June 2015
Since the January 8 presidential election, Sirisena and his minority government have faced one crisis after another.
By Sampath Perera, 27 June 2015
The victims have died because of electricity outages, water supply shortages, inadequate healthcare facilities and government indifference.
By our correspondents, 26 June 2015
A successful meeting in Colombo examined the turmoil confronting President Sirisena’s government.
25 June 2015
The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding public meetings throughout Sri Lanka.
By Subash Somachandran and M. Kalaimaaran, 24 June 2015
Unbearable social conditions and de facto military rule continue after nearly three decades of war in Sri Lanka’s north.
By Joseph Santolan, 18 June 2015
The stakes in the 2016 presidential election are qualitatively higher than in previous contests, with the paramount question being war with China.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 June 2015
What took place at the Deeside division is a rehearsal for broader attacks by government and the corporate elite on all sections of the working class.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 June 2015
Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart declared that bilateral relations had entered a new phase.
By Saman Gunadasa, 8 June 2015
The government is raising commercial loans to cover payments on existing loans, heightening the political uncertainty in Colombo.
By K. Ratnayake, 5 June 2015
As Washington ratcheted up its confrontation with China over the South China Sea, Carter’s trip to India emphasised greater naval cooperation.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 30 May 2015
The BJP has moved India sharply right, lending support to the US’s anti-China “pivot,” imposing austerity and pro-market “reforms,” and inciting Hindu supremacism.
By Madhava Jayawardena and Pani Wijesiriwardena, 30 May 2015
Amid falling global prices, employers are demanding higher daily quotas from plantation workers.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 May 2015
Sirisena has refused to set a poll date, breaking his promise to dissolve parliament on April 23 and call an election.
By Subash Somachandran, 23 May 2015
Sinhala extremists have reacted to protests in Jaffna over the killing of an 18-year-old schoolgirl by whipping up anti-Tamil communalism.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 22 May 2015
The refusal of successive Sri Lankan governments to initiate basic safety measures has led to growing numbers of landslide disasters.
By S. K. Irangani, 22 May 2015
The situation facing Meeriyabedda Estate landslide victims highlights the desperate social conditions facing Sri Lankan plantation workers and their families.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 15 May 2015
The newly-enacted “reforms” will further enrich local and global investors at the expense of the working class and rural toilers.
By Ben McGrath, 11 May 2015
Nearly 200 historians published a statement last Tuesday calling on Tokyo to cease distorting the history of comfort women.
By Vilani Peiris, 9 May 2015
Some of those forced out are living in wooden huts without water or sanitation.
By our correspondents, 24 April 2015
University students and workers in Colombo are signing up for the May 3 global online rally.
By our correspondents in Visakhapatnam, 18 April 2015
This week’s congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) formally reaffirmed the policy under which it has propped up a series of rightwing governments dedicated to pro-market “reform.”
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 11 April 2015
The proposed changes are not to defend democratic rights but to hoodwink working people as the government prepares to impose its austerity agenda.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 3 April 2015
The police attack on university students makes clear that the Sirisena government is rapidly moving to impose new austerity measures.
By M. Devarajah, 28 March 2015
The charges are a crude attempt to intimidate the workforce, following a three-day strike against increased work quotas.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 27 March 2015
In a blatant attack on free speech, India’s Hindu supremacist BJP government has banned India’s Daughter, a BBC documentary on a notorious 2012 gang rape and murder in Delhi.
By M. Devarajah, 21 March 2015
The arrests are part of a police-media witch-hunt against workers who struck for three days against an increase in their daily picking loads.
By Saman Gunadasa, 20 March 2015
The IMF’s blunt message to Sri Lanka is for new social attacks on the working class and poor.
By Wimal Perera, 9 March 2015
Ferry owners maximise their profits by violating safety rules and regulations in league with government authorities at the expense of passengers’ lives.
By S. Jayanth, 7 March 2015
The TNA is attempting to put maximum pressure on the new Colombo government to secure a significant devolution of power to the Tamil elite.
By K. Ratnayake, 6 March 2015
The grubbier the political whitewash, the bigger the lies and historical falsifications—and it so proves to be the case with NSSP leader Karunaratne.
By W.A. Sunil, 28 February 2015
Racked by political instability and economic crisis, both wings of the ruling elite are preparing for deep attacks on the working class.
By M. Devarajah and A. Shanthakumar, 18 February 2015
The arrest of scores of demonstrators is a major attack on democratic rights by President Sirisena’s administration.
By M. Devarajah and W.A. Sunil, 13 February 2015
The National Union of Workers intervened yesterday to shut down a strike by 600 plantation workers from the Glenuige Estate over increased workloads.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 6 February 2015
Washington’s support for Sri Lankan President Sirisena is above all because he is reorienting the country’s foreign policy away from China and firmly towards the US.
By K. Ratnayake, 23 January 2015
Law professor Ryan Goodman suggests a targeted “human rights” campaign to prevent members of the previous government returning to power.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 January 2015
India’s over-riding concern is securing Sri Lanka’s shift away from Beijing.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 15 January 2015
The SEP alone fought for the political independence of the working class from all the pro-capitalist candidates.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 January 2015
The overwhelming majority of ministers are drawn from the right-wing and pro-US United National Party.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 January 2015
What has unfolded since Sirisena deserted Rajapakse’s government is a US-sponsored regime-change operation.
By Kranti Kumara, 9 January 2015
The ordinances were aimed at demonstrating to big business that the government is ready to use authoritarian methods to impose neoliberal reforms.
By K. Nesan, 7 January 2015
The TNA is backing Maithripala Sirisena, who is just as responsible for the government’s crimes during the civil war and the attacks on the working class.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 6 January 2015
Having long ago integrated itself into the Colombo establishment, the JVP has increasingly accommodated to Washington.
By W.A. Sunil, 31 December 2014
One of the central purposes of Sirisena’s manifesto is to send a clear signal that he will shift foreign policy decisively towards the West.
By K. Ratnayake, 30 December 2014
The newspaper highlights the “unexpectedly well-organised opposition campaign” that has emerged in the presidential election—with Washington’s support.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena—SEP presidential candidate, 27 December 2014
The NSSP’s election campaign is part of the international line-up of pseudo-left organisations behind US imperialism and its aggressive drive for global hegemony.