By W.A. Sunil, 15 December 2016
The new collective agreement is a prelude to a productivity-based payment regime proposed by the plantation companies.
By our reporters, 14 December 2016
The government’s repression of the Magampura Port workers is a warning to the whole working class.
By our reporters, 12 December 2016
The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government has sent a message to the entire working class that it will use police-military methods to suppress their struggles.
By K. Ratnayake, 10 December 2016
Sirisena’s appeals to Washington expose the anti-democratic character of the Sri Lankan government and its determination to cover-up the military’s atrocities.
By Sarath Kumara, 8 December 2016
The visit underscores India’s growing efforts—backed by Washington—to bring Bangladesh into its orbit, undercutting China’s influence.
By Keith Jones, 6 December 2016
India has demonstrably rebuffed Pakistan’s attempts to initiate a dialogue aimed at defusing the almost three-month-long war crisis between South Asia’s rival nuclear-armed states.
By our correspondents, 6 December 2016
Speakers explained the far-reaching and reactionary implications of Trump’s victory for workers and young people globally.
By K. Ratnayake, 3 December 2016
PACOM chief Harris’s visit was part US efforts to boost military ties with Sri Lanka after President Maithripala Sirisena became president in early 2015.
By our correspondents, 29 November 2016
Many people were keen to discuss with SEP and IYSSE campaigners the shift in world politics reflected in Trump’s victory.
By our correspondents, 28 November 2016
Speakers explained the dangerous political agenda of the incoming Trump administration in the US and the necessity for workers and youth to mobilise on a revolutionary program.
By W.A. Sunil, 23 November 2016
Under the pretext of “curbing racism,” the government is preparing for a broader crackdown not only on opposition parties but against the working class.
By Kranti Kumara and Arun Kumar, 21 November 2016
The true aim of the Indian government's demonetisation scheme is to shore up the country's fragile banking system.
By Arun Kumar, 21 November 2016
Sunday’s disaster is a direct result of poor safety standards and the run-down of essential maintenance throughout India’s extensive rail network.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 19 November 2016
India’s elite calculates Trump’s hardline positions vis-a-vis China and Pakistan will provide New Delhi with a strategic boost over its principal Asian rivals.
19 November 2016
The meeting will explain the political factors behind Trump’s election and outline the program of socialist internationalism that the working class must adopt.
By Saman Gunadasa, 15 November 2016
The government has drastically increased taxes on working people while slashing funds for health, education and welfare.
By W.A. Sunil, 12 November 2016
The public squabble between Colombo and Beijing over loans is another indication of rising geo-strategic tensions in the region.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 8 November 2016
The ongoing clashes along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan highlight the dangerous standoff that has brought the nuclear-armed rivals to the brink of war.
By our correspondents, 4 November 2016
The committee’s establishment is an important step toward breaking from the trade unions, which function as industrial police for big business and the government.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 November 2016
The Tamil nationalist parties support Washington’s war drive in Asia and have pleaded for US backing to secure privileges for the Tamil elite in Sri Lanka.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 31 October 2016
While President Sirisena postured as a champion of democracy in 2015, Sri Lanka’s planned anti-terror act is a major assault on the basic rights of the working class.
By our correspondents, 31 October 2016
Yesterday’s meeting in Colombo unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the socialist anti-war conference to be held by the US SEP in Detroit on November 5.
By Keith Jones, 26 October 2016
The attack on the Balochistan Police College is said to be the deadliest terrorist attack ever mounted on Pakistan’s security forces.
By our correspondents, 26 October 2016
The death of two Tamil students is a continuation of the police-state methods developed during the war and now increasingly being used against working people throughout the island.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 25 October 2016
The Sri Lankan prime minister has unequivocally backed the Indian government’s efforts to exploit the Uri military raid to undermine Pakistan and boost India’s great power ambitions.
By K. Nesan, 24 October 2016
The police murder exposed the Tamil nationalists’ collaboration with Washington and Colombo in setting up police-state forms of rule in northern Sri Lanka.
By W.A. Sunil, 24 October 2016
The union-plantation association deal locks workers into increased productivity rates for the next two years in exchange for a negligible wage rise.
21 October 2016
The US presidential elections are of enormous political significance for working people and youth in South Asia and internationally.
By K. Ratnayake, 18 October 2016
Sirisena, who won office on bogus slogans of good governance and fighting corruption, has moved to halt even the limited actions of the Bribery Commission and police.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 14 October 2016
India’s principal Stalinist party, the CPM, is playing a foul role in the reckless, bellicose offensive India’s ruling elite is mounting against its nuclear-armed arch-rival, Pakistan.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 12 October 2016
The protest in Jaffna over the continued military occupation and abuse of democratic rights was denounced in chauvinist terms by the entire Colombo establishment.
By Kranti Kumara, 4 October 2016
The Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association has passed a resolution banning Pakistani actors, singers and technicians from Bollywood productions.
By Keith Jones, 3 October 2016
In anticipation of a possible Pakistani counter-strike, or to facilitate their own war preparations, India is evacuating tens of thousands of people living near the border.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 1 October 2016
The accolades he received simply reflected that fact that Sirisena has dutifully toed the US line against China since coming to power in January last year.
By K. Nesan, 1 October 2016
The Tamil nationalist parties, like the Sri Lankan regime and its imperialist backers, are desperate to cover up the crimes of the Sri Lankan civil war.
By Kumaran Ira, 29 September 2016
Washington’s anti-China “pivot to Asia” is fueling war tensions between Pakistan and India, which have escalated since Islamist militants attacked an Indian military base in Kashmir.
By Wasntha Rupasinghe, 28 September 2016
The publicly announced steps India has taken against Pakistan are of a diplomatic and economic character. But behind the scenes feverish preparations continue for a lethal “counterstrike.”
By our correspondents, 28 September 2016
Indian workers and students discussed mounting global tensions and New Delhi’s role in the US military preparations against China.
By Sampath Perera, 27 September 2016
The Pakistan Air Force conducted war exercises last week, including over the skies of the national capital, Islamabad, and on the highway connecting it to Lahore.
By Subash Somachandran and K. Nesan, 27 September 2016
There is growing anger among Tamil workers and youth against the Tamil nationalists’ support for US imperialism’s foreign policy and for its client regime in Colombo.
By Saman Gunadasa, 26 September 2016
The increased taxes highlight the International Monetary Fund’s control over Sri Lankan financial and economic affairs.
21 September 2016
The Indian government’s deepening involvement in the US preparations for war against China is occurring behind the backs of the Indian working class and poor.
By V. Gnana, 19 September 2016
Seventeen Indian soldiers were killed yesterday morning in Indian-administered Kashmir when fighters assaulted a military base at Uri.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 17 September 2016
Ban indirectly admitted that the UN did nothing to stop the wartime massacres in Sri Lanka, saying the world body had made “serious mistakes.”
By Kranti Kumara, 16 September 2016
India’s government is resorting to increasingly desperate measures to quell the popular protests that have convulsed the Kashmir Valley for the past ten weeks.
By Sarath Kumara, 16 September 2016
The Tampaco Foils disaster highlights the unsafe conditions and shoddy construction for which Bangladesh is now notorious.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 6 September 2016
The US and its allies are hostile to President Yameen, not because of his record of human rights abuses, but his ties to China.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 3 September 2016
The strike is an expression of mounting opposition in the working class internationally against assaults by governments and corporations on jobs and working conditions.
By Sarath Kumara, 3 September 2016
The court delay further underscores the indifference of all sections of the ruling elite for the plight of garment workers.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 31 August 2016
With the signing of the basing agreement, India is being transformed into a “frontline” state in the US drive to isolate, encircle, and prepare to wage war on China.
By Sathish Simon and Kranti Kumara, 31 August 2016
The widespread support for the strike is an expression of mounting working-class anger and militancy and part of a global resurgence of class struggle.
By Vilani Peiris, 31 August 2016
Washington wants to use Sri Lanka as one of its bases in the event of war with China.
By Kranti Kumara, 17 August 2016
Kerala’s chief minister has appointed a neoliberal economist with close ties to the US financial elite and Federal Reserve as his top economic advisor.
By Saman Gunadasa, 13 August 2016
The IMF regards Sri Lanka’s state-owned enterprises as a burden on the economy as well as a potential source of profit for investors.
By Vilani Peiris, 29 July 2016
The deal is aimed at establishing a strong regime committed to Washington’s geo-political strategy and the imposition of the IMF’s austerity demands.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 22 July 2016
While India has lined up behind Washington in supporting the provocative ruling issued in The Hague, Pakistan has backed China’s rejection of it.
By K. Ratnayake, 22 July 2016
China has attempted to strengthen its relations with Sri Lanka since the US-inspired regime-change that ousted former President Mahinda Rajapakse.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 18 July 2016
Bitter infighting, driven by the geo-strategic demands of the US and India, is deepening within the Maldives ruling elite.
By Kranti Kumara, 16 July 2016
The past week of mass protests in Kashmir has rattled India’s Hindu supremacist BJP government and laid bare Kashmiris’ deep disaffection from the Indian state.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 14 July 2016
The Indian government is attempting to use Britain’s exit from the EU to pursue its own economic and strategic interests.
the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 12 July 2016
The mounting strikes and protests in Sri Lanka can only be advanced through a break from the entire ruling class and the fight for a unified international and socialist movement of the working class.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 7 July 2016
To access energy resources and strike a strategic blow against China and Pakistan, India plans to build a transport corridor via Iran to Afghanistan and Central Asia.
By Saman Gunadasa, 6 July 2016
The British vote threatens to exacerbate Sri Lanka’s balance of payments crisis and deepen the widespread discontent over the government’s austerity measures.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 5 July 2016
US officials have vowed to work with India to secure its entry into the NSG, while joining India in suggesting that Beijing was responsible for its rebuff.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 4 July 2016
Whoever the perpetrators of Dhaka hostage-taking, this type of terrorism has been fomented by the US-led wars in the Middle East.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 28 June 2016
The CPM leadership has effectively given its West Bengal unit the green light to continue its alliance with the big business Congress Party.
By our correspondents, 24 June 2016
Plantation workers from Hatton and Maskeliya in the central hills district spoke with WSWS reporters about their worsening working and living conditions.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 23 June 2016
Commentators have generally backed the “Remain” campaign and expressed dismay about the damaging economic consequences of a British exit from the EU.
By Vilani Peiris, 17 June 2016
The JVP’s proposal shows its readiness to strengthen the capitalist state apparatus against rising social unrest.
By Keith Jones, 10 June 2016
The alliance between the Indian bourgeoisie and US imperialism represents a sea change in world geopolitics, with explosive implications for inter-state relations across Asia and the world.
By Shree Haran, 10 June 2016
The Tamil Progressive Alliance and other estate unions have agreed to negotiate with the employers to impose a major attack on the wages, jobs and social rights of plantation workers.
By W. A. Sunil, 7 June 2016
Hundreds of homes have been destroyed in the highly-populated villages around the Salawa military complex, near the capital, Colombo.
By Pani Wijesiriwardane, 4 June 2016
The forced removal of slum dwellers is part of the government’s Megapolis project to serve international and local investors.
By K.Nesan, 4 June 2016
C. V. Wigneswaran applauded the US-backed Sri Lankan regime, whose top officials oversaw the massacres at the end of the war, for its “good governance.”
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 3 June 2016
The gathering’s main purpose was to more firmly tie the countries involved in the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”
By Arun Kumar, 2 June 2016
The Stalinists have been reduced to the third-party in West Bengal, which they ruled for 34 consecutive years ending only in 2011.
By K. Ratnayake and Keith Jones, 31 May 2016
The CPM’s opposition to the India-US basing agreement is a sham and a political trap, aimed at tying the working class to the Indian bourgeoisie, its parties and state.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 25 May 2016
Apart from perfunctory warnings for the public to be “vigilant,” the Sri Lankan government took no serious measures to lessen the cyclone’s impact.
By our correspondents, 20 May 2016
Disaster victims have blamed the government and other authorities for not providing adequate relief or moving residents to safe places.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 May 2016
Successive governments have done nothing to mitigate the death and destruction caused by annual monsoonal rains.
By Minusha Fernando, 18 May 2016
The revelations constitute a damning exposure of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government’s claims to defend democratic rights.
By Sampath Perera, 16 May 2016
As tensions with Washington escalate, Pakistan has indicated it is looking for alternative jets from China and Russia.
By our reporters, 12 May 2016
More than 200 people joined the meeting, which was followed by the International May Day online rally.
By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 11 May 2016
The repression of Tamil youth is another attempt to divide Sri Lankan workers along communal lines and follows Colombo’s agreement to impose more IMF cuts.
By Saman Gunadasa, 5 May 2016
The IMF bailout agreement is based on immediate steps to slash the budget deficit at the expense of social spending and working class conditions.
By Wije Dias, 3 May 2016
Wije Dias, general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.
By Vilani Peiris, 29 April 2016
Wickremesinghe’s visit to China underscores the magnitude of Sri Lanka’s economic crisis and the geo-political tensions engulfing the region.
By Kumaran Ira, 28 April 2016
India canceled a visa for US-backed Uyghur separatist Dolkun Isa to attend a conference in Dharamsala.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 28 April 2016
By cajoling the Maldives into a new defence pact, India provided the US with a demonstration of its potential as a “frontline” ally in confronting China.
By Kanda Gabriel, 22 April 2016
India’s alignment with Washington’s anti-China “pivot” is inflaming explosive military and national-ethnic tensions across South Asia.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 11 April 2016
This offer, which could only be made at Washington’s urging, is part of the US drive to make India a “frontline state” in its military-strategic offensive against China.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 8 April 2016
The US Seventh Fleet flagship’s visit to Colombo indicates moves by the Sri Lankan government to tie the country into US war plans.
the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Sri Lanka), 7 April 2016
The BJP government’s witch-hunt of the JNU students is part of a turn to authoritarian methods of rule.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 5 April 2016
Gunaratnam’s jailing is another warning of the anti-democratic methods that the government will use against political opponents and more broadly against working people.
By Rohantha De Silva, 4 April 2016
The legislation provides limited access to state information, while entrenching broad areas that will remain off-limits, including national security, diplomacy and economic activities.
By Arun Kumar and Palash Roy, 2 April 2016
India’s political elite has turned a blind-eye to dangerous cost-cutting methods rampant throughout the construction industry.
By Sampath Perera, 1 April 2016
Pakistan’s military has seized on last Sunday’s terrorist atrocity to implement plans for an “antiterrorism” offensive and to strengthen its authority over the civilian government.
By Arun Kumar, 23 March 2016
The trade unions, mainly those led by Stalinists, played a key role in pushing Tata auto workers to end the strike.
By Rohantha De Silva, 21 March 2016
Under the guise of “democracy,” the government is seeking to strengthen its hand to impose austerity and deepen its integration into the US “pivot to Asia” against China.
By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 15 March 2016
The ongoing detention of hundreds of Tamil political prisoners is part of a broader government attack on democratic rights.