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South-Asia

Stop the genocidal “final offensive” against the Tamils

The Sri Lankan Army is poised for a final offensive, a genocidal onslaught against the last remaining Tamil enclave in the North East of the island. Read more...

Pakistani government defeated by mass movement - Chief Justice Chaudhry reinstated

The mass movement delivered a significant defeat to the PPP government when it forced a huge climbdown by President Zadari on the issue of reinstating the sacked judges. This article is based on a report by members of the League for the Fifth International in Lahore. Read more...

Pakistani government launches vicious crackdown on dissent - mass action can stop them

We have a received a report from our comrades this morning, 15 March 2009, that there has been major fighting around the Lahore High Court. State forces were beaten back by students and lawyers, the court is now under occupation and there are rumours that the Lahore Police Chief has resigned. More details to follow.

LEAGUE FOR THE FIFTH INTERNATIONAL STATEMENT

The Pakistan People's Party government led by President Asif Zardari has launched a vicious crackdown on political opposition and dissent. Activists from the lawyer's movement were planning a long march from four cities culminating in a sit down in Islamabad. Their demands are for the reinstatement of the judiciary disposed by the regime of General Musharraf in the November 2007 state of emergency and to this day not reinstated by Zaradari's government. Read more...

Social crisis in both countries lies behind Pakistan - India war talk

Mark Booth outlines how the increased tensions in the Indian sub continent is a dangerous development, one that must be fought by the organised working class Read more...

Tamil Tigers face defeat as Sri Lankan army pursues bloody campaign against civilian population

As the Tamil Tigers face a historic defeat, Sean Ambler asks where now for the struggle for Tamil national liberation? Read more...

The capture of Kilinochchi

National Secretary of the Socialist Party of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Devage, reports on the recent defeat of the LTTE in the north of the country and what it means for the Tamil people Read more...

Mumbai terrorist attacks will strengthen hand of reactionaries on the sub-continent

Armed with automatic weapons and grenades, terrorists have attacked India's commercial capital Mumbai. They targeted hotels and a famous cafe frequented by tourists, as well as hospitals, a Jewish community centre and the central rail station. Brought to an end with the capture of the Taj Mahal Palace hotel by Indian security forces, the death toll of the attacks is pushing towards 200 people with more than 300 injured. They are likely to have regional and global consequences that bode ill for progressive resistance forces everywhere. Read more...

Afghanistan: The 'good war' exposed

The Taliban originated in the chaos that engulfed Afghanistan after the defeat of the Soviet occupation in 1988. The resistance to the Soviets had included both local tribal leaders and foreign Islamist guerrillas, such as Osama Bin Laden, who were supported by the CIA and ISI (Pakistani secret service). These latter two agencies also encouraged a huge expansion of heroin and opium production. After their victory, the US left Afghanistanis without money or support and the country effectively fell apart as rival warlords seized territory. Read more...

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