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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...

Horrific terrorist attacks in Mumbai

The attacks by terrorists with automatic weapons and grenades on hotels and a famous cafe frequented by tourists, as well as on hospitals, have so far killed more than 100 people in India's commercial capital Mumbai. The attacks are still on-going with terrorists holed up in several locations having taken hostages. Read more...

Nepal's Maoist government defends capitalism

The overthrow of King Gyanendra in 2006 brought Nepal to the attention of the world's anticapitalists. Now, two years since this democratic revolution, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which had been waging an armed struggle in the countryside for over ten years, has won the national elections and become the leading force in a coalition government. Read more...

Pakistan on the brink

The explosive cocktail of economic collapse and fierce fighting with a militant insurgency are driving Pakistan closer and closer to political and economic collapse. Not for the first time in the country's sixty-one year history the existential question is widely raised: can Pakistan survive? Read more...

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