National Sections of the L5I:

South-Asia

Bangladesh: end of the old order

In mid September, Bangladeshi garment workers in Dhaka organised a 10,000 strong demonstration, in open defiance of the emergency laws, demanding higher wages and improved conditions of work. Garments are Bangladesh’s biggest single export earner, accounting for 75% of total export earnings last year. The company directly involved, the Nassa Group, produces for cheap clothing outlets like Wal-Mart in the US and Primark in the UK. Read more...

Fight for a constituent assembly

Pakistan’s military dictator Pervez Musharraf was in a dire situation this summer. Having suspended the country’s Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in March, his regime was destabilised by the huge street protests and a 48-hour general strike, mobilised to resist this decision. This movement started amongst lawyers, but was soon joined by the workers and the urban poor. Protesters numbered tens of thousands, waves of strike action called by unions close to the opposition parties shut the country down. Armed clashes erupted between pro- and anti-Musharraf forces. Read more...

Rising tide of struggle

India’s headlong rush to open up its economy to foreign capital and exploitation by multinational corporations is meeting increasing militant resistance from workers and peasants, Dalits and indigenous peoples. Read more...

Pakistan at the crossroads: dangers and opportunities ahead

The crisis in Pakistan is at a major crossroads. President Musharraf has sought to re-establish his authority by moving against Islamic militants operating out of Islamabad’s Red Mosque, sparking a wave of violence across Pakistan. Meanwhile, Chief Justice Chaudhry has been reinstated and cleared of all charges in a huge victory for the lawyers movement. Luke Cooper argues, despite this victory, the forces of counter-revolution are on the move. Read more...

War and neoliberalism in Sri Lanka and the tasks of revolutionaries

A disaster faces the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. War and economic instability is causing suffering of the Sri Lanka masses and only socialism can offer a way out. Read more...

Pakistan: on the verge of revolution

Luke Cooper surveys the background to Pakistan's crisis and outlines the growing isolation of the military regime, the mounting movement of marches, strikes and armed clashes against the dictatorship, and the way forward for the working class and the poor. Read more...

International Marxist Tendency in Pakistan

In his article, written on the movement at the end of March, Alan Woods, the IMT’s main international leader and theorist, outlined their perspective. He argued that the movement could have been turned into a revolutionary struggle against the regime, but lacked the leadership and this is to be expected given the lawyers are part of the middle class intelligentsia. He continued by criticising the opposition parties for their call for Musharraf to resign or face being thrown out of power, arguing that ‘these were just words’ and because of this ‘the movement would end up in a dead end.’37 Read more...

Pakistan: the programme of permanent revolution

The working class and the rural and urban masses must now be won to the struggle for power – to end the rule of capital and establish a working class state that gives land to the peasants. As the Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky argued in 1917 the revolution must be “made permanent” – i.e. it must continue from the national democratic struggle to the struggle for working class power and world socialist revolution. Read more...

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