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China’s move to the market

Mark Booth reviews Living with Reform: China since 1989, Timothy Cheek. Read more...

Indonesia: Which way forward for the PAPERNAS?

Last year a new party was launched in Indonesia, the Party for national liberation and unity, or PAPERNAS. In this article Gunnar W makes a Marxist critique of the reformist limitations of its programme and outlines how Indonesian workers and youth need a revolutionary strategy. Read more...

China: speculation, corruption and excessive intervention

In the aftermath of February’s dramatic collapse of the Shanghai stock market, the authorities in Beijing have issued a brochure warning investors of the possible dangers involved in investment, especially in unit trusts. These managed funds have proved to be particularly popular with less experienced investors attracted by the reported combined income of 124.8 billion yuan (some £9 billion) that the funds made in the last year. According to the Asia Times, over 300,000 new accounts were opened on just one day, March 6, and this sector now accounts for very nearly 20% of total stock market values. Read more...

Halt right-wing militia attacks against the Indonesian left

On Sunday the 4th of March the East Java regional conference of the Indonesian National Liberation Party of Unity, or PAPERNAS, was viciously attacked by the right wing and anti-communist FAKI militia (Front Anti Komunis Indonesia). About a hundred FAKI thugs, wielding knives, fought their way into the conference venue, where PAPERNAS activists fought to defend themselves and their conference. PAPERNAS activists sent out urgent appeals for solidarity from inside the venue. Among them where Dita Sari, a famous trade union organiser and the PAPERNAS candidate for presidential elections in 2009. Read more...

The Indonesian Massacre of 1965

Available in Bahasa Indonesian
Indonesia was estimated in the 1950s to be the fifth richest country in the world in natural resources, and had long been the target of a drive by US imperialism to dominate its natural wealth and to win its rulers to become part of Washington’s worldwide anticommunist alliance. This was the era of a series of military coups to produce “regime change” in semi colonial countries such as Mossadegh was removed in Iran in 1953, Arbenz in Guatemala in 1954. Read more...

The big power diplomacy behind North Korean nuclear crisis

This act of rebellion will now be met with UN sanctions, definitely including a ban on luxury goods, trade, travel and financial transactions relating to the arms trade. Beyond this, however, the scope of the sanctions and any further action are still under debate. America’s aims may be tempered by the varying interests of the other governments, who previously took part in six-party negotiations with North Korea - Russia, China, Japan and South Korea. Read more...

Imperialists line up against North Korea

The detonation of a nuclear device underground by the North Korean regime has sent the Imperialist warmongers in the West into frenzy. Tony Snow the neo con White House Spokesmen was quoted as saying “A North Korean nuclear test would constitute a provocative act, in defiance of the will of the international community and of our call to refrain from actions that would aggravate tensions in North East Asia... We expect the Security Council to take immediate actions to respond to this unprovoked act.” Japan has announced stringent sanctions which ban all North Korean imports, and citizens, from entering Japan. The US is pushing for an UN sponsored sanctions against Kim Jong-Ils country. The UN itself organised an emergency session to discuss, and condemn the actions of the North. Read more...

Thailand: throw out the generals

While the PAD leadership of Thaksin’s ex-friends, Bhuddists monks, monarchists and various bits of the ruling class, have welcomed the coup, it is clearly an attack on all democratic rights and especially on the workers’ and peasants’ movements Read more...

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