Turmoil Erupts in Tibet

by Adam Ritscher Tibet is again the topic of conversation around the world. And this time it’s not the result of some Hollywood movie, but rather the bloody clashes that have broken out there between Tibetan protesters and Chinese police. While a lot of details are still hazy as a result of a systematic attempt…

Maoists Join Nepal Government

by Wayne S. Rossi / July 2006 issue of Socialist Action newspaper Following the massive and valiant popular stand that forced Nepal’s king to reinstate parliament and lose most of his authority, as reported in the June issue of Socialist Action, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has come to an agreement with the Seven-Party…

The Push to Privatize Hong Kong

by Jennifer Vincent 200 thousand squatters, known as Hong Kong’s “floating poor,” reside atop forty thousand skyscrapers in filthy, cramped, shacks (many times 2 or 3 stories high). They pay on average $1,000 HK dollars or about $100 US for these dwellings a month. There is little to no privacy or security. The thin walls…

Unemployment Growing in China

By ZHANG KAI HONG KONG-Since China embarked on the road for capitalism, enterprises with profit-making as their main concern have been laying off workers for cost-effectiveness. With China entering into global competition after accession to WTO, readjustments, bankruptcies and mergings of enterprises will accelerate; the post Sept. 11 impact on China’s exports also added to…

Chinese Workers Protest Layoffs

By GERRY FOLEY Since China, unlike Russia and Eastern Europe, is still a predominately rural country, the effects of the ruling bureaucracy’s turn toward restoring capitalism have not been so obvious. But for the industrial sector, they are basically the same. The first effect is massive layoffs of workers in the big industries built up…

Editorials

Editorials   Chinese Communist Party to include capitalists Taking the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, on July 1 the CP general secretary and president of the country, Jiang Zemin, called for welcoming capitalists into the party’s ranks. It was a logical corollary of the policy of restoring capitalism and of…

The Destruction, Resurrection, and Eclipse of Japan

By PAUL SIEGEL John W. Dower’s “Embracing Defeat” won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for 1999 non-fiction. These prizes were richly deserved. “Embracing Defeat” explains much about what has made present-day Japan what it is-and indeed, although Dower does not explicitly draw such conclusions, about what has made the contemporary world what…

China Trade: The Yellow Peril?

By CHARLES WALKER Some commentators are saying that the Seattle anti-WTO demonstrations have ensured that foreign trade will be a weighty political issue in the run up to next year’s presidential election. But even before the Seattle actions, organized labor intended to campaign against the U.S. Congress granting China the same access to the U.S.…

Separatist Movement Destabilizes Indonesian Government

In October, a new Indonesian government was installed in an attempt to put a democratic face on continued neocolonialist rule. Now the stability of the new government is already being threatened by a powerful rise of movements for self-government among various peoples of the diverse island country. These areas were pockets of chronic discontent compressed…

CHINA: 50th Anniversary

By ZHANG KAI   It is half a century since the Chinese revolution scored a victory and the People’s Republic of China was set up, and with the changes in the relations of production and in class relations, the economy acquired possibilities for rapid growth. According to official statistics, China’s GDP rose from 67.9 billion…

US Urges Japan to Rearm

By NAT WEINSTEIN   In a brazen Aug. 26 New York Times editorial titled, “Japan Discovers Defense,” this very influential voice of American imperialism tells Japan it must break with its post-World War II rejection of militarism and serve as window-dressing for a U.S.-led NATO-like “peace-keeping” force in Asia. The editors take care to express satisfaction with…

East Timorese Defy Violence

As we go to press on Aug. 30, hundreds of thousands of residents of East Timor have cast their votes in a UN-supervised referendum for independence from Indonesia. Reports indicate that over 90 percent of registered voters went to the polls-in strong defiance of the pro-Indonesian militias. These death squads killed dozens of independence supporters…

U.S. Imperialism Targets China

By NAT WEINSTEIN The most important single event that crashed onto the center stage of world politics last month was the bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. How does that bizarre incident-which the U.S. bipartisan capitalist government is finding so hard to explain-fit into the total picture of the U.S.-NATO war on Yugoslavia? U.S.…

Political Tensions Rise in Indonesia

By GERRY FOLEY As Indonesia approaches the June general elections that are designed to restabilize the country politically, it is evident that the situation remains explosive. In two areas where the post-New Order government has offered concessions, East Timor and Aceh on the island of Sumatra, there have been new massacres. Paramilitary forces began a…

Socialist Action’s World Resolution: A Contribution to a Discussion – Ex-USSR & China

Ex-USSR & China The road to capitalist restoration in the degenerating workers’ states of Europe and Asia is more difficult than anyone expected. The world’s capitalists acknowledge that these states have a long way to go before their economies are truly market-driven; that is, capitalist. While they have all made varying degrees of “progress” toward…

Indonesian Gov’t Continues to Retreat in Face of Social Unrest

By GERRY FOLEY Although the government of Gen. Suharto’s protege, J. Habibie, and its right-wing Muslim allies appealed for peace during the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan, social conflicts multiplied and sharpened. In this context, the political separation of the radical and the bourgeois wings of the opposition seems also to have widened. January (which…

Capitalist Politicians in Indonesia Outflanked by Student Radicals

By GERRY FOLEY Political polarization is increasing rapidly as the social and political crisis in Indonesia deepens. In the confrontation in mid-November between government forces and protesters who had rejected the legitimacy of the government of “constitutional continuity” that took the reins after the resignation of veteran dictator Suharto, the procapitalist opposition leaders were clearly…

Revolt Spreads in Indonesia

By GERRY FOLEY Since the Indonesian dictatorship retreated on May 21, by changing the formal head of state, the wave of rebellion throughout the archipelago has continued to rise. But the military is still trying to keep the lid on. A huge military force was sent to the campus of the University of Indonesia in…

BOOK REVIEW: Which Way for China?

By PAUL SIEGEL Maurice Meisner, ”The Deng Xiaoping Era: An Inquiry Into the Fate of Chinese Socialism, 1978-1994.” New York: Hill and Wang, 1996. 544 pp. $30. The year 1996 witnessed the publication of two books that sought to give a Marxist analysis of Chinese society today, Robert Weil’s “Red Cat, White Cat,” which was…

China and the Global Economy

By NAT WEINSTEIN Ever since the collapse of Stalinism and the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the capitalist world has been in a euphoric state. But like everything in this world, appearances are often deceiving. It is beginning to dawn on American and world imperialism that rather than expanding its world markets, the Stalinist bureaucracies’…