Indian gov’t represses students

By AHMED KHAN On Feb. 9, several students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi organized a protest in support of the self-determination of the people of Kashmir and the memory of Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri who was controversially convicted on charges of terrorism and hanged in 2013. Shortly before the event, students from…

‘Vietnam’: Riveting but flawed documentary

By GAETANA CALDWELL-SMITH “The Last Days of Vietnam,” a documentary film produced and directed by Rory Kennedy. Director Rory Kennedy, daughter of environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, has created a riveting and heartwarming, yet heartbreaking, full-length documentary film, “The Last Days of Vietnam,” which takes place in South Vietnam from 1973 to 1975, the last…

Film: Scahill probes U.S. covert wars

By GAETANA CALDWELL-SMITH “Dirty Wars,” a documentary film, written by Jeremy Scahill and directed by Rick Rowley.  The documentary film “Dirty Wars” should sicken, anger, and depress you. Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, who wrote the film, has done his job. Seems that the United States presidential administration has allowed the CIA to work jointly with…

Pakistan: Elections a win for the right

By FAROOQ TARIQ A right-wing wave swept Pakistan in the May 11 general elections. At the federal level, the conservative Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) will form the government, having won 35% of the vote. Former Pakistani cricket captain Imran Khan’s party, Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf, came second with 19% of the vote and surprised many. The…

Pakistan: Between bureaucracy & theocracy

By USMAN KHAN YUSUFZAI The modern history of the two extremisms in Pakistan, Islamic and neoliberal, is rooted in the interactions between Pakistan and the United States. It was in 1979 that the relationship between the United States and Pakistan shifted dramatically; prior to that, American support to Pakistan was mostly based around countering Soviet…

Taliban shoots young feminist, socialist

By DANIEL XAVIER (Updated Oct. 15) Tens of thousands of people rallied in Karachi, Pakistan, on Oct. 14 to show support for Malala Yousufzai, a young feminist and socialist activist who was shot by the Taliban. The following day, Malala arrived at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, England, where she was airlifted for further treatment.…

Pakistan factory fires claim 300 lives

By USMAN KHAN YUSUFZAI On the evening of Sept. 11, a massive fire engulfed the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Karachi, killing at least 258 workers in the worst industrial accident in Pakistan’s history. All but one exit to the factory and all the windows were locked, trapping many workers inside. Several hours earlier, in…

Condemn Police Repression of Socialist Activists in Kazakhstan

The statement below was approved by the Political Committee of Socialist Action-US  The world economic crisis has sparked the beginnings of a fightback against poverty and austerity enforced by the pro-capitalist regime of Nursultan Nazarbayev. Nazarbayev, the former Communist Party head of Kazakhstan when it was a Soviet Republic, has presided over a repressive capitalist-restorationist…

The American War Moves to Pakistan

THE AMERICAN WAR MOVES TO PAKISTANBy Tariq Ali The decision to make public a presidential order of last July authorizing American strikes inside Pakistan without seeking the approval of the Pakistani government ends a long debate within, and on the periphery of, the Bush administration. Senator Barack Obama, aware of this ongoing debate during his…

India – Pakistan War Tensions Persist

By GERRY FOLEY The threat of war between India and Pakistan is a “blowback” for the U.S. rulers on a far greater scale than that of bin Laden and the Afghan Islamists turning to bite the hand that fed them. It could threaten a slaughter bigger than anything seen since World War II. India’s pretext…

What are US War Goals?

By MICHAEL SCHREIBER The following article is based on a Nov. 27 talk the author gave, sponsored by the New York City branch of Socialist Action.   The U.S. government’s efforts to overthrow the Taliban-as well as to capture or assassinate Osama bin Laden-did not begin following the Sept. 11 attack, or even with George…

US Victory in Afghanistan… What Does it Mean?

By GERRY FOLEY   The collapse of the Taliban regime, now completed with the fall of Kandahar on Dec. 7, came as a surprise to the Western governments and media, despite the preceding claims by U.S. officials of the effectiveness of their military campaign. The New York Times felt compelled to run a special article…

Who is Bin Laden? What is the Taliban?

By Gerry Foley   As we go to press, the world is waiting for a U.S. military attack on Afghanistan. It is clear that the American rulers’ objective is to demonstrate their capacity for destruction and their ruthlessness, and to score some general political points based on that. U.S. government spokespersons are increasingly having to…

Sri Lanka Protesters Demand: “Down With the War!”

In the context of a politically explosive situation and great political pressures created by a looming defeat of government forces in their war against Tamil rebels, a coalition of left parties, including the Nava Sama Samaja Party (NSSP), the Sri Lankan section of the Fourth International, led a demonstration May 25 of 3000 people against…

East Timorese Demonstrate Against the UN

BY ADAM RITSCHER It has now been six months since the United Nation’s occupation of East Timor began, making it appropriate to take a look at what has been happening in East Timor during this time. When the UN occupation force arrived in East Timor this last winter they were occupying a country that was…

Economic and Political Crisis Simmers in Indonesia

By GERRY FOLEY Despite a relative stabilization after the election of a government of the bourgeois democratic opposition to the discredited Suharto dictatorship, the crisis in Indonesia continues to simmer. The much touted economic recovery has failed to materialize. Since last November, the national currency, the rupiah, has declined by 21 percent against the dollar,…

Strike Wave Hits India

Following are major excerpts from a statement by the Inquilabi Communist Sangathan, Indian Section of the Fourth International. After long years of one-sided bourgeois offensive, punctuated only by sporadic and scattered resistance, the Indian working class has begun to hit back against the new wave of capitalist offensive. On Jan. 19, the lead news in…