The Terrorist Bombing: Where We Stand

Tragedy Must Not Be Turned Into War! No U.S. Bombing Anywhere! Stop U.S. Intervention! End Racist Attacks on Arab and Muslim Communities! Defend Civil Liberties and Civil Rights for All! The following statement was issued by the Socialist Action Political Committee on Sept. 17. The government that spends trillions on war, has sent more troops … Continue reading The Terrorist Bombing: Where We Stand

Indonesian Politicians Spar as Country Slides into Crisis

By GERRY FOLEY For the last two months, in its coverage of Indonesian developments the capitalist press has focused on an obscure tug of war between President Abdul Rahman Wahid ("Gus Dur"), elected as a representative of the "democratic" movement, and the parliament, which continues to be dominated by former supporters of the fallen military … Continue reading Indonesian Politicians Spar as Country Slides into Crisis

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

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, … Continue reading Economic and Political Crisis Simmers in Indonesia

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 … Continue reading Separatist Movement Destabilizes Indonesian Government

Military Shoots Protesters in Streets of Jakarta

By GERRY FOLEY   The Indonesian government and military have suffered their third major defeat in the last two years at the hands of student protesters with broad support among the population of the country's main city, Jakarta. The fighting in Jakarta Sept. 23-24 revived the image of a country gripped by a revolutionary crisis, … Continue reading Military Shoots Protesters in Streets of Jakarta

Workers in India Strike Over Health and Safety

  Workers at the Hema Chemical Industries plant in Vadodara, Gujarat, India, have been on strike for more than seven months in protest against the company's refusal to observe the health and safety regulations in the 1948 Factory Act or even court orders. The Hema workers walked out on Dec. 11, 1998, both in response … Continue reading Workers in India Strike Over Health and Safety