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…

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…

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…

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 to…