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Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

22 November 2014

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Sri Lankan plantation workers denounce government over landslide tragedy

By our correspondents, 20 November 2014

Strikes and demonstrations condemned the Rajapakse government, plantation managements and trade unions for leaving families exposed to disasters for years.

Director Carlos Reygadas at the Colombo film festival: But what is cinematic art?

By Saman Gunadasa, 18 November 2014

Several works by the Mexican filmmaker were highlighted at the recent Colombo film festival. The primitive realism and worship of the unconscious in Reygadas’ approach to cinema is considered here.

Obama at APEC: US steps up economic offensive against China

By Nick Beams, 14 November 2014

US trade policy is based on a drive to secure domination of the world economy, using both military and economic means.

Threat of war hangs over ASEAN summit

By Joseph Santolan, 14 November 2014

The tensions throughout Southeast Asia, centered upon the disputed waters of the South China Sea, have reached their sharpest pitch in decades.

Canada deeply implicated in US anti-China “pivot”

By Laurent Lafrance, 14 November 2014

The Conservative government is integrating Canada ever more fully into Washington’s “pivot to Asia.”

ASEAN summit opens in Myanmar

By Joseph Santolan, 13 November 2014

The summit’s first day was marked by an avoidance of the question of the South China Sea.

Obama escalates pressure on China at APEC summit

By Mike Head, 11 November 2014

The US president’s performance highlighted the rapid intensification of Washington’s aggressive stance globally.

US general suggests delaying troop withdrawals from Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 8 November 2014

General Campbell’s comments reflect concerns in Washington that its puppet government in Kabul could fall to the Taliban.

Bank of Japan’s shock stimulus further destabilizes global economy

By Nick Beams, 3 November 2014

The Japanese central bank’s surprise announcement of new monetary stimulus measures has led to accusations that it is trying to export deflation and warnings of a currency war.

US-Japan conflicts stall Obama’s Trans-Pacific economic pact

By Mike Head, 28 October 2014

The impasse points to the underlying conflicts between the interests of the US and those of its current allies such as Japan.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

18 October 2014

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Uncovering the Maritime Silk Road

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 October 2014

Archaeologists across the globe are beginning to tackle larger questions about the interconnectivity of societies across continents and oceans.

Hong Kong protests swell after talks called off

By Peter Symonds, 11 October 2014

Protest leaders threaten to escalate their actions unless the government responds to their demand for full and open elections in 2017.

Hong Kong protests ebb

By Peter Symonds, 4 October 2014

Protesters came under attack from thugs who took advantage of growing public frustration over the disruption to daily life.

Hong Kong chief executive seeks to defuse protests

By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2014

In his effort to end the protests, Leung had the support of sections of the official opposition that are just as fearful as Beijing of spiralling social unrest.

Indian contract workers continue strike at state-owned energy company

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 3 October 2014

Striking Neyveli Lignite Corporation contract workers in the southern India state of Tamil Nadu are defying a high court back-to-work order.

India strengthens strategic ties with Vietnam

By John Roberts, 26 September 2014

The Indian and Vietnamese presidents issued a joint statement on the need for security in the South China Sea that was clearly aimed against China.

Chinese president visits Sri Lanka to strengthen strategic ties

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 September 2014

President Xi’s South Asian tour is an attempt to counter aggressive moves by the US and Japan to line up countries in the region behind the US “pivot” against China.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

20 September 2014

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Floods in South Asia kill hundreds

By Wimal Perera, 18 September 2014

The rivalry among various states in South Asia, rooted in the 1947 communal partition of the sub-continent, has prevented any coordinated effort to control the flooding.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

13 September 2014

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Pakistani talks to end anti-government protests collapse

By Sampath Perera, 12 September 2014

The political impasse facing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has deepened, with protest leaders continuing to call for his resignation.

Australia-India uranium deal strengthens economic and strategic ties

By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2014

The uranium pact removes an obstacle to closer military relations between Australia and India as part of broader US efforts to forge an anti-China bloc.

India: NLC contract workers launch indefinite strike

By Arun Kumar, 6 September 2014

Workers are demanding permanency of jobs, wage hikes and higher bonuses.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

6 September 2014

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Pakistani military intervenes in political crisis

By K. Ratnayake, 30 August 2014

The direct involvement of the army in the current political turmoil is an ominous sign that further inroads into democratic rights are being prepared.

Tokyo holds talks with North Korea over Japanese abductees

By Ben McGrath, 29 August 2014

Japan’s moves have provoked concerns in Washington that Tokyo’s diplomacy will cut across US strategy in North East Asia.

South Korean auto unions hold token strikes

By Ben McGrath, 26 August 2014

Employees of South Korea’s two largest auto manufacturers walked off the job last Friday for four hours.

Thai coup leader installed as prime minister

By Tom Peters, 23 August 2014

The installation of General Prayuth indicates that the junta is entrenching itself and intends to rule directly, rather than through a quasi-civilian government.

US condemns China over close aerial encounter

By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2014

The Chinese intercept of a US spy plane took place 200 kilometres from Hainan Island, home to sensitive Chinese air and naval bases.

Philippine Supreme Court controversy: A revealing glimpse into Washington’s machinations

By Joseph Santolan, 22 August 2014

The entire Jardeleza affair reveals the colonial-level control which Washington exercises over Philippine politics, over Manila’s legal case against China in particular.

Sri Lankan unions call off health workers’ strike

By our correspondents, 22 August 2014

By ending the strike, the heath unions have demonstrated that they function as agents of the government against workers.

Sri Lankan Central Bank chief covers up debt crisis warnings

By Saman Gunadasa, 20 August 2014

The Rajapakse government is frantically borrowing, at high interest rates, to sustain “economic growth.”

US war drive in Asia continues apace

By Peter Symonds, 16 August 2014

Even as the US engages in provocations against Russia and in the Middle East, the Obama administration is proceeding with its “pivot to Asia” against China.

Court in Cambodia convicts two former Khmer Rouge leaders

By John Roberts, 16 August 2014

The court proceedings were designed to cover up the crimes of the major powers, above all the US, in Indo-China.

Signs of serious problems in Chinese and Japanese economies

By Nick Beams, 15 August 2014

The sharp slowdown in credit expansion in China and the contraction in Japan will impact on the world economy.

Pakistani opposition parties launch anti-government protest

By Sampath Perera, 15 August 2014

The so-called “Freedom March” is demanding Prime Minister Sharif’s resignation and the formation of an unelected interim government.

US stokes South China Sea tensions at ASEAN summit

By Peter Symonds, 11 August 2014

The US proposals were not designed to ease tensions in the region, but rather were aimed at painting China as the aggressor.

Japan’s defence white paper targets China

By Peter Symonds, 9 August 2014

The Abe government is exploiting the “China threat” to press ahead with plans for Japanese remilitarisation.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold public meeting in Colombo on world war threats

9 August 2014

The SEP meeting will discuss the imperialist war drive and the fight for socialism.

Fifty years since the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

By Patrick Martin, 7 August 2014

The US Congress voted near unanimously to authorize open-ended military action in Vietnam after a falsified account of supposed clashes between US naval warships and North Vietnamese PT boats in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Influential Washington think tank pushes US war drive in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 2 August 2014

The worsening tensions in the South China Sea have been fueled at every turn by Washington, with the CSIS think tank playing a leading role.

Indonesian election conflict continues, but financial markets set agenda

By John Roberts, 18 July 2014

Regardless of which candidate is declared the winner next week, the global markets are dictating sweeping restructuring and austerity measures.

South Korean government voices concern over Japanese “collective self-defense”

By Ben McGrath, 12 July 2014

While the militarization of Japan is currently targeted at China, it is alarming Seoul, a key ally of the United States.

Indonesian presidential election produces disputed result

By John Roberts, 11 July 2014

With both Widodo and Prabowo claiming victory, weeks of political uncertainty, court challenges and social unrest could lie ahead.

Sri Lankan government to deport Pakistani and Afghan refugees

By W. A. Sunil, 11 July 2014

The Rajapakse government’s decision is a blatant violation of democratic rights and international law.

UN appoints panel for inquiry into Sri Lankan human rights violations

By W. A. Sunil, 5 July 2014

The UNHRC probe into alleged war crimes signals intensifying US-led Western pressure on Colombo.

Three Philippine Senators arraigned on corruption charges

By Dante Pastrana, 5 July 2014

President Benigno Aquino III’s anti-corruption campaign is in reality a drive to crush opposition in any section of government to his sharp turn toward US imperialism.

Sri Lankan minister confirms Australia’s handover of Tamil refugees

By Mike Head, 4 July 2014

The forced transfer of asylum seekers to the Sri Lankan navy is an attack on basic democratic rights, as well as a blatant violation of international law.

China-Vietnam talks fail to end tensions over oil rig

By Ben McGrath, 24 June 2014

As part of its “pivot to Asia,” the US has deliberately stoked territorial disputes between China and its neighbours, including Vietnam.

Dilapidated, overcrowded public schools in the Philippines

By Dante Pastrana, 20 June 2014

An estimated 21 million students are crammed, in shifts, into buildings that are falling apart, lacking facilities, chairs, textbooks or even chalk.

Saudi Arabia warns of civil war in Iraq with “unpredictable consequences”

By Peter Symonds, 19 June 2014

Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states helped fund and fuel the sectarian war in Syria that has now spilled into Iraq.

Sri Lanka: Sinhala-Buddhist mobs unleash violence against Muslims

By our correspondents, 17 June 2014

The Sri Lankan government has encouraged fascist-type groups to divide workers and divert growing opposition to its policies.

Washington drives escalating tensions in South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 13 June 2014

As part of its “pivot to Asia”, the US is pressing Vietnam and the Philippines to challenge China in the South China Sea.

Thai junta holds talks with Chinese military, investors

By Tom Peters, 13 June 2014

The Thai delegation to Beijing will be closely watched by Washington, which considers Thailand a key ally in its “pivot to Asia” against China.

Thai opposition forms overseas anti-coup organisation

By Ben McGrath, 7 June 2014

The UDD leaders fear unleashing any mass movement against the junta, as began to develop in 2010.

Widespread disaffection in South Korean regional elections

By Ben McGrath, 6 June 2014

Despite falling support for President Park following the Sewol ferry disaster, opposition party failed to make significant advances.

Global electronics giant NXP sacks union officials in the Philippines

By Dante Pastrana, 5 June 2014

The Maoist KMU, which specialises in militant-sounding demagogy, has called no strike action by NXP workers.

Washington boasts of military buildup against China

By Bill Van Auken, 3 June 2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s speech in Singapore underscored the recklessness of US imperialism’s bid to maintain hegemony over the Asian Pacific region by military means.

Thai junta puts off elections for at least 15 months

By Ben McGrath, 3 June 2014

The military has deployed thousands of troops in Bangkok to crackdown on continuing small scale anti-coup protests.

Indonesian presidential election campaign gets underway

By John Roberts, 3 June 2014

The two presidential candidates are backed by competing factions of the Jakarta military/business establishment formed during the Suharto dictatorship.

US defense secretary menaces China at Singapore forum

By Peter Symonds, 2 June 2014

Hagel’s speech was an open and unequivocal statement that the US intends to maintain its undisputed dominance in Asia.

Pentagon pressures South Korea to join anti-missile system

By Ben McGrath, 2 June 2014

The incorporation of South Korea into the existing US “missile defence” with Japan would further inflame regional tensions.

Six months after Typhoon Haiyan

Woman and six children killed in fire in tent city in Philippines

By Dante Pastrana, 2 June 2014

The tragedy of the Ocenar family is emblematic of the social devastation that has been inflicted on millions of Filipinos in the wake of the typhoon.

Thai military tightens its grip on power

By Tom Peters, 30 May 2014

The junta has mobilised thousands of soldiers against anti-coup protests and continues to arrest opponents.

Fire in South Korean nursing home kills 21

By Ben McGrath, 29 May 2014

The nursing home lacked basic fire safety measures and was badly understaffed.

South Korean opposition alliance prepares for regional elections

By Ben McGrath, 28 May 2014

The Democrat Party is using a merger with Ahn Cheol-soo’s political group to cover up its right-wing, pro-business agenda and avoid another humiliating election defeat.

Thai king endorses military coup

By Tom Peters, 27 May 2014

King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed last week’s coup, declaring that it was necessary to restore “order.”

Thai military dispenses with caretaker government

By Tom Peters, 23 May 2014

Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha formally seized power yesterday, suspended the constitution and detained members of the elected government.

Russian president forges stronger ties in China

By Peter Symonds, 23 May 2014

It is precisely Washington’s confrontation strategy in Asia as in Eastern Europe that is driving China and Russia into a closer relationship.

Thai army declares martial law

By Tom Peters, 20 May 2014

The military has intervened as part of a protracted campaign to oust the elected government.

International talks on Iran’s nuclear program stall

By Peter Symonds, 20 May 2014

The US is insisting that Iran largely dismantle its nuclear facilities before crippling international sanctions are lifted.

Japanese PM embraces “collective self-defence”

By Peter Symonds, 17 May 2014

Abe is seeking to remove constitutional restraints on Japan’s full involvement in future US wars of aggression.

Anti-Chinese protests erupt in Vietnam’s industrial zones

By Peter Symonds, 16 May 2014

The protests follow Hanoi’s xenophobic campaign against a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea.

Thailand’s judicial coup

By Peter Symonds, 10 May 2014

What is taking place in Thailand is the sharpest expression of the turn to anti-democratic forms of rule throughout the region.

Thailand: Ex-PM faces impeachment on bogus “negligence” charge

By Tom Peters, 9 May 2014

The National Anti-Corruption Commission ruling is another blow in the opposition campaign to oust the elected Pheu Thai government.

Sri Lankan president boasts of economic growth

By Saman Gunadasa, 9 May 2014

Behind the talk of a booming economy, the government is preparing further attacks on the living standards of workers and poor.

Thai court removes PM and nine cabinet ministers

By Tom Peters, 8 May 2014

In an anti-democratic ruling, the Constitutional Court yesterday removed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on trumped-up charges.

Tensions flare between China and Vietnam in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 8 May 2014

The positioning of a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters has been the immediate trigger for a confrontation between Vietnamese and Chinese vessels.

India: Modi reiterates pledge to expel “Bangladeshi” Muslims in wake of communal massacre

By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 May 2014

In the wake of the communal massacre of more than three dozen Muslims in Assam, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has amplified his communally-charged denunciations of Bangladeshi Muslim migrants.

US military intensifies training for a war with China

By James Cogan, 7 May 2014

RIMPAC is above all aimed at familiarising the navies of other countries with how they would function as part of a US-commanded fleet.

Thai PM in court on trumped-up charges

By Tom Peters, 7 May 2014

The Constitutional Court could rule as early as today to convict Yingluck Shinawatra and bring down her government.

US military basing deal sets legal framework for neocolonial rule in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 3 May 2014

The agreement allows the US military to base its forces throughout the Philippines at will, immune from oversight under Philippine law.

Indian elections: Rival right-wing parties in Tamil Nadu make populist promises

By Sasi Kumar, 3 May 2014

All the parties and fronts that are contesting the elections in Tamil Nadu are committed to continuing the socially incendiary economic “reforms” demanded by foreign investors and Indian big business.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

3 May 2014

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Air search called off for missing Malaysia Airlines plane

By Tom Peters, 2 May 2014

The air search has been replaced with an undersea survey in the southern Indian Ocean that is likely to take months.

As Obama visits Manila: US signs agreement for basing forces in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 29 April 2014

Washington is moving to base US forces in the Philippines as a key step in its drive to militarily encircle China, as part of its ‘pivot’ to Asia.

The danger of war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 26 April 2014

Obama is touring American allies in Asia, stoking up flashpoints, consolidating the US military encirclement of China and preparing for a new Pacific war.

Indian workers speak in solidarity with International May Day

By our correspondents, 26 April 2014

The WSWS spoke with workers in southern India, including from the Neyveli Lignite Corporation and in Chennai’s Sriperumbudur special economic zone.

Sri Lankan workers and youth express support for online May Day Rally

By our reporters, 26 April 2014

The SEP has received an enthusiastic response in its campaign in Colombo for the upcoming International May Day online rally.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

26 April 2014

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Nepal: Sherpa strike following fatal Mt Everest avalanche

By Will Morrow, 25 April 2014

The tragic deaths in an avalanche last Friday have highlighted the dangerous and exploitative conditions in which Sherpa work as mountain guides.

Thailand’s political crisis continues

By Tom Peters, 25 April 2014

The opposition Democrat Party refused to attend talks to schedule a fresh election, amid ongoing efforts to overthrow the government.

Obama affirms US backing for Japan in any conflict with China

By Peter Symonds, 24 April 2014

Obama’s unequivocal support for Japan will only further fuel tensions with China over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Sri Lanka police attack railway workers

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 24 April 2014

The police attack is a message by the Rajapakse government that it will not tolerate any opposition to its austerity program.

Hundreds still missing after South Korean ferry sinks

By John Watanabe, 17 April 2014

A ferry that sank on Wednesday carrying some 470 people could turn out to be South Korea’s worst shipping accident in decades.

US defence secretary’s provocative tour of Asia

By Peter Symonds, 12 April 2014

Hagel’s trip has been an emphatic declaration that the US will not back away from its “pivot to Asia” against China, even as its confrontation with Russia over Ukraine intensifies.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

12 April 2014

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US assistant secretary of state visits Thailand amid push to overthrow government

By Tom Peters, 10 April 2014

Russel indicated that the US does not oppose the opposition’s anti-democratic campaign to oust the Yingluck government.