By Sampath Perera, 10 August 2018
The 12 previous loans Pakistan has obtained from the IMF were all conditional on the imposition of brutal “structural readjustment” measures.
Amid charges of massive irregularities
By Sampath Perera, 27 July 2018
It is widely expected the new government will have to turn to the IMF for a bailout and will be tasked by it with imposing a new round of savage austerity measures.
By Sampath Perera, 17 July 2018
Pakistani state authorities banned all public gatherings in Sharif’s home town prior to his arrival, suspended mobile services, and deployed thousands of police and paramilitary Rangers.
By Rohantha De Silva, 13 July 2018
The plight of millions of refugees in South Asia is a damning indictment of the imperialist powers and the regional ruling elites.
21 February 2018
The US government, in close collaboration with Google, Facebook, and other giant IT corporations, is implementing massive restrictions on Internet access to socialist, antiwar and progressive websites.
By Sampath Perera, 31 January 2018
India’s army chief has said that if the deteriorating situation along the border warrants it, his forces stand ready to call Islamabad’s nuclear “bluff” and strike inside Pakistan.
By Jordan Shilton, 6 January 2018
The deepening of US-Pakistan tensions is bound up not just with the Afghan War, but also the growing polarization of the region between the Indo-US and Sino-Pakistani military-strategic alliances.
13 December 2017
Lessons of October reviews the history of the October 1917 Russian Revolution and the pivotal role of revolutionary leadership.
By Keith Jones, 13 December 2017
Trotsky’s Lessons of October was written from the standpoint of preparing future “Octobers,” both in the advanced capitalist countries of Europe and the US, and in the oppressed countries of the East.
By Sampath Perera, 28 October 2017
In a visit of just four hours, Tillerson spelled out Washington’s demand Pakistan join the US in dramatically escalating Afghan war violence or brace itself for reprisals.
By Sampath Perera, 1 September 2017
US President Trump’s Afghanistan strategy has provoked an angry reaction in Islamabad.
By Keith Jones, 24 August 2017
Trump’s threats include closer cooperation with Pakistan’s arch-rival India, which has repeatedly boasted of its readiness to mount military raids inside Pakistan even if they risk provoking all-out war.
By Keith Jones, 16 August 2017
The Partition was one of the great crimes of the 20th century—a crime that has shaped, or more precisely deformed, the entire subsequent history of South Asia.
By Sampath Perera, 31 July 2017
The immediate beneficiary of Sharif’s ouster and the weakening of the PML (N) government is Pakistan’s politically powerful military.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 14 July 2017
For the past month, Indian and Chinese troops have been arrayed against each other on a Himalayan ridge that is claimed by both China and Bhutan.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 27 June 2017
In an exercise in political damage control, the prime minister expressed his “sympathy” for the victims and announced compensation for the families of the dead and injured.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 14 June 2017
Despite India and Pakistan becoming full SCO members, there has been no de-escalation of war tensions between the two nuclear-armed South Asian rivals.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 24 May 2017
Predictably the military’s announcement that it would convene a court of inquiry to investigate the incident has proven to be a cruel joke.
By Kranti Kumara and Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 May 2017
India’s former National Security Advisor has warned that the ruling elite has lost control of the situation in Kashmir, with unarmed youth repeatedly risking their lives to impede security operations.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 8 May 2017
Fighting Friday between Afghan and Pakistan troops killed at least 12 people and possibly many more.
By Keith Jones, 3 May 2017
Relations between India and Pakistan are again on the boil, just months after South Asia’s rival nuclear-armed powers came to the brink of war.
New in Urdu
8 March 2017
The statement is a devastating exposure of the pseudo-left in Greece and internationally who shamelessly promoted Syriza as a means for working people to oppose austerity.
By Sampath Perera, 28 February 2017
India and Pakistan are rapidly expanding their nuclear arsenals and proclaiming adherence to aggressive military strategies that increase the prospect of nuclear war.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 7 January 2017
As India conducts tests of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, its new army chief has warned of a possible “two front” war against China and Pakistan.
By Keith Jones, 6 December 2016
India has demonstrably rebuffed Pakistan’s attempts to initiate a dialogue aimed at defusing the almost three-month-long war crisis between South Asia’s rival nuclear-armed states.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 1 December 2016
The truce along the Line of Control between Indian- and Pakistan-held Kashmir, that was put in place in the aftermath of a war crisis in 2001-2002, has manifestly broken down.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 8 November 2016
The ongoing clashes along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan highlight the dangerous standoff that has brought the nuclear-armed rivals to the brink of war.
By Alex Lantier, 2 November 2016
As US officials pledge greater support to India against Pakistan and China, both Indian and Pakistani officials are vowing to escalate their conflict over Kashmir.
By Keith Jones, 1 November 2016
India’s BJP government calculates that it can exploit the war crisis to strengthen its hand against Pakistan while stoking reaction and rallying support at home.
By Keith Jones, 26 October 2016
The attack on the Balochistan Police College is said to be the deadliest terrorist attack ever mounted on Pakistan’s security forces.
By Sarath Kumara, 22 October 2016
The Hasina government, which confronts widespread opposition, is increasingly resorting to police-state methods to maintain its rule.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 18 October 2016
Washington’s endorsement of India’s jettisoning of “strategic restraint” will only encourage New Delhi to carry out still more aggressive and provocative military actions.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 14 October 2016
India’s principal Stalinist party, the CPM, is playing a foul role in the reckless, bellicose offensive India’s ruling elite is mounting against its nuclear-armed arch-rival, Pakistan.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 October 2016
Despite the bellicose propaganda campaign of the Indian government and media, there is widespread public opposition to a war between Pakistan and India.
By Keith Jones, 8 October 2016
To the shock of Pakistan’s elite, its appeals for international condemnation of India’s military strikes have fallen on deaf ears.
By Keith Jones, 6 October 2016
Large sections of India’s ruling elite are urging the Hindu communalist BJP government to further escalate military pressure on Pakistan.
By Kranti Kumara, 4 October 2016
The Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association has passed a resolution banning Pakistani actors, singers and technicians from Bollywood productions.
By Keith Jones, 3 October 2016
In anticipation of a possible Pakistani counter-strike, or to facilitate their own war preparations, India is evacuating tens of thousands of people living near the border.
By Keith Jones, 1 October 2016
Washington’s readiness to endorse India’s new aggressive posture will only encourage New Delhi to take still greater military-strategic risks.
By Keith Jones, 30 September 2016
Indian military strikes killed people in the “double-digits,” according to media reports, bringing South Asia perilously close to an all-out war with potentially catastrophic consequences.
By Kumaran Ira, 29 September 2016
Washington’s anti-China “pivot to Asia” is fueling war tensions between Pakistan and India, which have escalated since Islamist militants attacked an Indian military base in Kashmir.
By Wasntha Rupasinghe, 28 September 2016
The publicly announced steps India has taken against Pakistan are of a diplomatic and economic character. But behind the scenes feverish preparations continue for a lethal “counterstrike.”
By Sampath Perera, 27 September 2016
The Pakistan Air Force conducted war exercises last week, including over the skies of the national capital, Islamabad, and on the highway connecting it to Lahore.
By Keith Jones, 21 September 2016
Four days after India’s government held Pakistan responsible for a terrorist attack in the disputed Kashmir region that killed 18 Indian soldiers, New Delhi continues to be gripped by war fever.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 20 September 2016
Led by senior figures in the ruling BJP, India’s political and defense-security establishments are clamouring for military action against Pakistan.
By Sampath Perera, 15 June 2016
Angered by the US’ downgrading of their alliance and boosting of India, Pakistan has issued warnings that the US has overturned South Asia’s balance of power.
The assassination of Mullah Akhtar Mansour: Washington plays with fire in Eurasia’s geopolitical tinderbox—Part Two
By Thomas Gaist, 7 June 2016
Last month’s assassination of the Taliban’s political leader by a squadron of US military drones that had invaded Pakistan has intensified explosive geopolitical conflicts in the Eurasian heartland.
The assassination of Mullah Akhtar Mansour: Washington plays with fire in Eurasia’s geopolitical tinderbox—Part 1
By Thomas Gaist, 4 June 2016
The US’s May 21 assassination of the Taliban’s political leader was an immense provocation and a grave warning to the international working class.
By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2016
The killing of Mansour occurred in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan, which was previously off-limits to US strikes due to opposition from sections of the Pakistani state.
By Sampath Perera, 16 May 2016
As tensions with Washington escalate, Pakistan has indicated it is looking for alternative jets from China and Russia.
By Sampath Perera, 1 April 2016
Pakistan’s military has seized on last Sunday’s terrorist atrocity to implement plans for an “antiterrorism” offensive and to strengthen its authority over the civilian government.
By Sampath Perera, 28 March 2016
Regardless of who carried out the atrocity on Sunday, it will be seized on by Washington and Islamabad for reactionary ends.
By Tom Hall, 7 March 2016
In its extensive reporting of the email scandal, the American media has virtually ignored the actual content of these emails, which contain a wealth of information about the day-to-day functioning of the Clinton State Department.
By David Brown, 24 February 2016
The Obama administration’s drone assassination program is based on fundamentally unsound metadata analysis that flags thousands of innocent people as terrorists.
By Sampath Perera, 20 February 2016
Nawaz Sharif’s government has seized on the unions’ betrayal of the PIA anti-privatization strike to victimize hundreds of the most militant workers.
By Sampath Perera, 9 February 2016
As the militant strike of 14,000 Pakistan International Airlines workers enters its second week, the unions are maneuvering to shut it down.
By Sampath Perera, 6 February 2016
Workers’ defiance in the face of Tuesday’s bloody crackdown and threats of mass firings and jailings marks a major intensification of the class struggle in Pakistan.
By Sampath Perera, 4 February 2016
Pakistan’s government is determined to break the strike so as to demonstrate mass opposition will not deter it from pushing through a sweeping IMF privatization program.
By K. Ratnayake, 13 January 2016
Whoever was responsible for the January 2 assault by armed gunmen on India’s Pathankot Air Force Base, its purpose was to scuttle the US-backed “dialogue” between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
By Sampath Perera, 29 December 2015
Modi’s Pakistan trip was a pragmatic maneuver aimed at placating Washington and shoring up the increasingly embattled Indian government domestically.
By our correspondent, 6 November 2015
At least 21 workers were killed and dozens injured, and fears are increasing that the death toll will go up once the clearing of debris is completed.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 31 October 2015
Pakistani authorities have issued increasingly alarmed warnings that the US has upset the balance of power in South Asia through its military-strategic embrace of India.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 October 2015
The lack of government assistance and aid in both countries is creating mounting discontent amid deteriorating conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 October 2015
The devastating consequences of the natural disaster will be compounded by 15 years of US-led neo-colonial occupation.
By Sampath Perera, 28 September 2015
In the run-up to today’s meeting between Indian Prime Minister Modi and US President Obama, New Delhi and Washington have further enhanced their military-security ties.
By Sampath Perera, 12 September 2015
For months, India and Pakistan have been regularly exchanging artillery fire across the Line of Control that separates Indian and Pakistan-held Kashmir.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 28 August 2015
The collapse of the Indo-Pakistani talks before they even began exemplifies the explosive tensions between the rival nuclear-armed powers.
By Sampath Perera, 1 August 2015
India’s 15-month-old BJP government continues to integrate New Delhi ever more completely into Washington’s anti-China “pivot.”
By Sampath Perera, 27 June 2015
The victims have died because of electricity outages, water supply shortages, inadequate healthcare facilities and government indifference.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 April 2015
Rules supposedly imposed elsewhere to reduce the killing and maiming of civilians were secretly waived for CIA operations in Pakistan.
By Athiyan Silva, 28 April 2015
The deal would allow China to largely circumvent the threat of a blockade of its energy imports by US and allied navies in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
By Patrick Martin, 24 April 2015
The statement from the White House gives a glimpse of the reality of US drone warfare, in which thousands of innocent people have been slaughtered.
By Sampath Perera, 7 January 2015
With not a single opposing vote, Pakistan’s parliament has ceded to the military’s demands and voted to establish military courts.
By Alex Lantier, 27 December 2014
Eight people were killed yesterday in two drone strikes in North Waziristan, a remote and impoverished area along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
By Keith Jones, 17 December 2014
The Pakistan Taliban sought to justify yesterday’s brutal attack as retaliation for the war the Pakistani state is waging, at Washington’s behest, in North Waziristan.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 10 October 2014
India and Pakistan have exchanged bellicose warnings over what are being described as the most serious border skirmishes in more than a decade.
By W.A. Sunil, 8 October 2014
Forcible deportations of Pakistan and Afghan asylum seekers from Sri Lanka continue after the court rejects a human rights appeal.
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.
By Sampath Perera and K. Ratnayake, 2 September 2014
After a violent police crackdown last weekend, a discussion is now taking place within Pakistan’s political establishment on whether the military should take power.
By W.A. Sunil, 1 September 2014
Colombo’s expulsions violate international law and the principle of “no-forced-returns.”
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.
By Sampath Perera, 21 August 2014
Prime Minister Sharif’s failure to contain the protests has led to media speculation of military backing for the effort to unseat the government.
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.
By Sampath Perera, 11 August 2014
Eight protesters died and hundreds were injured in violent clashes with police on Friday and Saturday.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 July 2014
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s move amounts to establishing military rule in the capital.
By Sampath Perera, 22 July 2014
The offensive has wrenched close to a million people from their homes, provoking a humanitarian crisis that threatens to become a catastrophe.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 16 July 2014
The Awami Workers Party and its international Pabloite allies are cheering on the military offensive the Pakistani state is mounting, in close collaboration with Washington, in North Waziristan.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 21 June 2014
In close coordination with Washington, Pakistan’s military has launched a brutal offensive against the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan.
By Sampath Perera, 11 June 2014
The attacks were triggered by the Pakistan military’s provocative air raids in the tribal region, especially North Waziristan.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 30 May 2014
Despite the hoopla, there is nothing to suggest the meeting achieved anything apart from another pledge to restart the countries’ long-stalled “peace dialogue.”
By Sampath Perera, 28 February 2014
Up to 100 people have reportedly been killed, triggering a mass exodus of people fearing a full-scale military offensive, as demanded by Washington.
By Alan Leigh, 15 February 2014
Uncertainty over the pipeline is another symptom of sharpening regional rivalries.
By Sampath Perera, 10 February 2014
The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance will give the military total legal immunity.
By Sampath Perera, 1 February 2014
Behind the drawn-out legal wrangling over Musharraf’s treason trial lie sharp differences in the country’s ruling elite.
By Sampath Perera, 25 January 2014
The Pakistani military offensive is part of a US campaign to crush opposition to its plans for keeping military bases in Afghanistan after a so-called “withdrawal.”
By Sampath Perera, 20 January 2014
The US secretary of state praised Pakistan’s brutal North Waziristan offensive, then demanded Islamabad do still more to support the US war in Afghanistan.
By Sampath Perera, 31 December 2013
Sharif made clear that he intends to rein in opposition to the drone strikes, in order to ensure US support.
By Sampath Perera, 14 December 2013
Washington is threatening to cut aid to Pakistan unless the Sharif government secures the supply route to Afghanistan.
By Keith Jones, 23 November 2013
Thursday’s attack—which killed at least six people, including several civilians—was only the second-ever US drone strike outside Pakistan’s tribal areas.
By Sampath Perera, 15 November 2013
Nasiruddin Haqqani—reputedly the chief financier of a Taliban-allied militia that functions on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border—was gunned down Sunday in the outskirts of Islamabad.