The ecological chaos is now hitting the most developed countries and not only the poorest ones, at a time when social protections, rights and the standard of living of populations are being brutally attacked. This is the basis of a common struggle, from North to South, from West to East, against the perpetrators of ecological, health, social and democratic crises. This community of struggle does not mean that solidarity with the most severely affected populations would no longer be necessary: they still need our political and financial support.
China’s ‘white paper’ protest movement echoes freedom struggles across Asia and the world
“The present white paper movement is irreducibly Chinese, defined by that country’s extremely harsh lockdowns and ultra-repressive governance. And yet, in another sense, it is universal. It’s the latest in a series of emancipatory struggles that have arisen during these turbulent years of pandemic (...)
Capital flight, oligopoly and Sri Lanka’s economic collapse
Following article is based on the presentation made by the writer at the 4th International Research Symposium titled ‘Sri Lanka in crisis: Search for a way out’ organised by the National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences.
Let me begin by providing a brief critique of (...)
Female domestic workers are ‘Kaeli’ or pieces for labour attachés in Sri Lanka’s West Asian missions
Sri Lanka’s embassies have repeatedly warned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and other authorities of glaring shortcomings in the handling of local labour in West Asia–including an urgent need for Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) attachés in these missions to have minimum (...)
The struggle in Slovakia’s hospitals is certainly not over
Negotiations between the Slovak government and the Medical Trade Union Association (LOZ) ended on Saturday with an agreement, the details of which are not yet known. According to initial statements from both sides, all the union’s demands should be largely met, from the top-up of hospital (...)
Russia: On Chechen Resistance and Postcolonial Solidarity
What lessons can we learn from the history of the Chechen wars? How did people fight for their freedom and independence? Activist and researcher Lilia Yuldasheva on colonization of the Northern Caucasus and resistance in the Chechen Republic
The terrifying military aggression that Ukraine (...)
Delivery Workers’ Union Takes on Amazon Japan
Delivery workers in Japan are fed up with Amazon Japan’s practices that make accidents and injuries more likely by increasing delivery volume and speed. They are now organising unions to take on Amazon. Here is their story.
In his 40s, Susumu Adachi (not his real name) has been delivering for (...)
Focus on Xinjiang: Zero-Covid protests are spreading across China – but a violent crackdown will follow
From Xinjiang to Shanghai and Beijing, protests are creating a rare sense of unity that Xi Jinping cannot afford to allow
China’s heavy-handed zero-Covid policy was intended to save lives. Now, it’s having devastating consequences. Last week, a fire killed at least 10 people, including children, (...)
China’s Covid crisis demands terrible choices. The world will suffer if this goes wrong
The zero-Covid policy is damaging the economy, but to reverse it risks loss of life, economic damage and the emergence of new variants
Protesters across China have made one thing very clear: after three years of harsh restrictions, many people are tired of their government’s pursuit of an (...)
Polarization and paralysis - The U.S. after the midterm elections
Ashley Smith and Charlie Post draw a balance sheet of the midterm elections and their lessons for the socialist Left in the United States.
Across the United States there was an audible sigh of relief as the threatened “Red Wave” in the midterm elections petered out into a “Red Trickle.” The (...)
Taiwan: Will the Referendum on Lowering the Voting Age Pass?
The 2022 midterm elections have, in some ways, been characterized by the absence of any animating core issue.
In part, this is due to the fact that local elections–also referred to as nine-in-one elections–are not primarily about cross-strait relations. Instead, they are focused on local, (...)
Taiwan: Groups call referendum result ’regrettable,’ signal further action
Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) Student groups and NGOs expressed their disappointment Saturday evening at the failure of a referendum initiative that would have lowered the voting age in Taiwan from 20 to 18, and they hinted at other steps to address the issue.
The referendum, which asked voters to (...)
Sri Lanka: Rise against state repression: A call to the people
2022 has seen the most dramatic uprising of people against the government’s tyrannical rule since independence. Amidst a devastating economic crisis, the people raised their voices against corruption, misrule and economic mismanagement, demanding greater democracy. Instead of heeding the (...)
From Urumqi to Shanghai: Demands from Chinese and Hong Kong Socialists
This is an expanded version of a letter written by Chinese and Hong Kong socialists on the mainland and overseas on the night of 26 November 2022, when protests first erupted. The abridged Chinese version first appeared in Borderless Movement on 27 November. This version has been revised (...)
Covid-19 (China): Foxconn’s Great Escape
In late October, dramatic images and videos of Chinese workers jumping over factory walls and fences and walking home on foot grabbed global headlines. Why is this happening, and why does the story resonate with so many people?
In late October, information and rumors circulating (...)
From Xinjiang to Shanghai, Protests Grow in China over COVID Restrictions After Fatal Apartment Fire
Unprecedented protests have erupted in multiple Chinese cities over President Xi Jinping’s strict zero-COVID policies, which have resulted in extended strict lockdowns across the country. The protests were triggered by a deadly fire Thursday at an apartment building in Urumqi, the capital of (...)
Qatar’s death row and the invisible migrant workforce deemed unworthy of due process
New data mapping death sentences in the Gulf states once again highlights Qatar’s questionable human rights record.
Qatari authorities are ignoring international law by failing to inform embassies when their citizens are arrested, detained or are pending trial for a death sentence.
Our new (...)
At COP27, Russia acted as though it had not invaded Ukraine
Russia urged international cooperation while ignoring its own role in making the climate crisis worse
Although the main topic at COP27 in Egypt was how richer nations could provide financial support for the poorer countries worst hit by climate change, Russia’s war against Ukraine was on (...)
Mutinies in the Russian army
“It isn’t a question of how a chaotic and rebellious civilian populace can out-gun the well-organized, disciplined armies of the capitalist state in pitched battle, but of how a mass movement can cripple the effective fighting capacity of the military from within, and bring about the collapse and (...)
Transphobia is the feminism of fools
So-called ‘gender ideology’ has become one of the major bogeymen of right-wing movements around the world. But there are also some on the left who oppose transgender rights, believing them to be fundamentally in conflict with women’s rights – they’re commonly known as ‘gender critical feminists’ or (...)
Millions of households will be spending nearly third of income on fuel by spring
Findings come amid mounting evidence that the poorest people in the UK are paying a ‘poverty premium’ for basic services
Millions of households will be paying almost a third of their income in fuel costs this spring, amid warnings that a “black hole in provision” remains for Britain’s poorest (...)