By our correspondents, 25 May 2016
Thousands of working class and poor families are currently living in makeshift accommodation and other shelters on higher ground.
By our correspondents, 21 May 2016
Survivors expressed no confidence in the government’s ability to solve the problem of landslides.
By our correspondents, 20 May 2016
Disaster victims have blamed the government and other authorities for not providing adequate relief or moving residents to safe places.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 May 2016
Successive governments have done nothing to mitigate the death and destruction caused by annual monsoonal rains.
By Minusha Fernando, 18 May 2016
The revelations constitute a damning exposure of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government’s claims to defend democratic rights.
By Athiyan Silva, 16 May 2016
Jayalalithaa’s promises have nothing to do with any concern about the oppression of Sri Lankan Tamils.
By Max Newman, 14 May 2016
Asylum seekers have been forcibly deported to face imprisonment in Sri Lanka.
By our reporters, 12 May 2016
More than 200 people joined the meeting, which was followed by the International May Day online rally.
By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 11 May 2016
The repression of Tamil youth is another attempt to divide Sri Lankan workers along communal lines and follows Colombo’s agreement to impose more IMF cuts.
By Kumaran Ira, 10 May 2016
Lying through her teeth, Power hailed the Sri Lankan regime Washington installed in Colombo as part of the “pivot to Asia” for overseeing a flowering of democracy.
By Saman Gunadasa, 5 May 2016
The IMF bailout agreement is based on immediate steps to slash the budget deficit at the expense of social spending and working class conditions.
By Wije Dias, 3 May 2016
Wije Dias, general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.
By WSWS reporters, 30 April 2016
Colombo, Chennai, Bangalore and Madras residents speak out about the dangers of war and the need for a unified international struggle for socialism.
By Vilani Peiris, 29 April 2016
Wickremesinghe’s visit to China underscores the magnitude of Sri Lanka’s economic crisis and the geo-political tensions engulfing the region.
By Saman Gunadasa, 16 April 2016
“Reforms” demanded by the IMF will produce further attacks on working class living standards.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 9 April 2016
The eviction of slum dwellers and low-income families cannot be separated from the government’s attacks on thousands of urban and rural workers.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 8 April 2016
The US Seventh Fleet flagship’s visit to Colombo indicates moves by the Sri Lankan government to tie the country into US war plans.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 5 April 2016
Gunaratnam’s jailing is another warning of the anti-democratic methods that the government will use against political opponents and more broadly against working people.
By Rohantha De Silva, 4 April 2016
The legislation provides limited access to state information, while entrenching broad areas that will remain off-limits, including national security, diplomacy and economic activities.
By Rohantha De Silva, 21 March 2016
Under the guise of “democracy,” the government is seeking to strengthen its hand to impose austerity and deepen its integration into the US “pivot to Asia” against China.
By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 15 March 2016
The ongoing detention of hundreds of Tamil political prisoners is part of a broader government attack on democratic rights.
14 March 2016
The meeting will expose the pro-imperialist stance of the Tamil nationalist parties and elaborate a socialist perspective to halt the growing danger of world war.
By Saman Gunadasa, 12 March 2016
The IMF-required austerity measures implemented by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will have a heavy impact on the living standards of workers and the poor.
By Minusha Fernando, 11 March 2016
The government’s “megapolis” project will see thousands of workers and low-income residents ejected from their homes.
By W. A. Sunil, 4 March 2016
To divert rising social discontent, nationalist groups have stepped up a virulent anti-Indian campaign that serves to divide workers in the two countries.
1 March 2016
The meeting will discuss the socialist policies needed to defend the jobs and wages of plantation workers, which are under sustained attack.
By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 22 February 2016
There is nothing progressive about Tamil nationalism, or indeed about nationalism in general, which only divides workers and blocks a unified struggle against war and austerity.
An Open Letter to TamilNet
By K. Nesan and V. Gnana, 17 February 2016
TamilNet’s claim that the WSWS is working with imperialism to facilitate genocide by the Sri Lankan state is a grotesque fabrication.
By M. Thevarajah and W. A. Sunil, 6 February 2016
The trade unions are promoting the illusion that the government will force the companies to grant a 2,500-rupee ($17) increase in the monthly wage.
By Saman Gunadasa, 20 January 2016
The government’s “Sri Lanka Economic Forum” highlighted the country’s vulnerability in the deepening global economic downturn.
By Subash Somachandran and K. Nesan, 15 January 2016
The protest, two days in advance of the visit, was a shameful manoeuvre to provide cover for the TNA’s support for President Maithripala Sirisena’s government.
By K. Nesan, 14 January 2016
A detailed report by a South African-based human rights group exposes the continued resort to state terror against the Tamil ethnic minority in Sri Lanka.
By K. Nesan, 11 January 2016
The Tamil nationalist organizations in Sri Lanka are escalating their support for austerity and the use of Sri Lankan workers as cheap labor for international capital.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 11 January 2016
The government is both intensifying the offensive against the working class and tying the country to the war plans of the United States.
By Saman Gunadasa, 6 January 2016
The planned new laws are an attack on the democratic rights of the working class, directed in particular against any person or party fighting for a revolutionary socialist perspective.
By our correspondents, 30 December 2015
Well aware that World War II would produce revolutionary upheavals, neither Stalinism nor imperialism could tolerate Trotsky’s continued existence.
By V. Gnana, 29 December 2015
The formation of the TPF is a shabby political maneuver to give a facelift to Tamil nationalist groups discredited by their support for the Sri Lankan government.
By Vilani Peiris, 28 December 2015
Facing a fiscal crisis, President Sirisena’s cash-strapped government has approved the Colombo Port City and other Chinese projects.
By W.A. Sunil, 24 December 2015
Farmers marched to the prime minister’s office, denouncing cuts to fertiliser subsidies and rice prices.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 17 December 2015
From the outset, the unions sought to scuttle the strike, even as opposition mounted among workers to the government’s budget cuts.
By Vilani Peiris, 14 December 2015
The damages action is part of the record of big business and government suppression of opposition to industrial pollution.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 14 December 2015
The trade unions have reluctantly called a one-day strike to deflect mounting opposition among workers and the poor to the government’s austerity measures.
By K.Nesan, 12 December 2015
The findings constitute a political indictment of the US-led regime-change operation that brought Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to power in January.
By K. Nesan, 9 December 2015
The Tamil National Alliance functioned throughout the prisoners’ hunger strike as a servant of the government, deceiving the prisoners and their families.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 5 December 2015
The impending death by stoning highlights the Sri Lankan government’s concern not to offend the Saudi regime and indifference to the plight of migrant workers.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 December 2015
Plantation companies, in collusion with the government and unions, are planning a far-reaching reversal of working conditions and social spending to boost profits.
By M. Thevarajah, 1 December 2015
The plantation companies are ruthlessly seeking to suppress workers’ resistance in order to impose the burden of the global crisis of the tea industry.
By Saman Gunadasa, 28 November 2015
The budget will impose new financial burdens on working people while granting significant concessions for local and foreign capital.
21 November 2015
Trotsky’s theoretical and political conceptions are essential for the development of revolutionary leadership in the international working class.
By S. Jayanth, 18 November 2015
The hartal or general shutdown in the north and east is a demonstration of the anger building among Tamil people against the government.
By Saman Gunadasa, 16 November 2015
The sweeping pro-market reforms being proposed will drastically affect jobs, wages and living conditions of workers and the poor.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 4 November 2015
The main feature of the gathering was unanimity in seeking to cover up the military’s war crimes.
By W.A. Sunil, 31 October 2015
The proposed “revenue sharing” wage formula is a major attack on the already low incomes, jobs and working conditions of plantation workers.
By Saman Gunadasa, 30 October 2015
President Sirisena’s government is preparing an austerity budget that will make deep inroads into working-class living standards.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 October 2015
At every point, the NSSP has followed in the footsteps of US imperialism, justifying Washington’s actions and giving credence to its bogus “human rights” posturing.
By Arun Kumar, 27 October 2015
There is growing anger among plantation workers across the southern Indian state of Kerala over the unions’ wage betrayal.
By S. Jayanth, 17 October 2015
Hundreds of detainees, some of whom have never been charged, have vowed to fast until death to demand their release.
By K. Ratnayake, 15 October 2015
The Colombo government is enmeshing Sri Lanka in the geo-political interests of the US and its allies, including Japan, directed against China.
“Artists have the capacity to expose the reality of war”
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 13 October 2015
Vithanage discusses With You, Without You and the political difficulties facing contemporary Sri Lankan filmmakers.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 10 October 2015
The tea plantation companies have repeatedly rejected any wage rise and are demanding increased production quotas.
By Sanjaya Jayasekera, 7 October 2015
The agitation for the return of capital punishment is seeking to divert public concern from the real social problems and further strengthen police powers.
By K. Ratnayake, 5 October 2015
Sirisena’s democratic posturing is designed to enhance his government’s international standing and strengthen links with the US.
5 October 2015
The meeting will discuss the implications for working people of the US-sponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka.
By our correspondents, 2 October 2015
Successive governments, the plantation companies and the tea estate unions have refused to take action to prevent landslide disasters.
By Saman Gunadasa, 29 September 2015
Washington’s willingness to countenance a largely domestic “human rights inquiry” is a payoff to the new pro-US government in Colombo.
By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 26 September 2015
The Tamil National Alliance and other bourgeois Tamil formations hope to use the UN report to broker a new political deal with Sri Lanka’s pro-US government.
By Rohantha De Silva and K. Ratnayake, 22 September 2015
If the report is “milder” than it might have been, it is because the US wants no disruption to the new pro-US government in Colombo.
By Saman Gunadasa, 21 September 2015
The floating of the currency to depreciate its value is the first major austerity move by the new “national unity government” in Sri Lanka.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 September 2015
Talks between Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Indian counterpart focused on deepening economic and military ties between the two countries.
By K. Ratnayake, 17 September 2015
While the inquiry confirms that war crimes occurred, the UN human rights commissioner’s remarks echo the shift in US policy.
By W. A. Sunil, 14 September 2015
Sirisena is desperate to shore up the new “national unity” government as it prepares to implement austerity and integrate the island into US war plans.
By Rohantha de Silva, 11 September 2015
This year’s seminar was held in the context of escalating moves by the US to integrate countries in the Asia-Pacific region into its strategic build-up against China.
By K. Nesan, 10 September 2015
The aim was to install a political flunkey of Washington who will support any austerity measure or pro-US foreign policy.
By Saman Gunadasa and Deepal Jayasekera, 8 September 2015
Washington’s investigation seeks to further marginalise Rajapakse and his supporters and block any challenge to the present pro-US government.
By K. Ratnayake, 5 September 2015
The new US-backed government is trying to cement its position and prepare to ram through harsh austerity measures.
By K. Ratnayake, 2 September 2015
The new coalition government is an attempt by the ruling class parties to close ranks in order to impose savage austerity measures on the working class.
By K. Nesan, 1 September 2015
By supporting the US-backed government, the Tamil nationalists are complicit in allowing the crimes of the civil war to go unpunished.
By Saman Gunadasa, 31 August 2015
This stance not only exposes the pro-imperialist character of these parties but their involvement and complicity in the Sri Lankan human rights atrocities.
By W.A. Sunil, 28 August 2015
The pledge by unions to defend the government is directed above all at suppressing resistance by workers to its austerity measures.
By K. Ratnayake, 27 August 2015
The announcement confirms that Washington has cynically exploited “human rights” in Sri Lanka to advance its interests, particularly against China.
By K. Nesan, 26 August 2015
The Tamil nationalist parties are emerging as key components of President Maithripala Sirisena’s attempt to install a new pro-US government in Colombo.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 26 August 2015
The Financial Times editorial is a damning indictment of the Sri Lankan pseudo-left organisations that sided with the pro-US UNP in the election.
By Saman Gunadasa, 24 August 2015
The “national unity government” will impose severe austerity measures and will not hesitate to use police-state measures against any resistance by working people.
By K. Ratnayake, 22 August 2015
The new coalition government will deepen the assault on the democratic rights and living standards of working people and enmesh the island in US war preparations against China.
By W. A. Sunil, 21 August 2015
During the election, the SEP alone warned that all the capitalist parties were united in their determination to impose the burden of the economic crisis onto working people.
By Saman Gunadasa, 19 August 2015
While the UNP win has blocked a comeback by former President Mahinda Rajapakse, the political turmoil in Colombo will only continue and deepen.
By K. Ratnayake, 18 August 2015
Whichever party—the UNP or SLFP—finally forms the next government will accelerate the austerity agenda being demanded by the IMF.
By our correspondent, 18 August 2015
The Socialist Equality Party held its final election meeting in Colombo, summing up its campaign for a revolutionary socialist program.
By our correspondent, 17 August 2015
Today’s election is being held in the wake of a US-backed regime-change operation in January that ousted former President Rajapakse because of his ties with China.
By our reporters, 17 August 2015
International Committee of the Fourth International supporters held a well-attended meeting to discuss the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) election campaign.
Sri Lankan general election 2015
For a socialist program against war, austerity and to defend democratic rights! For a workers and peasants government!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 August 2015
The SEP is standing 43 candidates in three of the country’s 22 electoral districts—Colombo, Jaffna and Nuwara Eliya.
By K. Nesan and V. Gnana, 15 August 2015
The Tamil National People’s Front and the Crusaders for Democracy are aligned with the Sirisena government and US imperialism against Tamil and Sinhala workers.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 15 August 2015
Sirisena’s letter, aimed at bolstering the UNP’s electoral prospects, underscores the deep political crisis surrounding the whole election.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 14 August 2015
Pseudo-left organisations in Sri Lanka such as the USP are preparing to play no less treacherous a role than Syriza in Greece.
By Saman Gunadasa, 14 August 2015
Whether the US had a hand in it or not, the latest scandal is indicative of the methods that will be employed should Rajapakse win the election.
By Minusha Fernando, 13 August 2015
The problems facing the youth are an indictment of these parties and the capitalist system they maintain.
By Saman Gunadasa, 12 August 2015
The organisations are not only campaigning for the United National Party but are also a “colour revolution” in waiting if the party loses.
By Rohantha De Silva, 11 August 2015
The promotion of the UNP, the country’s oldest bourgeois party steeped in crimes against the working class, as a champion of democracy is a complete fraud.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 August 2015
The AFP has provided equipment and training to Sri Lanka’s CID, long accused of kidnappings and human rights abuses.
By our correspondent, 10 August 2015
The Socialist Equality Party held its second northern Sri Lankan election meeting at Karainagar, where SEP campaigners held lively discussions with local residents.