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 Wimal Perera, 25 September 2015
The Awami League-led government’s imposition of austerity measures is provoking unrest among students, teachers and workers.
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 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 Deepal Jayasekera, 16 September 2015
Saturday’s tragedy resulted from the widespread practice of storing explosives in residential areas to maximise profits.
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 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 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 Arun Kumar, 5 September 2015
The decision by Prime Minister Modi to hold trilateral naval games involving India, the US and Japan has been encouraged by Washington as part of its aggressive “pivot” against China.
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 our correspondents, 3 September 2015
While workers are determined to defend their jobs and living conditions, the unions used the strike to let off steam and keep workers tied to the political establishment.
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 Deepal Jayasekera, 1 September 2015
The unions have called the September 2 strike not to mobilize workers and the rural toilers against the Modi government and its neoliberal policies but to contain the growing opposition to them.
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 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 John Braddock, 27 August 2015
The summit was part of Indian efforts to build defence and strategic ties in the Asia-Pacific, designed to counter Chinese influence.
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 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 Deepal Jayasekera, 20 August 2015
The support for the SEP indicates a turn by an advanced section of workers and the oppressed masses towards the perspective of socialist internationalism.
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, 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.
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 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.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 August 2015
Monsoonal downpours have created a humanitarian disaster, with the most impoverished and oppressed people among the worst affected.
By our correspondent, 6 August 2015
Irrigation department and other local workers in Ratmalana, near Colombo, voice their anger over rising poverty and increasing exploitation.
By K. Nesan, 5 August 2015
The election manifesto aligns the TNA with the policies of Washington and the Colombo government installed in a US-engineered regime-change operation.
By W. A. Sunil, 4 August 2015
Under conditions of widespread alienation from the two main capitalist parties, the JVP is trying to show the ruling elites that it is a viable alternative.
Against war and austerity! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and a socialist program!
the Socialist Equality Party, 3 August 2015
The SEP’s campaign aims to mobilize workers and youth in opposition to war and attacks against democratic rights, on the basis of socialist internationalism.
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 our correspondents, 31 July 2015
SEP candidates spoke in Wanathamulla, where residents have been the target of government “slum eviction” operations.
By M. Thevarajah, 30 July 2015
The victimisation of Ingestre workers is part of an escalating offensive by plantation companies to slash costs and drive up productivity.
By Peter Symonds, 28 July 2015
The political crisis in Sri Lanka is an acute expression of the breakdown of global capitalism, which is fueling bitter geo-political rivalries and social counterrevolution against the working class.
By our correspondents, 27 July 2015
SEP supporters spoke with workers and youth in the Nuwara Eliya district who expressed deep opposition to the establishment parties and the trade unions.
M. Thevarajah—Socialist Equality Party election candidate and group leader for the Nuwara Eliya district, 24 July 2015
The unions are collaborating with the plantation companies and the government to drive up productivity and slash workers’ living standards.
By Sarath Kumara, 22 July 2015
In line with the US “pivot,” Japan hopes that its Bangladesh investments will boost its political weight in South Asia and undercut Chinese influence.
By our correspondent, 16 July 2015
The SEP’s election slates are headed by leading party members with long-standing records of fighting for socialist internationalism.
By our correspondents, 15 July 2015
Central hills plantation workers attend SEP public meeting in defiance of ongoing union and police harassment.
the Socialist Equality Party, 13 July 2015
The SEP is the only party advancing an internationalist and socialist program against war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights.
By our correspondents, 1 July 2015
Plantation workers denounce frame-up charges against Deeside estate workers.
30 June 2015
The Glenugie tea plantation workers were victimised for playing a leading role in a three-day strike in February against an arbitrary increase in workloads.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 June 2015
Since the January 8 presidential election, Sirisena and his minority government have faced one crisis after another.
By Richard Phillips, 29 June 2015
Indian director Satyajit Ray’s cinematic masterwork, The Apu Trilogy has been meticulously restored by Janus Films and is currently screening in North American cinemas.
25 June 2015
The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding public meetings throughout Sri Lanka.
By Subash Somachandran and M. Kalaimaaran, 24 June 2015
Unbearable social conditions and de facto military rule continue after nearly three decades of war in Sri Lanka’s north.
By Wimal Perera, 23 June 2015
The Awami League-led government’s attempts to create more profitable conditions for business are deepening the attacks on the living conditions of the workers and poor.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 June 2015
India’s pro-US, Hindu chauvinist government was quick to tout the cross-border raid against anti-Indian separatists in Myanmar as a warning to Pakistan.
the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 June 2015
What took place at the Deeside division is a rehearsal for broader attacks by government and the corporate elite on all sections of the working class.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 June 2015
Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart declared that bilateral relations had entered a new phase.
By Saman Gunadasa, 8 June 2015
The government is raising commercial loans to cover payments on existing loans, heightening the political uncertainty in Colombo.
By K. Ratnayake, 5 June 2015
As Washington ratcheted up its confrontation with China over the South China Sea, Carter’s trip to India emphasised greater naval cooperation.
By M. Devarajah, 3 June 2015
The punishment of the seven workers is designed to send a message to all workers that the employers will ruthlessly impose higher workloads.
By Sujeeva Amaranath, 1 June 2015
Most of the victims in the worst heatwave since 1998 are construction workers, homeless people, street dwellers and the poor.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 May 2015
Sirisena has refused to set a poll date, breaking his promise to dissolve parliament on April 23 and call an election.
By Rohantha De Silva, 26 May 2015
Sirisena postured at “war victory” events as a crusader for “peace and reconciliation” while vowing to increase military resources.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 21 May 2015
Overshadowing Modi’s entire visit was the heightening of tensions across the Indo-Pacific region as a result of Washington’s “pivot to Asia.”
By Arun Kumar, 30 April 2015
The new leader of the Stalinist CPM has for years functioned as a member of the political establishment, helping stitch together and prop-up a series of rightwing governments.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 March 2015
With Washington’s backing and encouragement, India is seeking to counter China’s growing influence by harnessing key Indian Ocean island states.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 3 March 2015
Big business has lauded Jaitley’s budget as good for investors and profits,
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 24 January 2015
In a gesture meant to underline that Washington and New Delhi are enhancing their strategic partnership, Obama will be the guest of honor at Monday’s Republic Day celebrations.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 28 November 2014
The debacle the CPM suffered in last May’s national election has brought to a head longstanding differences over what right-wing course to follow.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 27 November 2014
The debacle the CPM suffered in last May’s national election has brought to a head longstanding differences over what right-wing course to follow.
By our reporters, 11 October 2014
The SEP and IYSSE are holding public meetings tomorrow in Hatton and Gampaha against the drive to war.
4 October 2014
The lectures will discuss the vital political lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s entry into a bourgeois coalition government in 1964.
4 October 2014
SEP/IYSSE meetings will discuss the threat of a third world war and the international socialist program to fight it.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 3 October 2014
During his summit meeting with Obama, Prime Minister Modi signaled his readiness to align India still more closely with the US’s predatory global agenda.
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.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 1 October 2014
Modi’s new BJP government is seeking to convince world capital that India is the go-to destination for cheap labour.
By Sujeewa Amaranath and Ratnasiri Malalagama, 27 September 2014
A long-running drought has further impoverished peasant farmers across wide areas of the island.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 24 September 2014
Xi’s visit to India was an attempt to counter the US-Japanese drive to strategically isolate and encircle China.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe and Wije Dias, 13 September 2014
Tampoe’s political degeneration was bound up with the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s backsliding, which culminated in its 1964 entry into a bourgeois government.
12 September 2014
The SEP and IYSSE will hold meetings on the US “pivot to Asia” and the danger of world war.
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.
9 August 2014
The SEP meeting will discuss the imperialist war drive and the fight for socialism.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 26 July 2014
In the guise of neutrality, the Indian government supported Israel’s justification for its criminal actions.
By W. A. Sunil, 11 July 2014
The Rajapakse government’s decision is a blatant violation of democratic rights and international law.
By W. A. Sunil, 5 July 2014
The UNHRC probe into alleged war crimes signals intensifying US-led Western pressure on Colombo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 5 April 2014
The Indian Stalinists have responded to the intensification of the class struggle by redoubling their efforts to patch together an alliance with right-wing regional and caste-based parties—once and future allies of the Congress and/or BJP.
By Darshana Medis and Panini Wijesiriwardane, 4 April 2014
Thenuwara’s show partially revealed a post-war Sri Lanka reality that the government wants to hide.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 4 March 2014
The ICEP report provides further compelling evidence of Colombo’s war crimes.
By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 27 February 2014
The SEP warns that the police surveillance is in preparation for a witch hunt against its members and supporters.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 February 2014
Just days after the US signaled its readiness to do business with the BJP prime ministerial candidate, he travelled to one of the remotest corners of India to denounce Chinese “expansionism.”
SEP manifesto for the Western Provincial Council election
Fight for a socialist program against war, austerity and police state methods!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 22 February 2014
The SEP is the only party that advances a socialist and internationalist program to mobilise and unite workers against the growing threat of war, austerity and the suppression of democratic rights.
By Rohantha de Silva, 12 February 2014
Weliweriya residents and students discussed the significance of the Independent Workers Inquiry.
By Socialist Equality Party, 8 February 2014
The SEP is fielding 43 candidates for Colombo District on the basis of a socialist program against war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights.
By K. Ratnayake, 5 February 2014
Washington will move a third resolution on Sri Lanka at next month’s UN Human Rights Council meeting.
By Keith Jones, 19 December 2013
US authorities’ arrest and intrusive strip-searching of a female Indian diplomat have provoked a major spat between Washington and New Delhi.
By our reporters, 29 November 2013
WSWS supporters in India campaigned over the past month in support of Snowden in Chennai, Neyveli and Bangalore.