South East Asia

999 Burma political update

5 March 2021

999 Myanmar political update

3 March 2021

Violent crackdown on Myanmar protests leaves 18 dead

By Owen Howell, 28 February 2021

The military junta has launched a ruthless offensive against the nationwide movement of protests and strikes that erupted after the February 1 coup.

Workers across Myanmar stage general strike against military dictatorship

By Owen Howell, 25 February 2021

The turnout at Monday’s protests and strikes throughout Myanmar was the largest since the February 1 coup, despite threats from the military that a general strike would lead to further “loss of life.”

Communist Party of the Philippines embraces Catholicism

By John Malvar, 23 February 2021

Julieta de Lima, longtime leader of the CPP, delivered a speech to archbishops and religious leaders celebrating “500 years of Christianity in the Philippines,” and embracing the medieval barbarism of the church.

Protests continue as no-confidence vote against Thai prime minister fails

By Ben McGrath, 23 February 2021

The no-confidence vote in parliament was an attempt by the opposition parties to falsely posture as defenders of democratic rights.

White House condemns WHO findings after scientists debunk ‘Wuhan Lab’ conspiracy theory

By Andre Damon, 16 February 2021

The Biden administration declared, “We have deep concerns about the way in which the early findings of the COVID-19 investigation were communicated and questions about the process used to reach them.”

Pro-democracy demonstrations return to Thailand despite increased repression

By Ben McGrath, 14 February 2021

The military-backed government of Prayuth Chan-ocha is cracking down on participants of last year’s protest movement in an effort to silence political opposition.

Mass protests against the military coup in Myanmar continue to grow

By Peter Symonds, 13 February 2021

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets on Friday, a national holiday, in cities and towns throughout Myanmar in the largest demonstrations yet against the military junta.

“Falsifications and slander are the weapons of Stalinism”

Joseph Scalice responds to Stalinist attacks over Diliman Commune article

By Joseph Scalice, 12 February 2021

“The honest assessment of history is the bedrock of revolutionary politics. Falsifications and slander, on the other hand, are the primary weapons of Stalinism.”

What are the real lessons of the Diliman Commune?

By Joseph Scalice, 9 February 2021

The lessons of this key event in 1971 for students and workers in the Philippines today can only be drawn through a critical examination of the political forces involved, particularly the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines.

Increased flooding in Indonesia linked to deforestation

By Robert Campion, 26 January 2021

Environmental scientists and advocates have pointed to the devastating effects of deforestation from palm oil and mining operations that have contributed to flooding and landslides.

Biden administration warns China over Taiwan, as US carrier enters South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 26 January 2021

Just a week after his inauguration, Biden’s administration is already signalling that it will escalate Trump’s confrontation with Beijing.

Two weeks after Chinese gold mine explosion: 11 rescued, 10 dead and 1 missing

By Lily Zhao, 26 January 2021

The rescue operation was delayed because the mining company did not report the disaster for more than 30 hours.

Philippine military breaks longstanding agreement, returns forces to campuses

By John Malvar, 21 January 2021

The return of the Philippine military to the University of the Philippines campuses is both a salvo in the ongoing struggle between rival factions of the elite and another step towards authoritarian rule.

World Bank exposes economic and social impact of coronavirus in South Asia

By Saman Gunadasa, 21 January 2021

South Asian governments have responded to the pandemic by pumping money into big businesses and imposing the burden on the working masses.

Communist Party of the Philippines resurrects urban hit squads

By John Malvar, 11 January 2021

The CPP’s resurrection of Sparrow Units is bound up with its efforts to seek bourgeois allies even as the ruling class as a whole is seeking the means to suppress unrest and secure a firm hold on power.

Boeing 737-500 crashes after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia

By Bryan Dyne, 11 January 2021

The tragedy coincides with a $2.5 billion legal settlement between Boeing and the US Department of Justice ending a federal criminal investigation stemming from two crashes of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 aircraft.

999 Indonesia COVID-19 update

7 January 2021

US-China tensions at center of fight over Philippine vaccine procurement

By John Malvar, 31 December 2020

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stated on December 26 that he would terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) unless the US provided the Philippines with vaccines.

Rubber glove factories become COVID-19 epicentres in Malaysia

By Robert Campion, 24 December 2020

Damning exposures by Top Glove workers have revealed sweltering conditions, with lack of protections, no social distancing and packed dormitories.

Hunger in the Philippines reaches all-time highs

By Robert Campion, 23 December 2020

Combining this year’s quarterly hunger surveys, which hit a staggering 30.7 percent in September, the average hunger rate for Filipino families reached an historic high of 21.1 percent in 2020.

Video of police killing sparks mass outrage in the Philippines

By John Malvar, 22 December 2020

The outpouring of anger over the murders, and the widespread calls for the end to police killings, put paid to the pernicious lie spread in the media that Duterte’s “war on drugs” is “wildly popular.”

Thai protest leaders charged under draconian lèse majesté law

By Robert Campion, 10 December 2020

Amid continuing anti-government protests in Thailand demanding the resignation of the prime minister and greater democratic rights, there are signs that the government is preparing a crackdown.

“Red-tagging” accusations at the centre of elite conflict in the Philippines

By John Malvar, 7 December 2020

The McCarthyite accusations are an initial salvo between rival sections of the ruling class in the mounting political tensions leading up to the May 2022 presidential election.

Statements of support from Sri Lanka in defence of Dr. Scalice against Stalinist slanders

By Our reporters, 1 December 2020

“In a period where the working class rallying behind a genuine revolutionary leadership is decisive, Scalice’s exposure has a huge contemporary relevance.”

Thai protesters defy threat of draconian lèse-majesté law

By Peter Symonds, 26 November 2020

Some 15,000 demonstrators joined the protest which was directed against the monarchy and the current King Maha Vajiralongkorn in particular, who has transferred crown assets worth an estimated $40 billion into his own hands.

Surge in COVID-19 cases in Indonesia

By Robert Campion, 25 November 2020

Conscious of the growing opposition to his policies, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been pinning hopes on an early vaccination program.

Further statements from Australia in defence of Dr. Scalice against the slanders of the CPP

By our reporters, 25 November 2020

“Presenting the truth, especially in history, is a dangerous activity because it exposes class interests, interests which the ruling class, and its supporters, will defend with all measures.”

Thai protests for democratic reforms continue despite violent police attack

By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2020

Thousands of protesters gathered on Tuesday outside the national assembly building in a bid to influence legislators who were discussing motions on constitutional change.

Student strikers in the Philippines demand government action on COVID-19 and typhoon devastation

By John Malvar, 17 November 2020

A student petition declared that the “The national government must act now” to address the devastation caused by the pandemic and massive typhoons, “or step down from their positions. No compromises.”

Police crack down on Thai protesters demanding democratic rights

By Peter Symonds, 11 November 2020

The ongoing protests are calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and his military-backed government, a new constitution and reforms to the monarchy.

More statements from Australian workers defending Dr. Scalice against Philippine Stalinist slanders

By our reporters, 7 November 2020

“I know a hatchet job when I see one!! As an older worker I have seen, in my time, the same type of double talk, lies and slanders of Stalinists, like Sison here in Australia.”

Typhoon Goni devastates the Philippines

By Robert Campion, 4 November 2020

The UN reported around 68.6 million, or roughly 65 percent of the population are affected by Typhoon Goni, with 24.3 million living in the worst affected areas.

Duterte administration launches “red-tagging” witchhunt

By John Malvar, 3 November 2020

The various mass organizations now being red-tagged by the Duterte administration—Bayan, Bayan Muna, Gabriela, the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)—gave their enthusiastic support to him as he took office.

Elite factions struggle for control of Philippine legislature

By John Malvar, 28 October 2020

At stake in the dispute was political patronage, control over the distribution of committee appointments and of funds, which both sides were looking to secure as an opening salvo in the 2022 presidential race.

Vietnam suffers through a “new normal” of extreme weather events

By Robert Campion, 28 October 2020

Close to a million people have been severely affected, with many in desperate need of shelter, food, clean drinking water and income support.

Malaysian king rejects PM’s “request” for emergency rule

By Mike Head, 27 October 2020

The political establishment is breaking up in the face of a pandemic-triggered economic reversal and rising class tensions.

Thai protesters demand the resignation of the prime minister

By Ben McGrath, 24 October 2020

Protesters have given the government three days to meet their demands or the demonstrations will continue.

Goldman Sachs fined $2.9 billion over role in 1MDB corruption case

By Nick Beams, 23 October 2020

The case involved the embezzlement of billions of dollars from the 1MDB fund, including by two Goldman bankers.

Statements from China and Sri Lanka in defence of Dr. Scalice against the attacks by the Stalinist CPP

By our reporters, 21 October 2020

“The working class from all over the world must take seriously the threats and slanders unleashed by Sison against Dr. Scalice and come forward to defend him.”

Demonstrations in Thailand continue as government rejects protesters’ demands

By Ben McGrath, 21 October 2020

Underpinning the demands for democratic rights is a growing economic and social crisis for Thailand’s youth and working class.

In interview with Radio Free Asia, Sison announces

Communist Party of the Philippines targets Chinese firms blacklisted by Washington

By John Malvar, 19 October 2020

The leadership of the CPP explained it would be targeting Chinese firms in interviews with Radio Free Asia, an official organ of US government propaganda directed against China.

Andhra Pradesh textile workers strike; 400,000 Assam tea plantation workers walk out; Western Australia: Offshore LNG platform employees in Western Australia take action

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17 October 2020

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“Dr. Scalice requires the support of all people who value historical truth”

Statements of support for Dr. Scalice continue to come in from Australia and Sri Lanka

By our reporters, 17 October 2020

“Scalice’s lecture provided a powerful exposure of the catastrophic consequences bequeathed to the international working class by Stalinism and its extension Maoism.”

Thai students continue protests in face of government repression

By Ben McGrath, 17 October 2020

The demonstrators have three core demands: the prime minister’s resignation, a new constitution, and an end to the suppression of government critics; as well as the reform of the monarchy.

Stalinist apologetics and intellectual charlatanry: A response to Teo Marasigan

By Joseph Scalice, 16 October 2020

The WSWS is posting Dr. Joseph Scalice’s reply to Teo Marasigan, an apologist for the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines and its founder Jose Maria Sison. Sison has slandered Scalice as a CIA agent in response to his lecture detailing the CPP’s support for the fascistic Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and explaining its roots in the reactionary politics of Stalinism.

Indonesian workers continue to protest pro-big business “omnibus law”

By Ben McGrath, 14 October 2020

Protesters against the new legislation have faced police repression while the unions work to divert workers’ anger into political dead-ends.

Dr. Joseph Scalice discusses the significance of the fight against Stalinism with the members of Sri Lankan SEP

By Our correspondents, 12 October 2020

Scalice’s guest lecture to members of Sri Lankan SEP is important for their struggle to build the Trotskyist movement in South Asia and fight against Stalinist betrayals.

Indonesian workers strike against new, pro-business legislation

By Ben McGrath, 9 October 2020

The bill, pushed through parliament on Monday, is a significant attack on workers’ conditions and livelihoods.

CPP founder Sison recycles anti-Trotskyist lies of Ho Chi Minh

By Peter Symonds, 8 October 2020

Sison is making absolutely clear that the political line and perspective of the Communist Party of the Philippines derives not from Marxism but its falsifiers—Stalin, Mao Zedong and their followers.

More statements from Australian workers giving support to Dr. Joseph Scalice

By Our reporters, 7 October 2020

“The betrayal of SYRIZA in Greece directly led to the growth of Golden Dawn and in the Philippines the CPP has actively cradled the growth of Duterte and fascistic forces.”

Statements in defence of Dr. Joseph Scalice against Stalinist lies

By Our reporters, 5 October 2020

“I want to admonish as many people as I can to believe in Dr. Joseph Scalice. We must not waver in supporting him against the likes of Sison…”

SEP and IYSSE meetings in Australia resolve to defend Dr. Scalice from Philippine Stalinist attacks

By Our reporters, 2 October 2020

“Scalice has helped clarify one of the big issues facing our generation: Stalinism. Through his scholarship, he has shown that Stalinism is the antithesis of Marxism and communism.”

Letters from the Philippines and Australia defend Dr. Joseph Scalice’s “meticulous and painstaking research”

By Our reporters, 1 October 2020

We urge readers to send statements in support of historian Dr. Scalice, who has been slandered as a “CIA agent” for his exposure of the reactionary politics of Maoism in the Philippines.

Historian Joseph Scalice responds to Stalinist Sison’s foul imagery

By Joseph Scalice, 30 September 2020

The bestial depiction of Leon Trotsky has its origins in the anti-semitism of the far right—a vicious heritage that Stalin embraced.

“The fight here is not just to defend Dr. Scalice’s works but to oppose continuing historical revisionism”

More letters from the Philippines defending Dr. Joseph Scalice against libellous allegations by Communist Party founder Sison

By Our reporters, 29 September 2020

We urge readers to send us statements in support of historian Dr. Scalice, who has been slandered as a “CIA agent” for his exposure of the reactionary politics of Maoism.

Seventy-five years since the Stalinist murder of Vietnamese Trotskyist leader Ta Thu Thau

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2020

The leader of a Trotskyist group in Saigon, which had a sizeable following in the working class, was executed on the orders of the leadership of the Vietnamese Communist Party.

US Congress threatens to cut funding for Philippines police and military

By Tom Peters, 26 September 2020

Congressional Democrats are attempting to establish a more pliant regime in the Philippines to join the US build-up to war against China.

Educators must defend historian Joseph Scalice from Stalinist attacks

By The Committee for Public Education, 26 September 2020

“The defence of Scalice and academic freedom is inseparably connected to the broader issues facing educators.”

Stalinist leader Sison “is desperate to prevent Filipino workers from learning their own history”

More letters from the US, Philippines, Australia, India supporting Dr. Joseph Scalice

By our reporters, 25 September 2020

“Scalice’s work is the best sort of history. Its objectivity is derived precisely in its dedication to its subject, the Filipino working class.”

Forty-eight years since Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines

By John Malvar, 23 September 2020

The Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines played a key role in suppressing opposition to Ferdinand Marcos’ imposition of martial law in 1972, by subordinating the mass movement of workers and youth to rival factions of the bourgeoisie.

Philippine Maoist leader Sison seeks alliance with military against Duterte

By Tom Peters, 22 September 2020

The Communist Party of the Philippines and its allied organisations are seeking to corral mass opposition to fascistic President Rodrigo Duterte behind Vice-President Leni Robredo and pro-US factions of the military.

Australian and Sri Lankan academics defend Dr Joseph Scalice from Philippine Stalinist attacks

By our reporters, 21 September 2020

“Attacks like that of Jose Maria Sison on Dr. Joseph Scalice are reminiscent of the worst days of Stalin’s iniquitous regime.”

Tens of thousands of Thai protesters call for a new constitution

By Owen Howell, 21 September 2020

An estimated 50,000 people gathered at Bangkok’s Thammasat University on Saturday night, with some protest leaders urging a general strike.

Political crisis in the Philippines intensifies

By John Malvar, 19 September 2020

With the support of the Stalinists, sections of the military and business elite are coalescing around Vice-President Leni Robredo, as a possible replacement for President Rodrigo Duterte.

SEP (Sri Lanka) condemns Philippines Maoist party’s slanders against historian Joseph Scalice

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 18 September 2020

Sri Lanka is one of the countries, like the Philippines, where groups following Maoism brought one disaster after another to workers, young people and rural poor.

Letters from Australia, the US and New Zealand defending Philippine historian Dr. Joseph Scalice

By our reporters, 17 September 2020

The Communist Party of the Philippines “is scapegoating an historian for having the principles and courage to tell the truth to the whole world about the anti-democratic and anti-working class role of the Stalinists.”

More statements defending Dr. Joseph Scalice against Stalinist attacks

By our reporters, 15 September 2020

“The clarification of the role of the CPP will be a valuable contribution to the struggle against Stalinism and Maoism throughout Southeast Asia.”

Dramatic spike in Philippines’ coronavirus death toll

By Owen Howell, 15 September 2020

The official death toll reached 4,371 on Saturday, but the record of incorrect figures suggests that the real total could be much higher.

Stalinist leader Joma Sison doubles down on Big Lie that the CPP never supported Philippine President Duterte

By Tom Peters, 15 September 2020

Jose Maria Sison has not even attempted to refute the evidence presented by Dr. Joseph Scalice that the Communist Party of the Philippines supported the fascistic president Rodrigo Duterte in 2015-2016.

WSWS publishes Chinese translation of Dr. Joseph Scalice’s lecture exposing the betrayals of the Communist Party of the Philippines

By Tom Peters, 15 September 2020

Dr. Scalice’s exposure of Maoism, from the standpoint of genuine socialism, will help readers understand why so many revolutionary opportunities in Asia throughout the twentieth century resulted in defeats for the working class.

CPP founder Sison regurgitates Stalinist lies about Trotskyism

By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2020

Sison’s second interview, defending his politically bankrupt “semi-colonial, semi-feudal” thesis, is a desperate bid to stem the haemorrhaging of support for the Communist Party of the Philippines, and to suppress any questioning in its ranks.

World Socialist Web Site interviews historian Dr. Joseph Scalice

10 September 2020

In a detailed and engaging interview, Dr. Scalice answers the slanders of the Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison.

West Bengal administrative workers strike; Maharashtra nurses hold state-wide protests; private sector nurses strike in New Zealand

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5 September 2020

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CPP founder Jose Maria Sison slanders historian Joseph Scalice for “red-tagging”

By Peter Symonds, 4 September 2020

By falsely and libellously accusing Scalice of being an informer for Duterte’s death squads, Sison is not only engaged in verbal thuggery, but in threats of physical violence.

Statements of support for historian Joseph Scalice from Australia and New Zealand

By our correspondents, 3 September 2020

We call on our readers to come to the defence of Scalice by sending statements of support to the WSWS opposing the slanderous attack on him by the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Edited transcript of Joseph Scalice’s lecture on CPP

First as Tragedy, Second as Farce: Marcos, Duterte and the Communist Parties of the Philippines

By Joseph Scalice, 1 September 2020

On August 26, Dr. Joseph Scalice delivered this lecture at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on the support given by the Communist Party of the Philippines, and the various organizations that follow its political line, for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.

Statements of support from Sri Lanka for Joseph Scalice

By our correspondents, 31 August 2020

We call on our readers to come to the defence of Scalice by sending statements of support to the WSWS opposing the slanderous attack on him by the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Significant support for Joseph Scalice’s lecture on the Communist Party of the Philippines

By our correspondent, 29 August 2020

Overwhelmingly the comments and posts on social media have been supportive of the lecture and opposed to the slanderous attacks of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison on Scalice.

Australian media stokes fears over Papua New Guinea-China links

By John Braddock, 27 August 2020

The Australian media is working hand-in-hand with the government to undermine China’s presence in its former colonial possession.

Watch: Lecture exposes role of Communist Party of the Philippines in propping up Duterte regime

27 August 2020

The lecture is a devastating exposure of the duplicitous role of the Communist Party of the Philippines, its founder and “theoretician” Jose Maria Sison and of the bankrupt perspective of Stalinism and Maoism on which they are based.

Thai protest movement spreads across country’s northeast

By Owen Howell, 25 August 2020

Despite last week’s arrests of prominent student leaders, the protests are growing unabated around the country in the lead-up to a major rally planned in September.

Support historian Joseph Scalice against Stalinist slanders by CPP founder Jose Maria Sison!

By Peter Symonds, 24 August 2020

Communist Party of the Philippines founder Sison launched a menacing attack on Scalice, a respected authority on the history of the Philippine left, after the announcement of his lecture that will focus on the CPP’s record of betrayal.

Seven protest leaders in Thailand arrested by police

By Owen Howell, 22 August 2020

This week’s state crackdown on the student leadership of mass protests that have swept across the country reveals the Thai ruling elite’s fear of a broader movement.

August 26 online lecture: “First as tragedy, second as farce: Marcos, Duterte, and the Communist Parties of the Philippines.”

Philippine Stalinists slander academic Joseph Scalice ahead of August 26 lecture

21 August 2020

Scalice, a postdoctoral researcher at Nanyang Technological University, will deliver his online lecture at 3 p.m. Singapore time (same time in Philippines, 3 a.m. New York, 9 a.m. Berlin, 12:30 p.m. Colombo, 5 p.m. Sydney)

Journalists in Malaysia persecuted for exposing treatment of migrant workers

By Owen Howell, 15 August 2020

The government’s investigation into seven Al Jazeera journalists, including a police raid of their offices, is part of a broader crackdown on press freedom.

Former Malaysian prime minister’s conviction deepens political crisis

By John Roberts, 14 August 2020

The Najib conviction is a clear sign that the entire edifice centred on UMNO on which the ruling class has relied for decades is falling apart, opening up the prospect of further political upheavals.

Philippines not to join wargames in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 11 August 2020

Duterte’s announcement that the Philippines will not participate in US naval exercises in the disputed waters comes amid a dramatic escalation of Washington’s preparations for war with China.

Indonesian economy contracts for first time in over two decades

By Owen Howell, 11 August 2020

As the economic crisis in Indonesia escalates, threatening social upheavals, the government’s efforts to reopen the country are growing more desperate.

Rising popular anger over Nepali government’s response to COVID-19

By Rohantha De Silva, 10 August 2020

The Kathmandu government has reacted to youth protests over its failure to contain the coronavirus pandemic by arresting demonstrators.

Indian railway and Sri Lankan port workers oppose privatisation; Australian supermarket warehouse employees stop work over COVID-19 infection

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

8 August 2020

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Stricter lockdown reimposed in Philippines as cases top 100,000

By Joseph Santolan, 4 August 2020

The Duterte administration has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with authoritarianism and anti-scientific nonsense.

Vietnam struggles to contain rapid resurgence of COVID-19

By Owen Howell, 3 August 2020

After three months of no confirmed cases, Vietnam is witnessing a nationwide spread of the virus due to a new outbreak in the city of Da Nang.

105 Philippines COVID-19 update

3 August 2020

Vote for SEP candidates in the Sri Lankan national elections! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and socialist internationalism!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 3 August 2020

The SEP is the only party in the elections advancing an international socialist program to fight the crisis created by COVID-19, defend democratic rights and oppose imperialist war.

Indonesia passes 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

By Owen Howell, 30 July 2020

While case numbers and fatalities surge, the Widodo administration is nevertheless pushing on with an increasingly aggressive economic reopening.

Indonesia records over 1,000 COVID-19 cases every day for three weeks

By Owen Howell, 14 July 2020

The government’s aggressive back-to-work policy has accelerated the spread of the virus.

Duterte signs draconian anti-terrorism law in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 8 July 2020

The new law authorizes surveillance and arrests without warrant of anyone the administration terms ‘a terrorist’

More than 170 killed in accident at Myanmar jade mine

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 July 2020

The disaster has highlighted the perilous conditions confronting oppressed miners in the industry, which provides large profits to sections of the country’s military-dominated regime.