Articles tagged “South Asia”

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Historic Two Day Strike Paralyzes India. February 21, 2013

Summary: In India, 20-21 February 2013, 100 million workers, represented by 11 trade unions and federations, participated in a 48-hour strike, called to protest the anti-labor policies of the “center-left,” United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. In some sectors of the Indian economy, such as ordinance, petroleum, finance and telecoms, the strike was almost 100% solid. Significantly, for the first time since the Independence of India in 1948, unions affiliated to different political parties came together for the protest, including the Indian National Trade Union Congress, which is affiliated to the Congress Party – the largest party of the UPA Coalition.

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Summary:  Malala Yousafzai, 14-year-old socialist and campaigner for girls’ education, has now been flown to Britain for hospital treatment, following her attempted murder by the Pakistan Taliban. Bill Weinberg considers the mixed response of the “anti-imperialist” US Left. Originally appeared in World War 4 Report – Editors

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The present essay has been written with the object of examining the ongoing war-like situation between the Indian State and the CPI (Maoist) [henceforth referred to as the ‘Maoists’]. We ought, therefore, to begin our discussion with a description of this war-like situation.

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As the U.S./NATO war and occupation enters its tenth year, the conflict in Afghanistan is in fact deepening. The long-suffering Afghan people have experienced war for most of the last 30 years, ever since the USSR invaded to prop up a pro-Russian regime and the U.S., Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia responded by supporting Islamist reactionaries.

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This year, we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Marx’s 1882 Preface to the COMMUNIST MANIFESTO, co-authored by Engels, in which he espouses an alternate road toward communism for Russia, one based upon agricultural Russia’s village communes, and different from that outlined in CAPITAL, Vol. I for Western Europe.

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