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Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte leaning towards China - why?

Written by Daniel Morley Thursday, 24 November 2016
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Duterte -_Public_Domain_httpscommons.wikimedia.org--wiki--CategoryCOLONRodrigo_DuterteI announce my separation from the United States… I have realigned myself in your [China’s] ideological flow… I will be dependent on you for all time.” “I will not go to America any more. We will just be insulted there. So time to say goodbye my friend.” “There are three of us against the world - China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way.” Rodrigo Duterte, new President of the Philippines, on his recent trip to China.

 

Taiwan: Government cuts to workers’ holidays and indication of what is to come

Written by Parson Young Wednesday, 23 November 2016
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Tsai Ing-Wen_-_CSIS--Flickr_www.flickr.com--photos--csis_er--17840523584In an unsurprising turn of events in Taiwan, the new government led by the bourgeois Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has begun its assault on the working class, by continuing the previous KMT administration’s policy of lengthening the working hours by cutting holidays, and refusing to legislate for a full two day weekend.

 

Kashmir: Four months of a mass uprising

Written by Adam Pal Friday, 11 November 2016
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Kashmir revolt 2016 - Public Domain en.wikipedia.org--wiki--2016 Kashmir unrestThe past four months have seen a movement, which has been unprecedented in the history of Kashmir. Nearly 100 people have been killed by the ruthless repression of Indian armed forces while 17,000 people, including women and children, have been injured. A large number of the dead and injured have been youngsters, some less than twelve years old. The pellet guns used by security forces have damaged the faces of 1600 people and more than 1100 people have partially or lost their eyesight completely. In many aspects, this has become the biggest uprising in Kashmir's history.

   

Crisis in the Park regime in South Korea

Written by Rasmus Jeppesen Monday, 07 November 2016
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protest 200000 - facebook.com--kctuengOn Saturday more than 200,000  people took to the streets in South Korea calling for President Park Geun-hye to step down. This latest protest, was the biggest for several years and it highlights the deep crisis of the Park government.

 

Pakistan: Fire at Ship breaking yard, 200 deaths feared

Written by Worker Nama Friday, 04 November 2016
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14925272 630583597103520 6993583954050303152 nGaddani is one of the largest Ship Breaking Yards in the World. Located near the industrial city of Hub in Balochistan, bordering Karachi, it supplies twenty five percent of the steel demand of the country.

   

Pakistan: How to fight Terrorism?

Written by Adam Pal Thursday, 27 October 2016
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Balochistan - Public DomainOn Monday night once again blood flowed in Quetta. At least 61 were killed and 117 wounded, many of them in a critical condition, when terrorists attacked a police training college in Quetta. Around 9:30 in the evening three terrorists entered the college where 700 trainees were present. They entered one of the hostels rounded up and then killed trainee cadets in the building.

 

“Rise Up Tamils!” Demonstration Puts Tamil National Question Back on the Agenda

Written by Sinthujha Kumarasamy and Ted Sprague Thursday, 20 October 2016
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Sri Lanka-CIA WFB MapThe recent rally in Jaffna, a Tamil populated capital in the Northern province of Sri Lanka, under the banner “Ezhuka Tamil” (Rise Up Tamils!) has once again posed the question of Tamil self-determination to the fore since the bloody defeat of Tamil Tigers 7 years ago. This demonstration is an indicator of swelling discontent among the Tamil minorities. Despite Sri Lankan State’s victory over the armed separatist Tigers the national question has not been solved in Sri Lanka and the misery of the Tamil population in the North and Eastern provinces have only worsened.

   

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