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Electoral disaster for Indian Left: What is to be done? Part One

Written by Major Singh, Hamid Alizadeh and Fred Weston Monday, 28 July 2014
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india-communism-thIndia has seen two very powerful general strikes in the past two years, revealing a sharp class polarisation in the country, and yet we have the disastrous result in the recent Indian elections for the Communist and left parties. This apparent contradiction has brought into sharp focus the role of the leaders of these parties and their total inability to offer a way out of the impasse they themselves have been responsible for creating.

 

Kashmir Regional Congress of the IMT

Written by Yasir Irshad Thursday, 17 July 2014
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kashmir2-thIn spite of growing political apathy in society, a huge participation was observed in the congress of Marxists in Kashmir. More than 400 comrades and sympathisers from across Kashmir gathered in Rawalakot on 28th June to attend a one-day regional congress.

 

Indonesia: The 2014 Election and the Lesser Evil

Written by Ted Sprague Tuesday, 08 July 2014
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indonesia-elections-thThe upcoming presidential election in Indonesia (July 9th) has become much more interesting with the formal entrance of Jokowi as one of the presidential candidates. For more than a year the rumour mill was running non-stop as to whether or not Jokowi would throw his hat into the race.

   

Pakistan: A country at war with itself

Written by Lal Khan Friday, 27 June 2014
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karachi-attack-thAt dawn on Sunday, June 15 the Pakistan government gave the green signal to over 30,000 ground troops, backed by air force jets, to move into action in North Waziristan. This is the beginning of a long talked about and expected military operation against the many and numerous Islamic terrorist outfits that have been wreaking havoc throughout the country for almost two decades. The terrorist attack at the Karachi Airport in the preceding week seems to have been the final straw.

 

India and Pakistan: Trapped in the duplicitous history of the two ruling classes

Written by Lal Khan Tuesday, 17 June 2014
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modi-sharif-thEver since the reactionary and bloody partition of the South Asian subcontinent in 1947, any major incident, whether it be a terrorist outrage, a colossal accident or natural disaster on either side of the Radcliff line that divides the South Asian subcontinent, the drums of blame immediately start beating in full glare with fingers pointing across the other side of the border.

   

Pakistan John McDonnell MP issues Early Day Motion in support of PTCL workers

Written by In Defence of Marxism Tuesday, 17 June 2014
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As we reported last week, John McDonnell MP was planning to issue an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons regarding the campaign against privatisation of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd. We are pleased to produce the text for our readers. The aim of the Early Day Motion is to highlight the issue and to gather support from other Members of Parliament as a means of putting pressure on the British and Pakistani governments. (June 22, 2005)

 

Pakistan: Budgeting a crumbling economy

Written by Lal Khan Tuesday, 10 June 2014
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Gone are the days when on Budget Day almost everything came to a halt on the streets, with people glued to the TV screens or radio sets in anticipation of some major concession for the working masses. After all in those days the budgets did matter. Now that is a bygone era and the masses having little interest in what is being said or are in no mood to be continuously duped by the sermons of these false prophets. Ironically what interest them more than the monotonous theatrics of a budget speech are ‘fixed’ cricket matches. Despite the working masses being written off by the ruling elite, analysts and the intelligentsia, do their instincts not hit upon the brutal reality behind these political facades?

   

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