As the annual date of the State of the Nation Address of President Macapagal
Arroyo (GMA) was approaching, a group of 296 soldiers staged on July 27 a siege
of the Oakwood Premier luxury hotel at the Ayala Center in Makati, a financial
district of Metro Manila. Based on their own statements, as reported on Tv and
radio, they were asking the entire administration to resign.
Felix Zorba looks at the peace talks taking place bewteen some of the armed left parties in the Philippines and compares the behaviour of these parties with that of the Bolsheviks at Brest Litovsk in 1918. He explains the dangers involved in trying to achieve partial, or even regional, deals when the only lasting solution to the problems of the working masses is the socialist revolution.
Sri Lanka was one of the countries worst affected by the tsunami disaster. The government is now trying to exploit the situation to its advantage, but the huge wave that struck the country has brought out many contradictions and prepared to further destabilise an already very unstable regime.