National Sections of the L5I:

South-Asia

Indian Elections: shock result, same policies

Last month India was stunned by the shock defeat of the ruling Hindu nationalists – the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – in its general election. Just a few days later it was further rocked by the decision of the Congress Party leader, Sonia Gandhi, to refuse to become prime minister. This was in the face of anti-democratic and chauvinist protests against her Italian origins by the BJP. Read more...

Fourth World Social Forum in Mumbai

The fourth World Social Forum will open in Mumbai, India on 16th January. One month ahead 52,000 people from all continents had already registered to take part. Organisers expect that anything from 70,000 to 100,000 may actually take part in the forum. The shift to Asia in venue of the WSF presents the possibility for a huge involvement and integration of workers, poor peasants and popular organisations in the worldwide movement against global capitalism and imperialist war. An assembly of Youth will also take part at the forum as will a whole series of other meetings of campaigning bodies Read more...

Self determination for the people of Jammu-Kashmir

The threat of a terrible war between India and Pakistan – one that could go nuclear – shows that George Bush and Tony Blair’s post-September 11 attempt at ordering the world has achieved the exact op Read more...

No war over Kashmir!

Atal Behari Vajpai, the Hindu chauvinist Indian premier and Pakistani military dictator Pervez Musharraf are threatening the desperately poor peoples of the subcontinent with enormous suffering and destruction. Read more...

Kashmir: No to war, yes to self-determination!

The preparations for war between India and Pakistan dramatically confirm our view that the United States’ victory in Afghanistan has not stabilised the world political situation or finally ushered in the long predicted new world order. Read more...

The history of Afghanistan

Afghanistan is not simply a poor country. It is one of the most economically and socially backward, war ravaged, famine stricken and desperate places on earth. Yet the USA, the world’s biggest imperialist power, has launched a prolonged military onslaught on it. This can only add to the devastation which Soviet intervention, CIA sponsored civil war and the reactionary medievalists of the Taliban have so far achieved. Read more...

Stop the invasion of Afghanistan!

The US-led attack on Afghanistan is an atrocity. The war that Bush and Blair have unleashed from the comfort of Washington and Westminster will kill and maim thousands more innocent victims.

We have to be clear that in this war we want to see the imperialist coalition defeated, and that means supporting all Afghan military resistance against imperialism, including Taliban resistance. Why? Read more...

Who backed the Taliban?

The Taliban’s shock troops were the dispossessed youth of the refugee camps in Pakistan. But how did such a makeshift force win so many stunning victories in such a short time? Who backed the Taliban?

In the light of the west’s fulminations against the Taliban after 11 September the answer to this question will catch the unwary by surprise. The Taliban could not have won without the backing of the USA. Imperialism helped them to power and then kept them in power. Read more...