National Sections of the L5I:

South-Asia

Bangladesh: street battles push Awami League one step closer to power – but is it a real alternative for the working class and poor?

Over the last few months Bangladesh has experienced serious political unrest, with a nationwide general strike culminating in a huge street blockade of the capital Dhakar. This was organised by the coalition led by the main opposition party, the Awami League (AL). The aim was to postpone the upcoming elections, create a new voter list and install a new electoral commission. These mass mobilisations were met not only with violent police repression but also by a counter-mobilisation by its main rival the Bangladeshi national Party (BNP) which had been in power from 2001 until last year before it gave way, as the constitution demanded, to an interim government tasked with preparing the elections. Read more...

Nepal: revolution stalled

On 2 June, tens of thousands of people attended a Maoist (CPN-ML) rally in the capital of Nepal Kathmandu. They were there to protest the stalling of the revolutionary movement that saw the ending of the King’s rule in April. Read more...

The revolution in Nepal has reached a critical moment

Statement of the International Secretariat, League for the Fifth International

In direct defiance of the King’s daytime curfew and a shoot-to-kill order, a tidal wave of workers, peasants and youth is flowing into the capital Kathmandu. Hundreds of thousands, many carrying the red flags of the Communist Party, are singing and chanting slogans for an end to the absolute monarchy of King Gyanendra, for a republic and an elected Constituent Assembly. Read more...

Afghanistan: Blair’s second front

Britain has deployed 3,000 troops in southern Afghanistan, for a three year stint, at a cost of £1 billion. Tony Blair, who famously said about Iraq that the price in British lives was “worth paying”, is again asking working class 22 year-olds to stump up the “blood price”. Read more...

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...