Emergency in Pakistan - masses will answer by preparing Revolution

There is much talk in the media about the various factors that have led General Musharaff to impose an Emergency in Pakistan. One very important factor that they all seem to conveniently ignore is the rising mood of trade union and working class militancy. This is taking place as the Pakistani economy plunges into the deepest crisis in its history. The scene is being prepared for an almighty workers' backlash.

The 18th Brumaire of Pervez Musharraf

On Saturday November 3 President Pervez Musharraf declared virtual martial law, imposing a state of emergency throughout Pakistan, suspending the Constitution and replacing superior courts. This amounts to his second coup d’etat after he seized power in October 12, 1999. It is a desperate move that underlines the extremely unstable nature of the regime, which is losing support by the day.

Pakistan: The oppressed awaken from their slumber – sabotage won’t stop them

The multi-million reception for Benzir Bhutto last week, and the subsequent terrorist bomb attack, revealed more clearly in one day all the deep contradictions of Pakistani society than anything else could have. The hopes and aspirations of the masses have been aroused, and they want solutions to their problems. No matter what happens in the days, weeks, and months to come, revolutionary storms loom large on the horizon.

Three Million Receive Benazir Bhutto - the legacy of 1968-69 continues

We have just received this report from the Pakistani Marxists who intervened massively in the welcoming rally to receive Benazir Bhutto. Their ideas connected with many people on the rally. Unfortunately all this was cut across by the suicide bombings. The comrades turned their attention to helping the wounded. On Monday we will be publishing a lengthier analysis.

Afghanistan: Canada’s Degenerating War

As winter comes to an end in Afghanistan, so too does the lull in the fighting that came with it. Canadian casualties begin to bring the grim reality of war into the consciousness of the working-class. Just as the war in Iraq is dominating the US political landscape, the Afghan war is becoming the central issue for Canadian politics. It becomes more and more clear that Canadian imperialism and NATO are fighting an un-winnable war. The events in this far-away country will have a massive impact on the sleepy world of Canadian politics.

The Haditha massacre: “Democracy assassinated the family that was here”

"Democracy assassinated the family that was here". Those are the words graffitied on the house of one of the families massacred by US soldiers in Haditha on 19 Nov. 2005 - biting words that accurately reflect the bitter resentment of the Iraqi people at the occupation of their country. Undoubtedly, many Iraqis adopted a wait and see approach, even if through gritted teeth, as US and British forces began the assault on their country. No one was prepared to defend the regime of Saddam Hussein. Just a few years later, the Iraqi people have not received anything promised to them by the forces of occupation. The massacre at Haditha may well be the event that turns the tide against the occupation and eventually drives the imperialists out of Iraq.

Rioting in Afghanistan highlights contradictions facing US imperialism

The ongoing occupation of Iraq has overshadowed what US imperialism is doing in war torn Afghanistan, but the rioting that broke out in Kabul on May 29 has brought to the attention of people around the world what is really happening there.

Where is China Going? - Part three

The march towards capitalism is not a simple straightforward process. There are opposition voices within the bureaucracy, but more importantly capitalist development has created a massive working class and this is now being expressed in the growing level of strikes.

Where is China Going? - Part two

State planning has broken down in China, but the state still plays a key role in providing capital investment and in nurturing major Chinese corporations whose role is to compete with the foreign multinationals and guarantee that important economic interests remain in Chinese hands.

Where is China Going? - Part one

Nearly thirty years have passed since Deng first introduced his “market reforms”. What started as an attempt to stimulate growth within a planned economy has ended up by establishing capitalist relations in the Chinese economy. How did all this happen and where is China going today?
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