Malaysia: Socialist parliamentarians declare assets

Press Statement by Socialist Party of Malaysia
March 23, 2011 -- This morning, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) once again proved why they are different compared to the other political parties in the country. This morning, for the third year since Tsunami 2008, they once again declared their assets in front of RAs, media and the public.
PSM elected member of Parliament Dr. Jeyakumar, PSM National Chairperson as well as Kota Damansara State Assemblyman, Dr. Nasir Hashim as well as PSM’s remaining two councilors Secretary General S.Arutchelvan and Treasurer A.Sivarajan all declared their assets in way of reading their statutory declarations (sd). The Sd’s were also made available for the media to take back.

India: Mining company brands indigenous opponents 'terrorists'

From Mines and Communities.
March 22, 2011 -- An extremely serious allegation has been made against UK-listed Vedanta Resources plc.
The company is accused of sponsoring a briefing to para-militaries, employed to "safeguard" its aluminium operations in Orissa, where they were told to regard local, indigenous, opponents to the company as being "terrorists".
Note: In order to protect the security of the seasoned, Orissa-based, investigative journalist who sent us this report, we have withheld their identity.

Japan: Anti-nuclear movement gears up

[Anti-nuclear protest, Tokyo, March 20.]
By Alexander Brown, Green Left Weekly
March 27, 2011 -- On March 20, 1500 people marched in Tokyo opposing nuclear power in the aftermath of the nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima that followed the devastating March 9 earthquake.
Protesters also opposed the imposition of fiscal austerity by the government in the face of the earthquake disaster.
Activists have also staged speak-outs at the offices of Tokyo Electric, which runs the Fukushima plants, and government offices.

Jailed Burmese refugees: ‘We came here for freedom’

[Rohingya refugee mother and child in a refugee camp near the border of Bangladesh and Burma.]
By Emma Murphy, Darwin, Green Left Weekly
March 27, 2011 -- Two days after staging a rooftop protest, Burmese Rohingyan refugees inside the Northern Immigration Detention Centre (NIDC), received a notice on March 17 from the immigration department.
“Your concerns about the delays in finalising cases are understandable,” it said.
“New streamlined processes have recently been developed for security checking so that the checks will be completed much faster. This means that for most cases, security checking for people whose refugee claims have now been accepted will be completed progressively by the end of April.”

Sth Korea: Migrant unionist fights visa cancellation, deportation

By Roddy Quines, Seoul
March 27, 2011 -- Migrant Trade Union (MTU) president Michel Catuira is facing visa cancelation and possible deportation from South Korea.
On February 10, the Korean Immigration Service issued a number of measures against Catuira. These included the cancellation of his visa and a departure order to leave the country by March 7. It also threatened him with forcible deportation to his home country of the Philippines.

Philippines: Muslims protest Libya bombing

[Protest in Manila against the bombing of Libya. Photo by Tony Iltis.]
By Tony Iltis, Manila,
Green Left Weekly
March 27, 2011 -- On March 25, much of the community in Maharlika Village in Manila turned out after Friday prayers to protest against the Western powers’ military attacks against Libya.
Maharlika Village is a predominantly Moro community in Taguig City, in the south-east of Metro Manila. The protest was organised by the local council, community leaders, religious leaders from the community’s 16 mosques, the Bangsamoro Solidarity Movement and the Anak Mindanao Party (Amin).

Afghanistan: US ‘kill team’ horror

By Raul Connolly, Green Left Weekly
March 27, 2011 -- “Commanders in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for possible riots and public fury triggered by the publication of ‘trophy’ photographs of US soldiers posing with the dead bodies of defenceless Afghan civilians they killed”, the British Guardian.

Australia's role in Japan’s nuclear fiasco

[Scanned for radiation: a temporary scanning centre for residents living close to the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, March 16.]
By Jim Green, Green Left Weekly
March 20, 2011 -- There's every likelihood that radioactive by-products of Australian uranium have spewed into the atmosphere from the nuclear reactor plant at Fukushima in Japan.
BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto export uranium from Australia to Japanese nuclear company TEPCO from the Olympic Dam and Ranger mines.
Despite being a major uranium supplier to Japan, Australia has turned a blind eye to serious, protracted problems with Japan's nuclear industry. It is time for a more responsible approach.

Pakistan: US strike slaughters dozens

By Raul Connolly, Green Left Weekly
March 20, 2011 -- “Pakistan has demanded an apology and explanation from the United States over a drone strike in a tribal region, which officials said killed 35 people,” ABC.net.au said on March 18.

Indonesia: Corrupt neoliberalism no ‘transition model’

[Jakarta protest for free education and health care.]
By Peter Boyle, Green Left Weekly
March 20, 2011 -- Progressive Indonesian website Berdikari Online said in a March 14 editorial that the recent US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks exposing the corruption of the Indonesian government confirmed what most Indonesians already knew.
However, it said the leaks have further delegitimised the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.