Malaysian socialists: No to Australia's outsourcing of the violation of refugee rights to Malaysia

May 12, 2011 -- The Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) denounces the recent agreement made between the governments of Malaysia and Australia, whereby Australia will send 800 asylum seekers who have been detained by Australian authorities to Malaysia in exchange for 4000 refugees currently in Malaysia.

Socialist Party of Malaysia: grassroots party

[S Arutchelvan.]
May 11, 2011, Free Malaysia Today -- Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) is a vibrant but low-key political party that gives more attention to grassroots work than brawling in the national political arena.
“We prefer working with the grassroots as that is where we derive our strength from,” said its secretary-general, S Arutchelvan. “Maybe that is why we are not really good at giving political speeches.”
In an interview at the party’s modest office in Brickfields, Arutchelvan gave FMT a brief history of Malaysian socialist groups since the 1970s and the formation of PSM.

Malaysian Bar Council: Refugees are not commodities to be traded

[The following statement was issued by the Malaysian Bar Council on May 9.]
The Malaysian Bar is opposed to the recently-announced arrangement agreed to between the Governments of Malaysia and Australia. As we understand the arrangement, Australia will send to Malaysia 800 asylum seekers who have been detained by the Australian authorities. In return, Australia commits itself to accepting for resettlement 4,000 refugees currently in Malaysia, over a period of four years.

Feelings of revenge will not end with Osama’s death - The Left view from Pakistan

[Farooq Tariq.]
By Farooq Tariq, Labour Party Pakistan
May 7, 2011 -- In the first four days after Osama Bin Laden’s assassination, the mass reaction in Pakistan is very mixed. In Punjab there is a general sympathy towards Asama, however not many are expressing it openly. In Sindh, the responses differ in different cities. For example, in Karachi there is more active commiseration for Osama and condemnation of the American attack.
Surprisingly, not much happened in Khaiber Pakhtoonkhawa, where Osama was killed. Similarly Baluchistan responded meekly against the killings. However the reaction against the attack on the compound in Abbot Abad is growing wider and it will spread to other areas. Many religious fundamentalists fled Afghanistan and took refuge in Baluchistan and Khaiber Pakhtoonkhawa. They ruled those provinces from 2002 to 2008.

Osama bin Laden is dead – but US imperialism’s worldwide war lives on

By the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation
May 7, 2011, ML International Newsletter -- The US has proclaimed its success in its decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, culminating in the killing of bin Laden by US military operatives in a house in Abbotabad in Pakistan. As the televised triumphalism and images of hyper-nationalist celebrations in the US fade, however, Washington's heroic narrative is being subjected to uncomfortable questions.

Thailand: Lèse majesté, the monarchy and the military

[Giles Ji Ungpakorn.]
By Giles Ji Ungpakorn, Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
Paper given to Pax et Bellum, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, University of Uppsala, Sweden
April 29, 2011 -- There is a common thread running through the political crisis in Thailand and the regional political crises that exploded earlier this year in the Middle East. In Thailand, Egypt, Tunisia and many other “developing nations”, societies had been rapidly urbanising and changing over the last 30-40 years. Yet the ruling elites and the power structures which dominatethese societies, have not changed.

Malaysia: Arrests at May Day march


About 400 people gathered to celebrate May Day this morning despite the arrest of at least 20 protesters, including an MP and the Malaysian Socialist Party's secreatary-general.

UN complicit in Sri Lanka genocide

[Hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians were forced into concentration camps during the Sri Lankan Army’s attack in 2009.]
By Sam Pari
April 30, 2011 -- Two years ago, a war without witness was executed by the state against the Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka.
In September 2008, after ordering all United Nations personnel, non-government organisations and media out of the Vanni region, the Sri Lankan government embarked on a vicious military campaign.

Japan: Thousands march against nuclear power

[Anti-nuclear protest in Tokyo, April 24. Image: PressTV.]
By Alexander Brown, Green Left Weekly
April 17, 2011 -- About 15,000 people attended the “No Nukes” protest in the central Tokyo district of Koenji on April 10.
The rally called for assistance to those affected by the March earthquake and tsunami disaster, and for an end to nuclear power. Organisers said more than 1.23 million yen (A$14,000) had been raised for those affected by the disaster.