The Sri Lanka government is carrying out an undeclared war against the Tamil people. The government of Mahinda Rajapaksa has consistently breached the 2002 cease-fire agreement with the LTTE. The anti-war opposition has been put under extreme pressure.
The provisional balance sheet of 200 days of the Prodi government could not be more discouraging. ‘Deregulation’, withdrawal from Iraq according to “technical timetables” (the troops are still there), voting of war credits for the “peace mission” in Afghanistan, shipment of troops to the Lebanon, arms sales to ‘democratic’ China.
“Arise the poor of the world, stand up the slaves without bread, we advance united...” The last two months have produced a meeting of social consciousness and left politics, expressed in Correa’s triumph against oligarchy and neoliberalism
‘The anarchists won the elections.’ ‘The peasants have seized power.’ Or was it the Maoist Red Guards? These were some of the reactions once the results were known of the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands on 22 November.
In the run up to next year’s presidential elections, intense skirmishing is taking place to determine who will stand for the anti-neoliberal left.
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