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Thailand: A challenge to the military dictatorship?

After 5 years of Constitutional wrangling, the military junta that seized power in Thailand in 2014 organised a parliamentary election earlier this year, which resulted in a surprise showing for a new party “Future Forward”.  This week’s sacking of the King’s “consort” and six senior palace officials accused of “extremely evil conduct” and “disloyalty” indicate problems developing within the ruling ...

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Hong Kong: Robbery at Socialist Action’s office

Urgent appeal for financial solidarity chinaworker.info reporters Socialist Action, the supporters of the CWI in Hong Kong, suffered a burglary at their Hong Kong office in the early hours of 17 October. Six computers, mobile phones, three credit cards and personal artifacts belonging to staff members were stolen. Totally over 20,000 Hong Kong dollars in cash and credit card theft ...

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Trade war: Will the US-China ‘truce’ hold?

This is an edited excerpt of a longer article on chinaworker.info Although China and the US reached a temporary trade agreement in Washington on October 11, this does not mark a cessation of the conflict between the two imperialist powers which has raged for 16 months. The deal reached, which postpones proposed US tariff increases to 30 percent, in return for ...

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Hong Kong: Emergency repressive law passed

Statement from Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) – exerpt from leaflet. More commentary and analysis to follow. The new law to ban face masks is a fundamental attack on the democratic right to protest and a serious escalation of the repressive power of the authoritarian state in Hong Hong. It is of course also tactical by Carrie Lam’s government, ...

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Hong Kong: Go to the streets on October 1st!

Demonstrations should not require police approval – Export the Hong Kong revolution to China! Leaflet issued by Socialist Action in Hong Kong After almost four months of this historic mass struggle, Hong Kong has become a city under police rule. The CCP (so-called ‘Communist’) dictatorship fears that the democratic movement will spread to the mainland and challenge its hold on ...

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Is the US behind Hong Kong’s protest movement?

Chinese regime’s propaganda is riddled with contradictions Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info Since Hong Kong’s mass revolt erupted in June, the Chinese dictatorship (CCP) has pumped out propaganda about a ‘colour revolution’ fomented by the US and other western actors. This is straight from the CCP playbook. The aim is to mobilise nationalist sentiment to support state repression while at the same ...

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Afghanistan: 18 years of war – still far from peace

  Per Ollson, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna, CWI Sweden After nearly 18 years of devastating war in Afghanistan, the US government has concluded a preliminary settlement with the Taliban which, as a first step, will mean sending home 5,400 US soldiers within 135 days. In exchange, the Taliban is said to have promised that Afghanistan would not become a haven for terrorists. ...

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Hong Kong CWI member Nathan Leung victimised by banking giant HSBC

Sacked after participating in September general strike Socialist Action reporters in Hong Kong Hong Kong is facing wave of corporate ‘white terror’ – dismissals, spying and intimidation – against workers and trade unionists that voice support for the mass protest movement. Nathan Leung Lai Pong, a member of Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) and an outsourced worker at HSBC, was dismissed ...

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Hong Kong: China’s Ultra-Repressive Agenda Is Fomenting Revolution

Police violence dictated from above fuels unprecedented mass anger Dikang, chinaworker.info This is the first of a two-part feature article The political crisis in Hong Kong has taken a new sharp turn. On September 4, the government made an apparent u-turn with Chief Executive Carrie Lam announcing the formal withdrawal of the hated extradition law. This is a step she ...

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Japan & South Korea: Trade war tensions escalate

The ongoing trade war between Japan and South Korea has heightened with the decision by the South Korean government to sever their military intelligence cooperation with Japan. James Clement, Socialist Alternative (CWI publication in England & Wales) The trade war itself began when Japan removed South Korea from its ‘white list’ of 27 countries who have preferential access to exports; ...

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