National question

By Niel Wijethilake Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious country. Historians differ on how Sri Lanka became inhabited. It is also believed that the original inhabitants of Sri Lanka were Tamils. As an island it is natural for people to come and go in different streams and from different angles. In addition to the people in the country at that time, most of these people must have come from different parts of India. Some of these people may have been integrated with the wider society. As the distance between these…

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Whoever Wins, This Election Is Not the End of Trumpism

USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS Whoever Wins, This Election Is Not the End of Trumpism Sunday 8 November 2020, by Barry Eidlin Joe Biden and the Democrats have steadfastly refused to articulate a compelling alternative political vision to Donald Trump’s reactionary right-wing politics. Trump looks likely to have lost, but without creating an alternative to defeat it, Trumpism could return with a vengeance four years from now. The results are still being tallied, but the electoral contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is far tighter than polls had predicted. An estimated 160…

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We Fought Trump, Time to Fight Biden Too

At long last, it has been announced that Joe Biden has defeated Donald Trump for the presidency. While none of us will be sad to see Trump go, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are no friends to the working class and the oppressed.  After five days of Election Day, five days of counting votes, five days of CNN electoral maps, and five days of learning about every single county in Pennsylvania and Georgia, the United States has it’s newest imperialist in chief: Joe Biden. Some will celebrate Trump’s loss as…

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Biden Wins, but the Capitalist Crisis That Created Trumpism Is Here to Stay

It’s now almost certain that Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States. But these elections were not a resounding defeat of Trumpism. Joe Biden has won the 2020 presidential election. It has been a dramatic affair, with the laborious, time-intensive counting of mail-in ballots dragging the results on for days. But at long last, the 2020 presidential campaign seems to be winding down. The fact that it took over three days to confirm that someone who had a 3 million vote lead won the presidency is…

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500 garment workers in dire straits

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Joint Secretary of the Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union (FTZGSEU), Anton Marcus, has informed the COVID-19 Coordinating Officer for the FTZ,  Admiral  Prasanna Hewage that around 500 garment workers who have returned from quarantine centres to their boarding houses in the FTZs lack basic facilities including meals. He said, those 500 workers are in self-quarantine for another 14 days and are left with no food or rations to cook, mainly due to the curfew as shops are closed.  He also stated, they are…

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A New Party of the Left in Serbia

The Social Democratic Union’s 12th congress in Belgrade marked its transformation into a new left-wing party—the Party of the Radical Left (PRL). AUTHORS Marko Kostanić , Ivan Velisavljević MK: Can you tell us a bit of the backstory behind the new party’s founding? Marko Kostanić, a member of the editorial board of the Zagreb-based left-wing online portal Bilten, spoke about the party, its prehistory, and its political composition with Ivan Velisavljević. He is a member of the PRL’s executive committee, a playwright, and filmmaker. Translation by Hana Grgić. IV: The Social Democratic Union (SDU) changed…

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Tough times for Labour Force –CBSL latest report

By Anjali Caldera There was a considerable decline in the Labour Force Participation Rate (LFPR) and in the employed population; thus a notable increase in the unemployment rate during the first six months of this year (2020) compared to the corresponding period of the previous year (2019) due to COVID-19 and other persisting structural issues. As reported by, the Department of Census and Statistics the unemployment rates among females, youth and educationally qualified persons remained at high levels during the first half of 2020. Labour Force  In terms of a…

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State officials protest opposite Manthai West DS demanding justice for slain GN

November 7, 2020 Text and Pix by Dinasena Rathugamage State officials in Mannar Manthai staged a protest opposite of Manthai West Divisional Secretariat against the killing of Mannar Manthai West Grama Niladhari S Wijayendran.  The protesters alleged that the safety of public servants in the North was in question and demanded that those responsible for the killing be arrested immediately and law should be enforced. The protesters said thugs working for some businessmen threatened the public officials who refused to toe their line. They urged the government to ensure their…

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Five Myths About the Russian Revolution Debunked

Although the idea of socialism is growing in popularity, myths about the Russian Revolution persist. “Step by Step” by Sidney Greene (1919) The capitalist class has led a smear campaign against the Russian Revolution for the past 100 years. Although more and more people see themselves as socialists, the red-scare lies still linger in American consciousness. This article seeks to debunk five myths about the Russian Revolution. – Myth 1: The October Revolution was a coup carried out by a handful of elitist, Machiavellian intellectuals who rose to power by…

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A discussion to form a Joint Trade Union Center

Arrangements are being made to form a Joint Trade Union Center with all Trade Unions in Sri Lanka. Making a statement Sylvester Jayakody, the General Secretary of the CMU states that attempts of several trade unions to address the difficulties faced by working people in Sri Lanka have been fruitless so far. According to him media not eager to broadcast media conferences of Trade Unions due to fear and issues prevail unaddressed. People are starving. Prices of essential goods are escalating. Government has imposed restrictions to meetings, discussions etc. under…

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