Posts in: asia

Pramoedya Ananta Toer — novelist and revolutionary

Winter/Spring 2006

It was during the ’80s that I first came across legendary Indonesia writer and activist, Pramoedya Ananta Toer. The Suharto regime ruled Indonesia with a seemingly iron fist and the author’s books — which have been translated into dozens of languages — were banned in his home country. I vividly recollect reading Child of All… Read more »

Election result will not improve life for Thailand’s poor

Summer/Autumn 2008

Thailand has a turbulent political history — it has seen 24 prime ministers and 18 coups in the past 75 years. On 23 December 2007, voters again went to the polls but the result, a strong vote for the People’s Power Party (PPP) that gave it the most seats but left it just short of… Read more »

Radical Women supports Tamil struggle for self-determination

Winter/Spring 2009

Earlier this year, the Australian media began to report on horrors endured by the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. We watched military forces invading the tiny northeastern “safety zone,” where hundreds of thousands of Tamils had been trapped and bombarded for months. The government’s objective was to force the surrender of the Liberation Tigers of… Read more »

Your Say Special Feature: Rebel Poets Inspire

Summer/Autumn 2010

The Freedom Socialist Bulletin was overwhelmed by the response we received to our feature, Rebel Poets: Shaking Up the Status Quo, published last issue. We decided to publish some of the reactions from our readers who also shared some of their own writing. Pam Sidney is a rebel poet in the finest tradition. She is… Read more »

Editorials

Summer/Autumn 2010

Unionism is not a crime! Drop all charges against Ark Tribe now! It’s a bloody disgrace! Unionist Ark Tribe will be back in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 15 June for refusing to appear before the coercive Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). He faces a possible jail term of up to six months! What’s… Read more »

New course needed to deliver change for Nepal’s poor

Summer/Autumn 2010

As 2009 drew to a close, the class struggle in Nepal continued to escalate. Several General Strikes – including a 3-day strike in the capital, Kathmandu, starting on 20 December – closed factories and markets and kept vehicles off the streets. Thousands of supporters of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) marched in torch-lit… Read more »

Rudd sticks with xenophobic border protection policies: Time to rebuild the movement to end the persecution of refugees

Summer/Autumn 2010

In October 2009, the Australian Customs ship, Oceanic Viking, rescued 78 people from their sinking boat in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait. Sixty-eight men, five women and five children, fleeing Sri Lanka’s genocidal war against the Tamil people, sought asylum in Australia. The Tamils are an ancient nation whose language is one of oldest in the world…. Read more »