The fall from grace of a human rights hero

James Plested Retired South African archbishop Desmond Tutu has described the situation facing the Rohingyas, a persecuted minority in Burma, as “one of the most enduring human rights crises on Earth”. For Aung San Suu Kyi, veteran of the decades-long struggle against the military dictatorship in Burma...CONTINUE READING

Protests, arrests escalate in West Papua as regional summit draws closer

Ben Hillier More than 500 activists have been arrested over the past month across West Papua as protests, demonstrations and meetings build in the lead up to the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Summit in Honiara, the Solomon Islands. Ronny Kareni, a Melbourne-based spokesperson for the Free West Papu...CONTINUE READING

The ‘silent war’ in Sri Lanka

Ben Hillier Six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Tamil lands, particularly in the north of the island, remain under military occupation. Local populations often live in fear, as military abuse, rapes and disappearances continue. The 26-year civil war, which claimed the lives of some 200,0...CONTINUE READING

Oslo conference calls for end to Rohingya genocide

Helen Jarvis In recent weeks, world attention finally has focussed on the desperate situation of the thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded on rickety boats in the Andaman Sea, the horrific remains of staging camps in Malaysia and Thailand and the unbearable conditions at home in Burma that forced the...CONTINUE READING

Workers on the defensive, but situation explosive

Hui Xiamei Chinese social media platform The Sound of Hammer recently posted a report on labour disputes in the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone in first quarter of 2015. It listed 23 strikes, labour protests and other demonstrations. Approximately 26,000 workers were involved in these incidents; the...CONTINUE READING

Hope amid the horror

Jordan Humphreys While regional governments responded to Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees by closing borders, working people showed that there is hope amid the horror. When news of the stranded refugees reached Tamiang, in Aceh, locals sprang into action. A network of fishers organised by Muhammad Hendra,...CONTINUE READING

Raising class consciousness in Indonesia

Sherr Rinn Indonesian socialist Sherr Rinn writes of the need to bring radical politics into the labour movement, which is still hampered by the huge defeats of the Suharto era. The article was first published at Media Centre . ---------- In 2012, the Indonesian labour movement experi...CONTINUE READING

Police attack ferry disaster protesters in South Korea

Kim Bullimore South Korean police on 16 April attacked a peaceful rally of more than 10,000 people in Seoul as they marked the one year anniversary of the Sewol Ferry disaster, which resulted in the deaths of 304 passengers, the majority of whom were high school students. The protest, led by grieving fa...CONTINUE READING

Making a killing: Rana Plaza and the global garment industry

Jerome Small The collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building is the bloodiest disaster in the history of the garment industry. Socialist Alternative’s industrial organiser Jerome Small visited the scene, just outside Dhaka in Bangladesh, late last year. ---------- Early November, 2014. It’s my first da...CONTINUE READING