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Former Thai prime minister charged with murder

By John Roberts, Peter Symonds, December 22, 2012

The decision to prosecute Abhisit is another indication that the bitter political feuding in the Thai ruling elites has not abated.

Thousands affected by floods in Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, December 22, 2012

Most of those affected are poor farmers, fishermen and workers, who received no official forewarning.

Pakistan: Ethnic violence in Karachi deadliest since 1994

By Ali Ismail, December 20, 2012

Pakistan’s largest city is being ravaged by increasingly bloody ethnic and sectarian violence, as gangs associated with rival establishment political parties fight over turf and criminal rackets.

Ravi Shankar, acclaimed Indian musician, dies at 92

By Kapila Fernando, K. Ratnayake, Peter Symonds, December 20, 2012

What was unique about Ravi Shankar was the breadth of his interests, willingness to experiment and passion for making classical Indian music available to the world.

New Japanese government marks dangerous turn to militarism

By Peter Symonds, December 19, 2012

The right-wing nationalism that pervaded the election campaign signals the determination of the Japanese ruling class to reassert its interests by every means, including military force.

Sri Lankan SEP marks 25th anniversary of Keerthi Balasuriya’s death

By our correspondent, December 19, 2012

SEP members and supporters attended the memorial ceremony in the Colombo General Cemetery.

Australia boosts links with Sri Lankan regime

By Mike Head, December 19, 2012

The Australian foreign minister announced closer military cooperation in preventing refugees fleeing Sri Lanka and exercising their right to seek asylum.

The enduring significance of the life and work of Comrade Keerthi Balasuriya

By International Committee of the Fourth International, December 18, 2012

The International Committee of the Fourth International and the World Socialist Web Site today mark 25 years since the death of Comrade Keerthi Balasuriya, the general secretary of the Revolutionary Communist League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party of Sri Lanka.

New Chinese leader signals further pro-market restructuring

By John Chan, December 18, 2012

Xi’s trip to southern China replicated Deng Xiaoping’s 1992 “southern tour,” which accelerated the restoration of capitalism.

Ten girls die in Afghanistan explosion as US pushes for permanent presence

By Bill Van Auken, December 18, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a press conference in Kabul last week that “we are not departing Afghanistan.”

Right-wing LDP government to take office in Japan

By Peter Symonds, December 17, 2012

The election outcome was not a positive vote for the LDP, but an overwhelming rejection of the ruling DPJ.

Instigator of 2002 Gujarat pogrom seeks new term as Chief Minister

By Kranti Kumara, December 17, 2012

Chief Minister Narendra Modi, an unabashed Hindu supremacist, is hoping he can use victory in the Gujarat state elections to catapult himself into the national political arena.