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9 September 2015

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Malaysia: Opposition mounting against Najib's government

CWI members protest against Najib government in Malaysia, 2015, photo by CWI Malaysia

CWI members protest against Najib government in Malaysia, 2015, photo by CWI Malaysia   (Click to enlarge)

In the wake of the stock market crisis in China and a dip in commodity prices, Malaysia saw a mass gathering in the streets of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city, lasting for two days over the last weekend in August.

This is the fourth instalment of the Bersih (Clean) protests that started in 2007 as a democratic movement to reform the parliamentary electoral system, which favours the ruling government coalition Barisan Nasional (BN).

In 2007, there were about 30,000 participants but the number has grown on each protest, and this year an estimated 200,000 people turned up wearing yellow t-shirts (the official colour of Bersih).

Stormont Executive plunged into crisis

IRA graffiti in Northern Ireland

IRA graffiti in Northern Ireland   (Click to enlarge)

Once again the Northern Ireland Executive is facing a real risk of a collapse. A crisis erupted in the aftermath of the killing of Kevin McGuigan in the Short Strand area of Belfast on 13 August.

Whatever happens next, the latest crisis only serves to underline the plain fact that the peace process has not delivered on any of its promises.

The establishment of a new political party, which seeks to unite Catholics and Protestants in a common struggle for a better life, would undermine support for the sectarian parties.

Full article on www.socialistpartyni.net

India: 150 million workers strike

Striking workers in India

Striking workers in India   (Click to enlarge)

"It is no exaggeration to say that the nation-wide strike on 2 September was the biggest ever that India has seen since independence from direct colonial rule."

Jagadish G Chandra, New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India).

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In The Socialist 9 September 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Huge support for Corbyn: now build austerity fightback

Solidarity with refugees - Defend the right to asylum

125,000 renters abused by idle parasite landlords

Heartless Tories chop funds for life-extending cancer drugs

Tories allow bosses to keep exploiting workers at below the minimum wage

Them & Us

Bromyard Community Hospital victory


International socialist news and analysis

Cuba at a crossroads

International news in brief


Socialist Party features

How students can fight debt, cuts and sell-offs

Children suffer as the cuts deepen


Workplace news and analysis

Lobby the trade union leaders this Sunday!

Nominate a fighting socialist for Unison general secretary

Most important TUC Congress for decades

Pizza express tips victory

Buses fightback works in Sheffield

Great support for bus strike

Workplace news in brief

Fight against blacklisting in Liverpool


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Film Review: Stonewall

Why I joined the Socialist Party

"NHS saved my life"


 

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