Asia & the Pacific

Dr Mahrang Baloch speaking to a rally

When the young activist Dr Mahrang Baloch returned to her native Balochistan from Islamabad, tens of thousands defied a government ban on public assemblies to give her a hero’s welcome, report Matt Broomfield and Robin Fleming.

map of electoral results

Pakistan’s February 8 general elections resulted in a split vote, with no party securing a clear national majority, writes Farooq Tariq, offering little hope for positive change, as the incoming government is poised to fast-track neoliberal policies, privatise state institutions and deepen class exploitation.

two women holding signs

The Frontline Socialist Party actively contributed to the 2022 popular uprising in Sri Lanka. Green Left’s Janaka Biyanwila interviewed Pubudu Jayagoda, who is the FSP’s educational secretary and central committee member about the party's organising work.

two people on a stage

Lai Ching-Te (William Lai) won Taiwan’s presidential election on January 13, with 40.5% of the vote, achieving a record third term for the incumbent Democratic Progressive Party, reports Alex Salmon.

map of Balochistan

No matter who attacks, the Baloch people are the target on both sides, writes Farooq Tariq.

An independent foreign policy would involve a policy of neutrality; it would mean Australia could pursue peaceful and mutually beneficial relations with all countries, argues Bevan Ramsden.

people with signs, airplane tail

The union representing pilots and cabin crew at budget airline Jetstar Japan began coordinated strike action ahead of Christmas, after a breakdown in collective bargaining negotiations with management, reports Clive Tillman.

South Korea and North Korea flags and two men's faces

Green Left’s Federico Fuentes spoke to Youngsu Won, a socialist and coordinator of the International Forum in South Korea, about the new tensions flaring on the Korean peninsula and their potential ramifications.

As global temperatures rise we need serious action to solve the climate emergency

Alarmingly — but not surprisingly — 2023 was the hottest year since 1850, but Labor is dragging its feet and depending on the private sector to handle the climate transition. Pip Hinman reports.

protesters holding signs

Aotearoa/New Zealand's Fair Pay Agreements Act was repealed by the newly-elected conservative National Party government on December 20, reports Clive Tillman.

chinese flag and man's face

Hong Kong labour rights and political activist Au Loong-Yu talks to Green Left’s Federico Fuentes about China’s position in the world today and its implications for peace and solidarity activism.

West Papuan’s and supporters raised the Morning Star flag at Leichhardt Town Hall to mark the 62nd anniversary of the first time the flag was raised, reports Leo Earle.