Asia & the Pacific

The recent ASEAN summit, hosted by US President Joe Biden in Washington, was designed to bring the 10-country association closer to the United States’ anti-China orbit. William Briggs reports.

Scott Morrison's naming of Port Kembla as one of three locations being considered for the new submarine base prompted activists in Wollongong to spring into action. Alexander Brown reports.

Bong Bong Marcos

Reihana Mohideen discusses the May 9 election result in the Philippines, which saw the consolidation of rule by political dynasties and clans under the former Rodrigo Duterte regime.

The institutional integration of sports with the military has reproduced authoritarian sports cultures, writes Janaka Biyanwila. Popular protests demanding regime change are also about demilitarising the state.

Socialist candidate Felix Dance said the federal government must be worried about its re-election chances for Peter Dutton to give a war speech on ANZAC Day, writes Mayura Ashok.

Protest posters in Sri Lanka

Since the beginning of March, protests have erupted across Sri Lanka demanding the resignation of President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, writes Janaka Biyanwila. These protests emerged in the context of rising costs of living, exacerbated by a foreign debt crisis.

Socialist Alliance Victorian Senate candidate Felix Dance criticised the Coalition's “khaki election” strategy, saying “war is a racket”.

Anti-government protests in Sri Lanka on April 13

A wave of protests has spread throughout Sri Lanka in recent weeks, sparked by an economic crisis. Chris Slee reports.

Canberra's bullying of the Manasseh Sogavare government for its deal with China follows from its longstanding paternalistic approach on the existential matter of rising seas. William Briggs reports.

Sue Bolton, Socialist Alliance candidate for Wills and a Moreland City Councillor, argues that Labor's "small target" election strategy risks helping the right make more gains.

Since becoming the minister for offence, Peter Dutton has used every opportunity to spruik Australia’s “need” to prepare for war against China. ANZAC Day provided another opening for the hawk. Pip Hinman reports.

Partido Lakas ng Masa representative Reihana Mohideen speaks to Green Left about the national elections in the Philippines.

While the Solomon Islands is divided on the security deal with China, Australia's major parties have been shouting from the same song book. Binoy Kampmark reports. 

A tidal wave of outrage followed the Solomon Islands and China signing a security deal. Missing in the fury is a recognition that the Solomon Islands is a sovereign state, argues William Briggs.

PLM attacked in Mindanao

A delegation led by Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) presidential candidate Leody de Guzman came under gunfire in Mindanao on April 19, while meeting with members of an Indigenous tribe on their occupied lands, reports Susan Price.

Imran Khan

Since he lost power, former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan’s rhetoric against the United States has intensified. However, Khan’s anti-US stand cannot be called anti-imperialism, writes Farooq Tariq.

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