[Marxism] What's new at Links: Malaysia, Haiti, Iceland, Swaziland, SACP, Cuba, US deficit deal, keep oil in the soil

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Tue Aug 9 05:18:19 MDT 2011


What's new at Links: Malaysia, Haiti, Iceland, Swaziland, SACP, Cuba, US 
deficit deal, keep oil in the soil

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    Malaysia: Socialists had no case to answer
    <http://links.org.au/node/2434>

By the *Socialist Party of Malaysia*
August 2, 2011 -- Parti Sosialis Malaysia -- The release of six Parti 
Sosialis Malaysia (PSM, Socialist Party of Malaysia) detainees five days 
ago does not signal the return of sanity and goodwill to the government. 
It was a calculated move to minimise the damage done to the country's 
image at home and abroad.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2434>


    Fact-finding delegation reports on post-earthquake Haiti
    <http://links.org.au/node/2438>

July 26, 2011 -- Three Canadian solidarity activists conducted a 10-day 
fact-finding and solidarity mission to Haiti from June 20 to 30, 2011. 
The delegation, organised by Haiti Solidarity BC, the Vancouver 
affiliate of the Canada Haiti Action Network, travelled throughout the 
earthquake zone, including Port-au-Prince, Léogâne and Jacmel.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2438>


    Iceland's loud 'No!': Can't pay, won't pay
    <http://links.org.au/node/2437>

By *Silla Sigurgeirsdóttir* and *Robert H. Wade*

August 2011 -- The people of Iceland have now twice voted not to repay 
international debts incurred by banks, and bankers, for which the whole 
island is being held responsible. With the present turmoil in European 
capitals, could this be the way forward for other economies?

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2437>


    South Africa: ANC government shuts door on Swaziland democracy
    movement <http://links.org.au/node/2436>

August 5, 2011 -- South Africa's African National Congress government 
has defied supporters of democracy in Swaziland and granted the 
repressive absolute monarchy a five-year, R2.4 billion loan. The 
bailout, which was announceded by King Mswati III on August 3, has been 
condemned by the Swazi democracy movement and its supporters in South 
Africa. While its conditions do not require democratic reforms, the 
Swazi people will be subject to harsh austerity in order for the regime 
to repay the loan.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2436>


    South African Communist Party at 90: Is it still relevant? Two views
    <http://links.org.au/node/2435>

By *Jeremy Cronin*
This weekend [July 31] the South African Communist Party (SACP) marks 
its 90th anniversary. But it would be a mistake for us to celebrate the 
occasion as mere ritual.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2435>


    Cuba: National Assembly approves economic changes; Raul Castro's
    speech <http://links.org.au/node/2432>

    /"More than once, I have stated that our own worst enemy is not
    imperialism but our own errors and that these, if they are deeply
    and honestly analysed, can be transformed into lessons in order not
    to fall into them again." -- /*Raúl Castro*

*[For more analysis and discussion on the economic changes in Cuba, and 
assessments of the sixth congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, click 
**HERE.] * <http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/31>

By *President Raúl Castro*

/Speech given by President Raúl Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of 
State and Ministers, to the 7th ordinary session of the 7th legislature 
of the National Assembly of People's Power, August 1, 2011. The 
parliament earlier that day also adopted the amended / Guidelines of the 
Economic and Social Policy of the Party and the Revolution/as state 
policy/.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2432>


    United States: The deficit deal -- We got taken
    <http://links.org.au/node/2431>

By *Martin Hart-Landsberg*
August 2, 2011 -- The US Congress has finally agreed 
<http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/us/politics/03fiscal.html?_r=1&hp> on 
a deficit reduction plan that President Barack Obama supports.As a 
result, the debt ceiling is being lifted, which means that the Treasury 
can once again borrow to meet its financial obligations.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2431>


    Leaving oil in the soil, from Durban's coast to Ecuador's Amazon
    <http://links.org.au/node/2430>

By *Patrick Bond*, Durban*
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August 2, 2011 -- There's no way around it: to solve the worsening 
climate crisis requires we must accept both that the vast majority of 
fossil fuels must now be left underground, and that through democratic 
planning, we must collectively reboot our energy, transport, 
agricultural, production, consumption and disposal systems so that by 
2050 we experience good living with less than a quarter of our current 
levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2430>

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