[Marxism] What's new at Links: Marikana massacre, World Bank and the SACP; Thailand; Sri Lanka & Tamils; 2 million visits; Quebec; espanol; Wikileaks; Bolivia; Abdullah Ocalan

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Sep 12 02:03:20 MDT 2012

What's new at Links: Marikana massacre, World Bank and the SACP; 
Thailand; Sri Lanka & Tamils; 2 million visits; Quebec; espanol; 
Wikileaks; Bolivia; Abdullah Ocalan

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    South Africa: Dying for growth -- World Bank's role in Marikana
    massacre mine, carbon pollution <http://links.org.au/node/3014>

*For more on the Marikana mine massacre, click HERE. * 

By *Patrick Bond*
September 5, 2012 -- Jim Yong Kim's  Harvard doctorate and medical 
degree, his founding of the heroic NGO Partners in Health and his 
directorship of the World Health Organization's AIDS division make him 
the best-educated, most humane World Bank president yet. A decade ago, 
he co-edited the book, /Dying for Growth/, pointing out that "Washington 
Consensus" policies and projects had a sharply adverse impact on health.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3014>

    South Africa: 'The SACP has become a vanguard of ANC power
    factionalism' <http://links.org.au/node/3022>

By *Dale T. McKinley*
September 10, 2012 -- If ever we needed to be reminded of Milan 
Kundera's famous axiom that, "the struggle ... against power is the 
struggle of memory against forgetting", then it is in respect of the 
post-apartheid history of the South African Communist Party (SACP).

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3022>

    Thailand's 'parallel war': Thaksin and the Red Shirts

**[For more on Thailand and the Red Shirt movement, click HERE.]* 

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*
September 9, 2012 -- Six years after the September 19 coup d'état 
against the Thaksin Shinawatra government, it is possible to look back 
and assess the impact of the crisis on Thai politics and society.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3021>

    Brian Senewiratne: Deterioration of human rights in Sri Lanka

September 10, 2012 -- A 56-minute presentation by Brian Senewiratne at 
the Fremantle Town Hall, Western Australia, on September 1, 2012. 
Senewiratne is a veteran campaigner for the rights of the Ilankai (Sri 
Lankan) Tamils, and staunch advocate for the right of Tamil 
self-determination. He is a Socialist Alliance member in Queensland. The 
forum was organised by a new network called "Human Rights in Sri Lanka 
and Tamil Eelam".

  * Watch <http://links.org.au/node/3020>

    2 millionth visit to 'Links International Journal of Socialist
    Renewal': yet another milestone <http://links.org.au/node/3019>

September 9, 2012 -- On Saturday, September 8, 2012, /Links 
International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ received its 2 millionth 
visit (since statistics began being kept on April 8, 2008). Its 1 
millionth visit was registered on October 20, 2010. Less than a year 
later, /Links/' 1.5 millionth visitor arrived, in late September 2011. 
Those 2 million visitors have collectively read more than 2,685,000 
articles in that time.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3019>

    Quebec's election: an initial balance sheet

By *Richard Fidler*
September 7, 2012 -- The results of the September 4 general election in 
Quebec has produced mixed reactions among supporters of all the major 
parties. Québec solidaire, the left-wing pro-independence party, 
increased its share of the province-wide vote to 6.03% (263,233) from 
its 3.78% (122,618) in the 2008 election.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3018>

    `Foro Social Latinamericano', Green Left Weekly's Spanish-language
    supplement, September 2012 issue <http://links.org.au/node/3017>

September 9, 2012 -- Providing facts and analysis, and publicising and 
organising Latin America solidarity activities in Australia, /Green Left 
Weekly and Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal /has sought 
to promote greater understanding and solidarity between the people of 
Australia and Latin America. We are therefore delighted to publish 
/Latin America Social Forum/ (/Foro Social Latinamericano/), a 
Spanish-language supplement produced regularly by the Latin America 
Social Forum in Sydney.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3017>

    Green Left Report: Christine Assange, Federico Fuentes on Ecuador
    and WikiLeaks, Tariq Ali on Latin Americ <http://links.org.au/node/3016>

September 3, 2012 -- Special guests Christine Assange, Federico Fuentes 
on Ecuador and WikiLeaks, plus satire with Carlo Sands. Activist news 
features Tariq Ali on Latin America and Julian Assange from Ecuador's 
London embassy. Produced by Green Left TV.

    Bolivia: Who's the real 'outlaw'? Behind Bolivia's nationalisation
    of a Canadian mine <http://links.org.au/node/3015>

By *Paul Kellogg *

September 5, 2012 -- For Canada's /Financial Post/, the actions of the 
Bolivian government in nationalising a Canadian mine this northern 
summer confirmed the country's status as an "outlaw nation" (Grace 
2012). But for less-biased observers, the reality was a little different.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3015>

    Abdullah Ocalan, the PKK and the Kurdish struggle

    */Prison writings: The PKK and the Kurdish Question in the 21st
    By Abdullah Ocalan, translated and edited by Klaus Heppel;
    preliminary notes by Cemil Bayik
    Transmedia Publishing, London, 2011

Reviewed by*Chris Slee*
September 6, 2012 -- Abdullah Ocalan is (or was -- it is uncertain if he 
is still alive) the leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a group 
fighting for the rights of the oppressed Kurdish minority within Turkey 
and in the Middle East more broadly. Ocalan has been held in a Turkish 
prison on the island of Imrali since being kidnapped from Kenya by 
Western intelligence agencies and handed to Turkey in 1999. This book 
was written in prison, as part of an appeal to the European Court of 
Human Rights. It was later adopted as a manifesto by the PKK at its 2002 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3013>

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