[Marxism] What's new at Links: Elections in Venezuela; Mumbai; Arabic; economic crisis and the poor; Thailand; France; environment; Comintern

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Dec 1 00:32:34 MST 2008

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    Venezuela: US-backed right wing murders unionists, attacks
    revolutionary gains <http://links.org.au/node/766>

A statement from the *Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network*
November 28, 2008 -- In the aftermath of the November 23 regional 
elections, Venezuela's right-wing opposition has launched, in the states 
it won, an all-out assault on grassroots community organisations... In 
the days following the elections, grassroots activists in Caracas, 
Miranda and Tachira have reported that the public community health 
clinics (part of Barrio Adentro, the free universal healthcare program), 
communal councils and other centres where social programs operate are 
being shut down or attacked by opposition party, despite the public 
assurances of at least one right-wing govenor-elect that the legal 
frameworks would be respected.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/766>

    Venezuela: After the regional elections, the workers propose a clean
    out and more revolution <http://links.org.au/node/765>

By *Stalin Perez Borges, *translated by *Kiraz Janicke* and *Federico 
Fuentes* for Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
November 25, 2008 -- I want to give some preliminary and personal 
impressions, in the heat of the moment, where many comrades are very 
preoccupied by the significance of the [Chavista movement's] loss of the 
Mayor of Greater Caracas and of some important or key governorships in 
the country.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/765>

    Venezuela's regional elections: Another vote for the revolution and
    Chavez (now with video, audio) <http://links.org.au/node/758>

Statement by the *Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network*

November 25, 2008 -- The results of the elections for local mayors and 
state governors held in Venezuela on November 23 underlined the 
continuing mass support for the Bolivarian revolution led by President 
Hugo Chavez. In a clear vote of confidence in the project to build 
socialism of the 21st century in Venezuela, the United Socialist Party 
of Venezuela (PSUV) -- formed just six months ago with Chavez as its 
president -- won 17 of the 22 states in which governors were elected. 
The United States-backed right-wing opposition won five states with a 
total of about 4 million votes, compared to the 5.5 million votes for 
the PSUV candidates. The elections were also a victory for democracy in 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/758>

    Indian communists condemn Mumbai terror attack

By *Dipankar Bhattacharya*, General Secretary, Communist Party of India 
(Marxist-Leninist) Liberation
November 27, 2008 -- The CPI (ML) strongly condemns the attacks and 
offers deep condolences to the families of all those killed. 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/764>

    The Flame, November 2008 - Green Left Weekly's Arabic supplement

With the help of Socialist Alliance members in the growing Sudanese 
community in Australia, /Green Left Weekly/ -- Australia's leading 
socialist newspaper -- is publishing a regular Arabic language 
supplement. The /Flame/ will cover news from the Arabic-speaking world 
as well as news and issues from within Australia. The editor-in-chief 
will be Soubhi Iskander, a comrade who has endured years of imprisonment 
and torture at the hands of the repressive government in Sudan.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/763>

    David Harvey on the `Enigma of capital' and the current capitalist
    economic crisis <http://links.org.au/node/762>

A lecture by Professor *David Harvey*
City University of New York Graduate Center
November 14, 2008
1 hour 2 minutes

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/762>

    Thailand: PAD thugs close Bangkok airport <http://links.org.au/node/761>

/ /By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*

November 26, 2008 -- Bangkok International Airport has now been closed 
by fascist thugs from the anti-government People's Alliance for 
Democracy (PAD). The PAD is demanding that the elected government of 
Thailand resigns. This is despite the fact that the government has the 
backing of the majority of the Thai population and even the majority of 
Bangkok citizens. This backing has been proven by repeated elections. 
The PAD want a dictatorship to replace democracy because it deems the 
majority of the Thai electorate to be too ignorant to deserve the right 
to vote.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/761>

    France's New Anti-Capitalist Party: An exchange between Alex
    Callinicos (British SWP) and François Sabado (LCR)

Below are two articles which first appeared in /Critique Communiste/, 
and in English in the November issue of /International Viewpoint/, the 
magazine of the Fourth International. The first is by *Alex Callinicos*, 
a leader of the British Socialist Workers Party. The second, "The NPA, a 
new experience of building an anti-capitalist party", is a reply by 
*François Sabado*, a leader of the Revolutionary Communist League (LCR).

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/759>

    Making the world's poor pay: The economic crisis and the Global
    South <http://links.org.au/node/757>

[This article is available in Spanish: `Que paguen los pobres del mundo 
La crisis económica y del Sur del glob' <http://links.org.au/node/760>.]
By *Adam Hanieh*
November 22, 2008 -- The current global economic crisis has all the 
earmarks of an epoch-defining event. Mainstream economists -- not 
usually known for their exaggerated language -- now openly employ 
phrases like ``systemic meltdown'' and ``peering into the abyss''. On 
October 29, for example, Martin Wolf, one of the top financial 
commentators of the /Financial Times/, warned that the crisis portends 
"mass bankruptcy", "soaring unemployment" and a "catastrophe" that 
threatens "the legitimacy of the open market economy itself... the 
danger remains huge and time is short".

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/757>

    Sydney, April 10-13 (Easter), 2009: World At a Crossroads - Fighting
    for Socialism in the 21st Century <http://links.org.au/node/756>

World At a Crossroads: Fighting for Socialism in the 21st Century

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    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/756>

    Rifts and shifts and Marx -- Getting to the root of environmental
    crises <http://links.org.au/node/755>

By *Brett Clark* and *Richard York*
Humans depend on functioning ecosystems to sustain themselves and their 
actions affect those same ecosystems. As a result, there is a necessary 
"metabolic interaction" between humans and the earth, which influences 
both natural and social history. Increasingly, the state of nature is 
being defined by the operations of the capitalist system, as 
anthropogenic forces are altering the global environment on a scale that 
is unprecedented.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/755>

    Proceedings of Fourth Congress of the Communist International to be
    published <http://links.org.au/node/754>

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In October, John Riddell, co-editor of Socialist Voice, completed a 
draft translation of the proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the 
Communist International. This ambitious effort (more than 500,000 words) 
will make all of the resolutions, speeches, and debates from that 
important 1922 meeting, together with full explanatory annotation, 
available in English for the first time. The work, which Riddell is 
preparing in collaboration with the London-based journal Historical 
Materialism, is planned for publication in 2010.
The British newspaper Socialist Worker interviewed John Riddell (below) 
about this project for its November 22, 2008, issue.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/754>

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