[Marxism] What's new at Links: Indonesia; Greece; Malaysia; Lockerbie; Greenland; US workers sit-in; Ecosocialism; Muntadar al-Zaidi; Venezuela; Quebec; India; Thailand

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Dec 22 00:50:38 MST 2008

What's new at Links: Indonesia; Greece; Malaysia; Lockerbie; Greenland; 
US workers sit-in; Ecosocialism; Muntadar al-Zaidi; Venezuela; Quebec; 
India; Thailand

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    Indonesia: Protest napalm bomb attack on farmers' settlement!

By *Papernas (National Liberation Party of Unity, Indonesia)*

December 18, 2008 -- About 1000 thugs sent by PT Arara Abadi and 
directly led by 500 police, under Riau regional police commander Alex 
Mandalika, unsparingly attacked, destroyed and burned houses using 
napalm bombs in Suluk Bongkal village, Riau Province, Indonesia. A 
two-year-old girl died in the attack.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/810>

    Malaysia: Victory as `cyclists for change' reach parliament after
    massive police repression <http://links.org.au/node/808>

By *Oppressed People's Movement (Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas, Jerit)*

December 18, 2008 -- Jerit, Suaram -- People's power has spoken once 
again! With the roars from a strong crowd of 500 people, the young 
militant cyclists, who from December 3 conducted their ``Cycle for 
Change'' campaign throughout Malaysia, pedalled bravely into the grounds 
of the parliment, which definitely belongs to them, ``THE PEOPLE". After 
almost 16 days' journey through the states of Malaysia, they brought the 
people's demands to the ears of their representitives!

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/808>

    Down with the government of murderers! Greek left on the murder of
    Alexis Grigoropoulos (+ video, audio; updated Dec. 20)

/Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ is publishing a 
number of declarations, statements, calls and articles from Greek left 
organisations in response to the assassination by Greek police of Alexis 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/790>

    Lockerbie, 20 years on: Behind the frame up of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed
    al Megrahi <http://links.org.au/node/809>

*To mark the 20th anniversary of the Lockerbie air disaster, /Links 
International Journal of Socialist Renewal /is republishing these 
important articles. Since their first publication, important new 
evidence has cast even more doubt on the unjust conviction of  
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi.*

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/809>

    Inuit-majority Greenland wins self-government

December 1, 2008 -- /Bella Caledonia/ -- One of Scotland's largest 
neighbours has just voted for independence. I don't mean England, or 
Ireland, or Scandinavia, but a country which is bigger than all of these 
combined. And I use the term "neighbour" loosely, because it is a good 
few hundred miles across the Atlantic from us, and very few readers will 
have ever been there.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/807>

    Workers' Republic - Scenes from a successful factory occupation

When the workers at Republic Windows and Doors -- in Chicago, USA -- 
were notified their factory would close in three days, they took matters 
into their own hands. The unionised workers seized control of the 
factory for six days to demand the entitlements they were owed by law. 
They also demanded that Bank of America, which was ``bailed out'' with 
taxpayers' money just weeks before, make funds available to the company 
to pay the workers. On the sixth day, December 10, 2008, of their 
occupation, they won all their demands, and showed the world's working 
class a classic example of people's power. This short video from Labor 
Beat (http://www.laborbeat.org).

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/804>

    Sign the Belem Ecosocialist Declaration <http://links.org.au/node/803>

The following Declaration was prepared by a committee elected for this 
purpose at the Paris Ecosocialist Conference of 2007 (Ian Angus, Joel 
Kovel, Michael Löwy), with the help of Danielle Follett. It will be 
distributed at the World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil, in January 2009.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/803>

    Release Muntadar al-Zaidi! <http://links.org.au/node/800>

December 16, 2008 -- Join the growing international call for the release 
of *Muntadar al-Zaidi*!

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/800>

    Venezuelan elections: Mixed results intensify class struggle

By *Christopher Kerr*

Electoral politics in Venezuela are primarily an expression of the 
greater class struggle occurring around them. This general tendency 
occurs despite efforts by the government to institutionalise the 
mechanism of elections as the legitimate method of implementing the 
political project of both blocs of power, and ensuring the transparency 
and reliability of the electoral process in the eyes of the Venezuelan 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/799>

    Challenges facing Québec solidaire following breakthrough in Quebec
    election <http://links.org.au/node/798>

By *Richard Fidler*
December 15, 2008 --/ /In the December 8 Québec general election, the 
Liberal government headed by Jean Charest was re-elected with 66 seats, 
turning its minority status before the election into a thin majority of 
seats in the National Assembly. The sovereigntist Parti québécois (PQ), 
benefiting from a late surge in the polls, was elected in 51 seats and 
replaced the right-wing Action Démocratique du Québec (ADQ) as official 
parliamentary opposition. The ADQ elected only seven members.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/798>

    India must not succumb to the US strategy of proliferation of terror

By *Dipankar Bhattacharya*
December 15, 2008 -- The recent siege of Mumbai for nearly three days by 
a small band of well-trained terrorists has almost universally come to 
be described as ``India's 9/11''. In terms of sheer audacity of planning 
and execution, the places targeted and the scale and range of people 
killed and injured, the Mumbai terror siege can surely be bracketed with 
the original 9/11, and in terms of the duration of the skirmish it can 
also claim to have left the original way behind. The analogy between New 
York 9/11 and Mumbai 26/11 must not however be confined to these 
operational details. What is most important is to recognise the Mumbai 
attack was an extension of the same terror trajectory that struck New 
York seven years ago. What should we learn from this?

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/797>

    Thailand: `Cockroaches' take over <http://links.org.au/node/796>

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*
Bangkok, December 15, 2008 -- The appointment of ``Democrat'' Party 
leader Abhisit Vejjajiva as the new Prime Minister of Thailand is the 
final stage of the second coup against an elected government.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/796>

    Greece: Left prospects in the post-PASOK era

In the last few years, the political alignments in the European Union 
(EU) countries have changed drastically. In the 1990s, social-democratic 
parties and centre-left political forces were dominant. Under the 
banners of "progressive governance" or "modernisation" these parties 
ruled numerous countries and dominated the political scene on the 
continent. Today, it is no secret that after long years in government, 
these political forces, what some like to call the "governmental left" 
are, to say the least, in retreat. It is indeed no secret that social 
democracy is in deep crisis: the recent congress of the French 
Socialists proved that this party is going through a period of 
self-questioning over the issue of its leadership, but also that it had 
nothing new to offer or, as a conservative daily commented, it appears 
as if "it does not think any more".

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/795>

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experience of struggle, theoretical analysis and views of political 
strategy and tactics within the international left. It is a forum for 
open and constructive dialogue between active socialists coming from 
different political traditions. It seeks to bring together those in the 
international left who are opposed to neoliberal economic and social 
policies. It aims to promote the renewal of the socialist movement in 
the wake of the collapse of the bureaucratic model of "actually existing 
socialism" in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

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