[Marxism] What's new at Links: Ecology; global economy; G8 & climate; South Africa; Timor; Germany

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Mon Jul 14 03:13:08 MDT 2008

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    Ecology: The moment of truth---an introduction

By *John Bellamy Foster*, *Brett Clark* and *Richard York*

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The July-August 2008 (Volume 60, Number 3) 
<http://monthlyreview.org/index.php> edition of the influential US 
socialist journal /Monthly Review /is a special issue on ``Ecology: The 
Moment of Truth", edited by Brett Clark, John Bellamy Foster and Richard 
York. The issue is devoted to the planetary environmental emergency. It 
is essential reading for all socialists and environmentalists. With 
permission from /Monthly Review/, /Links International Journal of 
Socialist Renewal/ here posts the introduction by the editors, and 
urges/ Links'/ readers to purchase the issue and/or subscribe to 
/Monthly Review/ 

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    The crisis of the global economy <http://links.org.au/node/517>

        A report of the Institute of Globalisation and Social Movements,

By *Vasily Koltashov*

Translated by *Renfrey Clarke*, /Links -- International Journal of 
Socialist Renewal/ (http://links.org.au)

Moscow, June 9, 2008 -- In the early weeks of 2008 virtually all Russian 
and foreign experts viewed the situation in the world economy 
favourably. Warnings from a few analysts that a major economic crisis 
lay ahead were not taken especially seriously by optimistic-minded 
populations. On January 22 the stock exchanges were shaken by the first 
slump, followed by a series of new collapses. The world's share markets 
were destabilised. Inflation accelerated, with food prices beginning to 
rise sharply. A number of American and European banks announced colossal 
losses in their results for 2007. The scale of the economic problems in 
the US became evident. A new world crisis had begun. The emergence of 
its first symptoms provoked numerous questions concerning the nature of 
the crisis, the reasons behind it, and the logic shaping its probable 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/517>

    G8: Rich countries retreat from action on climate change

*G8 Action Network *statement

July 9, 2008 -- The G8's communique regarding their action on climate is 
actually inaction being masked as movement. It is a great fraud being 
perpetrated on the global community that would significantly reduce its 
capacity to contain climate change. We fully agree with the statement of 
the Government of South Africa that "[W]hile the Statement may appear as 
a movement forward, we are concerned that it may, in effect, be a 
regression from what is required to make a meaningful contribution to 
meeting the challenges of climate change." [Click pic for BBC footage 
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7491512.stm> of G8 protests.]

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/516>

    How international big business colluded with South Africa's
    apartheid regime; Audio added July 13, 2008

*Dennis Brutus*, veteran anti-apartheid campaigner, describes how US, 
British and other major multinational corporations colluded with the 
racist regime of apartheid South Africa. Brutus is attempting to win 
reparations for superprofits made through the exploitation and 
repression of black South African workers. For further background to 
this, go to ``Can reparations for apartheid profits be won in US courts? 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/515>

    Timor Leste: Xanana Gusmao govt depletes Petroleum Fund, arrests
    protesting students (+ video) <http://links.org.au/node/514>

By *Tomas Freitas*

Dili, July 8, 2008 -- On Monday July 7 at 9am, approximately 100 
students held a protest on their campus, the East Timor National 
University, against the members of the national parliament. The students 
are not happy about the MPs who are about to buy a imported luxury car 
each for themselves. The students protested peacefully by holding 
banners, yet 21 students were detained by the Timorese National Police.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/514>

    Can reparations for apartheid profits be won in US courts?

By *Patrick Bond*

Durban, July 6, 2008 -- A telling remark about US imperialism's double 
standards was uttered by Clinton-era deputy treasury secretary Stuart 
Eizenstat, who a decade ago was the driver of reparations claims against 
pro-Nazi corporations, assisting plaintiffs to gain $8 billion from 
European banks and corporations which ripped off Holocaust victims' 
funds or which were 1930s beneficiaries of slave labour (both Jewish and 
non-Jewish). But how about reparations for corporate profits made under 
South Africa's racist apartheid system? As a November 2002 keynote 
speaker for the "USA Engage" lobby of 650 multinational corporations 
organised to fight the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA), Eizenstat warned 
that South African reparations activists "can galvanise public opinion 
and generate political support," and "may achieve some success despite 
legal infirmities''.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/513>

    Germany: Die Linke, one year on (+ video) <http://links.org.au/node/512>

By *Thies Gleiss*

One year after the foundation of the Die Linke (Left) party, 
commentators on both right and left agree that the political situation 
in Germany has been changed. Following three regional elections in 
spring 2008, Die Linke is solidly installed on the landscape.[1] On 
paper it is now the third biggest party in the country, whether in terms 
of members, elected representatives or other holders of paid political 
functions at all levels of the state, or again in terms of financial 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/512>

    Political activism, class struggle -- not markets -- will save the
    planet <http://links.org.au/node/511>

July 5, 2008 -- A political economist and activist who directs the 
Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, 
South Africa, *Patrick Bond* was a featured guest speaker at the /Green 
Left Weekly/ Social Change --- Climate Change conference held in Sydney, 
Australia, in April.

Author of a range of books, including /Climate Change, Carbon Trading 
and Civil Society/, /Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation/, and 
/Walk Left, Talk Right: South Africa's Frustrated Global Reforms/, Bond 
is a long-time advocate for radical solutions to the climate and social 
catastrophe wraught by global capitalism.*/ Lauren Carroll Harris/* 
spoke to Bond at the conference about responses to climate change.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/511>

/Links/ seeks to promote the international exchange of information, 
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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