[Marxism] What's new at Links: Latin America; Dave Zirin on sport; economy and environment; El Salvador; South Africa; food crisis; Argentina;
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Mon Jul 28 00:13:30 MDT 2008
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Latin America's struggle for integration and independence
By *Federico Fuentes*
Caracas, July 26, 2008 -- Commenting on how much the two had in common
--- same age, three children, similar music tastes --- Ecuadorian
President Rafael Correa said to Mexican President Felipe Calderon on
April 11 that "perhaps we represent the new generation of leaders in
Latin America". He added, however, that one difference still remained:
Calderon had still not become a socialist. "Being right wing is out of
fashion in Latin America ... Join us, you are always welcome."
The election of Fernando Lugo as Paraguayan president seems to confirm
the idea of a new fashion for presidents. The former priest joins the
ranks of current Latin American presidents that includes two women
(Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Argentina and Michelle Bachelet in
Chile), an indigenous person (Evo Morales in Bolivia), a former militant
trade unionist (Lula de Silva in Brazil), a radically minded economist
(Rafael Correa in Ecuador), a doctor (Tabare Vasquez in Uruguay), a
former guerrilla fighter (Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua) and a former rebel
soldier (Hugo Chavez in Venezuela).
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/540>
A people's history of sports -- Dave Zirin
*Dave Zirin* presents a terrific and humourous talk on ``The People's
History of Sports'', providing insights and little-known history about
sports in the United States. He spoke at the US International Socialist
Organization's Socialism 2008 conference in Chicago on June 21, 2008.
Howard Zinn said of Zirin, ``It is so refreshing to have a sports writer
who writes with such verve and intelligence, who also has a social
conscience,and who refuses to keep those parts of his life separate." He
is author of the forthcoming /A People's History of Sports in the US/.
* Read and watch more <http://links.org.au/node/539>
The coming economic & environment meltdowns ... and the
possibilities for fighting back <http://links.org.au/node/538>
July 15, 2008 --The planet is facing a meltdown -- from the global
financial system to the unprecedented environmental crisis. Almost
everyone from stockbrokers to scientists to economists agree the
situation is dire. Yet Wall Street banks are given
hundred-million-dollar bailouts, while millions face home foreclosures.
In the Third world it's worse -- crops are used to provide fuel for
thirsty rich-world SUVs, while 100 million /more /people face starvation
due to the growing food crisis. The disregard for the hardship of the
majority has seen food riots and strikes hit over 30 countries.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/538>
El Salvador election 2009: High hopes for FMLN
By the *National Committee of the War Veterans' Sector of the Farabundo
Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN)*
El Salvador has entered a governance crisis the signs of which include
the bare participation by the general public in the life of the nation.
There is no attempt by the government to achieve consensus, or a will to
reach agreement on public policy; and there is no tolerance of even a
minimal participation by the citizenry in public affairs. Disillusion
and scepticism are the predominant feelings amongst the general public.
The country's institutional structures are weak and poorly developed.
This impacts even upon political parties, which neither express nor
channel popular demands and lack the capacity to play an intermediary
role in the conflicts caused by the demands of different sectors of society.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/537>
Stuffed and Starved: `Snapping' the power of agribusiness
Review by *Leo Zeilig*
*/Stuffed and Starved/**, by Raj Patel, Black Inc., 2007*
At the end of the 19th century huge areas of the globe where violently
incorporated into the world market. Whole regions that had for
generations been farmed for local consumption were transformed for the
production of cash crops. In captured and occupied lands new food crops
were introduced that had little or no local nutritional use: ground nuts
(peanuts) in what is now Senegal and Nigeria, cocoa in Cote d'Ivoire,
cotton and rubber production across thousands of square kilometres of
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/536>
The xenophobia outbreak in South Africa: Strategic questions facing
the new social movements <http://links.org.au/node/535>
By *Oupa Lehulere*
June 2008 -- The township of Alexandra outside Johannesburg, South
Africa, has a long history of resistance to oppression and exploitation.
In the late 1950s Alex (as it is popularly referred to) was the centre
of bus boycotts against increases in fares and of struggles against
apartheid, in the 1980s Alex was the centre of building street
committees that represented what were then called ``organs of people's
power'' -- forms of alternative government to the apartheid state, and
in 2002 the event that announced the presence of the new social
movements on the South African post-apartheid political landscape -- the
20,000-strong march led by the Social Movements United -- took place in
Alex. The fact that it was Alex that would go down in history as the
township that expressed most publicly the reactionary attitudes held by
working-class people against fellow working-class people from other
parts of Africa throws into sharp relief the process of political and
organisational decline that has been underway within the South Africa's
working class since 1994.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/535>
Argentina: The coup-plotting oligarchs are trying to paint
themselves as the democrats. They will not succeed!
Statement by *Patria y Pueblo* (Homeland and People), translated and
introduced by *Federico Fuentes* for /Links International Journal of
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/534>
Leo Panitch on movements, debates and struggles in Latin America
July 17, 2008 -- A report by Leo Panitch on an international seminar
organised by the Brazilian Landless People's Movement (MST). Bringing
together key ``organic'' intellectuals from the continent, the meeting
discussed the advances and contradictions of the rise of the left
movement across Latin America, one that seeks to change society by
taking power. Leo Panitch is editor of /Socialist Register/. The meeting
was sponsored by the Socialist Project in Canada.
Watch at http://links.org.au/node/533
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