[Marxism] What's new at Links: Nepal; Venezuela; Fidel on Obama; South Africa; Egypt; `Balkanisation' of Bolivia; Stalinism;

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Sun Jun 1 23:47:03 MDT 2008

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    Nepal: On the eve of the republic -- Interview with CPN (Maoist)
    leader Prachanda <http://links.org.au/node/448>

An exclusive interview with CPN (Maoist) leader *Prachanda* by /MRZine/ 
(reposted by /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ 
<http://links.org.au> with permission). By *Mary Des Chene* and *Stephen 
It is 14th Jeth, 2065, [Tuesday May 27, 2008] in Nepal, the day before 
the constituent assembly is to convene and declare Nepal a full 
republic. The king remains in his palace. The form of the new 
government, who will lead it, whether the old parliamentary parties will 
join in a Maoist-led government or, as they have indicated so far, will 
boycott and try to isolate it -- these and other basic questions remain 
to be resolved. The following is an early morning interview with CPN 
(Maoist) leader Prachanda, before he embarked on a last intensive round 
of negotiations to try to bring the parliamentary parties into a 
coalition government under Maoist leadership.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/448>

    Fidel on Obama: The empire's hypocritical politics

By *Fidel Castro Ruz*

May 25, 2008 -- It would be dishonest of me to remain silent after 
hearing the speech Barack Obama delivered on the afternoon of May 23, 
2008, at the Cuban American National Foundation, created by Ronald 
Reagan. I listened to his speech, as I did [John] McCain's and Bush's. I 
feel no resentment towards Obama, for he is not responsible for the 
crimes perpetrated against Cuba and humanity. Were I to defend him, I 
would do his adversaries an enormous favour. I have therefore no 
reservations about criticising him and about expressing my points of 
view on his words frankly.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/447>

    Yugoslavia, Washington and the `Balkanisation' of Bolivia

By *Michael Karadjis*

I feel forced to write to correct some confusion that has been 
circulating regarding the current US ambassador to Bolivia, Philip 
Goldberg, who has been supporting the so-called ``autonomy'' referendum 
by the Bolivian oligarchy. A continuous line has come out that Goldberg 
``has experience in partition'' because he allegedly participated in the 
dismemberment of Yugoslavia. This tends to be a secondary point 
alongside a more general point that erroneously compares actual 
oppressed nations, such as the Kosovar Albanians, the poorest people in 
Europe, who have striven for independence for over a century, with the 
rich oligarchy of low-lands Bolivia, engaged in an imperialist-backed 
destabilisation of the Bolivian revolution.
Along with Kosova, some also list Tibet and other examples of so-called 
``secessionism'' as being related to the Bolivian oligarchy's campaign. 
One feels compelled to add Palestine, Eritrea, Bangladesh, East Timor, 
Aceh, Tamil Ealam and other national liberation struggles by oppressed 
peoples just to make it consistent.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/445>

    Venezuela: Struggle in the PSUV -- `If the people don't stand firm,
    the right will screw it up!' <http://links.org.au/node/443>

By *Stuart Munckton *

May 27, 2008 -- The two /Venezuelanalysis.com/ articles below, by Kiraz 
Janicke (a member of the /Green Left Weekly/ Caracas bureau and 
/Venezuelanalysis.com/ journalist), give a feel for the increasingly 
intense struggle that is taking place /within/ the Chavista camp.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/443>

    The Soviet Union: a no-party state? <http://links.org.au/node/439>

Review by *Alex Miller*

*/The Soviet Century/*
By Moshe Lewin
Verso 2005
416 pages

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/439>
    * Also in Spanish at http://links.org.au/node/444

    Xenophobia tears apart South Africa's working class

By *Thandokuhle Manzi* and *Patrick Bond *

May 26, 2008 -- The low-income black township here in Durban which 
suffered more than any other during apartheid, Cato Manor, was the scene 
of a test performed on a Mozambican last Wednesday morning (May 21). At 
6:45am, in the warmth of a rising subtropical winter sun, two unemployed 
men strolling on Belair Road approached the middle-aged immigrant. They 
accosted him and demanded, in the local indigenous language isiZulu, 
that he say the word meaning ``elbow'' (this they referred to with their 
hand). The man answered ``idolo'', which unfortunately means ``knee''. 
The correct answer is ``indololwane''. His punishment: being beaten up 
severely, and then told to ``go home''.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/438>

    Egypt: Workers impose a new agenda <http://links.org.au/node/437>

By *Asma Agbarieh-Zahalka*

This was my first encounter with Cairo. Love at first sight.
I wasn't there as a tourist. What brought me to Egypt with my colleague, 
Samia Nassar, was the wave of strikes which, since December 2006, has 
been shaking the regime of Hosni Mubarak. In 2007 there were 580 
strikes, demonstrations and protests, involving between 300,000 and 
500,000 workers. The number for 2008 is likely to be more than twice 
that, reflecting enormous hikes in food prices.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/437>

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