[Marxism] What's new at Links: Obama; Cuba on food crisis; Venezuela; Nigeria; Malaysia; Argentina

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Sun Jun 8 23:23:46 MDT 2008

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    Why Barack Obama's nomination for the US presidency is historic

By *Malik Miah***

``America, this is our moment'', stated Barack Obama on June 3 after 
winning enough delegates to become the presumed presidential nominee for 
the Democratic Party. Obama becomes the first African American in the 
history of the country to be nominated by one of the ruling parties. It 
happened on the evening of June 3 as the final two primaries occurred in 
Montana and South Dakota, where he and his main opponent New York 
Senator Hillary Clinton won one state each.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/464>

    Cuba's vice-president: `We can confront the food crisis'

/Address by *José Ramón Machado Ventura*, vice-president of Cuba's 
Councils of State and Ministers, to the high-level conference on World 
Food Security: The Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy./

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/460>

    Venezuela: 2.5 million take part in PSUV pre-selection; Candidates
    announced <http://links.org.au/node/455>

June 2, 2008 -- *Fred Fuentes* iand Kiraz Janicke in Caracas report on 
important struggles being played out within Venezuela's governing PSUV 
(United Socialist Party of Venezuela).

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/455>

    Nigerian socialist: A tribute to Fidel Castro

*Kola Ibrahim* of the Democratic Socialist Movement of Nigeria looks at 
the legacy of Fidel Castro, the internationalisation of struggle and 
calls for ``working-class activists from Kenya to Venezuela to Georgia 
to Pakistan and the rest of the world'' to build a genuine working 
people's political platform.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/463>

    Via Campesina farmers to heads of state: Time to change food
    policies! <http://links.org.au/node/462>

*Via Campesina *

Rome, June 3, 2008 -- Now that the FAO expects that hunger will affect 
an extra 100 million people by the end of the year, heads of states and 
leaders from around the world are gathering in Rome for the FAO 
"High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate 
Change and Bioenergy".
The international peasant's movement Via Campesina welcomes this sudden 
high level interest in food and agriculture production, but reminds 
governments and international institutions that the current climate and 
food crisis are not the result of any sudden natural disaster. They are 
the fruit of decades of policies of trade ``liberalisation'' and of the 
vertical integration of production, processing and distribution by 
corporate agriculture.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/462>

    Malaysia: PSM -- a decade of struggle <http://links.org.au/node/461>

Port Dickson, Malaysia, June 1, 2008 -- The Socialist Party of Malaysia 
(PSM -- Parti Sosialis Malaysia) successfully concluded its 10th 
congress at a time when the ruling Barisan Nasional Party faces its 
biggest threat to its survival in Malaysian politics and while 
capitalism faces its biggest challenge -- the world food crisis. It is 
an exciting time and it is time for change.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/461>

    Argentina: The clash over rent <http://links.org.au/node/453>

Following the March 11 decision by the Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner 
government to introduce a sliding tax increase -- varying from 35% to 
45% -- on soya exports, Argentina has been rocked by a wave of protests 
by agricultural producers. For 21 days, the "countryside" -- including 
the four organisations that unite large, middle and small agricultural 
producers -- organised a rural lockout, blocking the circulation of 
agricultural produce to the cities.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/453>

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