[Marxism] What's new at Links: Che; public transport; Venezuela; S. Africa; Pakistan; Canada & Afghanistan; India; Bolivia; China; Nicaragua

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Jun 16 04:03:57 MDT 2008

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    Scottish Socialist Party: Free public transport for all: travel
    doesn't have to cost the Earth <http://links.org.au/node/475>

The Scottish Socialist Party's campaign for free public transport is an 
``audacious, eye-catching idea'' according to Douglas Fraser, political 
editor of /The Herald/ newspaper. In the Belgian city of Hasselt, which 
covers an area double the size of Dundee, congestion was eliminated in 
the late 1980s after the introduction of a totally free public transport 
system. Free public transport would be the biggest single 
pro-environment policy enacted by any national government anywhere on 
the planet, dramatically slashing car use and CO2 emissions. Free fares 
would represent a major shift of wealth in favour of the many thousands 
of people who currently pay sky-high fares to subsidise the transport 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/475>

    NEW! Links Dossier #1: PSUV: Birth of a mass revolutionary party

The first in a series of occasional /Links Dossiers/, /Links 
International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ is making available a 
selection of its key articles on the exciting development of Venezuela's 
United Socialist Party (PSUV). The dossier is in PDF format, to allow 
easy downloading, printing and distribution.

To download /Links Dossier #1 -- PSUV: Birth of a mass revolutionary 
party/, click HERE <http://static.links.org.au/dossiers/Dossier1.pdf>

    Eyewitness report from Venezuela's May Day

June 13, 2008 -- /LatinRadical/ -- *Coral Wynter* is back after 
coordinating the distinctive presence of the Australian Venezuela 
Solidarity Network's ``May Day'' brigade to Venezuela that included, 
appropriately, a large contingent of Australian trade unionists. The 
previous Australian government of John Howard had the Australian embassy 
in Venezuela closed down when a Washington-inspired coup against 
President Hugo Chavez failed, but hopefully that will change, if 
Australian Greens Senator Bob Brown (with the Australian /brigadistas/) 
returns after his own visit with the news that President Hugo Chavez is 
not a ``dictator'', but a popularly elected leader who has increased his 
electoral popularity regularly at each electoral contest.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/474>

    South Africa: Water struggles from Johannesburg and beyond

By *Dale T. McKinley*

It's been five years since residents of the poor community of Phiri 
(Soweto) were first confronted with the practical consequences of the 
City of Johannesburg's corporatisation and commodification (read: 
privatisation) of water delivery. That was when Phiri was chosen as the 
first community in the Johannesburg Metro to ``benefit'' from the 
implementation of its Operation Gcin'amanzi. What subsequently happened 
has now been well documented many times over: the surreptitious and 
forcible installation of pre-paid water meters under the pretext of 
fixing ageing infrastructure; the victimisation and cutting-off of 
supply to those who refused; and, sustained resistance pitting community 
residents -- organised through the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) and 
the newly formed Coalition Against Water Privatisation (CAWP) -- against 
an ``unholy alliance'' of Johannesburg Water, the City of Johannesburg, 
state prosecutors, the South African Police Services and private 
security firms.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/473>

    Thousands join lawyers' `Long March' in Pakistan (+ video)

By* Farooq Tariq*
Thousands of lawyers, political, trade unions and social movement 
activists have made their way to Islamabad. They are participating in 
the Long March called by the lawyer's movement. This is to push the 
Pakistan Peoples Party government to restore the top judges without any 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/472>

    Canadian workers demand immediate end to war in Afghanistan (+
    video) <http://links.org.au/node/471>

By *Michael Skinner*

On 29 May 2009, the delegates at the national convention of the Canadian 
Labour Congress (CLC), representing more than 3 million workers from 
every region of Canada and Quebec, voted overwhelmingly to demand that 
the government of Canada immediately end its participation in the 
illegal war in Afghanistan.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/471>

    India: US imperialism's new cop on the South Asian beat

By *Kavita Krishnan*

June 11, 2008 -- The Indian ruling class is striving to forge what it 
calls a ``strategic partnership'' with the United States, and in this 
aim the major ruling-class political parties are united. The previous 
government -- a coalition termed the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) 
headed by the Hindu majoritarian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- which 
was in power from 1999-2004, had in the wake of 9/11 strived to prove to 
the US rulers that India was a more stable and suitable ally on the 
subcontinent for the US ``war on terror'' than Pakistan.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/470>

    Che Guevara's final verdict on the Soviet economy

By *John Riddell*

June 8, 2008 -- One of the most important developments in Cuban Marxism 
in recent years has been increased attention to the writings of Ernesto 
Che Guevara on the economics and politics of the transition to 
socialism. A milestone in this process was the publication in 2006 by 
Ocean Press and Cuba's Centro de Estudios Che Guevara of /Apuntes 
criticos a la economía política/ [/Critical Notes on Political 
Economy/], a collection of Che's writings from the years 1962 to 1965, 
many of them previously unpublished. The book includes a lengthy excerpt 
from a letter to Fidel Castro, entitled ``Some Thoughts on the 
Transition to Socialism''. In it, in extremely condensed comments, Che 
presented his views on economic development in the Soviet Union.[1]

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/469>

    Bolivia: When minorities deny the rights of the majorities

By *Miguel Lora Fuentes, */Bolpress/ (translation by *David Montoute*)

How true it is that nothing lasts forever. Bolivia's exploited classes, 
of mainly indigenous origin, are now confronting more than five 
centuries of exclusion. This territory's original inhabitants were 
subjugated by the cross and the sword during the colonial period, they 
were harassed and had their lands taken from them under the Republic, 
and their culture was ignored during the bourgeois-democratic revolution 
of 1952. Now, as they finally take state power by democratic means at 
the beginning of the 21st century, the dominant minority accuses them of 
wanting to install the ``first racist, fascist state in Latin America''.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/468>

    China: Socialist revolution and capitalist restoration

By* Chris Slee*
The Chinese revolution was one of the most important events of the 
twentieth century. The victory of the revolution in 1949 was a major 
defeat for imperialism. The new Communist Party government carried out 
democratic measures such as land reform, and improved the conditions of 
workers and peasants through the spread of health care and literacy. It 
began expropriating industry, and within a few years had nationalised 
all capitalist enterprises. It proclaimed that the revolution had 
entered the socialist stage.
But the new state was bureaucratically distorted from its inception. The 
bureaucrats enjoyed substantial privileges. They repressed dissent 
amongst workers, peasants, students and intellectuals. And they engaged 
in violent power struggles amongst themselves, undermining the gains of 
the revolution.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/466>

    Nicaragua: What alternative do President Daniel Ortega's opponents
    propose? <http://links.org.au/node/465>

By *Domingo Quilez*, introduction and translation by *Felipe Stuart 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/465>

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