[Marxism] What's new at Links: Zimbabwe; Bolivia; Howard Zinn; Pakistan; Malaysia; Peru; May-June 68; Carbon trading; Mexico;

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Jun 30 05:46:51 MDT 2008

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    NEW! Links Dossier #2: Class Struggle and Resistance in Zimbabwe

In the second /Links/ /Dossier/, in an easy to print a PDF format, 
/Links - International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ makes available 
essential historical background material on the struggle for socialism 
in Zimbabwe, the degeneration of the regime and party of Robert Mugabe 
and the views of the Zimbabwean socialist movement on the way forward 
for the struggle for democracy and radical change.


/Revolutionaries, resistance and crisis in Zimbabwe/

/His Excellency Comrade Robert: How Mugabe's ZANU clique rose to power/

/Zimbabwean socialists: `No to a government of national unity! Only 
united mass action will defeat Mugabe!'/

Click *http://links.org.au/node/497 
to download.

    Zimbabwe socialists: `No to a government of national unity! Only
    united mass action will defeat Mugabe! <http://links.org.au/node/489>

By the* International Socialist Organisation of Zimbabwe*

** * **

June 23, 2008 -- Movement for Democratic Change presidential candidate 
Morgan Tsvangirai held a press conference at which he issued a statement 
to the effect that the MDC is pulling out of the presidential run-off 
election because conditions for a free and fair election do not exist, 
[due to the] the massive violence against his party and civic society. 
The press conference followed the disruption of his final rally in 
Harare by ZANU-PF vigilantes on June 22. Tsvangirai stated that the MDC 
was to carry out further consultations and would announce the details of 
the way forward.
We welcome the position taken by the MDC, and initial reports indicate 
that this position has been accepted by MDC and civic society activists 
and supporters.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/489>

    Howard Zinn: An illustrated people's history of the US empire

Since its landmark publication in 1980, /A People's History of the 
United States/ has had six new editions, sold more than 1.7 million 
copies and been turned into an acclaimed play. More than a successful 
book, /A People's History/ triggered a revolution in the way history is 
told, displacing the official versions with their emphasis on great men 
in high places to chronicle events as they were lived, from the bottom up.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/486>

    Bolivia's vice-president on the course of revolution

By *Álvaro García Linera*, vice-president of Bolivia
Translation, notes and introduction by *Richard Fidler*
Álvaro García Linera, Bolivia's vice-president, is a former leader of 
the Tupac Katarí guerrilla army. He was subsequently employed as a 
university sociologist. He is also a prominent Latin American Marxist, 
strongly influenced by post-World War II European non-Stalinist Marxist 
currents inspired by the ideas of the Italian communist leader and 
political theorist Antonio Gramsci. Gramsci, who died in 1937, was an 
innovative Marxist thinker who wrote extensively on the concept of 
cultural hegemony and its role as an ideological mainstay of capitalist 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/484>

    Taking stock of the Bolivarian Revolution: Changing Venezuela by
    Taking Power <http://links.org.au/node/498>

Review by *Derrick O'Keefe* - Rabble.ca

/Changing Venezuela by Taking Power, 
<http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/book/changing_venezuela> by Gregory 
Wilpert (Verso, 2007)/

June 26, 2008 -- Gregory Wilpert has pulled off a triumph on two fronts 
with his new book on the Bolivarian Revolution, /Changing Venezuela by 
Taking Power/. Most obviously, Wilpert's book --- in both its scope and 
(sometimes almost maddening) objectivity --- is the most detailed and 
credible analysis yet published of the Venezuelan revolution, which 
itself represents, arguably, the single most significant challenge today 
to the hegemony of global capitalism.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/498>

    Pakistan: Workers' power in Faisalabad <http://links.org.au/node/496>

By *Farooq Tariq*

June 26, 2008 -- More than 10,000 workers picketed a power loom factory 
in Sadhar Faisalabad for more than eight hours on 24 June. They were 
demanding the arrest of the owner of the factory and his gangsters. The 
factory owner, Asif, a Muslim League Q member of Punjab Assembly (MPA), 
directed his gangsters to open fire on the 300 workers protesting 
outside the factory for higher wages. Seven workers were shot and 
severely injured. They were rushed to the Allied Hospital in Faisalabad. 
One was in a critical condition.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/496>

    XIV Sao Paulo Forum: Left parties debate the current historic
    conjuncture <http://links.org.au/node/495>

By *Inés Hayes*, with reports from Montevideo by *Cristina Camusso* and 
*Julio Louis*.
*Dilemma:*/ /From May 22 to 25, the XIV Sao Paulo Forum was held in 
Montevideo, Uruguay. Under the banner `The Latin American and Caribbean 
left in the new time, richness in diversity', 844 delegates from 35 
countries in Latin America, Asia and Europe participated in this 
historic meeting. The first encounter was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 
1990. The debates over the crucial issues of the 21st century are 
embodied today in the governments which have emerged through the 
electoral road. The historic dilemma of reform or revolution once again 
returns to centre stage.

Read more <http://links.org.au/node/495>

    Peru: Miners, Moqueguanos win victory following violent government
    attacks <http://links.org.au/node/494>

By *Carlos Quiroz, *peruanista.blogspot.com
June 19, 2008 (updated June 26) -- The videos you are about to see are a 
bit shocking. For 18 months the people of the Moquegua region 
(southeastern Peru) and the mining workers from that region have been 
seeking for peaceful negotiations with the Peruvian government in Lima.

Read more <http://links.org.au/node/494>

    The May-June 1968 revolt in France and its influence today (+
    videos) <http://links.org.au/node/491>

By *Duncan Meerding*

In May and June 1968, a movement erupted in France that threatened not 
just the survival of the government of President Charles De Gaulle but 
the system that it represented --- capitalism. At the height of this 
movement, which was sparked by radical action by youth and students, an 
estimated 10 million workers were on strike and 600,000 students were 
occupying their schools and universities, and a further 2 million 
farmers were supporting them. This meant that more than one in five of 
France's population were on the

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/491>

    Can carbon trading solve global warming? <http://links.org.au/node/490>

*Larry Lohmann*, the Corner House, UK

Brightcove TV, 12 February 2008

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/490>

    Photo essay: Mexican indigenous front agitates for rights of
    migrants in the US <http://links.org.au/node/488>

Text and photos by *David Bacon*


MAY 31, 2008 -- The assembly of the Indigenous Front of Binational 
Organisations in the Mixteca region of Oaxaca, one of the poorest areas 
in Mexico. A large percentage of the indigenous population of Oaxaca and 
other states has left to work in northern Mexico and in the United 
States. The FIOB is a political organisation of indigenous communities 
and migrants, with chapters in Mexico and the US. It advocates for the 
rights of migrants, and for the right not to migrate -- for economic 
development which would enable people to stay home.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/488>

    Malaysia: Fuel heats governmental crisis (+ videos)

June 21, 2008 -- The National Front (BN) government led by PM Abdullah 
Badawi has been shaky since the March general election that returned a 
much stronger parliamentary opposition --- now largely united in a new 
People's Front (Pakatan Rakyat).

However, the BN's recent decision to lift petrol prices by 41% (and 
diesel by 63%) has galvanised a new round of mass protests. Thousands 
took to the streets in Kuala Lumpur after prayers at the mosque on June 
13 demanding that prices be lowered and a much larger rally is being 
planned for July 6.

/Link/'s /*Peter Boyle*/ spoke on June 19 with /*S.Arutchelvan*/, the 
secretary-general of the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM), about the 
recent developments. After a 10-year battle for registration as a legal 
party, the PSM has just been promised recognition by the embattled 
government. This follows the PSM winning two seats in the March elections.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/485>

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