[Marxism] What's new at Links: economic crisis; G20; Nepal; World at a Crossroads; Sudan & ICC; apartheid Israel; El Salvador; photo essay; EU election

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Apr 6 02:38:09 MDT 2009

What's new at Links: economic crisis; G20; Nepal; World at a Crossroads; 
Sudan & ICC; apartheid Israel; El Salvador; photo essay; EU election

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    Atilio Borón: From infinite war to infinite crisis

By *Atilio Borón*[*], translated by */Machetera/, Scott Campbell, 
Christine Lewis Carroll* and *Manuel Talens*

March 25, 2009 -- Some thoughts on the current capitalist crisis, its 
probable "solutions" and the role that a socialist option might play in 
the present juncture.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/983>

    Eric Toussaint on G20: `Putting a fresh coat of paint on a world
    that is collapsing'; police attack protesters

By *Eric Toussaint* and *Damien Millet, *translated by Christine 
Pagnoulle in collaboration with Elisabeth Anne
April 1, 2009 -- The G20 summit meeting in London from April 1 onward 
was loudly announced and publicised. Those 20 industrialised and 
emergent countries (G20) are meeting to find solutions to the economic 
crisis. But long before the end of the summit, it is clear that they 
will not rise to the challenge.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/982>

    Sydney, April 10-12, 2009: `World at a Crossroads' 21st century
    socialism conference day-by-day agenda <http://links.org.au/node/974>

*World at a Crossroads: Fighting for socialism in the 21st Century
Easter 2009, April 10-12, Sydney*
*Venue: Sydney Girls High* *School*

World At A Crossroads is a conference that brings together hundreds of 
socialists, progressive activists and Marxist thinkers from around 
Australia, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and North America in dozens of 
panel presentations and workshops dealing with the urgent questions that 
confront us all: war, imperialism, food security, racism, workers' 
rights, sexism, the media and culture.

    * Get day-by-day agenda and more info here

    Nepal: `We call on progressive and leftist forces of the world to
    support us' <http://links.org.au/node/986>

/ /Kathmandu -- On April 2, 2009, *Ben Peterson* -- a socialist activist 
visiting from Australia -- had the opportunity to interview *Suresh 
Kumar Ale Magar*, who is an elected member of Nepal's Constituent 
Assembly and a militant of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).
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    `/`We see the policies and the struggle of the people in Venezuela,
    Bolivia and the Latin American countries against imperialism,
    particularly against US imperialism... I strongly believe that in
    the future that there could be an international anti-imperialist
    organisation, of which those countries would be a major part.''/

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/986>

    Review: John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff's `The Great Financial
    Crisis' <http://links.org.au/node/985>

*/The Great Financial Crisis/
*By *John Bellamy Foster *and *Fred Magdoff
*New York, Monthly Review Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-58367-184-9 paper
Review by *Patrick Bond*

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/985>

    Sudan: ICC indictment of Omar al-Bashir -- justice or a poisoned
    chalice? <http://links.org.au/node/984>

By *Steven Fake* and *Kevin Funk*
March 21, 2009 -- After an hour and a half of walking under the intense 
Sudanese sun, armed with crude maps printed from the internet, we paused 
before a field of rubble in an industrial area of North Khartoum. Two 
teenagers sat on the porch in front of the still-partially standing 
building, conversing and watching the world go by in this gritty, dusty 
area of the Sudanese capital.
"Al-Shifa?", we mustered as a question, the name of the massive 
pharmaceutical plant that stood on this site until just over a decade 
ago. They nodded. "Bill Clinton", we responded, pointing to the ruins of 
the facility that his administration bombed in 1998. The two boys 
chuckled. Just over a decade after the US bombing of al-Shifa, on March 
4 of this year, a different leader --- Sudanese head of state Omar 
al-Bashir --- was indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for 
war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/984>

    Nepal's Blue Diamond Society: Hopes high for LGBTI rights

March 17, 2009 -- Kathmandu -- *Ben Peterson* interviewed *Subash 
Pokharel*, coordinator of Nepal's Blue Diamond Society. The Blue Diamond 
Society is the largest LGBTI (lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender 
and intergender people) rights organisation in Nepal.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/980>

    Salim Vally: The campaign to isolate apartheid Israel -- lessons
    from South Africa <http://links.org.au/node/979>

By *Salim Vally*
[Salim Vally, a leading member of the Palestine Solidarity Committee in 
South Africa and a veteran anti-apartheid activist, will be a featured 
guest at the /World at a Crossroads/ conference, to be held in Sydney, 
Australia, on April 10-12, 2009, organised by the Democratic Socialist 
Perspective, Resistance and /Green Left Weekly/. Visit 
http://www.worldATACrossroads.org <http://www.worldatacrossroads.org/> 
for full agenda and to book your tickets.]

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/979>

    David Harvey: Their crisis, our challenge <http://links.org.au/node/978>

In a far reaching interview with /Red Pepper/, *David Harvey* argues 
that the current financial crisis and bank bail-outs could lead to a 
massive consolidation of the banking system and a return to capitalist 
``business as usual'' --- unless there is sustained revolt and pressure 
for a dramatic redistribution and socialisation of wealth. David Harvey 
was interviewed by *Marco Berlinguer* and *Hilary Wainwright*.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/978>

    El Salvador's FMLN: The road to victory and beyond

By the *Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador*
March 24, 2009 -- Starting at 7am on Sunday, March 15, Salvadorans 
headed en masse to the polls to cast their ballots for the future 
president; by 9:30pm Mauricio Funes, presidential candidate of the 
Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), pronounced himself 
president-elect of El Salvador---the very first leftist head of state in 
the country's history.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/977>

    Photo essay: Fighting back against home foreclosure

Photos by *David Bacon*
Oakland, California, March 12, 2009 -- On the steps of the Alameda 
County courthouse, community activists in the Association of Community 
Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) protest against the auction of the 
foreclosed home of Armando Ramos and Fernanda Cardenas. Their home 
mortgage, held by the mortgage company OCWEN, had an adjustable 
rate. When it went up, Ramos and Cardenas could no longer make the 
payments. OCWEN then decided to auction off the home on the courthouse 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/976>

    Britain: New left alliance for EU elections

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March 24, 2009 -- Last week saw the launch of the ``No2EU -- Yes to 
Democracy'' electoral front, which is critical of the European Union and 
opposed to the Lisbon Treaty. The alliance is an initiative of *Bob 
Crow*, head of Britian's biggest transport union, the RMT. Below, Crow 
explains why activists have taken the decision to challenge British 
Labour Party complaceny on this viciously anti-working class treaty.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/975>

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