[Marxism] What's new at Links: Summit of Americas; Thailand; Evo Morales; World at a Crossroads; Tamils; S. Africa; Michael Lebowitiz; Climate & Capitalism

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Mon Apr 20 18:22:23 MDT 2009


What's new at Links: Summit of Americas; Thailand; Evo Morales; World at 
a Crossroads; Tamils; S. Africa; Michael Lebowitiz; Climate & Capitalism

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    `Capitalism is putting an end to humanity and the planet' -- ALBA on
    the 5th Summit of the Americas <http://links.org.au/node/1000>

Translated by *Federico Fuentes*
Cumaná, April 17, 2009 -- The heads of state and governments of Bolivia, 
Cuba, Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela -- member countries of 
the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) -- 
consider that the proposed Declaration of the 5th Summit of the Americas 
is insufficient and unacceptable for the following reasons:

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1000>


    Thailand: Red Shirt democratic movement faces armed might of the
    ruling elites <http://links.org.au/node/993>

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*, Turn Left Thailand
April 13, 2009 -- For the fourth time in forty years, troops have opened 
fire on pro-democracy demonstrators in Bangkok. Each time, the aim has 
been the same: to protect the interests of the conservative elites who 
have run Thailand for the past 70 years.
For those watching the cold-blooded murder by soldiers on the streets of 
Bangkok, it may be tempting just to assume that the present chaos is 
merely about different coloured T-shirts and supporters of different 
political parties, as though they were mirror images of each other. This 
is not the case.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/993>


    Left activists discuss solutions at World at a Crossroads
    international socialism conference <http://links.org.au/node/999>

By *Simon Butler*
Sydney -- April 18, 2009 -- Several participants at the World at a 
Crossroads conference, held in Sydney on April 10-12, remarked that the 
conference could not have been better named. As the world economy 
lurches into a deep recession, and the looming climate emergency reaches 
a crisis point, the world truly is at a crossroads. The future will be 
decided in the conflict between the greedy capitalist elites and those 
around the world fighting for a far better world --- a world free of 
racism, war and environmental plunder.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/999>


    Malaysian socialists: `Unite to turn workers' frustration into a
    political struggle for socialism' <http://links.org.au/node/997>

/ /By * M. Saraswathy*/
[M. Saraswathy is deputy chairperson of the Socialist Party of Malaysia. 
She was a featured guest at the World at a Crossroads conference, 
organised by the Democratic Socialist Perspective and Resistance, and 
held in Sydney, Australia, April 10-12, 2009. Below is M. Saraswathy's 
speech to the final session of the conference: ``World at a Crossroads 
-- Fighting for our future''.] /

Cuba si! Yankee no! Uh! Ah! Chavez no se va!
Red salute from Malaysia to all friends and comrades!
The Socialist Party of Malaysia thanks the Democratic Socialist 
Persective, Socialist Alliance and Resistance for inviting us to this 
valuable World at a Crossroads conference.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/997>


    The Tamils need support <http://links.org.au/node/1003>

The following editorial appeared in */Green Left Weekly/* issue #791, 
April 22, 2009.
April 18, 2009 -- One of the great crimes of modern times is occurring 
on the island of Sri Lanka without a word of protest from governments 
the world over. The Tamil people are facing genocide. Already this year, 
the death toll of Tamil civilians exceeds 4000. Often dozens, and in 
some cases hundreds, are slaughtered in a single day in Sri Lankan Army 
bombings of the so-called safe zone, into which as many as 300,000 
people are crowded.
Those Tamils who flee this zone are being placed into concentration 
camps by the Sri Lankan Army.
This brutal reality is almost entirely unreported, and not simply 
because the Sri Lankan government refuses to allow journalists access to 
the scene of its crime. Instead, the mainstream media is once again 
siding with the powerful.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1003>


    South African election: Zuma elite will maintain ANC's
    pro-capitalist course <http://links.org.au/node/1002>

/ /By *John Appolis* and *Dale McKinley*, for the Anti-Privatisation 
ForumApril 16, 2009 -- We are now in a world radically different from 
what it was a mere four months ago. The world economy is collapsing, 
torn apart by an economic recession. Thousands of workers are being 
thrown out of work; millions find themselves hungry in the midst of 
plenty of food; millions are homeless in the midst of houses being 
repossessed and standing empty. Factories that once produced bricks and 
cement are standing idle when millions require shelter. Neoliberal 
capitalism has over the past 30 years inflicted untold misery onto the 
world's poor whilst simultaneously making a very small minority filthy rich.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1002>


    Video: Michael Lebowitz: Venezuela's socialism of the 21st century
    <http://links.org.au/node/1001>

April 16, 2009 -- *Michael Lebowitz* has recently been in Australia as a 
featured guest of the World at a Crossroads conference, held in Sydney 
April 10-12, organised by the Democratic Socialist Perspective and 
/Green Left Weekly/. Lebowitz is professor emeritus of economics at 
Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is a program 
coordinator with the Centro International.

    * Watch <http://links.org.au/node/1001>


    Canadian socialists: `The goals that unite us are vastly more
    important than our differences' <http://links.org.au/node/998>

By *Ian Angus*

/[Ian Angus is an associate editor of /Socialist Voice/ (Canada). //He 
was a featured guest at the World at a Crossroads conference, organised 
by the Democratic Socialist Perspective and Resistance, and held in 
Sydney, Australia, April 10-12, 2009. Below is Ian Angus' speech to the 
final session of the conference: ``World at a Crossroads -- Fighting for 
our future''.]/

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/998>


    Evo Morales: `I declare myself Marxist ... now let the OAS expel
    Bolivia' <http://links.org.au/node/996>

April 16, 2009 -- During his intervention at the seventh ALBA Summit, 
Bolivia's president Evo Morales recalled the 1962 documents of the 
Organisation of American States (OAS) that resulted in Cuba being 
expelled from the organisation, and outlined the importance of 
reflecting on the motives of that expulsion.

The resolution indicates that the adherence of any member country to 
Marxism-Leninism, and the association of any member government of the 
organisation with the communist bloc, broke the unity and solidarity of 
the hemisphere. Therefore, given that the government of Cuba identified 
itself as Marxist-Leninist, it was incompatible with the purpose of the 
OAS and was therefore excluded from participating.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/996>


    Michael Lebowitz: What would Marx say today?
    <http://links.org.au/node/995>

Is it time to dust off a copy of /Das Kapital/ and revisit Marx's 
analysis of capitalism's ills?
Michael Lebowitz has recently been in Australia as a featured guest of 
the World at a Crossroads conference, held in Sydney April 10-12, 
organised by the Democratic Socialist Perspective and /Green Left 
Weekly/. He was interviewed by the ABC Radio's /Late Night Live/ on 
April 14, 2009.

    * Listen
      <http://links.org.au/node/995>


    Audio: Capitalism and Climate Change -- Ian Angus
    <http://links.org.au/node/994>

*Ian Angus* is the editor of climateandcapitalism.com and a founder of 
the Eco-socialist International Network. He is also associate editor of 
Canada's S/ocialist Voice/ and the director of the Socialist History 
Project. Ian toured Australia (Perth poster, left) in the run up to the 
World at a Crossroads conference held in Sydney on April 10-12, 2009, 
which was organised by the Democratic Socialist Perspective.

    * Listen <http://links.org.au/node/994>

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