[Marxism] What's new at Links: Kasrils on Apartheid Israel; Robert Brenner; Pakistan; El Salvador; Martinique; Darfur; S. Africa; Zimbabwe debate; Ireland

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Sun Mar 22 23:19:50 MDT 2009

What's new at Links: Kasrils on Apartheid Israel; Robert Brenner; 
Pakistan; El Salvador; Martinique; Darfur; S. Africa; Zimbabwe debate; 

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    Who said nearly 50 years ago that Israel was an apartheid state?

By *Ronnie Kasrils*

    /"...a colonial racist mentality which rationalised the genocide of
    the indigenous peoples of the Americas and Australasia, in Africa
    from Namibia to the Congo and elsewhere, most clearly has its
    parallels in Palestine."/

March 17, 2009 -- At the onset of international "Israel Apartheid Week" 
in solidarity with the embattled Palestinian people, I want to start by 
quoting a South African who emphatically stated as far back as 1963 that 
"Israel is an apartheid state". Those were not the words of Nelson 
Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu or Joe Slovo, but were uttered by none 
other than the architect of apartheid itself, racist Prime Minister Dr. 
Hendrik Verwoerd.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/960>

    Robert Brenner: A Marxist explanation for the current capitalist
    economic crisis <http://links.org.au/node/957>

Marxist economist *Robert Brenner* was interviewed by *Seongjin Jeong* 
for /Hankyoreh/, one of South Korea's leading daily newspapers. The 
interview was published on January 22, 2009.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/957>

    Pakistan: Eyewitness report -- `the power of the state was helpless
    in front of the power of the street' <http://links.org.au/node/954>

[Ammar Ali Jan, youth secretary of the Labour Party Pakistan in Lahore 
(LPP), will be one of several international guests at the the World at a 
Crossroads conference in Sydney, Australia, April 10-12. For more 
information, or to book tickets, visit http://www.worldatacrossroads.org 
By *Ammar Ali Jan*
Lahore, March 16, 2009 -- We all are ecstatic about what happened in 
Lahore on the March 15, 2009. This day will be remembered as one where 
the power of the state seemed helpless in front of the power of the 
street. The most crucial moment during the day was the battle at the GPO 
that galvanised the entire city into action. The scene of almost 150 
people battling a repressive police and forcing it to retreat will 
remain in the collective memory of our nation for a very long time to come.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/954>

    El Salvador: FMLN president-elect promises `to benefit the poor';
    Chavez congratulates Funes <http://links.org.au/node/951>

March 15, 2009 -- Telesur 
-- The president-elect of El Salvador Mauricio Funes, together with his 
supporters, celebrated the victory in the elections held today in this 
Central American country, giving a speech in which he said that with 
their vote the people had signed "a new accord on peace and reconciliation".

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/951>

    Sydney, April 10-12 (Easter), 2009: World at a Crossroads - Fighting
    for Socialism in the 21st Century <http://links.org.au/node/756>

World At a Crossroads:

Fighting for Socialism in the 21st Century

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    Venezuela: Confronting capitalism's crisis with more revolution

/ /By *Manuel Sanchez*
Caracas, March 14, 2009 -- In some countries, the severe crisis of 
capitalism has resulted in a realignment of respective governments with 
the imperialist powers --- and the adoption of different forms of cut 
backs that affect the living conditions of the majority.
In the Venezuela, the opposite is occurring.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/961>

    LPP: 'A new Pakistan is emerging' <http://links.org.au/node/959>

Statement issued by *Labour Party Pakistan* (LPP) at a press conference 
in Lahore addressed by LPP spokesperson *Farooq Tariq*, in the company 
of *Ammar Ali Jan*, LPP Lahore youth secretary, secretary LPP Punjab 
*Imtiaz Choudry*, Lahore LPP committee member *Rana Ashraf,* secretary 
Carpet Workers' Union *Niaz Khan* and *Kashif Aslam* of the Progressive 
Youth Front.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/959>

    250,000th visit to Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

At some time just before midnight on March 19, 2009, /Links 
International Journal of Socialist Renewal /received its 250,000th visit 
since records began being kept on April 4, 2008. Almost 343,000 articles 
were read in that period.
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    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/958>

    Martinique general strike ends in victory: Mobilisations, victories
    in overseas colonies set example for French workers

By *Richard Fidler*
March 18, 2009 -- A 38-day general strike in the Caribbean colony of 
Martinique ended March 14 with the signing of a protocol between the 
government and the February 5 Collective, a coalition of trade unions 
and other social movements named after the day the strike began. The 
agreement grants the coalition's key demands. About 20,000 people 
celebrated the historic victory in a march through the streets.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/956>

    Let Darfurian and Sudanese voices be heard

By *Kevin Funk* and *Steven Fake*
March 9, 2009 -- When the Save Darfur Coalition held a rally on April 
30, 2006, drawing thousands to Washington DC, it was a watershed for 
Darfur activism in the US. Save Darfur's advocacy efforts enjoyed a 
moment in the sun, the culmination of an aggressive and well-funded 
media campaign.* *Yet the rally also symbolised another, less-reported 
aspect of Darfur activism in the US: the tendency to marginalise 
Darfurian and Sudanese voices.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/955>

    South Africa: A critique of the ANC and COPE election manifestos

/ /On April 22, 2009, South African voters go to the polls to elect a 
new national government. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) 
government will be opposed by a new split-away group, the Congress of 
the People (COPE), led by former ANC leaders opposed to the current ANC 
leader Jacob Zuma. Below, the Anti-Privatisation Forum's *Dale McKinley 
*assesses their policies.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/953>

    Concerned African Scholars: Reflections on Mahmood Mamdani's
    'Lessons of Zimbabwe' <http://links.org.au/node/952>

[Below is the introduction to a special issue of the /Concerned African 
Scholars/ debating prominent African intellectual Mahmood Mamdani's 
views on the regime of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. It contains 
links to the various contributions and to the table of contents. 
Interested readers are encouraged to explore the linked articles 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/952>

    Irish left responses to recent armed attacks in northern Ireland

By* Kerry Fitzpatrick*
Belfast, March 13, 2009 -- The killing of two British soldiers and a 
Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officer by Irish republicans 
opposed to the peace process have threatened to destabilise the 
political situation in the six counties in the north of Ireland still 
claimed by Britain.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/950>

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