[Marxism] What's new at Links: Socialism conference, Nepal, Malaysia, John Bellamy Foster, Venezuela, Thailand, Hadash, France, economics, India, Darwin
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What's new at Links: Socialism conference, Nepal, Malaysia, John Bellamy
Foster, Venezuela, Thailand, Hadash, France, economics, India, Darwin
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Sydney, April 10-12, 2009: `World at a Crossroads' 21st century
socialism conference day-by-day agenda <http://links.org.au/node/974>
*W**orld 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.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/974>
Eyewitness reports from the Nepal's revolution
By *Ben Peterson*
[The following are a series first-hand reports from Nepal, by Australian
socialist activist Ben Peterson.
First impressions and adventures in Nepal March 6, 2009 -- And here I
am. After too long speculating from the sidelines (and sidelines 10,000
kilometresm away) I have finally arrived in the land of Mountains and
Maoists. On Tuesday night at about 10 pm, I landed in Kathmandu to see
with my own eyes the processes unfolding here.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/973>
Malaysian socialists' logo deemed 'violent', PSM warns of return to
Mahathir-style repression <http://links.org.au/node/966>
[M. Sarawathy, a representative of the Socialist Party of Malaysia, will
be attending the World at a Crossroads conference in Sydney, Australia,
April 10-12, 2009. For more information, or to book tickets, visit
March 19, 2009 -- Poor PSM (Parti Sosialis Malaysia, Malaysian Socialist
Party)! Obstacles after obstacles the Parti Socialis Malaysia has had to
face before it could be officially recognised as a political party.
The latest hitch is expected to make its recognition more elusive -- the
authorities are now saying that the party's logo, a white-coloured
clenched fist against a red backdrop, has "connotations of violence" and
is "morally unsuitable".
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/966>
John Bellamy Foster on the economic and ecological crises: `The
common denominator is capitalism' <http://links.org.au/node/963>
*John Bellamy Foster* interviewed by /Links International Journal of
Socialist Renewal/Green Left Weekly'/s *Ruth Ratcliffe*A 20-minute
interview recorded with a handheld cam in Oregon, USA, in February 2009.
John Bellamy Foster is editor of /Monthy Review/ and professor of
sociology at the University of Oregon. He is co-author, with Fred
Magdoff, of /The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences/
(Monthly Review Press, January 2009) among numerous other works./
/Foster discusses the global economic crisis, its implications for the
world and particularly the Australian economy. He also discusses the
ecological crisis and the potential for revolutionary change.
* Watch at http://links.org.au/node/963
Venezuela: Mass organisation, unity increases as revolution deepens;
Coca-Cola plant replaced with `socialist commune'
/ /By *Federico Fuentes*
March 21, 2009 -- "This government is here to protect the people, not
the bourgeoisie or the rich", proclaimed Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez on February 28, as he ordered soldiers to take over two
rice-processing plants owned by Venezuelan food and drink giant Empresas
Polar. The move was made in order to ensure that the company was
producing products subjected to the government-imposed price controls
that aim to protect the poor from the affects of global price rises and
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/972>
Thailand: Class war for democracy <http://links.org.au/node/970>
By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*
March 21, 2009 -- The current dispensation in Thailand is based on a
political reaction to stem and reverse some of the populist measures of
the deposed prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, who himself was a
neoliberal with a few pro-poor schemes. Even this was unacceptable to
the elites who used the courts, the military and the monarchy to depose
him and institute an anti-democratic constitution which protects their
privileges. But now that Thaksin is gone, a grassroots movement of the
poor is emerging to challenge the hold of the elites, the military and
the monarchy over Thailand.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/970>
PSUV document: Crack in the accumulation of world capitalism (march
towards the global depression) <http://links.org.au/node/969>
The following document was produced by the *United Socialist Party of
Venezuela (PSUV)* national leadership. It has been translated from the
Spanish-language original by *Federico Fuentes* for /Links International
Journal of Socialist Renewal/.
On March 21, all PSUV battalions met to discuss the document, together
with an article written by Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez . The day
after, Chavez announced his government's anti-crisis measures.
The document is significant not only for what it says, but also because
it is the beginning of a mass discussion on how to confront the crisis
in Venezuela in the lead-up to the PSUV's August congress.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/969>
Israel: An interview with Hadash MP and communist Dov Khenin
March 8, 2009 -- *Dov Khenin* is a member of Israel's parliament (the
Knesset) representing *Hadash*, the alliance led by the *Communist Party
of Israel*. In November 2008, Khenin stood as mayoral candidate for
Israel's biggest city Tel Aviv, where he received almost 35% of the
vote. Dov Khenin talks to the editors of the British socialist journal
/21st Century Socialism/ about the Middle East conflict and prospects
for a renewal of the left in Israel. He also discusses the issues to be
overcome in a negotiated Middle East settlement, international
solidarity with the Palestinian people and the need for socialism in the
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/968>
Another left is possible: The protests in France and the New
Anti-Capitalist Party <http://links.org.au/node/967>
March 23, 2009 -- It would be wrong to see the massively successful
protest actions in France on March 19 as distant and exotic, of no
particular relevance to us here in Canada. With the economic meltdown
heralding a new political era, and with most of the country's left and
social movements still stunned and disoriented following their embrace
of the misguided and failed Liberal Party-led coalition plan, the French
experience is instructive and inspiring.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/967>
The economic crisis: Whose fault is it, and how can it be overcome?
By *Aleksandr Buzgalin* and *Andrey Kolganov*, translated by *Renfrey
Clarke* for /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/
March 23, 2009 -- The period at the end of 2008 and the beginning of
2009 was notable for a whole range of developments. Two of them,
however, seem to the authors to be not only closely interconnected, but
also of symbolic importance: a genuinely profound economic crisis broke
out, and along with it, sharply increased interest came to be shown in
the works of Karl Marx.
Over many years, various Marxists spoke of the crisis of capitalism at
such length that the great majority of analysts ceased to take them
seriously. The situation thus recalled the old story of the shepherd boy
who continually cried "Wolf! Wolf!" even though there was no wolf there.
But one day, the wolf actually appeared ...
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/965>
India needs a genuine Third Front, not an opportunist alliance
/By /the *Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation*
[CPI (ML) Liberation representative Kavita Krishnan 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
for full agenda and to book your tickets.]
March 17, 2009 -- On the eve of the Lok Sabha (national lower house of
parliament) polls, which will be held in five phases between April 16
and May 13, the launch of a ``Third Front'' spearheaded by the efforts
of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and CPI (M) (the Communist Party
of India-Marxist) has been announced. The front, it is claimed, is a
non-Congress party, non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) front committed to
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/964>
Review: A materialist critique of pseudo-science
Review by *Duroyan Fertl
/Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from
Antiquity to the Present/
*By *John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark* & *Richard York
*Monthly Review Press, 2008
March 13, 2009 -- In recent decades a form of militant creationism ---
masquerading as science under the name of "Intelligent Design" --- has
gone on the offensive, promoting the teaching of biblical creationism in
schools, and carrying out a broader "wedge strategy", aimed at
transforming the place and nature of science in society.
/Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from
Antiquity to the Present/, is almost overdue in this respect. It traces
the rise of the "design" phenomenon, and its relationship to
conservative, right-wing politics, and places it in the context of a
2500-year-long debate between materialism and creationism that lies at
the heart of Western civilisation.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/962>
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