[Marxism] What's new at Links: US-Colombia, Venezuela, Berlin Wall, queerphobia, green jobs, Karen Silkwood, S. Africa, Honduras, Ireland, US health

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Sun Nov 15 23:32:50 MST 2009

What's new at Links: US-Colombia, Venezuela, Berlin Wall, queerphobia, 
green jobs, Karen Silkwood, S. Africa, Honduras, Ireland, US health

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    US-Colombia military deal: Threat of imperialist-backed war on
    Venezuela <http://links.org.au/node/1346>

By *Kiraz Janicke*
November 9, 2009 -- The possibility of an imperialist-backed war in the 
Americas came a step closer on October 30, when Colombia and the United 
States finalised a 10-year accord allowing the US to massively expand 
its military presence in the Latin American country. The move comes as 
the US. seeks to regain its hegemony over Latin America -- which has 
declined over the past decade in the context of a continent-wide 
rebellion against neoliberalism spearheaded by the revolution in 
Venezuela, led by President Hugo Chavez.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1346>

    `Freedoms won, freedoms lost' -- left views on the fall of the
    Berlin Wall <http://links.org.au/node/1354>

November 15, 2009 -- For the past few weeks the international capitalist 
mass media has been awash with triumphalist hoopla about the so-called 
``collapse of Communism'' as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of the 
1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. Below /Links International Journal of 
Socialist Renewal/ posts a number of commenatries from the left that 
deal with facts and fictions of those dramatic events, and how the 
people most effected are faring today.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1354>

    Capitalism, sexism and queerphobia's social basis

By *Jess Moore*
There are social expectations on everyone, men and women, to act in 
particular ways based on our sex. This is bad for everyone because it's 
stifling, but it's worse for women and queers.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1353>

    Britain: The Lucas Aerospace workers' plan -- A real Green New Deal

By *Hilary Wainwright* and *Andy Bowman*
October 9, 2009 -- Thirty-five years ago, workers at the Lucas Aerospace 
company formulated an ``alternative corporate plan'' to convert military 
production to socially useful and environmentally desirable purposes. We 
consider what lessons it holds for the greening of the world economy today.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1350>

    Convert the ailing car industry to socially necessary production!

With the economic recession and environmental crisis alternative plans 
for socially useful, sustainable production have never been more 
relevant argues *Lars Henriksson*.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1349>

    Karen Silkwood: an inspiration to fighters for environmental justice
    and workers' rights <http://links.org.au/node/1348>

By *Sharyn Jenkins*
Thirty-five years ago, on November 13, 1974, US anti-nuclear activist 
and trade unionist Karen Silkwood was killed in a car crash many suspect 
was deliberately caused. Karen Silkwood will be remembered as someone 
who fought an uphill and often unpopular battle against the ruthless 
nuclear industry. She is an inspiration to all who believe in 
environmental justice and workers' rights.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1348>

    What is 'left' about 'the left' in South Africa?

By *Dale T. McKinley*
November 5, 2009 -- For several years now, but particularly since the 
ascendancy of Jacob Zuma and his South African Communist Party (SACP) 
and Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) allies within both 
the African National Congress (ANC) and the state, ``the left'' in South 
Africa has come to be almost completely associated with (and presented 
as) the SACP, COSATU and, to a lesser extent, the ANC itself. Even 
though this state of affairs ignores a wide range of organisations and 
people that can stake a serious claim to being part of ``the left'', the 
fact is that contemporary politics in South Africa are dominated, in one 
way or another, by these three alliance partners. As such, it is a good 
time to pose a critically important question: What is ``left'' about 
``the left'' in South Africa?

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1347>

    Honduras: Why the resistance will boycott the November 29 election;
    Zelaya on accord <http://links.org.au/node/1345>

November 10, 2009 -- *Ricardo Salgado*, an Honduran analyst of the 
``crisis'' in Honduras, explains to Australian community radio's 
*Warwick Fry* the latest developments in Honduras and the postion of the 
resistance movement. In spite of pressure on the coup regime to 
recognise the legitimacy of Zelaya as president ten days ago, Zelaya is 
still trapped inside the Brazilian embassy. The ``agreement'' (designed 
more to save face for the US and the coup regime rather than the 
restoration of a democratic solution) has failed. The coup regime has 
failed to meet the one-week deadline to restore Zelaya to his post as 
president in a reasonable amount of time to allow a ``clean'' election 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1345>

    Ireland: (slideshow) Political murals of West Belfast

By *Lauren Carrol Harris*
November 9, 2009 -- Belfast -- Though Northern Ireland has slipped from 
the nightly news, "the troubles", including ongoing deep sectarian 
divisions and low-level violence, are a daily reality for Irish 
republicans. Just one reminder of the struggle for a united Ireland, and 
example of the Irish people's creative resistance, is the multitude of 
political murals that smother the walls of West Belfast, a republican 
stronghold. Many commemorate the activists and civilians whose lives 
were taken in the struggle. But the murals don't just discuss Irish 
politics -- on these walls are messages of international solidarity for 
other peoples' movements for change and self-determination. Here are 
just a few.

View at http://links.org.au/node/1344

    United States: Where's the socialism? The good, the bad and the ugly
    of health-care reform <http://links.org.au/node/1343>

By *Billy Wharton*
November 9, 2009 -- Where is the socialism now? Frenetic right-wingers 
spent a good part of the US summer shouting about the "government 
takeover of health care" or the "stealth socialist health-care plan". 
Now that the /Affordable Healthcare for America Act/ has been passed by 
a slim margin in the US House of Representatives, on November 8, there 
are few traces of anything even resembling socialism. Instead, Americans 
will find the good, the bad and the ugly of health-care reform all 
contained within the 1990-page bill.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1343>

    Michael Lebowitz on Venezuela: `Socialism requires a new state from
    below' <http://links.org.au/node/1341>

*Michael Lebowitz* interviewed by *José Sant Roz*// 
<http://www.aporrea.org/tiburon/a89208.html>, translated by *Kiraz 
Janicke *

November 5, 2009 -- On the question of the Bolivarian revolution in 
Venezuela, Michael Lebowitz is one of the thinkers who has penetrated 
deepest into our process. He plunges his scrutinising gaze into its most 
diverse and conflicting issues, in order to calmly and forcefully reveal 
its truth with knifelike clarity. He talks like a peasant or a worker 
who dips into the reality that they experience, that they suffer and feel.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1341>

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