[Marxism] What's new at Links: Venezuela, Australia, China, UC students, Stalinism, Tamils, population, Mexico, Portugal, Canada, Quebec

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Sun Nov 22 22:58:03 MST 2009

What's new at Links: Venezuela, Australia, China, UCal students, 
Stalinism, Tamils, population, Mexico, Portugal, Canada, Quebec

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    Venezuela: Socialists debate party's direction

By *Kiraz Janicke*, Caracas
November 16, 2009 -- The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) held 
nation-wide delegate elections on November 15 for its First 
Extraordinary Congress which will be held over the next several weekends 
in Caracas. Up for discussion at the congress are the party's program, 
principles, organisational structure and most likely the mechanism for 
selecting candidates for the national parliamentary elections of 2010.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1364>

    Australia: Elected socialist's goal of `campaigning' local council
    gained wide support <http://links.org.au/node/1363>

/ /*Justine Kamprad* is a co-convenor of the Fremantle branch of the 
Socialist Alliance, in Western Australia (WA), and was the party's 
campaign director for the October 17, 2009, Fremantle City Council 
election, which saw socialist Sam Wainwright top the poll and get 
elected with 33.44% of the vote. Wainwright is the first member of the 
Socialist Alliance to be elected to public office in Australia, and one 
of only two socialist party members currently in an elected local 
council position in the country.* Jim McIlroy* spoke to Kamprad about 
the successful campaign.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1363>

    China today: socialist or capitalist? <http://links.org.au/node/1355>

By *Chris Slee*
November 13, 2009 --/ Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ 
has published a number of articles on the Chinese Revolution 
<http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/404> and the subsequent restoration 
of capitalism in China. This article aims to give more detail on the 
current situation, including the Chinese government's efforts to 
ameliorate some of the harmful effects of capitalism.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1355>

    Join the 2010 `May Day' solidarity brigade to Venezuela! April 24 -
    May 2, 2010 <http://links.org.au/node/1368>

Registrations close February 1, 2010
The *Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network*'s brigades to Venezuela are 
a once-in-a-lifetime experience - the opportunity to see first-hand an 
unfolding revolution that is not only radically transforming the lives 
of Venezuelans, but is challenging the greed, exploitation and 
destructiveness of global capitalism by showing that a better world is 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1368>

    United States: Photo essay -- Students occupy Berkeley university
    building to protest fee hike <http://links.org.au/node/1367>

Story and photos by *David Bacon*
Berkeley, California -- November 20, 2009 -- Students occupied Wheeler 
Hall on the University of California campus in Berkeley, protesting 
against a decision by university regents to raise tuition fees by 32%, 
bringing them to US$10,302 per year for undergraduates.
At the beginning of the occupation the students made several demands, 
including the reinstatement of 38 laid-off custodial workers, and 
amnesty for protesting students.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1367>

    Paul Le Blanc: Theories of Stalinism <http://links.org.au/node/1366>

    /*The Marxism of Leon Trotsky*/
    By Kunal Chattopadhyay
    Kolkata: Progress Publishers, 2006, 672 pages

    /*Western Marxism and the Soviet Union*/
    By Marcel van der Linden
    Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2009, 379 pages

Reviews by *Paul Le Blanc*

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1366>

    Cuba and ALBA let down Sri Lanka's Tamils

By* Ron Ridenour*
November 14, 2009 -- I think that the governments of Cuba, Bolivia and 
Nicaragua let down the entire Tamil population in Sri Lanka, as well as 
"/proletarian internationalism" /and the/ "exploited"/, by extending 
unconditional support to Sri Lanka's racist government.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1362>

    Population control's dark past <http://links.org.au/node/1361>

Review by *Simon Butler*
November 16, 2009 -- A select group of billionaires met in semi-secrecy 
in May 2009 to find answers to a "nightmarish" concern. Their worst 
nightmare wasn't the imminent danger of runaway climate change, the 
burgeoning levels of hunger worldwide or the spread of weapons of mass 
destruction. The nightmare was other people -- lots of other people.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1361>

    A new united movement stops Mexico for a day

By *Tamara Pearson*

November 14, 2009 -- Mexico City -- In the many metro stations of this 
giant city, amidst the ugly smell of Pizza Hut and the newspapers 
vendors yelling out, "Grafico! 3 pesos!", every day young people crowd 
around the handwritten posters recruiting for the national police. At 
12,000 pesos (US$1000) per month, and with increasing unemployment and 
harder prospects, the offer is very tempting.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1360>

    Portugal: What's behind the success of the Left Bloc?

By *Raphie de Santos*
Portugal's Left Bloc has achieved a major breakthrough in the last five 
months. It polled nearly 11% and 10% respectively in the recent European 
and parliamentary legislative elections in June and September 2009. For 
a party that is firmly established outside of left social democracy this 
is a major achievement. How did it happen?

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1359>

    Canada/Quebec: Québécois denounce Supreme Court attack on language
    rights <http://links.org.au/node/1358>

By *Richard Fidler*
November 9, 2009 -- The October 22 ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada 
overturning yet another section of Quebec's /Charter of the French 
Language/ (CFL) has been met with angry protests by a broad range of 
opinion in the French-speaking province.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1358>

    Four goals for a new left party <http://links.org.au/node/1357>

By *Duncan Chapel*

November 14, 2009 -- The people on this platform share a lot of ideas.

    * We want a *working-class party* to the left of the Labour Party,
      with a socialist program that confronts the dual crises of the
      ecology and the economy, which the ruling class is struggling to
    * We want a party in which *anti-capitalists are hegemonic, but not
      monolithic*. We have to be open to everyone who's for the class
      struggle, not just those with Marxist ideas
    * We want *a party of struggle*, based on the ground, that's
      developing a movement of resistance as well as an electoral campaign.

That's a lot of agreement. It's meaningful. It's new. We like it. But 
what's the next step?

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1357>

    Canada: Vale Inco strike shows need for international action

/ /By *Marc Bonhomme*,* *translated by *Richard Fidler*
A Québécois militant, member of Québec solidaire, discusses the global 
implications of the strike by 3500 workers at Vale Inco, the world's 
largest nickel mine, in Sudbury, Ontario.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1356>

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