[Marxism] What's new at Links: Afghanistan, Honduras, Cuban 5, Euro left, S.Africa, PT Brazil, China, Levellers, Philippines, Thailand, Germany

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Oct 12 20:35:26 MDT 2009

What's new at Links: Afghanistan, Honduras, Cuban 5, Euro left, 
S.Africa, PT Brazil, China, Levellers, Philippines, Thailand, Germany

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    Afghanistan: Interview with Malalai Joya -- The occupation is `a war
    on the Afghan people' <http://links.org.au/node/1295>

*Malalai Joya* interviewed by *Steven Littlewood*

October 9, 2009 -- Malalai Joya has been described as "the bravest woman 
in Afghanistan". A long-term opponent of the North Atlantic Treaty 
Organization (NATO) presence in her country, Malalai Joya first rose to 
prominence through a heartfelt and controversial speech in 2003 that was 
an indictment of the powerful positions gifted to Afghan warlords by the 
US-led coalition. She was elected to the Afghan parliament in 2005 and 
continued her campaign against war criminals and fundamentalists there 
until being suspended in 2007 for criticising fellow MPs. Activists Noam 
Chomsky and Naomi Klein are amongst those who have called for her 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1295>

    Positive developments in the European left

By *Ian Angus*
October 7, 2009 -- LeftViews recently published an article by Alex 
Callinicos, a central leader of Britain's Socialist Workers Party (SWP), 
on the state of the left in Europe. While conceding that there have been 
some gains, overall the picture he painted was dire... But by itself, 
his article might leave readers with a picture of unrelieved gloom, when 
in fact there are some bright spots of note. In Germany and Portugal, 
leftwing parties made modest but important gains in last month's 
elections, while in France and England we're seeing constructive steps 
towards greater unity on the left.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1289>

    Honduras: Interview with Juan Barahona, leader of the National
    Resistance Front Against the Coup <http://links.org.au/node/1286>

By *Pedro Fuentes*, Tegucigalpa
October 1, 2009 -- "We will not stop. We will continue to be against the 
coup until the last day they are in power," Juan Barahona said in an 
interview at the headquarters of STYBIS, the beverage workers' trade 
union. Barahona is the principal leader of the resistance, together with 
Carlos Reyes, president of the trade union, a close comrade of Barahona 
and an independent candidate for the next presidential election.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1286>

    Audio: Attorney Leonard Weinglass on the Cuban Five

Attorney Leonard Weinglass discusses the case of the Cuban Five with 
Mitchel Cohen.

    * Listen <http://links.org.au/node/1294>

    South Africa: Democracy's everyday death -- the ANC's coup in
    Kennedy Road; Shack dwellers: `Our movement is under attack!'

By *Nigel Gibson* and *Raj Patel*
October 8, 2009 -- You don't need presidential palaces, or generals 
riding in tanks, or even the CIA to make a coup happen. Democracy can be 
overthrown with far less pomp, fewer props and smaller bursts of state 
violence. But these quieter coups are no less deadly for democracy. At 
the end of September 2009, just such a coup took place in South Africa.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1293>

    Workers Party of Brazil: The different strategies of the Latin
    American left <http://links.org.au/node/1292>

By* Valter Pomar*,* *secretary of international relations, Workers' 
Party (PT) of Brazil**
October 10, 2009 -- It has become commonplace to say that there are two 
lefts in Latin America: one would be "carnivore", the other 
"vegetarian"; one would be radical, the other moderate; one would be 
revolutionary, the other reformist; one would be socialist, the other 
capitalist. Dichotomous definitions of this kind are made by 
spokespersons (official or unofficial) of the US State Department, with 
the explicit purpose of bringing about discord in the Latin American 
left, making it fight itself rather than its common enemies.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1292>

    CPI (ML) Liberation: Cooperation, not confrontation, should be the
    basis of India's China policy <http://links.org.au/node/1291>

*Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation*
October 9, 2009 -- The October 1 celebration of the 60th anniversary of 
the foundation of the People's Republic of China has attracted worldwide 
attention. Considering the historical baggage of backwardness with which 
modern China had begun its journey and the size of China's billion-plus 
population, China has indeed come a long way in these six decades.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1291>

    The Levellers and the 1640s English Revolution

By *Graham Milner*
In 1649, 360 years ago this year, an experiment in communal land holding 
and cultivation began on St. George's Hill in Surrey, England, as the 
principles of a communist society were put into practice by the Diggers 
-- followers of Gerrard Winstanley, a visionary and writer of radical 
political tracts. This experiment marked an important phase in the 
development of socialist tendencies in the struggle to defeat the Stuart 
monarchy in the 1640s.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1290>

    Philippines socialists: `Moratorium on foreign debt to pay for a
    modern weather forecasting service' <http://links.org.au/node/1288>

By *Partido Lakas ng Masa*
/Moratorium on foreign debt servicing to pay for essential and basic 
services! Upgrade Pagasa's equipment now!/

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1288>

    Thailand: Comparing the 1976 and 2006 coups

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*
October 5, 2009 -- People like to say that "history repeats itself, but 
not in exactly the same way". In some ways, and not others, the military 
coup of the September 19, 2006, was a repeat of the bloodbath and coup 
on October 6, 1976. Circumstances are different, some actors are 
different and some have changed sides. But there are interesting 
comparisons to make.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1287>

    Germany: Big gains for Die Linke as Social Democrats' support
    collapses <http://links.org.au/node/1285>

By *Duroyan Fertl*
October 5, 2009 -- Germany's ``centre-right'' Chancellor Angela Merkel 
was returned to power in federal elections held on September 27, but 
with a record low voter turnout and an increased vote for the far-left 
party, Die Linke (The Left).

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1285>

    Honduras: The threat of a Haiti-style foreign military occupation

By **Ricardo Arturo Salgado**
Tegucigalpa, September 27, 2009 -- The Honduras crisis has sparked great 
interest among thinkers of both right and left up and down the 
continent. Many people are reflecting on events, using all the 
analytical tools their knowledge permits. There is wide scope for 
speculation, mainly because -- for most people -- the actions of 
different forces have been so unexpected in character.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1284>

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