[Marxism] What's new at Links: Tamil oppression, US blockade of Cuba, Monthly Review at 60, climate, Bad banks, Malaysia, Iran, media lies, Pakistan, Arabic, Indonesia
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Mon Oct 26 00:22:50 MDT 2009
What's new at Links: Tamil oppression, US blockade of Cuba, Monthly
Review at 60, climate, Bad banks, Malaysia, Iran, media lies, Pakistan,
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Sri Lanka: Brian Senewiratne on the humanitarian crisis facing the
Tamil people <http://links.org.au/node/1318>
October 22, 2009 -- In September 2008, the government of Sri Lanka
ordered all aid agencies (including the UN agencies) to leave the
``northern war zone'' -- inhabited by Tamils -- of Sri Lanka. Socialist
Alliance member *Brian Senewiratne *explains the history of Sri Lanka
and the attacks on the oppressed Tamil people of the north and east.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1318>
Cuba's 2009 report to United Nations on the US economic blockade
**To be presented to the UN General Assembly on October 28, 2009
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1315>
`Monthly Review' at 60: Six decades of campaigning for `social and
ecological revolution' <http://links.org.au/node/1314>
Monthly Review/ editor //John Bellamy Foster (introduced by Robert
McChesney) speaking at the 60th anniversary celebration of the
independent socialist magazine.
* Watch and read more <http://links.org.au/node/1314>
When the climate change centre cannot hold
By *Patrick Bond*
October 26, 2009 -- After the October 24-25 weekend in which 350.org and
thousands of allies around the world valiantly tried to raise global
consciousness about impending catastrophe (see slideshow below, photos
from 350.org), we can ask some tough questions about what to do after
people have departed and the props packed up. No matter the laudable
big-tent activism, let's face it: global climate governance is
gridlocked and it seems clear that no meaningful deal can be sealed in
Copenhagen on December 18.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1317>
System's defenders warn of 'collapse' of global capitalism
By *Grant Morgan*
October 22, 2009 -- Something molecular is changing in the DNA of
capitalism. Look at these three recent quotes:
"The future will be a total disaster, with a collapse of our
capitalistic system as we know it today"
"Capitalism is near the tipping point, unprepared for a catastrophe, set
up for collapse and rapid decline."
"There is a high probability of a crisis and collapse by 2012. The
'Great Depression 2' is dead ahead. Unfortunately, there's absolutely
nothing you can do to hide from this unfolding reality or prevent the
rush of the historical imperative."
What's particularly important about these quotes is who made them. Not
socialists. No, they were made by ardent, intelligent and reputable
defenders of capitalism.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1316>
Socialist Party of Malaysia: `Stop collusion with Sri Lankan govt!
Stop repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees!
By *Dr. Jeyakumar Devaraj*
October 22, 2009 -- The Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) is concerned
for the safety and wellbeing of the 207 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who
are being held at the Immigration Detention Centre at the Kuala Lumpar
International Airport (KLIA), as well as the 108 Sri Lankan refugees
detained at the Pekan Nanas Immigration Detention Centre.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1313>
Iran: Where is the Islamic Republic going?
By *Houshang Sepehr*
What is happening in Iran is a spontaneous, ingenious and independent
revolt by a people frustrated by thirty years of tyranny by an
obscurantist, religious regime, a revolt that was unleashed by electoral
fraud. The present situation is only the result of a long and complex
process which has been taking place inside the regime, a deep crisis,
located on the one hand at the summit of the governing circles and
within the ruling class, and on the other hand within Iranian society.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1312>
Why the international media lies about events in Latin America
By *Eric Toussaint, *translated by* Francesca Denley *and* Judith Harris *
October 21, 2009 -- It may be useful to assess the dangers of the
systematically hostile attitude of the overwhelming majority of major
European and North American media companies to the current events taking
place in Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela. This hostility is only matched
by an embarrassed, complicit silence towards those involved in the
putsch in Honduras and the repression of the Peruvian army against the
Indigenous populations of the Amazon.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1311>
Pakistan: Workers' leader killed in suicide attack
By *Farooq Tariq*
October 21, 2009 -- A prominent labour leader Master Khudad Khan was
killed in suicide attack in Peshawar on October 15. He was on his way to
a meeting and was passing by an intelligence centre when a religious
fanatic blew himself up killing him and several others on the spot.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1310>
The Flame, October 2009 -- Green Left Weekly's Arabic-language
October 21, 2009 -- With the help of Socialist Alliance members in the
growing Sudanese community in Australia, /Green Left Weekly/ --
Australia's leading socialist newspaper -- is publishing a regular
Arabic language supplement. The /Flame /will cover news from the
Arabic-speaking world as well as news and issues from within Australia.
The editor-in-chief is Soubhi Iskander, a comrade who has endured years
of imprisonment and torture at the hands of the repressive government in
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1309>
Indonesia: President's inauguration marked by anti-neoliberal
By *Ulfa Ilyas*, Surabaya
October 20, 2009 -- Thousands of people protested at the national
parliament building in Jakarta today, during the inauguration of Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono as Indonesia's new president and Boediono as
vice-president. Protesters demanded that the president put an end to
neoliberal policies during his second term, because they have been
proven to be a failure and have brought suffering to the people of the
world, including Indonesia.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1308>
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