[Marxism] What's new at Links: Planned economy, water, Venezuela threatened, Oliver Stone & Tariq Ali, Thailand, China's `new left'?, Venezuelan CP, Mexico 1910, banning the veil?, `overpopulation'

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Aug 2 01:40:21 MDT 2010

What's new at Links: Planned economy, water, Venezuela threatened, 
Oliver Stone & Tariq Ali, Thailand, China's `new left'?, Venezuelan CP, 
Mexico 1910, banning the veil?, `overpopulation'

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    Market greed or a planned economy for human need?

By *Dave Holmes*
The starting point for a discussion of planned economy or the present 
market-based capitalist one has to be the situation we are facing today. 
Humanity faces some huge problems.
Global warming is an unprecedented crisis. If not tackled effectively 
and urgently it could lead to the decimation of the human race, leaving 
a small population of survivors living in desperate circumstances in a 
radically changed and inhospitable environment --- if not to the very 
end of human life on the planet.
These problems are directly due to the operations of the capitalist 
system. They cannot be overcome --- in the interests of working people 
--- except by radical anticapitalist measures.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1816>

    John Bellamy Foster to attend Climate Change Social Change
    conference, Melbourne, November 5-7, 2010

July 7, 2010 -- Humanity is in a race against time to avoid 
environmental and social catastrophe caused by climate change.
When we look at government half-measures like the carbon trading and 
disastrous international conferences like Copenhagen, we seem to be 
losing the race. But when we look at the rising people's movement 
demanding serious action on climate, there's reason for hope and 
The Climate Change Social Change conference is being organised to 
contribute towards understanding and collective action, in Australia and 
internationally, to address the climate emergency.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1775>

    `Water is life' -- General Assembly supports Bolivia's call for `the
    human right to water and sanitation' <http://links.org.au/node/1818>

Speech delivered by Ambassador *Pablo Solón* of the Plurinational State 
of Bolivia before the General Assembly of the United Nations on July 28, 
[The historic resolution passed with 122 countries voting for it and 41 
abstaining, but with no negative votes. See below for the 41 governments 
that abstained.]

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1818>

    Asian socialists: `Stop the threats against Venezuela now!'

Joint statement initiated by *Socialist Party of Malaysia* (PSM), 
*Working People's Association* (PRP), Indonesia, and *Socialist 
Alliance,* Australia.
[If your organisation would like to sign this statement, please email 
int.psm at gmail.com <mailto:int.psm at gmail.com>.]
August 1, 2010 -- We, the undersigned organisations, view with serious 
concern the possibility of military aggression towards the people of 
Venezuela by the Colombian government, which could be supported by the 
United State of America using its seven military bases recently 
installed in Colombia.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1817>

    `South of the Border': An Interview with Oliver Stone & Tariq Ali

July 28, 2010 -- Oliver Stone's new documentary /South of the Border/ 
chronicles the emergence of progressive governments in Latin America, 
their quest for social and political transformation and their growing 
independence from Washington. *Roberto Navarrete* interviews *Oliver 
Stone* and *Tariq Ali* (one of the film's scriptwriters) to find out 
some background.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1815>

    Thailand: No justice for Red Shirt detainees

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*
July 30, 2010 -- Pro-democracy movement Red Shirt political prisoners, 
detained by the Abhisit Vejjajiva military junta after the bloody 
crackdown against unarmed demonstrators in May are facing a total lack 
of justice with internationally recognised legal standards being 
blatantly ignored. This is more evidence of the total destruction of 
democracy, justice and the rule of law in Thailand since the 2006 
military coup.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1814>

    A Chinese alternative? Interpreting the politics of China's `New
    Left' <http://links.org.au/node/1813>

By *Lance Carter*
June 2010 -- In a country where the Communist Party (CCP) has dominated 
"left-wing" politics for over sixty years, dissent has often been deemed 
a "right-wing" or "counterrevolutionary" affair. Subsequently, many 
dissidents and parts of the general population have embraced the term 
"right wing" as implying something anti-authoritarian or progressive. To 
make things more confusing, since 1978 the CCP itself has moved farther 
and farther to the right while still claiming to be socialist. All this 
has contributed to a very strange political environment in mainland China.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1813>

    Venezuela: The labour movement and socialist struggle today

*Pedro Eusse* interviewed by *Susan Spronk* and *Jeffery R. Webber*
July 22, 2010 -- In mid-June, 2010, we met with Pedro Eusse, national 
secretary of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) and part of the 
provisional executive committee of the labour confederation, Unión 
Nacional de Trabajadores (National Union of Workers, UNT).

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1812>

    ¡Viva la Revolución!: The 1910 Mexican Revolution

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[This article first appeared in /Against the Current/, the publication 
of Solidarity, a revolutionary socialist, feminist magazine in the 
United States. It is posted at /Links International Journal of Socialist 
Renewal/ with the author's permission. Dan La Botz is the Socialist 
Party (USA)'s Ohio candidate for the US Senate. He also is the editor of 
/Mexican Labor News and Analysis/.]

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1810>

    Socialist Resistance statement on the banning of the veil

By *Socialist Resistance* (Britain)

July 26, 2010 -- Throughout Europe there is a growing movement that 
seeks to ban Muslim women who chose to do so from wearing the veil. In 
Britain today this demand comes mainly from the far-right British 
National Party (BNP), UK Independence Party (UKIP) and some individuals 
on the Conservative Party (Tory) right. Things though may change for the 
worse, already the Tory tabloids are stirring on this question.
This is but one part of a growing Islamophobic trend which has seen 
Muslim minorities become even more marginalised and demonised in Western 
Europe than they were previously.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1809>

    `Overpopulation' --- a political weapon for conservatives

By *Simon Butler*
July 24, 2010 -- Forget about the climate science and the record high 
temperatures. Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has decided she 
doesn't need a serious climate change policy to win the August 21 
federal election. In its place, she kicked off her election campaign on 
July 18 with a "sustainable Australia" policy. It promised a future of 
low population growth, which "preserves our quality of life and respects 
our environment".
 >From a conservative point of view it makes sense to raise the spectre 
of overpopulation in this election campaign. Population control is the 
mother of all political diversion tactics. Population levels explain 
nothing about social problems. But they can be scapegoated for just 
about everything, from traffic jams and home prices to grocery bills and 
climate change.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1808>

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