[Marxism] What's new at Links: S. Africa strike, Green Party, Ruth First, Afghanistan, James P. Cannon, Britain, Pakistan flood, Haiti, Bolivia, Africa looted

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Aug 23 02:44:42 MDT 2010

What's new at Links: S. Africa strike, Green Party, Ruth First, 
Afghanistan, James P. Cannon, Britain, Pakistan flood, Haiti, Bolivia, 
Africa looted
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    South Africa: Public sector strike highlights post-apartheid's
    contradictions <http://links.org.au/node/1852>

By *Patrick Bond*

August 22, 2010 -- The two major civil service unions on strike against 
the South African government have vowed to intensify pressure in coming 
days, in a struggle pitting more than a million members of the middle 
and lower ranks of society against a confident government leadership 
fresh from hosting the World Cup.
Along with many smaller public sector unions, educators from the South 
African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) and nurses from the National 
Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) continued picketing schools, 
clinics and hospitals, leading to widespread shutdowns starting on 
August 18.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1852>

    Britain: What now for the Green Party? <http://links.org.au/node/1850>

By *Peter Shield*
August 17, 2010 -- The Green Party of England and Wales has made some 
major breakthroughs over the couple of years, the election of Caroline 
Lucas to the British parliament was one of the few bright points on an 
otherwise dismal election night on May 6, 2010. At a local level the 
Green Party now has just over 120 councillors and the two members of the 
European Parliament (MEPs). The problem however is that the election 
showed up how patchy and locally concentrated its support base actually 
is. With the Autumn party conference approaching what are challenges 
facing the Green Party.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1850>

    South Africa: COSATU's Zwelinzima Vavi's Ruth First Memorial Lecture

*Zwelinzima Vavi* presented the 2010 Ruth First Memorial Lecture, Wits 
University, Johannesburg, August 17, 2010. Vavi is secretary general of 
the Congress of South African Trade Unions. *Ruth First*  (May 4, 
1925--August 17, 1982) was a South African anti-apartheid activist and 
communist born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was killed by the 
apartheid regime with a parcel bomb in Mozambique in 1982, where she 
worked in exile from South Africa.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1851>

    Afghans mark Independence Day with anti-occupation protests

By *Derrick O'Keefe*
August 19, 2010 marks 91 years since Afghanistan gained its freedom from 
the British empire, following three bloody wars of independence. US 
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has issued a video statement to mark 
the occasion. It's worth watching or reading the text in full, if only 
to appreciate the new empire's irony-laden platitudes.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1849>

    James P. Cannon: An introduction <http://links.org.au/node/1848>

By *Dave Holmes*
James P. Cannon was a pioneer of the Communist Party of the United 
States and one of its central leaders in the 1920s. Breaking with the 
Stalinised CP in 1928 he founded the US Trotskyist movement and played 
the decisive role in building it for over three decades.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1848>

    Britain: Build opposition to the `slash and burn' coalition

By *Alan Thornett*
August 18, 2010 -- Britain's first coalition government since the war 
has completed its first parliamentary session. "Coalition", however, is 
something of a sick misnomer. What we have is a right-wing Thatcherite, 
small-state, slash-and-burn Tory government, propped up by the cringing 
Liberal Democrats (Lib Dems), with a cuts and privatisation agenda which 
goes well beyond anything Thatcher herself was able to envisage.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1847>

    Pakistan flood catastrophe: West gives `billions for killing, little
    for life' <http://links.org.au/node/1846>

By *John Passant*
August 15, 2010 -- The floods in Pakistan have threatened the lives and 
safety of more than 20 million people. Millions have lost everything. 
Now hunger and disease haunt the country. Dysentery and cholera are 
gaining a  foothold as people without homes starve and kids without 
Western help die. The US gives the Pakistan government US$1 billion a 
year to fight "militants". It has increased its flood aid contribution 
from $10 million to $25 million. That's right. Its aid figures is 
millions, not billions.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1846>

    Repay historic debt to Haiti: An open letter to French President
    Nicolas Sarkoz <http://links.org.au/node/1845>

By *Derrick O'Keefe

August 16, 2010 -- A Bastille Day hoax on the French government helped 
to expose the long history of extortion, betrayal and structural 
injustice that left Haiti so impoverished and vulnerable to devastation 
by the earthquake that claimed over a quarter of a million lives earlier 
this year.  On August 16, /Libération /published an open letter from 
social activists, politicians and academics from around the world making 
the point that the demand for France to pay restitution to Haiti is 
"unassailable". I hope this letter will circulate widely, keeping this 
story in the news and raising awareness of the real causes of Haiti's 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1845>

    Bolivia: Warning signs as social tensions erupt

By *Federico Fuentes*
August 15, 2010 -- Recent scenes of roadblocks, strikes and even the 
dynamiting of a vice-minister's home in the Bolivian department 
(administrative district) of Potosi, reminiscent of the days of previous 
neoliberal governments, have left many asking themselves what is really 
going on in the "new" Bolivia of Indigenous President Evo Morales.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1844>

    Is Africa still being looted? World Bank dodges its own research

By *Patrick Bond*
August 15, 2010 -- The continent's own elites, together with the West 
and now China, are still making Africans progressively poorer, thanks to 
the extraction of raw materials. Reinvestment is negligible and the 
prices, royalties and taxes paid are inadequate to compensate the 
wasting away of Africa's natural wealth. Anti-extraction campaigns by 
(un)civil society are the only hope for a reversal of these neocolonial 
relations. Though it's easy to prove, even using the World Bank's main 
study of natural resource economics, the looting allegation is 
controversial. When I made it during a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 
(CBC) interview last week*, the World Bank's chief economist for Africa 
Shanta Devarajan, immediately contradicted me, claiming (twice) that I 
am not in command of the "facts".*

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1843>

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