[Marxism] What's new at Links: NYT attacks `South of the Border', Lumumba, China debate, World Cup, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Cochabamba & climate, Bhopal, G20

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Jul 5 06:17:36 MDT 2010

What's new at Links: `South of the Border', Lumumba, China debate, World 
Cup, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Cochabamba & climate, Bhopal, G20

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    Behind the New York Times' hatchet job on Oliver Stone's "South of
    the Border" <http://links.org.au/node/1770>

By *Oliver Stone*, *Mark Weisbrot* and *Tariq Ali*
June 27, 2010 -- The /New York Times/' Larry Rohter attacks our film, 
/South of the Border/, for "mistakes, misstatements and missing 
details".  But a close examination of the details reveals that the 
mistakes, misstatements and missing details are his own, and that the 
film is factually accurate.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1770>

    Patrice Lumumba `will live forever' -- exclusive book excerpt

*Leo Zeilig*, author of /Lumumba/, a new political biography of Congo 
independence leader *Patrice Lumumba*, has kindly given permission for 
/Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ to offer its readers 
an exclusive excerpt to download.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/624>

    China: In who's interest does the state serve?

By *Mark Vorpahl*
July 2, 2010 -- The recent wave of strikes in China, most visibly at 
Honda factories, are testament to a growing movement of labour unrest in 
the country. This development is of great importance for international 
working-class struggle. For the capitalists, China holds a key position 
in the global system of generating profits. The demands of China's 
workers for better conditions and a higher standard of living are in 
direct conflict with the international capitalists' desire to use China 
as a source of cheap labour. For the world's big business elite, already 
shaken by an international economic crisis of their own making, the 
growing militancy of China's workers is a great threat.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1772>

    The fight for football: Is the `world game' the people's game?

By *Duroyan Fertl*
June 27, 2010 -- The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa began its final 
round of 16 on June 26. It came amid the unrelenting drone of vuvuzela 
horns, the knockout of big teams such as Italy and France, and street 
protests by local residents angry at the 40 billion rand the government 
has spent on the corporatised event. Meanwhile, South Africa's poor 
suffer substandard housing and access to basic services. Football, or 
"soccer", is the "world game", played by millions of people around the 
world and watched by hundreds of millions more. But is it truly the 
"people's game"?

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1771>

    Pakistan: Thousands of Punjab peasants rally to mark 10 years of
    struggle <http://links.org.au/node/1769>

By *Maqsood Mujahid*
June 30, 2010 -- Three months' notice has been given to Punjab 
government to decide the fate of the 68,000 acres of agriculture land 
owned by Punjab government and cultivated by tenants for more than 100 
years. The tenants have been demanding land ownership rights. Despite 
promises to do so by former prime ministers Benazhir Bhutto and Mian 
Nawaz Sharif, the land in question has not been allotted to the tenants.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1769>

    Zimbabwe: Struggle, dictatorship and the response of the social
    movements <http://links.org.au/node/1768>

By *Leo Zeilig*
June 28, 2010 -- Zimbabwe's economy has been in free fall. Between 2000 
and 2005, the economy contracted by more than 40 per cent. Today GDP per 
capita is estimated to be the same as it was in 1953. Before the 
replacement of the Zimbabwe dollar with the US dollar and the South 
African rand in 2009, the country had the highest inflation rate in the 
world, soaring to 165,000 per cent in February 2008.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1768>

    Bolivia's Pablo Solon: We need 'a global movement to defend Mother
    Earth' <http://links.org.au/node/1767>

*Pablo Solon* interviewed by *Derrick O'Keefe*
June 29, 2010 -- /Rabble.ca/ <http://rabble.ca> -- While G20 leaders 
barely made mention of the climate crisis, Pablo Solon, Bolivia's UN 
ambassador, was in Toronto to encourage action on the Cochabamba protocols.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1767>

    Bhopal: Corporate genocide, appeasement of imperialism,
    environmental hypocrisy <http://links.org.au/node/1766>

By *Kavita Krishnan*
July 2010 -- More than 25 years after the infamous Bhopal gas disaster, 
the verdict of a trial court in Bhopal is nothing but a cruel mockery of 
justice. With charges already diluted by the Supreme Court of India, the 
June 7 trial court verdict could only be a formal burial of justice. Not 
only does the verdict insult the victims of one of the world's worst 
industrial disasters by letting off, either scot-free or with a 
ridiculously light sentence, the mighty CEOs who were the chief 
perpetrators, it amounts to an assurance to multinational corporations 
that they will enjoy total impunity in India even when their negligence 
and violations of regulations leads to the loss of thousands of Indian 
lives and injury to several thousand more.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1766>

    In defence of the People's Agreement -- Tanuro and Invernizzi get
    Cochabamba wrong <http://links.org.au/node/1765>

By *Ben Courtice*
June 28, 2010 -- In their article "World People's Conference on Climate 
Change: Some critical comments on the People's Agreement 
<http://links.org.au/node/1753>", the Fourth International's Daniel 
Tanuro and Sandra Invernizzi have missed the main usefulness of this 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1765>

    Toronto G20: `Toxic remedies' will make workers and poor pay for the
    crisis <http://links.org.au/node/1764>

By *Damien Millet*, *Sophie Perchellet* and *Eric Toussaint. *Translated 
by *Christine Pagnoulle* and *Marie Lagatta*

June 28, 2010 -- As at its previous meetings, the Toronto summit of the 
exclusive G20 club, to which the world's richest countries invited the 
heads of state of the major emerging countries, once again raised great 
expectations only to end as an empty bubble. As in London in 2008, then 
Pittsburgh in 2009, the Toronto G20 discussions focused on a way out of 
the economic crisis. But a capitalist way out, favouring creditors and 
great powers.
For the last two years global financial regulation has been an elusive 
sea serpent, unsurprisingly resulting in no concrete measures. To 
appease their citizens who pay a high price for the consequences of the 
present crisis, although they bear no responsibility for it, governments 
pretend they are trying to redefine the rules in the global financial 
game whereas for decades they have promoted the cancellation of any 
rules that would protect the world's peoples.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1764>

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