[Marxism] What's new at Links: John Bellamy Foster, Venezuela, World Cup, Australia & refugees, S. Africa, Fred Wright cartoon, Mozambique, Sheppard on Camejo, David Harvey

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Jul 12 00:34:53 MDT 2010


What's new at Links: John Bellamy Foster, Venezuela, World Cup, 
Australia & refugees, S. Africa, Fred Wright cartoon, Mozambique, 
Sheppard on Camejo, David Harvey, Arabic

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    John Bellamy Foster on Venezuela: Marxism and `vernacular
    revolutionary traditions' <http://links.org.au/node/1788>

The following article is the Foreward to the July-August 2010 issue of 
the US socialist magazine /Monthly Review/, which features Marta 
Harnecker's "Latin America and Twenty-First Century Socialism: Inventing 
to Avoid Mistakes". Bellamy Foster will be a feature speaker at the 
Climate Change Social Change conference, to be held in Melbourne, 
November 5-7, 2010.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1788>


    Timor Leste and Australian activists reject Australian government's
    racist refugee policy <http://links.org.au/node/1782>

Statement by *Luta Hamutuk, Timor-Leste Institute for Research, Advocacy 
and Campaigns*
Dili, July 7, 2010 -- According to Australian foreign affairs policy 
announced by the Australian prime minister in Sydney recently and 
published by a range of media, including the Indonesian newspaper the 
/Java Post/, "Prime Minister (PM) Julia Gillard has tightened Australia 
immigration law. Not wanting to be bothered by the economic and social 
problems caused by asylum seekers, the Australian leader plans to build 
a detention center for asylum seekers in Timor-Leste" As quoted by 
Associated Press (/Java Post/, 07/07/2010). 
The above statement shows how Australian foreign policy contains "racist 
characteristics" toward Timor Leste and the region.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1782>


    John Bellamy Foster to attend Climate Change Social Change
    conference, Melbourne, November 5-7, 2010
    <http://links.org.au/node/1775>

/ /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 inspiration. 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>


    South African soccer: For the love of the game or of money and
    power? <http://links.org.au/node/1786>


By *Dale T. McKinley*, Johannesburg
July 7, 2010 -- The sun has almost set on the soccer World Cup and its 
seeming suspension of our South African "normalcy". No doubt, many will 
try their best to continue to bask in its positively proclaimed 
"developmental legacy"; but, as sure as the sun will rise on the morning 
after, so too will the reality of that "normalcy" bite us like an 
unhappy dog. Nowhere will this be more apparent than in the world of 
South African soccer itself.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1786>


    Classic cartoon by Fred Wright: `How much do you pay your boss?'
    <http://links.org.au/node/1785>

Fred Wright (1907-1984) was one of the United States's most renowned 
labour movement cartoonists. His career lasted from 1939 until his death 
in 1984. He is best known for his work as a staff cartoonist for the 
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE). In 
addition to his cartoons illustrating the union's newspaper, the /UE 
News/, he designed leaflets, strike placards and animated organising 
cartoons to contribute to the US labour movement.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1785>


    Mozambique's `recolonisation' <http://links.org.au/node/1784>

[The following article first appeared in AfricaFile's //At Issue Ezine/, 
/vol. 12 (May-October 2010), edited by *John S. Saul*, which examines 
the development of the southern African liberation movement-led 
countries. It has been posted at /Links International Journal of 
Socialist Renewal/ with permission.]

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1784>


    Barry Sheppard reviews Peter Camejo's `North Star -- A Memoir'
    <http://links.org.au/node/1783>

Review by *Barry Sheppard*
July 8, 2010 -- /North Star -- A Memoir/* * by Peter Camejo, who was an 
important figure in the radicalisation of "the Sixties" and beyond, up 
to his untimely death in 2008, should be read by veterans of the 
socialist movement and wider social causes. It also should be read by 
new activists thirsty for understanding of previous struggles in order 
to better equip themselves for present and future battles.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1783>


    South Africa: FIFA forbids free speech at World Cup
    <http://links.org.au/node/1779>

By *Patrick Bond*
July 7, 2010 -- Acting against our alleged "ambush marketing" and 
"incitement" (sic), the South African Police Service, newly augmented 
with 40,000 additional cadre for the World Cup, detained several of us 
here in Durban last weekend. We were simply exercising freedom of 
expression at our favourite local venue, the South Beach Fan Fest, whose 
half-million visitors is a record.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1779>


    Film: `A Place in the City' -- A world class city for whom? World
    Cup tourists and the rich, or the poor majority?
    <http://links.org.au/node/1778>

July 7, 2010 -- Sixteen years since apartheid ended, and amid the hoopla 
and false hopes promoted by the 2010 soccer World Cup, millions of black 
South Africans still live in self-built shacks -- without sanitation, 
adequate water supplies or electricity. In Durban, almost in the shadow 
of the massive multibillion-rand Moses Mabhida stadium [paradoxically 
named after a veteran leader of South Africa's Communist Party], poor 
people are fighting for their right to live near work, schools and 
health facilities.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1778>


    Building a socialist-feminist economy in Venezuela
    <http://links.org.au/node/1777>

*Lidice Navas* interviewed by *Susan Spronk* and *Jeffery R. Webber*
June 30, 2010 -- A long-time revolutionary activist, Lidice Navas is an 
important socialist-feminist leader within the United Socialist Party of 
Venezuela (PSUV) and a candidate for the Latin American parliament, 
among her many other responsibilities. We met her at the Women's 
Development Bank in Caracas on June 18, 2010, to talk about her vision 
of socialism, the accomplishments of the Bolivarian process so far, and 
what remains to be done.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1777>


    Video: David Harvey -- `The animated crisis of capitalism'
    <http://links.org.au/node/1776>

On April 26, 2010, Marxist geographer professor* David Harvey* spoke to 
the the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and 
Commerce (RSA) to explain how capitalism came to dominate the world and 
why it resulted in the current financial crisis.

    * Watch <http://links.org.au/node/1776>


    The Flame, June-July 2010 -- Green Left Weekly's Arabic-language
    supplement <http://links.org.au/node/1774>

July 6, 2010 -- With the help of Socialist Alliance members in the 
growing Sudanese community in Australia, /Green Left Weekly/ -- 
Australia's leading socialist newspaper -- publishes a regular Arabic 
language supplement. The /Flame// /covers news from the Arabic-speaking 
world as well as news and issues from within Australia. Editor-in-chief 
is Soubhi Iskander is a comrade who has endured years of imprisonment 
and torture at the hands of the repressive government in Sudan.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1774>

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